Tuesday, April 24, 2007


'Think Dog'

Training should be based on 'thinking dog' - too many humans fail to use their superior brain power - from the dog's point of view.

Once you can 'think dog' and anticipate a dog's reactions to any given set of circumstances - instead of expecting it to react as you [a human being] would - then you are well on the way to becoming an effective trainer.

Above all, you must realize that wild dogs are pack animals. Domesticated dogs inherit behaviour patterns which are geared for life in a pack. As a young pup, your pup will have played and fought with its litter mates in a way which simulates adult conditions.

Remember that your pup is a pack animal at heart... he or she will learn fast by repetition and example. At some stage he or she will almost certainly challenge for leadership. You MUST establish its place in the pack... that is below you, and other members of your family... as you and your extended family are now its 'pack'.

For help with training you need look no further than the brilliant SitStayFetch ... which is probably the most reviewed, and praised, dog training course on the internet.

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Monday, April 23, 2007


Update on yesterdays post...

Sorry, I forgot to mention that orders to PetAlive are usually fulfilled on the same day as they are received... and you get an e-mail to say the order has been shipped.

As an International buyer I didn't expect delivery THAT quickly... but when I placed an order in the morning on Friday - I received the goods on the following Monday.

Most items within the UK take about 10 days to arrive, and the weekend is used as an excuse to allow delivery to take longer... but to receive goods Internationally in 4 days [when you include both the day of order AND the day of delivery] I thought was amazing service!

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Sunday, April 22, 2007


Natural Health Products

This review of the natural health products from the PetAlive website is a bit premature as we have not had enough time to use the product we ordered for Loki and see how well it is working... I will add notes on that at a later date... BUT what this review can tell you is why we have ordered from PetAlive, and what impressed us enough to try out their products.

I had done quite a large amount of research on Epilepsy/Seizures via more than one Search Engines content [a vast number of sites] - some information was useful, some not so clear or helpful... but none of them came up to the standard of the information which was imparted on the PetAlive website. No matter what the complaint you look up on the website, you will find a helpful article about it.

If you want to cut to the chase and go straight to the website for more information, here is a quick link...Visit PetAlive.com, by Native Remedies, for 100% Natural and Safe Herbal Remedies for Pets

Otherwise, please bear with me while I explain how the articles are set out, and why I was so impressed!

First they explain the condition itself, what it actually is.

The symptoms are detailed.

Then the possible causes.

Followed by what conventional treatments are available with details, plus you are told when it is vitally necessary to contact your vet [something which no other source had explained in the case of epilepsy]... there are also, throughout the website, recommendations of how to work with your vet.

The full details of the recommended remedy are explained, together with a list of ingredients, with details.

Then there is a section of stories of how it has helped others, in conjunction with veterinarians on many occasions.

Some conditions have quite a number of extra sections over and above the list which I have included above.

P.S. If you are as impressed as I am with PetAlive.com and you have a website why not become an affiliate for them? Here's a useful link to follow...Become a Native Remedies Affiliate and Earn 25% Commissions!

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Friday, April 20, 2007


Spread the Word...

Just a thought... if you have a blog about dogs [or cats] yourself, a good way to spread the word about natural health remedies and make a little income as well is to become an affiliate for... Native Remedies Affiliate and Earn 25% Commissions!

I feel much happier promoting something which is natural, rather than the chemicals and artificial drugs which the drug companies promote to all health professionals.

Both for humans and pets drug companies try to ensure that they are the only ones allowed to sell and distribute 'health products'.

[We won't go into the underhand ways they try to get remedies which have been available for thousands of years banned as untested and unsafe... or the drugs which have been kept on the market even though they receive worrying results in regard to their safety... no, best not to dwell on these facts. I, and many others, would get too incensed, especially as all those wise people who want to alert the unknowing public to these facts are being threatened and generally gagged.]

If you, yourself, require natural remedies for your pet, please click the following link. Alternatively, check out the next post entitled 'Natural Remedies' where I explain all about them... see also the link in the left-hand margin...

P.S. I have just received an e-mail from TheGoodLifeLetter. It is a free newsletter and one of my very favourites, if you click the above link you can sign up and see if you like it... I KNOW you will.

But, what this postscript is about is the contents of that newsletter and the link it contained...

Do check this out now - only valid to 30th April...

'There is a crisis in health freedom. On April 30, 2007 the FDA will close the public comment period on a "Guidance" which will classify every alternative practice as medicine so that only licensed physicians can carry out the procedure AND vitamins, minerals, herbs, etc., will suddenly become "untested drugs" which will be forbidden.

Bad? Real Bad! But public outcry can stop this assault on your health and your freedom.

Spread the word! Tell everyone in your Circle of Influence, professionals, alternative practitioners, nutrient and herb companies, everyone! Let them know how important their participation is to make sure the FDA backs off from this repressive course.

Please share this link with them and urge them to take action: http://tinyurl.com/2u7ghc

Yours in health and freedom,

Rima E. Laibow, MD
Medical Director
Natural Solutions Foundation

Just one comment, in despair... How could this be even considered? [We know, all to well... $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$!] Alternative medicines have been around for thousands of years... it is these chemical and synthetic drugs which should be banned!

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Monday, April 16, 2007



The only updates today, and tomorrow, will be in... 'Doggy Blog Clips'... just click the link in our LINKS section in the left-hand margin. They are well worth checking out though!



Sunday, April 15, 2007


The Daffodil Principle...

No, this hasn't really got anything to do with puppies... directly!

But it does bring back to mind when we first got our puppy, Shimba, in April one year a long time back.

We had a large enclosed back garden with clumps of daffodils - in the lawn mostly, although there were some in the beds and borders. As soon as he was let out into the garden he ran round at full speed biting the heads off all the daffodils... no chance of catching him, so we just had 'bald' stalks! [Just a good job he didn't try eating them.]

What this post is really about is 'The Daffodil Principle'... to find the blog post just Click Here. [The posting on the blog was dated Friday, April 13, 2007... and I know I feel extremely lucky to have read it!]

If you read below you will find the summary from the end of the post... but PLEASE don't miss the actual post, to read it is just such an uplifting experience.....

"There is no better time than right now to be happy. Happiness is a journey, not a destination. So work like you don't need money. Love like you've never been hurt, and, Dance like no one's watching.

Wishing you a beautiful, daffodil day!

Don't be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin.

If you want to brighten someone's day, pass this on to someone special. I just did! "

This is the link... Click Here. [Remember the posting on blog was dated Friday, April 13, 2007.]

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Saturday, April 14, 2007



I have added a short post on Disabilities [both peoples and dogs] to Secrets of Dog Training... just click the link in the margin if you want to read it... the Doggy Blog Clips have been updated too.

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Thursday, April 12, 2007


Naming your puppy...

You may be lucky and have hit on just the right name for your new puppy before you have brought it home. On the other hand, there may be arguments within your family about what is a suitable name.

All trainers and professionals recommend that your puppy is named as soon as possible so that it can get used to its name and answer to it.

Therefore I am particularly pleased that I have found this useful resource which may be able to help...

Favorite Puppy Names – Your resource for thousands of dog names in categories like movies, TV, and foreign language. Also find free puppy pictures, tips on naming your dog, and free dog ecards.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007


The Underdog Show... updated

Last nights show saw the number of dogs and celebrity handlers whittled down to four to compete in next weeks semi-final... and again the voting of the public to save Casper did not agree at all with the opinion of the judges.

But, part of the reason behind the show is to get the public to vote in order to donate some of the call cost to a charity... though in my opinion, and that of many other viewers, the belief is, that at least some of that charity donation should be to the Dogs Trust... or another animal welfare charity.

So Clive Anderson and Alfred were eliminated. And, happily, Alfred had already become firmly installed as part of Clive's family... so Alfred's tale [or tail!] had a 'happy ending'.

As of today you will find details of all the dogs who are, or have been, on the Underdog Show at the following web page... please just copy and paste the address into your browser... http://www.dogstrust.org.uk/press_office/underdogs/bbc2show/ ...
I don't know how long that web address will stay online, so I thought if you had full access to the entire address, should it be removed, you can try just part of the address and navigate to the information you require from the first part of the address!

There is a full profile of the dogs, or as full as they can get it... and details of their new lives... a rewarding read.

The show itself last night gave the dogs and handlers two different challenges... one an Agility, plus obedience and tricks type challenge, the other to put on a type of show or play, which involved the dogs in doing whatever tricks and behaviours which could be incorporated into the play, one even showed what flyball dogs have to do by opening a box.

Casper and Huey came well at the bottom in both disciplines... and Clive and Albert were joint second, but as mentioned above, it was Casper who went through.

The results show had a demonstration of freestyle dancing to music - which is what the finalists will be expected to do - the dog was called Tapper and was handled by Gina Pink who really made my day by choosing "Ain't that a kick in the head" sung by Dean Martin to do the routine to! Also featured this week were several Dogs Trust dogs who need a rescue home... they were promoted by the celebrity handlers.

What is just so upsetting is that so many of the dogs featured on the Underdog Show are so young, under 18 months for many... just puppies. What a terrible start in life... how can people be so cruel. Why don't they realise that a serious commitment must be made to care for the life and welfare of a defenceless animal?

So many sad stories in need of a happy ending!

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Monday, April 9, 2007


Doggy Blog Clips...

Just a short note to say that 'Doggy Blog Clips' has been updated today with some very useful information to all puppy owners... just click on the link under the PetPlanet link on the left-hand side.

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Saturday, April 7, 2007


Why do dogs eat grass... and is it bad for them?

I found this fascinating article at the Dog Health blog where you can find loads of interesting and informative posts/articles.

"Putting Your Pet out to Pasture

Article Presented by:
Gary Kurz

Don't let the title fool you. This is not an article about your pet getting old. The title is just a "hook" to encourage you to read on. Hopefully, when you do, you will find this a very informative article relating to your pet's health, or at least your understanding of some aspects of it.

I actually want to talk to you about grass. That's right...grass. More specifically, I want to talk to you about why dogs and cats eat grass.

I think we would be hard-pressed to find anyone who has not witnessed this peculiarity of domestic animals at one time or another. When it is our pet, however, it can cause us concern and, if we let our imaginations go unchecked, it can cause us alarm.

It has been my experience that on occasion, that alarm can lead to unnecessary expense as we panic and rush our best friend off to the nearest veterinarian, only to hear him tell us with a chuckle "he's okay, it's normal for him to eat grass. How embarrassing is that!

Why is it normal for our pets to consume grass? They all do it if they are allowed access to it. Are they not getting the right nourishment? Are they ill? These are all unsettling, but reasonable questions.

More unsettling is that invariably..."

Read on further at Dog Health... the post was made on Monday, 27th November, 2006 [11/27/2006] and was a most interesting read.

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Friday, April 6, 2007


Hints, Tips and MUCH more...

Please, do check out our new collection of interesting, informative, and amusing clips... the address has been added to our 'LINKS' section in the left-hand margin. New items of interest are added on a daily basis!

Check it out at... Doggy Blog Clips



Thursday, April 5, 2007


Tip for UK readers...

Have you seen the delightful white lion cubs at the West Midlands Safari Park... they were featured on the TV yesterday... a real 'ahhhhhhhh' moment?

Just a quick post for all dog owners... West Midlands Safari Park do not allow dogs round the park. You can use their kennel facilities, water is available, but you'll have to take your own bowl, and any bedding, toys, or whatever you want... to keep your pet happy whilst it is in the kennel.

We won't be visiting as our rescue dog had unpleasant associations with kenneling... don't want to upset him.

So, if you are considering taking your pet anywhere for a day out, always check to see if dogs are allowed first. Better than getting there only to be disappointed!

Just a 'by the way'... the Cotswold Wildlife Park DO allow dogs, on leads, obviously!

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The Animal Welfare Act UK... an introduction

Topical news... as from 6th April, 2007 the new Animal Welfare Act comes into force in the UK.

It is welcomed by the RSPCA. And it appears to require more responsibility from animal owners... let us hope it does what it is supposed to do. It is a sad world which actually NEEDS acts like this... sometimes you could despair when you hear so many tales of cruelty.

I won't launch into my feelings about the judiciary and sentencing policies... that's a whole different blog! [Non-existent, otherwise I'm sure it would create a great deal of trouble.]

Back to the Animal Welfare Act... if you want to check the details of the act out and get further information... here are two addresses which point - they should, at least, keep one of them current - to DEFRA.

First the general introductory page at:
DEFRA - animals
then we have the page which currently has links to, and explains, the new Animal Welfare Act at:
DEFRA - Animal Welfare Act

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The following quote came from the 'Defenders' [you'll find their address at the bottom of the page] website. PLEASE, at least VISIT their website! You can help just by signing petitions online... like the one on Polar Bears.

"Help Save Cats & Dogs

Every day, unsung heroes around the world work to save the planet’s clouded leopards, jaguars, wolves and other endangered great cats and rare canines. Some bring emergency vaccinations to save the world’s last Ethiopian wolves from rabies outbreaks. Others teach Namibian farmers to live peacefully with Africa’s vanishing wild dogs. Some even brave Himalayan snows to protect rare and beautiful snow leopards from poachers’ guns.

Defenders of Wildlife is supporting a bill in Congress that would finally give these heroes the support they need -- but we’re going to need your help to get it passed.

Celebrate Earth Day by taking action for wild cats and canines around the world today! Tell Congress to act now!"

Learn More, Read More, and Discover More... at this address... Defenders Organization

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Wednesday, April 4, 2007


Useful tips and hints

Just a short message with a couple of addresses for you to check out.

The first link includes... 'Doggy' news and information + alternative energy info, a collection of varied and useful information in the form of 'clips'. This collection of clips is being updated on a regular basis with more and more useful tips and hints.

The other is a blog on Pet Grooming. So if you are looking for info on pet grooming, from ANY angle... even starting your own grooming business... this is a good place to start your search.

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Monday, April 2, 2007



Neutering is basically removing the sex glands... it does involve anaesthesia, but is a relatively simple procedure... and has been done countless times.

If you are not going to breed from your dog, then most doggy people advise neutering.

Some males are problems in that they can be inclined to roam looking for bitches, and in other cases, it is recommended when dogs are overly dominant, or when they try to mount anything and anybody in sight!

With bitches, if you are not going to breed - and we all know how many poor unwanted dogs there are in shelters - having your pet spayed takes away the risk of an unwanted pregnancy. Don't let the fear of your female putting on weight put you off spaying... just keep your pet active.

Think of Agility or Flyball as a new interest for them. Heelwork to music, mentioned on the flyball and agility websites, could be an idea too - and we have links to a brilliant Agility Equipment supplier on the agility website! Plenty of walks and games are a good idea... and, if you haven't got the time for enough exercise, how about employing a professional dog walker?

Have a talk to your vet about the best time to get your pet neutered... they will give you all the information and reassurances you will require.

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Sunday, April 1, 2007


Check this...

Just a short message with an address for you to check out which includes... 'Doggy' news and information + alternative energy info, a collection of varied and useful information in the form of 'clips'.

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Puppy Rescue...

Just a plea for everyone who reads this post to please click daily on the animal rescue site graphic, above!


Pretty, please.

Check out my other doggy blogs for details about rescued pets... there are many different posts on the subject!

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