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A Dog’s Golden Years

header-objectWith appropriate care most dogs live complete and happy lives.  Unfortunately, an adored pet never seems to live long enough.  Each breed has different life spans.  While taking care of your aging dog you need to adapt his environment for his comfort.  As dogs get older, they develop aches, joint pain, generalized weakness and an almost definite increase in medical problems.

Adjust his surroundings to minimize discomfort.  Protect him from excessive heat and cold.  Older dogs are unable to regulate body temperature as a younger dog does.

Try to give your dog regular exercise.  Make sure your dog’s health matches his exercise routine.  If your dog exhibits signs of heavy panting or opposes exercise you need to change his routine.

Adapt his diet and feeding schedule to his needs.  As dogs age they are less active and need fewer calories.  Prescription diets are available.  Discuss special diets with your veterinarian.

Older dogs can experience hearing loss and declining eyesight.  Accommodate for his safety.

Senior dogs require special dental care.  They are more likely to develop gum problems and disease.  Complete dental cleaning should be performed by your vet.  This does require anesthesia.  Make sure complete blood work is performed.

Older dogs need extra bathing and grooming.  Dry skin can be a normal part of aging or it can be a sign of an underlying medical condition.  They also require more frequent nail trimming.

Take into consideration his age in human years.  If he is 13 in dog years, he may suffer the same aging ailments as a 75 year old human.

Continue with bi-annual vet exams.  Senior dogs need extra care with their aging problems.

Give his life quality!  Keep those memories alive!

Seven Tips on Choosing a Name For Your Puppy

dog-namesYou’ve picked out the perfect puppy.  Now what? He needs a name!  Over the course of its life, you will use your dog’s name more than 35,000 times. Be sure you’re picking a name you can live with and love. With these seven tips, the key to finding the perfect name for your puppy is at your fingertips!

  1. Dogs understand short commands. Easy names with two or fewer syllables work well.
  2. Your puppy’s name shouldn’t sound like any commands. “Stacy” and “stay” are too close for comfort. Such a name may confuse your puppy.
  3. Remember, you’ll be using your pup’s name in public. “Stinky” may be cute among your fellow fraternity members, but it won’t go over well at the veterinarians.
  4. Make your kids part of the decision.
  5. You may think it’s an honor to name your pup after your favorite Uncle Norbert. Naming your baby after him may keep you in the will, but naming your puppy after him may not.
  6. If you’re bringing home an older dog, ideally, stick with the name it already has. Can’t stand it because “Barney” was the first boy who broke your heart? Then stick with similar sounds when choosing a new name. “Barney” morphs into “Farley” easily.
  7. Once you’ve chosen a name, try it out for a day or so. You’ll know right away whether it’s a keeper. If not, there are always more puppy names on your list!

Take a look around you. Everywhere you are, you’ll find a variety of terrific ideas on what to name your pooch.  At first glance, a couple things will stand out about your new puppy. Enjoy him or her for a day or two and take these into consideration.

The choices are endless. However, with these simple tips and some thought, before long you’ll have found the perfect puppy name!

 

 

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.

Five Great Gift Ideas for Pet Lovers

123RF-9880980_sWith the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of gifts to give your friends and loved ones. Finding unique gifts can present a challenge, and most people never consider giving pet-related gifts. Since the chances are good that more than one person on your holiday gift list has a pet that he or she adores, why not give a distinctive gift that they will treasure? Here are five great gift ideas to get you started:

1. Fine Art Animal Prints

Dogs may come in many shapes and sizes, but each has a personality all of its own. One of the most delightful gifts you can give to a pet lover is a fine art print of his or her breed.

2. Crystal Animal Statues

Whether your gift recipient has a dog, cat, horse, or rabbit, he or she is sure to enjoy an elegant crystal animal statue. Hand-finished animal statues are beautiful yet whimsical. Crystal animal statues can depict a wide variety of pets.

3. Stone Animal Statues

Who wouldn’t love a playful stone animal statue depicting their beloved pet? Animal garden statues are perfect gifts, as are stone animal statues for the home and office. While some statues – like a sleeping spaniel puppy or an eager dachshund – make you feel warm inside, others – like a cat holding a pair of binoculars up to his eyes, ever watchful for a bird – make you chuckle. Stone animal statues are available for virtually any type of pet, and are certain to be cherished.

4. Animal Posters

If you’ve ever owned a pet, you know how funny they can be. Animal posters depict pets in a variety of outlandish situations (remember the cat in “Hang in There”?), and are affordable.

5. Entertainment

When it comes to gifts for pet lovers, there’s nothing more unique that pet-related entertainment. There is actually a music company that creates music for animals, so consider giving a gift of music about and for cats, dogs, or birds. Another great gift idea is to buy a DVD or video that is designed to entertain your recipient’s pet. They can play the DVD or video while at work or out running errands – guilt free!

It’s both original and thoughtful to give a gift that acknowledges someone’s pet as a central part of his or her life. Pet lovers will appreciate and treasure your thoughtful gift.

 

Six Easy Ways to Find a Good Dog Trainer

123RF-16565688_sWith so many people advertising in the field of professional dog training today, trying to determine who’s truly qualified to look after your dog can be overwhelming.  What to look for when choosing a professional to help you with dog training:

  1. A good reputation, ask around and get recommendations from your vet, other dog owners, or local kennel clubs.
  2. Experience. Inquire about their background, i.e. number of years of experience.
  3. A genuine love of and devotion to dogs.
  4. Extensive and up to date knowledge. Dedicated trainers keep themselves updated by attending dog training and animal behaviour courses, conferences, seminars and workshops.
  5. Their training methodology and handling skills. A good dog trainer’s first concern should be the dog’s wellbeing.
  6. Memberships with reputable associations, organizations and training clubs.

 

How to Crate Train Your Dog

123RF-5908313_sDogs are naturally den animals so crating your dog can be good for your dog.  To determine if crating is right for your dog, try crating your dog and see how he takes to it.  However, remember that it can take some time for your dog to get used to and accept the crate.

The first step in getting your dog to understand the concept of the crate is getting him to understand that being inside of the crate is a good thing and an action that brings him rewards.

To get him into the crate, sit near the crate and hold your hand as far inside of the crate as you can (holding a treat) and wait for him to go into the crate. Once he reaches your hand, give him the treat and then pull your hand out. If he pops right out of the crate, do nothing. Don’t say anything, and whatever you do, do NOT give him a treat outside of the crate.

Once your dog starts to understand that he gets rewarded for being inside the crate, start adding a word to this action. You might want to use the word “crate” or “bed”.  Don’t introduce this command word to try and teach him to get into the crate. Until he is taught what the word means, it has no meaning for him.

Place your hand holding the treat inside the crate and say “CRATE”. When he enters the crate and all four feet are inside of the crate, reward him with a verbal “Good Boy” and the treat. When you pull your hand out of the crate, more than likely the dog will follow your hand out.  Ignore him, put another treat into your hand, and place your hand back into the crate and say “CRATE”. He will follow your hand into the crate.  Repeat the reward process. Once this action is clear to your dog, try to use only the verbal cue, “CRATE” and see if he enters the crate. Begin by doing this while you are standing near the crate door. Later you will be able to do this from a distance.

 

Socializing Your Dog

black-paw-printA dog with good socialization sees the world as a fun and safe place. People are his friends and other dogs pose no threat to him.  The most important time to teach socialization skills is when your dog is a puppy.

To accomplish this, play with your dog where there are other people, children and other dogs, as well as different sounds, sights, smells and textures. Use treats, toys and praise to make the world a happy place for your dog.  Teach your dog that you are the focus of his life, and that you will keep him safe.

Socialization should be done as a part of training.  Have a solid relationship with your dog.  You want your dog to know and understand that you are the safety factor in his life. YOU will protect him and he should always turn to you if he is confused or scared.

 

Success Story Spotlight: K9KlearUp™ Even Works on Horses!

Horse-K9KlearUp“A few weeks ago, my 25-year-old Bay Arab rubbed his hindquarters against a fence and rubbed away some of his coat and skin at the same time (he does that quite a lot). When it came time to bring him in from outside, I noticed what he’d done and after disinfecting it, applied this dog product called K9KlearUp™ to the raw skin. It seemed a little strange that a so-called dog product would be good for Mikey, but I tried it anyways as it came highly recommended.

Well, after a few days I could barely believe my eyes. The area had almost completely cleared up (it normally takes two weeks). After just a week and a half more, the leftover scabbing had fallen away and the hair started growing back his regular bay colour! Normally when he does such things, the hair has grown back in white.

I really am glad I tried out this “dog product”. It worked so well for an old fellow like mine.”

Shirley R, Langley, British Columbia, Canada Former Horse Breeder and Riding Teacher

 

Tips About Toys for Your Dog

dog with toyMost dogs need toys to help fight boredom, and to prevent some bad behaviors.  It is important to choose the right toys for your dog.  Here are some tips to consider when buying toys for your dog:

  • Choose the right size toy for the size of your dog. For example, a ball that is too small can become stuck in your dog’s throat.
  • Look for dog toys that are well made, with no small parts that can be pulled or chewed off and swallowed.
  • Throw away any broken or torn toys.
  • Before giving your dog rawhide, check with your vet as to which ones are safe.
  • Supervise your dog’s play with squeaky toys.
  • Hard rubber toys, such as Kong-type products, are available in a variety of shapes and sizes.  These are fun for your dog to chew and carry around.
  • Rope toys are usually available in a “bone” shape with knotted ends.
  • Kong or “Busy-box” toys are large rubber toys with hiding places for treats. By moving the toy around with his nose, mouth, and paws your dog can get to the goodies.
  • Rotate your dog’s toys weekly by making only a few toys available at a time.
  • Keep a variety of toys easily accessible.
  • If your dog has a favorite toy you may want to leave it out all the time.
  • Most of your dog’s toys should be interactive so that you can play with your dog.

Enjoy playtime with your dog!

Why Does My Dog Get Ear Infections?

BeagleFirst you need to determine what is causing the ear infection, so that you can take steps to prevent the ear infection from coming back.  If the ear canal is wet from bathing, grooming or swimming, it can become an excellent environment for bacteria to grow which can then develop into an ear infection.  Be sure to dry your dog’s ears when they get wet.

Some dogs develop allergies to dust mites, molds, foods and pollens.  These dogs can develop recurring ear infections because growth of normal bacteria and yeast is accelerated.  Routine cleaning with a gentle dog-approved ear cleaner can reduce the frequency of ear infections in dogs with allergies.

The natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties of K9KlearUp™ can rapidly clear up ear infections.  Click here to order your jar of K9KlearUp™.