Are You Feeding Your Dog the Right Amount?

Having a dog is one of life’s greatest joys. Enjoying time with your furry friend is so easy – but feeding them can feel complicated. A good diet is one of the most important ways that we keep our pets healthy, and it can be hard to know if you’re feeding your dog the right amount. Why Is Getting It Right Important? Food is central to dogs’ health and feeding them well is the best way to maintain good nutrition and body weight. Underfeeding can lead to issues like vitamin deficits, malnutrition, and even starvation – but overfilling the bowl comes with risks, too. Overfeeding can cause dogs to become overweight and obese. While chubby dogs may seem cute, dogs that are overweight have shorter life spans and are more likely to suffer from all sorts of illnesses including arthritis, diabetes, and even cancer. Making sure that your dog stays fit, trim, and active will help them live long, healthy, and happy lives. How to Measure So, how do you know how much to dish out? Here are some considerations to help you figure out the right amount for your dog: -Body Weight: The most basic way to calculate how much to feed your dog is by body weight. Each type of food has a recommended daily feeding amount based on how much your dog weighs. For instance, if your dog weighs 6 lbs., the recommended amount might be ½ cup a day – but if your dog weighs 60 lbs., that number would be 3 cups.  While bodyweight is a good place to start, it’s not the only...

Why You Should Adopt vs. Shop for Your Dog

Adding a new member to the family is an exciting thing. Dogs bring fun, companionship, and joy to our lives for many years. Before you head off to the pet store to make this commitment, though, check out this list of reasons why you should adopt vs. shop for your dog. Adopting Saves Lives The biggest reason why you should adopt is the most obvious: when you adopt an animal from a shelter, you just might save that animal’s life. Shelters work hard to protect all types of animals but, sometimes, there are just too many dogs to take care of. Dogs are often euthanized if they don’t get adopted – you can help prevent this tragedy and give a loving home to an animal in need. It Costs Less When you go to a pet store or shop online for a designer dog, you might pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Adopting costs a fraction of the price – and you’ll still get the perfect pooch! Not only is adopting cheaper but shelters usually cover the cost of a bunch of services like vaccinations, microchipping, and spaying or neutering, too. Shelter Dogs Have History – and That’s Good! Shelter dogs get a bad rap, but their reputation couldn’t be further from the truth. Dogs are often brought to the shelter from a previous home where they learned how to interact with adults, kids, and other animals. Shelter dogs have all sorts of personalities – playful, cuddly, hard-working, sensitive – and many of them are already house trained! If you need assistance training your dog, the experts at...

Baby Steps to Socializing Your Puppy

While new puppy owners are told that socializing their puppies is important, and it is, this can often lead to distressing situations for your new family member – which is the opposite of the point. Here are some steps to take to start socializing your puppy in a way that will make him feel safe as well as provide you with the desired response: Shadow a Puppy Class If you think a puppy class might be the best route for your pup, shadow the class first. Do not bring your dog with you. You want to look at the size of the class, the size of the other dogs, as well as the location, noise levels, and types of instruction. Pay special attention to any signs of stress for dogs (or other owners), as you definitely don’t want to put your pup in a stressful situation. Learn Your Pup’s Body Language Before you start socializing your pup regularly, you’ll want to make sure you can identify when he feels unsafe. If he has a wagging tail and a soft eye expression, he probably feels good. If he plants his feet and refuses to walk, respect his reluctance. Pushing him into an experience that makes him feel scared or unsafe will have the opposite effect from teaching him to be outgoing and accepting of new situations. Avoid Other Dogs – At First Unless it is a dog that you know, keep your pup at bay. You don’t know anything about the other dog’s temperament or vaccination history, and the last thing you want is for a strange dog to attack...

Why Crate Training Your Dog is Important

Many people believe that crates are cruel and that it is inhumane to leave a dog in a crate. However, when used properly, crates are not cruel and can become a great tool for pet owners. Positive crate training will provide many benefits for you and your dog, such as the following. Creating a Safe Space A crate can become a “den” for your dog. It will become his space for when he is feeling stressed, tired, or just needs downtime. If you have children, it is a good idea to teach them that when the dog is in his crate, he is out of bounds and needs to be left alone. Potty Training A properly-sized crate will help your puppy learn bladder and bowel control. Dogs and puppies do not like a soiled bed, so the crate will help your puppy learn this more quickly. Household Safety Letting your dog rest comfortably in his crate while you are not able to supervise is a huge plus. It will keep him safe, as well as you if you are moving around and having him underfoot could cause you to trip and fall. It also protects any objects that he may want to play with from getting destroyed while you are unable to watch him. Additionally, when you are away from home, your dog can relax comfortably in his crate where he cannot destroy or damage things in the home. Easier Vet Visits While many dogs learn to be uneasy at the vet pretty quickly, having a crate that your dog loves will make it easier to convince him to...

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...
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