1. Open Tunnel: This unique puppy game is ever so much fun for the dog but truly teaches the dog much as well. Begin by using only one barrel to teach your puppy how to find his way through the barrel. Place yourself at the foot of the barrel so your puppy will be able to see you. Have a friend or family member pick up the little guy and place him in the barrel facing you. You should call to the puppy and coax him to come toward you which will teach the little pup coordination and agility as time goes on. As the puppy gets comfortable add more barrels which will advance the puppy’s skills further. Your little guy will quickly learn to fun through all the barrels to get to his master’s arms.


  1. Closed Tunnel: This game will start out the same as open tunnel. Use one barrel to being the teaching but instead of allowing your puppy to see you at the end of the tunnel or barrel, you will be holding up a sheet and prompt the pup to come towards the sheet. Each time the little guy reaches the sheet you will pull it down to reveal yourself. Continue this process until he finally learns to run through the tunnel quickly and juts right out the other end knocking the sheet down himself. The only real caution with this game is to be certain that from the startup you never allow the little puppy to get tangled up in the sheet since this will create fear for him and will hold back any advancement for the puppy.


  1. The “A-Frame” Game: This little game involves the use of two leashes that you will put onto the puppy. You will stand on one side of the pup holding a leash and a friend or family member will stand on the other side holding the other leash. Each will have a treat in hand and offer the treat to the pup by coaxing him to move up and down the A-frame you have formed with the two leashes after the treat. Be cautious though because the little guy will want to move quickly at first and try to climb up either side. You want him to move slowly and have him jump up in the middle to be safe.


Dogs Should Never Go Without Water


Just as in humans, in dogs water is essential for all digestive processes in the body, for absorption of nutrients, and as a source of moving foods from organs within the body to the outside of the body.  Since water is so critical to the body’s functions, it is not possible for a dog to live without water for an extended period of time. Though they can go for long periods of time without food and still survive, going without water will, without a doubt, result in death.


The amount of water required by a dog is dependent upon the dog’s diet and his overall physical activity and exercise. If you notice your dog panting, then this action is the equivalent of a human that is sweating and it is time to give him a drink. In a dog’s diet, if there is consistent dry food, these types of foods will induce thirst since the dry foods only contain about 10% of moisture. Unlike with canned wet foods or actual home cooked foods that contain lots of water and moisture already, it is imperative you provide enough water to your dog if he is consistently eating dry dog food.


We all need water to survive and that includes our pets. So be certain that you are always providing sufficient clean water for your dog to drink being certain to change the water regularly. It is also important that you clean your dog’s water bowl each time you set out to fill it to rid it of any bacteria or germs.

Much like the concern we have in society for obesity and overweight people, there also exists this same concern for dogs. All dogs, just like humans, can and will gain weight especially as they age. There are some dogs that actual gain more weight and gain it faster as they grow older such dogs as beagles, cocker spaniels, collies, and retrievers to name a few.


It is typically true that adult dogs commonly become overweight more than younger dogs quite simply because of normal genetics and from diets that were always much higher in calories regular canned or table foods. Since older dogs are less active than younger dogs, consuming high calorie diets without proper exercise will always result in weight gain, even in dogs.


As little puppies mature into adult dogs and adult dogs become elderly the amount of exercise they get becomes quite limited. This lack of exercise coupled with food and treats consumption that were given all along can result in very overweight dogs. It is proven that female older dogs will likely gain more weight than male older dogs as will spayed dogs.


Studies have shown that pet owners over the age of 40 are apt to have dogs that are overweight and even obese than those younger owners. This is attributed to the fact that the owners themselves are getting older themselves and may lack in their own fitness which rolls over onto their pets as well. It’s funny though, this very same group of people were you to ask them would deny that their pet was overweight and imply that their pet’s weight coincides with their age.


In another example we offer this scenario. Elderly and loving owners who are overweight and have arthritis who have two spayed female Labrador retrievers who suffer from arthritis and are overweight as well. Or perhaps another example would be the owner that smokes, suffers from shortness of breath, exercises little, consumes lots of fried foods and pass along these very habits to their dogs will certainly cause the dog to become much like its owner.

Owners who are guilty of doing this feel that by feeding their dogs everything they eat and engaging them in their same lifestyles is a means of showing love to the dog. This kind of thinking is not healthy for the dog nor is it healthy for the owner. You want to give a lot of attention to how you feed your dog and what you feed your dog in order to provide them with healthy and long lives.

When a dog is vomiting it is difficult for an owner to know why. Much like a little baby that cannot communicate what is wrong, such is the same with a dog. There are many things that can cause vomiting in a dog but it is important to know how to treat and stop vomiting and give close attention to care in order to prevent any critical harm or death to a dog.


Consuming too much food is not typically a cause for dogs vomiting since the size of a dog’s stomach and the amount of food they are able to consume is rather excessive. However, as dogs age the amount of food they consume at one time will begin to lessen through the years. Be careful not to leave out and feed too much food at one time and throughout the day to your adult dog. In addition, though it is very important for dogs to have water, water can be a true culprit for vomiting. We do not want our dogs to consume too much water in the course of a day because this consumption can actually cause vomiting. For adult dogs, one and a half to two ounces of water per body pound of weight is the norm. Anything above this is apt to create vomiting and other problems.


Though vomiting and similar conditions are often seen in little puppies they are most definitely present in adult dogs as well. The types of things that dogs can and will consume are accountable for these unpleasant occurrences. Little puppies tend to eat toys, sand, stones, paper and just about anything that they stumble upon which can result in puppy vomiting. Adult dogs, on the other hand, will eat more advanced types of unhealthy things such as sour food, bones and garbage which obviously, can result in vomiting. However, the different with adult dogs is that eventually they recognize and learn that this types of unhealthy foods and things cause them to vomit and they will stop eating them.


As we can all figure out, vomiting is not something we want to have often and is certainly not a good thing. It can become persistent at times with acts of vomiting being violent at times in the dog that can eventually eliminate the culprit that caused the vomiting in the first place. As time goes on the vomiting will begin to lessen and lessen until it finally ceases.


The worst effect from vomiting and a very detrimental one at that, is the excessive loss of fluids and electrolytes in the body. These losses will create dehydration in the dog’s body that can result in very serious conditions. When vomiting a dog will become very thirsty since he has loss so much fluid while vomiting. Dogs can also become somewhat depressed and reserved due to the lack of the fluids and electrolytes in their bodies as they experience the horrible effects of vomiting. With vomiting comes a very noticeable imbalance in the dog’s body makeup because of the excessive loss of fluids. This condition should be treated immediately because if it is left untreated then the severe dehydration may occur and ultimately result in death.


In order to bring the dog’s vomiting under control you want to abide by a couple of simple steps. Begin administering liquid foods to your do first like chicken or beef broth. These liquids will rebuild the lost electrolytes in the body and help to balance everything off. After about 48 hours you can begin to add some slight bland foods to the liquid, such as diced hard-boiled egg, maybe some toast and a bit of milk or maybe even some vanilla ice cream to assist the dog slowly in being able to eat regularly again.  Once your dog has been able to tolerate these items for at least 24 hours then you can resume the dog’s regular diet.

Training a new puppy is quite a challenge though refreshing to watch the little one learn. One of the most critical commands, and the first to be taught, is “Come”. This command, like so many others, comes down to use of the proper tone when articulating the command so that the puppy knows you mean business and require a response action. Be sure when teaching this command you use consistency and do not deviate in your word or your tone so as to confuse the dog. You want him to know you mean “come” when you say come. The use of your puppy’s collar along with a lengthy line is a sure way of ultimately training your puppy to come.


  1. Allowing your puppy to explore and get acquainted with his new surroundings is a very important first step in training. After a period of exploration your little guy will grow tire.


  1. At the point where he has tired, you want to siege that moment, kneel down in front of the puppy and giving a slight tug on the line which will force the puppy to face towards you, say “Come”. The dog’s response to this action could be:

a) He will actually “Come”. If you are fortunate to have him respond in this perfect fashion offer the puppy abundant loving and praise and yes, take him quickly into the house and give him his treat and reward.

b) He could pause, turn and then sit down. If this is his reaction continue to tug lightly on the line and repeat the word Come over and over as you encourage your new furry friend to come towards you. Continue this regimen he until he finally does come then be certain to praise and reward him with a treat when he finally does come to you.

c) He may think you are playing and start barking and yelping. If he does this it is important for you to stop tugging on the line, set yourself down, look at the little guy and just wait until he stops barking. Then you want to start the process all over again and make another attempt and keep on repeating the process as many times as it takes until such time that he actually finally does come to you. When he does finally come be certain to pet, praise and offer a treat so he will understand that when he learns to come he will always be rewarded.

d) He may very well become confused and sit down and then roll over onto his back and even tangle himself up in the line. If he should do this remember that patience is a virtue and remain calm until such time that he stills himself. Once he is still repeat the whole process again. Keep on repeating the process as many times as he repeats his undesired behavior until such time that he finally gets it and comes to you. No matter how many times it may have taken be sure to pet him and offer him a treat when he finally does make his way over to you and remember no matter what you say to the dog while trying to get him to come and after he has finally managed to make his way to you, be certain to always use a soft playful happy tone in your voice.


Don’t lose sight of the fact that the only way you can successfully train your puppy is to hold steadfast to patience and a pleasant tone. If you grow angry with the dog he will immediately realize that you are upset and will tuck this memory somewhere in the back of his mind for later use.


  1. Be sure to take your little puppy on a healthy walk allowing him to go to the end of the line you are using and sniff to get acquainted with anything around him.


  1. As you are talking these restricted walks with him, a few times during the walk and he has reached the end of the line, it is time for you to snap the line quickly and slightly run from the puppy and, using a comfortable tone, say “Come.” When he eventually gets the hang of the game and he truly comes to you, be certain to pet him, praise him and best of all reward him with a treat for learning his new command.


  1. Much later in the day, repeat the whole walking procedure doing everything the same except this time head out in a different direction.


Being patient, using comfortable tones, being clear and concise, and accepting the challenge at hand will make your task less challenging, more enjoyable, and indeed much easier since your puppy will learn that if he comes when you say come he will be praised, loved and rewarded but if he chooses not to come there are no rewards to be had. After a period of time when he has learned his command and he is given the option to either come to you or not, chances are very highly that this little friend of yours will always choose you!

Hypochondriac dogs, unlike human hypochondriacs are very innocent and many times, having learned that certain actions of there are rewarded, will become dependent upon repeating those very actions. Most dogs love attention and will maintain this association in their minds while doing whatever it takes to get their master’s attention.


Dogs are truly very intelligent and can easily understand that when they are sick they are showered with attention. Enjoying this scenario many dogs will take on symptoms of “the sick pet syndrome” knowing that if they act sick their master will quickly rush to their side to coddle and pet them whereas if they lie there day after day quiet as can be they get little to no attention at all.

Most dogs suffer from gastric upheavals and some actually can will themselves to display signs of muscle twitches and runny nose and, as a result, recognize that hamburger and rice dinners are always rewarded when vomiting or having diarrhea  while just being your typical friendly self  warrants only dry dog foods.


In determining whether your do is actually not feeling well or just seeking some loving from you, you want to be careful to close attention to his normal behavior patterns and whether or not he is lying around more than usual and does he have eye contact with you. Sometimes the sick doggie can truly be just an act to gain more attention.

If you actual believe that the dogs actions are fake in order to get attention then you want to be certain to do just the opposing – give him no attention at all when he does this. On the flip side of this you want to be certain that when the dog is lying about quietly or performing his normal behavior patterns then you want to be certain to reward him with attention, more petting and snacks for his common normal behavior.


People tend to believe that a dog who can perform in this manner must have an awareness of people’s thoughts around him at the time, which is quite contrary to studies that have been performed on this very subject which have concluded that dogs to not have a thought process and the gift of knowing what others are thinking or feeling. However, it is quite true that some dogs can make a simple association of this kind.


All dogs seek attention from people and understand that in order to be given attention there have to be people present. With this in mind, much like a dog that actually learns a go fetch trick so he can have a treat, a dog can recognize simply that if he performs certain actions he will be rewarded.

It is not that they necessarily are aware of the concept that a specific person is watching him and judging his actions, no rather that a specific action reaps him a reward and if he does it when someone is present he will be rewarded and should he perform the same way when no one is around does not earn him a treat.

Getting an adult dog as a pet will differ greatly from choosing a puppy as your new found little friend. Puppies, being new the life and the world have no prior training or habits and are taught by their masters right from the start. However, gaining an adult dog as a pet is quite different since this matured friend of man’s has already established his own little habits and grown accustomed to prior surroundings.

Though your adult mate may very well be standoffish and confused at first, in time your attention and kindness toward this furry friend will certainly bring comfort and security to your new dog but over a few months period of time. Patience is a virtue in life so being patient with your new dog will prove to be quite beneficial to both of you over time.


During this training and “get acquainted” period it is quite important to keep the dog under constant close watch through the use of leashes and perhaps electronic fences. With leash in hand you want to be certain to walk your special friend a few times a day in various directions to begin to  familiarize him with surrounding s keeping in mind that each walk you talk will end in your together walk back home he will sooner, rather than later, learn where his new home is.


Remember whether puppy or adult, all dogs need training and conditioning by their master. Here are some important guidelines you want to use when training your new dog:


Housebreak your new furry friend


  1. Other than with a Toy breed or a Toy mix, (whose time line would be one month for this housebreaking regimen), keep the new house companion close by to you on a leash consistently when you are in the house for at minimum the first two weeks. When the dog needs to go potty make it a habit to either allow him to run about the back yard or put him on a leash or lead him to the area where you prefer he goes potty. Be certain to always announce that “it’s time to go potty” and after he has accomplished his task be certain to praise him “good boy” every single time.
  2. A the end of the two week period you can slowly begin to take him off the leash in the house doing so in the beginning for short periods of time and gradually increasing the time. Additionally you want to be sure to let him our several times per day.
  3. When you are not able to be at home with the dog, be certain to either keep the dog outside with an electronic fence, in a pen in the backyard or if you feel you want him to be in the house then you must crate the dog while in the house. But whatever you do, do not allow this curious new companion to roam about the house himself.
  4. Remember that your new dog is in completely new surroundings with all new people around him so it will take a bit of time for him to get comfortable enough to bark to be let out in the yard to potty. With some dogs you can certainly get lucky and have him know this routine already even though he is in new surroundings. In other cases, however, and more often than not, it will take three or four months to have your new dog fully house trained.


The new bed for your buddy


  1. Make a firm decision which one place is going to be bed for your dog.
  2. If your new dog is going to be sleeping in your house, rather than in his own doghouse, you want to be certain to get in the habit of letting him out to potty at the end of the day before its time to go to sleep.
  3. Once you have determined where his new bed is going to be, put the little guy on a short leash to keep him confined to your area of choice, provide him with a puffy doggy bed or comfy rug and a bowl of water nearby and set yourself down to a good night’s sleep. Another alternative is to crate your new dog at night and let him get used to sleeping in his own crate. .
  4. If for whatever reason you choose to have your dog sleep outdoors rather than in the house then be certain he has his own dog house in your secured back yard to keep him safe.
  1. King of the Hill: Such a delightful fun game for little puppies and their masters, king of the hill is popular among all. It is best to play this game with multiple little puppies at the same time. It’s quite a playful sight to watch. Put the puppies all on leashes, with a treat in hand lead them up a ramp to a platform area. Let them sniff around the whole area and get familiar and then lead them down the other side of the ramp. Once you have done this a few times and they are now familiar, then remove the leashes from the pups and toss a toy onto the flattened platform area and watch as they all scramble to find the quickest and easiest way to get to that toy before all the other puppies.


  1. Playhouse: Everybody loves a playhouse and dogs love playhouses too. Whether you purchase your playhouse or build this bundle of fun with your own hands remember that the more play things within the playhouse the more fun for all the players. To prepare your puppies for fun in the playhouse let them follow the lead of the children. As the children crawl through the playhouse the puppies are sure to follow and with strategically placed toys throughout the playhouse they are sure to have tons of fun wandering and collecting their toys.


Protein For Your Dog


All dog foods are not made the same. Those dog foods high in protein are the best foods for your dog. There are different forms of protein as well. Protein is found obviously in meats and other sources of protein are found in varied vegetables. Whatever the protein source, it is important to your dog’s diet.

The primary difference between the protein from meat and the protein from vegetables is that vegetable protein is harder to digest and requires greater portions to satisfy a dog’s requirement. All in all it is best to find a protein source higher in meat than vegetable protein for purposes of providing your dog the best protein around.

Though more protein does not necessarily mean that it is better for the dog, more protein is definitely a requirement in the diet of show or working dogs. If you have yourself a typical house pet dog then there is no need to have a diet high in protein for the dog since this passive home dog will become quite hyper were you to feed him excessive amounts of protein.

Always be attentive to the labels on your dog food to be aware of the amount of protein in the food. Ingredients such as gluten are indicative of meat protein where ingredients such as corn or rice are indicative of vegetable protein. Depending upon the type of dog you have, be sure you are providing the right amount of protein from the best resources for your companion.

If you are the type that loves the outdoors, love being outdoors and loves to participate in all kinds of outdoor activities, then you and your dog are going to have some of the best experiences of your life together. Walking and running along trails, hiking with your dog, is one of the favorite things that masters enjoy doing with their companions. Truly they say that man’s best friend is his dog and when it comes to hiking and being adventurous outdoors that is truer than true.


You want to be sure to properly train your dog ahead of time before engaging in these long adventurous hikes. Early on you should begin with short daily walks to acquaint our dog with the outdoors and gradually increase the time and distance spent walking. We do not want to put excessive demands on a dog early on but rather we want to condition them to be able to eventually take the long fun hikes along those endless trails together


Hiking is by far one of the most relaxing and therapeutic activities in this world today. Hiking amongst all the nature that surrounds you can only offer. Hiking is definitely a strenuous activity and like all other activities in life is not without risk. So pay special attention to your furry friend and when you are set to go hiking together take into consideration these simple guidelines:


  • First and foremost be certain that your dog is healthy enough to engage in this strenuous activity with you. Jogging with your dog, playing fetch with a ball, and even swimming are great ways to get your dog in shape for hiking. If you are uncertain then take the dog to the vet for a full checkup and ask the vet if he concurs that the dog is fit for trail hiking. You want to be certain his heart, blood, and respiration are all up to snuff


  • As part of the preparation of your dog for hiking be certain to give great attention and details to the dog’s toes/paws. Hiking will wear heavy on the paws so you want to be certain that the pads on the dogs feet are rugged enough to hike otherwise this will be the first complication that will arise.


  • Be certain that your dog has had all his rabies shots, that his licenses are all up to date and that he has his dog ID tags on.


  • When hiking pay particular attention to any signs along the trail. These signs are typically notices of restrictions that you want to adhere to. If an area is blocked, it is blocked off of for a reason so be sure you stay away. Many times trails will require that all dogs be on leashes, again you want to adhere. Additionally make sure when hiking that you bring along the ever popular pooper scooper to clean up any pooping your dog may do. This is a trail used by many and everyone should adhere to this simple guideline to make the trails clean and safe for everyone all the time.

Sometimes as you set out to hike you will come upon disappointments that put a bit of a damper into your adventure. For instance, you may have a hiking site in mind and when you get there you see that someone has posted a sign that reads “No Dogs Allowed.”

This can be the case sometimes because other hikers may have violated rules of the trail but regardless of the reason for the sign, it is important you follow the rules set in place. Dog friendly parks will always allow dogs and many time they are not required to be on leashes in these parks. These types of parks for obvious reasons are the favorite of most dogs.

Wherever your hiking may find you, in a dog friendly park, on the beach or on a trail, be certain to have plenty of water for you and your dog and enjoy your private peaceful time together enjoying all that nature has to offer.

As dog begins to age they develop various ailments and problems. One of the first problems to occur in aging dogs is a loss of vision. This is caused by either glaucoma in the dog or cataracts on their aging eyes. There do exist some treatments that can aid in the loss of vision.

Should you notice your dog’s vision beginning to fail you will want to begin implementing movements and sounds into your communication with your dog since at some point they may lose their vision altogether. These types of movements and sounds will provide a comfortable communication between yourself and your dog should you need it.


Many times the loss of vision in your dog is not a full loss but rather a partial loss that you can actually work with and still be able to allow your dog to do the things he is used to doing. For instance when you are throwing that Frisbee that he loves to catch but cannot see so clearly now, you should throw the same Frisbee but now you want to throw it with a fully longer arm stroke that your dog will surely be able to see and then he will be able to still participate in one of his favorite past times.


As part of their aging process your dogs may start to lose interest in their favorite past times since they are not able to see and enjoy them visibly. Because of their loss of vision it seems as though the dogs lose the level of happiness and excitement they once had with their past times and can even become somewhat depressed in their older years. This is something you want to pay close attention to.


When you are engaging in these once very happy routines like taking him to the park to run around and play with other dogs, or taking him to the groomer to be pampered for the day, you want to pay attention to his behavior and learn about any changes in your dog’s behavior and his ability to truly enjoy these past times.

Your dog may not be as receptive to play, or lack that little smile on his face or in his eyes, he may not want to run ahead without you now but rather walk slowly by your side, simply because he is not able to see things as he once saw them. This can create uncertainty and fear in a dog much like it would do in people and is very serious.

Be certain to give close attention to your dog as he begins to age and be prepared to accommodate these unfortunate changes in the dog so that, despite his aging years, he can still love and enjoy life to the fullest everyday with his master and best friend.

One of the biggest puzzles and concerns of dog owners is what type of diet to put their dogs on. Many people think that it is essential to just feed dog’s dog food in cans and no questions asked. But that is not true. There are some factors that come into play when determining what type of diet you want for your dog. Canned dog foods, dry bags of dog food and of course good old fashioned homemade dog foods are categories to consider. Dog food have been around for such a long time but homemade foods have been around forever.


Most of the canned dog foods are of a cereal base, grains and some animal protein. Many dogs are able to live their lives and be healthy on these canned dog foods. However, on the flip side there are many dogs that cannot live on these canned foods because of allergies to the cereal grains. Early on dogs were primarily meat eaters and in fact, it is their natural instinct to hunt and when they catch to tear away at the flesh of their catch and even eat the carcass.


Many of these carcasses were grass-eating animals known as herbivore. The hunt dog would eat the carcass filled with grass and plant and all the organs of the carcass as well. However this did not typically satisfy the appetite of the dog and the dog would look further for more food to eat; perhaps eggs from a bird’s nest, insects, and other grasses to satisfy their appetite.


The very best regimen for your dog’s diet is definitely as natural diet as possible. Your dog’s diet should include grasses, vegetables and meats and should be high in protein. The advantages of this type of diet are many.  Not only is a natural diet very healthy but it will aid in combatting diseases and illnesses. It is always best to tailor a balanced natural diet to your dogs breed and needs.

There are some breeds of dogs that are remarkably sensitive to certain foods that can actually do more harm to the dog by eating them. So it is very important to know your dog and to tailor your dog’s diet around its specific needs. By familiarizing yourself with your dog’s breed you are sure to select a diet that is not only suited to your dog but will provide a healthy long lasting life for your dog.

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