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

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Check Tarmac

 

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

 

Provide Outside Shelter

 

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

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Paddling Pools – Not Just For Kids!

 

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

 

Trim Away

 

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

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

 

Can They Go With You?

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

 

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Who Will Look After Them?

 

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

 

Do They Have Any Special Needs?

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

 

Animal Instincts

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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It’s time for a furcut!

 

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

 

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

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Pests abound

 

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

 

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

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Microchipping

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

Carefully plan the trip with your dog

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

Book accommodation that’s pet-friendly

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

Do not let your dog lack anything

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

Prepare your dog for a wonderful trip

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

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

 

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While you’ve probably heard that dogs tend to settle into a new home better than any cat, it’s still a major adjustment, and they’ll require a fair amount of specialist care and handling. This is especially true if you’re moving to a smaller home or apartment. If you’re due to move to a new place with your furry friend, here are some of the best pointers for helping them settle in…

 

Keep your Cool

 

Organising and then executing a move is one of the most stressful things you’ll ever have to do, but keeping your cool can help your dog handle the transition massively. While dogs can’t grasp a language (as far as we know), they pick up on our emotions. A calm, collected tone in your voice will reassure them that everything’s as it should be. As hard as it may be, try to give off vibes that are happy and relaxed. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and anxious, and letting it show through in your voice and behaviour, your dog will quickly start to feel overwhelmed and anxious as well.

 

Give Them Enough Time to Adjust

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Bringing a completely new dog home requires a gradual, careful adjustment, as you can read about in these 5 tips for your new dog’s first day. The same goes for taking a dog that you’ve had for some time to a new place. When you take them outside for the first time, keep them on a leash, and give them ample time to explore the neighbourhood. Take it slow while you’re introducing your dog to the area surrounding the new home. It’s usually a good idea to explore your new town or city one block at a time, and let them see who else lives in the neighbourhood in a calm and gradual manner. Strange dogs and scents can be interpreted as a threat, and cause your pet a lot of unnecessary stress. When you feel ready to let your dog off the leash, make sure that they have a collar and tag on the off chance that they run off. You might be used to your dog being calm and obedient when off the leash, but a strange new place can change all that. Before you take this step, make absolutely sure that they know where their new home is, and feel comfortable enough in their new environment.

 

Try to Be Home in the First Week

 

If it’s at all possible, give yourself a week off before you start your new job. This will ensure that you’ll be there to help your dog to adjust. After that first day, try spending some time away from the home, just in small increments to begin with. This will allow you to gauge how your dog will respond to your absence. Ultimately, when you have to go to work and spend the majority of the day out of the house, your dog should be nicely adjusted to the home, and comfortable enough spending long periods of time alone there.

If you have ever had a dog you will know that they literally become part of the family. As such, you want to give them the best life possible, ensuring they stay healthy and live a great life. The longer they live, the more you get to enjoy their company. There are hundreds of reasons for owning a dog, because they add so much to your life. But in return you should do the same for them. There are ways you can probably make your life better. Ways you may not even have thought of. These following tips can give you what you need to help your little friends out. You may have thought of one or two, but try the others and see how they help.

 

In the first instance you want to make sure you spend some time grooming your dog. It ensures their coat stays in a good conditions and looks great. It can also stop fleas and ticks taking hold. You may want to use Advecta flea & tick dog shampoo if the situation gets particularly bad. There are also vitamins you can buy for your dogs than help give them a glossy coat. It makes sleeping easier too because the fur isn’t mattes. Some dogs need this more than others, yet all could do with a groom every now and then.

 

If you have a dog that stays outside, which is usually the case with larger dogs like rottweilers and dobermans then you need to provide shelter. People buy kennels all the time the issue is their size. They need to be big enough for the dog to stand and turn around in. This way they can sleep in comfort. You should also use drainage and ensure the kennel doesn’t attract water when it is raining or leaking. Your best bet is to use a porch or some similar area to ensure your dog can stay inside, this is certainly the case over the winter months. Granted, some homes don’t have this. Just be sure the area you use is a good one and that you are treating your dog in the right way.

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Dogs are sociable animals. If they weren’t kept with humans they would be living in the wild with each other forming packs similar to wolven. As such, even though you may bedeck them with all kinds of attention, they could do with seeing their own kind from time to time. Take them to the park for this. There will be other dogs there. It also teaches them the right social etiquette. If you have a friend who also has a dog you could consider taking them out together so that they make friends and enjoy each others companies. It can be one of the better decisions you make with your dog. Allowing them to enjoy mutual company on walks or runs in the park, beach or forest. A great way to beat this is by getting two dogs. This gives them a great bit of company. Just be sure you have the space, patience and time to look after two dogs. It will also cost more money for vet bills and food and such.

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Looking after your pup can be a whole lot of responsibility. From feeding and watering to walking and grooming, you have to be willing to be hands on in order to ensure they’re happy and healthy. While some people are keen to pass off some responsibilities to the groomer, undertaking those tasks can be the perfect time for you to bond with your furry friend. From clipping their claws to cleaning their ears and giving them a brush, it’s time for you to cuddle, chat (yes, honestly), and just enjoy each other’s company. While the groomers are best for haircuts, try doing a few things at home and enjoy your time together.

 

Why do it at home?

First things first, there’s definitely a financial benefit to grooming from home. Groomers can be costly, and while it’s far more straightforward to have someone else do it, if you’re watching your cash-flow, it definitely pays to do some of these things at home. Most importantly, though, is it gives you quality time to spend with your pup. It builds trust and strengthens the bond between the two of you, but it also enables you to give them a regular health check. Any suspicious lumps, bumps, scratches or scabs will show their faces when you spend that much time with your pup, meaning you can more easily monitor anything which might be a concern.

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What tools do I need?

A nail clipper (for dogs, not humans), a toothbrush and toothpaste, a good brush, and some hypoallergenic shampoo is a good place to start. If you’ve got a pup with long hair, some sharp scissors for removing hair from between the toes or in front of the eyes can help. You’ll also be responsible for flea and tick management, so some good substances for flea and tick prevention for dogs is also good to have in your repertoire. You’re not expected to go out and buy the most expensive dog clippers – you’re not setting up your own grooming business (yet!).

 

When’s the best time to do it?

You’ll want to set aside a good chunk of time every week or so to sit down together and go through the motions. Spontaneity is, unfortunately, not the key here. Your best bet is to take them out for a walk and a play to tire them out and help them to relax, before putting them in the bath and getting down to it. Time of day obviously doesn’t matter; it’s just about finding the time to do it all properly. A good routine can also help to put your dog at ease, and a few treats never go amiss.

 

What are some essential grooming tips?

Use your finger to separate your dog’s toes before clipping his nails, so you don’t accidentally catch any of their skin, and then clean the area with a cotton pad and warm water. You can also use a cotton pad and warm water to clean their eyes and ears of any residual build up to ensure they’re comfortable and to keep infections at bay.

 

Grooming your pup at home is a great time for you to bond and to build intimacy and trust between you. Do you have any essential grooming tips that you and your furry friend enjoy? Get in touch and let us know!

 

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Like any animal, dogs are very emotional. They have extremely strong feelings of happiness when they’re enjoying life. But, likewise, they can also suffer from issues like depression and stress. The complexity of their brains is surprising. And, it’s very easy to have your furry friend get sad on you. Thankfully, though, it’s arguably easier to make sure that they hve a good life; if you love them. To help you out, this post will be going through three considerations you have to make when you own a dog. So, now all you have to do is make sure he knows that he’s a good boy.

 

Dogs are very social creatures. They descend from wolves, which are naturally pack animals. This mentality remains in domesticated dogs. And, is part of the reason that they can be so selfless and loyal. But, it also means that you have to learn to communicate with them in the right way. Staring a dog in the eyes can often be a battle for dominance. So, this can be tricky to handle. With most dogs, though; you won’t have any issues with them trying to be the pack leader. Next, you have to consider the volume and tone of voice that you use when you address your dog. High-pitched and soft talking will reassure your dog. Shouting, though, will scare them. Most of the time, they won’t understand why you’re shouting at them.

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Animals like dogs and cats aren’t very good at understanding negative enforcement. If you really want to assert yourself with a dog, the worse you should do is a light tap on the rear. But, you should only ever do this when they are in the act of something naughty. Otherwise, it’s best to avoid punishment. They won’t understand it; so, it won’t improve their behavior. Instead, it’s much better to reward them when they do something good. Giving them some dog treats made in USA when they manage to go outside to wee for the first time could do wonders. But, rubbing their nose in an accident on the rug will only foster fear in your new friend. And, this isn’t the sort of welcome you would want into someone’s home. So, it’s not what you should do to your dog.

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Any pet takes a certain degree of attention. The more intelligent your pet; the more attention it will need. Dogs are some of the smartest pets around. And, though it might not seem like it, they are always desperate for your attention. It’s easy to let the time you put into looking after your pet drop off after a few months of it being in the house. But, it’s very important to keep walking, playing with, and fussing your dog until he or she can’t do it anymore. This will ensure that our dog has the most fulfilling life it possible can. And, you can sleep easy knowing that you’ve given them everything you can.

 

Hopefully, this will inspire you to start treating your dog much more like a member of the family. Your pets may only be a small part of your life; with work, friends, and family topping the list. But, to them, you’re everything. They know nothing else. So, it’s your duty to make sure that you play the biggest possible role in their life.

 

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When you sign up to be a devoted dog owner, you sign up to all of it, and that means taking the great with the problematic. What we mean is, there are times when you have to make sacrifices, find a compromise or come up with a solution. This is especially true when it comes to traveling.

 

It doesn’t matter whether you’re going away on business or wanting to take a holiday, you need to know what options are available to you as a dog-owner, and which option is going to see your beloved pooch get the pampered treatment they deserve.

 

Well, we have come up with a few of the best options available to you, meaning all you have to do is ask your pup which they would prefer.

 

Get Yourself A Pet Sitter

When it comes to pampering your dog, no one does it better than you. You have absolutely everything a dog could ever dream of, from a memory foam mattress to organic treats. It is all under your roof. So why make them leave their creature comforts just because you have to? Why not get a dog sitter in to look after them? There are so many benefits from the cost-effectiveness to the ease, the security to the privacy. All it really takes is hiring someone you know and trust (could be a friend’s daughter) and talking them through your dog’s needs, such as feeding and walking habits. Simple.

 

Find A Friend

Another option that a lot of people overlook is that of calling on a friend. After all, a friend in need is a friend indeed. Sure, it may not be quite as cushy as your home, but it is still a home. It is a domestic environment, with sofas to sprawl out on and a garden to stretch in. The other major benefit of this option is that your dog will probably already know and adore your friend, it is like their home away from home, and you know they’ll be left in great hands.

 

Call On A Kennel

Okay, so most kennel owners are steering away from the name kennel and choosing to call themselves Doggy Spas, and if that makes you feel better then we’ll go with it. The bottom line is, these are such a great option. Yes, they can be expensive, but the degree of care and love showed to the dogs that stay in these tend to be of the highest caliber. They know dogs. They love dogs; it is why they got into it in the first place. So if you do choose to go this route, well, you’ll know that your dog is getting tip top exercise, a comfy bed, the best food and some wonderfully clever toys.

 

Take Them With You

This may seem like an unconventional option, and one that you couldn’t possibly choose, but that’s probably just because you don’t know how to travel with your dog. But think about it. You’ll get to have your loyal companion with you, you’ll be able to care for him or her like the parent you are, dote on him or her, and share yet another adventure with him or her. Okay, this may not be so easy if you are heading away on a business trip, but if you are going on an outdoorsy vacation – even a city break – then your dog could be the thing that makes it extra special. Trust us.