How to Choose the Right Dog Bed

Dogs are very active animals who love nothing more than running around, exploring, and playing, however, they still need a good old lie down and a safe place to rest their weary heads. Therefore, it is very important to know how to choose the right dog bed.

Dogs come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and so do Dog beds. It can be very confusing as the choice of materials, colours, shapes and sizes is incredible. You must therefore take into account many important factors. It’s also important to consider any health issues your loved one has, your Dog’s age, and your Dog’s personality.

Don’t forget to take into account any issues or needs you have. For instance, what is your price range? Will it match the furniture?

What Size Bed Should I Get?

This is very important, not only for your pocket, but most importantly for your Dog. Is your Dog fully grown?, if not, you will need to take into account how big he is going to get. You do not want to buy a small bed, and further on down the line, end up paying for a larger one because you misjudged his size.

If your Dog likes curling up to sleep, he may prefer a small bed with sides to curl up next to. However, what if he wants to stretch out?

It is therefore a great idea to take some time to watch your Dog sleeping. Take into account his way of sleeping, curling up, stretching out or a bit of both. Does he get hot or cold during the night? If he gets hot, then maybe he needs a larger bed so he can regulate his temperature.

Measure your Dog whilst he sleeps. If you measure from his nose to tail and then add another 20 – 30 Cms that will give you a good idea of space needed. Don’t forget if he’s a puppy you can buy a lot larger bed and fill it with blankets and toys until he grows into it.

What Type of Bed Should I get?

Dog beds come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Some are waterproof, some are washable and some are not. There are those that can have their covers removed to wash or you can put the whole bed in the washing machine.

The best bed is one that is made from comfortable materials and easily washable. It must be easy to wash as you do not want to keep putting off washing the bed because it is a hassle. Remember, hygiene is of the utmost importance.

Take into account what environment your Dog will be in. If you are outdoors a lot then a waterproof bed is ideal to prevent damp getting to your loved one. Also, if it is outdoors it is likely to need to be more robust then one that sits on your bedroom floor.

Is it very drafty where you live ? If so, then a bed with sides is ideal as it well help keep your Dog warm and protect him from drafts.

Does your Dog have Special Needs?

When buying a new bed, you really must take into account whether your Dog has any health issues or special needs. Even if he hasn’t, you must take into consideration his age and the likeliness he likely to become less mobile.

Has he got arthritis? If so, you can purchase an Orthopaedic bed that help those with sore joints and arthritis. These are normally made from high-density foam that conforms to your Dog’s shape and offer support and comfort to ease his aches and pains. Remember to make sure you have a good cover on the bed as memory foam does tend to hold on to odour.

Is your dog old and incontinent? If so, a waterproof bed is a must. If not, you must ensure the bed you have has a waterproof cover.

If your Dog has sensitive skin or is prone to rashes etc you can even buy a Hypoallergenic bed. You can also get Hypoallergenic covers that you can stuff yourself with different materials to see which is the best for your Dog.

Where is the Best Place to put your Dog’s Bed?

The best place for your Dog is somewhere warm and draft free and away from the daily hustle and bustle. Your Dog is not that different from yourself, he will want to feel safe and secure and be able to have a quality forty winks.

You can also have more than one bed. For instance, you can place one where he can relax in and around the family and another where he can relax and go to sleep properly. I have friends who have trained their dogs to sleep on their beds in the kitchen near the boiler where it is nice and warm. They never go upstairs but that is the way they have been trained. Personally, we have beds for our two next to my wife’s grooming parlour so they can be near her all day. They then have heir own in the bedroom for when they want some quality time.

Conclusion

When you go online and see the array of beds available it can be a very confusing time. Just take into consideration everything I have mentioned and you won’t go wrong. Remember the most important thing, your loved one needs and enjoys sleep like the rest of us. Try to make sure whatever you buy will fulfill his needs.

Please see below my top five choices from Amazon.co.uk

Also check out the deals on Amazon.com. depending on where you live you can often get better deals with postage to the UK. If you are in the US then even better.

Any questions or tips please just drop me a line below.

David

Basics of Dog Grooming – A Great Looking Dog is a Happy Dog

How Well Is Your Dog Groomed?

 

The reason one should groom his/her Dog is simple – your dog’s physical state influences the way he feels and the way you look at your dog. Extreme cases, where lack of proper care, cleaning and grooming can directly affect the behavior of your Dog, are not rare.

Proper grooming not only infuses a healthy glow to your dog’s appearance, but also helps develop his self-esteem; while it makes you a very proud parent, when you show off your Dog to others.

 

 

The first step involved in dog grooming is: Brushing!

Brushing has been universally acknowledged by expert dog groomers as the single most important step in grooming.

The benefits of brushing are many. To name a few:

  • Better blood circulation
  • Shinier and healthier coat
  • Better bonding

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Even if you know how crucial brushing is for your Dog’s health and well-being, we all know that there is a right way and a wrong way of doing anything. And without doubt, you would like to do everything the RIGHT way when it comes to your Dog.

Yes, there’s a method to follow while brushing your Dog.

Here are FIVE steps to successfully brushing your Dog that will prove to be extremely useful:

  • Brush against the growth of the hair first with a slicker brush and then with a medium or wide-toothed comb.
  • The slicker brush removes all the loose hair and the comb takes care of the tangles.
  • Brush your Dog along the hair growth and make sure you reach the skin as you brush his way
  • If your Dog’s paw pads are hairy, then clip them using electric clippers. Do not clip the hair in between the pads. Clip only the excess hair.

Brush your Dog’s hairs to prevent it from matting. Matting can be a very painful experience.

Regular brushing untangles the matted hairs on your Dog’s coat. Since this is a risky job to do, the best way out is to prevent them from forming in the first place. And doing this is simple: just brush and comb your Dog regularly. If and when you see any mats or tangles, use a detangle solution and a medium-toothed comb.

Don’t wait until your Dog is dirty or matted to introduce him to grooming. That would make him associate the experience with unpleasantness. Moreover, many dogs learn to see their routine brushing as an alternate form of petting, i.e. another source of affection and attention.

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Conclusion

Basic Dog Grooming skills are a must. My wife is a Dog Groomer and she advises everyone of the basic skills needed.

It is also worthwhile taking your loved one for a proper grooming every so often, just like we do when we go to a hairdresser. A good groomer will check your Dog for fleas, clean their teeth, check their ears and clip their claws if necessary.

If you have any feedback please drop me a line.

David

How to Toilet Train your Dog – Basic Easy to Follow Principles

Is Your Dog Toilet Trained Enough?

House Training a puppy or adult Dog is such an essential issue for its owner that even a single exclusive tip turns out to be extremely helpful.

The first step in how to toilet train your Dog is making your Dog fit for company. Basically you need to potty train him. Some see this training as a hassle and some as a challenge.

For me, it is part of bringing up a pet.

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There are a few things you need to know before you actually start potty training a puppy or adult Dog.

  • You need to understand your dog’s body language. Watch for signs that will indicate to you when your pet wants to go to the toilet.
  • If you own puppies, remember that they need to go potty at fairly frequent intervals – as soon as they wake up, after short naps, after play-time, after meals, and finally, before going to bed.
  • Take your Dog for walks at the time that he usually does his potty. Take him out to the garden, or wherever you can take him, and then to the same place there every time he needs to answer nature’s call.
  • Praise your Dog after he goes to the toilet at the right place. Some Dog owners even give treats to their dogs. But remember to do this every time he does it right. He will relate the rewards to his having “done it right” and zero in on the spot where you want him to defecate regularly.
  • With time, you can try signal training. This is so that you know when your doggie wants to go. You can hang a bell at his level near the door and teach him to push it with his nose or pat it with his paw on his way out. I think my Nelly would use a bell just to keep us awake at night ha ha.
  • Until your Dog has been fully potty trained keep him under strict vigilance. Do not let him roam around the house freely.
  • Use a crate. A crate-trained Dog is usually very happy to get his own den. The advantage of crating is that dogs do not soil the place where they sleep. So, he will naturally not go to the toilet inside the crate.
  • If you have a small dog and if you live in a block of flats or in a place that does not have a garden, you can try litter tray training. What you do is create a space for your pet to go to the toilet in your house itself.
  • Use positive reinforcements while housebreaking puppies or adult dogs. Do not scold or hit him as you will gain nothing by doing that. He will only associate punishment with your return from outside. If you catch him in the act, a stern ‘NO’ or ‘FREEZE’ will do. It will startle the Dog enough for him to stop pooping.
  • Be prepared to return to a soiled home if you are keeping your Dog home alone for more than 4 hours as separation anxiety is quite common among home – alone dogs.
  • Accidents will happen. It is unusual for a trained adult Dog to work against its house training. But medical problems or health disorders may lead to sudden accidents.
  • Many dogs mark their territory. These can be a leg of a table or a particular wall. Intact male and female dogs mark their territories by urinating. Use deodorizers to spray on the places where your Dog has marked.
  • If you are patient and are ready to accept that house training a dog takes time, even months sometimes, you will end up having a good housetrained Dog.

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Now we will move on to how to potty train puppies and adult dogs.

Potty Training A Puppy:

Irrespective of breeds, housetraining a puppy is considered to be one of the biggest challenges by dog owners. If you think housetraining your puppy simply involves a steady supply of old newspapers, then think again.

A puppy does not develop full control over his bladder until it is over 4 or 5 months old. Since they are growing and developing rapidly at this time, puppies eat more, burn more calories and need to toilet more frequently than an adult Dog.

After each nap, meal, drink or play, take your puppy to his designated area (indoors or outdoors, wherever you have decided) and stay there until it eliminates. Then bring him to his crate.

Repeat this situation everyday until he has developed a habit out of it.

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Potty Training An Adult Dog:

The best way to housetrain an adult Dog is to begin all over again.

Observe him very closely. Maybe even maintain a diary of where he goes and when. Whether he is pooping when you are home or only when you are outside; whether you can time yourself to be home when he feels the need to go outside.

You can try dog crates, but be careful to introduce him gradually to them.

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Remember, commitment, consistency and intelligent use of positive reinforcement will make you the owner of a perfectly housetrained Dog. Don’t expect miracles. You will only be disappointed.

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Conclusion

From day one of owning your new best friend you must start to train him or her in basic toilet skills. If you ignore this, the more time that goes by, the harder it will be for you to train him.

As usual, if you have any comments or questions please don’t hesitate to drop me a line.

Review of Simply Natural Extendable Dog Lead – Great Quality and Customer Support

Review of Simply Natural Extendable Dog Lead – Great Quality and Customer Support

If you are looking for a great all round extendable dog lead then you can’t go wrong with the Simply Natural 3 Metre Retractable Dog lead. This review if for the 3-Metre extension version for dogs up to 15 Kgs.

There are many manufacturers of extendable dog leads. Some are a lot better than others. I personally wouldn’t go for a cheap one as you have to remember these have working parts and with a lot of use can wear out quickly. You also want good customer support if anything goes wrong. You want one that is well-made, good quality and value for money.

I believe this lead has all the above characteristics, along with the added great customer support.

Product: Simply Natural Dog Leash 3 Metre Retractable Dog Lead Extendable for Dogs up to 15 Kg with 1 Touch Lock and Release

Price: £13.87

 

Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.co.uk

 

Weight: 99.8 g (Shipping weight 240 g)                           

 

Dimensions: 19.6 x 11.2 x 4.4 cm

 

Special Features: Easy to use, Retractable and Durable

 

My rating: 10 out of 10

 

Simply Natural 3 Metre Extendable Dog Lead Overview

The company are so pleased with their product they are offering a 100% 30 Day Money Back Guarantee. If you are not happy, simply send it back and you will get a full refund no questions asked.

The product has been improved over the years and now incorporates a no snag retraction. The ergonomic design is manufactured so that you can use it for longer periods without any discomfort and the one touch hold and lock button makes it easy to use.

Main Features:

  • Premium materials used in the manufacture process
  • Safety Inspected design and Eco friendly so tested cruelty-free with your pet in mind
  • Reinforced nylon polycord to give strength and peace of mind

The lead is easy to use with an ergonomic design. Can be used on any dog up to 15 Kgs without any worry. Please read my article on choosing the correct lead.

The multi function button lets you control everything with a flick of your thumb.

  • Hold: Keep your thumb on the button and release at will
  • Lock: Flip the side to lock lead in place at your desired length

The improved nylon polycord is the key to their no-snag design. It gives you lightning-fast retraction and zero binding. Also, the handle has been redesigned and lightened to make use more comfortable.

Conclusion

A great popular product made of quality materials. The company has an excellent reputation with great customer support. Having a lead you can rely on will make walking your loved one even more enjoyable.

If you have any comments or feedback please feel free to drop me a line.

David

 

 

Training Your Dog to Listen to You

 

Training Your Dog to Listen to You

Why Won’t My Dog Listen To Me?

This is a question that many friends have asked me. Also, I have been stopped in the street by Dog owners Who have also asked this question. However, before I attempt to answer your question, let me ask you a few instead:

  • Do you use collars, head halters or clickers to make your Dog listen to your commands?
  • Do you have to raise your voice every time you want your Dog to listen to you?
  • Does your Dog always come or sit on command – anytime and anywhere you want him to?

If your answers are mostly in the negative, its time you seriously reconsider your role as a sincere Dog trainer and an ideal pet parent.

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Get Your Dog To Listen To You

Before you begin any training, you must first establish yourself as the “ALPHA dog” of your family. Your Dog must know that you’re the leader of the pack and it is YOU who is in charge.

Here is a list of simple DO’s and DONT’s that you must follow if you want to be the Alpha:

  • Always go out or come in through the door first – remember you are the leader;
  • Always eat first – give your Dog something to eat only after you’ve finished your meal;
  • Don’t circle around your Dog when he is lying on the floor – make your Dog move out of your way instead;
  • Don’t let your Dog set the rules – pay attention to him when you think fit, and not whenever he demands;
  • Don’t let your Dog sleep with you in your bed – make sure you mark out his sleeping area clearly.

Once you have successfully established yourself as the Alpha, training your Dog and making him listen will be a lot easier than you can imagine. Remember, if your Dog does not learn to “listen”, all your training efforts will be in vain!

Does your Dog know his name? Does your Dog look at you whenever you call him by his name? This is the first and the most critical step involved in Dog Training. If your Dog doesn’t respond to his name, you cannot have his attention for teaching him any other commands.

To make sure that your Dog recognizes his name, take a treat in your hand and hold it away from your body. Call your Dog’s name. He is most likely to look at the treat in your hand. Continue calling his name until he turns and looks at your eyes. Give him the treat immediately. Repeat this exercise by holding the treat in the other hand. Once you’re sure that your Dog has learnt to recognize his name, just call his name and reward him for looking at you with a pat or a hug.

You must understand that Dogs respond far better to positive reinforcement than they do to coercion or force.

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Conclusion

These are the very basic ways to start training your dog. The pillars to which you can build on if you like. Once you have mastered these you can then go onto further educating your loved ones.

If you have any comments or feedback please feel free to drop me a line.

David