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A recent poll taken by the American Pet Products Manufacturers (APPMA) revealed that almost 50% of those surveyed regularly take their dog with them when they travel in the car. But the bad news is that almost all of them failed to safely ‘buckle up’ their dogs to prevent the animal from being injured in case there was an accident.
It’s difficult to say why so many loving dog owners take such a nonchalant attitude towards safety when traveling with their canine companions. However, it’s never too late to change your habits. So along with ensuring that your dog stays in one piece in the event of a crash, there are additional safety tips that can help keep him alive and well to enjoy the ride.
Every dog enjoys being able to run loose inside of a moving vehicle, but it’s not a smart choice for you to allow this to happen. Should an accident occur he could be thrown through the windshield and cut up into a million pieces. And any dog that is naturally over-excited could jump on your lap and make you lose control of the steering wheel.
The easiest solution to this problem is to purchase a dog seat belt. These products are very comfortable for your pet and allow the animal to lie down, sit, and change positions if necessary. And should an accident occur, the dog seat belt will prevent him from being injured. They also come in various styles and sizes to fit any breed.
If you have to wait for your dog seat belt to be delivered, and you would like an alternative option, you can also buckle up your dog in the back seat by using the middle seat belt. Simply fasten it up and loop your dog’s leash through it. Just be sure he is comfortable enough and that the leash is attached to a harness and not a collar, as this could choke him.
Living near a dog park, I see at least a dozen people drive by with their dog’s head excitedly poking out of the window, not to mention dogs being allowed to walk around the bed of a moving truck. While this may seem suitable, it is also quite dangerous.
Just because your dog loves having the wind in his face that does not mean that it is responsible or safe for you to permit this. Flying debris, dust, and rocks have been known to blind dogs and cause severe trauma to the skull. Infections often occur as well. And of course, the worst case scenario is that your dog could jump out, getting smashed by a vehicle behind you in traffic.
All you have to do is keep your pet inside of the vehicle at all times while moving. If the temperature is hot, simply turn the air conditioning on. You may also crack the windows a bit to help with more airflow, but only several inches. A window shade is another good idea to help keep your dog cool.
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When youíre planning your next family trip, everyone is likely to be thrilled and will have more fun if you take the family dog along. Whether you are planning to travel by car, plane, train, or ship, in hot or cold weather – traveling with your dog doesn’t have to be difficult for you or your canine pal if you follow these simple pet travel tips:
1. Are you traveling outside of your home state or to another country? Make sure that you obtain an up-to-date canine travel document from the places you plan to visit. Most states and foreign countries require a health certificate from your vet including a statement that your dog has had his rabies shot. If you are going out of the country, you will also need these papers from a vet to get him back into the United States. And find out early about quarantine rules.
2. Advanced training in car etiquette will keep your dog safer, which means more pleasant traveling experiences for you and the other passengers on any car trip you take. It’s best to start him out on short drives, if possible when he is still a puppy. Hold him on your lap or on the seat beside you to give him confidence. Right from the start, do not permit leaping in the car or any chance of jostling the driver. Helping your dog get accustomed to the sensation of motion in short stages will help greatly in preventing car sickness.
3. Your dog should have on his collar, a license tag, and identification plate which gives his full name, address, and contact number of a trusted person in case your pet is lost. However, you should take precautions against his straying and keep him on a leash in strange areas. Never let him run loose without supervision, regardless of how well-behaved and well-trained he is. Do not leave him alone in a hotel or motel room, it is easy for a room attendant to open a door and accidentally let your dog out.
4. Your dog will feel more at home, while in strange places if you take along some familiar items like his favorite toy, his own grooming supplies, and feeding bowl. A small kit or suitcase for carrying these supplies is a great idea. A large plastic container is useful for carrying drinking water. He will also appreciate his own dog bed or blanket when you stay in a motel or hotel (and you can bet the proprietor will be grateful too).
5. Feeding while traveling doesn’t have to be a problem these days. Purchase soft-moist dog food, which is ideal for the traveling dog, since these foods do not require refrigeration and are easy to take along and serve. With his favorite food along, it will be easier for your dog to become used to the routine of traveling.
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Traveling with your puppy or dog can be a lot of fun. It’s a great way to bond with your pet while experiencing new places along the way. If your road trip is going to be a long one then you need to take a few extra steps to plan accordingly and ensure that you and your puppy get to your destination safe and happy.
Here are a few suggestions that can help:
1. The last thing you want to do is have to clean up the nasty mess of diarrhea inside your car. And your puppy or dog can easily give you this headache when you do not stick to his regular feeding times and with his normal food. It is very easy to feed your dog inconsistently when you are making a long trip by car. However, it will be best for both of you if you bring along bags of his normal food and only feed him at the same time you would at home.
2. Although it is obvious that you do not plan on ever losing sight of your dog during your travels, you should still make sure that his collar is secured tightly and that he has updated identification tags. If for some reason you’re making a temporary stay for more than a day at a location until you arrive at your final destination, add an additional identification tag that has the address and phone number of that temporary location.
3. When you make a pit stop along the way, always leash your dog before he gets out of the car and keep a tight grip on him. Because he is in unfamiliar territory and may scare easily, the instinct to dart and runoff may be strong. Keeping him tightly leashed will prevent this nightmare from happening.
4. Try to avoid traveling by car during weather periods of extreme heat and high levels of humidity. Dogs do not do well in this type of climate and if you must travel when it’s hot then be sure your vehicle is equipped with a dependable air-conditioning system.
5. Every time you stop for a break during the trip, make sure you give your dog a few moments to exercise. Take your dog for a short walk or run him around the block. This will help get his blood flowing so that he can relax better for the next few hours of the ride.
6. Last but not least, as much as it is common sense, do not keep your dog in your car with the doors locked and windows rolled up. This is just basic safety advice that every person should know already, but unfortunately, there are many accidents where dogs die from heat stroke while sitting in a car during boiling hot weather.
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You reach inside the dog food bag and … nothing. You’re already rushed and the kids are late for school, do your puppy pals go hungry or is there a solution?
Dogs can eat most people food without a problem even as a regular diet. If you’re out of dog food here are some suggestions.
Dogs need roughly 50% protein, 25% vegetable/fruits, and 25% grain, or starch, in their diet. Stick with these proportions and your dog should be just fine. Stay away from salt, high-fat foods, and processed foods, but that still leaves lots of choices.
Dogs love eggs, so scramble up two or three, break up a slice of bread and add a few carrots and breakfast is served. You don’t even have to cook the eggs if you’re short on time.
Cook up some quick oatmeal (not the prepackaged, single serving, kind that has too much sugar), add some vegetables from your dinner last night and the meat from a couple chicken legs.
Bake a potato in the microwave and roughly chop. When it’s cool add a can of tuna fish or a cup of cottage cheese, a handful of cooked string beans and dinner is ready.
How much you feed your dog depends on how big he is and how active. If you usually feed one standard size can of dog food per meal that’s about a cup and half. Dry dog food is a bit more calorie dense, so a cup of dry dog food would equal about a cup and a third of fresh food.
The protein can come from hamburger, beef, chicken, eggs, cottage cheese, turkey or fish. Stay away from cold cuts and deli meats. Even deli turkey, for example, has more salt than is good for your pooch. Cheese is high in protein but it’s also high in fat and salt. Save cheese as a special treat. Just about any fruit or vegetable is appropriate with the exception of grapes. Some experts say dogs shouldn’t have onions even if they’re cooked and others say they’re just fine. Grains and starch include rice, potatoes, yams, cracked wheat, wild rice, oatmeal, pasta, and in a pinch, bread.
If you plan on serving your dog’s leftovers make sure they’re human quality leftovers, not the grizzle and fat from a steak with gravy thrown on top. If you wouldn’t eat it your dog shouldn’t. There is one exception. Dogs don’t mind if everything is served in the same bowl from salad to entrée to dessert.
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Dog ownership comes with considerable responsibility, and the decision to introduce a dog—whether puppy or adult—into your home should not be taken lightly. Having a dog inevitably changes your lifestyle. The decision to bring a dog home can (and hopefully will) represent a 10 or 15-year commitment or more. Advancements in veterinary care and nutrition have resulted in longer life spans for most breeds of dogs.
Dogs require a time commitment from their owners. They are pack animals and do not like to be left alone for extended periods of time. You and your family members become your dog’s pack. The workaholic who leaves for the office at 6 AM and comes back at 10 PM is not the ideal dog owner. Frequent travelers have to make arrangements for boarding their dog when they are gone, which can be expensive. Even if suitable arrangements can be made, no dog wants to spend half its life in a boarding kennel—he wants to be with his pack.
Time must be spent training and socializing your dog so he can be a member of the community. Your dog must be under control when he meets people or dogs on a walk, or when guests come to your home. Successful training requires patience, consistency—and time. A poorly trained dog can be disruptive to a household. And a dog that is poorly socialized can be a hazard to children and other dogs he might encounter. In many cases, it is beneficial for the dog and owner to attend organized obedience training classes.
Dogs vary in the amount of maintenance they require, but most dogs need to have their coats brushed or groomed (in some cases like the Old English Sheepdog this may require several hours of grooming per week). They need their teeth brushed regularly. Most breeds need some kind of daily exercise; some need long walks or runs daily or twice daily to keep them contented. They need the stimulation of play as well, whether it is a simple game of fetching a ball or more formal activities such as entering agility training programs. Some breeds must have their ears cleaned regularly. And don’t forget baths!
The bottom line question is: Does your lifestyle allow you enough time to properly care for your dog, well beyond just feeding him or talking him for a quick walk around the block when you get home from work?
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Once you decide on bringing home a new canine friend, selecting the right puppy is a crucial decision that should be given a lot of thought and consideration by you and the entire household. The right puppy will make a terrific friend and companion throughout for many years to come, while the wrong puppy may end up being isolated in the backyard or worse, taken to a shelter home.
There is no such thing as the perfect puppy for everybody. There are, however, several hundreds of breeds to choose from. With a little research and self-evaluation, it is possible for any person to find the right puppy for him or herself.
One of the things you need to consider in determining the right breed is his personality as an adult dog. All puppies are energetic and active, but once he reaches adulthood, his level of activity should match with your personality and lifestyle.
If you are the type of person who likes to spend a lot of time indoors, on the couch, and in front of the television or reading a book, you need to pick a puppy that will also enjoy the same lifestyle.
On the other hand, if you have an active lifestyle and are looking for a dog that shares the same level of energy as you, consider getting a sporting breed. These dogs have an unlimited amount of energy and will be more than happy to go out with you hiking, jogging, or spending time playing with your kids.
Do not assume that a dog’s size directly reflects his activity levels. Most small and toy breeds are very active and enjoy a lot of running around, while large, giant breeds have moderate-to-low levels of activity and are more content laying on the sofa than running around outside.
However, when it comes to your living situation, size can be a big influence in deciding which type of dog to have. If you live on the ninth floor apartment complex and plan on paper training your dog instead of dragging him nine floors down for his potty break, you are better off with a small breed.
Small-to-medium size dogs are also preferred for households with small children. It is easy for big dogs to accidentally knock down a small child during playtime or with a swipe of his tail.
If you prefer a big breed, you also need to keep in mind that they generally shed more, eat more, and potentially cost more in medical expenses (medications are usually prescribed according to size and weight).
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As pet owners, we want to provide them with the best healthcare we possibly can. They can get sick or hurt, just like we do, and good healthcare insurance will cover much more than you may think, allowing better choices should those circumstances arise.
Our young Labrador required an expensive TPLO orthopedic procedure after severely injuring his knee. The cost was over $3000. Without insurance, we might not have been able to give our dog the necessary medical treatment.
Like medical insurance for people, there are different companies and many types of policies from which to choose. Read the following article about pet insurance and learn how it can be beneficial to you.
The best pet insurance offers coverage that’s broad enough for whatever care your pet needs — with high enough limits to cushion you in a worst-case scenario. We consulted with vets and pet care experts on what’s essential (and what’s simply a nice-to-have). Then we dug into the policy details, analyzed coverage, and put each provider’s customer service to the test.
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An important step towards a happy and long-lasting relationship with any puppy is the ability to meet your expectations and requirements for the puppyís personality and needs.
Whatever type of puppy you decided to pick, keep in mind that taking care of a young pup involves the same amount of commitment and time that a young child needs, and sometimes more.
Having both together under the same roof requires constant supervision to keep them from literally hurting each other. Keeping a close eye at all times prevents roughhousing, pulling, biting, and any potential injuries to occur.
Most trainers and breeders recommend that homes with toddlers should not get a toy breed because of the risk of the puppy getting squeezed, dropped, or stepped on by the young child. However, if you already have your heart set on a toy breed for your child to grow up with, pick one with a gentle disposition and an easy-going personality.
For most dog owners, a dog that barks when someone approaches the door is enough to give them a sense of security, just like having a living home alarm system. The bark of a small dog is just as effective in turning away an intruder as the bark of a large dog would be. Dachshunds and most toy breeds are excellent watchdogs. Terriers are also great for the job.
If you are looking for a dog that can protect you and has the physical appearance to prove it, think about getting a herding breed or a working breed. Dogs from these breeds are protective of their owners and have the looks that deter burglars. They are also highly skilled and easily trainable.
One of the reasons why dogs are such popular pets is because they are naturally social in nature, making them a great companion. Keeping this in mind, do not get one if you plan on keeping him out in the backyard all day long. This is especially true for puppies since they require more supervision, more interaction, and regular training to be a more socialized and civilized member of the family.
The average dog spends at least eight hours a day, five days a week, home alone. Some breeds are more adaptable to this kind of living situation. Most terriers, for example, find ways to entertain themselves given enough space for them to roam around. The same is true for Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes.
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