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.

When to keep your dog on a leash

Dogs do deserve freedom to run around, get rid of some energy and keep up their exercise, however are their times you should keep your dog on a leash.

Finding a good dog walking spot is always advantageous when you have an energetic pooch that needs to stretch their legs and burn off some energy. As a dog owner it is your responsibility to maintain the safety of your canine and of those around you. Keeping your dog on a leash in busy built up areas is very important as it lets you dog know you are fully in control.

Passing through a busy park or playground may distract your dog, or cause them to act out of their normal comfort zone. If your dog doesn’t fully follow commands then it is always best to keep them on the leash until you are in an enclosed dog area, which can be found in many public park areas.

Toilet training your new puppy

With advice on toilet training puppies all over the place, potty training your new addition should be easy, well easier!

Puppies like babies will empty their bladder uncontrollably, it is only at a certain age that you can teach them control. Luckily for a new dog owner, this age tends to be when they are old enough to leave their mother.

Training should be started from day one, and consistency with your training is very important too.  Training should start by taking your dog outside at several intervals during the day, after naps, after meal times and allocated times in between. As your dog grows older the frequency of toileting will reduce, so less toilet breaks will be needed.

It is important to give your puppy treats and affection when they have done the task they were told to; this is how they learn. Never give them a treat otherwise. Each puppy will learn differently and at different rates, so be patient with toilet training your new puppy.

Tips on choosing a trusted kennel for your dog while you are away on holiday

When planning a family trip away there may be several occasions in which your dog will not be able to travel with you. These are a few suggestions to help you identify trustworthy facilities that can make the transition as easy as possible for your dog.

Before you leave on your holiday, invest the time to tour the boarding facility at which you intend to leave your dog. Most kennels will be happy to oblige as long as you make an appointment.

When you visit, take note of the smell. If you notice a pervasive odour of urine or faeces, that suggests a sanitation issue. Also, look at the floors and bowls from which other canines eat and drink. These are all subtle indications that a given facility may not be adequate for your canine.

Try to make your dog stay as comfortable as possible by carefully choosing the right facility.

Pet hamster for young children

Hamsters are a great option as a pet for young children, this is because they can be tamed easily. Choosing a pet for young children, should take some consideration as you want an animal that is relatively low maintenance and has a kind nature.

Although hamsters can be known to bite, this is usually when they enter a new environment or become scared, once handled regularly the risk of being bitten is low. Letting your child look after their own pet can help teach them how to care for others. They will learn how to feed, water and clean the hamsters cage.

Before choosing a hamster you should speak to your local pet store regarding which type of hamster is most suitable for young children. Many of the dwarf hamsters tend to be very quick and can be more difficult to tame compared other breeds, making them better suited for older children.