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Training references

I was hoping to add a few training referal letters or notes here. If you have taken a class through me, done private lessons or had your dog go through a board and train and were satisfied with the results, I would appreciate the feedback. Thanks in advance!

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Fireworks and Fido

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With the Fourth of July soon approaching, some of us may find that our dogs are less than enthusiastic about the favored national holiday. The Fourth of July for many dogs, is a stressful and anxious time of year. The loud explosions and booms from near and far, are enough to send some dogs over the fence, or out of their skins ( so to speak) . Here are a few pointers to help you pooch cope with the holiday festivities and keep them safe!

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Canine CPR - It could save your (dog's) life!

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Recently in the news, you may have heard about a dog trainer who jumped into action during a training class to save a dogs life with CPR. It just so happens that the dog who's life was saved, was a boxer dog affected with the ARVC disease ( unfortunately very common in the breed) This being said, these videos are great tools to have in your back pocket, in case such an event should happen with one of your valued pets. Hats off to the trainer who jumped into action and saved the life of Sugar the Boxer. Watch this educational video...

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Ear Posting (for cropped ears)

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Here is a photo gallery of how to get cropped ears to stand erect :)

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Acepromazine and the Boxer

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The Boxer is reported to have a breed-related sensitivity to acepromazine. In 1996 a warning was placed in the cardiology section of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN), a US-based network for practicing veterinarians, entitled "Acepromazine and Boxers." It described several adverse reactions to acepromazine in three Boxers at the University of California at Davis veterinary teaching hospital. The reactions included collapse, respiratory arrest, and profound bradycardia (slow heart rate, less than 60 beats per minute). While there is disagreement among some veterinarians on this point, a number of veterinary publications recommend the drug be avoided in the breed. Individual dogs of any breed can have a profound reaction characterized by hypotension (low blood pressure), especially if there is an underlying heart problem. Acepromazine should be used with caution  {Source - Wikipedia}

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Vaccination Study [BARFingBoxers] Vaccines / Dodds

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This is a re-post that I find very informational. I am a firm believer that people over vaccinate our pets, and this is very educational for those who have questions like I do, and old schoolers out there who believe otherwise.

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Puppy mills and backyard breeders, the "skinny"

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What is a puppy mill? What is the difference between a puppy mill and a backyard breeder? Does it really matter in the long run? Yes! It does.

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Toxic Food and Plant List

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Holiday season is a time we love to decorate and entertain family and friends. There are some things you should all be aware of and protect your pet from illness. Here is a list if foods and plants to be careful of, and what the symptoms and treatments are if your pet has already become ill.

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What's up with dog food?

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Boxers, are a breed with fairly sensitive digestive tract. They tend to do better on Chicken based foods (as opposed to beef, or lamb) to help with "flatulence issues" Boxers are so famous for.

In general, store bought foods (Iams, Eukanuba, Alpo, Old Roy, Purina, Pedigree, Kibbles N bits, Beneful, to name a handful) are poor quality and do not agree very well in general with Boxers sensitive systems. It would be better suited to buy an upgraded variety of foods for best outcome and better stool output.

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Potty Training 101

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So you have a new puppy. Number one thing on all new owner's to -do list, is potty training! Boxers, are very intelligent, overall clean dogs, but I will say, unfortunately one area they can be a little "slow" in (compared to other medium/large breed dogs) is potty training. 

Potty training starts the MINUTE you introduce them to their new home. First thing. Take the pup outside and let them get to know their outside surroundings. The second your pup eliminates make a BIG party, praise... using the words "Good POTTY". You aren't praising the pup, it's not "Good girl, or Good Fluffy" use the word Potty. This will begin the process of associating the action of eliminating with the word potty. If you are 100% consistent, before too long you will be able to ask your puppy to go potty and it will trigger the need for them to go when they hear the word. (All my dogs potty on command, whenever, wherever)

Second very important thing is, you must have a dog crate. This is not in-humane. This is a necessity. Your pup must never have un-attended time inside the house. It is an earned privledge to be in the house un-attended, and left for older dogs who have proven they understand the concept of going potty outside. If you are in the room with the pup, watch for sniffing the ground, walking in circles, and walking to the door or whining for indicators she/he needs to go out. If he/she just ate, or just woke up from a nap, will definatly be a time to let the pup out. Be very consistent, and very frequent. If you are unable to be with your pup to supervise, they should be in their crate. 

The "rule of thumb" for how long the MAXIMUM time your pup can "hold" potty, is their age in months (8 weeks =2 months) plus 1. so a 2 month old puppy can hold it a MAXIMUM) of 3 hours. the older the pup gets, the longer he/she can go. It is NEVER o.k to get a puppy and leave it in a crate for 8-10 hours a day. 

Follow these steps, and it will help alleviate some of the "drama" of potty training.

* You can "target train" a dog to go potty in a specific spot, as well as litter box train small breed dogs.*

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