if your dog is sprayed by a skunk.
collars can hang on an object and choke a dog that is not being observed. Chokes should NOT
be loose fitting and should be removed when dog is unattended.
or “martingale” show collars are excellent control and training
devices but are unsafe and not intended for everyday wear.
“safe choke” collars can serve as everyday-wear. If properly adjusted, they cannot strangle but do tighten just
enough so that the dog can’t slip out of his collar.
be exercised when the stomach is relatively empty. Carnivores chase their prey (exercise), then eat, then sleep while
digesting the meal.
daily exercise that allows them to run or trot or chase a ball so that
their elimination systems are stimulated.
Constipation can be a chronic canine condition.
digestive system needs less “roughage” than that of an omnivore (meat
and vegetable eater) but needs exercise in order to function properly.
usually welcome (or learn to love) fresh or dried fruits.
When you are eating, offer him a small bite of your apple, green
grapes, even a banana!
good for your dog and are usually welcomed.
All dogs love cooked carrots.
Puppies can be given a chilled raw carrot as a healthy teething
trimmed parts of FRESH carrots, green beans or peas,
broccoli, tomato, celery, apples, etc.
Chop finely, toss in the food raw or in your weekly “dog stew”
Make a big
pot of dog stew with left over veggies, rice, chicken, etc. Divide
into daily portions and freeze. Thaw and mix with dry food for a tasty
nutritious complete meal.
benefit! If you consciously
think of healthier, more natural ways to feed your dog, you may find
yourself eating less packaged and prepared foods.
shiver out of excitement or nervousness rather than from being cold.
Learn to tell the difference.
understood dog-language as easily as dogs understand people-language, can
you imagine the wonderful things we might learn?
companion dogs are multi-lingual. They
understand “Good Boy” and “baaaad dog” in every language!
baseball player’s German Shepherd was credited with a vocabulary of over
200 words. Talk to your dog,
you’ll be amazed at how many words he already knows.
Do you know
as many dog-sounds as he knows people-sounds such as “go, car, supper,
cat, outside, keys, or bed”?
identify the sounds your dog makes when he is happy, bored, sad, or
distressed? He knows the
sound of the refrigerator, doorbell or YOUR car.
"D-O-G" really G-O-D spelled backwards? Is it because of
the dog's limitless love, ready forgiveness, and endless acceptance of
Do not let your dog jump down from the
particularly in close quarters. The force of landing steeply on his
forequarters can cause injury to cervical disks.
It is a medical fact that
Pet Ownership lowers blood pressure, provides
mental and physical stimulation, and improves human health overall.
Taking your dog for a brisk walk twice
a day is as good for you as it is for him. A power walk is even
better so make it an achievable goal.
Large dogs and those with short noses suffer
more from high temperatures than from cold. The dog's body temperatures
is 3 degrees higher than ours.
If your flat-faced breed gets
overheated and struggles for breath, wipe the phlegm from his mouth and
nasal passages, soak him with cold water, and rush him to the vet.
If your dog's tummy looks really
"bloated" and he is showing signs of distress, he may have gastric
torsion which can be fatal within the hour. Get him to the vet
Check your dog's ears, eyes, and mouth
weekly to detect grass seeds, ear mites, ticks, or other harmful but
easily overlooked foreign objects.
Small, short coated dogs can become
easily chilled as they have a different metabolism than large
breeds. A little sweater for outside winter walks will keep him
large amounts of water in hot weather. Provide more than one source of of fresh water.
If he can reach the toilet bowl, be sure there are no deodorizers or cleaners
in the toilet.
If your dog tends to tear a lot, have
his eyes checked, keep them clean, and use a tear-stain remover
under the eyes.
Drop-eared dogs are prone to ear
infections. Be sure to check the ears regularly and keep them clean,
dry, and free of wax build-up.
Your puppy's neck will grow. The
collar will not. Hundreds of dogs are lost yearly from skin infections and strangulation due to owner neglect.
If your dog is inside on carpet, his
nails are probably too long and will cause his toes to become deformed and arthritic.
There are special tools to cut or file his nails.
Never let your dog dart through an outside
door ahead of you. He should always show deference to the pack
leader and that is you. Even small dogs understand rank.
Dogs do learn from each other and that
can be a good or a bad thing depending on the dominant dog's level
of obedience. Pay attention to the interaction between them.
A clever owner will help the older or
more dominant dog "teach" the new dog how to fit into the family
in mannerly, acceptable ways.
Do not ever leave a young child alone
with a dog, large or small. He can innocently hurt the small dog or conversely,
the child can be innocently injured by the large dog.
Do not ever let a dog growl or snap at
a family member even if the person is teasing the dog. Make the
person and the dog stop their stupid behavior!
HATE it when they piddle and the puddle wets their
feet! Now you know why they use your carpet. Provide a litter tray,
absorbent pee-pee papers (not newspaper) or grid mats that let urine through to
new puppy in a crate or on a leash attached to YOU so he can't piddle when
you aren't looking. He will be house trained in no time.
are born with about four times as much original sin in them as other dogs.
all dogs are trees.
is the fallacy of barking up the wrong tree.
a dog may be the only opportunity a human ever has to choose a relative.
Mordecai Seigal, Contemporary Writer