Safety tips for travelling with your dog
Going on a roadtrip or air travel for a holiday comes along with a lot of fun and excitement but you can’t afford to look at your canine friend’s sad face when you consider leaving them alone. They should too experience the fun and you
will also miss their companionship when away. Therefore, we got some safety travel tips that will make it easier for to travel with your dog without much worry on them getting hurt, mishandled or sick.
WHEN TRAVELLING BY CAR
Get a dog ramp
First of all, you need to relieve yourself from the strain of lifting your dog, especially the large breeds, when getting them to your car or to higher places. A dog ramp is an inclined platform that will help your dog walk theirself from the ground to higher places. This will also help avoid potential injuries to the dog when lifting them to the car. Further reading: Best ramp brands.
Research on laws of travelling with dogs
There are various laws that vary from place to place on how you should handle your dog in cars. Do a detailed research on your trip’s destination and the places you will travel through to get to know the laws so you don’t end up paying hefty fines. Ignorance is never an excuse for breaking laws.
Keep your dog in the back
It is not safe to drive around with your dog on the passenger seats as you don’t know the dog’s next innocent move that would lead to an accident. Also incase of an accident, the dog may get seriously injured as even airbags won’t help them. You can get special pet barriers to keep them safe at the back.
Carry food and water
Keep your dog well fed and nourished through out the trip but you should avoid feeding the dog while the car is in motion as it can make your dog carsick.
WHEN TARVELLING BY AIR
Book a direct flight
Try as much as possible to book a direct flight as stopping in different states can cause problems since the laws vary on handling of pets. Also it avoids unnecessary mishandling in different planes.
Get a standard shipping crate
The shipping crate should be large enough for your dog to move around freely and comfortably. It should also have good beddings to absorb the shock in cases of an accident or during handling.
Further reading: Wikipedia.
GENERAL SAFETY TIPS
Whether you are travelling, there are safety tips that should apply to all cases.
Take your dog to your vet and get proper documentation on rabies injection and to show your dog is healthy.
Make sure your dog has the proper identification details on its leash or tag. This include the name of the dog, your contact details, address and telephone number to your destination if possible. Incase the dog gets lost, it will be easier for you to find them. You should also have a photograph of your dog. Here you can get identification tags.
Now you can safely enjoy the companion of your canine friend when travelling.
PRACTICAL ADVISE FOR KEEPING YOUR DOG HEALTHY
The needs of dogs are almost similar to the needs of a human being. For a dog to be healthy, he has to eat good food, he needs clean water, he needs regular exercises, he needs daily supplements, he needs love and attention. Above all, your dog needs a proper preventive medicine program to keep at bay the risk of contracting various illnesses.
Even though you may be comfortable that you are feeding your dog the right food, most of the food brands contain meat byproducts, fillers, various chemicals and preservatives. These ingredients have no healthy nutrients at all hence they are stored in the tissues because the body does not know what to do with them.
For that reason, you need to read on the ingredients list so as to understand the type of food you are feeding your dog. Be aware that the food you buy is a commercial product advertised either on TV or radio or newspaper or any other form of advertisement.
By studying keenly the ingredient formula, you will be amazed on how unhealthy the food is. Because of that, it is important to feed your dog different types of food with unprocessed ingredients such as meat, vegetables, omega 3 oil, minerals, flax seed oil and other healthy foods to boost the energy and immune system of your dog.
After giving your dog healthy foods, compliment it with quality supplements. This is because, much of the food you find around is not healthy like it was in fifty years back because of mineral deficiency in the soil and a lot of pollution on the environment. Examples of the supplements you can give your dog include:
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DOG HEAT (+ USEFUL RESOURCES)
Dogs are in fact in heat for 21 days with three specific stages of the cycle. A female dog, otherwise known as a bitch, will be in heat approximately every six to seven months.
The first stage of a dog in heat in known as the “Proestrus”. It is during this distinct stage that bleeding will become most noticeable by the owner from the vulva. It may be that wherever the dog positions herself she will leave behind blood. However, with some dogs the bleeding really isn’t very much and you may only notice the odd spot. One way to help protect your house from heavier bleeding is to invest in special dog sanitary pants.
Other signs that your dog is in heat will be an increase in the need for your dog to urinate, a swollen vulva and of course male dogs will be showing a keen interest in her. The interest will absolutely not be tolerated by the female dog at this point. This first stage will last between seven and ten days, it can be extended if you are using oxycodone or hydrocodone to ease the pain.
The next and second part of the cycle is the most important and relevant one. It is called the “Estrus”. There will be a noticeable change in the color of the blood from bright red to pink and finally to a virtually clear discharge. This part will last between four and seven days and it is at this stage that your dog may become pregnant if she is allowed to mix with any male dogs. At this point one would need to be extra vigilant with a female dog, if you do not wish for her to reproduce. If you are taking her out for a walk or run keep her on a lead. You will be surprised at how hard a male dog will try to mount the female dog during this time. Of course if you are planning to breed her then this is the prime time to introduce her to the male dog.
Dog Education: Punish or Not Punish?
Using punishment to train / educate a dog is a controversial issue among both dog trainers and dog owners. In this article I will try to explain what punishment, types of punishment and why it is desirable to avoid using it.
What is penalty – Well punishment is an unpleasant response of the environment after the animal (the dog in our case) performed a certain behavior.
The most common punishment is a positive punishment in which the dog is given a certain stimulus in response to undesirable behavior. For example: pulling a leash when the dog is walking in an unwanted direction.
On the other hand, a negative punishment is taking something that is pleasant to the dog because of its undesirable behavior. An example: stopping a game as soon as it bites us.
Note that positive or negative refers not to good or bad, but to the question of whether something has been given or taken away from the dog.
In addition to the two types of punishment, there is another characteristic related to how punishment is given:
Direct punishment: When the dog receives the punishment directly from the person. For example, taking food to a dog (negative punishment) or strong attraction in the Gaza Strip (positive punishment). G.
* Remote Punishment: The punishment is given by the mother but the dog has no eye contact with the punisher and does not link the punisher and the punishment, for example: making loud noise (without the dog seeing the source of the noise).
Environmental punishment: This is the most effective form of punishment. The punishment for behavior comes from the environment and therefore does not depend on the presence of a person. For example: touching hot hoppers.
Although the use of punishment for training / dog education is very common among breeders and dog owners, many do not understand the dangers and disadvantages of punishment. The use of punishment, particularly direct and positive punishment, can produce undesirable consequences such as:
* Fear and anxiety of the trainer / owner.
* Increased shyness or aggression.
* Decreased learning ability.
* Decreased motivation and desire to work and study together with the trainer owner.
* When direct punishment is used, behavior depends on the presence of the punisher. This is a big disadvantage. The dog links the behavior to the presence of the punisher and will continue to behave in an undesirable manner when the punisher is not present. More than once you see dogs obeying a trainer well but not someone else. In addition, dogs that have been widely used for punishment will be obeyed but will not do so with joy but out of fear and fear. This will be expressed immediately in their body language.
* The type and character of the punishment depends very much on the character of the dog and its sensitivity threshold. Using punishment requires great skill and misuse can result in the opposite of what we wanted. For example, too harsh a punishment for a dog for aggressive behavior can cause it to activate its defense reflex and may attack more aggressively.
Punishment harms the owner / dog relationship and causes fear and alienation rather than trust and security.
* Punishment does not teach how to behave but only how not to behave. The dog must be provided with a behavioral alternative and not only punished.
* It is much more difficult to maintain behavior acquired over the long term as a result of punishment. Once the dog has committed an undesirable behavior and will not be punished, the behavior will be repeated. This is in contrast to education using positive reward: the dog will always repeat his behavior because there is a chance that he will be rewarded.
* The dog acts by avoiding punishment (it behaves in a certain way to avoid punishment) and not because the desired behavior rewards it.
In light of all that has been said so far, is the conclusion that it is absolutely forbidden to use punishment in the education of a dog?
Well, in the vast majority of cases there is no need to use discipline in order to educate the dog and there are positive methods to achieve the same goal without the need for punishment. This does not mean that in no case should the dog be punished, there are cases in which a dog or someone else is in danger, and we have no choice, but the use of punishment as a main tool for education is incorrect and undesirable for the reasons given above. Also, as part of the basic communication learning, a person / dog must teach the dog the “no” command that will come after the dog behaves undesirably.
If punishment is to be used, we will always prefer negative punishment and, if positive punishment is used, to prefer remote or environmental punishment.
In summary: There are proven and proven methods to educate your dog to desired behavior without the need for punishment. If you still think that you must use punishment, you should consult an expert who will teach you how to punish or find another solution. Beware of informers who tell you that they use a choke collar, a spike collar, or an electronic collar for “repairs” only. Also remember that unwanted behavior (such as furniture gnawing) is just a symptom of a behavior problem. Once we understand the problem and resolve it, the symptoms will disappear.