Monthly Archives: March 2019

Two new genes discovered in the developmental defects of canine enamel

In addition to humans, hereditary disorders of enamel development occur in puppies, greatly impacting their health and health. A recent study shows canine enamel ailments similar to those found in humans, linking them together with ENAM and ACP4, two genes previously described in people.

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How To Train Your Dog to LOVE Staying Close on Walks with this One Simple 3-Minute Game

Do you ever feel like you have one of those Catch 22 situations, where you want to allow your dog to have more freedom but as soon as your dog gets any kind of freedom you worry that soon enough he or she will likely disappear to…

  • Run in the woods
  • Scent in the grass
  • Chase another dog
  • Run free across a beach
  • Say hello to every passer by…the list goes on…

Often the experience as you step outside of the front door is as if you don’t even exist.  Everything else is just far too interesting – sights, scent, sounds, people, dogs, cyclists….but you want them to love being near YOU too.

We want to get the balance right, we want our dogs to be dogs and enjoy some freedom but at the same time we want to establish that being near us is much better fun.

Off leash, where does your dog find most reinforcement?

If you are the grey circle…..where does your dog hang out most of the time?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


We’re looking to build a great relationship, we don’t want to be constantly competing with the environment……it shouldn’t be a battle. 
Is it near to you, or further away from you?

So, whats the difference between the dog that loves to be with you and the dog that finds the general environment more reinforcing?

ANSWER : Your awesomeness is not shining through…YET!

So, from you’re dog’s perspective…what would make YOU awesome?

We need to establish that choosing you….

  • Is way more FUN
  • Is EXCITING
  • Creates a burst of JOY
  • Makes them feel HAPPY

If your dog finds the environment way more fun then the best course of action is to readdress that balance.

We want to teach your dog that the whole world is great, and a place to be confident and optimistic in BUT that you are even better! How do we introduce this concept to our dogs?

Through one simple game….PROXIMITY VORTEX

 But before we show you how to play the game you need to take three simple steps….

Step 1 – Choose high value reinforcement for your dog….what do THEY love?

  • Select something they really love rather than something that you want them to love
  • Select a super high-value treat and a lower value treat
  • Or a high value toy
  • Don’t forget physical and verbal praise from you could be your dogs high-value reinforcement too

Each dog is an individual, and remember, keep it simple at first.

Select the right reinforcement for your dog

Step 2 – Placement of reinforcement ….where do you want to build value?

To get the balance right, near you needs to be very high value……away from you needs to have a lower value reinforcement.

Step 3 – Inject some FUN

 Play the game with a great positive energy! Here’s how to play the game: https://nbn.absolute-dogs.com/3-minute-gamechanger-focus

We love our dogs to be dogs and love them to love us even more.

It’s the very first step and is a fantastic game to to teach the concept that the world is great BUT you are even more amazing. Have fun!

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What To Do About Canine Flu: Canine Influenza Type A H3N2 & H3N8


As you most likely know, there’s currently an outbreak of Dog Flu in the South Bay and more recently, a variety of cases have cropped up in different regions across the Bay. All dog owners, like myself, are understandably concerned about what they can do to decrease the probability that their dogs will be infected. But, there is no need to fear. Even though Canine Influenza, or dog flu, is extremely infectious, it usually causes only mild symptoms for a few days to a couple of weeks and the dogs usually produce a full recovery despite treatment. Yes, complications from the flu could occasionally be…
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Delta Airlines on Airplane Animals

U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Stephanie Englar

Limiting animals allowed on airplanes. This was bound to happen and has begun with Delta Airlines because so many people are taking advantage of the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regarding service animals. The law is a bit ambiguous because when the ADA was created the terms comfort animal or emotional support animal (ESA) did not yet exist. So, the airlines have room to legally maneuver, and that is exactly what Delta has done. No doubt other carriers will follow suit.

In recent years, airlines have experienced an increased number of people traveling with animals which aren’t truly trained as service animals. These travelers are determined to get around fees that airlines typically charge for animals to accompany human passengers. Sometimes it’s a way to get a larger pet into the cabin, instead of being isolated in the cargo hold (which several animal welfare/advocacy groups recommend against).

It’s easy enough to go online and pay a few bucks to certify animals as comfort, ESA or even service animals, which the ADA could not have envisioned when they created the law.

The ADA authors also didn’t envision people traveling with a turkey, tortoise, pig, miniature horse or other animals which people have insisted fits under ADA Guidelines. We’ve all read stories in the popular press of animals causing havoc on airplanes. Is a boa constrictor really an emotional support animal?

Airlines have caused some of this themselves by charging too much for animals to accompany passengers in the cabin, pushing passengers to seek another option. Or by losing animals traveling in cargo, or even animals succumbing in the cargo hold. Delta – to my knowledge – is not lowering the fee for animals traveling in carriers in the cabin. And no airline has taken definitive steps to absolutely fully assure safety of animals in the cargo hold.

If you are planning to travel on Delta Airlines with an emotional support animal (ESA) or comfort animal there are now requirements you will need to meet. Although there is no additional fee for traveling with an ESA or comfort animal, this airline does recommend booking your flight early, so they can better meet the standards.

 Breaking it down:

In-Cabin Requirements

When traveling in the cabin of Delta Airlines, ESA will not be allowed to occupy seats.  This means your ESA or comfort animal will have to sit on the floor or on your lap. The animal will also have to be well behaved, not causing a distraction or disturbance to other passengers.

Required Documentation for Emotional Support Animals

On your mental health professional’s letterhead, you must submit the following to a ticket agent when checking in;

  • Your mental health professional/doctor’s license number, title, address, the jurisdiction of practice or where the license was issued, phone number and signature
  • Your mental health condition must meet the requirements in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 4th
  • The ESA must be on board the flight for either accommodation of the flight itself and/or for your final destination.
  • The name on the documentation (you) is still under the care of the medical health professional/doctor.
  • All this documentation must less than one-year old.

It’s good to note that Delta will also take a signed or stamped digital letter from your mental health professional as long as the information can be verified through an email address and/or telephone number. They also highly recommend having the mental health professional’s/doctors license number for this option.

While there is no fee in America, London and Manchester in the UK may require additional processing and handling fees upon arrival with your ESA or comfort animal. 

Delta Airlines No Fly List

Proper documentation or not, there are several animals that Delta Airlines will not accept into the cabin. These include;

  • Dirty/unkempt animals or those that smell (My concern is that this may be subjective, though I understand the need)
  • Those with hooves or tusks
  • Hedgehogs
  • Snakes
  • Spiders
  • Rodents
  • Ferrets
  • Insects
  • Sugar Gliders
  • Reptiles
  • Non-household birds, such as fowl, birds of prey etc.

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What To Do About Canine Flu: Canine Influenza Type A H3N2 & H3N8

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As you most likely know, there is currently an epidemic of Dog Safety in the South Bay and more recently, a variety of cases have popped up in other regions across the Bay. All pet owners, including myself, are understandably concerned about what they can do to decrease the likelihood that their dogs will likely be infected. However, there’s absolutely no need to fear. Even though Canine Influenza, or dog flu, is very contagious, it normally causes only mild symptoms for a few days to a few weeks along with the dogs usually produce a complete recovery despite treatment. Yes, complications from the flu can occasionally be…

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Smiling Dog: Luna

Greatest Trick: Luna’s complete favorite suggestion would be’Sit Pretty’
Luna Loves: Tearing the fuzz off tennis balls, playing tug, enjoying with cat wands, snuffle mats, and going to the dog park or puppy daycare to perform with her buddies! 

Dog’s age and name: Luna, two years
Adoption Story: In Southern Missouri there is a huge backyard breeder problem. I followed (on Facebook) each rescue/shelter in the area I could discover, seeing the job that they do to attempt to find homes for the many puppies in need. I found Luna’s picture just following the rescue posted it and I instantly implemented, then met and embraced Luna that exact same weekend.  Regrettably , not long after shooting her home, she showed signs of a serious illness and it turns out she’d aspiration pneumonia. She almost died but with good care and time to heal she overcame it. She’s the best dog I’ve ever hoped for! 

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What To Do About Canine Flu: Canine Influenza Type A H3N2 & H3N8

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Puppy flu
As you most likely know, there is currently an outbreak of Dog Safety in the South Bay and much more recently, a range of cases have popped up in different areas across the Bay. All pet owners, such as myself, are understandably concerned about what they can do to decrease the likelihood that their dogs will likely be infected. But, there’s not any need to panic. Although Canine Influenza, or dog flu, is extremely infectious, it normally causes only mild symptoms for a couple days to a few weeks and the dogs generally make a complete recovery despite treatment. Yes, complications from the flu may occasionally be…
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Smiling Dog: Simba

Dog’s age and name: Simba, ” years
How was he named? Simba was named after a part in my favorite Disney movie, The Lion King.
Adoption Story: Simba and his sister were left in a ditch on both sides of a street as young puppies. Happily , they were rescued! I’d recently lost a dog, so my buddy sent me a picture of Simba’s cute face. I wasn’t convinced I was prepared for another puppy yet, but after I met him, I changed my mind. It turns out that he had been the ideal cure for my broken heart. He shares his home with my two other dogs, Mikey and Ellie.

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What To Do About Canine Flu: Canine Influenza Type A H3N2 & H3N8


Canine flu
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dr. ian dunbar
As you probably know, there is now an epidemic of Dog Safety in the South Bay and much more recently, a range of cases have cropped up in other areas across the Bay. All pet owners, like myself, are understandably concerned about what they can do to reduce the probability that their dogs will soon be infected. However, there’s no need to fear. Though Canine Influenza, or dog flu, is very infectious, it usually causes only mild symptoms for a couple of days to a couple of weeks along with the dogs normally create a complete recovery despite treatment. Yes, complications from the flu may occasionally be…

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Interventions in dog populations could reduce rabies in rural China

Domestic dogs play an integral role in the transmission and expansion of rabies in mountainous areas of China, according to a new study.

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