Sunday, July 31, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Important Facts To Consider When Buying A Dog Crate

Important Facts To Consider When Buying A Dog Crate
by: Alain Fortier

Picking out a dog crate is one of the most important decisions you will have to make when it comes to your pet. There are various types, sizes and colors available. Dog crates are made of heavy-gauge wire with one, two or three hinged doors for easy access for your pet. In a wire crate, your pet can see what is going on around him or her, which makes them feel they are still a part of the family even though at times, they are confined to the crate. Some dog crates are collapsible for easy storage, and they are easy to assemble, as well as keep clean. Make sure the crate has a solid plastic pan on the bottom, wire floors are not good for your dogs paws.

To get the proper height of the dog crate, you measure your pet from its shoulders to the floor and add about 3-4 inches. To get the proper width of the crate, you measure your pet from its nose to its tail base, and you add about 3-4 inches. This should give you the proper size needed. Your pet should be able to lie down, turn around and have extra headroom when sitting or standing, and feel secure and comfortable.

Dog crates are not only used to transport your pet, but they are also used for training, as well as for evening time, when your dog needs to go to bed. Your puppy should be trained in their early years, so that they are comfortable using the cage as they become full grown. Dog crates should never be used for punishment, it can make your pet become more aggressive, not listen to you, or follow any of your commands and also develop a resentment towards the crate. As humans, animals are sensitive too, and for crate training it is better for your pet to know that their crate is a safe place for them to be in.

When buying a crate for your puppy, make sure it has dividers so you can adjust the width of the crate to accommodate the puppies growth. A proper size crate is very important for house training your pet. A dog knows not to soil his sleeping area, but if the crate is too big, it may encourage the pup to soil in the furthest area in the crate, so make sure you use the dividers.

You should always place a bed or a mat on the floor of the crate to provide your dog with a nice soft place to rest on. You can also include some of your pet’s favorite toys. Keep in mind when choosing the proper crate for your pet, it should be sturdy, and your pet should be able to move around, and not be confined. You need to offer them a safe, clean environment best suited for the situation, whether you are at home or traveling.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - A Significant Strategy to Deal with that Awful Dog Behavior

A Significant Strategy to Deal with that Awful Dog Behavior
by: Michel Gerard

Most pet dogs have attitudes that can be pretty annoying and frustrating to every owner. Such attitudes include hyper-activeness, biting and teething, loud barking at people, uncontrolled behavior, sudden jumping and many more. While dogs are not capable of learning obedience on their own, training techniques can be used to control these unwanted dog behaviors.

Before jumping into this training idea one should know that controlling a dog's bad habit is not easy at all. It is not comparable to how a child is taught to read the ABC or count 1, 2, 3.

There is always an easy way to a difficult formula. In this case, the secret is simple, reward the pet when it has positive behaviors and correct it gently if it misbehaves. This approach is the only ingredient in a situation where a dog has problematic manners.

The very foundation of every master who wants to befriend his hyperactive buddy is to know the correction training. The correction training starts with the no-petting rule. One who loves to pet his dog only encourages dog biting and licking. Dogs bite off when humans pet them. They also tend to lick a lot when feeling over excited.

In order to control biting and licking habits of dogs, an owner should show disapproval by a soft spank in their mouth. It will act like a signal command to stop such behavior. When a dog follows a command, one should express a simple statement of praise or a little tap on the head. This can encourage the dog to maintain a good attitude in the end. When done frequently, the dog will develop its gut feeling of controlling biting and picking needless things.

It is also important that a pet owner knows what his pet fears most. He should be acquainted with the correct way of dealing with his buddy's terrors since improper handling can usually lead to bad dog behaviors. Usually, when a dog exhibits a sign of fear, the usual approach of owners is to scold the pet. This is a negative way of dealing with a dog's senses. It could even cause the dog to be more frightened and run-off as it cannot understand such reaction from their owners. In order to resolve this problem, the owner should be extra-tender in dealing with a dog's fears. He should comfort the dog instead and make it feel safe. A dog master should develop his pet's social instincts and adaptability to any environment. Training the dog with basic dog movements such as sit, stand, jump, run and go can also be effective to redirect the dog's interest.

Pet owners should carry out some of the aforementioned ideas as it can prove beneficial to them. It is said that dogs are men's best friend. However, they are not just good pals but are also good depression outlets. It has been proven that most people with pet dogs are happier compared to those without pets. But then again, even the most tamed pet can have a dark side too. But the way to effectively manage a pet is simple: good behavior must be given reward while the bad behavior be given due corrections. After some time, the pet will become skilled at doing away with bad behaviors and retain only the desirable conduct.

Dog training can be a very lengthy course of action that often requires patience and understanding. Nevertheless, by doing so, one can achieve a good master and pet relationship. If one is incapable of training his pet, then a dog trainer can be a good alternative. Dog training guidebooks are also available online and in various department stores.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Itching Dog Skin Driving You Nuts? Top 12 Causes and What You Can Do To Ease the Misery

Itching Dog Skin Driving You Nuts? Top 12 Causes and What You Can Do To Ease the Misery
by: Val Heart

Itch, itch, scratch, scratch… thump-thump-thump… I honestly don’t know who whines more when our dogs have itchy skin problems, us or them!

As a professional animal communicator and master healer, I am often asked to work with dogs with skin condition problems. This can be a complicated tangled knot to unravel, fraught with a complexity of contributing causes.

Usually your vet will offer steroids to suppress the allergic reaction, antibiotics, and expensive medicated shampoos. All that does is suppress the symptoms for a little while and does nothing to resolve the source of the problem.

In the long term, your dog will suffer from a recurrent itchy skin problem which may be worse over time, developing hot spots and oozing sores. They will also suffer from the many debilitating side effects from the steroids themselves, which can shorten their lfie. AND, your dog may actually be allergic to the medicated shampoo!

What’s a caring, loving responsible dog parent to do?

Allergies are a symptom of a body experiencing toxic overload and systemic overwhelm. There are better ways to approach the problem. Here are the top 12 causes of itchy skin problems:

1. Thyroid and hormone imbalance, including over active adrenals from stress. This can also come from spaying and neutering creating a sudden and dramatic effect like forced menopause…

2. Food allergies including an allergy to rice, wheat, soy, corn, dairy, and nightshade plants like potatoes, tomatoes and peppers

3. Poor quality polluted water, especially tap water or water that is bottled in plastic which has carcinogens like benzene in it…

4. Heavy metals or other hidden contaminants in your dog’s food and environment…

5. Environmental allergens like hay, pollen, grasses, weeds, contact with toxic plants…

6. Chemical preservatives in the food, in the cans themselves or the packaging, bedding, shampoos, toys…

7. Pesticides, both used orally and in the environment

8. Wormers which are poisons that affect the liver and kidneys

9. Antibiotics which have destroyed the intestinal balance of probiotics and enzymes

10. Flea allergies, along with all the topical flea/tick treatments

11. Parasites like pinworms, tapeworms, roundworms and the like which thrive in a polluted, toxic body

All of those things must be taken into account and addressed. However, the number 1 cause of skin problems that few vets will tell you about is this:

12. Vaccinations with their many side effects. Over vaccinating your dog can cause a great deal of chronic long term problems including auto-immune disorders and degenerative disorders, like joint pain and arthritis, diabetes, cancer and digestive problems.

So what can you do about it?

1. Go homemade – food, that is. No more commercial pet foods. Try feeding your dog a bionutritionally sound diet that includes organic steamed vegetables including garlic in a bit of broth (low sodium is ok), natural raw or lightly cooked chicken or turkey or lamb, a good quality grain, and add in the right supplements like vitamins B, C and E, and full spectrum trace minerals like zinc and selenium. Be sure to include a high quality fat like extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil which are all necessary for good health as well as happy skin and shiny coats.

2. Rebuild their digestive system. If they aren’t allergic to dairy, offer yogurt or cottage cheese, and/or add probiotics and enzymes to help them digest it.

3. Clean water only. Purify their water with reverse osmosis or another type of quality filter.

4. Use natural flea, tick, mosquito and parasite prevention. You can use an essential oils formula like Cedarcide™ , mulch your yard with cedar mulch, or try using The ShooTag™ which are all viable non-toxic alternatives to flea preventions and oral wormers. Beneficial nematodes will clear your yard of fleas and their eggs. There are also herbal remedies for parasites. Remember that if your baby can’t touch it, then it can’t be good for your dog either.

5. Soothe the itch naturally. Aloe vera gel and coconut oil can help soothe the itch, as can many homeopathic remedies, including rhus tox, pulsatilla, arsenicum, apis, nux vomica, belladonna and mercurius vivus. See a professional’s assistance to determine the right remedies for your dog.

6. Vaccinosis Homeopathic Protocol. No more vaccinations while your dog is ill, or you will make the problem worse because you should never vaccinate a dog who isn’t well. There are ways to calm the inflammation using homeopathic medicine. Again, contact me or see a professional for assistance in determining the right protocol for your dog.

The good news is this: Not only will your dog start feeling better soon, but you will too. Because what’s good for your dog, is also good for you.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Tips to Socialize a New Puppy and Your Cat

Tips to Socialize a New Puppy and Your Cat
by: Jared Wright

Cats and dogs may seem like mortal enemies, but there are many examples that support the idea that they can coexist quite peacefully. Cats and dogs do not hate each other simply because they are cat and dog, and it more often than not comes down to how they were introduced and that crucial period where they had to get to know each other.

Both cats and dogs are similar in terms of their territorial instinct and we need to understand how they work. Wild cats, from which the common house cat was slowly bred, are generally quite solitary. They do not usually live in large family units unless they are raising a litter of kits. Their territory is important to them and they will defend it as well as mark the boundaries with urine. Since cats have exceptionally high territory instinct especially at home, any additional members to the family will need to be examined in detail. Changes in a cat's life including new additions to its territory can be very stressful, especially for a cat who leads a very static life.

Dog ancestors, unlike cats, prefer to live in big family units, and marked territory where they hunt and live. While a dog might perceive all the members of its owner's family as its pack, it will still be as curious as a cat and possibly defensive around new additions such as a cat. With a bit of time however, a dog will come to understand a cat as just another member of the pack, albeit one that might ignore him completely.

Because a cat and a dog will approach a new addition to the family in a different way, a pet owner must consider this when allowing them to meet each other. A dog will want to hop right in and test the cat, sniff it, see if it wants to play or if it will try to be dominant over him. A cat on the other hand needs time to observe from a distance. Cats are naturally more cautious and are unlikely to dash towards unknown objects.

You should keep the dog outside the house first before you locate your cat. Once you have discovered the cat's location, bring the dog in on a short leash. Enter the room with the cat and have your dog sit and stay or lie down. Your objective is to give the cat enough time to understand the dog a little bit and to get used to his presence. You will want to keep your dog as calm as possible, so before the introduction, consider taking the dog on a long walk. Once the dog is sitting, reward the dog and the cat.

The first introduction doesn't need to last very long, but you will want to keep the dog on the leash until the cat has a good idea of how the dog is when acting calm. Once the cat begins to act a little more relaxed, you will know that it is time to take the dog off the leash.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Various Types Of Leather Dog Collars

Various Types Of Leather Dog Collars
by: Jennifer Marshall

Leather Collars

These collars are among the sturdiest and longest lasting collars available. They come in a variety of styles and sizes which range from the narrower rolled leather collar to wide 2 inch collars. A leather collar can be just plain leather or embelished with rhinestones, studs or decorative conches. There are even customized collars which will display your dogs name in rhinestone letters.

A rolled leather collar is perfect for smaller dogs and can prevent the hair breakage that can be caused from the flat leather collars. They are usually softer and more comfortable for your dog. They fasten with a buckle and come with several holes so you can adjust the size as your dogs neck gets bigger.

Although leather collars are more expensive than a standard nylon collar they are well worth it because they are much better quality and will last longer.

Flat Buckle Collar

This collar is normally made of colorful nylon and is available in different sizes and thicknesses and is an easy fit to any size dog. They can also be made of leather or cotton. No matter what other kind of collar you choose to use with your dog this is an excellent collar for your pet to wear as it is easy to attach medical and identifying information to this collar. It is also an excellent collar to use on a young puppy to get them used to wearing a collar.

For many dogs this may be the only type of collar you will ever need. To ensure this collar fits properly it should be placed high on the neck and you should be able to slip two fingers between the collar and the dogs neck. A too tight collar may interfere with your dogs ability to eat or breath and having one that is too loose will make it possible for him to slip out of the collar. So having the proper fit is important.

The Slide Choke Chain

The slide choke chain commonly called a choke collar is designed for training your dog. This collar will pinch the bronchial nerve in the dogs neck if he tugs on the leash while being walked. This collar must be used properly or it can damage your dogs trachea. Additionally, do not leave a dog unsupervised while wearing this type of collar or the collar could get hung up on a tree limb, fence or other obstacle and the dog could choke to death.

If you are planning on using this type of collar for training your dog then you should seek a professionals advice on how to use this collar the right way. You should also remove this collar as soon as the training lesson is complete and replace it with a flat collar or some other safe collar.

Break Away Collar

The break away collar is becoming more popular with people who allow their dogs out in a fenced in area to play for part of the day. These collars let you attach tags with medical information and identification in case the dog should somehow get out of the enclosure and also provides a margin of safety in case he gets hung up while playing.

This collar is specifically designed with a special mechanism so if too much pressure is applied to the collar the collar will release, freeing the dog and thus preventing accidental hanging of your dog. For this reason it is a poor training collar as a quick tug on the collar could allow the dog to break loose.

There are a lot more collars you can select from, these are just a few of the more common. They should get you started on your way to determining which dog collar is the correct one for your beloved dog.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Five Simple Rules When Using Rimadyl and other NSAIDs for Dog Arthritis

Five Simple Rules When Using Rimadyl and other NSAIDs for Dog Arthritis
by: Chris Durin

Dog arthritis can now be treated by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). One example is Rimadyl. Although, NSAIDs, such as Rimadyl, are quite successful in subduing the symptoms of dog arthritis; improper use of such drugs may compromise the health of your dogs. To prevent this from happening, it is helpful then to have some information on how to use the NSAIDs properly.

The first rule in using NSAIDs is to make sure that they are necessary. Most vets would advise dog owners not to use Rimadyl or other NSAIDs as the first option in treating dog arthritis. A better way of treating the disease is to opt for joint protectors such as Adequan injections to be done weekly for 4-6 weeks after which Dasuquin or Cosequin can be given. For pain relief, there are non-NSAIDs alternatives. One such is Tramadol.

For a more natural approach, fish oils can be paired with the mentioned treatments.

The second rule is that giving NSAIDs and other anti-inflammatory drugs at the same time may cause harmful side effects especially to the dog’s digestive tract. Two anti-inflammatory drugs that should be taken at the same with NSAIDs are aspirin and cortisone.

When aspirin and NSAIDs are taken simultaneously, this will result in the formation of ulcers that can easily worsen into a perforated stomach. A dog should be given a two-week washout before NSAIDs can be safely administered. Meanwhile, giving cortisone and NSAIDs at the same time will irritate a dog’s gastrointestinal tract. For cortisone, a washout of five days should be observed.

Nonetheless, dog owners should not be worried when their dog has taken other anti-inflammatory drugs since there is myriad of alternative medications for dog arthritis. It is therefore important that dog owners should be aware of dog’s medications and inform their vet about it so as their vet can safely recommend the proper dog arthritis drugs.

The third rule is simple. NSAIDs formulated for humans are not safe to use on dogs.

The fourth rule is blood testing during treatment is a good precautionary option. Not many people know that NSAIDs kill 16,000 people a year. NSAIDs are effective drugs but they are also strong. This remains true for NSAIDs formulated for dogs. As strong drugs, NSAIDs may cause liver or kidney damage. Having your dog’s blood tested before and during treatment will help in the early detection of NSAIDs harmful side effects. Blood tests should be done 2 weeks into treatments, and once every 3 to 6 months after.

The last rule is to observe your dog closely on NSAID treatment for dog arthritis. The first month is crucial since any side effects will usually appear during this time. Vomiting, diarrhea, not eating, not drinking, and yellowing of the eyes and gums should be noted. If the dog is suffering from any of these symptoms, you should take your dog to your vet. Don't worry, in most cases it s not usually anything serious; rather, there is just a need for a change in treatment.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Is It Easy To Train A Puppy To Sleep In A Crate?

Is It Easy To Train A Puppy To Sleep In A Crate?
by: Bill Nad

Benefits of Crate Training

As mentioned above there are a lot of benefits to crate training puppies. The first is that it gives you the peace of mind that they aren't getting into things they shouldn't รข€“ such as your bills, the trash, or your shoes. It also makes it easier to help them become potty trained because they will be used to a set schedule. Crate training also cuts down on the anxiety they may experience when you need to leave to go somewhere.

Basic Method for Crate Training

So once you have the proper crate purchased, it's time to put it to use. The most important thing is to make the crate seem like a reward, not a bad thing. Put treats, toys, comfortable blankets and pillows, etc inside to get them interested in being in there. Change the nature of the treats and the toys so that their attention will always be on the crate. Also, it is a good idea to practice putting them in the crate when you are home so they won't associate it with the anxiety of you being gone.

Crate training puppies is one of those things that can be beneficial to both you and your dog over the long run. People will often put their puppies in a crate when they go to work or go out to run errands. Puppies sometimes can't be left at home by themselves otherwise they'll get into things such as the trash or start chewing on your shoes. Anyone who has left a puppy knows all to well how possible this is! Keep in mind, however, that some dogs should not be put into crates. When in doubt, ask your veterinarian.

Purchasing a Suitable Crate

When crate training puppies it is very important to find a crate that is large enough for your dog. You want them to have adequate room so that they can be comfortable while you are gone. If they don't have enough room, crate training can actually cause anxiety. This means that your attempts to help fix the dog's anxiety will be for nothing because the small crate will cause stress on its own. If you need help figuring out the size, consult with your vet or other animal expert to see what they recommend.

Basic Method for Crate Training

So once you have the proper crate purchased, it's time to put it to use. The most important thing is to make the crate seem like a reward, not a bad thing. Put treats, toys, comfortable blankets and pillows, etc inside to get them interested in being in there. Change the nature of the treats and the toys so that their attention will always be on the crate. Also, it is a good idea to practice putting them in the crate when you are home so they won't associate it with the anxiety of you being gone.

As you can see, crate training puppies can be pretty straightforward. If you are having trouble you may want to enlist help and find a trainer to guide you through the process

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - How to Create a Comfortable Home for Your Pets

How to Create a Comfortable Home for Your Pets
by: Stewart Wrighter

If you are in the process of making changes in your home, your spouse and children are probably more than willing to speak up and declare their demands. Everyone has an opinion and you are faced with the challenge of incorporating these opinions into your home design. However, if you have pets, they are obviously not so forthcoming with how they feel. Most pets are content to have a warm place to sleep and regular meals, but there are ways you can make your space even healthier and more comfortable for the furry members of your family. First, make sure you provide your pets with a healthy environment. Pets may be more sensitive to issues than humans, so if you have pest problems, be sure to call on reliable exterminators. Orkin and other options will allow you to create a bug-free space your pet will love.

Next, be sure your pet is healthy. In order to keep your home healthy, everyone in it must be free of disease and illness. Have your pets checked on the annual basis and be sure they are up to date with shots and medications. A healthy pet is more than likely a happy pet.

Be sure your pet has access to plenty of fresh air. Dogs will need regular walks or a yard in which to roam. Cats may enjoy paying outside, but many families prefer to keep their feline indoors. This is usually a perfect living arrangement for a cat, but they should still have the benefit of an occasional open window to enjoy the fresh outside air.

Give your pet plenty of space in which to exercise. If you keep your pet indoors, you can encourage them to run and play in staircases and wide open spaces. Giving them toys will encourage indoor play. If you have an outside space, fence the area in so you can just let the pet run loose and enjoy the open space.

Finally, arrange a private dining space for your pet. Feed them in this area consistently so they understand this is where they eat. This helps cut down on mess and it settles the pet when they know just where to go for their food. If you have a cat, be sure the eating area is far away from the litter box. If you leave your pet outdoors for a few hours at a time, be sure to supply them with food and water they can easily access.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Tips for Taking Care of a New Puppy

Tips for Taking Care of a New Puppy
by: Grace Temple

The day you bring home your new puppy is a thrilling and exciting day. No one can resist the cuteness of a cuddly puppy. But before that happens, you must make sure that you have everything you need for taking care of a dog. You will need to give a lot of attention and have a lot of patience to raise a puppy that is obedient. Giving love to a puppy is free, but you will need to provide food and veterinarian visits, which can be costly. You may be interested in one breed, but do your research. Find a breed with characteristics that complement your lifestyle.

The first week of puppy care is usually blissful, but the novelty can wear off quickly. Taking care of a new puppy is not a short-term commitment. You are in it for the puppy’s lifetime. This is why you should carefully consider whether you have the time and money to care for a pet. Puppies have many needs. They need to go for outdoor walks, both for exercise and to go to the bathroom. Can you handle this on a consistent basis? If you cannot, the puppy will most certainly have accidents inside your home. Puppies also need a lot of attention. If you don’t give it to them, they often become bored, which can lead to destructive behavior.

Money is also a consideration. Can you afford a dog? The costs may not seem apparent at first, but they do add up. Veterinarian visits alone in the first year will cost a pretty penny. These are regular check-ups, not sick visits. Some breeds are more likely to get sick, requiring more visits to the vet, as well as medications and testing. Most areas require dogs to be licensed. The fees for this vary greatly. The decision to spay or neuter can cost you several hundred dollars.

Think about your lifestyle and activity level when choosing a breed of dog. Do you like to lie on the couch watching movies or would you rather take a jog on the beach? Research the characteristics of the breed you want to get and evaluate whether that type of dog would fit into your lifestyle. Think about the space you can provide to a dog. If you have a very small apartment, bringing home a large dog is not a good idea.

Taking care of a new puppy is an enjoyable experience, if all the right factors are in place. Look at the time you have, the space you have and the energy you have to offer when considering getting a puppy. Many people will love taking care of puppy. But many may not have the right conditions to give a puppy the needed attention. As a dog owner, you are promising to take care of and love the dog for its lifetime. Make sure it’s a good match.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Dogs and Teenagers Creating a Healthy Relationship

Dogs and Teenagers Creating a Healthy Relationship
by: Dwight Healer

The family dog (Fido) many times becomes just another chore as kids become teens and their school, sports and other interests start to dominate their lives. Dogs seem relaxed around younger children's inconsistent behavior but as kids appear more like adults this type of interaction can become very stressful to a dog. Being proactive may well avoid the tragic miss treatment of the family dog from immature teens who may believe they have unlimited latitude on how they deal with Fido. Creating an environment for teens and dogs to experience a positive relationship as they both grow older requires a couple ground rules.

First the parent needs to be established as the primary care giver, therefore anything to do with physical care, discipline, and diet is exclusively the parent's decision. These areas of a dog's life need to be conveyed to family members as Fido's core areas of care. When teens understand there are areas of Fido's living experience that they must respect and defer to their parents it gives them a positive structure for interacting with the family dog. Without this structure there is the danger a teen's immature decision making process can lead to excessive stress or even abuse experienced by the family dog. Although the parents are responsible for the core aspects of Fido's care it is important for other family members to share in caring for Fido. Various tasks allow for positive and structured interactions with Fido improving the chance a teen will react properly in random situations that arise. Also when teens are performing tasks or interacting in general with Fido they will learn if the situation crosses into the core areas of the dog's care where they need the parents to become involved. The objective is to reduce the chance, they are coerced by someone or something to handle the dog incorrectly.

Secondly the family dog should be given small areas to sleep and eat that are dedicated for him/her. Because dogs are pack animals keeping them outside excluded from the family is unhealthy for their psychology. A kennel, crate or dog bed will be a place where your dog can retreat to and feel safe while being in the proximity of its surrogate pack mates. Canines sense when areas are dedicated for them and people should avoid commanding the dog to do stuff when they are sleeping our eating in their dedicated space. In turn enforcing off-limit areas for them will be less stressful for Fido. Fido will also be able to sleep and eat better when they sense they are in a space others are not trying to occupy. In conclusion dogs thrive on structure and discipline everything your teens are trying to avoid. Establishing yourself as the boss and following the guidelines for your dog’s basic needs sets the foundation for success in your teens relationship with the family dog. Hopefully your teen will see the family dog as not chore but an experience that enriches the family experience.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Top Five Tips To Reduce Older Dog's Arthritis Symptoms

Top Five Tips To Reduce Older Dog's Arthritis Symptoms
by: Kate Rieger

For older dogs, arthritis can be a debilitating condition that affects their health, wellness, and sense of security. As your dog ages, he may begin to have trouble getting up from a sleeping position, difficulty running or climbing, and have trouble doing the things he "used to" do with ease. Older dogs with arthritis can get some relief from their symptoms, and resume some of their activities in the following ways:

1. Lose weight: For older dogs, arthritis is only one of the issues that can be triggered by an excessive amount of body fat. An overweight dog will suffer more with any arthritic pain. Help your pet lose weight by switching to a "light" dog food, and making sure he gets some gentle exercise. You should also avoid giving your senior dog table scraps—"people food" can be very calorie rich and could contribute to your dog's weight problem.

2. Supplement for joint health: Find a homeopathic supplement that's easy to give to him as well as offer support for joint mobility. A natural supplement can help by alleviating stress on his joints, and help preserve cartilage. Joint supplements are safe and effective for older dogs, and should be added to your dog's health plan as soon as you consider him an "older" dog.

3. Provide a soft bed: Older dogs with arthritis must have a clean, warm and soft bed to help him sleep. If your dog has always slept on the couch, he may not be able to climb up as easily. Put his dog bed in a warm area and make sure the batting is thick and supports his structure. Large breeds may find it easier if the bed is raised a few inches off the ground.

4. Exercise: Encourage your older dog with arthritis to take part in slower gentler exercise routines. A short walk around the block will help keep your dog fit, and help him preserve the muscles in his legs and back.

5. Offer accessibility options: Older dogs with arthritis still need to be a part of the family. If your dog likes to travel in the car, invest in a small pet ramp so he can climb inside without injuring himself. Add accessibility devices like ramps to help your dog get in the truck or on the couch. You may need to offer some support with a strap or harness while your pet is climbing up or down stairs (down can be more difficult for some dogs, as they can't control the speed of their descent).

In older dogs, arthritis is a serious condition that can affect their quality of life if left untreated. Fortunately, arthritis and its effects can generally be dealt with using the techniques above. One of the best things you can do for your older dog with arthritis is to take him to the vet for an evaluation and examination. Your vet will be able to work with you to determine the best treatment plan for your dog.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series -Dog Pet Supplies - Why You Should Go Green For the Sake of Your Dog

Dog Pet Supplies - Why You Should Go Green For the Sake of Your Dog
by: Jackson Golde

If you're looking for dog pet supplies, then have you considered eco friendly, natural care products? Whether you're looking for dog shampoos, conditioners, spot removers or deodorizers, then know that there are "green" versions that not only do what they are supposed to i.e. clean your dog or get rid of it's nasty smell, but come with a heap of other benefits.

Let's take a look at why green and eco friendly is definitely the way to go when it comes to caring for your dog. Not only will you leave your dog looking, feeling and smelling fresh but you'll also be doing it a world of good:

No Toxic Chemicals: You want your dog to be clean, but without risking it's health. Unfortunately, many of the dog shampoos and conditioners that are readily available contain potentially harmful chemicals that can irritate your dogs skin. Sure, they do a good job of getting rid of any dirt, but they often go too far and end up removing too much of the oil in your dogs skin, resulting in irritation or a build up of flakiness. However, if you use good, "green" dog pet supplies, then you won't have this problem. Eco-friendly products contain all natural ingredients that don't irritate your dogs skin or cause any unnatural defects. Your dog will thank you for that more than you can appreciate.

Natural Fragrances: It's all well and good leaving your dog smelling clean and fresh, but is it really so good when it comes out smelling unnaturally synthetic or too un-dog-like? Again, this is another problem with most of the readily available dog products on the market. After all, it is a dog at the end of the day. You don't want it smelling of grime and urine, but at the time you don't want it unnaturally clean. With eco friendly dog care products, not only do they actually care for your dogs coat and skin, but they leave it smelling naturally fresh. Would you rather have a nice fruity smelling dog, or a synthetic smelling dog that smells like hair spray?

Improved Health: If your dog suffers form skin conditions such as oily or flaky skin, then it may not be that you're using bad products, it may be that you're not using products at all. After all, can you imagine how we'd be if we didn't regularly clean ourselves? Eco friendly dog products are likely to be exactly what your dog needs if it currently appears uncomfortable. They are also greatly effective for removing things like ticks and fleas, as well as stopping skin irritation.

Overall, "green" dog pet supplies far out way ordinary dog care products or not using products at all. If you want to leave your dog clean and smelling fresh, without damaging it's health and well being, then eco friendly dog care products are the way to go. Give them a try, you'll notice the difference.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - How to Bathe a Puppy

How to Bathe a Puppy
by: Grace Temple

At first, new puppies are cuddly and smell sweet. But once a few days have passed, the new puppy smell turns to stinky puppy smell. This means it’s time for a puppy bath. Before bathing a puppy, you should make sure that your puppy is eight weeks old or older. You should help your puppy adjust to bath time. Having your puppy sit or stand in the tub may help. If their first puppy bath is a pleasant experience, future baths will be much easier. Before the bath is over, you should make sure that your puppy is completely rinsed. Getting soap in her ears or in her eyes will ruin a first bath.

Although most dogs do enjoy playing in water, they often do not enjoy bath time. Many puppies have very delicate skin and shampoo can irritate them. It is important to use a dog shampoo that is specially formulated for puppies and their sensitive skin. Before bathing a puppy, it is recommended that the puppy be eight weeks old or older. You should only bathe a puppy once a month. An option to get you through weeks without baths is to use puppy wipes, which help you get rid of dirt while giving your puppy a fresh scent.

Breaking in your dog to enjoy baths is important. Your dog will certainly be uncomfortable at first, but if you establish a set routine your dog will feel more comfortable with baths. One suggestion is to allow the dog to sit in a water-filled tub. Pour very small amounts of water on your dog. This will help your dog acclimate to the feeling and temperature of the water. It is very likely that you will not be able to complete a bath your first attempt. You may need to try several times to get your puppy accustomed to the routine.

Before you begin bathing your puppy, make sure you have all the items you will need close at hand. Gather the puppy shampoo, a towel and something to hold water for rinsing. The latter item will help you not get water or soap in your puppy’s eyes or ears. You should also keep cotton balls and a soft cloth nearby. The cotton balls are perfect for cleaning your puppy’s ears. The soft cloth is used to clean your puppy’s face.

Bathing a puppy can become an easy part of a dog owner’s grooming process. It just takes time to create a routine that works for you and your puppy. The first bath is critical for establishing success in the future. The most important thing to remember is to use gentle shampoo on a puppy that is at least eight weeks old or older. Keep the first bath short and focus more on making the puppy comfortable instead of getting him squeaky clean. To make your life easier, have everything you need at your fingertips before you start on your puppy bath adventure.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Facts About Pet Urination---3 Common Reasons For Inappropriate Pet Urination

Facts About Pet Urination---3 Common Reasons For Inappropriate Pet Urination
by: Debbie Davis

Having a pet that urinates when and where they shouldn't is tough. Pinpointing the reason brings you closer to a solution, thus reducing the frequency and the odor. Here are 3 of the most common reasons for inappropriate urination.

Poor House Training---If you pet has come from a shelter, you'll probably never know went on with house breaking before you came on the scene. But unfortunately this can have drastic.

For instance, I was talking with a lady the other day who said her husband trained their dog to think he was a bad dog if he urinated in the yard. As a result the dog would need to be taken on a walk to empty its bladder, or when it couldn't hold it any longer, it would urinate in the house, which made the dog an even worse dog in her husband's eyes.

A poorly trained dog is often the result of human error and the pet's behavior is hard to undo once learned. Unless you are extremely experienced at correcting this kind of behavior, seeking professional help to undo the damage is the best way to proceed.

If, on the other hand, you are getting a brand new puppy, hopefully the story above will make you aware of how important proper training is. Most pets want to please, and when you set the rules so that they can, it makes a happier, healthier relationship between owner and pet; and a cleaner smelling home because you and your pet are on the same page when it comes to appropriate elimination.

Illness---Many times pets can have an underlying illness that has not been diagnosed that is causing frequent and/or uncontrolled urination. Some illnesses that can cause this to happen include bladder infection, diabetes, a blocked urethra, feline leukemia, Vulvovaginal Stenosis in female dogs, and incontinence in older dogs.

One of the side effects of steroids is that they cause pets to drink more which increases their need to urinate; and without a way to let themselves out of the house or enclosure, this can cause accidents to happen inside. Have a veterinarian give your pet a thorough exam to rule out the possibility of an illness causing the behavior.

Behavioral---Many pets, particularly dogs engage in submissive urination. This is their way of letting you know that you're the alpha in the group. This behavior can be genetic, or it can be the reaction of a pet that is afraid, anxious, or one that has been scolded frequently by its owner. It can also be the result of one of the physical issues discussed earlier in this article. So now that you know why, the question is what can be done about it.

If you scold when it is happening, it is likely to continue to occur. If you reward the deed with positive words or actions, it will definitely continue. So probably the best immediate reaction is to ignore the behavior and get professional help to correct the behavior.

Understanding what's causing the problem gets you closer to an effective solution for urine odor. And by minimizing the odor you can enjoy your home and your pet to the fullest.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Cleaning Dog Teeth in Three Easy Steps

Cleaning Dog Teeth in Three Easy Steps
by: Brent Healer

The number one health problem with our pets is becoming a significant issue with dogs. Dog's modern diet and health care is improving, as a result our dogs are living longer. The modern diet is improving the quality of nutrients our dogs are consuming and providing them with longer lives; however the increase in grain products and lack of bone is causing canine's oral health to decline. The extra years in a dog's life is allowing periodontal gum disease to reach levels that are very dangerous and painful to an aging dog. Veterinarians are able to treat dogs with various stages of periodontal disease however simple preventative measures performed by owners at home are the most effective oral care for canines. An immediate effect that should motivate most owners is your dog will have great breath.

Fortunately dog's rarely get cavities or structural damage to the tooth, dog's oral care is mainly affected by bacteria that collect along the gum line forming plaque. If the plaque is not removed minerals in a dog's saliva combine with the plaque and form tarter (calculus) which also forms a protective membrane causing its removal to become difficult. Because plaque starts to mineralize after 3-5 days, daily care is the most effective preventative care for avoiding the need for more extensive treatments from a veterinarian. Dogs who do not receive any oral care at home will develop periodontal disease. Tarter causes inflammation called gingivitis, this condition leads to bone lose in the part of the tooth that anchors it to the gums. As space develops between the tooth and gums pockets form that buildup unhealthy bacteria. Bacteria can now enter the bloodstream through these infected areas as well as the periodontal ligament. These bacteria can cause problems and serious infections in the kidneys, liver and heart.

The good news is with 3 easy steps and a few minutes a week, your dog's teeth and gums can remain healthy and they will have great breath. First apply an oral gel or spray utilizing natural ingredients to remove tarter from the dog's teeth at the gum line. This is usually applied at night every three days. Second brush their teeth daily with toothbrush designed for a dog for approximately 30 seconds, if their teeth are relatively healthy a canine tooth paste is not necessary. You can also use a finger toothbrush, there is no handle, but it fits over your finger and may be easier for some people to use. Third feed them dog treats designed to remove tarter by providing a substitute for the bone missing in their diets. Before beginning your new oral care program photograph their teeth. Use the photos to determine if you are spending enough time on cleaning their teeth. The goal is to keep it simple so you continue the process, the benefits to your dog's health will be great along with their great breath.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - How to Choose the Right Dog Food for Your Canine

How to Choose the Right Dog Food for Your Canine
by: Linda Betarno

A trip to the supermarket can turn into pure confusion when you see the dog food aisle with its countless options. There are dry foods, can foods, and packaged foods. It’s hard to know where to start.

To begin your search for the proper dog food you should concentrate on dry food first. Dry food makes up the bulk of what your canine will eat. Some dogs may never even need to eat canned foods. If you choose to feed your canine canned food, mix it with dry food or provide it simply as an occasional treat. Canned foods can be high in fat.

The first factor of dog food is age. Puppies need special foods that are for puppies only. These foods tend to have a higher fat content to provide energy as well as smaller bits that are easier for puppies to chew. Older dogs may need a food that is geared toward their aging needs. These foods may introduce special oils and minerals that older dogs need to maintain healthy bones and muscles and avoid injury.

Protein, fat and by-products are also important factors when choosing the right dog food for you and your dog. Always read the back of the dog food bag before you buy and serve it. You should look to see what proteins are used. Great foods will state the actual protein source such as chicken or beef whereas lower quality foods may just say meat or poultry. You should also avoid foods that derive protein from plants. These foods may be cheaper, but your dog needs the best protein sources available.

Each day, your dog should receive twenty percent of fat from their food. Dogs use fat to provide them with energy. As long as your dog is getting plenty of exercise, they will burn off this high fat content and convert it to lean muscle. If your dog is overweight or older you may opt for a special diet food that provides a lower fat content. When your dog is overweight it puts strain on his or her bones, joints and heart.

When your dog is healthy you should be able to feel but not see his or her ribs. If you can see your dog’s ribs, increase their food intake or provide a food with a higher fat content. If you cannot feel your dog’s ribs, add more exercise and then consider moving to a special diet dog food. Filler or by-products are also a chief aspect in your dog food selection. Not all by-products are bad as long as they name the source, such as beef or chicken by-products.

When you purchase dog food, remember that cheaper is not always better. The less you spend on dog food may mean higher vet bills because improper nutrition may cause health issues. As mentioned before, always read the back of the dog food. If you are still unsure how to make the right choice, your veterinarian is a great source of information for food recommendations.

You can also ask your vet to recommended types of wet or canned food for treats or to add to your dog’s dry food. If your dog is overweight, your vet may even suggest that you avoid these fattier canned foods for leaner special dry food that will help your dog reach and maintain a proper weight.

Your vet can also advise you on what type, if any, of table scraps you can give your dog. If you do feed your canine table scraps, learn what foods to avoid and consider adding scraps to their bowl at meal time instead of allowing all day snacking. A proper dog diet along with plenty of exercise will help your canine to live a happy and full life.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Why Do Dogs Eat Their Own Poop

Why Do Dogs Eat Their Own Poop
by: Abigail Armstrong

What is basically common among canines is feeding on poop, a medical situation known as Corophagia. While the thought of it truly is enough to make even the toughest grown man cry, for canines it truly is something that may be quite natural. Even though there are usually many theories as well as some evidence which may allow us to understand this perplexing habit of our puppy eating its feces, one point is irrefutable. Not only might Corophagia cause health issues for your puppy, but it might drive a huge wedge in between a dog and their owner.

The number one theory behind why do canines feed on their own poop is the puppy is struggling with many sort of nutritional deficiency. This might be from a lack of sufficient nutrients in their food, or from a medical problem your pet may be suffering from. If you have realized that your dog is eating his or her feces between feedings, the most effective course of action could be to take her or him to the vet to make certain there isn't any medical situation triggering it.

Most vets have found the cause that many dongs eat their own feces is mainly because of the wide variety of dog foods on the market, some fail to provide dogs with the necessary nutrition. Many commercial puppy foods consist primarily of grains and vegetables, which do not provide optimal vitamins to your puppy. Also, the vegetables and grains that are usually included could do more harm than good by basically triggering the enzymes in the puppie's stomach to become imbalanced and affecting proper digestion.

This condition could very well be caused by your canine attempting to eat its feces because this enzyme is lacking and mainly because it truly is an instinctual way to maintain the vitamins the food actually does contain. To prevent this from happening, trying purchasing premium brands of puppy food because they generally contain more of the much needed proteins as well as vegetables and grains and it often keeps canines from looking for other sources for these nutrients.

However, there are other causes that veterinarians have found for why canines will consume their feces, including boredom mainly because the dog has nothing better to do that may keep it occupied enough to prevent corophagia. You could certainly accept this theory as the reason behind the undesirable behavior, and go shopping for a variety of dog toys, but your dog might still persist in the consuming of feces.

Corophagia is also thought to have another cause and some think it might be due to the dog's current environment or maybe the previous environment it could have been in. If corophagia is a problem for a dog which you have recently purchased or maybe received, chances usually are the home it was in recently was unclean and is the cause. A puppy does not like to lay in their own feces, and if kept in uncleaned conditions, the puppy will eat their poop to try and clean the place up. This might be a challenging habit for them to break, even if their new living area is kept spotless.

Although there are other theories that exist on the cause for canines consuming their feces, no one might be completely certain of the exact reason. You might be avoiding your pet's kisses and affection simply because of this awful habit, so it truly is fortunate for puppy owners that there are other ways you could try to get it to refrain from such behaviour.

By simply removing the feces and thus the temptation to eat it, you may be doing the very best thing you could to stop your puppy from the disgusting habit. Remove the feces immediately after the puppy has defecated and get rid of it.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Choosing A Bed To Suit Your Dog

Choosing A Bed To Suit Your Dog
by: Rupert Brown

Alongside a fully functional cage, dog beds are perhaps one of the most vital pieces of dog-owning kit, providing your pooch with a comfortable and safe place to rest. No matter what size, shape, age or breed, every dog needs a place to call their own, a place to retreat to when he/she needs to get away from it all.

Nevertheless, every dog has its own individual requirements when it comes to sleeping arrangements, so take the time to consider your dog's personality and favorite activities before you commit to buying a new bed. If your dog is the 'outdoorsy' type, enjoying frolicking in the mud or working as a gundog, then a waterproof and wipe clean plastic bed could be the most practical option. Whilst this type of bed may seem a little uncomfortable, remember that you can add a washable mattress or thick towel into the bed that can easily be removed and provide that extra bit of comfort for your peace of mind.

From fleece, to suede and cord, soft dog beds come in a variety of materials and are ideal for those that like to pamper their dog. Coming in a range of sizes and colours, soft dog beds can be tailored to fit in with your home furnishings, providing a doggy extension to the home. Smaller donut styles are ideal for smaller dogs, whilst snuggle beds with sides, are perfect for medium to larger sized canine friends.

Innovations in mattress technology have also provided pet stores with the ability to produce memory foam beds for dogs - ideal for older canines with arthritic changes. Fitting perfectly to your dogs shape, these beds can provide a high level of support for dogs suffering with ailments such as sore backs or respiratory issues.

Well we couldn't end the article without talking about boutique, designer dog beds. If your companion enjoys the luxury in life, then a four poster or princess castle dog bed could be just the ticket. Whilst this type of bed is normally reserved for toy breeds, when purchased sensibly they can provide a fun and stylish place to sleep for a spoilt dog.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Do You Have A Smelly Dog? Here's Why

Do You Have A Smelly Dog? Here's Why
by: Davis Messerer

All dog owners obviously love their pets, since they would not be going to so much trouble to keep them otherwise! They are lovable and caring, and can be the perfect friend & companion in sorrow and joy. But maintaining a pet certainly comes with a great deal of responsibility, and one realizes this only in case of extreme circumstances how important it is to take care of everything. Here, I am specifically talking about you in case you have the problem of a Smelly dog.

Irrespective of the breed, or how much you may seemingly ensure that they stay away from places that smell bad, one fact is for certain – dogs are dogs! And no matter what you do, they have a natural tendency of breaking all restrictions and doing the things they love. Unfortunately, this also means that you are going to have more than a couple of instances when you have to see your smelly dog out on the porch and have no choice but to let him in and think of how you can solve the problem. Let's take a look at some of the more common solutions.

First of all, you need to notice the condition of your Smelly dog fur. It may be so that he has visited and played in certain places that have led to dry feces, dirt, or similar foreign substances getting stuck, which carries the odor to your doorstep. However, the foul smell could also be due to medical reasons, as your dog could be suffering from diabetes or any other disease that leads to bad breath as one of its side effects, particularly in case of dental diseases. A damaged anal gland or ear could also be the cause of bad odor coming from your dog, although the medical treatment that is done to cure this disease is extremely painful for the dog! But then again, there's no getting around to it. The more you delay, the worse it would get.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Dog Waste Bags Helps in Cleaner Environment

Dog Waste Bags Helps in Cleaner Environment
by: Farrukh Baig

It is a great feeling of walking outside, the beautiful sunset, the cool breeze and then suddenly realizes that you just stepped in dog waste. No one likes to step in, look at, or smell dog poop that is a fact, the difficult thing is getting the owners of dogs to take a few seconds and pick up the poo. If you own a dog then you probably own waste bag. Just like your baby needs its diapers, your dog needs dog waste bags. This feeling could be totally avoided if dog owners would take responsibility for their pets and start carrying dog waste bags when they take their pets on outings. They are a simple and efficient way to clean up after your dog.

The other beauty of a dog poop bag is that most of them are now biodegradable. This is good because a typical plastic bag can take thousands of years to decompose at a dump. A biodegradable dog waste bag on the other hand, will decompose in approximately three years. The nice thing about the poop bags is that once you get the poop in the bag, you can tie it shut and throw it away. They come in all different colors such as black, red, pink, yellow, orange, purple, blue, and green. And if you want to accessorize your accessory, you can get dog poop bag dispensers in the shape of a bone! The options are endless really.

One of the nice things about dog waste bags is that they are very portable. They are made of light weight plastic and are very durable for the most part. These bags are designed to be carried by the user for when their dog leaves a little present for some unsuspecting passerby. The user can grab the poo with the bag and then either seal it or tie it so that the bag can be handled and thrown away. You don't have to go into the garage to get a shovel, or wash off whatever tool it is that you usually use. They lock in odors so your garbage doesn't stink, and they're an easy way to pick up the poop without smearing it all over your lawn.

Dog waste bags have become so popular because they are so easy to use. Some cities have taken surprising steps to prevent the build up of dog poo in their parks and on their trails; they have installed dispensers with dog waste bags. They are so small and convenient that they are the only answer to cleaning up after your dog on a walk.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - How to Socialize Your Puppy

How to Socialize Your Puppy
by: Linda Betarno

Socializing your new puppy is a fun and entertaining process. You must proceed with caution, however, as these first introductions may affect your puppy’s social behavior for some time to come. A puppy who is allowed free reign in a new introduction may be hard to control, whereas one who is bullied by another dog or frightened by tail pulling children may become nervous in future situations.

The first step to socializing your pup is to take him on regular walks where you will have leash control but he can make some friends. A walk around your neighborhood can help your puppy to meet your neighbors, their children and their dogs. Having your puppy on a leash for these introductions will help you to keep him close, while he explores. If at any time you feel like the situation is frightening for your puppy or if your puppy becomes overexcited, head home for a puppy break.

The next introduction place for your puppy is your local park. Avoid letting strange children pet your puppy unless their parents are right beside them. You never know if a child has allergies or even if that child may pull your puppy’s tail. You should also know that your little guy may try to bite and play with children as he did with his litter mates. For this reason, you may need to put a muzzle on him if you are at all worried about this activity.

Many parks have a dog park within them. These dog parks are sometimes divided into larger and smaller breed areas. This keeps smaller breeds from getting hurt from playing with the larger dogs. Although your puppy is small, if he or she is of a larger breed, you should socialize in the big dog area. After all, your puppy will be playing with these more energetic dogs when he or she is full grown.

Whether the dog park area is joint for big and small dogs or separate, be sure to keep an eye on your puppy at all times. You will have to clean up after him, and you will also need to make sure he does not eat anything that could cause harm. You may even want to walk the dog area over to be sure there are no lurking dangers.

If you have close family members with children, you should set up a special time for those children to come and meet your puppy. Make sure their parents are present and make sure you always stay with your dog around children. Also, don’t let the children feed your puppy as this can cause him to beg and become a nuisance to you and to the children when they visit.

Play dates are a great idea for new parents as well as new pet parents. Meet regularly with one or two friends with dogs. These doggy play dates are a great way to develop some one-on-one puppy friendships. This will also give you an opportunity to discuss puppy specifics such as vets, foods, toys an and training methods.

Every puppy and their pet parent can benefit from a great dog training class. Training classes are a good place to meet other new pet parents and their new pups. These classes will also help you to work with your dog on some basic commands including sit, down, and stay. Teaching your puppy these commands in a public environment can help to foster them listening to you even with other commotions happening. It will also allow the dogs in the class to follow the example of one another.

Socializing your puppy is an important part of his development and training. When in doubt about any puppy behavior, ask your vet.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Ear Infection Dog

Ear Infection Dog
by: Davis Messerer

Do you generally see your dog biting, licking and scratching his dry skin? If yes then you would definitely love to help your pet and like to find out a solution that can overcome such a common problem. In this situation, the idea of taking him to the vet seems like an unnecessary expense. However, it is true that you look out for an immediate alternative to treat your dry dog skin.. The best idea would be to enquire how to safely resolve the problem in order to render a feeling of relaxation to both you and your loving pet.

This article primarily focuses on providing you with the information on two major treatments for dry dog skin. They will definitely help make your little buddy feel better once you use them in a proper manner. Let’s have a keen look at them.

It is quite essential to cure your dry dog skin early. Remember, your little buddy skin can suffer from infections under the surface called "hot spots" if it is left untreated. To be very precise, the irritation of the skin is continued by these hot spots until open sores develop. Hence, try to take a positive action as soon as possible.

Well, if you are giving a regular bath to your pet, then there is also a possibility of experiencing a dry skin. This is because most grooming shampoos can cause the dry skin as they strip away oil from your dog's fur. In such situation, your pet’s fur exposes to dandruff.

Moisturizing Shampoos-Honestly speaking, using a reputable moisturizing shampoo you can resolve your little buddy’s skin problem to a great extent before he develops hot spots and rashes. If your selected shampoo does not work properly then you are strictly advised to instruct your groomer to use the specific shampoo type.

Change Your Pet Food: Undoubtedly, most problems of your pet’s skin directly relate to diet that you are giving him. Personally speaking, you can give your little buddy a complete moisturizing skin by giving him a higher ratio of wet dog food. The idea of upgrading his diet really works when it comes to treating your loving dry dog skin.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - How To Crate Train Your Puppy

How To Crate Train Your Puppy
by: Jon Breskins

You just brought your puppy home and you just can't wait to play with it. But when bedtime comes, or you need to make a quick jaunt to the store, do you want to worry about returning home to a horrid mess? No! That's why puppy crate training can help yours be a happy dog.

When you are thinking about the type of dog you want, think also about their comfort inside your home. A crate is more than just a place to keep your dog, it is their den, their place of security when they are frightened and their special spot. No one else can use it. Make it a place that they can truly enjoy.

On the day that your furry baby comes home, take time to let your puppy familiarize itself with different areas of the house. Be there for your pup to return to the "big dog" for reassurance. Open up the crate and let them explore it, praising them for examining something new and different. Pet them inside the crate, give them a treat. Make this a place that they associate with good feelings, safety and happiness.

Each kind of crate has different features. Wire crates are great for furry dogs. Plastic or polymer crates can be great for travel. Small cloth crates are perfect for teacup dogs. Choose the crate that best suits your dog, its size and the use you need it for.

Crates make it easier for you to potty train your pet. As most dogs despise soiling their sleeping quarters, you can help your puppy learn how to go outside quickly by using crate training at night and immediately letting them out to do their business in the morning. Make sure that you praise their success, and reward them appropriately. This will help them to identify that they need to go outside rather than inside on the floor, carpet or in your shoe.

You can also discourage bad behavior by using the crate as a place for short time outs. This is especially helpful when you are having to deal with the disaster in the living room upon coming home. Or, it can be used to stop the dog from yapping incessantly at the letter carrier.

Bedtime can be a good time for your dog if you use a crate. Rather than having to deal with a dog that constantly jumps up on the bed and steals the sheets, you can get a good nights' sleep. Make sure that the crate is comfortable for your pet and offer them an incentive to go in at night. Praise them for being quiet, and be quick to let them out in the morning so that they do not spend too long in the crate overall.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Commanding Your Fear of Dogs to Heel

Commanding Your Fear of Dogs to Heel
by: Ron Ayalon

Cynophobia is the clinical term for an irrational fear of dogs and it is not a pleasant feeling to experience. Imagine being a mother of a two-year old child and you are walking in the park, pushing your baby along in his stroller, when suddenly you see a dog ahead. His tail is up and wagging, his tongue is lolling to the side as he pants gently, his eyes seem to twinkle and his ears are alert as he looks about for the tennis ball he is supposed to bring back to his human friend.

You panic. Your eyes begin to water, your chest seizes, lungs unable to hold air with breath coming in short, tight bursts. Every muscle in your body tenses with your fight or flight response kicking in and you run! Not far from your car, you lock yourself in safely, tears streaming down your cheeks, stomach in knots, breathing is painful and you look outside… and watch full of despair, yet unable to act, as your baby girl simply sits, alone, in her stroller. If this sounds outrageous, it might surprise you to know it is a true story and one with a happy ending. The terrified mother's mother-in-law was also accompanying them, so baby was safe. For an even happier ending, the young mother was able to overcome her massive phobia of dogs in only eight sessions, a very quick turnaround.

Phobias are anxiety attacks, often brought about by a trigger phrase or visual stimuli, like seeing a dog, which is not based in reality and has very little to do with logical reaction and everything to do with how your brain interprets events or possible events. Usually caused by some past traumatic event, like being attacked by a dog when a toddler, these fears get carried with you and rarely fade away without help. Anyone who does not have cynophobia would have noticed the friendly demeanor of the dog, known there was no danger and walked on by with little more than a smile in its direction. Indeed some may have stopped, pet the friendly dog and played catch for a moment with his owner.

Understand that irrational fear is just that - irrational. It does not go away by just telling yourself that you are being silly. It does not go away by facing dogs head on, it goes away with a bit of help once the brain has been re-taught to assess the situation. This is often called cognitive therapy and it works quite well. There are other methods, too, but cognitive therapy is quick and usually easy.

It begins with logically showing the ridiculousness of the expected outcome, not the fear itself, as it is far from funny. If the fear is that the dog will attack, maim and kill, then that is what the brain is absolutely convinced will happen. But what of those times when the sufferer has seen a dog and nothing happened? Had s/he seen a dog before? The answer of course is yes, and yet s/he is still alive. Ah, says the anxious victim, but that is because I ran and locked myself in a car. At this point, it is up to the counselor to expose the fear, argue otherwise and offer control of the situation by supplying the sufferer with alternative thoughts, positive ones, to replace the negative and also teach some coping mechanisms, like deep breathing and exercises to release tension.

Eventually, the cynophobe is reintroduced to dogs and, now understanding the fear and having devices with which to cope, a new dimension to life is found. This explanation was slightly over simplified, but not by much. With the correct help, the fear can be combated more easily than ever expected, increasing quality of life and empowering the anxiety sufferer to conquer their fear forever.

To give this story an even happier ending: the woman went on to one day own dogs of her own!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Tips To A Pet Sitter For Handling Difficult Pets

Tips To A Pet Sitter For Handling Difficult Pets
by: Rex Smith

It doesn’t always become possible to live with the pet. At some point of time in our lives, it becomes necessary to leave the pet behind. For instance, when you have to go for a work trip or when you are taking a vacation, in such cases, there is no other way than to leave the pet all alone at home under the supervision of a pet sitter. Thus finding the right pet sitter is essential in keeping your pet happy when you’re away from your home.

Pet sitting services is located all over the world and thus pet owners nowadays are breathing a sigh of relief. Now, they no longer have to depend upon their relatives or friends to take care of their pets. Now the pet owners have the option of pet sitters who are easily available and reliable.

Now, let us deal with the problems that a pet sitter may come across with difficult pets. Read the following tips and make your pet sitting experience less traumatic.

The very first thing that you need to establish as a pet sitter is that you need to connect to the pet's mind at first sight. It is essential to make the pet know that you’re not scared of him. You can best do this by looking straight to his eyes when you speak to him. Call him by his name.

Never try reasoning with the pet. They basically do not understand human language. They only understand few words like ‘sit’, ‘no’, ‘stay’ and such others. But always remember to use these words in an authoritative tone. If the pet responds properly, praise him then and there by telling him ‘nice dog’ or ‘good boy’. It would be a great idea to reward the pet by stroking and petting him or by just giving him any of his favorite food.

Animals sometimes misbehave just to get attention. You may come across situations when the pet may act obstinate, wet the floor or chew up things. If this is something abnormal for the pet, don’t panic. Always remember that the owner is gone and that seeing a stranger in his owner’s place makes him angrier. This is the time when the pet sitters need to act generously with the pet, giving him ample time and attention just to help him relieve his unease. Once he starts realizing that he has nothing to be scared of, he would start acting friendly with you.

Pet sitting becomes difficult when the pet goes out of control. In such cases, never hit the pet. You can place him outside the house in a fenced yard or just chain him. If you don’t find this idea of placing him outside to be a secured one, you can place him in a closed room. Go to the pet after few minutes to check out his behavior. If he keeps on continuing in the same manner, don’t let him out or free him. Once the pet understands that you will not change your mind, he will start behaving accordingly. However, this may take some time for the pet to understand. So, always have patience.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Traveling Safely By Car With Your Dog

Traveling Safely By Car With Your Dog
by: Ron Ayalon

When we think of dogs going with us for rides in the car, most of us get the same image: a group of dogs or one, riding with his head out the window, tongue hanging down as he captures every drop of air, blissfully enjoying the wind in his face. Most of us smile when we see this. But did you know that this is not safe for him, or for you, the driver? Below you will find information to educate you about the benefits of safe travel, and some tips to help you avoid needless stress, injury, or worse.

Why be safe with your dog in the car? Isn't he a safe just sitting in the back?

It is always a good idea to be safe in the car with any animal. Accidents can happen and just like people, animals can become severely injured or die in car accidents if they are not properly looked after. While he may be sitting easily on your backseat for now, if you have to stop suddenly, he may find himself thrown around and into something dangerous or into you. A nervous or excitable dog may try to climb his way into the front seat with you, causing an accident.

So what options do you have for traveling safely?

As the dog owner, you have a surprising array of products designed to help you travel safely. Here are just a few:

• If your vehicle is big enough, a crate or pet carrier is the ideal choice. It will limit your dog's mobility, while providing him or her with protection and comfort. Just be sure to secure it once it is inside the car.

• Seatbelts and harnesses - If you don't like the idea of crating your dog, a doggie seatbelt or harness is another option. This will keep him in one place while the car is in motion and prevent him from getting injured in a sudden stop. These connect up with the car's pre-existing belt configuration and so they are surprisingly easy to use.

• Car seats - If you have a smaller dog, a car seat is a great option. It provides safety and comfort similar to the harness, but in a seat. Like car seats for babies, these hook up easily into the car. And as is the case with all car seats, a height and weight restriction means that unfortunately your 65 pound German Shepherd or 100+ pound Bull Mastiff won't enjoy the benefits of this seat.

• A divider with one of the above - A simple dividing object between the front and back seats will prevent your dog from interrupting your driving, but does little to secure him. If you choose to use a divider, please also use some method of restraint.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to make your next car ride safer. But there are a few common sense tips to keep in mind during any outing in a vehicle with your dog:

• Always have tags on your dog and/or a microchip. Should your dog run away during an accident or for any other reason, it will be easier for others to return him to you.

• Get your dog used to car travel if he is nervous, especially before a big trip. Short trips while 'assisting' you to the grocery store or the neighbor's house is an easy start. A trip to the Vet's office or in the event of emergency shouldn't be his first ride in the car.

• If your dog gets carsick, feed him a few hours before leaving and feed him minimally (if at all) on the road.

• If you must take a truck, have the dog in the cab with you and use a seatbelt, or place him in a crate. Using similar tie downs you would use to secure any heavy object, such as furniture (ones with either clamps or clips), tie the crate tightly to the truck bed to prevent it from sliding or falling. More deaths happen every year because dogs jump or are thrown out of truck beds.

If you follow these simple and easy tips and steps, traveling with your dog will not only be loads of fun, but safe. Fill your vacation with happy memories, not stress and worry or disaster.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - How to Home Train Your Puppy

How to Home Train Your Puppy
by: Michel Gerard

Having a new puppy can be very exciting and fun. However, it also requires a bit of adjustment, both for you and your new little bundle of joy. In order to help your pet adapt to its new home, you need to do some puppy home training. There are a lot of ways to do this. In fact, there are tons of information available online. You can read, research, and Google it on the net. For starters though, here are a few tips that you should do when training your puppy at home.

If you're a busy person or if you're out most of the time during the day, you can train your puppy using the paper method. Here, paper is used to mark the locations where the puppy can stay and do their peeing and releasing of bowels. Initially, the room where your puppy stays should be packed with paper. As time goes by, the paper is decreased, limiting the area where the puppy can release its bowels and urine.

The paper method is actually time consuming and requires plenty of patience from you. Consistency and firmness is needed in order for it to work. If your puppy performs well, don't forget to reward him with a treat.

Another method of home training is to watch your puppy's cycle of releasing urine or bowels. For normal puppies, you can expect them to release once every forty five minutes. So if it's time for him to release, immediately bring your puppy to his potty tray. Doing this habitually will teach the puppy the correct place to release his poop.

Spending time with your pet is also an essential part of training. If you allot enough time to spend with your puppy, his progress will speed up drastically. If you're always out during weekdays, then free up your weekends so you can play with him. This way, the puppy will also get used to your presence.

During your time with your puppy, always keep in mind that mutual respect between you and your puppy is very important. Never try to punish your puppy whenever he does not follow you; instead, reward him if he does something good. Punishing your new pet will not speed up his progress. The puppy would just respect you out of fear, which might make him violent in the long run.

Also, be consistent with his feeding time. Never feed him before sleeping and always take out his feeding bowl and drinking bowl when it's time for bed. This way, you could monitor your puppies' digestion and predict the time when he is able to release.

And a final reminder: nourish your bond with your pet. Training might require a lot patience and time but it will eventually pay off if you put some effort to it. Give your puppy the proper care he deserves, feed him regularly, spend enough time with him, and give him due respect, and he will grow to be a good pet -- one who respects and loves you as his master and friend.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Toxic To Dogs, Zinc In Pennies Is Harmful To Dogs

Toxic To Dogs, Zinc In Pennies Is Harmful To Dogs
by: Dwight Healer

Zinc is a trace element obligatory for the operation of more than seventy metalloenzymes in an animal's body. A dog's physiology requires certain amounts of zinc, but the consumption of materials containing zinc will usually create toxic levels. This metal is found in many items, including galvanized surfaces, batteries, wood preservatives, screws and nuts, supplements, creams, and many others. Since 1983, the penny has been consisting of approximately 96% zinc ( 2,440 mg / penny ). Consumption of pennies is the most typically recognized reason for zinc intoxication in dogs. A penny's shinny copper color draws the attention of canines who will at the least need to sniff the coins when left in a location dogs have access to. A coins texture and size appears to draw both children and dogs to placing the coin in their mouths. The swallowing is generally accidental but a common end result to the coin being in the mouth.

The LD50 of zinc salts is 100 mg / kg ( approximately one penny for a 50-lb dog ). Once ingested, the acidic environment of the belly leads to formation of zinc salts, which are then soaked up in the duodenum and distributed to several tissues. The chemical reaction between zinc and stomach acid ( hydrochloric acid ) is analogous to that in wet cell batteries and would likely be caustic to the stomach lining. A survey by the North American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Animal Poison Control Center revealed that the most typical signs were anemia ( 72% ), depression ( 66% ), barfing ( 61% ), hemolysis ( 33% ), hemoglobinuria ( 22% ), and renal aberrations ( 22% ).

Elimination of zinc is generally fecal through pancreatic excretions, bile, and gastrointestinal ( GI ) mucosa, though some is also eliminated through pee. At this dose, zinc can cause a variety of signs based primarily on potential effects on red blood cell production, kidneys, pancreas, GI mucosa, and possible liver damage. The categorical mechanism of hemolysis isn't known but the damage to red blood cells causes the release of hemoglobin into a dog's body. Chances include direct red blood cell damage to membranes, damage to organelles, immune-mediated destruction from hapten formation, or inhibition of biochemical functions required for protection of red blood cells.

Dog owners should seek medical assistance from their vets when a dog has ingested metal objects noting that pennies and zinc are extremely harmful and need immediate treatment. It is crucial to keep circulation to the kidneys at acceptable levels to prevent renal failure. The University of Maryland suggests administering lots of fluids. Preferably milk must be taken as a fast first aid. Dogs enjoy the flavor of milk and owners should be able to get their dog's to consume acceptable amounts to attenuate the interplay of stomach acid and the metal ingested. Emergency vet facilities should be able to perform nasogastric suction or gastric lavage, by which the contents of the gut are washed out, this procedure, could be resorted to depending on the seriousness of poisoning. Antidotes are also administered to reverse the effects of zinc poisoning. In dogs with severe anemia and hypocupremia, transfusion of red blood cells and measurement of ceruloplasmin and serum copper are done.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Dog Owners Interested In Dog Health Need To Know This

Dog Owners Interested In Dog Health Need To Know This
by: Dwight Healer

Dog owner's interested in creating a healthy lifestyle for their hounds has become a common notion in modern dog ownership. The trend has triggered the availability of natural nutrient dense dog foods and nutritional supplements designed specifically for the canine biology. The effective use of these products requires identifying certain conditions of your dog's health and age. Calculating your dog's age relative to humans is important to creating an effective health care plan. However the canine aging process has been over simplified making its application to chronic disease prevention a lot less effective. Know a dog's actual relative age is critical to establishing a health care plan that will effectively reduce the odds of chronic disease. A dog's health care plan needs to adjust throughout their various stages of life.

A dog's rate of aging or aging profile varies according to their adult size. Breed specific life expectancy tables should be used to determine what stage of life a dog's biology is experiencing. Methodologies in health and disease prevention for various stages of humans usually are applicable to canines since dogs age similar to humans. There are 2 features of the canine aging process that require a special attention and are critical to disease prevention and lifestyle choices.

First, the initial 1 to 2 years of a dog's life represent some 18 to 25 years of their bodies development. This means a poor to average diet for just 6 months to a 1 year of a puppy's life can have dramatic effects on their long term health, dog health is affected by very short time frames. Research indicates owners commonly over estimate their dog's true life expectancy and therefore associate the incorrect amount of time for each stage of their dog's life. For these reasons owners fail to apply the appropriate healthcare that would maximize the odds of preventing chronic diseases and other age appropriate ailments.

Subsequent to correctly identifying your hound's proper stage of life, owners need to adjust diet, exercise, and nutritional supplementation as well. While certain measures of canine care such have cleaning your dog's teeth remains constant diet and types of nutrient supplementation need to be adjusted. A dog's health is highly dependent on the attributes of their diet. Dog nutrition science has been responsible for the development of some very effective supplements including dog vitamin products. The modern canine diet can now be adjusted and supplemented to provide targeted nutrition based on a dog's particular stage of life. Chronic disease prevention in addition to physical health and vitality can be achieved via nutritional supplements and nutrient dense natural dog foods.

In conclusion, owners need to utilize scientific breed specific data to determine their dog's life expectancy and stages of life. Veterinarian's knowledge of this info is relatively unreliable; I suggest referencing websites dedicated to the science and research of determining canine life expectancies. Your dog's ailments need to be addressed without delay. Health problems can create irreversible damage to canine's organs a great deal faster than in humans. To a great extent owners have the ability to provide their dogs a quality of life and longevity the domesticated dog has never really enjoyed.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Canine Vitamins Advance The Prevention Of Chronic Disease And Bestow Physical Health and Vitality

Canine Vitamins Advance The Prevention Of Chronic Disease And Bestow Physical Health and Vitality
 by: Dwight Healer
The use of vitamins for a dog's nutritional needs is getting more prevalent as owners of pets discover their benefits to dog Health. A dog's relative quicker process of getting older increases the effects of nutrients introduceded thru vitamins added to a dog's diet. A large percentage of canines are fed commercially produced foods, plenty of which don't take care of the complicated diet necessities of canines. These dog foods do offer a good foundation for a dog's diet however it is unfeasible for these foods to provide many nutrient elements that help a dog's physiology. Even those dog foods considered in the higher echelon of quality foods don't always cover all the bases for every dog's nutritional needs.

Factors that affect the particular nutritive requirments of a dog would be age, size, breed, and daily activity. All dog's will find advantages in a regular supplement beginning as puppies. Bone expansion and condition, vision, metabolism and joint health are seriously assisted by including vitamins in dog's diet. Vital to selecting key vitamins for your hound is choosing supplements that contain tissue ready forms of nutrient elements. A majority of dog daily supplements are products designed for humans repackaged for pets. These supplements provide a fraction of the health benefits as nutrient elements that are specially designed for a dog's biology.

As an example glucosamine and chondroitin are becoming widely known for their highly valuable health benefits to humans and dogs. However humans benefit from glucosamine extracted from shell fish while a dog's biology requires Glucosamine derived from the fungus Aspergillus Niger. Glucosamine supports a dog's joint health by turbocharging the volume and density of the synovial fluid surrounding the joints, allowing the joint's surface to be shielded and induced to heal when damaged. Healthy and intact joints support complete bone health, thereby encouraging extended healthy movement for an active dog.

A dog's health and vitality is buttressed by many of the well-known vitamins. Vitamin C is superb for the skin, fights off infection helping to maintain the immune system. In combination with vitamin D, it helps in the natural creation of collagen which fortifies ligaments and tendons. B-12 aids in keeping up the appetite and vitamin E has anti-inflammatory benefits while reinforcing the disposition of the foot pads. Antioxidants provide curative features while acting as a natural shield against illness.

starting a good regime for young dogs and continuing the routine thru adultness gives a healthy foundation from which the dogs body can grow and age with the absolute best state of health. Vitamins for dog health work to sustain not just the present condition of the dog, but also help to prevent the development and onset of many diseases. Today's dog food combined with modern veterinarian care is providing dogs the longest life span they have ever experienced. Because of this dogs need to be feed high quality daily supplements designed with synergistic mixes of nutrients that support their natural physical vitality and health.

When choosing vitamins for dog nutrition, it is extremely important to consider only those compounded for canines. Human vitamins may be harmful for dogs due to express nutritional 1s and the possibility of overdose. Be looking for pointless added fillers and choose only those vitamins with the finest ingredients. In order to provide the best possible life, quality food should be accompanied by top of the range vitamins, lots of fresh water and daily exercise.