Using treats effectively with your pup

Many dog owners go a little bit overboard with ‘treats’ such as biscuits, bones and chews, and this can cause to problems with behaviour. It’s important to find the balance so that you’re not going over the top with too many treats, or worse still, not rewarding your dog at all.

So what’s the problem with giving my dog a treat every time he does what I say? The problem will be clear when you have run out out of biscuits. Your dog will no longer have an incentive and that should not be the case. You should train your dog to listen to you, not to respond to treats all of the time.

Then the problem with not rewarding your dog is similar. If you don’t give your dog some sort of incentive, they can lose the will to listen to you. It’s all about finding the balance and we recommend you use treats wisely to get the best behaviour out of your dog, as well as a lot of love too.

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.

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.

Using a dog walking service for your pet

Over recent years there has been an increase in services for your pet dogs, including dog grooming, walking, and even dog sitting services too. As a dog owner, looking after your dog well is your top priority, making sure they receive a healthy balanced diet, plenty of exercise and lots of love and attention.

Sometimes a busy schedule can get in the way, and you may find you are unable to walk your dog certain days a week. A dog walking service may be the perfect option for your dog. Hiring someone to take your dog out for a long stroll while you are away at work will give you the peace of mind that they are getting their daily exercise.

Sending your dog on a dog walking group can help them become more sociable with new people and also allows them to meet other dogs and make new friends.

Importance Of Making Sure Your Pooch Is Microchipped

In many ways, a pet microchip is a very small computer chip. It contains a code that matches up to the details of your pooch and thankfully, it’s not very difficult to get your dog, cat or rabbit Microchipped, whilst the procedure itself only takes a few seconds. Usually, a needle is required to insert the chip under the skin of the animal.

So why’s it such a good idea to get your pet microchipped?

Almost painless

You don’t need to worry about causing him or her pain because it is hardly noticed by the majority of dogs and it does not even need any anaesthetic.

It stays in place

Although there is a possibility for the collars to get lost along with the tracking devices, tags and so on, microchips are permanent. Moreover, it is possible to ensure that the microchip is in place by getting your pet scanned by the vet regularly.

Prepared for disaster

Natural calamities can occur anywhere in the world, such as earthquakes, floods and fires and being the owner, it is your duty to ensure that your pet is well looked after and easy to find. During these catastrophes, your pet might end up lost but as long as the police check the code, your details will come up.

Evidence of ownership

At times you might be required to prove that the pooch really belongs to you particularly if it is stolen or even found by somebody who does not want to return the dog to you. Fortunately, you can easily prove that you are the owner of the animal with the help of a microchip.

Peace of mind

Although a microchip cannot guarantee you that you are always going to get your animal back, it will definitely increase the chances. In the event that your furry friend ends up with an individual who knows how to get it scanned, there is always the possibility of getting him or her back.