The Difficuly Of Dog Rescue

With all the dogs in need of adoption it always saddens me to hear of how reluctant shelters and rescues are to place dogs with families. Constantly I hear of families being denied adopting a dog for ridiculous reasons. I agree that a certain amount of screening is needed to be sure an animal is placed in a safe home. However, when I hear of denials for reasons such as “living too close to a busy street”, “no yard for the dog”, or “a yard with a fence that is too low” I can’t believe that the needs of the animal is really what’s in the forefront. Focus should be on the ability of the adopter to take care of the animal not of the unimportant details that in reality are not an issue.

This is what turns people away from rescues and towards pet stores or breeders. For more on this topic please visit my post “Dog Adoptions – Why I Don’t Rescue” (http://www.thepawprintisland.com/?p=527)

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Quiet! How To Prevent Nuisance Barking

Dogs bark for many different reasons but endless barking is not a sign of a happy dog. Different dogs will bark for different reasons and sometimes it is due to their breed. Herding dogs will bark at just about anything that moves, Hunting dogs will bark at small animals.  For all dogs there are ways to prevent nuisance barking.

Dogs will bark out of boredom: If a dog is left out in a fenced yard for hours on end they will feel isolated. When hidden behind a wooden fence dogs will bark when they can’t see what they know is on the other side.   They may bark at movement of small animals that go into the yard or people who walk by their yard. They do this out of boredom or in their attempt to protect their yard.

Socialize your dog: Unsocialized dogs will bark at people and other dogs. Socializing  your dog starting at a young age will make it less likely that they will bark at dogs and people they encounter.

Teach Your Dog: Some dogs will bark just because they can. Teach your dog that unnecessary or prolonged barking is unacceptable. For example, if your pup barks at dogs they pass while on a walk, say “no” or “quiet’ and have them sit without barking. They give them praise for good behavior.

Do you have a vocal pup?

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Ouch! What To Do If Your Dog Gets Hurt On A Walk

Dogs love to sniff and explore and there will be times when this gets them  into a bit of trouble. Often it’s nothing serious – possibly an injured paw from broken glass hidden in tall grass, and cuts from sharp objects, or debris caught in their eye. However, it’s important to know how to help your pup with these minor injuries.

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Minor cuts and abrasions: If your pup gets a minor cut or laceration wash the wound with water or flush with sterile saline solution then coat with an antibiotic ointment. Any redness or swelling in the area may be a sign of infection and a trip to the veterinarian is advised.

Embedded Object: Along the way of your walk it is possible your pup may step on something that could get embedded between the paw pads. You may notice your dog limping which would alert you to this. Remove the object by gently spreading the toes and using tweezers if needed. Treat as above for a minor cut or irritation.

Foreign Objects In The Eye: If your pup starts pawing at their face during a walk they may be irritated by a foreign object in their eye. Flushing their eye with a stream of water or sterile saline solution should be all that is needed to remove the irritant. A call to their veterinarian is advised to ensure there was no secondary damage.

Bee stings: Most of the dogs I walk love to sniff the flowers and foliage making bee stings a good possibility. If your pup is stung by a bee and the stinger is still intact scrape it out with your fingernail or credit card. Never attempt to pull it out since this may make the sting worse. Apply cold compress to the area and call your veterinarian for further assistance.

Visit Pet First Aid – Be Prepared While On The Road to learn ways to be prepared for emergencies while out with  your dog.

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When Is It OK To Tell Your Dog “No”?

Your dog may want to be the one in charge but that is not always the best thing for them. Whether it be for safety reasons, or to be socially acceptable, curtailing your dog’s spontaneous behavior by telling them “no” is often necessary. Although pup may seem annoyed not to have their way having some discipline will be helpful (and secretly welcomed) and not hurtful.

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Pulling on the leash: Leash pulling can be dangerous for both the dog and the walker. Dogs, especially large breeds, can be powerful and, if they decide they want to run after something, can easily pull their walker into traffic. Potentially tragic for both.

Jumping Up: Puppies may be cute when they greet people when the jump up on them, a greeting that can be potentially dangerous when they are an adult. A large dogs harmless greeting could be easilly dangerous for anyone.

Excessive Barking: Excessive barking can be very disruptive and is unnecessary. This type of behavior is often caused by boredom but other times dogs will just bark because they can. It’s important for all involved to let your dog know this type of behavior is not acceptable.

Begging For Food: Continually giving food to your dog can be detrimental to their health as over feeding will quickly lead to obesity. Another danger is that some seemingly harmless  human foods are toxic to dogs. While it may be difficult to ignore that cute face it’s best to be strong and say “no”.

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