Now that winter is in full swing, you need to make some useful adjustments in the food-habit of your dog. There is an important connection between weather and appetite in the dogs and the changes in the weather play a vital role in altering their food intake. The seasonal change significantly impacts the health of a dog, that’s why you need to pay extra attention to the diet of your barker throughout these chilly months.

But winter not only comes with snow and sleet, it also comes with loads of misconception and mistaken beliefs among the dog owners such as:

 

  • Many pet parents think that because their pets have a coat of fur, they can easily deal with the cold better than humans and don’t require any extra attention especially to its dietary needs

 

  • Dogs are biologically capable of adjusting with the seasonal changes on their own

 

  • Some believe that extra calories will be required in the winter to keep their body temperature regulated

 

  • And there are some pet owners who believe that there is no need for extra calories as dogs do not burn them as often as they do in summer

 

Through this article, I will try to help you get rid of the common misconceptions regarding the food-habit of the dog and focus on how you can streamline the diet of your pet during the cold season.

 

(A) SELECT THE FOOD BASED ON THEIR BREED, AGE & SIZE

The selection of the food should be solely based on the breed, age and size of your dog. Large breed dogs like Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Dalmatians and others tend to suffer from bone related issues during winter. You need to add calcium enriched foods in their diet during winter. You could give them commercial dog foods include meats, grains, vegetables, and fruits. For large breed puppies, you can opt for natural dairy products such as milk and cheese. Large breed dogs can gain excessive weight quite rapidly during winter. Take particular care that you are not over-feeding them. Take them out for regular exercise as it will ease arthritis pain brought on by cold conditions. Keep in mind that, apart from exceptional cases, larger breed canines do not require extra calories in winter.

 

Foods for large breed dogs in winter:

 

  • Bones
  • Vegetables & Legumes Such as Broccoli, Spinach, & Beans
  • Tuna Fish & Fish Oil
  • Milk & Eggs
  • Kidney Beans
  • Calcium Supplements

 

Chihuahua, Poodle, Beagle, Pomeranian and other smaller breed dogs are different in many ways from their larger counterparts. In spite of their tiny size, their metabolic rates become higher during cold months and they require more calories. Appropriate winter diet can help to relieve dry and flaky skin of smaller dogs.

 

Foods for small breed dogs in winter:

 

  • Chicken Meat
  • Buffalo Meat
  • Salmon
  • Brown Rice
  • Egg
  • Whole-Wheat Bread
  • Cheese And Milk

 

Age and size are other important factors while deciding the menu for your dog. For relatively old dogs, irrespective of large or small size, it is suggested to offer them branded dog food as they often find it hard to digest cooked or natural foods. Indigestion is a common problem for the senior dogs during winter. So be very careful about what he is eating at this season and you can also ask for recommendations from your veterinarian. For younger canines, it will be good if you can offer them freshly cooked and hot meals in winter. It will keep them energetic and they can digest it rather quickly.

 

(B) FOOD ITEMS YOU SHOULD NOT OFFER TO YOUR DOG DURING WINTER-

Knowing the food items you should not offer to your furry-friend during cold season is as important as knowing the items you should offer. There are so many food products that experts suggest not to provide to your dog. You should also stop others from giving your dog the following food items during winter:

 

  • Salt and Salty Snack Foods
  • Undercooked & Stale Foods
  • Chocolate, Coffee and Caffeine
  • Candy, Gum & Carbonated Drinks
  • Sugary Food, Ice-Cream & Chips
  • Foods that contain xylitol

 

(C) KEEP YOUR DOG REHYDRATED-

Same as in case of human beings, water intake by dogs gets reduced during cold months. Insufficient water consumption could lead to different types of health complications. Keep the water bowl of your canine full all the time and lovingly encourage him to drink water. There are few things you can do to persuade your dog to drink water:

 

  • Add water to your dog’s food
  • Keep several bowls of water in the different places of the house
  • Make the water easily accessible and maintain its temperature
  • Give him a treat every time he finishes a bowl

 

(D) MAKE YOUR DOG EXERCISE IN WINTER-

It becomes quite difficult to make your dog exercise during winter because of the harsh weather conditions outside. You simply can’t afford to let your dog lie lazily on the couch as it may aggravate excessive weight gain, obesity, digestive problems, appetite loss and arthritis. But regular exercise is important for your canine in order to keep him healthy, fit and well-behaved. Workout also helps proper digestion. When uninviting winter months prevent you from taking your dog outside, here are few ways you can follow to make him exercise inside the house:

 

  • Indulge in indoor games-

Getting involved in the indoor games is perhaps the most convenient and easy way to keep your canine energetic and fit during cold months.

  • Play fetch and retrieve-

Play fetch using a long hallway or open basement. Start the game by throwing his favorite toy and race with him to get it. Your engagement will motivate him more.

  • Hide & Seek-

Hide his meal in a box and let him discover it on his own. It will help him to burn extra calories and reduce the fear of getting overweight.

  • Treadmill training-

Get him on the treadmill. While he is on the treadmill, slowly increase the speed in order to make it more challenging. This will really give him a good workout inside the house.

Winter is not the best season to workout your canine outdoors. But all these indoor exercises will help your dog to remain immensely fit as they significantly improve blood circulation, help to produce more efficient bowel movements and offer much-needed mental simulation.

 

Final Thoughts

Accurate meal-plan is essential to ensure your puppy gets the finest nutrition possible in the trying cold season. You should select food items according to the health conditions of your barker. If your dog is going through some sort of treatment or suffering from a particular disease, make sure you are seeking proper advice from your veterinarian before planning his diet. Stay away from switching his food abruptly as it may lead to diarrhea or vomiting. It is better to gradually introduce him with the new diet.

 

Author Bio: Sabby Brown is an online blogger and an avid pet lover. She likes to write on various topics related to pets especially dogs and is a regular contributor to the blog section of Apex Pet Gear.

Dogs are increasingly being considered family members or even faux children. As a result, many people today spare no expense when it comes to treating their pooches with the luxuries of modern life. From upscale dining to lavish hotel stays, dog owners are invested in seeking the best care for their pooches. Yet, it’s important to note grooming supplies are more significant than an extravagant dog house when trying to provide the best for your pet.

Dog grooming supplies are essential for keeping up with your dog’s health. Physical maintenance, which includes care of coat and nails, is one of your furry companion’s basic needs. When making purchases for for your dog, grooming equipment should be at the top of your list. Here are some basic grooming supplies every dog owner should have.

Dog Brush

Slicker brushes, wire pin brushes and bristle brushes are just some of the countless dog brushes available. The basis of having such a wide variety of tools on the market corresponds with the vastly different hair types dogs can have.

While it’s best to choose a brush tailored to your dog’s coat, a slicker brush is good all-purpose tool. On the other hand, if you own a short haired breed or a dog with a long coat, you may want to invest in more specialized equipment in order to provide the best care for your pup.

Combs

Dog brushes and combs are commonly considered one in the same as far as grooming supplies go. However, even through the motions are similar, brushes and combs are used for different purposes. Dog brushes are are useful for removing excess hair and making your dog’s coat healthy and shiny. Alternatively, dog combs are beneficial for untangling any knots which may have formed over time.

A medium-toothed comb is a decent all-around tool. Nonetheless, fine-toothed combs are best for dogs with thinner hair, while wider-toothed combs work better on thicker coats. A flea comb is also a necessity for both detecting and removing fleas.

Clippers

Clippers are another instrument for maintaining your dog’s hair. Unlike brushes and combs, it’s curried over the coat to remove any excess dirt or residual fur which often goes undetected. Clippers also allow you to cut your dog’s hair at home, saving you a substantial amount of money in the long run.

The average price of grooming over a dog’s lifetime spans up to $14,000. Fortunately, Frank Rowe & Son Inc. offers great deals on an extensive selection of corded, cordless and Li+ battery pet clippers. If you’re on the market for a trusted and reliable clipper, you should look into the top rated brands of 2017, which includes Andis, Oster and Wahl dog.

Ear and Teeth Cleansers

Grooming is more than just bathing and brushing. It also consists of cleaning the teeth and ears. Dog dental care products, like toothbrushes and toothpaste are developed especially for pets’ teeth. Purchasing a toothbrush and toothpaste made for dogs is a worthy investment for maintaining your dog’s teeth and gums health over time.

Cleaning your dog’s ears is also an important part of grooming needs. Unlike the horizontal ear canals of humans, our dogs’ are more “L-Shaped” which makes them more prone to ear problems.  An in-depth dog ear wash is synonymous with proper dog grooming guidelines and should take place on a weekly basis. Otic solution, forceps and gauze are the recommended tools to properly clean your dog’s ears.

While it may seem like grooming is a needless expense, it’s essential for every pooch. Grooming keeps dogs clean and comfortable, while warding off possible health complications in the future.

Dog grooming is not only indispensable to your dog’s health and happiness, but also the owners. By following a routine grooming schedule, you will tighten the bond with your pet, which will in turn eliminate their natural instinct to resist. Therefore, do a proper job by obtaining the basic equipment and performing regular grooming sessions.

 

Bio:

Emily is an avid animal lover and pet and wildlife conservation blogger. She has also written for Continental Kennel Club and is a contributor to PetsBlogs. To read more of her articles, check out her blog, Conservation Folks, or follow her on Twitter.

I love Flat-Coated Retrievers, and I think it’s one of the best breeds you could own.

Why? Well, if you haven’t met one, let me explain. But first some background and a description of the breed.

Background

The Flat-Coated Retriever breed is about 150 year old.

It was developed in Great Britain as a dual-purpose retriever, meaning it should be able to fetch both on land and in water.

Four breeds were used: Setter, Collie, Newfoundland, and the now extinct St. John’s water dog.

It was a successful mix that gave the Flat-Coat some of its hallmarks: Great scenting ability (from the Setter), trainability (Collie), strength (Newfoundland), and love of water (St. John’s water dog).

Flat-Coated Retrievers are currently moderately popular in Europe, mainly in Britain and Scandinavia, but not as much in the rest of the world.

In USA, it’s only the 89th most popular dog breed.

Description

With a height of 22”-24”, and a weight of 55-75 lb, the Flat-Coat is a fairly large dog. Males are at the upper half, while females are at the lower end of that range.

The life span is relatively short, 8-10 years, although some dogs can live for 14 years or even more.

Black and liver are the two colors accepted by the breed standard (see image below). However, in rare cases, yellow Flat-Coats are born. These dogs are not allowed for breeding, but are equally nice dogs.

Most individuals can be described by these characteristics:

 

  • Young at heart.
  • Loves people.
  • Wagging tail.
  • Happy
  • Positive
  • Playful
  • High-energy.
  • Likes to carry things in his mouth.

 

The Flat-Coated Retriever is a relatively healthy breed except for a high rate of cancer. Malignant histiocytosis is the most common form, even though it’s rare among most other breeds.

 

Stimulating Activities

Because Flat-Coats are high-energy dogs, they need exercise and mental stimulation on a daily basis. Suitable activities include swimming, fetching, and tracking scents.

Obedience training is necessary to control its playfulness and high level of energy. I would recommend that you start slowly from 4 months of age. Keep it fun, and don’t be harsh, because Flat-Coats are quite sensitive dogs.

 

Obedience training is also a great way to drain some of all that energy.

 

By providing the dog with these types of stimulating activities, negative behavior will not be an issue.

 

But if the dog is left alone for hours without sufficient exercise, things like chewing, mouthing and jumping could become a problem.

Should You Get a Flat-Coated Retriever?

Now, I want to make it clear that Flat-Coated Retrievers are not for everyone. In my opinion, you need to have three things in order to be appropriate:

 

  1. Patience – to cope with its high-energy puppy-like behavior (which I love).
  2. Active lifestyle – to fulfill the dog’s need for exercise and stimulation.
  3. Time for your dog – because it doesn’t like to be left alone for any longer periods of time.

 

If you also are prepared to work with your dog, you will get a wonderful (and fun!) companion that will lift your spirit whenever you feel down.

 

Happy and optimistic, constantly wagging its tail, the Flat-Coated Retriever is always ready for another adventure or fun activity.

 

It should be mentioned that since Flat-Coats love all people, it’s not a very good guard dog. In fact, from personal experience, I would say that it’s a pretty lousy guard dog, because an intruder would likely be welcomed by a happy dog licking his face!

 

If you are interested, contact a reputable breeder, and visit him or her for a hands-on experience with this amazing breed. But I must warn you. You will probably fall in love, and not want to get any other breed!

Author Bio

John Solvik is a pet-loving blogger with a special affection to Flat-Coated Retrievers.

 

You can read his latest posts over at his blog: PetAnimalGuide.com.

A man’s best friend deserves more than just the four corners of the backyard. Your pup most likely wants to explore the four corners of the world! The ambition is there, but let’s just start with a nice road trip. Instinctually, most people will just have their dog hop into the car and go, but there really is much more to it than that. Taking care of your dog and your health are of the utmost importance here. Trust me, if the dog starts getting upset, you will regret it. Not to mention the distractions that are unnecessary while you are driving. Here are some great tips to ensure you have a safe, healthy, and fun road trip with your pup.

Reach out to your vet

You will want to reach out to your vet, especially if you are going for a long trip. Most illnesses can be unseen to the average dog owner. Reaching out will ease your mind and keep your beloved dog safe while driving. Another good reason to check up with the vet is to see what he might say in terms of health concerns when traveling. He could be your best line of defense to preventing illness, ticks, or other problems that can occur.

Acquire a dog crate will prove to be useful

A dog crate will prove to be useful in stressful situations. Nobody likes putting their little pal into that jam-packed space, but it will greatly increase safety. For example, driving through a stressful city can be daunting on its own. The odds of an accident will greatly increase if your dog is free-roaming the car while you navigate. Therefore, one should pull over before the city and get the dog in the safe crate. This will help you immensely and you can just let your dog out when you are done.

Get the weather report before you drive

Nothing is worse than driving with your dog and having to embrace a bad storm. This could really cause your dog to freak out. Which means you will have to keep it in the crate for hours on end. Before you head on your road trip, watch the weather channel or check google to see the weather report for the days that follow. Hopefully, it will be all sunshine and clear skies.

Have enough space in your vehicle

If you do not have a good-sized vehicle, it is going to feel like you and your dog are both in a crate. This will put a serious damper on your road trip. The highest recommended type of vehicle for space and luxury is a Crossover SUV. This is the perfect compromise between style and space that every dog lover admires. This will allow your dog to roam free without either one of you feeling cramped. Not to mention how great it is to have space for the dog crate and your luggage.

Last minute bathroom plan

You never know when the bowels are going to start moving. This could be difficult if you are driving 70 miles an hour down the highway. Make sure you have your doggy bags to pick up after your dog and a good plan to dispose of it when you need to. This is respectful to others and something that is, unfortunately, easily forgotten by some dog owners. Hopefully, you can train your dog to notify you when the time is near to pull over.

Update the ID tag

This is very important. You never know what can happen out on the road. One minute you could be taking your dog for a walk, then the next minute your dog is gone chasing after a rabbit. Therefore, you want to update the ID tag. That way, if someone finds your pup, they can easily call you. If your dog doesn’t have an ID tag and animal control comes across them, they will consider it a stray and put the dog in the pound. That is never a good situation, especially on a road trip.

Another great option is to consider getting a GPS tracker for your pup. This will help keep your anxiety attack under control if the worst-case scenario happens.

Plan your Trip

Planning the trip is always a good idea. Try to find good spots along your route to walk your dog. You can even seek out a dog park, so your dog can make some friends. This will be good because you and your dog will get some exercise as opposed to sitting in the same spot for hours. Keep that blood moving to stay healthy.

Make sure to find the cautious areas too. Knowing where not to go could keep you and your buddy out of danger.

Now it is time to hit the road! You will have a safer and healthier trip with your dog. It will definitely be a fun and unforgettable experience now that you are prepared. Have a safe drive!

We all love our fur babies and include them in our holiday festivities. To keep our babies safe, we need to take the time to do some Petproofing, including decoration checks, setting up quiet retreat spaces, and helping them get used to new people.

A significant part of Petproofing for spending the holidays at home (or someone else’s home) means focusing on your dog’s nutritional safety. You probably know to make sure you have enough of your dog’s regular food and snacks, and to keep them on the same feeding routine. Most importantly you need to review the foods and items your dog should not have. Many pet parents already know what is on the no-no food and ingredient list, but it is necessary that others in the house know what is on the list too. Also, new items are added each year. Please use this list to share with friends and relatives who will be around your fur baby!

Alcohol – Never let your dog have access to alcohol. During the holidays, fancy concoctions are everywhere, and it can be easy for your canine friend to sneak a couple of laps before you even realize it. Depending on how much they drink, dogs can become intoxicated, uncoordinated, have vomiting and diarrhea, and trouble breathing. If a larger amount is consumed, dogs can potentially get severe alcohol poisoning that can cause coma or even death. Even if your dog has only had a few laps, you should watch him carefully. If your dog has consumed more than that, or if you are unsure of the amount, you should seek medical attention immediately.

Apple Seeds the apple seed casing is a chemical called amygdlin. When digested, amygdlin releases cyanide. It would take many seeds to reach a toxic amount, but better safe than sorry of course. Apples are still a great snack for dogs if you make sure to get rid of the core and seeds.

Avocados – Contained within the avocado skin and leaves is a toxin called persin. If enough persin is ingested, your dog can have vomiting, diarrhea, trouble breathing and even heart problems. The good news is that persin is limited to the skin, stem, and leaves. The bad news is that your dog could still get choked on the avocado pit. However, the edible part of the avocado is good for dogs and is now often an ingredient in dog foods.

Bacon – While not toxic, bacon contains too much salt and fat for your dog, and you should really refrain giving it at all. Too much fat in any food can cause a dog to get pancreatitis.

Baby Food – Although baby food seems harmless, certain varieties can be toxic to dogs. Some foods contain onion powder which is toxic to dogs.

Bread Dough – The yeast in bread dough can rise and expand blocking the airway and cause your dog to become extremely bloated. If left unattended, their stomach and intestines can even rupture. Another problem is that the yeast produces ethanol as a by-product causing your dog to become intoxicated. You should seek medical attention if your dog ingests bread dough.

Caffeine – Caffeine is toxic to dogs. According to the ASPCA, caffeine is a powerful stimulant. It can cause diarrhea, vomiting, increased thirst, restlessness and an increased heart rate” in pets. If enough is consumed, tremors, seizures, and even death can occur. If your dog ingests a food or drink with caffeine, you should seek prompt medical attention.

Capsaicin – Capsaicin is found in many spices such as paprika, chili powder and most peppers. It can cause your dog sever stomach irritation.

Cat Food – Many dogs love to chow down on a bowl of cat food if given the chance. However, cat food contains too much protein and fat for your dog. Though not toxic, it is not healthy for your dog to eat any food that is really meant for a cat.

Cherry Pits – Like many other fruits, the danger of cherries is in the, stems, leaves, and pits. They contain cyanide, which is highly toxic to dogs if enough is consumed. The pits can also become lodged and cause intestinal blockage, resulting in serious problems.

Chewing Gum and other candy – Not only does candy contain sugar, but it often contains xylitol, a sugar substitute that can be fatal to dogs. Never give your dog candy or gum, and beware of chewed gum on the ground when you are walking your dog.

Chocolate (and cocoa powder) – You’ve heard this before, but chocolate is one of the single most toxic foods for your dog. It’s not just about the caffeine content. It contains two substances, theobromine and theophylline, that are toxic to your dog. If chocolate is ingested, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, damage to your dog’s heart and nervous systems, and death can occur.

Citrus Fruits – The fruit, seeds, peels, stems, and leaves of any citrus fruit contain citric acid. When small amounts are ingested, your dog may experience vomiting and diarrhea. However, a large amount can serious problems with the central nervous system. So, if you catch your dog eating part of an orange, there is no need to panic – but you may have a mess to clean up later.

Coconut – The coconut and its milk can cause your dog to have stomach irritation, including vomiting and diarrhea. Also, coconut water has too much potassium for dogs, so do not give it to yours.

Coffee – Coffee can be very toxic to dogs, due to the caffeine content. As mentioned above, ingestion of caffeine can cause diarrhea, vomiting, restlessness, and an increased heart rate in pets. If enough is consumed, tremors, seizures, and even death can occur. If your dog ingests a food or drink with caffeine, you should seek prompt medical attention.

Cooked Bones – Contrary to what many people believe, you should never give your dog cooked bones. The bone can easily break apart and splinter when your dog begins to chew, causing serious and sometimes fatal stomach and intestinal problems.

Corn – Corn is hard on your dog’s digestive system, so do not feed them too much. However, corn on the cob can be hazardous. If your dog ingests a corncob, his intestines can become blocked, and it can even become fatal if it is not removed.

Dairy Products – Dogs are naturally lactose intolerant and don’t digest dairy products well. Although not toxic, dairy products can wreak havoc on your dog’s digestive system. There’s no need to give them cheese knowing it will make them miserable later.

Energy Drinks – Letting your dog have access to an energy drink is a certain dangerous situation, especially due to the amount of caffeine found in most of them. If you think your dog has ingested even part of an energy drink, you should seek medical attention immediately.

Egg Whites – Raw egg can deplete your dog of biotin. This can lead to hair loss, general weakness, and growth issues.

Fat – Any amount of fat pieces can cause your dog intestinal and digestive problems, and can even lead to pancreatitis.

Fish – Certain fish can be especially fatal to dogs if eaten raw. Salmon, for instance can be infected with a parasite. The parasite isn’t dangerous to dogs, but it is often infected with bacteria called Neorickettsia helminthoeca, which can be fatal to them. Also, Thiamine deficiency can result if too much raw fish is consumed on a regular basis. This can cause loss of appetite, seizures, and even death.

Garlic – Garlic is in the onion family, which is toxic for dogs. Just avoid it.

Grapes and Raisins – Grapes contain a toxin that is especially harmful to dogs. Although the exact toxin has not been pinpointed, even a small amount can cause severe liver damage, kidney failure, and death.

Liver – In small amounts liver is harmless and even thought to be beneficial to dogs. However, eating too much liver can result in too much Vitamin A. Too much Vitamin A can cause your dog to have bone and muscle issues.

Marijuana – Like other drugs, marijuana can prove harmful to dogs. It can affect your dog’s heart rate, nervous system, vomiting, and diarrhea. You should seek medical attention if you think your dog has ingested marijuana.

Meat and Eggs – This is currently a controversial issue. However, the ASPCA still says that raw or undercooked meat can be dangerous to your dog. Both can contain bacteria including Salmonella and E.coli that is harmful to your dog. Raw eggs also contain avidin which is an enzyme that decreases absorption of biotin. This can lead problems with your dog’s coat and skin.

Mold – Never give your dog moldy or spoiled food. Moldy food can contain tremorgenic mycotoxins, which can cause muscle tremors, convulsions, and worse. Beware of fruit that has fallen off trees and become moldy.

Mushrooms – Never give you dog food with mushrooms. Also, watch for wild mushrooms when outside with your dog. Certain mushrooms contain toxins that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, liver and kidney damage, coma, and death.

Mustard Seeds – Though not toxic, your dog will certainly have an upset stomach if he has eaten mustard seeds.

Nuts – Never give nuts of any kind to your dog. Certain varieties of nuts, like macadamia and walnuts, contain an unknown toxin that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and nervous and digestive system issues. Even nuts that do not contain this toxin still contain a high concentration of fat that can lead to pancreatitis.

Oils – In addition to cooking oils, there are also natural oils many people keep around the house for allergies, massage, and to make other homeopathic remedies. These oils are extremely concentrated and can be fatal to your dog. Seek medical attention immediately if your dog has come in contact with these.

Onions – Onions, leeks, and chives are very toxic for dogs, regardless of what form – raw, cooked, dried, powdered, or as an ingredient in other foods. Onions contain disulfides and sulfoxides that can cause dogs to have stomach irritation, anemia, and damage red blood cells which can cause organ damage and even death.

Peach, Persimmon, and Plum Pits –  Like many other fruits, the danger of the peach pit contains cyanide, which is highly toxic to dogs if enough is consumed. These pits can also become lodged and cause intestinal blockage, resulting in serious problems.
Potatoes – Unripe potatoes as well as their plant contain a toxin called solanine, which can cause your dog stomach problems, weakness, lethargy, and confusion.
Rhubarb – Rhubarb contains oxalates. When consumed, dogs can have digestive and nervous system problems.

Salt – Excessive salt intake can cause sodium ion poisoning which may lead to vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, seizures, and even death. Just skip sharing your salty snacks with your dog.

Sugar – It seems that sugar is in most of the food we eat. Too much sugar for your dog on a regular basis can cause obesity, dental problems, and eventually diabetes. This includes corn syrup too.

Tea – Just as coffee, teas that contain caffeine can be very toxic for your dog. Diarrhea, vomiting, restlessness, and an increased heart rate may occur. If enough is consumed, tremors, seizures, and even death can occur. If your dog ingests a food or drink with caffeine, you should seek prompt medical attention.

Tobacco– Tobacco contains nicotine, which is a major toxin for dogs. Nicotine can increase a dog’s heart rate, affect the nervous and respiratory system, and even result in death. Seek proper medical attention.
Tomatoes – Only green, unripe tomatoes as well as the leaves and stems are the problem. Like unripe potatoes, they contain solanine, which can cause your dog stomach problems including weakness, lethargy, and confusion.
Xylitol – Xylitol is a sugar substitute often found in candy, gum, baked treats, now some peanut butters, and many other foods. Even small amounts can cause vomiting, lethargy, seizures, liver failure, and even death.

Yeast – Yeast can cause several problems for your dog. The yeast can rise and expand causing your dog to become extremely bloated. If left unattended, their stomach and intestines can even rupture. Another problem is that the yeast produces ethanol as a by- product, causing your dog to become intoxicated.

Again, please share this list or even post it on the refrigerator for all to see!

Be on the lookout for parts two and three about Petproofing the entire house for the holidays, and foods and tasty treats you can give your dog during the Holiday Season!

Well, to be very honest I is not recommended for everyone to go without leash with your dog because the first and only thing which should be in consideration is your dog safety. You can’t go anywhere with your dog without leash until you trained him perfectly and this is the key a right training and perfect guideline we will discuss some points here.

Train your dog with the help of Commands.

You should trained him with the basic commands like come,run,stop,go etc… so these are the basic commands if you owning a dog you should know them very well and your canine too. Now the main thing while walking on the park you should offer him any candy or anything so he can come to you by calling any command.

Most of the Dog Owners miss the right ways of training your dog please note that it is little hard but it is possible. A dog is a good companion so spend a good time and call him with proper commands and constantly work on them your dog would be ready and trained in some days.

What is the best location to Trained your dog for Running without a Leash?

As described above it could be the park where you go on morning walk or it could be the beach or any place like ground or anything which have enough space to run with your dog and help him with proper training treats.

You can also train him at your home if you have enough space to run and it is recommended because on public place it is bit risky if your dog is aggressive so this option would be the best for your canine to train and play with him.

What are the cons of Off Leash Risks?

No one can deny the fact that there are so many risks involve while running with your canine without leash because we cannot understand the nature of animals because they can got angry on any uncertain things and can be disturbed by any other dog or even human as well so we can’t control them on this situation. (see Possible Causes For Leash Aggression).

We can overcome this by good training and management and it only works when you do proper training and gives your time to your dog.

Involve training in Daily play

It is one of the best ways to train your dog while playing games even in your kitchen keep him off the leash because your dog will never feel uncomfortable and he will be trained automatically with your little attention.

He will start responding you all the time so reward him accordingly and enjoy the great time with your canine.

Train your dog for safety as well…

While training your dog do not forget to take care of the safety as it is one of the best way to make your dog perfect because if you donot train him for safety you’re going to miss big and important part.

.Leave it  is the most important command and can be use hell of time while training your dog for safety and it would be great if you make sure to take care of it.

.Stop  it can be used as many times so make sure to teach him where to stop and when to stop most of the people miss this great thing and it is simple but most of the dog owners does not care of it.

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How To Teach Your Dog to Run With you.

Now that you’ve decided to start your own dog washing business it’s time to take the necessary steps to ensure your success. That means starting things off right in as many areas as possible, including the time of year to launch your operation to the public. Whether you decide on a “hard launch” or a “soft launch” you’re entering an industry that has already become a multi-billion dollar business.

The Pet Grooming Industry Overall

Currently, the estimated number of dog owners in the United States has reached nearly 80 million, meaning that approximately 44 percent of all households in the U.S. have a dog. That’s a lot of potential clients for your new pet grooming company to reach. Whether you already have an inside to the industry as a veterinarian, kennel worker or professional dog walker — or you’re brand new to the pet industry overall — your first step will be business prep and education.

Making Business Preparations

As a professional pet pamperer, you need to have a certain amount of experience necessary to ensure your personal safety and the safety of your canine clientele. As a pet groomer, you may find yourself in stressful or even dangerous situations, so it’s important that you find a program to help prepare you and your new business for various challenges. Bottom line, make sure you learn proper grooming and pet handling, especially if you’re new.

If you’re an old hand at this then it wouldn’t hurt to take a refresher course. You may already know about shampooing and blow drying, but it wouldn’t hurt to refresh your knowledge of dog behavior and chemical safety. Also, you may want to make sure you know, or at least begin to know about breed identification, various dog skin disorders and proper management practices for your shop and tools.

Optimal Opening Time

While your business prep will play a factor in when you open for business, it’s not a deciding factor. You schedule your business launch for the optimal time or season and work to meet that deadline. Simplistically the start of a new year serves as a wonderful benchmark for a business calendar, but dogs are most active after the winter months are over. If you schedule your business launch for the spring or summer you can ensure six to eight months of steady business growth and operations.

Dogs run and play during the spring, and they get wet during the summer. When the kids are out of school dogs roll, fetch, seek and romp for as long as the sun remains in the sky. They get dirty and stinky and get their fur tangled up and matted with activity. Launching your dog grooming business in March or at the start of April will give you the chance to drum up business, test out your services and increase your brand’s recognition.

Establishing Your Services

You’ll want to know the services you’re able and prepared to offer. Remember, you’re in the animal handling business now and these services can make a lot of demands on you, your facility and your equipment. While a wide variety of services can help establish a large customer base, you want to ensure you can deliver 100 percent on every item on the menu. The various types of services you can offer in addition to washing and drying include tooth brushing, pedicures, ear cleaning and deodorizing.

The size of your business will help determine what you’re able to offer, at least in the beginning. Mobile dog groomers usually only carry large or specialized items and supplies, often times going to their clients and utilizing their products and utilities. Commercial groomers, on the other hand, can take on more than one customer at a time and mostly utilize industrial-sized machinery and utilities. More often than not, dogs are more comfortable in their familiar environment or “territory” which can be easier on the work.

Advertising & Marketing

After reviewing your working knowledge, learning new techniques and information, choosing a business size and deciding what your business will offer — it’s time to move on to marketing and operations. You’ll want to reach the maximum amount of customers without wasting too much time before getting to work. If you’re able, the best thing for your new business to have will be a handful of clients already in rotation. This way as you gather new customers you’ll have steady income coming in.

In Conclusion; Why Dog Grooming?

One of the best things about dogs as pets would be their natural appeal. You’ll never lack marketing material and with proper execution pet owners will willingly shop your services often. You’ll have everything you need to create a successful business for yourself, your employees and your four-legged clients.

 

Bio:

Emily is an avid animal lover and pet and wildlife conservation blogger. She has also written for Continental Kennel Club and is a contributor to PetsBlogs. To read more of her articles, check out her blog, Conservation Folks, or follow her on Twitter.

Excess food, cold temperatures outside, and central heating inside call all lead to problems with our health, and it’s no different for our canine friends either. That is why you need to know how to keep your pooch as a healthy as possible during the colder months. Luckily, below you will find some winter wonder tips to help you do just that, so read on to find out more.

 

No outside living

 

Keeping your dogs outside can be something of a controversial topic as dogster.com states, but in the winter it can be a real issue of contention. After all, dogs will feel the cold, even if they have thick coats and keeping them outside where the temperature can drop below zero really is not on.

 

That means it’s vital that you bring your pooches inside for the winter season. To do this, it can be useful to create a bedding area for them in a section of the house that is a little quieter. A place like the utility room can work well, as then they will be at relaxed and home even if they aren’t used to being around people all the time.

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You will also need to provide some warm and conformable winter bedding to keep them at the right temperature, as well as freshwater too. If you don’t want them roaming the rest of the house all the time you can use a baby gate in the doorway so they can still see what everyone is doing and yet be limited to their special space.

 

Use vitamins and supplements to keep them healthy

 

Next, it’s a good idea to up your dog’s vitamins and supplements to keep them healthy during the colder weather, just like you do with the rest of the family. Luckily, you can go to sites like topdogvitamins.com now and get the lowdown on which types of supplements are best for you dog. There you can find advice about what more senior dogs need, as well as some info on the advantage of probiotics and fish oil supplements. The latter being something that can really help with itchy skin that is often the result of going from the warm indoors to the cold outdoors and back again, during the winter months.

 

Avoid Christmas tidbits

 

Anyone that has seen their dogs long, sad face when their owner is eating a delicious Christmas treat will know how hard it is to resists giving them just a bite. However, it can actually be in their interest to not give them a tidbit, even if they are desperately begging for it.

Even if they make this face, don’t feed them Christmas human treats. Picture source

 

This is because many items of human food are delicious to dogs but can cause them serious health problems. Unfortunately, these types of food seem to be around in abundance over the Christmas period, making it harder to keep them away from Fido.

 

To help you stand firm in this, it can help to know what awful reaction common Holiday foods can cause in your pet. Chocolate, for example, is toxic to dogs and can cause vomiting and diarrhea. While cheese, another Christmas favorite is known to contain high levels of lactose, something that many canines cannot stomach. Nuts also popular during the holidays can also be dangerous, with some dogs having allergies similar to humans, so are best avoided. Find out more about this at mom.me. Although there are some items such as cooked and deboned turkey with a little gravy that they can eat in small amounts.

 

It can also be helpful to remember to get your pup some specially made dog treats for the Christmas period. Then when they are after what you are snacking on you can give them one of those instead of caving in and feeding them something you know they shouldn’t have.

 

Extra precautions when walking

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Even though it’s cold outside Fido still needs to be walked twice a day, and that means taking some extra precautions when you do take them outside. In particular, be careful about the weather when you take them out. Try and walk them when it’s sunny so the ice and frost is melted from the paths and it doesn’t hurt their pads. Although dog shoes can also help create a protective barrier for this issue.

 

Also, watch out for deep snow, although your dog will probably love it, it can be dangerous as it covers things over and you have no idea what hazards lay underneath. Be very careful of exposing your dog to long walks in very low temperatures as well, as they are just as susceptible to frostbite as us humans are. That means keep outings short and sweet if the thermometer reads low and educate yourself in the subtle sign of frostbite, just in case the worse does happen.

 

Increase meals

 

Something that can help your pup cope with the colder temperature in the winter is as petmd.com suggests to increase their food allowance. This is because dogs gain their energy to move about and stay warm from their food, and by giving them more you make it easier for them to keep their body at a constant temperature, no matter what the weather outside.

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Of course, it is a delicate balance between increasing what they have on a normal day and overfeeding. That means it is a good idea to check the packets of dog food for advice on portions or even ask your vet if you have a dog with a medical issue that could be affected by increasing their meals.

 

It’s also a good idea to offer your dog more meals through the day rather than just making their two normal feeding times bigger. This is because it can help them to digest their food better and ensure their energy levels stay constantly topped up. Something that will make it easier for them to keep warm no matter what time of day it is.

 

Doggy clothes

 

Lastly, whatever your feelings on doggy fashions, providing a jumper or jacket for your pooch, as barkpost.com suggests can make a massive difference in keeping them warm. Something especially relevant if they are a short-haired breed.

 

There are even dog goggles on the market now that you can buy too, that act as sunglasses. Something that can be very useful if you are taking them out in the snow to prevent the glare getting in their eyes.

 

Whether you already have a dog or you’re thinking of getting one, it’s important to think about how owning a dog affects both you and the animal. Having a dog in your family should mean there’s a mutually-beneficial relationship where you help each other. You take care of your dog and your dog, although he might not know it, helps to improve your quality of life too. You and your dog can be there for each other in a variety of ways, even though it mostly involves you putting in the effort and your dog just being, well, a dog. If you’re not convinced that you both get as much from your relationship as each other, here’s how you and your dog can enjoy each other’s company. Your Dog Gives You Something to Get Up For It’s not always easy to get up in the morning, even for people who are generally happy and motivated. Sometimes you just want to laze around in bed, or you don’t feel like facing the day. But having a dog to care for means you can’t waste your day lying around. Your dog needs feeding, walking, and playing with. That’s part of the reason dogs are sometimes recommended for people with depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses. They give people something to care for and care about outside of themselves. Not only is your dog a reason to get out of bed, but they’ll be sure to get you up if you’re late giving them breakfast.

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  Your Dog Sees You As Pack Leader When you bring a dog into your family, you’re their pack leader. They look to you for their commands as the alpha – although they might see one family member as more authoritative than the others. It’s comforting for them to have companions, whether they’re all humans, other dogs, or maybe even other animals. They physically need you to survive too, relying on you for everything from food and exercise to staying clean. You might need your dog, but you know that they need you too.   You Keep Each Other Fit One of the great benefits of owning a dog is that they can help to keep you fit. But it’s also your job to help keep your dog fit and healthy. You can look at it as having a faithful workout partner who’s always there to encourage you to go to the gym. Whatever you choose to do with your dog, from gentle walks to mountain hikes, they encourage you to get outside. You can also do some fun activities that are a bit more active for your dog than you, like agility or flyball.   Affection Is Good For Both of You There’s nothing like a cuddle with your dog. Sometimes they seem to sense when you’re sad and come and give you affection when you need it most. It’s not just good for you, though. It’s also good for them to get affection from their human. Giving your dog affection is a way to reward them for good behavior, especially because they’re naturally very affectionate and love to receive attention from humans and each other. It’s important to give your dog affection at the right time, though. For example, if you fuss over them when they’re really excited, you could teach them that it’s ok to jump up at people when you don’t want them to.

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  You Can Support Each Other Emotionally Sharing affection with your dog is great for lifting your mood. And for some people, it’s even useful to have their dog designated as an emotional support animal (ESA). An ESA isn’t the same as a service dog, which has different legal protections and needs to have specialized training. However, an ESA may have some protections in some situations, such as when you’re applying for housing. If you think it would be beneficial to have your dog designated as an ESA or for you to get an emotional support animal, you can read about how to do it here. You need to have a licensed mental health professional write you a letter that says you will benefit from having an emotional support animal. ESAs can help with a range of health conditions, from PTSD to anxiety and depression.   Some Dogs Help with Physical Conditions Too Dogs can also be trained to provide assistance for a range of physical conditions. These dogs are more likely to be service dogs, which legally are required to have special training. They should be trained to perform certain tasks that help their owners, who might have physical or mental health disabilities. The most recognizable type of service dog is probably seeing-eye dogs for blind and sight-impaired people. There are also hearing dogs, dogs that detect seizures or provide assistance to people with diabetes, mobility assistance dogs, and more. Service dogs don’t need to be certified or registered, but business owners and service providers are allowed to ask what tasks they’re trained to do to determine if they can provide reasonable accommodation for them.

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  Dogs Are Protective Having a loyal companion who will protect you is one of the reasons that some people choose to get a dog. Dogs will protect you in a variety of ways, including standing between you and a perceived threat or barking. A protective dog isn’t necessarily aggressive, though. It could just mean they stand at your side and are there for you. Some people choose dog breeds based on which ones make the best guard dogs. However, you don’t have to pick a particularly large or protective dog to have one who will stand up for you. A dog’s protective instinct isn’t just good for you, either. It makes them feel useful and proud that they’re protecting you. Just be careful not to encourage bad behaviors.   You Can Be Social Together Do you feel like you need to get out of your shell a little? If you want to meet new people, having a dog is a great way to do it. Your dog can take you to new places, and you can find plenty of opportunities for your pooch to socialize too. You might go to your local dog park and talk to other owners while your dog meets some fellow four-legged friends. There are also some fun classes and activities you can do together, where you can meet other people are dogs. Some activities are more focused on dogs, while others are for people but within a dog-friendly atmosphere. For example, you could attend an agility class with your dog, or you could join a walking group and take your dog with you on walks. Not only will you make new friends, but your dog will improve his social skills too.   Take Your Dog to Work Lucky enough to be the boss or work in a dog-friendly environment? Taking your dog to work could be good for both of you. It means your dog doesn’t have to stay home or go to doggy daycare, and you can have your constant companion with you all day. Dogs can be great in a few different work environments but generally are best in offices, as long as they’re happy to sit under your desk for most of the day. You might also be able to take your dog to work if you work outdoors. And if you are able to take your dog to work with you, not only can they help you to relieve stress (and relieve your dog’s stress), but they can be there for your colleagues too. Your dog will probably love the extra attention and might have some other dogs to make friends with too.   Be Charitable with Your Dog If your dog provides great emotional support to you, they could do the same for others too. Your dog might be able to train as a therapy dog so you can visit people who can benefit from the comfort of a furry friend. Therapy dogs visit places like schools, hospitals and care homes to befriend the people there. Petting a dog is excellent therapy and can lift people’s moods. Dogs can even help people to recover from illness faster. If you want to volunteer with your dog, there are other things you can do too. Your dog can donate blood, you could go on charity runs or walks together, or you could foster other dogs for your dog to interact with and care for.   Adopt, Don’t Shop There are lots of terribly cute pedigree puppy litters out there. It’s easy to see what people are prepared to pay money for them. But choosing to adopt a dog instead is good for both you and the dog. You get all the benefits of owning a dog and the knowledge that you saved a dog in need. Without people to adopt them, a lot of dogs end up being put down. Adopting a dog often means you rescue each other.   Owning a dog isn’t just a one-sided relationship. They get just as much out of it as you do, and you can have so much fun together.

Make sure to take your dog for a walk every time you plan to go out. Go for a brisk walk, and consider to burden your dog with a dog backpack. Put some extra weight in it, and when you get back, reward your dog with some food and water. This will be his prize for being calm and submissive. Your main goal is to help your dog to spend excessive energy. By walking him before you go, there is a pretty good chance he’ll fall asleep and be quiet and relaxed all the time you’re not with him.

 

Start the day with a walk

 

Make sure to take your dog for a walk every time you plan to go out. Go for a brisk walk, and consider to burden your dog with a dog backpack. Put some extra weight in it, and when you get back, reward your dog with some food and water. This will be his prize for being calm and submissive. Your main goal is to help your dog to spend excessive energy. By walking him before you go, there is a pretty good chance he’ll fall asleep and be quiet and relaxed all the time you’re not with him.

Time apart is no big deal

You should keep this in mind: Whenever you go out or come back, don’t make a big deal out of it. If you manage to act normal while leaving and greeting your dog, he will see that separating isn’t something he should be worried about. Because of that, make a simple rule. Don’t touch your pet, don’t talk to him and don’t make eye contact, for at least 5 minutes before you go or after you return. This period should be extended up to an hour for the best results. Your dog will act natural and calmed if you are feeling the same way.

Say goodbye on time

If you can’t make the previous technique work, then try to talk to your dog before leaving him behind. Your pet will react on your emotions, so take a moment and say him goodbye way before you really leave. By saying your dog you’ll miss him, you’ll express your feelings so they won’t stand in a way once you open the door. Your main goal should be leaving a dog that is emotionally-free. If you don’t burden him with sad emotions the moment you leave, he will remain cool and happy. This little trick will mostly help you to express your feelings, and the actual leaving moment will remain stress-free.

Ask for help

In case you need to leave your best friend alone for a longer period of time, don’t hesitate, but seek for a help. There are so many solutions available, and one of them is to call a family member to stay with your dog while you’re absent. Another way is to hire a dog sitter, so they’ll keep him company and provide him with everything he needs. There is an option to bring the dog to a sitter’s house or leave him in some of the innovative dog boarding facilities near you, where he can play with other dogs and have a great time until you return.

Try out different things

There are so many options you can consider when it comes to dog separation anxiety. Dogs differ, and one strategy may be good for some and don’t do anything for others. Keep this in mind when helping your dog to overcome this bad feeling. Try training him slowly. Leave him for just 5 minutes in one exercise. Once he sees you’re coming back every time, you can go ahead and extend this period until you can leave for a full 8 hours without issues. Some studies showed that audiobooks have a relaxing effect on dogs, so they might be the solution you’re looking for. Anxiety will disappear since your dog will be listening to a human voice which will decrease his stress levels. Once you get back, you will find a relaxed and anxiety-free pet.

Conclusion

Whatever you do with your dog, keep in mind that you are a pack leader, and you should be acting as one. Be confident, calm and assertive since those traits will help your dog to fight separation anxiety. Avoid having bad feelings before leaving the house, so your dog can see everything is in order. Go ahead and try these new tricks, and you’ll see how your dog will start to change for the better.