Month: September 2017

4 Tips to Help You Train Your French Bulldog

4 Tips to Help You Train Your French Bulldog

A French Bulldog is by nature playful, very lively, patient and very bright.  However, you may sometimes find them very annoying and stubborn.  You therefore need to train them on several behavioral aspects of proper living.  The training of the French Bulldog may revolve around mannerisms such as how to be obedient to your commands, how to poop properly, not to unnecessarily bite people among other proper behavioral aspects of the dog.  Just like children, you also need to foster the behavior you want in your French Bulldog.

Training French Bulldog puppies may not be easy.  One needs proper tips in order to succeed in doing it.  Some of the tips needed to properly train the French Bulldog are explained below:

START AT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE TIME

It is important to start training you French Bulldog proper behavior when it is still a puppy or immediately after you bring it home.  Do not wait for the dog to learn a behavior you do not like and then start applying corrective measures.  Just like behavioral training given to children which starts when they are born, the same applies to your French Bulldog.  Starting late may make the dog very tough to train.  Dealing with stubborn French Bulldog may not be an easy affair.  So it is advisable that you do not leave it to reach that stage where training it becomes even more difficult.  Here is a video to help with training your puppy.

BE FIRM WITH YOUR FRENCH BULLDOG

Your instructions should be very clear and to the point.  Give leadership and let your French Bulldog know exactly what you expect as the behavior that is acceptable.  This is done by ensuring you have a strong and commanding voice.  However,to not lose your cool in the process of trying to foster the acceptable behavior.  This means that you should not uncontrollably beat up the dog in case it misses a step.

Where proper behavior is shown by the French Bulldog, give rewards and treats.  This shows the dog what you expect and they can then follow exactly what you want.

BE PATIENT AND CONSISTENT

It is important to know that the behavior you want may not be trained and manifested the same day.  The training has to be done day after day until it becomes part and parcel of the behavior of your French Bulldog.  Do not give up.  With time,you will start seeing the results of your training.  At the beginning you may not see positive results. Take each step at a time. Train your French Bulldog with understanding as if you are training your young child.

BE CREATIVE AND KEEP THE TRAINING SESSIONS SHORT

Do not make the training sessions very lengthy.  This makes them very boring and after long toils, no meaningful results may be achieved.  You therefore need to make these sessions as brief as possible.  Find ways to make them interesting as well.  Let the training start with an exercise for your French Bulldog.  This is to ensure it uses the built up energy.  This makes the training process smooth.

Ear Infections: A Common Health Issue in Rottweilers

Ear Infections: A Common Health Issue in Rottweilers

Ear infections in dogs can be quite common, especially in Rottweilers. These infections are primarily caused by bacteria, fungus, yeast, and even allergies. Ear infections in dogs can be quite painful and irritating.

Breeds that have droopy ears like Rottweiler are more susceptible to ear infections. The infections can affect just the external ear canal, or progress into the middle ear. These infections should never be ignored even if it appears to be a simple case of infection , there are chances of the infection developing into a more serious, even a life-threatening condition.

Causes

There are many causes of ear infections in dogs. The most common causes include; ear mites, excessive growth of hair in the ear canal, genetic problems, and entry of foreign objects.

Excessive production of wax can also lead to more moisture which supports growth of bacteria in the ears.

Another cause of dog ear problems is the presence of micro-organisms like yeast and bacteria in the ear canal. These micro-organisms thrive in a dark and moist environment.

An imbalance of sex hormones, thyroid hormones as well as glucocorticoids can cause dog ear infections.

Food allergies are also a major cause of dog ear infections.

Common symptoms of ear infection in dogs:

  • Noticeable buildup of wax.
  • Redness in the canal.
  • Scratching ears.
  • Rubbing ears on the floor.
  • Odor from inside the canal.
  • Irritation inside the ear.
  • Production of a colored discharge.
  • Pain upon touching the dog’s ear.

Treatment

Once you notice ear-infection in your dog, its advisable to seek treatment before the condition gets worse. Start by cleaning the infected parts using cotton balls. Use apple cider vinegar, mineral oil, or any effective cleaning agent for ear cleaning. Regular cleaning of the infected area is essential to avoid ear wax upsurge that could eventually aggravate the condition.

You can as well consider seeking veterinary care as soon as you notice that your dog is infected. The expert will assess the state of the infection and provide the most appropriate treatment. The vet will also provide you with professional tips and advice on how to prevent ear infections in dogs.

Prevention

The best way to prevent ear infections in dogs is to maintain a high standard of hygiene. Dogs that are well groomed hardly get any infections. Therefore, ensure you regularly groom your canine friend and prevent water from getting trapped inside your dog’s ears as it could trigger an infection.

Dog ear infections can be life-threatening if left untreated. Treating your dog’s ear infections will give you peace of mind.