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When Your Dog Changes
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 20:53

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What do you do when you simply cannot take your dog? I mean, let's face it, sometimes they misbehave or go through a bad period and they become nearly impossible to manage. I'm sure it's no difference with your kids, especially when they are teenagers. They do stuff that just makes your blood boil.

Not to worry, you're not a bad person. These feelings arise when you live so closely with another being, canine or human. Right now I'm going through one of those periods with my dog, DJ. Ever since we opened up the spa, it seems like he's reverted to puppyhood again. He pees all over the place - even after I walk him, barks often and wants to tangle with every dog that steps in. He's driving me nuts!

So what am I going to do? Well, I started walking him more, so he'll have less 'deliberate' accidents inside. I've also been leaving him home on busy spa days. He's well taken care of at home, walked throughout the day and he's an absolute angel in the house. I've also come to a certain realization that he cannot be completely blamed for his behavior. With dog smells everywhere, he just can't help himself. My theory is that the spa has become his defacto dog park, he doesn't understand that it's a business.

I'm also seriously considering neutering him. That will probably mellow him out and since he won't ever be breeding, he'll be better off without that constant desire to mate. But most of all, I've learnt to live with it and to modify my routine with him. I'm sure we'll get over this hump with a little patience. The key is not to panic and do something rash like give the dog away. He's part of your family after all, so one must learn to live with both the bad and good times.

 
5 Tips for Winter Dog Walks
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 17:12
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No doubt about it - walking the dog in the winter can be challenging and somewhat of a drag. It can be cold, snowy, icy - downright miserable to say the least. That said, winter has rarely put a damper on my regular walking schedule. Here are a few of my tips that can transform your frosty dog walk a romp into a winter wonderland instead of a polar expedition:
 
1) Wear a parka, it's the only type of coat that will keep you toasty and warm. You won't even feel the cold. I can't tell you how many shivering dog-walkers I see clad in flimsy bomber-length ski jackets while freezing their faces off. A parka gives you a hood that you can zip up to your nose. If your head and neck are well protected, you simply won't feel the cold.
 
2) Wear gloves. Hands are usually the first body part to freeze, so protect them. I actually like to wear wool gloves because it makes it easier to pick up the poop. 
 
3) Shorten your walks but add an extra one if your dog needs the exercise. Even if you are perfectly protected from the cold, your dog may not be, particularly those with thin coats like boxers and Boston terriers.
 
4) Wrap your dog in a pooch-coat and booties, unless of course he's got a thick coat that can withstand the elements. I've been lucky, none of my dogs ever needed any type of winter dressing. I once tried booties on my last dog and he simply refused to wear them, which brings me to the next point...
 
5) Keep your dog off the main streets because they are salted, stoned and full of chemicals, all of which are paw-killers. I'll walk my dog on a side street because they are usually salt and chemical-free and if I must walk him on a main street, I will let him walk on snow-covered lawns or building fronts where it's clean. And if those fronts are snowy, then it's a bonus. My dog will jump and frollick and not even realize he's getting twice the exercise.
 
Follow these 5 tips for winter dog walking and you won't feel the chill of the season. 
 
Easy Rider for Dogs
Friday, 09 January 2015 19:21
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This may just be another one of my pet theories, but I think that picky owners breed picky dogs. Some people seem to have a knack for complicating matters whether it’s as mundane as ordering in a restaurant, or as serious as following directions for taking medications. Whatever they do, these kind of people inevitably encounter issues and that includes pet ownership. Their dogs don’t eat this, don’t eat that, like it this way, but not that way, develop weird allergies and phobias, and the list goes on. Suffice it to say that these guys are a vet’s dream as they rack up hefty medical bills on an ongoing basis.
 
I am however, the type of person who lies somewhere near the opposite end of the complication spectrum. I always seek the simplest solution and try not to fuss about things and that includes my dogs. Fortunately I’ve never had any health issues and neither have any of my dogs. Sure it helps that I always go for hardy breed and good breeders, but none of my dogs ever had a health condition that I couldn’t cure myself. Actually that’s how I became a raw feeder. My last dog started getting allergies and when a friend suggested I try raw, I complied and the rest is history. It was that simple. Owning a dog is not complicated. Walk them, feed them and train them and you’re on easy street. Don't make it rocket science.
 
Chi Has Soft Skull
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 20:07

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During a groom we discovered that this Chihuahua had a soft spot on his skull called a molera, or fontanel. This is the same soft spot that human babies are born with so that the head can pass through the birth canal without putting too much pressure on the brain. In most Chihuahuas the molera will close up completely by adult hood, but some never completely close. The open molera or fontanel is not a defect, more like a Chihuahua trait or characteristic. They can die if they get hit in the molera, so precautions should be taken. At least the owner is now aware of the condition. A Meadys' groom is always a thorough affair!

 
Nora the Sophisticated Leonberger
Friday, 14 November 2014 18:29

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Nora the Leonberger comes from a home where fine dining is a priority. Perhaps that's why Nora's sophisticated palate appreciates the flavors of the beef mixes with veggies and fruit.

 
A Well Mannered Boxer
Thursday, 13 November 2014 20:00

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I'm always impressed with a well trained dog and Benson the boxer is one of the most obedient and well-mannered dogs that I have met. Here he is eating his meaty bone in the living room, but he knows that it can only be eaten on his "bone" towel. He makes sure that it stays there, so the living room never gets dirty. Great job (owners) Sandra & Chris!

 
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