Friday, October 25, 2019

How Long Can You Leave a Dog Alone in The House?
Leaving your dog alone for at least 5 days a week is often unavoidable. How long can we consider it fair and humane? More like 4, 6, 8, 10 hours, less or more? We will take a full look at the issue.

How Long Can You Leave a Dog Alone

Can my dog be alone all day?


Many dogs spend most of their days sleeping. From the moment you have a professional activity and a workplace to join, every day, your dog remains alone for several hours. He's not bored, he's asleep. It is important to underline this.

He is unhappy (and you have problems) when he doesn't do much more while you are there.

I only know of one type of person who can offer their dog a completely different way of life, and that is the retired. They often have other things to do than organize their daily lives around their dogs, certainly, but they have the greatest availability of all.

Apart from retirees (and those who work outside and with their dogs, perhaps, but there are fewer of them), we work so we leave our dogs alone. If we work at home, on the other hand, they also sleep when we work.

When your dog slept for several hours, it stored energy to expend. Whatever its size, breed, energy level, the more a dog sleeps, the more energy it has to expend when it wakes up.

For his well-being, the most useful thing is to review your organization.

For example, if your dog has slept 2 or 3 hours, you have virtually less energy to expend on him than if he has slept 6 or 8 hours. On this principle - it's up to you to see what your dog needs because they are all different! - you know that after 2 or 3 hours of doing nothing, you will be there to play or take it out for a while; after 6 or 8 hours of doing nothing, your dog has greater needs than just a moment of entertainment.

Is it time to get it out fast for 10 minutes? Isn't it better to plan a long outing at that time? If there are other questions to ask yourself, take a look at it and you will find something that is adapted to your dog's needs.

Do dogs get sad when you leave them alone?


The only way to leave your dog alone and that he does not suffer is to gradually become habituated to remain alone.
Ideally, this is done with an 8 week old puppy. It is a matter of leaving the puppy alone for a few minutes, little by little a few hours... In the end, it remains half a day, then the duration increases to x hours, the number of hours during which you must leave it.

Take some time off to set this up. That's what a lot of people do. They force themselves to leave their homes according to a small schedule so that, throughout their leave, the duration of their absence gradually increases. It's weird at first, then you get used to it, and it works when you're progressive.

A dog that has not been gradually accustomed (from an early age) may need a completely different program, called desensitization.

Dogs express their discomfort differently from each other, even if there are common or widespread behaviors. We know that leaving your dog alone makes him unhappy if he destroys things at home, if he barks all the time he is alone, if he relieves himself, among other possible indicators.

These are normal normal normal dog behaviors when he has not learned to be alone. Sometimes, of course, some behaviors are more worrying, such as hurting oneself to try to escape or going in circles in front of a wall.

You should ask a dog trainer for help if your dog has embarrassing or disturbing behavior, it may also be due to something other than loneliness or there are several causes.

Many dogs are probably neither happy nor unhappy. They are subject to our schedules; they do not ask questions as we do. It is up to us to take the necessary measures to do better.

Can a dog hold it's pee for a long time?


This depends on each dog.

Puppies don't stay long. In general, a 3 to 4 month old puppy will need to go out every 2 to 3 hours at the most. The older he gets, the more he is able to hold back. In addition to the physical capacity, a puppy will also gradually adjust to the schedule you set up. You have no choice, because you have schedules. So your dog has no choice either, he follows your schedule.

In doing so, his body gets used to it. Unfortunately, I know of adult dogs that can hold on extremely long; they have been used to it. Does that mean they can handle it well, that they don't suffer from it? Not sure! Not sure! It is also important to know that health problems sometimes appear in dogs that retain themselves for extreme lengths of time every day. They hold back because they have learned to be clean. It's sad, when you think about it.

Now, just because a dog is able to hold on for 10 hours doesn't mean it's a "good" duration. The right length of time to leave your dog alone is the shortest possible. This is the best you can do by organizing yourself.

Adult dogs retain 6 to 8 hours overall. Does this mean that you can leave your dog alone for 6 to 8 hours without worrying about anything? No, you can imagine that. A dog is not just a gastrointestinal tract that evacuates urine and feces...

He needs other things, including interactions.

Well, what many people forget when they take a puppy, but of course you don't necessarily think about that when you welcome a "baby", is that one day it will get old. And on that day, he will hold back less and less. An old dog usually holds back less, not to mention possible health problems.

Sometimes it takes a solid organization to give him the well-being he deserves.

Read also: How to Train Your Dog to Poop and Pee in the Right Place

Is it better for my dog to leave him alone with another dog or cat?


I completely understand that it's guilt-free to think that. Unfortunately, contrary to a common misconception, leaving your dog alone with another dog or cat does not change the problem.


  • Two dogs will make you two dogs that spend their days sleeping instead of just one.
  • A dog and a cat will make you a sleeping dog and a sleeping cat (unless he goes out).


Think otherwise if it makes you feel better. I also have comforting thoughts when I feel guilty about this and that with my dog. The reality, however, is that dogs need us to expend their energy and have fun.

Is it better if I leave my dog alone outside in the garden?


Leaving your dog alone in the garden may seem more ethical than leaving it between four walls.

However, the dog is always alone. And concretely, a dog will not spend 6, 8 or more hours alone sniffing a place he knows by heart.

Any stimuli outside, which are not inside, are not able to keep your dog busy all day. Not in a healthy, useful and safe way, as only you can do.

In addition, what will eventually occupy him outside, between naps, will often not please you or your neighbors, as it is usually a matter of barking.

Other problems may also arise.

It's up to you, but dogs shouldn't stay outdoors unattended for long, including in a place secured by a fence.

Is there an ideal length of time to leave your dog alone?


No, since it does not depend on a number of hours only.

Take a dog that stays alone for 8 hours all day, every day, and goes out for an hour every morning in the fields and again for an hour every night in the forest. Take the same dog and the same amount of solitude and now take him out for 10 minutes at 7:00 and 10 minutes at 19:00 around the same block.

This same duration of 8 hours seems relatively well compensated in the first case, inhuman in the second case.

Many people take dogs with crazy schedules and are unable to cope. Other people work every day and are organized enough to provide good compensation for their dogs on a daily basis.

If you're looking for a figure, in my opinion, which only involves me, from an ethical point of view, it raises questions for me from 8 a.m. (every day, every week). But it depends on what the dog owners offer him before and after work. I know of some who almost spend their evenings outdoors with their dogs, or late afternoons if they finish around 16:00 for example; it's almost like a second day and this one is very active.

We cannot talk about this subject by considering only a number of hours.

But if you need a reference point, considering just one number, for my part 8 hours alone, it's starting to take a long time for a dog... For everything, pee, poop, interactions, entertainment. I take into account the reality of most people. If I don't take it into account (so in an ideal world that doesn't exist, don't you think), I would say that leaving your dog alone for 5 hours is not bad enough. Some dog trainers will tell you zero hours, others 3 hours max, there is no official number!

Read also: Tips to Stop your Dog Chewing Furniture When you Leave the House

Are there any dog breeds that can be left alone for longer?


No.

But to develop a little bit, though:


  • there are breeds of dogs that have very high physical activity needs; choosing one of these dogs when you work all day, when you don't come home at lunchtime and when you finish late, is incomprehensible to me. Some of these very energetic dogs are able to adapt to relatively quiet and solitary lifestyles. Nevertheless, their bodies, their instincts, their needs are not made for that.
  • there are dog breeds that have less need for energy expenditure but all dogs - without exception - are active animals that need to exercise daily through (at least) walking and olfactory exploration as regularly as possible.
  • let's add/remind us that taking out your dog is far from being the only benevolent response to your dog's needs, dogs also need interaction with us.
They need our presence. We have been breeding them for centuries to have extraordinary social skills with humans. All of them, even dogs that are said to be "less close to humans".

How Long Can You Leave a Dog Alone


How can you leave your dog alone and be sure he's not unhappy?


Toys are all made for you and your dog.

A child is able to take care of himself while you do something else. A toy will not keep your dog busy without you. A so-called occupancy toy will keep him occupied for a few seconds or minutes. A chewable bone will keep him busy for a little while, not hours. No object will compensate for the exercise, the walks, the time you spend with your dog. Some days, you don't want as much, that's normal. It is important to be as regular as possible.

A good toy that he likes will allow your dog to have a good time with you. It's a great bonus, to be added at any time of the day; it's not "the solution".

There are 3 things to leave your dog alone for several hours and prevent him from being unhappy:


  • get him used to a certain timing of staying alone/going out and having fun with you when he is very young (but reasonable timing of course) so that this is the norm for him;
  • review its organization to best compensate for hours of inactivity;
  • pay for a walk service to add an additional walk during the day, or more if necessary.


If you no longer know how to do it:


  • before leaving for work and leaving his dog alone for 6 or 8 hours, or about 1 hour (minimum) to get him out: in the morning, your dog just gets out of long hours of sleep and gets ready to sleep for long hours again. This release is really crucial!
  • Plan 1 hour (minimum) when you get home or, as many people do, the big fun outing when you get home from work and another before going to sleep.


Observe your dog on a daily basis to find out how best to adjust the outings, their number, duration and quality.

Remember that walking or running is not the only way a dog enjoys its outings and spends time. Dogs need to sniff. It is better to go out for 1 hour and walk only 1 kilometre, to let your dog sniff everywhere if that is what he needs to do, than to go out for 1 hour and just pull or push your dog forward, go, go...; this is of no interest to him.

An outing can last a long time without going very far and the dog can benefit from it. Just because there were a lot of things to sniff on the way. You have the impression that the exit is ruined because you stop often and for a long time, but your dog has a lot of fun.

Exploring odors consumes energy and meets one of the most basic needs of dogs.

Finally, it is more effective for the well-being of a dog that remains alone every day, to organize itself to optimize mornings and evenings, than to make up for it on weekends. Of course, beautiful and long weekend outings, the dog club, agility... are always good to take. But your dog doesn't wait for the weekend; he doesn't know what the weekend is.

He needs to work out every day.

This is a priori binding.

But when a good organization is in place, it is especially a lot of happiness to see your dog happy!

How Long Can You Leave a Dog Alone in The House


Summary



  • The longer you leave your dog alone, the longer it will take before/after this period of loneliness for him to spend himself. This requires organization. If this is really one of your top priorities, you will succeed. Changing habits can take time. Do it little by little, rather than changing your habits overnight.
  • A dog that can stand being left alone for hours every day is above all a dog that, in addition to sufficient compensation in terms of quality, duration and regularity, has been accustomed to remaining alone very small and gradually.
  • Dogs have very different abilities to refrain from doing their business. Reasonable time, from an ethical point of view: it is the shortest possible time!
  • Don't take another dog or cat thinking that your dog will suffer less from loneliness. All you will get is two animals that suffer from loneliness instead of one.
  • Seriously study the pros and cons of leaving your dog alone outside; there are usually many more "pros" than "cons", no matter where you live. The outside seems more stimulating to you, but your stimulated dog will mostly do "stupid things".
  • No breed of dog is more capable of remaining alone than another. It is up to everyone to get the right information before taking a dog, on the breed's estimated needs, for example not to take a sports dog when there is no time to make it exercise.
  • Dogs don't just need to walk or run. They need to explore different places because their sense of smell is very powerful. We often want to "walk" our dogs, or make them run, but let's not forget that they also want to use their noses outside.
  • They need to interact with their humans, because we wanted them that way. No toy or technological thing can replace the interactions a dog needs with humans!
  • Better organization is most often the solution when you leave your dog alone for too long, as well as dog walking services.
  • The morning outing is very important for a dog who will be alone all day long.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Tips to Stop your Dog Chewing Furniture When you Leave the House
We know what you're feeling because it's a situation that happens more than you think. We invite you to read this article where you will find the answers to your question.

How To Stop A Dog From Chewing Your Stuff


Why my dog chewing furniture: the most frequent reasons


When you come home and find some damage done by your dog, we understand that you get angry. But at that moment what you have to do is breathe and stop to think about why he did it.

In case the dog has bitten the furniture, there are several reasons that tend to be the most frequent.

1. Boredom and anxiety


If your dog is home alone for a long time, doesn't exercise enough or doesn't play, boredom and anxiety will take hold of him and can cause him to start biting everything he catches, including furniture.

2. Teething and dental issues


One of the reasons puppies bite furniture is to alleviate the pain they feel in their gums when their teeth come out. Once they have them out, they love to bite to strengthen and sharpen them.

READ ALSO: Dental Care For Dogs

3. Stress and Fear


Stress or fear can make us react in strange ways to alleviate their symptoms and make us feel better. Dogs do the same! If you're wondering why your dog bites furniture, think about whether he's going through a stressful situation or has been in a panic lately.

It's very important that you find out why your dog is doing this and that you remedy it. It will be especially useful to tackle the problem when they're puppies, because that way we'll avoid major damage when they grow up.

Stop Your Dog From Chewing Furniture


What to do if the dog bites the furniture


For all the causes mentioned in the previous point, there are solutions that can help you prevent your dog from biting furniture and, if he hasn't already done so, to prevent it.

Toys


Your dog should always have toys nearby with which to entertain himself and some that are specifically for biting. They will serve as entertainment when he is bored.

Toys should always be special for his size and age. For example, you can't give him the same little ball you would give a little Chihuahua to a Labrador Retriever, as he might swallow it.

Special Gum Toys


Noteworthy are the toys that are special for teething puppies. If you teach them to play with those, they won't be interested in biting other things, since they are specialized for that stage.

Take it for a walk


Getting out of the house is essential for dogs and not just for their needs: it helps them get to know the outside world and socialize. Never leave this routine behind!

In addition, you can take advantage to play and entertain your pet when you leave the house, enjoying the time to the maximum if you do some sport together or you take some object to accompany the activity, like a frisbee.

How To Stop A Dog From Chewing Your Stuff

Monday, July 1, 2019

What to Do if Your Dog is Always Hungry
There are little hairy people who are real vacuum cleaners with legs, who are able to swallow any food that is put in front of them without filling up and when they finish... they want more! In this article we will tell you how to deal with a dog that is always hungry.

What to Do if Your Dog is Always Hungry


My dog is always hungry, what do I do?


Take note of these tips and start controlling your pet's appetite!

1. Don't give in to blackmail


If your dog is insatiable the first thing you should do is not succumb to his emotional blackmail when he asks for more food.

Yes, we know that it is difficult to resist those eyes, but it is very important that you respect the doses of food that correspond to them.

Failure to do so would end up seriously damaging the health of your dog, as it would end up being overweight.

If unfortunately this has already happened, you should pay a lot of attention and choose the best food for overweight dogs.

2. Offer them the type of food that suits their needs


Not only should your pet be offered the indicated daily dose of food, but that food must be appropriate to their physical characteristics and needs.

For example, it won't do any good to give one or another gram of feed a day to your 7 year old Golden Retriever, if it's a Yorkshire Terrier puppy feed - their needs are not the same!

If you've got the wrong food, it's normal for your dog to be hungry all the time. You're not feeding him the way you should!

Fish Twisters Dog Treats - chewy roo


3. Always quality food


Another reason why my dog is always hungry is that we are not giving him quality food.

The higher the quality of our pet's food, the more nutrients and vitamins it will have, making it easier for it to fill up without overflowing.

4. Accustom your dog to eat more slowly


You throw food at your dog. You blink. There's no more food. Yes, it is very normal in gluttonous dogs and the worst thing is that speed prevents them from feeling satiated.

The best thing is that you gradually get your pet accustomed to eating more slowly and for this there are certain feeders that can help: there are dosers and others with an interior shape that prevents them from devouring quickly.

5. Mixing feed with moist food


For this, it is first advisable to consult a veterinarian if it is appropriate in the case of your particular dog.

If you give the Ok to this way of feeding your dog, you can use it to satiate your dog more quickly.

6. Exercise and fun


There are many people who, when bored, simply eat. Boredom anxiety can also happen to your pet, so if your dog is always hungry, ask yourself if he's doing all the exercise he's entitled to and if he has toys at home to entertain himself.

On the other hand, a dog that does a lot of exercise will need a higher calorie intake. If the intensity of your dog's training has increased, you'll also need to increase his dose of food. Consult a specialist!

7. Limit prizes and snacks


It is very normal that when your hairy one deserves it receives a small prize in the form of a dog candy. But it is also very common that before a food claim, we end up giving him from time to time a snack to try that he calms down. Mistake!

If you do it more than once, your dog will associate the claim with the paw with a succulent prize and will never stop. And most of the time it won't be a sign that he's hungry, it's a sweet tooth!

8. It can be a real health problem


In a low percentage of cases, the fact that your dog is always hungry can be a sign that he has a health problem such as hyperthyroidism, diabetes or Cushing's syndrome - consult your vet if you notice your pet suddenly becomes insatiable!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Tips For Cleaning up Dog Hair From Your Home Once and For All
Eliminating dog hair from your home can prevent allergies if you act in time.

Tips For Removing Dog Hair From Your Home Once and For All


Having a dog is not always as easy as it seems. Nibbled furniture and nocturnal barking also end up with all those dog hairs that end up stuck forever on your favorite sweater. With these 5 tips, removing dog hair from your home will no longer seem like a difficult task.

Get these cleaning products to keep your home free of dog hair 


To be able to remove dog hair from your house it is not enough to just focus on your clothes. They can impregnate carpets, furniture and carpets with astonishing ease and mimic your environment more than you think. In fact, you're likely to develop allergies to animal hair if you don't get rid of them in time.

Here are some products specially designed to keep your house clean and free of pet hair:


  • Use microfiber mops against dog hair. The ideal mop for cleaning the floor of a house where dogs or cats live must have absorbent and antistatic properties, i.e. retain dust particles and dirt. They are available in different colors, so it will be possible to use a mop of a certain colour to clean only the dirt generated by the dog or cat.
    Microfiber cloths have the property of trapping the animal's hairs in an effective way. These cloths are cleaned with soap and water, but it is not advisable to apply softener because they lose their properties.
  • There are vacuum cleaners on the market specially designed for pet hair. They differ from standard household appliances because they have a larger suction capacity and a special turbine that prevents the hair form huge knots.
  • Use a roller every time you want to clean your dog hair clothes. It also works with any fabric you find around the house, such as cushion fabric, sofa fabric or bedspread. This is an inexpensive and simple way to make sure one you leave home no one will notice that you have a dog at home.
  • Some homes have carpets, a magnet for stains, hair and dust. Although it's inevitable that animals will end up lying on the floor, we can more easily remove dog hair from your house by sprinkling baking soda on the affected area. After 15 minutes they will have softened and can be cleaned more easily.


Hygiene habits to prevent and get rid of dog hair from your home


Your pet's coat is renewed periodically, just like our hair or our skin. One of the best ways to prevent your house from looking like a canine hair salon is to brush your dog from time to time, especially if it is from a breed that is hairier than most. The main thing is to remove dandruff, knots and loose hairs with each brush.

RELATED: Tips For Removing Dog Hair From Your Home Once and For All


The Affinity Foundation recommends brushing dogs daily and bathing them only twice a year. This is because excessive hygiene can dry and irritate the dog's skin, as well as alter its natural pH. However, every body is unique, so it will take you a while to figure out the perfect formula to remove dog hair from your home once and for all.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

When Should i Give My Dog Treats?
If you're starting to educate your dog with positive reinforcement, it's quite possible that you're using cookies to motivate him, but when should you give him dog treats?

If you're training your dog with positive reinforcement, congratulations! It's one of the best ways to educate your dog. Giving your furry little friend a treat will help reward (and enhance) his behaviour.

On top of that, giving your dog treats is much better than giving him your leftovers! A thousand times healthier and more nutritious for your pet.

Do dog treats only serve to educate? No! They can also serve to create a relationship of greater trust and love with your dog friend.

When Should i Give My Dog Treats


However in dog universum we want to give you all the information so we also want to give you a couple of tips:

Don't go too far with dog treats!


Keep in mind that treats are a complement to your dog's diet, not his food!

If you give him lots of treats instead of his food, you wouldn't be giving him the nutritional values he needs! In addition, treats fatten more than their feed, so your pet could get fat.

What's the rule? Doggie treats should never be more than 10% of your dog friend's food. They are very good! But... moderation!


SEE ALSO: Toxic Food For Dogs - What They Should Never Eat


What are the best treats for my dog?


As you know, there are lots of treats for different dogs! There are so many shapes, sizes, textures, flavours, ingredients on the market... However, not all treats are perfect for your dog!

Ideally, you should choose treats that are not only delicious, but also healthy. If it has a lot of sugar and fat, don't buy them! If you can choose, choose the ones with the highest quality.

On the other hand, one aspect you can take into account is the size of your dog. If you give your dog too much or too little treats, you could cause an esophageal obstruction!

Your dog, too, has his preferences!


Every dog prefers one type of biscuit, either softer or crunchy, and biscuits that don't have any cereal are usually the favourites!

How to train your dog using treats?


Even today there are still people who are not very convinced about using treats to educate their pet, but in reality they are the ideal positive reinforcement! They will help us reinforce our dog's good behavior.

However, if you are in the middle of educating your dog, the best thing is that apart from the treat, you also offer a verbal reinforcement such as, "good dog", "very good", "that's how I like it".

Don't empower negative attitudes! And it is that if your dog is aggressive, or with an inadvisable behavior, do not reward him! If you did, you would be reinforcing that bad habit!



Use dog treats to strengthen your bond with your dog


If you offer your dog treats to reward his good behavior, you'll also be strengthening the bond you have with each other!

However, this should be done in moderation, as you could be giving him a lot more calories than he needs! You don't want your dog to become a ball, do you?

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

8 Tips for Taking Care of Your Dog
In order to take care of a dog safely, it is necessary to bear in mind that accidents do not only occur when leaving home, but also in the domestic environment.

Having a dog in the house requires fulfilling certain obligations. In this way, our best friend will be well cared for and pampered. In this article we will tell you some tips to take care of a dog safely, whether at home, on a trip or on the street.

Tips for Taking Care of Your Dog


How to take care of a dog safely at home


There is no doubt that a home with a dog or cat is different from a home where there are no animals. They are very important to our lives because they offer us their affection, their protection and their unconditionality. But it is also true that as owners we have certain obligations with these wonderful beings.

Beyond feeding them, taking them for walks and taking them to the vet once a year, there are other ways to take care of a pet safely at home. Here are some recommendations:

1. Don't leave dangerous objects within reach


You should keep in mind that a pet is like a small child, who does not know about dangers or possible accidents that may occur in the home. Therefore, we recommend that you do not leave cables, cleaning products, cutting elements, toxic plants or glass or porcelain objects within your reach.

2. Choose safe rooms


Everything depends on the type of pet you have, but in any case we advise you to be solid, the right size for the animal and, above all, comfortable. Cages, terrariums or aquariums should be placed far from windows, heaters, electrical sockets or air conditioning.

3. Secure balconies or staircases


If you are going to allow your dog access to the outside (e.g. balcony), you will need to install a system to prevent them from falling or crossing the limits. Some owners choose to put fences, others place nets and there are those who opt for fences.

Something similar happens with stairs, because to climb there are usually no problems, but to go down them. Also dog puppies or cats are very curious and will want to know what is at the top of the home!

4. Install fire and alarm systems


It doesn't matter if you're away from home all day or just if you go out for a few moments. Accidents can happen at any time, and you have to act as soon as possible! Many people choose to install a fire detector that remotely alerts the homeowner.

If you want to install an alarm system, you should choose one designed for homes with animals. In this way, you will avoid that when the pet moves from one room to the other it is activated.

5. Place cameras


This may seem like a bit of eccentric advice to take care of your pet safely, but it can help you know that the animal is fine in your absence. Some systems allow us to see from the mobile what happens in the home when we are not there.

SEE ALSO: How to Keep Your House Clean with Dogs


Tips for taking care of your dog safely outdoors - Australian Shepherd


Tips for taking care of your dog safely outdoors


Not only should you be careful at home, but also when you go for a walk in the park or go on holiday by car. Pay attention to these tips:

1. Place a chip


If for some reason your dog escapes or runs off to chase another dog, it will be easier to find it if it has a microchip installed. This device is placed by the vet and is painless for the animal.

2. Always wear it on a leash


Even if your dog is well taught and behaves very well on the street, you'll never know when it will find something that urges it to disobey you. It can be a female in heat, a cat or the sound of a car.

To take care of your pet safely you have to accustom it not only to be on a leash, but not to pull or go in front of you. You can, if you want, buy an extendable leash to give her a little freedom but still monitor her.

3. Care in the car


If you're going on holiday with your dog, don't let him stick his head out the window, don't let him out of the car without a leash and don't let him loose on the beach, in the mountains or in the woods.

With these tips, you'll make sure that your dog doesn't suffer accidents or get lost or hurt.

8 Tips for Taking Care of Your Dog

Monday, December 31, 2018

Why are Dogs More Friendly and Sociable Than Cats?
If you ask a person who has a dog why he prefers dogs to cats, his answer may be: "Dogs are more friendly and sociable. What's true about that? Let's look at the reasons why this is said.

Why are Dogs More Friendly and Sociable Than Cats


Are dogs really more sociable?


First of all, we want to reaffirm that we love all animals, whether dogs, cats or any other, and that this article is limited to reporting the results of studies conducted between the two favorite pets in the world: dogs and cats.

We cannot deny that dogs are more expressive and show more affection when we get home, when we give them a prize or when we take them for a walk. These are the obvious, superficial reasons why many claim that dogs are more sociable than other pets.

But there are deeper arguments to prove it, such as the existence of two genes that play an important role in a disease that also affects humans, Williams-Beuren syndrome. It has been shown that humans with this disorder present an extreme and indiscriminate sociability, fruit of the disease.

The study was carried out at the University of Oregon, Princeton and some others. During this study both genes were found, which have to do with the human disorder, and which in dogs presents as a mutation of both on one chromosome.

Rottweilers


How was the study conducted?


To analyze the certainty of this issue, the behavior of 18 dogs of different breeds, whether pure or hybrid, was taken into account. In addition, 10 captive-bred wolves were added to the experiment. As a conclusion, it was found that although both species coexisted with humans, dogs showed a much higher level of sociability than wolves.

Although the genes are similar, they are only matched between people and dogs in the level of sociability. In people, for example, this disorder also gives rise to a specific physical appearance, such as that of an elf. It appears to be caused by the loss of part of chromosome seven.

In dogs, however, these mutated genes are found on chromosome six and the animal does not undergo any change in its physical appearance. In addition, they are present in all dogs, regardless of race or age, which gives them that sociability. However, there may be variations depending on the specimen. Thus, some may suffer alterations in these genes and make them more sympathetic than normal. Or the opposite, to be altered in such a way that their sociability is less than usual.

It is also believed that the existence of these genes has to do with relationships with humans, as it is estimated that this alteration of genes made the wolves feel fear and became more peaceful, gaining trust in each other and giving rise to the pet-person relationship that we know today.

British Shorthair


Does this mean that cats are not sociable?


Of course not. As we said at the beginning, we are in favor of all pets and animals. Cats are very suitable animals to live with us, so although they have a reputation for being more independent, they are still very good companion animals.

The difference is that cats "go more on their own", caring nothing more than themselves. They love us, but when they want to, they pamper us, but when they want to, and they come to us, but when they want to.

This is the marked difference with dogs, and also the fact that cats do not usually react in the same way to the presence of strange people or pets. It's something you can't deny, but we don't want to underestimate them at all.

Do you belong to dogs or cats? I'm sure you've already noticed this difference, but did you know why?

Sunday, December 23, 2018

20 Tattoos Ideas That all Dog Lovers Will Want To Make. You'll love them!
A dog isn't just a pet. Your dog doesn't care what job you've chosen, how rich you are or your flaws, a dog will love you without question.

Unfortunately, most pets live less than a human, for example, a dog lives between 8 and 14 years, cats between 10 and 18 years, fish can live up to 3 years like hamsters. A good way to pay tribute to that being who has given you so much love is to wear it on your skin forever.

20 Tattoos Ideas That all Dog Lovers Will Want To Make. You'll love them!

Here we have compiled some of the most beautiful dog tattoos. Tell us which one you like best, or if you have a dog tattoo too, you can share it with us.


1. Basset Hound Tattoo


Basset Hound Tattoo
By natalie Acevedoperaza



2. Maltese Dog Tattoo



Maltese Dog Tattoo


3. Brussels Griffon Dog Tattoo

Brussels Griffon Dog Tattoo


4. Dalmatian Dog Tattoo

Dalmatian Dog Tattoo


5. Chihuahua Tattoo

Chihuahua Tattoo


6. Maltese and Cat Tattoos

Maltese and Cat Tattoos



7. Irish Wolfhound Tattoo

Irish Wolfhound Tattoo


8. Yorkshire Terrier Tattoo


Yorkshire Terrier Tattoo


9. Pug Tattoo


Pug Tattoo


10. Bulldog Tattoo


Bulldog Tattoo


11. Furry Friends Tattoo

Furry Friends Tattoo


12. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Tattoo

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Tattoo


13. Kishu Tattoo

Kishu Tattoo


14. East-European shepherd Tattoo

East-European shepherd Tattoo


15. Yorkshire Terrier Tattoo


Yorkshire Terrier Tattoo


16. French Bulldog Tattoo

French Bulldog Tattoo


17. German Shepherd Tattoo

German Shepherd Tattoo



18. Boxer Dog Tattoo

Boxer Dog Tattoo


19. Australian Shepherd Tattoo

Australian Shepherd Tattoo


20. Maltese Tattoo

Maltese Tattoo

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

How To Strengthen a Dog's Immune System
When you have a dog, it's important to see if everything you're giving it is healthy. If, in spite of enriching your dog's diet with vitamins, he continues to show signs that his defenses are insufficient, it is advisable to go to the vet to indicate his state of health. If our pet is ill and suffers we have a really bad time, we are very anxious wondering if he will recover soon or if the pathology he suffers is serious. For that reason and as our priority at the time of having a pet is that it is healthy and happy we must strive to make your immune system as strong as possible. The immune system is responsible for protecting us from a wide variety of infectious agents (bacteria, fungi, parasites, viruses.) When for different reasons is weakened, we often get sick more often and easily.

How To Improve Your Dog's Immune System


Optimizing the animal's defenses will allow us to prevent it from suffering possible health complications. The care must be extreme if we have a puppy or an old dog because their health will be more vulnerable. Due to failures in this system, the so-called autoimmune diseases arise, such as asthma, lupus or diabetes. In animals, exactly the same thing happens. If your immune system is faulty or weak, different symptoms will begin to show up indicating that something is wrong with your pet's health. Improving the dog's immune system will allow us to keep it away from possible health complications.

SYMPTOMS THAT YOUR DOG MAY HAVE LOW DEFENSES


There are a number of signals that may occur on your dog that you should pay attention to as they may be indicating that its defenses need to be strengthened:


  • Ear infections
  • Allergies
  • Dermatitis of different types
  • Conjunctivitis


Our dogs may have a weak immune system due to physical, psychological or external factors among which the following stand out:


  • Sudden changes in temperature or excessive lack of humidity in the environment
  • Pollution and contamination
  • Internal and external parasites
  • Stress
  • Lack of nutrients

beautiful aussie puppy



HOW TO STRENGTHEN YOUR DOG'S IMMUNE SYSTEM


There are many alternatives you can choose from to improve your dog's immune system. Consider the following suggestions that can help strengthen your dog's defenses:

- Offer your pet a balanced diet that meets all the nutritional requirements of its breed, age and size. The diet is a determining factor for the health of the dog. If the defense cells or white blood cells do not have the nutrients they need, they will not be able to exert their action effectively. It is not only important the amount of food we offer our dog but also its quality because the intake of toxic substances or poor quality could be very harmful.

SEE ALSO: Toxic Food For Dogs - What They Should Never Eat

- Always keep your dog's drinker full of water without fluoride or chlorine to keep it perfectly hydrated.

- Worm it inside and out. Vaccinate as directed by your vet.

- Take him out on the street for as long as it takes for him to relieve himself and breathe fresh air.

- Try not to smoke indoors where your pet is normally found.

- Don't let him play in spaces recently treated with cleaning or disinfecting chemicals.

- For rest, provide a clean, warm, well-ventilated, draught-free space.

- Beware of drugs: Drugs generally deplete our dog's own body's healing resources and act as liver toxins. When drugs include corticosteroids they directly cause a significant drop in the immune system response.

- Massage: Massage increases the number of lymphocytes in the dog and improves its function. In addition, massaging your pet relaxes him, which is beneficial to his emotional health and therefore to his immune health.

- Don't take your dog for a walk when it's too hot or too cold.

- Try to dry your dog well after bathing him or if it has rained during a walk.

- Give him more attention than usual to alleviate the stress that changes in the family environment usually produce in animals such as moves, deaths, arrivals of babies, love separations, or the adoption of a new pet. Stress in dogs is a condition that directly decreases the activity of the immune system as they release various hormones, which occupy the receptors of white blood cells and prevent them from recognizing and confronting a pathogenic agent.

doodle dog


AN EXTRA REINFORCEMENT


If you want to maximize the defenses of your dog you can provide vitamin supplements. Although the ideal is that the need for vitamins is covered by a balanced diet, in many cases the animal can be given this type of supplements. They should only be given by veterinary indication, since an unnecessary excess of vitamins can poison our pet and cause the remedy to be worse than the disease. If, despite following these lines to the letter and enriching your dog's diet with vitamins continues to show signs that their defenses are insufficient, it is advisable to go to the veterinarian to put us in contact with a specialist.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Doga: Do Yoga With Your Dog
We love being able to do all kinds of activities with our pets! So when we heard about Doga, we were fascinated by the idea! Do you want to know how to practice yoga with your dog and what the benefits are? Well, keep reading!

Do Yoga With Your Dog - Doga


What it means to do yoga with your dog


At the time we explained how yoga with cats is done and its many benefits, so doing yoga with dogs is not far behind!

Doga or yoga with/for dogs was born from the hand of Suzi Teitelman, when she saw that her pet sat with her while practicing yoga. This is how she came up with the idea of introducing and adapting yoga movements and postures to the dog company, and this initiative has become a success in many countries.

Yoga with dogs is a way to strengthen ties with our pet, while relaxing together.

In the Doga yoga postures are made combining them with movements and massages for dogs, but always adapted to them.

And that is one of its great advantages: that any person and dog can practice Doga, since the exercises will be adapted to their physical capacities.

You only need a mat or towel that you will share hairy and human. Do you dare to practice yoga with your dog? Surely when you know its benefits you will be encouraged!

What are the benefits of Doga?


As we said before, yoga with dogs allows us to share a unique moment of relaxation with our pet that will bring us closer together.

Of course, yoga gets both humans and dogs to relax, reducing anxiety and stress, remember that canine stress is more frequent than you think!

In addition, the massages and stretching that we and our furry ones do will improve our flexibility and circulation.

In the same way, dogs will get used to certain touches and caresses and to the company of other dogs and humans, but in a calm way. This, as long as we do it in a room. Other options are to practice it at home or outdoors.

Don't you have enough reasons to start yoga with your dog? We think so!

Do Yoga With Your Dog - Doga


How is Doga done?


When you go to do yoga with your dog you should know that the sessions are divided into parts.

But first it is essential that you get your pet used to the activity. For this reason, it is ideal that you always begin to do it at home and for only a few minutes, which will increase as time passes and your dog adapts.

Once the dog is used to yoga, you can consider going to a room with more dogs and people. In this way you will also promote their sociability.

As for the parts of a Doga session, first of all, you should prepare a distraction-free space for both you and your furry hair.

Arrange the two of you and let him put himself in a position that he likes to start giving him a massage. One of the most recommended is the Tellington Ttouch method, which has great benefits both in relaxation and in subsequent training.

Once both of you are completely relaxed and connected, we move on to yoga-based postures. As we said before, these will be specially adapted to the dog.

Then would come the part in which we stretch the muscles of our dogs to avoid possible injuries.

Finally, we end our stretching while relaxing and petting our dog. The music will help a lot!

If you don't dare to start yoga sessions with dogs on your own, you should know that there are many options for doing so in a room with a guide.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

How To Keep Your Dog Clean Without Bathing it
The baths are necessary for our dogs, but, obviously, it is not possible to give them every time we want. That's why at Chien Mag we're going to give you some tips to always keep your dog clean without bathing it.

How To Keep Your Dog Clean Without Bathing it


Keep your dog clean without going through the bathtub


A good hygiene of your dog, as well as a quality food, are very important to ensure his health. And it is the responsibility of the owners to do so!

Occasionally, there may be a situation where you can't bathe your dog or your dog needs to be cleaned, but not thoroughly. Here are some tips to help your dog stay clean!

A wet towel or cloth


If your dog has soiled a part of his body, such as his paws or snout, you can take a soft towel or cloth (don't take any!) and moisten it to clean your furry coat.

If you have also brushed the area before, you will remove the dirt more easily.

Yorkshire Terrier


Specialized wet wipes


When we say specialized we mean that they are specifically for dogs. You can find them in pet shops and they are made of components that won't harm your dog's skin. Don't use human ones!

With these wipes you will be able to remove dirt, for example, from their pads, once you return from a walk in the street.

Dry shampoo for dogs


One of the most commonly used options to keep your dog clean without going through the water jet.

These special dry shampoos for our pets will make them look perfect.

To use one of them, first brush his furry. Then, moisten a soft towel or cloth with lukewarm water and apply the dry spray shampoo over it and then run it over the animal's body. Repeat as needed.

Finish the dry bath by brushing the dog again in order to remove the remains of the product.

Frenchie


Deodorants and colognes for dogs


If the problem is that your dog's smell is stronger than normal, for example, if it has been wet on a rainy day, then we recommend other options.

First, if your dog is wet, remember to dry it well with a towel and dryer so it doesn't catch a cold.

Then, apply some SPECIAL dog cologne to give it another smell. Ask your vet if it's appropriate for you, because if your pet has skin problems, it won't be the right thing to do.

Another widely used method of keeping your dog clean is to make a homemade deodorant.

This will consist of a part of apple vinegar and two parts of water that will be mixed in a spray. However, if your dog has sensitive skin or a wound, don't apply it!

Finally, remember to check areas where your dog spends a lot of time, such as his bed.

If he's left his dirt or bad smell there, it won't do any good to keep your dog clean if he's going to roll around in that place and get bad smells again. Wash his bed often so that this doesn't happen!

Monday, October 15, 2018

How to Keep Your House Clean with Dogs
If you have pets in your home, especially if they are the kind that loose a lot of hair, you will ask yourself how to keep the house clean with dogs and not get crazy in the attempt. Well, today we want to give you some little tricks that will not lose your head on this subject and keep your house quite presentable.

How to Keep Your House Clean with Dogs


How to keep your house clean with dogs: first of all, get out of obsession!


There are people who are very cleaning maniacs and who are too obsessed with having everything clean in the home. If you have a pet you'll find that this is almost impossible, because there are dogs that loose a lot of hair and even if you pick them up, in five minutes some trace will appear again.

So the first thing we advise you is not to obsess. You can keep the house very clean with these tricks, but your dog will still be part of your home and it is normal that it gets dirtier than if they lived in it only humans.

1. The vacuum cleaner: your best ally!


We'll start with the floor, the carpets and the sofas. For the floor it is recommended that you use a brush with hard brushes to avoid that all the hair gets stuck to it when bars. But without a doubt, the most practical thing is the vacuum cleaner.

With it you can clean the floor, carpets, sofas and other furniture where your dog passes.

The frequency of its use will depend on the amount of hair your dog throws, but normal is not to let it pass two days.

A damp cloth is best for furniture. You know exactly what can happen if you use a feather duster, don't you?

One more tip: take advantage when you take your pet for a walk and brush his hair in the park or on the street. This way you will remove the hair that has fallen out before entering the house.

2. Your dog's belongings


To avoid unpleasant odours in your dog's litter, it's a good idea to wash it frequently. About once a week. The most comfortable thing is to use covers on it. These are much easier to wash than the mattress itself and you'll be able to do it more often.

And don't forget their toys! The stuffed animals or anything made of fabric, put them in the washing machine. Take advantage when you wash their bedspreads or covers and do not use fabric softener.

The hardest ones can be put in the dishwasher, but if you don't want to mix them with your dishes, wash them by hand with a little neutral soap and plenty of hot water.

Keeping a Clean House With Dogs


3. Clean their paws


This is one of the essential tricks if you want to know how to keep your house clean with dogs.

When you take it for a walk, our faithful friends bring a lot of dirt embedded in their pads, so it's best to clean them before you go in.

To do this, use the special dog wipes and run them over your legs and ass. This way you'll be much calmer... especially if it's the kind that gets on your bed!

4. The pee trail


If your dog is well-mannered, peeing won't be a problem at home, but if it's a puppy that's learning or your pet has a bad day, it can happen.

In these cases, don't rush to pick up the mop you normally use all over your house!

First, clean the urine with absorbent paper towels or a few sheets of newspaper. Then you can scrub the area with your regular floor cleaner and a little bit of an enzyme-containing one. This way your dog won't be able to smell where he's done it.

Remember to clean the mop thoroughly afterwards! What's more, if you have an old mop, you can use it for these special cases.

And by the way, here's another essential tip on how to keep your house clean with dogs: forget about ammonia. Its smell is similar to that of his pee, so what you can do is attract him more.

5. Don't forget the air filters


If it is already logical to clean the air conditioning filters before using them and already in use, imagine how important it is to have dogs at home. The amount of hair and lint that can accumulate in them!

Don't forget to always keep them clean so you don't get an unpleasant surprise when you turn it on. But you don't have to do it every day. Once a month, as long as you don't use them, that's enough.

Keep Your House Clean with Dogs


6. The best: constancy


You can't postpone the cleaning time, things don't pick up by themselves! If your dog gives off a lot of hair and it's your turn to sweep or vacuum every day, do it. If one day you can't, nothing happens. But don't let a week go by because you can swim between hairballs.

And one more tip: Don't mask smells. Putting an air freshener in the house is fine, but putting 3 in each corner is excessive and can be unpleasant mixed with the dog smell.

It's best to maintain your dog's body hygiene with the corresponding baths, the other washing tips we've given you and the daily ventilation of your house.

These are our tips to know how to keep the house clean with dogs. What tricks do you use?

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Dog Thinking: How Does My Dog Think?
How many times have you stopped to look at your dog and thought, "What's going through his head? Understanding canine thinking is not easy and requires time and observation.

Dog Thinking: How Does My Dog Think?


However, both professionals and ourselves, as their caretakers, can end up understanding how dogs think.

Canine thinking

Despite the great advances that have been made in studies on the psychology of the dog, much remains to be clarified. Fortunately, there are basic facts that help us to understand the way dogs think.

Dogs are animals that live in herds, that are organized so that a hierarchy exists and after centuries of training this has been translated in house in the capacity to respond to stimuli of socialization.

Within the study of canine thought, the first thing that is clear to us is that dogs are capable of recognizing humans and other animals. Obviously, like other species.

However, a dog is capable of demonstrating a feeling of love, as well as remembering and responding to the tricks we teach him and reacting to words. Not all animals do this.

Dog Thinking: French Bulldog


In addition, thanks to their sense of smell they analyze and understand their environment. Dogs know, with smells, what we have eaten or if we are sad, happy or afraid.

They also distinguish shapes and stare us in the eyes to analyse us. As for the ear, they are able to listen to music and detect changes in the tone of our voice.

For all this and for more studies that have been carried out, it has been possible to determine that dogs are capable of appreciating many more details than we do, but they cannot examine them together. That is, they think, but they cannot analyze those thoughts.

What they are able to do, once they have detected what surrounds them, is to express in their own language an answer: wagging the tail, spinning, pointing with the paw....

All this constitutes the way of proceeding of canine thought.

What is involved in the understanding and development of dog thinking?

While it is true that the intelligence of each dog is determinant (there are races more intelligent than others), dog education will be crucial.

Canine instincts are there from birth, but without special training we would not be able to understand dog thinking because they would not know how to communicate with us.

Dog Thinking - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


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For a good education it is recommended that you follow some advice:

  • Do not use harmful techniques such as punishments or hanging collars.
  • Use verbal as well as non-verbal language and make sure that the whole family always uses the same indications.
  • Don't forget about their socialization: let them integrate with their environment, with other animals and with people.
  • Reward their good behavior.
  • And above all: take it easy! Your dog won't learn the directions right away, but that doesn't mean he won't make it.