Training Tip of the Month
When introducing your dog to a new dog, there are several points to be aware of. One of which is to educate yourself in doggy body language. Having the ability to read your and another dog’s body signals is key in ensuring both dogs are comfortable with the introduction, which can prevent scuffles from occurring.
Be aware of each dog's body posture
One body posture that indicates things are going well is a "play-bow"—one dog will crouch with her front legs on the ground and her hind end in the air. This is an invitation to play, and a posture that usually elicits friendly behavior from the other dog.
Watch carefully for body postures that indicate an aggressive or dominant response, including hair standing up on one dog's back, teeth-baring, deep growls, a stiff-legged gait, or a prolonged stare. If you see such postures, interrupt the interaction immediately before further escalation by calmly getting each dog interested in something else.
For example, both handlers can call their dogs, have them sit or lie down, and reward each with a treat. The dogs' interest in the treats should prevent the situation from escalating into aggression. Then try letting the dogs interact again, but this time for a shorter time period and/or at a greater distance from each other.
Leash tension = stress. Always maintain a loose leash.
Grooming Tip of the Month
Brushing your dog’s teeth is a habit that most dog owners probably need to practice more. But it’s a habit that will pay off in savings on vet bills down the road! Having your pet’s teeth cleaned and brushed regularly prevents gingivitis and infections in your dog’s gums. Those infections can cause more serious health issues throughout your dog’s body. Here are some tips for introducing your dog to teeth brushing. With a little practice and praise, your pup will begin to look forward to getting her teeth brushed on a regular basis!
• 1. Flip up her lips.
• 2. Wet the edge of a clean washcloth so you can rub your dog's gums and teeth; hold a corner of the wet portion of the washcloth with your index finger and use a gentle, circular motion.
• 3. Talk to your dog in calm, soothing tones.
• 4. If your dog grows impatient, do Steps 1 through 3 for only a few seconds, and then stop and give her a treat.
• 5. Repeat Steps 1 through 4 again tomorrow, gradually lengthening the amount of time you spend doing them.
Eventually, you'll be able to build up the amount of time your dog allows you to touch her mouth to where you're giving your dog a nice tooth and gum massage without any fuss.