Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Dog Whisperer Coming to Town

Many of you know his name, but more importantly, every one knows what his talent is and what he stands for in the canine world. Cesar Millan, or more famously known as the Dog Whisperer, has taken his show on the road and touring around the world to help dogs - and their owners - overcome behavioral problems.

In this live, hands-on experience, Cesar shares his training tips and secrets on how to transform dogs and their owners by "rehabilitate dogs and train humans." This unique and new live event is coming to Salt Lake City, Utah, on January 25, 2013 at Abravanel Hall. Cesar states in an interview that his new show the "Leader of the Pack" focuses on rehabilitating a dog and then finding the most compatible family for that canine. His live show serves as an extension of the TV series and targets more towards educating humans about mutts.

For more information and to buy tickets to the event, please click here

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Keep Your Dogs' Ears Clean

Like humans, dogs have a tendency to have build-up like wax in their ears after a period of time. Because of the curves and twists of a dog's ears, parasites, debris, bacteria, and yeast can get trapped inside the canal. If not taken care of properly on a consistent basis, your mutts would be prone to unwanted ear problems such as tick infections which can lead to other major health issues.

Below are some things you can do at home to help prevent ear infections for your dogs:
  • Cleaning the ears: To clean your dogs ears you may take a cotton ball, wet it with some mineral oil / hydrogen peroxide / or a solution meant for dog ear cleaning, and gently wipe the inside of their ears. Keep in mind that you shouldn't do this too regularly and to NOT jam the cotton ball into the ears too much as it would cause irritation. 
  • Preventing water going in: If your mutts like to go swimming or if you give them regular baths, it's crucial to make sure that water doesn't get into your dogs' ears. To help prevent water from entering, you can try sticking a cotton ball into the ears before any swimming or bathing and then removing them after.
  • Using ear drops: There are ear drying solutions made especially for dogs at the pet store if your mutts seem to be more prone to getting water in their ears. These drops should dry out any excess water trapped inside the ear canal. For more information on these drops consult your trusted vet. 
  • Regular grooming: A part why periodic grooming is important for your dogs is because a good groomer will help you clean out the hair and debris inside your mutts ears as well as keeping the rest of our dogs' body clean and healthy. So be sure to stay on top of your dogs' grooming schedule.
Be sure to consult your trusted vet on any other ways to take care of your dogs' ears or if you are noticing symptoms of a possible infection (i.e. ear discharge, redness, swelling, and/or bad smells).

Keep your mutts happy, healthy, and hearty!

Friday, January 4, 2013

New Year's Resolutions for Your Dogs

Happy New Year! This is the perfect time to reflect on the past year and continue to work towards a better future. This also includes helping to create a healthier and happier life for your mutts.

So here are some of the basic resolutions that will help ensure an even better year than last for your loving dogs and yourself as a dog owner:
  • Exercise: Statistics show that only about 40% of people stick to their own personal exercise and fitness goals throughout the year. Don't let this stop you from making sure your dogs are healthy! Let your mutts be a part of your motivation to stay fit not only for yourself but also for them. 
  • Socialize: Learning how to be social and spending time with other dogs is just as important for your mutts as physical exercise. It is through socializing with other animals that your dogs can learn how to better behave around people and have a well-balanced mental state. 
  • Health check-ups: A huge part of keeping your mutts healthy is to stay on top of their periodic physical exams at the vet. It is important to keep your dogs up-to-date on not only their vaccinations but also to make sure that there are no other unknown health problems in the making.

Keep your mutts happy, healthy, and hearty!