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Archive for August, 2011

Canine Acne

Who would have ever thought it? Canine Acne. I know it sounds made up but trust me its real.

It all started with little pustules on the lips and chin. They look nasty and sometimes bleed. As with anything new and different looking on my dogs, I took Blaze to the vet who confirmed that it was in fact Canine Acne. Apparently because its around the mouth its easy to get infected. Blaze isn’t the neatest drinker so his mouth is always wet. After a nice round of antibiotics he was all better.

Fast forward a few months and we have it back again. Consequently he is also sleeping a lot! After doing some research it seems that Canine Acne (just like human acne) can be related to hormones. Blaze is still intact since he is being shown so I assume that’s what this is, probably another growth spurt of some kind or increase in testosterone. Granted I’m assuming all of this and basing it on some things I’ve read online.

Now what to do about this yucky acne? I’m not rushing to the vet this time so I’m keeping his mouth dry, and trying to do some neosporin which he will probably just lick off pretty fast. Hopefully this will clear in a few days!

Video Taping Dog Training

Teaching dog training, and doing dog training are two very different skills. Some people have an amazing ability to watch a team and point out areas for improvement. When I am working with my dog I have a different perception of what is going on. Over the last month I have been entered in a really fun tricks challenge, but it required me to video tape my dog working. When I look back at it, I can see areas for improvement. Its truly amazing.

I’m also on an email list for competitive dog obedience and I heard some similar responses there too, videoing your dog gives you a different perspective. I’m going to work on a few behaviors over the next few weeks and try to video them. I may not post all, but I will post some. I would encourage you to do the same! You may just learn something from your dog!