October 17, 2017

The Pros And Cons Of Canned Dog Foods

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Canned dog food as an occasional addition to kibble or to a dog’s diet is not a bad thing. There are some dogs, especially those older dogs that have significant tooth loss or even dogs recovering from surgery or illness, that can much more easily chew and digest canned food over dry dibble. Canned food also tends to have far fewer chemicals and preservatives since the canning process eliminates the need for these additives. The list of pros and cons of canned dog foods is quite extensive, but here is a brief summary of the major arguments for and against.

There are some concerns about feeding dogs exclusively canned dog food. One of the biggest problems is that owners tend to not follow rations or recommended feeding levels. They tend to feed dogs “a can” per feeding, or split one can over two feedings per day. Depending on the size of the dog and his or her activity level that may be very appropriate or it may be over or underfeeding. Since many people have a hard time judging the food and a dog will eat more canned food that dry feeding exclusively canned food can lead to weight gain and obesity in some dogs.

The second major concern is the storage of the unused part of the can prior to the next feeding. If owners are careful and remove the product from the can and store in a sealed container in the fridge the food is very safe. Unfortunately for many dogs the cans are left opened on a counter or on a shelf and are not refrigerated, or food is left in the dish unconsumed. This provides an ideal space for bacteria to multiply and even fly and insect eggs to be deposited. Once your dog eats this food they are exposed to the eggs, bacteria and other contaminants that may be present.

The third big argument is that canned food doesn’t provide the scraping action of kibble on the teeth and gums and therefore can create problems with dental hygiene. This is true, however, owners that feed canned foods and also provide good quality chew toys, routinely brush their dog’s teeth and gums or provide lots of time with a safe beef, lamb or other raw bone that will provide that dental health aspect.

Dogs generally, if given the choice, prefer canned foods over dry kibble. They are much more palatable and give off a better smell, making them more attractive to the dog. Even picky eaters tend to love canned food and rarely balk at a meal when canned food is on the menu. Larger breeds are difficult to feed using canned food since they quantity you have to feed can be cost prohibitive.

As a last word about the cons of canned food it is important to carefully read the label and ensure that you are feeding a high quality food. There are cheap canned foods just as there are cheap kibbles and semi-moist foods. Avoid labels that have the words “flavor” or “meal”, instead look for the words “beef, chicken or lamb”. Information provided by Calvin Reid of www.ohmydogsupplies.com, check out our awesome collection of car seat covers for dogs online.

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Golden Retriever Training: Tools that Work

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It is not difficult to achieve successful golden retriever training. With various training methods for you to choose from, surely you will always have options if you don’t find a specific method effective. Aside from that, there are also several dog training tools to help make training less difficult. Since you’ll be forking out your hard-earned money to get these tools, it is important that you only get what you really need.

Here are some tips to help you decide what tools to prioritize:

Collars and Leash.
These two are not only the most popular but the most essential as well. The collar, where the leash is attached, is placed around the dog’s neck. It is best for controlling the dog while in training however, care should be taken when using it since inappropriate use might result in injuries. The leash on the other hand gives you better control over your dog even if you’re a few feet away. Use a sturdy 6-foot nylon leash, not a retractable one, during training.

Treats.
Yummy food treats are used as bait and reward. Every time you reward your dog for doing something desired, you are increasing the likelihood of that certain behavior being exhibited again. Treats could be tiny bits of kibble, cheese or hotdog, bone marrows with fillings, or raw hides. Treats however must not substitute his regular dog food.

Clicker.
Made of a small plastic and metal object that sounds if you press on it, the clicker is probably one of the easiest and most advised golden retriever training tools. It works by making a “click” sound for every good behavior displayed. It is then followed by a treat or praise. This particular tool is effective because it gives you the opportunity to acknowledge your pet’s good behavior immediately after he did it.

With correct use, these tools will surely help you achieve your mission of having a satisfactorily trained golden retriever.

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Dog Allergies Treatments: What You Should Do

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Just like people, mans best friend can suffer from dog skin allergies. And like us, they want relief. Unfortunately for them, the only solution they know is to keep scratching themselves, trying to provide some sort of end to their suffering. Sometimes you have to step in and help them out. But what can you do?

The first thing you have to do is find the location of the allergiy symptoms. This will usually be fairly obvious by observing where your dog is scratching. However, you may have to pull back their hair to reveal rashes, dry patches, or other indicators of the problem. From this, you can determine the solution.

An easy problem to fix is fleas. If you see flea bites or actual fleas, give them an anti-flea medicated bath. Following that, get medications from a pet store or vet that will prevent those tiny pests from coming back.

If fleas are not the case, you need to find the culprit. It should be relatively easy to determine the cause of your canines allergy by watching their activities and narrowing down possibilities through deduction. It could be something that they eat, something they come into contact with, or something that spilled onto them. Anyhow, it is much easier to keep them away from the cause of their allergy than keep treating them.

When your dog has a reaction to some kind of irritant, you need to clean the irritant from their coat. An economical and quick solution if you do not have dog shampoos available is to wash the irritated area with a mild dish soap. This may ease their irritation and suffering, but it oftentimes will not relieve their irritation.

You may want to consider purchasing medications for your dog to alleviate the mild and moderate irritation. Many creams and sprays are available over the counter at most pet shops and some supermarkets. If the problem seems more serious, you should consult with a professional. They may prescribe stronger creams or oral medications.

Dietary changes often a the solution to many outbreaks. Even if the irritation is not caused by the food they are eating, coat and fur supplemental vitamins can give your dog healthier skin and help combat breakouts of rashes and dry skin. These supplements can be found at many pet stores.

Rarely are allergic reactions emergency events for your dog. However, it is possible. If you notice telltale indications that their outbreak may be life threatening, bring your dog to an emergency veterinarian immediately. Some of these signs can include swelling of the face and paws, laboured breathing, vomiting, unusual slobbering, or loss of consciousness. More often than not, severe allergic reactions in dogs are caused by recent vaccinations or mediations.

Just like people, dogs can suffer from allergies. You do not want them to suffer, so there are things that you can do to alleviate their dogs condition. You just have to be able to locate and treat the effected areas.

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Five Brilliant Family dogs

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Dogs are known as man’s best friend very few people would argue with the fact that they are an improvement to the family. Dogs bring the best out of everyone and many families worldwide have them as pets. Of course though, certain dogs are much more well suited to family living than others. To learn more about great family dogs, read on.

Newfoundland

The term ‘gentle giant’ could have been invented for the Newfoundland. They were first bred as fisherman’s assistants in Canada but are popular family dogs nowadays. These large dogs are very friendly, loyal and devoted to their families. Newfoundlands are very courageous dogs that can take the rough play and poking that can be part of life with childrens.

Beagle

The beagle is an exceptional family dog that is just as happy to run around a field as it is when lazing. The beagle loves to play and is extremely friendly both to children and adults. They’re small enough in size not to overpower a child but large and sturdy enough to be able to take some rough and tumble.

Golden Retrievers

It would be extremely difficult to find a person that doesn’t like Golden Retrievers. These dogs and puppies are highly intelligent and have one of the best personalities in the canine world. Golden retrievers are perfect for family life.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Puppies

Although they have been on the receiving end of some bad press in recent times, Staffies are incredibly good family dogs. In truth though, the UK Kennel Club states that these are one of only two breeds to be exceptionally good with children. Because they’re incredibly courageous, Staffies take everything in their stride. There are few puppies for sale that are better than Staffies.

Labrador

Most countries around the world have the Labrador as the most common registered breed and this is mostly due to the fact they’re so good with families. Labradors seem to get on with everyone equally such as kids, adults and other animals. The energetic dogs and very fun loving and are regarded as simple to train.

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What To Feed Your Golden Retriever. A Dog Food Comparison

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Feeding your Retriever can be a little tricky. These dogs just love to eat, and given the opportunity would eat all day. I am positive that if my Golden Retriever could speak she would be permanently saying “I’m hungry” and “What’s for dinner?”. The upside to having a perpetually hungry dog is that they are very receptive to being trained with healthy food treats. The downside is those large brown eyes always imploring you for more food. Golden Retrievers are not fussy eaters but this should not sway you into thinking that they can live healthily on any old thing. Read on for a dog food comparison on the various options for your Golden Retriever.

Various dog food options.

There are many articles out there on what to feed your Golden Retriever. Let’s not forget that these dogs once fended for themselves quite successfully in the wild, without the benefits of a veterinary. By all means feed your dog a quality diet, just use a little common sense.

* Left overs.

Our female Golden Retriever is 9, weighs 28 kilograms, or 61 pounds, and is in perfect health. Strangers and vets alike, remark on her beautiful coat, condition and health. We feed her the way our vet recommended when she was younger. Her diet consists of all the leftovers (except chocolate as that is poisonous for dogs) all sorts of offals, weet bix, steamed vegetables, pasta, brown rice, water, and the occasional egg. She has never been fed a can of commercial dog food. We also give her the water that steamed our vegetables as part of her meal. Occasionally, when there are no leftovers she will have kibble. We also give her porridge in winter as breakfast, made with water. The only food she doesn’t tolerate is too much milk, this tends to result in diarrhea.

* Kibble.

Although we rarely feed our dog kibble, my childhood dog was fed kibble pretty much its entire life. That particular dog lived to be 18. Some kibbles can have a high salt content, making your dog ridiculously thirsty. Care should be taken when feeding your dog kibble as when the kibble gets wet it will swell. Feeding your dog a huge quantity of kibble in one sitting can result in a lot of swollen kibble in its belly. Many experts state that kibble should always be moistened with water before feeding to your dog. This will minimize swelling problems, and make it easier for your dog to swallow.

* Specific vet dog foods.

Vet foods can be costly, but for the dog with food allergies and various medical conditions these may well present the only option. These foods do contain the correct nutritional requirements for dogs of all ages and stages. If your vet has a good reason to recommend these types of foods, listen to his recommendations, and then possibly do your own research. Perhaps you can home cook the food that your dog medically requires yourself?

* Bloat.

Bloat is a term used to describe a painful, and potentially fatal, condition which can occur in Golden Retrievers and Retrievers. Bloat occurs more often in male dogs, and Retrievers are susceptible. Bloat is caused by too much gas or fluid in the stomach. The stomach swells and can then twist on itself. Bloat is more common in dogs who are fed kibble and allowed to drink a lot of water afterwards. Many experts recommend two smaller meals per day instead of one big meal to minimize the chances of this occurring.

Dietary Requirements.

It is important to note that no matter what you feed your dog, that Golden Retrievers and Retrievers tend to swallow their food whole. Try not to give them huge chunks of anything in their food bowl as they may end up vomiting it back up.

* Appearance.

The best guide to whether you are feeding your dog too much or too little is their appearance. If you can see their ribs, they could do with a little more. If you can’t see their waist they could do with a little less. If you are unsure, ask your vet or breeder for advice.

* Activity levels.

The dietary requirements of Golden Retrievers can fluctuate dramatically. The more active the dog, the more it will need to eat. As dogs age they tend to require a little less food. Your dog may also need to eat more in winter than summer if your dog is exposed to a cold climate.

* Snacks.

Just as with humans, the calories in those snacks count. If your dog is looking a little porky think about all the extras the dog may be eating in a day. Cut the snacks out first and you may be surprised at how fast your dog regains his physique. Snacks can be a great training tool, so it is best to calculate their worth and make allowances for them in the meals. (Keep the training snacks and feed a little less at dinner.)

Conclusion.

Golden Retrievers are not fussy eaters and will eat anything in huge quantities, if allowed. The dietary requirement of your dog can be dramatically effected by the amount of activity your dog engages in. The best gauge on how much to feed your Golden Retriever is to literally keep an eye on their waistline. A healthy well fed Golden Retriever will have plenty of energy, a beautiful coat, and a waistline that is visible.

About The Author:

Carson Burnett is a retriever owner and website publisher. For great facts on Golden Retrievers, what the best food for Golden Retrievers is and information about Golden Retrievers breeders be sure to visit his website bestgoldenretrieverinformation.com.

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Looking After Chocolate Labradors

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Chocolate labrador puppies mature into some of the best family pets available. Labradors are famed for being extremely lovable and fun loving. It’s important though that you know what you’re taking on as a labrador can be quite demanding to look after. To learn more about what’s needed for chocolate Labrador puppies, read on.

Chocolate Labrador Puppies Facts

  • You need to be clear that chocolate labrador puppies will mature into extremely energetic and active puppies. Two good walks a day are an absolute must and allowing them access to a garden is also important. Labradors sometimes take up to 3 years to become mentally mature so you should expect a very excitable dog until then.
  • They do however reach physical maturity much sooner and are quite strong dogs. Early and thorough training therefore becomes very important to make sure they’re well behaved. Fortunately, Labradors are very intelligent and eager to learn which makes training them that much easier. This should be started while they’re young.
  • The Labrador breed is known for having great temperaments and they usually get on extremely well with other people and dogs. You still need to pay attention to socialisation from an early age with chocolate Labrador puppies however. Get them used to new people, animals and situations as early as you can. It’s important that they get to meet plenty of young people as they can be quite boisterous during playtime and this needs to be curbed.
  • To prevent them becoming obese, labradors need a good diet to go with their exercise schedule. A Labrador will eat anything so you need to ensure their diet is monitored and regulated. You can however use the characteristic to help you with training. Just like every dog, a Labrador needs to be fed the best food that you can afford.
  • Labradors need to be take to the vet on a fairly regular basis and they need a healthy diet as arthritis and hip dysplasia in particular can be a problem. Chocolate Labrador puppies in particular have been the victim of poor breeding and may well suffer from this. The problem will be made much worse though by obesity and poor health.
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How To Care For Border Terriers

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Border Terriers are excellent small dogs to be kept as a family pet. Border terriers tend to get on just as well with other animals as they do with people because of their great temperament. A border terrier is a good choice for first time owners because they are fairly easy to care for. Read on to learn more.

Border Terrier Info

  • Despite their small size, border terriers are quite energetic and need plenty of exercise. To give them a bit of extra mental and physical exercise every day you should set aside an hour or so to play with them. When they’re being walked it’s not uncommon for border terriers to stop and take a breather for a few minutes.
  • Like any dog, socialisation from an early age is important for a border terrier. They can be fairly stubborn though so you’ll need patience. Reward based training will prove to be more successful. As you would with any dog, begin with the simplest commands and then move the training forward from there.
  • Socialisation is a vital part of growing up for a young border terrier. It’s important to ensure that you introduce them to as many people and animals as you can. Make sure that the meetings are enjoyable and a good experience for the border terrier. Generally, border terriers don’t get territorial.
  • While they’re still puppies is the best time to introduce border terriers to other pets. They will get on well with cats that they’re raised with but due to their hunting instincts may not be suitable for houses with small pets like rabbits or guinea pigs.
  • The fur on a border terrier should be brushed every few days to ensure that any loose hair is removed and it looks good. Every six months or so you’ll need to strip out their undercoat. It’s personal preference but a lot of owners choose to keep their border terrier’s coat cut short.
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Why Use An Electronic Dog Fence

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Over the past 25 years or so, The dog fence has evolved a great deal. When you’re dealing with a large area, a standard chain link fence may be a difficult route to take. The material is not exactly very easy to transport or work with, unless you want to pay a professional to do it for you. However, you’re still stuck with a very noticeable eyesore on your property. Well, with the electric dog fence this has all changed for the better.

Many dogs either dig under standard chain link fences – which can be dangerous, or jump over the fence – which can result in a whole host of other problems. The old fashioned dog fence is definitely losing place in many parts of the country to the more modern technology.

Another issue with this older dog fence is that they can really interrupt the natural flow of a property, whether large or small.

Let’s face it. Dogs love to be able to run around and play at leisure. Many get very upset when they are confined by traditional fencing products.

But what are you going to do? When dogs get out, and get past standard fencing, the result can be a dangerous situation. It’s a good thing that in this technologically advanced aged, we have alternate solutions for dog containment.

Grandpa sure would have had a lot less work to do on the ranch, if he hadn’t have had to worry about putting up chain link fences. Now, this older technology has been replace by the modern wire and wireless dog fence.

There are basically two types of electric dog fences. The first type is has wire that is buried in the ground. The second type is completely wireless. After installation of the electronic wire dog fence, there really is no trace that the fence is even there, preserving a nice wide open look and feel for the property and your dog.

It can be a big relief to a pet owner, when you don’t have that damage from excessive digging at the perimeter area.

The electric dog fence can also promote a much higher level of safety to your dog, and give you the peace of mind that Rover is safe and sound in his own yard. We all want to avoid that sick feeling of waking up to an empty yard and no rover anywhere to be seen.

One Rover is out and wandering, there are any number of potentially dangerous or even deadly situations in which he may find himself. Worse yet, they could dart into traffic, where drivers are not necessarily looking for them.

The electronic dog fence can also be great training aid, and actually teach your dog to be more obedient. Obedience can be directly translated to safety where a dog is concerned.

Sometimes all it takes is a firm command to keep rover out of a dangerous situation.

One of the beauties of the modern dog fence is it’s versatility. If you want to use it for containment, or you want to contain and train in combination, you can find a device that is perfect for the size, type, and temperament of your dog.

Many of the most popular electronic dog fences are not found in a typical pet store. There tends to be greater variety of choices online.

If you choose the right fence for your dog and your situation, you could easily enjoy many years of trouble free enjoyment from your dog fence and your favorite best friend as well.

For the best dog fence selection online, visit now. You’ll find plenty of help and information to help you choose the proper dog fence for your individual needs. See you inside.

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Strategies to Make Maltese Training Easy For You and Your Pet

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Although this breed seems easy to handle considering their small size, providing them with maltese training can be challenging especially to inexperienced pet owners. New or potential owners must be aware that like most dogs under the toy group, maltese dogs have extremely lively and playful personality hence making them hard to handle. However, this isn’t supposed to discourage you from getting a new puppy or adopting one from the local maltese rescue center. There are many ways to get positive training outcome only if you are responsible and resourceful enough to find them.

Consider these suggestions to enable you to train your furry friend without difficulty:

1. Whether you are adopting a grown dog or getting a pup that is at least eight weeks of age, start maltese training right after your new pet arrives home. Training doesn’t necessarily need to involve commands or other complex tricks. What is important during this phase is the opportunity to expose your pet to things, places and scenarios of everyday life. A pet that is correctly socialized is less likely to develop undesirable habits at the same time easier to train compared to those that are not socialized.

2. Most dogs learn by doing things regularly. Taking a walk or exercising him, feeding and toilet breaks must transpire at almost the same time everyday to help him develop a routine.

3. Stay consistent whether with your commands or the training tactics you are using. If you are using the command “come” presently, remember to use the same command in the next days to avoid confusion. The commands “come here” or “come here boy” may mean different to him. The same holds true with maltese training methods. When addressing his jumping behavior, train him to do so no matter what the situation is. He will not know the contrast between your work clothes and pajamas so permitting him to jump on you when you are dressed in your pajamas and prohibiting him from doing so when you are wearing your finest suit will potentially cause confusion.

4. Although they’re known for their intelligence, it is best to tackle one command at a time during maltese training. If he has perfected the command you are teaching him, that is the time to proceed with the next command.

5. Recognize and reward good behavior. One way to let your pet know that you are pleased with what he did is to give him rewards. It could be his favorite treat, toy, time to play or praise. However, it is essential to regulate using treats to prevent him from becoming treat-dependent.

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How to Correct Dog Behaviour Problems

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Depending on your level of experience with dogs you may have questions about why your dog is displaying problem behaviors.Too often, the owner misinterprets the dog’s behaviour, whether it’s barking, biting, chewing, or another unwanted action, and doesn’t handle it properly.You might have no experience with dogs and are looking into getting your first one, or maybe you already have a dog that has began exhibiting these kind of problems.Regardless, the best way to either improve your dog’s behavior or stop your new dog from ever developing problems it is to know where the behavior originates.In order to get to the bottom of these problems, you’re going to want to educate yourself about obedience training.

Undesirable Barking

It’s normal for dogs to bark to some degree, and some also whine or howl.But if they continue to bark or whine more than is necessary, that can soon become a major annoyance to you and your guests and neighbors.First you’ve got to figure out the underlying cause of your dog’s need to bark incessantly.

Once you know this you can start to get the barking problem under control.It’s important to be even handed and unchanging in your efforts.Teach your dog to obey the command to be quiet.Ultimately you need to stick with the training and provide your dog with positive reinforcement.

Destroying Furniture, Shoes and Other Possessions

Chewing is also an instinct for dogs, a normal part of their behaviour.But it can quickly become a serious problem if your dog chews on valuable belongings in the home.

By providing your dog with things that it’s okay to chew on you can provide positive reinforcement.Also keep valuable personal possessions out of reach of your dog.Confine your dog to a safe area where he can’t do any damage when you have to be away from the home.If you do happen upon your dog when he is chewing on an inappropriate object, stop him immediately by making a sharp sound.Once you have its attention take away the thing it’s chewing on and provide a safe chew toy.Also be sure to exercise your dog regularly, as this will also help to prevent many behaviour problems caused by inactivity.

Digging Up The yard

Digging is another instinctual behavior that you need to redirect to more productive, less destructive actions.The backgrounds of certain breeds, terriers for example, are more likely cause them to be diggers.

You may find it quite unnerving if your dog is digging holes all over your yard.You first have to find out why your dog is digging, then try to get rid of the cause.You may need to spend some extra time with your dog, be sure he gets additional exercise and possibly more training too.You can also provide a place where your dog can dig without doing any harm, such as a sandbox, and let him know that it’s okay to dig there.

Anxiety When You’re Not Around

This is easily one of the most frequently talked about canine behavior problems.This is an entire host of problems that will manifest when you’re not around, including everything from excessive barking or whining, chewing on inappropriate things and even destroying things around the house.

If your dog really suffers from separation anxiety it will tale a lot of commitment to training, behavior modification exercises and work at desensitization to solve the problems.If your dog’s anxiety is too severe you may even need to get medication from your vet.

Inappropriate elimination is a behavior issue that can become troublesome very quickly.

One of the easiest ways for a dog to infuriate its owner is to urinate or defecate inside.It can cause damage to furnishings and floors in your house and make it so you can’t take your dog with you to public locations or to the homes of your acquaintances.Check first with your dog’s veterinarian to be sure there isn’t some physical condition causing this problem.

Before your dog is three months old it doesn’t have full control over its bladder, so little mistakes are inevitable.With full grown dogs though you may need to look into behavior modification and other training techniques as this is a very difficult behavior to correct once it has been learned.
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