Why do dog vomit and what to do

A common issue which almost all of us notice as pet owners is dog vomiting.

What is vomiting?

Vomiting is the expulsion of food, fluid or debris from the stomach or small intestine due to coordinated movements of the gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal and nervous systems. It is important to differentiate this from regurgitation, which is a passive process rather than a coordinated effort like vomiting.

There are potentially many different causes of dog vomiting. The most common cause is garbage gut, where your dog consumes something he shouldn’t have, resulting in vomiting. Other causes include food allergies, parasites, medications, infectious causes (i.e. parvovirus), cancer, liver or kidney disease, pancreatitis, metabolic disorders (thyroid disease or diabetes), physical obstructions such as a ball or a bone, and primary motility disorders (the stomach doesn’t contract normally).

Just a brief side note. Humans react poorly to their dogs over 98% of the time when their dog makes the dreaded oral mess on the floor. Part of it is just simply our desire that for just this one time, they manage to get it into a place that is easy to clean up. Dogs are usually smart enough to figure out that bodily wastes are not tolerated inside the home, and they often feel as though they have created a “soiling error.” This feeling that they have just seriously disappointed their human can add stress that can add to the upset stomach. Thus, humans who can calmly encourage their dog to vomit either in the bathroom or other easy to clean floor or better yet, make it outside, are going to have fewer instant replays when the emotional upset encourages another round.

What to do for dog vomiting

1. withholding food for 24 hours.

2. Feed a bland diet, consisting of 2/3 rice, sweet potato or oatmeal and 1/3 of the meal should be well cooked non-fatty meats like chicken.

3. Feed only 1/2 of the normal amount of food at a time. Or you can feed several small meals until the vomiting has subsided.

 



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Small Dog Syndrome and How to Fix It

Small dogs or lap dogs or even comforters as they were one time referred to as have a very substantial background, encompassing thousands of years. Small breeds were often kept by nobility and given as presents to royal figures. It was also thought that small breeds were good for ones health. The Pekingese, Pug and King Charles Cavalier Spaniel are three examples.

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Many dog owners have a preference for small dogs over larger breeds, and for many different reasons. However, by virtue of their diminutive size, these dogs are much more affordable to keep, need less exercise in relation to larger breeds in general, and are simple to transport for example.

Small dog syndrome is a behavioral problem found in small dogs. This issue causes the animal to act in a manner that is considered disobedient and uncontrollable. You will notice that the dog does not listen to your commands. Moreover, the dog may bark excessively, show aggression toward his master and strangers, show aggression toward other dogs and animals, and act possessive.

There are two primary causes of small dog syndrome: instinct and poor training/leadership from the owner.

Perhaps the largest cause in bad dog behavior is the same cause in bad child behavior: coddling. Because they’re so small and cute, owners tend to treat little dogs as they would a human baby, fawning over them, picking them up and cooing, letting them sleep in laps, and just generally failing to discipline or punish them when they should be. Barking, jumping on people, sitting on furniture – things that would be punished in larger dogs – are let slide to the point where the bad behavior is tacitly encouraged by the owner and the little dog is unaware or uncaring that its behavior is unacceptable.

The reason this starts manifesting itself in the traditional “small dog syndrome” manner is rooted in dog psychology. A dog that is never disciplined assumes that the reason he is never disciplined is that he is the leader of the pack, the alpha dog. The leader of the pack (or, in this case, the family), is responsible for the safety of the rest of the pack. That’s why the small dog will barrel around nipping at strangers, barking at presumed intruders, and generally acting like he owns the place.

The problem here is a bit difficult, since you won’t be able to say “no” to the dog. Since it sees itself as the top dog in the pack, it doesn’t think it has to listen to you. You’ll have to show your dominance rather than vocalize your dominance. It’ll be hard at first, but remember that you’ll have to break your dog of these bad habits or forever live as #2 in your own house. If you can’t do it on your own, there are plenty of dog trainers out there who can help.



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How hard is it to become a dog trainer?

Most of the people enjoy being around pets and in particular, dogs. Canines tend to be pleasant, smart, helpful as well as adorable animals plus they are rated among the most popular options for pets. If you enjoy being around dogs and have ever considered becoming a dog trainer, there are only a few simple steps you need to follow in order to learn how to become a dog trainer.

The first step you should take is to actually make sure this is something you want to do for the rest of your life. You may enjoy being around your own dog and playing with him at the park or taking him out for a walk, but you really have to think hard about whether or not you could see yourself teaching dogs commands and working with them one on one as a career. That is a major step and you do not want to pay to put yourself through school and go to all that work only to find out you maybe are not as interested in it as you thought you were.

Therefore, let’s first examine your motives and ask yourself a few questions before you go enroll yourself to become a dog trainer.

  • Do you love all dogs regardless of age, breed or temperament? Can you really work with them even if the dogs are behaving badly, stubborn and aggressive? Dog trainers must be kind and patient teachers since most dogs cannot be trained in a couple of minutes. Many hours of dedication and patience will be required to work with the animals to achieve the desired results.
  • Are you respectful and comfortable working with people? A dog trainer job is not just about training dogs. It is also about training people, specifically the dog owners themselves on how to handle their animals more effectively.
  • Are you willing to put in a lot of time and effort to become a successful dog trainer? In your dog training career, you will come across many different types of behavior problems with different breed of dogs therefore you will need to be committed to keep your dog training knowledge up-to-date by attending seminars, workshops and conferences. By understanding a wide variety of dog behavior, communication, conditioning, training techniques can help you become a well-qualified, knowledgeable and skilled dog trainer.

At first you must find all the dog training schools in your neighborhood. Generally, dog training schools offer a comprehensive course including all major topics such as dog behavior, history of dog, dog psychology, body language, and so on. You will also find that there are some schools which offer specialized courses such as dog training services and police dogs training.

Try to communicate with former school students and discuss about their experiences. This will help you in getting a clear illustration before you join.Always consider factors such as location, course fees, references and faculty before choosing any dog training school.

Another source which is very reliable for choosing a particular dog training school is with join the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) or the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors (NADOI). By joining one of these two organizations you can have a very clear idea in choosing a particular dog training school.

After you graduate from the training school, remember to get a national certification. This certificate will play a very important role in your career as a professional. In the United States, this certification is provided by The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). This organization provides certificate which is recognized nationally. You only need to take the exam, and after you graduate, you will get a certificate. The details of the place and date of exam will be available on their websites.

 



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