Your House and Yard Have Fleas, Too If your dog has fleas, so does your house. If you only treat your dog, the fleas will move on to another warm body for their bloodsucking -- you. To get rid of an infestation completely, you need to treat your house for fleas too, as well as your yard (where the fleas originated). To treat your house, vacuum thoroughly, including the furniture, and throw away the vacuum bags when you're finished. Wash all rugs and bedding. Next, apply a product to treat the house. One natural option is a boric acid-based powder. You sprinkle it on your carpet, brush it into the carpet fibers using a broom, then vacuum. The residue will remain in the carpet and kill flea larvae, but it's not toxic enough to harm you or your dog. There are lots of insecticides available to kill fleas in your home, such as sprays, liquids and flea bombs, or foggers. While these products can be effective, they're also highly toxic. If you choose to avail yourself of these products, … [Read more...] about Home Remedies for Dogs With Fleas
Health Issues Giving a dog a pill requires a special technique. ©2006 Publications International, Ltd. In addition to daily care, dogs sometimes develop health issues that require the attention of you or a veterinarian. Here some important suggestions regarding the health of your dog: Worming medications are dangerous if used incorrectly. Never worm your dog with any medication not prescribed by your vet. If you have to give a dog liquid medication, have it stand on a towel or bath mat in the tub. Any medication that gets spilled will go in the tub and not on your carpet. Pull out the dog's lower lip at the corner to make a pouch, and use a dropper or a syringe to place the medication in the pouch, a little at a time. Rub its throat to stimulate swallowing. To give a dog a pill, grasp its muzzle in one hand, then gently press the dog's lips over the upper teeth with your thumb on one side and your fingers on the other. Firm pressure will force the dog to open its … [Read more...] about Dog-Care Tips
Thousands of dogs compete in local and nation-wide dog shows every year. See more dog pictures. Colin Hawkins/Getty Images Have you ever run across a dog show as you channel-surfed the TV? If so, you might have wondered what the heck was going on. People in blazers and slacks are jogging dogs around a fully-packed arena in a dignified procession. Over here is a droopy-faced bloodhound, over there a meticulously groomed prancing poodle, and in between a small Maltese dog that your untrained eye almost mistook for a mop. How can judges possibly compare dogs that seem so fundamentally different? Dog shows, specifically conformation shows, are events in which purebred dogs compete against each other based on their breeds' standards. The American Kennel Club runs Westminster, the most famous show in the U.S., while the U.K. is home to the largest dog show, Crufts. The term conformation refers to a dog's physical attributes, including appearance and body structure [source: AKC]. … [Read more...] about How Dog Shows Work
In exchange for all the love and pleasure dogs give their families, they do require various kinds of care in return, many of them several times a day. But don't be scared -- these will quickly become part of your familiar routine, and the better you get at caring for your pooch, the more pleasure you'll both derive from your relationship. In this article, we cover all the key aspects of dog-care, including: Dog-Naming Tips Naming your pooch is a joyful task, but one you'll want to put some thought into ahead of time. Both you and your dog will have to live with the name you choose for your entire time together. There are many ways to come up with appropriate dog names, including appearance, heritage, special characteristics, and behavior. We cover them all in this section. We will also tell you about some dog names and dog-naming mistakes you will definitely want to avoid. Dog Supplies Think of how many personal items you have, and how many of them are indispensable to your health … [Read more...] about How to Care for a Dog
Dogs seem to display several human-like emotions, including embarrassment, though research is still out on whether they truly do. Patricia Marroquin/Getty Images There Charlotte was, a 3-month-old rescue puppy donning a pink floral dress. Charlotte had only been with us for a week, fresh from Tennessee, and now she looked as if she was ready to walk down the runway during Fashion Week in New York City. "Oh my God!" I exclaimed, as my partner Karen held her proudly. "Isn't she cute?" "She is," I answered, trying to stop my eyes from rolling into the back of my head. Loretta, her older sister, seemed just as excited, or perhaps, perplexed. She looked inquisitively at this diminutive bag of paws squirming in Karen's arms, a $9 dress flapping in a soft June breeze. I turned to Loretta and said, "Don't worry, sweetheart. You don't have to wear a dress if you don't want to." Charlotte grew out of the dress a week or two later. She now has a new winter coat, which she has yet to wear. As … [Read more...] about Do Dogs Get Embarrassed When We Dress Them Up?