Another summer has arrived! And with it comes the scorching heat. While many of us enjoy this time of year, there are some who don’t. I can’t blame them for hating it. It’s hot, humid, and it makes it more difficult for them to breathe. That’s right, I’m talking about brachycephalic dogs including my friends #1 pug pals, Miss Edie the Pug and her sister Edna (fortunately, they’re good!).
Brachycephalic dogs are affectionately known by many other names including “smooshy face dogs.” While many of them have been glamorized and idolized by Hollywood, years of poor breeding have led to numerous problems particularly in the breathing department. This is not to say that all breeders have contributed to the problem but random matings have worsened the problem known as Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (or BOAS) which has 5 components.
Clients have often asked me if I have kids, and the answer has always been, “yes, furry and four (or 3 legged).” Yeah, I’m talking about my pets. But exciting news on the way, a human baby will soon be arriving in my home! Whereas I’m really proficient at taking care of pets, a baby is a whole other experience that my wife and I are feverishly reading books to prepare for this momentous life change. At the same time, some people have asked, “what about your pets?” Babies and pets can be a cute combination but it takes some practice.
Photo by Lindy Martin Photography
You and your dog have a unique bond, perhaps one only you share. Long gone however are the days of just simple walks and feeding being the only way to bond with your canine companion. Now there is so much more to do than 40 years ago when “man’s best friend” simply relied on having a place to call home and a family to love them. Yes, dog sports! It’s time to unleash the inner athlete in your dog, bond with them in ways you never imagined, and help them live happier, healthier lives.
No doubt you’ve seen or heard of agility in some form; there’s countless videos on the internet including chicken agility. For dogs, agility is a fun interactive sport for a dog and their handler. Agility can help your dog out by staying fit to help keep that excess weight off and you can even participate in the winter as there are often indoor classes or trials in many areas. Additionally, it helps your dog learn to focus their attention on what they’re being told the next obstacle is. Different obstacles or games can teach your dog patience, how to take commands from a distance, and coordination. Your dog can start training before they reach adulthood with the only restriction on the jumping as a Continue reading