Getting a new pup is so much fun but to make him feel at home a visit to the pet store for some pet essential products.
Dog Food & Bowls: Deciding on a dog food brand is imperative for your pup to stay healthy till he can be weaned to home cooked and other food options once he is older. A sensible way to make sure he does not land up with stomach issues would be to follow the diet that either the breeder or foster parent was giving. There is an entire lifetime to experiment where food is concerned but not when your dog is a puppy. Best to consult a veterinarian before you get the pup at home. Getting an adjustable food bowl stand with stainless steel bowls is what we recommend.
Collar & Leash: Once his vaccination schedule is complete you will want to go out for a walk with your pup. Malaika Fernandes a Canine Behaviorist – Trainer recommends a 6 foot long padded leash with a collar( use of prongs,shock,choke collars is cruel). While retractable dog leashes are quite popular with dog owners, they are not a good idea, and can be dangerous with an untrained pup.
Crate: If you have a crate ready, you can help ensure your pup has a place where he can feel safe and comfortable, and where he can stay out of trouble. It is also a good idea to have some baby gates to keep your dog contained in a certain part of your home.
ID Tag &Microchip: Your pup needs identification so that he can be reunited with you in case he is lost.
Toys: If your pup is busy with toys he loves, he’s less likely to get into mischief — and he’ll have fun, too. It’s important to consider safety when you’re picking out dog toys and chews. Make sure they’re large enough that they can’t be swallowed and they’re not stuffed with beans or beads.
You feed tasty and nutritious dog food, and yet your dog only sniffs and licks at it. It’s time for the next meal, but the previous meal still isn’t finished. You might have a finicky dog!
You may think your dog wants or needs variety. The truth is your dog will happily eat the same food every day its entire life, so it’s up to you to make sure you provide a tasty, nutritious meal. Your dog is descended from opportunistic hunters that were accustomed to eating what they could get when they could get it.
Don’t Teach your Dog Bad Habits
Frequently, the cause of a dog’s finicky eating isn’t a result of its behavior. Remember dog’s are not born fussy eaters , they are made in to one by their owners. It’s usually the result of their humans feeding table scraps or too many treats. Not only does this increase the risk of obesity, but it also can encourage finicky behavior. Your dog avoids eating in hope of getting more exciting food than what is in the bowl. The best approach is to stop feeding your dog from the table and limit the number of treats. Remember that dogs have different nutritional needs than we do, so what we eat isn’t necessarily balanced for them.
When your dog was younger, if you tried offering several different foods to determine the right fit, you may have encouraged your dog to hold out for something better. If you’re opening multiple options of food from the fridge and trying to coax your dog into eating something every meal, then your dog has you trained.
How To Correct This Behavior
Time your dog’s food bowl for 30 minutes, if he doesn’t eat it take it away!
When it’s time for your dog’s next meal, set out the food again and take it away in 30 minutes, whether it is eaten or not. So if the morning meal was dog food and it was not eaten the next meal should also be dog food and not another option.
Do not treat your dog the day he doesn’t finish his meal
No table scraps
If your dog has not eaten for 2 days. Maintain your strategy, if he is hungry he will eat. Dogs digestive systems are very different from ours and they can go a full day or two without eating and it will not cause any harm.
Stick to your dog’s feeding schedule
Stop hand feeding
Gradually increase levels of exercise. A tired dog is a happy dog and will eat well if his energy is spent.
Make sure the entire family are all agreed on the approach . If one person caves in when they see the sad eyes then this sets you right back to square one! It is also good to check with dog walkers and neighbours to make sure no one else is caving in!. Also make sure that your dog doesnt get an opportunity to raid the dust bin.
When Could Picky Eating Be A Medical Problem?
If your dog has been eating well and then becomes picky, especially if he is losing weight or looking unkempt, do not brush it off. Visit your veterinarian immediately to look for a reason. Anything from a bad/spoiled bag of food, to dental disease, to neck pain to other serious medical problems could be the cause. Before you decide to stubbornly stand firm and wait for him to start eating right again, consult your veterinarian.
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Let us not forget our dogs this festive Diwali season. Here are some ideas to make it extra special
Say “No” To Crackers: It is natural for dogs to be afraid of loud noises. The sounds trigger their nervous systems, and they can become anxious or afraid. Running away from the noise is a survival instinct.Remember, to your dog, the sound from the fireworks is a lot louder than it is to our ears because of their ability to hear better. So pledge to celebrate this festive season the eco -friendly way !!.
Get Your Dog A Tag: Custom made tag with his name and phone number available at most local pet shops. So in case he gets lost you have a good chance of being reunited with him. Remember better safe than sorry.
Treat Your Dog: Get your dog a bag of his favorite treats!!. Lots of options to choose from as a pet parent i would choose one from a Barkery that is organic.
Help A Shelter: Give away some of of Fido’s old stuff to an animal shelter or donate in cash.
Make Him A Pillow: Make him a pillow out of your old clothes. So he will have something to cuddle with that smells of you when you are not at home.
Give Him Time: Make a promise to play with him every single day no matter how tired or busy you are.
Plan A Holiday: A holiday with him and the entire family to a pet friendly place or do participate in a dog event this year.
Buy Him A Toy: Dont know what to get him take him to the pet store and let him choose for himself.
The Petathon was one of a kind fun event that that took place in Chembur, Mumbai on the 23rd of Oct was sponsored by Sai Estate Consultants and Ghostweis – The Long & Short Of Weimaraners and was organized by Princely Paws – Canine Training, Behavior Modification Consults, Grooming, Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Bach Flower Remedies & Animal Communicator services, Traiblazers & Rythmic Running.
A part of the proceeds from Petathon would go to our charity partner In Defense of Animals at Deonar for the countless work that they do for Rescues & Animal Birth Control programs(Spay & Neuter).
Petathon was a 1 mile walk/run that you had to do with your dog. Participants with their dogs started pouring in post 5:45Am. One of the few that came in early were 3 Siberian Huskies that started a howling melody that woke up any sleepyheads at the venue instantly. By 6Am the Happy Tails Veterinary Facility Team – Dr Umesh & Dr Hrishikesh Karkare & Dr Namita Nadkarni had done a quick check on all the dogs participating for the event.
We had a mix of various dogs, Siberian Huskies, Neopolitan Mastiff, Spitz, Labrador Retrievers, Indian Pariahs,Pekingese, Daschunds, Shih Tzus, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever etc. The Petathon was flagged of at 6:20 once all the humans were briefed to keep a walking pace with their dogs until a certain point to warm up after which they could either run or walk till the finish line.
The best part was that the Happy Tails Veterinary Facility decided to join in the run/walk to make sure that they were available to attend to any untoward incident with first aid(Yay!! for committed vets). It was interesting to watch how “monkey see monkey do” came in to place when one of the dogs started running the rest followed and then it was a race to the finish line.
The line up of the first 3 winners were 2 huskies followed by a German Shepherd. The participants were all given medals and goodie bags. Special prizes were awarded to the first 3 winners additionally.
Who better to award those prizes and goodie bags to all the participants than a hero that makes a difference in the lives of the dogs that we love so dearly, so we had Dr Karkare do the needful!!
Pet Parents Speak
Most pet parents admitted embarrassed that they couldn’t keep the pace with their dogs and slowed them down. They vowed to do better not just for themselves but for their dogs too by running every day if they could because they knew how much they had enjoyed themselves.
Pictures from the Petathon
Anand Siva a participant went live from the event and this is what he had to say
Trailblazers & Rythmic running – 10 km Marathon & Princely Paws PETATHON – 1 mile on 23rd Oct in Chembur at 6:00Am powered by Sai Estate Consultants.
Run or Walk with your dog and then enjoy the Agility games by Princely Paws as your dogs do the weave poles, tunnel and jump. Part of the proceeds go towards In Defense of Animals(IDA). Don’t miss out on this one of a kind Pawsome event!!
Rules For Participants
On registration a copy of the dogs updated vaccination certificate must be emailed
Every pet parent is responsible for their own dog during the event
Only healthy dogs free from any ailments, hip related issues and injuries are allowed
Aggressive dogs are not allowed
Dogs must be leashed at all times(use of pinch collars, choke chains, flexi-lead are not allowed)
Dogs on heat are not allowed
Brachycephalic dogs like Pugs are not allowed to participate
We put in a lot of thought in keeping our dogs healthy and fit with quality food and exercise. Dogs can still develop problems like tartar and plaque buildup and gingivitis. But it’s not just bad breath and yellow teeth you have to worry about. As with humans, these canine dental problems can actually lead to life-threatening infections and issues including heart, liver, and kidney disease.
Start early with your dog as a puppy!
Grown dogs can learn to become comfortable with dog teeth cleaning, but make things easier for yourself by working with your dog as a puppy
How to brush your dogs teeth
Your dog might not take to tooth brushing at first, but hopefully, you can make it a reasonably pleasant experience for both of you. Try and choose a time when your dog has had a decent amount of exercise, so he’s more inclined to sit still for the procedure. Don’t overdo it the first few times. Start slowly and quit if your dog gets agitated, even if you don’t brush the whole mouth. You can
increase the time every day as he gets used to it. Also, make sure to speak soothingly and pleasantly during the brushing and reward your dog with a treat afterwards. Before too long, your dog should start looking forward to the event.
If not every other day stick to a target of doing it once a week where you brush your dog.
One of the best ways to insure optimum oral health is to provide the dog with a well-balanced, meat-based dog food. Meat assists in keeping the mouth environment healthy. Actively encouraging the dog to utilize chew treats that require some “exercising” of the teeth, such as is provided by compressed rawhide chewies, hard rubber or nylon chew toys, can assist in keeping the mouth structures vital.
There are many synthetic bones and chew toys that are specially designed to strengthen your dog’s gums and teeth. While i don’t particularly like the rawhide ones because of hygiene issues if you have one that your dog has been gnawing on lying around the house for a while. It is time to sanitize it by boiling it and then putting it in to your deep freezer to cool.Just make sure you’re providing safe objects for your dog to chew on. Hard objects can cause broken teeth.
Giving your dog a good mutton hollow marrow bone to chew on can help get rid of build up and keep teeth strong, Chicken bones are not advisable especially when they are cooked because they splinter easily and could hurt your dogs gums or gut.
Dental issues that plague your dogs
Gingivitis: Inflammation of the gums
Periodontists: Disease of the oral cavity that attacks the gums and bone and tissue around the teeth.
Pyorrhea: Inflammation of the gums and tooth sockets, often leading to loosening of the teeth and accompanied by pus.
Plaque: The first buildup of material adhering to tooth enamel. Composed of a mix of inter-cellular matrix of bacteria, salivary polymers, remnants of epithelial cells and white blood cells, it can cause caries, calculi buildup and periodontal disease.
Calculus (Tartar): Calcium carbonate and calcium phosphate combined with organic material, deposited on the surface of the tooth.
When to see a veterinarian
Whether you brush your dog’s teeth or not, you should have a look inside his mouth every week or so. If you notice any of these signs of dental problems, then take your dog to the vet:
Change in eating or dog chewing habits
Pawing at the face or mouth
Misaligned or missing teeth
Discolored, broken, missing or crooked teeth
Red, swollen, painful or bleeding gums
Yellowish-brown tartar crust along the gum line
Bumps or growths within the mouth
Cons of poor oral hygiene
The adverse effects of periodontal disease are when the toxins the bacteria secrete and the damage these toxins cause to delicate kidney, cardiac, and brain tissue. The toxins from periodontal disease are absorbed into the dog’s blood stream. As the kidneys, liver, and brain filter the blood, small infections occur causing permanent and at times fatal organ damage.
When my Prince was 13 years old i had to put him through surgery for wart removal and decided to get his teeth cleaned at the same time but to my dismay because i had not paid attention to his oral hygiene. The surgeon had to knock of 11 teeth 🙁
Prevention is better than cure after all. You might never know that your pet has a serious dental problem until it’s very advanced.
When i am not working with dogs, next in line is my love for movies. Here is a list of some of my favorites, that made me laugh and some cry;grab those tissues and watch away!!
A couple must rescue the puppies of their dalmatians from a crazed woman named Cruella De Ville, who wants to use their fur to make a coat.
102 Dalmations sequel released in 2000 starring Glenn Close reprising her role as Cruella de Vil as she attempts to steal puppies for her “grandest” fur coat yet.
Dr. Ted Brooks, a Miami-based dentist, inherits a pack of sled dogs. He must learn the tricks of the trade or lose the dogs to Thunder Jack, a mountain man.
A professor finds an abandoned dog and takes him home. Over a period of time, he forms an unbreakable bond with the dog.
The tale of a friendship between 8 sled dogs who become stranded in Antarctica during a particularly cold spell. Their guide Jerry will stop at nothing to rescue them and both dog and man overcome incredible obstacles to reach each other.
A heartwarming story about a golden retriever – shadow, an American bulldog – chane and a Himalayan cat – sassy who are separated from their family. Fearing the worst for their family, these three set out on an incredible journey to find them.
Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco released in 1996 is a sequel to the first movie where the family plan a trip to Canada the animals escape after Chance panics and breaks free from his carrier. After eluding airport authorities, the animals find themselves in the city of San Francisco, with home on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Two foster siblings Andi & Bruce are forbidden to bring animals home secretly take in stray dogs at an abandoned hotel, thus creating an ideal shelter by transforming the hotel into an incredible paradise for dogs.
The Beethoven film series is a series of eight American films, in which the plot revolves around a family attempting to control the antics of their pet, a Saint Bernard
Beethoven 1: A slobbering St. Bernard becomes the center of attention for a loving family, but must contend with a dog-napping veterinarian and his henchmen.
Beethoven 2: Was released in 1993 where Beethoven rushes to rescue his wife Missy and his puppies after they are kidnapped by a gang of kids.
Beethoven 3: Was released in 2000 where Newton family is tasked with the responsibility of transporting Beethoven, a dog, to California. Two criminals are following Newton’s RV to recover the DVD kept in the truck. Will Beethoven save them?
Beethoven 4: Was released in 2001 where a A lovable but naughty family dog switches places with a meek and obedient lookalike canine.
Beethoven 5: Was released in 2003 where Sara Newton goes on a summer trip to visit her uncle, Freddy , who resides in a small mining town. Accompanying Sara is her mischievous St. Bernard, Beethoven, with whom she and her family have enjoyed an abundance of adventures. When Beethoven discovers a clue that might lead to buried treasure, the eccentric locals embark on a treasure hunt, a few ghosts make an appearance and chaos consumes the normally peaceful little town.
Beethoven’s Big Break: Was released in 2008 where Eddie, a widower and a struggling animal trainer, gets his big break when a St. Bernard who follows his son home is selected to play the lead in a movie.
Beethoven’s Christmas Celebration: Was released in 2011 where Beethoven takes the responsibility of rescuing the Christmas fairy and locating the missing sledge of Santa. He must also find and return the magic toy bag in order to save Christmas celebrations.
Beethoven’s Treasure Trail: Was released in 2014 where Beethoven gets stranded in a small coastal town, and helps a local boy find a pirate map leading to lost treasure.
Gordon Smith, a mailman, is entrusted the responsibility of a dog. However, the dog is an FBI drug-sniffer who has run away from the witness protection program.
Suburban couple Mark and Fran take their beloved dachshund, Danke, to the vet’s office to deliver her first brood of puppies. Before they leave, Dr. Pruitt persuades softhearted Mark to adopt Brutus, a tiny puppy that has been abandoned by its mother. As the puppy grows into a full-size Great Dane that raises a ruckus around the house, Fran tries to convince Mark to find him a new home — until a brave act helps change her mind.
A streetwise cop teamed with a slobbering mutt investigates a fellow officer’s murder.
Scott is a compulsively neat detective who is forced to team up with the only witness to a crime, a slobbery dog named Hooch. The result is a big mess in Scott’s life, but as he tries to get the dog to help him solve the case they form an unlikely friendship.
A watchdog gets exposed to a substance that gives him the powers of a superhero. He is adopted by a 12-year-old boy and uses his superpower to protect everyone from the evil Simon Barsinister.
Jack, a Yukon gold hunter, forms an affectionate bond with a dog-wolf, White Fang, whom he rescues from a man who is ill treating the dog. He forms a unique companionship with him over time.
A marine biologist is annoyed when a dog named Zeus stows aboard her research boat. Nevertheless, she is intrigued when the intrusive canine makes best-friends with her captive dolphin, Roxanne.
A happily married couple’s life changes after they adopt a dog named Marley who with his antics manages to teach them important life lessons.
After moving to California with his owner, Marmaduke, a Great Dane, makes new friends and even loses his heart to Jezebel, a rough collie.
Stay posted will bring you more of these lists every month. Hope you have a Howling Time!!