Camping is one of the most fun activities you and the family can do together. It’s a great feeling getting away from the hassles of modern life for a relaxing weekend, at one with nature with your loved ones. If, like me, when you think of your family, you think of your pet too, then you might want to consider bringing them along for the wild adventure! Our dog loves the freedom, the fresh air, and the new experiences. Your furry friend can benefit from going on a camping trip but you will need to consider some steps to ensure your dog stays safe and you all have a good time.

 

  1. Ensure Your Dog Is Properly Trained

 

The possibility of overstimulation is increased exponentially in a camping environment. The birds to chase. The crisp, fresh air. The different smells! All of it leads to your dog being more likely to run wild. Make sure your dog is trained to obey commands. Losing your dog is the one guarantee to ruin your camping trip and having your dog misbehaving could easily cause trouble for you with other campers.

 

If you’re feeling brave, or silly, and want to take a puppy camping, then make sure you are ready to spend most of your time training them, otherwise it could be a very long trip!

 

  1. Keep Your Dog’s Vaccinations Up To Date

 

This should be something you should do regularly regardless of a planned camping trip, but make sure you have this ticked off a while before your trip incase of last minute bad reactions. Here’s a few other things you should consider to ensure your dog is in tip-top condition before a fun adventure!

 

  • Make sure your dog is microchipped
  • Check your pet insurance is up to date
  • Obtain your dog’s veterinary records
  • Get your dog a check up to ensure they’re fit to travel
  • Get the number of your veterinary in case of emergency
  • Find out the nearest vet to your campsite
  • Administer preventative flea and tick treatments
  • Check leads and collars for damage
  • Pack a first aid kit (LINK: http://notquitewild.com/outdoor-gear/whats-in-a-first-aid-kit/) for your furry friend!

 

Vaccinations are not only important for the health of your dog, but also important for the health of other dogs that may be at the camp site.

 

  1. Keep Your Dog’s Feet Safe

 

Camping often involves going for long walks. Something your dog will enjoy almost as much as you. The ground however isn’t always safe. While hazards such as glass and cut up aluminium cans will be encountered far less often in the wild, other hazards like sharp sticks, sharp rocks or hot ground, will be far more plentiful. You can stick to areas, or designated paths, which have been cleared and don’t have such hazardous ground when you take your dog for a walk. Alternatively, you could always purchase some foot protectors to ensure that your dog will be safe wherever you decide to walk!

 

  1. Choose An Appropriate Tent

 

While the day time will most likely be full of fun and frivolities for you and your four legged friend, the night time won’t be quite as easy. You might well have plans for the night, but there will come a time when you need to sleep. Unless you’ve brought a camper van with you, you’ll be sleeping in a tent. You’ll need to find the best family tent (LINK: http://notquitewild.com/camping/best-family-tent-reviews/) for yourself, your family, and of course, your dog!

 

It’s not just the size of your tent you need to think about though. You need to make sure that the the material won’t rip as your dog walks around. If your dog is well trained you can limit how durable your tent will need to be, but it is inevitable that there will be some damage, so a highly durable tent is a must. You may also want to choose a tent with an outside awning for shade during the day, as your dog will definitely be napping after running around in the sun!

 

  1. Choose A Camp Site With Other Dogs

 

If it’s possible try to camp at a site that welcomes dogs. Some campsites require you to have your dog on a lead at all times, but this may not be so fun for you or your dog. Ideally, you want your dog to roam free and have fun, so dog-friendly campsites may be a better option!

 

The social aspect of the camping isn’t just important for humans. It is exactly the same for your dog. Give your dog the opportunity to make new friends, whether that’s other animals, or other people. Your dog needs to have fun as well!

 

 

The Final Word

 

Taking your family camping, including your dog, can be a relaxing activity as long as you plan carefully, and take things into consideration. Your dog will have so much fun exploring a new environment, with new sounds, and smells, and they can also be a great comfort when you’re traveling away from home. The main thing to remember when you’re taking your dog camping is to keep both you and your pet safe, and of course, to have fun!

 

 

About The Author

Heather Adams is a keen camper, hiker and writer for Not Quite Wild (LINK: http://notquitewild.com/) a resource blog for those who may not always get the opportunity to get into the wild everyday but who are wild adventurers at heart! She loves taking her family camping, and could not imagine not inviting her furry family members along for the trip!

Our pets have evolved to withstand the elements. Their long, thick fur keeps them warm, and their paws and nails help give them grip. Even with all these built-in, winter-ready features, though, they can still get a little cold when they spend time outside in frigid temperatures — especially if they’re not used to that type of climate.

As a pet parent, it’s your responsibility to ensure your pets are cozy and safe all winter long, whether they reside inside or outside of your home. The following are four of the best ways to help your pooch beat the winter chill in the most comfortable, healthy ways possible.

  1. Reconsider their Shelter

Outdoor pets might have a hard time maintaining their bodily warmth once winter temperatures roll in. This is especially true of older and/or smaller dogs, who simply aren’t built to withstand the coldest days of the season.

Even if your dogs regularly live outside, winter might be time to allow them to sleep inside, at the very least. If you’re opposed to that, you can winterize your pet’s outdoor shelter to the best of your ability. Depending on the severity of the temperatures, you can add insulation to the doghouse, buy a small heater or simply resituate it so it gets less of a draft. And, of course, if you can’t figure out a way to heat your dog’s home, then consider putting a bed inside of your home for safe, warm snoozing.

  1. Invest in a Doggy Jacket (or Let Their Hair Grow)

You don’t have to buy your pet an entire winter wardrobe, but a dog jacket could be the difference between cold and comfortable walks this winter. Again, older dogs have trouble regulating their own body temperatures; the same goes for puppies whose bodies are still growing. These two ages especially need an extra layer of warmth; smaller dogs and those with thin hair may also need a jacket or sweater to survive the season.

Longer haired dogs have a built-in jacket, but only if you don’t groom their hair too short. Once hair begins to grow long, be sure you’re regularly brushing and de-tangling it, too: knotted hair won’t be as effective as a barrier against the cold.

  1. Feed Your Pet More Heartily

Your dog uses quite a bit of energy to stay warm in cold weather, which means he or she will need more food in colder temperatures. With more calories to burn, your pooch will be able to regulate body heat with ease.

This is especially true for senior dogs. In fact, one of the best ways to help an older dog stay comfortable in general is to update his or her diet. The key element in an older dog’s diet is easily digestible protein, which helps your four-legged friend maintain muscle instead of gaining fat. This keeps your dog healthy and better able to stave off winter chills.

  1. Slip on Pup Shoes — or Minimize Time on Ice and Snow

Snow and ice can cause irritation and cracking in your pet’s paws, which is uncomfortable all on its own. But if your dog takes a walk through a salt-covered road, that can also hurt and irritates their feet. You can prevent pain by picking up a pair of snowshoes for all four of your dog’s feet. If you’re unprepared for a snowstorm and have to walk your dog barefoot, then be sure to thoroughly wash his or her feet afterward and minimize the time spent standing on icy surfaces.

Your dog is part of the family, and the above tips will allow you to treat him or her as such. A warm cozy bed, a thick jacket, a hearty diet and a pair of snowshoes are all it takes to ensure your pooch is ready for winter. All you have left to do is cuddle up on the coldest of nights and wait for spring, when everyone can play outside easily and safely one again.

 

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Emily is an avid dog lover and conservation writer from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. To read more of her work, check out her blog Conservation Folks and go follow her on Twitter!

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Everyone wants to pamper their dog and show them the love and respect they deserve for their faithful companionship.

 

Alas, not all forms of pampering are created equal, and it’s even possible that you could do your canine companion an injury by choosing the wrong way to show your affection.

 

Here’s a look at some healthy ways to pamper your dog.

 

Why pampering your dog the wrong way is dangerous

 

You might think that the very idea of pampering your dog “wrong” is silly. After all, if you’re showing affection, and Fido’s enjoying himself, what’s the harm, right?

 

Unfortunately, many of the ways that people commonly pamper their animals can be extremely detrimental to the health of the pet. Feeding a dog human snacks like chocolate can result in toxicity and lead to conditions such as diabetes, making the dog sick and frail over time.

 

In some cases, things which please humans can even prove fatal to dogs.

 

While pet insurance via a company like petsinsurance.co is a good policy for dealing with potential health issues, it should always be seen as a last resort.

 

 

Feed your dog meat and veg

 

Dogs evolved from carnivorous wolves, and despite whatever the pet food industry might want you to believe, kibble is generally a poor substitute for a dog’s naturally evolved ancestral diet.

 

If you want to make your dog bark with sheer joy and get the twinkle back in their eye and the shine in their coat, start feeding them meat mixed some green veg in place of kibble. This will ensure they’re getting the right balance of vitamins and minerals and digesting them properly.

 

Yep, it’s more expensive. And sure, it may take more preparation time. But if you’re serious about your dog’s health, it’s the only way to go.

 

 

Give your dog an approved dental bone to chew

 

Everyone knows the old cliché that dogs love to chew on bones, and we all have memories of seeing someone scraping the bones off their plate for their dog to pounce on.

 

This is a bad idea, and all pet health experts would advise against it. Cooked bones are more brittle than raw ones, and also smaller to begin with. This creates a recipe for disaster where your dog can easily damage their mouth or insides due to splintered bone shards. At worst, the results can be fatal.

 

But Rover still loves chewing, so why not invest in a vet-approved dental “bone” for your dog to chew? His gums will improve and he’ll be a very happy pup to boot.

 

 

Take your dog on long walks or runs

 

Exercise may not seem like much of a treat to the average human, but things tend to work differently for our canine companions.

 

A walk is when a dog truly gets to explore the world, mark their territory, stretch their legs, meet other dogs, and feel the primal pangs of their wolf ancestors tugging at their heartstrings.

 

For the more athletic breeds, a walk by itself won’t cut it. If you want to treat them right, keep them happy, and maintain their fitness, they’ll need to go on regular long runs.

 

It should come as no surprise that breeds like huskies — which were bred to run across vast distances on a daily basis — thrive on intense physical activity.

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When considering new ways to look after their pets, a lot of people find themselves at a loss. With all of the resources online, the support others can give, and the emotions of your pet, it can be hard to decide the best course of action. To help you out with this, this post will be going through a method which can be used to identify changes which you can make in a dog’s life.

 

This concept is simple; you just have to think about what your dog would ask for if he or she could talk. A little bit of empathy can go a long way when you’re looking after an animal. Unlike a human, they can’t vocalize the way they feel. Instead, you have to put yourself in their shoes, considering how they might feel about the way they live. You can find some examples of this the areas to consider below.

 

Like all animals, dogs are extremely susceptible to certain diseases, conditions, and other health concerns. Without the right care, this part of your dog’s life could easily leave them living with discomfort or even pain. By considering how you would feel if your health were ignored or if you were living with confusing pain you will be able to improve this area dramatically.

 

  • Vets

 

Most dogs hate going to the vets But, if you could ask if they want to be healthy or unhealthy, most would probably want to stay in the best possible shape. Of course, you probably want your dog to be healthy, as well, and there are some very easy ways to achieve this. Regular visits to your vet, along with checkups if you notice anything unusual, will limit the chances of discomfort in your dog’s life by a huge margin.

 

  • Products

 

One of the first things you would notice if your dog were to talk to you would be the stink of their breath. Thankfully, oral care for dogs is simple, and there are loads of products which can help you. Along with this, though, thinking about some supplements to improve your friend’s health could also be a great benefit. You probably take vitamins already. So, it only makes sense to pass on this healthy habit to your pets, too.

 

  • Parasites

 

Imagine living through each day with small bites all over your body. Each day, new bites form, as eggs hatch and more parasites feed on your blood. With fleas and a wide range of other nasties, your dog will be in a lot of discomfort. Looking for signs like scratching can help with this. But, you also have to be prepared to treat the issue right away.

 

It’s unlikely that health and hygiene would be on your dog’s mind for long if they were suddenly blessed with the gift of speech. Instead, they would probably be more concerned with a couple of other areas, like food, exercise, and entertainment. Dogs are too smart to be left without anything to do. Without enrichment in their life, they will often get stressed, depressed, and even frustrated.

 

  • Food

 

If you had to eat the same meal every day, you probably wouldn’t be that happy. Variety makes food exciting, and humans are very good at experiencing the wealth of different foods. Of course, your dog might not have as complex a pallet as you, but they still enjoy some change in their diet. You can often buy dog food in multipacks which contain different flavours. Along with this, though, you could also look into options like dry food or vegetables to add something different.

 

  • Walks

 

Dogs don’t get excited about going for a walk because they want go out and experience nice views or clean air. Instead, they want to hunt, and they want to do it with you, as you are what they see as their pack. This time is very important to your canine friend, and you should endeavour to go for them at least a couple of times a day. The exact frequency of walks you should take depends on the size and age of your dog.

 

  • Extra Play

 

Though they can’t talk, dogs often try to make their intentions known through other forms of communication. Unfortunately, a lot of owners fail to pick up on these attempts, and will often ignore their pet when they’re practically screaming for play. Not only does daily play exercise your dog, but it also strengthens your bond with one another.

 

Being pack animals, dogs are naturally very social creatures. They like to spend time with humans, and will often find ways to do it as often as possible. Along with this, though, most pooches will like to spend time with other dogs, too. This part of their life is very important. Without it, your dog would certainly tell you that they are lonely.

 

  • Other Dogs

 

One of the most important forms of social interaction your dog can have will be with other dogs. Unlike humans, fellow canines will be able to communicate and play in ways which work well for each other. Like people, animals will often form bonds similar to friendship with those they like. This makes it very important to try and find dogs which you can see on a regular basis so that your dog gets the time it needs.

 

  • At Home

 

Your dog won’t be able to spend all of his or her time at the park playing with other dogs. Instead, they will spend most of their time with you, making it very important that you socialise with them as best you can. Websites like TheSpruce can help you to learn about dog communication. This should give you a good idea of what you need to do to be able to give your dog the time it needs.

 

Hopefully, this post will give you a good idea of what can be done when you’re looking for ways to improve the life of your dog. By putting yourself in their position, it will be a lot easier for you to see the areas that are lacking in their life. Of course, though, you also have to think about this from a couple of other angles, too.

5 Tips For Taking Care Of A Blind Dog

A dog can become blind at any age for a variety of reasons. A genetic defect can cause a dog to be born blind. Injuries or accidents can cause blindness in dogs of all ages. Senior dogs commonly lose partial or full eyesight in their late life years. Blindness for dogs doesn’t mean they can’t live a quality life. It just means you should be knowledgeable and equipped to handle taking care of a blind dog.

When taking care of a blind dog there are a few things to keep in mind to best help your blind dog adapt. The dog may not be able to see but his other senses can be used to their advantage. Their sense may even be heightened or appear that way.

Give Your Blind Dog Space

This can be a corner of the living room or under the kitchen table. Have a safe place for your blind dog to retreat and rest. Keep its food and bedding in the same area and the dog will start to understand this is its personal area.

Create Noise for Your Blind Dog

Your voice and the tone you use will give the blind dog information on what you want it to do. It gives the blind dog a general direction your voice is coming from. You can also teach blind dog directional commands by voice and redirection. Teach the dog “left”, “right”, “wait” and it can quickly navigate with your direction. Using a whistle, clicker or clapping could also be used to teach the blind dog to map out its living area.

Block Hazards

Blind dogs can’t see the danger of a flight of stairs, walking out the front door or wandering around an unattended pool. Keep your blind dog safe by fencing in pool areas, entryways or stairways that it could exit through or tumble down.

Encourage Your Blind Dog to Explore

Using treats, sounds and smells can help coax a blind dog to explore past its normal comfort zone. Rewarding him and cheering it on can boost the blind dogs self-esteem. Squeaky toys are a great way to get a blind dogs attention. A ball with a bell inside allows a blind dog to follow the sound and fetch the balls.

Keep a Great Attitude

The more “normal” you keep things while taking care of a blind dog the better. If you are sad for the dog it will become sad and depressed. Continue the dogs normal routine of regular walks and trips to the dog park. Speak to the dog lovingly and taking care of a blind dog becomes a breeze.

 

Many dogs go blind at some point in their lifetime. Stay prepared for taking care of a blind dog by following these 5 tips.

Pets can help us a lot in eradicating and keeping us away from stress and anxiety and this is what study says. But how that works? We’re exactly here to know the answer.

There is no doubt that anxiety and stress is really a serious sort of disease which can not only make you ill mentally but also it affects on your physical health level. It’s especially get more badly, if you already have some anxiety disorders or you always ready for it and get anxieties a lot. Often, there is nothing to think about that works really, as you keep thinking about a particular event, incident or thing but focusing on something else can help a lot to manage it.

It is also true that different people have different natures, it is possible that a technique might work for you but at the same time it doesn’t work for someone else but sometime pet can help you in getting rid of the mental disorder kind of issues as it will convert your thoughts to something else, you will be busy in doing a lot more with your pet and by this way you won’t get much time to think negatively or about that thing which is disturbing you.

It is true as well that pet’s can’t talk nor they can understand anxiety or state of mind of a person but they always ready to take the first step where humans don’t much often. To be honest, trust me if you will or you have a pet, you can do wonders. The best thing is there are different dog kinds and multiple breeds of cat; you can select the one which attracts you.

Right here below, I’m going to discuss few things that can really help you in curbing anxiety and I’ll explain how the phenomena work actually. Let’s start it, hope you will enjoy reading this article.

 

A pet is playful and always ready to play with you.

As I said, having a pet can do wonders in the case where you are. If you’ll have a pet, you will not feel alone and you’re not alone to think of your personal and domestic issues, A research says people who have pets at their house or with them, they are seems to be calm and having pet itself is calming for many people, although even if you don’t have anxiety issues,

Actually, in such hard time, when you’re sad, frustrated and hopeless inside because of anxiety and feeling really stressed, if you have pet and he approaches you, want to play with you.

At first you will ignore but they will not let you alone, you will look at their cute and innocent face and this is how you will start playing with him and this thing can truly bring you back to normal. All you need is a partner, who never get tired with playing you and you can spend a good time with.

 

You’ll have a good listener, who will just listen but will not give advices back.

People can have different assumptions about you, they are not at your place, they do not understand your state of mind nor can everyone understand anxiety. Other people often think that they are super hero and can fix you. But you don’t need any sort of advice from anyone, you just want to express and tell what you are going through and what you are feeling right now.

You need a good listener, who just listens to you and don’t give advices back to you. You will not find such guy so easily. Sometimes, taking advices are good for you, it helps too but maybe you are the state where you hate it.

What a pet do wonders is that, they will don’t give lectures and advices nor they will try to fix you up but you can tell whatever you want to say for hours and hours, you can express whatever you want. It will help you in a way that words which were disturbing you and eating you inside, you just let them get out of your mind through your mouth.

That’s what all you need, you will feeling far better than before, a relaxation will what you get. You will not have to hide anything within you as you got a lovely friend.

All you need is distraction and this actually they do.

 

When you are in anxiety, small feelings can get bigger in no time, things are smaller but it gets bigger in the state of anxiety and stress. You’re focusing only on your problems that coming in your mind. It happens but if you will have a pet, your focus will no more on the problems that might you have instead it will divert towards your pet.

Your attention grabbed by pet and you are no more worried about what happened with you last night. You will feel great and calm. Pets need a lot of care, everyone knows so it’s always best thing to take care of him and distract you from negative thoughts.

They need care, food, grooming and your love, sharing loves with someone result in more love from the opposite side. If you will see your pet happy, you will feel happy inside too. So, get a pet and go for a walk with him, your life will become much easier.

You’ll not be all alone at home; someone will always be there with you.

 

Having anxiety and being alone always get things worse and it keep dragging you into it. But at the same time having pet cannot make you to feel alone as he is around you and loneliness becomes thinner and thinner. People with someone around them never feel alone because there is someone you can talk to, share your thoughts and that’s what pet do when you are at home alone and actually you’re not alone at all if you have a pet in your house.

Your pet will never judge you but will love you always.

It’s a great deal if you’re anxious and stressed, tired of everything you do. You need some relaxation. But do you know pet cannot judge you and they will always love you.

They think you are the great and best master in the whole universe and that’s what all you need. You do wrong or right, good and bad, they will still loves you and not going to judge you for your actions and behaviors towards them. That’s what we all need.

 

They can help with meeting new people.

Do you know socializing and interacting with new people can helps you a lot in eradicating and curbing your anxiety and stress? This is what pet do for you. If you walk out with your pet then his cute face will always attract strangers to stop you and tell you that how much he is. A stranger introduce himself, ask pet’s name and you get to know a stranger little and people will keep coming to say hi to your pet and this is how it will help you in socializing and interacting with strangers and new people. You can make new friends as well and it’s easy to do.

 

If you think no one really loves you then your pet loves you.

 

You might feel this often that no one loves nor care about you in real meaning although that’s not really true but your mind is not ready to accept the fact but its fine as well. You’re going through difficult times and people in such conditions thing like that and you are not going believe it easily.

But imagine if you reach your home and pets rush and run to you, no matter what but you can believe in one thing that your pet is the one who loves you the most and he is the one, who will always stand on your side.

Stop Thinking and Get a pet right now.

The Ultimate Good Boy: The Labrador

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Looking for a new dog for your family? Many dog owners would agree that the Labrador is the best family dog going. It is a very placid dog, so great with children. But it will also need lots of long walks, which makes it a great option for those of you looking for an excuse to get out of the house more often.

 

So, what else makes the Labrador the ultimate good boy? We’ve taken a look at this breed and found out everything that you need to know about owning this easy-going pooch!

 

Very Easy To Please

 

One thing is for certain – your new Labrador is certainly going to be very easy to please! They have a very happy go lucky attitude and have a very enthusiastic way of looking at the world. And that means that they are super playful. They will make great play pals for children and will always be up for making mischief with them. It’s important to bear in mind that all of this happiness can often bubble over into over excitement when the Lab is still a young puppy. But as long as you are thorough with their training, they shouldn’t be too poorly behaved when they get a bit too excited!

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Don’t Need Too Much Grooming

 

Don’t fancy taking your dog to the groomer’s every month? That’s fair enough – after all, it can cost a lot of money and will take up a fair bit of your time. Thankfully, Labradors don’t require much grooming at all. You just need to make sure that your dog gets a bath whenever they are dirty or smelly, and that’s it! They have very short fur, so won’t require frequent haircuts. Plus, their nails should get worn down with all their walking, so you won’t need to take them for their nails to get clipped quite as often either. However, these dogs do shed quite a bit, so you might have to get the vacuum cleaner out to hoover up all their shedded fur a couple of times a week.

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Few Inherited Diseases

 

As you will probably know by now, there are a few breeds that suffer from common inherited diseases and health conditions. This is often the case with breeds like French Bulldogs and Pugs that have been bred to encourage certain strong physical traits. These traits can actually end up harming the dog. For example, the Pug has been bred so that it now has an extremely flat face, which causes lots of breathing illnesses and problems. These kinds of breeds can, therefore, be very expensive to own as you may have to take them to the vet for emergency veterinary attention, checkups, and medications. However, this is very rarely the case when it comes to Labradors. The breed has few traits that cause it to develop any serious health conditions at a young age. However, that doesn’t make it completely immune to diseases and illnesses, and some Labradors will succumb to health conditions like cancer and heart problems as they reach old age.

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Good With Other Animals

 

Are you worried about another pet that you have in your home? Well, there is no reason to worry when you introduce a Labrador to them! Labradors are very peaceful and are good around other animals and pets, even cats! So you shouldn’t have too much trouble introducing your new Labrador to some other pets that already live in your home. If you are bringing home a puppy, though, remember that they tend to be a bit more excitable than adult dogs, so they might be a bit too enthusiastic when meeting any new pets! Remember to carefully watch each pet when you are introducing them to each other so that one doesn’t cause the other harm.

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Easy To Train

 

Don’t want to spend too much time trying to train your new pooch? Don’t worry; Labradors are extremely easy to train. They love to please their owner so will want to do everything they can to make you happy, even if that includes learning tricks such as to sit and wait! But, as with everything else, puppies will be quite hard to train because they have so much energy and will just want to bounce around all day! But, with a little perseverance and structure, you will find that they are quite susceptible to training. Forget about that old adage that you can’t teach old dogs new tricks – old Labradors are very clever and wise and will quickly pick up whatever it is that you are trying to teach.

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Needs Plenty Of Exercise

 

Have you got your walking legs on? You will certainly need them once you become a Labrador owner! These dogs require a lot of exercise – they won’t be able to cope with just two short walks each day. As well as letting them out a couple of times to go to the bathroom, they will need some long walks so that they can burn off all of their pent up energy. If they don’t get all the exercise that they need, they will end up very bored which might lead to behavioral problems and issues. As well as needing lots of exercise, these dogs require quite a bit of company and attention. They won’t be happy if you leave them at home alone all day while you are out at work. So, make sure that you only commit to owning a Labrador if you can help it exercise and can’t stay at home with it long enough.

 

Labradors are super fun dogs to own, and you will certainly love welcoming one into your home. And your new Labrador will definitely love becoming part of your family. Hopefully, all of the above tips will help you figure out whether or not this is the best breed of dog for you.

 

Think you’d like a Lab? Then why not contact your local breeder for more information today! Alternatively, contact your nearest dog rescue center to see about adopting one.

 

Whether you’re moving to another state, a different country or just down the block, moving with your dog can be stressful. Packing all your belongings, making sure everything is stacked away safely and crossing off your checklist can be nerve-racking enough. When you add in a dog that won’t sit still, crates and playpens in the combination, things can get even more draining. To come to your help, we’ve hand-picked 10 tips for the big day. Read on to find out how to soothe a stressed dog, how to plan ahead and what you should prepare for your destination.

 

1. Your Dog’s Toys Should Be Packed Last

You don’t want to stress out your dog days or weeks in advance. If they have a favorite room in your house, you should pack it last. This way, the dog will still be in a familiar surrounding while the rest of house is being wrapped up and packed in cardboard boxes. When you do have to pack your dog’s toys, make sure to leave a couple of his favorite out. Your pet might be traveling with you or in a crate but either way, they will benefit from the comfort a familiar toy brings.

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2. Take Your Dog Out for Moving Day

When moving day rolls around, it might be a good idea to take your dog for a long walk or even take it to a friend’s place (if they are familiar and comfortable with that person). On moving day, your house will probably be filled with people coming and going, furniture being moved around with loud noises. If possible, take your dog out or take them to a vet’s boarding. This will protect them from the stressful noise and unfamiliar faces in their environment.

 

3. Consider Using Professional Services for Relocation

Moving day is not only stressful for your dog, it’s bound to take its toll on you as well. From dealing with suitcases, documents, and specific crate sizes, figuring everything out can be time consuming and energy depleting. If you want the moving process to go as smooth as possible for both you and your dog, trust a professional pet relocation company with helping you out and relieving the load. They are fully equipped to handle all types of relocations, dogs of different sizes and breeds, all needed documentation and mandatory vaccines.

 

4. Grab a Baggage Cart in the Airport

You might not need a baggage cart for your suitcases on wheels, but transporting your dog in a crate can go much smoother if you use a cart. Regardless of your dog’s size, it can be cumbersome to wheel your luggage, hold on to your passport and also carry your dog. The cart comes in handy and gives your pet a smoother ride.

 

5. Introduce Your Dog to the Crate Weeks in Advance

If you’re using your own car to relocate, you still need a crate for your dog. And if you are flying to your new home, you definitely need to transport your pet in a crate that follows the airline’s guidelines. Since your dog will be spending hours in his crate, it’s always good to introduce him to it in advance. This way, he will be familiar with the new space and even warm up to it. You can crate train your dog either by leaving the crate out and waiting for him to step inside it on his own or by placing a familiar toy or blanket inside. This will encourage your pet to go inside and explore, without feeling like they are being forced into unknown areas.

 

6. Take the Dog for Car Rides in His Crate

Dogs thrive on routine so the big moving day is bound to disrupt their lives and bring about a lot of stress and anxiety. You can help reduce your dog’s anxiety levels by getting him acquainted with car rides. Increase the length of the rides gradually so that your dog can adjust to the new settings and sensations. This can be beneficial even if your dog will embark on a plane journey since he gets the chance to feel comfortable in a small, confined space and learn that you will be there to comfort him at the end of the flight.

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7. Be Prepared on Moving Day

Give your dog a light meal before embarking on a car ride or flight. Consult your veterinary and find out if there are any special dietary requirements you must take into account. When you’re traveling, you should have your dog’s microchip number and medical records with you. If your dog is not traveling with you, make sure to write your name, address, and phone number on the crate.

 

8. Make Sure the New Place Is Pet-Proof

In all of the excitement and stress of moving, it’s easy to forget to check if your new home is fully prepared to house a dog. If you’re renting, make sure you have approval to bring in a pet. Not all landlords accept all types of breeds. If you’re moving into a house, you should always check the fence to make sure there are no gaps to allow your dog to sneak out and run away.

 

9. Introduce New Things Gradually

Even after the moving day is over, your dog can still experience stress and anxiety. Rather than overwhelming him with dozens of new places at once, introduce everything gradually and give him time to explore and adjust to everything at his own pace. For instance, when you go out for walks, explore the neighborhood bit by bit. Allow your dog to become familiarized with a block or two before you go any further.

 

10. Explore Safely

While your dog is still adjusting to new territory, always keep safety in mind. Use a harness and leash and help him discover things he might not have seen before. Be there for him when he meets the neighbors, both human and canine, so you can both make new friends at the same time.

When you have a dog that is pining for a little canine companionship, it can be really easy just to head to the rehoming center and pick up a new pooch. But ensuring everyone at home is happy with the new addition isn’t nearly so easy. Sure, they might have got on great at first. Now you need to remember these 6 essentials to make sure everyone stays happy and healthy!

 

  1. Preventative Medicines

You might need to give your current pet their treatment before the next one is due for your new pet. After all, the rehoming center usually takes care of that on the day you pick them up. Check with your veterinarian how to sync the two to make it easier to remember. Use options like Heartgard for dogs that is simple to administer for both your pets, regardless of any difference in weight.

 

  1. Overeating

Dogs like to assert their authority over each other. In fact, when your newest pet arrives, there may be a few tussles while a ‘pecking’ order is established. This is common, but one of the most difficult tussles for you to manage is the one over food. If one of your pets feels it is necessary to sit back while the other eats, there is a chance that both portions will be gobbled up! Keep an eye on this and feed separately if necessary.

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  1. Physical Tantrums

Beyond food fights, there can be growling, barking, and even hitting. Behavioral training can help a lot here, so look up some local classes. Separating the dogs for a while can help too. Of course, if this behavior is directed at the humans in the house, this is a much bigger problem and must be addressed immediately.

 

  1. More Chores For You

Having another pet around means there is another pet to keep clean! This takes extra energy and time on your part. If both your dogs are large breeds, you might also need to walk them separately or wait for some more human help. You’ll have double the work to do picking up after them as well.

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  1. Discounts For Doubles

A good veterinary practice offers a discount or even just a single consultancy fee for bringing both animals in together. However, there will be separate bills for any medication or treatments required. And if you need professional grooming, you may have to haggle for a loyalty discount!

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  1. Give It Time

Do you remember how long it took you to build up trust in your dog not to destroy your house when you went out? You need to start all this again with your new pet. Build up your time away little by little. You need to consider how their behavior will also affect your current canine. What can you do if they fight in your absence? Make sure both have their own spaces where they feel safe. Have you considered using a pet monitor? What are the biggest challenges you might face with a second dog?

 

 

Ensuring The Safety Of An Epileptic Dog

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Epilepsy in dogs can be traumatic for both dog and owner. While it’s uncertain why this condition occurs, it’s thought to be a genetic trait. An epileptic pooch will be a happy, bubbly pup the majority of the time. But, when seizures strike, the may take you both by surprise. The extreme physical exertion on your dog’s body can be tough for them. Not to mention that seeing your beloved pet have a seizure can be traumatic.

The good news is, an epileptic dog can live a long and healthy life. This may be an extra worry which you didn’t bank on when you brought your pup home. But, there’s no reason you can’t get a decent handle on this long-term condition. To help you get off on the right footing, we’re going to look at how you can ensure your dog suffers as little as possible.

Manage Medication

Though no tablets can cure the condition as such, they at least offer a chance to control it. The most common drugs prescribed are phenobarbital and potassium bromide. Both attempt to prevent seizures. The chances are, your dog will need to take one of these throughout their life. So, you need to learn how to manage their medication.

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Getting dogs to take tablets is never an easy task. That doesn’t change when their medication is long-term. To make matters worse, phenobarbital causes weight gain, which worsens if given with food. So, try your hardest to get your dog to take their pills as they are. There are many methods to try, including massaging their throat or putting the pill far back If all else fails, you could turn to something like these pill treats for dogs. Though your dog will still be eating, this is better than crushing their medication into a whole meal.

 

Know The Warning Signs

 

Even when they’re on medication, your dog may have seizures. As an epileptic dog owner, it’s your responsibility to recognize the signs so that you can protect your pooch. Over time, you’ll come to know your dog’s distinct warning signs, but for the most part, pre-seizure dogs enter what’s called an ‘aura.’. During this time, they may become distressed, dazed, or have an accident. As soon as you spot these signs, make sure to keep a close eye out.

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Secure Your Dog During Seizures

When people have seizures, we clear the way and make sure they don’t hurt themselves. Your dog is no different. Acting the right way during their seizure is sure to lessen their distress. Though your first instinct may be to call them out of it, it’s important to let a seizure run its course. All you need to do is place down some towels to protect your pup, and also soak any accidents they have. Give them time, and they’ll come round when they’re ready.

When leaving the dog home alone, remove their collar, and cover anything hard so that you know they’ll be okay if a seizure strikes.