Stop Crazy Dog Behavior With the Pet Corrector

Don’t know if it will work or not, but the video is hilarious!

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Guest Review: Stop Crazy Dog Behavior With the Pet Corrector

By Janet McCulley

Do you have a counter surfer in the house? Or how about a dog that freaks when anything with two legs approaches your front door? If you answered yes to any of these questions you are going to love my favorite new product called The Pet Corrector!

While barking is normal behavior for a dog, it is not always acceptable. Enter The Pet Corrector – a product that “interrupts unwanted behavior.” Essentially compressed air in a can, the pet corrector emulates the same hissing sound that snakes, and birds (such as geese) use to drive off predators. Interestingly, our domesticated pets have an instinctive sensitivity to this sound…kind of like the same sensitivity some of us may have to the sound of Justin Bieber’s voice.


 

Nala Berry Supplement Good Dog Calming Water Additive

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I originally purchased this item in Sept 2010. I have 3 dogs so I ordered 3 bottles. We use a 3 gallon water dispenser so I had to do a little math to calculate how much was needed for 3 gals of water. Our dogs are small coming in at 7, 10 and 12 pounds respectively, so their water lasts 7-10 days.

I purchased this because our “middle child”, Cupid had started acting weird. He would turn his head to either side and do a combo growl/bark that we are calling a yap. It was like he was talking to himself and then answering himself. it was very odd and made me wonder if dogs could be schizophrenic! We got some anxiet medication from the vet, but I don’t think they did much. We had moved in August so they no longer had the huge yard they were used too, only a small courtyard. We figured the stress of moving and not being able to run around whenever he felt like it were causing him some stress as well as the other kids.

These last couple of months he has been yappy again. Barking at every leaf falling down

, “yelling” at us, “talking” all the time. It is really starting to wear on our nerves and my husband suggested taking him back to the vet again. Then we were in the car coming home from the dog park and since he’s been handling filling their water dispenser since I hurt my back a few months ago, I asked him if was putting the right amount in their water and his response was that he ran out of that stuff a couple months ago and haven’t been using it.

So, here I am, ordering 3 more bottles, because it was obviously working during the months he was drinking it and the only that has changed in 2011 is that he is no longer drinking it!

Angels when they’re asleep.  Cupid, on the left, has middle child syndrome.

Rid Fleas the Affordable and Easy Way

Rid Fleas the Affordable and Easy Way

I have been a cat or dog owner since a very young age, so I’ve seen my fair share of fleas. A few months ago we introduced a months old Chihuahua pup to our home, which already had two dogs in it. Latte, the new pup, obviously brought the blood sucking baggage along because our two dogs now have them. So how does one rid fleas?

You may be tempted to rush out to your veterinarian for some prescribed repellant. Or, if you’re one of the many misinformed, you scrambled to your local Walmart for an over-the-counter fix. How many of you know that you can’t really rely on a retail store to help you rid fleas? I could remember years ago, like 12 or so, when those green shampoos actually did
work! I used them so often that I even got used to, and began to like the smell of the Pyrethrin. This is the main ingredient found in most insect repellant. Derived from the Pyrethrum plant, this chemical is considered to be eco-friendly and non-toxic(to an extent). Like all things, an over dosage can be just that…and over dose, and lead to illness or even death.

Its considered to be so effective, that when I was in the Army our camouflage uniforms had to be treated with them prior to getting deployed to nations ridden by Malaria. Sounds a little scary if you ask me, particularly to those pet owners that pamper their little ones. Well if those retail remedies just aren’t enough for your needs to rid fleas, one option you should try is garlic. Like in the vampire movies of the 1950’s and 60’s, garlic can be used to thwart off attacks from these microscopic blood suckers. Garlic, along with another popular member of the Alliaceae family, onion, can also be used to rid fleas from your pet. Considered pungent by most, these two vegetables are extremely beneficial not only for culinary purposes, but for medicinal uses.

Both contain a powerful chemical called Allicin, which is actually anti-fungal, anti-cancer, and has antibiotic characteristics. The Allicin attacks the parasite’s nervous system, rendering it paralyzed. What we like to do is keep a bottle of minced garlic in our refrigerator. And everytime we treat our dogs to what we call a cocktail(a mixture of dry and canned food), we make sure to sprinkle some on top. Our Boxer has no problem with eating raw garlic. For our picky adult Chihuahua, however, we mix it all in with the cocktail. This way if he wants the meat chunks he has no choice but to ingest the garlic. This method takes a little time for the Allicin to accumulate in their bloodstreams. Mister flea, I wish you would!

For a more direct and hasty method, get yourself an actual clove and cut it. After a good squeeze, rub the cut clove all over your pet. Don’t be shy. Rub its belly, rub in its armpits, and when you’re done simply toss it in the pet’s sleeping area. Speaking of sleeping area, we recommend investing in some moth balls from your local dollar store. Camphor, the main ingredient in those balls, is also a good way to rid fleas. They cannot stand the odor! Of course, you have to be careful to not allow your dog to consume the moth balls. Find a jar, not quite a Mason, but a Gerber food jar and poke some holes in the lid. Eventually the moth balls will evaporate, but its a two for one as it deodorizes the pet’s area.

Lastly, try using bedding that’s sold for Guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, etc. Note: the bedding has to be pre-treated with Cedar. If you keep your dogs in a crate, give them a layer of it. After a few days of sleeping on the Cedar bedding the fleas will get fed up and flee! Get it? Ok, ok, there’s nothing funny about microscopic parasites in your home, but it could be worse. You could have ticks, bed bugs, leeches, or Vampires themselves hiding out in your attic. We hope that we were of assistance to you and your pet. Keep in mind, that these remedies are all conditional. Of course you can’t try these methods and expect them to work when you live next door to an irresponsible dog owner. In order to rid fleas you have to limit the possibilities of them returning.

Kevin Timothy is a father, husband, dog owner, and entrepreneur. As a knowledge nut, he likes to read inspirational books and maintain his blog to share his insight with the world. He encourages comments and intellectual debates so feel free to drop by.


Canine Phobias and Anxieties

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Pets Susceptible To Emotional Turmoil

Your dog might not wake in the middle of the night worrying if he paid the credit card bill on time or if the kids will make curfew. But just like people, some dogs have fears and nervousness that can be as trivial as the strange, noisy vacuum or the severe anticipation of a storm. Some pups, on the other hand, suffer from good old fashioned separation anxiety.


Fear Factors

According to the Canine Behavioral Genetics Project underway at the University of California, San Francisco, humans and dogs may not share the same fears but they do share biological similarities in their clinical manifestations and treatment. Dogs, for example, can suffer from obsessive compulsive disorders.

Irrational fears can begin at any age but most are characteristic in young dogs. Loud noises such as fireworks and thunderstorms are the most common phobias in dogs. Here are some associated behaviors:

Panic

Immobility

Attempts to escape

Destruction

Hiding

Pet Therapy

Since some behaviors are learned via a traumatic experience and others believed to be genetic, veterinarians might recommend anti-anxiety medication for your pet.

Behavior modification — including relaxation and desensitization — might also be an option. Dogs who are scared of thunderstorms, for example, may be repeatedly exposed to increasing levels of loud noises. In this type of therapy, dogs are given treats and played with throughout the mounting noise exercise as long as they remain calm.

Separation anxiety can be devastating for both the dog and owner. Commonly, dogs exhibit panic responses within the first 20 minutes of separation.

Home Alone

Or maybe it isn’t thunderstorms that throw your pup into a spiraling tail spin but the prospect of his owner leaving. Separation anxiety can be devastating for both the dog and owner. Commonly, dogs exhibit panic responses within the first 20 minutes of separation. Here are likely behaviors, followed by some solutions, from The Humane Society:

Howling, barking, crying

Digging, chewing and trying to escape to reunite with owner

Urinating, defecation

Try and Try Again

You might notice other signs. Like when you arrive home, your dog is frantic with excitement. Then, your little friend follows you constantly. You notice he simply isn’t happy frolicking around outside without you. So what to do?

Mild cases might be remedied by leaving your pup with an article of your clothing. Next, ignore your dog for several minutes when you arrive home, then calmly pet him. Practice “sit-stay” while leaving the room. If the case calls for more serious antidotes then you might have to adopt a systematic approach for keeping your pet calm. Try this:

Go about your normal departure. Instead of leaving, sit down.

Repeat departure activities then go to the door. Open, close it and sit back down.

Now, leave and close the door. Turn around and come back in.

Repeat steps until your dog shows no distress.

Leave for short durations, starting with a few seconds and slowly increasing intervals to 5 minutes then 10, 15 and so on.

Continue to practice and, if the problem continues to persist, consider consulting your veterinarian about drug therapy.

Owner No-Nos

While a phobic, anxiety-filled pup can lead to frustration, there are some behaviors owners shouldn’t engage in.
Punishment will only increase anxiety.

Crating might also increase panic. And he might injure himself trying to escape.

Another pet won’t cure the anxiety because it’s you the dog misses.

Remember, be patient while working through these issues with your dog. Your veterinarian and a certified obedience trainer can further assist you should you have additional questions or concerns.

If you liked this story, you may also like reading about feline depression and pet noise phobia.

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Settling in and getting organized

Well we are settling into our new home.  Right now I’d say we are about 80% done.  We are settled enough that I’ve been able to resume cooking, but Jerry still hasn’t found the keyboard for his Mac and I can’t find the skeleton key for my china cabinet so I can unpack those boxes.
We went to our first HOA Town Hall meeting on Saturday, there wasn’t a very big turnout, but Jerry and I were the youngest people there by a couple of decades!  While there is definately an older crowd here, everyone is very nice and it is so quiet and peaceful.  We can go to the pool or sauna anytime and there’s not a bunch of people making a racket. 

I am so glad to finally be able to organize everything again.  Our house fell into chaos last August when we started the foundation work and by the time the work was finished in December, we had moved everything around so many times for the workes to drill through the foundation in all the bedrooms and garage that everything was misplaced, mismatched and seemed to end up in the formal living & dining rooms, since those were the only rooms the floor didn’t need to have 4 foot deep by 3 feet wide holes dug in them.  It was TOTAL CHAOS!!  I swear, 3 months later we were still cleaning up concrete dust!
I broke out the label maker this weekend and went to town!  Now my linen closet has everything organized into labeled bins.  I found the coolest bins to organize the closets.  They are made by Trend Lab for nurseries, but they are perfect!

I am going to finish the kitchen after work today, but it is so wonderful having everything in it’s place.  We have so much cabinet space since we also have the walk in pantry, that I put the pots & pans and tupperware we use all the time in upper cabinets.  Much easier to put away and reach for than the lower cabinets.

Our cat, Biscuit has settled in.  He used to be indoor/outdoor, but now he seems quite content to just nap on the couch all day and relocate to the bed at night.  He hasn’t shown any desire to go out at all.  The dogs didn’t know what to make of the stairs at first, but now they are pros!  We haven’t installed a doggie door yet.  We don’t want biscuit going out and our patio door is closer to our parking spot so we use that as our “Front” door so the sliding glass panel doggie door we had at the old house is out.  I finally ordered an electromagnetic door for them this weekend.  The patio doors are flanked by 2 narrow sash windows that are only about 8 inches off the gound, so one of the guys at work, Jeff’s a custom cabinet maker, is going to frame the doggie door in a custom built frame that will sit in the window opening and then we’ll just lock the window around it.  He’s also making them a little step for inside and outside.  I think they’ll catch on.  They have been better about accidents, but for some reason if they see cardboard, they MUST PEE ON IT!!  Not fun while moving and having stacks of cardboard boxes around.  They have definately helped motivate us to unpack even faster. 

We have a nice little park in our community that we walk the dogs too in the evening.  Not much of a walk, it’s about 75 yards from our front door, but they are little dogs so it’s perfect for them.  Jerry and I are planning on starting swimming a few laps every night, the pool is so close, we can see it from the front of our house.  It’s only 4 doors down, just close enough to be super convenient and far enough away that we can’t hear anything if there are people there.

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Dog and Cat Dental Care

Caring for pets’ teeth is a mystery for many pet owners.

In reality, our little furry friends’ dental issues are really quite similar to ours.

Tarter Formation

As food particles, saliva, and bacteria collect on the dental surface, they form a soft plaque. Within 24-48 hours, however, the plaque begins to solidify into the mineralized tarter. Tarter firmly adheres to the teeth and harbors even more bacteria, resulting in an active inflammation of the gums called gingivitis.

The large amounts of bacteria in the mouth can also become a source of infection for the rest of the body. Each time the animal breathes and swallows, the bacteria are shed into the lungs, heart, kidneys, etc., potentially seeding further organ disease.

Periodontal Disease

Any damage to the tooth’s surrounding gum and supportive bone tissues is considered periodontal disease. In Stages 1 and 2 of periodontal disease, the gums have mild to moderate gingivitis. The gingiva begins to recede away from the tooth surface and halitosis (bad breath) may already become noticeable. These changes are still reversible with appropriate treatment.

As the periodontal tissue infection progresses, the deep tissue adhesions and bone react and reabsorb. These are permanent changes in which the stability between the tooth root and the bone is lost. Painful abscesses at the root tip may develop once the integrity of the periodontum has been lost. Eventually the tooth may even fall out.

One significant concern for cats includes tooth resorptions. Unknown if they result from periodontal disease or another autoimmune process, these cavity-like defects in the tooth are usually progressive and very painful. These teeth generally should be extracted. Some cases are so severe they may require full mouth extractions.

Dental Cleaning

A thorough dental cleaning procedure involves literally scraping tarter from the teeth and under the gum lining. At that time, your veterinarian will also examine all dental, gingival, and oral surfaces, looking for tooth decay, fractures, gingival pockets, and abnormal growths. Dental radiographs may be necessary to assess the root and bone structure. A final polishing will smooth the grooves on the teeth to help delay tarter recurrence.

Animals generally will not tolerate comprehensive teeth cleanings while awake. Patients should be safely anesthetized for a dental cleaning. As anesthesia does always carry its risks, discuss with your veterinarian the risks vs. benefits of such a procedure for your pet’s condition.

While patients should be safely anesthetized for a dental cleaning, this carries risks, so discuss with your veterinarian the risks vs. benefits of such a procedure for your pet’s condition.

Your Pet’s Teeth

On examination, your veterinarian will assess your pet’s oral health and make recommendations. With every visit, have your veterinarian show your pet’s teeth to you, so you are familiar with any subtle changes.

Meanwhile, the most evident problem you may notice with your pet may be bad breath. In other cases, your pet may begin chattering, drooling, eating hesitantly or stop eating altogether. Your first indication of a problem may even be a sudden swelling at the cheek from a tooth root abscess. Contact your veterinarian promptly with any abnormalities.

Home Dental Care

Pet oral care is an important opportunity to provide preventive care at home. Granted, some pets simply will not tolerate us near their mouths. Be patient and, more importantly, be safe. Allow a veterinary staff member to show you the best way to handle your pet.

At least a weekly brushing will significantly reduce the plaque and tarter build-up in your dog or cat’s mouth. With gradual, gentle introduction of the brush and toothpaste over several weeks, many dogs, and even some cats, will allow some brushing and/or oral rinsing. Use only dog and cat toothpaste that does not contain fluoride. Pet toothpastes are available in several palatable flavors.

Treat your pet’s teeth like your own. Prevention of oral disease will help the overall health and well-being of your dogs and cats.

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Patio Park – Doggy Potty

I’m thinking about getting one of these for the condo…

The Patio Park system, billed as the Cadillac of dog potties, comes with a spacious area of turf, backed by a “picket fence” back wall to avoid wall splashes.

Also included is a fire hydrant that entices your dog to visit the potty. Made of “tough plastic” the unit features reservoirs and irrigation strips which automatically water the grass inside your dog potty, keeping it fresh and green. (No word on how often you have to mow!) Grass sod can be purchased from the company’s Web site or at any sod farm or plant nursery. Artificial turf can also be used.

This unit, recipient of an Editors Choice Award from Dog Fancy, as well as the Best of Show award from the 1999 Great Invention Competition, can be yours for the bargain price of just $219.

Other products are also available, including an awning to give your dog a bit more privacy, a name plate for the fire hydrant, and bottles of BacZyme which keeps the grass from smelling quite so bad.

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