Secrets to Successfully Potty Training Your Puppy

There are actually no shortcuts in potty training your puppy. A week or less of potty training is not even close to possible because the process is really quite tedious. Apart from buying pet supplies online or from your nearest pet shop, you also need a lot of patience. So, dog owners who claim that their pet dogs got potty-trained in a matter of days may probably just be disillusioned or may have forgotten the length of time it took them to do it.

Potty training your puppy requires a good amount of patience and you would be very lucky if your pet is a good trainee. Otherwise, you may just have to allocate a budget for professional training. But it is always a fun experience potty training your own pet. Consider it part of your bonding.

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Here you will find basic how-to tips or strategies to make potty training easy and fast as possible.

Are there dog breeds that are more challenging to train?

In general, small breeds are actually more difficult to train because their bladders are smaller. Some small dogs, in particular, are more challenging to potty train like dachshunds, Pomeranians, basset hounds, Afghan hounds and yorkies. Also, caged puppies are quite stubborn to potty train because they have been used to defecating and urinating in their cages.

What do you need to prepare for potty training your puppy?

Other than a good amount of patience and effort, you will also need materials that will be used during your potty training. You can start shopping for the following items: collar, leash, dog treats, timer (a watch will do), chart, crate, and cleaning products.

Potty Training Tips and Strategies

Recognizing When your Puppy Needs to Go Potty

This tip is very basic and every dog owner must master the ways to recognize signs that your dog is about to go potty. Puppies, just like children, have little awareness of their bowel and bladder needs, so take heed of the following signs:

  • Your puppy starts wandering off from its once playful state
  • Sniffing the floor
  • Your puppy looks for that area or location where he or she has previously soiled
  • He appears unusually more active, agitated or distracted
  • Whining
  • Shows no interest when you give him a treat

Knowing the Required Potty Time Frame

You might wonder how often you should take your puppy out for a potty. Actually, it depends on the need of your pet to urinate or defecate. There are factors to consider such as how much liquid or how much food the puppy ate, or how long they can hold their bladder and bowel movements during sleep as compared to when they are awake. According to applied animal behaviorists Patricia McConnell and Karen B. London authors of Way to Go!  a puppy between 7 to 12 weeks may need to go potty every half hour or even more frequently when they are awake and playing.

 

This entry was posted on August 13, 2016, in Pets.

How Dog Therapy Can Help Us Be Happier

Dogs are awesome beings. They have been our trustworthy and loyal friends since the beginning of time. They have adapted to our needs, they have helped us love and feel loved, without asking for anything in return. You may have already known all of these, but did you know dogs can do wonders for our health and happiness, too? If you already have a dog, you probably know how your furry friend can bring peace and happiness into your soul, thus contributing to your general well-being. Those of you who can’t own a dog for various reasons can consider borrowing one from their friends or even becoming a dog sitter or a dog walker.

1. The companionship dogs provide us is priceless.

Dogs are the most loyal animals, as we are the centre of their universe. They would gladly choose to spend all moments of their life with us. Pet parents use to talk to their furry children, especially when there’s nobody else around to hear them. A house can be a very quiet place if it doesn’t have a dog. If you decide to adopt a dog, make sure you offer him the companionship he longs for. Don’t leave your dog alone for long periods of time during the day, as this is not good for him at all.

2. Dogs can assist elderly, ill or disabled people in their daily activities.

Since very long time ago, people train dogs to assist disabled persons in doing various things most of us take for granted. These dogs have helped many individuals significantly improve their quality of life. Moreover, such trained dogs are used to provide therapeutic visits to hospitalised patients or to people in care homes or disabled individuals facilities. The innate desire of dogs to connect and communicate with us is something that has helped many humans in need.

3. Dogs help us stay in good shape.

A dog that doesn’t play isn’t a healthy dog. They are always eager to run and play with us, so whenever we try to comply with these requirements, we also improve our fitness levels. The better our fitness, the healthier we become, as we burn a lot of calories and strengthen our muscles in the process of playing with our beloved pets. Besides, stroking a dog triggers a wave of serotonin through our body, the consequences being a lowering of the blood pressure and a reduction of the stress levels. Clinical studies have proved dog owners are less exposed to the risk of developing depression at some point in their life. After all that exercise, treat your furry friend to a bit of pampering or just plain hair cut at a dog groomers.

4. Dogs make us more sociable.

When you walk your dog, you can’t possible stay away from other dog owners. In addition, even people who don’t have a dog may give you attention and interact with you, especially if they are dog lovers. Most dog owners can tell you how many times passers-by stopped to say hello to their little furry friend.

5. Dogs love us for what we are.

A dog is never going to try to change his owner. They take us just the way we are, with all our problems and issues, with our happiness and our sadness, with our good or bad manners. A dog’s love for his human is unconditional. They are truly our best friends.

6. They satisfy our need to nurture.

The need for nurturing is imprinted in our genes. Our parental instincts are innate. By adopting a dog, we can show him all our love, thus satisfying our need to nurture another being.

7. They can put a smile on our face and joy in our heart.

We all know how powerful a smile or a good laughter can be, and how healthy these simple actions can make us. Waking up in the morning and seeing my dog automatically puts a smile on my face. I wake up in happiness, as I love his playfulness, his cheery mood and his unconditional love. I am positive most people tend to smile when they pass you and your dog during your walks. Dogs have this super power of making people smile, thus making them a little healthier and a lot happier.

All these lead to the point that dogs provide us tremendous health benefits. You should be thankful for having such a wonderful presence in your life. If you do, please show it to your dog by giving him the love and the attention he deserves.

This entry was posted on August 10, 2016, in Cates & Dogs.

Basic obedience commands to advanced tricks – Training your dog can indeed be rewarding

Just as all human beings within a family need to be trained to show their best behavior, dogs are also not an exception. Every member in the household will be better off if your dog abides by what you teach him. A dog, by its nature, will want your approval in anything that it does and will wish to please you most of the time. But can it do that without it being taught to them? During the life of your dog, don’t you think it is necessary for you to teach him all sorts of commands, starting from the obedience commands to the trickier ones? Definitely it is! Read on to know how well you can train your pet dog in the best possible way.

  • Listen to what your dog is trying to tell you

Learn some of the best ways to listen to what your dog tells you. If it seems that your dog is uncomfortable to meet another animal or dog or person, don’t ever insist him to say hello. Once he tries to communicate you that he is uncomfortable, don’t force him. Rather you should respect his feeling. Forcing can lead to bigger issues.

  • Be generous about the affection that you show him

Most of the dog owners are good at pointing out mistakes and showing them when they’re not happy with their dogs. But they forget to consider the positive side. This is a huge mistake and you should remember that all dogs love to seek attention when he is doing the right thing. Make him realize when he has been a good boy. Shower him with love and affection.

  • Obedience training is a must for dogs

Having a disobedient dog running around you can be a big pain and hence you have to focus on basic obedience. Dog training can be taken off to another level if you get him admitted in Pet Degree classes as they offer professional services. But the basic commands which you should make him learn are sit, drop, stay, come and heel. Unless you are able to tackle them when they’re out with you, you can’t handle them. The Australian Veterinary Association recommends some kind of positive reinforcement at the best way out. To know more on expert services, you may check out https://petdegree.com/

  • Don’t underestimate the advantages of feeding good food

Food is something which is extremely essential for dogs as they need the right levels of protein. The money that you spend on buying food for your dog is definitely a huge investment which you should take into control. Nevertheless, you should always check with your veterinarian to know about the right diet for your dog.

Hence, if you’re looking for dog training buffalo NY services, you can first consider the above mentioned DIY steps and strategies for effective training. Make sure they grow up to be well-trained pets who can earn praises from visitors.

This entry was posted on July 29, 2016, in Pets.

Are You Really Prepared To Take The Responsibility Of A Pet?

Pets can bring the much needed joy in our lives. They offer companionship and complete loyalty and commitment towards their owners. For most owners, pets are a source of joy and caring for them brings a sense of relaxation.

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Most animal lovers often end up adopting pets. Adopting pets is a major decision and can have a significant impact on your daily life and routine. Hence before deciding to adopt pets, it is important to consider few essential factors.

Reasons for adopting pets

Many times, people tend to adopt pets as a result of an erratic reaction. The most important thing to consider is that pets require care and attention. Healthy pets may stay with their owners for a long period of time. It is hence important to evaluate the need and reasons for adopting pets instead of taking decisions which you may regret later.

Time constraints

Various animal rescue shelters may have pets for adoption. However, before fulfilling the adoption formalities it is advisable to consider the time required for keeping and caring of the pet. Pets require to be fed, to be taken for exercise sessions and walks and constant monitoring on the part of the owners. It is hence advisable for prospective owners to evaluate the available time before opting for pet adoptions.

Costs involved

Owning a pet can be expensive. Expenses may be incurred on purchasing pet food, pet toys, veterinary care, training classes, licenses and many more. While option for kitten adoptions, consideration of the costs involved is extremely important as kittens may require regular grooming sessions. Pet adoptions are advisable only for people who possess the financial means to afford the expenses involved.

Special problems

One major concern regarding pet especially kitten adoption is the ability to deal with problems including medical emergencies, accidents and flea infestations. Owners may evaluate whether they are ready to take up such issues prior to opting for pet adoptions.

Living arrangements and permissions

Before adopting pets, it is advisable to consider the available space. Some pets are active and may require space to play. Lack of proper space in the house may restrict their growth. Another important aspect relates to obtaining permissions from the housing communities for keeping a pet.

Some other aspects which require considerable efforts on the part of pet owners include:

  • Arranging regular training sessions for the pets.
  • Evaluating the feasibility of owning a pet considering factors like age of children in the house.
  • Ensuring proper arrangements for the pet while you are away from home.
  • Willingness to provide proper care to the pet.
  • Evaluating the degree of responsibility associated with keeping a pet.

A pet in the house places a lot of responsibility on the owner. It is hence important to conduct an assessment regarding the various aspects involved before deciding to adopt one.

For people looking to adopt pets, Found Animals can end their search. The service allows you to choose pets from various shelter homes. You can adopt pets of specific breeds, ages and gender.

 

This entry was posted on June 20, 2016, in Pets.

FUNGAL INFECTIONS IN PETS – CLEANLINESS CAN THE ONLY MEANS FOR PREVENTION

Fungal infections are quite common in human as well in animals. The most common type of fungal or yeast infection is known as Ringworm. As the name says, the infection agent is not a worm rather few species of fungus.  Initially, the infected part shows red patches on skin, scalp and nails or on other body parts of human or animals. Pets (dogs, cats) are more prone to such infections and precaution should always secure to avoid the after effects. It’s a contagious disease and may spread from person to person or from pet to the persons comes in contact with the infected part. The diseases in human can be avoided easily by keeping few things in mind like-

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  1. Use your personal comb only
  2. Avoid using other clothes or even own unwashed clothes
  3. Pet’s cleanliness is utmost important
  4. Avoid itching if infection occurs to stop any further spread over etc.

Reasons behind Ringworm infection in Dogs –

Dogs usually get infected by the fungus-like Microsporum Canis, Microsporum Gypseum, and Trichophyton Mentagrophytes.  The drastic consequences can be avoided by taking medication for Ringworm Treatments.   The infection depends on various factors like –

  1. Few of the dogs carry infectious fungus in their system, whether the symptoms are visible or not, they still infect others.
  2. Some medication may weaken the immune system and with decreased immunity they get easily infected.
  3. Keeping along with various other animals can also be reasons apart from others.

Required action to avoid further consequences:

Whenever you observe the symptoms such as patches or skin redness in your dogs, one should immediately take them to the expert for treatment. Even the owner should avoid touching their pets without gloves

Disease diagnosis:

It’s quite easy to diagnose such infections once taken to the veterinary doctor (Term for Animal’s doctor). They usually advise sending a sample of patches for fungal culture. After which on the basis of severity, doctors prescribe medication.

Medication for Ringworm Treatments –

Treatment differs from one to other. Veterinarians start treatment only after the diagnosis of severity. Some of the most common treatments prescribed by the doctors are –

  1. Ointments containing Miconazole (an antifungal agent)
  2. Antifungal dips like lime sulfur, 2% chlorhexidine solution
  3. Antifungal shampoos like 2% miconazole shampoo, ketoconazole shampoo can also be used to cure the disease.

All the above-advised medication should specifically be given under specialists supervision and as per the prescribed duration. Without any further direction of the doctor to stop the medication is advisable to avoid recurrence of the disease.

Precautions while applying medication to the dogs:

  • Wear gloves while bathing animals
  • Avoid being in direct contact with your pet unless the doctor gives a certificate of complete eradication of disease.
  • Gloves should be used even while applying medicines superficially or even for oral medicines.

There are no prevention has been explored yet to avoid infection. Only proper care, cleanliness can be advised for not victimized by the fungus. So, be with your pet but with few precautions as it can be transmitted through pet to their owner.

This entry was posted on June 6, 2016, in Pets.

What is a Dog’s ‘Heat Cycle’?

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From approximately six months old (smaller breed dogs as young as four months can begin), usually lasting throughout the rest of her life, a female dog will experience estrus, or heat, about every six months. She’s going to be receptive to mating during this time. You’ll notice more frequent urination, bleeding, swelling of her vulva and increased nervousness or alertness. Although it depends per breed, a dog’s heat cycle will normally last from 2-4 weeks.

However, recommended sexual maturity isn’t reached until 2 years of age.

  • Average females can experience heat cycles from six months
  • Normally last from 2-4 weeks

Dog Pregnancy – Labor

Stage One

Stage One

This first stage of dog pregnancy lasts about 12- 24 hours. During this stage, the dog’s cervix begins to dilate and uterine contractions will begin. The female may moan, whimper, or pant during labor.

Stage one ends when the puppy first passes into the pelvic canal.

Stage Two

Stage two begins when the female dog actively begins to push her pups out. It usually takes 1-4 strong contractions to deliver each pup.

The amniotic sac should present itself first, followed by the puppy. The female should remove the sac herself; if she doesn’t, you need to do this so her puppy can breathe.

If the female doesn’t sever the umbilical cord herself, again you need to clamp and cut it.

  • It’s very important that owners display a calm, relaxed demeanor at this point. Remaining as calm as possible will help the dog; she’ll likely reflect any nervousness or anxiety.

Stage Three

Stage three of dog pregnancy marks the delivery of the placenta. Each pup has a placenta it’s usually delivered with. The female mother will usually eat the placenta (some human cultures practice this as well); the placenta does contain nutritional value.

You’ll know when the cycle is over; her vulva will return to its’ normal size, and the bleeding will stop. For the first 3 weeks, on the other hand, you may not notice anything at all. Some females may become more demanding on your attention, and their nipples might enlarge.

  • Be careful with your pregnant pup! Extreme conditions and rough handling could lead to miscarriage! Also, be sure to feed her a quality, ‘meat’ based protein source of dog food; try to avoid dog foods using corn as the primary ingredient.

Average Size of Litter

Average Size of Litter

The number of pups born during dog pregnancy in fact varies considerably; making an ‘average’ hard to determine. Usually, medium to large breeds tend to produce the largest litters, with small/toy breeds producing smaller litters, although there are of course exceptions! Normal litters can range anywhere from one or two pups to ten. Some moms might give birth to over 15!

  • Smaller breeds tend to produce smaller litters
  • Normal size of litter: 2-10

Post Dog Pregnancy Care

Post labor car for your dam (mother of puppy or puppies) is extremely important! After she is finished whelping, all soiled surfaces should be replaces with clean, soft bedding.

If you think your dog is pregnant, take her to see your vet! They will answer any questions you may have perfectly, as well as offer diet advice, determine if any tests are requires, etc.

Spay/ Neuter; Importance

Are you actively trying to breed, or did this dog pregnancy occur by accident? I can’t stress the importance of responsibility here! A great many dogs are put down each year for no better reason than we can’t support their numbers. Unless dog pregnancy is your intention, try not to inadvertently add to that population.

Dogs for Sale

Are you trying to find any dogs for sale? Maybe you’re trying to find puppies to adopt? Why not give some of these needy puppies a home!

Dogs Help Man Find Illegal Items in Storage Lockers

While everyone knows that dogs are playful and affectionate, they could also be incredibly helpful in serious lines of work such as police and detective work. For several years, they have been trained and enlisted to work with police to sniff out bombs, drugs, firearms and missing persons. That’s because dogs have an incredible sense of smell, a sense that is much stronger than humans by far.

A dog has an organ in the roof of its mouth which allows them to “taste” a smell. They can also distinguish individual odours even when there are multiple strong odours present. They can pinpoint smells somewhere between 1,000 to 10,000 times better than we can. If that doesn’t baffle you, let this sink in your mind; humans have 5 million scent receptors while bloodhounds have 300 million scent receptors. That’s nuts isn’t it?

Dogs Finding Illegal Substances in a Storage Locker

Dogs have proven to be an invaluable asset to finding illegal substances such as drugs, firearms and explosives in locations such as a storage locker. With their keen sense of smell, they’re able to pick up on these scents in the least obvious places. It really is hard to outsmart a sniffer dog. They’re trained to identify odours of different illegal drugs so even if the drugs were well-hidden or masked with perfumes, dogs can still pick them out.

An owner could store whatever they please in a storage locker. It may contain an overflow of furniture or artwork that just doesn’t fit in a home. But sometimes, these storage units may contain an unexpected surprise. In California, a man and his uncle scored an abandoned storage unit for $80. When they opened it, they saw boxes that were labelled as “Danger, Poison!” To stay on the safe side, they called the cops and good thing they did. The boxes were filled with hazardous meth lab equipment such as meth pipes and gas masks. This is one real-life scenario where a man-trained dog can easily identify the contents in the storage locker. To alert their human partners, a dog may be trained to sit down next to the source or by pawing near the location of the scent.

Dog Discovered Firearms in Storage Locker

Back in 2014, a man was busted, with the help of a dog,  for having 16 guns stored in his car and storage locker in Washington. A confidential informant posed as an interested buyer and arranged to buy drugs from the man. With the help of a detection dog, drugs were found in the man’s locker and car. In the end, the police found over a pound of meth or heroin, three guns and $47,000 in cash in the car. In locker unit, they found 13 firearms.

Drugs & Firearm Detection in Schools

As a method to enhance security and safety, detection dogs are brought into U.S public schools and campuses. Schools that include this form of security will typically see regular canine visits to detect illegal weapons and substances. Usually before these visits happen, everyone in the school is notified. However, in some scenarios, these canine visits happen randomly without any warning.

Not every dog is cut out for this line of work of detecting scents. As well as having a powerful nose, the dog must be very intelligent and capable of solving complex problems and scenarios involving scents. By training them well and showing them positive reinforcement, dogs can be a valuable addition in detective and crime work.

This entry was posted on May 13, 2016, in Pets.

After-Birth Supervision For Mother Dogs And Puppies

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Are you a responsible dog breeder? If your answer is yes, you should have a sensitive understanding about the importance of special care for mother and puppies during pregnancy and after birth. You should also be available in providing not only physical support to your dogs but emotional help as well. As such, you need to know that the kinds and levels of support is dependent to different factors such as the size and breed of the dogs. Here’s how to get started:

Healthy mother dog

To make sure that the mother dog is healthy and in good condition, it is advisable that the dog breeder gives her a break or bring her out for a walk. As of the dietary scheme, necessary changes on the food requirements may be recommended by a North Turramurra vet especially during the stage of pregnancy and nursing. Furthermore, follow the instruction of the vet in order to ensure health of the mother dog. Keep in mind that the primary goal of dog breeding is to reproduce healthy pups, and taking care of the mother is the cornerstone.

Healthy Pups

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The mother dog requires a very special attention from their breeders.  In the first three days afterbirth, the condition of the dam must be checked regularly in order to spare them from health problems especially if it has suffered from extreme pain during the labor. Moreover, it is very important that she is well nourished especially that she is nursing her pups. On the other hand, make sure that the new puppies are sound throughout the day and night. The best way to support the early lives of the pups is to house them in a whelping box. Most importantly, make sure that all of the puppies are fed.

After care

The health of the pups depends on their breeders.  You should there fore anticipate that the mother dog is worn out after the labor. For this reason, nourishment is the best delivery aftercare. You can provide the mother dog a chicken broth which will help restore her strength. Plus, you could also provide her assistance when she urinates. You should also check if the nipples have inflamed. Of course, never overlook tick and worm treatments for dogs.

Eating time

As a responsible breeder, you should not forget the importance of your time in feeding the mother dog as well as the pups. Take note that nursing dogs require foods that contain high calcium and calories.  As suggested, you should feed the mother and her pups by 2 to 3 hours.  For a great meal, you might want to supply plain yogurts. You can also nourish them for a great treats such as meats of chicken and beefs. For maximum care, the breeder should spend enough time with the mother dog and the puppies for the first sixty days.  If you cannot afford to stay with them at least for two months, you might want to assign someone who can do it for you.

Taking care of your dog is a fulfilling yet daunting task. Hence, be ready for your roles as a responsible dog owner. Never forget that the mother dog and puppies exhibit critical health after giving birth so it is paramount to exert a double layer of effort to provide them the best care.

This entry was posted on May 12, 2016, in Pets.

Few Interesting Information About Horse News

There is no denying the fact that there are some domesticated animals which are great friends of human beings. These include dogs, cats, cows, sheep and most importantly horses. For generations, horses have been great friends of human beings. Whether it is in war or peace or during normal times and times of calamities, these wonderful animals have helped man in more ways than one. They are considered as one of the most majestic of animals and can certainly be helpful to human beings in more ways than one. They can be useful in moving goods, men and materials for hundreds of kilometers. Though their relevance may have become quite small these days because of development of better and more advanced modes of transport, they still continue to be used as a mode of transport. This is especially true for areas where other modes of automated transport could be difficult to move. This is all the more true for mountainous terrains.

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A Few More Reasons Why Horses Are Great Companions

Apart from being useful as a beast of burden, there is no doubt that there are many other ways in which also horses could be useful. When it comes to managing law and order situations and also in defending the country and its people in difficult terrains, there are many countries where horses are commonly used. Further if one goes through the various Horse news articles, there are reasons to believe that they are also used for various other purposes. They are very commonly used in horse racing and some of the finest breeds of horses take part in various horse regattas and other such competitions. Millions of dollars are betted on them and hence they help in generating huge profits for a few apart from providing the much needed employed for many.

They also are used for equestrian and other sporting events and whenever Olympics are held, many of us look forward to the horses displaying their skills and talents in various equestrian events. In many countries horse polo is a big game where these animals are regularly used. Hence it would not be out of place to mention here that when it comes to the right synergy between men and animals, there is no doubt that horses continue to hold a pride of place. Hence the onus lies on us to find out ways and means by which they can be given the respect, dignity, love and affection which they deserve. There are many instances where these great animals are ill treated. It is upon us to expose these wrongdoers and ensure that they get their rightful place in the world because of the great services provided by them.

As technology moves it is quite likely that these animals may not be at all used as a mode of transport. But when it comes to horse racing and other such sporting activities, their role will continue to remain as popular and it is now. They will continue to be one of the best friends of man for many more decades and perhaps even centuries.