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.