Things to Do with Your Dog During Great Outdoors Month

To enjoy playing outside with your dog he doesn’t have to be a spry puppy, you can have a nine-year-old dog and still have a blast. So this is a little bit of a guide to what to do with the nice summer weather that’s coming up.

Hiking

Hiking is fun for you and your dog and it’s great for mountain areas, (although I advise you have a younger dog for the mountains). You should bring water and treats for your dog when you go. Places such as Colorado are pretty nice places to go hiking, and it’s easier for you and your dog to go on paved pathways unless you like to make your own.

Or even a simple walk

Not Just the Ordinary Fetch

Though it may seem old school, dogs are never bored of fetch. Although one thing that sometimes turned me off of playing with my dog is a slimy tennis ball but with the chuckit not only is it cleaner it’s even more fun for your dog! Going to a dog park is usually the best idea for trying to play with your dog.

Swimming

Some places will allow dogs in the pool. If not you can use your own pool. Something that’s pretty fun to do while in the pool is to put squeaky toys in the pool (try to make sure that they float other wise your dog might get hurt while trying to get them). And if you push them around in the pool they really like it.

And if you live by the ocean it really makes their day when you play with them on the sand, although you should probably take them through a calm part of the day.

Playgrounds

Some places have dog playgrounds or even some places where they train dogs they’re sometimes open to the public for you to play with your dog. Or even set up your own playground with some skateboard cone or tires to jump through.

Wrestle

I wouldn’t suggest you do this if your dog has a habit of biting people or having very hard kicking paws, but if you have a medium sized dog or a small dog (I wouldn’t suggest it if you have a Mastiff), wrestling on the grass over a dog rope toy or a treat is fun.

Treat Hunt

We may think of this as a little bit of an Easter activity but dogs don’t take it that way. All they see is that they have to search a little for their snacks. Dogs love this kind stuff.

A Show Dog Gone Bad: Molly's Adventure Part 1

Once I was a prized show dog. I traveled across the country, being preped and pimped and pranced through show rings from New York to Florida. With my pointy, sharp ears, lean but small frame and stick-straight, cropped tail, I was a sight to be seen. A boxer I am, red and sassy. My kennel name was even Red Hot Tamale. (Molly for short.) I won Reserve Winners Bitch and was loving my life.

But my flame was fleeting. Large dogs were winning over me and so I was relegated to breeding and locked away in a cold damp cage. Alas, that too was short-lived. I gave birth to three puppies and that was all. My depression soon made me infertile. After years of no more puppies, I was given away.

I jumped in a truck, not knowing where I was going. I was excited because I LOVE CAR RIDES! Nothing else mattered too much. I arrived at a new house. I smelled and sniffed. I sat and waited to be taken home; not realizing I was home. I was with two strangers and a cat that had tasty poop and food. But I couldn’t do anything right. I was constantly in trouble; always getting yelled at when I at the poop or food. I was being feed different food, was in a different place and with people that wanted to pet me when I wanted to lick their face. I was not happy.

Then the car rides started. I went everywhere with my new owners. I was always hanging out the window. Wind blowing through my hair, sun on my face. I was beging to think this was paradise. I even got to sleep on the floor with a blanket.

Then I started thinking about my old life and like a toddler I started acting out…

Read the Adventures of Molly Part 2 to see what trouble I got myself into.

Reasons Why Your Dog Maybe Losing Their Hair

As we all know dogs or cats lose their hair just like any of us. Just because they are an animal doesn't mean they can't have major hair loss problems. Do you know the reason why your dog is losing so much hair? This is the first step you must try to solve. There can be so many reasons why that you really never even thought about. With no answer this will drive you so crazy thinking that there can be something seriously wrong. Here are some reasons maybe why your dog his losing some hair:

  1. If your dog has a seasonal allergy or is allergic to certain chemicals in your home this can cause your dog to become severely itchy, irritated, and cause so much hair-loss to the point of patches missing.
  2. Hormonal diseases such as hypothyroidism or cushion's disease can make your dog lose hair in clumps, just like a human gets when they have this disease.
  3. If your dog is highly allergic to flees or mosquito bites your dog will actually scratch themselves until patches of hair fall out. Make sure you check your dogs tummy and the tail for signs of any little creatures lurking around underneath the hair.
  4. If your dog had any surgeries or anesthesia this can actually make your dog suddenly lose lots of hair. It should go away after a few weeks, but with some dogs it can actually last a lot longer. If they still lose hair have them checked out.
  5. Hair-loss can also be cause by collie-nose, which is a sunburn on a dogs nose where it actually bleeds, peels, and strips the fur around the burnt area causing your dog to lose more hair. Your dog may also have some calluses on their legs, which may not be painful to them, but the dog can lose hair from having them.

Wiggly Field is a Home Run for Dogs

Opened in 1997, Wiggly Field is a dog park, located at 2645 N. Sheffield, in Reed Keppler Park. It is said to be Chicago’s first official dog park. Wiggly Field has gained local and national fame from several magazines and even on Animal Planet’s show “K-9 to 5”.

The park is open 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset, and is a welcome place for all dogs big and small. The area is enclosed by a fence and has double-gated entryways to ensure that dogs inside the area do not run out as others are coming in. There are benches and tables for owners to sit at and watch their pets as they run around and play, and when they go to the bathroom, there are plenty of doggy clean-up bags and trash cans throughout the place. Also, there are doggy water fountains to keep them happy and hydrated, and on hot summer days kiddie pools are brought out for the dogs to cool down in.

The park’s surface is now made of asphalt instead of grass, but there is good reasoning behind it. Even though it might be a little rough on Fido’s paws, it can actually help prevent the spread of bacteria and virus between dogs. At first the park did have grass, but it was soon realized that when it rained and things got muddy, the spread of germs increased. So, eventually the grass was converted over to the hard surface that it has today.

And, don’t forget to pick up your permit before heading out to the park. In order to enter, every dog must go to an approved veterinarian who issues the dog a special collar and tags that need to be worn at Wiggly Field. They must also be up to date on rabies vaccinations.

Sources:
http://www.wrightwoodneighbors.org/
http://www.we-goparks.org/

Michael Vick: Is He a Criminal for Promoting Dog Fighting?

I don't know why anyone would promote dog fighting? Hang on yes I do for the shear money or strange enjoyment of watching animals rip into each other or even just to watch the blood shed? That is not only criminal but also cruel!

I honestly would not wish that kind of cruelty and treatment on any dog or even human being. What was he thinking? A successful person would not need the money, so I am afraid to think about the things running through his head for why he would promote such a thing which is in my opinion not a sport, not just because the animals do not choose to do it but also because these are animals and should not be compared to the sports that humans devise for themselves.

In general their is a consensus too on whether a human activity will become a sport at all. There is no consensus with dog fighting for a reason. That reason is because it is cruel to the animal and can not be controlled as well as human sports. Even those kinds of sports deserve some scrutiny. Dogs can be the kindest and most gentle creatures but they are dependent on us for the right directions. Those that train them for battles and for attacks are seriously disturbed to want to see that kind of blood shed. You can never glorify it or the death of an innocent dog that could have had the chance to live with care and love.

Perhaps their lives are not as important as some like himself would like to think but I can promise you that the majority of people who can distinguish between wrong and right will disagree with you.

Human Grade Dog Food

Why should pet owners consider human grade dog foods for their companions? As might be expected, the main reason is the huge difference between the quality of most pet foods and human grade foods. With the obvious goal of a long, healthy life for one's pet, making the choice to feed her human grade foods is the first step.

 

Major Brand Dog Food Ingredients

Studies and comparisons over the last several years have resulted in growing concerns over the contents of most major brand dog foods and even many premium foods. Packaged pet foods are only a few decades old. They were developed shortly after K-rations were devised so that soldiers could eat reasonably nourishing foods on the battlefield.

Food distributors recognized that what remained after the human grade parts were used would either have to be thrown away or used for another purpose. The concept of using the leftover foodstuffs for pet food was born. Unfortunately, those pieces and parts often include such delectable treats as entrails, the carcasses of animals that died from disease, chicken parts such as beaks and feet, and even euthanized companion pets. Dogs, for example, could be eating dogs.

 

How to Avoid Those Ingredients

Poor nutrition is not the only factor that results from using most grocery store pet foods. Over the last few decades, the lifespan of the average domestic dog has been reduced by almost ten years. Pets are now getting the same diseases as people, and treatments are costly. Fortunately, there are dozens of quality pet foods available, foods made with human grade ingredients, no dyes or chemical additives, and plenty of what is good for your pet. You can find high quality pet foods, holistic foods, natural foods, healthy vegetarian diets for your pet, and even delicious and nutritional treats for your dog. Shop online, talk to your veterinarian, or go to a pet food store and ask for foods made from human grade ingredients.

Bulldog Travel Accessories

Bulldog travel accessories can make a long trip much more manageable for your pet. Some dogs like to travel, others don't; it's impossible to determine how any given dog will react. The most important factor when it comes to pet travel is making sure your dog is as well-equipped as possible for the journey ahead.

If you're traveling by air with your bulldog, you will need to contact the airline in advance in order to ensure compliance with all pet travel rules. Once you've figured out the rules and regulations, try looking for a bulldog-friendly flight. Dogs don't like to wait at connecting cities any more than people do. Attempt to secure an uninterrupted flight, especially if your bulldog is going to be on an airplane for the first time.

Bulldog Travel Accessories: The Interior

Bulldog travel accessories really show their worth once everyone is already on the plane. You should find a pet kennel that allows your puppy at least some range of movement. Your bulldog should be able to turn around in his or her cage during the flight.

Other bulldog travel accessories include water dispensation units and name tags. You may also want to put some lining on the bottom of the carrier in order to prevent leakage. Your dog shouldn't leave too much of an impression while traveling the skies.

The Dog Days of Dog Poems

I would definitely say that we are heading towards the dog days of summer. Therefore, since I love dogs and my family had a dog before I was born, I think that writing poems about dogs in celebration of National Dog Day on August 26th is a creative and perfect way to pay tribute to "man's best friend". Dogs play a large part in people's lives and dogs become a part of the family. Dogs are candids, that's short for canine kids. I have lost two very special dogs within the last two years and I must say that Coco Puff and Precious Bear were dogs worthy of a poem for National Dog Day. Therefore, here is a poem that expresses my feelings of love for them.

C: is for cuddly apricot and white poodle
O: is for her nose that resembled an olive
C: is for the ceramics shop where we got her
O: is for her favorite month, October; she loved pumpkin pie even though she never ate it.

P: is for having the cutest little punim; Yiddush for cute little face.
U: is for under the table She would sit there while we ate dinner.
F: is for all the fun she had with us
F: is French poodle

P: is for precious
R: is for rug Rug was Precious Bear's nickname because she looked like a bear rug when she would lie on the floor.
E: is for eat She wasn't a picky eater,
C: is for cute
I: is for ice cream She loved doggie ice cream
O: is for orange. I wanted to dress her up as a pumpkin for Thanksgiving
U: under the table She always waited for us to drop food at dinner
S: is for smile She brought a smile to my face.

B: is for big
E: is for energetic
A: is for awesome
R: is for ruff

Puppy Potty Training

Puppy potty training is something that everyone with a new fuzzy bundle of joy wants to know how to do effectively. This is for a good reason. You don't want to have to be cleaning up little surprises around the house for years. No, you would prefer not to do this for more than a few months. With the right training program, you can achieve this goal. You will be able to leave your puppy without worry of having your carpet turn another color while you were gone.

Puppies are a wonderful addition to any home. They will steal attention from everyone and everything. When I was nine and my family got a golden retriever, I never wanted to do anything else except play with him. I didn't care about eating or sleeping unless I could be with my dog at the same time. The only time I didn't want to be with him, however, was when he chose to eliminate indoors. This is where his puppy potty training came in.

My dad pretty much did the entire puppy potty training, thank goodness. I paid close attention, however, and what happened was amazing. Not only would my dog wait to eliminate until he was outside, he would only go number one in the backyard and would wait until we took him on a walk to go number two. He also became slightly calmer, that is except for when we took off his leash. Once he was potty trained, he never eliminate inside unless he was sick and we were not home.

Puppy Potty Training for Your Sanity

When you first get a puppy, you must potty train him. This is for your sanity and the benefit of the puppy. Sure, it may take a few months to fully train your dog, but those few months will pay off for the next few years. You won't have to worry about your dog leaving little "gifts" for you. It is an automatic instinct to punish your puppy when he has eliminated where he isn't supposed to. With training for both you and your puppy, you will learn how to handle every situation effectively.

Bulldog Care

Bulldog care is a multifaceted activity. There are so many different elements that go into making a bulldog happy and healthy that it can be hard to keep track of them all. Don’t despair–any steps taken towards bulldog awareness and care will be greatly appreciated by the dog in question.

One of the most common problems affecting bulldogs is that of ventilation. Bulldogs don’t sweat like people, and cool themselves down primarily by panting. Such is the way of dogs. Bulldogs, however, are at a disadvantage when compared to most canines. A bulldog’s snout is quite a lot shorter than that of the average dog, leading to less cooling by way of ventilation.

Bulldog Care: Overheating

As such, any program dealing with bulldog care should include a section about overheating. Overheating can be dealt with in a number of ways. One of the best ways to cool off a bulldog is to equip the dog with a dog cooler. These vest-like products provide relief from the heat without actually getting the dog wet.

Of course, if you don’t mind the smell of wet dog, then you can simply use the garden hose. If, however, you’d rather spare yourself the sight and scent of a drenched bulldog, make a dog cooler a part of your bulldog care routine. bandanas are also available that possess similar cooling properties.