Saturday, December 27, 2014

Separation Anxiety

I came across a video on You Tube of a dog with anxiety issues. When the owner left, the dog would pace around, cry, and howl. He put a GO-PRO camera on his dog and that's when he learned he had a problem. He has a clever way of easing the dogs tension.
To see the video and learn his trick, go to :

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Traffic Light Coded Dog Collars

I recently came across these "traffic light" color coded collars and I think they are a really good idea. Especially for those dog owners who visit dog parks or have to walk their dog in public. I believe I would act accordingly, if I saw a dog wearing on of these collars.

What do you think?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Lawn Chairs, Not A Good Door

So, it's mud season in Montana. That means a lot of muddy foot prints to clean up. I use rugs at the front door and that catches most of it. What is left, is usually wiped off on the rugs I have inside the doorway. Rugs are fairly cheap and easy to replace.

My back porch, my sanctuary, my bright spot in the woods, is painted light cream to bring in more light and warmth. It's my favorite spot in the summertime. I had rather it not get covered with little muddy paw prints that I can't wash off until we hook up summer hoses again.

I had the great idea of blocking the small entry way of the porch, with a lawn chair. I was sure the dogs would not push it out of the way and enter the porch. And I was right. They did not push it out of the way

JJ ran through it, getting stuck between the canvas seat and the metal base carrying it about 8 feet!  She was stuck so tight, Dan had to cut up the seat of the chair to free her. It wasn't pretty. You could tell she was embarrassed. I was too. 

Got to get a gate to put up.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Doggy Summer Video

Someone sent this to me via email. I enjoyed the video because I love watching well trained dogs in play or work. But more than that, it stood out to me , that not only were these dogs well trained, they seemed very happy in doing what they were doing.

That is good training. Train your dog in a way that makes him/her "want" to do the trick you are teaching. Dogs naturally want to please their owners. Work with that. With a tiny little treat, a reasonable amount of respect, a little bit of time, and a lot of praise, you can train your dog to do many things.

There are many good videos out there if you need help. Find the training techniques that most fit you and your breed of dog. A well trained dog, is a well loved dog. 

Enjoy the video!

A Doggy Summer

And Don't Forget to Hug Your Dog!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Rule of Sevens

A friend of mine recently shared an article from The Whole Dog Journel, Proper Puppy Prep, The Science and Art of Optimizing baby canine brains. In this interesting article, are some good tips to help you maximize your puppy's learning experience.

I love this idea. As breeders, we already do most of the things on this list. I just never really thought about them as a list, to accomplish every day with my puppies. But now, I will.
The idea is, to expose your puppies to as many different situations as possible. It teaches them to think, how to solve problems, and how to accomplish tasks. It helps them to have more confidence when they are out in the world.

Puppies should be exposed to different kinds of experiences, to help prepare them for their new home, new family, and new stomping grounds. Here's the list of Sevens, that every puppy should experience.

The Rule of Sevens

Seven different types of surfaces:
carpet, concrete, wood, vinyl, grass, dirt, gravel, wood chips.

Seven different types of play objects:
big balls, small balls, soft fabric toys, fuzzy toys, squeaky toys, paper or cardboard items, metal items, sticks, or hose pieces.

NOTE: If you give your puppies paper or cardboard, it should be with supervision only. Sometimes puppies will swallow paper, and really shouldn't.

Seven different locations:
front yard, backyard, basement, kitchen, car, garage, laundry room, bathroom, woods.

Seven new people: 
children and older adults, a person with a cane, someone in a wheelchair, someone with a walker.

Seven challenges:
Climb a box, climb off a box, go through a tunnel, climb steps, go down steps, climb obstacles, play hide and seek, go in and out of a doorway, run around a fence.

Seven different food containers:
Metal, plastic, cardboard, paper, china, pie plate, frying pan.

Seven different eating locations:
Crate, yard, kitchen, basement, laundry room, living room, and bathroom.

Of course, you have probably figured out by now, that Seven isn't a magic number, it's just a suggestion, a starting place. But you get the expose your litter of puppies to as many obstacles, challenges, problems, and solutions, as possible. This sort of handling and training should start around 3 weeks old. It can be used with any litter, any dog type. You can even personalize it, to your breed.

I would add, when our puppies are about 3 - 4 weeks old, we start taking them into the woods. Easy walks at first, just to get them used to sticks and rocks, and learning how to climb over logs. Even tall grass in the face of a puppy can be frightening until they push through it. Once they do, they have accomplished something and they feel very proud.  Sometimes a blue jay or squirrel will run by or land near by. This is all good experience for a young puppy, but especially with hunting breeds. A hunting dog should have the confidence to go out ahead of his hunter, to find the birds. All of this prep work will help him do that.

The Rule of Sevens comes from Pat Schaap, A Shetland Sheepdog breeder in Clarksville, Maryland.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Veterinary Marijuana?

 "People need to understand that this isn’t about getting my dog high. It’s about improving his quality of life.”

Denise, a pet owner who turned to marijuana to help her dog, dying of cancer

Would you give your pet Marijuana to save their life, 
or help them to eat, 
or be able to die without suffering terrible pain?

Read this article and decide after you hear her story.

I'd love to hear your opinion.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Would You Use Cannabis To Cure Your Dog's Cancer?

If your beloved dog, or cat, suddenly started getting tumors on his body, and those tumors were diagnosed as cancer, would you consider using cannabis oil to treat him?

Cannabis is known by it's nick name, "marijuana" and is from the Hemp plant. Hemp, non psychoative,  is used for industrial purposes such as cloth, fiber, rope, oils, building materials, and grease. Cannabis, with active THC, is used medicinally and recreationally.  Cannabis is illegal, federally, but 19 states plus Washington DC, have legalized it for medicinal use. Colorado and Washington State have legalized small amounts for recreational purposes.

Cannabis is used and grown all over the world. It has been around since the time of man. It has been successfully used for medicinal purposes in almost every country in the world. There has never been a death from using cannabis.

Cannabis/Hemp was made illegal in 1937 because of industrial competition and racism.  The federal government contends that there is no medical use for cannabis. Yet, they own a patent on the cannabinoids in cannabis, as a cancer cure. U.S. PATENT

Cannabis has been shown in studies to shrink tumors and cause cancer cells to commit suicide, without ever harming a healthy cell, or patient in any way.   

I've heard of several people curing their dog or cat, by using cannabis oil. Cannabis oil is made by extracting the powerful healing oils of cannabis and concentrating it into a thick oil. This oil is then given orally, or dabbed onto a visible tumor, or both, from 30 to 90 days. This link, will show you, in pictures, the progress of a tumor on a 7 year old Boxer, being treated with this oil.

Many cannabis studies, including one that just came out, at the National Cancer Institute, at the National Institutes of Health, and funded by the public and Congress, are showing that cannabis kills cancer cells.

"Cannabis has been shown to kill cancer cells in the laboratory and to affect the immune system."   

"Cannabis and cannabinoids have been studied in the laboratory and the clinic for relief of pain, nausea and vomiting, anxiety, and loss of appetite"

The best information I have found about cannabis, is a video called What If Cannabis Cures Cancer I encourage you to see it, for your own benefit, as well as your pet's.

If I had known this 3 years ago when Happy, my beloved Gordon Setter, got cancerous sores, I would have tried it. It's too late for him. But I have been educated on cannabis. Once you know the truth, it's hard to go back.  The laws are changing. People are getting educated. It's only a matter of time until it will be available for you or your pets.

So, would you use it to save your pet?


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