Monday, September 8, 2014

Claws - Dogs Have Them Too

I had a dog once that was a problem digger. Not only was the yard full of holes but he would dig up things I had planted in the garden. One spring I had purchased a nice little shrub that he dug up immediately after I planted it. I replanted it and he dug it up again .... and again .... and again.

All dogs dig for one reason or another. Some dog breeds are actually bred to dig. They dig holes to lie down in and they dig to escape enclosures. Some dig because they are bored.
"The common trait for all of these breeds is that they dig because they find it gratifying" Dogtime: The dirt on dogs who dig
Dogs claws do other types of damage besides digging. Their scratching can do significant damage to hardwood floors and other surfaces - walls, window sills, doors and door frames. This can be of special concern if you are a renter. They can also cause serious injury to humans with their claws when they scratch bare skin.

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It is natural for dogs to dig and scratch and both digging and scratching are common problems for dog owners. There are many experts offering advice about how to cope when these behaviours become a problem. One thing you won't see recommended for dogs to prevent damage due to unwanted digging or scratching is declawing

Friday, August 22, 2014

TNR - Is it a good idea for stray dogs?

TNR (trap, spay/neuter, return) is a well-known method used to help control stray and feral cat populations but did you know that it is also being used for stray dogs?

It is run in much the same way as TNR for cats in that the dogs are trapped, spayed/neutered, vaccinated for rabies, ear tipped or given a special collar for identification, then returned to where they were captured.

TNR has been a tough sell for use with stray and feral cats and it still is not widely accepted. It is an even tougher sell for use with stray dogs, even in places where it has been successfully used for cats. If I were to hazard a guess I think that it is because of the threat dogs on the loose pose for injuring or even killing people. The worst thing a cat is going to do is annoy you.

Wild Dogs in Thermal California

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Spreading The Word About Pet Sterilization

Shelters around the world consistently report that more than half of the dogs and cats they receive are unaltered. Only one in every ten dogs born finds a stable loving permanent home. Millions of healthy cats and dogs are abandoned and euthanized at shelters every year.

Just as people aren't getting the message about leaving dogs in hot cars, there are also people who are not getting the message about the importance of spaying and neutering their pets. This has to change.

Check out Myths and Facts About Spaying and Neutering.

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