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How To Help Your Dog Love Baths

How To Help Your Dog Love Baths

Every dog owner knows the struggle of taking their dog out to play and walking back inside with muddy paws, smelly fur, and an overall attitude of, “I don’t need a bath, I’m squeaky clean!”. However, giving your dog a bath is important, but for some dogs, this is a terrifying experience. Luckily, there are several things you can do to help your dog learn to love baths!

Table of Contents

  1. Start young
  2. Don’t underestimate a good treat
  3. Don’t rush
  4. Bring a positive attitude
  5. Make it Fun
  6. Make the water comfortable
  7. Keep it short
  8. Conclusion

1.Start young

If possible, start bathing your dog at home from a young age. This gives them ample time to adjust to the process and puppies are notoriously easier to train to enjoy baths than older dogs are! Puppies also often enjoy baths from the beginning, so this will make your life and theirs easier as they age.

 

2.Don’t underestimate a good treat

Treats are going to be your best friend when trying to get your fearful dog to enjoy (or at least tolerate) bath time. Use treats as motivation and builds your dog’s tolerance slowly. The best way to do this is by working in stages: use dog treats to get your dog to tolerate being in the bathroom then work your way up the ladder (tolerate hearing/seeing the running water, tolerate feeling the water, tolerate standing in the tub, tolerate having water poured on them, etc.)

3. Don’t rush

Baths are hectic enough for dogs with the noise of the bathroom, bathtub water, feeling a little trapped in the bath, feeling the water on their body, having water dumped on them, etc. Take your time when helping your dog enjoy baths. The slower you go and the more praise you provide, the calmer your dog will feel.

 

4. Bring a positive attitude

Dogs often feed off of the emotions of their owners. If you are showing fear, they will show fear (or they will get aggressive). By using an excited tone of voice, you’re more likely to notice your pup’s excitement level and trust level increase during bath times. Some pets also respond well to a positive attitude, but calm demeanor versus an overexcited one. You’ll have to do some trial and error to determine which one your pet responds best to. 

5. Make it Fun 

Don’t make bath time all about getting in and out. Provide your pup with some bath time toys like squeakers they only get when they are in the bath. This will increase their motivation. Also, using an excited tone of voice here and getting a little wet and messy with them will help lower their anxiety and make bath time seem more like playtime.

 

6. Make the water comfortable

Dog’s skin is much more sensitive to heat/cold than humans. You want the bath to be warm, but not hot. It should be easy for you to keep your hand in the water for an extended amount of time. If you notice your hand is getting too hot or you’re wanting to pull out, make the water cooler. The same concept applies to water that is too cold.

7. Keep it short

Bath time should not be rushed, but it should also not drag on for pups who have a fear of this time. For first-timers or pups with bath time anxiety, try keeping bath time under 10 minutes and then build it up.

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Conclusion

Bath time can be scary for new pups, rescue pups, or pups who have a fear of bath time. It’s absolutely possible to help reduce your pup’s anxiety with the help of a few tips and tricks. Remember to make bath time fun, simple, and provide lots of praise and treats/toys that will reassure your dog. You want them to enjoy bath time, not want to dive out of the tub every 10 seconds!

Summer Pet Care – What Do Dog Parents Need To Know?

Summer Pet Care – What Do Dog Parents Need To Know?

Podcast | Kiara – Summer Pet Care – What Do Dog Parents Need To Know?

 

Overview

Summer means you can do many outdoor activities with your favorite pets, but when the temperature starts to rise, you should take some precautions to keep your pets safe, whether it is an outdoor walk, or a drive, or just a play in the garden. The important thing is that your pets need to be safe and healthy. Here are some tips on how to take care of your pet in the summer.

Table of Contents

  1. Heatwave during summer
  2. Never leave your pet in the car
  3. Keep your pet’s paws cool
  4. Grooming your pet
  5. Feeding the right food
  6. Choose the right accessories for your pets
  7. Importance of a vet visit during summer

1. Symptoms in case of a heatwave during summer

During a heatwave, your pets might undergo excessive increased heart rate, panting, and drooling. If they are outdoor, then make sure they rest in the shade. Or bring them indoors and let them relax in a cool, dry place with plenty of clean water.

 

2. Never leave your pet in the car

Never leave your pet in a closed car, as this can cause heatstroke and suffocation. On a normal day, the temperature in a car can reach 40° Celsius in 10 minutes and 120° Celsius under direct sunlight. Even if you think it only takes a few minutes, it isn’t. If you ride a fur ball, please bring water and a bowl. Bring your pet with you when you get off the car.

3. Keep your pet’s paws cool

Keep your pet’s paws cool. When the sun is shining, surfaces such as asphalt or metal can become very hot. The concrete slabs used for the sidewalks are exposed to direct sunlight. Concrete absorbs heat and stores it, while slowly releasing heat. Because concrete absorbs heat, the slab becomes very hot, which can burn pets’ paws. Try to keep your dog away from hot asphalt; not only will it burn your dog’s paws, but it will also raise its body temperature and cause overheating. Always keep your pet’s paws clean and dry.

 

4. Grooming your pet

Do you feel very clean and refreshed after showering? Your pet feels the same way. Basic grooming includes washing and brushing, as well as trimming nails. Grooming usually involves massaging your pet to help them relax. In the summer, you also need to cut a cool hairstyle for your pet. Therefore, your pet’s fur is naturally designed to stay cool in summer and warm in winter. Choosing a full shave will destroy the built-in temperature control. Grooming your pets regularly is a good idea because it will help them stay relaxed and comfortable.

5. Feeding the right food

Your pet may like cold watermelons (please don’t have seeds!) on a hot summer day, this is not surprising. It is important to add liquid to your pet’s diet or make sure that the food is the consistency of the sauce. Fruits and vegetables with high water content can keep your pet hydrated and nourished. In addition, curd and rice, buttermilk, and even peanut butter and curd mix are good summer pet foods. In addition, watermelons, bananas, oranges, and cucumbers are also great summer foods for pets. Avoid foods containing salt and sugar. Make sure your pet stays hydrated in hot weather, and remember to increase their water intake by eating cold vegetables or chicken soup. Do not provide them with hot food in the summer, and make sure the temperature is cooler where the pet is living.

 

6. Choose the right accessories for your pets

We do not recommend that your pet wear summer hoodies or dog T-shirts. Their coat should be allowed to breathe free unless you take them for a walk and the weather is a bit sunny. Remove the collar, and set them free for a few hours. Also, watch out for ticks or fleas under the collar. Choose pet shampoos that contain medicinal ingredients such as aloe vera and anti-tick properties such as tea tree oil.

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7. Importance of a vet visit during summer

Send them to your veterinarian for inspection. If your pet dog has any signs of fever or vomiting, call your veterinarian and former medical expert.

What your dog’s behavior say about their mood?

What your dog’s behavior say about their mood?

As a pet’s parent, you know all the little things about pets, from the way they look when they want to feed to the way they poke you when they want to hug you. But do you understand the signs of each of their emotions? Researchers say that the emotional abilities of dogs are the same as those of 2-3-year-old children. In other words, they experienced many of the same emotions as young children. It’s a bit surprising to think that they can experience anything from happiness, fear, and anger. Just like a two-year-old, your dog cannot fully express his feelings. They rely on their actions and body language to convey their feelings. Read on to find out how your dog’s behavior affects his overall mood

Table of Contents

    1. Bitting
    2. Digging
    3. Circling
    4. Panting
    5. Yawning
    6. Sitting on Your Feet or Between Your Legs

1.Bitting

If puppies learn to communicate with their parents, they will bite you. It usually happens when they play because puppies often use their mouths when interacting. It may also happen during training. However, if your puppy bites frequently, it is important to stop before it becomes more destructive canine behavior in the future. Dogs bite people out of fear or aggression. Can you see what caused your pet to do this? Is his behavior affecting his actions? If it is difficult for you to teach your dog not to bite, consider working with a professional dog trainer or, better to work with a behavioral veterinarian.

2. Digging

Have you walked into the backyard and found that your dog has gracefully dug out your new bedding? Well, although this behavior can annoy you, there are usually good reasons. Maybe they are trying to hunt animals, find a cool place in the sun, or just become the next Houdini! But this behavior is normal dog behavior. If the problem persists, it is best to talk to your veterinarian because another problem may arise; for example, because of boredom or fears your pet is doing so.. 

3. Circling

Dogs that cannot stop running in circles may have health problems. Yes, chasing their tail is sometimes fun, but if he does it persistently, there is a problem under the surface. An ear infection can cause your dog to do circling, but persistent tail chasing may be due to the Bull Terrier. Of course, dogs may have other reasons. Older dogs may have idiopathic vestibular syndrome, which may alarm you, but all dogs are at risk of poisoning or brain tumours. Only your veterinarian can determine the cause of your dog’s hovering, so please take him to the vet.

 

4. Panting

Dogs generate most of the heat from their mouths. If your dog is breathing heavily, it may be too hot, so it will regulate its body temperature. However, it is important to pay attention to the shortness of breath, as this can be painful. Help your dog regulate their body temperature and make sure they are fully hydrated before engaging in any sports activities, especially in warm weather. If your dog is injured, take him to the vet immediately. Other health problems can also show signs of increased dyspnea. Therefore, if you have any questions, please feel free to consult your veterinarian.

 

5. Yawning

Even if you think he needs some sleep, a dog yawning usually doesn’t mean he is tired. Your dog may be interested in taking a nap, but this may also show signs of anxiety or stress. If your dog often yawns next to strangers, please take a moment to watch it. Either your dog receives the energy that they don’t like, or they are afraid for a less obvious reason. In any case, the forced introduction is not a good idea.

 

6. Sitting on Your Feet or Between Your Legs

This is often confused with possessive behavior, but it is usually a manifestation of fear or tension. Dominance is rarely a problem; your dog may try to feel safer by staying around.

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