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by guest blogger Dr. Susan Wright, DMV

Puppy needs attention

We see it all so often that it almost seems natural, but no matter how often we see a dog chasing a car, we all still wonder what is going on in the dog’s brain to make him want to chase a car. While we know a dog’s mind is not as developed as a human brain — which is why it is so important to consistently train your dog with positive reinforcement — we ponder at what the panting dog, chasing after the car is doing or hoping to accomplish.

Fulfilling a Natural Desire

Well the act may seem natural because in fact it is natural. Dogs are connected in their long 

line of genealogy to wild dogs and even in some cases wolves. No matter how domesticated they are, these past connections give dogs inkling to have an enhanced prey drive. Simply put, dogs automatically are attracted to things that are moving away from them and they want to chase it. Be it a tennis ball, a rope toy, Frisbee, kids riding bikes, joggers or cars driving past, if the dog is free and able they will likely chase it/them.

Achieving an Adrenaline Rush

Today’s dogs are far enough removed that the chase is not about a kill in the end result, more of just a fun adrenaline rush for the dog to do his best to chase the object and even try to entice it/them in a game of chase. If you have been to a dog park or had a doggie play date lately, you know firsthand how excited dogs get when they are participating in an intense, friendly game of tag. They enjoy the chase, the catch and then want to play repeatedly. This act is all related back to their natural instinct of having a prey drive.

Training, Safety Precautions & Exercise

So the next time you see a dog chasing a car you can rest assured that, while the act is dangerous, it is natural for the dog. Responsible dog owners should do their best to work with dogs to change this behavior through training and the use of safety measures like installing an invisible fence around their property to help keep their dog safe and within the allowed roaming area. However, no amount of safety precautions should ever be enough to leave your dog roaming around outside without the owner monitoring their dog.
Unfortunately, there is always a chance that the first time a dog escapes it could be their last time, especially if the dog is a car chaser! Rather, owners should spend outdoor time with their dog together and even spark their natural need to chase by starting a game of chase with their four-legged best pal! Not only will the act help fulfill the dog’s natural tendency and need to chase, the time spent is great exercise for both the owner and the dog – a win-win as they spend quality time with one another, getting back to the basics of why they adopted a dog in the first place!

Dr. Susan Wright DMV is a seasoned veterinarian, a wireless dog fence expert. Dr. Wright and her staff provide informative information to dog owners on how to provide a safe dog environment.

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by guest blogger Susan Wright, DMV

When you are looking for a new dog to join your family, don’t overlook the older dog that 

has through no fault of his own found his way into an animal shelter. Often these dogs are quiet and well behaved, and have already had some obedience training. They have learned to potty outside and are well past the boisterous puppy stage.This takes some of the pressure off a busy household that has just added a new canine family member to their family.

Australian Shepherd

However, before you choose a senior citizen, you need to be aware that it won’t all be fun and games, and there will still be challenges you will have to work through.
1. An older dog may be confused by his new and unfamiliar circumstances and may appear nervous and anxious. He may wander around looking for his old owners, or he may forget his toilet training. This should settle down when he is in his new home but be prepared to give him time to get used to his new family.
2. Make allowances for your old dog’s limitations. His hearing may not be good or he may have poor vision. If that’s the case, don’t surprise him from behind, and give him every opportunity to see and hear your commands. You can also expect him to sit and drop more slowly, because his joints may be a bit uncomfortable.
3. You will need to be prepared to cover the cost of any medications. An elderly dog with arthrtis will need pain relief and this may be an intermittent expense or he may need tablets every day. Either way, make sure you have room in your budget to give him what he needs to stay healthy and happy.
4. Keep in mind that elderly canines are like elderly people. They can’t go for long walks so aren’t suitable for very active families. However, if you prefer the quieter lifestyle with the occasional gentle stroll, then give some thought to sharing this lifestyle with an older pet.
5. It’s not easy to think about but it’s important to remember that you won’t have your dog for as long as if you adopted a puppy or young adult. You’ll be faced with the grief of losing a four legged friend that will have wormed his way into your heart. You can take comfort in the fact that his twilight years were spent with someone who loved and cared for him very much.
If you are prepared for all of these scenarios and you still want to welcome a canine senior citizen into your home, you’ll enjoy the company of a calm and loving dog that will bring you much pleasure. As the saying goes, “There’s life in the old dog yet”

Susan Wright DMV is a dog expert, a vet and a freelance writer often sharing affordable ways to raise dogs.

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Each week when I volunteer at the Canon City Humane Society I encounter various breeds of dogs that I either didn’t even know existed, or that I have little knowledge about. So I thought it would be fun to learn about the different breeds I work with and share some of their characteristics and breed history with you along with their pictures.

Its important to select a dog breed that will compliment your lifestyle. The more you know about a breeds typical characteristics, history and temperament, the easier it will be to choose your perfect pooch match.  As always, you can get more information about adopting these adorable dogs at http://canoncityhumanesociety.org/.

Sitting pretty

Sydnie is a Labrador RetrieverBorder Collie blend. She is a 1 1/2 year old female, her beautiful black and white markings come from the Border Collie breed. 

A breed characteristic of the Labrador Retriever  is webbed paws for swimming, useful for the breed’s original purpose of retrieving fishing nets.
Typically, Labradors are athletic and love to swim, play catch and retrieve games, are good with young children, elderly, and for protection.
The Border Collie is a herding dog breed developed in the Anglo-Scottish border region for herding livestock, especially sheep. It is the most widespread of the collie breeds. Typically extremely energetic, acrobatic, and athletic, they frequently compete with great success in dog sports, in addition to their success in sheepdog trials, and are often cited as the most intelligent of all dogs.  http://en.wikipedia.org  

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