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Discovering the Cause of Barking Dogs bark as a form of communication. If your dog barks, there is a reason why. It may be simply a response to a stimulus, like a jogger running by the house—or it may be your dog's way of asking for help.
Ongoing, Excessive Barking - This is your dog's way of sending you a distress signal. Somewhere his needs as an animal are not being met. Is his world anchored by a pack leader who projects calm-assertive energy? Are you walking with him every day, which exercises his body and his mind? Is he living a balanced life? If nuisance barking is a problem, consider these issues to find a solution. It’s the best way to show real love for your dog. More tips on problem barking.
Barking as Greeting - Some clients tell me that they love coming home because their dog greets them excitedly by jumping and barking. They feel this proves their dog's love for the family. But in a natural setting, dogs don't bark, yelp, or jump on pack mates in a burst of affection. Dogs that greet their owners in this way are trying to communicate. But rather than professing undying love, they are probably trying to tell you that they are lonely and bored; their needs as a dog are not being met. The excitement is your dog's way of burning off the excess energy that has been building throughout the day. Don't be disappointed by this revelation. Dogs simply don't use emotions like people do. Remember, they're dogs. To love a dog means you must treat him like an animal, which means fulfilling him as Nature intended him to be fulfilled. 1
Remember the Fulfillment Formula: Exercise, Discipline, and then Affection! Are you providing this for your dog? 2. 5 Tips for Handling Nuisance Barking; Sfaturi pentu a te descurca cu un latrat separator: Remember, barking is natural! It's an important means of communication for dogs. But sometimes problems can develop. As the pack leader, it's your job to step in and control excessive barking. Correct and follow through! Tell your dog to stop barking using a look, a sound, or a physical correction. But don't stop there. Your dog may pause and then go right back to what he was doing. His body relaxed, but his brain was still on alert. Be patient. Wait until your dog completely submits before you go back to what you were doing.
Make sure you are calm! Constant barking can be irritating, but you won't be able to correct the problem if you are frustrated. Animals don't follow unbalanced leaders. In fact, your dog will mirror your energy. If you're frustrated, he will be, too! And barking is a great release for that frustrated energy. Take a moment to curb your own internal barking first. Stake your claim! Is your dog barking over and over again at the same object, person, situation, or place? Then you need to step up and claim that stimulus as your own. Use your body, your mind, and your calm-assertive energy to create an invisible wall that your dog is not allowed to cross. Do it with 100% dedication and focus, and the results may surprise you. Give your dog more challenges! Excessive barking is often the result of pent-up energy. If this is the case, the solution is simple: release that energy in more productive ways. Does your dog receive a daily walk? Can you make the walk more challenging with a bicycle, a backpack, or by walking on an incline? Can you provide more mental challenges, such as herding, agility training, or simple obedience games? There are many, many ways to increase the challenges in your dog's life. Find one that you enjoy that your dog can participate in safely. Get professional help. When you brought this dog into your life, you made a commitment to provide the care he needs. This includes calling in a canine professional to help him cope with a behavior issue. Get tips for finding the right professional. 2
Learn more about Nuisance Barking in the 5th Volume of the Mastering Leadership DVD Series, Common Canine Misbehaviors. 3. Will Beg for Food Begging is one of the most common issues that dog owners face. An unfortunate side effect of loving our dogs so much is that we would like to give them everything that they want. So when they start begging, it's almost too much for us to bear... and we cave! With a little willpower on your part, though, begging can be one of the easiest behaviors to correct. Follow these simple tips to turn your hairy panhandler into a productive member of society once more!
Do not give food. This tip may seem like common sense, but you'd be surprised how few people consider it when they're looking into the wide, wet eyes of their beloved canine companion. That high-pitched whine is an effective tool against you, and your dog knows it. Why? Because it's worked before! Giving food is a form of affection, and giving affection reinforces the behavior preceding it. Your dog has learned that if he begs, he gets food! Take a stand and start a new trend. Find the willpower to withhold that food, and your dog will learn that he can't expect rewards for begging behavior. Ignore. Begging is an attention-seeking behavior. Rather than give in to your dog's demands, ignore the behavior and teach your dog that it does not get results! When you talk to your dog, give him affection, or engage in direct eye contact, you are feeding his mental state. Instead, practice no touch, no talk, no eye contact. Don't feel sorry for you dog.. Your dog is well-fed. You should know; you feed him! He is not in danger of going hungry if you don't give him that scrap off the table, so don't feel sorry for him when he flashes you those doughy eyes and places a single paw forlornly on your leg. If you become concerned about how much your dog should be fed, talk to your veterinarian. This can help ease your concerns and allow you to remain calm and assertive! Be consistent. In any kind of training, consistency is the key to success. For your dog to learn that his begging behavior is ineffective, it has to be ineffective 100% of the time.
Inconsistent enforcement of the rules leads to an inconsistently obedient dog! Make sure that every pack leader in the household understands and enforces the same rules. Be patient. Few dogs change overnight. If you have followed these tips to the letter and your dog continues to beg, don't despair! See Tip #4. Stay consistent and don't give up. Your reward will be a better behaved dog! 4. 5 Tips for Calming a Hyperactive Dog Hyperactivity is a problem with many possible causes and solutions. Here are some simple techniques you can try at home to work to calm your boisterous dog: Ignore the behavior! Dogs seek attention from you. By paying them that attention during hyperactive outbursts, you’re reinforcing the very behavior that you're trying to eliminate. The next time your dog is jumping or nipping at you in an overexcited way, give it a try -- no touch, no talk, no eye contact -- and see how you fare. You might be surprised how quickly the dog settles down. Give your dog a job! Having a task to focus on can help tremendously. Hyperactivity can come from psychological needs as easily as it can from physical needs. By giving your dog a job to do, you are removing him from his state of hyperactivity and redirecting his energy elsewhere. The task should have a clear beginning and end, and should never be considered a replacement for physical exercise. Which brings us to… Go for a walk! If your dog has a lot of built-up energy, a really vigorous walk is another excellent way to redirect it where YOU want it to go. Once you’ve burned that extra energy away, your dog should be pleasantly exhausted and too tuckered out to jump and nip. Without that frustration, he’ll find it much easier to relax. Check your own energy! Your dog is your mirror. Any energy you project, he will reflect back. Are you in a calm assertive state of mind? Are you projecting a confident energy? Are you stressing out over an argument, or burdened with the worries of the work week? Nervous or anxious moods can translate into nervous or anxious body language or tones of voice, and can affect the energy of your dog. Try out aromatherapy! Don’t forget that dogs experience the world primarily by scent! Just as the smell of lavender is said to relax human beings, a soothing smell can also have a very calming effect on your pet. Talk to your vet or consult a holistic professional to find out what smells may work for your dog and which dispersal methods are the safest for him. 5. Case Study: Aggression Pit bull Emily was a classic red-zone case. She pulled her owner on walks. She growled and barked at passersby, especially those walking other dogs. Emily's owner would drag along after her and yell at her to be quiet. Not surprisingly, this tactic didn't work. It is important to understand that red-zone dogs are usually frustrated animals. To control a powerful breed, you need to master the position of pack leader. The sheer size and strength of a pit bull, Mastiff, Cane Corso, Rottweiler, or any other large dog can quickly transform a frustrated and dominant animal into a serious threat. You must gain control of the situation before it escalates.
It was clear that Emily held the dominant position in my client’s household. My first focus: training the owner! I explained to my client that he must become Emily’s pack leader; set rules, boundaries, and limitations; understand the importance of recognizing the animal in the dog; and fulfill the dog as Nature intended her to be fulfilled. Next I turned my attention to rehabilitating Emily. I suspected she wasn't receiving adequate exercise for her breed and energy level. This was probably the cause of a lot of Emily's frustration. Out came my rollerblades to give Emily a good, tiring workout. Remember, in order to talk to the mind, you need to remove the energy from the body. Emily loved our fast tours through the neighborhood, and she easily kept up with me. She started to ignore distractions along the way and focus on where we were going. With her excess energy gone, I was able to get her to follow commands. The results of our workouts helped Emily's owner recognize the importance of exercise in maintaining a dog's healthy state of mind. Most dogs require daily walks, but please don’t think of exercise as one-amount-fits-all. Exercise needs vary depending on the dog's breed, energy level, and size. Emily now receives ample exercise, and her owner has established himself as her pack leader. His calm-assertive leadership means Emily doesn't need to fill that unnatural role. Balance has returned to Emily's life, and she and her owner are the better for it. Learn more about Aggression in the 5th Volume of the Mastering Leadership DVD Series, Common Canine Misbehaviors. 6. Jumping on Guests How can you tell if your dog is the pack leader? It's simple: if she jumps on you when you arrive home, she is the pack leader. If she jumps on your guests, she is making sure that these new arrivals also know she is in charge. What can you do to stop this unwanted behavior? Establish yourself as pack leader. When a dog doesn't have a clear pack leader, she tries to fill the vacant role, usually to disastrous results (for the owner and for the dog!) The pack leader leads by projecting a calm-assertive energy. Don't shower your dog with affection when you walk through the door. This kind of attention is wonderful for a human child, but not for a dog. Remember dogs are animals, and the kindest thing you can do is to treat your dog like a dog and communicate in a way he'll understand. Correct bad behavior. The dog’s mom, the ultimate pack leader, would never tolerate inappropriate activity. If she sees something she doesn’t like, she stops it by moving the puppy out of the way in a calm-assertive manner. The puppy learns an important
Leadership is forever. we are actually "sentencing" them to a very frustrated. Animal pack leaders never waver from their leadership role. Balanced dogs can like one toy or game more than another. and neither should you! 7. Correcting Obsession 6 . ask your dog to sit patiently. Her playing will have a whole different level of intensity to it. Someday. and her firm and unambiguous leadership balances the puppy’s submissive role in the pack. her face and her body language will visibly change. no relaxation. he's truly got no physical or psychological control over himself. but the truth is. and no joy in play. She's entered a zone in which there is no lightheartedness.you. or the neighbor's cat. a game of fetch. If I can keep them at an intensity level that is mild. or one is going to be physically stronger. Identifying Obsession A normal dog plays well with others . it's not a life or death situation. An obsessive dog will take such games very seriously. The point is.an addiction. It's a zone in which an animal is blind to everything around her that should make her happy. I try to supervise the intensity of my own kids' play .her pupils become fixated and you can't distract her gaze. When we allow our dogs' habits to progress to the point of obsession and/or addiction. it's like laughing at someone who is a fallingdown drunk. mechanically pulling the one-armed bandit over and over again. Your dog will follow your commands when he respects you as his pack leader. his behavior looks comical at the moment. Preventing Obsession One step to preventing obsessive behavior is to monitor the intensity of your dog's play. a shaft of light. or stalking the squirrels in the backyard. your kids.Excerpt from the book "Be the Pack Leader" For dogs. That's exactly what obsessive behavior is to a dog .whether it be playing with a favorite toy. obsessions and fixations can become as seriously harmful as addictions are for humans. Those limits are determined by you. When a dog is becoming obsessive. not by her. Sure. Remember.boundary from the lesson. your dog must understand that there are limits to any game . Obsession is not a happy place to be. to sentence. a bone. Her body will stiffen. and other dogs. An interesting fact is that the term addiction derives from the Latin word addicere. A glaze will form over her eyes . It appears almost as if she's in a trance. unhappy existence. You can't be a leader only some of the time. But they can still enjoy themselves. they can't hurt each other physically or emotionally. he may really hurt himself and those around him. one of them is going to be faster. When we laugh at a dog that is fanatically mad over a toy. Think of a gambling addict at a slot machine. fixated on it but clearly not having fun. inconsistency triggers confusion and anxiety in a dog. the animal pack leader doesn’t negotiate to get what he or she wants. Dealing with Obsessive and Fixated Behaviors . When your guests arrive. but it's still a game.because between them.
Having trouble practicing "no touch. resting mode while you are away. Some dogs may need to rest before eating. Don't make a big deal when you leave for the day or when you return. Your job should be at that very moment to correct the dog. where you find that he has chewed on your favorite pair of shoes. no talk. they can escalate the obsession into a higher level . This way. 5 Tips for Separation Anxiety You come home from a long day at work to a spinning. dogs are almost never away from their pack. keeping the toy or object of obsession (if that's what it is) next to her until she moves away from it voluntarily. jumping whirlwind of energy. no talk. Then reward your dog's calm-submissive energy with food and water. and making you a potential target. once again. to bring her to the highest level of submission. no eye contact"? Take a moment to share affection and tell your dog that you will miss him way 7 . In nature. Is this scenario familiar? Your dog may be suffering from separation anxiety. you may need to practice the rule for five minutes or up to an hour before you leave and when you get back. It's just business as usual! Depending on the severity of the case. Your dog may not want to bite a family member. Start the day by providing vigorous exercise. The idea is to leave your dog in quiet. you are communicating to your dog that the time apart is no big deal.making the object prey. It is our job to help make this unnatural situation less stressful! Before you leave. "No!" By doing this. or suppressed energy. but she's in a state now where she can't stop on her own. Your dog follows you into your living room. your dog has been driving the neighborhood crazy by howling and barking while you were away. Most people will snatch a toy away and say. Your neighbor comes by to tell you that. frustration. Most of the time an obsession is something that the dog has discovered can work as an outlet for anxiety. 8. Correct obsessive/possessive behavior immediately: this is where the importance of knowing your dog comes in. No touch. and stop her at level one before she escalates to level ten. Remember. go for a walk. You must learn to recognize the physical cues and energy signs that your dog is getting into an obsessive state.Make sure your dog is properly exercised and is not living with pent-up energy. Say goodbye long before you leave. dogs don't rationalize. but all dogs can benefit from hydration. no eye contact.
insecure. your guest may be nervous. Continue to increase the time you spend away until you can leave for a full eight hours with no problem! 9. Leave your dog alone for five minutes. They may involve more heightened energy than normal. if out in the cold for too long. then an hour. This can be an advantage if you want to continue to take your dog for walks 8 . so they don’t know why they are being denied a long walk for the day. Use the holiday as a chance to intensify good behavior instead of intensifying bad behavior. There are also paw waxes that protect from the cold and aid your dog’s grip on slippery surfaces like ice or snow. let your dog know that everything is going to be okay by projecting the confident energy of a pack leader.) Tire your dog out before visiting or receiving holiday guests. and candies lying about the house. some dogs. You can buy doggie boots and gear made specifically for cold weather.) Don't forget rules.before you actually leave. it is important to keep your dogs in mind. Allow your dog to step outside and feel for itself that it is too cold or too stormy to go on a long walk. Many breeds are not built to handle cold weather. Dogs don’t have the Weather Channel. They can learn to use this open door to manipulate and control you. It's up to you to take the opportunity to make it a great holiday by working on your leadership skills! 3.not your dog! Your dog won't have his feelings hurt if you didn't say goodbye. and concerned feelings behind. Keep in mind that this display is for you . and limitations just because it's the holidays! When it comes to the aromatic holiday food.) Let your dog check the weather. so they may not feel the cold as intensely as we humans do. If they’re not dog people. boundaries. Instead. Top 9 Holiday Tips During the hectic holiday season. Here are Cesar's Top Tips for a happy pooch all Winter long! 1. Then. will develop thicker fur and maintain their fat as a natural protection.) Protect your dog from the cold. Check out your local pet store for the many ways to handle this. You have to remind him or her that the rules. sweets. 2. Keep in mind that holiday visits are not typical visits. there are many temptations for your dog. nervous. extend the time to twenty minutes. But. and unsure. and limitations are the same. leave those guilty. the dog will understand why it is coming back inside where it’s safe. since often we haven’t seen these people in a while. Stay calm and assertive! When you are ready to go to work. Start out small. and dog people have a tendency to get excited around others’ pets. Instinctually. 4. Your dog is more likely to behave if it’s just had a nice long walk. be careful not to allow them to do this too often. a tired dog can help these people relax. Also. boundaries.
in cold weather. As a general holiday precaution.) Live in the moment! Be happy! Laugh! Celebrate! Want to do something special for your dog for the holidays? Be balanced. A screen is a good way to keep a “done-up” pup safe. you can learn to practice these days more often. Believe it or not. that is one of the biggest gifts we can give to our dog--and ourselves! Everyone. Don’t be tense. 5. you are going to prevent problems. and ready for sleep. boundaries. and keep them out of your dog’s reach! Keep fragile ornaments toward the top of the Christmas tree.) Be cautious when around the fireplace! Animals are instinctual about fire. or angry. it is natural for an animal to stay away. only place sturdy ones near the bottom. please keep in mind that many short-haired breeds do not have this natural resistance to cold weather. or entertainment paint. In particular. until the end of the day when the puppy is quiet. The beautiful part about starting with a puppy is that.) Be aware of dangerous holiday items. if you know what to do. at the very least. Keep it fun by decorating the pen with ribbons. Never use a product which may contain alcohol. And tinsel has sent many a dog to the emergency room. Remember that a dog will know if a gift contains something edible. silly string. they will be in the wrong state of mind to receive him or her. Everyone has to understand the responsibility they are taking on. Who doesn't love a puppy? But most people don’t know how to keep a puppy balanced. even if you don’t. Often people use a pen to keep dogs away from their tree. 9. 7. particularly if you don’t have days like this on a regular basis. I highly recommend holding off on affection for a week or. during this holiday season.) Protect your presents and decorations. if a person doesn't know they are getting a puppy. Most often. Don’t think about anything that makes you sad. set rules. can practice this simple activity. never leave an animal alone in a room with a lit candle. You don’t just give a kid away. and. such as hairspray. but the plastic or metallic-based varities should not be used. and keep them clean and equipped with fresh batteries at all times! 6. We have to take the same philosophy as adopting a child. 9 . This special day will linger in his or her memory. with your dog right next to you and your family around you. It has more meaning than any gift you can buy. you are going to create problems. hopefully. rich or poor. giving a puppy for emotional reasons turns out badly. However. The festive poinsettia causes dogs to vomit. You have to get the whole family involved. Chocolate is a poisonous treat. Always be cautious near a fire with an animal that is wearing clothing. and limitations! 8. not just during the holiday season. Paper-based tinsel is generally a safer option. A stray piece of fabric can quickly cause the entire outfit to light on fire. Don’t be fearful. above all. and the puppy is going to suffer the consequences from the first day. This is virtually impossible to do if you just received a puppy as a surprise! I strongly believe that people need to have some basic knowledge about the commitment and responsibility of pet ownership and how to play a leadership role even though it’s a puppy.) I don't recommend giving a puppy as a holiday gift. Your dog is going to get the benefit of it. Love is never the problem. Also. as it can easily cut up intestines. Live in the now. in his kennel. Really live in that moment. Ask your guests in advance if there is food inside the presents. But if you don’t. However. on a dog that will be around fire. depressed. Don’t be nervous. many owners like to dress their dogs up. test your smoke alarms. And.
if they are unbalanced. To control a powerful breed. boundaries. they can cause serious injury. Why does your dog bury her treats or toys? By Cheri Lucas Does your dog often bury her bones. Bad things happen when powerful breeds (or mixes of powerful breeds) live with humans who like the breed but don’t understand and fulfill the animal in the dog. Breed and Aggression I deal with a lot of red zone cases. like the pit bull. The difference between an aggressive Chihuahua and an aggressive pit bull is that the bigger breeds can cause proportionately bigger damage. You need to fulfill the dog as Nature intended him to be fulfilled. These dogs are very powerful and. and I often hear people incorrectly blaming the breed. If you are considering adopting a powerful breed. the Cane Corso. It is important to recognize the power of a strong breed.10. Many people consider the look or popularity of a breed before thinking about whether the dog works for their lifestyle. make sure you are willing and able to take on the responsibility. Remember. This is a recipe for disaster. Any breed can cause trouble. and limitations. Dogs don't premeditate bad acts like people do. these dogs don’t dream of being in the news when they grow up. treats or even her toys in your backyard? Ever find a bone under the pillow on your bed or behind the sofa cushions? Or does she attempt to 10 . you need to become the dog’s pack leader and establish rules. 11. and the Mastiff.
Your dog’s modified hoarding instinct is normal.“faux bury” her cookies in the corner of the carpet like my dog Natasha. You might wonder why your dog still practices this behavior when you deliver her kibble to her food bowl every day! Old habits die hard and even our domesticated canines still experience the natural instinct to hoard. In 1999. When she became hungry again or prey was sparse. and balanced! About Cheri Lucas Cheri Lucas is the founder and president of Second Chance at Love Humane Society. After all. Cheri began mentoring under Cesar Millan. click here. 12.com. Squirrels hide acorns.CheriLucasDogBehavior. happy. and even humans stock their pantry with canned goods and non-perishables. she can only play with one toy and chew one bone at a time. many species in the animal kingdom regularly practice hoarding behaviors. she would return to her “stash” to consume the leftovers. developmental history. Summer Storm Sensitivity 11 . An ancestral urge led the dogs to bury their food for leaner times. food wasn’t always plentiful. But if her burying urge becomes obsessive. In the early days of canines. For her full biography. a no-kill dog rescue in Templeton. California. She has since appeared on five episodes of Dog Whisperer and has been a guest on Sessions with Cesar. In fact. Visit her website at www. Cheri is a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals. leopards hang their kill from trees for later consumption. try to limit her toys and treats to one or two items. The dirt also helped keep the food fresher by keeping it from direct sunlight. stimulated. Sometimes the problem was that the hunt was so successful there was too much food to be consumed at one meal. Make sure she’s getting plenty of daily exercise and structured activities throughout the day to keep him healthy. a dog would bury whatever he didn’t consume to keep it from scavengers and even other members of her pack. After a successful hunt. to the point of creating a raw spot on the top her nose? Most behaviors dogs practice today are rooted in their ancient.
Many dogs react to the thunderous booms. Some people have used cotton in dogs’ ears to lessen the shock of sudden storm sounds. if the dog is already at a level of fear of 5 or above. ask someone who knows you to describe how you are during a particularly violent storm. then you can learn a technique to deal with dogs that are fearful. If the weatherman is precise. activities. combined with a natural remedy for relaxation. Take what I call a “paramedic” state of mind. which is a natural sedative. Thunder is an outcome of nature. so your energy will directly affect their behavior. With that said. redirecting. which is the dog. before we begin with a technique. If you’re not aware of your own energy. if you have a bathtub and giving him a deep tissue massage. The source of balance. If we think of flight. This is calm assertive and love. With flight. Let’s back up for a second. This means calm and assertive and in control. which combined with the walk or treadmill. can you see a positive outcome? Other ways to help soothe your dog include bathing the dog in warm water. I suggest giving them drops of the homeopathic Rescue Remedy. which relieves tension in the body like it 12 . and the walk come in. The formula then is exercise. and even the dropping barometric pressures that are part of a storm. However. So what do we do as pack leaders to make the experience less traumatic? First. remember not to feel sorry for him. in this case. this is where the treadmill. sit down and reflect how you’ve reacted or felt before during a storm. Have the dog carry a backpack to make it more draining. You want him to be tired! Then. Environment has natural power over a dog – it triggers survival – this means “flight or fight. The dog is the outcome of the environment and the human. the human is so powerful that through our awareness. so that you can go on a longer walk than normal. Also. If we think fight.In many parts of the world. If the dog is afraid and you’re afraid you can’t help him. then. we can overpower nature and influence Mother Nature.” But. vivid lighting. you have to be mindfully aware. has to be mindfully aware and emotionally in tune. or aggression. using scents like lavender can be soothing to fearful dogs. time your walk for the storms arrival. howling winds. we need to stop or block it. redirection comes to mind first. Human is the source. If you stay calm and assertive. aromatherapy. and emotionally in tune – dogs pick up on your anticipation. With me? Dogs react on nature and environment and whoever is with him. summer storms are frequent this time of year. will put him to sleep for the storms arrival.
In their natural world. an average day begins with a series of rituals. a no-kill dog rescue in Templeton. Regardless of how smart you may feel your dog is. Does abiding by these rules and boundaries feel like punishment to us? Of course not. food. as long as the pack runs smoothly. boundaries. 13. This is when they need us the most. and if you can. dogs don’t rationalize. Mommy’s here…. and discipline. Nothing could be further from the truth! The reality is that dogs thrive on rules.” – that’s nurturing the fear. and other forms of discipline. he or she is not equipped to manage a human household! Our own human society is critical of parents who don’t guide their children properly. but just one more gift you give your best friend to keep him happy and balanced. About Cheri Lucas Cheri Lucas is the founder and president of Second Chance at Love Humane Society. Stay away from talking to the dog with sensitive words like. Don’t think of discipline as punishment. dogs or wolves live in a highly disciplined and structured society. Without discipline. boundaries. In 1999.a society without chaos. We stop at traffic lights on the way to work. and affection. offer him a healthy dose of rules. “It’s ok. We dress appropriately for our job. California. The packs’ very survival depends on maintaining order. We are simply practicing the discipline expected of all of us who choose to live in a functional society…. Along with exercise. and order doesn’t happen without discipline. But often we feel that implementing discipline is a form of punishment to a dog. then we want to fulfill them in every way. a dog feels lost and confused about his role in the pack. Remember. which helps make dogs feel protected and triggers the DNA concept of direction. Just as we can’t survive on love alone. Cheri began mentoring under Cesar 13 . Punishment or Discipline? by Cheri Lucas For most of us.does for humans. If we truly love our dogs. We show up at work promptly at the same time every day. assertive. It’s no different in the canine world. It’s actually a disservice to withhold discipline from our dogs! Make sure you offer your dog the complete package when you bring him into your world. neither can our dogs. Keep in mind that your dog doesn’t care what position he has in the pack. You must remain calm. shelter.
It should always be less than the time spent focused on the walk. Use a short leash. The specific needs of each dog differ. People are amazed by this. Set aside time. Visit her website at www. guide. Then you need to decide when reward time is over. When you get home. he’s the pack leader. Dogs. 14 . consider the Illusion collar. Attaching the leash to the very top of the neck can help you more easily communicate.By providing a meal after the walk. but it's simple: the dogs see me as their pack leader.secondchancelove. Pick up after your dog! Set an example: be a responsible dog guardian. Share food and water. 15. She has since appeared on five episodes of Dog Whisperer and has been a guest on Sessions with Cesar. Always keep your dog's safety in mind when giving corrections. and correct your dog. Walking in front allows you to be seen as the pack leader. Master the Walk I often walk about ten dogs at a time.Millan. and offers her treats with no change in the dog’s behavior. so taking walks in the morning is ideal. like humans. The client pleads with the dog to behave. If you need additional help. sometimes even off-leash if I'm in a safe area. Your dog should be beside or behind you during the walk. reward him by allowing him to relieve himself and sniff around. Cheri is a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals. I recommend setting aside thirty minutes to a full hour. Define exploration time. Have your dog wait patiently while you put away his leash or take off your shoes.org. This allows you to have more control. 14. This is why they follow me wherever I go. Position matters. Conversely. cajoles the dog. Achieving Balance Many of my clients call their dog their soul mate or their baby. After your dog has maintained the proper state of mind. For her full biography. Consult your vet and keep an eye on your dog's behavior to see if his needs are being met. you have allowed your dog to "work" for food and water. are diurnal. if your dog controls you on the walk. You should be the first one out the door and the first one in. don't stop leading. Don't punch out. click here. but the dog tears up the furniture and drags them all over the neighborhood on a walk.
dogs don’t need humans to achieve balance. affection. înţelegere. and travel with the pack. and limitations and always project a calm-assertive energy. In the wild. They have a pack leader. If you have a dog in your life. and finally. and they respond to calm-assertive leadership—not emotional arguments or negotiations. boundaries. Only then will you experience all the love your dog has to give! 16. we need to help them achieve balance by fulfilling their needs as nature intended them to be. When you fulfill your dog on a primal level as nature intended. How does this work? Through my fulfillment formula: exercise. But when we bring them into our world. Insight for Dog Lovers/intuiţie. you will feel in tune with your dog and connect with your dog in a deeper way.Why? Dogs are animals. As the human pack leader. the better you will be able to connect with your canine companion! 15 . it is important to understand how to allow her to live in a balanced way and achieve a healthy state of mind. and take responsibility for our dog's state of mind. work for food. perspicacitate pt. then discipline. you must set rules. Dogs have found themselves in an odd predicament by living with humans. iubitorii de caini The more you learn about dog psychology. Put your dog's needs first.
clear direction. boundaries. Dogs show us how much we can learn . Give them rules. Dogs pick up on feelings of fear. Challenge the dog's mind . Don't expect more from your dog(s) than your own children. Dogs need"on" and "off" time. You are the source of your dog’s energy. Once in a calm-submissive state. then they can relax and avoid impatient or destructive behaviors. make time to spend with your pet so you can improve your bond and strengthen your pack leadership! Slow down and live in the moment! The problems and stresses that we deal with on a daily basis can sometimes blind us to the good things in our lives.Dogs are not humans. or worry – and they will move to fill them by attempting to become dominant. Whether it is more time on the walk. Dedicate at least 45 minutes of time to the dog’s walk in the morning. Dogs need discipline. Cesar’s Tips: Setting Goals for 2011 A new year is a great time to set new goals for yourself. Engage them fully in structured times together.they live in the moment. You are the role model. Imagine a successful scenario and hold it in your mind when dealing with your dog. Avoid nurturing your dog's fears or unstable mind. too. Put aside excuses and find the time to devote to your canine companion. Let the dog know you have a consistent pattern that you expect it to follow. Try it! 17. they need exercise. especially on your walk. Don’t dwell on something you said yesterday and whatever effects it may have on your life today. and your relationship with your dog! Here are some ideas to keep in mind as your make your resolutions for your canine companion in the year ahead. Wake 16 . Giving them love alone doesn't create balance in their lives. your life. Let the dog work for your affection. Practice unwavering leadership every day. Before they receive love and affection. That is human nature. Plan a day that’s just for you and your dog. So take a page from your dog’s book! Try not to fret about things that may or may not happen down the road. Be a pack leader! Rehabilitating a dog is not about "fixing" it. The energy you're projecting internally is the message you're sending to your dog. and limitations as well as love. creating the intention for what you want. the owner. and leadership. not what you’re feeling. It's about you.dogs want to know what to do with their lives. Utilize your dog's energy in a positive manner. doubt. your love will intensify those qualities in your dog. or less time away from home.
Take a walk and clear your mind. leash-pulling or biting White House reporters. think of getting to know your dog for who she really is as an exciting new adventure! Remember they are animal first. such as excessive barking. basically we choose them for their personality – someone we’d like to spend time with socially. smell the air and the flowers. and ears. we humans are different from every other being that shares this planet with us. Everyone deserves a little vacation now and then. Dogs are a lifeline to that instinctual part of ourselves that so many humans have lost touch with. Humanizing a dog creates imbalance. rather than for their professional qualifications or ability. then species. In so many ways. so why not extend that example to include their dog? Humans are the only species that follow unstable pack leaders. Go on a hike. the first family can help prevent bad behavior down the road.” or seem intelligent or charismatic. some of Cesar’s best advice for stepping up their leadership skills. If you allow the dog to assume the leadership position one day. You need to establish leadership from day one! Start off each day with a nice. 2010) he respectfully showed how even presidents can misunderstand the fundamentals of being their dog’s pack leader. Not only do we follow them but even after they’ve proven to be unstable. and dog owners everywhere. No one wants a “wishy-washy” leader! At the end of the day when the dog is in resting mode. future presidents. They assume that their minds and emotions work in exactly the same way as ours. Don't send the dog a mixed message. So instead of trying to make your dog human. more often than not. former President Bush. Whether in your dog pack or in your life.up and be aware of how you feel. we still follow them or re-elect them or give them even more power. You would never see an unstable leader in an animal pack! The selection process for Pack Leaders is very different in animal species than human. troubled dog. Yet. We have the power to rationalize. and not the next. you can share all that affection you've been storing up! By starting off right and remaining consistent. which includes the power to fool ourselves. then go back and forth. Enjoy the sights and sounds and smells of the world around you. and enjoy the company of your canine friend. Be consistent. and if you’re lucky. and take some time to enjoy the nature that surrounds you. take a camping trip or simply sit outside and soak up some sun or meditate under the stars! 18. we are tackling the subject and giving President Obama. So. Animals select pack leaders because they instinctually know who is strong and who can best lead 17 . these lessons derived from natural pack leadership. It’s important for our political leaders to be good examples for the country. you are not being the pack leader. boundaries and limitations right from the start. The topic hit websites and blogs with fervor. are ones we can all learn from. no matter how much we ravage the earth. First – let’s talk about the walk. Position matters – canine pack leaders walk in front and this is one simple way to implement rules. long walk and make sure the dog is next to you or behind you. you may discover a way to take a little piece of that feeling with you in your everyday life! Let your dog be a dog! Many owners make the well-intentioned mistake of thinking of their dogs as people. our animal natures yearn to be fulfilled. which is a key fundamental in your bond with your dog. eyes. and a dog out of balance is an unfulfilled and. Cesar’s Advice to Our Presidents & Leaders When Cesar was interviewed by Lesley Stahl in the following CBS segment (airdate: October 3. Humans tend to choose pack leaders because they are “lovable. then breed. and then name! Reconnect with nature. Reconnect with Mother Nature through your dog’s nose.
while dog pack leaders are instinctually driven to protection and direction of the entire pack. human pack leaders are expected to be driven by some selfinterest that may align with other self-interests to form a temporary pack or what we call a “coalition” or “alliance” or “joint venture. The power of success is in its simplicity. and now almost accept the fact. “Leaders” want us to remember the bad times and promise a better future! It’s never about the present. Compare this with human pack leaders. the pack completely trusts the pack leader. They live mostly in the past and in the future… and in some cases. and future. ask what you can do for your country. in part. The mistakes of the past are constantly brought up. by personal interests. and loyalty in our relationships. The principles I want to leave my kids with are the same principles that I practice in my life every day. past. This is my humble message to our presidents and leaders. It takes a pack to rehabilitate a country.” But these are temporary packs! Another lesson we can take from natural packs is that they live in the present. it’s just in their DNA. You live in harmony and with nature NOW and the future takes care of itself. This starts at home. Cesar’s Tips: Pet Sitting 18 . and in the process. the guilt. We believe. just like it takes a village to raise a child. our pack leaders use the future in a similar fashion. 19. we are naturally or instinctually mistrustful of our pack leaders. In the animal world.” That is a pack leader.” And because we accept it. The past never goes away – we remember the hurt. Dog pack leaders don’t go to graduate school to learn how to lead a pack. Compare this to what I see in many of today’s human pack leaders. present. Just watch some animal kingdom shows and you’ll see there are some pretty strange-looking pack leaders out there! But they provide (1) protection and (2) direction! An animal pack leader is concerned for the pack. The interests of your country are greater than the interests of an individual.interests happen to align well with some members of their pack but not all members. integrity. Only it’s fear of the unknown. Thus. that our pack leaders are motivated. human pack leaders are focused on making sure the past never goes away. Likewise. And that’s dangerous for any species. So. It’s an unselfish role and an instinctual role. I think President Kennedy was a good pack leader. One of my favorite Ghandi quotes – “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – says it all. It has nothing to do with personality or physicality. both here and abroad. He said. Make the right choices today and there won’t be mistakes or messes to fix in the future. “Ask not what your country can do for you. There is no past or future. We need to re-connect with the fundamentals of relationships. In return. we can restore the trust and respect from other countries. the fear – and our pack leaders use this to lead and control the pack. My pack and I want to let you know we are practicing what President Kennedy said. In America. there is only the present. not for himself. there are just the needs and wants of the present. you need to ask yourself what you can contribute to your pack. Sometimes the leaders’ self. We’ve come to accept this as “normal.them. we say that’s good. America must restore honesty. A fearful pack is a reactionary pack. reminding people of what happened the last time they elected that party or politician. It’s just like being a father. They instinctually know that the pack leader is there to protect them and guide them.
boundaries. you can ask. Are you concerned about how your dog will handle being away from you? Put the worry aside and get prepared with these tips! Picking the Right Sitter: Try to choose someone who you know can help balance and calm your dog if he is anxious or nervous when you are first away. no talk. they probably aren’t going to accommodate the dog’s either.” when they meet new dogs? All of this will tell you how well-informed they are to ensure your dog is happy there. What’s the energy like there? How does it smell? How do you feel? How do the caretakers there act and react with the dogs there? Do they practice “nose. or whether they are creating a problem by not maintaining your leadership. it’s a good idea to get them familiar with this place on several occasions prior to leaving them there for an extended stay. Most important is that you make sure you leave your dog with someone who understands the needs of your dog. If you choose to board your dog. look at and thoroughly research the place beforehand. If they won’t accommodate your needs. Leaving a hyperactive dog with an elderly relative is not a good idea. Ask yourself whether you can trust that this person is adhering to your rules. but you may already be planning to get away for the holidays. This means keeping their walk and feeding and sleeping schedule the same. If you have specific restrictions or requests.School has started again. and limitations. eyes. get them used to change. it’s about energy and matching energy. any concerns or separation anxiety is prevented. Before you change your dog’s routine (by having them stay somewhere other than your own home). Remember. Talk to people who have boarded their dogs there before. Location: Ideally. But if you leave them with someone in another location. no eye contact. ears” and “no touch. 19 . This way. Just because you leave your dog at a boarding facility doesn’t mean you have to follow all of their rules. you would have someone stay at your home and maintain the dog’s normal routine.
for example. even if you just have one dog. Instead of a 45-minute walk. of course. you can leave a checklist for your pet sitter. they are going to spend most of their time in the kennel. a calm-assertive attitude will help keep you stress-free! Top 10 Household Items That Could Harm Your Dog There are many dangers in and around the home that can spell disaster for your dog. hire a dog walker to help share the responsibilities. Details: Just as parents leave a checklist for a babysitter. This keeps the dog’s mind and body more relaxed and less focused on their primary pack leader being away. Due to canine curiosity and their tendency to explore the world using their mouth they can ingest common household items that are potentially toxic. Even if you aren’t with your canine companion. how often they get a treat. Toxicoses account for approximately 15 to 20 percent of animal emergencies at emergency facilities and listed below are the top ten categories of common household items that are most frequently seen. whether you allow them on the furniture or whether they get people food. Ones who are comfortable walking more than three dogs at a time are probably going to be the best handlers. the closest 24-hour emergency hospital. the reverse is better. If your dog is used to a one-hour walk every morning. it’s good to also change – and increase – the daily challenges. and balanced as possible while you are away. so enjoy your time away. we go for an hour and a half hike. and any other information that will help keep your dog as happy. Relax! If you take all of the above into consideration. People food 20 . any medications they will need while you are gone. fulfilled. but this is something to generally be aware of. make sure they know the requirements. any behavioral problems.Expectations: If you leave your dog with a family member or a friend. Include important information like the vet’s phone number and address. the routine changes. you might also give them some information on household items or foods that may be toxic to them. Take him for the longest walk of his life when you pick him up! If your only option is to leave your dog with someone who cannot maintain your exercise routine or schedule. When my dogs are at the ranch. There are exceptions. they will not be fulfilled by a 15-minute walk instead. you have taken the proper steps to ensure a pleasant experience for your dog while you are gone. Keep in mind that if you leave the dog at a kennel for a long time. If your sitter isn’t well educated or familiar with dogs. In fact. he is going to have a lot of pent up energy. So when you pick up your dog. which you can find here. feeding schedule. how often to check their water bowl. the physical and mental stimulation. When you change the environment. allergies.
In general. abnormal blood pressure. In serious cases. Baits containing cholecalciferol increases the dog’s calcium and phosphorous causing the soft tissue to mineralize. your dog may need to be hospitalized so he can receive activated charcoal and IV fluids. Signs of low blood sugar are weakness. Please contact poison control or your veterinarian with this information to see what steps will need to be taken. weakness.Just because we can eat it does not mean our food is safe for our canine companions. The kidneys are most affected and acute kidney failure is common. Please keep people food away from your dog’s reach. loss of appetite and pale gums. Active ingredients for these are typically warfarin based anticoagulants such as brodifacoum. Your veterinarian will prescribe oral vitamin K for 2-3 weeks and may want to check your dog’s clotting times. Several days after ingesting xylitol dogs can develop elevated liver enzymes and sometimes liver failure. Dogs that indulge in people food tend to experience gastrointestinal upset or in severe cases can develop inflammation of the pancreas which usually requires hospitalization. bromodialone and diphacinone. but unfortunately. irregular heartbeats. Sugarless gums contain xylitol which can cause dangerously low blood sugar levels. There is no specific antidote and only supportive care can be given. If the ingestion was recent. the type of chocolate and how much chocolate was ingested. These baits work by blocking vitamin K dependant clotting factors causing massive internal bleeding and death for any rodent that ingests it and the same mechanism applies to dogs as well. blood transfusions are sometimes necessary. Compared to dog food. induce vomiting and seek veterinary attention. tremors. the darker the chocolate the more toxic it is. Rodenticides Mouse and rat baits are designed to be appetizing to rodents to encourage ingestion. It can cause clinical signs ranging from gastrointestinal upset. tremors and weakness. There are two other kinds of rodenticides that are less common. tremors and occasionally seizures. If you have family or friends coming over inform your guests not to feed your dog and make the kitchen and dining areas off limits for your canine friend. For the next couple weeks you will need to watch for lethargy. If you have a rodent problem and feel the only solution is to lay out baits please use only anticoagulant based rodenticides since they are the least toxic of the three 21 . Bromethalin (note the similarity of the word to Bromodialone) based rodenticides working by acting on the brain. macadamia nuts can cause GI upset. Avocado contains persin which causes vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. typically within 3-5 days. By far the most common type is the anticoagulant based rodenticide. It makes the brain swell up triggering tremors. Inducing vomiting is recommended if the ingestion was within the last two hours and depending on the dose. Chocolate tends to be one of the more common toxicoses but there are other foods to be aware of. Of the three. higher in fat and spicier. this is the hardest one to treat and is usually fatal. Because dogs tend to be bigger than rodents it takes longer for the bleeding to occur. seizures and eventually death. If you notice any of these symptoms seek veterinary care immediately. Hospitalization with fluid support and medication to lower the serum calcium and phosphorous is usually needed. seizures and even death in extreme cases. Chocolate contains large amounts of caffeine and theobromine which dogs do not tolerate well. people food in general is richer. The toxic dose is calculated by factoring in your dog’s weight. loss of coordination. Grapes and raisins can cause acute kidney failure. for the same reason many dogs find these baits appealing as well.
Dispose of the baits properly when your rodent problem is gone. If you find a bait missing or has been tampered with and believe your dog ingested some seek veterinary attention immediately. Keep the packaging and contact poison control if you believe your dog ingested an ant or roach bait.types and the easiest to treat. Veterinary pharmaceuticals Some pills that veterinarians prescribe for dogs are flavored to make them more palatable and apparently some taste so good that dogs think they are treats. amaryllis. If your dog does get into your pills contact poison control with the drug name and approximate number of tablets he ate in order to determine what treatment your dog may need. Place the baits in a location where your dog cannot reach them and once a day check to see if the baits are still there. Keep the package the bait came in and bring it with you to the vet. Plants This is more of a problem with cats but I have seen puppies that chewed on plants and sometimes adult dogs will chew on plants when their stomach is bothering them. The bottles may be child proof but they certainly aren’t dog proof. oleander. I know of one case where the owner told their vet that the bait was “D-con” which is an anticoagulant based rodenticide. If your dog needs medications be sure you understand the dosing schedule and ask any questions you might have about the medication before you leave the veterinarian’s office. Know the species you have in your garden. Don’t leave pills lying around on nightstands or on top of counters for example. cyclamen. Unfortunately. So be safe and hang on to the packaging material and bring it with you to the vet so there is no confusion. For this reason follow the same guidelines for placement as the rodenticides baits. this owner used “D-con” as a generic term for all rodenticides. there is more concern that the container of the bait can end up as a gastric foreign body. do some research to find out which are toxic and which are safe and try to only 22 . It is important to keep all medication for your dog away in a safe place. yew and chrysanthemum. rhododendrons. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen are toxic and should never be given to your dog. Insecticides The most common insecticide that dogs tend to eat is the ant or roach baits. Never give your dog over the counter medication without first discussing it with your veterinarian. Some toxic plants to be aware of are Narcissus and hyacinth bulbs. If you use insecticides be sure to keep your dog away from the area where it was used. Never apply flea and tick products meant for your dog on any feline companions you may have. The dog later presented at the emergency clinic with neurological signs because the bait was actually bromethalin based. Luckily the insecticides used in the baits today are typically non-toxic in mammals or the dose contained in the baits is so low that serious toxicosis is unlikely. Keep your prescription pills out of reach. The veterinarian in this case treated the dog with vitamin K. Less common insecticides to be aware of are metaldehyde based snail and slug baits and methomyl based fly bait. Human pharmaceuticals This category includes prescription medications and over the counter drugs meant for humans. They contain an attractant such as peanut butter or bread which most dogs find appealing. If possible take pills in the bathroom with the door closed so that if you accidentally drop a pill your dog cannot run in and gobble it up. In fact.
Much less toxic is propylene glycol based antifreeze. Clinical signs are gastrointestinal upset and anemia from red blood cell destruction. Miscellaneous chemicals Antifreeze is very sweet and attractive to dogs. potassium and phosphorous with insecticides and herbicides as common additives. lead toxicosis is becoming less common due to industry safety guidelines. Be sure to include a bottle of fresh sealed 3% hydrogen peroxide and a bulb syringe so you can induce vomiting when necessary. pet-friendly alternative. The number for the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is (888) 426-4435. As always contact poison control with the product name and the approximate amount ingested and seek emergency veterinary care. The toxic component is ethylene glycol. The best treatment is prevention so keep your pocket change in a jar out of your dog’s reach. They appear fine after a few hours but go into kidney failure as few days later. If you do use ethylene glycol based antifreeze be sure to prevent access and be sure to dispose of it properly as it is toxic to wildlife as well. If a product is labeled ‘toxic’ then assume it’s toxic to animals as well and store chemicals out of reach. Fertilizer Another reason to keep your dog out of the garden is fertilizer which often smells like food to dogs. organic cleaning solutions instead. There is a wide variety of fertilizers. Lastly.plant non-toxic varieties of plants. Or use an organic. Heavy metals Zinc and lead are the most common culprits. If your dog has ingested a bleach-containing product or a drain cleaner. but they typically contain varying amounts of nitrogen. paint thinners. If you’re not sure whether your plants are safe. solvents and pool chemicals. It’s a poisonous world out there but with knowledge and prevention you can help keep your dog safe. Cleaning products Many of these products are just as toxic for our dogs as they are to us. It is no longer a common component of paint but keep in mind that when renovating older homes that lead may be present in paint chips and dust and your dog should be kept away during periods of renovation. Surgery is usually necessary to remove the pennies to prevent further absorption of zinc. Remember that prevention is the best treatment! 23 . do NOT induce vomiting. The most common cause of zinc toxicosis is ingestion of pennies. always keep the number of your regular veterinarian. keep your dog out of the garden and watch him around houseplants. Please check out our first aid guide for dog owners for more information on building a first aid kit. Restrict access to newly-fertilized gardens and garden sheds or garages where fertilizer is kept and keep the packaging as a reference just in case. Many other chemicals pose dangers as well such as paint. Pennies minted since 1983 are primarily zinc and some dogs love to ingest coins. There is an antidote but it must be given shortly after ingestion so if you suspect ingestion seek veterinary attention immediately. Be prepared by considering toxic emergencies when putting together a first aid kit for your dog. Store all cleaning products away when not in use and consider using natural. Thankfully. saline eye solution in case you need to flush the eye and dishwashing detergent to bathe your dog with in the event of skin contamination. emergency clinic. so whenever possible purchase propylene glycol based antifreeze. and poison control handy. They appear drunk after ingesting even small amounts.
About Dr. Know the kinds of snakes you have in your area and what the poisonous ones look like. from Spring to Autumn. Even if your dog survives the immediate effects of a bite. it can help your veterinarian determine the best treatment. such as when running through a field of high grass. In some areas they can be found year-round. in addition to volunteering in shelter medicine. Dogs are at risk. Many non-venomous snakes flatten their heads when stressed and appear to have viper-like heads. She resides in Long Island with her beloved mixed breed dog named Buster. it has the potential to cause permanent injury. Adult male brown water snakes have fat heads and they are non-venomous. particularly in southern latitudes. 24 . Kristy Conn Dr. Rattlesnakes live in a variety of habitats. dogs can stumble over the location of a snake by accident. and wetlands. It’s not always easy to tell what kind of snake bit your dog. They can be found in deserts. Snakes’ head size doesn’t indicate how dangerous they are. Coral snakes are highly venomous and have skinny heads. from sea level to mountain elevations. Rattlesnakes are most active in warmer seasons. She has practiced emergency medicine at various clinics almost exclusively for the past 10 years. forests. What you need to know about snakes Photo by Stephen Grossman There are many different poisonous snakes. Dogs can encounter snakes whenever they are in a snake habitat. Curiosity or a prey drive can place your dog at risk. checking on the health of arrivals and providing low cost spay/neuters and immunizations to recently adopted animals. The toxic components of snake venom are very painful and can have severe consequences. A snakebite can be serious. 20. Kristy Conn graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and did her clinical year at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Teaching Hospital where she fell in love with emergency and critical care medicine. She is a member of the National Animal Health Emergency Response Corps which helps provide veterinary care to animals affected by disasters such as Hurricane Katrina. but like people. but if you do know. or chasing a completely unrelated scent.
intravenous fluids or other medications. Treatment of a snakebite is expensive. Antivenom injections can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars. It will not dispense all of its venom to ensure that it is still able to defend itself if necessary. Read this Ask the Vet column on the Rattlesnake Vaccine. you may be ready to introduce him to the challenge of a dog park. In a single bite. Yet dog parks often become a venue for excited. a baby snake may dispense all of its venom. where as an adult snake is able to size up its prey and will dispense only what is needed for the job. A snake's best defense in the wild is its camouflage. Even bites by non-venomous snakes can lead to serious infections and antibiotic treatment may be needed. A snake's first reaction is usually to lie perfectly still and hope that it goes unnoticed. How to have a successful experience at the dog park When you take your dog to a dog park or any other setting where there are other dogs.A snake won’t necessarily give you warning before they strike. A baby snake is just as venomous than an adult snake. And they could be more dangerous as well. Asking your dog to behave properly in any setting is futile if you have no position of authority over him. you have a responsibility to make sure he or she practices acceptable social behavior. Sometimes rattlesnakes rattle before they strike. The key to having a successful experience at the dog park is for your dog to see you as his pack leader. but don't count on it. Keep in mind that the dog 25 . Read more: Rattlesnake Aversion Training 21. And while they may be necessary. Assuming you are practicing rules and boundaries with your dog on a regular basis. dominant and even aggressive behavior. Other costs that may be involved in snakebite treatment include hospitalization. Take your dog to a veterinarian for treatment immediately. Baby snakes typically aren't developed enough to be able to control the amount of venom that they distribute. A snakebite is always an emergency. antivenom can have side effects that complicate a dog’s recovery.
As the human. as you’re getting ready to leave the house. Take Training in Small Steps There are many different approaches to training. When you arrive at the park. assertive and relaxed during this time. 22. Training is about communication. structured walk. he may begin to exhibit excited behavior. a no-kill dog rescue in Templeton. If you’re driving to the park with someone else.For her full biography. boundaries. focused training can make a difference. Even a minute of calm. ask your dog to earn everything he gets prior to leaving the house for the park. and limitations. take your dog for a brisk walk for 15 minutes. use your best judgment. It’s natural for your dog to co-exist with other members of his own species. too. Challenge your dog one more time by requesting he sit and wait for you to release him into the car. This will set the stage for good behavior as the activity continues. Continue your walk making sure not to allow tension on his leash.com. However. In 1999. If you start to get frustrated or nervous. Here are some tips to keep in mind. orderly and balanced. Once you are confident that your dog’s state of mind is calm and balanced.park or any other play situation should be seen an as occasional treat for your dog. Keep your demeanor calm.CheriLucasDogBehavior. As with children. wait and proceed calmly through the front door to your car. When you arrive back at the entrance of the park. Rather than entering the park right away. She has since appeared on five episodes of Dog Whisperer and has been a guest on Sessions with Cesar.click here. Cheri began mentoring under Cesar Millan. ask him or her to correct your dog if he becomes overly excited again. and should never be a substitute for his routine. Since your dog can pick up on subtle cues you’re giving him. Your personal challenge will be to remain relaxed yet vigilant. Take it in small steps. wait. rewarding and balanced! About Cheri Lucas Cheri Lucas is the founder and president of Second Chance at Love Humane Society. California. Cheri is a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals. release” ritual with him again before allowing him to exit the car. conditioning your dog to respect you as the pack leader as you set rules. others may not have control of theirs. and most important. continue to enter the park with your dog on his leash. you need to practice patience and know yourself. go through the “sit. To make your dog park experience more like that of a natural pack. May your next experience at the dog park be relaxing. 26 . a dog park is nothing like a pack in the wild! A dog or wolf pack in their natural state is calm. unsnap his leash and allow him to explore on his own. Ask your dog to sit. know your dog and remain calm and assertive. The key is to do your research. the dog will sense your energy and the work could be counterproductive. Remember that just because you may have perfect control of your own dog. keeping him right by your side. playing can sometimes turn into fighting if intensity levels are not kept in check.Visit her website at www.
Create a regular dental care routine at home. signals. For example. Never use human toothpaste or mouthwash. If your dog hasn't received a dental exam. Not all dogs are food-motivated. 4.Set aside time every day to work on training. 5. Know what you want from your dog. but make things easier for yourself by working with your dog as a puppy. Everything you do or say around your dog is “training” – remain consistent in your body language. 2. the pack leader. It keeps her mind busy and builds confidence. 3. Keep training sessions short and sweet. Take your dog to the vet if you see signs of dental problems: Bad breathe Change in eating or chewing habits Pawing at the face or mouth Depression Excessive drooling Misaligned or missing teeth 27 . dogs need discipline. Training and conditioning require consistent reinforcement to keep the dog enjoying the behavior. you can brush your dog's teeth with special canine toothpaste. is important to maintain good behavior on a regular basis. Always end a training session with a success. and pay close attention to when your dog gets tired or overtaxed. 7 Tips for Doggie Dental Care 1. Take time to find the rewards that work best. They can make your dog sick. Remember. and commands. You want to keep her interested and wanting more! Use training as a time to help your dog learn to problem-solve on her own. take him to the vet first! He may require a cleaning. so giving them dedicated time when they need to focus on you. so do your homework and try a different approach if one way isn’t giving you the results you want. and then you can maintain his clean teeth at home. Start early! Grown dogs can learn to become comfortable with brushing. Set a clear goal and stick to it. 23.
excited exhalations could be the canine version of laughter. painful or bleeding gums Yellowish-brown tartar crust along the gum line Bumps or growths within the mouth 6. an expected disciplinary action. The Science of Canine Emotions Are you convinced your dog laughs? Or maybe you think he feels ashamed when you discover that he's peed on the carpet? Find out if you're right – or just humanizing your dog! Learn the science behind your dog's feelings. They discovered a special exhalation that was different from normal panting. his body language seems to point to feelings of guilt.Discolored. 24. It may have been your reaction to similar behavior in the past. Your dog’s submissive postures are the result of anxious anticipation. missing or crooked teeth Red. the emotion is slightly less complicated than human guilt or shame. and a doleful gaze. 28 . make sure your veterinarian takes a good look at his or her teeth to keep an eye out for any issue you may miss. Her team brought a parabolic microphone to a park and. Shame Most dog owners are familiar with the telltale signs that indicate their dog has been “up to no good” while they’ve been away: the lowered head. But for dogs. Even if the fruits of the dog’s bad behavior are not immediately apparent. you might be right! Researcher Patricia Simonet from Sierra Nevada College discovered that certain breathy. Make sure you are providing safe objects for your dog to gnaw on. During your dog's annual check-ups. Later. 7. ears swept back. broken. swollen. Aggressive chewing on hard objects can cause broken teeth. the team played the sound for other dogs who started to play after hearing the "laugh. Laughter Have you ever heard your dog's panting during play and thought it sounded like a chuckle? Turns out. from a distance. Your immediate reaction in any disciplinary situation creates an association for your dog… he now knows that his actions will lead to discipline or punishment. recorded the sounds that dogs made while playing." They also discovered that it helped to calm shelter dogs who were under stress. the hunched posture. or it may be the change in your energy and body language when you discover his actions in the present.
Jealousy A researcher at the University of Vienna in Austria named Friederike Range discovered that dogs do have a sense of "fair play. Canine moms teach rules. Dogs in Nature Understanding how dogs behave in nature can help us to better fulfill their needs when we bring them into our homes. the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals conducted a Companion Animal Mourning Project which found that 66% of dogs exhibited four or more behavioral changes after losing a pet companion. but they do experience sadness when a pack member passes away. they stopped! Dogs are not the only ones who are insulted when they aren't treated fairly. It also hones cognitive skills and helps in hunting and mating 25. his first pack leader is his mother. build trust. fear. and limitations from day one! 29 . If you are afraid these symptoms may be the result of illness. In 1996. and anxiety. Grief Dogs don't grieve in the same way that humans do." Her team began with a group of dogs who already knew the command to "shake" and would give their paw whether they received a treat or not. However. sleeping too much or too little. Give your pet time to cope with the loss. If your family experiences a loss. You can help by maintaining their routine and going through your own grief. take your dog to the vet to make sure. if they saw that another dog received a piece of food for the behavior while they did not. When a puppy enters the world. and bark for joy." Play helps animals to build social bonds. It is likely these behaviors resulted because both animals live in cooperative societies. The study found that most dogs returned to normal after two weeks but some took as long as six months. Your dog will have trouble moving on if you are unable to. and learn to cooperate which can better their chances of survival. Joy Anyone who has watched a dog play knows that our canine companions experience joy! The famous naturalist Charles Darwin noted that "under the expectation of any great pleasure. A similar experiment found that monkeys also become jealous if their peers were rewarded and they weren't. boundaries. depression. your dog may react by displaying signs of distress: loss of appetite. dogs bound and jump about in an extravagant manner.
This activity is ingrained deep within a dog's DNA. then the eyes. eyes. As newborns. Exercise: Challenge Your Dog Physically All dogs require exercise to lead balanced. dogs still experience the world in this order: nose. this means a daily walk. there are two positions: the leader and the follower. Keep this in mind when meeting a dog for the first time. the final judgment must be made on the individual dog’s needs. As your dog’s pack leader. dogs look to their pack leader to create that stability. This is the natural balance of the pack. Walking exercises your dog's body and stimulates her mind. Frisbee. 27. although breed can give an indication of the dog’s energy level. For all dogs. Remember that dogs are animals. A big back yard is no substitute for a good walk. As they grow older. dogs earn food and water and experience the world around them by walking. first the puppy's nose starts to work. and animals need to travel and discover the world. In the animal world. There can only be so many pack leaders. and then nose. or swimming.Newborn puppies don't get a name like we do. Master the walk and your dog will relate to you on a deeper level. and then ears. and the pack leader doesn’t look to the dogs to affirm his position. This is how she gets to know you. and. They don’t question the pack leader’s position. so most dogs are born submissive. you must help her to expend her energy in a productive way. As adults. and finally the ears. This is entirely opposite of how we do: ears. Just because a dog is small doesn’t mean he needs less exercise. Energy as Communication 30 . eyes. In their natural habitat. Some dogs may require additional activities. healthy lives. such as running. Your goal should be to provide your dogs with the same calm-assertive leadership that they would experience in a pack. The closest thing to a personality is a dog's status within the pack. This creates a balance in the pack that fosters healthy and happy dogs. Let the dog explore your scent fully before attempting any other interaction. in addition to—but never replacing—the walk. 26.
and in the correct way. Signs of calm-submissive energy include a relaxed posture. the puppy will follow a pack leader who projects the same calm-assertive energy out of association. Calmassertive means always compassionate.Dogs use constant energy to communicate. As pack followers. for at least thirty to forty-five minute each time. boundaries. The first energy that a puppy experiences after birth is mom’s calm-assertive energy. but by the energy they project and the activities they share. and a nearly instinctual response to the “pack leader’s” commands. Glossary of Terms from "Cesar's Way" Calm-assertive energy – This is the energy you project to show your dog you are the calm and assertive pack leader. Most dog owners give only affection. Calm-submissive energy – In nature. because there can only be so many pack leaders. If you don’t know what I mean by calm-assertive energy. you must always project a calm-assertive energy. To establish yourself as the pack leader. This means the dog walks next to 31 . but only after the dog has achieved calm submission in our “pack”. Discipline – giving a dog rules. Master the walk – The walk is an extremely important ritual for a dog. so that both the dog’s mind and its body are given a workout. explain. and happy dog. and thus the ideal energy for a dog to project when living in a household with humans. They know humans in the same way. As humans. ears held back. he or she will attempt to right the pack balance by filling what they see as a vacant pack leader role. Dogs don’t know each other by name. though we may attempt to persuade. dogs return a calm-submissive energy that completes the pack balance. this is the appropriate energy for a “follower” in a dog pack. This natural balance (calm-assertive leadership with calm-submissive behavior) nurtures stability and creates a balanced. Exercise. discipline. Affection – a reward we give to our dogs and to ourselves. think about Oprah Winfrey. centered. Exercise – walking a dog at least one hour every day. but quietly in control. And. This is how behavior problems develop. Energy is what I call beingness. balanced dog. Later. 28. Note: assertive does not mean angry or aggressive. we too are communicating with energy—whether we realize it or not. It is important to understand that most dogs are born to be submissive. When a naturally submissive dogs lives with a human that does not lead. or don’t provide these three necessities in the correct order. and limitations in a nonabusive manner. and rationalize all day long. It needs to take place a minimum of twice a day. She is calm and assertive in the human world. it is who and what you are in every moment. and affection… in that order – These are the three ingredients for creating a happy. these energy signals are the only messages getting across to our dogs.
Cute outfits. Issues – If a dog doesn’t trust its owner to be a strong. Nose.Anger. so it attempts to fill in the missing leadership elements. Regular exercise. the dog perceives itself as pack leader at that moment. affection that hasn't been earned and is shared at the wrong time can be detrimental to a dog. a strong stable pack leader. and I offer them suggestions for “retraining” themselves to be calmassertive pack leaders. psychologically with rules. . Humanizing a dog – Many owners make the well-intentioned mistake of thinking of their dogs as children. boundaries.the owner or behind him/her – not pulling ahead. who is fulfilled physically with exercise. People training – When I am called in on a job. then the eyes. ears… in that order! – I remind dog owners that dogs see the world differently from the way we do. and limitations . and lastly the ears. However. 29. it becomes unclear about its correct role within the pack. Balance – A balanced dog is in the state Mother Nature wants it to be in – as a calmsubmissive pack follower. and affection that’s earned will result in a dog that’s calm and balanced. boundaries. Dogs begin with the nose. and lastly our nose. boundaries and limitations for their life both inside and outside the house. The Importance of Affection Love is one of the greatest gifts we can share with our dogs. If a dog is “walking” a human. “a dog is not an appliance that can be sent out for repairs. aggressive leader is not in control.” Permanent dog rehabilitation can occur only with a calm. consistent leadership behavior will make enforcing the rules easier. A dog that is confused about who is in charge is actually concerned about the ability of the pack to survive. an angry. assertive. 32 . stable. and consistent owner. many owners assume it’s their dog that is the problem. Touch means a lot to them. Dog rehabilitation – This is what I do: help a dog with issues to return to a balanced state of calm submission. Sometimes it may appear that I can “fix” a dog instantly. Calm-assertive energy and daily. or phobias – what I call “issues”. This can cause aggression. fancy dog food. fear. Dog training – Conditioning a dog to human commands – sit. eyes. then our eyes. Allowing a dog to experience our scent before we engage it in eye contact or speak to it is one way to establish trust early on. I try to help people understand that their own behavior has a powerful affect on their dog. obsessions.Dogs need to know that their pack leader is clearly setting the rules. aggression. and the human is not in control. Here are a few of Cesar's thoughts on sharing affection. but as I’ve said. and a millionaire’s mansion will not make for a happy dog. or abuse toward the dog will not establish you as pack leader. Dogs are affectionate animals. heel – isn’t what I do. often erratically. We communicate using our ears first. and emotionally with affection from its owner. both in their natural world and when they live with us. and limitations. anxiety. stay. stable pack leader. I advise people to try to see the world through a dog’s eyes. come. Rules.
possessive. you reinforce the behavior preceding it. the pack leader uses calm-assertive energy to influence how the dog interacts with his surroundings. Share your love when your dog is in a calm-submissive state. Prove your love by giving your dog what he or she needs: long walks. as is the case when a mother picks up a puppy by the scruff of the neck if he strays outside the den. rules. whining.Give affection . barking. and limitations Give your dogs as much love as you have! Give as much love as your heart can handle and then some! But please give it at the right time. Rules. anxious. In the wild. Adult dogs need these same rules. Don't forget exercise and discipline. exercised and eaten. boundaries. responded to a rule or command. Reward stability. and limitations from you. begging. boundaries. aggressive.but at the right time! Remember anytime you give affection. dominant. she controls when they play and how far they travel. and Limitations A dog's mother begins training puppies from birth.. Share affection after a dog has. their pack leader. Boundaries.. A pack leader doesn't project emotional or nervous energy. or breaking a household rule. She enforces these laws in a quiet way. so neither should you. changed an unwanted behavior into a behavior you asked for. She makes them wait for food.. 30. or entered a calm-submissive state. Don't share affection when your dog is.. fearful. 33 .
31. Dogs that show calm-submissive energy get to eat first. you are reinforcing the behavior. I feed many dogs at the same time with no problems. and limitations for her pack. Mealtimes are a useful tool to help you connect with your dog and work to shape his demeanor. and it will almost certainly reoccur. 32. boundaries. Domestication means dogs don’t need to hunt for food. Exercise will help the dog. Domestication has brought about a change in the way dogs receive their meals and in the way they behave before mealtime. Waiting is another way that pack leaders assert their position. you are not only providing him with nutrition. This is a form of psychological exercise. nurtures her dog's healthy state of mind. don’t give food until your dog acts calm and submissive. and then communicating this ownership through clear body language signals and eye contact. as the pack leader. Dogs will often become excited. and adult dogs wait until the pack leader wants them to travel. A dog who understands that you.much like their mother or pack leader would do. Take him on a walk before you feed him. When these dogs project calm-submissive energy. anxious. or aggressive at the prospect of being fed. I reward them with their meal . Make sure your dog has reached a calm-submissive state before you place the food bowl in front of him. and in doing so. Puppies wait to eat. The Feeding Ritual: Negative Behaviors Food carries a powerful message in the dog world. the pack leader in nature sets rules. you are helping him lead a balanced and happy life. Puppies work for food by waiting patiently for their mother. to achieve this state. Dogs in the wild claim space by first asserting themselves in a calm and confident way. especially a high-energy one. and it's important for a healthy state of mind. And just as you don't give affection unless your dog is in a calmsubmissive state. but they can still work for it. If you feed your dog when he displays negative behaviors. own the space in which he lives will respect your asserted authority. Waiting is a form of psychological work for the dog. By doing so. and dogs that show negative behaviors such as aggression or nervousness must wait. In all of these ways. Common Dog Behaviors Explained 34 .Ownership of territory is very important. Establish your position as pack leader by asking your dog to work.
Communication begins with understanding. The Feeding Ritual: Working Domestication has made it possible for dogs to receive their food without having to hunt it down themselves.Dogs live and travel in packs. unwanted behaviors begin to emerge. Dogs in natural packs will dig to hide food or to uncover food such as small rodents. but it's still in their nature to feel the need to work for it. then Affection? 33. Panting . More on digging. By encouraging jumping up with affection. Barking . written deep in a dog's DNA. so it's natural for them to feel anxious when they are separated from their pack-mates. More on jumping. Consider: are you giving Exercise. you'll be better equipped to recognize when your pack's needs are not being met! When your dog's needs go unfulfilled. Separation anxiety . most of their body heat is expelled through their mouth when they pant. jumping up is a sign that your dog is attempting to assert her dominance over you. 35 . Barking is an important means of canine communication. Once you understand these behaviors. It's their primary means of regulating body temperature. If you want to build a better relationship with your dog. Digging . Jumping up .More on separation anxiety. you can start by working to understand the meaning and causes behind some of her most common behaviors.In nature. More on barking. Try taking your dog on a nice. A den dug in the cool earth can also provide shelter from the heat. Leaving her in resting mode can calm her anxiety.Though it may seem like play behavior. Discipline.Because dogs sweat through the pads on their feet. long walk before leaving her alone in the house. It is especially strong in terrier breeds. you are reinforcing the behavior. dogs bark to raise an alarm at the first signs of possible danger or to herald a new arrival. or an enthusiastic greeting.Digging is an instinctual activity.
balanced state.In a natural setting. but from your dog’s perspective. place the bowl of food in front of her. The morning routine should look like this: You project calm-assertive energy before you give your dog affection. but also a time to help your dog become happier and more balanced. Tips for the Mealtime Ritual Feeding your dog is the perfect time to work on the pack dynamic and reinforce positive behavior. Focusing the mind and body brings the dog back into a more natural.Before my dogs eat. 36 . Make your dog work . While you fill the bowl. The physical activity will keep her in tune with her natural instincts. Mimic this by taking a long walk with your dog just before mealtime. it is instinctual. You walk your dog to exercise her body and allow her to explore the world. Here are some tips to make mealtime not only about providing sustenance. This is a form of waiting. When you get home. If she sits quietly and projects calm-submissive energy with no negative behaviors. happy dog. 34. I take them for a walk. Some of my clients think this routine sounds too rigid. animals must work for food. In this way. which is psychological exercise that helps nurture a balanced. I ask my dogs to work for food and water. prepare her food. ask your dog to sit. Wild dogs and other canines have to track their prey over long distances.
the most important thing to do is allow yourself to grieve. put away the bed. But not all barking is natural.Have your dog sit as you prepare the food. but it will encourage your dog to maintain a balanced state. 35. and the sense of loss can be overwhelming. if repeated every time the dog is fed. If it is especially painful. By remaining calm before mealtime. Just make sure to go through the grief. can create lasting behavior problems or make existing problems worse. At the Dog Psychology Center. Today. and aggression can all manifest when you feed your dog. Don't put a limit on how long it should last. my pack of over thirty dogs lets me know when a stranger approaches the compound. You may find this regimen strict. Be patient! Wait until your dog is in the balanced state you desire before you give her food. Make sure she maintains calm and submissive energy while she waits. or delivers our mail. we still utilize this trait. and as the pack leader. The reoccurrence of these behaviors is almost guaranteed when you "reward" your dog by feeding her after she displays any of these habits. Each of us handles mourning differently. The dog becomes excited based on the owners energy which. This reaction is normal. Stay calm and assertive . so you are able to move on.It's Natural! Many early humans brought canines into their settlements to take advantage of one key trait: their bark! They alerted humans to potential dangers and helped keep the camp safe. toys and pictures of your 37 . territorial behavior. Barking . you will help your dog do the same. Establishing pack leadership is the key to managing any instinctual behavior. Having a dog as a vigilant sentry keeps many humans sleeping soundly at night.Humans will sometimes talk and signal in a high energy manner before they feed their dog. and barking is no exception! 36. Our dogs let us know when someone approaches our property. or is unsure of his or her role in the pack.Anxiety. Coping with a Dog's Death The death of a dog is a hard reality all dog owners eventually face.Create a regular routine . Problems can develop if a dog has pent-up energy. grows anxious. Don't reward negative behavior . The dog will become frustrated and may begin to bark excessively. arrives at the door. becomes overexcited. I keep it from getting out of control by using my calm-assertive energy to tell them that everything is okay.
you may block them from being able to move on also. The downside? Tags can come off or be removed by someone with ill intentions. That is why it is important to consider alternate forms of doggy ID. Tattoo . When you are grieving. Often having these reminders around makes it harder to move on. They feel so much pain that they try to heal the wound with this new companion.Because the needle does not reach the nerve endings of the dog's skin. Tag . the procedure runs about $10. All he will know is that you are in a weaker state than him. Using more than one method of identification can increase your dog's chances of being returned. or other emergency situations. If you are still in mourning. Select a unique number and 38 . When you do feel ready to bring a new dog into your life. If you adopt a new dog. with discounts for multiple pets. Be aware that your grief will affect the other pets in your home. become happy. be sure to update the information or use temporary tags. If you need help coping with your pet’s loss. Often. that animal won’t know you’re grieving for somebody who has passed away. please seek help from a professional counselor or psychologist. this is not fair to her – or to you. When the dog is found. often avoiding a trip to the shelter. understand that you are the only one who has any control over when to let go. and phone number on the tag. you may not be able to display consistent calm-assertive energy in order to establish yourself as the pack leader. the tattooing procedure is not painful and takes only two to three minutes. rescue a dog and start all over again. If you have trouble finding someone close to you who understands your loss or the extent of your grief. people want their new dog to be the same as their old dog. By adding your cell phone number as well. you can even be reached if you are out of the house when the dog is found. the owner can be contacted directly and quickly. How to Keep Your Dog Safe With Proper ID Proper identification helps ensure that your dog can make its way home in the case of theft. Be sure to include your name. This is not what’s best for the new dog. Where to buy tags: local pet store or veterinarian.dog while you go through that mourning period. you must treat her as just that – a new dog. Most importantly. If you travel or move. address. seek support from family and friends who will take the time to listen. Do not bring another animal into your life until you have completed the mourning process. loss. Do not try to make that dog anything other than who she is. On average. 37.Tags are one of the easiest and cheapest methods of identification.
GPS collars can come off or be removed. The downside? It is possible for someone to alter or remove a tattoo. Consider using the collar in combination with another form of identification to ensure your pet is safe! Where to get a GPS collar: local pet store Local Requirements . running between $20 and $60. because ears can be cut off and lips can be clipped. To prevent this. a compatible scanner must be used. The downside? Like tags. Where to get a tattoo: veterinarian or through a dog club or other organization Microchip . it is hard to remove or alter a microchip. This helps to protect your dog from possible theft for use in a lab.A license is required in most cities and counties. If you have already implanted an incompatible chip. Instead. Microchips must be registered with your current contact information. If your dog runs away. you can easily update this information. Your dog should always wear the license tag along with an ID tag.Microchips are inserted under the skin between the shoulder blades with a large needle and can then be read with the proper scanner. you don't need to wonder where he went. do not place the tattoo on the lip or ear. GPS Collar . and this registration should be updated if you move. such as National Dog Registry. It is not advisable to tattoo your phone number or address. With a registry. Before implanting a chip. because that could change.register your contact information with a tattoo registry. contact your local shelter or animal control agency to ensure they can read the type of chip you will implant. Unlike tattoos. contact the chip manufacturer and ask them to provide a scanner to your local shelters and animal control agency. If your dog is picked up by a police or 39 . The Global Pet Finder collar even lets you know when conditions outside become too hot or cold. tattoos are frequently applied to the inner leg or stomach. The downside? To be detected. especially if you are working with an anxious or fearful dog that often goes into flight mode. The device allows you to find out where your dog is at any given moment. you can just pop onto the computer! Some devices provide instant notification when your dog goes outside the area you specify. Where to get a microchip: veterinarian or animal shelter. The procedure is safe and relatively inexpensive. An added benefit: it is against the law for research facilities to use a tattooed animal in experimentation.These collars can provide you with peace of mind.
healthier pet and will save you money in the long run. as well as provide emergency medical treatment if required. The downside? None. The weight gain that people may witness after sterilization is most likely caused by continuing to feed a high energy diet to a dog that is reducing its need for energy as it reaches adult size. they don’t produce puppies that end up in animal shelters to be adopted or euthanized. A dog will not feel like less of a “man” or “woman” after being sterilized. If pets can’t breed. It will not suffer an identity crisis or mourn the loss of its reproductive capability. over 56% of dogs and approximately 75% of cats entering shelters are put to sleep. 40 . Never spay or neuter a frustrated. Currently. be sure your dog is in a calm and balanced state.animal control officer. Where to license your dog: Contact your local animal control agency for information. You can help save lives by spaying and neutering your pet. make your dog sluggish or affect its natural instinct to protect the pack. Another myth is that spaying and neutering cause weight gain. 38. or get into a fight. seven puppies and kittens are born for every one human. mark territory (like your couch!) and exert dominance over the pack. If your dog does end up in the shelter. they can contact you directly. But it will give you a better behaved pet. Your dog will simply have one less need to fulfill. Sterilized dogs are more affectionate and less likely to bite. Dogs do not get fat simply by being sterilized. run away. have a hard time sterilizing their pets. which can lead to aggression. When you get your dog spayed or neutered. Unspayed female dogs attract unwanted attention every six months. it is the best thing for your dog. Be a part of the solution: spay or neuter your pets. but since your dog may be end up outside your county or city. Many people. waiting for you to pick him up. particularly men. but the fact is sterilization makes your dog a better behaved. Unneutered male dogs that are not able to mate experience frustration. so sterilization will not change your dog’s basic personality. As a result. imposing upon their dogs their own feelings on losing reproductive abilities. Spay and Neuter Myths Spaying or neutering your dog is an important part of responsible pet ownership. many shelters will extend the time they will hold onto your dog. and four to five million dogs and cats are euthanized every year. tense. A dog’s basic personality is formed more by environment and genetics than by sex hormones. Cesar Millan In the United States. Also. From a psychological and biological point-of-view. dogs gain weight if they eat too much and exercise too little or if they are genetically programmed to be overweight. the staff will know how to contact you. there are just not enough homes for the animals. aggressive. Sterilizing dogs and cats has been hailed as the most effective method for pet population control. become aggressive. skipping a trip to the shelter. Neutered dogs have less desire to roam. Spayed dogs no longer experience the hormonal changes during heat cycles that turn your pet into a nervous dog that cries incessantly and attracts unwanted male dogs. it's a good to utilize another method of identification as well. or anxious dog! Pet overpopulation and euthanasia are a continuing problem. Just like humans. The perpetuation of myths about spaying and neutering and the high cost cause many people to avoid the procedures. nervous.
In females. boundaries. teach the puppies rules. Under no circumstances should you bring a sick dog to a dog park! 41 . They reproduce solely to ensure the survival of their species.4 million animals were euthanized. Also. 1. Prostate cancer risk is greatly reduced in males. They do not raise a puppy for eighteen years. it eliminates the possibility of developing uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the chance of breast cancer. In towns and cities that have already implemented sterilization programs. the estimate was down to 4. Efforts by programs such as SPAY/USA already seem to be having an effect. they do not even recognize puppies as their own. Twenty-two years later. As for expense. In 1980.6 million. And though we’re heading in the right direction. today there are enough low cost and free spay and neuter programs that this can no longer be an excuse! Even if these programs are not available in your area. approximately 23. the number of companion animals who had to be euthanized is showing a decline of 30 to 60 percent. They do not dream of their puppy’s wedding. the problem of euthanasia continues. The truth is that neutered and spayed dogs are better pets. Spay or neuter your pet today! 39.Dogs do not mourn their lost capability to reproduce. Female dogs nurse for a few weeks. has all her shots. and limitations and send them off to join the pack. your dog will live a healthier and longer life. Here are 5 tips Cesar has for dog owners who want to demonstrate good pack leadership. Make sure your dog is spayed or neutered. the emotional distress and money spent on medical treatments you will save down the line makes it an investment that will be worth every penny. Male dogs are not “fathers” in the human sense of the word. some females experience false pregnancies and uterine infections that can be fatal. he also reminds you to keep in mind that a good pack leader maintains leadership even at the dog park. and is in good health. Be a part of the solution. Cesar's Dog Park Tips While Cesar encourages everyone to exercise their dog on a regular basis. Sterilization reduces the risk of incidence of a number of health problems that are difficult and expensive to treat. By sterilizing your pet. They do not hope for the comfort of grandchildren in their old age.
consider checking local shelters or youth programs that may hold "Pet Washes" as fundraisers. you could be eligible to receive a discounted license for as little as $6! Vaccinations . a bath at home followed by a towel dry and gentle brushing can be a wonderful way to show your dog affection after a long walk! Low-income dog licenses .For vaccines that need to be administered annually.If you don't already have a groomer you trust. 42 . By filling out a few simple forms. such as "play dates" with one or two other dog owners. unexpected medical issues can present quite a problem. see if any of your local animal shelters offer clinics where those vaccines might be offered for less than they would otherwise. training. don't "punch out" on your calm-assertive leadership. and boarding. A calm-submissive dog will not attract another dog's aggression--but an excited dog.Some areas offer low-income families a leg-up on the fees involved in licensing their family pet in order to encourage them to register with the city. Between the price of food. Be aware of your dog at all times. But even in this time of economic crisis. timid dog. monthly budgets can shoot skyward with the addition of a four-legged friend to the household. 5. Never take an over-excited dog to the park. Recession-Proof Your Dog .2. 4. 40.If money becomes scarce. And when push comes to shove. 3. or an aggressive dog can become a fight-magnet. a weak. pet health insurance can help you carefully budget ahead of time the money that will go toward day-to-day healthcare. and take responsibility for her behavior. Know your dog! If your dog has poor social skills. find a more controlled way to introduce her to the company of other dogs. pet paraphernalia. But just as you might take out an insurance plan for yourself or other family members. you can find ways to care for your loyal companion without breaking the bank! Medical expenses . While at the park.11 Tips Owning or adopting a dog can be expensive under any circumstances. Grooming . is overly fearful or is dog aggressive. such as those for rabies. medical expenses. or if you have not yet established your calm-assertive leadership with your dog. leave your car a block away and take your dog on a vigorous walk of at least thirty-five minutes to drain some of her energy. as well as any unforeseen problems that might arise in the future. Do not use the dog park as a substitute for the walk! If you drive to the park.
or deals are available in your area for people with your specific needs. discounts. couch. but no dog is completely safe.In an effort to curb the overpopulation of pets. visit SpayUSA. The other 95% can't be seen. Overfeeding will burn through your stores of food faster. It's a safe bet that they will have some ideas for you – they've been down this road many. as eggs. according to MSNBC.Spay/Neuter services .Coupons are available in your local Sunday supplements for just about everything you could want. For more information on these programs. it's important to understand a little bit about how they operate. Consult your vet to determine the method of DIY teeth cleaning that best suits your dog. Only 5% of the total flea population is in the form of adult fleas on your pet.The American Kennel Club (AKC) has a list of the National Clubs for many pure breeds of dog. Join the club! . and a dog that's overeating is at a greater health risk than one on a balanced diet. Keep an eye on your pets and be sure to make use of identification. the average life cycle is about 21 days. and anywhere else your pet walks or lies down. including dog food and even toys. or pupae.Be consistent in the portions you give to your dog and never give in to begging for extra meals or dinner table scraps.org. which can exist in your carpet.Ask the staff in your vet's office about what financial aid programs. That's because fleas are always in various stages of development. The complete flea life cycle lasts between 2 weeks to almost 170 days.* Here are some important things to know about each stage of the flea life cycle: Adult Fleas 43 . too. Clip coupons! . In order to stop them. And newsletters for dog lovers (ours included!) occasionally run promotions for products in the form of exclusive coupons.You don't have to spend much to keep your dog's choppers pearly and white! Prevention is key. Dental care . Purebred and designer dogs are at higher risk. many organizations offer professional spay/neuter services absolutely free for families that cannot afford the procedure. Many of those clubs offer financial assistance programs to owners of those dogs.The recession has resulted in a rise in pet theft. many times! 41. however.they can be yours. larvae. bedding. Food . Have a heart-to-heart with your vet . Fleas: the Basics Fleas aren't just your dog's worst nightmare . Get ID . Read about the pros and cons of five forms of doggy ID.
Vet parasitology. There are two easy ways to check for black specks: Flea Comb . larvae. GA. White Paper Towel . If black specks are on the comb when you pull it off. If fleas are on the comb.Adult fleas live on your pet. they might be flea dirt.* Eggs hatch as larvae within 1 to 6 days. ®FRONTLINE is a registered trademark of Merial. it may be flea dirt. ©2008 Merial Limited. 52:1-19. A single adult female flea can lay up to 1200 offspring in one month and can lay up to 2000 eggs in her lifetime (up to 170 days). so they fall off the pet and scatter like BBs. your pet may become very nervous. your home is probably already part of the problem. Pupae Pupae survive most flea treatments. they do not jump from pet to pet or pet to human. If infested with fleas.the fecal matter from adult fleas. deep into carpets and cracks in flooring where they feed. ecology and control. On average. The cat flea: biology. and may scratch excessively. but sometimes up to a year.* Flea eggs are not sticky. 44 . M.Available from your veterinarian (the metal ones are best). 42. Pupae may remain dormant 4 to 6 months. making sure the comb reaches the skin through the coat.. Run the comb over your pet. larvae live up to 12 days on your pet. Click here for more information about FRONTLINE products and money saving offers. annoyed.W. Fleas: Detection Black specks on your pet or in your dog’s bed may be "flea dirt" . If black specks appear on the towel.* Eggs Fleas lay eggs within 24 hours after feeding. Larvae move away from light. and pupae wherever your dog likes to lie around or sit. There will be eggs.* Larvae Larvae can travel up to 18 inches in carpet. drown them in a bowl of soapy water before they can get away or jump back on your pet. When you discover fleas on your pet.Place a white paper towel beneath your pet and rub your hands across its fur. 1994. REFERENCE: * Dryden. Duluth. All rights reserved.
Then. All rights reserved. take a long blood meal. and hosts of the Rocky Mountain wood tick in the United States. I would recommend waiting until after you have already run with the male dog. Entomol. ©2008 Merial Limited. the male gasps for breath because he pulls so hard on his leash. 43(1):17-24. et al. If you would like to walk your dogs together. Jack Russell Pulls on the Leash Dear Cesar. Dogs can walk for hours. ©2008 Merial Limited. bushes. The two dogs get along fine and love to walk together in tandem. 44. 43. D. Ticks: The Basics They might not get as much attention as fleas. I have tried small elastic extensions on his harness. The female has no problems walking on leash. K. Some dogs just prefer to run before they walk. they attach themselves to the pet. If you can't run with him. Cesar Millan Get more tips for problem on the walk on the Common Canine Misbehaviors DVD. grasses. When we walk on leash. 45 . 18) 3. and fall off into the environment (where the female tick lays her eggs and dies).M. 1996. I put my rollerblades on or jump on my bike! Don't go against his nature. but ticks can be even more dangerous. Stafford. R. Tick populations are affected by climate and abundance of hosts. Ticks lie in wait for unsuspecting animals—including humans—to brush by their hiding places on weeds. IA: Blackwell. your dog will get hot and be done running. Here are some other important things to know about ticks: Ticks thrive in high humidity and moderate temperatures. Then I would leave her at home while I use wheels to let the male run. With a dog like your high-energy Jack Russell. Med. Then he will ready for a walk. but they can only run for so long. He may well be one of them. The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. Click here for more information about FRONTLINE products and money saving offers.. Ames. 2007:13. I have two Jack Russell terriers.®FRONTLINE is a registered trademark of Merial. GA. I would take the calm dog on a walk first until she is satisfied or tired. Some species can survive for long periods without feeding. All rights reserved. (See p. Duluth. but this does not help. Tick management handbook. then you can introduce the female and walk together as a pack. When he is ready to walk. Duluth. I suggest using a backpack to redirect the energy to pulling or carrying. REFERENCES: 1. after 15 minutes or so. seasonality. 2. & Shearer..C. Click here for more information about FRONTLINE products and money saving offers. 1997:60. What can I do to help my male dog enjoy his walks? Sandra Sandra. GA. Generally. ®FRONTLINE is a registered trademark of Merial. Distribution. Stay calm and assertive. J. Vet Ectoparasites. James A. or other leafy vegetation. Wall. male and female.
She loves riding in the car and is always anxious to go. As the night progresses. your dog is in front of you and going off on his own. Problems with Hyperactive Jack Russell Hi. I understand that Jack Russells are high energy dogs. licky. she usually will calm down. We want to be retrained and rehabilitate him. and raining (she doesn’t mind) but we do! Please help. If you have trouble getting your dog to do this. Until you master the walk. don’t let him get to you. as we travel so she can bark at them. We watch your program and try to follow your instructions (techniques) for retraining ourselves and rehabilitating our dog. She came to us as a rescue when she was three years old. but even though he’s bouncing. you can ride while your dog runs alongside you. Other than the things mentioned above. He is taking us for walks… even though we continuously stop and try to get him to walk next to us. We have a four-month-old Jack Russell named Wetto. I have a nine-year-old German shepherd named Tessa. ignore him! I know it’s hard and that he’s very cute.45. Why Do Dogs Stick Their Heads Out the Car Window? Hi. Sometimes. If. Your advise/help would be greatly appreciated. If you don’t feed that hyperactive energy. He also gets jumpy. Rick & Martha Flores Dear Rick & Martha. how can we stop this whining? When the window is down. he is a good dog. he hogs the bed and also interferes with our private time. until you let the window down. Cesar Millan 46. Another option is to put a dog on a treadmill before you take him for a walk. horses. and just wants attention when we get company. With high energy dogs like Wetto. you will not be able to alter his other behaviors. She won’t stop whining. A lot of dogs don’t want to walk. Sometimes I think that even you might have problems accomplishing this dog’s rehabilitation. He gets so excited when we get home from work that he just cannot calm down for a half an hour. people. This is the fastest way to drain your dog’s energy. she WHINES unless you let the windows down so she can stick out her head. If we stop the car and there are lots of people around with other 46 . but we didn't expect this much. then he is telling you very clearly that you are the follower. etc. Our issue with him is taking him for walks. He wants to smell everything and tries to run ahead. Stay calm and assertive. We also made the mistake of allowing him to sleep on our bed at night. If you have a bike and are able to maintain your balance. I suggest calling a professional and explaining your goal: I want my dog to learn to safely be beside the bike as I ride. during the walk. I recommend using bikes and rollerblades if you are safely able to do so. If she’s out of the car. However. she looks for dogs. he’s going to stop the behavior eventually. But. if you’d like to cut down on that half hour of hyperactivity when you come home. they want to run! So it can become difficult and boring for them to follow a slow pace. it is cold.
or anxiety. or anything I happen to be carrying and place it out in front of me. What I am saying with my body language is. Once I have asserted myself. especially in rainy weather. This is the hardest lesson for me to teach anybody. that can bring all her attention to the bone or to whatever treat you believe is healthy for your dog. I am maintaining a very calm and assertive state. I have a question regarding a face-to-face encounter with a dog you don't know. but it’s an important one for people to learn. I don’t want the dog’s space. That energy creates a barrier that automatically demands his respect. GA Dear John. I claim my own space. Thanks for your help! John Atlanta. but do give her something to chew on in the car like a bone she favors . so I make myself appear bigger and feel more in command of my space. Dogs often love to stick their heads out the windows of cars and smell everything that’s going by them – I often say that. Believe it or not. Often. but this is the kind of behavior that can often be redirected by distraction. It’s a mouth open wail of a whine that is loud.stimulation. If someone walks up to the car and talks to us. an umbrella. I don’t want that tree over there. I use a walking stick. Without seeing the dog in action and without seeing how you react to her. I just want this space that I am standing in. I’m letting him know that I’m not afraid of him. we can’t hear them because of her loud whining. I get very calm. Again. what is the best move to avoid an attack? Sincerely. An aggressive dog wants you under stress before it attacks. I can’t tell how severe the behavior is. sense-surround. what will be instrumental in blocking the animal from attacking you is for you to be calm and unafraid. for them. virtual-reality movie. Cesar Millan 47. Avoiding a Dog Attack Dear Cesar. it’s like going to a 3-D. very tasty. it slows them down and throws them off. Greg Matthews Dear Greg. such as a pebble or piece of debris getting in her eyes. I’d also suggest avoiding any long trips with your dog if possible – take short car trips while you are working on modifying her behavior. Don’t feed your dog before car trips. The first thing I try to remember if a strange dog is acting aggressively toward me is to not take it personally. 47 . Sometimes there are dogs who get anxious about riding in the car. And don’t give in to her whining – keep the windows closed or cracked open just a bit. Stay calm and assertive. and allowing your dog to be exposed to the elements at high speed could cause injury. But all that stimulation can make a dog over-excited. Please make sure your veterinarian agrees with this choice of treat. I don’t feed any fear in me. she’ll whine. whether it be in a friend's or acquaintance's house or on a street. smello-rama.something very. If you are calm and in control of yourself.
you can stop an aggressive dog by not moving and not being afraid. it becomes something ingrained in us. because when taught young. this playful behavior can turn into hunting behavior. so no matter what species you choose. dogs are natural predators! – and keep tapping into their weakness. in order for the cats to become calm-assertive in front of him. in many situations. Once a person is an adult. so we have to make sure we empower the cats by lowering the energy of the dog. It is important to understand balance and be able to read the energy of your animals. 2006 Hi Cesar: I just adopted a two-and-a-half-month-old Blue Nose pit bull. or aggressive behavior. What should I do to get them to all live together peacefully? Cathi Lane Dear Cathi: The only reason that dogs or any animals will hide from each other is that they sense the energy from a newcomer is not stable enough. Cesar’s Tips: Dog Sitting 48 . Because the reaction of the cats is to run away from the dog. Then the cats will be safe to be with the dog. It’s your responsibility to keep the family balanced by keeping this dog at the highest level of calm-submission possible. That means the puppy has to be vigorously exercised before he comes and meets and greets the cats. It’s best to be with someone who can do it to understand what it looks like and what it feels like. he is in a low-level energy state. and it freaks them out. Cesar Millan 48. The dog lunges at them to play. but I do it all the time with a whole pack of dogs. territorial. The cats are already overwhelmed. That means that whenever the puppy is around the cats. You do this consistently and with discipline and eventually the cats will tell the dog what to do. Dog Not Getting Along with Cat Posted June 30. and they are clearly telling you they don’t trust this dog. they see him as the unstable energy he projects.As you can see. She is pure-bred and very gentle but still a puppy. Stay calm and assertive. Because he is a puppy right. or dominant. the cats will begin to sense a softer energy coming from the puppy. too. but if we don’t start regulating the behavior right now. That way. It can be taught to children more easily than it can be taught to adults. and they have been hiding since the dog came into our household. My challenge is I have two one-year-old cats. I hope this helps a bit! Just keep in mind these four important words: Stay calm and assertive. The cats don’t see your dog as a “scary pit bull”. so the behavior can totally turn around to where the dog can be hiding from the cats if you empower the cats too much. your whole household will always remain balanced and peaceful. Most people can’t imagine that. Cesar Millan 49. That would be the reason that they are hiding. the difficulty isn’t in training them – it’s in the process of un-training them. it makes sense for the dog to go into predator mode – and remember. this is a hard concept to teach. Of course cats can bully a dog. now he is coming from a playful point-of-view. I think the dog just wants to play with them.
Most important is that you make sure you leave your dog with someone who understands the needs of your dog. ears” and “no touch. they probably aren’t going to accommodate the dog’s either. Before you change your dog’s routine (by having them stay somewhere other than your own home). or whether they are creating a problem by not maintaining your leadership. any concerns or separation anxiety is prevented. but you may already be planning to get away for the holidays.” when they meet new dogs? All of this will tell you how well-informed they are to ensure your dog is happy there. Ask yourself whether you can trust that this person is adhering to your rules.School has started again. get them used to change. This way. you would have someone stay at your home and maintain the dog’s normal routine. Location: Ideally. no eye contact. look at and thoroughly research the place beforehand. Just because you leave your dog at a boarding facility doesn’t mean you have to follow all of their rules. But if you leave them with someone in another location. Remember. 49 . it’s about energy and matching energy. boundaries. Leaving a hyperactive dog with an elderly relative is not a good idea. This means keeping their walk and feeding and sleeping schedule the same. no talk. What’s the energy like there? How does it smell? How do you feel? How do the caretakers there act and react with the dogs there? Do they practice “nose. If you choose to board your dog. Talk to people who have boarded their dogs there before. it’s a good idea to get them familiar with this place on several occasions prior to leaving them there for an extended stay. and limitations. Are you concerned about how your dog will handle being away from you? Put the worry aside and get prepared with these tips! Picking the Right Sitter: Try to choose someone who you know can help balance and calm your dog if he is anxious or nervous when you are first away. eyes. If they won’t accommodate your needs. you can ask. If you have specific restrictions or requests.
we go for an hour and a half hike. the routine changes. the physical and mental stimulation. for example. a calm-assertive attitude will help keep you stress-free! TORSIUNE DE STOMAC . you have taken the proper steps to ensure a pleasant experience for your dog while you are gone.Expectations: If you leave your dog with a family member or a friend. you might also give them some information on household items or foods that may be toxic to them..sunphoto. din aerofagie (ingestia de aer). of course. So when you pick up your dog. Gazul provine. Ones who are comfortable walking more than three dogs at a time are probably going to be the best handlers. how often to check their water bowl. and any other information that will help keep your dog as happy. If your dog is used to a one-hour walk every morning. even if you just have one dog. cand acestea sunt acumulate in lumen. they are going to spend most of their time in the kennel. Instead of a 45-minute walk. Cauzele initale sunt necunoscute. ingestia lui odata cu alimentele si din congestia venosa consecutiva dilatatiei gastrice. o data cu dilatarea stomacului functia fiziologica de indepartare a gazelor este intrerupta deoarece sfincterele esofagian si piloric sunt inchise. and balanced as possible while you are away. fulfilled. any medications they will need while you are gone. which you can find here. they will not be fulfilled by a 15-minute walk instead. make sure they know the requirements. hire a dog walker to help share the responsibilities. There are exceptions. but this is something to generally be aware of. Stomacul se dilata cu gaz sau lichid ori ambele. din fermentatia bacteriana si din diverse reactii metabolice. Lichidul provine din secretia gastrica. you can leave a checklist for your pet sitter. Take him for the longest walk of his life when you pick him up! If your only option is to leave your dog with someone who cannot maintain your exercise routine or schedule. how often they get a treat. allergies. the reverse is better. feeding schedule.DILATATIA GASTRICA: http://radoimihai. Keep in mind that if you leave the dog at a kennel for a long time. When you change the environment. cel mai probabil. it’s good to also change – and increase – the daily challenges. If your sitter isn’t well educated or familiar with dogs. 50 . whether you allow them on the furniture or whether they get people food. so enjoy your time away. the closest 24-hour emergency hospital. he is going to have a lot of pent up energy. Relax! If you take all of the above into consideration.. This keeps the dog’s mind and body more relaxed and less focused on their primary pack leader being away.ro/TORSIUNE_DE_STOMAC__DILATATIA_GASTRICA Descriere album: Dilatatia gastrica reprezinta o marire in volum asociata cu disfunctii mecanice de golire a stomacului. In fact. Include important information like the vet’s phone number and address. When my dogs are at the ranch. Even if you aren’t with your canine companion. any behavioral problems. Details: Just as parents leave a checklist for a babysitter.
Alte cauze ce contribuie la aparitia sindromului sunt: predispozitia anatomica. Boxer. Semnele clinice asociate starii de soc sunt prezente: puls scazut. Ca rase cu predipozitie: Marele Danez. Tratament Afectiunea. de aceea animalele operate trebuie sa fie neaparat monitorizate si tratate corespunzator. Dog de Bordeaux. Au fost studii care au demonstrat ca suplimentarea ratiei cu hrana preparata in casa sau umeda au dus la reducerea incidentei afectiunii. reprezinta urgenta chirurgicala. Cainii folositi de catre armata si politie se pare ca dezvolta aceasta afectiune in lunile noiembrie. in DTG stomacul se roteste in sesul acelor de ceasornic. voma si stresul. decembrie si ianuarie fara a se sti cu certitudine care sunt cauzele. Proprietarii observa urmatoarele semne: cainele are senzatie de voma. Dog Argentinian si surprinzator Caniche. Ciobanescul Mioritic. traumele. zgomot de toba daca se percuteaza abdomenul. mucoase palide. stomac. salivatie abundenta. Setter Irlandez. De obicei. Dalmatian. supraponderali. neinterventia medicamentoasa si chirurgicala intr-un timp foarte scurt putand duce la moartea animalului. administrarea hranei uscate cu un continut ridicat de uleiuri si grasimi creste riscul aparitiei DTG. rotatia avand intre 90 si 360 grade. reducand pana la imposibilitate voma si eructatia. care sunt hraniti cu ratii voluminoase o singura data pe zi si inghit hrana rapid. Se considera ca. Pentru a preveni aparitia DTG. totusi aceasta nu garanteaza ca dilatatia sau torsiunea nu vor recidiva. Studiile recente au demonstrat ca administrarea unei singure mese cu un volum ridicat de hrana creste riscul dilatatiei si torsiunii gastrice. Doberman. Shar-Pei . Pointer. prin gastropexie (suturarea stomacului la peretele abdominal). Saint Bernard. daca se depasec doua ore de la aparitia semnelor pana la interventia medicala. care permit modificarea relatiilor anatomice dintre stomac si esofag. odata instalata. frecvent intre 220 si 270 grade. pancreas. Un procent ridicat al DTG se intalneste in cauzul masculilor cu varsta inaintata. stomacul trebuie sa adere permanent la peretele abdominal. sansele de supravietuire scad cu fiecare minut. dar nu poate elimina nimic. Basset Hound. De asemenea. Aritmia cardiaca este principala cauza a mortii. dificultati respiratorii marcante. cu bolul ridicat pe trepied. timpul de umplere capilar redus. Animalul trebuie consultat imediat de catre un medic veterinar.Cauzele dilatatiei si torsiunii gastrice : Cauza dilatatiei si torsiunii gastrice este necunoscuta. afectiuni primare ale motilitatii gastrice. mers greoi al animalului si chiar refuzul deplasarii. tahicardie. semne de suferinta atroce. Compresia venoasa consecutiva dilatarii stomacului duce la ischemie cardiaca si perfuzia scazuta a multiplelor organe (rinichi. ileusul. cu o atentie deosebita in primele 48 de ore de la interventia chirurgicala. Rase predispose: Rasele predispuse sunt cele cu torace adanc. Ciobanesc German. 51 . o crestere brusca a volumului abdomnial. dar sunt pareri care afirma ca exercitiile fizice dupa ingestia unor cantitati ridicate de hrana sau de apa contribuie la aparitia afectiunii. intestin subtire).
mentinerea sub observatie medicala stricta pe parcursul a 48 de ore postoperator.evitarea stresului in timpul hranirii si.she always seems nervous when she eats -. .cesarsway. . Ask the Vet: Speed Eater http://www.com/askthevet/dietadvice/Speed-Eater We have had issues with our 7-month old puppy. separarea cainilor daca acestia sunt supranumerari in areal. daca este necesar. We have taken her to our vet and spent a good chunk of change to find out there is nothing wrong as far as they can see. Her eager appetite and anxious stance while she is eating suggests that she may have had to compete with her littermates for 52 .. .hranirea cu portii mici si dese in locul unei singure mese voluminoase.prezentarea la medicul veterinar odata ce se observa semnele DTG.nu ridicati bolul de mancare.. . . and her eating. NJ I wonder if Philly came from a large litter.pentru caini cu un risc ridicat se recomanda gastropexia (suturarea stomacului la peretele abdominal). Philly. What do we do? Douglas Reed Rockaway. She often eats her breakfast and within 10 minutes will throw it all up.tail tucked between her legs and she will consume her food very rapidly.Recomandari pentru propietari: .restrictioanrea exercitiilor inainte si dupa mese. .
Philly is still young so it shouldn’t be too hard to slow her down and to try to make her feel more at ease during meal times. I’m concerned that her anxious stance during eating may progress to food aggression and it is important to try and prevent that. This will decrease the amount of food she can wolf down at any particular time. try giving her one cup four times a day instead. She is a member of the National Animal Health Emergency Response Corps which helps provide veterinary care to animals affected by disasters such as Hurricane Katrina. You can put a soup can in the middle of the dish or arrange some large rocks in the bowl to slow her down. About Dr. Kristy Conn graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and did her clinical year at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Teaching Hospital where she fell in love with emergency and critical care medicine. She has practiced emergency medicine at various clinics almost exclusively for the past 10 years. Hopefully. these tips will help slow her down and make meals a little more pleasant. In any event she is showing classic guarding behavior by wolfing down her food before anyone else can get to it. Bloat is a serious condition and can occur when a dog swallows too much air during a meal causing distension of the stomach and predisposing it to twist over on itself. 53 . Kristy Conn Dr. If there are other animals in the household. food aggression and gastric dilatation. in addition to volunteering in shelter medicine. checking on the health of arrivals and providing low cost spay/neuters and immunizations to recently adopted animals. There is also a special food dish called the “Brake-fast” dog food bowl that has 3 plastic pegs in the bowl that the dog has to eat around. consider feeding Philly separately so that she does not feel threatened. which is also known as bloat. just make sure the rocks are clean and large enough so that she can’t fit them in her mouth. Finally.food. This behavior can cause problems such as vomiting when she eats too fast. The next step is to actually slow down the process of eating by making her work a little harder for the food. or volvulus. She resides in Long Island with her beloved mixed breed dog named Buster. Try feeding some of her food by hand and every now and then put a treat in her bowl while she is eating so she understands that someone walking up to her food bowl is not a bad thing and isn’t going to take it away from her. Let’s suppose you currently give Philly two cups twice a day – in that case. A good first step is to try feeding small amounts more often.