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Dog Toys for the Brain, Teeth and Feet

Nov-2013-iStock_000014546418XSmallThinking of the best toys that suit your dog? Below are some suggestions:

1. Kong Jump’n Jack:  Kong Jump’n Jack is a dog toy and a teeth cleaner and gum exerciser at the same time. It has a very unpredictable bounce that makes it a lot more fun for the dog to play with. It has surfaces that clean your dog’s teeth. Kong Jump’n Jack also has slits that are useful for the gums to be exercised.

2. Squirrel Dude (Busy Buddy):  This is a unique and innovative rubber toy. It has four rubber prongs that slightly cover the hole, which challenges the dog to give more effort to taste the food treats inside. The Squirrel Dude is durable and very chewable.

3. Biscuit Block (Animal Planet):  This chew toy has four grabbing chambers distributed throughout the toy. Varieties of dog treats can be inserted inside to keep pets happy and busy. It has a crazy bounce brought about by its square shape with cut corners.

4. Ball Stomp’r (Launch and Throw Ball Toys): This dog toy enables both young and old to have a great time playing with their dogs. The Ball Stomp’r is the first ball launcher of its kind. The ball needs to be loaded, then stomped on and it will eject to a height reaching 100 feet with the regular ball.

5. Dinosaur Egg Baby (Plush Puppies) – Intelligence Building Toy.  The Dinosaur Egg Baby has three eggs inside that make a squeaking sound. It has a secret opening underneath to test your dog’s instinct in getting hidden rewards. It is 6 inches in height, 5 inches wide and 12 inches long.

These are all toys that exercise dogs, cleanse their teeth, rejuvenate their jumping ability and test their intelligence.

Seven Tips on Choosing a Name For Your Puppy

dog-namesYou’ve picked out the perfect puppy.  Now what? He needs a name!  Over the course of its life, you will use your dog’s name more than 35,000 times. Be sure you’re picking a name you can live with and love. With these seven tips, the key to finding the perfect name for your puppy is at your fingertips!

  1. Dogs understand short commands. Easy names with two or fewer syllables work well.
  2. Your puppy’s name shouldn’t sound like any commands. “Stacy” and “stay” are too close for comfort. Such a name may confuse your puppy.
  3. Remember, you’ll be using your pup’s name in public. “Stinky” may be cute among your fellow fraternity members, but it won’t go over well at the veterinarians.
  4. Make your kids part of the decision.
  5. You may think it’s an honor to name your pup after your favorite Uncle Norbert. Naming your baby after him may keep you in the will, but naming your puppy after him may not.
  6. If you’re bringing home an older dog, ideally, stick with the name it already has. Can’t stand it because “Barney” was the first boy who broke your heart? Then stick with similar sounds when choosing a new name. “Barney” morphs into “Farley” easily.
  7. Once you’ve chosen a name, try it out for a day or so. You’ll know right away whether it’s a keeper. If not, there are always more puppy names on your list!

Take a look around you. Everywhere you are, you’ll find a variety of terrific ideas on what to name your pooch.  At first glance, a couple things will stand out about your new puppy. Enjoy him or her for a day or two and take these into consideration.

The choices are endless. However, with these simple tips and some thought, before long you’ll have found the perfect puppy name!

 

 

All Dog Foods are Not the Same

123RF-9099369_sYour dog’s health and wellbeing is important to you and your family. Carefully consider the food that you give your dog. It is important to pick the right one.

To keep your dog healthy he needs plenty of fresh water and should be fed good quality dog food in the right amount to meet his energy requirements. Always follow the guidelines on the dog food package for recommended feeding amounts.

Major dog food companies try to provide balanced proportions of vitamins and minerals for maximum benefit to your dog. Although you may see that many brands of dog food have almost identical labels, a reputable dog food company will provide an explanation for each supplement and how it benefits your dog.

Always read the label to see what proteins, vitamins and minerals are being provided to your dog. Try not to use store brand dog food as this may short change your dog on much needed nutrition.

There are many varieties of dog food to choose from. The three most popular types of dog foods are dry, semi-moist and canned products. Check the color of your dog food. Usually dog food made from natural ingredients will have soft earth tones and contain no preservatives, artificial colors and flavors.

Choose a good premium dog food since it contains more energy and protein than an economy brand. Unfortunately not all dog food brands contain high quality and natural ingredients, so always check the label. It is best if you seek advice from your veterinarian before deciding on which dog food to feed your dog or puppy. He will know your dog’s dietary needs and you will find that veterinary offices and feed stores often carry excellent and natural dog food.

Overall it’s usually best to let dogs enjoy dog food and not our food, even though they may prefer what we’re eating! Of course you can feed your dog treats from time to time.

“Can I Have A Puppy?”

123RF-17245805_sSooner or later, every parent is likely to hear: “Please, can I have a puppy?”

Rather than dodge the question, parents should consider whether their family is ready for a pet, says Sharon Bergen, senior vice president of education and training for Knowledge Learning Corporation, the nation’s leading provider of early childhood care and education.

Bergen suggests that parents weigh the pros and cons of adding a pet to the household before agreeing to a child’s request. “A pet can teach children responsibility and become a wonderful addition to a family – or it can be a burden,” she says. Bergen recommends families consider the following before making a decision.

Who will care for the pet? Families should agree beforehand who will be responsible for feeding, walking, bathing and cleaning up after the pet.

Do you have space for a pet? Families living in apartments or townhouses may prefer a cat, a bird or fish, rather than a Labrador Retriever. Check the library or Internet to learn more about different types and breeds of pets to determine the one most suitable for your family.

Owning a pet is time-consuming and may be expensive. Family members should realize that they may have to give up other activities to properly care for a pet. If the prospect seems too daunting, parents should consider waiting until the child is old enough to help care for an animal.

Bergen recommends the whole family meet the animal before deciding to take it home. Owning a pet is a life-long commitment, so think carefully before adding a pet to your family.

 

Animal Lovers are Never Lonely

123RF-22885766_sHaving a dog or cat around the house brings animal lovers a lot of smiles. Cuddling, big round eyes sending messages of love, cute fluffy ears or a tail moving in signs of joy makes any heart melt. Animal lovers know that and they appreciate every smile a pet brings to their faces.

Animal lovers are never lonely, are always loved by their pets, and often receive the comfort that a human could not give them. Having an animal for a friend is having a true friend for life!

Another reason that animal lovers are never lonely is they are often communicative, generous, not selfish, always around to help their friends in need, loving and attentive. Animal lovers are very appreciated and loved by everyone.

If you are looking for company, animal and human, don’t forget animal lovers and their pets!

Five Great Gift Ideas for Pet Lovers

123RF-9880980_sWith the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of gifts to give your friends and loved ones. Finding unique gifts can present a challenge, and most people never consider giving pet-related gifts. Since the chances are good that more than one person on your holiday gift list has a pet that he or she adores, why not give a distinctive gift that they will treasure? Here are five great gift ideas to get you started:

1. Fine Art Animal Prints

Dogs may come in many shapes and sizes, but each has a personality all of its own. One of the most delightful gifts you can give to a pet lover is a fine art print of his or her breed.

2. Crystal Animal Statues

Whether your gift recipient has a dog, cat, horse, or rabbit, he or she is sure to enjoy an elegant crystal animal statue. Hand-finished animal statues are beautiful yet whimsical. Crystal animal statues can depict a wide variety of pets.

3. Stone Animal Statues

Who wouldn’t love a playful stone animal statue depicting their beloved pet? Animal garden statues are perfect gifts, as are stone animal statues for the home and office. While some statues – like a sleeping spaniel puppy or an eager dachshund – make you feel warm inside, others – like a cat holding a pair of binoculars up to his eyes, ever watchful for a bird – make you chuckle. Stone animal statues are available for virtually any type of pet, and are certain to be cherished.

4. Animal Posters

If you’ve ever owned a pet, you know how funny they can be. Animal posters depict pets in a variety of outlandish situations (remember the cat in “Hang in There”?), and are affordable.

5. Entertainment

When it comes to gifts for pet lovers, there’s nothing more unique that pet-related entertainment. There is actually a music company that creates music for animals, so consider giving a gift of music about and for cats, dogs, or birds. Another great gift idea is to buy a DVD or video that is designed to entertain your recipient’s pet. They can play the DVD or video while at work or out running errands – guilt free!

It’s both original and thoughtful to give a gift that acknowledges someone’s pet as a central part of his or her life. Pet lovers will appreciate and treasure your thoughtful gift.

 

Six Easy Ways to Find a Good Dog Trainer

123RF-16565688_sWith so many people advertising in the field of professional dog training today, trying to determine who’s truly qualified to look after your dog can be overwhelming.  What to look for when choosing a professional to help you with dog training:

  1. A good reputation, ask around and get recommendations from your vet, other dog owners, or local kennel clubs.
  2. Experience. Inquire about their background, i.e. number of years of experience.
  3. A genuine love of and devotion to dogs.
  4. Extensive and up to date knowledge. Dedicated trainers keep themselves updated by attending dog training and animal behaviour courses, conferences, seminars and workshops.
  5. Their training methodology and handling skills. A good dog trainer’s first concern should be the dog’s wellbeing.
  6. Memberships with reputable associations, organizations and training clubs.

 

How to Crate Train Your Dog

123RF-5908313_sDogs are naturally den animals so crating your dog can be good for your dog.  To determine if crating is right for your dog, try crating your dog and see how he takes to it.  However, remember that it can take some time for your dog to get used to and accept the crate.

The first step in getting your dog to understand the concept of the crate is getting him to understand that being inside of the crate is a good thing and an action that brings him rewards.

To get him into the crate, sit near the crate and hold your hand as far inside of the crate as you can (holding a treat) and wait for him to go into the crate. Once he reaches your hand, give him the treat and then pull your hand out. If he pops right out of the crate, do nothing. Don’t say anything, and whatever you do, do NOT give him a treat outside of the crate.

Once your dog starts to understand that he gets rewarded for being inside the crate, start adding a word to this action. You might want to use the word “crate” or “bed”.  Don’t introduce this command word to try and teach him to get into the crate. Until he is taught what the word means, it has no meaning for him.

Place your hand holding the treat inside the crate and say “CRATE”. When he enters the crate and all four feet are inside of the crate, reward him with a verbal “Good Boy” and the treat. When you pull your hand out of the crate, more than likely the dog will follow your hand out.  Ignore him, put another treat into your hand, and place your hand back into the crate and say “CRATE”. He will follow your hand into the crate.  Repeat the reward process. Once this action is clear to your dog, try to use only the verbal cue, “CRATE” and see if he enters the crate. Begin by doing this while you are standing near the crate door. Later you will be able to do this from a distance.

 

Tips About Toys for Your Dog

dog with toyMost dogs need toys to help fight boredom, and to prevent some bad behaviors.  It is important to choose the right toys for your dog.  Here are some tips to consider when buying toys for your dog:

  • Choose the right size toy for the size of your dog. For example, a ball that is too small can become stuck in your dog’s throat.
  • Look for dog toys that are well made, with no small parts that can be pulled or chewed off and swallowed.
  • Throw away any broken or torn toys.
  • Before giving your dog rawhide, check with your vet as to which ones are safe.
  • Supervise your dog’s play with squeaky toys.
  • Hard rubber toys, such as Kong-type products, are available in a variety of shapes and sizes.  These are fun for your dog to chew and carry around.
  • Rope toys are usually available in a “bone” shape with knotted ends.
  • Kong or “Busy-box” toys are large rubber toys with hiding places for treats. By moving the toy around with his nose, mouth, and paws your dog can get to the goodies.
  • Rotate your dog’s toys weekly by making only a few toys available at a time.
  • Keep a variety of toys easily accessible.
  • If your dog has a favorite toy you may want to leave it out all the time.
  • Most of your dog’s toys should be interactive so that you can play with your dog.

Enjoy playtime with your dog!

Why Does My Dog Get Ear Infections?

BeagleFirst you need to determine what is causing the ear infection, so that you can take steps to prevent the ear infection from coming back.  If the ear canal is wet from bathing, grooming or swimming, it can become an excellent environment for bacteria to grow which can then develop into an ear infection.  Be sure to dry your dog’s ears when they get wet.

Some dogs develop allergies to dust mites, molds, foods and pollens.  These dogs can develop recurring ear infections because growth of normal bacteria and yeast is accelerated.  Routine cleaning with a gentle dog-approved ear cleaner can reduce the frequency of ear infections in dogs with allergies.

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