Train Your Dog To Be Your Frisbee Playing Buddy

Written by Heather Wallace

Onrepparttar surface playing Frisbee with your dog may seem like just a bit of fun, but this activity actually holds other benefits as well.

1. Certain breeds are accustomed to an active lifestyle, so, when they are forced to remain idle, they tend to create interesting diversions to entertain themselves. Unfortunately, their idea of fun may be something that you consider to be destructive behavior. Playing Frisbee with your dog may help to curb some of your dog's destructive behavior by giving your pup an outlet for all of his pent-up energy.

2. Playing Frisbee will also provide both you and your dog with a bit of exercise. This is a great way to help your pet keep in tiptop condition.

Herding dogs are more adept at fetching a Frisbee, but other breeds can certainly be taught. There are even different discs onrepparttar 125823 market that are suited to different types of dogs. If you want to begin training at an early age, then you should look into purchasing a miniature disc for your puppy as a regular-size disc would be much too large for his tiny mouth.

Frisbee. It's What's For Dinner

Your first step toward molding your dog into a Frisbee-catching-master should be to replace his regular food dish with a Frisbee. Fliprepparttar 125824 disc over and serve up some chow, but be sure to removerepparttar 125825 disc as soon as your dog has finished eating. The last thing that you want is forrepparttar 125826 Frisbee to become a chew toy. Your dog, who will come to associaterepparttar 125827 disc with supper, will gladly chase after it when you start tossing his "food dish" throughrepparttar 125828 air.

Didn't Your Mother Tell You Not to Play Indoors?

Well, for this next step you are going to have to go against mom's advice. Take a seat onrepparttar 125829 floor and start rollingrepparttar 125830 Frisbee a few feet alongrepparttar 125831 ground. Next, encourage your dog to chase afterrepparttar 125832 disc. If your dog obeys, then be sure to provide ample praise. If your dog doesn't go forrepparttar 125833 disc don't become discouraged. Never become angry or frustrated with your dog during his learning experience. It is vital torepparttar 125834 process that your dog view this asrepparttar 125835 greatest fun thatrepparttar 125836 two of you could ever share. Just keep trying. He'll get it eventually.

From Fetching....

Now you are going to teach your dog to returnrepparttar 125837 disc to you. Play your usual game of rollrepparttar 125838 Frisbee, but this time call your dog's name and tell him to come back to you withrepparttar 125839 disc. Even ifrepparttar 125840 dog returns with out being told, this step must not be skipped as it teaches your dog to retrieverepparttar 125841 Frisbee. There are additional steps that you might need to try if your dog doesn't bringrepparttar 125842 disc back to you when called.

Thyroid illness in cats and dogs

Written by Nick Carmichael

Common clinical signs of hypothyroidism in dogs include weight gain, lethargy, reduced exercise tolerance and poor coat quality. However,repparttar disease affects almost all body systems and as a result a wide variety of signs can potentially be associated with this endocrinopathy. Diagnosis is complicated byrepparttar 125822 fact that many non-thyroidal illnesses (NTI) may present with similar features to hypothyroidism and can result in reduced thyroid output. There is no perfect lab test forrepparttar 125823 diagnosis of hypothyroidism andrepparttar 125824 available alternatives all have their own strengths and weaknesses that need to be taken into account. Oftenrepparttar 125825 best approach is to use multiple tests that complement one another and help to improve diagnostic accuracy.

Where hypothyroidism is a consideration, makingrepparttar 125826 diagnosis requires three distinct steps:

1. Exclude non-thyroidal illness (NTI).

By excluding other disease conditions firstrepparttar 125827 predictive value ofrepparttar 125828 thyroid tests will be significantly increased. In practical terms this phase may include a profile including FBC and smear evaluation and where necessary screening tests for Cushings. The latter can be important as both endocrinopathies can result in alopecia, weight gain and marked reductions in T4.

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