Letting Sleeping Dogs Lie: Furniture Fit for Fido

Letting Sleeping Dogs Lie: Furniture Fit for Fido

Dogs are love staying inside homes and a huge number of pet owners today live with them inside the premises. Dogs feel very much safe and secured when kept in the confines of their home particularly during the night. This is the reason many decide to let their dogs stay and live with them. Let us look at the kind of furniture that most appeals to pooches to sleep on in the family home.

It should be noted that most dogs would sleep on any surface or furniture as long as they are close to their owners. Dogs long for companionship and this is why they will often the extra steps in making sure that they are with their owners almost all of the times. Whether you are just lounging in your couch and watching television, sitting in a sofa and reading a book or perhaps laying in bed relaxing, chances are your dogs will follow you as long as you permit them. Even if you provide with them a suitable dog beds for them to rest, there is a huge likelihood that they will still prefer the furniture that you are using. As such, most dog owners today consider the type of materials their furniture is using rather than the furniture itself.

One of the most popular option dog owners tend to use with regards to the material for their furniture is leather. Leather is relatively popular due to the fact that it is mostly resistant to odor and it doesn’t attract pet hair. It is considered to be a good choice due to the fact that it is easy to clean and durable. In addition, most grades of leather will suffer from light scratches from your pets. As a result, your dogs can sit around the sofa or couch that is made from leather and leave with little to no problems. If by any chance they happen to leave traces of pet hair onto the cushions, removing them is fairly easy as it can be easily wipe off with a dust cloth. For pet owners who are planning on using leather component for their furniture, having them protected with the help of a stain repellent as well as a durable water repellent will definitely go a long way in protecting your furniture from stains and other similar incidents.

Others furniture materials include the use of synthetic fiber, vinyl and microfiber fabric. With that being said, compared to leather, the likes of microfiber fabric is able to give an adequate backing material for stability but are not free from having pet hairs stuck within them. This problem however, can be solved with the help of a lint roller or lint remover which is a roll of one-sided adhesive paper on a cardboard or plastic barrel that is mounted on a central spindle, with an attached handle. With their help, dog owners are able to effectively remove pet hairs from their furniture at any given time when the need calls for them to do so.

Bedroom furniture in Sydney offers a wide range of suitable platforms for snoozing canines to recline on. This in turn helps give their clients plenty of options to choose from with regards to how they will be accommodating their pets.

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When Dogs Go Deaf

When a dogs loses its ability to hear, when a dog goes deaf, it is very much worse than for a human being. Dogs have acute hearing and it is one of their most profound senses, along with scent. For a search and rescue dog it is an absolute tragedy to lose this ability. Animals are their senses, as far as we know, they do not ponder thoughts like human beings do. So, when an animal is deprived of one of its key sensory components, it is like half of its reason for living has been taken away.

When Dogs Go Deaf

‘When dogs go deaf’, sounds like a line from a Prince song, or something out of Revelations. It is a sign of something not being right. When you train animals and live with them side by side every day of your life, you develop a deep appreciation of their essential selves. A dog will not betray your trust. No animal will lead you astray. What you see is what you get with an animal. It may be simpler, but it is, also, more profound. Some of the saddest things I have ever seen are deaf animals.

Hearing difficulties in dogs and other animals can be caused by infection and disease, but it is most often caused by exposure to very loud noises. Exploding bombs can traumatise their ear drums and result in deafness. Dogs used in the military in war zones can suffer permanent damage like this and are usually put down. Some in the business, say that it is more humane to euthanise an animal in this situation, than to subject it to half a life. It is a contentious issue, just the same, and not something any of us rush into.

Dogs are vital to search and rescue operations, and we understand that we are putting the lives of these animals at risk, but that is the name of the game really. Emergency services’ individuals put their lives on the line to try and save the lives of those who have fallen victim to danger. Search and rescue is all about danger and potential death; we hope through our training, and the training of the dogs, that we will both overcome those things, but sometimes we do not. Deafness in dogs is a tragedy and the work occasionally causes this, but we do everything in our power to avoid these eventualities.

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Four Legs Better Than Two for Search and Rescue

Human beings may well have the biggest brains, in mammals relative to our size, but we are not always the best choice for absolutely every situation. Sometimes it is all about physicality, rather than pure intelligence, which gets the job done. Search and rescue, often, produces those exact conditions, and animals, especially trained dogs, laude it over their human rivals. These exceptional dogs are able to focus their entire physical skills into meeting and overcoming the extreme challenges that they can face in search and rescue situations.

Four Legs Better Than Two for Search and Rescue

I remember one salient example with a dog named Nancy, where a mountaineer had fallen into a crevice in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California. Unbelievably at that same time a firestorm was raging through this area and the mountaineer was trapped at the bottom of this crevice. No human being could reach this gentleman and helicopters could not land anywhere near him. We had to make a decision, so, we sent in the dogs and Nancy was the first on the scene. She found his scent despite the smoke and flames tearing through the forested region.

It was not over though, Nancy has to get down to this individual who was injured and trapped at the bottom of this crevice. Fire was all around her and no human could have dealt with the heat, smoke and fear generated by this extreme set of circumstances. Mastering fear can be crucial to a search and rescue operation, if the security and safety of the victim is to be locked down. Nancy, employing all the skills of her training and natural physicality, leapt through flames down a thirty foot drop to land by the injured mountaineer. She then, dragged the man to eventual safety for some three hours.

No man or woman, no matter how well trained, could have performed this task. Only a dog, an extremely well-trained dog, that’s for sure, could have achieved this successful and life-saving outcome. Four legs are better than two for search and rescue at times and in situations like these. A good dog beats a good human hands down when it comes to jumping, leaping, moving really rapidly and facing death defying danger. We could not perform the search and rescue missions that we do without their enormous contribution. Not only man’s best friend, but often his champion, too.



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Training Inspector Rex: Bark & Bite

Training dogs for the police force is no small thing. It is a lengthy process that involves multiple handlers and candidate dogs. These incredible dogs are put through their paces over hazardous courses and in mock confrontations with dangerous human elements. It all begins with obedience training, where the dogs are instructed to sit, stay down, heel and recall. These basic control orders lay the groundwork for the later more complex performances. Here the handler bonds with the dog and trust is built up between them. Get this right and they can go on to greater heights.

Training Inspector Rex: Bark & Bite

Next, comes the challenging obstacle course, where dogs are exposed to simulations of emergency situations. The dog may be required to leap into a body of water and swim to a target located on the other bank. There might be a fire and the dog must remain under control and ready to respond to a handler’s order. All these situations are to get the dogs to perform under duress, as it would be in an emergency rescue of some type. The bond between handler and dog must be able to withstand the stress during these encounters.

In the False Run, a trained police dog will be exposed to human elements running at them with the seeming intent of hurting the dog. Despite the threatening behaviour of the perceived risk the trained dog will not attack until commanded to do so by his handler. The restraint exercised is the mark of the well trained police dog. When the dog is finally instructed to attack, it will attack the assailant until commanded to stand down or until the assailant gives up. The trained police dog will then stay guarding the assailant, whilst the police officer gets assistance.

Police dogs are also trained in tracking and searching suspects. Investigation training is one of the most important tasks they perform for police. They can be trained as specialist explosive detection dogs and/or narcotic detection dogs. Utilising the heightened canine sensory ability to smell out things, these dogs can track and sniff out contraband and dangerous substances. These dogs are not fazed by gunfire or any other loud noises or distractions. They are trained to remain focused on the job at hand no matter what. Training Inspector Rex: Bark & bite is what this is all about and he will not let you down. Nefarious elements are no match for this four legged police officer and they will soon be prostrating themselves before Inspector Rex.

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Chiropractic Treatments for Animals: Do They Work?

Chiropractic Treatments for Animals: Do They Work?

It still comes as a surprise to some every time they hear that animals also receive medication from alternative medicine like acupuncture, homeopathy and chiropractic. For instance, vet clinics in Australia like Complete Chiro Care, offers chiropractic treatment and services to animals.

Animal Chiropractic, Anyone?

Like humans, animals also need chiropractic care. Animal chiropractic refers to the area of animal health care that is focused on the protection and health of the animals’ neuro-musculo-skeletal system. The whole process is characterised as “a gentle and effective form of medication that lets animals to harness and use their own healing potentials.”

Similar to us, the animals’ nervous system is in charge of the body’s functions, such as the motor and sensory movements. Since the nervous system is interlinked to the spine down to our muscles and body parts, a veterinary chiropractic is concerned primarily on the link between the spine and the body’s functions, and how this link impinges on the protection and restoration of the animal’s health.

Chiropractic Therapy on Animals

According to Organic Pet Digest, 80 percent of dogs who have undergone chiropractic therapy felt some kind of respite. When your dog is having trouble jumping, standing or laying down; has dry eyes; or seemed to have weak legs at the front, your canine may be suffering from spinal dysfunction. What animal chiropractors can do is patch up the dog’s muscles so that the joints can shift without restraint.

Aside from dogs, other animals can also benefit from chiropractic therapy. Sore pets, aged pets having rigid joints, animals that compete in sports, obese animals and even those who have had surgery are encouraged to go through chiropractic treatment. More so, chiropractic care in animals can resolve, cure or get rid of some skin diseases, problems in the urinary tract and behavioural matters.

Is it Safe?

As long as you have consultations with a certified animal chiropractor, expect that everything will be okay. At first, the idea of spinal alignment seems bloodcurdling. Rest assured, a simple vertebral alignment will only result to minimal discomfort on the part of the animal.

Chiropractic care for the animals presents a drug-free and non-surgical approach in bringing back the health and well-being of your animals.

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Dogs as Disability Aids: Paws on the Ground

Dogs are said to be man’s best friend. Maybe because they are loyal and will help you in time of dire need. For instance, dogs can be the ears of the deaf, eyes of the blind, navigators of those on wheelchairs, therapy dogs of children with physical and mental disabilities, and serve as disability aids of people who are sick and vulnerable.

  • Eye Dogs

These dogs for the blind are trained to guide their owners on how they can go around road obstacles safe and sound. Moreover, eye dogs are taught “intelligent disobedience.” In here, canines can discern when to disobey their owner’s instructions that can lead them from precarious or dangerous situations (e.g. walking along a crowded street).

  • Hearing Dogs

When inside the house, hearing dogs inform/warn their owners on common household sounds or noises that are essential in being self-reliant and out of harm’s way. For example, if someone rang the door bell, the hearing dog will make a physical contact to its owner and then will show the way towards the source of the sound.

  • Assistance Dogs for Those on Wheelchairs

Also referred to as mobility assistance dogs, they do an array of tasks for those on wheelchairs. Some include pushing the switch to unbolt automatic doors, picking up items that fell on the ground and fetching things. In addition, these dogs are trained on how to lug the wheelchair when on a ramp.

  • Therapy Dogs

In most cases, therapy dogs are assigned to kids with mental and physical impairments or to the elderly. These dogs are gentle chums that usually lie when cosseted and are frequent visitors of hospitals, schools, homeless shelters, hospice, rehabilitation facilities and home for the aged.

  • Alert Dogs

An example of an alert dog is diabetes dogs. These service dogs are the pals of people with Type 1 diabetes who have hypoglycaemic unawareness. What they do is alert their owners when they recognise the symptoms of hypoglycaemia.

Another kind of an alert dog is seizure alert dogs. Like the diabetes dogs, seizure alert dogs alert their owners when a seizure is about to happen. The dog may warn its owner either by barking or physical contact.

  • Military Service Dogs

Military service dogs have undergone a special training for war veterans or soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or physical impairments. These service dogs help their owners to become self-reliant, aside from detection and prevention of PTSD episodes.

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How Dogs are Helping Vulnerable People in our Communities

It is a well-known fact that a a strong bond connects the owners to their pets and vice-versa. Because of this, our pets, especially the dogs, have become effective assistance animals and loyal companions. For instance, the visually impaired, those who are hard of hearing, and the elderly count on guide dogs in doing some of their day-to-day activities. In addition, a research conducted by Dr. Karen Allen of the University of New York in Buffalo shows that assistance dogs can cut back at least $13,000 of the government’s appropriations on health services.

Apart from providing companionship, here are some benefits that guide dogs can give:

1. Assuage the mental illness of the elderly

Dogs are not only fun to be around, but they can also help take the edge off of some of the stresses of old people who are suffering from mental conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s. When a person who is troubled with dementia has anxiety bursts, cute puppies help in mollifying them. Moreover, having an involvement with dogs can pique the appetite of our old folks.

2. Can serve as an alert dog

An article from BBC reported that a dog in Kent functions as an assistance dog and an alert dog. The canine named Hetty, had undergone seizure alert training through the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and Support Dogs UK. Because of this, Hetty can predict an epilepsy episode 42 minutes before it actually occurs.

3. Lend a hand to farmers with disabilities

Through the dogs trained by PHARM Dog USA, farmers who are visually impaired can still grow some crops and tend their farm. Canines of certain breeds were taught how to recover tools, carry buckets, and open the gates for blind farmhands.

4. Help deaf people

The so-called ‘hearing dogs’ help deaf people to recognise and respond to some sounds. For example, when someone rang the doorbell or when the fire alarm was set off, these dogs know how they will draw the attention of their owners.

5. Make people feel better

According to a study, 71 percent of the respondents, who are mainly composed of the elderly, claimed that having a dog companion makes them feel better. The same study also revealed that animal companionship may save at least 30,000 lives each year. Moreover, old folks who live with dogs have lower blood pressure, triglycerides and cholesterol compared with those who do not.

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Dogs As Companion Animals

Dogs As Companion Animals

A number of pet owners raise dogs but are unaware of the positive effects it gives to their health. There are indeed a lot of benefits owners get when they decide to get a dog as a pet for their own. People don’t call dogs a man’s best friend just for show as they are great companions that is definitely worthy of your time. Let us look at dogs as companion animals and how they can positively affect health and reduce stress.

Stress is a very common problem that has plagued a huge number of individuals from all over the world. This often accumulates and piles up over time due to work and other related concerns. Stress can overcloud one’s judgment as well as take control of their lives leading to serious problems in the future. Many however, were able to find a timely strategy of helping them effectively control and lower their stress levels. This is made possible with the furry companions known as dogs.

Dogs contribute in reducing a great amount of stress to their owners.  Interactions with therapy animals can decrease stress in humans and this is what many studies have shown. In fact, the American Heart Association stated that linked reduced risk for heart disease with pet owners, especially dogs giving them great longevity. This is why dogs are sought after pets because of the therapeutic effects it provides to its owners, the basic human need to touch.

Indeed, dog owners feel relatively calm and at ease when stroking, hugging or cuddling them which results to a decrease in the stress as well as the anxiety levels. Aside from that, dogs provide the much needed companionship which helps ease the feeling of loneliness. This becomes more apparent when you are living on your own. These dogs in a sense work hand in hand with anti stress products in helping boost your mood while at the same time ease depression.

Dogs also work great as an exercise buddy that you can go out with on a regular basis. This is the reason why most dog owners are physically fit and this reflects to the overall health and condition of their pets. This in turn opens the window of opportunity of owners meeting new people who share the same hobbies and interests about dogs in the process. Meeting new people and forming friendships is a great way to live a healthy and active life. Dogs can also help build your self-confidence up which is great to people who are nervous when introducing themselves to new friends.

Being alone and lonely for the most part can trigger symptoms of depression. However, such is not the case when you have dogs around you and the companionship they provide contributes well in preventing illnesses while at the same even add years to your life.

Dogs do provide tons of health benefits and has proved its worth to its owners time and time again. With that being said, getting a dog for your own today is just the start of a wonderful journey. Pet owners need to work hand in hand with their dog building relationship and trust from each other and work together as a team. All your hard work and efforts will be worth it once you’ve gained their trust.

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Why Do Dogs Hear Better Than Humans?

Dogs are not just cute, but they are also helpful in search and rescue operations because of their smell and hearing senses. In fact, a research from the Louisiana State University asserted that dogs hear better compared with us. But why is that?

If you’re quite observant, you will notice that dogs have a habit of suddenly pricking their ears or moving their ears towards a certain direction. This means that they heard something even if you clearly didn’t. To be fair, they are four times more sensitive to sounds than us.

Dog Ears versus Human Ears

One of the factors that make dogs more perceptive to sounds is their ear muscles. Canines have 18 muscles in their ears that let them rotate, tilt, or lift up and down their organs for hearing. Because of this, they can pinpoint where the sounds are coming from. On the other hand, humans only have six ear muscles that allow us to slightly move our ears.

The location of a dog’s ears also contributes to their reactivity to sound waves. Their ears are on top of their heads while ours lie flat on both sides of our head. Theirs are also longer, which means their era canals are also longer. With this, canines can locate the sound and perceive it unerringly even at a greater distance.

Moreover, the frequency of sounds that a dog can hear plays a part in its auditory processing. The frequency range for a domestic dog, for instance, is around 40 Hz to 60,000 Hz. For humans, it is at 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz.

Hearing Problems in Dogs

Like humans, dogs also lose their hearing senses as they get older. That being said, there are dog breeds that are susceptible to deafness and hearing disorders. There is a BAER test which dogs for the hard of hearing go through to measure the extent of the hearing loss and determine the activities in their brain’s auditory pathway.

One of the most common causes of hearing loss in dogs is ear infection. To prevent this from happening, always check their ears and the folds on their ears. When dogs age, there are manifestations of tumors or nerve damage. Trauma also contributes to deafness in dogs.

Like we always say, prevention is better than cure. If you observe that there’s a problem with your dog, particularly on their hearing senses, you should consult your vet as soon as possible. Nevertheless, properly caring for your dogs will protect them from diseases or conditions such as hearing loss.

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Dogs: Are They Smarter Than Some of Us?

Dogs: Are They Smarter Than Some of Us?

Dogs are among the most intelligent animals in the world. But are they smarter than us? Well, in some cases, they are. Akin to human intelligence, canine intelligence comes in varying forms. We may not be fully aware of it, but dogs are capable of doing things that show they are indeed smart.

According to a journal article published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, the level of our perception that dogs are intelligent depends on our personal relationship with the pooch. Also from the same study, 25 percent of the respondents are convinced that their dogs are smarter than other people. Here are some reasons why our pet dogs are smarter than us:

1. They live without looking back at the past and worrying about the future.

Dogs live in the moment. They only use or access their information bank when called for. On the contrary, humans always muse on the past thinking what they did wrong; what they should’ve done. Past is past; it has gone by.

Another thing that humans are so anxious about is the future. Like dogs, humans should live in the present and not worry that much about the past and what lies ahead.

2. They conquer what worries them and do not hold on to bad feeling (well, with other dogs).

Dogs, like other domesticated animals such as horses and cats, can overcome their trepidations or uneasiness through love. You may have heard of narratives of belligerent dogs that metamorphosed into mellow and gentle pooches after being housed in a loving environment. Truly, love triumphs. In humans, the first step in overcoming our fears and insecurities is by loving ourselves. Life will be plain sailing if self-love will supersede our fears in life.

Canines also don’t resent their owners when they’re not fed or when owners do not play with them. Our bad feelings and resentments are heavy burdens that slow us down from going on with our lives.

3. They love without reservations.

Whatever happens, dogs will love us unreservedly. They get excited when they see us, even if we’re moping or in low spirits. Even if we yell at them, they harbour no grudge against us. Loving others wholeheartedly and without questions ain’t that easy. That being said, if the world we live in is thriving with unconditional love, who wouldn’t want to live in it?

Yes, dogs can’t solve complex mathematical problems or synthesise organic compounds. But they have certain behaviours that make them more intelligent than us.

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