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Great Tips For Getting Your Dog Toilet Trained

123RF-17245805_sOne of the toughest jobs that a family faces when a new puppy comes home is getting the dog housebroken. Here are some tips that will help:

When to House Train

A dog can be toilet trained at any age, but the best age to begin is between eight and twelve weeks old. If you set up a housebreaking routine as soon as you bring your puppy home, before long he will get the idea of where to do his business. A crate is a great tool for toilet training a puppy. It keeps him confined when there is no supervision and most dogs learn quickly that if they make it in their crate they will have to sit in it. Most dogs are fairly hygienic and won’t enjoy having to sit in dog doody or urine.

Keep Your Eyes Peeled

Keeping a close eye on your puppy is a key factor in getting him properly housetrained. Whenever you see that he is sniffing, circling or beginning to squat, immediately take him outside to the place where you want him to go and see if he eliminates. If he does, praise him lavishly. A good idea is to have a cue, such as “hurry up” so that your puppy knows what you want him to do. When he is going to the bathroom repeat the cue and then give your dog lots of praise for a job well done. It is better to take the dog out and nothing happens then to take a chance of an accident happening.

Have a Schedule

Feeding, watering and walking your dog on a regular schedule will make housebreaking that much easier. Puppies are like children and they thrive on a routine. Try and take the dog out around the same time every day so they will be able to adjust their bodily functions. The first thing you should do in the morning is take the puppy from the crate and don’t let his feet touch the ground. Bring him to the place where you want him to go, give the cue, and praise upon a successful completion. Take your puppy out at least every two hours, after eating or drinking and especially after play. Before you know it, your puppy will be letting you know it is time to go out and do his business.

Don’t Let the Puppy Roam

Letting your puppy roam around the house is a sure fire way to have accidents. If you have decided you don’t want to use a crate, and even if you do use one, confining the dog to certain areas of the house can make housetraining easier for everyone. It is difficult to keep track of a puppy when he has the run of the house, but if you gate him in the kitchen, he will still be able to be part of the action and can be better supervised in case of an accident.

Don’t Get Discouraged

There will be times when you first begin housetraining that you feel your pup is just not getting it. He may occasionally have accidents in the house. There is no need to be discouraged. If you stick to your routine, keep a good eye on the dog and make frequent outings to his outdoor bathroom, in no time your puppy will be housebroken. Another good idea is to use the same door all the time when you are taking him out so that when he has to go, he will scratch on the door to be let out. Once this happens, you can say “Hurray!” and know that your puppy is beginning to understand that going to the bathroom in the house is a no-no.

Do Pet Stain Removers Work or are You Being Taken to the Cleaners?

iStock-August 08, 2010Pet stains on carpet and other types of flooring can be difficult to remove.  Pet stain removal products sometimes work and sometimes they don’t.  It depends on the surface that you’re cleaning and how extensive the damage is.

There are two different types of pet stain removers, volatile chemicals (chemicals that react with certain compounds) and enzyme products.  Chemical products work by changing the chemical make-up of urine.  However, if you’re using a chemical on your flooring or carpet chances are you’re not going to get all the chemical out.  These chemicals can remain in the dye pores and fibers of your carpets for many years.  Enzymes work by acting as a catalyst to remove urine.  Enzymes are natural, unlike man-made chemicals.

For infrequent pet stains or pet accidents, pet stain removers can work extremely well.  These products neutralize and eliminate pet stains on carpet surfaces or already sealed flooring.

How to Know if Your Dog is Sick

-k9-kear-up-guaranteeMost dog owners will notice any sudden or odd changes in their dog’s normal behaviour but it is helpful to know which specific symptoms to look for. If your dog shows symptoms of excessive drinking, sudden loss of appetite, continual vomiting or diarrhoea, or unusual lethargy you should be concerned.  Discharge from the eyes or inflamed eyes, a shallow or rapid breathing pattern or persistent coughing can all be signs of something serious.

Typically when a dog is sick they will show a raised temperature, indicated by a hot, dry nose. If your dog has a high temperature or a very low temperature you should seek professional advice from your veterinarian.

A dog’s temperature will be raised after strenuous activity or excitement, and not be a reliable indication to its health at that time.

If you know or suspect your dog is ill, make sure you keep them calm and display a reassuring manner until you get them to the veterinarian. Dogs can be very sensitive to your tone of voice and will pick up any worry or anxiety in your demeanour.

Understanding your dog’s needs and keeping an eye out for symptoms of sickness and ill health ensures that you can take swift action and have your dog is cared for immediately.

Ten Interesting Dog Facts

  1. Petting dogs is proven to lower the blood pressure of dog owners.
  2. Pets teach us to have more patience with life.
  3. Dyeing your dog’s hair is a bad idea.  Dyes are not good for their skin or fur.
  4. There are an estimated 400 million dogs in the world.
  5. Always brush your dog against the lay of the coat. You’ll be surprised at how fluffy the coat will look.
  6. Brushing your pet every day will keep their coat in good condition.
  7. The most dogs ever owned by one person were 5,000 Mastiffs owned by Kubla Khan.
  8. Pets teach us to enjoy the simple things.
  9. Dogs have sweat glands in between their paws.
  10.  Tepezcohuite works with your dog’s body to help build new skin and a healthy coat after injury.  Tepezcohuite is a main ingredient in K9KlearUp.

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Dr. Andrew Jones, DVM, Nelson Animal Hospital, Nelson, British Columbia, Canada.

 

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Ear Infections and Your Dog

iStock-August 08, 2010It is common for dogs to get ear infections.  You can tell when your dog’s ears are bothering him when you see them scratching or rubbing their ears, or if he shakes his head.  When you look inside the ear, it could look red and swollen.  You may even notice a bad smell.

The most common cause is bacteria and yeast.  Ear mites are also a common cause of ear infections.

First clean the ear with a gentle cleanser.  Remember to be gentle as the ear is sore.  It is not recommended to use Q-Tips, as they can push the bacteria deeper into the ear.  Also, do not use rubbing alcohol or anything else that could irritate the area.

After the ear has been cleaned, it is best to allow it to dry for about 10 to 15 minutes, then apply K9 KlearUp.

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It’s Flea Season… Is your pet ready?

Flea SeasonFleas…. just nasty!  Did you know that even though a flea has no wings it can leap from dog to dog in a single bound?  Fleas are irritating to both the pet and the owner.  Just one bite can cause severe itching and scratching.
To control fleas there are lots of over the counter and veterinarian prescribed products.  In general the ones recommended by your vet are probably best.  Here are a few “natural” things you can do as well:
  •  Make sure you pet is eating a healthy diet.
  •  Garlic can be toxic to dogs in large doses, but a small pinch can help.
  •  Apple cider vinegar has lots of vitamins, nutrients and can help by making the skin more acidic, which helps with fleas.
  •  Don’t wash your dog too often during flea season.  It dries out the skin, and most fleas can survive a bath.
  •  Vacuum your carpet, furniture and your pet’s bedding often.  Be sure to change the vacuum cleaner bag right away, so fleas don’t escape.
  •  Talk to your vet for more ideas
  •  Use K9KlearUp to soothe your pet’s skin from flea bites and allergic reactions to the bites.

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What are Hot Spots on Dogs?

IMG_0200What are Hot Spots on Dogs?

Hot spots are red, hot, moist sores found on your dog’s hip, chest or head.  They cause irritation of the skin, that causes your dog to scratch, chew or lick themselves excessively, causing even more skin irritation.  These hot spots can be very painful.

Hot spots can be caused by an allergic reaction, fleas, poor grooming, insect bites, and stress.  Dogs who swim or are out in the rain a lot can also be prone to hot spots.

How to treat a hot spot:

1.  Trim hair around the hot spot.

2.  Clean the area with a mild water-based specialized shampoo and pat dry.  Try to keep the area as dry as possible.

3.  Apply K9KlearUp to the affected area.

4.  Prevent your dog from chewing, licking or scratching the area.

5.  Keep a close watch on the area to make sure it is healing and not spreading.  Continue to use K9KlearUp according to the directions.

How Can I Help Prevent Hot Spots from re-occurring?

  • Make sure your dog is well groomed on a regular basis.
  • Keep your pet’s hair short, especially during the summer months.
  • Follow a strict flea control program as recommended by your veterinarian.
  • Maintain as stress-free an environment for your pet as possible.
  • To keep boredom and stress at bay, make sure your dog gets lots of exercise.