As a dog owner, I'm sure you have heard several times that chocolate is bad for dogs. This is not an urban legend, but 100% true. Every dog and every dog breed is different and may be more or less susceptible to the toxic chemical in chocolate. Nevertheless, it is not something you want to test out.
It can be quite challenging choosing the right dog toys for your four-legged companion, especially when you consider the number of different products available on the market. The options can be endless, and the whole process can even become overwhelming. The worst thing is that even if you thought you managed to purchased an exciting new toy for your four-legged companion, there is no guaranteed that your dog won’t get bored of it after only a couple of days.
While your dog can’t tell you what’s on their doggie mind, having a solid understanding of canine facial expressions and their accompanying body language and behavior have a great value. We put together some of the more common canine communications offered by those very expressive fury faces. It’s also important when drawing conclusions about a dog’s facial expressions to factor in the rest of the body language in order to get the whole message.
Dogs like to chew. Chewing is a natural behavior for all dogs because it allows them to explore the world around them, exercise their jaws and even clean their teeth. It also engages them mentally and alleviates boredom. It helpsexpels energy and produces feel-good chemicals in their brain, keeping them calm and relaxed. So, can we relive their stresses by allowing them to chew? Absolutely!
Dogs have an urge to chew and are strongest when they are still puppies but also carries on throughout life. Chewing helps exercise jaw muscles and helps scrape away dental plaque, and it provides relief from irritated gums when puppies are teething. Chewing also helps to relief boredom. Dogs also gain natural nutrients when they chew animal parts such as bones and tendons.
Most dogs love to chew and chewing is very important for dogs oral and mental health. It provides healthy mental stimulation, exercises the jaw muscles, helps keep teeth clean and chewing releases endorphins, which makes a dog feel happier. It also prevents behavior problems and chewing on inappropriate objects.
Our dogs were built to roam and love running around free. Local dog parks can be a great way to grant our lovable furball some much-desired freedom where they can enjoy exercising and playing without being tied to a leash. There is also some beneficial mental stimulation of socializing with other dogs and their owners.
Looking for ideas on how to celebrate Christmas with your dogs? Celebrating the holidays won’t be the same unless you include your furry friends. Finding ways to incorporate your pets into the festivities without causing them stress can be difficult but planning ahead with pet friendly activities can also be good for both humans and pets. It’s the best time of the year and there’s absolutely no reason to exclude your pet from the Christmas celebrations.
Every dog parent knows that their dogs need lots of mental and physical exercise to stay happy and healthy. If you are the parent of one of those pups who goes to his warm cozy bed at the first nip in the air, and only braves the cold when he has no other choice, then providing mental and physical exercise can be a big challenge for you during the winter months. While colds for pets are a little different than humans, pets do get sick but there are ways to help avoid illness.
We, including our dogs, need a vacation on our everyday life. Or even if you don’t need a vacation, your dog might do! Dogs, just like us, also feel overwhelmed and going on a holiday is a great way to alleviate stress for both dogs and their owners. Vacations present opportunities such as quality social time, which is a dog’s main desire.
Understanding our dogs needs and motivations as well as how those things work in a group dynamic is the key to living successfully with multiple dogs. Dogs that are allowed to create their own structure and rules are not going to set up a nice little democracy where sharing and fair play will be the standard because it doesn’t naturally work that way with a group of dogs. You see, it doesn’t always work that way in human groups either or at least not without someone being in charge. Domestic dogs will covet resources which are food, toys, you and space.
There are several reasons why our dog can become sick. Dog health problems range from infections to cancers. All our dogs require regular medical attention to treat minor ailments. Understanding some common dog illnesses and diseases are some of the simple steps to keep our dogs healthy and minimize the incidence of issues like these. In addition, seeing your vet regularly for wellness exams can help you discover health problems before they get out of control. There are many health issues that can affect dogs and below are among the most common.
One of the greatest parts of having a dog is sharing adventures with your best friend. Traveling can be highly stressful for both you and your dog. It’s important that you prepare your dog for a long trip. You can get your dog geared up by taking him on a series of short drives first, gradually lengthening time spent in the car.
Dogs can teach kids to be responsible and compassionate, and not to mention they make the best playmates anyone could ever ask for. But before you adopt any puppy, make sure you research the best type of breed for your children and your lifestyle. There are some dogs that do better with older kids, while others are more patient with the little ones.
Did you know that spoiling and pampering your dog can confuse him and increase anxiety, leading to unwanted behaviors? But your dog is your best friend, your constant companion, always there to listen to you, love you unconditionally and cuddles with you. So why wouldn’t you want to pamper your dog every once in a while, right?
Humans and dogs have lived side by side over thousands of years, and our genomes have even evolved together. Humans also altered the appearance and behavior of domestic dogs the world over. One of the primary reasons our epic canine-human love affaire has gone on so long is because of our innate ability to communicate with dogs.
As the temperature outside gets colder, some dogs will show little or no interest in anything. Some dogs love to have fun in the snow while some dogs tend to be less active so they can conserve energy for thermo regulation. Does your dog love snow and ice? Or would your dog rather cuddle up on his bed under a cozy blanket?
Take a few moments to look at how making few small changes can improve your dog’s health and happiness and also improve your relationship with your dog. The start of the new year can also be a sign for a fresh start for dogs who are needing a change in their daily routine. Below are some ideas to make your dog happier and healthier this new year!
Chewing is a natural dog behavior and can provide mental stimulation, relieves anxiety, boredom and satisfies your dogs’ natural urge to chew. It also helps remove tartar and plaque from building up on your dog’s teeth. It also helps lessen bad breath, keep your dogs’ jaw strong and minimize the risk of potentially serious dental and health problems.
Training your dog not to beg food is a challenge for many dog owners and it’s not really easy especially with those sad puppy eyes right in front of you. But the key is to be patient and consistent if you want to break this bad habit. It might take a while but when your dog finally understood what he is allowed and not allowed to do; you will have a great dog that enjoys listening to you. It’s a win-win because food is of high value to a dog and many dogs will do anything for food.