Why I Won’t Use a Retractable Leash

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Retractable leashes are popular because people feel they aren’t as confining for their dogs. It gives the dog freedom to sniff and enjoy their walk. But it also sets the dog and walker up for possible harm and trouble.

The retractable leash really isn’t a leash. It is a thin cord wound around a spring loaded device inside a plastic handle.

Let’s look at the possible dangers this leash can pose:

  • The leash can extend in some cases up to 26 feet allowing the dog to get far enough away from their human that a situation could quickly turn dangerous. This would allow the dog enough lead to run into the road or make contact with other dogs or humans uninvited.
  • If the dog approaches an aggressive dog it is too far away from its human for the human to get the situation under control. It is much easier to protect your dog when they are on a 6 foot leash than a 20 feet away.
  • The thin cord of the retractable leash breaks real easy, especially with a powerful dog on the other end of it. If your dog takes off at a good speed after something. The chances that lead is going to snap and they are gone is highly possible. Plus the cord can then snap back and injure the human.
  • If you get tangled in the cord or grab the cord to try and reel the dog back in it could cause burns, cuts  and even amputation.
  • Your dog can also receive serious injury as a result of the sudden jerk when they come to the end of their lead, if they are at a full run.
  • Retractable leashes allow a dog to pull at the end of the lead which may to another dog look like aggression and that dog may decide to fight back

Dogs who are perfectly trained to walk nicely on a leash have a gentle personality and good manners. Maybe the only good candidate for the retractable leash but even in this instance I wouldn’t want to risk my dogs or my health and well-being for this type of leash

I would love to hear your thoughts and what you use with your dog for walks

 

OMG, My Baby is 15yrs Old!

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Today My Baby, Bandit turns 15yrs old. Some days he has energy like his much younger brothers. Other days it’s a  10 minute struggle to get up the stairs, to lay on the bed in the sun.

People tell me I spoil him because he gets special treatment. Yes he does get treated different than the other two, but because he gets the senior treatment.

Here is a list of what I do to help my senior baby

  1. Bandit gets a nutritional grain free meal 2 times a day. For his evening meal he gets fresh veggies with his kibble. (This is not special treatment the other 2 get this as well) Bandit does get a vitamins for health joints.
  2. I make sure Bandit gets exercise everyday. He gets a walk, just he and I only because he can’t keep the pace of his younger brothers. Some days I can’t keep up with them either. It would be real easy to let him just lounge on the couch all day because his joints are hurting him. But this will only make things worse. On the days he is hurting and struggling with his walking, we may not walk as long or as many times but he still gets a walk. Even if it is to the mailbox and back.
  3. I try to keep Bandit at a healthy weight. Being overweight is not only hard on his heart but also on those sore joints. This is true for the other two as well.
  4. Bandit gets regular check ups at the vet. Any sign of something out of the ordinary he gets a visit.

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Our dogs are only with us for a short time, so lets make that time as healthy and enjoyable as possible.

I would love to see pictures of your babies and hear any tips you may have that you do with your senior dogs or preventative with your younger dogs

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Prepare Your Pet For National Disaster

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This past weekend as I received notifications on Facebook from friends checking in safe in Orlando because of a mass shooting. I began thinking about getting prepared for more of these type attacks as well as national disasters. Not just for myself but for my dogs as well.

Here is the list I will be working on:

  • ID: Make sure to get your dog & cat microchiped as well as have a physical tag. Microchips increase your chances of being reunited with your pet incase they get lost or separated from you. If your pet is already microchipped make sure all the information on the chip is up to date. BUT, remember the average citizen who may find your pet will have no way to scan for a chip, so a physical tag is also a good idea to have on your pets collar. Make sure to include your cell phone incase you are away from your home.
  • Prepare a disaster kit:

* Food & Water for 5 days for each pet. Don’t forget their bowls

* Medication and Medical records. Stores these in a water proof container

* Cat litter pan, litter, litter scoop and garbage bag.

* Sturdy leases, harness and carriers. You want to transport your pets safely,                                without them escaping.

* Current photo of you and your pets, to help with identification and to also prove                      they belong to you.

* Write feeding schedule, behavioral traits and vet info.

* Misc Items: Newspaper, paper towels, trash bags, grooming items

  • Find a safe place to stay ahead of time: Don’t assume your pet will be allowed at the shelter you evacuate too. Contact hotels outside your evacuation area to see if they except pets. Keep this handy and try to call and make arrangements as early as possible.
  • Try to make arrangements with Family and friends outside of your area. Ask and see if they would house you and your pets in case of an emergency
  • If you evacuate take your pets with you don’t leave them behind. If it’s not safe for you it’s not safe for them. Also evacuate early evacuating with pets before conditions get to extreme which could cause your pet to panic.

I would love to hear what you put on your emergency preparedness list. Please leave me a comment.

How To Be The Person Your Dog Thinks You Are

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So often, I look into my dogs eyes as he is staring at me as he lays at my feet and I wonder what is he thinking. And then I think seeing all the love in those eyes, can I even begin to live up to be the person he thinks I am.

Here are a few tips to be that person your dog things you are:

  • Never doubt your self worth: Wow this is a big one for me. It is real easy to look down on yourself as you observe all your screw ups as you listen to peoples words all around you. But stop and look into those loving trusting eyes of your dog and know that for him you are worth so much.
  • Even on your worst days , you are the absolute best to your dog: Once again is we pay less attention to what is going on around us and more to the love our dog shows and sees in us we will begin to see each day as wonderful
  • You are wonderful just the way you wake up each morning: We get so caught up in our appearance, our our financial situation or where we live or what we drive. But my dogs doesn’t care if my hair is standing straight up and I haven’t showered yet. They don’t care that the wallpaper is coming down in the bathroom. All that matters to them is that it is a new day and they get to spend it with me.
  • You don’t need anyone’s approval or affection to validate your worth
  • You are irreplaceable: To my dogs I am their whole world. I just went on a trip and my dog sitter texted me and said two of my babies would not eat all they wanted to do was sit by the door and wait for me. Their world had been turned upside down, by my not being there.
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  • Be gentle with your body it is all you have
  • Never wish to be anyone other than yourself
  • Even your smallest actions are extraordinary: For my dogs something as simple as throwing a tennis ball means the whole world to them. So don’t undervalue something because it seems like nothing to you.
  • Unconditional love is real and you are deserving of it
  • Mistakes are inevitable but they don’t define you: I can make a mistake with my dog and an hour later they have moved on and don’t remind me of it every chance they get and we should do the same
  • You already are the person your dog believes you are they just want you to believe it

How To Know What Your Dog Is Saying

I hear people all the time say. “I wish my dog could talk.” Well your dog is communicating all the time with you. It is your responsibility to learn their language.

Dogs are communicating their emotional state and their intentions all the time, they just don’t use sound like you and I. Their information is sent via body language. Specifically their facial expressions  and body posture.

Understanding your dogs language will help you know when they are spooked or nervous. When they are edgy and about ready to snap. You will need to observer their face as well as their body.

  1. Relaxed and approachable: This dog is relaxed and unconcerned about it’s surrounds and is usually safe to approach.

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2. Alert Checking things out: The dog may have noticed something that now has his attention and he is now trying to determine if it is a threat and needs immediate attention. Notice the different in the two. *Ears slightly forward, *Mouth open, * Tail not resting but horizontal and swaying slightly

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3. Dominant Aggressive: He is let you know he is dominant and will act aggressively if challenged. Notice *Ears are forward, *Nose is wrinkled, *Lips curled showing teeth and possibly gums, *Fur is raised on the back

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4. Fearful and aggressive: This dog is fearful, but is not submissive and may attack if pressed. Notice complete change of posture. *Head down, *Ears back, *Tail tucked, *Body lowered

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5. Stressed and Distressed: This dog is either under social stress or environmental distress. It is not addressed to anyone in particular, but just a general announcement to all around. Notice he *Licks at the face of dominant dog or the air, *Ears Back, *Paw Raised, Tail down but wagging slightly

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6. Extreme Fear, Total submission: This dog will show total surrender and subbission to dominant presence. Notice *Rolls on back, *Head turned to avoid eye contact, *Eyes partially closed

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7. Playful: This dog is asking you to play. Notice *Bowed posture, *Ears up, *Tail up and waving, *Mouth open

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How To Photograph Your Dog In 17 Steps

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  1. Remove film from box and load in camera (I know, no one uses film any more)
  2. Remove film box from dogs mouth and throw in the trash
  3. Remove dog from trash and brush coffee grounds from muzzle
  4. Choose a suitable background for photo
  5. Mount Camera on tripod and focus
  6. Find dog and take dirty sock away
  7. Place dog in pre-focused spot and return to camera
  8. Forget about spot and crawl around on your knees after the dog
  9. Focus camera with one hand and fend off dog with other hand
  10. Get tissue and clean nose prints from lens
  11. Put cat outside and dab dogs nose with peroxide
  12. Put magazines back on coffee table
  13. Try getting dogs attention by squeaking toy over your head
  14. Replace your glasses and check camera for damage
  15. Jump up in time to catch dog in squat position and shoo them out the door
  16. Clean up mess
  17. Sit down in chair and resolve to teach dog sit and stay first thing in the morning

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5 Tips To Protect Your Dogs Paws On Hot Pavement

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If your dog is like mine, they love their daily walks. But they have no idea that it is summer and that the hot pavement is going to hurt their paws. And because we have on shoes so often we forget how hot the pavement can be.

Here are a few tips to help save horrible burns to your dogs paws.

  1. I use the 10 second rule. You know like we used to do with food on the floor as kids. Place your hand on the pavement. If you can’t hold your hand there for 10 seconds it it too hot for your dog to walk on.
  2. Walk your dog at the coolest time of the day. This is would be early morning or late evening after the pavement has cooled.
  3. Walk on the grass. If your dog must go for a walk during the hottest time of the day. Then walk them on the grass
  4. Moisturize your dogs paws daily. This helps prevent cuts, cracking or peeling paw pads.
  5. Try Dogs shoes. If your dog will tolerate them. I know when I tried it we didn’t walk to far because I was laughing to hard. My poor baby finally sat down and refused to go any further.

Always wash and check your dogs paws daily whether you are walking them in warm weather or cool. You know how you feel when you have a cut or sore on your foot. They feel the same pain. They just hide it better than we do.