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Activities to help keep Your Dog Busy

Dogs are social, active creatures that like people today have to have attention, activity, structure and in lots of situations a job! Devoid of each day’s interaction with your dog problems will ensue! Bored and neglected dogs get frustrated which can manifest itself within a wide variety of strategies to include acting out with behavior complications by being destructive within the household, not to mention overall health difficulties which include becoming more than weight and depressed.

A though ago I adopted a nine-year-old Queensland Heeler who was clearly down inside the dumps. She had spent the last handful of years left to her devices in the back yard, excluded from family members living in the property, she was only walked occasionally. She was overweight, her coat was dull and she seemed older than her years. My heart went out to this girl, specifically when I discovered out moreover to being in bad condition she suffered from acute separation anxiousness.

This was a really intelligent dog that needed some life and also a sense of goal breathed back into her, so it became my mission to cheer her up. Hiking became an aspect of our daily routine, the exercising did us each very good. Right after she relentlessly shoved tennis balls in my lap I found she was a ballaholic, so then came normal trips towards the dog park where I stood endlessly throwing the ball for an exuberant dog! As a herding breed, her accurate calling was to herd cattle, so off we went to herding classes where she got to round up sheep. Now we had a hobby together that we both looked forward to. Inside a matter of months, this downtrodden dog was transformed and I had created a great bond with her. The years plus the weight …

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What to Do If Your Dog Falls Unwell?
What to Do If Your Dog Falls Unwell?

One of the amounts nightmares that pet owners have is when their dog gets sick. It can be an extremely stressful time that needs to be handled in a careful manner. Mostly people start to panic when they think of the situation, and they do not know how to approach the entire situation. 

If your dog falls unwell and does not behave like it usually does, the first thing that you need to do is to keep calm. Here are a few things that you need to do in case your dog falls unwell.

Approach a veterinary doctor

Veterinary doctors are individuals who are known to offer veterinary care to sick animals. These professionals have the requisite knowledge and expertise to understand the signs and symptoms that pets showcase when they are sick. Thus, the first option that you need to consider is to take the help of a professional doctor who can provide the appropriate treatment for your pet. Since these experts use the best procedures and solutions, your pet will be in safe hands. 

Observe the symptoms

Just like human beings fall sick, it is natural for pets to fall sick as well. In case your pet is unwell and is not behaving like it usually does, you need to observe the symptoms that it is showing carefully. Since your pet cannot talk, you need to look for signs that can help you know that it is sick. Some of the common signs include a decrease in appetite and a decline in the level of energy. Once you are able to confirm that your pet is unwell, you can opt to seek professional help.  

Comfort your pet

Pets feel low when they are not well. Thus, you need to make sure that you can dedicate your …

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Pet Costumes – Ruin Your Pet This Halloween
Pet Costumes - Ruin Your Pet This Halloween

The pet fashion industry creates all kinds of dog costumes for small and large dogs. The style of each outfit varies for certain occasions. Some companies design the most awesome and newest pet clothes that can be found online. Clothing for pets must also reflect the personality of the owner. Large dog costumes always stand out from the rest and will always make a big impression.

Small pets wearing cute costumes also attract the attention of many people. Pets that are considered part of the family give their owners the idea to show off their emotions to pets through clothing and costumes. Some pet owners also like to dress their big furry friends in big dog costumes rather than letting them go naked. Clothing for these pets must always be in style. Like human clothing, pet clothing must be fashionable and must follow trends.

Some pet owners dress their pets only during pet costume competitions. Most of the time the big dog costume wins. However, there are also certain awards for small and cute pets who wear small costumes according to competition criteria. Thus pet costumes may not be out of date. Pet costumes are more attractive if you wear charming accessories.

Accessories can really enhance dog costumes. It must fit perfectly according to the design and style of clothing. Like humans, the accessory is ideally suited to the dress she wears. It is desirable that when we see our little friends, they look great in our eyes. Try matching collars and lead for costumes. Or maybe a hat that accentuates the costume? For example, a formal dog tuxedo will look better with a black hat!

Be sure to spoil your pet this Halloween with big or small dog costumes (plus accessories) for tricks or treatments or local pet costume …

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21st Century Dog Pampering
21st Century Dog Pampering

There was once a time when dog owners were content to give their K9 friends an old blanket in a chewed up basket for a bed, a ready supply of dry dog food, regular trips to the vet, and the occasional bone left over from a steak dinner. Today the status of pets has changed dramatically in our society, as dogs in particular are viewed more like children now than as pets. For example, 20 years ago, terms like “dog hotel,” “K9 cosmetic surgery,” and “designer dog collar” would have sounded alien. Today these terms are commonplace in many regions.

As a consequence, dog pampering (for lack of a better description), has become a massive market and a booming industry. The English retailer, Harrods, recently quadrupled the size of its pet department to eleven thousand square feet, and carries items like Juicy Couture dog tracksuits, and bejeweled dog hair clips. Harrods also hosts an annual pet fashion show. During this show, attendees can gawk at exquisite K9 jewelry like a $25,000 Swarovski crystal-encrusted dog bed and a nearly $500,000 diamond dog collar by the jewelry icon Stephen Webster.

Furthermore, this insanity is not contained just within the British Isles. Americans have managed to make the pet market a recession-proof industry, with the pet industry projected to grow roughly 5% in 2009. In the last decade, American spending on pets has doubled to the eye-popping total of $43.5 billion dollars. While most of that sum is made up of very normal pet supplies like food and medication, there are also those who will pay thousands of dollars for things like a “pet stylist,” who will help make more pooches appear more fashionable.

Another area where dog pampering has reach new levels is in the popularity of dog shows, or ‘confirmation shows’ …

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Spring Training For Your Dog
Spring Training For Your Dog

For our four-legged friends, winter means sleeping by the fire, short walks, and a slower pace to the day-to-day happenings of life. Often it means gaining a few extra pounds and losing a little muscle tone. It can also mean less time using their basic obedience commands around the off-lead park or during on-leash street walks.

Then spring hits and it is all about getting outside and having fun for both the furry members of the household as well as the two-legged, non-furry variety. How many of us do humans overdo our first long walk on the first warm, sunny day of spring? How many of us look and feel as fit and toned in shorts as we did six months prior, before bundling up in sweaters and long johns? Those short days and times sitting by the fire reading a good book took their toll on our health and fitness level, and the first few weeks of spring usually come with a series of aches, pains, and injuries.

It is no different for our dogs except often, the injuries are far more serious. Easing your dog into spring can alleviate those sore, stiff muscles and help guarantee your dog does not suffer any unnecessary accidents!

Obedience Training ‘Refresher’

Why do dogs need an obedience ‘refresher’ after the long, sedentary winter? Even an older dog who has many years of training under their collar can lose their ‘edge’ when it comes to obedience if they have not used it for a while. ‘Sits’ are slow, ‘stay’ means only for a moment or two, and ‘come’ is easily ignored, at least until the human resorts to bribery. And this is all while you are still in the house!

Now add the fun and excitement of a green grass on a sunny …

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