You may be itching to get out and dig in the garden and your dog probably is too! Consider taking some precautions before you start planning that beautiful spring landscaping project. There are some things that you shouldn’t use in your garden if you have a dog around. You can contact your vet for a complete list, but here are some of the most common gardening dangers for your dog.
Everyone knows a dog loves a good scratch, especially if you’re the one doing the scratching. But, if your dog suddenly seems to be itching more than usual, it could be a sign that spring is in the air, and along with it, a few new reasons for your dog to itch. Here are a few reasons why your dog may be scratching more than usual this spring.
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You love your pet with all your heart, but, sadly, there are people who aren’t as kind when it comes to animals. Animal abuse is a sadly overlooked issue that can affect not only pets, but livestock, racehorses, circus animals, and the poor animals used in laboratories. If you want to bring attention to this cause, you can choose to do so in many different ways. Here are just a few things you can do to raise awareness about animal cruelty.
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Most puppies will need to chew, much like a baby needs to teethe, when those new teeth are coming in. Management is very important because everything is a potential chew toy when the desire to teethe is so strong. Keep your pup in a penned area with items you don’t mind her chewing, such as bones, teething biscuits or chew toys. If you use a toy, make sure it is not made of a brittle material that could break off and lodge in your puppy’s mouth or stomach.Read more
A crate is your dog’s place of safety and comfort. Like a den in the wild, dogs prefer to settle into a dark, quiet, warm space. He is safe from kids, strangers, other animals and he is also safe from getting into mischief around the house if left to wander, unsupervised. A crate becomes his safe place for travel as well. It makes transitions to unfamiliar environments much easier on him. If toileting habits are not yet established, a crate is a great tool for minimizing any accidents as most dogs prefer to eliminate away from their sleeping area.Read more
Barking is something dogs often do to sound the alarm of a potential threat (in his mind). Unfortunately for you and your neighbours, these ‘threats’ can include squirrels, birds, people or dogs walking by, noises, the garbage man, etc.
A dog that barks at everyday occurrences is not a good watchdog. A dog like this is similar to a car alarm that keeps going off for no reason. People willeventually take no notice, even when he barks for a legitimate reason. He will onlyannoy the entire neighbourhood.Read more
Do you dream of peaceful walks with your dog, strolling through the neighbourhood and enjoying the scenery? Is your reality more of a disaster, with your dog chasing off after every distraction, nearly dislocating your arm from its socket every time a squirrel crosses your path? You're not alone, as many people put off walking their dog because it seems too difficult to control the excitable animal. Don't give up your dream; use these tips to learn how to walk your dog successfully, every time.Read more
Dog bites are, sadly, common occurrences in Canada. In many cases, victims of dog bites know the dog that bit them, and may even live in the same house as the dog. Many victims are children, but adults are also at risk of getting bitten. Here are some tips to help prevent dog bites, either from strange dogs or your own, so you can feel confident and safe around any dog.Read more
If you thought companionship was the only thing your dog can give you, think again. Studies have shown that dog owners who regularly play with and walk their dogs lose more weight than people who attempt to manage their weight loss through fad diets. The reason why dog walkers have more weight loss success is simple; the emotional attachment between dog and human makes dog owners want to walk their dogs, thus increasing their daily activity and resulting in more weight loss.
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