When the summer hits, most of us are just looking forward to the warmer weather. It’s a bit of a selfish couple of months because we tend to put our thoughts towards what we’re going to wear, what we’re going to do, where we’re going and so much more. There’s not much thought given to the other people in our life – especially not our pet dogs. At least, not as much thought as we should be giving them. Summer can be a hard time for our pooches, and they deserve to be given a comfortable ride.

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Check Tarmac

 

Although most dogs have hardened paws to get them through tough terrain, those who aren’t used to living in hot countries aren’t used to treading on tarmac that has heated up. Their paws have no resistance to it, and it can end up burning them. We have shoes to keep our feet safe, but dogs don’t. If you can’t physically walk on the pavement outside, then don’t expect a dog to. The best thing that you can do is place the back of your hand onto the floor and see how hot it is. If you’re removing it quicker than you expected, don’t take your dog out. It’s best to walk them early in the morning or late at night, before the sun has risen enough that its heat has thoroughly absorbed into the ground.

 

Provide Outside Shelter

 

If there is no shade outside for your dogs, you need to think about providing some. The best dog houses for your garden are the ones that are ventilated and offer a cool retreat, and you can find reviews online for them at sites such as Paw Castle.  The great thing about them is that they come in a variety of materials to suit your budget and the style of your garden. Whether wooden or plastic, it’s more important that you’re looking at it as a source of comfort for your dog away from the heat.

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Paddling Pools – Not Just For Kids!

 

Most dogs love the water – especially if they’re retrievers. You may find that if you have a swimming pool or paddling pool, your dog will automatically try to jump in anyway. It provides a great way for them to cool down as well as a fun activity for them to do. If you’re not able to walk them at any other time of the day, this is a good source of exercise for them, and they’ll love dipping in and out while the sun is shining down. You only need a small, cheap one to provide the entertainment.

 

Trim Away

 

If your dog is a long-haired breed or need regular trimming, make sure that they are fully cut down before the warm weather really hits. Think about it as you having your hair down on a hot day or tying it back – you know which one you’d rather do to keep from heating up. It’s the same with dogs, so go as low as you can with the fur cut to keep them cool over the summer.

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Pet owners are usually very keen on ensuring that their pets are as well looked after as possible at all times. If you feel this way about your pet, then you will probably find that there are certain occasions when it can actually cause problems. A good example is when you want to go on holiday. If you are taking your whole family away on holiday, you will need to figure out what you are going to do about your pet. Depending on the pet, this can be very easy to do or very difficult. To help you out either way, here are a few questions you might want to ask yourself before you set off.

 

Can They Go With You?

Most people automatically assume that they will not be able to take their pet with them. But don’t be so sure – there are even accounts of people taking their dogs on long-term backpacking trips around the world, so it is always possible if you are really keen to. See https://www.lovethatpet.com/dogs/travel/taking-pets-holidays/ for tips on taking your pet on holiday with you if you are considering this. Sure, most people will decide to leave their pets at home, and this is definitely easier, but it is always worth considering this too, especially if you don’t have many people in your life who can help you while you are away. Think about your destination, the length of time away, what sort of pet it is, and ask yourself whether it is really necessary to leave them behind.

 

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Who Will Look After Them?

 

Most of the time, you will probably decide that they cannot reasonably go with you abroad. If this is the case, then you will need to think about who is going to look after them while you are away. It can be surprisingly tough finding someone to do this, especially as it can be quite a lot of time commitment. One of the best options, for that reason, is to use a professional boarding service like www.morrisanimalinn.com. That way, you can be sure that your pets are being well looked after, and you don’t even need to worry about it while you’re away. Alternatively, if you can persuade a family member or friend to do it, perhaps in exchange for a little cash, hat is a perfectly safe option too. Either way, make sure you arrange something before you go.

 

Do They Have Any Special Needs?

Some pets need certain things or have special needs which need to be taken care of. When you are travelling in other countries, this can be hard to do, and it is important to keep on top of it as well as you can. The same applies, of course, when you are leaving your pet at home to be looked after by someone else. You should make sure that they are well aware of your pet’s needs so that they can look after them as well as possible, otherwise you never know what might happen. Do this, and you will be able to enjoy your holiday much more, without having to be worried about what is going on back home.

 

Animal Instincts

Our dogs cement themselves into our lives. We invite them into our hearts, homes, and even our families. We convince ourselves we know them inside out, and that their behavior could never surprise us. If they’ve never shown violent tendencies, we assume they’ll always be fine around other dogs. And, it’s not only with dogs that we do this. Any pet owner would say the same, no matter how dangerous their pet has the potential to be. There are countless examples of people who raised bears from cubs, only to find themselves at the mercy of those same bears years down the line. These worrying examples suggest we may be a little blindsided when it comes to our pets. That’s why we’re going to look at whether you can ever understand the nature of your animals.

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Our false sense of security is mainly a problem because we lose sight of our pet’s animal natures. We humanize our dogs and assume their behavior will always be in keeping with what we’ve come to expect. But, animals don’t process information the same way we do. They don’t have a strand of logic running through their minds. In fact, often, they will function from animal instinct alone. So, even the most docile dog could turn if they sense aggression from another animal. Even the most family friendly terrier could switch if they see something run across the floor. Years of breeding can’t rid them of these base instincts. A lot of the time, they won’t make themselves known. But, there are certain times when these instincts are more likely to come into play. Feeding time is a good example. If disturbed when eating, many dogs will become hostile to their favorite owners. That’s doesn’t mean that they’re a violent dog. In nature, they would have to defend their food. The behavior is ingrained.
That’s not to say, of course, that you shouldn’t get a dog. Owning a pooch is a hugely rewarding experience, and the bond can be unbreakable. But, to ensure your dog is safe, it may be worth learning about their instincts, rather than ignoring them. It may also help you to understand the more annoying behaviors they exhibit, like destruction in your home. Articles like the one found on http://tuftoys.com/can-a-dog-toy-ever-be-truly-indestructible/ show how important it is to know your dog’s individual destruction style. It’s the best way to get them toys that suit and save your house once and for all.

But, why is it important to know all of this? Safety is the main reason, for you and others. If you’re aware of the more dangerous aspects of your dog, you won’t make mistakes that put anyone in danger. For example, understanding the hunting nature of a terrier means you would never leave them alone with a child. If you’re unsure how to proceed, it may be worth signing up for training classes, like those found at http://americandogschool.com. These are sure to show you what you’re missing in your pooch.

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We spent a long time waiting for winter to turn to spring, and now we’re not too far away from seeing spring turn to summer! A lot of people begin to concern themselves a lot with what they’re going to do to keep themselves comfortable when the weather starts to get uncomfortably hot. But what if you share your home with a dog?

 

Many people seem to assume that pets are able to take care of themselves when it comes to these warm months. And while they may seem perfectly happy to be basking in the sun most of the time, there are actually a few problems that can come with the summer months if you’re not getting yourself and your dog ready.

 

So let’s take a quick look at the ways in which you and your furry friend should be preparing for the upcoming heat!

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It’s time for a furcut!

 

During the colder months of the year, your dog’s fur will have been growing at a faster rate in order to keep in the warmth. Owners don’t tend to get their dog’s fur cut during those months, generally because they understand why it’s grown out so much. But a lot of owners underestimate how warm all that fur can get once the sun is a bit closer! When the blaze begins, your friend simply doesn’t need all that fur.

 

It can be very difficult to tell just how uncomfortable a dog is in a given season, but there are some signs you should have your eye out for. Excessive panting and a lot of fluid drinking will tip you off to their increasing heat levels. Get their fur clipped to ensure maximum comfort.

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Pests abound

 

When the sun is out and blazing, plenty of pests come out to play. It becomes a bigger risk in your household, but it’s the outdoors with which you really need to concern yourself. Dogs will spent more time playing around the grass, where ticks, fleas, and other pests abound.

 

Basically, it’s a lot easier for dogs to get dirtier, unhygienic, and pest-ridden during summer. So it’s best to ensure that you give them a good wash more frequently than you would during colder months. You can visit Jim’s Dog Wash today if you need assistance. Aside from that, ensure your pup has the right vaccines and medications to hand.

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Microchipping

 

Dogs will get way more adventurous during these months. So there are a couple of things you should consider here. The more adventurous dogs get, the more likely it is they’re going to lose their collar. In fact, it may even increase the risk of your dog getting lost if it starts chasing after another of nature’s summer wildlife creatures!

 

So microchipping is something you may want to consider if your dog only has a collar. If for any reason you can’t get your dog microchipped, then make sure the collar tag has all the relevant information possibly required in case your furry friend ends up getting a little lost.

 

 

 

Can Dogs have skin Cancer?

Protected from the sun by a set of fur, it doesn’t come in our mind very often that our dogs might have skin cancer, but the fact is, they might and cancer tumors on the skin are the most common type of tumor in dogs. Skin cancer is as dangerous to dogs as it is to human and could be fatal, fortunately, if diagnosed early, there is a good chance that it can be cured. In the length of this article, how to spot unusual lumps on your dog’s skin and what action to take will be concerned.

  1. Types of skin cancer

One of the most common types of skin cancer in dogs is malignant melanoma. This type of cancer is found mostly on the part of body covered with hair. They are known to grow fast and spread to the dog’s organ. It is believed that genetics has a role to play in forming this type of cancer as well as trauma or compulsive licking of a certain spot.

Squamous cell carcinoma is another popular cancer in dogs. This is usually caused by the dog’s too much exposure to the sun. It is also suspected that it has something to do with the papilloma virus. Although they do not spread to surrounding lymph nodes, they can destroy tissues around the tumor due to their aggression.

The most common type is mast cell tumors, which occurs in the immune system’s mast cells. It is unknown that what causes this type of skin cancer though some cases have been recorded to have inflammation or irritants on the skin.

  1. Why?

All dogs have fur to cover their body except for the ears and the nose that has little to none to shield from the sun. Although sun damage to the skin could be a factor that leads to skin cancer in dogs, it is not the only cause. Age, color, and breed of dog also play an important role to such misfortune. Depending on the types of cancer, dogs in a certain age could suffer from that type of cancer. For example, melanomas are common among dogs from 5 to 11 years old, or malignant melanomas on the toe or in the toenail bed are more common in black dogs. Dysfunction in hormones is also worth considering.

  1. Symptoms

Mostly the symptom is just irregular lumps on the dog’s body. These lumps’ appearance might be different depending on the type of cancer.

For malignant melanoma, the lumps are benign melanocytomas with the size ranging from very small to 2.5 inches in diameter with different colors of black, brown, gray or red. This is often found in the dog’s mouth, lips, toenail bed and pads of the feet, which is often mistaken as a simple infection.

The tumors of squamous cell carcinoma are often firm and look like a wart. They are found mostly on the dog’s bellies and genitals and occasionally on their feet.

Mast cell tumors often grow very slow and feel like rubber, but some are aggressive and may ulcerate, making the area sore and inflamed

When you spot these differences on your dog’s skin, you should consult your vet so they can take a look and use medical tests to confirm and have suitable treatment, either it’s surgery, radiation or chemotherapy.

  1. Recovery

After the removal, your dog still have to pay the vet a visit weekly for 2-3 weeks to recheck so examine healing and make sure the cancer does not come back. A cone on the neck could be applied to prevent scratching or licking on the area.

Antibiotics and painkiller might also be necessary to keep the dog comfortable so remember to give them as the vet advised and report to your vet about any bleeding, swelling, loss of suture or redness.

No precautions could be taken so the only thing you can do is to examine your dog’s skin regularly to spot the tumor early, increase your dog’s chance to survive.

 

 

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When it comes to dog food, a lot of people take advantage of how undiscerning a dog’s taste is. After all, a bag of whatever is being advertised on television and presented in abundance at national grocery stores seems to make your pup happy, right? Why think too much about it?

The problem is that a lot of the most popular dog food brands are actually pretty unhealthy for your furry friend. In fact, it’s basically junk food. Most of the stuff from P&G isn’t that good, and perennial food-business villains Nestlé have some pretty low-quality stuff that’s among the best-selling dog food in the country.

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So what’s a dog owner to do? Perhaps the best thing you can do is take matters into your own hands. Which, yes, means cooking your dog’s meals yourself! You may think this couldn’t possibly be simple – after all, there’s always a big line being drawn between “dog food” and “people food” – but it’s actually a very smart and realistic move. It’s not just about pampering your dog – it’s about keeping your dog healthy! Here are the things you need to keep in mind if you’re interested.

Speak with a vet

Vets have sometimes been known to tell you that home cooking for a pet is way too complex. This is usually for one of two reasons: it’s easier to dismiss the idea instead of actually outlining methods to the pet owner (vets often aren’t very trusting of the owners!), and the clinic wants to get you to buy the food they sell on-site! But, for the most part, vets will be very responsive and will help you figure out a food strategy.

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Preserving nutrients

When it comes to home cooking for your dog, the key is in making sure the food has all the nutrients that a dog needs in abundance. Magnesium, iron, calcium, phosphorus, copper are just a few of the minerals it needs. Carbs and fats are also essential, as is plenty of protein! That’s why you need to be pretty precise when you work with recipes. Those recipes are carefully constructed, from the ingredient choice to the cooking method and time. This helps preserve all the necessary nutrients!

Keeping it safe

Before you serve up a home-cooked meal with a side of dog tea, you need to make sure you’re using safe ingredients. Pasta, rice, meat, most vegetables, bread – there’s plenty of “people food” out there that dogs can handle (and love!). But you need to make sure there are no ingredients that are famously toxic to dogs, such as tomato, garlic, onions, caffeine, and artificial sweeteners. You should also ensure you’re weighing your dog so you’re not overfeeding or underfeeding it.

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A watchful eye

Most people who home cook for their dog usually do so four or five times a week, and this is perfectly fine. (Many do so pretty much exclusively, which can work!) However, you must make sure you’re keeping an eye on your dog’s health and weight over the first few weeks when you change up their diet in any way. This will help alert you to any potential problems as soon as they appear, so you can start making suitable tweaks to the diet.

 

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It’s easy to dog-proof your home. Most of us carry this out before even bringing a puppy back. A lot of it is common sense: don’t leave loose wires about, keep medication up and out of the way in a locked cupboard, don’t leave bars of chocolate in reach. But sadly, you can’t guarantee that everyone else will be so canine aware. When you leave your home with your dog, it is your responsibility to ensure their safety. Here are a few precautionary measures you might like to consider taking.

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Harnesses and Leads

Always keep your dog on a lead when you leave the house. Even if your pet is well trained and will walk at your heel, harnesses and leads are an essential. Firstly, you never know how someone else’s dog might behave. You may have to pull your dog away at any time. Secondly, your dog might see a squirrel or cat and take chase. Thirdly, something could spook your pooch, which could result in them bolting across the roads or out of sight.

Muzzles

If your dog is liable to snap, or may be entering a stressful or uncomfortable situation, then invest in a good quality muzzle. This isn’t only essential for other people’s or dogs’ safety. It’s for your dog’s wellbeing too. Basket style muzzles are great for active dogs, as they allow them to pant freely when exercising.

Seat belts

You wouldn’t drive your car without putting your seatbelt on. You also wouldn’t pull off without ensuring that any children on board are clipped in. So why should your dog be any different? Most people won’t even consider a dog seat belt, but if you take your pooch out in the car, they’re an absolute essential. Most varieties can simply fasten onto the back of your pet’s harness. They will keep your pet in one place and help towards protecting them if you happen to get into any accidents. Never leave your dog unattended in any vehicle.

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Supervision

Never leave your dog unattended in general. It’s as simple as that. You might think there’s no problem with leaving your dog tied to a post outside of the pub while you pop in for a pint. Or tying them up outside the corner shop while you go in for a few minutes to pick up essentials. But dog theft is at an all-time high. When in public, never take your eyes off your pet.

Look Out For Glass

We walk over sharp objects regularly every day. But we don’t notice at all. Why? Because when we leave the house, we protect ourselves by putting shoes on. Now, we aren’t suggesting that you force your pup to wear shoes. But you should keep a lookout for any broken glass on the floor in areas where you are walking. Dogs have tough paws which can deal easily with all sorts of hard or rough terrain. But glass can cause wounds, which could need veterinary attention and cause them pain when they walk.

To all of us dog lovers, it’s pretty impossible to plan to go anywhere without bringing our pets along. Whether it’s a 10-day holiday in a resort or just barbequing with our friends on a Sunday night, we’ll bring our furry friends and we’ll love every second of it!

However, caring for a dog when you’ve got a ton of other things to think about isn’t a piece of cake really; you want to manage to multitask everything – your personal comfort and, obviously, your dog’s comfort, too.

To all of you who are absolutely determined to bring your best friend everywhere you go, here are some helpful tips to make it a comfy ride for them and a carefree experience for you.

 

Carefully plan the trip with your dog

With all the time that you’re spending with your dog, you already must know the type of transportation they are most comfortable with. Further, you also know how often your dog needs to go, so you can plan your breaks around their needs. If you are going on a longer trip, have in mind that, unlike people, dogs need to stretch and run around a bit, so make sure you ensure their physical comfort and happiness. Let your dog experience the new environment you are traveling to. If you are traveling by car, it would be great if you could stop at pet-friendly places where your dog could enjoy themselves.

Book accommodation that’s pet-friendly

Don’t make the mistake of not double-checking if the hotel you are booking is pet-friendly or not. You don’t want to come there and have your dog be banned. Explore your options, double-check everything and then book. Better safe than sorry, right?

Do not let your dog lack anything

You should bring everything that your dog normally enjoys at home on this trip ? from your dog’s favorite toys to food and drink containers, water bottles and their bowls, an extra blanket, cute little dog accessories, brush and shampoo. Further, given you are going on a trip, you can’t be sure how the weather can change while you are on the road. With this in mind, bring protective clothes for your dog to insure they aren’t cold. Don’t wait for the last day to go shopping for the essentials. Whenever you have the opportunity to buy your pet’s favorite details, do it on the spot! Try not to overcrowd your luggage though, especially if you are traveling by plane. It’s hard not to buy them everything we see, but we have to try to be at least partially practical.

Prepare your dog for a wonderful trip

If you’ve been a dog owner for a while, you are then familiar with the fact that most dogs don’t handle car rides well. The remedy? Well, there are a few. Feed your dog a couple of hours before the trip so that the food can sit for a while and digest. Also, before you start your journey, take your dog for a long walk – that way, your beloved pet will get some rest and relax before the journey.

We hope our tips helped and that you’ll enjoy every moment spent with your pet on this wonderful journey!

 

Oral hygiene is an often overlooked yet significant factor in the overall health of your dog. When your dog is suffering from sore gums or a toothache, you might not even detect any signs that he is dealing with stress and pain. And when this is left untreated, bacteria can go into the bloodstream and affect his liver, kidney or heart.

Common Dental Problems In Dogs

·       Loose Teeth – This is not a problem for puppies, but for an adult dog, this can be a sign of illness. Also, this may be a result of trauma to the mouth or from gum loss because of periodontal disease. Often, a loose tooth will not correct itself, and your vet might suggest an extraction.
·       Misaligned teeth – This is characterized by your dog having difficulty in chewing. The vet will realign the teeth or perhaps provide relief by capping or extracting a problem tooth.
·       Periodontal Disease – Your canine’s toys might give a clue to his dental health. When he leaves spots of blood on them, this indicates bleeding and swollen gums, and these are symptoms of periodontal disease. Removing tartar through professional tooth cleaning can prevent the occurrence of such disease.
·       Tooth Trauma – This may be a result of your dog chewing on the wrong objects, specifically those that are solid and rigid. As such, it is very crucial that you monitor what he chews on. Whenever you see a broken or cracked tooth, visit the vet immediately.
·       Tooth Root Abscess – This happens when the root of the tooth is exposed to bacteria. Signs indicating that your canine is suffering from this problem include difficulty eating and tipping his head to one side. Let the vet deal with such a problem quickly.
Dog owners must be aware that all of these problems can be prevented with regular dental check-ups and cleanings.

 

 

Tips for Keeping Your Dog’s Teeth and Gums Healthy

1. Brush your dog’s teeth

Brushing your canine’s teeth will be difficult at first, but with enough patience and many yummy rewards, you can definitely turn tooth brushing into an excellent bonding experience with your pet. Begin by allowing him to smell the toothbrush and pet toothpaste. Gradually, work your way to brushing for at least 30 seconds on each side of his mouth every other day.

2. Visit your dog’s dentist regularly

Going to the dentist on a regular basis will help you discover small problems before they become worse. By taking your dog to the vet at least once a year for dental exams and cleanings, different signs of dental disease that cause pain to your furry friend can be checked. These will include inflamed gums, bad breath, broken teeth, and tartar.

 

During the dental exam, your pet’s medical history will be asked by the vet. He will also ask if you have noticed any signs of bad breath. After that, he will examine your pet for any abnormalities. Lastly, he will check out your canine’s teeth and gums for bleeding, inflammation, and redness. He will also check for cracked teeth, tooth loss, tartar, plaque, and potentially cancerous bumps and lumps.

 

There are instances wherein the vet will sedate your pet. This may be scary for you, but it is not actually as bad as it seems. Bear in mind that prior to sedating your dog, the vet will recommend pre-screening tests to make sure that your canine is healthy enough to be sedated.

3. Buy him some dental chews

Brushing chews will have ridges and nubs that will clean like bristles on a toothbrush. This will also contain ingredients that will help fight tartar and plaque formation to ensure healthy, strong teeth. Moreover, these dental chews are primarily designed to help clean the back teeth of your dog, which can be very hard to reach.

4. Invest in vet-approved toys

Dogs love to chew on toys. It is highly advised that you must get him toys and other dog accessories that will also help clean his teeth. However, you must not buy just any toy because some can be hard on teeth and may even break them. Consider asking your vet to suggest a dental chew toy that is best suited for your canine.

 

5. Give him therapeutic dry kibble

Your vet might recommend feeding him a customized dental diet in order to improve his oral health. This kibble type is usually larger and has an abrasive texture to help prevent plaque build-up. Some dental foods also contain ingredients that will help minimize tartar formation. You can further boost his immune responses by giving him vitamin treats.

6. Mix medicated rinses with his water

Medicated rinses can help make the surface of your dog’s teeth less vulnerable to bacteria and plaque. Your vet may recommend the best products and point you to the best place to buy it. All you have to do is to add it to your furry friend’s water or perhaps spray it in his mouth. These medicated rinses can also aid in combatting stinky breath. Remember, though, that this is not a substitute for brushing.

 

Caring for your dog’s teeth and gums is not as daunting as you might think. With these tips, you can definitely help keep your pet’s adorable smile healthy and his teeth shiny at all times.

 

AUTHOR BIO

Farah Al-Khojai is the Managing Partner of Pets Delight. A passionate entrepreneur, Farah holds a BSC in Government from the London School of Economics. She is always on the lookout for new opportunities to develop and grow the pet retail and wholesale market in the UAE and beyond, and is proud to be at the helm of the first and the largest pet care provider in the market representing world-class brand including P&G, Savic, Zolux, Flamingo, Ruffwear and Rogz.

Most people that have pet dogs will live with other people. Either they live with friends, a partner, or family. This makes owning a dog a lot easier as there are always other people around to help out. If you’re not there to look after it and feed it, then you’ve got helping hands to ensure your dog doesn’t get neglected.

Having said that, there are loads of people out there that live on their own and still have a dog. It’s not impossible to look after a dog on your own, it’s just a little bit harder. You have to do everything yourself, and you run the risk of making your dog feel neglected when it’s on its own, and you’re at work for most of the day.

You shouldn’t be discouraged from not getting a dog if you live on your own. They’re wonderful pets and can provide you with constant company. What you should do is focus on ways to make dog ownership easier when you’re on your own, for the sake of both you and your dog.

So, here are some essential tips you should look at if you live alone and own a dog or are considering owning a dog:

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Find A Dog Walker

Right off the bat, you should address a big issue for people living alone with a dog; how will you walk your dog? If you’re out all day and there’s nobody home, your dog is left inside all on their own without any way of getting out for some exercise. Remember, dogs need to be walked at least once a day, some breeds even require more walks than that.

 

So, the easy solution is to find a dog walker to take care of this for you. They can pop round your house while you’re out (give them a spare key) and take your dog for a walk. You could possibly look for a dog walking team in your area too. I know there are lots of companies offering dog walking services specifically for people that can’t find the time to walk their dog. It doesn’t matter whether you get a neighbour to do it, a family member, a friend, or a dog walking company. All that matters is that someone can walk your dog while you’re not there.

Always Leave Food & Water Before You Leave

Another huge problem with living alone is that you don’t have any way of feeding your dog while you’re at work. Some people might think it’s fine to feed them before you go and just leave them until you get back for their second feeding. The thing is, your dog might not be hungry before you go to work, and they also might get hungry during the day.

 

The solution is simple, always fill their food bowl up with food before you head to work. Make sure you leave enough in there for more than one meal. This way, your dog can eat some of the food whenever they’re hungry. They can leave some for later during the day and go back to it when they need to. Also, water is an absolute must. Fill up a big bowl full of water to ensure they can stay hydrated throughout the day.

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Get A Dog Door

You’ve all heard of cat flaps, well, a dog door is essentially a bigger version of a cat flap made for dogs. They’ll ensure your dog can go outside whenever they want without you needing to open a door for them. This is essential for anyone with a back garden, you need to get a dog door installed on your back door.

Dogs aren’t meant to be stuck inside all day, and they might want to go outside and enjoy the fresh air. Especially if it’s warm and they’re getting hot in the house. Side note: also ensure that you leave windows open and the heating off during hot weather, you don’t want to leave your dog inside your house when it’s warm. Back to the point, with a dog door, they can go into your back garden if they get bored of being outside. It gives them a sense of freedom, and they’ll feel less confined and trapped.

Consider A Dog Sitter

If you’re really worried about leaving your dog alone, then you can get a dog sitter. This is someone who’ll come to your house and look after your dog while you’re at work. It’s best to employ someone you can trust to do this job, as you don’t want a random person alone in your house all day long.

It shouldn’t be hard to find a dog sitter you trust as loads of people love dogs and would kill to spend the day with one. Saying that you don’t need to get one to stay the whole day. Instead, you could ensure someone pops to your house and spends an hour or two looking after your dog and making sure they’re okay. They could even refill the water and food bowls if your dog has eaten everything.