Need Some Help?

hA Boston Terrior puppy was beaten to death with a baseball bat because he was having training issues. This is a terrible offense and sadly was ruled to not be animal torture. As responsible animal owners we should all look to good solutions to our pet’s behavioral issues. If you’re having behavioral issues with your dog here are some good options for you to consider looking into.

        1. Contact your local dog trainer. There are so many dog trainers available; you should be able to find one wherever you live. Do a quick look up on your search engine, ask at the local dog park, or at your groomers or vet to find one or two trainers in your area. Working with a dog trainer can help because they can see your situation from another perspective and offer training advice and exercises to make your life easier.

        2. See your veterinarian. If you aren’t succeeding in training your dog, it might be a good idea to have your vet take a look at your dog to make sure there isn’t something physically wrong with him.

        3. If you are entirely desperate and can’t handle your pet anymore, don’t be too drastic! Rather than putting your dog to sleep, give him another chance by placing him in another home or a no-kill rescue or shelter. Being in a new environment may make a life or death difference for your dog.

For the original story on the Boston Terrier click here

 

Allergies? No Thanks!

hHypoallergenic dog breeds are becoming more and more popular. The Poodle is a breed that most everyone knows is hypoallergenic. But what other options do you have if you’re allergic? Here is a list of ten breeds that are less commonly known to be hypoallergenic:

Bedlington Terrier

Bichon Frise

Chinese Crested

Irish Water Spaniel

Kerry Blue Terrier

Maltese

Portuguese Water Dog

Schnauzers

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Xoloitzcuintli

Dogs on this list are considered to be hypoallergenic because they produce little to no dander compared to other dogs. Keep in mind that many of these breeds require extra grooming and care because of their coats.

http://www.akc.org/about/faq_allergies.cfm

Tips to a Safe 4th of July

hWith Independence Day just around the corner, it’s important to remember some simple tips to keep your dog happy and safe!

        1. Keep your dog indoors and in a safe place. Many dogs frightened by fireworks. If you know your dog is scared of fireworks or you aren’t sure, make sure your dog is inside so he or she doesn’t bolt when out of nowhere there’s a big boom over their heads.
        2. No handouts! People food is meant for people; dog food is for dogs. Too many handouts can make your dog sick: not a fun way to start the holidays.
        3. If you’re having company, make sure you keep a room set apart just for your dog. This can limit chances for dogs to get out the door later in the evening and also helps keep your dog’s stress levels down.
        4. If your dog is afraid of fireworks, turning on the radio or t.v. can help drown out the noise and keep your dog calmer.
        5. Make sure you have tags on your dog. That way just in case your dog does get out, you’ll have a better chance of being reunited quickly.

Keeping your dog safe is key to having an enjoyable holiday. Enjoy your Fourth of July!