Archive for Dog Behavior

By H. Davis


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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.

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.





Fiona Appleton is a Labrador owner. She is the manager of 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.

Well, to be very honest I is not recommended for everyone to go without leash with your dog because the first and only thing which should be in consideration is your dog safety. You can’t go anywhere with your dog without leash until you trained him perfectly and this is the key a right training and perfect guideline we will discuss some points here.

Train your dog with the help of Commands.

You should trained him with the basic commands like come,run,stop,go etc… so these are the basic commands if you owning a dog you should know them very well and your canine too. Now the main thing while walking on the park you should offer him any candy or anything so he can come to you by calling any command.

Most of the Dog Owners miss the right ways of training your dog please note that it is little hard but it is possible. A dog is a good companion so spend a good time and call him with proper commands and constantly work on them your dog would be ready and trained in some days.

What is the best location to Trained your dog for Running without a Leash?

As described above it could be the park where you go on morning walk or it could be the beach or any place like ground or anything which have enough space to run with your dog and help him with proper training treats.

You can also train him at your home if you have enough space to run and it is recommended because on public place it is bit risky if your dog is aggressive so this option would be the best for your canine to train and play with him.

What are the cons of Off Leash Risks?

No one can deny the fact that there are so many risks involve while running with your canine without leash because we cannot understand the nature of animals because they can got angry on any uncertain things and can be disturbed by any other dog or even human as well so we can’t control them on this situation. (see Possible Causes For Leash Aggression).

We can overcome this by good training and management and it only works when you do proper training and gives your time to your dog.

Involve training in Daily play

It is one of the best ways to train your dog while playing games even in your kitchen keep him off the leash because your dog will never feel uncomfortable and he will be trained automatically with your little attention.

He will start responding you all the time so reward him accordingly and enjoy the great time with your canine.

Train your dog for safety as well…

While training your dog do not forget to take care of the safety as it is one of the best way to make your dog perfect because if you donot train him for safety you’re going to miss big and important part.

.Leave it  is the most important command and can be use hell of time while training your dog for safety and it would be great if you make sure to take care of it.

.Stop  it can be used as many times so make sure to teach him where to stop and when to stop most of the people miss this great thing and it is simple but most of the dog owners does not care of it.

If you want to read more please have a look on complete article here

How To Teach Your Dog to Run With you.

Make sure to take your dog for a walk every time you plan to go out. Go for a brisk walk, and consider to burden your dog with a dog backpack. Put some extra weight in it, and when you get back, reward your dog with some food and water. This will be his prize for being calm and submissive. Your main goal is to help your dog to spend excessive energy. By walking him before you go, there is a pretty good chance he’ll fall asleep and be quiet and relaxed all the time you’re not with him.


Start the day with a walk


Make sure to take your dog for a walk every time you plan to go out. Go for a brisk walk, and consider to burden your dog with a dog backpack. Put some extra weight in it, and when you get back, reward your dog with some food and water. This will be his prize for being calm and submissive. Your main goal is to help your dog to spend excessive energy. By walking him before you go, there is a pretty good chance he’ll fall asleep and be quiet and relaxed all the time you’re not with him.

Time apart is no big deal

You should keep this in mind: Whenever you go out or come back, don’t make a big deal out of it. If you manage to act normal while leaving and greeting your dog, he will see that separating isn’t something he should be worried about. Because of that, make a simple rule. Don’t touch your pet, don’t talk to him and don’t make eye contact, for at least 5 minutes before you go or after you return. This period should be extended up to an hour for the best results. Your dog will act natural and calmed if you are feeling the same way.

Say goodbye on time

If you can’t make the previous technique work, then try to talk to your dog before leaving him behind. Your pet will react on your emotions, so take a moment and say him goodbye way before you really leave. By saying your dog you’ll miss him, you’ll express your feelings so they won’t stand in a way once you open the door. Your main goal should be leaving a dog that is emotionally-free. If you don’t burden him with sad emotions the moment you leave, he will remain cool and happy. This little trick will mostly help you to express your feelings, and the actual leaving moment will remain stress-free.

Ask for help

In case you need to leave your best friend alone for a longer period of time, don’t hesitate, but seek for a help. There are so many solutions available, and one of them is to call a family member to stay with your dog while you’re absent. Another way is to hire a dog sitter, so they’ll keep him company and provide him with everything he needs. There is an option to bring the dog to a sitter’s house or leave him in some of the innovative dog boarding facilities near you, where he can play with other dogs and have a great time until you return.

Try out different things

There are so many options you can consider when it comes to dog separation anxiety. Dogs differ, and one strategy may be good for some and don’t do anything for others. Keep this in mind when helping your dog to overcome this bad feeling. Try training him slowly. Leave him for just 5 minutes in one exercise. Once he sees you’re coming back every time, you can go ahead and extend this period until you can leave for a full 8 hours without issues. Some studies showed that audiobooks have a relaxing effect on dogs, so they might be the solution you’re looking for. Anxiety will disappear since your dog will be listening to a human voice which will decrease his stress levels. Once you get back, you will find a relaxed and anxiety-free pet.


Whatever you do with your dog, keep in mind that you are a pack leader, and you should be acting as one. Be confident, calm and assertive since those traits will help your dog to fight separation anxiety. Avoid having bad feelings before leaving the house, so your dog can see everything is in order. Go ahead and try these new tricks, and you’ll see how your dog will start to change for the better.


Many families consider getting a pet dog. A dog may have already been part of the family before children came along, meaning that everyone including your beloved pet needs to adapt to a new family dynamic. Some people worry about the added responsibility of having a dog, or any pet for that matter, as well as having children and busy lives to lead. But I actually feel that a pet dog can teach a child all about responsibility and other things. I wanted to share with you some of the ways I feel it can make a child think a little differently, and perhaps about something else other than themselves.

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They learn to care for something else


Let’s be honest, if you are a parent, the chances are you do almost everything for your child. You cater to their needs, feed them, make sure they are hydrated and protected. At some stage, children are going to need to learn to do this or recognise this themselves and a family dog can really help with that. Much like a child a dog needs taking care of, feeding and exercise. Giving a child the responsibility to care for something else could start to help them really take ownership of their own feelings and actions.


It can educate and encourage a child


It’s always a good idea to encourage different ways to educate children in the home outside of their schooling, and a pet dog can do just that. There are times where a dog can’t communicate how it feels, and it’s up to the owners to decipher if something is wrong. A child can pick up on these signals and then encourage a visit to a veterinary clinic to make sure the pet dog is doing well. It can also educate in the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Things like exercising are just as important to us as it is to dogs and other animals. It can also encourage children to feel confident in their feelings and thoughts.


A dog can relieve stress and anxiety in children


Children can often feel anxious or stressed and there are studies to show that a pet dog can relieve some of these issues in the home. It may be down to problems at school or with behaviour that your child seems to be struggling with their emotions, but a dog can communicate on different levels than we can and often provide a friend for life. This can also encourage children to gain confidence in social situations and within the home.


It becomes a privilege not a chore


Finally, what once could have been seen as part of the chores list to walk or feed the dog can suddenly become a privilege to your children as you pet dog becomes more than just the family pet but an actual friend for life. It can often feel like such a big decision to add to your family, or become more adjusted with a family dog when children come along, but it could also be a great addition and lifestyle the whole family can enjoy.


I hope that this provides you with some confidence when it comes to family pets and children.



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


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


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


  • Vets


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


  • Products


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


  • Parasites


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


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


  • Food


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


  • Walks


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


  • Extra Play


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


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


  • Other Dogs


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


  • At Home


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


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

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


  1. Preventative Medicines

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


  1. Overeating

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

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  1. Physical Tantrums

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


  1. More Chores For You

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

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  1. Discounts For Doubles

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

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  1. Give It Time

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



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.


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.


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.



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.


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.



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.

Introducing Your New Dog To Your Cat

For decades now, dogs and cats have been portrayed in popular media as mortal enemies, pursuing some unknown agenda against each-other where we humans become occasionally caught in the crossfire. The reality, however, is that like most animals, dogs and cats can be taught to live harmoniously together and even become great friends.

The trick is, as with most things, in being patient and understanding. Neither dogs nor cats have the same mentality of a human and while both have pack animals in their ancestry, they nonetheless have very different sets of instincts and dispositions from one another. However, with a little understanding, a little patience and a lot of love you’ll have these two historic ‘enemies’ sharing a pet gear double stroller before you know it! Here’s how to get it right…

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Preparation is the key

We’re going to assume that you’re introducing a pup or young dog to an adult cat, although if you have a kitten extra care must be taken. Kittens are fragile and while playful pups are extremely endearing… they’re not the gentlest or most careful creatures.

Your first step should be to create a ‘safe space’ for your cat that the dog will not have access to, ideally somewhere that they are familiar with where they sleep or relax often. Make sure that they are able to access their food, water and litter tray without coming into contact with your new friend.

It’s important that your cat gets controlled exposure to the dog through becoming increasingly familiar with the look and scent of them. A stair gate is a great way to facilitate this and it’s worth considering using Feliway which will keep your cat feel safe and secure by subtly exuding relaxing pheromones. Cats need to have access to high spaces in order  to feel safe and secure, so make sure that they’ll have plenty of access to these as they’ll be invaluable in helping your cat cope with this new development.

If possible, you should keep your dog in a crate and give them free but supervised access in 15-20 minute increments to your home and family.


The importance of scent articles

While cats are far better visually equipped than their canine counterparts, both animals use smell to communicate, so it’s a great idea to use scent articles to acquaint both pets with each other’s smell. A scent article can be a toy or an item of bedding which the pet can infuse with their scent. After exposure to the article, your new pet will become slowly accustomed to their new friend’s scent and vice-versa.

Managing first contact

Ensuring that your pets’ first real exposure to each other is well managed is one of the surest ways of creating a lifelong friendship. Fortunately, you’ve already laid the groundwork for the best possible start.

Your dog’s first instinct will be to get up close and personal, while your cat will want to observe the pooch from a comfortable distance. You must control the dog and stop them from chasing the cat, as this will create a rift that’s very difficult to repair. Keep initial contact short and sweet with lots of praise for both pets and a rewarding treat for all.

Our dogs are so much more than just pets, they’re furry members of the family. We have so much love in our hearts for these little creatures, and as pet owners do everything we can to ensure they’re kept happy and healthy. However, the problem with dogs is when they do feel unwell, they do a good job at hiding it. This is an evolutionary technique which might have helped them in the wild, but makes our job so much harder. It’s not like you can simply ask them if they feel ok or if anything hurts! There are some subtle signs though that can give you a clue that Rover might need to go and visit the vets. Here are just a few of them.


Off Their Food and Drink

Most dogs are very food motivated, so if they’re off their food or drink it can be a cause for concern. If they won’t touch their regular dog food, try them with a piece of cheese or meat. If they refuse it (and you’re sure it’s because they’re not just full) be sure to keep an eye on them. It could be a simple infection or something they have eaten hasn’t agreed with them, but your vet will be able to advise you on the best course of action.

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A Change in Toileting Habits

It’s not the most pleasant job as a dog owner, but when you’re cleaning up your dogs waste, it’s worth having a quick look to ensure nothing is out of the ordinary. A dramatic change in color, consistency or the appearance of worms obviously indicates that something isn’t right. It’s not always a cause for concern right away, but keep an eye on them especially if your dog is displaying other symptoms of being unwell. Dogs can be sensitive to ingredients used in cheaper dog food which can cause digestive issues amongst other things. This dog health article states you should feed a good quality food to keep them at their best. Ideally you need to be choosing a brand which is grain free, since this can disrupt the delicate balance of a dog’s system.

Sleeping More Often Than Usual

Different dogs can be very different in how much they sleep. Some dogs are very lazy and will like to spend most of the day napping, whereas others are much more active. Just like people, dogs are all different, so it’s about knowing what’s normal for them. While older dogs will naturally slow down and sleep more- if you notice a change in your dog’s sleeping behavior it’s a symptom of illness. If they seem very drowsy or fatigued, it’s important to contact the vet right away.


Lumps and Bumps

Lumps and bumps are common in dogs, they’re not always a sign of something sinister but are always something to have checked out by a vet. With very fluffy dogs it can be tricky to feel for any lumps, but spend some time grooming and checking them (they will just see it as fuss!) to make sure everything is as it should be.

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