We Love Being Dog Owners

Why we are dog lovers

Dogs are naturally inclined to support their companion. They care about you, even if they can’t say it. They always have time for you, though it has to be said that they may not want to take a bath when you want them to. But, for the most part, having a pet dog is possibly one of the best things that ever happened to its owner.

What is it about a dog that impacts our lives so splendidly? Sure, we love having a friend around that wants to do whatever we’re doing, but there are a few particular aspects that affect our lives in a healthy way.

Top 3 Reasons Why It’s Great to be a Dog Owner

1. Dogs make socialization easy

Who can resist patting a happy friendly dog? Dogs are an instant icebreaker. What kind of dog is that? What’s her name? We all have questions that spring to mind when we meet a dog owner walking their loveable dog. Any dog owner can testify to the fact that once you have a dog, it’s an instant conversation starter.

Some of the best places to meet other dog owners are at the park, through training classes, and even through online forums and discussions, posting a picture and your own story is a great way to start some conversation and talk about how great your pup is.

Not only is this good for you, but it is also great for your dog. Socializing and familiarizing with other people and pets helps your puppy to develop a friendly attitude that will likely turn them into an irresistibly loveable dog that wants to get out there and attract some attention for the both of you.

2. Dogs help you stay in shape

While dogs are a great way to socialize, they also have a positive effect on the body. Owners tend to maintain their health better than the average person. When we have a dog, we tend to go out for walks and enjoy a more active lifestyle. When we have a dog, we are naturally more inclined to live a healthy lifestyle.

They keep us motivated when we don’t feel like doing anything but watching a game or chatting with fellow dog owners online. While the average individual can stay at home today instead of going to the gym, we understand that it’s necessary to take our pup for a walk. Plus, it helps to reinforce this “encouragement to exercise” when they show up at the foot of the couch and drop the leash at your feet. It seems like it’s impossible to stay still when there’s a dog around because their main priority seems to include playing with you. Your dog just gives you the look that says, “Nope, it’s not time to sit down; we’ve got some walking to do and I’ve got to see what’s going on down the street.”

Additionally, studies have shown that young children exposed to pets tend to less likely develop allergies later in life. It seems a little strange, especially since most would regard dog fur and dander as instant allergy instigators. But during childhood, the introduction of pets can reduce the likelihood of developing allergies by one third and strengthen immune systems.

3. Dogs bring out positive feelings in people

While the body is important, it’s often that the inside matters even more. At times, we can feel a little depressed, perhaps because you caught the flu. Dogs instinctively seem to know that something isn’t right, and their special talents are needed.

Dogs are perfect for our heart and soul. They’re always there when we need them, and are loyal no matter what. When we’re feeling down, we can always depend on our dogs. They are always there to offer a few licks and hugs to make us feel better.

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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Pet Safety Around Electronics

Dog owners manage your wires and electronics properly

Electricity flows through our homes, powering appliances and machinery that help improve the quality of life. Radios, televisions, X-boxes, and even the trimmer or hair straighteners we plug into the wall make life simpler and more entertaining, but they can also be a danger to your dog.

What is it that makes electronics such a safety hazard for our four-legged companions? At the most basic level, dogs love to chew. Power cords are soft and malleable, and are perhaps the most dangerous of all. As such, there are a host of other situations to consider and prepare for. After all, you don’t want to learn when it’s too late.

Wires all around

Dangling wires can be very attractive to a dog (and especially for cats), and are potentially the most dangerous. The television, speakers, and even the cord to the vacuum cleaner all make for attractive chew toys. And whether or not they are plugged in, they can still be dangerous. The copper wires can become needles in your dog’s mouth and throat, so keep cords unavailable at all times.

Cover exposed cords. Run them under furniture whenever possible. In cases where open cords cross the floor, covering them with a rug can be a handy trick. What if they’re traveling along the wall? Try staples or tape to cover them and keep them securely out of reach.

Cords that remain exposed- such as those for power tools or equipment- can be wrapped in duct tape to make them tougher to chew on (plus it tastes bad too).

Something else to consider

The buzzing of electronics can also be attractive to a dog. Game consoles and wireless routers can be warm and stimulating for a dog, and in some cases they may not even chew on them but rather snuggle up with them. While this might not seem dangerous at first, it is always possible that they might block the cooling system or burn themselves through exposure.

There is always the possibility of a dog urinating on an electrical device as well. This makes a short circuit possible that may result in a fire or even electrocution. Keep these devices up high or out of your dog’s reach.

What about the television (or something similar) falling down? When considering the dangers of electronics, we seldom include the more obvious circumstance of a falling object. Unsecured devices can be knocked over or fall from high locations, especially if the power cord is dangling quite attractively. Take precautions in securing heavy electronics so they won’t become falling objects.

Then there is the classic situation of the missing remote control. We may lose it in the couch, put it in the freezer, or even forget it’s in your left pocket.  Sometimes, however, the culprit is your faithful companion.  You handle a controller regularly, and thus it smells like you and makes for a very attractive chew toy for any dog. Be sure that you have a home for your controller, such as a box or up on the entertainment center- just so long as it’s out of your dog’s sight and snout.

If you’re having trouble with your dog targeting electronics out of sheer fascination (smell and familiarity often associated with anxiety), you may have to begin limiting their space when unattended. Crates or door-gates can help keep a dog in safe areas when you’re gone. But, that doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t pursue old habits when you let them back out.

It can be difficult to train your dog to avoid electronic dangers, especially chewing habits. In these cases, certain deterrent or bittering sprays can make the item unattractive to them. But, the most effective method is proper training, since it will ensure that your dog responds to your commands- for their safety.

Additionally, when you’re done with a plug-in device, be sure to put it away. Trimmers, curling irons, and hair straighteners can all be dangerous since they are often left on the counter to cool or dry out. A tug on the cord could bring them down on top of your pup, injuring them. Unplug your items and put them in a safe out-of-reach spot (wrap up the cord) and allow them to cool.

It’s up to you as your dog’s owner and protector to ensure they are always safe. The average household is full of electronic devices, and in most cases dogs will leave them alone (unless they have their own Facebook page to update). Be sure your dog’s home is a safe place to be and you can be sure that everyone will be happy.

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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Choosing the Right Raw Hide Bone

Proper dog care by choosing the right raw hide bone for your dog

Dogs love to chew. When we’re lucky, they chew on their toys. There are times when furniture and even pillows become very attractive, but that’s a different story. For the most part, a bone is your dog’s favorite treat (aside from the love you give them) and they love to chew on them.

But, there are a few important things to consider when it comes to your dog’s choice chewing selections because not all rawhide bones are made equal. Some might be too tough, others may be too soft, and there are even those that can hurt your dog in certain situations.

Chewing selection

There are many different types of chewable treats, such as pig ears, chews that are made from pork, the hard-bone, and the classic rawhide. Now, it’s crucial that you understand the difference between rawhide and pigskins or ears. Rawhide is the section from inside cow’s hide and is cleaned and processed before your dog ever sets their teeth on it. Unlike pig skin, it is usually a tougher material and comes in a wider variety.

Granulated: The softest of the classic chew collection is the granulated rawhide. Though soft, it is not generally a good treat for puppies. It breaks easily and processes through the body much easier than most rawhide treats, but because it tends to clump, it can cause blockages in a puppy’s airway.

Stripped: There are also rawhide strips, often cut and twisted. These are comparably smaller but are easy to soften. Because of their small size, it’s not a good choice for large dogs or those that chew aggressively.

Hard-Compressed: You also have the compressed rawhide which is normally several layers of material pressed into a dense bone-styled structure. These are often very tough and generally good treats for larger dogs.

Classic: While the others seem to take rawhide to a different level, there is still the very dependable rawhide bone with knots on the ends. This is familiar and still widely used, making a dependable treat that dogs of all sizes can enjoy.

What’s right for my dog?

So, what should you look for in your dog’s chewing choice? It really depends on the size of your dog and how vigorous they are going to chew. Puppies generally chew very fiercely, mostly because they’re teething. But, some adult dogs tend to carry over that habit later in life, possibly because they are bored or anxious. Chewing is one way for them to calm down and relax.

You have to compare what types of rawhide would suit your dog’s needs. Puppies can lose their teeth when chewing, which is why rawhide comes in handy. But, if you go too hard or too soft, your puppy’s teeth can get stuck or chewed and ingested.

On the other spectrum, senior dogs tend to have more fragile teeth, which won’t grow back and can easily be infected if they crack or break. Avoid hard-formed bones. The preference would be the granulated bones which are soft enough to satisfy their chewing desires.

There is also a very big difference between your large and small dog, and it’s not just size. Be sure that you select rawhide bones that are big enough so that your dog can’t try to swallow them whole. A bone too big can also be uncomfortable for a smaller dog to chew. The material is generally thicker with the bigger sizes, no matter what type you choose, making it difficult for a Chihuahua to chew a bone made for forty pound dog. Most manufactures will post a size recommendation on their packaging so pay attention to what the directions say.

Caution when chewing

Because rawhide tends to get a little tattered and will eventually break up into smaller pieces, only let your dog chew when under supervision. You don’t necessarily have to be in the room, but it’s never recommended that you leave them unattended while they’re chewing because there is a choking risk.

Do keep in mind that rawhide is not a food source. Though it is a great way to keep teeth clean, it isn’t really considered a consumable item for your dog’s belly. When rawhide gets too soft, take it away and substitute with another. You can then let the hide bone dry out and harden. Then they’ll be able to start back over. Be sure to take smaller pieces away from your dog. Sure they may look at you like “what,” but it is for their safety because the smaller pieces can lead to choking and in some situations, block their intestines. Keep in mind that ingesting too much rawhide can also block your dog’s intestines. Only give this treat occasionally, especially if your dog tends to bite off large pieces.

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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