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Should you get a second pet? Here are the pros and cons!

The question about having a second pet is quite difficult and weighs in on several different aspects of a person’s life. But if one is too little, how are we supposed to know if two pets is a good idea, without past experiences? That question might put us in a lot of pressure; you might get a second pet and absolutely love the experience or still love them while regretting the new responsibilities and hard work that come with a second furry friend.

Need help deciding? Pets Forever made a list of pros and cons that will help you shed a light on this dilemma!

Pros

Keeping each other company

This is the most important point of the entire post. By far the biggest gift that you can give your pet is to have another pet to keep them company and have them entertained through their lives. Are you starting to feel guilty about leaving them alone all day? Maybe having another friend will take the weight out of you while bringing as much joy and satisfaction to your current pet, who will be absolutely delighted to have a “younger sibling” with whom they’ll share their time playing all day and all night (while making a huge mess!).

They eat more and healthier 

Those who’ve had fish in an aquarium know what this means. Two fish together eat better compared to a single one. The same thing happens to other animals. Actually, when two animals of the same species share the same meal, they usually engage in a little competition of who eats more. That has to do with their ancestor’s DNA when it was necessary to eat huge amounts of food at once since they relied on hunting and were never sure when the next meal might come. With that in mind, when a pet sees their sibling eating, it is likely that they will end up eating more, following their preservation instincts. Something similar to the thought of “if I don’t eat what’s in this bowl, they will”.

Cons

Full house, messy house

Leave no doubt in your mind that your house will get messier, and quite a bit louder. Constant barking and stumbling in furniture is guaranteed. If those who have a pet are never alone, imagine four paws trotting around the house. They might be the calmest pets who never give any trouble, but as soon as their owner steps through the door, be ready for a lot of noise and a lot of fuss, for a great reason!

Double the sickness, double the spending

One of your pets have the flu? Get ready cause it’s just a matter of time until the second one gets it. Fleas? Get the medicinal bath ready for the both of them. Older pet has diabetes? Soon the younger will develop food allergies due to the change in routine. Know that when the subject is a disease, you’ll suffer in doubles.

Double will also be every expense related to pets. How much does it cost to clean a big dog or cat in the local pet shop, every Saturday? Multiply that by two. New leash for walks? Times two. Warm clothes for the winter? Two, please. What about the pet hotel for weekend getaways? Room for two, please.

They fight a lot at first

If your oldest pet does not enjoy the presence of a new sibling, you just took home quite a problem. If they decided to go at it and fight each other, they might actually get injured, especially if there is a big size discrepancy. The main tip here is to avoid putting two males or two females under the same roof, unless they’re breeds known for being very docile. Worst than pets fighting each other is one getting constantly hurt by the other one. Now you have to leave them in separate rooms so there’s no incident. That’s the worst-case scenario. But they will most likely stop fighting each other eventually, especially if you follow our tips on how to get your pets to stop fighting.

Wanna know what we think? We say go for it! But be aware of choosing the right sibling for your current pet, that is the most important thing factor to have in mind. Other than that, you and your two pets will definitely have a lot of fun together and chances are, you won’t regret it!

Microchipping your pet is extremely important; here’s why

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Containing some of the main information regarding our furry friends, the microchip for dogs and cats stays under the skin and is an essential mechanism with the sole purpose of taking care of our pets. For those who are still doubtful about the theme, Pets Forever organised some of the main curiosities around this important item. Check it out!

O microchip pet não é um GPS

Contrary to what most people think, the microchip for dogs and cats doesn’t work as a radar or a GPS, which means that you are not able to track your pet’s location through it. It works as a form of identification for domestic animals, usually installed after the purchase of adoption of a pet.

In the microchip, you are able to imprint several different data such as breed, nome, age, disease history and owner information.

If you ever encounter a lost pet that is microchipped, you’ll be able to take them to the vet and find information about the owner and where the animal lives. The veterinarian will also be aware of chronic health issues or special care, if there are any.

It’s a fast and painless procedure

Many pet lovers have the notion that implanting a microchip is a brute procedure. But the reality is far simpler, since the application is done through a special needle that is barely noticed by the pet.

After cleaning the area, the special needle is inserted until the subcutaneous portion of the tissue, and the microchip is applied as if it was a simple medication. It’s also very small; the size of a single grain of rice!

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Microchipping is mandatory for overseas travel

If you wanna take your pet on a lovely international trip, know that you’ll definitely have to get them microchipped. Besides being mandatory for most international airline companies, many countries such as the US and the European Union demanded that the pet has a microchip ID before travelling to their territory.

Now that you know how microchipping works and why it’s important for your pet, check out the other articles in our Pets Forever blog for more information on your animal’s health and well-being!

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My dogs keep fighting, how do I stop it?

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It is very common for pet owners to have more than one dog, which is great since they can make each other company. However, rather it is through jealousy or other reasons, sometimes we face the issue of our dogs constantly fighting with each other.

That usually happens within the first moments of contact between the animals and can be a dangerous activity for both. That is why it’s important to understand why that happens and also how to make them stop fighting each other.

Why your dogs are fighting

Often times dogs are very sociable when they meet another pet on the street: not only do they not usually bark but also seem extremely excited to play around with them. Inside the house, however, the scenario shifts completely.

Although there are exceptions, the behaviour of a dog in relation to others tend to be extremely different inside and outside their home. Here are a few of the main reasons why they are fighting each other: dispute for food, toys, hierarchy or even the attention of their owners and family.

According to veterinary-doctor Tania Filo, there is a biological reason for that. “Dogs possess a hormonal startup that can create a territorial dispute in the home which they habit with other pets.” She explains. “This instinct to fight other animals in their own houses is directly connected to their survival in search for food, shelter, female or male companies, etc.”

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How to split up your dogs fighting

Whether it’s inside or outside your home, facing two dogs fighting is something that concerns many pet lovers. And rightfully so! If we physically intervein in the conflict, we might get hurt. If we don’t, the dogs can end up deeply harming each other.

“Accident such as attacks and/or biting are prone to happen quite often. That is why you need to stay calm during the process.” Dr Filo orients. The specialist explains that the two safest and efficient methods to pull a dog fight apart are:

  • Make loud noises: clap, shake cans with coins or make noises with pans. By distracting the dogs, that will make them automatically cease the conflict and attempt to understand what’s happening in that new moment of confusion. Seems rather simple but they often forget the altercation afterwards.
  • Spray water on them: just like loud noises, water jets on the pets also direct the attention to an external factor, ceasing the dogs’ fury.

It is worth pointing out that, despite the recommendation to make loud noises, it is NOT recommended to yell or raise your tone. “That can alarm the dogs deeply and make the situation worse”, the specialist warns. It is ideal that the distraction seems to come from the environment, and not the pet owner.

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After you calm them down

Caso tenha se tratado de uma situação atípica, é interessante buscar entender por que o cachorro estava brigando. Por exemplo: em caso de disputa por brinquedos, pode ser recomendado adquirir mais de um acessório de mesmo tipo. Ou, se o motivo for disputa por alimentos, que tal deixar os comedouros mais separados?

In case it was an atypical situation which doesn’t often happen in your household, it is important to pinpoint why they were fighting in the first place. For instance: if it was a dispute for toys, you could try to buy the same accessory so there are two of them. If it was a dispute for food, why not put the bowls separately?

For more tips make sure to stay tuned to our Pets Forever blog and PETx, both in our PetsForever app, available on App Store and Google Play!

 

How to talk to your dog

The interaction owner-dog is not limited to a few commands, like “stay” or “give me your paw”. Ask any dog trainer and they’ll tell you that they have engaged in some form of dialogue with their pets. If you are interested in learning how to actually communicate with your dog, it is time to find out how to talk to your dog and what science has to say about the practice.

Can dogs understand what we say?

There is no doubt that dogs are capable of identifying commands and individual words, one evidence of that is the fact that they are always aware of when we call their names. Before, it was believed that a dog’s understanding of human language conveyed simply to our gestures and tones. Today, however, science evaluates that their understanding goes way beyond those aspects, with some dogs being able to understand up to 200 words!

We know that they are extremely smart creatures that communicate with us through their body language and barks. However, it is not always possible to know which way is best for making our furry friends understand us.

A study conducted at the University of Lórand, in Budapest, and published by Science magazine, suggests that pets are capable of responding to a mixture of the last three mentioned factors; gestures, intonation and words.

During the research, dogs were put inside an MRI machine and exposed to a vast range of audio stimuli: their tutors and owners would say several different words into the machine, each one with several different tones of speech.

To the surprise of the scientific community, the dogs were capable of recognising the words in a vast frame of context, such as complementary, neutral or negative, depending on the intonation. And what is even more revealing: they did it using the left side of their brain, the same side that humans use for the understanding of languages and symbols.

The study means that, like us, dogs are capable of decyphering the vocabulary separately of their owner’s intonation, but also combining the two, in order to have a full grasp of what their humans are trying to communicate. Dogs are truly fascinating, aren’t they?

How to talk to your dog: The importance of intonation

The fact that dogs are capable of understanding words does not mean that intonation is not an essential factor for healthy communication, though. “Studies from the past two decades have confirmed that the higher your pitch is, the more focused your dog engages with your speech, which makes it much easier for you to train them”, says Dr Julia Sanz, veterinary researcher.

The good news is that you’re very likely to have already been doing it naturally since most pet owners often talk to their animals in a high pitched tone to invoke affection. It is also easy to see if the animals are understanding us or not, given that their response time (or lack of it) is always immediate.

According to the research presented by the University of Lórand, when addressing dogs humans should always use a tone called “derivative language to dogs”. Constructed by short and simple sentences, it is similar to the language that humans use when speaking to a child up to three years of age. However, the tone delivered should be even higher pitched than those with children which, as said previously, helps dogs to understand us better.

The volume of our speech, according to Dr Sanz, should also be a bit louder than usual. “It should be the same level as you would normally use when repeating a sentence to an adult that didn’t understand you the first time you said it”, she explains.

Since dogs understand us, can I lecture him on bad behaviour?

Yes, but don’t exaggerate: despite understanding expressions like “let’s go for a walk”, dogs aren’t able to keep up with everything we say at the same level. Despite being very intelligent creatures, it is obvious that their knowledge of a language doesn’t come remotely close to that of human beings.

For that reason, if your pet does something wrong the best way to teach your dog is not by punishing them with moral lessons or emotional blackmail. They will not understand that the right place to pee is on the hygienic paper or that you get upset when they bring dirt to your bed just because you shouted that information to them several times.

For that reason, pet owners and trainers must always understand that talking to your dog aggressively and in an elevated tone will not make them understand the message you wish to convey. On the contrary, it will simply make them anxious and fearful of you without knowing why you’re behaving that way, which can be quite detrimental to their wellbeing.

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Ten facts about cats and dogs that you’ve always wanted to know

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The world of cats and dogs is a surprising one and despite us sharing that world with them, there are a lot of things they do that we don’t understand. Those with a furry friend learn with time that bark means pain, that meow means hunger, we know when they’re sick, but even so, there are still several questions hanging above us, like why do cats eyes shine at night and why do dogs have the habit of sniffing the butts of their fellow canines?

In this article Pets Forever will clarify those and other questions that pet owners always had about their furry family!

1- Can cats really see in the dark?

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Felines are nocturnal animals and they can see up to seven times farther and better than human beings. But even cats need at least a little bit of light to guide themselves. In complete darkness, they also won’t be able to use their sight, but due to their whiskers, they are able to guide themselves well and not hit corners or objects like us humans would in the dark.

2- What is a dog’s sense of smell like?

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A dog’s sense of smell is much better than those of his human buddies. While the olfactive cells of a human being can reach 5 million, dogs can have them up to 220 million, making them the best sniffers of the entire nature! If the membranes situated inside a dog’s nose were extended flat, they would always be bigger than the dog itself. That is why police use dogs to detect illegal substances in large, open spaces and when there’s a certain quantity of luggage or bags to be verified. Dogs are also commonly used in borders, airports and also strongly solicited when searching for people that have disappeared. Their sense of smell is incomparable!

3- Why does a cat’s eyes glow in the dark?

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Many animals with a habit of nocturnal hunting (like some reptiles and several mammals) possess a surface on the retina called Tapetum Lucidum. Such part of the eye works as a mirror and helps those animals see better in the dark because it reflects the light back into the photoreceptive layer of the eye, offering a second opportunity for the image to be captured appropriately by the retina. The composition of that reflective layer is very diverse, but it works the same way in all animals. When they are in the dark, their pupils get completely dilated and expose the Tapetum Lucidum. For that reason, when a stream of light coming from a headlight or even moonlight hits their eyes, that surface is reflected, giving us the impression that their eyes are glowing on their own. Those who have cats who love to hide under the bed have definitely seen that scenario hundreds of times!

4- In what ways are dogs similar to humans?

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There’s a reason dogs are often called “a man’s best friend” because we really are alike in several biological factors! Just like us humans, dogs can suffer from depression, low self-esteem, they feel when they are truly loved, feel when they are being treated unfairly, can be fearful of their owners and analyse situations to not make us upset (which they should never have to do!). What you probably didn’t know is that just like humans, the dogs from the Chihuahua breed are born with a soft spot in their skull, that closes as they get older. Crazy, right? Generally speaking, dogs are just as smart as a child between 2 and 3 years of age, which means that they are able to understand up to 200 words!

5- Why do cats purr?

cat-408784_1280Scientists are still not quite sure why cats purr. Plenty of veterinarians believe that a cat purrs by making their vocal cords vibrate in the lowest portion of their throat. In order for that to be possible, a muscle in the larynx opens and closes the passage of air up to 25 times per second. The purr can come from a variety of reasons not quite well defined yet, but it is still believed to be a condition of extreme joy, love and happiness.

6- Why do dogs nibble so much?

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The teeth of puppies start surfacing when they are around three weeks old, while the definitive teeth replace the infant ones when they have about four to seven months of age. For that reason, they are extremely inclined to nibbling things during that period to alleviate discomfort and pain of the teeth that are coming by from under their gums.  Already in the adult phase, they usually nibble to sharpen their teeth.

7- Why are cats so independent?

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Cats are lonely hunters. They are extremely intelligent creatures, able to calculate, solve problems and invent new ways of hunting for their survival. Even domesticated, cats are always in touch with their wild essence. When they scratch sofas or climbing through your house, they imagine themselves in a tree or a cliff. Have you noticed how they are very light sleepers? That’s because they are always focused, even during bedtime.

8- Why do dogs sniff butts?

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Since dogs don’t have hands to greet each other and say: “Nice to meet you, I’m Dog!”, they usually sniff each other’s butts as a way of getting to know one another. Almost for the same reason that they lick each other; they want to show reverence, to demonstrate that they like another dog. For that reason, if a dog licks you, be happy! It means they love you.

9- Why do cats lick so much?

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Everyone knows that cats are extremely clean and tidy creatures, but do you know why that is? They are great hunters and as such, they cannot allow themselves to be noticed by their prey or a potential predator, so they lick themselves a lot in order to mask or remove their own smell. They hide their feces and urine in the sand for the same reason; they want to leave no trails of them being there! Wild dogs always walk in packs so they don’t need to be so cautious about their presence. If they ever came into attack there are others around to help, unlike cats who are always alone but are much more lethal.

10- How do dogs see the world?

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The common belief that dogs are colourblind is actually not false when comparing to humans. Dogs can see colours, but not in a scheme like we do. They can distinguish between blue, yellow and grey, but are not able to see spectrums of red and green, which are the spectrums that humans are able to identify the easiest, blue being the third in our human eye.

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Is it safe to order pet food online?

Buying goods for your pet online has become the latest trend nowadays. Many people feel it is convenient and time-saving. Some pet owners may prefer to buy food for their pets online, while others rather simply go to the nearest store. But, is it safe to purchase your pet’s food online?

Why should you order your pet food online?

If you want to buy high-quality food that is not available in local pet stores then yes, this is a brilliant idea. You will find the food you want. First, make sure to compare with different sites and then buy from a store with fair prices. Also, it is important to compare the shipping policies and buy from a store that favours you. Take advantage of online reviews left by other customers for you to make a sound decision. If it is your first-time buying food for your pet online, make sure to buy a small amount to see if your dog will like it.

If your favourite local pet store does not store premium pet food, you can take advantage of the online pet suppliers. However, you should clearly know what you are looking for. This should not be a trial and error game. Remember, what you feed your pet contributes to their overall health. Sites like Amazon.com and Petfooddirect.com are some of the safest and most reputable suppliers that deliver to your doorstep. They are known for selling high-quality pet food from reputable brands. Also, you get to find premium pet food brands that are not available from your local pet store in Australia.

One of the main advantages of buying your pet food online is that you have a wide selection of foods to choose from. But caution should be exercised if your pet has health issues or requires a special diet. In case your pet does need a special diet, purchasing your pet food online gives you a wide range of specific products that were probably not available anywhere else, especially in large quantities. It will be easier for you to get access to grain and gluten-free pet food, for instance. The food also may have high protein percentages, and you may be lucky to find pre-packed raw diets that might be missing from your local shop.

Is it safe to order online?

You should always purchase from sites that have secure connections. Online fraudsters and hackers can really mess you up, and extra precautions should be observed when purchasing any product online. If possible, it is best to purchase from stores that accept PayPal. Also, some online stores have an automatic renewal of pet orders depending on your needs. With this feature, you do not run out of pet food.

Avoid ordering anything online using public computers and Wi-Fi since you may never know who will get hold of your bank details. In case you have no access to a personal computer, make sure to logout and clear your browsing history. Do you check your account bills regularly? Make sure to track your bills to avoid unknown invoices. In case you find invoices that you do not know about, raise the issue with the store for an immediate refund.

Before purchasing from an online store, you are required to register an account. Make sure to create a strong password that is hard to hack. Remember: No online pet store asks for your bank details or passwords. In case this happens, do not share any confidential information and report them for fraudulent activities.

Should I mind about the shipping costs?

Most of the time, we avoid purchasing from online pet stores because of shipping fees. However, online pet stores often offer discounted prices that cover shipping costs. Therefore, the price ranges about the same as the local pet store or slightly above. Always make sure you know the time the store takes to ship their products to avoid any inconveniences.

Buying from a pet store in Australia is advised if the local pet store does not offer the product you want. Premium products are not easily found locally, and spending something small to cover the shipping cost would be advisable. You can consider talking to your local store to stock products you feel they are missing. It doesn’t matter where you choose to buy your pet food. The only thing that matters is if the pet food can give the pet the nutrition value they need. Buying pet food from the store or in your favourite Australian pet foot store is a choice of the buyer. Whatever is best for your pets, works!

Every pet has a story

The attachment between pets and their owners is something that cannot be explained. Today, many people appreciate and understand the benefits of having a pet in their life. In fact, many pet owners love their pets like their children and enjoy their company. Australia has the highest number of pet owners in the world. About 61% of households have pets. The stories of these pets bring about animal tales in Australia, and telling them to others becomes exciting and interesting. Today, more and more often, people have included their pets in family events. This clearly shows that pets are important members of our family. In many homes, pets have become great companions to the children. If pets are so important in our lives, how can we live without them? In case you are used to living with a pet, then living without them would feel empty.

Our pets will always give a shoulder to lean on.

Our pets bring more happiness to our lives than they appear. They show us real love companion, love, and emotional connection that most humans crave for. Most pet owners find themselves changing their ways after owning a pet. We do our best to make sure that our pets are comfortable, healthy, and safe.

Taking care of pets gives pet parents a sense of purpose.

Just like a parent would wake up and look forward to taking care of their children, the same case happens to pet parents. They are happy to know that there is someone who will be delighted to see them when they get back home. Science tells us a hormone known as oxytocin hormone that is produced in both the dog and the owner by just staring into a dog’s eyes. Isn’t that awesome? If you want a relationship with another person to go wrong immediately, simply show them that you don’t like their pets and it will happen right away. This is an easy way of understanding how much their pets mean to them. It doesn’t matter what situation you are facing, but you will have one friend that will never leave your side. Whether you are broke, sick, or even happy, your pet will stick by your side no matter what, unlike humans who can distance themselves from one another as time goes by and things go unexpectedly. Your pet will also tend to sympathize with you by cuddling and showing affection when they sense you are not happy. Every pet owner has a unique relationship with their pet. To others, they are their best friends, while others view them as their children. There is one thing that is common to all pet owners. Their pets are precious and loved members of the family.

Are you looking for some exciting Animal tales in Australia?

Every pet has a story, and only pet owners can tell the story better. Some pets have had a rough life before they found their forever home. PETx is one of many YouTube channels that highlight some interesting animal tales in Australia. Here are some stories you’ll definitely want to read about!

Tiger

Tiger is an adorable British shorthair feline friend. He is pretty young and was adopted from the breeder while he was three months old. Sleeping and adopting his new environment was hard, but his new family was there to support him. He enjoys spending time with his mummy, and he is slowly adapting to his new environment. Tiger is growing fast and he can’t help himself from being so cute!

Buddy

Buddy is a super pet. He is an adorable Jack Russell terrier, and the first thing you will notice is his energetic aura of a dog ready to face any challenge put in front of him, because you better believe that he will! He knows how to pose for the camera with natural professionalism, and all of his photos are just perfect! His owner Josie has taught him to follow some commands when running tracks and maneuvering objects. He has a thing with balls and this has made him a successful participant in flyball contests in Australia.

Polly

“Polly is the best thing that happened to our family. She is my best friend and means the world to me. I have gone through so much in my life but she has stuck with me through thick and thin. Polly has taught me that unconditional love only exists in true friendship. I love her so much and willing to do anything for her.”

Max

“I can write a book on my cat max. I share all my stories with him even if I know he cannot respond. Max has been with me since he was eight months after rescuing him from the streets. I can say we have lived together for three years a life that is full of love and trust. I cannot imagine a day without him. You will never get bored by listening to animal tales in Australia since every pet has their unique stories. Some stories are sad but end with beautiful endings. I believe your pet has a story too.”

What is your pet’s story?

Is your dog howling too often? Here’s what you can do to help them!

Dogs have their own little peeves and every pet owner who has a canine buddy at their house are able to talk about one quality, one characteristic that can make their say “my dog does this but most dogs don’t”. Dogs are truly very unique creatures, in their own way! However, there are things that every dog does but that still intrigue us, and their howling is a good example of that.

After all, why do dogs howl?

Well, it’s a very common tool coming from our four-pawed friends which allows them to communicate with one another in longer distances, but their reasons for it are not always clear. It is very common for us to think that a dog’s howl is some sort of cry of anguish for help, therefore they must be howling out of suffering or pain. Although that is partially correct, there is a very specific reason as to why your dog might be howling, which relates to its lifestyle and health: they wanna be dogs!

Dogs are beautiful creatures that love the sense of freedom and connection provided by their owners, nature and fellow canines, but sometimes they feel a bit lonely and distant from all the fun and connection to the world that they love to have. That issue is commonly referred to in the veterinarian community as Separation Anxiety.

So in order to make life easier for those beauties, here are a few things that you can do:

– Walk your dog more often

This is possibly the best way to make sure that your dog is getting the right amount of joy and attention; see the world with them! By establishing an exercise routine they will always be sure that there is enough time in their day for interacting with nature and being in touch with themselves and others. In other words, spend some quality time with them; go out there and play! But that is often not possible in a lot of occasions since us humans usually lead very busy lives! In those circumstances, you can also-

– Give him solid, responsive toys

Responsive and durable toys are a great way of making sure that the dogs are keeping themselves busy throughout the day. Make sure to download our PetsForever app with a selection of local partners that have an extensive catalogue of great toys and gadgets that your pup will certainly love!

But could those not be the causes of my dog howling so much?

Yes. If your dog has a very active social and physical life but is still howling constantly, there are some signs that you can look for to identify and remediate the problem:

– They might be responding to other sounds

Whether it is another animal or an annoying sound that is disturbing them, dogs can react to different things in their environment that they perceive as good or threatening. In those cases, however, the howling is not frequent and will cease once the sounds do. If the problem is frequent try to identify sounds that might be disturbing your pet; chances are it’s something very minimal that you wouldn’t notice on a day to day basis. If it is something trivial that cannot be changed, such as the click-clacking of a refrigerator, you can show your pet that the noise is not harmful and give them treats for staying quiet.

Regardless of the reason, howling occasionally is perfectly normal, but always make sure to keep an eye on your dog if it is happening too often. Chances are it’s an easy fix and they will be very glad that you took some time to figure out what was wrong!

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Easiest ways to get rid of pet odours from your home

As much as you enjoy the company of your beloved dog or cat, sometimes they can really make your house smell. Pet odours can be worse than your sweaty gym socks or t-shirt. You, therefore, need to take the necessary steps to ensure bad pet odour do not build up with time. Here are some ways you can leave your house smelling fresh.

Thorough Cleaning

The main reason why pet owners notice strong odours in their homes is because odours can seep deep into carpets and furniture where they are difficult to remove. It doesn’t matter if you prohibit your dog from lying on the furniture, the bad odour will still get caught in the furniture.

But how is this possible?

This is because many things in your house get into contact with dog saliva and fur, which may eventually get into your furniture leaving behind the odour.

You can start with vacuuming the carpets and furniture before washing them thoroughly with shampoo and deodourisers to get rid of the odour. It is important to vacuum all corners of the house to get rid of pet fur that might be causing bad odour.

After vacuuming the house, you can consider using a steam cleaner to give your carpets a deep clean. You can hire a professional to do it for you or rent one and do it yourself. Vacuuming and steam cleaning your house regularly is the most effective way to ensure your house is free from pet odours.

Use of Baking Soda

Baking soda is excellent in removing odours. You can use it once in a while, in between your thorough cleaning schedules. The use of baking soda can be a time-consuming cleaning method but it is effective. Sprinkle baking soda on your furniture, making sure to address all areas underneath the cushions. Then after a while vacuum it up.

How baking soda works on bad odours?

Naturally, baking soda absorbs odours without leaving any strong odours. If you are looking forward to leaving a sweet scent on your furniture, you can use it along with essential oils.

In case your dog or pet sleeps in your bedroom, sprinkle baking soda on the spot they sleep and leave it for around twelve hours to absorb the bad odour before vacuuming.

Use of Air Purifiers

If you want to remove pet odours from your home altogether, you can use an air purifier. It is recommended an air purifier that has a true HEPA filter, which can capture up to 99.9% of particles in the air. This includes pet dandruff and fur, which are the leading causes of pet odours.

You can also consider purchasing an air purifier with an activated carbon filter. The activated carbon filters works to capture all odour-causing particles in the air. Better yet, a combination of the activated carbon filter and HEPA filter would be a great option as it would help to get rid of odour-causing particles from the air completely.

Vacuuming

Frequently vacuuming your house is super important if you want to remove pet orders from your home. Make sure to at least vacuum every corner of your house twice a week. However, this will depend on the number of pets you have and the extent of odour, which can force you to do it daily.

Brushing your dog’s teeth

All dog parents are aware that their fur friends can have bad breath. Therefore, just like us, they need to brush their teeth. The bad odour from the bad breath of your dog can be spread when they lick themselves or anything in your home.

It is, therefore, important to brush your dog’s teeth regularly and maintain good oral hygiene. You can also introduce dog treats that take care of oral hygiene to help control the bad odour from spreading.

 Drying your Pet’s fur after a bath

After washing your pet, it is recommended that you dry their fur completely. Otherwise, it could be another cause of bad order in your home. Wet fur is prone to attracting bacteria that can bring about bad odours. Always use a towel or blow drier to dry your fur baby’s fur after washing them. Be sure to place the blow drier on a cool setting. When your pet’s fur is completely dry, it is likely not to attract the bacteria that lead to bad odour.

Thoroughly Washing Your Pet’s Beds

Your pet’s bed and sleeping mats can be the most affected when it comes to pet orders. This is the place your pet spends most of their time. As your pet is sleeping, their beds and sleeping blankets get pet dandruff, saliva and dirt from their paws.

It is, therefore, important to clean your pet’s beds and blankets regularly. Most pet beds are made of materials that are easy to clean or machine wash. You can also use stain repellant to prevent your pets’ beds from getting permanent stains. This will ensure your pet’s bed is fresh and clean.

You do not have to worry about bad odours left behind by your pet in your home. You can now have a clean and fresh space if you follow the above tips. Having a pet in your home is fun and you can also have a clean and odour-free home. By following these steps it can help you keep your house free from pet odour.

 

 

Want a Healthy pet? Tips to keep your pet healthy

It’s every pet owner’s wish to have a healthy and happy pet. So, how do you achieve this?

Many people do not quite understand the importance of pet health. They think that pets should be fed with any food, and just left to lie down the whole day. What they do not know is that when they do this, they are shortening the lives of their pets.

You should put your pet health on the top of the list. Remember, a healthy pet equals to a happy pet. So, what are you doing to ensure that your pet’s health issues are well taken care of?

How do you keep your pet healthy?

 1. Watch your pet’s weight

A chubby kitten or a plump puppy might look cute, but the extra fat is not healthy for your pet’s health. On the other hand, your pet should not be too skinny as it does not have fat reserves in case of sickness.

2. Exercise your pet regularly

Exercise is important for your pet. You cannot achieve a healthy weight when your pet lies down and sleeps the whole day. You should take them for walks and play with them in the back yard.

An active pet has a healthy cardiovascular system. Regular exercise will keep your pet mentally stimulate and preventing behavioral problems. If your pets start chewing your couch or destroying your household, they may be lacking enough exercise.

3. Keep your pet free from parasites

Parasites will rely on your pet for nutrition. This means that your pet’s health will deteriorate. You should consult with your vet for the best products to get rid of the parasites.

4. Have regular pet check-ups

You should take your pet to your vet at least once a year for a check-up to ensure they are free from diseases.

5. Feed them with a balanced diet

Today, we have so many companies that claim to produce the most nutritious food for your pet. But, is this the truth? Do you research and speak to your vets when deciding what to feed your pet.

6. Vaccinate

Just like we vaccinate our kids, we should also do the same for our pets. It is important to protect your pet against deadly diseases like parvo, rabies, and distemper. Consult  your vet for guidance.

 Is it necessary to have a pet health plan?

Do your research as different health plans and pet insurances cover different elements. A pet health plan may enable you to visit the vet and cover some of the fee. It may also cover regular pre-defined pet treatment like vaccinations, de-worming and parasite treatment.

How do you keep your pet happy?

Pets are a part of our family. Unlike other family members, there are things we should do to make them happy. A happy and healthy pet often leads to additional years with your furry friend. Here are things you can to keep your pet happy.

1. Pet attention

Always make sure that your pet has undivided attention for 20 minutes every day. However, more time could be better. Spend time playing and socialising, exercising and time sitting with your pet.

2. Pets are not human

Sometimes they need time alone away from our noise, in a safe and comfortable space. It is important to let your pet be when they go to their safe space to rest. The place should be far away from the busy part of the house, and should always be equipped with a clean blanket.

3.  Always make sure your pet has enough play toys

The toys keep them busy and entertained, especially when you are away. This helps them from not being bored. A bored pet can be a destructive pet. Always make sure you have the right toy size depending on the size of your pet.

4. Pets are social animals and love socialising

Take them for walks, to the park, or have guests in your house. You can also train them to socialise with other pets and children.

5. Take time and learn about your pet’s breed and what they like.

By doing this, you will provide an exciting environment for them by always handling them in a manner that does not upset them.

6. Always put your pet health on the forefront.

You can invest for them in a pet health insurance or a health plan. Always keep in mind and remember a healthy pet is a happy pet.

With the above tips, I am sure you will know how to keep your pet healthy and happy. Pets are loyal and deserve the best. Who doesn’t like a happy pet, running and full of energy?

Dog Safety Tips: Stay Safe around your Dog

Having a dog has many benefits for you and your family. For starters, they are very loyal. What I have noticed in my own home is that since we brought home our dog Buddy, my children’s self-esteem has improved along with their social skills.They also have more empathy.

When a child grows up with a pet, their chances of having asthma and allergies reduce, more so if this is within their first year of life. Their immune system generally improves. Not to mention the obvious; children learn to be compassionate, how to have respect for other living things and to be responsible.

There are also benefits for adult dog owners. They tend to have lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels. I guess giving and receiving love is both healthy and therapeutic for both the dog and its owner.

However, we cannot ignore the fact that there are safety precautions that must be taken, here are some dog safety tips to learn and dog safety rules to apply.

The largest percentage of dog bites happen in homes. This is primarily because both children and adults don’t learn dog behavior and thus can’t know how to stay safe around their dogs.

Your dog says a lot using body language. It’ll use the tail, ears, eyes and entire body movements to send a particular message. These are things you and your family should learn and react to in the proper way. This will keep both you and the dog safe from harm.

How do you Know When Your Dog is Calm?

Dog safety rules demand that we are able to read our dogs’ body language. This knowledge can help avoid unpleasant encounters with them. A dog can’t speak and so its body language is the only way we can gauge their emotions and personality.

Calm and Submissive

A calm and submissive dog will have their ears lying in the normal position. Their tail will also droop to the central position and her ears will lie back against her head. She will most likely be seated or lying down. The most submissive dogs will even have their chin on their paws while lying on the floor. When you make eye contact, they will start wagging their tail.

Calm and Assertive 
When you see a dog hold up her ears, head and tail with no tension, they are being calm and assertive. They may also wag their tail rhythmically in a moderate to slow speed. A calm and assertive dog will either move forward purposefully or remain still.

 What Does Your Dogs Body Language Mean?

Dog safety tips can only apply when you know what your dogs’ body language is communicating to you. Let’s look at how your dog will behave and how that may be interpreted.

Mouth

With a happy and laid back dog, they will normally have a relaxed, open mouth. It may also pant making them appear to be smiling. Fearful or stressed dogs will purse their lips and shut their mouths. If your dog hasn’t exercised and it isn’t particularly hot but is panting, that signifies stress. Another sign of a stressed dog is one they may drool in the absence of food.

The surest way to tell that a dog is aggressive, is by observing its mouth. They will wrinkle their mouth/muzzle and keep their lip curled leaving their teeth bare. This will most likely be accompanied by a deep growl.

Fur

Hackles, fur standing up straight on dogs back, are a dead giveaway of either aggressive or fearful. The fur on a dog’s tail also fans out. However, when dogs are stressed, they may shed hair possibly by the handfuls, which is obviously not something good.

 Eyes

When relaxed, a dog has almond shaped eyes and sometimes might appear as if it is squinting at you. On the other hand, when stressed or fearful, a dog’s pupils will dilate and the whites will be visible around the eyes. The dog will do its best to avoid eye contact with you when stressed or fearful. Do not stare back at the dog. They may take this as a sign of you challenging them and so may react with an aggressive response.

Ears

A relaxed dog’s ears will hold their natural state depending on the species. When you spot a dog whose ears are laid back and flat, they may be stressed.

Posture

A worried dog is easy to spot. She will have a stiff posture and walk away slowly while making themselves appear smaller.

Tail

I bet at some point or another you have come across a dog with its tail tucked in between the legs. That is a sign of fear. On the other hand, a raised tail means that the dog is interested or aroused.

How do you keep safe around animals?

Any animal, however cute or well trained can be dangerous. A kick, bite or scratch can happen even if it’s unprovoked. More often than not, this is to protect their territory and their young. It could also be as a result of certain stressful situations that cause them to act aggressively even towards their owners and others that they are fond of.

That said, to keep safe around animals, only pet or feed those that you are fond of. It would mean that you are certain that they have been vaccinated.

If you are bitten or scratched it is wise to wash off the affected area with soap and water. Next, visit a doctor immediately. Diseases like rabies are life threatening and need immediate shots administered.

Another measure you can take to keep safe around animals is making sure you have medical evacuation insurance and here’s why. If you are in a country that has far apart medical centers with proper care, your insurance makes it possible for you to receive the care you need fast wherever you are.

 

Perfect Dog cat Relationship: Incredible friendship of Betty and Bertie

It feels great to have pets that have an exceptional relationship. Bertie and Betty have gone beyond all odds and proved that cats and dogs can have a great relationship. Bertie is a five-year-old British Blue Shorthair cat, while Betty is an eight years old Hungarian Vizsla dog.

The two adorable furry friends got along as soon as Bertie came into the home when he was a kitten. Bertie’s parents were impressed with how their fur babies got along when Bertie started living with the family.

Bertie’s and Betty’s Daily Adventures

When Bertie was a kitten, the two would chase one another around the house. Betty would forget that Bertie was small and would play rough. However, Bertie would defend himself and stand his ground by giving him slaps with his paws when he was tired.

Now that Bertie is all grown up, and does not have all the energy to play all day. The drama starts at night when it’s time to sleep. Bertie has always been allowed to sleep on his parents’ bed while Betty sleeps on his bed right beside them.

Betty, the big jealous dog, always wants a taste of how it feels to sleep on his parents’ bed. He, therefore, shoos off Bertie thinking he will get his spot. But unfortunately, all this is in vain as she has to sleep on her bed. On the other hand, Bertie goes downstairs to get a good night’s sleep.

Bertie is the professional alarm clock as he wakes up everyone as soon as he’s awake. He walks on his parents’ bodies, giving them a little massage over their slumbering bodies. As soon as everyone is awake, Miss Betty joins the early morning tussle as she never wants to be left behind on any activity.

I love Bags and I can’t help it!

 Bertie has a liking for bags. He can’t help it, and will hop into his mum’s visitors’ bags when they are busy talking to see what is inside. There is much excitement, and Bertie has his picture taken during the cute and adorable moment. In fact, he has several photos in this cute pose.

Mummy’s Cute Little boy

Bertie is the favorite pet of mum while Miss Betty loves the company of his dad. She is always by his side and gets jealous when Bertie tries to sit on his laps. The only time Bertie would enjoy his dads company is when he needs to have his breakfast as is dad  is more active in the morning than his mum.

The best part of the day for Bertie is when he gets cuddles from his favorite person. They both enjoy watching TV together under mummy’s favorite rug. Bertie’s mum loves to tell his beloved furry friend how he is a good boy and how he is the best cat ever.

When Bertie’s mum broke her ankle, Bertie would keep her company by riding in her invalid knee bike. He would ride when no one was watching. As it is for all fur parents, Bertie’s mum always wants to see Bertie in her sight.

 Bertie’s Funniest Moments

Bertie spends the better part of the day resting, especially on hot days. His thick fur serves him well during winter, but can be uncomfortable during summer. During hot days, he loves sleeping on a cool spot on the floor against a corner of the wall.

Also, he loves spending time on the white lounge where there is an open balcony door that lets in the cool breeze. From this spot, he has a good view of birds who perch themselves on the outside tree.

When Bertie is full of energy, he runs around the house fast and causes a lot of amusement.

Bertie and Bettie have a wonderful relationship and have an adorable story together. They always bring joy to their parents. Every pet has a story. What is your pet’s story?

Foods to avoid feeding to your Dog

It is almost impossible to resist the big cute brown eyes of your dog when they want whatever is on your plate. Can a little reward from mummy’s plate really hurt your dog? Well, this depends on what is on your plate. If it has artificial sweetener (xylitol), it can lead to some real health problems.

There are other people foods that you shouldn’t feed your dog. It is not because your dog will become obese, but because these foods can cause serious health problems. Here are foods you shouldn’t feed your dog – some of these common foods will surprise you.

Xylitol

Xylitol is found in candy, gum, baked products, and gum. Xylitol is used to sweeten these products, and when ingested by dogs, it can lead to a decrease in blood sugars and liver failure. When ingested for a long time, your dog may start to get diarrhea, coordination problems, and lethargy. Your dog will eventually have seizures, and their liver may stop to work after a few days.

Avocado

I know you are wondering how avocadoes are harmful to your dogs. Yes, they are not safe for your fur friend and better safe than sorry. Avocadoes contain a component known as perish and can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs.

In case you have an Avocado tree in your home, make sure to keep your dog away from them. It is also dangerous when your dog accidentally swallows avocado seeds as they can get stuck in the intestines or the stomach.

Alcohol

Alcohol has the same effect on dogs as it has on people. However, just like us, it would only take a little more to hurt your dog. Just a little alcohol in your dog’s food or water can be bad. Alcohol causes vomiting, diarrhea, coordination issues, coma, or even death to your fur friend. The smaller your dog, the worst the ide effects they will experience.

Onions and Garlic

Keep onions and garlic away from your dog. Whether raw or powdered, they are all dangerous to your dog. Onion and garlic kill red blood cells causing anemia. A small dosage is fine, but eating a lot can lead to poisoning. When your dog ingests too many onions, it can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and breathing problems.

Caffeine, Chocolate and Coffee

Already many dog owners are aware that caffeine is dangerous for their dogs. Foods that have caffeine have substances known as methylxanthines that are dangerous to your pet’s health. When dogs ingest methylxanthines, it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, abnormal heart rhymes, seizures, and even death. Dark chocolate is the most dangerous as it contains high levels of methylxanthines.

Grapes and Raisins

Make sure to watch whatever is falling from your salad bowl. Make sure to keep raisin cookies away from your fur friend. Although experts have not yet identified what exactly is poisonous in raisins and grapes, but they can cause kidney failure.

Milk and Dairy Products

You might be tempted to give your pup cold milk on a hot day or even share your ice-cream. Water is the best alternative as milk and milk products that can causes diarrhea and digestive issues to your dog. Also, milk and milk products are the biggest culprits of allergies that can lead to itching.

Nuts

Nuts are rich in fats and oils that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and pancreatitis in extreme cases. Macadamia nuts are the most dangerous as they cause weakness, depression, hypothermia, and tremors. Giving your dog chocolate with nuts will make the symptoms even worse that could lead to death.

Fat Trimmings and Bones

Whether cooked or raw, fat trimmings can cause pancreatitis in dogs. It may seem natural that dogs should eat bones, but the truth is bones are dangerous for them. Cooked bones splinter and damage their gums and digestive system. The bones may also block your dog’s digestive system.

Raw eggs and Meat

Some dog parents have adopted a raw food diet for their pets, which includes raw eggs. Many veterinary Medical Associates feel that this is a bad idea as there are chances of food poisoning from bacteria like Salmonella or E. coil. It is essential to talk to your vet to confirm this before feeding your fur baby with raw food.

Just like raw eggs, raw meat can have bacteria that cause food poisoning. The first sign of food poisoning is vomiting, fever and enlarged lymph nodes.

Salt

Salt as well is not good for your fur friend. If consumed in large quantities, it can lead to excessive thirst and urination that can lead to sodium poisoning. Your dog will vomit, have a fever, and may have seizures. In extreme cases, large consumption of salt can cause death.

Your Medicine

Even if you feel like your medicine is going to heal or reduce your puppy’s pain, NEVER at any time give them your medicine. Our medicine can make your dog really sick. Just like we with our children, all medicine should be kept out of your dog’s reach.

Moreover, never give your dog over the counter medicine unless prescribed by your vet.

Kitchen Pantry

Many things found on the kitchen shelves may be harmful to your dog. For example, baking soda and baking powder are highly toxic to your fur friend. Also, spices like nutmeg are not good for your dog’s health. Therefore, it is important that you keep your food out of your dog’s reach and always keep the pantry door closed.

The Best Food for Your Dog

Sometimes, accidents are inevitable, and we cannot always control what our pets swallow. Therefore, it is important to have your vet’s contacts in case an accident occurs. Always make sure that your dog eats a healthy and balanced, high-quality diet. Make use of your vet to provide advice on the best dog food in the market.

However, this does not mean that you will never give your dog people food. No harm will arise if you feed them once in a while. Always make sure that the food is well cooked and not heavily spiced. Here are foods that are safe for your dog.

Lean Meat

Naturally, dogs are meat lovers; this would be great. Always make sure it is well cooked and free from visible fat –this includes the skin on poultry. Also, make sure there are no traces of bones to prevent the risk of choking.

Some fruits

Fruits are a perfect snack for your pet. However, you must remove all seeds, leaves, and stems that may cause health issues.

Some Vegetables

Your dog can have a snack of carrot sticks or slice of cucumber. Also, a baked plain potato can serve as a great snack for your dog. However, raw potatoes are not good for your ‘pet’s health and should be avoided at all costs.

I hope this article shows you what foods are good and what foods you should avoid giving your dog. In case an accident occurs, it is important to take your pet to the vet for medical attention.

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

Dog With Owner – Pets Forever

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

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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.