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Tips on Managing a Nervous Dog

Sunday, January 20, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

If you’ve just adopted a new family friend and notice that he’s shy or becomes nervous around people and other animals, there are things that you can do to ease his tension. The dogs nervousness can stem from many issues from being abused or experiencing a frightening situation. Whole Dog Journal, has put together some tips to take into consideration if your dog is shy or nervous.

Managing a Nervous Dog

Management, simply put, is avoiding the problem or thing that triggers the problem (scary people, in this case) by controlling the dog’s surroundings. Management alone won’t solve fears, but it can help prevent your dog’s fear response – such as cowering, submissive urination, barking, or growling – until he can become more comfortable around those people who scare him.

Management can help lower the stress for you and your dog, and help create an atmosphere favorable for training and behavior modification. In some cases, management is essential for safety. (Note: If your dog has bitten anyone – even in fear – consult with a behavior specialist such as a certified applied animal behaviorist, a board-certified veterinary behaviorist, or a certified dog behavior consultant.)

Each dog will require slightly different management strategies depending on who she is afraid of. For example, if you have a dog who is afraid of strangers, you might employ these management strategies:

• Avoid crowded areas where your dog may be overwhelmed by strangers.

• Use a leash, crate, or baby gate to prevent your dog from interacting with strangers in your home.

Think about ways you can protect your dog if you are caught off guard, too:

• If a stranger approaches and asks to pet your dog, you can say, “No, I’m sorry, but my dog is uncomfortable with people she doesn’t know.”

• Put yourself between the person and your dog.

• Create distance by crossing the street or going a different direction.

Once you have management in place and your dog’s overall stress levels go down, get ready to train, desensitize, and counter-condition!

Remember, your pets count!

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Snow Doesn’t Dissolve Poop!

Saturday, January 19, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

For some reason, some people who walk their dogs in the snow, think that the snow will dissolve the poop. They move on and leave the poop in the snow. Whether the weather is bright, warm and sunny or cold and snowy, it is the owners responsibility to pick up the poop! Dog owners must take the responsibility of taking your dog on daily walks and cleaning up after their pets.

Some dogs love snow, others do not. Make sure the walks are shorter in snow and cold weather and also make sure your dog is dressed for the weather. A warm fleece sweater or dog coat is necessary in extreme temperatures. Also dog booties help protect your friends paws on icy, salt covered sidewalks and streets.

Don’t keep your dog cooped up in winter. A few brief walks keeps the blood flowing and their bladder happy! Do your part pick up after your dog and take the necessary steps to ensure that he has a happy, safe winter!

Remember, your pets count!

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We Are Asking You For A Favor

Friday, January 18, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

The Pet Product Guru has been providing you with great information on Dogs an Cats for over 10 years. We also own Edgewater Gold Radio, our online oldies station. Edgewater Gold Radio has been playing the best variety of oldies for 17 years. I would like to ask my blog readers to take less than a minute of your time to vote for us for the best, downstate radio station for music” Please click on the picture below, then click on people and media and enter EDGEWATER GOLD RADIO in the blank “best music station downstate.”
It would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you!

 

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Keep Your Dog Safe While Riding in the Car

Friday, January 18, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Does your dog love to ride in the car? His head is stuck out the window and he loves the breeze and all of the things that he smells. What could be the harm in this?  Eye injuries that’s what so many vets hate to see.  Think of all of the things that go splat on your window and you can imagine how many potentially harmful things could get into your dog’s eyes.  There is a compromise. Roll down your window just enough for the dog’s nose. Those great smells will still be there. All that’s missing is the risk to your dog’s vision.  Don’t forget to buckle  your dog up. A properly fitted seat belt harness will keep your dog in place and from harm when you make that sharp turn.

Remember, your pets count!

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Animals Have a Ultra Strong Sensing Devices

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Yesterday, we had a 4.7 magnitude  earthquake hit about 136 miles off the coast of Ocean City, MD. It hit about 6:30 pm. At this time, I was recording part of today’s radio show. I didn’t notice anything unusual at the time and felt nothing here in southern Delaware. The only thing that caught my eye was my cat Millie, who was resting comfortably, suddenly jumped up and dashed under the bed.

I believe that our pets have an ultra strong sixth sense. Millie may have sensed something unusual was happening at this time.

I once had a small dog, who started barking and jumping around early one Saturday morning. I then felt a rumble which I thought may have been an explosion. It turned out to be an earthquake centered up in Westchester, about 30 miles north miles north of where I was living at the time.

Remember, your pets count!

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Cool Dog Gadgets

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

In the changing world of technology, there are many interesting items on the market that can entice your best friend. Awesome365.com had put together a list of these items which we’re going to share with you today.

#1 Dog Surveillance Video Camera

The Pet Surveillance Camera allows you to keep tabs on your dog while you’re at work and make sure he or she is keeping out of trouble,  it’s WIFI enabled, has an easy-to-use mobile app and works with motion and sound detection sensors. So if you’re looking for dog gadgets that allow you to stay in touch with your pooch, look no further.

 

 

 

 

#2 Timed Puzzle Feeder

This clever dog toy allows you to place your mutt’s favorite treats inside and set the timer to release them after a certain period of time, this helps to rehabilitate a dog’s natural instinct to hunt and forage for food. It has 6 separate pods that can be set to release at 15-minute intervals.

 

 

 

 

#3 Water Bottles For Dogs

Sometimes it’s the simplest of ideas that are the Best and this water bottle for dogs is certainly a cool dog product and a real favorite of ours. Who would have known that the coolest dog gadgets come in the simplest form?

 

 

 

#4 Waterproof Car Seat Cover

Don’t you hate it when your dog gets fur and saliva all over your beautiful upholstery in your car? Yes, you probably do. You still love your dog but…the car. Well, this car seat cover doesn’t only do a great job of protecting your seats from unwanted fur and fluids but also looks quite stylish.

 

 

 

#5 Tug Prevention Dog Trainer

This clever dog product helps to prevent your dog dragging you around like a rag doll, by emitting a harmless tone that only he can hear encouraging him to walk by your side like a true relaxed dapper dog.

 

 

 

 

#6 Doggie Pedal Water Fountain

Teach your dog to be a clever boy by training it to have a drink by using this dog pedal water fountain, a very handy dog product.

If you’re looking for cool, unique products for your best friend, go to www.awesomestuff365.com for more information. A great site with great products!

Remember, your pets count!

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Small Dog Leaps Could Be Dangerous!

Monday, January 14, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

If you have a small dog, he may jump up into your lap. Letting him jump on the furniture is a bad idea.  Not only does it make house keeping difficult, but it could be tough on your pets joints and cause an unexpected injury, especially in puppies or older dogs. I once had a small dog who took a leap off of a staircase and injured his legs. If was obvious he was in pain but luckily no bones were broken. If you want to cuddle with your dog, pick him up and place him gently in your lap. You can also buy a set of pet stairs to help him climb to high places. Scaling stairs too often can cause stress too so make sure to buy a set of stairs that’s not too high or wide for your dog.  Remember to keep an eye on your dog when he’s up high. You don’t want him to fall and hurt himself.

Remember, your pets count!

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Several years ago, a friend of a friend of mine was driving on the Long Island Expressway with his two dogs. He was side swiped by a truck. The front windshield was shattered and the car was totaled. Miraculously, neither he or his smaller dog was injured seriously. The smaller dog remained in the car. His larger dog, got so terrified, that it leaped through the shattered windshield and began running down the Long Island Expressway. If anyone knows the L.I.E. you know that it is always loaded with tons of traffic and lots of trucks! The man got out of the car, took his smaller dog and began running down the highway to look for his larger dog. What a horror!! The good news is that he did finally catch up with his dog who was still very scared and all three quickly got out of this awful situation. When he got back to his car, the cops were there wondering why he left the vehicle. Who cares!! As long as he and the dogs were safe.

How could we protect our dogs and cats in the event of an accident? It’s always much safer to keep them in their cat or dog crate but lots of dogs love riding in the car with their owners. I would then recommend, getting them a dog harness that’s called a “roadie.” You can get them from ruffrider.com. They work like a seat belt and strap your dog in and restrain him. I would always recommend either the crate or the harness. Drive safely all the times, especially if you have children or pets with you!

Remember your pet count!

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Safely Changing Your Cats Diet

Friday, January 11, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Cats usually don’t like change. If you have to change your cat’s diet for any reason such as a medical condition, you may be in for a tricky situation. When you give her the new food, she may look up at you like she’s saying “are you kidding? Do you think I’ll really eat this?” Whatever food you feed your cat, it must be well balanced.  When changing your cat’s diet, you must do it slowly.  A sudden change could upset digestion and it could even make your cat sick.  If this happens, she will never eat the “new” food.  When changing her diet, mix a small amount of the new food in with the old food.  Feed the mixture for about two or three days.  After this period, start increasing the new food and decreasing the old food.  Do this for about 3 weeks until she’s eating all of the new food normally. Now, if she decides not to eat the new food, go back to the mixture again. Cats like their food at room temperature or warmer. Try warming the food a little to stimulate her smell.

Remember, your pets count!

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Adopting a dog from a shelter or purchasing a puppy from a breeder is a matter of personal preference. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. Labradortraininghq.com has put together a guideline that can make this important decision a little easier.

Pros of Buying from a Breeder

  1. You can see your puppy’s parents and have a good idea what your puppy will look like as an adult. You’ll also be able to see the environment where the pup spent the first few months of life.
  2. You know exactly what you’re getting in terms of the dog’s breeding and linage. No surprises!
  3. You will have the opportunity to mold your puppy as it grows.
  4. If you’re buying from a good breeder, the puppy will already come socialized, be comfortable with household noises and traffic, and may even know some basic training commands.
  5. Many breeders offer genetic health testing to confirm that your puppy is unlikely to develop any inherited diseases.
  6. Most breeders not only breed for conformation, but for solid temperaments. While this doesn’t guarantee your dog won’t grow up to be a nut, it improves your chances they will be a solid adult.
  7. Breeders are essential if you plan to take your dog to the show ring. They must be papered to compete.

Cons of Buying from a Breeder

  1. You’re buying a puppy. They are a lot of work, just like a human baby. Prepare for the perils of potty training and corralling little life forms whose sole purpose is to poop, pee and chew all over your home. They will also need to be fed multiple times per day and taken out at all hours.
  2. You are responsible for the training of your puppy. They are a blank slate; be sure that you know what to write on it.
  3. Breeders are usually much more expensive than getting your dog from a shelter. Depending on the location and breed, most breeders run from $500 to $1500 for a pup.
  4. Puppies need multiple vet checks and vaccinations during their first year of life. In addition to this expense, you will need to cover the cost of sterilization. This means that you could pay higher upfront costs just getting your puppy to adulthood.
  5. Finding a truly reputable breeder that cares more for about quality than quantity can be difficult.

Getting Your Dog From a Shelter

In an ideal world, there would be no need for shelters and every pet would have a loving home. Unfortunately, this is not the case for the 3.9 million dogs and 3.4 million cats that enter US animal shelters each year.

While many of these animals go on to find loving homes, 1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats are not so lucky and are euthanized each year because there is no space or money to house them.

Pros of Adopting a Shelter Dog

There are many good reasons to adopt a shelter dog.

  • You are saving two lives. You’re saving the life of the dog that you adopt and the next dog that needs that space in the shelter or rescue by opening up a new kennel.
  • Most adult shelter dogs have all of their vaccinations up-to-date. You won’t have to go through that expensive puppy year, unless you adopt a puppy. Also, shelters usually spay or neuter all of the dogs leaving their facility, saving you those extra expenses.
  • It’s much less expensive to adopt than purchase from a breeder. Most shelters charge $150 adoption fee. This covers the cost to house and feed the dog, have them sterilized and microchipped, and have their medical evaluation and necessary medications. That’s a pretty good deal by today’s rates!
  • Some shelters also give you a voucher for a reduced or free first vet visit.
  • Many adult dogs have lived in a home previously and are already potty trained. Some may even have more advanced levels of training.
  • Shelters and private groups often will take the dog back if it’s not a good match for your home.
  • When you adopt an adult dog, you have a good idea of their temperament and size. With a puppy, their future is a gamble.
  • Most shelters give a temperament evaluation before placing the dog. The staff can advise you of a personality that would best fit your family.
  • Most hereditary issues show up in dogs before their second birthday. If you adopt a dog after this time period, you have less of a chance of having hereditary illnesses.
  • While it hasn’t been fully proven, most vets attest that mixed breeds often have less inherited diseases. However, this isn’t always the case. Mutts can get dealt a bad DNA hand as well.

Cons of Adopting a Shelter Dog

  • Just like people, dogs react differently when going through traumatic situations based on their personality. Some pooches just roll with the punches while others suffer emotional scars from their abandonment or abuse. Many shelter dogs come from very bad pasts. More sensitive dogs may require extra patience to bring them out of their shell.
  • You may not know the exact breed of your dog. However, this is only a bad thing if you plan to show. Mixed breed dogs are just as smart, capable and beautiful as purebreds. In fact, one shelter is creating a fun campaign to celebrate the one-of-a-kind nature of mixed breed dogs – giving them unique breed names.

Thanks again to Labradortraininghq.com  for providing this very useful information!

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