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Does your dog jump up on people?

How To Make Your Dog Stop Jumping on People

How To Make Your Dog Stop Jumping on People

One of the first things your dog will do, especially if it’s a puppy, is jump up on you and on everyone who gives it attention.

The animal is only trying to get close and establish eye contact, but it’s best to discourage this behavior. A big dog jumping up on an elderly or frail person, or a child, even in the friendliest way imaginable, can hurt. So you’ll want to teach your pet to keep all four feet on the ground when interacting with you or other people.

Here are the recommended ways to teach a dog not to jump up:

1. Step very lightly on its hind toes.

2. Bump it gently in the chest with your knee to create the boundary.

3. Grasp its front paws and push it backward so it is off balance, like-tipping them.

Any of these should be accompanied by the command, “No” Then, after the dog gets down, walk away and ignore it for a few minutes. Remember, it’s in the consistency of repeating the action with the verbal command-“no”. It’s not screaming or yelling, it is consistency.

After a moment, when you’re sure your pet has got the message and has stayed down, pat and praise it. Remember, be consistent. Don’t confuse the dog by letting it jump up just this once, and then pushing it down and saying, “No” the next time. And don’t give up. You need to be clear with your dog. CONSISTENCY.

source-Annie B. Bond

Adapted from City Dog, by Patricia Curtis (Lantern Books, 2002). Copyright (c) 2002 by Patricia Curtis. Reprinted by permission of Lantern Books.
Adapted from City Dog, by Patricia Curtis (Lantern Books, 2002).


I was in my vet’s office yesterday taking Kona for her annual check up and vaccinations. I was alerted by a sign they had at the front desk.  I really wanted to share this with you in case you buy these treats for your dog. lease pass this on to your friends with Pets. 

“FDA Warning for Dog Owners Regarding Chicken Jerky Products from China”

Since September 2007, veterinarians and dog owners around the nation have been reporting to the FDA in which chicken jerky dog treats, made in China, appear to be causing illness and death in dogs. An increased number of complaints have been noted in the past year (2011).

ANY…ANY….ANY….chicken jerky products for dogs manufactured in China. The chicken jerky is being sold as chicken tenders, strips and treats.  Products are being sold all over Los Angeles County and throughout the nation.  Often these products are purchased from Costco, Trader Joe’s or Pet Specialty Stores. Read your labels.

SYMPTOMS: *Decreased appetite, *decreased activity, *Vomiting, *Diarrhea, +/blood,  * Increased water consumption, * Increased Urination.

If your dog has these symptoms that are severe or last longer than 24 hours-  STOP FEEDING THE TREATS TO YOUR DOG!  Seek Help ASAP from your Veterinarian, save the product, the packaging and the receipt in case they need it for later.  If you live in Los Angeles County, report this 213-989-7060. All reports will be shared with FDA.

Give your dogs treats that (may cost more) but that you know they are safe and healthy! That the ingredients are from the USA and manufactured right here in the USA. Please, for your dog or cat’s health and well-being, read about Life’s Abundance food and it’s holistic formulator, Dr. Jane Bicks.


Have you checked the RESCUE links we have provided for you?

We have made up a list (with the help of Haute Dog/Justin Rudd) of animal rescue sites.  All sorts-Dogs, cats, bunnies, reptiles, horses, pot belly pigs, etc. Remember to feed them the Healthiest food possible for their bodies.

Look at the top of our page and you will see the tab. Click on the tab after you read this. We will keep this as a Permanent Tab so you can come here anytime and see where there may be an animal companion waiting for you to adopt.

Pass this on to a friend who may be looking for a pet.

Many people are surprised that there are breed specific rescues.  Please don’t buy. They only way to curtail the Puppy mills and massive breeding is to go to a shelter and adopt.   So many wonderful souls made it their mission in life to rescue all types of animals-and look for new homes for them.

Do you realize that many people have given up perfectly good dogs to shelters or rescues? You’d be surprised to find purebreds at the local shelter.  Are you aware that mixed breeds can healthier?

Some people die and don’t make a plan for their pet.  Their extended families (if they have one) don’t want the pet. What happens then?  Hopefully someone will foster them til they find a good home. Look at the rescue sites.

Consider donating to these groups if you are not ready to take on a new pet.   Check out these sites (and I am sure there are more that we don’t have listed) first.  Make a pet happy with a new home. Open up your heart to the one that speaks to you, you will be so happy you did.  Remember to make a lifetime commitment to the pet’s natural life cycle, they are counting on you. Give them 100% and they will give that in return.

Pets make a wonderful companion for retired folks. Consider your parents as they age, it could provide a wonderful relationship for your parent and for the animal.

As the saying goes: WHO RESCUED WHO?

French BullDog- her Anal Gland burst!

Recieved this from a Friend today-August 4th, 2011

My little FRENCH BULL DOG, Ruby, had a tough day yesterday!   Her little anal gland ruptured yesterday – I had to take her to the vet – I noticed a bulge (you can barely see because her tail covers her butt hole but I saw this little bulge and it concerned me.)

I made an appt with the vet for the next day and that next day it was oozing – I still didn’t know what it was – I thought it was an abscess – so I put a warm/ hot compress on it and helped it drain.  I brought her to the vet and they told me what was happening – boo hoo.

They’re cleaning it and she’s on antibiotics and hopefully it will close and the correct gland hole will function.  Geez!  I had no idea this could happen.  She’s eating and has energy, but I can tell that it hurts her :(

Thank you for sharing this Roxanna. This is good for everyone to know about. This is important to check when your dog scoots across the floor or lawn. Often, I hear pet owners say: “I swear he doesn’t have worms”. Well, usually it is not worms but a clogged anal gland. This can be very painful if it is not getting expressed naturally.  When they scoot, they are trying to “express” the gland.  It is a good idea to have your vet or groomer express your pet’s anal glands about 2-3 times a year. Include this with their annual check ups and/or  when you take them in for a nail/claw trimming.

Pet Safety in the summer

During the warmer months of the year, thanks to a phenomenon known as Feline High Rise Syndrome, city dwelling cats routinely fall from open windows and fire escapes, often necessitating a trip to an emergency veterinary clinic.

According to

Pet parents residing in tall buildings often allow their cats to sun themselves in open windows and on fire escapes, unaware that their felines’ prey drive may lead them to pounce on moving birds or insects. Tragically, falls often result in shattered jaws, punctured lungs, broken limbs—and even death.

A few facts about High Rise Syndrome:

  • When a cat falls from a high perch it’s unintentional, not deliberate. Cats are smart. They don’t leap from high places because they know it’s dangerous.
  • The reason cats fall is usually because they are intensely focused on something outside, perhaps a bird, and either lose their balance or their prey instinct sends them out the window before they realize what they’re doing. Another cause of falls is normal muscle twitching and other movement during deep sleep. A kitty can roll off a window sill while changing sleep positions.
  • While cats won’t intentionally jump from a high perch, they also don’t realize they can’t dig their claws into brick, concrete or steel surfaces to help prevent a fall if they lose their balance.
  • When a cat falls from a high perch, he doesn’t land squarely on all fours. He lands with his feet slightly apart, which is how serious head and pelvic injuries occur. And falling shorter distances can actually be more dangerous, because kitty doesn’t have enough time to adjust his body to land correctly.
  • Even if your kitty survives a fall in relatively good condition, she’ll land in an unfamiliar, frightening place on a sidewalk or street and can easily run away before you can get to her.

Sources: Dr. Becker and ASPCA

Pets staying home while you travel this summer???

Please visit this site and watch this enjoyable video by Dr. Sarah.  It covers the best ways to make sure your beloved pet can be cared for while you and your family are on vacation.

I like the idea that they can sniff your bags and “know” that you are going out of town.  Talk with them as you pack your suitcase. Tell them they will be well cared for and you will be back, soon!   Give them one piece of your clothing to take along in their “over night bag” so they have your smell near them.   maybe include one of their toys.  Make sure their tags are up to date with important numbers. Make sure your Pet is Micro chipped.

A gentler, kinder way to say goodbye to your pet-

Dr. Karen Randall of Edina, MN is one of a small but growing number of veterinarians who provide end-of-life care and euthanasia services in the homes of her pet patients.

According to the

Randall started her business, Solace Veterinary Hospice, when she moved to Edina from Wyoming in December. At her previous veterinary clinic, she said, many pet owners requested in-home euthanasia and health care for their pets. Randall sensed that pet hospice care was what her clients were looking for.

When she visits a new patient for the first time, Dr. Randall evaluates the animal and performs a physical exam. She talks to family members about their expectations. Then she puts together a care plan that might include prescriptions, physical therapy and/or other treatments.

The goal is to make the pet patient physically comfortable and pain-free to insure a good quality of life during his or her remaining days. For some pets, pain management only lasts for a few days prior to death or euthanasia. Other pets have received months of good quality life back.

When the time comes, Dr. Randall can also help patients depart this world peacefully, at home, surrounded by family.


Read more by going to Dr. Becker’s link.

Parenting Emotionally Challenged Pooches

Thursday, 24 March 2011 15:16 by Dr. Sarah, Veterinarian for Life’s Abundance


In the last few months, we’ve been besieged with images and stories of destruction, the magnitude of which is difficult to comprehend: Australian floods, New Zealand earthquakes, and most recently the devastating earthquakes and tsunami in Japan. While the loss of human life and the impact on the human survivors makes up the majority of the coverage, we know that many of these people included pets in their families. What are the lasting impacts on behavior of the surviving companion animals? Is it true, as many people believe, that the emotional scars caused by trauma (whether it’s due to a natural event like an earthquake, or an unnatural act like physical or mental abuse) can lead to fearful or aggressive behavior? Just how common is emotional scarring in companion animals? The answers to these questions may surprise you.

The unfortunate companion animals affected by recent environmental catastrophes are likely experiencing what we call “post traumatic stress disorder” (PTSD). PTSD is a recognized anxiety disorder induced by exposure to life-threatening trauma. Widely recognized as a diagnosis for people, PTSD has actually been studied in non-human animals, too. Research has actually shown that the brains of traumatized animals exhibit chemistries that differ from non-traumatized animals! True PTSD, however, is relatively rare in companion animals, developing as a result of a significant life-threatening event or predatory trauma.

If your dog has undergone a traumatic event, there are warning signs of PTSD, which include hiding, loss of house training, barking, loss of appetite and diminished interest in interacting with his human companions. It can also include out-of-character aggression. If your dog ever does go through a life-threatening or catastrophic event, veterinarians recommend providing a safe, secure area such as a crate, bathroom or laundry room, where your dog can get away from noise, people and other pets. Put familiar, comforting objects in the space, such as their own bed, favorite toys and/or an article of your clothing. Try and maintain a consistent routine, especially with regards to feedings, walks and play times. Like the traumatized pets in Australia, any pet that undergoes life-threatening trauma needs safety, a dependable routine, behavioral (and perhaps medical) intervention as soon as possible.

What about fear and aggression in non-traumatized dogs? We already know that true PTSD in dogs is rare, but too many shelter animals have been rescued from abusive or neglectful situations, so it’s not unusual for them to have fear or aggression issues.

Believe it or not, some dogs are genetically predisposed to experience heightened fear. Just as people can be shy or outgoing, dogs show similar personality inclinations. Other dogs will experience fear due to a specific trauma, such a frightening thunderstorm. While some argue that abuse, especially for young dogs, leads to PTSD, what is more likely is that rescue animals are simply poorly socialized during the critical developmental period between 3-16 weeks of age. At this age, puppies undergo a rapid learning process, making it the ideal window of opportunity for socialization. When puppies fail to encounter appropriate socialization during this critical period, they can develop fear or aggression later in life.

Even though they present challenges, negative experiences or insufficient socialization don’t have to define your dog’s long-term personality. Fortunately, there are ways to work through emotional issues. In this episode of Pet Talk, Dr. Sarah talks about how to recognize the symptoms of fear and aggression, and how to deal with some of these issues.

What challenges have you experienced in parenting a companion animal with emotional or social problems? What helped you work through these issues? Share your story with us in the comment section below.

Parenting Emotionally Challenged Pooches

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Information and Advice from Dr. Eric Barchas, DVM

Vet says: Information and Advice from Dr. Eric Barchas, DVM

Should I Put my Dog to Sleep if she Smells Bad?

I noticed the following comment on a post from two years ago about bad smelling dogs.

I have a 10 year old dog and my goodness I have no idea what to do about her smell. It is so bad that I can’t stand to be around her cause I get sick and feel like vomiting. Yes its that bad. She also now has a puss like secretion coming from her vagina which also adds to the unbearable smell. I have changed food, shampoos and soap. My only recourse is to put her to sleep but my mom is crying that she doesn’t want that. Someone out there please help me. I am at my wits end.

I hate to come down hard on anybody, but the idea that euthanasia is the only recourse in this situation is complete hogwash. There are plenty of other options that should be considered first.

Healthy, clean dogs don’t smell bad. If you bathe your dog and an odor persists, then your dog very likely has a medical condition. Medical conditions that cause bad odors include infections (which often can be cured, permanently, with antibiotics), diabetes, kidney disease, and dental disease. You can check out the page on my website dedicated to malodorous pets to learn more about the causes of and solutions to bad smelling pets.

I am very strongly suspicious of an infection in your dog’s case. Pus typically is a sign of infection. It also smells terrible. Pus from the vagina may indicate a bladder infection, a foxtail in the vagina, or, if your dog is not spayed, a uterus infection. All of these problems have the potential to be serious, but all of them also have the potential to be cured.

Here’s what I recommend: stop talking about euthanasia. Instead, do the right thing and take your dog to the vet to see what can be done.

Moki, My Pet Dog

Writing about my dog, Moki, and her last stage of life.

She has Lymphoma, diagnosed June 1st 2011.

Our Vet said to give her 20 mg of Prednisone 2x a day. This steroid acts like a chemotherapy for the dog.  It was far too high of a dosage for my Moki and her already compromised body.  I had an intuition about this and when I spoke with her vet, she talked me into accepting it.  I wanted to start out with half the dosage. I find that vets usually OVER prescribe.

In my past with my pets, I have always cut the dosage in half and build up to the prescribed dosage  (if I need to).  This has worked for me and my Pets.

By the night of day 2, Moki had too many toxins in her system. I think the steroid was too much for her compromised body. She was anxious, throwing up and out of it.    For 4 days I gave her 20mgs, 2 xs a day.   Then I tapered off to 1-20mg the next morning and only a half tablet (10mg) this morning. It is dangerous to abruptly stop a steroid for animals (and humans). It can tax the adrenals and there is a possibility of “shut down”.   This smaller dose was better for Moki and her condition.   She is able to eat again. Moki was able to relax and sleep the best in two days!   I envision her to make a peaceful  transition.

No pain – No suffering. Moki and I have a strong connection, we always have.  Moki will tell me when she needs to go and I will listen to her request.  Animals let you know when they need help, it’s our responsibility to listen with our heart and pick up the non-verbal communication. The role of a good responsible parent and loving guardian.  I will miss her but I have told her she can  “go” when it’s right for her, not just right for me.   Julie, Kona and I will be okay.

She and I have shared a great life together.  She is the best dog ever! The true and loyal buddy that anyone could wish for.  I am so happy I “listened” when I was lead to her Spirit calling me.  She was over 900 miles away in Moab, Utah and I was in the San Francisco Bay area when we “met” up and adopted one another.  Moki was 6 or 7 or 8 when we met.   I will have had her in my life for 9 years this November (2011).  The best gift my heart has ever had!

Here we sit, 7:05 pm on a Sunday night, June 5th, 2011.  The air blowing into our house. I am blogging, Kona is sleeping on the carpet in front of me.   Moki is peacefully laying down near the open French doors, feeling the breeze come in on her muzzle. A little more peace and quiet tonight in our house and she rests after her can of wet food. Yep! She ate and drank water tonight…first time in days.  Bless her heart.

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