How To Build Up Your Dog’s Love Of Water

Do you dream of stress-free bath times and relaxing games of fetch on the beach with your furry friend? While most breeds love the water, others are more cautious — or even afraid. If your dog is on the fearful side, it could stem from a negative experience or because your pet hasn’t spent much time near water. However, you can gradually accustom your dog to the water with the right training, patience and praise. Here are six ways you can turn your water-shy pooch into a hydrophilic swimmer who may even tolerate bath time.

1. Start With Shallow Wading

If your dog has an aversion to water, start with small exposures. Fill a kiddie pool ankle high and coax your pup in with a few toys. Ideally, the water should be very shallow. If your dog remains calm while in the water, offer praise. Run your wet hand over his fur and see how he reacts. If your dog keeps calm, continue to praise. Work on these exercises progressively and remember to always reward the desired behavior. Once your dog is accustomed to playing in shallow water, you can gradually add more and eventually work up to larger bodies of water.

2. Give Your Dog an Out

If you own a pool, it’s crucial to teach your canine how to get in and out, and where to safely rest in case it becomes fatigued. Knowing where the steps or ramp are located can help your pooch feel safer and more comfortable in the water.

3. Join Your Dog

Help your dog build trust in the water by leading the way. It’s important to physically show your canine pal that the water is safe and that there’s nothing to fear. Carry your timid pet into deeper bodies of water to demonstrate that you’re there to offer support and encouragement. Hold onto the dog’s midsection and let it stroke a few paddles with its paws.

4. Invite Hydrophilic Companions

Plan a pool or beach day and take along a few water-loving pooches. Your dog will be able to observe its fellow canines enjoying the water, wagging their tails and having fun. Observing their body language can help your dog build the confidence to engage in water activities.

5. Use a Flotation Device

Invest in a doggie life jacket for nervous canines. The vest offers buoyancy and a swaddling-like effect, which can help keep your pup calm. A wide variety of canine flotation devices are available on the market. Be sure the vest is a snug fit so it can keep your pup afloat. You can also guide your swimming dog by using the handle on the back of the vest.

6. Make Bath Time Fun

Bath time can be trickier than splashing around at the beach because it’s more invasive. Try incorporating water toys and introducing your dog to the bath accoutrements prior to entering the tub. Give him or her a treat for sniffing the shampoo, shower head and other bath time equipment. Invest in a no-slip mat for the bottom of your bathtub to prevent accidents. Be sure to use warm water at low pressure to ensure a comfortable experience for your pup. Reward your dog’s good behavior with praise and treats.

Water Safety Tips to Follow

Swimming with your pup can be a thrilling experience, but before you dip a foot or paw into an ocean, pool or lake, consider these essential water safety tips for dogs:

1. Never throw your furry friend into a body of water.

2. Rinse off canines after swimming to remove chlorine or salt water, which can dry their skin. Don’t forget to dry their ears to help prevent infection.

3. Make sure your dog takes rests from swimming every so often to prevent fatigue.

It’s also important to remember that not all dogs are natural swimmers. But with the right patience, training, positive reinforcement and safety precautions, your pup can be taught to overcome aquaphobia. Starting slowly and building a positive association with water is key to setting up your pooch for water success.

Author bio: Eryka Hawkins is Marketing Manager for Dog Lover’s Towel, a distribution company best known for its flagship product, The Absorber. She has been with the company since 2016, with experience in brand marketing, sales and customer experience.

Top 5 Best Personal Protection Dogs

In today’s world personal protection is a very relevant topic of conversation. Everyone from celebrities to your next-door neighbor recognizes the value in maximizing their protection at all times. Whether you’re out and about or enjoying an evening at home, a personal protection dog can safeguard you from harm’s way and offer you peace of mind. Make no mistake, these dogs don’t just guard the front door: they’re extremely intelligent and can be trained to protect their owner from impending danger.

So what breeds are at the top of the list? Here are the five best personal protection dog breeds to look out for…

German Shepherd

Bred as a herding dog, the German Shepard is highly trainable, naturally protective, and is an extremely lovable pooch. After all, that’s why these canines are used as police and government-employed dogs. They’re not only great with kids, but they’re ready to defend their owner without a moment’s hesitation. If you want a companion that expertly follows commands, is incredibly loyal and works hard, then this breed is a great choice.

Rottweiler

Muscular and strong, Rottweilers are built for providing optimal protection. This breed is highly sought-after for their effective guarding characteristics, as well as their affectionate and loyal demeanor. Similar to the German Shepherd, Rottweilers are also bred for duty, often used among FBI and Police forces as they are eager to work and learn. While they’re sure to scare off an unwanted intruder, when the time comes to cuddle up on the couch with family, they’ll be right by your side.

Dutch Shepherd

Sporting a lean, muscular body, the Dutch Shepherd breed can easily intimidate any looming threat. They’re highly intelligent, willing to answer commands, and love pleasing their human companion. Recognized for their great temperament, Dutch Shepherds are the perfect addition to any family or individual seeking protection. They are also extremely active, meaning they love to play and dish out a mouthful of wet kisses to show their affection.

Belgian Tervuren

Known for their long mane, Belgian Tervurens are ideal for providing protection in regions that experience colder weather. Once the summer rolls around, their lengthy fur can be shaved down to keep them cool. Bred as a herding dog, this breed of canine offers individuals and families optimal protection due to their natural herding instincts. Belgian Tervurens score high on the IQ scale, enjoy obeying commands, and are also eager to please their master.

Belgian Malinois

This military, police, and FBI K9 is a popular choice among many when it comes to finding a well-groomed guard dog. While they’re incredibly smart and active, they are also affectionate and loving companions. If your family is highly active and enjoys being out and about, then you’ll want to get yourself a Belgian Malinois.

With the right training and attention, a personal protection dog is an effective way to safeguard yourself or your family from encountering any harm. The perfect companion is out there waiting for you to welcome him or her into your home with open arms.

6 Ways for Dog Lovers to Cut Down on Allergens in the Home

I love my dog. I know my readers love their dogs. But what we don’t love is allergies. Whether they’re from friends, family, or even yourself, they can seriously compromise your health, and, just as important, your ability to spend time with your furry friends! If you’ve got houseguests who won’t visit because the dander is too much, never fear. There’s actually plenty you can do to cut down on pet dander, fur, and odor in your home. Follow these tips for a pleasant visit for everyone!

Get An Air Purifier

If you’re looking to cut down on dander and odors in the home, one of the best things you can do is to invest in a good air purifier for pets, with a HEPA air filter. Room air filters are actually a lot cheaper, and more effective than installing a system throughout your home. Keeping them in guest bedrooms, and rooms the dog spends the most time in can cut down on more than 98% of dander, dust, and hair. Just be sure to clean the filters regularly. Typically, every two months with one dog, and once a month for more than one.

Regular Grooming

Ironically, most people are more allergic to dander than pet hair. Regular grooming helps to rid your dog of dander, and grooming and brushing can help cut down on shedding. That means fewer hairs in your bed and your linen and less exposure to allergens! Depending on the dog breed, you should be brushing often, with a bath once a week, and a trip to the groomers to be professionally shampooed, brushed and treated every 4-8 weeks. Check with your vet to see what suits your breed best. Overgrooming can cause serious health problems to your dog’s skin, and even impact their immune system.

Wash Pet Bedding and Upholstery

The easiest way to remove the doggy smell, and plenty of dander, from your home? Throw your pet’s bed in the wash! You know the joy of clean sheets. Your dog sheds a lot more skin and hair than you do, and all of that can get into the air. So make sure to wash pet bedding as often as you would your own linens — and don’t forget the upholstery. Any couches and chairs that are a favorite of your four-legged friend are bound to be full of hair. Switching to leather furniture can help make cleaning easier, or you can buy or rent a steam cleaner.

Cut The Carpet Out

Not literally. But it is true that wood and vinyl flooring hold onto pet hair and other debris and grime a lot less than carpet does. Even steam cleaning, which can be expensive and time-consuming, won’t get everything. So get rid of carpets, and replace curtains with blinds and shades, to cut down on cloth surfaces in your home which can hold on to dust, dander, and hair.

Create Dog-Free Zones

If you have guests or regular visitors who are allergic to your furry best friend, the best thing to do is to keep them out of the way. This isn’t as tough as it sounds. Keeping your dogs’ food, bed and toys in one room is a good way to cut down on dander and odor throughout the house. It also makes it easier to train the dog on which spaces are his, and which are out of bounds. If you start training early, it’s easy to make it clear to the dog where there are spaces they shouldn’t go. Make it easier by marking off spaces with baby gates, or simply closing doors in guest bedrooms or formal rooms you don’t want the dog to visit in. Having dog-free zones not only helps guests and visitors with allergies, but it’ll give you peace of mind, especially during that mischievous puppy stage!

Get Some Fresh Air

Finally, if you’ve got guests or friends with allergies, make sure to spend some time with them outside the house. A cozy chat on the patio can mean all the difference to someone holding back their sniffles or runny eyes. Of course, this works best if you don’t also have an allergy to ragweed or other seasonal allergies! Alternatively, taking the dog outside for the duration of a short visit, (provided you have a fenced-in space, it’s safe, and adheres to your community bylines) can really lessen the exposure to allergies for allergic friends and family.

Getting allergic friends to visit your home without sending your dog to a doggy daycare can be tough. But it’s not impossible. With a little care and attention to detail (not to mention a strong air purifier!), you can be sure all your guests, two-legged and four, are comfortable in your home.

Dog Park Safety: How to Spot Aggressive Dogs

Many dog owners enjoy taking their furry friends to dogs parks. Dog parks allow dogs to get exercise and socialize. Unfortunately, dog parks can also be dangerous both for dogs and dog owners if an aggressive pet is present. This infographic, sponsored by Morris, King and Hodge P.C. explains how you can keep your dog safe in dog parks. It explains how to spot the common signs of aggression in dogs and what to do if you encounter an aggressive pet.

3 Health Benefits of Having a Dog in Your Life

You do all you can to make sure your canine companion is safe, comfortable, and healthy. You take her to the vet for her regular checkups, you make sure she eats a healthy diet, and when she gets older you make sure she doesn’t suffer from pain in her aging joints.

For all we do for our dogs, the unconditional love and loyalty that they offer us is enough. However, you may not have known that dog ownership comes with several health benefits, an often overlooked perk of having a furry friend.

Heart Health

Research has shown that dog ownership decreases several risk factors for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death among Americans. It appears they have this effect because of several factors: Time spent with dogs has been shown to lower blood pressure and heart rates, decrease stress levels, and promote a more relaxed state.

For example, one study showed that time spent with dogs lowers cortisol levels, a hormone associated with stress, while raising oxytocin levels, a hormone associated with a relaxation and calm. Turns out that just spending time with a dog, even if he isn’t yours, can help relieve the stress of your busy life, improving heart health as a beneficial side effect.

Overall Fitness

Several studies have confirmed that dog owners who walk their dogs daily show significantly better activity rates than their non dog-owning counterparts. While going to the gym after work may be “optional,” apparently it is a lot harder to tell our furry friend with big brown eyes that you just don’t have time for the evening walk!

The effects of the additional exercise are significant enough that dog owners have lower rates of obesity, a risk factor for many conditions including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Simply by making a commitment to walking your dog each day, you can improve your overall activity level, and drop a few pounds along the way.

Mental Health

Many people that have the pleasure of a dog in their lives are already well aware of their positive impact on our state of mind. However, it might be surprising to learn that some studies actually show that dog ownership might actually help lower the rates of several mental health problems including depression, feelings of social isolation and loneliness, and anxiety. In fact, the use of companion animals as a form of treatment for these mental health conditions is on the rise.

Now that science has identified a positive correlation, particularly for those suffering from these common mental health issues, we can expect to see more people taking advantage of the benefits of canine companionship. After all – there are no dangerous side effects, drug interactions, or long term health consequences of loving a dog!

A Heart-Felt Thanks to Dogs!

The relationship between domesticated dogs and humans goes back at least 15,000 years. Although dogs once helped our ancient ancestors hunt, heard, and stay safe from predators, they still offer us advantages in the busy modern world. By helping us stay healthy, our canine companions do more than take over the couch! In this world full of buzzing cell phones, endless distractions, and seemingly infinite pressure to perform on a moment’s notice, our fuzzy little friends offer a refuge.

Next time you find yourself worrying over the cost and hassle of that next annual vet check-up, remind yourself of how your dog is showing up for you every day!

Getting to Know The Charming Goldendoodle

Ever since man domesticated the dog, he wondered how to improve his companion so that it is loyal, reliable, and useful. Back in the old days we were mainly concerned about creating dog breeds for a variety of practical purposes, such as hunting or catching rodents, but these days things have changed. We own not just for practical purposes, but because we love them. We see and treat them as family members and they give us in return something that is very hard to find, and that is unconditional love.

Thus, it is possible to say that in present days we are more interested in dogs that are great companions and friends. This led to the appearance of several cross-breeds, or as some may call them, “designer” breeds. This means that two official, pure dog breeds are used for the creation of a cross-breed, with the purpose of obtaining a mix of the best traits both breeds can offer. So the Goldendoodle, the cross-breed you are about to discover in the following paragraphs, is the result of breeding the Golden Retriever with the Poodle, two highly popular dog breeds.

Considered by some as the perfect mix…

While cross-breeding is meant to produce better dogs, not all combinations are always 100% successful. But in the case of the Goldendoodle, it appears that nothing can go wrong. They are dogs with an incredible temperament and adorable personality. Goldendoodles are gentle, playful, friendly, and very smart. Thus we can say that it is an ideal family dog. Properly socialized, the Goldendoodle will get along well with people of all ages, other dogs, and animals as well.

Another advantage of owning a Goldendoodle is that it has an adorable appearance, but without being small and fragile. Because one of the parents is the Golden Retriever, the Goldendoodle will grow to be a medium-sized dog. So it won’t be too large or too small. If you are worried that small breeds are way too sensitive or incapable of withstanding your kids’ activity level, this designer breed will have what it takes to become a loyal companion for children of all ages.

It is not that easy to find…

The Goldendoodle is also a dog breed suitable for those that want a dog that is a bit more special. It is a cross-breed that has emerged in recent times, which means that there are relatively few dog breeders that can provide Goldendoodle puppies. Also, it is not an official dog breed, which further explains why these dogs are not widely available.

If you want to enjoy a healthy Goldendoodle as your companion, you should choose your breeder well. Cross breeding two dog breeds is not easy and in order to produce quality pups, the breeder must have sufficient experience. Take the time to perform proper research when looking for Goldendoodle puppies, as there is a chance you’ll come across a breeder looking to get a profit more than offering healthy and loved puppies.

They are hypoallergenic while having a teddy bear look…

Luckily the Goldendoodle inherits the Poodle’s hypoallergenic coat, which means that they will shed very little. So besides the fact that you won’t see too much dog hair around the house, these dogs are recommended for people with mild dog hair allergies as well. Due to the fact that there isn’t that much dog hair and dander in Goldendoodles, there is very little possibility for an allergy to manifest.

What about Goldendoodle coat colors? The most common colors for Miniature Goldendoodles are apricot, golden, red, white, and yellow. This is the result of mixing a dog with a coat that has various shades of yellow, the Retriever, with a dog that can be quite colorful, the Poodle. Besides these colors, it is also possible to find Goldendoodles that are black, dark brown, or gray, depending on the coats of their parents and how much these traits transfer to their pups.

Another aspect worth noting about their coats is that they can be found with three different coat textures as well. A Goldendoodle can have straight hair, wavy hair, or curly hair. Again, it depends very much on how the inherited traits manifest.

They are among the friendliest dogs in the world…

If you want a dog that has displays zero aggressiveness, a Goldendoodle is the one. These dogs are extremely friendly and when you think about their parents, you realize that it could be no other way. Both the Golden Retriever and Poodle are amazing dogs precisely because they are friendly, gentle, and tolerant of everyone. A Goldendoodle will want to befriend anyone and anything, so with proper socialization that starts at an early age, this dog can even be socialized with cats and other animals.

If this information about the Goldendoodle has charmed you, it is worth knowing that you are not the only one. These dogs have managed to win the hearts of many with their incredible charm and amazing character, becoming a beloved member of their owners’ families. For anyone interested in Goldendoodle puppies, Premier Pups provides all the required support. Working only with responsible dog breeders, Premier Pups promises to deliver only healthy pups that will provide love and companionship for many years.

These 11 Facts Will Make You Fall in Love with Goldendoodles

A crossing of Poodle and Golden Retriever, Goldendoodles are a wonderful mixture of high intelligence, playfulness, and good looks. This crossbreed is actually a “designer breed,” as they were carefully bred to have the adorable attributes of both parents. If their beauty does not persuade you to get one, their magnetic personalities will. Here are 11 facts about Goodendoodles you should know…

1. It is Known as a Designer Breed

The Goldendoodle is a relatively new breed of dog, first appearing in the United States in the 1990’s. The cute name of the breed was coined in 1992. Although it is not a certified dog breed of their own, the Goldendoodle is usually considered a “designer breed” since their parents are purebred.

Golden Retrievers are a playful and adorable family dog, while Poodles don’t shed and are very intelligent and athletic. This mix makes the Goldendoodle an ideal choice for a lifelong companion, particularly for people who have mild pet allergies, which leads us to number two…

2. Have Pet Allergies? Get A Goldendoodle!

Goldendoodles are usually hypoallergenic, and most don’t or even shed, which makes them perfect for owners who have sensitive allergic reactions, or people who want to steer clear of having to continuously picking up the vacuum cleaner. You will need to understand, however, that almost all dogs have pollen (old skin debris), saliva, and things that trigger allergies, therefore there is no absolute assurance a Goldendoodle will not trigger a hypersensitive reaction, but they may be the best choice out there.

3. These Dogs Are Playful and Natural Athletes

Playful and energetic, Goldendoodles love to exercise. They are content to lie around on the couch (and they make good cuddlers), but their athleticism is actually one area where they stand out. Most Goldendoodles will make good buddies for energetic, outdoor-loving families.

Goldendoodles usually weigh between fifty and a hundred pounds. They love going on walks, hikes, and runs with their owners. If you want to bring your dog along on outdoor activities, consider the Goldendoodle as your next pet.

4. They Make the Best Play Pals

If you want to play frisbee with your pet, then the Goldendoodle is without a doubt a great option. This particular breed loves to interact socially and be near their owners, and you’ll have a pal to enjoy time together in the park.

5. Incredibly Friendly and Welcoming

Any person who meets your Goldendoodle can certainly attest to their sweetness. They are well-known to become instant friends with kids, pet cats, and other breeds of dogs, which makes them a perfect dog as a family pet.

On top of that, people who want tranquility will certainly love Goldendoodles. They usually don’t bark after a knock on the door, for instance. Even though this does not make them the best watchdogs, their peaceful personalities are actually part of what makes them so friendly.

6. Three Fur Types

Fur type depends on which family genes the Goldendoodle acquired more of… the possibilities generally include a wavy, curly, or straight coat type, which means that there is no only one way to groom your Goldendoodle. Some may have easy-to-maintain, smooth furs while some may need daily bathing, brushing and in many cases, even blow drying. Goldendoodle owners ought to check with their veteranarian, who can certainly help with respect to grooming their dogs.

7. This Dog Loves Playing in The Water

The majority of Goldendoodles have an in-born love connection with swimming, whether in a river, at the beach, or in the backyard pool. This is an incredible trait for the summertime when all family members are enjoying the outdoors. But you do have to be wary and stand back when your Goldendoodle makes the decision to shake off all that water.

8. They Are Colorful

A Goldendoodle’s fur is an adorable combination of their parents’ breeds. The coat is actually not nearly as wavy as a Poodle’s, however, and is actually shaggier than a Golden Retriever’s. They come in a multitude of colors. They may be dark brown, cream, black, orange, or gray. Many even have multiple colors.

9. Different Sizes

If you do not want to take on the responsibility of a big dog, then you can choose a small Goldendoodle. As opposed to being selectively bred with a standard Poodle, Golden Retrievers tend to be bred with a Toy Poodle to produce a pint-sized puppy. Many of these small Doodles are the most adorable things you will ever see.

10. Perfect Service Animals

The Golden Retriever’s friendly personality and the Poodle’s high intelligence makes this particular breed great service pets. If you are looking for a therapy dog or a guide dog, your search is over because Goldendoodles are perfect companion animals for patients or people in nursing facilities.

11. Goldendoodles Have Many Nicknames

Goldendoodles tend to be referred to by a couple of different names that are cool and cute. A “Doodle” is one, while a “Groodle” is another. The breed is also known as a “Goldenpoo.”

You Must Know These 5 Tips to Help Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety in dogs can be easily detected. When your dog starts to howl or bark non-stop, and may even destroy things and urinate on the floor, you should find a way to reassure her and restore the faith she has in you. The following tricks and ideas are some of the best possible ways of dealing with dog’s separation anxiety…

Change the “Going Away” Signals for Your Dog

Your dog suffers from separation anxiety because she is familiar with the way you say goodbye. You need to change your going away signal to prevent separation anxiety. You may want to consider using another exit door, or put on your coat but remain in sight for about 15 minutes or simply leave your shoes, keys and other items in another location that your dog is unfamiliar with. Your goal should be to break your dog’s familiarity with signs that you are leaving. This may help ensure that their separation anxiety symptoms are not triggered. When your dog is not aware of your going out, she will probably think you are around somewhere and may not become anxious. This strategy may not be the best when you are going out of the home for a long time but it can be combined with other strategies to make it achieved the desired objective.

Play Your Dog’s Favorite Soothing Music and Add a Treat

It may take a while for you to detect the kind of song your dog reacts to oftentimes. Any music that calms your dog will always be good music to help her deal with separation anxiety. You should know that the Dog is a music lover. You can add a treat while playing music for the dog. The treat can distract him from paying attention to when you are actually going out.

Calming treats alone will only work as a short-term remedy to deal with separation anxiety in a dog, but the addition of the dog’s favorite song while she deals with the treat or toy can make the total effect longer-lasting in preventing anxiety. Playing background music for your dog can make your dog fall asleep occasionally, which is very good at calming her nerves.

Train the Dog How to Survive Alone and Create a Personal Space for Her

You should learn to command your pooch to stay in a room while you go to another room, even when you are not going outside of the house. If your dog is suffering from severe anxiety, then you may want to start by training her to stay in a room for 10-15 second intervals and gradually work for several weeks to train the dog for between 25-30 minutes to get her to stay in her place while you leave the room or house.

Similarly, creating a personal space for the dog is one of the most effective ways of helping her deal with separation anxiety. Instead of always sleeping on the same bed with your dog, you could give her a separate bedroom where you can pet her and give her some treats. Helping your dog get used to her own space will eventually eliminate separation anxiety.

Don’t Leave the Dog for Too Long

Perhaps not leaving your dog for too long may be the best possible way for the animal to get used to your routine. Your dog will eventually learn to stay alone for some part of the day if you return home within a few hours. If you have to stay away for between 6 and 8 hours or even more, you may want to bring your dog to work occasionally. You may want to structure your daily routine in such a way that you can pop in to check on her. If you are traveling for several days, you can take the dog to a close friend or relative or simply take her to a dog daycare center. Make sure the dog is perfectly taken care of when you are not around.

Make Use of Dog Anxiety Treatment Supplies

If your dog is suffering from severe anxiety, you should consider applying recommended calming agents. Consider contacting a veterinary doctor for more information on this. A dog should only be placed on calming agents only if she suffers from severe symptoms of anxiety. Any treatment medication that triggers allergic reaction must be discontinued immediately and reported to your veterinarian.

In addition to anxiety treatment medicine, you could also consider getting entertainment toys for your dog. Entertainment toys such as treat dispensers will get your dog to work and search for his treat. Pet-cube bite is another toy that can fling treats to your dog and make the animal chase such treats.

Conclusion

There are several other ways through which you can eliminate anxiety disorders in your dog. For instance, expert veterinarians suggest that you should remove all devices or items that may create panic in the dog. These may include collars, chokes, crates, and chains, especially if your dog doesn’t like such items. You may also want to hide some treats around the house and particularly indoors so that the dog can hunt for them, occupying her mind while you are out of the home.

One psychological way to help your dog believe you are still around is to make her smell usual scents of you. Some items in the home that have your scent may include your laundry or your fragrance. If your dog can smell a familiar scent in the home, even when you are not around, then she may relax and think you are probably sleeping or busy around the house. Dogs have a very good sense of smell and if you leave your bedroom open, she may think you are somewhere around. Some animal experts suggest that you should time your dog’s meal to the period you are leaving the home, which will keep your dog busy for a while.

What Are The Best CBD Oils For Dogs in 2019?

What Are The Best CBD Oils For Dogs in 2019?

With the emergence of cannabidiol (CBD) as a viable form of natural medicine for adults and children, many pet owners are understandably curious about its medicinal and therapeutic potential for their furry friends. Luckily for dog owners, so is the rest of the pet industry.

Studies and research conducted since 2011 have found CBD to be effective in treating or improving symptoms of the most debilitating illnesses and disorders in dogs, the most common of which are the following:

— Arthritis
— Cancer
— Inflammatory Diseases
— Influenza
— Parvovirus
— Fungal Infections
— Epilepsy
— Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
— Kennel Cough

CBD possesses potent anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-emitic and anti-spasmodic properties, among others. When properly isolated and administered in the correct dosage, CBD can prove invaluable in improving the quality of life for dogs of all sizes and age groups.

Is it legal to give your dog CBD?

With the passage of the 2018 Agriculture Improvement Act, the farming and harvesting of industrial hemp was made legal throughout the United States. This in turn legalized hemp-extracted CBD in nearly every state, whereas CBD derived from marijuana is only legal in 27. Put simply, you are perfectly within the law as long as you purchase your pet CBD products from a certified pet retailer.

So which are the best CBD products currently in circulation on the market? In this post, we give you our top three CBD oils for your trusty canine companions.

What Are The Best CBD Oils For Dogs in 2019?

Staying in The Pink: The Top 3 CBD Oils for Dogs

It’s important to note that unlike pet guinea pigs, rabbits or cats, dogs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Be sure to check with your local vet for the recommended daily dosage values for your respective dog breed in order to avoid mishaps.

And now without further ado, here are our top CBD oils for dogs, in no particular order:

King Kalm 75mg CBD Oil: King Kanine is a long-standing favorite company among dog lovers for their impeccable reputation and long history as a manufacturer of CBD pet products. Their CBD oil is made from phytocannabinoid-rich (PCR) broad spectrum CBD oil sourced from organic, non-GMO hemp. It’s also certified as solvent- and pesticide-free, and comes with a 30-day money back guarantee.

Canna-Pet Advanced CBD Oil Capsules: Canna-Pet is particularly well known for their steep discounts to not-for-profit pet organizations and partnerships with major pet insurers. While their CBD oil is a bit on the expensive side, you get a lot of bang for your buck. Their organic, non-GMO hemp oil is produced via CO2 extraction and boasts up to ten times the bioavailability of other CBD oils.

Medi-Pet Large Dogs CBD Oil: Medi-Pet is widely recognized as a top manufacturer of CBD pet products. A percentage of all purchases from Medi-Pet goes to their partner Saving Sage Animal Rescue, a non-profit rescue organization based in Florida. Their CBD oil is made from 100% American hemp and is certified organic, solvent- and pesticide-free. It’s also backed by a 15-day money back guarantee.

What Are The Best CBD Oils For Dogs in 2019?

A Better Quality of Life

Whether your canine companion is currently in the best of health or getting on in years, CBD is viable for use not only as treatment, but as a health supplement as well. If you believe an ounce of prevention is worth a happy and healthy four-legged friend, you definitely can’t go wrong looking into CBD oils and pet products.

5 Foods To Avoid For A Healthier Dog In 2019

5 Foods To Avoid For A Healthier Dog In 2019

When it comes to dogs, it is not only about giving them a proper walk or creating a homey environment for them, it is also about giving them the right food. Dogs have an inherent nature of sniffing and devouring almost anything they lay their eyes on, even the things that are not good for their diet.

As their owner, the responsibility falls on your shoulders to keep your dog away from those foods that don’t suit their diet and could make them really sick.Veterinarians have created a chart that strictly denotes the food items that can be life-threatening for dogs.

For your convenience, we have created a list to educate you about those forbidden foods. Let’s have a look.

Chocolates: As tempting as this item may sound to us, it is almost equivalent to poison for our dogs. Chocolate contains a particular substance known as methylxanthines. If a sufficient amount is eaten by a dog it can cause severe vomiting, panting, diarrhea, arrhythmia, even seizures. Chocolate has proven to be life-threatening for dogs and should be kept away from your pup at all times. Dark chocolates are more dangerous and can have even worse effects on dogs than milk chocolates as they have a higher percentage of methylxanthines. So no matter what you do, keep your dog away from chocolates.

Grapes and raisins: Be careful when you leave a bowl of granola with raisins or a fruit platter with grapes idle on the table if you have a dog in your home. Raisins and grapes are extremely dangerous for your beloved dog and can cause their kidneys to fail and shut down permanently. It doesn’t matter what breed of dog you have or what gender, these fruits are very toxic to their bodies as their kidney are unable to filter them from their bloodstream causing failure. So no matter what you do, don’t leave these fruits on display at your home or in places where your dog can come in contact with them.

Onions: Onions usually have a particular substance in them that dogs cannot process. That substance is called thiosulphate, which is toxic to the dogs. Once this substance enters the dog’s bloodstream it can cause gastrointestinal problems and can even permanently damage their blood cells. It doesn’t matter if it is a cooked onion or raw, or even in a powdered form, it can all be deadly to your pup. Hence try to keep your dog away from any foods that contains onions in them.

Macadamia nuts: Macadamia nuts are the members of the Proteaceae family. Generally, the items that are part of this food group are not friendly to a dog’s digestive system. If your dog ingests these nuts it can cause his body temperature to rise and cause severe vomiting, hyperthermia, and even pancreatitis. Dry fruits and nuts are items that are sometimes within reach around the house, so place them in the pantry far away from the reach of the dogs.

Avocados: Avocados contain a kind of substance called Persin. We humans are very immune to this substance but it is not the same for dogs. Dogs are intolerant to Persin and it reacts as a toxin in their bloodstream and can cause severe diarrhea and vomiting.

Conclusion

Dogs have a much more sensitive digestive system than us humans and process foods differently. Hence they have difficulty in processing these particular foods.

As an owner it is your duty to keep your dogs safe and healthy then keep them away from these foods at all times.

Author Bio: Jeremy grew up in a house full of dogs, a cat, and even rabbits. He recently decided to share his advice and opinions on his very own pet blog, BestDogFood.com.