Sunday, October 5, 2014

How to Introduce a Puppy to a Dog Crate

A dog crate (also called a kennel) is the best way to ensure your pet is safe when you are asleep or away from home. Dogs are den animals and most acclimate quickly to a small sleeping area. A proper introduction is all it takes to provide a safe haven for a pet.
Put the pet in the dog crate to ride home. All pets should be in a secure carrier while in a car. Use a hard carrier for transporting pets, and secure it with seat belts. You may want to use a different crate for sleeping, especially if the pet does not like to travel.

At home, grab some treats and squeak toys and sit down near the kennel. Show the puppy a tiny piece of treat and let them eat it. Toss a piece into the crate near the front. Continue to toss tiny pieces farther back in the dog crate and praise the dog for coming in and out of the kennel.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

3 Easy Steps for Putting Your Dog on a Diet

I had to put my Cocker Spaniel on a diet when he started to gain too much weight. Carrying extra weight is an issue for dogs just as it is with people. It puts added pressure on their joints and can cause diabetes. If you look down at your dog and notice a bulge in the middle it's time to put your dog on a diet.

Get a Veterinary Check-Up

When I noticed the weight gain in my GSD I went to the veterinary office first. A sudden weight gain could be anything, so have your pet checked out. If the weight gain is gradual and you've noticed it but now need to really address the issue, ask your vet for recommendations on dog food for overweight dogs. To make it easier on the dog's system gradually add the new food to the old (a little more of the new each day), when switching brands or flavors.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Pros and Cons of Different Dog Kennels and Dog Crates

How to Choose the Right Dog Kennel

A crate is an important investment for a dog owner. It can be expensive too. Make the right decision the first time with this list of dog crate pros and cons and recommendations.

Let's look at the different dog crates available today so you can better decide which style and size is best for your needs.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Choosing to Switch to Natural Dog Food

Switching to natural dog food is not hard if you do a little research first and work with your veterinarian. Read the labels carefully and be prepared to try several brands before settling on the best natural dog food for your pet.

My Cocker Spaniel developed an extreme allergy to his premium dog food when he turned two years old. After a visit to the veterinarian it was recommended that I quickly change to a natural dog food. After a little research and a few trials we found some natural dog food that he liked and tolerated well for the rest of his life. Switching your pet to natural food is not that hard if you take the time to do a little homework and don't try to rush the process.

What Is Natural Dog Food?