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Need a laugh

August 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

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Guiness pet record, dog and tennis balls

July 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

 

Most tennis balls in mouth

Dogs love to chase tennis balls, but perhaps no pup loves the chase more than Augie, an 8-year-old golden retriever who holds the world record for most tennis balls in the mouth at one time. Augie has successfully gathered and held five tennis balls in her mouth at the same time.

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100% VG

July 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

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Passive smoking kills dogs

July 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

ETS is Environmental Tobacco Smoke. Better known as “second hand smoke”, ETS can cause cancer. No level of exposure is safe. ETS contains the same chemicals and carcinogens that the smoker inhales into his or her lungs. So whatever chemicals and carcinogens are not being absorbed by your body are being released along with the burning tip into the air around you. ETS is deadly to Humans so can you imagine what it is doing to the little lungs of our pets? Right now Millions of families are poisoning themselves and their pets by smoking.
The most common results for dogs who have been exposed to Environmental Tobacco Smoke is Lung cancer and Nasal Sinus cancer. Remember dogs have a heightened sense of smell and consistently breathing chemicals and carcinogens will most certainly damage your little buddies!

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Alternatives to smoking

July 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

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Second hand smoke kills pets

July 10, 2015 in Uncategorized

Protect your pets from ETS!

ETS is Environmental Tobacco Smoke. Better known as “second hand smoke”, ETS can cause cancer. No level of exposure is safe. ETS contains the same chemicals and carcinogens that the smoker inhales into his or her lungs. So whatever chemicals and carcinogens are not being absorbed by your body are being released along with the burning tip into the air around you. ETS is deadly to Humans so can you imagine what it is doing to the little lungs of our pets? Right now Millions of families are poisoning themselves and their pets by smoking.
The most common results for dogs who have been exposed to Environmental Tobacco Smoke is Lung cancer and Nasal Sinus cancer. Remember dogs have a heightened sense of smell and consistently breathing chemicals and carcinogens will most certainly damage your little buddies!
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Stop dog chewing

July 8, 2015 in Uncategorized

Many people have begun the task of getting there dog or puppy into a dog training school. There are a lot of aspects that are gone over in dog training classes. Unfortunately, one part of dog training that is not gone over very well in dog training classes is chewing.

It is hard to go over a chewing problem in dog training classes because dogs often have nothing to chew on or destroy while in the class! If you are one of those people who are in dog training classes, but you still need help with chewing, please read on.

This type of dog training can be for dogs young and old. Many people find this part of dog training to be more common in puppies. But older dogs have been know to need this type of dog training because they love to chew things up while their owners are away!

To begin this type of dog training, you must first realize that all dogs chew. Dogs need to chew. So when you begin, make sure you have several things that are ok for your dog to chew on. Then begin your dog training by keeping all of your dogs chewing toys in one location.

This way, your dog will learn to associate this spot with his or her chew toys. You must do this in order for this type of dog training to work. Try to have the dog toys in a “toy box” for your dog.

During this dog training, never spank or hit your dog if you catch it chewing on something it is not allowed to. Instead, for effective dog training, praise your dog and pet it when it chews on what it is supposed to chew on.

It has been shown that dogs respond much better to positive praise and positive dog training. If the dog continues to chew on things that it shouldn’t, verbally reprimand it. Your tone of voice will be enough punishment and is the only punishment necessary for this kind of dog training.

Another method of dog training you can try is to put a taste deterrent on the items your dog shouldn’t chew. This Dog Training chew deterrent is called “bitter apple” and it is available at most pet stores.

These are the most effective means of dog training that will teach your dog not to chew on inappropriate things. If you follow all of these aspects, your dog training should go more smoothly.

Dog training can be a fun and rewarding experience…as long as all of your favorite things aren’t chewed up in the process! Keep calm and be patient to achieve good results.

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Dogs speak

July 8, 2015 in Uncategorized

Have you ever heard or spoken the following statement during a conversation?  “My dog is so smart; I could swear he is talking to me”. Many of us who think of our pets as family members have conversations that included statements very much like that one.  The majority of our die-hard, pet loving group tend to “humanize” our pets, I personally-have even been known to speak for mine, giving them their own individual personality.  Incidentally my Husband really hates that for the simple reason that my doing so is the very reason we have the number of animals that we have-it makes it nearly impossible for him to say “no”.

While animals do not literally “speak” to us, they certainly do “talk” to us through body language and even vocalizations.  There are things that are for the most part universal, such as a wagging tail- generally meaning a happy dog versus a growling dog signaling that you should proceed with great caution.  However, there is far more to learn about our faithful friends that as a rule-is not so obvious. In actuality, for example- a wagging tail does not always mean a dog is happy.  There are dogs that may be aggressive yet still wag their tails when a stranger approaches.  The secret is in knowing how to read other clues from the dog’s body language.  A person who is familiar with what to look for might also note the position of the ears-are they perked up or plastered to the dog’s head.  If they are laid back, this is not a good sign.  One might also note if the animal’s “hackles” or the short hairs, along his back are raised, if they are- be careful!  On the other hand, generally it is understood that if a dog is baring her teeth that it is a vicious dog, that is probably true more often than not, but say in the case of my little dog “Prissy” when she bears her teeth she is literally “smiling” at you!  A person would know this due to the fact that the bared teeth are accompanied by a wildly wagging tail including her rear-end, there are no hackles raised along her back and she is nuzzling you.  The bottom line is that animals each have their own personality, and little quirks and a person just has to get to know the animal to learn what holds true as far as what is true “across the board” with most dogs and what is not when it comes to the animal in question.

One thing we must always keep in mind is that the ancestor of all dogs is the wolf.  That being said, there are things that still hold true in the dog.  Such as the fact that although they do not literally live in a pack of dogs- as their ancestors did, they do view other animals, as well as the humans in their home as their “pack”. That being the case, it falls to you to be the leader of that pack. Dogs communicate among themselves through vocalization, body language as well as with facial expression-so it stands to reason that since your dog views you as another member of his pack he will try to communicate with you in the same way.  One way dogs show their dominance is through eye contact, so if you are trying to let the dog know you are the leader, you should not break eye contact with him until he looks away first.  This tells him you are stronger.  However, you should not do this with a strange dog unless you are very experienced in dog behaviors and communications, as doing so could lead to the dog attacking you if he considers himself the leader or “Alpha Male” and is very aggressive.

Dogs do understand you, as they are able to recognize hundreds of human sounds, however they cannot string them together, this is the reason you should keep your commands short and firm.  For instance, he will understand “come”!  Better than he responds to, “walk over here Buster!”

Body language is a very good indicator of what a dog is feeling a few examples would be-If she were relaxed and content as you approach, she will stand at her full height; her tail may wag slowly, her ears perked up, and her mouth relaxed, as is her general stance. If a dog is feeling afraid, she may crouch down, her tail tucked between her legs, her ears may be down, her eyes wide and she may pant.  If a dog is feeling aggressive, his stance is often very rigid, his tail rigid and straight out or up, ears pricked – his teeth are bared, his eyes focused on you intently. On the other hand if he is feeling playful or happy he will have an erect, relaxed stance he may wag his tail and perk his ears and his mouth should be relaxed.

So yes, dogs do indeed “speak” to us, we have only to learn their language.

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Bird poop is good luck

July 7, 2015 in Uncategorized

Birds have great…..aim!

      

Yes…you read that right. Birds have an amazing aim when it comes to relieving them selves in mid air! Oh come on…you have seen it. How many times have you went to your car and seen that scary icky white stuff on your car. Not just your car…your windshield on the driver’s side!

Then you look at other cars in the parking lot and you do not see one spot on them. Not a single ONE. It is almost like the damn birds have an agenda against you…like in the 1963 movie! When they flew over the town attacking the poor towns people Maybe it’s the color of your car, the make (we heard they don’t like foreign cars, especially Toyotas).Then you have to clean it off the best you can, which is impossible. You literally have to take a fire hose to the damn car, and if you’re REALLY lucky…a small portion will come off. You may try acid, but then again your paint will come off. Hey…then you can just re paint your car and other birds will attack it! After you read this, go ahead and e mail theUSgovernment to bring birds to the army and help defend theUS. They will love the idea, they really will!!

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First Aid for dogs

July 7, 2015 in Uncategorized

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Dog first aid…what you need to know!

We all know that people get sick…but what about dogs? Yes, they do, so what should you do in an emergency? First of all keep calm and don’t panic. There are plenty of medicines out there that are ready to help your dog and keep it pain free while saving its life.

Most die from Illnesses and injuries than old age. That’s right…just like humans that get diseases (Cancer, Leukemia). A lot of deaths can be prevented if the owner had prior knowledge on how to take care of them. Obviously don’t put the dog at risk at anytime. Most people let the dog walk next to them with out a leash and they get hit by cars.

First aid for dogs is essentially the same as humans. First ease the pain of the dog before the situation gets worse. Dogs in pain react differently than humans. They get scared and confused which makes them unpredictable and dangerous. So the first thing you should do is keep the dog calm. A nuzzle might help because dogs are prone to bit in stressful situations. Make sure there is no vomiting, then how the dog is breathing. Look at the chest movement and check the airways of the throat for breathing. Remove the object if there is one. If very bad bleeding, place pressure on the area…again, just like humans.

The first aid kit is as important as bedding, crates, and grooming tools. When you get a puppy, prepackaged first aid kits are important. You can also put together a kit with the help of a vet.

A basic kit should include blunt tipped scissors to cut tape, bandages and a trimmer to cut hair from injured area A clean safety razor to remove fur from around the wound. Tweezers and sterile needles to remove splinters are important. A syringe with out the needle will be used to administer oral medicine. A bulb to flush wounds and to force feed the injured dog.