Dog Myths Part Two!

Hey dog lovers, Hope everyone is enjoying the snow, I know my dogs are. They are bouncing around like bunnies cause it is taller then them.

Today I am going to finish up Dog Myths post, so with that lets begin,

7. Table scraps are good for dogs. I know I am guilty of doing this with my dogs but I am very careful with what I give them in terms of fat and bones. As both of these can be dangerous and hazards to dogs as some do not digest it properly and can cause gastrointestinal problems.

8. Garlic prevents fleas. This is a myth as no scientific experiment was ever done to prove this. Large amounts of garlic can be harmful though.

9. Household “pet dogs” don’t need to be trained. Obviously a myth as every dog needs some sort of training, the younger the better to start.

10. Dogs eat grass when they are sick. Eating small amounts is normal as they are descendants of wolves but it doesn’t mean they are sick.

11. Dogs like tasty food. False, they have very poor taste buds and eat primarily off of smell.

12. Licking is Healing. It is natural to lick a wound but not excessively as that prohibits the healing process.

13. Dogs will let you know when they are sick. False, they usually hide it as its a natural instinct to not appear weak so they don’t become prey, so watch for signs of sickness like puking and over drinking.

14. Dogs that are mostly indoors don’t need heart-worm prevention. This is not true at all, both indoor and outdoor pets are at the same risk for heart-worm disease as it is spread through mosquito  which can be let inside.

15. Dogs eat rocks, lick concrete or eat their or another animals stools because of nutrient imbalances. Kody is a huge offender of eating rocks, as a result he now has flat teeth, which is cute but sad. Some vets say it is because of boredom or they want attention. There is no way to prevent this from happening, make sure your dog is eating a healthy diet.

16. Dogs don’t need to housebroken–they naturally know where to go. Again starting training younger is better then waiting. Kody learned to tell us to go outside as Jasmine would do a dance or come get us so now that is what he does. Positive reinforcement is key when training for any skills.

Well guys that is it for this week, as always let me know what you think of my posts, comments and questions are welcome as well.

Thanks for reading guys!!

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Dog Myths Part One

Hey guys, today is going to be the first part of a two part series on dog myths and the truth about them. I am just going to list them out there is a total of 12 but only 6 will be shared this week and 6 next week.

  1. Dog should have a litter before they are spayed- not true, it’s not healthier if they have a litter before they are spayed in any way. Spayed fogs are at a lower risk for breast cancer and uterine infections
  1. Dogs are sick when their noses are warm- temp of a dog’s nose does not indicate health or illness or a fever. The only way to actually take a dog’s temp is too take it with a thermometer. Normal temp of a dog is 100.5 to 102.5 degrees.
  1. Mutts are always healthier than purebred dogs- not true, both mutts and purebreds can be unhealthy, both can have diseases, however mutts generally don’t have many of the genetic diseases common in purebred lines
  1. All dogs like to be petted on their heads- some dogs do not like be petted on their heads and some don’t every dog is different
  1. Happy dogs wag their tails- true but aggressive dogs also wag their tails. There are several physical body motions and cues that help dogs to communicate their intent. A wagging tail can mean agitation or excitement. A slow wagging tail and moves all rear end or crouches means they want to play and are friendly. Tails that wag when held higher, twitched or wags while held over the back can be signs of aggression
  1. Only male dogs will “hump” or lift their leg to urinate – not true, females try to dominate female’s dogs especially. They will also lift their leg to pee or hump just as much as males do even after they are spayed and neutered.

Hope you guys liked these myths and truths about dogs, personally I found them interesting and educational LOL. If anyone has any questions or comments feel free to contact me! Feel free to ask any topics or questions you want me to address on my blog.

Puppy Mill Truths- What you need to know!

Hey guys,this weeks topic is Puppy Mills.  I have never personally known that much about puppy mills but a family friend has gotten one of her dogs from there and has spent thousands on him in medical bills.  I do NOT support puppy mills nor pet stores that get their puppies from them. I want to encourage people to get from a breeder or shelter for the dogs sake and yours. Now for the facts of puppy mills.

  • Puppy Mills are a commercial dog-breeding facility that focuses on increasing profit with little overhead cost
  • The health and welfare of the animals if not a priority
  • They breed every time a female dog is in heat so by age 5 she could have given birth to 10 litters of puppies
  • Every year, retail stores across America sell 500,000 dogs, while 5-7 million dogs go into shelters. Be a voice for your local animal shelter to encourage people to adopt shelter pets. Sign up at Shelter Pet PR. 
  • Animals spend most of their lives at these mills in cramped cages with no room to play or exercise
  • Puppies are often malnourished as their food and water provided are contaminated crawling with bugs
  • Puppies from mills are often found with bleeding or swollen paws, cut from cages, severe tooth decay, ear infections, dehydration. And lesions on their eyes which can lead to blindness
  • Pet store animals come from mills, so incorrect lineage of the dog is given so owners are unaware of all the health problems they may have
  • No vet services are given at mills
  • Puppies live in their urine and feces until adopted because of no regulations or enforcement
  • Buy puppies from a true breeder or local shelter not a mill as they are illegal
  • Only 26/52 states in the U.S have laws to regulate commercial kennels to prevent animal abuse and cruelty
  • Can look on humane society site for top 101 illegal puppy mills in most states that are known to law enforcement

Patrick is the family friends dog who was adopted at a puppy mill, and the funny thing is that its not the owners fault at all. She asked what his history was both medically and family but the place gave her no information as puppy mills are illegal. He is a chocolate lab mix (not sure with what), he is 10 years old and such a sweet guy he can get some temperament when he wants but he loves to swim in the pool or play ball. His medical past has been several surgeries on his leg due to an unbalance growth on one side of his hip, so they had to shave the bone down as he was growing up. This is just one of the many surgeries he went through. These events could have been avoided and the pain he faced could have been too if only he wasn’t medically, physically, and mentally abused in the puppy mills. Although he went through a lot as a puppy he is now a happy, healthy boy who has three human siblings (5 year old twins and a 7 year old), two deceased siblings both labs, and two other dog siblings a lab mix and a Great Dane, coon hound mix whose barely a year old. His picture is featured last time I visited him.

Introducing a new dog to a household with a dog already living in it

Hey guys, I know its been a while since I’ve written anything and I apologize I have gone through losing my first dog Jasmine, to my close and favorite Uncle out of the blue so its been tough. But I am back and ready with the new year ahead of us I am ready to take on new challenges, grow as a person, individual and write awesome and informative stuff for you guys to read as well as fun posts as well as I have been working at the kennel for my college break and I have taken some cute pictures. I will share these pictures soon!

Today’s topic is How to introduce a new dog to a household that already has a dog in it. I had to recall the interactions between my own dogs including Jasmine to fully understand what happens and what to do in situations.

We had Jasmine for 4 years before we got Kody from a breeder. He was in an accident liter so we got him for free and I will tell you he is my truest best friend and loves me unconditionally. We adopted him when he was just 8 weeks old so he was a little thing with the biggest paws, which he would constantly trip over and it was so sweet and yet so sad lol. When Jasmine first saw Kody she walked up, sniffed  him and proceeded to have an attitude in my parents room, confused on why he was here and wanted him to leave. She didn’t show any aggression and after a few days when she realized he was not leaving she adopted him as her own and they became inseparable as he learned how to do everything from her. She was the same with Bear and all their attitudes towards each other. They never showed aggression towards each other and all learned to live cohesively in our house and became their own little pack.

It is important to remember when considering to bring a new dog into an already established home of another dog that every dog will react different to the same situation so be cautious and make sure they click personality wise as the original dog was there first. The original dog in the house will want to establish dominance over the new one or vice versa in some situations, be aware and make sure you discipline bad behavior and encourage good ones.

Commands to start with when getting a new dog in a house is a routine on when they go outside to go the bathroom, where to play, toys and how to share, food times and make sure they are not aggressive towards other dogs when they are eating. Separating them by baby gates or rooms may help at first.

ASPCA has done many presentations on introducing dogs into homes that have a dog already. This group is very trustworthy and a resource I personally use for a lot of my dogs, work and personal research on animals that I want to know.

Want to know more about something I touched upon? Comment or message me and I can help you find out what you need to know. Or share your dog stories as I love to read them!

Thanks for reading guys!