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The Need For Dog Wheelchairs

By Charles M Johnson

Being, adjustable and easy to use for rehabilitative purposes, dog wheelchairs have become a godsend for disabled mutts. You can get adjustable wheelchairs for your dog, or even order a customized wheelchair to be made for your beloved pet.

Though it may sound strange, dog wheelchairs are a reality. When you think wheelchairs, the thing that occurs first in your minds is old or disabled. But actually, wheelchairs for canines also exist to help your favorite pet recover from an accident or related ailments. They are also designed to help wounded or handicapped pets. As the saying goes, a dog is man’s best friend. They are very endearing and social animals. Thus, many owners look for pet mobility aids for their hurt or handicapped pets.

Yet, sadly, they are not invincible. They are injured sometimes. At times, this leads them to being physically disabled. It is not unusual for an aged, wounded, or disabled dog to lose their back and front mobility. Nevertheless, in such situations, it does not have to be the end of the dog’s life. Dog wheelchairs or dog carts can make the dog’s existence improved, by restoring a wholesome and healthy life.

Dog wheelchairs are a great way to assist them in regaining their usual, healthy and content life. A wheelchair can help your dog run and play yet again, and get the work out it needs. It is made to help dogs with hip and leg troubles like hip dysplasia, neurological ailments, degenerative myelopathy, surgical recuperation, and more.

The majority of handicapped dogs who need dog wheelchairs have arthritis, spinal cord problems, paralysis, soreness, slipped disc, or hip dislocations. Some of the most common causes why dogs need wheelchairs are hip dysplasia, disc diseases, ruptured discs, spinal cord injuries, fractured back, arthritis, chronic leg weakness, front and back leg amputation, paralysis, neurological diseases. Neurological afflictions, wounds and diseases can bring about paraplegia or hind limb paresis in dogs. Dogs afflicted by these conditions, as well as those recuperating from hind limb operations, may gain a lot by using dog wheelchairs. Research has revealed that canines using wheelchairs can largely improve the wellbeing and quality of the dog’s life, in addition to assisting the caregivers.

Having dog wheelchairs personalized for your dog is the best way to make sure that the dog is given the maximum assistance and comfort. A custom-made wheelchair will be sized to fit your dog impeccably and will also make up for the gender of your dog. It can have the color of your choice too.

Being, adjustable and easy to use for rehabilitative purposes, dog wheelchairs have become a godsend for disabled dogs. They have brought back hope and happiness in the lives of the wounded and handicapped dogs and their owners.

“Charlie Johnson is a freelance writer for www.WalkinWheels.com – If you’re looking for more information on “Dog Wheelchairs” to help your loving dog live a more comfortable life be sure to visit us today.”

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Aug 31, 2010 | 0 | Looking after your dog, Older dogs, Tips

5 Reasons to Use Raised Dog Bowls

By Sonia K. Singh

Raised dog bowls are great invention. Like many other areas of having a large dog, here’s something they need specially designed for them. Here are 5 reasons why raised dog bowls are so good for big dogs and their owners.

1. It’s more comfortable

Have you ever seen your dog lie down in front of the bowl to eat? When a food or water bowl is at their normal head height, it’s easier for them to swallow. Can you imagine having to drink with your head bent down all the time? Being at the same height with the bowl is simply more comfortable for your buddy. Also, large dogs are more likely to get arthritis. For those dogs, the raised feeders are easier on the joints and spine. They stand straighter, which eases the stress on the joints while eating.

2. Reduce air intake

When a dog has to maneuver to get food in its mouth and to swallow, a lot of air gets swallowed alongside the food. Swallowing air along with the food causes dogs to get gas – especially large breeds. We have noticed a significant reduction in our mutt’s special surprises since she started using the elevated bowl. Too much air intake can lead to bloat, a medical problem that many experts and vets say can be reduced by using raised dog feeders. It may not be appropriate for all dogs (such as deep-chested breeds) so consult your vet if you have questions.

3. Make sure your dog has plenty to eat and drink

Having access to clean, fresh water at all times is very important for large canines. Raised dog bowls have large bowls. This means your dog has plenty of water at all times, even if you’re at work all day.

4. Convenient for you

It can be hard on a human’s back to be bending over to fill your dog’s bowl daily. With a raised dog feeder, you can fill the bowl without doing as much bending. It saves Fido’s back, and yours.

5. Reduce mess

If your dog is one that leaves a trail like a hurricane behind him after he eats, a raised dog feeder might help. Because the food is at your dog’s natural height, he doesn’t have to move around so much as he eats. When he eats just above his bowl most of the crumbs fall right back into the bowl. Same with a large raised water bowl – larger bowls catch more of the drool. Your floors will have a lot less soggy food crumbs this way.

Overall, an adjustable raised dog bowl is a great tool for large dog owners. It is both safer for the dog and more convenient for you, the owner.

This valuable information is provided by Sonia Singh, owner of an online big dog supplies store. Her big dog blog has been recognized as a top blog for dog care tips.

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Aug 30, 2010 | 0 | Tips

Ten Effective Ways to Eliminate Your Dog’s Chewing Problem

By James Damon

Chewing for a dog is very normal behavior, it’s as normal as breathing. It cannot be eliminated so what you need to do is to teach your dog what is appropriate and what is not appropriate to chew. Dogs use their mouths somewhat differently than we do, they feel things, taste things and even carry things.

Puppies are like infants and experience many small objects by putting them into their mouths. Teething takes about six months during which time chewing seems to alleviate their gum discomfort and assist with the process itself.

Fully grown dogs usually have good reasons for their chewing behaviors these include:

  • lack of attention
  • fear
  • boredom
  • separation anxiety
  • lack of puppy training

Here’s what you can do to eliminate the problem:
1-keep your things out of harm’s way. Don’t leave things around for your dog to chew this should include books, glasses, trash, and especially anything that has your smell including clothing and shoes.

2-make sure your dogs toys don’t resemble anything you don’t want them to chew. Don’t make a dog toy out of an old sock or shoe. Your dog won’t be able to distinguish a junk shoe from your brand-new Nikes.

3-give your dog lots of attention and devote some special time to him. If you don’t have time to spend with your dog, why have one?

4-exercise your dog regularly. A daily walk is a good place to start, but your dog will enjoy any activities that bring you together including grooming, wrestling, playing tug-of-war, or throwing a ball. Keep them involved interesting activities; a bored dog frequently gets into mischief.

5-when you catch your dog chewing on something that’s not appropriate, make a loud noise by clapping your hands or by saying “No’ in a loud voice, letting him know that’s not okay. Then provide them with a chewing type toy and give him a little praise.

6-for a puppy who is teething, give him an old washcloth that has been wet and frozen, this should soothe his gums, but don’t let him devour the cloth.

7-used taste repelling substances to protect some items, especially furniture. These you can apply to items that are with them in your dog’s reach which you don’t want chewed upon. Since it may be difficult to predict which tastes might be effective for your dog, you should probably observe your dog when you first use these substances to make sure that they are effective.

8-train your dog to trade what’s in his mouth for a treat. Teach him the command “give” and reward him with a treat.

9-if your dog grabs an object and starts to run Do Not chase him, because that’s what he wants. Being chased is great fun for dogs, but instead call him to you and you can even reward him with a treat.

10-never punish your dog after the fact, it just won’t do any good and may even make the situation much worse. Behavioral scientists tell us that the animal makes an association of the punishment with the activities they are performing at the time they are being reprimanded. They are unable to associate the chewing they did a few hours ago with the punishment that is occurring now.

When you get angry and scold your dog, he may be threatened by your tone of voice, but not able to make the connection with his previous behavior. You’ll be wasting your time and unnecessarily upsetting your dog.

So there you have the 10 ways that you can eliminate your dog’s chewing problem use them wisely, and above all, enjoy your dog.

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Aug 29, 2010 | 0 | Tips, Training

3 Steps to Remove Dog Pee and Pet Stains From Your Carpet

By Thomas McCormick

Dog pee does not only leave a smelly odor but also a yellow nice stain in the area. If the area where your pet has an “accident” is not properly cleaned, this will then encourage them to urinate on the same spot repeatedly over time and would cause you more trouble in the long run.
Here are 3 steps to remove dog pee from your carpet.

  • It is advisable to absorb the dog urine first if the area is still wet. It might encourage bacterial growth if left to dry out which most of the time causes the smell. Use layers of paper towel over the wet area and step on it to get and soak up as much of the dog urine as possible. Do not rub it in as it can cause further damage. Repeat this step several times until there is no more dog urine that can be soaked up. If you were not able to notice the pee while it was wet, try to find the urine spots by using a black light as it will glow under it in a darkened room.
  • Spray the area with a pet urine eliminator to remove the odor. You can use a homemade or a commercial product. A homemade product can be a mixture of 50% water and 50% white vinegar. If you decided to use a commercial product, make sure to choose something that has hydrogen peroxide and follow the instructions on how to apply it. Do not use ammonia or ammonia-based product as this will encourage the dog or puppy to pee on the same spot since dog urine smells like ammonia.
  • After the area has dried up, you can clean up the stain by putting baking soda over the stained area. Dissolve the baking soda with a mixture of 3% hydrogen peroxide and a teaspoon of detergent by pouring slowly on it. Use a scrubbing brush to work in dissolving the baking soda. Do not use a caustic dishwasher detergent in the mixture. An ordinary liquid dishwashing detergent will do the trick. Make sure to let the area dry completely and then use a vacuum on the area. Repeat this process for areas with heavy stains on it.

Cleaning up your dog pee may require a lot of work however it certainly is worth the effort. It may save you from having to replace your carpet. Not only that, but the smell of a carpet that has been repeatedly used as a dog toilet is not a very pleasant thing to live with.

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Aug 28, 2010 | 1 | Tips

Dogs Are the Best Companion a Human Can Get

By J Freg Smith

Dogs are known for their faithfulness and loyalty towards their owners. They act as a great stress buster after a long gruesome day at work. We do know how much you enjoy your pets company, but there are few things which you need to do as an owner so that your dogs live a comfortable life with you. Few of the crucial points you must take keen interest to lead a happy life with you’re dogs are,

Select the right breed:

Always choose dogs according to you’re needs and the amount of time and space you can provide. Bigger dogs need larger spaces and attention from the owner. You need to take them on walks and play with them so as to avoid boredom and behavioral problems. Smaller ones need lesser space and they are ideal for apartments or small homes, you can play indoors with such dogs. You should even consider the amount of time and energy you can spend with them before selecting the breed because few breeds of dogs are very active and you need to spend a lot of time and energy so as to give proper exercise for the dog.

Medical Care:

This is the most important aspect of dog keeping for all the dog owners. You have to take proper medical care for your dogs. Never miss any of the vaccinations, take good care of hygiene and food. Dogs not only suffer from physical problems but also behavioral problems which when tackled at the earliest will ensure a long and happy life for your pet. Look for any changes in your dog’s behavior and contact the vet if required. The most common reason for such anomaly could lack of companionship causing boredom. Get dogs sterilized if you don’t want your dog to reproduce and ensure a long life for it.

Grooming your dog:

Well kept and groomed dogs is always a source of pride for the family who owns it. So do take proper care of your dog. Giving a bath twice a month is a good practice, if you feel that you’re dog has become dirty then a sponge bath or washing its paws is advisable. Comb dog’s hair using a curry comb made of plastic or wood which ensures a proper blood circulation, removal of dirt, dead skin and hair.Grooming session between you and your dog strengthens the bond between you and your dog.

Teaching tricks:

It’s one of the best ways to bond with dogs, teach them with various tricks to keep dogs engaged. There are many professional trainers who will be able to guide you and teach your dog various tricks.

Treat dogs with love and affection, it will be your most sincere friend for lifetime.

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Aug 25, 2010 | 0 | Understanding Your Dog

Is Your Dog’s Skin Allergies Driving You Both Crazy?

By Joy Peterson

All dogs scratch and chew at themselves from time to time. But if your dog’s scratching and chewing just never seems to end – and is making you nuts – don’t blame the poor dog.

It has something it never asked for – a dog skin allergy.

What causes a dog skin allergy?

Dogs can be allergic to any number of things. The number one dog allergen is probably flea saliva. But a dog can also become allergic to its food; to an airborne microscopic organism such as pollen or mold; or by something it comes in contact with – for example, the plant Wandering Jew or poison ivy.

Not its nose

When we have an allergy it affects our nose and sinuses. When a dog is born with – or develops – an allergy, it affects not its nose but its skin. In other words, a dog allergy is much the same as our allergies; they just affect a different area.

The symptoms of a dog skin allergy

The major symptom of a dog skin allergy is that infernal scratching and chewing itself that never seems to end. But there are other symptoms that signal a dog skin allergy such as an inflammation of the affected area, hair loss, hot spots and even recurring ear infections. A dog suffering a skin allergy may also chew and lick its paws and scratch at its face, ears and eyelids.

The types of dog skin allergies

There are a number of different dog allergies just as there are a number of human allergies. One of the most common is a parasitic allergy – one caused by a reaction to flea saliva or by the bite of a tick, demodex mite or sarcoptic mite.

Your dog could also be suffering from a food allergy, which is called nutritional dermatitis. It is what happens when the dog becomes allergic to something in its diet.

The most common type of dog skin allergy is probably atopic allergies. These can occur when your dog becomes allergic to something in the air – pollen, mold spores, dust, or some other airborne microorganism.

Maybe it’s all in the dog’s mind

Sometimes there is just no reason for the dog to be doing all that scratching and chewing. In this cause, the allergy is often called neurogenic, meaning that it’s all in the dog’s head. This happens when the dog persistently licks and chews at some area, often on its foreleg or ankle – for no apparent reason. The dog may even work on the area so obsessively that it never heals. What causes the dog to do this? No one knows for certain though it has been theorized that it may be caused by separation anxiety, confinement, frustration or just become some minor abrasion caught the dog’s interest.

In summary, when you see your dog is obsessively scratching and chewing at itself to the point where it’s making the both of your crazy, don’t get mad at the dog. It most certainly has one of the dog skin allergies described in this article – and is more to be pitied than to be blamed.

Visit DogSkinAllergies.org for more information on how to
treat dog skin allergies and other helpful information including causes, symptoms and even dog skin allergy home remedies.

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Aug 24, 2010 | 1 | Dog health

Dog Health – Dealing With a Dog’s Fears

By Thomas McCormick

Like humans, dogs also have fears. It is very common for dogs to develop fear from things, people, loud noises, darkness or other dogs based on past experiences. If your dog comes from a previous owner who may have been cruel or abusive, your dog is likely to have what appears to be irrational fears. The older the dog, the harder the fears are dismissed. However, there are ways to lessen these fears so that your dog can be a happy household member.

Fear in dogs is displayed in a variety of ways. To determine your pet’s specific fear, determine his fearful behavior. Fearful behaviors may be cowering, shaking, whimpering, lowering the tail, uncontrollable urinating and hiding. Often, dogs are lost after running away from fear and become confused. This is often observed during holidays when houses are filled with loud and noisy visitors. When you know your dog’s fear, make every effort to protect your dog and ensure his safety during these times.

Animals often are afraid of loud noises. This condition is termed as ‘gun shy’ although it does not always have to be the noise from the sound of a gunshot. Usually, hunting dogs that are believed to be gun shy were tied to a post when a gun is fired nearby awaiting the fear to pass. This is unnecessarily brutal although the manner of training is highly effective.

Today, creating a soothing environment is the best way to train a dog in dealing with his fears. Speaking in a gentle and hushed tone can help maintain this calm atmosphere. When your pet’s fears include thunderstorms, make an enclosed refuge and provide praise while creating a sense of calmness. This will help the dog deal with his fear easier. Other events that cause loud noises are fireworks displays. So make sure you bring your dog inside to prevent them from running away.

Humans can be another fear in canines as they can be abused and mistreated at times. When this fear becomes evident, establish trust to replace fear. Always keep the dog in a quiet environment and slowly approach while speaking gently to the animal. Avoid any sudden movements. Gradually introduce more people to the dog but avoid having a crowd of individuals overtake the dog at once. You may also need to segregate your dog from other dogs when enough trust is developed. Moreover, if your dog displays aggressive behavior, he is likely in fear and uses aggression as a defensive measure.

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Aug 23, 2010 | 0 | dog behavior, Dog health, Looking after your dog, Tips

Chihuahua Attention!

By Adrian F Alexa

If you already decided that a Chihuahua is the perfect breed for you, you did your research on this dog and you analyzed every perspective that you needed in order to take such an important decision, I have to stress upon a few little things, such as what is a Chihuahua capable of doing and what is not.

As you can imagine, every dog has the tendency to believe he’s the meanest and toughest one around the neighborhood. That is the case of the Chihuahua as well; you will probably smile while reading this, but this little dog has a powerful bark and, even though he does not look like the regular watchdogs, he really has a strong feeling of alert, alarm and propriety.

Well, of course you realize that due to the fact he is smaller than any other dog -Chihuahua is also called a “Toy Dog”, if you did not know that already, the possibility that he gets injured is quite higher than the average rate. This can happen from the innocent play between him and his master. Therefor, you need to be very careful when you tend to overwhelm your dog with funny activities.

The health of your Chihuahua is a matter that needs extra attention, so if usually for a dog is normal to take him to the veterinary for his annual checkup, for Chihuahua this process has to be doubled. Do not forget any of the recommended puppy shots and the medication against any internal or external parasites.

Your “Toy Dog” is basically a toy only at first sight, be careful not to break it!

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Aug 22, 2010 | 0 | Dog breed information

Useful Jobs for Dog Trainers

By Justin R Hopley

Nowadays more and more people are becoming aware and well known of the importance of proper puppy training. This will not only raise their happiness with their dogs, but it also makes the dog happier as he knows that there are set rules for everything to follow. If you want to find a job of training dog then it is the best time for you to take steps in starting your job and become a professional dog trainer.

If you are unaware of the ways of how to become professional and start your job as dog trainer then you must read the article below. In this article, you will read about dog training jobs that will surely help you to start your job and become professional dog trainer.

For your information, one of the best and easy way to start your job is to take lessons on job training and become a certified job trainer in less time. You might know there are numbers of companies that offers classes on dog training and they also issue the certificate on it. You need to search for the best and good quality classes to start learning about dog training to start your job as dog trainer.

One thing that I must tell you that it would be best if you start your own business of dog training as a professional, in this way you can work according to your own hours and you can take clients according to your choice that you want to work with. Starting your own business of dog training might scare you but you must know that there actually many franchises of dog training that helps the people in setting up and running business of their own successfully and faster.

There are many benefits of these franchises. One of the main benefits of taking help with franchise and making deal with them is that they have many different marketing plans to follow in order to find the client easily and quickly.

Justin has been writing articles for almost two years now. In his spare time he creates websites, you can view his latest website about Hon File Cabinets and his latest post about Hon Office Furniture.

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Aug 20, 2010 | 0 | Training

Dog Abuse – Why Does the Punishment Not Fit the Crime?

By Barbara Young

Most of us love our four legged friends more than anything in the world and would do anything to protect them. But unfortunately that is not the case for everybody. There are some people out there who get cruel pleasure out of harming and abusing dogs. Yes, they often get caught and punished but when it comes to Dog Abuse-Why Does the Punishment Not Fit the Crime?

A dog is a living creature, with a heart and with feelings. If someone can harm a dog, it would not take very much more to harm another person. If someone can have so little feelings remorse for harming another living being then they should be punished accordingly.

The punishment for dog abuse differs from state to state but the maximum punishment is a few years in jail and a few thousand dollars fine. Would the judges be so lenient if the same crime was committed against another human being?

Animal cruelty is just the beginning and often leads to bigger crimes, involving people and often ending in death. Should the criminals not be punished more severely against crimes such as animal cruelty to hopefully deter them from becoming even bigger criminals and ruining more lives?

If these people are taught their lesson when they are meddling in the petty crime arena then maybe they will not grow into hard criminals and murderers.

The main thing that should be kept in mind is that an animal is one of Gods creatures and if someone has that little concern for them then they will obviously not have a very big conscience when it comes to bigger crimes and they should be taken down at the beginning stages of their criminal lives.

The law needs to be stricter on animal cruelty and dog abuse, a no tolerance policy needs to be put into place and maximum punishments need to be given.

To see a first hand look at some of the atrocities these poor animals endure, CLICK HERE to read the Heartbreak Of Animal Cruelty. When you are looking for a new pet, please always make your first stop your local Pet Shelter. If you need assistance in finding a great shelter near you go to www.BustersCanineSupplyOutlet.com/Links.html and you will find Links to many Pet Shelters and Directories. When you find that special new pet, come on back to Busters for quality products and helpful information for your new pet.

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Aug 19, 2010 | 0 | Miscellaneous