There are several things we as puppy parents unintentionally do that mess with our dogs’ emotions. No matter how hard we try in our effort to be perfect, some of our human ways can lead to one confused pup. And sending mixed signals to our pups will make them more likely to misbehave. But is it really bad behavior, or just bad communication?
Here are 10 common puppy-parenting mishaps you can easily avoid:
Try this instead:
1. Rewarding your dog for going potty outside is an integral first step to house training. A key part of house training your dog, however, is preventing indoor accidents from happening in the first place. Yelling at your dog, rubbing their nose in their mess, or giving them a spanking doesn’t teach your dog to potty outside—it teaches him to be fearful of you and to have those accidents out of sight. (And come on, you paid good money for those bath rugs.)While house-training, Tinkling Tucker should always be within sight and constantly monitored. Kennel your dog or puppy while you can’t monitor them, keep them on a leash, or if they are small, have them in your lap while you are on the couch or at the computer. Don’t wait for your dog or puppy to do the potty dance or assume the squat position--set your dog up for success and offer your pup plenty of opportunities to go potty in the right place.
2. The kennel should be a comfortable place that your dog is eager to visit. The kennel is that magical place where your pup eats their dinner or gets a peanut butter-stuffed Kong. Never use the kennel as a form of punishment!
3. Dogs need an outlet for their energy. If you aren’t providing one, your dog will provide one for himself and, odds are, you won’t like whatever they choose. Make sure you are giving your dog plenty of exercise. A large majority of dog-related problems can be attributed to your dog not getting enough stimulation or exercise. If your dog is running around the house and has a bad case of the zoomies, it’s time to take them out to play.
4. Behavior problems are the No. 1 reason dogs are relinquished to animal shelters, the No. 1 reason they don't find new forever homes, and as a result, the No. 1 reason they are euthanized.A puppy should begin formal obedience training at 8 weeks, and if you adopt an adult dog who has received no obedience training, you should enroll her in a class right away. It's also good idea to take your dog through a refresher obedience course every few years, or when you need help with the inevitable behavioral hiccup that crops up as she ages.
If you want a balanced, well-mannered dog, the way to achieve this is with positive reinforcement behavior training, not punishment-based training, which is less effective and potentially inhumane. Positive reinforcement training is based on the theory that rewarding your dog for desired behavior will encourage more of that behavior.
5. If you wait until your pet is already sick to seek veterinary care, in most cases you have waited too long; you're being reactive. As a proactive veterinarian, I want to create wellness protocols when pets are well to keep their bodies in a state of balanced vitality throughout life.
The truth is that if you aren't intentionally creating health through wise lifestyle choices, then you are passively allowing health to slip away. Maintaining health is an active process; we must work at it or it won't sustain itself.
A thorough wellness checkup will address your pet's breed/genetic predispositions, activity level and exercise regimen, environmental stress and mental well-being, chemical load, diet and other factors to formulate wellness plans for each stage of your pet's life.
6. In order to stay lean, fit, well-conditioned, emotionally balanced and fully mobile as she ages, your dog needs a good workout every day. Canines are designed by nature for movement.
If your dog doesn't get opportunities to run, play and get regular aerobic exercise, even if she's not overweight, she can end up with arthritis and other debilitating conditions that affect the bones, joints, muscles and internal organs. In addition, many canine behavior problems are the result a lack of physical and mental activity.
What many people don't realize is that like their owners, dogs need encouragement to get physically active. Even the biggest, greenest backyard isn't by itself enough to motivate your pet to get the exercise she requires to stay in good physical condition. The only way to make sure your dog gets enough exercise is to provide her with the companionship and incentive she needs to stay active. Your dog should be getting a minimum of 20 minutes of sustained heart-thumping exercise three times a week.
7. Socialization means exposing your dog (preferably as a puppy) to as many new people, animals, environments and other safe, positive stimuli as possible without overwhelming him. Socialization should engage all of your dog's senses though exposure to the sights, sounds and smells of daily life.This exposure will help him develop a comfort level with new and different situations, with the result that he'll learn to handle new experiences and challenges with acceptable, appropriate behavior. Dogs that have not been adequately socialized often develop entrenched fear responses and generalized anxiety, resulting in behavior problems that can make them unsuitable as family pets.
8. Two hygiene items every pet parent should but often doesn't attend to are their dog's teeth and nails. You should brush your dog's teeth if not every day, at least several times a week. Otherwise, like most dogs over the age of 3, he'll have gum disease, and as time passes the situation will worsen until his mouth smells bad and feels worse. Then you'll be faced with a big vet bill and he'll probably lose a few teeth.Your dog's nails also need to be clipped regularly, and here's how to do it. How often depends on how fast they grow and how much time he spends on surfaces that grind them down naturally. If you can't bear to clip your dog's nails yourself, I encourage you to make a standing appointment with a groomer or veterinarian who will do it for you. You'd be amazed at how often dogs develop serious paw problems from nails that have grown too long.
9. Many pet guardians don't realize the importance of choosing the right type of collar, harness and leash for their dog.Certain dogs, for example, should wear a harness and should never be leashed or even handled by the collar. These include dogs that pull or lunge while on a leash, dogs prone to tracheal collapse, dogs that have a seizure disorder, and pets with chiropractic issues involving the neck and/or back.Choke collars should never be used. These collars can cause pain and injury to your dog's neck, and in extreme cases, strangulation. For walks, training sessions and whenever your dog will be on leash, I recommend either a head collar or no-pull harness. And I'm not a fan of retractable leashes due to their potential to injure both dogs and their owners. I recommend flat leashes no longer than 6 feet. If your dog needs more aggressive restraining devices, it's a sign there's still more training work to be done.
10. Snuggle sessions are a great opportunity to get your new pup or adult dog comfortable with having all the areas of his body handled, because soon enough he'll need to visit the veterinarian or perhaps the groomer. He'll need to have his teeth brushed every day and his nails trimmed on a regular basis.
The best way to prepare your pup to be handled throughout his life is to begin getting him used to having sensitive areas of his body handled as soon as you bring him home. This will not only acclimate your dog to human handling, but will also help you familiarize yourself with how his body feels so you can quickly identify any abnormalities that may occur, like a lump or bump on or under his skin.
This information and more can be found at https://healthypets.mercola.com/
We can not begin to tell you how humbled we are to have been chosen by Purina to receive their donate of their AMAZING dog food for our little orphans. Thank you just doesn't seem enough, but Thank you.
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Helping your pet live his best life with you starts with the food he eats. But it doesn’t stop there. That’s why Purina is committed to innovations that improve the lives of pets every day, like we have been for over 90 years and counting
We are a premier doggy daycare and boarding facility in North West Arkansas. We offer daycare and boarding services along with nail trims, baths, teeth and ear cleanings. We also offer all day play for our daycare and boarding pups who have access to indoor and outdoor play yards at all times. There are also live web cams where pet parents can watch there dogs romp and play all day while being supervised by pet CPR and First Aid certified counselors.
Some of the many benefits your dog can experience at Camp include:
You’ve heard the saying before— “dogs are a man’s best friend." Though we understand the sentiment, we think they are that and so much more. Our pups are also our pride and joy—our beloved family members. They bring so much happiness to our lives they deserve to be treated with the best care imaginable. Camp Bow Wow® is a premier dog care franchise that provides all-inclusive care that can fit any pet parent’s needs. We’re here to enhance your pup’s life by offering an exciting and safe environment for them to romp and play in!
When you think of autumn, the foods that come to mind are probably the key ingredients to some of your favorite holiday meals and treats: pumpkins, sweet potatoes and nuts.
It’s tempting to share these treats with your dog in celebration of the season, but are they safe for him to enjoy? Dr. Marty Becker, DVM and Dr. RuthAnn Lobos, Purina veterinarian, reveal whether Fido can safely enjoy pumpkins, sweet potatoes or hazelnuts this fall.
Which Fall Foods can Dogs Enjoy?
Dogs will eat almost anything, so a pumpkin isn’t out of the question, particularly since tiny pumpkins and gourds may resemble a toy or ball.
“The stem and leaves are covered with prickly hairs that could hurt your pets, and raw pumpkin isn’t particularly digestible for them,” says Dr. Becker. So, although your dog could eat a whole, raw pumpkin, it’s not recommended.
Canned pumpkin, however, is another story. According to Dr. Lobos, “Canned pumpkin (NOT canned pumpkin pie mix, which contains sugar and spices) is a fabulous source of fiber and can even help with digestive upset. It’s also low in calories and could help with weight loss if substituted for a portion of their daily kibble. It’s also a great source of potassium, Vitamin A, iron and beta carotene.”
Pumpkin seeds can make a healthy and tasty treat, too, as they contain nutrients such as antioxidants, which play a role in overall health. Talk to your veterinarian before making any substitutions to ensure your dog is still eating a 100% nutritionally complete diet.
Sweet potatoes are a great, lower-calorie treat option for dogs, says Dr. Lobos. “They contain beta carotene, which is an important contributor to vision and growth, as well as vitamins B6 and C. They’re a natural source of fiber, too,” she says.
Dr. Becker adds, “A cooked, mashed sweet potato is a tasty addition to a dog’s meals in moderation. Skip the brown sugar, marshmallows, butter, syrup and other additions. Plain, mashed sweet potato is delicious enough for most dogs. Adding extra fat and calories could make it too much of a good thing.”
Hazelnuts are another tasty fall ingredient dogs can enjoy. According to Dr. Becker, “Hazelnuts are not toxic to dogs, but they do present a choking risk, as do all nuts of their size. Even a portion of a hazelnut might overcome the digestive tract of a small dog.
"Keep your dog’s size in mind when deciding if a bit of hazelnut is something he just has to have. While they are delicious, they’re also high in fat—something dogs don’t need more of.”
Regardless of the type of treat or snack you feed your dog, it should comprise no more than 10 percent of his daily calories. The other 90 percent should come from a complete and balanced dog food.
Keep this in mind if you decide to let your canine companion enjoy one of the fall treats above. You can celebrate the season even more with tasty dog food and treats containing some of these festive ingredients.
We know that almost everything can be explained, even in the case of that starved looking German Shepherd. Yes, it is possible that he went missing weeks or even months or years ago, this is why we must post a dog. If the owner is responsible and looking for their dog we have to give them that chance, by law.
There are several things that we get called on every day, sadly; in Missouri the laws are lacking as are the local ordinances governing animals.
Here is the law on several of our common calls:
578.009. Animal neglect — penalties. -- 1. A person commits the offense of animal neglect if he or she:
(1) Has custody or ownership of an animal and fails to provide adequate care; or
(2) Knowingly abandons an animal in any place without making provisions for its adequate care.
2. The offense of animal neglect is a class C misdemeanor unless the person has previously been found guilty of an offense under this section, or an offense in another jurisdiction which would constitute an offense under this section, in which case it is a class B misdemeanor.
3. All fines and penalties for a first finding of guilt under this section may be waived by the court if the person found guilty of animal neglect shows that adequate, permanent remedies for the neglect have been made. Reasonable costs incurred for the care and maintenance of neglected animals may not be waived. This section shall not apply to the provisions of section 578.007 or chapter 272.
4. In addition to any other penalty imposed by this section, the court may order a person found guilty of animal neglect to pay all reasonable costs and expenses necessary for:
(1) The care and maintenance of neglected animals within the person's custody or ownership;
(2) The disposal of any dead or diseased animals within the person's custody or ownership;
(3) The reduction of resulting organic debris affecting the immediate area of the neglect; and
(4) The avoidance or minimization of any public health risks created by the neglect of the animals.
(L. 1983 S.B. 211 § 3, A.L. 1994 S.B. 545, A.L. 1998 S.B. 596, A.L. 2013 S.B. 9, A.L. 2014 S.B. 491)
*578.011. Animal trespass, penalty. -- 1. A person is guilty of animal trespass if a person having ownership or custody of an animal knowingly fails to provide adequate control for a period equal to or exceeding twelve hours.
2. Animal trespass is an infraction upon first conviction and for each offense punishable by a fine not to exceed two hundred dollars, and a class C misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment or a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars, or both, upon the second and all subsequent convictions. All fines for a first conviction of animal trespass may be waived by the court provided that the person found guilty of animal trespass shows that adequate, permanent remedies for trespass have been made. Reasonable costs incurred for the care and maintenance of trespassing animals may not be waived. This section shall not apply to the provisions of section 578.007 or sections 272.010 to 272.370.
(L. 2013 S.B. 9)
*Effective 10-11-13, see § 21.250. S.B. 9 was vetoed July 2, 2013. The veto was overridden on September 11, 2013.
578.012. Animal abuse — penalties. -- 1. A person commits the offense of animal abuse if he or she:
(1) Intentionally or purposely kills an animal in any manner not allowed by or expressly exempted from the provisions of sections 578.005 to 578.023 and 273.030;
(2) Purposely or intentionally causes injury or suffering to an animal; or
(3) Having ownership or custody of an animal knowingly fails to provide adequate care which results in substantial harm to the animal.
2. Animal abuse is a class A misdemeanor, unless the defendant has previously been found guilty of animal abuse or the suffering involved in subdivision (2) of subsection 1 of this section is the result of torture or mutilation consciously inflicted while the animal was alive, in which case it is a class E felony.
(L. 1983 S.B. 211 § 4, A.L. 1994 S.B. 545, A.L. 1996 S.B. 491, A.L. 2001 S.B. 462, A.L. 2013 S.B. 9, A.L. 2014 S.B. 491)
"Willfully" is an essential element of the offense of animal abuse and distinguishes it from the offense of animal neglect. State v. Price, 772 S.W.2d 9. (Mo.App.E.D.)
578.016. Impoundment of animal found off property of owner or custodian, disposition, procedure — liability of owner or custodian for costs — lien — rights of owner or custodian. -- 1. Any duly authorized public health official, law enforcement official, or animal control officer may impound any animal found outside of the owned or rented property of the owner or custodian of such animal when such animal shows evidence of neglect or abuse. Any animal impounded pursuant to this section shall be:
(1) If the owner can be ascertained and the animal is not diseased or disabled beyond recovery for any useful purpose, held for recovery by the owner. The owner shall be notified within five business days of impoundment by phone or by mail of the animal's location and recovery procedures. The animal shall be held for ten business days. An animal unclaimed after ten business days may be put up for adoption or humanely killed;
(2) Placed in the care or custody of a veterinarian, the appropriate animal control authority or animal shelter. The animal shall not be disposed of, unless diseased or disabled beyond recovery for any useful purpose, until after expiration of a minimum of five business days, during which time the public shall have clear access to inspect or recover the animal through time periods ordinarily accepted as usual business hours. After five business days, the animal may be put up for adoption or humanely killed; or
(3) If diseased or disabled beyond recovery for any useful purpose as determined by a public health official, law enforcement official, veterinarian or animal control officer, humanely killed.
2. The owner or custodian of an animal impounded pursuant to this section shall be liable for reasonable costs for the care and maintenance of the animal. Any person incurring reasonable costs for the care and maintenance of such animal shall have a lien against such animal until the reasonable costs have been paid and may put up for adoption or humanely kill any animal if such costs are not paid within ten days after demand. Any moneys received for an animal adopted pursuant to this subsection in excess of costs shall be paid to the owner of such animal.
3. The owner or custodian of any animal killed pursuant to this section shall be entitled to recover the actual value of the animal up to but not to exceed six hundred dollars if the owner or custodian shows that such killing was unwarranted.
(L. 1983 S.B. 211 § 6)
In Missouri, as well as most of the nation, this is enough for your dog. Has a shelter (inadequate at best), and has food and water provided.
Are you prepared for this upcoming cold weather? It's not going to get out of the 40's next week, high Monday is 38!!!
It’s that time of year again, when many people add charitable giving to their busy holiday to-do list. Year-end giving can come with great benefits, of course, and now is a good time to refresh on some highlights, as well as finer points that can get donors in trouble.
There's financial incentive for Americans to give generously to charity: when you donate to a 501(c)(3) public charity, including I'm Your Huckleberry Rescue you are able to take an income tax charitable deduction. The purpose of charitable tax deductions are to reduce your taxable income and your tax bill—and in this case, improving the world while you’re at it.
1. How much do I need to give to charity to make a difference on my taxes?
Charitable contributions can only reduce your tax bill if you choose to itemize your taxes. Generally you'd itemize when the combined total of your anticipated deductions—including charitable gifts—add up to more than the standard deduction.
2019 standard deductions
Filing Amount AS :
Single = $12,200
Married filing jointly = $24,400
Head of household = $18,350 Source IRS
Keep track of your charitable contributions throughout the year, and consider any additional applicable deductions. Generally taxpayers use the larger deduction, standard or itemized, when it's time to file taxes.
2. What can I take a tax deduction for?
In order to take a tax deduction for a charitable contribution, you'll need to forgo the standard deduction in favor of itemized deductions. That means you'll list out all of your deductions, expecting that they'll add up to more than the standard deduction.
The most common expenses that qualify are:
State and local tax
Medical and dental expenses
3. What's the maximum amount I can claim as a charitable tax deduction on my taxes?
When you donate cash to a public charity, you can generally deduct up to 60% of your adjusted gross income. Provided you've held them for more than a year, appreciated assets including long-term appreciated stocks and property are generally deductible at fair market value, up to 30% of your adjusted gross income. Combining more than one type of asset can be a tax-efficient move to maximize the amount that you can take as a charitable tax deduction.
4. What do I need in order to claim a charitable contribution deduction?
Once you've decided to give to charity, consider these steps if you plan to take your charitable deduction:
Make sure the non-profit organization is a 501(c)(3) public charity or private foundation.
Keep a record of the contribution (usually the tax receipt from the charity).
If it's a non-cash donation, in some instances you must obtain a qualified appraisal to substantiate the value of the deduction you're claiming.
With your paperwork ready, itemize your deductions and file your tax return.
5. Which tax bracket am I in and how does that impact my deductions?
Federal tax brackets are based on taxable income and filing status. Each taxpayer belongs to a designated tax bracket, but it’s a tiered system. For example, a portion of your income is taxed at 12%, the next portion is taxed at 22%, and so on. This is referred to as the marginal tax rate, meaning the percentage of tax applied to your income for each tax bracket in which you qualify. In essence, the marginal tax rate is the percentage taken from your next dollar of taxable income above a pre-defined income threshold. That means each taxpayer is technically in several income tax brackets, but the term “tax bracket” refers to your top tax rate.
2019 tax brackets (for taxes due April 15, 2020)
The higher your tax bracket, the greater your tax savings as a result of making charitable gifts. For example, if a hypothetical donor in the 37% tax bracket makes a donation of $10,000, this person may later qualify for $3,700 in savings at tax time. Compare the same $10,000 gift from someone in the 22% tax bracket who will recognize $2,200 in tax savings.
6. How does the Pease limitation affect my tax deduction?
The new law removes the Pease limitation from the tax code. The Pease limitation was an overall reduction on itemized deductions for higher-income taxpayers. The rule reduced the value of a taxpayer’s itemized deductions by 3% of adjusted gross income (AGI) over a certain threshold. The 3% reduction continued until it phased out 80% of the value of the taxpayer’s itemized deductions.
7. Can I take a Fair Market Value deduction for donating private S-corp or C-corp stocks to charity?
Yes, it's possible to deduct the full fair market value of the contribution if the recipient organization is a public charity. But tactically, the answer depends on whether the charity is able to accept private stock as a gift. Most charitable organizations simply don’t have the resources, expertise or appetite to efficiently accept and liquidate these types of assets, particularly in a time crunch at the end of the year.
Topic No. 506 Charitable Contributions - IRS
You can only deduct charitable contributions if you itemize deductions on Form 1040, Schedule A, Itemized Deductions (PDF).
To be deductible, you must make charitable contributions to qualified organizations. Contributions to individuals are never deductible. To determine if the organization that you contributed to qualifies as a charitable organization for income tax deduction purposes, refer to our Tax Exempt Organization Search tool. For more information, see Publication 526, Charitable Contributions and Can I Deduct My Charitable Contributions?
If you receive a benefit from the contribution such as merchandise, goods or services, including admission to a charity ball, banquet, theatrical performance, or sporting event, you can only deduct the amount that exceeds the fair market value of the benefit received.
For contributions of cash, check or other monetary gift (regardless of amount), you must maintain a record of the contribution:
Special rules apply to donations of certain types of property such as automobiles, inventory and investments that have appreciated in value. For more information, refer to Publication 526, Charitable Contributions. For information on determining the value of your noncash contributions, refer to Publication 561, Determining the Value of Donated Property.
The tax information provided is general and educational in nature, and should not be construed as legal or tax advice. I'm Your Huckleberry Rescue does not provide legal or tax advice. Content provided relates to taxation at the federal level only. Charitable deductions at the federal level are available only if you itemize deductions. Rules and regulations regarding tax deductions for charitable giving vary at the state level, and laws of a specific state or laws relevant to a particular situation may affect the applicability, accuracy, or completeness of the information provided. As a result, I'm Your Huckleberry Rescue cannot guarantee that such information is accurate, complete, or timely. Tax laws and regulations are complex and subject to change, and changes in them may have a material impact on pre- and/or after-tax results. I'm your Huckleberry Rescue makes no warranties with regard to such information or results obtained by its use. I'm Your Huckleberry Rescue disclaims any liability arising out of your use of, or any tax position taken in reliance on, such information. Always consult an attorney or tax professional regarding your specific legal or tax situation.