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Why do dogs chase their tails? Experts believe the reason is because they are bored. There’s only so much sleeping and chewing on toys a dog can do in a day. Most of us owners will watch and laugh as the dog goes around and around,etc. Dogs crave attention so laughing at the dog will likely have him keep doing it. Is this something to be worried about? Well, yes and no. If the dog is under one year and doesn’t chase its tail a lot than no it’s nothing to be worried about. If the dog is older then it might be something to watch. If he catches his tail and is biting on it hard he may cause damage to where the tail might have to be amputated. Also another thing to check is for fleas or rash. Experts say that you should not reward a dog for chasing its tail, it could prolong the tail chasing. Some ways to prevent tail chasing is to play more with your dog and tire him out and also give your dog more toys to chew on, like bones for instance will keep them busy.

Here are some links for more information:

http://www.ehow.com/about_4598038_do-dogs-chase-their-tails.html

http://www.wisegeek.org/why-do-dogs-chase-their-tails.htm

http://perfectpuppycare.com/why-do-dogs-chase-their-tails/

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It’s getting warm out there and we don’t want any hot dogs out there! Here are some tips to keep your canine companion cool this summer.

1. Keep their water bowl full at all times and even outside.

2. Take your dog out early in the morning before the sun comes out. This will also help out with their paws not being on the hot sidewalks.

3. Next, make sure you don’t exercise Fido too much during the summer.

4. Take them to the lake or even have a kiddy pool he can swim around in.

5. If your dog is going to be outside make sure that there is plenty of shade they can go under. And if they are inside you can spray them with a spray bottle to cool them off and keep the AC on.

6. Make sure to watch for signs of heat stroke. If they are panting excessively, have a hard time walking, and if their heart rate is fast take them to the vet as soon as possible.

7. And the last tip for keeping your dog cool this summer is to NEVER leave them in a car by themselves.

Follow these tips and you and your dog will have a cool summer!

Here are some links with further information:

http://www.akc.org/public_education/summer_safety.cfm

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/pet-care-tips/hot-weather-tips.aspx

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20130625/LIVING/706259985/0/NEWS01

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