5 Mistakes Dog Owners Tend to Make

We all love our dogs. A ton. So much so, that most of us would consider the dog a member of the family. And families stick together, right? They look out for each other. But sometimes, humans make mistakes with their dogs. Don’t feel bad – there’s no need to worry! Here are five mistakes dog owners are known for making. Fix them up and you could be well on your way to being a happier dog owner than you already are!

Where They Sleep

It is important to make your pet feel welcome in the home. Even designating zones that are “just for them” can be a nice thing. But your pet should not come into bed with you for the night. Before you say, “I’ll never kick my pet out of bed!” just know this — a pet free bed is better for controlling your own allergies and improving your quality of sleep altogether. If you must not be far from your pet – I will suggest to you this option: allow them to sleep in their own little bed, near your bed!

Spontaneous Pet Purchases

When I was in my later college years, I had a friend who simply bought a pet because he had enough money. And that was about the only reason. Now let’s take a moment to think about a typical college lifestyle. You’re constantly going to visit friends. You’re going to class. You’re studying. You’re hosting/going to parties. How do you think this dog’s life was? Not too great, I hate to admit. If you’re considering a dog, only buy one after you’ve truly considered the current state of your life. And if you’re looking for a companion for your current dog, just remember how much effort having one dog takes! This isn’t to stray you away from a purchase, but more so just to make you think.

Weight Issues

People tend to think that a dog with a little extra weight is no big deal. And that belief is reinforced when people are telling you your dog is cute. Overweight dogs are more likely to develop arthritis and other problems. Make sure your dog’s diet is well balanced and healthy. Don’t call your dog “big-boned” as an excuse to not get them checked out!

No Exercise

Even worse than feeding the dog an unbalanced diet full of treats, is doing so without making sure they exercise. Just like how exercise is important to our health, it’s important to a dog’s as well. Exercise should be a priority, and a dog should be walked every day.

Vet Visits

Humans are known for holding off on going to the doctor. Sometimes we wait days to see if we’re feeling better. We can communicate with others to get their opinions. But dogs can’t do any of that, and they’re known for hiding their feelings. If your dog is eating less, vomiting, and doing other things of the sort, make sure you seek help for them immediately. Go to preventive care exams yearly. Doing so will help ensure that they’re always at tip-top health.

By: Lisa Podwirny
Lisa Podwirny is an animal expert and dog lover. She is also the owner of Ketchum Mfg in Upstate NY. Connect with her on Google+!

Dog/puppy Training Advice

Never ever treat dog training like a diet, and give up on it after 3 days; some dogs learn a lot in 3 days, some take 3 weeks for a simple command. If you are going to get a puppy you need to remember what that puppy grows up like is down to you, if you don’t put the effort and time in while they are young you will probably face issues in later life, If you get a puppy at 8-10 weeks your looking at approx 2 hours training per day, almost every day for the first 4 months of the dogs life, but remember this, if the dog lives to 15 years old then what’s 4 months of dedicated committed training at the beginning.

One thing that is really important with any dog, especially puppies is set the house rules early, as long as they are fair, you have to decide things like, Shall I let my dog on the sofa, shall I allow my dog upstairs, or in the bed with me, Shall I allow my dog free roam of the downstairs ect…. Just make sure you have a couple of rules at least, it will help the dog learn. Everyone has different wants, needs and expectations for there dogs.

It is important to remember that most puppy’s will nip, it is often seen as quite sweet and cute in a 8-10-12 week old puppy, and sometimes yes they grow out of it, but most don’t. It is a natural thing for a puppy to do but you have to teach it that it is not acceptable doing it to people, If you don’t you will probably end up with a 2-3 year old dog who still does it, not so funny anymore is it. The best way in my opinion is to implement the discipline (explained earlier in the book) allowing for the age of the dog, If it is a 10-12 week old puppy then a stern No and finger pointing every time it nips, if it ignores this 2-3 times then get up, walk away, ignore the pup, if it follows and keeps on then repeat the stern ‘No’ followed by a stern ‘Enough’ and put in the naughty place.

By: Terry Miles of www.homecountiesdogtraining.com

Budget Bites – Inexpensive Strategies to Deal with Pet Mess

If you’re like me, not much infuriates you more than a pet who continues to make a messy on the clean carpet. Pets are a joy to have around; they provide companionship, give us a low-maintenance responsibility, and are simply fun to cuddle up with under a warm fleece on a rainy Saturday afternoon. But they are not as trainable when it comes to potty duties. They will occasionally use your carpet or floor as a toilet. It is generally too expensive to call in the carpet cleaners or to replace a carpet each time it occurs, so let’s go over some of the precautions and solutions to dealing with pet mess.

Walk the Walk

Never forget to take your pets on walks. Dogs especially, but cats as well. Do it on a regular schedule so your pet knows exactly when it is about to be taken outside. If you’re a city dweller be sure to keep the neighborhood clean and pick up after your pet does the duty. I use two plastic grocery bags I get from WinCo or Walmart, put it over my hand like a glove, grab the droppings, and pull it inside out so that it doesn’t get on my hands and I’ve got a disposable way to collect pet waste.

Iron/Paper Towel Combo

A friend led me on to this one. When a pet urinates on the carpet, using Lysol or Resolve to scrub up the mess works but there is still just that little bit of waste imbedded in the carpet. A great way to lift those tough to get particles from the carpet is using a hot iron and some paper towels. Get the iron hot, place a paper towel on the carpet, then slowly move the iron across the paper towel in circular motions. The urine will begin to soak into the paper towel.

Apple Bitter Taste Deterrent

Grannick’s Apple Bitter is a great product that can be used for all sorts of pet training. If a pet makes a mess, spray some Apple Bitter on the end of a towel. Take the pet to the area in which it made the mess and put the Apple Bitter towel up to the pet’s nose. Dogs are generally pretty smart about knowing what they did wrong, but I don’t have the experience with cats. Apple Bitter causes the animal to associate the bad action with the Apple Bitter. I was able to train my Labrador after only two Apple Bitter exercises.

Pet Crate

Pet crates can be used to house the animal during long days at the office. While not allowing them the freedom to roam about, pet crates are a way to eliminate a pet’s contact with your floor or carpet. Pets will also not leave waste in the crate.

When all else fails and the mess becomes too much for the carpet, a solid carpet cleaning service for your home might be tough to avoid. While it might be tough to come to terms with, this may be the best option. Be sure to take all the inexpensive precautionary steps so you can save money in dealing with pet waste. If you’re smart about the situation, you can prevent pet mess before it even occurs in addition to train the pet that using your home as a restroom is an unfavorable action.

By: Keith Benton

First-time Puppy Owner Fears

Our pets are like our children, and just like first time parents, first time puppy owners can be a bit at a loss about how to react to certain situations.

This isn’t just exclusive to puppy owners. When my cat, Sebastiana, was a kitten, I had her spayed. She was really tired and quiet the rest of the day, which was to be expected. I managed to stay calm. But a few days later, I looked at her stomach and noticed that she’d eaten the stitches! There was a giant whole in her tummy! (Really it was a very small opening, but in my eyes it was a gaping wound.)
I panicked and called my mom, asking if I should take her in to the vet. Maybe she’d bleed out! Maybe she’d get infected! I should have watched her closer!

My mom told me to calm down. Wounds heal, and as long as it wasn’t any weird colors, and nothing was oozing out, she’d be fine. And as usual, mom was right.

It can be difficult to tell when we’re over reacting to our pets’ ails. Vomiting is a situation where it’s hard to tell what to do. Like humans, dogs often vomit because something is not sitting right in their stomach. Sometimes, that’s all it is. They ate too much, or got into something weird.

But when the vomit is continual, or contains blood or foam, bigger issues are at hand. If your dog is vomiting foam, blood, or just can’t keep anything down, it can be scary if you don’t know the cause of vomiting, or what to do.

For full-sized, healthy dogs, it can be safe to treat initial vomiting like you would a hangover. Hydrate the body, withhold food for 12-24 hours, and see if the vomiting ceases.

For puppies though, or senior dogs with health problems, a vet should be consulted immediately. There really isn’t over-reaction in this scenario. Take note of what the vomit looks like, how often it occurs, and try to note other behaviors so that you can give the doctor as full of a report as possible. They might tell you to observe for a short amount of time, or they might have you come in immediately. The more accurate your statements are, the more the vet can help you, both over the phone, and if you have to take your puppy in.

If your puppy seems sick, don’t feel like you’re overreacting by looking up information online or consulting a doctor. Even if nothing’s wrong, you’re better safe than sorry, and you can always blame it on first-time parent syndrome.

By: Cindy Romero

How to Know if Your Dog is trying to Tell You Something

Barking is a form of language among dogs with precise significance and not just a playful noise. Dogs channel information by voice and facial expressions, body gestures, as well as by various scents. A dog, who barks at night, is probably working off excess energy or announcing their presence, and this is unquestionably the only message carried to other dogs within earshot.

When your dog goes to you and deliberately barks, it means attraction or attention. You should try to guess his general behavior, rather than from the specific form or pitch of bark he makes, rather than from the situations and his general behavior. The baying of hunting or howling dogs is an instinctive hunting cry notifying the pack that the dog is on a trail. Barking at peculiar noises is a warning as well as a warning display.

A lonesome dog who bowls may conveyed out a gathering cry to other nearby dogs. Wild dogs on the other hand, never back, they only howl. Could the barking of housetrained dogs be a form of statement more closely similar to speech? Pet dogs that share a close connection with his owner and have been taught to comprehend many words clearly make an effort, sometimes quite positively, to give meaning to his own expressions.

A dog who asserts his importance and boldness impulsively employs all of the effects that make him more frightening , look bigger and raising his back to augment his height and holding his head high in defiance. A dog who wants to show obedience does just the opposite, making himself look small by bending down with his tail between his ears and his legs laid back flat.

A dog who asserts his supremacy will take an upright position with his head over the other dog’s shoulders, while pushing or nudging, with his head and tail raised and neck arched. The predictable play invitation is a bearing with the forehead crouched wagging tail, the hind quarters high, bright eye and a little yelp. A stiff stance with a steady gaze and a high, unsteady tail is hostile. A high, steady tail indicates self-confidence, and held low indicates lowliness, ill health, fatigue, or a bad mood.

Pawing at the neck is a manifestation of affection, nose-nudging is another request to play. Paw-giving is an orthodox canine gesture with two conceivable meanings. When he stretches his paw to his owner while dodging eye contact he’s saying “Please forgive me” or when he wants courtesy, he is saying “I’m here, don’t forget me.” When he bids his paw to another dog, it’s a sign of obedience.

An owner, who takes the distress to observe his dog and pay him the politeness of listening to him, can create a simple two-way communications system with his pet. Canine messages are usually very basic, as he asks much less of us than we do about him. “I’m thirsty”, “I’m hungry,” “Come with me I think something is wrong” or “I need to go out” are among the messages he succeeds to convey very well seeing his limited means. His most dramatic utterance is the emotional gurgle of barks that means to say “I’ve missed you!”

Author Bio: Wilfred is a writer of a various non-fiction, comic books, graphic novels, myth and reference. He is a proud father of two wonderful pups and two curious cats. He interested in working with a lot people. It is the thing that motivates him aside my form his cute pups and kitties.