Canine Master Blog

One of the Weirdest Appointments I have Ever Experienced!

Last week I went to a lesson for a male bulldog named Patton. Sarah and Jack had bought Patton when he was 8 weeks old and had him neutered at around 9 months of age.  When I got to the house, Sarah and Jack explained to me that Patton had a very peculiar behavior that he would do throughout the day, especially when Jack (who was a police officer) was at work. They said that they had called me to to fix a very disgusting behavior, as it was very upsetting to Sarah. Are you ready for this???? Patton would sit facing Sarah and he would get an erection as he stared at her.  Sarah explained that often he would...

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Dog Gone Smart’s Advanced Technologies Keep Pets Clean and Odor Free

Pets can be a one of the biggest contributors to smell, dirt and allergens in the home. When it comes to odor, the biggest contributor is the oil in the animal’s coat or fur that gets on fabrics and then bacteria attacks it. Another disgusting but true fact is that dogs will also release their anal glands on rugs and furniture as a way of marking or when they have irritation. Of course, an indoor cat that eliminates inside the cat litter pan will not only create odor, but may also track the litter through the house upon exiting the pan. If not cleaned up properly, pet mistakes will leave an odor of urine and feces in carpets, tile floors...

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Using Wee Wee Pads Can Increase the Chances of Your Dog Eating Its Own Fece

Dog using Wee Wee pad inside house Dogs have a den instinct and will usually not poop in their den. When a female dog has a litter of pups, the mother will usually lick the puppies’ anuses and eat the puppies’ poops in an effort to keep the den area and puppies clean. While this is normal during the whelping period, the female will generally not continue this practice after the puppies are weaned and can move about. Coprophagia (the name given to the act of a dog eating its poop) is unfortunately very common among canines and it is quite natural. There are many theories as to why dogs do this ranging from poor health issues, to starvation, to it...

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It’s Winter Time—Is There Anything I Really Need to Do to Protect My Dog From the Elements?

Many dogs need protection from extreme weather conditions So…sigh, yes, it’s winter time. The holidays may be over, but the weather outside is still frightful. Cold, wind, snow, all these conditions can make outdoor time for our pets dangerous. A common question I get asked frequently as a canine expert— is there anything I really need to do to protect my dog from the elements? The answer is YES, absolutely! Sled dogs wearing booties for protection Dogs, just like humans, need to protect themselves in the winter from extreme weather conditions. Although dogs have fur and hair, this protective layer may not be enough when the weather conditions become extreme. We all have seen pictures of the Nordic breeds of...

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Tethering or Chaining Your Dog Outside Is a Bad Idea

Dog on Chain When threatened, all dogs have the natural instinct to fight or flee. This defensive reaction is common to all animals. When you tether or chain a dog up outside, you are eliminating the ability for flight, and are leaving no other option but to build the fight instinct. This usually builds aggressiveness in the dog. Of the approximately 25 fatalities caused by dogs in the USA annually, many of these dogs were left isolated and tethered outside. Almost half of these fatalities were children under the age of 12. Unfortunately kids playing in neighborhoods often are the targeted victims of dogs that are tethered. As the children scream and yell during play, the dogs get “loaded” up....

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