The media show stories about Bull breeds, Rottweilers and Akitas biting and causing fatalities. The public in reality have problems with any breed whose owner can’t or won’t train it. The Dangerous Dogs Act, over 20 years old has not stopped the ownership or breeding of illegal breeds and demonises dogs who have passed a temperament test. Would your dog pass such a test?
Today I am taking another look back to the early years when Daisy first came to live with me. Daisy is a former puppy mill breeding dog who was estimated to be four years old at the time I adopted her. She was afraid of everyone and everything. She practically crawled on the ground the first few days she came to live with me. This is an old blog post from Daisy’s blog, “Daisy the Wonder Dog (and how she found her inner Lab).” It highlights the progress Daisy had made after I adopted her in 2007.
I hope it gives hope to those who have a damaged or unsocialized dog. Progress can be made. It takes time and patience and often happens in fits and starts – for every step forward, there are two steps back, but it is so rewarding when you start to take those…
While “Doggy weddings” are now very fashionable they first became headline material in 2005 when former Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson arranged a wedding for her Golden Retriever, Star, and her Chihuahua, Luca, on the beach in Malibu, California.
If you would like your pooch to say “I woof” then here are some tips for the big day Nowadays there are doggy wedding planners and you can expect a wedding to cost anywhere from around £300 – £10,000 but if you would like to keep it more casual. You can organise the shindig in your own garden quite cheaply.
Firstly no bride and groom can walk down the aisle without the right outfit, Snoopy’s Collars do wedding collars. (In fact Mum was thinking of doing a wedding package with flower collars for bridesmaids and some treats too) There are also a whole lot of designer pet boutiques which you can find online who do wedding outfits. My personal favourite is the Doggy Wedding Shop a complete one stop shop where they say “Love should be celebrated” and you can get everything you need for the big day, including this amazing cake!
Apart from the cake you can also serve a variety of dog biscuits and even doggie ice cream (see previous posts for recipes) and instead of champagne, flavoured water.
Of course you will need to organise someone to take the photographs as a reminder of your best friend’s special day.
Your puptials playlist can include songs like Puppy love-Donny Osmond, I would walk 500 miles-The Proclaimers even Who let the dogs out!
And what about those Bow Vows-things like there must always be fresh water in my bowl and share all your dog biscuits can be included. I like I shall cuddle you every night Furever.
You will also need to decide how you are going to decorate the area maybe a few balloons and fairy lights or a more decadent feel with silk drapes and flowers. Do be careful when choosing flowers though and avoid poisonous ones such as lily of the valley and narcissus.
Finally it’s always a good idea to have a few games for the restless youngsters to play afterwards.
However you decide to celebrate your special day don’t take it too seriously it should be a fun day to celebrate and remember
Giving your dog a massage gives you the opportunity to spend quality time with them and care for him at the same time. A gentle massage that will help relax your pet, assist with grooming, and cement that relationship between you and your pet.
When to Do a Massage
Ideally, giving your dog a massage should be calm and relaxing for both of you. So choose a place where you and your pet will both be comfortable. In the living room in front of the TV is fine, it is also the perfect time to perform those tasks like brushing, combing, teeth cleaning, and so on—as well as giving your pet an all over health check.
Before you begin, make sure you have your pet’s grooming tools at hand. Depending on your pet’s coat and what you use to groom him, have a brush, comb, nail trimmers, ear cleaner, and teeth cleaners.
Invite your pet to lie down, but don’t turn this into a wrestling match. Think calm.
Begin by petting your pet, especially on the spots you know your pet enjoys.
Then, as you feel him relax under your hands, begin petting with long strokes of your hands to relax him even more.
When he sighs and stretches out under your hands, you know he’s relaxed.
Begin the massage at his head, gently moving your hands in small circles, and gradually work your way over his entire body.
Use small soft movements with small dogs, and larger movements with bigger dogs.
When you first begin massaging your dog, just do it for one to two minutes; just enough to introduce your pet to it. As you begin to feel more comfortable with what you’re doing and your pet relaxes under your hands, you can increase the time. A small dog massage covering the entire body might take four to five minutes. However, if you have a large dog, eventually it may take ten minutes to massage the entire dog.
Do not try to do deep tissue massage; this is not a therapeutic massage but instead is a relaxing one. Pressing hard and trying to manipulate the muscles could be painful and would cause your pet to dislike the massage and perhaps even bite. Instead, keep the massage gentle.
If your pet has some health issues and some known sore spots, handle those areas gently. Let your pet tell you if it’s okay to massage those areas. If he flinches, pulls away from your hands, growls, or otherwise shows discomfort, stop. If your pet shows discomfort and you don’t know why, call your veterinarian and have her take a look at your pet.
Teach Your Fingertips to Know Your Pet
As you massage your dog pay attention as your hands—and especially fingertips—touch your pet. It’s hard to see your pet’s body under the hair but your fingertips can learn what’s normal.
A good way to practice this is to give your pet a calming massage until he’s relaxed. Then begin massaging again at your pet’s head, using your fingertips rather than your entire hands, and either close your eyes or look away. Concentrate on what you’re feeling. Using your fingertips work your way to the shoulders, back, abdomen, and all over your pet’s body.
As you do this, you can learn what your pet feels like. Then, should a problem arise—perhaps a lump under the skin, an engorged tick, or an atrophied muscle—you’ll notice it. You can then either take care of the problem or call your veterinarian.
Once you have given your pet a massage, from head to tail, while he’s still relaxed begin brushing or combing. You want to maintain that relaxed state, so continue to be gentle. Check for tangles in the coat, fleas and ticks, and grass seeds in the paws.
Save the nail trimming, ear cleaning, and teeth cleaning for last. These will wake your pet up. However, these grooming chores usually only need to be done once or twice a week and not every day.
Is Your Pet Resisting?
As you begin the massage, your pet may initially resist your efforts. After all, if he’s never had a massage this will be new to him.
If, as you begin the massage, you find that your pet is getting tense under your hands, slow down your movements and see if that helps. If it doesn’t, stop, and let your dog get up and stretch. Stretching is good for the body but it also helps the animal relieve stress.
Then, on the next day, see if your dog will relax a little more under your hands. As your pet relaxes, he will learn that the massage feels good. Be patient, introducing this massage may take some time.
Massaging your dog is a wonderful way to spend time with your pet. Not only can you both relax, but you can keep your pet well groomed at the same time. Plus you will learn what his body feels like so you can keep track of any health problems. Just remember this should be relaxing for both of you. If your pet is worried, stressed, doesn’t feel good, or is hurt, massage only while your pet is accepting of it. If your pet is uncomfortable, let him go and massage later.
My hooman has been running around like a mad thing today, she was collar making as soon as we got back from our early morning walk, she’s had to go to the teeth doctor and the post office to post some collars and now she’s gone to work 😦 Good job she has someone to look after me or I would just be left with Floyd for company and I would probably go mad! She brings us chicken too as a bribe which isn’t so bad.
I’ve not been able to get on here to tell you all of my woes for a few days cos Mum’s running a #dogoftheday competition and the blogs been full of pictures of other dogs (Imposters) I have my own personal favourites of course but I’m not allowed to tell.
Anyway back to me and what about this heat the last couple of weeks. Even Floyd has had to be kept on his lead to stop him getting too excited and bursting a blood vessel. He drank three bowls of water yesterday when we came home, no thought for me of course! I usually tend to take things easy anyway so I quite enjoy snoozing in the shade.
My mum has been really cross the last few days at some things she’s been reading on the interweb about people leaving their dogs in cars. I can’t believe they would do such a thing it’s so cruel . I’m glad we haven’t got a car, not that me and Floyd would get in it if we had as we have apparently got a severe drooling problem. (I don’t know what she means)
My dad was supposed to be home today and I was really looking forward to it cos he makes the bbq smell lovely and I sit by his side with the “please give me a sausage look” on my face until he gives in, but he works on the Oil rigs and it’s foggy out in the North Sea so the helicopters can’t pick him up 😦
Still I have my Mum and my Aunty Karen to give me cuddles and Floyd to keep me amused (He got stung yesterday, I know I shouldn’t laugh but he was hilarious and I don’t think it hurt him too much ) He nearly got his head stuck in the fence trying to scratch his lips. Remember keep those water bowls full, make sure us Dogs have some shade and you could try making these yummy frozen treats to keep your best friend happy!!
Make chicken or beef stock with some little bits of meat and vegetables in it and freeze in lollipop holders
Try mixing a cup of Peanut butter with a large carton of yoghurt and a mashed banana. freeze in ice cube trays or cup cake cases
Did someone say treats!!!
Competition is hotting up in my Dog of the Day completion, Here are some more beautiful dogs bidding for the chance to win a free collar. To make sure your favourite reaches the final six. Vote now! Check on previous posts too for some of the earlier contestants….