Dogs

Cleaning Your Dogs Teeth

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How do you know your dog needs his teeth brushed?

Dogs need clean and shiny teeth, just like people do! There are several signs your dog could benefit from some scrubbing of his chompers. One big indicator is bad breath. If your dogs breath starts to smell bad, ask him to open wide, and take a look at his teeth.

Another indication your dog may have problems with his teeth is any change in his eating habits or discoloring of his teeth. If he’s in a lot of pain, he may even paw at his face. If your dog doesn’t require dental care from a vet, you may be able to head off expensive medical bills by starting to regularly brush your dog’s teeth.

How to start brushing their teeth?

It’s best to start brushing your dog’s teeth when he is a puppy. If you start the routine when the dog is young, he is more likely to accept it and adapt to the process. But if your dog is older, you may have to actually teach an old dog a new trick. When you start brushing his teeth, keep the sessions short.

As your dog gets older, and accepts the tooth brushing, you can extend your brushing sessions, making sure to get all the teeth.

How to prevent future problems?

When considering how to reduce doggie dental necessities for the future, there are other ways to reduce tartar build up. Dry food is better for overall tooth health than wet food. As the dog chews, the dry kibble breaks up and scrubs the teeth as the dog chews.

Wet food tends to stick to the teeth and involves no scrubbing action. Between meals, you can give your dog chew toys that are designed to scrub the dogs teeth as he chews. This also has the added benefit of distracting your dog and possibly preventing him from chewing on your furniture.

Pet Insurance for Your Dog

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Yes, that’s right. There is pet insurance available for your four footed fluffy friend. Just as with people insurance, pet insurance has a wide range of options. Before you think this kind of thing isn’t for you or your dog, consider the reasons for pet insurance and the options.

What kind of pet insurance is available?

There are two main types: one works like regular medical insurance while the other is more like a medical credit card. Several pet insurance providers have cropped up offering various packages aimed at providing insurance for your dog or other pets. Just as with regular human insurance, you pay a premium and are afforded various levels of protection. In addition to medical insurance policies, there are also life insurance policies you can purchase for your dog.

The other type of pet insurance is less insurance and more a pet medical expense credit card. You sign up for the service and credit is extended to you for use in paying off costly medical bills incurred by your pet.

Why would you get pet insurance for your dog?

Pet insurance makes a lot of sense if you own a high value show animal or a high value breeding animal. In both cases, you might want to protect your investment by getting the dog insured. Both medical and life insurance policies are available. A lesser known, but equally important, insurance type is called “loss of use.”

This insurance guards against damage occurring to your dog that prevents him from fulfilling the purpose you originally intended for him. “Loss of use” insurance is great for breeding animals because if they lose their ability to breed, you can get some kind of payout. But many average pet owners are opting to buy insurance for the family pet because of the rising cost of pet medical expenses.

Outdoor Dog Beds

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Outdoor Dog Beds

Why would your dog need an outdoor dog bed?

Most dogs today are pets. They don’t have a job other than to bring us joy and companionship. Depending on where you and your dog live, he may need a dog bed for outside.

When you are away at work, your dog will spend his time either in your house or outside. If the yard or patio he has access to outside is hard ground, an outdoor dog bed would be a great edition to ensure your dogs comfort. I like to recommend an orthopedic dog bed: http://bestdogcratesandbeds.com/product-reviews/best-orthopedic-dog-beds-reviews-2016/, because dog beds should be comfortable for your dogs. Orthopedic dog beds are also made from higher quality material.

What to consider with getting an outdoor dog bed?

When considering getting an outdoor dog bed, there are several factors you will want to keep in mind. First, your dogs size. Bigger dogs will need bigger beds.

Second, the material the bed is made out of. Since this bed will be living outside, presumably, full time, you will want to choose one that is made of a material that is easy to keep clean.

If a dog bed gets too dirty or wet, it can become a health risk for your dog, allowing bacteria and mold or fleas to thrive. Cotton beds with a waterproof element are easiest to clean. Keep in mind waterproofing may have to be reapplied regularly.

On the ground or raised outdoor dog bed?

Some outdoor dog beds are raised up so they don’t touch the ground. This can be great for either cold or hot climates. In a cold climate, this gets the dog up off the cold ground.

With enough blankets, they can stay relatively warm on a raised bed during the day. In hot climates, a raised dog bed allows for air to flow underneath the dog, enabling him to keep cooler than if they bed was flat on the ground. In wetter environments, raised dog beds can help keep the dog dry as well.

Dog Wedding

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Did you say dog wedding? Yes.

Why would people marry their dogs?

There is no practical reason to marry two dogs together. They do not get a tax break nor any other type of legal status. If at a future time a divorce is needed, no division of property is necessary, unless one dog is adamant about keeping the Kong toys while the other must have the memory foam monogrammed dog bed. People who choose to marry their dogs are doing it just for fun. Let’s face it: they just want an excuse to party.

Whats involved in a dog wedding?

A dog wedding has all of the normal trappings of a human wedding, except the bride and groom are canine. As the wedding planner, you, the dog owner, will need to pick the wedding party, the venue (make sure it’s dog friendly), the color scheme, the guest list, and much more.

You will need to get your dog a properly fitted wedding dress and for the groom, a proper fitting tuxedo. Invitations will need to be made and sent out asking guests to join in the festivities. Since a dog wedding is not official, anyone can officiate. So make sure to choose your officiate wisely.

What is the cost of a dog wedding?

How much money you spend on this event is entirely up to you. Some dog owners choose to go all out hiring caterers, a DJ, and full floral arrangements. Other owners opt for the home spun wedding, providing most of the wedding necessities themselves. And what about food?

Your doggie wedding needs to cater to two species: canine and homo sapien. Your doggie dearly beloveds and their wedding party will want canine cuisine, while your wedding guests will probably decline a serving of Alpo or Purina. Expect to serve a human friendly set of appetizers, buffet, or full sit down meal. Wedding planners will also want to look into a photographer to capture the event in all it’s glory.

Enjoy the event, let your hair down, and boogie on the dance floor with your pooch.

Dog Toys

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Dog Toys

Why dog needs toys?

Every dog enjoys some doggie toys! Dogs are a social, playful animal. Playing with toys helps them develop important skills. Dogs evolved to hunt and although most dogs don’t need to hunt anymore, they still benefit from playing with toys.

For dogs, playing with toys with their owner or other dogs strengthens their social bonds and social skills. They learn to share and play fairly. If a dog doesn’t get enough playtime with toys as puppies, they can end up with social problems as adults. Toys also serve another purpose: they give your dog something to chew on other than your furniture!

Many dog breeds enjoy chewing and if they can’t chew on toys, a pillow or leg of a chair or a book will do just fine. Keeping plenty of toys around minimizes the likelihood that your dog will be destructive to your home or property.

Types of toys available

There are many types of dog toys available depending on your needs. A simple tennis ball is an easy and low cost favorite. Many retriever breeds live and breathe tennis balls! But there are also rope toys, usually made of cotton rope. Many dog toys are made of hard rubber.

These toys tend to last a while as they are hard to chew through. Some dogs enjoy toys that make noise. Squeaker toys are a favorite of many dogs, but tend to be rather annoying for their owners. There are also toys shaped like animals, hard rubber balls, delicate feather toys on the ends of a pole, and much more.

Many types of toys involve food. You can stuff the toy with food that it dispenses as they dog plays or some just involve slathering the inside with peanut butter and letting the dog lick it clean. Several manufacturers have made it their mission to make toys that are indestructible! To date, at least some dog somewhere has found a way to destroy any toy they are given.

Things to watch out for with toys

Toys are great for dogs, but you want to be weary as well. Some toys are a chewing hazard. If the dog can chew off pieces of the toy and swallow them, that can be very dangerous for the dog, possibly leading to medical complications. So when purchasing toys, keep in mind the type of dog you have and what might be dangerous for them.

What Does Your Dog’s Tail Say About His Mood?

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What Does Your Dog’s Tail Say About His Mood?

The height and position of a dog’s tail can tell you a lot about his mood. Each tail position signifies something unique

Tail Up: Alert possibly aggressive

When a dog’s tail is up or tense over their back, they are experiencing some kind of alertness. This could either be the dog has seen something off in the distance that he is focusing on, or if he is near another dog, this could also be an effort to make himself appear bigger and intimidate the other dog. An up tail can also mean aggression. If a dog has his tail up and his hair is also up, he is decidedly aroused and possibly showing aggression. Be very wary of approaching a dog who is displaying these behaviors.

 

Tail Down: normal, or friendly

When a dog’s tail is low, or just hanging out, your dog is likely not really experiencing any emotion. He’s neutral or content. Most dogs spend most of the day with their tail in this position. They are neither aroused nor scared. It’s just business as usual. Most dogs will wag their tail at this height. That seems to be paired with experiencing contentment or happiness, but not extremely aroused happiness.

Tail Between Legs: fearful

As the tail gets lower and lower and starts to go between the dog’s back legs, this indicates fear and submission. Dog’s with their tail fully between their legs are scared. A dog showing this tail position may also decide to get on the ground and roll over showing his sensitive belly. This is the ultimate act of submission on a dog’s part. Another dog could easily kill them if they are in this position. For a dog to tuck his tail and roll over, he is expressive fear and extreme submission.

The Joys of Throwing a Ball with a Dog

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Why do we love to throw the ball?

You can see it now, that happy, excited, exuberant face of your dog, waiting for you to throw the ball!!! Every dog owner is familiar with that face, even if their dog doesn’t like to play fetch. When you go to the local dog park, you see countless owners throwing a ball for their dog.

And many watching as well. It’s fun and satisfying to see the dog eagerly awaiting the tossing of the ball. And once the ball has left the hand of its owner, the dogs frantic, manic attempts to get to the ball will make anyone smile.

If the dog is having to compete with another dog to get to the ball, they try even harder to be the first ones there. Some dogs get overly ambitious and will retrieve more than one ball after each throw, returning to their owner with a mouthful of two or three balls.

Benefits of throwing a ball for a dog

Throwing a ball for a dog accomplishes two things. First it gives the dog some much needed exercise. Just like people, dogs need cardiovascular exercise. It strengthens their heart, muscles, and skeleton. Many higher energy dogs would simply come unglued if they didn’t get exercise.

The second thing throwing a ball accomplishes is it taps into the dogs instincts to pursue prey. If he is pursuing the ball with other dogs, this playtime activity improves his social skills. He has to learn to share and to “play nicely” with the other dogs. But the benefits aren’t just for the dog. You get benefits as well!

You have to throw the ball, so that is a teeny bit of physical exercise. But presumably, you’ve taken your dog somewhere to throw the ball. So you may have walked him to the local dog park or to a local beach. And generally there are other people at the dog park, so you have to socialize as well.

So in a way, throwing a ball for your dog benefit you and him equally.