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Top Tips To Remember When Housetraining Your Puppy

Top Tips To Remember When Housetraining Your Puppy



There is nothing many new puppy owners dread more than housetraining their pet. But with the right advice you can make this process as easy as possible. So here are the top tips you will want to keep in mind during this important learning period for your new family member.

Stay Consistent And Positive

You can’t expect your pet to learn if you are not consistent in the actions you take to teach him. Staying consistent will help him now exactly what you expect and minimize any confusion. Rewarding your dog with positive praise and treats when he does go to the bathroom outside is just as important. This will quickly help to create a new behavior pattern with little effort.

A Routine Is Critical

Having a routine will help you stay consistent. Dogs love routines and with one you will be greatly cutting down on the chance your dog has an accident indoors. You will want to feed your pet at the same times every day. A regular feeding schedule goes hand in hand with having specific times for taking your dog out to go to the bathroom.

 

Learn From Accidents

Of course accidents will happen, especially with younger puppies. At around two to three months of age most can only control their bladder for around two hours. Instead of getting angry or frustrated when there is an accident, you can use them to help improve your dog’s routine in the future.

For example if your puppy is consistently going to the bathroom in the house, you most likely will need to take him out sooner after eating. Some young pups may need to be taken out as often as once per hour.

Keep Your Eyes Open

You may be able to catch your pet before an accident happens. By keeping him in view and staying alert you can quickly take him outside if he starts to circle around preparing to go to the toilet.

Choose A Spot

When you do take your pooch outdoors you should pick a specific spot that you want him to use. By bringing your dog to this area each time you take him out it will help to train him to think of it as his bathroom space. This will also help to make sure that he doesn’t make a mess in other outdoor areas.

 

Pick A Command

You can use a command to teach your dog to go to the toilet on cue.  A command like: “go potty”, “go pee”, or “do your business”, when repeated each time your dog is about to go to the bathroom in his outdoor space can form the association his mind.

Confine To A Crate

If you must leave your puppy alone confining him to a crate will make sure there are no accidents in other areas of the home. Many pets will also prefer not to go to the bathroom in their crate because it’s where they sleep.

But you will want to choose a crate that is the right size. If it’s too large it may not discourage the puppy from going to the toilet. A divider can help with this. And don’t forget to take your dog outdoors to relieve himself before you put him in his crate and after you let him out.

 

 

Empty Your Pet Out Before Sleep

The longest your pet will go without being able to go outdoors is when you put him to bed. In order to help him empty his bowels so he’s not uncomfortable and makes a mess in his crate overnight, don’t give him access to food or water for the last two or three hours before you put him to bed. And take him out right before it is time to put him away for the night.

By following these tips you will be helping your puppy to learn as fast as possible while minimizing the risk of accidents in your home. So keep them in mind so your dog can become housetrained in as quick as a few weeks.

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Pet Panache: The Latest Styles For You And Your Dog

Pet Panache: The Latest Styles For You And Your Dog



Check out our list to discover the latest trends in all things canine that every pet parent should know.

Café Style

Many cafes welcome four legged friends, offering water bowls and the odd doggie treat alongside our flat whites and chai lattes. However, make your way to an eatery that’s not just dog friendly, but devoted to all things canine.

A growing number of dog cafés are popping up all over. Their dedicated doggie menus feature sweet and savoury options available to order while you and your pup spend some quality time together or meet new playmates. There is even a thing or two for the human folk to nibble on while you contemplate hosting your next puppy birthday, or even wedding at these purpose built venues.

Puppycino, anyone?

 

Social Style

Dog owners already know just how social their beloved pets are in reality, but step into the online realm for some inspiration.

You can’t go past Snapchat face filters for some guaranteed laughs. Have you seen the dog filter on an actual dog? The challenge of getting a frontal shot of your dog’s face is half the fun, so stick with it for some hilarious results.

Many dog aficionados also have dedicated pages for their pooch on their favorite social media platform, with some building virtual empires with millions of followers. No time? Just add some hashtags when posting to gain more attention and online followers.

Many an hour can be spent perusing the antics and cuteness of dogs online, search for #dogstagram just don’t say you weren’t warned! #sorrynotsorry

 

Relaxation Style

Move over wash, cut ‘n’ dry, dog grooming has entered a new echelon of pampering. A growing number of dog salons have upped the ante when it comes to puppy indulgence treatments.

Finishing off a grooming session with some aromatherapy or customized fragrance? Sure!

Twice weekly massage for your furry companion? Why not!

Or perhaps treat your beloved pup at a decadent spa day with a doggy facial.

Not only do these treatments keep your beloved clean, relaxed and sweet smelling, but experts have nodded to their benefits in immunity, digestion and stress release as reasons to fork out for these luxe experiences.

Cash poor? Canine massage courses exist, and might be a good long term investment for you and your dog.

 

Travel Style

Kennels and boarding houses have long existed for when our pets are unable to accompany us while travelling. These days, a plethora of luxury pet lodgings are available, catering to the most discerning of pups and their designer dog collars.

With televisions, climate control, private or public play areas and spa baths, the truly 5 star resorts will even offer your dog their very own single bed. Premium food is, of course, a given.

To determine whether your dog really is having a better time than you, select establishments offer access to live webcam streaming so you can see what adventures they’re having while you’re away. Some even allow you to book in a Skype session for a one on one catch up.

 

Fitness Style

Our pet friendly mates at the RSPCA warn us that around 41% dogs are overweight or obese. So make health your mission and get yourself and pup along to a dog friendly personal training class, dog beach or create a dog obstacle course at your local park or backyard.

Time spent moving with your dog will not only deliver cardiovascular and strength benefits to you both, but active play results in increased bonding and fewer behavioral issues for your dog down the track.

Getting outdoors and off the lead for an energetic session of fetch can become a workout when you add some proper squats, lunges and jumps as you retrieve and reach for the ball. So don’t make it too easy for yourself and leave the ball launcher at home and burn some extra calories.

Author Bio: This post was written by Leah Whitford, owner of BOco premium collars and leads

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How To Stop Your Dog From Jumping Up On Guests

How To Stop Your Dog From Jumping Up On Guests



While your pet may have nothing but good intentions, jumping up on guests should be a no-no.  It not only may leave them dirty but for those who afraid of dogs it can be also very frightening.  Larger pets can even end up knocking people over especially younger children.  Even if your dog has been getting away with this unwanted behavior for quite a long time however, you may be able to stop it with the following advice.

Don’t Reward Him With Attention

Most dog owners and guests alike have no idea that they are often reinforcing the dog’s bad behavior.  By giving your pet attention or greeting him when he jumps up you are showing him that he will get what he wants every time he does it.  Be sure you instruct your guests to totally ignore your pet whenever he tries to jump up.  This may confuse him at first but after numerous failed attempts he’ll most likely understand that he’s not going to get the attention he seeks from this behavior.

 

Create A New Association

While ignoring him may work with some pets, others may need you to help them create a negative association with jumping up.  Of course this does not mean by yelling or screaming at your dog. Rather, by immediately walking away when your dog jumps up, he will see that that jumping will get him exactly what he doesn’t want, which is for you or your guests to leave and give him no attention whatsoever.

Calm Is Key

Jumping is often caused by an excited state.  By only allowing guests to greet, pay attention to, or pet your dog when he is totally calm you can many times stop the behavior very quickly.  You pet will see that when he is calm and relaxed he will get the attention he wants.

Teach And Use Basic Commands

Making sure that your dog knows and listens to basic commands such as sit and stay before you attempt to stop him from jumping is a smart idea.  This will help you to show him what exactly he should be doing instead of jumping up.  For example when he has been sitting down quietly in a calm state for a few minutes then you can reward him with attention from your guests.

 

Consistency, Consistency, Consistency

Of course the most important thing is to be consistent, if you aren’t; you will have little chance of getting any lasting results.  It is also your responsibility to make sure your guests understand that you are in the process of training your dog and that they will need to follow your instructions for how to deal with him.  This most likely will mean you have to keep an eye on them as well since as we all know it’s easy to give into a persistent pooch.

By trying out the above techniques and being consistent with them you have an excellent chance of helping your pet to becoming a well-mannered member of the family. But don’t forget you may need to train your guests as well!

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How To Stop Your Dog From Chewing Up Your Things

How To Stop Your Dog From Chewing Up Your Things



Chewing is a natural behavior for all dogs from puppies to senior pets.  But arriving home to chewed up furniture, shoes, and more is never fun. In fact it can be very frustrating and even expensive depending on what your pet has decided to focus his energy on.  For some inexperienced owners it can even cause them to consider getting rid of their pet.  There’s no reason to go that far though, with a little knowledge and a few tips you’ll easily be able to keep your things safe.

Natural For Pets Of All Ages

Young pups up to around six months in age will chew when they are teething because it helps to relieve their pain and discomfort.  When adults chew it is a way to relieve stress and get rid of extra energy while maintaining jaw strength and keeping their teeth clean.

And of course dogs unlike humans don’t have hands so they explore new items in the home with their mouths which can easily lead to whatever it is being chewed a little too long. Even with all of these benefits however, chewing is not always appropriate.  So here are some tips that anyone can apply to make sure their belongings are safe:

Find Another Outlet For That Energy

Adding extra time to your daily walk or jog with your pet can go a long way towards making them more relaxed and less likely to chew.  You may also want to increase the number of times per day you exercise your pet.  Daily play sessions are a help too, and can be used in combination with exercise to really keep your pooch as mellow as possible.

 

Toys And Chews

Because chewing is natural providing your dog with items of their own that they can chew and bite is very important.  It allows them an outlet to chew, play, and just be a dog without getting into trouble.  You’ll want to praise your pet when they use these items so that they recognize them instead of your possessions as okay to chew.  Rawhide and natural dog chews along with extra tough toys like the well-known Kong are great for this.

Dog-Proof Your Home

Be sure to take a look at your home and think like a dog.  You’ll want to go room by room and make sure there is nothing at their height level (or which they could reach) that they can easily get into or be tempted by.  If there is it could easily end up in your pet’s mouth.

Confine

A solution that always works is to simply confine your dog when you are not at home since they can’t chew what they don’t have access to.  A dog kennel or crate is ideal but make sure you have right size and leave your pet with toys, chews, and water when you’re away.  Dog gates can also be used to keep your pooch in a certain room or area of the home.

 

Spray Repellents

You could also use a spray repellent on the items you want your dog to stay away from. These have a bitter taste that dogs don’t like such as bitter apple.  Many can even be sprayed on your pet itself to keep it from licking or biting certain areas of the body.

All dogs are different.  But by experimenting with which of these ideas works for yours’ you’ll almost always be able to solve your pet’s chewing problem without having to consult a professional.  And this will leave both of you less stressed and much happier!

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6 Tips To Make Your Home Dog-Friendly

6 Tips To Make Your Home Dog-Friendly



Dogs are simple creatures, aren’t they? As long as they are fed and watered, along with the occasional walk, all is right with the world, right? Wrong.  Your pet will require constant love and affection, and a house which is dog-friendly.  Of course you’ll be able to learn a lot along the way it’s good to have some basics in mind so here are six tips to help you make your home as friendly as possible for your pooch.

Provide Space

This is an obvious one to start out with.  Just as we do, dogs need their own space to walk, run around, and just plain be a dog.  How much space your dog needs will depend on what breed it is since each breed will reach a different size and have a different activity level.  For those with limited space not to worry as there are many small dog breeds that are suitable for apartment living.

You’ll want to make sure your pet has its own personal space inside your living area. A marked out spot for a dog bed or crate is essential. This will allow your dog to retreat to when tired, stressed, or just when it wants to be alone.

You’ll Need An Outdoor Area

Dogs need to be able to go outside so they exercise and go to bathroom.  In fact you’ll need access to some sort of garden, yard, or outdoor space to properly house train your pet.  A large garden will allow your dog to run around and exercise which will go some way in keeping your dog fit and healthy.  Although regular walks are a must.

The larger the space the better since you can have designated certain areas for specific uses such as going to the toilet.  You can encourage your dog to keep to one spot instead of going wherever they feel like it by using extras like a dog fire hydrant as a marker.   Many owners have taken to using artificial grass for their dogs in these areas which helps to protect their real lawn from damage.

 

Put In The Time

A dog-friendly home is about more than just its physical elements. In order to be a dog owner, you will need to be able to dedicate enough time for your new companion. Failure to do so can result in the dog feeling isolated and develop behavioral problems when left alone. Excessive barking is not only annoying but it can be a nuisance to neighbors.

When first bringing home a new puppy, it is best to have a solid week at home that you can spend to with your dog and help to settle into its new surroundings.  Of course as your pet grows you’ll want to provide daily training, play, and exercise time too.

Get The Required Grooming Supplies For Your Breed

Different types of dogs will require different amounts of grooming. For example, a Labrador will require minimal amount with only the occasional bath needed, while a breed like the Cocker Spaniel will need to be brushed and have its hair cut regularly to avoid matting that can become painful.

Regardless of the breed you will want to invest in the appropriate type of brush, shampoo and nail clippers. Not only is grooming essential for dogs, but it can also act as a good bonding activity, helping to earn your dog’s trust.

Invest In Toys

By ensuring that your home is fully equipped with dog toys for your new member of the family you will be making it easier for them to settle in.  Puppies especially will seek out toys to play with, which will come in very handy once they begin to teeth and their adult teeth begin to come through. Not only will toys keep your dog occupied during this awkward stage, it will save your furniture from feeling the brunt of your dog’s discomfort.  Even older pets should have a collection of toys to keep them occupied when you’re home and away.

 

Always Have Plenty Of Poop Bags

Poop bags are an absolute must have item for anyone when taking their dog out for a walk. There is nothing worse than stepping into a mess that was left behind by someone else’s pooch.  Making sure you clean up after them is important and depending on where you live fines can be imposed on dog owners who fail to do so.  So don’t forget to always bring a few poop bags with you on your walks.  Some of the best pooper scooper models actually will use poop bags to make using them even easier and cleaner as well.

For new owners, bringing home a new dog is an adventure and one of life’s ultimate learning curves. Training can be difficult but, when the time and effort have been put in there are few situations that are as rewarding as owning a canine.  And by following the six tips above you’ll be well on your way to success.

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The 5 Most Common Tricks And How To Teach Them To Your Dog

The 5 Most Common Tricks And How To Teach Them To Your Dog



One of the first things everyone loves to do with their dog is train them to do tricks. While certain types of tricks are essential for their safety, such as “heel”, others are just fun to show off to your family and friends. Either way, these five most common tricks will serve as the perfect starting point for your dog training routine.

Show Them How to Roll Over

Once your dog knows how to get in the “lay down” position, they are ready to learn how to roll over. Start off by having them get down on their belly. Then, place a treat near their head, and move it so that they have to turn to see it. The general idea is that as your dog turns its head to the side, their body will naturally fall into place. Make sure to reward your dog as soon as they do roll, and keep practicing until they simply do it with only the command.

 

Teach Them to Speak

It is important to be cautious with this trick since rewarding a dog who barks incessantly can lead to negative behavior. To combat this potential issue, only train with the speak command when your dog is already in a sitting position. Then, simply give your command and tempt them to make a noise. Once they make even the tiniest sound, reward them with praise or a treat to encourage the behavior.

 

Shake Hands with Your Dog

This classic trick is just adorable, and kids love meeting a dog that will shake their hand. This is also one of the easier tricks to teach if your dog naturally raises their paw when they want something. Start by placing a treat down near your dog’s paw and slowly raise it as they start to move it. Then, say your command while placing their paw in your hand. Reinforce the behavior with lots of praise to help your dog make the connection between the command and your hand.

 

Go for a High Five

Asking for a high five takes the handshake to a new level, but really this trick is all about how you place your hand. Begin by using your hand as a visual cue to get your dog to raise their paw while you give the command. Then, hold your palm out in a high five position instead of face-up (how you do for a handshake). This way, your dog hits your palm instead of allowing you to grab it.

 

Invite Them to Dance

Dancing tends to work best with small dog breeds, but you can get larger ones to do this trick with lots of praise and practice. To get your dog to dance, you will need to dangle a treat near their nose just high enough that it prompts them to stand on their hind legs. Once they have mastered that, start moving the treat in a circle over your dog’s head so that they begin to twirl. Always finish up the trick by giving your dog the treat, and keep the dance sessions short to avoid irritating your dog’s back and hind legs.

Playing with your dog is always more fun when they can perform a few tricks that dazzle everyone. As you teach your pet new tricks, keep in mind that dog training sessions should always be kept short, to the point and positive. A lot of praise for your pooch’s efforts will ensure that you both have fun working together on new tricks.

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Coconut Oil For Dogs The Fast Guide

Coconut Oil For Dogs The Fast Guide

Coconut Oil For Dogs



Coconut oil is considered by many experts to be one of the healthiest foods on the planet.  This oil from the kernel of the coconut has been helping prevent everything from high blood pressure to cancer.  And it has been linked to improving things like energy, brain function, digestion, and more.  This leads many pet owners to wonder: “Is coconut oil good for dogs?”  The answer is yes and here are just some of the many benefits you can expect by using it along with the best ways to do so!

Coconut Oil For Dogs’ Skin And Hair

You can use this oil to improve your dog’s skin and hair by using it topically on your pet or by adding it to his diet.  It not only moisturizes but treats and prevents yeast and fungus.  Using it as a rinse after shampooing your pooch is one of the top methods.  Be sure to massage it into your pet’s hair and leave it for ten minutes. Rinse it out and shampoo your pet again for the best results.  Doing this once a month can often give your pet excellent results but it can be done up to once a week for a healthy skin and coat.

Coconut Oil For Dogs

Adding coconut oil to your dog’s diet can help skin and hair from the inside out.  The rule of thumb when it comes to coconut oil dosage for dogs is to give your pet one teaspoon per ten pounds of body weight in his water or food.  However you should work up to this slowly over three or four weeks to prevent diarrhea.  By feeding your dog coconut oil you can also expect higher energy, improved nutrient absorption, and a reduction in things like inflammation, doggy odor, and bad breath.

Coconut Oil For Dogs’ Fleas

The lauric acid in coconut oil acts as repellent to fleas and also ticks. It can also be used to kill the ones that are already on your pet.  A proven method for doing this is to simply massage a tablespoon at a time into your dog’s coat until the entire body is covered and then leave it in.  Most pests will die within the first five minutes.  You can continue to do this once per day until all the fleas and ticks are gone.  Some owners prefer to make their own flea and tick repellent spray by combining about 50 ml of coconut oil with one or two cups of water in an empty spray bottle.  You may want to also add things like lavender, eucalyptus, and citronella to the mix for an all natural and non-toxic dog flea treatment.

Coconut Oil For Dogs

 

Coconut Oil For Dogs’ Teeth

Many dogs hate having their teeth brushed which can make it a major pain for their owners.  You can use the fact that most canines love the taste of coconut oil to your advantage by using it instead of doggy toothpaste.  Brushing with it will help prevent tooth decay while promoting healthy gums and killing the bacteria that causes bad breath.  Your pet will actually look forward to having its teeth brushed which will make life easier for you while keeping up your pooch’s dental hygiene.

Coconut Oil For Dogs’ Ears

As any owner knows dog’s ears can get stinky and full of wax fairly quickly.  By adding a few drops of coconut oil to a cotton ball and using it to gently wipe the inside of your dog’s ears they’ll be sure to stay clean and free of ear mites as well.  You can do this every day if want.  Because coconut oil has both anti-viral and antimicrobial properties it can also be used as a completely natural remedy to ear infections by adding a few drops directly into the ear.

Coconut Oil For Dogs

 

Coconut Oil For Dogs’ Paws

One of the best uses of coconut oil is on sore, dry, and cracked paws.  It can also really help dogs who are suffering from hyperkeratosis.  Simply wet your pooch’s paws and then rub a few drops into each pad. Let them dry on their own so that the oil is absorbed right into paws for soft results.  Don’t forget your pet’s nails either.  You may want to do this daily depending on the condition of your dog’s paws and doing so will often cost less than many alternatives such as paw butters.

When purchasing, be sure to stick to organic extra-virgin coconut oil.  And don’t be afraid to combine any of the ideas mentioned above to help keep your pet healthy while looking and feeling fantastic!

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Choosing The Best Pooper Scooper For Dogs

Choosing The Best Pooper Scooper For Dogs

Best Pooper Scooper



Every dog owner has the responsibility of picking up after their pooch. So what is the best pooper scooper to help you get the job done right? Well, there are many different types and each has its own specific areas where it works well. We’ve narrowed it down to the top options to help you keep your home and neighborhood as clean as possible with the least amount of hassle and effort required.

Jaw-Type Scooper

Easy to use and usually inexpensive this type of scooper has become incredibly popular in recent years.  By simply squeezing the handle, the spring-loaded jaws open up allowing you to pick up your dog’s poop while holding the scooper in one hand.  This leaves your other hand free to hold the leash if you need and makes it easy to carry when walking.  By releasing the handle, the jaws shut automatically with the waste inside so you can dispose of it wherever you need to, which also of course only requires the use of one hand.

Best Pooper Scooper

These scoopers are an excellent choice for all surfaces whether concrete, grass, or rocks since all you have to do is make sure you close the jaws right under your dog’s mess.   When used on grass the jaws normally will let the blades of grass slip through while keeping the poop safely secured inside.  Since they come in sizes from small to jumbo they can be the answer for someone looking for the best pooper scooper for large dogs, medium-sized ones, or any of the small dog breeds as well.

Owners of multiple pooches of different sizes often will choose bigger sized models so they can get as much as possible in one go.  Many models will also allow you to cover the jaws with a plastic bag to keep the unit clean and make for a less messy disposal. The image below shows the best rated dog pooper scooper from Amazon which also happens to be a jaw-type scooper.

Best Pooper Scooper

Rake Scooper

Many owners have pets which use a lawn as their place of “business.”  Another one-handed choice that is made specifically for use on grass is a rake style scooper.  Its metal tines will not damage your lawn and you can use it to scoop and lift out the waste in one movement.  This is a simple tool that always works effectively.

Best Pooper Scooper

Rake And Bin Scooper

Using a rake and bin scooper can also be a quick and easy way to clean up poop from grassy areas but also on cement and other hard surfaces. This style is also considered to be the best pooper scooper for rocks as well.  Most canine owners will use one to clean up messes at home or from a dog kennel instead of on walks since you will need to use two hands to get the job done with this variety.

That being said bins can hold a decent amount of waste so you can usually get the entire yard done before having to empty one.  You can also use standard grocery bags to cover bins with these so you won’t have to purchase special doggy ones.

Best Pooper Scooper

Pooper Scooper With Bag

While many of the options listed above can be used with bags over them, there are scoopers that are designed specifically to use bags by themselves for holding poop without the aid of a bin or any other type of container.    This may sound pretty basic and it is but not having a bulky container lets you slide the scooper right under your dog so you can catch the waste in the bag before it hits the ground.  Of course this will leave your grass, rocks or wherever your dog goes spotless.

You also won’t have to worry about cleaning any messy containers since there aren’t any.   Most simply use a pole with a bag attachment so you can bring them with you on walks or use them in the yard one-handed.  The best pooper scooper with bag models will also feature extendable handles so that you won’t have to bend down to use them no matter how tall you are.  For those who are especially sensitive to dealing with waste scoopers with bags are a great way to go.

Best Pooper Scooper

Whether you are looking for the best pooper scooper for small dogs or large with these choices you have more than enough ways to make sure you responsibly pick up after you pet with the least amount of unpleasantness.  So pick an option and start scooping!

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5 Tips To Help Make Sure Your Pooch Enjoys Grooming

5 Tips To Help Make Sure Your Pooch Enjoys Grooming



Grooming your pooch is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some bonding while also caring for it’s health. At first, washing and trimming your dog’s hair and nails can be a little tricky, especially if your pet has an active personality. However, dog grooming does get easier with time, and regular sessions are important for training them to sit still. To help acclimate your canine to its grooming routine, be sure to use these tips to make it feel secure.

Start Early
Whether you have one of the small dog breeds or something larger training your pet to comply with a grooming routine is best accomplished by doing it early on in its life. Similar to other types of training, early exposure helps dogs adjust to new situations while they are in the peak of their natural curiosity. As you introduce aspects of their grooming routine, remember to encourage only the behaviors you desire from the very beginning. For example while it may be cute to watch as your puppy gnaws on a towel, it will be less adorable when they are fully-grown and keep trying to gnaw on your furniture.

Choose a Quiet Area

While many breeds like golden retrievers or Jack Russell terriers may have a playful personality that can be a lot of fun when at the dog park or goofing around at home, it can often be just too much to ask them to sit still when there are a lot of distractions around. Find a quiet space in your home where you can groom your pet without having to worry about interruptions such as another dog trying to entice your puppy to play. Then, make sure you have all of your supplies ready before your begin so that you do not have to interrupt your dog’s relaxed state by searching for a brush or clippers.

 

Take Short Breaks
Similar to a child, your young pet may not be ready to sit still for an entire grooming session. If you notice that they are getting antsy, simply take a break before resuming the session a little later. For dogs that are not used to being groomed, introducing one new element in each session can give them time to adjust to experiences such as having their nails clipped or their ears trimmed little by little without being overwhelmed all at once.

Learn From a Pro
Dogs are excellent at picking up on your mood, and if you are confident when grooming it will help them to relax. For many dog owners, clipping nails in particular can be a very stressful experience because they are afraid of cutting them to close to the quick which may cause it to bleed.  A lot of dogs also are very hesitant to allow people to cut, clip, or trim anywhere near their paws.

If this sounds like you, asking a professional groomer to show you how to properly clip nails and trim the hair around your pets paw pads can be a huge help. Until you get comfortable, you can also trim your dog’s nails in small increments to avoid cutting into the quick. Like a professional groomer you may want to keep keep styptic powder on hand to stop the bleeding just in case a nail is cut too short.

Provide Praise
Once your puppy has successfully sat through its first grooming session, be sure to use positive reinforcement to establish the behavior as desirable. Tell him or her what a good boy or girl they are, and offer them a treat. Over time, your dog will look forward to grooming sessions, and you can expect each one to be better than the last.

Setting up a regular schedule for grooming will ensure that your dog’s gorgeous coat is healthy and always ready to be pet. Spending time with your pup when grooming is also a great opportunity to check for other health issues such as fleas and ticks. By providing your dog with a quiet environment, taking breaks when necessary, performing each step with confidence, and consulting a pro when you need advice your pet will eagerly await your special time together as you reinforce your bond.  And of course don’t forget the positive praise!

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The Fast Dog Food Storage Guide

The Fast Dog Food Storage Guide

Dog Food Storage



The food we give our pets has a huge influence on their health.  So how can you keep it as fresh as possible to make sure your pooch gets the biggest benefits, best taste, and avoid getting sick? Well, there are a few things to keep in mind and quite a number of handy products to help you do so as conveniently as possible.

What Type Of Food Are You Storing?

The most important thing to consider is what type of dog food you will be storing.  Typically there are three options: wet food, homemade or raw food, and dry dog food.  For the most part in this article we will be focusing on the dry option since that is what most pet owners are looking for solutions for.

Wet

Wet dog food normally comes in cans and needs to be kept in a cool and dry place to prevent spoilage and rust.  Keeping cans out of direct sunlight from windows is important and for this reason a cabinet is usually the best option.   However once cans have been opened they can be placed in the fridge for a few days as long as you use a lid or cover the top with wrap or foil.  If you are looking to store wet food for a few months you can also freeze it in a freezer-safe container or freezer bags.  Don’t forget to check the “best by,” date on the cans when you purchase them.

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Homemade/Raw Dog Food

Homemade and raw diets are becoming more and more popular.  Many owners will make a batch and then separate it into portions in freezer bags or containers and either place them in the fridge or freezer. The same goes with raw diets where all the ingredients needed for one meal are placed together normally in a plastic container. How long you keep them in your fridge or freezer will depend on what ingredients you are using since each will have a different shelf life, so it is important to do a little research.

Dry

Dry dog food is considered to be the most convenient option for owners.  This is because it isn’t messy, requires no preparation, and can be bought in bulk to save cash.  That being said to make sure it stays fresh until its expiration date it’s important to make sure it is kept dry and cool. Most dry dog food storage containers are specifically designed to also be airtight which can go a long way in helping to preserve freshness as long as possible.

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Purchasing a container from a quality manufacturer will also help to ensure it has a strong seal which keeps out pests like ants and rodents and won’t allow the “dog food smell,” to escape which otherwise can be a big problem in places like closets.   Here are the top options you’ll want to consider when looking for a dry dog food storage bin for your home:

Plastic

For budget-friendly choices and convenience plastic is hard to beat. Plastic is also the first choice of those searching for airtight dog food storage containers since they can provide some of the most efficient seals which are ideal for keeping out pests and keeping in freshness.  Many pet owners also like the fact that they are lightweight and are often designed so that they can be stacked on top of one another or used on shelves.

Some will also have wheels so that even when a large amount of dog food is inside you can still easily move the container around.  Plastic is of course water-resistant so it will keep moisture out and the container itself won’t require any maintenance like with many types of wood.  This can be a huge plus if where you are keeping your pet food is prone to flooding or dampness.

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Units made from plastic come in a wide range of colors but also sizes.  Whether you are looking for a pint-sized option for travel or feeding one of the small dog breeds or an extra large dog food storage container for a big pooch or just storing as much food as possible there will be a plastic option that works.

A lot of containers are made so that you can see right through them which can instantly let you know how much you have left.  This can be an easy way to keep track allowing you to plan your shopping so that you never run out at the last minute leaving your dog hungry.  Plastic containers are not only a smart choice for dry dog food storage but also can be used by those who want to keep cans of wet food and are often really handy for keeping food items such as rice and flour for owners as well.

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Metal

Another material commonly used for storage is metal.  While metal dog food storage containers aren’t as lightweight as plastic they are a simple and very attractive way to keep your kibble.  Cans and buckets made from metal should of course be kept in a space where there is no moisture so that they are protected from rust.

Like plastic many metal containers have seals which are also airtight.  If you want something that can be stacked however you should make sure you choose one that has a flat lid.  Metal options can be quite decorative and many manufacturers offer smaller containers for treats to match your dog food storage tin which can really add to the look of your kitchen or wherever you are keeping them.

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Wood

Usually more expensive than both plastic and metal are wooden containers.  When purchasing one you will want to make sure you follow the maintenance instructions for the type of wood that it is made out of. This is very important since each specific variety of wood needs a different amount of care.  For a rustic or even high-end look wood can really make an impression.  Most people who decide on wooden dog food storage will use a garbage or plastic bag as a liner inside.  Another option is to simply place the entire dog food bag in it.

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Dog Food Storage And Feeder In One

Older pets and those that are taller may benefit from an elevated feeding station.  Having both their water and food bowls higher up is easier on your canine’s joints and muscles, keeps floors cleaner, and lets owners fill them up without having to bend down as far themselves.  Fortunately nowadays you can purchase an all-in-one style feeder that has bowls on top and below is a storage container for food.  This keeps everything in one place and makes an efficient use of the space underneath which would have been wasted.  You will find that these are usually made from either plastic or wood and can be used to store other dog-related items as well such as treats, toys, and more.

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On The Wall

An often overlooked spot for storage is on the wall.  With a wall mounted dog food storage container you can save precious floor space and reduce clutter.  These are normally plastic and airtight.  They can store a large amount of food and are ideal for anyone who has back problems or physical disabilities because once full all you have to do is pull the lever to fill up a bowl.  Placing your container on the wall can also help to protect food from particularly troublesome pests like rodents, raccoons, and squirrels.

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DIY Dog Food Storage

If you love DIY projects there are many ways to make your own container that don’t require any skill.  You can even make this into a family activity.  Metal bins, buckets, and containers can be painted and re-purposed for holding food.  And there are many plastic options which are usually made for human food or even standard storage that can work well too. Don’t overlook wooden containers you may have purchased for storing other items either. If you have woodworking skills you may want to download some plans from the internet to help you build your own container either from recycled wood or that which you have purchased from a home store.

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The Original Bag

While not one of the most creative dog food storage ideas keeping the food in the original bag it came in can work for storage too although definitely not for as long as other choices.  You will have to watch out for pests though since an open bag can make an easy target and many animals may simply chew through it.  A bag clip while not able to make your bag one hundred percent airtight, can be a huge improvement over simply folding your bag closed.  Some are actually designed to even be used as a handle to help you move the bag as necessary.  You can also use the original bag in one of the dog food storage containers choices listed here which can work just like a liner to keep the inside of the container clean.

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When keeping your pets food fresh, free of pests, and in a manner which is convenient for you, you’ll want the proper container.  With many of the best dog food storage containers pictured and discussed above you now have all the knowledge you need to get started finding one.

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