adult dog training

Everyone, non-pet owners included, has heard the age-old adage, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” But is there any truth to this popular phrase?

Though it may take more time to teach new tricks or break old habits, dogs are never too old to start. Whether you’ve adopted a senior dog or you’ve decided it’s finally time to start training your beloved pooch late in life, here are a few helpful tips to get you started.

Advantages of Late in Life Training

It can be easy to assume that a puppy with a blank slate is more able to learn than an adult dog. However, all dogs are lifelong learners, so a senior dog is just as eager to be trained as a young dog. In some ways, older dogs can be even easier to train than their puppy counterparts.

  • Calmer temperament. This reduces the chance of sudden energy bursts interrupting training sessions.
  • Better focus. This gives them a much longer attention span for learning new things.
  • Intelligence. They are just as smart as young dogs and may even have prior experience
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What Supplements Should I Give My Dog

In today’s health-conscious society, it seems there is a vitamin or supplement for everything imaginable. This begs the question, “Should I give my dog vitamins?” The answer varies based on the dog and the situation.

Dogs and Nutrition

If you’re feeding your dog commercial dog food, then you should understand it has been created to be nutritionally balanced. This means the food will fulfill all the nutritional needs for a dog. Beyond plain kibble, you’ll also find food specifically for:

  • Puppies
  • Active dogs
  • Overweight dogs
  • Large breed dogs
  • Senior dogs
  • Pregnant or lactating dogs

If your dog’s food is homemade, you are more likely to have nutritional gaps, so in this instance dog vitamins may be a good idea if your veterinarian recommends them. But you shouldn’t depend on them.

Humans can’t meet all their nutritional requirements by taking supplements, and neither can dogs. If you feed your dog a regular diet of homemade or human food, be sure to consult with your veterinarian to formulate a diet that is as balanced as possible. By doing so, you can provide only the supplements they need.… Read Entire Post

English Bulldog - Giving pets as gifts

It’s tough to resist those puppy-dog eyes looking at you through the television screen or in the Facebook photos shared by your local shelter. Who wouldn’t fall for that cuddly little friend under the Christmas tree? However, before you go out and adopt a pet as a surprise Christmas gift, you should probably reconsider. While the idea of wrapping a red bow around the neck of a furry friend might seem like a good idea, it’s best for you and the animal if you don’t give pets as gifts.

What Could Go Wrong with Giving Pets for Christmas?

Giving pets as gifts seems thoughtful. Perhaps you have been thinking about getting your kids or significant other a loveable pet friend, but the timing never seemed to work out. We can assure you, giving the pet as a gift is an idea best passed by and here is why:

  • Have you calculated the cost?
    Taking care of a cat can cost anywhere from $350 to $400 a year while a small dog could require $400 to $500 a year, with a larger dog costing even more.
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You may be surprised to learn dogs can develop diabetes, which relates to how the body reacts to or produces the hormone insulin. Dogs most frequently develop Type I diabetes, and if your dog has this disease, he will need insulin to live.

Although we don’t yet know why dogs — or humans — develop diabetes, certain risk factors make it more likely. Obesity, autoimmune disease and certain medications are related to it, in addition to pancreatitis and genetics. Some breeds, including Australian terriers, schnauzers and poodles, are also more likely to develop it. Regardless of why your dog has diabetes, he will need treatment. But with the right care, your dog can thrive for years after diagnosis.

Basic Treatment

How much treatment your dog needs depends on how ill he is when your vet diagnosis diabetes. Seriously ill dogs may need hospitalization, while others may get stronger with oral medication and a high-fiber diet. Many dogs will need hormone injections since dogs with Type I diabetes are unable to make their own insulin.

Your vet will give these injections at first, but eventually you … Read Entire Post

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