If your dog gets nervous when getting her toenails cut, then do one nail at a time. Keep the snip just on the tip and give a very good treat afterward. If the dog really gets nervous, don’t do the next nail immediately – spread it out over a few days with tasty treats for each nail cut.
There are several ways dogs can get into trouble in the water, just like people. Exhaustion, muscle cramps, panic, swallowing water and hypothermia are all dangers. Inability to find the steps in a pool, or suddenly encountering a rip tide in the sea can also be life-threatening. So, if you take your dog swimming, please keep an eye on him.
Puppies can get hiccups after eating, playing or drinking. Don’t worry – it’s quite normal (not to mention very cute). If the hiccups continue for more than a day, however, it might be a good idea to take your puppy to see a vet, just to be safe.
Bring a piece of your worn clothing to the vet if you have to leave your dog overnight or if she is having a procedure where she has to spend a day at the vet’s office without you. Personal items that carry your scent will be comforting to her in the strange environment of a vet’s office.
If you don’t have a t-shirt or other piece of clothing that smells of you, then bring a small soft toy that is a favorite of hers and rub it all over your skin before leaving it with her.
Any of the retrieving breeds can become neurotic and unable to stop themselves from compulsively retrieving objects. The Labs who spend their waking hours bringing you tennis balls and dropping them at your feet are actually suffering from a form of canine OCD and need help by not making balls always available and only playing fetch for short designated play periods. Visit RadioFence.com for your pet supplies.