How to Keep Your Dog Happy While You're at Work

How to Keep Your Dog Happy While You’re at Work

If you’re a working dog parent, then you know that one of the toughest moments of each day is when you have to leave them in the morning to head to your job. To ease your mind, here are a few suggestions for how to keep your dog happy while you’re at work.

Provide lots of cozy spots for snoozing…

Dog owners can take assurance in the fact that for the majority of time while you’re at work, your dog is probably sleeping. On average, an adult dog sleeps for 12-14 hours per day! Older dogs sleep upwards of 16 hours per day, and puppies may need between 18-20 hours of sleep.

And a lot of that snoozing happens while you’re at work. Without their human around, your dog uses this time to nap and rev up for the moment when you do come home. So you can take comfort in knowing that, even if you were home, your dog would probably still be sleeping, same as when you are at work.

To make your dog as comfortable as possible for all this nap time, make sure they have a cozy place to sleep. Set up their dog bed with their favorite items – you can even include a shirt you’ve recently worn that smells like you for them to nuzzle up with.

Keep the TV on…

Not that your dog is actually going to be watching TV, but leaving the television on, or a radio with some soothing music, can help provide some background noise to put your pup at ease during the day while you’re gone. It will give them something to listen to, as well as distract them from any potentially stressful sounds outside that might cause them to bark, like the garbage truck or the delivery man.

Arrange for a walk while you’re out…

If you have a high-energy dog, if you have a puppy who needs extra attention (and potty breaks), or if you just don’t want your dog to be by themselves for a full day, then consider setting up a dog-walker visit while you’re at work. If your dog needs to be let out in the middle of the day, and you don’t work close enough to home to do it yourself, a dog walker is definitely the way to go.

There are so many easy-to-use and respected dog walking and dog care services available for dog owners to choose from today. For example, Trusty Tails Dog Walking provides professional dog walking and pet sitting – so whether your dog needs a 10-minute walk, or a two hour visit, they have something for every pet!

Many of these service providers put their handlers and walkers through rigorous training and background checks, so you can be sure that your pet is in the best possible hands. Many of these service providers also encourage their walkers to send you pictures and text updates, so you can see just how well your dog is doing while you’re at work.

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Ruff Guide to a Dog Friendly Home

Ruff Guide to a Dog Friendly Home

Dogs are lovable for a reason. They’re full of positive vibes that they make us smile effortlessly. Their fur ball bodies and witty tail wags drive away stress. Even their silly grin and boisterous howls and skimps are enough to set us in the mood.

Yes, that’s the reason why they’re not just great house pets, but also make excellent buddies as well.

But it’s not a one-way street because we also need to do our part to make sure that our dogs lead a happy and healthy life. Bring back the favor to them by making your home a haven for your dogs.

Let your dogs roam freely inside your accident-proof home or backyard that’s conducive to their development. Give them easy access to necessities like food and water and a place for them to hygienically discharge. Let them play with some chew bones or perhaps a toy so that they won’t munch on your furniture.

Ensure the best standard of living for your dog.

It’s all about doing your best to be a responsible dog owner so that they stay healthy, live long, and in turn, will be ever-more loving to you. The examples shown above are some of the things you can do, but those are just a glimpse of what you really should do to make your canine buddy love you even more!

Feel compelled to learn more? Well, feel free to check out this informative and stunning AXA graphic.

Ruff Guide to a Dog Friendly Home

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How To Keep a Dog House Warm In the Winter

How To Keep a Dog House Warm In the Winter

Sometimes it can be challenging to come up with ways to keep your dog warm in the winter, particularly in his or her dog house. Though you may take some easy steps to keep the dog house warm, you might have to adopt some drastic measures if you are in extremely cold regions.

Most of the time the simplest way to heat up pet houses in places where it gets really cold is by adding a commercial heating unit. But what else can you do to keep your furry friend warm in the winter? Below we will take a look at some tips to help you achieve this. Let’s get started!

Understand Your Breed’s Needs

Know your dog breed’s specific susceptibilities to the cold. A few dog breeds are more disposed to the cold compared to others, while other breeds adapt really well to the cold. Those pups that do not respond to the cold should not be outdoor dogs. But, even pups that cope well in extreme cold require shelter and warmth to grow as outdoor pets.

Some breeds that cope well in the cold are Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, and Chow Chows. Dogs that have a harder time coping are toy dogs, Dobermans, hairless and short hair dogs, as well as Greyhounds. The shaven or overly clipped dog falls under this category since thick winter coats are a dog’s insulation.

How To Keep a Dog House Warm In the Winter

Change the Location

The easiest way to improve the temperature in your pet’s house might be by moving it to a much warmer location, like a heated garage.

Although you cannot put the dog house indoors, it will remain much warmer when it is placed in a location that is protected from the wind. You might also put it against the house or another heated structure. This will shelter the pup house from the wind and will help increase the temperature slightly in the doghouse.

When the wind is not an issue, you could consider putting the doghouse in an area that gets sufficient sunlight — especially in the afternoon. You can get a solar dog house, but it does not work at night.

Insulate the Dog House

A dog’s natural body heat helps keep his kennel warm. Hence, the better the dog house is insulated, the warmer it stays. Therefore, make sure that all gaps and cracks in the doghouse get covered.

Do ensure that the dog house has a door that can be used to retain the warm air within. Consider raising the house off the ground. Then put a padded bedding material, blanket or pillow on the floor where your dog can sleep.

This will not only provide comfort for your furry friend, but it will also help in insulating both your dog and his house from a cold ground. For your furry friend’s pleasure you might check out Mobile Dog Grooming.

Build a Heating Unit

If you are handy with tools, you could put in a light fixture inside on the ceiling of the pet house. When you fit it with an incandescent light bulb, it helps keep the dog house warmer. You can do this only when the house offers enough headroom to put in the light high enough to prevent contact with your dog.

A ceramic fixture is safer when used instead of the plastic units, then put a fire-resistant guard or baffle around the light bulb to prevent anything from contacting the fixture or bulb. Use only pet-safe, red bulbs as an alternative to white bulbs. That way your dog can get some sleep.

Buy a Heater

There are several commercial, easy to use products available which will help warm up your dog’s house. Some manufacturers make heated mats that can be used on the bottom of your dog’s house.

It is essential that you monitor your dog when such electrical devices are used. Do not use these kinds of devices with dogs who will possibly chew on them. In addition, be sure to frequently keep an eye on the temperature of the heating device to prevent accidents and burns. If preferable, you can opt to start over by purchasing a heated doghouse that will keep your dog warm during cold weather.

How To Keep a Dog House Warm In the Winter

Capture Extra Heat

If you want to pamper your dog, you could consider using heat from the house to keep your dog’s kennel warm by connecting a dryer hose. How do you make this contraption? Cut a round hole near the upper part of your dog’s house that can take a connection of the aluminum dryer hose inside your house.

How do you get the heat to reach your dog’s house? Link the dryer hose to the house and your dog’s house on either side. Then to help move the heat towards the doghouse, you can use a small fan for blowing the heat towards the doghouse. There’s actually a video here that goes into some of this.

When It Is Extremely Cold…

When it is extremely cold for long periods of time, bring in all outdoor dogs. Even using a barn is better and warmer than an outdoor dog house. Keep in mind that the more insulation layers you add to the kennel, the cozier it will be. You can cover the kennel using an old duvet, then placing a tarpaulin over it to strengthen the protection.

Be sure everyday to check the dog house to ensure it is dry and has no leaks in the roof. Cold and wet is way more dangerous and uncomfortable compared to dry cold. Do make sure that the bedding is dry and warm. Lying on dirty bedding can cause infected skin patches and sores. Likeable Pets can treat these infections.

Wrapping up

Though some dog breeds can withstand more cold than others, no pet is entirely immune to cold temperatures. Consider raising the kennel off the ground. Then add padded bedding, blankets or pillows on the floor for your dog to sleep on. This helps provide comfort for your furry friend and also acts as an insulating material for your dog and his house.

Alice Lee

About the Author: My name is Alice Lee, I am the Co-founder of Likeablepets.com. I am a certified and experienced professional dog groomer. Other than my passion for animals, I also like to blog on my spare time. Most of my stories involve my experiences as a dog groomer, and the everyday tasks that I have to do. I love animals so much, that I have dedicated most of my time to caring and nurturing all animals as if they were my own. As a person of professionalism, I also share some personal tips about dog grooming, and how you can care for your pets at home.

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Turn Heated Exchanges Into Turning Points

Turn Heated Exchanges Into Turning Points

By Guy Finley, excerpted from Relationship Magic: Waking Up Together

Regardless of our certainty as to whether we or our partner starts or rekindles a quarrel, the real cause of the continuing conflict between us lies elsewhere. Which is why, as strange as the following insight may seem at first, the importance of working to see the truth of it simply can’t be overstated:

Despite any appearance to the contrary, it’s not our partner, nor is it we who strikes the first blow in any dispute: it’s pain that picks the fight.

No doubt this last idea challenges most of our familiar notions, especially when we’re sure we’ve been wronged and feel that it’s our right to seek whatever “justice” we might. But, putting all this aside for a moment, as we quietly study the secret cause of our struggles rather than being caught up in them, we should also be able to see, and agree to the following:

Just as it’s clear that we’d never hurt the one we love were it not for some pain pushing us to do so, the same holds true for our partner. So much depends on our being able to remember what our heart already knows is true: if love is that timeless divine force that unites and heals all that lives and breathes, then how can it ever be that which divides us? It can’t; it’s never love that fights. Never. With this last thought in mind, here are three main ideas to consider.Turn Heated Exchanges Into Turning Points

#1: Let’s say we have a “bone to pick” with our partner. This should be easy enough to imagine! Is this because we feel good about them in that moment? Or, is it more likely that there’s a pressure and a pain in us that “knows ” who’s to blame for it, and what they must do to make things right? The answer to this question is pretty obvious, which leads us directly to the insight that follows.

#2: This particular pain that we feel in these moments doesn’t exist without our partner being there – before us – either in body or in our mind. The same holds true for whatever pain our partner may experience in our presence; it doesn’t exist without us being there in the same way. This means that even though there are two of us “there,” between us there is only one pain. How can this be so? As the next point makes clear, it’s all under celestial law.

#3: Whatever we oppose in our partner causes our partner to oppose us; for instance, any time we oppose something about our partner’s attitude, we can be sure our partner will oppose anything we have to say about that! Pain opposes pain. Which means that now we can see what we were unable to before: as long as we look at our partner as the one responsible for the pain we’re in, we remain effectively blind to the one thing about this condition that we must see… if we’re going to stop hurting one another:

Half the responsibility for this unwanted pattern – including the pain that helps keep it alive – belongs to us, and the other half belongs to our partner. In other words, the pain that first sets us against one another, only to push us apart, isn’t his, or hers, or theirs. It’s our pain.

There aren’t words enough to explain how important it is that we feel the truth of the above summary insight. Only then will we be able to ask ourselves a question that unconscious pain is incapable of considering, let alone wanting to know the answer to it.

In truth, this is a question of conscience that maybe less than one in a hundred million of us have ever thought to ask ourselves. But, for those who wish to know a healthier, more loving relationship with our partner, we must dare to ask it of ourselves, and even better…right in the middle of a fight with our partner: “Why is my pain more important than yours?”

If we’re both suffering for having been set against one another by unconsciously identifying with opposing forces then we have to ask – especially if we love our partner as we profess to do: why do we feel as if our pain is more important than theirs?

When we really love someone, the last thing we want for him or her is to suffer. Who among us hasn’t thought upon seeing a loved one in the throes of some kind of pain that, if it only were in our power, we would gladly take their pain away by agreeing to make it our own?

And yet, though most of us have felt something of this higher wish – to surrender ourselves for the sake of love – regardless the personal cost – we’ve also witnessed our inability to do so; the truth is when comes some trial by fire, little to nothing in us can remember what was foremost in our heart only moments before. And there’s a good reason for this kind of spiritual amnesia:

This kind of unconscious pain that lives within us needs someone, something to blame for it. And, in much the same way, blame must have pain in order to keep itself alive. These opposing sides are literally nothing without each other to maintain the misery that they create together. The more aware we can be of this unconscious partnership, the less tempted we are to want any part of it!

Study closely the following pair of summary insights. Learn to look at them as a single lesson and you will see how it’s possible to turn any troublesome moment with your partner into a healing turning point for both of you.

Summary insight #1:

Any pain in us – that demands our partner pay for it – can’t heal itself; if it could have, it would have long ago. Add to this fact – as we’ve seen is true – that whatever “payment” we’d exact from our partner in these moments not only does nothing to heal their pain but also, in fact, only aggravates it further! Which in turn…then turns on us, re-seeding both of our suffering, and guaranteeing that same unwanted pattern is reborn.

Turn Heated Exchanges Into Turning Points

Summary insight #2:

The unconscious pain that pushes us into, and then through the repetition of any unwanted pattern with our partner is, in fact, not what it seems. It is not proof of some irreconcilable difference between us, but rather stands as evidence of something that lives in each of us, that we have in common.

Even the faintest first stirring of this higher awareness – -that whatever pain divides us is, in fact, a single pain shared between us – makes it possible for us to open our heart and mind to embrace a new idea that can’t be reached in any other way.

We have but one, true hope of being able to rise above this unseen world of opposing forces that cannot heal themselves, let alone bring an end to the patterns they create each time they attempt to do so. It is time for us to learn how to call upon a “third” force: an altogether higher order of wisdom, compassion, and kindness whose singular power is not only to unify these opposing forces but, in the moment of their appearance, to complete the very purpose of their existence.

In truth, you already know this celestial force; its most common name is love. But, let me ask you to suspend, at least for a moment, all that you think you understand about it; for the “love” that we know, in whose name we call out what we now care for most, is to this higher order love that we’re about to discover as is a candle’s light to the light of the sun.

We’re not talking about the kind of love we have for a delicious meal, a beautiful day, a family member, or even for our partner in the most tender of moments. This level of love can flip-flop into its opposite at the drop of a hat.

We’re talking about a level of love that can neither be imagined, nor created. It can’t be made to change a single unwanted moment into one that we want, even though that’s the reason for its existence. And while we can’t cause this higher order of love to appear at will, we can learn to understand, and eventually have full trust in the following:

Whenever, and wherever two or more of us are connected by a shared pain of some kind – as in a fight with our partner, or suffering some misfortune with loved ones or strangers alike, there is – already with us in that same moment – a higher love waiting to heal it, and to help make us whole at the same time.

(Excerpted from Relationship Magic: Waking Up Together by Guy Finley, Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.)

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6 Creative Ways to Exercise High Energy Dogs

6 Creative Ways to Exercise High Energy Dogs

Do you have a highly energetic dog? She definitely needs a way to channel all of that excess energy or else she might find a lot of destructive ways to use it up… like destroying your belongings or digging holes in the backyard.

Does this sound familiar?

Well, it is a good idea to have creative ways to help them burn off energy in healthy, fun and productive ways, while of course keeping their minds stimulated. If you want to learn what these activities are, then please keep on reading below.

Six Creative Ways To Exercise Your Highly Energetic Dog

1. Running Partner

Planning to beat your personal record in the upcoming marathon? Well, why don’t you take your highly energetic dog with you when you train. They can be your best running buddy. Just start slow and run at a pace they are much comfortable with, then you can gradually increase the speed and even the distance.

Or you can just simply run around the yard, chasing each other. This is an absolutely fun way to burn off energy for your dog, and burn some calories for you, too!

2. Keep Waving that Flirt Pole

Highly energetic dogs are much like cats in that they love chasing soft objects that flap and flutter. So yes, this means that if cats can go crazy over wand toys that have feathers or small fluffy things the end, then your active dog will too! In fact, they even have name for these things. They’re called flirt poles.

There are plenty of ready-made flirt poles you can purchase. They are specially and safely designed for your dog, but you can also make one by yourself. You can make one using PVC pipe that is about four to six feet long, a rope, and some stuffed toy6 Creative Ways to Exercise High Energy Dogs

Like what this pole does to a cat, a flirt pole taps into the predatory instincts of your dog and will encourage it to concentrate on, chase and then attack its prey found at the end of the rope as you are flicking the pole around. This will definitely be a game changer for your highly energetic dog.

The main benefit of playing with the flirt pole is that will give your dog physical stimulation as they run back and forth trying to catch the toy. But at the same time, there will also be mental stimulation since they will try to outsmart you and anticipate the toy’s movement.

But what’s even better is that it will exhaust your active dog without exhausting you. Children can also easily stand still and wave the wand. It doesn’t take much. You don’t need to look for a huge yard to play with the flirt pole. You can play with it in your driveway or on a sidewalk outside your home. You can basically do this exercise anywhere and anytime. During rainy days, you can play indoors with a half-sized flirt pole.

I also suggest playing with the flirt pole before you go on walks. Five to ten minutes will do. This is a good way to expend some of your dog’s excitement. The more you tire out your pooch before her walk, the less excited energy she will have during your walk.

3. Set Up Obstacle Courses

Setting up obstacle courses will not only exercise your highly energetic dog but will also train her agility. This exercise provides physical as well as more mental stimulation. It is a fun way to give your furry companion something they can achieve and focus on.

There are professional classes available to instructors that offer obstacle course training for your dog, but you can also do it by yourself. There’s no need to shell out a lot of money. It is actually easy enough to create your own safe and fun home obstacle right in your backyard. All you need are a few cheap supplies or even things that are just lying around your home.

To make things easier for you, Everything for Our Pets will be sharing three common types of obstacles you can easily set up for your dog… these are weave poles, jumps, and tunnels. But just a gentle reminder, safety should be the most important feature for every obstacle course, so always keep in mind your dog’s well-being while you are setting up everything.

Weave Poles: It is very easy to make your own weave poles! All you need are inexpensive PVC pipes. Stick lengths of pipe into the ground, making enough space between the pipes for your dog to safely run or walk through.

Just watch out for any immovable and hard materials that could possibly injure your dog just in case she miscalculates the distance between two poles. Make sure to secure the poles properly so they won’t fall over whenever your dog runs through them.

You can also purchase orange traffic cones rather than PVC pipes if you don’t want any pipes popping out all over your yard. Traffic cones present more of a challenge that the standard weave poles.

Jumps: We will also be using PVC pipes for bar jumps. Set the pipes at different increments and make sure there will be enough room for your furball to comfortably jump over the bar.

Also make sure  that the bar can be easily knocked down so your dog does not hit something solid and injure herself if she doesn’t jump high enough.

Tunnels: It is possible to make an obstacle course tunnel from scratch. But there are a lot of pet owners who find it much easier and even less time consuming to just repurpose an existing play tunnel. If you have kids you can use your child’s old flexible play tunnel, this will make an excellent obstacle.

If you don’t have any, there are plenty of inexpensive ones you can purchase at your local department store or online. Just choose one that is lightweight but is also heavy enough that it will not move when your dog runs through it.

6 Creative Ways to Exercise High Energy Dogs

4. Swimming and Water Play

During a hot day, swimming and water play can be just the ticket for your active dog. Take your dog for a dip in your local lake or beach. She will get a great workout, use up some of her energy, and the best of all, stay cool in the heat.

But take note that not every dog is made for swimming. There are breeds that are bad swimmers. Fortunately, there are life jackets designed especially for dogs. This will allow him to still be in the water even if he is not really the greatest swimmer. In this way your dog can get his much needed exercise while staying safe.

5. Catch and Fetch, Balls and Bubbles

You can play this with your dog in the yard or at the park. If you have ample space in your home, you can play more controlledforms of this game. Since balls have always been a favorite for active dogs, it is the most efficient tool for this activity. Just make sure that you get one that is the right size of your dog. A large dog might get choked on a ball that is too small while a small dog might it difficult to handle a large ball and will eventually give up playing. With proper training, your dog can even learn to play a dog form of soccer using large ball.6 Creative Ways to Exercise High Energy Dogs

Another fun way to play catch and fetch is by using bubbles. Your dog should find bubbles to be fascinating, so she will absolutelyhave a great time chasing them all over the yard and trying to pop them.

You can use those with simple bubble wands that can release one or two bubbles at a time, but I one idea is to get a battery-operated bubble blower that can shoot many bubbles at once. This will really get you highly energetic dog running and leaping and generally going nuts. Remember that bubbles might get into your dog’s mouth, so make to use only non-toxic bubble solution.

6. Add Some Weights

Have you ever gone backpacking? Then you absolutely know how exhausting it can be to carry around 25 or 30 pounds on your back while hiking. For your dogs, you can buy a little doggie backpack and add a safe amount of weight. This is a great way to burn that extra energy on daily walks.

How much weight you should use? Just try about 10% of the total body weight of your dog. For example, if your dog weighs 50 lb., insert a 5 pound weight.

Final Thought

As long as you use your imagination, you can absolutely think of different creative activities and games for your dog to burn off extra energy. Take note that a highly energetic dog can get easily bored. They will find ways to relieve their boredom and may end up developing behavior you don’t want them to exhibit. A simple routine of daily exercise will help them remain happy and healthy.

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Puppy Proofing Your House – The Basics

Puppy Proofing Your House – The Basics

By Wendy Shore @ TotallyGoldens.com

Finally, after a long search you have find the right bundle of fur for you and your family, and it is time to start the preparations to welcome him home. Bringing him in is exciting, yet owning a pet dog brings in a great deal of responsibilities. Puppy proofing your home is first and foremost step that should be taken. It is important keep your little bundle of joy out of any trouble. Puppy proofing is just like preparing your home for a new infant or a curious toddler to remove all dangers. Just like a curious toddler, your puppy will try to inspect every electrical cord, closet, yard and even your favorite pair of shoes.

Before your puppy enters your house, yard or workplace, walk around and keep an eye out for hazardous stuff. Start by walking around your home and pick everything that seems dangerous. Mop your flooring, but do not use harsh chemicals to clean your floor. Once the basic cleaning is done, get on your hands and knees and start looking around the rooms from your new family member’s perspective. Under the bed, sofa and table, and pick anything that seems hazardous to you. If you have kids at your home, pick their small toys, stationary, books and try to keep these things away from your puppy. Specific details for each place in the house are mentioned below:

In The Kitchen

Puppy Proofing Your House – The BasicsThe kitchen contains various small and interesting things in the cabinet and on the shelf that smells and tastes good too. Keep all this stuff in the refrigerator and cabinets and keep them locked. Before bringing the puppy in, get some child-proof latches from the local hardware store. This will help you to keep potentially dangerous food out of reach. In addition to this, wrap any power cords with chew-proof PVC tape. Finally, keep the cutlery and glass crookery out of your pet’s reach.



In the Bathroom

The bathroom is another dangerous place for your puppy. Remember to not keep any medications and chemicals under the sink. Keep all the cleaning materials, soaps and cotton swabs out of the reach of your dog because if any of these are indigested it may involve an emergency visit to veterinarian. Never forget to keep the toilet lid down. Better yet, keep the bathroom door closed if possible.

In the Bedroom

Everything that has your scent attracts your puppy, whether it be your shoes, clothes or any other personal belongings. Keep your personals locked, especially small stuff such as jewelry, hair ties, coins that can be ingested, and do not forget to secure any exposed cords or wires.

In the Living Area

The living room is the coziest room where family gatherings happen. Eating, snacking and partying usually happens in living room. You may have a lot of filled and empty plastic wrappers of food, cans with sharp edges, and even plastic canisters that can cause harm to your little ball of fur. Keep all of this stuff away out of his reach, and stay vigilant while eating when he is around. For the first few days until he understands where to go potty it is wise to hide loose items such as stow pillows and blankets.

In The Yard

Daffodils, foxglove, bird-of-paradise, and lupine are a few poisonous plants for your Fido. They may cause allergies, rash, vomiting or diarrhea. Therefore, look around your yard and eliminate the existence of poisonous plants such as these.

In addition to this, get a collapsible metal crate for your puppy before bringing him home. There are various benefits for pet owners to crate train their puppy. The crate is easy to carry, and you can decorate his crate with his toys to make him feel comfortable, and he can sleep in the crate when you are busy or until he gets used to living with you.

Conclusion

Puppy proofing may take some time initially, but it is better to be safe than sorry!

About the author: Wendy is a self-employed beauty therapist, mother of two, life-long pet parent and lover of dogs who somehow manages to squeeze in the time to satisfy another of her loves: writing. Wendy is the founder, main contributor, and editor of TotallyGoldens.com.

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Things to Remember While Traveling with Your Dog

Things to Remember While Traveling with Your Dog

Things to Keep In Mind before Flying with Your Dog

Our furry four legged companions often feel like part of the family for pet owners. As such it is often hard leaving them at home while the rest of the family goes on vacations or trips to another city or to a country setting. Flying with a pet is a possibility, but you are usually riddled with lots of preparation and must have a lot of patience. The friendly skies can quickly become an impediment due to expensive air fares, flight delays and crowded airports. These things can easily take their toll on a even the well-seasoned traveller, and they are only magnified in your pet, which is why most pet owners resolve to leave their pets at home to negate having to deal with these issues. However, seeing as much of the problem can be quickly resolved by adequate planning, we have listed a few things below that you might keep in mind to help make flying with your pet as effortless and comfortable as possible.

Know Your Options

Things to Remember While Traveling with Your DogIt’s important to know that different airlines have different policies when it comes to travelling with your canine companion. Some airlines are open to pampering your pup in the first class cabin, while others won’t let them into the airplane at all. Aside from limited space, some airlines try to avoid having any liability issues that might arise from allowing your dog onboard. Moreover, while certain airlines are open to carrying pets, they still have certain restrictions against flying certain breeds, such as those breeds with smaller airway passages which can cause breathing problems when flying at high altitudes.

Prepare Your Dog In Advance for Flying

If this will be your dog’s first time flying in an airline cabin or in cargo, it is important to prepare them weeks in advance in order to have a smooth and comfortable flight. The first thing you should do is to crate train your dog. Once you have purchased an appropriate crate, ensure that they can stand, move around and sleep in it comfortably. Make sure that your dog is comfortable being alone in the crate, which might possibly be tucked underneath the seat. Train your dog well in advance to be comfortable being alone in the crate for a few hours. Airports tend to be crowded and airplanes tend to be noisy, and that can be a scary experience for your pet. To make the experience easier, you can try to desensitize your dog to loud noises in advance from your own house by playing loud noises of crowded airports or flights taking off.

Monitor Their Water and Food Intake

Some people avoid eating a few hours before their flight in order to avoid an upset stomach while flying. The same principle could apply to your pet companion. Dogs are resilient and can effortlessly handle not eating or drinking for a few hours. This however doesn’t mean that your dog should be dehydrated. Give your pup some just a little bit of water before and during the flight. Be careful about feeding any food to your dog. Should they decide to eat it, their nerves could get the better part of them and they could leave a not so clean cabin or cargo area. Even more serious, they could choke on the food and this could easily go unnoticed for the entire flight.

Take a Walk

On the day of the flight its important to walk your dog or engage them is some playtime so that they are tired and more likely sleep throughout the flight. This little exercise also boosts their circulation, negating the effects of laying down for long hours on a flight.

This article was written by the team at Hair Clippers Club

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The Top Tips of Finding Cheap Clippers for Small Dogs

The Top Tips of Finding Cheap Clippers for Small Dogs

Are you tired of taking your small dog to an expensive groomer? Well, there is a way out. Just get the right tools and start grooming in a stress-free and affordable way from home. Of course one of the must-haves is a clipper that will help you to trim your pet’s hair and create a clean look. You can find cheap clippers for small dogs by understanding the following:

Cheap Does Not Imply Low Quality

As a dog owner, your animal’s welfare matters a whole lot, and you don’t want him or her to be uncomfortable. You want to ascertain that your dog is both compliant and comfortable during the grooming process. Therefore, do not subject him or her to clippers that cut the skin, or that which creates ugly lines on the skin. Note that small dogs are harder to groom than the bigger ones. It is easy to injure them because the tools may be larger than the pet.

The appropriate and quality clipper is defined by the sharpness of the blade. It should allow you to create a smooth cut. The size of the tool should let you hold your pet in specific position as you cut the hair, which is specifically important whengrooming the delicate areas of the skin. The weight of the clipper must be on the light side so that you can focus on the task at hand as opposed to holding the awkwardly heavy tool. Plus, your clippers should have a blade that is easy to clean for hygiene purposes.

Going for cordless clippers is also better than the corded type so that you can easily maneuver around your dog. And it is important to get clippers that have multiple speeds. The benefit of this feature is that you can change the speed depending on where you are cutting the hair and the cooperation of your pet. Also, try to find clippers that are less noisy and with fewer vibrations. Given that it is already daunting to groom a small dog, you may want to eliminate the distractions. The task will then be achieved easily and quickly.

Find Quality Products during Promotions

It can be daunting to find outstanding products and brands at a cheap price. A generic brand will only disappoint you after awhile. As you try to save on costs, go to reputable dealers and find out if they have promotional campaigns. They may offer you a kit containing everything that you need for dog grooming at one low price. This is inclusive of things like blade coolant, brush, attachments, combs, etc.

You may also take advantage of new brands trying to market their products online. They adopt a penetration pricing strategy where quality products are offered at an extremely low price to introduce their product and beat the competition. A new vendor trying to promote a well-known brand will also take the same approach.The Top Tips of Finding Cheap Clippers for Small Dogs

In other instances, the price of a good product will be lowered once new competition sets in or when a company realizes that they are not making significant sales or profits. Certain seasons can also prompt vendors to come up with promotional campaigns. Be on the lookout and you might get lucky. The bottom line is that you should do an extensive search online if you want to land quality products at a discount.

Redefine the Phrase “Cheap Clippers”

While you try to make purchase decisions on dog clippers, we advise that you change your meaning of the word “cheap.” Is a product cheap because you pay lower prices, or because you can save on costs after using it for a long time? Well, the latter seems to be the best way of determining the value of the product. Regardless of the amount that you pay initially, you will be thrilled if the product does the job for a long time.

Inexpensive dog clippers can be found in credible websites and stores. Be sure to compare the prices and quality of the products before making your decision.

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Top 5 Husky Mixes That Have The Best Looks

Top 5 Husky Mixes That Have The Best Looks

One reason that mixed doggies were developed was to save people from having to choose one dog breed over the others. But if you’re having a hard time choosing between a Husky and another pooch, check out our top 5 Husky mixes that have the best looks.

What Kinds of Dogs Are These?

Basically, these Husky mixes are the results of the crossing of a purebred Siberian Husky another purebred dog breed. The most common purpose of such mating is to combine the best features of the two parent dogs and therefore create an even cuter offspring.

What we’re going to show here are the most popular Husky-mixes. These mixed puppies are not actually recognized by the AKC due to their hybrid status, so the information available about them is limited.

No one can predict exactly what these mixed pups are going to look like when they grow up, for each can take after mom or dad, or a harmonious combination of both.

Here below are our picks of the Top 5 Husky Mixes that have the best looks!

Top 5 Husky Mixes That Have The Best Looks

#5. Labsky (Labrador + Husky)

Top 5 Husky Mixes That Have The Best Looks

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They are also called Huskador, Husky-Lab, and Siberian Retriever. And you shouldn’t be confused with the Labrador Husky which is a distinct, specific dog breed. The Labsky makes for an excellent family dog due to their reputation for being patient, well-behaved, yet very vigorous.

Most Labskies have pointy or droopy ears, long legs, a long tail, and hypnotizing eyes. Some will inherit the Labrador’s warm chocolate eyes, while others have their Husky parent’s alluring blue eyes. Rarer still, you’ll see a Labsky with mismatched eyes.

Here are the Labsky’s average measurements:

— Height: 25 inches when fully grown
— Weight: 40-60 pounds
— Average lifespan: 10-13 years

#4. Goldusky (Golden Retriever + Husky)

Top 5 Husky Mixes That Have The Best Looks

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Also called the Goberian, this is one of the most intelligent and loving crossbreed dogs you’ll ever know! The dog has the Golden’s loyal, eager-to-please nature and the Husky’s playful, mischievous temperament.

Here’re the Goldusky’s average measurements:

— Height: 20-24 inches
— Weight: 35-80 pounds
— Average lifespan: 10-15 years

Note that even though the Goldusky is a relatively large dog, their longevity is just as long as that of their smaller cousins.

If you fall in love with the Husky’s alluring eyes, then you’ll be drowning in those of the Goldusky too! These puppies often inherit their Husky parent’s pretty blue eyes.

#3. Corsky (Corgi + Husky)

Top 5 Husky Mixes That Have The Best Looks

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Other names for this energetic cross are Corgski, Husgi, Horgi, or Siborgi. These mixed puppies have the trademark short legs, sturdy body, and erect ears. They are basically short-legged Huskies, but with double the energy and affection.

Here’re the Corsky’s estimated measurements:

— Height: 13-15 inches
— Weight: 25-50 pounds
— Average lifespan: 12-15 years

#2. Pomsky (Pomeranian + Husky)

Top 5 Husky Mixes That Have The Best Looks

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Due to the difference in size between these two breeds — and in case the Pomsky pups end up inheriting the Husky’s bigger size — they will usually have a Siberian Husky dam and a Pomeranian sire. Overall, a Pomsky is a talkative fluff-ball, so you would never get bored with a Pomsky bouncing around.

Specific measurements of the Pomeranian Husky mix are:

— Height: 10-15 inches
— Weight: 20-30 pounds
— Average lifespan: 12-15 years.

#1. Chusky (Chow Chow + Husky)

Top 5 Husky Mixes That Have The Best Looks

Also called the Husky-Chow, this is a calm, dignified, and affectionate hybrid. People not only love them because of their lenient temperament, but also for their adorable appearance.

Chuskies actually have a lean body, a pair of erect or floppy ears, a curled tail, and long, strong legs. But these features are all covered under the softest, fluffiest coat, making up the stout and chubby appearance.

Here’re the Chusky’s measurements:

— Height: 18-23 inches
— Weight: 40-65 pounds
— Average lifespan: 10-13 years

Conclusion

These Top 5 Husky Mixes are living proofs regarding no matter what a Husky Siberian’s mate is. And their mixed offspring will wind up with only the best of appearances.
So, found your future housemate in one of these Husky crosses yet?

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Keep Your Home Pet Friendly and Hygienic With the Best Pet Hair Vacuum Cleaner

Undoubtedly, you love your dog, but then you probably do not like the fur and hair that they shed, as it can pose serious health risks to your pets and you alike. This article aims to provide you with tips on keeping your home pet-friendly using vacuum cleaners that are designed for pet hair removal.

However you try with all your ideas for keeping the hair fall at bay, it is sometimes impossible to do so. You may keep your pets clean, even put them a diet regimen, but eventually you are going to confront shedding. So, how can you go about keeping your house neat and clean using vacuum cleaners?

Well, that obviously starts with buying the right vacuum cleaner. But before that, you need to consider your floor type because there are various kinds of vacuum cleaners designed for various types of surfaces.

Let’s have a look at the floor and surface types…

Carpets and rugs: If you have installed rugs or carpet on the floor, then you need vacuum cleaners that have strong suction along with rotating brushes. The rotating brushes will help you to pull the hair and fur out of the carpet easily. However, you need to look at the models that you buy because some vacuum cleaners that are designed for carpets and rugs can damage hardwood floors. So, make sure that you choose the kind of vacuum cleaner that can handle both.

Tiles and hardwood: If you have a floor with tiles and hardwood, then you need to buy a vacuum cleaner that has a better suction. A vacuum cleaner with inadequate suction can actually blow the hair away from the vacuum and back onto the floor.

Stairs: If your house has stairs, then you need to buy a cleaner that can be easily transported. Certainly, you do not want to hurt yourself during the cleaning process with a vacuum that is too heavy. In addition, you need to look at the attachments like the brush-heads to make sure the unit is convenient. Smaller brush-heads are easier to carry. So, plan accordingly and buy the best vacuum for dog hair.

Furniture: Ideally you would keep your pets away from the sofas and other pieces of furniture, but then we all know that is impossible, right? Make sure you keep this in mind when buying your vacuum cleaner.

After considering your home’s floor plan, the next thing that you need to consider is the type of vacuum cleaner that you want to buy. In fact, there a few types of vacuum cleaners available on the market, and each one comes with its own advantages and drawbacks. The below mentioned are a few major cleaners that you should consider before making any decision.

Upright: If you are someone who does not want to bend over while cleaning, then you should consider buying an upright vacuum cleaner. Actually, these cleaners are great for all kinds of floors that include wood, tile, carpet and bare floor.

Handheld vacuum cleaner: These are great choices for cleaning specific areas like the corners where the fur and hair get accumulated. You can also take out to clean the backseat of your car where your pets often find themselves playing with your kids.

Canister: This type of cleaner comes with a range of features for a varied range of floors. However, you need to be a savvy shopper to get a perfect one for your home.

Robot Vacuum cleaners: These are not the best of options, but they are convenient. If you are running short of time, then you could buy one of these cleaners and program it to do the cleaning. It might not be entirely effective but it can keep your floors fairly neat.

Stick vacuum cleaner: People who do not want to use heavy devices should consider buying stick vacuum cleaners. They are light and easy to use.

You need to look at other features too. Since different kinds of pets shed different kinds of fur, it is important to consider other factors…

Features: You need to look at various features such as cleaners with bags and ones that come with no bags. There are cleaners with High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters that are highly recommended for the people who want to maintain the highest level of hygiene. There are features like brush agitators that can pull up the fur and hair that is stuck to your carpets.

It is advisable that you do a little research on the various features of your future vacuum cleaner so that you can get the one that suits your needs.

Your budget: There are a variety of vacuum cleaners available on the market. You should not just buy any vacuum cleaner without understanding its application, advantages, and disadvantages. Although you may not need an ultra modern or highly expensive vacuum cleaner, but you must understand that you need a quality vacuum cleaner that can function perfectly in your setting. And for that, you need to consider the above-mentioned factors.

The undervalued aspect: You need to look at the breed of your pets. Since different breeds come with different kinds of fur, you need to understand and know what you are dealing with. It is advisable that you do your own research to find the best possible combination of all of these factors. Then you can make the best decision that fits your budget.

You love your pet, but you also want to maintain good hygiene to keep yourself and your family safe and healthy. So it is important that you buy a vacuum cleaner that can meet your particular standards.

Another important thing that you need to consider when buying your vacuum is your pet’s behavior, and the kinds of challenges that you will face during the cleaning process.

All in all, make sure that you do research online and make an informed decision. Make sure that you find the right kind of cleaner for your situation, make sure it gets a lot of good ratings online, and finally, make sure it is made by a manufacturer you can trust.

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