Everyone loves their pets but when your pet spends time indoor and out they start to smell. No one likes a smelly pup. Below are a few tips to keep your pup smelling and feeling clean:
Tips for Good House Hygiene:
- Wash your dog every three months, or more often if smelly.
- Use oatmeal based shampoo to avoid doggy dandruff.
- Buy a toy box where you can stash your pet’s playthings.
- Vacuum twice a week or as needed.
- Avoid using a combination food and water bowl that allows food to fall into the water.
- Use washable dog duvet to reduce hair and dandruff in the home.
- Brush your dog at least weekly outdoors.
Tips for Good Outdoor Hygiene:
- Remove any toy parts, trash and anything else your dog my ingest from the lawn.
- Keep doggy area pesticide free.
- Choose dog friendly, nonpoisonous plants that can withstand abuse or trampling.
- Keep a bowl of fresh water outside.
- Secure fences; look for any loose boards, holes or areas that would harm your dog.
- Make sure that your dog has an area that is covered away from the sun, rain or serve weather.
- Provide your dog with enough toys to keep him playing and not destroying your backyard.
Bathing and conditioning tips for Colder Weather:
- Test the water before you begin bathing. Luke warm is the best. Hot water dries out the skin.
2. Use oatmeal shampoo and lather your dog for five minutes.
3. Brush your dog regularly. Use a soft brush that will not aggravate sensitive skin.
Watch for scabs, rashes and itching. Consult your vet if dandruff persists despite the tips above. Skin issues can indicate more serious health problems.
With everyone gearing up to head back to school. The lazy days of summer coming to an end. Routines and schedules are changing and this can mean loneliness and boredom for your dog.
Many dog owner find this time of the year is when they experience behavior problems with their dogs.
- Chewing things
- Soiling in the house
- excessive barking
- Emotional stress or depression
Never punish your dog for these behaviors, as it will make your dog more fearful and the behavior will increase.
Tips for Managing anxiety
- Start by leaving your dog alone for short periods of time.
- Create a schedule for exercising your dog in the morning before everyone leaves.
- Once it is time to leave don’t make a big deal over it. Your dog will pick up on your emotions and get emotional to.
- Leave some interactive toys for him to enjoy while you are away.
- When you return home don’t get your dog over stimulated.
- It is easy to forget your dog after a long day at work. Trying to help the kids with homework. Remember that your dog has been waiting for you all day and has unspent energy. Get out and take a walk and give them play time.
- Your Afternoon “Aww”: Puppy Preps For Back-To-School (okmagazine.com)
Your dog may not be able to talk but his body language will tell you everything you need to know. Do you know how to crack the code?
“Let’s Play” – Front legs down on the ground, ears up, rump and tail tagging high in the air.
“Feed Me”- Paces back and forth from you to his bowl. My even let out short barks or other sounds.
“Life is so good”- Tail is held low and away from body, often wagging; mouth relaxed and slightly open.
“You’re the one in charge”- Lies on his back and exposes his belly, gazed turned away.
“I’m scared”- Fur ruffled, ears down and back, tail maybe tuck between lets, whimpering.
” Let me at them”- Lips curled up to show teeth, ears pushed back, gaze directly at subject, tail stiff, may be growling or barking loudly.
Your dog’s voice is very important. It is just as important as their body language. A bark can mean that your dog is excited, afraid or angry. If you listen closely you’ll soon be able to tell the difference. When dogs are lonely or in pain, they howl or whine in order to get your attention. Growling is a warning to you, or strange animals, that you’d better stand back.
Spending time with your dog and being observant will help you crack the code of their communication with you.