Archive for August, 2017

When you become a dog owner, you take on the responsibility of keeping your pup healthy, happy and clean — part of that includes grooming them and clipping their nails. Failing to keep your dog’s nails trimmed and coat cleaned could result in pain, illness and, in some cases, injury.

However, if your pup is like most canines, grooming time isn’t their favorite part of the day. To teach your dog to tolerate, or even enjoy, getting groomed and having their nails trimmed, try out some of these tips.

  1. Make Sure You’re Doing It Right

Before you can expect your dog to behave while they’re being groomed or having their nails clipped, you need to verify you’re doing everything right. This mostly applies to clipping your pup’s nails. If you do this wrong, it could be extremely painful. Follow these steps:

  1. Hold your dog’s paw steady, but lightly. If you grip too tight, it could scare or hurt your furry baby.
  2. Clip off a small portion of the end of the nail. If it feels squishy or spongey while you’re trying to cut it, stop immediately. You’re cutting the quick, which is the blood vessel that runs through the nail. If you puncture this part of your dog’s nail, it will bleed, be extremely painful and they’ll probably remember it for a long time.
  3. If you do cut the quick, make sure to stop the bleeding as fast as you can. We recommend purchasing a nail cauterizer, which is a tool that stops the bleeding by applying heat. You could also buy styptic powder that you apply with a cotton ball or Q-tip.
  4. Consider Using a Muzzle

While this might not seem like it’ll be your dog’s favorite thing to wear, you can turn it around to make them truly enjoy wearing their muzzle. Two words: peanut butter. Smear a little bit on the inside of the muzzle, and they’ll love putting on their restrictive gear. You can even find one that has an opening at the end so you can feed them treats as you groom them and clip their nails without having to take it off.

  1. Take Them to a Fun Pet-Washing Facility

We all know how much dogs love car rides, so why not incorporate one into your pet’s grooming experience? Try finding a pet-washing facility near you and take your pup there to groom them. Make the groomer’s an exciting and happy place for your dog to visit. Take lots of treats with you and be ready to praise your four-legged friend for behaving in the shop.

If your dog is more motivated by playtime or exercise than food, you could also make it a routine to take them on a walk or to the dog park after they’ve been groomed. They’ll eventually associate going to the pet-washing facility with the super awesome walk they get to go on afterward. You didn’t think your pup would stay squeaky clean forever, did you?

  1. Offer Rewards for Good Behavior

Just like with training your dog to do anything else — go to the bathroom outside, not jump all over your visitors and actually drop the ball when you’re playing fetch, to name a few — dog treats are going to be your new best friend — right after your pup, of course.

Use cookies to reward your pet for good behavior while you’re grooming them or clipping their nails. After a while, they’ll relate grooming time with getting treats and will come running when they see the brush and nail clippers.

Dogs have an incredible ability to learn commands and activity patterns — that’s part of what makes them man’s best friend. Tap into that, and you’ll have no problem training your dog to enjoy grooming time. Remember to take the time to learn the proper way to clip your dog’s nails as well. Clipping the quick of your dog’s nail is a great way to make them dread watching you break out the grooming tools.

Shower your four-legged friend with treats, kisses and maybe even a walk or trip to the dog park if they’re well-behaved. Or, make grooming a fun trip to a pet-washing facility near you that your dog will love. You have the tools to make your dog love being groomed — and they’ll come out of the experience looking as beautiful as ever.

 

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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!

Choosing to get a dog is a decision that should be taken as seriously as the choice to have children. They are a living being that rely on you to take care of them, and if you’re not willing to do the task properly then that’s not fair on the dog. If you’re unsure on what having a dog entails and you’re thinking about getting one, take a read through this guide on what you will need to do to ensure that you have a happy and healthy dog.

Walkies!

No matter what size or breed, dogs need plenty of walking to keep their joints moving and strengthen their muscles. Very much alike humans, dogs need to keep their fitness levels up. The recommended amount is at least fifteen minutes, twice a day. Although, much larger dogs require more exercise, so it’s always best to do some research to see how much exercise your breed of dog should be having. Doing this allows them to run off their energy and take some much needed toilet breaks!

 

This also allows your dog to explore the world and find new smells. It’s also a great opportunity for them to meet other dogs. Again like humans, dogs need friends sometimes too.

 

If you’re unable to commit to taking your dog out for the minimum recommended time for their breed, consider hiring a dog walker otherwise your beloved pet will not only become lonely, but will likely gain weight and become unhealthy.

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Toilet time

Very much like babies, dogs require you to clean up their toilet break messes. Unfortunately, dogs will need this treatment for the entirety of their lives. If cleaning up after your dog isn’t something you can see yourself doing, then they’re not the pet for you.

 

If you’re caught leaving your dogs mess in public, you risk the chance of being fined along with the unpleasantness for someone else stepping in it.

 

In short, if you want a dog, be prepared to pick up it’s mess.

Veterinary care

Dogs become ill sometimes, just like we do. The downside of this is the costs that these illnesses sometimes entail. It’s likely that at some point in their lives you will have to take them to an animal health center to check out why your dog doesn’t seem like himself.

 

Another reason to be visiting the vets with your dog is for treatments like neutering. Although this may seem unfair for your dog, if you know that if your dog ended up getting pregnant that you couldn’t keep their puppies, then this is a wise decision for your dog’s benefit too. You may even choose to do this because even if you wanted to keep her pups, you couldn’t commit to them all.

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Behaviour

Dogs need rules and structures to ensure that they become a friendly dog. Too many dogs in the world aren’t given restrictions and end up becoming a mischievous dog. Be careful not to ‘over discipline’ your dog, because it may turn your dog into an unfriendly pet to be around. Hitting your dog is always a big no, to train your dog you must do this with treats and praise for when they do something good, and a stern voice for if not.

 

Dogs are not naturally a nasty creature, but sometimes we forget that they have descended from the wolf, so discipline is important. If you don’t have time to do this, consider taking your dog to puppy training.

Love

All dogs crave love and attention. They are among the most loyal creatures on earth, and all they want to do is spend time with you.

 

Even though we all have work to be doing and other errands in our daily lives, ensuring that you’re showing your dog as much love as possible is important. We wouldn’t have a child to leave them at home all day alone now, would we? Everything we would do for our children should be considered when thinking about getting a dog.

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Ultimately, having a dog is something that many people in this world take for granted. You should treat your dog (not just dogs, all pets too) as a member of the family. They deserve to eat healthily, stay clean and warm, and receive the attention and love that they deserve. If you can give all of this to a dog, then they’re a perfect choice of pet for you.

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Seeing your dog give birth to puppies is one of the most magical experiences that any owner can enjoy. Amidst the excitement, though, there is a huge responsibility to give each member of the litter a wonderful start in life.

Here are the five main focus areas that will ensure you do.

Birth

First and foremost, you need the dogs to be born in the safest possible manner. Making the mom comfortable is vital while you should also know that it’s not uncommon for a rest of up to two hours between births. If you think complications have surfaced, don’t be afraid to call a vet.

Once the pups have been born, you need to keep them warm. They will spend the majority of their first few days sleeping, and cannot open their eyes or ears. Once again, paying close attention to the mother is crucial during this period. Their dependence on mom is huge.

Good Nutrition

As with humans, nutrition plays an integral role in a puppy’s growth and development. When there is a big litter, one of the biggest challenges is making sure that each dog gets their fair share of mom’s milk. Failure to do this during that crucial first month can lead to several health problems.

 

All dog owners should know how to spot when a change of diet is required too. This is a responsibility that should follow you throughout the pup’s life, but is especially key in those early stages. Make sure you get it right.

Regular Exercise

Generally speaking, puppies are very inactive for the first three weeks. Once they are walking, though, their physical development will be rapid. Meanwhile, brains develop to an adult like state by around seven weeks.

Therefore, it’s important that you embrace thinking games in this period. You can learn more about these at MNN. After all, puppies will learn what is expected of them during this phase. When you eventually get to the point of taking them for walks, try to mix up their favorite routes with new ones.

Precautions For Life

When raising a puppy, it’s not just about guiding the dog through infancy. It’s equally important that you provide them with the foundations for a fantastic life ahead. Even if you don’t intend to keep the pup forever, getting this step right is vital.

Dogs need various injections to prevent illnesses and health conditions. Meanwhile, some pups will need additional medication to stay fit and healthy. Finding out about these elements at this earliest stage possible will set the pup up for a far more comfortable future.

A Happy Home

Above all else, the puppies need to feel loved. The harsh reality is that many families don’t have the funds or space to keep the entire litter. Using adoption services like Puppy System ensures that each bundle of joy ends up with a loving family. Just remember that the dogs should reach a stage of independence before separating from the mother.

As for any puppies that may be kept, it’s vital that you get them used to their surroundings. This could mean getting used to the home or interacting with other pets. Either way, a comfortable and healthy dog is a happy dog. As a pet lover, that’s all you could ever want.