CAISSIE CANINE INSTRUCTION: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Welcome to Doggie Dialogue:
Today, we are beginning our blog with RUFF TAILS – as previously mentioned, RUFF TAILS is a new section in our blog where our social media followers and Caissie Canine clients are offered an opportunity to share a photo and RUFF TAIL of their canine companion(s). Interested? Submit your canine RUFF TAIL to firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet Roxanne, she was featured in last week’s blog. Her owner informed her that a space was created for her in the blog because she was just “so GORGEOUS!”
Roxanne replies: “Um, yeah, I know!”
Well, since her blog debut, Queen Roxanne appears to be taking her fame to the next level, she sits on her porch proudly and snickers, “Hello, PEASANTS!”
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Over the course of many years, we often receive a lot of the same questions regarding canine training and behaviour modification. So, with that being said, we thought in this blog it would only be appropriate to answer some of these heavily asked questions, giving our professional insight.
Q: “Is crating my dog cruel?”
In our opinion, we feel a crate is a wonderful investment. Your crate should be big enough for your dog to stand up and turn around in. When you have a puppy, the crate will help assist with “potty training”. We know that most dogs do not like to soil their sleeping quarters, however, accidents can happen so be prepared.
Training your puppy/dog to enjoy their crate and creating a positive experience is key. Most senior dogs, will love the security and comfort of their “den”, using their crate for rest and relaxation. We do not recommend long and/or extended hours in the crate, if possible - dogs love being able to socially interact with the family unit. However, an alternative route that some of our clients have taken is enrolling their dog in “doggie daycare”. This is another great option for owners who often have long work days. With that being said, be sure to do your research on daycare centres in your area to ensure it is the right fit for you, and your dog.
Q: “What happens if my dog eats a foreign object?”
Dogs and puppies can get into household items and often, ingest part, or all of the item. Try not to be hard on yourself, these things can happen.
First call is always to the vet. The vet will usually begin with a digital x-ray to diagnose, ensuring that there is no blockage. Sometimes, vets may induce vomiting. If you do not have a vet, we would gladly recommend a veterinarian for you, please direct message us for this information.
Q: “Why does my dog chase their tail?”
Some dogs chase their tail to entertain themselves, some dogs might just be bored or be feeling some anxiety and need to release that extra mental or physical energy. However, chasing their tail could mean the dog could have fleas, an allergy, or a medical condition. If tail chasing appears to be obsessive, please seek advice from your vet.
Q: “What is my dog’s “body language” telling me?”
Dogs do not just wag their tails if they are happy, it is a way a dog communicates with other animals as well. Be aware that your dog’s tail wagging can also mean your dog is annoyed, agitated, or even frightened. The tail tucked between his/her legs can indicate they are scared or submissive.
It is important to look at the “whole” dog before reaching out to pet them. If the dogs ears are pinned back, or the dog has stiffened muscles, he/she can be asking you to back off. NO MATTER what the tail is saying!
Q: “Why does my dog get the zoomies?”
The term “zoomies”, we call it “the spinings” is that sudden burst of energy, going from zero to one hundred. The “zoomies” are a fun way for your dog to release pent up energy and stress. It is very common if one dog starts, it can set off another dog to join in the fun. To ensure safety with your dog, when the “zoomies” strike, being outdoors in a fenced-in area would be ideal. If indoors, move anything fragile, or rugs that slide, to avoid accidents or injury. Remember, many dogs no matter how well they are trained, may be incapable of hearing their owners voice as “zoomies” seem to put dogs in their “own” little exciting worlds. However, very fun to watch.
We hope this week’s blog was helpful – please feel free to direct message/e-mail any of your questions to us!
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