Dangers of Retractable Leashes

Dog on Retractable Leash in CrosswalkIt may be fun to allow your dog the chance to explore his surroundings on your daily walk, the ability to jog at a faster pace and over all have more freedom than a typical flat nylon lead would provide. Maybe you feel that this item is the best solution to your dog’s pulling problem; after all, he can get to where he’s going without pulling you this way! The retractable leash was created and marketed for this reason, despite the dangerous flaws that put both you and your dog at risk.

Freedom With a Price

The price tag on that useful retractable leash is not the only price you may pay when you use it. There are multiple reasons why a retractable leash may cause harm to you or your dog. Physical damage, such as cuts and burns are common occurrences on an owner who chooses to unwisely use these devices. Behavioral troubles as well as harm to your dog are also well known with a retractable leash.

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Taking the Frustration Out of Dog Training

Cute Dog On LeashAs crucial as dog training is for your pet’s social development, it’s also a task that can be extremely frustrating to commit to long-term as an owner. It’s perfectly normal to feel like you want to throw in the towel on days that are particularly hard for your dog to stay focused and listen, but that’s the biggest mistake you could make. Without consistency, dedication and patience, you can’t expect your dog to learn correct behaviors and get rid of the ones that drive you crazy (jumping, digging, barking, chewing, leash pulling, etc.) and can be dangerous (aggression, biting, growling, etc.). Addressing these unwanted actions and turning them around will take a while, but in the end, you’re sure to see it’s well worth the investment of your time. Below are a few tips for handling your dog’s training in a positive way, even when frustration begins to set in.

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Why You Should Never Declaw A Cat

Cat ClawsIs your cat continuously missing the litter box? Does he no longer play, or perhaps bite inappropriately? If you answered yes to these questions, and your furry feline friend is declawed you will want to continue reading on, and learn the truth behind the barbaric and nonsensical practice. Between the behavioral problems and health issues that crop up, declawing your cat could be the worst thing you could do to him.

What Is Declawing?

Pet owners justify the declawing of their cat in an effort to curb unwanted scratching of furniture, people, and other pets. Maybe your kitten has begun climbing your curtains or shredding the arm of your couch. Sometimes they will even take their scratching behaviors to the corners of the walls in your home. Declawing is one way to stop anymore damage being done, but is only the beginning of damaging your cat for the rest of his life.

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Training Tips to Help Prevent a Puppy from Growing into a Dog that Bites

Puppy BitingIt’s an unfortunate situation, but one which many dog lovers have to accept – puppies can bite. It can be a major challenge trying to control biting behavior, but there are some ways in which you can teach your dog to reduce and eradicate this behavior.

Puppies will at first start to bite because it’s fun and part of their daily play. It’s a completely natural and even essential behavior, especially when they are teething. Puppies love to bite their sharp little teeth into anything that passes their way during the development phase of their teeth, including the hands and feet of their master (and in worst case scenarios, children).

The good news is that most puppies can be trained to manage and minimize this problem quite easily. The faster that you start to train your puppy or young dog not to bite then the easier things will be for him and for you in the future.

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Grain Free Dog Food Brands | Putting Your Dog on a Diet

Chihuahua Eating FoodIs your dog overweight or having digestive problems? What about dry skin, greasy coats, skin rashes, itching, biting, and general irritation? Health problems like these can have many different causes and origins; every dog is different. However, a large bulk of these cases can be traced back to poor nutrition, which is an easy problem to fix. Feeding your dog a wholesome diet is good for his or her health in the long run and can dramatically reduce the risk of future health problems. With all of the good grain free dog food brands offerings available on the market today, good dog nutrition is easier than ever.

Many dogs receive poor nutrition every day due to an unsatisfactory diet, which is largely caused by commercial dog foods that are formulated for economic reasons as opposed to actually benefiting the dog’s health. Poor nutrition can cause a host of long term and short term health problems in dogs young and old. If you aren’t already feeding your dog a meat-based, grain-free diet, you should seriously consider looking into grain free dog food brands.

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Why All Cats Should Be Indoor Cats

Cat Looking Out WindowWhen it really comes down to it, are you truly invested in your cat’s health and wellbeing? Many who allow their feline friends to roam the neighborhood, countryside or, worse, city may think they are giving their kitty the opportunity to exercise her instincts, get exercise and have fun. What if you were actually putting your cat in danger? One night she just may not make it back home.

Exercise, Or Safety?

Sure, your cat just may be getting exercise while out and about. She may be hunting small animals, chasing butterflies and saying hi to the neighbor’s cat in a friendly way. However, the reality is that she is running from danger, getting into toxic substances, and quite possibly fighting for her life every time you open that door.

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The Importance of Heartworm Prevention in Dogs and Cats

Cute Dog with Heart Shaped ToyAn ounce of prevention really can save your pet’s life when it comes to this parasite. The heartworm is one diagnosis no pet owner wants to hear, and far too many dogs in shelters and rescues are suffering from. Not only is it an incredibly dangerous organism that causes serious damage to your dog or cat’s body, but it is also preventable.

Heartworms are transmitted through mosquito bites. The mosquito can bite one infected animal then bite your pet, thus infected them, too. Your pet can be tested for heartworms through a regular blood test. Your dog or cat just gets a small amount of blood taken by a veterinarian and tested for heartworm larvae. These tiny worms live in the animal’s blood stream until they mature. As adults, they travel to the heart which is when the problem becomes more complicated.

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Health Issues Associated with Certain Breeds of Dogs

Yorkshire Terrier With Bow in HairWhen you picture your favorite breed of dog, a healthy and ideal conformation probably comes to mind. However, whether you are researching dogs to find the right breed for your lifestyle or learning about the dog you currently have it is important to know, recognize and be able to understand the genetic predisposition that some breeds have to both potentially major and insignificant health issues.

Small Breeds

From purse pets to pest control workers, the small breeds are loved as well. In many of the breeds, breeders are choosing to get smaller and smaller as the public’s interest in them continues to get larger every year. The smaller the dog, the more people want them as unique and loving best friends. But with small size comes great health concerns.

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Common Knee Problems in Dogs

Jack Russell Terrier RunningImagine you are at the park throwing the ball for your dog, or jogging next to your canine companion. Is he moving his hind quarters freely, easily and comfortably? Stiffness, swelling, favoring and soreness are all common signs of knee problems, and can happen at any age, size or breed of dog. Catching the symptoms the moment you notice them can help your dog have a faster and more complete recovery or healing process from the two most common knee problems; luxating patella and torn or ruptured cranial cruciate ligament.

What is Luxating Patella?

Have you ever had a dislocated joint? Humans often times, at one point in their life, will dislocate their shoulder or a digit. A dog’s luxating patella is a fancy way of saying dislocated knee cap! Caused often from trauma directly to the dog’s knee or genetic predisposition, any breed can be susceptible to the condition. Some breeds, specifically small breeds like Pomeranians and Chihuahuas are more likely to find themselves favoring a back leg.

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Popular Names for Dogs and Cats

Cute Dog and CatHave you ever met a friend’s pet with the same name as your own furry friend’s name? It is possible that you have fallen into the trend of naming your dog or cat one of the most popular pet names. Setting the trend for our canine and feline best friends can come from a variety of places, but most stem from pop-culture icons, scrumptious foods or individual traits. Find out if your pet fits the A-list of popular dog and cat names!

Dog Names

Dogs have been man’s, and woman’s best friend for millennia. Choosing a name for them does more than just give a dog his label, it tells quite a bit about your own personality, likes and ideas. When you introduce your dog to strangers, friends, families and strangers during your walks together you are also telling those people a bit about yourself, all because of your dog’s name! This can spark new friendships and bonds.

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