5 Reasons Having a Pet is Good For You

From our friends at Wags Financing… a reminder why dogs are called “man’s best friend.”

Playing fetch and cuddling on the couch are great, but more and more research is being published supporting the idea that pets actually make a measured positive impact on our health.

health benefits of owning a puppy

Researchers find introducing a furry friend to the family could usher in a wealth of preventative health benefits.

Researchers find introducing a furry friend to the family could usher in a wealth of preventative health benefits to everyone, from lowered blood pressure to more happy days.

1. Stronger Immunity

University of Wisconsin-Madison Pediatric Researcher James E. Gern, MD recently released his findings on the connection between a child’s immunity and his or her exposure to pets. His report concludes that infants with dogs in the home were less likely to show evidence of pet allergies, eczema, and often had higher levels of some immune system chemicals. So, new moms and dads: you might all actually rest a little easier if a pooch is in the picture.

 

2. More Happy Days

Those with pets reap huge benefits for their mental and emotional health. We often see pets being used in therapy after tragedies or in late life care homes to help people deal with depression and anxiety. Even US war veterans are starting to turn to pets to help them with post-traumatic stress disorder.

“They’re finding the guys who have a pet are able to re-enter society a little bit easier,” said Katy Nelson, DVM to Women’s Day. “They’re showing a decreased suicide rate, one of the biggest health threats (veterans) face. These guys who have a pet have someone they’re responsible for, someone who cares about them. And they don’t have to explain what they’ve been through.”

 

3. Fitness Motivation

Reports say dog walkers get more exercise than others overall. Aside from the increased activity from walking their dogs, dog owners were more likely to participate in physical activity than those who didn’t have dogs.

In this Time Magazine article, Dr. Mathew Reeves, an associate professor or epidemiology at Michigan State University, said “there is no magic bullet in getting people to reach those [federal physical activity] benchmarks, but owning and walking a dog has a measurable impact.”

 

health benefits of owning a dog

Reports say dog walkers get more exercise than others overall.

4. An Instant Calm Bomb

Having a dog or cat can reduce stress, according to this study. The furry friend was credited with helping study subjects lower their blood pressure and heart rate at normally stressful times.

 

 

 

5. Better Love Life

Pets are a conversation starter. Whether someone is walking their dog through a park or bonding over their love for cats, they bring us together. Online dating sites geared toward pet owners are gaining popularity in the US, proving the desire for people to connect over their love for animals.

 

About American Dog Club: Our mission is to provide world class puppies that set the standard of excellence. We are passionate about our obligation to our puppies and customers. Our goal is to help you connect with the right special puppy. All our puppies are selected personally from our experienced puppy specialist to insure health, temperament and quality. All of our puppies will be AKC registered at time of purchase and a free vet package is provided. Each and every potential parent must receive a 45 minute orientation on the care, feeding and housebreaking of your new baby. We offer support and training to properly care for your new family member. American Dog Club does not support puppy mills, hobby or back yard breeders.

We are located at 957 Willis Avenue, Albertson, NY 11507 | phone: 516-877-0097 and now also at our additional new location at 542 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove, NY 11755 | phone: 631-382-7877. Our email address is: info@americandogclub.com| website: http://www.americandogclub.com/

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About WAGS Financing: WAGS Pet Financing was created especially for pet loving people. People who understand the benefits of the unconditional love of a pet. WAGS knows that not everyone has the money to pay outright for a high quality pet. They can arrange a way to provide you with the financing you need. WAGS provides the highest approval rates in the industry. Their terms are convenient. You can pay monthly by check. Or they can arrange for automatic withdrawal.

 

 

 

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It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it… (your dog knows how you feel)

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When our dog puts a reassuring paw on my knee, I could swear he knows just what I've been through.

When our dog puts a reassuring paw on my knee at the end of a tiring day, I could swear he knows just what I’ve been through.

Turns out there’s more to that than wishful thinking on my part. Through neuro scans, scientists have zeroed in on an emotion detector in dogs’ brains that isn’t too far afield from the same detector in humans’ brains. It helps canines interpret tone in the human voice, just as it helps them distinguish between a friendly growl and a menacing one from another dog.

Watch the video: “Human and Dog Brains Both Have Dedicated Voice Areas”

Through neuro scans, scientists have zeroed in on an emotion detector in dogs' brains

Researchers persuaded 11 dogs to enter MRI machines

Using treats and alpha-like role models, researchers in Budapest persuaded 11 dogs to enter MRI machines for 10 minutes at a time while nearly 200 noises from people, dogs or the environment (phones, hammers) were piped in to the tube. A set of human subjects were exposed to the same.

Scientists recorded the associated responses in each subject’s brain. In both species, they found that the neural circuits in a zone known as the nonprimary auditory cortex showed greater activity in response to happy sounds, whether playful barks or laughter.

Subjects’ brains also responded more vigorously when exposed to sounds from their own species.

The findings were published in February in the journal Current Biology and reported on npr.org (see https://tinyurl.com/kvdsr2j for the full story, with adorable photos from the lab study).

Now we understand why our dog’s tail and head drop when my husband lowers his voice and elongates his syllables sternly. The study also may explain why my husband does this instinctively to stop a behavior.

does your dog know how you feel?

Like people, dogs use simple acoustic parameters to extract out the feelings from a sound.

One of the researchers, Attila Andics, explained the phenomenon to NPR:
“Like people, dogs use simple acoustic parameters to extract out the feelings from a sound. For instance, when you laugh, ‘Ha ha ha,’ it has short, quick pieces. But if you make the pieces longer, ‘Haaaa, haaaa, haaaa,’ it starts to sound like crying or whining. This is what people – and dogs – pay attention to.”

The study doesn’t directly explain why our dog barks, seemingly in protest, whenever we count out loud, usually while playing hide-and-seek with our daughter. But we’ll forgive the scientists for not covering that. This is the first comparative neuroimaging study of a nonprimate species and humans — and probably not the last.

dog emotions

This is the first comparative neuroimaging study of a nonprimate species and humans

by Wendy Donahue for American Dog Club

 

About American Dog Club: Our mission is to provide world class puppies that set the standard of excellence. We are passionate about our obligation to our puppies and customers. Our goal is to help you connect with the right special puppy. All our puppies are selected personally from our experienced puppy specialist to insure health, temperament and quality. All of our puppies will be AKC registered at time of purchase and a free vet package is provided. Each and every potential parent must receive a 45 minute orientation on the care, feeding and housebreaking of your new baby. We offer support and training to properly care for your new family member. American Dog Club does not support puppy mills, hobby or back yard breeders.

We are located at 957 Willis Avenue, Albertson, NY 11507 | phone: 516-877-0097 and now also at our additional new location at 542 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove, NY 11755 | phone: 631-382-7877. Our email address is: info@americandogclub.com| website: http://www.americandogclub.com/

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Shedding Light, Not Hair

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Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier. As the name implies, it’s prized for its silken coat.

Shopping for a dog who doesn’t shed, at least profusely?

Allow me to put my personal favorite (our family pet, pictured at left) at No. 1, along with adding a caveat for it and many of the dogs listed below:

Minimal shedding does not equal minimal maintenance – quite the contrary. Because they don’t shed, many of these dogs have coats that require regular brushing if mats are to be avoided.

A beard is one indicator that you will need to do some regular grooming. But the ritual can be almost as meditative as yoga, one that both master and dog come to enjoy. Or not.

In any case, minimal shedding often implies hypoallergenic, because dogs that shed less produce less dander, the dead skin cells that are the real trigger for allergic reactions. Good options for allergy sufferers are hairless breeds, including the Chinese Crested, which has been rising in popularity, as well as the hairless variety of the Xoloitzcuintli (pronounced show-low-eats-queen-tlee), or Xolo, for short. Note that no dog is 100 percent non-shedding or hypoallergenic, and that the predictability decreases with mixed breeds, even if they are one part poodle. So dig a bit deeper if you have an allergy sufferer in your midst.

Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier. As the name implies, it’s prized for its silken coat.

Portuguese Water Dog. Remember the Obamas chose this breed because of daughter Malia’s allergies. Its popularity has been consistently rising.

Bichon Frise. 38th in AKC popularity.

Bedlington Terrier. Rising in popularity.

Poodle. 8th in AKC popularity.

Schnauzer. The Miniature is the 13th most popular breed according to the AKC; the Standard’s popularity has been rising too.

Kerry Blue Terrier. If we had a second dog, this breed or the Portuguese Water Dog would be my husband’s choice.

Irish Water Spaniel. Its unique appearance includes liver-colored curly coat and signature “rat tail.”

Lots of other popular breeds are considered low-shedding dogs, including the Yorkshire Terrier (No. 6 in AKC popularity), Dachshund (No. 10), Shih Tzu (No. 11) and Maltese (No. 25).

by Wendy Donahue for American Dog Club

 

About American Dog Club: Our mission is to provide world class puppies that set the standard of excellence. We are passionate about our obligation to our puppies and customers. Our goal is to help you connect with the right special puppy. All our puppies are selected personally from our experienced puppy specialist to insure health, temperament and quality. All of our puppies will be AKC registered at time of purchase and a free vet package is provided. Each and every potential parent must receive a 45 minute orientation on the care, feeding and housebreaking of your new baby. We offer support and training to properly care for your new family member. American Dog Club does not support puppy mills, hobby or back yard breeders.

We are located at 957 Willis Avenue, Albertson, NY 11507 | phone: 516-877-0097 and now also at our additional new location at 542 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove, NY 11755 | phone: 631-382-7877. Our email address is: info@americandogclub.com| website: http://www.americandogclub.com/

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A new kindergarten cop: K9s for school safety

Trainers of K9s are offering to extend their services to schools and college campuses, where a deployed dog can detect guns, explosives and drugs, and possibly deter violence like the Sandy Hook tragedy.

Here’s a look at two initiatives in their infancy.

A new kindergarten cop: K9s for school safety
k9s4kids envisions safe communities and schools patrolled by law enforcement with highly trained K9s ready for action.

http://k9s4kids.org: A Houston philanthropist and mother, Kristi Schiller, launched her K9s4KIDs Initiative as an outgrowth of her K9s4COPs foundation, which has provided more than 50 K9s to 25 agencies, including school districts, since receiving its 501(c)(3) status in March 2011. A school can apply for a dog, and if the request is granted, the dog comes free of charge and fully trained. School officials decide the scope of the dogs’ duties and who handles and houses it.

www.schoolprotectiondogs.com: Mark Gomer, co-owner of American Success Dog Training in Bridgetown, Ohio, has created a for-profit venture in which he will train dogs to patrol school halls. This fall, Gomer deployed a year-old Dutch shepherd named Atticus to Oak Hills High School in southwest Ohio. Atticus patrols the school on a leash with security guards and goes home with the principal, according to an Associated Press report.

We’re guessing that readers of this blog applaud the idea of dogs supporting violence prevention efforts in schools. But their presence raises concerns about whether they will distract, frighten, bite or trigger allergies in children. Dogs also add an expense to tight education budgets. The Ohio district paid $10,000 for Atticus, according to the AP, plus there’s ongoing care and feeding.

The district told the AP that residents consider the benefits to outweigh the costs. If children are allergic or afraid, the dog is trained to steer clear. But it’s also clear that a well-trained dog can disarm a shooter. That’s nothing to sneeze at.

About American Dog Club: Our mission is to provide world class puppies that set the standard of excellence. We are passionate about our obligation to our puppies and customers. Our goal is to help you connect with the right special puppy. All our puppies are selected personally from our experienced puppy specialist to insure health, temperament and quality. All of our puppies will be AKC registered at time of purchase and a free vet package is provided. Each and every potential parent must receive a 45 minute orientation on the care, feeding and housebreaking of your new baby. We offer support and training to properly care for your new family member. American Dog Club does not support puppy mills, hobby or back yard breeders.

We are located at 957 Willis Avenue, Albertson, NY 11507 | phone: 516-877-0097 and now also at our additional new location at 542 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove, NY 11755 | phone: 631-382-7877. Our email address is: info@americandogclub.com| website: http://www.americandogclub.com/

Get our comprehensive downloadable, printable puppy care instruction sheet. Visit us also on Facebook and Twitter.

 

by Wendy Donahue, for American Dog Club

 

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Puppies: More Than Friends

The “man’s best friend” label may not go far enough in describing the relationship between people and dogs. A study recently reported in USA Today suggests the relationship is more like that of a parent and child.

The relationship between dogs and people is more like parent and child, a study says.

"Man's best friend" label may not go far enough, study says.

Led by Lisa Horn, a fellow at Messerli Research Institute’s Unit of Comparative Cognition in Vienna, a team examined dogs’ performance on a task under three conditions: with the owner absent, with the owner offering encouragement, and with the owner silent. The idea was to test the so-called “secure-base effect.” The phenomenon has often been observed in parent/child relationships when a child is asked to complete a task with a stranger nearby or with a parent nearby. The child typically completes the task more confidently when the parent – aka “the secure base” – is close by.

The canine variation involved 22 dogs and their owners, who offered treats when the dogs played with toys. Whether the owner was encouraging or silent had little impact on the animal’s efforts to earn treats. But if the owner was replaced with a stranger, the dogs made much less effort to play than when their owner was in the room.

John Bradshaw, a biologist and director of the Anthrozoology Institute at the University of Bristol’s School of Clinical Veterinary Science in England and author of “Dog Sense,” warned against reading too much in to the study.

“I’m not critical of (Horn’s) research; it’s a nice demonstration of the way dogs behave

The "man's best friend" label may not go quite far enough, study says.

Dogs' number one priority (after basic needs are met) is to form an attachment to people.

and discriminate between people they like and know and people they don’t,” he told USA Today. But, “if you start treating dogs as if they are children, then I think we aren’t acknowledging dogs for what they are.”

Still, he said, owners shouldn’t doubt that their affection for their dog is mutual.

“In many instances dogs actually benefit more so (from the relationship),” Bradshaw said. “Their number one priority (after basic needs are met) is to form an attachment to people.”

To read more, see http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/07/30/furryfriends/2554885/

About American Dog Club: Our mission is to provide world class puppies that set the standard of excellence. We are passionate about our obligation to our puppies and customers. Our goal is to help you connect with the right special puppy. All our puppies are selected personally from our experienced puppy specialist to insure health, temperament and quality. All of our puppies will be AKC registered at time of purchase and a free vet package is provided. Each and every potential parent must receive a 45 minute orientation on the care, feeding and housebreaking of your new baby. We offer support and training to properly care for your new family member. American Dog Club does not support puppy mills, hobby or back yard breeders.

We are located at 957 Willis Avenue, Albertson, NY 11507 | phone: 516-877-0097 and now also at our additional new location at 542 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove, NY 11755 | phone: 631-382-7877. Our email address is: info@americandogclub.com| website: http://www.americandogclub.com/

Get our comprehensive downloadable, printable puppy care instruction sheet. Visit us also on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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DogTV is Television Programming Just For Your Dog

This year’s summer blockbuster wasn’t just for Beverly Hills chihuahuas, but it was all for dogs.

DirecTV just launched the DogTV network, showing three- to five-minute videos alternating among “relaxing” programming (landscapes), “stimulating” themes (dogs cavorting) and “exposure” content with images and sounds that often scare dogs (fireworks, thunderstorms). The idea is to condition dogs to overcome their fears, says DogTV co-founder Ron Levi, as well as to enrich their experience while they await their owner’s return.

DogTV was created by DirectTV just for your dog!

The idea of DogTV is to condition dogs to overcome their fears, says co-founder Ron Levi

The 24/7 network is free to DirecTV subscribers until Aug. 14. After that, there will be a $4.99 monthly charge. For full-time workers who already pay for daily dogwalks, that isn’t much of a surcharge for the possibility of an incremental increase in our best friend’s contentment.

DogTV.com includes a video clip of the CEO of the Humane Society of the United States recommending visual and auditory stimulation for your dog when you are away. The site also quotes the Petcare and Information Advisory Service: “A television can provide all important mental stimulation for dogs and help prevent boredom behavior.”

Before launching, Levi says DogTV consulted animal psychologists, trainers and research that shows certain sounds can calm a dog. After field-testing dogs’ reactions to the programming, the founders toned down the barking on the channel, because it seemed to irritate canine viewers.

If you’ve heard that dogs see TV imagery as flickering, dogtv.com allays that concern too:

American Dog Club reports on DogTV

The refresh rate on the newer television screens is now 100Hz and up, perfect for continuous canine viewing.

“The human eye discerns flickering movement at a rate of 50-60 Hz while in dogs, that same ‘flicker fusion rate’ is as high as 70-80 Hz. Older television sets, with a CRT screen, refreshed their picture at a rate of 50-60 Hz with the result of a smooth picture for humans and a flicker nightmare for dogs. New LCD technology however, has changed all that. The refresh rate on the newer television screens is now 100Hz and up, perfect for continuous canine viewing.”  The colors on the screen, the brightness and contrast are adjusted to fit dogs’ hearing and seeing abilities (so some of it may look or sound odd to you).

If DogTV seems to take niche programming to an extreme, consider that nearly 57 million U.S. households own dogs, for a total of about 83 million dogs owned, according to the American Pet Products Association. Total U.S. spending on pets is expected to hit a record $56 billion this year, up from $53 billion last year and $51 billion in 2011, according to the APPA.

About American Dog Club: Our mission is to provide world class puppies that set the standard of excellence. We are passionate about our obligation to our puppies and customers. Our goal is to help you connect with the right special puppy. All our puppies are selected personally from our experienced puppy specialist to insure health, temperament and quality. All of our puppies will be AKC registered at time of purchase and a free vet package is provided. Each and every potential parent must receive a 45 minute orientation on the care, feeding and housebreaking of your new baby. We offer support and training to properly care for your new family member. American Dog Club does not support puppy mills, hobby or back yard breeders.

We are located at 957 Willis Avenue, Albertson, NY 11507 | phone: 516-877-0097 and now also at our additional new location at 542 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove, NY 11755 | phone: 631-382-7877. Our email address is: info@americandogclub.com| website: http://www.americandogclub.com/

Get our comprehensive downloadable, printable puppy care instruction sheet. Visit us also on Facebook and Twitter.

 

by Wendy Donahue, for American Dog Club

 

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The iPad has gone to the dogs.

The Wall Street Journal recently reported on dog trainers like Anna Jane Grossman in Manhattan teaching dogs to use an iPad, using their noses, in hopes that it will become a friend in times of solitude, perhaps even teaching social and motor skills.

People are training dogs to use ipads

The Wall Street Journal recently reported on dog trainers like Anna Jane Grossman in Manhattan teaching dogs to use an iPad.

“People always say, ‘Oh, can you have my dog do my online banking?’ ” Grossman told the WSJ. “In reality, dogs don’t necessarily do very useful things on the iPad. But I don’t necessarily do very useful things on the iPad either.”

Grossman smears the screen with peanut butter to encourage canines to keep their noses to the grindstone, er, touch screen, during her iPad clinics. They are distractible.

By contrast, the story portrays cats like Pickle, of Brooklyn, as early, enthusiastic adopters. Pickle’s owner, on a lark, let his cat take a whack at one app. Pickle became consumed and seemingly frustrated by the endless pursuit. So Dad took the iPad away.

The iTunes store carries at least a dozen pet-specific apps, targeted mainly to cats and dogs. One of the cat apps became a cash cow for a shelter, which sold feline iPad paintings, signed Frido Katlo and Jackson Pawlick, as a fundraiser.

One canine app, “Game for Dogs,” makes accommodations for dogs’ vision, with a simple

How to teach your dog to use an ipad

Grossman smears the screen with peanut butter to encourage canines to keep their noses to the grindstone, er, touch screen, during her iPad clinics.

background and stark contrast between animals and the screen. Designers tested it on their Yorkshire terrier, who now starts “freaking out” if she sees the iPad. “She must think there are animals in it,” owner Ben Kamens told the WSJ.

Perhaps parental warning labels will be next.

 

 

About American Dog Club: Our mission is to provide world class puppies that set the standard of excellence. We are passionate about our obligation to our puppies and customers. Our goal is to help you connect with the right special puppy. All our puppies are selected personally from our experienced puppy specialist to insure health, temperament and quality. All of our puppies will be AKC registered at time of purchase and a free vet package is provided. Each and every potential parent must receive a 45 minute orientation on the care, feeding and housebreaking of your new baby. We offer support and training to properly care for your new family member. American Dog Club does not support puppy mills, hobby or back yard breeders.

We are located at 957 Willis Avenue, Albertson, NY 11507 | phone: 516-877-0097 and now also at our additional new location at 542 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove, NY 11755 | phone: 631-382-7877. Our email address is: info@americandogclub.com| website: http://www.americandogclub.com/

Get our comprehensive downloadable, printable puppy care instruction sheet. Visit us also on Facebook and Twitter.

 

by Wendy Donahue, for American Dog Club

 

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Dogs Behaving Badly

American Dog Club's dogblog discusses dogs behaving badly

“I ate my own barf." Yes he did.

If the “Dogshaming” Tumblr had existed a few years ago, you would find a mug shot of my pup perched next to a sign confessing “I devoured half of a pair of Donna Karan pumps while my mistress showered for a wedding. (What? I left her one!)”

Publicly humiliating the furry perp would have been some consolation. Which may be why the Tumblr became an Internet sensation after launching last year. Within six days, the first impromptu post inspired more than 940 copycats, er, dogs.

 

 

Some are more amusing than others. Recent standouts:

“I let a mouse move into the kitchen… oh, and did I mention I’m a rat terrier.”

“I ate a hairball the cat threw up.”

“There was a fly. Don’t worry. I ate it.” (Next to a black dog sitting in front of shredded window blinds.)

Some unleash a torrent of advice, as with the dog owner who shames her dog for biting her when she tries to trim his nails. “Have you tried using a Dremel?” one responder offers. “Peanut butter on the nose,” suggests another post. “If you hold your dog in your arms and slowly spin in a circle, you can clip his nails easily. The circle motion disorients them so they can’t concentrate enough to bite,” writes the next.

American Dog Club's dogblog on dogs behaving badly

“I devoured half of a pair of Donna Karan pumps while my mistress showered for a wedding. (What? I left her one!)”

There are some parallels among the canine crimes. For one, they often occur while the mistress/master is in the bathroom. And rarely do the dogs (or the bunny or canary) appear very ashamed.

So permit us to suggest that you keep the shoes up and out of reach of any dog under age 2. And don’t go in the shower unless your pup goes in his/her crate.

http://dogshaming.tumblr.com

 

 

 

About American Dog Club: Our mission is to provide world class puppies that set the standard of excellence. We are passionate about our obligation to our puppies and customers. Our goal is to help you connect with the right special puppy. All our puppies are selected personally from our experienced puppy specialist to insure health, temperament and quality. All of our puppies will be AKC registered at time of purchase and a free vet package is provided. Each and every potential parent must receive a 45 minute orientation on the care, feeding and housebreaking of your new baby. We offer support and training to properly care for your new family member. American Dog Club does not support puppy mills, hobby or back yard breeders.

We are located at 957 Willis Avenue, Albertson, NY 11507 | phone: 516-877-0097 and now also at our additional new location at 542 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove, NY 11755 | phone: 631-382-7877. Our email address is: info@americandogclub.com| website: http://www.americandogclub.com/

Get our comprehensive downloadable, printable puppy care instruction sheet. Visit us also on Facebook and Twitter.

 

by Wendy Donahue, for American Dog Club

 

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Does your dog itch? Tips on getting the right care.

A ghost from Christmas past

A recent post talked about our dog’s encounter with ticks and Lyme exposure after an unseasonably warm Christmastime walk in the woods abutting the Potomac. (My husband later corrected me; technically, we were next to the Occoquan River, a Potomac tributary.)

Dog itch remedies from American Dog Club

A course of antibiotics took care of tick bites and potential Lyme. But a few days into the regimen, our 8-year-old baby Bruno was burdened with itching that kept him (and us) awake at night.

Anyway, a course of antibiotics took care of the Lyme. But a few days into the regimen, our 8-year-old baby Bruno was burdened with itching that kept him (and us) awake at night.

We resorted to visiting the vet again, wondering whether the itching was a coincidence or a consequence of the antibiotic.

The vet didn’t fault the antibiotic specifically. But she said that dogs as they age become more prone to allergic reactions to anything new. Switching dog foods or treats can easily upset their chemistry (at any age, actually).

She prescribed a cortisol derivative, Prednisolone, to relieve Bruno of the itching. She also suggested we give him a bath in case he had a brush with any noxious weeds or other allergens, recommending a fancy dog shampoo called Douxo, a chlorhexidine formula for sensitive/irritated skin. We knew it would be expensive when we saw it was translated in to French. Nonetheless, we sprung for the $20.50 bottle of “solution moussante” at our vet’s office and treated Bruno to an unwanted spa day when we got home. The itching almost immediately relented.

Did you know that steroids (for itch) can trigger incontinence in dogs?

Soon after ingesting each dose of steroids for his itching, Bruno was beset by uncontrollable urges to urinate.

So we could only sigh and laugh bitterly when the steroid, in turn, triggered sudden-onset incontinence. Soon after ingesting each dose, Bruno was beset by uncontrollable urges to urinate.

More than once, Bruno desperately dashed into the study where my husband was working, as if to sound the alarm, but too late. As soon as he entered the room, the floodgate would open. Adding insult to his incontinence, Bruno then would try to run away from his problem, dribbling a trail the length of the hallway.

We read that this reaction represents a classical side effect of Prednisone/Prednisolone use: excessive thirst and excessive urination.

Which reinforces our original conclusion: Do not take a dog into the woods in warm weather (anywhere above 40 degrees) without dosing with Frontline or Advantix first, unless you care to trade in your own spa day for your dog’s, while you play Cinderella scrubbing the floor.

Puppy got an itch? American Dog Club can help.

In the greater New York City / Long Island area, one may contact American Dog Club for all of your dog or puppy's health care needs.

In the greater New York City / Long Island area, one may contact American Dog Club for these and other remedies for all of your dog or puppy’s health care needs. Every American Dog Club puppy comes with a free comprehensive veterinary package to ensure your new puppy receives the highest level of preventive care and medical service. Our total commitment will not end when you bring home your new family member. Central Veterinary Associates and American Dog Cub are proud to offer you our Elite Medical services 24 hours a day 7 days a week at Central Veterinary Associates Main Hospital and 5 additional veterinary medical offices in our group. No other kennel provides this level of Free Health Care Protection and services as we do at American Dog Club.

 

About American Dog Club: Our mission is to provide world class puppies that set the standard of excellence. We are passionate about our obligation to our puppies and customers. Our goal is to help you connect with the right special puppy. All our puppies are selected personally from our experienced puppy specialist to insure health, temperament and quality. All of our puppies will be AKC registered at time of purchase and a free vet package is provided. Each and every potential parent must receive a 45 minute orientation on the care, feeding and housebreaking of your new baby. We offer support and training to properly care for your new family member. American Dog Club does not support puppy mills, hobby or back yard breeders.

We are located at 957 Willis Avenue, Albertson, NY 11507 | phone: 516-877-0097 and now also at our additional new location at 542 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove, NY 11755 | phone: 631-382-7877. Our email address is: info@americandogclub.com| website: http://www.americandogclub.com/

Get our comprehensive downloadable, printable puppy care instruction sheet. Visit us also on Facebook and Twitter.

 

by Wendy Donahue, for American Dog Club

 

 

 

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Dog Walkers: 7 Tips To Find One You Can Trust

Dog Walkers: 7 Tips To Find One You Can Trust

If you’ve got a job and you get a dog, that probably means putting a dog walker on your payroll.

If you’ve got a job and you get a dog, that probably means putting a dog walker on your payroll.

Start your search through word of mouth. Ask other dog owners in your neighborhood who they use. You need a walker who is bonded and insured. But don’t stop there, for sad/maddening reasons I’ll explain…

Here are 7 tips for hiring a good dog walker, from your friends at American Dog Club:

 

1/I’ve never asked to see a resume or done a thorough background check. (But it no longer strikes me as absurd.) At minimum, do request and check references. Really. Call at least two clients of the walker’s and ask a few standard questions.

2/Ask how long the walk will be, reach agreement on a timeframe, and ask whether other dogs join the walk too. Understand whether other dogs (or people) are coming in to your house and decide whether you are comfortable with that. You may want to ask for the other parties’ names/emails as an insurance policy of sorts, in case you come home and that beef tenderloin or diamond brooch you left on the counter has vanished. The agency owner isn’t necessarily the one who will be doing the walking.

3/Consider a walker who has other clients in your neighborhood; the stakes are higher for the walker to satisfy you if he or she has other customers nearby whom you know. This also increases the likelihood of a nice long walk with canine companionship for your pup, assuming yours gets along well with others, which brings us to…

4/Disclose your dog’s temperament and tendencies in the presence of other dogs and people. If your puppy jumps to greet people, your walker should know the technique you use to discourage this so he or she can reinforce your training. Reach agreement on a leash type. A retractable leash may not be a good choice, especially if more than one dog is being walked at a time.

5/If the walker feeds your dog, leave a measuring cup so that the walker doesn’t overfeed or underfeed. Ask your walker to pour out the old water in your dog’s dish and refill with fresh, cold water. Ask if the walker gives any treats and what kind; too many treats can lead to unwanted pounds (and pancreatitis in our dog’s case, in part because of an indulgent nanny who arrived on the scene when our daughter came along).

6/I strongly encourage keeping a dog in a crate when you’re away from home, to avoid accidents on the carpet/floor that may elude detection until they’re dried and damaging. It also prevents destruction of personal property. (Nine years later, I still rue leaving my Donna Karan shoes by the bed one afternoon when I showered for a wedding. When I got out, just one remained.) A crate designed for your dog’s size is a place of refuge and reassurance, not a prison. Add a T-shirt or blanket carrying your scent. Lure him or her in to the crate by dangling a small treat and he or she will go eagerly. We resumed crating our 8-year-old dog after he started having accidents that we attribute to anxiety when we were away. He seems more content overall with the new modality.

7/Ask if the walker supplies a preprinted notepad to record the time he/she arrives and leaves. If not, leave a note pad for the walker to record that information, along with boxes to check for “fed” and “fresh water.” Insist he or she keeps this log and leave a pen and the pad out in the open to make it easy.

…Which bring us to our sad tale.

7 tips about finding a dog walker

We hired a longtime resident of our block as our dog’s walker...

When we brought our puppy home eight years ago, we hired a longtime resident of our block as our dog’s walker. In his late 30s or early 40s at the time, he billed himself as a walker and trainer and could be seen occasionally walking other dogs, in addition to his own two. To our knowledge, this was his only line of work. We didn’t ask if he was bonded or insured because, well, we knew where he lived.

Oddly, our puppy began soiling his crate by the time we got home from work, contrary to what we had read about puppies avoiding at all costs soiling the place where they sleep. “Well, he’s a puppy,” we shrugged, and tried to arrive home a bit earlier. The problem persisted.

One day when I wasn’t feeling well, I decided to work from home. I didn’t bother calling off the dog walker. It wasn’t intended as a sting, but …

Ask if the walker supplies a preprinted notepad to record the time he/she arrives and leaves.

If they don't supply one, leave a note pad for the walker to record information, along with boxes to check for “fed” and “fresh water,” etc.

Our walker never came. “Things happen,” we thought, and waited for our walker to confess what had come up. He didn’t. At the end of the week, he took our money as usual.

We gave him another chance but one of us arranged to be home. Another no-show.

We were astonished and angry.

But this walker was from a multigenerational family that had lived on the block for decades. We didn’t want to burn bridges and poison the neighborly atmosphere on our block, despite our incredulity. So we sat down with our walker at our house and told him, stripping emotion from our voices, that we noticed he had missed at least a few walks and that we needed someone who could be here reliably. He copped to a couple of the unplanned absences but didn’t stammer, explain at length, or show much remorse. He gave us our key on the spot (important) and he left.

Somehow, strangely, we managed to remain on friendly terms. I credit my husband for that.

This spring, another set of neighbors who were using him as their walker asked us casually who walked our dog. It came out that they suspected their walker wasn’t coming as promised. The owner had left the leash just so when he left that morning and found it in the exact same position when he returned. My husband then confided our experience.

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Dog owners need to be vigilant about a system of accountability for their dog walker.

I’m not sure if discretion was the right choice here. I hate to think of other dogs anxiously awaiting relief that never comes. But blackballing this walker didn’t seem prudent under the circumstances. Suffice it to say that all dog owners need to be vigilant about a system of accountability for their dog walker. A sick day here and there is one check-and-balance. And if that’s not an option, there’s always a nanny cam.

About American Dog Club: Our mission is to provide world class puppies that set the standard of excellence. We are passionate about our obligation to our puppies and customers. Our goal is to help you connect with the right special puppy. All our puppies are selected personally from our experienced puppy specialist to insure health, temperament and quality. All of our puppies will be AKC registered at time of purchase and a free vet package is provided. Each and every potential parent must receive a 45 minute orientation on the care, feeding and housebreaking of your new baby. We offer support and training to properly care for your new family member. American Dog Club does not support puppy mills, hobby or back yard breeders.

We are located at 957 Willis Avenue, Albertson, NY 11507 | phone: 516-877-0097 and now also at our additional new location at 542 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove, NY 11755 | phone: 631-382-7877. Our email address is: info@americandogclub.com| website: http://www.americandogclub.com/

Get our comprehensive downloadable, printable puppy care instruction sheet. Visit us also on Facebook and Twitter.

 

by Wendy Donahue, for American Dog Club

 

 

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