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Simple And Effective Solutions For Aquarium Algae

Eradication of encrusting algae could be done simply by periodically scraping the sides of the aquarium or scrubbing the rocks.

For those with plastic plants and a completely white gravel bed, the situation could be more tasking as it would be necessary to bleach the rocks to remove all traces of algae.

However, if you do this, do make sure that you rinse the gravel thoroughly afterwards. Bleach is highly toxic, and even small amounts can have a drastic effect on the aquarium fish.

Since the primary cause of green algae is too much light. The fist step in the treatment schedule should be light reduction then partial water changes and an adequate stocking with natural aquarium plants. A final treatment with an algae remedy should ensure that the problem is eradicated and is at least kept at bay for some time.

One of the factors mentioned above is the use of natural aquatic plants as a means of algae control. This is really more effective than many people think.

For a start, luxuriant plant growth will filter out some of the light keeping algae in check. In addition plants absorb a large variety of chemicals from the water, thereby starving algae of some of their essential nutrients e.g. nitrates (not nitrites).

Surprising as though it may seem, an adequate plant stocking level is approximately 50 small plants per square root of available space.

The treatment I mentioned is the use of an algaecide. I must stress the word “use:” it is very different to “abuse”!

Yet despite this difference, I know that some people will still persist in pouring the chemical remedy into their aquarium and expect the problem to disappear overnight, even though they have done absolutely nothing to alter the conditions in the tank that brought about the problem in the first place.

The conditions I stated above have to be adhering to for any lasting effect to occur! Now that we know how to curb the menace of the green algae, in another article I shall discuss it’s ugly “sister” brown algae (the brown encrusting algae whose case is the reverse of green algae).…

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Dog Behavior Training – Dog Aggression Toward Its Owners

A dog that growls at and/or bites its owner does so for some reason, even if the behavior appears to be “unreasonable” to the owner. If your dog displays aggressive behavior towards you, for the safety and welfare of you, your family and your dog, it’s important to find out why as quickly as possible.

Call your vet right away and schedule an appointment for a complete medical examination. Talk with your vet about testing your dogs hormonal balance, neurophysiologic functions and allergies. The test results may reveal the underlying cause. This has been especially helpful in dogs that have mood swings.

When growling or biting has erupted as a consequence of scolding or punishment for behavior such as chewing, jumping, general unruliness, or overprotection of food, these problems must be dealt with swiftly and firmly to correct the aggression it is initiating.

As the dogs owner, you must understand that your dog growls or bites at you as a result of defensive feelings. Even the dog that growls when ordered off the couch is reacting defensively, as it feels its dominance status has been threatened.

If scolding and punishment provoke aggression, your dog is reacting to a perceived threat to its physical safety. In either of these situations, your own threatening behavior may be producing negative results.

If the results of a medical examination show no signs of a medical condition that would be causing this behavior, you will have to examine your own behavior closely to determine what you are doing to make your dog feel threatened.

If you can’t hire the services of a professional, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Secrets Of A Professional Dog Trainer by Adam Katz for indepth instructions on dog behavior training. This ebook is available on my blog.…

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Losing a Treasured Canine Customer

Losing a Treasured Canine Customer

A dog daycare owner or worker can get seriously attached to his or her charges. Especially when they come to daycare several times a week for years. This is one precious pup’s story.

Zack is a 10-year old golden retriever who has frequented my doggie daycare business since he was a puppy. Yesterday I learned that he has liver cancer and the prognosis isn’t good. He won’t be coming to daycare any more. As I sit down to write this morning I find he is all I can think about.

When I met Zack he weighed 25 lbs. and resembled a large, blond fuzz ball. We put him with some potential play pals and, without so much as a “howdee do,” he launched himself at them in full romp mode. He has never lost that jump-right-in personality.

Unlike most of his pals, even other goldens, Zack loves everybody. At 10 years old, he still joined whoever was playing. If a play pal got pushy, Zack would simply lie down with his feet in the air, explosing his soft blond belly. Come to think of it, that’s the pose he adopted with his humans too, and we loved rewarding him with a good belly rub.

Toys interested Zack less than things that move on their own, like dogs and people. I was always impressed that no matter the enthusiasm with which he greeted you, he never jumped up or body slammed you, as many big dogs do. He wagged his tail and gazed at you with his irresistible big brown eyes, and before you knew it you were squatting down to hug him.

Zack is a heartfelt foodie. At snack time (and especially when people were eating) he was right there in the front row, flashing his big browns and smiling. What especially endeared him to me was that he never competed aggressively with the other dogs. Never tried to steal what another dog had gotten hold of. Never pushed others out of the way. He just focused intently on your hands and waited for a treat to come his way. When his turn came, he swallowed his treat whole (I’m sure he never tasted a thing); and resumed looking longingly at your hands. Zack could have sold snow to an Eskimo.

When Zack needed a rest he loved to sit on the floor next to any staff member who was sitting on the couch. He leaned against your leg and contentedly watched the doggie action until he was ready to play again. If he wanted lovin’, he’d lay his head on your knee and seduce you with his gaze. It’s a rare and precious thing for a dog who wants attention to ask nicely rather than jumping or climbing all over you (a regular event chez nous).

In fact “rare” and “precious” are good words to summarize how I feel about Zack. As I prepare to visit him at his home for the last time, I’ll think of all the times I’ve dropped him off there and be forever grateful that he’s been part of my life.…

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The Raw Dog Food Diet And Detoxification

If you are one of the growing number of dog owners who have moved their dog from a traditional tinned food diet to a raw dog food diet you may have noticed that your pooch may be having a few issues adapting to the change. Some symptoms include flatulence, some diarrhoea and even halitosis. He could be adjusting through detoxification in a similar way to you are I might do when switching diets. Here are a few things to consider to help with the adjustment.
Your dog might go through detoxification as his system is being cleaned from the previous diet he has become used to. This is perfectly normal with a major dietary change though the length of time he will detoxify is variable though it is not normally longer than a few days after you change him to his new raw food diet.
Keep an eye out for anything unusual and the symptoms mentioned above. However, as I’m sure you will do as a responsible dog owner anyway, do have him checked out by your vet if any of the detoxification symptoms persist as it could be a sign of a deeper health issue.
If you think that detoxification might be a problem you can help him before you change your dog to the raw dog food diet by initiating a spot of early detoxification. If you take this route then your dog’s system can be cleaned of any pre-existing toxins before you start him on his new, healthier diet which in turn can help the transition process to be smoother and without any, or less, of some of the associated potentially unpleasant symptoms.
Advance detoxification prior to the raw food diet switch does require a little preparation but not much. Here’s what you can do starting around four days in advance of your planned switch. For a couple of days put him on a mini-fast or liquid diet and stop feeding him his usual diet. For the next couple of days give him water and liquids. This will help to flush his system and remove any toxins so he has a clean system ready for his new healthy raw food diet.
It is a matter of personal choice whether or not you take the advance detoxification route or leave it and allow your dog to go through it during the move to his new diet. Consult your vet if in any doubt about detoxification or the suitability of the new diet for your dog. The purpose of detoxification is to allow him to get used to his new diet quickly and for his body to absorb and process all the natural, healthy foods you will be feeding him from now on.
The raw dog food diet is said to bring health benefits as the dog is not eating commercially manufactured foodstuffs which can contain chemicals and artificial products. For example dog owners have reported that their animals have more energy, digest their food better with less flatulence or gas. It can also save you money by being cheaper to buy natural raw foods over the commercial stuff.…

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3 Reasons to Enroll Your Pooch Into Obedience Training Classes

3 Reasons to Enroll Your Pooch Into Obedience Training Classes

Millions of dog owners neglect to train their pets or enroll them into professional training classes. Instead, they take a holistic approach. They allow their canines to adopt habits and tendencies that evolve naturally as a learned reaction to their environment. This approach can have unpleasant consequences.

Training your dog benefits everyone involved, including you, him, and every person he meets. Below, we’ll describe the three top reasons you should consider enrolling your pooch into obedience classes. You’ll discover how a well-trained canine will have more opportunities to interact with others, feel more secure in your home, and even avoid potential injuries.

Tip 1 – More Social Interaction

In order to prevent their pets from making a nuisance of themselves when people visit, owners often exile them to other rooms. Behind closed doors, they’re deprived of enjoying the chance to interact with others. This is usually done because poorly-behaved pooches often nip, jump on, or otherwise molest friends and family.

By contrast, a well-trained dog is normally welcomed by visitors. People tend to enjoy the company of a mild-mannered pet. By enrolling your canine into training classes, he’ll not only learn to adopt acceptable behavior, but he’ll have the opportunity to meet other people when they visit.

Tip 2 – A Clear Hierarchy In Your Home

Your pooch is a pack animal by nature. As such, he needs to feel secure with his place within the pack. When owners confront dominant behavioral tendencies in their canines, it is often because their pets are assuming control of the “pack.” That is, they gradually begin to perceive their owners as peers rather than pack leaders.

Obedience classes are valuable for positioning you as the pack leader, and your pooch as subject to your authority. This provides more security for you, your pet, and your family. If your dog understands that you are the leader, he will respond more quickly and reliably to your commands. That reduces the likelihood that he will behave aggressively toward you or your family.

Tip 3 – Less Vulnerable To Potential Tragedies

Accidents happen daily which place canines in dangerous, potentially life-threatening circumstances. For example, if a dog manages to slip out of his collar while his owner is walking him, the sudden sense of freedom might encourage him to bolt. If he rushes into the middle of a busy intersection, he might suffer injury.

Professional obedience classes will train your pooch to respond immediately to the sound of your voice. If he slips out of his collar, a quick “stay!” will be enough to prevent his bolting. If a family member leaves the front door of your home open, telling your dog to “come!” will prevent him from running outside. He’ll be less vulnerable to accidental injury or worse.

Don’t underestimate the value of enrolling your canine into dog training classes. As a more socialized and obedient pet, he’ll enjoy a stronger bond with you, your family, and friends.…