Training Tip Tuesday

 

Why I Don’t Recommend Laser Pointers for Exercise

I was recently asked about using a laser pointer to exercise a highly energetic puppy. I do not recommend the use of laser pointers as it has been found to lead to object compulsive behaviors.

 

When your dog sees that moving red beam of light from a laser pointer, nothing else matters more than catching it. Unfortunately, there is nothing there to ‘catch’, because it is just an unattainable beam of light, however, it is stimulating their natural prey drive. “The laser beams incessant moving taps into this prey drive and the dog can’t help himself – he has to chase it”, according to Nicholas Dodman, a professor of animal behavior at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

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Summer Cookout Tips

Dog waiting in the background for a piece of meat from the barbecue – Shallow depth of field used.

As Father’s Day and the beginning of summer approaches, many of us spend time outside entertaining friends and family. Here are some tips to enjoy your summer cookouts with your four-legged family member:

• Traditional Bar-B-Que foods, like hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken wings, and corn on the cob, are NOT good for your pet. Keep all food out of reach from your pooch. The temptation can be too much when snacks are in reach and they smell so good. Be sure to feed your dog before company arrives to ensure that she eats the right foods.

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Cutting Your Dogs Nails – why it is important and how to safely trim

When it comes to cutting your dog’s nails many people either don’t know how to do it or it becomes very stressful for both human and canine. The owner is worried about cutting the quick of the nail and hurting their dog. The dog picks up on this stress, and drama ensues.

It is important to keep your dog’s nails trim for many reasons. Among the most important is that long nails can be painful for your dog. When he walks on hard ground the nail pushes back into the nail bed. This puts pressure on the toe joints or can cause the toe to twist to the side. If his feet are painful, it will make it more difficult to trim his nails. Long nails can become dry and crack, creating other issues as well.

Dogs that are active and go on long daily walks tend to maintain their own nail length with natural trimming. If you are not able to walk your dog on a regular basis then trimming his nails every few weeks becomes even more important. If you can hear your dog’s nails clicking on the floor, then it is time to get out the trimmers.

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