Why "Doggie Breath" is nothing to joke about.

Written by Carolyn Schweitzer

Your dogs health is important to you. You show him how important by keeping him well fed and groomed, making sure he gets plenty of exercise and providing a collection of fun, safe toys for his entertainment. You don't skimp onrepparttar quality of his food. And to reward good boys and girls, there are always lots of delicious treats inrepparttar 125770 cupboard.

But if he has bad breath, you could be overlooking a serious problem with your dogs health.

"Dog Breath" is such a common condition that we make jokes about it. Sometimes we even tease our human "friends" using "dog breath" in play-ground style name-calling ( although hopefully this is limited to teenage boys.) And I know many pet owners who comment that they love their dog or cat like a child, but just can't standrepparttar 125771 smell ofrepparttar 125772 animal's breath! Well, guess what? "Dog Breath" isn't normal. It's estimated that 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats overrepparttar 125773 age of three suffer fromrepparttar 125774 periodontal disease a serious deterioration ofrepparttar 125775 gums and supporting bones ofrepparttar 125776 teeth. Yes, it's periodontal disease that's responsible for "dog breath". Butrepparttar 125777 problem doesn't confine itself to your furry baby's mouth. It's an infection, andrepparttar 125778 tiny creatures responsible for it can break loose and enterrepparttar 125779 bloodstream. Once they do, they can infect vital organs such asrepparttar 125780 liver and kidneys, endangering your dogs health by causing a far more serious illness.The best way to insure your dogs health, especially where periodontal disease is concerned, is with prevention. It can make allrepparttar 125781 difference.

Periodontal disease begins as gingivitis, which is virtually harmless and completely treatable. If allowed to move torepparttar 125782 next stage--Periodontitis-- it can be stopped, but not cured. Andrepparttar 125783 worse it gets,repparttar 125784 faster it progresses. This applies to all animals, two legged and four legged alike. Think of a car parked atrepparttar 125785 top of a hill. The emergency break is released, andrepparttar 125786 car begins to roll downhill. Now, if you hitrepparttar 125787 breaks right away, no harm done. Butrepparttar 125788 fartherrepparttar 125789 car rollsrepparttar 125790 faster it goes, andrepparttar 125791 more momentum it builds. It gets harder and harder to stop it. Byrepparttar 125792 time it's halfway downrepparttar 125793 hill, you could be headed for disaster! You can maintain your dogs health nicely with proper home care. But, likerepparttar 125794 rolling car, if disease is already present, stopping and controlling it is a bigger job.

Prevention involves, above all, regular veterinary checkups and professional cleanings beginning early in your dog or cat's life. I'll show you how you can help maintain oral health at home, but it's impossible to do a thorough cleaning on an animal who's awake. Trust me on this. It's hard enough to do a thorough job with a cooperative human patient. When we're talking about animals who don't understand what we're doing or why, forget about it.

Most veterinarians recommend annual cleanings, but more frequent or involved treatment may be needed depending on your animal's condition. Please, no matter what you're doing at home, followrepparttar 125795 vet's recommendations. As for your part, introduce your dog or cat torepparttar 125796 idea of having his teeth brushed as early as possible. I know, it's not easy, and it takes time and daily conditioning to get your little guy or gal used to it. But your dogs health is worth it!

So how do you preventrepparttar 125797 most common of threats to your dogs health? Brush her teeth, of course! Every day. Just like you would your own (twice a day for you, and floss too!!). This isn't easy, but it can become an expected part of your dog's routine if you do it right. Here are some suggestions:

Start when your dog is a puppy. The earlierrepparttar 125798 better.

At first, you just want her to get used to you handling her head and looking inside her mouth. Practice lifting up her lips and looking at her teeth and gums--front, back and both sides of her mouth.

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

Written by Andy Curry

2004 Andy Curry All Rights Reserved

The more I listen to others, read books onrepparttar subject, look at different articles, and watch and listen to tapes,repparttar 125769 more I discover how different people claim their methods of horse training arerepparttar 125770 correct ones.

I often find one trainer will adamantly oppose a technique where another will adamantly swear by its effectiveness. Even more interesting, each has his or her own reasons why.

On one hand, I find it fascinating that trainers think their way is trulyrepparttar 125771 correct way. Onrepparttar 125772 other hand, I get a sick feeling in my stomach when I think other people are persuaded to believe those trainers who push their methods as "the only one".


Because I've discovered a percentage ofrepparttar 125773 horse owner population think what they learned is all that's available. The problem with that is this: Not every horse will respond torepparttar 125774 technique inrepparttar 125775 same way. Then, a different approach is needed. Ifrepparttar 125776 horse handler doesn't know another technique, he is now limited to knowing something that doesn't always work.

But why wouldn't a trainer believe his is correct? After all, if it works for him then it IS correct...for him.

Personally, I don't subscribe to any one trainer's ways completely. For example, if trainer "John Doe" taught his method and said "do it just like this" chances are I wouldn't. I have my own things that work and some them are similar to orrepparttar 125777 same as what John Doe does.

I'm a BIG advocate of learning all you can from everyone who has something good to show you. Never, never, never learn one person's techniques and be satisfied. If you do, you will miss out on some ofrepparttar 125778 neatest techniques ever. You limit yourself and what you could REALLY do.

Although I push what I know, I'll berepparttar 125779 first to admit I don't know it all and that you MUST learn all you can.

Even if you learn different ways, then you must proceed with caution because some ofrepparttar 125780 things you learn will seem hard to grasp. Sometimes, they'll seem unreachable. At times, they'll seem ridiculous.

Let me cite a couple examples.

A while back, I ordered a video of a trainer from Germany. His name is Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling. The video is called "Coming Together".

Unfortunately, this video is more than a bit abstract. It doesn't teach a whole lot but what it does teach is a bit unusual.

Now don't get me wrong. I'm not putting downrepparttar 125781 video. Actually, I kind of enjoyed it. Still, when it was over, I felt like I was left hanging.

This trainer uses his body to establish leadership, friendship, and trust. Briefly, he describes what he does but you don't really get how it all fits together.

Clearly,repparttar 125782 horses he works with have a connection with him. But his style of training is quite unorthodox compared to much of what I've seen and read.

Couldrepparttar 125783 average horse owner do what he does and do it effectively? I'd have to say "no" because his methods would require him to be right there with you for weeks (months?) trainingrepparttar 125784 trainer. Not only that, much of what Hempfling explained on tape seemed so abstract. It wasn't easy understanding all his principles.

The worse part is once you've watched this you may think to yourself you could never do what he does so why try to be a horse trainer. That's one ofrepparttar 125785 things that worry me about aspiring horse owners and trainers.

They see someone getting results with horses using seemingly "not from this world" techniques. Then they silently say to themselves, "What'srepparttar 125786 use...I could never do that."

Luckily, there are powerful alternatives. I'll explain in a minute or two.

Another I've studied is a man named Henry Blake. Blake is from Ireland (I think) and grew up with horses all his life. He claims to have a gift with horses that transcend human understanding. After reading his book, I am inclined to agree with him.

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