The best advice for your dog (part 3)

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This is the third part of “Tips for Dogs”, which deals with bad breath, sores, teething… and much more. For tips 1-5, read “Tips for Dogs Part 1” and 6-10 “Tips for Dogs Part 2”.

Halitosis (bad breath)

Halitosis, or bad breath, can be caused by an upset stomach, dental plaque and problem, an infection of the tonsils, or by something that got stuck in the dog’s mouth or throat. First, look at your dog’s teeth to see if any are decayed or calcified. If not, give her 3/4 teaspoon of baking soda in her food twice a day for a few days. If his breath is still unpleasant, take your dog to a vet for a thorough examination and find the cause.

Cuts / wounds

If your dog is cutting slightly, put a solution of boric acid, hydrogen peroxide or betadine on the cut and leave him alone. You can also purchase wound powder from a veterinarian. First, clean the cut with soap + water making sure there is no dirt or debris left on the wound, then blow the powder over the area and let it heal fairly quickly. There are also spray and gel for wounds in pet stores. If the cut is deep or if it doesn’t stop bleeding, put gauze or clean rags around the wound and take him to a vet quickly.

Dressage (by name)

Whenever possible, use your dog’s name only in a positive way (never with a reprimand, warning or punishment). Your dog needs to trust and know that there are only good things going on when he hears his name. So he will always answer you with joy, without hesitation or fear.

One of the best ways to make sure their name is seen as positive is to place the dog between you and your partner / friend and say their name. If he’s not looking at you, gently pull his ear to get his attention so that he turns his head towards you. As soon as that happens, enthusiastically praise him and offer him a treat. Have your partner / friend do the same and repeat over and over for a few minutes, do it regularly and for the rest of the dog’s life. He should always respond with joy whenever his name is mentioned.

Some people create a dog fake name so that the dog never hears their real name in a negative situation.

Potty training

There is a new system in pet stores to potty train your dog. This is “Pee post”: made of hard plastic, it looks like a thumbtack 30 cm high. The tip is infused with pheromones which attracts them and causes dogs / bitches to urinate on it. You stick them in the area where you want the dog to urinate and voila. Believe it or not, it seems to work.

Dental flare

Puppies’ baby teeth begin to fall out around 4 months of age, while new adult teeth begin to grow. This will last until they are 8 months old … so what can you do to limit the damage from all your puppy’s chewing during those long months?

To help you fix it and save your furniture and things, give the puppy some solid chew toys that will help calm the itchy gums. Another solution is to buy a knotted rope that you have soaked in water before putting it in the freezer. The ice that has formed will really help her relieve her hot gums. You can do the same with carrots. When frozen, this will make excellent nourishing pacifiers for your puppy.

NOTE: This advice comes from Stan Rawlinson, Canine Behaviorist and Obedience Trainer, who has owned and worked with dogs for over 25 years, starting with Hounds and then moving to Dog Behavior and Obedience. of company. Stan is recommended by many vets, rescue centers, and charities. He writes articles and commentaries on behavioral issues and techniques for dog magazines including Our Dogs, Dogs Monthly and K9 Magazine and Shooting Times. He is also the founding member of PAACT, the professional association of applied dog trainers.

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