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It's A Dog's Life - YOUR Dog's! Newsletter, Issue #014 - Shedding
December 15, 2006
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Issue 14

Table of Contents



Shedding

Training your dog not to weep

SKUNK




Shedding, ways to keep fur from flying

Regardless of the length of coat your dog has when summer gets here, they all shed, some more than others of course. Loosing that winter coat can mean having thousands of dog hairs floating around your house per day.

Try these tips to help keep the dog's coat clean and your house “hair free”:

1. Ask any professional what the best thing to do when your dog is shedding and they will all invariable agree that brushing your dog on a regular basis during shedding season is by far the best thing that you can do.

2. Brush very deeply with firm strokes. Use short strokes instead of long ones because they penetrate the coat more thoroughly.

3. Go against the direction of the growth as you brush the second time around. This will help loosen any hair that you may have missed on your first round of deep brushing.

4. A second brushing technique is to use a comb to brush the dog after you have deep cleaned him with the first 2 brushes.

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Training your dog not to weep when you leave the house

When you leave your dog behind when going out of the house, does she cry and weep like there is it is the end of the world? Although it is sad to see, virtually everyone's pet dog becomes upset to see his or her owners leave home, even for a moment.

Below are some ways that veterinarians recommend to help ease the pain of separation:

Step (1) Leave the house without leaving the house. As simple as this method is, most dog owners overlook it. Choose a room in your house to put your dog in where you can open and close the door. Give your dog a treat and leave the room for a minute, while shutting the door behind you. After just a minute goes by, return to the room to greet your dog. In your dog's mind it will feel like that one minute was an entire week. The next time you practice this training method, increase the time away to 5 minutes, then 10, etc., until you reach the point where you can spend a couple of hours without the dog crying.

Step (2) Take short breaks outside of the home. Now that your puppy is able to withstand periods of time away from you in the room, take it to the next level and physically leave the front door of your house for 15 minutes at a time. Be sure not to make a big deal of your departure by coddling her. Just leave her a special treat and take a break from the house. This way the dog will not think it is any big deal that you are leaving and with a nice chewy treat left behind, she may even look forward to your departures.

Step (3) Repeat! As you can see it is not an extraordinary painful ordeal to reprogram your dog's mind not to be fearful and anxious when you are away. You should repeat the steps above until your pet is totally comfortable with you departing. And above all, please make sure that you take the advice of leaving something chewy and special behind when you are away. This can cut training time in half in virtually any breed.

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How to clean your dog of SKUNK spray

Dogs will be dogs and that includes smelling bad after having wondered outside to play in nature. However, there are those rare occasions when he ventured into something a little more on the yucky side – a Skunk!

1. Be sure to look first at your dog's eyes to check for saturation of the skunk spray. “It won't make him blind, but it's very painful” You can wash out the your dog's eyes with the same solution people would use to provide relief.

2. Wash your dog thoroughly, but do so only outside! If you wash your dog inside of the house then the nasty smell of skunk will be around for weeks.

3. It's time for tomato juice! Experts are not sure just how it works, but pouring tomato juice on your dog and rubbing it in does wonders for chasing away that skunk smell.

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