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Reasons to groom your dog

It is important for any dog owner to understand how and why they should groom their dog. Grooming is a vital part of dog care and keeps your pet healthy and comfortable; some breeds may require daily grooming to keep their coat in good condition, where others may need less frequent attention. Grooming also covers the clipping or breeds into a certain hairstyle, or shortening of long coats for the summer months.
Reasons to groom your dog
The following are some of the things that make grooming your dog so important:
• Regular grooming is beneficial for the dogs skin as well as its coat; problems such as scratches and thrush are dealt with quickly
• Building and maintaining the bond between dog and owner; packs would groom each other and caring for your dogs coat does not put you in a submissive position but strengthens the bond between you.
• General cleanliness and to remove shedding hairs before they get around the house; grooming your dog outside if weather permits means that the shedding hairs don’t get into your carpets and furniture which is particularly beneficial for houses with allergy sufferers
• Getting rid of parasites and pests that may be living on your dog’s skin. If you do find ticks they have to be removed carefully, do not just pull them off
• Checking your dog’s health in general; as you groom them you will be able to tell if they have any injuries, or are in a strange mood. Weird changes in temperament can indicate pain somewhere, and as you interact with your dog closely everyday you will be very aware of personality changes or mood swings.
Get into a routine with your dog; groom them at the same time each day so that they can expect it. Don’t attempt to groom a wet dog, and if you have a long haired one be gentle when removing tangles or foreign material; grooming should be enjoyable for you and your dog, and it won’t be if they expect pain or discomfort. Start grooming a puppy as early as possible so that they can get used to it, this is also an excellent chance to bond with the dog early on, and make sure they get used to being handled by humans
When you groom your dog you may need to do other tasks as well as simply brushing them. Check their feet for anything stuck between the pads, and the pads themselves for abrasions or sore patches. You also need to clean your dog’s ears and eyes on a regular basis, you can do this with cleaners bought at a pet store or dog grooming services and cotton wool balls or buds. Ears may need drops occasionally if they get waxy, speak to your vet if you are in doubt. You dogs nails will also need trimming to keep them at a comfortable length; you can do this yourself but be sure that you know what you are doing as there is a blood supply to each nail that can be hard to see, especially on black nailed dogs.

Contain Your Dog With An Invisible Dog Fence

Contain Your Dog With An Invisible Dog Fence

Contain Your Dog With An Invisible Dog Fence
By John Cusworth

Do you have a dog who loves to roam the neighbourhood? Do you have to erect an unsightly, high fence around your property just to keep the dog in? Does your dog dig under the fence to escape – requiring you to concrete the whole backyard?

The good news is that you can keep your dog confined – with no fence at all!

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You may be aware that farmers have used electric fences for years to restrict their livestock to certain areas of pasture. A flimsy plastic coated wire can effectively hold back huge cattle and horses. The reason it works is that the animals learn that if they contact the wire they will get a mild electric shock from the fence. After a couple of brushes with the wire, they know that it is not a good place to go – so they no longer try.

Well, dogs are pretty intelligent creatures and they can be easily taught in the same way. You don’t even need to take them to Dog Obedience School to teach them. To install an Invisible Dog Fence, a cable is laid around the perimeter of the property and buried. A small electric current is passed through the wire. The dog wears a special collar with a receiver that detects the voltage from the wire if it gets close to it. The receiver initially beeps to warn the dog. If the dog gets closer, then it gets a small zap, forcing the dog to retreat. After a few trials the dog soon knows that if it hears a beep then it should turn back. In a short time they will have memorized where the taboo areas are and stop before the beep occurs – without even thinking about it. You have in effect erected an Invisible Dog Fence around your property which will keep any dog at home.

If you don’t want a normal fence, then you can actually do completely without one. You should however be aware that this Invisible Dog Fence only works for dogs wearing the appropriate collar, so neighbouring dogs may be free to wander onto your property. Still, for dogs who consistently escape – or for areas where other animals are not a problem – this can be a great solution.

John Cusworth is a health and fitness advocate from Melbourne, Australia who is also a dog lover and passionate about dog welfare.

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The first step in training a dominant puppy

When training a dominant puppy it is imperative to assert your position as pack leader. Your methods of achieving this need not be abusive or inhumane at all. Proper training will insure a long lasting enjoyable relationship between you and your new friend.
A physical confrontation is neither necessary nor recommended to teach a dominant puppy you’re his new master. There are several easy ways of demonstrating these lessons. One way is to begin training the dog as soon as you get him.
Your new puppy should be fed after you eat if possible. The pack leader always eats first. After that the other pack members eat oldest to youngest.

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Anytime you walk through a doorway this is a good time to demonstrate your leadership role to your dog. The puppy must learn to stop and wait (for you to enter first) before entering the room.
To achieve this have the puppy in a collar and lead and hold him back as you approach a doorway. Tell him to “wait” as you pass through. Say “ok, good boy”, when you’re ready to let the puppy follow you into the room.
You should never allow your new puppy to get in or out of a car without your ok first. Control your dog and let him enter or exit the car at your command.
He needs to learn to wait while he’s young so that as the dog grows you maintain control for his safety.
When you play games with your puppy always keep back one special toy. When you play with him take out the special toy, when your done put it away. This way he will learn that you control the toys and games.
These are the first steps in training your new puppy. With a little effort and patience you will have a happy and enjoyable relationship with your new dog.