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In Memory Of Pets Newsletter
November 2002


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This Month's November Newsletter in Pet Wellness:

Training to the Car

 

A dog should be accustomed to car travel from early puppy hood if it is to

become a happy traveler.

From the start take your puppy with you on all your short journeys to

the post office or the store.

Cover the seats with newspaper and an old towel to protect against

possible “accidents”.

Allow three hours to elapse after a meal before taking your puppy on a trip,

and encourage it to relieve itself before setting out.

It is a good idea to put a puppy in the car from time to time

without actually going anywhere.

Make sure that windows are slightly open to allow a fresh air flow while

still preventing the dog’s escape, and put the puppy’s blanket on

the seat and leave it to settle down for a few minutes.

Increase the length of time during which the puppy is left in the car, and

soon it will look forward to the experience.

Train your dog to sit on its allocated seat, or on the floor, during trips and

never allow it to hang it head out of the window as this can lead to

badly inflamed eyes and also cause foreign objects or

insects to in lodge in the nasal passage area.

 

Car training is quite simple once the dog understands

the “sit” and “wait” commands.

Your dog should expect to wait patiently on his leash until told to get in to

the car and once inside, should settle down.

It is important to teach your dog to wait inside when the door

is opened, too, as it is very dangerous for a dog to leap out of

the car as soon as it stops and passengers alight.

Your dog must be given the “wait” command when the door

is opened and must sit quietly until you tell it to “come,

when it should come directly to you and sit at heel.

 

Many dogs become very possessive about their owners’ cars and

are left on guard to deter thieves.

If you train your dog to guard you car, be sure to provide the

special grids which enable the windows to be left partly open,

letting in fresh air at all times.

Dogs have died in cars with tightly closed windows, due to lack of

ventilation and heat exhaustion.

On long trips, take your dog’s drinking bowl and a bottle of water.

Plan to stop at regular intervals and take your pet for a short walk

before offering a drink. Special mesh guards are available

to fit in the rear of station wagons, effectively converting

the area into an ideal kennel.

If you plan to travel a lot with your dog, or expect to take it on

vacation with you, such an accessory would prove invaluable.

Some dogs suffer from motion sickness and this is generally cured

by familiarization gained by making lots of short trips so

that your dog becomes accustomed to the vehicle’s motion.

Travel sickness tablets may be obtained from your veterinarian

if necessary, and a dog prone to sickness should not be

fed for several hours before embarking on a car journey.

 

Training Classes

Most dog owners are content to have a happy, healthy dog

around the house, a dog which allows itself to be groomed, comes

to call and walks on the leash with pulling.

Others would like to expand their dog’s behavior repertoire but are

unsure how to go about it.

A few people have problem dogs, those which cannot relate

to other dogs, people or pets, which cannot tolerate veterinary

treatment or which have bad habits in the home.

 

For any dog owner with a problem dog, or an owner who wishes

to learn more about training procedures, there are dog training

classes and clubs that are helpful in training and

bringing confidence to the dog and owner.

It is usual to enroll dogs for training at about 6 months of age.

Younger pups may be enrolled and go along to observe,

gaining experience of being in the presence of other dogs and

absorbing the interesting atmosphere.

The owner also gains many tips and confidence by this process,

before serious lessons are undertaken.

A puppy may bark or whine with excitement at its first introduction

to the training classes, but it soon learns to socialize

and to behave acceptably.

You must always remember that training classes are not really for

your dog; they are there to teach you to train

and control your dog.

Each dog is different and through the basic rules usually work,

it is up to each owner and trainer to use the techniques and

commands in their own special and unique way

to get the best of your own pet.

Perhaps the greatest secret of success in all forms of

dog training is to reinforce every lesson learned with

daily routine sessions.

Most dogs love these sessions, treating them like favorite games and

if you always end on a high note when your dog performs

an exercise particularly well, you will find that lesson well learned.

Most so-called failures in basic obedience are really

due to a complete lack of practice sessions between classes

where the wayward dog has not been given the opportunity

of fixing the commands and responses as behavior patterns.

This takes time and patience when training and you and your

dog will learn to work with each other and

provide happiness in the home.

 


Please Note:

As always your Veterinarian is the best source of information and
treatment for questions or problems that may exist.

If you have any suggestions or comments or would like to add to
our "Monthly Newsletter",


please e-mail:

Carole Miller
or
John Mingo

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for their beloved ones.

John, Carole and Staff



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