2014 Westminster Breed Results as of 4:00 pm 2/10/14

Daytime judging is winding down. I’ll have one more update just after 6 pm, then the full list will run before 8:00 so you can be ready for the evening’s group judging. Here are a few updates that have come in since my last post: HOUND Dachshund (Long): GCH Kaycrees Galewinns Starburst at Wagsmore MLD […]


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Treating a Dog With Bad Behavior

Dealing with bad behavior from your dog can be a problem that may seem at times to be too much to handle. Your dog may begin disobeying you in small ways, but that can easily transform into more aggressive actions and poor habits if you don’t put a stop to it.

The key to treating a dog with bad behavior is to learn what is causing your dog to misbehave and that can help you find a solution.

Most pet dogs like to be included in all your activities since they feel as if they are part of the family. Ignoring them or leaving them out of most of your family events can cause separation anxiety, resulting in unacceptable behavior.

Dogs going through their adolescent period will normally try to rebel against your usual routines. If your dog refuses to let you put on its leash or refuses to sit when commanded, it’s an indication that your dog is trying to better its ranking as an alpha dog. In other words, the dog is trying to one-up you in the game of “who’s in charge here.” Giving your pet firm commands while remaining calm will show it who’s in charge and help control its bad behavior.

If you’ve recently acquired a normally calm and friendly breed like a Labrador Retriever or Golden Retriever and it suddenly attacks another dog or a person, the problem is not a simple behavioral issue. Aggressive acts and unpredictable behavior like this usually indicates poor breeding practices. It can also be due to several other reasons such as puppies feeling pain from teething, feeling threatened, feeling pain from an injury, prior abuse, or a female dog that is in heat. If your dog is a puppy and nips or bites at you, saying “no” very strongly will usually startle it into quitting the disagreeable behavior.

A dog with bad behavior is not appreciated by anyone. When dogs become overly excited, especially small dogs, they often tend to urinate uncontrollably. This may happen when you begin playing with your dog or when a visitor, whether a stranger or frequent guest, comes into your house. This behavior can typically be traced to the fact that a dog is not being walked and exercised enough and its stored up energy results in urination problems. If you punish your dog and it doesn’t understand what it did wrong, it may urinate out of sheer nervousness.

Begging stems from natural instinct, improper socialization, boredom or desire for your attention. To stop this bad behavior feed your dog on a regular schedule and don’t give it snacks in between meals. Always ignore your dog when it begs.

Chewing on objects is part of the natural teething process in puppies. It may also be attributed to boredom, separation anxiety, undernourishment, or lack of sufficient exercise. If your adult dog is an obsessive chewer, you can put a little hot pepper sauce, or vinegar and hot mustard on items the dog should not be chewing and the taste will be enough to discourage that bad behavior. If your dog is chewing on items that can’t be coated with one of these substances, Petco and PetSmart have products to prevent unwanted chewing of objects.

Having your dog jump on you whenever you arrive home may seem cute, but most friends and guests won’t appreciate the enthusiastic behavior, especially if your dog is a larger breed. Consistently discourage the practice at the first signs of this behavior by voicing a firm “no.” To discourage such behavior, ignore your dog and avoid eye contact when it jumps on you. Tell your dog to “sit” and then reward it with a treat when it obeys. Daily exercise also helps to reduce the dog’s excess energy.

Treating a dog with bad behavior, especially an adult dog will be a lot easier if you think of your dog as being like a two year-old child. It needs to be trained and constantly reminded of what is proper behavior and what is not.

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Adopt a Pet, Live Longer!

A few nice healthy pet images I found:

Adopt a Pet, Live Longer!
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As the United States tumbles down the world health ratings list for life expectancy, adorable shelter dogs wearing “Adopt Me” vests want to make sure the public knows that pet owners live longer and healthier lives.

“We encourage the public to stop by the animal shelter to adopt, foster, and volunteer – the life you save may actually be your own” says Jane Hoffman, president of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals.

For more info on adopting a shelter animal, or to foster or volunteer, New Yorkers can visit the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals website at www.AnimalAllianceNYC.org, or nationally, visit www.petfinder.com

Adopt a Pet, Live Longer!
healthy pet

Image by heypatrick
As the United States tumbles down the world health ratings list for life expectancy, adorable shelter dogs wearing “Adopt Me” vests want to make sure the public knows that pet owners live longer and healthier lives.

“We encourage the public to stop by the animal shelter to adopt, foster, and volunteer – the life you save may actually be your own” says Jane Hoffman, president of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals.

For more info on adopting a shelter animal, or to foster or volunteer, New Yorkers can visit the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals website at www.AnimalAllianceNYC.org, or nationally, visit www.petfinder.com

Adopt a Pet, Live Longer!
healthy pet

Image by heypatrick
As the United States tumbles down the world health ratings list for life expectancy, adorable shelter dogs wearing “Adopt Me” vests want to make sure the public knows that pet owners live longer and healthier lives.

“We encourage the public to stop by the animal shelter to adopt, foster, and volunteer – the life you save may actually be your own” says Jane Hoffman, president of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals.

For more info on adopting a shelter animal, or to foster or volunteer, New Yorkers can visit the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals website at www.AnimalAllianceNYC.org, or nationally, visit www.petfinder.com

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Feb 5, Dog probiotics | Best Dog Food Guide

Dog probiotics as supplement or probiotic dog food. Which option is best? Dog food often does not contain the species listed or in very low amounts.
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Canine Epilepsy

Canine epilepsy is a serious condition that causes seizures in dogs. Once the disease is diagnosed, epilepsy becomes manageable. Epileptic seizures are dangerous for a dog as it can easily be injured and fall into unconsciousness with no control over its muscles.

Recognizing canine epilepsy symptoms will help you treat the ailment in its early stages by getting the proper medication from your veterinarian and knowing how to keep your dog safe the next time it has a seizure.

Canine epilepsy becomes apparent when your dog has seizures that occur suddenly and without any warning signs.

Seizures can be triggered by something as simple as loud noise, bright lights, or a stressful situation.

When a dog has a seizure, it may fall down, stagger and have spasms. The dog may or may not lose consciousness, but either way it will have no control over its muscles and limbs. The dog will be breathing with great difficulty and will salivate excessively. There may be foaming around its mouth due to its fast breathing.

Most canine epilepsy seizures last less than a minute, although it’s not that unusual for one to last for 5 or 6 minutes. Apart from seizures there are no other symptoms of canine epilepsy.

Epilepsy may be caused by a genetic disease, tumors, blood clots in the dog’s brain, or damaged brain tissue caused by a previous injury. Seizures can also be caused by a heat stroke, poisoning, a calcium deficiency, or low blood sugar level.

If your dog has muscle spasms or suddenly falls down, it’s a good indication that a seizure is occurring. It’s important that you don’t hold your dog’s tongue during a seizure, because you could accidentally be bitten. Dogs usually don’t swallow their tongue during a seizure.

If your dog has a seizure, wait until it completely calms down and then let it rest for a while.

If your dog’s epileptic seizures only happen once or twice a year, medication is usually not recommended because of the somewhat severe side effects. If your dog has seizures on a regular basis, an anti-epilepsy drug should be prescribed by a vet.

Canine epilepsy is a rare but extremely severe disease and I sincerely hope it never happens to your pet.

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Veterinarian San Diego: 5 Signs Your Dog or Cat Needs Dental Care


Escondido, California (PRWEB) January 26, 2014

Did you know 80 percent of dogs and cats over the age of 3 suffer from moderate to severe dental disease? If left untreated, this can cause significant discomfort for your pet and possibly lead to larger systematic problems such as gum and heart diseases.

Dog and cat dental problems are not always noticeable to the untrained eye. Here are 5 important signs to look for regarding your pet?s oral health.

1) Bad breath is not normal! Foul smelling breath is a likely sign that bacteria is trapped in the mouth. It?s best to bring your animal in for a checkup and professional cleaning when you first notice an unusual odor.

2) Loose, broken or missing teeth: If you have found your pet has loose or missing teeth, this is often a major indicator of a more serious problem. Loose or broken teeth can lead to bacterial infections spreading from the root of one of the teeth to the rest of your pet’s mouth.

3) Difficulty eating: If you pet is struggling to eat, it may be because if inflammation caused by an oral infection. Even if a pet?s most recent dental checkup came back clear, it?s a smart idea to have a dog or cat checked when they have stopped eating is this is usually a later sign that indicates a more progressive disease.

4) Red, swollen or bleeding gums: If you examine your pet?s gums and find that they are red, swollen or even bleeding, this inflammation is likely caused by an infection.

5) Yellow or brown stained teeth: Dog and cat dental stains are one of the first signs of a dental problem. This is caused by tartar buildup which brings bacteria and leads to infections, inflammation, and bleeding in the gums. If addressed promptly with a professional dental cleaning, it can usually be nipped in the bud.

If you notice any of the above signs, contact the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Parkway Pet Clinic to immediately schedule an appointment. All dog and cat dentals performed by Parkway Pet Clinic include digital dental X-rays and tooth-by-tooth assessments by our Veterinarian and professional staff who has advanced training in dentistry.







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Slowly But Surely

I’m starting to use Photoshop more and more.  Don’t get me wrong, I still like Lightroom, but even with it’s new cloning/healing tool, it still doesn’t hold a candle to Photoshop’s and I often want to get rid of something in my photos.  Lately it’s been the staining under the puppies’ eyes and Photoshop does a much better job.  It’s a pain to transfer them in there, but worth it in the end.

I’m also finding I need to use it for my 52 Weeks challenges and am slowly learning more and more “tricks” each week.  This week’s challenge was symmetry so I ended up cloning Coulee and flipping her around to create a more symmetrical image.  I chose not to make the background symmetrical as I found it too distracting. I wanted it to look a little more “realistic”… that she’d actually found her doppelgänger and was having a game of tug with her.

I thought her play bowing to herself was also cute.  She’s actually bowing to Marlin who helped me out with the tug.

This was a cool little wall that had this half circle repeating along it, that I photographed as a backup plan, (I didn’t know if I would be able to get the tugging thing to work) but decided I liked the closer view better.

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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You’ll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times by Max Lucado {Book Review}

You’ll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times by Max Lucado My rating: 5 of 5 stars I try to imagine the thoughts Joseph must have had when his day went from….perfectly ordinary to finding his world completely turned upside down by the very people he not only grew up with, but…



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Dental Bone Graft – Tunnelling

Here is a great technique to use when augmenting horizontal ridge deficiencies prior to implant placement. Dr. Block published an article (http://www.ncbi.nl…
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Can Hip Dysplasia be Prevented?

Hip dysplasia is a condition that affects mainly large breeds of dogs like Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Great Danes, and German Shepherds. There is a strong genetic link for dogs with hip dysplasia and their offspring.

When it comes to preventing hip dysplasia, researchers agree that only the careful breeding of a dog can help prevent this debilitating disease. Selective breeding of dogs with no known hip problems in their lineage can significantly reduce the chances of their offspring developing hip dysplasia. Breeding two dogs with no hip joint problems doesn’t always guarantee that the offspring will be free of hip dysplasia, but it usually results in a much lower rate of occurrence than if two dogs with poor hip joints were bred together.

If all dog breeders were responsible and only bred dogs with excellent hip joints, hip dysplasia would be much less likely to occur. And if people purchased only dogs and puppies whose parents and grandparents had no hip joint problems, then the majority of the troubles caused by hip dysplasia would be eliminated. If you’re contemplating buying a pet dog from a breeder, the best way to lower the possibility of choosing a dog that will develop hip dysplasia as it gets older is to examine the prevalence of hip dysplasia in the dog’s lineage. Also try to obtain information on the parents and grandparents going back as many generations as possible.

If the breed of dog you want is predisposed to the development of hip dysplasia, you need to be aware that inadequate nutrition, incorrect exercising, and increased body weight all contribute to the earlier onset and severity of hip dysplasia.

Before choosing a particular dog as a pet and loving companion, investigate its lineage for any diseases that the dog may be pre-disposed to. As the years progress and you and your dog have become close companions, the last thing you’ll want is the heartbreak of having to euthanize your pet because it’s suffering terribly from the debilitating pain of hip dysplasia.

When choosing your new pet check its lineage and be sure you’re not setting yourself up for disappointment and remorse in the future.

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