Toxic food for dogs

Besides being our best friends, dogs play an important role in many households, serving as garbage disposals for uneaten foods, vacuum cleaners when spills occur and partners in crime for children who don’t want to eat their vegetables.  However, there are some toxic food for dogs which should be highly avoided, the most toxic of substances are listed below.

Garlic/onions
Garlic and onion are both members of the Allium family, which contain sulfoxides that are one of the more toxic food ...

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The use of dog treats

Rarely is there a dog owner that does not have a cupboard full of treats for his or her dog.  But, as pet owners we tend to go overboard with the use of dog treats, contributing to bad behaviour in our pets and even weight gain.
The appropriate use of dog treats, as well as the types of treats that are best for dogs, are explained here.

What kinds of treats are appropriate for dogs?
Treats that are tasty – yet ...

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Supplements for dogs

Just because commercially available dog food provides all the recommended vitamins and minerals a pet may need, doesn’t mean that certain animals won’t benefit from additional “supplements for dogs” in their diet.
Listed below are common supplements for dogs, all types:

For Dogs with Arthritis
Arthritis is an extremely common affliction that will affect nearly every senior aged dog.  This painful condition occurs when the cartilage that surrounds joints – particularly knees and hips – begins to degrade, leaving dogs with ...

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Cat vs dog ownership

The general population typically falls into two camps of people:  those who love dogs, and those who love cats.  The cat vs dog ownership is an age old battle.  These two common household pets differ significantly not only in personality, but in the care required as well.

Playtime
In the cat vs dog battle, both require mental and physical stimulation in order to remain happy and healthy members of the household.  Playtime for dogs consists of games of fetch, tug of ...

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The use of praise with your dog

When we first bring a new pet into our household, training is an absolute necessity, even if the dog already has a basic foundation in obedience or other skills.  There are two common ways to train pets, the use of praise with your dog or with aversion techniques.  The the use of praise with your dog is described here, as well as the benefits.

What is praise?
The use of praise with your dog is any positive reward you give your ...

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The meaning of your dog’s tail wagging

Thanks to a growing field of research – the study of canine cognition and behaviour – scientists have begun to delve deeper into the complex behaviour of our pets.  For instance, one of the most commonly believed misconceptions among pet owners is that a dog wagging its tail is friendly.  While this is indeed usually the case, what is the meaning of your dog’s tail wagging that owners should be aware of?

Slight Wag
If your dog’s tail is wagging only ...

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Coping with the loss of your dog

One of the biggest downsides of owning a pet is that, more than likely, we will outlive our beloved animals.  Tips for coping with the loss of your dog are described below.

Before your dog passes
If you are aware that the passing of your pet is imminent, it can be helpful to plan one last special day with your dog.  During this day, try and do as many of your pet’s favorite activities as possible, including special treats and attention.  ...

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Grooming necessities

When looking after your dog at home, there are a number of grooming necessities that make the job easy.  Listed below are the grooming necessities you should buy in order to keep your pet fresh and clean.

Nail Clippers
If you are comfortable with clipping your dog’s nails at home, a good set of nail clippers is a necessity.  Since no one is perfect (not even the groomer), a styptic pen (stops bleeding) should also be kept nearby in case the ...

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How to bathe your dog

If you can bathe your dog at home, you can save an incredible amount of time and money as opposed to routinely taking your pet to the groomer.  After a long walk or a fun week at dog day care, sometimes our pets need a bath immediately if they plan to spend time indoors with their humans.  If approached properly, this task can take as little as fifteen minutes, even for long-haired dogs.  Everything you need to know about how ...

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Caring for your dog’s skin

Dogs and humans share a number of similarities, including sensitive skin.  Hairless breeds are prone to sunburns and acne, while some dogs develop severe sensitivities due to food and environmental allergies.  Caring for your dog’s skin can be done at home; listed below are common reasons for skin irritation and how to solve the problems.

Signs of Sensitive Skin
Is your dog scratching at his or her skin more than normal?  Have you noticed dry, white flakes in your pet’s fur ...

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