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Training Your Dog

The first six weeks

Puppies begin learning from the moment they are born. Although they not able to master tricks and commands in this early stage, puppies can learn to bond to human touch. Be careful and gentle with the puppy and always pet him under the supervision of a breeder, vet or other puppy expert, since the puppy requires special care at this young age.

Six to twelve weeks

Puppies are never too little to learn. Establishing routines, such as taking your puppy outside in the morning, after meals and before playing, will help in your training and housebreaking.

Remember intentional or not, you are constantly teaching your puppy.

* If you don't want your adult dog sleeping on the sofa, don't let your puppy sit on it.
* If you don't want your dog begging for your food, don't start feeding him table scraps.
* Unless you want to confuse your dog about biting behavior, don't let your puppy "teethe" on your fingers.
* Use common sense and ask yourself before you do anything with your puppy: Is this behavior something I want to encourage?

Three to six months

Once your puppy is three months he is old enough to begin understanding basic commands, like "Sit" "Stay" "Down" and "Quiet". Your puppy should also walk well on his leash, understand the word "NO!" and know the proper place to go to the bathroom.

Remember that training a puppy takes time and patience. If you want a well-behaved puppy, you will have to spend time training him in the puppy stages. Make time for at least one, preferably two, short training sessions every day.

Six months to one year

Your puppy now has the required stamina for longer training sessions. This is the ideal time to introduce commands such as the "Long Sit" and "Long Down". Teaching your puppy these commands will help your puppy sit and lay longer - anywhere from five minutes to a half-hour - depending how long you and your puppy work together. Remember to play with your puppy and let him run for five or ten minutes before beginning any long command training session to release any pent up energy that may distract him from his lessons.

The second year

At this point in your dog's development, you can begin to introduce new privileges and responsibilities. For example, you might introduce your puppy to sleeping outside of his crate. For many owners, the companionship of having their puppy sleep in their room is quite appealing, providing a warm feeling of security and warmth. However, letting your puppy sleep in your room is something you should only allow if you have clearly established yourself as the leader - otherwise your puppy will have the bed and you'll have the floor. This arrangement could lead to some pretty sleepless nights!

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Seven healthy Indian puppies including the one in this picture have been rescued and are looking for loving homes. Pls call the rescuer directly in the below numbers

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If Your Dog or Cat Ever Does This, Go To the Vet IMMEDIATELY!

What Exactly is “Head-Pressing”?

The term “head pressing” is actually pretty descriptive—the affected pet stands close to a wall or other hard surface (furniture, the corner, etc) and literally presses the top of her head against it. It almost always signifies significant illness.

What are the illness/diseases that can cause this behaviour?

Many diseases can have head pressing as a clinical sign, but most often we associate it with hepatic encephalopathy, a condition that occurs in pets with liver disease. The liver is meant to remove toxins from the blood stream. When it doesn’t function properly, ammonia and other toxins build up and create this neurologic syndrome of head pressing.

Many breeds are predisposed to liver shunts, a condition in which blood bypasses the liver. Head pressing is a common clinical sign in these pups because of the hepatic encephalopathy that occurs secondary to the liver shunt.

Other conditions that can cause head pressing are:

Hydrocephalus (water on the brain)
Tumours in the brain
Strokes or vascular accidents in the brain
Head trauma.
Inflammatory and infectious types of meningitis and encephalitis
Any kind of trauma to the head or brain can potentially cause head pressing.
Are these disease and illness hereditary?

Some diseases, like liver shunts and hydrocephalus ARE hereditary. Pets with these conditions should not be bred. The other causes mentioned are not hereditary.

Any other symptoms people should look for?

Depending on the underlying cause for head pressing, other symptoms will likely be apparent. In the case of the most common presentation (hepatic encephalopathy), owners will likely see signs of liver disease including:

Jaundice (yellowing of the whites of the eyes and gums)
Weight loss
Increased urination
Increased water intake
Lethargy
Mental dullness (particularly after a meal)
Are there any Preventions?

Not specifically. Many of the conditions that lead to head pressing are just luck of the draw. By keeping your pet healthy, up to date on vaccines, and on appropriate external and internal parasite control, you can avoid some of the infectious causes of encephalitis, however.

What is the prognosis of an animal that displays this behaviour? Does waiting to seek treatment make a difference?

Prognosis largely depends on the underlying cause. There are treatments for many of the conditions that lead to head pressing, and often pets can make a full recovery.

For most veterinary illnesses, the sooner treatment is sought, the better.

Any other information readers need to know?

You should not be concerned if your pet rubs his or her head against you for affection or attention. This kind of head butting is completely different from head pressing, which is an obvious effort to press the head into firm stationary objects.
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A complicated case and a fearful crowd led to the negligence of innocent cattle.

Our volunteers from Blue Cross never stop at anything! This was one of the most challenging cases we have faced in a while. Gaining ownership of cattle, be it temporary or permanent requires a lot of procedures. This case in particular had a lot complications as the cattle ignored by the owners involved a police case due to a series of unfortunate events.

Our volunteers found 5 cows which had been starving for 5 days. The neighbours and village members were reluctant to enter the premises and help the cattle as the feared for their own lives due to the complications involved. They could hear the cows screaming in agony for help!

Our volunteers were accompanied by the local Sub Inspector to visit the location. The cows were carefully loaded in the trucks and we ensured that their travel was comfortable. They are currently at at the Velachery Shelter under recovery!

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Quench the thirst of animals this summer

It's summer & Blue Cross of India have kick started their annual water bowl project and have been distributing bowls across Chennai city. All u can do is get a couple of them and place clean drinking water for the poor animals on the streets.

If u would like to, drop in a mail to bciwaterbowl@gmail.com
or call / text to
9840136341 / 044-22354959
with ur address, contact details and number of bowls.

You can also pick up the bowls from the shelter at Velachery.

**There will be a delivery charge of Rs 50 per bowl**

--Your LIKES, COMMENTS & SHARES will help Blue Cross of India to reach more animal lovers and spread information of animal welfare and rights.

Thank you animal lovers! 😃
Thank you for your support!

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What do we do when someone reaches out to help us when we are scared? We walk away further.

This rescue is based on that. A kitten had found herself stuck in the rain water harvest pipe of a building. This was a four storeys off the ground. We had to ensure that the scared kitten did not keep moving away from us, down the pipe where the rescue would have gotten more difficult.

This section of the pipe was L-shaped. We cut the pipe and sent in a hose through the horizontal section to make her come closer towards us. Once she was at the junction where she could be vertically carried, we removed her safely!

Watch this video for more!

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This little boxer cross boy came to us a week back with his front left paw crushed . He is recovering rapidly but desperately needs a home as he needs personal attention. He will recover to be a perfectly ok 3 legged doggie. He is right now in the Blue Cross of India shelter . Please call on 9789096602 to take him home . ... See MoreSee Less

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THE ONLY WAY TO DO GREAT WORK IS TO LOVE WHAT YOU DO.

Figuratively, the billionth rescue from a well. We have a lot more to go!

The rescuer Mr. Vivek is an active volunteer with CARE Bangalore. His native is Chennai and volunteers with Blue Cross of India, he is trained in tactical rescue. Nothing stops his passion for animals.

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