Why Does My Dog Only Sleep In One Spot?

1 12 2008

dog-sleeping-bagI am sure you know your friend’s favorite hang outs in the house and outside, and he probably only sleeps in a couple of them.  Not too long ago, some one asked me via Twitter about some strange behavior he had noticed about his dog, now that he was advancing in years.  In particular, his dog likes to lie in front of the window with the curtains over him to sleep.

My first reaction was “What is the problem?”  Since this caught your attention, I am assuming that this behavior is something new for your dog, since he mentioned that his dog is older now.  The first thing to consider is if he is lying down in a spot where the sun can warm his body.  If this is the case, then consider that his age is the Read the rest of this entry »

More Reason To Adopt From A Rescue Or Shelter

20 11 2008

petland-storeI was surfing the Web tonight (which is pretty difficult without any thumbs, btw), and I came across an article on MSNBC about “puppy mills” and their connection to a national retailer of pet supplies that also sold puppies to its customers, some being sold at a retail price of $3500 each.

The video below shows some of the inhumane conditions that puppy mills (commercial breeders) are known for.  Before pushing play, I strongly urge you to remove any children from the room and to grab a box of tissues. Read the rest of this entry »

Spike Says: Clean Your Dog’s Ears

20 11 2008

An important part of your dog’s health is their grooming. Part of that includes a twice-monthly cleaning of their ears. If you come across redness, head shaking, constant scratching, or an odor, these could be the sign of a problem with your dog’s ears. If you have not cleaned your dog’s ears or you are unsure of how good a job you’ve been doing, check out this easy two-step process.

  1. Examine your dog’s ears for sight and smell indicators. Inside the ear, the skin should be a pale pink, as well as the flaps. If there is red, brown or black skin or a foul odor, have a veterinarian examine your pet’s ears for possible issues.
  2. Clean your dog’s ears by moistening a cotton ball with warm water (or maybe a dab of mineral oil), using it to clean the opening into the canal and the flaps. Make sure not to probe too deeply into the canal, as you could damage your buddy’s hearing.


Aggression Part Three – Redirected Aggression

18 11 2008

What Is Redirected Aggression?

Redirected aggression is also known as being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  This dog behavior is usually seen when two dogs are fighting, and someone tries to interfere or break them up.  Both dogs have their adrenaline pumping, and they are already wound up to fight when someone tries to step in and break up the fight.  One or both dogs may turn their aggression from each other to the person who interferes.  Other types of aggression (territorial, fear, etc.) may be the initial cause that results in redirected aggression toward a person. Read the rest of this entry »

Say My Name – The Importance of a Dog’s Name

30 10 2008

Names are very important to all domesticated animals.  Some people spend a lot of time thinking of names.  My doggy mom’s name was Sunny’s Autumn Uno, Autumn for short.  Why?  Because her mother’s name was Sunny and my doggy mom was born in the autumn and she was the only puppy born.  Uno is Spanish for one.

Tax is my brother and best friend, and he got his name because he came to live with us on April 15th.  For some reason, humans have to pay the government taxes.  My human mom said that this is Tax Day, so he was ended up with the name Tax.

Once you give a dog a name, you should use that name every time you talk to him.  I know that sometimes dogs can be stubborn and not listen.   People get irritated with us at this point and begin to call us every name they can think of.  Some of those names are not very nice.

Please do not refer to your dog as “Hey”, “Hey you”, “Stupid”, “Dumb dog”, “Stupid dog”, “Jesus Christ” unless his name really is one of these.  One should hope not.

When you have decided on the everyday name for a dog, you should practice that name until he knows it.  Take a treat and hold it in front of his face.  Say his name while bringing the treat closer to your own face.  Sometimes, people will add the word “watch” or “look”.  Now give him the treat!  Continue to practice for a few days and he will learn to look at you when you call his name.  Make sure you use the name you plan on calling him, without not all those with the dirty words attached.

One dog I knew was called P.A.  This is what we called him most of the time because mom said that we should not call him by his registered name, “Piss Ant,” in public.  He got his name because of his affinity for getting in trouble when he was a puppy.  He was ALWAYS in trouble.  Apparently, his doggy mom had not given him any home training.  Mom would correct him and call him, “You little Piss Ant.”  When she decided that he would stay, rather than be adopted out, he needed a permanent name.  Mom decided that since he was black all over, she would name him “Midnight.”  I do not think he go the memo abour Midnight, because he wouldn’t answer to anything but “Piss Ant.”  Lucky for us, he finally learned that P.A. was a nickname for him.  Somebody called AKC would not let Mom officially name him Piss Ant, so his legal name on their papers was P.A. Pom.  Legal names are the ones that are given to dogs who actually know who their daddy is.  I guess the AKC is the place that keeps all the legal names and who was the daddy to whom.

I called him THE PISS ANT, because he was the alpha dog when I arrived, and he stayed the alpha until I could not find him anymore.  Mom said that he went to doggy heaven.  That’s when I became the HDIC (Head Dog In Charge).

All of that being said, you should be very careful with the words you use around your dog.  He just might think that one of them is his name, like P.A. did.

Spike Says: Supervise Your Children

25 10 2008

All children should be supervised around dogs, especially if you or they do not know the dog.