February 21, 2015

February 21, 2015
14 Surprising Things You May Be
Doing Wrong With Your Dog
Part 2

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Saturday and we hope you have had a beary safe and great week. Dab the AIDS Bear and I are still resting after a very bad case of the flu and fluid in our lungs.

Many people have pets. I have always preferred dogs myself. But I recently read an interesting article that I might be doing some wrong things for my dogs which I started yesterday and would like to finish up today. If you have not read yesterday's blog yet, please read it first.

#8 Bath Time Blues
Bathing your dog too often can actually cause excessive dryness and do more harm than good. There are many alternatives to a full bath that you might want to consider. You can use doggy bathing wipes for a quick fix or a waterless shampoo. Sometimes a good doggy deodorant spray and brushing can curb the need for a full bath. Also consider cleaning out your dogís ears and jowls as well if they have a bit of an odor.

#9 The Little Acrobat
Smaller dogs may seem like little jumping beans but allowing them to take flying leaps off high furniture can negatively effect their joints later in life. Consider stairs for smaller dogs to help preserve healthy hips and joints

#10 Collar Me Bad
When it comes to getting a collar for your dog you must consider your dogís breed and his particular needs. One size does not fit all! For example, pug like dogs need a harness that controls from the underarm instead of the neck due to their short snout. Talk to your vet and do your research. Itís important to have control during a walk without doing damage, obstructing breathing or making it unpleasant and uncomfortable for your dog.

#11 Neglected Nails
Itís easy to forget about trimming your dogís nails but itís something that has to be a priority. Nails that are too long can effect a dogís gait and it canít be overlooked. When trimming your dogís nails be sure not to cut too short. Itís important to find the vein that runs through the nail and be careful not to cut beyond that point. If you or your dog have some reservations about the process then you can go to a groomer or your vet.

#12 Crate Me Happy
Choosing the wrong size crate for your dog can mean the difference between success and disaster. A crate that is too big will not allow the dog to have a ďdenningĒ experience. An oversized crate will also make potty training far more difficult considering they can move away from any accidents they have. When a crate is too small it can cause anxiety and will not be a calming place for your dog. Your dog should be able to comfortably stand and turn completely around in the crate.

#13 Grandma says "just rub their nose in it"
This is a commonly referred to method of discipline when an accident in the house occurs. This is also not a good way to make your point. Rubbing a dog's nose in its urine could cause fear associated with the urge to eliminate and itís not likely at all that they are getting the message you are trying to send.

#14 Staring Problem Have you ever been walking your dog and suddenly he freezes while locking eyes on another dog or a specific object? This is your dog fixating and itís not something to just ignore. Fixating can lead to unwanted or erratic behaviors. When you notice your dog fixating itís important to break their concentration with a tap, vocal cue or a leash lead.

Hope these tips help you and your pet have a beary happy life together and wishing you both a beary great Saturday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab