MAKE SURE YOUR BABY SLEEPS WELL

Dog keeping you from a good night’s sleep? With just a few easy pointers, you can ensure that both you and your dog get all the rest you need.

 

1. With a new puppy, it is very important to establish a set sleeping place for him on the very first night.

This can include a kennel or a crate if using it for training.Be sure to line the kennel or crate with newspaper in case of any night time accidents.Have an elevated area at the back of the sleep area, possibly a dog bed or pillow, so your dog is not sleeping in its own waste.


2. Let your dog "find" his sleeping space.

It is important that you choose the place for your dog to sleep, but you need to train him to go to this area at will. Lead him with a treat to connect a positive reward with his sleeping area. Never pick up your dog and place him in his sleep area, or he will associate being there with a negative experience.


 

3. Though you may want to share your bed with your new dog, don't do this right away.

It is important to get him used to your sleeping arrangements before allowing him to participate in this intimate connection.If your dog whines or cries during the night, do not react. Cooing or comforting your dog will reinforce his whining and send the signal that your dog can summon you at will.

4. Invite your dog into your bedroom.

Never allow him to enter your room on his own or crawl onto the bed uninvited. Your dog is not a concierge; wake up on your own terms, and make sure he waits calmly for you to start his structured day.

5. If changing your dog's sleeping arrangements, be sure he has plenty of exercise and food.

If your dog is tired out and full, he should adjust fairly easily to a new sleeping place.

6. It's important that you feel comfortable with your dog's sleeping arrangements.

If you are up all night worrying about your dog, not only will you be tired, the dog will be able to read your negative energy.

With these tips, you should be able to ensure your dog gets all the rest it needs with not as much fuss!

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September 22, 2014 by Quad Webb-Lunceford

Donations for the Cause: Canine Companions of Independence

As you all may have seen on the finale of the second season of BRAVO's Married to Medicine, I hosted a fashion show introducing my new couture clothing line, Picture Perfect Pup. Before this show started there was a silent auction and all proceeds went towards a foundation that have a strong focus on dogs being trained to help the disable. This foundation is called Canine Companions for Independence. 

 

 

At Canine Companions for Independence, their dogs begin their journey when they are whelped in the homes of volunteer breeder caretakers with whom the parent dogs live.

When the puppies are two months old, they are brought to the Santa Rosa, California Schulz campus that houses a full time veterinary staff and kennel care staff. Following examination and vaccination, the pups are placed in the homes of volunteer puppy raisers through one of Canine Companions' five regional centers.

The dogs are returned to their regional centers at approximately 14 months old and begin a six- to nine-month program of professional training. They are fully trained and introduced to the people who may become their partners.

The training of the person in the use of one of our dogs is called Team Training, and lasts for two very full weeks. At the end of the training, a public graduation ceremony takes place marking the beginning of a long-term relationship between person and dog and between the team and Canine Companions.

Graduates remain in touch with Canine Companions through regular follow-up programs, workshops and reunions.

 

TO FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION VISIT WWW.CCI.ORG AND DON'T FORGET TO DONATE!

 

September 15, 2014 by Quad Webb-Lunceford

DOGGY HISTORY....DID YOU KNOW???

Dogs are a kind of wolf. They were the first animals that people fed on purpose, earlier than sheep or cows or chickens. People have been taking care of dogs since about 13,000 BC, in the Stone Age, before the beginning of farming(and possibly much earlier; maybe as long as 100,000 years ago, before people left Africa). Most likely, dogs themselves began this relationship by hanging around people's campsites (there weren't any villages yet), trying to snatch some of their garbage to eat. At first, people must have tried to scare the dogs away. But after a while, some of them realized that the dogs ate rats, and also helped to clean up food garbage that drew flies and other insects. So campsites with dogs were cleaner and healthier than campsites without dogs. Fewer people got dysentery and died.

Somewhere along this line, people probably began to see that the dogs could do other things too. Dogs could let you know if any big animals or human enemies were coming. Dogs could let you know if the baby was getting into trouble. So people began to encourage the dogs to hang around. At some point, people also began to teach dogs to obey them, and they also started to use the dogs to help them hunt other animals, and to pull sleds. This was the earliest domestication of any animal, and may have given people the idea of domesticating sheep and goats, which came next. The domestication of dogs doesn't seem to have happened once, in one place, but many times, all over Europe and Asia, especially in India.

 

Dogs continued to be useful to people, and to live with people, even when people started to farm and to live in villages. It turned out that dogs could also guard sheep, and help to herd the sheep when you were moving them from one pasture to another. Some people ate dogs, especially in China. You might think of those dogs as a great way to turn garbage into food. Even in places where people usually didn't eat dogs, like Europe, dogs provided an emergency source of food when there was a famine. If you were starving, you had to kill and eat the village's dogs before they decided to eat you (and then there would be a lot more rats than usual, without the dogs to eat them, and you would live on the rats for a while).

Today you probably think of your dog as a pet, and give it food. But in antiquity and in the Middle Ages, hardly anyone was rich enough to give food to a dog on purpose. Most dogs had to find their own food in people's garbage, or they had to eat rats. Only working dogs that herded sheep or pulled sleds would have been given food.

Stay tuned in to see more upcoming history blogs coming your way!

September 10, 2014 by Quad Webb-Lunceford

FIVE GREAT TIPS FOR TAKING YOUR PUPS' PICTURE...

We were lucky enough to have dogs that really enjoyed having their pictures taken! Even if you have a dog that isn’t a super model, there are still some simple things that you can do to get great pictures of your pup!

1. Make sure your dog is in a comfortable environment. Your backyard or your home is more than likely the easiest place to get great pictures of your dog. It’s where they feel the most relaxed! Some of the best pictures I took of Khloe and Kari' were in our backyard.

 

                                                                  

2. Get down on their level. I spent most of my time photographing Khloe and Kari' laying on the ground! It’s great to get down to their level instead of looking down on them (I have taken some really cute pictures looking down on a dog, but the BEST pictures are when I have been down on the grass at their level.)

3. Focus on the eyes. I have always believed that the eyes show the true spirit of a dog.

4. Use treats and talk in a happy voice! It’s always good to have an assistant! I used to use a squeaker to get the adorable head tilt when I did photo sessions, but I always had my hubby on hand to help me out. Handling a camera, treats and a squeaker is hard work!

5. Have fun and take LOTS of pictures! If you want to get a great shot, plan on taking lots and lots of pictures! Set your camera up so it will take consecutive pictures (action shots) and take as many as you can. You never know when you are going to get the shot you have been waiting for. Just keep shooting!

September 09, 2014 by Quad Webb-Lunceford

....Top Signs That Your Dog Love You...

 1. Your dog cuddles up with you after eating. Dogs, like humans, love food. But unlike humans, dogs do not have a large prefrontal cortex, which is the part of the brain that is associated with both planning for the future and inhibiting impulses. It is no surprise, then, that dogs live in the present and love to eat. They don’t know when their next meal is coming. But once their bellies are full, what becomes their next priority? Do they go outside to relieve themselves? Or do they repose at your feet?

2. Where does your dog sleep? If you want to start a full-on religious war between dog-lovers, bring up the topic of sleeping with your dog. Everything from crates to separate rooms to under the covers and in the bed. The idea that dogs should never be allowed on the bed comes from old dominance theories which many of us ignore with no ill effects. Dogs are highly social, but they are also very flexible. They will prefer to be with the members of their social group, whether it is other dogs, cats, children, or adults. Where they prefer to sleep indicates who they consider their BFFs.

                                                              

3. Your dog freaks out when you leave. Sorry to disappoint, but that is not a sign of love. Separation anxiety is very common and a leading cause of behavioral problems. And while your dog may be unconditionally bonded to you, well-adjusted dogs also know that you will return and do not display the frenetic activity of the anxious dog. Nobody really knows why some dogs develop separation anxiety.  Our neuroimaging project is trying to figure out if it is the case of an overactive social-reward system – like ‘I really really love you, master’ – or whether the anxiety is driven by a hyperactive fear system.

4. Your dog freaks out when you come home. Now this is more like it. Who doesn’t love to be greeted by a dog who acts like you’ve been gone for a year? I know my dogs love me when I get home because they jump all over me even after they’ve been fed. But the true test is whether they do the same thing to anyone who walks in the house. Watch closely what your dog does when someone else comes in. If they do the same thing, I’m afraid your dog is just promiscuous.

5. Do you love your dog? A loving relationship is a two-way commitment. If you don’t love your dog, then how can he love you? He may be bonded to you for food, shelter, or fear. We wouldn’t call a human relationship based on any of those things love, and so it is the same with dogs.

 

CREDITS: HOW DOGS LOVE US? by GREGORY BERNS

August 19, 2014 by Quad Webb-Lunceford

How Do You Know When Your Baby Is Not Feeling Well?

When you stare deeply into your beloved pet’s eyes, it may seem almost as if he or she could talk. Of course dogs can’t talk, but their body language can be very eloquent. The better you know your dog—his or her habits, appearance, and behavior—the more apparent these signs will be. Acting promptly at the first signs of illness can help prevent suffering, save money, and even save a life. Listed Below are a few ways to notice if your dog is feeling ill...

Behavior Change

You know your dog best. And if your dog behaves strangely, he is probably telling you something. Here are some indications that your best friend may be sick as a dog:

  • Lethargy
  • Irritability
  • Agitation
  • Withdrawal
  • Needy or clingy behavior

Tummy troubles

Every dog vomits and has diarrhea now and then—whether it’s from too many table treats or unmentionables scavenged off the sidewalk. When your dog has these symptoms, especially in combination with lethargy and poor appetite, be sure to contact your veterinarian:

  • Repeated vomiting that lasts over 24 hours.
  • Repeated or profuse diarrhea that lasts over 24 hours
  • Abdominal pain or swelling
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Repeated dry heaves, restlessness, and distended belly may be a sign of “bloat,” a life threatening condition more typical in large breed dogs. Seek emergency treatment immediately.

Breathing Problems

The signs of respiratory illness range from the obvious to the subtle. Call your vet if you notice:

  • Persistent cough that disrupts sleep or lasts more than 24 hours
  • Persistent nasal discharge, especially with mucus or blood
  • A honking cough
  • Wheezing or noisy breathing
  • Persistent gagging
  • Labored breathing
  • If your dog is struggling to breathe, check the color of the gums and tongue. They should be pink. If you notice a bluish tint, seek emergency care immediately.

Elimination problems

Changes in your dog’s bathroom habits can indicate a problem. Consult your veterinarian if you notice:

  • Increased volume or frequency of urine
  • Trouble passing urine
  • Trouble defecating
  • Urinary accidents in a previously housetrained dog
  • Fecal accidents in a previously housetrained dog
  • External appearance

    Physical changes are often the most noticeable. You know your dog best. If it’s enough to make you worry, then it makes sense to call your vet:

    • New lumps and bumps
    • Sudden changes in old lumps and bumps
    • Lumps or sores that are bloody or oozing
    • Sudden weight loss
    • Sudden weight gain
    • Rash
    • Hair loss
    • Persistent itch
    • Persistent shaking of head or scratching at ears

    Fever

    Fever often accompanies illness. Conventional wisdom states that a healthy dog should have a cold, wet nose. and that a warm, dry nose means trouble. This is a common misconception. The appearance or feel of a dog’s nose is a poor indicator of health or body temperature. Taking your dog’s temperature with a thermometer is the only real way to diagnose a fever (see box, below). If your dog is acting sick and has a temperature above 103 F, it’s time to call the vet.

    Note that a body temperature above 104.5 F is consistent with heat stroke and is a life threatening emergency. Institute cooling measures and seek veterinary care immediately.

    Pain

    A dog may yelp in pain when you go to touch her injured paw or sore back, but it’s even more likely that she will suffer in silence. Most dogs in pain don’t vocalize at all. Any of the following signs warrant a trip to the vet. Never give pain medicine unless it was specifically prescribed for your dog. This includes over-the counter-human pain killers, which can be very toxic to dogs. Here are some signs that your dog may be hurting:

    • Lameness or stiffness that lasts more than 24 hours
    • Reluctance to move, jump or walk
    • Obvious bone or joint swelling that is warm to the touch
    • Trouble chewing, drooling
    • Agitation
    • Guarding of a body part by growling when you approach
    • If your dog has been hurt in a car accident, a fall from a height, or attacked by a larger animal, or if there is uncontrolled bleeding, seek veterinary care immediately.
    • Neurologic signs

      Finally, the following signs indicate nervous syste

      • Weakness
      • Stumbling
      • Heat tilt
      • Seizures
      • Repetitive twitches
      • Repetitive circling
      • Disorientation
      • Stupor
      • Loss of consciousness, however briefly, is an indication for immediate veterinary care.
August 14, 2014 by Quad Webb-Lunceford