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Dog Myths – So True or So False?

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Think you’ve got your pup all figured out? Not so fast, sometimes we hear things so many times we think it is true but is it? UGODOG investigates to uncover common assumptions about dogs and if they are..

So True or So False?

“A dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s”
So False! Not even close. Just think about where that mouth has been all day. Since dogs and humans have similar enzymes for breaking down food, so there is no real big difference there.
Many people think since they see a dog licking it’s wound and will notice that the wound heals very fast that the dog’s what that tongue does is it gets rid of the dead tissue,” said Becker. He compares that tongue lashing to the work of a surgeon who cleans out a wound, and said the licking also stimulates circulation.

“A dog’s mouth contains a lot of bacteria,” states Dr. Gary Clemons, a veterinarian in Milford, Ohio. “Remember, a dog’s tongue is not only his wash cloth but also his toilet paper.”
However since most of the bacteria in the mouth of a dog are species specific, it won’t harm its owner. In fact, you are more likely to get a serious illness from kissing a person than kissing a dog. Since dogs do transmit some germs it is important to “Keep the vaccines current. Good external parasite control, good internal parasite control. You’re going to be good to go.” Says veterinarian and fellow dog lover Marty Becker, author of “Chicken Soup for the Dog Owner’s Soul.”

“Don’t Stare a Dog in the Eyes.”
So True! In the canine world, prolonged eye contact rarely occurs in friendly contexts; it is more commonly seen as a threat or challenge to another dog. Direct eye contact may occur in play, but outside of specific situations, prolonged eye should be avoided.
Cesar Millan, dog behaviorist and star of the TV series Dog Whisperer. Says:
“When you meet a new dog, especially one that may be dangerous, you must project calm assertiveness. A lot of people who meet a new dog want to go over to him, touch him, and talk to him. In the language of dogs, this is very aggressive and confusing. Instead, wait for the dog to come over and smell you and check you out. While he does this, act like you’re ignoring him. Don’t make eye contact. Once he analyzes and evaluates you, he’ll tell you how he feels about you.”

“Wet nose = healthy dog”.
So False! The temperature and moistness of your dog’s nose has nothing to do with his health, says veterinarian Suzanne Hunter, DVM. A dog’s nose will run hot and cold, wet and dry all day long. A moment of dryness is no reason for alarm. As is always the case with your pet, all we’ve got to go on in any situation is behavior. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if all our four legged, two winged, swimming or slithering pets could speak? But they can’t, so we observe. And periodic moments of dryness alone are probably not signs of illness. But if that snout is more dry than normal, more frequently than usual, the color or texture changes or it is accompanied by other uncommon symptoms, there could be a problem.
Dry nose accompanied by a decrease in energy level, lack of appetite, is always reason to consult your vet. Other signs of illness:
• Vomiting and diarrhea
• Urinating more or less often than normal
• Coughing and sneezing
• Discharge from eyes, ears, or nose

“Chocolate is poisonous for dogs”
So True! Chocolate can sicken and even kill dogs, and it is one of the most common causes of canine poisoning, say veterinarians at WebMD. Chocolate is made from cocoa, and cocoa beans contain a chemical compound called theobromine, which is the real danger. This chemical compound can cause severe reactions when truly toxic amounts are ingested including induced hyperactivity, tremors, high blood pressure, rapid heart rate, seizures, respiratory failure, and cardiac arrest while even very small amounts can cause vomiting and diarrhea.

“An excited dog is happy to see you.”
So False! “It’s very easy to come home to a dog that is jumping, running around, or spinning in circles, and interpret that as the dog being glad you’re home. But that’s not what’s really happening,” says Cesar Millan, dog behaviorist and star of the TV series Dog Whisperer.
It’s a sign that your dog has more energy than he can handle in that moment.
Millan’s advice: Ignore him when he’s overexcited, then reward him with attention when he calms down.

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Prevent Bladder Infections: Train your dog to use UGODOG

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

There are many ailments that dogs can face through their life span. As a loving pet owner you want to do everything you can to prevent the suffering of your dog.
Dog Bladder Infections
Did you know that forcing your dog to hold his urine for more than 5 hours can lead to bladder infections? Most veterinarians recommend urine relief every 4 hours for best health, while 4-6 hours is okay.. 8 is not too bad OCCASIONALLY.. But anything more than that can be cruel. Research shows that dogs who go for long periods of time (8+ hours) on a regular basis – without eliminating urine have a greater risk of developing bladder infections or cystitis, a bacterial infection of the lining of the bladder. Urethral infections in both males and females often precede bouts of cystitis. Urinary stones can occur as a result of cystitis. The bacteria form a nidus (a central point) around which the stone eventually develops.
Symptoms
The symptoms of bladder infection in dogs can be troubling for both pet and owner. Because their bodies are so much smaller than ours, any kind of urinary tract problem can be much more serious for dogs. Recognize quickly any of the following signs
- Fever, loss of appetite and lethargy
- Frequent, painful urination.
- Trouble urinating, blood in the urine, or urinating in unusual places
- Cloudy urine that an abnormal odor.
- Females with cystitis may lick at the vulva and have a vaginal discharge.

Any difficulties or changes in urination habits are a good indicator that something is wrong and the sooner you can get your dog medical attention, the less likely it is that the problem will develop into something more serious.
Treatment:
Cystitis should be treated promptly to prevent kidney infection. Your veterinarian will prescribe an oral antibiotic that is effective against the bacteria in question. Antibiotics are administered for two to three weeks, after which the urine should be checked again to be sure the infection has been eliminated.
Prevention:
#1 – Allow your dog to relive him/herself as frequent as possible – Training your dog to use a UGODOG is a great way to prevent bladder infections.
#2 – Feed your dog cranberries, blackberries and/or raspberries as they have compounds that prevent bacterial adhesions to the bladder wall.
#3 – Frequent check-ups and care to monitor your dog’s overall health

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Why Should You Train Your Dog To Use An Indoor Dog Potty?

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

If you own a dog (or are considering getting one) you know that you will be housebreaking and potty training your newest member of the family. For some, there may be some issues with the task of taking your dog out to “do his business”.

1) Some dogs require more frequent urination and the task of taking your dog out 4 or 6 times a day may end up being either impossible or extremely cumbersome.
2) You may have certain physical limitations that make it extremely difficult (or impossible) to get outside with your dog. You shouldn’t be denied having a dog just because of this.
3) Perhaps your work schedule makes it difficult to take your dog out as often as you should. Again, you shouldn’t be denied having a dog just because of this.

If you can’t provide your beloved dog with a sitter to take him out during the day or night, then you may want to consider training your dog to use an indoor dog potty system like UGODOG. Training your dog to use an indoor potty may take some patience (depending on the age of your dog) but at the end, both you and your dog will find the solution very useful for your problem.

If you start researching indoor dog potty you’ll notice there are a variety of different types and we urge you to do your research to find the system that will work best for you and your dog. Basically, the majority of indoor dog potty systems fall into 2 categories…
a) A fake grass product.
b) A grate product.
The can tell you that the UGODOG is a grate product that are specially designed for the comfort and safety of your dog’s paws. The grate system keeps your dogs paws dry because the urine drips through the grates into the base. This prevents him from tracking that liquid through the house

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Home Remedies for a Healthy Pup Coat

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Notice your dog’s coat is changing with the seasons or just doesn’t feel as soft as it used to. If your dog has dry, irritated flaky Skin there is something you can do about it. Most likely you have the cure right in your cupboard.

Traditional causes for dry skin are as follows: spent too much time in the sun, you have hard water in your house, your dog has had one too many visits to the groomer with a hot air hair dryer, or the winter season has seen too many days of needing the heat to work overtime its time for some sweet help. Try these home remedies to get his coat back in shape.

High-Quality Food
As with humans, a dog’s diet directly affects his skin and coat health. Transition your dog to a high-quality food with few fillers. Check the label for the AAFCO nutritional adequacy statement to make sure your dog is receiving a balanced diet. Try all-natural or organic brands and look for brands that contain avocado, pomegranate or other natural anti-oxidants.

Essential Fatty Acids
Deficiencies in essential fatty acids including omega-3 and omega-6 are common in dogs who are on a low-fat diet, resulting in a dull coat and flaky skin. Fortunately, adding a small amount of oil to your dog’s diet will effectively supplement these deficiencies. According to WebMD, you can supplement omega-6 with sunflower oil or safflower oil and flaxseed oil and fish oil give plenty of omega-3 in the diet. If you purchase a fish oil in a gel cap you can puncture the supplement and squirt directly on food.

Honey
Massage a generous amount of honey into clean, damp fur, let sit for up to 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. You can also add a little bit of olive oil to loosen the honey for easier application. If your dog licks a bit of the honey there is nothing to worry about

Coconut Oil
Adding coconut oil to your dog’s diet will help make his coat shinier. It helps to clear up skin conditions including eczema, allergies, yeast and fungal infections and itchy skin. You can also apply coconut oil topically to his skin to help heal skin infections and moisturize dry skin and fur.

Lemon Olive Oil Treatment
To fight dry skin brought on by any number of factors in your dog try a lemon juice and olive oil mixture for their coat and skin. The acidity in lemon juice helps rid your scalp the dry flakes of skin, while the olive oil moisturizes the [newly exposed] skin on your dog’s body.
Mix equal parts lemon juice, olive oil, and water and massage thoroughly into your dog’s skin and coat. Let mixture sit for no more then 10 minutes at a time. This treatment should only be done inside (you don’t want the lemon juice to come into contact with the sun or heat lamps which will interact with the pigmentation of your dog’s fur. Rinse well and lather shampoo into coat well to get rid of any lemon juice before your dog is allowed outside again

Grooming
Regular brushing will improve the condition and shininess of your dog’s coat by removing dead hair and skin. Bathing your dog regularly with a shampoo formulated for dogs will help keep his skin and coat clean. Don’t over-bathe your dog as this may dry out his coat and make sure you rinse all the shampoo out of his coat before drying your dog. Also, consider using conditioner or a finishing spray formulated for dogs.

Check with a groomer or veterinarian to determine how often you should brush and bathe your dog. Some dogs, especially those with thicker and longer coats, need grooming more often than short-hair dogs.

A shiny coat on a dog is a sign of good health and improves his appearance. Each breed will have different coat appearance because of the thickness, length and type of fur. But regardless of breed, proper diet and grooming will create a shiny coat.

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Small Breed Guard Dogs for Added Home Security

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Written by: Kate Voss
Dogs are our best friends, our loyal companions, and can be our protectors too. They are there to welcome us home with a big lick on the face and to cuddle with us before bed.

Burglars only spend an average of one minute attempting to get into a home. If there is an obstacle, such as locked doors or an intimidating dogs, chances are the burglar will leave your home and try a different one. Dogs’ sense of smell and hearing make them the first the notice if something is wrong, usually long before a human could. So although installing a home security system is always a good idea, if you train your dog to guard your home and family, and also train it to be a gentle dog, you will find yourself with the perfect burglar alarm – and one that loves you back!

But not all dogs come in the same package, today we will explore the best “Small Breed” watchdogs:

Small, Yippie dogs
These breeds simply scare away intruders with their constant and high-pitched barking.

ChihuahuaChihuahua:
Maybe best known as the dog in the Taco Bell commercials, the Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog available, and quite possibly the yappiest. They are loyal, affectionate, and very energetic. They are not recommended for children due to their pack leader aggression and their “small-dog” attitude. They get up to six pounds and love to bark. Because of this, they can act as a great watchdog for warding off intruders. Their shrill bark is guaranteed to wake up family members, maybe even neighbors, in the case of a home invasion.

Miniature Schnauzer:Miniature Schnauzer: These pups are stocky and strong with high intelligence and obedience to owners. They are great hunting dogs and their loud howl is a great way to protect your home. If trained correctly, they will be well socialized and affectionate, so they would make great family dogs. They are also great for apartments because they can remain calm indoors if they get enough exercise.

Beagle Puppy
Beagles: Much like the movie Shiloh, Beagles are known for their affection and loyalty to their family. They were originally used for hunting, so they should be in households only with dogs and no other animals. Their distinct hound howl is what makes this dog a great
watchdog. Beagles also have a great sense of smell, so they can protect your yard from
intruders, or even alert you of a fire.

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UGODOG Tip #17 – Ways to Remove Pet Odor

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Remove Pet Odor
Pet urine can fill a house with the smell of ammonia and other strong scents. Although you may get used to the scent, the longer you go without treating the stain and smell, the harder it will be to remove from your walls, carpet, clothes and furniture. You can get rid of dog urine smells whether they are new or old. Here are some solutions to help you fight the odor.

Vinegar solution
A mixture of three parts water to one part vinegar will usually get rid of dog odor, as well as eliminate the stain. The urine spot must first be soaked up to remove excess liquid before applying the solution. The solution should then saturate the spot and then be blotted up with a dry towel. Once dried, baking soda should be sprinkled over the stain. An additional measure of combining 3/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide with a small drop of dish detergent can be added to the baking soda. After the mixture is worked into the carpet, it can be vacuumed up. Test a small portion of carpet with the peroxide to see whether discoloring occurs before using the full amount.

Bleach and water
On areas where color cannot be destroyed by bleach, another recipe for removing dog odor is to clean the spot with a solution of bleach and water. After applying the bleach solution, the spot should be cleaned with water several times after to avoid leaving any residual bleach in the area

Borax
Apply Borax to the stain to remove the urine odor. It is used in much the same way as baking soda by sprinkling over the spot, rubbing in with some water and towel blotting the remaining residue. Borax must be used with care however; ingesting less than 5 grams of Borax is lethal to children and pets.

Simple Stain and Odor Remover
With Simple Solution Extreme Stain & Odor Remover every pet owner can now breathe a sigh of relief. Stains and odors will be gone with the use of Simple Solution Extreme Stain & Odor Remover on the area in question. However tough or old the stain or odor, this formula will help get rid of it. This is a nontoxic product too. It is available in 32 oz, 64 oz and 1 gallon sizes.
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Having trouble with your dog not listening?

Friday, September 20th, 2013

If you’re having trouble with your dog not listening to you, click here for dog training advice and tips on our UGODOG blog!

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As we all know, pets live for treats! here’s a useful tip from UGODOG about Ideas for good treats to use in training. Enjoy!

Friday, August 23rd, 2013


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UGODOG Training Tip #14 – Mat Training

Monday, August 12th, 2013

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MAT TRAINING

PURPOSE: The mat provides a location for your dog, to wait for further instruction from his owner. The mat becomes a relaxing place for the dog to wait for it’s next instruction which allows greater control over behavior. This is especially helpful for dogs that like to jump or get overly excited when people come to the door.

GOAL: To teach you do to look for the mat when given a specific command (decided by owner) then lay and wait.

Mat Training

TRAINING:

The philosophy is there will be only one spot in the room where the dog will be given a treat – on the mat.

BEGIN WITH DOG ON LEASH, GUIDE TO MAT, CLICK WHEN DOG STEPS FRONT PAW ON MAT. TOSS TREAT ON MAT. ENCOURAGE BEHAVIOR TO HAPPEN BY WALKING AWAY AND BACK TO MAT. CLICK WHEN DOG’S PAW IS ON MAT. DOG MAY STAY ON MAT FOR A FEW CLICKS, BUT THEN WALK AWAY A FEW FEET TO SEE IF DOG WILL STAY ON MAT. IF DOG FOLLOWS YOU OFF MAT, FINE. HOLD CLICKER AND TREATS IN FRONT OF YOU, ALLOW DOG TO SMELL, BUT NOT GET UNTIL THEY MOVE BACK TO MAT. FRONT FEET MUST TOUCH MAT. IF PUP SITS IN FRONT OF YOU, YOU CAN SAY GOOD SIT, BUT DON’T CLICK & TREAT, WAIT AND SEE IF PUP WILL LOOK BACK AND WALK OVER TO MAT. CLICK WHEN PUP GOES BACK TO MAT. IF YOUR PUP GETS “STUCK IN PLACE” YOU MOVE TO HELP THE DESIRED BEHAVIOR TO HAPPEN, WHICH IS PUP STEPPING ON THE MAT. WHEN YOUR PUP OFFERS THE BEHAVIOR OF GOING TO THE MAT, THEN ADD THE VERBAL CUE, “GO MAT”.

RAISE CRITERIA:
* PUP WILL GO TO MAT WHEN YOU STAND TWO FEET AWAY FROM MAT. (CLICK AND TOSS TREAT TO MAT)
* STEP THREE FEET AWAY FROM MAT, PUP GOES TO MAT, CLICK& TOSS TREAT ON MAT
* STEP BACK GRADUALLY TILL YOU ARE SIX FEET AWAY FROM MAT.
* SIT IN CHAIR TWO FEET AWAY FROM MAT AND HAVE PUP GO TO MAT, CLICK & TOSS TREAT
* BACK UP CHAIR GRADUALLY 4 FEET, 6 FEET, ACROSS ROOM, PUP GOES TO MAT, CLICK & TREAT
* ENTER ROOM, TELL PUP TO GO MAT, LEAVE THE ROOM FOR 5 SECONDS, RETURN, IF PUP IS ON MAT, CLICK & TREAT, TOSS TREAT ON MAT.

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UGODOG Tip #13 – Understanding Dog Body Language

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

How well do you really know what your dog is communicating to you? Experts say that humans can understand what a dog is communicating through small nuances in their behavior and expression. It is never possible to truly understand what your dog is feeling all the time. But here are some tips that might guide you to better understand the subtle signals your dog is giving.

Dog Expressions

Playfulness
- sudden bounces, chest and elbows down with its ears flattened and its rear end in the air
- jump excitedly and bark, grin and wag its tail, run around in circles, and roll over.
- wagging the tail round in circles and/or vibrating

Fear
- tail hanging low or tucked between its legs
- ears stand back, the dog is most likely
- let’s out a quiet coward, or whimper
- dog may instinctively crouch close to the ground to protect its belly

Friendly
- tail will be wagging in wide sweeps, hanging down
- ears are down and its fur is smooth along its shoulders and back
- typical sniffing pattern with your dog–first nose to nose, then the genitals

Hostility
- approaches with great interest, ears alert and eyes have a hard expression and stare
- wagging tail is stiff and held high
- growling or showing its teeth, a dog behaving like this has a chip on its shoulder
- Fur standing straight up, hackles are raised

Submission
- dog will lie on its belly with its ears flattened and the fur along its back flat and smooth
- looks away from other dog/human and may roll over onto its back
- exposed belly

Affection
- exposed belly, rolling on back
- head back, ears back and stretched body
- down dog position
- paw and legs or feet

Stressed
- walking back and forth and shaking as if wet
- yawn with small whine
- ears pricked up toward each other and panting or yawning
- excessive licking nose or owner
- begins panting quickly with little or no exercise

Curiosity
- ears are pricked and tilts head side to side
- suddenly stops and raises ears
- tail straight back, head looking side to side

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