Fun Ways to Keep Your Dog Busy Indoors

Dogs come from the bloodline of hunting and foraging animals — wolves. It’s no wonder then that it’s deeply embedded within a dog’s nature to want to run around and play. A dog is an outdoor animal no matter how you choose to look at it, and a prime scavenger at that. And in order to make the indoors a more natural habitat for dogs, owners must find ways to keep their dogs busy and mentally stimulated.
Now, fortunately, that’s the fun part of owning a dog, aside from the kisses and cuddles. So if you’re thinking about how do I keep my dog entertained indoors, here are some fun ways to keep your dog entertained indoors.

Play a Game
Looking for some fun things to do with your dog at home? There are a number of entertaining games you could play with your dog. Playing games with your dog has a threefold benefit — it keeps them entertained, it helps to strengthen your bond with your canine companion, and it gives them an excuse to exercise, which is integral for growing dogs.
But you may be wondering, what kind of games can you play with your dogs indoors? Here are some creative ideas.

Tug of War
Use a piece of thick and strong jute or hemp rope and have a good old one-on-one bout of tug with your dog. Dogs love exercising their jaws on different things, just make sure you factor in their size and strength when you’re pulling on your end of the rope. You don’t want to accidentally harm their teeth. Your goal here isn’t to win, just to keep your dog engaged.

Hide Treats
Dogs are natural scavengers with excellent scent detection. Hide some treats around the house and make your dog go searching for them. It will keep them busy for a long time and help them register more scents in their olfactory memory, which helps improve their scavenging abilities.
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Play Hide And Seek
Alternatively, you could just hide and have your dog look for you. It’s an entertaining game for both of you. But you probably need a nice large house with lots of hiding spots to play this game. Just a word of caution, some dogs may experience separation anxiety if you’re hidden for too long. So, remember to come out if your dog can’t find you and starts to howl.

Puzzles
There are a number of games to play with your puppy inside. A dog’s brain needs just as much exercise as its body. Various toy puzzles and interactive games have been designed especially for dogs that you can purchase at pet stores or online and solve them together. They will help keep boredom at bay and reduce the tendency for destructive behavior.

Enjoy a Grooming Session
Dog grooming is a rewarding experience and one of the most fun ways to keep your dog busy indoors. And, don’t forget, dogs are perceptive creatures. They know you’re caring for them and enjoy being groomed as long as you’re gentle.
Your dog’s hair needs to be brushed and trimmed from time to time, especially if you own a breed that sheds often. Make sure you get the right grooming tools and don’t forget to attend to the area around the ears.
Too much hair growth can start to irritate dogs and cause them to scratch excessively. Another important reason to groom your dog regularly is to check for and remove fleas or small bugs that may be nestled in their fur.

Here’s a checklist of all the areas so you don’t miss anything during grooming:

– Use a soft damp cloth to wipe around your dog’s eyes.
– Use a small damp cloth to clean out the wax from inside their ears and make sure you get the folds too. Never use Q-tips for dogs because they can damage their eardrums.
– If your dog’s nose is too dry, there are some high-quality balms available to remedy that. But also make sure your dog is drinking plenty of water.
– Brush your dog’s teeth.
– Brush your dog’s fur coat.
– Use curved or straight scissors to trim your dog’s coat.
– Trim your dog’s nails.
– Clean their paws and moisturize them regularly to prevent cracking.
– Bathe your dog.
– Give your dog a nice long massage.

ALSO READ: Grooming your Puppy for the First Time

Teach Your Dog to Clean Up
If you’re looking for fun ways to keep your dog busy indoors, this one will keep them occupied for a while.
Dogs are undoubtedly one of the messiest pets you can own. They love creating a mess and getting themselves dirty from time to time. It’s part of their nature. But you can teach them to clean up after themselves in small ways, like putting their toys back in the box after playing with them, wiping their paws on the front mat before entering the room/house, or going outside to take a leak.
It takes some time, training, and patience, but this training can be an excellent diversion for bored dogs. Training them to clean up after themselves is how you communicate your desire for cleanliness. Eventually, they will pick up on this because all dogs want to please their owners.
“All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For, after all, he was only human. He wasn’t a dog.” — Charles M. Schulz

Get Your Pup to Help with Chores
Wondering how do I keep my dog entertained and busy? Here’s an idea for you.
Puppies and dogs are more than just playmates and companions. They’re remarkably intelligent and can outperform humans in many different tasks, too, such as hunting or scavenging. Many dogs have actual jobs in society just like humans.
Dogs have been employed for hunting, guarding livestock or homes, in the police force, the entertainment industry, and even for therapy. The list of things dogs can do is virtually endless, so they’re a lot like humans in that regard. It’s no wonder we get along.
Puppies are in their most impressionable years and can learn a lot of new tricks at that age, so you might as well teach them to do some basic domestic chores. It will make your life easier and keep your dog busy indoors.

Here are some examples of chores you can teach your dog to give its life some sense of routine and structure:

– Fetching the newspaper.
– Sorting laundry.
– Closing doors.
– Picking up trash and putting it in the bin.
– Searching for lost items around the house.
– Delivering messages to other family members in other rooms.
– Mopping the floor.

Remember to reward your dog well for its efforts in helping you maintain your household. It helps foster a sense of accomplishment from doing these things. It also teaches dogs that they should make an effort to earn their rewards.
“Dogs should be allowed as much liberty as they can responsibly handle. The greatest gift of training is that it increases the dog’s ability to handle liberty.” — Chad Mackin

Bake Dog Treats
How do I keep my dog from getting bored in the house? How do you keep yourself from getting bored in the house? The answer is food, of course!
Dogs don’t have much to celebrate besides their birthdays and whenever you’re in a good mood. They are giving creatures as opposed to taking, and that’s why everyone loves them. It would be nice if you set aside a day just for your dog to make it feel special.
The best way to a dog’s heart is through its stomach. There are a number of delicious treats you can bake at home that dogs love. A dog’s palate, as opposed to its sense of smell, is not that complex, so dog treats are very easy to make. Peanut butter treats, meatballs, and cookies are popular with both puppies and adult dogs.
There are a number of recipes you can find online, and most don’t require more than 5 ingredients and half an hour.

Blow Bubbles
Blowing bubbles can be a fun playtime activity, especially for puppies that are naturally curious about everything. Watching them chase bubbles can also be a very relaxing and rejuvenating experience for you.
Puppies need all the running around they can get so that they’re exhausted at the end of the day and sleep well. And bubbles are something they can enjoy timelessly.
When you’re playing with puppies make sure you use a really mild soap or bubble foam that won’t hurt their eyes.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself, too.” — Samuel Butler

Sniff Tests
As you already know, dogs have a sharp nose and their curious mind makes them love sniffing new things. Scent games can be a great way to channel those instincts and keep your dog stimulated while indoors. The aim of the game is to harness the information about the world your dog gathers through its sense of smell and to teach them how to communicate what they’re smelling.
The Muffin Tin Puzzle is a fun and easy introductory scent game to help you get started. All you need is an empty muffin tin, 12 tennis balls, and some dog treats. First, place a few treats in the tin hole and allow your dog to sniff them. Then, move away from your dog, put the treats randomly into other tin holes, and cover the holes with tennis balls. You can now pass the puzzle to your dog to let them explore it. They can move the tennis balls to find treats. Every time your dog successfully picks up the scent, its reward is the treat hidden underneath.

Teach Your Dog a New Trick
Teaching your dog new tricks takes patience. Not every dog is a fast learner, but once they learn something, they hardly ever forget it, which is their strength. Here are some useful and some cool tricks to teach your dogs, just make sure you add some rewards for their efforts:

Sitting
This is the first and most important trick every owner should first teach their puppies. Dogs are restless and full of energy, but you will sometimes need them to stay calm so you can clean them, clip their nails, or clean up around the house undisturbed.

Handshake
Teaching your dog how to shake hands or when to shake hands can help socialize them with other humans. It also teaches them about how humans greet each other as opposed to their version of a handshake, which is butt-sniffing.

Fetch
“Fetch” is another useful command to teach your dog. They’re smart enough to understand what words mean in the context of a small sentence. Once they know what fetch is and what a newspaper is, the next time you say “fetch newspaper,” your dog will go fetch you the newspaper.

What “No” Means
This isn’t a trick so much as it is a command, but dogs absolutely need to be taught what “no” means at a very young age. They need to be made to understand the boundaries between playfulness and aggressiveness, and how to behave around children. Until dogs are taught what “no” means, they will carry on doing whatever they want assuming you’re okay with it and that can be dangerous.

Roll Over
“Roll over” is a basic trick that every dog can learn, even puppies. It’s not supposed to be useful in any way but it is entertaining. The more tricks you teach your dog, the better it can understand you.

Importance of Keeping Your Dog Busy
Dogs are highly energetic social creatures — this should come as no shocker. And they share a lot in common with humans. In fact, there are more ways in which humans and dogs are alike than different.
Just like humans, dogs can also experience loneliness, depression, boredom, and anxiety. They arguably have an even greater need to feel connected, feel like a part of the family, and have a purpose. You can give a dog food, water, shelter, and basic healthcare for the rest of its life, but what ultimately makes or breaks its happiness is its connection with you.
This sense of connection is fostered, repaired, or strengthened every time you and your dog have activities together, or at least if you’re involved in some way. Dogs can’t lay on their backs and rest all day. They need exercise when they’re outdoors and constant mental stimulation while they’re indoors to live a fulfilling life. Dog depression is real and can bring out aggressive behaviors when left unchecked.
“Be the most interesting human your dog has ever met” — Ralf Weber

Conclusion
Hope you find this guide on how to keep dog entertained indoors insightful. Dogs can become quite lucid once they mature. That’s the allure of this creature; they can establish connections with humans deeper than the ones we share with our own species.
Indoor activities are integral to maintaining your bond with your dog and to help them fight boredom.

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Can You Afford To Get A Dog?

When asked whether they can afford not to get a dog, most dog lovers will ask whether they can afford not to! We all know the value of having a dog in the home. They provide unconditional love, along with cuddles, excitement, and endless cuteness.

However, there are considerable expenses when you get a dog. These need to be planned out, even if they’re not going to prevent you from going ahead. They may impact some of your decisions, especially as to breed.

To help you understand some of the expenses, here is what you can expect to pay for when getting a dog.

Expensive breeds
Adopting a dog from a shelter is certainly the most responsible option when it comes to helping out animals already in need. However, many people have conflicting responsibilities. This is especially true for people with children, as when you adopt a dog from a shelter, it may be carrying a lot of trauma.

There are other reasons people go to breeders. Dog lovers with allergies need to find hypoallergenic dogs, which is difficult when you can’t be sure of a dog’s pedigree. Furthermore, there are responsible breeders out there.

Some breeds are incredibly expensive, though. A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy can cost over £4,000! If you decide that an expensive breed is worth it, considering the joy it will bring you over the years, remember that there will be other expenses you need to budget for before you truly know if you can afford it.

Vaccinations
Every dog needs vaccinations as a puppy, due to a number of diseases that can be fatal and are fairly common. Rabies is one of the most important vaccines as rabid dogs become dangerous.

Vaccines are not prohibitively expensive, but you do need to include them in your budget. If you are buying from a breeder, they will probably include vaccinations in the overall cost.

Spaying / Neutering
As with breeding, there is debate about the ethics of spaying and neutering puppies. We won’t get too much into it, but it is important to take the benefits into account before making your decision.

Dogs which have not been spayed or neutered can run off when they are in heat (females) or when they detect a female in heat (males). Females in particular are at risk, as dogs in the area will flock to them and mating can be brutal. Your dog might end up badly hurt.

If you decide to get your dogs neutered or spayed, there are more related expenses than you expect. According to Lemonade Pet Insurance, you might incur the following costs:

Pre-op exam: the vet will examine your dog to make sure it is in good health and ready for an operation.
Anaesthesia: small dogs do not require nearly as much anaesthetic as big dogs, and the bigger the dog the more expensive the procedure becomes.
Surgery: the surgery itself does not require a ton of expensive resources, but the vet’s specialist time is expensive. Neutering is a lot quicker than spaying. Neutering can take as little as five minutes, while spaying can take up to ninety.
Post-op: while the surgery might not last long, they do need to spend some time recovering from the effects of anaesthesia.
Medication: your dog will need sedatives, pain medication, and antibiotics.
Cone: so as to ensure that your dog does not tear out the stitches, you will need to pay for a cone collar.

Pet Insurance
One more expense you need to consider is pet insurance. You may not think it necessary, but pet insurance can save you a lot of money in the long run. Emergency vet visits are extremely expensive, and accidents and unexpected illnesses happen.

If your pet requires an operation, you will be truly grateful for your pet insurance. Pet insurance is more affordable than the possibility of a massive vet bill when your dog needs care most.

Getting a dog is an expensive endeavour, even if you adopt from a shelter. When buying from a breeder, the expenses are much greater, and that is before you account for other necessary costs. Take these expenses into account when choosing your dog so that they don’t have to go without important procedures.

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How CBD Can Help You Care for Your Senior Dog

It isn’t easy watching your dog get older. Aches and pains increased anxiety, and an inability to do the things they once loved all impact your life with your senior dog. However, you’ll be glad to know that there are things you can do to ease your dog’s transition into old age. CBD can be one of the most helpful and safest supplements to try.

Alleviate Anxiety
The things that we have in common with our dogs is part of why we love them so much. It is amazing how many things we can enjoy together. However, when it comes to old age, dogs have some similarities to humans that aren’t as positive.

Like humans, dogs can develop cognitive decline as they get older, which is also known as dog dementia. Most dogs began showing symptoms around the age of 9 or 10. Dog dementia is characterized by disorientation, disruptions in sleeping and waking cycles, and less social behavior.

Many dogs also seem to lose interest in things they once enjoyed. Thankfully, CBD oil can be an effective treatment for the anxiety that is associated with dementia. Owners who give their senior pets CBD oil find that they may be more likely to sleep through the night, don’t seem as disturbed by disorientation and maybe more relaxed overall.

Improve Mobility
Aches and pains are common as dogs get older. Many dogs are especially prone to experiencing pain in the joints, particularly the hind end joints, which can make it more difficult for them to get around and cause them to stop doing things they once enjoyed like taking walks or chasing their ball. Arthritis is quite common in older dogs.

Thankfully, quality mobility support with CBD and other ingredients to benefit the hips and joints from Innovet Pet can make a big difference in your older dog’s mobility and work to improve arthritis symptoms. CBD can reduce inflammation and pain, which can have an immediate effect on your older dog’s mobility. It also helps your dog’s body to recover from wear and tear.

Glucosamine helps to rebuild cartilage, which can actually improve the function of your dog’s joints over time. MSM also improves the functioning of joints by providing fluid to help lubricate their motion more effectively. Salmon oil is a well-known supplement for joints and inflammation since it is rich in fatty acids that the body needs to build joint cartilage.

Green-lipped mussel is also very effective for fighting inflammation and also has chondroitin to help improve joint function. A supplement with all of these ingredients can go a very long way to improving your dog’s mobility. It’s also a good idea to consider a dog ramp to help your dog move around your home without having to put a strain on the joints by jumping.

Relieve Pain
Getting older comes with a variety of aches and pains for your dog. Not only are the joints frequently painful, but skin conditions and everyday wear and tear can also result in pain for your dog.

Senior dogs just don’t bounce back the way younger dogs do from everyday injuries and bumps. CBD has general pain-relieving properties that can make your dog more comfortable overall in its golden years. Whatever might be causing your dog pain, CBD can be an effective treatment.

Why CBD May be a Better Option
Unlike many other treatments for pain, mobility, and anxiety, which may come with risks or side effects, CBD appears to be extremely safe for your dog and unlikely to cause any negative side effects. If you would rather stay away from medications like Gabapentin which can cause sedation, steroids that can have long-reaching negative effects, and anti-anxiety or anti-depression medication which can have unpredictable results, CBD is a superb alternative. It is also very easy to give to your dog simply by dosing with CBD oil or choosing a quality CBD to treat.

What to Look for in CBD Supplements
Unfortunately, CBD is still not regulated or supplied by veterinarians, despite its success in clinical trials. This means that you must be a discerning shopper in choosing the right CBD supplement for your dog. Here are some things to look for:

  • Tested by a third-party lab. A quality producer of CBD products for your dog will have all of their supplements tested by a third-party lab so you can have complete confidence that the products are safe and effective.
  • Formulas based in science. Make sure that all of the ingredients in the supplement that you choose are scientifically proven to have beneficial effects for your dog, not just used as filler ingredients.
  • Natural or organic ingredients. When it comes to hemp or CBD, be sure that you choose organic ingredients, since hemp tends to draw insecticides and heavy metals from the soil. For all other ingredients, be sure that you are choosing natural options.

Improve Your Senior Dog’s Life With CBD
CBD can go a long way to giving your senior dog a higher quality of life for longer. There’s nothing that you can do to prevent your dog from getting older, but you can make the aging process a lot more comfortable for both of you by using effective supplementation. Be sure to choose only the highest-quality CBD supplements and check that all supporting ingredients are also beneficial to your dog’s health.

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How To Help Your Dog Adapt After Moving To A New Home

Moving to a new home is stressful for everyone, even your dog. Moving to a new location can be exciting, but it’s also one of the more stressful things that you’re ever likely to experience. In fact, experts say that moving is right up there with the loss of a loved one or getting a divorce. Even if you don’t recognize the signs of stress yourself, you may be feeling quite stressed about the entire situation, all while being too busy to fully realize it. The problem with this is that your dog is so connected to you that she feels what you feel. She knows when you’re happy, when you’re sad and when you’re stressed. Unfortunately, that only adds to her feelings of stress and uncertainty, especially when she is leaving behind everything that she’s familiar with and facing new surroundings that she’s never been in before. The question is, how do you reduce those feelings of stress and help your dog adjust when you move to a new house? You might be surprised that for the most part, it involves doing the little things that can make her feel more comfortable. Keeping some part of her normal routine is absolutely crucial, as is bringing the things that she previously had in her environment that are most precious to her.

Consider Crate Training
Some people start crate training their dogs as soon as they get them and others are very much against the process. It’s important to remember that crate training is not punishment. Instead, it is a place that your dog can go when she’s feeling overwhelmed that gives her a safe space. If you work outside of the home, it can also be one of the most effective ways to help her feel safe, even when you’re not physically with her. It might be a good idea to consider a crate with a soft dog bed inside that is located in an area close to her regular dog bed. Dog beds not only come in all different shapes and sizes, some do cater to your dog’s health needs – check out The Pampered Pup for more information. You can even include a blanket and a couple of toys. If you really want to kick things up a notch, cover the majority of the outside of the crate with a blanket so that your dog feels the solitude that she needs when she wants to be alone. You can even keep her food and water bowls nearby, allowing her to have that little section of the home that’s just for her, yet still with the rest of the family.

Create a Space Just for Your Dog
One of the best ways to eliminate stress on your dog when you move is to create a safe space just for her. It needs to be an area of the house that has ready access to you and other members of the household, yet it is also just out of the way enough that she can be by herself if that’s what she so desires. There are a number of ways that you can go about accomplishing this goal. You don’t have to set her off in a room all by herself where she feels completely isolated. In fact, that is only likely to increase her level of stress many times over. Instead, bring her favorite dog bed and put it in a room where you spend a great deal of time. In order to make her feel like she has her own space, create a little nook for her in the corner of the room or next to the couch where she’s out of the way of foot traffic, yet still very much present where people spend a lot of time. Bring some of her favorite toys and allow one or two of them to remain near the dog bed so that she fully understands that this is her space and she is still part of the family. It’s important that she realizes that even though her physical surroundings might have changed, her dynamic within the family has not. The most effective way to do that is to provide her with a few things that are familiar and reassure her that the family dynamic is still very much intact.

Spend Time With Your Dog
Another way to help her adjust when you move is to spend extra time with her. If you have a backyard that is properly fenced in, allow her to spend some time roaming the area. Go outside and play fetch with her. When her physical surroundings change, the thing that your dog will crave the most is time spent with you. Remember, she’s feeling as much stress as you are, maybe even more. She needs to be constantly reassured that she is still loved and that the bond between the two of you remains unchanged. The best way to do that is to spend time with her and keep her close to your side. The extra exercise that comes into play with playing fetch or tug of war can also go a long way toward alleviating some of that anxiety that is associated with being indifferent surroundings. This in turn can help your dog cope better so that she adjusts more quickly.

Go for a Walk
Speaking of exercise, it’s crucial that you go for a walk with your dog. Aim for at least two walks a day, one in the morning and one toward the end of the day. If your dog is having a hard time adjusting or has a great deal of pent-up energy, it might be important to add additional walks throughout the day. There are a couple of things to remember, especially when you have moved to a new location. Be sure to keep your dog on a leash. There is nothing more tragic than a dog who gets lost in a new location and is unable to find her way back to you. In addition, it is important that you allow your dog time to stop and explore the new area she is in. That means allowing her time to stop and sniff whatever she’s interested in, provided that it’s safe to do so. This is how she familiarizes herself with her new surroundings. If you give her time to take it all in, she is more likely to adjust both more quickly and more completely.
There is no doubt that moving can put a lot of stress on the family. It’s important to remember that your dog is part of that family and that she feels the stress acutely, just like you do. Keeping her routine as normal as possible and doing little things to reassure her can make all the difference in the world between helping her adjust or watching her struggle through the process when you move to a new house.

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3 New Ways to Relieve Your Dog’s Anxiety

If you think that your dog may be suffering from anxiety, it is important to look for signs in their behaviour. If they bark or howl when no one is home, pant or pace a lot, shiver or shake, hide in corners and under furniture, or destroy furniture like your chesterfield, they likely have anxiety.

It is important to seek professional help from your V.E.T. to improve their quality of life. They can determine if their anxiety-behaviour is due to medical factors, but can also recommend ways to lower their stress. You can also see a pet behaviour counsellor for advice, to train them in ways that can reduce anxiety when they are facing their triggers. Here are three common ideas that V.E.T.s and pet behaviour counsellors recommend for reducing anxiety in dogs.

Anxiety Wrap
Anxiety wraps uses a similar principle as is used on humans. When applying gentle but firm and consistent pressure to the torso, it can have a calming effect. It’s similar to how infants feel calmer when swaddled in blankets, or weighted blankets help people calm down when trying to sleep. ThunderShirt is the most well-known anxiety vest for pets that you can find. You can get them for dogs and cats in different sizes. When worn properly, in the right size, these wraps distribute pressure along the back and torso of your pet like a constant hug. This pressure releases endorphin hormones, which has a calming and happy effect.

Noise Distraction
You can use noise to distract your pet from their source of anxiety. This is more effective for anxiety caused by sudden loud noises, like thunder or fireworks, or when you’re watching a game of footy and suddenly cheer or cry out loud in front of them. Noise distraction can also be used to distract them from separation anxiety when you leave for work for the day.

It either drowns out the sound causing their anxiety or just gives them something else more calming that they can focus on instead. You can do something as simple as playing music or sounds that are pleasing to animals, like birds chirping or running water, or you can get special sound devices that use white noise machines to drown out other external sounds.

The sound frequencies emitted by white noise machines are specifically made to drown out other noise, including fireworks and thunder. They are even more effective if you have them somewhere more insulated from other noise, like an enclosed crate or bedroom.

CBD Treats and Supplements
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a health supplement that is becoming increasingly popular, both for humans and pets. It’s relatively new, so while research has confirmed that CBD can help relieve anxiety, it isn’t fully clear how it achieves this, and there is even less research on how it works on animals.

Despite this, CBD is a safe supplement to take for pets. It has a relatively low risk of side effects, and the side effects are minor. There is added risk if you have CBD that includes THC, which can be toxic to animals, so make sure you get good quality CBD treats from places like Joy Organics that are made specifically for pets. You can also look into other supplements, like calming treats, which may be available at your local Tesco in the same aisle with pet food.

With these three tips, you have new ways to help your anxious pet. The good thing about them is that you can try them individually, or use them all together. If you have an extremely anxious pet, you may find that putting them in a thunder shirt, giving them a CBD treat, and keeping them in an enclosed bedroom with a white noise machine running can have dramatic results.

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Do English Bulldogs Make Great Pets?

Without a doubt, the answer to this question is a resounding yes. But, it’s essential that you carefully consider your lifestyle and whether you can offer the best possible home to an English Bulldog. Just like all breeds of dogs, these guys have their own unique requirements, and when they’re not met, then you could be in for a whole heap of trouble. Specialist sites such as https://bulldogpapa.com can be invaluable in those early days of research.

To help your decision-making process, here’s our guide to help you consider if you’re ready for an English Bulldog to join your home.

The English Bulldog Temperament
The well-bred Bulldog will have a kind temperament. They don’t go looking for trouble, but should it turn up, then they are courageous and tenacious. This is the type of dog who should be able to socialize with other dogs and people without a problem.

When you visit your puppy’s breeder, make sure that you get to meet Mum and, ideally, other relatives before your commit to taking on one of the litter. Think about how easy-going and friendly they are because this will tell you a lot about the likely temperament of your pup.

Do be aware, though, that having a well-mannered Bulldog isn’t just about their genes. It’s also about the time and effort that the breeder and the owner put into socializing and training the young dog, but more about that later!

History of the English Bulldog
If you know anything about this breed’s background, you might be wondering just what type of dog you end up living with! That’s because the English Bulldog was initially bred for the gruesome sport of bull-baiting. A pack of dogs would be set on the bull while those watching would bet on the outcome.

Thankfully the sport was banned in the 1800s, and then dedicated breeders started the task of re-establishing the breed with the sweet temperament that the English Bulldog is now well known for.

How Healthy Are English Bulldogs?
Few breeds are without the potential for some health problems, a bit like us humans! But you can reduce the possibility of your Bulldog having genetic health problems by ensuring that the parents are health tested before the breeding takes place.

For Bulldogs in the US, there are a number of tests that the breed club recommends, and these include:

Hip Dysplasia Assessment
This condition prevents the ball of the hip joint from sitting correctly in the socket. It can mean that your Bulldog experiences pain when walking and may become lame.

Cardiac Exam
Bulldogs can be prone to several different diseases of the heart. The cardiac exam involves the vet listening for heart murmurs or an irregular heart rhythm, which may then need an ECG or X-ray to investigate any problems.

Eye Problems
Sadly, Bulldogs can inherit a number of different eye conditions, so it’s essential that the parents have regular eye exams to ensure that these are not passed down to their pups.

How Long Do Bulldogs Live?
On average, an English Bulldog will be with you for between 8-10 years. Now, other bull breeds do live longer. The life expectancy of a French Bulldog, for example, is 10-12 years, and it’s 12-14 years for the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

So, if the length of time that your Bull breed is with you is a deciding factor, then you might want to widen your search.

Raising an English Bulldog Puppy
Those first few months of your Bulldog’s life are critical in them becoming well-behaved pets that can accompany you anywhere. Just as with all dog breeds, it’s essential that they get out and see the world at a young age.

However, care is needed to ensure that interactions with people, dogs, and other animals are positive. So, remember to be your Bulldog’s advocate and remove him from any situations which they might find to be overwhelming.

Training an English Bulldog Puppy
Now while this may not seem to be the obvious breed to go for if you have aspirations in dog sports, the English Bulldog is very capable of learning a whole range of behaviours. Make it fun, train in short sessions, and use tempting treats and toys to encourage that learning to take place.

All dogs should know how to walk nicely on the leash and come when called. With the Bulldogs’ strength, walks are going to be no fun at all if they’re pulling on the leash. When your dog can walk nicely when out and about, then going out for exercise will be a much more pleasurable experience.

Exercise Requirements
All dogs need the opportunity to get out and about every day. Exercise helps to ensure that your Bulldog doesn’t become overweight, which can be a problem within the breed.

The other key benefit of daily walks is the opportunity for enrichment. This means that your Bulldog gets the chance to sniff new smells, meet new people and see the outside world. All of these things will also help to tire him out, meaning that he will settle down for a snooze once you get home.

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Signs That Your Dog Has an Ear Infection

Ear infections among dogs are quite common. Since they’re always outdoors and love playing around, they could get easily infected. It can happen while they dip their bodies in the pool or spend the entire day in a park. Therefore, it’s important to look for the signs of ear infection.

Some of them are simple issues that might go away soon. Others are more severe and could damage the dog’s central nervous system. These are the signs of an ear infection that require immediate action.

Redness and inflammation. Check if there’s a sudden difference in the ear colour of your dog. If there’s redness or inflammation, it’s a sign of an infection. It might be somewhat challenging for hairy dogs, though. Therefore, you always need to check the ears to see if there’s inflammation.

A sweet or pungent smell. You usually groom your dogs to prevent them from smelling bad. If you still smell a foul odour while playing with your dog, it could be due to an ear infection. It’s a natural reaction to the problem.
Ear canal discharge. Ear infections may also manifest through a discharge. It’s often waxy and rust-like in colour. It helps to observe these changes more often.

Difficulty in chewing. Your dog shouldn’t have a problem chewing foods, especially if they’re soft enough. If you notice that there are issues when chewing, it could be due to an ear infection. If the bowl is no longer empty after eating, and it happens regularly, you have to take action.

Constant rubbing of the head. It’s natural for dogs to keep scratching their heads. It’s their way of removing an irritant. However, if it happens constantly, there could be something wrong. It’s even worse when you see your dog scratching its head on furniture and other rough surfaces. It means that the ear infection is getting worse.

Do something before it’s too late
Dogs with ear infections might manifest more terrible symptoms in the future. They might have difficulty walking due to the loss of balance. They might also find it difficult to eat their food, and it leads to drastic weight loss. The point is that you have to do something before it’s too late. When the ear infection already starts to affect the central nervous system, death might be inevitable.

The problem is that you might not have a local veterinarian to run to. The good thing is that there are home remedies that you can apply to stop the infection. Green tea and oregano are among the natural options to solve an ear infection. Apply them to the affected area until the problem is over. You can also check out https://careyourdog.com/best-home-remedy-for-dog-ear-infection for more information about treating ear infections. If the problem persists, it might be time to look for a veterinarian.

You can’t ignore this problem even if you think it’s natural. Try to be more observant with the changes in your dog. Find a way to deal with it before it’s too late.

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Changing A Pet’s Life : Why You Should Consider Adopting Your Next Dog

By the time this Sunday the 24th of January comes around, many of us will be feeling tired of 2021 already. Those “new year, new you” resolutions are quickly wearing thin and the government’s latest lockdown laws are leaving us all lonelier than ever at this time of year. But what if there was something you could do that really would transform your life for the better? And what if that action could turn another life around too? That’s why this Sunday, on National Change A Pet’s Life Day, you should consider adopting your next dog and we’re here to explain why.

Happy little orange havanese puppy dog is sitting in the grass

Every year, over six hundred million strays are reported across the world, and while we might see ourselves as a nation of dog-lovers, the UK still contributes heavily to that number. Some rescue centers in the UK such as London’s Battersea Dog’s Home rescue as many as thirteen dogs a day, three hundred and sixty five days of the year. It’s an unlucky number, but for those thirteen dogs, getting rescued that day is the luckiest thing that will ever happen to them. Without the constant work that such animal shelters put in with the help of thousands of volunteers, many of these innocent animals would not survive. And yet, these millions of unwanted dogs have so much to offer us!

Much like us humans, our canine friends love to feel loved and without a partner in crime to share life’s ups and downs with, they naturally suffer from loneliness like we do. It’s a beautiful thing to witness a depressed dog without a home flourish into such a joyous bundle of affection once they are given a chance to give their love to somebody.

ilst giving one of these lonely dogs a home is obviously a huge commitment that should never be undertaken lightly, adoption is a two way street. We know that from personal experience with many of our clients, in saving a dog, they have saved themselves and now more than ever, we all do need a little bit of saving.

That dogs have helped so many humans through depression, turmoil and grief when traditional techniques such as anti-depressants and cognitive therapy have all failed, is not surprising. It is no secret that owning a dog is one of the best things you can do for your mental health, and there are scientific studies to prove it. The unconditional love and companionship that dogs offer means that most of our owners regard their pooch as their best friend. This is a best friend whose constant enthusiasm for cuddles and play, for a healthy exercise routine and for social interaction makes it almost impossible to be sad. However, making the choice to adopt a rescue dog rather than buy a “new” dog from a breeder is what really counts in making this kind of relationship truly rewarding. When you offer a dog a second chance, you embark on a healing journey together, providing each other with a daily purpose to keep on smiling and wagging through the darkest of times.

Though people often worry that developing a bond with a rescue dog will be difficult, it is precisely this process that makes that bond so much more meaningful. It may take a little patience, but seeing your dog’s confidence go from strength to strength as they put their trust in you is an unforgettable feeling that will make every second of work you put in worthwhile. Rescue centers will do their utmost to smooth this journey for you. One of the best things about taking on an older dog is that their personality is already developed and they are often also already very well trained. This makes it so much easier for staff to help you find the right dog for you. Time will be invested by the handlers who know the dog best considering your lifestyle and your character which will then be carefully matched to the dog who would be best suited to you. When you do find your perfect furry companion, those same handlers will ensure that your transition is gentle and that you are furnished with as much advice and support as you need.

Contrary to popular belief, adopted dogs are also usually much healthier than pedigree or farmed puppies can be, which can arrive with underlying conditions caused by inbreeding or poor care. Comparatively, rescue centers (as charities rather than businesses out to make profits from their dogs) make sure that all their strays are thoroughly vetted on arrival and where necessary are nursed back to full health before being re-homed. Any unwanted puppies that they take in will always be kept until they are old enough to be weaned and they also make sure that each pet gets neutered, micro-chipped, vaccinated and treated for fleas before leaving. This is all done in an effort to ensure that re-homed dogs are re-homed for life, and the sad cycle of abandonment and stray animals being born on the streets is broken for good.

The trials of 2020 have forced many of us to re-evaluate our lives and here, we honestly believe that can be turned into a positive. If you have more time at home, and less time with your loved ones, the decision to spend that time getting to know a dog who deserves it can hardly be a choice you will regret. When you save a rescue dog, you not only save yourself, but you are also creating a space at the refuge for another dog to be brought in. Your adoption fee will go towards caring for these abandoned animals while they wait patiently for their forever home to come and find them.

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Human Foods You Should Not Feed Dogs

We all want the best for our dogs. We give them a lot of love, take them for plenty of walks and pick them up the best gear from retailers like furry friends gear. However, you shouldn’t always give your pets exactly what they want. This is especially true when it comes to food.

It is not common for a dog to beg at the table for a taste of your food. While many people will succumb to the cuteness and/or whining, you need to be careful. Some human food is fine for dogs to eat, but others can be incredibly problematic.

In an effort to keep your dog healthy, this article is going to go over some human foods that you need to be sure that you never feed to dogs.

Caffeine
While millions of people all over the world consume caffeine daily for its many benefits, don’t let your dog have any. This goes for coffee, tea, chocolate, energy drinks or anything else that could contain caffeine. The reason your dog should avoid caffeine is that they contain some substances that are known as methylxanthines which are found in cacao seeds.

When this substance is ingested by your dog, it can lead to vomiting, excessive thirst, and an abnormal heart rhythm. They can also lead to extreme hyperactivity, seizures and even death in some serious cases. So be sure to keep all of your chocolate well out of the reach of your furry friend. While all chocolate is bad, the darker that chocolate is, the more dangerous it is.

Gum and Candy
While gum and candy can be a tasty treat once in a while, they are other food items you should never give to your dog. This is because many of them contain Xylitol, a sweetener. This substance is fine for humans, but the same can’t be said for dogs. This is because it can trigger insulin release, which can dramatically lower the blood sugar of your dog.

Unfortunately, this has the potential to lead to liver failure. Some signs that your dog may have ingested Xylitol or another toxic ingredient include vomiting, a loss of coordination and generally being inactive or slow. Xylitol is also found in many other products including toothpaste, some baked goods and even some vitamin supplements.

Onions and Garlic
While a staple in many of the dishes we prepare, onions and garlic should never be fed to your pet. Not only can they lead to irritation, but they can also kill the red blood cells of the body. If the dosage is high enough, this could lead to anemia. This goes for if they are raw, cooked, dehydrated or even powdered. All parts of the onion have the potential to be toxic, as well.

The cause of this is a toxin called N-propyl disulfide. This prevents red blood cells from being able to carry oxygen, which eventually leads to them being destroyed. If your dog is vomiting, exhibiting signs of weakness or having trouble breathing and having a reddish tint in urine, could be signs of toxicity due to onions.

We hope this article has been able to help you learn some of the foods that you should avoid feeding to your dogs. Of course, these are far from the only foods that could potentially harm your pets, so be sure to be careful when feeding them any human food.

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4 Crucial Signs Your Dog May Have Declining Health

Dogs of all ages and sizes are vulnerable to a range of health problems, especially infection. The hardest part is that we can’t entirely avoid bacteria infection. They can quickly spread through the air and stay on surfaces where there is a dense concentration, such as your dog’s kennel, beddings, grooming equipment, bowls, and bodies.

The best way to determine any signs of illnesses is to warrant a check-in with your vet as soon as possible. It’s equally important, nonetheless, to know the common indicators that your dog is sick. Be wary if your dog is showing any of these symptoms as they can have major underlying causes.

Vomiting

There are two reasons why your dog throws up. First, it’s trying to get rid of undigested food, which usually stays in its oesophagus or stomach. This action is called regurgitating, not vomiting. Your dog usually regurgitates almost fairly shortly after its meal, especially when they gobble their food too fast. It’s very normal.

However, if your dog is forcefully throwing up its partly digested food from its stomach, it’s called vomiting. It could be a sign that your dog is suffering from clinical diseases, ranging from mild to severe conditions, which can either be the following:

  • Motion sickness
  • Side effects of medication
  • Dietary indiscretion
  • Food intolerance
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Ingestion of foreign bodies
  • Ingestion of toxic substance
  • Heatstroke
  • Viral infection
  • Bacterial infection
  • Kidney or Liver failure
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gastrointestinal disease

Moreover, a dog vomiting virus is currently spreading throughout the U.K. Affected dogs would usually vomit for up to five days, more frequently than is commonly seen with canine gastroenteritis. They tend to throw up profusely with five or more bouts within 12 hours while showing symptoms of lethargy, loss of appetite, and diarrhoea.

Worse is there’s a spike in cases of prolific vomiting in dogs recently. It’s very worrisome, but you have to stay calm and prudent. You’ll know your dog is about to vomit when it shows symptoms like retching, drooling, or experiencing contraction on its abdomen. Should you suspect your dog is suffering from prolific vomiting, contact your local vet right away.

Decreased Appetite and Thirst

It’s no cause for alarm if there’s a slight decrease in your dog’s water and food consumption. It usually happens when your dog gets less exercise, especially during cold weather. When they’re inactive, they feel less thirsty and hungry.

However, if your dog persistently shows disinterest in water and food, it can be caused by a disease. Health issues, such as kidney disease, diabetes, and some cancers in dogs, can cause your dog’s thirst to fluctuate.

Decreased thirst could even be one of the signs of a dying dog. It usually happens when a dog is infected with a bacterial or viral infection, like the Parvovirus. This virus attacks the cells of dogs’ intestines, particularly those of young puppies and unvaccinated dogs.

When your dog’s gut can’t absorb vital nutrients, your dog will suffer from fever, diarrhoea, vomiting, dehydration, depression, loss of appetite, and, worse, death. Parvovirus easily spreads through body fluids, so it’s highly contagious. And with no up to date cure, dog owners can only rely on vaccination. Make sure to protect your pup against this fatal infection by vaccinating them.

Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence happens when your housetrained dog loses its bladder control due to some abnormal health conditions, which generally vary depending on your dog’s age and gender. Check WebMD Veterinary Reference from the ASPCA for more in-depth information.

For the most common causes of urinary incontinence in dogs, here’s a rundown categorized into age and gender.

Adult Female Dogs
Urethral sphincter mechanism incompetence (USMI)

Adult Male Dogs
Prostate problems
Perineal hernia

Young dogs
Ectopic ureter
Congenital USMI

Any age
Spinal problems
Urine Infection
Urine Blockage
Urinary Tract Injuries
Urinary Tract Tumors

Urinary incontinence can cause your dog to change its appetite, drink more, and pee more than usual. In the worst scenarios, your dog might be in pain while peeing, suffer from pain in its back legs or lower spine, or bleed while peeing.

While it doesn’t directly cause your dog’s demise, medical research shows that it’s a reliable predictor of death caused by another medical disorder. Hence, urinary incontinence in dogs is entirely abnormal and shouldn’t be ignored.

Changes in Gum Color

This is a very common indicator of a dog’s health condition. Your dog is very healthy if it has nice moisty bubblegum-pink gums. It means that there’s oxygen-rich blood circulating throughout your dog’s body.

On the other hand, dogs with dry, whitish or bluish gums are usually terminally ill and dying. Sad to say, there’s nothing much that we can do to reverse the gum colour to normal. A vet may advise emergency transfusion or euthanasia, depending on the dog’s condition.

Takeaway

Reduced mobility, disinterest in food, declining hygiene, social detachment and other signs of illness shouldn’t also be overlooked. For the most part, any changes in your dog’s behaviour are among the first signs of their sufferings. If these changes occur, don’t wait and consult a vet immediately.

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