WHAT EVERY OWNER NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT GOLDEN RETRIEVERS
Golden Retrievers are the second most commonly registered breed with the American Kennel Club. With friendly, obedient, and energetic dispositions, these large dogs make great family pets. They do require lots of attention and a regular schedule to keep them happy, healthy, and secure.
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HOW TO PREPARE FOR BRINGING HOME YOUR NEW PUPPY
Be ready to make some major adjustments the first few days you have your new puppy. First, get organized and fully puppy-proof your home, as you would if you were expecting a toddler to come for a visit, because pups are a lot like children, curious and in to everything.
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Pure training is at the heart of responsible dog ownership. Just about every other type of dog training involves a behavior modification program. The basic behavior modification commands such as sit, come and stay are usually learned within a week or two and relies on verbal cueing. Nearly all dogs are motivated by food and are willing to learn the cute little tricks you can teach them as well as more advanced behaviors.
So there you have it. The 10 reasons to take your dog to a doggy school. How does that feel? huh? Well I’d sure like that. I had a lot of fun with my dogs and I wouldn’t have any of the 10 problems I had. I mixed my training methods up as I went along and that is probably why the difference in my dog’s behavior is so extreme.

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Puppy Toilet Training Choosing the Best Method

Decide on the area of your yard where you would like your puppy to go to the toilet and then take him there after each feeding.

Natural Heartworm Medication For Dogs

Before the heartworm larvae become adults, they go through several molts before becoming an adult worm.

Should Attend Group Obedience Classes

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How to Prepare For Bringing Home Your New Puppy

The very best way of puppy proofing your home is prevention. Because your pup will be a lot bigger than any child you have ever known, it is important to make sure nothing that they can bite into is within reach. Electrical cords, cords from blinds and exit doors, TV and VCR cords, and any type of cords from tables and chairs are within reach for your new pup. Make sure these items are not within reach and create a barrier so they cannot get into the trash either.

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What Every Owner Needs to Know About Golden Retrievers

Golden Retrievers are the second most commonly registered breed with the American Kennel Club. With friendly, obedient, and energetic dispositions, these large dogs make great family pets. They do require lots of attention and a regular schedule to keep them happy, healthy, and secure. Despite their large and expressive eyes, the Golden Retriever is a surprisingly gentle dog. Below you will find a list of common ailments to watch out for. notify you when they appear in your dog:

And, of course, don’t forget to have your dog examined by a veterinarian right away, so that any health concerns are identified as quickly as possible.

Cataracts: Cataracts are the outer coating of the eye. They can develop through a normal life cycle, when exposed to dust, debris, and other shunning particles. This condition is often genetically inherited, especially in blue eyes. A dog with a cataract will have its vision progressively cloudier until it becomes difficult to navigate around objects. Although a life without a cataract isn’t usually considered life threatening, routine exam should be performed.

Distichiasis: This is a condition characterized by an eyelash that grows from the end of the eyelid and grows into the eye. It can cause intense irritation and pain to your dog.

Entropion: This is a condition in which the eyelids roll inwards, towards the back of the eye. This affliction can distress your dog and can result in corneal abrasions and ulcers.

Keratitis: Keratitis is a condition in which the cornea becomes inflamed. This condition is commonly caused by excessive exposure to the sun. umbinary and conjunctivitis symptoms are typically seen when a dog suffers from excessive moisture or warmth.

The signs and symptoms below are generally Helpful indications of canine eye disease:

What you should do next will depend on the cause of eye disease:

Certain diseases only a few weeks old and puppies in the advanced stage of irreversible bone structure are usually prone to eye disease. In cases like these, prevention is the key to a good quality of life. If the disease is caused by trauma to the head, muzzle injuries, violent illnesses or diseases can lead to poor eye status in dogs. Due to the lack of appropriate care, outcome is normally failing airlines that refuse to accept dogs with cloudy eyes and vets that are not compassionate towards canine eye health.

A dog whose eyes are bloodshot bright red or white should be seen by a vet right away. Such indicators of poor eye health are unusual for many healthy dogs. If it persists, a vet should be consulted and eye testing performed.

Blue or greenish discharges that do not fade away into thin white lines are abnormal and may be a symptom of canine eye disease. They can be caused by bacterial infections. This condition may also be accompanied by sudden loss of appetite, depression and heavy head tremors.

The initial signs of canine eye disease are discharges coming from the eyes but do not last long. They are usually gone by the time the dog is seen by a vet. Discharges seen from the eyes may be a result of inflammation, foreign bodies and hair clumps. These can be treated mainly through oral antibiotics. If the infections do not clear up, then ointment or eye drops may be prescribed.

If Clcyclomegal is diagnosed, it is important to reduce the potential infection risks and improve the dog’s ocular health. Excess T2lling in eyes may be a genetic condition in some breeds, so you should be thorough when breed selection to minimize the risk. General hygiene is important in cleaning and hygiene before and after playing and exercising with your dog.

Breeds predisposed to Clcyclomegalmia include but are not limited to the following: Basset Hounds, Standard Poodles, Kerry Blue Terriers, American Eskimo Dogs, American Staffordshire Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers, Beagles, Labrador Retrievers, Irish Setters, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Pyrenean Mountain Dogs, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Bichon Frise, Irish Water Spaniel, and Poodle.

Ekodels (or Eskies) are predisposed to the condition and Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, Yorkshire Terriers, and Chow Chows are predisposed. King Charles Spaniels,Indians, white Standard Poodles, and all black or parti-color Poodles are other dogs that are at high risk.

Most infections are mild and cause no symptoms. Rarely, a blockage may form that requires emergency assistance of a veterinarian. Also, keep an eye on a dog that seems to be “sluggish” or is lowest on energy.

6 Reasons Why You & Your Dog Should Attend Group Obedience Classes

Education is the key to wealth. It is the key to your happiness. It is the key to your dog’s worth. Who knew our associations with our dogs were so powerful?

I have produced many “training you dog” videos and have helped thousands of people, but I had never personally trained my dog. Nor had I ever thought of training her to do anything other than come when called.

Well I finally did and I have never looked back.

Here are 6 reasons why you should take your dog to a structured obedience class:

1. Your dog will be more obedient.

It’s true. Dogs that go to school learn quickly. The best obedience training begins at 5 to 6 months with an emphasis on problem solving. Smart dogs are born with the ability to learn and follow directions. They also quickly gain the skills and go on to learn the obedience tricks. Dogs that haven’t been carefully groomed to sit, stay, heel, come, don’t bark and generally behave well are usually discovered to have severe social issues.

2. It is a bonding experience.

Dog obedience training requires you to address your dog’s fears. This can create a fearful dog or a dog that is super sensitive and can’t learn well. I have found that when you address these fears in a positive way it does not take long for the fear to go away. For example, if your dog is afraid of other dogs, when you go to a dog park and become friends with another dog owner and take your dog with you it all suddenly becomes clear to your dog that he doesn’t know who he is supposed to be afraid of. He no longer is afraid and is not on edge when meeting other dogs.

3. He can learn a wide variety of cues including hand signals.

A well socialized dog will respond to hand signals and facial expressions. If a dog is not exposed to this type of interaction from a young age its difficult to train them to respond to commands.

4. You’ve met a new friend, fell in love, been introduced to someone new.

All dogs need to be trained. It is not cruel to train your dog. Investing the time now will help ensure a long happy relationship.

5. Training will ensure the safety of your dog.

Despite what many may think, there are some good reasons to train your dog. A well trained dog will allow you to take him out in public places without him running around and being scaredy cats.

6. Training will save your dog’s life.

We all know that whenever we are chasing our tails there is usually some pretty good reason for it. We are probably not thinking about the danger we are creating by not training our dogs. Yep, you heard me. Training could save your dog’s life. You can’t take the chance of losing your dog at a traffic light as you can’t afford to lose your dog wandering into the road.

7. Training not only benefits the dog he is trained by but his master as well.

A well trained dog will be a happier, healthier and well-behaved dog. Yep, I’ve already read this one right? Getting your dog trained will provide you with the understanding, compassion and the patience you require to be a solid owner.

8. Your dog gets the opportunity to be a part of your family life.

Your dog’s natural urge to please his master will provide him with self-confidence. This confidence will show itself when your dog is performing exceptionally well in his training.

9. Since you’re already taking frequent walks you have more of an opportunity to form your dog’s behavior.

Pure training is at the heart of responsible dog ownership. Just about every other type of dog training involves a behavior modification program. The basic behavior modification commands such as sit, come and stay are usually learned within a week or two and relies on verbal cueing. Nearly all dogs are motivated by food and are willing to learn the cute little tricks you can teach them as well as more advanced behaviors.

10. Learning is an anxious, noisy and fantastic way to pass the time.

Walking calmly on the leash is one of the best ways to maximize your time together. Your dog is starved for social interaction so this is a prime time to be social. You both get to explore together and pass the time. Remember that learning is better when it is fun and with a positive mental attitude.

So there you have it. The 10 reasons to take your dog to a doggy school. How does that feel? huh? Well I’d sure like that. I had a lot of fun with my dogs and I wouldn’t have any of the 10 problems I had. I mixed my training methods up as I went along and that is probably why the difference in my dog’s behavior is so extreme.

How to Prepare For Bringing Home Your New Puppy

Be ready to make some major adjustments the first few days you have your new puppy. First, get organized and fully puppy-proof your home, as you would if you were expecting a toddler to come for a visit, because pups are a lot like children, curious and in to everything.

The very best way of puppy proofing your home is prevention. Because your pup will be a lot bigger than any child you have ever known, it is important to make sure nothing that they can bite into is within reach. Electrical cords, cords from blinds and exit doors, TV and VCR cords, and any type of cords from tables and chairs are within reach for your new pup. Make sure these items are not within reach and create a barrier so they cannot get into the trash either.

You should purchase some pricey, high quality chew toys for your puppy from the start. This will be used as a way to get him used to chewing on the toys. This is a good way to deter him from biting into anything that comes within reach, such as expensive furniture. Once you have the chew toys, your puppy is good to go.

You want to discourage your puppy from chewing on human items such as shoes, clothing and anything else that is not a dog chew toy. Buy high quality chew toys that are strong and durable. Not only can they be a workout for your pup, but they will also be a very good method of teaching him the difference between what he can and cannot chew on.

Always have an acceptable chew item available so your puppy knows what he can chew on. This will take some trial and error with your puppy, but it will be beneficial for you and your puppy in the long run. The key is to not give your puppy something that is not a dog chew toy. If you don’t have an available item, they can create their own. It is all a matter of taste.

You can satisfy your puppy’s need to chew by freezer drying and giving it to them to chew on. Another option is to freeze a towel or sock and let them chew on that. There are other non-nyauna dog chew toys available on the market and you should look into them if you have a dog that likes to chew.

In order to prevent your puppy from chewing on household items you need to apply a very strict set of rules to them. If your puppy knows that he is not allowed to chew on shoes, clothing and anything else by the look of the object, it is more likely that he will not have the need to chew. Before you make your home puppy training difficult and uncomfortable for them, you need to understand why your puppy wants to chew and help you understand his need to chew.

If you have discovered some reason your puppy is chewing other than the desired reasons, you need to assume you have a legal obligation to protect your puppy and stay on top of the issue. You have until October to decide if you want to take action. Should you not take action, another day, nothing would stop your puppy from chewing on the leg of your chair or on the arm of your couch.

Here are some basic guidelines you can take a look at to determine if you need to adjust your home puppy training or if the chewing is reflective of a lack of proper boundaries and is just inherent. The primary reason a puppy would want to chew is because they are teething. At this time, they would chew to alleviate that pain. The chewing they engage in is nothing to be amazed about. It is normal, natural and a really annoying habit that usually needs to be corrected.

In one instance, you might be feeding him right and everything would be fine. But the next time you give him a biscuit to chew on, he’ll begin chewing that instead. Was it meant to be or what was behind it? Was it because he was hungry and he didn’t know how to get fed or did he find out that if he gave himself a little something, he could satisfy himself somehow? That last one is very simple to fix. Just feed him in a manner that makes it easy for him to have the required strength in his jaw to chew the food. You could require a lot of hard work from him, but your puppy would catch on real fast.

A chewing habit is not the only thing to be concerned about. Contrary to what you’d like to believe, dogs can develop gum disease and diabetes and become obese and even die. Other things that you might want to look into is fleas, poisonous plants and poisons from the ground. You might find that your dog is afraid of boisterous living environments and might have them attack people when they come to visit them. Don’t forget that they can jump up on counters and tables and while you’re gone for a minute.

Puppy Toilet Training – Choosing the Best Method

Toilet training your puppy can be a challenging process that takes time and a lot of effort. You need to remember that your puppy is much like a baby. It doesn’t know what is right or wrong and it needs to be trained by the right person to do it properly. If you are the person required to train the puppy, take a heart beat from the fact that it will take a good amount of time and effort on your part.

Decide on the area of your yard where you would like your puppy to go to the toilet and then take him there after each feeding.

Puppy clicker training can be extremely useful for toilet training your puppy. The clickers are good because they help you avoid distractions and get your puppy to focus on the process of training him. With clicker training, it does not matter when you are training your puppy. Clicker training is a very popular means of training puppies and it is highly advisable when you want to train your puppy quickly and effectively.

Using a crate for toilet training your puppy is not a good idea. Crate training is not a good idea because it is important that crate size should fit the puppy. You would not want to force your puppy to go into a crate it will not be too comfortable with. If you do not have a suitable crate for the puppy, you can use a small box which is big enough to accommodate the puppy. If you have no box available, you can use a piece of wood.Preferably, you should put the box in an area with good ventilation.

Take your puppy out to toilet after each feeding. Make sure you praise him and offer him a treat as soon as he finishes.

Routine will take your puppy quicklyinate to relieve himself. Even after a meal, a puppy may want to relievehimself. Take him to the spot again within five minutes and repeat the procedure until you have gained consistency. This may take a few weeks for him to get used to.

It may take from five to thirty minutes for your puppy to relieve himself. Keep an eyeon him because these things happen in cycles and if you miss a day or two the puppy may have to go again.

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The puppy should sulk for a few minutes after defecating and you should not discipline him.

In order to facilitate a repeat in defecating, feed him within twenty minutes of his last meal. You can play with him for a few minutes after defecating and repeat the procedure.

It may take from five to thirty minutes for the puppy to defecate. You may again play with him or feed him.

When the puppy is done defecating, take him to his favorite place and he should relieve himself. If he does, praise him like a mad person. You should, however, take him back to his sleeping place through the night as puppies that are worked up may need a few more restless hours before they are ready to sleep.

You should schedule a wake up time and bedtime for your puppy and keep a log of his sleeping habits as it can be useful in determining whether his sleeping patterns are normal.

It can take several weeks for a puppy to catch on to what is expected of him, so you need a lot of patience and consistency.

Puppy crate trainingwhen done properly is the best tool that you can use to train your puppy to go to his toilet location. However, it does have its disadvantages, so you need to make sure that you are consistent with him as well as patient. However, it can also be tricky to do so.

When it comes to puppy crate training, you should choose a crate that is small enough to ensure that your puppy can turn around, but not so small that it can sleep at one end and use the other as a bathroom.

ilet training puppiesyou should aim to accomplish within six to eight weeks. You should realize that it will not happen overnight and it will be a slow process.

Success lies in your commitment and perseverance, combined with a little patience. Most of all, never give up, and never expect to get your puppy to stop going to the toilet all of a sudden.

All positive reinforcements, such as treats and praise for a job well done, should be given to your puppy when he does his toilet in the correct place. It usually takes around one month of consistent training for the puppy to learn his toilet habits and his daily schedule.

Natural Heartworm Medication For Dogs

What is heartworm?

Heartworm is a parasite worm that is spread between animals through the bites of mosquitoes. Mosquitos find the parasite’s larvae in the blood of its host and then transmit the parasite to other animals. Adult heartworms can grow to be several inches long and can be several inches in the heart and lung arteries of the animal. Before the heartworm larvae enter the bloodstream, the parasite produces microfilariae, which are essentially microscopic viruses. These microfilariae are what provide the mosquito with the genetic material for the development of a heartworm.

Where do heartworms come from?

The adult heartworm lives in the right ventricle of the heart. The heartworm then produces microfilariae as it matures. When the microfilariae enter the mosquito, they become the infective agents of choice by the mosquito as it saliva tests positive for the development of heartworm.

How Does a mosquito Become infected with heartworm?

Before the heartworm larvae become adults, they go through several molts before becoming an adult worm. Molts areua puppies, about every three months. The worm is then ready to pass on to the next animal through the mosquito’s bite. Once the worm has reached the heart and lungs of the dog, the worm will mature into an adult worm.

What are the symptoms of heartworm?

When the infected dog shows symptoms of heartworm, the first thing you will notice is soft cough. This is typical. The dog may lack energy and appear lazy. This is because the infected dog has a weakened heart and respiratory system.

The advantage of treating your dog’s heartworm is that, as the adult worm dies, the humans in the dog’s wakes will benefit from the freed-up energy. This is exactly why most vets recommend heartworm medication for your pet.

What is the best way to prevent heartworm?

It is possible to prevent heartworm through a number of ways. Heartworm preventatives are prescribed by the vet and can be bought at retail or online. These have been proven to kill heartworm larvae before they become adults.

There are also a range of prescription treatments available through your vet, and these are generally given in monthly or daily dosing. These usually cost around $100 – $andy, and most vets recommend that you consult an expert in order to determine the most suitable treatment.

What if my dog has adult heartworms?

Adult heartworms do not spend all their lives in the heart. Instead, they remain in the lungs until they eventually die there. As you might expect from their name, they settle in the lungs and often take up residence there.

Can heartworm disease be treated?

Yes, but not as effectively as preventing it. The best way to treat a dog with heartworm is to kill the adult worms and, once done, the process needs to be repeated every month. This is done using a prescription heartworm medicine.

Continue preventive treatment till all stages of the heartworm parasites have been killed. When the adult worms have been killed, the dog needs no further preventatives.

The big advantage of heartworm prevention is that it does not rely on the monthly Worm meats. The dogs heartworms are killed every month whether they use a standard heartworm medicine or a preventative.

If your dog has adult worms in his heart and lungs, what can I do?

If you suspect that your dog has heartworm, your best bet is to consult your vet immediately. He will be able to figure out if the adult worms are actually heartworm or not.

However, most people get a heartworm test only when they take their dog for a check up and it will be too late to cure. Therefore, even if your dog has had a heartworm test before, it is still safe to take him for a heartworm test twice a year.

If your dog has any of the symptoms listed below, you should take him to your veterinarian:

CoughingDry coughSpasmingC or overly heavyUse of N armIf your dog coughing sporadically, the vet will probably ask you to bring his nose up and examine it. The vet will probably need to do this for a more expert inspection.However, the vet may not be able to find any adult worms. There are only a few, two or three in all, and these are the ones that are killed nearly all the time by the adult worms. There are also a few other types of symptoms that your vet may diagnose and write down. Fortunately the veterinarian is not that concerned if this happens. We have found in the past, that the symptoms dogs suffer from are not often indicative of the existence of heartworms.

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