Few things in life are better than a puppy weekend, and there are just as few places better suited for a puppy weekend than the city of Phoenix, AZ. With its warm weather, friendly populace, and ample amount of outdoor green space, dog owners have developed a love for the city and its dog-accessibility.

Whether you’re dogsitting for a friend or want to bond with the new puppy in your life, here’s your ultimate guide for crafting the perfect weekend for your and your canine companion in Phoenix.

Doggone festivities

Interested in socializing your puppy? Phoenix’s warm weather makes it a popular spot all the calendar for dog-friendly events. BringFido, the dog travel directory, usually has a beat on upcoming events for you to check out. Two upcoming events include Phoenix’s 3rd Annual Doggie Street Festival, and Barks & Brews.

A free event, the Doggie Street Festival is an opportunity for you to treat your friend to the newest dog foods, fashionable gear, health supplements, veterinary care, lodgings, exercise equipment, and services. Have a friend who wants a pet or think your puppy needs a playmate? The festival’s also an adoption event that encourages the adoption of rescues, education on spaying and neutering, and providing attendees with the expertise of veterinarians and other pet professionals who offer tips about improved pet care.

There’s also Barks & Brews, another free dog-friendly event. While the brews are intended for the people, not the pets, it’s still a fun, lively event to attend. There’s going to be both live music and a craft beer garden, and the proceeds from the event will benefit the Arizona Animal Welfare League. You’ll also be able to find information about adopting a pet.

Throughout the year, you’ll also find other fun events hosted throughout the city, ranging from casual ones, like Just Me & My Dog Yoga, to more sophisticated ones, like the 2018 Chihuahua Festival & Car Show.

A walk in the (dog) park

Not so much into organized events? State parks and national parks (like Grand Canyon National Park) often allow leashed pets along trails and can be exciting environments. You two might even be interested in camping in a tent overnight! Unfortunately, these places can get fairly hectic and you might have to do a good bit of driving to get there. Dogs who get easily stressed don’t always fair well in these situations either, so instead, you can try taking them to a dog park.

Dog parks are quickly becoming popular places for dogs to roam off-leash, exercise, and socialize with other dogs within a confined space and under the supervision of their owners.

In Phoenix, you’ll have at least ten public dog parks to pick from, whether you live in Gilbert, Peoria, Norterra, or Downtown Phoenix. Not only do they have wide layouts with watering stations and occasionally toys for your dog to chew on, the parks have benches and shade for dog owners to sit and relax on. Just don’t forget to keep the area clean!

Before taking your dog to your dog park, you should evaluate whether it’s appropriate and safe for your own dog. Some breeds just don’t get along with others, some dog owners don’t properly train their dogs, and there are always health issues to consider. Research the dog park, talk with the regulars, and do some respectful observations before taking your friend.

Doggie dates and companion clubs

Maybe you’re new to the area, or new to dog ownership. If that’s the case, you may want to consider joining one of Phoenix’s dozens of dog Meetup groups. Ranging from the around 1,700 members of “Dog Whisperer,” a group for owners looking for solutions for problems they’re having with their dog, to the dozens of members of “Phoenix Bulldog Owners,” you’re sure to find a group of people you’ll fit in with.

Good eats and doggy treats

Phoenix’s dog-friendliness doesn’t just extend to events, parks, and clubs – quite a few of the area’s most popular and celebrated restaurants and bars have dog-friendly patios where you can knock back a cold brew and pass your four-legged friend a homemade biscuit.

OHSO (Outrageous Homebrewer’s Social Outpost) is one of these hotspots. They have locations throughout the city, including in Gilbert, Arcadia, Scottsdale, and Paradise Valley. With their spacious outdoor patios, green areas, dog treats, and water fountains to fill dog bowls, OHSO’s breweries are great spaces for a group hang after work and before your nightly walk.

If you’re more into brunches, 32 Shea in Downtown Phoenix allows you to relax after a morning hike along the Phoenix Mountain Preserve with mimosas or coffee, and a well-shaded patio.

Your dog is more than just a pet — he’s part of the family. That’s why you still love him even though his hair and nails are wreaking havoc on your home’s flooring.

Still, there’s a happy middle ground: you can protect your home’s floors in a way that’s comfortable for both you and your dog. Here are the best ways to do it, depending on the type of floors your home has:

Carpeting
Carpets and dogs can be a bad combination, especially for pups in the midst of potty training. That’s because carpets can soak up scents and stains, especially if you don’t see them right away. Once your dog is grown, he can still have an effect on your plush carpet flooring. They absorb scents and attract hair shed by your pooch.

  • In the short-term: It may not be the prettiest option, but covering your carpets with plastic is the best way to repel accidents. This might be the best way to protect floors while your puppy learns to go outside.
  • In the long-term: Your dog doesn’t have accidents indoors anymore, but he still brings his hair and scent with him wherever he goes. As such, you’ll want to invest in a vacuum proven to be effective on pet hair. You’ll also want to get into a routine of deep cleaning and shampooing your carpets so that they smell fresh, no matter how your pet smells.

Wood Floors
Wood floors are a little easy to clean in the short-term, so long as you catch your puppy’s accidents as they happen. One big problem with wood floors is your dog’s long nails: they can cause scratches to your floor.

  • In the short-term: It’s up to you to make sure your dog’s nails are well manicured, since shorter nails are less likely to scratch your floors than long ones. You can also pick up some booties for your pet to wear inside, if regular nail-trimmings aren’t enough.
  • A layer of wax can also do the trick. Not only will it protect your floor from deep scratches, but it’ll also make small lines and nicks easy to fix in the future. All you’ll have to do is re-apply the wax to fill a scratch and voila: perfect floors restored.
  • In the long-term: A long-term solution to your problem could be a new, more durable set of wood floors. Reclaimed wood is stronger against scratches than brand new hardwood floors; plus, older wood from barns, ships and wine barrels has plenty of character and pre-existing imperfections that your dog’s nails won’t ruin.

Concrete Floors
The name alone implies that concrete will withstand just about anything, and it will be a great surface against a dog’s accidents, as well as its nails, hair and scent. The only way to protect your concrete floors is the same in the short run as in the long run: a layer of sealant will make it easy to protect against stains, wipe them up and sweep up any hair that’s been shed.

Tile and Laminate Floors
These two types of flooring are on the opposite ends of the spectrum and will require different courses of action to protect them from a pooch’s paws.

  • Tile floors: Like concrete, tile is the perfect companion to your pup. They’re easy to clean and maintain, so long as they’re sealed properly.
  • Laminate floors: On the other hand, these floors are perhaps your worst option when it comes to a dog-friendly finish. Laminate floors come with a seal, but it’s one that cannot be bulked up or replaced. As such, scratches that happen or stains caused by your dog will become permanent eyesores. Your only options are to have a cover on your floor at all times, or to replace it with a more durable, easy-to-clean option.

Go Floor It
You now know the best ways to protect your home’s flooring while making your dog feel at home, to boot. All there’s left to do is go for it — and go floor it: you and your dog will be happy you did.

Emily Folk
Conservation and Sustainability Writer

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Christmas has almost arrived; so start planning out the gifts you would be giving to your family and friends.

Here are some DIY easy and quick ideas for you to decide a gift for your dog-owner friends. A gift for their pooch is often enough to make their owners happy. If their dog is quite attached to you, then, never think of going to the Christmas party without a gift for your furry lover. Dogs love to have surprises too

DIY Nylon Monkey’s Knot Toy:

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All you need is a 1-inch thick nylon cotton rope, two twist ties (to secure the ends while making) and scissors. The DIY monkey’s knot is a little tricky at first but is fun to make. You can stuff the fist-sized knot with some favorite doggy treats before tying the final knot. Once you are done, remove the twist ties and wrap the knot in a gift paper with easy to open ribbon knot; for the dog to do it all by himself. You can make 4 to 5 Monkey’s Knot toys in green and red colors to bring a feel of Christmas to the gift.

Dog-owners would love the toy as it’s hand-made and requires their dog’s mental stimulation to untie the knot and get the surprise out.

For reference: http://www.handsoccupied.com/rope-ball-surprise-dog-toy/

DIY Dog Treat Jar:

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Begin by preparing dog’s favorite peanut-butter-bacon treat. The ingredients you require are:

  1. 3 pieces of bacon, precooked and chopped
  2. 1 egg
  3. ½ cup peanut butter
  4. ¼ cup beef or chicken broth
  5. 1 cup whole wheat flour
  6. ½ cup quick cook oats
  7. 1 Tbsp. honey

Pre-heat the oven to 300 degrees. Mold the dough into your desired doggy-treat shape. Bake for 20 minutes.

You can bake any other puppy favorite homemade treats for your friend’s dog.

Lastly, Fill a Mason jar with doggy treats. Apply Modge Podge on the lid and sprinkle golden, silver, red or green glitter on the lid to add some Christmas fun. Later on, clean up after applying another layer of Modge Podge, once the first one dries out.

Reference: http://petcouponsavings.com/homemade-peanut-butter-bacon-dog-treats/ and https://prettyfluffy.com/diy-tutorials/diy-projects/holiday-gift-diy-treat-jar

DIY Self-designed Umbrella:

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Have you found your dog-owner friend’s home decorated with pictures of the dog all around? Is he/she is obsessed with dog-related shirts, mugs, etc? Then, we have a perfect DIY gift idea for your friend!

First, get a clear umbrella from a dollar store. Start designing it by tracing dog emoticons or quotes in every umbrella section using permanent markers or paint markers from the inside. Fill in the traces and you are done.

To give it a Christmas touch, hang some removable Christmas ball ornaments at every edge and wrap green ribbons on the hand stick.

Reference: https://paperplateandplane.wordpress.com/2011/05/19/design-it-yourself-umbrella/

 

Christmas Themed Sock Donut Toy:

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Search out for a pair of Christmas themed thick or long socks at a dollar store. Cut off the tip of the sock and start rolling it inwards till a bun-like donut is formed. With the help of a needle and thread, sew the open edges to keep the sock from getting unrolled. Stack the donuts one above another and wrap them up in a transparent and rectangular plastic box. Add some green and red ribbon knots for final garnishing.

Dogs love to chew on these sock donuts for hours. Doggy treats may be stuffed inside so that the dog plays for hours.

Reference: https://prettyfluffy.com/diy-tutorials/diy-projects/diy-holiday-doggy-donut-toys

5. DIY Dog Cookie Wreath:

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Prepare Bone-shaped cookies for your friend’s dog. Cut a cardboard in a circular shape of a hollow wreath. Tie the cookies with the help of red, green or white ribbons along the line of the cardboard in a circular form. Finally, a ribbon bow at the top or bottom of the wreath can be attached to give it a complete look.

The dog cookie wreath is a common DIY Christmas gift that has been loved a lot by dog owners. If you are not sure about the other DIY gift ideas as you are unfamiliar with the dog and dog-owner, this cookie wreath will win the heart of the dog-owner as well as his dog definitely.

 

There are plenty of DIY gift ideas out there but these five ideas will fit perfectly into the theme of Christmas, and the dog-owners will appreciate your efforts.

I have intentionally avoided dog costume and dog stocking ideas as they are mostly owned by the dog owners themselves or get gifted by the other friends. When it comes to standing out of the crowd, go DIY.

 

Author Bio:

James Shore is a part-time dog-trainer and dog behavior consultant. He is a professional freelancer with years of experience in dog training. He is interested in finding out fun ways to handle dog behaviors, specifically, Labradors to help dog-owners enjoy their companions at all times. His pet-passion led him to develop https://www.labradortraininghq.com/ to help people.

Winter season is here, and like humans, our dogs also need protection against the cold. Although there are dog breeds that love the snow and are more adaptable to the cold weather, there are many that require extra care. You don’t want for your fur—baby to fell ill, right!

So here are ten excellent winter care tips that you can follow to keep your pooch safe and healthy this holiday season.

1.    Protect the paws!

Protect your pooch’s paws by using booties; it will protect him from many diseases such as hypothermia. Also, keep the hair on his feet and between his pads trimmed short as that will prevent the build-up of ice-balls. Don’t think that it is okay for your dog to have a quick walk outside without the booties.

2.    Wrap your pooch up

Many dog-parents assume that their pup doesn’t require protection from the cold, that is not true at all. Just as you need warm clothes to survive the weather, your pooch also requires a sweater or a coat, especially if he has a thin fur. There are many coats available for dogs of different sizes and shapes, buy one that is comfortable and does not hinder your dog’s movement.

3.    Use pet-friendly chemicals

People use chemicals such as antifreeze to winterize their pipes; such products are poisonous to dogs.  It is best to use pet-friendly chemicals around your house. But even if you do use such products make sure you keep them out of the reach of your pet. Prevent him from licking sidewalks and always keep a strict check.

4.    Keep your pooch away from the fire-place

Dogs are curious animals and are up to some new adventure every day. Your dog might feel cold and would go near the fireplace. Prevent him from going too close to it; avoid other heating sources that might be dangerous for your pooch.

5.    Keep him hydrated

There is a misconception amongst dog owners that dogs can only get dehydrated in hot weather.  That is not true; your dog needs access to fresh water in winters. The dry weather causes to lose the body moisture, so water is essential.

6.    Pay attention to his diet

The cold weather adversely affects your dog’s joint, skin and coat health. Make sure you add supplements to his diet. You can feed your pooch foods that are rich in omega three such as fish oil.

7.    How to treat kennel cough

Your dog might get infected with kennel cough in winters. Take the necessary preventive steps to protect your dog against Bordetella, disinfect the air around him and boost his immunity through diet and exercise. If your dog does catch it, you can feed honey and coconut oil to treat the disease. Get your pooch checked by the vet to avoid any complexities.

8.    Eating snow is a big NO

The primary issue with snow is that it hides everything underneath so you wouldn’t know what your dog has consumed if he has eaten. Chances are he might ingest any poisonous substance and fall ill. So make sure you don’t let him eat snow at all.

9.    Warm bedding is needed

Dogs love a comfortable bed just as much as humans do especially in winters. Elevated beds, comforter, and blankets can help your dog stay warm.

10.    Watch the calories

It is the holiday season, and we are all enjoying the winter treats. Well, your dog needs his winter treats too, to help resist the cold but that does not mean you should overfeed your pooch. Keep an eye on his caloric intake especially if your dog stays indoors.

Follow these ten tips and enjoy the holiday season with your fur without any worries.

 

Sources:

http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/15-winter-care-tips-for-your-dog/

http://dogtime.com/dog-health/31865-7-myths-dogs-winter

https://www.healthypawspetinsurance.com/blog/2015/01/20/5-common-winter-illnesses-in-pets/

 

AUTHOR BIO:

Jenny Perkins is an Animal Behavior Specialist and a passionate writer. She loves to write about the nutrition, health, and care of dogs. She aims at providing tips to dog owners that can help them become better pet parents. She writes for the blog Here Pup.

By H. Davis

 

As most experienced pet owners know, a puppy’s teeth are sharp and typically mature within a predictable time. But it’s important to realize that as teeth are coming in, your puppy’s gums could be sore throughout the process. That’s because their mouths are filled with 28 tiny razor-sharp teeth that your fingers and toes somehow always find their way in. Although this is an annoying stage to go through for both parties, it’s something that’s completely normal for them to do and something you can help them overcome with proper house training.

 

“Why does my dog chew on everything?” is a great question that doesn’t necessarily have an easy answer. If you’re tired of finding mismatched socks around the house and picking up pieces of carpet, sit back, relax, and consider the following:

 

Chewing is Natural for Dogs: It’s their way of exploring the world around them – the same way baby’s do – since they’re naturally curious. In other words, they learn about new environments by seeing, smelling, listening, and of course, tasting. Unfortunately, for your favorite pair of shoes or piece of furniture, the majority of these canine life lessons involves putting these things in their mouth.

 

Dogs use their mouths the same way as humans use our hands. They’re not tasting your shoes or chewing on them because they want to purposely destroy it, they’re feeling it. But that isn’t the only reason dogs chew on our personal belongings. Puppies, for example, chew during their teething stages. Older dogs, on the other hand, typically use their mouths to bite and carry objects around as a way of playing with owners – they mean no harm. Another possible source could be hunger. Really hungry dogs, for instance, will typically chew on household items when they’re searching for food.

 

Analyze the Problem: If you notice that your dog is chewing excessively, the first thing you should do is get to the root of the problem; work with your veterinarian to figure out what triggers this behavior. Puppies, along with younger dogs normally chew when they’re interested in playing. However, if they’re chewing on furniture well into their adult years, it could a separate issue involves. In most cases, the problem usually results from a lack of exercise, playtime, or environmental change. That’s why experts recommend that pet owners allow their furry friend to get lots of exercise and give their pet’s time to explore and adjust to a new environment after a recent move. This helps make the moving process a lot less stressful for both of you. Another way pet owners can see what their dogs are doing away from them is by videotaping them – using a baby monitor or mobile device. Again, this is to help you determine whether or not your pet is misbehaving or just going through a phase.

 

Don’t View it as a Negative: Generally speaking, after a long day of work, the last thing you want to do is come home to a house covered in pieces of furniture. If this happens to you, however, the last thing you want to do is raise your voice and yell or spank your dog. Although many pet owners believe in this method, the reality is that it doesn’t work. Dogs aren’t children, which means they aren’t able to connect their misbehaving actions with your reactions. If you hit your dog, they will simply react and respond to the pain with fear without fully understanding why they’re being punished.

 

Instead, pet owners should reward good behavior and redirect bad behavior. For instance, you get out the shower and see your dog or puppy chewing on your favorite pair of jeans. Make noises (other than yelling) and call their name. Once they come to you, grab one of their toys and give them praise for being so obedient.

 

Treatment for Excessive Chewing: Excessive chewing is normally associated with anxiety or boredom. Treatment for this behavior first begins by making sure your dog is getting enough exercise and has lots of social interaction – with both humans and other animals. The next step is to try using different dog toys to see if that does the trick. Every animal is different, and some dogs prefer simple toys while others prefer more complex toys. You can try covering their puzzling toys with peanut butter, or stuffing it with their favorite food. Remember not to keep your pup’s toys on the couch if you’re trying to train them not to chew on the furniture. Proximity, in this case, is king. Instead come up with a special place to keep the toys like a basket, bin, or even a steel locker if your dog is especially enthusiastic. If your dog continues to chew on household items, furniture, or clothing, it might be best to go see a veterinarian.

 

During that time, you should also evaluate your behavior as well. Animals do an amazing job of sensing our emotions. With that being said, the best way to find out if you’re the cause of the problem is by confronting yourself. Reflect on if there’s something stressing you or your family out. In most cases, pet owners don’t even realize they’re the cause of the problem. If you’ve had a recent tragedy happen in the family – death, divorce, or financial problems – chances are, the dog is just misbehaving to get your attention. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to both of your behaviors. Dealing with grief after a tragedy is a complex issue, but it can be even more stressful on a dog who doesn’t understand why everyone’s being mean or sad.

 

Good luck with your puppy (or dog) and enjoy guiding them through a destructive-free life filled with lots of love, excitement, and playtime. Before long, the thoughts of them being nipping, chewing little monsters will soon be a distant memory.

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Thanks for the read! Did I miss anything important? What are some other ways pet owners can prevent dogs from chewing on household and personal items? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Winter walks with your puppy is going to be shorter unless you are a proud owner of Siberian husky, Alaskan Malamutes, Tibetan Mastiff and more such breeds who find the freezing temperature comforting.

Walking a dog is a part of both yours and your dear pet’s routine and you cannot really compromise on it. Thus, wintertime dog walks prove to be challenging. Every dog owner at this time of the year is on high alert for their dog walking safety.

Walking your dog during the winter months can be quite the challenge. The most primary precaution you take is to have it all bundled up but once you step outside there are multiple challenges that you might face depending on the weather conditions. Precautions are to be taken to keep your pet safe and warm during winters.

Listed below are tips that will ensure that your dog stays warm and safe even in freezing cold weather.

 

Avoid Metal And Risk Of Being Electrocuted

It is easy to neglect this, but by doing so you are only risking the life of your beloved dog. Most people let this advice slip by thinking of it as not a major concern. Well avoid being one such dog owner and be a tad bit more attentive of how this could affect your furry buddy’s health. Be a little more analytical when it comes to your pet’s safety in cold weather. The potential dangers of uncovered electrical wires spread recklessly on streets and swallowing metal objects can land your dog into a serious health condition.

It is rather important because in urban areas, at times metal have corroded electrical wires hidden underneath and this increases the risk of being electrocuted. This is why it is critical to ensure that your puppy stays away from pieces of metal with old wires. The last thing you want is for the moisture from snow to result in your dog getting electrocuted. Dogs also have a habit of licking onto things, so they are more at risk of licking a cold metal object so just keep an eye out while out on a walk. Stay Away From Snowdrifts

Snowdrifts are something you should stay clear off, as they form rapidly and can cover anything. Snow can be covered over metal, sharp objects, pile of garbage or hazardous item and your dog can injure himself if he lands on such a heap covered with snow. Best option to avoid such unfortunate event is by sticking to walking at a safe distance. Stick to walking in wide open spaces at parks or around small yards that are safe and your pet can enjoy running freely through the snow.

 

Careful With Ice

If at all possible, schedule your daily walks in the day time rather than in the evening. Firstly, the day is much warmer as compared to the chilly winter evenings and secondly, the streets are more visible in sunlight so you can avoid tripping over metal.

Ice surface is extremely slippery for both humans and dogs, so be very careful when crossing an icy path. If you are used to jogging or running on a normal weather day, then we advise that you go slow. Do not let your dog run across as this will ensure that it does not slip and injure himself. To avoid the risk of tripping over slippery streets, stick to ploughed sidewalks and trails. The same rule applies for your safety, better stick to walking during such weather condition.

 

Snow Is Not The Snack That Your Dog Can Devour

As mentioned earlier, dogs have a habit to lick and sniff anything and everything. This means that they will not shy away from licking the snow and eat everything they feel is edible.

No doubts, they will be tempted to eat snow which seems quite harmless, but you know better and it is a terrible idea. Licking or eating snow is harmful considering the chemicals or harmful objects that may be hidden in it.

Dress For The Weather

Similar to your kid, a dog too would require sweaters and boots before stepping out in such freezing conditions. As per the standard dog care rule, consider a coat or a sweater for your pet to wear during winter walks.  Dog breeds such as Chihuahuas, Greyhounds, Whippets, Miniature Pinschers and similar dogs who do not have long fur coats or enough body heat to stay warm will need an extra layer to keep them warm.

Protect those delicate paws from the brutality of cold, snow, ice, salt, and more things that can wreak havoc on your dog’s feet during winters. Boots are a must in this weather but besides do not forget to add a layer of protection by slathering on some petroleum jelly. In case you are just using petroleum jell due to the weather being reasonably cold, then be sure to wipe your dog’s feet before you come back inside.

Most of the dog breeds have little to no fur in their feel, which makes it mandatory to wear dog boots for walks. Consider getting doggie boots, as these will help keep the paws warm and offer protection. Boots are of more help than you think as they protect the paws, give your four-legged buddy a better grip and prevent them from accidentally stepping on objects buried under the snow. Wearing boots and sweater are the most primary safety measure any dog owner must consider.

 

Groom Them Right For The Weather

Trim your dog’s nails for better traction; if you do not trim their nails, then it increases their chances of slipping and sliding around. These chances multiply when there’s ice on the ground. So, be proactive and help your dog stay upright by cutting their nails regularly.

It is also advisable to keep your dog’s coat reasonably thick just to protect them from the harsh weather. Use dog clippers carefully and avoid the risk of trimming their coat extremely short. Groom them well to avoid turning the walk into an unpleasant experience.

 

Be Attentive

Pay attention when going out in snow with your pet because there are pretty good chances that they can get catch a cold despite of all the layers covering them.

Even if the dog is wearing a coat or sweater and boots, you must still keep a close watch on them. Remember, they are your priority at that moment and you cannot afford to lose focus throughout the walk. Be aware of frostbites where the skin is cold, pale and hard; it often turns red and puffy after it warms a bit.

If your pup starts to shake or shiver, it is a sign that he is too cold and needs to go home.

 

 

As a dog owner, you ought to know your pet’s breed well. Few dog breeds would beg to stay out for more than a shorter period of time, but other breeds such as Doberman or other short-haired dogs will prefer short walks. Stick to checking the watch and give them enough time suitable for their requirement. Be mindful if it’s freezing outside. If it’s too cold to step out, choose to stay at home with some hot chocolate for yourself and treats for the little furry bundle!

 

Author Bio:

Anna Barton loves to spend quality time with her puppy Coco and has always been a dog enthusiast. In her free time she loves to take Coco for walks around the park and pen down her thoughts. The very fact that she is currently associated with Masterclip – a company providing pet grooming products- shows her best interests for pets. She loves engaging with other pet owners in the park and has a set exercise routine for Coco. Along with Coco by her side she is looking forward to share more experiences for other pet owners!

The kind expression of golden retriever depicts it all. It is one of the most beautiful family dogs. They are an American staple in a large number of houses. According to American Kennel Club survey, the golden retriever is the third most popular breed of dog, followed by German Shepherd and Labrador Retriever. The golden retriever is adaptable to any lifestyle they just need little affection and gesture of love like playing fetching games, and take it for a walk.

Friendly: Golden retriever has a very friendly nature even with strangers.  His bark is welcoming rather than being protective. Apart from individuals, it is very peaceful with other animals as well.

Easy Training: The general nature of golden retriever is enthusiastically like the puppy for a lot of years. Early obedience training is very important to inhibit calmness and good manners. It is very eager to please and responds to the training very well.

No Grooming: A golden retriever does not require constant grooming. Due to the thick coat and medium length, they do not require to be bathed on a daily basis and to be brushed two times a week.

Confident:  Although, confidence can be a hard trait to acquire for humans same is not the case with golden retrievers. Moreover, golden retrievers are famous for their frankness and easy to deal personalities, which entails their calm and confident temperament.

Love to please: It is innate nature of golden retrievers to please their human parents. Although it is rewarding, it entails that they are easier to train in comparison to other breeds. If you provide love, fuss and praise on any of their accomplishment.

Loyalty: Golden retrievers are amazingly loyal to their families and always ready to put them on most priority. There is nothing that a four-legged friend cannot do it for their partners.

Gentle: Although, the golden retriever is considered as big dog breed and they are full of enthusiasm, however, they are incredibly calm. These dogs are one of the breeds that are bred by choice to have temperament overlooks and most of the breed standards are inclusive of the notion that golden is sweet and gentle.

Author Bio

Wendy Shore is a parent of two amazing dogs. She is very enthusiastic about pet health and welfare in general. She regularly blogs at https://www.totallygoldens.com/.

If you have been traveling around many cities or across boundaries of your country, you must have found thousands of unloved, unhealthy, improperly-fed street dogs everywhere around you. If you don’t travel much, the shelter homes house a significant crowd of street dogs that are up for adoption. Remember the times when a dog followed you for long, how difficult it was to ignore a cute little puppy that asks for your time and attention.

So, if you have fallen in love with one of those street dogs or you are deciding to provide a home and a family to a street dog, there’re certain things you need to know before getting the legal things done for adoption.

  1. Aggressive Behavior:

A Common myth about stray/street dogs reveals that they have behavior issues besides a range of health issues. However, research has shown that adopting a street dog can lead to behavior changes in street dogs as they get food, care, love, and protection. The unloved dog spent months or years on streets, so it develops an instinctive protective as well as aggressive behavior. Once, they learn that their owners are there to protect them; they often shed their behaviors along with some training.

It’s advisable to adopt a puppy as its behavior can be easily molded despite the genetically inherited instinctive behavior. However, giving a home to an adult might make a difference in your life as well as the pet’s.

  1. Hyper-attachment:

A Turkish research survey, Integration Ability of Urban Free-Ranging Dogs into Adoptive Families’ Environment by Yasemin Salgiri Demirbas (Ankara University) et al, identified a commonly observed behavior in street dogs after adoption: hyper-attachment1. Hyper-attachment should not be mixed with separation anxiety as street dogs are used to living on their own during owner’s absence.

Hyper-attachment is an excessive attachment to the owner who rescued the dog and provided food and shelter to the dog. Moreover, the love and care are taken as priceless emotions by dogs without a replacement. They love to always be around the owner to gain most of their love, attention and appreciation. In return, they are more obedient, more loving and more friendly with everyone.

Consider the amount of time and attention you can give to your new pet-dog so that they do not get aggressive or escape the house later on.

  1. Freedom-Lover:

Street dogs are accustomed to roaming around freely without being chained. As a new pet-parent, you need to understand the dog’s habits before you want it to understand your needs. They know how to protect themselves in critical solutions so let them move around freely as long as they are not creating trouble for anyone.

Bring them home often to make them adapt to your environment. If the dog adapts to your family and friends, that’s a huge plus. Commonly, street dogs are more adaptive than purely-bred dogs.

  1. Shyness or Cowardice:

Puppies often display shy behavior as they have to leave behind their families or pack of dogs and live among humans. They take time to understand the new environment and new parents to move around freely and to explore the spaces.

Grown-up dogs displaying a cowardly behavior are associated with previous owners who abused or mistreated the dogs. They may show unwanted aggressive behaviors like nipping, biting and barking at smaller scale and are trainable. Some dogs initially freak out due to the noise of vacuum cleaner, hair dryer or blender machines as they had bad experiences in the past.

  1. Adaptability with Children:

Before adopting a street dog, be sure that the dog has adapted well to your children and other pets around the house. Street dogs had faced competitive environment and aggressive fights in past which has made them over-protective. The over-protective behavior of street dogs often leads them to a display of over-possessive behavior towards their owner and their belongings. Care needs to be taken at this step!

  1. Food Sharing With Other Dogs/Cats:

Due to competition and fights with other animals over scraps of food, street dogs often hate to share their food. Such attitude may trouble your other pets. However, there are exceptions when street dogs act more responsibly towards fellow pets and share their food and toys.

  1. Training Needs:

Street dogs are not difficult to train as long as they are the center of attention and get the most appreciation. They are obedient as they understand the fact that you are a source of changing their life conditions. Initially, you only need to train them without leashes and collars so they may not think of you as chaining them. Go slow in the process of training and keep it as much fun as possible so the dog may not fear you or escape at once.

  1. Health Issues:

Health issues are found commonly in street dogs. So, you need to take them to a vet for a complete analysis of fleas, ticks or heartworm presence and treatment. Vaccinations are essential for street dogs and puppies. Consult your vet and get a detailed checkup of street dog you are thinking to adopt.

But, the great news is that street dogs have a stronger immune system than purely-bred dogs. They are more prone to common diseases.

Hopefully, after taking into consideration these things, you will be left with nothing else to worry about! Less struggle, more peace, and more fun are what comes with a street dog commonly. The best part of all is that you can bring a change in someone’s life and provide a family to a homeless and unloved street dog.

References:

1https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1558787814000604

 

 

Fiona Appleton is a Labrador owner. She is the manager of https://ultimatehomelife.com/ that has been developed to help people solve the troubles of pet ownership. She is an active advocate of animal protection campaigns. She wants people to understand that dog-behavior is reflective of our behavior.

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.