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With the Christmas around the corner, getting a puppy for Christmas as a gift for yourself or your kids is a noble idea. However, there are certain questions you need to ask yourself before taking a final decision on getting a puppy for Christmas. These questions will afford you the opportunity to take a well-thought decision.

1.     Can you afford to own a puppy?

You need to be sure of being financially capable to own a puppy. The expenses attached to owning a puppy does not stop with merely purchasing her; grooming, vaccinations, feeding and insurance cost a lot too.

2.     Have you ever owned a puppy?

Consider your previous experience of owning a puppy. Was it good or bad? Were you able to cope well with the puppy? Were you able to cater for the mental, emotional and physical needs of the puppy? The answers to these questions will be pointers to what you would likely experience when you get a puppy for Christmas.

3.     Are other members of your family ready to cater for a puppy?

If you stay in an apartment with other people, you must be sure others will be comfortable staying around your puppy. If they are unwilling to welcome a puppy into the household, it is better to forgo getting a puppy for Christmas.

4.     Do you have time to take care of and train her?

Puppies are inexperienced, young and needy; hence, time must be dedicated to training and taking care of them. You need to be certain you will be able to create enough time for the training and care of the puppy before getting her for Christmas.

5.     Is your home comfortable for accommodating a puppy?

Although puppies do not require large space to grow, there are certain breeds of dogs that like playing around the house. If you are getting one of such breeds, it is important to consider how spacious your home is for your new puppy. You also need to be sure there are no poisonous substances around your home that could injure the puppy.

6.     Will your lifestyle accommodate a puppy?

Do you stay out too often? How many hours do you spend at work each day? Do you receive lots of visitors regularly? Are you physically and mentally capable of taking care of a puppy? These are just some of questions about your lifestyle you must answer before getting a puppy. In case your lifestyle is not accommodating to a puppy, it is wise to forget about getting a puppy for Christmas. You can, however, bring her home if you are ready to change your lifestyle.

7.     Is anybody in your household allergic to dogs?

While many people may not take note of this, dog dander can cause allergic reactions. Therefore, you must be absolutely sure that nobody is at risk because of your desire to bring a puppy home for Christmas.

If you can sufficiently and sincerely answer the aforementioned questions, making a decision about getting a puppy for Christmas will never cause you, your household or new puppy any problem as the decision taken will be a product of a reasonable conclusion.

Housebreaking your beloved canine companion means deciding when and where you want your dog to eliminate. Once you have determined the type of routine you want your pet to follow, the next step is to select the specific spot where you want your dog to do his business. Having a designated potty area will help make the toilet training process a whole lot easier!

 

Whenever your dog goes potty, chemicals within his waste are released. These chemicals are called pheromones and are what tell him to poop again when he goes back to his potty area. These chemicals are also what let other canines know that this particular spot has already been taken and so they will have to find another one.

 

Establishing a potty area is crucial to housebreaking your dog. Now what if he is having difficulty understanding where his potty area is and is constantly eliminating inside the house or in places where he isn’t supposed to go? What you can do is try feeding him where he is having these accidents. Generally, dogs are clean animals and will not dirty the place where they eat or sleep, so by feeding your pet in the accident areas, you can reduce the chances of your dog peeing or pooping again in those spots.

 

As much as you want your pet to be accident-free from day one, you have to understand that all dogs have accidents, so expect one every now and then at first. Housebreaking your canine friend is a process, not an instant solution. It’s more like running a marathon than running around your block once.

 

Keep in mind that positive reinforcement will always give you better results than any other training method. Punishment does not work because your dog will be unable to make the connection between his mess and the reason for your anger. In fact, getting mad at him will only lead him to become afraid of you.

 

I highly encourage you to practice patience and be positive. Your dog will pick up on your positive energy and this will keep him from resisting your training or getting frustrated.

Many owners will tell you that owning a pup is just like having a child; they get into mischief, they always want to play (putting their favorite ball or toy in your lap when you’re trying to work), and even try to eat dessert before dinner time, which ruins their appetite.

However, there are a few things your pup can’t do on their own, such as brushing their teeth before going to bed. And while the regular chew bone will help keep some issues at bay, it’s essential that every dog owner understand the importance of oral hygiene.

Your pup’s mouth

Jaws can sometimes be an intimidating sight for the new pup owner. Raising your pup to be okay with you handling their mouth is important and needs to be started as soon as possible. Of course, with that big, pink bologna tongue hanging out in there, things won’t seem so intimidating after all.

Like humans, dogs also have two sets of teeth in their lives, one set as a puppy and the other that grows when they reach four to six months. After their adult teeth come up, dogs won’t grow any more teeth and since there aren’t any canine dentures, it’s important that you help them take care of the ones they have.

There are four different types of dog jaw alignments, some of which can be more vulnerable to tooth problems. Be sure to consult with your veterinarian and discuss how often and what oral hygiene issues you may need to specifically look out for with your furry friend.

My, what big, dirty teeth you have!

Most dog mouths don’t have problems with cavities, but over time small problems can turn into serious issues, such as gum infections.

Tarter is one concern, and is especially visible to the naked eye. It doesn’t take much to spot tarter buildup, specifically around the molars when that rascal of yours takes to smiling.

Tarter buildup comes from calcium salts and hard water type deposits that accumulate on the teeth when eating and drinking (distilled water is ideal). Over time, buildup of tarter can lead to gum infection and eventual tooth loss, which is why it’s important to make sure your pup brushes their teeth regularly.

For those pups with a sweeter diet, such as treats that happen to “slide” off your plate on occasion, tarter may not be the only problem. Softer foods (often including sugary goodies) also tend to get stuck in the gum line, thus causing gum decay and recession of the gum, leaving your pup’s teeth even more vulnerable.

Brushing their teeth

Bones and chewable treats that are tough will allow them to remove the tarter buildup and debris from their teeth and gums. If you’ve noticed, some pups enjoy chewing on sticks as well. It’s not ideal, but it is an instinctive way that helps clean their teeth naturally.

In addition to chewable and dental treats, a good tooth brushing should be done every two to three weeks depending on your dog’s jaw type and diet (soft foods may require a tighter schedule).

But getting in your pup’s mouth and successfully brushing is a challenge on its own. Few pups are going to want to sit still for such an exercise, especially if they think it’s potentially a game they’ll incorporate a few evasive techniques (rushing in and out of the room or teasing).

Rather than jumping right into the brushing and scrubbing, you’ll need to get your pup used to you putting your fingers in their mouth. That’s going to be the hardest part, especially since dogs seldom put anything in their mouth they don’t chew on or eat.

Start by working their lips to allow you to see their gums and teeth. Don’t be fooled by that big pink tongue, as some will use it to try and block your view or even to try to intercept your finger or brush. At first, it’s likely they’re going to push your fingers out with their tongue and may try to chew a little. Remove your hand when they do. You want the situation to be as soothing as possible, so you don’t want to scare or intimidate them into fearing when it comes to getting their teeth brushed.

Getting your pup used to you handling their mouth is essential. If they don’t get used to you at least looking at their mouth (few will enjoy this), it’s going to be ten times harder to get in there and brush when it’s most important.

After they’ve successfully examined their teeth, offer them a treat (preferably something dental in nature) to reward them for good behavior. This will positively reinforce the situation, making it easier to inspect and brush their teeth in the future.

As your pup’s faithful friend and guardian, it’s your duty to make sure they enjoy a happy and healthy life. And everyone knows that happiness starts with a smile.

By Mike Hickmon

If you have a new puppy or perhaps an older dog, you will know just how difficult it can be to keep their toilet habits in check. This is why it is important to implement dog housebreaking into your home; your dog should have a proper place to go to the toilet. If you have an older dog that is perhaps having accidents around the house, then this is easy to solve.

One way you can solve the problem with dog housebreaking is to place incontinence pants onto your dog. This might sound like a silly idea, but if you have an old dog then sometimes they may dribble around the house without you knowing about it. This can be smelly and a pain to clean up all the time, so by popping a pair of these pants onto your dog while they are relaxing in the house, both you and your pet can relax. Just make sure you remove the pants before you take the dog for a walk!

Another way to implement dog housebreaking when it comes to older dogs is to invest in a training mat which you might use for puppies. This will act as a kind of over large litter tray for your old friend. This way your dog will have somewhere suitable to do his business, without having to leave the house and make you angry by peeing on the carpet.

All you have to do is to introduce your dog slowly to the mat and use plenty of praise and encouragement. If you see your dog using the training mat, then make sure you treat him with a biscuit and tell him what a good boy he is. This will make him want to use the mat again and again.

Dog housebreaking can be a tricky business when it comes to older dogs, but there is advice out there which you can get. This advice can come from your vet who will be able to tell you some good methods to housebreak your dog again, your local pet store might also be able to help you and the internet is a great place to get advice on dog housebreaking. You can even purchase for a few dollars, downloadable information guides on potty training puppies and older dogs and this kind of guide is invaluable if you want to successfully train your dog.

If you would like more details on dog housebreaking, then please go to Doggy-Whisperer.com. This site covers everything having to do with puppy potty training, with more articles, tips, and testimonials for all your dog housebreaking needs.

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When potty training your pup, it’s important to remember that accidents happen.

Much like a small child, your puppy is going to have accidents because of sheer biology. Within 15 to 20 minutes of taking in food or water, their bodies tend to want to eliminate. Sometimes they just can’t make it in time or they are still learning how to tell you when they need to go. Whatever the reason, it’s still important to remember that any new puppy is going to have accidents. However, it’s the way you deal with the accidents that’s so important.

If your pup does have an incident, quietly clean it up in a matter-of-fact way. Yelling or punishing the puppy for making an accident may not be the best policy, as it may result in negative behavior. Being supportive and understanding isn’t the right option always either, as it may reinforce that having an accident is “okay.” Instead, ignore your dog as you do it and walk away with patience. It’s going to take a little time.

When training your puppy, it’s important to give your pup a sense of security and direction. Setting aside a specific area for your dog to do his business will not only make potty training easier, but also faster than if you had tried to use multiple potty places.

To set aside an appropriate place for elimination, take a look at your home. Do you have enough space to accommodate your puppy indoors and outdoors? What areas can you use according to your neighborhood guidelines? Do you have a yard that’s fenced in or is safe for your puppy to use? All of these questions are things you must ask yourself when potty training your pup.

For indoor security during colder months or for spaces that lack porches, consider paper training as a safe bet. Set aside a specific area in your home with newspaper and instruct your dog to do his business. If you happen to have a bit more space or if you have porch access, you can always try the Porch Potty as an option. This compact potty training area is easy, convenient and perfect for your puppy.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember. After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again. Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

Housebreaking your beloved canine companion means deciding when and where you want your dog to eliminate. Once you have determined the type of routine you want your pet to follow, the next step is to select the specific spot where you want your dog to do his business. Having a designated potty area will help make the toilet training process a whole lot easier!

Whenever your dog goes potty, chemicals within his waste are released. These chemicals are called pheromones and are what tell him to poop again when he goes back to his potty area. These chemicals are also what let other canines know that this particular spot has already been taken and so they will have to find another one.

Establishing a potty area is crucial to housebreaking your dog. Now what if he is having difficulty understanding where his potty area is and is constantly eliminating inside the house or in places where he isn’t supposed to go? What you can do is try feeding him where he is having these accidents. Generally, dogs are clean animals and will not dirty the place where they eat or sleep, so by feeding your pet in the accident areas, you can reduce the chances of your dog peeing or pooping again in those spots.

As much as you want your pet to be accident-free from day one, you have to understand that all dogs have accidents, so expect one every now and then at first. Housebreaking your canine friend is a process, not an instant solution. It’s more like running a marathon than running around your block once.

Keep in mind that positive reinforcement will always give you better results than any other training method. Punishment does not work because your dog will be unable to make the connection between his mess and the reason for your anger. In fact, getting mad at him will only lead him to become afraid of you.

I highly encourage you to practice patience and be positive. Your dog will pick up on your positive energy and this will keep him from resisting your training or getting frustrated.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember. After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again. Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

This can be quite a problem for some dog owners, what do you do if a loose dog comes over to you and your dog, the situation can be quite intimidating especially if you have a small dog and the one coming toward you is much larger or aggressive.

The reason I have written this article is because I was on a dog forum recently and read a heart wrenching post from a lady who held her dying dog in her arms after it was attacked in front of her by a loose dog that snapped its neck.

I do not always keep my dog on a lead but I have a rule I always use when I am out with her, if she is off the lead and I see another dog with its owner if that dog is off the lead I keep Brandy off hers, I make the assumption that the other dogs owner knows their dog is all right interacting with other dogs, however if the owner has their dog on a lead I then put Brandy on hers.  This is because I feel if the owner of the other dog is unsure how their dog will react to mine I should do everything I can to help their dog be combatable, this is just a rule I use when out with Brandy.

There are times when you need to deal with dogs who’s owner is either not responsible or is not around in these situations I believe there are a number of options you might consider taking.

Dog with owner

If you come across an aggressive dog off its lead but with the owner then it might be worth having a quick word with the owner and suggesting he keep his dog on a lead when other dogs are around.

Aggressive dogs

If you are lightly to come across aggressive dogs on your walk then there are three things I would recommend you could carry with you to deter an attack.

Pepper spray

You can get dog safe pepper spray, this will cause the dog discomfort and stop the initial attack, it also acts as a deterrent from future attacks, if a dog recognizes you as someone who has caused him pain he should avoid you in the future. I think this is an extreme measure and I would only use it if there were lightly to be in danger of harm to Brandy or myself.

Ultra sonic alarm

You can buy ultra sonic alarms that can be heard by dogs but not people, this will cause the dog to get distracted and the sound will not be pleasant to him but should cause no permanent harm.

Carry a stick

This is an option you could consider a walking stick waved at a dog as it starts to become aggressive can often deter an attack, and might stop the situation developing further.

Call animal control

Whatever tactic you decide to take you should call animal control or animal welfare as soon as you are able to, the dog might be lost and hungry or it might attack someone who is not as prepared so reporting it might help it and save someone the heartache of losing a loved pet.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember. After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again. Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

If you just brought home a new puppy, you may have a few questions on your mind. Such questions may be:

• How should you go about potty training a puppy?
• What should you do when you are at work?
• Should you follow particular steps when potty training puppies?

Raising a new puppy is very similar to raising a child. It’s a lot of work and the puppies may keep you up at night. Puppies also have a tendency to get into things you don’t want them to touch and make a mess. On the other hand, your new puppy will also give you unconditional love and joy.

Training Steps

Potty training puppies can be easy if you follow these proven steps:

1) Buy a kennel or playpen.

2) Place a layer of newspaper at the bottom of the kennel or playpen. There should be enough room to put newspaper on one side and bedding on the other side of a playpen. If you are using a kennel, be ready for a few accidents at first because it’s a little small for your puppy. Dogs try not to potty where they sleep, but accidents can happen when they are very young and can’t hold it in for long.

NOTE: Playpens are a great way to potty train puppies. They can also provide your puppy with a safe place for them to play when you are unable to give them your undivided attention.

3) When you’re not home or are busy, keep your puppy in its kennel or playpen.

4) Ensure that your puppy has access to newspaper or puppy pads within 30 minutes of being fed.

5) If your puppy soils the carpet, immediately take him to the newspaper area so that he can finish his business there.

6) Avoid hitting your puppy. They will learn faster if you use positive reinforcement instead of cruelty. Reward your puppy with treats when they urinate or defecate in the appropriate potty area.

7) You can start taking your puppy out for potty training as soon as it has received its third set of shots. Start moving the newspaper outside to help them get used to doing their potty business outside.

8) Dogs will normally get trained to go outside after 4 to 6 months.

9) It may take a little while but you will be glad to have a well-trained and well-behaved puppy!

The first week of potty training will be little tough but you should keep in mind that you’re committing to a lifelong friend and you’ll appreciate the benefits of proper puppy potty training for a long time. Try to remember that your new puppy is doing its best while getting used to his new family.

Be consistent when potty training your puppy. It will be easier for both you and the puppy if you follow a routine. Without such a daily routine, your puppy may get confused, be prone to more accidents, and take longer to get potty trained. Remember that putting time and effort into your puppy right now will pay off in great behavior later.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember. After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again. Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

Have you ever found yourself afraid to move around in the yard whenever you want, simply because of a terrible neighbor? Neighbors come in all manner of natures and attitudes, and there are some that aren’t always too friendly. Perhaps they yell and scream at each other and maybe even at you and your dog. Sometimes, they are downright aggressive and intimidating.

The bad thing here is that having such neighbors impedes on your right to enjoy life in your own home, and this extends to your dog as well. For a dog, the outdoors are supposed to be a fun place to play in, and a place where they can feel safe when it’s time to take care of business. When neighbors are a nightmare, being outside isn’t really that fun at all for either one of you.

Neighbor nightmares

How do you take your dog outside to play or take care of business when you have horrible, scary or even dangerous next door neighbors? Neighbors you don’t trust aren’t exactly the kind of people you want living next door, but unless you’re willing to move, you’ll need to be able to cope with the situation.

-Yard invaders

Letting a dog run loose and uncontrolled is downright irresponsible, but there are people that still do this. Unfortunately, this can quickly pose a dangerous threat to you and your dog, especially when they have access to your yard through open fencing or even jumping over or crawling under them. If this is the case, be sure that your dog stays away from these areas unattended and keep your dog on a leash while you’re outside.

-Messing the place up

Another situation is when your neighbors are a little messy. Neighbors who don’t clean up their litter are doing more than just being a nuisance, they are exposing your dog to great harm. If your dog happens to eat leftovers found in the neighbor’s yard, you may as well prepare to visit the veterinary doctor. Where you have such neighbors, ensure your dog doesn’t roam the yard without someone looking after them.

-Neighbors with attitude

What if the neighbors are downright dangerous or aggressive? The last thing you want in the world is a neighbor with a chip on their shoulder. But this is where having a dog is quite beneficial, as long as you handle the situation properly. First of all, stay with your dog at all times. Avoid introducing your dog to the neighbors, because the less they know about your pup- such as breed type and general attitude- they won’t know what to expect from them. Additionally, don’t tell them your dog’s name either, as it can be a way for them to control or command your dog, which isn’t what you want bad neighbors to do. If the neighbors ask if the dog bites, say you don’t know and you don’t want to find out. This will make them want to avoid your dog in general, which is best for everyone.

It can be difficult to deal with horrible neighbors, but it can save you and your dog a lot of unwanted trouble if you take precautions and keep an open eye at all times. In most cases, avoiding such neighbors is the best choice, but when it comes to you and your dog’s safety, consult with the authorities if you have to.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember. After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again. Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!