When you have the opportunity to bring home a new puppy, there is a lot of excitement in the air. Everyone wants to hold the latest addition to the family, pet it and – of course – feed and walk it. Yet the little dog needs more than love, a warm place to sleep and food. It needs proper training. At Sit Means Sit, we always recommend a professionally led training program that helps your puppy to learn the basic commands any dog needs to understand and follow.
Cortnie with Sit Means Sit Austin had a great experience with Kali, the beautiful German Shepherd. Kali had very little obedience training prior to coming to Sit Means Sit. Watch what great success Cortnie had!
Danielle with Sit Means Sit Austin had a squirrely chocolate lab on her hands for a board and train. She needed to teach him how to focus but still be a goofy dog!
Krystal with Sit Means Sit San Antonio had a little guy to train this week. Clyde is a toy poodle who is loaded with energy and wants to go, go, go. Krystal was able to teach him how to focus around distractions, walk off leash but at the same time have fun with training.
Sit Means Sit San Antonio & Austin train dogs of all sizes, shapes, personalities and temperaments. Small ones, giant ones, mean ones, submissive ones, happy and crazy ones… all kinds. People always ask what kind of dog we don’t train. There are no dogs we won’t or can’t train! We do them all.
Dog training with Sit Means Sit San Antonio & Austin can be a lot of work for the dogs but it’s not just all work. They get to have fun too! With our off leash training we are able to reliably have our dogs off leash to play and run knowing that we can call them to us at any given time! Want your dog to do the same? Call us for a free demonstration and evaluation!
You are playing with your puppy and suddenly notice some bald spots on its sides and around the eyes. You look closely, and there are some scabs and the beginnings of sores. Now you are putting two and two together. The pet has been scratching a lot and even chewing on its fur. As you are inspecting the animal’s body, you notice red blotches, crusty deposits and additional areas of hair loss. The signs are clear: Your pet is a victim of puppy mange, which is known in veterinarian circles as demodectic mange or red mange.
How do Dogs get Mange?
At the root of the problem is a mite called Demodex canis. This mite – as well as others – naturally lives on your dog’s skin. Taking up residence inside the hair follicles, the animal’s immune system is usually sufficient to counteract any attacks from these mites. But when an adult canine gets stressed or is sick, the faltering immune system allows the mite population to wreak havoc with the animal’s skin. Puppy mange occurs in some young dogs because their immune systems are still developing and therefore may not be ready yet to handle the mite’s effects. With puppies, the mites are transferred from the mother via direct contact during the first week of life.
Why does Puppy Mange look different in Canines?
When mites suddenly reproduce heavily in one area of the dog’s fur, the hair loss will be localized. If the mite population explodes all across the animal’s body, then the entire skin surface may be affected with visible hair loss and scab formation.
What Is the right Treatment for the Condition?
As a dog lover, you are of course upset over your puppy’s mange and its resulting effects on the dog’s look. But veterinarians agree that the spotty appearance, which points to localized mange, will usually work itself out as the animal’s immune system grows stronger. Even so, it is a good idea to take the pet to the veterinarian for an actual diagnosis.
In the cases of young dogs with localized puppy mange, the veterinarian may recommend a shampoo that soothes the skin and suggest a wait-and-see approach. If the mange covers the entire body, it is possible to treat the pet with oral medications, injections or topically applied foams. A repeated visit may be indicated to see how well the skin conditions are responding to the treatment.
Can I Prevent a Recurrence?
Yes, you can. For starters, booster you companion canine’s immune system. The experts at Sit Means Sit gladly provide you with information about nutritionally balanced dog food that meets the animal’s nutritional requirements on a daily basis. Next, keep your annual vet appointments. Catching the onset of diseases or conditions requiring treatment prevents the immune system from getting compromised. As long as it is supported, it will keep the mites at bay. If your dog has been put on medications for certain conditions, there is a possibility that these drugs are interfering with the immune system. Discuss supplementation and other preventative measures with your veterinarian.
Karis with Sit Means Sit San Antonio had a squirrly one on her hands with Elsa, the young yellow lab. Elsa is a very happy girl with a ton of energy but we needed to teach her to listen but keep the energy! Karis used places to teach her to control her energy and not only taught her to walk well on a leash, but taught her to walk very well off leash!
Holidays can be a time of food and fun for most people, but for dogs they can be a dangerous time of the year. Troy Pfeifer with Sit Means Sit visited our studio on Thursday along with his trusty sidekick Jezebel to share some tips for protecting your pets this time of year. Ornaments, tinsel and other decorations often look like shiny toys to our pets, so we should be mindful of where those items are located in our homes. There are a variety of foods that can also pose health hazards. Very bitter chocolate can be poisonous to dogs, and cooked bones can often splinter and do harm to their internal organs. Bread dough can also be dangerous because the yeast will proof in the dog’s stomach and can cause a blockage. Also food like stuffing that may have a variety of things like onions, garlic and raisins in it should never be given to dogs. A great command to teach your dogs for this time of year is “Leave It”. It helps to prevent an accidental food drop from becoming a dangerous situation.
Check out our 5 Dangerous Holiday Items That Are Harmful to Dogs and our other articles on things your dogs should not have.
Cortnie with Sit Means Sit Austin had a strong one on her hands with Bodie, the pit bull mix. He has tons of energy, wants to go everywhere fast and has no desire to listen. But after an immersion board and train with Cortnie he learned how to be the best mannered little man!