Well, hello hello! We hope that you’re enjoying the mild summer weather with your dogs. We sure have been!
If, heaven forbid, your dog or cat is ever sprayed by a skunk, you should have this recipe on hand. The sooner you apply the solution to your pet’s fur, the sooner he’ll get relief and smell better.
Skunk Rinse Recipe
Dr. Karen Becker
Tomato juice isn’t nearly as effective as this recipe, and it’s easy to follow.
In a pail mix:
1 quart hydrogen peroxide (the 3 percent hydrogen peroxide variety)
¼ cup baking soda
2 teaspoons dishwashing liquid
If you have a large breed dog, you may need to double, triple or even quadruple the mixture.
Wear dishwashing or other household gloves if you like during the whole de-skunking process.
Don’t wet down your pet. Apply the mixture to your pet’s dry coat from the collar back toward the tail. Don’t pour it near the eyes because the hydrogen peroxide solution can burn them.
Lather the mixture into your pet’s coat and skin. Rub the solution around for about five minutes or until the skunk smell starts to dissipate.
If the front of your pet is as stinky as the back, use a sponge to apply the solution to your pet’s chin, cheeks, forehead and ears, being very careful not to go near the eyes. When you rinse the head area, tilt your pet’s chin upward so the solution does not run down into the eyes, instead allow the water to run back off his neck.
Do a complete rinse once the smell starts to decrease, then repeat the entire process again.
You may need to repeat the lather and rinse process up to three times, but it’s a very effective method for removing the skunk smell from your pet.
Make sure to completely rinse the solution off your pet. Your final rinse should be very thorough.
You can’t prepare this solution ahead of time and store it – it won’t be effective when you need it. It must be made fresh, right before you apply it to your pet. So it pays to make sure you have all the ingredients ahead of time!
Good luck … and I hope you never have to use my skunk rinse recipe!
What To Do When There Is A Dog Fight At A Dog Park – An Expert Answers
What do you do when there is a fight at the dog park?
It’s a scary thing that happens in the blink of an eye. One minute your dogs are playing and then the mood changes – it’s quicker than you think and if you are not an expert in dog body language, the signs are easy to miss.
Even if it’s not your dog in the fight, you should know what do to for the safety of everyone at the park, both human and canine.
Robin Bennett, CPDT-KA author, All About Dog Daycare, co-author, Off Leash Dog Play and Knowing Dogs Staff Training is an expert at canine body language. Her years of helping doggy daycare owners train their staff as well as manage dozens of dogs safely made her the perfect person to discuss what you need to do when a fight breaks out at the dog park.
What should owners bring with them to a dog park to have on hand in case of a fight?
RB: Probably the best safety measure at a dog park is to keep their dog away from the most dangerous part of the park which is the gate. When people are coming and going, you should call your dog to you and not let them crowd the gate where a fight is most likely to happen.
In terms of other items, I would carry a slip lead (or turn your own leash into a slip lead while you are at the park by threading the end through the handle). This can be a quick way to lasso and move your dog to get him away from a group of dogs easily.
You might also want to carry spray shield which is a citronella spray that can be useful if dogs fight.
What are some early signs to look for to hopefully stop the fight before it happens?
– Bullying behavior (dogs rolling other dogs, dogs pinning other dogs, any behavior that is causing a dog to run away or hide).
– If any annoying behavior is undesired by another dog it is likely to lead to a fight.
– Growling and snarling are other obvious signs. But I would really look at the behavior of the dogs and if it moves from loose and wiggly to still that is an early warning sign.
What should owners NOT DO during a dog fight?
RB: I usually recommend not grabbing the dogs by the collar. This is the first thing most people want to do, but you are much better off first trying to startle the dogs into stopping the fight (yelling, using spray shield, pouring water on the dogs, etc). Grabbing the dogs by the collar can lead to a bite.
What are some ways to break apart dogs?
RB: To break up a fight, I would start with making a loud noise (yelling, banging something together to make noise, anything that might startle the dogs).
If that doesn’t work, if you have something to throw on the dogs (bedding, towel, etc) you might be able to cover them and disorient them so they stop fighting or you may be able to push something in between them (board, playground equipment, etc if that is available).
If that isn’t available, try the spray shield.
If you have to grab them (as a very last resort), I would grab them by the back legs.
For small dogs, is it okay to grab them up, why or why not?
RB: For small dogs – if a large dog is approaching in a threatening way I would pick them up. You are likely to get jumped on by a larger dog and you may get hurt but the alternative is that the large dog may pick up and kill your small dog. (Incidentally this is one of the reasons I would separate large and small dogs at a dog park!).
What is the most important thing to do immediately after the dogs are broken up?
RB: Get the dog out of the park and assess for injuries. On long coated dogs it can be hard to see a puncture wound so keep checking throughout the day. For small dogs that were picked up by a larger dog, I would go to the vet to be sure there are no internal injuries.
Should owners treat this like a car accident – exchanging information and gathering witness information?
RB: Ideally yes, but I have found this rarely happens because everyone is so stressed out. If a dog is injured the owner usually wants to get treatment right away and often leaves before they get information. Sometimes the owner of the dog who caused the injury will leave too. But it would be best if both owners shared information for further follow up.
Beyond that it will depend on each county/city and what laws are in place for the dog park as to how things are handled.
Prevention is Worth a Pound Cure
Above all, preventing a dog fight is best. Bennett reminds us that not all dogs enjoy being with other dogs or the hectic energy of a dog park, and that’s okay!
“And the best way to minimize fights is to teach your dog to be a calm in the presence of other dogs and socialize the dog to other dogs,” she adds.
Otherwise, stay out of the dog park and opt for a long walk instead.
Read more at http://iheartdogs.com/what-to-do-when-there-is-a-dog-fight-at-a-dog-park-an-expert-answers/#5vXx3TmevoosSEjJ.99
7 Surprising Ways to Use Pet Hair a Care2 favorite
by Katie Waldeck
Pet hair here, pet hair there, pet hair everywhere! Yep, if there’s anything pet parents have plenty of, it’s pet hair, so why not put some if it to good use? Read on for clever ways to reuse your animal friend’s hair.
1. Save the Planet. Most people’s hair gets greasy when it hasn’t been washed because it soaks up oil – hence the need for shampoo! And while that might not always be so great for our hygiene, it can be great for the environment. The California-based nonprofit Matter of Trust accepts donations of both pet and human hair and ships them off to help clean up oil spills. The donated hair is stuffed into hosiery and made into “booms” that are dispatched to polluted waters. Click here for detailed information on donating to this great cause.
2. Make Yarn. It might seem a little strange to sport a sweater or scarf knitted from your pet, but, hey, it’s been going on for hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of years! Save up all that hair and spin it yourself. Or, for the less crafty among us, there are plenty of skilled artists out there (Etsy is a great resource for this) who will spin the yarn and make something great for you.
3. Use as a Stuffing. Making pillows? Pet hair makes a great stuffing.
4. Make Cat Toys. True to feline form, cats love toys made out of their own fur. And, if made properly, you don’t have to worry about any hairball problems! Watch this video for detailed instructions.
In the Garden.
5. Compost. Nitrogen-rich pet hair can works wonders on your soil. Because the stuff takes so long to decompose, your best bet is to cut the hair into smaller strands before adding it to your compost bin, or skipping the compost all together and adding it straight to the soil.
6. Help the Birds. Birds will.. er… fly at the chance to use pet hair to build their nests. You can place a basket in your yard filled with pet hair and other nest-building materials, like twigs, pine needles, and strips of bark. Don’t offer pet hair from animals that haven been chemically treated for fleas or ticks, however.
7. Ward Off Pests. Pesky slugs and snails feasting on your garden? Ward them off by sprinkling pet hair around your plants. This can also work for bigger pests like gophers, rabbits, raccoons, chipmunks, deer and other critters.
Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/7-surprising-ways-to-use-pet-hair.html#ixzz3hXJoIhYw
Ten Fun and Easy Dog Tricks
When most people think of dog training, they think of the basic dog training commands – sit, down, come, stay. While those things are important, don’t underestimate the benefits of training a dog to do tricks. Dog tricks are a great way to offer your dog some mental stimulation, and many of them build from the basic commands. Plus it’s a lot of fun to train a dog some cool dog tricks to show off for friends!
Here are some dog tricks that are fun and fairly easy to train a dog to do:
1. Back Up
Back up is a fun dog trick, and it can come in handy in a variety of situations. Once your dog knows how to back up on command, you can use it to keep him from rushing out the door, crowding you at the refrigerator, or just to entertain your friends.
Back up is fairly simple to teach a dog. All you need is some patience and a handful of treats, and you can quickly train a dog to back up a few steps when you give the command. More »
2. Take a Bow
Taking a bow is a dog trick which involves having your dog put his chest to the ground while keeping his rear end up in the air. It may sound like a difficult dog trick to train a dog to do, but the truth is that bowing is a natural behavior for dogs.
If you watch two dogs playing together, you will frequently see them bow. Trainers refer to this behavior as a play bow, and it is a dog’s way of asking another dog to come play. You can easily use your dog’s natural playfulness to train him to take a bow. And it’s a great way to end a demonstration of all the cool new dog tricks your dog has learned!
3. Shake Paws
Have your dog greet your friends by shaking hands (or paws, as the case may be). This is an easy dog trick that you can usually train a dog to do in a few short training sessions.More »
Training a dog to wave hello or good-bye is a fun and fairly simple dog trick. Start by training your dog to shake paws. You will use the same action your dog uses to shake to train him to lift his paw to wave. More »
Training a dog to speak is fun and it helps to solve a common behavior problem. Manydog trainers recommend using the speak and quiet commands to put an end to excessive barking. Putting these on command allows your dog to bark in certain situations, and also allows you to have control over when the barking should start and stop. It’s also a lot of fun to show off your dog’s conversational skills at family gatherings! More »
By holding a treat near your dog’s nose, you can easily lure him into a spin. If you want to add some difficulty to this dog trick, you can teach him to spin in a specific direction. You’ll amaze your friends when you show them how your dog can tell the difference between left and right. More »
7. Give Kiss
Training a dog to kiss is one of the easiest tricks to teach. While not everyone enjoys a big, wet doggie smooch, this dog trick usually goes over very well with kids. By putting a little treat on your cheek and adding the command, you’ll soon be able to get all the affection you want from your dog on demand! More »
What could be cuter than seeing your dog sitting on his hind legs with his paws up to beg for a treat? This dog trick can be a little more difficult to train a dog to do than some of the others, but with a little patience, your dog will be sitting up to beg in no time. More »
9. Roll Over
Most people train a dog to roll over in several small parts and work up to getting the dog to roll over all the way. It may take a little extra effort to train a dog to do this dog trick, but it is well worth it. It’s lots of fun, and it also serves as a building block for several other dog tricks, such as playing dead. More »
10. Play Dead
Your friends are sure to be blown away when you hold your finger like a gun and say bang and your dog falls to the floor to play dead. Although it looks impressive, it’s not as hard as you might think to train a dog to play dead, especially if you have already trained him to roll over.
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