Archive for September, 2008


Puppy Hints

Author: gibbywmu
September 10, 2008
Puppy Training

 Reinforce your puppies’ good behavior. Praise and lamb dog treats are always a good way to do just that. Good behavior such as peeing outside, sitting when told to, no barking in the house, etc. Food is a good motivator also. Puppies learn more easily when food is involved because it is more satisfying then toys at that point. Use part of their daily intake so as to not over feed your new puppy, therefore keeping your new dog healthy while training him. If you need to punish your puppy do not yell, use a lack of attention. Puppies thrive on attention so when you don’t pay attention to them that is more then punishment enough.

House train your new puppy as soon as possible. Be consistent! Patience is an absolute must! Your puppy needs time to learn so remember accidents happen. Make sure your puppy socializes. This is important because you can have a well-behaved puppy if you get him into some proactive socializing early on. Your puppies’ most impressionable period, just like children, is when they are young, birth to sixteen weeks. So make sure you are doing all you can to help acclimate your dog to society.


Proper Grooming

Author: gibbywmu
September 10, 2008
Grooming

 Proper grooming is an important part of pet care. It not only makes a companion animal look better, but contributes to his or her physiological and psychological health.

Coat
Brush your pet thoroughly every day. This helps keep his or her hair in good condition by removing dirt, spreading the natural oils throughout the coat, preventing tangles from forming and keeping the skin clean and free from irritation. Use deshedding tools like the furminator to remove the dead, dry undercoat. 

It is best to start brushing your pet at an early age, but do not despair if he or she is an older animal. It is possible to train one to enjoy grooming. Proceed slowly, and be sure to use treats and plenty of praise to make the experience fun!


Dog Hair Brushing

Author: gibbywmu
September 10, 2008
dog brushing

 Dog grooming is an important part of dog ownership. Just like people, dogs need physical maintenance to look and feel their best. Fortunately, dogs do not need to bathe as often as people, but you do need to learn how much grooming your dog actually needs and keep it on a schedule. Generally, a dog’s grooming needs depend on the breed and hair type. If your dog has a skin, ear or nail condition, follow your veterinarian’s instructions regarding grooming your dog. Here is a dog grooming basic to remember.

Hair Brushing
Most dogs enjoy being brushed, and the sessions will strengthen the bond with your dog while keeping his coat healthy. A dog’s minimum brushing needs depend on hair type. Choose the appropriate tool and follow these guidelines based on hair type. Long-haired dogs usually require daily brushing to prevent matting and tangling of hair. Medium-haired dogs are also prone to matting and tangles and should be brushed at least weekly. Short-haired dogs can typically go about a month in-between brushing. Regardless of hair type, you can brush your dog daily – especially if he enjoys it. More frequent brushing is recommended during shedding season to prevent build-up of undercoat and excess shedding. Use tools like the furminator to reduce the dead undercoat of your pet.


Brushing Your Dogs Coat

Author: gibbywmu
September 10, 2008
furminator

 To make things the easiest for you, start when the dog is just a puppy and they will become so accustomed to it, it will not be a problem or big deal. Depending on whether your pet is short or long hair will determine the amount of brushing required. Shorthaired dogs need to be brushed two to three times a week. Longhaired pets should be brushed daily. Look at it as time spent relating to your dog and the time will be spent doing double duty. Different brushes are made for different hair types. Choose an appropriate one depending on length and type of coat. For dogs with extremely wiry or a coat that mats easily, look for a mat comb.

Since deshedding is a very important consideration for any long haired pet owner, use tools like the furminator to remove the dead undercoat of the dog.  This hair can build up over time, and could cause your dog to become overheated easier in the summer months.


Lamb Dog Treats

Author: gibbywmu
September 10, 2008
Lamb Treats

An irresistible new creation of dog chews that every dog is sure to love! All Natural Lamb Treats are made in the USA.  These brand new treats consist of lamb weasands, lamb hearts, lamb hock bones, lamb pizzle twists, lamb triple chips, and lamb ears.  These are sure to keep the attention of your dogs at all times! Perfect for small dogs, but even the big dogs love these! 100% digestible, low in fat, and high in protein and glucosamine (for promoting healthy joints) they provide maximum chew time for small dogs. They are a great choice for an all-natural lamb chew.  Any lamb chew will help clean teeth and gums because of the chewing action required to eat the treats.

This is an entirely brand new generation of dog treats for the all natural dog treat market.  These lamb dog treats are the next generation of rawhide alternative products. A very natural and smart way to keep your dog busy the safe and healthy way!

Please visit our website for further product details.


Winning Her Over

Author: PetCare81
September 4, 2008
all natural dog treats

We got some all natural dog treats for Sarah so that she might be less inclined to bark at us when she sees us on the lawn.  It has been months now that she has been doing this and it didn’t seem to be something that would abate by itself.  So we went out and got the treats.

We even went over to the neighbor’s house to explain our new game plan.  Well, she ate the treats and even though she seemed happy and isn’t really scared of us anymore, Sarah continued to bark.  I wonder what we are doing wrong.  I’m starting to think that it has turned into a sort of game for Sarah.


My Neighbor’s Dog

Author: PetCare81
September 4, 2008
dog treats

My neighbor has a dog that is very finicky.  She will not let any of us pet her even though she comes by all the time.  We sit out on our lawn often.  Actually, we use it for meals and other recreation like stretching on a regular basis.  When she sees us on the lawn, she generally comes over just to bark.

We think that eventually, she will have to get tired of the redundant act, but she doesn’t seem to be letting go any time soon.  My friend suggested that we have dog treats for her when she comes over so that she won’t be scared.  Well, I’ll definitely try it out.


September 3, 2008
boot camp

 Just like in the army, boot camp is really just an introduction to a new career and new way of doing things. A tour through boot camp isn’t going to solve your alpha dog’s problems forever. It’s a way to get basic respect from a dog who’s been bullying you without having to resort to physical force.

How long should boot camp last? That depends on the dog. Some will show an improvement right away, others may take much longer. For really tough cookies, natural leaders that need constant reminders of their place in the pack, Alpha Dog Boot Camp will become a way of life. Social climbers may need periodic trips through boot camp if you get lax and accidentally let them climb back up a notch or two in the family pack order.

How do you know if you’re making a difference? If boot camp has been successful, your dog should start looking to you for directions and permission. He’ll show an eagerness to please. Watch how your dog approaches and greets you. Does he come to you “standing tall”, with his head and ears held high and erect? It may look impressive and proud but it means he’s still alpha and you still have problems! A dog who accepts humans as superiors will approach you with his head slightly lowered and his ears back or off to the sides. He’ll “shrink” his whole body a little in a show of submission. Watch how he greets all the members of the family. If he displays this submissive posture to some of them, but not others, those are the ones who still need to work on their own alpha posture and methods. They should take him back through another tour of boot camp with support from the rest of the family.

After a long hard day of boot camp, make sure to let him lay down and chew on his favorite treat, like bully sticks!


Obedience Training for Dogs

Author: gibbywmu
September 3, 2008

obedience 

Once your dog has begun to accept this new way of life and his new position in the family, you should take him through an obedience course with a qualified trainer. All dogs need to be trained and alpha dogs need training most of all! You don’t have to wait until he’s through with boot camp to start this training but it’s important that he respects at least one member of the family and is willing to take direction from them.

Obedience class teaches you to train your dog. It teaches you how to be alpha, how to enforce commands and rules, how to get respect and to keep it. All family members who are old enough to understand and control the dog should participate in the class.

Obedience training is a lifelong process. One obedience course does not a trained dog make! Obedience commands need to be practiced and incorporated into your daily life. In a dog pack, the alpha animal uses occasional reminders to reinforce his authority. Certain commands, like DOWN/STAY, are especially effective, nonviolent reminders of a dog’s place in the family pack order and who’s really in charge here.  Giving them treats they enjoy, like bully sticks, is also very effective.

A well-trained obedient dog is a happy dog and a joy to live with. Dogs want to please and need a job to do. Training gives them the opportunity to do both. A well-trained dog has more freedom. He can go more places and do more things with you because he knows how to behave. A well-trained dog that’s secure in his place within the family pack is comfortable and confident. He knows what’s expected of him. He knows his limits and who his leaders are. He’s free from the responsibility of running the household and making decisions. He’s free to be your loving companion and not your boss. He’s free to be a dog – what he was born to be and what he always wanted to be in the first place!


Hot Spots In Dogs

Author: gibbywmu
September 2, 2008
hotspots

 The immediate cause of a hot spot is a bacterial infection of the skin. The inflammation is itchy and painful for the dog, so he licks or chews at the site for relief… and further irritates the sore. Saliva is filled with bacteria and not a very good salve for wounds. As the dog becomes more frantic to relieve the irritation, he may become more aggressive with his chewing. Some dogs will bite to the point of self-mutilation. The most common sites for hot spots are those accessible by mouth – the flank, legs and paws, and the rump – but itchy dogs will get wounds anywhere they can scratch. A hot spot is painful as well as itchy. Some dogs might become protective of their sore and nip or growl to keep you away from it.  To distract them for periods at a time, it might be a good idea to give him a dog treat, like bully sticks. This is sure to keep him busy for a while.

The ultimate cause of a hot spotcan be more difficult to determine, but is especially important with multiple, chronic, or recurring sores. The occasional incident might be caused by a simple irritant such as a thistle or bug bite. Most hot spots occur in the summer months during hot, humid weather. Some breeds, such as Labrador and Golden retrievers, are known to be predisposed. In general dogs with thick or long hair coats are at risk. Dogs prone to ear and anal sac infections are also more susceptible to hot spots.