DOGS MUST-HAVES

Dog rearing can be an overwhelming experience. At the same time, it can be stressful and time consuming. Sometimes new dog owners find themselves unprepared for the lists of needs and responsibilities that come with dog rearing.

To lift off the stress that come with dog rearing, I’ve compiled an array of things every dog owner must have to rear their new dogs.

DOG STROLLERS

When dogs grow older, they start exhibiting symptoms that can lead to illnesses that might, in turn, lead to physical impairment. And if you're a dog owner who pays attention to details, you'd find out early enough when your dog starts showing these symptoms. This doesn't mean that younger dogs can't exhibit illness symptoms. Occasionally, dogs, just like humans, tend to fall sick due to pre-disposition to disease-causing viruses and bacteria. For whatever reason, if your dog has trouble keeping up, don't stop walking your dog. The smells, the sights, sounds, and the buzz that one gets when strolling with the dog assist in keeping dogs mentally fit.

Step-By-Step Guide for Using Dog Strollers

Strollers are used for injured dogs, senior dogs, dogs that just had surgery, recovering from an illness, or sick dogs. When the occasion occurs for you to train your dog to use a pet stroller, you need a step by step guide for that process, and here's some:

The first step is to make sure that your dog gets comfortable with the stroller. This is essential for dogs training to use a stroller for the first time because it's an unfamiliar object that might seem scary. Take care to introduce them to the strollers slowly, and don't forget to lock the wheels, so it doesn't make a sudden movement.

Reward your dog with treats if it cooperates. This act will help the dog maintain a positive attitude towards the stroller.

 When your dog gets comfortable in front of the stroller, unlock the wheels and move it around a bit. If your dog doesn't get skittish while doing this, reward it with a treat again.

Your dog is happy in the presence of this stroller. Hence you can carry it into the stroller if it's a small dog and if it is a giant dog, lure it into the stroller with a treat.

If your dog remains happy, push the stroller around slowly.

 Move the stroller at an even pace. Try this in different locations to make the dog get used to the movement. And that's how you teach your dog to use a stroller.

To choose the perfect dog stroller, you must have a budget. This is the first thing to consider because it precedes all other tips on finding the best stroller for your dog. It will also make your search very easy. Secondly, weigh your dog and buy a stroller within the recommended weight frame or even bigger. Then buy a stroller that can size your dog; size and weight are two different things. You can get a weight that will size your dog. Size has to do with the width of your dog. To get your dog size, measure your dog from nose to tail, then the width. You can also consider the look, height, quality, foldability, and other features you want your stroller to have.

DOG CLOTHING

Also, there is dog clothing. Even though it's a common term now, some people still meet with disapproving eyes. Clothing dogs has been a controversial topic for a while, and some people feel it is ridiculous to wear clothes for their dogs. Still, dog owners do not fail to notice the shivers that go through the body of their dogs during the cold season but don't know what to do about it. Well, there is something you can do about it: wearing your dog clothes or coats as the case may be. Of course, the dogs' fur provides some warmth, but they may need additional warmth in extreme weather conditions.

For health issues: Illnesses can affect dog furs, which makes their furs liable to get cold, and this can be contained by wearing affected dogs' lightweight coats.

A dog cloth keeps your dog clean: The less frequent your dog gets, the fewer baths you give it and the less stress you go through. For instance, when your dog decides to roll in a muddy place or the grass, the coat will bear the brunt of the dirt.

The older a dog gets, the more susceptible it is to illnesses. Some of these illnesses can cause a reduction in lower body heat. But the coat can help keep the dog warm so if you have an old dog, get it a coat.

Dog coats offer immense benefits for your dog; you should consider getting one if you haven't. Lounge dog, Lucy & co, Wagwear, Fetch and Follow, Pet Haus, Pen and Pooch, and Camp Colon are some of the popular dog clothing brands. The reviews from customers are enough to convince people who've never patronized them to.

DOG FEEDER BOWL

Another healthwise decision a dog owner wants to ensure is not over-feeding dogs. If your dog wolfs down food too fast, then you might want to consider getting it a slow dog feeder bowl. It helps your dog loosen the speed with which it consumes food, and the time spacing also makes it fuller with lesser and more content. It also reduces the risk of bloating, choking, and nausea.

Like human beings, dogs have to watch what they eat and how much they eat to avoid health issues like obesity. Also, they need to chew their food properly to aid digestion. This can be achieved with the use of a dog feeder. A dog feeder is an intricately designed bowl with inbuilt shapes. The purpose of these shapes is to slow down the tempo with which dogs eat.

Intricate designs are made to slow access to food. The more complex the design, the slower your dog eats. However, don't forget to consider dogs with flat snouts who might find it difficult to eat from the dog feeder; it might even prefer to stay hungry. When this happens, carefully select a dog feeder this kind of dog feed will find easy to access. When picking a slow dog feeder, choose the ones made from materials that are not toxic. You can select a stainless plastic slow feeder; plastic or BPA is also suitable for dogs. Also, pick a feeder that balances well to prevent falling over when the dog plays with it. A feeder that is easy to wash and wouldn't have food stuck in it after washing should be considered as leftover foods can turn to molds and algae, which will offset the balance of your dog's health.

DOG HOUSES

First and foremost, a dog house protects dogs. Some dog owners provide poorly built dog houses for their dogs. On top of that, they also restrict them from coming into the house. That's quite a poor way of taking care of a dog. The weather often becomes harsh and makes dogs left outdoors predisposed to bad weather conditions that cause illnesses. Many dogs are sensitive and should not be left in such situations; these points should be considered.

Moreover, every dog needs a house that would be its 'spot,' a place where the dog can call its own, where it is allowed to be and be on its own. Also, it is essential not to forget that dogs have needs, and a dog house should be bought or built to meet one of those needs. To choose the right dog house for your dog, one of the characteristics you must consider is the size of the dog house. It must have enough for your dog to stretch, stand up, sleep and eat. The house should also be elevated enough to provide good ventilation to prevent the floor from getting too hot during heat waves or cold during winter. There should be Insulations to keep the house warm during winter and colored light for heat reflection.

Tips for Buying or Building a Dog House

Choose the correct house size for your dog: small houses for small dogs and big houses for big dogs. For instance, Rottweilers, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, and other large dog breeds should have bigger houses. In comparison, smaller dogs like the Chihuahua should have smaller homes. Unlike a stroller, a dog house doesn't have to be based on the dog's size, and the dog house's width should be large enough to accommodate the dog entrance. Dog owners should also not forget that too large houses will obstruct the dog's body heat retention during the cold months.

The front door should be fixed to just one side of the dog house and not the middle to protect the dog from direct exposure to harsh weather. While some dog houses are built with doors, some are not made with doors. Also, note that houses without legs increase dogs' exposure to cold weather and infestation by ticks like the fleabags. Dog owners should find ways to elevate the house by adding bricks, logs, or any other appropriate hardware.

DOG BEDS

Dogs staying in-house get to use dog beds. While what is suitable for an outdoor dog house is sawdust most times, providing your dog with something comfy to snuggle in is one of the best things you can do for your dog. Dogs like humans like to sleep particularly at night, have different sleep positions, and also dream. Though Dogs want to sleep by their owners' side, it doesn't negate that dogs need their bed for privacy, security, and retreat benefits.

Types of Dog Beds

There are numerous types of dog beds, but here's a list of seven of the popular types:

Memory foam bed: The memory foam bed helps older dogs better for dogs with slowed movement, joint pain, and aches. It is the preferred option for old dogs because it is made from materials that mold themselves perfectly to your dog's body and eliminates pressure points and ache gotten while sleeping. The bed comes in different colors and sizes, and the size you get depends on your dog's size. The larger your dog, the larger the bed, and the smaller your dog, the smaller the bed.

 Orthopedic dog beds: are the kinds of beds dog owners get for dogs with health issues. This kind of bed provides the proper support for your dog's aching body parts. It is available in two sizes; a medium model for smaller dogs and a large model for larger dogs.

Donut-styled beds are one of the most popular dog beds you'll find in the market. It is inexpensive and comes in any size. It is suitable for dog naps, but if your dog wants to sleep in, it will have to sleep in a curled-up position because the bed is not spacious enough to let your dog sprawl out.

Cave style dog bed: provides a lot of fun for dogs because of the way it's built. It is a dog bed made in the form of a cave.

Pet sofa dog beds: are like mini sofas for dogs who like getting up on the couch.

Pillow dog bed: is a simple-styled dog with minimal complexities. If you want to buy a dog bed and are perplexed about the range of choices or don't know which to buy, you can get the pillow dog bed. But you should note that special needs dogs need beds that are more supportive than this.

Heated dog beds: as the name implies, suits cold environments. If you reside in a cold place, you should consider this kind of bed. It keeps your pet from getting cold.