Collars For Deaf Dogs

image On this article you will find information on collars for deaf dogs. I would like to make it clear that my dog Sabrina never had a training collar because I personally don't like them. My reason for this is that they have to be placed quite tight around the dog's neck for them to feel the vibration and some dogs find them traumatizing. In addition, it is not a good idea to let a deaf dog off of their leash in an open area anyway (see living with a deaf dog) However, some people do and for this reason I have included some information about them as you will be the best judge of what is best for your dog.

Vibrating collars are used to train deaf dogs because they provide the added benefit of acting like a paging system for the dog and its owner. When pressed, a button on a remote control causes the collar to vibrate, attracting your dog's attention (after extensive training!). The effective distance of the collar will depend on the make of the collar, so it is important to consider this when buying one. Although they are not the same as an electronic or shock collars and the vibration is not very strong, they are not pleasant for the dog either and a very sensitive dog can have a negative reaction to them.

Will your dog need a vibrating collar? Most likely, not. Many deaf dog owners including myself do not use them for number of reasons:

One of the main drawbacks of vibrating collars is their weight. They are too heavy for smaller dogs and pups (they weigh between 65g to 221g and they are as big as the average soap bar) and it does not really teach your pet to do anything, besides being an attention getter for the cue "look at me". Also, from my experience, it is never advisable to let your deaf dog roam free, as there is no guarantee that they will come back.

The collars available today come with a number of available features. Many of them have a tone feature that can help you track down your dog (although this can be substituted by tying a tiny bell to the collar) and it is ideal if you do not want to hear the sound of a bell when your dog walks or when your pet is sleeping.

If you consider buying a vibrating collar make sure that it is waterproof. If it is a combination vibration/shock system, make sure that the shock setting can be turned off. Ideally it should be small (5% of the total body weight of the pet, which is still a lot). Most of these collars come for medium to large sized dogs, have a long battery life, a tone setting and a long range.

Remember that a vibrating collar is not a magic wand and your dog will need to be trained regardless. Do not assume that your dog will come back to you if it is off the leash just because you press a button to make its collar vibrate. Your pet is deaf and it can never be let off-leash (unless in a safe fenced-in area) just because you are using a vibrating collar.

When you introduce the collar to the dog patience is the key. You have to let the dog get used to the feeling, especially as it is heavier than a regular collar. Fit it according to the instructions and let your pet wear it for short periods for the first three days so that he or she can get accustomed to it. DO NOT test the vibration until your pet has got used to wearing the collar as doing so could create a negative association to it.

Use treats to encourage the dog associating good feelings with wearing the collar. This can be done by giving them a treat when you put the collar on. Positive reinforcement always works well.

The very first time you introduce your pet to the collar you should put it on your dog, give him or her a treat and then take it off and give them another treat. Do this several times during the first day. On the second day put the collar on for about fifteen minutes and repeat the same process with the rewards, gradually increasing the length of time.

Always be with the pet when you do this. It is not recommended to leave them alone whilst wearing the collar as it can cause anxiety which could make the collar hazardous.

When you first introduce the vibration your dog may be startled, however some dogs simply ignore the vibration. Keep them close to you in this phase of the training and make sure there are no distractions.

The key is to make help your dog to understand that it is you who is causing the vibration and that you want their attention when you do so. Do not wait for the dog's response when the collar vibrates, at this stage just make the collar vibrate and immediately give a treat. It should be a case of page-treat-page-treat-page-treat until your dog realises that you want his or her attention.

Do this about ten times allowing your dog time to eat the treat with no rush and then stop. The first sessions should be about 5 minutes each, increasing to 10 minutes but not repeating more than three times in the first few days. In other words you should leave the collar on all day and repeat it 2 or 3 times, making sure your dog looks at you when receiving the vibration. If the dog does not look at you when receiving the vibration, you are probably moving too fast.

On the second or third day, after you page the dog do not give him or her a treat right away. If the dog looks up at you regardless, give an extra treat as an encouragement. This is an excellent sign and it means that they are learning.

To start with you should try letting your dog off the leash in the same room with you. Page the dog and when they look at you give the hand signal "come back", showing your hand with a treat in it and then give the treat. The goal is to train your dog to look at you every time and to find you when they cannot see you when paged. Only when your dog looks at you EVERY TIME you should attempt to try this. Let your dog roam the house, first in the same room, and then out of your visual range. Page him/her once. When he comes to you, give a treat and if he does not come, go get him/her. Do not repeatedly page him/her over and over, as frequent paging will cause the dog to forget the meaning of the vibration (the meaning is "food and come back to the owner") and it will become meaningless. Never punish the dog for not coming, rather, figure out why he/she is not responding, he/she may be too distracted by outside influences (a risk that can always happen with vibrating collars) ormaybe the treats you are using are not enticing enough.

About The Author
Priscilla Ross is an author, experienced deaf dog owner and canine trainer. Her second book 'Training A Deaf Dog' provides the ultimate guide to owning, training and living with a deaf dog as well as being packed with useful information, tips, contacts and a comprehensive mini-course in deaf dog signs to help you and your dog. Priscilla is an ardent supporter of canine wellness and combines her dog training and writing work with support for numerous canine charities. Visit her website for more articles, free bonuses and her deaf dog training book at

Benefits of Glucosamine for Dogs

image Glucosamine is a natural substance found in the cartilage and synovial fluids that surround the joints of the body. As the normal process of aging occurs, the body's ability to produce this nutrient decreases and glucosamine for dogs becomes an important concern. Glucosamine is helpful for the increased production of the synovial fluid that cushions the joints as it reduces pain and repairs arthritic or aching joints.

During the younger years of life, glucosamine for dogs serves as a preventative measure to maximize the health, growth and fluid movement of the joints. This ease of motion enables them to be more agile and energetic during all stages of growth and maturity. In older canines that are experiencing hip dysplasia, all types of arthritis or any difficulty in movement, glucosamine for dogs can be used as a natural dietary supplement to enhance joint regeneration along with anti-inflammatory properties. Glucosamine is valuable for easing joint pain as it promotes maximum joint health. Among other conditions that can be aided are injured tendons and ligaments, bursitis, healing of wounds and reduction of inflammation.

Owners of large breed dogs or those breeds prone to joint pain and hip dysplasia should always seriously consider supplementing the diet with glucosamine. Older canines of all types can experience relief from pain and improved mobility. Signs of joint pain in dogs may include difficulty moving, walking, playing, running and walking up or down stairs. Limping, slowing down on walks, lack of energy and tenderness or irritability when touched or petted are also reflective of painful movement.

When choosing a supplement to provide glucosamine for dogs, look for one that provides the nutrient in the form of glucosamine sulfate or HCL as these are higher quality and more potent formulations. Dosages should be administered only in the appropriate amounts which will depend greatly on the age, size and health of the dog. Powder and liquid forms are usually more easily dispensed than pill forms. The beneficial results of glucosamine should become evident after just a couple weeks of regular use in normal cases and in about a month in more severe cases. Glucosamine is easily absorbed by the body and distributed to joint tissues without the negative side effects often produced by many drugs.

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Dog Furniture - Old Dogs Require Special Care


Arthritis is an ailment for both humans and dogs when they become older and need assistance like less stairs, special furniture and beds. By the years their joints and bones become weaker and they will be happy with special furniture to ease the discomfort and limitations they experience when they are old.

You should consider what small things you could do against discomfort your aging dog is experiencing. Their vision and hearing start to fail, dog’s joints get sore and stiff. They control their body functions with difficulties and it is no wonder if they need diapers or pads.

There is a wide selection of furniture available for aging pet as well. The older mattress your dog has always slept on for years, may not be sufficient or comfortable now.

Observe how he gets in and out of the bed and how much time he spends on the bed. There are special furniture items which can correct the problem with older dogs because they have ate a more comfortable space.They are specially made for those dogs who have aching muscles and joints because they have heated mattresses, extra padding, cooling mattresses and other special feathers.

Also there are pet stairs, some of them portable which you can use if your dog wants to hop up on chairs and sofas because he likes looking out the window or because they have used to sleep with their owners.

These stairs can help the dog get in and out of the car. There are so many clever tools in the specialty shops.

Healthy Senior Dogs

Start when your dog is still young if you want your dog to lead long and healthy lives. First you should ask your veterinarian to perform physical exam, a fecal and blood exam and a urinalysis. This baseline examination will help the vet determine what is your dog health condition. The proper age for this is when your dog is 6 years old.

It is recommended by the American Animal Hospital Association to do this exam twice a year because frequent exams can catch changes in dog’s health status as canine friends grow faster than humans. If the illness is determined early it will be successfully influenced by treatment and the recovery will soon be achieved. These semi-annual exams detect health problems which you may not notice as dogs can’t tell if something is wrong with them.

Older dogs require diets higher in vitamins and fiber and lower in protein and fats .

Try to keep your dog’s weight within normal limits by exercising him frequently. Exercises are beneficial for dogs digestion, muscle tone ,joint flexibility, cardiovascular fitness and mental health as well.

What Physical Signs You Should Observe To Know If Your Dog Has Any Problems:

• Dog breaths badly;

• He gets tired easily;

• Dog changes its appetite, the amount of drunk water;

• You notice changes in urination;

• Constipation;

• During exercises your dog coughs;

• Dog gains or loses weight;

• Lethargy;

• You find bumps or lumps under dog’s skin.

What Behavioral Signs Should You Observe To Know If Your Senior Dog Has Any Problems:

• The Dog Acts Towards Family Members Differently;

• Its Sleep Cycle Is Altered;

• Bad In House Training;

• Dog Has Unusual Irritability and Fearfulness;

• Dog Shows Disorientation And Confusion.

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Five Blue Collar Dogs, The Workers Of The K-9 World

3833112792_e9b824eac3_b Granted most of us assign various tasks and chores to our pets such as bringing of the slippers, or fetching the ball, or my favorite, give mommy kisses, but let’s be honest these are not real jobs as convenient, entertaining and adorable as they may be. Real puppy occupations include truffle hunting, search and rescue, and track racing. In this breakdown, we’ll give praise to five pups that make improvements in our day to day lives on various levels.

Who says mixed mutts are good for nothing? Truffle dogs, the first on our list, will prove them wrong. A truffle is a very hard to find mushroom that can cost anywhere from $300 to $500 per pound, and the only way to find them is to use the snout of either a pig or a dog. Mixed breed dogs are ideal for this job because they tend to have a better sense of smell and less sinus complications than pure breeds. Also, dogs don’t care much for the taste of truffle mushrooms as opposed to pigs who love them. Once a truffle is located the finding dog will alert their supervisor and proceed to delicately dig up the rare fungi treasure for everyone to enjoy.

Our second mentions are of search and rescue dogs. German Shepherds are the usual breed for this job, but other breeds such as Boarder Collies or even Sheep dogs are sometimes used to assist police and firefighters in the wake of disaster. The heroic efforts of these SAR dogs were most glorified in the days following 9/11 when every single New York SAR dog was called to duty. These dogs spent days crawling in and out of tight spaces breathing in toxic fumes that would later take their lives for the sake of saving human lives. Unfortunately, not one of the SAR dogs at Ground Zero survived this final task, however they are greatly to thank for the survival of so many people who otherwise wouldn’t be with us today. A memorial for SAR Bravo was built here in NYC honoring the efforts of these amazing K-9s, and we will never forget their bravery.

Third on this list is another life saving dog, the St. Bernard also known as the Alpine Mastiff. These dogs are also used for search and rescue, but not in building collapses. These dogs specialize in saving travelers from avalanches and ice storms. The St. Bernard can smell a person buried deep beneath the snow, and their massive size makes it easy for them to dig up and drag out someone of any weight. Their thick fur and body heat allows them to warm a frost bitten body up simply by laying along side them while another St. Bernard runs back for help. These dogs work in packs, and have been known to have saved thousands of lives. And yes, they do really carry first aid packs around their necks.

Blue collar number four is the almighty herding dog. This is the job of bringing in cattle from the field back onto the farm. It’s usually done at milking time, the least favorite time of day for a cow, and is usually performed by a Boarder Collie. The reason being Boarder Collies, especially females, have an authoritative or commanding stare that intimidates the cattle. Go figure.

Finally, at number five we have a player, the sled dog, Alaskan malamute; another dog that does their job in the freezing cold without complaint. These dogs were originally used to pull or drag goods and people across town on sleds. But with technology came vehicles that can more efficiently transport these goods and so these dogs now put their strength to the test on frigid race tracks. Dogsled racing is an extremely popular sport in northern regions of the world where Alaskan Malamutes and Siberian Huskies race along side each other dragging a sled through an elaborate frozen trail. First one to the finish line is a good dog!

There you have it, five blue collar dogs that make the rest of the mutts seem lazy. Although we have named specific breeds to perform specific jobs and tasks, K-9s have proved to be extremely versatile. With the right amount of patience, and a little professional training any dog can be taught how to work for their keep. Even if that “work” means to roll over, or fetch the stick. Until next time, be good to your dog, and your dog will be good to you.

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Why Are Pet Health Care Costs Rising?

Why Are Pet Health Care Costs Rising?
by: Ron Ayalon

In the last several years, the cost of pet health care has been increasing dramatically. Pet owners that could once easily afford any procedure are finding it more and more difficult to cover all of the costs associated with their pet's health issues. That is one of the primary reasons that so many pet owners have decided to start taking advantage of pet health insurance. With pet health insurance, they can have any number of procedures covered in the event of an accident or illness with their pet.

However, this brings up an interesting question. Why is the cost of pet health rising and why has it become so difficult to afford for the modern family. There are several different reasons, and not all of them are as negative as you would think.

Reasons for Increased Cost of Pet Health Care:

• Greed

Though it is an unpopular topic to discuss, greed does play a role in the rising costs of pet health care. There are so many pets across the country today that veterinary clinics have more than enough business. They are choosing to raise the costs in order to see greater profits. As long as they can afford it, pet owners will always pay the cost of the procedures their pets need, because like a child the pet is considered part of the family. Until there is some sort of government oversight, pet care is a cost that is under no obligation to decrease.

• Education

Though the effects are small, the cost of getting education in veterinary health is also increasing. This leads to veterinary doctors being forced to pay for their increased education as well as the funds necessary to keep their business afloat. The costs may not be tremendous, but they are passed on to the pet owner.

• More Procedures

Here is an example of why sometimes the costs are increasing for a good reason. Pet health care has vastly improved in technology over the last several years. Only certain forms of surgery and some basic medicines and care tips were previously available on a large scale. Now, however, local veterinary hospitals and clinics have some of the most up to date technology at their disposal that they can use to help heal your pet. This means that there is a greater chance the vet can help your pet, but the procedures that they use are still quite expensive.

• More Equipment

Similar to the point above, in order to afford the new equipment, vets have had to increase the costs of all parts of their service. Equipment manufacturers for veterinary hospitals make their equipment very expensive, and vets may be forced to pay for the expensive equipment over a period of several years.

Covering the Costs

As you can see, there are many reasons (some good, some bad) that the costs of health care for your pet are constantly on the rise. Regardless of the reason, there is no doubt that pet care costs are increasing rapidly, while the income levels of pet owners are drastically decreasing due to inflation and job loss. When this occurs, it is much more difficult for pet owners to cover the procedures that their pets need.

That is why pet insurance is so useful to have. When you have pet insurance, if your dog, cat or other animal is in need of one of these major procedures, you will be able to have the costs reimbursed while getting your pet the treatment it requires. That relieves a huge burden on both you and the vet, and ensures that your pet will be healthy and happy for many years to come.
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