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Before you buy a dog you need to put a lot of thought into it. It’s a huge amount of responsibility to take on and if you aren’t equipped for it, you’re not going to be able to care for your dog properly. Hopefully, you thought through all of the ins and outs of owning a dog before you bought one, but sometimes your life circumstances change. Even if you could handle owning a dog when you first got them, you might be struggling now if you’ve since changed career, had children, or lost a partner.

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You might be thinking that giving up your best friend is completely out of the question but you’ve got to think about what’s best for them. If you can no longer care for them properly, it isn’t fair on them for you to keep them and you might have to consider rehoming them. However, this should always be a last resort because it’s distressing for the animal to move away from you after you’ve formed a relationship because they’ll have to get used to a new home and new owners all over again. With that in mind, you should always see if there are any changes that you can make to help you care for your dog better before giving them up. Here’s how to tell whether it’s time to rehome your dog.

 

Do You Have The Time?

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The most common reason that people decide they need to rehome their dog is that they just don’t have the time to care for them anymore. Dogs need a lot of attention and exercise and if you can’t fit that into your schedule, they’re not going to be healthy. If you’ve changed jobs and your work schedule is more demanding than it was before, you might not have as much time to dedicate to your dog. If that’s the case, you should see if there is any way that you can get around that. For example, you could hire dog walkers to take your dog out on nights that you have to stay at work late or ask a neighbor or friend to pop in and spend a little time with them when you’re not home. It’s also worth speaking with your boss to see if there is any way that you can change your schedule to make caring for your dog easier. You can even pop home during your lunch break to give them a quick walk as well. Making these sacrifices might allow you to balance your new schedule with owning a dog so you don’t have to give them up. However, if you can’t find any solutions, it might be time to let go.

 

Do You Have The Space?

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Another important thing that dogs need is space. If you’ve got a smaller breed then you don’t need to worry about it as much but if you’ve got a larger dog, it’s vital that they have enough room in the house and garden. If financial concerns mean that you need to downsize your house to afford the bills, you need to think about how that’s affecting your dog. If they’re suddenly in a house with half the space, they’ll get restless and they might start to gain weight. You can get around this by sending them to a dogsitter that has more space but if you’re already struggling financially, that might not be an option. You could also ask friends to help out by taking the dog over to their place but that’s only a temporary solution because the dog is always going to be cramped at your place. The bad news is that if you have to move into a smaller house with a large dog, there isn’t really that much you can do about it and you’ll probably have to think about rehoming them.

  Is The Dog A Danger?

 

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It might not be changes with you that are causing you to ask these questions, it might be a change with your dog. If they start to act aggressive toward people, you’re putting yourself and your family in danger. If you’ve recently started a family, this is something that you really need to think about. When a dog starts to misbehave and become aggressive, there are ways that you can rehabilitate it. Start off by taking it to obedience classes and seeing specialists to see if there is any way that you can train that behaviour out of your dog. The only problem is, this takes a lot of time and if you just don’t have it, you might not be successful. These problems are often caused by fear or frustration which can stem from a significant change around the home like having a new child. If you aren’t making any progress and the professionals are struggling as well,  it might be because the dog is no longer happy living in your home. If that’s the case, you don’t really have much choice, they need to be moved to a home with a more experienced owner who has a calmer living situation and can dedicate more time to the dog.

 

Can You Afford To Care For The Dog?

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It’s no secret that dogs are expensive to care for and you should have considered that before buying one. You need to pay for food, toys, and vet bills and those costs soon add up. However, if circumstances change, those costs can easily shoot up. While you might have factored all of the normal costs into your budget, you probably didn’t account for medical complications with your dog. If they have a long standing health problem that isn’t covered by your pet insurance you’ll have to pay for lots of expensive treatment. They might also need specialist food which will cost you a lot more than regular food. There’s no way around it if your dog needs that treatment to stay healthy and if you just can’t afford it, giving them up is your only option.

 

Nobody wants to admit that they aren’t equipped to look after their dog anymore but you can’t live in denial. The best interests of the dog should always be your first priority and sometimes there comes a point when you just have to admit that it’s time to give them up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping your dog healthy requires regular exercise, good nutrition and proper caring. But, all of this is meaningless if your dog is not gaining muscles. Providing good nutrition and regular exercise can keep your dog healthy for a long-time, it’s not necessary that it’ll also build his strength.

Dogs have been an important part of human’s life from a long time. From working as a military dog to taking care of our houses, they have been the most loyal pets yet. But, if your four-legged friend is a skinny pup and scared of other big dogs, then it’s time you take steps to help your dog buff up.

There are many dog owners who want to help their dog gain muscles for security purpose or just for increasing their dog’s aesthetics but don’t know how exactly they can get started. Obviously, you cannot take your pup to the gym for lifting weight and gaining muscles. However, there are some techniques that can help your dog gain muscles. Before proceeding to that, let’s have a quick look at the things that are required to help your dog gain muscles.

Things Required To Help Your Dog Gain Muscles

Muscle gaining is not an easy task for dogs. When you join a gym, you need a special nutritious diet, plenty of rest and regular exercise. Similarly, dogs also need a special diet, rest and exercise, and therefore you have to consider all these essentials and provide them to obtain the desired results.

  • Provide A Nutritious Diet To Your Dog:

A high-protein diet is the key to your dog’s physique, so feed your pup with a highly nutritious diet. It will ensure that the dog gets the necessary nutrition to develop bigger and stronger muscles.

There are many dog foods that are specially prepared for gaining muscles, but not every dog food is filled with the needed nutrition. So choose a food item that is loaded with protein, healthy ingredients such as meat. A dog usually needs 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight each day, so if your dog weighs 50 pounds, then he/she needs 50 grams of protein per day.

  • Regular Exercise:

When you start feeding protein enriched diet to your dog, it’s necessary to take him/her out for regular exercise. Regular exercise strains the muscles and cause small rips and tears in the muscle fibres. These rips and tears are then healed with protein that makes the muscle bigger and stronger with time.

  • Plenty Of Rest:

As a human needs rest after 1 or 2 hours of workout, a dog also needs to get plenty of rest after stressing their muscles to allow the body to repair the muscles. If the dog doesn’t get enough rest, then there are chances that they will not gain strong muscles.

Guide To Help Your Dog Build Muscles

A thin dog can transform into a strong dog with chiselled body if proper training and diet is given to them. Imagine how aesthetical a dog will look with strong muscles and fit physique. Mentioned below are the tips that can help you transform your four-legged friend into a beautiful beast.

  1. Start The Training Slowly

A normal human never starts bodybuilding with a 400-pound bench press; they start their muscle building with lighter weights and then moves to lifting heavier weights. This process increases their weight slowly and allows their body to maintain the muscles with the increasing weight. The same process applies to dogs and it is the best way you can help your dog gain muscles.

Progressing gradually with your dog is not only effective; it also prevents muscle damage and other injuries that can occur due to intense exercise.

  1. Never Try To Exceed The Natural Form Of Your Dog

If you think that you can turn your dog into an anatomical freak with large muscles that are too big in accordance with his body, then you are making a mistake. A dog’s body can only be extended to a limit depending on its breed. So, it is necessary to consider the dog’s breed while training them for gaining mass.

There are some breeds that can tolerate supplementary mass with their body, such as American Staffordshire Terriers, Pit Bulls and other physically strong breeds. But, bulking up a Greyhound, Whippet or Afghan breed for extra mass is not a good idea. Providing extra mass to these breeds can cause problems in their body and metabolism.

  1. Warm Up Your Dog Properly

You must be aware of the fact that a normal human body needs stretching before lifting any weight. Similarly, it is important for a dog to warm up their body before going for any kind of exercise. Warming up your dog’s body before any exercise will help them perform better and it can also avoid strained muscles and other injuries.

People often think that they can command their dog to stretch their body, but this trick doesn’t always work. However, you can command your dog to stand on the hind legs against a wall or you can help in stretching his/her body. If this doesn’t work for your dog, then give them a light massage on their muscles before starting the exercise.

Also, don’t forget to cool-down your dog after the exercise. Dogs often get excited when they are taken on such exercise, but it’s necessary to get plenty of rest after such exercise. To cool down your dog, you can take them for a slow and casual stroll just after the workout. But, keep the walk short so that the dog can cool down their body.

Exercises For Your Dog To Bulk-Up Mass

At first, it can be challenging to find the right types of exercise to bulk-up your dog. You cannot make them to lift weight in the gym, so you should tap into their natural instincts to work and play. Some of the best exercises are listed below for your dog.

  1. Weight Vest Activities

If you want to increase the resistance of your dog when he/she is walking around then weighted vests activities are one of the great options for you. These activities allow you to adjust the weight of your dog. But, you should add only 5 to 10 percent of dog’s body weight in the starting days.

  1. Weight Pulling

It is considered as one of the great activities for dogs muscle building. In this activity, the dog is tied with a heavyweight and then commanded to move ahead to pull the weight behind him.

  1. Swimming

Even human do swimming for weight loss, then why not dogs. Swimming is one of the exercises that work for all kind of breeds, and dogs even love to take a dip in the lake or pool.

But, be sure about the safety of your dog if you’re taking them for swimming. Don’t take your dog in areas where the current of water is strong. For safety purposes, you can invest in a dog life jacket.

  1. Spring Pole

This activity involves a knitted rope attached with a spring-loaded keystone which is provided by a strong resistance when the dog pushes the rope. Usually, the spring poles are accumulated so that the dog can reach the top to grab the rope, but there are chances of other orientations as well.

  1. Treadmill Time

Well, it’s a technical exercise and only those dogs that are not afraid of motorised devices can walk on a doggy treadmill. A dog treadmill is just like a normal treadmill that allows a dog to walk for miles without leaving the house.

The great thing about a treadmill is that you can also raise the resistance level or degree of incline in it for developing muscle more effectively. But, don’t forget about the safety of your dog which is your first priority.

From their grooming to their nutritious diet, we do a lot for our canine friend, then why don’t take this process further by helping them in building strong muscles. Follow the above steps to help your dog gain strong muscles and you will a have a dog that not looks strong but also is strong from inside.

 

Every morning you wake up, drink in that first sweet gulp of air, and probably don’t give another thought to breathing for the rest of the day. Like most people, you take breathing for granted — until you have a stuffy nose or step out into a particularly smoggy city. Your pooch is probably the same way. The only difference? It’s much, much easier for him to feel the effects of poor air quality. The smaller the animal, the bigger the impact of pollution on him.

And it’s not just outdoors that your dog may have trouble taking a deep breath. Depending on what you’re doing indoors, he might be wheezing his way through your home, too. Have you ever wondered about the impact that your home’s air quality has on your beloved pup? If the answer is no, then it’s time to listen up.

Indoor Pollution

Many studies have shown the ill effects of air pollution on humans, including an increased risk for heart disease and respiratory problems, but only recently have scientists begun to study the impact of air pollution on pets. So far, the results have been disheartening, to say the least. Researchers have found that what you’re doing in your own home could be hurting your pet without you even realizing it.

For example, a study conducted in 2011 discovered that cats who lived with smokers (who smoked indoors) experienced poorer lung function than those who didn’t, a finding that could easily translate to canines. Another study found a link between certain types of cancer and cleaning products, as well as owners who smoked.

Outdoor Pollution

If you think that cracking a window is all you need to do to make the air in your home healthy, think again. “Fresh air” isn’t always so fresh. Industrial smog, car exhaust and other pollutants in the air can contribute to allergies in dogs and other respiratory problems, at best, and trigger seizures, at worst. A study conducted in Mexico City, one of the most polluted cities in the world, linked the subpar air quality to inflammation and increased plaques in the brain — similar to early-stage Alzheimer’s in humans.

Even if you don’t live in an industrialized area, your pup may encounter pollutants on your daily walk due to the presence of pesticides. The University of Massachusetts surveyed 700 dog owners and found that pooches that were exposed to certain pesticides had a 70 percent higher chance of developing lymphoma if their owner used pesticides in the yard.

Potential Solutions

With all of this ominous information at your fingertips, the next logical question is: what can I do about it? While you can’t really control the quality of the air outside, you can take control of the particles that float around within your home. First things first: ensure you have a proper ventilation system. When air doesn’t circulate correctly, particles can get trapped that may irritate your pup’s nose and throat. So install an air filtration system and be sure to perform routine maintenance (i.e., change the filter).

In addition to a traditional air filter, you may also want to try a few natural versions. You probably learned as a child that trees filter the air. Certain houseplants can do this on a smaller scale. Certain potted plants like the spider plant and Boston fern act as air purifiers that are able to keep indoor irritants at bay.

Of course, when it comes to the air circulating in your home, the best way to keep it pollutant-free is to not fill it with pollutants in the first place. Avoid smoking indoors and switch to green cleaning products that are free of toxic chemicals. Don’t forget that your pooch has a much smaller set of lungs than you do, so something that might cause minor respiratory irritation for you may trouble him for much longer.

 

You can’t remove industrial pollution from the air that swirls outside, but you’re more than capable of keeping the air in your home clean and healthy. So follow the previous tips in order to offer your pup a safe haven where the breathing is easy. That way, he’ll be able to recover quickly after facing any irritants that do lurk beyond your doorstep.

 

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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.

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Bringing a dog into your life for the first time is incredibly exciting. You can’t wait to be the best dog owner you can be, caring for your pup, and delighting in every aspect of care.

 

Most people have a good idea of what dog ownership will demand of them. They know that they’re going to have to walk their dog, pay the insurance, make trips to the vets for vaccinations– these are the basics that any newbie dog owner can expect.

 

However, these basics don’t quite paint the full picture of what life as a dog owner is like. This can lead to an uncomfortable phase of discovery, when they find themselves trying to come to terms with unexpected surprises while still caring for their pooch in the best way they possibly can.

 

If you’re about to embark on the wonderful world of dog ownership, then it’s well worth learning the surprise realizations that may be in store for you…

 

#1 – Everything you own is now covered in hair. Permanently.

 

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Okay, so that may be a little bit of an exaggeration, but there’s no doubt that dog ownership has a tendency to involve a large amount of hair. Most of that hair will be attached to your dog; some of it you will remove during grooming sessions; and the rest will deposit itself around your house at regular intervals.

 

Many prospective dog owners are well aware that they will have to deal with hair and shedding, but it never fails to amaze them at the sheer volume of hair a single dog is able to produce. The amount your dog sheds is largely dependant on their breed, but most will part ways with up to 100 hairs per day. This can leave you with a constant layer of fuzz on your home and your furniture; something that new puppy owners often struggle to get to grips with.

 

The best way to prepare yourself for this is to prepare for the extra cleaning. A pet vacuum is a recommended purpose, as you’ll find that many standard vacuum cleaners just don’t have the suction required to lift dog hair off carpets and upholstery. You’ll also want to invest in a good deshedding brush for your dog; these brushes comb deeper into your dog’s fur to remove the loose undercoat, and have been shown to help reduce shedding as a result.

 

#1 – Your home will start to resemble Fort Knox

 

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Many dogs have a tendency to want to explore the world– and they’re not going to wait around for you to take them on a walk. If they spot a hole in a fence, or have figured out how to dig under the fence, then they’ll take themselves on a walk without a backwards glance.

 

As a result of this, dog ownership tends to involve a level of security that is usually reserved for precious and priceless items– which is fitting, given how much you’ll come to love your pup!

 

Scan around the exterior of your garden to see if there are any weak spots in the perimeter, such as gaps in hedges or lose hinges on the gate. You may also want to consider erecting fencing that can help protect against digging. When the garden is safe, you should also consider what will happen if you leave the front door open for too long and your dog takes advantage. Ensuring that they have another exit to navigate (such as a front gate over your driveway) is the best way of keeping them contained in such a scenario.

 

#3 – There will be mess.

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As well as the hair issue, it’s important that prospective puppy owners understand that their new four-legged companion is going to cause mess. It’s inevitable; dogs don’t understand that you prefer to keep your floors clean and your possessions unchewed, so it’s up to you to train them otherwise.

 

Even when your dog has been trained, you’ll still likely have to deal with some level of mess. You are, after all, living with a whole separate creature, and they are going to generate the occasional extra cleaning work. Provided you’re aware of this, you should adjust relatively quickly, but it’s important to be aware that dog ownership isn’t just a story of cuddles and relaxing walks– it tends to involve a lot of cleaning too.

 

As well as cleaning, you’re likely going to have more to do in the way of garden maintenance than you used to have to do. The aforementioned digging problems can cause havoc with your flower beds, so you’ll want to look into ways of protecting your precious plants. If your dog uses your grass as a toilet, then you’ll need to be prepared to learn about lawn care and ensure you’re doing all you can to keep your grass in as good a condition as possible despite the frequent urination.

 

The messiness might be tough to deal with initially, but in time, going to extra lengths to care for your home and garden will become second nature to you.

 

#4 – Dog ownership is even better than you imagined

 

Finally, it’s worth noting that many new dog owners simply can’t believe how much they love being a dog owner. Sure, they imagined they would enjoy it, but they didn’t realize quite how delightful the entire experience would be. Dogs bring such a constant joy to people’s lives, so much so that your depth of feeling and enjoyment may come as something of a surprise.

 

This, ultimately, is what makes all of the above issues bearable. Yes, your life has become a little busier, there’s more mess to deal with, and your home has had to change to accommodate your new arrival– but it’s absolutely worth it. So while things may be rough for awhile as you and your family adjust to your new four-legged family member, you will eventually reach a point where you can’t imagine them not being there.

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Most dog owners hate leaving their pooch behind when they arrange a summer vacation with their families. If you plan to go abroad; you have little choice in the matter as your animal would have to go into quarantine for months if you choose to take it on a plane. However, people who holiday at home in the US don’t face as many stumbling blocks. With that in mind, this article will take a look at all the pros and cons of taking your dog on vacation this year. Hopefully, the information will set the record straight and help you to make the right decision.

 

The pros of taking your dog on vacation

 

  • One of the best things about taking your dog away for a break is that you won’t have to stress about finding a sitter or putting the pooch in a kennel. That means you will save a lot of money and hassle, and you can relax, safe in the knowledge that your furry friend is safe and happy with the people who love him or her most.

 

  • Some people worry about moving their dog around on vacation, and that can become a significant issue if you plan to visit a busy town or city. Thankfully, there are lots of products on the market that will put your mind at ease. You just need to get a dog carrier so you can prevent your pooch from causing issues for other pavement and road users. There are many different brands available, and so you just need to read some online reviews to sort the wheat from the chaff.

 

The cons of taking your dog on vacation

 

  • Finding places for your dog to go to the toilet on vacation can become somewhat of an issue in some locations. You can’t let your furry friend do his business on the street, and so you need to make sure you’re never far away from fields and other grassy areas. You can also keep some toilet bags in your pocket at all times, so you can pick up anything your animal might drop.

 

  • If you plan to drive to your vacation destination; you’ll have to keep your dog in the car for long periods. That is going to stress the pooch out, and it could even make them travel sick and angry if they’re teething. There is little you can do about that other than mentioning the issue to your vet. That professional can then prescribe tablets that should help to settle the animal’s stomach.

 

Now you know about the pros and cons of taking your dog on vacation; you should find it easier than you otherwise would have done to make the right decision this year. If you decide to take your pooch away for a break, just ensure you consider all the information from this page before leaving home. The best types of breaks for dogs are the ones where you spend a lot of time in the countryside. So, maybe you should think about arranging a camping holiday?

The moment you hear the word “Dog Show” the first thing that comes to your mind is a dog mesmerizing the judges with its intelligence, skills and athleticism. At the back of your mind, you might think your pooch doesn’t possess any extraordinary prowess that is crucial in participating in the dog shows. Your dog is not highly intelligent and supremely athletic to perform those tricky stunts. He is not Tintin’s Snowy, Mask’s Milo or Richie Rich’s Dollar, he is only your favorite.

 

Just like breaking the magicians code, I want to break this misconception of all the dog owners out there who think it is better watching dog shows on TVs rather than participating in it. Mostly the dog shows you watch on television or attended in person are novelty shows, companion shows, open shows, championship dog shows, agility trials and obedience trials. But apart from these, there is another type of show that requires no extra-terrestrial ability in a dog, where even a common pet owner can participate with his/her ordinary dog and that is “Funny Dog Show”.

 

From UK to the US, there are various funny dog shows that take place every year. It is only the beginning of the 2018, so it is an ideal time to provide you information on various funny dog shows lined up for you this year.

 

Chiswick House Dog Show

 

Chiswick House Dog Show is the UK’s biggest funny dog show. Unlike other shows, this is a dog show that doesn’t take itself too seriously and it is the place where being a pedigree won’t get you anywhere. The entire mood of the show is light, jovial and funny. Last year, the show celebrated the 130th anniversary of the publication of the first Sherlock Holmes short story. This year’s theme is yet to be revealed but whatever it could be, it is going to be highly exciting.

 

Event Details-

 

Location

Chiswick House, Chiswick House and Gardens, London, W4

 

Date

on 23rd September 2018

 

Time

(Sunday) 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

Key events of the show- The entire show is loaded with fun-packed events. Let’s take a look at some of the exciting events of the show.

 

  • Naughtiest Dog: One of the popular events of the show where the title of the naughtiest dog will be handed to the most mischievous dog. Have you ever thought the naughtiness of your pup might turn into a merit that could earn him an award? I am sure after attending this show, you will not prevent your dog from getting more playful.

 

  • Prettiest Bitch: Is every other dog in your locality has a crush on your bitch? Excellent, your canine has a great chance of winning the title of the prettiest bitch in the Chiswick House Dog Show. Prettiest bitch contest is another key event of the show where the most beautiful bitch will take away the award.

 

  • My Dog’s got Talent: No, your dog doesn’t need to have any phenomenal talent, even his weird activities can earn him the title. This show is all about having fun and taking things in a lighter way.

 

How you can participate-

Participating in this show is absolutely easy. Pet owners can participate in this show by paid registration via online.

 

 

Valentine’s Day Pawty

 

This one of a kind dog show is surely going to surprise you in many ways. As the name suggests, the theme of the show is celebrating love (obviously for canines) by creating festive card box for your dog and exchange valentine’s with other pups. Isn’t it Romantic. Valentine’s Day Pawty has turned out to be one of the biggest dog events in the USA. As a participant you just need to bring a plain cardboard box along with Valentine’s Day cards. For decoration, organizers will provide you the materials, you simply need to make an exquisite card that your puppy will exchange as a Valentine gift with other dogs with the option of taking home the cards he/she received from other dogs.

 

Event Details-

 

Location

645 West 57th St, AKC Canine Retreat in New York, US, 10019

 

Date

On 3rd February 2018

 

Time

(Saturday) 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 

 

Key events of the show- It is the place where you can celebrate the holiday with your beloved pets. Here is a list of events of Valentine’s Day Pawty.

 

  • Professional Photos by NYC Dogswag: You can take the memory of this show to your home with the professionally captured photos by the NYC Dogswag. Your brilliant creativity on cardboard along with your cute pooch will be captured by the expert photographers and it will be provided to you.

 

  • Kissing Booth: If the theme is love, how can you leave the “kiss” away from it. There will be a “kissing booth” where pups will be paired up with their very own Valentine to spend romantic moments in the kissing booth or just pose for a damn cute pic. There will be a contest for the best crafted card box also.

 

  • Chicken Chip Treats provided by Amuse Pooch- Making love can make you hungry, that’s why the organizers of the show have added the event of chicken chip treats for all the participating dogs. While you can have a hamburger with coke, your pooch can enjoy the delectable treat sponsored by the Amuse Pooch.

 

How you can participate-

If you wish to participate in the show, you need to upload a photo of your pet at Valentine’s Day Pawty on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram page.

 

World’s Ugliest Dog Contest

 

With faces that only a mother could love, dogs with unusual appearance  will fight for the title in the World’s Ugliest Dog contest. A notable thing about the entire event is, it is not aimed at mocking or deriding the physical unusualness of the dog but rather about encouraging them and showing the world that such dogs can also be lovable, cute and adorable. Unlike the traditional dog shows where canines get awarded for their shiny coats, shapely body and flawless appearance, this dog event recognizes pups for their physical peculiarity and anomalism.

 

Event Details-

 

Location

Sonoma-Marin Fair, Petaluma, CA, US

 

Date

On 22nd June 2018

 

Time

2:00 – 8:00 PM

 

Key events of the show- Dogs of every shape and size will romp around the red carpet rolled across the grass at the Sonoma-Marin Fair.

 

  • Live entertainment: Watch professional dog handlers perform breathtaking stunts to upbeat music in this action-packed show.

 

  • Pet expo: The expo will be packed with an abundance of pet shop retailers from where you can shop different types of dog grooming products. It is a show you won’t want to miss.

 

  • Ugly contest: A panel of judges will select the Cute-Ugly canine and declare the winner. The ugliest dog will be awarded $1500, a trophy, and is flown to New York for media appearances.

 

How you can participate-

Entry applications are available at the website of Sonoma-Marin Fair.

 

In the traditional dog shows, it is only the finest specimens of the breeds are allowed to participate. Funny dog show events provide opportunities to the ordinary dogs with no special abilities to become famous and earn respect from others. Whether you are a dog owner or not, all of us should support and be a part of the dog shows with playful theme.

 

 

Author Bio: Sabby Baron 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.

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.

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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!

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.