We’d like to share some home remedies that we have found helpful over the years

Upset stomach/diarrhea – Adding canned pumpkin to their food or by itself can soothe an irritated stomach (they love it). We also boil chicken breasts and add WHITE instant rice as a meal substitute in some cases (don’t use brown rice).

Ear Problems – we use 1 part white distilled vinegar to 3 parts water as an ear cleaner/disinfectant. For more serious ear issues we clean the ear with hydrogen peroxide

Nail Trimming – Corn Starch can be used to stop nail bleeding from trimming to close to the quick.

Please feel free to share some of your own successful remedies!

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Published in: on July 14, 2011 at 10:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

Training Thoughts

One of the most important aspects of a dog’s life is training!  The more you do the better your dog’s life will be.  There are so many more opportunities for well-trained dogs to partake in.  I personally love taking my guys out to Farmer’s markets and walking from stand to stand.  I love taking my guys to the beach and letting them retrieve all day long in the water.  Most of all I love taking them running on trails with me.  All of these possible from the training I have done with them.

It is always best to start young and keep at training with your dog, but it is never too late to start!  I personally have started obedience training with a dog that was 2 years old and he thrived.  In fact he is as good as any I have trained!  The more training you undertake the stronger the bond between you and your dog.  I find this outcome very worthwhile, as I know my dogs are more focussed on working with me and much better at responding to requests when out in public.

So where do you start?  A great resource is local kennel clubs or dog training facilities with a great reputation.  In our area you will find both Kennel Clubs and local Doggy Daycare facilities with experienced trainers on staff.  Most have basic manners classes and almost all have puppy classes.  Always make sure you meet the trainer and their dogs.  You will want a trainer whose methods work for you and their dogs will give you an idea if their methods work.  There are many good books out there, but most will only be helpful to one who has experience training.  So the most important step in training your dog is to find someone to teach you the correct ways to train.  The best trainers will have more than one training technique and cater towards your dog’s personality, something they learn from experience.

So now all that is left to do is get out there and train, train, train!  And most important have fun Training your best friend.

Published in: on June 16, 2011 at 3:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Things to remember when in public with your dog…

1.  Please come prepared with “poop bags” and ALWAYS clean up after your pet.  This is crucial to supporting dog friendly places and encouraging additional ones.  Remember, not only is dog poop gross to look at and smell, it can also transmit diseases to other pets and people!

2.  Please remember to provide shade and water for your dog whenever possible on hot days.  BETTER YET, leave your dog at home on days that it is even just a possibility that it is going to be too hot.  It just isn’t worth the risk to your dogs health and comfort let alone their LIFE.

3.  Remember that not everyone loves dogs.  If someone wants to greet your dog let them come up to it, not the other way around.  Just as important is that your dog should not be allowed to freely go up to and meet other dogs while leashed.  When your dog or someone else’s dog is on leash it should signify that they are to be kept at the handler’s side at all times and under their control at all times.  This is for the safety of you and your dog.  Often being on a leash can caused otherwise dog friendly dogs to NOT be.  Being leashed takes the “flight” option away and leaves “fight” as the only option to dogs that perceive a threat.  We strongly discourage the use of “Flexi” leads in public settings.  Flexi lines can do SERIOUS damage if entangled in other dogs’ or peoples’ legs.

4.  You should ALWAYS ask permission to greet someone’s dog.  We often find children are taught this (which is wonderful) but then the adults with them don’t apply the same courtesy.  This rule applies to EVERYONE.  In addition you should always ask permission before you let your dog meet and greet another dog.  This is so important for the safety of you and your dog.  Personally, when we take our dogs in public we view it as an opportunity to prove that our dogs deserve the privilege of being allowed to be there.  The biggest compliment from others that you can receive, especially in crowded venues, is “I didn’t even know your dog was there”!

In summary, these recommendations revolve around being respectful of others and keeping you and your dog safe.   The best way to show your support of dog friendly places is to prove by your actions, and your dog’s, that you deserve to be there together!

Published in: on June 3, 2011 at 4:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

Vaccination Frequency

Most people we meet over vaccinate their dogs. What is most upsetting about this is that the pet owner is only following their veterinarian’s recommendations. In this week’s blog entry I hope to provide you with some FACTS for you to use in making the best decision for your dog’s health. Personally, we do not allow our dog’s to be vaccinated every year and we don’t vaccinate at all for certain things (more on this later). If your veterinarian does not respect your decision (bring the FACTS with to your next visit) then I would strongly suggest finding a new one. Remember the only vaccination you are required by law to give your dog is RABIES. The others are at your discretion.

In 2006 the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) provided the following guidelines for Canine vaccination for the General Veterinary Practice, http://secure.aahanet.org/eweb/dynamicpage.aspx?site=resources&webcode=CanineVaccineGuidelines.

Parvo – Booster shots as adult every 3+ years, not every year (Titer testing can be done after 3 years to see if you could go even longer because the antibodies could still be there)

Distemper – Booster shots as adult every 3+ years, not every year (Titer testing can be done after 3 years to see if you could go even longer because the antibodies could still be there)

Parainfluenza – Booster shots as adult every 3 years, not every year

Coronavirus – Not recommended to vaccinate at all! The number of cases of this disease confirmed does not justify the vaccination, and when it does occur it is mild and self-limiting. We don’t vaccinate for this in our dogs.

Leptospira – Depends…First of all you should only consider this vaccine if you are in an area where reasonable risk of exposure has been PROVEN. Second, even if you are in a high risk area you should be aware that the disease can vary so much that the vaccine doesn’t even protect against many of the strains of the disease. So, you could vaccinate and your dog could still get Lepto. Also, this report states that the incidence of postvaccination reactions in <12 wks of age and toy small-breed dogs is HIGH. This is definitely one to weigh the risks of vaccinating to the benefits, or lack there of in this case, of the vaccine. We do not vaccinate for this in our dogs.

More FACTS supporting these recommendations for core vaccinations can be found at:  http://www.rabieschallengefund.org/education/duration-of-immunity-to-canine-vaccines  This summarizes Ronald D. Schultz from the Department of Pathobiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine at UW-Madison findings and recommendations.  His Report in its entirety can be found at: http://www.eskievet.com/Articles/vaccine%20duration.pdf

In closing I hope that this gives you the confidence to question any Veterinarian that suggests you over vaccinate your dog.  What I can’t answer for you is why some veterinarians continue to over vaccinate when faced with the above scientific studies and recommendations.  Remember that you call the “shots” on all vaccines, except RABIES!

Published in: on May 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

Some of our favorite Treats for our dogs!

Currently we have 6 dogs in our household. 5 Golden Retrievers and a Mutt. Treats are handed out often through-out the day as a reward for coming in the house after potty breaks or play sessions. For this we buy simple human animal crackers! They are economical, easy to break in half if you want less calories, and come in large quantities (imagine how quickly we go through them with 6 dogs and several trips outside everyday!).

We occasionally give frozen (this is key) Kongs. We fill them with Low to NON fat cream cheese and top off with a little Peanut butter on the top. These keep them occupied for a little while.

We also like to give them Raw Frozen bones. Raw is key, not smoked because the smoked can splinter and cause issues. We obtained them from the butcher shop at a local grocery store. Ask for Femur or Shin bones for dogs. They go by different names at each place. We give them to the dogs frozen (either outside, in a crate, or on a towel once trained to stay there). They get tons of good nutrients out of these and occupy them for a while. The best part is that even after they have cleaned out the marrow we can bring them in the house and they will chew the bones for many months to come!

Lastly, I often slip them carrots and bananas or a bite of apple (no seeds!) when I am cooking or eating them myself.

Hope this post gives you some ideas for healthy treats!

Published in: on May 14, 2011 at 4:00 pm  Comments (2)  

Hello world!

Welcome to Doolin Acres Kennel’s Blog site!

At Doolin Acres Kennel our goal is to offer South-Central Wisconsin affordable all-suite dog boarding with exceptional care and outstanding service.    

We plan to use this Blog to offer suggestions and opinions about various dog related topics.   Please check back at a later time for our first blog!

Published in: on May 7, 2011 at 9:54 pm  Leave a Comment