Thursday May 23, 2013
Those who follow this site know I'm a huge "behavior" proponent, not just teaching basic puppy training skills but really understanding why dogs behave they way they do. Only by understanding canine behavior--the language, the social and emotional needs, and how dogs interact in their world--can we hope to provide the best homes for our beloved dogs.
Too often, a behavior "problem" actually is normal--or it gets out of hand because well meaning dog lovers react in a less than ideal way. Even puppy and adult dog health intertwines so much with behavior that the two can't be separated. Yet the understanding of dog behavior continues to evolve faster than a Border Collie herding sheep!
That's why I'm delighted to shine a spotlight on the Marcia Polimer Abrams Canine Behavior Studies Fund created by my colleague and dog behavior expert Darlene Arden in honor and memory of her mother, who adored dogs. It's administered through the AKC Canine Health Foundation but works on behalf of ALL DOGS of every breed--that's a tail-wagging benefit to your puppies, don't you think?
In these challenging economic times, many of us look for help funding regular vet care to keep our puppies well. It's a comfort to know that funds exist to not only help in times of trouble, but also to prevent problems by studying and better understanding pet challenges.
With Father's Day approaching, maybe your dad would welcome having a donation given in his honor, or in memory of the doggy friends he's loved over a lifetime of canine companionship. Or perhaps someone you know would benefit from a helping "paw." Check out this article that lists pet-centric foundations including the Marcia Polimer Abrams Canine Behavior Studies Fund, as well as ways to get help with vet bills.
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Wednesday May 22, 2013
It's National Dog Bite Prevention Week--do you know how to protect yourself and your kids from bites? Most dog bites can be prevented simply by learning to understand doggy body language and recognizing types of aggression.
In fact, most cases of doggy aggression arise out of fear!
While you do your part to bring Puppy up right and prevent puppy biting, it's also important to teach your children how to stay safe around all dogs. It only takes one time for tragedy to happen. Learn how to prevent dog bites here.
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Wednesday May 15, 2013
Modern human medicine offers incredible technology with MRI testings, endoscope to find swallowed objects or view other internal structures, and surgeons who specialize in everything from skin problems to cancer or heart issues. And when your puppy needs similar diagnostic or treatment care, today you can find specialty veterinary care with expert medical teams who use many of the same techniques. For instance, Veterinary opthalmologists specialize in eye care.
Here's my newest article with an overview of specialty veterinary care.
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Saturday May 11, 2013
Last week over on Facebook I noticed a post about one of my friend's dogs meeting up with a certain black-and-white noxious visitor, and offered some advice about getting rid of the stink. Last summer, I wrote about my own Magical-Dawg getting too up-close-and-personal with Pepe LePew. You'd think he'd learn his lesson.
But no, not Magic. It wasn't more than a day or two later that my husband took the dog for an early morning ramble where they met up with Mr. Skunk. Being the cordial, friendly doggy he is, Magic followed the scurrying critter from the field into the scrubby trees, and then RACED out of the bushes to roll-roll-roll trying to rid himself of the smell.
So I quickly dialed up my article about removing skunk odor and went shopping for the DIY ingredients. Meanwhile my whole house began to stink, too. I'd confined Magic to the kitchen to keep him from rubbing skunk smell on the carpet or furniture, so the most intense smell was there. Lighted candles didn't touch the aroma. So I moved the CritterZone Air Purifier into the area, and took Magic outside for his bath.
I gotta say, the combination of the homemade bath coupled with the CritterZone got rid of the odor more quickly than I could imagine! Within an hour, my house was once again fresh. Now, if I can just keep Magic from trying to make friends with wildlife!
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