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3 Reasons to Visit a Dog Park

July 8th, 2015

Oakdale Dog Park

Today, domesticated dogs spend most of their time sleeping, laying around and anxiously awaiting your arrival from work. Their ancestors used to live busy lives of hunting, protecting livestock, and herding. The lifestyle they lead now can lead to depression or obesity. Don’t let this happen to your dog, consider visiting your local dog park. Dog parks are a great way for dogs to:

Expend Pent-up Energy – Your dog can chill off-leash, investigate new smells, wrestle with other dogs and fetch balls. Many dogs are so mentally and physically exhausted by a trip to the dog park that they snooze for hours afterwards

Develop and Maintain Social Skills – Dogs are highly social animals. At the dog park, your dog can practice interacting variety of other dogs’ (breeds and sizes) and using communication skills, and becomes comfortable meeting unfamiliar dogs on a frequent basis. These valuable experiences can help guard against the development of fear and aggression problems around other dogs.

Fun for You Dogs aren’t the only ones who enjoy dog parks. People do, too. They can exercise their dogs without much effort, socialize with other dog lovers, bond and play with their dogs, practice their off-leash training skills, and enjoy the entertaining antics of frolicking dogs

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How often should you bathe your pup?

June 25th, 2015

dog washWith warmer summer weather and longer days you might find yourself outdoors more often with your pup — going for hikes, walks in the park, or if you are lucky to be near a dog beach. All this out door play might have you wondering how often you can wash your dog so your don’t bring all the germs and urine they walk through into your home. Most veterinarians would recommend once a month for normal healthy dogs but if that is not enough for you then here are some ideas to keep your pup smelling fresh between washes.

- Towel with warm water/vinegar solution – keep a spray bottle with ¼ cup vinegar, 2 cups water, and a squirt of liquid Castile soap spray on to towel and wipe down puppy.
- Pet wipes - wipe his paws and face before entering the house with a baby wipe. This is less desirable because of the waste and environmental impact.
- Baby pool or basin - if you fill only knee high and clean paws and face with soap-free or moisturizing shampoo. Avoid fully immersing to keep skin from drying out.

Note if you live in a state (like California) where there is a water shortage always use a water basin so you can recycle the water by watering your plants with the used puppy water.

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Is your dog acting out?

June 6th, 2015

dog acting outIf your dog has been recently displaying some undesirable behavior, your dog could be acting out. Even a fully trained dog can display some signs of frustration due to change in routine. Acting out is usually a response to something else going on — whether that means the arrival of a new baby, a change in schedule or a lack of attention? H are some signs your dog may be acting out:

A growl may precede a bite and should be taken as the warning it is. If you find your dog growling excessively and you’re unable to identify the trigger, schedule an appointment with a qualified dog trainer to get guidance.

Accidents in the house
Dogs thrive on schedule and habit, a change in your household routine may also prompt accidents in the house. Don’t get frustrated or let it drive you crazy, though. Your trained dog can change the behavior once you figure out what’s causing it.

Chewing on your stuff
The chewing is an indicator of anxiety. “It could be lack of exercise or boredom.” If a dog is not provided with a stimulating object to entertain them, so they find something to do on their own. Make sure your dog has plenty of appropriate chew toys available.

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Choosing your new best friend

May 14th, 2015

Considering a new addition to your family in the form of a 4-legged friend. You’ll want to consider your living situation when choosing a new dog.

If you are a city dueler, work during the day and live in an apartment. Choose a small to medium breed that does not require a lot of walking.

The Boston Terrier AKA “the American Gentleman”. They are a polite mild temperament dog an ideal apartment pet. They’re quiet, so they won’t annoy your neighbors, and they bond closely with their owners, showing undying affection and loyalty. They’re also conveniently small, and require only moderate amounts of exercise. Brisk city walks should be enough; no sprawling backyards necessary.

Other options: English Bull Dog, French Bull Dog, Dachshund, Greyhound

If you live in the suburbs, have children and have a nice size back yard.

Labrador Retriever Dogs “people-oriented dogs”, always ready for a jog around the neighborhood, a strenuous hike or an endless game of fetch. Labs are reliable, willing and patient. They love nothing more than activity and attention.

Other options: Irish Setter, Newfoundland, Collie

The most important thing to look for in a pet is the bond. UGODOG recommends going to a shelter and choosing one from the countless abandoned, small, large and in-between breeds. You will be surprised at the various options and mixes you will find at a shelter. You can spend time with them get to know them and choose the one that fits your needs. Mix breeds can often smarter and more well behaved the pure breeds.

However, you can find pure-breed rescues from many organizations that directly work with just one breed. For example there are Rhodesian Ridgeback, Greyhound, Pittbull rescues.

Either way a rescue will usually love you and appreciate a home more.

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A Dog Shower’s Review

April 23rd, 2015

We received an email from Linda Fairchild, a loyal customer and active dog shower of Closeburn Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

Linda Fairchild’s Review:
“The Cavalier puppy is very curious and as most puppies – especially love to shred papers & magazines & any paper towel within reach.” – This makes using pee pads near impossible.

“The Cavalier (show) standard states “pearly white fur” – UGODOG is the only product on the market that keeps their feet & fur out of the wet urine therefore fur does not get stained. Another benefit of the UGODOG system as the grates keep the peepee pads out of reach so tearing up of peepee pads is not possible. ”

“I have been using UGODOG for a very long time – UGODOG solves problems”

About Closeburn Cavalier King Charles Spaniels:
Closeburn was established in 1984 in Roxbury CT “A Wee Touch of the Scottish Lowlands in New England ” A family of Cavaliers with our foundation girls at 15 years old. Closeburn breeds and shows their own stock – while we do have home-grown Champions our most important characteristic is a loving healthy well adjusted sweet Cavalier.

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Dog Swimmers Beware

April 16th, 2015

During the dog days of summer when the heat gets too intense it might be a good idea to cool off and go for a swim. Before you let your pup take the plunge make sure you take a few precautions and your dog knows the basics about swimming. Here are some tips for dog swimmers:
Check for water contamination signs and closures.
Make sure your dog knows how to swim, Dogs with short legs — basset hounds and French bulldogs — cannot move quickly enough to keep them afloat. Dogs that have a low body fat percentage — greyhounds, boxers, dobermans — have a greater chance of sinking when they try to swim.
Avoid rivers unless you know the spot really well and it is neither fast flowing nor deep.
Avoid any water that is murky, contains a lot of plants that could catch your dog’s paws or that leads to fast-flowing areas, rips or sudden drops (such as waterfalls).
Look for a place that has other dogs around if your dog loves company.
Choose a place that allows you to take a dog. Any anxiety on your behalf of not being where you’re allowed to be will transfer to the dog.
Make sure you dog has fresh water for drinking. Don’t allow your dog to drink from salt, dirty or still water. Swimming exerts energy and your dog will get thirsty.

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5 tips for Canine Cancer Prevention

March 10th, 2015

Cancer has one of the most frequently diagnosed and most devastating disease pet owners have been faced with in recent years. Research shows 50% of dogs over the age of two will develop cancer and 25% diagnosed will die from the disease, according to the Morris Animal Foundation. While there are no official scientific study that prove you can prevent all cancers there are some through clinical experience veterinarians have found some common sense tactics that pet owners can take to reduce their pup’s risk.

Here are 5 areas to consider:

1. Regular physical examination and home examinations
Regularly placing their hands on their canine companions, on a daily basis is recommended, to perform a DIY (Do It Yourself) version of a physical exam. By feeling the torso and limbs with finger tips pet owners to detect areas of discomfort, heat or swelling, skin lesions or masses, or other abnormalities that can then be brought to a veterinarian’s attention.
All pets should have a physical examination by a veterinarian at least every 12 months (more frequently for juvenile, geriatric, and sick pets).

2. Healthy natural diet
The quality and quantity of food you are feeding your pet is very important. Look for brands with organic ingredients and low in carbohydrates. Diseases of the heart, kidney, liver, pancreas (diabetes), musculoskeletal (arthritis, disk disease) system, urinary tract, skin, and cancer are all associated with being overweight or obese.The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) estimates that 54 percent of pets in the United States are overweight or obese (an astounding 89 million cats and dogs).

3. Reduce the use of flea and tick products
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) pesticide division states that one of the laboratory effects of fipronil in the popular flea and tick product Frontline, is thyroid cancer and altered thyroid hormones.While the company creates the impression that their product does not migrate into the body, radiolabeled fibronil was found in several organs and in the fat of tested dogs and was also excreted in their urine and feces.

4. Choose natural detergents and cleaning products
Take it upon yourself to research dryer sheets and room deodorizers on the web and you’ll discover their cancer causing ingredients. You will be surprised how many cancer causing agents are in everyday cleaning product.

5. Spay and Neuter your dog after 1 year of age
A growing body of research is implicating early spaying and neutering in increasing cancer rates. In a 2002 study, it was established that there was an increased risk of osteosarcoma in both male and female Rottweilers sterilized before the age of one year.
In another study, it was shown that the risk of bone cancer in sterilized large purebred dogs was twice that of dogs that were not neutered.

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Doggie Dental Care

February 22nd, 2015

Older dogs and certain dog breeds are prone to bad breath, gingivitis and gum infections. Many pet owners are even to starting to brush their dog’s teeth from puppy, just as in a human preventative care is some times the best care. If you have considered brushing your dogs teeth but don’t know where to start here is a quick how to:

First get your dog used to the idea of having her teeth brushed. Massage her lips with your finger in a circular motion for 30 to 60 seconds once or twice a day for a few weeks. Then move on to her teeth and gums.
Transition to Dog formulated tooth paste (ours likes chicken flavor) once your pooch seems comfortable being touched this way, or try a paste of baking soda and water on her lips to get her used to the taste.
Next, introduce a toothbrush designed especially for dogs—it should be smaller than a human toothbrush and have softer bristles. Toothbrushes that you can wear over your finger (or a clean piece of gauze) are also available and allow you to give a nice massage to your dog’s gums.
Finally, apply the toothpaste to her teeth for a gentle brushing.
A veterinary exam beforehand may be helpful to find out if your dog’s gums are inflamed. If your dog has mild gingivitis, brushing too hard can hurt her gums.

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Cold Season and Your Pup

January 26th, 2015

Can your pet catch a cold or flu from you? No. Dogs usually don’t catch common colds from humans: “There’s no concern with dog-to-human, or human-to-dog, transmission,” says Scott Weese, the Canada research chair in zoonotic diseases and an associate professor at the Ontario Veterinary College. Dogs get viruses from each other.

Can cats and dogs get colds and flu? Yes (but it’s not always the human kind). For cats and dogs, the symptoms can be sneezing, weakness, and nose and eye discharge. (These can also be signs of allergies and infections, as well as serious conditions like parasites, pneumonia and distemper.)

But can you get sick from your dog? Yes you can. There are some diseases that are transmittable to humans, they are called zoonotic diseases. However, nearly everything you could catch from your dog is preventable and treatable. “If you wash your hands and handle your animals carefully and keep them vaccinated and healthy, you shouldn’t have any problems,” says veterinarian Emilio DeBess, DVM, public health veterinary for the state of Oregon.

Examples of diseases you can catch from your pup:
Bubonic Plague

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Introducing a New Baby to Your Dog

January 20th, 2015

Congratulations you’re expecting a new baby soon. Some dog owners have anxiety about bringing home a baby to a house with a pet in it. And wonder how the pet will react or if he will hurt the baby. Before you bring the baby home here are some basic ideas that will help ease the transition:

Introduce the baby’s scent. While the baby is at the hospital it is a good idea to first bring an item that contains your baby’s scent, such as a burp cloth or blanket. You’ll want to set boundaries when introducing the article. Challenge the dog to sniff from a distance, while you are holding the item, “This new item belongs to me, and you will need to follow my rules when around it.”
Make sure your dog knows his place. Before the baby arrives, start containing your dog to an area instead of let him have rein of the house. Make sure that he has his own space to play with toys and make the nursery off-limits. Condition your dog to understand that there is an invisible barrier that he may not cross without your permission
Control the introduction. Before the baby arrives be sure to exercise your dog and drain him of his energy. While he is out bring the baby in, have the wait at the door step; make sure your dog is in a calm-submissive state before inviting her in. Calmly allow the dog to sniff the baby, but at a respectful distance. Don’t push the first meeting; do not bring the baby too close.
Don’t forget the dog. The most important thing to your dog is that you maintain the routine, providing daily walks, feeding time and consistent leadership. If you plan on changing your dog’s routine, start the transition before the baby arrives. This will help your dog feel secure and allow her to relax about the new addition to the family.
Your child’s safety comes first. If, after working with a professional and on your own, you are still not 100% confident about the safety of your baby with your dog, then finding your dog another home to protect the well-being of your child and pet is a step you may have to take.

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