Is your dog making walks miserable by pulling on leash like a mad man? This is one of the most common struggles owners have with their dogs. No matter the size or breed, many dogs tend to pull badly on leash!

In my career as a dog trainer, I have even encountered owners who had to have rotator cuff surgery because their dog was pulling so badly!

Luckily, there are ways to teach your dog (positively!) to walk nicely besides you. Today I will share the top 7 ideas I give to my clients to help with leash pulling.

 

#1 Don’t let your dog pull you

The #1 reason that dogs pull on leash is because it works for them. They get to go on a walk while pulling – they are not sad that they pull or even know they are doing anything wrong! Instead, pulling works great for them. If you truly want to change your dog’s leash pulling habits, don’t let your dog pull you around. In the beginning this will mean that you cannot continue your walks as you have been doing them. Your dog has an ingrained behavioral history of dragging you around – unless we change how we train him, his behavior will not change. While you retrain leash walking, you need to be extremely consistent and not let your dog pull you around.

 

#2 Turn around as soon as your dog pulls

Many dog owners have a general idea of how they can stop leash pulling by turning around as soon as their dog pulls. However, they are not very consistent in applying it. If you own a dog that pulls badly, you will have to turn around every couple feet in the beginning! Your whole walk may only be in front of your driveway, going up and down without ever actually making it around the block at first. That is completely normal. You need to be consistent and turn around as soon as your dog reaches the end of the leash. This is the most effective way to show him that pulling is not going to work anymore in getting to go for a walk!

 

#3 Don’t confuse pulling with reactivity

Dogs that are reactive and dogs that have poor leash manners can look similar. You should not confuse leash pulling with reactivity – these two behavioral issues require very different solutions. If your dog is constantly pulling on the leash regardless of whether dogs and people are around, he most likely has a leash walking problem. If he only pulls on leash when he sees people or dogs (combined with barking and lunging), then he might need to have behavioral training for leash-reactivity.

 

#4 Separate training and exercise

If you follow the recommendation to truly turn around as soon as your dog pulls, you will not make it very far. Perhaps you are concerned about your dog getting enough exercise when you are just walking up and down in front of your house – and you yourself want to get your 3,000 steps in as well!

It is crucial to separate training and exercise when working on leash pulling. It will be impossible to have your dog at the same time learn to not pull and walk ½ mile every day. You need to separate the two – training will be turning around as soon as your dog pulls. Exercise can be playing fetch in the yard, running in an enclosed area with other dogs, going to doggy daycare etc.

Do not attempt to mix training and exercise, because it will not work.

 

#5 Go for walks – many, many walks

The dogs that pull the worst are usually the ones that do not go for walks very often. They may only hit the road 2 or 3 times a week, making each outing a really special occasion! You should strive to “normalize” walks for your dog. The more often you take him on your training walks, the less of a big deal they will become. If you have 30 minutes every day to walk your dog, you will make the best progress if you walk him 4 times for 7 minutes each! As with everything in your dog’s life – rarity makes the walks a huge deal. If your dog gets to go on short walks all the time, they will quickly become “just another walk” and his overall excitement will be much lower.

 

#6 Use treats smartly

You can definitely use treats in your leash training process, but make sure you do it smartly. A big mistake I see is that owners stop when their dog pulls, then the dog walks back to them to take a treat and heads right back to pulling. This is not a behavior chain you want to encourage your dog to form!

Instead, use treats when your dog is already walking nicely by your side. He should only be rewarded for staying in the position, not for dashing back, getting a treat and pulling again.

You should also watch out to always deliver the treats by your side and not in front of you. Otherwise you can end up with an overly motivated dog who always tries to get in front of you and get a treat – this will make walking very tedious.

 

#7 Don’t walk with a super-charged dog

Every dog has times of the day when they are “super-charged”. These are the periods when they have the most energy, usually right after waking up and before going to sleep at night. Walking a wound up dog is going to set you and the dog up for failure. Instead, try to tire out your dog in some other way – by playing with toys or hiding treats around the yard for him to find. Take him for his walks when he has already taken the edge off his energy, this will make it much more enjoyable and successful for the two of you!

 

The Bottom Line

Retraining leash walking comes down to consistency. The most effective way is to turn around every single time that your dog pulls. While this is not fun at all and also won’t allow you to walk your dog on his usual path, it is the best way to show him that pulling won’t let him go where he wants to go. You need to stick to the plan and carry it out several times a day if you want to fix your dog’s leash pulling quickly and with lasting results.

While the retraining process can seem tedious, don’t give up – it will all be worth it when you can walk your dog without having your arm pulled!

Our selection and consideration of food for our furry best friends have been greater than before in this era. While a wide variety of products offer something that would make our puppies happy and full, the buyer is still burdened with a healthier option: A healthier option, wet or dry puppy food?

Both wet and dry foods provide enough nutrients to facilitate healthy development for your puppy and have their advantages and disadvantages.

To give owners a better light in deciding the best option, we have gathered some information about its meaning, variants, and detailed outlines of wet and dry puppy foods.

 

Difference Between Dry and Wet Puppy Foods

The essential difference between dry and wet food products is water content. While most dry puppy foods bear a moisture content of less than 12 percent, this is a small value to an 84 percent moisture content of wet food variants. This contrast will affect the shelf life of the food, as dry puppy food usually lasts longer in storage than wet food.

There are also different claims between wet and dry foods, especially on calorie content. Dry foods would often have higher calorie content per recommended service. This means that puppies might have to consume higher volumes of wet puppy food to get the same level of calories as dry puppy foods.

As for the dental aspect, while wet foods pose no dental harm to our pets, dry foods may pose some challenges if not taken care of. The stiff consistency of dry foods claims to clean the puppy’s teeth and help in filing them down; other claims dictate the puppy food particles may stay stuck to the teeth and start a dental issue.

These issues may not be that big if owners routinely clean and maintain their puppy’s dental health.

 

Dry Puppy Food Advantages

With several contracts, it is easy to determine every pros and con of wet and dry foods. Starting with dry foods, its advantages are crystal clear. They are easy to measure out in proportions to maintain a consistent diet routine. Some variants are even formulated to be the best dry puppy food.

As mentioned earlier, storage is easier for puppy foods and their long expiration period and can be easily stored in secure containers. This means that owners can buy in bulk batches with little waste and good savings. Additionally, dry foods cost less than wet foods, and they match well with lifestyles involving traveling to various places.

Another advantage of dry food is that it is designed to help clean the puppy’s teeth. As most puppy breeds have tooth and gum issues, a portion of dry food may help minimize these conditions. Although this is not always the case, especially if your pet has pre-existing dental issues that could cause pain when chewing.

 

 Dry puppy Food Disadvantages

Most puppy foods have smaller fat content and increased carbohydrate concentration to keep their consistent shape and size. If your puppy is energetic and active, they may need to take in higher amounts of fat than dry food can provide.

And although it is stated that dry foods help in maintaining clean teeth for puppies. Some breeds may not benefit from it due to some dental and facial structures from the breed itself.

 

Wet Puppy Food Advantages

While dry puppy food offers savings, cleanliness, and convenience to the owner, wet foods may bring more advantages to the puppy itself. Most puppies prefer consuming wet food as its taste and smell are more improved and intense than dry puppy foods. In short, wet foods taste better for puppies.

Higher water content brings another advantage for the puppy’s health. Food with more extensive water content can cover a puppy’s fluid needs than dry food. Hence, wet food is incredibly best for pets that don’t drink much during the day. Additionally, for more extensive and slightly overweight pets, wet food is recommended to keep their weight gain to a minimum.

If your puppy loves eating, wet foods can fill them up without exceeding their recommended serving due to their lower energy content per portion. This leads to puppies eating in larger amounts without taking too many calories.

 

Is it Possible to Combine Wet and Dry Foods?

Since both wet and dry foods have contrasting advantages, most owners would often end up merely feeding their pets with wet and dry foods at the same time to maximize their benefits. While this does not mainly make the meal terrible, you should not mix two types of food and serve them at different meal times, as this might end up letting the puppy consume nutrients beyond its recommended serving.

Additionally, owners should be wary of mixing both food types. Those with pre-existing digestive problems or an overall sensitive stomach, which most puppy breeds have, might be affected negatively and cause constipation or diarrhea.

In general, mixing both types in one bowl or having them in alternate sessions does not bring actual benefits to your puppy. If your puppy likes a specific flavor and tolerates it well, you may as well stick with it!

For further assistance, getting a veterinarian for advice is always a good option. The right combination of food types may keep your puppy healthy while sporting a consistent diet and keeping your pet interested in mealtime.

 

Content Matters

What’s important to take note of is the ingredients of both food types. After all, nutrition is essential for puppies. In principle, a food that consists of 70 percent meat and 30 percent of vegetables is enough to cover critical nutritional needs in most cases.

 

Takeaway

No food type is better than the other as both food types benefit the owner and their pet. What’s important is how your food affects puppies eating habits and nutritional intake. Overall, picking the best puppy food depends on whether your puppy loves it, good for their overall health, and fits your lifestyle.

 

Author’s Bio

Courtney John is a freelance writer for animal and pet care for over a decade now. She is also a volunteer dedicated to animal rescue and welfare, working for different organizations all over town. She lives with her two adopted cats and rescue dog.

The first day that you spend with your dog is like a dream come true, as is every moment you share together thereafter. However, the cycle of life rolls on, and your dog will eventually get sick. As much as everyone wants to skip that part, you have to be prepared, and be there for them in their darkest hours.

When your dog is acting differently, you may get confused as to whether they’re just sick or they’re knocking on death’s door. No matter which case you suspect it may be, you should bring your pet to the vet clinic right away to obtain a proper diagnosis. The following are some common signs of a dog dying – or simply falling ill – that you should know about:

 

  1. Loss of Interest

As your dog ages, they show a loss of interest in things that usually make them happy. They may no longer run happily towards you every time you call their name, or ignore their favorite ball when you toss it in their direction; they’re also no longer interested in chasing other dogs when you take them for a walk.

 

  1. Reduced Appetite

If your dog is a happy eater and you notice a pronounced decrease in appetite for a few days, you should immediately be alarmed and bring them to the vet. It could be a sign of old age, or discomfort due to an illness.

You can help to increase your dog’s appetite by hand-feeding, and see if they respond. You should consider switching to softer foods if they’re experiencing discomfort when they chew. If they still refuse to eat, a trip to the vet won’t hurt.

 

  1. Stops Drinking

Always observe your dog’s water intake, as it’s one of the major indicators of illness and death. They may refuse to drink, as they don’t have the energy to do so. They may also become nauseous when they feel the water sloshing around in their belly. If your dog refuses to drink water for more than two or three days, their kidney health may be at risk.

To help them out, always leave a bowl of fresh water right beside them. Try to provide water regularly, by holding the bowl out in front of them. If they still refuse to drink, then you may want to add a natural juice that’s suitable for dogs. This should help to make the water tastier.

 

  1. Difficulty Breathing

If you see your dog having difficulty breathing, such as extending their neck, opening their mouth and gasping, you should take them to the vet immediately.

When your dog has difficulty breathing, it could be a sign that they’re getting nearer to death, and they’re experiencing discomfort with their throat or lungs that they need your help with. Bringing your dog to the vet as quickly as possible will maximize your chances of saving your dog.

 

  1. Restlessness

Always watch your dog’s behavior, especially if they’re getting old. When you notice them having difficulty relaxing or looking consistently anxious, try to make them feel calm and secure.

To help your dog feel better, determine whether they’re feeling hot, cold, hungry, thirsty, or need to change positions. Always talk to your dog gently and calmly, and remind them that you’re with them forever.

 

  1. Decrease in Mobility

Dogs are usually like energetic balls of fur that never stop running around the house, especially if you’ve just come home from a long day at work. However, if your dog barely stands up to greet you, you should be on high alert for a reduction in their activity level.

When you notice that your dog no longer has the energy to stand up and move around the room, it could be because they’re experiencing discomfort with their joints and bones. They may even be developing arthritis, or other joint problems.

Arthritis and joint pains could cause illness, disease or obesity. If your dog refuses to move to the point where you need to lift them, it could be a sign of unseen pain or discomfort, and a good reason to go see the vet.

 

  1. Uncontrollable Urination and Bowel Movements

An obvious sign that your dog is not in their best shape is when they urinate even when they’re not trying to. When your dog suddenly releases urine, even if just lying on the floor, it could be a sign that their kidneys are beginning to shut down. However, older dogs may find it tiring to stand up, so they simply relieve themselves while laying down.

Additionally, your dog could experience uncontrollable bowel movements. Some may find it challenging to stand up and squat to relieve themselves. What they choose to do – similarly to peeing – is to release their stool while laying on the floor.

 

  1. Blue or Extremely Pale Gums

Your dog’s gums should be a healthy shade of pink. If you notice that they’re blue or very pale, it could be a sign of anemia, which is a severe issue that you should tend to immediately.

If your dog’s gums are pink until you press them, and then they turn white for several seconds, this is a clear sign of circulatory collapse, which could eventually lead to death. In this case, make sure that you get the dog seen to as soon as possible.

When it comes to owning a dog, you should always be on the lookout for sudden changes in their behavior, as this could mean that the dog isn’t feeling well. When you notice something unusual or concerning, you should immediately take your pet to the vet for proper diagnosis and treatment.

 

Conclusion

When your pet shows unusual symptoms, bringing them to the vet is a wise decision. Even if you know that your pet will survive, it’s ideal to have them checked out and make sure that everything remains healthy in the long run.

If your dog’s about to pass away, you should give them the love, care, support and companionship that they need. Additionally, you should provide proper care for your dog by giving them healthy meals, regular walking, vitamins and routine vaccination, to keep them healthy and strong all the time. Always spend time with your pet, to make them happy and help them to enjoy a long life under your care.

Dogs naturally have a chase instinct. It is a pleasurable and rewarding activity for them. For this reason, your dog can get into trouble for chasing more giant animals or chasing smaller animals like cats and getting scratched. Dogs are predators, and other animals are regarded as prey. In general, dogs belong to three different categories, i.e., the hunters, the herders, and the non-sporting. Some dogs have a higher prey drive than others. In worst-case scenarios, your dog may kill smaller animals.

For this reason, you must take the necessary precautions to tame this behavior. It may be entirely possible to stop the chasing behavior. It is, however, possible to divert their attention or train them to control their chase instincts. In this article, we share a guide on how to stop a dog from chasing other animals.

 

Keep the prey away in pen and the dog on a leash

It will be wise to keep the chicken in a pen and other livestock that can be locked away. You cannot instruct the dog to sit next to the chicken pen on in the chicken feeding area and not expect it to be triggered. Once the chicken is locked safely in the pen, walk the dog within a distance where the chicken is noticeable but will not be too close to be overstimulated. It would help if you also kept your dog on a leash at all times so that you can have control of their movements. Whenever they feel triggered to give a chase, you respond by restraining them or verbally to train them that No is No! If they ignore the chicken and look at you, reward them.

 

Train your dog to focus

SpiritDog Training wrote in their latest article that dog training requires patience and consistency (source). The best way to train your dog to focus is to have some of their favorite treats at hand. Take them for a walk and be ready to check them whenever they see other animals and want to give a chase. You can train them using a sound or whistle you make, then throw a treat at them when they make eye contact with you. Always keep the treats in the line of eye contact. Do this for as many times as possible or using as many treats as you can get. Over a while, your dog will start to associate the sound or whistle with a treat. This will help them to focus on your instructions. Whenever your dog starts chasing other animals, make the same sound, or say the same words, and they will understand that they need to retreat.

 

Train them using a stuffed animal

If the dog is too aggressive or the animal the dog loves chasing isn’t domesticated, you can train them using a stuffed animal that resembles the animal that they love to chase. This could be a rat, squirrel, or any other stuffed animal. Attach the stuffed animal to a string and shove in front of the dog unexpectedly. You should then drag it around as the dog naturally chases it. As soon as they start chasing, instruct them to leave the stuffed animal. This is the best way to train them to control their chase instincts.

 

Make your dog think you are always watching

Leave a stuffed animal unattended, then watch your dog from a distance. If they attempt to go towards the stuffed animal, shout ‘Leave it’ from across the room. This will make them think you have your eyes on them all the time.

 

Add a bell to your dog’s collar

Some people believe in tying the dead chicken killed by the dog on its neck. This isn’t entirely fair to the dog as the dead chicken may scare the dog or be an intriguing meal for the dog. This is also an act of animal cruelty. Instead of tying the dead animal to the dog’s neck, simply add a bell to their collar. The bell will signal any other animal that the dog is about to give them a chase and notify you about the whereabouts of your dog.

 

Change your walking routine

If there are wild animals along your route, then it would be best to change your routine. Wild animals are most active in the evenings and early mornings. You can opt to walk your dog during the afternoon to avoid running into wild animals and ending up in a chase. Dogs can chase larger animals such as deer and get injured in the process.

 

Keep animals that frequent your yard away

If animals like squirrels and birds frequent your yard, you should get rid of food sources such as grains that attract the animals. You can also use animal repellants to keep these critters away. Some people use orange and lemon peels to repel birds and squirrels.

 

Manage your dog’s energy

One way of controlling your dog is to control their energy. Keep your dog tired, especially before walks, to prevent them from chasing other animals. Walk them regularly to keep them tired. If they are tired, chances are they will be disinterested in chasing.

 

Give them an alternative

Dogs are predatory animals. They love to sniff and smell. Take advantage of this to give them an alternative. You can hide some food treats in several parts of your home and let them sniff and find the food. This game of hide and seek will keep them active and will help satisfy their chasing drive.

 

Observe your dog’s body language

Watch how your dog behaves, and over time, you will tell when they have spotted potential prey. If you take time to observe your dog, you will be able to get some cues when they have spotted an animal and are about to chase. These cues will help you stop the dog before they get on their heels.

 

Conclusion

Dog training needs patience. Dogs can be great company once both you and the dog have established a means of communication and necessary boundaries. We hope these tips will help you train your dog not to chase other animals. If you need extra help with the training, you can always find a professional dog trainer.

A woman with his Golden Labradoodle dog at home

As the results of the Covid-19 pandemic, people are now in quarantine and practicing safe social distancing. In addition to this, there are now restrictions on normal activities, one of which is dog grooming, especially if the state or country you lived in is strict when it comes to following health protocols. As a result, some of us are unable to take our dogs in for grooming.

Still, our dogs require grooming despite the circumstances. This means, as a pet owner, you have to take on this responsibility regularly.

If you’re in quarantine, here are ways to groom your dog in the comforts of your home.

 

  1. Fur Brushing

Particles and insects need to be regularly checked and removed by the process of brushing. If you see your dog constantly scratching and appearing uncomfortable, brushing the fur may help as they might be experiencing discomfort from particles in the fur. Thus, dogs with regularly brushed coats don’t run the risk of dirt build-up in the fur, allowing them to stay comfortable.

Neglecting to brush your dog for long periods can lead to tangled fur. The process of untangling the fur can be uncomfortable for your dog and a lengthy process, which may lead to shaving off of the fur.

If you notice that your dog is shedding chunks of fur when brushing, you must take them to a trusted vet, such as Danville Family Vet. Excessive shedding may be an indication of underlying health problems, which need to be diagnosed and treated by experts.

Currently, some vets are offering free boarding services for families that have been affected by COVID. If you are unwell and unable to cater to your dog, they’ll still be under expert care.

 

  1. Dog Baths

It’s important to decide how frequently your dog will get a bath during the quarantine. The frequency of dog baths varies depending on several factors, such as dog lifestyle, breed, the time you have as the pet owner, and the skills available to carry out home baths.

Having decided on the frequency, you have to make sure that you can thoroughly commit and mindfully bathe your dog. This means carefully checking for ticks and fleas as well as any indicators of health issues, such as bumps and discoloration. Also, be patient and guide your dog to be still while you’re bathing them.

 

  1. Nail Trimming

During quarantine, you may be wondering how to groom the nails if you cannot access a vet. If you’re not comfortable trimming the nails, you can try filing them down. Filing doesn’t have any risks of cutting your dog, provided you file gently.

Here’s how you can file your dog manually:

  • Hold the file in your dominant hand. Have your dog sit or lie comfortably. If necessary, drape your body over your dog for them to stay still.
  • Firmly hold your dog’s paw with your other hand. Then, spread the toes, and if your dog has a long coat, hold back their fur so you can see and access their nails.
  • As you start rubbing the tip of their nail with the file, allow 10 to 15 passes in the same direction. Doing so will allow you to gradually shorten your dog’s nails. It’s advisable to work on one or two nails per session so your dog won’t get too uncomfortable.

 

  1. Brushing Teeth

If your dog doesn’t enjoy having their teeth brushed, take note this is a task that needs to be done so you can ensure your dog’s dental health. By doing so, you can ensure that your dog’s dental

selective focus of golden retriever dog playing with rubber ball on green lawn

health doesn’t go downhill at a young age. Hence, brush your dog’s teeth at least three times a week. As a tip, find ways to make this a game for you and your dog, rather than a chore.

For example, you can get your dog to bite on a toy ring while you simultaneously interact and brush their teeth. You can also make your dog enjoy the toothpaste as a kind of treat by trying out different pastes.

 

  1. Haircuts

A haircut can keep your dog feeling cool during the heat. You can get creative regarding the type of hairstyle, depending on the breed. Some may opt to trim all the hair and re-start the process of growth.

When cutting the hair, make sure that your dog is relaxed and occupied as you want to avoid accidental injuries from the dog shears.

For your dog to enjoy lustful fur, here are the different types of dog combs you can check:

  • Bristle brushes
  • Slicker brushes
  • Rakes and mat breakers
  • Flea combs
  • Curry brushes or combs
  • Wire pin brushes

 

Conclusion

Covid-19 has forced us to adapt to a new lifestyle. This includes at-home grooming during the quarantine. If this is your first time grooming your dog, don’t despair if you don’t get it right the first time. With practice, you’ll get the hang of it.

Make sure to brush your dog, give baths, trim their nails, brush their teeth, and give them haircuts. If you’re unwell and can’t care or provide for your dog as a result of COVID-19, you can be assured that your dog will be taken care of in vet spaces. Your health, as well as your dog’s, should be a priority that needs to be catered to in the best way possible during the pandemic. Hence, if you have any questions regarding your dog’s grooming, don’t hesitate to call a family vet!

Poodle pet dog with beef chewables for heartworm protection and treatment on white background

Pets can be a source of great joy and companionship for many people. However, they might not be in their usual, jolly self if they’re experiencing any illness or discomfort, such as having worms. The presence of worms would also have some serious negative consequences for your pets.

That being said, here are some of the signs that your pet might be suffering from worms:

 

  1. Diarrhea and Abdominal Pain

Diarrhea and abdominal pain can be signs of many different conditions. It’s also an indication that your pet might be suffering from worms. If your pet has worms, it’s also common to see diarrhea with blood.

Some kinds of worms attach itself to your pet’s intestines and infect the intestines’ linings, which can cause diarrhea in pets. If your pets have worms in their stomach, it may also cause abdominal pain. This is because the worms might be eating up their organs. On the other hand, the worms might also be positioned in a way that affects your pet’s organs, causing abdominal pain.

 

  1. Lethargy

If you notice that your pets are lethargic or less active, it might also be a sign that your pet is suffering from worms. Worms usually feed off their hosts, which means that they’re also feeding off the nutrients and calories that are supposed to be going to your pet’s organs. This is what makes your pet less active and have lower energy.

In addition to this, if your pets have worms, they might feel sick even though they aren’t sick. Your pet’s immune system might sense the worms as infection and try to combat it with a fever, which might also be the reason why your pet might also feel lethargic.

 

  1. Weight Loss With Increased Appetite

Weight loss, despite an increased appetite, is another sign that your pet might have worms. This is because, as mentioned, worms usually eat up the nutrition your pet is supposed to be getting from food. Instead of the food being digested by your pet, it’s being eaten up by the worms. Because of this, it’ll cause weight loss in your pets, making them feel constantly hungry.

 

  1. Vomiting

If your pet has worms, it may often cause vomiting. So, if your pets usually throw up, it’s one of the signs that your pet has worms in them already.

When the worms block a portion of your pet’s intestine, it’ll prevent food from going into your pet’s intestines. So, in effect, the food that your pet ingests is vomited instead.

 

  1. Dull Coat

Worms can also live in the skin and fur of your pets. With that, if you notice your pets having a dull coat or blemished skin, it’s a sign that the worms have also infected your pet’s skin.

For instance, for dogs, their fur and hair should be shiny and thick. If you notice some drying or dulling out, it might be a sign that there are worms.

 

  1. Potbellied Appearance

Seeing your pets being bloated or potbellied is another sign that they might have contracted worms; infections caused by worms can leave your pets bloated.

When worms reach your pet’s stomach, it can create a sensation that your stomach is full even if it’s not, which is because of the worms that live in your pet’s stomach. So, if you notice bloating in your pets, it’s best if you can have a vet to give them a checkup. Doing so may keep them healthy.

 

  1. Itchiness

Some problems may be caused by a worm infestation on the outside. For instance, ringworm on the feet can cause extreme itching, which is also common on the face and hands. If the infestation is on the skin, it may cause rashes and bleeding. This means that the worms also have infected some parts of your pet’s skin.

 

  1. Worms in Feces

Worms can also exit the body through your pet’s feces. If you spot some eggs or worms in your pet’s feces, that’s already a clear sign that your pets are suffering from worms.

Anything that’s long and moving is a worm. When that happens, immediately go to a vet to have your pets checked.

 

Conclusion

Once you suspect that there are worms in your pets, don’t wait a few more days and immediately bring your pet to the vet. Otherwise, the worms will damage the internal organs of your pet and may possibly lead to death.

A vet will be able to give the right prescription to get rid of the worms. So, consult your vet as soon as possible if you see any of the signs mentioned above.

 

Planning to bring home a golden retriever puppy? If you have made this decision, then it is great to know essential tips on raising a golden retriever puppy. First, before you bring the puppy home, you need to make some decisions. These include where do you want to get the puppy from, how to choose the right and name suggestions.

Golden retriever puppies are adorable and interesting to live with. However, they need a lot of work to raise. This guide will help you understand more about raising, training and tips to keep your dog healthy.

 

  1. Think About Safety

Before you bring your puppy home, ensure that the place is safe for them as they may get troubled in their new home. The danger your puppy might land into are like chewing on chords or glass pieces and other items that are unnecessary. In case there are other dogs, make sure you separate them as they may start bullying the puppy. Let there be supervision whenever they are together.

 

  1. Conducive Sleeping Environment

Dogs also need enough time to sleep, in a conducive environment too. Some people choose to sleep with their dogs while other may get a room strictly for their puppies. Puppies may also be crate trained.

Always use a large crate so as to give enough space for your dog. There is also an option for buying your golden retriever puppy a dog bed and train him on how to use it.

 

  1. Food and Water Bowls

The bowls need to be clean throughout to avoid instances of food contamination for the dog. Ensure you buy bowls of a good material, those that do not break easily. Puppies are so playful and you might find them carrying the dishes around when they are empty.

The bowls should be resistant to breaking and should not be chewable. The water bowls should contain clean water all the time. You may at times find dog fur in the water and you need to remove it and replace the water with clean one.

 

  1. Containing Your Dog

In as much as your puppy will be in your yard, you need to contain him elsewhere to avoid unnecessary movements. You may do so by constructing a fence, mostly an invisible one. Alternatively, you may choose to tether your puppy. They should not be left on their own in open for longer periods.

 

  1. Use of A Leash and Collar or Harness

Training your golden retriever puppy is something gradual and this means that it will take some time for it to adapt to its new environment. Your puppy need to learn how to comfortably walk in a leash without really choking itself.

Buckle collars and martingale collars are the best options for your dog as they enhance comfort in your dog. Try getting your puppy a harness too. It reduces the pressure put to your dog on the neck by the collars. A harness will also prevent pulling.

 

  1. Groom Your Dog

Your golden retriever puppy needs to be well groomed throughout. Some of the grooming supplies include a dog brush for brushing its fur, dog nail clippers to keep its nails well-trimmed and dog shampoo to wash it.

 

  1. Dog Food

It is wise if you seek advice from a vet for the best food for golden retriever. When you are switching the diet, do it gradually to reduce the risk of it getting allergies and stomach upsets. Start by giving it puppy food and as it grows keep changing until it gets to feed on adult food.

 

  1. Only Give Enough Food

Your golden retriever is at a risk of being obese as they love eating a lot. The food your puppy consumes should be proportional to its age and weight.  If your puppy is below 6 months, ensure you feed it for three times in a day and if it is elder than that, feed it twice a day. Make sure there is consistency in the time of feeding.

 

  1. Occasionally Treat Your Dog

Your golden retriever needs to be treated once in a while. You may choose to add some dog biscuits or cookies in the meal. This will help in making the training easy for you.  You are also free to mix extras in your dog food so as to add and improve the taste of their food.

Some of the things you might add include chicken breast that is plainly cooked, canned pumpkin, canned dog food and plain yoghurt among others. Be sure to continue with this habit as the dog may not want to eat plain food once it gets used to foods with flavors.

 

  1. Pet Your Puppy and Avoid His Face

Dogs do not like their face touched. You should also not put your face in front of the dog’s face. Whenever it starts yawning and licking its lips, it means that you are too close and you need to move a bit. Whenever you are petting it, always pat gently on his side. The pats should also be gentle.

 

  1. Engage Your Golden Retriever Using Dog Toys

You may toss a ball and let your puppy retrieve it. This is the point you teach and train your dog on how to obey commands. Some commands your dog should know include ‘come’, ‘sit down’, ‘all done’, among others.

 

Conclusion

Golden retriever puppies are interesting to deal with. All you need to do is to understand them and give them the best care ever. Always ensure that they are in a good and safe environment. The environment should also be free from any form of dirt and contamination. Ensure you give the right food to your puppy and this should continue even as it advances in to adulthood.

Train your dog on the skills you want him to learn. Ensure the commands you give to your dog are well spelt out to enhance understanding. Keep your dog active by playing with it or providing it with play toys to free boredom.

Every dog owner would like their pet to feel comfortable and healthy throughout its whole life. However, dogs – just like people – have health problems and suffer from various conditions, either as a result of an accident or a disease.

One of the most common problems that dogs have is the one connected with knees. Dogs often suffer from joint pains, strains, or they simply have really weak knees. In this case, it is sometimes needed to support the pet’s leg with a dog knee brace.

How to choose the best and most comfortable knee brace for your dog? Below, you will find an ultimate guide on how to do it illustrated with examples.

 

Adjust the Brace to the Injury

The most important thing in choosing an appropriate knee brace is the injury or a health condition that it is going to support. Think, for example, about the problematic leg’s position – the brace should be different for the front and for the back legs.

Some braces come in sets – for the front and back leg. They also differ in the support level – if your puppy suffers from a mild joint strain, a thinner brace will be enough, while thicker ones would be needed for more severe knee problems. If you have doubts about choosing the right product, always consult your veterinarian.

 

Pay Attention to the Material

A knee brace is an accessory that your pet is going to wear on a daily basis, at least for some time. That is why it should be made of good-quality, sustainable material – preferably, neoprene. It is both elastic and thick, so it supports the knee properly.

Knee braces that are made from polyester or acryl are not good for dogs, as these materials may cause skin irritation. Moreover, they don’t allow the skin to breathe, so they’re not advisable as a base for knee braces. If you want to see some examples of braces made from sustainable, high-quality materials, click here.

 

Think of Your Pet’s Size

The size of your dog is another important parameter when it comes to choosing a knee brace – a small chihuahua would need other braces than a husky. When deciding on the knee brace’s size, you can refer to a sizing chart.

For example, a dog that weighs from 15 to 25 Ibs should have a small knee brace. A pet weighing from 35 to 55 lbs will feel comfortable in a medium-size brace. Large dogs with weight over 55 Ibs should be equipped with a big knee brace. If you want to see a detailed chart of choosing a knee brace’s size, have a look at this website.

 

Simple or Customized?

Some people prefer simplicity also when it comes to dog knee braces, while others would like to customize it a little. The basic color of a brace is black, but there are also pink, blue, or violet ones available on the market.

Are you wondering whether to choose a simple or customized knee brace for your pet? Well, to make this choice, you should think about the habits of your dog – if it’s a rather calm and domestic pet, a customized knee brace would be no problem for it.

However, a black brace seems to be the best solution for active pets – it is more practical and easier to clean. Some examples of customized and traditional knee braces for dogs are available here.

 

 

A Dog Knee Brace – Additional Tips

Before deciding to start a knee brace therapy for your dog, make sure that it is a recommended form of treatment in your particular case. Sometimes, surgical intervention is the only possible option, and even the most professional brace won’t be an effective solution.

Knee braces can also be of help a post-surgical therapy. They stabilize the knee and prevent potential complications. Remember that if your dog gives you any signals that the brace is not comfortable, change or adjust it immediately – if a brace is not properly fitted, it can do more harm than good.

A good knee brace should be certified and tested. Buy it from a reliable source, and beware of random internet sites offering surprisingly cheap products.

 

Conclusion

Helping the dog in pain connected with ligaments and joints problems should be a priority of every owner. Knee braces can be really helpful in this kind of therapy, and in some cases; they can even replace surgical intervention.

Therefore, to help your pet in the best possible way, you should choose the knee brace carefully, following the veterinarian’s guidelines and paying attention the appropriate size and material.

Finally, observe your dog’s reactions to the brace, and if you suspect it may feel uncomfortable, change it as soon as possible. All in all, your canine friend’s comfort should come first!

Dogs are man’s best friend, and there is nothing worse than when your lovable pup feels bad and gets sick. Often, dogs get sick from packaged food because they are allergic to the ingredients within. Luckily, detecting the dog’s allergy and replacing the food is relatively easy. If you think that your dog might be allergic to packaged food, here’s what you should do:

 

Signs Your Dog Might Be Allergic to His Dog Food

Just like humans, animals can have food allergens, and your lovable pet is no different. Here are the most common signs that your dog has some sort of food allergy.

  • Itchy skin around the ears, paws, rear end, or stomach
  • Hives
  • Stomach problems
  • Swollen face
  • Chronic ear or paw infections

 

What to Do

If you find that your dog has one or more of the following symptoms, he may have a food allergy. Luckily, there are two simple steps to take in order to address the allergen. These steps are very easy to follow, but they can take a series of several weeks in order to accomplish successfully.

Step 1: Elimination Diet

The first step to finding out what food your dog is allergic to is putting him on an elimination diet. This will allow you to pinpoint exactly what ingredient the dog is allergic to. Elimination diets can be difficult for your pet, though, so it’s recommended that you only do an elimination diet under the care of a veterinarian or animal nutritionist.

How an elimination diet works is that you feed your dog one protein in one carbohydrate for 8 to 12 weeks. You continue switching out the ingredients in order to pinpoint what food is causing your dog to react. If you see symptoms return or go away as you change out the diet, you will be able to see exactly what foods you should and should not feed your dog.

Step 2: Introduce Alternatives

Once you know what your dog is allergic to, it is time to introduce alternatives to his diet.  If your dog has an allergy, chances are you should not use packaged food anymore. The reason for this is that most packaged dog food contains the most common dog allergens.

Fresh Food is Often the Solution

For most dog owners, making fresh food for their pups is the best option for dogs with allergens. The reason for this is that the owners have complete control and knowledge over what is going into the dog system. As a result, the dog is less likely to have a reaction to what they’re being fed.

If you have no experience preparing food for your dog, don’t worry. There are a lot of recipes and tools online that will help you prepare the best food for your pup. In fact, whole books have been written about the subject, often with recipes that you wouldn’t mind eating yourself.

Simply research which recipe is good for your dog’s specific allergen. From there, you will have countless of meal prep ideas for your furry best friend.

 

Final Thoughts

Packaged dog food is often filled with ingredients that many dogs are allergic to. As a result, many dogs get sick from their food and require food alternatives. If this sounds like your dog, put him on the elimination diet and then start making him fresh food. Though making fresh food for your dog may sound like a lot of work, he is worth it and will feel much better as a result.

If you are a new owner of a cute little ball of fluff and are looking for tips on how to calm your puppy at bedtime, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. Puppies tend to be very sensitive to their environment, and if they are not used to it, they may act up. You can learn how to do this in your own home, or even in a local dog obedience class.

Puppy bedtime is going to take some time to get into a routine, so it will help to start this early.

 

First things first

A puppy is like an infant who needs to have a routine. When you bring a new puppy home, it will take some time before they become accustomed to their new home. This is where it’s crucial to create a routine so that you don’t confuse them with all the different activities in your house at other times. When you first bring them home, try to create a daily schedule for them to use. You can have a daily routine consisting of feeding them, playing with their toys, taking them outside, and walking them.

The first thing you need to do is get the puppy used to the idea that he will be sleeping if he is in his bed at nighttime. Just as with adults, the bed should not be associated with playtime. This may sound like a chore, but the more that you give him time to adjust, the easier it will be. One way is to invest in a high-quality dog bed specifically for this task, and bobby dog beds are often regarded as excellent choices.

As soon as you see that your puppy is comfortable in his bed at night, put him there. You can do this by putting him down and giving him a small treat. After that, slowly take him out in circles around the room and gradually get him to the point where you are not touching him when he wakes up in the morning.

 

Calm crates

One interesting method is purchasing what is known as a calm crate. The crate is an enclosed room that will prevent your puppy from escaping the room you want it to associate with sleep. You can place toys in the crate as well as the food that your dog eats.

 

Understand what food your puppy needs

It is essential that the food you feed your dog to be high in protein and low on carbohydrates.

When you put food into the crate for your dog to eat, you should never give it the same food each day. Instead, give them a new type of food and have them try their favorite food. Repeat this process for several weeks until your dog knows which food they prefer. After that, you will begin switching between foods so that your dog gets used to being in their crate with their food.

You may even decide that you would rather your dog eat only dry food. You can still make the crate comfortable so that the dog feels like it is safe when they are eating in it. You can also have a small water bowl in the crate to fill up with water to keep the dog hydrated.

If you don’t like to take your dog to the store or aren’t sure what food to give them, you can find food that will provide a mixture of both dry and canned food. This way, you can have some protein but be sure that you are giving them the proper amount of carbohydrates and vitamins.

 

Benefits of hiring a trainer

Most people who have ever tried training a dog with treats or by themselves wonder if they would have had more success if they had been hiring a professional dog trainer. After all, there is an enormous amount of work involved, and you want to be sure that the job gets done right.

Firstly, you can expect your puppy to be much more obedient and safe when trained by someone who knows what they are doing. A dog is a highly intelligent animal that can learn things quickly. It doesn’t matter what age or breed of dog you have, the majority of these animals will be more likely to be compliant once you train them.

They have to be able to distinguish between their owners’ voices and that of strangers, for example, and most are very adaptable to being around people for any length of time. This means that there will be fewer accidents if you are away from home when training your dog. You also don’t want your puppy to get bored or become destructive when they’re not taught. With a professional, you can be confident that they give your dog their full attention and are happy and healthy as they are training.

If you want to learn how to calm a dog, you must teach it to understand your voice. By ensuring your pup recognizes your voice as the person giving commands, it should calm it down when it is becoming over-excited. It helps to meter your tone when trying to calm it down. Yelling and loud noises have the same effect on dogs as they do with humans, i.e., it is far more stressful and makes it harder to fall asleep naturally.

Secondly, you won’t have to worry about overtraining your puppy when they aren’t being trained. Many puppies are naturally very playful and eager to try new things. However, it can be hard to find time to give your puppy their needs when working and have other obligations. When you have a professional working with your dog, however, you can rest assured that you’ll be spending some quality time together, and this alone will make them much more enjoyable to be around. This time together will make it easier for them to learn various things without being bored and frustrated.

 

Summary

Learning how to calm a puppy at bedtime takes some time and effort, but it is ultimately not that difficult. The more you use positive reinforcement and consistency, the sooner your puppy will figure it out. Once they understand commands and have a routine, the less he will try to bark and misbehave. Simultaneously, you will not have to spend hours training him, as long as you do it right from the start.