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It's A Dog's Life - YOUR Dog's! Newsletter, Issue #019 - Stay Command
May 15, 2007

Save your dog's life with dog first aid!

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Issue 19

Table of Contents

The Stay Command

First Aid Tips

Stay Teaching your puppy the "stay" command is important to your puppy's safety, and is useful in daily activities.

It is used with other commands, so it's necessary to have first trained your puppy the basic commands such as "sit" or "down."

The "stay" command teaches your puppy to remain where he is until he's told by you he can move.

The benefits of this command are many.

For example: you are out walking your puppy and are stopped at a curb waiting for a safe time to cross the street.

You ask your puppy to "sit" and he does, but he is then very quickly up again on all fours, pulling at his leash.

With the "stay" command your puppy gets additional information and he understands that he is to hold his position until you tell him it's okay to move, regardless of the distractions around him.

The "stay" command is also very effective at reminding your puppy that you are the one in command.

This is important because to be contented and well behaved, dogs need to know who their "pack leader" is.

This link will take you to a page on Dog-First-Aid-101 that talks more about Being the leader of the pack.

This link will take you to a page on Dog-First-Aid-101 that talks more about Teaching your puppy to stay.

Some short First Aid Tips

Acute diarrhea This is defined as very loose stools, which may contain blood and/or mucus.

Sometimes, it's accompanied by vomiting.

Withhold all food and keep your dog warm.

Offer small volumes of water with some glucose, or weak bouillon.

If the dog is weak, lethargic or depressed, take him to your veterinarian immediately.

If he's otherwise bright, make a vet appointment at the next available time.

Telephone your veterinarian first and take careful note of any advice given.

Stings and snake bites This is often identified by sudden acute pain often followed by swelling and sometimes discoloration of the skin.

If a dog has been stung in the throat, breathing may be difficult.

Keep your dog cool and avoid any exercise.

If swelling persists for more than one hour, or if the sting is around the face or neck, take your dog to the veterinarian. Keep the tongue forward and the airway clear if possible.

If a limb has been subjected to snakebite, a firm pressure bandage should be placed around the limb.

Identify the type of snake if possible, and take your dog to the veterinarian immediately.

This link will take you to a page on Dog-First-Aid-101 that talks more about Bites and Stings.

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