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Dog Guard® Out-of-Sight®  Dog Fence  knows just how important it is that your dog leads a safe and happy life. Dog Guard® “Out of Sight Fencing” allows your dog the freedom he deserves and provides you with peace of mind. Dog Guard® Out-of-Sight® Electronic Dog Fencing is a safe, affordable alternative to conventional fencing.

Dog Guard®  offers Out-of-Sight® Electronic Dog Fencing, veterinarian-approved, combination of animal training and state-of-the art electronics. Dog Guard Out-of-Sight Electronic Dog Fencing is a unique 2 zone T-4 transmitter allows a wide variety of corrections to be set for your pet at the transmitter depending on your dog and it’s temperament

 

Keeping Your Pet Healthy This Fall

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Keeping Your Pet Healthy This Fall

When it comes to keeping your pet healthy and helping him enjoy fall to the fullest, there are some things to keep in mind.

Watch out for ticks

Many species of ticks are active even into the winter and can survive the first frost. Don’t let ticks cozy up. Remove their favorite environments, such as leaf and garden litter, where ticks can sometimes survive even into winter.

Check for ticks frequently.

Continue using tick control products, particularly if you spend a lot of time outdoors with your pet enjoying activities like hiking, camping, or hunting.

Beware of rat poison and other rodenticides

Fall is the time of year when mice, rats, and other rodents start to scurry for warmth. Be careful when it comes to mouse traps and rodenticides like rat and mouse poison. Nobody wants an infestation of mice, but many poisons that are currently on the market can be very harmful to dogs and cats.

Feed your pet right

It’s getting colder out there, and cool temperatures mean more energy is needed to stay warm. You’ll probably need to feed your pet a bit more food – food generates body heat, so pets who spend a lot of time exercising outdoors need to eat more than in the summer.

Watch out for antifreeze

In preparing for the winter months ahead, people tend to use fall to winterize their cars. This often involves changing fluids such as antifreeze.  Clean up spills immediately and make sure your pets steer clear of the garage while you’re working on your vehicle.

Heartworm in Pets

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Heartworm in Pets

What is Heartworm Disease?
Heartworm is caused by a type of roundworm that lives inside the heart and blood vessels of the lungs. Heartworm disease is transferred by mosquitoes. It is a serious disease that primarily affects the heart and lungs but can also affect other parts if untreated, and can cause death.

Symptoms
Symptoms of heartworm disease are easy to miss. As the number of heartworms increases, the symptoms of coughing, lethargy, exercise intolerance, lack of appetite and weight loss become more apparent.

How is it diagnosed?
Heartworm is most commonly diagnosed using blood tests that detect the presence of heartworms. Many veterinarians run these fast, simple tests in the clinic and can give you results within minutes.

How is it treated?
Infected pets usually receive a series of injections, hospitalization and then strict confinement to limit exercise for weeks. Treatment is expensive and time consuming. For these reasons the goal should always be prevention rather than treatment of this disease.

Prevention
The best way to treat heartworm is to prevent it in the first place. Fortunately, there are numerous safe and effective preventative medications available. Heartworm preventative medications are available from your veterinarian in many forms. In addition to protecting your pets from heartworm disease, many of the heartworm preventatives also protect your pet against other internal parasites. This is important because it helps prevent the spread of parasites. So not only are you getting heartworm protection for your pet but also peace of mind that your pet has not picked up parasites like roundworms that can be transmitted to other pets and even humans.

Frustrated by your dog’s barking?

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Frustrated by your dog’s barking?

Frustrated by your dog’s barking? Here are some simple tricks to head off the behavior or taking the time to train the dog out of the behavior. Try these tips:
Offer distractions. Bored dogs will be less prone to bark if they are given toys to play with. If your dog is barking due to outside noises, playing the TV or radio while you’re away can drown out those sounds.
Keep your dog active. A tired dog is less likely to have a barking fit. Give your dog regular walks or play fitness games like fetch or Frisbee.
Work your dog’s brain. Obedience training, either in a class or at home, can improve your dog’s ability to discern threats. It also can lay the foundation for other anti-barking solutions that require more intensive training.
Teach the “quiet” command. Train your dog to respond to the word “quiet” by allowing three or four barks, then saying “quiet” in a calm, clear voice. When you say “quiet,” break the barking jag by holding his muzzle gently, dropping a loud object that distracts him or squirting him in the face with a spray bottle of water.
Don’t reward barking. Above everything else, don’t inadvertently encourage barking through your own behavior. Don’t reward barking by giving the dog a treat after he has barked. Only treat when the dog has been quiet. Also, don’t encourage barking at outside noises by asking, “Who’s there?”
Training can be a long process, but in the end you will improve your relationship with your dog and be better able to make sure his needs are met.

Fleas Are More Then A Pain

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Fleas Are More Then A Pain

Fleas are more than an irritation; they can cause a range of illnesses in dogs. The problem is that, unless they are allergic to flea saliva, dogs don’t always scratch when they have fleas. To complicate matters more, fleas are sly and great at hiding. So how can you determine if your dog has fleas?
Know Where the Fleas Like to Gather
The most common congregating spot for fleas is around the base of your dog’s tail and her lower back. You can certainly find them anywhere on your dog’s body but if there are only a few fleas and you want the best chance of finding them, start there.
Push the Fur Backwards to Get a Better View
Fleas don’t waste much time on top of your dog’s fur. They need to get down to your dog’s skin in order to sink their mouthparts into their host and drink blood. The best way for you to see your dog’s skin is to gently push the fur backwards with your hand.
Don’t Center All of Your Hopes on Seeing an Actual Flea
Fleas are sneaky and there aren’t always very many of them on your dog at once. You’ll need to put on your detective hat and look for more than just live fleas. The other evidence that these pesky pests are nibbling on your canine pal is their excrement. They leave flea feces wherever they go.
Flea stool impersonates small specks of black dirt, so it is called “flea dirt.”
Look for and collect any dirt that you find during your visual flea hunt and also when you search with a flea comb
If you take some of the dirt look-a-likes, place them on a white paper towel, sprinkle water on them, then give them a little rub, you will see red smudges appear. This is a definitive answer for you: your dog has fleas. The reason the flea dirt turns red is because it is just digested blood.
If you haven’t spotted fleas or flea dirt at this point, grab a flea comb and run it all over your dog, stopping every swipe or two to examine the comb’s tines. Look for fleas and flea dirt. Fleas can slip through the bristles of a regular brush, but a flea comb’s tines are too close together for the critters to squeeze between. You can catch them this way, but be ready to put them in some soapy water or squish them really hard.

Tips for Your Pet to Live Longer

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Tips for Your Pet to Live Longer

Everyone who has ever had a pet wishes just one thing — that they have a healthy and long life. Here are some tips that can help your pet do just that.

FEED A HIGH QUALITY DIET
Pets fed a high quality diet have a shiny hair coat, healthy skin, and bright eyes. A good diet can help care your pet’s immune system, help maintain their intestinal health, help increase their mental acuity, and help keep joints and muscles healthy.

KEEP YOUR PET LEAN
Pets that are overweight are at risk for a many health issues. Obesity is the number one nutritional disease seen in pets currently and studies have shown that being overweight or obese can shorten a dog or cat’s life span by as much as two years.

TAKE YOUR PET TO THE VETERINARIAN REGULARLY
All pets require regular veterinary care. However, veterinary care goes far beyond routine vaccinations, even though those are important. A routine examination by your veterinarian can uncover health issues of which you are unaware. In many cases, an early diagnosis improves the chances of successful treatment.

KEEP YOUR PET’S MOUTH CLEAN
A common problem among dogs and cats, dental disease and oral health issues can cause your pet pain, making it difficult for him or her to eat. If left untreated, oral health issues may even lead to heart and kidney disease.

Chlorine in Pools, Is it Safe for Pets

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Chlorine in Pools, Is it Safe for Pets

As temperatures rise and a hairy creature’s thoughts turn to summer swimming, owners across the country are asking themselves: is it ok for my pet to take a dip in the family pool? People start to wonder if chlorine poisoning is possible in pets. Here’s what you need to know:

Is Chlorine Toxic for Dogs and Cats?

Pool water contains very dilute levels of chlorine, and is unlikely to cause chlorine poisoning in humans or animals. From a risk management standpoint, a pet is more likely to become ill from a dunk in a standing pool of water, or a lake filled with unknown microorganisms than they are from swimming in a properly maintained pool full of chlorinated water.

What Are the Risks of My Pet’s Exposure to Chlorinated Pool Water?

Drinking chlorinated water may cause minor GI irritation, but it should not cause serious issues for pets. Fortunately, most symptoms related to chlorine are minor. Pets who swim for long periods in chlorinated pool water may exhibit some signs of sensitivity, such as red eyes or itchy skin.

Pets that swim regularly may experience more frequent ear infections. While owners may wonder if this is related to chlorine exposure, recurrent infections are more likely related to damp ears than the chlorine itself.

Keep Dogs Safe and Cool at the Beach

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Dogs love going to the beach, running in the sand, playing in the waves, and of course, chasing after a ball, and even the occasional kite. While it is fun for them and entertaining for us to watch, there are certain safety issues you need to know and ways to keep them safe and cool.
Hydration
Just as humans become dehydrated in the heat, dogs are even more at risk. Be sure to provide plenty of water and even provide something fun like frozen dog treats!
Beach Games
Provide plenty of things for dogs to play with on the beach, specifically toys that float!
Boat Safety
Dogs need to wear a life jacket while in a boat just like humans do, no matter the kind of boat. The safest place for the dog to be is in the middle of the boat and while in motion, be sure to hold on to them to reduce the risk of falling out.
Protect the Paws
Sand, broken glass, pebbles, rocks, hot pavement, and unexpected things on the bottom of the ocean all pose a possible risk to your dog’s paws. Help keep them safe with a product meant specifically for their paws.

Break Your Dogs Car Chasing Behavior

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IMG_1772Use Safety Measures

Consider a Hidden fence to help reinforce the idea that if the dog is un-monitored it will still be safe from the road.

Monitor Outside Play

Always try to keep and eye out the window and check here and there make sure your dog is safe, and away from harm.

Attention and Exercise

dogs are inclined to chase cars due to the pent-up energy, combined with the natural desire to chase. Giving your dog extra attention and plenty of exercise, can help limit this extra need to chase.

Training

 

The above steps can be done immediately, to try to correct this behavior moving forward, it is important that your dog masters the “Come” Command and learns to obey his owner.

Fun Dog Outings

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Fun Dog Outings

Play with the Kids
Dogs are part of our families, and there’s nothing more fun than watching little ones playing with their furry friends. This helps your children gain respect for your animal and vice versa. Have your child blow dog-friendly bubbles; the dogs will have a blast trying to catch them, especially if they’re flavored! You can also set up a race between the kids and your pup or play hide-and-seek — have the kids hide while your pooch tries to sniff them out.
Head to the Dog Beach
Cities throughout the country have beaches that are designated as dog beaches, and these spots are perfect places for your dog to cool off in the sweltering heat — as long as they’re swimming dogs. They’ll also get to romp around in the sand, too.
Go on an Outdoor Adventure
Dogs are natural explorers, and taking them on a hike is a wonderful way to satiate their curiosity, whether they’re off leash or on one.
Grab a Cool Treat
Give in to your dog’s desire for some human food by getting them dog-friendly ice cream! Many ice cream parlors will have doggy snacks also; just ask for the doggie cone, and your pooch will be sure to gobble it up. Or look out for dog-friendly treats at your local bakery or specialized dog bakeries, for a tasty alternative for pups that don’t handle dairy well.
Challenge Your Pet with Some Games
Like agility courses, games are a great way to hone your dog’s skills, while also having some fun. One such game is “find it!” The goal is to make it harder and harder for your dog to find his treats. Simply show your pooch the treat, excitedly tell him to “find it!” then throw the treat in any direction. After you’ve repeated this a few times, have your pup sit while you put the treat down about 15 feet away. When you go back to him, tell him to “find it!” again. Eventually, you can start using this command to play a fun game of hide-and-seek with your dog. Get your kids involved with games like this, and both your human and furry kids will have yet another way to bond.
Once you know where you’re headed, take some precautions to keep your dog safe while she’s having fun. Always bring plenty water with you to make sure your pups are hydrated. Another thing to watch for is that they don’t burn their paws; in the heat of the summer, sand and concrete can get too hot for sensitive pets. Lastly, no matter where you go, keep a close eye on your pup. What matters is that, while staying safe, both you and your dog are having fun. You can do fun outings like this every week, or more often with dogs that require more exercise. Your dog will have a blast every time!

General Tips on Grooming Your Pet

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General Tips on Grooming Your Pet

Tools necessary: dog shampoo, towel, brush, treats.
Give your dog treats and praise as you groom. You can give him treats periodically or a long-lasting rawhide treat or toy with treats inside.
It will get your pet use to grooming if you start them at a young age. You should also pay attention to what your dog does and doesn’t like. If your dog hates nail trims, do that part last. If he loves getting brushed, make sure to spend some extra time brushing his coat out.
Brushing
You should brush your dog before the bath to get out any mats. Some dogs have different lengths and styles on different parts of their bodies, so you might need a few different brushes.
Brush out mats by holding your pet’s fur close to the skin and gently working out the mat. Cut out mats that can’t be brushed out. Keep in mind that long-haired dogs might need daily brushings, while short-haired dogs are often fine with a brushing once a week.
Bath Time
Most dogs only need to be bathed once every week or two. As you’re bathing your dog, use plenty of warm water to keep him nice and wet, and make sure to work the soap into your dog’s fur and skin. Start at the top and work your way down.Spend some extra time on your dog’s neck, where his collar normally is. During the bath, do a quick check all over your dog’s skin for cuts, ticks, or irritated skin.
To protect your dog’s eyes, you can put a drop of mineral oil around each eye. A cotton ball placed in each ear will help keep water out.
Let your dog drip dry for a few minutes in the tub, then towel him dry. You can use a regular hair dryer on a cool setting to help him dry off.