AUGUST 26TH IS:
NATIONAL DOG DAY:FOR ALL THEY DO FOR US, LETS CELEBRATE THEM FOR THE DAY, MAYBE AN EXTRA KOOKIE, OR SMOKED BONE
DOG ALLEY IS JUST FOR DOG LOVERS!
September is: Animal Rememberance Month: If you have lost a Family Pet recently, we offer our Sympathy, there is also www.rainbowbridge.com. This site allows you to lite a candle for your lost beloved pet, and honor them the way they have honored us thru these years.
REPAIR YOUR DOG'S HOUSE.
Take a look at your pets Dog House, does it need repair, new roof, better flooring, secure walls, This is the month for those repairs. Help your pet out, make his home just as nice as yours. Find ways to make his home better for hi, he will thank you many times over. Send us some pictures, we would love to see your before and after shoots.
BEWARE of the Following Plants:
Can cause Gastointestinal Upset:
Calla Lily Ferns
Can cause Severe Illness or Death;
Daffodil Day Lily
Death Camas Easter Lily
Foxglove Lily of the Valley
Morning Glory Narcissus
Rhododendron Tiger Lily
I had found this article, and wanted to share this with you.
Judy had gone to a local Pet store, to buy her dog Bonnie a toy:
“I just wanted to tell you what I found out. I went to buy Bonnie a special toy. I started looking and found one I liked. Picked it up and for some reason smelled it. The chemical smell was AWFUL and got on my hand. I asked the manager and he told me that the pet toys shipped in from other countries were in boxes in holds of ships and that they had to spray the area with sprays to keep rats and insects out of the boxes! Also, some of the material used to make the toys is dyed with chemicals. So, he told me to choose wisely! Now, I make Bonnie's toys. I certainly will not take a chance of her putting something in her mouth that is contaminated."
She added that it was a major pet store. So, be aware! Thanks for sharing Judy!
Obviously, none of us want to give our pets toys that may have been exposed to rat poison or any oher chemicals.
TRYING TO HOUSE-TRAIN YOUR NEW DOG-HERE ARE A FEW TIPS:
Regardless of your new dog's history, start with the assumption that it is not house-trained. Always approach house-training from the dog's perspective. Your dog does not understand that it is wrong to eliminate in the house!
Feed your dog on a schedule.
Instead of free feeding, feed your dog at set meal times. Most adult dogs do well with two meals a day, but puppies need more frequent meals. Stick to a high-quality, dry dog food and keep your dog's meal times as close to the same times each day as possible. Give them access to food for about 20 to 30 minutes at each meal. Remember to walk them after they eat!
Take your dog outside to eliminate as often as possible, and reward it whenever it eliminates outside.
If you are considering a young puppy, remember that they need to eliminate every hour. Regardless of your walk schedule always take your new dog outside after playing, napping and about 20 minutes after eating. Try to use the same spot each time. Keep walks brief, and encourage your dog to sniff (this is an important part of the canine elimination sequence). Praise the dog as soon as it begins to squat and as it eliminates. Do not play or take long walks with the dog until after it has eliminated outside.
Pay attention to your dog's body language when inside.
Behaviors such as pacing, whining, circling, excessive sniffing or squatting indicate that the dog may need to eliminate. If you catch your dog exhibiting any of these behaviors, interrupt the dog and immediately take it outside. If it eliminates outside, praise it profusely.
Catch it in the act!
If, and only if, you catch your dog eliminating in the house can you correct it. The correct must take place at the same time as the undesirable action (preferably as the act begins). The most effective correction is to startle the dog with an unpleasant stimulus (a loud noise, squirt of water, etc.) as soon as it begins the unwanted behavior. You can then redirect its behavior. This means that after interrupting it, you should immediately take it outside to eliminate. Praise it if it goes outside. Remember to always use the weakest stimulus possible to interrupt your dog. Your goal is not to scare the dog, but to startle it.
Punishment has no role in house-training and can actually intensify the dog's undesirable behaviors. Dogs make immediate associations
Clean any soiled areas with mild soap and an odor eliminator.
If your dog has an accident (and most will have at least one), getting rid of the underlying odor is crucial. Dogs use scent cues when deciding where to eliminate, and the average dog as 215 million more scent receptors than you. Thus, even if you cannot smell that spot on the rug, chances are that your dog can. Never use an ammonia-based product to clean up after your dog. Many of these products just smell too much like urine for your dog to resist. Always place your dog in another room before cleaning up a mess. You do not want this to become a game.