Veterinarian Pet Nutrition

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This is a pretty good video about pet nutrition done by some veterinarians. The dog and cat examinations shown do not take to long to watch and there are a few tid-bits that you can learn about animals examined by vets.

Puppy Socialization

So you’ve got a new puppy in the household. If this is your first puppy, you may not be aware of the importance of puppy socialization. What does this term mean? Just as with children, socialization is an important component of making sure your new puppy develops a well-informed perspective of the world and society around him. The result of a good program of socialization is a more relaxed, safe and happy pet that lasts a lifetime. On the other hand, if you simply let the ‘chips fall where they may’, without taking steps to teach him to become accustomed to his normal environment in your neighborhood, he may become overly fearful, or aggressive when confronted with unfamiliar situations. Here we take a look at how you can give your puppy socialization that stands both him, and your household in good stead.

Start Puppy Socialization Early in Life

You should begin his socialization process at an early age, if possible. He’s able to begin accepting new experiences as early as 3 weeks of age. Let’s say you bring your new puppy home at 8 weeks. Now is the time to start!

If you live in a suburban or urban community, he’s bound to run into experiences of loud buses rolling by, children playing in the neighborhood, people on bikes, crowded streets brimming with a variety of people, honking cars – oh, and let’s not forget cats and the mail delivery person! Many other such social situations are mirrored in rural areas.

The More Puppy Exposure, the Better

The more exposure to society you can give your young pup, the better. However, it’s got to be conducted in small doses to begin with, gradually increasing the time spent in each situation gradually, giving him a chance to become accustomed to his society, without fear, discomfort or by developing an aggressive attitude. As your puppy socialization program progresses, he’ll naturally tend to accept the everyday events, people and animals he encounters as familiar, non-threatening experiences that lead to a well-adjusted, happy, relaxed and socialized pet. At the same time, he’ll still retain a healthy amount of suspicion towards unfamiliar situations, such as a prowler around the home – a good characteristic in a dog.

Canine Vaccinations Important

There is one caveat you should bear in mind when implementing your puppy socialization project: until your pup has received all of his vaccinations, there is a risk that he might pick up some diseases or parasites in certain public venues, such as public parks. The solution to this potential problem is easy. Safe socialization activities include taking him for rides in the car through your neighborhood, where he can view kids playing, cycling, or to the local fast food drive-up windows. Other possibilities are play sessions with neighbor’s dogs (those with vaccinations complete) and puppy classes (recommended by many vets) which are conducted in an indoor area, which is kept clean and free of disease dangers.

Don’t discount the seemingly mundane, at-home experiences, such as running the vacuum cleaner, hair dryer, or TV. Kids playing loud music? Remember, everything is new to your puppy!

The earlier you start your puppy socialization program, the more well-adjusted and relaxed your new pet will be in the long run. Be patient, reassuring and start slowly; this is the road to success! Good luck!

Here is a 21 minute canine socialization video from a Doctor::

House Training a Puppy

House training a puppy can be a moderately difficult task; often though, it turns more difficult than it has to, because of a few commonly held misconceptions. Let’s get right to it.

house training dogVery young puppies have an ability to sleep right through the night. They just don’t need to wake up to go pee. New owners who look at this, assume that their puppies have a great ability to hold it in. The following day, they never think of taking the puppy out more than once every eight hours; the puppy gets distressed and goes right there on the carpet. Why should the little one be so erratic, they wonder.

 

Dog Natural Rhythms

House training a puppy is all about understanding what his natural rhythms are. The body doesn’t produce as much waste during the sleep hours. You can’t hold a puppy to the kind of needs he has during his sleep time. If your puppy is already doing quite well in his house training, he should be able to hold it in for three hours at a time. That’s what the SPCA of San Francisco says is right when you’re house training a puppy. People and animals both grow into their ability to hold it in as they age. The most you can expect of even a grown dog is about five hours.

Set a Routine for Your Dog

When you’re only starting the process of house training a puppy, a walk out every hour should be the routine you follow. To help him learn to hold it in, you can put him in a small crate between toilet breaks. Dogs don’t like to soil the place they are in. If they are in a small confined place, they’ll hate the idea of dirtying it up. This will help them learn to hold it in. But you do need to remember to not put him in the crate directly after the toilet break. He’s a puppy – give him a little playtime with you.

Give Your Dog Some Time Outside

When you take your puppy out to get him to do his business, you can’t turn back home the moment he finishes – like you’re impatient to be done with it. This way, your puppy begins to learn that if he makes the mistake of peeing when on a nice walk, the walk ends right away. He doesn’t want it to end right away. To keep him from getting this message, make sure that you walk for several minutes after he does this thing.

Correct Your Dog at the Time of Mistake

And finally, dog owners, the new ones especially, don’t understand that it can be difficult to communicate across species. If you walk into a room and find that the dog his left a nasty surprise for you right in the middle of the rug, of course you’ll want to launch into a tirade that instant. But you need to know that unless he did it 1 second ago, he’s just not getting the point what he did to deserve the dressing down. He might even believe that you don’t like it when he leaves his droppings right out in the open. He might decide to do it behind the bed. If you do have to give your dog a talking-to, make sure that you never do it unless it’s exactly when your dog has made a mistake.