Canine First Aid Kit

Everyone should have this kit in their home as well as in their cars.

First Aid Kit should include:

Thermometer
Sterile lubrication
2″ x 2″ gauze bandages
3″ x 3″ gauze bandages
2″ x 4.1 yd conforming gauze roll bandage
3″ x 4.1 yd conforming gauze roll bandage
Burn relief gel pack
Antiseptic cleansing wipes
4 ox hydrogen peroxide
Iodine
1″ x 5 yd First Aid tape
Antibiotic ointment packs
Scissors
10cc syringe
Tweezers
Large exam vinyl gloves
5″ x 9″ trauma pads
2″ x 5 yd cohesive bandage wrap
Insect sting relief pads
Fly spray
Towels

This should also include bottled water and small container of their own food ( size depends on how long and how far from home traveling)

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People, Please!! Wake up!!

I really don’t understand what more we all need to see, hear and read before we wake up to the truth.  The facts are all but smacking us in the face, over and over again.  There are groups rallying to stop the illnesses and deaths but yet people are still continuing to support these companies.  Are they thinking it is a scam?  Maybe that it couldn’t happen to them? That it is only cheap dog food or treats?  I have news for you.  It is all yet none of the above.

The factories in China are miles long.  Nothing is segregated inside those factories, hence the contamination of our baby formula etc.  There are no standards.  Why do you think it is so cheap for companies to send their goods there?  I’ll tell you why.  Because every company that does business in China has no regard for its consumer.  They willingly dropped their standards and quality to save a few dollars.  I hope it was worth all the jobs and lives lost for those few dollars.

This lack of standards shows in our dog food.  Once again, I am stating that any food, pet or otherwise, that states “Made in China” or “Imported for…..” should be left on the shelf!!  Your health and that of your beloved pet is NOT worth the health risk.  If economics is a factor, there are alternatives.  Wal-Mart carries a Canadian made, gluten free dog food that runs about $38 for a 40 lb bag.  It is quite a good food.  Again, there are alternatives to taking the risk.

 

 

 

 

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Natural Bug Spray for Dogs

Bug Spray for Dogs

Equal parts of listerine (the brown generic one)
apple cider vinegar,
water
1/2 the amount of the other ingredients of Avon’s Skin So Soft Bath Oil.
Put this in a spray bottle and shake well before using.
Spritz them all over, brush into skin then wipe with towel.

I have left out the apple cider vinegar and it works just as well.
This spray also will repel gnats etc on people.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Natural Flea Remedies

Natural sprays to help combat fleas without the need for pesticides.

A natural mix , it consist of 5 drops of each therapeutic grade oils
lavender, peppermint, lemongrass, spearmint, sage, thyme and geranium oil
Mix the drops in 8oz distilled water and add vegetable glycerin to blend ,dissolve the oils , preferably keep that in a dark ,amber spray bottle .
Can be applied every third day but is ok to apply it as needed

OR

In a 16 oz spray bottle add:
4 cap fulls of Tea Tree Oil
2 cap of Oil of Citrinella or 1 cap of Oil of cedar (which ever you can find)
1 cap of Lemon Grass, or Rosemary or Geranium.
Fill spayer with water and shake well before spraying – can be used daily

These oils are very fragrent and you will need to smell to see which combos suit you aromatically and creat your own combination.

This spray can also be used on yourself if going outside. :)

 
 

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Ignorance Is Not Bliss

I have been professionally training dogs for about 15 years now.  Now my clients can range from 12 week old Yorkshire Terriers, to 4 year old Great Danes.  Working breeds, hounds, companion dogs and of course the herding group.  You name it; I have pretty much trained it.  But regardless of the breed or mix of my canine client, I am constantly astounded by their human counterpart.

Yep.  The human client is the one I am usually left speechless with.  And you would think that after all these years I would have seen and heard it all, but nope.  I am still floored by what some people say.  Ok.  To be fair, I realize that not everyone researches canine behaviour as much as those that are working with dogs every day.  I will give them that.  However, as an owner, you should be aware and know what signals your dog is giving you so you can either praise or correct any good or inappropriate behaviour before it become a habit.

I have to say the biggest myth I constantly hear is that your dog loves everyone and would never hurt a fly.  Please people, use your heads. 

My rules are simple to remember: 

1) Your dog is an animal first 

2)  Your dog is your pet second

As for the question often asked when I take my guys out is if they bite.  My answer may sound glib but in all honesty, it is the truth.  ‘They haven’t yet, but they have the tools to do so’.  This answer is not to project some sort of macho stereotype to any particular breed of dog because, quite frankly, having a dog that bites is not something anyone should be proud of or want in our households.  The answer is to make all of us aware that they are animals and we as a society tend to humanize them and forget that fact.  Most cases of dog bites are through neglect.  Yes, neglect. 

WE neglect to see the signs THEY are giving us!

We approach THEM with direct eye contact and usually smiling which means we are baring our teeth.  Now stop and think about that for a minute.  Picture how we must look to the dog: we are coming right at them, usually directly in front of them and then reach over their heads.  Each and every one of these steps every owner should yell NO!! when they see it.  Not as a response to their dog, but to the stranger approaching their dog in such an aggressive manner.

Approaching a dog in this manner may get you bitten by even the gentlest old soul out there.  Approaching a strange dog for the first time should always be done towards the side of the dog and not head-on or from behind.  Second, never maintain direct eye contact as the dog will perceive that as an act of aggression as you are asserting your authority over him and he will feel threatened and may act accordingly.  Thirdly, when you do reach out to pet him, present the back of your hand, let him sniff and usually most dogs step in to get more.  DO NOT pet the top of their heads.  After he has sniffed your hand, turn it and scratch him under his chin and neck, and then you can travel up to the ears and head.  To reach over the top of their heads is also an aggressive move. If he were approached by another dog and the dog laid his head across his shoulders or tried to stand over him, the other dog is telling the first that he is boss and the first dog must submit.  This can be followed by a scuffle between the two.

This is just a small taste of the different things that WE do every day to provoke a dog to bite.  One of the best ways to learn dog behaviour is just to watch them interact.  You will learn so much when you take the time to simply watch their behaviour when in the company of another dog(s).

And please remember that dogs don’t see our intentions any different than if we were another dog approaching.  We are not special in the fact that we are human and our ignorance will all be forgiven.  We must learn how to read what our dogs are telling use.  And they always tell us something, every time we see and/or interact with them.  The majority of us just don’t take the time to figure out what they are saying.

 

 

 

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What to be Aware of When Looking for a Breeder

So what makes a good breeder?  What should we look for when looking for a breeder?  What things should we be aware of that should raise red flags for us and warns us to stay away?  These are some of the  questions I also hear often as a trainer. 
 
Generally speaking, a good breeder will list all health tests and pedigrees.  They show their dogs in conformation and/or obedience etc.  Depending on their breed, they may work them too.  They don’t usually have litters all that often, generally 2 litters a year, some even less than that.  They want a relationship with their puppy buyers.  They have a detailed puppy application and along with this will also be copious phone calls and emails.  There may also be a lengthy waiting list for one of their pups.  A sure-fire sign is in how hard it is to acquire one of their pups.
 
They usually try and pair up the right pup with the right family ratherthan first deposit gets first pup etc.  Deposits are held only if an appropriate pup is whelped.  If that arrangement does not work out, then the deposit is returned.  The health tests that are done are usually more than just the bare minimum.  Health and temperament are very important factors and their sites generally portray as such.
 
Some of the signs of a questionable breeder could be regularly having litters or always having puppies available.  Taking non-refundable deposits, especially if that deposit is half the price of the pup.  They don’t work with their dogs in any venue.  No conformation, obedience etc.   
 
No screening of their pups future family.  If you can pay for a pup, you can have one.  Their site wil generally state “will ship anywhere” which can also be a red flag.  They don’t usually list pedigrees of their dogs or post “ask for pedigree details”.  A reputable breeder is proud of their dogs and where they came from so they usually post pedigrees or all pertinent information. 
 
Now just because a breeder may do one of these things, good or bad, does not make them a good or bad breeder.  You must take they picture as a whole but these tips are some place to start when looking for a breeder.
 
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Responsibilities

We all have many responsibilities in life.  If a parent, then the responsibility of ensuring our children grow up grounded in the knowledge they are loved, respected and appreciated.  That they know how to use utensils properly with proper table etiquette and are polite and respectful, especially to our elders.  That they have morals and good family values and they grow up to be law abiding citizens and stand up for themselves and what they believe in.  That they have the ability to take all information available to them and make their own minds up as to what is right or wrong.  This is just the tip of the iceberg as the list is endless when it comes to our children.
 
We have work and home responsibilities.  We are responsible for ensuring we do our job properly and thoroughly, are punctual and respectful to others or we won’t have that job for very much longer.  At home, we have the responsibility of doing everyday mundane jobs like laundry and the dishes.  The consquences of not doing them is no clean clothes or clean dishes.  There is also the responsibility of paying the bills.  I happen to have taken a shine to having heat and electricity.  Not to mention car insurance, vehicle expenses…oh yeah..food. 
 
 
As a dog owner,I fully believe that every time I leave the house, my dogs and I are ambassadors for the breed.  As such, I have always ensured they have proper training and socialization so they would always be welcome in any venue as polite member of society.  I, as their owner, am responsible in ensuring they are able to mingle in any setting, whether it is with the older generation, toddlers and other dogs and animals.  It is my responsibility to spread good news about my breed(s) and dispel any myths about them and dogs in general, as it should be for every other dog owner out there.
 
Breed Specific Legislation.  The concept seems simple enough doesn’t it?  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Now any dog  bite is wrong…there is no two ways about that.  Those who oppose BSL are not arguing that point.  What we are arguing is why punish all for the few.
 
The media has latched onto a couple of stories like the sensational, biased leaches they are and have made a mountain out of a mole hill.  Don’t the media have a responsibility to relate the whole story, not just one side? What happened to unbiased news?  “The facts, nothing but the facts”.
 
We have statistics shoved at us that there have been X amount of pit bull bites over X amount of years.  Fair enough…but how about the whole picture?  How many pit bulls actually live in that area?  Does that geographic area area only have those X amount of pits or are there hundreds of them?  It is all relative and pertinent information that is not being shared.  The statistics that are being given should include all of the stats and information and not just the parts that support their stance.
 
 
Now I have read many, many articles on BSL and am disheartened to read over and over again that these days are killed before any studies can be done on them.  When will we understand that a dead dog will tell no tales?  Is it a breed issue like some organizations would like us to believe?  Or is it a case of the wrong people owning the wrong dog?  If given the opportunity to study the dogs behaviour, we might get some answers.  It may be a medical issue for others.  That could explain much too.  But again, unless the dog is left alive, we will never find the answers.  To condemn and put to death before any answers are found is irresponsible of us as a society.  None of us want to hear of our dogs biting someone, so to learn from those that have, would make sense so we can help prevent more bites from happening in the future.
 
Trouble is, banning a particular breed doens’t work.  Sure, there may be a drop in that particular breed in regards to biting incidences, but there is always another breed to tickle the public’s fancy to take its place.  Can you see where I am heading with this?  Yep, you guessed it…the banning of dogs altogether.  Wait a minute!  Isn’t that what PETA, HSUS and the other AR’s(Animal Rights) have been screaming about all along?  Makes you wonder who started the BSL in the first place doesn’t it?
 
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