I have updated a couple of blogs and thought that the best way to get this information out would be to do an update blog, add a few interesting tidbits and call it a major accomplishment…
The Funnel of Activity has been modified to better reflect the transition from crazed maniac to zen master. The original had the second step as a vigorous rubdown (still appropriate), but the new version, thanks to the input from Dr. Meghan Herron, is “Mental Stimulation” as a transition from big aerobic activity to deep tissue massage. After your dog has frenetically fetched, try doing some training (teach a new trick perhaps?), or give him an intelligence toy for some mental gymnastics before you calm him with a good massage. Here is the link to the revised blog: “Fun”nel of Activity. And here is the new graphic:
Growling is a good thing! Really! has been updated to include a link to a terrific article on developing and maintaining good bite inhibition by Pat Miller, in the Whole Dog Journal online. It links to another article on growling, but you have to be a member of WDJ to access that article.
News and Tidbits:
1) The summer is still with us and August can be a blistering month! Take care when you go hiking with your pooch, heat stroke can affect canines as well as humans and three dogs have died already this summer from it: http://www.thv11.com/story/news/2015/07/19/more-dogs-dying-from-heat-while-hiking/30393095/
If you take your dog hiking, be sure to carry enough water for him as well as you, take frequent breaks so he can cool down, and try not to hike during the hottest part of the day.
2) Be careful as well about overexposure to water! A rare but deadly condition is water intoxication. From my blog Summertime fun:
Water is a great way for dogs to cool off in the summer but one thing to be aware of is an uncommon but deadly condition called water intoxication that occurs when a dog (or person) takes in more water than it can handle. Signs of water intoxication include: “lethargy, bloating, vomiting, loss of coordination (stumbling, falling, staggering), pale gums, dilated pupils, and glazed eyes” Whole Dog Journal (WDJ), June 14).
When excessive amounts of water are ingested the sodium levels outside cells are depleted and the body responds by increasing fluid intake in the cells. This causes organs,including the brain to swell. As the pressure in the brain increases, cells die off and “the dog may have difficulty breathing, develop seizures, and lose consciousness” (WDJ, June 2014). Dogs can develop and die from water intoxication in the span of just a few hours.
To help prevent water intoxication, give your fetching fiend a flat toy to retrieve in the water rather than a ball, take frequent breaks and play fetch on land, and make sure your dog gets out of the water and pees regularly. See Summertime fun! for more details.
3) Reisner Veterinary (regular readers will know my devotion to Reisner…) posted a tidbit about whether or not you should allow your dog to exit the premises before you. Some people suggest that letting the dog go first allows him to dominate you. Poppycock! As Reisner put it: “Should you let your dog exit before you? Unless it’s icy outside or you have other reasons to keep him from bolting (a safety issue), no problem!” Dogs are “not interested in being dominant, just interested in getting out the door!” Go here for a great photo of her dog Asher enjoying the great outdoors.
4) And lastly, thanks to faithful reader Kayce L. a fun video which could only have been made by dogs trained with positive reinforcement:
Blog Posts by Category
- Training or “Why, Why, WHY?”
- Behavior or “What the heck?”
- Informational or Doggie Demographics
- Care and management or living together in harmony
- Philosophy of training or “Why be positive?”
- Toy Box or stuff that doesn’t fit neatly elsewhere
- Plato’s Forms Explained in Terms of Dogs. May 16, 2019
- Puppy Vaccinations: How they work and why your pup needs so many. April 1, 2019
- Does your dog bark, lunge, snarl, or growl when on leash? You are not alone! March 1, 2019
- Aging With Canines February 8, 2019
- Sometimes it is the dog, not the owner. January 16, 2019