The Wirehaired Fox Terrier is an active, fun and energetic terrier. They are extremely playful especially with children. Wirehaired Fox Terriers need to be taken for a daily walk. If you have a fenced in yard, play can take care of a lot of their exercise needs, however, as with all breeds, you still need to walk them. Dogs who do not get to go on daily walks are more skittish and likely to have behavioral problems. If it is possible, let them run free in a safe area. Keep this dog on a leash if there are small animals around. The urge for these dogs to hunt is strong and they are likely to take off after cats and small dogs. The Fox Terrier will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. They are very active indoors and will do okay without a yard.
Every morning, Dougie Irvine goes for an hour’s run before he prepares for work and sets off on a half-hour walk to his Edinburgh city center office. Once there, tired from his exertions, he takes to his bed, lies on his back, sticks his feet in the air and dozes off for the rest of the day.
Fortunately, Dougie, a nine-year-old terrier cross, has no important matters to attend to. It is his owner, Jane Irvine, the Scottish Legal Services Ombudsman and chairman of the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission, who has to deal with the business of the day.
Dougie is one of those fortunate dogs across Britain who are not left behind when their owners go to work, but go with them. It is something that The Blue Cross animal welfare charity is keen to promote when it holds its 13th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day next Wednesday. Its aim is to encourage dog owners to spend more time with their pets by taking them to work every day and to experience the benefits of the practice – to themselves and those around them.
Also, as with the presence of dogs in other workplaces, it’s a great stress-buster. “I’m dealing with complaints all the time, which is stressful, so it just eases that,” says Jane. A survey carried out by The Blue Cross showed more than 90 per cent of employers who allowed dogs in the workplace noticed a positive change in the working environment. One in two found that there was a decrease in absenteeism, 67 per cent said it improved staff morale and 56 per cent discovered that work relations improved.
Yet, in spite of all the clear benefits of having animals in the workplace, Britain lags behind the US in making it a common practice. Some large companies, like Google, embrace the idea, but in England it is only small firms and animal-related businesses that permit it. In the US, one in five employers allows dogs at work and there is even a website for job-seekers (simplyhired.com) that lists employers who encourage it.
Going outside with your dog can lead to more than just a healthier lifestyle and a better bond with your pet — it can lead to romance. “I wanted to have social opportunities with my dog,” said Angie Gwiazdon, owner of K9-Connection, a Minneapolis-based canine networking program. Gwiazdon created a program that allows dog lovers and dogs to meet like-minded people, share some food and get to know one another in a no-pressure, fun atmosphere.
Where To Meet Dog Lovers
Wood offers a bit of advice to men seeking women who love dogs. “Shelters are full of kind women who volunteer their time. It’s paradise for a single man,” she said. You can also meet like-minded people at the dog park, doggie day care or simply around your own neighborhood.
Let Your Dog Lead The Way
Your dog can help you meet someone if you take a daily walk and see someone on a similar excursion. “Start moving in the direction of the other person,” said Gwiazdon. Your dog will then be able to lead you the rest of the way to the individual. Dogs are very good at picking up subtle changes in your path. “Compliment the dog, not the owner,” said Gwiazdon. That canine compliment can get the ball rolling for some human interaction. It helps avoid the awkwardness that can sometimes follow a compliment between two unacquainted people. As you chat, it becomes easier to let someone know that you’re not only interested in the dog but seeking to learn more about the owner as well. You may even get a phone number out of the exchange.
Praise is the key to bonding with and understanding your dog. With a little help you will see your dog’s behavior vastly improve. If you’re happy and excited, the dog will be too!
Have you ever seen someone give their dog a couple of “good boys” only to see no reaction from the dog? Worse yet, have you ever seen this happen where the dog stiffened up? If you think you can say “good boy” without meaning it and have your dog believe you, you’re wrong.
The key is that dogs need to believe our praise. Dogs are highly emotional and very perceptive. As pack animals, they seek the approval of their superiors. If other people see you praise your dog, and they think you’re pretty weird, then you are probably praising it correctly.
Talk to the dog. Tell him how well he just sat; how confidently it was done. Tell him you admire his intelligence, and how you appreciate his good work. Say it and mean it. Say it as silly and as babyish as you need to, to get the dog’s eyes to brighten up, his posture to rise, his ears to perk up proudly. That is praise.
Tossing a ball or a stick for your dog is not praise. It is play. It is important to play with your dog. But, if your dog doesn’t feel good from your vocal praise and your facial expression, all the play in the world will not build a relationship, nor will it help you in training.
The best communication
The best way to develop a good relationship with your dog is to communicate on an emotional level. You must rely on building your skill at talking to the dog, so that the dog picks up immediately on your emotions.
It is easy for most people to talk silly with puppies. It takes some practice to be able to talk babyish to a big, tough dog. Since we cannot elevate the dog to human understanding, we must act in ways that dogs understand. A pat on the side and a “good boy” can give great satisfaction to the dog.
All of this is necessary to understand your dog and put fun into your training program. It’s very important to see a happy dog and one that can’t wait for the training time as you step out the front door with a leash and collar in your hand and treats in your pocket!
Have fun together!
Vacations can be sad if and when they separate pets and their owners.
The traditional procedure has been to board dogs in a kennel during vacations, but that experience can be mixed.
“Dogs with behavioral issues, separation anxiety, or who don’t like other dogs are likely to experience a lot of stress if kenneled,” says Angela Speed, spokeswoman for the Wisconsin Humane Society. “Likewise, older dogs who have never experienced a kennel may not adjust well.”
Happily, new answers are appearing to the old question: “What do we do with Tippy during family trips?” The options fall into two categories: To take or not to take.
For Beth Maresh of Cedarburg, the answer is: “Take.” Her family has two well-traveled dogs.
The family is among the 29.1 million Americans who say they have traveled with a pet in the past three years, according to the Travel Industry Association of America. Canines are the most popular animal travel companions, says the association.
But pet owners can’t always take their animals along on vacation. Here are some options if you decide to leave your dog behind:
Do a pampered sleep-over
Several local dog day care centers offer extended overnight boarding with playtime perks above kenneling.
Milwaukee’s Central Bark downtown and north side locations, for instance, offer enough supervised exercise on playground equipment with other dogs to fill a six-hour day before lights out. Stays can range from overnight to three weeks.
“The main thing we’re trying to do is keep them mentally and physically exercised. We find they’re happier all around,” says Katie Wilke, Central Bark general manager.
Donnybrook Inn, located in Cedar Grove, offers themed luxury suites for dogs, including a “Harley Suite,” and a “Patriot Suite” complete with themed toddler beds and covers, and TV sets to help keep Fido relaxed and occupied. The inn is set on 80 acres of land with several dog swimming ponds. Owner Lesley-Rae Karnes is a champion dog trainer.
“There are no tears when the dog is left here,” she says. “Kids get involved in selecting which suite the dog will use, and everyone feels good.” It’s about $22 a night. Information: www.donnybrookkennel.com or (920) 668-6511.
Hire a sitter
Professional pet-sitting companies allow your dog all the comforts of home – because he is home.
“In most cases I see dogs being much calmer than when they’re kenneled. They know where their toys are, where their dish is. Their yard is just a few steps away,” says Jane Lichtenberg, founder of Critter Sitters Inc. in Glendale (www.crittersittersinc.com).
Professional pet sitters can be hired to do as many visits a day as needed (costs vary but are about $19 to $25 a visit). But be sure to plan ahead because most professionals need to meet with owners and pets ahead of time.
“Pet sitters can administer meds,” says Felicia Lembesis, executive director of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters.
“They need to know what should be done in an emergency, who the vet is, what the pet’s habits are, the favorite toys. . . . Things like where there’s a circuit breaker box in case of a storm.”
Added bonus: Pet sitters can also make the house look lived in by opening and closing drapes, taking in the mail and watering the plants.
A professional pet sitter should be insured and have references. For more information on what to look for in a pet sitter, check out information from NAPPS at www.petsitters.org.
A recent report by the American Veterinary Medical Association found that about 63 percent of all households in the United States have a pet. The bad news: 5 to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year and about 3 to 4 million are euthanized.
There is a solution, and the way to reduce the number of pet deaths is adoption. Adopting a dog is a life-changing event. Dogs need lots of time and attention, requiring owners to be there every day. Therefore, it’s critical to find out whether you’re actually ready for a dog or would be happier with a goldfish instead.
“Making sure people are fully prepared to adopt a dog means a happier home and longer life for the dog,” said dog expert Trevor Wright. “Taking the time to thoughtfully consider if you are ready can reduce the number of abandoned and neglected pets.”
Here are a few things to consider when adopting a dog:
1. Are your children ready? Babies and toddlers can’t be trained as easily as dogs, which is why many experts recommend waiting until children are at least 8 years old before bringing a canine into the mix. If you’re set on getting a dog and have small children in the house, consider adopting an easygoing adult dog who’ll need less attention than a growing puppy.
2. Is the decision to adopt unanimous? Dogs shed, bark and can be messy. Unless the whole household is fond of your dog, it’s easy for resentment to build. It also makes it hard to set and enforce house rules, such as whether the dog can join you on the couch.
3. Consider the costs. On average, expect to spend about $800 during the first year of your dog’s life. If you live in a city where vet costs are higher, work full-time and need backup care, and want to give him at least a few treats, it can easily climb to $1,200 to $1,800 annually.
4. No yard? No problem. Some people believe a fenced-in yard is critical to having a dog. In fact, a yard can become an excuse for not walking or exercising your dog daily. Dogs spending most of their time in the backyard miss out on meeting other dogs and people, which keeps them happy and well socialized.
For more information, visit http://www.dogtime.com/.
Swimming seems so integral to being a dog that we’ve even named a stroke after them, the doggie paddle, so you’d assume that’s something that every dog is born knowing how to do. However, not every dog instinctively knows how to swim, and some can’t swim at all, Wendy Diamond, the founder and editorial director of Animal Fair magazine, told TODAY. Dogs’ aquatic abilities are so misunderstood, in fact, that she put together a list of water safety tips for dog owners.
Diamond confirmed that some dogs are born swimmers. It’s a good bet if the dog’s breed includes the word “water,” as in Portuguese or English water spaniel, it takes to swimming like a nursery-schooler takes to finger-painting. For owners of those breeds, the problem isn’t getting the dog into the water, but keeping it on dry land.
But other breeds aren’t as water-friendly. Some dogs have to be taught to swim, Diamond said, and others, like bulldogs, take to the water like submarines take to the Cross Bronx Expressway. For the former, there is hope. For the latter, there are those bright orange canine flotation devices. Among those that can’t swim at all or swim only with great difficulty are basset hounds, bulldogs, dachshunds, pugs, corgis, Scottish and Boston terriers and greyhounds.
And then there are dogs like the Maltese, which are capable swimmers, but which are also susceptible to rheumatism, arthritis and chills that could be exacerbated by taking them in the pool with you. Diamond has a checklist for doggy swim lessons:
Avoid excessive noise: “Take them to an area that’s not so crazy and hectic,” she advised. Like children, dogs can become frightened and confused if there’s a lot of noise and activity around them. The object is to keep them calm and focused on the swimming lesson.
Use encouragement: As when teaching a child, keep your voice upbeat and positive, she said. “Using treats and toys to encourage your dog to enter the water also works quite well,” she said.
Never throw them in: Just as you shouldn’t throw a child in the water and expect it to swim to safety, you shouldn’t do that with a dog, Diamond said. “Don’t force the dog. If they don’t want to do it, don’t force them to do it.” Instead, she told Celeste, “Slowly put them in the water and get their paws used to it.”
Support their weight until they paddle: Even if the dog is wearing a life vest, Diamond said, support its midsection and hindquarters in the water until they start paddling and feel comfortable.
Show them how to get out: Getting a dog in the pool is only half the battle. Diamond reminded pet owners that they also need to be shown where the steps are in the pool so they can easily get out.
Keep an eye on them: Even in the water, dogs can wander off. Dogs that swim naturally and well can jump in the ocean and keep swimming until they’re lost, Diamond said. “You want to make sure, like children, that you watch where they’re going,” she said.
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Many pets are not used to large crowds and a lot of noise. The noise and commotion can be extremely frightening.
“If you are hosting a party or will have fireworks, have a safe quiet place to keep pets so they will not become frightened and hurt themselves. Fireworks, particularly, make pets very uncomfortable and agitated, and can hurt their very sensitive hearing,’ said Schultheis.
If you know your pet usually becomes scared by loud noises, like thunderstorms, Schultheis recommends putting the pet in the quietest room of the house, with soothing music playing, to help them alleviate any anxiety caused by exploding fireworks.
“If you are home with your dog during a fireworks display or thunderstorm, do not try to comfort them. That tells them that they have reason to be frightened. Turn up the radio to help drown out the noise and put lots of lights on so that the flashes are less noticeable. Act normally, keeping your voice light and unconcerned,” said Schultheis.
Never tie dogs outside because it increases their anxiety, Schultheis said.
“Don’t leave your outdoor pets unattended, even in a fenced yard. The chaos may cause them to panic and hurt themselves trying to escape. A scared animal is not careful, and many are hit by cars when running wildly away from something they think is dangerous,” said Schultheis.
It is also a good idea to be sure your pets are wearing proper identification in case they do become lost during an event. Identification tags will help your pet find its way home. Microchips are the most reliable form of identification.
“Don’t take your pet to a fireworks event and then leave it alone in a parked car. They may develop hyperthermia (increased body temperature) which is usually fatal,” said Schultheis.
Dogs and cats cannot perspire and can only release heat by panting, drooling and through the pads in their feet. Cars reach unsafe temperature levels (120 degrees Fahrenheit) quickly. Young, elderly or obese pets, and those with a dark-colored coat, are particularly at risk of overheating.
“Keep your dog or cat hydrated and cool. Make sure they have access to water for drinking. Use a wet towel under the animal, air conditioning, a kiddie pool, or a fan in front of a pan of ice to keep the animal cool,” said Schultheis.
Maintaining a healthy dog can be very expensive. Especially, if you take the dog to the vet 2 to 5 times a year. From shots to random injuries the cost can become expeditionary high. Although many people may think pet health insurance is an unnecessary expense, health insurance for your pet in the immediate can significantly save you money thereby helping you in times of emergency make decisions of life or death of your pet if serious health issue arise.
Veterinary cost are skyrocketing every day. Unlike regular insurance their is not a government assisted pet insurance program that can be used at a veterinary office. All visits have to be paid for upfront either routine or emergency. This can run into thousands of dollars.
Pet insurance is not as difficult to get as your may think. Just like personal health insurance, pet insurance for your dog has annual premiums and, of course a deductible. The deductible as well as the premium can range from policy to policy. But the rule of thumb is the premium price depends on the dog breed and type of policy. One positive though is if you have more than one pet, you can usually get a discount.
Deductibles typically range around $100 a year. There are many policies to choose from based on your dogs age, breed, lifestyle and preexisting conditions. Some plans cover most everything from annual checkups to vaccinations, spaying, neutering and any medications as well as sickness and, of course accidents. These policies, of course will be the most costly.
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It’s tough to keep the bugs away, especially if your dog socializes with other dogs that may not be properly protected. “Not all pets are going to have allergies from those but it is going to occur on some of them,” veterinarian Dr. Rob Trupp said. “So they can also chew and scratch and itch themselves to where they will have other issues. They’ll have skin problems. They’ll have allergy problems. They’ll have infections problems, hair loss.”
And it gets worse. “Sometimes they’re itching so badly, they may not even sleep because they’re too busy chewing on themselves,” Trupp said. Fleas can cause other problems, too. They can carry parasites like tapeworms.
The good news is there are plenty of things you can do. “There are different medications you can use. There are simple medications you can put on your pet,” Trupp said. “They’re very very safe. They’re safe for the pets and they’re safe for people too.”
Dr. Trupp does warn that not all of these treatments work the same. Program, for example, only sterilizes the fleas. It doesn’t kill the ones that are already hosting on your precious pet. But it does prevent them from laying eggs. Once a month, Frontline is also a preventative medicine. Capstar, on the other hand, kills the fleas on the pet at that time, but doesn’t prevent new ones from coming on.
The best choice for your dog is a decision between you and your vet. Just make sure you’re covering all your bases to keep your furry friend protected.
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