Why Crate Training Is So Important?

Crate training is one of the most valuable skills your dog can have. Crate training your dog is not in humane, cruel, or mean. Often times we as humans relate a crate to jail or feel sorry for a dog that is in a crate, but it is important to remember that we are training through your dog’s mentality, and not our own.

There are many beneficial reasons to crate training your puppy or dog. There will be many times in your dog’s life that they are going to be put in a crate. Whether it be at the vet’s office, boarding, a friend’s house, the groomer, or in the car. Preparing your dog for these situations is important. Not crate training your dog can cause anxiety, lots of stress and can be extremely difficult on your dog when they finally need to be put in that situation. Below are some other important reasons why crate training is beneficial for your dog. Continue reading

Convenient and Practical Ways to Exercise Your Dog

Exercise is an essential part of your dog’s overall wellness and is also an important part of your dog’s training. A tired dog is a good dog, and sometimes, with hectic work schedules and a busy, achieving a tired dog status is easier said than done. Below are five ways to help get you and your dog on your way to tired dog status.

Running Or Walking
Taking your dog for a walk or run is one of the easiest routines and is one of the best and most effective exercise your dog can benefit from. Continue reading

Pet Care Tips for Dog Owners

Being a dog owner is very rewarding. It promises years of companionship and pleasure to owner and dog alike. But being a dog owner is also a long term commitment and heavy responsibility. Below are eight tips on how to care for your to which you have made such a commitment.

Vaccinations
Vaccinations are vital to your dog’s well being. Dogs should follow a strict schedule of vaccinations to prevent diseases. Keep your dog current on his vaccinations, following the schedule recommended by your veterinarian. Continue reading

Fleas and Ticks on Your Dog

If your dog spends a lot of time scratching, chances are he may have fleas. In order to make sure, separate a patch of his fur so you can see his skin. If you notice a lot of tiny black specs, your dog most likely has fleas. Fleas are the most difficult external parasite to get rid of because they reproduce extremely fast and also because they can become resistant to insecticides. Your veterinarian can help you to rid your dog and your home of these annoying critters.

Ticks
Ticks are more than just a nuisance because the often carry diseases, such as Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, and tick paralysis. They feed off their host’s blood by burrowing their mouths into the skin, so a disease can be easily passed from tick to animal. Ticks can easily be spotted on shorthaired dogs, but finding a tick on a dog with a longer coat can be a bit challenging. It is important to check your dog for ticks often, especially if he spends a lot of time in grassy or wooded places. On dogs, ticks tend to prefer areas near the neck, ears, and head, so check these spots most often. Continue reading

Dog Supplies

So you have decided to get a dog and now it is time to prepare your home for the new addition. Below are just a few of the basic dog necessities that you will need to have when your dog arrives.

Bed
Dog beds come in a wide variety of sizes and styles, from thin pads to orthopedic foam to soft, loosely padded pillows. When you find the right kind of bed, be sure that it is large enough to let your dog stretch out and relax and should also be be washable. Continue reading

Papillon Dog Breed

The Papillon is also called the Continental Toy Spaniel and the dwarf spaniel. Papillon is the French word for butterfly, which reflects the butterfly appearance of the breed’s large, upright ears covered in long, fringed hair.

Personality
Happy dogs at heart, Papillons need plenty of socialization from puppyhood. Papillons are spirited little dogs with energy to spare. They love to chase balls and run around the house, though they are happy to take a break to soak up a little love and attention whenever they can get it. They learn things quickly, and are often at the top of their class in obedience and agility. Papillons make excellent family dogs, in that they can keep up with kids who want to play. They make excellent companion animals for first time dog owners.

Exercise: These little dogs have abundant energy, so plenty of exercise and obedience training are a must to keep them physically and mentally balanced. Continue reading

Types of Dog Food

Although dog food does not come in as many varieties as human food, there are still a few different types to choose from. No matter which type you choose, the most important factor in your decision should be finding a food that meets all of your dog’s nutritional requirements. There are five main types of dog food to choose from.

Dry/Kibble
Dry food is a very economical type of dog food that lasts a long time and does not require refrigeration. When selecting a specific dry food, read the ingredients carefully and make sure it lists wholesome foods as its primary ingredients.

Canned
Canned food is loved most by dogs but is pricier than dry food. Even though canned food is a dog favorite not every brand of commercial canned food provides the protein that your dog needs. Most canned food is about 75 percent water. The higher the water content, the less nutrient content. If you decide to feed your dog canned food, it is best to go with a kind that is labeled “100 percent nutritionally complete. Continue reading

The Benefits of Home Grooming

Proper grooming allows for a healthier, happier dog. Both you and your dog can start enjoying the many benefits of grooming at home. Here are some advantages and great dog grooming tips.

Bonding Opportunity
Grooming is not just about appearances. When you groom your dog at home you develop a consistent bond with your dog. You will spend more time together and he will learn to trust you to care for him. Continue reading

Are You Ready To Adopt a Dog?

Owning a dog can enrich your life, but it is also a huge commitment that takes time, money and patience. If you think an adopted dog may be right for you, the next step is deciding whether you would make a good adoptive owner. Dogs in need of homes come in a full array of shapes, sizes, and personalities. They can also have drastically different needs. When potential owners do their homework, they can find pets whose needs best match their lifestyles and personalities. Even the best match, however, must come along at the right time in an owner’s life.

Your Freedom Will Be Limited
As a dog owner, you are committing yourself to coming home directly after work for the next 10-15 years of your life. What will you do when you travel? Are you going to ensure your dog is socialized well enough that you can leave her with another dog owner or dog daycare facility? Continue reading

What to Look For in a Dog Bed

As a responsible pet owner, it is very important that you provide your dog with a comfortable and warm bed of their own. A designated place to retreat to at night and nap in throughout the day. Below, are a few of the ways a dog bed can benefit both you and your dog.

Cushion: A good dog bed provides your pet with a comfortable, soft place to rest his joints and bones. This becomes increasingly important as you dog get older.

Insulation: A dog bed offers an important source of insulation during the winter and summer, acting as a protective layer between the cold floor or hot ground.

Hair And Odor Control: Dog beds are a great way to help keep your house clean by keeping the hair and odor concentrated in a single area. Quality dog beds are also water resistant and easy to clean. Continue reading