Safe Healthy Dog

Keeping Your Dog Safe and Healthy

SafeHealthyDog-PawsitiveStepsDogTrainingThe following information is designed to help you prevent your dog from having a problem; it is not intended to be an exclusive listing of all things potentially harmful for your dog.  It is not intended to take the place of veterinary care or advice. If you suspect your dog is ill, please take him to your veterinarian or local animal hospital.

Safety and Health Precautions for your dog…

  1. A dog’s normal body temperature ranges from 101 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit. A rule of thumb is that if your dog’s body temperatures is at or above 103, or if they are exhibiting symptoms of illness, seek veterinary care immediately.
  2. Your dog needs to be identifiable should he get lost. Having your dog micro-chipped is great, but they also need ID tags that give as many phone numbers to reach you at as possible. Good Samaritans who want to return your lost dog to you need to be able to reach you quickly and easily.
  3. Dog collars and tags do carry their own hazards. Collars left on while dogs are wrestling can be caught on paws, jaws and objects creating a choking hazard, broken jaws and injuries to limbs. The KeepSafe Break-Away Collar is the only collar that has a patented safety buckle that is designed to protect dogs from collar accidents and can be used securely with a leash.
    1. KeepSafe collars are available at class and highly recommended. Dog tags can also become caught in crates, on fences, in air vents and other objects creating a choking hazard. Break-away collars are a great idea for all dogs, particularly those who are crated or frequently play with other dogs.
  4. DogOutsideAlone-PawsitiveStepsDogTrainingLeaving a dog unattended outdoors can lead to disaster. Many dogs become neurotic because it is trapped in a yard or outdoor kennel while millions of stimuli bombard them. Not to mention problems of boredom digging and nuisance barking. Dogs are better off indoors, crated until they are trusted with your house, not outside where they can escape or get into trouble. Let us help you make your dog an indoor dog.
  5. Heat Stroke…A parked car can quickly become deadly-hot for a dog shut inside.  Even with windows partially opened, and even on a cloudy or overcast day, a car’s interior can climb to over 120 degrees Fahrenheit in just a few minutes. With only hot air to breathe, your dog’s natural process of cooling by panting fails. A body temperature of only 107 (normal range is 101-102) can cause brain damage or death from heatstroke.  Heavy panting, glazed eyes, vomiting, dizziness and listlessness are signs of heat stress.
    1. First Aid for Heat Stress:
      1. Apply tepid (not cold) water all over dog’s body or immerse dog in tepid water.
      2.  Gradually apply cooler water.
      3.  Seek immediate veterinary care!
      4.  Elevate the feet and legs if possible should the dog is go into shock.

Pet Trainer Gayle Ballinger - Pawsitive Steps Dog TrainingAs a dog trainer, I believe that the most effective method of dog training revolves around teaching your dog what you want them to do, how to behave, how to act in their environment, and what appropriate behaviors are, under given circumstances and situations.

If you’re having a difficult time training your dog, don’t have the time to train him properly, or you would like to learn along with your pup, Contact me or check out my family friendly classes.

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