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January 2013 Pet Health News

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Could A Walk In The Dog Park Be Dangerous: Advice For Safely Visiting The Dog Park
Dangers of the Dog Park

Today as you were driving to work you noticed the new dog park about a mile from your house. You see pet owners with their companions playing and seemingly having a good time.

Did you ever stop to ask yourself how safe a dog park is for your beloved pooch? What if something was to happen at the park and you or your pet was hurt?

Before making the decision to let your dog run free at the dog park, take some time to figure out what it’s all about. Here are some helpful tips before heading to the park with your pooch.

  1. Visit the park without your dog first. Read the rules of the park and observe how the other dogs are acting. Be sure to map out all of the exits in case of a problem.
  2. Make sure your dog is ready for the dog park. If your dog doesn’t interact well with other dogs or people the dog park isn’t the place to try to train them to interact.
  3. Keep an eye on the other dogs in the park to make sure the atmosphere doesn’t feel tense. There will be fights between some dogs from time to time. If you already notice dogs fighting before you even walk in, turn around and leave!
  4. If a dog fight does occur, be careful and be prepared. Instead of breaking up the fight on your own and running the risk of serious injury, have a plan. Maybe carry pepper spray for a serious fight or a special toy that your dog is sure to react to. Never put you or your dog in harms way!
  5. If you notice that a frequent visitor always has problems with their dog, politely ask them to leave the park and come back when their dog is ready. It’s okay to be an advocate for your dog, as well as the well being of other dogs, but don’t be rude about it.

A dog park is great for exercise and gives your pet the freedom to run wild. Making sure that your dog is ready for the dog park and following the rules are important for everyone’s safety. Start introducing the park slowly. When you think your dog can interact well with other dogs then you are ready to go!

Your Dog Did What?!: The Answer To Why Your Dog Is Eating His Poop
Dog Eats Own Poop

You’re watching your dog run around in the yard trying to find a place to relieve himself. It’s not the most fun thing in the world to stand outside in the freezing cold temperatures while your dog does its business. To make matters even worse you just saw your dog eat its poop. What the heck is going on?

You go through a range of emotions. You all of a sudden feel a little ill because your dog sleeps in your bed and licks your face in the morning. All you can think about is brushing your dog’s teeth and washing your face as quickly as possible.

So what’s the deal? You have never seen your dog do anything like this and you wonder why now all of a sudden it is deciding to eat its own waste.

Have you ever noticed how neat and tidy your pet’s space is? Really take a look. If you kennel your dog at night and it has an accident chances are that’s the reason that it has starting eating its own stool. The most obvious way for your dog to keep its space clean in a situation like that is to eat the mess that it created.

Because of the winter months it is also harder for your dog to go outside and play. This causes stress because their environment has essentially become your home for the winter. While they love to be inside, a change of pace can sometimes trigger bad behavior and cause your dog to act out in ways that it never has before. The same can be true if you introduce a new animal or even a new baby into the home.

There are products out there that can help you break your dog of this behavior. Instead of using chemicals try some behavior therapy first. Take your dog on more walks, change the food it’s eating, or maybe incorporate a multi-vitamin. Remember to exercise your dog as often as you can in the cold months. Allowing them to get more play time may be the answer to the problem.

 

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