Pumpkin Season… For Your Dog, Too!

The temperatures outside are starting to drop, the leaves are slowly dancing their way from tree branches to the ground, and school is back in session; Fall is finally here!… And guess what, you’re not the only one that enjoys a daily dose of pumpkin spice! Did you know that your dog may also be a big fan of pumpkin? Although, they may not crave it for its tasty flavor, but rather the benefits it provides for their health. So, what is it about pumpkin that makes it good for your dog? How Pumpkin is Beneficial for Your Dog Although dogs aren’t going to sit at Starbucks with you and sip on a pumpkin spiced latte, they can benefit from small amounts of canned pumpkin supplemented into their diet. Research has shown that pumpkin can be used as a remedy for an upset stomach, promote a shiny coat and even improve your dog’s immune system. Pumpkin has many nutrients that can be beneficial to your pet. It is high in fiber, low in fat and cholesterol, and loaded with beta-carotene, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc and vitamin A and C. The fiber helps regulate their digestive tract, which is helpful if your dog is experiencing constipation or diarrhea. Additionally, the oils found in pumpkin seeds can support urinary health. Lastly, if your dog is a bit overweight, pumpkin is low in calories, so it may be a good dietary supplement to help your dog shed a few pounds. How Much Pumpkin Should Dogs Eat? Depending on the size of your dog, the amount of pumpkin that they will need in...

Integrating a Second Dog Into Your Home

If you’re anything like us, once you have one dog, you just keep wanting more! You couldn’t get enough of their puppy days before they grew up…It’s almost like baby fever for us dog lovers. And after all, wouldn’t your dog love a friend to play with when you’re out? Adding a second dog can mean double the cuteness… but it can quickly turn into double the trouble, if he’s not properly integrated into your home. Just as there are steps you need to take in order to “puppy proof” your home when getting a first dog, there are steps that need to be taken to make the adjustment smooth for both the new dog and your beloved first furry friend. If you do choose to get a second dog, take precautions, and avoid these common mistakes to ensure that both dogs will be healthy and happy in their environment. Common Mistakes When Getting a Second Dog:   1.Getting two dogs of the same sex and breed Who doesn’t love twins, right? Wrong. Although it may be adorable to walk around with two dogs that are almost identical, you’ll probably realize that there is quite a bit of tension between the two. Studies have shown that two dogs in the same household of the same sex and breed are much more likely to have inter-dog aggression. Since they have the same “hardwired” behaviors, it will take a lot of work in the training phase. When it comes to dogs, opposites certainly attract. Try getting a second dog whose behaviors will complement those of the first dog. 2. The two...

Tips for Trimming Your Dog’s Nails

Many people avoid trimming their dog’s nails because they know what a hassle it can be, and they may even fear that they will hurt them. However, it is actually much more painful for your dog to be walking around with long toenails. When a dog’s nails get too long and start touching the floors when they walk, the hard surface will push the nail back into the nailbed. This can cause your dog to walk differently to compensate for the pain, which will have further consequences to their health. Therefore, it is essential to trim your dog’s nails on a regular basis. To make the process go smoothly, try out some of our tips and tricks to make it less painful for you, and your dog. Use a quality tool While this may seem obvious, choosing a pair of clippers that is compatible with your dog’s nails is one of the most important factors to a successful nail trim. Choose a durable tool that is easy for you to use, and ensures the safety of your dog’s nails. If your dog has large, thick nails you may opt for a large plier-style clipper. If you have a smaller dog, guillotine and scissor style clippers may work just as well. Some owners and animal professionals even prefer to use a Dremel tool to grind the nails down instead. Your dog might favor this too, as it won’t squeeze the nail. However, some may be frightened by the noise and strange sensation, so be sure to start slowly with this method. Bathe first Trimming the nails after a bath is...

Housekeeping & Cleaning Tips For Dog Owners

Our beloved furry friends bring us so much joy, but they can also create so much work for us. Between making sure they don’t chew up your household items, taking them out so they don’t pee on the carpet, etc… It can be exhausting! And at the end of the day, you probably still feel like your house is a mess. No matter how hard you try, there’s still dog hair everywhere, drool stains, and scratch marks that you simply don’t know how to get rid of. We’ve put together a few handy tips and tricks to make cleaning your home a bit easier. Picking Up Dog Hair This one is probably the most time consuming, because it is never ending! But don’t waste time painstakingly picking up excess dog hair by hand, there are a few different tactics that you can try to save yourself time! First, dryer sheets work like magic to pick up dog hair from fabric. Just rub the dryer sheet over the couch, recliners, or any other surface and the hair will cling right to it! Rubber gloves are another great method. Put a pair on and do a quick sweep of your hands across dirty surfaces.  If you’re finding lots of hair in the carpet, it may sound odd, but try a window squeegee. Scrape it along the carpet and it’ll work wonders to pick up excess fur. For excess dog hair on your clothing, try a roll of packing tape. You’ll quickly find that this is a great alternative to a lint roller! Cleaning Pet Urine If you have a pet that...

The Rules of Positive Reinforcement

When training your dog and teaching him basic commands, positive reinforcement can be a highly beneficial tactic to use. Dogs love a good treat, so it is an effective way for them to learn behaviors that you want them to know. However, if positive reinforcement is used incorrectly, it can actually confuse your dog and lead him to pick up some bad habits without you even realizing. We’ve laid out a few simple rules for you and your dog to follow, to avoid confusion and have successful training sessions. Timing is everything Dogs have a fairly short attention span, so it’s important to reward them on “dog-time.” Be sure that the positive reinforcement happens immediately following the good action. This ensures that they know exactly which action you are happy with, and they will be likely to do it again in the future. A delayed reward could confuse them into associating the wrong action with the positive reaction. For example, if you tell your dog to sit and you wait to reward him until he stands, he will think that by “sit” you actually want him to stand. It is essential that they are able to understand which actions you are praising. When to give treats When using positive reinforcement, it’s important to know how often you should be treating your pet. After all, the end goal is to get him to do the behavior on his own out of instinct. When your pet is first learning a new behavior, you should use “continuous reinforcement,” rewarding him every time he does the behavior. As your pet starts to understand...
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