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Training Your Puppy or Dog to Accept Handling By You and Others

How to Train Your Puppy or Dog to Accept Handling.

Can You Touch Your Dog? Anywhere?

One of the most important things you can teach your puppy or dog training dog to accept handling by groomeris to allow handling and touch to any and all of his body parts. Teaching him that being touched either by you, a pet professional or accidently in an inappropriate way such as a pull on the ear by a child is no big deal or better yet is good. Training can help keep him calm and prevent aggression. Aggression can result in your dog having to be muzzled and/or sedated at the vet or groomer. This is no fun for your dog or the professionals that have to interact with your dog.

Using treats and a marker word (yes!) or clicker you can speed up the learning process.

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Dog Parks, Good or Bad? 4 Simple Tips

Dog Parks, Good or Bad?

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Walk your dog prior to the dog park.

To dog park or not to dog park that is the question. A hotly debated question that I am frequently asked “ Is it ok to take my dog to dog parks?”. My answer “yes and no” depending on your dog. A dog park is for socializing (learning how to interact with other dogs) not exercising. Will your dog get exercise while at the dog park? Of course they will but never take a fully energized dog into a dog park or you could be setting your dog up for failure. Over excited dog = bad doggie manners = possible dog fight.

Take your dog for a nice walk before taking them into the dog park. They will be calmer, better behaved and make better social decisions. [Read more…]

5 Spring Pet Safety Tips

5 Springtime Pet Safety Tips

Spring is just around the corner and with it a host of hazardous things for your pet to get into! Here are some tips on keeping pets safe this spring.

Plants are springing forth and unless you know exactly what’s what, keep your dog poisonous plants for petsfrom eating, chewing and even digging around plants, mushrooms etc. Things like daffodil bulbs, crocus, Lily of the Valley, Hyacinth, Iris and more are all spring blooming and as such pose a threat to your pet. For an in depth poisonous plant list click here.

Snakes Alive! It’s hatchling season and you may have noticed that baby snakes are out and about. Snakes are obviously dangerous for your snakes and  petsdog or cat but baby snakes are even more dangerous because they haven’t yet learned to regulate the amount of venom they inject when lashing out to defend themselves against an unsuspecting dog or cat. So typically they inject all they have. Yikes! This can be deadly for your pet. If you suspect a snake bite get your pet to your veterinarian immediately and take a photo of the snake if possible as this will help your vet determine an anti-venom. [Read more…]

Canine Flu-6 Steps to Protect Your Pet

Canine Flu- 6 Steps to Protect Your Pet

 
All this talk of the canine flu. What is it and how do we prevent it from affecting our pets?
 
There are two strains of the canine flu virus. The first one is the H3N8 strain which was first reported in the U.S. In 2004. There is a vaccine available for this older strain.
The second and newer strain is the H3N2 which was first reported in the U.S. pet insuranceLast month. Currently there is NO vaccine available for this strain.
 
Symptoms may include coughing, runny nose, eye discharge, lethargy, fever, loss of appetite and weight. However some dogs don’t exhibit any symptoms.
 
If your dog exhibits any of these symptoms seek veterinary care immediately. Although this is a virus and as such there is no specific treatment, a secondary bacterial infection is possible and medication can be prescribed.

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Pet Insurance, Life Saver or Scam?

Pet Insurance, Life Saver or Scam?

What is Pet Insurance? Pet insurance is health pet insurance lawrenceville, gainsurance for pets. There are plans that cover everything from routine vet visits to catastrophic illnesses. There are plans that only cover major medical events and accidents as well. There are varying levels of deductibles and most if not all are reimbursement plans. The good news is you can use any vet you like.

If you own a mischievous puppy, an active dog or a dog that seems to get pet insuranceinto everything pet insurance can save a life not to mention your wallet!

Here is a true story of my own dog and how pet insurance has helped my family tremendously…

Our dog Cole was 3 months old when we adopted her from a local shelter. As part of their program she came with a 30 day insurance plan (extended warranty as my husband called it) that you could extend to 45 days just by making a phone call within the first 10 days of adopting which I did.

When we brought our new puppy home she looked pristine but within a few days her whole underbelly was bright red! We took her to the vet and she had some sort of skin condition. Cha ching! Then at about 6 months old I noticed a bump on her leg that developed into an eraser sized tumor. Back to the vet, cha ching! At 14 months she was running and playing with a neighbor dog and she tore her Cranial Cruciate Ligament (think ACL in a human) in her left rear knee, Cha ching, Cha ching, Cha ching! (that’s a $3000 surgery), but wait, it’s not over yet!! At 5 years old she tore the same ligament in her right rear knee (can you say CHA CHING!?) and went on to massacre the meniscus in the same knee while healing from the previous surgery so she had to go to an Orthopedist (yes they have those for dogs) who had to reopen her knee (which hadn’t even fully healed) and do another complete surgery to repair her meniscus (to many Cha chings to count). Glad I have insurance? You betcha!

Of course there have been various other small events that have warranted going to the vet for but I’m just sharing the major ones. So for us pet insurance has been a life (and wallet) saver. After the first couple of issues I decided that this pet insurance is a good thing and have renewed her policy every year since. I never want to have to decide if I can do what is needed for our beloved Cole based on whether or not we can afford it. Pet insurance has made it possible for us to take care of our dog whatever comes our way. I would never have imagined that one dog (now affectionately called the six million dollar dog) could have been such a financial whirlwind just as many people don’t when they adopt a pet.

So do your homework, check out all your options to see what pet insurance plan is right for you and your pet. You’ll be glad you did.

5 Important Tips to Avoid Mosquito Dangers Now

 

AVOID NEW MOSQUITO DANGERS NOW TO STAY SAFER LONG TERM

By Jeannie Moreira, Mosquito Squad of Duluth-Lawrenceville

Although right now it seems to be far from the Duluth, Lawrenceville, Johns Creek, Suwanee, and other metro Atlanta areas of Georgia, we all need to be aware of what The Rhode Island Department of Health told the public late last year regarding mosquitos and Chikungunya.

They confirmed two cases of Chikungunya (pronounced Chicken-Guy-Yuh), a viral infection,Chikungunya involving travelers who returned from the Dominican Republic last month, the first cases of the disease being found in the northeast.

According to officials, the virus is primarily spread through the bites of infected mosquitoes. It is typically found in Caribbean countries, as well as Africa, Asia and islands in the Indian and western Pacific oceans, but there have been about 41 cases reported in the U.S. this year.

Previous cases of Chikungunya were reported in Florida (272 imported cases were reported from January 1 to October 14, 2014), North Carolina and Tennessee. The spread of the disease prompted travel advisories for those Americans traveling to the Caribbean.

The two Rhode Island residents infected with Chikungunya returned from the Dominican Republic twelve days apart. Multiple other possible cases remain under investigation.

mosquito chikungunya rashThere is no vaccine for the disease, and the treatment involves eliminating the symptoms, which include fever, joint pain, headache, muscle pain, joint swelling and/or a rash.

Officials have also urged Rhode Island residents to eliminate potential mosquito breeding grounds, as mosquitoes can allow for person-to-person transmission of the disease

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One of the most effective ways to eliminate mosquitoes for good is with ongoing seasonal protection from a trusted mosquito control company, like Mosquito Squad.

As the continued innovator in both mosquito and tick control, Mosquito Squad shares these best ways to keep mosquitoes at bay, known as the 5 T’s™:

Tip – tip any vessel that holds unintended standing water outside your home – pet water bowls, planter trays and children’s toys.

Toss – toss any items in your yard that could collect water that can be discarded: old toys, unused birdbaths, and tires. An item as small as a flipped over soda pop cap can become a breeding ground for thousands of mosquito larvae.

Turn Over – turn over any potentially water-holding items or containers so that liquid can’t collect in them, until the time they may once again be needed. Again, think bowls, planters, and birdbaths.

Tarps Eliminated – tarps create ideal mosquito breeding grounds. If at all possible, eliminate all outside tarps.  Not only do they hold small pools of water which are ideal for egg-laying, but the shade they create is a preferred spot for adults to harbor during the heat of the day, waiting to come out and bite when they detect warm bodies nearby.

Treat Accordingly – this is where the experts at Mosquito Squad come in. Our trained applicators will take care of Tip, Toss, Turn Over, and eliminate Tarps for you, and we also use the safest, most effective Treatments available to protect your family and pets from biting insects and the diseases they carry.

Take back your yard and protect your family (the two legged and four legged) from biting, disease carrying mosquitos today!

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mosquito squadJeannie Moreira, Mosquito Squad of Duluth-Lawrenceville can be reached at 770-271-1833 Duluth-Lawrenceville@Mosquitosquad.com www.moquitosquad.com 

Ticks and the Outdoors

Ticks and the Outdoors In the Fall of the year, as the weather begins to cool and the ticksbeautiful colors are bestowed upon us, please remember that ticks are still a concern for us, our pet dogs and cats (our furry four-legged family members). Ticks are known to bite and transmit disease through early November (depending on our weather).  Ticks come in different colors, and can be black, brown, or tan, and they have eight legs. Ticks are not insects.  They are actually arachnids, and are related to spiders. They can be tiny; the size of a pin-head, so be aware. If you enjoy spending time outdoors, this time of year, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Wear loose, long sleeved-shirts, and pants in a light color. This helps to better be able to detect a small spec more easily, that may be a tick nymph.
  • Wipe off your clothing before going inside, and do a full body tick check after coming inside.  Ticks are resilient, and can live in a dormant state on your clothes.

tick on dogTo check your pet dog or cat, pet it slowly while applying more pressure than normal. Many times, you will feel a bump that you can then look closely at. Make sure to check their elbows, inside of their legs and in between toes, and around their collar. Those are often ticks favorite hiding spot on a dog. If you do find a tick on you or your dog, follow these simple steps:

  • Remove it promptly with a pair of tweezers or commercial tick remover, and be sure to pull outward, in a straight steady motion, removing the entire tick.
  • Drop the tick into a small container that contains alcohol, which will kill the tick, and mark the date on it.  If your dog starts displaying symptoms of a tick-borne illness, your veterinarian may want to test for Lyme disease

Ticks, when they aren’t noticed and removed quickly can cause paralysis in dogs, and sometimes even humans. Some ticks carry a toxin that is released into their host while feeding. That toxin affects movement control. At Mosquito Squad, we provide our clients with effective tick control on their properties, but that can’t protect them when they leave their yards.  Applying a repellent will keep the ticks away. By following these guidelines, you can reduce tick bite concerns all season long. For more detailed information on controlling ticks around your home, visit MosquitoSquad.com online or call us at 770-271-1833. And remember to always consult your doctor or veterinarian with any specific health concerns.

mosquito squadBy Jeannie Moreira, Mosquito Squad of Duluth-Lawrenceville          770-271-1833 mosquitosquad.com 

Are you nurturing your dog’s fears?

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Are you unknowingly encouraging the fear your dog is feeling?

When someone we know (friend, family member, co-worker, child even someone we don’t know) gets frightened of something, as humans our first impulse is to comfort them. We might tell them “everything will be ok” or “don’t worry about it”. We might put our arm around them, give them a hug, hold their hand, pat them or stroke their head, all in a effort to sooth them and make them feel better.  All of these things generally help to make the person feel better and let’s face it we can use reason and logic with a human (well most).

When a dog is fearful of something (people, other dogs, an object) what is your first impulse? To do what you know, right? Admit it, all the same things right? That is because we are human! Funny thing though, the dog IS NOT HUMAN! So when you stroke, pat, hug, kiss and talk in soothing tones to your dog when he is in a frightened state of mind what he hears is “I like you being frightened” and “keep on feeling that way” and you are nurturing the very behavior you don’t want. Now clearly this is not your intention so how do you help to relieve his fears? One word-desensitization! That which he is afraid of, he needs more of. It’s the same for people really-Do the thing you fear the most and the death of fear is certain-Brian Tracy. No truer words were ever spoken.

Now with some things your dog is afraid of you can help him on your own such as, fear of an object in his environment. Common things are vacuum cleaners, trashcans, bicycles, cars, different floor surfaces the sound of  things like power tools, blow dryer, the toaster etc. You’ll probably need professional dog training to help you with things like separation anxiety, fear based aggression towards people or dogs and other serious cases.

A slow gradual desensitization program is best for most things. By having  the dog be near that which he is frightened of and not allowing him to flee (by using a leash) and by your quiet confidence(no talking please) and by allowing the dog to walk away only once he is in a relaxed state (reward the calm behavior), which might take a few minutes. You empower him to learn that nothing bad happened! Socializing and exposing your dog to any and all things in his environment makes for a happy, well adjusted dog that you can take anywhere. Now isn’t that what having a dog is all about?

Need professional dog training help? Call us! We can help you with these and many more dog behavioral issues.

Terie Hansen
Owner, Good Dog! Coaching & Pet Care
www.gooddogcoaching.com
404-422-9832