posted 07/15/14


Are you a good boss?  Good bosses let their employees know when they are doing a good job.  Good bosses go to the employee at the worksite and complement the employee specifically on what he or she is doing right.  Good bosses let their employees know that they appreciate the job they are doing for the company.

Bad bosses take their employees for granted.  Bad bosses rarely complement an employee and, if they do, it is only at “evaluation time.”  Bad bosses expect greatness from their employees, but forget to acknowledge it when they see it.  Bad bosses are quick to criticize and belittle their employees as soon as one little thing goes wrong.

Are you a good “dog boss” or a bad one?  Good dog bosses praise their dogs AS THEY ARE DOING A GOOD JOB, not just after they have completed it.  Good dog bosses use their praise to remind the dogs that they are under constant surveillance and supervision, and that the leader appreciates the GOOD behavior.  Good dog bosses are quick to point out bad behavior, but they spend much more time praising their dogs to reinforce the good.

Next time your dog is lying quietly and staring up at you, praise him.  Let him know that you like that behavior.  Don’t ignore him or take the good behavior for granted, and then jump all over him when things go bad.

Next time your dog is trotting nicely alongside you without pulling on the leash, PRAISE THE BEHAVIOR.  Let him know that you appreciate that behavior.  Do not take the good behavior for granted.  When you ignore the good behavior and offer attention to your dog only when he is being bad, he will choose to be bad more often…because he loves the attention whether it is positive or negative.  To your dog, any attention is better than none!  Make sure he is getting attention for the right things!


Because of the way dogs cool themselves, they are more susceptible to heat exhaustion then humans.  The early signs of heat exhaustion can include: heavy panting, bright red tongue, lots of watery salivation, or listlessness.  Later signs may include rapid, shallow breathing, sticky and pale gums, disorientation, weakness, stumbling, and even loss of consciousness.  This is a life-threatening emergency.  Don’t let your dog get to this point! 

To treat heat exhaustion:

1.  Move the dog out of the sun and into shade or into an air conditioned building.

2.  Offer the dog cool water to drink.  Remember that water dishes left outside heat up, and your dog will probably not drink warm or hot water.

3.  Rinse the dog off with COOL (not COLD) water, either in the bath tub or with a garden hose.

4.  Place the dog in front of a fan while it is still damp.

5.  Place ice bags around the dog’s head and neck.

6.  Take your dog’s temperature using a rectal thermometer.  “Normal” is about 100 to 102 degrees.  If a dog’s temperature is 104 or above, you have an emergency situation.

7.  Either way, call your vet and be prepared to transport the dog if the vet recommends it.

8.  Maintain the dog in an environment that is cool and offers good, cool air circulation.














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