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Water Safety Tips
As the video below shows you, not all dogs can swim. While this dog may look cute in her owner’s arms as she moves her legs across the surface of the kiddie pool, water safety is not to be taken lightly. If your dog has yet to meet your swimming pool, the ocean or any other body of water, read on to learn how to introduce your dog to water.
Before we begin, understand not all dogs can swim. Some breeds, such as French Bull Dogs, have shorter legs while others with naturally low body fat percentage are more likely to sink. Despite these factors, any dog can catch hypothermia.
Approach the water
Bring your dog toward your swimming pool or the shore. Let him go into the water slowly, making sure to keep the experience positive. If you need help introducing your dog to water, consult with a certified dog trainer.
Use a personal flotation device
Personal flotation devices come in various sizes and colors for dogs. The vest comes with a handle on the back so you can easily pull your dog out of the water. Putting this on your dog while at the beach or on a boat ensures your dog stays atop of the water.
Know when to go in the shade
Dogs are prone to sunburns just as we are so it’s best to use caution when outdoors. Make sure you’re aware of heat stroke symptoms, such as heavy panting, excessive drooling and bright red gums. To cool your dog down, apply an ice pack to his groin area or have him drink some water.
With these safety tips in mind, you can let your dog romp in the water as he pleases. Remember to supervise your dog at all times. If you suspect your dog is having a heat stroke, contact a veterinarian immediately.
Does your dog like the water? How often do you go swimming together? Tell us in the comments below!
Man’s Life Saved by His Three Dogs
On Friday morning in Lewisburg, Tenn., a fire spread throughout Doyce Mitchell’s home. Quick to take action, Mitchell’s three Jack Russell Terriers (Luke, Fiddle and Pinch) ran to Mitchell’s bed and barked frantically to wake him up. Most of his home was filled with smoke by the time Mitchell got up.
“Lost everything but me and my boys I could care less about everything else glad me and the boys got out,” said Mitchell.
Without his heroic dogs, Mitchell may not have made it outside his mobile home.
Sadly, this is one of many stories that involve dogs saving lives. Nearly half a million pets are lost to house fires every year. To protect your dog during a disaster, create a safety plan for your family.
How to Make a Fire Safety Plan
Test your smoke alarm
Testing your smoke alarm ensures it’s properly working. While you’re testing, you should train your dog to go outside when he hears the alarm go off. You can do this a number of ways so consult with a professional dog trainer to help you.
Create an escape plan
As you have an escape plan for your family, plan an escape route for your dog. A doggie door is an easy way to ensure your dog escapes the home in the event of a fire, which is especially helpful if a fire breaks out while you’re not home. Also consider hanging a pet alert on your window to let firefighters know how many pets you have so they can be rescued.
Turn off appliances
Never leave electrical appliances and open flames unattended, as your dog may endanger himself. Before leaving your home, make sure these appliances, including the space heater, are turned off.
Lost Dog Success Story
It happened in an instant. The gardener left the gate open and the family’s dog ran away. Two years later and more than 3,000 miles away, someone across the country identifies the lost dog. The dog reunited with his family thanks to his microchip. Watch the video below to watch this amazing story unfold.
Thankfully, stories like this are becoming more common due to microchipping. A microchip is a system that combines technology and old-fashioned database management to help lost pets return to their families. Below we take a look at the pros and cons of microchipping your dog.
- Pets are not bothered once the microchip is placed.
- The device can be implanted in less than a minute.
- Microchips can’t be disfigured, removed or tampered.
- Microchips are more expensive than tags or tattoos.
- Most devices are standardized.
- Many people wouldn’t know to have a lost pet scanned at a local shelter or veterinary hospital.
Microchips, as with identification tags, can greatly benefit your dog should he ever get lost. If you do decide on microchipping your dog, make sure your contact information is accurate and in the system. For more questions concerning microchips, contact your local veterinarian.
Watch this heartwarming video of a missing dog found 3,000 miles away from home.
Flash Mob of Dogs
A flash mob is a group of people that meets in a public place to do an entertaining activity for a short period of time. The activity can be anything from singing to performing a dance routine together. Whether you’re a participant in the mob or passerby, the flash mob experience is definitely a fun one.
The talented dogs of Kong put on a flash mob thanks to their dog owners. Watch the video below to experience the dog flash mob!
Train Your Dog to Play Dead
Of all the dog tricks that entertain onlookers, one of the most fun is the ol’ “Bang Bang” trick. The play dead trick is not only fun to do, but can also strengthen the bond between you and your dog. Some dogs may take a while to learn it so be ready to be patient. The end result is well worth it once your dog has the trick down.
Relax your dog
Get your dog in a calm state of mind. You can do this by playing or exercising with him for 10 to 15 minutes. Once he’s relaxed, choose an area with minimal distractions so your dog’s focus is solely on you.
Put him into the “down” position
Use the “sit” cue to get your dog sitting. One he’s in this position, offer a treat to lure him into the “down” position. Gently push him onto his side. While he’s lying on his side, make a gesture with your free hand and say your desired cue, such as “bang” or “roll over.”
At this point, your dog should roll his entire body over. As soon as he rolls over, reward him with a treat and praise.
Repeat and reward
Spend about 10 minutes at a time repeating this trick with your dog. Always reward your dog with treats and praise every time he successfully rolls over on command. When your dog’s comfortable with this trick, try giving your command at a farther distance.
How to Train Your Dog to Shake Paws
Dogs shaking paws may be one of the cutest sights, but no one does it better than Sammy, the Shih Tzu. In the video below, you’ll find Sammy excitedly wagging his tail and shaking paws with his dog owner. Learn how to teach your dog to shake paws with these dog training tips.
Get your dog to paw at you
Scratch her chest or touch her toenails to have your dog lift her paw at you. As soon as she lifts her paw, click and treat. Repeat this process for at least 15 times so your dog starts associating her paw lift with a click and treat.
Add your cue
Once your dog begins offering her paw without any problems, introduce the dog training cue. In this case, your cue is your outstretched hand. When she lifts her paw, show your hand, click and treat. Repeat this until your dog becomes used to this behavior. When she’s ready, you can then add a verbal cue. You can use “give your paw” or “shake” as your cue to your dog to shake paws.
The best way to have your dog repeat this behavior is by practicing. Repeat this process in different environments to ensure your dog has learned the behavior. One last tip: take small breaks between each training session. You don’t want to overwhelm your dog.
For more tips on teaching your dog to shake paws, consult with an Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer (ABCDT). He can help you train your dog to shake paws as well as provide other dog tricks.