Canines in the wild keep teeth healthy by gnawing on natural bones and abrasive tissue and fiber. A domestic pooch does not have this same advantage but teeth can be kept healthy through brushing, gnawing and specially-designed dental chews. Never use human toothpaste, as it is dangerous to dogs.
When brushing, use this opportunity to inspect your dog’s teeth and gums for decay, injury and plaque buildup.
The sole threat to one’s feeling of puppy glee can be the arduous task of housebreaking your new pal. Here are some ideas for a smooth experience:
1. Keep in mind that most puppies can’t “hold it” for more than a few hours and plan your day accordingly.
2. Proper crate training will help your pooch not to “go” in her “bedroom.”
3. When an accident occurs, be sure to eliminate the odor instead of masking it. If your dog detects her scent, she will return to the scene of the crime!
4. Keep an eye on your new pup to learn how to detect an imminent potty.
5. Praise and a puppy treat for a job well done must be given immediately or your dog will miss the association between behavior and reward.
Stores that sell clothing for construction and roadway workers also often sell cooling bandanas or fabric neckbands filled with water-absorbing crystals. Next time you buy one for yourself, either for work or just to get you through the summer days, buy one for your dog.
Soak it and then tie it gently around the neck of a large dog or wrap and tie it around the back and chest of a small dog just behind the front legs. Now and then, refresh it with your water bottle and the two of you should be good to go on a hot day.
Some dogs are so affectionate that they’re not content with licking your face. They also want to share your more private smells which can prove embarrassing for you or an unsuspecting visitor.
Men and women alike are victims of this socially awkward behavior. Dogs do this out of a natural instinct to learn about this person (in the same way they sniff each others behinds) and out of habit. Keep in mind that dogs have a very strong sense of smell so they can learn a lot about a person through sniffing.
This strong sense of smell also leads to another reason canines might sniff that private area – because some dogs can actually sense prostrate cancer. They can detect a problem just sniffing people but, according to a recent study, can actually pick up the scent of chemicals associated with early prostrate cancer in urine.
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The very moment that a dog starts to respond to “come,” you want to verbally celebrate his response – and to use verbal encouragement all the way back to you from wherever he was and whatever he was doing.
Then when he reaches you, make a big fuss over him. If you don’t make the payoff pleasurable for the dog, then why would he give up independence and another activity to return to you?
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