Posted: Apr 13 2013
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If you have ever wondered what your dog knows about you, you sure aren't alone.
As pet owners, it is only natural to wonder what dogs think and what they can sense from us. Since pets can't talk, we have to rely on recent studies. After doing some digging, we found it surprising just how much our dogs learn from our body language, facial expressions and tone.
For more, check out PupLife's original article entitled Dogs Understand: 5 Things Your Dog Knows About You.
Posted: Mar 27 2013
Wondering if getting a new dog for the family will impact your children? The answer is yes - in a very positive way. New studies are proving that dogs and children are a healthy mix, and the presence of a pet in the house may bring significant benefits to the health and well being of your child. Read our latest new dog owner tip, entitled Kids & Dogs: 3 Great Reasons Why Children Need Pets.
Posted: Nov 19 2012
The following is a guest post by Louise Blake
Thanksgiving is great for humans, but it can be hellish for a dog.
Dozens of new and unfamiliar faces invading your cherished territory, terrible punishments for breaking those precious dioramas, and worst of all, the tantalising smell of a sumptuous feast without any possibility of getting to eat any yourself. So how do you know what Thanksgiving leftovers are safe for your pup to enjoy? Check against this list and you should be off to a good start!
If in doubt, check with your vet. A poor diet can lead to anything from dog skin problems to serious health issues.
Avoid feeding turkey to your dog. The risk of salmonella from raw or incompletely-cooked scraps is just too great, let alone the risk of choking on bones.
Dogs are also unable to digest turkey skin properly, which could be fatal, and if they avoid choking on the bones straight away, there is a chance that larger bones will splinter in their mouths. This can be extremely painful and could also lead to bone fragments damaging their internal organs.
Dogs simply shouldn't be fed turkey scraps. So please don't do it.
A surprisingly large number of vegetables are OK for your dog to eat, but certain groups are very much not-OK.
'Sweet' vegetables like carrots are fine in small quantities but be careful about portion size – while we adults may enjoy pigging out during Thanksgiving, excessive pup portions could give your dog digestive problems later in the day.
Sweet potatoes and winter squash can be genuinely helpful to doggie digestion, as can green beans as they're high in fibre.
In general, you should avoid feeding your dog sugary fruit and sauces, and you should definitely avoid starchy vegetables such as potatoes, peas, or corn in large amounts. These are fattening foods that will only serve to damage your dog's health.
Chitterlings are pork intestines, and form a traditional Thanksgiving side dish in many households but don’t add them to your dog’s bowl.
While some dogs cope ok with eating small amounts of raw meat, for dogs that are not adjusted to raw diets yet, this can result in a upset tummy. Suffice it to say that if you think the chitterlings smell bad before you clean, boil and pick them clean for your dog, you are in for a heck of a shock once the dog has started providing you with some solid results.
Furthermore, if they've been prepared for human consumption, they may be too salty for dogs, or have too much chemical preservative left on them. This preservation process also wipes almost all the nutrition out of them, making them a fairly useless, if tasty, treat.
Stuffing contains onions and sage, neither of which are ideal for dogs.
If you use breadcrumbs to help bulk out your stuffing, or if the sausage-meat provider used breadcrumbs to bulk out their product, you could cause your dog to suffer from bloat.
Once you've stripped out all the potentially harmful and definitely unhelpful ingredients from the stuffing, it'd basically be easier to feed your dog, well, food already esigned for consumption by dogs.
More Trouble Than It's Worth?
For the purposes of Thanksgiving, then, it is suggested that you treat your dog like a very fussy, old, sensitive, allergic vegan.
Either that, or treat them like an actual dog and buy him or her some special doggy treats!
Human food is human for a reason. Don't be afraid to give your young dog some vegetables now-and-again, but they get very little out of human food and can get some serious health problems.
Personally, I won't feed my pup any human food except squashes and pumpkin. But what about you? Do you have any healthy and nutritious human food that your dog just can't get enough of?
Please share in the comments!
About Louise BlakeLouise Blake is a career-focused mum-to-be with a passion for animal welfare. She can’t wait to be a mum, though she worries about how her beloved pets will cope with the new arrival. When Louise isn’t working as a Client Manager she can be found blogging for GKBC.
Posted: Nov 04 2012
Adding a new dog to your family is always exciting. Pets bring so much to our lives and of course, we always want to do the best for them. If you are planning on adopting a dog, we have a new article on the Top 3 Mistakes That New Dog Owners Make. By avoiding these mistakes, you can help your pet get off to a great start!
Posted: Oct 01 2012
Let's face it: after a long hard day at work, we often don't have a lot of energy left.
Feeding the dog, walking the dog and then making dinner are things that need to be done and by that point, we might be thinking about hitting the couch.
But wait! Playing with your dog should also be on your evening and weekend to-do list, and here's why:
It Keeps Your Pet Out of TroubleLike humans, dogs need to blow off steam every once in awhile. It helps to keep their minds functioning at their peak and it beats the blahs. Dogs that are bored can become lethargic, or even worse, can start looking for things to get into. Playing with your dog helps your pet to interact with you and the environment in a positive way. A game of fetch, or chasing each other around the back yard is not just fun for your pet, it is good for them too.
The Interaction Creates Deeper BondingThis one is obvious, and for pretty much the same reasons. Sure, you might be tired and want to watch an episode of Mad Men, but why not DVR that episode and play with your best friend instead. You'll be surprised at how much better you will feel when play time is over. In fact, you usually will feel a bit refreshed. The interaction with your dog makes the worries and drama of the day melt away. Once your pet is tired out, you can both settle in on the couch and fire up your favorite tv show. The interaction truly creates a better bonding between pet and "parent".
It Is Great Exercise For You & Your PetWhen you and your pet can run around a bit, it is obviously good exercise for you both. It may not be the equivalent of a half hour on a stair master but it sure beats sitting on the couch eating Fritos. Chasing tennis balls or your pet's favorite Dog Toy around the yard or dog park gets the blood flowing and when you do it regularly, it is a great way to knock off a few calories. An active dog (and dog owner) is always a good thing in the long run.
By playing with your dog on a regular basis you can keep your pet from getting bored, increase the bonding level between you and your pet and even work off a couple extra calories.
Sound good? Now who wants to play? Woof!