101 Essential Tips Dog Care by DVM, MRCVS Dr. Bruce Fogle

By DVM, MRCVS Dr. Bruce Fogle

The step by step consultant that brings professional suggestion. 191 easy-to-grasp counsel. supplies fast solutions to questions. absolutely illustrated in colour all through.

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Being scolded will only make your dog sneak to a place where it cannot be seen next time it is about to relieve itself, making it harder for you to prevent accidents by taking it outside or putting down some newspaper. CLEANING UP Clean the affected area with an ammonia-free disinfectant. It is vital to eliminate the smell, or your dog will use the same spot over and over again. 40 Accidents will happen Learning the House Rules OUTDOOR TOILET TRAINING Getting your dog used to an outdoor toilet routine is best done in conjunction with newspaper training (see Tip 65).

LIFTING A LEG If your dog is keeping a paw off the ground, check it for lacerations or foreign objects stuck in it. Lifting a leg can also be a sign of muscular, joint, or bone problems. PANTING It is normal for a dog to pant, especially after exercising. However, excessive panting can indicate overheating or other conditions, such as pneumonia or heartworm. Contact your vet for advice. EXCESSIVE LICKING If your dog is licking obsessively, it might be trying to ease its pain or discomfort. Check the area for open wounds.

At this stage, move away slightly. Reward your dog if it stays seated. 43 Learning the House Rules TEACHING TO WALK TO HEEL By teaching your pup to walk on a loose leash and, ultimately, to heel, you lay the foundations for pleasurable dog-walking in the years to come. One of the most important things to bear in mind during this training is not to pull on the leash. You should aim to encourage the dog to be near you because it wants to be, not because it has no other choice or is unable to move away from you.

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