Dogs and exercise

Best Practises When it Comes to Dogs and Exercise

Dogs, like human beings, need to stay healthy in order to perform at their best. It is very important that, as a dog owner, you speak to your veterinary doctor to help you determine the best practices when it comes to your dogs and exercise. Your need to provide a balanced diet for your pet, research and maintain a program for Physical and mental training for dogs and in this way you will have a happy loyal and healthy companion. Reading the temperament of your canine friend is also important, if you notice the dog developing some sort of destructive tendencies then he or she might be lacking the right amount of exercise. Different breeds of dogs require varied types of exercise regimes. Breeds like Bulldogs, Labradors, Pugs and Rottweilers require more than just a walk around the block in order to keep healthy. Try and incorporate other rigorous activities such as playing catch or Frisbee with the dog or maybe taking it to the park to play with other dogs. When it comes to your dogs and exercise, you must always try to choose activities based on the breed that you own.

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A dog's dinner

A dog’s dinner: Take me with you to the pub!

As a dog owner you are filled with joy every time your dog tucks into his or her food. It is for this reason that you go out of your way to ensure that your dog feeds well and on time. A dog’s dinner includes a healthy serving of quality dog food and supplements. You can substitute dog food with fresh meat for the occasional change. Fresh meat has a high water content compared to typical dog food, and that’s good for your dog’s health. A dog’s dinner should also include plenty of fresh water for proper digestion. You can manage all this from the comfort of your home, but what if you plan to go to the pub and you don’t want to leave your dog behind? There are a lot of dog-friendly pubs that you can go to and your dog will be comfortable and well fed there. These pubs have food that you can feed your dog. They are quite spacious as well, so your dog is free to move around.

Tips to avoid dog collar injuries

Dog collar injuries

I think that my Mum likes her friend the Vet a lot because we went to see him again today! I don’t normally like going, but today it was great because I got a present on the way home. The Vet told my Mum I was suffering from dog collar injuries and to put my neck collar in the bin. Now I have a brand new, beautiful dog harness. It’s super comfortable, doesn’t hurt my neck and very proud of it I am too! As you know, I love my walks every day. The problem is that I don’t always want to go in the same direction as my Mum does. I get exhausted pulling on the leash sometimes because I smell something really interesting or I want to chase after a cat. The Vet told us that normal dog collars are the cause of many injuries to dogs. I knew this all along because quite often my neck hurts and it makes me cough. Anyway, this is what the Vet told my Mum. Dog collar injuries from leash pulling can include: Thyroid Damage – consistent trauma can eventually lead to inflammation and bruising of the thyroid.Ear And Eye Damage – restriction of the blood flow to the eyes and ears can cause swelling or permanent injury.Nerve Damage to the front legs – can cause your dog to start paw licking due to the tingly feeling in their front paws.Neck Damage – constant lead pulling can actually give your dog a whiplash injury.Tracheal Damage – constriction of the trachea can cause problems and eventual tracheal collapse. So I hope that you now understand like my Mum that dog collars are the cause behind many dog injuries. It’s important that your dog is as comfortable and protected as me. Now let’s go for another walk!

Grooming Salons: Finding the Right One for Your Pet

Grooming Salons: A Spa Day for Your Dog

Do you prefer to groom your cat or dog yourself or have someone else do it? I have done it both ways and I will be honest, I prefer to use grooming salons. And did you know that there are mobile pet salons that come right to you? The idea is great and very convenient but I prefer taking the mess away from home. That’s why I use a pet salon. Grooming salons in the UK are not regulated, however, they do have to provide for your pet’s needs while in their care under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. The British Dog Groomers’ Association can also provide further information regarding what kind of licensing and regulations to look for. The RSPCA website is also a useful resource to help find the right groomer for your pet. And lastly, you can also do an internet search of pet salons in your area along with getting recommendations from other pet owners and friends. You know you’ve found the right one when your cat or dog is happy to go to the salon. I started taking my dog when she was really young in order to get her used to the process. I made it a fun affair with rewards and play so taking her there has never been a problem. In fact, I think she looks forward to her ‘spa’ day. I’ve heard that http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/markets/article-3610706/Pets-Home-create-450-new-jobs-British-public-s-love-cats-dogs-shows-no-sign-waning.htmlPets at Home opening new stores all over the country, which I think is great. The Pets at Home store I’ve been using this past year offers great grooming services. The staff are professional and friendly and my dog goes in wagging her tail. The reasonable prices make me happy too. Let’s hope your pet is as happy as mine to visit the ‘spa’!

On Fostering…

Think seriously about doing this, it is so rewarding on mnay levels

The Imperfect Dog

I am a huge advocate of fostering for several reasons:

  • The obvious: You are actively and literally saving an animal’s life
  • You can gain experience in lots of different training and behavior scenarios
  • You’re giving back to the community and putting things in perspective
  • If you’re looking for an animal to adopt, you can foster until you find the one that fits into your home perfectly
  • It’s rewarding and fulfilling on it’s own and it can make you feel good about yourself
  • You meet and make friendships with other local animal lovers.
  • You get to meet a lot of different animals that are complete sweethearts.

The list goes on, but I’m sure you get the idea.

People frequently say that they could never foster–honestly, fostering is a personal choice and it’s not always easy. But most of the time it’s not that they can’t, it’s that they won’t–or they don’t…

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Animal rescue – How you can help

Animal rescue dogs love to cuddle

As you all know I was abandoned by my mother. Right after I was born I was sent to an animal rescue center. It was a very scary place because I got bullied quite a lot by the other dogs. But even though I was a bit scared, I was very happy that the lovely lady who raised me took me in. Otherwise I could have ended up on the street! Other than me, most of the dogs who lived at the animal rescue came in when they were already adults. Sadly there are a lot of people who discover that, once their lovely puppy turns into a full gown dog, it takes a lot more time and effort to properly take care of the animal. The end result being they throw them out of the house! The lady who raised me took care of those dogs and other animals who for whatever reason end up without a home. However it is not easy to take care of the many animals they come in, and shelters often have limited resources. Therefore they can always use the help of volunteers for cleaning out the pens or giving the animals some extra attention. If you do not have any free time available or do not live near a rescue centre, consider making a donation to your local shelter, you can find your nearest one on this great website with information about animal rescue. I find there is nothing more rewarding than helping out those in need.

Bring you Pet Indoors

 

Smarty pants for dogs now on sale with poppers not velcro
New smarty pants for dogs

Now as you all know humans just do not communicate like we do (pause for a funny image of humans sniffing each others bums) and by the way I sniff you to identify you and normally the crotch cause I cannot reach anywhere else! that is how we identify each other by being nasally orientated. You humans can shake hands or look at each others faces, we sniff.  My mum was discussing this with a neighbour who has just taken a rescue dog in and was concerned she was not understanding it. My mum told this lady about an excellent article that describes the way we communicate.

Well it is that month again, short walks and mum having me on the short lead ‘my season’ again! Mind you I have some new comfy pants from Glendarcy Dog Pants, they have a new and exclusive design with poppers which both my mum and I prefer and they are in a lovely shade of pink. You might even have seen them if you watch Eastenders, Lady Di the bulldog from the pub was wearing them in an old episode. Mum bit of an Eastenders addict.

Before I end the post today I want to remind all you lovely dog owners that it is winter and if you could not sleep outdoors in the cold and wet maybe even snow neither can we. Bring us indoors when it gets too cold and please remember to give us fresh unfrozen water to drink if we have to be outside.

If its too cold for you then it is too cold for you pet... Bring them Indoors
Brrrrrrr (by the way this is not me just some poor dog someone photographed)

Getting rid of Dog Ticks

Dog Tick removal

My mom is my full time companion and my best friend. She wants to be with me all the time and I love her for that. Recently I had an issue with ticks. There were lots of these bugs all over my skin. I hated the sight and was struggling with the itch these awful creatures were causing. Mom took me to a vet and he resolved the issues and also gave mom some simple tips for removing them. He also warned that these ticks can very easily cause serious health problems for me and mom. Using these tips helped mom to remove the ticks from my skin with precision causing very less pain. I wanted to share these awesome tips with you all there. Here are the tips:

  • Remove the ticks while wearing Gloves – Always wear gloves while removing ticks. Ticks can  also bite humans and cause very serious infection. Wearing gloves will protect you.
  • Use light tweezers to tug away – Use tweezers that are used in surgery. Catch hold of the tick and tug gently. Never pry away forcefully. This can cause the tick head to remain and cause infection. Keep on tugging gently and the tick will loosen and ultimately lose its grip on the dog’s skin.
  • Kill and store in alcohol – Put the tick in alcohol. It will kill the bug and you can keep it stored to take it to the vet. Identifying the type of tick is essential for the treatment that follows.

Hair Trims and Troubles

I do like going to the vet, because when I come back, I feel nicer and I know it is good for me and my health. That is what my mum always says- at least when she is driving me to the vet for my injections, and does not want me to be scared. She always says that when she is taking me to get my ears checked, or for injections that I have to get every now and then, but not when I’m going to get what she calls a “hair trim”.

I don’t understand why- my mom bathes and combs me before the hair trim and after. So, I never actually see the difference, but mum is always punctual about getting my hair cut. She drives me to the vet, but not the same person who gives me the injections that are supposed to keep me healthy. She takes me to another person, who cuts my hair and my nails.

Dog grooming

I dislike being here more than at the injection place- after all, there, mum is still with me. When I’m getting my hair trimmed and nails trimmed so often, I’m just left alone, along with the person who is doing my “grooming” as mum calls it sometimes. This makes me feel quite sad and nervous- what if mum has left me here, and this lady was supposed to be my new mum?

But, soon, my mum does come back, and I am happy.

Till the next trip for a hair trim, at least.

Shaggy my best friend

Dog is the best friend

I am really a very dog person, and cannot live without my dog Shaggy. He is my life, a mastiff who is the most beautiful creature in the world for me. He really makes my life complete. Let me tell you a story where Shaggy is the hero. This is the favorite story of my kids. My son has even drawn a drawing of the story. It adorns the walls of my son’s room even today when he is a teenager.

Shaggy is a good dog and brings newspaper from the garden daily and wakes me up. One day he did not come back and I was asleep. I woke up startled when sun came on face through the window. I called shaggy but there was no sound. I went outside and saw Shaggy lying and very still. I was really taken aback and called him. He moved but was not ready to move from the place. My son was playing there and Shaggy was making a very  animal like sounds like”Grrrrr”. I moved towards him and saw a python of almost 7 feet just besides the fence where he was standing. He was actually protecting my son. The python could have harmed it as it was stronger than the dog. However a dog’s nature rules over natural instincts. It will protect the master even putting himself in danger. That is unlike animals, who prefer to avoid danger. Indeed Dogs are unique and Shaggy my darling is the best.