4 Grooming Tips for Puppies

Any new dog owner will know the challenges that puppies can bring. As well as the common issues of house training your new dog and ensuring they’re comfortable in their new environment, as your dog grows older you will continue to face new and exciting challenges.

One of the big challenges arises when it comes to grooming your new pet. Naturally, puppies are a bit wary and nervous of grooming as it is a new experience they’re not used to. Thankfully, with the right training, this is easy to overcome. 

Here are four grooming tips for making the grooming experience far more pleasant for both you and your puppy:

1.  Don’t Rush 

As with anything new, your puppy is likely to be hesitant and nervous first time being groomed. If you head to a professional groomer the new environment may unnerve them slightly, as well as the sounds and crowds they may come in to contact with along the way.

A great way to calm your puppy down is to introduce them to new places frequently, allowing them to settle around strangers and to become comfortable even when they aren’t in familiar surroundings.

The same can be done for the introduction of loud noises, by bringing your puppy into contact with weird and wonderful sounds at an early age they will be a lot more relaxed when they finally come to having their coat trimmed with shavers or nails clipped.

This tip also applies to bath time as well, some young dogs can become nervous around water so it is important to allow to them to go at their own pace. You can do this by running a very shallow bath and seeing how your dog reacts, slowly increasing the water level until you can bathe them properly with confidence they will remain calm and even enjoy the experience.

2. Introduce Treats 

Any new pet owner will know only too well the power of treats when it comes to training a young dog. The use of treats and positive association to mold your dog’s behavior cannot be understated and it can also have its benefits when it comes to grooming as well.

Although at first, your young puppy will be wary of being groomed you can ease them into sessions by letting them know they will be rewarded for their good behavior. Though it may take a bit of time and patience, your puppy will learn to sit still and let you groom them which is rewarding for you and will make your grooming sessions much shorter. 

3. Try Improving Your Puppy’s Attention Span 

This tip is a lot easier said than done but leads directly on from the advice above. Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of owning or looking after a puppy will know just how easily they can become distracted.

Any new visitor to your home and just about anything that moves will see them dashing off and chasing this new attention spectacle, however, this doesn’t combine well with trying to groom your puppy.

The fact they can’t sit still for longer than 30 seconds will mean you soon become irritated and most probably give up altogether on trying to brush their coat or clip their nails. However, patience is key and working to improve your puppy’s attention span will deliver countless benefits further down the line.

You can attempt this by teaching commands from an early age and if mastered you will notice the difference in your pet’s behavior not just when it comes to bath time but also out on long walks and when heading off to new places as well.

4. Use Dummy Objects to Practice 

This is another tip that will familiarize your puppy with the process of being groomed and relates to foreign objects coming into close contact with their face and skin. It is quite simple and can be carried out easily by holding your puppy still and running something that isn’t sharp through their coat and close to their skin and face.

This should be done in a non-threatening manner and once you’re confident that your puppy will not respond negatively to the real thing you can take the step up to clippers and thin tipped brushes to see how they react.

Grooming equipment can come in many shapes and sizes so it is important to attempt to keep your puppy as calm as possible and by applying practice objects first you can ensure your dog won’t even flinch when it comes to being groomed.

So there you have four tips to get you on your way with grooming your new puppy. Patience really is key and allowing your young dog to go at their own pace is the name of the game. Let them set the pace at first and by easing any anxiety they may have you will calm them enough to make grooming sessions almost second nature.

About The Author:

Jenny Nolan loves to spend her time looking after excitable young puppy Roxy as well as contributing to her family run pet blog Cleaner Paws with Mom Sue.

child with kitten on grey sofa at home

4 Easy Ways to Keep Your Cat Cool in Summer

When we think of protecting ourselves against excessive heat, how many of us ever think of protecting our pets too?

Cats are hot stuff! Their bodies run a few degrees warmer than ours so they actually enjoy the heat most of the time. They have their own heat defense mechanisms, but we can help them too. Most of the suggestions below are plain common sense, but not all of us think of them, so let’s go through them.

child with kitten on grey sofa at home

1. Schedule a proper time for a walk

It’s best to keep your moggy indoors between 10 am and 3 pm. This is the hottest part of the day and the time when the sun is at its fiercest. Not only might this cause dehydration and sunstroke, but white and light colored cats may be in danger of having their noses and ears burnt. Invest in a protective pet sunscreen which can’t be licked away, and apply it frequently.

cat walking on the beach at sunset

2. Keep heat out of the house

While kitty is indoors, keep blinds and curtains shut to keep out the heat of the sun. If it’s really much hotter outside than inside your house, close the windows too. This may sound counter-intuitive as you want to let fresh air in to cool the place down, but it isn’t. I have a brick path outside my house, and in the summer it literally bakes. If I leave a door or window open, I might as well be turning on a hair dryer!

window with a winter pattern and lights sitting cat british breed

3. Specialized cooling mats

Cats always go where the most comfort is, so it will be a warm spot in the sun in winter, but in the summer your cat will instinctively seek out the coolest spot he can find, usually something like a tiled or lino-covered floor. Keep plenty of fans around, and if you’re lucky enough to have an air conditioner, use that too. There are certain specialized cooling mats you can buy online or on the high street which are manufactured specially to cool your pets in summer.

sleepy and lazy cat

4. Hydration is the key

Keep your cat hydrated. Bowls of water placed all around the house in areas which your cat frequents help to keep him from becoming hot and thirsty. Remember, though that they prefer their water and food to be far apart (Fussy creatures!), some cats like fountains and running water and will drink from them more easily. Breeds like Maine Coons are especially delighted by these.

orange tabby kitten eats from a bowl indoors, top view

Sleep time is increasing during hot days

Cats are the Olympic champions when it comes to sleeping. For various evolutionary reasons, their bodies need up to sixteen hours of sleep sleep a day, and this can be longer in hot weather, so don’t be alarmed if his naps turn into sleep marathons. It’s quite normal. Cats listen to their bodies, and they’ve figured out that it’s best not to exert yourself too much when the sun is high. The real action begins at twilight!

a ginger cat sleeps in his soft cozy bed on a floor carpet

Keep an eye on his feet

Your cat may spend more time licking himself than he normally does. Cats groom themselves a lot anyway, but in hot weather, they do it more often. They have no sweat glands on their bodies, so the saliva evaporates and cools the kitty off in the same way as perspiration does. In fact, the only place a cat has sweat glands is on his feet, so keep a careful eye on them when the weather is hot. If you see that kitty is leaving wet footprints on the floor, then he’s perspiring excessively and needs a lot more water, which is why you should leave bowls of it lying around.

a maine coon cat cleaning itself, licking it's paw.

Signs of Hyperthermia

Did you think dogs were the only animals who pant in the heat? Not so! Cats seldom pant, but they will do so if they are feeling really, really hot. However, if your cat is panting extremely heavily he could be in danger of developing heatstroke. One of the most common causes of this is pets being left in the car with the windows closed. This is a recipe for disaster, so please don’t do it.

Heatstroke or Hyperthermia is an extremely serious and life-threatening condition, which is made worse if the animal is overweight or has another condition like heart disease. It’s  caused when the cat’s temperature rises beyond its natural ability to cope with the heat. The first stage is heat exhaustion. Your cat becomes agitated as he attempts to find some shade to lie down in. He begins to pant, his pads sweat and he grooms frantically to try to get his temperature down. If he can’t, he will develop other distressing symptoms, such as a fast pulse, rapid breathing, staggering when walking, sluggishness, vomiting, and a red mouth and tongue. By this time his temperature is over 105°F and unless immediate treatment is given, his internal organs shut down. Seizures, coma, and death follow quickly.

How to treat Hyperthermia

In the first stages, if kitty is only uncomfortable but not dangerously hot, take him to a shaded place and give him water. If he’s beginning to show some of the symptoms above but is still conscious, wet him thoroughly with cool water, put him in the shade and let him drink, then take him to the vet, since his temperature will have already risen to around 103°F – 104°F. If your cat is already unconscious, soak him thoroughly with cool water, taking care that none gets into his nose and mouth. Put a bag of ice (or frozen veggies or something similar) between his legs and take him straight to the vet. I can’t stress enough how serious this is. His temperature is now critically elevated and he will definitely die without medical intervention. However, if caught in time, he can easily recover, but speed is of the essence.

 blue eyed cat

Love her and protect her

Anyway, on that cheerful note, I hope that this has given you some food for thought and helps you to have a cool comfortable cat this summer, but you can’t go wrong if you keep on loving him!

About the Author:

Hi, I’m Jane Miller! I’m a certified cat lover and an unapologetic writer! That’s why I created SweetieKitty! Born in Connecticut, one sunny day of April, during the most interesting decade of past century! Nowadays I live in South Carolina, with my three tomcats! I’d love to read your comments on my article!

5 Simple Ways to Make Your Dog Smell Better

A smelly dog is not appealing at all even if your dog is the cutest canine on earth. There are several reasons why your dog stinks; it could be due to poor hygiene, poorly maintained fur, your dog rolling or stepping on his feces and others but no matter how cute a dog is, it is hard to spend time with him if he smells bad. So, you need to keep your dog smell fresh and pleasant. And how you will do it? Here are 5 simple ways to make your dog smell better.

1. Give your Dog a Bath

Just as you will smell bad if you don’t take a bath for days, the same thing goes for your dogs. Even though dogs can clean themselves, they still need a good complete bath. If your dog is smelly run a bath for them and give them a good wash with a shampoo that is formulated for dogs to get rid of odors and help your pup’s coat stay shiny and soft. When shampooing, make sure that your dog is wet and start at the upper part of your pet as you work your way down to the tail. Use warm water to wash the shampoo out but be careful of his eyes and ears.

Conditioner is also an option depending on the type of coat your dog has. As it does with humans, it will help with detangling as well as making your pet’s fur soft and shiny.

2.Clean Dog’s Eyes, Ears, and Teeth

If you’ve given your pup a scrub down in the bath and they’re still a bit stinky, his ears, teeth, or eyes may be the culprit. Good grooming can get rid of the bad odor that is coming from these areas. Take a look at your dog’s ears and if they seem a bit dirty, use wipes, mineral oil, or an ear cleaner to clean out the area. This will help with unpleasant smells.

In cleaning your dog’s eyes, use a wet face cloth, wet cotton ball or pet facial wipe to clean the areas around the eyes.

If your dog’s breath smells bad, it could be due to the plaque and tartar building up on his teeth. Brush your dog’s teeth every day using special toothpaste made only for them. Never use the toothpaste made for humans as it could poison them. Brushing your pooch’s teeth can get rid of the bad odor coming from his mouth and it will keep his teeth healthy and clean.

3. Brush His Fur Regularly

Dog fur that is left unattended may cause many conditions like tangles, severe mats, and odor. Make sure that you brush your dog’s fur regularly to remove any debris and dirt that may be trapped in it. While brushing, you can check for bites, lumps, bumps, cuts and fleas and ticks.

If your dog’s fur emits a bad odor, you can also sprinkle some baking soda on his fur. First, brush your dog’s fur to remove the visible dirt and debris. Then sprinkle baking soda into the fur, make sure to avoid the eyes. Leave it on your dog’s fur for a few minutes. Brush thoroughly to remove the baking soda.

4. Regularly Clean His Bedding

Properly grooming your dog or giving him a bath is useless if he is sleeping in dirty bedding. One way of keeping your dog smell fresh is to wash your dog blankets, kennel and the soft toys around him. If your dog is using bedding that cannot be washed through the washing machine, you can use a fabric odor eliminator or a dry shampoo made for furniture.

5. Give Your Dog Healthy Food

The old saying “you are what you eat,” applies not just to humans but to dogs as well. If you provide your pet a good quality food, you will be providing his body the nutrients he needs to make him happy and healthy.

Search for foods that provide the meat source and stay away from dog food that use by-products and cheap fillers like wheat, corn, and soy. Feed your pooch a balanced diet to lessen the chances of having flatulence and give him an overall skin, better coat, and quality of life.

Final Words

Your dog does not have to smell bad, follow the above tips on how to make your dog smell better and fresh. If your dog still smells bad even if you have followed the above methods, visit your veterinarian right away. It could be associated with other problems.

About the Author:

Sarah Keene is the founder of Themeowthing where she writes about the various cat breeds, kitty pet care & health advice, training tips, reviews of cat products, and any other issues that you might love to know about cats.

 

 

 

5 Facts That Prove Dogs Are More Like Us Than We Imagined

Dogs are amazing, don’t you think? They come to know of our feelings simply by reading our facial expressions; they understand when we’re sad, happy, or angry. They actually comprehend human emotions in a unique way. And what’s more? They are excellent when it comes to communicating their feelings.

Dogs can get jealous if you pet another dog. They can be extremely happy when it’s just you and them. They can be sad, depressed, angry, appreciative, and dubious – just about every other human emotion you can think of. So, are we talking about dogs or people? Dogs and humans are similar in several ways. Read on to learn more about why we’re more alike than we ever imagined.

  1. Dogs Are Extremely Social Beings

Much like humans, dogs are extremely social beings. Their behavior in this regard is extremely similar to human social behavior in more ways than one.

  • Humans are extremely territorial and protective of their families. Similarly, dogs are also very protective of their own and tend to guard their young closely till they’re grown.
  • Human families greet each other emotionally after a period of separation – so do dogs.
  • Humans display negative emotions when hurt by or angry with their families – so do dogs.

These are some social similarities between dogs and humans. Both species are similar enough for them to coexist happily with each other, as we see everywhere around us.

  1. Dogs Consider Humans They Live with as Family Members

Most humans will tell you that their dogs are family members and not pets and if dogs could speak, I’m sure they’d say their human was their family too. They are capable of expressing remorse and unconditional love, which helps humans see them as family members as well. Both dogs and humans benefit from bonding with each other. Regular activities such as walking, playing ball, and watching TV together increases the feeling of family closeness between humans and dogs.

  1. Dogs Are Mentally Attuned to Humans

Dogs are extraordinarily attentive to human emotions; they know when their human family members are happy or sad, angry or jealous. Experiments show that dogs and wolves can read human body language astutely. Domesticated dogs can locate hidden food by watching the direction of our eyes. When dogs are not treated with affection by their human family members, they can become sad, depressed and even go off food. Dogs respond negatively to being left alone and respond positively when you bond with them.

  1. Scientists Believe That Humans and Dogs Share a Symbiotic Relationship

Dogs and humans developed close domestic ties over 100,000 years ago which is astounding!  Indeed, research enthusiasts believe that our evolutionary success is due to some extent from help from dogs. The relationship between humans and dogs is considered symbiotic, for the following reasons:

  • Cooperative Guards: Dogs willingly protect human property; act as hunting aids, alarm systems, and trackers. Humans trust their dogs to guard their own precious children and be their trusted playmates. Dogs have been known to sacrifice themselves to protect their human families from danger as well. Humans, in turn, provide warmth, food, companionship and yes, love to dogs.
  • Constant dependence on dogs to protect them from danger has caused some irreversible changes to the human brain. Over time, the parts of the human brain responsible for sensing danger has shrunk due to lack of use, reducing the human ability to sense danger.

  1. Dogs Secrete the Same Love Hormone as Humans

Research indicates that dogs secrete the love hormone, oxytocin, just as humans do. This is the hormone that makes humans crave companionship and build families. In fact, research shows that dogs are more capable of love than cats and oxytocin is responsible for this. The secretion and growth of this hormone relies on the physical and emotional closeness with others. As dogs consider humans their family, the closeness and the shared affection increases their oxytocin levels, which is why dogs in a loving home are more affectionate than those that live wild on the streets.

Conclusion

Dogs and humans both need affection, exercise, good food, discipline, and grooming in order to live a positive and wholesome life. This, more than anything else, is the greatest similarity that dogs share with humans.


Author Bio:

Erica Montes is a digital content editor for LiveWellTesting based in sunny San Diego, California. She is immersed in the healthcare industry and is the go-to-person for health and wellness tips. In her free time, she enjoys making “healthy” dessert alternatives and trying to get as many Fitbit steps as possible. Learn all about Dog wellness and care through our blog and give your pet a better environment.

Tips For Choosing A Dog From the Local Shelter

Your local animal control facility or humane society shelter has a number of wonderful dogs, any of which would make a great companion for your family. However, choosing a dog from these shelters should be done with serious thought and preparation to make it easier to integrate the animal into your family habits and home. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when choosing a dog from the shelter.

Consider the Dog’s Size

That big dog with the lovely, glowing eyes and wagging tail can steal your heart, but keep in mind the practical considerations to ensure you can care for such a large animal. Shelters take back thousands of dogs from individuals who have underestimated the needs of their chosen animal. If you live in a small home or apartment, a very large dog may make your living quarters even more cramped. In addition, if you are older or have a health condition, a large dog may be difficult to exercise properly or to manage his or her physical care, such as helping them get into the car, giving them a bath and other types of normal grooming and maintenance. 

Gauging the Health of Shelter Dogs

Most shelters work with local veterinarians to have their charges examined for common problems. They are usually vaccinated, treated for worms or external parasites and are given a clean bill of health. However, it is still your job to give potential adoptees a thorough visual examination to ensure the animal’s health. The dog should be free of discharges from the nose, ears or eyes. The coat should be clean and healthy-looking. The dog’s skin and paws should be clean and free of eruptions. The animals should be alert and enthusiastic. Even animals that are on the shy or quiet side should be alert and aware of everything going on around them. The dog’s gait should be even and strong. If all of these features check out, you can be reasonably sure you have a healthy dog. 

Grooming Needs

Keep in mind that the adorable little fluffball you’ve found at the shelter will need regular sessions at the groomer to keep that coat neat and healthy. If you cannot afford regular grooming costs in your monthly budget, look for another animal, one with a shorter coat and easier maintenance needs. However, if you are the type of person who is willing to learn a few basic grooming techniques yourself, the fluffy-coated animal can still remain on your list of potential options.

Good With Children

If you have young kids at home, you should be especially careful about the animal you choose to join your family. Some dogs, especially smaller animals, are wary of being stepped on or manhandled by young children. They can become snappish and timid. To determine if the dog can be comfortable with children, come back to the shelter with your kids and spend some time in the play area to see how the dog interacts with them.

Questions From the Shelter Workers

Some people are surprised and discouraged by the sometimes-probing questions from the shelter’s adoption counselors. Please remember that these counselors are dedicating to making good matches between animals and adopters, and try very hard to keep down the number of “failed” adoptions that end up with the return of the animal. You may be asked about your work schedule, the number of people in the household and ability to provide veterinary care. You may be asked for a copy of your lease to ensure that your landlord will allow pets in the property. You may also be given a number of samples of dog products and advice on getting your new dog adjusted to your household. All of these measures are to ensure that both animal and people are happy with the adoption.

Adopting a dog from a shelter can a satisfying and rewarding experience that helps an unwanted animal and provides a loving companion for you and your family. Keep these tips in mind and you will choose the right dog for your needs.

Author Bio:  

My life-long love of pets turned into a dream career in 2005 with my husband John. We had met that same year at a pet store. Together we created the happy pooch. A site dedicated to dogs being happy. We are proud to be dog owners and want the best for these animals!

5 Best Ways To Store Dog Food This Summer

Pet owners worry about buying the right kind of dog food, but many don’t pay much attention to how to store this food. When it comes to storing dog food, there are certain rules that will help keep your pup’s dinner fresher for longer.

Dog food is a product that tends to change in taste, color, and texture when exposed to extremely high or low temperatures and moisture. So it’s not only important but also necessary for you to store the food in a suitable environment. Read on for some tips to help you store your food correctly.

What You Should Know Before Reading On

When you open your dog’s bag of grub you’re exposing the bag’s contents to light, heat, and air. This change can compromise the freshness of the kibbles, breaking down the nutrients and vitamins. By storing dry food correctly you’re slowing down this process and prolonging the freshness of your the kibble.

The best way to store this food in plastic containers that have an airtight lid, meaning your pet’s dinner isn’t exposed to heat and air. When you fill up your pup’s bowl make sure to securely close the container so that the food is protected.

Safe Storage of Dog Food

Before we list down the five best ways to store dog food this summer, you should know a little about safe storage. As we’ve already mentioned earlier, dog food is highly susceptible to change when exposed to extreme temperatures. This can cause the formation of moisture on the kibbles, which gives rise to mold.

Many pet owners store dog food in their garage not realizing that such a room experiences constant, extreme temperature changes. And this tends to happen more often in the summer season when the mercury level in the garage shoots up.

So it’s important that you store the food at room temperature. Neither too hot nor too cold. The best place would be your kitchen cabinet or pantry.

5 Best Ways to Store Dog Food This Summer

In this section, I’ve discussed the five most creative ways to store dog food in summer. And if what you’re also looking for is how to store dry dog food long term, then this is it. So let’s get started!

1. In a laundry hamper

It’s a simple idea, isn’t it? Many people opt for storing dog food inside trash cans. So if you’re one of the few that don’t like the idea of placing clean, fresh food in a garbage bin, then you can use a laundry hamper instead. Plus, laundry baskets are much more attractive than plastic waste cans.

But when storing dog food in a laundry hamper, you need to make sure that the original package has a zip closure system. You can also place the bag inside a large plastic container before keeping that in the laundry hamper.

2. In a drawstring bag

Such a method is the most useful out of the five best ways to store dog food this summer. And that’s because storing dog food inside a drawstring bag is something that you can do even with multiple pets. This means more variety of food, right? So you can have one drawstring bag for every different type of food product.

Feel free to customize these bags using spray paint or felt marker. Also, buy dog food that comes in packaging that can zip shut. This way the food remains fresh and moisture-free for a long time.

3. In a glass container

Does dry dog food go bad in glass containers? Not if they have an airtight lid. Everybody stores food in plastic containers. But not many have thought about replacing them with the glass versions.

There might be a few glass containers, big or small, lying around somewhere in your house. So it’s time to look for them and use them most creatively.

4 In an old piece of furniture

You don’t need to know all the five best ways to store dog food this summer as much as you need to know this one. Storing dog food inside used, old cabinets or dressers is an excellent idea, isn’t it? All you need to do is find plastic containers of the right size that will fit into the cabinet easily.

5 In a large metal tin or can

After every holiday season, we’re left with tons of large metal tins and cans. So instead of putting all of them away this time, keep a few to store your dog’s food. You can turn these containers into bright, colored storage cans.

That’s About It!

So these are the five best ways to store dog food this summer. The methods discussed above are not only practical but creative too.

So what’s your take on dog food storage? Do you have any useful tips to offer? Leave your feedback in the comments section below.

About the author:

Ruby Smith is the founder of PetSoFun. She started this blog to spread a positive message about raising dogs, cats, fish, etc. as pets. Her motto in life is to provide animal lovers with the right kind of information about products as well as pet health and fitness. And her passion for pursuing this goal encouraged her to increase her knowledge and wisdom about these topics.

Keeping Your Pet Safe In The Summer

Summertime is a great opportunity for pet owners to spend time with their furry friends. Warmer weather makes it more enjoyable for both you and your pet to exercise and play outdoors, but the heat presents some dangers. If you want to keep your furry friend safe during these warm months, check out these seven tips to enhance both fun and safety.

1. Watch The Humidity

When you open the door and you’re greeted by a blast of warm thick air, beware! Humidity can be extremely dangerous, especially when high humidity and high temperature are combined. When a dog’s internal temperature reaches above 104 degrees, internal damage is possible.

2. Provide Cool Toys

Try placing dog food, treats, and toys inside water and freezing them. Take it out of the freezer and your dog will be kept busy by licking his way to the reward. Freezing a Kong toy and placing dog food inside is also an idea to keep pets both busy and cool.

3. Exercise During Cool Times

Avoid walking your dog during the day’s highest heat and humidity, which is usually between 1 and 4 p.m. Think of it this way, if the temperature is too hot for you to be outside, it’s too hot for your pet. The heat and humidity tend to subside during early morning and early evening so which is a much better time to be walking your dog.  Additionally, the sun can cause the ground to heat up which in turn can damage your poor pup’s paws. If your dog does not have heat protection for his feet during a walk, he could suffer burns and injuries – doggie boots will help ventilate and protect your pet’s feet.

4. Don’t Leave Pets in a Parked Car

You may have to run into the store quick to pick up an item, but it only takes a few minutes for your car to heat up to unbearable temperatures and cacking the windows is not the recommended solution. Both pets and humans need air flow; if an animal is sitting in a car with increasing temperatures and no air flow, they will only be inhaling stagnant air. In humid air, perspiration also does not evaporate quickly, making it difficult for pets to cool down. While running an air vent is helpful, the safest method of avoiding overheating, trouble breathing, and ultimately heat strokes, is not leaving a pet unattended in a car.  

5. Have Your Pet Microchipped

Pets are often outside more frequently in warmer months, and this could lead to your furry family members wandering a little farther from home. Collars can slip off, but microchips are permanent. By microchipping, pets can easily be returned to their owner.

6. Shield Skin

Just like humans getting tender, red skin when exposed to too much sun, pets can be affected this way as well. If your pet does get burned, applying a thin layer of pure aloe vera will help the irritation and burn go away. Dogs with short hair are at a much higher risk. There are many precautions to take to avoid sunburn including the application of custom pet sunscreens, staying in the shade, and wearing doggie jackets to shield the most sensitive of skin.

7. Prevent Fleas and Ticks 

Flea and tick control products are essential for every pet to avoid the exposure of parasites. All dogs and cats in a house should be treated with a flea and tick control product. Upon entering the house, pets should be inspected by running your hand over their coats to examine for ticks and insects.

About the author: Paula Hughes is a professional author about the pet safety. She runs the blog: lovepetjournal.com. This blog is vital to know everything about the pets.

3 Dog Behaviors We Can Solve: Chewing, Digging, and Barking

Despite how much we love our dogs, they can sometimes have some bad habits. The top bad behaviors our dogs love are digging, chewing, and barking and despite how much we dislike these behaviors, dogs instinctively take part. Luckily, you don’t have to give in to your dog’s bad habits. We have combined several solutions to give you peace of mind.

Digging

Have you ever joyfully woken up, greeted your dog outside, and were absolutely shocked by the disaster that is your garden? Your dog’s paws are muddy, your fruits and veggies destroyed, but your dog has the biggest grin on their face. Some dogs dig one big hole in the yard whereas other dogs prefer to dig lots of small holes in the yard. It is crucial to know why your dog digs to find the right solution. Here are some reasons why dog’s dig.

1. To Hunt and Entertain Themselves

Some dogs, especially Hounds and Terriers, dig deep in the ground to hunt underground animals like moles and groundhogs. When your dog finds a hole with an animal, they will most likely dig endlessly until the animal is caught. Other dogs dig to entertain themselves and typically dig holes around the yard randomly. These dogs will dig playfully, then run around, and continue digging.

2. To Store Their Things

Before domestication, dogs would often bury food and bones to store them for a later time. This instinct is still innate in many dogs today. Dogs will bury food, bones, toys, and treats by digging a hole, placing the item in the hole, and covering it up again. Sometimes, dogs will move their treasure from one hole to another.

3. To Sleep

Wild dogs typically raised their young in dens. This was done to stay warm and safe from predators. Dogs still naturally enjoy sleeping in holes they have dug in the ground. On warm days, you may see your dog digging themselves a hole to relax and cool down. This is how dogs cool themselves down. When your dog needs to brace themselves from the cold, they may also dig a hole to stay warm. These holes are typically dug in either cool or warm areas depending on the dog’s needs.

How to Stop Your Dog from Digging

 

1. Offer a Cool Place to Lay

By placing a cozy dog bed in a shaded area, you can stop your dog from digging holes in your yard. A doghouse is another great way to create a private den for your dog. Offer a place for your dog to stay cool or warm, and your dog will no longer want to dig holes to stay comfortable.

2. Exercise Your Dog

Sometimes dogs dig because they have a lot of energy. The saying that “a tired dog is a good dog” applies here. By working out your dog, hiking, going for a run, or biking, your dog will head home tired and ready for dinner. If your dog is still energetic after a half hour of exercise, pump up the intensity.

Chewing

There are plenty of reasons why your dog may be chewing up a storm. We’ll highlight a few reasons and then tell you how to solve the issue.

1. Teething Puppies

Teething is extremely painful for puppies, and since chewing soothes their irritated gums, they become little chewing monsters. This is normal behavior, despite how frustrating it is for dog owners. Make sure you give your puppy lots of toys to chew on and be sure to sternly say “NO” when they try and bite anything other than their toys.

2. They Are Bored

Some dogs have a lot of energy and will get antsy and bored without something to do. Excess energy must go somewhere, and oftentimes will be directed into damaging things if your poor pup doesn’t have an outlet. Ask yourself how much exercise your dog needs, then help them get it.

3. Because Everyone Else is Doing It

Instinctively, dogs like to chew because it helps strengthen their jaws and keep their teeth clean. Some breeds are more prone to chewing because they have a good nose or a lot of energy. Some dog breeds prone to chewing are: Pit Bulls, Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers, Jack Russell Terriers, Australian Shepherds, Shetland Sheepdogs, German Shepherds, and Huskies.

How to Stop Your Dog from Chewing

 

Give Them a New Toy or Bone

Sometimes our dogs chew objects that could make them sick or that are valuable to us. In these cases, do not yell at your dog. Instead, offer your dog a dog chew toy or dog bone and then, praise your dog when they use it. This approach encourages your dog to chew a dog toy instead of your favorite furniture.

 

Excessive Barking

Ever wake up in the middle of the night to your dog barking as loud as possible? Have to shush your furry friend when someone knocks on a door? Barking can be an issue with our pets, and we can help you stop it! First up though – why do dogs do it?

1. It’s How They Communicate

Dogs bark because a stranger is approaching or they are excited to meet someone new. This communication comes in handy when we want our dogs to alert us to anything dangerous. But if your dog’s barking becomes excessive, don’t assume your dog is simply talkative. Dogs bark for a variety of reasons including being territorial towards other dogs. In some cases, dogs are alerting their owners to danger or responding out of their own fear.

2. They Are Bored or Lonely

Dogs can become bored or sad when they are left alone for long periods of time. In these cases, your dog may begin to bark excessively to get attention or to hear their own voice.

How to Stop Your Dog from Barking

 

1. Don’t Shout

Stay calm when you communicate with your dog. If you begin to shout at your dog, they may think you are joining the barking. If you are frustrated while trying to command your dog to stop barking, your dog will sense this and will not follow your command. In fact, your frustration will make them frustrated too, or they will think you want to play a game.

2. Consistent Training

Remain consistent with your training and your emotions. When you don’t allow excessive barking and you stay calm, your dog will begin to understand that it is not allowed. Also stay consistent in when you do, and don’t allow barking. For example, if your dog can bark when a stranger comes to the door, but not when the mailman comes, your dog will find it difficult to differentiate. When your dog barks unnecessarily, consistently tell them “quiet” in a calm, yet commanding voice. Praise them when they do what you ask.

3. Challenge Them Physically and Mentally

If your dog is barking excessively during the day or at night, they may be bored or lonely. Make time to exercise your dog. This will entertain them, give them time to socialize, and tire them out. A tired dog will most likely not be awake to bark during the night. You can also give your dog puzzles, bones, or toys to engage them throughout the day. Lastly, if your dog barks because they are lonely throughout the day, use technology to communicate with them while you are away.

Conclusion

Despite how frustrating bad dog behavior can be, there is always a healthy, long-term solution. Dogs dig, chew, and bark because of their natural instincts. These behaviors get out of hand when a different part of their life is out of balance. Excessive or inappropriate digging, chewing, and barking can typically be cured with extra exercise and increased socialization. What strategies do you use to keep your dog behaving properly? Share in the comments below.

About The Author:

Alyson is a lead dog care expert and the main author at Woof Woof Dog Supplies. Everyday, she puts on a superhero suit, and she helps dog owners effortlessly (and affordably) take care of their dog’s health.

5 Tips for Taking Care of Your Lizard

Whether you have a chameleon, a leopard gecko, bearded dragon or iguana, one thing is for sure – you want to make their everyday life as happy and exciting as you can. Plus, you definitely want to keep your pet healthy and comfortable, so as to give him only the best. To make sure that you’ve got everything covered when it comes to taking care of your pet lizard, here are five quick tips to keep you on track.

Space

The first step in taking proper care of your lizard is to provide him a spacious tank or terrarium. And when we say spacious, we really mean that. Don’t choose a tiny tank that looks like a lunch box (okay we may have exaggerated here), but the one that will provide plenty of space so that your pet can feel free. Also, the tank should be made of quality materials, so that it is sturdy and secure for your pet. You probably don’t want to wake up one morning and realize your little pet went for a long walk?

Lighting and heat

Since lizards are cold-blooded, lighting and heat are crucial for their health. These reptiles need heat, UV rays, and natural light cycles in order to function properly. Lizards obtain vitamin D3 and absorb calcium through exposure to sunlight. That means that your pet really, really needs sun, especially if you have young lizards such as bearded dragons or chameleons. So, you want to ensure they get as much light and heat as possible by way of using UVA/UVB light bulbs, under-tank heaters and/or a ceramic heat emitter.

Humidity

Lizards also need to have an appropriate humidity level in their cage. Usually, the way to do this is to spray the cage or use a mister more than two times per day. Since we’re talking about lizards, keep in mind that you should not put a bowl of water in a cage, as they won’t drink from it, and there will be risks for developing some bacteria in the water.

Decorate the tank

Adding live plants, rocks, the substrate, vines, branches, logs – all these things will make your pet much happier, as he can play for a whole day. But also, these decoration items will do just that – decorate the tank so that it will look pretty cool in your home.

Food and water

The last step is to give proper food and vitamin supplements to your Geckos, Chameleons or any other type of a lizard you have. Of course, all of them require a different diet, and you should do some research to learn what your pet should and should not eat.

 

About the Author: Lisa is the editor in chief of bestreptilecare.com. She has one beautiful veiled chameleon and two labrador retrievers that make her the happiest girl on earth.

The Truth Behind Common Pet Care Myths

These days there’s no shortage of advice out there on the various methods of caring for your pet. However, over the years, some of these common tips and tricks have evolved from stories which actually have no fact behind them whatsoever. We’re all likely to have heard at least one of these tales at some point or another, and it’s even likely that we’ve adjusted the ways in which we care for our pets accordingly. In order to ensure that we’re taking proper care of our animals, it’s important to understand the difference between fact and fiction when it comes to these common pet care myths.

To help us all out, the people at helpucover have put together this useful infographic which explains the truth behind some of the most popular myths commonly told. For example, it’s often taught that it’s okay to leave your dog in the car on a hot day so long as you’ve cracked the window open, but this is not the case. Dogs can’t sweat to regulate their body temperature in the same way that we do, and because of this they heat up at a much quicker rate. Even with a window open, your dog could be in real danger if they’re left in a warm car for any significant period of time.

So if you want to learn more about some of the biggest mistakes you could be making in caring for your pet, look no further than this handy infographic below.