New Strides in Spaying and Neutering – NYTimes.com

The research world has been hard at work devising new, less invasive and less expensive ways to neuter our puppies. This is a story about the latest which sounds like a great improvement. You can read about it here:

New Strides in Spaying and Neutering – NYTimes.com.

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All Dogs May Go to Heaven. These Days, Some Go to Hospice. – NYTimes.com

The only bad thing about puppies is that they don’t usually live as long as humans. That means we often have to witness their final days on earth. Today the New York Times writes about a veterinarian who has developed a wonderful way to make our loving pet’s last few days as comfortable as possible. A way that also helps the pet’s families go through the grieving and parting process. Click here to read the story:

All Dogs May Go to Heaven. These Days, Some Go to Hospice. – NYTimes.com.

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Ask a Vet: What Do You Do When People Feed Your Dog Treats? | Dogster

This is an article from one of my favorite dog blogs, Dogster. The article discusses the dilemma we, as puppy and dog owners, often face…well intentioned individuals who want to give our dog a treat.

I thought it was an interesting topic and especially liked all the comments at the end.

I would love to know what you think about this situation.

Ask a Vet: What Do You Do When People Feed Your Dog Treats? | Dogster.

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A Dog’s Tail Wag Can Say a Lot – NYTimes.com

Tail wagger

Tail wagger (Photo credit: photos by blperk)

 

Have you ever paid attention to the wag of your dogs tail? According to a story in the New York Times, the direction of the wag can say a lot. Just wondering what you think about this?

Click on to the link to read the story:

A Dog’s Tail Wag Can Say a Lot – NYTimes.com

The tail is wagging

The tail is wagging (Photo credit: Kathleen Tyler Conklin)

 

 

 

 

 

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Lifespan of a Dog: A Dog Years Chart by Breed

One of the things you want to consider when you are looking for a puppy is how long this little one will bless your life. Here is an article that lists the various breeds and their average life expectancy, given a healthy environment, lots of love and appropriate exercise.

Lifespan of a Dog: A Dog Years Chart by Breed.

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10 Commandments for Dog Parks

Dog beach at Coronado, California.

Dog beach at Coronado, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Dogs at park wearing mimi green collar

English: Dogs at park wearing mimi green collar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Does your town have a dog park? Or even a neighboring one?

Dog parks are convenient areas that can promote your dog’s health and well-being…or they can harm it. They are  becoming more and more popular and while they offer outlets for your dog’s pent up energy and offer great socializing; but, problems can occur.

If you have already taken your puppy to a dog park or are thinking about doing so. Here are   10 tips for a successful playtime:

1. Make certain your puppy is at least four months old and up to date on all his immunizations. All dogs are supposed to be up to date if they frequent a dog park but not every owner adheres to the rules.

2. Be aware that most dog parks require the dogs to be off-leash. Is your puppy ready to come to you when called? Will he sit and stay if you need him to?

3. Don’t be alarmed if all the dogs already in the park rush to your little guy as you enter. This is their way of greeting a new playmate. But if it looks like there’s bullying going on, you need to intervene carefully. Also be ready to “rescue your puppy if the body language or vocal language of another dog seems aggressive; ie, ears back, tail severely arched, lips pulled back or growling.

Dogs doing what they do best. "You chase ...

Dogs doing what they do best. “You chase me then I’ll chase you” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

4. Put away the cell phone and other distractions. You must be constantly aware of your puppy’s activity as well as that of the dogs around him.

5. Try to keep your puppy with other dogs of the same size.

6. Do be prepared to clean-up after your puppy. Most parks have poop bags on hand but bring your own just in case.

7. Be sensitive to your puppy’s personality. If he is timid, a dog park may not be the best venue for him, at least until he is better socialized.

English: A dog park in Gan Meir park in Tel Av...

English: A dog park in Gan Meir park in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

8. Keep your first few visits brief….10 minutes or so. You want your puppy to be begging for more when you leave so that he is excited when you visit again.

9. Refrain from giving your puppy treats when other dogs are nearby.

10. Bring his favorite ball, Frisbee or toy but only use it if he doesn’t have other dogs to play with.

 

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Housebreaking Blues

Has your puppy had a housebreaking relapse? Just when you thought your puppy had mastered it all, did you find a spot on the family room carpet?

English: Artois Puppy

English: Artois Puppy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You are not alone. Better yet, this is not the end of the world.

Typically, the puppy owner has become a little lax and inconsistent in the training process. Or, he has given the puppy too much roaming room, too soon. All is easily solved! Unfortunately, you do have to put some concerted effort into correcting the problem. But your puppy is so worth it.

Hopefully you have seen the value of crate training and have a crate on hand. If not, you need to get one. And, while you’re at the pet store, pick up an exercise pen as well. These two items are essential.

Pug in a crate

Pug in a crate (Photo credit: biologycorner)

Then, pick one room where you can monitor your puppy closely. Usually this is the kitchen and it helps if the floor is not carpeted. Set up the crate in this room. Set up the exercise pen to include the crate. Put the puppy in the exercise pen with the crate door open. Usually puppies will not mess in their special area. But, if he does happen to have an accident in the exercise pen, you will need to confine him to the crate. This is only for a few days so don’t worry about the pet police seeking you out!

Puppy will have to stay inside this pen until you are confident he is getting better. Take him to his potty place as soon as he wakes from a nap, after strenuous play, after he eats and (depending on his size) about every 30 to 90 minutes in between.

When he goes, praise…praise…praise. Food is not critical. Just let him know how happy he has made you.

Puppy in the grass

Puppy in the grass (Photo credit: justmakeit)

After a day or two you can open the side of the exercise pen, but only when you are able to again monitor the puppy closely…still confining him to the room you have chosen. Follow the same timing on potty breaks.  When he seems to be doing better in this one room, let him have access to another…but only one more room and ideally where you can still watch him.

Yes, this is a pain, but it is worth it! Eventually puppy WILL respond.

Here are some other tips for successful re-housebreaking:

Puppy Presents!

Puppy Presents! (Photo credit: C. Strife)Here are a few other tips for success:

**Always, always monitor your puppy closely at all times during the training period. You might even consider attaching his leash to your belt.

**Always, always use the same door to let the puppy out.

**Always, always go outside with your puppy. Yes, even if it is raining cats and dogs!

**Always, always take him to the same spot.

**Always, always praise…even after all this seems routine.

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