Train Your Dog To Be Your Frisbee Playing Buddy

Written by Heather Wallace

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1. Tempt your dog to return by offering another Frisbee in exchange forrepparttar one he's got. After you have rolledrepparttar 125823 first Frisbee and your dog has picked it up, call his name, tell him to bringrepparttar 125824 Frisbee to you, and show him that you have another disc. Your dog will most probably come running forrepparttar 125825 other Frisbee. Rollrepparttar 125826 second disc and repeat this process.

2. If your dog proves to be a little stubborn, then you may have to resort to using a training lead of about 30 feet. After you have rolledrepparttar 125827 first Frisbee and your dog has picked it up, call his name, tell him to bringrepparttar 125828 Frisbee to you, and then gently pull him back toward you. If your dog dropsrepparttar 125829 disc while being reeled-in, then stop pulling him toward you. Get up, retrieverepparttar 125830 Frisbee yourself, and beginrepparttar 125831 rolling process over again.

....To Catching

When your dog has mastered bringingrepparttar 125832 Frisbee back to you withoutrepparttar 125833 offer of another disc orrepparttar 125834 aid of a lead, then it is time to move outdoors as he is now ready to begin learning to catchrepparttar 125835 Frisbee. Care needs to be taken at this point that you do not actually throwrepparttar 125836 Frisbee at your dog. Some dogs may not try to catchrepparttar 125837 Frisbee and will, instead, be hit byrepparttar 125838 disc. This will cause them to become fearful ofrepparttar 125839 disc and then training them to play with it will become a very difficult task.

Stand a few feet away from your dog and tossrepparttar 125840 Frisbee intorepparttar 125841 air. While doing this say "Catch". Repeat this process until your dog completesrepparttar 125842 task. Be patient as this process may take months for your dog to accomplish. When your dog finally manages to catchrepparttar 125843 disc be sure to provide a reward and a lot of praise.

You are now ready to move ontorepparttar 125844 next and final step. If you are right-handed, then take a position on your dog's right. Those who are left-handed should simply reverse their position in relation to their dog. From this position throwrepparttar 125845 Frisbee a short distance in front of you. When you dog becomes adept at catching these short throws, then you can progress to throws of a greater distance.

Congratulations! You now have a Frisbee catching buddy. Take your playmate out torepparttar 125846 park and show off his new skills. Don't surprised ifrepparttar 125847 two of you draw a crowd of very impressed onlookers.

Heather Wallace is a writer whose work has been published in national, regional, and online publications. Additionally, she has written articles as a newspaper correspondent. Visit to learn how to turn a bad dog into the perfect pooch in record time. Also, sign-up for a free weekly newsletter jam-packed with dog obedience training tips.

Thyroid illness in cats and dogs

Written by Nick Carmichael

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2. Run a screening test for hypothyroidism.

Basal T4 is sensitive but not specific for hypothyroidism. As a result, a clearly normal T4 reliably excludes hypothyroidism in almost all cases. Basal T4 is included inrepparttar CTDS Canine Endocrine Profile. While almost all dogs with hypothyroidism have a reduced basal T4, many dogs with NTI have low T4 also. To help improverepparttar 125822 specificity of T4 it is often coupled with TSH assay. T4 with TSH works well as a relatively low cost screening test for hypothyroidism and can be run alongside or followingrepparttar 125823 endocrine profile.

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Nick graduated from Edinburgh Veterinary School in 1980 with an Honours degree in Pathological Sciences and in 1982 as a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. In 2003 Nick became a diplomate of the Royal college of Pathologists in veterinary clinical pathology.

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