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24Jan 2020

During the hottest days, swimming can be a very interesting way to have fun, cool off and have some bonding time with your pet. However, before making that decision to take your dog on an adventurous boat ride, play fetch along a river bank or deep into a private pool in your backyard or a lake, there are a few water safety tips you must keep in mind in order to ensure your dog stays safe all through the event.

Dogs are not born natural swimmers

Just like humans, “Dogs can and do drown”. This point is the first and one of the most important safety guidelines to take note of when taking your pet to the water side. Understanding that dogs are not naturally born swimmers and that they need to learn how to swim will guide you in choosing the best shallow and quiet spot for them to start their training process. And if your dog already knows how to swim, then it is important you keep an eye out for strong undercurrents and riptides while at the beach. The younger your pet is when you begin teaching him how to swim, the better he will become at handling himself in any water.

Keep an eye out for how exhausted your dog might be

Swimming can be exhausting for your dog as it takes up lots of energy. So always keep your eyes out in case your dog gets too exhausted and can’t make it back on land, your timely intervention can be the major difference between life and death.

Don’t let him eat washed up fish

Washed up fishes might look like a five-star meal to him but it would only make him fall sick leaving you with the task to deal with a dog that might end up vomiting everywhere later at night or come down with a stomach upset.

Don’t let him drink ocean water

Ocean water will mess with his internal organs and throw him off balance. Instead, bring his own pure water from home and give him a drink whenever he feels dehydrated or tasty. Trust me, this will save you lots of money and sleepless nights.

The water temperature matters

If the water is very cold, then it might not be safe for your dog to take a deep in it. Doing so will only spell problems for you. So before you let your dog take a swim, ensure the water temperature suits his own kinds of breeds.

Get your dog a life jacket for boat rides

If you would like to go on a little joy boat ride with your dog, it is important you invest in a good life jacket for him even though he knows how to swim. This way you can easily prevent any hazards that might occur if he falls off the boat or decides to jump into the water.

Fishing gears can be dangerous to your dog

Fishing gears have sharp hooks and barbs that can cause bleeding, wounds and be very painful for your dog. So while you are going fishing with your pet, it is important you take precautions to protect your dog from entangling with the fishing gear.

Always dry his ears

Water can cause infections to a dog’s ear if not properly dried. So ensure you take your time to dry your dog’s ear once he is done swimming. You can use an ear cleaner or a drying agent to achieve this easily.

22Jan 2020

Choosing the kind of workout activities you like and ensuring your pet gets the much-needed exercise from it is important for your dog in order to boost their immunity, prevent various health complications, help them maintain a healthy weight by keeping them active, healthy and fit even into their old age. Also for humans, having a workout partner is one way to achieve massive success when it comes to staying fit, but who says that work out partner as to be a human or that you can’t turn the exercise routine into play time.

To help you achieve this, we have gone ahead to research and round up some of the best fun exercise routines you can apply to help keep both you and your pet healthy and active. However, taking your time to gradually introduce your pet to whichever new exercise program you choose is important in order to help them get used to it and build the stamina for it. So don’t worry if your dog seems overly out of breath, disoriented or panting heavily after the exercises, they will gradually get used to it. You also want to ensure any exercise program you choose can be flexible and adaptable to the weather conditions, so you don’t want to end up doing outdoor activities on very hot days.

With all that said and gotten out of the way, let’s get to our list of the best fun exercise routines you can start with your pet right away.

Indoor Exercises

1. Exercise your dog by running him up and down the stairs

This is one of the best ways to keep your dog fit. The stairs as a workout for your dog can offer amazing benefits in helping your pet develop really strong muscles and the added challenge and difficulty the steps and elevation offers makes it even better to really help keep them strong. The best way to carry out this exercise is by simply playing fetch. It requires little effort from you because you will be standing at the top of the stairs and throwing your dog a toy to fetch from downstairs. A few rounds of this game and he will be worn out.

2. Exercise your dog by hiding his treats and making him work to find them

You can simply help your dog exercise and sharpen his hunting, sniffing and predatory instincts by simply taking a variety of his favorite treats and hiding them. You can hide them in difficult corners to find and behind obstacles around the house. You can rest assured that after climbing through or pushing different obstacles, lifting and walking all about, your dog should be physically tired and fully exercised by the time he finally finds all the treats.

3. Exercise your dog’s teeth and stamina with a little tug of war

You can carry out a little tug of war with your pet in order to exercise him but you need to be careful about this kind of exercise because it brings out the predatory instincts in your dog and should only be done if you have full control and trust in your dog to obey your commands. But if done right this exercise can help you strengthen his teeth muscles and work on his stamina and strength.

Outdoor exercise

1. Go for an early morning jog or cycling

You can achieve health fitness for both you and your dog. Early morning jogs will help get the blood flowing and the muscles well used and exercised. It will also help increase the heartbeat leading to more intake of oxygen, this is very useful for ensuring the brain functions well.

2. Go for a social walk in the park

You can also decide to take it slow by heading out to the park to have some chill time with your dog. While at the park you can play fetch with your dog or let them play with and socialize with other dogs. This not only helps in keeping them physically fit, but also works wonders on them mentally.

3. Take your dog swimming

One of the best ways to exercise your dog while still having fun is through swimming. Swimming allows you both to have and cool off during the hot summer months while still ensuring your pet gets the optimal exercise they need. While in the water, they constantly flex their muscles by constantly paddling with their legs in order to stay afloat. However, you would want to ensure your dog knows how to swim first.

17Jan 2020

If you ask most dog owners to tell you a thing or two about their dogs, they will tell you more than a thing or two, and most of the things they will tell you will be about how cute their dogs are. Dog owners consider their dogs as members of their families, which means they do all they can to give their dogs all the care that a family member deserves. However, in recent years, a lot of dog owners have started investing more time and money in dog care, in a bid to make their dog stand out and turn heads. In other words, many dog owners are now making their dogs models.

If you are thinking of making your dog a model or if you have a really cute dog that you would like to bring into show business, you must understand that making a dog a great model is not a walk in the park. It requires a lot of work and time. Therefore, getting your dog into show business is a hustle that you must find really enjoyable if you do not want to regret making the decision. The fun you had with your dog would be your pay off if things didn’t work out at the end of the day.

Ready to make your dog a supermodel? Here are some of the things you need to do:

Start taking his/her pictures

One of the ways to show people that your dog can be a model is by showing them awesome pictures of your dog. You do not need to spend a fortune on professional photos. You are the best photographer for your dog because no one knows your dog better than you and no one can capture your dog’s personality better than you. All you need to do is get a camera or a phone with a good camera, snap clear shots of your dog, and have them printed in a 10-by-8 inch format. You can then send the pictures with your dog’s resume to several agencies.

Get an agent

Almost all models and actors have agents, so you need to get one for your dog. Although getting your dog an agent does not guarantee success in show business, it gives your dog a good chance of becoming a successful model. Many agencies are in the business of finding dog-talent for movies, TV ads, and print ads. They are agencies that can propel your dog to stardom.

Before contacting an agent, you must:

  • Ensure your dog is comfortable around loud noises and bright light.
  • Ensure your dog is comfortable around a lot of people.
  • Ensure your dog can stay engaged for long hours.
  • Ensure your dog is well trained.
  • Ensure you can put in a lot of time and energy.
  • Be sure that any agent will fall in love with your dog at first sight.

Social Media

Social media is a really good and useful platform to show your dog to a lot of people around the world. You will able to grow your pet’s fan base too.

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6Jan 2020

Winter is a time when you need to keep yourself and your pet warm. Dogs are sensitive to winter, especially the puppies, old dogs, and sick dogs. Therefore, it is important to provide protective coverings for your dog’s body and feet. Winter clothing are even more important for your pets if you intend to take them outdoors for a long time during winter.

This article aims to let you some of the latest dog clothing that can effectively protect your pets against the adverse weather condition of the winter period, as well as help you show off your dog’s fashionable side.

Dog Sweaters

Sweaters help your pet stay warm and they come in a lot of sizes and beautiful designs. Make sure you choose a sweater that is of good quality, easy to wear and take off, fits perfectly, and feels comfortable on your dog. Some examples are sweaters with hoodies and poncho style sweaters.

Winter Coats

In addition to winter coats keeping your pet warm, they show class and style, thereby making your dog stand out. They also come in different sizes and designs. While choosing a winter coat for your dog, make sure it is of good quality, easy to wear and take off, fits perfectly, and comfortable on your dog.

Booties

Dogs have sensitive paws, which increases their chances of getting frostbite. Also, when dogs walk outdoors during winter, snow can get stuck in between their pads, causing discomfort and cuts. You can protect them against injuries and frostbite by putting booties on their paws. Booties come in different colors and pattern, so they not only protects their paws but make them look stylish.

Dog Leggings

Dog leggings are new winter fashion trends for dogs that many people do not know about. They are connected to booties and they protect your dog’s leg from germs and dirt.

Ear Warmer

Ears warmers give your dog the winter look and they keep their ears warm.

Snow Suit

If your dog is light furred or thin skinned, you should get it a snow suit for protection against cold weather condition during winter. A Snow suit is not for thick furred or thick skinned dogs because they have enough body fat and fur to conserve their body heat.

Neck Warmer or “Snoods”

Neck warmers also called “snoods” help you ensure your dog’s neck is not left out when you wear winter clothing on other parts of its body. However, you should make sure you chose a neck warmer that is not too tight but fits well on your dog’s neck.

21Dec 2019

Even though dogs are known to easily curl up and nap almost anywhere within or outside the house, it is important they have their own resting place and a comfortable bed to sleep on. The health benefits your dog derives from sleeping on a comfortable dog bed are numerous. However, choosing the perfect type, size or make of bed that works well for your dog isn’t just straightforward and might seem overwhelming if you don’t know what to do, what to look out for or what exactly you want. Going into the market without the right knowledge will only frustrate your efforts especially with the endless diverse choices of beds available in the market today. You will need to pay attention to things like your dog’s age, health issue, sleeping style and the cost of the bed, ignoring them might just lead to buying an overly costly bed your dog won’t want to sleep in.

To help you navigate this maze, we have taken our time to go into details in this article on what to look out for and what needs to influence your decisions when choosing a bed for your dog in order to help you make the right decision.

Your dog’s sleeping style

One of the most important things to take note of before you go shopping for a new bed for your dog is your dog’s sleeping style. This sleeping style dictates the kind of bed that would work well for him.

  • If he likes to cuddle up by himself while sleeping, then get a smaller bed with high sides he can easily lean on like a donut bed or a nest bed.
  • If he likes to sleep outstretched, then getting a big bed is the best option.
  • If he likes to burrow, then you can get him a cave style bed.

You can also go for beds with heating and cooling features in order to help regulate his temperature throughout the night. However, if your dog tends to chew things up, this kind of bed won’t be the best for him because it costs too much and he will only end up destroying it. Instead, you can go for a cheap, simpler bed that can still provide him with all the comfort he needs and is also easily replaceable.

Health issues and special needs

Does your dog have a sleeping problem, joints or arthritis issues? Considering the health issues your dog is currently going through is important in your decision making on the type of bed to get for your pet. Orthopedic beds are made of high memory foam and can help your pets rest comfortably as it was created for the sole purpose of easing joints or arthritis pain while your dog sleeps.

The size of bed to go for

Ensuring your dog has enough bed space available for him to lay on is important. To get the exact size of bed that would be suitable for your dog, take a measurement of your dog’s length, from the tip of his nose to the end of its tail, then add between 8 to 12 inches to it. That is the bed size range that would suit him. However, while taking this measurement, you would want to consider if your dog is already fully grown or not. Except you don’t mind replacing the bed quickly as he grows.

The bed material to choose

You can find dog beds made in various materials, choosing one that works well for your dog and deals with issues like odors, allergies or bed wetting for older dogs is important. This bed includes:

  • Waterproof beds or covers for older dogs with incontinence issues
  • Cedar filled beds for odor management
  • Hypoallergenic dog covers for sensitive dogs with allergies

Also while making your choice on the bed material to buy, you would want to consider the ease of cleaning and maintenance too. Get a bed that is easy to get cleaned up and maintained.

17Dec 2019

Treating Dogs as an extension to your family with all his needs similar to ours, means a lot to pet lovers. So is acknowledging his food habits which are similar to ours. Here goes traditional pet food brought from the downtown pet stores straight out of the window and in comes a slew of vegetables such as Kale, Spinach, Carrots, Green Beans, Broccoli, Beats, Celery, Cucumber, Sweet Potatoes and Butternut Squash.

A handful of vegetables is enough to keep your furry animal pleased with himself, These vegetables possess all nutrients that are absent in meat. A dog also craves a balanced diet that will put a spring in his step.

A strict veggie diet also has a lot of cost-savings and minimizes the to and fro trip to the pet store. The dog feeds on a veggie diet full of organic pulses and fibers that are so essential in the rearing up of dogs. Veggies are inherently rich in fibers, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes and phyto-nutrients.

Veggies are grated into fine little pieces, small enough to not choke the dog or for better results, pureed vegetables with a generous amount of minerals will do. Veggies make for a delightful snack treat that goes down well with dogs of all breeds.

There are many formats for preparing vegetables for your favorite dog and come up with a lip-smacking recipe. Veggies such as carrots, cucumber and broccoli offer a sumptuous spread for the dog and should be part of the diet plan, that more than keeps him indulged with his sole veggie diet. The vegetables can be served plain and nice to the dog without any additional seasonings including salt, sugar and sauce. Some vegetables will require cooking before you serve them to the dog.

Carrots:

An eclectic mix of vegetables for the dog includes carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, potatoes and celery. Dogs will cherish carrots which are served raw and nothing like baby carrots that are a great treat to the dogs palate. Additionally, carrots are low in calories and make for an ideal low-calorie diet especially for overweight dogs. Chewing carrots also aids in dental make-up for dogs.

Cucumbers:

Raw cucumbers are also a good and healthy diet for dogs and cut in spear-shapes to aid in digestion. They are free from fats, oils and carbohydrates, hence are ideal for dogs on a weight-loss programme. Cucumbers are a rich source of vitamins B1, K and C and they contain magnesium, biotin and copper in rich quantities. Cucumbers are inherently rich in water and hence they serve as able hydrating agents.

Broccoli:

Broccoli serves as a nice rich source of nutrients when lightly steamed. Broccoli is a high-fiber diet rich in minerals and vitamin C. Broccoli has certain isothiocyanates which gives gastric irritation to dogs and hence should be served in moderation only.

Sweet Potatoes:

Cooked, cooled, mashed and peeled sweet potato can be given to dogs as long as it is prepared and served without any slat, seasonings, butter or sugar. Sweet potatoes are a rich mix of fiber, beta carotene and vitamins B6 and C.

Celery:

Raw Celery can be given to your pet dog as a treat. Celery contains vitamins A, B And C needed for the functioning of a healthy heart.

Wrapping Up:

Vegetables are a rich source of vitamins and will help the dog become more energetic and probably put an end to his sufferings caused by lack of vitamins and get him out of the same old rut he find himself in daily. Probably your child will also take to vegetables once he sees the doggie cherish eating vegetables That’s a double-pronged benefit.

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