Siberian Husky Surf Dog

Author: admin
June 5, 2010

Siberian Husky

siberian husky is surfing!

Siberian Husky

Look at this amazing four-footed surfer! Siberian Husky Rocks!!!!

Here’s some fun animal news. In 2007, more than 50 dogs took part in the dog surfing contest, “Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon“  in Oceanside, CA. Los Angels Times says “While the contest is open to all dogs, experience has shown than shorter-legged ones have a better chance at balancing on a surfboard. A Great Dane was game last year but just too tall. Huskies and golden retrievers have done well. Bandit the Boston terrier and the pit bull Lucy (who surfs facing backwards) are among the veterans scheduled to be back.”  Look at the four-footed surfer, Siberian Husky! Cool~

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Diets for Dogs

Author: gibbywmu
April 17, 2010

 

Dogs are known as man’s best friend.  If you want to keep your best friend around and healthy for a long time to come you need to put him on the right diet.  If your dog is on the wrong diet he may suffer from certain medical problems. So, you need to make sure you feed him healthy dog treats. To buy dog treats online, please go to a dog treat website.

Some of these medical problems include allergies, diabetes, heart failure, kidney disease, and urinary tract infections.  You can’t just feed your dog scraps from the table and expect him to be healthy.  Medical research has shown us what is best for their food.

The first thing to realize is that dogs can eat certain meat and vegetable table scraps.  Never give them things like chocolate, broccoli, and alcohol.  These are unhealthy and dangerous for dogs.

Beyond that, dry food is better for your dog than the watery types of dog food.  The main reason for this is because the wet dog foods are generally loaded with preservatives.  Any food you do choose should have plenty of minerals, vitamins, carbs, and protein.  In fact, carbohydrates are so important that you should be sure they make up 50% of your dog’s daily diet. To buy bully sticks online, please go to our bully sticks page.

There are some dogs that have special considerations above and beyond other dogs.  Diabetic dogs need more protein and less carbs, for instance.  For example, bully sticks are full of protein and are very low in fat.  Dogs with allergies need modified protein such as Omega 3 and Omega 6.  Additionally, if your dog has stones in his bladder you need to feed him a diet low in protein and make sure he is getting enough antibiotics.

If your dog is obese you should consider giving them two-thirds the amount of food you have been serving. Also, cut down meals to just three times per day.  Increasing their fiber intake is a great way to aid in digestion and increase weight loss.  Of course, this should be dependent on what their veterinarian recommends.

No matter what condition your dog has, it’s best to visit a trained specialist.  They will be able to refer you to proper treatment guidelines.  This can make the difference between making great diet decisions and poor ones.

Since you’re a concerned pet owner you want to do what is best for your pet.  The trouble is that what you think is best might not be.  There is no reason for your dog to suffer because all you need to do is a little research.  Taking the time to investigate can save your furriest friend from feeling discomfort, pain, or dying.


Dental Care for Your Dog

Author: gibbywmu
April 17, 2010

 

Our furry little friends are likely to develop dental disease if their dental needs are ignored. Periodontal disease is not uncommon among dogs, particularly small dog breeds. And just like with humans, these problems can result in bad breath, yellowed teeth, and in the worst of cases, even progress to loss of teeth.

The development of such problems usually begins with such signs as swollen, red, and painful gums. Your pet may have less of an appetite as well. These signs indicate a need for immediate professional care.

Tooth decay and/or the loss of teeth usually indicate the presence of bacteria in the mouth. If left untreated the damage can progress from only involving the mouth to further damage that can include serious complications related to the kidneys, lungs, and heart, all of which can lead to a shortened lifespan. Periodontal problems usually start with the formation of plaque.

Plaque builds on the teeth and in thirty-six hours or less, plaque can harden and tartar can form. This problem usually develops first and the worst in the upper back teeth. Unfortunately, once tartar has formed, it cannot be brushed away.

The good news is that these problems can be avoided. Although healthy routines can be started with any dog at any age, it is always best to start healthy routines with a young puppy. If the dog is older you should insure that he has a professional dental cleaning and then begin the healthy dental routine at home, such as providing dog treats like bully sticks.

If you have a regular routine of brushing your dog’s teeth on a daily basis you can avoid most of these problems. The routine should be established while the dog is young if at all possible. He will then accept the brushing as part of his regular care.

At first the dog will wonder what you are doing so it is best to allow him to taste the doggie toothpaste. These special pastes are formulated to be appealing to dogs. You can use your finger or a special dog toothbrush. Don’t forget to clean both the teeth and the gums. Begin in the back and work in small circular motions. The entire brushing process will take less than a minute.

Providing such things as dog treats, hard dog biscuits and bones, and even soft toys for your pet can help to prevent dental problems. Besides keeping the teeth strong and healthy many of the items are specially formulated to freshen the breath. Feeding crunchy food items on a regular basis is another way to keep your pet’s teeth healthier. Another tip is that while warming your dog’s food will often make it more appealing it is important to insure that the food is only slightly warm and never hot. On the flip side, dogs should not be served cold food.


Dog Care

Author: gibbywmu
April 17, 2010

 

Dog care involves making sure you are doing your best to keep your pet’s teeth healthy and clean. You should brush your mutt’s teeth at least once a week, and more often if possible. There are numerous kinds of tooth brushes available for pets on the market. The best is the finger brush, which slips over your finger so you can simply rub your furry friend’s teeth and gums. It’s best to start oral hygiene on your pet at an early age not only to prevent tooth decay but also because the earlier you start, the more likely her or she will become used to it and will not mind having his or her teeth brushed.

Another part of dental dog care is making sure your faithful companion’s teeth stay strong. One great way to do this is to provide your pooch with rawhide dog bones. While cooked bones can splinter and damage your companion’s mouth and digestive system, rawhide dog bones are soft and actually provide an excellent source of calcium. Be careful though, dog treats can sometimes be very messy and should typically be given to your pooch outside where they can cause a mess without the hassle of clean up.


Puppy Games

Author: gibbywmu
April 17, 2010

 

Hide And Seek

This game requires two people and is played in the house. One person holds Buddy, while the other person “hides”.  Make it very easy at first. Next, the person who is hiding says “Buddy, Come!”, and the person who is holding lets go. If Buddy finds you right away, give him some dog treats or a toy and lots of praise.

If he doesn’t find you, or he gets confused and wanders away, make kissy noises or whistle. Don’t say “come” again. When he finds you, praise and reward. Try it again. Make it easier this time. When he gets better, change your hiding place or take the game outside. When he does find you, make sure you give him a reward, like deer antlers or other dog chews.

On Leash

The first game is played with the puppy on a leash. Wander around a bit and wait for your puppy to get distracted. It won’t
take long at all. When he isn’t paying attention to you, take a tiny treat, hold it at your knee, and say “Buddy, Come!” If
Buddy comes right over to the treat, praise him and give him the treat.

If Buddy doesn’t come, don’t repeat the word “Come”. Instead, make kissy noises or whistle while taking a step backwards. If he comes to you, praise and reward him. Try it one more time. Next time, try to give the command in a voice that’s higher and more excited. As Buddy gets better, increase the distance by using a longer leash.


Keeping Your Dog Happy

Author: gibbywmu
April 17, 2010

 

Here’s a quick list of how to keep your dog mentally
stimulated:

1. Exercise. Lots of exercise. If you can incorporate exercise
with another activity such as playing, “Find the ball,” or doing
some agility exercises, then that’s even better.

2. Brain teaser toys. I’ll be adding some of these to our web
site store, later next week. There are a number of cool toys
that actually challenge your dog’s mind. For example, one of the
more popular ones is the “Buster Cube,” a plastic cube that
releases a pellet of food, every third or fourth time the Cube
is rolled over.

3. Small rituals done at the same time of day, every day. For
example; feeding time, grooming, walks, giving treats like rawhide dog bones, car trips
around town, etc…

4. Dogs like to work. Teach your dog to bring in the newspaper,
carry mail back from the mailbox or to walk out with you when
you take the trash out. (Whenever I go through the drive-thru
window at McDonald’s, Forbes – my dog – gets to carry the trash
bag to the trash receptacle when we’re finished. Sound silly,
right? But the dog loves it!)

5. Do obedience training with your dog. Obedience training
requires your dog to use his brain and think. Knowing that he
will be praised for making the right decision and corrected for
making the wrong decision (and allowed the opportunity to make
the right decision again) instills a sense of responsibility in
your dog and demands that he use his noggin. Remember: Dogs are
bred to work. They’ve been blessed with super-human instincts
and drives and they need an outlet for those drives. When he is rewarded, make sure and reward him with plenty of dog treats!


Why Is My Puppy Nipping?

Author: gibbywmu
October 29, 2008
puppy biting

 Although often thought to be a teething behavior, nipping, mouthing and biting in young dogs is generally a form of social play. Teething is more likely to involve gnawing or chewing on household objects. The first thing you must do is provide ample opportunity for play, without biting. Social play with people could involve retrieve games (ball, Frisbee or soft toy), hide n’ seek (with the puppy finding the humans for a treat), chasing after soap bubbles as well as walks, swimming or learning tricks. Although wrestling and tug of war games can be fun, they may lead to play that is too rough or rambunctious.  Another quick remedy would be to provide the puppy with a dog chew or dog treat, like greenies.  This will be sure to keep him busy for a while and detour him from destroying personal items.

Puppies need to learn bite inhibition. This is something they start to learn while with their litter mates It is one reason that puppies should not go to new homes until 7 – 8 weeks and they have had time to practice social skills with other dogs. It can therefore be extremely beneficial for the puppy to have regular interactive social play periods with other dogs or puppies in the home or in the neighborhood.


New Dog At Home

Author: gibbywmu
October 29, 2008
New Dog

 Today’s domestic dog is still closely related to the wolf.  Like all wolves living in a pack, dogs must be part of a stable family and feel safe.  Most domestic behavioral problems occur when the dog is confused about how to act/behave in different situations such as in your home or out on a walk.

It is recommended that you keep your dog confined (in a crate or in a room) no matter his age for at least the first month in your home.  This will allow him to settle in more comfortably and adapt to your lifestyle.  At the same time, confinement or crate training will reduce such misbehaviors as chewing and separation anxiety.  When crate training, always use a dog treat, like greenies, as a reward when he/she enters his cage.  It will help make him feel more at home!
 


Therapy Dogs

Author: gibbywmu
October 29, 2008
Therapy Dog

 The human-animal bond is strong. Dogs were amongst the first animals to be domesticated, and as they proved their worth as hunters, guards and companions, the bond has continued to grow stronger. Many people will agree that animals can make a positive influence on our lives. Dogs used for therapy are just one way they make a positive impact.

What is a therapy dog? Therapy dogs are of any size, breed, colour, shape, sex or age and use the power of the human-animal bond to help people. The help may come in the form of emotional support. For example, a dog may visit the elderly and show them that they are loved by allowing the person to hold the dog while they laugh or cry. The help may also be physical. For example, dogs can be used to encourage a stroke victim to move an arm to pet the dog.

Why are animals used as part of therapy? It is the unconditional love that these animals provide to those that are ill, disabled, elderly or anyone who is in a facility and is deprived of acceptance, love or touch. Therapy dogs can be used in many different situations, such as during social activities or physical therapy. Everyone benefits from therapy dogs – the individual(s) who needs the therapy, the staff at the facility, the individual’s family, and the therapy dog him/herself.

As with all dogs, even dogs used as therapy love a healthy dog treat, like greenies.  It is sure to make them even happier than they were before!


Puppy Socialization

Author: gibbywmu
October 29, 2008
Puppies

Until they reach 16 to 18 weeks of age, a puppy will be in a socialization period. This period is the most important and critical in its life. Every effort should be made to socialize your puppy; meaning to expose him or her to a variety of positive and pleasant meetings. The greater the exposure you can give to your dog during this period, the more it will lead to improved social flexibility, emotional stability and trainability. Also, always make sure to give him a dog treat, like greenies, after a job well done!

You must socialize you puppy to a number of different things; people, adults and children of various ages, animals and environments. Use the socialization table for ideas or for tracking your progress. Place a check mark beside the experience that your puppy has had the opportunity to add to his repertoire. Notice which spaces are blank and take you puppy out! The more experiences in its repertoire, the better equipped the puppy will be to socially to deal with new situations. Take advantage of puppyhood, because after this period, socializing your dog will take longer and be much more difficult…

Remember that before the puppy has its second shot, the puppy’s immunity won’t be as strong. Exposure to only vaccinated dogs at this time is highly recommended.