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Dog-talk? Free dog-talk?

I think if you’re reading our stuff you are a dog person and probably a full-on dog nerd!

Anne from AniEd regularly contributes to a free, awesome, Irish podcast all about dogs: Bark Side of the Moon. You can listen where ever you get your podcasts.

So far, I have contributed to discussions on:

  • car comfort
  • separation related behaviours
  • visitors & guests
  • working from home (with your dog)
  • adolescent dogs
  • dog-dog “play” & interactions
  • baby prep
  • kids and dogs
  • enrichment
  • multi-dog homes

Give it a listen and if you have any questions, or even ideas for further podcasts, let me know!

Husbandry Snippets!

Pill Poppin’

We’ve had a long weekend here and each day, I’ve shared some husbandry tips from recent practice with Decker.

Decker is the easiest dog to medicate because he views pretty much ALL ingestibles to be yummy food. We have also worked on teaching him to willingly take pills.

Here’s a fun way to teach pilling. To practice you can stick a little bit of kibble, or a hard treat, into the middle of the pocket and work up to adding empty pill capsules or appropriate supplements.

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Practice when your dog doesn’t have to take medication so that in this set-up your dog is happy and willing to accept whatever you give to them in that sausage.

Being ill and needing medication is bad enough, without pilling being distressing too!

More husbandry snippets!

Easy reinforcement for husbandry with K9 Connectables

K9 Connectables are an awesome Irish dog toy company who make innovative toys, with a wide range of applications.

Toys in their range work with our #100DaysOfEnrichment program and we, of course, use them ourselves. That’s why we are an affiliate and you can get 10% of your toys with our code: anied10

Here’s a great way to use a combination of their toys to set up easy reinforcement, keeping your hands free and it’s so helpful to establish a communication system: if the dog stops lapping, moves away, or moves away from the toy, we stop!

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Building that communication system is straight-forward and can be so beneficial in all sorts of ways and we’ve talked about it, with some examples, in our post on prepping for the vet: Vet Ready!

Husbandry Snippets

All Ears!

Decker has some ear inflammation likely in association with a superficial skin infection. Right now, there’s no infection in the ear but he has had a couple of infections in that ear, his left, about four or five years ago so this is not our first rodeo.

When he first developed infection in that ear, we started from scratch building toward cooperative treatment.

You can view the playlist of those sessions here:

Link to playlist here.

Some background…

While we certainly practice ear-work off and on, when his ears are not painful, I probably have not done that enough.

On top of that, Decker’s comfort with being handled in the vet’s has deteriorated. Pre-COVID we did cooperative care for almost everything but car-park consultations and him being brought in without me for two years has caused his tolerance of being handled there, by others, to seriously dwindle.

This is not at all to suggest his vets have been handling him inappropriately. It doesn’t require that, and they would never do that. They are excellent.

But during that period of going in without me, Decker also experienced some really serious illnesses & injuries requiring very invasive care and him feeling crappy.
Over these lockdown periods he has had a number of seriously injured pads/feet that were painful, a very serious GI upset as a result of contaminated canal water, TTA surgery (knee replacement surgery) after an accident and foreign body/intussusception gut surgery.

Since we’ve been going back in with the dog during treatments and consults, he’s experienced a mystery neuro condition (that spontaneously resolved) & neuro exams at two different vets, a senior check up, and rat poison ingestion. You can imagine that with or without me, Decker is going to associate being in that building and around those people with feeling pretty bad and probably scared too.

He’s pretty resilient and will eat from a food-fist throughout all exams with the vet, is happily muzzled for treatments, we plan and discuss with the vet-team ahead of time, and we manage vet visits with minimal stress for all. Like I said, they’re excellent.

Aside from that, I do plenty of treatment at home, for example, administering Cytopoint every couple of months and vaccinating him. Thankfully, we have a solid history of cooperative care at home for these procedures and all runs smoothly.

In the last week or so, he showed some pain in relation to his left ear. Decker is very stoic so if he’s showing pain, it’s definitely hurting. Off to the vet we went and he ate from a food fist throughout his exam, was muzzled and tube fed, through the ear exam, and then played ball while we chatted about his treatment.

We’ve talked about having a vet-visit plan before here and that really helps to minimise stress and discomfort; see Vet Ready!

At home, we started with some steroid drops for both ears to bring down the inflammation and provide pain relief.

All Ears! 2022

Here we go again!

We just started back with drops in sore ears on Friday, and here’s our first session:

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The procedures established here are quite important; they are put in place and taught over multiple sessions, rather than all in one go. The idea is to provide multiple steps with an out at every stage, so he can say PAUSE or STOP at any time.

The procedure is predictable so he always knows what’s coming and is built little by little:

  1. the ear drops bottle
  2. a hand touch behaviour
  3. hand approaching the ear
  4. drops bottle touching inside of ear
  5. medication administered into ear canal

This gives the dog lots of opportunities to stop the procedure and he always knows what coming next.

The set up is also important:

  • the food source is positioned to line the dog up – this makes everything more efficient and clearer for the learner
  • we establish a strong ‘yippee response’ to the presence of, first, the closed ear drop bottle, and then the open ear drop bottle
  • strong positive associations with holding a hand-touch behaviour and if he moves his face, we stop the procedure – long held communication as part of our relationship
  • holding the hand touch makes something touch his ear – to countercondition you could add a range of sensations, building up to delivery of drops
  • warm the drops to body temperature before we start – I usually carry them around in my pocket for a little while

We have worked on this a lot more with the left ear and he is more familiar with the procedure to that ear. We started with the right ear, took our time and then went to the left ear, and back to the right ear. We are moving toward familiarity and comfort throughout.

Practicing the individual skills, strengthening the association between each part of the procedure with yummies separately, as well as making sure administering drops is filled with yummie foods to catch and chase, and always the opportunity to take a break.
Treatment is less scary and startling when we know that we can make it stop, if we feel the need.

More Online Canine First Aid Workshops!

Thank you for booking onto our first Online Canine First Aid Workshop! The June dates are well overbooked and I can’t squeeze anyone else in. So we’re going to do another one…

Join us for a fun, interaction and very informative remote-workshop that might just help you to save a life!

This is designed for pet owners and non-veterinary dog pros, and is absolutely perfect if you have no background in medicine, veterinary or first aid.

This workshop will take place via MS Teams but you don’t need to download anything; just follow a link!

You can choose how much you would like to participate live on the evening, but you are encouraged to practice lots.

Our workshop and Canine First Aid & Emergency Care resources are evidence based to the most up to date information, based in valid research and best practice. Your instructor has worked in veterinary nursing here and abroad, we have participated in specific training for the delivery of canine first aid information, and regularly update our skills with veterinary professionals to stay on point.

Not only will you have access to quick reference guides, that you are advised to save to your phone, but you will also have access to online resources to continue your learning.

Book today by emailing info@anied.ie or messaging us via social media, such as Facebook or Instagram (@aniedireland).

Online Canine First Aid Workshop

Join us for a fun, interaction and very informative remote-workshop that might just help you to save a life!

This is designed for pet owners and non-veterinary dog pros, and is absolutely perfect if you have no background in medicine, veterinary or first aid.

This workshop will take place via MS Teams but you don’t need to download anything; just follow a link!

You can choose how much you would like to participate live on the evening, but you are encouraged to practice lots.

Our workshop and Canine First Aid & Emergency Care resources are evidence based to the most up to date information, based in valid research and best practice. Your instructor has worked in veterinary nursing here and abroad, we have participated in specific training for the delivery of canine first aid information, and regularly update our skills with veterinary professionals to stay on point.

Not only will you have access to quick reference guides, that you are advised to save to your phone, but you will also have access to online resources to continue your learning.

Book today by emailing info@anied.ie or messaging us via social media, such as Facebook or Instagram (@aniedireland).

Do you podcast?

Anne is talking-dog A LOT on this new Irish pet-owner friendly podcast: Bark Side of the Moon (@barksidepod)

This awesome new venture is spear-headed by amazing trainer, Graham, with whom AniEd has worked for many years.

We have been talking and recording on so many topics and you can listen to our chats about separation related behaviours, car comfort and welcoming visitors so far, where ever you listen to podcasts.

Up coming topics include working from home, canine adolescence, the pros & cons of group dog-dog play services/facilities, babies and kids and dogs.

Check it out!

We want more ideas too! What would you like to hear more about? Let me know in the comments, on Facebook or Instagram or via email (info@anied.ie).

What should we talk about next?!

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2022 and it looks set to be another weird year. We can’t thank you enough for all your support and ask for your continued help as AniEd plans to come back to life somewhat after a lot of downtime.

#100daysofenrichment is always free and available and the perfect way to guide your and your dog’s New Year, getting 2022 off to a great start!

Make 2022 more dog!

Are you ready?

The countdown is well and truly underway and hopefully you have your Christmas plan in place for your pets during the festivities.

Some individuals certainly can find the celebratory activities overwhelming and stressful and may require even more specific help and support.

But don’t worry, we got you covered. Check out our Christmas Bites series for lots of tips and tricks so that this season goes off without a hitch.

You can get all the bites here.

We’ve prepared lots of stuffables, that are in the freezer, for the festivities and are well stocked up with pizzles & chews too!

I don’t often feed gullets because of the risks associated with unintentionally feeding thyroid tissue, but will use these cut-up dried beef gullets occasionally. Because they are a rare treat, they are even more special!

Get your stuffables into the freezer today so they’re extra challenging and entertaining!