How To Control Heartworm In Your Hunting Dog

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This often fatal disease is very serious and is one of the most devastating diseases that any hunting dog faces.  Heartworm prevention is simple and involves a food additive or a heartworm pill that your dog will actually think is a treat.  Whether you elect to use a heartworm pill, a liquid or powder food additive or other option that your vet recommends, make sure you use it as instructed, whether that is weekly or monthly.

Heartworm Facts

Heartworm can live in the dog’s body and work its way into all major organs and tissue, and finally the heart, which is what kills the animal. Heartworm is a parasite and mosquitoes are often to blame because they carry heartworm. However, your dog can also get heartworm from other animals like foxes and coyotes.

Preventing Heartworm

Preventing is the easiest way to “treat” heartworm.  As said earlier, getting protection is as easy as giving him a pill, adding something to his food, and keeping his home (and him) clean.  While it’s common to treat heartworm only in the warmer months, many people have found that doing it year-round is both easier and more effective.  Veterinarians agree.

Symptoms of Heartworm

The first symptom noticed by the owner is usually a loss of weight.  Sometimes a lack of energy or excessive coughing is also seen as well.  Once the parasite infects the dog’s lungs, coughing will become more extreme and heavier.  As the parasite spreads, things will only get worse.  The first few months of a heartworm infection are usually unnoticed as the heartworms are busy propagating and are not spreading to infect and cause problems yet.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of heartworm is done by a veterinarian and is usually accomplished by clinical observation and blood tests.  Often, a “double test” will be done to find out if the infection is male or female—which will affect treatment.  This also determines approximate worm count, which will tell how far advanced the infection is.

Treating Heartworm

Once diagnosed, heartworm must be treated immediately before the dog succumbs to it or spread the disease to other dogs.  The treatment will depend on the stage of the infestation.  An unhealthy dog has little chance of living through treatment or an infestation, but a healthy one can.  If the parasites have entered too many of the dog’s organs or have become too much for him to handle, it’s not likely that treatment will work.  This is why catching it as early as possible is key.

Other dogs around the infected dog should be tested as well, as soon as possible. The disease tends to spread fairly quickly between dogs and testing is the only way to prevent or begin early treatment. People are also able to catch the disease, so they should get tested, as well.

While heartworm is a potentially deadly parasite, prevention is the secret to keeping your dog from contracting it.

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robbie on October 23rd 2011 in Dog Ownership, Dog behavior, training Tips

Dogtra Bird Launcher

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To teach a dog how to hunt, you’ll need specific training tools to get the job done.  A common tool towards this end is a bird launcher.  Dogtra makes a variety of these that you’ll be able to use to get your training needs filled.  

Whether you are in need of a remote launcher or a stationary launcher (depending on the type of birds you are hunting), Dogtra bird launchers has the right one to meet your individual needs.

Dogtra Bird Launcher: Pheasant Launcher

Training a dog to flush upland birds like pheasant can be much easier when you use a launcher like the Dogtra Pheasant.  This launcher can be used to train to hunt, flush, or even point and honor the point. 

The Dogtra Pheasant Launcher:
Can be used with a remote,
Is fully adjustable for low, high, or anywhere in-between launching,
Will help train your dog to flush prey.

This bird launcher can be the ideal way to train your dog in the field.

Dogtra: Quail Bird Launcher

If you need a system that will help train your dog for hunting upland birds such as quail, the Dogtra Quail Bird Launcher could be the system you have been looking for!  The Dogtra Quail Bird Launcher works well with the remote launcher and allows you to make different sounds that will help teach your dog what he should be doing by catching his attention.

Dogtra Bird Launcher: Dogtra Remote Release

This Dogtra system may be used with all types of bird launching systems as well as a dummy launching system.  If you are interested in teaching your dog to use dummy launchers (such as the Gunners Up or Wingers systems) this Dogtra Remote Release launcher can help train him to be effective in the field.  This system offers a variety of different bird sounds and may be used for dummy launches (high into the air) or may be used with the quail or pheasant launchers (low level launches).  This release can be used with different receivers helping prepare your dog for what he will be encountering when hunting with you.

Whatever system you decide to use, training your dog will be much easier for it.  Using remote launching can take your dog’s training to the next level and eliminate the need for multiple trainers (and confusing scents), making your training for your dog much more effective.

All Dogtra launchers include a built-in receiver, so you can easily locate the dummy you launched by just pressing a locater key.  Dogtra launch systems also allow up to six launchers to be controlled from one transmitter at the same time, making them more ideal for training your hunting dogs.  Some other great hunting dog supplies include: the Dogtra 200 NCP and the Innotek ADV 1002.

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robbie on August 7th 2011 in Dog Ownership, Dog behavior, training Tips

Tips On How To Properly Socialize Your Gun Dog Puppy

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If you have a puppy, you should know that socializing is a crucial part of caring for your new hunting dog. The unsocialized puppy may end up biting out of fear, so it’s very important to socialize your dog. If you’re looking to start social training with your dog, here are some tips.

Puppy School

Puppy training classes can be a great asset to you and your puppy.  You’ll learn commands that will teach your puppy control himself, like sit, stay and quiet. You’ll also receive advice on socialization questions. Check with local pet stores or search online to find a puppy class near you.

A word of caution: keep shy puppies away from group training classes, as this can overwhelm. If your dog exhibits shy behvarior, like hiding from people or things, you should help him gain trust and confidence before starting on any dog training exercises.

Dealing with a Shy Dog

Dogs are so shy that they are actual afraid. If this is the case with your puppy, don’t force him to accept your petting because this can heighten his anxiety and cause him to bite out of fear. Instead, help him cope and develop by training with a greeting circle.

Invite a few of your friends to help you out and make sure you have a supply of your puppies favorite treats. Ask everyone to join you sitting in a circle on the floor and put your puppy next to you (if he’s very shy) or right in the middle of the circle.  You want to make sure that your dog doesn’t feel threatened in any way, so one way to do that is to have everyone sitting sideways and facing another person versus a position that might be more threatening to the dog (i.e. sitting staring at the puppy).  Make sure that you don’t frighten your puppy by leaning over them as they might see this as an attempt at domination.  Avoiding direct eye contact and sudden movements will also help your puppy be more comfortable.

The way to make this circle work is to have each person sitting in the circle put a treat in their hand and close their hand and extend it into the circle.  Once this is done you can each open up your hands and call to the puppy, and try to urge him to come to take the treat from your hand.  You should make sure that you’re using soft voices and offering encouraging words during this process, but don’t try to pet the dog until he comes to you for attention.

Go around the circle. Have each person encourage puppy to take the treat. Make it easy for your puppy.  When he learns the game and is voluntarily walking up to the next hand, you can change it up a bit by changing direction or having people call him at random.

Hopefully once you get him started, your dog will begin walking around the circle and will go to the next person in the circle on his own – at that point, you can try having people not sitting next to each other call him to encourage him to socialize with them.

The Play Date

Playtimes are an excellent way to introduce your puppy to people and animals of all shapes and sizes. Be sure his first playtimes are fun and positive.  Observe your puppy carefully. A scary encounter with another dog will make a permanent impression.

Be sure to set up play dates with familiar and trustworthy dogs.  For instance, if your friend has an adult Labrador who loves everyone and everything, you should try and setting up a playtime with him.

Check your local pet store for play dates and times. This is usually free. Remove your puppy from the area if he seems afraid or is being bullied.

If your heading out, take your puppy along.  This helps him get used to different smells and sights.  Keep some tasty treats close by so that you can reward friendly behavior.  If you take him to the pet store, give him a treat as soon as you walk in the door.  Let him explore at his own pace.

If you’re out with your puppy and someone asks to pet him make sure they understand that he’s a little shy and offer them a treat for your dog. This can help develop trust with strangers also.

Making sure your hunting dogs is properly cared for is extremely important to make sure you have all your hunting dog supplies that is necessary to train your dog properly including PetSafe Wireless Fence, Innotek 5100, and Innotek 4100.

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robbie on July 21st 2011 in Dog Ownership, Dog behavior, training Tips

Stop Your Puppy from Play Biting

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There are few experiences more fun than a brand new puppy.  Usually, your puppy doesn’t understand just how sharp his teeth are and so you need to train your brand new puppy that nipping and biting are inappropriate behaviors.

Use toys when you play with your puppy and do not use your hands.  Using your hands to “bat” or shove your puppy around implies that your hands are toys and therefore fair game to puppy’s teeth.   Puppy’s roughhouse naturally and their teeth (and biting) are a big part of that.

Have many toys for puppy to play with, ranging from stuffed to semi-soft to chew toys.  Doggy toys aren’t very expensive and are definitely cheaper than a surgeon or a replacement couch…  Make sure the toys don’t resemble things puppy isn’t allowed to chew on.  Chew toys that look like your cat are bad, but chew toys that look like bones or fire hydrants are fine. 

For items like furniture that you don’t want puppy to chew on, use a deterrent like Bitter Apple Spray or something similar.  The unpleasant taste will soon teach puppy to keep his mouth off.  When you’re playing with puppy, if he grabs at you with his mouth, shove a toy between you.  This will show puppy what items are acceptable to mouth.  Don’t yell “no” or any other words to make the puppy think the toy is wrong.  Simply replace the unwanted behavior with the correct one.  Another effective trick is to speak “puppy”.  When puppies play with their littermates, they squeal in a very high pitch when the play gets too rough and they’re hurt.  Puppies instinctively know to stop immediately when they hear it.  It may feel ridiculous at first, but if you squeal then turn away every time he bites you, even if accidentally, he will learn to control himself. 

Do not allow puppy to chew, pull, or otherwise “attack” things that are attached to you, including pants, shoes, hands, etc.  It might be fun when puppy is small to hold his mouth and wrestle, but you’re teaching him the wrong thing and he’ll learn to attack your hand (in fun) when he’s a lot bigger too.

Definitely do not give startling or excited reactions to your puppy’s biting you.  This makes it seem like a game and makes it more fun for puppy.  Instead, stick with what was mentioned before and merely replace the bad behavior with good.

When puppy badly misbehaves, don’t shake, hit, or loudly scold him.  Instead, calmly pick him up and put him in a quiet spot (kennel, crate, etc.) and give him and yourself a few minutes to calm down.  Then let him out and continue play.  Do not use the kennel as a “punishment,” as you want him to be comfortable there.  Instead, just put him away calmly for a few minutes and ignore his pleas until he’s calmed down.

Teach your puppy fun games like fetching, hide-and-seek, and the like.  Just remember that if playtime abruptly ends every time puppy has bad behavior, he’ll stop being bad in order to extend playtime.

Having a puppy or new dog is very rewarding, but you must keep in mind that there are many hunting dog supplies out there that will help you train your dog as well. Some of the most popular dog training collars include: SportDOG 400 and SportDOG SD 2500.

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robbie on July 21st 2011 in Dog Ownership, Dog behavior, training Tips

Supplies To Train Your Hunting Dog

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When training your hunting dog, your main objective is to ensure that he can effecttively work with you when you’re out hunting. For a well-trained hunting dog, you can purchase specific training tools which will aid in the training of a hunting dog. These tools will ensure that your hunting dog will listen to your commands and prepare him go hunting with you. Items like , training collars, whistles and bird launchers are available for the purpose of having a good hunting dog.

Basic Hunting Dog Supplies

Most hunters find their dogs by going to a reputable breeder.  This usually means they purchase a puppy that will come home needing full training (start-to-finish).  Having the tools you need to train puppy into a full-grown hunting companion means less work in the process.

Dog Crates

Training your puppy with a crate is essential.  Crate training not only eases house training, but it makes transport to and from the field when hunting much easier.  Teaching puppy to like the crate now will make sure that he doesn’t rebel when you try to put him in one later.   Crates utilize the puppy’s instincts for “denning.”

Dog Whistles

These whistles are convenient and won’t bother other humans (the pitch is far too high) but they are ideal for your dog.  If properly used, you can train your dog to come to you immediately when he hears the whistle. This is very effective when you’re in the field hunting and you’re ready to leave and your dog is not in sight.

Duck and Game Whistles

Duck and whistles are not the same as dog whistles!!  Duck and game whistles are used solely for training your dog how to flush and retrieve game.  You can use these whistles to aid training of your dog along with the appropriate bird launchers. The use of these whistles helps you to teach your dog how to act in the field.  It’s important to note that some whistles offer both features – the game whistle and the calling whistle.

Dog whistles can be used to teach a dog to flush and retrieve, but the two should not be confused with other gaming whistles. You can find duck and game whistles in any store that sells hunting dog supplies. You can use them together with bird launchers as a simulation exercise for on-the-field training. Some dog whistles offer a few different noises so that you can use it call your dog and also duplicate the sounds of ducks and upland game.

Bird Launchers

When you get a new puppy, you’ll want to begin training as quickly as possible.  Bird launchers are a cool choice for speeding up the process (and saving your arms and shoulders).  Bird whistles, good dummies (bumpers), and a launcher can help your dog understand what it’s like in the field.  Whether you’re training to retrieve, flush, follow, or both, bird launchers are usually the tool of choice.  Many bird launchers come with remote controls and are effective training tools.  Suppliers of hunting dog training tools will have bird launchers.

Other 

Bumpers and dummies are more tools to help you train dogs in retrieval and flushing—both on land and in the water.  Scents can also help, teaching your dog not only what the game smells like, but how to find them without being in sight.  Just remember that the sooner you train your dog to be in the field, the sooner you’re dog will be great on the hunt!

What You Need To Know About Roundworm and Hunting Dog

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Heartworm, or roundworm, is very serious can affect all types of Gun Dog. With gun dogs, working dogs, and other outdoor dogs, you must be especially concerned because they are more susceptible to heartworm. The worse case scenario is that an affected dog can pass it on to humans, as well as other dogs. In turn, you can also pass on heartworm to your own dog. 

Prevention of heartworm is crucial, especially when you consider that once your dog is infected with this parasite it made lead to death.  Of greater concern is other in animals that come in contact with your dog such as coyotes, fox’s, and others may have roundworm and may transmit that disease to your dog.   

Preventing Roundworm/Heartworm 

Giving your dog a tablet, food additive, or other preventive will greatly reduce his chances of getting infected.  Tablets can be taken orally as a doggy treat while food additives are sprinkled, poured, or mixed in with food.  Most preventive treatments require a monthly application, so mark a calendar to keep track of when dosage was given so you’ll know when to do it next.   

If you live in an area of the country that is fortunate enough to have four distinct seasons you will soon discover that your dog is at higher risk for roundworm.  The reason for this is that mosquitoes are often the culprit in transmitting roundworm from animal to animal.  If you have a hunting dog or gun dog, you should immediately begin prevention treatments on a monthly basis.  Your veterinarian will provide you with the information you need to ensure your dog is protected.   

Symptoms of Roundworm 

In its early stages, roundworm is very hard to detect since your dog won’t show any physcial signs of illness. Your vet can test for the disease, or skilled vets can tell by observation. It is typical of heartworm to gestate for several months before affecting your dog. During this stage of the illness, the disease can easily be treated, but it is best when your dog is asymptomatic.       

A dog affected with heartworm will usually cough, and energy and weight loss are other common symptoms. The sick dog will appear to be weak and disinterested in activities and playtime. If you see these signs, take your dog to the veterinarian immediately as this can be roundworm or another serious illness.    

Diagnosis and Treatment of Roundworm 

A blood test is required to diagnose roundworm definitively, but it is a simple test that most vets can do easily.  The next step is to determine whether an early infestation is primarily female or male roundworm, which will decide early treatment.       

Once diagnosed, the treatment can start right away. In the later stages of infestation, extensive and costly treatments will be necessary. Roundworm can be treated with drugs and/or dialysis in order to be completely killed. This is hard on your dog’s internal system and can lead to weight loss and listlessness, especially if the worms start showing in the stool. After treatment, follow up treatments should occur for months to make sure that your dog is completely rid of roundworm.  

Another unfortunate effect of roundworm infection maybe organ damage.  Sadly, this can mean lifelong treatment for your pet resulting in frequent vet visits and high expenses.  It is crucial that you identify any roundworm infection early and the treatment is not delayed.  Again we remind you that prevention may be the very best treatment for roundworm.

When you have any sort of hunting dog, you should always keep in mind that you should always keep your dog’s health as top priority. There are also lots of different hunting dog supplies that you should have on hand for your dog such as dog training collars or dog collars.  

 

Important Tips On Postpardum Care Of Your Gun Dog

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Most of us are aware that when our dog has pups they take care of most of the work all by themselves.  For almost all hunting dogs, having the pups and expelling the placenta is a natural process and when followed by sufficient rest your momma dog will be back on her feet and happy and healthy as she ever was.  Most dogs that are healthy have absolutely no problems giving birth. There are some complications that as a responsible pet parent you should be aware of (especially if you are a breeder).

The bitch should go see a veterinarian within one day of whelping as a check-up, and the puppies should probably be looked at, as well. The vet should make sure that the mother is healthy and has had no problems of unborn pups or placenta remaining in the womb. This is very important — these problems can lead to infections and/or death. A shot will usually be administered to help with milk and clear out the uterus.

The puppies, which should not be away from their mother anyway, will benefit from seeing the vet right away.  Temperature checks, physical checks, and so forth are all in order here.  During the first few days of birth, watch the mother to be sure she doesn’t develop a high fever, diarrhea, or a lack of appetite.  These can be signs of infection. It’s likely she’s gotten a bacterial infection and will require antibiotics to avoid serious problems.

Typically if mom is going to have any problems they will show up within a week of the puppies birth so you’ll want to watch her carefully and make sure that she is in fact returning to her old self.

There are some things you can do as a responsible pup parent to make sure that mom has everything she needs to make sure all stays well. First and foremost make sure that the area where mom and babies are resting is kept very clean – wash all bedding daily and clean up any messes you see immediately.  Do not use any harsh cleaning products that can cause irritation to the eyes and noses if the newborn puppies.

Eclampsia is another problem to watch for in the new mother.  This is often called “milk fever” and is a condition where her body does not produce enough calcium for lactation.  This will occur three weeks or so after lactation begins and is a serious problem.  If it is caught early, supplements can be added to her food to give her what she needs to make up for it.  Symptoms will include stiffness, pain, and a fever with possible seizures.  Take her to a vet as soon as you see any symptom.

Mammary gland infections, particularly the teats, are a common problem so you should them frequently. As her puppies get older and teeth grow in, these infections can occur. Mastisis can set in within a day of birth; watch for purple spots around the glands and check for fever. These and other infections are common and is easily treated with topical creams.

Another potential problem is too little or no milk production which is called Agalactia. Your vet can tell if this is going to be a problem through their examination of your new momma dog and if this is going to be a problem they can take immediate steps to alleviate this condition.

While birth is a very natural and typically a process that requires little intervention on your part to go well, you will want to make sure that your mother pup has every opportunity to stay healthy and keep her pups healthy.

Making sure your hunting dogs is properly cared for is extremely important to make sure you have all your hunting dog supplies that is necessary to train your dog properly including Innotek Dog Fence, Innotek IUT 300, and Walkers Game Ear.

Helping Your Hunting Dog Deal with the Heat

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After a long winter’s rest and the sedentary comfort of the indoor life, you, your family, and especially your dog will be feeling the fever – spring fever, that is!  It’s time to go outdoors and enjoy the sun again.  Take advantage of the unpredictable weather and the on-again, off-again activity level of the springtime in order to ease into summertime’s high-gear.  Walking, running, swimming, biking, and hiking are all fantastic activities to share with your dog.  However, veterinarians strongly suggest exercising your dog moderately at first, gradually working up to longer periods of activity.  If you don’t, you could risk your dog’s health.  Heat exhaustion is very common for dogs in the summertime.

Start Slow and Work Up

Every athlete knows they won’t win any medals on their first day of training.  The same is true for us and for our dogs.  Start out with shorter walks and gradually increase the length and intensity of your workouts.  Watch your dog carefully for signs that he’s reached his limit.  Watch yourself too – you may reach your limit before he does!  As long as your dog is healthy, it won’t take him long to get back into shape and be able to maintain an active schedule.If you were going to run a marathon, you would not go from your sofa to a twenty mile run would you?  Certainly not – you would work up slowly.  Things are no different when dealing with your dog.  Start out slow, and every day adds time onto your daily trek with your furry friend.  Regardless of whether your dog is your special family friend or a hunter, be sure that the exercise that they are getting is in line with their overall health.  Watch to make sure that your dog is content, and not overly exercised and gradually increase the activity level.  For most dogs, going from low activity to high activity is not a long drawn out process. The more energy they expend, the higher their energy level will be.

Timing

Always be cognizant of the hottest times of the day.  Take advantage of the early morning and late evenings when the heat is not intense.  Remember that concrete and asphalt get extremely hot and can easily burn your dog’s sensitive paw pads.  Planning on when the best times to exercise are will keep you and your pet cooler during your workouts.

Grooming

Most of us like to have our haircut shorter for summer wear. Think about your longhaired dog (or those who have dual coats).  Keeping their hair trimmed and brushed in the warmer weather becomes even more important.  One word of caution: if you are having a groomer cut your dogs hair, make sure they do not cut it too short – just like you, your dog can suffer from sunburn.  This is especially important if your dog has light colored fur, as they tend to be more sensitive to the sun.   

Cooling Off

We often wonder how our dogs perspire in the summer – especially in the heat of the day.  Canines unlike people do not perspire through sweating, but instead through panting – perspiring through the mouth.  Dogs’ bodies cool down from moving air and from shaded areas (or a dip in the water).  They do not however cool down as quickly as we do.  Keep your dog in an area where he will have access to shaded and if possible, moving air. This will help him stay cool and comfortable in the hot sun. 

Watch For Heat-Related Problems

Owners need to know the signs of heat stroke in dogs: 
                Labored or deep and uncontrolled breathing or excessive panting with broken rhythm
                Tacky and bright red gums
                Fatigue, unwillingness to move, or collapse

If you notice any of these symptoms, you should immediately care for your dog.  It is never recommended that you use cold or ice water for cooling your dog down. Instead, use tepid water to wet your dog.  Then place wet towels over your dog to keep the water on their bodies.  If you move the towels, this will help airflow as well.  Keep in mind, a dog who is suffering from heat related problems should not be allowed to go into a pool or other body of water that might require swimming. Their lack of energy could result in drowning. 

Your dog should begin to improve shortly after you take these measures. If not, be certain to contact your vet for emergency care. While chances are the dog might be fine by the time you get there it’s better to have them checked out and make sure.  This is definitely a case of better safe than sorry.

Remember to pay attention to your comfort level and that of your dog’s.  Exercise your bodies and your caution to keep yourself and your dog safe during the summer.

Having a dog is like having a child, they become part of you and your family, with the being said you have to make sure you have the proper hunting dogs supplies as well.  There are lots of great brands out there. Some of the most popular supplies include: Tracker Maxima 5000 and Innotek ADV300P Do you research and choose which one is right for you and your dog.

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robbie on April 16th 2011 in Dog Ownership, Dog behavior, training Tips

Doggy Dental

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Dental care for dogs is a rapidly expanding field of medicine, but is a strangely novel concept for many dog owners and potential dog owners.  However, many of us have the desire to give our pets long, healthy lives, and this is an essential way to contribute to that ideal. For new dog owners, or those who have no idea where to begin their dog’s dental care, it is important to learn the basics of doggie dental health care. 

Although dogs are different than humans in almost every way imaginable, we do share a few common issues.  As a human, you acknowledge that brushing your teeth regularly, going to the dentist periodically, and general oral care are a very important part of your mouth’s health.  Believe it or not, dogs require some of the same care on a regular basis.

Just like ours, if a dog’s teeth are uncared for, over time, they will begin to deteriorate.  Again like us, poor dental care will cause pain, discomfort, and even illness for a dog.  This generally occurs in three distinct stages:

 Plaque accumulates on the teeth.

This is, technically speaking, the breakdown of sugars and other types of food fragments on the teeth, and it produces germs.  This takes place continuously, every day and every meal, but is minimized to some extent by eating specific foods, chewing, and drinking water.     

Plaque hardens into tartar. 

Tartar is an extremely hard, mineralized material that attaches to the teeth.  The tartar build-up ultimately brings about gingivitis, a disease recognizable by red or inflamed gums, terrible breath, and infrequently bleeding gums.       

Periodontal disease sets in. 

When tartar reaches a certain level, it begins a slow spread under the gums, forming pockets between the teeth and gums.  These pockets are prime environments for bacterial reproduction.  The damage done from periodontal disease cannot be undone, and normally includes abscesses, infections, and even tooth loss.                

The most important danger with periodontal disease is the potential for bacteria to pervade the bloodstream.  If this comes to pass, the dog could be exposed to infections in the cardiovascular system and kidneys.  The older a dog is at the time of the onset, the more risky this condition becomes.  Your dog can die from complications arising from poor dental health if the condition is left untouched.  That’s why appropriate dental care for your dog is so crucial.

Your dog’s dental healthcare starts at home.  You ought to give your dog frequent oral exams; if at all possible each day for active dogs or dogs who chew a great deal.  Search for symptoms of disease or injury: discolored or bleeding gums, chipped or fractured teeth, inflamed lips or gums, and so on.  Anything unusual should be brought to your veterinarian’s attention.  Next, brush your dog’s teeth daily.  You can find materials to do this at any pet store, online, or by way of your veterinarian.  Give your dog toys and food that will assist with tartar prevention, especially snack food such as dog bone treats.

Over and above frequent home exams and care, your dog needs steady visits to the veterinarian.  Your vet will supply you with routine dental cleanings, which will be made up of the following:
Oral exam.  More comprehensive than the daily ones we do at home.  

X-rays.  Radiographs will screen for any abnormalities that might not be noticed otherwise, and will be used to guarantee that all the teeth are healthy enough to undergo cleaning.

Ultrasonic or manual cleaning, depending on the vet. Your dog will sleep through this due to anesthesia, but it is vital toward removing the tartar that builds up on the teeth.

Tools with rotary brushing heads remove scratches and similar surface imperfections that are ideal bacterial breeding grounds.

By being dependable with your dog’s dental health care, you are presenting your pet with a healthy and enjoyable life.  To encourage you in this faithfulness, dental insurance is offered for your dog.  Talk to your current health or dental insurance provider, or simply type “Pet Health Insurance” into your chosen search engine.  Most of all, don’t forget to brush!

Make sure you have all the correct hunting dog supplies for your dog including Garmin Astro 220 Tracking Collar and Innotek ADV 1000P Dog Training Collar.

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robbie on March 26th 2011 in Dog Ownership, Dog behavior, training Tips

Dokken Dead Fowl Trainer Great Tool For Your Gun Dog

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If you are looking for hunting dog supplies to train your retriever, you are looking for high quality, affordable training tools that can help train your dog to bring dead foul to you during a hunt.  One of the most trusted names in Dead Fowl Trainers is Dokken.

Using the Dokken Dead Fowl Trainer

For a realistic looking dog training bumper the Dokken Dead Fowl trainer is not only easy to use, but it is also top of the line.  Offering a soft body that can easily be injected with scent solutions, this training dummy offers a hard plastic head, soft foam body and hard feet.  Because of the superior construction, the scent holds for hours and  offers you hours of working time with your retriever.

Dokken Scent Injector

To maximize your training efforts, be sure to purchase the scents to be used with your hunting dog bumpers. This is one of the most beneficial features offered by Dokken, so take full advantage of the Dokken scent injectors.

Types of Dokken Dead Fowl Trainer

Among different types, the most popular Dokken Dead Fowl Trainers are the Back Duck, Snow Goose, Honker Goose, and Mallard. This variety allows you to train your retriever to retrieve only the types of dead waterfowl that you hunt. They are waterproof, making them ideal for the water, but can be used for training on land as well. You can also get the Dokken pheasant bumper if you hunt pheasant. This will enable you to train your retriever dog for upland game.

Realistic Look and Smell

When you first see the Dokken training bumpers, you’ll immediately note how realistic they are.  Combining that realism with a realistic smell means your dog will learn quickly.  Whether you’re training for flushing, retrieving, or retrieving mouth-to-hand, the Dokken line of products will make your dog superb.

Offering excellent quality, Dokken products are exactly the training tools you’ll need to effectively train your gun dog. The Dokken Dead Fowl Trainer is the perfect tool for teaching your dog important hunting and retrieving skills, which will make him a great hunting companion

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robbie on March 14th 2011 in Dog Ownership, Dog behavior, training Tips