Tips & Resources
TLC hopes to be a resource for our community. Our goal is to help educate & inform current and potential dog owners by providing training tips, as well as other information, to help keep your dog & family safe & healthy.
Training Tip Tuesday
With National Dog Bite Prevention week approaching I thought I would address a question I am asked frequently “how do I break up a dog fight without getting hurt or injuring the dogs?” The truth is there is no one full proof way. The best thing you can do for your dog if he is exhibiting any type of aggressive behavior is training.
I am also often asked if there are certain breeds that have a pre-disposition to be aggressive or vicious – like Pit bulls, Rottweilers, Dobermans and other breeds that have been unjustly branded as bad. A puppy is like a newborn baby – innocent and sweet. Any dog can become mean because that is what their dog owners taught them, either willingly or unintentionally.
A dog is a reflection of you. If you give your dog love and rules, he will be your best friend. Abuse him, ignore him and he will take control. Tether your dog outside day after day without any attention, it will become that dog that erupts into a barking frenzy, growling and snarling to get off its chain.
All of a sudden your dog starts itching more. He may be scratching his ears or licking his paws nonstop. It may or may not coincide with a change in the weather, such as the onset of Spring. Some amount of licking, scratching and chewing is normal dog behavior. However, if he is itching to the point of hurting himself, you need to look for the underlying cause. Too often dogs will develop “hot spots” which are red, moist irritations on the skin that can appear anywhere on the body, particularly the head, chest or hips.
The bottom line is, it could be miserable for your dog. Itching is the second most common reason people take their dogs to the vet, behind stomach aches and diarrhea.
Now that spring has sprung, people are working on getting their yards in order. Dogs that are bored will be tempted to dig or eat plants, flowers or mulch. Take a little extra time when planning out your gardens to research the different plants that are safe or are toxic to your dogs.
Garden mulch made from cocoa bean shells is marketed as being environmentally friendly. Since it smells like chocolate, it will attract your dog. While the smell may wear off over time, decreasing the likelihood that your dog will eat it, the mulch still remains poisonous.
Easter for our pets brings many temptations that aren’t good for them. Remember that your dogs will be curious about new items like Easter lilies, Easter basket grass and chocolate. With Easter right around the corner, remember to take a few extra precautions to keep your pets safe.