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Hyper Dog- Here’s How to Calm Him

GH_dog exercise-resized-600Proper dog exercise is just as important as human exercise. Many people out there have made a New Year’s resolution to get back to the gym and get their beach bodies ready for the warm weather. As you buy your 6-month pass to your local gym, keep in mind that your dog isn’t fortunate enough to sign up as well. Dogs don’t have gyms, so how are they to keep up with THEIR exercise? For all you know your dog has also put exercise as its resolution and it is your job to check that off the list.

Proper dog exercise is essential to your canine’s well-being. Just like humans, dogs are individuals and each need something different. It is important for you to talk to your pet’s vet before creating a routine because factors like breed, age, and current health affect how your dog’s exercise routine should be shaped.

For example, dogs with short noses like bulldogs can only exercise for short periods because of the inefficiency of their snout, as well as overheating. Compare that to a Jack Russell Terrier which can exercise for hours on end, so it will be a better companion when going for a 3 mile run in comparison to a bulldog.  Seeing as different dogs were bred for very specific tasks it is important to keep this in mind while trying to get your dog to exercise.

GH_bulldog exercising-resized-600Age is also a key factor in what your dog’s exercise routine should entail. Puppies ranging from 6-months to 18-months require more exercise than your 8 year old golden retriever. This may seem obvious but don’t assume that since your dog could play fetch for hours and then go on a jog around the neighborhood a few years ago, he can still keep up now his 10th birthday has passed.

The last part to consider for the safety of dog exercise is your dog’s current health. Many dogs, like German Shepherds, are prone to hip dysplasia as they grow older. With a health problem like this it is important that strenuous activities like running on leash are to be avoided. A talk with the vet will help you figure out what the best activities are to keep your dog exercising and healthy, while not hurting preexisting injuries.

Part 2 coming soon!

Dog Food Recall:Diamond Dog Food Says it’s Unexpected

Making sure your dog gets the right4 health dog food food is important. You probably take into consideration the kinds of food your dog prefers, hopefully along with the idea of which foods are healthier. Unfortunately the big scare is the idea that something could be wrong with the dinner you serve your Golden every night and it won’t be obvious until the damage is done.

The problem with dog food is the fact that it is almost impossible to tell which brands can be reliable. Over the past few years there have been multiple dog food recalls. Dog care seems to be more important by the FDA rather than by brands like 4 Health Dog Food or Diamond Dog Food, a repeat offender in 2012. The most recent recalls have included products from Milo’s Kitchen, Waggin’ Train and Claudia’s Cuisine.

Make sure you have the most up to date information on recalls to ensure proper dog care. Look at websites like FDA and Dog Food Advisor to keep up to date with the recalls. The FDA even has an email sign up so you can get the information when its relevant rather than when you are driving your pet to the vet. The most important thing to take away from this article is- It is impossible to say which brand of dog food can have a problem so don’t pick a ‘safe’ product and remain ignorant to recalls because you think that your food choice could never negatively affect your dog. People who buy 4 Health Dog Food would have never expected such health problems and you should keep an eye out too.

I have linked the Dog Food Advisor and FDA sites below and urge dog owners to bookmark these pages. Your dog’s health is in your hands, so please be responsible.

http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recalls/
http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm#Link_to_Animal_Health

Pampered Pooch-Pet Care Basics Part 2

Now that your house ispet care puppies ready for the new inhabitant you need to think about outside factors. And by outside factors I mean the yard and beyond. Unlike a baby, a new puppy or rescue can get around quite well by itself. What’s my point? The idea is that your dog could run off. So what is an owner to do in order to preemptively solve this problem? You should license your dog and put an ID tag on.

Each town can have different license registrations but either way the license should be put on your new friend’s collar. If you consider yourself tech savvy maybe a micro-chip could be an additional option, while the rugged types might want to opt for a tattoo with the ID information. Either way making sure your dog has a license and ID will help to deliver him home safe and sound, albeit with a new view on the enormity of the world.

I hope I didn’t scare you from ever letting your dog outside the house/apartment because your dog still needs exercise and some fresh air! Trust me, this pet care trick will benefit the both of you in the long run. And no, I am not saying that you have to exercise with your dog, which is even a better benefit, but I am saying that when a dog exercises it is less likely to be jumping all over you, running around the house, tearing up furniture, and biting visitors or family alike. If you are one of the lucky few with a white picket fence surrounding your house then have no fear releasing Fido into the yard. For the rest of us without that luxury an electric dog fence certainly does the trick.

Your dog will get the exercise it needs, butpuppy petcare you don’t have to worry about it running off while chasing squirrels or the mailman. When it comes to pet care you should take into consideration the breed, age, gender, and health for exercise needs. Your dog is an individual and has unique needs. So just because your neighbor’s Shih Tzu drags around little Sarah’s stuffed animal in the backyard for ten minutes doesn’t mean that your chocolate lab requires the same amount of exercise. Get to know your pet and make sure that your dog gets fatigued after a workout. Pet care isn’t too far off from human care.

Keep up the good doggy parenting and come back for Part 3 of Pampered Pooch!