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Dogs Must Love Water! Safety First & Then for Fun

We live on a 380-acre lake, our land goes right into the middle of it. We also have a large pond in one of our pastures and a Swimming Pool. In our social time Rick and I sail and Kayak. So, it’s important that our dogs enjoy water and are competent and confident in it.

This is the first lesson for Miss McDougal AKA Doogie to begin building up a love of water.

Criteria 1 – Introducing the pool to her world – placing the pool in her garden so she gets used to seeing it (big round and blue can be scary)
Criteria 2 – In the pool no water feeling happy – encouraging her into the pool as a play area
Criteria 3 – Jumping in and out of the pool playing with a toy with a scattering of water on the bottom
Criteria 3 – Playing in the pool with an inch of water and squeaky toys

All designed to build up a excited and happy response – When her Life Jacket gets here we will increase the depth and condition her to love wearing it – then on to the big girls pool! 


Doogie – First exposure to a swimming pool from Pet Professional Education on Vimeo.

Another Dog Comes Back To Life After Being Euthanized!

Sourced www.Huffington Post.com March 4th 2011

Another euthanized dog has come back from the dead.

A cage of puppies was found sitting outside the Sulphur Animal Shelter last Friday evening. Animal Control Officer Scott Prall reports that the puppies appeared to be sick, and thus they were all euthanized. Each one was pronounced dead with a stethoscope (check out the best stethoscopes for nurses) and everything. The dogs were sent to a dumpster for disposal.

The following morning, Prall looked inside of the dumpster, and was shocked to find one puppy very much alive and healthy. The puppy has been named “Wall-E” to signify that he is the only one left alive. The name is debatably sweet or disturbing.

People around the country are volunteering to adopt Wall-E, and the clinic plans to find him a home by next week. Last year, another dog was put to sleep, only to be declared alive the following day.

While Wall-E’s story may have a happy ending, his experience highlights two broader systematic problems.

First, the vet clinic and Animal Control both report that Wall-E and other dogs could have been given the chance to live, had there been a better animal shelter in Murray County. The nearby clinics are considered inadequate, and a local group is currently trying to raise money to build a better shelter.

Second, while Wall-E has received many offers from loving families, up to 4 million animals will be euthanized this year in animal shelters. While disturbing personal stories about Wall-E and a puppy in the mail receive strong outpourings of support, millions of other animals are ignored. Local vet Amanda Kloski says there is an entire shelter of dogs with Wall-E who are waiting to be adopted. These shelter dogs and others are featured on PetFinder.com.

An interesting take on this stroy was reported by Susan Thixton The Truth About Pet Food.

Susan wrote

“Yes… a tragic failure on so many levels.  Litter mates of this beautiful young pup were killed.  This lucky fellow will find a home but I can’t help but consider the lives of his litter mates.  What a horrible crime it was to kill them.  And then there is the looming question of how this little puppy could have come back to life after receiving the euthanizing drug; the second dog that has come back to life in just a few months (that we know of).

Back in 2000, the FDA tested dog foods for pentobarbital, the drug used to euthanize animals.  They found levels of the drug in many dog foods purchased right off store shelves. In their own words, the FDA initiated this test because of complaints from Veterinarians that the drug was losing its effectiveness.  So ten plus years later, dogs are still consuming foods that contain pentobarbital and the drug seems to be loosing its effectiveness even further.  Another tragic failure”

Sourced March 4th 2011 The Truth About Pet Food

This is yet another reason why here at The DogSmtih we recommend a Holistic Pet Food formulated by a Veterinarian that we know and trust.

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A DogSmith Product Reccomendation – OUT Stain & Odor Remover

Its official, I am actually about to endorse a pet stain & odor remover product. Having worked around animals for many years in the dog boarding, training and daycare business I have done my fair share of cleaning up animal mess. In our business we always use Trifectant to disinfect areas that accommodate client’s dogs as it is a broad spectrum disinfectant used for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, equipment, utensils and instruments in Veterinary practices, kennels, stables, catteries, etc. However this last week has given us some challenges in odor control. We have been caring for a rescue dog in the New Spirit 4 Aussie rescue program. He has a fractured pelvis and came to us with very bad diarrhea.  The poor guy has not been able to stand or walk around so I will leave it to your imagination the problem we were dealing with.  The only thing I will say is that it has given a new meaning to the expression ‘finger painting.’

Keeping his area clean and odor free has been a challenge and I have tried several products. We are still using Trifectant for its disinfecting properties but OUT Stain & Odor Remover has been fantastic.  Of course having used it and found it highly effective I then went to read the label and realized it has many functions in addition to the basic use.  It is a great product and the smell is fabulous.

Out Stain & Odor Remover is a natural pro-bacteria and enzyme solution that permanently removes stains and odors.  It also removes pheromones that cause pets to revisit and soil spots so it is great for cleaning up after puppy accidents. It also renders allergens harmless on contact and is great for a selection of stains ranging from blood, vomit, coffee, grass and more. You can even add it to your carpet shampooer.  I will be trying this use very soon. You can read more about this product at www.outpetcare.com

It is available at Walmart.

Looking For A Rescue Puppy That is Trained

The DogSmith Training Center is fostering three puppies from Walton County Animal Services for 14 days of Training. If you are looking for a puppy and are too busy to take the first week off work to house train, crate train and teach it sit, down, walk nicely and the necessary social skills then check out the Walton County website. The dogs will be with people 24 hours a day to learn all these wonderful skills

Check back for photos of the available dogs being posted soon
The Skills the puppy will learn




Watch me

Leave it

Walk nicely

Bite inhibition

House training

Crate training

Socialize Your Dog or Puppy Now!

Whether your new puppy is from a breeder, a breed rescue group, an animal shelter or a neighbor’s ‘oops’ litter, socialization is paramount to ensuring your pup becomes a healthy, happy and friendly four legged member of your family.  Because many dogs come to us with an unknown history, to a large extent the breed of your new dog is now irrelevant.  You have adopted your puppy or dog and the genes have played their part but now it is your turn to positively affect your puppy’s future behavior through appropriate nurturing and socialization.

Socialization is not a small task and it is the foundation on which all future training will be based.  Though socializing your new pup will require your commitment it can be fun for both you and your dog if done properly and incorporated into your daily routine. There are also many great resources available to assist you with this job.

The development period for puppies takes place between 3 and 12 weeks of age. There is a primary socialization period from age 3 to 5 weeks where behavior patterns and emotional tendencies take place and then a secondary socialization period from age 6 to 12 weeks when the mother’s job is almost complete. At this stage the puppy is, hopefully, weaned and has developed good interaction skills with its littermates.  It is never too late to socialize a puppy or an older dog but it may be more difficult for any dog not properly socialized during these critical learning periods. 

Canine socialization is more difficult than with most other animals. We expect our dogs to be social with a variety of other dogs, domestic animals and to be comfortable and relaxed around many different people. An unconfident and/or unsocial dog may develop behaviors of fear, aggression, or a host of other problems in later months.  A good puppy program can head off these potential issues.

The three most important factors to any socialization program is exposure, exposure, exposure. Puppies need to be exposed to as many different people, places, noises, smells and environments as possible in a safe and controlled manner. Exposure to a variety of environments needs to be positive for the puppy so it can learn to be confident in any situation.  Make a list of all the places you visit and expose your puppy to these situations, one by one, for short periods (a handy free guide including a checklist can be downloaded from www.dogsmith.com).

Enrolling your puppy into a puppy class is always a good idea and a highly effective method of further socializing your pooch.  A good puppy class run by a professional trainer will be a safe and controlled environment for your puppy to meet many other dogs of a similar age.  Make sure any class you are considering is structured so your puppy is encouraged to play with the other dogs so they develop good play skills, tolerance, trust and affection towards other dogs and people. You will also want to enroll in a puppy class that is conducted mostly off-leash so the dogs have the greatest opportunity to interact and play. 

Another great socialization technique is to play “pass the puppy” at home with family and friends. Form a closed circle with your family members and have the puppy run to everyone in the circle.  As you reward your puppy touch your puppy all over its body, paws, mouth, ears etc. Your veterinarian will thank you for this when your puppy behaves nicely when being examined. Puppy play also helps social learning between different dogs and between dogs and people. Through play dogs learn self control and restraint and they learn bite inhibition.   A puppy that can play well is a puppy that can learn and if we want our dogs to reach their full potential they need to know that learning through exploration is fun and reinforcing.

To find a professional trainer in your area visit the DogSmith website at www.DogSmith.com or call 1-888-Dog-Smith.  Check Out The DogSmith Free Puppy Socialisation Classes

Niki Tudge is the owner and founder of The DogSmith, America’s Dog Training, Dog Walking and Pet Care Franchise. To learn more about joining the DogSmith visit http://www.DogSmith.com

Niki achieved her Canine Behaviorist Diploma in England and Dog Obedience Training Diploma in the US.  Niki is an Endorsed member of the National Association of Dog Obedience Trainers and a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and The Association of Animal Behavior Professionals. Niki is also certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. You can reach Niki via email at NikiTudge@DogSmith.com or  www.DogSmith.com