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By Wagging Tails 13 Nov, 2017

When it comes to the provision of a well-balanced diet to dogs, many people are worried if commercial dog foods are enough to keep their pets healthy. Most of the commercial pet foods don’t have all the needed nutritional requirements due to the fact that they are made using low-quality ingredients which are only necessary for the basic requirements of your dogs. Also, other people who own dogs do wonder if making the dog food right at home if is a better choice. These homemade dog food recipes have got some pros and cons just like any other kind of dog food. It can be a very difficult to make a well-balanced diet for your dog.



What Are the Advantages of Homemade Dog Food Recipes?



1. Dog food can easily be regulated

Many dog owners have worries about the quality of commercial foods given to their pets. An individual making the decision to make the dog food at home is of great importance since you are able to regulate the type of ingredients in the diet depending on the dog’s condition.

2. Lack filler ingredients

Dog foods that are commercially processed are bulked with different by-products some of which are very cheap filler ingredients which have lack nutritional value to you dogs. These nutrients with no help pass through your dog’s digestive system and thus creating more wastes. Some of these filler ingredients are said to be a source of allergies that dogs get. Homemade dog food gives one the chance to maximize the nutritional value.

3. Diet variation can be increased

Most commercial dog foods almost contain the same type of ingredients that you keep on giving your pet day in day out. These same foods are boring to your pet and also might limit a dog’s appetite thus becoming of no useful help. Homemade dog food gives one the opportunity to vary what the dogs eat and thus offering a wide range of nutrients.

4. They are always fresh

Commercial dog foods are known to have some artificial preservatives together with salts to keep them fresh for a long period of time. These preservatives can have some adverse effects on the health of your pet such as heart diseases which can create harm. Homemade dog foods lack all these preservatives and are fresh always.

5. Better nutrition

Commercial dog foods are known to be made from by-products subjecting your pet to mysterious ingredients some of which are artificial. Homemade dog food recipes allow one to incorporate more healthy foods without any questions.

6. Less wastage

Homemade dog foods can be derived from leftovers after the family is ok. One can also plan for the family and the dogs and thus save both time and money that could have been used in buying the meals.

7. It is sometimes cheaper

If one compares between the commercial dog foods and the homemade dog foods in terms of costs, the commercial ones are much more expensive since sellers claim that manufacturers used high-quality products during the making process.

8. Allergens can easily be eliminated through cooking

Most allergens in commercial dog foods come during the manufacturing process together with other variants of the allergen for instance chicken fat vs. chicken. When making homemade dog foods, one can eliminate the possible allergens and thus make a healthy diet.

9. Dog taste is considered

Homemade dog food is likely to favor a dog in terms of what it likes much. On the other hand, commercial dog foods have all sorts of ingredients mixed together in which some the dogs might not like a lot.

10. Stress reduction for dogs with health problem

Most of the dogs with some serious health problems such as arthritis, chronic ear infections, and allergies have their symptoms reduced or even eliminated when they feed on homemade foods since some ingredients in commercial dog foods might be the causative agents of these illnesses.



What Are the Disadvantages of Homemade Dog Food Recipes?



1. Absence of nutritional balance

It is very vital for one to use the necessary ingredients and supplements when making the dog food on our own. Some homemade dog food recipes can lack important supplements which are required by the pet leading to weight loss and also decreased energy.

2. Presence of unsafe ingredients

One should be limited to recipes that are only offered by canine nutritionists or veterinarians since some made by ordinary people might lack what is termed as unsafe ingredients. These ingredients mostly are human foods and include chocolate, raisins, onions, and grapes.

3. Excess or few calories

Lack of dog food nutritional information can lead to one either giving his dog more or fewer calories. This is mostly done in homemade foods since people make the diet anyhow if they lack a proper diet.

4. Can sometimes be expensive

In some cases, homemade dog foods can be more expensive because of the more costly ingredients which should be incorporated to make a high-quality diet that meets nutritional requirements of your dog.

5. Time consuming

When compared to commercial dog foods, homemade dog foods require a lot of time commitment in the preparation. One has to measure, cook, and also store the excess which will be a daily routine to ensure your dogs eat.

6. They are inconvenient

Human beings do have numerous choices of foods while traveling for either adventure or other businesses while the dogs don’t have. Home preparation of dog food isn’t convenient for individuals who travel time to time. Those traveling with their dogs also have a hard time in the process.

7. Nutritional deficiencies might arise

A dog can get some nutritional deficiencies if the owner is not aware of what exactly the dog needs. Although commercial dog foods are said to be of low quality, you will find a homemade diet that is even poor than the commercial one leading to the poor health of the dog.

8. One has to check with the vet regularly

Homemade dog food requires that an individual should regularly look for a nutritionist or vet to get advice on the correct procedures (recipes) of making the dog foods to avoid instances whereby one gives the dog less of certain supplement or even more of it without knowing.

9. Short lifespan of fresh ingredients

The ingredients used for homemade dog foods are bought while still fresh. It is not necessarily that these ingredients are used all at once. The remainder should be stored whereby the lifespan is very short and can lead to losses and thus increasing costs for the foods.

10. Tedious to get all ingredients

Depending on where an individual gets the ingredients to prepare the dog foods, it can be tedious if the ingredients are located in different places.




In conclusion, these are the pros and cons of homemade dog foods which should be weighed against the commercially processed dog foods and thus giving one the chance to make the right decision.

Author Bio: June is the founder of TobysBone , where she shares her passion for writing and love for dogs. She wants to help you deal with your dog’s behavior issues, grooming and health needs, and proper training. Through her blog, you can find informative and reliable posts, tips and tricks, and a lot of interesting reads that will help you maintain a close bond with your furry companion.
By Wagging Tails 03 Sep, 2017
Owning a pet, especially a dog has been proven to help both the physical and emotional aspects of our lives. To us, dogs are not just pets but are companions. That is why so many different types of breeds are used as therapy to visit people in need of a health boost, either mentally or emotionally. Some people cannot own a pet, but they can use a therapy program to receive regular visits from a furry friend to help lift their spirits and put a smile on their face.

Service Dogs vs. Therapy dogs
There are different types of services that dogs provide. Service dogs are mainly used to help their owner or handler with their disability. Service dogs are allowed in any building and most public places including restaurants. Both therapy and service dogs are used to help people with specialised training and enjoyable company.

Why Therapy Dogs?
Therapy dogs are used to help visit people that have a variety of issues. These ailments can be anything physical such as a lack of mobility or vision impairment, or they can be emotional trauma from a devastating incident the person is struggling with or anxiety and depression. Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is one of the issues that dogs can help. Their presence helps ease stress and anxiety, and for many suffering from PTSD, dogs have provided a successful therapy technique to help them overcome their traumatic experiences. Dogs also used in court settings. Many people that have to take the stand need to overcome with emotion and stress, so therapy dogs have been used to help calm the witness. These represent only some of the many issues that canines can assist humans.

How Does It Work?
Therapy dogs trained specifically. It is best to start with a young dog or puppy and socialise them with people, other animals, and different places. The AKC has a training program and various levels to reach as your dog advances. It must be trained not to jump on people, to stay or walk on a very loose leash and be well behaved in the midst of machinery, loud noises, children, and panicked adults. There are therapy classes you can enroll in to help you and your dog achieve training and individual milestones as you both learn as a handler and as a pet.

Where Can Therapy Dogs Go?
Therapy dogs used in many different situations and settings and a few of the most common are schools, hospitals, support groups, retirement homes, nursing homes, hospices and disaster areas. Therapy dogs can go just about anywhere with the prior approval of the location. Often, the staff or employees get just as much out of the visit as the people they are going to see. These dogs are well behaved and loving towards the elderly, adults, and children in any setting you take them.

How to interact?
It is important to act appropriately with a therapy animal. Talking to the handler first and asking them to pet the dog is a good way to start the introduction. If you have another dog with you, it is best to keep the dogs separated to avoid any conflicts. Offering food is discouraged, as the handler probably has the therapy dog on its schedule and feeding program. If the dog approaches you and you are uncomfortable, all you need to do is notify the handler and they can help correct any behaviour you are unsure. These dogs are here to help and spend time with you. Clear communication with the handler is essential for a fruitful and pleasant visit from a furry friend.

Interactions with service dogs can also have specific rules. If you see a service dog out with its hander, the dog is typically “on-duty.” It is there to assist the owner/handler with their needs which could be physical tasks or emotional stability and comfort. If you want to approach the dog, it is best to speak directly to the handler first. The dog is there for a specific purpose to help that individual and asking first if it is okay to pet the dog or come closer is encouraged. Some handlers discourage petting or distractions because their furry friend is on-the-job and is required to assist them.

Therapy dogs can be just about any breeds. Small or large, these furry companions put a smile on people’s faces and lift their mood. Golden retrievers, Labradors, Chihuahuas, German Shepherds, Poodles, and many other breeds used for therapy. As long as the dog has proper training and you can take to different places, it will succeed in helping people.

Bio: Sarah has always loved pets. She appreciates how they change people’s lives and she started Crazy Pet Guy so that more people will be more aware of how to take care of their pets properly.
By Wagging Tails 15 Aug, 2017
Getting enough exercise and socialization for your dog is important. 20 to 40 percent of all dogs
seen by a veterinarian are shown to be overweight and this can lead to serious health problems
for your beloved dog such as heart disease and diabetes.

As well as necessary exercise, your dog needs to learn how to cope and respond to other
animals, people, places and things they may encounter. It’s important that your dog is well
socialized; dogs tend to be friendlier and more adept at any lifestyle changes. Dogs that are not
properly socialized may become aggressive or anxious towards others.
Here are some ways to properly exercise and socialize your dog.
Get Outside
Not only does getting outdoors help your dog, but it will also help you! Dog ownership has
shown to help decrease heart disease and other serious health problems, so taking your dog for
a walk a few times a week is a great thing, and your dog will love it.
Even if your dog has a yard to roam in, this doesn’t mean they are getting the necessary
exercise needed. It’s still important for a routine walk, exercise or playtime, so that they can get
the physical activity essential for a healthy life.
If they don’t have a yard, it will be even more important to give your dog appropriate mental
stimulation because boredom and lack of movement will equate to an unhappy pet and surprise
presents left in shoes!
Take a Hike
On the weekend, take your dog with you on a hike or a nice nature walk. This will help you
mentally recharge for the upcoming week and will allow your dog to get the essential exercise
needed to maintain a healthy life. Getting outdoors is both mentally stimulating for your dog and
physically beneficial.
Evening Walks
Dogs should be getting at least 1 hour of activity per day and an evening walk can go a long
way. Taking your dog on a walk once a day, or even multiple times a week, has various
benefits. You can treat an evening walk as a way to help train your dog and it's a great time to
re-enforce commands such as ‘sit’ and ‘stay’, as well as leash training.
These walks are also a great time to help show your dog how to socialize with others, be they
animals or humans. If your dog isn’t ready for the dog park, this is a great starter to get them
ready for interactions with others.
Dog Park Visit
A trip to the dog park is a great way to help your dog get exercise, train, and get that essential
socialization they need with other dogs. If you have a puppy or a dog that doesn’t have the best
social skills, it may be best to introduce them when the park is less busy and be sure to bring
plenty of treats and toys.

Dog parks are also a great way for you to socialize, meeting likeminded individuals. This is a
great opportunity to set up play dates for your dogs. Play dates with your friends’ dogs will help
your dog learn how to get along with other canines.
Dog Day Care
If you’re on a busy schedule, think about placing your pet at a doggie day care. Doggie day care
offers everything from socialization with other dogs, daily training, and exercise throughout the
day.

Your dog will enjoy hours of play that is great for mental health and overall wellness, giving you
peace of mind from time away from your pet. Some doggie day cares may even have the option
of sending you photos of your beloved pet throughout the day.
Take Up Running
Most dog breeds will love going on a run, and this is a great way to get you and your dog in
shape! Even if you’re not a big runner, you can consider this your dog’s time, taking plenty of
stops for them to rest and smell the roses.
Play!
Playing fetch is great for your dog if you don’t have the time for running or taking an hour walk.
There’s no need to travel far, as you can go out the front-door to a close by park. You can even
play by steps or a hill, to help increase the exercise your dog will get in a shorter time.
Having a dog is a great thing. They offer so much love and companionship, unbeatable by
almost any other animal. Make sure you’re treating them with responsibility and giving them the
socialization, exercise and love they deserve.

For more go to www.dogdojo.org
By Wagging Tails 24 Jul, 2017
Owning a dog is never easy, it is even harder if he is noisy both day and night. The
day part is understandable when he barks a lot and runs around making noises way
too often. However, it seems a little strange if he makes noises even when he is
asleep. No, it is not he is sleep-walking and produces the sounds or something; he
SNORES, like a human being.
Also no, he is not a prince trapped in the body of a dog, so ladies, do not try to kiss
him, even when it is true love, nothing will happen.
For you, it would not be a pleasance, especially when you have insomnia.
For your dog, though sometimes, it is normal, it could be a sign of health problems.
1. Why?
a. Genetics
Some dog breeds have a respiratory structure that makes them more likely to snore.
Dogs that have short snout comes with broad, short skull are usually the snorer in
your house, since their breathing passage is short. Flat-faced breeds are snorers, in
this case, Pugs, English Bulldogs, Shih Tzus and Boxers for example. Therefore, if
you own one of these, it should be normal if they are such a disturbance at night.
That does not mean that if you have a Husky, you are safe from the snoring and if
it happens, it has to be a problem. Either must be a Pug snore. It was stated that the
breeds above are more LIKELY to snore, not all of them do, and others do not.
However, if you are concerned, you should double check with the vet for
confirmation, so you will not regret if it is a health problem and by the time you
find out, it was too late.
b. Breathing problems
Dogs’ snoring would be caused by an obstruction in the breathing passage, just like
humans. The obstructions are not always dangerous and need medication to solve;
it could sometimes be a result of a physical or medical factor.

Your dog might snore if he sleeps on his back, like a human on his bed, making his
tongue fall down and be an obstruction in the throat. The tongue then will partially
block the breathing passage, causing your dog to produce sounds when he is
asleep.
Lots of medical conditions can cause breathing problem for your dog, including
allergies, common cold or the smoke coming from your cigarettes. Another reason
you can consider is Aspergillosis, a fungal disease that occurs when your dog
breath mold spores in his nose, causing irritation. These conditions are
straightforward and easy to solve by some pills or your stopping smoking when
your dog is around.
Other conditions could be more severe and more annoying. Snoring could be a sign
of an abscessed tooth that gets stuck in the sinus or even sleep apnea, which makes
or dog stop breathing when he sleeps. Both of these will require surgery to fix and
prevent any possible problem for your dog in the future.
However, sleep apnea is not something you would run into every day. According
to Dr. Carol Osborne, the owner of Chagrin Falls Veterinary Center & Pet Clinic in
Chagrin Falls, Ohio, it is exceedingly rare. She also added that it is more likely
hypothyroidism, a condition that caused by our dog’s inability to produce enough
hormone. The hormone shortage is due by the weakness of thyroid glance,
affecting the metabolism process negatively. Though it is easy to treat and
affordable, it will be such an annoyance since your dog will depend on medicine
for the rest of his life.
c. Obesity
Just like in humans, chubby dogs are prone to snoring. This is caused by the fat
build-up in the neck area exceed the average level. The fat then will put pressure
on the skin on the neck and the tension of the skin at one point will be larger than
that of the windpipe. Applying simple physics, the pressure then will turn to the
throat, causing difficulty breathing and snoring.
However, remember that you should only tell others or your vet that your dog is
fat, not vice versa. You should not call somebody else’s dog fat; it is rude,

especially if you are a vet yourself. It is like calling a woman fatty and a man
shorty, and it is the fastest way to lose a client.
2. What you can do
If you never see your dog snore but all of the sudden, he starts the habit then a vet
appointment is necessary. You will need the vet to determine if the problem is
from an infection, the throat or any potential factor that could cause the snoring. If
your dog has been like that all his life and has always been playful and happy, it is
his anatomy, and there are little things you could do to change it.
You could add a humidifier in your room and turn it on at night for both you and
your dog to sleep easier and reduce the snoring, though the effect would not be
significant.
If the humidifier does not help, do not worry, there is still another option. After
years of researching and experimenting, scientists have put effort to invent a device
that will help you to stop any sound from intruding your eardrum. Thus, you can
say goodbye to all the annoyance caused by the snoring of your dog after owning
this compact, convenient, affordable, state of the art and easy to get device.
So put on your pants, take your car to the nearest pharmacy and loudly demand the
pharmacist with pride:” one pair of ear plugs please.”
About the Author:
John Braise is a professional blogger who has years of experience writing and
giving advice to those who are in trouble with taking care of their pets. With a very
special love for pets in general and dogs in particular, he yearns for providing
information and guidance for those who have the same desire for looking after
their dogs in the best ways. Also, he fancies penning helpful and valuable dog care
tips to make owners feel at ease with their four-legged buddies
on http://gohappydogs.com/
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By Wagging Tails 13 Nov, 2017

When it comes to the provision of a well-balanced diet to dogs, many people are worried if commercial dog foods are enough to keep their pets healthy. Most of the commercial pet foods don’t have all the needed nutritional requirements due to the fact that they are made using low-quality ingredients which are only necessary for the basic requirements of your dogs. Also, other people who own dogs do wonder if making the dog food right at home if is a better choice. These homemade dog food recipes have got some pros and cons just like any other kind of dog food. It can be a very difficult to make a well-balanced diet for your dog.



What Are the Advantages of Homemade Dog Food Recipes?



1. Dog food can easily be regulated

Many dog owners have worries about the quality of commercial foods given to their pets. An individual making the decision to make the dog food at home is of great importance since you are able to regulate the type of ingredients in the diet depending on the dog’s condition.

2. Lack filler ingredients

Dog foods that are commercially processed are bulked with different by-products some of which are very cheap filler ingredients which have lack nutritional value to you dogs. These nutrients with no help pass through your dog’s digestive system and thus creating more wastes. Some of these filler ingredients are said to be a source of allergies that dogs get. Homemade dog food gives one the chance to maximize the nutritional value.

3. Diet variation can be increased

Most commercial dog foods almost contain the same type of ingredients that you keep on giving your pet day in day out. These same foods are boring to your pet and also might limit a dog’s appetite thus becoming of no useful help. Homemade dog food gives one the opportunity to vary what the dogs eat and thus offering a wide range of nutrients.

4. They are always fresh

Commercial dog foods are known to have some artificial preservatives together with salts to keep them fresh for a long period of time. These preservatives can have some adverse effects on the health of your pet such as heart diseases which can create harm. Homemade dog foods lack all these preservatives and are fresh always.

5. Better nutrition

Commercial dog foods are known to be made from by-products subjecting your pet to mysterious ingredients some of which are artificial. Homemade dog food recipes allow one to incorporate more healthy foods without any questions.

6. Less wastage

Homemade dog foods can be derived from leftovers after the family is ok. One can also plan for the family and the dogs and thus save both time and money that could have been used in buying the meals.

7. It is sometimes cheaper

If one compares between the commercial dog foods and the homemade dog foods in terms of costs, the commercial ones are much more expensive since sellers claim that manufacturers used high-quality products during the making process.

8. Allergens can easily be eliminated through cooking

Most allergens in commercial dog foods come during the manufacturing process together with other variants of the allergen for instance chicken fat vs. chicken. When making homemade dog foods, one can eliminate the possible allergens and thus make a healthy diet.

9. Dog taste is considered

Homemade dog food is likely to favor a dog in terms of what it likes much. On the other hand, commercial dog foods have all sorts of ingredients mixed together in which some the dogs might not like a lot.

10. Stress reduction for dogs with health problem

Most of the dogs with some serious health problems such as arthritis, chronic ear infections, and allergies have their symptoms reduced or even eliminated when they feed on homemade foods since some ingredients in commercial dog foods might be the causative agents of these illnesses.



What Are the Disadvantages of Homemade Dog Food Recipes?



1. Absence of nutritional balance

It is very vital for one to use the necessary ingredients and supplements when making the dog food on our own. Some homemade dog food recipes can lack important supplements which are required by the pet leading to weight loss and also decreased energy.

2. Presence of unsafe ingredients

One should be limited to recipes that are only offered by canine nutritionists or veterinarians since some made by ordinary people might lack what is termed as unsafe ingredients. These ingredients mostly are human foods and include chocolate, raisins, onions, and grapes.

3. Excess or few calories

Lack of dog food nutritional information can lead to one either giving his dog more or fewer calories. This is mostly done in homemade foods since people make the diet anyhow if they lack a proper diet.

4. Can sometimes be expensive

In some cases, homemade dog foods can be more expensive because of the more costly ingredients which should be incorporated to make a high-quality diet that meets nutritional requirements of your dog.

5. Time consuming

When compared to commercial dog foods, homemade dog foods require a lot of time commitment in the preparation. One has to measure, cook, and also store the excess which will be a daily routine to ensure your dogs eat.

6. They are inconvenient

Human beings do have numerous choices of foods while traveling for either adventure or other businesses while the dogs don’t have. Home preparation of dog food isn’t convenient for individuals who travel time to time. Those traveling with their dogs also have a hard time in the process.

7. Nutritional deficiencies might arise

A dog can get some nutritional deficiencies if the owner is not aware of what exactly the dog needs. Although commercial dog foods are said to be of low quality, you will find a homemade diet that is even poor than the commercial one leading to the poor health of the dog.

8. One has to check with the vet regularly

Homemade dog food requires that an individual should regularly look for a nutritionist or vet to get advice on the correct procedures (recipes) of making the dog foods to avoid instances whereby one gives the dog less of certain supplement or even more of it without knowing.

9. Short lifespan of fresh ingredients

The ingredients used for homemade dog foods are bought while still fresh. It is not necessarily that these ingredients are used all at once. The remainder should be stored whereby the lifespan is very short and can lead to losses and thus increasing costs for the foods.

10. Tedious to get all ingredients

Depending on where an individual gets the ingredients to prepare the dog foods, it can be tedious if the ingredients are located in different places.




In conclusion, these are the pros and cons of homemade dog foods which should be weighed against the commercially processed dog foods and thus giving one the chance to make the right decision.

Author Bio: June is the founder of TobysBone , where she shares her passion for writing and love for dogs. She wants to help you deal with your dog’s behavior issues, grooming and health needs, and proper training. Through her blog, you can find informative and reliable posts, tips and tricks, and a lot of interesting reads that will help you maintain a close bond with your furry companion.
By Wagging Tails 03 Sep, 2017
Owning a pet, especially a dog has been proven to help both the physical and emotional aspects of our lives. To us, dogs are not just pets but are companions. That is why so many different types of breeds are used as therapy to visit people in need of a health boost, either mentally or emotionally. Some people cannot own a pet, but they can use a therapy program to receive regular visits from a furry friend to help lift their spirits and put a smile on their face.

Service Dogs vs. Therapy dogs
There are different types of services that dogs provide. Service dogs are mainly used to help their owner or handler with their disability. Service dogs are allowed in any building and most public places including restaurants. Both therapy and service dogs are used to help people with specialised training and enjoyable company.

Why Therapy Dogs?
Therapy dogs are used to help visit people that have a variety of issues. These ailments can be anything physical such as a lack of mobility or vision impairment, or they can be emotional trauma from a devastating incident the person is struggling with or anxiety and depression. Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is one of the issues that dogs can help. Their presence helps ease stress and anxiety, and for many suffering from PTSD, dogs have provided a successful therapy technique to help them overcome their traumatic experiences. Dogs also used in court settings. Many people that have to take the stand need to overcome with emotion and stress, so therapy dogs have been used to help calm the witness. These represent only some of the many issues that canines can assist humans.

How Does It Work?
Therapy dogs trained specifically. It is best to start with a young dog or puppy and socialise them with people, other animals, and different places. The AKC has a training program and various levels to reach as your dog advances. It must be trained not to jump on people, to stay or walk on a very loose leash and be well behaved in the midst of machinery, loud noises, children, and panicked adults. There are therapy classes you can enroll in to help you and your dog achieve training and individual milestones as you both learn as a handler and as a pet.

Where Can Therapy Dogs Go?
Therapy dogs used in many different situations and settings and a few of the most common are schools, hospitals, support groups, retirement homes, nursing homes, hospices and disaster areas. Therapy dogs can go just about anywhere with the prior approval of the location. Often, the staff or employees get just as much out of the visit as the people they are going to see. These dogs are well behaved and loving towards the elderly, adults, and children in any setting you take them.

How to interact?
It is important to act appropriately with a therapy animal. Talking to the handler first and asking them to pet the dog is a good way to start the introduction. If you have another dog with you, it is best to keep the dogs separated to avoid any conflicts. Offering food is discouraged, as the handler probably has the therapy dog on its schedule and feeding program. If the dog approaches you and you are uncomfortable, all you need to do is notify the handler and they can help correct any behaviour you are unsure. These dogs are here to help and spend time with you. Clear communication with the handler is essential for a fruitful and pleasant visit from a furry friend.

Interactions with service dogs can also have specific rules. If you see a service dog out with its hander, the dog is typically “on-duty.” It is there to assist the owner/handler with their needs which could be physical tasks or emotional stability and comfort. If you want to approach the dog, it is best to speak directly to the handler first. The dog is there for a specific purpose to help that individual and asking first if it is okay to pet the dog or come closer is encouraged. Some handlers discourage petting or distractions because their furry friend is on-the-job and is required to assist them.

Therapy dogs can be just about any breeds. Small or large, these furry companions put a smile on people’s faces and lift their mood. Golden retrievers, Labradors, Chihuahuas, German Shepherds, Poodles, and many other breeds used for therapy. As long as the dog has proper training and you can take to different places, it will succeed in helping people.

Bio: Sarah has always loved pets. She appreciates how they change people’s lives and she started Crazy Pet Guy so that more people will be more aware of how to take care of their pets properly.
By Wagging Tails 15 Aug, 2017
Getting enough exercise and socialization for your dog is important. 20 to 40 percent of all dogs
seen by a veterinarian are shown to be overweight and this can lead to serious health problems
for your beloved dog such as heart disease and diabetes.

As well as necessary exercise, your dog needs to learn how to cope and respond to other
animals, people, places and things they may encounter. It’s important that your dog is well
socialized; dogs tend to be friendlier and more adept at any lifestyle changes. Dogs that are not
properly socialized may become aggressive or anxious towards others.
Here are some ways to properly exercise and socialize your dog.
Get Outside
Not only does getting outdoors help your dog, but it will also help you! Dog ownership has
shown to help decrease heart disease and other serious health problems, so taking your dog for
a walk a few times a week is a great thing, and your dog will love it.
Even if your dog has a yard to roam in, this doesn’t mean they are getting the necessary
exercise needed. It’s still important for a routine walk, exercise or playtime, so that they can get
the physical activity essential for a healthy life.
If they don’t have a yard, it will be even more important to give your dog appropriate mental
stimulation because boredom and lack of movement will equate to an unhappy pet and surprise
presents left in shoes!
Take a Hike
On the weekend, take your dog with you on a hike or a nice nature walk. This will help you
mentally recharge for the upcoming week and will allow your dog to get the essential exercise
needed to maintain a healthy life. Getting outdoors is both mentally stimulating for your dog and
physically beneficial.
Evening Walks
Dogs should be getting at least 1 hour of activity per day and an evening walk can go a long
way. Taking your dog on a walk once a day, or even multiple times a week, has various
benefits. You can treat an evening walk as a way to help train your dog and it's a great time to
re-enforce commands such as ‘sit’ and ‘stay’, as well as leash training.
These walks are also a great time to help show your dog how to socialize with others, be they
animals or humans. If your dog isn’t ready for the dog park, this is a great starter to get them
ready for interactions with others.
Dog Park Visit
A trip to the dog park is a great way to help your dog get exercise, train, and get that essential
socialization they need with other dogs. If you have a puppy or a dog that doesn’t have the best
social skills, it may be best to introduce them when the park is less busy and be sure to bring
plenty of treats and toys.

Dog parks are also a great way for you to socialize, meeting likeminded individuals. This is a
great opportunity to set up play dates for your dogs. Play dates with your friends’ dogs will help
your dog learn how to get along with other canines.
Dog Day Care
If you’re on a busy schedule, think about placing your pet at a doggie day care. Doggie day care
offers everything from socialization with other dogs, daily training, and exercise throughout the
day.

Your dog will enjoy hours of play that is great for mental health and overall wellness, giving you
peace of mind from time away from your pet. Some doggie day cares may even have the option
of sending you photos of your beloved pet throughout the day.
Take Up Running
Most dog breeds will love going on a run, and this is a great way to get you and your dog in
shape! Even if you’re not a big runner, you can consider this your dog’s time, taking plenty of
stops for them to rest and smell the roses.
Play!
Playing fetch is great for your dog if you don’t have the time for running or taking an hour walk.
There’s no need to travel far, as you can go out the front-door to a close by park. You can even
play by steps or a hill, to help increase the exercise your dog will get in a shorter time.
Having a dog is a great thing. They offer so much love and companionship, unbeatable by
almost any other animal. Make sure you’re treating them with responsibility and giving them the
socialization, exercise and love they deserve.

For more go to www.dogdojo.org
By Wagging Tails 24 Jul, 2017
Owning a dog is never easy, it is even harder if he is noisy both day and night. The
day part is understandable when he barks a lot and runs around making noises way
too often. However, it seems a little strange if he makes noises even when he is
asleep. No, it is not he is sleep-walking and produces the sounds or something; he
SNORES, like a human being.
Also no, he is not a prince trapped in the body of a dog, so ladies, do not try to kiss
him, even when it is true love, nothing will happen.
For you, it would not be a pleasance, especially when you have insomnia.
For your dog, though sometimes, it is normal, it could be a sign of health problems.
1. Why?
a. Genetics
Some dog breeds have a respiratory structure that makes them more likely to snore.
Dogs that have short snout comes with broad, short skull are usually the snorer in
your house, since their breathing passage is short. Flat-faced breeds are snorers, in
this case, Pugs, English Bulldogs, Shih Tzus and Boxers for example. Therefore, if
you own one of these, it should be normal if they are such a disturbance at night.
That does not mean that if you have a Husky, you are safe from the snoring and if
it happens, it has to be a problem. Either must be a Pug snore. It was stated that the
breeds above are more LIKELY to snore, not all of them do, and others do not.
However, if you are concerned, you should double check with the vet for
confirmation, so you will not regret if it is a health problem and by the time you
find out, it was too late.
b. Breathing problems
Dogs’ snoring would be caused by an obstruction in the breathing passage, just like
humans. The obstructions are not always dangerous and need medication to solve;
it could sometimes be a result of a physical or medical factor.

Your dog might snore if he sleeps on his back, like a human on his bed, making his
tongue fall down and be an obstruction in the throat. The tongue then will partially
block the breathing passage, causing your dog to produce sounds when he is
asleep.
Lots of medical conditions can cause breathing problem for your dog, including
allergies, common cold or the smoke coming from your cigarettes. Another reason
you can consider is Aspergillosis, a fungal disease that occurs when your dog
breath mold spores in his nose, causing irritation. These conditions are
straightforward and easy to solve by some pills or your stopping smoking when
your dog is around.
Other conditions could be more severe and more annoying. Snoring could be a sign
of an abscessed tooth that gets stuck in the sinus or even sleep apnea, which makes
or dog stop breathing when he sleeps. Both of these will require surgery to fix and
prevent any possible problem for your dog in the future.
However, sleep apnea is not something you would run into every day. According
to Dr. Carol Osborne, the owner of Chagrin Falls Veterinary Center & Pet Clinic in
Chagrin Falls, Ohio, it is exceedingly rare. She also added that it is more likely
hypothyroidism, a condition that caused by our dog’s inability to produce enough
hormone. The hormone shortage is due by the weakness of thyroid glance,
affecting the metabolism process negatively. Though it is easy to treat and
affordable, it will be such an annoyance since your dog will depend on medicine
for the rest of his life.
c. Obesity
Just like in humans, chubby dogs are prone to snoring. This is caused by the fat
build-up in the neck area exceed the average level. The fat then will put pressure
on the skin on the neck and the tension of the skin at one point will be larger than
that of the windpipe. Applying simple physics, the pressure then will turn to the
throat, causing difficulty breathing and snoring.
However, remember that you should only tell others or your vet that your dog is
fat, not vice versa. You should not call somebody else’s dog fat; it is rude,

especially if you are a vet yourself. It is like calling a woman fatty and a man
shorty, and it is the fastest way to lose a client.
2. What you can do
If you never see your dog snore but all of the sudden, he starts the habit then a vet
appointment is necessary. You will need the vet to determine if the problem is
from an infection, the throat or any potential factor that could cause the snoring. If
your dog has been like that all his life and has always been playful and happy, it is
his anatomy, and there are little things you could do to change it.
You could add a humidifier in your room and turn it on at night for both you and
your dog to sleep easier and reduce the snoring, though the effect would not be
significant.
If the humidifier does not help, do not worry, there is still another option. After
years of researching and experimenting, scientists have put effort to invent a device
that will help you to stop any sound from intruding your eardrum. Thus, you can
say goodbye to all the annoyance caused by the snoring of your dog after owning
this compact, convenient, affordable, state of the art and easy to get device.
So put on your pants, take your car to the nearest pharmacy and loudly demand the
pharmacist with pride:” one pair of ear plugs please.”
About the Author:
John Braise is a professional blogger who has years of experience writing and
giving advice to those who are in trouble with taking care of their pets. With a very
special love for pets in general and dogs in particular, he yearns for providing
information and guidance for those who have the same desire for looking after
their dogs in the best ways. Also, he fancies penning helpful and valuable dog care
tips to make owners feel at ease with their four-legged buddies
on http://gohappydogs.com/
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