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Question by ♥Cristina♥: Okay, what should I bring to the fest for dogs? Im bringing my Doberman, I wanna make a “Dipar bag” for him.
And I dont know what to put in it. what should I bring? He is very hyper, hes only a year and 1/2 .
Im bringing a leash& collar, also his choke chain bc of the other dogs, it will be easier for me to handle him. But what else should I bring? I know water and treats, but what else?
We live in florida and its going to be held at our extremly large flea market, And it gets pretty hott, and I want to make sure were BOTH comfortable. This is the web site for it.

And what should I bring and put water in? I want to make a back pack. So please. Give me ANY IDEA!!! For me AND him. Also, Ask me questions if you need more. I’ll check in every few minutes and edit.

Best answer:

Answer by Annie
bring hand sanitizer, you will probably eat and flea markets are dirty. also bring a bowl and two or three water bottles for you and your pup to share.

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

Choosing a Rescue Dog

Choosing a Rescue Dog

Choosing a rescue dog can be a difficult choice -all of our Spanish strays are so grateful and lovable, and make such wonderful pets, I wonder why anybody would ever want to buy from a breeder.

If you have made up your mind to take one of our strays, or indeed, any other rescued dog, do think very carefully about which kind of dog would suit your particular lifestyle. The last thing an unwanted dog needs is to find a loving home only to discover that after a short while he is unloved again and considered a nuisance.

If you are at home a good deal of the time and are active, there is no reason not to enjoy long walks with a larger active dog providing you have the space to accommodate him.

Many large dogs such as greyhounds or big heavy dogs do not need as much exercise as smaller highly strung dogs- and greyhounds in particular usually make docile pets.

If you work part-time (you really should not consider taking a dog if there is nobody at home all day) a smaller less active dog would not require such lengthy walks although many small dogs are highly active. You should ask advice to the dog’s particular needs from the refuge where the dog has been looked after.

Don’t expect miracles when your dog first arrives. He will be very confused especially if he is one of our Spanish dogs who may well have spent years in the refuge or tied up somewhere.

With quiet love and understanding he will settle. Just give him his own time and space to adjust. So many people want to make a big fuss of the dog when he arrives, inviting friends and family to meet him – but there will be plenty of time in the future for this. Leave him be, just speaking in a friendly tone to him as you go about the house. The less fuss you make- so will he.

Another consideration when deciding which rescue dog to choose is whether you have time to spend grooming a long coat. If not stick to a dog with short hair as long coats need regular attention to keep them healthy.

Dog or Bitch?
I personally really don’t have a preference.

All our dogs are neutered before arriving in England for rehoming, and they all have distinct personalities.

If you already have one dog it is usually best to choose a second one of the opposite sex, to avoid competion as to who is going to be “top dog”.

If your reason for taking on a rescued dog is to provide your existing dog with a friend, please be sure that you have the patience and ability to persevere in the event that the first dog does not like or accept his new friend.

A couple of dogs have been returned to me for this reason, not through any fault of their own, just because the owners had not thought it through first, and all it achieve was to make an insecure little dog even more insecure.

Young or Old?
Lastly do consider an “oldie” if you can. They are usually wonderful pets and great characters. It is so sad that they are forgotten especially when

if like our Spanish strays they have been confined to a refuge for years. Some say they are institutionalised and will not settle but this simply is not true. I have rehomed several (whom were thought to be quite ancient) but am pleased to say they are still going strong after five or six years!

Whichever dog you decide on make sure you have given the matter some careful thought.

Think carefully before taking him
Do not expect too much from him at first
Give him lots of love and you will receive lots in return!

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What Are Effective Dog Skin Allergy Treatments?

What Are Effective Dog Skin Allergy Treatments?

If you’re the owner of a pooch who suffers one of the many types of dog skin allergy out there, chances are, you’d do just about anything to make sure that he or she still has a great quality of life. The great news is that just as “human” medicine has advanced, new developments in veterinary science also mean your dog has a better chance than ever at a long, happy, healthy life.

If you love your dog, allergies symptoms will probably make you incredibly worried – itching, scratching, biting, hair loss, stomach trouble and more are all common signs of dog skin allergy, whether they be to food, fleas, or items in their environment. Here are a few of the treatments available for dog skin allergy today:

If your pet is allergic to a specific allergen, for instance house dust, or pollen, or maybe a particular type of food, the simple choice is to keep them away from the dog skin allergy triggers – keep them out of the room when you vacuum, keep grass short, or avoid treats or foods that contain the ingredients they are allergic to.

Fatty Acids and Biotin
Interestingly enough, recent research has shown that feeding more Omega 3 and 6 fatty acid rich foods can help reduce the symptoms of dog skin allergy, by reducing the histamine response to allergens. On the other hand, Biotin, a B vitamin, helps reduce the itchy skin associated with dog skin allergy, so adding a supplement containing this, like brewer’s yeast, to your dogs’ diet, should make for an improved coat and skin.

Anti Histamines
Better known in the treatment of human than dog skin allergy, anti histamines none the less have had some good effect on affected dogs. Make sure you find out from your vet which work best, and note that a mild sedative effect is a common side effect of this kind of medication.

Basically, in dog skin allergy, as in human allergies, a milder form of the specific allergen is used to build up the tolerance of the dog to that particular allergen. It may take some time for this to be effective, and it can be expensive, so it’s usually only resorted to when all else fails in dog skin allergy treatment!

When you think steroids, dog skin allergy treatment is probably the furthest thing from your mind, however, they can be some of the best, fastest acting and most effective treatments for your dog skin allergy problems. Of course, prolonged use is not advisable, unless under the strict supervision of a vet, but they will provide almost immediate relief from dog skin allergy symptoms like extreme itching!

These are by no means the only options as far as treating your pet’s dog skin allergy. There are herbal, homeopathic and many other options you could explore, and topical treatments, shampoos, creams and ointments can all offer welcome respite to your four legged friend from his irritating and painful dog skin allergy symptoms. So if your pooch is looking under the weather, find out if it’s an allergy – and if so, try one of these solutions!

Your dog’s health means a lot to you, as well as your own. Keep yourself informed and learn more about dog allergies at, where you’ll find everything you need to know to keep your dog, your home and of course yourself free of allergies, and in tip top shape!

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Dog Agility Equipment: Where Do I Begin?

Dog Agility Equipment: Where Do I Begin?

There is such a wide selection of dog agility equipment, where do I begin? There are several factors to consider when making your agility equipment purchases. Two major factors are your goals and your dog.

Are your goals to develop a deeper bonding with your dog by taking agility classes together, having fun, and seeing how far you and your dog can progress with agility skills? Do you have a timid dog and want to develop confidence in him? Or do you have a high drive dog and want to help him burn energy in a controlled manner? Do you want to do agility as a just for fun activity or are you setting your sights on making it to the nationals and becoming an agility instructor? All the previous factors are important to consider when purchasing your equipment.

An agility course has contact equipment, jumps, weaves, tunnels, closed tunnel, and possibly a pause table (depending on your agility venue). It would be wonderful have a full course of agility equipment in your backyard, but its not necessary to learn the sport. Contact equipment consists of dog-walks, A-frames, and teeters. It is a good idea to have at least one contact obstacle. Many people select to purchase a teeter because the motion often causes a dog hesitation. If you can’t fit a regulation piece of equipment in your yard, consider an 8′ dog-walk instead of a 12′ or even select from mini-contact equipment that is available to train your dog on.

Jumps. You can never have enough single jumps, but you also might think about a double jump or triple jump. If you cannot purchase a double or triple jump, you can place two or three single jumps together to practice. Eight single jumps give you lots of drills and exercises to practice and interchange.

Tunnels, chutes, and tables are variations to add to your course. Tire jumps are very popular to have in backyard training. Pause tables are essential in our agility training program. They are our center and focal point for developing our directional commands and building distance.

Weaves, critical for having at home. The type of weave to purchase depends on your method of teaching. Is your agility class using weave chutes, angled weaves, or straight lined weaves. If your instructor is teaching a specific method, than its easiest to purchase the same type of weaves. We have trained five different agility dogs, each with a different method and in the end they all have nice weaves.

There are a variety of training aids that can help you develop the behavior you want from your dog on the equipment. Buja boards are excellent for timid dogs that need to build confidence slowly. Contact trainers are great for back chaining your contact behavior, and they are smaller so you can bring them indoors for winter training also.

Brad Carlson is a dog trainer at Agility by Carlson. For more training details, visit our website at

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