How to Choosing Toys for dogs

Most people may argue that it is not essential to buy toys for your pet especially a dog. This is because they’re resourceful and as such they can play with almost anything. However, keep in mind that anything could include your favorite leather couch, your shoes and at times your bed. So if you would like to keep your stuff intact and unshredded, it is safer to buy the pet some toys. However due to the many inventions in this field, it could also get a bit tricky but not if you have the right information before hand so here goes

Dogs that love to chew

The simplest way to get the most appropriate toys for dogs is to get something that it can relate to what it likes most. If your dog loves to chew, then rope toys and bone hard toys could be the best option. If the dog is an aggressive chewer some more durable toys like those made of rubber are an ideal buy. There are also a variety of other toys that you could buy depending on how much your dog loves chewing. For older dogs, buy smooth toys made out of latex or vinyl especially because of their sensitive teeth.

Chasers

So your dog chases after everything including its own tail that it never seems to catch? Well here are some toys for him too that are bound to keep it busy for ages. Toys that fly or bounce randomly are the best. These will give your dog some much needed exercise while at the same time ensuring that you don’t get tired. The fly disc is a particularly good buy in this category.

Carriers and cuddlers

Coincidentally, he doesn’t like to run around in a complete mayhem or sit in a corner and chew at the feet of your couch but he like bringing stuff to you in his mouth and loves cuddling. Well, worry not there are toys for that too. In this case you should choose toys that are soft and preferably made out of fleece or plush fabric. The best thing is that the more they play with these types of toys, the more they smell familiar to them allowing the dog to play with them over a long period. Furthermore, they double up as a good option when the dog is in the mood for some snuggling.

Does it like rewards?

Some dog breeds would do just about anything as long as you will reward it so how about some toys that can keep it occupied and off your leg and dragging at the sleeves of your trousers when you need to get some work done. Interactive toys like balls or a variety of other hollow shaped toys are great. You can feel these with treats from where the dog can go fishing for the treats. Just as you would love to see your child engaged in some constructive activity and having fun, this is the same experience and feeling that you will have watching your dog having some fun.

Dangerous Food for Dogs

There is a common perception that dogs can eat anything. However medical research shows that though they are suitable for humans and other animals, certain foods should never be given to dogs.
We all love collecting our left overs and passing them on to our pets a beverage of water or any readily available drink. Most of these left overs are bones which we chewed on and couldn’t get the last scrap off. Dogs like humans need a nutrionally balanced diet and this is lacking in left overs. It is therefore advocated that these scraps should form no more than 10% of a dog’s diet. Fat trimmings both cooked and uncooked cause pancreatis in dogs. The bones may splinter in the dos intestines causing cuts or even obstructing them.

Fruits like grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs with the result of depression and lethargy. Avocados contain persin a substance that is toxic to dogs. This toxin is found in the leaves, fruit, bark and seed and it is therefore important to keep dogs away from avocado trees. Other fruits include peaches, plums and persimmons. Persimmons have seeds that inflame the dog’s intestines. This causes blockage in the intestine. Plums and peaches cause cyanide a chemical dangerous both to humans and animals.

Onions and garlic are particularly harmful in all forms whether cooked, raw or preserved. These cause anaemia because they destroy the dog’s red blood cells.
Beverages and drinks such as alcohol, milk, coffee, tea or any caffeinated drinks are fatal to dogs. The same effect that alcohol has on a human’s liver is found in dogs with lesser amounts affecting them. Milk and any milk derived product are not lethal but they do cause diarrhoea and upsets the dog’s digestive system. Caffeinated products like tea, coffee, energy drinks e.g. Red Bull and some human medication cause death when taken in large quantities.

Salt in excess can lead to sodium poisoning that may result in death.
These are just a few of the foods dogs should not eat or eat in moderation. If you are not sure what your pet may not eat, check with your veterinarian.

Macadamia nuts and chocolate cause dogs to fall in and may result in death depending on the quantity taken. As few as six nuts can lead to death from raised body temperature and increase heart beat..
Raw eggs, meat and fish are also not good for dogs because in their raw form they may be contaminated by bacteria like salmonella and E.Coli. These can be fatal to dogs. In addition some fish have parasites which are fatal within weeks should the dog not get treatment.

Dogs eating chocolate

It is common to many people to think that since they love their pets so much, the pets love everything they like. This could be true for a variety of stuff but not everything. Chocolate for example is a favorite to many pet owners. However, this is a highly toxic product to your pet and not only your dog but also your cat. Chocolate contains a chemical known as theobromine which is good to humans but it is highly toxic to dogs in any amounts.
As much as some dogs can stomach a bit of these chemicals, it is not good to bet on hope. Once the dogs eating chocolate escapade has been realized, it is better to get it medical attention as soon as possible. The question is what kind of first aid could you offer your lovable bundle of fur? The first and highly advised step would try to induce vomiting to get rid of the chocolate. To do this, give the dog some hydrogen peroxide then walk him around and let him go to the grass. This is because naturally, dogs will eat grass if they have something problematic in their stomach to help them vomit up.

Of the dog has not vomited in the next 30 minutes, you can administer another teaspoonful of hydrogen peroxide and wait for another 30 minutes. Another option that could help your dog to vomit would be to get the dog to eat or drink something that it really loves. This will help to dilute the chocolate and hence cut its severity. Boiled milk would be a particularly good option in this case.

However, if the pet does not vomit after the second dose, do not give it more. Hydrogen peroxide in large amounts can be harmful to your dog so it’s better not to give it anymore. Unfortunately, there is nothing more that you can do and the next best step would be to take it to the vet. In the event that you can’t afford the normal veterinary fees, you can look up some charity veterinary organizations like PDSA. Getting one in your area would save you the trouble of having to travel. Alternatively, you can look for a vet that is cheaper in your area or one that you can actually afford. Remember that you don’t have too much time so don’t be too selective.

If you live through this ordeal, you have to ensure that you lock all the chocolate safely in a cabinet that your pets can’t reach. In the event that you notice the pet likes chocolate, you can buy some specialized chocolate for the dog. This is safe and utterly a good treat for the dog.
Why is chocolate dangerous to your dog?

Dogs eating grass

Is there really dogs eating grass? Perhaps goats or cows in the fields or forest but not a household canine pet like your precious dogs? This is often the question I hear from some dog owners but the fact is, you are not the only one. Many of us are thinking why our beloved pets eat those when they do not have the capacity to digest it, let alone break it to fibers so the chance of getting nutritional value from it is very minimal so why then do they eat it?
Well if you are a doting dog lover who frantically observe every move of your pet, perhaps at one point in the past, you may have noticed your pet friend do this odd behavior of eating grass like those grass eating animals in the jungle and oftentimes you also wondered why?
While experts have given no exact answer to this peculiar behavior, the most common and acceptable explanation is that maybe, dogs like humans are trying to heal themselves by eating those grass. Let’s face it, dogs like man are also experiencing some abnormalities with their digestive system once in while. Upset stomach and bloating does not only happen to us but also to dogs who may be more prone to these kinds of stomach illnesses because they usually sniff around and lick things all over.

Theories said that by eating grass it helps the dog vomit which makes them feel better which is usually the case with us man too. We feel better after vomiting when something is wrong with our stomach. According to Science, the grass causes an irritation in the gastric system that leads to vomiting and dogs that feel ill are most likely to do so.

Another thing is that dogs are dog and may simply eat grass because they want to. They may develop this impulsive behavior of chewing on what they want as in this case, grass. You may have noticed your dog trying to look for a certain or specific grass and when it has found the right one, it will just stop and nibble the plant.
Why Dogs Eat Grass?

In this condition, diet may play a big part. A dog maybe extremely hungry or maybe looking for more fiber than those prepared food that is why it looks for grass as supplement to their usual diet. This habit may have evolved from their ancestral dogs where to survive, a dog must possess some hunting skills in the past. But there is nothing to worry about this peculiar behavior of your dog, so long as the plant eaten is free of toxins.

How to Use Dog Clippers at Home

Having a pet dog is like having an energetic friend. Your house will be overloaded with energy and joy. You will find yourself surrounded by positivity and optimism. But life is not just about receiving; it is also about giving back. Having a pet dog means more responsibilities in your life as there are many things you need to take care of: feeding, cleaning, grooming, etc, in which grooming is one of the most essentials as it helps to maintain your dog’s look and overall health.

 

Of course there is a great variety of professional grooming services, but regular grooming sessions cost a fortune to some dog owners. Hence, a more preferable option has been DIY grooming and clipping. In the world of DIY grooming, there are so many things that you, as a dog owner, need to know. Clipping is a huge part of grooming, so in case you have no clue where to begin, let’s start with clipping.

how to use dog clipper

First thing first: getting a dog clipper

 

Clipping your dog requires an appropriate dog clipper. Any human clipper will not work on your dog, not to mention that there are even many different kinds of dog clippers. Many criteria can be used to evaluate various clipper options, but the main point is to get one that suits best for your dog’s type of fur, and is affordable for you. When you feel overwhelmed by too many options in the market, just keep in mind that your dog likes quiet clippers, and that you should choose the correct blade according to the thickness of your dog’s fur. Purchasing a dog clipper should not be a difficult task because there is always assistance available for you from the stores’ staff or other experienced dog owners.

Once you get your dog clipper, let’s move on to how to use it properly.

 

Before clipping: Know and control your clipper.

 

In order to avoid any preventable injuries and damages, make sure that you understand how to fully control your clipper. You should get used to the new tool before trying it on your dog. For example, it is crucial to know well where the on and off buttons are, and how to switch between the speed modes. Different body parts of your dog have different layers of fur that need various speeds to thoroughly be trimmed. One speed only may not work for all types of fur, and therefore during clipping, you may need to change the speed more than just once. A good control over the clipper will make clipping run more smoothly, as you do not have to pay too much attention to the buttons. Instead, your attention will be fully on your dog.

 

A dog clipper is definitely not a complicated tool, so it is simple to control and understand how it works. However, it may take some time to get used to it. Reading the product’s manual is one way that you can know more about the clipper’s functionality and design. After having a brief understanding, you can try holding the clipper in both “on” and “off” mode so as to determine the best position that you feel most comfortable with. During clipping, the clipper may generate some heat as the motor is running, so you need to be careful and watch for the right place to hold the clipper, so that you would not hurt yourself.  A few tries will probably be enough to get the feel of the clipper.

 

Choose the right blade and go in the right direction

 

Choosing the right blade is critical to both your dog and your clipper. Remember that each type of fur requires a different speed? Same concept applies to the blades. Depending on your dog’s type of coat, you need to choose a blade accordingly, so that clipping is efficient and painless. For thicker coat, a wider-teeth blade is highly recommended because your fur would not get stuck among the teeth. A fine-teeth blade, on the other hand, is used to give a nice and smooth finish touch to the coat, so it can be used at the end. This type of blade can also be used on soft areas such as feet or face. Without a proper blade, clipping your dog will be extremely difficult as the fur will not be trimmed the way you want it to be. Additionally, using the improper blade means that you are forcing the clipper to function beyond its limits, so your clipper will be damaged after just few uses. Therefore, in order to keep both your dog and your clipper in a good shape, be considerate when choosing the blade.

 

Next, let’s talk a little bit about techniques. While using the clipper, you should move the clipper slowly, because if you move it too fast, it will leave uneven lines. These lines will not hurt your four-legged friend, but they affect his appearance. Moreover, it is recommended that you clip along the hair growth, instead of clipping against it. This helps to prevent harsh lines, and gives your dog a natural-looking coat.

 

Choosing a proper blade and go in the right direction can be confusing at first as you have no clue on how to do it correctly. One suggestion is that you can bring your dog to a professional service, and observe them. Through your observation, you will be able to learn some of the moves and tips to clip your dog yourself. A professional is able to give you some good advices on the techniques that you can try at home.

The actual attention is on your dog.

 

Although there are so many details on dog clippers that you need to care about, the actual attention and care is on your dog. Regardless of your technique and tool, your dog must be cooperative and stay calm during the sessions. With all the following tips, you can figure out at least some core principles and use them to train your dog.