Dogs

Ways to Encourage Positive Behavior in Your Dog

The most rewarding part of dog ownership is when you successfully train them. Training is the best way to bond with your Dog and build a perfect relationship. Positive techniques to discipline a dog will never scare them.

These techniques will serve to discourage his bad behavior and redirect them to positive ones. When you combine with positive reinforcements, your Dog will automatically learn to behave in ways that please you.

Whether old or young, all dogs benefit from basic training that involves basic commands. This article will help learn and implement the best basic training methods for your Dog.

What are the Benefits of training your Dog?

It is important to teach your dog basic commands like sit, in, out or sleep as it gives them the freedom to do the things they love. For example, you will feel safe and in control when you walk with a well-trained dog to meet friends or family.

Naturally, dogs are intelligent and love to learn new things, so a great way to help them from being bored.

How do Dogs Learn?

You should always reward your dogs when training them. This works well when you give them something they like, such as food, a favorite toy, or just mare praise.

It is essential to find out what your Dog likes and also their favorite things. You can give them small pieces of meat or cheese when awarding them. The more you reward your Dog, the more they will enjoy their training.

How to Reward the Positive

When you start to teach your Dog, you need to lavish him with lots of treats. Food is the best motivator for your Dog and makes your Dog to mark the behavior you want them to do and repeat in future.

Positive behavior is also known as constructive discipline works the same way as negative behaviors so that your Dog learns how to duplicate them. Unlike the traditional methods that involved physical and vocal punishment, constructive discipline does not include instilling fear to your pet. Fear only provides temporary results and only gives short-term results, and only serves to frighten and traumatize the Dog.

Here are ways you can teach your Dog positive behavior without instilling fear.

Dominance Training

A dog’s pack mentality is key in this type of training. It is used to forge a relationship built on both dominance and submission. The theory suggests that in this case, your Dog interprets its family as her pack and follows a social hierarchy just like that of wolves in a pack if your Dog sees themselves as the alpha you need to train her to instead submit to you as the alpha.

When you understand your Dog’s body language, you must respond accordingly. Exude confidence and authority. When exiting or entering a room, always take the lead. This should also be the case when walking your Dog on a leash. You should always walk ahead of your Dog.

With alpha training, your Dog learns that she cannot go on the seat, bed, or any other furniture in your home. Getting down to the same eye level as your Dog is also shunned upon in alpha training because it signifies equal standing in your relationship. Your Dog needs to understand that you are in charge and are the alpha in the relationship.

Relationship Based Training

This is a training technique that combines a variety of different training methods while simultaneously providing a more personalized approach for both you and your Dog.

The main driving force in relationship-based training is as the name suggests; a relationship between you and your Dog. The method aims at strengthening the bond and fostering communication between you and your Dog, making it a mutually beneficial relationship.

As the dog owner, you learn to your Dog’s body language and give her motivating rewards. All this is geared towards positively reinforcing and encouraging good behavior.

The trick here is to successfully train your Dog how to sit, for example, in a room before gradually getting her to obey that command in a public setting. If your Dog doesn’t follow instructions, its best to discover why. Jumping to a conclusion and punishing her only follows if you are sure her hearing, for example, is ok. Do not punish your Dog unless you are certain that she is ignoring your commands or intentionally refusing to obey you.

A deep, meaningful bond builds from relationship-based training, but this doesn’t happen overnight. You need to master a lot of patience and know that it takes time and effort.

Mirror Training

As the name suggests, the mirror training technique provides your Dog with a model of a well-behaved dog or person. It could also be a dog with whom to compete for resources with. Your Dog will quickly learn what it should do from this model and mimic her behavior.

If you and your Dog have a strong bond and spend many hours together, this could be the perfect training method for you to use. Your Dog will spend this time observing you, and this could be a more comfortable training technique for you both as opposed to regular training sessions.

Clicker Training

A clicker is a device that makes a sharp, quick noise. When your Dog accomplishes a task, the clicker is used to signal her.

Clicker training is a positive reinforcement type of training technique because it heavily relies on the very same principles.

A click signifies a reward for your Dog, and this is the first thing your Dog learns during this training technique. The biggest advantage of clicker training is that at the exact moment your Dog executes a command; she is signaled using the clicker. What follows is her reward. This way, your Dog associates good behavior with a click and knows that what follows is a reward.

A trainer can complement the use of a clicker with some verbal commands. These should be simple enough commands that your Dog can learn without too much difficulty.

Using the clicker training method as well as other methods, can effectively ensure that your Dog is well-behaved and trained.

There are many more dog training techniques out there. What matters most is that you pick a technique that works best for both you and your Dog.

Whichever technique you settle on, your endgame should be to create a cohesive living environment for both you and your Dog.

Top Tips for Finding the Best Pet Sitter

You might want to take your pet everywhere you go, but sometimes it is impossible. Finding a responsible person to take care of your pet would be better than living them behind alone at home. What about getting a pet sitter?

What Does a Pet Sitter Do?

A pet sitter is ideally someone who provides care for your pet in your absence. This could be during the day when you are at work or over a longer duration, say if you are away on holiday.

The specifics of what a pet sitter does vary from one pet owners needs to another. The general requirement, though, is walking your pet for exercise and potty breaks, feeding them and giving them water.

As a pet owner, I may require further responsibilities carried out for my pet when I’m a work or when I travel. This could include grooming my pet, administering medicine or taking them for grooming or veterinary appointments. During a vacation, if my destination doesn’t allow pets or for some reason  I have to leave my pet behind, it’s wise to find a pet sitter near me. This makes it easier for the pet sitter to either move in for the entire duration and care for my pet or to come in every morning, care for my pet and leave in the night.

 

How do I Find a Good Pet Sitter?

There are some foundational qualities that a pet sitter needs to have. Not all sitters have professional training on taking care of animals. For some it comes as naturally as belting a tune. There are, however, those things you should look out for;

 An Animal Lover

The very first quality a pet sitter must posses is a love for animals. I cannot stress this enough. Your pet sitter MUST be an animal lover.This means they will have genuine concern for your pet. It will also mean that they enjoy what they do and in turn, your pet will too. A pet sitter who is only doing it for money is not a good fit.You do not want your pet spending time with a sitter who may possibly physically or emotionally abuse or neglect your pet. It isn’t worth it.

That said, a personal recommendation is always best but might not always be possible. This is the most ideal way to find a pet sitter because you are certain they posses the qualities of someone you want caring for your precious pet.

Reliable and Trustworthy

A reliable, trustworthy person with good communication skills is someone you should be on the lookout for.  You obviously do not want to open up your home to someone whom you cannot trust and start having your valuables disappear. Worse still is having the comfort and safety of your pet compromised. Your pet sitter should always deliver on their promise and care for your pet as agreed upon.

 Physically Fit

They should preferably be physically fit. This is because some pets are very playful. You want a pet sitter who can fully engage them. They should also be willing to work outdoors incase your pet needs to be walked or taken to a park.

Organized and Practical

You want a sitter who is organized, practical and pays attention to detail. This is the kind of sitter who would be quick to notice any change in your pet’s mood, demeanor or energy levels. These are very important things to be keen on because it could mean the difference between your vet treating your pet for something as mild as a fever and being hospitalized. Being organized means that the sitter will know where your pets required documents and records arein case of any emergency.

 Empathetic

Your pet isn’t able tovocalize how they feel. It takes anempathetic pet sitter to know exactly how a pet under their care behaves. That’s how they’ll get to properly know what your pet needs. Is you pet acting up because they need a walk? Are they hungry?Or are they just craving some attention?

Insured

Another thing to consider in a sitter in insurance. Let’s face it, animals are unpredictable, and accident could happen. Even to the best pet sitter out there. When your sitter is insured, it gives you confidence in knowing that if your pet were to accidentally get injured, they would be taken care of. It shows a very high level of professionalism too!

Trained

A trained or certified sitter is a gem! I would definitely feel more confident leaving my pet in the hands of someone who has received formal training on how to properly care for animals. Wouldn’t you? There’s also the added advantage of them having received training on emergency pet care, so you know they are in safe hands.

How do I Hire a Pet Sitter?

The first thing to consider when hiring a pet sitter is proximity. I personally insist on hiring a pet sitter near me. This is convenient because of my irregular schedule and late working hours. With a sitter who lives near me, I don’t worry about the time or needing their services on short notice. So firstly, reach out to those near you.

Before you hire a pet sitter, look for referrals from fellow pet owners. This saves you a lot time and energy.

If you have no referrals, go to your local newspaper, local notice boards or online. Find a few, preferably professional sitters and compare prices. The next step would be interviewing the potential sitters. This will help you get a real sense of who they are. It would also be the perfect time for them to meet your pet so that you can see first hand if they get along or if your pet is repulsed by them.

Once you find your perfect match, draw a contract. Things are always better when put down in writing. It makes it clear what’s expected of each party leaving no room for error or confusion.

There are and have always showed unbridled cruelty to animals. That said, you must be thorough in the process of selecting the right pet sitter. An empathetic animal lover will be sensitive to your pets needs and will almost always prove to be the best fit.

Things that humans do that stress Dogs

When we treat our dogs like family, most of the time we forget they are not human, and they cannot understand us like our human relatives. Sometimes, we may try to have with them full conversations or even give them body language that they might interpret differently.

For named reasons, we have combined for you the common things humans do that stress out dogs. So, if you do these things, we all have! We will help you become more aware so that you can communicate with your fur baby more clearly. Here are things that many people do that stress dogs.

  1. Getting Angry when dogs Behave like dogs

Naturally, dogs bark, chew, sniff, and play with anything that is within their snout’s reach. They do not understand the value of your favorite pair of shoes or socks. However, this does not mean that your dog should do whatever he feels like

Instead of punishing your dog when they do these things, you need to re-direct them. This takes a lot of patience! You can alternatively give your dog chewers to chew and play with. Also, you can teach your dog to use their ‘inside voice.’

  1. Use more Words than Body Language

We are vocal species and use words more than body language to communicate. Most people love to hold conversations with their pets, but most of the time cannot understand what they are saying.

Dogs might understand a few words like walk, treat, in, and maybe learn a hundred more with time. But they cannot understand the human language. They rely mostly on the human body language to figure what we mean.

Naturally, dogs are experts in learning and interpreting body language. They know what we are feeling or thinking before we even realize we are thinking and feeling it. You can send mixed signals when you pay attention more to what your mouth is saying other than body language.

For example, when you talk to a dog while doing a different body language will confuse them more, trying to figure out what you wanted of them. Like for instance, when you are telling your dog to ‘stay’ while you are leaning forward and holding your hand just like a traffic officer. Doing this shows that you are inviting the dog towards you, while still instructing them to stay.

  1. Having Inconsistent Rules and Boundaries

A dogs behavior is based on consistency and routine, and that is what they take comfort in. You cannot allow your dog on the couch today, but tomorrow you will be shouting and scolding her. After such an incidence, your dog will become confused and stressed, not knowing what is required of her. Well, you need to create boundaries and stick to them!

  1. Pointing a finger at them

When you point a finger at your dog, it automatically stresses her. Pointing a finger at them is usually accompanied with an angry gesture and a stern tone.

Most of the time, your dog may not remember what she did unless she is doing it. Therefore, if you want to stop your dog when she is doing a certain action, do it when they are already doing the act.

  1. Tight Hugs

You might love wrapping your arms around your canine friend, but the truth is dog hate hugs. We humans think hugging is a way to express love, joy, or support. On the other hand, dogs feel trapped and nervous when wrapped in a human’s arms.

Please note that there is a difference between hugs and cuddling. A dog may love cuddling to hugging because they don’t feel restrained. Every dog is different and has a different comfort threshold. Therefore, it is essential to respect your dog’s boundaries.

  1. Staring at a dog you don’t Know

First, you need to understand there is a difference between the loving gazes between a dog and her family member, and a dog being stared by a stranger. When you meet a new dog, avoid direct eye contact as he is trying to know you. Most dogs will consider extended eye contact from a stranger, and this might stress them out, making them respond aggressively – seen this with my pup.

  1. Not giving them Enough Exercise

Just like humans, dogs get bored when they do not get enough mental and physical stimulation. Dogs that do not have enough exercise start digging and becoming destructive. If your dog has been chewing your couch, they may be lacking enough exercise in their life.

Remember, you cannot entertain your dog by watching television. They depend on you 100% to stay healthy physically and mentally.

Can my stress affect my dog?

Dogs detect human feelings fast. They may not detect what we are saying but read our body language and tone when communicating. They can tell when we change our movement, posture, or facial expression. Dogs are observant especially to humans they are close to and love. Therefore, they know exactly when we are in a bad mood or stressed.

Also, dogs can detect when we change our tones and raise our voice. They have a better hearing sense than we do. Chances are they will notice quickly when we are angry, happy, sad or anxious.

In this way, they can quickly know we are about to react to anger or when you are about to reward them because you are happy. They can gauge the level of your anxiety by the sound of your voice.

Dogs can sense the levels of anxiety by their sense of smell. They can detect changes in subtle chemicals in our body with their most powerful sense of their body. They can detect sweat that we produce after being anxious – this the reason dogs smell fear.

Also, the ability of dogs to detect the chemical changes in our body is the reason why people use them to detect when someone is about to get a seizure.

What causes dog stress?

Many situations can stress a dog. One of the common ones is when they are left at home for a long period. Naturally, dogs are social beings, and when left alone for a long period, they feel lonely and scared.

Change of residence is another reason that stresses dogs. It doesn’t matter if you are moving into a new home, or introducing a kennel in their life, new places make them freak out. Dogs recognize members of your family as members of their pack. So when one member leaves or dies, it really stresses them out.

Traveling in a car really stresses dogs out unless they are used to it from a tender age. Also, loud sounds and music are not dogs favorite.

How do I relieve my dog’s stress?

You can help your dog calm down when they are stressed. The first and the most important thing is to avoid any stressful situations and not to push your dog in doing something they don’t like. For example, if they don’t like water, don’t push them to enter the pool. This can be so stressful for them.

We have already seen that dogs are social, and therefore, if you do not have time with your dog, it is recommended to hire someone who loves dogs. They can spend a few hours with them to help them not get stressed from being left alone in the house. Always make sure they have enough exercise to keep them relaxed.

Another important thing is to try and be calm regardless of the situation. We have seen that dogs can get stressed if we are stressed too. In case your dog is frequently stressed with no apparent reason, it would be great to take him to a vet for a check-up.

It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure their pets are living a healthy and happy life. Therefore, pay attention and make sure your dog is living the best life.

How to prepare your family for a new pet

Just the same as having a new baby, bring in a new dog into your home can be the trickiest transitions for your family. Whether you are planning to take in a puppy and mold him to a perfect family dog or adopting a dog that needs a perfect home, bringing home your fur friend is the most exciting things you can ever experience!

However, the first day is crucial. Your new dog is likely to be nervous and excited. You will want to make him comfortable and calm. In this article, we will talk about how you can prepare for a new dog and enjoy the new.

How long does it take for a dog to get used to a new home?

Taking in a new dog is a decision that all family members should agree. The arrival of a new dog in the house changes not only the lives of your family members but also the dog himself. The dog must get used to new smells and also new people.

If you are considering taking in a puppy, it is best to wait for a least two months before separating them from their mother. Never start dog training before the dog feels 100% safe and comfortable in their new home.

You can also use crate training to make your new friend feel safe. This is a great way to housebreak a new dog by creating a haven for them when they are anxious or scared.

The time in which your new dog will adjust in their new environment depends on how your family will collaborate with them in their new environment. It could be a couple of days or weeks.

So, here are some things you should do before bringing in your new dog.

How do you prepare for a new dog?

Are you planning to bring home a new puppy? Congratulations! You need to be prepared before they get home. Just take your new puppy as a toddler with fur, and take all the precautions necessary to keep them away from danger.

You need to know what your canine friend needs before bringing them home. We have narrowed down four key points that puppy parents should know before bringing their new puppies’ home.

Buy Toys for your new friend

First, puppies love to chew! So it is essential to remove anything that they might chew or destroy. Instead, place chewable toys for him to chew and play with. They can burn out their extra energy when playing with them.

Create a Puppy Proof Home

It is important o ensure that your home is the same for your new fur friend. Make sure your home is free of items that might harm your dog. Here are items that your dog should not have access to.

  • Needles
  • Valuable vases and ornaments
  • Poisonous plants
  • Kids toys
  • Household cleaning products
  • Electrical codes
How do dogs adjust to a new family?

You have rescued a dog or taken in a new puppy. How do they adjust in the new home? To help them with a smooth transition, here are some things you should do.

  • Before entering the house, show your new dog a place or spot they should potty.
  • In case you have other dogs, make sure you introduce your new dog to them.
  • Don’t over shower your new dog with affection. Let them come to you.
  • Make sure to know what your new dog was feeding in their previous home and gradually change their diet.
  • Make sure to see a vet to have them checked out to make sure your new friend is healthy and disease-free.
  • You can consider giving your new dog supplements like glucosamine to promote joint mobility
  • Be patient for a week while learning your new dog’s behavior and habits.
Do dogs miss their previous owners?

It is possible. This is clearly seen where dogs are separated from their owner for a while and get excited to reunite with them. It only happens when the previous relationship was a good one.

That being said, it is not likely a dog can pin all her previous owners in her mind. It only happens when they visit or run into each other in the park.

“Should I contact my dog’s previous owner?” This is a common question asked by new dog owners. Yes, you can if your dog is adjusting well in their new home. But, if they are struggling to adjust, keeping off from their owner should be the best option.

How do dogs adjust to a new family?

The time a dog takes to adjust in the new home depends on her age and history. When adopting a puppy, you can expect the transition to be smooth and quick. Puppies that are below twelve months bond immediately with their new owners. Older dogs usually take a few days or weeks to bond with their new owners. This depends on how fast trust is built.

Trust is important, especially when you are taking in a rescue dog. Make sure you know their past as much as possible. Dogs with dramatic pasts will take time before they gain the trust of their new owner. In such a case, patience is vital to create a new bond.

As you prepare for a new dog, try as much as possible to make the big transition to be scheduled in the morning. Most dogs tend to be anxious in the night that in the morning. When your dog arrives in her new home, take her for a tour in the house to make her used to the new surroundings.

Most importantly, be patient with your new dog. It might take days or months before they get used to the new home. With these recommendations, we are sure that your dog will adjust to her new home within a few days. Remember always to use positive enforcements when teaching him new tactics. Best of luck!

Helpful Life Lessons you can learn from your Pet

Here at Pets Forever, we cherish all pets and consider them as family members. We love all pets from cats, dogs, turtles, hamsters, fish- all sorts of pets. We give all pets the same degree of worth, while some of you would distinctly consider themselves as dog people or cat people while some create the same relationship with birds or with their reptile friend.

Having and taking care of a pet can be challenging, but we can agree that all the effort is worth. In fact, most of us feel like we need our pets more than they need us.

However, did you know that animals can teach us so many lessons about life? Yes, they will teach you how to appreciate life and everything around us.

We are not sugar-coating anything about pets. In fact, we will be looking at how having pets in our lives will help us become better and look at life from a different perspective.

Pets teach us About Contentment

The loyalty that pets show us is something is out of this world – dog owners can attest this. I am a dog owner, and I can attest that. They great us when we arrive home and show so much sadness when we leave them alone at home. Above all, they show us great affection.

The loyalty they show us reminds us of the ways we need to be loyal to those who are around us. Loyalty is crucial in many relationships. In most relationships, people focus on honesty, love, and openness –of course, this are good virtuals but do not expound more on loyalty.

Pets show us the importance of loyalty and the need to show up when someone is in need. They remind us what it feels like to be on the receiving end of someone else’s loyalty, thus encouraging us to treat those close to us in the same way.

You may be blessed with a great family, a job, a house, beautiful children, financial stability, and still find yourself comparing yourself to others. I know this is ridiculous, but many people fall into this trap from time to time again.

When I do a reality check, I find that pets are contented with what they have. They don’t have to worry about overdue bills, insurance, home repairs, or a sick relative. Pets remind us to be content with the basic need we have like food, water and shelter. They appreciate everything they are given by their owners and even the time they spend together, whether playing or just resting.

Pets teach us gratitude

One big lesson pets show us is to be grateful for what we have. This lesson can be used together with the concept of contentment. First, we need to be contented with what we have and later express gratitude for the things they have.

Sometimes, I look at my dog, jumping excited and running in circles when about to take his walk. I get to wonder if we could approach the little things in life with much enthusiasm and gratitude. His sweet and honest behavior reminds me that we need to be thankful for what we have in life every single day.

Pets teach us about Responsibility

Any pet owner can confess that taking care of a pet is not easy. It is not easy to truck the vets appointments, feeding them, maintain a high level of cleanliness, and taking pets for bathroom breaks. This is something that needs commitment and a sense of responsibility.

How does it feel when you suddenly remember that you have not fed your pet? I believe you feel guilty and awful. This is why every pet parent adjusts their schedule to accommodate their fur/ feathery/scaly friends.

Pets teach us to forgive

Most people tend to hold grudges or feelings of resentment for years and refuse to forgive. They carry the burden and hold so much bitterness for no reason. While they can justify their actions, but such behavior is unhealthy.

Pets are good at forgiveness. They show actions of reconciliation and peacemaking after incidences of aggression with each other. They tend to makeup after fights and even groom one another or play together as a way of making up.

Pet owners can confirm that pets can put with their mean owners and still show signs of love and loyalty. They do not put so much effort into forgiving, but to them, forgiving is an instinct that life is better when people get along.

Pets teach us not to judge others

Cats and dogs are popular for showing unconditional love to their owners. Cats interact with those close to them by curling on their laps. On the other hand, dogs great every visitor without caring about their age, gender, race, or career status. They simply respond to an act of kindness.

We could also learn and adopt the same trait of not judging others from our fur friends based on their outward appearance.

Pets teach us many values that are beneficial to our children and us. These values can help us improve the quality of life and also improve our health. If you had not seen these traits with your pet, start by looking at everything they do from a different angle.

How to Make a Pet First Aid Kit

A pet first aid kit is not only important in the event of a natural disaster, but also important when you are away from the comfort of your home. Just like you have your first aid kit at home; it is equally important to have a pet first aid kit. Don’t be caught off guard when an accident happens when it is least expected.

Sometimes, an accident may happen when camping, having your road trip across the country, or when a natural disaster strikes. A pet first aid kit is the first step of being ready in the occurrence of an accident. With a little education, pet parents can perform on the spot first aid before getting help from a vet.

What should be included in a pet first aid kit?

If you care about your pet’s health, a pet first aid kit is a must.  The kit should be in a durable and waterproof container that is easy to grab in case of an emergency. Fit everything in one container to help you carry everything you need without forgetting anything.

We have many pre-made tools, but building your own is the better option since you will not forget anything important. If you do not have the time to build one, you can buy a pre-made one and add whatever is missing.

Your pet aid kit should have information, equipment, medication, and nutrition. Keep in mind that anything that works for humans will not work on your pet. NEVER give your pet human drugs or prescriptions without checking with your vet.

What’s in a pet first aid kit?

It is essential to know what should be in your pet’s first aid kit and what exactly it does. Here are things that should always be included in your first aid kit.

    1.Information

A pet’s first aid manual– In an occurrence of an accident, it is easy to panic and get a little confused. Having a detailed manual to a familiar or unfamiliar ailment in your hand will help you face the situation boldly and confidently. Most guides have step by step instructions on how to use most items in the kit.

Emergency Contact Information-Your first aid kit should always have your vet’s contact information as well as directions to the clinic.

   2.Equipment

Tick remover tool – You should remove the tick on your animal as soon as you see it. Dogs too get Lyme disease. With specialized tweezers, you can remove the whole tick, including the head that breaks and stays in if not removed properly.

Guaze (Pad and Rolls) –   Guaze in a pet first aid kit is used to cover cuts to stop bleeding.
Muzzle
– When a dog is hurt or injured; they can show their real animal instincts. A muzzle is worn on the hands to prevent the dog from biting you when you are dressing their injury.

Non-stick Bandages – When covering wounds or wrapping sprained limbs, it is advisable to use non-stick bandages that will not stick on their fur.

Disinfectant – It is advisable to have non-sting disinfectant like betadine. However, you are not recommended to rub alcohol on open wounds.

Digital Thermometer – A digital thermometer will help to take the dog’s temperature. Human thermometers cannot be used since they don’t have a temperature scale.

Dog Boots – They are used to protect your dog’s foot in case of an injury

Medical Stapler– It is used to close large open wounds quickly and cleanly.

   3.Medication

Wound Spray –Wound spray is perfect for treating burns, wounds, and other irritations.

Antihistamine – Dogs too have allergies that come from bug bites, stings, foods, or even certain plants. Just like humans, they can take an antihistamine to reduce itching and swelling. The dosage depends on the dog’s size and usually makes them drowsy.

Hydrogen Peroxide – It can be used to induce vomiting in case of accidental poisoning. Always talk to your vet before inducing vomiting because not all circumstances are safe for your pet.

Skin and Paw Balm – This should be applied on cracked paws which are quite painful. It helps to heal minor rashes scrapes cuts and scrapes.

Activated Charcoal – It is used to absorb the ingested poison.

Pain Killers – They are essential in reducing the levels of pain. Most importantly, do not use over the counter medicine for your pet. Always consult your vet to prescribe the best for your dog to reduce chances of bleeding ulcers, kidney damage, or even death.

Eyewash – This will help to flash out any dirt, insects, or foreign objects in your pet’s eyes. It offers relief from the burning and stinging sensation caused by the foreign object.

   4.Nutrition

Electrolyte Replacement – Offering water to your pet is not the fastest way to help your pet recover from dehydration and exhaustion. It is not advisable to give human electrolyte since they have too much sugar.

Collapsible Bowl – This will help you serve food and water.

Dogs and Emergency Situations

Dogs do not speak and therefore, takes longer to diagnose a health issue. It advised to immediately receive your dog to the vet when you notice anything out of the normal.

To provide your vet with accurate information, here are some of the three pet emergencies.

 1.Ingestion Issues

I know you probably know that not all foods fit for human consumption are safe for your fur friend. Have you heard about how chocolate is bad for your dog and can kill your cat too? The theobromine in it makes the chocolate dangerous.

You should not also give your dog food that has artificial sweeteners, raisins, grapes, and nuts. You should never give your cat raw potatoes, raw tomatoes, or vegetables like onions since they are deadly to felines.

Also, your pet can accidentally ingest toxins like insecticides, rat poison, or even household cleaners. This is why you need always to have your pet first aid kit if you care about your pet’s health.

   2.Trauma

Your dog might get hit by a car or attacked by other dogs, and this is one of the reasons to make it into a pet’s emergency room. A blunt force trauma may not seem severe because of lack of bleeding, but you need to take your dog for a check-up for any internal injuries and bleeding.

Cuts, bites, or scrapes may cause tissue damage that makes your pet susceptible to infections.

   3.Respiratory Distress

Respiratory distress may be brought by viral or bacterial infections, allergic reactions to insect bites, reaction to the medicine, heart failure, or even chocking from food substances. Take your pet immediately to a vet when you notice heavy breathing to evaluate immediately.

Is your dog in need of emergency care?

Your dog may need immediate medical attention after severe trauma caused by an accident or a fall. You should not take any moment for granted, especially after choking, heatstroke, insect bite or sting, poisoning or any other life-threatening situation. Here are some emergency signs you should look for.

  • Pale gums
  • Raid and heavy breathing
  • Weak or a fast pulse
  • Change in body temperature –High or to low
  • Difficulty in standing
  • Paralysis
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Heavy bleeding

Injured pets are severely aggressive, and you should first protect yourself from injury. Approach your dog calmly and address them by their name. If they are aggressive, call for help. If they are passive, gently place them on a stretcher.

When you are comfortable and safe transporting your pet, take them to an emergency pet care facility. You can call the facility so that they can expect you before your arrival.

Your pet’s health is important, and you should be able to attend to emergencies right after they occur. This is why having a pet first aid kit is essential to offer first aid before consulting your vet. Always make sure to check expiry dates of any medicine in your kit before giving them. Replace medicine that expires in three month. And, always keep your pet first aid kit out of reach of children.

 

 

 

Dog Anxiety: What dog Owners Need to Know about an anxious dog

In the real sense, a dog should never have anything to worry about.  With humans who are dedicated to feed and take care of them, anxiety should be the last thing they should experience. We always believe anxiety is only experienced by humans where they have to worry about relationships, careers, and daily stress.

Believe it or not, dogs too become anxious. Even though they do not have to worry about paying bills or achieving specific goals in life, they can also experience some nervousness that greatly affects their behavior.

It is, therefore, important for dog owners to understand how anxiety affects their dogs because it can cause several problems for them and their dogs. A dog that is suffering from anxiety may have feeding problems, damaging the house when left home alone or even pick a fight with other dogs.

I am so certain no dog owner would want to deal with such behavioral issues. Therefore, it is essential to know the cause and how to prevent it exactly.

What causes dog anxiety?

Any behavioral change in your pet may be due to anxiety. Fear or old age-related conditions may cause it. For example, a dog can be anxious due to fear of unpleasant and unfamiliar location like a new home.

Separation anxiety is another major trigger of anxiety in dogs. Most dogs do not know how to cope with being left alone for an extended time.

Anxiety also occurs to older dogs that have congestive disorders leaving them confused and forgetful.

How do you know if your dog has anxiety?

Any sudden change in your dog’s behavior may be a result of anxiety. However, some signs will clearly show you that your dog needs some help.

Some signs may be obvious will others might not be noticeable right away. Below are some behavioral changes that show if your dog is suffering from anxiety.

  1. Destruction Behavior

An anxious dog may feel uncomfortable, especially if left alone at home. In the process, it may chew through a door trying to escape or even destroy the furniture.

  1. House Breaking issues

Housebreaking issues are commonly brought by separation anxiety. Your dog may urinate almost in every corner of the house or defecate inside the house when anxious.

  1. Repetitive Behavior

When you notice your dog pacing around the house or doing any repetitive behavior is a sign of dog anxiety. Your dog may also over groom the same body part as a result of anxiety.

  1. Aggression

You may find your dog snarling or snapping on other dogs or people when anxious. Growling and barking, with no apparent reason, is a sign of aggressive behavior.

What Natural Remedy can I Give my dog for anxiety?

When you have an anxious dog, it is possible to calm them down naturally without the use of medication or any other artificial ways. Naturally, dogs are happy when they are treated well, fed frequently, kept in a stress-free environment, and taken for walks regularly. Here are some natural remedies you could use to calm your dog.

  1. Create a safe environment for your dog

Always make sure your dog has a safe and quiet environment to retreat to. This could be a covered kennel, a closet, or a quiet bedroom. Place soft blankets or toys for them to chew to calm themselves down.

Make sure to check on your dog periodically to get to know how they are doing. The safe space will let your dog retreat and calm down whenever they are stressed.

  1. Take your dog for walks

When your dog will not settle down, and they are too anxious without a good reason, it could be a sign that your dog isn’t taken outside frequently or they are not receiving enough exercise. Puppies should at least be allowed to run about 3-4 times a day.

When you notice your dog is panting loudly or will not stop bothering you, they might be sick or need to go out. Until you get to know your dog’s behavior, any excitement behavior may indicate that your dog needs to go out or want to go to the bathroom. Unless you do not mind the messy floor, take your dog outside promptly.

  1. Socialize your dog regularly

It is normal for a dog to get excited when they meet new friends or new dogs. But, if your dog does not calm down around new faces, it means you need to increase your dog’s socialization.  Let your dog meet new people and dogs most frequently.

To successfully do this, take your dog for walks, ask permission for your dog to great other dogs they meet. When your dog behaves well, make sure to reward them with treats. Always use a clear verbal command to keep them in control.

  1. Pet and Message your dog

Petting and messaging your dog helps reduce stress and anxiety. This is a simple way of being affectionate to your dog. Message your dog gently and concentrate on pressure points like the feet, ears, and the top of the head. The messages will help soothe and calm your dog just as people do when messaged.

You need to know that dogs are social and always want contact and affection. Spend at least 30 minutes daily while petting or messaging them.

Another way you can help your dog reduce anxiety is to be calm when you around them. Make sure to speak in a soft, smooth, and calming voice as you pet them calmly and smoothly.

  1. Change your Dog’s Diet

Just like humans, dogs too need a balanced diet, and their moods can be affected by poor nutrition. Commercial dog treats have addictive ingredients, and most of the time overstimulates the dog’s system. You can choose to buy natural treats or make your own.

How do you calm a stressed dog?

 

Just like human beings, dogs too react to stress. Being clingy, acting up, or withdrawing are some of dog anxiety signs. Unlike us, dogs cannot express their anxiety verbally. Therefore, it is the responsibility of any pet owners to pay attention to their pet’s behavior and respond accordingly when they see any difference. Here are ways you can use to calm your anxious dog.

  1. Cuddling

Just like humans, pets too respond positively to touch. Cuddling is one way you can use to relieve stress, anxiety, and fear from your dog. When a dog feels like they are cut off from their human, their anxious level tends to increase. Petting and cuddling your dog may help take away some of the anxiety.

  1. Exercise

When a dog is anxious, it usually has a lot of energy that cannot be controlled. Humans are also advised to do exercises to help relieve stress. This also applies to dogs. When dogs take walks, run, or play in the park, they burn off some tension. Exercise makes the dog tired, and by the time they return home, they are calm.

Unless advised otherwise by a vet, exercise is good for you and your pet. Your dog will enjoy and appreciate the time you spend together.

  1. Calm Demeanor

Dogs always sense your emotions and feelings. If you are reacting towards their anxiety and bad behavior they show when stressed, they are going to absorb your behavior and make the situation even worse.

Take some few breaths before handling the acting out of your dog in a calm demeanor to help break the anxiety cycle between you and your dog. Just like a baby, your dog will act to the way you are behaving. Always take the lead and help them calm down slowly and patiently.

  1. Check with your Vet

When the dog’s anxiety level seems abnormal, it is essential to consult your vet. By ‘abnormal’ we mean if your dog cannot relax or calm down. Explain to the vet all the activities that showed that your dog was anxious. It does not matter if your dog does not have physical injury or illness; your vet might something that you cannot.

  1. Toys

Anxious dog training is easy, especially when you show them where to direct their negative energy. Toys are the best items to channel energy.  A good chew toy can keep your dog busy other than destroying your household and belongings.

We all know that anxiety alters the behavior of your dog. You are the best person to help your anxious dog to cope with something that is out of the norm. Your dog loves and trusts you, therefore, will want you to take the lead.

 

Multiple Ways Your Dog Tells You It Loves You Each And Every Day

We all know that communication between one species and another is minimal at best.  And, as dog owners, we understand that more than most.  We all wish we could understand what our companion is saying, and what they are thinking.

However, it seems that ours pets may be communicating with us, in their own special manner, and we are just not tuned into to it.  Let’s take a look at the multiple ways our dogs tell us they love us each and every day.

What Those “Puppy Eyes” Really Mean

Many people tend to assume that when a dog gives us “puppy eyes” they have an ulterior motive.  Maybe they are wanting treat, or maybe they are just bored and want attention.  In actuality, “puppy eyes” are a dogs way of expressing their love for us.  They will look upon us with sheer love which is expressed through their eyes.  The look of innocence that we see with “puppy eyes” is their way of giving us a hug or bestowing us a kiss—their means of showing us affection.

Why They Want To Sleep In Our Beds

It is a nightly fight—trying to keep our companions off the bed.  But, why are they so adamant about sleeping with us?  Why would they prefer to sleep in our beds, rather than on the floor or in their own beds?  Simple—we are the number one person in their lives.  And, as such, they want to take advantage of any time they may be able to spend with us, even if that means we are sleeping.

Jumping On and Almost Tackling Us

Many of us tend to get upset when our companion jumps on or tackles us when we walk through the door after a long day at work.  As it turns out, they are not trying to annoy us, get our attention, or be pests.  Our companions are so overjoyed to see us, that this is the only manner in which they can express that joy.  A pet jumping on us is a simple equivilant of if we ourselves jumped for joy.  Our pets are so happy to see us, they can not contain themselves, and all that joy spills over into jumping.

Not Wanting To Necessarily Play Fetch

Pet owners, such as ourselves, tend to spoil our companions.  Although that is done in multiple ways, the most obvious is when we buy them toys.  However, did you know that when your pet carries around a toy, or a ball, it is not necessarily because they are looking for a game of fetch.  To the contrary, it is more likely that they love that particular toy the most, and since we are their favorite humans, they want to share the toy with us so that we may play with it too.

When Our Pets Stare At Us As We Leave

We have all experienced the sadness and guilt of leaving our companion to go to work or to run errands.  When we do leave, most of will just lay down and stare at us.  This is not out of sadness or even to make us feel guilty—we put that guilt on ourselves.  If your companion is calm, and even lies down when you begin to leave, it is to let you know that they trust that you will be returning, and they are okay with that.

As you can see, our pets do communicate with us, in their own ways, we just have to be more receptive and observant of the signs.  Although most of the methods of communication listed above are pretty important, the most important is the communication of love between you both.

How To Handle Pet Stress During The Holidays

The holidays are here and in full swing, which means that even more stress has set in for us pet owners.  But, what most owners do not realize is that their pets feel and experience the stress of the holidays as well.

Add in the fact that you are gone more often, for holiday parties and visiting family, and you can easily see that the holidays are just as rough on our furry friends than on us, if not even more so.

However, there are a few simple signs that you can look out for that will clue you into the possibility that your pet is indeed suffering from holiday-induced stress.  We will take a look at a few of them below.

One sure fire indicator that your pet is not feeling themselves is that of a reduction or loss of appetite.  Most breeds are very tuned into their owners.  And as such, when the owner is stressed the pet picks up on this and in turn becomes stressed themselves.  Whether the stress causes an uneasy or upset stomach or just an overall uneasiness, reduction or loss of appetite completely can result.

Another sign of your pet being stressed may present in the form of lip licking and yawning  When dogs become anxious they will exhibit this feeling outwardly in the form of lip licking.  It is their version of a nervous tick so to say.  They need a means to outwardly express their inward stress, and lip licking is the most common method.  Yawning is another possible outward expression they may use as well.

The next sign that your pet may be having holiday stress is that of them sticking to you like Velcro.  When your pet is shadowing your every move, and staying as close to you as possible at all times, this is them telling you they are stressed and anxious about something.  Many pet owners agree that this type of behavior is seen more during the holidays than most any other time of the year.  Your pet is wanting to keep close because although they are stressed, they feel that being close to you that everything will be alright.  That you will keep them safe and make sure that nothing will hurt or harm them.

Finally, one of the most widely observed signs of stress in pets is exhibited with shaking and shivering.  You may think it is because your pet is cold, but in actuality, that is most probably not the case.  When a pet becomes anxious, nervous, or stressed, much like people do they have a cross between a panic attack and an anxiety attack.  And again, like us humans that can manifest as physical shivering or shaking.

As with any change in your pets attitude or demeanor, it is best to check with a vet to make sure there are no underlying medical problems present.  If none are found, then the most probable cause for the change in behavior is stress.  Keep in mind that just because our companions have fur, feathers, or scales doesn’t mean that they won’t be affected to some point with holiday stress.