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Dog Friendly Tips: Heartworm

(Dirofilaria immitis) is a parasitic worm which infects mostly dogs. However, more vets are realizing that cats may also be infected with heartworm.

Although all internal parasites can be harmful to the health of your pet, heartworm infestation is serious and can be fatal unless treated in time. Have your pet checked on a regular basis for heartworm.

Dog Friendly Article: Dog Potty Training Is A Big Responsibility

Think Of Outsourcing

There are many people and companies that specialize in dog obedience training, and they can be the perfect option for busy families. Because all training takes time and consistency, including dog potty training, sometimes it makes more sense to let the professionals handle the job. Not only can this be beneficial to you as an owner, but the dog can benefit from it because of the change of scenery they will get along with developing stronger socialization skills.

Another thing to consider is that dog potty training needs is consistency and regularity to establish good patterns in your new pet. This means confining it to an area in the house for long periods of time until they learn how to go to the bathroom outside. Outsourcing is a way to avoid the logistics of doing this at home, and you don't have to take a couple of weeks off of work to get it done.

Home Methods

For those who want take matters in their own hands, there are a couple of time honored and proven methods that are known to work. Both require that you let the dog out on a regular basis throughout the day until they are able to tell you when they need to go. The first is the newspaper method and the second is the cage technique.

The newspaper method is when you lay newspapers on the ground in the area where you have confined them. As they go to the bathroom, they will learn that it is good to go on the paper. Take the soiled paper outside and let the dog sniff it in the area of the yard you want them to go in. You can also do this in stages, placing the paper a little closer to the door every time until they get the hint.

The cage method is similar, except that you only let the dog out every couple of hours to go to the bathroom. The key here is to get the dog outside right before they have to go. This way they will associate outside with bathroom. The other benefit is that they also associate freedom with going outside as well.

No matter which you prefer to do, the dog needs a pattern and schedule to follow, and developing the routine is essential for successful dog potty training. Whether you choose to use a trainer or do the job yourself, the more repetitive and fun it is for the dog, the faster they will adapt and learn this important behavior.

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