DESIGNER PUPPYS: Everything you wanted to know about raising designer or mixed breed dogs,
featuring The BOYZ: Prince Alvin His Cuteness (on left) and Sir Simon The Sad, Cockapoo pups.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Dog Owners Bullied By Their Pets

Yeah sure - dog owners aren't subject to bullying by their pets. Or are they?

Let's take a closer look at what bullying can entail. Sometimes bullying involves obvious verbal and physical abuse. That really does not apply to dogs and their owners unless your dog is attacking you.

A much more subtle form of bullying occurs when your dog has trained you to do what he wants you to do. And you do it. Because it's a habit. You've become a trained seal. It may have started out as you training your dog. Somehow it's now reversed. Fido has trained you.

Think about it.

When it's your dog's dinner time and you forget - who reminds you?  Insistently!

Do you absentmindedly pet your dog when he pushes his muzzle or whole body against you?

Can you get the bugger out of your bed?

Does he glom the entire bed and make noise all night?

Now who's the bully?

It's a very common dog behavior problem and needs to be dealt with. Read about it here:

Friday, March 16, 2012

What To Do When Your Dog Is Dragging His Butt - Now It's Simon's Turn

I've written extensively about Alvin's anal gland issues and his multiple trips to the vet to remedy the situation. See these posts:
Part I of What To Do When Your Dog Is Dragging His Butt
Part II of What To Do When Your Dog Is Dragging His Butt
Part III of What To Do When Your Dog Is Dragging His Butt

Now it's Simon's turn to drag his butt. At least I have a little experience in this "area."

Simon's been scooting on and off for the past 4 days. When we first noticed it, we had friends over who know how to express the glands. We tried it and nothing happened. Then we cleaned his anal area and applied an antiseptic approved by the vet because it looked a little inflamed from the scooting activity.

Poor Simon - this morning I noticed him dragging his butt on the kitchen rug. This time expressing the glands produced some fluid. I cleaned up the area using a pet wipe. We need to keep a lookout for more scooting.

The question is - when does butt scooting require a vet visit? We took Alvin in after a week of discomfort. But with Simon the glands can be expressed, so it's a day-to-day watch and see.

What I don't understand is why the glands are not self-expressing as they should. With every bowel movement, the fecal matter should be sufficiently solid to push up against the glands and release the fluid. It's gotta be a diet thing.

We have a good relationship with the Boyz' vet techs, so I might just call in if things get worse. Sometimes they talk through the problem over the phone.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Cockapoo Dog Information - 5 Articles and 2 Ebooks

How To Take Excellent Care of Your Cockapoo Dog

How To Select The Perfect Cockapoo Dog For You And Your Family

Puppy Mill Dog Problems – Prince Alvin’s Case

The Most Notorious Dog Training Untruth: Dog and Puppy House Breaking Is A Cakewalk

Cockapoo Dog Owners – Are You Aware of This Common Medical Issue?

Canine Luxating Patella (Trick Knee) Surgery And Recovery - Simon’s Story

Raising Cockapoo Dogs The Right Way