The saying often goes that there’s no such thing as bad dogs, just bad owners. But when provoked, canines might respond aggressively to those antagonizing them. Such was the case in Bethany, Oklahoma, where a local judge filed an unprecedented ruling against man’s best friend. Continue Reading →
We all know that pooches love a good scratch behind the ears or a belly rub. But did you know that the action is even therapeutic for humans, too? It has a real, quantifiable calming effect, which is why many canines are finding themselves employed by hospitals and senior centers to visit patients during the day.
However, in other parts of the world belly rubs, or any form of dog petting, are expressly forbidden. Continue Reading →
Dogs are loving companions who can help their owners in many ways, from relaxing on the couch together to guiding visually impaired pet parents around town. Every day, canines make a difference in people’s lives.
Livingston Daily reported that Karen Spear, a resident of Clinton Township, Michigan, has steadily been going blind her entire life. After visiting the doctor in 1992, she was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare disease that damages the retina. Her physician told her there was no cure and that one day she’d be completely blind.
Today, her sight is comparable to the circumference of a straw and she lacks peripheral vision, making her legally blind. Although Spear learned to walk with the help of a cane, she constantly bruised herself from bumping into things around the house. A friend recommended Leader Dogs for the Blind, a place where people can get help dogs, located in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Spear decided to get one, however, before she can bring her pooch home, she has to spend 26 days at the organization’s campus, training with and learning about her new guide dog.
There are approximately 90 dogs in the breeding stock at Leader, including both males and females who begin their training at just 3 days old. The choices of Leader Dogs are Labradors, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds and Labrador-Golden mixes. When the puppies are born, host families have to acclimate the pooches to being handled and introduce them to various textures and sounds. These volunteer homes are responsible for everything from basic training to socialization to get the canines prepared for their work as service dogs.
Training is the most important part of the process, as these pooches need to respond to commands from their owners without hesitating. It’s essential for pet parents to be pack leaders, too.
The source suggested that owners start every day with a 30- to 45-minute walk, which is pivotal to your dog’s physical and mental health. Rather than freely giving affection, use it as a reward for exercises that demonstrate obedience. Pet parents should also include the entire family in the process of training the new pooch because giving each member a responsibility reinforces the pack leader mentality.
During the first weeks of owning your dog, sign up for PetPlus to purchase discounted accessories that can help make you the best pack leader.
Fleas and ticks are gross. The idea of having bugs live in your pet’s fur is positively revolting. Not only are these pests certifiably creepy, they can also bring with them any of a number of maladies – from flea dirt and echinococcosis to lyme’s disease and rocky mountain spotted fever. It is because of these ailments, along with the general discomfort caused by these bugs, that makes year round flea and tick protection so important.
“But don’t fleas and ticks go away in the winter?”
No, they don’t. Sure, their numbers drop, but they never go away. And since our pets are one of their favorite things to hitch a ride on, if there are any fleas or ticks around and your pet isn’t protected, chances are these nasty little buggers will hop on.
In an effort to stimulate the use of these necessary medications through the colder months, we are giving away a free 3 months of Frontline Plus when you sign up for PetPlus. So now, not only do you get enrolled into a program that offers the most comprehensive savings around, but you also get your pets’ winter repellent covered right off the bat.
“So I get all the same benefits from PetPlus AND a free 3 months of Frontline Plus? Whats the catch?”
No strings attached! Perhaps we are just in the holiday spirit. Or it could be that we are simply concerned about the high number of pets that are denied preventative medications during the fall/winter (hint: it’s the latter).
So what are you waiting for? Sign up here and claim your free Frontline Plus before supplies run out!
Many dog owners probably wish their pooches could clearly communicate their wants and needs with words rather than incessant barking. Getting on the same page with your canine can get frustrating, but researchers from North Carolina State University might have a solution to the problem. Continue Reading →