Dogs are pack-oriented. If you do not establish yourself as dominant over your dog, they will assume the role and it will lead to problems-- the dog may become tense, overprotective, or possessive when people come near you; the dog may become territorial about your home or suffer from separation anxiety when you go out; the dog may become hyperactive. These things happen because you're not in control and the dog is not taking the cues from you. For example, the pack leader always goes first. To assume control, make sure you always eat first and decide when petting and playing begins and ends.
The dog's primary needs are a good pack leader and exercise for a minimum of 45 minutes daily. And always lead the walk--your dog should be beside you or behind you, but not in front of you. The dog's eyes have to be able to follow your movements, and watch you for signals, stops, changes of pace, and turns. Visual cues are critical. If your dog goes ahead or pulls at the leash, react quickly. Shorten the leash and walk fast, then keep just a little tension to guide your dog--you will see a calm dog. It is very important to be consistent.
Dislocation of one or both eyeballs is a common problem in dogs with large, bulging eyes like Boston Terriers, Maltese, Pekingese, Pugs, and sometimes spaniels because their eye sockets are very shallow. Shortly after the eye is dislocated, swelling behind the eye makes it extremely difficult to return the eyeball to its normal position. Protect the injured eye. Place a gauze pad or lint free cloth soaked with lukewarm contact lens solution over the dog's eye. If you don't have the solution, use lukewarm tap water. Continue to moisturize the pad with a spray bottle adjusting the nozzle so the spray is a mist and not a single blast and don't remove the pad from the dog's eye until you get to the ER or vet. If the dog resists the gauze dressing, use the spray bottle with contact lens solution and gently spray the eye every minute until you arrive at the ER or vet.
If your vet is not available or you can't get there within 30 minutes, you are going to have to reset the eyeball yourself. One person needs to restrain and hold the dog and the other person needs to reposition the eye.
First and foremost, wash your hands. Apply a generous amount of K-Y Jelly or petroleum jelly to the eyeball--the more lubricated it is, the better the chance of replacement. Try using a moistened cotton swab to gently ease the lid edges out, then grasp them with your fingers. Give the lid edges a strong pull forward. The lids will wrap around the eye and snap it back into place. If you are unsuccessful, have someone help you hold the lid edges while you gently push on the eye with a clean finger.
This season has been extremely difficult on your furry friends.
The number is going up on the amount of dogs that have
allergies. Is your dog scratching, biting or licking more than
usual? Is your furry friend's coat thinning or are there hot spots?
If so, call your vet. You might need to change the diet and
the shampoo you use.
A dog growls for various reasons: fear, offensive aggression, insecurity,
and play. Outside of play, growling serves as a warning. It is trying
to tell you that there is something wrong. Do not punish a dog for growling--give the dog a treat for the underlying cause to try to make the symptom disappear which is far more effective than having a dog suppressing it. Otherwise, a dog has no way to express itself. By not being able to growl, you have created a dog that will bite.
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