Friday, August 29, 2014

Car Ride Barker

JP asks: Have you ever come across anyone asking about their dogs barking incessantly during a car ride? 


 

Mother: I find this funny since I am dealing with the same issue with one of my French Bulldogs. I know it’s not fear but pure excitement because Edward enjoys the car. He will bark for the first few minutes. He will quite down and maybe let out a few husky barks 20 minutes or so into the ride. I have been trying different approaches to train him, but nothing has worked so far.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hives

Ms. K asks:
Does your dogs ever get hives?
Mother:
Yes.  Edward gets them occasionally. I have been lucky because he responds to Benadryl. I am convinced it is the fertilizers they put in the grass which I try very hard to avoid.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Furminator

Ms. P asks: Do your dogs shed? If so, have you ever used the Furminator?



Mother: When I initially brought home my French Bulldogs, I read and read all about them…. I also read they were “medium shedders.” To my surprise, medium shedders must mean I can eventually stuff a pillow with all the hair they lose. So, yes. I use the furminator gently on their bodies, mostly around the neck area. It works wonders. Then I top of the grooming with a nice soft bristle brush.




Monday, August 18, 2014

Exercise and Pets

Jack asks:
I know a couple that rarely takes their dog out for a walk.  It’s a Lab and is in obvious need of exercise.  It is “hyper” when they arrive home from work and they wonder why. HELP!  I suggested a pet sitter, a doggy door and a play date with my dogs. No luck.


Mother:
I run across the same issues. I have suggested doggy day care and suggested to “try” a walk. The more exercise your dog has the better. I have also suggested Cesar Milan, the Dog Whisperer, makes it mandatory and not a “suggestion.” It definitely is the first step in resolving behavioral issues in my opinion.




Friday, August 15, 2014

Itchy Chin?

Ms. Y:
Anyone have issues with their dogs itchy chin?



Mother:
Yes! Both Lily and Edward try to rub their chins on the rug or scratch it with their hind legs. No fleas, that goodness. It is an allergy from wet or damp grass. I keep 100% Aloe in the refrigerator and apply a little bit to their chins. The cold aloe has a soothing effect. Not a cure by no means but it sure helps.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

On or Off Leash

Mr. J asks:
Do you walk your dogs off leash? How do you feel about off leash pups.




Mother:

No way, no how. If Lily and Edward ever followed a scent or chased a bird they are gone. Lily suddenly is attracted to motorcycles and cars. She would have no problem running into a busy street after them.


I am definitely NOT a fan of off-leashed dogs whatsoever. I do not care how obedient they are. I should be able to walk my pups while enjoying my walk. I do not want to be “on alert” for an approaching dog. Lily and I had two incidents where a dog charged at us. (she was not injured) She reacted negatively since the dog was twice her size and running at us. Now she is fearful. I could go on and no about this issue, but I will leave it at that.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Salt Water

A few friends have asked this question---
Have you experienced any side effects from bringing Lily and Edward to the beach?
Mother:
No and no...it actually helps sooth their feet and calm their allergies. The vet even mentioned, not to long ago, to bring Lily to the beach and get her feet wet. I find the salt water reacting the same way on me as it does on my pups...healing. I do rinse the sand off when we get home.