Archives for May, 2009

Stop Your Dog’s Digging Right Now

By Carey Benjamin

If your dog digs, you know how terrible it can be. They dig through the flower bed, under the fence, and random holes in the ground. They don’t listen to anything you say, particularly when you tell them not to dig in the ground, and your neighbors and your spouse is starting to get upset with the constant digging. Is there any way that you can get your puppy to stop digging?

To begin, you have to understand that a dog digging is a natural thing that they do. They want to dig for many reasons, and the key to stopping that dog from performing this act is to figure out exactly why they are doing it, then resolve that issue. It really is that simple.

As stated before, there are many reasons why a dog digs. However, they can be broken down into about three different categories. The first is because they are hot. If you live in a warmer climate, you will find that you may be seeing many more holes during the summer months. The dog will actually dig to try to cool down. A telltale sign of this is that they dig in the shade. To stop this, be sure that you’re offering a cool, dry place for the puppy to take a break.

They may be doing it by instinct. If this is the case, you may want to give them a better place to dig. Show them this place and they’ll start digging there Lastly, you may find that they are digging to mark their territory. If this is the case, you may want to put their own excrement in that hole.

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May 31, 2009 | 0 | Training

Finding a Unique Dog Collar Online

By Joanne Wood-Ellison

Your dog has just been groomed and is looking like a million bucks, but his/her collar looks quite the opposite  – tattered edges, ground in dirt, and a tad tight with the addition of a few pounds – so you decide that it’s time for a new dog collar.

Rather than go to your local pet store where the collars lack variety or personality, you decide to go with something a little bit more fashionable and unique – after all, your favorite pooch is a one-of-a-kind! So you you start with a search online, where anything and everything for dogs can be found.

After your first Google query you realize that this is not going to be easy. Your search for “fashion dog collars” returns endless pages of results. With over 250 sites that offer dog collars online today, you could spend all day searching for one. So let me offer up a few tips:

  • Decide what’s most important to you about the dog’s collar, such as price, comfort, durability, looks, or use. Ideally, a dog collar that has three or more of the attributes you seek will make the best choice for you and your furbaby!
  • When shopping for price, steer away from designer collars unless you’re prepared to plunk down some serious cash. Ralph Lauren charges $495 for his alligator dog collars! You can find smaller sites often offer their own designs starting as low as $10.
  • If it’s comfort you want, nylon dog collars are the perfect choice for both comfort and durability. They are lightweight, mold nicely to the contours of your dogs neck, and are practically indestructible. Collars with quick release buckles are secure and more comfortable than metal buckles, and won’t get hot when exposed to the sun.
  • If durability is your main requirement, any well-made leather or nylon collar will be a good choice. Leather is probably the more durable of the two, although not as easy to keep clean as a nylon collar. If the seller does not offer a guarantee, then keep shopping until you find one that does.
  • If you view your dogs collar like clothes, look for a fashion dog collar that is not only unique but affordable, allowing you to by two buy two or three for the price of one. That way you can swap them out when they need to be washed so that your dogs collar will always be fresh and clean! Fabric fashion dog collars come in many patterns and colors and wear well when backed by nylon. There are many handcrafted dog collars available today which are not only unique, but durable and affordable. Many can be found under $20.
  • Ask for recommendations from your dog groomer, or friends that own dogs. They are likely to steer you to a website or brand of product that meets all of you and your pups needs, saving you the bother of wading through dozens of websites and product pages.

The Artful Canine offers affordable, fashionable designer dog collars that are unique and comfortable. These handcrafted dog collars and leashes are durable, washable, and available only through The Artful Canine.

The author, Joanne Wood-Ellison, is a professional dog groomer and designer.

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Randa

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May 30, 2009 | 0 | Miscellaneous

Dog Nutrition – Learning the Difference Between Good Food & Bad Food

By Kelly Marshall

Concerned your dog’s food is lacking in the necessary nutrients for optimal health and daily energy? Not sure how what to look for in a quality dog food? Read on!

For Starters, Learn What the Labels Mean

Association of American Feed Control Officials set guidelines for foods labeled “completely balanced” or “nutritionally complete.” These foods meet the nutritional requirements for either maintenance (adult dogs) or growth and reproduction (puppies and pregnant or lactating mothers), as specified in those guidelines. The label must indicate the group for which it is intended.

Dry food is the most economical commercially available dog food. Dry food is more filling when eaten, because it is crunchy and takes more time to eat. The crunchiness of non-moistened dry food keeps a dog’s teeth healthy by reducing the accumulation of plaque. The chewing action massages the gums for good oral health.

Canned foods cost more than dry foods, but if you own a small dog this price difference will be much less noticeable. However, if you are feeding a Rottweiler or Great Dane, then the cost difference will really add up. Canned foods are the go to choice for any dogs that are underweight or those recovering from surgery or illness.

Frozen foods are next up on the menu. Frozen foods have the same advantages of canned food products, such as a higher percentage of meat and vegetables, however, frozen varieties often contain even fresher and better variety of ingredients and therefore, typically costs a bit more than the canned foods. Both cooked and raw forms of frozen dog foods are widely available.

Watch Out For Human Foods

Many common and delectable human foods have the potential to make your dog or puppies very sick or in certain cases, ingestion of these could cause your pet’s death. These foods need to be kept out of reach of your very special four legged friend.

1) Chocolate: Chocolate contains theobromine (a substance related to caffeine) and different types of chocolate contain different amounts of theobromine. Theobromine can cause vomiting, diarrhea, muscle tremors, seizures and irregular heartbeat in dogs.

2) Macadamia Nuts: A serving size as small as 2 teaspoons per pound of bodyweight can cause toxic signs. While the nuts are especially delicious to eat, they can cause weakness in dogs, vomiting, depression, and other signs. The agent that causes these symptoms is unknown.

3) Onions: A toxic dose of raw onions is about 1 to 5 ounces. Both raw and cooked onions contain a substance that ruptures the red blood cells, a condition, which can lead to severe anemia. Garlic can also produce similar effects, though not as severe.

4) Raisins and Grapes: While the toxic agent remains unidentified, these foods can cause kidney failure in some dogs. According to the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center, toxicity can occur following ingestion of quantities ranging from a single serving of raisins to more than a pound of grapes.

Kelly Marshall is a writer for Oh My Dog Supplies, the leading dog supplies site that includes helpful dog articles and informative dog tips.

Randa

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May 29, 2009 | 0 | Dog nutrition

Dog Rawhide Chews

By Lori Meyers

When it comes to wanting to give your dog the best, it is important to make sure that you are being careful when selecting the best rawhide chews that you can possibly give. But is there such a thing as bad dog rawhide chews and good ones? While there really are not any terrible ones on the market that are going to hurt your dog or puppy, there are certainly ones that are better then others. And since you want to make sure that your dog or puppy has the very best, you will want to make sure that you are taking your time to research the various rawhide chews so that you are getting something that is most beneficial for your four legged friend.

To help understand just why you will want to look for certain things in dog rawhide chews, you first need to see why it is that these are such popular treats. To start with, the rawhide bones, rolls, twists, and chips help to make sure that dogs have better dental health. When the dog chews on the rawhides, plaque is scraped away and it helps to diminish bad mouth odors. It is also stimulating activity that will help to keep the dog busy chewing on the rawhide instead of chewing on the couch.

So now that you understand the purpose of the dog rawhide chews, you will want to make sure that you are purchasing the very best for your dog or puppy. Purchasing rawhide chews that are made in the United States is usually best because you know that the strictest quality standards are set in place and the sanitation practices are trust worthy. After you find a selection of chews that were made in the U.S. you will then want to stop and make sure that you are purchasing the right size, hardness, flavor, and shape for your particular dog.

Some dog simply prefer smaller bones to larger ones so you should stick with what your dog prefers. Dogs that are aggressive chewers will generally do better with harder, more compressed rawhides, as they will last longer. If you have a dog that chews gently and only chews a little at a time, a smaller and softer rawhide will be much for fun for your pet. When it comes to selecting the right flavor, this is going to be more of trial and error then anything else. Just as humans prefer one flavor to another, your dog will do the same. Pick up a few different flavors. If you pay attention, you should have no problem determining which of the dog rawhide chews your dog enjoys the most.

Once you have found the right size, shape, and flavor that your dog will enjoy the most, you are well on your way to entertaining your dog and keeping it out of trouble. The dog rawhide chews not only help to remove plague but they also help keep your dog from becoming bored. In the end your dog will thank you.

For more information on how to choose the best dog rawhide treats visit Dog Rawhide Chews.

Randa

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May 28, 2009 | 0 | Dog nutrition

Dog Training Tip – Biggest Mistake Dog Owners Make

By Diane Palmer

Repeating the dog command over and over, when it is not working!

You have probably done this many times yourself, or seen others do it at the dog park or on walks. You hear them yell a command to their dog, that is obviously not listening, and then just keep saying the command over and over and louder and louder with anger, like that will scare the dog into listening. Not going to happen.

Picture yourself in a foreign country, trying to get across a question, to someone who obviously doesn’t understand you. Do you keep saying the question over and over and then louder and louder with anger? Not likely, or risk the person running away from you!

Yelling at them is not going to make them respond any better.

It is the same with dog training. If you dog doesn’t understand what you want, or does not look at you as the leader or Alpha, then it is not going to matter how many times you say it, or how loud you get, or how many times you jump up and down!

You hear this a lot. The dog owner will yell “Rover come…” Rover chooses to ignore you because he has not been trained to understand this word, so now you say it again, then you get louder and louder, now you are yelling at him. He now thinks the word “come” is associated with anger, and is not likely to answer you at all!

Dog training works best, when you practice your commands every day. Not just once in a while. Even if you take your dog to dog training, you have to practice at home daily.

Once your dog realizes that you are boss, and understands your commands, he will understand what you want and obey. You will only need to say the command once.

If you don’t want to be yelling at your dog, then click the link http://www.enddogbarking.com/dog-training-tips.html and get started right away. Once you know how to train your dog, you will fall in love with your dog all over again!. The change in your loyal friend will be absolutely amazing… it was for me! There is a FREE mini course to get you started. You won’t be disappointed.

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May 27, 2009 | 1 | Training

Look Into a Heated Dog Bed For Your Older Dog

By Karen Saffie

Just as humans do, as dogs get older they may have problems staying warm, their metabolism is just like an older person and slows down a bit, and you may find that your dog is cold on a regular basis. A heated dog bed may be an option for your older dog, or even the youngest of puppies. Also, if you have a home that does not have a good heating system, you can solve the problem of your dogs being cold by choosing a heated dog bed.

Heated dog beds are designed to keep a safe temperature in the bed at all times. You don’t have to worry about your dog becoming too hot or too cold, it’s a constant temperature. This allows your dog to choose when they want a little extra heat, and can give them pain relief from arthritic bones, and keep them from being quite so stiff when they get up.

If you’re using the heated dog bed for an older dog, you don’t have to worry about the cord. But if you are using your heated dog bed for a batch of puppies that gets cold, you may also want to make sure that you cover the electrical cord so that the puppies don’t chew through it. There are many ways you can cover an electrical cord for safety reasons with your dogs. Probably one of the simplest is to take a very small diameter hose such as a garden hose, slice it open down the middle, and then slide the cord inside it. This is a great way to protect your puppies while they are learning not to chew on cords.

When you purchase a heated dog bed, be aware that it may be the favorite dog bed in the whole house. This means that you may see all of your dogs curling up in the same bed, so make sure you purchase one big enough for everybody to sleep comfortably together. There is nothing better than seeing your four-footed friends all curled up in their little nest and staying warm.

As the summer comes on, you may want to offer your dogs a choice of a heated dog bed or an unheated one. This is especially true for those older dogs, who if they get too warm, may choose to lay down on the floor, causing arthritis problems.

A heated dog bed is a great way to offer your dog a warm and comfortable place to lie down. Most of them will cushion your dog from the floor, and at the same time allow a little extra heat for those old bones or allow a batch of puppies to stay warm and dry. Find out more tips about heated dog beds at http://dog-beds.researchguidetips.com

Randa

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May 26, 2009 | 0 | Older dogs, Pampering

Dogs and Their History

By Steve Weber

 It is amazing how many different shapes, sizes, colors, and types of dogs there are. And it is even more amazing considering they all came from the same ancestors. The story of dog history says that early humans took in wolves for pets. Perhaps they discovered these wolves could be fed and kept close in return for their “watch dog” or hunting ability. This could have been handy in keeping other predators at bay around the camp at night.

Not to mention that early humans probably found wolf puppies to be adorable in the same way modern humans all seem to have a built in affection for puppies. One problem with studying dog history has been the fact that there are only slight differences in jackals, coyotes, and wolves. Where and when these different canids branched off from the original tree is up for speculation. To make matters even more complicated is that both wolf and dog bones have been found in ancient human camps. This fact makes it even harder to establish when wolves were first domesticated.

One thing that history does show to be fact is that dogs have been a part of human life far longer than other domesticated animals such as cows, horses, pigs, and cats. Dogs have developed extremely sophisticated social skills which have allowed their so thorough integration into human society. No other animal is so well adapted to living with humans. Dogs of course have undergone much artificial selection by humans to become the socialized animals they are. But dogs (wolves) had to posses a basic ability to be socialized which other animals simply did and do not posses.

One reason dog history is so full of unknowns and speculation is that everyone considers themselves to be dog experts! Whether it is an average dog owner or a “canine” paleontologist, everyone has a strong opinion. Most, however, agree that our dogs’ ancestors were the wolf. A few though think the original dog line was from some other canid species such as a jackal. Or even perhaps the line came down from some hybrid species or some now extinct species. And some even suggest our dogs were decedents of several domestication’s of different species. However, modern DNA research highly suggests that our dogs are extremely close genetically to modern wolves. This leads very strongly to the theory of wolves being the forefathers to dogs.

The date of dogs’ first domestication is in debate as well. About the earliest suggested time for dogs’ appearance in human history is about 15,000 years ago. Differences in both DNA and bone structure of wolves of that era suggest the remains found were dog like. One important find was of an Israeli woman buried 12,000 years ago with a puppy in her hands. The question as to wear the first domestic dogs were raised is also up for debate. Several years ago a study was done on this. Hundreds of dogs from around the world had their DNA studied.

Through a complicated study of inclusion and elimination, it was discovered that dogs in Asia had the best chance of being more closely related to the original dog than in any other part of the world. However, this same study suggested the DNA line had been in place for almost 120,000 years. This is almost 10 times the age of the first known fossil record of dogs with humans. One problem could be the fact that early man could not control his dogs with interbreeding with wild wolves. This could lead to some very confusing evidence for our current researchers of dog history.

One thing is certain though. Early dogs were on the trip when the first humans came to the ” New World ” across the Bering Strait nearly 15,000 years ago. And DNA studies have shown that our modern day dogs are not ancestors to the North America gray wolf. Our dogs have wolf ancestors which inhabited Europe and Asia . The North American wolf is simply a distant cousin.

But DNA can only tell part of the story of dogs’ history. Early dogs had the unique ability to modify their behavior to fit in with humans. It was beneficial from a dog’s point of view to be able to live with humans. Humans provided shelter and water, and food in many situations. And humans were hunters. Dogs love to hunt! What a perfect fit!

Many people tend to look at primates as the only other animal with higher level thinking skills. But as all of us dog owners know, dogs are pretty smart! Research has shown that puppies have much higher communication skills than wolf puppies. Even puppies which have had little or no contact with humans perform far better in communication tests than their wolf counterparts do! This has further complicated the question as to dogs’ origins.

It is thought that about 8000 years ago was the first attempt by humans to actually breed their dogs for specific traits. One of the oldest known breeds was the Saluki breed found in ancient Egypt . These dogs were bred for their hunting skill. Other early breeds the Egyptians were thought to be responsible for were the Lbizan, Basenji, and Afghan. And the Dalmatian was a subject of paintings dating back to over 2000 years! GO STORM!!

Just as today, early dogs were much better off in rich societies than in poor ones. During the Greek and Roman empires the status of dogs went from hunters, herders, and guards to simply pets. Dogs started appearing in sculptures and paintings of everyday life. It was becoming a dog’s world! In the ruins of Pompeii was found a dog by the body of a child. The dog wore a silver collar inscribed with a message saying he was owned by the boy.

In the Far East , a dog’s status was dependent upon its breed. Dogs in the Far East could be loved pets, trusted hunters and guards or simply something to be eaten. “Noble” dogs such as the Pekingese were considered so important by royal families that they were provided their own human servants! Many other dogs out in the countryside were often just meals for the villagers. In Tibet , the common Terrier was considered to be such good luck it could not be bought or sold for any price. In the middle ages, pure bred dogs became the status symbols of royalty.

Our dogs’ genetic and social past has to be one of the most interesting side notes to human history. They have been part of our hunts, guarded our shelters, given us special status, and provided companionship for thousands of years. Their loyal and trusting behavior was a perfect fit with humans over the eons. Who knows how human history would be different had dogs not been a part of it. For thousands of years they have been our companions, helpers, hunters and friends. It seems safe to say that one thing is certain about man’s future: dogs will most definitely be in it!

Steve Weber owns http://www.CactusCanyon.com which offers advice and natural products to owners of dogs with arthritis.

Randa

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May 25, 2009 | 0 | History of Dogs

Why Giving Your Pet Natural Care Will Help Him Live Longer

By Kandace Black

Using preventative medicine is important for people and for pets. Taking a proactive approach to your pet’s health care can help your pet live a longer life. Pet preventative care can help you create a healthy lifestyle for your pet, instead of waiting for disease to set in and then struggling to reverse it. By the time we recognize disease, damage has already occurred.

I am a huge advocate of pet preventative care which incorporates proper nutrition, herbal treatments and homeopathy. Giving your pet natural treatment will keep his body balanced and more able to resist disease. Diseases do not just suddenly appear.  They develop over time. When your pet’s body chemistry is out of balance biochemical changes begin to occur. If left unchecked, these biochemical changes produce structural changes and eventually pathological tissue changes. It is at this point we start to see symptoms of disease.

Your pet’s diet is extremely important. Be sure your pet is eating a high quality food. A homemade food or a raw diet is also advocated by many holistic veterinarians. Pets can be allergic to many ingredients and by-products in commercial pet food. These allergies can put a constant stress on their bodies and eventually lead to disease.

The goal for our pets is to keep the body in a balanced state and support the organs that are constantly under stress from toxic buildup. Toxins that are allowed to remain in the body of your pet reek havoc in his body systems.  These harmful agents will contribute to the damage of DNA strands which leads to cancerous growths. The main job of the liver is to rid your pet’s body of toxins. However, if the liver is not functioning properly, it can not carry out this vital job. Herbs such as milk thistle provide many important benefits to the liver. This soothing tonic can help the liver regain its health and even help repair damage that has already occurred. .

A pet preventative care program should also help to build a healthy immune system to guard against pathogens. Astragalus is a powerful herb that furnishes deep immune support and has even been shown to repair DNA strands. Strengthening and balancing the immune system is essential for a pet to maintain healthy body systems. Supplementing with this herb can give your pet natural medicine to achieve this balance.

Unlike people, our pets cannot make their own choices about their health. They are at our mercy to provide them with healthy food and supplements to help them live a richer, longer life. 

Kandace Black has studied homeopathy and natural treatments for pets for many years. To see recommendations for pet preventative care please visit http://www.naturally-healthy-pet.com, a site designed to help your pet naturally.

Randa

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May 24, 2009 | 1 | Dog health

How to Stop Your Dog From Peeing in the House

By William Troy

Tired of cleaning up your dog pee in the house…And waking up to find pee on the floor… On the ground… Maybe when people are over your dog just let loose everywhere…

Annoyed with spending time having to clean up the floor, vacuum.. Carpet maybe… I hope it’s tile for your sake.. Well we’ve all had this problem with our dogs. It’s a natural problem to have, and one that can be fixed quite quickly.

I highly recommend training your dog. If you haven’t already given it a shot, it’s your best bet. You can do it pretty quickly and effectively once you learn the proper techniques. I will have a link to the best resource I’ve found on training your dog towards the bottom of this article.

However, if training is not for you, there are some simple habits you should start enforcing.

1) Negative association. Make your dog smell it and know that it is wrong to do that.
2) Reward them when they pee properly and in the right place with a treat and love and care.
3) Make it a consistent time of the day when you take them to pee so they know what to expect (and know when to do it)

Problem: Most dogs pee in the house because their owners don’t communicate with their dog! Stop confusing your puppy!
It’s true, most times your dog’s just do not know what you want. You have to learn how to communicate with your dog to stop them from doing the things you don’t want them to do, like peeing.

Answer: Train your dog the best way we know how by clicking here

Learn to train your dog quickly and effectively.. And get your best friend back! Stop cleaning up the floor and having a mess when you wake up.. Cause trust me.. Your dog doesn’t want to disappoint you.. So why don’t you help your dog act properly by teaching them properly?… Makes sense..

Whatever it is you do remember that your dog loves you and want to impress you and be your best friend.

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May 23, 2009 | 0 | Tips, Training

The Benefits of Dog Stairs and Cat Furniture

By Kim Hillam

Pet supplies are not only limited to food/water bowls, cages, and a fluffy bed. Many pet owners realize that pets have certain mobility requirements, and it’s our job to provide that for them. That’s where items like dog stairs and cat furniture come in.

While it might not be something you’d consider a necessity, dog stairs really are an invaluable item to have around the house. Toy-sized dogs and other smaller-breeds are all the rage at the moment, but how many of us are tired of having to bend over and pick up our furry friend so that he can sit with us? What about larger or older dogs who sustain severe impact onto the joints by jumping up and down from places such as beds, sofas, chairs, and vehicles? A set of pet steps can greatly reduce the amount of stress your dog’s bones put up with, and they can also be used for cats as well! Don’t overlook the element of convenience that will be added to your everyday life.

When looking for a set of dog steps, it’s important that you take into consideration the material of the steps. While there are many colors and wood finishes to choose from, your main concern should be the sturdiness of the steps. There is a general rule to go by, which is: large dogs (over 35 lbs) require steps that are 16 inches wide, medium dogs (above 20 lbs but less than 35lbs) should have steps that are 14 inches wide, and small dogs (weighing under 20 lbs) should have steps that are around 12 inches wide. You will also need to check the weight restrictions for the stairs to make sure that they can indeed hold your dog’s weight.

Cat furniture is completely different ball game! Cat’s enjoy climbing, and it is in fact good for them, as cats do not generally fulfill their exercise needs by romping and running around, as dogs do.

You may notice that your cat tends to prefer the counter or other high up places that can be dangerous for them (and unhealthy for us, especially if it is near a food preparation area). The best way to remove your cat from your counters/furniture, yet to keep him happy, is to purchase a piece of cat furniture that will meet his needs. If your little guy prefers high-up places, consider getting him a cat tower with a perch on the top. These come in different heights and can include a swatting ball, scratch post, and cat nip stations to encourage playfulness. They are made of safe, durable materials that will give your cat the traction he needs for climbing and general play.

Fortunately, the market for dog stairs and cat furniture has exploded with dogs and cats in six out of every 10 American households, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association. That means there are plenty of well-made affordable options in dog stairs and cat furniture to make you and your pets happy.

Randa

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May 22, 2009 | 0 | Looking after your dog