In an interview with Martha Stewart, Hyunmin Kim, DVM, veterinary staff manager for the ASPCA Community Medicine Department stated, "The pads on the bottom of your pup’s feet provide extra cushioning to help protect bones and joints from shock, provide insulation against extreme weather, aid walking on rough ground, and protect tissue deep within the paw." However, your canine might need shoes for added protection. You’ll need to consider the location where your dog will be walking and the weather.
Training Your Dog with Treats: Your Pet’s Paycheck
Some pet owners worry that training with treats is a form of bribery and not actual ‘training’ However, treats are a way that you pay your pooch. The treat is not a bribe. Instead, it is a way to make your four-legged buddy eager to work. The bite-sized training treats also prevent boredom and help keep your doggy more focused on the training exercise. It is a win/win situation for everyone involved.
Making the Difference in the Lives of Dogs
We want our items to make a difference in the lives of dogs, so we regularly donate our products to different NPO canine organizations. Our loyal customers are also helping by making purchases because everything that you buy from us helps us reach out further with our donations and assist even more pets in need.
Catch a Snowball
Even a dog enjoys playing with snowballs. Why not play fetch with a snowball. See if Fido can catch the snowball. It will probably break apart in his powerful jaws but that’s half the fun. You’ll be amazed at how many dogs seriously love this game. Most will continue to beg you to throw the balls of snow and they will continue to catch them even if they do crumble every time!
You know your dog. You live with him every day so pay close attention to his behavior when you are walking him in the cold. You probably donned a pair of snow boots and a full winter parka to stay warm, but Fido has only the fur on his back. You should never leave your pet unattended outside when it’s snowing. This is especially true for small dogs or canines with short hair. Is your dog whining or shivering? Is he begging to go back inside and does not want to go for a walk? These are signs that your dog is cold.
Within 24 to 36 hours after feeding on your pet a female flea will start to lay eggs. She can easily lay 10,000 eggs in 30 days. The eggs are laid everywhere. Outdoors and indoors. When the eggs hatch, the flea larvae create a cocoon that they stay within for up to 30 weeks before emerging as an adult. The fleas might not hatch during the cold weather, but they will eventually emerge.
Use Dog-Safe Xmas Ornaments
If you can’t keep your dog away from the Xmas tree then try to focus on using only dog safe ornaments. Avoid anything made of glass or that features metal hooks. Plush ornaments are a great option. You can hang them with loops of twine instead of metal hooks.
Never use the following on a Christmas tree that your dog can reach:
- Metal hooks
- Salt dough ornaments
- Popcorn strings
- ‘Candy canes made from xylitol
- Glass holiday lights
If your dog has never met a visitor then take the time to make introductions. Let your furry buddy know that your guest is a friend and should be welcomed into the home. Dogs watch their owners closely for clues about visitors to determine if they are friend or foe. Presenting a guest in a positive way will go a long ways towards reassuring your dog and keeping the peace in the house.
The table is set, and Fido is probably drooling in anticipation. He is hoping that you or the holiday guests will snake him a few bites from the table. Yes, he looks cute and sweet begging, but it is imperative that you refrain from giving your canine ‘people’ food which can easily upset his stomach. In fact, there are a great many holiday food dangers for your dog.
Yes, mistletoe and holly look fantastic, but both are dangerous if your dog ingests them. Your pet can experience nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Mistletoe can also lead to cardiovascular problems if ingested. Lilies might look fantastic as a centerpiece on the holiday table, but they are dangerous if ingested - with cats they can even cause rapid kidney failure.
Say ‘No’ to Tinsel
Silver tinsel might look amazing on a holiday tree, but your dog will slurp it down like spaghetti. It can quickly obstruct the digestive tract which could require surgery to remove. Ideally, you should abstain from using tinsel on the holiday tree.
With tables loaded with delicious holiday foods, your dog might start to stress because the treats are enticing. Even the most obedient dog might be tempted to grab a tasty morsel from the off-limits counter or table. Ideally, you should not leave edible items within your dog’s reach. If you want to give Fido a treat then pick a healthy choice.
Also, remember that your dog has an amazing sense of smell so if there are wrapped chocolates or other food items under the tree then your pooch can easily sniff out the yummy morsels even with double layers of holiday wrapping paper. Place any food gifts out of reach so your dog is not tempted to tear into the packages.
Not all dogs are suited to cold winter weather. Northern breeds like Siberian huskies and malamutes have been bred for generations to withstand cold Arctic weather. They easily tolerate the weather when the mercury starts to dip. However, other dogs like bulldogs, chihuahuas, and boxers will suffer horribly in even moderately chilly conditions. You’ll need to consider your dog’s breed when thinking about whether he can tolerate cold weather. Even a dog breed that boasts ample fur must still adjust to extreme weather changes. It can take two weeks to two months for a healthy dog to successfully acclimatize.
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