Tips Of The Month Archives- 2007

Dec. 07 - Is Your Dog Hyper?
Nov. 07 - Allergy Relief
Oct. 07 - The Elbow Dilema
Sept. 07 - House-Training Your Puppy
Aug. 07 - Crate Training Your Puppy
July 07 - Getting A Second Dog
June 07 - Nutritious Homemade Treat Recipe
May 07 - Natural Health Tips for Your Pets
April 07 - The Fear Imprint Period In Your Puppies Life
Mar. 07 - Puppy Biting You? What To Do!
Feb. 07 - Property Training Your Dog

December 2007- Tip of the Month- Is Your Dog Hyper?

We encourage the practice of Pack Leadership (See featured book Leader of The Pack), to create a calm, submissive dog. If your dog who does not accept you as pack leader, it causes undue stress on your dog.

We would also recommend a doggie backpack weighted down with bottles of water foe a 30 minute walk without being able to sniff or stop unless for bathroom. Backpacks for dogs can be purchased at various pet stores, or from Pet Supply House Online Pages 90-91 .pdf file. This would equal a 1 hour walk and remove excess energy from your dog.

Check with your vet to see how much weight would be appropriate for your dog.

November 2007- Tip of the Month- Allergy Relief

Do you notice your dog itching and scratching, maybe biting at himself? Fleas have been ruled out? Yes, dogs suffer from environmental allergies, just like people do. Environmental meaning grasses, pollen etc. Unpasturized honey from your "local" bees will help you and your dog build up the immune system. * NOTE: The bees need to be from YOUR area, as they are producing honey from the same environmental factors.

Consumpion can be all you want. For your dog, start with a Tablespoon in each meal. If your dog gets diarrhea, simply reduce the amount.

As with any ailment, consult your vet. Your dog will need medication to stop the itchiness, usually an allergy shot.

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Have you noticed your dog's elbows lately? Are they dry and starting to bald? Does he/she look like they need a trip to the doggie spa? (joke)

This is caused by pressure points of the dog to the floor or other hard surfaces.

To help alleviate this condition, break open Vitamin E capsules and rub into their elbows. This should prevent dryness.

Consider a softer spot for your dog to lie on if you can.

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Your puppy is "scheduled" in the first few weeks due to lack of control. Puppies have an hour of control at 12 weeks of age(varies on the toy breeds), and gain an hour of control each month thereafter.

Control their water intake by offering drinks every 2 hours and stop at 6pm. Please do not leave water down all day (unless you are at work and have no choice as they need their water).

Puppies when first brought home, should go out every few hours. At night , the metabalism slows and it won't be long before puppy will sleep through the night and not have to go out.

To get puppy communicating with you, through the day, hang a parrot bell on your door low enough for puppy to hit it. Ring bell, give your command (out, potty, pee etc, and be sure to have a treat or some of puppy's kibble as a reward after he has done his business, as food is the highest motivator.

Before you know it, puppy will be ringing the bell and going out to take care of business. Weed out the treats by refocusing puppy's attention in a game of fetch.

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August 2007- Tip of the Month- Crate Training Your Puppy

Usually we're dealing with separation anxiety because new puppy has just left its mom and littermates and his crying and whining can go on for about 5 days.

Do not use the crate as a form of punishment.

Create a crate schedule during the day as a place of interest, by giving him a chew for about 20 minutes in the crate; give him one of his meals once a day in the crate and this becomes a "happy" place. Dogs, like people need privacy and this will become a den to him.

Personally I do not like to see young puppies crated more than an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon, due to still learning house break and they need that time and ability to play, which is why we recommend puppy x-pens for daytime activity.

Nightime crating is easier because puppy is scheduled to sleep, and he can be put beside you to setup a pack leadership. By this I mean when puppy has to look up at you, and you are looking down at him from your bed, it puts you in an Alpha position over puppy.

The crate is also used as a place for puppy to go for 20 minutes (when housebroke an hour) to earn the freedom with you as a reward. For example playtime or obedience school time.

Don't ever let a barking dog out of a crate. You will be rewarding his barking. So you have to teach him to respond to "quiet" I would suggest shaking a pop can of pennies or tapping the top of the crate adding the command "QUIET" if puppy responds with no barking while you count to ten, reward him by allowing him out of the crate.

Crate training takes time and patience, and doesn't happen overnight. If you have a dog that absolutely hates the crate try feeding him in the crate or giving the chew bone so he relates to the crate as a "happy" place.

Chewing problems: Chewing relieves stress in a dog. Once he relates that chew time is crate time, he will go to his crate just to encourage YOU to give him his favorite chew.

To recap: you should be giving commands such as get in the crate or go to bed in a happy voice, "Bed" or "crate" give him a treat as soon as he does as asked, example a small piece of hotdog Close the door, if he scratches, let him out and repeat this five times to reinforce training him to go in the crate. In order not to encourage barking, repeat five times and praise puppy before as he goes into crate. Then you continue to repeat the exercise but lengthening the time in between by 5 second, 10 second until you get to 1 minute. Do this exercise as a daytime training exercise not till before bedtime. DO NOT REWARD A BARKING DOG BY LETTING HIM OUT OF THE CRATE!

Also crates are used as safety equipment for transporting your puppy in your car safely.

To find more information on crate training, use Google for a search.

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We are assuming the first dog is not dog-aggressive. Should it be work needs to be done with this dog before a second dog can be attained.

The 2nd dog will have a beneficial effect. It will brighten up your current dogs day. If your 1st dog is a well behaved canine citizen, he will be a great role model for your new puppy.

Having a well behaved confident respectful dog already is the best way to acclimate a new dog to the home. If you decide to adopt an older dog there will be several weeks for both animals to adjust.

Note: When your new puppy is purchased, it is in a critical fear imprint stage (from 8-11 week) Anything frightening or disturbing that happens to the new puppy, from the current dog at home may have a lasting and harmful effect on him.

Here's some tips :

  • 1st dog is fed first, petted first,
  • We highly recommend an X-pen being set up for your puppy to play in.This will allow your puppy to play safely from harm until both dogs have established a great relationship.

  • We recommend this in a cat home also.
  • When naming the new puppy make sure the puppy's name doesn't sound like your 1st dogs name. This can cause jealousy.

If your dog is jealous and possessive, but not actually dog aggressive, we recommend you have a friend (that is not a frequent visitor) drop off the new puppy, (we recommend this to cat owners also) that way your dog or cat will not blame you for the new puppy.

If you have the opportunity to buy an older puppy, have your dog visit before purchasing.

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Dogs love garlic! Make your own treats simply and easily using the following recipe:
  • 2 cups (260g) whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup (115g) stone ground cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup (100g) sesame seeds
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic

1. Mix flour, cornmeal, sesame seeds in a large bowl.

2. Beat 2 eggs and milk

3. Add chicken broth, oil and garlic

4. Stir wet into dry and mix well to form a firm dough

5. Rest for 15 minutes

6. Place dough on lightly floured surface and roll out to 1/4" thickness

7. Cut into desired shapes (we like smiley faces to give us happy puppy faces)

8. Beat the remaining egg and brush bisquits

9. Place on lightly greased cookie sheet and bake in a 350 degrees F (185 degree C) for 25-35 minutes until golden brown.

10. Cool and don't tell your husband/kids they are for the dog. (joke!) Actually these ARE nutritious for everyone!

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Clearing Your Pets Ears of Wax

Use a teaspoon of almond oil, heated in a metal spoon over a candle. Ensure that it is a comfortable temperature and not too hot. Place in each ear. Place a small cotton ball to hold the almond oil in the ear.

After a few hours, use a rubber syringe or plastic eyedropper to flush out the loosened wax with a solution of equal parts lukewarm water and white vinegar. Repeat for 3 days in a row, then as often as needed.

Clearing Ear Mites using Garlic Oil Eardrops

Mince one clove of fresh garlic and place in a small heavy put. Add olive oil to one inch above the surface (25 mm) of garlic. Cover. Warm gently on low heat for an hour. Strain through a cheesecloth and store in fridge in covered glass jar.

Warm oil over candle in a metal spoon. Ensure it isn't too hot. After cleaning the ear with almond oil, put several drops of the garlic oil into ear with an eyedropper and plug with a cotton ball. Repeat this 2 X a day for 3 days. Use this 2 x a week thereafter as a preventative.

For a Shiny Coat

Give 1 egg yolk (no white) once a week.

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The 1st imprint period occurs between 8-11 weeks of age, and this is when traumatic, painful or frightening experiences will have a more lasting impact on his/her life. Ex: A vet visit if painful, could make your dog apprehensive every visit thereafter; so give puppy treats while getting his vaccine

At obedience classes (which usually start at 12 weeks of age), if puppy is showing fear of his classmates, do not reinforce his behaviour by cuddling or wooing him, remove the more overly excited puppies from him rather them removing him from them. We want to ignore unwanted behavior and reward and praise good behavior, building puppy’s confidence and self esteem.

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In order for us to let the little one know this is not wanted behavior in using our hands or feet for a chew toy, when puppy goes to bite, put your fingers down his/her throat for an unpleasant experience. He/she will soon get the idea that this playful but unwanted behavior just isn't worth the trouble.

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This type of training goes against your dogs nature. his/her nature is to wander, explore, seek out of ther members stake out a claim, mark it, look for adventure, hunt chase and live life to the fullest. Asking your dog to pretend there's a fence... where there is none is not fair!

Sure, if you work long and hard at this imaginary boundry, the dog may respond and seem to know what you want, until THAT day, TEMPTATION takes him or her over the line.

Wolf packs have territories which they mark to let other wolves know this is "their" land, but it doesn't keep them behind imaginary walls. They go outside their marked territory. The day your dog goes over the property line..could be the last!

Don't fool yourself that your dog is property trained. Put in a fence, kennel run, or invisible fencing (dog wears a collar that stimulates electric shock if meanders too close to property line).

Keep him/her safe. They are a big part of your family!

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