Exercise, discipline and affection in that order are the three most important things every dog owner should give their dog. Seriously, IN THAT ORDER is paramount.
But folks, right now it is HOT outside. The air is sticky and the heat index makes it feel hotter than thermometers say it is.
DO NOT exercise your dog in the heat of the day, unless you are playing hide-and-seek-the-toy inside or the dog is swimming.
Your dog can overheat much quicker than you. And, even worse, dogs go from overheated to heat stroke quickly. Heat stroke can be fatal if not treated immediately by a veterinarian.
Save the exercise time of day for early morning before it gets hot, or evening after it cools down.
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Lines from the Doghouse
This was my column in The Evening Sun on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. Look for part two next week!
The Issue With Many Sides, part one
Q. We have two rescued dogs. One of them is
old, so we decided to adopt another dog. The application process seemed extreme
and even after going through all of the requirements we still did not get
approval. Why is it so hard to adopt dogs?
A. In the realm of loaded questions, this
one is a doozy. I believe this will take a series of columns to answer. Certainly,
the commercials on TV about all of the abandoned, abused, deserted, and stray
dogs pull at your heart strings. I bet most of my readers have wanted to grab
those poor dogs and bring them home.
working with Seeing Eye puppies in college, to seven years as veterinary
technician, to thirty years as a professional dog trainer and an owner of
purebreds and mixed breed rescues, I’d say I can look at this issue from many
ASPCA website has some pretty amazing nationwide statistics about ASPCA shelter
dogs. Here are a few: approximately 3.9 million dogs enter shelters annually;
each year close to 1.2 million dogs are euthanized; approximately 1.4 million
shelter dogs are adopted each year. Of those dogs that enter shelters each
year, approximately 35% are adopted, 31% are euthanized, and 26% of dogs who
came in as strays are returned to their owner. And, it is estimated 25% of
shelter dogs are purebred. (stats taken from: https://www.aspca.org/about-us/faq/pet-statistics)
that being said, every AKC breed has its own rescue society which would
increase the number of purebreds needing adopting to closer the number of mixed
have to tell you, researching for this column breaks my dog lover’s heart.
are there so many dog rescue organizations?
are there so many strays?
do so many dogs lose their lives much too young?
do trainers such as myself work with so many rescued dog with behavior issues?
are dog foster homes overflowing?
is it so hard to be approved to adopt a dog?
answer to each of these questions is the same. Humans are to blame. Period. I
drop my head in shame at the way ‘man’s best friend’ is often treated. And, as
disheartening as this is, we could put almost every rescue or humane society
out of business within one generation IF:
dog owner researched before purchasing or adopting…
dog owner chose the right dog for him or her…
pet dog was spayed/neutered at six months old…
person who purchased or adopted a dog committed to keep the dog…
dog was microchipped…
dog was obedience and boundary trained…
dog was respected and NOT A SINGLE dog was abused…
dog owner took ownership seriously and loved dogs for being dogs…
really is that simple. Imagine that, within one generation our best friends
would finally really get to be out best friends! It’s something to ponder. Come
back next week for part two.