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by guest blogger Claire Jorge

Planning to get a puppy is something that truly puts a spark of excitement in dog lovers; and the first time that you see and hold your puppy is not only a thrilling moment, but a happy one as well. You spend the day playing and cuddling your puppy, and getting so much pleasure out of the experience; and then came the puppy’s first night away from its mother. You put your puppy in its place, preparing it for bed. You put water and maybe a few toys to keep it occupied during the night. You turn off the lights and go to bed. Then, the whining starts. When this happens, you do everything to make it stop. But are you doing it correctly? Also, why is the dog whining in the first place?

Apart from growling and barking, another way that dogs communicate with humans is by whining. There are different reasons why puppies or dogs whine. Before you employ means to discipline your dog or call Cesar Millan, it is best to understand why it’s whining in the first place. This way, you’ll know how to approach the problem the right way. Remember that various breeds are pretty impressionable and doing the wrong thing could actually exacerbate instead of improve the problem.

Like kids, puppies also cry when they miss their moms. This is demonstrated through whining, particularly on its first night in a new home. Dogs also whine, and there are various reasons for this as well. It may be due to pain, anxiety or they may be in need of something, such as food, water or attention. So, here are a few things that could help your puppy get more comfortable; and thus, reduce or alleviate whining. These tips are also useful for those with more mature dogs.

Create a Warm and Comfortable Environment

Make sure that your puppy has a warm and comfortable place to sleep in. Puppies often cuddle with their moms and siblings, and they are so used to being enveloped by something warm. Keeping puppies warm is also necessary since these animals are too young to have enough fat or fur that helps in protecting them from extreme cold.

Let It Know You’re Nearby

If possible, don’t leave a new puppy outside. Have it somewhere near where it can smell your presence. A puppy may whine because it feels unsafe or unsure. Hence, having the scent of its pack leader, which is you, nearby, will help in calming it down. Try putting the puppy’s crate in your room or have it snuggle in a shirt or any cloth that has your scent. If the whining doesn’t stop, ignore it. Don’t have the dog sleep in bed with you as it will learn that whining means that it will then be taken to your bed.

Bladder Control

Puppies are small and their bodily systems aren’t exactly mature yet. This is why their bladders only hold a small amount of urine. So, when your puppy whines, it could mean that it needs to go to the toilet. You may have to take your puppy outside to do its business every two hours. Though it may seem like a lot of work, it’s a great way to toilet train your puppy at a very early age.

Upset Dog

A dog can get upset if it senses that something is not right with its environment. Maybe someone it doesn’t recognize is close by or maybe he is worried about the presence of another animal. As a dog owner, it’s important to learn how to differentiate your dog’s whines so that it will become easier for you to know why it’s whining and address the problem appropriately.

Anxious Dog

Dogs also experience separation anxiety. When they do, they express this through whining. It’s a vocalization that they want to become reunited with their owners.

Dog in Pain

Dogs in pain also whine. When your dog suddenly whines for no apparent reason, have it checked by a vet. It may be in pain or maybe it’s not feeling well.

Claire Jorge is a skilled vet who regularly contributes helpful blogs to recognized animal websites. She provides guidance to pet owners, basing her advice on her experiences at Miami Animal Hospital. She currently lives with her beautiful Akitas, Betsy and Mae, which are well-trained protection dogs.

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by guest blogger Claire Stanton

Animals truly have so many fantastic qualities that humans actually strive to emulate. This may also be the reason why most super heroes try to be or demonstrate animalistic qualities which make them powerful, strong, and unique. Take for instance Batman. He’s a billionaire vigilante whose character is based on a bat. There’s also Spider-Man, and we all know that he got his super powers from a genetically modified spider. There’s Catwoman, Batgirl, Hawkman, and a host of other heroes and super villains which are either named after animals or have animal-like characteristics.

Angelic face of white dog

In reality, animals really are pretty fierce. There are beasts that can easily uproot trees, while some travel miles without food and water. Other creatures can last underwater for hours, and some carry their own arsenal of potent poisons that can kill a healthy, strapping person in just seconds or minutes. One animal, which also has lots of awesome qualities, is the dog. Yes, our cuddly, loyal companions actually possess many outstanding inherent qualities that benefit humankind in so many ways.

1. Able to Detect Cancer

In cancer, early prevention is vital as this gives a victim a better chance of surviving the disease. Dogs, with their heightened smelling abilities, can actually smell organic substances that are linked to certain types of cancer, like lung cancer, breast cancer, and colon cancer. Some canines can also identify people who have COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), as well as type 1 diabetes. This is only the tip of the iceberg. With more intensive research, who knows what other cells or diseases dogs can smell and properly identify, right? Such characteristics greatly challenge the capability of supposedly high tech man-made gadgets.

2. Can Sense Epileptic Seizures

There are now so many dogs, regardless of breed or age, which are trained to sense human epileptic seizures. Such canines have the ability to sense oncoming epileptic seizures so that they will be able to warn their masters. By alerting their humans of impending seizures, people will be able to take safety precautions in order to reduce risks. These dogs are known as seizure alert dogs. There’s also a slightly different breed, which is the seizure response dog. Though this canine is not trained or capable of detecting a looming epileptic seizure, it can help its master during and after the epileptic episode.

3. Can Readily Identify Drugs and Bombs

Yes, dogs are valuable companions. But they are also awe-inspiring soldiers and law enforcement officers. Just ask anyone with a K-9, and he’ll tell you how police dogs work hard and how great they are at what they do; and they won’t even whine about their benefits or wages. Many dogs have been recognized and awarded because of their work in law enforcement. Dogs have been tasked to guard borders to help keep illegal drugs out of the country. In the modern-day battlefields, dogs are assigned to sniff for bombs in order to keep their human soldier companions safe.

4. Save Lives of Calamity Victims

Whatever the calamity, earthquakes, fires, floods, avalanche, or even bombings, dogs are there to “search and rescue” victims. Many dogs are faithful public servants that will go through dangerous underground mines, explore unstable crevices, get inside a fire-stricken structure, or sniff rubble to detect and help those who have been trapped. These creatures help human rescuers locate the lost and trapped. Such dogs have given thousands of people a second chance at life.

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Claire Stanton writes about Oakwood veterinary service, dog breeds, and how-to articles regarding dog care. She is a freelance blogger who also contributes to wildlife and pet sites.

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by guest blogger Susan Wright

Big dog

All our dogs start out as adorable – and tiny – puppies, but knowing how big he will be as a fully-grown adult canine is important. His size will affect everything from the dog food bills to your dwelling. Let’s face it, some dogs are just too big for an apartment lifestyle.

Look to the Parents

The easiest way to estimate a puppy’s future adult size is to look at the parents. Regardless of whether you are adopting a purebred or mutt, the parents’ height and weight are very revealing about their puppies’ future stature. The sex of the dog plays a factor, too. Male puppies will likely be larger and take after their daddy in size, and the females will take after their mommy.

Paw Prints

If you are eyeing an entire litter and trying to pick out future weight and height, take the paw and head size into consideration. Those puppies in the litter with the larger paws and head size will be on the higher end of the size range for the breed.

Determining the adult size of mixed breeds can be difficult. In addition, the more complex the mix, or an absence of parents can make the estimate that much harder, but asking Fido for a quick paw shake can be very telling. One day Fido will grow into those oversized, clumsy, cute puppy paws, and it will make for a big dog!

Loose Skin

Just like a puppy will grow into his paws, he will also grow into his skin. The more loose skin that you see on a dog, the greater room he has to grow into that skin, and the larger he is likely to become as an adult.

Calculating the Growth

Puppies are usually not ready to leave their mother until they are eight to 10 weeks old. At two and a half months old (10 weeks), a puppy is roughly 25 percent of his fully-grown adult weight. At four months old he is roughly 50 percent of his adult weight, and at six months old he is roughly 75 percent of his adult weight.

A dog’s height is measured from the floor to the top of his shoulder. When your puppy turns six months old, he will be approximately 75 percent of his adult height. While these weight and height calculations are only estimates, you may be able to see if you are in the ballpark of choosing a puppy that will grow into the dog of your dreams.

Rather than depending on any one category above, try taking all of the factors into consideration. If you still feel extremely unsure about your puppy’s adult size, ask an expert. Veterinarians see tons of puppies each year and they can give you a better indication of how big a dog will grow. They may even be able to offer some insight into the dog breed. Moreover, a vet is an excellent source for your numerous questions as a new puppy owner.

Susan Wright provides care for family pets as a veterinarian, is a writer and dog owner that prefers to keep her dogs safe with wireless dog fences.

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by guest blogger Kate Lee

Some of us love our dogs as if they were our offspring, and it hurts to see them in pain. Fleas are not only an annoyance that keeps them constantly scratching, they can also prove to be a serious health problem for their human owners. Still, most commercial flea shampoos are filled with chemicals so if you need to de-flea your pet but would prefer to use natural methods, read on.

It’s Time for a Bath

Most natural soplutions are fantastic at protecting the animal, but if you’ve already got an infestation it can be toughter to deal with. You’ll need to select a day when you’ve got plenty of time, as this all needs to be done in one day. Bathe the animal in warm, soapy water, ensuring you gently massage the soap into the skin. Rinse well, and comb through with a fine-toothed flea comb to remove the eggs which may cling to the hair root.

Take all the pet’s bedding and wash with detergent, adding apple cider vinegar to the rinse cycle. Sweep the area thoroughly and dispose of the trash immediately.

Once the bedding is dry, replace it and sprinkle diatomaceous earth on the bedding and all around the area. This is a naturally-occurring substance that works well against all sorts of insects as it dehydrates the exoskeleton, killing it. It is perfectly safe for humans and pets.

A Little Perfume

Once you’ve gone to the effort of getting rid of the existing infestation, the last thing you want is to encounter a re-infestation. It’s important to protect your dog from future attacks, and contrary to popular opinion, the best way to do this is not to buy a flea collar, which only tends to protect the neck and head. Instead, your pet needs perfume.

Essential oils like tea tree, eucalyptus and lavender are effective against fleas and you only need a drop or two at the base of the tail and the neck. Although reactions to these oils are rare, massage in gently and be on the lookout for any irritation.

For full-body protection, steep half a cup of rosemary in a pint of boiling water for 20 minutes to create a spray. Remove the rosemary and once the liquid is cool, spray liberally over the animal’s coat, allowing it to air dry. If you don’t have rosemary, you can also cut a lemon into quarters and steep the pieces in boiling water, leaving it overnight. Make sure the dog air dries as the scent is what protects it.

Protection From the Inside

A healthy dog is able to better fight off fleas, so optimum health is the best protection against infestation. However, there are a few foods that will specifically help combat the problem. The first is apple cider vinegar, which gives the skin an acidity that is unpleasant to fleas. It can also be pretty unpleasant for the dog, too, so if your pet doesn’t like the taste you can create a spray with equal parts water and spray over the coat as per the above.

Garlic and brewer’s yeast are also used by many pet owners to target fleas. Adding a small amount to the dog’s food will assist in the fight against these bloodsuckers, but the recommended amount varies by the pet’s weight, so check with your veterinarian for the appropriate amounts.

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Kate Lee is a freelance writer who specializes in natural pest solutions. She loves dogs and uses her remedies on her own pet. In her spare time, she writes for Affordable Pest Lorton.

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