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Dog Friendly Tips: Fleas & Ticks

Fleas and ticks are the most common parasitic skin diseases found in dogs. Intense itching, hair loss, and crusting of the skin around the dog's ears, front legs, chest, and abdomen are signs of an infestation. Upon close examination of a dog's infected skin, fleas or ticks can usually be found.

To prevent and treat fleas and ticks, there are several options to consider.

A sample of brands and types of products for flea and tick control to choose from in the UK include Frontline and Advocate.

The generic names for flea and tick medications include amitraz, fipronil, ivermectin, lufenuron, nitenpyram, permethrin, and selamectin.

Dog Friendly Article: Dogs Acting Aggressively When Sharing a Family

The Canine Mind: How Dogs Think?

Many people are curious to find out what their dog is thinking, the reality is, few people actually listen. That's because often, they don't have the experience, or just don't understand. The canine mind is simple and lives in the present. Understanding this is the key to what your dog is telling you.

Many people project human emotions on their dogs. We hear it around us all the time. It starts with "cute" labels.There are many terms, but I don't want to glamorize this misuse of the human-dog relationship.

Using "endearing" terms for the relationship with your dog is already the perfect set up for aggression, but few people understand why.

Introducing Two Dogs to One Family

So how can you get another dog in your family once you already have an existing dog? Every situation will have its unique challenges, but here are some basic tips that most people will benefit from knowing:

• Prepare for some aggressive behavior in the first few weeks and plan how to de
-escalate the situation and discipline the dogs. Anytime another dog is introduced to the "pack", the "pecking order" has to be re-established. The dog already established with the family will want to fight to maintain rank drive.

• When choosing the dog breeds try to research their sociability. Some breeds are more social than others, Labradors and Golden Retrievers to name a few good ones. Dogs like German Shepherds and Chihuahuas are NOT very social and will raise hell when a new dog is introduced.

• Make sure the new dog is chronologically younger, younger age, than the dog already with the family. An older dog gets more respect that a younger dog. So DO NOT INTERFERE with their natural canine norms.

• Some resources tell you some dogs will NEVER get along and set you up to plan for separate lives. This is a lie too. Dogs only care about the present. They don't harp on the past. So your dog's past experience cannot be used as an excuse. They can get over the fact they were abused and left in a shelter. All they think about now is how they were adopted by a caring person such as yourself.

Show them love and confidence and don't look for signs of "trauma" from past events. People always like to think "oh Fluffy can't do "such -and - such" because she starts shaking and is so traumatized by her past". Stop making excuses. Show her you are confident and a leader and make her get over it now, or it'll always be a behavioral problem.

Your dog will only achieve what you show them, they gain their confidence through you. Don't cower.

What Dogs Want

Dogs are pack animals. They WANT YOU to be the BOSS! This was a hard concept for me to grasp myself, years ago. I thought a dog should have privileges like humans do, use the sofa because it is comfortable, sit only when he wants too, lay down only when he does it on his own. Most rational was like mine in the past "No one tells a person to "sit" or "lay down"" on command, that's abusive. But I came to realize with dogs, providing this guidance and obedience is their form of discipline. The same way we take our shoes off at a friend's house, or say "please" and "thank you" out of respect.

A dog looks to you for guidance; they want to be told what to do. Without our leadership, they don't know how to act in our human world. They don't know what our human "normal" socialization is. So it is up to us to take control as pack leader and show them. Provide the expectation and be consistent.

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