Tips And Advice On How To Clean Your Dog’s Teeth

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How To Care For Your Dog’s Teeth

If you own a dog or plan on owning one, then you will need to learn how to clean your dog’s teeth. Lucky for you, there are a few tips we will provide you. Below are tips for cleaning your dog’s teeth.

Start Early – If you want to make things easier on yourself, then work on cleaning your dog’s teeth when they are a puppy. The earlier you do it, the better off you’ll be. However, adult dogs can get used to their teeth being cleaned, but it is easier to do it when they are puppies.

Choose The Right Toothpaste – When it comes to cleaning your dog’s teeth, you will want to choose the right toothpaste. Do not make the mistake of using human toothpaste because it is not the same thing as toothpaste for dogs. Toothpaste for humans tend to contain fluoride and this is poisonous to dogs.

Floss – Most dog owners are not aware, that it is possible to floss heir puppy’s teeth. However, this is not done through the use of uncomfortable string floss. Rather, it is done with powerful water flossers.

The concept of water flossing is some 50 years old. Lately, I see a lot of dog owners flossing their puppies’ teeth with oral irrigators. They are not only harmless, but often fun for the puppy. Check out some top reviews at http://dentaldorks.com/best-water-flosser-reviews. I would not recommend you spend more than $75 on such a device.

Most pet stores sell toothpastes that are specifically formulated for dogs. You can also buy toothpaste online, but make sure you purchase it from a reliable source. Read reviews about different dog toothpastes and choose the one you feel is the best for your dog.

Use Dry Dog Food – Instead of using soft food, feed your dog dry food. Dry dog food is less likely to stick to your dog’s teeth. This is not the case with soft food, which can lead to decay if it’s not properly removed from teeth.

Buy Chew Bones And Toys – Finally, you can buy chew bones and chew toys that are designed to improve your dog’s gums and teeth. Don’t buy hard objects because this can lead to your dog’s teeth breaking. A good bone can keep your dog’s teeth strong and healthy, and there are chew bones that are designed to actually clean your dog’s teeth. If your dog refuses to let you go near his/her teeth with a toothbrush, then consider buying them a chew bone because they will be more inclined to eat it, as they will think it’s a treat.

Cleaning your dog’s teeth is important and the above tips should give you an idea of how to do it. Remember, you want to keep your dog as healthy as possible, and this means you need to look after their oral health. By taking care of your dog’s teeth, you can rest assure they will keep them for a long time to come.

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World’s Smallest Dog Breeds

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Are you an animal lover particularly with small dogs? Perhaps there’s got to be a reason why you love smaller dogs compared to bigger ones. Some people would prefer hairy dogs compared to a less hairy type of dogs.

Whatever it is your preference, the important thing is that you’re able to take care of the dog. Just like any other dogs, smaller dogs are also known for its companionship. They are easy to snuggle and cuddle as well. They can be your best friend and dogs are known for their loyalty.

Compared to larger breeds, smaller dogs are easy to carry around especially if you want to travel. These days, dogs can be traveled as long as you meet the requirements that are required such as certain documentation that state the dog is vaccinated, hospitalization and healthy with vitamins.

As an owner, it is your responsibility to put effort for the sake and safety of your dog. Smaller dogs are easy to handle that’s why some people would prefer to pet it. Same like larger dogs, little ones likes to be walked outside too. Exercising your dog with other scenes to see aside from the home is healthy for them. So if you are looking for smaller breeds of dogs to add to your family list, here are the following types of dogs that you might be interested of such as,

Affenpinscher

This type of dog belongs to the German Shepherd breed. It usually loves outdoor activities and adventure as well. Back in the 17th century, this type of dog is used to exterminate cats and other vermins in the household.

Brussels Griffon

This type of dog comes from the country Belgium. This dog is very sensitive to the environment and is very vocal when it comes to sensing something peculiar or unfamiliar with them.

Chihuahua

This type of dog originated from Mexico; its average weight is usually 4 to 6 lbs. The history of the Chihuahua is not understood, but the paintings during 300 BC are the same ancestors as with the modern day of the dog chihuahua.

Japanese Chin

This type of dog is one of that kind wherein you’ll see Japanese royalty people having it on their lap. This weighs at 7 to 9 lbs and it is just amazing that this dog is kept small with how much it weighs.

Maltese

This small dog is what most people would love to have. Very adorable and could be your next best companion. It has been selectively maintained their breed to make sure that its size is well kept.

Papillon

You have probably seen this type of dog from your neighbors, and its unique ears make you want to touch it as this has a butterfly shaped ears. It weighs for about 8 to 10 lbs and is mostly can be a lap dog as well.

Pomeranian

Your friend probably has this type of dog. This is one of the most popular dogs that you’ll ever hear about from a friend or from a family member. Its statuesque has a resemblance of a lion which makes the dog unique.

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Honey and dogs

Despite that they sting, bees are the world’s hardest working insects. As such, they produce some of the most versatile products on the market. Starting with honey, which has been around for thousands of years, beeswax (used for candles), royal jelly, bee pollen, and propolis.

There is little question about the health benefits that, for example, manuka honey has on humans. However, latest research has demonstrated that dogs can derive the same health benefits from honey products.

Honey is mainly consumed for its high antibacterial properties. The medicinal qualities of honeys, such as manuka, have been proven time and again over the past few years. Inhibiting harmful bacteria from growing within the body is but one of honey’s many benefits.

Manuka honey is also considered one of the best natural energizers, often consumed by wild animals. Juliette de Bairacli Levy, the pioneer of holistic veterinary medicine, has showed that a simple diet of milk and honey can sustain life for months, not only in us humans, but in dogs as well.

It is essential to know the difference between honey, and artificial sweeteners. Honey is mostly made of glucose and fructose, which as monosaccharides, also known as simple sugars. What makes them simple, is the fact that they are easily and quickly assimilated from our bodies, compared to disaccharides and polysaccharides. These are compounds found in artificial sugars, milk and grains.

There are many different types of honey, and they depend on the kind of flower the bees are harvesting. My favorite is the manuka honey, that derives from the manuka bush and it is only available in New Zealand at very limited quantities. This honey is very thick and much darker in color then your regular table honey. In any case, all honey is extremely rich on vitamins A, B-complex, C, D, E, and K. In addition, there is an abundance of phosphorous, calcium, sulfur, potassium, manganese, magnesium, silicon, iodine, and copper.

Dogs and Honey

If you have tried feeding your dog some honey, you know they love it. Whether it is off the spoon, served with their dinner or on a toast with butter, dogs will not turn down some delicious honey. This makes the administration of it so much easier.

Because honey is comprised of simple sugars, it is a great source of energy for your dog. It digests quickly, and allows your dog to generate energy that is ready to be spent outside chasing a ball or a stick. However, honey is also great as a preventative medication for allergies. Especially seasonal allergies associated with fall ragweed season.

A good indication of a seasonal allergy is if your dog rubs its face, scratches its stomach or licks its paws and tights. Try giving it one spoon of honey twice a day during that season. This should be enough to abolish the allergy symptoms completely. Here is a good and well research list of the best manuka honey brands and their reviews. Check it out and make an informed decision.

If your dog is not experiencing any allergic reactions, the recommended those is a tablespoon of honey a day.

Now, if you want to boost your dog’s immune system using honey and other herbs, I have a great little recipe that you can use. The herbs you need are easily accessible and not expensive. The type of honey you choose to use is up to you. Here is what you need:

  • Fresh lemon balm
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Oregano
  • Lavender
  • Basil
  • Honey – your choice, manuka is recommended
  • Glass jar

Chop the above mentioned herbs and fill half of your glass jar with them, I would say no more than 6 ounces. The other half of the jar fill up with your choice of honey. If, the honey is too thick, as it would be the case with manuka, you can warm it up in order to heat the honey. Placing it in hot water should do the trick.

Once you have completed the above procedure, seal your jar of herbs and honey and place it somewhere warm. For example on your window, where the sun rays can naturally warm it up for at least two weeks to a month.

NOTE: Before using this herbal honey for your dog, make sure you filter it through cheesecloth or any type of strainer in order to remove plant material. After that you can store it at room temperature. Begin adding to your dog’s food on daily basis!

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Five essential dog commands

Dogs speak dog. English, or any other language for that matter, is at best their second language. So, unless you speak dog, you need to spend some time and find a way to properly communicate with your dog. This is best done at an early age (your dog’s age, not yours!).

Communicating with dogs can be complex, but if you understand the meaning of communication, it can be extremely easy. There are some principles that make this entire process easier than what people think. Establishing a common language with your dog depends on spoken words, cues, such as hand signals, body positions, and a variety of sounds (whistles, claps, snaps, etc…).

Try and remember that commands are verbal cues, and targeting is a physical cue.

The Dog’s name

Using your dog’s name as a command is the most common mistake in dog training. Saying your dog’s name should not be a command, it should simply give your dog the signal to pay attention, because a command is coming. People often expect their dog to come to them once they yell out its name. Think about it, do you go running towards people who just call your name. Or, do you expect to hear a simple “get over here”, or a more polite “could you please come over for a minute”?

Dogs should not be trained differently. In order to make your dog understand the importance of the name you have given it, that name should only be used in a positive manner. Reward your pup with a small treat every time you say its name out loud and it looks at you.

Yes and No

Essential commands, unless you like your dog peeing at home all the time.

In puppy training, “yes”, “no”, and “that’s’ it” are known as markers. The way to achieve them is through motivation and reinforcement.

In basic terms, motivation is the amount of energy necessary in order for your puppy to complete a task. This is tricky, because too much motivation will cause over-excitement and your dog will get distracted and too little motivation will cause your dog to lose interest and focus. So, the level of motivation is strongly associated with the type of task presented before your dog.

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Reinforcement has to do with your own behaviour. It is represented by what you do while your dog’s behaviour is occurring. “That’s it” is used to motivate your dog to keep doing the task. While “yes” and “no” are used a positive and negative reinforcements.

“Yes” should mark your puppy’s exact moment of appropriate behaviour, while “no” should mark the exact moment of inappropriate behaviour.

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Come

One simple but essential command is to teach your dog to come to you. As mentioned above, not by yelling out its name, but rather by saying the word “come”. This is the best command to keep your dog out of trouble and it should be learned as early as possible.

Begin practicing the command while your puppy is on a leash. Go down to the level of your pup, and while gently pulling the leash towards you, say the word “come”. Leave a few feet walking distance between you and the pup. As soon as the puppy gets to you, reward him a treat. Once your dog masters the command while wearing a collar and a leash, start practicing it without the leash.

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Sit

This is perhaps the easiest to teach commands from the arsenal. It is also an essential command before you can teach your dog to wait, play dead, lay down or just stay.

The most commonly used way of teaching your dog to sit is by holding a treat close to its nose while moving your hand up, so the dog’s head can follow the motion. This will naturally cause your puppy’s bottom to lower to a sitting position. Once he or she is fully sitting, say the word “sit”, give him the treat and share some affection.

 

 

 

 

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This command comes once your dog has mastered the “sit” command.

Get your puppy to sit down and open your hand palm in front of him or her. Take a couple of steps back, hoping that your pup does not follow. If the puppy stays, reward him or her with a treat. You can gradually begin to increase the distance in order for the command to progress.

 

 

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