February 4, 2005 11:46 - Your Dog may have Healing Powers
We have all heard that dogs can offer calming effects and relaxation to their owners. But did you know that there are dogs who offer therapy by visiting hospitals, nursing homes, and schools? There are several organizations around the country that offer the service of "visiting dogs" or "therapy dogs". They bring pups to these facilities and visit people for companionship, interaction, and love. These programs are successful because the visits have proven to promote emotional well being and healing.
In my county, dogs have been called upon to help teach elementary age students how to read! The coolest thing about these organizations is that they are always looking for privately owned pets to be trained to visit people. Look into it if you’re interested. Of course, you’re dog has to be a good candidate and must be evaluated and tested.
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February 9, 2005 14:54 - Tips for Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth
Keeping your dog’s teeth clean is as important as keeping your own healthy. Dog’s can get cavities, periodontal disease, abscess teeth as well as infections. It may take a few sessions for Fido to get used to this process. Giving your dog hard toys, dry dog food, dog biscuits or a bone to chew on will also help with dental health.
Here are some tips on brushing your dog’s teeth:
- Make sure that you and your dog are comfortable and get into a good position to brush.
- Select a toothbrush appropriate for your size dog (available at pet stores)
- Buy toothpaste made specifically for dogs. Do not use human toothpaste! Doggie toothpaste comes in flavors they love.
- Lifting the lip out of the way, brush the dog’s teeth in a circular motion. Make sure you get those big back teeth which are prone to plaque build up.
Remember that your dog may have to work up to the point of having a full teeth brushing. Make this a gradual process so that your dog will learn to love it. It is best to try to get in 2-3 teeth brushings a week.
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February 10, 2005 13:37 - Scratching problems?
Nail covers solve your dog's scratching problems. They look like your dog's nails but they are hallow. You just glue them right over your dog's nails and they can't hurt themselves scratching.
- Safe (even if the dog where to swallow them )
- Can be used on dogs of all ages
- Great for protecting your hardwood floors
- Prevents scratches to people
Ask your vet or groomer about them.
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February 14, 2005 14:55 - You Pup as a Masterpiece!
Need more artwork in your home? The true small dog lover would adore a portrait of their best friend. This idea is great for you or as a gift. Who will do this commissioned piece? Ask a local artist, an art student or an artistic friend.
What do you need? You’ll probably need a good clear photograph of your dog. I think the possibilities are endless. You will own a unique piece of art and you can truly personalize it with a background you choose and colors you like.
There are so many cool choices:
- Have it done with oil paint, acrylic, pastels or pencil.
- You can choose the size you like.
- Frame it, leave it unframed.
- Stack it up on a big easel.
Think outside of the box. The portrait doesn’t have to be in traditional style. Make it modern! Make it Andy Warhol style! Make it abstract! Do whatever you love!
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February 15, 2005 14:15 - You'll start to feel better and better...
It's Normal to grieve the death of your beloved pet and it does take about a year to feel better. If you have to have your dog put down, it is even harder. Remember that it was best for the dog, more humane. There are support groups for you also.
One important thing that will help tremendously is a new puppy. He will love you just as much as the dog that has passed away, not to mention how much you will love him. He will definitely fill that void and you will have years of joy to look forward to.
Of course you will always cherish the memory of your old friend but you will cherish the experience of the new one.
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February 24, 2005 14:35 - Does Your Dog Have The Right Stuff?
The sport of Dog Agility may be for you and your dog if you both have what it takes. The sport involves a dog going through an obstacle course while being timed. The dogs that compete in these agility trials are energetic and athletic!
The handler of the dog guides the dog through a predetermined sequence of these obstacles. Handlers use hand signals and commands to aide the dog but cannot touch the dog. The competing dogs are only judged against dogs within the same category according to size.
The coolest thing is that agility competitions are open to ALL types of dogs. Purebred and mixed breed dogs are welcome to join in. If you think this is a sport you may be interested in, check within your area or with your vet or local agencies to see if there is somewhere close-by where you can get started!
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