The 5 things to remember when you take your dog out for a walk...
1. When walking them in public, keep them on a leash! (Don't let your dogs just roam around the neighborhood and please HOLD the leash!!!!!!)
2. Make sure they are up to date with all of their vaccines. They should regularly be going to a Vet for check ups! (Keep in mind that the Parvovirus is a killer)
3. When they poop, pick it up! (No one wants to step in a HOTMESS!!)
4. Becareful when letting others know that your dog may not bite! It may not bite you!!! (any creature with teeth may bite)
5. LEASHES, COLLARS & HARNESSES OH MY!! If you are using a retractable leash, be courteous of others. Keep your dog close by. Make sure collars and harnesses fit and are used correctly! (Prong collars and choke collars ARE FOR TRAINING ONLY!!)
Get your dog spayed or Provide proper identification. Your dog should always wear an I.D. tag with your name, address and phone number. Getting your dog microchipped gives an added layer of protection and increases the chances that he will be returned to you if he lost. Take lots of pictures of your pet! Take them from many different angles just in case your pet runs off. It will help others (including animal control) find your pet!
Get training to help you understand your dog. Knowing your dog's unique temperament and tendencies will help you to better control how he behaves. A well-behaved dog is less likely to upset people and pets in public places, will be more welcome at gatherings, and will enjoy a better relationship with everyone he meets. Plus, his good manners will reflect positively on you, his responsible owner.
Schedule regular checks-ups with your veterinarian. Choose a veterinarian who shares your medical philosophies and beliefs, then follow his/her recommendations for vaccinations, diet, spaying/neutering, annual checkups, and other care.
Make time for your dog. Owning a dog is a big responsibility that takes time and discipline. Make time daily to pet, play with, take on walks, or do other activities with your dog that are fun for both of you.
Give your dog regular exercise appropriate for his breed, age, size, and other unique chacteristics. Whether it’s a short walk or rousing game of fetch, exercise is essential to your dog’s physical and behavioral health.
Provide shelter for your dog. A crate or doghouse is an ideal place for your dog to rest and sleep for a limited amount of time. The enclosure should be large enough for your dog to sit, stand and turn around comfortably, but small enough to retain his body heat inside the shelter.
Travel Safety. Keep you dog safe in the car by using a crate or by attaching the dog to a seat belt with a harness. Never let your dog ride free in the back of a pickup truck (he could be thrown into traffic) or allow him to hang his head out of the car window (a danger to his eyes)
Watch for temperature extremes. Never leave your dog in the car if it is extremely hot or cold outside. Your car is like an oven under the blazing sun and a freezer in the bitter cold.
Start training as soon as you get home but remember before 13-14 weeks of age your puppy can not maintain full bladder and bowel control. Purchase a crate or kennel that will be large enough to house your pet as a full-grown dog.They should have enough room to stand , turn around and lay down comfortably. It is a dog's natural instinct to not use their den (crate) as a bathroom. For this reason while your puppy is small you must block off the crate so it is small enough to act as their den. This can be done best with a plexi-glass barrier or something similar that puppy will not chew up and swallow. Place the crate near the door that will be used to go outside most often. Locate the crate in a room that can be blocked off and has a non-porous floor. Select a spot outside where your puppy can relieve itself. The spot should be quiet and close to the door. If your dog must go indoors, use a spot with papers as an intermediate step to going outside. Place the food down in the crate and call puppy to eat. Leave the food down for 20 minutes and then pick it up. Ten minutes after each meal take the puppy out. Use a consistent phrase like "time to go out" and lead puppy to the designated spot outside. Wait quietly while puppy goes. Use another phrase and reward. Bring puppy inside to play for 5-10 minutes. Do not give attention or rewards unless puppy has relieved itself. If it doesn't go, comeback inside and place the puppy in it's crate. Try going out again in 10-20 minutes. Once the puppy has gone to the bathroom, use lots of praise and reward. Bring puppy inside to play for 5-10 minutes. At 8:00 pm pick up the puppy's water. Although they need lots of water, it doesn't need to be available every minute. Take your puppy out immediaty before your bedtime and as soon as you wake up. Always take your puppy out after eating, playing, sleeping, being confined in the crate, and anytime the puppy starts to wander away from you while sniffing the floor. Until housebroken keep the puppy in the play area, the confined kitchen is the best. If the puppy can not be watched, then it should be left in the crate.
If you plan on Declawing your cat please read this first. Scroll down for pics and "SICK" video!
Many veterinarians do not explain to cat owners what really occurs in a declawing operation. The procedure is essentially ten complex amputations. The cat must remain anesthetized for quite a the entire procedure, increasing operative risk.
A cat's claw is a complex digit. It is not just a fingernail as it is with humans. The nails retract and are actuated by muscles and tendons. By cutting into these, you raise the risk of serious long-term physical and emotion impacts for your cat.
Declawed cats in effect are reduced in their ability to gain traction and to walk properly. They have to move with their weight shifted backwards from their natural posture. Claws exist for many reasons:
The consequences of declawing are larger than many people realize. Cat's behaviors can change. Declawed cats no longer have their primary defense mechanism and turn to biting as a default behavior. Physical ailments such as premature arthritis, cystitis, or perennial skin disorders can occur. Bungled surgeries can result in growth of deformed claws or serious infection.
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