Saturday, November 19, 2011

How to stop your dog peeing in the house..

StoryBy: Beach Bum
Photo by: The Balanced Canine

Does your dog pee in the house?
Here are some tips to help deal with the situation, understand what's going on, and solve the problem so you and your canine companion can remain friends.

First you need to understand the underlying cause of the problem.

A dog does not just start peeing in his own house for the fun of it. Ask yourself if your dog is peeing in the house or merely marking his territory?

A big clue is normally found in the location. If the dog is peeing against upright objects then it is probably an attempt to mark his territory. Male dogs normally cock their legs when they pee so they necessarily pee against upright objects. A good clue is the amount of urine involved. If you're drowning in the stuff it's a pretty sure bet that your dog is regarding the house as his new toilet and you need to discourage him. Should you have only small puddles to deal with, then the cause is more likely to be related to marking territory.

Copious amounts normally means the dog is urinating because he feels the need to do so and either couldn't, or didn't want to, go out. If your dog pees during the night it might be a good plan to let him drink more earlier, rather than later at night, and take him outside for a pee before going to bed.

Understanding why dogs mark their territory.

A dog has a sense of smell that is significantly more developed than that of a human. (This is one of the reasons they are used as sniffer dogs by Police Forces around the world to find explosives or drugs.) While his urine might smell offensive to humans, to other dogs it is as good as a letter. It tells them who he is, and whether he or she is available to mate. It also establishes dominance over other dogs ("I was here first, so this is my turf"ý), and helps to dispel his feelings of insecurity and builds confidence.

If your dog is struggling with confidence problems, any sudden change in his home environment can trigger this behaviour. For instance; the arrival of a new baby may mean that your dog is now not getting as much attention as previously. Changes such as this engender anxiety and may cause marking behaviour.

Do all dogs do this?

Absolutely. Small dogs are more inclined to pee inside the house than larger dogs; males are more likely to mark than females. Two or more dogs in the same house may regard each other as competition and are then more prone to marking.

While marking is a natural thing for your dog to do, he needs to understand that he is not allowed to do this inside the house.

What can you do?

If this is a recent development with a dog that has never exhibited this type of behaviour the best thing you can do is take him to the vet. It is possible that there may be an underlying medical condition, such as a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) that causes his incontinence.

Neutering at an early age can prevent the habit forming, or can stop marking behaviour. Of course neutering is not always an option should you want him to breed, but it's best to discuss this with your vet before taking any irreversible action.

You could also try the Supervision Method and try to catch him in the act. Dogs learn (much as humans do) by operational conditioning. Watch your dog closely for when he starts exhibiting signs that he might be thinking of marking. Such signs can include sniffing, or circling in spots where he has marked before. When he starts to lift his leg make some noise to distract him and get his attention. Give him a clear "NO"ý command and divert his attention. If he really needs to pee, take him outside to play ball or something, and he will do it outside the house. If he wanted to mark the distraction will have changed his mind. Remember to be consistent every time you see him exhibiting marking symptoms, or attempting to mark.

Please do not shout at him, rant or rave, or hit him at any time - you will only make the problem worse.

In order to speed up the learning process be sure to lavish praise upon him when he pees where you want him to. Dogs learn fastest from positive responses to their behaviour.

Clean the spots where he marked, or peed thoroughly, but don't use ammonia. Dog urine contains ammonia and instead of deterring him it will only make him think some other strange dog is leaving messages. Instead, use a solution of water and vinegar to wash the areas thoroughly.

If you don't make too much of a fuss over the whole thing you can easily change your dog's behaviour and get him to pee where you want him to, i.e. outside the house!

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I've been owned by numerous dogs and have had many rewarding experiences with them over the years. Housetraining them, or modifying aberrant behavior is easy and rewarding. If you would like to learn learn more about stopping your dog peeing in the house or otherwise positively modifying your dog's behaviour, please visit my Squidoo page dealing exclusively and more in-depth with this issue, and feel free to tell me about your experiences.

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Oscar... My Very Weird, Handstand Peeing Dog

 I found this interesting video in Youtube and would like to share over here.
Oscar – the Very Weird, Handstand Peeing Dog. Okay, every so often,
the dog Oscar does something that is really weird, here we go, ha, ha, ha, wa- ha ha.

Is there some sort of explanation or the dogs just sick of the normal way of peeing.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Be aware of your French Bulldog puppies

By: John david seo
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Affectionate, good-natured, funny, and interesting and alertness—all represents the essential qualities for the perfect wonderful companion. And all exactly illustrates the French bulldog puppies. "Frenchies," as they are nicknamed, were initially have an attractive personality and has their unique characteristics of its own. Here are few ways to care and aware for this delightful dog with the charming look.

1) Sterilize or neuter your French Bulldog. Spaying female bulldog before the first heat prevents them from breast cancer and reduces the chance of uterine infections. Neutering male French bulldogs before age four prevents testicular cancer; helps them to sustain a healthy prostate and control violent behavior.
2) Take your French Bulldog puppy for regular medical checkups and stay update on vaccinations, bug and heartworm anticipatory. You can also undertake your companion a monthly home assessment of the skin, eyes, ears, nose, teeth and gums.
3) Keep your Frenchies teeth cleaned efficiently on a periodic basis. Assured veterinarians and pets teeth-cleaning professionals recommend anesthesia-free cleanings. Anesthesia can be dangerous for a French Bulldog breeder, due to their respiratory system; however their laid-back personality allows these types of trials can be done without an anesthetic.
4) Maintain your French Bulldog at a perfect healthy weight. Overweight Frenchies likely to suffer in swollen abdomen and breathing trouble. Feed them a good quality, grain-free or little granules, natural dog food includes actual meat and/or vegetables or a compromised natural diet with real meat and other fresh foods, which will result in less gassiness. Uncooked diet also works well for French Bulldog puppies.
5) Take your Frenchie every day for small walk. French Bulldog puppies are exact fit for apartment life and especially very active indoors, but still they require regular exercise.
6) Brush your French Bulldog puppies weekly once with help of a rubber brush or rubber grooming hand to get rid of their loose and dead hair. They are regular shedders only.
7) Clean your French Bulldog puppies attractive face folds and mouth frequently with a warm, wet washcloth, since they tend to slaver.
8) Bathe your French Bulldog whenever necessary. Usually every two months will be reasonable. Clean the ears with help a cotton ball and baby oil or else by means of ear cleaning solution for dogs. Maintain your Frenchie's nails trimmed to a comfortable length if needed.
9) French Bulldogs have a tough time adapting their body temperature because of their shorter nose. Warm climates can be fairly complicated on the French Bulldog breeds, and if proper care is not taken, can bring in death of the dog.
10) Creature a flat-nosed breed, French Bulldogs are at risk to heat stroke and won’t work well in severe temperatures, either hot or cold. Remain them in air conditioning during the summer and administrate their outdoor activity so they won't exceed themselves and become overheated.
11) Be cautious around your swimming pools. Majority French bulldogs won’t able to swim. They even can’t bear rough handling so always be soft in handy and action.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Cancer Symptoms in Dogs and Cats

Story By: Gary Le Mon

Can you spot cancer symptoms in dogs and cats?

While it looks as though cancer affects a growing number of people in our society, it is also affecting larger numbers of our pets. It might seem like more pets are affected by cancer than in the past, but in reality we are recognizing and diagnosing the condition more frequently.

As our pets live longer and fuller lives with better medical and health care, they are being touched by cancer in much the same ways we are. A diagnosis of cancer can be confusing, but it is not always a death sentence for our cats and dogs. There are numerous areas in which one should be informed.

Cancer is not one single disease. Rather, it is an overgrowth of damaged cells that can literally spring from any tissue in the body. This means there are many different forms cancer takes. Some times the tumor is benign, or a localized tumor that does not metastasize or spread to other parts of the body. Other times it is malignant, meaning cancer cells are able to spread throughout the body by way of the bloodstream or through the vessels of the lymph system.

Most cancers are identified through a variety of different symptoms. These are quite frequently not recognized as cancer warnings by the pet owner. The American Veterinary Medical Association has identified a Top Ten list to help pet owners identify cancer symptoms in dogs and cats:

1. Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow
2. Sores that do not heal
3. Weight loss
4. Loss of appetite
5. Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
6. Offensive odor
7. Difficulty eating or swallowing
8. Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
9. Persistent lameness or stiffness
10. Difficulty breathing, urinating, or defecating

(Veterinary Cancer Society)

These symptoms are not always cancer related, but they should always be investigated, especially as a pet ages. Many kinds of cancers become more prevalent with age.

Once your pet has received a cancer diagnosis, your veterinarian will want to determine what extent the cancer or tumor is currently at. This is a conventional method of developing both a prognosis as well as the treatment protocol for your pet.

Depending on what kind of cancer it is and where it is located, a variety of tests may be performed including things like blood tests, biopsies, radiographs, ultrasounds, and endoscopy among other things.

Treatment is based solely on the type and extent of the cancer. If it is a localized tumor, surgery is one of the first actions in order to "debulk" and remove it. These tumors have the best chance of correcting.

Other times more treatment will be necessary. Additional options include radiation, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy. A concerned pet owner should always ask as many questions as possible and do the right research to understand the situation. It's okay to ask for a second opinion, especially from a board certified veterinary oncologist.

There is no one right answer when treating a pet for cancer. Many factors must be weighed such as the type of cancer, the severity, the prognosis, and the quality of life. For example, if a dog or cat is an elderly animal with bone cancer, will the quality of life be good to remove a limb if the others suffer from arthritis?

In a surprisingly high number of cases the use of alternative medicine and supplements offers an excellent addition to cancer treatment. These therapies can help boost immune systems, relieve nausea, calm digestive tracts, provide necessary anti-oxidants, and remove toxins (like residue from chemotherapy) from the system.

About the Author

Gary Le Mon is a master herbalist specializing in natural health care for dogs and cats. His formulations include TripleSure Natural Flea & Tick Spray and DentaSure All-Natural Oral Care Spray & Gel plus many more.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Does Your English Bulldog Puppy Have Bad Breath?

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By Melina Menny

Bad breath is not always a sign of bad dental hygiene in your English Bulldog puppy. It could be something more serious. Here are some things to look out for and how to avoid getting bad breath.

Usually, bad breath is caused by built up plaque or tartar that leaves odor-causing bacteria between the teeth, in the gums and along the tongue. This can lead to gum diseases, tooth decay and even tooth loss. That’s why brushing your English Bulldog puppy’s teeth is so important. Sometimes, even regular brushings can leave behind plaque or tartar. Talk to your vet about scheduling regular cleanings to be sure everything is healthy in your pup’s mouth.

You may be concerned if your pup’s breath smells fruity or sweet. This could mean diabetes for your English Bulldog puppy. If his breath smells like urine, it could be a sign of a problem with his kidneys. Or if he has foul breath coupled with vomiting and a yellow color to his gums and eyes, this could be a problem with his liver.

But don’t worry – it may not be something that serious at all. Sometimes, even if the teeth are clean and there are no problems with the kidneys, liver or diabetes, it could be something happening in the lungs or gastrointestinal tract. Your vet may suggest that you switch your English Bulldog puppy to another food to help with proper digestion and cut down on his bad breath. 

There are many treats and bones on the market that promote healthy teeth and fresh breath. Dental health is just as important for your English Bulldog puppy as it is for us so keeping up with his teeth cleaning and vet check-ups will keep him healthy and happy!

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Pet Care Insurance- Show Them You Care

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Story By: Barisa Wyse

Pets especially dog and cat are known to be a favorite companion of people. They serve as a family member, best friend, or just a toy to hug each day. To be able to do this, your pets must be taken care of. Having a pet is a great duty, because like humans, they need to be in perfect condition to be in a position to perform their most basic functions.

Nevertheless, responsibility comes with a price tag. Special time, in addition to the monetary aspect of needing your pets taken to the veterinarian to undergo fundamental exams are one of the couple of factors why possessing a pet is a huge liability. Reports show that the bulk of veterinarian visits are spur-of-the-moment due to emergencies. Doing so produces a feeling of frustration to its owners because of the extra outlay of these unforeseen circumstances. Furthermore, new government mandated tests for your pets are always being applied, that leads to a more expensive health care industry.

Latest changes have revolutionized pet care industry these days. Veterinarians now have access to distinct human diagnostic resources for example magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs) and CT scans.

Diagnoses carried out for human beings 20 years ago are in reality diagnosed in animals today. Given these changes, owner-pet care expenses have increased dramatically. These costs helped to explain the rising pet care insurance acquisitions for the past ten years.

Pet care insurance helps subsidize pet care costs through reimbursements on veterinary charges, diagnostic examinations and diagnostic treatments. Nevertheless, similar to human insurance policies, pet care insurance have their exclusions such as the type of pet, breed and age.

Dogs are in fact more costly to look after rather than cats. It is because they are typically sicker, and visit vets twice as often as cats. Pure breeds are given a higher premium by most pet care insurance companies because of their unique needs, rather than cross breeds.

As well, similar to human insurance policies, the older your pet is, the higher the premium for the pet. It is suggested that you obtain a pet care insurance policy as early as feasible.

One needs to do research to obtain the most applicable pet care insurance to ones own pet. Doing research often leads to cost savings and being aware of what's the most complete plan for you and your pet. 

Allow me to share some guidelines in choosing a customized pet care insurance:

1. Compare pet care insurance companies. This may assist you to find the most cost efficient pet care provider for you.

2. Set aside an sum for pet care. Setting aside a reasonable sum for medical will shield you from unexpected incidents of your pet.

3. Explore around your vicinity for inexpensive vets which provide identical services of the more expensive veterinarians. The essential thing will be the service that you need is done.

4. It will not hurt should you ask for samples. Like human insurance care, pharmaceutical companies give free samples to see if their products work. Check with your vet if there are free samples.

5. Diet. Like with people, it's less expensive for your pets if their weight is regarded as healthy, as opposed to being underweight or overweight.

6. Thoroughly evaluate your insurance policies before signing. You have to understand the fine print in pet care insurance policies so that you can completely comprehend the inclusion and exclusions within the policy.

While pet care insurance may well not appear important now, trust me when I say, that as a pet owner myself this is something which can save you from both mental and financial anguish if and whenever you possess a sick or critically hurt pet and are faced with huge veterinarian bills to guarantee your pet of the best care and treatment possible.

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Show your pet that you truly care! Take action now to find out more about pet care insurance and protect both yourself and your pet. Visit our website now to find pet insurance reviews and much more. Articles on pet medical insurance, videos and links to many other resources. Let us help you as we have already helped hundreds of other concerned pet owners find pet care insurance.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

5 Great Tips On Building A Dog House

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Over 50% of the population allows their dog to stay indoors and sleep on the couch or in their owner’s bed. For those of you who are interested in building a dog house for you beloved pet here are some simple rules to follow when considering what type of shelter you want to provide.

Product DetailsProduct Details1. You should begin your dog house building process by making sure the house is big enough to accommodate your animal’s potential adult size. Humans enjoy having about 2 feet of air above us in a room in order to live without feeling claustrophobic. Your dog will probably also enjoy having that much room. The comfort zone for both humans and dogs is about 1/3 of their standing height. To figure out how much room the dog will need get out a tape measure and measure your dog. Measure him standing straight up, sitting on his haunches and above all measure the full dimension of the dog when he is the most comfortable, relaxed and stretched out position he can get into. Your dog should be able to look out the front entrance while both standing up and sitting. So the dog will not have to significantly lover his front shoulders or scrape his belly make sure that entrance is high enough. Stand over the dog and measure the width of the widest point of the   animal’s shoulders.

Product DetailsProduct Details2. Remember to raise the dog house several inches from the ground to allow air and water to flow underneath. To dissuade pests from invading the dog house and taking your dogs health into consideration remember how important ventilation is. Put in a few nickel-sized holes in the walls under the eaves. Install a wind block inside the house so the dog can use the heat of its own body to warm up the area if it is really cold or windy outside. Consider adding a partial wall which will allow your   dog to escape the bad weather. Your animal can choose to just sleep in the entry room or go around the inner archway maze wall into the inner sanctum.  Your beloved pet would probably love having a pillow or some sort of bedding to sleep on.
3. To avoid rain coming into the dog house make the floor just a bit slanted toward the doorway and build the roof a little bit slanted, as well. Make sure the house is well insulated but you should not paint the inside.

Product Details    4. In the United States most storms come from the south and west so make sure the dog house faces a different direction. Most dog house plans suggest that the dog house door faces east. The cold air will not be able to whip through the entryway then.

Product Details5. It is suggested that you put hinges on the roof of the dog house. This makes it easier for you to clean out your dog’s home. You should clean the dog’s house as often as you give your dog a bath.

If your dog lives outside then he deserves to have a comfortable place to sleep and get out of harsh weather. Hopefully these easy tips on building a dog house will help you get started.
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Monday, January 24, 2011

Your Cat or Kitten Will Love You More, When You Follow this Guide to Feline Feeding

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You can take the easy option and throw some discount cat feed into a bowl for your feline friend, but will she remain your friend for long if you don't give a bit more thought into what you feed her? Here is some advice that will have her purring with delight at feeding time, and keep her healthy at the same time.

In order to keep your cat or kitten healthy, you need to choose quality foods that will provide him with nutrients he needs.  But, what are they?  You can’t just give your cat any type of food that is available.  There are several things you should do to improve your cat’s nutrition.

Kitten Food

During the first few weeks, the food will come from mom cat.  But, when he begins to reach the age of four to six weeks, he needs to supplement his foods with canned kitten food or you can provide him with dry cat food that is softened with water.  At eight weeks, he should be weaned from the mother and eating kitten food solely.  The breeder at this point can allow him to be adopted and should provide you with some of the food that he is eating.  If you plan to switch brands, you can do so but make sure that you mix the food together until he is used to it.

Growing kittens will eat a good amount of food.  They are growing very fast and need it.  They will eat more than once a day.  They are likely to eat up to four smaller meals until they are six months old.  You should give him plenty of clean water as well.  Remember, kittens have smaller stomachs and need smaller amounts but use a lot of energy nonetheless.

As Your Kitten Gets Older

At six months, the cat will begin to taper off in growing.  He will likely be less active as well.  This means you can cut back to feeding him to two or three meals a day.  You should not change from kitten food to adult food since he is still growing.

At a year, you can provide him with adult food.  Adult cats will eat when they are hungry so you can simply leave a dish filled with dry food for him.  But, if he overeats and becomes overweight, he will need to be limited to eating twice a day instead.  If you give him canned food, you can still offer dry food as well.  Canned food should not be left out all day.

What Kind of Cat Food?

To purchase cat food, you should look for the types that have protein sources in the first few ingredients that are listed.  You should make sure that the food is well balanced too.  If the cat has problems that are health related look for foods designed to help with these conditions.  

Many cats will enjoy both wet and dry food.  But, some are finicky about it.  If your cat does not seem to like dry cat food, moisten it or provide him with regular check ups at the vet to keep his teeth clean.  Providing well balanced food for your cat will allow him to live a healthy, long life.