Affects animals and humans and is transmitted through tick bites. The disease can be difficult to detect and can cause serious and recurring health problems. Talk to your vet about whether you need to vaccinate your dog against Lyme disease. It depends on where you live and the lifestyle of your pet. Avoid areas with tall grasses, marshes, and wooded areas. When you come in form outdoor check for ticks on yourself and your pets.
Lyme disease infected pets may not show any signs for 2-5 months. Symptoms are fever, loss of appetite, joint swelling, decreased activity, and lameness.
Check their footpads for stickers, burrs, sunburn from pavement Slivers, gumweed seeds. Look for signs like licking paws. If it is a burr you may need to trim the hair or use mineral oil to get it out. Long hair can mat between their toes. Too much moisture can cause irritation. Make sure you dry their feet with a towel. Use a spray bottle to spry their paw pads when walking.
How to clean gum and gunk out of your pet using a little Dawn dishwasher detergent or olive oil.
Be aware of what could set your dog off.
Dogs will fight over toys and food, that is very common.
They can become possessive and aggressive when guarding their items.
It is a good idea to feed the dogs on opposite sides of the room or in another room if necessary. When the dog is done eating remove their bowls.
If you try to remove a bone or a toy from the dog's mouth distract the dog with a treat to divert his/her attention so that you can take the item away from it.
To distract the dogs from fighting, throw water at them, bang two lids together, or blow air horn more than likely they will stop. If you are outside use the water hose.
You can put a barrier between the dogs like a garbage can lid, a piece of wood or metal but not your hands.
Stay calm if at all possible and don't get between a dogfight.
Dogs love to go outside and walk, it's exciting and stimulating for them they like to pull. Dogs should be taught how to walk on a leash in an enjoyable way. They should not be jerked, choked or yanked. If your dog starts to pull, you can teach your dog how to walk appropriately.
A harness is good for training. It will take the pressure off the dog, distributing the pressure more evenly around the body. If the dog pulls, the harness will turn his body around rather than allowing him to go forward.
Some dogs need a head collar because they are so strong. Whenever the dog pulls, it automatically brings his head around.
Whenever the dog pulls, immediately stop and stand completely still until the leash relaxes.
When you see that the leash is relaxed proceed with your walk. Be consist do this each time you walk the dog.
You can motivate your dog to walk calmly by your side by giving it a treat.
You can also give your dog a voice command when the dog pulls say “let go” turn away from the dog and walk off in the other direction without jerking on the leash.
A harness is a good alternative to a collar because it eliminates pressure from the dogs neck, preventing possible neck injury.
Allow the dog to wear the harness around the house for short time so that he can get use to it. Make sure you praise the dog and give it treats.
Be sure it is snug enough so that he can't slip out of it. Correct fitting means you can fit two fingers between the dog and the harness. You don't want the harness to be rubbing be sure it fits properly. Only use the harness for taking the dog for a walk and take it off when you come back from the walk. Do not use the harness for running or hiking. Be sure that it is a comfortable fit for your dog.
Do not take the collar off because the identification tags are on it and they are very important.
Check out this video on how to properly measure your dog for a harness.
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