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It's A Dog's Life - YOUR Dog's! Newsletter, Issue #013 - Fleas
November 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.

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Issue 13

Table of Contents

Getting rid of fleas

Train your dog not to dig

Keep your yard tick-free

4 easy steps to getting rid of fleas and keeping it that way!

Did you know that one single tiny little flea can build a family total of over 200,000 other fleas within one month? For every flea that you find I can guarantee you that there are at least 150 more somewhere in your house, your clothes, and your pet.

Follow these simple instructions and you'll be on your way to controlling your flea problem.

1. Your first duty is to give your dog a bath. You may use a non medicated shampoo and this should wash away most of the fleas that are inhabiting your dog

2. Keep up with your dog by zapping his coat with a flea spray.

3. If the flea infestation is really bad then you may want to consider a house spray, or fogger.

4. Get out your vacuum cleaner! When you vacuum, spend a little extra time vacuuming where your dog hangs out most often. When you are finished vacuuming up your house and the fleas, it is important to throw away the bag immediately

Animal Wellness Magazine

6 Ways to help train your dog not to dig

Let's face it – Dog's love to dig, period. To a dog, digging ditches and holes is “a very natural and highly enjoyable behavior.

1. Give your dog more exercise. The more active your dog is the less likely that he will muster up the energy or the desire to spend hours digging in your yard

2. Be less scolding and more understanding with your dog's digging habits during the winter months. This is because dogs seem to have a natural instinct for earths warmer places and during the winter time the dog can sense that by digging he will get to a warmer area, and he is right.

3. Refrain from doing any type of gardening work when your dog is around.

4. If you do not mind having your dog neutered or spayed then you may want to consider having the procedure done because it will reduce their drive to mate. And without the drive to mate, you will have far less holes in your yard.

5. When you scold your dog because of catching him digging in the yard then immediately replace the activity with another.

6. Create a hole for the dog to call his own. Dog experts all agree that some dogs absolutely love digging so much that they will never quit.

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3 ways to keep your yard tick-free

Did you know that a small tick can grow up to 50 times its normal size? A tick will attach itself to your dog and literally suck the blood from the dog's body.

The good news is that there are steps that you can take to keep ticks away from your dog.

1. Ticks like to hang out on vegetation that is several feet off of the ground so that they can pounce on you and you pet as you walk by. You can drastically reduce the ticks that inhabit your home yard and other surroundings by keeping your outside areas trimmed and clear of anything above ankle height.

2. Take extra measures to minimize mice and other rodents in and around your house. Why? Because baby ticks tend to choose smaller animals to jump onto and feed from.

3. If you are trying to clear out a tick problem and have too many mice running around then you may want to invest into a product called “Damminix”. Damminix is made up of cotton balls that are soaked with insecticide.

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