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Basic Supplies for New Dog Owners

Bringing a new dog into the home is an exciting time for both you and your new pet. But there are some essentials that you're going to want to have on hand - regardless of whether you're bringing home a puppy or a dog that's already reached adulthood. You can start with the basics to make sure you have what you need for the dog, but you may want to eventually add on to the things that you get so that you and your dog can live as stress free as possible. Use a safe travel device for your pet such as a pet seatbelt, carrier or crate when your dog rides with you. Whether you have a lap dog that takes up almost no space, or a large breed, you want them secure in your car. Make sure that you have the right supply of food for your dog. This will be age appropriate and have a measuring container. It's easy to overfeed a dog if you use guesswork. You'll need a bowl for his food and one for his water. Some people get an automatic feeder and watering system to be sure their pet is fed if they're not there, but ...

 


Not Good at Grooming Your Dog? Try These Tips

One large part of responsible dog ownership is to ensure proper grooming. Many pet owners may take their pets to a groomer or full-service pet salon. However, you can easily groom your dog at home, especially in between groomer visits. If your dog has never been groomed, you should first try to relax her. Talk to her in a reassuring voice and do short sessions, under 10 minutes. You need to get your dog accustomed to being touched and handled during grooming, especially if she will be going to a salon. Once you have calmed her, it's time to start grooming. Grooming entails several important things. You can ensure your pet's coat is well-maintained with a good brushing. Brushing begins with a nice solid brush. Your veterinarian may recommend a good one for your dog's coat and you may need to research how to brush your pet's coat for your dog's breed. Brush at the top of your dog's head, and gently groom the fur with the brush. Work your way down the chest, the body, the tail, around the feet if needed, and...

 


Hate the Habit, Not the Dog – How to Correct Common Behavior Issues

No dog is perfect, and sometimes he may display bad or unpleasant behaviors. You love your dog, but he can irritate you with any number of behaviors. Bad habits from dogs can disrupt a quiet house, wake up sleeping children, damage property and have other consequences. Identifying a dog's bad behavior is easy. Treating it can be relatively easy as well, if you have patience. Your dog may greet you at the door by jumping up and kissing your face. While you may appreciate this, your visitors may not. A visitor greeted by a jumping dog can get injured, become frightened, and may not return. You should train your dog not to jump on others. It’s important your dog not think jumping on people is an allowed behavior. Be sure you’re not rewarding your dog for jumping up as a greeting, and make sure others in your family do the same. Don’t give him any attention when he jumps on you. When people come to visit, you may want to put your dog on a leash to restrain him. He’ll quickly learn th...

 




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