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Toys Keep Your Dog Entertained

Food cubes are great toys to buy for almost any dog as they make the dog think before they can be rewarded with the food.

This can keep a dog entertained for a long time and is a good remedy for a dog that gets bored while you are away.

By solving a puzzle the dog will be able to get the food treat and dogs are usually very determined when they know that there will be a food reward for them if they can sort out the puzzle.

Other types of puzzle toys are the biscuit balls, which are equally good at keeping a bored dog entertained.

If you are going to be away from home then it is worthwhile looking at buying some of these to keep your dog happy as they pass the hours until you return.

Other good toys that don’t require a puzzle for the reward are the doggie potato chips.
These come in a wide variety of styles from pig’s ears to hooves and they can last for a couple of days.
They are also excellent for the dog that needs to be left alone while you are at work all day, as they will keep them entertained.

There are various different options for the dog that likes to chew and most of these are non-consumable items that your dog can chew on for hours.
As they get older you can simply throw them away and replace them with another new one, as they are relatively inexpensive.

Fortunately most of these toys are cheap so you can test and try them until you find one that your dog will remain contented with.

It’s a great way to stop your dog from getting into trouble while you are away and also to help stop them whining and barking if they are missing you.

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Old age catches up with everyone – even our cats and dogs and other pets.

Special care requirements are often necessary to ensure the health and well-being of these elderly animals. Old age is not to be regarded as a disease, but as a natural process.
Just because your pet is old, does not mean it is normal for it to look unwell.

Learn to recognize the signs of old age, these may include impaired vision and hearing. For example, extra care is needed so you don’t startle animals with a hearing impairment, especially when they are asleep.

Vision impaired animals may not want to be taken new places for fear of the unknown and bumping into objects. If you see signs of your animal developing vision problems have them checked out by your vet. It is possible they may be able to be successfully treated for cataracts.

Older cats and dogs especially, are prone to cardiac disease. You can spot signs such as coughing, irregular breathing, or a reluctance to exercise that might indicate cardiac problems.

Gum disease is a common complaint amongst the elderly. Look for the obvious signs of dental ill health, including bad breath, drooling, pawing at the mouth, and no interesting in eating food that needs chewing. Again, many dental problems are treatable.

Arthritis is more obvious in dogs, as cats tend to just withdraw and become less sociable. If your pet loses its spring, and doesn’t venture off the floor, or loses interest in exercise then book them a vet inspection. Medication can help relieve arthritic pain and make your pets twilight years a lot more comfortable.

Cats are less likely to develop cataracts, but there are problems that tend to be more cat specific. Kidney failure is one problem common amongst elderly cats. Drinking lots, loss of weight, depression, and vomiting are signs that may indicate a kidney problem in your cat. Kidney problems may also occur in younger cats as a result of infection or tumors.

You may not know what hyperthyroidism is, but you may recognize its symptoms in your elderly cat. These symptoms include long claws, becoming very thin while maintaining a healthy apatite, and becoming shaky and more vocal. Once again there are treatments available to help in this situation.

Elderly pets have different requirements, but this doesn’t mean they can’t have a good quality of life. Just remember they will require more sleep, a slower pace of life, and regular health checks. But they are the same loyal pets that have shared in your family life for many years.

[Source: Dr Elsa Flint Pet]

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Dogs are a pack animal…

And as much as we may idealise a society where all creatures are equal, George Orwell captured the failure of society to function as equals in his book Animal Farm.

Even in nature there is a recognition an orderly society requires some kind of leadership.

This is perhaps best demonstrated in the dog world.

The survival of dogs in the wild depends on their ability to function as a team or pack. Yet within that pack there has to be an “alpha male” or leader who holds the pack together.

Your cute little fur-ball that curls up on the end of the bed has not forgotten his heritage. He still requires the security and discipline of pack life.

If you are not providing that kind of leadership and structure your dog will feel the need to fill the pack leader role. Your weakness will inspire them to protect and care for you.

Often a strong dog in a weak family has tragic results for all concerned, so it is responsible for you as a dog owner to learn what your dog expects of you.

The following list of what your dog expects from you came from the blog of Dog Positive Training

* Leadership
* Rules
* Routine
* Boundaries
* Stability
* Structure
* Conditioning
* Companionship
* Daily exercise
* Mental stimulation
* Food

Dog Training is one of the best ways of showing your love for you dog. Well trained, well exercised, well feed dogs are the happiest and most loyal of dogs.

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Forget aerobics. dog dancing

Forget walking your dog.

Doggy dancing is the latest in pet exercise techniques. Using a combination of clicker training and food rewards it is possible to teach your dog different moves. Set these moves to music and hey presto … you and your dog are ballroom stars.

Originating in the UK Paws to Music, or Heelwork to Music, or Canine Freestyle began as a way of showing the public how much fun heelwork could be.

It has now taken the world by storm becoming one of the most widely participated of dog sports.

Your dog will love the time that the two of you spend together increasing the pet/handler bond. But perhaps more importantly, it will reduce the risk of dog depression.

Dog depression is one of the greatest problems facing dog owners, especially dog owners who live in an urban setting.

Dog dancing will stimulate your dog mentally, and provide an opportunity for social interaction. Another bonus is that both dog and handler will get a great workout.

Dogs of all shapes and sizes are able to participate. Larger dogs are normally slower in movement and are not able to achieve some tricks, but a properly choreographed routine will have them performing like a star.

Never say an old dog can’t be taught new tricks – even older dogs have excelled with the right encouragement, even if they have had no obedience training in the past.

Basic training – sit, stay, roll-over – is an advantage. Also helpful is a natural to play, either with you or a toy, and a love for food. Probably the only essential factor is that your dog wants to stay with you. It is hard to train a dog that constantly runs away!

Those with a competitive nature can progress to entering competitions; otherwise enjoy the social interaction of like-minded pet owners having fun with their dog.

One of the other benefits that doggy dancing produces is often a more obedient and better mannered dog around the home.

So what are you waiting for?

Search for a dance class near you, and provide your dog with the stimulation, exercise, and social interaction he or she is desperately seeking.

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Have you noticed any changes in your dog’s behavior?

Even the smallest of irregularities could be a clue that something is not right with your pet.

One of the best things you can do for your dog besides regular exercise, good food, water and shelter, is to be aware of any changes that it might exhibit in all aspects of it’s life.

Particularly as dogs get older they might seem like they are just not interested in exercise any longer but this might be due to the fact that they are suffering from pain of some form or another.

Many older dogs suffer from arthritis and this can be very painful.
There are all sorts of remedies that can help your dog from natural remedies to ones that your local vet might prescribe.

Our beloved pets cannot talk to us and they can only hope that we are aware of their conditions by knowing what they are usually like and noticing any behavioral changes.

Even if a normally quiet dog starts whining or barking more often they might be trying to give you a signal that something is not quite right in their life.

A regular checkup at the Vet is a good solution to ensure that your dog is always in optimal health and that includes their mental state.

Older dogs can become depressed because they are no longer getting the required stimulation mentally and a depressed dog will suffer just as a human can do in similar circumstances.

If your dog starts to eat more or less food than normal this could be another sign that there is a problem and also if they gain or lose weight they could be suffering from some health problems.

Always be aware of their behavior and it will help ensure that your dog has a happy and long life.


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What is the link between Dog Depression and Treadmills?

Is your dog getting depressed?

It is not uncommon for dogs to get depressed.
They can become bored very easily and when they are bored for extended periods of time this can lead to depression.

The more intelligent the dog the more likely it is to get depressed as they need more stimulation in the form of work or activities that can keep their mind active.

This is one of the reasons why dog training is so important, because a dog that is trained well will get a lot more out of life by pleasing it’s owner and it will also have a leader that is can look to for security and confidence.

Often the weather in the area we live can be the biggest problem when trying to keep a dog active with the colder winter months and shorter daylight hours making it difficult to exercise the dog.

There are alternatives for dogs just as there are for humans in these conditions and many people are unaware that it is possible to get a dog treadmill for their dog so they can still be exercised no matter what the conditions outside are like.

This can also be ideal for people who live in apartments or those who are unable to take their dog out for a walk at night due to reasons of safety.

For the convenience of ensuring that your dog remains fit and healthy and doesn’t become depressed and need medication, a dog treadmill might just be the answer that you are looking for.

While you can go to the expense of buying a pet specific treadmill, your dog (and cat if you have the patience) can be trained to use any treadmill – although treadmills without the front upright bar are preferred by animals.

MY FIRST TREADMILL

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dog therapy

Hydrotherapy (pool therapy) is gaining wide respect among the veterinary profession as a way of treating dogs for a variety of ailments.

No matter what bread of dog you have hydrotherapy pools are a great way of giving your dog some exercise. NMIT veterinary nursing course-coordinator Annette McFadden says a minute for a dog in the pool can be the equivalent to it walking or running a kilometre.

Pool therapy is a great choice for exercising your dog because it is low impact and there is no pressure on bones or muscles. This is particularly good for dogs recovering from surgery. Dogs in all stages of recovery will be catered to during a session in the pool.

It is also the exercise of choice for dogs with arthritis and other conditions that limit normal activities. Even blind dogs are able to make the most of exercising in the hydrotherapy pool.

Relieve the boredom in your dog’s life and search out a pool near you today.


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