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How to Give Your Dog a Bath

May 25, 2010

A clean and happy dog will translate to a house that doesn’t look like the inside of a trash can. What you want to do, initially, is to gather your supplies (shampoo, supplies, a washcloth and a cup). Once you have everything gathered up, it’s time to give that dog a bath. Before you start, close the door to the bathroom to thwart any escape attempts.

~Brush your dog

~Add dog to bath tub

~Turn on the water and wet your dog

~Rub in a shampoo *If your dog has skin problems, be sure to use medicated dog shampoo

~Rinse and repeat if necessary

~Wash the face last

~Prepare for the shake, and then dry thoroughly

After you give a dog a bath, he may go nuts, so expect a sudden burst of crazy running and rolling. Keep him inside and out of drafts until he’s completely dry.

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Tips on Training a Puppy

May 11, 2010

There are six general commands to teach your new puppy: Heel, Come, Sit, Stand, Stay, and Down. And with any dog, it doesn’t matter which one you choose when your start training your pet. The important thing to remember about practice time is to not be in a hurry and practice every day. Remember, you don’t set the pace for learning, you puppy does.

Your training sessions should last for only two to five minutes, that way you’re matching the attention span length of your canine. If you push them longer, they may stop paying attention to you. As you work each session, make sure to every one with a near-perfect performance. This could be as simple as a one or two-second sit, or three little “heeling” steps next to you. When they do it successfully, tell them how “perfect” it was. Really let them know how pleased you are they got it right.

Don’t start training right after your puppy has eaten because they’ll be sleepy and the treats you use as rewards won’t be as enticing. However, you can practice at any time throughout the day, even if it’s a three-second “stay.” They will love the attention.

One thing many owners don’t realize is that the motivation for them to do anything is rooted in their desire to please you. Verbal praise has a range from ecstatic (for the first few correct responses from a very young pup), to a calm “good dog” as they grow up and become better a performing the lessons.

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A Groomed Dog Is a Happy Dog

April 26, 2010

As summer gets nearer, many dog owners are acutely aware, not because the weather is getting warmer but because the dog’s hair is starting to shed in clumps. That’s why dog owners are always looking for ways to keep their dogs neat and trimmed in every respect. The issues that need to be particularly addressed are the dog’s hair and his nails. That’s why you will need both nail clippers and an effective dog brush.

In order to keep your dog grooming at a minimum during the summer months, make sure that you do some amount of dog grooming on a regular basis. Depending on the length of your dog’s hair and his temperament, it’s best if you can groom him once a week. This can include a quick nail trim and a quick brushing. By removing his excess fur, there is less chance of your dog’s hair matting, and it will also keep him cooler in the summer months. Also be sure to keep an eye out for any pet skin problems and treat them promptly if they arise.

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Prepare For a Rainy Day

April 12, 2010

For people who don’t have the security and peace of mind offered by insurance, it can be pretty scary. If something serious were to happen, it could very likely result in serious fees or even bankruptcy. And while many people give this kind of insurance serious thought and consideration, not as many people acknowledge the need for pet insurance. But your pet is just as likely to need surgery or emergency care. And vet bills are never small. If you don’t want to be paying out of pocket, consider looking into pet health insurance.

The kind of insurance you need depends on the kind of animal you have. If you have a dog, for example, you can purchase dog health insurance, which offers coverage specifically tailored to dogs. There is also horse, cat, and other types of animal insurance. No matter what you need, there’s something available to offer you increased peace of mind. Sadly, some people are forced to put an animal down because they simply can’t afford a necessary surgery or medication. Make sure you furry family friend can live the long life he deserves by having his more costly procedures covered.

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Inhalant Allergies in Dogs

March 26, 2010

When humans feel the onset of allergies, they do everything they can to eliminate pollen, mold, and dust from the area. Dogs are equally susceptible to common allergens, but they lack the communication skills required to make a change. It’s therefore up to a pet owner or a veterinarian to supply the diagnosis. Common symptoms of dog allergies include excessive scratching and biting at the feet and flanks, and tell-tale redness in the ear flaps.

If you can effectively control your dog’s environment – keeping him indoors when pollen begins to spread, for instance – it’s enough to minimize allergic reactions in some cases. Otherwise, talk to your vet about pet medication options. Dog allergy shots have proven to be safe, but they aren’t always fast acting. Demonstrate patience in the weeks following allergy treatment because your dog will almost certainly experience relief in the long run

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Coping with Dog Skin Conditions

March 12, 2010

While not a predictable trait of a breed, some dogs have sensitive skin or skin allergies. For dogs that do have skin issues, it’s important to be aware of what products are okay and what products to avoid. Canines suffering from dog skin conditions often require special dog food. The ingredients in regular dog food can cause skin irritation including flaking, redness, and itching. For the most part, organic food is a safe bet, but it’s best to consult a veterinarian beforehand on which foods are okay to purchase. When it comes to baths, dogs with sensitive skin also need special dog shampoo. There are numerous dog shampoos that contain fewer harsh chemicals and cleansing agents, and also contain moisturizers to enrich the skin. There are several dog shampoo products that feature actual labels stating “for dogs with sensitive skin” so choosing the right dog shampoo is a cinch.

Dogs with sensitive skin should also avoid extensive exposure to the water, and should be washed off after swimming. If the dog starts biting or scratching at the sensitive area of the skin often, consult a veterinarian.

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Insurance Goes to the Dogs

February 24, 2010

On the face of it, insuring an animal’s health might seem like a silly thing to do. Add up all the hours of enjoyment and companionship a dog can bring, however, and the proposition seems more reasonable. For the most part, pet insurance is offered as a means to reduce veterinary bills and provide financial coverage in case of a crisis. In a typical arrangement, pet owners pay their vet costs up front and then get reimbursement from the insurance company soon afterward.

A general dog health insurance plan would not cover minor trips to the vet such as checkups. A little research on a dog owner’s part will reveal insurance plans with specialized coverage. For instance, some plans cover dogs in the event that they are lost and then found by a third party. The insurance would cover any costs associated with keeping the dog until the owner comes to retrieve it.

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Indulging Your Elderly Dog

February 10, 2010

If you have a very old dog, it can be difficult for both you and the animal as he ages. Not only are you dealing with the fact that your loyal companion won’t be around much longer, but your dog is trying to cope with the fact that he can’t do everything he used to. To that end, many elderly dogs are allowed certain small privileges and indulgences by their owners, and for many dogs, that’s sleeping at your feet on your bed.

But if your dog has arthritic hips or other bad joints, it can be painful and downright impossible for him to make it to the bed anymore. But if you want to ensure that your dog still has this privilege, look into adding a dog ramp in your home. These will allow your dog an easy, safe, and pain-free way to get onto your bed. Also, look into supplements and treats that can ease some of his joint pain.

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Dogs with Sensitive Skin

January 28, 2010

Millions of dogs are born with sensitive skin, and in most cases, this is due to dog skin allergies. When a dog has allergies, it’s important to be careful about the food they eat. There are a number of foods that are designed for dogs with sensitive skin that won’t aggravate their allergies, and also lots of dog skin care products that can treat irritated skin areas. Noticing if a dog has sensitive skin isn’t all that difficult. You should look for itchy, dry, or red areas. You might also notice dandruff and flakes of skin on the skin. If this is the case, it’s best to consult a veterinarian about the appropriate course of action.

In most cases, treating dogs with sensitive skin is as easy as indentifying it. You just need to purchase different dog food, and avoid certain foods that can be harmful. You should also make sure there’s nothing in your yard that the dog could be eating that is making their skin break out; ie, mushrooms, plants, feces, etc.

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A Great Housebreaking Tool

January 14, 2010

My friend recently got a new puppy – an adorable Bernese Mountain Dog named Sid. My friend has had Sid for only a few weeks, and any puppy owner knows that it takes several weeks, or even months, to go through the process of housebreaking a puppy. He quickly learned that Sid had a knack for climbing out of his box at night and going to the bathroom all over the living room carpet. The only way he could think of to keep Sid confined to the linoleum-floored kitchen was to install dog gates at the exit points.

My friend’s plan worked wonderfully, and now Sid is working hard to learn how to indicate that he needs to go outside. In the meantime, his accidents are easy to clean up on the linoleum floor, not on the carpet. And he has plenty of room in the kitchen to roam around at night and play with his toys. Even if you don’t have this problem with your dog, it’s a good idea to have a dog gate on hand. You may have a friend over who is afraid of dogs, or your dog is overly boisterous and needs to be kept away from guests. It’s also helpful for keeping an overzealous dog at bay while the family is eating. You can bet that he’ll be watching your every bite and begging for scraps from afar, but your mealtimes will be much more peaceful.

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