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Dog Friendly Tips: High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (hypertension) is not common in dogs. This condition can result in other health problems, such as blindness or kidney damage. Your dog may benefit from a special therapeutic diet that your veterinarian can prescribe.

Medications such as enalapril, amlodipine besylate, diltiazem, and spironolactone can be prescribed to improve your dog's health.

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5 Basic Dog Commands for Any Dog Owner

Scientists around the globe are split in opinion when discussing exactly how many words a trained dog can actually understand. Though it occasionally appears as if your puppy believes you're encouraging him as he chews up the furniture. The New York Times reports that some canines can learn over 1,000 nouns or verbs. And as any Engluish teacher or dog trainers can inform you, that is a pretty impressive feat, even for young humans.

However, when considering training your dog to adhere to certain phrases and commands, there a number of basic trends that are universal in trade. Consider the first three words below are more common among English-understanding canines across the U.S.

1. "Sit"

This command will resemble watching your child walk for the first time and can take a little bit of coercion to be successful. Plus, most pet parents don't want to miss this command, as it can represent a coming of age and "Sit" is perhaps the single most popular dog command there is, and plenty of dogs learn it early on.

2. "Stay"

Of course, sitting alone is seldom the end of their task. Next, they have to stay (no following you around, even as you hold that delectable dog treat aloft) and prove their patience.

3. "Down"

Usually, the next step after "Sit" or "Stay" is to have your dog lie down. If your young dog happens to be a jumper, you'll want to differentiate your phrasing when you command him or her to stop jumping ("Off" is a good alternative) and when you want your pet to lie down.

4. "Leave it"

Some dogs know this as "Release" or "Drop it," and it has multiple functions - some of them grosser than others. If your dog has decided to go after the droppings of some other animal, a strong "Leave it" is a great way to dissuade him or her from chomping down on stuff we'd rather not contemplate. Of course, "Leave it" is also perfect for overzealous ball-hogs in a game of catch!

5. "Come"

So you've gotten your dog to sit, stay, lie down and even drop the tennis ball, but how about when you're on a walk and you just want your dog to hang out nearby without running off or pulling too hard on the leash. How about when you just want your dog's company in the living room or while watching TV? Sometimes, a simple "Come" is all that's necessary.

Isaac Macalister is a frequent contributor for Hartz and has written many articles pertaining to cat and dog needs. Including anything from dog training to summer fun with your dog including tips on Hartz UltraGuard Flea Control

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