Thinking of Getting a Pet Dog? You Need These Essentials To Get Yourself Ready

If you are thinking of getting a dog, then you can look forward to a really fantastic relationship with your pet. There is a reason why you hear the phrase that they are man’s best friend! It can be so rewarding to have them and have them as a pet for life. To be realistic, though, they do take quite a bit of work. There are quite a lot of things that you need to keep a dog occupied. So here are a few ideas of things that you should get ready for your dog’s arrival. Then they can be entertained, and it will help to keep your home a little bit more in order.

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Insurance

First things are first; you should get some dog insurance for your pet. Pets, in particular dogs, can be very costly to run without it. Vet’s bills can be quite high so it is better to be prepared. Dogs need things like vaccinations throughout their lives, as well as operations should the worst happen. So having insurance will help to eliminate any scary big bills that could arise unexpectedly.

Dog Bedding

We all like somewhere comfy to sleep, so why would our dog not? Having a comfortable dog bed will help them to be able to stretch out. Look for a dog bed that is extra comfy, perhaps in a faux sheepskin. It is a good idea if it is hypoallergenic and the lining can be removed. If the lining can be removed, then it can go into the washing machine. It is a great idea to be able to wash the dog bed lining. Otherwise, it can get quite stinky and covered in fur.

Dog Equipment For Travel

The chances are you will want to travel somewhere with your dog at some point. So you need all of the right things. Heck, you might need them before you have even picked up your dog to be able to bring them home. So a crate or a dog guard is a good idea to get to the car. They can be secured by the car seat belt which is quite handy. To have their own space, even in the car, is important. You don’t want them to get squashed by shopping or other luggage in the car. If you plan to take long trips with your dog, then make sure you start with a few short trips first. It can be strange for a dog to be in the car. So make sure that you get them use to it first.

Grooming Equipment

In order to keep your dog feeling healthy and happy, some grooming equipment is a must. A specific dog comb or brush is certainly needed, depending on the type of hair your dog has. It will help them to relax, as well as create an opportunity for the two of you to bond. Having something that your dog can chew on, like a toy or food sticks, is great to help them to with their teeth too.

Caring For Canines – Essential Dos and Don’ts

As dogs are man’s best friend, we need to do our part too and make sure that we look after them to the best of our abilities. Check out the dos and don’ts below for some tips on how to do this.  

Do train them as a puppy

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It’s essential that you take the time and effort to train your dog, while they are still young. A lot of unwanted behavior can be avoided by correctly teaching a dog how to behave and who is in control. Remember dogs are pack animals and they will do their things unless you show yourself to be the one in charge.

Training them to sit, lie down, roll over and fetch are all basic moves that are within the capability of any dog to learn. Puppy training will also help to stop them becoming bored and misbehaving as they will have something to tire them out and occupy them.

Don’t use force as a deterrent

If you want a good relationship with your pet, then using violence as a deterrent is not a good idea. Dogs are quite capable of learning without the use of unnecessary force. Just make sure that you are aware of the skills you will need to manage them.

Do tailor their food

It’s important to get the right type and amount of food for the breed of dog you have. Each breed will need a different amount of food per day. An example of how this works is available at the link feeding schedule for German Shepherds.

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More active dogs like Greyhound and German Shepherds will need food denser in energy than a lap dog like a Pug or Min Pin. The amount of food they will need will change as they mature too. Firstly increasing and then decreasing when they reach old age.

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Don’t forget to have water on offer

Remember just like humans dogs need to keep their bodies hydrated to be healthy. But unlike humans, they can’t go and get a glass of water whenever they feel like it. So make sure that they always have access to fresh water through the day and on walks.

Do exercise them thoroughly

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Don’t forget that whatever breed and size you dog is they will need to be exercised every day. This will ensure they live long healthy lives, and minimize the risk of them developing a weight problem. It’s good to walk them twice daily, and also allow them off their leash in a safe place to play fetch and run around.

Don’t over feed them treats

Dogs can have issues with weight gain if there are fed too many treats. Try to restrict the amount of treats you give to your dog, to the portion state on the packet. Avoid giving them scraps of human food as treats. This is because some human food like chocolate and cheese can be harmful to dogs, but they don’t realize this and will gobble it up excitedly. Leaving you to clear up the mess later.

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All You Need to Know About Becoming a Pet Owner

Getting a cat or a dog can be a big commitment. You need to make sure that you are ready for all that it involves. In the early days, it can be like having a newborn baby. The demands on your time are similar and even some of the sleepless nights. The rewards are just as great, though. Your cat or dog will become just like a member of the family, and the bond that you will get will be lifelong. If you have never been the owner of a pet before, there are some quite big things to consider. So have a read through, of some of the things that you might not have thought about. You want to be prepared for getting a pet of your own.

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The Cost

Like with a child, a pet does cost money. They can cost is for the basic needs of the pet, like their food and water. They need a few things to make them more comfortable at home too. So things like a bed, kennel or for a cat, litter tray, and scratching post. The cost of a vet can add up too. There will be vaccinations in the early days to pay for, then things as you go along. So you need to bear this in mind. It could be worth getting some pet insurance. Particularly if your pet is older, as they are more likely to fall ill if they are a little older.

The Commitment

When you have a pet, you have a pet for the rest of their life. You can’t just get rid of it; it is a living and breathing thing! So if you have a tendency to get a little bored of things after a while, then it is best not to get a pet. They need to have a committed owner that is prepared to care for them. If you are found not to be looking after a pet properly, you could face a fine or even go to prison. You could go to prison for up to six months. So you need to be in a place where you can commit to your pet, and all of it’s needs. Otherwise, you might need to have the help of a firm like Asselta Law.

The Time

A dog, for example, needs walking daily. This needs to become part of your daily life and routine. It will take some time out of your day to walk your dog. And they need to be walked come rain or shine! So this needs to be something that you take into account. Think about your family and work commitments, and if having a dog will be able to fit into your schedule. Cats don’t need to be walked, but they do require a lot of attention and loved to bond and play games with you. Again, take this into consideration. Cats are often seen as an ‘easier’ pet to get compared to a dog. But all pets require a certain level of commitment.

The Top 10 Dog Names of 2015

According to NBC news, pet owners were expected to spend 60 billion dollars on their dogs for the year 2015. Are you surprised? We’re not! With these figures in mind, it’s no surprise that naming a dog can become quite the adventure and a very important one at that! Not sure what to name your dog? Or maybe you’re just kind of wondering what other people were naming their dogs last year? Take a look at these “Top” lists that we’ve compiled for you.

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Top 10 Male Dog Names

  1. Max
  2. Charlie
  3. Buddy
  4. Cooper
  5. Jack
  6. Rocky
  7. Toby
  8. Duke
  9. Bear
  10. Tucker

Top 10 Female Dog Names

  1. Bella
  2. Lucy
  3. Daisy
  4. Molly
  5. Lola
  6. Sadie
  7. Maggie
  8. Sophie
  9. Chloe
  10. Bailey

For the complete list of the Top 100 Dog Names for 2015, head on over to the American Kennel Club!

Maybe, you’re looking for some, not so ordinary inspiration. Check out this wacky list of dog names! Amusing, but we’re not so sure how we would feel about shouting these names out at the dog park…

Top 10 Wacky Dog Names of 2015

Before we continue, let me assure you that these are in fact REAL dog names. Learn more about these wacky named pets over at PetInsurance.com!

  1. Baron Von Furry Pants
  2. Artoo Dogtoo
  3. Rosie Picklebottom
  4. Parker the Barker
  5. Abigail Carmichael Spartacus
  6. Smiley Cyrus
  7. Nutmeg Spice O’Paris
  8. Abraham Lincoln Continental
  9. Bizkit Au Chocolat
  10. Scuddles Unterfuss

How do our dogs let us get away with these wacky names anyway? Dave Barry said it best: “You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, ‘Wow, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that!'”

Top Ten Breeds of Tea Cup Dogs

It is a widely acknowledged fact that pet-loving people can be divided into two distinct groups: dog-lovers and cat-lovers. However, when we talk about tea cup dogs, everyone seems to love them equally, even the self-proclaimed cat lovers! Considering bringing a teeny, tiny ball of love into your family? Here are the top ten breeds of tea cup dogs!
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1. Chihuahua
You may have seen Chihuahuas accompanying celebrities like Paris Hilton, and Nicole Richie and for good reason. They are one of the most adorable and smart teacup dogs. They weigh from 6 to 10 pounds, are extremely loyal! However, they are shy around new people.

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2. Maltese
If you are looking for a watch dog and an active little pet to fool around with, however, your limited space is not suitable to buy a German shepherd or a Terrier, go for the Maltese. They are great watchdogs and weigh from 3 to 10 pounds so they can easily stay at any place!

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3. Yorkie
These are one of the smallest watchdogs you will come across, weighing less than 7 pounds. They are very friendly and can adapt to any environment easily and fast.

 

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4. Toy Poodle
These are colorful dogs that really DO look like toys with their thick fur and adorable faces. Though they love to play and fool around, they are also very lazy, often preferring to settle in their human’s lap! They are known for their intelligence so be prepared to mentally challenge these guys. These babies are also the perfect apartment pet!

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5. Pomeranian
These are fearless watchdogs that weigh less than 7 pounds, too. With their pointy ears and thin face, they resemble foxes, which is quite attractive to many people. They are curious and will try to get into all the nooks and corners of your house, so beware!

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6. Shih-Tzu
These tea cup dogs love learning new things which makes training quite manageable. They can weigh up to 16 pounds and are attention seekers. They gnaw at your furniture and shoes if you ignore them or leave them alone for long! Don’t let that deter you though – any pet left without exercise and attention will most certainly be up to no good!

 

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7. Boston Terrier
This is another tea cup dog that is adorable and loves to chew on your precious belongings! They love children, making them the perfect family dogs, and require minimum maintenance.

 

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8. Pug
These are the cutest tea cup dogs that look like the oldest dogs one would ever come across with their adorable wrinkled faces. They too, love to play and can be really comical as they run around, peering into everything with their short legs. They, however, do snore so get a pair of earplugs along with them.

 

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9. Miniature Schnauzer
In three words, this breed is friendly, obedient and smart! This makes them a breed of family loving teacup dogs, who seem to look like they have a beard. They are thoroughly curious though, so be prepared for a lot of barking at the smallest of sounds!

 

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10. Miniature Poodles
These are one-person or one-family dogs who tend to get scared around strangers. They, however, love their owners to bits and are great with children too.

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With such adorable tea cup dogs to choose from, it might get slightly difficult to pick! However, choosing a dog is not all about the cuteness so do thorough research to help you find the breed that’s best suited for your family and lifestyle. You will fall in love instantaneously with pretty much any of these!

All About the Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier, popularly called the Yorkie, is a small-sized dog that originated from Yorkshire, England in the 19th century. They were initially bred to be used in catching rats that were causing damage to materials used in clothing mills. However, this adorable dog with its dark eyes, black nose and hairy head is now a beloved companion in many homes.

Usually, this dog weighs about 7 pounds and stands at 15 to 17.5 cm off the ground to its shoulder level. Some of them may weigh about 4 pounds and these are referred to as “teacups.”

TEMPERAMENT
The Yorkie is an adventurous dog that is highly inquisitive and quick both mentally and physically. Even though they enjoy being carried and burrowing into pillows, chasing butterflies and birds is an enjoyable activity for them.

The Yorkshire has very sharp eyes and will announce the presence of a stranger with a sharp bark. They are quite mischievous and they must be taught good socialization skills from an early age.

Despite its small size, this dog can be bossy and stubborn and will not like to stay on a leash except with proper training. They are also very possessive and are not likely to share their toys or favorite chairs with anybody.

ENERGY LEVELS AND TRAITS

  • The Yorkie is a very active dog with a medium energy level. Yorkies require a daily walk, as do all dogs, so that they will burn off energy as well as maintain good health. Burning off some energy out of doors will help the Yorkie to stay calm instead of running around all the time and getting into mischief around the home. They do not require a lot of exercise but they do want lots of attention. They shed very lightly and the average life expectancy is 12-15 years.
  • They are highly suspicious of new faces but they are generally peaceful dogs that can easily live together with other pets. The average number of litters is four puppies.
  • They have a delicate digestive system and should not be fed with things outside their normal diet. Also, they should be well protected from the cold.

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INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Yorkie are usually born with black or brown coats, but as they grow their coats take on a beautiful blue and tan color.
  • The Yorkshire is a favorite with older ladies that love attending social functions because of its look and grace.
  • They are very inquisitive and some may be short tempered.
  • Despite their being small dogs, they can weigh up to 12-15 pounds depending on their diet and lifestyle.
  • The Yorkshire is used as a show dog because of its love for speed and applause.
  • President Nixon of the United States had a Yorkie called Pasha during his time in the oval office.

Before making the choice of adopting a Yorkie from certified legal breeders, ensure that you ask questions about the health, social skills, temperament, and general disposition of the dog. This will go a long way in ensuring that you find the right pet for you and your family. Don’t forget—it’s always great to adopt from a breeder too!! Also, bring your Yorkie to a veterinary clinic as soon as you adopt one.

For the Love of a Frenchie

Have you been enamored by a French bulldog yet? If not, you’re in for a treat. If so, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about here! The adorable French bulldog, or Frenchie as it is more affectionately addressed, is by no stretch of the imagination, one of the top companion dogs in the world. But, why?

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The French bulldog is a small dog with a muscular and sturdy build. Their coats are super easy to care for, making these pups one of the more minimal effort dogs when it comes to grooming.

Frenchies are known to be very friendly dogs who love to play, but don’t worry, these pups also enjoy lounging on the couch. French bulldogs are very intelligent; this means that if you keep training fun it will be easy to train them. This breed is also known for being free thinkers! The intelligence of these big-eared dogs along with their free thinking is also known to lead to a bit of a stubborn streak—it’s just in their nature. You can expect your Frenchie to be both funny and naturally mischievous. It is important to realize that these pups need to live with an owner who is consistent, patient, yet firm (not aggressive). This breed is also known for being protective of their home and family.

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French bulldogs notoriously love. They need human contact—meaning that they shouldn’t be subjected to being left on their own for long periods of time. It is equally important to know that these are not pups that can live or spend extensive time outdoors. These social dogs enjoy an abundance of loving interaction with their humans.

If you are the proud parent of a Frenchie, you need to realize the importance of keeping your pup in a cool, comfortable place as Frenchies are susceptible to heat exhaustion. Never leave your Frenchie outside on a hot day and keep rigorous exercise to a minimum. Short bursts are fine!

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While this breed does not need a whole ton of exercise, they still need daily walks to keep them at a healthy weight as they can easily become obese. Generally, you will find that this breed grows to about 11 to 12 inches tall. Males weigh between 20 and 28 pounds, and females are often smaller weighing 16 to 24 pounds.

If socialized (as all dogs need to be) Frenchies are excellent with children and other dogs, they are also good apartment dogs. However, these dogs can be super protective of their families and home which can lead to barking. This is something that can be dealt with through early socialization, patience and proper training.

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Frenchie owners should also be aware that these dogs are more susceptible to a number of medical conditions just like many other breeds. These conditions include Hip Dysplasia, Brachycephalic Syndrome, Patellar Luxation, Intervertebral Disc, Von Willebrand’s Disease, Cleft Palate, Elongated Soft Palate.

If you are in the process of getting a Frenchie, it is very important that you choose an ethical breeder who will show you the pup’s health clearances. There are also rescues that specialize in French bulldog rescue and adoption. As always, do your research before you bring any breed of dog into your life. Dogs are generally NOT one size fits all. Do yourself and the dog a favor by bringing home a dog that fits your lifestyle!

All About the English Bulldog

The English bulldog is now a loving pet that brings charm and warmth into many homes. However, this was not always the case! The bulldog was originally bred and trained to be used in Bullbaiting, a sport which was popular in England and most parts of Europe in the 1200s until the 1800s. The English bulldog had to be tough, strong and ferocious in order to survive the dangerous fights they were made to participate in. Through years of careful selection and deliberate breeding of strong survivors, one of the most popular breeds of dogs was created.

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The English bulldog is perhaps one of the easiest breeds to identify, with its peculiar wrinkled face that can only be loved by a devoted parent or a true lover of dogs. The bulldog has a small stature, standing at about 12 to 15 inches tall, to the shoulder. However, they are quite heavy with the mature male weighing about 50 pounds and the females weighing about 40 pounds.

Temperament
According to the American Kennel Club, the English bulldog’s disposition is expected to be “equable and kind, resolute and courageous (not vicious or aggressive), and demeanor should be pacific and dignified.” It is important to note that the temperament of the English bulldog will be influenced by a number of factors including but not limited to training, environment, socialization and heredity.

Generally, this dog is known for its courage (which makes it a good guard dog), occasional stubbornness, laziness and friendly nature. The bulldog is sociable and kind, and since their appearance easily scares intruders, they do not bark as much as other breeds. The English bulldog is not a lively dog and would rather sit beside you and observe the world than go running around in the yard. However, due to poor socialization, not all bulldogs have this nice temperament and such can be quite difficult to handle. Therefore, if you are considering getting a bulldog, it is best that you get a puppy with nice parents and do your best to bring your puppy up to have good social skills and to be a nice dog.

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Energy Levels and Traits
Generally, English bulldogs are laid back and are more likely to sleep than get into trouble. Also, they do not require much attention and they make good apartment pets since they do not need a lot of room to run around in. They have a daily exercise requirement of about 20 to 40 minutes and prefer to just eat and fall asleep right after the meal.

They have a high tendency to snore and drool; they are greedy eaters known to be prone to experiencing flatulence (ruh-roh!). They are very sensitive to weather conditions; they get cold easily and may experience breathing difficulties at high temperature. Therefore, they are best suited to temperate climates.

They have short coats which need little grooming and they do not shed as much as other dogs. They are prone to skin infections especially on the face.

  • According to statistics provided by the AKC, English bulldogs were the 5th most popular dog in the U.S in 2013. They are the most popular breed in Los Angeles.
  • A large percentage of bulldogs cannot swim.
  • Some English bulldogs can jump up to seven feet in the air.
  • The bulldog’s large head makes it difficult for them to give birth naturally, therefore most have to undertake caesarean section.
  • These dogs guard their food jealously. They should not be fed around children or other pets.
  • They do not like being teased, pinched or treated roughly.
  • The bulldog is a popular mascot of many sport teams.
  • Bulldogs are banned from many airline flights due to the fact that many of them die in flights because of their respiratory and heat regulation problems.
  • Bulldogs have a comic, cartoon-like swagger.
  • Bulldogs have average intelligence and can be trained to react to words.

Whether you currently have an English bulldog or are considering bringing one into your family, we hope this article gave you a little more insight into this unique breed! What’s your favorite breed of dog? We’d love to hear about it!