Dog Breeding & Pregnancy : Dog Care: Signs of Pregnancy

June 1, 2012 by  
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Signs of dog pregnancy are similar to in-heat behaviors like having a swollen belly, a decreased appetite, decreased energy level and increased neediness. Recognize the signs of a pregnant dog with tips from a veterinarian in this free video on dog care. Expert: Dr. Pam Nichols Contact: Bio: Dr. Pam Nichols has been a veterinarian for 13 years, and she owns the Animal Care Center in Bountiful, Utah. Filmmaker: Michael Burton

Dog Breeding & Pregnancy : Delivering Puppies

January 1, 2012 by  
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Delivering puppies requires being prepared for the delivery with warm, dry towels, making sure the mother is taking care of the puppies and letting the vet know that puppies are on the way. Deliver puppies safely at home with tips from a veterinarian in this free video on dog care. Expert: Dr. Pam Nichols Contact: Bio: Dr. Pam Nichols has been a veterinarian for 13 years, and she owns the Animal Care Center in Bountiful, Utah. Filmmaker: Michael Burton

Dog Breeding & Pregnancy : Caring for Newborn Puppies

December 8, 2011 by  
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Caring for newborn puppies requires first keeping them warm and dry with absorbent towels, making sure they each get proper nutrition from the mother and monitoring their weight as they grow. Care for newborn puppies with tips from a veterinarian in this free video on dog care. Expert: Dr. Pam Nichols Contact: Bio: Dr. Pam Nichols has been a veterinarian for 13 years, and she owns the Animal Care Center in Bountiful, Utah. Filmmaker: Michael Burton

Lexi Hayden’s FINE-TUNED CANINES – Naples Florida dog training

December 5, 2011 by  
Filed under Training Dogs Join us on Facebook Amazing dog movie starring dogs and showing some multiple dog training, dog tricks, off-leash distraction dog training and more Lexi Hayden’s FINE-TUNED CANINES professional dog training and canine behavior counseling services in Southwest Florida (Naples, FL and Fort Myers, FL areas) Services include: professional evaluations, Board and Train program, Board and Brush-up program, trick training, dog obedience training, advanced off-leash dog obedience, distraction training, dog confidence building, treadmill exercise for dogs and canine fitness, proper dog socialization, private in-home dog training, solving dog behavior problems, educating dog owners, multiple, dog training, etc. Lexi Hayden is a proud member of the International Association of Canine Professionals

Keeping you dog safe at the beach

February 28, 2010 by  
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Taking a dog to the beach multiplies the human fun as well. A happy dog running along the surf’s edge, rolling in the sand, and playing with other canines is a thing of joy. But, before you take Fido to the beach, here are some safety considerations.

1. Identification. Make sure your dog is micro-chipped or has a collar and tag that can’t possibly slip off. In addition, put a water-proof i.d. tag on the collar with your cell phone number (that’s a good number to have on the permanent tag as well).

2. Vaccinations. Make sure your dog is up to date on vaccinations for any encounters he may have with other dogs. Also, in the unhappy event of a bite to human or dog, you will want to be able to prove that he has been vaccinated for rabies.

3. Obedience. Do not take your dog off leash unless you are positive he will come on command. We had the scary experience once of letting a well-trained dog loose at the beach only to have her chase a sea gull in the rough winter surf on the Washington coast. We were literally stripping off our clothes wondering if we would survive a swim in the icy water when miraculously the bird turned and came back onshore. Our dog followed. That was the last time we took her leash off. You must also be certain that your dog will come to you if spot an aggressive dog or other danger. Thankfully, our dog came to us on command when we saw her going toward an injured sea lion on the beach.

4. Friendliness. It goes without saying that any dog that is the least bit dog aggressive should never be taken off leash. Also, you must be certain that your dog is friendly to any humans he encounters. He must also not be so friendly that he jumps on people or topples over small children.

5. Pick up Poop. You don’t want to step in it; no one else does either. Please carry a bag (often provided at way stations on the beach) to dispose of your dog’s waste. Kicking a bit of sand over the pile is not disposing of it.

6. Watch for dangers. Look for broken glass, metal, or any other object which could cut your dog’s feet. Also be careful around the water. Not every dog is a good swimmer and sometimes beaches drop off suddenly. If there are sea lions in the water, be careful. Your dog may look like lunch to them. One man told me the sad story of having his Labrador retriever snatched right off a dock in Alaska.

7. Sun and Water. Dogs, especially ones with little hair, can get sunburned. Any dog with a pink nose can get sunburned. Also be aware that your dog will be thirsty after a romp on the beach. Salt water will make him throw up. Carry fresh water for him.

8. Read the signs. Often there are rules such as “Dogs Must Be on Leash” that must be obeyed. And sometimes there are specific warnings. Our dog once drank from a freshwater stream running on to the beach. She became very ill with diarrhea and it was then that we saw the newspaper article about contamination of the runoff in the area.

9. Take towels. Motels don’t particularly appreciate having dirty dogs use their fresh towels. Take your dog’s special beach towel and rinse him off and get him dry before going back in the motel. You’ll also want to cover the car seat with a towel on the drive home as there will always be sand after a day at the beach.

10. Have Fun. There is nothing more delightful than walking a dog on the beach. They enjoy it, you enjoy it, and onlookers will enjoy watching joy in action as well. Think ahead, be safe, and head to the beach.

How to make your pet dog a part of the family – Part 3

June 16, 2009 by  
Filed under All about Dogs

In most circumstances no effort is actually required. Domestic dogs are social animals; all canines whether domesticated or wild species are. Therefore any domesticated dog introduced into a new “pack” will make its own efforts to conform to the rules of its new human/dog pack, the pack’s hierarchy and the dog’s new surroundings/territory.

Admittedly, it will determine who the leaders of its new pack are based on its own assessment of the hierarchy, a determination that may well surprise us! But your average pet dog is far more inclined to insert itself into its new family/pack as a subordinate, and in as trouble-free a manner as possible, than the most complacent human individual you may ever encounter. Only after it has done so, and only if there is no human it can readily perceive and accept as packleader, will it show any aggression besides fear aggression towards members of its new family. And it will be very reluctant to try to assume “leadership”, because most domestic dog breeds have been bred to be subordinate to humans for thousands of years.

The only variation on this theme you are likely to come across is with some rescue dogs or those breeds that still have a significant “wild” aspect, for example huskies. Puppies are usually no problem, after a brief introductory period; but older dogs those who have lived under the domination of the unfortunately large number of humans that try to believe in their own self-importance, and consider it their right to maltreat any individual, human or animal, they have power over – are likely to require a period of care and assurance to re-establish the natural communal order of a social species.

Many of the domesticated canine breeds have lived with us for thousands of years, and as previously stated, they have been breed throughout this time to be subordinate towards us, rather than dominant. Accept and treat them as part of your family, provide them with the alpha animal leadership they desire, and very soon they will be a devoted part, probably the most devoted part, of your family. They will recognize your children as being the children of the alpha pair, and will consider it a prominent part of their pack duties to nurture and protect them, tolerating physical abuse from young children we may often consider beyond the bounds of belief. And yet administering growls and nips as appropriate to older children that should know better. They are natural and excellent nannies for our kids!

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