How Often Should You Walk Your Dog?

There’s no debating that all dogs need time outside. Apart from regular bathroom breaks, dogs
benefit physically and mentally from the stimulation of leaving the house. Frequent walks can
trim unwanted fat and improve heart health. Exercise allows for socialization that can improve a
dog’s demeanor. Walking can also benefit a pet’s mental health, reducing anxiety along with
unwanted behaviors, like chewing and barking.

2 boys walking a golden retriever

But exactly how often should you walk your dog? There’s no golden rule to follow, as many
circumstances influence your dog’s exercise needs. Here are some factors to consider when
designing your pet’s perfect program: Continue reading “How Often Should You Walk Your Dog?”

Bored Dogs Need Variety

Boredom and variety are usually interconnected in case of dog misbehaving. Yes, this is true.
Many a times, boredom can be managed with variety of materials that will distract the animals to a greater extent. Hence, the dog may not do the abnormal or unwanted activity arising out of the boredom experienced by it.

Boredom experienced dogs may have different types of behavioral patterns. For example, some dogs will be seen barking continuously and some may be engaged always in some digging activities. There are many ways to get your dog out of its boredom activities. Many toys are available which simulated duck, dog, rodent etc. Continue reading “Bored Dogs Need Variety”

Bathing a Dog

Bathing a dog needs to be given more emphasis. This is because of the fact that if you are careless in bathing, the animal may end up having some infections. For example, if you don’t close the ears with large cotton ball, the water may enter into ear canals and may cause some ear infections with signs like constant discharge from the ears and shaking of head. Continue reading “Bathing a Dog”

Adopting a Dog

There are lots of ways that people choose a new family dog. Some may search the newspaper for advertisements from breeders who are selling new puppies; others find breeders via listings on the internet, while still more may simply purchase a puppy from a local pet store. Perhaps the best method, however, in terms of being helpful to society in general is to adopt a dog from a local animal shelter. Continue reading “Adopting a Dog”

Allergies in Pets

Being a pet owner is never easy. While pets bring us joy and companionship on a daily basis, they also require training, veterinary care, time, love, attention, and even tolerance. Tolerance is especially necessary when a pet owner is allergic to his or her companion animal.

Studies show that approximately 15% of the population is allergic to dogs or cats. An estimated one-third of Americans who are allergic to cats (about two million people) live with at least one cat in their household anyway. Continue reading “Allergies in Pets”

Animal Angel: How You Can Help Neighborhood Critters In Need

It was impossible to ignore the cat’s wails. His cries shattered the darkness and echoed through the quiet suburban Maryland neighborhood. Behind a row of houses, someone’s pet cat had fallen from a tree, broken one of his legs, and become entangled in the branches.

Krista Hughes, special events manager for The HSUS, heard the cries from her home and ran to help. Equipped with a ladder and pillowcase, Hughes lowered the cat to safety in the makeshift cloth carrier and transported him to the local animal shelter, where staff immediately took the animal to the nearest emergency veterinary clinic.
Just days later the cat was reunited with his guardian at the local animal shelter. The owner can thank Hughes for that kindness as well; she posted flyers around the neighborhood briefly explaining what happened to the cat. It’s not an exaggeration to say that, without Hughes help, the cat may have died from his injuries. Continue reading “Animal Angel: How You Can Help Neighborhood Critters In Need”

“Bowser Meets Baby” – How To Introduce Your New Baby To The Family Dog

Congratulations, you’re going to have a baby! In all the flurry of activity, many parents-to-be neglect to prepare the family dog. This can be a mistake. Dogs are social creatures. Left on their own, they form packs. The pack is organized. There are leaders and followers, all equally essential to the pack’s survival. Your dog belongs to a pack, too: your family. The people lead, the dog follows. It’s that simple. Many people tend to forget their dog is a dog. It is important to recognize and respect your dog for who and what he is. You must be able to communicate with him and read his body language. He needs structure and guidance if he is to function appropriately within the family. How? Read on. Continue reading ““Bowser Meets Baby” – How To Introduce Your New Baby To The Family Dog”