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Understand what can constitute destructive behavior in dogs. While what is destructive may depend on what you value and what your dog has been doing, not all behaviors that destroy human structures and items are spurred by an intent to destroy! While puppies can be destructive, their destructive play is about exploring, not about intentionally destroying things. On the other hand, a destructive adult dog displaying negative behavior such as chewing, digging holes in the backyard, or chewing up the shrubbery needs attending to. Abnormal behaviors in a pet dog include aggression, anxiety, displacement activities, trying to dominate you, fear and phobias, frustration, and stereotypical behaviors such as repetitious actions with little purpose. Leaving aside aggressive behaviors, which while destructive are not treated in detail in this article, the most common problems that can be viewed as destructive include:
Over-activity, or hyperactivity – the dog is always full of energy, and always active (note that true hyperactivity is rare in dogs).
Separation anxiety – the dog panics once left alone and might bark, pace, eliminate in inappropriate places, and destroy walls, doors, etc., in an attempt to get back to an owner.
Attention-seeking behavior – the dog might bark to get attention, and do other things to get the owner’s attention. We often reward this behavior, thereby reinforcing the dog’s attention-seeking behavior!
Noise phobia – the dog might respond with fear to such loud noises as thunder or fireworks by destroying doors, walls, or objects, in order to try and hide.
Boredom – boredom is the cause of many a problem behavior, as the dog seeks an outlet to relieve its frustration and lack of attention.
Walk your dog regularly. If you have slipped in maintaining a walking routine with your dog, reinstate it. If you haven’t yet developed a routine, start now. And if you’re not free to walk your dog regularly, find somebody who can. Go for regular walks and try to include a variety of exercise options during the walk. Some ideas include:
Take your dog on a walk in an area that is challenging. Try anywhere that has hills or an incline. Allow him to take breaks once in a while and bring along water for him to drink as needed (throw in your own water bottle, too!). Your dog may get in the habit of using the same trail, so switch it up to challenge him and keep him from getting bored.
Posted by dogguardblog on 8:25 pm in DogGuard | Comments Off on Working Service Dogs & Student Volunteers
They call dogs “man’s best friend” for a reason. Their loyalty, especially in the disabled community, is unsurpassed. But finding these service dogs is difficult and very costly.
Many service dog organizations charge anywhere from $5,000 to $25,000 to provide a canine assistants to those in need. But an ingenious student at the University of Illinois found a way to provide these much needed dogs to disabled recipients at no cost.
The program called the Illini Service Dogs was founded more than two years ago by 23-year-old Bridget Evans.
In the program, student volunteers not only train the dogs, they live with them, feed them and care for them for about a year and a half.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) welcomed new breeds into its doghouse on Jan. 1. The organization extended membership to the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno (which is joining the hound group) and the Chinook (becoming part of the working group).
Check out the photo of the Portuguese Podengo – adorable!
“The AKC is thrilled to add these lively and energetic breeds to the registry giving dog lovers even more breeds to choose from,” AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson said in a statement. “Both breeds are very athletic and will make great companions for those who love to stay active.”
Posted by dogguardblog on 1:38 pm in DogGuard | Comments Off on University to add Puppy Room to lower Student Stress
Roc the 1st Puppy
To help students deal with the stress of exams Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia is opening a Puppy Room today.
December 4th, the Puppy Room will open in the student union. “They can come in and sit down, they can pat the dogs, talk to the dogs,” said therapy dog owner Mark Grant. “That’s our hope – that the dogs will bring as much comfort to the individuals we’re going to meet as the individuals will bring to the dogs.” Grant’s St. Bernard Roc will be one of the dogs in the puppy room.
The puppy room will run for three days this week to help students deal with the stress of exams. The dogs are all being provided through Therapeutic Paws Canada. All the dogs are above the age of one and will be accompanied by their owners.
Dalhousie student Michael Kean pitched the idea to the university. He has friends at McGill University in Montreal that raved to him about their dog therapy program. “It’s a great idea,” said Kean. “There’s no downfall about therapy dogs. Students, we’re stressed out, don’t know what to do, and they’re fluffy. It comes down to that.” Once Kean pitched his idea it got overwhelming support from the student body.
The student union expects there to be large lines for the puppy room when it opens today. The interest has been so overwhelming that the Dalhousie Student Union has implemented a back-up plan. They will also have a shuttle service that will take students to the nearby Dartmouth SPCA so they can walk and spend time with the shelter dogs there.
If the trial run of the puppy room goes well, Dalhousie Student Union will potentially make the partnership with Therapeutic Paws and the SPCA into a regular thing.
Posted by dogguardblog on 1:43 pm in DogGuard | Comments Off on 2013 New Year’s Resolutions for Dog Owners
Top 13 New Year’s Resolutions for Dog Owners
Vow to provide your dog with the highest quality nutrition possible. This means researching the ingredients in dog food and often, thinking outside the grocery store kibble aisle.
Make it a point to ensure your dog’s health through providing adequate and appropriate exercise.
Be realistic about your dog’s weight. If you can’t feel your dog’s ribs easily, he is too fat. Ask your vet for guidance in regulating his weight and achieving healthy body condition.
Train your dog. Training is not a luxury, it is necessary Not only will appropriate training make living with your dog more enjoyable for you, it will make life more enjoyable for your dog by providing him with the mental stimulation all dogs need and crave.
Play with your dog. Play can take many forms – training, tug, fetch, food dispensing toys, nosework games and exercises, off leash adventures in safe environments, etc.
Keep your dog well-groomed and maintained. Routine care and maintenance can significantly improve your dog’s quality of life.
Make it easy for your dog to succeed. Remove opportunities for bad behavior and only a good dog remains!
Vow not to get mad at your dog for your time management failures. Make sure your dog gets adequate time outdoors to do his business.
Be appreciative of how wonderful your dog is. Never miss an opportunity to thank your dog for good behavior.
Make time for your dog. It may mean spending less time on Facebook and more time playing, training, and exercising with your dog.
Be a responsible dog owner – keep identification tags on your dog, renew your dog’s annual license, make the annual veterinary appointment, etc.
Keep learning and improving as a pet owner. Understanding your dog will enable you to be a better friend to him, this year and every year.
Help a less fortunate dog at least once this year. Remember that not all dogs are as lucky as yours. There are many ways you can help less fortunate dogs – by making donations (either goods – beds, leashes, collars, food, toys, etc. or cash) to a local shelter or rescue, volunteering at a local shelter or rescue, or, apply to become a foster parent.
A Christmas tree is a source of joy during the holidays but can pose dangerous hazards to your dog
Next to you, your dog may think that your Christmas tree is her best friend –at least during the holidays. Most dogs are instinctively drawn to its inviting smell and the allure of gift boxes, wrappings, lights and ornaments. But beware; her natural curiosity can place her at risk for serious injury or worse.
Hazard Awareness and Prevention
Age, temperament, and your dog’s energy level all play a role in how much mischief she might find herself in. Even the most well behaved canine can succumb to the temptation of a Christmas tree and its trimmings. Short of 24/7 supervision, your next best defense to ensure her safety is to take precautions that minimize or eliminate the risks. :
Needles: Don’t let her chew or swallow fallen Christmas tree needles. They are not digestible and can be mildly toxic depending upon your dog’s size and how much she ingests. The fir tree oils can irritate your dog’s mouth and stomach and cause her to vomit or drool excessively. Tree needles also can obstruct or puncture her gastrointestinal tract.
Water: Tree water can poison your dog. Preservatives, pesticides, fertilizers and other agents, such as aspirin, are commonly added to tree water to keep the tree fresh. Treated water can be harmful to a thirsty dog -so use a covered tree water dish to be safe.
Lights: Don’t string the bottom of your tree with lights; some types can get very hot and burn your dog. Firmly tape cords to the wall or floor and check them regularly for chew marks or punctures. Dogs who gnaw on electrical cords and lights can receive electric shocks and mouth burns. Chewing on wire also can cause pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs) which can be fatal.
Ornaments: Avoid decorating your tree with edible or glass holiday ornaments. Your dog may knock over the tree trying to get to one, or injure itself trying to play with a broken one. Swallowing an ornament also can cause a gastrointestinal blockage. Some ornaments may be lethal depending upon the materials or chemicals used to create them.
Hooks: Use ribbon, yarn or lightweight twine to hang your ornaments – not traditional wire hooks – which can snag an ear or swishing tail. If swallowed, they can lodge in your dog’s throat or intestines.
Tinsel: Don’t trim your tree with tinsel. If swallowed, it can block her intestines causing decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and weight loss. Surgery is often necessary to remove the tinsel.
Gifts: Keep the area around your tree free of discarded string, ribbon and small toys or toy pieces. These can be swallowed and cause a bowel obstruction.
Artificial trees: Be extra vigilant if you use an artificial tree, especially as it becomes more brittle with age. Small pieces of plastic or aluminum can break off and cause an intestinal blockage or mouth irritation if ingested by your dog.
Vitamins. A vitamin supplement will provide those nutrients above and beyond the minimum, which are required to meet his particular needs. Consult your veterinarian to see what vitamin types and amounts your dog needs.
Prevention is Key
If possible, put your Christmas tree in a room that can be closed off from the rest of the house. Another option is to install a baby gate in the doorway to prevent entry to the tree room, or put low-lattice fencing around the tree and secure it so she can’t knock it over. When you are not at home or unable to supervise her, confine your dog to her crate or a separate room to keep her out of mischief.
Rescue dogs make the best pets – and now, performers!!!
Poodle Sissy dances with ballerinas Elizabeth Lindsey and Katherine Free as they practice, Tuesday, November 27, 2012, for the Birmingham Ballet production of The Mutt-cracker, the Nutcracker ballet presented the addition of rescued dogs. The performance benefits the Greater Birmingham Humane Society.
What talents does your dog have? Let us know and be featured in our next blog post!!
With bits of this and that dropping on the floor, and delectable smells wafting around the house your dog can be in danger. . . “Veterinarians experience an increased number of office calls due to digestive problems after the holidays because humans invite their animals to celebrate with high fat meals (ham, gravy, turkey skin), chocolates, bones , etc.,” warns Casandria Smith, L.A. Animal Services Chief Veterinarian
Here are some tips that will help your dog get through Thanksgiving safely:
Stuff Your Turkey, Not Your Dog
It’s easy to want to give your dog a big fat bowl of turkey, mashed potatoes, and whatever else you think she might enjoy. But that’s a bad idea. Overindulging in fatty foods can lead to an upset stomach, diarrhea, or a life-threatening condition called pancreatitis. A few strips of turkey on a dog’s normal food is fine, but don’t overdo it!
Make No Bones About It
Cooked turkey bones can be a danger to your dog. They’re sharp, and potentially very dangerous. You may not know a dog has a turkey bone lodged in your dog’s digestive system for days. Don’t leave plates with bones lying around.
Don’t Cry Over Onions
Onions are toxic to dogs. They can lead to a dangerous form of anemia that may not be detected for days. Make sure your dog stays away from the pearly whites, and yellows, and reds.
Avoid Yappy Hour
Some dogs seem to enjoy alcoholic drinks. Walk away from your drink that’s set on the coffee table, and Lulu may get lit. Dogs and booze are a bad mix. Your dog may not do anything embarrassing she’ll regret in the morning, but she could become disoriented and quite ill. Too much alcohol can even lead to a coma, and death. Watch where you – and others – put their drinks, especially if you have a curious pup.
By following a few basic tips, your dog will enjoy a fun, safe Thanksgiving.