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Blue Ridge Humane Offers Assistance with Pets

Screen Shot 2020-03-31 at 3.12.34 PMThe following information is reprinted from the828.com as a public service.

Blue Ridge Humane Society is helping pet owners facing hospitalization and financial troubles ensure their companions are cared for, by offering several community resources.

Pet Helpline: You can reach the BRHS Pet Helpline at 828-393-5832. Leave a message and a staffer will be in touch. You can call with concerns about keeping your pet, vet assistance, litter box problems, housing issues, dog training tips, stray neighborhood cats, suspected abuse/neglect, and other issues. You can also submit behavior questions online, and get help from the Training and Behavior Manager.

  • Re-Homing: For owners that have found themselves in the unfortunate situation of having to find a new home for their pet, the Humane Society urges them to try re-homing. This takes the load off the local animal shelter and keeps the animal out of a shelter environment, allowing limited resources to be used for other animals like stays or abuse cases. BRHS has partnered with Adopt-a-Pet.com to provide a courtesy re-homing listing for those who would like to find a loving home for a pet without surrendering them to an animal shelter. If you are considering adopting, check the Re-Homing listing as well as your local shelter.
  • Community Pet Food Assistance: Blue Ridge Humane Society has partnered with local food banks, helping them to supply  litter, pet food or treats to their clients. By making pet food more accessible, it is our hope that members of our community will no longer have to worry about feeding their furry family members. To find a list of participating banks, click here.

  • Emergency Vet Assistance: Though us not able to assist with existing medical bills, BRHS offers Emergency Veterinary Assistance in times of economic distress. It can provide medical vouchers to assist with emergency veterinary visits prior to your visit.  If you would like more information or to find out if you qualify, call 828-393-5832. You can find a listing of additional assistance groups online as well.

  • BRHS Lost and Found Pet Facebook Group: Join the BRHS Lost and Found Pet Facebook group. This group allows you to not only post if your pet is lost but also help reunite any pets you may find that have become separated from their families and keep pets in temporary loving home while waiting to be reunited with their owner.

  • Spay/Neuter Incentive Program: With support from the City of Hendersonville and with support and collaboration from Henderson County, Blue Ridge Humane Society is able to offer low cost spay-neuter as part of our Spay-Neuter Incentive Program or SNIP. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you cannot schedule an appointment at this time, but you can complete a request for an appointment on our website. The SNIP Coordinator will be in touch when normal scheduling resumes.  Pet owners must be residents of Henderson County in order to get their animals spayed or neutered through the program. SNIP. To learn more or submit an appointment click here.

If you don’t need any pet assistance, the Blue Ridge Humane Society is requesting you share this information with someone who might. You can also help by signing up to volunteer, or by making a donation online, or by calling 828-692-2639.


Information for Buncombe County Pet Owners

Screen Shot 2020-03-31 at 3.17.53 PMThis information is reprinted from AshevilleHumane.org as a public service.

In alignment with Buncombe County's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" declaration, related to COVID-19, effective Friday, March 27, 2020, Asheville Humane Society's Adoption Center and the Buncombe County Animal Shelter will be closed to the public through April 8, 2020, unless rescinded earlier or extended further by Buncombe County or the state of North Carolina.  
 
Be assured that we will have essential staff available to feed, clean, and provide enrichment for the animals currently in our care. While we continue our commitment to the people and animals of Buncombe County, we see the importance of limiting face-to-face interactions and complying with all aspects of this declaration. 
 
What does this mean for our community?

Adoptions:  

Wishing to adopt? Please view all available animals on the website. If you see an animal you are interested in, please email us at adoptions@ashevillehumane.org or call 828-761-2001 x312. We will give you all of the information that we have on that pet. If you want to adopt, we will note you as an Interested Party. Please note this will be on a first come, first served basis. Once operations resume, you will be able to come in and meet your new pet and make a final decision to adopt. 

If you would like to view our adoptable pets, click the links below:

Pet Surrender: 

Anyone considering surrendering pets should delay doing so, if possible. If this is not possible, please contact our Pet Retention Counselor at 828-761-2001 x316 for information and resources. 

Lost a Pet:

If you lost a pet, please continue to check our website here, as it is updated continuously with stray animal intakes. You can also call the Buncombe County Animal Shelter at 828-250-6430 to report your lost pet so that our staff can contact you if they come into our shelter. If your pet is microchipped, call the microchip company to report that your animal is lost and to ensure that your contact information is up to date. Finally, we recommend utilizing community based social media groups and pawboost.com. If you find your lost pet on our website, please contact the Buncombe County Animal Shelter so a staff member can help reunite you with your pet.  

Found a Stray:

If you found a stray animal, you can call the Buncombe County Animal Shelter at 828-250-6430 to report the found animal, so that should someone report their animal missing, we can facilitate their reunion. You can also utilize community based social media groups as well as pawboost.com. If you are able to provide temporary care for the animal, we ask that you please do so. If you are not able to care for the stray animal, please contact Animal Services for more information. 

Foster Program:

With the Adoption Center temporarily closing, Fostering will be an important "relief valve." We are going to continue to seek out foster homes as new animals enter the shelter. We encourage those interested in becoming an Emergency Foster fill out the Emergency Foster Application. Anyone interested in fostering in general should complete the traditional application. Our Foster Manager will remain an important resource to all active fosters and if specific assistance is needed, all fosters are encouraged to reach out using the appropriate contact information provided in their foster agreement. 

Volunteer Program:

All volunteers must stop reporting for their duties. With this new restriction, Hiking Hounds and Urban Tails Group Hikes will also not be able to continue until at least April 9.

AHS Thrift Store:

Thrift Store operations have paused and we will not be accepting donations or open to the public until after the Stay Home, Stay Safe order has been lifted.

Community Solutions - Pet Resources and Assistance:

All scheduled Affordable Pet Care Clinics, Behavior Days, Vaccine Clinics and other outreach events are cancelled. Other resources and services may still be available for Buncombe County residents experiencing financial hardship or other crisis. For more information or to request resources or assistance for your pet, please call the Safety Net Helpline at (828)-761-2008.

Animal Emergencies:

For emergencies, please contact Animal Services. 

  • City of Asheville 
    • To report animal abuse, neglect or cruelty in the City of Asheville, please call Animal Services at (828) 252-1110
  • Buncombe County
    • To report abuse, neglect or animal cruelty in Buncombe County, please call the Sheriff’s Office of Animal Services at (828) 250-6670. 

Coronavirus and Other Dogs

From WoofReport.com:

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With social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, you need to stay at least 6 feet away from others, but does the same apply for dogs? The Washington Post reporter Karin Brulliard answers the burning question: Can I still pet other people’s dogs? 

According to experts at the American Veterinary Medical Association, “based on available evidence, there’s little reason to avoid petting” because the virus survives best on smooth surfaces and not “porous materials, such as pet fur." Other experts cited advise “the most conservative approach would be to refrain from touching others’ dogs” since the dog owner may be infected but show no symptoms. (The Washington Post)

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Buncombe County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center Closed Until April 9

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News Bulletin from Asheville Humane Society

In alignment with Buncombe County's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" declaration, related to COVID-19, effective Friday, March 27, 2020, Asheville Humane Society's Adoption Center and the Buncombe County Animal Shelter will be closed to the public through April 8, 2020, unless rescinded earlier or extended further by Buncombe County or the state of North Carolina.  
 
Be assured that we will have essential staff available to feed, clean, and provide enrichment for the animals currently in our care. While we continue our commitment to the people and animals of Buncombe County, we see the importance of limiting face-to-face interactions and complying with all aspects of this declaration. 

For detailed information on what this means to the community, please visit: https://ashevillehumane.org/covid-19-updates

 

 


A Special Note Regarding Coronavirus

Carolina Mountain Dog will continue to publish dog-related news and articles as a public service as long as practical during the coronavirus crisis. However, please note that any public event scheduled for the next few months is subject to change. While the original date will be listed, please check with the organization responsible for the event to confirm the date. 

Thank you and stay safe.


The Most Common Mixed-Breed Dog in the U.S. is...

Screen Shot 2020-02-21 at 1.44.17 PMEmbark, which claims to be the world's leading company in dog genetics, evaluated the DNA of more than 200,000 mixed-breed dogs across the country. According to Embark, "Each dog has a unique combination of breeds in its genetic makeup. When we looked across our data, there was one breed that stood out as the #1 result in a mixed-breed dog in every state."

That breed is the American Pit Bull Terrier, also known as the "pit bull."Embark also reported the second most common breed in mixed-breed dogs by state. In North Carolina and South Carolina, after the pit bull, the second most common breed is Labrador Retriever.

Nationwide, theses are the most common breeds in mixed-breed dogs in order:

  1. American Pit Bull Terrier
  2. German Shepherd
  3. Chow Chow
  4. Labrador Retriever
  5. Australian Cattle Dog
  6. Boxer
  7. American Staffordshire Terrier
  8. Chihuahua
  9. Rottweiler
  10. Siberian Husky

Here's a visual chart of the results: 
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Best Dog Breeds for Apartments

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In recent years, affordable housing has become a serious issue in the Asheville area. Homes are becoming increasingly out of reach for first-time buyers and the middle class in general. Apartment living is a legitimate alternative, and there are a considerable number of apartment buildings and complexes being developed and opened around Asheville. For the dog lover, however, the dilemma is not just finding a reasonably priced apartment, but securing a place to live that accepts dogs. Thankfully, more and more apartment developers are creating pet-friendly properties; still, breed and size restrictions are fairly common.

This article from TurboTenant is interesting because it identifies the dog traits best suited to apartment living, as well as 12 breeds that do well in apartments. Since many local dog owners adopt from shelters and rescues, keep in mind that, depending on the  your dog's mixed breed makeup, she may have some of the traits associated with particular breeds but not all of them. Check out the article here: https://www.turbotenant.com/blog/best-apartment-dogs/


AHS Opens Thrift Store - Asheville, Feb. 1

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Asheville Humane Society announces the opening of their new Thrift Store on Saturday, February 1.

The Thrift Store is located at Asheville Humane's Community Center (1425 Patton Avenue). Make a left at the light onto Dearview Road and then left into the parking lot. Stop by between 9  AM and 5PM to shop for a good cause - all proceeds benefit the animals of Buncombe County!

They have a variety of items for the whole family, including furniture, housewares, clothing, books, jewelry, pet supplies and more! You can also donate your unwanted items to help animals in need! 

Store Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 9 am-5 pm

Donation Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-4 pm 

Visit ashevillehumane.org/thrift for more information on items they do/don't accept. 

Follow on Instagram: @avlhumanethrift

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Pet Honoring Service - Hendersonville, Dec. 8

Cigar-galaxy-2401996_1920On Sunday, December 8 from 11 AM to 12 PM, there will be a Pet Honoring Memorial Service at Bright Star Studio, 1712 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville. This is a simple service to remember, bless and honor each pet, their family and our special relationship with them. It is free to add your pet to be honored, and pictures of pets can be added to the ceremony table. Open to the public, the Pet Honoring Memorial Service can be attended in person at Bright Star Studio. You can attend remotely by phone by calling: 1-857-232-0159, ext. 329054.

The Pet Honoring Memorial Service is held at Bright Star Studio the second Sunday of each month. For more information, visit: https://brightstarstudio.net/pet-memorial-service/

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What Does a Dog's Tail Tell You?

Guest Post by Rachel Hudson

Happy-47816_1280Discover essential information about a dog's tail. Learn what it says about your pet and better understand what to do and how to react in certain situations!

Even though animals are unable to talk, it is possible to interpret their behaviors and thought-process through certain physical aspects. This applies to dogs and cats, but many people are wrong more often than not, making a straightforward assumption. For example, people misinterpret a dog wagging its tail as a sign of friendliness while it is also misunderstood for being happy. However, it is not always the case, since multiple meanings can be conveyed through dog tail signs.

Dog Tail Position and Meaning

A dog can communicate its feeling and thought-process through the position of its tail. There are four common positions.

1. Dog Tail Held High with Wagging

This is a sign of happiness, but it also includes a higher degree of alertness within the animal. Even though a dog in this state is showing cautious excitement, it also has a certain degree of dominance.

2. Dog Tail Held Still and High

This is a sign of dominance while the dog is also super-alert to its surroundings.

3. Dog Tail Between Legs and Pointing Down

This is a sign of submission from the animal, which may also have a fear of its current situation.

4. Dog Tail Held Straight

This is a sign that a pet is in a neutral state, and it is trying to take in as much information from its environment as possible.

One should remember that each breed of dog has its own nature, and tail signs differ from one animal to the other.  Some breeds have curly and stubby tails that may not be able to provide exaggerated expressions as tails in other breeds. Hence, it is important to look very carefully into these tails to understand animals. For example, Chinese Shar-peis or Chow Chows do have a curved rear that is quite high. Greyhounds and whippets have a significantly lower tail.

The 'height tail’ sign is used as an emotional meter. A pet is considered being in a relaxed state when the tail is kept at middle height. When held in a horizontal position, the dog is quite alert and attentive. If it goes up, it is an increasing sign that an animal is being agitated and one can expect a confrontation anytime soon. At the same time, an animal is showing signs of submission if the rear position goes lower. It is also an indication of fear.

However, scientists promise to soon invent an apparatus that will translate animal sounds into human language. It is a pet translator. So, gadgets and electronic reviews can help you in the future.

Additional Aspects of Tail Wagging

Just like there are numerous dialects of human language, different dialects also exist when it comes to a dog's tail. One should not make the mistake of taking certain positions as the reference for every breed. Once this awareness is achieved, it is possible to read more accurately about the feeling and behavior of each animal. Does a wagging tail mean a dog is happy? No, because position alone is not a reference to the pet’s state, as even the speed of wagging can give plenty of detail.

For example, slight wags can indicate the dog's desire to greet or say hello. Only broad wags can be taken as a friendly move, as it gives out signs that the animal will not threaten or challenge at that point. It is the closest movement that is associated with happiness, unlike the common perception. Even if there is wagging in the tail down position, it does not generally signify a happy animal.

A slow wag should not be taken as a sign of happiness. Instead, it is used to signify a neutral state of the animal. It could also denote signs of insecurity – especially when the rear end is not in an unusually high or low position. There are instances when tiny movements are made at high-speed. It is an indication that the animal is about to fight, run, or do something quite active. If the dog manages to hold the rear end quite high while bringing about vibrating action, it is a visible sign of threat intended to scare.

Subtle differences can be observed even with the direction of wagging. There are preferences to the direction in which tail wags. If this direction is on the right side, a pet is having positive thoughts about the situation, and the reverse is true when the wagging happens on the left side.

The Bottom Line

There is a lot more information hiding behind a dog. It is probably the place where the pet has its conversation. The emotional indicators given out by the rear end alone are so subtle, but they can give a massive insight into the animal's communication process. However, it takes a lot of experience to judge the animal accurately. It does not take long to pick up the cues and start assessing a dog well before a situation gets out of hand.

What are your thoughts about dog tails? Let us know in the comments!

Author's bio: Dutch origins. Animal rights advocate. Rachel H.moved to the US at 28 after getting her Teacher Certification in the Netherlands. She decided to move on and start a new life in Los Angeles and start to work on https://besttechexpert.guide. 

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Teaching Kids to Deal with the Death of a Pet

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Between one and five children experience the death of a close loved one before the age of 18. Losing a family pet may be the first time they experience death or even process the concept of what it means. This can make the initial conversation especially confusing for them, so it’s important to consider a few tips for helping them through the grieving process.

There’s no denying that losing a pet is one of the hardest experiences for any family. It is hard enough for adults to cope with the death of a beloved pet, but for children, losing a pet can be very traumatic. Insurance provider Bestow's free guide, "What to Do When a Family Pet Dies: Teaching Kids About Grief," is a comprehensive resource that could prove to be very helpful.

This guide includes a section on how to start the conversation, provides resources specifically designed for children to learn about pet loss, identifies specific questions that may be asked by your child or that you can ask, suggests ways to celebrate a pet's life, details signs that your child may be struggling with your pet's passing, and offers additional resources for parents.

Check it out here: https://hellobestow.com/blog/when-a-family-pet-dies/


How to be an Environmentally Responsible Dog Owner

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Are you looking for environmentally friendly ideas that you can use as a pet-loving dog owner? Whether you realize it or not, the choices you make as a dog owner have the potential to impact our environment. Dogs are still animals by nature and this means striking the right balance between being eco-friendly and serving the best interests of your four-legged friend. This post will help you learn how you can do your own good work for the environment while also giving your dog a happy, healthy life.

Walk More

Taking your dog for walks is a sure-fire way to keep him or her happy, healthy and content.

You can also use walking with your dog as a great excuse to skip driving to a store or to a friend’s house. Fewer carbon emissions mean you are doing something good for the environment, your own health and your dog’s too, so reach for the leash and take more walks!

Switch to Sustainable Pet Food

According to the American Pet Products Association, $30.32 billion was spent on pet food in 2018 in the U.S. The food you feed your dog should be balanced but protein-heavy. Regular dog food you buy will contain 20-40% protein. A lot of this protein comes from animal sources and just like humans who live on a meat-based diet, there’s a big ecological footprint left as a result.

You don’t have to turn your dog vegan, but if you want to be eco-friendlier you have two other options:

  •     Buy sustainable pet food
  •     Make your own

If you want to make your own food at home, here are some simple recipes to use: https://themotherhuddle.com/making-your-own-dog-food/

Two valuable dog food tips that can help to reduce your environmental impact are:

Less Processed: Typically, if food has gone through more processing, it has taken more energy to produce. Therefore, try to feed dogs food that is less processed.

Dry & Wet Food: It might not even have crossed your mind, but wet food is heavier due to having more water content - this means that there are higher emissions when wet food is transported, so dry food is better for the environment in this instance.

Your pet’s health comes first and you should consider this before you switch their diets. When deciding on what food to buy, consult your veterinarian before making a big change in your pet’s diet.

Choose Toys Wisely

A large number of toys on the market are made from plastic, and it can be hard to move away from them when you’re on the hunt for a new one for your dog. If you have a pet that is full of life and gets through toys, you will end up tossing them away all the time. Try to choose toys made from recyclable materials or natural fibers as this will have a positive effect, environmentally. You could also try one of these homemade brain games .

Buy Non-Toxic Shampoo

If your dog runs a mile at the mere mention of a bath you aren’t alone! But baths are a necessity, so when it comes to bath time, switch to using a natural, organic dog shampoo. Ensure it is non-toxic and is free from parabens and dyes, too, as this is better for the environment (no excess chemicals end up going down the drain and into the environment) and your dog’s coat and skin.

Your vet will be able to help you make the right choice of shampoo; many companies advertise their products as “all-natural” but they aren’t!

Use Biodegradable Waste Bags

Those little poop bags that often get used to pick up and dispose of a dog’s waste are part of the global plastic epidemic.  They require hundreds of years for them to biodegrade. Avoid this issue by opting to use only compostable bags which take three to six months to fully decompose.

Angie Hill Angie is a dog-loving, outdoor enthusiast who writes for WoofDog.org, a site that offers dog-centered health, food and behavior advice.

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Show You Appreciate Your Local Animal Shelter This Week!

Abstract-1751204_1280This week (November 3 - 10) is National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week. As a dog lover in the Carolina mountains, you are probably already familiar with your local animal shelter or rescue organization. This is the week to show the folks who work there and the animals they serve some love!

Here are ten ways to show your appreciation for your local animal shelter, provided by Rebecca Simmons of the Humane Society of the United States and appearing on Petfinder.com:

  1. Adopt a Best Friend. Animals make great companions, but having a pet is a big responsibility and it involves a lifelong commitment. Find out if you have what it takes to provide a safe and loving home and learn more about adopting from your local animal shelter. When you’re ready to adopt go to https://www.petfinder.com to find pets in your area.
  2. Take a Tour. Never been inside an animal shelter? Take an hour or two out of your day to stop by your local shelter during public hours and see firsthand how things work. If you’d like to become more involved, find out how you can become a volunteer.
  3. Keep on Giving. Many animal shelters struggle financially so every penny helps. Donating to your local shelter is as simple as writing a check and dropping it in the mail or picking up an item on the shelter’s wish list during your next shopping trip.
  4. Connect with Kids. Help children learn about the importance of being kind to animals. Find out how easy it is to educate—whether it’s an entire classroom or a single child.
  5. Be Committed. Providing quality food, water and shelter is important, but it’s not the only thing involved in being a responsible and caring pet guardian. It’s also essential that your pet has current identification tags and is properly confined or supervised while outdoors. Keep your pet healthy and up-to-date on all vaccinations by visiting the veterinarian regularly and give your pet lots of love and attention.
  6. Expect the Unexpected. Local shelters are most often on the front lines during natural disasters such as hurricanes. Would you know what to do in the event of a flood, tornado or fire? Learn how to help animals in your community, including your own pet, whether it’s a disaster, an emergency or an accident.
  7. Stay Alert. Your local animal shelter and animal control agency not only take in homeless animals, but also rescue injured, abused or neglected critters. Assist them by helping injured animals in your neighborhood, and letting them know if you suspect animal cruelty in your community.
  8. Spread the Word. Does the community that your local shelter serves understand and appreciate the shelter’s dedication to animals? Tell your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors about the importance of supporting animal shelters and their staff.
  9. Do Your Part. Spaying or neutering your pet is one of the most important things you can do to reduce the number of homeless pets in your community. Your local animal shelter can help you learn more about why spaying/neutering is important and how you can find affordable options.
  10. Two Simple Words. The words “thank you” are powerful. But since animals can’t speak, it’s up to community members to let shelter workers know just how much their commitment to animals is appreciated. Send a letter, card or e-mail to your local shelter and let them know you care.

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How to Rename an Adopted Dog

Guest Post by John Woods

Adorable-3344414_1920There could be several reasons to want to change a rescue pup’s name, but the good thing is, changing a dog’s name is easy and dogs are really quick learners.

All you need to do is choose a new name, and be consistent with it. You’ll also need to make sure all your family members are using the name consistently, and usually your dog should have his new name mastered in under a week.

We’re going to look at reasons you might want to change a dog’s name, how to choose one, and how to re-train your dog to understand his new name.

Reasons to Change a Dog’s Name

Here are a few popular reasons you might want to change your dog’s name.

Perhaps you don’t like the name of the dog you’ve adopted. It might be a really strange or long name which takes too long to say or is confusing.

Or maybe you just want to give your dog a new name to match his new start in life.

Perhaps the dog suffered abuse at the hands of previous owners and he has a really negative association with the old name.

Whatever the reason, it’s really simple to rename your dog.

How to Rename an Adopted Dog

Choose a Name

Believe it or not, this is probably the trickiest part of renaming your dog (does that reassure you how easy it’ll be to give your dog a new name?)

Some people try to choose a name as similar as possible to the original name; for example if the old name was “Bruno,” a new similar name might be “Blue.” However, this really isn’t necessary: If you’re going to change the name, you don’t have to keep it similar, you can start from scratch and choose anything you like.

Spend some time getting to know your dog, understand his personality and look out for any unique little quirks in his appearance. This will help in selecting an appropriate name.

There are many places you can draw inspiration from when renaming your dog! You might even look to famous actors or movies to help inspire you.

Teach Your Dog His or Her New Name

  1. Make sure everyone knows his new name

The first step in renaming your dog is to make sure that everyone is on board with the new name so that you can be as consistent as possible. Everyone needs to be using the same name or else your dog will become confused if some people are still calling him by the old name and others are using a new name.

  1. Have a quiet area to use

When you first get your dog home, spend some time bonding with him, and when you first introduce his name make sure that you are in a quiet area with no distractions.

  1. Say his name positively

When you’ve found a quiet area to use, say his name in a happy manner. Continue to say his name over the next few minutes, praising him each time you say it. It’s really important that you always say his name using a positive voice, even more so when he is first learning his name.

Each time your dog hears his name it should be in a positive, happy tone rather than a cross, despairing or scolding manner. This is essential to create a positive association with the name.

  1. Use treats

When you teach your dog his new name, it’s very similar to when you teach him any other kind of command. You should use lots of positive reinforcement and give him plenty of attention whenever he responds to his new name.  At the beginning, each time you call his new name you should also give him a treat.

  1. Repeat

Each day, take your dog to a quiet area, call him happily by his name, then praise and reward him. It’s important to keep these sessions short so your dog doesn’t become bored. You might even want to do this a few brief times each day until your dog gets the hang of his new name.

  1. Try it out

Once you think your dog has grasped his new name, it’s time to put it to the test when he’s not directly looking at you. Call his name, and when he looks over to you or comes to you, respond with praise and a treat.

  1. Gradually phase out the treats

Once you’re sure your dog has his new name mastered, you can start to slowly phase out the treats which you give him as a reward to responding to his name.

John Woods is a dog fanatic and has a blog over at all things dogs. He’s a dog trainer who is on a mission to educate 40 million dog owners and lovers on how to care for dogs. 

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How to Improve a Disabled Dog's Quality of Life

Guest Post by Lori Wade

German-shepherd-1077442_1920We all love our dogs, which is what makes it absolutely heartbreaking to see them struggle. There are few things more inherently awful than being forced to see any living creature struggle with pain or disability. That’s especially true for dogs, both because they are so loyal and lovable as well as the fact that they’re so innocent and helpless when it comes to maladies.

Dogs are absolutely heartwarming creatures, and their maladies are thus all the more heartbreaking. You never want that to be the fate of your dog. You want to make sure that they remain in good health and good spirits – even if they are disabled. Thankfully, these tips can help you do just that.

Dog Wheelchairs

From accidents and injuries to the ravages of old age, there are many reasons why your dog may be having trouble walking with comfort – if they can walk at all. If your dog finds themselves in this position or otherwise suffers from mobility issues, it might well be time to look into a dog wheelchair.

Dog wheelchairs are typically easily fitted around the dog’s waist and backside. They enable dogs to wheel themselves around in the event of bad hips or one or more legs not being up to walking. These wheelchairs feature openings at the bottom and back, allowing dogs to “do their business” unimpeded while wearing them.

Dog Ramps

If your dog has a broken leg, hip dysplasia, or any number of other conditions that hurt their hips or legs, it can be incredibly difficult and painful for them to get upstairs. You don’t want that to be a problem, of course. While you can sometimes carry smaller dogs, this can get old fast, won’t always be convenient for either party and isn’t exactly an easy option with larger dogs.

That’s why you’ll want to look into installing a dog ramp instead. As with ramps for human wheelchair users, they enable dogs in wheelchairs to get up to an area that would otherwise be inaccessible to them. They also make it possible to avoid steps.

Ramps can be especially helpful for your outdoor area near the front and backyards. Your dogs may not be able to get up porch steps with ease, so these dog ramps can be essential to get to and from the doors in question as they go into and out of your home.

Addressing Dog Vision Problems

As your dog gets older, it’s possible that they may begin to suffer from vision problems. That’s why you’ll want to make sure that you keep the light on for them, ensuring that areas in which they are staying are bright. You’ll also want to be sure to ask your veterinarian about any potential treatment if these eyesight problems worsen.

Dog Medications

Ask your veterinarian before giving your dog any new medication. There are some medicines on the market, such as phenobarbital, which can treat the same issues in dogs (seizures) as they do in humans. In other cases, there are medicines that are more dog-specific, such as proin, which helps tighten the muscles around a dog’s urinary tract in the case of urinary incontinence.

Whatever the case, you’ll want to be sure that your dog is getting the right medication for them. Some dogs can have allergic reactions to some medicines, some do better with some options than others, and then, of course, you always need to be on the lookout for bad dog medicines which may be harmful. Your vet can be instrumental in determining all of this.

Ensure your dog gets the care they need when they need it most by accommodating their disability - and if you have a furry friend who is advancing in age, make the most of your dog’s golden years.

 Lori Wade is a journalist from Louisville. A content writer who has experience in small editions, Lori is now engaged in news and conceptual articles on the topic of pet care and veterinary. You can find her on  Twitter & LinkedIn or on other social media, where you can read Lori’s useful insights!

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Walk Your Dog Every Day This Week!

Man-3687274_1920Okay, so as a responsible dog owner, you know you need to walk your dog every day anyway... but please make a special effort to do it this week.

Why? Because this is "National Walk Your Dog Week" (October 1 - 7), celebrated the first week of October since 2010. Here's some information about why it was founded from the week's Facebook page:

"The growing problem of human and canine obesity in America, coupled with the overpopulation of dogs in shelters, has much to do with a lack of exercise. National Walk Your Dog Week is a way to highlight these issues and encourage people to get out with their dog and start getting healthy!

Many dogs in the shelter are there because of destruction issues. Most of these issues relate directly to a lack of exercise. Pent up in a run or crate all day, will only exacerbate your dog's destructive tendencies. Give your dog the exercise that he or she needs - and you'll find that a tired dog...is a good dog!

Autumn is a great time to get out and start walking. You can enjoy the leaves changing color, the crispness in the air and it gives you time to reflect on the year and helps you to make new changes for the coming year...healthy ones!

With the holidays upon you, you can start to create a healthy way to avoid the dreaded weight gain that often comes from too many holiday goodies because you have set a new habit in motion. If you and/or your dog are overweight, walk just 30 minutes a day, three times a week, and you can reduce your weight by 5% and your dog's by 15%. So think about how healthy you and your best friend will be if you walked 5 times a week - or every day! After a solid week of walking, you'll feel so good as you raise the levels of endorphins in your brain, which combats depression and anxiety and you'll notice a change in your dog's behavior as well. If you walk 2-3 times a day for 20-30 minutes each time....you and your dog will feel phenomenal!! If you can run your dog....you'll notice a faster change in his or her behavior."

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How to Save Money on Dog Ownership

Purse-3548021_1920Owning a dog can be an expensive investment. Although the payoff is priceless, you always want to be mindful of your pet costs. With vet bills, toys, food, treats, and grooming, pet care costs can add up quickly. Most of those expenses are just annually, which does not cover unexpected expenses that can come with a hefty price tag.

According to the ASPCA, owning a dog can cost anywhere from $700 to $1000 on average per year. If you want to reduce your pet care expenses while not sacrificing the quality of your care, consider these thrifty ideas for saving on pet care.

1. Start Grooming at Home

Grooming your pet at home can save you serious coin. Pet grooming can cost a couple of hundreds of dollars a year. Starting to care for your pet’s fur at home will eliminate most of the costs incurred at the groomers. Not to mention that when grooming your pet, you can get a close look for any fleas, flea dirt, or even ticks.

Invest in a Pet Brush

Brushing your pet’s fur can help keep it in good condition and avoid too much shedding. Giving your pet a good brushing will help remove dirt and spread your pet’s natural oils throughout their coat.

Having well-conditioned hair can help prevent future tangles and can actually help keep your pet’s skin clean.

Bathe at Home

If you have a bathtub, then you can reduce pet costs by bathing your pet at home. Bathing your pet at home can help mitigate any skin problems your pet may have. Some pets require baths more regularly than others, so always check to make sure what is best for your furry friend.

Be sure to use a pet-friendly shampoo that is species or breed specific. This will better cater to the needs of your pet.

2. Pet Food Savings

Annually, pet food can cost anywhere between $50 and $400 depending on the kind of pet you have. That makes food one of the most expensive annual expenses when it comes to pet care costs. Cutting down on food costs can save you a sizable chunk.

Watch for Sales

Keeping an eye out for sales and scanning flyers can alert you to many saving opportunities. You can sign up for food manufacturers’ newsletters, which can often give you special offers and coupons. Buying on sale food can help to significantly reduce pet costs.

Buy In Bulk

Buying in bulk usually pays off, regardless of what you are buying. Usually, retailers and manufacturers offer discount or sales to those who buy in bulk. You can also buy in bulk from warehouses as a significantly reduced price. Some experts suggest that buying at larger warehouse retailers can save you as much as 50% on pet food costs. 

If you choose to buy your dog food online, buying the largest bag and multiple bags of quality pet food can come with a discount and free shipping. If you choose to buy in bulk, just make sure that your pet can eat it all before the expiration date!

Make Your Own Food

Making your own food for your pet can pay off in reducing pet costs. You can start by using ingredients you already have in your kitchen to start to make food or treats for your pet. You can find a number of easy pet food recipes online to get you started as a pet chef. Be sure to research any ingredients to make sure that they are safe for your furry friend.

Making your own pet food can be easy and cost-effective. Simple ingredients like vegetables, rice, and tuna can make up a large part of your pet’s diet at little cost to you. Talk about an easy cost-reducing measure.

Take Part In Rewards Programs

Retailers tend to reward loyal customers. Loyalty or rewards programs can give you a sizable discount on food. Just for signing up for a rewards program, you are often given an initial coupon. Each time you buy, you can receive more rewards. When it comes to reducing pet costs, it pays to be loyal!

3. Avoid Vet Expensive Bills

You should take your pet to the vet at least once a year for an annual check-up. But when it comes to unexpected visits, you want to try your best to prevent those pricey vet visits. A large number of expensive vet bills could be avoided by proactive and preventative care of your pet. Here are some tips on how to potentially avoid costly vet bills.

Brush Your Pet’s Teeth

Brushing your pet’s teeth can be a pain, but it is a necessary pain. If you skip brushing your pet’s teeth, they can develop periodontal disease. This disease can cause a number of complications for your pet’s heart, kidneys, and liver. By brushing your pet’s teeth, you can help to prevent future complications.

Use a toothbrush specifically designed for your pet and do not use human toothpaste as it can be toxic to animals. Give your pet a taste of the toothpaste before you start brushing to ease them into teeth brushing. A healthy and clean bite can help save you money in the long run.

Regularly Exercise Your Pet

Your pet needs regular exercise in order to live a healthy and happy life. By providing your pet with sufficient exercise, you can not only help their energy levels, but you can also help prevent future illnesses. Often, pets that are not regularly exercised struggle with being overweight or obese.

Carrying that extra weight will not only be harder on your pet’s joints, but it can also put them at risk for obesity-related complications. Take care of your pet’s body to help prevent heart and lung issues that can come with being overweight. Exercise your pet regularly as a preventative cost-saving measure.

Other Cost-Saving Measures

Consider giving your pet some treats or food that cover as many bases as you can. You can save a pretty penny by covering all of your bases. You can try giving your dog CBD treats like those from FOMO Bones. These tasty treats come packed with high-quality ingredients and CBD, which has been shown to help treat aching joints and anxiety

This article is originally published on FOMO Bones.

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