5 Questions that Owners Always Ask Me

by admin on April 9, 2013

SOPHIA TONY'S GIRL DBIf you read my blog, then you know that I own a doggy daycare and boarding.  Whenever I  meet owners and their dogs, they ask me 5 if not more questions about dogs in general.  So, I thought I would share them here with you.  You might have more questions to ask me, and I encourage you to comment on my blog.

I thought these 5 questions were good ones to start off addressing.  Let me know if you’ve thought about them too.

1.  “Is it good to have my dog go in to heat before they get spayed”?  That answer is Yes.  Dogs should be spayed before they go in to their first heat.  This is a simple and common procedure.  Spaying your dog makes for a calmer companion and eliminates the over population of dogs that sometimes end up in shelters. Having your dog spayed, makes for a cleaner world for you both to live in; they don’t have the desire to seek out a mate, which can be daunting for owners.  Also you avoid the mess that comes when a dogs goes in to heat.  You avoid all the messy discharge that require special products so your couches, bedding are not stained.

2.  “Is my dog color blind?” This is my most common question.  Dogs have the best way to sense smells (some even miles away) and many dogs have exceptional eyesight.  Mother Nature has taken care of that for them.  Dogs don’t need to be able to distinguish colors to survive. Dogs do see colors, however, colors may appear muted to them. Their color vision is limited.  They don’t see colors in the same way as we do.

3.  “When will my dog go in to heat?’  The most common barometer for going in to heat is 6 months.  However some dogs can go in to heat anywhere from 3 months to 9 months.  Dogs go in to heat twice a year.  Ask your vet about this question too.

4.  “Can I give my dog ibuprofen or aspirin?’  ALWAYS discuss this first with you vet.  Never give your dog any medication without consulting the expert.  Dogs require different dosage amounts.  Too high a dosage can be dangerous to their health.  Your vet will know the exact amount to give your dog based on their health history and weight.  So the answer is yes, with a vet by your side. Giving your dog any medication, must be done with care.

5.  “How do I potty train my dog?”  There is no simple answer for this 1.  Many people hire a trainer for basic instructions.  Many folks use wee wee pads to get their puppy used to peeing on the pad after drinking.  Praise training is important, no matter what you choose to do.  Crate training or a confined area outside under supervision is an excellent option. REWARD, REWARD, REWARD good behavior. Keeping the pup confined to a small area, will get them used to not eliminating where they sleep too.  Crate training teaches the pup, not to do their business where they sleep.  Taking them out after they drink water, is important too.  They usually have to urinate about 15-20 minutes after they drink water or eat. Boundaries are important to establish, right from the start, when you bring them home.

For many of our clients, this is the most important hurdle to overcome when they have a new dog or puppy.  This takes time, repetition and patience to show them where to go.

I hope you found this blog helpful.  Follow me on facebook:  Alanna Chasin aka The Dog Buddha and sign up for my blog, it’s easy.  Just find my photo and follow the prompts.

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Loren Blumberg April 9, 2013 at 2:22 pm

As usual, some very good points to review and use in our everyday lives with our pets.

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admin April 9, 2013 at 10:47 pm

Loren, I always appreciate you reading and commenting on my blog!

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