What was the most important part of your dog training?
Last week we asked our readers to share the best dog training advice they’d ever received.
First to share with us was Helen Nicks:
“The best dog training advice I ever received was to use a ‘Halti’ type collar to stop pulling on the lead. Worked wonders!”
Have you been given any great advice? Share it with us below!
Every week between the Q&A’s and doggy insights we post a handy tip on our website to help you and your dog get along a little better.
Now we’re turning the tables and asking you – our loyal, dog-loving readers – to share your tips with us.
What is the best dog advice you’ve ever received?
Comment below or email us and we’ll make sure your tips are posted for the rest of our readers to learn from (with your name, of course).
And hey, if you want to throw in a photo of you and your best furry friend, you know we won’t object.
Halloween is upon us, and, while it is not usually a time for big bangs and displays of light, you might encounter the odd firework or two.
Now, we all know that dogs and fireworks don’t go together, and that dogs hear things a lot louder than humans do, so we thought we’d put together a list of tips to help you and your dog through any unexpectedly bright Halloween celebrations.
The first, and perhaps the easiest thing to – but something that only works if you know the fireworks are coming – is to make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise during the day.
Make sure your dog has a safe and comfortable place to take refuge inside your house.
Try to keep your dog in a calm state – this means keeping stimulation to a minimum. Cover the crate or draw the blinds and keep him/her subdued with lots of tummy scratches. A Kong or favorite chew toy will be a good distraction, and a healthy activity for your dog.
If you must use a sedative, make sure it is something prescribed by or recommended by your vet.
Finally, make sure you prepare yourself for fireworks. Humans can easily transfer their feelings, shock or anxiety so try keep your cool.
Is there something that helps your dog get through festive fireworks? Let us know
However, leaving a dog with access to an unlimited supply of water is not always an option… so how much water should you leave for your dog?
The type of dog you have, the size of your dog, age of your dog and general health of your dog all come into play when figuring out how much dogs drink. The basic rule is that your dog should drink an ounce for every pound s/he weighs, but this is just that, a basic rule.
There are dog breeds, like Mastiffs, that produce a lot of saliva and drink a large amount of water.
Naturally, play time and warm weather will make your dog drink a little more than normal, but it could also be a sign of illness or infection – your dog may be trying to flush out toxins.
If you’re not sure, your vet will be able to give you some advice so your pooch stays well hydrated.
Drinking a lot of water is fine, but keep an eye out for drinking far more than normal, or a lot less than normal – both signs that you need to visit your vet.
How much water does your dog drink? Do you give him/her free access to water or do you fill up a bowl as needed?
Let us know in the comments below.
Are you a new puppy parent? Perhaps you’re just revisiting puppy parenthood?
Either way, you’ve come to the right place.
Not only do we have the best dog memes to help you keep your humor during those trying nippy times, we’ve also composed a guide to puppies to help you through your first few months together. What are you waiting for? Get started now. Click here.
Don’t forget to let us know how you get on, and send us a few photos along the way.
Here’s a question we are asked often – how do I get my dog to stop eating poop?
Whether it is their own, that of another dog, or of cats that wander into your yard, this is not a problem you want to have to deal with.
You’ll find a full explanation here, but this tip will stand you in good stead when dealing with stray poops and other undesirables your dog deems treat-worthy.
Are you ready?
Teach your dog to “Leave it!”
It will take a bit of practice, but putting your dog on a leash when you go outside and giving it a gentle tug with the “Leave it” command will eventually help you avoid strange smelling dog breath.
By the time your dog gets to about 2years old, s/he should have had their teeth looked at by a professional who will be able to give you an indication of how frequently to go for follow up treatment based on their findings.
It is a good idea to make home dental care a regular part of your routine to keep your dogs’ choppers in good health and your veterinary costs down.
Avoiding bones that splinter easily, and rather stick to things that are softer than your dogs’ teeth like rubber balls. Look out for treats and chews that help reduce plaque and tartar build up.
The rough texture of dry food will keep your dogs’ teeth clean, as will dry biscuits. Dental chew sticks can also be found at your local pet store.
Of course, you can also brush your dogs’ teeth. Although your dog may resist the ‘activity’ at first, but with enough repetitions it will eventually become part of normal life. If your dog protests too much you might need to go for a check-up, as there could be gum sensitivity. Make sure you get a toothbrush and toothpaste that is approved by the AVDC – a flavor like chicken will make the task a bit easier for you to administer. Dental wipes are also available as an alternate option.
To get your dog used to brushing start with massaging his or her gums for a few minutes and gradually build up to 30 minutes, holding the head firmly but not fighting.
Your dogs’ breath will also give you an indication of tooth and gum health. A particularly foul-smelling stench, loss of appetite or excessive vomiting and drinking can indicate that it is time to pay a visit to the vet. Pink gums (rather than red of white) are a sign of healthy gums.
Is there something that worked well for you and your dog? Let us know.
If you’re celebrating Halloween this year, we’re sure you’ll want to include your precious pooch in your festivities. And what is Halloween without a costume? We’ve put together an album of costume ideas for your dog.
If you do decide to dress up your dog, do send us a picture!
While there are many families who are strictly ‘Cat Families’ or ‘Dog Families’ there are a number who prefer to have a mix of animals in their herd. If you’re part of one of these hybrid families, you’ll know that dogs and cats can actually get along, it just takes a bit of time and patience to introduce them.
First things first – remember that dogs are pack animals and will take their cues from you. This may require you to make some changes in your cat-loving home if you wish to introduce a puppy or dog into your family.
A final note – if you’re bringing a puppy into what was cat territory, remember that claws can hurt your puppy so guide him/her around the cat, and be patient.
Have you had experience introducing a dog into a cat household? What helped?