Do Dogs Like to be Teased?

teasing Renee JohnsonBy Linda Cole

Playing with your dog has an important role in building a bond and earning trust. Plus, he gets to spend quality time with you and run off some energy. It’s not uncommon for dog owners to tease their pet, especially when playing fetch. Instead of tossing the ball, you hide it and watch as your dog tries to find the elusive ball. To us it’s all in good fun, but does your dog see teasing as part of play, and is it something he likes?

In some instances, teasing a dog can promote unwanted behavior. I used to have a neighbor kid who thought it was fun to ride his bike towards my dog Jack when he was outside in his pen. The kid raced his bike up to the fence before veering off and hitting his brakes. This infuriated and frustrated Jack to no end, and he would growl and bark whenever he saw the boy. Jack was a very friendly dog to everyone else. Mean-spirited teasing or harassment is never alright for people or pets. If you suspect someone is teasing your dog, it’s up to you to put a stop to it immediately, before your pet resorts to biting.
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5 Reasons to Check Your Dog’s Paws

dog paws allisonBy Laurie Darroch

A dog’s paws may seem callused and tough, and capable of withstanding the harshest terrain, but they need to be cared for like any other part of a dog’s body. Prevention is also key in keeping your dog’s paws, toes and pads in good health. Here are five reasons you will want to examine your dog’s paws.

Seasonal Damage

A dog’s paws are subject to damage caused by the changes of the seasons. The extreme cold of winter weather, dry home interiors and salt used to melt ice and snow on sidewalks and roads can all damage a dog’s feet.

During the heat of the summer, the hot ground, beach sand and chemicals used in the garden can get in the pads and paws and cause injuries or discomfort.

Cuts, Scrapes and Other Injuries

Small injuries can go from a simple cut to a major infection if the injury is not cleaned and treated. Watch for oozing, bleeding, raw sores, and calluses that have developed and change the way your dog’s nails grow or how their feet function.

Dogs that constantly chew at their paws can develop yeast infections that make their feet itch, which in turn makes them chew and agitate the irritation further.
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4 Signs of Dehydration in Cats

dehydration bartBy Langley Cornwell

When it comes to humans, dehydration can come from something as simple as a hot day without enough liquid refreshments. For example, a person might sweat so much that they become dehydrated because they lose water and electrolytes through their sweat. As we sweat, our pores open and release some of our body heat. Additionally, sweat covers our skin and helps to reduce body temperature. Cats get can get overheated too, but they have different methods of cooling down than humans do. Because cats only sweat through their paws, this is an unlikely method by which they might become dehydrated. However, it’s important to realize that cats can become dehydrated for a number of reasons, and to know the symptoms .

Signs of Dehydration

It can be difficult to tell at first glance when a cat is dehydrated. Since they are covered in fur and don’t sweat through anywhere but their paws, you can’t just glance at them and see that they are pale or not sweating when they should be. However, their behavior can be an indication of significant dehydration. In fact, dehydration in cats is often a symptom of another health issue but can oftentimes be overlooked. It’s vital to be aware of the signs of dehydration in cats, because if not caught early it can exacerbate the severity of other health complications.

Here are the major signs of dehydration in cats:
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Dog Breed Profile: The Spunky Australian Terrier

By Linda Cole

One of the smallest of the terrier breeds, the Australian Terrier was bred to be a working dog as well as a companion pet. This dog may be small in size, but his attitude is as large and feisty as every other terrier breed. This loyal, even tempered and extremely active canine is comfortable working and living in almost any environment.

The Australian Outback is a harsh existence for people and animals who venture onto the land ill prepared for life in an unforgiving environment. In the late 1700s, European settlers from Britain arrived in Australia. As more and more people migrated to the Land Down Under, they brought a variety of terrier breeds with them, including ancestors of the Skye, Norwich, Irish, Cairn, Yorkshire, Manchester and Dandie Dinmont Terriers. These British breeds were bred with the small Tasmanian Rough-Coated Terrier to develop an intelligent, alert, brave, fast, and able rough-coated dog – the Australian Terrier – the first dog breed recognized in its native land of Australia.

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6 Fun Homemade Games For Cats

cat games PeteBy Julia Williams

Every cat guardian knows how important play is for a feline’s physical and mental wellbeing. Playtime provides beneficial exercise while stimulating their minds and preventing boredom. If you’re like me, you have an assortment of toys littering your floor. You may have also discovered that a plain cardboard box has as much feline appeal as a new catnip mouse. With that in mind, here are some ideas for homemade games that will entertain your kitty and don’t cost a lot.

Ball Pit

I found a cute video of cats playing in a kiddie pool filled with little plastic balls. Looks like fun! You can also use ping pong balls, and if you don’t have a kiddie pool, just use your bathtub to keeps the balls contained. Rocky loves this game and will play with just one or two balls in the bathtub for quite some time.

Box Jumping

This game takes advantage of a cat’s natural affinity for the box, and their love of jumping. Line up a row or two of boxes as shown in this video. Let your kitty smell a CANIDAE cat treat or piece of kibble, then toss it into the box to start the game. Once they jump into the box and eat that piece, toss another into a different box making sure your cat sees where it goes. Depending upon how food motivated your kitty is and how (ahem) smart they are, you may need to “walk them through” how to play at first. Some kitties enjoy the box jumping game even without the enticing treats.
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7 Heartwarming Animal Rescues in 2015

animal rescue toddBy Linda Cole

Like us, animals sometimes find themselves in perilous situations and need assistance from a human. Thankfully, there are brave people who are quick to extend a helping hand. Read on for seven heartwarming animal rescue stories from 2015.

Duke

Edward Emmerich and his Belgian Malinois, Duke, were down on their luck and homeless. For seven months, “home” for the construction worker and his dog was an encampment under a bridge in McKinney, Texas. The day after Thanksgiving, the rain swollen river quickly rose, and Emmerich was trapped by the rising water. He dialed 911; rescuers pinpointed his location using pings from his cell phone. A rescue team found Emmerich standing chest deep in floodwaters with Duke perched on his shoulders. One of the rescuers, Del Ray Pope, was lowered down to the pair and assisted them as they were pulled to safety. On dry ground, Duke and Emmerich were checked out while Pope removed his gear. What happened next shows that even dogs understand it’s important to thank their rescuer. When Pope walked back to the truck, Duke immediately recognized the firefighter and rushed to him – planting his front paws in the middle of Pope’s chest and gratefully licking his face.

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