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How to Make Your Garden More Dog Friendly

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dog friendly gardenHave you ever wondered how to make your garden more dog friendly? Chances are, if you have pets and you have a garden, you have experienced at least one incident where the two simply did not make a good combination. Sometimes your dog might decide to run through your garden, trampling or digging up everything that you have worked so hard to plant. At other times, you feel as though you are taking something away from your dog because a yard that is already cramped will have even less space for them to roam once you use a portion of it to grow a garden. The question is, how do you get the two of them to coexist peacefully without being frustrated every day or feeling like you are doing a disservice to your beloved pet?

Mow Your Lawn

You might be surprised at the simplicity of some of the answers. First and foremost, one of the best things that you can do is keep your yard mowed. More often than not, dogs far prefer to run through a well-groomed and manicured yard than they do a garden. You simply have to give them the opportunity to do it. By keeping your yard carefully mowed, you are essentially giving your best friend a place to run that allows them to feel like it is their own personal space. That gives you the opportunity to enjoy your garden without your dog trying to take over that space as well.

Set Boundaries

Of course, there are some other things that you can do to make your garden more dog friendly. You can always put up borders with fencing or even some natural stones. This serves as a signal to your dog that it is not their area. The point is, you want to have a yard that looks great and that is functional. By ensuring that you have enough space for both a garden and for your dog, you are doing exactly that. Furthermore, you already know how important it is that you keep your yard carefully manicured, especially if you have pets. That is the best way to avoid problems with ticks and other pests that you simply don’t want around your dog. It also gives you the opportunity to tend your garden with less effort. Keeping the rest of your yard in check means there isn’t as much of a chance that something will try to infiltrate your garden and take over.

Here’s a tip: If you want to be able to easily mow around the borders of your flower beds, purchase a zero turn mower. These types of mowers make maneuvering around fences a lot easier.

Conclusion

It is true that having a garden requires some time and effort, just like owning a pet. However, the rewards of both of these things far exceed any time or effort that you will have to sacrifice on your behalf in order to make them a reality. If you have always believed that it simply isn’t possible to have both a pet and a garden, give these tips a try. You just might be surprised how easy it is to have both. Who knows, once you figure out how easy it is to enjoy your pet and have a great garden, you might even decide that it is time to grow an even bigger one next year. Chances are, your best friend will be right there by your side while you are planting and cultivating it.

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Can pets taste the difference when using a water softener?

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Can pets taste the difference when using a water softenerA lot of people are under the impression that water is simply water, and that there isn’t all that much difference between the water that you drink in London and the water that you drink in New York City, for example.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

You see, the geological makeup of every specific area on the planet is going to have a tremendous impact on not only the composition and clarity of the water in a specific area, but it’s also going to have a tremendous impact on the overall taste and flavor of the water that you are drinking.

That’s because minerals are going to leach into the water (amongst other things), and certain municipalities may or may not have the filtration technology necessary to screen or eliminate all of that debris.

For the most part, you don’t have a lot to worry about when you are drinking, cooking with, or bathing in hard water. At the same time, the overwhelming majority of people prefer soft water – water that has been run through a water softener – and many of them prefer that their pets drink soft water as well.

Here is why!

Your pets are most definitely going to notice the difference (and so will you)!

Your pets are very much going to notice the difference between hard water and soft water, and to think that they would not is the height of lunacy.

After all, pets – especially dogs – have a much higher sense of smell, one of the biggest determining factors in how things taste. Because they are able to smell so much more and so much more intensely, they are going to be able to pick up on even the subtlest of flavor changes.

If you are able to pick up on flavor changes in hard and soft water (and you will be able to), so will day! In fact, they might even pick up on the changes long before you do, simply because their heightened sense of smell.

Water that has been softened is going to be cleaner and clearer

Pets are also going to notice that though hard water they have been drinking is a lot cloudier than the soft water is that they get to enjoy now.

Mineral deposits, debris, and other elements that a water softener is going to strip out of your water supply will leave behind a cloudy film (this is why dishes that have been cleaned with hard water don’t look all that clean after all). Your pets will notice – but it likely won’t matter to them all that much. After all, when they are thirsty, they’ll drink out of the toilet or a puddle in the road!

Water that has been softened is going to taste a lot better

At the end of the day, there are a lot of big benefits to install a water softener in your home for yourself – but there are just as many benefits to install a water softener in your home for your pets as well. This is a relatively inexpensive upgrade, and you’ll want to make the move to install a water softener ASAP.

Also read: Walking a Dog Using A Self Balancing Scooter – Is It A Good Idea?

Walking a Dog Using A Self Balancing Scooter – Is It A Good Idea?

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Walking a Dog Using A Self Balancing Scooter – Is It A Good Idea

Self Balancing Scooters have exploded in popularity over the past year. With videos of people using them for a wide range of activities, it was only a matter of time before people walking their dogs would become a thing. Let’s take a moment to consider this and whether or not walking a dog with a self balancing scooter is a good idea.

Conditions To Consider

1. Temperament Of The Dog

A self balancing scooter is a terrible idea if your dog as a bad temperament. A bad temperament is demonstrated through them straining on their leash and bolting after small animals that they may see. Both of these behaviors may knock you off your self balancing scooter and make it dangerous to ride. Before considering it, make sure your dog has the right temperament for walking.

2. Familiarity With A Self Balancing Scooter

How familiar are you with a self balancing scooter? The more familiar you are, the easier it will be to walk a dog while riding along. There is a learning curve when it comes to using self balancing scooters and having a familiarity with them first can be incredibly useful if you want to eventually use them to walk your dog with. Be sure to walk your dog in places with few other distractions at first. This will give you the opportunity to become comfortable with a dog on a leash as you navigate using your self balancing scooter.

3. Battery Life

For a self balancing scooter to be good for dog walking, the battery life has to be long enough to last the entire length of the walk. The self balancing scooter will require some way to charge it prior to walking to ensure that any walk ends with you reaching your flat before you run out of power. You should review the models of self balancing scooters available to see what model can most easily be recharged and have the length of time necessary to last for your entire trip.

The Self Balancing Scooter Is A Good Idea For The Following Reasons

1. Excellent Option For Those Who Cannot Walk

Some dog owners do not have the physical ability to walk their dog every day. Making it easier for them, the self balancing scooter helps to keep them mobile with their canine friend without having to worry about the distance covered. When charged every day before the walk, there will typically be enough power to get you through a walk without any worries.

 

2. Self Balancing Scooter Is Light Weight

The majority of self balancing scooters on the market are light weight. This makes them easily portable from your second story flat and makes carrying them while walking your dog easy. In addition, if you need to stop riding the self balancing scooter at any point during your walk, they are light weight enough to carry for the remainder of your walk.

3. Durable Tires Provide Plenty Of Friction

Tire friction and durability is key when walking a dog. A dog may suddenly pull, requiring your self balancing scooter to provide the friction necessary to keep you in place. Thankfully, self balancing scooters provide the necessary friction to keep you and your dog in place, even if your dog suddenly starts pulling. While it will not protect you against your dog pulling like crazy, the tire durability and friction is more than enough if your animal is well behaved.

Remember, after a long walk it is best to allow you pet to rest on a comfortably. What better way to do that than to invest in a good dog bed. See our tips on choosing one here!

Tips on Choosing a Good Dog Bed

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Tips on Choosing a Good Dog Bed

Even though new research shows that man’s best friend is descendant from the wildest of wolves in ancient times, there is absolutely no reason whatsoever to treat these very little family members as though we were still in the middle of the Stone Age – especially when it comes to where they sleep!

Now, the overwhelming majority of dog owners out there are going to welcome Fido right up into their bed when it’s time to go to sleep, but not everyone is going to be quite is willing to have a bed partner like this.  And even those that do may still wish to get their hands on a quality dog bed so that their dogs never have to know the aches and joint pain that can come from sleeping on a hard floor.

Finding the right dog bed is a bit of a challenge, however. It’s not like dog owners can just head to websites like http://www.choosemattress.com/ where they can find reviews on the best mattress in market when they are looking for dog beds. Because there are so many different options to pick and choose from finding the right one can be a nightmare – unless of course you know exactly what you should be looking for.

Hopefully this quick guide will shine a little bit of light on your options and point you in the right direction.

Shall we dive right in?

Let’s!

Comfort is king when you’re looking for a new dog bed

Obviously, you’re going to be looking to purchase a new dog bed for your furry little family member that’s going to allow them to be just as comfortable as possible when they are taking naps or laying down for the night.

However, a dog bed that is comfortable for one animal may not be all that comfortable for the rest there just like people, some dogs prefer a soft and squishy bed made out of memory foam where others prefer something a bit more “resilient” – like those made out of foamcore.

You might want to experiment with different fill types until you find one that your dog is really crazy about. Having said that, it’s really tough to go wrong with memory foam!

Durability is absolutely essential as well

Dogs have a funny little tendency of digging in their beds to “nest”, for chewing on their beds to calm themselves down, and for tugging and tearing on pretty much anything and everything they can get their mouths around.

This is why you’ll want to be certain that your dog bed is both comfortable and designed with durability in mind. High quality materials (including ripstop materials) are important, and top-notch construction is also essential. You don’t want to have to spend money on a high quality dog bed only to find out it isn’t going to last any longer than a week or two.

Maintenance and cleanup is also a big part of durability. Look for dog beds that have waterproof covers (to avoid any accidents) as well as covers that can be effortlessly zipped off and thrown right into the washing machine.

Keep these things in mind and you will be certain to get your hands on the best dog bed for your four-legged best friend!

Also read our post on Custom Dog Beds from Canines Natural!

Why Early Puppy Training Is Essential?

Posted in Puppy Power

If you have brought a new puppy home, you would have realized that it has one of the most unpredictable behaviours. Running around the house at will, destructive chewing, barking, soiling anywhere and everywhere are some of the behavioural problems that a new puppy owner experiences. Untrained puppies are always a problem and this lead to homeowners packing it off to shelters. Domestic dogs can be trained, and it would be a better idea if you would bring home a trained puppy. Many are unaware of this option that is the cause of all problems.

Dog owners that are aware of trained puppies at the most look for housetrained and with some basic manners. So prefer their puppies to understand sit, down, come here, roll over and potty habits. Housetrained puppies are easy to maintain, yet many owners do not choose this option. Kennel dogs need to be trained to adapt to the incoming housetrained dogs. This can make them more adoptable. Earlier kennel staffs were stressed cleaning the soils of the dogs, but now they realized that a trained dog can give them more time for other constructive work. These trained dogs eliminate at a particular time in a trained location.

Puppy owners have to be educated about training. The top agenda on puppy’s list is to prevent predictable behavioural problems. This should start from the very first day the puppy lands home. Many puppy owners fail to understand the urgency of preventing behavioural problems. The advice often comes from pet professionals or veterinarians or trainers. Community-based training programs can help owners to understand the immediate need for pet training. Video training and Q&A sessions can prove beneficial. The behaviour of a puppy is predictable for the initial three months.

It is always better to start training at a tender age. Simple things like where to eliminate, when to bark, how long to bark, what to chew, how to play in the open, etc. have to be taught. It is easy to refrain the puppy from bad habits through proper training. Delay can only make the process harder and at times can become an impossible task. The habits get imprinted in the brain easily while young. These habits are hard to break. It is best to start housetraining for a puppy as early as three weeks. It is also advised to allow them to housetrain naturally. A Little training can go a long way in ensuring peace of mind.

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Training Young Puppies To Socialize Before It Is Too Late

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Teaching good manners for puppy could be a fun experience, so why to delay, start now and benefit. Behavioural problems can be solved at any time. But it could be tormenting for the owners to live with a dog that is not trained. So start teaching them from the beginning. Puppies may have temperamental problems that need to be changed from the outset. Training adult dogs can be time-consuming and complicated. Problems related to shyness, aggression, fearfulness may take more time to be resolved in a one-year-old puppy when compared to two months old ones.

Dogs are raised to be enjoyed. Dogs also enjoy the company of their owners, children, and friends. Dogs that are friendly have a great time meeting new people and interacting with them. Pets that are scared have a miserable time outside. It is difficult to get them walk around the park or play during picnics. Their quality of life diminishes. Dogs have to confront people living in the world that is dominated by humans. Such dogs are put away or tied when visitors arrive. Shy or scared dogs are not taken out for a walk. Early socialization can help prevent such untoward behaviour and enhance the quality of the life of the dogs.

Dogs have to be trained before they turn three months, but many owners do not adhere to this and finally, lose the opportunity and are forced to live with untrained dogs. Puppies have to be exposed to a stranger and different environment before eight weeks. Puppies have to be handled, hugged and exposed to various interactions, especially with outsiders and children. This can make them sociable. Subliminal bites can be desensitized with neonatal handling. The puppies have to be socialized to avoid seclusion.

Both predictable and preventable behaviours of the puppy have to be contained before it is too late. When there is low socialization, it is not easy to change the brain functions. This can become a temperament problem leading to aggression and fear. As the puppy grows into adulthood, this can become a major problem. In the case of kennel bred puppies the chances of socializing is very low and by the time the critical eight weeks time is over. That is why breeders concentrate of socializing the puppies. But not most breeders do, and the buyers are left with no choice but to buy untrained litters. Now it is the responsibility of the pet owners to train the puppies to socialize.

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How Puppies Remind Of Toddlers?

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Dog lovers always related dogs to toddlers. The stages are similar, and the fun that comes with bringing up a puppy is amazing. The interaction challenges that puppies face is no different from toddlers. Just like toddlers make every task uphill so will the puppies give you tough challenges. For instance, while you talk them for a walk, they may refuse to budge, sit down, sniff, chase a flying paper or bark at strangers. The distractions are the same for both kids and puppies. They tend to get attracted to simple objects, and the goal gets diverted.

There is nothing wrong with these distractions, and it is common for a new puppy to behave in such manner. Just give them the time to understand the new world they have been adopted into. While taking them for walks do not fix a destination for walks. Allow them to walk as they please. Let them have fun, encourage them to explore and interact with strangers. This can give them a chance to learn new things and get to know adult human pace. Do not rush them through a walk as you have less time for yourself. Allow the furry angels to have fun, step in and out, grab, safe and be alive.

Puppies need enough sleep to be active. For this give them a quiet, dark and cosy location. Ensure there is no external stimulus. Similar to how toddlers get cranky when they want to sleep, similarly puppies also don’t settle down when they are devoid of sufficient rest. Again toddlers are keen on exploring new things. They climb, trip and fall and hurt themselves. There is a high possibility that your puppies also try these tricks and hurt themselves. Sometimes these tricks can be dangerous. There are instances where puppies have seriously injured themselves while trying to climb heights.

It is the tendency of toddlers to put things in their mouth. This is another risky habit. This condition is called oral fixation. It is just development stage. Teething is another major issue. Pups cannot resist chewing on things, and they start damaging furniture, shoes, doormats, etc. To prevent destructive chewing, it is important to buy them some chewable stuff so that they can satisfy their chewing instincts. Remove dangerous items from the vicinity of the puppy. Training the little ones on commands like drop and swap can be beneficial. This can avoid vet visits. Sometimes items have to be removed surgically, and it can be an ordeal for both the puppy and the owner.

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Essential Tips For Training Dogs

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Dogs are considered to be a loyal animal that plays a very important role in many people’s life. Training the puppy will be a very good idea to ensure the animal can be controlled easily. Some of the vital dog training tips are given below. It is necessary to choose the type of puppy very carefully. Each dog will have its uniqueness and character, so it is necessary to choose the right dog according to the interest of the owner. For example, some people might get the dog for security purposes whereas some others might get to avoid loneliness by making it their companion. It is necessary to know how to control the activities of the dog like digging, and the house training of the dog will be very handy for this purpose.

A very important activity that has to be tamed is barking. The owner should be able to make the dog bark on request and at the same time make it stop barking. For this purpose, instructions will be given. In order to train the puppy, the work has to be started from day one. Before buying the puppy, it will be a very good idea to evaluate it properly. Note its activities and the ability to respond to the various instructions. According to the age of the dog, the level of maturity of the dog will differ. It is necessary to check how the dog moves with the new people.

The dog should not get afraid of the new noises. Also, it should be used to the home environment. The dog should be aware of the basic manners, and only then it will be easy for the owner to handle it in a proper manner. Chew toy training is a must for the dog so do not sideline it. When it comes to the learning of bad and good habits, it will be possible in the initial days of the dog. These are the most valuable days when it comes to the training. The dog must learn bite inhabitation. The dog should be gentle with the people as well as other animals. Take the dog for a walk every day.

Dog Etiquette Tips to Consider

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Most of the pet lovers prefer to have dogs as their choice due to their cuteness and loyalty. Even though there are many options in the market, getting the trained dog will be a very good option to make. The dog will be useful for many purposes like security, avoiding the lonely time and so on. There are many categories of dogs from which the necessary one shall be chosen by the owner. Some of the dos and don’ts about the dog are listed here.

First is about the jumping of dog. It will be advisable to stop the dog from jumping on people as this has a lot of consequences. In case, the dog is heavy or big, then it might make the person fall and get hurt. This activity will make the person dirty. Apart from this, all there are possibilities of getting scratched by the dog’s nail that might require medical attention.

To avoid this, train the dog to be well mannered and welcome the people more politely rather than giving them a surprise jump. It is necessary to maintain the hygiene in the house as well as surroundings. So whenever the dog poops, it is necessary to pick it up and dispose it properly so that there are no issues. Especially, when the dog is taken for a walk, it is necessary to make sure the neighbour’s lawn is not made dirty by the dog. In case, any such thing happens, then do not hesitate to clean it up immediately.

The next important feature that has to be noted and controlled is the barking of dogs. The noise created by the dog is considered to be a hindrance by many neighbours. So it is the owner’s responsibility to control the dog, especially at the night times. Normally, the trained dogs will heed to the instructions provided by the master immediately. The person will be able to make the dog bark as well as stop it. Another idea that will be handy to solve this barking issue is using the bark collar. All the tips that are mentioned above are said to be very useful to make the dog favourite of many people.