11 Helpful Hints To Help You Take Better Care Of Your Dog

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11 Helpful Hints To Help You Take Better Care Of Your Dog

by Rosie Harvey

There are many things we all do in the belief that we are taking good care of our dog, but are we? There are many things we don?t do because they just don?t cross our minds. Here are 11 helpful hints that you can use today that will aid you in caring for your dog.

Helpful hint 1 - The baby-proofing section of your local hardware store can be a dog owner?s best friend. In addition to cabinet and trash can locks to keep your pooch from getting poisoned or raiding the garbage, you can find toilet lid locks to keep your bathroom high and dry.

Helpful hint 2 - Never use Q-tips to clean your dog?s ears. While you may have complete faith in your control of the cotton swab, dogs hate having their ears cleaned and may make a sudden movement to get away. The cotton swab can end up going further into their ears and cause damage.

Helpful hint 3 - Nasty breath keeping you from accepting your canine?s kisses? Many pet stores and websites now offer doggie breath mints, breath strips, and even natural breath enhancers in pill form to make your baby?s breath as sweet as her personality.

Helpful hint 4 - For an easy way of figuring out whether your dog has fleas, have him sit on several white pieces of paper. Rub his coat against the lay of his fur. If you see black specks on the paper, they?re likely either flea dirt or fleas themselves.

Helpful hint 5 - Be careful with bug repellants. While the ones in your garage may work wonders for you, they can contain chemicals that are poisonous to your dog. Even if it doesn?t touch their skin, they can lick it off their fur later and swallow it.

Helpful hint 6 - Many vets now offer extended release versions of more common vaccines. Also ask about 6-month heartworm preventative injections that are now available.

Helpful hint 7 - Kennel cough can be distinguished from normal coughing through its dry, shallow honk. It was named because the disease is transmitted best in close quarters with poor ventilation, but many kennels today take great steps to preventing such conditions.

Helpful hint 8 - It is often noted that people with seizure disorders smell and taste odd things just before a seizure ? pennies, freshly-cut grass, something from childhood, and more. While dogs can?t tell us that they smell something weird, their owners can pay close attention to even the smallest change in behavior that may indicate an oncoming seizure.

Helpful hint 9 - If your dog begins running into doors or seems to lose depth perception, he may have a neurological or brain tumor. The quicker you get him to the vet, the better the prognosis can be.

Helpful hint 10 - Dogs love having their own space as it closely mirrors their wild wolf roots? need for a den. If your dog is crate-trained, he may begin spending more time in his crate when sick. If he doesn?t have a crate, try to emulate the feel of a den for him by giving him an area that?s all his own.

Helpful hint 11 - Doggie diapers are available for elderly dogs with incontinence problems. Talk to your vet about whether or not it?s necessary and would help your dog.

Just taking action on one of these helpful hints will ensure you provide better care to your dog.

Rosie Harvey runs a site on dog training and dog care. This site provides tips, advice, reviews, products and information all about training and taking care of your dog. http://dogtraininginformation.wordpress.com

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