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Basics For Your Pup

Basics For Your Pup

Having a four legged friend can be a rewarding experience and we always want the best for our new best friend. If you are a new dog owner, there are a lot of things to do to prepare for the arrival of the puppy. While basic things, such as food and a leash, are at the top of the list there are lots of other things to consider as well, that may get lost with all the excitement of a new dog.

Food is clearly one of the most important things to be stocked up on for your dog. Whether you choose wet food, dry food, organic, or a combination of these options, pet supplies from online sources are a great way to shop. They often offer a wider variety of healthier food options for your dog. You only need to decide what you feel is best for your, and your dog’s, needs. While shopping, don’t forget food and water dishes that are the right size for your dog. Also, it can be extremely helpful to have food storage containers if you plan to buy large bags of food. This way, you can keep the food fresh and safe from insects.

Many other accessories are also important additions to your home when you have dog. A bed and a crate will create spaces especially for your dog that he or she will feel comfortable and safe in. It is important for your dog to know they have their own safe place to go to if they are in a stressful situation. Depending on the dog, stressful situations could include anything from loud, unfamiliar guests to thunderstorms.
Toys are also an important and fun thing to have for your dog. Your puppy needs to play as a learning tool for interaction with humans or other dogs. Play time is excellent for both exercise and bonding between you and your dog. Buying pet supplies online offers the biggest selection of toys for your dog. You will be able to find different toys for all different types of play, as well as quirky toys that fit your own personality and add something even more special to playtime.

Other very important tools you need to have for you dog is a leash and collar. Many areas have specific laws about leashes and you should always check what those are, but generally dogs are required to be on leashes in public places. Leashes prevent your dog from running off and can prevent him or her from interacting with other animals or people that may not be safe.

A collar should be the correct size for your dog so that is not too tight around the neck, but also not too loose so that it could be slipped off. A good guide for this is to be able to have enough space for two fingers in-between the dog’s neck and the collar. An important addition to the collar is an identification tag with information about the dog’s name and your contact information in case the dog is lost.

Having a dog is a great responsibility with even greater rewards. With proper preparation, you will be well on your way to a happy life with your new best friend.

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Taking Care of a Dog 101

Taking Care of a Dog 101

If you have never owned a dog before then you might not understand that taking care of one can be a lot of work, but even so it is very rewarding.

First of all, you need to make sure you know what to feed your dog, you can get this information from a vet or a pet store. Typically dogs need to be fed twice a day, once in the morning when they wake up and once in the evening normally around dinner time. A lot of time, human food can make dogs sick, so resist the urge to find them scraps from the table of what you are eating. Just like with a baby, changing food can be stressful for a dog, so if you are going to change up its diet, be sure to do so gradually to ensure a smoother transition. It is important to feed your dog in a quiet secluded place so they feel safe while they are eating their meals.

Second, you need to make sure your dog always has plenty of water. It is imperative to give your dog clean and fresh water throughout the day so that they can stay hydrated just like a human.

Third, it is important to have a good shelter for your dog. Just like humans have houses, dogs need a place where they can feel comfortable and call home as well. This can either be inside or outside, but if it is outside make sure the shelter will protect the dog from any weather that may be undesirable. To keep dogs the safest, make sure they sleep indoors. This will prevent anything unfortunate happening. Most importantly, be sure to treat your dog as part of the family. They will respond better to you if you treat them well.

Next comes the issue of where the dog is supposed to go to the bathroom. Training can be tricky so be consistent and don’t give up. Make a designated spot out in the yard, and always go there so that you train your dog accordingly. Make sure you clean up the area regularly. Just like humans need a clean bathroom, so do dogs. If you forget to clean it up and it piles up, they are going to be unwilling to go there. Always display proper etiquette and clean up after your dog while on walks or in public. If you need some additional help training your dog consider contacting Home Dog Training South Central Florida. They offer comprehensive training that is both holistic and unique to teach your dog how to properly behave.

Fifth, it is important that dogs get regular exercise! Physical activity helps dogs stay happy, healthy and fit just like with humans. So make sure you let your dog out to run, or talk them on a walk every single day.

Just like humans, it is important to groom your dog regularly. Make sure to regularly brush their fur and clean their teeth. This will keep down the chance of ticks, and oral health issues not to mention bad breath. Also, get on a regular bathing schedule as well since dogs tend to stink if not bathed.

Follow these tips and you’ll be an expert dog owner in no time. Most important however is to love your dog and have fun. 

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What to Do If Your Pet is Sick

What to Do If Your Pet is Sick

If you are like me, you absolutely love dogs. In fact, my family has a dog that we love so much he is basically like another brother to us kids, and a son to my parents. It is so fun to see how he acts on a daily basis and how humanlike he really is. But sometimes he can get sick which is never fun. So what should you do if your pet is sick? First of all it is important to recognize what your dog looks and acts like when they are healthy. That way, when they are acting strange, chances are that you can assume they are sick. Healthy dogs breath approximately 15-20 times per minute, have clean smelling ears, bright eyes and a shiny coat of fur.

Chances are some of the following will occur when your dog is sick, so be on the lookout. Your dog might have red, swollen eyes. Your dog might have a runny or crusty nose. Your dog might overly scratch at their ears, and your dog might have a change in body weight. These are just some of many signs that your dog might be not feeling well. If you notice any or all of these symptoms you might want to take your dog to an animal hospital.

Hamilton Road Animal Hospital is a great option if you live in or around Columbus. They have regular vet services such as spaying or bathing your pet as well as emergency vet services for when your precious pet isn’t feeling well. Furthermore they suggest some preventative car measures for your pets in order to keep them healthy and strong. Something you should consider is yearly vaccinations against health conditions that animals face. Another type of preventative care to consider is animal vaccinations against things such as parasites and heartworms. Just like humans benefit from vaccinations, so can our pets. So if you find that your pet is sick, give your pet some extra tender loving care and try to get to a vet or animal hospital just as fast as you can to help get them feeling better.

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What Every Cat Lover Wants

What Every Cat Lover Wants

It should be simple to find the perfect gift for the cat lover, but in reality it is not. Shelves are full of cat calendars, cat dishes, and little pictures declaring “I Love My Cat”, but finding a gift that is unique and entertaining can be difficult and even stressful. Here are some unique gift ideas that will impress any cat lover, no matter how finicky they may be.

Books:
For the cat lover who loves to read, the is a wide assortment of books on cats. There are books about cat detectives, comic book cats, cats who go on adventures, and there are even books by cats about humans. Whatever the interest there is probably a book, and what cat lover doesn’t enjoy curling up with a book and a cat?

Handbags and Accessories:
For the cat lover who wears their love for their cat on their sleeve, a tapestry cat purse and matching makeup bag may be the perfect gift. Tee shirts and sweatshirts with cats emblazoned on them are excellent gifts, along with cute accessories which include a hot pad with a lounging cat on it, what better place to find a cat than somewhere warm. Socks and kitchen aprons make cute and thoughtful gifts too. For an extra personal touch, use the image of the cat owner’s cat instead of the marketing image. It shows that a little extra thought went into the gift.

Jewelry:
Giving jewelry as a gift is almost never a bad idea, and there is a wide assortment of cat charms, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets available to suit any cat lover. For the younger cat lover a simple cat charm is a wonderful gift idea. Beautiful earrings with delicate cats dangling from them make a great gift for the older fashion conscious cat lover.

Art of Cats:
While there are paintings and artworks for sale by actual cat artists, most Cat Art is done by the human owners of cats. Paintings can be whimsical or black and white. Many paintings are portraits of cats in every setting imaginable. Bring a picture of the cat lover’s cat and have the cat immortalized on canvas. Cat artwork is a thoughtful and unique gift for any cat lover.

Finding gifts with a cat theme is easy, buying a gift that a cat lover wants can be exasperating. The perfect gift means looking past the coffee mugs, drink coasters, and calenders and finding a unique gift that is more than just another image of a cat.