Everyone has tips and suggestions for the basics like housetraining, when to walk the dog and those other common sense type issues. We are going to delve deeper into this world and pull out tips and tricks that can make the overall issue of being a doggy parent much easier for those who are new, and a refresher course for those who are seasoned doggy parents.
Tip #1. If your dog has allergies fret no more, instead consult with your vet about the benefits of immunotherapy for your poochie. This is a method where increasingly higher amounts of allergens are injected into your darling so that their tolerance and resistance slowly rises. Many pet owners have been quite satisfied with this method of allergy treatment. While it is not for all dogs, it is something to be considered so poor Fido is not always sneezing and itching.
Tip #2. Bug spray is always good to keep mosquitoes off, however it is not a good idea to ever use a product made for humans. Problem #1 with this is products made for humans are not made to be inhaled or eaten in any form. Dogs lick themselves everywhere! Which equals out to that bug spray is going to end up in your dogs’ mouth at some point. You should consult with your vet in regards to what you can safely use on your dog that will not cause them to be poisoned.
Tip #3. Older dogs need exercise too! Just because they are getting older does not mean they should be sitting around doing nothing but watching TV while the kids are playing video games. They should still be out and about, running playing and taking those daily walks. Keeping your dog exercising will help them have a much better quality of life, as well as help control weight and keep their heart pumping so it stays strong. Just as humans who sit around are in bad health, your dog is the same way. They need to stay active to remain healthier than those who lounge around the house all day.
Tip #4. Whew, some dogs are just awful in the amount of gas they expel at the most inconvenient times as well of course. If this is a problem for you, there is help. Never fear your house does not have to small foul all of the time. While it is not a good idea to give your dog Beano, there are other options. One is to take the dogs food and mix with some water, this causes the good to increase in volume and take more room in the stomach. Gas in dogs is caused by swallowing air, which occurs usually when the dog gulps their food; the liquid from the water will make the food swell, and less likely to be gulped. If you have multiple dogs in the house, try to feed them separately at different areas of the house, this way they do not try to gulp it down quickly to keep the others from eating their food.
Tip #5. Teething is never fun, whether it is a puppy or a baby. Puppies also tend to start chewing on your favorite rug or shoes once they begin teething as well, to help combat that problem, consider allowing your dog to chew on a piece of ice. This way as they chew it, helps numb their gums and ease the pain they are experiencing. One important thing to note is if your dog is very tiny this will not work, as most ice chunks are bigger than the dogs’ mouth. In addition, your dog will need to go outside to the bathroom much more often.
Tip #6. Your dog is likely to be cranky and irritable after receiving their vaccinations. This is perfectly normal, however if the dog starts vomiting, or throwing up then you should contact your vet immediately. Another potential trouble sign is your pet being very tired for more than 24 hours straight. Some animals have an allergic reaction to the medication and this can occur, while the vets do as much as possible to reduce this risk it is still present.
Tip #7. Brushing your poochie has more benefits than just making your little furry friend look good. Brushing helps remove dead hair from the coat, and keep the skin stimulated and healthy. Keeping the skin stimulated helps distribute the oils found in your dogs coat, which helps repel dirt and keep the coat smooth and shiny. Go ahead, enjoy pampering your friend, and brush him often.
Tip #8. Dogs who enjoy swimming often end up with a musty smell after a few days; this is caused by their fur coat not fully drying between swimming sessions. To help combat this problem and return your dog to a smell worthy state simply bathe them every few days with a good dog shampoo, once they are bathed take a hair dryer on a low heat and dry the dog thoroughly or put them outside in the sun to play until they are fully dry. This will help reduce the smell and still allow them to continue swimming as they please.
Tip #9. The best time to attempt at teaching your dog a new lesson or trick is right before meal times. This way they are hungry and more receptive to a treat or piece of kibble than if they just ate and are full. Most dogs need the power of treats to encourage them to actually repeat the desired action, which is why a hungry dog is more likely to quickly pick up on the action rather than a dog that has just eaten an entire meal.
Tip #10. Once you have, your dog spayed there is no reason to feed a special diet to control her weight. Instead, once she has healed the best solution is to monitor the portion sizes that you are serving and follow up with plenty of exercise. Do not allow free feeding as well since this encourages your dog to overeat and can cause huge weight problems. Remember that switching food is never a good idea, so this is not a reason to start switching the food you feed your furry friend.
As you can tell puppies and dogs take a lot of work, there are always new things to learn. Technology changes and leaves pet owners with isles and isles full of new gadgets to purchase and look at. Many puppy owners become overwhelmed, your goal is to stay calm and collected.