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Dogs Refusing To Pee In The Yard- Possible Reasons and Solutions

February 29, 2016 Leave a comment

Dogs Refusing To Pee In The Yard


Are you surprised? If yes then we assume that you have never had such a problem with your pooch. But, yes there are many owners that must be facing this problem with their pets. There are several reasons as to why dogs refuse to pee or poop in the yard. It is important that you figure out the right reason and that you don’t lose control and turn violent. Let’s see what could be the reasons for your pet’s potty denial!

Possible reasons:

  1. Your dog needs a run before he can poop.
  2. There is a lot of distraction in the yard, especially if you live in an apartment.
  3. He may be considering the yard as the house’s extension and is being careful not to soil your area.
  4. The surface of the yard is not favorable for your pet.
  5. He is insecure about his daily walk and thinks that if he pees or poops in the yard then he might lose his chance of going for a walk.
  6. Yard is new for him and he has always discarded in the open.
  7. There are distinct smells of other dogs that is making him uncomfortable.
  8. He needs a specific member of the family to do his business.

These are some possible reasons that might be restraining your pooch from relieving in the yard. The following are solutions that you may try to make your pets comfortable for potty and peeing in the yard:

  • You may use his urge to walk as a tool. Give him 5-10 minutes and when he finishes you can take him for a walk or run. Once he understands the pattern he may not have any issues in using the yard.
  • If you know that your dog needs some walk before then try not to force him. Make sure you walk him a little in the yard and then give the cue.
  • We all are busy and it may be frustrating for you to wait. However, this does not mean that you get frustrated and start threatening him. That may never help! Keep yourself composed.
  • If your tyke does not poop after 15 minutes of waiting then put him in the kennel outside. Also, try to analyze his diet on the previous day.
  • Use treats to make him follow the cue. Entice him with his favorite treats and just when he starts drooling give him the cue.

To conclude, you may need to understand your dog and expect accordingly. If your dog does not come around even after trying the above suggestions, then may be it’s time to give him his way.

Categories: Dogs, Pet Care

Why Do Dogs Lick Wounds

October 7, 2014 Leave a comment

Why Do Dogs Lick Wounds


“Should I let my dog lick his wounds?”

“Why does dog lick the wounds?”

“Is it ok for dogs to lick their own wounds?”

“Can a dog’s saliva heal his wounds?” Read more…

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Asthma in Pets: Treatment to Help Your Pet Stay Healthy

September 30, 2014 Leave a comment

Asthama in Pets

Rarely known but asthma is yet another chronic disease that most pets suffer from as humans do. This respiratory disease is usually found in dogs, and most commonly diagnosed in cats.

Depending on the conditions and severity, the symptoms of asthma varies including wheezing and difficulty in breathing. The other signs include coughing, an increased rate of respiration, exercise intolerance and restlessness and lethargy. In intense cases of asthma, a pet may not able to breathe properly through nose, so does breathing through mouth. This is because of the difficulty in oxygenating the blood. Read more…

Reasons For Dog Bites – Tips, Prevention and Warnings

June 11, 2014 Leave a comment

Dog bites are scary… They are painful… and yes they are disease causing. There are plenty of dog bite stories, which have dismayed us and left us with a dislike for the dog species. Statistics suggest that nearly 4.5 million people sustain dog bites every year in America. This shockingly huge number suggests an urgent need to understand dog behavior in order to avoid such unwelcome animal attacks. Once you know how to tame any dog’s mind, you can easily save yourself from something as horrifying as a dog bite.


Why does a dog bite?

There are various reasons for dog bites. Dogs are the finest companion animals of all times. They have a very warm personality but they also have a strikingly aggressive side. One should not trouble dogs or mess with them especially when the dog is in an aggressive mood. Read more…

Allergic Skin Disease – Second Most Health Problem in Dogs

May 26, 2014 1 comment

Allergic skin diseases are the second most common health problems in dogs, the first being flea and tick infestation. Dog’s skin and coat are susceptible to various external substances and end up being damaged due to itching, biting and licking by the pet. With numerous external and internal reasons, skin allergies in dogs are a subject of serious concern of the pet parents.

Excessive itching, coat biting, body licking, rashes, flaky skin, inflammation on the skin are some of the common signs of existence of allergic skin diseases in dogs. Skin irritation is commonly found on the dog’s paw, ears and stomach area. It can start from rashes to change of skin color in the areas where allergens are present. The condition irks the pet and makes him depressed and low-spirited. This calls for effective dog skin care by the pet parents.   Read more…

Service dog a Saviour to teen boy

February 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Patrick and Mary Lou in class

Fourteen-year-old Patrick Maresh’s life has changed for the better when his service dog, Mary Lou stepped into it. Patrick and the 2-year-old Labrador/golden retriever mix have been constant companions since he received her as a canine assistant in July.

Patrick is nonverbal, has sensory issues and low muscle tone which meant he struggled to get around safely. Before Mary Lou’s arrival, Patrick was so afraid of being bumped into and knocked over, his mother, Jan Maresh, said. He would flatten himself against the lockers and not move out of fear. A specialist informed Jan Maresh that Patrick seemed to have an affinity with dogs and would benefit from having a service dog.


The Process

It took over four years of being on the waiting list before Patrick was able to have a service dog. Service dogs require a lot of training and, depending on their specialisation, are worth in excess of $25,000. After filling out a questionnaire, writing essays, gathering letters of recommendation and producing a DVD of Patrick’s developmental history, the Maresh family submitted an application to Canine Assistants, a Georgi0based organization that provides service dogs, in 2006. Soon after, they were notified that Patrick was on the list to become a recipient.

Whilst on the waiting list, the Maresh family took it upon themselves to dog-sit as many dogs as possible when friends and neighbours went on vacation. As they had never had a pet before, this was their opportunity to learn about dog care and to prepare themselves for the long-term commitment of having a dog. Service dogs in particular need a lot of attention paid to them for Canine Assistants to be satisfied the dog is being looked after well.

“They (Canine Assistants) take it very seriously. These dogs are a huge investment on their part,” Maresh said. Maresh said recipients enter a contract with the organization spelling out their responsibilities. For instance, recipients must weigh the dogs four times a year and submit the information to Canine Assistants. If they allow the dogs to become obese and fail to take action to solve the problem, the organization reserves the right to take the dogs back.

“Technically, this dog is on permanent loan,” Maresh said. “It’s a full commitment and it’s not something to take lightly.”

How Mary Lou chose Patrick

Finally, in July 2010 the Maresh family headed for the two-week training camp in Georgia, where Patrick would meet his canine companion. During the first two days, recipients are introduced to dogs that trainers have selected as potential matches for the individuals.

“The dogs really pick the recipients,” Maresh said. “The dogs can sense by your energy what your need is.” The dogs typically make their selection by putting their paws on a recipient’s lap and seemingly looking into their eyes, she said.

It took five dogs before one that seemed a perfect match was found. Once the selection is made, recipients work with the dogs and their trainers in the afternoons while attending lectures on dog management in the mornings. By the second week, they go on public outings with the dogs. The family are then required to take a final written exam before they graduate. The Maresh family passed successfully and Mary Lou came home with them.

Man’s best friend

The dog accompanies him to his special needs classroom at Herrick Middle School in Downers Grove, where she lies by him as he works and walks with him as he passes through the halls. Now he is able to walk down the halls confidently with Mary Lou by his side.

Patrick now goes with his family to watch his sisters participate in high school sporting events and cheerleading competitions. Previously, he wouldn’t enter the gym because of the sensory overload. “He’s able to tolerate a lot more,” his mother said. “Now he walks right. She’s at his side. We sit in the bleachers with everybody else.”

Maresh can’t explain it, but Mary Lou makes Patrick calmer. “He’ll pet her. He’ll interact with her. Then he can focus back on wherever we are,” she said.

Mary Lou has brought Patrick positive attention, his mother said, “He walks the dog and people say hello to him. It’s like his parade.” Maresh said Patrick enjoys the attention. Although Patrick always has been sociable, sometimes people would avert their eyes and not reciprocate, she said. “It’s almost like she brought people to him,” she said. “If you have a dog, everybody says hello. It’s just amazing.”

Maresh said Mary Lou will remain Patrick’s canine assistant during her working life of nine to 10 years. When a dog ages, the recipient has the option of applying for another service dog and keeping the older dog as a pet.

For information on Canine Assistants, visit its website at

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Six new breeds at the 135th Westminster Dog Show

February 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Six new breeds will be strutting their stuff in the ring for the first time as the 135th Westminster Dog Show takes over Madison Square Garden next week. This year’s new dogs include:

Boykin Spaniel

The Boykin spaniel

Official state dog of South Carolina, the Boykin Spaniel is used as a hardy retriever of upland birds as well as water fowl. The Boykin Spaniel is popular in the Southern United States among bird hunters. It is liver-brown in color, a medium weight dog around 16 inches in height. This dog is said to loyal, enthusiastic and a water-lover.




Bluetick CoonhoundThe Bluetick Coonhound

The official dog of the state of Tennessee, Blueticks are said to be curious and have a tendency to follow their noses. They may wander off if they pick up an interesting scent and decide to not return when they’re called if they’re too preoccupied with locating the cause of the scent. Therefore it is not advisable to let them off-lead in an unsecured area. Their name is due to their unusual coat color of dark blue,with a mottled body and large black spots on back, ears and sides.

This large dog has a life expectancy of about 11-12 years on average and needs plenty of exercise and a large yard.



Redbone CoonhoundThe Redbone Coonhound

Bred for hunting hunting bear, raccoon, and cougar; this handsome dog is medium to large in size with a keen sense of smell. As the name suggests, this breed is red in color and isn’t suitable for a home with cats but makes a good companion dog if exercised often.

The breed is even-tempered and trainable in the home, and wants to please its owner. It is a healthy breed with an average life expectancy of 11-12 years.






The Leonberger

This beautiful giant was originally bred in Germany with the aim of breeding a dog that closely resembled a lion. Once a breed owned by Royalty, this breed is good at guarding livestock, water-rescue and search and rescue. They are bred to be well-mannered and even-tempered so they make great family dogs and love to swim, hike and pull carts and sleds.

Weighing in between 45 and 78 kilos, depending on whether it is male or female, these dogs are large and require regular walks and grooming.




Icelandic SheepdogThe Icelandic sheepdog

Iceland’s only native dog, the Icelandic sheepdog is a small to medium, energetic and friendly dog. Related to the Spitz group of dogs, the Icelandic sheepdog has a double coat that requires a lot of grooming. Despite it’s size of around 12-16 inches, it is a great herder of farm livestock.

A very active little dog that needs a large amount of exercise to keep it happy but can adapt to living indoors or outdoors and even apartment life, provided it is walked often.

The Icelandic Sheepdog is a healthy breed with a life average of 12 years.





The Cane Corso

A loyal guard dog and companion, the Cane Corso is a large breed that is part of the Mastiff group. This stocky dog is usually black, silver grey or sandy colored with expressive eyes and a soft, short coat. They require a moderate amount of exercise and can become overprotective of their property, even though they weren’t ever bred to be guard dogs like other Mastiff breeds.

The Westminster Dog Show will take place Monday and Tuesday.