Chasing Cars: Why Dogs Find it Fun

Published by doggie health care on Tagged Keep Them Healthy & Safe!

Have you ever heard the tires squeal?  Perhaps you have seen a car that swerves in the road to miss the animal that is in front of them?  Whatever the reason you hear the tires squeal or the car swerve nothing can come of the situation that is good when you hear the thud of the car and dog meeting each other.  Legally or not the dog owner is responsible for their dog.  Dog owners that don’t take the correct precautions for tying up their dogs are the ones at fault for any car and dog accident.  The dog doesn’t know any better in most cases not to chase a car.  You wouldn’t blame a child for being hurt if the parent wasn’t responsible enough to teach them better.

Dogs do have some ingrained behaviors that can be hard to change.  Part of the problem is the thrill of the chase.  Dogs have always chased things, they were bred to chase animals and therefore it is a strong instinct.  You can’t always correct this behavior, but letting the dog run without a leash near traffic is not their fault, you as the owner need to know how to control them better.

In fact if you have ever had children and a dog you have probably warned your children not to run while the dog is around.  This tends to trigger the natural instincts the dog has for chasing things. The instinct to chase is from survival.  For dogs to survive in the wild they needed to be able to give chase for any food that happened by.  This is one of the reasons it is so strong.

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Destructive Chewing: There is a Reason

Published by doggie health care on Tagged Did You Know?/Information

The topic of destructive chewing causes me to remember a situation my neighbor had a few months back. She had a stressed dog that needed to be medicated for stress.  As long as the dog was medicated for hyperactivity he was fine to be in the house alone.  However, the emotional trauma the dog suffered by its first owner led it to have many issues.  One of those issues was destructive chewing.  My neighbor had to repair over 10,000 dollars worth of damage done by a water pipe that was chewed through by her dog.  Even though there is a reason for this destructive behavior it is up to the owner to train these habits out at an early age.

You need to understand what the chewing is a result of.  What is your puppy or dog chewing at?  Is your puppy getting their teeth?  Most of the time chewing is an oral fixation.  It feels good to their gums so they will chew on any soft object to make them feel better.  There is a list of different factors that could have your dog chewing through your home.  We have listed them below.

Puppy chewers
Spiteful chewers
Jealousy chewers
Boredom chewers

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Canine Hip Dysplasia

Published by doggie health care on Tagged Keep Them Healthy & Safe!, Health

Canine Hip Dysplasia is seen as a mystery for most of those in the veterinarian field. Since the early seventies many dogs have been affected by hip dysplasia. In fact beginning in the seventies hundreds of dogs suffering from the disease were euthanized so that they would no longer have to suffer. It was a very practical choice back in the seventies because we didn’t know what affected the dog’s diagnosis of the disorder and therefore we didn’t have a way to help them feel better. Hip dysplasia can lead the dog to being severely crippled if it is not seen to. In the past euthanasia was the only offer once a dog was diagnosed with the disease, but many vets strived for some way to correct the genetic disorder.

The facts discovered during the later seventies and early eighties is that any dog with hip dysplasia didn’t have to be euthanized. Instead the dogs could lead a pretty normal life if the diagnosis was made as a puppy. As a puppy the canine would need some corrective procedures so that as an adult the dog would not suffer. Many vets began researching the type of surgery that would be needed to correct the problem in a younger dog. Unfortunately many found that in some cases correcting the dog while he or she was still young could create hip dysplasia by harming the tendons. Vets have offered surgery on many dog breeds that are subject to hip dysplasia. In some cases they have actually removed the dog’s tail or shortened it in order to keep hip dysplasia from happening. By changing the weight that is placed on the hips it has been thought that the hips will not hurt as much or end up in a position that is uncomfortable.

At the moment it is uncertain if hip dysplasia in dogs is genetic. Many believe it is genetic because certain breeds are more affected from the disorder than others. A common breed is the English Sheep Dog. English Sheep Dogs tend to develop or are born with hip dysplasia. A Swedish study done on 11,036 dogs resulted in information that hip dysplasia is not necessarily genetic. The study was completed on German Shepherds over a ten year period. In fact they tried selective breeding to reduce the occurrence of hip dysplasia. In other words they breed dogs that didn’t show the traits of the disorder in their bones were breed, yet their off spring still had the disorder. This led the Swedish to believe that it is not influenced by genetics. There were other findings with the pelvic inlet that showed the rate of bone maturation could be the cause of the hip dysplasia.

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Does Your Dog Stress from Separation Anxiety Whenever You Leave The House?

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In order to make your dog feel more secure when you are away, there are many ways to ease the separation anxiety he or she experiences. Here are some practical tips to help you achieve the fastest results.

1. When you become the proud owner of a new puppy or an adult dog you will have so many moments of enjoyment.  You automatically shower the new family member with lots of love and attention.  However, spending all your time with your new pet can create problems when you have to return to your normal routine and may well be out of the house at work for hours on end during the day or night .

This is why it is important to get the balance right from the beginning.  Whilst showing your new pet lots of attention also get the dog to accept that some time has to be spent on his or her own, even when you are there and if this is done gradually it will ensure a less traumatic time when you have to leave the dog to go out.

You could begin by going into another room, closing the door as you leave the dog in the first room on his or her own. Carry out this routine several times each day and then try leaving the house for five minutes, then ten, then fifteen until both you and the dog feel comfortable about the pet being left on their own.

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