Latest ODF News Archives

How to Keep Your Dog from Barking

You are just beginning to train you dog, or if you have a dog with already developed habits; it is never too early (or too late) to begin training your dog. As much as it is best to begin training a younger dog, the saying is not true, because you can teach an old dog new tricks!

In the case of addressing your dog and their barking habit, realize first that God created them to bark. Barking is their only way to orally communicate. Dogs are designed to identify their territory by barking, and to communicate with other dogs by barking. They warn of danger by barking, and show exuberance and excitement. Barking is just something that they naturally do, and as much as you may want control when they bark and what they bark at. Try first, however, to put yourself into your dog’s shoes and see why or what is making your dog bark.

There have been two techniques that I would recommend that have immediate and positive effects. There are products on the market that are designed to address the issue of your dog barking, that need to be considered when other methods are not an option.

One thing that I have found to be successful is to remind the dog of the annoyance that their barking causes. Dogs have not always lived inside, and are not designed to understand using their “inside voices” like a child might. A quick reminder to them, and on their level that their barking is loud, and uncalled for, can quickly teach them not to bark inside.

We already know and understand that dogs have excellent hearing. Using this premise, save out a soda can and put 3-5 pennies inside of it and then tape the top shut. Keep this can near you, and when the dog begins to bark, if you’ll just loudly shake the can, the sound will be uncomfortable to your dog. They will soon learn to correlate this uncomfortable sound with their barking. With consistent use, this technique is quite successful and has a satisfactory effect in the home.

There is another technique that I stumbled upon quite by accident. Our dog absolutely hates getting wet! We keep a water gun in the house, and when he barks, we quickly squirt him with the water. He doesn’t seem to be able to understand where this water comes from, but he already equates the water with his barking. Now, when he thinks he needs to bark at something, he’ll look at me instead. I’ll quickly reassure him that everything’s o.k. and then he’ll be fine! Sometimes I’ll think he needs to see for himself, so I’ll take him outside. Sometimes a dog barks out of boredom. Just like a child will sometimes cry for no apparent reason. Give your dog some distraction and something interesting to do, often they merely want interaction.

Both of these techniques I have personally seen work before. I would not recommend them otherwise. But please, try to remember, that barking is natural for your dog, and there are times that you will welcome their barking. So keep up consistently training your dog. You’ll be so happy in a very short time, and you’ll have a well-adjusted dog that will be a companion for years to come!

The Ears Have It – (Really)

 

You’ve taken on the care of a cat, and you’re to be commended for that, but one of the most common problems that cats may have often goes neglected.

As responsible cat owners, we’ll address the issue of fleas and ticks, because they run the risk of offending us, and this motivates us to address the issue. But the matter of ear mites often goes unnoticed and unaddressed simply because it doesn’t affect us (ear mites almost never transfer to humans). Ear mites can travel over the body, and be transferred to other household pets and can ultimately threaten the overall health and life of your cat.

Symptoms

You may notice that your cat is scratching more often, and as you probably have already addressed the issue of fleas or ticks, you need to narrow down the culprit. Your cat seems to be scratching his ears more often, and more vehemently than usual. Your cat may also be producing more wax or a discolored wax in their ears. This is one thing that you need to get the advice of a professional. Take your cat to determine if your cat really does have a problem with ear mites, and to find out a treatment suitable for their case. You can first take note of these five things that the ASPCA says that cat owners should look for:

  • Head shaking, scratching, ear rubbing
  • Dark waxy discharge
  • Swelling in or around the ear
  • Hair loss and sores from scratching
  • Strong smelly odor coming from the ears

There are over-the-counter remedies for ear mites, and they do work. You’ll need to decide what you are willing and able to do to bring your cat comfort from their torment.

You’re not alone

Ear mites are not something to be embarrassed about. It is reported that almost 90% of cats have been affected by ear mites. The most common are eight-legged little crab-like parasites that feed on the wax and oils in the cat’s ear and ear canal. The threat that they pose to the cat’s health comes when excessive scratching causes blood vessels within the cat’s ear rupture from sever scratching and head shaking.

They’ll love you in the long run!

I’m sure we’ve all come to turn with the discomfort that it causes your cat to be treated by someone that they do not know well. But the importance of their treatment combined with the almost immediate relief that they will get from treatment, will show you how much they really have wanted something to be done with their problem.

The veterinarian will clean out your cat’s ears with a cotton swab and an ear cleaner. In extreme cases they may need to sedate the cat to perform complete ear irrigation. In any cases, your cat will be able to finally relax and be at ease because you have taken the time and energy to address a vital detail in their health!

 

Why Choose PetStop®

The Pet Stop® brand of invisible dog fencing allows your dog to be a dog – to run and play freely in your yard free from chains, tethers and other confining methods of containment. A Pet Stop® Pet Fence System gives you peace of mind—free from worry about your pet taking off to explore the neighborhood, or running out into traffic. The safety of your family pets is our first priority. We are animal advocates, we know that your pets are part of your family, and we want to help you help them live long and healthy lives.

Pet Stop® provides intensive, yet gentle, training on the use of our containment system to both pets and pet parents. We work with you and your pets as a team to ensure that your pet knows the boundaries you have set for him, and that you are proficient in knowing how to reinforce the training protocols once we are gone. Each system is individualized to best fit the size, weight, and temperament of your dog, and can be adjusted as your pet grows physically and becomes more responsive to your training.

The Pet Stop® receiver – that is the collar that your pet wears – is lightweight and weatherproof, and produces the appropriate correction for your pets, yet still manages to keep them in your yard and safe.  Think of a correction as similar to touching a metal doorknob after walking across carpet. Surprises you…shocks you… and then, you don’t want to repeat what caused the shock to begin with.

The Pet Stop® outdoor transmitter, manufactured by Perimeter Technologies, is buried out of sight to maintain the beauty of your property and can be designed with diverse zones. It comes with exclusive features like safety shutoffs, adjustable boundary settings, wire break indicators, and customizable receiver settings. In addition, we offer indoor transmitters that can be programmed to keep your pets off your favorite chair, out of the garbage, off the kitchen counters or out of any room in your house.

The Pet Stop® brand is an American-made product using state-of-the-art DM Technology instead of an AM/FM signal to keep your pets safe. You no longer have to worry about false corrections due to powerful underground or overhead power lines, plus we are the only brand with multiple MHz settings to manage signal degradation due to electronic gates or wrought iron that always drags AM/FM signals down.  

Unlike our competitors, our transmitter does not require high-gauge wire on suburban properties. Competitors’ China-made pet containment products require high gauge wire as their systems are not capable of pushing the signal on anything less. Plus, we install our systems to protect the wires so that you don’t have to worry about line breakage from the errant shovel, weed whacker, or edger.

With Pet Stop’s® 100% Containment Guarantee, you no longer have to worry about your pet leaving your yard. Our money-back guarantee protects your pet and your investment.

Our Lifetime Warranty guarantees you the kind of service after the installation that Pet Stop® is famous for offering our customers. We teach you how to make modifications to your system yourself, without calling us onsite, which saves you time and money on service fees.  

By choosing Pet Stop® quality products, you can be assured your system is protected against extreme weather, landscapers, and other obstacles your backyard presents. Our system is designed with your pet's safety in mind, which means you choose the best for ALL the members of your family!

Prostate and Testicular Cancer in Dogs

Why Your Male Dog Should Be Neutered

Unless you have a purebred dog with impeccable bloodlines that you are planning to breed, having your dog neutered at a young age can protect him from the two most common cancers of intact, older male dogs – prostatic and testicular cancer.

Both types of cancer are caused by the overabundance of testosterone common in male dogs that results in a proliferation of abnormal cellular growth – what the general public calls tumors. In both prostate and testicular cancer, these tumors grow and occupy space outside of the particular organs involved, typically metastasizing to the abdomen, lungs, and bones. In addition, some testicular tumors produce estrogen, resulting in your male dog becoming more feminine.

If not caught very early, both kinds of cancers can prove fatal.

Symptoms of prostate cancer include incontinence, blood in the urine, or an inability to urinate without straining. You may notice your pet has a watery, bloody discharge from his penis and may be straining to defecate, or may even be constipated. As the disease progresses, dogs with prostatic cancers may show signs of rear end lameness, increasing signs of pain, loss of appetite, weight loss, and lethargy. Some animals will hold the tail in an unusual position due to discomfort.

Clinical signs of testicular tumors include swelling in your dog’s groin or scrotum, an abdominal mass, or the “feminization” that occurs when affected organs begin producing estrogen instead of testosterone. You may see enlarged mammary glands and nipples, a smaller-than-normal penis, and a sagging prepuce – the covering over the penis.

The treatment for both types of cancer typically starts with veterinary castration – removal of the testicles. With prostatic cancer, the prostate is also removed. Chemotherapy and radiation may be recommended if the cancer has spread, and the prognosis typically depends on the location, size, and type of the tumor involved.

Surgical castration of young dogs automatically removes the cellular tissue and hormones that cause both diseases, and is considered a valuable preventive of both types of cancer in later life. Most veterinarians will also recommend that you get your stud dog neutered after his breeding days have passed in order to avert any problems later in life. 

Pet Stop Outdoor Invisible Pet Fence

Oregon Dog Fence Proudly Offers Pet Stop®

Outdoor Invisible Pet Fence System

 

Many cities and counties in this country now have laws disallowing you from chaining or tethering your dog outside in your yard. So what do you do when your pet needs to spend time outdoors and you don’t have a fence on your property?

Talk to us about purchasing our Pet Stop® Outdoor Pet Containment System, an invisible pet fence that keeps your dog or cat safe, while still allowing him to exercise in the sunlight and fresh air in his own environment.

Invisible fencing contains your pet in the designated area, keeping him from getting into any toxic plants or chemical poisons and saving him from running into the street where he can be hit by a car. Fido won’t be able to shed hair in your pool or hot tub unless you allow him to swim or play in these areas. Additionally, unlike traditional fencing, he can’t dig his way out of your yard or jump over the fence to escape.

Because all of our technology is hidden from view, you can preserve the beauty of your expensive landscaping. And for those pet parents who live in the country or have a lot of acreage, our invisible fencing is less expensive than traditional fencing that can cost as much as $25 per linear foot.

So, not only do we protect your furry companion from harm, we save you money!

For a free in-home estimate of our Pet Stop® Outdoor Pet Containment System, call us at 503-533-0808, or send us your questions and contact information on our Contact Us  page and we will answer your questions in a timely manner.

The Pet Stop® Difference

7 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Chain or Tether Your Dog

While we like to imagine all dogs staying safe and warm inside loving homes; that does not always happen. Some pet owners feel the need to chain or tether their dogs outside for various reasons. We would like to present you with some reasons why that practice is not a good idea, and can even be harmful to your pet. 
 
  1. Your tethered dog will be exposed to all elements of the weather. Even with a dog house or shelter nearby, he can get wet, cold, and muddy when it rains, be exposed to extremes of heat and cold, and, depending on the season, possibly suffer from hypothermia and frostbite, or heat exhaustion and heat stroke. All of those conditions can be fatal. 
     
  2. A chained dog has no way of protecting himself or running away should he be attacked by other dogs, wild animals, or even humans. Leaving your dog tethered without any recourse to flee or fight can cost your pet serious injury or even his life.
     
  3. If your pet becomes tangled up in a leash or chain, he may not know how to remedy the situation, can struggle, and easily be asphyxiated. 
     
  4. A dog chained to one spot can become easily bored, resulting in an animal that becomes increasingly aggressive, or one that participates in self-destructive behavior, including chewing on his own tail and feet until they are bloody. 
     
  5. Tethered dogs are more susceptible to insects and ecto-parasites, including fleas, ticks, mites, fungus, flies, and mosquitoes. All of these organisms either carry a disease and pass it to your dog, or are the cause of a disease. 
     
  6. You are at risk for having your dog stolen. Many people in the dog fighting business steal family dogs to use as “bait” when training their fighting dogs. These animals inevitably end up terribly injured or dead. 
     
  7. You may be breaking the law. Many city, county, and state governments are now making it a misdemeanor to chain or tether your dog, even in your own yard. The reasoning behind this legislation involves not only protecting innocent animals, but shielding the public from aggressive animals who can get loose and attack bystanders. 

For more information on why you shouldn't chain or tether your dog, click here and/or click here to read what the Humane Society says about chaining and tethering your dog.

Poisonous Plants – What You Don’t Know Can Harm Your Dog

Poisonous Plants

What You Don’t Know Can Harm Your Dog

A dog’s curious nature often gets him into trouble, causing him to explore weed thickets, storage containers, and open fields where he can come into contact with any number of poisonous substances, including toxic plants.

The great variety of potentially poisonous plants, shrubs, and grasses can make identification of a toxic substance difficult, unless you have actually seen your dog mouthing or ingesting a particular plant. Both outdoor and indoor plants can be harmful to your pet, with some parts of certain plants being more toxic than others.

Ingesting a poisonous plant can cause a variety of symptoms in your dog including drooling, mouth and gum inflammation, swelling of the trachea and/or esophagus, vomiting and diarrhea, hallucinations, tremors, seizure, coma and death. Some plants will only cause a skin rash, a fairly non-threatening problem, while others, known for their medicinal properties, can induce symptoms similar to a drug overdose, with kidney, cardiac, and respiratory failure.

If you suspect your dog has eaten all or part of a poisonous plant, call your veterinarian immediately or contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/?gclid=CI2n-YHg_q0CFU9ntgodZzF5vA.

The following tables of toxic plants, shrubs and trees are included for reference. You can find more information on each plant species by visiting these Merck Veterinary Manual websites at:

http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/servlet/CVMHighLight?file=htm/bc/ttox04.htm&word=poisonous,foods

and

http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/servlet/CVMHighLight?file=htm/bc/ttox03.htm&word=poisonous,foods.

 

Outdoor Plants

Bladderpod Broom-corn Buffalo bur Carolina Jessamine Castor Bean
Coffee bean Corn cockle Day-blooming Jessamine Dogbanes Durra
Evening Trumpet English Yew Flower Hemlock Horse nettle
Ivy Bush Japanese Yew Jerusalem cherry Jimson weed Kafir
Lambkill Laurel Milkweed Milo Night-blooming Jessamine
Nightshades Oleander Potato stems and leaves Purple sesbane Rattlebox
Schrock Sorghum Sudan grass Thorn Apple Water Hemlock
Yellow Jessamine        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

House Plants and Ornamentals

Azalea American aloe Avocado pear Barbados aloe Caladium
Chili pepper Chinese evegreen Crocus Cyclamen Daffodils
Dragon Tree Dumbcane Easter Lily English Holly Florida Arrowroot
Foxglove Hyacinths Kalanchoe Lily of the Valley Marijuana
Mistletoe Mother-in-Law's Tongue Philodendron Poinsettia Schefflera
Spider Plant Yesterday-today-and-tomorrow      

 

 

 

 

 

 Page 2 of 7 « 1  2  3  4  5 » ...  Last »