5 Fall Activities Your Dog Will Love

Dog owners love their pets like children and that includes wanting them to have fun all year round! There’s no shortage of fun fall activities for humans, but what about for your dog? There are plenty of fall-themed activities your dog will love that you haven’t thought of yet but don’t worry, we’re here to help!  An Autumn Hike There’s nothing better than going out for a hike to admire the changing leaves and cooler temperatures. Just as much as you love an autumn hike, your dog will love it even more! Find a trail that has plenty of beautiful scenery, grab the leash, and let nature lead the way. Your pet will get to sniff, run, and play in a space much bigger than the backyard.  Apple Picking Apple picking is an essential fall activity for people of all ages, but your dog shouldn’t be left out of the fun! Apple orchards are an outdoor activity so bringing the dog along will be as easy as ever. Make sure to keep your dog on the leash so they don’t disturb other apple pickers. You can even use some of the apples you pick to make homemade dog treats!  Hayrides If your dog loves car rides then they’re sure to love hayrides even more. Look for a fall farm near you that’s pet-friendly and bring your dog along while you take a ride around on some hay bales! They’ll be able to enjoy fresh air on the ride much more than they can just by sticking their head out a car window.  A Fall Photoshoot Dogs love to play...

House Training Your Puppy 

Getting a puppy is an exciting event, but one not so exciting part is house training the puppy. House training is something most pet owners want to achieve as soon as possible to avoid damage to their home and some very smelly messes, but it’s not always an easy task. If you’ve recently gotten a puppy or you’re thinking about getting a puppy, these house-training tips are for you!  The Basics Before you can learn how to house train, you have to have a better understanding of it as a whole. Dogs can’t be house trained until they’re in tune with what their bladder and bowels feel like when they need to know so that they’re able to hold it. Typically, that’s around 12-16 weeks of age but every dog is different. You can expect 4-6 months of house training before your dog is fully house broken. Remember to be patient, have a positive attitude, and spend more time praising the good than punishing the bad while you house train your dog.  House Training Methods There is no easy method of house training. It’s recommended that you take your dog outside first thing in the morning, last thing before bed, after naps, and after meals. Even if they don’t go, at least you’re making outdoors available to them just in case. The rest of the time during the day you’ll need to watch your dog and take them outside whenever it appears, they might need to go. Some people find it’s easier to keep their dog in a crate during this part of the training process.  Knowing When Your...

5 Common Training Mistakes That Lead to Bad Behavior

Training your dog is an enduring experience, requiring patience from you and discipline from your dog. We all make mistakes, but when you’re training your dog, there are common mistakes that can make the process harder than it already is. We’re going to tell you about five common mistakes that every owner may do that leads to bad behaviors. Not Practicing Enough If you don’t practice enough, your dog’s performance will suffer. For some, they take obedience classes, and it goes well. The dog learns, and everyone’s happy. Except, as the days go by, you forget to continually practice with your dog, wondering why it won’t respond to certain commands. Just like how we can get rusty with certain skills or learning material, your dog can too. Don’t make the mistake of not practicing for a few minutes a day until it becomes natural.   Nagging Your Commands In hindsight, it may sound great. Keep repeating your commands, and your dog will listen. Except, your dog will start to take those nagging commands and expect it to be the whole command. For example, telling your dog to sit. If it doesn’t the first time, and you keep saying “sit,” your dog will look for you saying “sit” multiple times before it actually sits. What you should do is say the command once, and if your dog doesn’t respond, either wait or do it again in a different setting.  Mixed Signals Positive reinforcement works unless you mix it with correction-based training. Be careful to not accidentally combine the two, as it can become a confusing atmosphere for your dog. This will cause your dog to...

Teaching Your Dog to Come When Called 

If your dog knows one command, it should be “come.” Bringing your dog in public and letting him off the leash somewhere such as the park can be scary, but trusting that your dog will come to you when called, will help put you at ease. It is crucial for both of your safety that he knows this command. Dogs are notorious for chasing squirrels, running after a noise they hear in the woods, etc. However, what if that noise happened to be a bigger animal than he thought? Once you recognize that he may be in danger and you yell for him to come, it’s crucial that you’re confident that he will come immediately. This is a command that could potentially save his life. So how can you teach him this important skill? Check out some of our tips below to get started!  Start Inside Keep it simple at first; Start indoors, where there are minimal distractions, and not far for your dog to go. It’s important to take baby steps with your puppy and remember that he can’t go from a kindergarten level to high school overnight. Build up the confidence in your dog indoors, before bringing it outside to practice.  Make it Positive This is an important tip, no matter what skill you’re teaching. When you call your dog to come, he’s more likely to do so if he knows he’ll be rewarded when he gets to you. If you scold him, punish him, or do anything he perceives as negative when he comes to you, he’s going to start associating that with the word “come.”...

4 Most Common Health Problems in Dogs

Dogs are one of the most loyal and loving additions you can add to your family. A new furry friend is a lot of fun, but it’s also a lot of responsibility. Your dog depends on you to recognize and treat health problems they may be suffering from. They can’t use words to express pain or symptoms they’re feeling, so it’s up to you to be aware of the warning signs. Ear Infections Ear infections in dogs are extremely common and have many potential causes. Allergies, bacteria build-up, and hair growth deep in the ear are a few of the most common culprits for canine ear infections. Luckily, ear infections in dogs can be easily treated with antibiotic drops if it’s caught early. If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog, it’s time to schedule an appointment with the vet. Head shaking Lack of balance Ear scratching Discharge from the ear Worms Worms are something that can be easily prevented in dogs, but many dog owners fail to take those preventative measures until it’s too late. Worms are an internal parasite that lives in the digestive tract of your pooch. Treatment methods will vary slightly depending on the severity of the condition, but it’s typically a quick and easy fix with a trip to the vet. Signs of worms in your dog include: Vomiting Diarrhea Lack of appetite Scooting bottom against the floor Fleas Fleas are something that every pet owner is familiar with. They multiply and spread very quickly, so catching a flea problem early is the key to protecting your pup. Fleas are commonly picked...
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