January is National Train Your Dog Month
Caring for a new dog is a lot like caring for a newborn baby. You have to keep a close eye on your puppy and make sure he/she is well-cared for, eating right and free from harm's way. The Association of Professional Dog Trainers designates January to be Train Your Dog Month, a time for new dog owners to learn how to effectively train their dogs to listen, learn and grow. You may be thinking "Why January?" Dog adoptions take place during the holiday season; so APDT feels that January is the ideal time to start training your new pup.
Here are five essential commands you can teach your dog:
1) Sit: Hold a treat close to the dog's nose. Once they perform the action, give them the treat.
2) Come: Put a leash on your dog and say "come" while gently tugging on your dog.
3) Down: Hold your hand up to your dog's snout and slowly move it down as he follows.
4) Stay: Ask your dog to "Sit." Then, open the palm of your hand and say "stay," while slowly moving away.
5) Leave it: Get a treat in your hand and let the dog lick or smell it; but say "leave it." Repeat until the dog doesn't touch the treat.
Because training your dog can be a challenge, EasyPetFence.com recommends that dog owners should install a backyard dog fence. Dog Fencing gives pet owners piece of mind that their domestic animals are securely enclosed and will allow your dog to freely explore without getting into trouble. Poly dog fencing is recommended for smaller, calmer dogs, while metal dog fences are meant for larger, more rambunctious dogs.
This January, teach your dog right from wrong with a dog fence from EasyPetFence.com; and contact us with any questions.
Winter Tips For Pets
Don't let that fur coat fool you, your pets feel the cold just as well as you; and the cold weather can leave your dog or cat with uncomfortable itching, redness and chapped paws. To help prevent cold weather damage in pets, here are some things you can do:
1) As with humans, dogs and cats get flaky skin when the air is too dry. To avoid this for your pets, and yourself, EasyPetFence.com suggests keeping your home humidified. After outdoor activities, especially if it is snowing in your area, clean off your pet's foot pads.
2) Bathing your pets is essential; but bathing them too often can leave them with dry, itchy skin. It's best to use moisturizing shampoo on your pets to avoid irritating skin.
3) We all need haircuts; but in the wintertime, it's best to keep your dog's hair longer. Never completely shave your dog's fur. Trim their fur to manage tangling. Once the fur becomes matted, it will become hard to run a brush easily through their fur. On snowy days, dry your pet's fur completely and remove ice clumps from fur to avoid knots.
4) Just like people, your dog has tolerances to the cold. Know your animal's limits - if they are shaking, appear anxious or have a lower activity level, they need to come inside to play. Never keep your dog outside for extended periods of time. Your dog should not stay outside without access to a warm, inside unit - at all times. Be sure that your dog has plenty of fresh, clean water and blankets to snuggle and keep warm. Also, check on your dog often, if they will be outside for more than 30 minutes.
5) You may chuckle, even roll your eyes, when you see a dog wearing a scarf or jacket, but these pet clothing items keep your animals warm in the winter. If you are going for long walks with your pets, you may consider purchasing animal clothes.
6) On the subject of walking your dog, avoid walking over ice and stay away from frozen ponds. You don't know if the ice can support your weight, let alone your dog's weight. It's not worth the risk.
Most importantly, it's best to be prepared for the cold weather. Talk to your vet about proper pet nutrition, pet care and other ways to keep your pet healthy this season.
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American Dog Tick Facts
Although we encourage dog owners to install a dog fence for complete dog health, there are medical concerns that all pet owners must be aware of such as the risk of dog ticks. Ticks are usually not found indoors, but in outdoor settings like backyards, trails, and wooded areas. Here is what we know about American Dog Ticks:
Male Ticks usually die once they mate with a female; but female American Dog Ticks lives in grassy areas with little tree coverage. They can live up to two years if a host is not located. As with other types of ticks, they do not fly or jump, but instead crawl from the ground up. They feed on a variety of warm-blooded hosts including deer and humans and even domestic dogs. They are predominately brown in color with white "veins" on their back (shield).
Adult American dog ticks commonly feed on humans; but they do not transmit Lyme Disease; however, they can transmit other pathogens including the Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Tularemia - similar to Lone Star Ticks. Adult male and female dog ticks are active from April-early August and can be found in grassland, bushes or under leaves.
After outdoor activity, be sure to do a thorough tick-check on your pets. If your active dog becomes lethargic, unable to eat or sleep, there is the possibility that your dog was bitten by a dog tick. If you think your dog was bit, remove the tick immediately with a tick removal tool. Be sure to reach for the head and not the body, as the head may remain stuck in the skin. (Do not burn the area!) Once the task is complete, clean the area with rubbing alcohol and take the tick to the vet for identification.
Spot-on treatments are available to prevent and kill dog ticks including medicated dog shampoos, tick collars and tick dips. Talk to your vet about these types of dog tick prevention tools.
American Dog Ticks are a concern for both humans and pets. Know what to look for and be aware of the signs.
- Jenn Smith