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Crazy K9 Campers

Crazy K9 Campers is happy to announce that we will be organizing an exciting & fun weekend outing for pets & pet parents.


Dates: 21st & 22nd December  2013

Venue: Resort near Kalyan:-( Driving time 2.5 hrs, only 90 kms from Dadar)

Attractions:

  • Swimming Pool for pets
  • Fun n Games
  • Swimming in river
  • Fancy Dress
  • Doggy Awards
  • Christmas celebration with pets

Contact details:

+91 98205 96903

pooja@crazyk9campers.com

www.crazyk9campers.com

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Your K9: the whiz kid!

If you think, humans can only understand arithmetic, then you are wrong because our pooches can count upto five and do simple arithmetic calculations as well!

If you have a two-year-old child and a pooch at home, you must have felt it many times that both are equallyfeactures fun and frolic intelligent. Well, it is now a proven fact. At the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Stanley Coren, a well-known expert on canine intelligence at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, stated that our dogs are capable of understanding upto 250 words and gestures. Not only this, they can count upto five and can even perform simple calculations.

The intelligence level of the pooch will undoubtedly depend on its breed as well. For example, Border Collies and Retrievers are two of the most intelligent breeds while Hounds and Terriers are the backbenchers.

Nevertheless, our K9s are intelligent and we all know that…

Health checklist for your K9

The love and companionship you get from your dog is unmatched and the best gift you can give him is good health. Here’s a checklist to keep your dog fit and fine :

  • REGULARLY examine your pet for any problem and check it before it becomes life threatening.
  • IF YOUR pet gives a doggy odour, it is a sign of low level of health. Act fast!
  • KEEP YOUR pet’s teeth clean and watch out for bad breath and tooth or gum problems.
  • REMOVE WAX from his ears as it can trap ticks, mites or other parasites inside his ears. If there is any bad odour, consult your vet.
  • IF THERE is any change in the colour of his eyes or any irritation, it may be the beginning of a serious health problem. Consult your vet immediately.
  • KEEP HIS coat clean and free from fleas and parasites. If you find any change in the colour of his skin, consult your vet immediately.
  • GIVE HIM a balanced diet, which will help him acquire immunity and accelerate his growth.
  • TAKE YOUR pet to your vet for regular check-up, as you know prevention is always better than cure.
  • KEEP THE weight of your pet under control as obesity leads to many diseases.
  • FOR A healthy body and a hilarious mind, exercise is very important for your pet. So, give him/her adequate amount of exercise.

Training your K9 Kid

A dog’s personality depends on various factors, but you can mould him into a properly behaved member by training him at the right age. Last issue, we gave a few tips to train your lil’ one on socialisation and winning his love and respect. Here are a few more tips on housetraining your pup, preventing him from chewing and jumping. Having a pup at home is both a pleasure and a responsibility. He is very impressionable at this age. Follow these simple rules when he is a pup and later on, as he grows up, train him to follow basic instructions so that you can enjoy each other’s company for life.

Housetraining your puppy

The one reason many potential dog owners don’t adopt a pup is housetraining, which is nothing more than a bit of discipline and perseverance properly communicated to the dog. Dogs, by nature, do not choose to eliminate where they sleep and eat. This seems to arise out of the desire to keep their scent away from animals, like prey and predators. So, even your dog has a natural inclination to stay clean. However, puppies, like small children, generally do not have the bowel control, so make sure they go frequently before they feel urgency. Establishing good habits early in housetraining your puppy is critical.

At the onset, following should not be part of puppy house breaking training – Anger, Hitting, Rolled newspapers, Physical correction, and Rubbing the nose etc.

DO’s

  • Allocate an area that you would want to be your pup’s toilet. Take him there after he eats, drinks or wakes up after a nap. Every dog gives an individual sign that you need to recognise.
  • Provide constant access to the toilet area. If you are at home, take your puppy there every 45 minutes or less.
  • Praise and reward your puppy each and every time possible for eliminating in his toilet area.
  • Feed your puppy at regular times. It will help setting up routine.

Preventing chewing

Chewing is a basic instinct of all puppies and dogs. They use their mouths for grasping food, gaining information about the environment, relieving boredom, and reducing tension. It is a great fun for them but the puppy should be trained to chew on things that are meant only for the purpose.

DO’s

  • Give your dog chew toys. A dog focussed on his toys will most probably not bother about your shoes or carpet.
  • Remove temptations like loose wires, plates with food, cups with beverages, soft toys, electronic gadget, etc.
  • Do not give him toys like old shoes, old carpet piece, old phone etc. If he is allowed to chew them once, sooner or later he will end up seeing your NIKE and ‘Just do it’ (or should we say just chew it)!!!

Preventing jumping

This is another problem, which can be nipped at a young age. Many owners encourage their puppies to jump and then complain when their puppy becomes a 40 kg adult.

DO’s

  • The two times he is most likely to jump is when he sees you after a time gap and when there is a treat you have to offer. In both cases, the power is in your hands. You can withhold the treat or your petting till you get the desired behaviour.
  • As he jumps, just turn your body away sideways and avoid any sort of physical or eye contact with him. No sooner does he stops jumping, turn back towards him and praise or pet him, whatever may be the case.
  • It is important that all family members follow this rule. It doesn’t take much for the jumping habit to form.

(Philip A. Butt is a renowned dog trainer and chief trainer at Commando Kennels, Hyderabad (www.commandokennel.com). He has also trained and donated service dogs for the handicapped at the Kids and Dogs Carnival. He is also Joint Secretary of the Hyderabad Canine Club, conducting one of the country’s best dog show – HyCan at Hyderabad.

He can be contacted at: commandokennels@yahoo.com)

Skin care regimen for your K9

Skin is the largest organ of the body representing 15-25% of body weight. Rightly called “first line of defence,” it protects other body parts from weather extremities, ultra violet radiations and injuries, which makes skin care regimen all the more important. Here’s a piece of advice on the same.


A healthy skin truly represents dog’s good health condition. Cleanliness is one of the important factors to keep your dog’s skin healthy and intact, besides making him look good. Here are a few tips for dog skin care:

    • Feed proper diet as per dog’s requirement. Add vitamins- A, B, C, E and Brewers yeast in diet.
    • For dogs having dry skin, essential fatty acids should be fed additionally.
    • Avoid bathing frequently as it removes the natural oils present on the coat, which act as weather proofing agent.

Dogs sweat very less as they don’t have sufficient sweat glands. The dog’s dermal skin layer has two types of glands that produce fluids. The apocrine glands have two other functions in dogs – they help to seal the outer layer of the epidermis and they secrete pheromones that give dogs a distinctive body odour. The eccrine glands in the pads of the paws produce a watery secretion similar to human sweat.

Skin diseases

Skin problems arise from external as well as internal reasons like injury from foreign objects, nibbling teeth, scratching, external parasites, and internal infections or autoimmune diseases. The most common reasons for skin irritation are contact and inhalant allergies, which lead to serious problems like hot spots, hair loss and crusty lesions. Allergy is caused by release of histamines by body in its effort to protect from foreign agents. These histamines produce the itching sensation. Whenever you find your dog itching, contact your vet immediately.

Skin parasites

Mites, fleas and ticks are most common parasites of the skin. Mange is of two types, based on the causative agent – demodectic and sarcoptic. Mange mites live under the skin and cause irritation and hair loss. Some people believe that susceptibility to demodectic mange is inherited because the disease manifests in puppies also. But it’s not true because the mites never go to the foetus. It is only the physical transmission of the mites to new-born pups. Sarcoptic mange (also called scabies) causes severe itching and can infect dogs of all breeds. This mite lays eggs under the skin. Itching occurs commonly on the elbows, ears, armpits, chest and belly region. If red colour small pustules develop along with yellow crust on the skin, consult your vet immediately.

Similarly, ticks and fleas also cause severe problem to dogs. Some dogs become allergic to flea bites and fleas also act as vectors for tapeworms. Ticks are more difficult to tackle than fleas. They suck blood and also act as vector for various diseases.

Treatment

Shampoos and sprays are the most commonly used topical treatments. Shampoos are mainly of three types – cleansing, antiparasitic, and medicated. Cleansing shampoos remove dirt and excess oils from the coat. Antiparasitic shampoos are mostly used for ticks and fleas. Medicated shampoos include antimicrobial and antiseborrheic products. The most widely used antibacterial shampoos contain chlorhexidine or benzoyl peroxide. Ketocnazole and Miconazole shampoos are usual therapy for the treatment of Malassezia infections. Antiseborrheic shampoos mostly contain sulphur which is keratolytic and also have antiseptic properties. Sulphur is also recommended for scaly seborrhoea.

Before using a medicated shampoo, the pet should be washed properly with a cleansing shampoo and rinsed well. The medicated shampoo should be applied evenly to the hair coat after diluting it in water. The medicated shampoo should be left on the skin for 10 minutes and then rinsed thoroughly from the coat as shampoo residue is a common cause of irritant reactions.

In a nutshell, the skin of your pet requires continuous care, right from grooming to good nutrition and prevention to treatment. Don’t take skin problems lightly, consult your vet before the problem aggravates.

(Dr. Avinash Srivastava, M.V.Sc. (IVRI), PGDPM (Symbiosis) is Technical Manager (Livestock and Canine) at Vetnex. He can be contacted at 09350506830 or avinash.srivastava@rfcl.in)

Stars with a difference! Kool K9!

Undoubtedly, dogs are lovable, regardless of breed, size and age. But, some  are ordained to become famous, and what keeps them apart from others is their attitude and loving nature. Here are a few dogs, who have created history and will always be remembered with fondness.

Playful Pluto
Pluto – Bloodhound, the best buddy of Mickey Mouse, is friendly and loyal. His playfulness and good spirits always make him a lovable pooch. His eagerness to please Mickey makes him even more adorable. Pluto likes to be rewarded for a job well done. Kindhearted and faithful Pluto made his debut in 1930 in ‘The Chain Gang’. Playing with chipmunks and other animals, chasing balls…he loves
to do and says: “Grrr …” “Snort!” “Sniff, sniff, sniff …”
“Bark! Bark!”

Gold hearted Goofy
Goofy is a happy-go-lucky pooch with a heart of gold; his never-say-die attitude made him a big star. Optimistic and enthusiastic, with loads of positive attitude made him shine, he became an official mascot for the 1980 French Olympic team, 1981 spokesman for the German Sportlife Fund, and 1983 mascot for the first Wimbledon Tennis Jr. World Championship. The Goof’s message was, “It doesn’t matter if you win or lose; just get up, try, and, most of all, have fun” a-hyuck, a- hyuck…

Smart Scooby-Doo
Scooby-Doo, a comically nervous Great Dane, with four teenagers, Fred “Freddie” Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley, and Norville “Shaggy” Rogers spent hours hunting ghosts or finding the rational behind mysteries involving ghost and supernatural forces. While doing this, he won the hearts of million across the world. These Ghostbusters drove around in a van called the Mystery Machine and named their gang – Mystery Inc. In 2002 Scooby-Doo hit the big screen and there also the applause was same. Kudos, Scooby!