When Cooper first entered our home, he was the light of our lives. He was so tiny and fluffy, and because of this, he got away with everything! Soon there were tiny bite marks on everything in the house, including my keys, her keys, my shoes, her shoes, spatulas, cords… really anything the little bear could get into. At the time, I assumed it was because he was teething, and it would soon cease; and to be honest, when I was away for the day and I saw those tiny bite marks, it made me excited to go see Cooper bear when I got home. Over time, these little bite marks have become giant holes in shirts, socks, underwear and especially the heels of shoes. It became no longer cute.

 Why does he chew?

Dogs tend to chew because of a few variables:

  • Anxiety
  • Boredom/ not enough attention
  • Teething
  • Poor training

Determining why your pup chews will better allow you to solve the problem at hand. If your shoes are eaten when you’re away at work, separation anxiety is often the issue. If you …

The puppy stages are complete with all kinds of affection, puppy kisses, excitement, cuddling, and of course… potty training! House training your puppy requires a lot more than millions of newspapers and “odor be gone;” It also requires vigilance, patience, plenty of commitment, and above all, consistency.

Play Routine

Like a baby, puppies require regular scheduling for eating, playing and times to go potty. By designating a time where you and your pet go outside and exercise, it provides him time to relieve himself in the correct setting. When he does this, make sure he knows that he did good and reward him with a treat or praise.

This routine will create a habit in your dog so he will understand that if you grab the leash to go outside, it means he needs to go potty, and then he will get to play and have a treat.

Food Routine

By setting down the food and water at the same time every day, you will ensure that you’re promoting a schedule for bathroom breaks. Then, when the food and water is finished and he has …

With spring around the corner it’s about time to start stocking up on allergy pills, bug spray and tissues to deal with that pesky plant pollen.  While we arm ourselves for battle, we often forget to prepare for our most loyal companions as well. Similar to humans, dogs can suffer from seasonal, food and contact allergies that can make the spring a very miserable time for our canine companion. It is very important during this time to be aware of your dog’s behavior.

 Allergens: 

About 10-15% of all dog allergens are food-related, but they can also happen in conjunction with other allergies such as seasonal (pollen, grass, mold or mildew), home-related (dust, dander, cigarette smoke, perfumes, cleaning products or fabrics) or even to the material of their chew toys.

Symptoms:

Allergies can manifest themselves in many different ways; some of the most common ways are similar to humans and can include:

  • Constant licking
  • Itchy, red, irritated or scabbed skin
  • Excessive paw chewing or swollen paws
  • Increased and incessant scratching
  • Snoring (if they don’t have a history of snoring)
  • Scratching at the eyes or runny eyes

Some would argue that the correct answer to this question is “NEVER!” However, that may be unrealistic, and evaluating appropriateness can lend a hand to knowing when and when not to leave your dog in the car. With that being said, I will argue that “limited amount as possible” is the correct answer to the question.

With the summer heat continually rising, being aware of the temperature, as well as other factors could be the difference between life and death for your dog.

 

What is the law?

Many states have laws regarding this matter, the most common phrasing is: “No person shall leave an animal in any unattended motor vehicle under conditions that endanger the health or wellbeing of an animal due to heat, cold, lack of adequate ventilation, or lack of food and water, or other circumstances that could reasonably be expected to cause suffering, disability, or death to the animal.”

Although there doesn’t seem to be a specific temperature defined as to excessive heat or cold, as well as requirements regarding ventilation- however, it’s safe to say that when you do leave …

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