Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The ABC's of Senior Dog Care--Brave

ABC's of an Old DogBrave -I considered our old dog brave for many reasons. He was brave to fight through his pain each day and still remain gentle to the people around him. Brave to struggle up and down the dog ramp although he could barely see or fully use his hind legs. Brave to be aware of his loss of movement yet still pushing himself to find a way to stay by our sides.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

7 Tips to Prepare your Older Dog for a Move to a Condo

Downsizing from a family home with a big back yard and room to roam is not easy for anyone in the family. But as needs change, older people often look for homes that require less yard work and maintenance. Often a condominium or town-home is a great alternative to older folks who prefer spending time with grandchildren and travel than cutting grass and weeding gardens.

All the changes and restrictions that come with being in a condo or town-home association are something most people are prepared for but “Fido” might be in for a bit of a surprise. No longer will he be able to chase squirrels or the neighbor’s cat out of the backyard. And that leash and kennel that were only used for trips to the vet, will more than likely be used several times every day when he needs to go outside. It will be a sad day for Fido who can no longer be leash-free in his own backyard because his backyard is now common ground.

Here are 7 helpful tips to ease your senior dog’s stress and help him make a smooth, stress-free transition to the condo-lifestyle:

1. Start Training Early - Don’t think of this as a way to punish Fido. A training collar is all about keeping your older pet safe in his new environment. Pull out that training collar and let him know that you mean business. He has to relearn to walk on a leash and not bark at everything and everyone.

2. Practice, Practice, Practice - At least a month before the move, start your daily walk with the leash being attached before exiting the house. Make sure Fido knows that darting out the door will no longer be tolerated.

3. Tied out Trials - Every time you sit on the deck or patio, first hook up Fido to his tie-out so he can get used to being tied-up. Many people don’t use these in fenced yards but most condo associations will have this restriction.

4. Reward Good Behavior - As Fido learns the rules, the training collar can come off and the treats or reward system can begin.

5. Keep License Up-to-Date - Most associations will require all pets to have to have all shots and local licensing up to date and of file.

6. Snap a Good Photo - Not quite a mug shot, but many associations will want a photo of all pets on file so they know which pet belongs to which association member.

7. Find Area Dog Parks - Research your new neighborhood to see if there is a leash-free dog park in the area where Fido can have a quick and safe run once in awhile to burn off all that pent up stress from being good in his new surroundings.

By taking the time to prepare Fido for the change to condo-living, your older dog will enjoy his new home and surroundings as much as you will.

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Pet Care Financial Assistance

Our pets are considered a member of the family and we want the best for them just as we do for our children. We take them on family trips, car rides to the store and will usually find them in many of the family photos.

Can you image the pain someone must feel if they aren’t able to afford needed medical care and have to make the difficult choice of dropping their pet at a shelter or putting them to sleep?

There are some tremendous people like Angels4Animals that have created assistance programs for people that are struggling with these decisions. There is an extensive list of these great organizations at olddogpaws.

I hope you consider making a donation to these great programs if you are able. That way they can continue to help others and their pets.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The ABC's of Senior Dog Care--Affectionate

ABC's of an Old DogAffectionate - When you spend time with an old dog you receive 100% of there attention back. When our dog was younger he was willing to stop for a quick ear rub but was anxious to get on to next activity. An old dog will soak up as much attention as you are willing to give.

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