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Tips For Easier Dog Bathing

(NewsUSA) – American households keep 78.4 million dogs according to a survey conducted by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association. And every one of those 78.4 million dogs, at some point…well…smells like a dog. “Washing your dog doesn’t have to be an unpleasant experience for you or your pet,” says Patty Mueller, pet care expert and founder of Rinse Ace brand pet products (www.rinseace.com). “Bathing your pet indoors is an easy, less-stressful alternative to a groomer -; or a backyard garden hose and bucket. All you need are a few inexpensive items and a little planning.” How frequently you bathe your dog depends on its lifestyle and breed. Bathing too often can irritate the skin. A good guideline is to wash your dog only when its coat gets dirty or begins smelling “doggy.” Here are some tips to make bath time easier and less stressful for pet and owner: - Gather your supplies without your pet present to reduce pre-bath anxiety. - P...

 


Dog Days – Options For Travelers With Pets

You've planned out your vacation and the time is coming near. Instead of being totally ready and excited, you've realized you haven't planned for your family pooch. What should you do? You're not going to cancel your trip, but you can't have fun unless you know your dog is going to be well cared for. As I see it, there are possibly four options available to you regarding your dog and your vacation. 1. Bring him along. This option has become easier as many hotels and destination resorts are now catering to the family pet. The higher end resorts will even pamper him with doggy daycare which includes grooming, his own couch, and TV privileges. Even if you're not staying at one of these resorts, you'll find smaller hotels, condos, and rental units now allow dogs. This option works best if you're driving to your vacation destination, and not too far a drive at that. Flying does not make this choice feasible, unless your dog is small enough to bring onboard in an approved carry-on crate. 2. Leave him a...

 


The Pros and Cons of Crate Training

The great crate training debate has been one that people have argued for or against for quite some time. People are split almost down the middle on whether or not they should try this training method on their dog. For anyone who is unaware of what this term means, it is the process of teaching your pet to accept their cage or crate as their safe and familiar place to be. Through time and a lot of patience, this little area can become their den which can be used to transport the dog. It can also be used as a place for them to be when the owners are not home. Some even use it as a time out area. The pros and cons of using a cage for a puppy or grown dog are numerous. There are plenty of reasons people stand behind their decisions, on both sides of the issue. We will go over some of the pros and cons so that anyone considering this option can make an informative decision. One of the biggest pros that comes with successful training has to do with potty training. For puppies, and dogs of all ages that may suffer...

 


Explained: Dog Collar Gentle Leaders

A Gentle Leader is an item that fits in the leash, harness, and head collar categories. People sometimes use it as a training tool or a restraining device. How this collar works is it helps the owner to control their dog in a way that the dog will better understand. It goes around the neck and there is a loop for the muzzle of the dog as well. When slight pressure is applied to the loop, your dog will understand that you are the "leader of the pack" and not them. This all follows their natural patterns to communicate with other dogs, in order to distinguish their hierarchy. The main purpose for using a Gentle Leader is for walking your dog. They can be used to train puppies, or to correct behaviors such as pulling on the leash. It may not work one hundred percent of the time, but most people who use them with their dogs definitely notice an improvement. For those of you who may weighing your options when it comes to these devices, there are plenty of pros and cons. As far as pros go, one of the biggest i...

 


Are Doggie Doors a Good Idea?

For many people who own a dog or multiple dogs, there is often talk of adding a doggie door to their home. There is actually a debate going on between home owners who believe these contraptions are great versus those who think they are not. There are many pros and cons as far as these doors go. Here are some of the top pros and cons to think about if you are looking into this type of addition for your home. Let's start with the pros. The most obvious advantage of having one of these installed is the freedom it gives your dog to be able to go to the bathroom when it needs to. We all know that sometimes accidents happen. Whether it is because we aren't home to take our dog out or we don't notice their need to go until it is too late, a doggie door will alleviate this issue completely. Also, sometimes our four-legged friends eat something that doesn't agree with them and they yak. Wouldn't you rather that happen outside? How many times have you taken your pet out only to realize they just wanted to lay in ...

 


The Benefits of Dog Toys

Oh sure, you could say that dogs just want to have fun, but there are other reasons to give your dog safe toys meant just for them. Fun is good, but there is a little more research and objectives that go into the "play" items that the manufacturers produce. Kongs are hard durable, non-toxic rubber and they come in various shapes and sizes. It is recommended you get the size that fits your dog. Kongs allow you to put treats inside them, although you don't have to. You can just play fetch and watch it bounce in unpredictable directions every time it hits the ground. There are other toys that are similar in that they're durable and have hiding spots for treats that make your pooch work for them. Purpose: These play things give the dog an important task... to figure out a way to get the treat out. Just as you feel good when you know you've completed a job well done, you pet is the same way. He feels a sense of accomplishment when he can work to get to that treat lodged into the recesses of the Kong. Not only ...

 


Keep Your Dog’s Teeth Healthy And Strong

Up until around ten years or so ago, you use to only be able to get your dog's teeth cleaned professionally, or with a dental care kit. These days, you have a huge number of items to choose from that all work differently to help keep their mouths clean and fresh. We will discuss some of the more popular ways to do this below. The old tried and true method is to use a doggie toothbrush and toothpaste from your home. The toothpaste is often flavored to their liking, and it is totally safe for them to use. While this is one of the best possible methods to choose from, it can be rather messy and difficult to do at times. Another tooth cleaning product for dogs is the increasingly popular finger brush. The advantage to using one of these little items is that you can personally get a deep clean in the mouth of any sized dog. The little knobs on the tip of the finger brush allow you to get the most stubborn things left behind off of their teeth, gums, and even tongue. The obvious disadvantage to this apparatus is ...

 




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