How to Stop Your Dog From Jumping

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It is essential to train your dog not to jump on you or your family members, friends, and other guests who drop by at your home or greet you on the street when you are walking with the canine. It is not enough to physically restrain the animal when they tried to do it and then forget the incident until it gets repeated. It is crucial to train the canine so that such incidences stop permanently.

Do not punish

Whatever you do, it is advisable not to punish the dog. Doing this can result in the dog getting anti-social. It may shy away from visitors and even hide when it sees or hears someone new coming in its field of vision. Instead, when your dog jumps on you, turn around and do not pay attention. If you have multiple dogs, pay attention to the one whose all four paws are touching the floor. This four paws touching the floor is an essential lesson for the canine. A dog jumps up to get attention. When it understands that attention will not be given if it jumps, the dog will automatically cease to do so.

If you want to train your dog this way, you should get a minimum of 10 people to practice the same behavior. Your dog should understand that no human likes to be jumped upon, and there are no exceptions to the rule. Repeating the “ignoring” attitude will force your dog to mend its ways. It also helps to desensitize the dog when someone presses the doorbell. An excellent way to teach the dog not to jump is to enter the room from outside, and when the dog jumps on you, exit the room. Let everyone in the family adopt the same mannerism. Conversely, pay more attention to the dog when it sits.

While taking a walk

The problem starts when you do not want your dog to jump on others when you two are taking a walk in the park. The easy way-but temporary solution- is to use a crack, leash, tie-back, or gate. It is essential that the dog must not be hurt during the time of restraining. Take the help of friends to practice the dog not to jump on strangers. Once your dog jumps on your friend, the person must go away and not look back. Do not walk the dog without the leash. The canine must be attached to you with a rope at all times.

If it is the matter for guests, then tie the dog to something immovable. The length of the leash must be shorter than the distance between the dog and the guest. Give the dog treats if it remains calm from start to end.

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How to Improve Your Doberman’s Skin

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A number of Doberman dog owners face the problem of coat and skin issues with their dog. The coats become thin and dull. A few animals are observed to be constantly scratching their skin or even biting it. Take your Doberman dog to your veterinarian and there is a chance that the medical professional will give your canine an Omega supplement. Many dog owners know this, and they do a preemptive strike on their dogs: they give dog food supposedly enriched with Omega 3.

Biologically available supplements

The reality is different. Most dog foods, although they claim to have Omega-3 as a component, rarely have any kind of fatty acid which are biologically available to canines. The term “biologically available” needs a bit of explanation. When any dog food gets processed, it gets exposed to heat. The Omega fatty acids are quite sensitive when it comes to high heat. It means when you finally pour the food into your Doberman’s bowl; the all-important fatty acids are long gone. Other than dry and itchy skin, a diet deficient in Omega-3 also leads to several other problems. The list includes increased time to heal wounds and allergic reaction effects. The immune system function will be decreased, and the dog will suffer painful joints. There will be hair loss and excessive inflammation. Ear infections are common. Excessive itching and hot spots will arise.

Even if your vet suggests an Omega-3 supplement, be sure to know the exact name of the medicine you have to buy, This is as not all Omega-3 supplements are the same. The ingredients which drive fatty acids are essential. One excellent example is that salmon fish is rich in Omega-3s, but the fish is also toxin-rich. This is as salmon is a bigger fish and it eats the smaller fish. If the smaller fish ate from a toxin-rich source, it follows the big predator fish is also rich in toxins (as it eats the smaller fish). Since bigger fish live longer, the amount of toxicity is even more.

The smaller, the merrier

It is thus essential to start with the smaller fishes in the food chain like anchovies. The ideal Omega-3 source should be a smaller fish with short lifespan. The theory is correct in the proof that anchovies are rich in Omega -3 but has a negligible quantity of toxins. Alternatively, you can give your Doberman artificial chewable supplements. These are made from small fishes and provide your Doberman with perfect essential oils balance. These tablets are sold in both small and large, and you can buy them as you please. You will soon observe your Doberman getting its shiny coat back once it chews on the supplements.

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Health Issues Affecting Maine Coon Cats

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If you own a Maine Coon cat, be assured that this particular breed is a hardy and healthy one. However, this cat breed is vulnerable to a few diseases. One of them is hip dysplasia. This disease is generally common in dogs but not so much in cats. Since the Maine Coon is a large cat, it suffers from hip dysplasia. The males are more susceptible compared to females as they are bigger in size. The ligaments suffer from increased stress, and so do the muscles. This disease may result in arthritis, and in some extreme cases, paralysis may also happen.

HCM and SMA

Although hip dysplasia could be painful to your kitty, it is not considered a threat to life like the feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or HCM. This is a typical kind of heart disease in felines. It is frequently observed in Maine Coons, and typical senior cats or middle-aged felines. The good news is that the gene which triggers this condition is isolated and it was discovered that not almost every cat which carries this gene would be affected. As the name hints, the HCM disease is a fatal one. This is a complex heart disease where fluid builds up around the animal’s heart and its lungs. A blood flow constricts the blood flow to the affected cat’s hind legs, resukting in paralysis. Another notable disease is the Spinal Muscular Atrophy or SMA. This is also observed in many Maine Coon cats. The SMA if present in the animal is observed early in life. You will know it when the kitten reaches three to four months of age. The SMA is not a fatal one but results in weakened muscle development.

Other diseases

Maine Coon cats can also suffer from many other diseases like PKD. These are found not only in Maine Coons but also among the Persian cat breed. A minority of the Maine Coon cats are found to suffer from PKD. It does not matter whether your Maine Coon is a full bred or enjoys a mixed heritage. The animals could either show the disease or be carriers of those particular genes which cause the disease. Many tests are available to find the problematic genetic code. Remember the presence of the gene does not automatically imply the condition will befall your cat. It is always an excellent idea to know so that the necessary preventive steps could be taken. One good aspect of owning a Maine Coon breed of cat is that it belongs to one of the healthier breeds in the feline family. If you ensure that you get your kitty from a healthy breeder, then the genetic anomaly risk is much reduced.

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Grooming a Maine Coon Cat

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The principal reason people love Maine Coon cats is their beautiful luscious fur. These kitties are large sized, and the thick fur only compounds their royal appearance. Looking at a Maine Coon makes the observer believe the kitty is wearing an expensive and luxurious winter coat. The reality is that coat actually protects those animals from the harsh climate of their native New England habitat. The bulk of fur is required to survive in those harsh conditions.

Grooming

The regal appearance of Maine Coon kitties has made them a sought after breed by cat lovers. The appearance of this cat breed could only be described as stunning. Do not be afraid if you are thinking about the upkeep of such cats. Even with such a thick fur coat, the Maine Coon is much easier to groom when compared to other similar breeds. It is, however, necessary to groom a Maine Coon cat. Only with grooming can the coat health could be maintained. If a cat possesses an unhealthy fur coat, then many other problems could arise like loss of hair or excessive shedding. The best case scenario is a daily groom. If this is not possible, then a weekly routine is a must. Remember you may love to beautify your cat, but your kitty may hate it. The only way to do fuss-free grooming is if you start the process when your cat is still a puppy. The furball will get used to it and allow you to groom its coat without much fuss.

Grooming equipment and bath

If you wish to do the grooming yourself, and not entrust the task to a professional cat groomer, then remember that the fur of the Maine Coon cat, like its brethren in other cat breeds, is susceptible to matting. To avoid such a jam, a daily brush is of great help. Get a soft, bristle brush to do the job. A hard one may scratch the skin of the cat. If this happens twice or more, the cat may get turned off by your enforced beauty regimen. You will find it harder to make your Maine Coon cat sit still so that you can complete the grooming action. If you see the fur growing on the toes being too long, use clippers to cut the same so that they will be kept at their proper length.

It is an excellent idea to bath your Maine Coon cat. Although cats like to keep themselves clean, the presence of thick fur means you can bath the cat! Some Maine Coon cats not only tolerate water but loves to bath too. As usual, the easiest way to make a cat acclimatize to such activity is to begin the process when the animal is at its puppy stage.

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Cropping Dogs’ Ears

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Ear cropping or ear trimming describes a surgical procedure which involves cutting the ear pinna of a dog and shaping it so that the ears stand erect. The pinna is the floppy part of the dog’s ear. This is a cosmetic surgical procedure done to get a particular appearance which goes with the image desired in specific dog breeds.

Skilled procedure

The ear cropping procedure is a skilled one and needs precision from the surgeon. The ears must appear to stand up after the part gets completely healed. The dog must be put under general anesthesia before undergoing this procedure. Puppies aged between eight weeks to 12 weeks are put under the scalpel. Post surgery, the ears get propped and bandaged, and they heal in an erect position. This is termed “posting”. A few veterinarians prefer to wait for the incisions to heal before they post the ears. The bandages are generally changed once every week. The ears continue to remain taped until they could stand by their own. This recovery process takes anytime between four weeks to eight weeks

Any breed of dog can be subjected to this procedure. A few dog breeds get the ear trimmed as per breed standards. The Doberman breed is one of the more popular breeds of dogs to get their ear cropped. Other breeds subjected to this procedure include Schnauzers, Pinschers, and Great Danes. These breed standards were developed on the basis of the historical use of such breeds. Canines with cropped ears were one time used only as working dogs. The ears were trimmed to prevent issues which could result from possessing a floppy ear and improve hearing. Only in rare cases did ear trimming were deemed necessary medical procedures due to health conditions. The breeder or the dog owner generally make the decision to cut ears.

Debate on the procedure

When it comes to whether you would crop your dogs’ ears or not, the subject remains a controversial one, and many think this action to be excessive if not cruel. Others regard the procedure as a harmless one. Most veterinarians will decline to do the procedure solely for aesthetic reasons. However, many medical professionals hold the view that ear cropping in certain select breeds could be an acceptable procedure to define the breed character and preserve it. Good health is also enhanced. It is to be remembered that dogs both with natural ears and cropped ones can participate in dog shows. Many European countries forbid ear cropping. Animal rights activists want the ear cropping procedure to deemed illegal in North America. Crop your dog’s ears only for medical reasons and not aesthetic. The ear cropping affects the dog’s quality of life too.

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Cat Sweating

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Cats do sweat. Yes, their popular image is that of a fluffy ball either always sleeping or jumping here and there. However, felines do sweat but not in the way humans do. When your cats sweat, it does not do so through the armpits, but from their paws. The paw pads of the cat have sweat glands, unlike humans whose glands lie all over the body. This is the reason cats leave wet prints during extremely hot weather. If this happens, your cat is sweating buckets. Cats sweat not only due to high temperatures but also if they suffer from anxiety or stress. Now you know why your cat leaves patches of wetness at the vet. Those are not pee, but sweat.

Cooling down

Scientists also hold the opinion that the function of the cat paws is more than keeping the body temperature of the cat down. A number of theories proclaim that the cat paws deposit pheromones. These are cat-specific signals which the felines use to communicate with each other.

The function of cat sweat is the same as humans and other animals. The process helps to regulate the body temperature of the animal. There is one problem though: since cats have only four small paws to sweat, the area of sweating may be insufficient. The felines then seek out other methods to cool themselves. You will see your cat seek out a shady place to sleep. Lying down and sleeping means less energy is expended and thus, the body temperature does not move up. It is, therefore, a smart move for cats to sleep all day long.

Panting

Dogs pant in hot weather. Cats, however, do not slack. If you see a cat panting, it is an abnormal sign. A feline pants only when it is in pain or extremely afraid. A panting cat signifies a respiratory or a metabolic problem. When a cat pants, it is blowing extra carbon dioxide to maintain its body’s acid-base balance. A typical, healthy cat does not pant in hot weather. Instead of only relying on her paws for internal temperature regulation, the feline also grooms itself. Many think the cat is vain, but it is not so. Your cat grooms itself by licking, and as the saliva evaporates, the heat is taken away, and the body temperature of the animal is kept at acceptable levels. This is yet another heat management tactic adopted by kitties to keep themselves cool in blazing hot weather. Do keep in mind that scientists continue to study the weird habits of cats and there are many things which continue to puzzle them. One of them is why cats like to lick the sweat off humans. There is apparently nothing to be gained by this action.

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Cat Affection

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Cats do both nature and nurture when it comes to affection. As humans, it is the upbringing and the personality of the cat which determines how much affection it can have and show it. Both nurture and nature have equal weights when it comes to importance. The first four months of the cat matters the most to the animal. It is observed that a cat raised with a human family tends to be more attentive and affectionate. Feral kittens, in contrast, are scared. They are not affectionate as they never enjoyed human interactions before. However, with love and the passage of time, even these feral kittens grow up and love to make contact with humans. The personality of cats depends on individual canine.

Socialization and trust

The early socialization stage of a cat plays a vital role. If you adopt a feral, stray cat, do not forget to give it toys so that the kitten can play with it. The owner should love not only cats but also respect them. Do not hesitate to introduce your cat to all your friends as it grows. It is the responsibility of the owner to teach the cat that it is not permissible to nip and scratch humans. Kittens do this as it is ingrained in their hunting nature. If you do not forbid your cat to do these when it is a kitten, then it will grow up to be an aggressive feline.

It is important that you earn the trust of your cat. This element is essential to build an excellent bond and encourage mutual affection. There is no need to be caring all the time. Do not be pushy and stay calm when interacting with the cat. The feline will associate you with good things and you gain the cat’s trust when all the conditions are met. Remember, if the cat’s innate nature is to like people, it will overcome all negative situations to do so. A few cats trust only one or two humans and distrust all others.

Adaptable canines Cats are extremely adaptable and you can teach your senior cat new tricks. To do this, you should gently handle the cats and also reward them with treats during the bonding time. Doing these things will also help with the grooming and veterinarian visits of the kitty. The overall interaction will be much more improved. Do not touch the cat if it does not want to be touched. A few cats may run away as they may have suffered discomfort or felt afraid when they were being held. A cat will go to any length to avoid such situations. As an owner, you should pay particular attention to the health of your kitty.

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Best Frozen Cat Food

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Frozen cat food mimics the food which a cat would generally find in the wild. A number of cat food manufacturers now sell such products. The consensus among cat owners and as per cats’ behavior, Stella & Chewy’s frozen offerings are the best at that price range. Their cat food contains real raw meat which has been freeze dried. As an owner, you simply have to add the prescribed amount of water and serve to your cat. One flavor-the Duck Duck Goose one- is comprised of about 98 percent meat, grounded bones, and organs from cage-free birds are particularly popular among felines. Taurine and many probiotics are added to the product for the cat to enjoy better overall healthy digestion along with better muscle function. This cat food has no fillers, hormones, antibiotics, or grains.

Chicken and turkey

Another winning frozen cat food product is sold by Nature’s Variety company. Its Instinct Raw Market Nuggets comprise of 90 percent premium quality chicken with the liver. Vegetables and fruits made up the remaining 10 percent for added minerals and vitamins. All ingredients are organic and the chickens get raised cage-free. To serve this product, simply crumble the ingredients and add water. All nuggets are free of grain and gluten.

Want to serve Turkey to your kitty? Look no further than the Feline Turkey Formula sold by the Primal Pet  Foods company. The food is not only delicious to your cat but also contains quality protein too. This frozen cat food contains 93 percent turkey, bone, and organs. The remaining seven percent is made of supplements and products for a balanced meal. The birds used to make this product are raised sans any added hormones or antibiotics. The turkey formula has no grain soy, gluten, corn, and wheat. The list of other ingredients includes squash, organic collard greens, sunflower seeds, pumpkin, coconut oil, quinoa sprout, cilantro, and kelp. Blueberries, almonds, and cranberries are also present.

Mixers and fish

The Nature Variety company has another winning product: Rawboost Mixers. The latter makes excellent Kibble add-ins. These give the cat food a highly desirable extra element of protein and flavor. The frozen bits come in rabbit and chicken flavors, and both are real meat. Vegetables and fruits are added for extra minerals and vitamins to guarantee a better immune system and a healthy coat. These bits contain no wheat, grain, by-product meal, potato, and corn. There are no preservatives or artificial colors too. If your cat loves fish, then give it the Essentials product made by the Cat Man Doo Life company. The sole ingredient in the frozen packet is Salmon. No preservatives or additives are added. This product is best given as a treat.

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Best Dog Fans

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Hot days have come back, and it is time to buy your dog its own fan. This item is essential as canines cannot sweat, and it is hard for these animals to stay cool. You can help your dog to stay cool by adding an external cold element. The canine will begin to pant so that it can inhale cooler air. The problem is that such a solution does not cover the entire body. This is the reason dogs like to lie down on a cool surface. It will also drink cold water if you give it.

Bladeless fans

Do not buy a standard floor or table fan to cool your dog. This is as the blades could injure your dog. You can use a bladeless fan like the Dyson models. A number of tower fans are dog-friendly too. Other than a dog fan, you can help your canine to cool down by installing a cold water fountain at home. Whatever you do, it is not a good idea to use a standard issue floor or table fan. They are unstable and could be tilted even by the smallest animal. The blades will hurt the dog even with the presence of the safety grid. The dog’s hair may get tangled with the rotating blades.

It follows that bladeless fans are the only fans suited for dogs and other pets. Bladeless fans are called in the market as air multipliers. Their working technologies are different than standard fans. Bladeless fans could be either floor, tower, or table fans. Choosing one is your personal decision. The common choice is a tower air multiplier. In case you own a bigger dog, a low fan makes a better choice as it will nor tilt quickly.

Silence is important

Before you buy a tower air multiplier, make sure that the device is a silent one. The ideal fan is a compromise between blowing power and quietness. The fan should not only continuously blow air but also keep the room it is in quiet. Most bladeless fans are more silent as the technology itself has noise reduction built in. The sole drawback is that these bladeless fans are more expensive than the regular ones. Dyson is the leading manufacturer of bladeless fans, but they are costly. If you prefer cheaper bladeless fans, go for Lasko. The Wind Curve Tower model makes for a superb fan for your dog. It has a timer so that it will give the dog a temporary wind flow and stop by itself even if you are away. It is quiet and will not wake up the dog when you turn it on. Users have three settings to choose from, from a gentle wind to a high-velocity blow.

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Paw Anatomy and How to Choose Dog Nail Clippers

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Dog paws are surprisingly sophisticated. The paw of a dog is of a particular design to serve that specific breed’s historical requirements. The paw of your dog is functionally equivalent to your hands-only much better. Your dog can walk without shoes on surfaces which you can never touch with your bare hands or feet. Canines can do this as they have many paw pads with a filling of fatty tissue.  An average dog paw has a total of six pads for every paw. Four digital pads are present in one toe along with metacarpal pad and carpal pad.

Paw functions

Other than natural insulation, the pad network provides acceleration, shock absorption, terrain intel, braking, rough surface protection, and sure-footed navigation. An individual paw has its temperature control system due to the positioning of sweat glands below the skin’s outermost layer. The sweat glands keep paw pads moist and thus temperature balanced.

Unlike you,  the dog cannot wriggle its toes. They, however, serve identical functions of movement and balance. Walking is their primary task. Your dog walks on its toes and not on its nails or paw pads. The nails of the dog help the animal to grip the surface. Many dogs possess a “dewclaw”-which is an evolutionary memory of a thumb. It is only found on the canine’s front paws. A few dogs possess dewclaws on both their back and front paws. A few dog breeds even possess double dewclaws in their back paws.

Dow claws and clippers

Dog nails are colloquially called dog claws, and they are equivalent to a human’s toenails and fingernails. These are created from cartilage and are dead. Blood supply, however, is made through “dog nail quick,” a small blood vessel. This blood supply is something which the nails of your dog to grow continuously. Almost all dogs possess four toes, and each has its corresponding nail, on every paw. For those dogs which possess dewclaws, those small claws found a little higher in the paw could bring the number of toenails to five in each paw. When it comes to dogs which possess double dewclaws on rear paws, this means the two paws will each have six nails. It is thus essential to choose the correct toenail clippers for your dog. If you are a newbie to dog maintenance, buy scissor clippers. Guillotine clippers sold by many pet shops works by sticking the canine’s tail inside a particular hole in the clipper center and squeezing the handles. The nail tip then gets chopped off. Many dogs are afraid of guillotine clippers, and for such dogs, standard scissor tip clippers work fine. If your dog is a large animal, then buy bigger sized dog clippers.

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