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|Posted by [email protected] on October 21, 2016 at 7:15 PM|
Jekyll & Hyde – Is It Leash Aggression?
So, you used to like walking your dog, but now he goes nuts when he sees other dogs, squirrels, bunnies and wants to stop and sniff everything. Most natural behavior for dogs include wanting to meet, greet and/or sniff every dog, human and tree. Dogs are social animals and 40% of their brain is dedicated to smells. They cannot help it. Unfortunately, we don’t always have time on walks for our dogs to “smell the roses”. But meanwhile your dog is thinking “I want to say hi, I want to sniff, I want it, I want it, I want it now!!!”. So what do we do? We drag them with us down the sidewalk or away from what it wants to go investigate so we can get that walk done. The more this happens to your dog the more frustrated the he becomes and the more determined he is to get to what it wants to. The pulling gets worse, behavior towards other dogs appears aggressive. We end up trying a harness which either helps a just a little or makes it entirely worse having the same effect as a tight leash. Walking your dog is no longer pleasant and in some cases seemingly dangerous. I cannot tell you how many people stop walking their dogs entirely when it gets to this point and I can totally understand why.
I am happy to let you know there are solutions to this very common problem. Basic obedience and loose leash walking training usually solves it. Once your dog understands obedience commands and an open line of communication is open between you and your dog, you will have amazing control over the situation. We always teach alternate behaviors like heel, sit and down. Your dog cannot go after or sniff people, birds, bunnies, trees, and other dogs when it is in obedience mode on command. They learn to walk on a loose leash and heel which takes care of their need to pull. We also use other behavior modification technique to break your dog of being that excited about distractions in general. It is worth every penny to hire a certified trainer to solve this problem. Walking your dog is very necessary for its health and it should be an enjoyable experience for both of you.
|Posted by [email protected] on October 6, 2016 at 6:15 PM|
Bloat is the second leading killer in dogs; it is a canine medical emergency. Bloat can occur in two forms: swelling of the stomach from gas (gastric dilatation) or torsion (gastric dilatation with volvulus), which occurs when the stomach twists on its axis. Often, both forms of bloat occur in a single episode. When this happens, bloat is fatal in minutes. The disease progresses in minutes or, at most, hours. The only treatment is emergency medical treatment. In its two advanced forms, the only treatment is surgery.
Symptoms Of Bloat May Include:
1. Excessive salivation
2. Extreme restlessness/pacing
3. Unproductive attempts to vomit/defecate
4. Evidence of abdominal pain
5. Rapid breathing/panting
The Following Are Risk Factors For Bloat:
1. 110% risk increase associated with using a raised food bowl, no raised feeder!
2. 15% risk increase for speed eating (for dogs weighing 49 to 100 pounds)
3. 20% risk increase for each year increase in a dogs age
4. 170% risk increase for each unit increase in chest depth/width ratio
5. 63% risk increase associated with having a first degree relative with bloat (first degree relative is defined as sire, dam, litter mate, or offspring).
Important Tips To Decreasing The Chances Of Bloat:
1. Raised food bowls: Pet suppliers and manufactures have made claims that raised feeder/bowls aids a dog’s digestion and prevents bloat. No scientific research supports these claims. Some studies have found that use of a raised feeder actually increases the risk of bloat by 110%. Approximately 20% to 50% of bloat cases were attributed to having a raised food bowl.
2. Gulping food: when a dog gulps food, the dog ingests air with the food. Air ingestion causes gas that may, in turn, cause the dog to bloat. This is especially the case in dogs weighing over 49 pounds.
3. Exercise after eating: Allow at least one hour of rest after eating. The worst activity a dog can do after eating is rolling on its back.
4. Feed multiple meals: Studies have shown that feeding in the morning and evening greatly reduces the risk of bloat.
5. Changing food: It is extremely important to introduce new food slowly; it can take several weeks for a dog to adapt. New food if not introduced slowly can cause extreme gas in the stomach and in some cases cause bloat.
6. Table Scraps: Feeding dogs occasional table scraps have been shown to reduce bloat
Information for this article was gathered from an ongoing study at Purdue University Department of Veterinarian Pathobiology.
Important: If you think your dog has bloat do not hesitate, RUSH to the closest veterinarians. In this circumstance every minute counts, if left unattended there is a 100% fatality rate.
|Posted by [email protected] on September 28, 2016 at 2:15 AM|
Let's face it...for some of us bathing our dogs can be a daunting task. Some dogs will fight us to the end of the earth before getting into the tub or shower. In those cases a professional groomer might be the right choice. But if you think you are up to the challenge, then roll up your sleeves and get ready to lather up!