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Angus, The Bacteria Sniffing Dog

Friday, August 26, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

ANGUSI was watching CBS This morning and they had a story about a dog who identifies bacterial infections in hospitals by sniffing them out. Bacterial infections kill 15,000 people a year and many of those infections are a result of a hospital visit. Angus is a dog who can help staff by showing them where this bacteria is active. He is taken for a walk through the hospital and will stop and sniff when he smells the bacteria. The bacteria that he identifies is called  “cdip”  – an active bacteria that causes bacterial infections in hospitals. The area is then disinfected.  Angus was trained to identify this bacteria when he was a pup. He is rewarded with a dog treat every time he’s correct which is between 95 and 100% of the time. He must have received lots of dog treats during is training days.

Just to give you an idea about a dogs amazing sense of smell. Humans cannot smell a teaspoon of sugar in a glass of water. A dog can smell a teaspoon of sugar if it was put in an olympic sized swimming pool! Incredible!

So these incredible dogs can help reduce the amount of infections in hospitals and save lots of live per year. More dog toys, long walks and treats for these wonderful animals!

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Holes Holes Everywhere!

Thursday, August 25, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

dogdiggingThe first thing your dog does when he gets outside is dig. I would love a dog to dig holes when I’m planting because I hate to bend! Continuous digging can be a problem. Digs love to dig but you’ll have to teach them to stop. I’m sure your neighbor wouldn’t be pleased to see his garden dug up or large holes in his lawn. First you need to catch your dog in the act of digging. Say “no” and distract him with a dog toy. Scolding him after he’s dug doesn’t work. The trick is to be consistent while he’s digging. Waiting for after he’s done won’t solve the problem. Here’s a good idea. Give him a sand box to dig in. Put in some of his favorite dog toys. Bury some of his toys and you can have fun digging them out , When he digs in his sand box, a treat may be in order. Hopefully this will prevent your yard from looking like a piece of swiss cheese!

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Is Your Dog a Barker?

Thursday, August 25, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

barking dogSome dogs will bark at everything. If they look out the window and see another dog on his leash being walked by his owner, off he goes. If he hears a car pass, there goes that barking again!  Some dogs bark at things that most other dogs ignore some will bark if they’re frustrated. Don’t yell at your dog when he barks. This is the mistake that most owners make. Don’t try to calm him with a dog treat. This is only reinforcing bad behavior. You may want to consider obedience training.  This may help fix the frustration barking problem. If your dog learns to sit before doing something fun like going outside to chase his dog toys, going for a long walk, he may learn to control his impulses. If you dog is outside all day, keep him inside more often may help compulsive barking. I would work with a vet or a trainer to keep this problem under control.

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Puppy Play Time

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

pupplayingpupballPuppies love to play and you will spend hours at the pet store shopping for dog toys. Make sure that you buy dog toys that are safe for your puppy. Playing with your puppy is a great way to bond.  Playing games that are calm and are controlled by you are the most effective. Games like tug of war can foster aggression so I would stay away from those types of games.  Your pup may get excited or even frustrated with intense physical play so make sure that chidden are not around when you are doing some active physical playing with your pup. As I mentioned earlier, make sure the dog toys you have are safe. The toys should not contain parts that may break off or small pieces that your pup may swallow. A few dog treats should also be offered when your puppy begins to respond to your commands. Puppy play time can also include some training,

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The French Bulldog

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

french bulldogI was at a farmers market yesterday and couldn’t take my eyes of the cutest French Bulldog. He was still a puppy and was attentive and playful. French Bulldogs are known for their wrinkly face and bat like ears. The French Bulldog is an excellent companion for individuals as well as family. They love chasing their dog toys but need little exercise and grooming. An occasional brushing will do. They do very well with children and are very loyal pets. They are somewhat stubborn and require a bit of patience during training. French Bulldogs are incredibly intelligent and always very eager to please.

Even though the French Bulldog is good at alerting their owners to danger, they’re main role is that of a lap warmer. They are easier to housebreak if they are crate trained. When traveling, the French Bulldog is safest in his crate. You should take your French Bulldog to training classes as soon as your veterinarian feels that he received all of his shots and has the proper immunity.  This will get him accustomed to being around other dogs and people. It  will also teach you how to communicate your wishes to him, and will teach him such basics as walking well on a lead, sitting, staying, and coming on command.

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The Beautiful Persian Cat

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

persian2persianAccording to the Cat Fanciers Association, the Persian is the most popular pedigreed cat breed in the United States. It could be it’s long, beautiful coat that makes everyone love it or maybe it the Persian’s playful personality. Toys that he case chase will keep hi occupied. They also love cat toys containing cat nip. It’s also quite and easy going and most Persians readily adapt to new households and accept other pets. This makes the breed relatively easy to care for.  Persians do require extra grooming. Their large eyes are prone to tearing and infection so a Persians eyes and face should be kept clean. The breeds long fur can also become matted so they should be brushed daily. Persians are a pleasure to own and all the extra care is worth it!

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Litter Box Training For Small Dogs

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

doglitterYou’re not feeling well or it’s snowing, raining or extremely hot or cold outside and you really don’t feel like pulling your dog leash on and taking him out for a walk. It is actually possible to train a small dog to use a litter box?  You can train a rabbit to use a litter box. The advantages of this is that it could eliminate bathroom accidents. It’s great for people living in apartments. Your dog would be able to go at any time during the day. It also reduces the number of trips outside. This really helps in bad weather when lots of dogs don’t like going outside. Small dogs have small bladders and having a litter box will make it easier to have them go more frequently.

First of all, you’ll need a litter box especially made for dogs. There are some companies like Purina who make them. They’re also available through most pet retailers. You can use a large cat litter box. Put the box on a surface that’s easy to clean like a tiled floor.

To train your dog, you can shift your puppy from using newspaper to the litter box. Instead of taking your dog from the crate to the yard, take him from the crate to the litter box. Aways reward him with a dog treat when appropriate. Correct him if he goes somewhere else and praise him when he is successful.

You’ll be glad when he’s watching the rain or the snow through the window in a nice, warm apartment rather than struggling with him in the cold, damp weather.

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Getting Rid Of Pet Urine Stains and Odors

Monday, August 22, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

 

best stain remvoversWe’ve posted on this topic several times because it could really be a problem if you have a dog or cat that insists on urinating on your carpet. There are many pet odor removal products on the market that you may want to try. I use Clorox Stain and odor remover for dogs and cats. It seems to work well . So if you walk into a room and say “there’s that odor again.”

You know it’s in your carpet but where? The smell gets worse in the humidity. You can’t afford to have a new carpet put down. You know that your dog or cat urinated or is still urinating on your carpet and the urine is seeping through. You can’t see it, but you sure could smell it. There are many pet poor removal products to choose from.

To get rid of it is actually a three step process.

You have to try to locate the hidden urine spots. Try using a black light to locate the area where your pet has urinated.
Clean the spot and remove any urine that has not yet soaked in.
Apply an effective pet stain and odor removal product to eliminate lingering odors
You may have to repeat this process several times. I would then shampoo the entire carpet. Then you must find out why your dog or cat is urinating on the carpet and then try to stop him. Good luck! This is not an easy situation to deal with!

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Are Border Collies For You?

Monday, August 22, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

border colliesThe Border Collie is a very energetic dog that loves to play and work. It’s body is slightly longer than it’s tail. This dog is very intelligent and very aware of it’s surroundings. This is one of the hardest working dogs who thrives on praise from it’s owners. They are among the leaders in most of the competitive sports that they perform. Farmers love them because they were originally bred as a farm hand. They need ample exercise and long walks on a strong dog leash. The Border Collie will get along with children and other dogs however, they can show some aggression towards other dogs of the same sex if you are not giving them 100% leadership. They should not be trusted with small non – canine pets. Many Border Collies will get along well with family cats. This breed should be very well socialized as a puppy. Lots of dog toys and exercise outside with other dogs will help to get them used to a variety of environments. To keep them totally happy, they need consistent leadership, extensive exercise and some kind of job to occupy their minds. If you allow them to take over without enough socialization and both mental and physical exercise, they can be very reactive and sound sensitive making them a poor choice with families with children. This breed lives for serving you all the time. If you are not going to be dedicated in making sure they get lots of physical and mental exercise then I would not recommend adopting one. They are not your typical “sit at home” dog and don’t forget the dog treats, all dogs love them!

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Traveling with A Pet Crate or Pet Carrier

Sunday, August 21, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

dogcarrier5Labor Day weekend is coming up and many of you will take to the roads with your pets. If you are new to this, there are certain things that you should know about traveling with your dogs in their dog carriers or crates. Pet crates used for travel will be much different then those that you keep in one place in your home. They need to be lightweight with a handle if possible. It’s best to buy a crate that can be folded down for easy storage. Crates for pet travel are often better than a pet carrier. They are usually more roomy giving your pet more space to move around. Another benefit for your dog is that they will be able to see more on the trip. Whatever type of crate that you decide to use, your pet will not only be nervous because of the trip but also will be irritated because of being cooped up so long. Allowing your pets out for short periods during the trip is an excellent way to keep them happy. It also helps with the barking which can be irritating to other travelers. Enjoy your trip with you pet in tow!

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