Monday, August 27, 2007

Dog Vaccines -
Instruments of Health or Death?

We vaccinate out pets to keep them healthy - but are we hurting them instead?

We have been over-vaccinating our pets - and causing serious pet health problems such as allergic reactions, skin problems, fibrosarcomas, arthritis, chronic gastro-intestinal diseases, thyroid disease, epilepsy, behavioral problems, immune system overload, and autoimmune disease … even premature death.

There are other dog health risks - Concerns about Vaccine adjuvants (carriers, such as mercury and incidence of autism in children) - Concerns about how the vaccines are produced (live tissue culture).

And administering too many vaccine components at once - components linked to cancer in dogs and cats.

Cancer is the leading cause of death in cats and dogs over the age of 7!

Did you know that dogs have 35 times as much skin cancer as humans?

They have 4 times as many breast tumors as people, 8 times as much bone cancer, and twice as high an incidence of leukemia.

You MUST know what to do to protect your pet! So if you missed Dr. Andrew Jones' specifics in his 2-hour online Pet Health Seminar on the subject of cat and dog vaccines and related dog health information, it was taped. Get it here with a bonus downloadable report "The Vaccine Code" -

===> Dog Vaccines - Pet Health Seminar

This unique Pet Health Seminar spells out -

* Dog Vaccine Protocols - which vaccines to give your dog, how often, which dog vaccines to avoid, and the research backing up the recommendations.

* Non-core vaccines - why your pet may not be at risk, why the vaccine might not be effective in the first place, and what serious dog health risks might be involved.

* Cancer prevention; cancer treatment alternatives to chemotherapy and radiation.

* Homeopathic nosodes (the only option for a severely allergic pet), and what you can do to reduce severe dog vaccine reactions.

* How to boost your pet's immune system.

* 4 key ingredients in all supplements.

* Dog food - benefits of raw food and how to integrate raw foods and home recipes into your dog's diet - as well as an approved list of select, all-natural commercial foods (of which our own first choice for natural dog food, Flint River, is one).

This is all vital dog health information you need to know NOW. It's your pet - and he trusts you!

Rena Murray

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Dog Training Tip - This Works For Dogs Who Won't Eat!

For those of you who have been regularly reading my blog, you know that not too far back I posted a dog training tip - a trick to get your dog to eat:

Put the food down 15 minutes. He doesn't eat it? Take it away.

One of the dogs I was re-training had three different things mixed into her food by her owner: meat, cheese, and wet dog food...and, of course, she had this problem.

It only took her three days of following my prescription. She never over-eats, but she has stopped refusing her food.

For some dogs it takes up to a couple of weeks before they eat a full meal. It's better to go through that for two weeks or so, than to go through that for the rest of your dog's life!

By the way, don't forget. Most parents turn to their children and say, "Eat what's on your plate. I'm not fixing anything else." So if dogs really are your "children," then give them the same limits you give to your children!

Rena Murray

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

"The Veterinary Code" -
Free Pet Health Webinar -
Thursday, Aug. 23rd

You asked for it! In our poll on Dog Health Care Solutions on Squidoo, you told us that dog vaccines were your greatest dog health concern. And we told Dr. Jones.

So Dr. Andrew Jones is holding another free Cat and Dog Health Webinar:

Title: "The Veterinary Code"
Date: Thursday, August 23
Time: 6pm Pacific / 9pm Eastern

This dog health webinar will be focused mainly on Cat and Dog Vaccines, but will also include other hot pet health topics: Cancer, Pet Food, and Supplements.

See details and sign up at The Veterinary Code Webinar.

This was just announced - and in less than a day, we already have over 200 people signed up! But if you miss the free webinar, go to the link later, when the video of this pet health webinar will be for sale.

But you really don't want to miss this hot discussion - the TRUTH about dog vaccines! Go here now to reserve your FREE position:

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Rena Murray

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Do Not Blame the Dog Breed -
Use Common Sense!

You know, for most people it's very frustrating to see when someone does not use common sense.

It is common sense that an unsocialized dog -who spends his life pent-up and in a very small bubble around maybe two people at the most - is eventually going to turn one of them or something else into a "target."

A couple of years ago, I heard a news story about a man who had a Pit Bull. He kept it in a very small cage, with plenty of food and water. And he kept the cage clean by rinsing it out with a hose. But he did not play with, interact with, or exercise the dog.

Well, not surprisingly, the day came when the man walked in to feed him, and the Pit Bull killed him. Of course, the dog was euthanised.

Once an animal has killed someone, yes, I agree - It needs to be put down. Unless, of course, it was saving someone's life.

However, you do have to recognize that you can't blame the dog breed for the stupid actions of one person. Especially powerful dog breeds - Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Pit Bulls, or any working dog for that matter - HAVE to be exercised, socialized, and disciplined.

When are people going to learn to do research on a dog breed before they get a dog, and to get help when things are getting out of hand?

Please, everyone, use common sense!

Rena Murray

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Pearly Whites - Do You Need to Brush Your Dog's Teeth?

Brushing Dogs Teeth? There seems to be a popular, growing trend of a belief that your dogs need to have their teeth brushed regularly to avoid dental problems.

Certainly, your dog's teeth and gums should be examined at the annual vet visit to see if there are problems, and have them treated.

Otherwise, unless your dog has twisted teeth, I have found that two meal bones a day does the trick. My dog has pearly whites!

Rena Murray

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Aggressive Dog, Fearful Dog -
Get Muzzle On?

Have an aggressive dog or fearful dog? Need to know how to get a muzzle a dog?

I rarely agree with the use of a muzzle on a dog. Simply because it is not often necessary.

However, for the times that it is needed, here is the best way.

Try the muzzle for the first time when the dog is relaxed and comfortable. Slip it on matter of factly. Do not be sneaky about it - Or the dog will quickly avoid the muzzle at all costs.

If your dog panics at being handled, hold the loose skin on both sides of his neck. When the panic attack ends, put the muzzle on. Panic is likely to happen many times before you get it on. The important thing is to stay there until you finish.

If your dog becomes aggressive when being handled, hold the scruff of his neck until the tantrum stops. Once he has drained himself, put the muzzle on. Do not take it off when the animal is nervous or angry. You can and often will be bitten!

Remove the muzzle only when he is relaxed. Take your time. Never be sneaky, and never stop until you finish your goal.

Rena Murray

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Potty Training - My Dog Won't Go

If your dog refuses to go to the bathroom in the evening, or in the morning, add a rigorous pace to her daily walks. Increased pace activates the bowels and guarantees she will go.

Here are some other things that help a lot.

* Having her on a schedule of times to be let out.
* Ensuring that she is drinking enough water.
* Always taking her to the same spot to relieve herself.

If you try all this and it doesn't work, she may have a bladder problem. And that calls for a vet visit.

Rena Murray

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Dog Whispering, Dog Training?
Another Difference

Yet another common comment I here from owners is: "All I'd like to do is take Charlie for a walk. But he walks me! Please help."

More often than not, I discover that Charlie has SEVERAL problems, inside and out. I am usually greeted by an overly excited, sometimes very loud dog... or even one who claims the sofa as I walk in, to let me know his rank.

With a dog such as Charlie, it is important to take over in the inside world before your deal with the outside world. So "claim" the couch back. Move him out of your way, the same way a more dominant dog would do.

Practicing the leadership inside puts Charlie in a follower mode before you go out the door.

Here is a difference between Dog Whispering and Dog Training. With dog whispering, you are conditioning the mind to remember your leadership and respect it... instead of expecting a push-button command.

Any way, you deal with the inside of the house, going out the door, and down any steps that may be there... and then you deal with walking Charlie properly.

Start at the bottom and work your way up. Rome wasn't built in a day.

Rena Murray

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Fearful Dog Is Free!

The most extreme fearful dog I ever worked with is twelve years old. And she has spent those twelve years running from humans. Why? After all, her owner is the kindest, most patient dog owner I have ever seen.

The dog, Valentine, has been scared of her own shadow since she was three months old. But now Valentine comes right to the owner when she makes eye contact.

So what was this well-intentioned person doing wrong? Every time Valentine ran, the owner would say "Poor baby, it's okay" and chase her.

"Stop and turn your back."

The owner looked at me as though I HAD to be kidding. It couldn't be that easy! ... But Valentine came to her less than a minute later.

"No way!" That's all the owner could say.

It's a tried and true formula with a fearful dog.

If you aren't accomplishing what you want with your dog, rethink your strategy. You're missing something.

Rena Murray

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Dog for Child -
The Child is Scared of Dog?

One woman wrote to me in a rather distressed way. She had a two-year-old child and a nine-year-old. She wanted a dog for child to bring fun and teach responsibility. So had gotten them a puppy.

The two-year-old was so frightened of the puppy, that she remained sitting on the table until the puppy was put away. The puppy was not attacking her or doing anything scary, just playing with the nine-year-old.

The woman did not know what to do. She did not want to get rid of the puppy. The nine-year-old really loved the pup. But she obviously couldn't have her two-year-old continue to sit on the table all the time.

"What should I do?" was her question.

You have to acclimate the child to the puppy. Put the child on your lap, and have the puppy in the room at a distance. If you feel the need, you may put the puppy in the cage and bring the child closer bit by bit. If you are comfortable with the puppy loose in the room, then let the puppy come close, and control the puppy's behavior. Don't coddle the child too much. Just look her in the eye and calmly say, "I've got it. Trust me."

Obviously no one should keep a dog who is hurting their child. People come first. No question. But you can't teach a child that just because he or she is scared of something, that a person can always make it go away. Because the truth is, humans can't do that.

Help the child face her fear in gradual doses, and she, too, will begin to play with the puppy.

Rena Murray

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Sunday, August 05, 2007

Master Escape Artist - The Dachshund

My neighbor's little Doxie is a good friend of mine. She just loves to come say hello whenever she gets an opportunity. However, she's a little intimidated by my Border Collie.

Tonight, the black Dachshund was out of her fenced in yard, which of course is not allowed. But she made a break for it back to her property upon seeing my guy as we were running past. As I observed her, she quickly squeezed herself under the fence, through the tiniest hole I have ever seen.

I mean T-I-N-Y! They ought to call these dogs "pancake dogs," I thought, because she certainly made herself flatter than one.

The owner had slipped out, for whatever reason. So I brought all her dogs back inside.

Well, it's official now. Nobody can blame all the escape artist stunts on the big dogs. Those little ones are mighty clever!

If you have a dog story you would permit us to share, see the CONTACT US page on I'd love to see it!

Rena Murray

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Friday, August 03, 2007

Dog Behavior Tips -
How To Handle Dog Separation Anxiety

If your dog has separation anxiety, here are a few dog behavior tips to help:

1. Always exercise him well before you leave - minimum 30 minutes.

2. Keep him in a small area. The smaller it is, the more secure the dog feels.

3. Don't make a fuss when you're leaving. Just leave. Really, it's best not to say anything to the dog.

4. If you have another dog with whom he is friends, make sure he can get to the other dog for comfort. It soothes the anxiety.

5. Practice several times a day when you are home. Put him in his place for 10 minutes, then 15 minutes, 20 minutes, and correct him promptly the minute he makes a sound. You get the idea.

What you are doing is conditioning his mind. So when you actually leave, he's already conditioned to be quiet.

6. Go to an All-Natural Pet Store and ask about the pill made from mother's milk. That helps a lot in extreme cases of dog separation anxiety.

Ahhh... Peace and quiet...

Rena Murray

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Obsessive Dog Behavior - Water Crazy!

You don't have to live with the annoyance or nightmare of obsessive dog behavior problems. Consider water crazed dogs...

There are several people who have seen the episode of "Dog Whisperer" with Cesar Millan where the Yellow Lab, Brady, was completely obsessive toward water. Brady would swim constantly for up to 8 hours at a time until he was literally screaming in pain! Not to mention yodelling until he could get to the pool.

I dealt with a dog with the same kind of problem on a lower level. This dog was over 100 pounds and simply loved diving in, squeezing through the doggie door, running through the house, jumping on the couch, and doing it all over again. Not to mention giving her master a good slobber and shake before she dove in again.

"We don't walk her very much," the owner said. "She gets her exercise this way."

"And, uh... You're enjoying this?" I asked, pointing toward the soaked floor, and recoiling from the soaked couch.

"I guess that's part of it," the owner said.

"Guess what? It doesn't have to be."

I was amazed at the owner's tolerance, and still am. An obsession at that level is very annoying and not exactly easy to break.

"First off, this dog should be running twice a day, not walking. She has too much energy and a very high instinct drive," I replied. "You have two choices: Get a treadmill or a golf cart."

Not surprisingly, I discovered the dog had more obsessive dog behaviors, too. Smelling the ground and pulling on a leash like a lunatic were two of them.

Needless to say, that session ended up being a lot longer than I planned. But I stayed right there until we conquered every single problem.

So yes, even the worst obsessive dog behaviors and the most obnoxious can have an end put to them. But YOU have to be more persistent than your dog.

Enjoy the day, and stay dry.

Rena Murray

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