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- Place your dog in an escape proof room in your home
- Leave your dog fresh water - dogs under stress will pant, drool and become very thirsty
- Provide chew toys
- Leave the television or music on to help mask any noise
- Have a friend or neighbor check on your dog if they are prone to anxiety and running from home
With these helpful tips, hopefully, we can keep as many fur children as possible safe this 4th of July.
National Heat Awareness Day - Monday May 23, 2016
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Summer is upon us and the weather will soon be heating up in many parts of the United States and in some parts, the heat will be excessive and excruciating. National Heat Awareness Day is a day sponsored by the National Weather Service to recognize the dangers of excessive summer heat.
According to reports from the Red Cross, excessive heat has caused more deaths than all other weather events, including floods in recent years. A heat wave is a prolonged period of excessive heat, generally 10 degrees or more above average, often combined with excessive humidity and can be deadly to both humans and pets.
The best way to help keep families safe this summer and to aid in preventing overheating, heat exhaustion or heat stroke, is to know how to prepare yourself, your family, pets and property for this weather extreme.
Here are some quick tips on staying cool and safe during extreme heat from the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA):
- Be familiar with your local weather forecast by visiting www.weather.gov or mobile.weather.gov on your phone
- Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers. (Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80 percent.)
- Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
- Drink plenty of water and limit intake of alcoholic beverages. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.
- Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone. Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
- Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.
Hotter weather not only affects humans, but can also be very hard on our pets. If you are planning to be out and about on hot days with your pet, here are some great infographic reminders to keep in mind before you head out.
As our dogs and cats continue to rise in importance as members of the family, families love to take them in the car for quick rides to the store or on long car trips for vacation. This has led to a need for more pet heat-related awareness in recent years.
If you are tempted to leave your dog in your car while you make a quick pit stop, keep in mind, when it’s 80 degrees outside, your car will be a staggering 114 degrees in less than 30 minutes. A barely cracked window is not going to help your dog with this kind of quick escalation in heat. NEVER LEAVE YOUR PET IN THE CAR!
Because dogs can’t cool themselves down as easily as people, once they overheat, they can suffer extensive organ damage or die.
Here are some things to watch for in your dog should you feel they've become excessively overheated during summer heat-related activities:
- Excessive or loud panting
- Extreme thirst
- Frequent vomiting
- A bright red tongue and pale gums
- Skin around muzzle or neck doesn't snap back when pinched
- Thick saliva
- Increased heart rate
Try these cooling treatments if necessary:
- Get to shade immediately
- Find a spot with plenty of air circulation
- Give them water a little bit at a time, not in excess
- Pour cool, (not cold), water over them
- Do not cover them with a towel or blanket
- Do not resistrict their movement or confine them - allow them free movement
- Place them in front of a cool fan or vent
- Call your veterinarian immediately if these cooling treatments do not seem to bring any relief or improve their situation
By staying aware of the dangers of excessive heat, we can educate ourselves and others and hopefully save the lives of both humans and pets this summer.
In Furry Love and Best Wishes!
Resource Credits: Visually, ASPCA, Red Cross, FEMA
It's National Dog Bite Prevention Week. This entire week is dedicated to educating people of all ages about how to prevent dog bites.
There is an estimated population of 70 million dogs living in U.S. households right now. Nearly 5 million (reported) dog bites occur in the United States each year. Most of these bites involve children. We can change those statistics and help keep kids and families safe! The majority of dog bites, if not all, are preventable.
We as dog guardians, parents, educators and family members can learn how to "read" a dogs body language better and teach our children how to recognize the warning signs of a dog that could potentially be under stress to aid in preventing dog bites.
1. Dogs don’t like hugs and kisses — Teach your kids not to hug or kiss a dog on the face. Hugging the family dog or other face-to-face contacts are common causes of bites to the face. Instead, teach kids to scratch the dog on the chest or the side of the neck.
2. Be a tree if a strange dog approaches — Teach kids to stand still, like a tree. Trees are boring and the dog will eventually go away. This works for strange dogs, and any time the family dog gets too frisky or becomes aggressive.
3. Never tease a dog.
4. Never disturb a dog that’s sleeping, eating, or protecting something.
5. Teach your kids to Speak Dog, and only interact only with happy dogs!
Familiar children were most commonly bitten in relation to food or resource guarding and “benign” interactions such as petting, hugging, bending over, or speaking to the dog. ~Dog bite study
So, we've learned some dog behavior warning signs and can watch the dog's body language and we've taught our child some of the basics of how to interact with a dog. Now what?
NOW, the most important things parents can do:
Supervision means different things to different people. To some parents, supervision means just being home, to others it means watching out the window while the kids play with the dog outside while to others it means having hands on and being part of the interaction between the child and the dog. Many dog bites have happened to children while the parents were ‘supervising’. - Jennifer Shryock, Family Paws Parent Education
2. If you see these signs, intervene quickly and redirect the child/dog. These signals include:
- licking – tongue flicking out or licking his own nose
- repeatedly licking the child (this is a “Kiss to Dismiss”)
- showing a half moon of white in his eye
- turning away
- getting up and moving away
3. Learn the Dog Behavior Continuum: We hear it all the time, “Kids and dogs should never be left unsupervised”. That’s great advice, but what else should we be doing? Supervision only works when we know what to look for and when it’s time to intervene. We have to know when a dog is going from “Enjoyment to Tolerance, to Enough Already“ and back again.
4. Don’t assume your dog is “good with kids”. All dogs have their breaking point. We all do. If a toddler must interact with your dog, you should have your hands on the dog, too. Even if your dog is great with kids and has never bitten before, why take a chance?
5. Train the dog—Take your dog to obedience classes where positive reinforcement is used. Never pin, shake, choke, hold the dog down, or roll the dog over to teach it a lesson. Dogs treated this way are likely to turn their aggression on weaker family members.
6. Involve older children with training the family dog (while supervising).
7. Don’t allow children to punish the dog, and don’t punish the dog yourself. Condition the dog to enjoy the presence and actions of children using positive experiences.
Education is the key to safety and well being for everyone in the home. This week is the perfect time to reflect on how we can better protect our canine companions, children, and others from the preventable tragedy of a dog bite.
Please share this to help educate others so we can all work together to keep dogs, kids, and families safe 365 days a year!
In Love and Furry Best Wishes!
Information provided by Conscious Companion and Doggone Safe
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Here is a great infographic from Pet Safe to get you and your pup prepared for happy family living!
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So you have a new dog and you need to teach them, whether puppy or senior, basic commands. We found a great article from the Humane Society of the United States that will get you and your new fur child on your way to consistency, safety and happiness in your home!
How to Teach Your Dog Basic Commands
Good manners are as necessary for dogs as they are for people. A dog who jumps, pulls, barks or lacks self-control often finds himself left out of family activities.
An untrained dog may also put your housing situation at risk if you’re a renter or belong to a home or condominium owners' association.
Teach your dog a few basic obedience commands (such as sit, down, come and stay) using positive training methods, and you will be rewarded with a well-behaved dog who can handle most everyday social situations.
In dog training, timing is everything
Timing is very important. You must mark your dog's behavior the instant she complies with the command. Saying a single word such as "Yes!" or using a clicker is a good way to mark a correct behavior. It lets your dog know immediately that she's been successful.
Rewards work better than bribes
Rewarding your dog's good behavior with a treat is an excellent training tool, but if rewards are overused, they can become bribes.
To avoid the treat becoming a bribe, stop luring your dog with the treat as soon as he begins to catch on to what you're asking him to do. Ask him to "sit," wait two or three seconds for him to comply, then give him the treat if he sits. Your goal is to teach him to follow a verbal command alone; this will help during those moments when you may not have a treat handy but need him to be on his best behavior.
Give your dog life-rewards
Food is the easiest reward to use when you are just learning to train your dog, but it is not the only reward you can use. A toy, a game of fetch or going for a ride in the car can work, too.
For example, let's say you want to train your dog not to run out the door when you open it. Try this:
- Tell your dog to sit-stay by the front door of your house.
- If she complies, praise her, open the door and let her go outside. Going outside is the reward.
- If she gets up as you open the door, close the door and try again.
- Repeat the process until she stays in position while you open the door. Only then does she get the reward of going outside.
- Use the same technique for opening the car door so your dog can go for a ride. If she remains in position, she is rewarded by getting into the car and going for a ride. (Reminder: Never leave your dog unattended in the car).
When dog training, mind your Ps and cues
Your posture and body cues tell your dog a lot. Your dog learns to read your body language much as you learn to read his.
- Stand up when you give your dog a command. If you only give commands while sitting or squatting on the floor, your dog will learn to respond only when you're in that position.
- Keep your hands out of your pockets. If his treats are in your pockets, hands in the pockets becomes the cue that he will get a treat if he does what you ask. You want your command to be the cue, not the hand in the pocket. If your hands are always in view, you can keep him guessing.
- Similarly, don't hold a bag of treats in your hand while training. Your dog will learn he only needs to comply with commands if he sees the treat bag, not every time you ask him.
- Train your dog everywhere, not just in one room of your house. If you only practice in the kitchen, your dog will learn he only needs to do a command in the kitchen.
- As your dog learns to do a command reliably in one location, move to other rooms of the house and the yard. Practice wherever you can, even on your daily walks.
Congratulations on getting a new dog! Bringing your new fur child home is an exciting experience, but it comes with a lot of questions, variables and responsibility. You need to find a veterinarian, the proper food and treats, and possibly a new sweater? Your dog will also be needing a groomer; one that best mirrors and accommodates their specific coiffing and personality needs.
We found a great article on how to go about finding your new groomer. Enjoy!
8 Helpful Tips to Choose a Dog Groomer
How to find the right person to keep your pups looking and feeling their best
By Gayl Board
You got a dog! That’s wonderful! Now what?
Obviously you want to do everything you can to keep your new furry friend in the best shape possible. Of course you’ll take them to the vet to keep them healthy, but other than that, you need to find a groomer to keep your pup looking and feeling their best. But, with so many options out there, where do you start?
As a groomer with years of experience, here are some helpful tips for finding the best grooming shop for your dog:
1) Ask your vet
Most vets, if they are established in an area, know many groomers. They get to see great work when dogs come in looking beautiful and healthy and they also get to see sloppy work as well as injuries such as clipper burns and nicks and cuts. Your vet can give you a couple of places to check out. Their staff is also a great wealth of information about local groomers.
2) Ask everyone!
When you are out and about, check out other dogs. If you see one that looks particularly adorable, ask the owner who they use as a groomer. Dog owners love to spread the word about who to see and who to avoid. Try to find people who have the same breed as your dog, since some places do better grooming of certain breeds than others.
3) Breed Clubs
Do you think your Schnauzer is the cutest one ever born? Does your Maltese put all others to shame? If you feel this way, then you should probably join an online breed club, and you should definitely ask other members where to go for a great grooming. You will get tons of wonderful information from those in the know.
When you are exploring shops close to you, stop in to take a look. Is it clean? Does it have an odor? Do the groomers seem to really care about their charges? Talk to them. Find out what they charge, how long it takes, if they often groom your breed, if they use cage dryers etc. Spend a few minutes watching. Most places have open areas and you can see what they do. And you can also see that it’s not an easy job.
5) Ask Clients
Try to be around when someone is picking up their dog. Talk to them when they leave. Are they happy here? Do they come often? Are the people working here competent? You can also see the demeanor of the dog as they leave. Do they seem sullen and dehydrated or are they happy to see their owner, ears perked, tail wagging?
6) Try a bath
Once you think you’ve found a place, ask if you can bring your dog in for just a bath. If your dog comes back looking clean and happy, it’s a great start. If there is more than one person working in the shop, ask who did your dog and make the next appointment with that person. This is a relationship you want to cultivate. As your groomer gets to know your dog, they will know if something is wrong, like if your pup has an ear infection or needs his teeth cleaned. In addition, they know what lumps and bumps are normal for your pet and what’s new and needs to be checked out.
7) Don’t worry!
Once you get your dog home, if they seem happy and you’re happy, it’s a home run. If you see that they shake every time you bring them in, it’s ok! It’s normal. Remember, they know that you are leaving them. They are smelling other strange dogs who could be barking or whining. They also know they are getting a bath, which is not something every dog likes. If they are still shaking after you bring them home, this is a problem. It’s not the place for you.
8) Keep trying
You are happy with the place you found, you like the groomer and your dog seems happy but…the grooming isn’t exactly what you wanted. Maybe their hair is too short, or the ears aren’t cut the length you wanted – but don’t worry. We groomers aren’t mind-readers. We want you to be happy, so tell the groomer the truth. It may take some trial and error, but have faith your groomer can get your dog looking just the way you want. As they get to know you and your dog, you’ll both soon be coming home happy every time!
Good luck on your quest!
Credit: Get Leashed Magazine
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