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It’s easy to dog-proof your home. Most of us carry this out before even bringing a puppy back. A lot of it is common sense: don’t leave loose wires about, keep medication up and out of the way in a locked cupboard, don’t leave bars of chocolate in reach. But sadly, you can’t guarantee that everyone else will be so canine aware. When you leave your home with your dog, it is your responsibility to ensure their safety. Here are a few precautionary measures you might like to consider taking.

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Harnesses and Leads

Always keep your dog on a lead when you leave the house. Even if your pet is well trained and will walk at your heel, harnesses and leads are an essential. Firstly, you never know how someone else’s dog might behave. You may have to pull your dog away at any time. Secondly, your dog might see a squirrel or cat and take chase. Thirdly, something could spook your pooch, which could result in them bolting across the roads or out of sight.

Muzzles

If your dog is liable to snap, or may be entering a stressful or uncomfortable situation, then invest in a good quality muzzle. This isn’t only essential for other people’s or dogs’ safety. It’s for your dog’s wellbeing too. Basket style muzzles are great for active dogs, as they allow them to pant freely when exercising.

Seat belts

You wouldn’t drive your car without putting your seatbelt on. You also wouldn’t pull off without ensuring that any children on board are clipped in. So why should your dog be any different? Most people won’t even consider a dog seat belt, but if you take your pooch out in the car, they’re an absolute essential. Most varieties can simply fasten onto the back of your pet’s harness. They will keep your pet in one place and help towards protecting them if you happen to get into any accidents. Never leave your dog unattended in any vehicle.

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Supervision

Never leave your dog unattended in general. It’s as simple as that. You might think there’s no problem with leaving your dog tied to a post outside of the pub while you pop in for a pint. Or tying them up outside the corner shop while you go in for a few minutes to pick up essentials. But dog theft is at an all-time high. When in public, never take your eyes off your pet.

Look Out For Glass

We walk over sharp objects regularly every day. But we don’t notice at all. Why? Because when we leave the house, we protect ourselves by putting shoes on. Now, we aren’t suggesting that you force your pup to wear shoes. But you should keep a lookout for any broken glass on the floor in areas where you are walking. Dogs have tough paws which can deal easily with all sorts of hard or rough terrain. But glass can cause wounds, which could need veterinary attention and cause them pain when they walk.

A dog is for many people a member of the family that is why car rides are not complete without them. We all know that dogs are not able to seat still in a car and that is why they need seats. Apart from the regular seat covers, does a dog need others specifically for them? When you go through the dog section at the local store, one of the many accessories you come across is a car seat cover. This is how helpful it is.

Cleanliness

Dogs are known to sit anywhere provided that it is comfortable for them. In most cases, these are not usually the cleanest places and you will often find dirt on the body of the animal. Since it is not possible to keep checking whether your dog is clean before they enter the car, a car seat cover protects the car seats and interiors from getting dirty. You need to keep your car clean on the inside to reduce the frequency of washing which in time may lead to premature wear and tear.

Dryness

Have you ever seen a dog with its tongue out? In most cases, this happens when it is hot and the mouth drools as a way of cooling the canine. The weather does change all the time and you will not know for sure when your dog’s body will need to cool down. If this happens when your dog is in the car however, having a car seat cover protects the seats from getting wet. Even if you are sure that the dog’s saliva is completely free of any disease, you will need the seats to be dry when you offer someone a lift.

Durable

Most dogs tend to be playful when they are in a moving vehicle. They get excited when the outside appears to be moving and this gets them jumping up and down in the car. Apart from this playfulness being dangerous to the dog because it could cause them to be hit when it slips, its paws will scratch the seat covers when the dog lands and tried to gain balance. Having car seat covers ensures that any damage caused by the dog to the car seats is happening on the removable covers and not on the car seats.

A dog car seat cover is a necessity for your car when you have a dog that rides with you. You will prevent many expenses you would have incurred if the car seats get damaged in one way or the other.

 

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“If you saw a dog going to be crushed under a car, wouldn’t you help him?

-Oskar Schindler

When you’re living in a country where the temperature goes down to minus degree, and you can’t tolerate the cold, how your canine companion behave? Did you try to notice that ever? Do it cuddle up in the bed under a cozy blanket? It also has a tough time in this frosty condition.

It’s high time to show a little extra care for your pet at home during winter. There are some tips below which can make it healthy, safe and happy in this cold weather.

Danger in the cold

Frostbite

The dog can suffer from frostbite. When it’s exposed to cold for a longer time, tissue might get damaged severely. At this moment, the dog pulls the blood from the extremities to the center automatically, and ears, paws or tail get cold. There’re various symptoms you can notice for it:

  • Discoloration of the skin like- grey or bluish.
  • Very cold to touch
  • Ulcers on the skin
  • Dead skin
  • Pain or swelling

Treatment:

You may not notice the sign of frostbite immediately as they develop after the exposure. Look for veterinary as soon as possible to avoid any complication and infection. Besides, as first aid, you can warm and rewarm with warm water of 104 -108 degree Celsius. Dry afterward and keep your pet warm.

Hypothermia

 

If you find your pet’s temperature getting down below the normal range, then you’ve to understand that your pet has caught Hypothermia. It’s a life-threatening condition if it goes untreated and unrecognized. The symptoms include:

  • Shivering
  • Low heart rate and respiratory rate
  • Collapse
  • Lethargy
  • Muscle stiffness

Treatment:

Consult with the veterinary care as soon as possible. On the other hand, as a first aid treatment, re-warm your pet with a warm blanket or hot water and dry it up.

Dangerous Chemicals

Antifreeze

It’s a deadly poison. Just a small amount of it can be fatal. It tastes sweet, and thus dogs try to lick it wherever they get. So try to clean all the spill.

 

Ice melters

Wash your pet’s feet off after coming from outside. Salts and ice melts are commonly known as the skin irritant. If your dog has long fur, clean the stomach area properly.

Indoor Bed With Cozy Bedding

During winter, make an arrangement for an indoor bed for your pet. When the temperature drops, don’t keep the pet outdoor.

Again, when your dogs are inside, don’t let them sleep on a cold floor. Make a cozy bedding. Provide warm blankets to create a comfy environment. Besides, make a raised bed so that they don’t come in contact with the tiles or cold floor.

To keep the bed warm avoid using heated pet mats. This is because there can be the risk of burns or fire. So it’s better not to go for heated pet mat.

Keep The Places Clean

As a dog owner you might have been aware of this issue that, there’re a lot of risks of getting your dog sick.
Again, there are several diseases that get transmitted from dog to human.

So, keep the places where your dog lives, eats, plays, sleeps and passes time clean of dog waste. It’s better to clean the dog wastes with a pooper scooper rather than using hands along.

Add A Little Bit More Food; But Not Overfeeding

From the study of Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine,  you can offer 10-15% more food to your pet to provide extra calorie during winter. This is because the dog uses own energy when it gets cold. But excess food can even cause diarrhea or gastrointestinal trouble.

For extra food ensures that it adds coat not a layer of fat. A raw meat based diet can ensure a healthy coat and thus good energy for the cold winter

Paw care

During winter time, it’s better to use dog booties. Your dog can suffer from cracked pad. Again, the salt or ice can also burn the pads. Don’t allow your dog to lick it off after coming from outside rather rinse it or wipe it.

Proper grooming

Don’t shave the pet’s fur during winter rather keep it longer. Bath your dog with warm water and keep it dry after bathing. You can also switch to waterless shampoo if needed. Trim the nails with clippers and clean the dog’s pad properly.

Keep your dog hydrated

Dog dehydrate very quickly in summer and winter. So keep water bowl nearby your dog. It’ll eat snow to get out of dehydration. But don’t allow it to eat because it might cause stomach upset.

Proper training

  • Train your dog properly so that it can enjoy the winter weather condition
  • Have a loose leash for avoiding any accident in the slippery road
  • Recall it frequently so that the dog can avoid frozen body of water while coming towards you
  • Make the foot-wiping, a part of your daily routine. And reward your pet your allowing you to examine and clean the foot pad.

Take care of the senior dog

The cold weather worsens the health condition in dog mainly the one suffering from arthritis. Make its resting area soft and warm and be careful while walking on the slippery road. During winter, the dog gets ill easily like a human being.

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Make Your Garage Pet Friendly

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By Chelsy Ranard

If most of us had our way we’d either spend all day at home with our pets or bring them to work with us. Unfortunately, there are times when our furry children must stay at home without us. Some people leave their pets inside, in a kennel, in the back yard, or in one room in their home. One great opportunity for your pet’s haven is the garage. It offers shelter and a larger area for them to roam. However, there are some things to consider before leaving your animal in the garage while you’re away.

Safety First

Before leaving your animal in the garage at all it is vitally important to take care of the safety concerns in your garage. Clean the floors and consider painting over the concrete to eliminate any oil or any other vehicle fluid from coming into contact with your animal. If your pet ingests any antifreeze it can be fatal. Remove any chemicals, any small objects they could ingest, and sharp objects they can injure themselves on. Make sure your garage has appropriate ventilation, if not you can add a ventilation system or a window that will also be useful in adding natural light.

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Temperature Control

Temperature control is very important for leaving your pet in the garage. For the summer months the garage does tend to stay cooler than most other areas inside or outdoors due to the concrete structure of most garages. However, it is smart to include a fan to ensure your pet will not overheat if the garage temperature gets uncomfortably high. Be sure to be mindful of the ways to keep your dog cool during the summer. Many can be modified for the garage, like going for a swim can be translated to putting a small kiddie pool in the garage with them. Similarly, in the winter months you’ll need to make sure your garage is heated or bring in a space heater. Just make sure the space heater isn’t accessible to your furry friend.

Doggy Doors

Adding a doggy door will enable your pet to go outside to use the bathroom, get some exercise, or enjoy the outdoors for a while. Giving your animal options will help curb destructive behavior while you are away. There are doggy door kits available that are relatively easy to install yourself. If you’d rather not have a doggy door or your yard isn’t fenced, there are other options for potty areas for your animals. A cat box is an easy solution, and puppy pads or small grassy areas are available to put in an area of your garage that is sanitary and offers easy clean up.

Kennel

Offering your pet a kennel may seem unnecessary when you are already giving them the garage to stay in. The reality is that many animals find kennels to be comforting. Consider offering your animal a kennel to feel safe and comfortable even if you don’t close them inside it. This will allow your pet to stay warmer in the colder months, feel safe, and have a comfortable place to sleep. Give them some comfortable padding and a blanket over the top to keep it dark.

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High Shelving
Investing in some high shelves will be extremely useful once you’ve converted your garage into a pet sanctuary. In order to maintain areas in your garage for home improvement or vehicle maintenance, high shelving is an area to keep vehicle fluids, paints, and other chemicals that are harmful. For tools, add a hanging board that is high enough to keep your pet away; also, be sure it is securely fastened to the wall.
Before allowing your pet to take over the garage, take the important steps to making sure your garage is a pet friendly place for them. Remove safety hazards, make it a comfortable place, and agree to kick the car out of its spot to make room for your four-legged friends.

garage4Author Bio: Chelsy is a writer from Montana who is now living in Boise, Idaho. She graduated with her journalism degree from the University of Montana in 2012. She is happiest cuddling with her angsty cat, throwing a Frisbee with her goofy dog, and reading with a glass of wine. Follow her on Twitter!

Prevent Your Dog From Being Stolen

According to the AKC, dog thefts are at an all-time high today. Dogs are stolen for all kinds of reasons: because they’re cute; to resell them, especially if they’re puppies or Toy dogs; for dog fighting; and the list goes on. There’s a surprising trade in dogs stolen out of people’s yards and sent to rescues today, then sold to the public as rescue dogs. These dogs might end up hundreds or thousands of miles from home because of rescue transports. It can be very hard to find your dog if he’s stolen.

Fortunately, there are some precautions you can take to help prevent your dog from being stolen.

At Home

Don’t let your dog off leash or leave him unattended. Keep an eye on your dog at all times. Know where he is and what he’s doing. Of course, it’s not possible to watch your dog every minute. None of us can do that. But don’t let your dog off leash unless you can watch him. Otherwise he might wander away or take off running out of sight. Even when your dog is at home in your yard, check on him frequently. Put a lock on your gate. Make sure that your fences are secure so your dog is less likely to escape. Do keep your dog contained at home and don’t let him wander or roam.

Use Identification. If your dog does get out, make sure he’s wearing a collar with his identification and rabies tags. While a collar can be removed if your dog is stolen, a microchip is permanent. Use a microchip ID for your dog. If your dog is found by an animal shelter or taken to the vet, they have scanners that can pick up the microchip and you can be notified that your dog has been found. You can also use a tattoo for permanent identification.

Breeders should be cautious of buyers visiting their homes. People posing as potential buyers in various cities have stolen dogs and puppies. Be cautious when allowing someone to come to your home. In other cases, homes have been robbed when the breeder was away.

 

When Traveling

Never leave your dog unattended in the car. Dogs have been stolen out of vehicles even if the vehicle is locked.

Don’t tie your dog outside a store or other building. This is a common practice in some big cities like New York but many dogs are stolen this way.

Be watchful. Even when you are in dog-friendly places, keep an eye out for the people and things around you. And watch your dog.

Recovering Your Dog

Make sure you keep your Microchip ID information current. Contact your ID carrier to let them know your dog is missing.

Contact animal control and the police. Contact other pet shelters and rescues in your area.

Have a current photo of your dog. Make fliers and have them ready to go so you can paper the area.

Talk to postal carriers, Fedex, UPS people, school bus drivers, and anyone who knows the neighborhood. They see more than anyone else. Go door to door and talk to neighbors. Talk to convenience store clerks. Talk to everyone.

Check with shelters and rescues everyday. Visit in person. Calling is ineffective.

If you follow these precautions and take these steps, you can prevent your dog from being stolen.

We usually think of our dogs’ paws as tough and able to take everything in stride, if you’ll pardon the pun. And most of the time that’s true. Under normal conditions, such as running and playing in the grass or on dirt, your dog’s paws can do their job. They can support his body and help him go from one place to another without any difficulty. But dogs live all over the earth with their human partners which means they can encounter some adverse conditions. Sometimes it’s necessary to protect your dog’s paws from bad weather, chemicals, and harsh environments.

Weather

One of the most most frequent problems related to a dog’s paws are bad weather conditions. Both extreme heat and icy cold can cause problems for your dog’s paws. In both cases the problem is often made worse by walking on pavement and other city surfaces. Hot pavement can hurt your dog’s paw pads, especially if he has to walk on excessively hot pavement for long periods of time. Your dog’s paws are not as sensitive as your feet, but you should definitely try to avoid hot pavement with your dog if possible.

In the winter, pavement can become icy and it’s hard for dogs to walk on the ice, just as it is for you. In addition, many cities put down de-icing chemicals on pavements and roads which are harmful to dogs if ingested. This means that if your dog licks his paws when he gets home, the chemicals can hurt him. So, if you take your dog for a walk on icy pavements or roads in the winter, be sure to rinse or wash his paws off with warm water when you get home so he won’t lick off these dangerous chemicals.

In both cases – hot and cold pavements – a dog’s paws can become chafed and cracked from walking on these less than ideal surfaces. Fortunately, there are some good products you can use to put on your dog’s paws which will help prevent this kind of chafing and cracking. Look for products for paws that say they toughen or protect a dog’s paws. They usually contain wax or petroleum jelly type ingredients.

Snow

Snow can pose a special problem for longhaired dogs and their paws. It will make little frozen balls between your dog’s toes and paw pads when he walks or plays in it. You can prevent this with some breeds by keeping the hair between the toes and pads trimmed. Or, you can be sure to rinse the paws with warm water when your dog comes in from being out in the snow to make sure the little snow balls melt away.

Paw care

You can also keep your dog’s paws in good shape by trimming the nails regularly. Nails that are allowed to grow too long can ultimately cause your dog problems. There are nail trimmers, clippers, and scissor-style cutters so you can trim your dog’s nails yourself at home. If you start when your dog is young and take off just a small portion each week, most dogs will tolerate the procedure well. If you or your dog hate doing nails, you can have your vet or a pet groomer trim the nails for you.

Booties

Besides bad weather and city living, some dogs live in places where walking can be difficult. Rocky landscapes, lots of snow, and other issues may present problems for a dog’s paws. Old age can also make it hard for a dog to get a good grip with his paws. In these cases, dog booties are often a good idea. You can buy sets of four booties or sets of two and use them only on the back paws. Booties with gore-tex soles are often recommended for better gripping. Booties for dogs can work the same way they do for humans – they protect the dog’s paws and give him added gripping ability. They’re especially good if the dog has to do any climbing and they can help with elderly dogs who sometimes have problems getting their balance on slippery floors.

Even dogs who live in the city can benefit from wearing booties to protect them from hot pavement, ice, and rain.

Keep in mind that some dogs have very tough pads and they probably don’t need to wear booties and only need to have sensible precautions taken to keep their paws safe. Every dog is different. But if you have a dog who does have more sensitive paws, there are some good ways to protect his paws no matter where you live or what the two of you face.

Many of us love to take our dog with us when we shop or run errands. Everybody knows that dogs love to go for a ride. It’s hard to say no when your dog is hopping up and down at the door, begging to go with you. But if your trip involves leaving your dog alone in your vehicle you should stop and think twice before taking him with you. There are dangers in leaving your dog in your vehicle and they can be serious for your dog.

Cars get too hot

Even on cloudy days a warm vehicle can quickly become too hot for your dog when you leave him unattended. Even if you leave the windows cracked your dog won’t get enough air or ventilation. And if the sun is out, your dog can die from the heat. Don’t leave your dog in a vehicle if there is even the slightest chance of overheating. Some people leave their air conditioning running but even this isn’t foolproof – air conditioning dies or dogs accidentally bump against buttons and switches to turn it off, leaving them without enough air.

Dogs play with things

Yes, dogs play with door locks, steering wheels, and put cars in reverse. They hit the gas pedal. Dogs seem to think they can drive. The result is usually an expensive driving lesson for your dog and something you have to pay. One poor owner paid $80 for a locksmith when his Collie locked him out of the car with the engine running. The dog rolled down all the windows just as the owner was paying the locksmith. Don’t leave your dog in the car.

Someone could steal your dog

According to the American Kennel Club, dog thefts are at an all-time high. And dogs aren’t just stolen out of people’s yards. Thieves are very happy to steal a nice dog out of your vehicle if you leave your dog unattended. Stolen dogs are often sold as “rescues” and could be transported hundreds or thousands of miles away from home.

Good Samaritans

If you leave your dog in your car, even on a cool day, even if your dog is fine, you’re likely to encounter some Good Samaritan who thinks your dog is in distress. Your dog might be sleeping comfortably in your vehicle, waiting for you to return, but this person might break out your window or call the police trying to be helpful. And, if you have a cute Toy dog who stands at the window making sad eyes at people or barking, your dog will attract lots of attention. Chances are that you will return to your vehicle and there will be a mob hanging around thinking that you are a monster for leaving your little dog alone. A few people might even give you dirty looks or chew you out for leaving your dog in the car. This is a minor danger compared to your dog being injured or stolen, but it’s still unpleasant.

It’s fun to take your dog with you when you go places but it’s best if you can stay in the vehicle with your dog at all times

Benefits of Neutering

In the 1960s and early ’70s in the United States there was a serious problem with pet overpopulation. An estimated 20 million cats and dogs were euthanized in animal shelters each year. At that time most people did not spay or neuter their pets and it wasn’t unusual for pet owners to have unwanted litters of kittens or puppies.

Since that time there has been a great public education campaign to make pet owners more aware of their responsibility when it comes to containing their pets and stopping unwanted litters. Today it’s estimated that 2-3 million cats and dogs are euthanized in animal shelters each year and many of those animals are considered unadoptable because of age or illness. Great strides have been made toward reducing unwanted litters.

According to the American Pet Products Association 2011-2012 National Pet Owners Survey 78 percent of owned dogs are spayed or neutered and 88 percent of owned cats are spayed or neutered. The message about spaying and neutering pets has reached the vast majority of pet owners in the U.S.

Benefits of spaying and neutering
There are a number of benefits to spaying and neutering your dog. According to the Society for Theriogenology (animal reproductive veterinarians) spaying and neutering provide the following benefits:

Health
• Decreased risk of mammary, testicular, and ovarian neoplasia

• Decreased risk of pyometra

• Decreased risk of prostatitis, benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostatic cysts and squamous metaplasia of the prostate

• Decreased incidence of perineal and inguinal hernia and perineal adenoma in neutered male dogs

Behavior
• Inter-dog aggression may be due to competition for available territory or availability of cycling animals

• There is a decreased risk of wandering and being hit by a car in neutered animals

• Sterilization prevents unwanted litters

On the other hand, there are also benefits to keeping your dog intact.

Benefits of keeping your dog intact
• There is a decreased incidence of hemangiosarcoma in intact dogs

• There is a decreased incidence of osteosarcoma in intact dogs

• There is a decreased risk of transitional cell carcinoma in intact dogs

• There is a decreased risk of prostatic adenocarcinoma in intact male dogs compared to gonadectomized male dogs

• There is a decreased incidence of obesity in intact male and female dogs, which may be due at least partly to increased metabolic rate

• There is a decreased incidence of urinary incontinence in intact female dogs (equivocal if bitches are spayed after 5 months but before their first heat)

• There may be a reduced incidence of urinary tract infection in intact female dogs

• There may be a reduced incidence of autoimmune thyroiditis and hypothyroidism in intact male and female dogs

• There is a possibly reduced incidence in diabetes mellitus in intact male dogs

• There is a reduced incidence of cranial cruciate rupture in intact male and female dogs

• There may be a reduced incidence of hip dysplasia in male and female dogs that are not gonadectomized before 5 months of age

Behavior
• There may be less aggression towards people and animals in intact female dogs

• There may be a decreased incidence of cognitive dysfunction in intact male and female dogs

A new study from the University of California at Davis backs up these findings and emphasizes the negative effects of spaying and neutering on hip dysplasia and cancers. http://news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=10498 According to this study, and others, it’s definitely advisable to wait until your dog is older to spay or neuter.

So, while there are definitely some benefits to spaying or neutering your dog and it makes sense for many pet owners, there are also health benefits to keeping a dog intact. You should always talk to your vet about spaying and neutering. Discuss your dog’s overall health, his age, his breed or mix, and any health conditions that might be affected by spaying and neutering. Your dog looks to you to make these decisions for him so find out all you can

Many people are under the impression that all dogs know how to swim, or dog paddle, but that’s not the case. While some breeds are natural swimmers, such as Labrador Retrievers, Newfoundlands, and Portuguese Water Dogs, there are many other breeds and dogs that aren’t physically built for swimming. Many of the brachycephalic breeds (short-nosed) like Pugs and Bulldogs, can have difficulty keeping their head up out of the water or supporting their heavy bodies with their shorter legs. Some dogs need some help in learning to swim. And a life jacket/personal flotation device is a good idea for most dogs.

Fortunately, you can teach most dogs to swim. This is a good idea, especially if you have a pool or if your dog will be spending any time around the water. Knowing how to swim could save his life if he falls in the water. Plus, swimming is a lot of fun for many dogs and they like to be able to join you in the water.

Teaching your dog to swim

Here are some tips to help you teach your dog to swim.

  • Choose a small area. If you have a pool, use the shallow end for teaching your dog at first. If you are using a lake or pond, use an area that is not very deep. Your dog will feel more confident in a shallow area while he learns. You can move to a deeper part of the water as your dog gains confidence.
  • Use a life jacket or vest. Even if your dog is a natural swimmer, it’s usually a good idea to fit him with a colorful safety vest in the water. This is especially important when you are boating or in deeper waters, but it is also a good idea in a swimming pool or pond. Not only does a life jacket provide your dog with some buoyancy, but the colorful vest makes it easy to see your dog if you need to find him quickly in the water. Choose a vest that has a good handle on the back so you can grab your dog from above in case you are in a boat. Jackets come in all sizes and styles so choose one that fits your dog well.
  • Avoid a lot of noise. Work with your dog when it’s quiet and the two of you can focus. You can gently guide or coax your dog into the water. Use your arms to support his stomach and hold his head up in the water. His legs should begin to paddle. You can let him paddle around the shallow water while you guide him. You can gradually let him do more on his own. If he is wearing the life jacket it should help keep him afloat.
  • Be encouraging. Just as with any kind of training it’s important for you to be encouraging. Praise and reward your dog for his efforts. Take treats with you – preferably something that will be okay if it gets wet. Make your dog’s swimming lessons fun.
  • Don’t throw your dog in the water. Some dogs might be scared of the water. Never throw a dog into the water or force them in the water. If you scare your dog he won’t want to swim or get in the water. If your dog doesn’t want to get in the water then just play with him on the edge of the water and encourage him to get his paws wet. He may eventually want to get in the water. But don’t force him.

 

  • Keep supporting your dog. Continue to support your dog’s middle and his hind legs until he starts paddling. Once your dog gets the hang of swimming he should be okay, but stay nearby
  • Show your dog how to get out. This is very important, especially if you have a swimming pool. Teach your dog where the steps are and how to get out of the pool. Many dogs drown each year because they fall into pools and they don’t know how to get out. Swim with your dog to the steps again and again and make sure that he knows where to exit the pool.
  • Watch your dog. Don’t leave your dog unattended. Don’t allow your dog to swim without you. Even if you are together, keep checking on your dog. A dog (or anyone) can drown quickly, so keep your eye on your dog when he’s in the water.

If you follow these suggestions you should be able to teach your dog to swim and keep him safe. Most dogs love to swim even if they aren’t natural swimmers. So, head to the water with your dog and have a great time!

Safety Tips for Your Dog on Halloween

Halloween is a fun time for people and for pets but there can also be some risks on this spooky night, especially for your dog. Here are some things to be aware of so your dog will have a good time, too.

Halloween parties. If you plan to have a party or any kind of gathering at your home on Halloween, don’t allow your dog to become stressed out. Not every dog enjoys being in the midst of a group of rowdy humans. Give your dog a quiet place to sleep, such as your bedroom, and close the door during the party. Leave him with lots of toys and safe things to chew on, and check on him often. If your dog enjoys being around people you should still keep an eye on him during the gathering to make sure he’s not becoming too tired or overly excited. Make sure guests don’t give your dog chocolate, candy, or other foods that are bad for dogs.

Chocolate. Most dog owners know that chocolate is a no-no for dogs. It contains a substance called theobromine which can be toxic to dogs if they eat enough of it – and it doesn’t take a lot to be harmful to a small dog. Theobromine is also found in coffee, tea, and cola beverages so you shouldn’t allow your dog to drink any of these beverages either. Halloween can be a dangerous time for dogs because of all the chocolate and other candies at hand. Be sure you don’t leave chocolate where your dog can get it. Non-chocolate candies can contain sugar which your dog doesn’t need, or xylitol, a sugar substitute which is bad for dogs. Raisins and grapes can also be toxic to dogs. So be very careful about giving any Halloween treats to dogs. Stick to doggy treats.

Doorbells and people at the door. On Halloween night your dog could become stressed out by the doorbell ringing constantly and people showing up at the door. If you have a lot of visitors at your door and your dog is becoming upset or too worked up, consider crating him or putting him in another part of the house where he won’t be near the door opening and closing.

Costumed strangers. Your dog might become upset at the sight of strangers in costume. Afterall, some costumes can be very surprising! Keep your dog calm. Remember to keep your dog leashed if you leave the house.

Jack o’ Lanterns. Jack o’ Lanterns and candles can be fire hazards if you have a dog. Even a happily wagging tail can knock over a candle and set things on fire. If you will be using a Jack o’ Lantern, consider using a flashlight inside. It’s safer, even if it’s less traditional.

Keep your dog inside. For his safety, keep your dog inside on Halloween. Unfortunately, there are people who like to play pranks on Halloween and some of them can be cruel. Keep your dog safely indoors on Halloween.

Halloween costumes
. Halloween costumes can be lots of fun but if your pet is going to wear one, make sure that it is comfortable for him and don’t leave him unattended. Many dogs will chew a costume or rip it off when you aren’t looking. It’s possible that your dog could hurt himself if you don’t supervise him.

Use these tips to have a happy and safe Halloween with your dog and he’ll have a howlingly fun time!