Considering a Dog as Your Companion

Finding the right companion for your home isn’t just about picking up the cutest pooch around or even following your friend’s recommendations. A dog isn’t just a piece of clothing or jewelry you can put away in the closet or a drawer. Dogs are a life-commitment, and thus the decision to own one has to be made with careful thought.

It is often disheartening to see young pups put back up for adoption when the owners decide they can’t take care of them or when they discover how much work it is owning a dog, but it happens every day.

This is why it’s so important to research and discover what dog breed will best suit you and your lifestyle. There are several areas and characteristics to consider before making the ultimate decision, and it will determine how well you and your pup get along, ensuring that you are happy together.

One size does not fit all

In order for your dog to find their own niche in your home, they have to be comfortable. A small domicile like an upstairs apartment may not be the best home for an outdoor loving breed that likes to run rampant constantly (driving the downstairs neighbors crazy).

For the most part, there has to be enough room for the dog to play when they want to. So if space is restricted, search for a breed that’s going to be tiny enough to think your small apartment will take years to explore.

Of course, one must also consider the noise factor. Not all dogs share their thoughts and feelings at the same volume as others. Size doesn’t really matter in this particular situation, since many terrier breeds are renowned for their ability to vocalize their thoughts on any situation. Thus, make sure your new friend isn’t going to keep you and the neighbors up all night.

Then there is the food factor and your budget. Not everyone has a budget big enough to feed Akitas or a Saint Bernard, so you have to ask yourself, Will they eat a lot? Budgets increases are mostly underestimated in dog ownership, especially when considering medical emergencies, habit changes, relocation scenarios, and any unexpected situations that can and will likely happen at some point in both your lives. This is why it’s important to consider the actual and potential costs of having your four-legged companion.

To be fluffy, or not to be

One thing about dogs is that when they’re all cute and fluffy, they seem so much more adorable, which is why puppies are irresistibly fun to play with. But they will eventually grow out of their puppy coat and put on a different coat that will be prone to shedding.

Shedding will mean that your home is going to be covered in loose fur, occasionally a fur ball or two collecting in the kitchen corner, and if you don’t vacuum regularly because your pup likes to attack that noisy thing, you’ll end up with fur in your food.

Not all pups shed the same though. In fact, there are some that are hypo-allergenic and don’t shed at all. Because time isn’t always on your side, it’s important to consider how much time you can spend on your dog’s hygiene (such as regular brushing to keep the fur from flying), your own allergies, and how much you are willing to invest in keeping a tidy home free of fur.

Training

Some breeds are easily trainable than others, while some breeds seem to be better at certain tasks than others. Then there are those that seem to just have a mind of their own. In most cases, high energy breeds such as Border Collies, Blue Heelers (Australian cattle dog), and Australian Shepherds require far more attention to train properly. If you don’t have the time to spend training them in-depth, high energy breeds are more likely to do what they want.

Personality match

Consider what it is that you want out of the relationship you have with your pup. Do you want them for comfort and occasional hugs? Is it for security and peace of mind? Or maybe you want a pup that will go on outdoor adventures and enjoys camping?

Each dog breed tend to have its defining characteristics. Hounds tend to be more oblivious to others and love to keep their nose to the ground.  Cattle dog breeds bond specifically to their adopted family, love the outdoors, and have plenty of energy. Terrier breeds are yappy and independent, love to hang out with their family, but are mischievous at times.

But there is still the individual personality to consider in a friend. Every dog is unique and has their own tale to tell, which defines who they are and how they live their life with you. Take time and make the right decision for you and your new furry friend because it’s one that will affect your happiness together.

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What’s Your Dog Up To?

The recent past has seen an increase in the way people keep in touch and share with each other. Social networks, texting, and the plethora of Internet information sources have allowed people to get information much more efficiently, and then share it just as easily.

Of course, this is a great opportunity for pet owners to share their stories with others around the world. There are forums on social networks for just about any topic one can think off, and as such dog owners would be wise to subscribe to one that helps them learn more about their canine pets.

Learning more about your dog

Information is power, as they say, and the more you learn about your dog, the better you will be suited to respond to any situation. What one might consider a funny story about their dog snacking on some groceries when no one was looking can turn into a life-saving situation when someone hears about it and offers helpful advice.

Say your pup seems to behave a little strange. Their schedule changes, they start using the spot behind the couch for a bathroom, or maybe even have a little trouble with their bowels. At such a time, you need expert advice, but sometimes it is expensive or time consuming to find a veterinarian to help you.

What were once facts limited to the elite, trained professionals, are now open for discussion in the online world. With dog forums, getting advice and help is simple, convenient, and far less expensive (depending on your internet and phone service) than taking a trip to the vet every time you have a concern. And when there is concern, there isn’t any dispute on whether or not it’s vital that your dog does need to go to the vet for medical treatment. The end result is that sharing saves more dog lives simply because there’s more awareness about dogs and their needs.

Dogs…discuss!

The one primary benefit to the social online world is that it’s easy enough to simply ask. Rather than being limited to a few friends (whom may not be familiar with pet ownership), you can pose your questions to the right forum and get your answers.

Of course, this also allows each individual to share their own personal insight, experiences, and stories as well. Every individual will have their own thoughts on particular topics and subjects, some well-informed than others. What this means is that you can’t always take the first bit of advice you get. Like anything in print, it’s always open to perception and argument. Hence, the reason the internet is often so lively with discussion because without disagreement and different point of views, we wouldn’t have much to talk about. So, be sure you double check the offered facts before you take anyone’s word for it.

Pictures and stories

What social networking has done for the dog/companion world is bring everyone together, turning what was once a relationship between pet and owner into a bond that seems more like a paternal relationship. Owners utilize social networks to update how their “buddy” is doing at the moment or what kind of mischief they have planned for the park later.

What the social world has done for these relationships is help dog owners exhibit how much they love their pooches- and how much their furry friends love them back. Pictures and stories provide a world of different experiences that other owners, even potential ones, can research to really gain insight into the world of dogs, their habits, antics, and the bond that builds between.

Recent trends point towards a state where social won’t be just for people anymore. In fact, there are plenty of dogs that have their own social update-statuses, turning them into public figures in the online world. From politics to story characters, dogs are getting their say in the online world, and change the way that people view these furry friends.

The online world is full of information, and it can be extremely helpful; from simple advice to lifesaving social updates. But just because it’s online doesn’t always mean that it’s pure fact, so be sure that you ask around, because there’s always someone else you can consult before you decide for yourself what the facts are.

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Every dog is different, and because of that simple fact, it’s great to be able to share each one of their experiences, unique stories, and the silly candid pictures. As such, always feel free to ask questions, share your own stories, helpful hints, and even post up a cute picture of your pooch when the time is right.

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How Do You Spoil Your Pup?

By Maria Posted in dog care, Porch Potty / No Comments »

One of the great things about having a pup in your life is that you get to spoil them. It doesn’t take much to spoil a dog, and the act has a knack for making us, as responsible pet-parents, feel great inside. Perhaps it’s the wag of an excited tail or the kisses (licks) they give you before and after you’ve treated them with some sort of delight that does it for many.

Dogs develop habits fairly quickly, and they’re more than happy to turn that extra treat you offer into something they’ll expect every day. In most cases, this means you may not want to engage in too many unhealthy spoiling practices, like topping their food bowl with leftovers.

Extra treats

Sneaking your pup a yummy treat on occasion always earns a tail wag and appreciation. But treats should be occasional. Frequently treating isn’t always ideal for your dog’s health, though there are some treat brands that offer healthier products than others. With that in mind, there are more ways to spoil a dog than simply sneaking them an occasional pizza crust. Find something tasty that they can enjoy, and that wouldn’t come back to harm them later.

Outdoor fun

Taking your dog out on long walks is a great treat to plan for the weekend. The excitement, interaction, scents, and sights all answer many of the questions your dog asks themselves during their time staring out the window while you’re gone. These occasional delights, often much longer with no destination in mind, are time well spent amongst friends. And the addition of another friend and their own four-legged companion adds to the fun and spoils a dog just the right way; that’s good for their heart and mind.

Belly rubs

Extra-long belly rubs are a favorite amongst dogs of all sizes. Every pup is more than willing to roll over and show you their belly, just begging to get a good rub down. And often enough, we find ourselves spoiling that rascal by accommodating them to an enjoyable rub-down. But then we stop after a few minutes, and your pup looks at you like: “WhatThrough already?” Spoiling that pup with an extra-long rub-down will keep the doc away.

Sleeping on the bed isn’t for every pup, and many dogs don’t earn this luxury. However, we occasionally find ourselves letting that pup up on the bed, especially if there happens to be a storm outside. It’s nice to have a friend willing to hang out with you and make your bed a little softer and more enjoyable with their company.

Look good

While dogs may not seem like they care much for flashy attire, secretly every dog likes to look good around their buddies. This means clean fur, acceptable breath, and a new leash or perhaps a flashy collar. Keeping your pup looking good is a great, hygienic, and simple way to spoil them, and even get them a few compliments while you’re out on one of your long walks.

Expecting something, Mr. Puppy-dog?

As a child, wasn’t it exciting when your parents came home from work with a toy for you in their hand? No matter what it was or for what reason, it was simply exciting. It’s the same for your pup as well. By bringing your pup a new toy when you come home from work, they’re not only excited to see you, they feel a little spoiled to have gotten a surprise. It could be as simple as a tennis ball or even another squeaky octopus they can play with while you’re gone. Often enough, bringing home a toy every few days will leave your dog checking and inspecting your bags and pockets, trying to find out where their latest addition to their toy collection may be hiding.

Treats come in all forms and sizes, and all of them are used to spoil your pup. But you don’t necessarily have to satisfy their pallet with a scoop of leftovers or a chew bone to fill your weekly treat quota. Often enough, it’s the simplest things that you do for your pup that make them the happiest. So spoil your dog with your own special blend of happiness, and they’ll spoil you right back with some licks; and do share your own spoiling tactics with us, please.

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Tips of Throwing a Dog Party

By Maria Posted in dog care / No Comments »

Whether it’s for a birthday or just for the fun of it, throwing a dog party is a great way for owners and their companions to enjoy quality time together. As such, there are a few things to consider when planning such an event, not only to ensure a fun experience but for safety reasons as well.

Choose the right location

Location is a great place to start your planning process. There are few things to consider though, such as the natural instinct that dogs tend to possess- being territorial. Not all dogs are as territorial as others, but you don’t want any unnecessary roughness on the field. If you choose a location that offers a swimming area, or even a wading pool, be sure that the water isn’t chlorinated.

Dog training centers and dog parks are great locations, not only because of their space allocations, but also because they keep the location neutral for the playmates. Just be sure that there are no dangers, such as debris, fallen branches, or even trash around. And even though glass is prohibited in these locations, it doesn’t mean there won’t be some, so inspect the area before you launch your event.

Pair off

One practice that’s important to keep in mind is that the event is for both the owner and dog alike. This means it shouldn’t be treated as an occasion to puppy-sit. If an owner is bringing their dog, they have to stick with them. Basically, guests should be accompanied by their owners, to ensure that everyone stays safe and enjoys the fun.

This also means that you’re going to want to pick your guests wisely. It’s true that dogs don’t always get along well with others, and some tend to be a little more aggressive than others. If you want your party to be enjoyable for everyone, you have to ask yourself: Will everyone get along well? You don’t want to be constantly breaking up fights or putting anyone in harm’s way during the party. So be careful and pick your guests carefully.

Safety first

You’ll want to make sure that everyone is up-to-date on their vaccinations. There’s a big problem with owners not getting their dogs vaccinated, and it’s not good for them. For your dog and everyone’s safety, only allow guests that have their shots updated.

Leashes should be kept on ready. It’s good for the dogs to get out some energy and run around while they play, but owners should be able to restrain their dog in the case of an emergency. So be sure everyone has a leash handy and possibly a harness if they can.

Food to serve

Like any other event, there’ll likely be treats to enjoy. There are some new concepts you should consider including, such as the treats buffet. Containers remain closed while each guest-dog chooses the one they want to enjoy. When they ask nicely, they get a treat and remember that manners are important. Also, be sure that you keep water readily available, especially as the weather begins to warm up.

Of course, food isn’t restricted to just the dogs. The owners are bound to get hungry as well, but food should be limited in availability and ingredients. Beware of chocolates, onions, and even the common raisin snacks as they are poisonous to dogs. And it should be clear to the owners not to feed the dogs any human food, even to their own dog while at the event. You can include dog-friendly homemade baked goods that are good for both human and canine consumption. Just be sure that no one is allergic to any ingredients, like peanuts.

What else are the other guests bringing? Snacks and treats should be carefully supervised, since dogs may get a little jealous and decide all the treats are theirs. It’s important to devise a schedule for playtime events and snacking to make sure everyone gets a chance to enjoy the treats and is monitored safely.

Party favors for everyone

When it does come to play toys and party favors, be sure that everyone gets a fair share. You don’t want any pup getting jealous of another. Make sure that toys are evenly distributed and everyone gets a chance to play.

Organizing a dog party is a little similar to preparing a party for kids. As long as you take steps to ensure that everyone stays safe and happy, the occasion will turn out to be an event that everyone will enjoy and wish to happen again.

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What to Look for in a Dog Friendly Apartment Rental

By Maria Posted in dog care / No Comments »

Dog friendly apartment tips for dog owners

One of the most frustrating things for any pet owner is finding an apartment that will accommodate their four-legged companion. While an individual might not have too much trouble, it is often the “No Pets Allowed” sign on apartment complexes that makes it difficult for a pet owner to find a home.

So, what should you look for in an apartment? Is there something special? Is there an easy way to go about finding one? Luckily, the online world has made it easier for pet owners to connect with one another, sharing ideas and theories concerning their pets and homes. So when it comes to finding an apartment, things are looking up for dog lovers.

Higher rent?

Initially, pet owners are always going to face higher prices when it comes to renting. The rationale behind this is: more inhabitants equals more rent. While some apartment complexes will allow pets, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ll approve the idea of having dogs around. If they do agree to let the dog stay, the rent will be much higher, as will the deposit. The deposit is just in case there is extensive damage or failure to pay rent, and while some owners are sure their pup is well trained, the leaser isn’t as confident.

In this case, getting out of a security deposit (larger ones for pets) will take some finesse on your part. Don’t be shy about asking your leaser what you can do to avoid a higher deposit. For the most part, leasers will want to see records of shots, good behavior, and previous tenant recommendations. Putting together a portfolio for your dog is just as important as constructing one for yourself. You’d be surprised at how differently a leaser will act towards you and your stay with them.

As an extra option, it’s generally good practice to introduce your dog initially. Choose a neutral area where the leaser can meet your dog and become accommodated with them. If you’re going to be leasing an apartment from them, it’s a good idea to do this up-front so that your dog will know who is at the door when they show up (no barking or disturbing the neighbors is a big plus).

Pet guidelines

With the portfolio and meeting taken care of, you’ll want to get a feel for what is and isn’t allowed on the premises. What are the rules of the complex? Is there a curfew? Where can one walk the dog? It is good to know this, so you don’t feign ignorance when something bad happens. Remember, ignorance is no defense.

You also need be concerned with certain topics such as the leash laws. What are the laws of the city? Pet ordinances? Does your rental contract coincide with city rules and regulations? While the lease agreement may not mention some of these, not all cities are pet-friendly. Some may ban certain breeds, such as the pit-bull dog. Be aware of what the city ordinances state before moving into an area.

Finding a place

When it comes to locating these pet-friendly areas, things can seem like a hit-and-miss adventure. Luckily, the online world has made it abundantly clear how important our companions are to our living needs. These sites will hopefully help some of you pet owners out there that are searching for a friendly place to live.

  • Peoplewithpets.com provides a large network of cities that are in general pet-friendly. You can locate hotels, apartment rentals, and even find a nice park to play in while on vacation.
  • For the most part, cities are often inclined to promote their welcoming nature to the four-legged companion. Metro Animal is the St. Louis area pet-friendly guide for rentals in the entire area.
  • Los Angeles also offers their own directory.
  • As does Portland, Oregon at Portland.

While not all cities will have their own directory, many of the larger cities – where finding an apartment can be extremely difficult in general – do offer a directory to make the search easier for you and the pup to find a good place to live.

If you’re looking to rent in the city, be sure to investigate the rules and ordinances applying to your four-legged companion. Also, be prepared to pay a little extra and invest some effort into proving that you’ll both make excellent tenants on your search for a new home.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember. After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again. Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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Top 10 Tips in Keeping Apartment Dogs

Apartment and Condominium Dogs have played a major part in the daily household experience of its owners. Living in a building with several floors and elevators will already make you think twice of keeping a dog at your flat. It will never be similar to keeping a dog in a normal house. There’s no back door you can open to make him go outside and you will always have to strap your apartment and condominium dogs with their leash, and go with them to the ground floor regardless of the current weather outside your apartment. You will have to get used to dealing with elevators, tight pathways, big lobbies and share all these with all the dogs in your condominium. It’s a completely special planet with a totally new group of training requirements.

It is indeed a warm and intimate community you are getting into if you have decided to hold residence in an apartment or condo with shared pathways, common lobby and public elevators. You will start to belong in the same community of common spaces even if you have no idea who your neighbors are and do not communicate frequently with them. This given surrounding demands a strong sense of sensitivity toward the desires, requests and ease of the rest of the condo owners. It will be different on how comfortable you are living in a private home as opposed to living in a condo where you have to act accordingly in an apartment.

Below are Top 10 Tips in Keeping Apartment Dogs that are based from real life experiences on keeping a dog in a high-rise condominium. This can further promote openness between the apartment owners and dog owners to allow dogs in their buildings if each homeowner with a dog will abide by the given rules in this list.

1) If you run or walk on streets, make sure to always bring a plastic bag. You may opt to choose a common grassy area when he can potty, maintain it clean by using a plastic bag to clean it up.

2) Never leave your dogs unleashed. Your dogs should always be tied up on their leash most especially when you intend to go to common spaces of your apartment. Even if your dog is trained, never risk leaving him unleashed.

3) Use a short leash on your dog. Keep him close to you when you go through the pathways and lobby of your condominium.

4) Never let your dog have that chance of running up to someone. A lot of people are still not keen on dogs around them. If there was a person intending to pet your dog, make him sit first before you let your neighbor touch him. Just ensure that your dog is on sitting position the whole meet. Others may just walk straight to your dog without asking permission. By having a short leash, you can easily control your dog’s actions toward the person.

5) Whatever the size of your dog, never let him jump on strangers. Train your dog to sit before you pet and praise him. Dogs that are rowdy and jump on people may cause a lot of trouble.

6) Train your dog not to growl when you’re in the shared area of your apartment. Dogs are capable of barking very loud regardless of their size when situated inside any closed building. Unforeseen circumstances may arise causing him to be surprised and bark endlessly. By teaching him not to bark when you command similar to training him to speak only when you command.

7) Maintain control in any given situation. If you come across a neighbor inside your condo, make the dog’s leash short and close to you. Have him lie or sit down once the other dog pass through, most especially if your dog is larger.

8 ) It is best that you do not initiate introducing your dog to another dog. If unavoidable, make the bigger dog lie or sit down while the smaller dog comes near. Even if both dogs are sanitized, you still have to be very cautious most especially with two male dogs. There will be a lot of barking and roaring if one of them feels more overbearing.

9) Always stand toward the back when you ride the elevator with your dog. Practice him to just sit next to you and make him keep his eyes on you during the elevator ride. Your dog should only get up and exit the elevator once he gets a signal from you.

10) Potty train your dog indoors. You can start this off by setting a schedule for your dog’s potty times. You have to remember that establishing a schedule is one of the main key you have to be consistent about. It is also essential that you reward your dog for a job well done by praising him. Find the most suitable potty area that is easily accessible and make sure to mark it. The potty area should not be just near your carpeted floors inside your house. It may be on near the dirty kitchen or somewhere that does not have any carpet.

These rules in keeping apartment dogs should be applied even when you are alone with your dog. Your dog will get to learn this as part of his normal behavior if you always make it under your control when he is inside the condominium premises. Your dog will not just associate this when he is surrounded by other people.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember. After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again. Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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The New and Improved Porch Potty

By Maria Posted in dog care, Porch Potty / No Comments »

For those who enjoy the fun activities and companionship of a dog, but don’t always have the time to clean up the mess, grass litter boxes like the Porch Potty have worked to make potty time as simple as possible.

Designed for either indoor or outdoor use, the Porch Potty is renowned for its ability to self-cleanse, reducing the need to regularly clean the potty yourself. Basically, it is an automated dog potty for your pooch so they too can enjoy the luxury of indoor plumbing.

A principle to simplify

The structure is simple, but more amazingly is that it is responsible for cleaning itself. Premium potty units utilize a built-in sprinkler system that washes down any sticky residue (and the smells that go along with it) to reduce the need to clean regularly. You would still have to pick up any larger materials, but we may have to look forward to robots for that particular job.

When rinsed, the porous grass keeps larger debris on top and funnels smaller materials to the center where it is channeled into a drop point. Here, you can simply hook the garden hose up or relieve it into a basin.

As for the self-draining aspect – a fourteen foot drain hose is included. You simply run the hose to a drainage area, allowing all liquid waste to eliminate away from the potty area. With the premium package, the sprinkler system helps to flush away any larger debris regularly, or you can pour water over grass to clean it manually if you need to.

If running a hose isn’t an option, a large three gallon catch basin is available to replace the hose. It’s removable so the contents can easily be disposed of regularly.

The potty area

The trademark item of the Porch Potty is the fire hydrant. The hydrant is pre-scented to entice the dog to go there. This helps reduce the need to invest in sprays and helps the dog maintain familiarity – especially if they enjoy marking things.

The new design is far more stylish and yet still as durable as its previous models. The structure is based upon a metal frame but entails a whicker exterior to improve the look and feel whether it’s out on your porch or inside your home. It is ideal if you’re debating on matching charm to functionality in your home. The new design reduces the obtuseness and provides a far more eye-friendly appearance when you have guests.

Grass options for the potty unit allow you to choose from either synthetic grass or natural grass sod. The soilless sod- dubbed ìtraining sod – possesses no dirt or mud and has never been used on the ground. It’s grown hydroponically and a nutrient source is built in to ensure the sod stays healthy and resistant to urine burns for a longer period of time. This helps to ensure that dirt clods or chunks won’t fall into the funneling system and clog anything up. Special delivery packaging ensures that it remains fresh and ensures longevity, especially when combined with the sprinkler system.

Primarily, all Porch Potties come with a synthetic grass mat, which is designed for both durability and permeability. This helps it to remain cleaner during the self-cleansing process. The synthetic option is perfect for dogs that are already familiar with potty area similarities (the yard or park), but if a natural grass is desired, there is no change in design. You simply remove the synthetic mat and replace it with the natural sod. Additionally, the synthetic grass is very handy for situations in which natural sod needs to be replaced and you’re waiting for delivery.

The best thing about the Porch Potty is that it allows you the convenience of leaving your dog at home without worrying that while you’re away at work, sleeping late, or otherwise out enjoying a social event, something bad will happen. Your dog doesn’t have to squirm and wiggle to hold it in while you’re away. They can relax as well and potty at their own convenience. The Porch Potty is basically convenient for everyone!

The Porch Potty does the work for you so that you can sleep in on your day off while your pup takes care of business in their own personal potty. Porch Potty makes life easier for dog owners and their companions so that we can spend more time having fun and enjoying the important things in life.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember. After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again. Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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First Steps in Grooming

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Grooming is one of the important activities to be known well by the dog owner. If the dog owner is not aware of the grooming, then the dog may encounter many types of diseases. First steps of grooming consists of activities like maintenance of coat, nails and ears.  The maintenance of the coat mainly consists of enrichment measures like proper bathing, combing, drying of skin by dryers, and more. The animal need not be bathed daily and this helps to protect the skin’s characteristics like insulation feature.

Use conditioners and shampoos that are meant for dogs. Combing needs to be carried out with a soft brush meant for use in case of dogs. There are varieties of brushes available and depending on the type of breeds, one can use the concerned brush. This grooming of the coat by a comb needs to be carried out daily and the fallen hair, if any, needs to be placed in the dust bin.

Otherwise, when the dog owners switch on the fan, the hair will fly and may enter the nostrils of persons. Also, don’t clip too much because this may lead to nail injuries. Similarly, you need to carry all the materials required for the clipping with you before the start of the procedure.

Use a sharp clipper designed for dog use. It is better to have the dog on a raised place and hence, the control of the animal is easier. Ear canals are to be checked frequently and sterile cotton may be used for cleaning purposes. Grooming associated guidelines need to be followed strictly by dog owners.

Nail-maintenance is one of the first steps of grooming activities. Live nail areas can be easily clipped away and are always light colored than the reddish area of the nail in the higher position. Make sure to have a firm grip when holding you dog’s feet before clipping their nails. If not, the dog will take an upper hand during the clipping and some injury may occur.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember. After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again. Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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Training Your Dog

By Maria Posted in dog care, dog training / No Comments »

Training dogs is not hard. You just need patience, dedication and some simple tactics and you will teach them successfully.

Here are five tips on how to train your dogs successfully:

1. To avoid your dog getting confused and so that they can learn to recognize commands easily only one person should be responsible for training the dog initially. If too many people are trying to train the dog at the same time this can stop progress in its tracks.

2. You should use positive reinforcements. If the dog does something good, you should reward this behavior so that he will know that what he did was right. If the dog cannot understand or follow your commands, never push him. Dogs are not as intelligent as humans, they make mistakes. What you should understand is that they won’t easily understand your commands in just one teaching, it takes repetition to train a dog successfully. Do not scold your dog as he might develop fear which will hinder his learning and willingness to be trained. You can use treats in order to encourage your dogs, although don’t overdue it.

3. Teach commands one at a time. Try to teach him one command after the other. If he cannot absorb it, try to stay on that command only because adding additional commands will just confuse the dog. Start with the basics.

4. In executing commands, you should keep your voice cheerful so that the dog will happily follow your commands. Dogs will respond to a low and coaxing voice. If you shout out loud, he may become startled and unresponsive.

5. Train your dog in various places. If you keep your dog in a certain place like your home, he will not be able to adjust when exposed to new environments. Take him to the park or through the neighborhood. This will help your dog associate with other dogs and people.

Training your dog can sometimes be tough, but it will be worth it. In the end, you will be the one to benefit when your dog is trained. You don’t know he might even save your life one day and pay back everything you taught him.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember. After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again. Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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How to Take Care of Your Dog

By Maria Posted in dog care / No Comments »

The Bond that can come between a person and a dog can be extremely strong, especially if that bond had been strengthened living with each other for many years, I have personally cried after loosing our family dog that had been like a best friend to me from my birth till I as 15 years old, when he was hit by a car one morning.

Dogs serve many different needs for people. Some people get a dog because they are lonely and need a loyal friend or because they want a dog to protect the home. A dog that is taken good care of and given attention to regularly will give his life to help protect his home and his owner. For the blind, a dog can be a pair of eyes to help them get around and for the police a dog can be an important tool and a loyal partner, with a nose that nothing can beat.

The first thing you need to know about taking care of a dog is that dogs need lots of exercise. This is the same for large dogs and small dogs. All dogs need to be let out at least once every 8 hours and should given at least a 20 minute walk to give the dog some fresh air, exercise and a chance to relieve themselves.

It is also important to play with the dog on a regular basis. This can mean going to the park on a weekend or day off and having a good game of fetch, tossing the ball around in your back yard or just wrestling on the ground with the dog, just make sure if you are ruff housing with a little dog that you don’t accidentally hurt the dog. Playing with the dog for a half hour a day, is not only good for the dog’s physical health, but a dog that is played with regularly is mentally healthier and less likely to become a depressed dog, it also lowers your blood pressure as well and it will form an unbreakable bond between you and your pooch, which will extend to your family if you should start having one after having the dog.

What you feed your dog is very important for continued good health. The better dog foods will be marked for what groups the food is appropriate for. Younger dogs need certain vitamins and minerals in larger amounts than an adult dog. And the same goes for an elderly dog, they need more calcium in their food to help protect their bones and joints. Feeding your dog the wrong food can stunt the dog’s growth and opens the dog to a larger risk of surgery when they are older.

Just like a person a dog should be taken to the veterinarian’s clinic every 6 months, and must receive their shots every year. Regular checkups and vaccinations will also help assure that your dog grows to be an old happy dog.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember. After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again. Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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