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Heatstroke

Heatstroke – early warning signs

Heatstroke can be fatal. Do everything you can to prevent it.

Some dogs are more prone to heatstroke. For example, dogs with short snouts, fatter or heavily muscled dogs and long-haired breeds, as well as very old or very young dogs. Dogs with certain diseases are more prone to heatstroke, as are dogs on certain medication.

If dogs are unable to reduce their body temperature, they will develop heatstroke. There are some signs to look for:

•Heavy panting

•Profuse salivation

•A rapid pulse

•Very red gums/tongue

•Lethargy

•Lack of coordination

•Reluctance or inability to rise after collapsing

•Vomiting

•Diarrhoea

•Loss of consciousness in extreme circumstances

 Heatstroke – first aid

If your dog shows any symptoms of heatstroke, move him/her to a shaded, cool area and ring your vet for advice immediately.

Heatstroke can be fatal and should always be treated as an emergency.

Dogs suffering from heatstroke urgently need to have their body temperature gradually lowered:

•Immediately douse your dog with cool (not cold) water, to avoid shock – you could put your dog in a shower and run cool water over him/her, or use a spray filled with cool water and place your dog in the breeze of a fan.

•Let your dog drink small amounts of cool water.

•Continue to douse your dog with cool water until his/her breathing starts to settle – never cool your dog so much that he/she begins to shiver.

 Once you have cooled your dog down you should take him/her straight to the veterinary surgery.

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Cefn Sidan beach

At last a lovely day for a beach walk. Trying to get our four dogs in a photo together is like trying to herd goldfish. 

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Networking

I attended a great networking meeting today at Machynys Peninsula Golf Club www.machynys.com During the breakfast meeting we had one-on-one meetings with selected delegates to discuss business opportunities. Lyn Griffiths has agreed to take-on my income tax problem and Rhiannon Boyce of Machynys has inspired me to pursue my idea of offering Canine seminars in the Llanelli area in her conference suite and Barrie Hughes www.barriehughesflorist.co.uk and I discussed his plans to get his delivery vehicle ‘wrapped’; a very inspirational day.

Carmarthen Spring Show

I participated in the Spring Show in Carmarthen over the May Bank holiday weekend with my have-a-go agility and raised £72 for Lizzie’s Barn and Animal Lifeline. I was supported by two young sisters from the agility club I attend in Carmarthen. I also gave one-to-one advice on understanding and interpreting Canine behaviours and discussed providing puppies with appropriate Life-skills. It was a great show and incredibly busy especially on the Monday. Image

Networking meeting

I recently attended a great Business Networking group called First Friday in Neath. It was a breakfast meeting where I was made very welcome and given the opportunity to introduce myself and my business and even to display my marketing banner. Everyone was very friendly and encouraging and eager to learn about my business and suggested ways of increasing my client base. It was such a pleasure to be able to talk business to like-minded entrepreneurs .   .http://www.firstfriday-network.co.uk/ Image

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Proposal to ban dogs from our beaches

Proposal to ban dogs from our beaches

I was contacted by my local paper to express my views on the proposal to ban dogs from our beaches…

Sofa dog

By chance I met a paramedic who coincidentally had visited my stand at Burns’ Dogs’ Day Out last year in Pen-Bre Country Park. He had advised me that his Jack Russell Terrier was staking her claim to the sofa and although he and his wife didn’t mind the dog on the sofa it was felt that the dog’s control of the furniture was inappropriate and asked me for a solution. At the time they were getting frustrated and angry with the dog but making no progress. I suggested that they try a simple ‘shaping’ technique to engage the dog’s interest and then, if they chose, to give the dog ‘permission’ to get onto the sofa. Apparently my solution was so successful that they extended the technique to other scenarios and enhanced their relationship with the dog to such an extent that they embarked on a Pets As Therapy (PAT) dog course which she passed with flying colours and is now visiting old folk to provide much needed comfort. It’s stories like this that make what I do so worthwhile and rewarding. 

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Carmarthen Spring Show

I participated in the Spring Show in Carmarthen over the Bank holiday weekend with my have-a-go agility and raised £72 for Lizzie’s Barn rescue and Animal Lifeline Wales. I was supported by two young sisters from the agility club I attend in Carmarthen.

It was a very busy weekend with non-stop inquiries about understanding, interpreting and modifying dogs’ behaviours and how to provide puppies with appropriate Life-skills. It was very rewarding to be able to talk to so many dog owners about their beloved companions. Image 

ACT & HootSuite Workshop

I recently attended a great FREE HootSuite workshop organised by ACT (Advanced  Communication Technologies). They’ve just produced a video from the workshop which I’ve attached…http://www.actirelandwales.com/wordpress/?page_id=467 

Dog handling talk at the Carmarthen Spring Show

During the forthcoming Spring Show at the Carmarthen Show Ground I shall be giving an informal talk and Q&A on dog handling. The talk will focus on developing our handling skills and selecting appropriate dog walking locations and keeping our dogs mentally stimulated as well as physically exercised. Visitors to my stand will be encouraged to discuss their dog with a view to selecting an ideal route through my imaginary park that has all the features of Pen-Bre Country Park.

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