Hi, My name is Hugh Morgan. I have a lot of hobbies including piano, art, tennis, Gaelic football, hurling and swimming. I recently got a dog named Toffee and he is 10 months old. Sometimes he does really cute things such as playing soccer (Kind of) or running around the whole kitchen wildly. I am very interested in dogs so I thought that it would be a great idea to let you know a lot about getting a dog.
First off, you need to know which type of dog would suit you so here is a small quiz. Count up all the points you get from each answer and the result sheet will be at the end
How much hours will you walk your dog each day?
Why do you want a dog?
How big is your garden?
On average,how long will your dog spend alone each day
Don't overthink, just pick a colour
Last question,have you had any other experience with dogs?
count up all your points!
A Dog's Health
Next you need to know about your new dog's health. I will tell you everything you need to know if your dog is in pain or is simply just ill
1.Bad breath or drooling
2.Excessive drinking or urination
3.Appetite change associated with weight loss or gain
4.Change in activity level (e.g., lack of interest in doing things they once did)
5.Stiffness or difficulty in rising or climbing stairs
6.Sleeping more than normal, or other behavior or attitude changes
7.Coughing, sneezing, excessive panting, or labored breathing
8.Dry or itchy skin, sores, lumps, or shaking of the head
9.Frequent digestive upsets or change in bowel movements
10.Dry, red, or cloudy eyes
if your dog has any of these symptoms, you should probably bring your little furry friend to the vet. Do not worry though because dog when a dog's sick, it's usually only for a short time and he'll be fine.
1. Movement Change
This is the way a dog moves. A dog will only change the way they walk and move for a reason. Any change in movementS should be taken seriously. Changes in gait include: limping, lameness or just laziness and stumbling over!
Sometimes a movement change may be very subtle to the point where you don’t really see it; you just know they don’t look right when they walk or run.
2. Change in Behaviours
Just like us, when in pain or discomfort, a dog can often become grumpy. Whether this is towards us or other dogs makes no difference.
They will often become grumpy or aggressive with other dogs as they do not want to play or be knocked about during play. They may also feel vulnerable, and act aggressive to ward off other dogs.
Grumpiness isn’t the only change in behaviour a dog may display due to muscular pain; they
might appear lethargic and be less willing to go for a walk.
They might just not be their usual self!
3. Posture change
This could be something quite obvious, like the dog's back arching (roaching) or going concave (sway back), or it could be very subtle, like they can’t stand squarely any more. This often goes unnoticed by owners other than those who show. It is vital for a show dog to be able to stand
square in the ring.
4. Coat Flicks
This is probably the subtlest symptom of muscular pain of all. Patterns often form in the dogs
coat which mirror the shape of the muscle underneath. It makes perfect sense, really. When a muscle is injured and unable to perform correctly, it create a “pull” on the skin above it. The
hairs of the coat grow from the skin.
If the muscle is very tight, this may inhibit blood flow to the skin cause poor circulation so the
coat can often become dry and course in a certain area of the dog's body.
5. A Dislike to Being Groomed
When we groom our dog, we often tug at the coat, especially if it is knotted. This hair is obviously attached to the skin. If the dog is suffering from my facial pain, then this tugging will aggravate that condition, as tissue below the skin is tightened and jammed.
Dogs often do not like to be groomed over their hamstrings which are at the back of their hind legs, as that can lead to lot of muscular issues.
Canine massage can greatly benefit dogs displaying any of these signs of pain and discomfort. By releasing trigger points and tight muscles or breaking down scar tissue, these symptoms can be greatly reduced and often resolved altogether.