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

Five Simple Ways to Extend Your Dog’s Life

We all want to keep our fur babies with us as long as possible, which is why we need to give them a certain level of care. Depending on their size, most dogs can live ten to fifteen years if they are in good shape mentally and physically. Below are some things that you can do to extend and improve the quality of your dog’s life.

Maintain Your Dog’s Teeth: Tooth decay is a very common problem for dog’s yet a dangerous health problem. Tooth decay not only creates dental problems, but it can cause infections throughout the body, especially in the kidneys and heart.

Maintain A Healthy Weight: Your dog can become overweight if they eat a lot of fatty human foods, or even if they eat too much pet food and do not get enough exercise. Try to make an effort to keep them at a healthy weight at all times. Continue reading

Proper Foods for Your Senior Dog

As your dog ages, they develop a slower metabolism and lose the ability to naturally repair their bodies and maintain normal functions. Feeding them the right diet is essential in the care of an aging dog. Some dogs require a diet with fewer calories and nutrients because they have a low activity level. Meanwhile, other dogs may develop digestion issues, which would call for more calories and nutrients. Always be sure to choose the right regimen to meet your dog’s specific needs, starting with food formulated for aging dogs.

What Are Senior Foods?
Senior foods are specifically designed to help older dogs live happier, healthier lives. Most senior life-stage dog foods have higher amounts of specific supplements and vitamins and are lower in protein, phosphorus and sodium to support aging hearts and kidneys. Continue reading

Health Benefits of Walking Your Dog

Spring is finally here. That means it is the perfect time to go outside and get in a good walk with your dog! Going out for walks is an important part of a dog’s life. Walking your dog is a simple task that can reap plentiful health benefits for both of you. How far you go and how fast you walk your dog depends on its age, breed and body condition. Here is just a sample of those benefits.

Exercise
Dogs need exercise to keep muscles fit and calories burned, along with a proper diet. Dogs that do not have a yard to run around in, a good brisk walk is essential. Both you and your dog will enjoy a boost to cardiovascular fitness, strengthened muscles and bones and healthier blood pressure that will add precious time to both of your lives. Continue reading

Training: Is a Treat Always Necessary?

If your dog is food motivated and you want him to learn basic obedience skills, like sit, stay and come, then dog treats are one of the best ways to start training. You have to bear in mind that dogs are not naturally programmed to respond quickly and accurately to commands. It is up to you, as their owner, to put in the effort and time to train them properly, to teach them to want to respond.

Positive reinforcement is a way to increase or maintain a behavior by giving the dog some type of stimulus. This could be a pat on the head, a toy or a treat as a reward for good behavior. Positive reinforcement can be used for initial training and also to maintain existing good behavior. Furthermore, positive reinforcement has been shown to increase correct behavior when given intermittently once a dog has associated the reward with the behavior. Continue reading