Why Use Dog Waste Stations: Dangerous Diseases Found In Dog Waste

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A lot of dog owners believe that their furry friend’s waste makes a good fertilizer for their lawn. However, this assumption is not only wrong, it can have serious consequences for the health of their families. As dogs eat foods rich with proteins, their waste is acidic and can actually ruin your lawn.

But that’s not all. Dog poop is full of dangerous contaminants like pathogens or bacteria. If you use their waste as compost or fertilizer, people could come into contact with these dangerous pathogens. The only proper way to dispose of dog poop is to use dog waste bags and stations. Otherwise, these pathogens could spread to other dogs and even humans.

In this article, we’ll tell you about some of the dangers that lurk in your dog’s waste.

Roundworms

These parasites are common in cats, dogs, and other pets. Puppies that haven’t been vaccinated yet tend to eat the waste of other dogs, coming into contact with this parasite. Some clear signs that your dog needs to be de-wormed are vomiting, diarrhea, and spaghetti-shaped waste. Roundworms are dangerous as they can also infect humans. That is why you should always wash your hands when cleaning after your dog.

Hookworms

These blood-sucking parasites are passed from dog to dog through the skin on their bellies or the pads on their feet. These are common internal parasites that are easy to get rid of. They can even be passed on to unborn puppies in the womb.

Tapeworms

There are several ways how cats and dogs can get tapeworms. There are many types of tapeworms, but the most common one infects your pet through fleas. Others can spread if your pet eats a smaller critter. If you find any tapeworms in your dog’s poop, you need to treat your pet right away. Tapeworms are very dangerous and can even pass on to humans through contact with your infected pet.

Coccidia

These single-cell parasites mate in your dog’s intestinal tract and can infect others through waste. One clear sign of Coccidia infection is severe diarrhea accompanied by mucus or blood if the infestation has spread. Other symptoms include vomiting, lack of appetite and weight loss, and dehydration. If not treated, coccidia could lead to a fatal outcome.

Parvovirus

This dangerous virus can be fatal to dogs and is usually transmitted through feces. The virus is very resilient and can pose a threat for a full year. It affects puppies more often than it does grow dogs. The symptoms include pale gums, vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy.

Giardia

Another single-celled pest, giardia lives in the soil, water or food and can be transmitted through dog feces. It can cause diarrhea and weight loss, even though it does not affect the appetite. The waste is usually pale, unusually smelly and has a greasy texture. Children are at risk of getting infected through soil contaminated with the parasite.

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Improve Your Dog’s Diet

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In today’s world, we mostly have no idea what goes into our food and rely on various experts and food manufacturers to tell us what is good and what isn’t. The same is true, if not even more so, about our pets’ food.

The quality of your pet’s food will have an effect on their behavior, health, and the leavings they leave behind them on their walks. You should always have a baggie with you, or walk your dog where doggie bags are available. With numerous companies like https://muttmitt.com/ creating affordable and easily available doggie bags, you have no excuse not to pick it up. However, picking up after your dog can give you an insight into their health and the quality of their food.

Food with a Long Shelf Life Isn’t Ideal as Staple

In order to maximize the durability of the dog food, dog food manufacturers add a lot of different chemicals to ‘stabilize’ the food and make it last a lot longer than it would otherwise be natural. Even though it is written on the label what it is and what it contains, this food is marketed as healthy and good for your pet.

However, since it has been treated chemically and changed so drastically from what they would naturally eat, this food is not ideal for the staple of their diet. The supplementation of nutritional substances is an ineffective way to ensure that your pets get everything they need nutrition-wise.

Add Some Fresh Food to Their Diet

Even if you choose to ignore the previous entry, you still should consider adding some fresh produce to your dog’s diet. Not only will they enjoy it much more, but you will also ensure that they intake some fairly important substances not available in the dried out foods.

It is well known that there are important enzymes and other substances which are destroyed by cooking, so fresh food is really the only way to get them, both for you and your dog. Another important thing coming from fresh fruits and vegetables are fibers, the cornerstone of a proper bowel movement. When you’re picking up after your dog, wouldn’t you rather it is always the same consistency?

Just make sure that you do enough of research, whether alone or in consultation with your vet, about the foods and the amounts that your dog requires. Don’t forget to take into account your dog’s size, age, and physical activity levels.

Variety Is Good for Your Dog

Sticking to one kind of food is boring and unacceptable to the vast majority of us. So if you really love your dog and want them to be happy, you shouldn’t limit them to just one food type due to laziness or not thinking it through.

In nature, dogs and their relatives eat a lot of different food groups and items. One more important thing is – don’t cook their meat before you feed them. No creature in the world eats cooked meat apart from humans, so your dog will be more inclined to eat raw meat than cooked one. A lot of nutrients important for dogs are lost when meat is cooked.

Gluten Is Less Than Ideal for Your Dog

Even though we are probably all a bit fed up with people claiming to be gluten intolerant or even allergic to gluten, dogs really shouldn’t eat it. Even though it is not particularly damaging to your dog’s organs, it is not digestible by them. That means that it reaches your dog’s guts undigested, where it is eaten by bacteria, causing gas buildup, finally resulting in nasty dog farts we all dislike.

If you feel like your dog could eat better, it is up to you to ensure that happens. For their sake, as well as for your when you have to use doggy bags to pick up after them.

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Are You Ready To Take On The Responsibility Of A Puppy

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Welcome home

When you’re looking for after a pet, it’s important that you can see them as more than just an animal, as they can be a great substitute for companionship. A lot of owners take theirs in as if they are part of the family, and for many reasons, that’s true! Dogs are loyal animals and loving if you teach them, they return all of the affection you give them. They’re not just there for your entertainment though, there are a lot of responsibilities that come with them, but it’s definitely worth the effort! If you don’t think you can handle that, then you probably shouldn’t consider attempting it! It’s not rocket-science though, but because they’re with us for their whole life, the least you can do is give them an enjoyable experience.

Their health

Along with the other responsibilities you have, taking them for walks is one of them. Obviously, the amount of exercise they need is based on their size. A German shepherd is certain to need more than a chihuahua, so that much will depend on you! If you can’t keep up, a lot of owners take them to the park or a field to play fetch and other games, get them running around for a while! Exercise is a vital part of looking after them, as they can’t get the same kind of entertainment from sitting around and listening to music like you can, so keep that in mind!

You need to be ready to deal with their health issues too, as they are also susceptible to injuries and mental problems that people experience too. Taking them to the vets for check-ups can be expensive, but essential if they have issues that you can’t figure out or don’t know how to deal with. There are also dog CBD treats you can use to help dull and ease pains they might have, they act as good medicine that you don’t have to struggle when you administer it. A lot of the time, dogs tend to refuse things like pills and drugs, even sneaking it into their foods can be difficult, so using an alternative like this can help the process along.

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The diet

Knowing what they can and can’t eat is very important when it comes to having pets, as you may end up accidentally poisoning them. It’s easy to dismiss something you eat as acceptable, but in some cases, they can be very harmful to your animal! Even something most can enjoy, chocolate, can cause a lot of damage if a large quantity is eaten. You’re responsible for them, so you need to make sure things like this are kept from their reach. They don’t know what they should and shouldn’t eat, and depending on how they’re trained; they may even try to help themselves to the food they see. You wouldn’t want to come home to find that your dog has eaten a box of raisins from atop the kitchen counter, or a bar of chocolate that you left out. If it helps, try to think of them almost like they’re a child. They can’t understand, but they maintain that curiosity.

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Three Ways To Keep Your Feline Friend Happy And Content

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The saying that “a cat makes a home” is true for many cat lovers. Cats are so relaxing to watch when curled up in front of the fire or sat on the windowsill watching for you to return home. They are also fun and playful. Cats are fascinating creatures and although it’s often true that the cat owns you rather than the other way round, they offer so much in return. As a cat owner you will want your cat to be as healthy and happy as possible. This article aims to show you tips, so that you can achieve a long, happy life for your feline friend.

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Bringing home a kitten

If you choose to own a kitten rather than an adult cat, ensure that your kitten is at the very least 12 weeks old and preferably 16 weeks old before it leaves its mother. Also if you choose to adopt a pedigree cat such as the magnificent norweigan forest cat ensure you choose your kitten from a reputable breeder. Breeds such as the Norwegian forest cat have beautiful long coats that will need grooming, so purchase grooming equipment. You will also need food that the kitten is used to, bowls, a litter box, a cosy bed and toys. As this will be quite a scary experience for your kitten its a good idea to ask if you can take a blanket from its original home with its familiar smells.

Play

Make life interesting for your cat. Cats are hunters by nature and so love to catch and chase things. They also love to climb and scratch. You can buy many commercial products to keep your cat from getting bored such as scratching/climbing posts, toys and laser pens. Laser pens have the benefit of being unpredictable to the cat, which is what they love! Even a rolled up ball of paper or a cork tied to a piece of string will be appreciated by your cat. Having toys and time spent interacting with their owners will make a happy cat and a content owner. It will also prevent any destructive behaviour such as scratching furniture. These tips are especially important if your cat stays inside all its life. If you are away from home for long periods of time it may be a good idea to get a companion for your cat.

Diet

Cats need feeding regularly and need access to plenty of fresh water. Take advice from your vet as to the most suitable food for your cat. When researching brands of food ensure there is a high meat content and that the food isn’t bulked out with grain. Cats are fussy eaters and generally they will make it known when they are not happy with your offerings, as they will simply turn their nose up and refuse to eat!

This is a very brief overview of ways to make your cat happy. It is also very important to get your cat neutered, as there are so many unwanted cats in the world. It would also be a good idea to get your cat microchipped, so that they can be brought home if they wander or if they sustain any injuries on their travels. Regular vet visits are a must, to check general health and to receive annual inoculations against prevalent cat diseases.

Have fun enjoying your feline friend!

 

 

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Common Dog Health and Safety Myths That Are All Bark And No Bite

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After weeks, months or even years of doe eyes and relentless nagging, you’re considering… just considering, bringing a dog into the home. For them it’s a source of tremendous joy and excitement, but for a responsible parent, it represents a significant amount of thought and more than a little anxiety. A dog can be a loving and protective presence in the home, a loyal friend, a mood booster and a genuine member of the family. Unfortunately, they can also be a hazard. At best they could chew your furniture, befoul your garden and destroy every pair of socks in the house. At worst they could inadvertently harm your children or your neighbor’s children.

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There are many things that a responsible parent needs to consider both when determining your kid’ safety and their ability to adequately care for their new friend.

You must consider the breed of the dog; larger dogs obviously need more exercise and (especially when young) will be very energetic and boisterous rendering them perhaps unsuitable for younger children or those of a nervous disposition. Different dog breeds will have different nutritional requirements and can also be prone to certain congenital health defects. All of that selective breeding is bound to take its genetic toll, after all. Then there’s the decision of whether to get a pup or an adult dog. Although both will require care and training, adult dogs have the potential to be more agreeable and lower maintenance than their adolescent counterparts.

Whatever size, age or breed dog you have your sights on, it’s important to make an informed choice based on proven fact. Unfortunately, the world of pets is one of the fields in which hearsay, old wives tales and other strains of “common sense” prevail over research and logic. In order to choose the right dog for your family, and to keep all parties healthy and safe, you’ll need to shake off some common canine misconceptions…

[X breed] is more aggressive and likely to bite

There’s nothing more irritating to dog lovers than when the actions of a single dog leads humans to decry the entire breed as dangerous. That logic has seen entire breeds outlawed, yet it is no truer for dogs than it is for humans. That’s not to denigrate the seriousness of a dog bite. A dog bite can cause not just profound physical injury but psychological trauma resulting in fears and phobias. That’s why dog bite lawyers exist to protect the victims of these unfortunate incidents. Nonetheless, a dog’s breed does not make them inherently aggressive. Any breed of dog can demonstrate aggression but nurture is a far more important component than nature.

A dog has to have her first heat before she can be spayed

When your dog is in heat she can cause other dogs to behave in some very unpredictable ways. While these are just the “niceties” of animal courtship they can be terrifying if your child is walking said dog. Unless you intend to breed your pooch you should have her spayed at the earliest opportunity. A good veterinarian will be able to tell you when the time is right for your dog. Spaying early is not just beneficial for your child, but your dog, too. An early spay severely reduces her risk of breast cancer.

Canine body language

A great many myths and preconceptions (more of that toxic “common sense”) have arisen around canine body language. Humans think they know what their pet is trying to tell them and this can lead to dangerous misunderstandings. For example, a wagging tail isn’t always a sign of happiness, it can also be a warning to back off. Likewise, when your dog bounds around the house upon seeing you get back from work, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re happy to see you. It can mean that they’ve been understimulated and have a lot of pent up energy that they need to release.

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Barking is a sign of aggression

Most of us shout when we’re angry or threatened… But do you ever shout when you’re happy or excited? It’s exactly the same with our canine counterparts. If your dog barks at another dog or a visitor, it’s not necessarily a sign of aggression. It could mean that they’re excited to see them, or that they’re asserting themselves over their territory… or even that they want to play.  

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks

Unfortunately, this ancient adage has soured many on the prospect of adopting adult dogs. Unlike their human counterparts, dogs can learn and adapt to changes in circumstances at any age.

Hopefully shedding these widely held misconceptions will help you to find a fuzzy friend who’s a beloved pal for all the family.

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4 Types of Collars to Consider for Your Dog

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Collars are among the most important pet accessories you need to have for your dog. Aside from letting everyone know that your dog is not a stray, it also lets you attach valuable information—such as your name and contact details—to your pet. This is especially helpful in case your furry friend goes missing. Last but not least, a collar is also a valuable training tool that likewise allows you to control your dog whenever you go outside for walks.

If you’re getting a collar for the first time, do not make the mistake of thinking that anything you can wrap around your dog’s neck will do. Different types of collars have different characteristics, some of which may cause problems if not used the right way or if used on the wrong type of dog. Let’s take a look at the different types of collars available.

Standard Buckle Collars

The standard collar is essentially a small regular belt, which is often made of nylon, leather, or any other woven fabric, and fastened using a conventional belt buckle or a quick-release buckle. It also has a metal hoops where a dog tag or a leash can be attached.

Although standard collars are usually cheaper than other types of collars, they are not the best option for more energetic dog breeds. When a dog pulls on a leash while wearing a standard collar, it can put too much pressure on the throat and cause the dog to suffocate. Standard collars work best on more behaved dogs that do not require constant pulling during walks.

Martingale Collars

Martingale collars are sometimes called greyhound collars or whippet collars because they were originally used on these dog breeds, whose necks were wider than their heads. A martingale collar can be considered as both a regular collar and a training collar because it tightens up around the neck when the dog pulls on the leash. However, unlike other training collars that can potentially strangle a dog, a martingale collar is specially designed to only tighten to a certain point. The pressure from tugging on a leash will be enough to deter pulling and other unwanted behavior, but not enough to cause harm.

Martingale collars are safe enough to be used as a regular collar, so there’s no need to keep switching collars every time you need to take your dog out for a walk. A good martingale collar is also easily adjustable so it can be used on almost any kind of dog breed that is not prone to breathing problems. You can get martingale collars from well-equipped dog supplies shop and from trusted martingale collar suppliers online. 

Safety Collars

Safety collars typically come in two variants, namely breakaway collars and stretch collars. Breakaway collars possess a secondary safety buckle that releases when pressure is applied, while stretch collars have an elastic section that can stretch, allowing the collar to loosen from the dog’s head if needed.

These collars are specifically meant to prevent strangulation accidents, particularly in situations when a dog gets entangled with hazards like fences, branches, tables, and other objects.

Body Harnesses

A harness wraps around a dog’s shoulders and chest, taking the pressure off the dog’s neck when the dog pulls the leash. Because there is very little (if any) risk of choking, a harness is great for dog breeds that are prone to breathing problems such as pugs and other brachycephalic dog breeds.

Depending on the type of harness you choose, you can attach the leash to a hoop at the front or at the back of the dog. Most people recommend the front-clip variant for when you’re training a dog not to pull, while back-clip harnesses are typically chosen by those with dogs who are already disciplined enough not to pull.

Choosing the right type of collar is important not just to keep your dog safe and comfortable, but also because it is an essential tool for training your pet. Make sure to get a quality product from a reliable supplier.

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7 Effective Tips for Potty Training a Puppy

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Are you frustrated with your puppy for not grasping the concept of going outside to potty? Some puppies catch on quicker than others, but generally there are ways you can speed up the process.

After much trial and error, dog trainers and breeders have finally figured out the best methods for potty training a puppy.

Here is a seven-step guide that includes those methods.

Get Your Puppy into a Set Routine

I did this so many times it eventually became second nature. Your puppy needs to learn a routine of when it’s meal time, when it’s potty time and when it’s time to sleep.

As time goes by your puppy will potty each time you take it outside, because it knows why it’s outside. Add to that some of these other tips, and your puppy will be potty trained in no time.

  • Set your puppy’s meal time and stick to it.
  • Take your puppy outside to potty about ten minutes after it’s eaten.
  • Set two more times during the day when you take your puppy outside for potty.
  • Set a bedtime for your puppy too and be sure to take your puppy outside beforehand.

Be Prepared for Late Nights

You may also have to let your puppy out during the night. A puppy’s bladder is tiny, so try to be understanding when it wakes up in the middle of the night to go potty. If you’re a heavy sleeper, you may want to put newspaper down for your puppy and confine it to a certain area of the house.

Clean Up Accidents Immediately and Thoroughly

When your puppy does make an accident, clean it up right away.

  • Make a solution of disinfectant diluted with seven parts water and a few drops of peppermint oil.
  • Clean the area with a wet cloth as best you can.
  • Spray this on the area after you’ve cleaned it to remove the smell from your floor.
  • Clean it again with water and a cloth.
  • Check if the smell has gone. if not, repeat.

Dogs will usually revert to the same place to do their business, so make sure your puppy completely forgets about that time it pooped in the lounge.

Don’t Hit, Punish or Shout at Your Puppy for Mistakes

Hitting, scolding or rubbing your puppy’s nose in its mess will have an adverse effect on your potty training efforts. Patience goes a long way when you’re potty training a puppy, so stay calm when accidents happen. You’ll find they happen less and less as your puppy learns what you want.

Learn to Read Your Puppy’s Signals

When you watch your puppy roam around the house, always be sure to check for potty signals. Your puppy may hunch its body if it needs to poop. It may lower its body if it needs to urinate.

You’ll soon be a super hero puppy parent who automatically scoops your puppy up whenever it’s about to go. Take it outside and wait for it to do its business. then praise your puppy for messing outside.

Praise and Reward Your Puppy for Successes

Instead of punishing your puppy for mistakes, rather reward it for good potty behaviour. I always maintain that you should keep your puppy’s favourite treats on hand. Whenever it goes outside, give it a treat and whole lot of praise for being a good dog.

Mentally Prepare Yourself for Lots of Slipups

Prepare yourself for the work that goes into potty training a puppy. Your new best fried will make a lot of mistakes during this potty training period. But stay consistent and patient and you’ll be astounded at how quickly your puppy catches on.

 

 

 

 

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Ways To Improve Your Relationship With Your Pet

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Pets are funny and have a personality of their own. First-time or new pet owners learn this very quickly and are oftentimes thrown off guard. Even with your pet, it’s a relationship that needs nourishing. They’re definitely a responsibility and require your attention and care.

Maybe you’re busy with work and family and don’t even realize you’re not paying much thoughtfulness to your animal. Be aware that they’ll likely pick up on this and could become more standoffish. Don’t worry too much if this is you because you can make it better. See ways to improve your relationship with your pet.

Learn about their Breed

All breeds are different and require their own kind of maintenance and devotion. Even if you did some research upfront, now’s a good time to revisit what you found and learn more about your particular pet. There’s a lot of useful information out there for you to take in and help guide you to a better relationship with your pet. Energy levels, exercise requirements and demeanors all differ depending upon the breed of your animal.

Make them Feel Safe

It’s very important that your pet feels safe and has a space of their own in the home. Go online to Pet Crates Direct and select the right size and style crate for your animal. This site makes it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for, so you can buy a little home that your pet feels safe and cozy in. Buy them their own bed and put it in an area of the home that they can call their own. It’s a fine balance between making your pet feel welcome and not letting them run the household.

Get Tips from your Vet

Show your pet you care by taking them to the vet and keeping them healthy. You’ll want to make sure they receive the proper shots and take care of any issues while you’re there. At this time, it’s a good idea to talk to your vet about your current relationship with your animal and get any tips from them. Take notes and give their suggestions a try, because you never know what will stick and improve the bond.

Play with them

If you have a dog, bring them on walks and hikes with you and let them enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the outdoors. No matter what kind of pet you have, they all need time to play. Purchase toys that they find entertaining and seem to keep them preoccupied. Show your pet you care and love them by playing with them in and around the house. Not only is it healthy for your pet, but it’ll put a smile on your face and the stimulation is good for your mental health.

Conclusion

Pets aren’t always as easy to take care of as you envision. They require your love and attention on a regular basis to feel safe and satisfied. These are ways to improve your relationship with your pet.

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How to Successfully Train Your New Adult Dog

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Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks. In fact, you might be surprised to find it is easier to train an adult dog than a puppy, as they will have more self-control. If you want to develop structure to a canine’s life and prevent accidents, find out how to successfully train an adult dog.

A Dog Crate

Never assume an adult dog is house trained when welcoming him or her into your home. It is important to treat the dog as if he or she is a puppy. For instance, you should identify the best crate for your pooch at Dog Crate Sizes, as it must be comfortable enough for your pet to move with ease and grow with age. You can then keep your dog inside the crate when you cannot be there to supervise. Once you have released him from the crate, immediately take the dog outside to relieve themselves. Fortunately, adult dogs will have greater control of their bladders in comparison to puppies, so it’s much easier to house train your pet.

Be Patient with Your Pet

An adult dog will need time to adjust to the new surroundings. Don’t expect to house train your hound overnight, as the process could take anything from a few days to a month or more. Remember, an older dog will have its own history and may be initially nervous about living in a new home. Once a pet realizes they have found their permanent home, they will settle into the family and their daily routine.

Set Ground Rules from the Start

It is possible an adult dog could do things in their previous home that you will not stand for in your own home. For example, they might have been able to sit on the furniture or jump up at guests. It is therefore essential to teach basic commands to your dog from day one, which may help solve your pet’s behavioral problems. Establish boundaries straight away to help your pet quickly become a happy addition to the family.

An Obedience Class

An adult dog can learn new things. If you want to speed up the house training process, consider taking your pet along to an obedience class, as he or she can learn basic commands, such as sit, lay down and fetch. It will also provide your pooch with an opportunity to socialize with other dogs, and you’ll be able to learn how he or she interacts with other animals and strangers.

Positive Reinforcement

Positive reinforcement is one of the most effective training methods. Provide your dog with both praise and treats when they do something right, and aim to keep the atmosphere both fun and upbeat during the training process. Also, never punish your pet when they do something wrong, as this will make your dog not trust you and potentially fear you, especially if they experienced a difficult life until they arrived at your home.

 

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A How-To on Grooming Your Pets

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While most pets are capable of keeping themselves clean for the most part, you need to groom them on a regular basis if you want to be sure they always enjoy the very best of health. Also, grooming your pets dramatically reduces the amount of shed hair that you will find around the house, while the close contact you enjoy with your pet while brushing them will enable you to keep a close eye on other potential problems.

Checking the eyes, ears and teeth of your dog, cat or rabbit can help you spot developing medical conditions well in advance, and this may help you avoid an expensive visit to the vet. Dental health in particular is of key importance as it can not only affect a pet’s ability to eat but has also been identified as a key contributing factor in a number of other conditions. Although the general principles of grooming remain the same regardless of what pet you have, some specific considerations are depending on which animal you own.

Dog grooming tips

All pets should be introduced to grooming as early as possible, so they get used to the sensations. That said, when it comes to puppies, not much in the way of brushing is required because young dogs do not develop their adult coats until they are around 6 months old. However, if you wait too long to introduce your dog to grooming while young, it will struggle to accept this treatment as it gets older.

Grooming also builds trust between a dog and its owner, benefiting the relationship between the two for years to come. With a gentle approach, grooming should be a relaxing and enjoyable experience for both of you.

Brushing your dog’s coat will remove dead hair, along with dirt and dandruff. As you brush, natural oils present in the fur are spread out across the length of your dog’s body, giving its coat a healthy sheen.

A dog’s ears are a prime breeding ground for bacteria and germs so failing to keep them clean could allow an infection to set in. As it is such a crucial part of any grooming regime, you should always buy the best dog ear cleaner you can find. Don’t be tempted to use cotton buds as they are far too firm. Instead, soak a cotton ball in the ear cleaning solution of your choice and use this to gently remove any dirt and other debris from in and around the ears.

You should also check your dog’s eyes for any buildup of mucus on the inside corners or foreign objects. If you notice anything you feel should be cleaned away, moisten a small ball of cotton with some warm water and gently dab it into the corners of the eyes. Be careful not to leave any loose fibers behind in the eyeball as these may scratch.

Don’t forget to check the soft pads on your dog’s paws on a regular basis. If these pads become cut and filled with dirt, it can cause serious infections. It’s also possible that foreign objects may get caught between pads and create serious discomfort. When it’s hot outside, you should also check that their feet are getting burnt from the pavement.

While puppies tend to need very little in the way of grooming, dogs that have reached their senior years generally appreciate grooming even more. Many older dogs will be quietly suffering from various aches and pains linked to their age, and some will have developed arthritis. The pampering and stroking that is part and parcel of a good grooming routine can help relieve much of this discomfort.

Cat grooming tips

All cat owners know how fastidious their little feline friends can be, seemingly taking every possible opportunity to groom themselves. Despite this, cats benefit enormously from a helping hand every now and then. Grooming your cat will not only improve its looks, but it will also enable you to keep a close watch on its health, spotting any potential conditions long before they become problematic.

Always brush in the same direction as the growth of the hair and be extra careful around areas of sensitive skin, such as the chest and belly. Begin with a metal comb – fine-toothed for short-haired cats and a little wider for breeds with longer hair. Use the cob to remove any large bits of debris and carefully untangle any knots. This should be followed by brushing with a bristle or soft rubber brush which will remove dead hair from your cat’s coat.

Keeping your cat’s claws trimmed is one of the most challenging parts of the grooming routine, but so long as you take your time and approach the task correctly, it shouldn’t present you with too many problems. The key is to get the cat used to having its feet handled. Begin by simply stroking and massaging your cat’s paws on a daily basis.

Once this behavior has been accepted, you can try pressing your thumb very gently onto the pad of each toe which will cause the claws to extend. It may take a couple of weeks for your cat to get used to such behavior, but once it has, you can move on to cutting the nails using a sharp, high-quality pair of clippers specially designed for the purpose. You should only ever cut off the white tip of the claw – any more risks causing your cat discomfort.

Rabbit grooming tips

Like cats, rabbits will keep themselves clean by licking their bodies, meaning any loose hairs will stick to their tongues and end up being swallowed. However, while cats are able to vomit up fur balls to rid themselves of this excess hair, rabbits do not share this ability. If a rabbit swallows too much hair, it’s stomach will become blocked and it will starve to death.

This means it is essential to brush the fur of your rabbit on a regular basis. Aim for once a week as an absolute minimum, but if your rabbit has especially long hair, you might need to brush it more often.

Rabbits go through shedding cycles every three months or so and during alternative cycles, they will shed significantly more hair than usual. During such periods you should try to brush your pet on a daily basis. Always use soft bristle brushes as these are less likely to damage the skin of the rabbit which can be extremely fragile.

If your rabbit spends most of its time indoors, running around on carpets and other soft floorings, you’ll also need to trim its toenails. Left to their own devices, a rabbit’s toenails will grow long and sharp which can be damaging to your soft furnishings and also uncomfortable for the rabbit itself. If you examine the nails carefully, you will be able to see how far the blood flow reaches and should always clip just outside that area to avoid harming your pet.

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