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.

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.

Playing fetch with you dog

One of the most common activities for dogs is playing fetch. Whether it’s with a stick, a tennis ball, a cricket ball or a chew toy, dogs love chasing down their prize and bringing it back to their owner. It’s a simple activity but it can provide a number of benefits. If on every walk you spent time playing fetch with your dog, they would be fitter and healthier, whilst it makes their gums stronger too. It also gives dogs a real sense of achievement, and you can bond with your dog in this way. What’s more, it’s enjoyable for the owner and it allows you to train your dog too, using phrases such as:

  • Fetch
  • Sit
  • Leave
  • Paw
  • Treat

If your dog is slightly older they may have little interest in playing fetch and it really is a young dog’s game, but if your dog still has the appetite, do spend time playing fetch, you probably don’t know just how much they appreciate it!