Is It Spoiling Your Dog to Carry Him?

Why dog owners shouldn’t always carry their dogs

There are a lot of ways to spoil your dog. You can give them treats, rub their bellies every night, give them a comfortable bed to sleep in, feed them a good diet and regularly brush them to keep their coats shiny and lustrous, and otherwise show them that you love them.

These are great ways to spoil your dog, but there are some things that you can do that aren’t going to have the positive effects your dog really needs. With news pictures of celebrities carrying their pups becoming a popular trend, the act of carrying your four-legged friend around has grown in popularity, and that’s not just for the smaller toy sizes. Even larger dogs are being lifted off their paws and carried when they don’t really need to be.

Carry to care

First of all, we must start with when it’s a good idea to carry your dog. After all, there was some point in your life when someone else carried you. As a dog owner, you must understand that it will be necessary to pick your dog up and help them in their time of need.

How about when they’re sick? Maybe when they’re injured? Of course these are situations in which you should carry your dog when they need the assistance. They can’t always get into the car or want to eagerly hop up on the veterinarian’s table, so they need a little help. As a loving dog owner, it is your role to ensure they are happy and healthy, just like a parent would for a child.

Then there are the many situations in which dangers lay under-paw. Parking lots can have numerous dangers, as can any sidewalk or walkway. Broken glass, hot cement, or even stickers can all pose a threat to paws. If you wouldn’t walk on it with bare feet, your dog shouldn’t have to put their paws to it. Rather than having to carry your dog, you should work to avoid these types of situations in the first place.

Consider high risk areas, such as public walkways where small dogs could get stepped on or have their paws smashed by sliding doors. It’s better to avoid these locations if your dog is not socially ready, but when you must, it is better to carry them than to chance them getting injured.

Then there are situations in which you need your dog to get out of danger quicker than it might take them to respond, or if they are enticed by the danger such as chasing a moving car or a pursuing a cat into a dangerous area.

Let your dog walk

But do not be mistaken, because it is very possible to spoil your dog by carrying them regularly. Dogs quickly pick up on habits, and if you regularly carry them, it is as though you are training them to rely on you to transport them. It may not be considered spoiling. Rather, it has become a habit that they let you carry them around everywhere. And you can be assured that if you constantly carry your dog around, they will expect you to do the walking for them.

Let your dog carry themselves when they can. If they’re getting into the car, let them get in themselves. If they want to walk, let them (squiggly worms in your arms may be a hint they want down). Don’t hold your dog back from being their own dog, or they’ll always want you to carry them around.

Most importantly, they need the exercise. If you constantly carry your dog, they aren’t exactly getting the exercise they really need. They aren’t as active. They’ll wait for you to come get them or expect you to do things for them that dogs should do on their own (I’ve seen older dogs that wouldn’t eat unless fed by hand).

You may be thinking about situations in which your dog doesn’t want to get into the car because they know where they’re going (groomers?), but you really shouldn’t force them or you’ll always have to force them. Instead, treat or entice them to want to get in and go.

In truth, it is completely possible to spoil your dog by carrying them everywhere. But that’s only if you do it all the time. There will be moments in which you need to pick them up and move them around to keep them safe. After all, it’s your job to make sure they stay safe and happy, and it is nice to spoil them a little bit every now and then.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember.  After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again.  Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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Our Inspirational Star

How dog owners make a difference

For us, when something goes wrong in our lives, we pray and hope for another chance or another opportunity to make a difference. We have friends and family we can run to for advise and then eventually we get the second chance that we need. However, it’s not that easy for our fury friends. But here’s an inspirational story about a dog that went through a lot of abuse until she was given a second chance when she was rescued. At first, they told her owners that she was unadoptable but thanks to the owners’ will to take her in, she had a second chance and went to a happy home. Her name was Starfish and here’s her inspirational story on how she fought for her life until her last breath.

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I’ve Inherited a Dog – Now What?

Old and new dog owners and your pet’s well-being

Life is fairly unpredictable, but our dogs have always been dependable, which is why we have them. But sometimes we just have to go with no questions asked while leaving friends, family, and even pets behind. And since everybody believes everybody could definitely use a friend, sometimes we find ourselves with an extra four-legged companion in our lives. The growing trend of leaving pets, especially dogs, has raised questions about what life changes happen when you’ve just inherited a dog.

So what now? You may be thinking about how you didn’t plan to have a dog and what makes things even more difficult is that you have little knowledge and opportunity to provide the proper home for a new companion.

Living in locations such as an apartment can definitely raise a lot of questions. You may have to suddenly arrange to pay a pet deposit or you may not even be able to have a dog in your apartment. These types of situations can really turn what was likely the best of intentions into a big problem.

The challenges

Aside from being able to provide a home in general, there is also the concern about the quality of your home and the changes that will likely take place now that you have a new companion in your life.

The first task is finding room for them or at least making room for them. Keep in mind that your new friend was already trained and has developed a unique pattern of habits they are accustomed to. Not every dog will behave identically or rely on the same schedule. If you are unfamiliar with how the dog acted in their previous home, you’ll want to limit their wandering territory and space until you get a feel for how they are going to act in the new environment.

If you are new to being a dog owner, you’ll need to understand the importance of feeding them and keeping up with similar health responsibilities such as who their vet is and medical information. It often helps to have a discussion with the vet as to the health and characteristics of the dog, especially if it’s likely that they know more about them than you.

Another topic covers the importance of understanding the costs of a pet. Food, medical bills, and the time needed to care for your dog will all change your life economically. You may have to compensate financially or rearrange your schedule to adjust to your new companion’s needs and demands for attention. Many non-expectant dog owners will likely have work related contradictions that make certain tasks such as feeding and letting them out to potty a difficult thing to manage. There are plenty of companies that appeal to the time-budgeted owner, some of which design self-replenishing dog food dispensers and others that dispense fresh water. There is also the concept of grass litter boxes which are inexpensive and easy to maintain. This type of solution is ideal for a new dog owner that is still adjusting to their new way of life.

Passing on your companion

So, what about those who plan on passing their dog to another when they themselves pass? You must always be ready to discuss inheritances like your dog with those that are willing to take on the task of watching over your faithful companion. You don’t want your dog to become a burden on someone who isn’t able to properly provide essential care or tend to the well-being of your pet. Take the time to talk to potential candidates before you make such a decision that may leave your dog and a future owner in an unwanted predicament.

You can also consider giving your dog to someone who is specifically searching for a dog. Sites such as Petfinder.com can help you find a quality future home for your pet in the case you can no longer take care of them. While it can be a little more difficult to plan out, it can provide your dog with a good home and an owner that desires the companionship instead of trying to leave your dog with an unwilling owner.

Handling an unexpected addition to your life just adds to the factors of unpredictability. It might be unexpected, but most often is not unwanted. It’s always a good idea to consult with others to ensure that you leave your faithful companion in the most caring hands. After all, you want your dog to be happy and bring that happiness to someone that wants to inherit such an invaluable friend.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember.  After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again.  Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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