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!

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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