Tips, tricks, recipes for snacks, handling and so much more to ensure that you have a happy relationship with your fur baby.
Although food and feeding can be very controversial, and there is no agreement from anyone on ONE correct way - it can be a good idea to add other food to your dog's diet if possible other than pellets - pellets can be boring and some experts say a modern convenience unnatural diet, leading to many problems. Tinned foods are not recommended. You need to be comfortable and at ease with what you are feeding your dog.
- Keep in mind the expense involved in introducing a pet to the household: food, vet fees if the cat gets ill or needs vaccinations, kennelling if you go on holiday, etc.
- Make sure your house is safe and secure, especially if you want to adopt a kitten. Look at things that can be knocked over or things that could hurt a cat and adjust those.
- Prepare a quiet place where your cat can feel secure while adjusting to its new home, such as a spare bedroom. Provide bowls for food and water, a place to sleep, a litter box, a scratch post and some toys.
Generally speaking it is easier to have dogs of opposite sexes live together.
Neutering or spaying will often also contribute to a peaceful life together.
If possible at all please bring your resident dog to the shelter and arrange for somebody to assist you with introducing the dogs to each other.
Hopefully your children and any other family member, who will have daily contact to your new dog has met the dog at the shelter and spent a little time with him or her getting acquainted.
Your children will naturally be very excited about getting a dog but it is very important that your dog is not crowded by your children or forced to interact with them when he arrives at home. Give him a chance to quietly investigate his new surroundings and let his excitement wear off a bit.
Allow the dog to explore the garden at his own pace and make sure that your children just let him be. A new game or toy might help them to keep their excitement under control. You could also bring him home while your children are at school or away.
Jumping up enthusiastically is part of normal canine behaviour. It has its roots in puppy greeting behaviour which involves licking the muzzle of returning adults. For a weaned wolf puppy it is essential and normal to beg for food by jumping up and licking the adult's mouth to stimulate it to regurgitate food. In adulthood and domestic dogs jumping up becomes a normal greeting and appeasement ritual. Dogs consider it a compliment – we consider it a nuisance, especially in adult dogs.
In all likelihood it is also a behaviour you have reinforced (rewarded) when your dog was still a puppy. Tail wagging, jumping puppies are just irresistible. How great must your dog's confusion be when he grows up and suddenly you punish him for something that comes naturally to him and he was praised and cuddled for all along. He was never really taught not to jump on you, was he?
Everyone, at some point has fed their pet something from their plates, without realizing that they could be harming them. Ibuprofen (found in aspirin) is the second most common cause of canine poisoning. Dogs love the smell and will do anything to get at it!
Here are some foods best avoided when it comes to your best friend!
Certain foods may not be considered toxic, but are just as harmful for your pet. Avoid any food that's high in fat, sugar or sodium. These foods can contribute to obesity, indigestion, dehydration, electrolyte imbalance and more. Before you give your dog a bone or corn cob know that it can cause gastro intestinal obstruction. Try and avoid giving your dog bones from fish, poultry and cooked splinter type bones like lamb shanks and chops, they can cause obstruction or laceration to the digestive system. What this means is that it could get stuck in their throat or digestive track or cut their intestines causing severe pain and discomfort.
Ensure that all your animals have unlimited access to fresh, clean drinking water at all times. Keep water bowls out of the sun and clean them regularly.
Depending on his age and breed the nutritional requirements of your dog will differ.You can divide the daily rations into 2 parts and feed morning and evenings. Puppies require 4 feeds a day, reducing this as they mature. Do not keep your dog too hungry or too slim – this can increase aggression in some breeds, and behaviour problems. Treat your dog as an individual, not strictly according to amounts on food bags – if your dog exercises a lot, he will require