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Friday, September 16, 2011
You have gone to your local shelter and found a wonderful dog companion. You bring your new dog home, make her comfortable, and spoil her with designer dog supplies you picked up for her. You want to do the right thing so you consult the experts they tell you to… PUT HER IN ANOTHER CAGE?! No way! Your sweet dog was just got out of a metal cage at the shelter you aren’t really going to put her back in to cage. That wouldn’t really be the best thing to do, right?

Wrong. Dogs are natural den animals. This means that in nature, a dog’s den is their safe place. It is where he retreats if he’s feeling anxious or unsure, sleeps, and raises pups. You can use your dog’s den behavior as an invaluable asset in training your dog, house training a dog, and addressing any dog behavior problems that might arise, such as chewing on the furniture or other destructive habits. In your home there is no reason crate training can’t be a peaceful happy experience.

Where should the crate go?

Your dog is also social by nature. Find a place for the crate in a room where you and the family spends a lot of your time such as a kitchen or living room. Shop designer dog supplies to find a crate that blends into your home. At night, bring your new dog’s crate into your bedroom so you can hear him and know when he needs to go out.

Crating your dog:

Depending on the age of your new family pet you will have a harder or easier time introducing a crate. A young puppy should be easy to introduce a crate to, they will want it to be their place. Remember that crying at first may be adjusting to an unfamiliar household not the crate. Do not reward barking or whining with attention! If you are positive he doesn't need to go to the bathroom, ignore him until he is quiet, then praise him or take him out of the crate. By doing this you won’t be rewarding barking or whining! Do not leave meals in the crate for your puppy. Most puppies will spill water left in the crate. A safe chew toy in the crate is a must. Use your crate for your new pup when they can’t be supervised or must be left alone.
You should never crate your pooch longer than you know he can wait to go to the bathroom, typically less than 4 hour periods during the day. Here is a tip if you need to leave them longer than this. Put the crate with the door open in an enclosed area that is easy to clean like a bathroom or laundry room. You can lay down newspapers in the room since you may have a clean-up on your hands.

Important tips for crating:
• A crate should not be used for punishment, it should only be a place from positive experiences

• Limit the amount of time your dog is in a crate. 3 hours for puppies, 4 hours for dogs.

• Remember a dog will not want to soil their den, being unable to use the outside facilities will cause your dog stress.

A crate can be a very positive experience for your dog. There are a wide variety of styles and sizes to choose from in designer dog supplies.
Dazzle Dog Delight offers a large range of crates come check them out!

by Joy Randel

Joy Randel is the owner of Dazzle Dog Delight, an online store that offers a variety of high quality dog products and accessories from organic dog shampoo to designer dog supplies. We are passionate about dogs and would love to send you a FREE e-Guide on how to solve barking problems and other great info. Get your FREE e-Guide now at www.DazzleDogDelight.com



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Monday, September 12, 2011
You are a good pet owner. You take your dog to the vet when they are due for their regular check-ups and give them needed preventative care for heart worms, fleas, and ticks because you love them and want them healthy. It’s important to make sure your dog doesn’t get a tell tale itch! Dog skin problems are often itchy and one of the most common health problems for dogs. Mixed breed family pets are just as likely to experience a skin problem as a pure bred show dog.

The appearance of your dog’s coat can actually give away indications of their overall health. It is important to pay attention to your family pet’s skin to catch any growing problems early. While some can be simple to deal with others can become quite serious and even fatal if left untreated. Dog skin problems fall into several different categories.

The first is immune disorders. These skin issues are a result of problems with your dog’s immune system. This means your dog may be opened up to being effected by reoccurring skin conditions, such as some types of mange and other disorders. This category also includes dogs with allergies affecting their skin known as canine atopic dermatitis. While it would be ideal to have your dog avoid the allergen that is affecting them that is usually just not possible. There are a range of drugs and steroids available that will work to stop your dog’s immune systems inappropriate response to the offending allergen. However you may also find that shampoos can be of great help to a dog with skin allergies. Read dog shampoo reviews to determine what the best shampoo for you and your pooch are.

Second would be infectious skin diseases. These dog skin problems include parasitic, bacterial, fungal, and viral skin infections. Tick and flea infestations fall in this category. Ringworm, most common in puppies, is a fungal skin problem in this category.

A third category is hereditary skin diseases. Some dogs are just born with problems. Ehlers-Danlos syndrome for example. This disease involves failures in connective tissue specifically there is a problem with how collagen is produced. The dog may very easily bruise and have very poor healing of their skin if injured. Joint issues are also common with this disorder. Because of poor connective tissue sprains and pulls are more likely. Puppy strangles, a debilitating condition that appears usually around 6 weeks, also fits in this category.

Internal diseases is the last area. Some internal diseases express their symptoms through dog skin problems. This is yet another reason to carefully watch and have your dog’s skin conditions diagnosed. What may seem like a small irritation could in fact be a symptom of a much larger problem. Hormonal problems are prime offenders. This may be a range of different diseases or even tumors located on ovaries or testicles.

Remember spotting a problem early will save you and your dog a lot of stress. Be on the look out for persistent, non-stop scratching and any areas that appear particularly sore. They may be red or look swollen. Hair loss in areas where the skin is scaly, hard and rough, or oozing from the skin is a give away there is trouble.

Take your dog in to see the doctor if you suspect a skin problem. Treatment varies from medication, to change in environment, to change in soap! Dog shampoo reviews can show you the soap that will work best for sensitive skin.

by Joy Randel

Joy Randel is the owner of Dazzle Dog Delight, an online store that offers a variety of high quality dog products and accessories from organic dog shampoo to designer dog supplies. We are passionate about dogs and would love to send you a FREE e-Guide on how to solve barking problems and other great info. Get your FREE e-Guide now at www.DazzleDogDelight.com.


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