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If you’ve got a puppy or a dog, they’re likely to be an integral part of the family home and lifestyle. Therefore, it’s vital that you put plenty of effort into taking care of their needs so that they can, in turn, help to take care of yours. Dogs are intelligent mammals (sound familiar?), and they have very similar needs to other family members. Sure, they don’t need anywhere near as much in the way of material items and education; however, your pooch will live by their routine and surroundings. You need to ensure, that just like the kids in your home, your dog has a set routine that ensures their basic needs are met, and that they also have an enjoyable life, just like any member of the household.
Often, getting your pooch into the best routine possible will help to ensure that you and the rest of your family are also in a great day-to-day routine. Dogs will help to get you outside more, exercising regularly, not to mention providing a quiet support system when you need it the most. If you’re out of sync with your pet dog, and they are last on your priority list; it’s time to reassess your situation, and make the changes needed to give them the best life possible. The following are some ideas and inspiration for those who want to ensure that their canine companion has the best life possible, and a great routine that suits everyone in their home.
Exercise and Play
Aside from ensuring that your dog has regular opportunities to go to the bathroom, time outside will ensure that they are getting enough exercise and mental stimulation. Walking your dog in public areas is the best way to socialize them, and they’ll enjoy all the new sights, sounds, and smells that the world has to offer. The more your pooch takes, in the more they’ll return tired and ready to curl up for a nap. You can continue the great work inside the home; make sure your dog has plenty of toys to chew and play with so that they won’t be tempted to start nibbling on your shoes. Check out sites like dogable.net for some ideas on sturdy and long-lasting chew toys for your dog, and stock up. A bored pooch will get up to mischief; much like humans, dogs need to feel fulfilled each day, so make sure you’re giving them the means to keep busy.
Behavior and Habits
The only influence that will impact your dog’s behavior and habits is you. Therefore, you need to ensure that part of your routine becomes teaching them right from wrong, and what’s expected of them; otherwise, how will they know or learn? Always reward good behavior, and don’t let any bad actions slide or go unnoticed because your pooch will think that this is okay. Give them the chance to do well and incorporate regular sessions of recall and fetch into each day; you can reward with treats and hugs, and you’ll both benefit in the long run.
Spring is here, and that means lots of changes for all of us, including our pets. While you might have been worried about keeping your pet’s paws from freezing over the winter, or ensuring that they were kept warm enough on those cold nights, now you have a whole different set of priorities in terms of pet care.
Luckily, ensuring that your pets are safe and happy in the springtime is pretty easy – not least because spring is a great time for pets to be alive – just check out these spring pet care tips:
Check the Garden for Toxic Plants
Spring is here, and that means that many of the flowers in the garden will start to bloom. It is important, then that you check out a list of the plants and flowers that can cause problems for cats and dogs (come of which may be fatal), or whatever pets you may have, and that you either remove them or ensure that your pets can’t get to them when they’re enjoying the wonderful spring air.
While we’re on the subject of gardening, it is also very important that you do not use any fertilizer for outdoor cleaning solutions that contain ingredients that could poison and kill your pets. Look up pet-friendly solutions and stick to them if you want to keep your pets safe and avoid any expensive veterinarian bills.
Keep Your Screens Up
If you want to benefit from the wonderfully cleansing and refreshing spring air that has been sorely missing over the winter, you’re going to want to open your windows up, but if you do that, be sure to keep your screens up to prevent smaller pets from leaping or falling out of the window and possibly hurting themselves or going missing.
Secure Them in the Car
Spring is the perfect time to take long drives and go on road trips with your pooch as a companion. But, when you’re heading off to that local beauty sport with your four-legged friend by your side, ensure that they are properly secured into your vehicle by using a harness, carrier or grill to ensure that they cannot get out of the car or injure themselves should you have to stop suddenly in traffic.
Protect Them Against Ticks and Fleas
Unfortunately, it isn’t only us humans and our pets who love getting out and about in spring – the fleas and ticks love it too, and your petty are a delicious meal for them. That means that, as a responsible pet owner, you will need to visit this website and purchase some medication that will keep them at bay. If you don’t do this, they risk getting overrun by the pests, which can be seriously uncomfortable for them and a nuisance for you in terms of cleaning up your home and expelling the little pests, So, make sure they are covered if they’re going to be spending any time at all outside.
Spring Clean the Natural Way
Many of us like to indulge in a little spring cleaning at this time of year when everything is renewing itself. If you’re one of those people, take time to ensure that any cleaning products you use are pet-friendly. Even better than that, use natural cleaning agents such as baking soda and vinegar, which will not harm your pets while ensuring that your home is squeaky clean.
Keep Your Pets safe During Renovations
If you decide not only to do a little spring cleaning but to actually renovate your home too, be aware that many of the things you will be using, from solvents to power screwdrivers, could prove to be very unsafe for your pets. Ideally, you should keep your pets as far away from the site of your renovation as possible. If they enjoy staying in boarding kennels or with a friend who’s happy to have them, then sending them off for a little ‘vacation’ is the best thing you can do. Otherwise. Make use of crates and other barriers to ensure that they are kept at a safe distance.
Obtain Allergy Medication
Just like us, humans suffer from seasonal allergies, especially in the spring and summer when pollen is rife, so do many animals. It is, then, important that you know how to spot the signs of an allergy in your pet.
The most common signs are itching, sneezing and changes in behavior. If you spot any of them, have a veterinarian check your pet out as soon as possible and be sure to obtain the most important medication.
It’s also important that you watch for signs of anaphylactic shock because some pets can react very badly if they are stung by a bee or wasp. The more you know, the better able you’ll be to care for your pet.
Treat Against Heartworks
Heartworms, which you can read more about here, are a lot more common in the spring, so it is a good idea to ensure that your pet takes his heartworm medication on a regular basis at this time especially. Heartworms are nasty things that grow in the heart of pets, causing them extreme pain and possibly even death, They can also be very costly to treat, so taking preventative measures is imminently sensible.
Since your pets are probably going to be spending more time outside now that spring is here, You will want to ensure that your fence has no gaps that they can get out of. You may also want to add an extra insurance policy by having them microchipped so that if they do manage to break free and they somehow lose their collar, it won’t be too difficult of them to be identified and you to be reunited with them.
If you put these tips into practice, then your pets will be pretty much as safe as it is possible for them to be this spring and you and the family will be better able to enjoy the wonderful spring air with them without having to worry about a whole host of problems. Just remember that prevention is better than cure!