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How To Choose A Dog Trainer

Choosing a dog trainer can be a daunting task especially when it seems like every trainer has their own methodology. The information in this post will hopefully serve as a guide to assist you in making the right choice for you and your dog. Choose a trainer who can assist you with the issues you are having with your dog. This may sound like a given, but if your dog is human aggressive, a dog trainer who only works with happy go lucky dogs will not be able to help you. Let’s say you’ve narrowed your choices of dog trainers down to the one you really like. It would be nice if everyone was honest about their skills, but unfortunately, that’s not always the case. It’s important to ask for proof of successful work with other dogs. In the age of technology, it’s not very difficult to post a video, and most trainers proudly have their work shown. If a trainer tells you that they don’t have proof of any dog they’ve worked with, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they can’t do what they say, but it is something to consider. Don’t get caught up in the letters behind a name. Certification isn’t required to become a dog trainer and while there are many talented certified trainers, there are also many who just as talented, but uncertified trainers who have successfully helped dog owners. The majority of trainers become trainers in the first place because they love dogs. However, it’s important to work with someone who loves the owners as well, and not just the money that comes from...

Seasonal Allergies In Dogs

Allergies in pets are not only frustrating for the pet but also for the owner. No one likes to be woken up in the middle of the night to hear their pet chewing on its feet or scratching its sides.  In the fall, we’re met with dead leaves, dust, mold, and winds that stir up this toxic mix and send it wafting through the air. For pets suffering from inhalant allergies their symptoms will typically present more aggressively at this time of year in the form of itchy, irritated skin known as allergic dermatitis.  If your dog is a seasonal or yearly allergy sufferer, it is of the utmost importance that you learn everything you can on how to help your dog’s allergies. Mold can be a big problem for allergy-prone dogs.  If your dog spends time outdoors, there’s a chance he could encounter mold spores there. To reduce mold levels in your yard and help prevent an allergic reaction in your dog, power wash your house’s siding, driveway or patio if you find mold or mildew growing there. Remove mushrooms and other fungi to help protect your dog’s health, and take steps to improve the yard’s drainage so water isn’t allowed to stand. To prevent tracking in allergens, wipe your pet’s paws with a damp washcloth before entering the house and remove your shoes. Give your dog a weekly bath and brush him daily to remove pollen from the fur. Vacuum, dust and sweep the home regularly to pick up any stragglers that you might of missed. Wash your dog’s bedding and plush toys with a gentle, hypoallergenic detergent. If possible, keep your dog...