Monthly Archives: July 2016

Flea Time

Sadly it’s that time of year again- Flea time.

Fleas are quite possibly the most annoying pet parasite and make a pet owners life a misery. Here are a few tips on how to spot fleas on your dog and how to get rid of them .

Thankfully in most areas, fleas only appear in the warmer months but we know in some areas these little blood suckers are a year round problem.

How to Spot Fleas

If your dog has started to itch more than normal, it’s “armpits” are warm and red, and your pet is experiencing balding in certain areas- it is time to check for fleas.

Fleas love the back of your dogs neck and the base of the tail where the hair is thicker.

Invest in a flea comb.

A flea comb is a speical fine toothed comb that you comb through your dogs fur picking up fleas and flea dirt as you go.

Wash all Dog Bedding

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Fleas love to hide in your pets bedding and soft toys. They also use these fabrics to lay their eggs (gross). Grab all the pet bedding and soft pet toys and wash on a hot temperature to kill any fleas or eggs.

Clean the House

All the things my dogs love

Fleas love carpets, rugs and any soft furnishing. Use your vacuum to pick up any fleas or flea dirt on furniture and steam clean rugs or carpets if you can.

Natural Flea Killers

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We have had a lot of luck using “Apple Cider Vinegar” mixed with water.

  • Mix 1 cap full of  Apple Cider Vinegar with 1 pint of water.
  • Mix together in a spray bottle and spray over your pet

You can also add Apple Cider Vinegar to you dogs daily water dish as it not only fights fleas but gives your pup a nice shiny coat

Diatomaceous Earth is great to prevent fleas or when you have a small infestation

Sprinkle over unused dog bedding and carpets and leave to sit for 4 days. Vacuum up.

I have heard of people using this directly on their dogs but have never tried that.

Some plants are great at preventing fleas

Plant Rosemary, lavender and citronella to keep fleas at bay. Either plant in your garden or have them in pots in your apartment.

Hope these tips and tricks help. If you have any other ideas for dealing with fleas, please share below

Puppy Socialisation

What is Socialisation?

Socialisation is a broad term used to describe mentally and physically preparing your pup for the world around them.

These imporatant skills are developed in the first few months of your dogs life and will last it’s lifetime.

Puppies that are socialized well are less prone to reacting badly to noises, other dogs or other people.

A well socialised puppy is more likely to integrate into human life easier starting your lifetime together on the right path.

Socialization is divided into to parts. The first part of socialization is teaching our pups to be well mannered around other dogs and people. The second part is referred to as habituation which is teaching our pups that situations and noises are not scary (traffic, cars, buses, etc).

Sadly, a lot of people do not understand the importance of this stage in a puppies life. This results in behavioural problems in adolescent and adult dogs (the majority being fear based issues). This is the most common call we get- a dog fearful of other dogs, strangers or new situations.  The first 16 weeks of a pups life are so important in preparing your puppy for the rest of its life.

Some breeds are referred to as “reactive breeds” and it is in their nature to be more guarding of their owners or property (terriers are a perfect example of this). It is especially important for dogs like this to be socialised and habituated as soon as possible.

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Good Breeders

It is the job of a good breeder to start puppies out on the right track with socialisation.  Breeders establish the foundations for a puppy’s social skills, learning skills and problem solving abilities.

Breeders handle puppies from birth ensuring they are used to human touch. Introducing a puppy to a variety of different noises, surfaces, toys and textures contribute to a puppies early development.

In addition to asking your breeder about your new pups health checks, make sure you ask what efforts have been made to socialise the puppies so far so you can continue the good work.

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The Fear Stage

From 5 weeks old to approx 16 weeks, our puppies go through a transition where a puppies fearfulness starts to increase. It is vitally important that pups are socialised and habituated with as many things as possible during this stage and making all experiences as positive as possible.

Getting out and about with your puppy is key to them excepting everyday things like traffic or farm animals. Also think about your lifestyle. If you live in the City, taking your dog to see horses is not the most obvious choice. But exposing your puppy to traffic, police sirens, subways, etc would be a more constructive use of your time (and vice versa).

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Puppy Parties or Group Socials

Use resources such at www.meetup.com, facebook etc to meet other puppies in your local area. Many trainers (including us) offer socialisation walks which are perfect for puppies to make new friends and learn to play appropriately. Having a dog trainer or behaviourist on hand is a nice way of learning what is appropriate and isn’t appropriate in your pups play style.

 

Hope that gives you a nice introduction to the importance of socializing your puppy. If you have any questions, please contact us at any time