You’ll make mistakes as you raise your puppy so being aware of what to do and what not to do will ensure you move forward in a positive, healthy manner.
When I promised to write this article, I suggested listing the ten most common mistakes dog lovers make with puppies. My list turned into 30 or 40 points and I realized this article will be the starting point of many more conversations whether it’s in these pages or online.
Hip dysplasia, vaccinosis, too many prescriptions drugs, poor bone growth, chronic diarrhea, cruciate ligament tears, obesity, epilepsy, organ failure, autoimmune disease, cancer and premature loss are often the outcomes of well intended deeds and poor advice that people get about puppy care.
I hope the following 10 points serve as a springboard to ignite the engine of learning so you can go deeper and your actions will make a huge, positive difference in the life of the dog you love. Enjoy!
MISTAKE #1: GETTING THE WRONG DOGWe live in times when almost anything you buy can be returned. This has led to certain behaviors when it comes to getting a dog.
People see a dog and don’t think about how much food a dog needs, what climate their coat and body can handle, what diseases the breed is predisposed to, how much they bark and how they connect with their people.
Some dog lovers go through a harsh awakening when the food bill for their Great Dane is more than their own or they have to wear earplugs night and day because their dog barks like crazy.
A Border Collie is not a good match for a couch potato, a Chihuahua is not a great avalanche rescue dog, a Chow Chow is not likely to be tolerant with kids and an Alaskan Malamute is not exactly a dog for Hawaii.
Research breeds before you get your puppy. With some exceptions, most dogs come with reliable breed characteristics, which makes it easier to match your dog’s traits to your needs and situation.
MISTAKE #2: GETTING A PUPPY FROM THE WRONG PLACEMost people are aware that puppy mills are some of the worst, torturous places
for dogs. Many who buy a dog from a pet store or a puppy mill say they “just wanted to rescue the poor puppy” but that only supports the puppy mill machine.
The only time you should adopt a puppy mill dog is after a crackdown by local authorities. Puppy mill purchasers only contribute to the misery of many canine generations. Puppy mill operators often advertise themselves as reputable breeders.
That makes it increasingly important to check the puppy’s home and ensure you have not fallen for false advertising. Ideally, adopt from a reputable registered rescue organization that aligns with your beliefs and values. Find a breed-specific rescue if you want particular breed.
MISTAKE #3: KNOW-IT-ALL SYNDROMEJust recently I visited a friend who fostered two puppies. I saw her boyfriend spanking the puppy because it was chewing on his hand and I knew the situation was tricky. If I let him go on spanking the puppy without intervening, I would be letting the poor puppy down.
So as gently as I could, I suggested that placing a toy or a bone in the puppy’s mouth or putting him in a crate for a moment would be effective without the spanking. “I know how to raise dogs!” my friend replied. “My parents had dogs and we always spanked them and they turned out alright!”
In fact, dogs are not okay when they are physically punished. A dog is much better behaved and happier when we reinforce good behavior and prevent or ignore negative behavior (when it’s safe to do so).
MISTAKE # 4: OVERUSE USE OF THE WORD NOImagine you’re in a restaurant with a friend and you’d like to excuse yourself from the table for a minute to say hi to a person you know. Your friend looks at you and loudly says NO! Or you want to watch your favorite TV show and your partner, who has a different idea in mind, comes and yells at you NO!
The truth is that the word NO in a commanding tone makes most people feel uncomfortable, irritated or downright angry. NO is disrespectful and negative. Dogs are no different except they can’t tell a person to treat them kindly. Their only defense is to ignore the word if it is used frequently or get away as far as possible.
I remember the words of my behaviorist friend who advised me to treat my dog the same way I’d like to be treated. Kindness and patience generate trust while dominance and use of force create resistance, fear or even aggression.
A good example is a situation when a dog is jumping up on people. Yelling “Fido NO!” usually creates tension. Contain your dog calmly, use a neutral tone of voice and put training of difficult tasks aside for later in a setting with minimal distraction or with the help of a positively minded behaviorist or trainer.
MISTAKE #5: CHOOSING THE WRONG VETERINARIANIt’s my experience that most of my colleagues are sincere and are there for their patients and clients. However, some veterinarians are unable to separate their responsibility and duty from the idea of nancial gains or losses in their practice. It takes personal maturity and integrity to talk a client out of a $1,000 procedure when there’s a $50 solution. There are several reasons why this is happening.
One is that it is extremely hard to run a profitable practice without the sales of drugs, vaccines, surgery and kibble. Another reason is veterinarians are educated by drug and pet food companies and their reps, who frequently visit clinics to teach the staff how to push their products.
Before you choose a new vet, read their website, research online reviews and
talk to local dog lovers. If you see a lot of negative reviews about your vet, it may be a sign you should go elsewhere.
MISTAKE #6: FEEDING PROCESSED FOODI regularly talk to other dog lovers in dog parks and on beaches and I often hear them say they feed “natural kibble.” It’s true some pet foods are made from better than average ingredients but there are several issues with processed food that may make you rethink your puppy’s diet.
The dry foods like kibble or dehydrated foods put stress on your dog’s kidneys because they draw water from the body and may cause a state of dehydration. The fat in processed food can turn rancid fast. It’s common for pet food to sit in a store or warehouse for several months before it’s sold.
Often I see the numbers don’t add up when I consider the per pound price of processed dog food and compare it with the price of quality meat and factor in the weight lost from dehydration.
And even if your dog’s food is made of the best ingredients available, how would you like to eat the same dry food every day? Perhaps every dog lover who feeds kibble should try eating uncooked, dehydrated camp food for a weekend!
Canned food is heated to high temperatures, which makes it less nutritious. Feeding your dog a raw diet, or at least a cooked meat and vegetable diet, is the best for your puppy – but don’t forget to add natural vitamins, minerals, an omega-3 supplement and probiotics.
Feeding your dog a raw diet, or at least a cooked meat and vegetable diet, is the best for your puppy – but don’t forget to add natural vitamins, minerals, an omega-3 supplement and probiotics.
(Start your puppy off right, start him on a raw diet! Read more …)
MISTAKE #7: EXERCISING TOO LITTLE OR TOO MUCHFrequently, people exercise their dog too much because they worry about boredom and weakness. Or they don’t exercise them enough because they worry their young puppy will get hurt. As with most things in life, the truth is somewhere in between. When it comes to exercise, we should try to get as close to the natural lifestyle of dogs (and wolves)as possible.
Ample play and socialization in a safe environment with dogs about the same size and age are ideal. If there is a discrepancy in size and age, rough play or injuries and ghts can be very traumatic for puppies and can be the start of reactivity and fear aggression.
Ball throwing and too much sprinting, slipping and sliding cause injuries. It’s not natural for dogs to go back and forth for 15 or even 30 minutes. Dogs should mainly play, trot and run but sprint only very brie y here and there. Walking and hiking are okay but introduce your puppy gradually to these activities and use common sense with young puppies. Play and walking are more appropriate activities.
If you use a daycare facility while you’re at work, stay with your dog a few minutes a few times to see how she interacts and if she truly enjoys being there. I remember putting my dog Skai in a daycare once when he was a puppy. I will never forget his look when I came back.
It was simply too much for him. He also ran away from a dog walker twice because the group was too rowdy. He ended up at the nearest house where he was looked after until we found him. The truth is that dogs are like people. Some enjoy larger groups and others do better with fewer dogs. It’s important to respect your puppy’s comfort zone to keep her safe.
MISTAKE #8: USING THE WRONG RESTRAINTI see many people demand that their youngster heel on leash right away. Puppies need to develop and evolve mentally to be able to grasp this challenge – similarly to a two-year-old needing to grow up a little before learning to read.
The natural tendency of dogs is to pull and if you use a collar, the probability of your puppy sustaining a neck injury and thyroid gland trauma is very high. Plus, such injuries are often missed and untreated.
The neck is vital to your dog’s health. It governs the function of many internal organs and conducts nerves and arteries to the body, head and brain. To keep your puppy safe, use a front clip or a combination of a front and top clip harness. Even if you your puppy doesn’t pull on the leash in general, there are
When it comes to exercise, we should try to get as close to the natural lifestyle of dogs (and wolves) as possible. Ample play and socialization in a safe environment with dogs about the same size and age are ideal.
The times when she’ll pull because she sees a friend, another dog or wants to sniff or chase a squirrel. I recommend never attaching a leash to your dog’s collar, and never use choke, prong or shock collars on your dog. You’ll be able to avoid serious medical problems.
MISTAKE #9: USING A RETRACTABLE LEASHMany people love retractable leashes because they give their dog more freedom of movement. However this comes with a hefty price. In order for a dog to move away, it has to pull on the spring-loaded leash which creates pressure on the neck.
A dog wearing a collar puts an unnatural degree of stress on the neck or the shoulders and the torso so wearing a harness with this type of leash is safest. But this is not all. When a dog gets to the end of the leash or when the leash brake is applied, it creates an extra strong jerk that can cause even more serious damage to the thyroid gland, blood vessels and nerves.
One of the most common problems related to such injuries is paw licking. Dogs lick their paws because the nerves coming from the neck to the feet are pinched or injured which causes abnormal sensation and licking.
MISTAKE #10: LACK OF BOUNDARIES AND SOCIALIZATIONI kept this topic for last because if you ensure clear and loving boundaries, living with a dog can be the most rewarding life experience. If you don’t, your dog may turn into a little hell on wheels.
Obedience is a sensitive topic but here are a few pointers that make a big difference.
Wishing you and your puppy many happy years to come!
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Met Office predictions for Easter weather have prompted vets to warn of an increased risk of blood-sucking ticks across the U.K.
For the millions of dog keepers in the UK, the Easter bank holiday will often involve long leisurely walks, however due to the increased risk of tick bites keepers are urged to speak to their vet about a preventative product against ticks.
Recent climate data shows spring is getting warmer, with the Met Office commenting: “It is clear that over the last ten years spring in the UK has been warmer than average, which has the potential to shift the habits of certain species. The 30-year average of UK mean spring temperatures has risen by one degree to 8.1C, compared to just 7.1C recorded between 1961 and 1990.”
As we experience warmer and more humid weather, new types of tick have made their way to the UK from the Mediterranean basin. The Dermacentor reticulatus tick which is now found in the UK is capable of transmitting the potentially fatal disease, babesiosis, to dogs. Although this disease is extremely rare in the UK, the favourable spring climate will allow all ticks to start feeding earlier and for longer throughout the year, causing irritation and discomfort to our pets if allowed to bite. The potential increase in tick activity may also lead to a greater risk from more established diseases, such as Lyme disease, which can also affect humans.
Jenny Helm, a veterinary clinician from the University of Glasgow commented: “Easter time is perfect parasite season. Tick bites are painful, irritating and can cause anxiety as well as distress to our pets. It’s important for pet owners to be aware tick bites can lead to other more harmful problems such as anaemia especially in young dogs, it’s important to speak to your vet about tick repellents.”
Ticks do not jump or fly, but wait until an animal or person brushes past to climb on and then they fix themselves into the skin of their host with their drill-like mouthparts. They can be found living in long grassy areas, where dogs are likely to venture on walks or in parks. There are a number of preventatives available, however not all will repel ticks before they have the chance to bite.
According to a survey by Bayer Animal Health (Insight Track Survey of 1000 pet owners, September 2016), 42 percent of UK pet owners consider tick-borne diseases a serious risk to dogs, with 60 percent reporting their pets have had a parasite or parasite-related disease problem in the past. Parasitic diseases have risen to become a prominent threat to UK dogs, these include the potentially-fatal lungworm parasite, spread by slugs and snails, which has been confirmed as endemic throughout much of the UK.
Pet owners concerned about the risk to their pet are advised to speak to their vet who will advise on the appropriate tick protection. For more information about tick bites, visit the It’s a jungle out there Facebook page – www.facebook.com/jungleforpets
New figures from the British Veterinary Association (BVA) reveal two in three vets treated at least one case of chocolate poisoning last Easter.
BVA’s Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey, which polled over 1,600 UK vets, shows an increase in the number of vets seeing at least one dog with chocolate poisoning compared to the same period in 2015. The highest number of incidences took place in the south of England.
Chocolate can be highly poisonous to pets as it contains theobromine, a naturally occurring chemical found in cocoa beans, which, while fine for humans, is harmful to dogs and other animals.
BVA President Gudrun Ravetz said: “Easter is great fun for the whole family, but unfortunately dogs like to join in too. With their keen sense of smell, they will easily win Easter egg hunts so whereverchocolate is being stored – inside or outside – make sure it is pet proof and out of reach of inquisitive noses to avoid an emergency trip to the vet.
“Also remind any visitors over the Easter holidays to keep their chocolate out of the dog’s reach too.”
“Over the bank holiday weekend veterinary practice opening hours may vary, so make sure you know how to contact your local vet during Easter. If you suspect your pet has eaten chocolate we’d advise contacting your local vet immediately.”
BVA’s survey also highlighted that many pet owners are having to make urgent yet preventable trips to the vets over the Easter holidays, with 11 percent of vets who saw dogs with chocolate poisoning treating five or more cases.
The effects of chocolate poisoning in dogs, which are most commonly affected amongst pets, usually appear within 12 hours and can last up to three days.
First signs can include excessive thirst, vomiting, diarrhoea and restlessness. These symptoms can then develop into hyperactivity, tremors, abnormal heart rate, hyperthermia and rapid breathing. In severe cases, dogs can experience fits and heartbeat irregularities and some cases can result in coma or death.
If you suspect a dog has eaten chocolate, please contact your local vet immediately.
.National Dog Bite Prevention Week - April 9-15, 2017
There are more than 77 million good dogs in the United States, but even the gentlest dog can bite.
The American Veterinary Medical Association, a founding sponsor of National Dog Bite Prevention Week Coalition, joined coalition representatives from the U.S. Postal Service, State Farm, the Insurance Information Institute, and American Humane at the Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA to share the latest dog bite statistics and demonstrate safety tips with a group of Los Angeles area school children.
"It is vital to teach children from a very young age how to read a dog's behavior," said Dr. Melissa Bain, board certified in veterinary behavior and animal welfare in the Clinical Behavior Service at the University of California–Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
"These types of interactive sessions are so important to bridge the 'communication gap' between children, dogs and adults. For years, we have taught children to 'be a tree' when approached by a strange dog. When I asked kids to 'be a tree' they started swaying their arms and body as if they were a tree in the wind. As a behaviorist, I knew what I meant and what I anticipated how they would respond."
Dr. Bain said it is the same with dog behavior. We can't be certain a dog understands what our behavior says to them. We think we know how they will respond to a hug or kiss but it may mean something very different to them in different situations.
Dr. Bain provided a few simple tips to prevent dog bites both inside and out of the home:
AVMA public resources include:
American Humane offers a free online booklet "Pet Meets Baby," with valuable information on introducing a new child to a home with a pet – or a new pet into a home with a child available for families with children.
State Farm reports that in 2016, it paid nearly $122 million because of 3,660 dog-related injury claims, an increase of 15 percent. Responsible pet ownership and educating children about how to safely interact with dogs is key to reducing dog bites. State Farm does not exclude dog breeds or types from insurance coverage because under the right circumstances, any dog might bite.
The U.S. Postal Service reports that 6,755 letter carriers were attacked last year, an increase of 206 attacks over 2015. They ask that if a letter carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog in a separate room and close that door before opening the front door. Dogs have been known to burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to get at strangers. Dog owners should keep the family pet secured.
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Certain foods, such as chocolate, are perfectly safe for us but it does not mean they are suitable for cats.
Chocolate contains chemicals which for cats and other domestic pets can, in rare cases, be deadly, so make sure that Easter eggs are stashed out of his reach. Also remember that includes cooking chocolate and chocolate chips!
WHAT IS SO BAD ABOUT CHOCOLATE?Chocolate, or more precisely, cacao, contains a compound called theobromine which has four different effects on cats:
Symptoms usually start within a few hours of ingestion but can take up to a day to show themselves. If you think that your cat has eaten chocolate, don't wait for the symptoms to appear and contact your vet straight away. The extent of poisoning depends on how much chocolate your cat has consumed so your our vet will ask how how much your cat weighs and how much chocolate he has ingested.
ARE ALL CHOCOLATES EQUALLY POISONOUS?Different chocolates contain different levels of theobromine. This is found in cacao, so the higher the percentage of cacao in the chocolate, the more poisonous the chocolate is.
Milk chocolate contains 60mg of theobromine per 28g whereas dark baking chocolate contains 450mg per 28g. However, just 45-50mg of theobromine per pound of body weight is sufficient to poison a cat; 45-50mg is just 2.8g of dark chocolate.
WHY IS CHOCOLATE POISONOUS TO CATS BUT NOT HUMANS?Humans can metabolize theobromine effectively, but cats (and dogs) cannot. If cats are fed chocolate the theobromine remains in their bloodstream for up to 20 hours. The lack of clearance will result in the accumulation of theobromine, which will quickly reach toxic levels.
HOW IS IT TREATED?Depending on the severity of the poisoning, your vet will control clinical signs of the poisoning. If the ingestion of chocolate has been within two hours, your vet may induce vomiting in the cat, including administering activated charcoal to prevent any further poisoning. Further measures include artificial ventilation, medications to control tremors and seizures, and cardiac monitoring.
If you're keen to treat your cat around Easter or Christmas, look out for Easter eggs and treats made specifically for cats - available to buy from pet shops and online retailers.