Monthly Archives: October 2012

pawse for awareness

After hearing all of the news throughout hurricane Sandy and seeing the pictures of the storm and its aftermath, I wanted to do a quick post about 2 things.

1. Thank you to all those who spent time away from your families to man the shelters to stay with the animals throughout the storm. Thank you to all those that helped rescue people and animals in distress.

2. For the people out there who felt that they didn’t need to take their pets with them when they evacuated, you shouldn’t have pets. If you don’t care about their safety or welfare, then you shouldn’t be a pet owner. I do not care what your excuse is unless you are an elderly person or are disabled,  who physically could not move their pet. I always think about how I would take my dog if anything happened. Even if I had to…

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I agree, Bully sticks are a great way to keep your dog busy and distracted when you are stuck inside.

Life With Olive

Olive is paying rapt attention to the discussion among the humans at the dog park about the approaching “Frankenstorm.” Yes, that’s actually what the local paper splashed across the front page in monster-sized type on Friday. “The Rise of Frankenstorm.” It has certainly succeeded in whipping New Jersey and New York residents into a tornadic fever. There’s not a “D” battery, jug of bottled water or generator to be had in the two states about now. I had more important things to do. I had to race to the local feed store (the “candy store” to Olive) and purchase a half dozen bully sticks and a giant knucklebone. If Olive is going to have to be confined indoors for the next 24-36 hours, then this is a must or the two of us will go crazy. Indoors, the bully sticks seem to be Olive’s favorite way of burning off some…

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Shopping for dog food at Walmar

 

So, I’m at Walmart buying a bag of Purina dog food for my dog. While in the check-out line, a woman behind me asked if I had a dog. Why else would I be buying dog food, RIGHT??? So on impulse I told her that no, I didn’t have a dog, I was starting the Purina Diet again, and that I probably shouldn’t because I ended up in the hospital last time, but that I’d lost 50 pounds before I awakened in intensive care with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms. I told her that it was essentially a Perfect Diet and all you do is load your pockets with Purina Nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry. The food is nutritionally complete so it works well and I was going to try it again. (I have to mention here that practically everyone in line was now enthralled with my story.) Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care because the dog food poisoned me. I told her no, I stepped off a curb to sniff a poodle’s butt and a car hit me. I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack he was laughing so hard. Better watch what you ask me and be prepared for my answer. I have all the time in the world to think of crazy things to say.

Now that you’ve read this I have to confess, I copied this, copy and share make someone else laugh!

Tough Chewers

So do you have a tough chewer at your house?  Greatpup.com is on a mission to give your dog safe and healthy dog treats and toys.  One of our favorite toys  and best sellers is the West Paw design toys. These toys are made for tough chewers. We all know how much dogs love to chew! West Paw is a company out of Montana USA.  If your dog happens to chew through one of these toys they offer a one time replacement guarantee.    How many companies do you know that stand behind their product with a guarantee?  Just another reason I love this company.

West Paw toys come in lots of different styles and colors. They are great for fetching, tugging and they float! Once your dog has fallen in love with these great toys you will want to get more.  Check out my website for all the colors and designs. I offer great deals of these exceptional toys. Greatpup.com

Check out this cool video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ePXEu5bhKWc#!

Howloween is coming!

Howloween is just one week away. Have you thought about your dog?

Costumes for your dog:  Some dogs may love to wear costumes. If so, make sure the costume fits property. A costume that is too tight can cut off the circulation and a costume that is loose can cause a dog to trip and hurt themselves. Having your dog wear a costume might be entertaining to you but your dog may not find it amusing at all. If so, don’t force you dog to wear a costume. Settle for something small like a bandana or better yet let them go au naturale.

Halloween night your door bell is continually  ringing, this could be very stressful for your dog.

So have a game plan. Place your dog is a separate room with some of their favorite toys or treats. Though your dog may love visitors on Halloween night, they may be afraid of people in costumes. Keep you dog at a distant from trick or treaters.

Chocolate and dogs: As much as your dog or cat may beg for some of your Halloween candy, always remember that chocolate is deadly to them in any amount. There’s a chemical that naturally occurs in chocolate that they cannot tolerate.

If you suspect that your dog has ingested anything toxic call your veterinarian or animals poison control center  (888) 426-4435

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Dog sunny Day Afternoon

Dog sunny Day Afternoon (Photo credit: allert)

Recall on Pig ears and dog treats

Dear Dog Owner,

At your request, I’m sending you this special alert.

On October 17, Kasel Associated Industries announced a voluntary recall of
some of its pig ears and dog treats due to possible contamination with
Salmonella bacteria.

To learn which products are affected, please go to …

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Boots and Barkley Pig Ears and Dog Treats Recall
by Mike Sagman

October 17, 2012 – Kasel Associated Industries of Denver, CO is voluntarily
recalling its Boots and Barkley Roasted American Pig Ears and American
Variety
Pack Dog Treats product because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.
Caution Sign

The event was reported by the FDA in a
news release dated October 17, 2012.

According to the FDA bulletin:

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Salmonella can sicken animals that eat these products and humans are at risk
for salmonella poisoning from handling contaminated pet products, especially
if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the
pet products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some
or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody
diarrhea,
abdominal cramping and fever.

Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial
infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and
urinary
tract symptoms.

Consumers exhibiting these symptoms after having contact with this product
should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody
diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite,
fever and abdominal pain.

Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals
or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has any of
these
signs, please contact your veterinarian.

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According to the bulletin, the affected Roasted Pig Ears and Variety Pack
Dog Treats were distributed nationwide through Target Stores in August 2012.

What Products Are Being Recalled?

The recalled Roasted Pig Ears product comes in a clear plastic bag
containing 12 pig ears marked with UPC bar code 647263899158.

The Variety Pack Dog Treats product also comes in a clear plastic bag
weighing 32oz and marked with UPC bar code 490830400086.

Kasel Industries is recalling lot number BESTBY 13SEP2014DEN for both
products because this lot code tested positive for the Salmonella bacteria
through
analysis by the Colorado Department Of Agriculture.

No illnesses have been reported to date in animals or humans in connection
with this problem.

What to Do?

Consumers are urged to return the recalled product to the place of purchase
for a full refund. Those with questions may contact Kasel Associated
Industries
at 1-800-218-4417 Monday thru Friday from 7am to 5pm MDT.

You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling
the
consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to
http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

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Train a puppy change a life

Ever wonder how dogs become service dogs?  Well, like all dogs they start out as adorable little puppies. The difference between an ordinary puppy and a service puppy  is  from day one they begin their training. They are held, loved and touched on a daily basis. When they turn eight weeks old they are sent to a loving home of a puppy walker.  These are amazing people who agree to raise these precious animals through their puppy years.  The puppies go everywhere with their puppy walker. They go to work, the grocery store, movies, mall, church, school all public places. They are exposed to  all  types of  situations. The puppy walkers are constantly looking for fears, hesitations anything that would keep them from being a good service dog. 

The puppy learn  the basic commands, come, sit, stay, leave it, forward etc. These commands are so important for the future training of service dogs. These small puppies learn quickly that praise and love are their rewards for following commands. They’re so smart and seem to know that they have a very important job to learn. All puppies in training wear a yellow coat. The coat represents working time. The coat is removed when it is time to play or just hang out at home.  Living with the puppy walkers gives the puppy a place to learn house manner, interact with family members and just be a dog.

When the puppies are between 1 year and 15 months they are called back to the foundation to continue their training. This is the hardest part for people like me, the puppy walker to say good-bye. You see, I am  raising my third puppy. Raising these amazing dogs is the most rewarding thing I have ever done.

Puppy walkers are all volunteers. It takes hundreds every year to raise these dogs through their puppy years. If you want to make a difference in someone’s life and change your life in a positive way. Become a puppy walker and meet some of the most amazing dogs.  Even if you are only a part of these puppies lives a short amount of time it is the most  crucial year of their lives.  You can see more photos and information by liking my fan page at Facebook.com/greatpup

Visit: http://www.guidedog.org  for more information on becoming a puppy walker.

Nature’s Recipe Pet Food Company Recalls Potentially Contaminated Dog Treats

Second recall in two days. For the safety of your dog. Invest in human grade dog food.

Training your dog to be a great pup part III sit/stay

The question that is most often asked by dog owners is, ” How do I prevent my dog from jumping on me?”  The truth of the matter is that when a dog jumps on you it is their way on greeting you. They are saying hello, nice to meet you or I am so glad you are home.  As annoying as this behavior maybe be I don’t recommend that you punish your dog for jumping instead teach them to sit and stay. Your dog can’t jump on you while he is sitting.

Even more dangerous than jumping on people is the issue of safety. Many dogs take off running out any open door. They could end up in the middle of the street and get ran over. Teaching them the command of sit and stay at the door and waiting for the command “release” will keep them safe. It will also allow you to have visitors over to your house without having to put your dog away in fear that they might run over the visitor and knock them out of the way to get out the door.

Sit and stay is also useful when getting in and out of the car, going up and down stairs, waiting for their food  and greeting others as well as any other activities where you want your dog to wait in one spot for a short period of time.

So how to you teach your dog to sit and stay: You need to teach your dog three commands;

  • sit
  • stay
  • release

Release is the command that allows your dog to leave the stay command. It is very important that you give the “release” command consistently along with the sit and stay command. If you forget then you will teach your dog that he can decide when to release himself and then he will move at will. This behavior will defeat your whole point of sit and stay.

Start with the sit command. Use your normal voice and say “sit” as a statement not “sit?’.  If your dog doesn’t understand what you want him to do show him by saying the command and at the same time pushing his bottom down to the ground. When your dog is in a sit position praise, praise praise.  Another way to teach sit is using a treat. Say “sit” hold the treat in front of the dog, slowly move it over your dogs forehead and push your dogs bottom to the ground. When they are in the sitting position give them the treat. If you have a food motivated dog they will pick up on this very quickly. Continue working on the sit command until your dog sits every time you command him to. Randomly give him treats and praise for sits. Then the next time you come home from work and he wants to jump up on you give him the sit command and then pet, praise and love him for not only following your command but not jumping on you.

Teaching your dog to stay: Once your dog has mastered the sit command then begin the stay command. Start with dinner time. Put  your dog in a sit and tell him to stay while you place his bowl on the floor. If your dog breaks the stay before you release him, pick up the bowl.  Once your dog stays then give the release command so that your dog can come over and eat. Eating is one of the best parts of your dog’s day so use this time to teach stay and release.

You can also practice at the door. Start with using a leash. put your dog in a sit at the door. Say sit, stay and then begin to open the door. If your dog breaks his sit  close the door. Having your dog on a leash will prevent your dog from running out the door at the beginning of training. You will find over time your dog will understand they are to sit and stay until the release commands allows them to go outside. You will need to practice at every door in your house for consistency.

If you have stairs teach your dog to stay at the bottom of the stairs until you have climb the stairs then you release them. When they start to follow you up the stairs put them back in the same spot and say stay. Practice until you can walk all the way to the top while your dog waits at the bottom. You can use treats to reinforce their good behavior.  Use the same procedure when coming down the stairs.

Sit, stay and release is use whenever you want your dog to remain in one spot for a short time.  This training will make your dog a great pup!

 

Training your dog to be a greatpup

A dog that is looking for someone to show him how to be a great pup.

We have all been around unruly, untrained dogs and I am not sure who is more uncomfortable me,the owner or the dog.  Either way an untrained dog misses out on the fun of life. They are put away, when company comes over to visit so that they will not jump on the neighbors. Untrained dogs are put away, when the family sits down for dinner because they beg at the table.  These dogs never get to go on walks because they drag their owners across the neighborhood.  Finally if these poor dogs are ever left off leash they run away not to return until they feel like returning.

Most dogs live between eight to sixteen years. Why not make these years enjoyable with your dog. All great dogs  should be trained in the following areas:

1) To come when called

2) Be crate trained

3) To learn the basic commands sit,stay  and leave it

4) To walk on a leash

I have addressed using crate training to house break your dog in an earlier blog. Teaching your dog to come. This is so important for several reasons, first for the safety of your dog. If your dog runs away from you or escapes from your backyard you want to be able to recall your dog.  This command could save your dog’s life. It could prevent your dog from running into the street and being hit by a car.

Secondly, teaching your dog to come builds trust between you and your dog. When your dog comes to you it should be a happy experience for them. If your dog chews up the newspaper and brings it  to you.  You then begin to  scold him for chewing the newspaper. Then you just taught your dog that when he comes to you he will feel bad and be scolded. So instead, make coming to you a happy, pleasurable experience. Be nice and use kind words.

Start by putting your dog on a leash. Let the dog run to the end of the leash and then say “come” giving the leash a little tug your way. Once the dog runs to you, be over joyed with praise, pets, kind words and even some small treats. Gradually release the dog further and further from you until you are comfortable letting them off leash in the house or fenced in backyard. Repeat the process until the dog trust that coming to you is a happy experience and in return you trust that your dog will come every time you recall him.

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