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1)        Add 1 to 1 1/2 ounces of Apple Cider Vinegar per gallon of water to help keep fleas
away. Apparently they do not like the taste of the dogs skin/blood after about a week. Also,
it helps their coats get softer and shinier. We have been doing it for a week now and are
seeing amazing results. We also add to their pools.... The one thing we did notice was that it
promotes algae growth so we add a little bit of Clorox or those small chlorine tablets for
pools into the water or pools.

2)        Do not give your dogs ice cubes in their water during the summer. It is believed that
giving ice cold water can promote bloat when dogs are really hot. (think I may have
mentioned something about this previously, but always good to mention again)

3)        A raw egg mixed in their food a few times a week is great for their skin & coat. The
extra protein is also very good for them - and they love it!

4)        You should not feed dogs human food. Our food is not properly balanced for a dog,
whose nutritional needs are unique. Some human foods, like chocolate, can even be toxic to
dogs in large doses.

5)        Here is a new for Puppy Biting for those getting ready to bring their babies home...
   1. Say "No bite" or "Be nice" with low voice.
   2. Place your hand over the top of his muzzle, gently pressing his muzzle
towards                    his chest as you say, "No bite".
   3. Simply give puppies chewing toys or treats.
   4. You can use middle-tied towel to play with your puppy with gently pulling
it.                        They love something moving.

6)        Bloodhounds love people and love for everything to be exciting. So when training
and praising for doing something right, make it fun - get excited and talk to them like you're
crazy. They love the baby talk and can hear & feel your excitement.

7)        Notice if your puppy goes to the same potty place when outside. If not, you may
need to train him to have a special potty place. Put his leash on him when you take him out
and always take him to the same area. Always use a word such as "business" or "potty" to
let him know what you want him to do. Stand still and hold the end of the leash so he
cannot investigate the entire area but is limited to a specific part. And do not let him play
until he has pottied.
The five keys to your success are:
   1. When your dog gets up, take him to the potty place.
   2. After he eats or drinks anything, take him to the potty place.
   3. After your dog plays or exercises, take him to the potty place.
   4. Withhold water for two to four hours before your dog goes to bed.
   5. Just prior to going to bed, take him to the potty place.

8)        Bloodhounds unfortunately have an ear designed for trouble. Those wonderful long,
low set ears are great at trapping debris, moisture and heat producing the optimum dark
environment for bacteria and yeast to grow. If you notice a foul odor or debris in the ear
canal when you lift up that soft, long ear flap or if they are shaking their head, scratching at
their ears, or rubbing their head on the floor or furniture, your hound may have an ear
infection (otitis). The best way to clean the ears is with the help of an ear cleaning solution
made for use in dogs. There are many available, but some of preferred by vets are R-7 ear
cleaner, Oticlens, Oticalm, Nolvasan Otic, and Epi-Otic.

9)        Bloodhounds are a determined dog, and one with a sense of independence. The
Bloodhound just likes to do things on its own sometimes. It is a willing learner, but the
Bloodhound does take more time to train than many other dogs. Smacking your dogs
behind, or yelling at the Bloodhound isn't going to make things easier either. They are very
sensitive and get their feelings hurt easily. You need to maintain the trust built between the
dog and the owner. Treats and a good scratch behind the ears are the ways to get the
Bloodhound to do exactly what you want.

10)        Young puppies need to play catch, fetch and tug-of-war in addition to short walks
on lead. The Bloodhound is a large-boned breed and needs lots of time for these bones to
develop properly. Long walks should lengthen as the dog matures and not be rushed until his
body is ready.

11)        Puppies need to relieve themselves after they wake up, after they eat or drink, and
after playing, make sure to take your puppy out then. Feed your puppy at regular intervals
to help predict when your puppy will need a trip outside.

12)        If your dog gets constipated, try giving the dog some pumpkin twice a day. It has to
be 100% pure canned pumpkin not the pie filling. The pie filling has spice and sugar in it.
This should help loosen stool.

13)        Like children, puppies need positive experiences to become confident, well adjusted
adults. As part of their upbringing, puppies should learn to get along with other dogs,
children and other people, and to accept the many strange sights, sounds and experiences
that are part of everyday life.

14)        Deer antlers make the best chew bones for dogs. They last a very long time and
totally natural! We cut them about 6 to 7 inches in length and they love it. Great for teething
too....

15)        The smooth, short-haired coat is easy to groom. Groom with a hound glove, and
bathe only when necessary. A rub with a rough towel or chamois will leave the coat
gleaming.
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