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Using Jars Equals Fresh Dog Treats Always

Figuring out how to store appropriately your fresh dog treats is important. After all, you’ve spent money and time to bake fine dog treats for your furry favorite. So, there isn’t any reason to let your efforts proceed to waste. You want to achieve extending the self-life of your self-made canine biscuits, right? Maybe you’re searching for handy, long-lasting and great ways to store treats for your canine? Then using dog treat jars are the solution for you.

fresh-dog-treats-jarEvery dog loves treats, and it won’t take long for them to recognize dog treat packages. More or less, dog treats might  become stale before you give them to your pets, even those in zip top containers. Of course, no one gives a ruined treat to his or her favorite so you do not also expect dogs to consume them.

Jar Types for Storing Fresh Dog Treats

You can keep the fresh dog treats safe just as the day you got them from the groceries by storing them in dog treat jars. The jars’ advantage is they keep out the air and moisture. Aside from that, dog treat jars can also be a great decoration for display.

The dog treat jars available throughout the market in different sizes, designs, colors, embellishments, and shapes. Because of the increasing demands of this item, most dog treat jar makers personalize the designs according to the owner’s preference.

However, if you want to grab your own customized, handy and inexpensive dog treat jars, you can actually create your own. You just need to follow the simple instructions below.

DIY Treats Jar

glass-jar-for-fresh-dog-treats-before-decorationYou will need a glass jar, large and clear enough. Also grab some contact papers in colors of your selection, air-dry clay, acrylic paints in different colors, pencil, epoxy glue, and scissors.

For the jar, you can pick the pickle jars. Wash and clean them dry, together with its lid. Select a contact paper color that will complement the color of your kitchen or place where you’re likely display the dog treat jar. You can choose from the dozens of patterns and colors available.

Make use of the contact papers to design and cut dog figures. You can place them as decorations on the jar. For instance, you can create large balls for the dog’s body, smaller balls for its head, and air-dry clay for its arms and legs.

You can add texture and details to make nose, tail, cheeks or muzzle of the dog, still with the use of shaping air-dry clays. When the design is entirely dry, you can paint the figures with acrylic paint. You can also create eye highlights, stripes, and other cute expressions of the pet.

Dog Treats Jar As Gift?

Make use of your creativity and imagination to do your original dog treat jar. Additionally, the personalized dog treat jars can be a perfect gift to give to your dog lover friends. You can fill them with different homemade dog treats or store-bought dog foods.

Any dog lover and owner will certainly appreciate this gift idea. Now with dog treat jars, you are always good with feeding your dogs fresh and healthy as well as safe dog treats. It is definitely both a delight for you and your pet.

My Additions

Earlier than you’re storing the treats you made at home or purchased, you must be certain that those are totally cooled. Otherwise, you may get stuck with a moldy dog treat jar due to condensation. Consequently, the result may be something you certainly don’t want to give your pet to consume.

The experiences show that home made canine treats that remain in a dog treat jar situated on your counter stand the test of time a lot longer in a dry and cool surroundings than one, which is stay in humid and scorching environment.

Another aspect in storing is the light as your dog treats adversary. Of course, I actually mean the direct shiny daylight and warmth as your enemies. My best advice could be to store your do-it-yourself dog treats in a cool and darkish as well as a dry place.

Please, deliberate this couple of things with regards to store the home-made fresh dog treats. It’s definitely worth the effort. Your doggie will probably be having fun with your baking efforts for a lot of weeks!

Announcement, and Adopted Dog Returned

Dear All,

I’ll discuss today about an adopted dog someone took home and returned it back after a week. But, before that I’d like to make an announcement.

Well, we are all witnessed as 2013 says farewell to us. Can you believe it? I know you’re probably thinking ahead to what you can do in 2014 to make it your best year ever, right? I admit, that’s what I’m doing.

But, we are not beyond the Christmas and year-end festive period yet. In the coming days, I look back on time elapsed from the start of this site. And I also prepare the plan for 2014. Naturally, I spend Christmas with my family.

Thinking about my readers who subscribed so far I prepare a report, the topic is dog related of course. Hoping I’ll be able to send you that by the end of this year. The preparations are underway.

And I want to say to you “Thank You” for your support, questions, or suggestions I got this year. I hope I can count on your activity in the next year as well. I’ll do my best to achieve that.

peaceful-and-merry-christmas!I wish you a Merry Christmas with full of love and happiness, and a New Year loaded of chances and satisfactions. Please, use the coming days to spend quality time with your loved ones and think about those things for which it is worth living.

An Adopted Dog Returned

And now, let’s go to the today’s topic. I anticipate that this story was in the news recently, and I felt inclined to write about an adopted dog returned.

Imagine a singer who is pet friendly person and loves the dogs. He was falling in love with a dog from the supply of a rescue foundation, and gladly took it his home. This is nothing special so far; it could happen to any animal loving people.

He renamed the canine from B to C. It was a good dog and was guarding the house well. But, it seems that the animal didn’t want to accept anyone only the singer in question.

As he said: “We liked him very much; C is really a very nice, good dog and a fine watchdog too. C was in our household for a few days when I left my home, and my wife wanted to give him food. But, she still not reached a bowl, and a dog growled and behaved as if he wanted to attack her.”

“I also wanted to introduce my 15-month-old son to him as well to acquaint themselves. Because C was heard the voice of my son from inside only so far. But, unfortunately, C’s behavior was threatening toward my son too. So I decided not to take any risk and discard the dog for family safety.”

Apart from that, the singer didn’t stop to think that the family expanded with an adopted dog. But, he says he is trying to find carefully the matching dog next time.

“Maybe a puppy would be better from the point of view that it could grow together with the child. For this moment, we are not planning another adoption, because this parting of a dog pretty worn us. A dog is not like a pair of pants that’s replaceable by man…”– added the singer.

The said dog is waiting for his loving new owner again at the rescue foundation presently. One of the members of the foundation said that this canine is a really lovable creature. They are looking for him a definitely strong, competent hand.

“This dog is a five years old, very smart, amiable animal, a true watchdog. We recommend him to a family safely, but in any case, he needs a host who is experienced, knowledgeable, and the dog doesn’t think after a day that he is the pack leader. I’m puzzled that he entered being offensive, because that isn’t his attribute at all. In any event, he is also looking forward to his final master.” – says Clare.

adopted-dog-returned“B is a very kind, sociable, truly charismatic dog, is walking nicely on a leash. He is an excellent watchdog and playmate as well. He requires the love and the occupation with him. It’s spayed, vaccinated, equipped with a chip and now is waiting for the final, responsible owner. After a week-long “guest performance,” B has been returned to us again. We brought him back, although we are sure that it would have been a great fan for the family, additionally an excellent watchdog.”

So far the story. The Noteworthy Lessons:

* As I mentioned in one of my other articles, I worked in a dog shelter as a volunteer. Sadly, the majority of the canines in shelters are located there as they had been the subject of inconsiderate buying. Specifically, certain family member or adult individuals rush to adopt a dog, although they neglected to ponder what keeping a dog involves.

I use to examine the circumstances and members in our family, and myself in addition to my time accessible and select accordingly. I’d say, to find a dog is just your first task, however, a really important one. You have to be believed strongly that you, and the animal will probably be the right match to one another. You have to be certain that your household will be the suitable home for that chosen canine.

* Avoid taking home any dog immediately from a sudden “love.” Dependent on their outer traits only you may make a false decision. Namely, their entire character and temperament might stay hidden for you at that minute.

To be aware of these completely you have to be in everyday interaction with the chosen dog. In order to uncover the correct fellow in one another requires time, similar to a great marriage. I use to take to walk the chosen animal three – four times to experience their behavior.

That is indispensable for the basic cognition, then I decide to take it or leave it.

* Your task is to prepare yourself and your family members to the arriving of your chosen animal. I use to make notices when I heard the information the rescue organization staff announces. This information I give to my family, after all, we all will live together with the dog.

It’s advisable that your spouse and kids are aware who is the newcomer. Furthermore, some dog keeping experience also is useful when you intend to take an adult dog having unknown experiences. Dogs in similar age might have entrenched habits you have to be able to handle as a pack leader.

* It’s advisable not to monopolize the dog for yourself. Dogs rehomed in new circumstances require time to understand the family members. And you should accustom the dog to accept food and drink from others from your family. By hand feeding some food your dog (under supervision) will know the smell of that person, that helps in the accepting.

Furthermore, the jealousy related their food, bone or toy is a normal practice for dogs. Of course, with love, patience and persistence you can cease that conduct after a time. And teach your family member to forget anxiety when dealing with. The dog might sense your fear and can be growl or attack.

* Lastly, but not last, older animals don’t like to share their owner’s attention, and love. It occurs many times that these dogs become a so called “one owner only” dogs. Having said that, we have arrived again to the point that we should get to know all info about the dog before we’re taking him home.

Introducing Your Baby To a Dog is not as simple as showing to your cat. When you are ready to present the baby to your dog, please consider the following tips:

Ask someone to hold the dog leash while you take place in a chair with your child into your arms. Put your hand on the baby’s head. (This gesture shows the protection of your baby and at the same time prevents it from being bitten by the dog.)

Do not place the baby on the floor and never hold over the dog’s head, because doing that you compel the dog to jump.

Use a balanced, calm tone when talking to your dog, and sometimes caress him, to feel safe in itself.

If you don’t perceive any aggressive behavior such as growling or tail downward, slowly afford for him to take a closer look at the baby – but do not lick it. The licking is unhealthy might serve as a prelude of biting.

Make sure that your dog’s leash tight enough to be pulled back if necessary. If your dog shows any negative behaviors, answer to him a definite “NO” and command him to move away or drop out of the room. If he listens to your command and goes off independently, reward it.

Even if all goes “smooth,” it is recommended to keep the dog on a leash whenever it is approaching the child, at least the first three weeks still you manage to study his behavior.

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Can Dogs Get Colds in Winter Really?

Hi Everyone,

Dogs-related news always attracted my attention. So, I just stumbled upon a news covered pets can get cold appeared on the CBS Las Vegas website. The KXNT Morning News is hosted by Joe Gillespie. He had a guest vet Debbie White, who said noteworthy advices on the subject. Dr. White explained that dogs get colds in chilled weather without your noticing.

She recommended dog owners dress up their dogs with sweaters, particularly if those are short-haired. Furthermore, Dr. White said in the conversation that you should provide your dog a sufficient amount of food and water. But, that’s not enough; you must also pay attention to prevent the drinking water from freezing.

The Cold in Practice

dogs-get-colds-in-winter-easilyI’ve to say I totally agree with Dr. White, based on my experiences. Cold in canines may have occurred and could be attributable to the varied viruses and germs. In this regard, dogs show signs similar to us, humans. Of course, much depends on recognizing the symptoms in its earlier phase.

Our dogs get colds by being around nearness with another, already infected canine, too. Together with this, low immunity levels, stress, and unfriendly climatic conditions could be further contributing factors.

Even so, the majority of dog owners normally have issues distinguish a standard cold from a severe disease. Here is a listing by way of help to make things somewhat simple for you. The list covers a collection of symptom signs that your canine possesses a cold.

Common Cold Symptoms in Dogs

– Runny eyes
– White nose and discharge-flow
– Grumpiness
– Sluggishness
– Coughing
– Sneezing
– Hypothermia

Puppy and Low Temperature

The list of symptoms can be observed in puppies and adult dogs equally. In addition, the new-born dogs don’t even require serious cold to be cool down. They have inherently higher heat demand and their coat is weak. Moreover, they lack the protecting fatty layer under their skin.

The few movements of the newborns and the slower metabolism are also added to the mentioned facts. The process from this point is straightforward: a newborn puppy gives low moaning sound. Then it moves even less, and eventually finishes its life.

After two months of their age, the puppies almost become restless, also they consume more food. Therefore, more and more fat is released within their bodies. Consequently, they are threatened by risk of hypothermia on less and less level.

If You Faced Trouble

In dogs, you have to take the common cold seriously. Namely, if it remains untreated, might have serious consequences. Your dog may exhibit symptoms of the common cold like sneezing, coughing, fever. In those situations mostly health problems – which are weakening the immune system – are behind.

In these cases, the care of the dog’s host is often questionable. Indeed, a puppy who has strong immune system will not get the same disease than his underfed, low-strength mate. By the way, helminthiasis, or other microorganisms also can produce symptoms of the common cold.

Due to the limited energy and liquid reserves, the condition of your dog may be deteriorated rapidly. You, therefore, need to take him to a vet as soon as possible. The speed of the treatment started in time can save lives. Long time dog owners are understandable dread dangerous viruses like distemper and kennel cough.

Elderly Dogs Get Colds

The older dogs get colds easily, terefore, they need protection in winter season. Most of the small, rare-haired old dogs will cool off very easily, especially if they are slim. Unfortunately, the insidious hypothermia goes unnoticed so frequently. Only the increased muscle tone, rigidity will be conspicuous for an inexperienced owner.

If the dog’s body temperature is reduced significantly, malfunction of the internal organs quickly takes place. The most frequent trouble is the renal ceases its service. The liver and the heart muscle is very sensitive to the cold effect. And the rheumatic diseases tend to be worse due to the cold.

As I experienced, you cannot eliminate the damages with rapid warming of the cold animal. The acute inflammation of the kidneys often becomes chronic, and this can be fatal. Therefore, there is no shame in wearing a coat by a weaker or older dog in winter.

Walking on Winter Roads

If possible, avoid walking your dog on the salt-strewn roads. If this is not a manageable option, then smear thick Vaseline or paw protector wax to your dog’s paws before walking outside. This will prevent cracking of the pad’s skin and keep feet away from the salt.

The salt causes burning feeling on the cracked pads, and this can lead to poorly healing wounds. Furthermore, the tiny snow balls and ice pieces sticking into toes also can be a resonwhy dogs get colds in winter. These can be very uncomfortable and painful. So it’s advisable to cut off the hair between the toes in time.

Until next time…

Alex

What’s up to Plaque Forming on Dog Teeth?

Hi All!

There is a health issue many dog owners tend to be ignored, for some reason. Specifically, I mean by this the plaque forming on dog teeth. I’ll give you an example. I mentioned you; we rescued a German Shepherd mix puppy earlier. Lisa is a brown colored, very lively little animal, and got her first shot recently.

At the Vet Office

While we were at the vet’s waiting room, obviously, I was talking to other dog owners there. Four dogs were waiting for their turn, including ours. The physician was busy to remove the plaque and some tartar from the teeth of a Pug under anesthesia.

Among, one lady was waiting there had a little stature (approx 6 pounds) Chihuahua doggie. They followed the Pug, and the pooch went through his yearly health check and also got the annual shots. The vet said the lady that there is some plaque on the pooch’s teeth, so it likely requires a dental treatment next time.

But, the lady didn’t want to be subjected her tiny dog to that process. She applied Plaque Off earlier and forgot to buy more when it ran out, thus the plaque had time to develop. The little animal is on a xxxx small kibble nutrition, that’s the only manageable size by his small teeth.

Note: I deliberately didn’t write the name, because I don’t promote that product. But, what can be the solution in case like this? Can this be prevented at all? Well, here are some related tips you can choose from.

Healthy Chews for Dog Teeth

Healthy canine is unthinkable without fit dog teeth. In my experience, much depends on what type of dog food he or she consumes, how much and what your dog chews on. I observed that, tartar developing is come out more frequent for dogs eating canned food compared to those consume dry kibble. Another observation is that a not varied nutrition also helps the formation of plaque on teeth.

carrot-prevents-plaque-forming-on-dog-teethIn case you didn’t recognize so far, the carrot is an excellent chewing for humans and dogs equally. Eating carrots and other raw vegetables can be known as good for general health and specifically organs such as skin, eyes, gastrointestinal system and teeth.

Carrots are ideal for oral health, due to the fact they assist in removing meal particles. This way, they are reducing the risk of bacterial colonization. The carrots help to forestall tooth decay because they kill the possible dangerous bacteria around the dog teeth.

Frequent carrots consuming could improve the looks of skin, furs, nails and so on and likewise enhance dog eyes health. A significant advantage of chewing on carrots would be that they massage therapeutically your dog friend’s gums and improve blood flow within the gum tissues.

And, the carrots comprise vitamin A, which is certainly vital for sustaining wholesome tooth enamel.

Dog Dental Bones

The dog dental bones are a great option for oral well-being dietary. You may find a big variety of dental treats available on the market, so it is hard to choose just one particular model or type. Some depend on all-natural materials, and that’s an explicit plus when chemical compounds are a typical practice in canine related foods.

You can even find some that use a number of techniques for keeping teeth clean, together with an outer coating that surrounds a rawhide bone. If your furry pal has a susceptible stomach, make sure you’re knowledgeable with what their dental treats comprise. It may occur that aren’t what they look like at first sight.

Rawhide Bones

The rawhide bones known as the traditional method to assist brush the teeth of your dog. It is making the most from the dogs’ conventional chewing motions. Once you do provide your canine a goody of any type, be sure you keep constant observation. And take care not to allow them to swallow large items complete, because that could cause digestive problems.

I’d also mention chewing on cattle chew bones as a teeth cleaner I use for adult dogs. But, these tiny doggies possibly cannot do anything with it due to their little mouth.

Turning Into Raw

Another solution can be and works for many to give chicken wing. You may feed the tiny dog with cooked chicken breast at beginning. And gradually reduce the degree of cooking until you can give a raw chunk.

Perhaps, tiny canines needn’t be permitted to eat it wholly if you think the chunk is too big. But, a periodic good chewing on one piece would hopefully perform the task. It ought to be uncooked because bones within a cooked piece are far too sharp and fragile.

Tooth Brushing

Next tip is the common tooth brushing; it must be carried out no less than weekly, 3 times weekly is better anyway. Needless to say your dog’s body is not the same as humans, so it’s advisable to use dog tooth paste to keep your favorite pet healthy. Fortunately, you might discover a large number of tooth brush types available to perform the process simpler for each of you.

You may have that kind of small canine with little mouth as the lady has above. Then you’ve two choice. The first option is to use a baby’s tooth brush with logic oral pet gel. It really has a fairly little head on the brush, less than the dog tooth-brushes I’ve come across.

Anyway, to use a baby’s toothbrush has another benefit: you’re able to get around the back teeth as well. If that solution is not your cup of tee then you may use the other solution; the finger brush. Every finger brush is two sided; an extra knobbly along with a soft fine facet.

If the finger brush doesn’t work for you, then no panic. You can opt for a micro-fibre tooth cleaner. Actually, it has 12,000 times more fibres than any toothbrush. It removes the plaque and bacteria equally as the manufacturer says.

Bottom Line

I recommended the lady in question to start the frequent tooth brushing. My savings tip: try a kind of old-fashioned cotton plaster. Sticking it in your finger also does the job and the breath also will be fresher than before. Additionally, your four-legged mate will adapt to you poking within their mouth.

P.S.: My Friend, would you mind telling us your proven method preventing plaque forming on dog teeth? Which is best for you? Maybe I missed something, but I’m not ashamed to learn from people smarter than myself.

Thank you,

Alex

Can Your Dog’s Cost Be Lower?3

My dog lover Friends, this is the third part in the row of saving money on our dogs. The first part covered the Choosing the Dog to Fit Our Budget and Saving Options on Dog Food. The Low-Cost Treats, Savings on Grooming and Affordable Pet Sitters were the topics in the second installment. Now, I’m dealing with the vet expenses, the serious part of costs of dog keeping which also can be reduced.

By way of introduction, I’m much less inclined to visit our vet for minor issues until natural remedies last. This is possible because of two things: partly, I perform daily checks related to dogs’ healthy status. On the other hand, during my long dog keeping experience, I’ve learned a thing or two. So, I can perceive the possible symptoms in time and administer home remedies on my own.

Even so, I still fed my dogs according to my dog feeding method, and have Dog Insurance coverage, for all eventualities. I sustain heartworm, tick and flea prevention and provide Zizi and Lisa plenty of attention. Due to these, our dogs are healthy, amazing household dogs and show true connection toward us.

Acting In Time Is Cheaper

daily-checkingThe daily checking is important also from that aspect that it’s much easier to treat something at the beginning than later. Imagine, for some reason, you postpone checking and care until a scenario worsens. This is harshness towards your animal, but we are talking about the cost now. What do you think how much will it cost you?

It can be predictable that you’ll very likely pay a great deal for vet care. Namely, an emergency veterinary care, specifically, could cost many times more than a common office visit. And it really is usually a last option once your canine gets sick throughout Sunday when local vet facilities could be closed.

It pays to think ahead a little as well. For example, to prevent problems in winter, I use to apply Shea butter (useable in foods and cosmetics) on Zizi’s nose and paws.

Seek Actions In Vet Clinics

There are vet clinics where you can get low-cost spay and neuter care on a first-come-first-serve principle. The staffs of these clinics are often vet technicians, so they are proficient but not physicians. Consequently, they don’t substitute an appointment which entails more sophisticated knowledge.

For example, my neighbor could find her dog’s annual vaccines for $25, and neuter for approx $55. The local animal shelter also may offer services on a lower fee then a non-public vet. To get info related to this the ASPCA website is definitely a useful source.

Free Vet Clinics

You may furthermore find smaller spay-neuter non-profit organization whose mission is usually to make this service accessible to almost everybody. You can search on the Internet for ‘low price spaying/neutering’ to view what’s domestically attainable for you.

You also can consult with the local Humane Society for low-cost or free of charge spay/neuter packages and reduced-price shot clinics. Say, you’ve four canines. You can get vaccinated them for what it will cost for one on your vet’s office.

Some even provide vouchers to aid with veterinarian expenses for individuals in need. Alternatively, they can offer info on other companies that are able to help you.

In case you can document unemployment or any monetary difficulty, a few of them provide this service free of charge. Moreover, at free clinics, you can obtain rabies vaccination and micro chipping for your dogs for only $10 compared to the common $35-50.

Other Helping Organizations

Converse with your veterinarian in the event you’re fighting your vet expenses. Many vet clinics are driven to establish payment plans. And a few even run donated funds put aside to assist dog owners who struggle.

You also can consult with your canine’s breed organization. Some dog clubs nationwide establish funds offered to help with veterinary expenses.

Another possibility is to look for charities that provide aid for pet owners. For instance, on the website of the Humane Society of the United States, there is a page with dedication to assist you in finding financial help and a collection of cash-saving guidelines for animal lovers.

Reducing Vaccinations

Limiting the vaccinations also can be a solution. When you vaccinate your puppy yearly, take time to read up on the risks that could reach by over-vaccination.

In reality, many vet faculties are actually teaching that vaccinating each years is a lot. And quite a few holistic specialists believe that pup shots could provide life-time coverage.

Medicaments’ Prices

prescribed-drugThe costs for prescribed drugs diverge extensively between different pharmacies. Namely, the U.S. drug pricing is neither fastened nor regulated. The price of a prescription might be varied by greater than $100 between two pharmacies around the corner from one another!

In case you’re without insurance, it is simple to get a favorable price. Whereas costs for many medicines at pharmacies are huge for an uninsured person, there are ways to gain up to eighty percent discount. There are available coupons, financial saving tips, manufacturer or pharmacy reductions, low-cost alternative medication, or simply inquiring for a better price.

You just use GoodRx’s drug price search to make a price comparison – similar to you do for electronics or travel on other websites. And you’ll find your medication at pharmacies close to your living area. This website don’t promote the drugs; they let you know where you are able to get the best deal on medicines.

GoodRx is showing you costs, coupons, reductions and savings suggestions on your medicaments at pharmacies near you. Here’s their website: http://www.goodrx.com/

Pet Insurance

Knowledgeable opinions fluctuate on whether or not an insurance for a pet is a wise funding. That’s because many insurance plans include protection maximums and restrict coverage for hereditary circumstances or problems ordinary to your dog’s breed.

But, the proper insurance plan for a pet may mitigate the financial blow of unexpected medical emergencies. You just make absolutely certain to look around and browse the fine print before choosing your variation.

When you’ve got a family dog develop an expertise to be involved into a hassle, the pet insurance could be significantly helpful for you.

Conclusion

My Friend, do not forget that apart from bills, your family dog is definitely serving to you during this troublesome time. Simply coping with, strolling and petting your canine or puppy can decrease arterial pressure and relieve stress, making your doggie your unique, in-home, four-legged physician. He is less expensive than any therapy (if you consider), isn’t it?

Alex

Can Your Dog’s Cost Be Lower?2

Hello Everyone,

We have arrived to the second instalment of reducing dog’s cost. In the previous part, we discussed saving tips on: a) choosing the right dog to fit our budget and b) money-saving options on dog food. Meantime, one of my readers mentioned the grooming expenses she spends monthly. And others are interested in saving on pet sitting costs. These are very good questions, and I say thanks to Ethel, Louis and Claire suggested them. Today we will look at those elements too, but now, I continue with the dog treats and snacks options.

And now I’m unusual because I don’t speak the treats available in pet shops. Why? It seemed for me long ago that the time arrived to begin shopping for dog treats from our grocery store rather pet food retailer. I viewed the storage unit price of top quality treats within our local pet supply.

I found that meat treats could cost more per pound than crayfish. Another item (salmon jerky) is costlier compared to the smoked salmon I purchased. Going further between containers some bear-shaped cookies were more expensive than the cheese imported from Italy.

And by visited forums I read about canines turned into unwell or dying from cheap treats, I purchased for my dogs solely the best.

Low-cost Secure Grocery Retailer Treats

This is my listing among the finest dog treats you’ll discover in your grocery store or supermarket. These won’t cost an arm and leg and simultaneously; your dog will consuming them happily and will remain healthy.

carrots-as-healthy-dog-treatsApple Cubes – I use to make cubes from them and my dogs eat them gladly.

Carrots – I slice and store them in the fridge in ice water. They like them because the pieces stay crispy that way.

Cheese – I use to give them in a little amount to avoid diarrhea.

Chicken – Cooking them in a crock pot until the meat separated from the bone is easy. The resulting stock can be useful in many recipes.

Liver – I use to slice it into thin pieces and dehydrate them. It’s advantageous to buy organic liver. Doing so, the antibiotics and chemicals conventional agriculture apply to don’t enter the food.

Liverwurst – It also called as dog crack somewhere. It’s a superb high-value treat, but I use it moderately.

Sweet Potatoes – I prepare from them dehydrated thin slices (in the oven). Of course, I wash their skin or peel them before. In a plastic container, I can easily keep them for 2 – 3 weeks unspoiled.

turkey-hot-dogs-as-dog-treatsTurkey Hot Dogs – In the event, you don’t like dealing with them raw, put slices inside a dehydrator. Alternatively, put in a baking sheet within the oven of 170 degrees until they puff up, and their moisture goes out. Then I put them in a plastic container into the freezer.

Yogurt (frozen) – I use to add two tablespoons of peanut butter to a cupful of yogurt. Then I stir and freeze the mixture until shaped the tartlet pan.

There’s no valid justification your family dog’s rewards should be a commercial dog treats solely. So, I also use to prepare homemade dog biscuits, the recipe is here. And it’s not bad, I confess I use to taste them after baking.

Saving Money on Dog Grooming

I’m convinced I don’t need to emphasize the importance of systematic dog grooming for dog lover people. I also discussed about that here recently. Now you can find some additions.

I use to do grooming procedures like brushing/combing, bathing, haircut and nail clipping on my own. Getting the necessary supplies designed for dogs isn’t problematic. And I need to purchase the tools once and use them for many years.

Of course, I haven’t started doing dog grooming the day before yesterday. I was lucky enough to observe people older than me – such as shepherds, hunters and dog breeders – as they did the grooming processes.

And Dr. Francis Header, our veterinarian decades ago was my other help in this area. For example, among others, he showed me the removal method of a dewclaw nearly fifty years ago. And also he advised me which tool is suitable for performing a different task.

One of my readers, Ethel said she doesn’t like to leave her doggies at the pro groomer daylong. And the carrying back and forth also is problematic to her, not to mention the $140 expense for two Spaniel doggies monthly.

I understand her and only can recommend you to follow my example and learn to make the necessary grooming home. Invest in a good set of sharp clipping tools that serve you long. Enter the “dog grooming courses on DVD” into your browser and the Internet will give you a tremendous result to learn. Follow the same process if you prefer books to videos or DVDs.

My secret tip1: I use surgical scissors rather dog grooming scissors, they are cheaper, but do the task just as well. Secret tip2: The diluted baby shampoo is excellent to bathe my dog, has the more subtle smell, and cheaper than dog shampoo. (This tip originated from a vet working for a pharmaceutical giant.)

Saving on Dog Sitter Expenses

working-dog-sitter Are you intended to go out of town for getting a weekend? Hiring a dog sitter doesn’t demolish your budget necessarily. Fortunately, there are various ways to identify an affordable sitter – for between $15 and $35 per day. You can begin with asking your vet for suggestions.

And additionally, you may deliberate to search at Pet Sitters International or as well as National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. It’s a good move to be certain your dog sitter is committed, insured and licensed by a pro organization.

There is another possibility, you just visit the petsitterswap.com website. Pet Sitter Swap is helpful to individuals with dogs, cats and various other domesticated animal. As they say dogs and other pets prefer them. Because of their swap service, the animals are free from staying in cattery or kennel.

P.S.: My friends, share your related tips and help other dog lovers just like you! Next time I’ll cover the veterinary cost reduction opportunities. Thank You!

By Underrating the Border Collie You Make a Mistake

Hey Dog Lovers!

I probably don’t tell you an untruth by saying the Border Collie is a smart dog breed. These canines already proved their intellect, and skills in many ways can be seen in numerous videos, picture and study. What is more, their beauty is not negligible either. Anytime you read an article or see a video in which they are the main characters; you look at their performance with smiling.

Experimenting With a Border Collie

Chaser-a-Border-Collie-knows-1,022-wordsAnd the today story also focuses on one of the most prominent representatives of this breed named Chaser. Her owner is Dr. John Pilley, a retired American psychologist who is living in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Canines are a lot smarter than the credit people given them. Dr. John Pilley unfolds the exact process how rapidly they can be taught and given the possibility can connect with us humans.

As we know, the Border Collie is a working dog and having a great deal of affection routines. That’s the reason that without structure within their lives, they are often destructive virtually. They are curious by nature and talented to accept teaching.

The Goal

Dr. Pilley started teaching Chaser gravely when he discovered a study published in 2004. They showed a Border Collie within that essay which learned 200 words. Dr. Pilley set the limit at 1,000 words as a mission, and eventually he published his findings in December 2010.

Those are acquired attention worldwide. The psychology professor taught different nouns, verbs, adverbs and prepositions to his dog. As he said, Chaser’s knowledge is a result of their common work. In beginning, Dr. Pilley educated his canine four hours daily during three years.

The Method

The sessions contained twenty exercises every day, and they repeated a word forty times per exercise. Dr. Pilley tested Chaser’s memory monthly. And he found that his dog could recall things in ninety percent of the cases correctly.

The majority of the phrase Chaser recognizes are toys, and she is capable of distinguish new objects dependent on their features, whether they are toy animals, balls and frisbees.

The Result

It may sound incredible for you, but Chaser already knows 1022 words so far. Scientists discovered that Chaser’s case stands apart from those of other animals with a massive glossary due to that she’s able to be consistent in reasoning.

For example, she was requested to fetch a toy whose name was unfamiliar to her. And she selected the unknown object from a bunch of toys she already familiarized with.

My Addition

I’m enjoying a great dog story happily, and this is certainly a superb news for me. Apart from that, while Chaser herself appears exceptional, possibly she can also be just like all canine, in displaying us what each dog is capable of.

Perhaps only a few dogs can be taught more than a thousand phrases. However, each canine I even have ever possessed could read our heart. And in my opinion, that is the excellent secret between animals and us, people.

Source of story and picture: http://cir.ca/news/border-collie-learns-language-and-grammar

Have a Happy Day with your dog, 🙂

Alex

Can Your Dog’s Cost Be Lower?1

Greetings my readers, I hope you’re after a relaxing sleep. I’m pleased to tell you that Zizi (my older dog) and Liza (the new puppy) are in good health. The little rescued German Shepherd mix got the de-worming tablets and her first vaccination on Monday. The next is due after three weeks. As she isn’t perfectly protected yet, I wouldn’t bring him in direct close to other dogs. She has good appetite and is very nimble and docile. But, let’s get to the today’s topic.

I dealt with to be caring dog owner means frequent cash outflows here. I also indicated there that I’ll discuss about saving options on expenses we spend on our dogs. So, I grab the today’s occasion to meet my promise.

What Kind of Saving Tips Are Here

To lower costs isn’t easy, but there are possibilities to reduce our monthly dog expense effectively. I am in a position that I can give my dogs they require. However, there may be loving dog owners who are on budget. And yet they keep their dogs as their essential and devoted companions.

The following tips are primarily for those of you, but others can also benefit. But, first of all, I’ll tell you that saving on pet costs doesn’t mean in my interpretation to withdraw any necessary expenses vital to keeping our dog healthy. Far from it! I like the dogs better and appreciate all caring owners than to suggest such a thing.

The American Pet Products Association estimates pet owners will spend $55,53 billion on their animals this year. And the  food, supplies and veterinary costs make up more than 68 percent of this. The rest is divided among a variety of services like boarding, day care, grooming, pet hotels and pet sitting.

Let’s see what and how can we reduce on our dog’s expense.

At the Start: Getting a Dog Companion Fits to Your Budget

lower-dog's-cost-choose-the-right-breedVarious elements are to count on when you decide which kind of dog is best to take into your household. Starting from the right lengthy walks and exercising a bigger canine requires. And continue with our lifestyle possible proper for a smaller dog instead. Ask yourself: are you ready to handle the everyday food and health issues (and bills) that might come up?

Additionally, it’s useful to know what to count on when the annual expenses come to mind? You need to anticipate paying no less than between $1,315 and $1,845 for your dog. Obviously, the amount will vary by the size of your animal. A bigger canine usually could cost more. He is eating more, needs greater dog house, larger outdoor place and alike.

The same applies when choosing between purebred dog or mixed. You have to be aware that purchasing a purebred dog can cost you even thousands of dollars. Of course, among the purebred dogs, you can find frequently occurring and rarely seen species equally.

Naturally, you have to pay more for a dog which is a rare breed. I tell you just one example: a Cava-Poo-Chon puppy price can reach the $3500 tag. And you have to sign up for a waiting list and put down a $300 deposit; moreover, when your dog arrives depends on others.

However, perhaps, doing an excellent deed can be a matter of principle for you. Then why don’t you contemplate about adopting a dog over your local animal rescue organization? You’ll pay only the small adopting expenses (around $30 – $50) for a devoted and loving companion.

Just make sure to perform your record searches: Your chosen doggie has got all the necessary shots? What’s the typical life span of s/he? What are the medical tests s/he went through? Ask to see the related veterinary data. Based on those you will learn about any pre-existing circumstances that might increase in bills in the future.

Saving on Foods and Toys With Coupons

lower-dog's-cost-use-dog-food-couponsLuckily, you can find many deal websites on the Internet providing pet promotions and freebies. For instance, on MyPetSavings.com, you can find coupons on anything from dog food to household items that get rid of pet smells. And you also can subscribe via emails or RSS to get announcements on free things.

Alternatively, you may visit the Savings Center of Wag.com that gives discounts. At present, you can obtain 25% off pet food on your first order (Code: 25FOOD). Alternatively, for example, you can buy Wellness Complete Health Small Breed Adult Turkey & Oatmeal with 30% savings.

Furthermore, it’s worth having a look to PetSmart.com. Today I saw their actual offer to save 30% off $150, 20% off $100, 15% off $60 on your online order. And the free shipping is a plus, over $49.

If you’re going shopping at retailers like Petco.com, watch out for coupons and request to being a partaker in their reward’s projects.

There is another saving tip that I prefer always. I use to buy dog food in bulk, and you also can do that.

For example, at PetSmart, the dog food called Nutro Natural Choice costs $14.99 per a 5 lb bag. However, if you purchase the 30 lb bag for $52.99, then you spend less than $9 per 5 lb.

Expensive toys, gourmand treats and meals, and also stylish dog garments can certainly increase your expenses. Even so, no one has demonstrated that these items are vital to the happiness of our dogs.

And, when you’re on a spending budget, think about leaving the dream extras and go for easy ways to satisfy your dog’s need. I experienced that they prefer to have fun with you compared to a tricky toy.

Going back to the dog food; I cannot emphasize enough the timely feeding and accurate administration. I’m saying this because I know a dog owner who random provide the nutrition quantity. She has a remorse because she leaves her dog alone and by coming back she put her canine much more than necessary.

This way, she is inefficient in animal feed, and her German Shepherd is frequent patient at her vet. And this leads to the higher expenses, although it could be lower. Anyway, next time I’ll continue with dog treats and in the third part I’ll discuss about how you can reduce your vet bills.

Considering Your Dog Grooming Needs

Hi Everyone!

Before we discuss about the dog grooming needs of your pet, I’ll mention our daily actions.  I’m in a good mood because we have a new family member. At the day before yesterday, I got a German Shepherd mix puppy from a local rescue organization. The introducing the newcomer to Zizi went quite smoothly; she accepted Lisa (the puppy) instantly. (That’s meant if your dog trusts you, I believe.) Lisa gradually became acquainted with other members of my family. She has mapped out her new living space, which will be the two of them thereafter. But, let’s get to your dog’s grooming needs.

Due to the rainy weather, the soil soaked up, so the paws’ cleaning and dog bathing followed our walking with Zizi today. I took away the mud from her toes and also examined them for possibly injury. The next step of dog grooming was to comb her hair and bathe the ‘lady’ full. I rubbed her coat thoroughly by towel and ended the canine grooming process with a hair dryer. I found she is also preparing for the winter and grows her hair anyway.

I’m lucky enough with her coat. Given that she is a Labrador and German Shepherd mix, she requires only simple maintenance, like hair brushing. Anyway, the dog grooming seems like an art for beginner dog owners as I experienced. And it really can be an art if you go from primary canine care to virtually spa-like coddling.

Grooming Requirements of Different Coat Types

Before going any further, you’ve to accept that dog grooming isn’t merely an indulgence. Rather it’s an unavoidable necessity. Your doggie which doesn’t get correct grooming on a timely method is susceptible for gingivitis, sickness, parasites and harm to skin and fur equally.

The fundamental grooming necessities determined by your dog’s breed as well as his / her characteristics. Based on those, your dog’s hair can be short, long, straight, wavy, silky, coarse, and combinations thereof, too. And you, as a pet owner, will handle the canine hair in beginning.

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A Komondor Dog Grooming Needs Are Frequent

Lengthy haired canines that shed are required grooming more often than short coated fellows or those that solely shed periodically. Those dogs equipped with frizzy or curly hair want day by day care to remain detangled and take away particles or foliage. Namely, that will be caught within the coat as your animal is walking or exercising outside.

Hiring Dog Grooming Professionals

And do not deny, but bringing your family dog to a professional groomer on the weekly basis may be costly. Obviously, if you want to bring your favorite to dog shows, then you should take the expenses involved. And, if you’d like to give the best for your furry friend, you may also rent mobile dog groomers.

Those people are operating a complete grooming station within their vans. These professionals are parking in your driveway and perform the whole grooming process onboard. This is a superb comfort and avoids the “moist dog” odor lingering within your bathroom. To economize, it’s also possible doing most of the primary dog grooming methods yourself if you learn those.

Dog Grooming on Your Own

Of course, your four-legged mate might not be thrilled about receiving bathing, but that shouldn’t limit you. Bathing is definitely a well being concern for pets similar to how it is due to people. You will not cease to bathing your toddler simply because she shrieks at tub time, will you?

If you’re uncertain about the proper techniques doing brushing, de-tangling and bathing your pet’s coat, look for the best online resource. Alternatively, you can possibly ask for watching the elements of dog grooming at a groomer. You might also take a course from a vet’s workplace or a pet retailer.

Those classes help you to get familiar with the proper techniques. Additionally, you can obtain some professional recommendations on how to handle your family dog’s nervousness or fears throughout grooming process.

WARNING! The skin underneath of your canine’s fur could be sensitive extremely. So, keep away from aggressive scrubbing when bathing your animal. Otherwise, you w’ll be able to remove excessive body oils that defend skin and fur follicles equally.

I Use To Do It This Way

I use to avoid shampoo, scents or powder and alike, which isn’t designed for apply with canines. Applying those is doing more harm than good as well as an unnecessary vet bill. Namely, those products may cause infection or irritation in your dog’s skin.

Thus, if some product isn’t dedicated for my dog or her fur, then I never use that. Certainly, you’re understand the importance of being patient during grooming. I always take time to speak fondly to my dog and rub her belly or shoulder.

These contribute to develop a joyful feeling and quality dog grooming process. For instance, if I’m impatient, then I don’t even begin this operation. My canine would be difficult to manage if she discovered my impatience.

Dog Grooming Tools

Dog's-grooming-toolsOf course, to reach success in grooming requires correct tools. Please, don’t use the outdated hairbrush of your family in your canine. Acquire particular combs and brushes that are designed for your pet’s fur. You’ll not lower your expenses using your throw-away when you injure your dog’s skin with those.

I believe, your dog doesn’t miss the pain (you might cause), and also you a high veterinary bill. Apart from that, you would possibly save some cash by bringing your dog to a groomer monthly or bi-weekly. For example, you’re able to do plain hair brushing or deal with the bath every two weeks (if necessary).

Conclusion

When your dog friend spends the majority of its time open air, you continuously need to do primary grooming. Without cleanliness, your family dog can be subject to different parasite colonization, which may give him a hard time. The dog grooming is a necessary part of keeping up with your dog’s health as well. His or her good looks and your peace of mind deserves that.

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Caring Dog Ownership Costs Money, Too

When it comes to dog ownership, you might find yourself in a situation like a boat owner. I’m saying this because that position comes with a never-ending money spending. One example: already the purchase of the dog itself is concerned on quite a wide range of costs. Namely, it may have a price varying from a $30 pet adoption charge to three thousands dollars and over for purebred and trendy canines. And you ought to pay that amount before you get your pet.

Feeding Costs

First, you have to have the right type of dog food. Food choices are age-graded so that what you feed a puppy differs from what you give an adult dog. There are even foods for both puppies and older dogs with extra nutrients to match their unique needs.

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Caring Dog Ownership Provides Quality Food

It turns out from a Consumer Reports survey that dog owner individuals spend typically around $36 per month for canine food. CR also says that a major portion of the nationwide pet-meals spending nowadays pertains to the so-known premium and super-premium dog food versions.

However, your conscientious veterinarian will most likely inform you that the common dog doesn’t want expensive food. For wholesome grownup canines, a medium-priced dry kibble can provide good diet so long as it carries certain labels. You need to first search for “complete and balanced” on the label.

That signifies the food items offers sufficient amount of nutrients to be your family dog’s solely way to obtain meals as outlined through AAFCO. Then search for a declaration situated on the bag which claims the food meets the standards of the Association of American Feed Control Officials.

Is Your Dog Inside or Outdoor?

A canine living outdoor requires a spot to rest and sleep that’s saved off of the weather. Merely putting your dog into a fenced kennel isn’t suitable. Of course, that solution would be somewhat better than a prison.

But, a caring dog ownership is not about that. On a serious note, your outdoor canine wants a strong doghouse with insulated sides, floor and roof – to bearing extreme climates. These insulated dog houses can be available from $250 – $300 for small doggies.

The upper limit can reach or exceed the one thousand dollars for bigger canines. Providing an air con or possible heating unit to the doghouse outdoor for the price of the unit plus installation can be another solution.

For dogs living inside you may also acquire an interior doghouse. That can supply a feeling of privacy to your small or medium canines. A captivating indoor doghouse made from rattan is generally available in smaller sizes for not much than $200.

Required Supplies

Obviously, your dog also requires the proper bowls for drink and eating. The bowls for young puppies are nearer to the ground and made durable to avoid a fall over. These are not particularly large items in your budget. For example; a stainless steel bowl is available for fewer than five dollars now.

After that you’ll need a sleeping area for your puppy. Depending on your conception and purses that may start from a discarded winter coat. The other extreme may be to use a completely decked mattress within a box that is more expensive than your own bed.

Anything between the two is imaginable. The point is which one will be suitable to your canine. I have seen cases where the dog preferred the cheaper solution.

Equipments like a collar or leash is a one-time investment (except loss or ruined by chew). I’ve discovered a set contained the collar and leash under $20 online. Of course, I’m talking about that fulfills the modest needs. Extra demand requires more money, as always.

Dog Clothing

I have written about that previously here and here. Apart from that, in chilly and moist climates, dog raincoats and sweaters are reasonable items. The small canines really want some additional warmth provided by a sweater.

The tendency to dress dogs start from swimsuits to celebration costumes for Halloween or high fashion shortly runs the tab for a brand-new wardrobe that you simply love, however, don’t count on each animal to prefer that idea.

Dog Toys

I do realize that the toy part is just a bit small compared to what you may discover in department stores for your toddlers. Dog toys can start from cheap bones and chew objects. The line is continuing to toy squirrels, frogs or cats anyway.

That may set up the sense of your canine the mastery over other animals. Anyway, earlier I dealt with choosing chew toys for our dogs here.

Dog Ownership Also Means Vet Costs

I mention this item nearly at the end of this list because it could be the greatest among all costs. To my mind, the health of the dog is something that we shouldn’t be stingy with. The veterinary costs may also depend besides inherited predispositions that how healthy our dog is, how we take care of his health.

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Caring Dog Ownership Contains Vet Care

Moreover, included here the costs of mandatory shots, deworming, sterilization costs, defense against parasites and the micro-chipping expense. Therefore, to boost your spare money already from the start isn’t a silly thing.

Namely, as the time has passed, it’ll be necessary to think about unexpected expenses. Your main recurrent spending might be upkeep with vet exams and possible treatings. Your budget also should be capable of bear the grooming expenses if a pro performs that.

Conclusion

Finally, you’ll additionally discover an eternal supply of canine training books as well as videos. Dog grooming programs, private training lessons for your pet and dog exercises also require some money. And I didn’t even mention the costs that may be necessary for the preparations for dog competitions and exhibitions, the related travel and supply and the like.

I hope, I was able to demonstrate that you do not hold the dog for free. So, I tell you again, put aside money in reserves. You’ll also require it when making the annual photographs of your furry friend being on Santa’s lap!

Obviously, the above-mentioned things don’t mean that you cannot keep a loving and devoted dog companion. My article basically intended to highlight the dog keeping responsibilities. The point is to do not tamper lightly into one relationship without seeing the things behind.

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Dog Ownership Includes Rescuing Animals

I firmly believe, providing a chance of a happy and healthy life for a dog is well worth the money. Among other things, this is also the reason that I rescued a puppy (left) from the street yesterday. Anyway, in one of my following posts, I will give you money-saving tips, related to dog ownership.