September 30, 2014
by Sam Bourne
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Hero Dog Chases Rogue Black Bear Out Of Kids’ Room

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Two weeks ago, Priscilla Epperson from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, had quite a start when she heard her dog barking hysterically. Unsure of what was causing her dog to go nuts, she went downstairs to check. It was then that Priscilla saw it — a black bear lumbering around the house, with all three of her sons asleep in the same room.

“When I came down the stairs the door was opened and I saw black fur which I knew it was a bear and I saw my dog, her tail end was wagging and she was going crazy,” said Priscilla.

Luckily, before Priscilla had a chance to act, Coco, with her incessant barking and running around, had managed to scare the bear back outside. “I was afraid she might get mauled by the bear but she’s really fast, kept running circles around the bear… The bear was [trying to shoo away Coco], and finally the bear shot up the driveway, and I called her to come back,” said Epperson.

Nervous that the bear would come back, Priscilla let Coco keep barking and running around until she decided to stop on her own. And even after she was done puffing out her chest and protecting her people, she still would not let them out of her site, sitting by the foot of Priscilla’s bed with her hair straight on end.

Priscilla believes that the bear wandered in through the side door, which was often left unlatched. Lucky for them Coco was around to scare off the beastly intruder.

What Would You Do?

While Pricilla and her sons were lucky enough to have such a brave protector on hand, others may not be so lucky. In the event that you encounter a bear, either in your home or (more likely) in the woods, here are a few handy tips:

  • Do NOT approach the bear – especially if she is with cubs.
  • Stay calm and avoid making sudden movements
  • If the bear has not yet spotted you, calmly walk away quickly and quietly.
  • If the bear does see you, try to get his/her attention before they are close. Waive your arms and talk in a normal voice.
  • If you are being persued, toss something on the ground. Hopefully the bear will be distracted, giving you time to escape to safety.
  • If the bear charges, stand your ground. Many times bears charge as a bluff, veering off or backing down before getting close.
  • For more tips, check here –> usparks.about.com

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ABC-WATE- Dog chases bear out of Gatlinburg house, scaring it away from family
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September 29, 2014
by Sam Bourne
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RECALL: Bravo Pet Food Has Possible Salmonella Contamination

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Sept 27, 2014 – Bravo Pet Food is recalling certain lots of Bravo Turkey and Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats, as they may be contaminated with Salmonella. This bacteria can be a concern for not only the pets consuming the contaminated food, but also for the humans handling the tainted product.

WHAT

The products being recalled due to a potential Salmonella contamination are:

RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! TURKEY BLEND FOR DOGS AND CATS

Product Number: 31-102

Size: 2 lb. (32 OZ) plastic tubes

Best used by date: 11-05-15

UPC: 829546311025

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Bravo! Blends All Natural Chicken Blend diet for dogs & cats

Product Number: 21-102

Size: 2 lb. (32 OZ) plastic tubes

Best used by date: 08-11-16

UPC: 829546211028

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Products being recalled out of an abundance of caution, as they were produced at the same plant on the same day as the potentially tainted products, are:

Premium Turkey Formula BRAVO Balance RAW DIET

Product Number: 31-405

Size: 5 lb. (80 OZ) 2.3KG plastic tubes

Best used by date: 11-05-15

UPC: 829546314057

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Bravo! Blends All Natural Chicken Blend diet for dogs & cats

Product Number: 21-105

Size: 5 lb. (80 OZ) 2.3KG plastic tubes

Best used by date: 08-11-16

UPC: 829546211059

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WHY

After a routine testing by the Nebraska DOA revealed the presence of Salmonella in the two lots, a recall was issued.

THREAT LEVEL

Low.

As of now, there has been no reports of human sickness as a result of the aforementioned foods, and the amount of food affected is relatively low.

WHAT SHOULD I DO?

If you have a bag of the recalled food in your home:

  1. Dispose of it immediatly
  2. Keep an eye out for the symptoms of Salmonella
  3. Contact your veterinarian
  4. Call Bravo for any related information: (866) 922-9222

ALTERNATIVES

For a few good alternatives to the tainted diets listed above, try:

Wellness Core Grain Free

Natural Balance LID Sweet Potato and Bison

Nutrisca Dry Dog Food

For more info, check with the FDA

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September 26, 2014
by Sam Bourne
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Train Your Dog to Walk Off-Leash

Train Your Dog to Walk Off-Leash

Train Your Dog to Walk Off-Leash

The image of a dog running free without a leash might be desirable for owners who wish for their pooches to practice constant obedience. But many areas in the U.S. forbid this activity, and might even penalize pet parents caught in the act.

The Napa Valley Register reported that the city of American Canyon, California, may be implementing a new law that prohibits dogs from being off-leash when with their owners. Its current rules reflect similar stipulations in Napa County, which only require pet parents to have dogs on-leash in city parks. While rural areas may be more appropriate for off-leash activities, it can be dangerous in heavily populated urban environments.

The county’s Animal Control Services department has received roughly 50 dog-related calls in 2014, including 20 for loose dogs in American Canyon alone. There’s one dog park in the city on the east side of Highway 29 near Vallejo, leading to discussions about alternatives for dog owners once the new law is in place. The lack of secondary options could prove troublesome, as pet parents want to have their four-legged friends around other canines.

A proposal for the law is expected to be discussed at the City Council meeting on Oct. 7, 2014. Violators of the rule will be cited and could face a $100 fine.

Training your off-leash dogs
Leashes are smart and safe options for controlling your canine, but letting him run free can be beneficial for both parties. However, there will always be some risks involved with off-leash training. The Whole Dog Journal explained that there’s the chance your pooch’s instincts could take over and lead him toward danger. Sometimes, a dog’s curiosity can get the better of him.

Because of this, it’s important to be thorough when training off-leash dogs. WDJ suggested that owners ditch the leash as early as possible if they want their pooches to succeed. Pet parents often develop physical cues during training, even without noticing it. When they try to make the switch to off-leash, the communication with the dog can fall apart. Starting early gives canines and owners the chance to establish improved cues for roaming freely on a walk in the woods.

As PerfectPaws explained, your dog’s ability to stroll around off-leash is dependent on his or her socialization skills. Owners have to trust that their canines won’t bolt after hearing a loud noise or act aggressively toward another pooch or person. Being unsocialized and skittish can spell disaster for off-leash dogs. The area you live in also has a role to play in allowing your pooch to move around without a long leash attached to his or her collar. Much of the training involves an owner’s willingness to take risks with his or her canine in public areas.

WDJ suggested that the best off-leash training requires a reliable recall, or responding to a “come” command. One of the best methods for this exercise is using treats as rewards for moving toward you. When your canine reaches you, respond with a “Yes,” and toss the treat a short distance away. This encourages your pooch to continually come to you when called. As he or she improves in a low-distraction environment like your living room, you can steadily move to louder and busier areas, such as a dog park, to solidify the off-leash training.

When looking to improve your canine’s obedience, signing up for a PetPlus membership can give you access to countless supplements and supplies that might facilitate training exercises. If you want your pooch to be an off-leash dog, PetPlus is the essential place to find everything you need.

September 25, 2014
by Sam Bourne
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Learn How to Understand Dog Moods

Learn How to Better Understand Dog Moods

Learn How to Better Understand Dog Moods

After a long and stressful day at school or work, sitting down on the couch with your dog can improve your mood. Petting his fur and scratching behind his ears helps put a smile on your face, but when’s the last time you asked your pooch how he was feeling?

While you may not be a licensed doggie psychiatrist, new research from the University of Sydney in Australia shows that dogs can be optimistic or pessimistic, according to The Washington Post. Depending on their outlooks, some canines might have a sunnier disposition than other pooches.

The researchers, led by Melissa Starling, Ph.D., from the Faculty of Veterinary Science, trained the dogs to touch a target after hearing one of two tones that were two octaves apart. Hitting the mark would give the canines a drink depending on the tone – one produced milk as a reward and the other dispensed water. As the dogs learned which tones coincided with their preferred beverage, the scientists introduced new sounds that were in-between the milk and water octaves.

According to Starling and her colleagues, optimistic dogs would repeatedly hit the targets in hope of receiving milk. However, other canines would avoid the task altogether and grew distressed from hearing the ambiguous tones. The researchers found that despite the lack of interest in participating, the pessimistic pooches performed well in guide dog training for the disabled. On the other hand, the optimistic canines were more persistent, leading Starling to believe these dogs would be successful at search-and-rescue.

Because they can’t tell you directly, it might be hard to read if your dog is depressed or pessimistic. Therefore, it’s a good idea to learn some of the signs of dog moods.

What’s your dog’s body language saying to you?
The Bark explained that closely watching your canine’s tail might be a viable indicator of his mood. Much like how humans’ brains are divided into cerebral hemispheres, animals demonstrate differences in their “left” and “right” sections. It’s thought that the left deals in approach and energy enrichment, like finding food, and the right pertains to withdrawal and energy expenditure, like running away out of fear.

When dogs feel positive or curious, their tails will wag closer to the right side of their bodies, according to The Bark. Any negative or apprehensive feelings cause canines’ tails to favor the left.

Modern Dog Magazine added that eyes serve as a strong indicator of dog moods. Almond-shaped, relaxed eyes show that he’s calm and docile, ready for a snuggle on the couch. Rounded eyes might mean your dog’s aroused or surprised. But the biggest sign to watch out for is the sclera, also known as the whites of the dog’s eyes. This means your canine is tense and upset, and in need of some serious attention.

Dogs can get sad for a number of reasons, such as being separated from their owners for extended periods of time. When some good-natured petting or play doesn’t do the trick, pet parents can turn to prescription medications to help their furry friends. Thiothixene works to restore the balance of natural substances in the brain, such as dopamine. If your dog exhibits signs of depression, aggression or nervousness, this medication can help treat certain mood disorders.

By joining PetPlus, dog owners can have access to affordable prescription treatments like thiothixene without having to jump through hoops. Signing up allows pet parents to receive free shipping on all orders and an additional 25 percent off veterinary visits at almost 4,000 clinics around the U.S.

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September 23, 2014
by Sam Bourne
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Woman Breaks Up Dog Fight With Just One Finger

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This week, an Australian woman saved her dog from a vicious attack with nothing but her index finger. How?

Well, how you use the finger can make all the difference…

That’s right! In a last-ditch effort to break up the dog fight between an aggressive Staffordshire Terrier and her Jack Russell, a quick-thinking Ann Bendouli attempted to startle and distract the big dog by sticking her finger — you guessed it — right in the dog’s bum.

“She had her upside down and she was shaking. So, I lifted its tail and I put my finger up [there],” said Bendouli to local reporters at Seven News.

And just like that, the once combative canine immediately changed her tune — literally. She let out a strange yelp, let go of the small dog, and presumably went on to contemplate exactly how violated she felt by this unorthodox means of behavior modification.

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A simple bop on the nose would have sufficed…

While Ann’s precious pooch still ended up needing over ten stitches as a result of the dog fight, if it wasn’t for her fast-acting and fearless fingers, there is a good chance that the attacking dog would have shaken her little pup to death.

“She is my soul mate and I love her so much. I was so glad that she was actually saved because I would be lost.”

As for who is to blame, that is still up in the air. Barbora Williams, the owner of the probed pooch, says that the Jack Russell was nipping at her dog’s feet and instigating the dog fight.

But regardless of who is at fault, the hero of the day is Ann Bendouli and her daring digit. With a little ingenuity, and about as much physical exertion as it takes to call an elevator, Ann discovered a unique way to shock and subdue an aggressive dog.

Editors note: The results of this strategy have not been replicated, and we do not intend to be the ones to test the model.

Attempt at your own risk (and make sure to carry plenty of hand sanitizer).

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Source:
Daily Mail — Woman inserts her finger into a dog’s BOTTOM after it attacked her beloved pooch… now her rescue tale has gone viral and she’s fast becoming known as ‘#superstarfinger’