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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.