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Important Dog Safety Tips For Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s day is right around the corner, here are a couple of tips to keep your dog safe during the holiday. Valentine’s day is a special holiday filled with sweets, flowers and other gifts. As it is already known, chocolate is extremely bad for dogs. Make sure to keep your sweets out of your dogs reach. Take note, some flowers are highly poisonous when digested by dogs. Most dogs eat anything they can, especially if they enjoy the scent coming from objects.

Chocolate is a known cause to illness to dogs. Especially the fancy chocolates that are prearranged for Valentine’s Day. A lot of dogs enjoy chocolate. Some even take the time to eat just the chocolate and leave the wrapper. The chemicals that are used in the making of chocolate is the main reason they say chocolate is horrible for dogs. If your dog gets a hold of one piece of chocolate, there is no reason to panic. But, if you come home from your date and realize that all of your chocolate is gone, then you have a serious problem on your hands. Furthermore, dogs can also get ill from the wrappers that the sweets are wrapped in.

There are many flowers that are toxic to anyone, especially dogs. It is hard to tell if your dog has eaten a plant or flower; mainly because they can eat the whole thing and leave no trace of evidence. The problem with most flowers or plants they are grown to defend themselves. For example, roses grow with thorns for protection. If your dog is to try and eat a rose the thorns can get stabbed in their throats, gums and tongue. With out you being home, you have no way to help out your dog if they mistakenly digest one of your flowers or plants.

The other gifts that are received are teddy bears, stuffed animals, etc. Leaving any of these gifts out can cause harm to your animal if they get a hold of them. Most stuffed animals or teddy bears have small pieces attached to them that dogs seem to rip out, such as, eyes, nose, buttons, etc. The problem with this is that the animals can choke on the small pieces they get from chewing them off of the gifts.

Dogs are highly intelligent, but they are similar to little babies. The only way a dog can tell what something is by sticking objects in their mouths. The only way to protect them from things they are not supposed to have is by putting them out of reach of your animal. So before you decide to go out this holiday make sure to puppy proof your houses and not to leave your new gifts in reach of your dogs. Following these tips will keep your dog safe for Valentine’s day.

How to Make Sure Your Dog Won’t Eat Your Dinner

The majority of dog owners have experienced their animal begging at the dinner table. No matter how much you love your puppy, this is a behavior, which you just shouldn’t tolerate. Especially if you have guests over, then your dog should be calm and leave everyone be during their meal.

There’s a lot said about being the pack leader. This term describes making sure your dog is aware that you are the one who is in charge of your household. Many dogs male and female will attempt to show their dominance by taking your food right off your plate. This is a usual problem when you have guests over, they turn there back to talk to someone sitting next to them, and instantly they loose there main course faster than you can say “what just happened”.

The biggest issue is occasionally feeding your dog from the dinner table is a bad habit to start. Owners often justify this behavior saying, “it’s just once in a while”, or even “I rarely do this but”. These are all bad excuses because it leads to a negative learned behavior for your dog. As the owner you must lead by example if you expect your dog to behave all the time, if you expect consistency out of your animal.

Now if your dog is well trained in general and listens to commands such as lie down, stay, heel, etc., then you do have the option of just making sure your animal follows your commands, its best to ask them to lie down above all else, this helps reinforce dominance in your relationship, it reminds the dog you’re the pack leader. Then, whatever you do it will follow suit and listen as closely as possible. If you do however notice your dog start to get up from the laying down position, curb that immediately and remind them to stay lying down while your feeding them.

Ultimately, you have to remain diligent with your dog and cannot be inconsistent. Your dog learns and remembers things via repetition and consistency. Practice this at every family meal, do it often enough prior to having any company over. Once you establish your guidelines with your dog when you are eating at the dinner table, everyone will be happier for it. Dogs need rules boundaries and limitations to feel complete. This is how it is in the wild, or if you have a pack of dogs, the dominant animal is going to let the rest of the pack know when something they are doing is disruptive, or making them feel uncomfortable, so it might feel like your being cruel sometimes to your dog, but they absolutely need this to be happy and healthy.

Keep your dog healthy with regular exercise

To ensure your dog lives a happy and healthy life, regular exercise is a must in the daily routine. You already know how critical it is yourself to exercise. Going out for a run around the block, possibly a swim or roller blading sure does leave you feeling motivated and energized. Clearly, explaining the benefits of exercise to your dog will leave both of you tilting your head in confusion. So the job falls on you as the owner to keep your dog in great physical condition. As always before starting any regiment or new diets you should consult your veterinarian.

Most pet owners main exercise provided for there dog is going to be going for walks. It’s a great idea to take your dog out for a 15-20 minute walk prior to the family going to bed for the night. This helps your pooch get to sleep when everyone else does and wake up refreshed. If your lucky enough to have a swimming pool, its a fun, easy way get your dogs heart beating and burn those calories. Also, if your dog is trained and calm around other dogs, dog parks are a great option for outdoor playing. Lots of breeds love playing Frisbee or some type of catch. Just remember, dogs were meant to be wild animals before domesticated, they could travel vast distances for food, so many dogs crave the exercise and will love you for letting them engage on a regular basis.

Another very important and often neglected thought is providing your dog quality time and one on one attention. Isolation, dejection and hostility are shared qualities of canines that have not received appropriate attention and socialize training. In fact, experts in the field have claimed that if a dog hasn’t been socialized in an affectionate, reliable setting by the time they reach sexual maturity, which is about 1- 1½ years old. Then they may never have intimate interactions with people or other animals. The plus side is delivering tender attention is the greatest thing about being a dog owner to begin with. Whether your taking your dog for a run in the park, or swimming at the beach, providing calm, affectionate contact is stress-free and fulfilling for the both of you.

For the most part you should treat your dog how you would want to be treated when it comes to exercise. Unless of course you’re not a very active person, then remember they both need and crave it. Offer a healthy diet, make sure they get loads of exercise, and make sure there’s always some quality time spent with your companion. Just make sure to have regular veterinary check-ups on top of everything else and your looking at a great long live for your puppy.