Hints for your American Hairless Terrier
Helpful training, feeding, grooming and care hints.
I decided to write this section due to folks asking me what
I did for my dogs. I give this information readily and hope you will find
it helpful. My recommendation is that if something is working for you...
don't change it ! This just happens to be what works for me.
I feed Purina ONE Lamb and Rice adult dry kibble at this time. I
have had my dogs on this food for a number of years now and they are
doing well with it. It is the exact same formula as Pro Plan and another
well known name that I can not remember at the moment... The food is
made at the same plant and simply put into different bags and sold in
different markets. If you feel the need to add a supplement, a
multivitamin would be a good choice . I prefer dry to canned as it is better for the health of their
teeth. Another wonderful source of good protein is Red Barn dog food. It
comes in a roll and is pure meat. I prefer the lamb and rice roll. Try to stay away from lots of rawhide chewies and the treats such
as pig ears. They tend to eat them too fast and may choke on them when
they become small enough to swallow instead of chew. This has caused many
a dogs death. .... Please take them away when it nears that size, should
you chose to give them to your dog .I do recommend Pedigree Denta Bones...
they are completely edible and are very good for the teeth. Always give
plenty of fresh water.
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Well, ...... the AHT sure does give a new meaning to the words "Wash
and Dry " !!!! I am using the following products and have found that
my dogs do very well with this routine. I bathe with Dial Plus Antibacterial
hand soap. As you will be washing skin and not coat ... it is important
to keep the skin clean and as free of any additives as is possible. I
have found that the Dial Plus with its antibacterial properties is ideal
for this purpose and it will leave just enough moisturizing softness behind
to keep the skin as soft as a baby's bottom. :) There really isn't much
need for anything else. The less you use the better, in my opinion. IF...
you need to treat any area of irritation.... please ask your pharmacist
to order you some ... Acid Mantle Cream.... This is not a prescription
but is not kept with other skin products on the shelves... your pharmacist
will be more than happy to order it for you . I use it after the bath.
I tend to bathe once a week...
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This is one thing that the AHT's grow like weeds.... You will need to
trim back EVERY week in order to keep the nails at a good length... You
do not want them to get long as they will make the foot lose it's nice
appearance. To me it is just plain unsightly... And if you let them get
too long .. they can alter the dogs ability to walk properly.
Keeping toenails short is very important. If the nails are
allowed to stay long, they can do damage to the way your dog is able to
stand on his feet, and if not kept in check, they will continue to grow
and can grow into the pad of your dogs foot. If your dog doesn't like
you to cut his toenails with the conventional toenail clippers then using
a Dremel, which is a small grinding device, available at Home Depot among
many other places, works best. It comes with assorted sand papers and
attachments. The sandpaper cylinder is the attachment for this job.
First let the Dremel run a short while on a table near the
dog so they can get used to the whirring sound. Then, using
the lowest speed setting, gently start grinding each nail. Just grind
off a little at first until your dog gets used to it. Never grind into
the nails vein because that is very painful to dogs. If your dog
has dark nails and you cannot see the vein in the nail, then proceed slowly
and remove a little and then a few days later you can remove some more
because the vein recedes farther back in about 3 days.
Nail clippers can be difficult to use properly with a dog
because it is easy for the dog to move its paw at the moment of clip resulting
in a sharp cut to the nails vein and a lot of bleeding, sometimes
profusely. Once you hurt your dog by cutting his vein, they never forget
The friction of grinding cauterizes any minor bleeding.
Furthermore, it allows you to stop immediately as soon as you notice even
the smallest scrape.
If your dog acts up during the session, do not praise him/her
or try to comfort because that is interpreted by a dog as reward for that
behavior. Just ignore bad behavior and only reward good behavior. Your
dog should come around and not get so upset at even the thought of a nail
Hope this suggestion is of help.
File the dog's nails using an 80 grit manicurist's file (the kind for
sculptured nails. I hold the dog in my lap and file away. I can get right
up to the quick this way, and not go too far that it will bleed. You can
tell you are at the quick by the center of the nail getting soft. Another
benefit is you can file off all the rough, sharp edges leaving a nice
smooth nail, great for therapy dogs.
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SKIN PROTECTION :
Because they are hairless you will need to be aware of the amount of direct
sun exposure they get. For me... I personally use lightweight cotton T's
that I purchase from JeT'aime Originals Email: Jetaime7@aol.com ..........
Judy Bolduc. I have been buying her clothes for several years now and
simply like her workmanship and professionalism in handling orders. She
knows how I like the underbelly cut on the AHT items that I get from her...
Tell her I sent you and to cut them like Teri has hers done :) In the
winter I get polar fleece items from her... Phone : 1-207-786-0594 website
I do not always put T's and PJ's on the dogs however, it will all depend
on the amount of shade they have access to and how much of a tan they
have built up .. I find they tend to burn in the early spring after having
lost their tans during the winter months and when the trees are not yet
in full foliage. But when trees are in full foliage and the dogs have
built up a nice tan .. .. they can do remarkably well without much in
the line of protection, providing there is access to shade... Even with
access to shade... some are sun seekers and will love to sunbathe !!!!
Those you must monitor :) I have not used sunscreen in a looooong time....
but if I did... I would use Avon skin so soft deer tick/ mosquito repellent
sunscreen.. There are no harmful by products in that formula that can
cause harm... .. I would NOT use the products that are like Water Babies
or SP 45 water resistant formulas, I have heard for some horrible allergic
reactions in other breeds of hairless dogs and for that reason would not
I am not sure if the AHT is allergic to wool or lanolin as are other
hairless breeds.. but since I also have Chinese Cresteds that are... I
do not have them in my home.
Cold Weather Toileting and your AHT
From Wendy Simon
WI it gets plenty cold here........many days below zero.
With my first AHT, Sammy I started out with a large piece of
sod in the garage with an ex-pen around it.
As he got
use to going on it I started laying small pieces of an adult
incontinent pad on the wet areas to get him used to a "new
surface". These guys are so smart and it's hard to fool
them sometimes. To be honest I guess if someone took my
toilet away from me and gave me a bean can to go on I'd
complain too! :)
the whole sodded piece was covered with pieces of the pads
and he finally started going on them, enabling me to remove
the sod. Now I have a large 6' X 8' area painted in the
garage (so the urine won't soak thru) with 2-3 large
incontinent pads atop it. B/C I have all males I have
office clips attached to plexi-glass against the wall side
to protect it for when they hike their little legs. (See
inbetween weather they go outdoors in
cement blocked pens..........which they would not go in at
first. So I brought some sand up from our beach and spread
it around.........they readily went on it then and
eventually the rain washed it away and by then they were
used to going on the cement blocks. So Wah-Lah..........Indoor,
poddie-trained tundra na-kids!!
I think I have covered most of what you should know. I hope you will
find this information useful and you have my permission to reprint for
your private use.
It has been a pleasure .... If you have other questions..
please feel free to ask!
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