Why "Doggie Breath" is nothing to joke about.

Written by Carolyn Schweitzer

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Now begin gently touchingrepparttar gum tissue with your finger and rub along her gums and teeth as if your finger were a toothbrush. Let her get used torepparttar 125770 sensation. This is exactlyrepparttar 125771 way you would introduce a human baby to brushing, beginning with just her gums. Even before there are teeth, there are harmful bacteria. So don't worry about a tiny puppy who doesn't have a full set of teeth yet--rub her gums, swab out her little mouth with your finger, and get her usedrepparttar 125772 this kind of contact from her owner.

Your next step is to wrap gauze or a soft washcloth around your finger and rubrepparttar 125773 gums on bothrepparttar 125774 outer and inner surfaces ofrepparttar 125775 teeth.

Finally, introduce a tooth brush in one small area. As your dog gets used torepparttar 125776 brush, you will be able to use it in place ofrepparttar 125777 gauze or washcloth. Remember to brushrepparttar 125778 inside surfaces!

A little brushing a day, beginning withrepparttar 125779 first step and working your way up gradually, will eventually lead to a one to two minute session. Your dog will learn that it doesn't hurt and that she gets a couple of minutes of your undivided attention every day. It generally takes 8 to 16 weeks to get there, but inrepparttar 125780 end your dog will accept brushing as part of her daily routine.

If a little brushing is done every day at a set time, eventually your pet gets used to it, and some will even look forward to it. It will take most pet owners from 8-16 weeks untilrepparttar 125781 pet accepts it readily. Nowrepparttar 125782 pet realizes it doesn't hurt and that it will get 1-2 minutes of your undivided attention. Your pet enjoys your attention, and will eventually wait patiently for you to brush his teeth. There's a toothbrush with three heads that will allow you to brush all three surface ofrepparttar 125783 tooth at one time, which makes life a lot easier for both of you! It also has nice, soft bristles so you won't harm your pet's delicate gum tissue.

There are also products that can be rubbed onrepparttar 125784 gums and added torepparttar 125785 drinking water to help reduce bacteria in an animal's mouth and promoterepparttar 125786 dogs health and healing. Bad breath is actually a by-product ofrepparttar 125787 bacteria that populaterepparttar 125788 mouth. They break down proteins and carbohydrates from your dog or cat's diet, and produce something called "volatile sulfur compounds", or VSC's. It'srepparttar 125789 sulfur that makerepparttar 125790 breath smell extra special!

Certain dental products have an agent that neutralizesrepparttar 125791 VSC's. Many owners have commented that their cat or dog seems to likerepparttar 125792 drinking water better when these products are added--even though they have no flavor! And there's a gel available that, although formulated forrepparttar 125793 gums, can be very soothing for skin conditions, cuts, and surgical wounds thanks torepparttar 125794 Aloe Vera it contains.

The best oral care products work withoutrepparttar 125795 use of fragrances and flavors, which entice human consumers, but don't benefit your cat or dogs health in any way!

I was a practicing dentist for over 20 years, and I saw a lot of human patients who had terrible breath (and periodontal disease) and weren't even aware of it. People don't like to tell each other about bad breath. Evenrepparttar 125796 dentist has to be delicate with this piece of bad news.

At least when dealing with a pet, you don't have to worry about social embarrassment in order to address your dogs health problem! Don't be shy, get in there and do something about it. Not only can your dog get rid of her breath odor, but she could even live 2 to 5 years longer as a result. And you'll be able to get close again, without holding your breath.

Copyright 2004 Carolyn Schweitzer DDS. Dr. Schweitzer was a family dentist for 20 years and is now owner and editor of several websites. You can learn more about specific dental care products by visiting her website at http://www.great-dog-gift.com/dogs_health.html#LocationOXY

Horse Training: Who's Way Is The Right Way?

Written by Andy Curry

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Blake even created a dictionary to help us humans understand whatrepparttar horse is trying to communicate to us. It's fascinating.

One part in Blake's book talks about ESP with his horses. Blake contends he can get his horses moving, stopping, and turning with just his thoughts. He doesn't claim to do this with any horse, only particular ones. Especially if they are Thoroughbreds.

When I read Blake's take onrepparttar 125769 ESP thing I tended to discount it. Then again, I have hadrepparttar 125770 ESP experience with my Paint horse. She and I are particularly close and there is a connection between her and I that transcends words. I don't claim to steer her left and right or stop her with my thoughts but there have been times where she's done something I wanted her do and I swear I didn't say or do a thing. Gives me chills when I think about it.

Anyway, Blake's book is fascinating reading. I'd suggest anyone read it who is into horses. One part that really grabbed my heart strings was when his horse ran to greet him after not seeing him for months. That story, to me, isrepparttar 125771 ultimate in having a horse as a friend.

So far, it still isn't clear who we should listen to. Should we follow Hempfling's horse training methods? Should we follow Blake's? Who should we listen to?

My suggestion is learn all you can from everyone you can. Use what works for you. Be careful to make judgments about a horse trainer's methods before understanding "why" he does what he does.

For instance, I am a big fan of Jesse Beery who was a famous horse trainer fromrepparttar 125772 1800's. His methods are so easy and straight forward you'd think they're too easy.

Beery pushes control and obedience and uses techniques to nurture it - some people don't agree with his methods. My response to that is "learn all you can...use what you want".

But for my money, Beery's methods are unbeatable. They are easy to do. They train a horse so well that safety isrepparttar 125773 biggest benefit - for what good is it to have and ride a horse if you get seriously hurt?

You can learn more about Beery by listening in on Andy Curry's free teleseminars. To find out whenrepparttar 125774 next one is, go to this web address:


How does one get a horse so safe with Beery's methods? Simple. Beery shows how to get control and obedience from your horse. Without control and obedience, you won't have a horse you can trust. If you can't trust your horse, your horse will know it. You then put yourself in danger and risk getting hurt - even torepparttar 125775 point of ending up crippled.

But with Beery's methods, you practically eliminate all risks. You transform your horse into a tractable, manageable, valuable horse that'srepparttar 125776 envy of anyone who rides him. Not only that, Beery shows how to eliminate numerous bad habits.

His methods are straight forward, easy to do, and best of all...they are NOT abstract. You won't be saying to yourself, "I don't get it."

In fact, Beery's methods are so well thought out, tested, and proven that you can train a horse to "Whoa" under any condition, and under any excitement.

What's so special about that? "Whoa" isrepparttar 125777 most important command a horse must know. Especially, if you are a horse owner aged 30 to 60 because we tend to "hurt" and "break" a lot easier and faster than when we were younger.

If you can't control your horse to stop while fence posts are whizzing past you when you're riding a out of control horse, you risk severe injury, danger, and perhaps...death. Having a horse that will stop under any condition despite any excitement is, in my book, training that everyone's horse should have - period!

Andy Curry is a nationally known horse trainer and author of several best selling horse training and horse care books. For information visit his website at www.horsetrainingandtips.com. He is also the leading expert on Jesse Beery's horse training methods which can be seen at www.horsetrainingandtips.com/Jesse_Beerya.htm

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