One of the most persistent issues dog owners face is pet hair- on furniture, floors and clothing. Pet odors can linger in carpets and fabrics forever unless you get the source. When pet stains occur, remove the excrement or stains and blot the entire area immediately using clean absorbent towel or cloth. Frequent grooming of your pet will help minimize the problems of pet stains. Dogs should be trained as early as possible when they are still small. Understanding the characteristic and analyzing the ability of puppies to learn are the keys to successful training programs. If the right strategy is used, the reward will obviously offset all your sacrifices.
It is important to think of your new dog as a fully-fledged member of your family. Your dog depends on you for everything, and you should avail yourself to take care and responsibility after that. Before you bring any new dog home, ensure that you have enough time and resources needed to forge a new relationship with your dog. Your dog shelter should be set up with proper roof repair done, dog grooming schedules should be set, nutrition programs constituted and other vital dog aspects put in place. It would be a lifelong commitment to your dog following daily requirements such as feeding and walking, basic training, toys and playtime and other safety needs. Continue reading
Good dental health isn’t just important for humans, but for dogs too. Stats have it that more than 80 percent of dogs have some degree of dental diseases by the time they get to 3 years of age. Teeth health is one of the several parts of a healthy dog. Tartar, plaque buildup and gingivitis on teeth can lead to other health issues and even problems with the heart. Dental problems arising from canine can result in life-threatening issues such as liver problems and kidney disease. Continue reading
Your dog can’t tell you when she is sick but can give you clues. As a dog owner, you play a vital role in helping her combat with illness and remain as healthy as possible. You are the dog’s primary care provider since you are the one with her every day. While some serious dog problems should be dealt with by a vet, there are the minor ones that you can deal with yourself. If your dog is sick, it is important you know the warning signs to look out for, so that you take the appropriate action.
Signs of illness in your dog include the following; Continue reading
The fact that dogs eat both plant and meat-based foods doesn’t make them omnivores. Dogs are carnivores. Carnivores are also known as meat-eaters. Dogs’ diet mainly consist of meat, whether through predation or scavenging. However, dogs enjoy eating fruits, vegetables, and other non-meat based foods. Therefore, the leading question is, – What do dogs need to eat to stay healthy, and how often do dogs need to be fed? We are going to start from the second part of the question.
Modern day dogs lack space and opportunity to exercise. Some pet owners think that if a dog has access to a yard, he is getting enough exercise. Ensuring your dog gets the ideal types of exercise will go a long way into keeping it in top shape. It is a necessity for maintaining its optimal physical and mental well-being. Exercise can ward away illness and diseases and keep your dog looking and feeling great.
Dogs that are overfed and do not get the right intensity of exercises are prone to obesity. Obesity is a major health problem in today’s dogs. It makes dogs decrease speed and stamina and makes it hard for them to deal with heat. It is also associated with medical problems such as arthritic changes in overly burdened joints, back problems, increased risk of torn ligaments, breathing difficulties, cardiac problems, skin problems and increased surgical risks. Dogs are active in nature and preventing them from exercising may build frustrations that may exhibit itself in the form of hyperactivity, digging, barking, tail chasing and destruction of components surrounding it.
The importance of grooming a dog can’t be stressed enough. Unkempt dogs are more prone to picking up their little parasitic friends such as fleas, worms, and ticks. Long hair in dogs tends to mat if not regularly trimmed. When left unattended for long, mats become painful. The discomfort people feel when their hair is all tangled behind their neck is the same discomfort dogs go through when their fur is left to mat up into clumps. Grooming maintains a dog’s level of cleanliness keeping her looking good. It improves the dog’s physical health as well as her appearance.
The process of domesticating dogs involves bringing him indoors, away from his natural habitat. Therefore, it is important to provide him with an indoor version of the housing facilities that typically imitate some of the elements he would be having, should he still be living in the wild. When making a choice of the location for a dog’s bed or living space, you should put into considerations that they are creatures of habit. Where you start taming the puppy is probably where the grown one will end up sleeping.
If you decide to share your living quarters with your dog, there are some basic guidelines you need to observe. Make sure the off-limit areas are indeed off-limit. You should keep doors closed and partition forbidden areas, which are out of bounds for the dog. Puppies that sleep on owner’s bed may with time pose nasty habits when fully grown.
The ultimate decision to own a dog is not something to be taken lightly. Getting a dog is exciting but, in the end, you will require a significant investment of your resources – time and money, for a substantial number of years. Owning a dog is a long-term commitment since most dogs have a life span of 8 to 16 years. Socializing and training a new puppy is often time-consuming and may be frustrating. Working to provide the constant supervision, training, and socialization is necessary, to fully integrate a dog into the family environment.