Saturday 31 August 2013

DOG Body Language Fact

A dominate dog always stiffens its body, raises its head and tail and hackles, making himself look as big as possible.

Friday 30 August 2013

Summit 4 Dogs is Hosting Knowthydog Fall Hazard Seminar

                       CANINE FALL HAZARD SEMINAR

Come learn about Fall hazards for your dog we will discuss
Arthritis, Lawn care, Rodenticides, Thanksgiving, Halloween and Demo: AR Choking and CPR on our CPR DOG
Seminar is at the Summit 4 dogs
7 pm to 9 pm September 10th 2013
Please register on-line at

Thursday 29 August 2013


   Allergies are the Immune system’s reactions to a substance that enters your dog’s body.
So your dog will usually need to come into contact with this substance more then once to have an allergic reaction.

Dog’s immune system, like our own, is there to protect us from things like viruses and other irritants that get into our bodies. The immune system fights or builds a resistance to these substances. The immune system releases histamines that will cause your dog’s allergic reaction. The reaction can be instant or delayed.  Your dog could have allergies to food, fleas, or environmental allergies which could be either an inhalant or contact.

The most common symptoms of allergies, are itching, and chewing themselves incessantly. Allergies cause most of the skin ailments in our dogs.

The allergen is the substance that has invaded your dog’s system and is what your dog is reacting to. An allergen could be anything from bacteria, bug bites, dust, foods, molds, pollen or viruses.

There have been many studies on inhalant allergies. This type of allergy usually occurs in dogs one to three years of age. Certain breeds seem to be more susceptible, like  Chocolate Labradors, West Highland Terriers, Border Collies, and Dalmatians. But any breed of dog can be affected. Dogs that have allergies due to breathing in pollens are called Canine atopy. Atopy is an extra sensitivity to inhaled allergen. Typically your dog starts scratching around the same time every year; usually late July early August through September. Atopy is a harder allergy to deal with because you can’t easily eliminate the offending allergen. The uses of Antihistamine therapy may prove useful.
You can booster your dog's immune system with omega fatty acid also Vitamin E to promote  healing and Evening Primrose helps with some allergy symptoms. Talk with your vet for the best options for you and your dog.



Tuesday 27 August 2013

Perfect match

Dogs are amazing ! So many to choose from so when choosing a new member of your family spend time thinking and researching what breed would be compatible with you and your family's life style.

Dogs from a Rescue or a Breeder?
Purebred or Mixed?
Puppy or older?

You need to consider costs: food, vet bills, training, toys
How much time do you have to spend with your dog?
Environment  apartment or house?
Size of dog, whether you want a  male or female.
How much grooming is needed?
What health problems are common to this breed
Exercise requirements for this specific dog.
Dog friendly people friendly
cat friendly.
This list can go on and on......
PLEASE make a PERFECT MATCH by taking your time to decide on this extremely important decision.

"If you don't own a dog at least one there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there maybe something wrong with your life" (Vincent Van Gogh)

Monday 26 August 2013

PLEASE keep this link in your dog's first aid kits or near your computer

This links pages, tell us a break down about many poisonous plant's symptoms and how they affect our dogs.  If you click on the name of the plant, a picture of the plant appears. Each plant is broken up in severity of conditions the plant causes.

Primrose  can cause dermatitis
Tulips  upset stomach
Azalea  organ damage
Foxglove  death

Sunday 25 August 2013


Here are two way of checking a pulse on your dog. You can feel for a heart beat the heart is located
closer to the left side of the dog under the armpit and above the elbow. The femoral pulse is the strongest and easiest pulse to find. Just feel where the thigh and the dog's body meet. Pulse rate varies from about 60 to 180 beats a minute, but it really depends on the dog's size, activity and health. Small dogs and puppies heart rates are faster then bigger dogs. Count how many beats in 15 seconds then multiply be 4, this will give you your dogs pulse rate per minute.

Saturday 24 August 2013

EMMA at the Greyhound Picnic


COPROPHAGIA Disgusting Habit of Stool eating.

Yuck, if you have ever see your dog eating poop, or had the pleasure of your dog breathing in your face after digesting poop, it is just nasty.  Female dogs will clean up after their young puppies, for two reasons one keeping the den clean and help avoid parasites. The stool is fresh so there is little time for parasites to incubate.

So why do a large number of dogs eat stool?

Dogs especially like cat’s stool this is logical because cats who eat dry kibble don’t digest all of the ingredients and so it comes out in their bowl movement. The dog’s find this a tasty treat.

There can either be medical or behaviour reasons for this bad practice.

Medical reasons could be Parasites, or malabsorption problems.

Behaviour reasons could be boredom; it also could be watching other house hold dogs and copying the behaviour. Some dogs play with poop only in the in the winter (Poopsicles). It could be hunger or stress. Whatever the reason talk to your dog’s vet or other dog owners to see how they may have dealt with this distasteful habit.


Feed your dog a good quality diet

Keep your dog well exercised / alleviate boredom

Keep cat litter boxes out of reach

Clean up poop as soon as your dogs go

You can try taste deterrents (not a long term solution)

Flower therapy what do you think what does your dog think?

Flower therapy what do you think what does your dog think?


Researchers from Rutgers University determined that the flower recipients in the study experienced an elevation in mood that lasted for days. And Chinese healers - who've long believed in "flower power" - say that it doesn't stop there. They say you can utilize flowers to summon whatever power or emotion you'd like - and that the secret is in the flower's color. Each color creates a different frequency of light waves, they believe, which travel through the retina and down the optic nerve, setting off a chain reaction of responses in the body. Neurotransmitters are then released, inducing the production of calming hormones like melatonin, stimulating hormones like adrenaline, and mood-boosting hormones like serotonin.

Here, how you can enjoy the physical and emotional benefits of flowers:

Increase energy with red roses

Since red has the slowest vibratory rate and and longest wavelength, it stimulates adrenal glands, boosting energy.

Boost confidence with irises

The color indigo stimulates the brain's pineal gland, which is the regulator of sleep patterns. Indigo also helps to free the mind of worries, fear and inhibition.

Enhance alertness with sunflowers

Yellow light waves stimulate the brain, making you alert, clearheaded and decisive. And since we associate yellow with the sun's rays and daylight, it's said to help us feel more optimistic.

Get a good night's sleep with bluebells

Blue triggers the production of melotonin, a brain chemical that helps us relax and sleep soundly. Blue also stimulates the thyroid gland to release thyroxin, a hormone that regulates metabolic rate.

Relax with green zinnias

Green affects the nervous system, making us breathe slowly and deeply, slowing the production of stress hormones and helping the heart relax.

Prevent allergies with orange daisies

Orange strengthens the immune system and the lungs, which can ward off spring allergies. Orange also has a strong beneficial effect on the digestive system and can stimulate the sexual organs.

Relieve stress with lilacs

Violet cools us, alleviating "hot" conditions like heat rash and sunburn, and suppressing hunger and balancing metabolism. It also stimulates the pituitary gland, the part of the brain that releases tension-fighting beta-endorphins.

Friday 23 August 2013

The health benefits of coconut oil

Article from
the magazine for dogs without boundaries

Although supplements can be a confusing topic for many pet owners, most dog owners have heard of the benefits of feeding fish oils. There are however, a variety of oils that you can also use to your dog’s benefit, each with different actions and benefits.
Coconut oil consists of more than 90% saturated fats, with traces of few unsaturated fatty acids, such as monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Most of the saturated fats in coconut oil are Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs). The main component (more than 40%) of MCTs is lauric acid, followed by capric acid, caprylic acid, myristic acid and palmitic. Coconut oil also contains about 2% linoleic acid (polyunsaturated fatty acids) and about 6% oleic acid (monounsaturated fatty acids).
Most of the coconut oil benefits come from the MCTs. For example, the lauric acid in coconut oil has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. Capric and caprylic acid have similar properties and are best known for their anti-fungal effects.
In addition, MCTs are efficiently metabolized to provide an immediate source of fuel and energy, enhancing athletic performance and aiding weight loss. In dogs, the MCTs in coconut oil balance the thyroid, helping overweight dogs lose weight and helping sedentary dogs feel energetic.
According to Dr. Bruce Fife, certified nutritionist and naturopathic doctor, coconut oil gently elevates the metabolism, provides a higher level of energy and vitality, protects you from illness, and speeds healing. As a bonus, coconut oil improves any dog’s skin and coat, improves digestion, and reduces allergic reactions.
Fed regularly to pets, coconut oil may have multiple benefits:

Skin Conditions

  • Clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis,and itchy skin
  • Reduces allergic reactions and improves skin health
  • Makes coats become sleek and glossy, and deodorizes doggy odor
  • Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections, including candida
  • Disinfects cuts and promotes wound healing
  • Applied topically, promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings


  • Improves digestion and nutrient absorption
  • Aids healing of digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis
  • Reduces or eliminates bad breath in dogs
  • Aids in elimination of hairballs and coughing

Immune System, Metabolic Function, Bone Health

  • Contains powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal agents that prevent infection and disease
  • Regulates and balance insulin and promotes normal thyroid function
  • Helps prevent or control diabetes
  • Helps reduce weight, increases energy
  • Aids in arthritis or ligament problems
Integrative Veterinarian and Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Karen Becker, says “Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) have been shown to improve brain energy metabolism and decrease the amyloid protein buildup that results in brain lesions in older dogs. Coconut oil is a rich source of MCTs. I recommend 1/4 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight twice daily for basic MCT support.”
Why not give coconut oil a try and introduce it to your dog?  It offers many benefits for your dog and is a more sustainable and less toxic source of oils than fish.

Thursday 22 August 2013


                                              TRY AROMATHERAPY FOR YOUR DOGS
AVAILABLE from Lisa Provost Pet Care Provider or you can also get these products from Canine Touch and tell. Help your dog to feel calm and refreshed!

Wednesday 21 August 2013


                                CASSIE KNOWTHYDOG'S CPR DOG HAS SOME REAL FANS

Monday 19 August 2013

TRAVEL pill HOLDER for your dog

               This little container stores, cuts, crashes, and has a little holder for liquid perfect for travelling pets great for Humans too!

Saturday 17 August 2013


                Urban coyote. Image credit:Flickr, Dru Bloomfield – At Home in ...

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Keeping your dogs on leash or working constantly on your pets recall is good prevention when dealing with wildlife. If you have a big dog, coyotes tend to keep their distance, but small or medium sized dogs will become prey.

Friday 16 August 2013

Natural Herbal Remedies

I believe we should have options to try natural products, but if we need to use tradition medicines whatever treatment you, your dog, and vet decide should be the product that helps your dogs the best.

QUILLED would you know what to Do??


I have spent hours removing quills from a dog’s mouth, lips, tongue and body. 

If you take your dog for long walks in the country, or go camping, or have a cottage property, as an educated dog owner you should always pack a travel first aid kit. A pair of piers and Gravol as a mild sedation will be useful if your dog tangles with a porcupine.

If your dog is quilled it is an unfortunate fact that the most common place to be quilled is the face. Generally your dog will grab the porcupine with his mouth and the loose quills of the porcupine will lodge and penetrate into your dog’s skin and mouth. Porcupines don’t shoot their quills but these loosely attached barbs let go from their hair shafts if touched.

TREATMENT What to do? Treatment is a little harsh: you need to pull the quills out! And you need to pull them out quickly. You will need pliers to overcome the barbs.

You need to keep your dog quiet. Gravol may help to calm your dog. However, Gravol doesn’t work on every dog. Hopefully you have help available, for someone will need to hold the dog still while you remove the quills. Keeping the dog calm can be a difficult job since quills are sharp and painful and all your dog wants is to get them out. Movement will drive the quills deeper into your dog’s skin. It is crucial to stop your dog from rolling or pawing, pushing the quills deeper into your dog’s flesh. First stand your dog feel your dog for any quills on one side of his body, legs, neck. Remove those while the dog is still standing. Grab each quill as close to the dog’s skin as possible with the piers. Needle nose are the best. Pull with constant pressure and pulling it straight until the quill is pulled out. Most certainly there will be blood, but the quill must come out. This is a painful process. It’s a good idea to apply a topical antiseptic where the quills were pulled out to avoid infection. I haven’t myself used vinegar but I have heard if you pour vinegar on the quills it helps loosen them up. If you do try the vinegar keep vinegar away from you dog’s eyes.

Once you feel sure you have removed all the quills from that side lie your dog down on the side you just de-quilled and start working on his face. Start with his tongue. If your dog is starting to get fed up and is in pain from the quills he may bite you. If you remove the quills from the tongue and inside his mouth first then you can muzzle and work on removing the quills from the rest of the face and body. Quills embed rapidly so immediate action is needed to give your dog relief from the throbbing. Keep feeling for quills all over your dog and keep removing them. Because you can’t see any more doesn’t mean they are not there! Some dogs will learn to stay clear after the first encounter with a porcupine: other dogs get carried away and are unable to control themselves. We, as their owners, have the responsibility to take whatever action is necessary to help our dogs avoid porcupines. If your dog has quills in his eyes or deep in the throat you should get him to the closest Veterinary Clinic. Your dog’s vet will tranquilize him, making it far easier to remove the quills. Your veterinarian will also prescribe a round of antibiotics after all the quills have been removed.

Dr Andrew Jones DVM Cancer is THE number one killer of dogs.

Statistics show that 1 in every 3 dogs, and
1 in every 4 cats will get Cancer at some point.

Cancer is THE number one killer of dogs.

Unfortunately 50% of pets that get cancer will
die from the disease.

What to WATCH for..

I strongly urge you to do a basic
At Home Pet health exam on your pets
once a week.

It's ALWAYS better to catch it early.

Here are some of the more common signs:

1. Abnormal FIRM swellings that stay and continue to grow 
2. Sores that DO NOT heal- they continue to weep
3. Distended abdomen ( stomach)
4. Unexplained We*ight Loss
5. Loss of Appetite
6. Foul smelling oral odor/difficulty swallowing/drooling
7. Enlarged Lymph nodes
8. Chronic vomiting/diarrhea
9. Unexplained discharge/bleeding
10. Chronic cough/respiratory difficulty
11. Reluctance to exercise/weakness
12. Chronic progressive lameness
13. Difficulty urinating/defecating

Thursday 15 August 2013


One method of restraint for shorter procedures is the pillow hold. This is a gentler form of restraint. The pillow hold keeps the dog from turning around to bite while being examined.  

Wednesday 14 August 2013


                                                                HARD TO BELIEVE

Tuesday 13 August 2013

Newla on the Fit ball

                                          NEWLA HAVING FUN AT THE SUMMIT FOR DOGS

Monday 12 August 2013


Another helpful product that I have recently come across is anti-lick bandage. If you ever had a dog who doesn't stop licking and the licking causes lick ulcers, its not pretty. These bandages stop the cycle giving the sores a change to heal....

Sunday 11 August 2013

chew-that 665 Earl Armstrong Rd. Gloucester, On

                     chew-that a new pet store with so much to offer, all your pets needs and more!

Saturday 10 August 2013

Bach Flower Remedies

Bach Flower Remedies are a collection of 38 plant and flower-based remedies discovered in the 1930's by Dr. Edward Bach, a revered Harley Street, London physician.

Each Bach remedy deals with a specific negative emotion in humans and animals, so we can select and take one or more remedies to match the moods. They work to address everyday emotional imbalances and thereby help maintain our or our dogs emotional and physical well-being.
They work in the exactly same way to help our animals get over emotional difficulties.

Friday 9 August 2013

Pawflex Bandages SIMPY PAWFECT

New innovated and easy way to bandage your dog Designed just for them...These bandages are
                                                                 FUR FRIENDLY
                                                                SUPER STRETCH
                                                                 HASSLE FREE
These bandages are easy to use, with secure Velcro type tabs comfortable and soft so your dog isn't stressing. Fur friendly so no pulling fur when you remove bandages. They have 5 different designs even a  medmit to fit paws with outdoor covers Really should check these out, perfect for your dog's
First Aid Kit. Saw these at Chew-that pet store.

Thursday 8 August 2013

Art in Strathcona Park 2013 KNOWTHYDOG WILL BE THERE!

Art in Strathcona Park 2013

August 10, 2013 at 10:00 AM until August 10, 2013 at 05:00 PM

at Strathcona Park, Laurier Avenue East & Range Road Ottawa, Ontario

Enjoy the work of the area’s most talented artists and artisans. This 13th annual exhibition and sale is fast becoming one of the area’s most popular outdoor artistic events.

Over 130 exhibitors are drawn from many fine professional associations.  The day features a silent auction, performers, refreshments, food and admission is free!

Art in Strathcona Park is an ideal venue for a professional or semi-professional artist or artisan seeking to exhibit work in a low-cost, yet beautiful venue.

Wednesday 7 August 2013


                               CANINE TOUCH AND TELL presents FALL HAZARDS SEMINAR

                                      COME JOIN US

                           Fall threats to our pets can cause unwanted debts
                          Learn how to keep them healthy, and stay wealthy!

                        Fall Canine Hazards Seminar
                  7:00 to 9:30 pm August 20th, 2013

                                 COST $10.00
                                 EVERY SEMINAR ALWAYS INCLUDES
                CPR/AR and Choking DEMO
                  At 360 Croydon Ave #102       
                    Contact Sandy Benoit
                   At Canine Touch and Tell   
                 Julia Moffat at 613-697-7966             
                                  RSVP LIMITED SPACE

Tuesday 6 August 2013

Tread Milling

If you have a dog who's energy level is higher then you can handle, then a tread mill maybe a tool for you and your dog. Treadmills don't just burn energy they also need your dog to work their brain to concentrate on the task at hand. Don't use a tread milling as a walk replacement your dog loves their outings. Use it to burn a little extra energy before you walk!

Monday 5 August 2013

Lifestream Animal blood bank

K9 Blood donor
Check out lifestream maybe your dog could save another dog's life!

Sunday 4 August 2013

BEE Stings

Things to know  Unfortunately many of our dogs are allergic to bees. We may never know unless
we see our dog get stung and have to deal with a reaction. No the environment where your dog is walking. Know when you can treat at home or if you need Veterinary help.
If the sting is still in you many need to remove it using a credit card by scrapping the stinger out. If the bite is red swelling and localized an ice pack may be all you need to give your dog relief from the sting. You may want to give Benadryl to help control the histamines the body will start to create once stung. You can use a topical antihistamine cream applied to the sting area. If your dog gets hives or face or throat swelling you need to get your dog to the vets quickly Give Benadryl. This could be a condition called Anaphylactic reaction and needs Veterinarian before the Airway completely closes.

Saturday 3 August 2013


When to use these leashes and when not too! What a great idea having a 26 foot leash for your dog to have freedom on his walk. Unfortunately people need to use these tool safely and properly.

This leash is a great training tool for working on your recall. It a great leash if your walking in open spaces, where the dog will not get tangled.

This is not a safe leash when playing with other dogs. Its not a safe leash on side walks It not a safe leash if your dog likes chasing cars, kids on bikes or squirrels.

But the leash gives you the controls to lock the distance and bring the dog in close if there is a major distraction.

Used right, the retractable leash can be a useful tool that lets your dog explore just that little bit more!

Friday 2 August 2013


                                            TO ERR IS HUMAN TO FORGIVE IS CANINE

Get into the swim of things

Canine Hydrotherapy Practitioner Training

If you are thinking of pursuing a career in canine hydrotherapy or simply would like to learn how to beneficially swim your dog, then the Canine Hydrotherapy Practitioner Training Program is for you.

                                                                Or call or email us at:
                                                                    613 745-9424

August 24th - Greyhound Supporters Annual Greyhound Picnic

August 24th - Greyhound Supporters Annual Greyhound Picnic
It’s that time again – summertime - and we’re hoping that you will join us for our 5th Annual Greyhound Picnic on Saturday, August 24th (raindate is Sunday, August 25th) at 6382 Fourth Line Road in North Gower.
This year, we will be offering barbequed hot dogs and veggie dogs for sale ($2.00 each) from 11:30 to 1:00, as well as water and soft drinks ($1.00 each), chips and home baking will be available for sale on-site.  Of course, you are welcome to bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy instead.
We’re updating our Greyhound Trivia contest and we’ve got some awesome prizes for the winners.  One of the most popular features is the on-site raffle.  Winning tickets will be drawn around 1:30 pm so be sure to stick around until then so you can go home with your prizes. Raffle tickets will be $2.00 each, 3 tickets for $5.00 or $20 from nose to tail. 
Don’t forget your hound’s muzzle as there is an unsupervised off leash area for the hounds to stretch their legs and socialize at anytime during the event. It is also recommended that you bring some drinking water and a bowl for your hound – there will be water bowls available, but it is good to be prepared.  
Toe Nail clipping by Pat Swabey for $5.00 per hound will be available. And, make sure you visit Kim Swan for a relaxing and theraputic treatment for you or your hound. Relax with a mini session of Reiki, BodyTalk, Aromatouch hand massage, or canine massage for $10, with half the proceeds being donated to Greyhound Supporters.
Media Drive at the Greyhound Supporters Picnic - Bring in your gently used CD’s, DVD, and Blu-rays, drop them off at the Greyhound Supporters vending table and receive a free raffle ticket for each item donated (up to 10 free tickets per household). Your old media will be used to raise funds for the Greyhound Supporters adoption program.
There is a $5 family entrance fee for the picnic.  In addition, we will gladly accept any unwanted Canadian Tire Money, which we use for a variety of items in support of adoptions. 
This year, the Greyhound Supporters will have all of their merchandise set up and available for sale.  Our merchandise includes tag collars, martingale collars, greyhound-adorned cushion cases, greyhound prints, belly bands, grooming gloves and a myriad of other items.  Kasco’s Kollars will also have a vending booth set up.  Stay tuned for news about other vendors that may be on-site.
There is not a lot of shade at the picnic site, but we will have canopies put up to provide shelter from the sun and other elements.  If you have a canopy that you could bring and put up – that would be greatly appreciated.
Greyhound Picnic Needs Your Help - The Bake Table is always a popular part of  our annual picnic, and contributions of baked goods for human or canine consumption are greatly appreciated. Anyone wishing to donate baked goods is asked to let Mel Begin know at (before August 17, 2013) .   Over the years we have found that cookies and brownies/squares sell very well.  If you have time to package your goodies into individual portions that would be great - generally two to four cookies per package or two brownies/squares, depending on size.  If not, we will have extra baggies at the event and can package them there as well as price them.  It is recommended that baked goods containing nut products be labelled as such.  We also ask that doggie treats be well-labelled to avoid confusion.
If you are interested in helping with the event, or just have a question, please let us know at
When:          Saturday, August 24th
Time:           11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where:         6382 Fourth Line Road, North Gower
Cost:            $5.00 per family
Rain Date:    Sunday August 25th, 2013
Please note that this is a greyhound-only event so we ask that other canine companions not attend.