In this issue: Cycling With Your Dog, the Great Dane, Dry eye
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Dogs in Action

Cycling With Your Dog

Think cycling and dogs don't mix?  That depends.  Yes, just holding a leash while riding a bike is a bad idea--one sudden dog move and you're down.  But if you love to ride and would like to share the road with your dog, you have other options.  One is a specialized bike leash with a shock-absorbing spring device.  A steel clamp attaches to the seat or frame of your bike, with a spring arm for the leash that reduces the impact of a dog's sudden movements by as much as 90%.  To find one, just search online for "bicycle leash."

For longer trips--or smaller, less athletic dogs--a better option is one of the many carriers or trailers on the market.  Essentially a dog-ified take on the child trailer, these contraptions have reinforced bases that increase stability and safety.  Just do your homework and make sure you pick the best model for your dog's size and weight, and the amount of use and type of terrain you expect.

Lastly, there's bikejoring, a version of dry land mushing in which your dog is harnessed to your bike.  All you need for that is a padded harness for your dog, a padded belt for you, a gang line--and a dog who loves to pull.  First step is to teach your dog to pull--and if you have carefully taught your dog not to pull on leash, don't worry.  You can train him to pull only when wearing the harness.  For practice, have your dog pull something small like a log before trying small trips with you on a bike.

All Pets Considered

Texas Public Radio is celebrating their pet listeners with an event on Sunday, July 13, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Petco Pavilion at the Paul Jolly Center for Pet Adoptions located at 210 Tuleta, across from the zoo.  Dr. Lorraine Martinez will be there to answer behavior questions and provide demonstrations of common training issues.  The event is open to the public.

Open enrollment classes come to San Antonio!
LoMa Behavior and training is now offering 2 classes with "open registration."  What does this mean for you?  
  • Convenience - Enroll anytime there is an opening.  This makes it easier to get you started when it's convenient for you, instead of waiting weeks.
  • Flexibility - The class topics allow you to learn at your own pace.  If you and your dog are quick learners, you will get through all the skills swiftly.  If you need a little more time, you will have that.  You set the pace so you both learn what you need.
New indoor class location: 
Lucky Dog Pet Grooming in Castle Hills.

Puppy Start Right Preschool for puppies 8 to 14 weeks.  This critical age is considered the best time to socialize a puppy to the sights and sounds of modern family life.  You learn how to do this best and avoid common mistakes.  Your puppy gets to learn how to be a good play buddy with other dogs as well as the foundation for obedience.  

All the Basics obedience class for any dog 4 months and older.  Teach your dog the skills to be a terrific family pet: Sit, down, stay in place, pay attention, leave items when asked, walk politely, and come when called.  

Community Service
Lorraine is committed to providing quality education to the San Antonio dog loving community.  If you are a member of a veterinary team, a staff member or volunteer with a local dog shelter or rescue group, you are eligible to attend many of the seminars for free or at steep discounts.  A new list of seminars will be available soon.  Check the the seminar page for new dates soon.

Healthy Dog

Dry Eye

Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), better known as "dry eye," is a common eye condition in dogs.  Any dog can develop dry eye, but dogs with big, buggy eyes, such as Pugs, Lhasa Apsos, Pekingese, Boston Terriers, Cocker Spaniels, and English Bulldogs, are extra susceptible.  Symptoms include irritation, goopy discharge, excessive blinking, swollen eyelids, and corneal color changes.  The condition, which can have numerous causes, results in an inability to produce enough tears to provide nutrients and oxygen to the precorneal tear film.  The good news is that most of these causes can be treated on an outpatient basis, often with a topical antibiotic or corticosteroid.  The less-good news is that there's no cure for most causes of dry eye, so your dog will need ongoing treatment.

Remember, the first thing to do about any eye-related problem in your dog is to call the vet.  Eyes are too sensitive and vulnerable for a wait-and-see approach--better a wasted trip than a blind dog.

Dog in the Spotlight

Great Dane

Like Danish pastry, the Great Dane is not from Denmark at all.  The breed originated in Germany, but has roots in ancient cultures like China and Egypt.  Great Danes are often called the Apollos of the dog world because of their regal appearance, but fanciers will tell you "the world's biggest lapdogs" don't stand on ceremony.  Great Danes are legendary leaners who enjoy nothing more than to rest their impressive bulk against the legs of their favorite people.  Playful and trainable, the Great Danes are popular family dogs, but their strength--and guard instincts--shouldn't be underestimated.  While not the fastest ball-retrievers, Great Danes still need plenty of exercise.  They thrive on the stimulation of fun dog sports like agility, tracking, weight pull and musical free style.  Easygoing Great Danes often make wonderful therapy dogs too.  

To give a Great Dane a home, search online for your local rescue organization.
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