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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.