eaching Your Dog to Stay
Dr. Brian Daubs is an experienced veterinary surgeon working in Rockledge, Florida, at the Animal Specialty and Emergency Clinic. Dr. Brian Daubs also provides discounted surgical services to in-need animals. Outside of work he enjoys raising and training his dogs.
The first step towards training a dog to stay comes in the form of realistic expectations. Slower, more docile dogs may pick up the stay command with relative ease. For high-energy puppies, however, owners should initially only expect one or two seconds of “stay.” Shorter, effective stays are more beneficial than a long hold that ends in the dog breaking the command and exiting the training session.
The actual training should take place in a familiar setting at a time during which the dog will face as few distractions as possible. Owners should begin by commanding the dog to either sit or lie. If the dog holds the pose for a short time without breaking, owners can reward the dog with praise and a a treat. As the dog continues to hold the pose for longer periods of time, owners should introduce the desired verbal cue. Owners can begin stepping away from the dog, eventually leaving the room while the dog holds the “stay” position.
Based in Rockledge, Florida, Dr. Brian Daubs serves as the Animal Specialty and Emergency Hospital’s chief of surgery. Dr. Brian Daubs regularly removes lung tumors, which can extend dogs’ lives by several years. He also undertakes surgery for pneumothorax, which involves air collecting in the pleural space that lies between the lungs and chest wall.
There are several types of the condition, including traumatic pneumothorax. This is caused by a sudden accident, such as being hit by a vehicle, and is often accompanied by shock. In most cases, traumatic pneumothorax is open, with the chest wall punctured and allowing contact between the outside air and the pleural space.
Tension pneumothorax occurs when regular inhalation causes a single-direction transfer of air into the pleural space. On the other hand, spontaneous pneumothorax is nontraumatic in nature and may be accompanied by the presence of an underlying lung disease. It is often closed and not associated with respiratory defects. This type of pneumothorax is most common in the Siberian Husky and other large dogs with deep chests.
As chief of surgery with the Animal Specialty and Emergency Hospital, Dr. Brian Daubs leads a Rockledge, Florida, facility that offers care for many types of pets. He offers advanced imaging services and emphasizes minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Brian Daubs regularly undertakes total hip replacement (THR) procedures in small animals, which involves the replacement of hip arthritic joint surfaces with prosthetics.
Common canine conditions that may progress to require THR include hip dysplasia, which involves the hip joint growing and developing abnormally. Hip joint looseness eventually combines with joint component malformation to cause pain and instability. This can ultimately lead to arthritis. The symptoms of hip dysplasia include lameness in the hind legs and unwillingness to engage in everyday activities such as jumping or climbing steps.
THR surgery involves removal of the arthritic femoral head, with the joint surfaces replaced by a prosthetic ball in the femur and socket in the acetabulum. With the prosthesis calibrated to exactly match the original joint anatomy, the arthritic joint should not cause pain following replacement.
Lung Lobe Tumors
Dr. Brian Daubs, president and founder of Treasure Coast Veterinary Surgical Service, has removed lung tumors in many dogs. Through this procedure, Dr. Brian Daubs strives to give dogs more quality years with their families.
In dogs, lung cancer most often arises at or after middle age. Lung lobe tumors are frequently metastatic, meaning that the cancer cells grow elsewhere and travel into the lung tissue via the circulatory system. Primary lung lobe tumors are much less common, though the prevalence increases in pets that live in pollutant-heavy areas or in houses with smokers.
Although lung tumors develop asymptomatically in approximately 25 percent of cases, the condition may also cause chronic cough as well as lethargy and weight loss. Large tumors or those that press against key organ structures may cause labored or rapid breathing. In some cases, the tumor may prompt the dog to suddenly regurgitate its food after mealtimes. Other symptoms, largely related to metastasis of the tumor, can include lameness, swelling of the extremities, and wasting of the muscles.
Brian Daubs, DVM, has served as the chief of surgery at the Animal Specialty and Emergency Clinic in Rockledge, Florida, since 2013. When he is not performing surgery on pets and other animals, Dr. Brian Daubs spends his time training dogs.
A committed owner and an intelligent dog can achieve a number of great things beyond the simple “sit” and “stay” commands. By associating the sound of a simple clicker with a treat, the dog will soon become responsive to cues from the trainer. From this point, a number of truly impressive commands can be taught.
Many dogs are capable of retrieving a stick or ball, but not all dogs demonstrate the self-restraint required to leave such an item where it lies. To teach this, which in some cases can become a life-saving command, allow the dog to smell a treat in your hand. Place the treat several feet away. When the dog moves toward the treat, restrain the animal with a leash and issue the desired verbal command, such as, “leave it.” Immediately use the clicker and reward the dog with a treat.
It does not take a dedicated owner very long to house-train a pet, but bathroom training can be taken a step further with the introduction of a bell. Begin by indicating a bell on a door knob with a training stick to get the dog’s attention. When the dog first interacts with the bell on its own, use the clicker and issue a reward. Next, start performing this bell trick before going outside to use the bathroom. Over time, the dog will begin to use the bell on its own to signal a need to go out.