Got a Can? Yes, For Diarrhea!
This can can firm up diarrhea.
Not the pumpkin pie filling with all the spices, but 100 percent canned pumpkin.
The amount you give depends on the size of the dog. Jetta was 70 pounds. If she had diarrhea, I gave her about half a cup. Then an hour or so later I’d give her some more. I used my intuition and saw how it was going.
NOW…. This is not to say that if your dog is ill, you don’t need a vet and that you just need to rush to the grocery store for some pumpkin. If the dog has more than two "episodes," or it lasts more than one day, or if it’s bloody, or if it’s accompanied by other symptoms… call your veterinarian. (Constant diarrhea can cause dehydration.)
All dogs have minor bouts of occasional diarrhea at some point and it’s usually due to something they ate that didn’t agree with them and it’s no big deal and pumpkin can help get them regular more quickly. Keep it in the cupboard. (Unused portions freeze well too.)
Guess what treats constipation? Same as above. I swear!!!! It works for both!
How do you pill your dog?
Have you ever done this?
That’s how I learned to do it when I was a teenager and got my first dog. I forced her mouth open and stuck my hand in her mouth, placing the pill on the back of her tongue so she'd swallow it.
Ugh! (That’s what she said too!)
Then I learned to hide the pill in a piece of meat or cheese, but sometimes the pill would fall out, or she’d detect it and separate it, eating the meat and spitting out the pill.
Later I figured out another way that worked MUCH BETTER...
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Pee NOW, Please!
Dogs can be taught to potty on command.
People who show and compete with their dogs know this. If you enter a competition… you pay entry fees, you buy gas to travel out of town, you often stay one or two nights in a motel, you eat in restaurants… it gets expensive. So the LAST thing you want, after the expense and often waiting hours for your few minutes in front of the judge, is for your dog to relieve him- or herself in the ring. Because it can be distracting to the other canine competitors, pottying in the ring is an absolute NO-NO and will get you a big fat ZERO.
When I was competing in obedience and agility with Dancer, I always made sure she pottied before we were called into the ring. Even if she didn’t “need” to go, she would at least TRY. She would literally squat…. Even though nothing came out.
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What's In a Name?
Don't Like It? CHANGE It!
Do you like your dog’s name?
Think you picked a good one, or do you regret it every time you call him for dinner? If the latter, please know that it is quite all right to change his name. And if he is a rescue, and this was the name an abuser screamed at him on a regular basis, please DO change it.
When I got Jetta, her name was Brook. I didn’t like the name Brook and I had planned, long before I ever found her, to name my next Doberman Jetta. I spoke with her breeder/owner many times before she sent her to me, and while referring to her as “Brook,” in my mind, I kept thinking of her as “Jetta” and somehow it came out “Bretta.”
So I decided to just call her Bretta, which I did for the first week or two I had her.
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Find It Game
Fun For Dogs And Kids (and Adults)!
This ”Find It!” game allows kids to play with dogs while teaching them some manners, without getting bitten, scratched and knocked down, especially puppies.
This is a great game to teach your dog before teaching him obedience behaviors. (It’s also a great idea to teach tricks before teaching obedience.) This game (like any game or trick) teaches your dog to start paying attention to you. It helps set a good foundation, and gets him in the mode of learning. It’s very fun. If your dog likes treats or toys, he will go CRAZY to play this game and your children will go nuts playing this game with him.
Eventually, you can teach and play this game outside, but start training (like ALL training) in the house.
Tell Fido to wait.
If necessary, have someone hold his leash, or tie him up. (Always supervise tied dogs to prevent tangling and choking and use a harness, never a collar.)
Place a favorite treat or toy 10-15 feet away, in plain sight. Release him and tell him to ”Find it!” What joy! He’ll be ecstatic. You be, too.
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Yes, I Was An Abusive Dog Trainer
Do you subscribe to The Whole Dog Journal?
It's an amazing publication! The Whole Dog Journal is one of the two things that helped me change from being a force/punishment trainer to being a gentle/positive trainer.
Now, please keep in mind, I've been training dogs since I was a kid, in 4H, and back then... and for years and years after, force/punishment training (intimidation, "corrections" and jerking dogs around by the necks with choke chains and worse, which is INHERENTLY ABUSIVE) was all we knew.
I learned abusive methods at age 16, in 4H, with my first dog, Tasha.
Back then, it was all we knew.
Of course, there are still trainers today who abuse dogs (one of them being National Geographic's "The Dog Whisperer,") but most trainers are better educated now.
Click here to read more about my transformation...
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