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Dogs and Heat Stroke

On summer days if you are feeling hot your dog may be feeling hotter. Dogs don’t sweat like we do, so they have to rely on panting, which is not as effective at cooling them down. Heat stroke can happen fast and its effects can be devastating for your pet. That’s why prevention is very important.

 Signs of Heat Stroke in Dogs:

 Rapid panting, sweaty feet, drooling

  • Excessive grooming
  • Rapid pulse and breathing
  • Redness of the tongue and mouth
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Stumbling, staggering gait
  • Pacing

If your pet is just starting to show sign of distress from the heat, or if you think your dog is suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke, take a few step to start the cooling process. Most important, don’t let efforts to help your pet delay you more than a few moments from getting to the vet, as time is critical for animals suffering heat stroke.

What to do if Your Pet Is Suffering From Heat Stroke:

 Move your pet/dog to a cool area

  • Offer lots of water to drink
  • Wet down the skin with cool water
  • Avoid freezing water or ice-these can cause blood vessels to constrict, slowing the cooling process and ice can damage the skin
  • Take your dog to the veterinarian immediately

 

 

Why Teach Dogs Hand Signals

When teaching a dog basic obedience commands I always incorporate hand signals. Why would I do this type of training?:

  1. Dogs are very visual they learn quickly by watching body language.
  2. Words do not mean that much to them they learn by the tone of your voice and certain body motions.
  3. In my class, I have a session called silent training most owners are surprised how quickly a dog response to just hand signals.
  4. Hand signals keeps a dogs attention more on you than surroundings.
  5. If your dog is semi-deaf or deaf hand signals are a wonderful way to train.
  6. If the owner can’t talk it is the best option to train their dog.
  7. Training with hand signals is fun and a great way to impress your family and friends.

 

Dog Safety When In a Car

Car Safety for Your Dog
When traveling with your beloved pet there is several things you should take into consideration to make it safe for your dog.
1st: Make sure your dog is secure pet seat belts are a great safety device.
2nd: Do not let your dog sit in your lap or ride in the front seat just too dangerous. Air bags can break your dogs neck.
3rd: If your dog is small provide a safety seat so your dog is secure and can see out the window.
4th: If you crate your dog make sure the crate is secure and that your dog can get plenty of fresh air.
5th: In your glove box or where you keep vehicle information provide a sheet of paper with your dogs name, veteraninarian contact information, a family member or friend contact number. In case you are in an accident or unconscious the police know what to do with your dog.
6th: Have pleanty of water in case your car breaks down.
7th: Do not let your dog ride in a bed of a truck. Your dog can fall out of the truck if your are in an accident.
8th: Do not leave your dog in a car during extreme weather conditions.
These are just a few suggestions just think of your dogs safety and have a safe journey wherever you go.

Come Command Game for Dogs

Trying to have your puppy or dog come to you can become frustrating at times and often dog owners become lost in how to accomplish this skill. The answer is making come a fun and exciting game full of praise and reward so that your dog will love to play the game “come”.

Tools you will need: a long lead, treats, toy, 2 chairs and a great attitude.

Place the chairs about 10 to 15 feet apart. (play this game at first in the home)

  1. Both participants have treats in a bag or can so when you shake it the noise will attract the dog. If you clicker trained your dog you can use a clicker.
  2. The first person calls the dog to come, “Fido Come” while shaking the can or using the clicker
  3. The minute the dog acknowledges you start saying, “Good Dog” in a happy and exciting voice.
  4. When the dog comes to you reward the dog with a treat or a toy if that is what the dog prefers.
  5. Than the second person calls the dog while the first person become quiet and still so the dog will leave them and go to the second person.
  6. Repeat several times than end the game do not make the game so long that the dog becomes bored and ends the game themselves.
  7. The next time you play the game move the chairs further apart the goal is to create a lot of distance between the chairs. You might need a long lead at this time.
  8. When the dog becomes really good at this game introduce distractions such as other people or other dogs.
  9. To add more challenges go to different rooms in the home for instance one person in the kitchen the other in a bedroom.
  10. The backyard offers even more distractions and challenges if needed put the dog on leash so she or he can’t wander off.
  11. Always make this game fun and rewarding never enter negative energy always positive and you will have the best results.

Semi-Deaf or Deaf Dogs

Semi-Deaf or Deaf Dogs

Training Methods

I have a dog that went deaf around 8 years of age and now is totally deaf. I found out that Tank was going deaf by his response to noise. For instance, clapping behind him he seemed confused by where the noise was coming from and eventually didn’t respond at all. I took Tank to a specialist and my thoughts were confirmed Tank was at that time 80% deaf. Fortunately, I trained Tank with hand signals and that has been a tremendous help but the biggest issue is having Tank come to me if he was not facing me. That can be scary because if Tank should take off he could not hear things that could hurt him or even end his life such as a car. My world changed on how I handle and protect Tank and, now I want to share this information with other owners who are is facing the same issues as I.

What you need to work on:

  1. You need to teach your dog to focus or look at you with a touch hand signal.
  2. You need to teach your dog basic obedience hand signals.
  3. Learn how to operate a dog training collar that has pulsating nick stimulation.
  4. Teach your dog to walk nicely on a leash.
  5. Learn to walk your dog on a gentle leader.
  6. Body language is important so learn how your dog responds.
  7. Patience and calmness will excel your dogs learning.

Come join me in a dog group class that will be geared for semi-deaf or deaf dogs. Together we will learn how to teach your dog and help them have a more positive responsive.

Teaching Your Dog to Come Off Leash

Come Game: In home practice with a treat can filled with the best dogs treats and make sure when you shake the can it will make a noise easily heard.

 

  • Shake the can and say your dogs name followed with come example “Tank, Come”
  • The minute your dog starts to acknowledge you and the command start saying, “Good Dog”
  • When your dog comes to you give your dog the treat
  • When your dog becomes proficient with this game have someone place your dog in another room and call them to you make sure you shake the can
  • As the dog becomes familiar with the game start shaking the can with less intensity and on occasions reward him with a treat
  • Goal is to eventually just call your dog to you without the shake can and treats

 

In the back yard: You will need the shake can and a long lead training leash do not use extension leashes.

  • Attach the long lead and let your dog roam around the yard
  • Plan when you are going to call him and follow the instructions mentioned above
  • Practice with leash for 2 weeks than remove the lead and practice the game
  • Keep the game fun and exciting

 

As your dog becomes proficient with the come game in all circumstances than go to a park and practice make sure to use the long training lead.

Dog Body Language

Whenever you are around dogs it is important that you learn their body language to prevent getting bit, avoiding fights between dogs, knowing when your dog is calm, nervous or assertive. Dogs do not talk as you well know but they do communicate with their bodies. It is always a great idea to learn their language for than you will truly know what your dog is saying.

Attentive:

  • Ears up
  • Eyes moving, not fixed
  • Lips relaxed
  • Head up, hair down
  • Weight equally distributed
  • Tail stiff and horizontal
  • Tail moving slowly as aroused
  • Non-verbal

 

Playful:

  • Ears up
  • Eyes relaxed
  • Hair down
  • Leaning back, weight shifted to rear
  • Front foot may wave a target
  • Tail wagging high, broad, fast
  • Animated, exaggerated, bouncing movements
  • May pant, bark or whine

 

Aggression:

  • Ears forward at first, out and down as escalates, back when attacking
  • Eyes fixed, staring at target
  • Lips raised, mouth slightly open
  • Nose wrinkled
  • Head high
  • Hair raised over rump and back of neck
  • Leaning forward, weight shifted to front
  • Body stiff, tense
  • Front leg may point a target
  • Tail stiff and high over back, tip may quiver
  • May growl, snarl and bark

 

Submissive:

  • Ears down
  • Eyes down
  • Lips down, retracted horizontally
  • Head down
  • Hair down
  • Leaning back, weight shifted to rear
  • Tail may wag horizontally, hang down or be tucked close to body
  • May whine

 

Passively Submissive:

  • Ears down
  • Eyes down
  • Lips down
  • Hair down
  • Head down
  • Lying on side or back
  • Tail tucked close to body
  • May urinate

 

Fearful: (displacement signals

  • Ears back and down
  • Eyes wide open and fixed (whale eye)
  • Mouth open slightly
  • Head down
  • Hair raised over neck
  • Leaning back, weight shifted to rear
  • Tail tucked tight under abdomen
  • May tremble and defecate or urinate
  • Makes fast moves if threatened
  • Looks for escape routes
  • Whines
  • Excessive sniffing the ground
  • Hair will start to fall out
  • Paws can start to sweat
  • May try to look small by hunching
  • Drooling

The Dangers of Dog Food

A few years back my dogs were dying of different forms of cancer and all four died at a very young age. It was devastating and from this experience I decided to find out why my dogs health was so poor. As I did my research I found out that a lot of the dog foods sold in America had poor ingredients. So I decided to find healthier dog foods and find out if my newest dogs would be healthier. Turns out 10 years later that my dogs are in really good health due to changing their dog food. Recently, I read an interesting article on dog foods in America at Reviews.com and was so impressed that I wanted to post the Http address so others could read this valuable article. I highly suggest that all dog owners read this article it will be helpful when selecting the best dog food for your dog. Please go to Http://www.reviews.com/dog-food/ and read this very information article on dog food.

Treating Fear in Dogs Concerning Thunderstorms or Loud Noises

Monsoon season and the 4th of July is almost here and with that it may cause a fear response in your dog. Some of the signs of fear are the dog’s tail in tucked way under the dog’s belly, shaking, drooling, panting, pacing, barking, whining, etc. How can you treat a dog who is fearful of loud noises? What can you do to help your dog and stop them from being so fearful.

Below I have wrote a few suggestion on helping your dog overcome these fears.

If your dog is fearful of loud noises, make a recording of the noise and see whether the recording causes fear. If it does, you have a controllable stimulus to use in retraining.

Using food rewards, train your dog to lie quietly on a rug and once he is fully trained, expose him to the frightening sound but at a very low level, perhaps even below your own hearing frequency.

Reward him for showing no signs of fear. Gradually, increase the intensity of the sound, boosting it every five minutes over a period of 30 to 40 minutes.

Daily treatment periods of 40 to 50 minutes are best and you should expect training to consume around one month total before a dog is desensitized to 90 decibel noise.

Once your dog shows no fear to thunder, you should play your recording during the season when there are no naturally occurring thunderstorms, so that you can reinforce his or hers new behavior.

 

Aggression Dog vs Dog

One of the rules of canine learning is that you cannot make people or dogs like each other. Concerning dog on dog aggression both dogs are threatening each other and it has become personal and unless you take control of both dogs there is very little hope.

One of the main goals when working with this type of aggression is to avoid the situations initially which are creating the problems hence crating is essential.

You need to scramble your dogs world so nothing seems familiar you need to stop the patterns that activate the aggressive behaviors. You have to avoid any situations that create the aggression. Trigger points and how your dogs react to them are the key problems. You need to take away the trigger points and introduce them back together gradually over a period of time. This is where a crate would be essential. Your goal is to become the pack leader.

1: Crate when you cannot supervise your dogs (2 hours in the crate, 20 minutes out) your dogs are to be observed separately. Note: Your dogs are to be taken out separately and worked separately. When positioning the crates put some space between the crates but the dogs should be able to view each other. Over a two week period you should be able to move the crates closer till they are next to each other.

2: People are not to be challenged, played with, made to be friends or try to be the leader of your dogs that position is reserved for the dog owners.

3: Leadership does not come from punishment is comes from your attitude, your presence and your energy towards your dogs. Your dogs need to know that you are taking control that you are in charge and that you are going to deal with any situations unless you tell the dog or dogs differently.

4: Keep talking to a minimal the only time you should talk is to give commands.

5: Praise will be minimal, quietly and given only when a special behavior has been seen.

6: NO shouting or smacking or jerking when your dog is triggered. Steady “pressured” attitude from your body, a verbal warning and take your dog away from the trigger which may just be going towards the crate of the other dog.

7: Feed in the crate and place water outside. Put in crate the prepared food and than feed do not stand, watch, praise, or pet. Leave your dogs to feed 15 to 20 minutes than remove the bowl even if there is food remaining. After you remove the bowl you can store the remaining dry food than clean the bowl and put it away till next use.

8: No toys, treats or food are to be in sight or available except at feed times in the crate.

9: On a daily basis you should have structured obedience, walks and structured play. If you work your dog just before feeding please make sure your dog cools down in their crate for 20 minutes before feeding. If you want to work your dog after they eat make sure your dog has digested their food for 20 to 30 minutes.

10: No wrestling or tug games. No petting your dog if they ask for it. If your dogs are quiet and laying down – leave them alone- let them rest in their crates.

11: Do not be tempted to train or walk or have in the same common area till their crates have been together for two weeks. At first you are going to have your dogs on leash each with a handler. You will be working with distance in between the dogs than throughout the weeks you will slowly close in the gap. Do not rush this exercise take your time.

12: When visitors come put your dogs in separate rooms or crate. Visitors are not to talk to your dogs, make eye contact, pet them, or have any interaction.

13: Work on you becoming the “force” of control.

14: If your dogs look tense at all when crated or are barking at the other dogs throw a tennis ball or sneaker at the crate do not let them see you doing this. Do not pick up the item immediately and do not challenge them personally.

15: If your dog demands attention or bump you for attention turn into them or turn away and do not pet them.

16: When your dogs are relaxed you can call them to you and give them a gentle stroke on the shoulder area and then ignore them. Do not get carried away with petting.

17: If your dog leans on you while you are sitting or lies across your feet move your legs away.

Obedience, control and confident leadership are the keys without physical aggression from you. Separate, take control and over a period of 30 days begin to bring them together slowly and gradually as they accept each other. Do not rush anything or you may set back training take your time. Final note, have the dogs vet give him or her a thorough physical sometimes an illness can cause aggressive behaviors.