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The Hyperactive Puppy

December 25, 2020 by  
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Puppies are like children. They can get into unimaginable difficulties when their environment is not structured.

Here is a basic checklist of environmental hazards:

Puppies can open loose cupboard doors. Buy cupboard door protectors or get out the good old duct tape and make sure that the cupboards that are low either can not be broken into or do not contain hazardous elements!

Puppies can chew light cords. Arrange your home so that light cords, TV cables, computer cords, and so on, are hidden behind heavy immovable furniture or are enclosed behind barriers.

Large Breed puppies can put their front feet onto ALL the counters. Push back items that they can get into, take them off the counters, or be prepared to have your most valuable items (such as your TV remote control) dragged off and chewed!

Clothing articles can be DEADLY. I personally have known several puppies around the age of five to six months that have died from ingesting socks or chewing on scatter rugs…. fabric often balls up and creates an intestinal blockage. By the time the vet discovers it, it is too late. Don’t allow your puppy to drag around socks or old towels, take them away and substitute with a dog toy.

Common houseplants can be poisonous. Make sure you know which ones are, and keep them out of the environment where your puppy will be. You can find the poisonous ones through a quick check on the internet.

Household poisons used for insect or rodent control should be absolutely out of the question in the puppies’ environment. Simply do not apply poisons in areas that your puppy has access to, under any circumstance!

Toys should be dog toys. Left over trucks from the kids’ toy box are NOT GOOD. Items which have small parts which can be chewed off or swallowed are NOT GOOD. Likewise, most bones are NOT GOOD. Vets will tell you of the numbers of surgeries they have performed to remove bone shards from the intestines of dogs. If you must provide bones, the bigger “knucklebone” is a good choice because it will not shred off into sharp shards.

Sticks are the favorite as far as retrieving, but sticks in the mouth of running puppies are dangerous. They can jam that stick into their throat if they run into an immovable object, OR they can take out the eye of another dog or even a child. Use good dog toys for retrieving…and be sure the toys are not too small for the dog’s mouth and can not be swallowed!

Nothing “settles down” a hyperactive puppy like a good exercise session. Do not over do, and be careful that you do not demand too much of your puppy before its young bones are ready….but go on walks, by all means. And make these walks a time to teach your puppy the basics of polite manners…sitting when you come to street corners, not barking at strangers that you meet. So that means these walks must be ON LEASH. (It’s better exercise for you, that way, too!) After the “controlled” walk, a good run in a dog park, off leash, or a good swim in a nearby pond are excellent ways to burn off excess energy. The rule of thumb for walking distance for a pup is “no longer than 20 minutes” before six months of age.

Nothing is as important in the care of a puppy as regular vet checks. Be sure that your puppy is immunized at the right times, fed well, exercised well, and spends the majority of its time in a “puppy-safe” environment….and have fun bringing up your puppy!

What’s the Best Toys for Your Puppy?

December 16, 2020 by  
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Picking out a safe toy for your dog to play with actually requires more than grabbing the first brightly colored dog toy you see. There are actually several different factors that you’ll want to take into consideration as you are browsing through dog toys that will be most appropriate for your pet. A few of the most important factors are as follows:

  • The response factor that your dog may have to specific types of sounds
  • The breed and size of your dog
  • The style and type of toy that your dog prefers playing with the most
  • The age of your dog

Squeaky toys are a very popular type of dog toys that can be a great treat that most dogs enjoy. However, before buying this type of item you will want to pay special attention to how your dog responds to the noises that these toys make. The general response to squeaky noises that come from a wide assortment of dog toys will generally arouse a dog’s curiosity and provide hours of fun playtime. There are some dogs however that show nothing but fear of toys like this.

The size and particular breed of your dog is also an important factor. It can be very hazardous to offer larger sized dogs small toys because they are often too easy for these dogs to swallow. When smaller breeds are offered toys that are much too large for them they will typically become frustrated and bored very quickly. To ensure your pet is able to get a lot of playtime, excitement, and exercise from the toys you provide, make sure they are appropriate to his size.

Just as every dog is different, so are the specific preferences that many of them have. While it may be easy to grab one dog’s attention with a simple rubber ball, other dogs prefer to play with soft plush colorful toys. Pay attention to the habits of your pet and select dog toys that fit his individual likes and personality.

The age of a dog is another important factor that should be considered when dog toys are purchased. It is common knowledge that many varieties of chew toys are usually a great toy for a puppy or young dog. However, older dogs do not have the strong need to constantly chew like a puppy does. Toys that add a little more complexity into the mix are often a good idea for older dogs. This will help to promote exercise that is so important for older dogs and they are not nearly as likely to be sniffed and forgotten as a simple chew toy might be.

As you offer a new toy to your dog, you might want to think about putting one or two of his old toys up for a while and then rotating them every now and again. This will keep them from becoming old and boring to your pet. When you give it back to him, he will feel as if he’s getting a brand new toy all over again.

The Perfect Puppy For You and Your Family

November 15, 2020 by  
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If you’re thinking about buying a new dog, there are a few things to remember before you make that decision. Currently, millions of dogs are euthanized in shelters every year, due in part to making the wrong decision on the type of dog to buy. Before you rush out to buy that new puppy, there are a few things to remember.

1. How much time can you devote to your new puppy? There are specific breeds, such as border collies, that require a great deal of attention and do not do well in a situation where they will be confined alone for hours at a time. Be realistic with your expectations and select a breed that is known for their patience and ability to spend a few hours apart from you.

2. Size matters. Although your new puppy may be a small bundle of joy right now, in six months you may be dealing with a monster. If you don’t have a lot of space, or if you live in an apartment, a large breed may not be the best choice. In addition to space constraints, it is also a good idea to remember that large dogs do eat quite a bit more than the average teacup poodle and if you’re on a tight budget, a smaller dog will be more economical.

3. Research breed traits. Buying a puppy should not be based on which dog is the cutest, or which breed you always thought looked nice. Take the time to thoroughly research these traits so that you can make an informed decision. Some breeds shed more than others, while some breeds have known behavioral issues. For example, Great Pyrenees dogs are very beautiful and popular, but they are bred for livestock guarding and not apartment living.

4. Research breed health issues. This is becoming a bigger problem due to improper breeding. Every breed may have congenital health issues, but some may be more severe than others. For example, German Shepherds are known to have issues with hip dysplasia, while some smaller dog breeds may have problems with their eyes.

5. Pick the right breeder. Many future health and behavioral issues can be avoided simply by choosing the right breeder. Once you have decided on the breed of dog that you would like, contact that breed’s registry for an approved list of breeders. This will save you time, heartache and money.

6. Consider a shelter pet. While shelter pets are not for everyone, they may be a good option if you do not have small children or if you do not mind getting an older dog. You can save a life by adopting a shelter pet and still end up with a wonderful and loyal companion.

Selecting a puppy is an emotional decision, but it pays to keep these points in mind before you make your final decision. Once you’re armed with the right knowledge, you’ll be able to pick that perfect puppy that the whole family will enjoy and love.

How to Pick the Perfect Puppy

November 13, 2020 by  
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If you’re thinking about buying a new dog, there are a few things to remember before you make that decision. Currently, millions of dogs are euthanized in shelters every year, due in part to making the wrong decision on the type of dog to buy. Before you rush out to buy that new puppy, there are a few things to remember.

1. How much time can you devote to your new puppy? There are specific breeds, such as border collies, that require a great deal of attention and do not do well in a situation where they will be confined alone for hours at a time. Be realistic with your expectations and select a breed that is known for their patience and ability to spend a few hours apart from you.

2. Size matters. Although your new puppy may be a small bundle of joy right now, in six months you may be dealing with a monster. If you don’t have a lot of space, or if you live in an apartment, a large breed may not be the best choice. In addition to space constraints, it is also a good idea to remember that large dogs do eat quite a bit more than the average teacup poodle and if you’re on a tight budget, a smaller dog will be more economical.

3. Research breed traits. Buying a puppy should not be based on which dog is the cutest, or which breed you always thought looked nice. Take the time to thoroughly research these traits so that you can make an informed decision. Some breeds shed more than others, while some breeds have known behavioral issues. For example, Great Pyrenees dogs are very beautiful and popular, but they are bred for livestock guarding and not apartment living.

4. Research breed health issues. This is becoming a bigger problem due to improper breeding. Every breed may have congenital health issues, but some may be more severe than others. For example, German Shepherds are known to have issues with hip dysplasia, while some smaller dog breeds may have problems with their eyes.

5. Pick the right breeder. Many future health and behavioral issues can be avoided simply by choosing the right breeder. Once you have decided on the breed of dog that you would like, contact that breed’s registry for an approved list of breeders. This will save you time, heartache and money.

6. Consider a shelter pet. While shelter pets are not for everyone, they may be a good option if you do not have small children or if you do not mind getting an older dog. You can save a life by adopting a shelter pet and still end up with a wonderful and loyal companion.

Selecting a puppy is an emotional decision, but it pays to keep these points in mind before you make your final decision. Once you’re armed with the right knowledge, you’ll be able to pick that perfect puppy that the whole family will enjoy and love.

Things to Consider When Selecting Dog Beds

September 24, 2020 by  
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While it may seem like an obvious requirement to some people, there are actually many occasions where dog owners do not think of dog beds as being a necessity. Just like food, warmth, water, and love are essentials that all dogs need, so is a place he can lay his head to rest. As all dog breeds are much different from one dog to the next, the same is also true for the specific type of dog bed that each dog breed will need.
Dog Beds for Small Sized Dogs
When you are selecting a dog bed for a small dog, such as a Chihuahua, Terrier, or other such breed, choosing the right type of bed is essential to his well-being. A bed that is made out of a hard surface would not be sufficient for these types of dogs. This is simply because smaller dogs are not able to retain their own body heat nearly as well as many of the larger breeds. A better choice would be a bed that will make it easier for them to stay warm and comfortable. There are quite a few different styles, designs, sizes, and even shapes of dog beds that are made of soft plush material that is just right for small dogs. Some of the more popular choices are the beanbag styles, the donut shaped beds, and the traditional pillow type dog bed.
Dog Beds for Medium to Large Sized Dogs
Common sense will tell you that soft plush dog beds will certainly not be an appropriate choice for dog breeds that are medium to large in size. One of the biggest reasons for this is larger sized dogs tend to make a trail with their drool just about anywhere that they go. Keeping your dog’s bed clean would be a continuous job if plush fabrics were used. A much more sensible choice would be to select a dog bed that is constructed of a high quality durable plastic. A small pillow or dog blanket can be placed in these beds to make them a little cozier and require a lot less effort in cleaning.
Just as available selections of small dog beds, you will also find a wide range of varying styles in large sized dog beds. There are many sizes that range all the way up to about 50kg. The different color choices on the market today make it a cinch to blend these beds right in with the existing décor and furniture in your home.
Other Beneficial Uses of Dog Beds
While a dog bed is the perfect spot for your pooch to call his own and rest when he is tired, there are also other uses for these beds. There are many dog owners that also use them as a helpful training tool and as an area for ‘time out’ when a dog is being punished.
Keeping each of these factors in mind when selecting the right dog bed for your pets will help a great deal in making sure you select the right materials, size, and type.

Dog Training Will Allow You to Enjoy Your Pet to the Fullest

August 19, 2020 by  
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One of the first things a pet owner should do when they bring a new pup into their home is to consider preparing a schedule for dog training. This is because the earlier you start with the training, the better results you will receive. It is also important to note that there are some breeds of dogs that are much easier to train than others. As a matter of fact, there are some breeds that can be downright difficult. This may be something you’ll want to think about before deciding on which dog would be the best choice for you and your family.

Different Types of Training to take Into Consideration

There are many pet owners that are not aware that there are different reasons for training, as well as techniques that can be used when dog training a pet. To a majority of dog owners, potty training is by far the most important reason for training a new addition to the home. Other reasons that some people like to train their dogs is for working or to perform various types of tricks.

Different Techniques Used for Dog Training

Before you start training your dog, it would be worth your while to do a little research about each type of training technique and their benefits. There are 4 different techniques that are commonly used to train dogs and they include command training, dog whistle training, clicker training, and crate training.

Command Training

When your goal is to have your pet recognize your particular voice, this is considered to be one of the best choices in dog training techniques. When they learn to recognize their owner’s voice and the commands they are speaking, you will have no problems getting them to listen and perform.

Clickers and Whistles

When you take your pet to the lake, the beach, or an open field so they can get some exercise, a clicker or whistle can come in real handy. Once they recognize the snap of the clicker or the tone of the whistle, you can use this technique to call your dog when it is time to go.

Crate Training

Crate training can be used for several different reasons. This is a handy technique to use when a puppy first arrives in your home and you want to train it to sleep in a crate instead of your bed. It can also be used when you will be leaving your home for short period and you don’t want your pet roaming the house. Some pet owners also choose to put their dog in a crate when they are showing bad behaviors. Some of the most common behaviors a crate might be used for include extreme hyperactivity, when they have an accident, excessive barking, or when they get into something they shouldn’t.

Never Neglect Using a Reward System

Regardless of what you are training your dog to do, whenever they get something right it is important to reward them for their efforts. Most dogs will quickly catch on and begin repeating their good behavior.

The Basics of Bathing Your Dog

July 23, 2020 by  
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Part of owning a dog is to be responsible and take care of its bathing needs on a regular basis. Not only is this a step that ensures your pet looks great, but it also helps to ensure that your dog’s health stays in tip top shape as well. Regular bathing for your pet serves as the perfect time to make certain that their ears, teeth, eyes, and nose are all in good health.
For best results when bathing your pets, you will want to start this process at an early age. When you first bring a puppy into your home you can even pretend to go through the motions of bathing your pet until you feel comfortable with giving him his first bath. You will want to make sure you give him plenty of time to get used to his new home and his new owner before attempting a bath or grooming. When puppies learn about bathing at a young age, they tend to feel comfortable with the entire process all through their adult life.
There are, however, some dogs that hates to be bathed no matter how you approach this necessary task. If your pet happens to be an especially troublesome bather, you may want to consider leaving this job to a professional groomer. This is often the best option to ensure no accidental harm comes to you or your pet.
The skin of most dogs is fairly sensitive, which means it is best not to use any type of harsh shampoos. Depending on your pet, you may even want to use baby shampoo when you are bathing the head, neck, ears, and around the eyes. There are several different varieties of dog shampoo that you can choose from for bathing your pets. If fleas are a problem, try adding a few drops of Dawn dishwashing liquid or pine oil to the shampoo, as they work great for killing adult fleas.
You should always begin with your dog’s head when it’s time for a bath. Rather than pouring shampoo directly onto their coat, it is best to first pour the shampoo into your hands, and then carefully rub it into his coat. This helps to ensure that none of the shampoo accidentally gets into his eyes, which can cause inflammation and be very painful.
After you have finished bathing your dog’s head, then you will want to work from the neck towards the tail of your dog. It is important to pay special attention that you reach the underside of your pet, as this is an area that is harder to get to. If your dog grows up getting bathed once every few weeks or so, it won’t take them long to start looking forward to getting their coat and skin massaged. Just as a massage feels great to most humans, this is also true of your pets.
When the bathing process is complete, it is important to dry your pet off thoroughly. If you don’t have a dryer that is specifically designed to dry dog’s hair, a few thick towels will do the trick. Water tends to accumulate on the ears, so pay close attention that they are dried thoroughly.

Remembering the Basics for Feeding Your Dog is Important

June 25, 2020 by  
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When you own a dog, proper feeding habits should begin during the stage of puppyhood and last all throughout the life of your pet. The overall condition of your dog’s health is in your hands and it’s just one of the responsibilities of being a good pet owner. It is necessary for puppies and adult dogs alike to get an adequate amount of vitamins and nutrients from the food they are eating. This will help a great deal in making certain they stay healthy enough to fight off illnesses. A healthy diet will also keep their organs and immune system functioning as it should.
Once you start feeding a dog a certain type of food, it is important that you never change their food overnight, as this is a process that will take some time. Their digestive system is much different than that of a human, making it hard for them to tolerate changes in their diet. For this reason, it is best to stick to one certain type of food. If their body is receiving an adequate amount of vitamins and minerals needed for good health, they will continue to be happy when it is time for his feeding.
Common Types of Dog Food
Most every pet owner is familiar with the three basic kinds of dog food that exist. These are the traditional dry dog food varieties, semi-moist dog food, and dog food that come in a can. Allergies rarely become a problem for pet owners, and the digestive system of most all dogs can easily tolerate one of these three choices.
The first step to make when deciding on the right dog food for your pet is reading the ingredients label supplied on the packaging. One of the main ingredients that should be listed at the top is whole meat. You should also be able to find meal or meat by-products listed at the top as well. Those that list whole grains, vegetables, or both, are even better choices. The reason these ingredients will need to be listed at the top is because on all labels the highest percentage of ingredients contained are those that are listed first.
Most people will agree that the best choice in dog foods are those that are dry and of high-quality. One of the biggest reasons for this is because dry foods have the ability to keep your dog’s teeth much healthier and cleaner than semi-moist or moist foods.
Reading the feeding requirements on dog food labels is also important. This will list helpful information in regards to the amount of food certain breeds of dogs should have. If you have a puppy, it will need to eat as much as two or three times a day. After a dog has reached one year they are considered to be an adult and will generally only need about one or two feedings each day. If the feeding label does not provide enough information about how much your specific breed of dog should eat, you’ll find there’s a ton of helpful information on the Internet.

The Importance of Dog Vaccinations

June 15, 2020 by  
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When a person takes on the decision of owning a dog, they are instantly assuming the role of their pet’s sole provider. This is a role that involves quite a few different responsibilities. Just a few of the important things that must be provided to your pet on a regular basis includes feeding, bathing, exercise, fun, and training. However, this is not all. A dog also looks to their owner to provide them with everything that is needed to obtain and maintain optimum health. This is a responsibility that is done through routine check-ups at the veterinarian, and making sure they receive the essential vaccinations required to keep them healthy and disease free.
The time that a puppy turns 6 weeks old is when they should get their first vaccination. They will also need to receive a second ‘booster’ vaccination when they are around 12 weeks old. These injections help to make sure that your dog remains free of any risk of acquiring several different diseases. The main diseases vaccinations provide protection for include Parvovirus, Hepatitis, Distemper, Leptospirosis, and Dog Influenza.
Parvovirus – This particular disease can be extremely serious. It can ultimately cause a dog to get pneumonia and it can also cause heart problems.
Hepatitis – This is a viral disease that is extremely contagious. When a dog acquires this disease it can cause him to lose his life within 24 hours.
Distemper – This is a viral infection. If it is completely left untreated it can result in the loss of life.
Leptospirosis – This is a disease that is extremely infectious and it can be passed from dogs to humans. This is a disease that can cause liver damage, kidney damage, jaundice, and even death.
Kennel Cough – This is a disease that is very complex, and although it does not cause death, the required treatment can be expensive.
If you are unsure of the types of vaccinations your dog should receive, or the proper times these injections should be given, consult your local veterinarian. An experienced vet will provide you with helpful information regarding each of these diseases and the exact time that you need to get your pet vaccinated. They will also supply you with information in regards to additional booster shots that your dog may need throughout his adult life to keep him continuously protected against these deadly diseases.
All dogs are born with a certain level of immunity that comes from the mother, and is received while they are still in the womb. There are also a lot more antibodies that a puppy will receive from the mother’s milk when they suckle. This is one of the reasons why it is so important for small puppies to be left with their mother for the first several weeks of life. However, the protection from this immunity does not kick in full-strength until several weeks after the birth of the pup. While this does provide a certain amount of protection against sickness and disease, it does not nearly provide a dog with all the protection they need.

Elements to Remember When Potty Training Your Dog

May 31, 2020 by  
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Potty training a new puppy is a task that can be very frustrating. It is however one of those things in life that we have to master if we want the enjoyment that goes along with owning a dog. While there are many people that find it an almost impossible achievement to successfully potty train a dog, it isn’t really that difficult if you follow a few rules.
Things to Keep in Mind While Potty Training Puppies
There are several things you will want to keep in mind as you attempt the process of training a pup, and they are as follows:
Dog crate training – While there are lots of families that choose to use training pads for puppies or newspapers when it’s time to potty train, a crate is much more beneficial. When a dog is trained to use a newspaper or pad, they often become very confused when you change the routine and try to retrain them to go outside. This confusion can be eliminated entirely if their potty training involves a dog crate from the very beginning. A majority of puppies will not do their business in the area they are sleeping in. Teaching them to sleep in a dog crate throughout the night helps to train them to ‘hold it’ until they are let out for the day. Immediately taking them outside after being let out of the crate helps to reinforce the routine you are trying to teach them. If you plan to leave your pooch in the crate until they are fully trained, you will want to let him out every hour or so to do his business. It’s important to give him praise immediately after he’s done what you’re asking.
Monitor your pet closely – Whenever your pooch is stretching his legs and out of his crate, you’ll want to pay very close attention to his every move. By catching every potential accident and taking your dog outside, it helps to reinforce the potty training routine.
Anticipate the needs of your pet – A good rule to remember is most dogs will usually need to go potty about 15 to 30 minutes following a meal or after they have had some water. Other times that you’ll want to take a trip outside with your pet is when he wakes up, after a fun session of playtime, after each meal, and after he drinks. Knowing each of these times of need can make it much easier to create a workable schedule for you and your dog.
Reward positive behavior – A crucial part of potty training any dog is taking the time to offer rewards for positive behavior. Dogs naturally want to please their owner, and as they realize the treats they get are because of positive actions, they’ll want to continue this type of behavior. There are numerous ways a dog can be rewarded. Just a few examples include petting, dog treats, playtime, a new toy, or simple words of praise.
Addressing accidents – The moment you catch your pooch having an accident, clap your hands loudly or make another type of abrupt noise, and then hurry to take him outside. Spanking or screaming should never be used as a tool of punishment when it comes to potty training a puppy. No benefit is gained by such treatment, and your pet will only end up fearing you.
While keeping each of these tips in mind, the main thing you want to do is be consistent. Consistency is the key to success.