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4 Savvy Tips For Socializing Your Canine

By Avrum Elmakis

Dogs are pack animals. They’re hardwired to protect their territory when other animals and people are nearby. That said, when they are not concerned about territorial or resource infringement, they are naturally friendly. The good news is that you can modify your pooch’s natural instinct to protect his territory. By socializing him, you can help ensure that he doesn’t consider the presence of others a threat. In this article, we’ll provide four smart tips for encouraging your canine to get along well with other pets and people.

#1 – Start As Early As Possible

In the same way young children are especially trusting and accepting of others, puppies are similarly tolerant of other pets and people. This is the reason many professional trainers suggest socializing your pooch while he is young. The more exposure he has to others, the less likely he is to consider them a threat when he becomes an adult. If you have ever observed an adult canine that is entirely comfortable with strangers, it’s likely he was exposed to strangers as a pup. Start early to build tolerance.

#2 – Encourage New Interactions

The more opportunities your pooch has to meet other pets and their owners, the more comfortable he’ll be whenever he is near strangers. He’ll learn that most animals and people do not represent a threat. As a result, he’ll be more trusting and friendly.

Try to encourage new interactions as often as possible. Ask your friends to visit periodically to expose your canine to a wide variety of people. Also, if your dog sees the same faces during his morning walk, take a new route. Not only will he meet a new set of faces, but he’ll be excited to see his old friends again when you return to his previous route.

#3 – Use Treats As Rewards And Incentives

Treats will always be an effective training tool for dogs. You can use them in a variety of ways when socializing your pooch. For example, if he remains calm and collected in the presence of strangers, provide a treat as a reward. Or, recruit a young person to personally feed a treat to your canine. The treat will be an incentive for him to remain well-behaved.

#4 – Be Ready To Intervene

You should always remain alert when other animals and people are near your dog. There are many subtle factors that can potentially trigger his aggression. The behaviors of other pets, the sudden approach of young children, or a perceived threat to his territory can prompt hostile behavior. Be ready to intervene if necessary.

In most cases where canines act aggressively toward others, their behavior has been encouraged by their owners – either knowingly or unwittingly. Take the time to socialize your dog. You’ll find that his comfort and friendliness toward other pets and people will indirectly strengthen the bond you share with him.

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Oct 30, 2009 | 0 | Tips

Simple Things to Do to Cure Your Dogs Nervousness

By Bob Kerslake

A dog that suffers from nervousness needs patience and special care. It takes a very special person to handle and cure a dog with this particular condition. It is important to be knowledgeable on the subject and you may want to attend special training with your dog. You will have to gain the dogs trust and from that point on work with the dog to help him or her trust others.

Keeping your dog away from other people will help to cut down on his or her nervousness and give you the chance to start working with him. Tell your friends and family not to give your dog any attention at first and slowly with time allow them to bring a treat to him or her and just walk away.

Try to keep the noise to a minimum around your dog, although this can be extremely difficult at times. You may want to keep your pet inside in a small area during bad weather. Thunder may upset your dog and excite him or her, which is why a small space is recommended. Try a suitably sized crate which will make him feel more secure.

Keep a calm mannerism about yourself when handling your dog to control his or her nervousness. The tone of your voice, your body language and even the expression on your face can affect how your dog feels. Dogs are very perceptive and can sense emotions. When there are problems and drama at home this will increase nervousness in your pet.

Veterinarians offer therapies and treatments for dogs that suffer from nervousness. Talk to your Vet about diets and other possible treatments that may help. Maintaining a healthy diet for your dog is very important and can help in the treatment of this and many other conditions.

Bring in other dogs for your pet to play with. Often by allowing socializing with other dogs, the dog that is suffering from nervousness gets the chance to grow its confidence and slowly the nervousness fades away. Sometimes it is beneficial for the dog to be around other dogs and make a friend. This sounds so simple, but it is the same as it would be for a person selected as a confidant.

There are medications available to help the nervous dog. If all else fails and the nervousness persist the condition may require something like doggy Prozac. However, this should be the last resort and it is very important to remember to give your dog his or her medicine as prescribed.

There are also natural herbal remedies available for your dog to help with this condition. The best thing you can do for him or her is to alleviate all the stress and anxiety from your life, thereby removing it from his or her life too. Stress is bad for everyone and the less stress possible the happier and healthier the whole family will be. By slowly introducing things into your dog’s life, he or she will become social, happy and healthy. You will begin to see changes and before long the nervousness will be gone.

You can find more canine problem curing tips and methods by visiting: http://www.dogproblemcure.com and reading a complimentary report by the author.

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Oct 29, 2009 | 0 | dog behavior, Tips

Symptoms of Canine Diabetes

By Paul Forcey

Canine diabetes is quickly becoming a large concern for many dog owners. While this disease has no cure yet, managing it properly is important and can be done. It is crucial to your dogs health that diabetes is diagnosed as early as possible – before it becomes life-threatening.

Diabetes mellitus is the most common form of diabetes in dogs and is classified by a lack of insulin production or no response to the insulin that is produced. The symptoms of canine diabetes for this form are easily noticed. The natural production of insulin – and the bodys response to it – is vital. Insulin breaks down sugars that your dog eats through carbohydrates and fats. The broken down sugars are then used by your dogs muscles for energy. Without this process, sugars are stored in the blood.

One of the first symptoms is obesity. Sure, obesity is usually caused by feeding your dog too much too often or giving him table scraps all the time, but it is also related to the insulin process. When the sugars are built up in thee blood, they are eventually turned to fat. Excess fat leads to…you guessed it: obesity.

There are other more subtle symptoms of canine diabetes you should be aware of as well. Watch your dogs drinking and urination. Excessive drinking and dehydration, combined with excessive urinating are what you’re looking for. Vomiting, weakness, and weight loss are also symptoms.

So if your dog is too far, too thin or throwing up all the time it is essential you take him for a check up at your local vets. Having your dog tested regularly is important so that you can start treatment before serious damage is done. If you notice any of these symptoms of canine diabetes, have him tested as soon as possible. You cannot afford to delay.

As a dog owner you want to know if you have dogs with diabetes as early as possible so you can get them help.

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Oct 28, 2009 | 1 | Dog health

Dealing With the Death of a Pet

By Tom Klos

When the time comes for a pet to pass away, many people are jolted by just how much it hurts to let go. Over the years our pets grow in our hearts to the point of becoming part of our family. This is very natural. They are almost like our little children. Pets are dependent on us for their food, shelter and health. They offer countless of moments of pleasure and joy through interaction with our family. Sometimes we don’t even realize how attached we become to our pets. So when they pass away in death, it can hurt as if a human member of our family or dear friend passed away.

One of the most important things to keep in mind is that the grief is real and normal. Give yourself time to cope with the passing. Take some time off. Reflect on life and the most important things. Don’t deny your pain. But even before that, you will want to deal with the remains of your pet in the most dignified way possible. This will give you a sense of peace in that you said good-bye in the proper manner. One of the best ways to do this is through a professional pet funeral service. They can help you with some of the most important decisions you’ll make, such as, deciding between burial or cremation. If your pet is terminally ill, you may wish to discuss euthanasia with them. Euthanasia is assisted death, or putting to sleep, and is the most humane way to allow your pet to go in a peaceful way. Don’t be afraid to ask a pet funeral expert questions. They also have resources to help people with the grieving process.

Remember, it is normal to grieve after the loss of a loved pet. Give yourself time and treat your pet’s death in a dignified way. The time you spent together can never be taken away from you. And no matter how long your pet was with you, surely by being there your life has been enriched forever.

Visit Pets At Peace, a pet funeral service that helps grieving families let go of their pets in a dignified way. Ask about options such as pet cremation and pet euthanasia.

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Oct 27, 2009 | 0 | Grief

Herbs For Pets – Keeping Your Pet Healthy Naturally

By Tina Barrett

It’s weird, despite our increases in technology and all of the so called advances we’ve made some of the most deadly diseases known to mankind are on the increase. The same can be said of your pet. Getting rid of many of the chemicals we take into our body on a daily basis might be one of the best things we can do. Growing herbs for pets as well as for yourself is a wonderful way to take care of the health of everyone in your household.

When we think of herbs for our pets, catnip is probably one of the first things that come to mind. And catnip is something that your cat will love without any negative side effects. But you don’t have to stop there. There are many different types of herbs that can help both your dogs and your cats stay healthy.

Here is a list of some easy to grow herbs that you can use for your pet. I’ve included brief explanations about what each one does. Please don’t make the mistake of thinking that since the herbs are all natural you can’t harm your pet by giving him too much. Even natural substances can be toxic if given incorrectly.

Before you start any herbal practices with your pet make sure to contact your vet and let them know exactly what you are planning.

1. Itching can be relieved by using brewers yeast to help prevent flea and ticks from biting. Make sure your pet doesn’t have an allergic reaction though. For rough, dry patches you can use tea tree oil.

2. Cuts can be soothed by using fresh aloe on the sore spot. This will keep the wound clean and moisturized while it heals.

3. Getting car sick can be prevented by giving your pet a couple of drops of ginger root extract. If you give it to them right before you put them in the car this can help calm their stomach.

4. Stress can be soothed for your pet by rubbing some lavender oil near your pet’s nose or putting some oil on a piece of cotton and placing that in your pets sleeping area. This can work well for you too!

This is just the tip of the iceberg when when it comes to herbs for pets. There are many more herbs that can help all types of illnesses. Just remember that using herbs, like anything else, takes some knowledge. Don’t just jump in, make sure you educate yourself first and talk to your vet so they are on board with your desire to change your pets habits.

Tina Barrett is an herb expert. For more great tips on herbs for pets visit: http://EasyHomeHerbGarden.com.

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Oct 25, 2009 | 1 | Dog health

Symptoms of Kennel Cough – Treat the Symptoms With Good Stuff

By Cristina Santeiro

Does your dog have symptoms of kennel cough? Most of the time, it is not something to worry about. It is an upper respiratory condition brought on by bacterial and viral agents in the air. You can determine if your dog has this disease by applying pressure on his trachea. If this produces a hacking cough, this is evidence of the disease.

Symptoms of kennel cough usually appear after a week or two of having picked it up. It is usually contracted by coming in close contact with other dogs that have it. It is very contagious, so kennels, boarding homes, and dog shows are common grounds for spreading this disease.

Dogs with this disease will cough continuously because their throats are irritated. They will have bouts of cough and sometimes cough up mucous. They will also sometimes have pink eye and runny noses. They will usually remain alert and active.

Even though it is usually not serious, you should watch the symptoms of kennel cough closely. If the dog is producing clear or creamy colored phlegm it’s fine. However, if it turns a dark color or green, this means he has taken a turn for the worse and might now have a secondary bacterial infection which must be treated by a professional right away, as this could be fatal if left untreated.

It will depend on the dog’s health how he is able to fight off the disease. There are natural home remedies to build your dog’s immune system so they are better able to prevent kennel cough or fight it off. They work just as well as the chemicals that conventional veterinarians prescribe, without the side effects. Many of the conventional medications, including the bordatella vaccine, severely damage the dog’s organs and weaken his immune system.

You can prevent or treat symptoms of kennel cough and at the same time save money with natural pet home remedies. Take charge of the health of your dog and give him the best care with natural pet home remedies.

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Oct 24, 2009 | 0 | Dog health

Buying Dog Kennels

By Richard Cross Terris

When you get a puppy one of the first things you’ll start to think about is where you want it to live. Is it going to be an inside or outside dog? Either way, you are going to need to buy it a kennel (or a crate depending on what you call it) so that the dog has somewhere it feels safe and can relax.

One of the most important things is to make sure that you get a dog kennel that is big enough for your dog. If it is living inside then you don’t need a huge kennel, just big enough for the dog to be able to stretch out. If your dog is living outside then you will need to give e it more space and add a run to the kennel too.

You should also remember that your dog will grow! This might sound obvious, but many people forget how quickly their dog will grow from being a small puppy to a large dog. you need to make sure that the kennel you buy is big enough for your dog full size unless you are willing to buy a new kennel every time the dog outgrows the old one.

Overall, buying a new dog kennel isn’t hard, but you do need to think carefully about what your dog needs so that you get the right one. It’s important that your dog thinks of his or her kennel as a safe haven and not somewhere for punishment, so make it as comfortable as possible.

You can find out more about buying a dog kennel and run by looking at outdoor dog kennels.

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Oct 22, 2009 | 0 | Looking after your dog

Treating Middle and Inner Ear Infections in Dogs

By Kelly Marshall

Anyone who has ever experienced a middle or inner ear infection knows the pain and uncomfortable feelings associated with it. Now imagine not beginning able to communicate this pain with others. This is exactly how your dog feels when he has an ear infection. The first and often most difficult step in treating a middle or inner ear infection in a dog is identifying the signs and symptoms that indicate that your dog has one. If left untreated, these infections can lead to much worse issues.

The first signs to look for that suggest your dog may be experiencing ear pain are head shaking, scratching at the ear, discharge from the ear, or inflammation of the face and side of the head. Any of these signs may indicate that the dog has an ear infection. Abnormal earwax build up that has a foul odor often indicates that an infection inside the ear is present.

Middle and inner ear infections in dogs are caused by some form of infection that started on the outer ear and then progressed inward to the inner ear. Anytime that an obvious infection exists on the outside of the ear, be certain to treat it promptly before the infection moves to the inner ear. Infections from ear mites, allergies, improper hygiene, and poor environmental conditions can all lead to middle and infer ear infections in dogs. In most cases, these infections are not caused by bacterial infections as seen in humans.

Any time that there is infection inside of the ear, it is considered a more severe case than an outer ear infection. These infections seem to be more prominent in dogs with floppy ears, such as cocker spaniels. It is important to keep the ears of these breeds groomed. It is also important to periodically examine the inside of the ears of these dogs.

Once you notice signs of an ear infection, contact your vet for an appointment. A veterinarian will examine your dog’s ear with an otoscopic exam and possibly even x-ray. In many cases, the doctor will recommend that the dog be anesthetized so that the ear can be carefully examined and flushed out for treatment. Treatments for mild infections usually include some form of oral antibiotic along with the treatment of a topical anti-fungal cream or antibiotic ointment. Eardrops may also be used.

Before treating your dog’s ear with medicine, it will likely be recommended that you gently clean the ear. You will need to treat any ear mites that are present. To prevent re-infection, continue to carry out good hygiene practices of keeping the dog’s ear clean and neatly groomed from longer ear hairs. Inner or middle ear infections that go untreated for lengthy amounts of time may result in the need for surgical procedures for the dog. Identifying the need for medical attention and making a trip to the vet’s office as soon as possible is the best method for treating a dog with an inner or middle ear infection.

This article was written by Kelly Marshall of Oh My Dog Supplies – the leader in dog supplies, including dog beds for small dogs.

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Oct 21, 2009 | 0 | Dog health

Home Remedies For Dog Constipation – Easy Way to Relieve Your Dog’s Constipation!

By Sarah Ann Mountford

Is your dog having trouble with his bowel movements? If your dog is not having one to two bowl movements a day, and when he does excrete his faeces is solid then he could be suffering from constipation. A couple of factors can contribute to constipation, one of the main things is your dogs diet and also lack of exercise. You need to give your dog the right amount of exercise that he or she needs along with a healthy diet to make sure your dog has healthy bowl movements daily.

A good home remedy for dog constipation apart from changing his diet to a more nutritiously healthy one is to add bran to your dogs food, a few spoonfuls is all you need to add and that should help to alleviate your dogs constipation and give your dog some relief.

Another method is to get Metamucil which is an over the counter remedy that can be used, just give your dog half a spoonful once a day to help with his constipation.Also make sure that you provide plenty of water throughout the day. If none of the above help to cure your beloved dogs constipation problem then you will have no other choice but to visit your vet. Your dog could likely have some sort of blockage internally so it is best to get your dog seen to as soon as possible.

Just remember that if you constantly give your dog a very healthy diet and make sure he gets plenty of exercise daily then that should prevent your dog from suffering with constipation, apart from the times when your dog has sneaky snacks of his own when your not looking! What dog doesn’t?

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Oct 20, 2009 | 0 | Dog health

Greyhound Training – Family Pet

By Richard Cussons

Though they were originally bred for coursing game and racing, many people consider greyhounds as wonderful household pets. Concealed behind those long and powerful legs are usually quiet, gentle and affectionate animals that can get along well with children, dogs and other family pets. No wonder the greyhound’s popularity as household pet is growing. As such, many people are definitely hunting for simple yet effective greyhound training tips.

The first step in greyhound training is to understand the breed’s traits and personality. This breed, though with reputation as a racing dog, is not actually a high-energy dog. They do not require extensive exercise like other breeds of the same size. To keep them physically and mentally healthy, leashwalk of three to four times a day is recommended along with occasional trip to the nearby dog park or around the neighborhood.

Greyhound training is not just about obedience, manners and agility. It also includes building good relationship through open communication. As breed that often becomes attached to its owners, greyhounds can become sensitive to your moods and actions. A greyhound may get upset if he feels like you are upset. This gentle and affectionate breed is also easily offended by harshness thus precaution must be taken so as not to offend and frighten them. It is also the very same reason why positive reinforcement should be used in greyhound training. Praises and giving of treats or toys are far more effective than slapping him with a rolled newspaper just to train him with a certain command.

Even if you know that your pet did something unacceptable, physical punishment is still discouraged for it will only cause behavior issues. The best way to correct a greyhound is to catch him in the act of doing something. Like when you catch him urinating inside the house, instead of rubbing his nose in the spot, make a noise to distract him and immediately take him to the designated area and let him finish there. Reward him when he goes out.

Keeping a greyhound as a pet is not a complicated thing as long as you understand this breed’s natural instinct to run and to chase. Allow him to run around and chase small furry things as long as it is safe for him to do so.

While it is important to make training fun for you and your dog, you should also see to it that you have your pet’s respect.

Richard Cussons shares great greyhound training techniques. Visit greyhoundsavvy.com to keep you informed about greyhound training.

 

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Oct 19, 2009 | 0 | Dog breed information