Caring for older dogs

by Vivien Richardson on April 30, 2011

With modern veterinarian treatments and medicines dogs are living much longer, healthier lives. For the older dog though there are still special considerations and dog grooming techniques which should be used to help improve their quality of life. For instance, an older dog may find it more difficult to maintain its own healthy coat, so extra dog grooming and bathing may be needed to (more…)

Clicker training for dogs

by Vivien Richardson on April 29, 2011

One of the most popular modern dog training techniques is clicker training. This method involves using a small clicking device which the dog, or puppy, recognises as a sign of incentive or as a job well done. Usually when a clicking sound is made by the trainer or dog breeder, it is accompanied by a small edible snack or treat for the puppy. This is known as reinforcement training.

Clicker training for dogs or puppies is best undertaken in a quiet area where there are few (more…)

Dogs could sniff out hazardous chemicals in the home

by Mark James on April 28, 2011

A new study has revealed that dogs could act as “biosentinels” for restricting exposure to toxic chemicals in the household.

We all know that dogs are interested in smelling everything – even the late afternoon parping that heralds the coursing of your breakfast burrito through your digestive system – but environmental scientists think that they could help sniff out harmful compounds, such as flame retardant chemicals, that may be present around the house.

The conclusion was reached by researchers at Indiana University studying the amount of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in dogs’ blood. The test subjects were found to have levels ten times that of humans, which suggests that (more…)

Iran to outlaw dog ownership

by Mark James on April 27, 2011

After actively trying to acquire nuclear weapons, supporting various terrorist factions and gunning down their own citizens who were protesting against the current regime, Iran may be just about to take one step too far – by banning dog ownership.

A bill that has been submitted in the country’s parliament in Tehran looks to enshrine strict punishment in its penal code for owning a pooch for as well as posing a “public health hazard”, having a pet dog “also poses a cultural problem, a blind imitation of the vulgar culture of the West”.

The punitive measures proposed include a $500 (£300) fine and the confiscation of the offending animal. It’s not clear (more…)

Dog fighting? There’s an app for that!

by Darren Jamieson on April 26, 2011

Dog Wars AppThese days there’s an app for your mobile phone for just about anything. You want to know your sleep patterns at night? There’s an app for that. You want to know how many calories you eat each day? There’s an app for that. You want to be able to make random sound effects from your pocket? There’s an app for that.

You get the picture, but what about the ancient, and banned, sport of dog fighting? Surely there’s no app for dog fighting? Well yes, there is – and it’s called ‘Dog Wars’.

With the Dog Wars app, for Android phones (not the iPhone) users can train their virtual dogs to become bigger, fiercer and better fighters, before pitting them in competition against (more…)

Alternative treatments for dogs and puppies

by Vivien Richardson on April 25, 2011

Although modern veterinary treatments have advanced exponentially in recent years there is still a growing trend for dogs and puppy owners to seek alternative treatments for their sick pets. As people seek complementary treatments for themselves, so they extend their belief in marginal therapies to their pets.

For instance, dog or puppy massage can help with the animal’s circulation or aid muscle aches. Massage can also be a good method of bonding with a young puppy and ensuring that they become familiar with human contact. Veterinary homeopathy is also a popular treatment often used by dog breeders to treat a range of ailments, such as allergic rashes, and is also often used to (more…)

The many ways disability assistance dogs help us

by Vivien Richardson on April 24, 2011

disability assistance dogsIt has been estimated that up to 20% of the population of every country in the world has a disability; this adds up to a total figure of over 650 million people. For many of these persons, having a disability assistance dog can mean the difference between complete isolation and full integration into their society. Disability assistance dogs are often trained from being puppies to help and support those individuals with a range of health issues, such as epilepsy, blindness and autism as well as those with severe physical disabilities.

The dog training involved in preparing these animals for a life assisting people to gain a degree of independence is very stringent in order to allow the dog to be of greater use to those who need them.

The dog training prepares the canine for the undertaking of a wide range of essential (more…)

Number of abandoned Staffies on the rise

by Leanne Thompson on April 23, 2011

Tougher controls on ownership of dogs are being sought by campaigners in Kent, following increasing numbers of abandoned ‘status dogs’ in the area.

BBC Radio Kent has reported that, according to figures that it has obtained, more than a third of all dogs taken by council wardens in the Medway region were Staffordshire bull terriers; out if 882 dogs brought in, 350 were of that breed.

In Gravesham, this figure rose to 50 per cent, but in Broadstairs, (more…)

Dog poop postcards popped through post in Edinburgh

by Mark James on April 22, 2011

Homes in North Edinburgh are being targeted by a dirty postcard campaign orchestrated by Granton Council.

Prick His Boil!If you’re thinking of the ‘saucy seaside’ type, such as the one where a nurse is left holding a pan of boiling water while her patient runs away, to be told by a doctor: “Nurse! I told you to prick his boil!”, then you couldn’t be further from the truth. Instead, these postcards graphically depict the fallout from stepping in a fresh dollop of dog poop.

The new scheme, which is piloting in the Boswall Parkway region, is aimed at reducing the amount of dog mess on (more…)

Clicking clickers teach tricks lickety-split: Begin training your dog

by Mark James on April 21, 2011

Picture the scene: You’re at home with your feet up, watching Crufts. It’s one of the high points of the competition – the close heel work displays. As you watch a respectable looking middle aged lady dressed as a squaw go through a flawless routine with a border collie wearing a cute cowboy hat and bandana, you hear the sound of something being chewed. It’s your pet dog making short work of your brand new Nike Assassins. Despite your commands for him to stop, he takes them into the corner of the room to finish the job. Meanwhile, the collie on the TV is executing an exquisite pirouette, and you’re rolling your eyes so much that they’re in danger of (more…)

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