Does Your Dog Like My Dog?




“Two Paws Up Tuesday”

We are going to do things a little different this week. Instead of me typing out articles of valuable information we are going to use illustrations that you can save and or print for your convenience.

Training Tip: This tip comes from Megan Tershner a RUFF Academy Agility trainer. “Always walk the course before you run it with your dog so you can map out all of your turns in your head. Decide where to place your front and rear crosses”.

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Fun Fact: Dogs get the hiccups just like people do. Puppies and babies get the hiccups much more often than adult dogs and adult humans do.

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Small but Deadly! (part 2)





“Two Paws Up Tuesday”

Continuing our discussion from last Tuesday on Lyme Disease today we will be covering Diagnosis, Treatment, Living & Management, and Prevention.


You will need to give a thorough history of your dogs health, including a background of symptoms and possible incidents that might have precipitated them. The history you provide may give your veterinarian clues as to which organs are being affected. Your veterinarian may run some combination of blood chemistry tests, a complete blood cell count, a urinalysis, fecal examinations , X-rays, and tests specific to diagnosing Lyme disease (e.g., serology). Fluid from the affected joints may also be drawn for analysis.

There are many causes for arthritis, and your veterinarian will focus on differentiating arthritis initiated by Lyme disease from other inflammatory arthritic disorders, such as trauma, degenerative joint disease, or osteochondrosis dissecans  (a condition found in large, fast growing breeds of puppies). Immune-mediated diseases will also be considered as a possible cause of the symptoms. An X-Ray of the painful joints will allow your doctor to examine the bones for abnormalities.


If the diagnosis is Lyme disease, your dog will be treated as an outpatient unless their condition is unstable (e.g., severe kidney disease). Doxycycline is the most common antibiotic that is prescribed for Lyme disease, but others are also available and effective. The recommended treatment length is usually four weeks, but longer courses may be necessary in some cases. Your veterinarian may also prescribe an anti-inflammatory (pain reliever) if your dog is especially uncomfortable.

Unfortunately, antibiotic treatment does not always completely eliminate infection with Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria. Symptoms may resolve but then return at a later date, and the development of kidney disease in the future is always a worry.

Living and Management

Improvement in sudden (acute) inflammation of the joints caused by Borrelia should be seen within three to five days of antibiotic treatment. If there is no improvement within three to five days, your veterinarian will want to reevaluate your dog.


If possible, avoid allowing your dog to roam in tick-infested environments where Lyme disease is common. Check your dogs coat and skin daily and remove ticks by hand. Your veterinarian can also recommend a variety of sprays, collars, chewables and spot-on topical products that kill and repel ticks. Such products should be used under a veterinarians supervision and according to the labels directions. Lyme vaccines are available, but their use is somewhat controversial. Talk to your veterinarian to see if a Lyme vaccination is right for your dog.

Training Tip: Remember going to the Vets office can be overwhelming for both you and your dog. Try your best to set yourself up for success by being prepared with treats, a 6 foot leash and a nice long walk before your appointment if possible. The more calm and controlled you are the calmer and less anxious your dog will be.

Training tip courtesy of: Amanda Mondloch a RUFF Academy trainer

FUN FACT: The average gestational period for a dog ranges from 58-68 days regardless of breed and size.

Use the link above to register for various classes for you and your furry friends. We all want to be responsible pet owners and part of being a responsible pet mom and dad is raising a well rounded, fulfilled, well mannered member of the family. RUFF Academy offers all the tools and training to accomplish this goal.

National Puppy Day is March 23rd so be sure to celebrate with Fido and all of Fidos friends!

































Small but Deadly!




“Two Paws Up Tuesday”

Last week we talked a little bit about ticks and the harm they can cause. Vets in the area are reporting a high number of cases being brought into the office. We are now going to go in depth about the consequences and affects of Lyme Disease in dogs. This will be a 2 part series. Today we will cover Symptoms and Types along with Causes. Next week we will cover Diagnosis, Treatment, Living and Management, and Prevention.

Lyme Borreliosis in Dogs

Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-transmitted diseases in the world but only causes symptoms in 5-10% of affected dogs. It is caused by a spirochete (bacteria) species of Borrelia burgdorferi group. When infection leads to disease in dogs, the dominant clinical feature is recurrent lameness due to inflammation of the joints. There may also be a lack of appetite and depression. More serious complications include damage to the kidneys, and rarely, heart or nervous system disease.

Kidney disease appears to be more prevalent in Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Shetland Sheepdogs, and Bernese Mountain dogs. Experimentally, young dogs appear to be more susceptible to Lyme disease than older dogs. Transmission of the disease has been reported in dogs throughout the United States and Europe, but most prevalent in the upper Midwestern states, the Atlantic seaboard, and the Pacific coastal states.

Symptoms and Types 

Many dogs who develop Lyme disease have recurrent lameness due to inflammation of the joints. Sometimes the lameness lasts for only three to four days but recurs days to weeks later, either in the same leg or in other legs. This is known as “shifting-leg lameness.” One or more joints may be swollen, warm, and painful.

Some dogs may also develop kidney problems. Lyme disease sometimes leads to glomerulonephritis-inflammation and accompanying dysfunction of the kidneys glomeruli (essentially, a blood filter). Eventually, kidney failure may set in as the dog begins to exhibit such signs as vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, weight loss, increased urination and thirst, and abnormal fluid build ups.

Other symptoms associated with Lyme disease include:

  • Stiff walk with an arched back
  • Seneitivity to touch
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fever, lack of appetite, and depression
  • Superficial lymph nodes close to the sire of the infecting tick bite may be swollen
  • Heart abnormalities are reported, but rare

Nervous System complications (rare)


Borrelia burgdorferi, which is the bacteria responsible for Lyme disease, is transmitted by slow-feeding, hard shelled deer ticks (Ixodes spp.). Infection typically occurs after the Borrelia-carrying tick has been attached to the dog for at least 2-3 days.

Information courtesy of: PetMD

Training Tip: Any dog can do agility. You may not win but it’s still a great activity for you and your dog!

Training Tip courtesy of: Megan Tershner a RUFF Academy dog trainer.

FUN FACT: In the TV show Lassie there were 6 different Rough Collies (AKA Long-Haired Collie, Collie, Scottish Collie, English Collie and Lassie Dog) who played the dog in the series from 1954-1971.

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Pepe Lepew….You’ve Been Skunked!

Dog and skunk

“Two Paws Up Tuesday”

Spring is in the air and with that comes warmer weather and new life for all kinds of critters big and small. Today we will be talking about Skunks, Ticks and Fleas and what that means to Fido should they cross paths.

Skunk Odors

Skunk odor can be difficult to remove, but it will dissipate over time. Some over-the-counter products such as Skunk-Off or Nature’s Miracle Skunk Odor Remover may be helpful. These products are available at some pet stores and Internet pharmacies. If neither of these concoctions seems to work, here’s one last Skunk-Odor removing remedy that’s been passed on from one generation of dog lovers to the next. Mix 1 quart hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda, and 1 teaspoon dish-washing liquid. Use within one hour of mixing the ingredients. Rinse thoroughly after application. You may bathe and thoroughly rinse the pet with regular pet shampoo after treating with the skunk remedy.


Ticks can be removed at home by using tweezers or a tick removal tool often included in first aid kits. To remove the tick, grasp it by the head, as close to your pets skin as possible. Avoid grasping the body as this may cause the head to break off. In some cases, it may be important to save the tick for visual inspection by a vet. Use a sealable plastic bag for storage. There are preventative monthly oral medications that you can use such as Nexgard. Consult with your vet for the appropriate medications and doses for your pet.


Signs of fleas on your pet are itching, flea dirt (dark flaky material in the hair, coat), weakness, and pale gums. Fleas generally cause mild signs of itching and can be treated on a non-emergency basis. In cases of significant flea infestation , especially in very young puppies fleas can cause severe anemia (blood loss). If you see fleas and your puppy is pale or weak, an emergency examination is advised. You should discuss flea prevention with your primary veterinarian.

Information courtesy of: Pet Emergency Resource Guide

Training Tip: The “Watch me” and “Leave it” commands are great tools you can use when visiting the vets office. Getting your dogs attention back on you and away from the other distractions can help calm you and your dog.

Training tip courtesy of: Amanda Mondloch a RUFF Academy dog trainer

FUN FACT: Adult dogs have 42 teeth and 319 bones in the dog skeleton.

Be sure to use the link above to register for various classes such as Agility, Puppy Playhouse, Obidence and Service dog training. Trilogy offers the best value allowing you to choose 3 classes that run 6 weeks each. You have a full year to choose the classes that best work for you and your furry friend! All classes offered have been puppy tested and RUFF approved!