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Looking for a Pet Tracking Device?

By Matthew Langlois

There is no doubt that pets are family. One of the major selling points for GPS pet tracking devices is that pets are family members too and you would want to be able to locate a family member if they happened to get lost. Many Pet owners are often so attached to their pets that they feel the animal is almost as important as one of their children or siblings. The very idea of the animal becoming lost and not returning home upsets them so much the pet owner looks for way to monitor or keep track of their pet.

Another form of pet tracking is a microchip, which a veterinarian will inject into the pet this microchip contains information like the pet owner’s name and address and any illnesses the pet has. There can be other information placed on this chip on a need to know basis. All this information actually can be found by the pet’s registration number, which is found on the tracking chip being run through the pet registry. This does nothing in helping one find their pet. The pet must be found then brought to a veterinarians office and scan the microchip. Only then can they determine where the dog is from and to whom it belongs.

Cats, dogs, ferrets and any animal you can keep a collar on can be tracked by using a pet tracking collar, however you can place the GPS tracking device in other areas if you can get it to stay attached. There are also harnesses available that can contain the GPS device.

GPS pet tracking devices come in all shapes and sizes and have recently begun to get smaller and smaller. The more portable the device is the easier it is to use to locate the lost pet and get it home safely.

Some of these pet tracking devices actually connect through a cellular phone to show the location of the pet. This means that the pet owner has to be within range of a cellular phone tower to use these devices. One advantage to this is that you can be on the other side of the world and know where your pet is at any given time.

Another type of GPS pet tracking equipment uses radio waves and signals to locate the lost pet. These devices are generally more expensive and only cover up to about a mile in distance between the owner and lost pet. The benefits behind these particular pet trackers are that there is no other expense once they are purchased and you don’t have to worry about having a phone signal or internet signal to track down your lost animal. They have a nice LCD screen that gives the pet owner a large array of information such as the distance between the pet and the owner, where the pet is located, which way the pet is going, and some even have compasses so that you know which direction you are going in.

There are also GPS tracking devices that use a web interface to locate the lost pet. The downside to these are unless you are able to use your cell phone or laptop computers you are pretty much going to need two people to carry out the search.

In order to keep peace of mind and to keep your pet safe, purchasing one of these devices is an excellent idea for every pet owner. Animals depend on their owners to look out for them and keep them safe from harm even though they do love the freedom of running throughout the neighborhood. All dogs, cats and any animal that can wear a collar definitely should have one of these types of GPS pet tracking devices just in case they wander to far from home one day.

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Jun 30, 2012 | 0 | dog safety, Tips

Golden Retriever Aggression

by Anthony J Lemar

It is rare for a Golden Retriever to grow to be aggressive, but it can happen. There are many causes for this type of behavioral issue. In some scenarios, poor breeding can result in an aggressive Golden Retriever.

Goldens’ usually don’t actually care about dominance and tend to be very good at accepting their status as a subordinate member of your family pack. However, that doesn’t mean that it can’t happen. Dominance issues are one of the most common reasons for aggression.

More often than not, a golden with aggression issues will simply be acting out of fear. This is recognized as defensive aggression. For example, if your golden was hurt by a massive dog or young kid when they were youthful, they may react aggressively when exposed to these triggers further in life. Dealing with defensive aggression can be a scary and irritating time. While you do not want to scare your dog or cause further emotional trauma, you obviously want to decrease the incidences of aggressive behavior.

One of the most important points you can do when dealing with defensive aggression is to not ignore the problem. It is important to deal with the issues as soon as possible due to the fact aggression can increase over time if not properly addressed.

Facts About Dog Aggression

Aggressive behavior can begin with some dogs when they are as young as six weeks old! At this point, many dogs are still being weaned and haven’t even left the breeder. This is why it is very important to obtain your golden from a reputable breeder. You should also take the time to meet your pet’s parents to see if they have any behavioral issues.

One good way to stop aggressive behavior is to make sure that your dog is properly socialized. A critical period for socialization is from the time a dog is 6 weeks old until he or she is 14 weeks old, right after your puppy is weaned and has obtained their first series of shots, you can take them out in public. Some people choose to socialize their dog in public before they have received their shots. You can minimize the risk of your dog contracting a virus by keeping hold of them while out in public. Soon after your dog has been properly immunized, you can take them to family outings in the park, to the dog park, or even to the pet store. Getting your dog out to these areas is a great way to expose your puppy to people and other pets.

Dealing With Aggression

When your dog acts inappropriately, it is important that you don’t do the same. This implies that you should never discipline your young puppy harshly, especially if she is between 8 to 10 weeks old. When you discipline your pup, do not hit her with your hand or another object, yell at her, or use other harsh discipline methods. This can actually backfire and cause more aggression, especially if your dog is defensive aggressive.

Recall that properly socializing your dog before they are 14 weeks of age can truly help to decrease their probabilities of building aggressive behavior soon after in life.

Nature Or Nurture?

While genetics may play a role in growing aggressive behavior, environment can play a huge role. If your dog is abused or neglected, they will have a very good possibility of turning aggressive. A dog that has poor living conditions, very harsh masters and no social capabilities is also very possible to develop behavior issues.

controlling Behavior Once It Has Started

If your dog shows aggressive behavior after one year of age, you will need to address the problem quickly. You may need to enlist the help of a trained professional to do this.

Bear in mind that it is important to not reward your dog for aggressive behavior. If you treat your dog or pet your dog immediately soon after aggressive behavior, you are in essence rewarding that behavior.

If your dog turns aggressive simply because it is fearful, you will need to take some time to work on social skills and socialization. You should also seek the advice of a trained specialist who has encounter dealing with defensive aggressive behaviors

Aggression can be controlled. Even so, it is very important to take the steps necessary to solve the problem as a substitute of ignoring behaviors and hoping that they will go away on their own.

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Jun 29, 2012 | 0 | Dog breed information

Sydney – Two Dogs Need a Forever Home Together

These two gorgeous dogs  have been together since birth …. at this stage I don’t have much information on them but I will add further information once available. I believe the owners are moving into an apartment and cannot take them.

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OK – I have further info:

Sesame is an eight year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback female. She is friendly and quiet and stays by your side when taken for a walk. She comes with her pure bred papers.

Sirloin is a  six year old male, a staffy/boxer cross who is friendly and playful and loves to run.

Both dogs are vaccinated, micro-chipped, and desexed.

Although a new home together would be ideal, we understand if they have to be separated as their well-being is of paramount importance. Thank-you for your kindness.


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Jun 16, 2012 | 0 | Home Wanted

Swollen Ears in Dogs Are a Big Problem

By Becky Marks, DVM

The first afternoon appointment arrives. It is an ear problem. Ear Problems in dogs are complicated. This is a Labrador that has a big problem. The right ear is blown up like a little balloon. It happened overnight. “Is it a tumor” the owner queries?

The patient enters the exam room. This is a dog that has had no history of ear problems before. She is 3 years old and has had some big changes since her exam a year ago. The ear indeed looks like a little pillow but in fact it is a pocket with the ear flap of blood, a hematoma. The ear canals are both dry, odorous and have excessive gray waxy debris. The ears look “old” so to speak. This problem had been present for months.

The diagnosis begins by performing the exam. Since the ears are an extension of the skin, often there are other dermatologic (skin) issues. Facial rubbing, red lips, feet licking, scooting the itchy anus, chronic infections are all examples of allergies or food reactions. A sample of the ear debris is examined under the microscope for evaluation of possible bacteria, yeast, mites, blood, and other cells. This dog had a mixture of 3 types of bacteria and some yeast. Skin samples may need to be exampled. In this case the lab had signs of feet licking but actual lesions.

The ear treatment in this case is 3 fold. 1. First the ear “pillow” will require a surgery to correct the blood pocket. Through the years many quick fixes have been tried but there is still only one treatment. Surgically open the ear, remove the clot and sew multiple sutures (stitches) in a series of somewhat random locations which appear like an old fashioned ticked mattress. The animal has to be anesthetized for this procedure. 2.The ear canal is thoroughly examined and lavaged. Aural antibiotics, oral antibiotics and some choice of medication for the underlying allergy component (cortisone, antihistamines, cyclosporine) and 3. the hopeful identification of the allergan. Most often it is food which can be identified by the doctor’s experience.

The owner mentioned the dog has been on the same food for 2 years. That doesn’t make a difference. Allergies generally don’t reveal themselves until the dog is 3 years or older. I believe this is in-line with the end of their full growth and time for the immune system to start deciding “what it likes and doesn’t like” on a repeated basis.

The surgery heals in about 3 weeks. The infection is resolved in about 3 weeks. The response to a new food can take up to 4 months. This dog has a great chance for managing the allergy as long as the owner is willing to stay with the appropriate diet.

Dr. Becky Marks is co-owner of Timberland Animal Clinic in Portland, OR. Dr. Marks practices small animal medicine and has many areas of expertise including Hyperthryoidism, Kidney disease and Cardiology. She has authored in local press and has a full library on the clinic website

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Jun 11, 2012 | 0 | Dog health

How Do I Let My Dog Know I’m The Boss?

By Christina Graham

If you find yourself asking this question, it’s probably because you are having problems controlling your dog. You find yourself following and adjusting to whatever your dog wants. If this is the case then you should keep on reading. I’ll tell you the reason why your dog is behaving that way, and what you should do to change this behavior.

Pack Mentality

Your dog may not have been born in the wild, but the pack mentality is still part of his instincts. He will sort out the social order by showing dominance and power. Because of that, he will either see you as his leader or his follower depending on how you act, behave and treat your dog. It could be because you have spoiled your dog and routinely give in to whatever he wants, he will start to think that he is the Alpha male, and you the follower.

What Should I Do?

You see, dogs are like children. You should be able to set rules for them to follow; lack of rules will just make your dog spoiled. If you try to use these few simple rules, it can help you, not only discipline your dog, but it will also teach him that you are the boss or the alpha dog.

You First Before Your Dog

Even simple things like this will let your dog know who is the Alpha male (or female) around the house. In the wolf pack, the leader always eats first. If you show that you are eating first before your dog, it will let him know that you are the leader of the pack. Don’t try to give in when he whimpers and gives you those sad puppy eyes. Try to also avoid giving him bits of food from your plate while you are eating. He should only eat after you have eaten.

Another rule that applies to this is when you are walking through the door. When you allow your dog to go through the door first, you are implying that he is the dominant dog. You should always keep this in mind. Leaders lead and followers follow. So whenever you are going through a door, make sure that you go through first to make him realize that you are the leader and he is just the follower.

Sleeping Rules

We have seen on a lot of movies and stuff on TV of pet owners letting their dogs sleep in their bed. That is a huge no no. Letting him sleep in your bed signals to him that you are both equal. Provide him a bed or crate that he will feel comfortable sleeping in. Make sure that his bed is placed on the floor. If your dog has been sleeping on the floor, do not walk around your dog. Dominant dogs sleep wherever they want, and lower dogs walk around them so they don’t disturb their sleep. So if you see your dog sleeping in the couch and you want to lie down, give him a gentle nudge to let him move out of the way. If he’s sleeping in the hallway and you have to walk through, wake him up gently so he will move out of the way, of course don’t try to step on him.

These are just few simple rules to let your dog know that you are the leader. Keep these things in mind and in practice all the time, and your dog will soon realize that you are the Alpha male of the house.

Christina Graham has been a veterinarian surgery tech and/or dog groomer for over 15 years. And in those years has gained an invaluable knowledge regarding all aspects of dogs. That’s why she created The Daily Pooch, a daily blog dedicated to dog lovers. She posts regular updates on all aspects of your dog’s life from training to health and nutrition and everything in between. Head over to to see what it’s all about.

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Jun 06, 2012 | 0 | Understanding Your Dog

Losing My Beloved Dog – How Do You Say Goodbye to Your Best Friend?

By J S Carrillo

It was a month ago that we had made the decision to put our beloved Maggie, an Australian shepherd mix to “sleep”. This was one of the hardest decisions that we had to make. After 16 years, how do you say goodbye to your best friend? The one that has been there through all the ups and downs in life. All the good, the bad, (and the ugly). The one who went everywhere with you, who loved to listen to you sing (She was tone-deaf) and the one who would just sit and listen when you needed to talk. She was my protector and my nurse when I was sick. She was truly my best friend.

But she was getting old, and arthritis has settled in, and she had lost weight, and started to lose control of her bladder.

In my head I knew what I had to do and so did my husband, but our hearts…WOW, that was another story. It’s not that cut and dry. We did not want to let go… We did not want to lose our beloved dog, but knew it was time. Her quality of life was not good and we had to think of her and not be selfish. (Even though I wanted to). I worried about how our other dog (Ellie, a Border Collie/Queensland healer) would react? Ellie is only 4 and had grown up with Maggie. She had never been on her own without her big sister. Maggie has always been in her life.

This was tough, and I had talked to friends about when they were faced with having to put their dog down… They were not with their dog when it was euthanized, and the only choice they had, was to cremate the dog. They were not given a choice. Then the ashes were given back to them in a Ziploc bag. It was not a good experience for them and the cost of all this was quite expensive.

This was not the experience I wanted. Not only for me, but for Maggie. I wanted to be there. I wanted, to be able to hold her so she wouldn’t be scared. I couldn’t hand her off to strangers, I needed to be there. I also wanted to bury her in the yard. This is where she needed to be. She loved her yard.

So I called a few places and found a place that would let us be there if that is what we wanted. When talking to them on the phone, they also asked if I wanted a back yard burial. I did and yes! I found a place that was going to let me be with her and then take here home. They let me know what the cost was (which was not expensive, especially since I don’t think that they should charge much for a service like this). They said that payment would be done as we came in so that in our grief we did not have to worry about this as we left the clinic and also being in the front among other people.

Now I was OK. For me, it was easier to be able to let go.

On the day we were going to put her down. We went to the clinic and we were brought into a room, we did not have to stay out in the waiting room. Payment was taken care of. They let us know everything that was going to happen, as it is done in 2 stages with 2 shots.

They let us have as much time as we wanted with Maggie. She was relaxed and peaceful. She was in our arms. She felt no pain; she was not anxious or agitated. And when we were ready to say our last goodbye, they did they gave her the 2nd shot. And she was gone. They allowed us to have time alone with her again… we were not rushed or hurried and when we were able to let go, they came to get her. They took her to another room then wrapped her up in a blanket. We took her home, and then buried her in the yard she loved.

My heart broke that day… It was so hard. And of course I cried my eyes out, as I am doing now as I write this. I miss her. But for me…being able to do this the way I wanted made something that was hard, a little easier. My Heart ached a little less.

As a dog owner this is one of the hardest decisions you will ever make. Make sure that you talk to your vet. That when the time comes, you do it the way you want, and to not let anyone tell you otherwise. Do your research and do what is best for you and your best friend.

You will grieve for your dog, but doing what is best for him or her will make the process easier.

As for Maggie

She will forever be in the yard she loved.

I miss my baby girl. She was a Great Dog and my Loving Friend.

J. Carrillo like to write about dogs. She has 2 of her own and shares her experiences with others. Gives her opinion and advice. She writes a blog that celebrates dogs.

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Jun 05, 2012 | 0 | Losing Your Dog

Tips To Control the Excess Barking Of Your Dog

By Ahmed Jamil

It is through barking that dogs communicate with each other or with their owners. This is a very common behavior associated with your dog, and therefore, there is nothing to be worried about it. However, do you think that your dog barks excessively that it goes out of control? This is really true that when your dogs bark in excess, it can cross your limits of patience. Constant barking can also be a great disturbance not only for you, but for your neighbors, as well. Though there are solutions through which you will be able to control the excess barking of your dog, yet before you try to quiet your dog, you should try to find out the exact reasons or the message behind the barking.

Different reasons for barking:

There are of course different reasons for which your dog might bark. Therefore, before finding out the solutions, you should try to find out the cause of the underlying problem. Some of the common causes include:

· Protection of the territory- when they think that their territories are occupied by someone else, they go through a sense of insecurity and this in turn, leads them to frequent barking.

· Anxiety- they are often frustrated or anxious when they are away from their owners or they can also be frustrated by a particular situation, especially when they are confined in any place.

· Pain- they can also bark in order to communicate a sense of pain due to illness or injury.

· Danger- often, when your dogs sense danger, it might induce them to bark excessively.

Stop excess barking:

As there are different reasons for your dogs to bark, in a similar way, there are also different ways through which you can stop the excess barking habit of your dog.

· There are plenty of bark collars available on the market. If you get these bark collars, you can tie it around the neck of your dog, so that they do not bark in excess.

· You should always try to keep your dog active, as a result of which the chances of excess barking will also get reduced. If possible, you should also take your dog for regular walks, or you can also indulge in some fitness games to make it bark less.

· You should also teach some obedience training to your dog, so that you can improve the ability of your dog to discern the threats, and thereby stop barking in excess.

· You should also not encourage the excessive barking of your dog. If it barks excessively, do not reward it, and try to treat him only when he is quiet. This will definitely be helpful.

· If you think that your dog is barking excessively, you should try to change his routine, and bring about some necessary changes. If you think that it is barking due to confinement, you should try to release him in an open space.

Thus, there are several things that you can do in order to control the excess barking of your dog.

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Jun 03, 2012 | 0 | Tips

Choosing The Right Dog Brush – What You Should Consider When Buying A Dog Brush

By Mike T Simpson

When deciding on which brush to choose you should make you decision taking into account which breed it is and what type of coat it has. If not sure which brush to choose it would be wise to ask a professional dog groomer or your veterinarian.

The use of a quality dog brush is an important part of dog grooming as it will help to keep your pet’s coat shiny and healthy by removing loose hair, mats and tangles. Brushing your dog regularly therefore is very important, second only to a healthy diet in maintaining his overall good health and well being.

You will find countless brushes, rakes and combs available to choose between that it may seem an impossible task to select a suitable one, for without the right one, that’s suitable for your dog, it will be far more difficult to keep his coat looking fabulous.

For dogs that are vulnerable to skin disorders you will need to select a product whose bristles have tips that are rounded as they that will be far gentler on his skin.

For dogs that shed hair, the slicker brushes are a good choice. These brushes are very good for use on long-haired dogs as they consist of metal bristles and can be bought in a wide choice of bristle stiffness’s. To avoid irritating you dog’s skin make sure that the ends of the bristles are coated before you buy.

The Porcupine Brush is ideal for dogs with long hair as it incorporates both short and long bristles making it ideal for the removal of loose hair and other debris.

Rubber gloves and brushes are dog grooming tools that are well liked for use on short-haired dogs for delicately massaging your dog whilst at the same ridding him of loose hair. These types of brushes and gloves also have the advantage of being able to be used when your dogs coat is wet or dry, making them excellent for use when bathing your dogs as they will not rust. A particularly good one is the Kong Zoom Groom which has soft rubber spikes instead of bristles and is excellent for use when bathing your dog.

Brushes that have both bristles on one side of the brush and pins on the other, commonly called combination brushes are great for general brushing and for sorting out hair tangles and mats depending on which side of the brush you use.

Whichever brush you decide to use, you must always be gentle and brush in the direction of the lie of hair not against it, otherwise you will find that you dog will make himself scarce when he sees you get the brush out.

If you want to save the expense on paying for your dog to be groomed professionally then it is something you can undertake yourself. By getting the correct tools for the job in hand and taking advice where needed you will have a well groomed dog to be proud of and the satisfaction of having done it yourself. If you would like to train your dog yourself as well checkout my Dog Training Academy and start training your dog today. Don’t you owe it to yourself and your dog?

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Jun 02, 2012 | 0 | Dog grooming

Common Over the Counter Treatments For Ringworm

By Christina Graham

Did you know that your dog can also suffer from ringworm? Ringworm is a fungal disease that not only affects humans, but your pets as well. This disease is also known as “circle worm” since the fungus creates circles that grow under the skin. This fungus comes from a microscopic organism called dermatophytes, which eats up the dead outer layer of the skin.

Ringworms can grow anywhere from the hair and nails of animals, and can also appear at the feet and groin area that can cause itching and reddened skin. It can also cause allergies, anemia, weakened immune system and even inflammation. Try to watch out for bruising or lesions that have scaly centers and sores on your dog’s nose, which can be signs of ringworm.

How do I Treat Ringworm?

There are different types of treatments for ringworms that can be found over the counter. However ringworm treatments can vary, so it is best to consult your veterinarian first before thinking of buying and trying to treat your dog on your own. You might end up making it worse than it already is, so it’s best to ask for professional help.

There are different types of topical treatments that dogs can use that have micanozole, ketoconazole, and terbinafine on it. There are also medicated shampoos and anti-fungal shampoos that have at least 2% of ketoconazole. The standard ringworm treatment is an over-the-counter medicine containing clotrimazole (brand name Lotrimin or Mycelex) applied twice a day to the lesion and surrounding skin. Please note that these treatments are for mild ringworms. If it happens that your dog’s case of ringworm is severe, your vet might prescribe you a combination of these solutions as treatment for your dog.

Prevention of Ringworms

Did you know that ringworms can also be transmitted from dogs to their human pet owners? Although ringworm is a common dog condition, it is still best to watch out for this disease as it is contagious. To prevent it from spreading from your animal to you or your children, make sure that you always wash your hands thoroughly after handling your dog.

You should also watch what you feed your dog. Try not to give him table scraps, but if you do, make sure that the food is thoroughly cooked. However it is still advisable to feed your pet high quality dog foods. Not only will it prevent ring worm, it will also increase your pet’s immune system. It is also advisable to give your dog a quality dog vitamin to further boost his immune system even more.

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Jun 01, 2012 | 0 | Dog health