Feb 05 2018

Puppy Bowl XIV

Did you watch the Puppy Bowl XIV?

“Puppy Bowl XIV” “Rufferee” Dan Schachner visits Access Live’s Natalie Morales and Kit Hoover with some all-stars from Paw Works Rescue. What are some typical calls made in a Puppy Bowl match?

“Puppy Bowl XIV” aired Feb. 4 at 3 PM ET / 12 PM PT on Animal Planet.  You can watch the program on Animal Planet’s website.

This is definitely the Cutest TV show ever made!!!!

 

Thank you, Animal Planet for producing and supporting the Puppy Bowl for so many years!!!!

Jan 27 2018

Choosing A New Puppy: How To Select The Perfect Dog

How To Select The Perfect Dog

Once you decide on bringing home a new canine friend, selecting the right puppy is a crucial decision that should be given a lot of thought and consideration by you and the entire household. The right puppy will make a terrific friend and companion throughout for many years to come, while the wrong puppy may end up being isolated in the backyard or worse, taken to a shelter home.

There is no such thing as the perfect puppy for everybody. There are, however, several hundreds of breeds to choose from. With a little research and self-evaluation, it is possible for any person to find the right puppy for him or herself.

Exercise Requirements

One of the things you need to consider in determining the right breed is his personality as an adult dog. All puppies are energetic and active, but once he reaches adulthood, his level of activity should match with your personality and lifestyle.

If you are the type of person who likes to spend a lot of time indoors, on the couch, and in front of the television or reading a book, you need to pick a puppy that will also enjoy the same lifestyle.

On the other hand, if you have an active lifestyle and are looking for a dog that shares the same level of energy as you, consider getting a sporting breed. These dogs have an unlimited amount of energy and will be more than happy to go out with you hiking, jogging, or spending time playing with your kids.

Size

Do not assume that a dog’s size directly reflects his activity levels. Most small and toy breeds are very active and enjoy a lot of running around, while large, giant breeds have moderate-to-low levels of activity and are more content laying on the sofa than running around outside.

However, when it comes to your living situation, size can be a big influence in deciding which type of dog to have. If you live on the ninth floor apartment complex and plan on paper training your dog instead of dragging him nine floors down for his potty break, you are better off with a small breed.

Small-to-medium size dogs are also preferred for households with small children. It is easy for big dogs to accidentally knock down a small child during playtime or with a swipe of his tail.

If you prefer a big breed, you also need to keep in mind that they generally shed more, eat more, and potentially cost more in medical expenses (medications are usually prescribed according to size and weight).

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Jan 25 2018

Pet Insurance…

Pet Insurance Personal Experience and Reviews

As pet owners, we want to provide them with the best healthcare we possibly can. They can get sick or hurt, just like we do, and good healthcare insurance will cover much more than you may think, allowing better choices should those circumstances arise.

Our young Labrador required an expensive TPLO orthopedic procedure after severely injuring his knee. The cost was over $3000. Without insurance, we might not have been able to give our dog the necessary medical treatment.

Like medical insurance for people, there are different companies and many types of policies from which to choose. Read the following article about pet insurance and learn how it can be beneficial to you.

The Best Pet Insurance Coverage – for all the members of your family

The best pet insurance offers coverage that’s broad enough for whatever care your pet needs — with high enough limits to cushion you in a worst-case scenario. We consulted with vets and pet care experts on what’s essential (and what’s simply a nice-to-have). Then we dug into the policy details, analyzed coverage, and put each provider’s customer service to the test.

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Jan 25 2018

Choosing A New Puppy: 3 Factors To Consider

3 Factors To Consider

An important step towards a happy and long-lasting relationship with any puppy is the ability to meet your expectations and requirements for the puppyís personality and needs.

Children In The Household

Whatever type of puppy you decided to pick, keep in mind that taking care of a young pup involves the same amount of commitment and time that a young child needs, and sometimes more.

Having both together under the same roof requires constant supervision to keep them from literally hurting each other. Keeping a close eye at all times prevents roughhousing, pulling, biting, and any potential injuries to occur.

Most trainers and breeders recommend that homes with toddlers should not get a toy breed because of the risk of the puppy getting squeezed, dropped, or stepped on by the young child. However, if you already have your heart set on a toy breed for your child to grow up with, pick one with a gentle disposition and an easy-going personality.

Level Of Protectiveness

For most dog owners, a dog that barks when someone approaches the door is enough to give them a sense of security, just like having a living home alarm system. The bark of a small dog is just as effective in turning away an intruder as the bark of a large dog would be. Dachshunds and most toy breeds are excellent watchdogs. Terriers are also great for the job.

If you are looking for a dog that can protect you and has the physical appearance to prove it, think about getting a herding breed or a working breed. Dogs from these breeds are protective of their owners and have the looks that deter burglars. They are also highly skilled and easily trainable.

Time Spent

One of the reasons why dogs are such popular pets is because they are naturally social in nature, making them a great companion. Keeping this in mind, do not get one if you plan on keeping him out in the backyard all day long. This is especially true for puppies since they require more supervision, more interaction, and regular training to be a more socialized and civilized member of the family.

The average dog spends at least eight hours a day, five days a week, home alone. Some breeds are more adaptable to this kind of living situation. Most terriers, for example, find ways to entertain themselves given enough space for them to roam around. The same is true for Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes.

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Jan 22 2018

How to Select a Harness

How to Select a Harness

In a perfect world, car accidents would never happen. Unfortunately as drivers, we know all too well that they do. Driver distraction is a common focus of passenger safety experts and university studies. While your cell phone can contribute to driver distraction, so can your pet. Center for Pet Safety applauds the use of pet restraints during travel. Preventing the accident in the first place is absolutely the best option. But because accidents happen, we also want you to have the information you need to choose that product wisely.

Distraction Prevention vs. Crash Protection

Preventing many accidents starts with distraction prevention. Placing your phone in the back seat of the vehicle, or placing it in airplane mode is recommended by many experts. But what about the family pet? Center for Pet Safety actively supports distraction prevention efforts – we all know that prevention is the first line of defense. As a pet owner, you need to evaluate what you are wanting from a product prior to purchase.

Rule #1 – Pets ALWAYS go in the back seat.

A Distraction Prevention Tool Can Help Prevent an Accident

Does using a safety harness prevent distraction? Yes, and no. Yes, it may prevent distraction, but you and your pet have some training to do. If you do not acclimate your pet to the product or select the appropriate design of distraction prevention harness, it can actually contribute to distraction.

Design Matters

We know from our efforts that long extension tethers and zipline-style products increase the freedom of the dog in the backseat. While some pet owners think this is a good idea, Center for Pet Safety has proven that extension products actually increase the risk of distraction and injury to both you and your pet. Dogs that are not properly restrained can slip or fall into the passenger leg compartment and become a distraction. It’s the primary reason why CPS counsels pet owners to avoid harnesses with extension tethers and zipline-style connections. Using a harness product that does not have a tether is our recommended selection to prevent driver distraction.  Read our Extension Tether Advisory.

Training

We cannot stress this enough – you MUST acclimate your pet to the safety device to ensure a positive user experience. This may take some time and depends on the pet.

Center for Pet Safety recommends using the device on several short trips and increasing the duration of those trips by 5 minutes every time. Use a positive, reassuring, happy voice during your trip and lots of pets and praise when you are done with your training trip. If your dog responds to treats, give them only at the end of the training trip (to avoid car sickness).

But What About Crash Protection?

Many manufacturers make claims of “crash testing” or “crash protection.” Center for Pet Safety has tested the majority of pet travel harnesses on the market and we know that for many brands, these claims cannot be substantiated. Yes, the manufacturer may have conducted crash testing, but their marketing may not be fully truthful. We have also found that the quality control with some brands is faulty.

What Do I Need to Know?

First, you need to know that just because a product claims crash testing – doesn’t mean it PASSED crash testing. In many cases, the grade of Pass is subjective and the manufacturer wants you to think they have completed ample due diligence.

Second, Turn a discerning eye – those positive reviews you read about the product may be bought and paid for by the manufacturer. “Give us a positive review and receive 25% off your next purchase!” “We’ll give you a positive review in exchange for a product sample!” It happens every day. Be a wise consumer.

Third, in the case of an accident a crash protection product will help protect you and your family and give your pet the best possible chance of survival. A distraction prevention tool, may not offer that level of protection. Choose Wisely.

Center for Pet Safety is the ONLY independent non-profit research and consumer advocacy organization working for you and your pets to cut through the marketing hype to get you the facts, author independent test protocols and ratings guidelines and ensure you have a fair and impartial partner in assessing pet product safety.

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Jan 16 2018

Why is Training so Important For Our Furry Friends?

Dog Training

There are very many reasons to love a dog. The dog is appreciative, patient with its owners, loyal and protective. Because of these, even the sternest of dog owner’s fall into the trap of pampering the dog sometimes unmindful of the effect of the temporary indulgence. Who would not? It is so difficult to refuse a dog giving you dog eyes when you are sitting at your table begging for man food. The charm though is easily lost once there are guests. It feels very nice to be welcomed by a dog with a furiously waging tail, very excited at your coming home, jumping at you, or bolting out the door to meet you. It is embarrassing though when the dog does the same when there are other people around.

On occasions such as these, the owner will attempt at stopping the dog from continuing, but when the dog is not trained, all the dog hears from its owners is just another bark, an important bark maybe but incomprehensible.

It is also a natural instinct among us to not create “fences” among those we love but if the dog is allowed full run off the house, sooner, even those characteristics in a dog that charmed us will be an irritant. Obviously and for very practical reasons, the dog needs obedience training. Little coaching like sit, heel, stop, stay, and come, goes a long way in teaching your dog manners that are very useful in situations when you would want to communicate with the dog and be understood. The dog is also likely to respect the owner more if the owner is consistent and firm with what he wants the dog to do.

Setting limits on what the dog can and cannot do is of the dog’s nature. In fact, dogs enjoy hierarchy; it wants to know who the boss is. It is its tendency that is natural to dogs. Dogs trained in obedience are not only much more enjoyable as companions; dogs also are less likely to suffer and are loved more when it knows its limits.

While mans love affair with dogs is many centuries old, dogs originally were predators in the wild. Even though all these years these instincts are not totally shed. In the wild, dogs lived in packs. As such, there has always been an established hierarchy among them that were useful if they were to survive, and so dogs instinctively obey rules. If rules are not provided and the dog is allowed to do as it wants, it starts thinking that it is the alpha male and will become dominant because contrary to our beliefs, it does not see people as people but as members of the pack where he is a part or where he should lead.

Loyalty, sociability, protectiveness, gentleness with those that the dog is familiar with, fierceness to those it does not know and sometimes meanness when there is a perceived violation of territories are real to the dog that endears him to us but these traits are natural instincts practiced within the pack which by extension is given to humans.

Dog training then is very important if these traits are to be sharpened to our benefit.

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Jan 15 2018

Adopting a Companion Dog

Companion Dogs

Many dog lovers will argue that any dog is a good companion. Indeed dogs by their friendly nature are good companion dogs. In the strict sense though and for differentiation, dogs that do not work and do not particularly excel at any task other than companionship is a companion dog. When the decision for adopting a dog is to have a companion, the choices will be limited generally to smaller dog breeds that are expected to serve no particular task other than as a pet and as a comforter.

This tradition of having small dogs for decoration dates back thousands of years to Chinese nobility where the Pug and the Pekingese were favorites. In Europe, lap dogs are also popular with royalties and the wealthy throughout history and are still used as gifts today. In fact, because of their generally small breed, companion dogs love to sit on their owner’s lap that earned them the term of lap dogs aside from their comforting warmth.

Several companion dogs, for example, the Maltese, terriers, and spaniels were breed with the intention of serving good company for refined ladies and gentlemen during the 19th century. Children and dogs though have this natural affinity to each other that popularity of companion dog breeds increased. In the 20th century, middle and lower classes began having companion dogs to chum up with their children. In fact, the parameter by which a good dog breed is measured on is in the dogs being a good family pet. By that, it means that the dog is friendly to both man and other smaller animals and gentle.

Companion dogs have a life expectancy of up to 16 years. They weigh, depending on the breed, from 4 to 16 pounds and are prone to ailments that are related to their size. Before adopting a dog for a companionship, it would be well to do a little research regarding health, ailments, and other breed specific issues on health.

Companion dogs being generally small dogs are energetic and rambunctious. While they are not ideal around children because they move very fast, they are good company to older people who could use extra cheer around the house. One of the downside to having a companion dog is that because of their size, they are vulnerable to larger animals. When you are located in areas where winters could be very cold, you would want to consider companion dog breeds that are fluffy or are longhaired.

The benefits far outweigh the risk though as these dogs are content to follow wherever their owners go, are very easy going, and are content to sit with their owners for long periods of time. They are excellent pets for people living in small apartments, they also cost less to maintain and are excellent for people that are less active since the running around the house is exercise enough for them.

Some of the most popular companion breed dogs are the Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Yorkshire Terriers, Pugs, Dachshunds, and Shih-Tzus.

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Jan 15 2018

The Doghouse Type

Adopting A Dog and Building A Doghouse

Once decided on adopting a dog, the next step to take is the type of doghouse that you will need. The doghouse depends on the dog breed that you want. Dogs grow very fast and allowances must be taken to ensure that the doghouse will shelter the dog when it is full-grown.

The Doghouse Type

This is a fine time to practice creativity. There are as many doghouse styles as there are houses for people. For people that want to exercise fun and creativity, doghouse styles could be constructed to look like a miniature single room white house complete with a blue room or just have the blue room instead. It could even look like the basic structure of your house with the inside looking like your room. It could be constructed to look like a chalet, a lean-to, a box or a cage. There are a lot of choices. The only must is that the doghouse will fit the dog enough to have him move comfortably and that the roof will not be so hot during summer months. Another very important item is a door. In areas where there are very cold seasons, a door should be opted instead of the usual open hole.

Determining the Size

Determining doghouse sizes are personal choices. You could build the doghouse as big as you want. However, you cannot build a doghouse smaller than this:
Height: to determine a comfortable height that is also enough to ensure good air circulation, add 9 inches to the height of a fully-grown dog of the same breed.
Length: to determine the shortest length of a doghouse, add one and one-half foot from the length of the dog starting from the tip of the nose to its rump.
Width: to decide the narrowest width of the doghouse that would provide enough space for the dog to move around, add one foot to the length of the dog, this is the narrowest space for your width.

Choosing the Location

The ideal area to be chosen as the location for building the dog house is a level ground that is free from water run-off. Clear the site where the doghouse will be built down to the short grass. Pack the ground tightly before building. In areas where there are extreme changes in weather, you may need to insulate the doghouse or consider air conditioning. This is more important when you have an outdoor dog breed. There are many choices for roofing but often, a wooden roof is sufficiently cool. For flooring, you may want vinyl or lumber as these are easily cleaned.

For health reasons, the doghouse is usually constructed a few inches from the ground. This also wards off insects and other small animals from entering aside from ensuring that the place remains dry. Then you begin building.

When pressed for time and you would prefer doghouse kits, there are so many varieties that are available that are pre-fabricated and are available at your local pet shops.

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Oct 26 2017

Tenney Mudge’s personal experience that triggered the invention of the Keepsafe Collar

I remember that night in the kitchen when I stroked Chinook’s thick white fluffy neck and his cosmic eyes looked back up at me.  Chinook was clown-like.  He was black and white with polka dot spots.  He was strong but soft, fluffy but shaggy and from his one blue eye — fell 3 black spots that looked like tears.

As my hands passed over his leather buckle collar I wondered, as I often had, how safe it was to have something designed not to break around his big, beautiful neck. The next day Chinook was dead – killed by the collar I put on him to keep him safe.  His collar had become snagged and as he struggled to get free, it twisted and strangled him. I wasn’t there to even try and save him.  He couldn’t break the collar and he couldn’t slip out of the twisted collar.

What may sound like a freak accident is not.  Collar accidents occur far more frequently than is realized by caring, but unsuspecting, dog owners. Collars get snagged most commonly in the backyard or inside the home in our dogs’ safe environment.  The number one most common accident is when two dogs become entangled while they are neck biting in play; this is also the most fatal accident.

Multiple dog households with active players are in particular danger. It happens so fast.  One moment your dog is happy, playing and loving life and the next moment the life is being strangled from him. Collar strangulation accidents leave deep scars for all of those involved. On average, we receive reports of one to two collar accidents every week – and that is from dog owners who take the time to write or call.  We know the number is actually higher.

One of the saddest things shared on a regular basis from grieving dog owners is “if only I had known this could happen” or “why didn’t my veterinarian or trainer tell me this could happen?”

The KeepSafe® Collar, invented through years of research following Chinook’s death, is the only safety collar specifically designed to release for safety and free your dog from danger. This is so important because the vast majority of collar accidents involve an almost immediate twisting of the collar, preventing a dog from slipping out of his collar.

The KeepSafe Collar is the only collar you can have on your dog when you walk out the door that will release and protect your dog when you are not there should he get into trouble with his collar.

In today’s world, your dog may have a wardrobe of high-quality, solution-oriented products from the Gentle Leader or the Easy Walk Harness for walking; it would be wise to have the KeepSafe Collar with identification for his daily wear collar too.

We all know the importance of identification and microchip information for your dog.  The KeepSafe Collar with identification is the one tried and true “peace of mind” collar that your dog can wear unsupervised and still be protected.  In addition, the KeepSafe Collar can be used securely with a leash by overriding the breakaway buckle with a leash snap.

Being involved in collar safety and breakaway technology for over 10 years, I have developed a personal theory based on statistics – if six people are randomly chatting about dogs – at least one of them will have a close call with a collar accident or know someone who has. Have you had an experience concerning the safety of your dog’s collar?

We invite you to try the six-person theory and let us know the results. A dog’s neck is one of the most vulnerable parts of their body.  When you embrace your dog with loving arms, please consider what else you put around his neck.

 

Originally a New Yorker, Tenney is a Cornell grad, a former Animal Control Officer in New York, worked in Washington, DC in animal welfare and served as a Peace Corps volunteer.  Rural Virginia has been home to Tenney for over 20 years where she keeps a large animal family safe and happy and enjoys looking for bear tracks in the Blue Ridge.

By Tenney Mudge, inventor of the Keepsafe Collar

Article found on The PetSafe website:  https://www.petsafe.net/learn/the-keepsafe-collar 

Oct 24 2017

How Dogs Help Seniors Thrive

There’s no magic recipe to ensure that we live longer, but one thing is certain: dogs can help.

There is nothing quite like playing fetch with a bouncing bundle of energy or cuddling up on the couch with your dog to enjoy a night of television. For years, many people have believed that animals offer emotional relief and assist the healing process. Now research and studies are backing that up.

Therapy and service pets have become increasingly common over the last few decades, helping people with hearing loss, limited mobility, and vision loss, too. They’re also helpful for those with mental illnesses, autism, and more. For heart attack patients, a dog can increase their life expectancy. Just the act of petting an animal can boost the mood, lower blood pressure, decrease loneliness, and reduce the risk of heart attack.

Whether a senior takes a dog for a companion, or for service, there are plenty of incredible benefits with a dog as your companion.

Service Animal

There are a number of tasks that the ADA has deemed that a service animal can be beneficial for, for both psychological and physical disabilities. The pets have to be given professional training and offer specific support services.
For a senior with mobility challenges, a dog can help retrieve items, respond to an emergency situation, and even manage the medication schedule.

Thousands of people with vision or hearing impairments rely on the assistance of a service dog to cross the street, navigate, and to alert the handler to emergencies or danger. They also alert them when someone is at the door, of it the phone is ringing.

Companion

Retirement is meant to be an epic time for seniors, but unfortunately, it often results in isolation and a feeling of restlessness. While some loved ones have passed on, often others are out of state or unable to visit often because they’re caught up in their own lives. A dog offers companionship, which staves off feelings of loneliness and isolation. They don’t care about the person’s abilities or age, they’re just interested in the affection and unconditional love that they share with their owner.

For seniors who live on their one, a dog offers companionship and a feeling of safety, too.

Exercise Buddy

This is a big one, dogs offer their humans a sense of purpose. Seniors have someone that needs to be looked after, fed, and exercised on a daily basis. This is especially helpful for seniors who are struggling with grief, life changes, or depression.

Dogs force a routine, from the early morning walk, breakfast, and beyond. They force owners out of the home and out for exercise. In fact, dog owners over 65 tend to exercise 22 minutes a day extra versus their non-dog owning counterparts.

You’re not just walking your dog; your dog is walking you. A trip to the park could lead to a new friendship.

Dogs provide a sense of nurturing, commitment, responsibility, and in turn, seniors have a connection, they stay active, and maintain a schedule.

It doesn’t have to hurt your wallet either, there are plenty of rescue centers and animal charities that would be happy to help you rehome the dog of your dreams. The size of the dog shouldn’t matter too much, though, there are dogs that require more activity than others. You may want to consider that before settling on a dog, for instance, Dalmatians are highly strung thus need a lot of activity, while Greyhounds enjoy relaxing on the couch so don’t require as much exercise.

You may also want to consider the weather in your area before choosing a specific dog.

 

 

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