More on flea and tick preventives

More on flea and tick preventives
Permethrin is a commonly used ingredient in over-the-counter flea and tick products. It is highly toxic to cats, but much less so in dogs. The review of available scientific data by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cites three relevant studies.
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Bed bugs, fleas found at Pottsville Free Public Library
Bed bugs and fleas have been found at the Pottsville Free Public Library. Library Director Nancy Smink said Wednesday that an exterminator from Laudeman Termite and Pest Control, Minersville, was doing routine maintenance at the library and discovered
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State office building reopens today after weekend "flea dip"
He said the roughly 1,500 workers based in the L&I Building were also advised to be diligent in their comings and goings and in flea prevention at home to help make sure the building stays flea-free for the rest of the summer. No other buildings in the
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Hungry Fish Reluctantly Shares Doritos With Friendly Lab [VIDEO]


Dog And Fish Charm Each Other Into FriendshipWhat do you think is really going on here?

We've seen dogs make some unusual friends: tigers, otters, and ducks, but a fish?  Watch this cheeky carp and labrador's blossoming friendship – they swim together, kiss each other, and they even share their Dorito's with each other.

[Related: Love Like No Otter: Happy pup and otter play together (VIDEO)--this site]

In fact, something tells me that this well-fed Carp just might be mistaking this gentle yellow lab's nose for a crunchy Dorito. YKWIM?

What do you think is going on here? What's next? Friendship bracelets?

[Related: Happy Lab Herds Playful Pod Of Dolphins (VIDEO) -- this site]

 

 


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Awesome!!!! What a wonderful, positivie message to…

Awesome!!!! What a wonderful, positivie message to come out of that whole Vick mess. Take that Michael Vick!!!!
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Worst Case Of Fleas

This is not the worst case of fleas I’ve seen on a dog but it is close. These people needed help with their flea problem so they turned to a professional.

Some household items that can be used to get rid of fleas include hand soap, water and lemons. Use homemade supplies to get rid of fleas with tips from a pet industry specialist in this free video on fleas and pest control. Expert: Cordell Jacques Bio: Cordell Jacques has worked in the pet industry for more than 10 years. Filmmaker: Travis Waack
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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Bella’s Handmade Luxury Princess Dog Bed W/ Canopy, Princess

Bella's Handmade Luxury Princess Dog Bed w/ Canopy, Princess

Canopy pet beds give your pet privacy and a feeling of security that only a safe “den” can provide. Sturdy frame. All the covers are removeable and washable.

Bella’s Handmade Luxury Princess Dog Bed w/ Canopy, Princess Pink – Large

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The new large sample bags

When I got home from work Monday, there were four large boxes sitting on my front porch. $ 500 worth of pet products! Three large bags of dry cat food, six cases of canned cat food, one case each of the new canned dog food that Dr. Jane just released, several containers of dog treats, a few bags of cat hairball treats, and most importantly, two four-packs of the new dog and cat sample bags.

Reps recently made the point that multi-pet households really need more than the tiny sample bags that we’ve had. So after a very successful trial run in a few cities, HealthyPetNet released these two and three pound bags. They come with a nice brochure explaining why you want your pet on an all natural food like this.

In the trial, where reps gave out 545 of these larger sample bags, more than half of the recipients became customers one in twelve became reps.

I can tell you, I’m prone to giving away bags of food. I gave away my last bag of dog food a few weeks ago. But out of it, I got an awesome customer who is now ordering dog food and cat food and canned cat food and both cat and dog treats.

So I’m excited to carry both the dog and cat large sample bags in my trunk. I happen to be training with a marathon training team — we raise money for the Leukemia Society to help patients and fund research. (See my fun blog at http://shecanrun.com/)

Lots of runners are dog people and they ALWAYS ask if their pet food is safe. So I’m looking forward to giving away these larger sample bags and finding a lot of new customers!

A day in the life of a HealthyPetNet Rep

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Measuring Intelligence in Dogs


Everyone wants to have smart kids, right? And most dog owners would like to have smart dogs. But understand that measuring intelligence in dogs is not a simple task.

Whether a dog is considered to be smart or dumb depends upon certain characteristics of the animal’s behavior. Obviously Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein was intelligent. He had to be or he could not have developed his Theory of Relativity which required mathematical brilliance. Yet he was so bad at simple arithmetic that he could never balance his own checkbook.

Intelligence can be measured in many ways. In human beings, verbal ability, numerical ability, logical reasoning, and memory are considered measurable degrees of intelligence. Intelligence in dogs also can be determined in measurable degrees. Instinctive intelligence refers to what a dog was bred for. For example, herding dogs were bred to herd animals. Their ability to round up sheep or cows, keep them grouped together, and drive them in a specific path is inborn. Human intervention is only required to keep the dogs under control and give them direction.

Different dog breeds have different types of inherent intelligence. Guard dogs are bred to guard people or things; retrievers retrieve; hounds track; pointers sniff out birds and indicate their location by pointing; and companion dogs are attuned to human moods. Every dog has an inbred intelligence of some sort, and to make comparisons of which is the smartest breed is really not possible because each breed has different abilities.

Another measure of intelligence in dogs is called adaptive intelligence. This is an indication of what a dog can learn to do for itself. Adaptive intelligence includes learning from experience with the environment and using that information to solve new problems. This type of intelligence can vary among individual dogs of the same breed. For example, all German Shepherds have the same instinctive intelligence, and most are quite intelligent but occasionally you will find one that seems totally clueless and continues making the same mistakes over and over again. The difference between a “smart” dog and a “dumb” dog of the same breed is the difference in adaptive intelligence.

When humans think of dog intelligence they think of highly trained animals like police dogs, guide dogs for the blind, hearing assistance dogs, or search-and-rescue dogs. A dog that responds properly to its master’s commands leads us to believe that we are viewing the peak of dog intelligence. When a dog responds to a command and appears to understand what a human is communicating, it is simply demonstrating one of the important characteristics of its intelligence. If dogs did not respond to human instructions, they wouldn’t be capable of performing the tasks that we expect of them and they would never have been domesticated. This type of intelligence is referred to as “working and obedience” intelligence. It’s the closest thing to what we as humans consider to be school-learning ability.

The top 10 dogs in terms of “working and obedience” intelligence are, in order: Border Collie, Poodle, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Doberman Pinscher, Shetland Sheepdog, Labrador Retriever, Papillon, Rottweiler, Australian Cattle Dog.

While a smart dog will learn everything that you want it to know, it will also learn everything that it can get away with. This means you may have to spend much more time “civilizing” your clever dog so it will learn and remember the limits of behavior you have set for it.

When it comes to measuring intelligence in dogs, every dog has an instinctive intelligence for which it was bred, and some dogs considered lower in intelligence have other qualities. Every year People magazine has a special issue featuring “The 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.” They have never had an issue featuring “The 50 Most Intelligent People in the World.” If we consider “beautiful” to be one of the most important characteristics of humans, then the same should apply to dogs. And beauty is always in the eye of the beholder – in this case – the one who owns the dog.

Dogs Rule!

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Is Fipronil effective against Silverfish?

Question by darkened_forests: Is Fipronil effective against Silverfish?
I’ve been seeing a few silverfish in my bathroom so I bought Combat Platinum Roach killing gel (supermarket only had that or ant killing gel). Its active ingredient is Fipronil. Will this work against silverfish? If not, what will?

Best answer:

Answer by Lar
not sure why the silverfish would want to eat the ant bait, but if they do it it they will die, chances are though they won’t touch it. Dekko makes a silver fish bait and if possible place to Prozap Pest strips up in your attic

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Dog Shows? Tips & Tricks?

Well, today i went to a dog show with my 2 year old Labrador. It was only a local one, and there weren't many dogs there, which obviously, made it easier. I entered 4 classes, and i came 3rd place in one, which was best young handler! I was really pleased with my dog, because i didn't think i'd win anything.

I'd love to go to more dog shows! it's so much fun, whether you win or not! my dog was a bit scared though, because naturally she is quite a shy dog. Also, everytime she saw my mum, who is usually the one who takes her for walks she started tugging, and at times it was quite hard to keep her in control. help?

how can i teach my dog some tricks (she only knows 'sit' at the moment)?

before shows do i need to groom her or anything?

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I'm so glad you enjoyed your first attempt at showing because it does sound as if you have the right attitude! You need to enjoy it because there will be some hard knocks and basically you have to remember you always bring 'the best' dog home.

Are you in touch with the person who bred your dog because, provided they are reputable and know what they are doing, this should be the first place to go to ask whether your dog has enough quality, conforms to the Breed Standard enough to make it worth showing him. If there's no breeder to approach, I strongly urge you to go to some local shows without your dog, and sit ringside and watch (this is conformation shows). You will learn more about your own dog by watching others and how they are handled than anything. And your dog needs to be taken to Ringcraft classes. He is a little late to be starting out in serious shows much as the occasional local fun match would be okay. But he needs to learn how to stack (stand in the correct pose for the breed), and to walk up and down nicely, without tugging. And he needs to be confident when the judge approaches and goes over him which has to happen so she can feel his construction, as well as watch him when he moves.

You certainly need to have her clean before going to a show, and her teeth need to be clean also. These are things you'll learn from Ringcraft and going to shows by yourself.

You can find lots about showing from books too.

In America, many owners prefer to use a professional handler, who will do all the grooming and preparation for you – but it will cost, and they won't take a dog who they don't feel is good enough because at the end of the day, apart from their reputation, there's no point asking you for their fee and entry costs if your dog doesn't stand a chance of at least placing in the often high numbers in classes for this breed. And everybody should go out to win, as well as enjoy showing (and so should the dog!!!).

ps. I have always shown my own hounds, both out in Canada, and back in the UK (where there are few professional handlers in any case) because I get a kick out of taking something nice that I've bred into the ring, and winning!

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Savage Mountain Two

On the last day of my holiday, Ginger and I met Marei at the Deal PA Trail head to see the magnificent vista from the highest point on the Great Allegheny Passage – an image forever etched in my mind and a memory with so many, many meanings to me now.  
But the intent I thought was one last grand hike before the start of our non-stop, back-to-back two month tour turned out to be a ruse.  Sort of.  As we were rounding our second mile, it was time to rest and water the fuzzybutts.  The entrance to Savage Tunnel seemed an ideal place for respite but Ginger pointed out a bench under a shade canopy that was closer.  I was some twenty paces ahead of the girls and nearing the spot when I saw some of the engraving… something about dog and a 2 and some zeroes.  
“What the hell?” I was thinking, quickening my pace.  ”This is MY trail.. Who… What…”  And then it came into clear sight.  
…”Who did this?  Did you know about this?”  The two tricksters had caught up with me by that time and were giggling like a coupla school girls.  
My shock and surprise was down right and absolute and I couldn’t help getting choked up from the gesture.  From the depths, thank you Ginger and Marei for immortalizing our journey at such a special place!  
Postscript
Hudson awaits…

2 Dogs 2,000 Miles

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