Dog Training Tips to Reduce a High Prey Drive

A Jack Russel terrier barks up the trunk of a tree at an unseen animal

Every dog should know at least a handful of commands like “sit”, “stay”, “down”, and “leave it”. Not only can commands help owners stay in charge of their dogs, but mastering obedience can keep dogs safe. 

But what about the safety of local wildlife, such as birds, rabbits, squirrels, and rodents? For dogs with a high prey drive it can feel nearly impossible to convince them that the neighbor’s guinea pigs aren’t their next snack, but with some specific dog training tips, you should be able to safely walk your pup around the block.

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Reasons To Use Dog Diapers

If you’ve had kids or have friends who do, you have likely been through a diaper experience. Did you know there are a variety of reasons for pets to wear diapers, too? Believe it or not, there are products made especially for dogs. 

At Schertz Animal Hospital, we want all of our pet patients to live their lives to the fullest, and in some cases this may mean using dog diapers! 

What Are Dog Diapers?

First things first. What are dog diapers? Simply put, they are almost exactly like baby diapers, but with a hole for the dog’s tail. Cloth dog diapers cost a bit more up front but are reusable and better for the environment. Disposable diapers are easy to use, but will end up in the landfill, plus the cost adds up over time. 

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The Dangers of Leaving Your Dog in the Car

Small dog in back window of car

It may seem innocuous enough to leave your pet in the car while you run into the store for a few minutes… You hunt the parking lot for a shady spot and even leave the windows open so the air flows through. But, don’t fool yourself—leaving your dog in the car is never OK. 

Every year, hundreds of pets die from heat stroke as a result of being left in a parked car. In fact, being left in cars is the number one reason for heat-related death in dogs. Come along with Schertz Animal Hospital as we explore the dangers of leaving your dog in the car.

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Why Do Dogs Chase Their Tails?

Dogs have the uncanny ability to continually delight us, inspire us, and make us laugh. Watching a dog chase its own tail is one of the many funny and endearing behaviors, but could these doggy antics actually be a sign of a deeper problem?

Animal behavior is fascinating to us at Schertz Animal Hospital, especially when it may give us an insight into a pet’s mental or physical health. Exploring the reasons why some dogs chase their tails is one such way that we take a peek into their minds, and keep an eye on their wellbeing.

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