Online Pet Stores Extravaganza

The rapid development of online shopping has seen the web flare up with websites that provide everything you need with a click of a mouse, and dog products are no exception. For pet lovers out there, dogs are a part of the family today. With online pet stores you can find everything you need for your dog without physically going out to actually get what they need. So free up your time, we have listed some cool online pet stores for you. The stores are divided to categories, so you can just easily scroll down to whatever most interests you.

 

Dog Collars and apparel

http://www.dogcollarsboutique.com

dog collars boutique

For anyone looking to pamper their animals with some high end dog collars, this site is amazing. Our favorite item here was the Halloween dog collars that they have on sale and are currently a new item. It’s a great new, fun, and festive way to enjoy the holidays with your pets.

Yellow Dog Design – Halloween Dog Collar – 13 designs

www.HotDogCollars.com

Hot Dog Collars

HotDogCollars offers a range of products from collars to harnesses, dog beds and more. For those who are just signing up, they have a promotional offer of $15 off their first purchase with no minimum purchase requirements.

Check out the car seat for dogs that they offer. This allows dogs to ride in the car with owners without risking their safety. The seat straps in with a seatbelt and allows your dog to sit with all around soft protection.

The Lookout Pet Car Seat – $64.95
Retail Price: $89.99
You Save: $25.04

www.muttropolis.com

Muttropolis

Muttropolis has a great selection of collars and other merchandise for those dog lovers out there. There prices are fair and they offer quality products that can be viewed in their inventory.

Coupon: Get 10% off a collar and leash set at Muttropolis.com

www.rogueroyalty.com.au

Rogue royalty has a great selection of collars and harnesses. We absolutely love the look and durability of the products they have to offer, and all for good value.

Check out their extra strength dog harnesses. For those who have bigger dogs and are worried about taking them out or restraining them when others are around, I was impresses with the black leather extra thick harness.

Rogue-Royalty-Dog-Harness

 

Dog Gear

www.petswarehouse.com

This online pet store has a little bit of everything for everyone. Whether you’re looking to buy a collar, harnesses, or other animal gear this is the place for you. They have great specials and sales constantly going.

 

ID tags

www.Dogids.com

dogids

Fully customizable dog tags which allows you to engrave your dog’s name and contact number amongst with a lot of other options. Upon signing up they even offer an awesome ten percent off your first order just for letting them send you a newsletter in your email inbox. While it’s not unusual to see dog tags to help identify your dog as well as contact information should they go missing, they offer a very unique service.

Coupon: 10% off at dogIDs

www.mypetdmv.com

This site is pretty genius when it comes to finding a new way to identify your pet and provide all their personal information- Your dog’s very own driver’s license!

You can simply custom order a license and strap it to your dog!

my pet dmv

Pet Supplies

www.wysong.net

Wysong

With great prices and organic pet food, pet owners will agree Wysong are the way to go.

Check out are Wysong review here.

 

www.RadioFence.com

Much like a few other sites out there, this one has a bit of everything no matter what type of pet owner you are. They constantly have sales going on so it’s a matter of stopping by to find something that fits your taste.

radiofence

The have a cool doggy fountain for this one which breaks outside the usual doggy bowl decorations you see, and allows you to spoil your dog a bit in the process.

Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain – $59.95

www.Pet-Dog.com

This site seems to focus more on items specific to certain animals based on their needs. We think it’s a great place to shop if you’re looking to find something new and natural to please your pet.

petdog

www.kurgo.com

Kurgo is an amazing site as it stands to let animals be what they are naturally. With that in mind they’ve come up with a line of products to protect your vehicle from animals that have gotten dirty or wet while traveling and playing with their owner, and many other cool outdoor products for dogs.

kurgo

 

www.entirelypets.com

Entirely pets specialize in animal care and grooming products for your pet. From heart worm medication to grooming essentials they have it all covered. Their prices are great and they definitely look out for your pet’s health.

Animal health

www.entirelypetspharmacy.com

entirelypets

Just as the name implies, this site is for purchasing medicine to keep your animal free of things that could harm them such as heartworms, fleas and ticks among other health conditions. They offer various packages to help meet your pet’s medical needs.

It’s really important to make sure you’re dog or cat get these types of medicine to remain healthy and happy. They offer a great package rate so if you have more than one animal they can be treated as well.

www.embracepetinsurance.com

For those who worry about their pet’s future or what to do in case of an emergency, embrace pets insurance is a great place to turn to. They sell a great variety of pet insurance plans to help you take care for your pet in case of emergency. Vet bills aren’t cheap and some vets will even refuse to assist you with medical assistance if you can’t pay something up front. For this reasons it’s important to have insurance so you can get your pet the care they deserve with pet insurance.

embracepets

 




The Must-Have Dog Apps

Being a dog owner and a smart-phone owner is a potent combination! With the popularity of smartphones only increasing, the number applications that are being created have also increased exponentially. There are now apps for almost every imaginable category that you can think of. How can dog apps be far behind when dogs are the official best friend of man? You won’t be surprised to know that there are thousands of apps which make it even easier and enjoyable to nurture your pet dog. Whether you have a bull mastiff or a Chihuahua, you can rest assured that there are tips and suggestions on everything dog. So… Here is a list of the ten best apps.

American Red Cross’s Pet First Aid app

Whether you want to treat your pet’s wound yourself or you want to locate a clinic nearby for dire emergencies, this is the app for you. It costs just under $1 and is worth it for all the info you can get to keep your pet healthy, happy, and comfortable.

iOS

Android

Dog Whistler

This app makes it that much more easy to train your dog with whistles that can be modified by pitch and frequency.

iOS

Spending on my dog

This app helps you keep track of all dog-related expenses.

Android

Puppy Coach

Gives you the 101 on puppy training! Even if you are a complete newbie to dogs, this app will get you up and running like a pro!

iOS

MapMyDogWalk

Helps you to track distance, speed, time, and even elevation on your joint walks, so it doubles up as a fitness app for you as well.

iOS

Pet Coach

This app puts you in touch with pet professionals for an instant diagnosis or advice for your dog’s problem, whatever it may be. Just upload a photo to a vet/trainer, etc., and wait for his input.

iOS

BringFido

Now you no longer have to go on a holiday without your best friend! Find out the best pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, beaches, parks, etc., with this app that even lets you book hotels directly from it!

iOS

Trottr

Find certified dog walkers and pay them through this app.

iOS

Tagg

Helps you trace your dog with the help of the gadget, so you never have to worry about your dog going missing again!

http://www.pettracker.com/

Dog Vacay

You may not always be able to take your dog on a vacation. Find a good place for him to stay on short notice with this app.

iOS




Craziest Etsy gifts for Dog lovers

There are certainly a lot of crazy gifts for dog lovers out there on the web.

If you’re a crazy dog owner or looking for a cool gift for a dog lover you know, I found some very cool items at Etsy.com

Yeah, some are a bit too much as you will see, but I had to put them here 🙂

Dog Love

Dog wine glasses??? Yep. Things that show love for your dog loving friend or relative.

Custom portraits

There are some very talented dog painters that do custom paintings of your dog for you down there at Etsy.

Custom dog portrait       Custom portraits

Dogs wine glasses

Dogs and wine make life better wine glass!

Dog Wine Glasses

 

Golden Retriever Puppies Greeting Notecards

Blank on the inside- useful for many occasions.

Golden Retriever Puppies Greeting Notecards

 

“If Our Dog Doesn’t Like You We Probably Won’t Either” 

Handmade wall hanging for pet lovers made of oak from recycled wood pallets.

If Our Dog Doesn't Like You We Probably Won't Either

 

Hipster backpack

Very cool Dog print backpack.

Dog print backpack

 

Dog Houses and Dog Beds

From Teeny Tiny Pet Bed to Storybook Style Carved Dog House, if you’re looking for a very special dog furniture gift for dog lovers these will do the job (to say the least).

Modern dog house

Craftsman-inspired cottage for a pooch looking for comfort. 

Storybook Style Carved Dog House

Storybook Style Carved Dog House

 

Wooden Dog Crate End Table

An Amish wood dog crate that’s also a stylish end table.

Wooden Dog Crate End Table

Personalized Dog Bed Cover

Handcrafted Furlap Reversible, Flippable Dog Bed Covers.

Personalized Dog Bed Cover

 

Teeny Tiny Pet Bed

Dog bed made of solid wood and painted white in a satin sheen.

Teeny Tiny Pet Bed

 

Decor and Play

Christmas Ornaments and dog party hats are part of the respectable list here.

Dog Toy Box

Features a hinged lid which opens for easy toy placement.

Dog Toy Box

 

Fridge Dog Magnets

This Bull Terrier tries to convince you that “It Wasn’t Me.” But it probably was.

Gifts Refrigerator Fridge Dog Magnets

 

Labrador Retriever Christmas Ornament glass bulb dog gift

An adorable ornament that would make a great addition to any dog lover’s tree.

Christmas Ornament glass bulb dog gift

 

Personalized Dog Party Hat

Dog Party Hat

 




Golden Retriever Training- Tips for Effective Training

Golden Retrievers are the cutest dogs you could ever own. They are the ultimate family pets because of their friendly and easygoing attitude. For a Golden Retriever, obedience training is VERY important because Goldens tend to get excited easily.

Golden Retrievers respond well to obedience training and it helps develop a Golden Retriever’s mental abilities as well as make him (or her) a joy to be around. It is an absolute must if you want your Golden Retriever to become a member of the family. However, if untrained, Golden Retrievers will find ways to entertain themselves, like barking, chewing, pulling, and digging- leaving you with one question in mind:

How do I train my Golden Retriever?

First thing to have in mind when it comes to training your Golden Retriever is that no matter how you look at it, dog training is time consuming. But you can be absolutely certain that training your Golden Retriever is the best thing you can do for the relationship between you and your dog. A well behaved Golden Retriever is a joy to be around. They spread so much love and joy, and let’s face it- it’s nice to focus on those things that a good training can provide. There are many was to approach the task of training your Golden Retriever. I wrote a complete guide about dog training that you can check out here. In this post I’ll elaborate on some key aspects of the training itself.

Relationship is the key to Golden Retriever training

The relationship between you and your dog needs to be based on trust and love. The first and most important step in that direction is being in control of what your dog wants and using this to train him or her. When you learn to be a dog owner, you know how to behave correctly with your dog and reinforce good behavior, while avoiding accidently reinforcing bad behavior. Doing this consistently will, in time, build the foundations of trust, and will create a great connection between you and your dog. Most dog trainers think that aggression is not effective in the long haul for dog training, and there really is no need for it. Furthermore, a dog scared of his owner, may not obey at all. You need to create a solid foundation of trust with your dog, and that’s the reason I always recommend you invest in some obedience training. Owners that go through obedience training with their dog get more pleasure and have a better connection with their pet. You can train your dog in a lot of ways. My recommended online resource is this. Keep in mind that the time spent training your dog is well worth it in the end. You get to rip the fruits of a great relationship with your dog.

Training as Play

Golden Retrievers need at least 40-60 minutes of exercise per day. They are easy to train, and therefore provide excellent therapy and assistance dogs. One thing is for sure- you do not want a bored Golden Retriever puppy. Golden retrievers have a lot of energy, and get overly excited easily, so use training as an engaging experience. Incorporate long walks, chewing toys (Golden Retriever puppies are aggressive chewers), and cool toys if possible.

Training Golden Retrievers NOT to pull and be aggressive

Golden Retrievers are generally friendly and have an easygoing attitude. That’s why they are the third most popular dog breed in the US. This easygoing attitude means that Golden Retrievers are not an aggressive dog breed. On the contrary, an aggressive Golden Retriever is very rare. In order to encourage your Golden Retriever’s positive natural tendencies, make sure you never yell or get angry with your puppy. Instead, learn to control the way you reward his good behavior and avoid rewarding bad ones. I can’t stress this enough. Being the “pack leader” is very important when it comes to training your dog, but note that this does not mean being an aggressive jerk, but rather firm and smart in the way you praise and reward.

Learn how to do this the correct way.

Furthermore, if possible make sure you get your dog socialized correctly from the moment he or she is a puppy. It’s important for your puppy to interact with other dogs so he can learn to be calm.

Doing this steps will make it easier for you to teach your dog general good behavior, like not to pull on the leash.

Step by Step Obedience Training

Start learning how to train your Golden Retriever puppy even before you bring your puppy home for the first time. My recommended dog training program has step by step guides teaching you how to train your puppy from the first car ride home, from eight weeks of age until he is one year old. You get to see a professional dog trainer with his own puppy and you can just do the same with your puppy. If you have the budget, you can also sign up for a local obedience class. Learn how to do that in this guide.

Golden Retriever Training




Most popular dog breeds – List with pictures!

Hi. Last time I wrote about a detailed guide about the best dog food by dog types. This week, I’ll talk about the top 10 most popular dog breeds.

Every year the American Kennel Club (AKC) announces their list of most popular dog breeds.  This year the AKC announced that for the 24th consecutive year the Labrador retriever is the most popular dog breed. According to the AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo, “The Lab truly is America’s dog”.  Here are the top 10 most popular dog breeds:

1. Labrador Retriever

Labs, as they are commonly called, have a reputation of being extremely sweet. Labs are outgoing, friendly, and eager to please.  They are very intelligent and are seen as easy to train.  However, if Labs do not have 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day they can become hyperactive to the point where they may become destructive.

One of Labrador retriever’s favorite past times is to eat, so they can become overweight easily.  This dog breed can be 55 to 80 pounds and live for 10 to 12 years.

Labrador Retriever

2. German Shepherd

German Shepherds are seen as one of the greatest working breeds for dogs.  They are considered extremely intelligent and prefer a specific purpose in their daily lives.  German Shepherd Dogs are considered wonderful watchdogs; however they should not be chained or tied outside alone, as this could lead to aggression.  This dog breed should be exposed to many different places, experiences, and people to become social and well behaved.  They are typically 75 to 95 pounds and live anywhere between 10 to 14 years.

German Shepherd

3. Golden Retrievers

This dog breed is consider one of the ultimate family pets because of their friendly and easygoing attitude.  Golden Retrievers are excellent therapy and assistance dogs.  They are in need of physical and mental exercise with the ideal time being 40 to 60 minutes of hard exercise or obedience training a day.  Golden retrievers can be 55 to 75 pounds and have a long coat that sheds constantly, but becomes worst at the changing of the seasons.  This dog breed is great with children, however can get overly excited and knock children over.

Golden Retrievers

4. Beagles

Beagles were bred for their ability to track scents, and specifically those of small game like rabbits and squirrels.  They are fun loving and generally happy, but may be considered stubborn so patience and unique training activities are required.  Beagles are intelligent and when they become bored they will find ways to entertain themselves such as digging or barking and howling.  In fact, one of the main reasons why Beagles get turned in to animal shelters is that owners do not know how to handle all of the noise.  This dog breed is 18 to 30 pounds and can live for 10 to 15 years.

Beagles

5. Bulldogs

Bulldogs are great companions that run on a slower speed.  A dog breed that requires short walks with naps at the end means that this breed are definitely housedogs.  They are sensitive to cold but cannot tolerate heat or humidity, so it is important for owners to keep an eye on their dog when taking a walk.  This dog breed can be stubborn and have a big lazy style.  Bulldogs are prone to respiratory problems because of their noses; they can have pinched nostrils that can require surgery as well as wheezing, snoring, and experience sleep apnea.  Bulldogs can weigh 40 to 50 pounds.

Bulldog

6. Yorkshire Terrier

When looking for a dog breed that is suitable for apartment living then a Yorkshire Terrier will fit perfectly.  Though Yorkie’s are small and loving they are also feisty.  This dog breed can weigh from 4 to 6 pounds and are known to be difficult to house train.

Yorkshire terriers do not tend to shed but they may have problems with their teeth.  This dog breed tends to keep their puppy teeth while the adult teeth grow in; owners need to pay special attention to the breed’s teeth throughout their lives.

Yorkshire Terrier

7. Boxers

This dog breed is in need of people around them.  Boxers are rambunctious with high energy, and require a lot of exercise.  If Boxers are left alone too long with too much energy stored up they tend to become ill tempered and extremely destructive. Fun training for this breed is essential because if they feel too pushed around they will not become receptive to the training.  Boxers can be 60 to 70 pounds; they shed in the spring, and have a short nose that can lead to snoring or breathing difficulties especially during hot days.

Boxer

8. Poodles

Poodles are best known for being a companion dog breed, however they are tremendously intelligent and have a playful side.  Good obedience training for poodles is essential for a well-rounded and a happy Poodle.  This dog breed is 45 to 70 pounds with a coat that requires some high maintenance. Some owners take their poodles for professional grooming every three to six weeks.  If you would like to have poodle as a show dog keep in mind that poodles have weepy eyes that can stain its fur, so they need to have their eyes wiped every day.

Poodle

9. Rottweilers

Rottweilers is another working dog breed.  Throughout their history Rottweilers have been cowboys, military soldiers, and police dogs.  In society Rottweilers have a poor reputation of being aggressive and dangerous.  If a puppy is trained and subject to extensive socialization Rottweilers can be an excellent breed to have in your home.  This breed can be 85 to 130 pounds; they shed year-round, and when training will test you to see if you are firm with them.

Rottweiler

10. Dachshunds

This breed is a scent hound made for hunting small game that dig tunnels such as rabbits, foxes, and badgers.  Dachshunds are intelligent and have a mischievous attitude.  Training Dachshunds may be difficult because they are typically stubborn.  The dig instinct it is typical for this dog breed and also the prey instinct. Dachshunds will dig up flowerbeds or bed sheets and every toy that they receive may be effectively destroyed.  By nature, this breed of dog can cling to one-person and be very suspicious of strangers; they can be 16 to 32 pounds and have a fragile spine.

Dachshund




Best Dog Food by Dog Types- Detailed Guide

Hi. Last time I wrote a complete guide describing How to train your dog. This week, I’ll deal with another topic- Best Dog Food by Dog Types.

Although there are a few kinds of dog foods that can be fed to all dog breeds, for healthy growth and development, most dog types have diets more suited for them. These specific dog foods are largely dependent on the characteristics of each dog type. In other words, you need to consider the natural behavioral and physiological features of your dog types if you want to get the most suitable dog food for them. Apart from their features, you also need to consider the purpose for which you want the dog. In this overview I touch on some recommended dog food according to specific dog types. Please note that most of the recommended products here are Wysong’s– that’s the brand that worked for me and the one I endorse, but we do provide other recommendations as well, so make your own judgment and adjustments as needed.

Please remember- always consult your vet what food and diet is appropriate for your dog.

You can easily scroll down the dog types for your specific dog breed in the links below. If your dog breed is not in this list, I provided some general recommendations in the end:

Best Dog Foods for Labradors
Dog Food for Bulldogs
Dog Food for Boxers
Dog Food for Pitbulls
Dog Food for Rottweilers
Dog Food for Golden Retrievers
Dog Food for German shepherds
Dog Food for a Large Breed Puppy
Dog Food for Small Dogs
Best Dog Food for Older Dogs
Best Dog Food For Skin Allergies – Hypoallergenic Dog Foods and dogs with allergies
High fiber dog food
Best Food for Dogs with a Sensitive Stomach

 

Best Dog Food for Labradors

This dog type has a great water resistant coat and is also a great retriever. Labradors are relatively more intelligent than other breeds and they are known to obey instructions to the letter. This is why this is one of the dog types preferred by the police and the armed forces. Naturally, they enjoy regular long walks with the company of their owner. Labradors are relatively more active than most other dog types so they need more of energy from protein- lamb, chicken and fish. For your Labrador, my recommended dog foods are Wysong’s Archetype (Chicken Variant), Wysong’s Archetype Burgers and Wysong’s fundamentals.

 Wysong’s Archetype Burgers    Wysong’s Archetype

Best Dog Food for Bulldogs

This dog type is usually muscular in nature. Bulldogs like being cuddled all the time and that is why they are referred to as lapdogs. You need to pay more attention to their food as they are very vulnerable to a few health issues. Bulldogs are known to have a very sensitive digestive system. Apart from that, they are also susceptible to allergies, hip dysplasia and flatulence. You need to take note of every food you give your bulldog so that if it develops any allergy, you will be able to easily pinpoint the particular food the dog is reacting to. You also need to take note of the quantities as he may be reacting to the quantity, not to the food itself. This dog type needs less protein because he is not as active as other dog types. Due to their sensitive digestive system, Wysong’s Anergen is recommended for them, but note that due to sensitivity of the digestive system, they should not be fed with ingredients like wheat, corn, soy, added colors, sweeteners and artificial flavors as they are known to trigger allergies. This is not to say that all these ingredients will give your bulldog problems. The point is you have to avoid all of them until you are able to discover all what triggers your dog’s allergies and what doesn’t.

Wysong’s Anergen

Best Dog Food for Boxers

This dog type is known to be very athletic and active naturally. Boxers usually need at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. Due to its restless nature, this dog type requires a highly nutritious diet to maintain its level of energy. Boxers are known to be very friendly and very energetic. For this dog type, a daily exercise is a must to remain healthy. Boxers can be very restless and that makes them a little difficult to handle. Boxers need all the basic nutritional ingredients in their food to be able to maintain their high energy level. Apart from that, they also require diets with very high protein ingredients. You also have to ensure they get all the necessary vitamins and minerals needed for healthy and rapid growth. Of all the essential minerals, calcium seems to be the most important as it enhances strong bones and healthy joints. Due to their high energy level, this dog type also requires taurine and L-carnitine for a healthy heart.

Recommended: Wysong’s Synorgon, Wysong’s Fundamentals, Wysong’s Growth, Natural Balance Limited ingredients, Buffalo Blue wilderness, Orijen Grain-free and Wysong’s Senior.
If your boxer is a puppy, you might want to go for Orijen Puppy and Wellness Core Grain-free.

Boxers are quite susceptible to allergies from protein. So be very careful with the kind of protein you give your boxer. Due to these allergies, it is advisable that whenever you are able to get the right dog food, just stick to it.

Wysong’s Synorgon   Wysong’s Growth    Natural Balance Limited ingredients    Buffalo Blue wilderness

Best Dog Food for Pitbulls

This dog type is agile, muscular and very strong. The biggest problem with Pitbulls is their aggression. Pitbulls are generally aggressive in nature and that is why it is better to own this dog type from the time he is a puppy. When you buy an adult Pitbull it would take time and effort for the dog to see you as a friend. As strong as Pitbulls are, their digestive system is very sensitive so don’t just make them eat anything. Despite being prone to allergies, Pitbulls have a huge appetite so you will need to minimize how often your dog eats to avoid obesity and health problems as the dog gets older.

Despite being known for aggression, Pitbulls can be affectionate and very playful. Generally, most dog types are energetic except when they get old. Pitbulls are one of the most energetic dog type. So they are always ready for a long walk. An adult Pitbull requires about 1400 calories every single day and a lot of protein. Pitbull puppies require about 22 percent protein while an adult Pitbull needs about 18 percent protein. Since this dog type is an energetic one, it requires a lot of fat as a major source of energy so you need to consider dog food with a lot of protein and fat. Puppies require about 8 percent of fat while adult Pitbulls require about 5 percent in their diet.

This dog type can be fed with any variant of Wysong’s Archetype, Wysong’s Archetype Burgers and Wysong’s fundamentals Due to its allergies, Wysong’s Anergen, Purina pro plan sensitive skin & stomach and Eukanuba sensitive skin are also recommended for your Pitbull. Other suitable dog foods are Acana & Bartlett pear, Taste of the wild wetlands and Orijen adult.

Purina pro plan sensitive skin and stomach    Acana & Bartlett pear    Taste of the wild wetlands

Best Dog Food for Rottweilers

This dog type is known for its quick and easy adaptability to different environment, and is also quite easy to train as he obeys instructions well. Rottweilers are generally friendly and they also need regular exercise like most other dog types. Rottweilers are generally fearless, they have natural instincts to protect their territory and they can be ferocious towards intruders. This is the major reason they are commonly used as guard dogs. For Rotties, there is a very thin line between being protective and being aggressive and this is why it is a must to train your dog. It can be dangerous when your Rottweiler lacks control. Power without control is very dangerous, so any dog type with the kind of courage, strength and intelligence like Rottweilers without control portends great danger.

To maintain its high level of strength, Rottweilers need a lot of protein and fat in their diet. You can feed your Rottie with any of the following dog foods: Any variant of Taste of the wild, Wellness Super5Mix Complete Health, any of Wysong’s archetype, archetype burgers, dream treats and uncanny.

Wellness Super5Mix Complete Health    Dream Treats   Wysong Uncanny Variety Pack

Best Dog Food for Golden Retrievers

This dog type has been known to be lively, loyal and full of love. They can be restless so they are always busy. They are always full of energy and a daily long walk is a must for this dog type. It is an established fact that any dog that is full of energy needs to eat well to be able to maintain his energy level. Retrievers are also known to have allergies and a few other health issues that may become more prominent as they grow older. Due to their allergies, getting the right dog food for them may be a bit difficult. But when you eventually get suitable dog food for them, you need to stick with it.
The following dog foods are suitable for Goldens: Blue Buffalo wilderness, Nature’s variety instinct raw boost, Dr. Tim’s Grain-free formula, Purina Pro plan for sensitive skin & stomach, Wysong’s Archetype, Wysong’s Uncanny, Wysong’s Synorgon and Wysong’s Anergen.

Nature’s variety instinct raw boost

Best Dog Food for German shepherds

This dog type is known to be fiercely devoted to his owners. German shepherds have naturally muscular bodies that become prominent as they grow older. They need highly nutritional dog food in the right quantity to be able to maintain their muscular body and their health generally. On the average, German Shepherds weigh about 75 pounds and what contribute mostly to their general body weight are their bones and muscles. This dog type is strong, intelligent, athletic and overly active.
While a typical adult German shepherd requires an average of about 1900 daily calories, much older and less active ones require a little less. This statistics was given by the National Research Council of the National Academies of Sciences. You must ensure you give your German shepherd a daily long walk or other forms of rigorous exercise not only because he likes it, but also because it is necessary to maintain his health.
All athletic dog types require highly nutritional dog food at the right time and quantity. To maintain their energy, they need food with high fat content. And they also require a lot of protein for healthy growth and development of their muscle. According to Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), a puppy German shepherd requires at least 22 percent of protein in his food for rapid and healthy growths, while the adult requires just 18 percent for general health maintenance. To maintain their relatively high energy level, puppies require 8 percent fat in their diet while adults need just 5 percent. Since German Shepherds are known for their rapid growth, it is advisable to switch from puppy diet to adult’s dog food after about 6 to 7 months. This is important as feeding an adult German shepherd with a puppy formula will make him prone to joint and bone issues.
The following dog foods are suitable for your German Shepherd: All variants of Wysong’s Epigen Canned Diets (Epigen Canned beef, Epigen Canned chicken, Epigen Canned duck, Epigen Canned rabbit, Epigen Canned salmon and Epigen Canned turkey), and some other ones like Wysong’s Growth, Wysong’s Fundamental, Wysong’s Synorgon, Wysong’s Archetype Burgers, Royal Canin Breed Specific and Nutro Natural Choice for large breed adult.

Wysong’s Epigen Canned Diets       Royal Canin German Shepherd     Nutro Natural Choice for large breed adult

Best Dog Food for Large Breed Puppy

This general dog type requires dog food with meat based protein and fewer carbohydrates. They also need diets with low calcium. Furthermore, vitamins and minerals are highly essential for large breed puppies. Large Breeds are prone to health issues when they begin to grow old. They are prone to hip dysplasia, arthritis and even cancer. You can help them to prevent some of this health issues by putting them on a foundation of sound nutritional diet in their early days.
For the healthy growth consider the following dog foods from known brands: Orijen large breed puppy food and Blue Buffalo Wilderness puppy food.

Blue Buffalo Wilderness puppy food

Best Dog Food for Small Dogs

Small dogs can be fed with any variant of Wysong’s Archetype, Wysong’s Archetype Burgers and Wysong’s fundamentals. Other suitable dog foods are Acana & Bartlett pear, Taste of the wild wetlands and Orijen adult. Your dog does not have to be fed with all the dog foods listed above. Just stick to what he is comfortable with.

Best Dog Food for Older Dogs

Since older dogs are less active, less agile and less energetic, they do less exercise so they need fewer calories, fat and protein. On the other hand, they need a whole lot of vitamins and minerals as they are highly susceptible to a lot of health issues at this stage of their lives. Apart from that, old dogs have more allergies than young ones. These are the main issues you need to consider before you choose the right diet for an older dog. Wysong’s Synorgon will be just perfect for your old dog. Other suitable dog foods are Wysong’s Vegan, Wysong’s Nurture with Quail and last but not the least, Wysong’s Anergen to avoid allergies.

Wysong’s Vegan     nurture-with-quail

Best Dog Food For Skin Allergies- Hypoallergenic Dog Foods for dogs with allergies

Wysong’s Anergen is very suitable food for dogs with allergies. Another good dog formula is Purina Pro plan for sensitive skin and Stomach. These great dog foods will provide needed protein, fat, essential minerals and vitamins while preventing all forms of allergies at the same time.

High fiber dog food

There are two kinds of fibers in dog foods: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Whether soluble or insoluble, both kinds of fibers are highly important in a dog’s diet. According to the National Research Council of the National Academies of Sciences, the main benefits of fibers are:

• Fibers promote rapid and healthy weight loss in both dogs and humans.

• Fibers reduce the chances of the emergence of colon cancer in both dogs and humans.

• Fibers prevent diarrhea.

• Fibers prevent constipations.

These are the reasons you must ensure your dog’s diets include a reasonable percentage of fiber. Fiber does not come from any kind of meat. Rather, fibers come from either vegetables or grains. The best and most nutritional fiber dog foods are Wysong’s biscuits, Wellness Core reduced fat formula and Purina Canine calorie control fiber.

BiscuitsWellness Core reduced fat formula

Best Food for Dogs with a Sensitive Stomach

In summary, the best three formulas for dogs with a Sensitive Stomach are Wysong’s Anergen, Biljac Sensitive Solutions and Purina Pro Plan for sensitive skin and stomach.

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How to train your dog – The complete guide

Hi. Last time I wrote about aging in dogs. This week, I’ll deal with another topic- How to train your dog.

There are many dog training resources out there trying to provide information on exactly how to train your dog. Most people don’t know how to begin, and change their lifestyle to accommodate their dog’s behaviors. In this post I’ll try to do the impossible and give you a detailed outlook of all the best dog training methods out there.

Dog Behavior

Dogs have some deeply rooted, hardwired behaviors like jumping when they say hello, barking, chewing everything and digging. These behaviors can make it challenging to actually live with a dog. In order to enjoy life with your dog it’s highly recommended that you teach him (or her) skills that will allow you to live together in harmony.

how to train your dog

how to train your dog

Learning how to train your dog will improve your life and your dog’s life, enhance the bond between you, and ensure his safety. It can also be a lot of fun.

Dogs are usually eager to learn, and the key to success is good communication. Your dog needs to understand how you want him to behave and why he should act in the way you want.

Dog obedience training is not something cruel- It’s an amazing opportunity to improve the connection between you and your dog so you can enjoy a far greater understanding throughout the years.

When it comes to dog obedience training, most of the dog training resources out there do not specify all the best dog training methods, and are mainly focused on one dog training resource. My hope is that by the end of this article you will know exactly how to train your dog in the way that best fits your personality and lifestyle.

The article is divided into several categories:

– The benefits of dog training
– General dog training tips
– Dog training skills
– Free dog training resources
– Best dog training books and DVD’s
– Live dog trainers
– Online dog training courses
– Dog training equipment

You can quickly scroll down by clicking on the links above.

The benefits of Dog training

There are a lot of benefits for dog training. We listed some above, but the major ones are:

Positive beginning-

Puppy training classes give your dog the chance for a positive beginning in your house and family. It provides your puppy with the social skills he needs in new places.

‘Know-how’-

When you know how to train your puppy with general puppy house training, you get the knowledge to deal with dog behavioral problems, like leash training, and aggressive dog chewing.

You get the good behavior-

When you know how to house train a puppy then all the good dog behavior you always wanted is possible; from welcoming people coming to your house, to peeing only when outside. All making your dog easier to handle. Dog obedience training creates all the simple behaviors; like politely greeting people and coming back when called, possible. So when you know how to train your puppy, your dog becomes a fun family member and can join all the family activities. You won’t need to put your dog in another room when you have visitors and can take your dog everywhere!

Prevents your dog from running away-

House training puppies is the best and top reason that a dog stays at home.

Unbelievable connection-

Training your puppy is known to create an unbelievable connection between you and your dog and makes your dog happier. You understand your dog far better, and research show that owners that went through obedience training with their dog get more pleasure and have a better connection with their pet, which is quite understandable- when your dog isn’t pulling on the leash and is potty trained, it’s easier for you as a dog owner.

It’s fun! –

Training your puppy is fun for you and the dog. It’s an uplifting and engaging experience for you both and can be quite an amusing experience as well.

Security-

This is one benefit of dog training which is obvious but people don’t think about so much. When you know how to train a dog you can limit safety risks for your dog. A dog that comes back when called is less likely to get hit by a car for example. Furthermore, if unfortunately you had no reason but to place your dog in a shelter, a trained dog is more likely to find a new home after obedience training than without obedience training.

Dog obedience classes can take up a lot of time, therefore it isn’t right for everyone, so I tried to provide all the best dog training methods that we know of in this article. By a disciplined training you can have a well behaving dog, which could save you from years of stress handling a misbehaving dog.

General dog training tips

Generally speaking, dogs learn through the immediate consequences of their behavior. If the consequences of their behavior are good, they will do them more. If not, they will probably stop. In other words, if a dog’s behavior results in something pleasant like food, or a petting, your dog will do that action more. On the contrary, if a behavior’s result is unpleasant, like being ignored, he will do that behavior less.

Taking this into consideration, here are a couple of general dog training tips:

Positive training-

Most dog behaviorists think that punishments are ineffective in the long run. Your dog just doesn’t understand the reason you are angry with him. Research shows that aversion training techniques provoke fearful or defensively aggressive behavior, while positive training makes your dog know you are happy with him and makes him behave well- You can read the full research here.  Positive training can be dog toys, food or petting. The basic idea is to give your dog a positive reinforcement, a reward, every time he behaves “right” so he knows he is good.

Keep Training Brief-

No more than fifteen minutes. Keep in mind that your dog won’t learn everything on the first go, so you can repeat later the day. Use dog treats when your dog performs a good behavior. As treats, you can use a couple of the dog food treat products that we listed at the end of the article.

Take it easy

A dog can learn everything at once. Take your time, be patient and enjoy the dog training process. Practice makes perfect so be disciplined.

Pick a time when you won’t get interrupted-

Turn off your phone and other distractions. You want to create a clear concise association between a behavior and reward. You want your dog to know he is getting rewarded for sitting when you say “sit” and not because your phone is ringing. Furthermore- this is dog fun time! Don’t waste it.

Use specific words, all the time-

Dogs don’t understand English; therefore only use concise, specific words like “sit”.

Reward immediately (!!)- 

After your dog behaves correctly. You want to create an association between the good behavior and being rewarded. You can follow the reward with verbal reinforcements like “good dog!”

Only give the reward if your dog behaves in the proper way

Remember, the number one rule for effective dog training is controlling the consequences of your dog’s behavior. Reward behaviors you like. Make sure behaviors you don’t like are not rewarded.

Don’t get angry with your dog-

Try some other time if your dog doesn’t get it.

Check your dog’s attitude-

Only train when your dog is up for it, for example: NOT when he is sleeping like an angel on his mat.

MatBe the pack leader-

This does not mean being a dominating jerk, but only being in control of what your dog want’s and using this to train him properly.

Dog training skills

Dogs are able to learn a huge amount of training skills and tricks. Each dog owner has a style of his own and different ideas about what he or she wants from a dog.

Polite dog skills-

Obviously, the first thing you should probably teach your dog is some polite dog behaviors. These polite dog behaviors vary from teaching your dog basic house training, dog crate training, potty training, teaching your dog how to sit, teach your dog how to stay, wait at doors, or come when called. If you’re planning to take your dog out on walks (and you should), start teaching your dog not to pull on the leash. If you have a large dog you should be teaching your dog not to jump on people as well.

Dog tricks-

There are some easy dog tricks that you can teach your dog and other cool dog tricks like “high five”, tug of war or rolling on a skateboard! There really are no limits to dog tricks. You can check specific dog skills and tricks for dogs online, but here is a free resource to give you an idea of what is possible and how to train your dog to do it: https://www.doggiebuddy.com/topics/Trainingtopics/traintopic3.html

Free dog training resources

The best way to learn how to train your dog for free is by watching.

YouTube-

In my YouTube channel I gathered over 50 of the best free dog training videos, so you can easily sit back on your chair and enjoy learning how to train your dog from the comfort of your own home. You will also find puppy training tips, and learn how to potty train a puppy. You can check out our free dog training videos playlist here.

Howcast-

You can also check out these free dog obedience training videos by Howcast which are good too.

APDT

APDT is another great resource for free online dog training courses and provide free dog training webinars and information.

Best dog training books

If you want the review of the books listed here, I wrote a review about the top 10 best dog training books.

These are the list of what I found as the best dog training books out there:

Best dog training DVDs

For those of you who are still on DVDs, These are the best dog training DVDs out there:

Live dog trainers

Taking puppy training classes or dog obedience classes with a certified dog trainer is by far the best way to train your dog. With that being said, it is also the most expensive way and could cost up to several hundreds of dollars for just a couple of hours.

Although it isn’t a must, if this is your first dog, consider a private dog trainer or sign up for a training class. Make sure you check the number of dogs already signed up before agreeing to attend. Eight to ten dogs are the Maximum amount for a trainer to give full attention.

If you want to locate the best dog trainer near you I recommend that you check out this article by ASPCA.

A lot of Professional Dog Trainers (CPDTs) offer telephone consultations, in-home private consultations, training sessions, and dog training classes.

Online dog training courses

Paying a live dog trainer for a house visit costs on average of $400; this puts it directly out of budget for a lot of people.

I highly recommend that you invest in some training. Not just to learn how to teach your dog to behave, but also to teach you how to better communicate with your pet. Therefore, the solution of an online dog training course is good if you don’t want to pay a lot of money for training.

There are many online dog training sites on the internet. We listed the most popular ones.

The Online Dog Trainer

Complete dog training course by well-respected dog trainer Doggy Dan. This is by far one of the best dog training solutions available.

For example, in his “Project Moses”, Dan provides a full puppy training course filming his puppy training method. Dan shows you how he trains his puppy Moses, from the age of 8 weeks to the age of one year. Thus, providing you with a complete step by step guide.

It costs 1$ for a 3 day trial and then you pay 37$ for month.

You can read my full review here.

Or you can go directly to The online dog trainer.

Udemy

Udemy is the giant of online courses, and dog training is no exception.

Try these recommended online dog training courses:

Training Your Dog 101. Price: $9 Review: 4 stars (69 reviews)

Dr. Ian Dunbar’s SIRIUS® Dog Trainer Academy.  Price: $300 Review: 5 stars (15 reviews)

Polite Puppy Dog Training Class. Price: $60 Reviews: 5 stars (7 reviews)

Dog Training Tricks Level 1. Price: $49. Reviews: 5 stars (4 reviews)

Dog obedience training by Kingdomofpets

This is another highly popular online training course running around.

You can check out their page here.

If you decide to sign up for their course please share your results with me.

 Dog training equipment

There is so much dog training equipment out there that it’s hard to decide what to get your dog. My recommendation is stick to the basics at the start.

Here are a couple of products to start you out-

You can also find the best selling Dog Training & Behavior Aids here.

Ok, we covered a lot of distance here… I hope it was helpful and you both enjoy learning how to train your dog.

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Aging in Dogs

Hi. Last time I wrote what to do if you find a lost dog. This week, I’ll deal with a related topic- Aging in dogs.

So this short article is going to discuss the topic and cover the most important things to know.

When your dog gets older his normal functioning may deteriorate; memory, awareness eyesight and hearing are the main areas that suffer.

You might find that aging in dogs make him (or her) confused, and create troubles navigating- your dog can actually walk into thing.

Aging in dogs can either increase their activity level, or decrease it.

Dog aging can make your dog forget habits like house training and bladder control, or other previously common habits. Your dog might bark more, walk around aimlessly or generally be weird. Apathetic Responses to things or lack of excitement are not uncommon as well.

On the other hand aging in dogs can create higher levels of anxiety- older dogs can exhibit aggressive behavior and require attention until they stop barking. Some dogs may become more intrusive, while others may show less interest in affection, interaction, or petting.

Other typical problems with aging in dogs are memory related like problems recognizing familiar people or responding less to known commands for obedience and known games.

Lastly, another symptom that may arise is a reversed day-night schedule. Your dog may wake up at night and sleep during the day.

The best thing to do when you spot signs of aging with your dog is to talk to your veterinarian– many problems are treatable with a variety of therapies that can help your dog and reduce symptoms.




What to Do If You Find a Lost Dog

Hey. Last week I gave 5 tips for good dog health. This week I’m going to talk about something very important to me- What to Do If You Find a Lost Dog.

If by any chance you find a lost dog, the first thing you need to have in mind is that you need to stay safe, as well as the dog.  A scared or an injured lost dog may behave unpredictably. Any sudden move may scare him and make him attack you or run into traffic. If the dog looks like he is going to attack you, or if for any reason you feel unsafe, stay away from the lost dog and contact the local animal control.

If the lost dog looks like he is not threatened by your presence, you should still approach with caution. If you get close enough to the dog, have in mind that you are still in risk of being bitten by a dog whose vaccination status is unknown.

When approaching the lost dog, you have to speak in a soothing voice. The best way is to offer the dog some food so he will approach you.

Once the lost dog is with you try and find his owners- that’s the first thing you should aim for and assume.

Check to see if the lost dog has an ID tag or tattoo. Keep in mind that there are some dog owners that let their dogs go on “walks” because they know exactly where their home is. You can try to place a leash on the lost dog and say “home!”- to see if the dog starts leading you somewhere.

Please remember that the lost dog probably belongs to someone, and by law you need to report lost dogs to local authorities, meaning the animal shelters where their owners can find them. If you decide that you don’t want to get the lost dog to shelter, you still have to notify them incase the owners show up. You will have to file a found dog report where you have to give the location where you found it, and your contact information.

After this is done, check the area for any “Lost dog” posters, but remember that the dog might have traveled quite far and the posters could be far away, or the dog might be lost for just a few hours and the owners haven’t yet put up posters.

Lastly, but perhaps most importantly-take the lost dog to a vet’s office. There are two reasons to do so; one is to check for general dog health and get reccomendations. The other reason is to see if they can scan him for a microchip ID, which is injected under the dog’s skin.

If nothing of the above worked, print a “Dog found” posters with the lost dog’s picture and the information about where and when you found him, with your contact information.




5 Tips for good dog health

Hi. Last time I wrote how to pick the best dog food for your dog. This week, I’ll deal with a related topic- your Dog’s health.

Your dog is your best friend- he is faithful, loving and forgiving. So, it is normal that you want to keep him healthy and happy for as long as you can. Here are five 5 dog health tips that can help you take care of your  dog’s health and happiness.

1. Make sure that your dog gets the right food

Your pet’s diet  is the key to dog health. Everything that he eats will affect him; from his weight, to his teeth, to the health of his fur, and the sparkle of his eyes. The food not only affects your dog’s health, but it also affects his mood. You must feed your dog with nutritious, well balanced food that is easily digested. Raw food diets are unbelievably nutritious and well suited for all dogs. On the other hand, if you do decide to feed your dog with the commercial pet food, you should choose the brands that are transparent about the used ingredients and avoid preservatives. If your pet’s food can last longer than you or your dog, then it’s not good for dog health.

2. Keep your dog active

Exercise is very important for dog health. Together with his food, these two things are the key factors for the his health, as well as for his happiness. Needles to say that regular walks are excellent for your health as well. So what are you waiting for, take the leash and take your dog out for a walk!

3. Visit the vet regularly

No one likes to go to the doctor, especially when they have to visit the dentist, or in the dog’s case, the vet. But, it’s very important that you’re taking your dog to the vet regularly, so that he can check your dog’s health. You must have in mind that you need to start doing this when your dog is still a puppy, so that it can get used to being “poked” by the vet.

4. Learn to speak your dog’s language

Understanding your dog and her particular needs is very important for dog health. Every breed and age of dogs have different needs. Since your dog, unlike me, can’t speak and tell you when something’s wrong, it’s important to notice if something in their behavior and physicality changes. When your dog becomes old, he may need your help with simple things like going up or down the stairs. When this happens, you have to assist him and make his life less painful, and also observe the changes and react.

 5. Train your dog’s brain

Even though your dog will never be able to solve the crossword or play chess with you, unlike me, it’s quite important for the dog’s happiness as well as for dog health, to receive mental stimulation. Different dog breeds and ages need different things; some breeds are more capable of solving simple puzzles and playing certain games, while other breeds are good with simple tricks and commands. Regardless of the breed, regularly engaging in new and different activities of this kind, will help keep your dog’s mind agile and alert, thus the overall dog health will be better.