Tough Mudder for dogs

You may well have read about this recently, as it’s been heavily reported on in the media, but dog lovers will soon be able to race alongside their pet in the first ever mud obstacle race made for canines and humans. The muddy dog challenge will be setup in six locations throughout the UK, and though these are yet to be confirmed, we can expect a few major towns and cities being mentioned. It’s more of a trial run for the first year to see what the reception is going to be, but it’s organised for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, so it’s likely all or most of the proceeds will go this this charity. A worthwhile cause, not just in terms of raising money, but getting yourself and your dog outdoors feeling fit with some competitive sprit. It will certainly be a great event to participate in to meet likeminded go owners, and we’re expecting big things.

Collar vs Harnesses, the Pros and Cons of Each

The two main types of dog handling equipment for a dog owner are the leash and collar, and the leash and harness. Each of these tools have their pros and cons from the standpoint of a pet owner, of which we’ve laid out a few for each:

Collars;

Leashes can be attached to both leashes and harnesses with relative ease, so that doesn’t really come into the equation. Where it does come into is what happens once the leash has been removed; a harness will continue to restrict movement, whereas a collar can sit more comfortably on a dog’s neck.

When the leash is still attached to the collar, dogs can often pull against the leash and hurt themselves through choking, as most dog owners will have experienced.

Harnesses;

Harnesses have a lot of advantages over a collar, as they can provide far greater control over your pet and do so more safely for their health as well. This is particularly important for larger dogs that can potentially overpower their owners.

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Is Training your Dog to Sleep Outside Right?

This is a question which a lot of dog lovers will answer in the negative, but there is a right and a wrong way of doing this. If you begin to teach your dog to sleep outside in a doghouse at an early age, they can adjust to the situation quite easily and be perfectly happy with their space. If you try and force an elderly dog to change their sleeping habits, then it can be a very stressful experience.

There are a lot of important things to take account of if you decide to put your dog in a doghouse. It is important that it is well sheltered, i.e. it doesn’t have any any leaks, and isn’t exposed to the wind and rain. It also needs to have plenty of bedding, particularly in the colder periods of the year, so that they can stay warm and dry.

For the bedding that you use, it is important that it doesn’t soak up water like a sponge, as that would end up working against keeping your dog warm. There are plenty of online pet product stores which will sell you dog bedding which is suitable for doghouses.

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What you Need to Know About Dog Treats

A lot of people don’t exercise the same level of scrutiny on their dog’s treats as they do on their own treats, but unfortunately this trend persists into the realms of government regulation and inspection. The amount of work that goes into inspecting animal food-stuffs is considerably lower than our own, and as a result, we see far higher levels of food contamination, improper storing and more.

There are things that you can do to increase the reliability of your dog treats. One of the best methods is to buy as locally as possible. If you buy from international sources, such as from China, the level of regulation is going to be even lower. We have even seen how the FDA has repeatedly been called to investigate chicken jerky for dogs that was made in China, as there seems to be a relationship between that product and kidney failure in pets.

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How Dogs React to Death

While this is an uncomfortable subject to cover, it is worth doing based upon how it can have a massive impact on your dog’s well-being. Whether the death is of another dog or a member of your family; grieving is something that they share with humans, and just like humans dogs can react in a irrational way. Often times dogs will become listless, unmotivated or anxious, and you need to be prepared to help them.

The best way to get dogs going again following a death is to make sure that they get back to their regular routine. Generally speaking, dogs are able to bounce back from loss far more than people, but routines like walking and feeding schedules are very important for their sense of security and well being.

Another thing to note, is that some dogs who have become faithful companions to a person who has suddenly passed away, may have to be euthanased due to their age, and how fast their health will decline with the loss of their owners; it’s not a nice thing to do but sometimes it’s necessary. Though you can always try to help your dog instead by comforting them in the way their owner did, even if their owner and their effect can’t be replaced.