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To Sit Or to Board? That is the Question!

By Hank Lewis

Planning vacations is stressful for everyone but it might be even harder on your pets. This makes the most important decision making even more difficult. Is it better to hire a pet sitter? Or should you board your pet? That all depends on your pet!

Here in Frisco, there are many different pet sitters and pet boarding facilities to choose from. How should you decide what’s the best choice for your pet? Here are some factors to take into consideration before making that decision.

Activity Level

You should take your pet’s activity level into consideration. Is your dog a ball of energy who loves to run, play with other dogs and seems to never slow down? Or is he happier with a comfy couch to lie on, a tasty bone and the TV tuned to Animal Planet? If your dog wants to constantly go and loves the extra exercise and canine interaction, boarding him may be a great option. This will allow him to have lots of playtime and will eliminate chances of him getting bored at home and destroying the house. Your lazier dog may not even notice that you’re away and would do great with a pet sitter coming to visit for some love, playtime, potty breaks and feeding. Boarding your lazier dog may even stress him out.

Age

A pet’s age may also play a large part in the decision process. If you have a puppy that is new to the family and not yet adjusted to the house, leaving him alone in the house may traumatize him and imprint destructive behaviors that could be have been avoided if you were home. Boarding him will allow for socialization as well as routine potty breaks to further housetrain him. An adult dog that is used to his home, his surroundings, his sounds and smells may do better with a pet sitter visiting the house. This allows him to stay at home with all of his toys and familiar surroundings as well as no added stress of being somewhere new and unknown.

Sleeping Arrangements

Many of us worry about our pets sleeping alone. And many of think that there is no one we can hire to sleep with our pets except family. There are many pet sitters in Frisco TX that offer overnight pet sitting where the pet sitter stays at your home and acts as a surrogate cuddle-buddy every night for your pets. Some pet sitters even offer overnight pet care in their home as well if you’re not sure your pet can be alone in the house at night.

You Know Your Pet Best

No one knows your pet better than you do. If you’re worried about him staying alone for hours on end, boarding may be the best option. If you’re worried that he’ll hate being in a cage while you’re away, having a pet sitter may be the better fit. You need to decide which is going to make you feel more at ease while you’re away. And remember, your pet trusts you to make the best decision for him!

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Apr 30, 2010 | 0 | Dog sitting, travel

Methods to Stop Dog Licking

By James John Johnson

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One of the most crucial tips a dog owner should know is that from their first days of puppyhood and into their adult doggy days, it is vital that the owner remains persistent and trains their dog to act towards them as they would want them to behave towards other people. When an owner permits the dog to jump up on him, the dog will not realize that is is not permissible to do the same to visitors. Likewise, should the owner permit the dog to lick his hands or face, it will not comprehend that it is not allowed to lick the hands and face of another person. The secret to training a dog successfully is persistence, teaching the dog what behavior is acceptable and praising him for his obedience regularly.

While the owner may believe that it is a wonderful thing for the dog to lick him when he comes home, evidencing excitement and attention, there are many better behaviors besides licking which are more apropos for the dog to exhibit. One approach an owner could use to prevent licking would be to ignore and avoid their dog each time they attempt to lick them. An owner needs to avoid any eye contact with their dog and ought not to pay any attention to them until the licking has come to a stop. As soon as a dog regains a tranquil disposition, the owner can then offer their dog commendation and consideration for behaving so well. Lest a dog should be prone to licking people’s hands, the owner needs to stop this by retracting their hand and avoiding the dog entirely, thus providing the dog with a chance to calm himself down.

With reinforcement of the correct behavior, the owner is at the same time training the dog to stop licking when visitors come into the home. When the dog understands that he will not receive attention from the owner by licking him, it is unlikely that it will attempt to lick others when they are in the house. The dog owner also needs to inform others who come into their home of how they should respond when the dog tries licking them, displaying and bolstering those same manners that the owner implements to prevent licking.

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Dog training is designed to increase the pet owner’s satisfaction with their pet. James is a consultant who specializes in dog training methods, as for example stop dog licking.

Additionally, he studies the training of puppies in depth. He has also has great tips and a free guide to help you start your dog training: http://www.puppy-training-advice.com

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Apr 29, 2010 | 0 | dog behavior, Tips, Training

The Parvovirus and Your Dogs Health

By Kelly Marshall

The parvovirus is a highly contagious virus that attacks the intestines of your dog causing severe vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, and even death especially in dogs under 8 months of age and elderly dogs. The best way to treat this virus is to prevent your dog from catching it in the first place. You can do this by exercising diligent care and getting your dog vaccinated and the follow up boosters for the virus.

When to Start the Vaccinations

Vaccinating your dog for the parvo virus should begin at six weeks of age. Since good breeders normally keep their puppies until 8 weeks of age check with them and see if they have started the vaccination process for this virus. If so, get the information you need so that you will be on time for the next vaccination in the series. These vaccinations will continue every four weeks until your dog is 16 or 20 weeks old. During this time and for up to a month after the last vaccination your dog is still susceptible to the parvo virus so you need to exercise special care during this time.

You will want to keep your puppy away from strange dogs and from any place a dog may have eliminated. You also have to be careful that you do not carry any strange dog waste on your shoes to an area where your puppy will be as even sniffing at the waste of a dog who has parvo can result in your dog catching this virus.

Symptoms

While diligent care will lower your dogs risk of catching the parvo virus there may still be times when diligence is not enough. Knowing the symptoms of this virus can help get your dog medical care as quickly as possible giving him a far better chance of recovery.

Vomiting and diarrhea are usually the first signs you will notice. While vomiting and diarrhea can be caused by many things a puppy with parvo will have a blood in their stool and it will have a unique smell. The vomiting and diarrhea will also be more than with other illnesses and should be taken seriously. Check and see if your dog feels fevered as most dogs infected with parvo display fever as well as symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea. He may have also been eating less than usual and be lethargic as well.

If your dog shows any of these signs it is important that you seek immediate vet care. Even an emergency visit with it’s extra cost is well worth it if it can save a puppy’s life as it does not take long for a young puppy to become too dehydrated to recover.

Treatment

Treatment for Parvo is expensive as it usually means that your pet will have to hospitalized for as long as a week and treated with IV fluids and antibiotics. Once treated even when on the road to good health your puppy may pass the virus on to other dogs for several weeks after treatment so keep him away from other dogs that he may infect.

Parvo is a serious illness in dogs and should be treated as such. Proper vaccinations and follow up booster shots is the only way to prevent this dreaded virus from infecting your dog.

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Apr 28, 2010 | 0 | Dog health

Is Your Dog Suffering From Heartburn?

By Jared Wright

It is possible for your dog to suffer from heartburn, with the causes being much the same as for humans.

Heartburn is cause by a a sphincter muscle located between the esophagus and the stomach. Certain foods and underlying medical conditions can soften or relax the lower esophageal sphincter so that it does not close all the way after food has passed through it to the stomach.

When this happens, acid from the stomach can come back through the sphincter causing the heartburn we all know so well.

What are the symptoms?

A canine with heartburn will exhibit signs and symptoms of vomiting, loss of appetite, and decreasing weight. Other symptoms include pain, drooling, and fever.

The risks for acid reflux include dogs who are obese and receiving poor nutrition. Younger dogs are more susceptible to heartburn than older dogs. Table food is not recommended. Food that is specifically formulated for your pet is what should be given.

In addition, portion sizes and how often your dog is fed are dependent upon your pet’s age and size. Do not over feed as this will only exacerbate the acid reflux.

Treatment:

Your dog can be treated with over the counter medications such as zantac, pepcid AC, and reglan. Reglan works by increasing peristalsis to keep food traveling through the digestive tract, thus keeping the stomach emptied to prevent heartburn.

In cases where your canine has developed an ulcer, Carafate is the preferred treatment. Carafate will adhere to the ulcer area and act a protective patch.

You should talk to your vet before going ahead with any treatment as they can advise you on the recommended dosages.

Natural remedies:

A natural treatment you can use for canine heartburn is slippery elm and marshmallow herbs which help sooth the throat. Small doses of tumeric can also be of benefit.

Prevention:

Heartburn in dogs is preventable by making a few lifestyle changes. Avoid giving your dog a diet of rich foods, as they are more difficult to digest. Instead, switch to a rice based diet that is more easily digested. Be sure your dog get plenty of exercise to help keep the weight down. Increased weight is a contributor to heartburn.

Jared Wright is the marketing manager of Clivir.com – the free learning community site. You can learn more about health topics such as causes of heartburn and heartburn home remedy by clicking the links.

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Apr 27, 2010 | 0 | Uncategorized

How to train your dog to catch a Frisbee

By SketchandFlash

Due to many requests, I decided to make a four minute video on how to train your dog to catch a disc using my newest dog, Blitz.

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PLEASE NOTE: I mention to be exciting when getting them driven for the disc. During this video, I AM NOT BEING EXCITING enough for a new dog! Be like a Saturday morning cartoon! Blitz is a herding breed and already has a very high level of drive for discs. Also, teaching the dog to go around you before you throw isn’t necessary but I’ve found it easier for new players. It helps the handler have time to throw especially if they have a fast dog. Plus the dog is more like to catch it if they have to chase it not wait in front of it. Don’t get discouraged! It took Flash about a year before he really wanted to play.

Although herding breeds are the most common seen playing, ANY DOG CAN DO THIS! Any breed can catch a disc and is welcome to compete! From Boxers to Poodles to Yorkies, I’ve seen some very different breeds chase Frisbees!
Dogs of all ages can play, too. Dogs younger than 1 and 1/2 year should stay low to the ground and should not be doing a lot of jumping because their bones & plates are still growing. Talk to your vet for more details. If your dog is older(8 yrs+? depends on the breed), then ask your vet if they are in a good enough physical condition to be doing this.

Why take the time to do this with your dog?
-Helps get your dog in shape. If your dog is overweight, you’re cutting out years of their life.
-Can help get you in shape! If you choose to put more into it, you can loose some pounds too!
-Bonding with your dog. Dogs depend on human love and attention. This is a great way for you and your dog to have fun!
-Keep your dog from eating your house. If you have a herding dog, you probably know exactly what I mean.
-Meeting new people! I’ve met people from many parts of the world such as Canada, Hungary, Germany, and Japan.
-There are too many more reasons for me to list :)

FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME WITH YOUR QUESTIONS!!! My email is KirbyMcNab@SketchandFlash.com but I do respond to YouTube messages/comments just as fast!

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If your dog chews disc up very fast, I suggest the SuperHero or SuperSonic from Hero Disc

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Apr 26, 2010 | 0 | Training

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Apr 25, 2010 | 0 | Dog nutrition

The Practical Side of Dog Clothes

By Cristian Stan

Dog fashion can sometimes be very fun, as you can make him look glamorous, flashy, funky or flirty. These are the times when you have the most options when it comes to fashion for dogs. You can pick between shoes, clothes, leashes, dog carriers and collars.

Besides being fun, fashion for dogs also has a practical side, allowing you to keep a dog warm during the chilly nights and days. The reason why we love to put clothes on dogs is because we love the attention that other people give us because of it.

When they see our dogs wearing clothes, jewellery and hats, they will usually stop and want to talk with you about it. Unusual or funny things make people want to know you, and a good outfit for a dog can make people pay as much attention as they would a human that dresses after the latest fashion trends.

These days, the clothes that are designed especially for dogs have evolved quite a bit, so you’re not just throwing something on them. There are special designers that do clothes for dogs these days and they provide quality outfits that are quite fashionable.

You will find dresses designed for dogs that resemble what you used to wear as a kid. They use necklaces, faux fur, real leather, rainwear, hats, hair jewellery and boots and they help you create a great looking outfit for your dog to wear. You might actually have problems deciding from so many possibilities of outfits for dogs. You can spend a few bucks or you can end up spending hundreds of dollars on an outfit for a dog, so it all depends on your possibilities and what you’re willing to spend in order to dress him up. Either way, fashion for dogs is here to stay.

Clothes used for warmth

If you plan to take your small dog on a trip to Maine during the winter season, making sure that he is well dressed and ready to resist the cold is important. Besides making sure he doesn’t suffer because of the cold weather, you also have the option to make him look stylish, and here is where a faux fur coat comes in play.

Can you imagine how cute he would look with a little fur covering him up and protecting him from the winter cold? This isn’t just for fashion purposes though, as small dogs will lose body heat quite fast, so they are prone to getting hypoglycemia.

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Apr 24, 2010 | 0 | Dog clothing

Special Dog Shoes For Special Environment

By Nicole Viscuso

Do we wear different types of shoes when you go to parties, sports, college, work, trekking, in rain etcetera? Of course yes because different environments have different demands and we want to dress up accordingly. Moreover, we don’t want to look out of place and leave our feet unpampered, do we? That is why we have all sorts of shoes in our collection-joggers, flip-flops, Converse, sneakers, high-heels, coat shoes and rain shoes.

Do we care the same about our doggies? Mostly we don’t, because we don’t know what our pet needs and how to cater to it. Thanks to the dog shoe companies. Now we know what our pal needs and when he needs it. If you live in an area where there is frequent rain and snowfall, you should buy dog shoes that delve into activity in rain, sleet or snow. Dog shoes are now no longer a fashion statement. Whether it is frozen ice, snow or hot pavement, dog shoes are a necessity.

Snow, rocks and hardwood demand high protection for your dog’s paws. Thus, companies have designed dog shoes that give an All Weather protection to your dog. They can slip on and off easily because they have Velcro attachments for an easy fit. If your pet is suffering from a foot injury, then there also are shoes that aid in healing and also make an attractive accessory side by side.

Most of the All Weather Protection shoes for dogs are made in USA or Canada where they are accustomed to making shoes that withstand the harsh weather. These All Weather Dogs Shoes provide durable, long-lasting protection during outdoor activities. Shoes keep paws safe and dry and help prevent injuries from heat, cold, ice, salt, stones and abrasive surfaces. They are made of breathable, water-repellent fabric with tough leather soles and toes. Stretchy, ribbed knit cuffs add comfort, and adjustable straps keep shoes snug and secure. Decorative reflective strip increases visibility.

Then there are disposable natural rubber dog shoes and Muttluks fleece-lined shoes. Muttluks provide superior paw protection at a great price. If you’re looking for shoes for dogs, give these a try at this great price. The name Muttluks is derived from the original Inuit sealskin shoes known as mukluks. These dog shoes provide great indoor and outdoor protection – providing traction on hardwood floors, boat decks, etc. They are soft, warm and comfortable in any season. Hott Doggers are machine washable. Muttluks dog shoes come in attractive mesh bags with 4 dog shoes per bag.

Then there are special boats that are designed to absorb moisture if your pooch is in a habit of paw licking. When you are sizing for dog shoes, be careful to measure your dog’s paw from the front edge of the small pads to the back edge of the large pads. Do not include the nails unless they are unusually long to affect the size. Dog shoes are available in a variety of colors, materials and sizes. All of these are displayed online with tags for you to view. Most of the dog boot companies also deliver the order to your doorstep within 1 to 5 days.

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Apr 22, 2010 | 0 | Dog clothing

The Truth About Dog Aggression

By Caroline Sanchez

Dogs are still much more closely related to their wild ancestors than humans are and as a result still possess many of their natural survival instincts. In the big, wild world, properly expressed aggression can be the difference between life and death. Problems arise in the modern, civilized world when a dog’s wild aggressive tendencies come to the surface in inopportune situations.

Not all aggression in dogs is manifested by an outright attack or bite. A dog that barks incessantly is also displaying aggression, as is a dog who insists on constantly tugging on the leash during walks. In both of these forms the dog is trying to establish dominance over its surroundings. This is one reason why small dogs often behave worse than large ones.

Regardless of how call and well-behaved your dog is, the potential for aggression is there, just as it is in humans. The difference will be how the dog chooses to use the aggression and it’s up to you to teach them the proper time and place. For instance, growling at you when you approach his food dish is inappropriate while barking and growling at a stranger jumping the back yard fence is expected and proper behavior.

A dog’s socialization plays a large part on its aggressiveness and begins a few weeks after birth. Puppies need to be exposed to as many people and experiences as possible to get them used to things and not view them as threats. These experiences can be reinforced through treats so that the dog not only doesn’t associate the experience as threatening, but sees it as a good thing.

Dogs who have been abused require special professional attention. It’s easy to understand aggression in these dogs and firm but loving touch is required to once again instill trust in the world.

A dog that is sick or injured can also act aggressive. In these cases one must simply be patient and supportive. People can get pretty grumpy when not feeling well and it’s not fair to expect anything different from a dog.

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Apr 20, 2010 | 2 | dog behavior

A Guide to Life Vests

A dog life vest is the first safety precaution dog owners must take when taking their dogs in or around water. This is valid for dogs of every breed, age and size and is essential to the safety of your dog in the incidence of any unfortunate event. The idea of the dog life vest first materialized to be worn by dogs of the working class such as police dogs. Their work required them to be in and around deep waters often and to ensure they were safe while performing their duties, they were made to wear a dog life vest. Since then the design of the vest has evolved and is now a must have for every dog owner.

As if the case when shopping for any article of importance, the best way to choose the ideal dog vest for your specific need and personal preferences is to do a comparative survey online and in the local stores. Once you see the different types of models available it will be easier to choose which one is the perfect choice for you dog. Basically life vests for dogs are made out of foam covered in water resistant cloth to act as a flotation device and provide maximum buoyancy around the chest or torso region of your dog.

The vests come in a variety of different sizes suited to various breeds and the weight and age of the dog. The perfect fit and feel is a very important feature to be considered while purchasing a life vest for your dog. If the jacket is too large, your dog might slip right out of it and if it is too small your dog will feel cramped in it and will not enjoy being in the water at all.

Dog vests are made from different types of fabric types as well and the most common and popular material for the vests is nylon since this is easy to clean and comfortable for the dog as well. The cloth will commonly be of some bright color such as orange or neon green so that you can easily spot your dog in the water. If not made from vibrant colors, the vest should have some easy-to-spot feature such as reflective straps and so forth. While the designer vests are more expensive, standard vests are priced between twenty and fifty dollars.

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Apr 19, 2010 | 0 | dog safety