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It's A Dog's Life - YOUR Dog's! Newsletter, Issue #010 - Dog Health
August 15, 2006
Save your dog's life with dog first aid!
Whether you're new to dog ownership, or a long-time friend; have a puppy, or care for a senior dog; own a purebred, or a cross from the rescue center; regardless of your situation, your dog is precious to you.
You want only the best for your dog, just like you want the best for every member of your family. This newsletter has the information and resources you need to give your dog the best -- the best of health, the best of safety, the best of lifelong wellbeing.
With some prevention and some planning, you can keep your dog healthy and safe, for years to come.
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Table of Contents
Dogs and Children
How to control and ease your dog's vomiting
It's a dog's duty to wonder into everything his face can find. You have to love their enthusiasm to wonder into adventures but sometimes that enthusiasm gets your dog into something that will cause vomiting.
1. After your dog has had the worst of his vomiting sessions over with, be sure to keep his water bowl full to ease his stomach.
2. If your dog is vomiting, then refrain from giving him any food for an entire 24-hour period. Having him fast for a short period of time is all it may take to totally ease the stomach.
3. Sometimes your dog will not even be able to drink water in order to ease his stomach. If that is the case then have him lick ice.
4. Keep an eye on the toilet. The last thing you need once your dog is trying to get healthier is for him to drink out of the toilet.
5. After the 24 hour fast that you administered, your dog will be extremely hungry for food. His diet should be introduced slowly and the taste very bland.
6. Lastly, try using Kaopectate. One teaspoon of Kaopectate for every 10 pounds of bodyweight should help ease the dog's stomach when vomiting. It may not taste wonderful to your pet, but it works. And of course, advise your vet before giving your dog any type of medicine.
Tips on selecting a good obedience class for you and your dog
A training class or obedience school is a place where an experienced instructor on how to train your dog is coaching you, the owner. This is a great way to educate your loyal buddy.
The objective of the class is for you to know the methods and techniques on how to train your dog. A basic training class typically deals with your main interests and concerns such as coming when being called, sitting and standing on command, and not pulling the leash.
Most schools give you an opportunity to observe the class. This is a great way to find out if the school will be suitable for you and your dog. When observing a class, it is best to leave your dog at home so he does not interrupt the training.
Here are a few questions to consider while observing a class:
* What is your first impression?
* Does it have a good, positive feeling?
* Is it a nice and welcoming atmosphere?
* Observe how the instructors interact with the dogs. Is he or she nice and gentle, or does he or she generate fear and aggression?
* Observe how the instructor deals with the dog owners, especially with those who are having a hard time training their dogs. It is important to have an instructor who is patient, helpful and encouraging.
* Are the dogs enjoying themselves, or do they appear bored and anxious?
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Dogs and Children
One very dangerous myth that exists is the assumption that, in some mysterious way, all dogs will automatically be gentle and loving with any infant or a child. The reason why this is dangerous to predict is because unless a dog has grown up with small children surrounding it then the animal may not be accustomed to children's sudden moves or frantic noisy behavior.
The two basic rules that children need to know are:
1. You never approach any dog or pet without having the owner's permission.
2. When you do have permission, always treat the dog very gently and with kindness.
Regardless of how well trained and well mannered your dog is, it can prove to be quite opposite when exposed to noisy and flamboyant kids.
Your dog could become confused and frightened which may cause him to strike out in self-defense, even though the children are just playing. But to your dog's point of view, these noisy little strangers whom are playing with it's toys, chasing his tail around, and messing with it's food bowl, are actually invading his territory.
Should the above situation occur, simply remove the dog from the area. Take him into another room while the children are visiting and make frequent stops into the room to pet him and offer treats. If you make the effort to practice a few simple steps in getting your dog acquainted with little children, then eventually you will not have any issues with mixing your dog into the company of kids.
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