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What to do with a dog that can’t do a thing

I have to say, that is the most obscure blog post title I’ve ever written.

We are currently in week two of six weeks of downtime for Logan. When on a walk nearly two weeks ago Logan seemed to injure his leg somehow. We had our suspicions, and the vet later confirmed that he had injured his Cruciate Ligament. While it doesn’t appear to have torn entirely, it does seem to be ruptured enough that if Logan doesn’t stick to strict rest for 6 weeks then he will need surgery.

So what does that mean? That means that, for the time-being at least, Logan can’t do anything. No running. No going for walks. No jumping. While he can walk, we need to keep him as calm and slow as possible to give his leg a chance to heal properly. This is going to be difficult, especially for a dog that whinges at us if he doesn’t get walked for a day.

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Tips for bath time

Yesterday was a hot one, but rather than sit around and moan about it we decided to take the opportunity to give the doggies a bath.

I know some houses dread bath time. Chasing after the dog, the fighting them to keep them in the water, ending up getting drenched, and by the time your done you lack the energy to even finish drying them so you end up with the wet dog smell.

Here are some tips to make the next bath time a bit more pleasant. Continue reading Tips for bath time

The New Years Dilemma

It’s New Years Eve tomorrow, which brings about the usual issues that dog owners face year after year. Fireworks.

Luckily we don’t have an issue with fireworks or thunderstorms. Not because we live in some sort of paradise-like bio-dome bereft of celebrations and weather, but because none of our huskies give a flip what is happening that far up in the sky. I know quite a few huskies that are the same, I’m not sure if it’s the breed or the owners but many huskies don’t seemed phased with fireworks.

Tayla’s usual position during fireworks, not fussed in the slightest.

Unfortunately that isn’t the same for everyone, so here are a few things to keep in mind and try during the festivities on Monday night.

  1. Go for a long walk or go to a dog park before you start celebrating. Try to wear your dog out, and then hopefully by the time the fireworks come there won’t be as much interest.
  2. Distractions are great for getting your dog use to disregarding the noise. Encouraging your dog to do other things during fireworks can help your dog learn to ignore them. Do some obedience training, try some tricks, play with some toys, anything to keep the dog distracted. This doesn’t mean fill them up with treats, as that can be seen as rewarding them for feeling anxious. If possible try to start distracting them before (or as soon as) the fireworks start. It will be easier to distract the dog if it doesn’t have time to get itself worked up.
  3. Make your own noise to help cover up the fireworks. Depending on how close they are then just putting music on or turning the tv up a little can help to drown out the unfamiliar noise. If you have roller shutters or blinds then close them also, as they can help block out the noise and the flashing.
  4. Make sure that your dog is safe and secure, wherever they will be. Many dogs get out of the yard during fireworks. Sometimes the flight response kicks in and they run. If you are going out and the dog is at home by itself then make sure the yard is secure (especially for huskies and malamutes, who are expert escape artists at the best of times). Also make sure that the dog has somewhere sheltered to go in case of a freak out. It’s important to make sure that your dog is wearing a collar and ID tag with a phone number on it, just in case the worst does happen.

Keep calm and carry on

Anything you do while the fireworks are going should be calm and positive. Don’t start showing too much worry for the dog, or start cursing the fireworks and running around. Dogs often look to us to learn how to react. If you seem panicked and anxious (for whatever reason) then your dog might too.

Don’t try to overly comfort the dog to make up for it being scared, as dogs often see this as approval of what they are doing and how they are feeling. Letting a dog jump on your lap (yes I know some huskies that try to lie on their owner’s lap) and being overly affectionate during distressing times can reinforce the anxiety and make it harder to break.

For the puppies out there…

Like many other potentially problematic issues like strangers, cars, and children, we got Logan desensitised to fireworks and thunderstorms very early. During his first thunderstorm Drew sat out the back with him, every time Logan started paying attention to the noise and getting anxious Drew would distract him and get him doing something else. Doing that a few times during thunderstorms and fireworks led to Logan not caring in the slightest, which is great because our neighbours love fireworks. If you have a puppy this is something that you could try, you might be able to nip the problem in the bud early on.

Logan as a brave (fireworks free) puppy


Hot weather reminders

First things first. It’s been hot.

At least in Adelaide anyway. I can’t really stress enough how important it is for Huskies, and dogs in general, to have adequate water and shade during the hot times of the year.

I was home during one of the hot days last week. Tayla and Logan were outside while I tried to sleep of my cold in the morning. And checked on them around 1130 and they had already emptied their water bowl. If I wasn’t home they would have spent the rest of the hot afternoon without any water. Nowadays they have their shell pool as well, but I know not everyone has one of these.

Please remember to take precautions during this hot weather.
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Tayla’s sad day

Let’s start this by saying Tayla is not going to have a good day tomorrow. We’re dropping her off to get her desexed in the morning. I feel for the poor girl, she wont be having a happy Easter. So everyone feel real sorry for her.

I know some people have reservations about desexing animals. Whether it be because of the fear of a major operation, the feeling that it’s unnecessary or that it may change their dogs personality somehow. Honestly Tayla is such a happy-go-lucky scamp at the moment, I was a little concerned that such an op may dampen her spirits for good (I’ve since been assured repeatedly that she’ll be fine :P).

That being said, I was a little taken aback yesterday when I told someone this and they responded with “awww how cruel, I could never do that to one of my dogs”.

There are definitely pros and cons when it comes to desexing. The big con for most people obviously being the operation itself. Give it a week or so and she’ll likely have recovered from the op, the other pros and cons are a little more long term.

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Chicken Gumbo

Logan and Tayla have been on a hunger strike lately, ever since Tayla ate that plastic container. Apparently she assumed it was her biscuits that made her tummy hurt, not all of the plastic. To remedy this we’ve started making their food ourselves. First up, we have Chicken Gummmmboooo! I made this up tonight and I think it’s safe to say that they both like it (another way of saying that is that they freaking lost it they were so excited).

Before we start, a few notes;

  • When cooking for dogs, with all of the crazy good smells in the air, you’ll likely find that your dog(s) will be sitting by your feet the whole time. If this is the case you have to be extra careful not to drop anything, not trip over anyone. And also (much like when there are children present) make sure that no pot handles are facing out over the edge.
  • Allergies to wheat is quite common in dogs, so it’s best to use gluten free ingredients whenever possible. This includes pasta, flour, etc.
  • When cooking for dogs it is important to remember that dogs are unable to digest hot food. Warm is fine, hot is not. Hot food will sit in your dogs stomach until it cools enough, which damages the stomach lining. Before serving to your dog make sure it has cooled enough.

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