Amazing Tips On Creating A Dog-Friendly Garden

Dogs love to spend their time in the natural environment. The garden area can be a perfect place for the dogs to sniff around and play with their master. You can plan a new garden in the right way in order to provide your dog with a safe environment. Or you can simply make some alterations to your existing garden to make it friendly for your furry friend. You can think about your pet’s requirements and turn it into a pet-friendly garden. It might turn out to be a dream space for your dog. In this article, we are going to discuss various steps that you as a dog owner can take to transform your garden in the pet-friendly garden.

Choose the Yard

You should choose a yard that is a safe environment for your little pet. Dogs are quite curious and they love roaming around outdoors in search of food. You can build a fence to keep your pet in the yard. The fence height should be determined with regard to your pet’s height. If your dog is short, then 1.2 m of fence should be enough, whereas if the dog is tall then a 1.5m fence should work. Be mindful of the gaps in the fencing because they can be dangerous for your dogs. The fence posts should be put deep in the ground to prevent your dog from getting caught underneath.

Create a Potty Area

Choose one spot in the garden where you are going to train your pet to do his business. Choose a spot that remains hidden behind shrubbery line and cover it using a material that is easy to clean afterwards. Keep consistency of training and make sure you have your pet go only at that spot. It is important to clean the area everyday, preferably with a hose.

Resting Zone

A shady and comfortable area can provide a place where he can create his own little sanctuary. Your dog should be able to take naps and rest on hot days, which will help keep them from creating havoc in the garden. They will be less into digging in the mud or nibble at your plants. You can consider making it an elevated area to allow your dog to look around his territory.

Play Area

Every dog loves to spend the time in a garden playing and running. You should create a playing zone where the dog can have playtime, a place where their attention remains away from your veggies. Create a separate zone and mark a boundary between your pet’s play area and the rest of the garden. Put ample pet toys in the playing zone with enough room so that your dog can run, jump and climb over them. And be sure to spend some time playing with your dog.

Water is a Must

Many dogs love to play in water, and so you can add a kiddie pool, a shallow pond, a hose or water sprinklers to let your dogs frolic madly in the water. You could also create a ground-level fountain. Especially during summer months, your furry pets are likely to get hot and thus water to play in is a blessing.

A Friendly Environment

Some plants are toxic to your furry friends, and so you should be careful of what kind of plants you have in your garden. Even with fencing, your dog is more than likely to eat the plants in your garden. Also, try not to allow any pools of water to collect in your garden area. The water must be running so that it does not turn stagnant. The water quality must be safe for swimming as well as drinking.

Last Few Words

We talked a lot about the ways we can create the best environment for our pets so that they can play as well as relax in their own space. But along with that, it is also important for your pet to stay energetic and healthy so that he can enjoy everything at his best. You can find the best cheap dog food which helps in keeping your canine strong and healthy. We tried to provide you with some of the major points that will help you to provide your dog with his dream garden.

 

7 Things You Can Do to Keep Your Pet Healthy

There’s a good chance that you are aware that pets require some form of wellness plan to ensure that they stay in good shape and happy at all times. But have you ever considered keeping a healthy pet checklist?… a list of things you need to do to ensure that your pet stays healthy at all times. In this article we have put together 7 must-do things to ensure that you take proper care of your pet.

The seven steps listed below from a foundation that will help ensure your pet stays healthy…

1. Pay an annual visit to the veterinary doctor

This is where most pet parents drop the ball. They never take their pets to the veterinary unless there is a big problem with the health of the pet. This shouldn’t be so, because there could be issues with the health of your pet that may not show on the surface or are hard to detect.

Outside of that, veterinary doctors can continually give you good advice on how to take proper care of your pets. Veterinarians are in a very good position to assess how you’ve been taking care of your pet and proffer good and sound advice on changes to enact to keep him or her stronger and healthy. In this way you may never need to visit the veterinary doctor because of major ailments.

2. Spay your pet

The issue of spaying or neutering your pet comes with a little bit of skepticism. However, spraying your pet can be an important factor in trying to prevent overpopulation. While people are aware that spraying can help prevent unnecessary litter what they do not know is that it can also help in preventing certain forms of cancer. Neutering can prevent testicular cancer in males and prevent breast cancer in females.

3. Flea control

As a matter of necessity, it is important that you establish an annual flea control system. Whether you like it or not, even in colder regions, fleas are just waiting outside the door looking for the right opportunity to stick to your dog or cat when you take them out for a walk.

You can take them to a veterinarian to help with a heartworm, flea and tick control system.

4. Control the weight of your pet

Most pet owners with strong emotional attachment often fall into the trap of overfeeding their loved one, resulting in an unhealthy weight gain. What you need to understand is that many pets, especially dogs, thrive better on a grain-free diet and can even lose weight if it is extended for a period of time.

As you are aware, excess weight contributes to a lot of health problems in pets including the onset of arthritis and some cognitive heart diseases. So we advise that you should take conscious effort to provide pets with the daily nutrient source required for healthy living without falling into overfeeding them. Just for the record, statistics show that over 50% of pets are overweight. Opt for a protein and veggie-based diet to ensure that they stay healthy.

5. Microchipping your pet

This might not be an obvious thing to do, but microchipping your pets is a great way of keeping your pet safe. In cases where they are lost, microchipping your pet can increase the chances of locating where he or she is. Statistics have shown that one in every three pets in the U.S.A. get lost on a yearly basis. Microchipping them can increase the chances of locating lost pet to the tune of about 238%, while microchipping your cats can increase the chances of locating them to about 2000%.

To enquire about getting a microchip in your pet, visit a veterinary doctor. With as low as $45 you can get the microchip implanted. (Note: DogPerDay does not endorse Microchipping.)

6. Bathe your pets on a regular basis

How often your pet needs a bath depends on their present state of health. Dogs and cats may not require a weekly bath but they should be bathed a couple of times every month. However, even if you don’t give them baths, do ensure you clean up their fur by regularly brushing it with a clean dry brush.

Other types of pets might require regular betting multiple times per week with a medicated shampoo to treat irritated skin. This is where a veterinary doctor can come in with the right advice and recommendation specific to the kind of pet you have.

7. Treat them right

Once in awhile give your pet a treat to help build the emotional attachment between you and your pet. As for toys, opt for soft chew toys rather than the hard chew toys that are available in stores today. Hard chew toys have the potential of damaging the teeth and mouth of your dog or cat.

Mia the Morkie

Mia is a two month old Morkie from Vancouver, British Columbia. A Morkie is a Yorkshire Terrier and Maltese mix. Mini Mia is ready for her first Christmas. She is super vocal, and can make different animal noises Ha, ha! Submitted by Yana.

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Lil Guy the Maltese

Lil Guy came to us when he was six weeks old and only three pounds. He is a snuggly loveable 12 year old dog. He loves to bark at squirrels and walks. He loves to be chased and is a loveable dog. We rescued him from a vet’s office. He was sent there from a breeder and was sick, so they wouldn’t sell him as a pure bred anymore, and we were lucky to find him. Submitted by Karla B.

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5 Top Tips for Traveling With Dogs

Everybody knows that the dog is man’s best friend. So it sucks when you have to head off to work and leave your trusted companion behind.

And how about when you decide to treat yourself to an extended vacation and have to part ways with your best friend for days, or even weeks?… It’s heart-breaking!

But if there’s one thing guaranteed to improve your travel experience, it’s traveling with friends. So the next time you fly, instead of leaving your dog behind, why not bring him along for the fun?

With that in mind, here are five top tips for traveling with your dog…

Choose dog-friendly accommodation

When you’re travelling with a dog, a pokey hostel won’t cut it — you’ll need an accommodation with plenty of space for your canine to run around and have fun. A more spacious Airbnb holiday apartment is therefore a better option, and all you have to do is make sure your host accepts pets. Many accommodation providers do accommodate for dogs (often for a extra fee), but you do need to confirm this before you book.

Microchipping

We’ve all experienced that moment of terror when, after turning away for a few seconds, your dog is nowhere to be seen. In a new and unfamiliar location, there’s probably even more chance of your dog going astray. Microchipping your dog ensures that you have the best chance of finding them quickly and easily — it’s a painless procedure where a tiny tracking chip is inserted under your dog’s skin. (Please note that DogPerDay does not endorse Microchipping.)

AllTrails

Traveling with your dog means a lot of walking around while exploring your destination. This is why it’s worth downloading the AllTrails app — it has over 1,000 walking trail destinations across the world. You can even filter by dog-friendliness, which makes it a must-have for dog owners. You can find out more about All Trails on the official app website.

Drive to the airport

Travelling by public transport (to the airport) with a dog is just asking for trouble. In a cosy dog bed in the back of your car, secured by a canine seatbelt, your dog will feel more comfortable and calm, and you will too. And if you’re worried about expensive airport parking draining your bank balance, you can use Looking4.com to find airport parking for San Francisco, Seattle or any other major US hub of your choice.

Know your dog

Not all dogs are made for flying, so before you consider taking your dog with you, ask yourself, “Is your dog particularly anxious or easily stressed?” If so, traveling with them might not be the best idea. You should also think about your dog’s triggers too. For example, is she likely to get overwhelmed by crowds? Once you’ve considered these issues, make an informed decision as to whether travelling with your dog is the right thing to do.

Follow these five tip-top tips will help you to plan a dog-friendly and fun-filled getaway for you and your pet.

That’s our list! Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Chicken Nugget the Siberian Husky

Chicken Nugget is a one year old Siberian Husky. He has one blue eye and one brown eye. He loves the snow. He always talks back, and he’s a big bundle of pure joy and energy. Submitted by Jessie K.

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Charlie the Beagle, Golden Retriever Mix

This pretty girl is named Charlie. She is a Beagle, Golden Retriever mix and is 14 weeks old. My fiance and I rescued her a week and a half ago and she is best dog we could have ever imagined. She loves to play with other dogs, no matter the size, from Weiners to Malinois, and has to meet every person she meets. Right now, her favorite things are napping on car rides, napping at home, playing with her toy champagne bottle, and did I mention napping? Submitted by Kari S.

 

How to Crate Train a Puppy

Dogs, mostly the young puppies, can create trouble, from chewing your favorite pair of shoes to soiling the carpet.

Dont worry, crate training will help protect you and your possessions. It can be useful in a variety of situations.

If you have a new dog or puppy, a crate will allow you to limit access to the house. It is also the safest and most convenient way to transport your dog in the car.

Crate training can take lots of effort and time, but when you properly train your dog to use the crate, then he will feel like the crate is his home, a safe place where he can spend time when he wants to.

If you want to start crate training a dog, then this article is for you. It will be the answer of all your questions. This is an approved stress-free process of crate training. It’s imperative to make sure your puppy always associates with a positive experience. We are going to share an exact process to crate train a puppy.

The crate training process

1. Buy the perfect crate

Now, this is like your selecting a house for your dog, so be careful. It should be large enough for him to stand up in, lie down and turn around comfortably.

Crates are available in multiple designs made of all kinds of materials, such as plastic crates, which are also called flight kennels or Vari kennels, metal pens, and collapsible, and metal crates, which are mostly indestructible, unless of course the metal is not thin at all.

At the time of purchase, keep in mind that your dog will grow, so purchase a crate which is appropriate for your dog’s expected full-grown size.

2. Show your dog his new home

You should put the crate in an area of your house where you spend many hours, and for additional comfort you should put a soft blanket or towel in the crate.

Now bring your dog near to the crate and talk to him in a soft, cheerful tone. Make sure the crate is securely fastened open, and then encourage your dog to enter the crate, but don’t force him to go in.

Sometimes dogs will take a few hours to enter a crate for the first time. You can also entice her by placing her favorite food or toys in the crate.

3. Start feeding your dog his meals in his new house

Now once your dog enters the crate and starts to enjoy being in it, then feed him his regular meals in the crate.

For a dog that will not easily accept the crate, put his meals near to the crate, and then eventually inside, and he should eventually go in without fear.

When your dog starts enjoying the crate, feeling comfortable in it, you can try closing the door. You should open the door only after a short time, 2 to 3 minutes, and then each successive time leave the door closed a few minutes longer.

4. Increase the uses of the crate

When your dog starts to spend more than 30 minutes in her crate without getting anxious or afraid, then you can begin to increase the period.

You can now leave her in the crate for short periods when nobody is home. It’s a good idea to leave her with some of her favorite toys.

Ideally your dog should not be left alone in the crate for more than four to five hours in the daytime. During the night longer periods are more acceptable.

5. Start using the crate at night

We do recommend that you put your crate in your bedroom or nearby in a hallway because he may need to go outside to eliminate during the night, so it’s good to have your puppy within hearing distance.

After a few days your dog should start to sleep comfortably at night. And when your dog is more comfortable, you can move the crate to a more preferred location in your house. Just remember that your dog may cry inside the crate during nighttime at first, so be prepared for that.

It is not recommended that you leave a puppy in his crate all day, as like humans, he also needs bathroom brakes, and some time of playing, eating and general moving around.

Every dog wants her house to be a place where only happy, peaceful things happen, so you should never use the crate as a punishment.

Keep in mind that your dog will not learn everything at once. Learning will take at least a few days and maybe a few months. Consider the above simple advice and techniques. Be assured that it is possible that your dog will start loving his crate for years to come.

That’s about everything you should know when you start the crate training of your dog. All the information shared in this article should equally apply to all the breeds of dog. We hope this article is helpful for you. Stay connected with us for useful information on other pet-related topics.