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When it comes to dog food, a lot of people take advantage of how undiscerning a dog’s taste is. After all, a bag of whatever is being advertised on television and presented in abundance at national grocery stores seems to make your pup happy, right? Why think too much about it?

The problem is that a lot of the most popular dog food brands are actually pretty unhealthy for your furry friend. In fact, it’s basically junk food. Most of the stuff from P&G isn’t that good, and perennial food-business villains Nestlé have some pretty low-quality stuff that’s among the best-selling dog food in the country.

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So what’s a dog owner to do? Perhaps the best thing you can do is take matters into your own hands. Which, yes, means cooking your dog’s meals yourself! You may think this couldn’t possibly be simple – after all, there’s always a big line being drawn between “dog food” and “people food” – but it’s actually a very smart and realistic move. It’s not just about pampering your dog – it’s about keeping your dog healthy! Here are the things you need to keep in mind if you’re interested.

Speak with a vet

Vets have sometimes been known to tell you that home cooking for a pet is way too complex. This is usually for one of two reasons: it’s easier to dismiss the idea instead of actually outlining methods to the pet owner (vets often aren’t very trusting of the owners!), and the clinic wants to get you to buy the food they sell on-site! But, for the most part, vets will be very responsive and will help you figure out a food strategy.

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Preserving nutrients

When it comes to home cooking for your dog, the key is in making sure the food has all the nutrients that a dog needs in abundance. Magnesium, iron, calcium, phosphorus, copper are just a few of the minerals it needs. Carbs and fats are also essential, as is plenty of protein! That’s why you need to be pretty precise when you work with recipes. Those recipes are carefully constructed, from the ingredient choice to the cooking method and time. This helps preserve all the necessary nutrients!

Keeping it safe

Before you serve up a home-cooked meal with a side of dog tea, you need to make sure you’re using safe ingredients. Pasta, rice, meat, most vegetables, bread – there’s plenty of “people food” out there that dogs can handle (and love!). But you need to make sure there are no ingredients that are famously toxic to dogs, such as tomato, garlic, onions, caffeine, and artificial sweeteners. You should also ensure you’re weighing your dog so you’re not overfeeding or underfeeding it.

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A watchful eye

Most people who home cook for their dog usually do so four or five times a week, and this is perfectly fine. (Many do so pretty much exclusively, which can work!) However, you must make sure you’re keeping an eye on your dog’s health and weight over the first few weeks when you change up their diet in any way. This will help alert you to any potential problems as soon as they appear, so you can start making suitable tweaks to the diet.

 

Most people that have pet dogs will live with other people. Either they live with friends, a partner, or family. This makes owning a dog a lot easier as there are always other people around to help out. If you’re not there to look after it and feed it, then you’ve got helping hands to ensure your dog doesn’t get neglected.

Having said that, there are loads of people out there that live on their own and still have a dog. It’s not impossible to look after a dog on your own, it’s just a little bit harder. You have to do everything yourself, and you run the risk of making your dog feel neglected when it’s on its own, and you’re at work for most of the day.

You shouldn’t be discouraged from not getting a dog if you live on your own. They’re wonderful pets and can provide you with constant company. What you should do is focus on ways to make dog ownership easier when you’re on your own, for the sake of both you and your dog.

So, here are some essential tips you should look at if you live alone and own a dog or are considering owning a dog:

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Find A Dog Walker

Right off the bat, you should address a big issue for people living alone with a dog; how will you walk your dog? If you’re out all day and there’s nobody home, your dog is left inside all on their own without any way of getting out for some exercise. Remember, dogs need to be walked at least once a day, some breeds even require more walks than that.

 

So, the easy solution is to find a dog walker to take care of this for you. They can pop round your house while you’re out (give them a spare key) and take your dog for a walk. You could possibly look for a dog walking team in your area too. I know there are lots of companies offering dog walking services specifically for people that can’t find the time to walk their dog. It doesn’t matter whether you get a neighbour to do it, a family member, a friend, or a dog walking company. All that matters is that someone can walk your dog while you’re not there.

Always Leave Food & Water Before You Leave

Another huge problem with living alone is that you don’t have any way of feeding your dog while you’re at work. Some people might think it’s fine to feed them before you go and just leave them until you get back for their second feeding. The thing is, your dog might not be hungry before you go to work, and they also might get hungry during the day.

 

The solution is simple, always fill their food bowl up with food before you head to work. Make sure you leave enough in there for more than one meal. This way, your dog can eat some of the food whenever they’re hungry. They can leave some for later during the day and go back to it when they need to. Also, water is an absolute must. Fill up a big bowl full of water to ensure they can stay hydrated throughout the day.

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Get A Dog Door

You’ve all heard of cat flaps, well, a dog door is essentially a bigger version of a cat flap made for dogs. They’ll ensure your dog can go outside whenever they want without you needing to open a door for them. This is essential for anyone with a back garden, you need to get a dog door installed on your back door.

Dogs aren’t meant to be stuck inside all day, and they might want to go outside and enjoy the fresh air. Especially if it’s warm and they’re getting hot in the house. Side note: also ensure that you leave windows open and the heating off during hot weather, you don’t want to leave your dog inside your house when it’s warm. Back to the point, with a dog door, they can go into your back garden if they get bored of being outside. It gives them a sense of freedom, and they’ll feel less confined and trapped.

Consider A Dog Sitter

If you’re really worried about leaving your dog alone, then you can get a dog sitter. This is someone who’ll come to your house and look after your dog while you’re at work. It’s best to employ someone you can trust to do this job, as you don’t want a random person alone in your house all day long.

It shouldn’t be hard to find a dog sitter you trust as loads of people love dogs and would kill to spend the day with one. Saying that you don’t need to get one to stay the whole day. Instead, you could ensure someone pops to your house and spends an hour or two looking after your dog and making sure they’re okay. They could even refill the water and food bowls if your dog has eaten everything.

 

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

 

Keep your Cool

 

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

 

Give Them Enough Time to Adjust

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

 

Try to Be Home in the First Week

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

How To Care For Your Aging Dog

It may seem like yesterday that your dog was a puppy, staggering around the carpet on uncertain legs, and getting itself into all kinds of trouble by exploring its new home. However, just like humans, all dogs grow old, and their health will start to deteriorate. If your furry friend is starting to get into its senior years, it’s essential you know what to expect. Here are some pointers for caring for an elderly dog…

 

Schedule Regular Trips to the Vet

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At the very least, you need to make sure your dog is being examined once per year, even if it appears to be totally healthy. Many diseases that affect dogs can be completely undetectable to an untrained person. Aside from that, your vet will be able to tell you about the kinds of conditions your dog is at risk of, and how you can minimise their chances of getting them. It’s much cheaper to prevent diseases than to actually have them treated.

 

Ask for a Body Condition Evaluation in Each Visit

 

Having your dog’s body condition evaluated is essential when you want to determine if your pet is overweight, underweight, or just about right. Your veterinarian may be able to teach you how to check your dog’s body condition yourself. Still, it’s good to make a point of asking your vet for this procedure just to be safe.

Give Them the Right Food

 

Older dogs are more susceptible to conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, skin disease and similar worrying health problems. To prevent these, your vet will be able to give you some guidelines for the kind of diet you should be setting for your dog. This is especially important for overweight dogs, as they have to be fed very carefully to ensure they get all the nutrients they need, while still allowing for enough weight loss. Even if your dog is a healthy weight, it’s very important to make sure they’re getting a nutritious enough diet. You can read more about this at FeedMyOldDog.com .

 

Take Care of Their Mouth

 

Brushing your dog’s teeth may seem like a bizarre, not to mention very difficult task. However, it can be a very important routine for maintaining a dog’s health as it ages. If you’ve never done this before, you can ask your vet to walk you through it during your next visit, or read guides like the one on banfield.com. As you can imagine, some dogs are more receptive to having their teeth brushed than others! If your pet won’t let you brush their teeth, there are various dental treats and toys that can help to maintain their oral health.

 

Get Some Exercise In!

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Obviously, every dog needs a decent amount of exercise to maintain healthy joints and muscles. However, you should still be tailoring their walkies schedule to their unique needs. Larger breeds could do a walk around the block in their sleep, but with breeds like a Chihuahua, a brisk loop around the corner could be like running a marathon! Again, ask your vet for guidance, and stick to an exercise quota meticulously.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Get Yourself A Pet Sitter

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

 

Find A Friend

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

 

Call On A Kennel

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

 

Take Them With You

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

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Taking your puppy on their first holiday can be one of the most exciting times for you and them. The chance to build memories together, explore a new place, strut along the streets of a quaint city or dance along the sands of an ocean view. But as idyllic as all these sounds, there is one major stress that you need to be wary of; packing their suitcase.

 

Of course, having a dog that’s okay travelling helps, but leaving something necessary behind is the thing of nightmares. That’s why it is important you have a checklist to work to, something visual that you can call on and tick off. As for the contents of this checklist, just read on:

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Make Sure People Know Who To Call

The most important thing above all is their collar and your address, which makes it the first thing you should pack and the only thing worth constantly checking you have. If you don’t already have an address disc, then it is well worth getting one done before you leave. This should have their name, your address and your telephone number on it. It is also worth checking that your collar can’t come off accidentally. The reason all this is so important is that you’ll be visiting a different place and, should you become separated, they won’t know their way home.

 

We All Love Our Own Beds

If you’re hoping to enjoy a series of relaxing evenings while you are away, then you best make sure your pooch has their creature comforts too, and this means their bedding. This will be the very thing that helps them get all settled and snuggled while they are in unfamiliar territory. Another quick thing to point out is, a lot of hotels don’t like the idea of them sleeping on the bed. We say go for it – it’s their holiday too – but have a bed to wave as you go by to stop them asking questions.

 

All The Fun And Games They Could Want

It’s a new place for them, a new adventure, so why not add some news toys into the mix. The choice of playthings seems to grow quicker than Youtube’s library, which means it can be pretty daunting know what is out there and what you should go with. But if you look at what the experts are selling, places like getdogtoys.com, you’ll be able to come to a pretty informed decision and buy your pooch the perfect going away present to play with when you are away.

 

A Dog’s Gotta Eat

Chances are, your dog has gotta a favorite food, and maybe a favorite brand of food and, well, they do deserve the best. That is why it is so important that you pack enough for your whole stay. After all, you wouldn’t want to get to your destination and find out they don’t stock your puppy’s preference. If you want to know what others consider the best food to be then just look at this list by stories.barkpost.com. The same goes for snacks. Of course, it is all about their preference (although that would be enough reason) because a new food could see them get an upset tummy, and an upset tummy could ruin your holiday.

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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Valentine’s day is right around the corner and with that brings all the mushy, gooey love-stuff that couples can enjoy together. However, if you find yourself lacking in the “date-department” have no worries, your canine companion would love to spend the day with you.

Here are five fun and engaging activities to help you celebrate Valentine’s day with your bff.

  1. Enjoy a Spa Day

Nothing makes a day brighter than being pampered at a spa. Take advantage of this special day with a massage, a new hairstyle and even some much needed work on those “neglected” nails. After your pup is finished being pampered, treat yourself to your own spa session. You’ll feel great and your dog will look awesome, too.

  1. Valentine’s Day Play Date

Now that both you and your pooch are looking your best, why not meet up with some other pet parents for a Valentine’s day play date? Both outdoor and indoor dog parks are a great place for your furry friend to be off-leash and to socialize with other pups. Plus, many of these facilities (especially indoor) offer different activities for your pet to do like obstacle courses that will give your dog a full-body workout.

While your pup is playing, take the opportunity to meet new pet parents that may not have a special someone on this day either. Who knows? You might just make a connection.

  1. Pet Friendly Restaurants/Cafes

After your dog has run off some steam, treat yourself (and perhaps that new someone) to a coffee or even a meal at a pet-friendly restaurant or cafe. These canine-inviting establishments are popping up more-and-more and will allow your dog to join you on their porches or outside venues. Some may even allow the pets inside, but be sure to check before you enter with your dog.

  1. Pet Store Shopping Spree

After you’ve had a satisfying nibble, take a trip to your local pet shop (don’t forget to invite your new friend) for a pet store shopping spree. Most pet retailers welcome animals inside the store and may even show it my giving your pup a treat or two. And since it is Valentine’s day, pamper your pooch with a new heart-shaped or Valentine-inspired squeaky toy (or perhaps even a tug-toy made-for-two?) to commemorate the day.

  1. Homemade Doggy Treats

A special day calls for a special dog-friendly homemade treat, so instead of purchasing dog biscuits, bake your own. There are many easy DIY dog biscuits that you can whip up in no time. Your dog will love the wholesome, yet delicious treats that you made with love. Plus, it’s a nice way to spend a quiet evening or to get to know that special someone.

Valentine’s Day With Your Dog Could Be Amazing!

Spending quality time with your canine companion is always a great way to spend the day. Your dog will love the pampering, the socialization and the awesome treats. Plus, you never know when or where cupid’s arrow might strike next…this Valentine’s day with your dog could be amazing!

 

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Sandie lee is a freelance writer that enjoys spending time with her three rescue cats. She hails from a smallish town in Ontario Canada which the residents jokingly refer to as the place with only two seasons; winter and not winter.