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For me, Nail Dremel is better than a nail clipper

Do you cringe when you use nail clippers to cut the nails of your dog?

Is it really that easy? Cutting concrete with dental floss is like cutting through concrete.

About ten years ago I made a change. The Dremel is a much better tool for trimming your dog’s nail.

I prefer using a nail drill to nail clippers.

How difficult is it to trim your dog’s nail?

Do you have trouble trimming your dog’s nail? It’s not just you who has difficulty. Most dogs and humans dislike the process.

Is there a way to clip my dog’s dog nails more easily? I used nail clippers before, but now I use Dremel. A nail dremel may not be for everyone. But it is great for those who are having trouble with their traditional dog nail clippers.

I prefer to use a Dremel nail filer over one that is clipped

Laika’s nails are large and thick. It’s difficult to cut them, even with new clippers. The dark color of Laika’s nails makes it hard to see the quick-filled blood vessels in the middle. It’s always a concern of mine to not cut her nails short.

I like the control of a Dremel over nail clippers. I feel less in control when I use clippers. Clippers can become dull, making what should be a simple trimming more nerve-wracking.

Do you remember the first time you cut your dog’s nails? This was a painful experience for you (or your pet). Dremels are not as bad. I can trim her nails with ease, and avoid accidentally cutting them short.

Trimming nails is never enjoyable. Using a Dremel to do it makes my life easier. I feel more confident and my dog becomes less anxious. The experience makes nail trimming more pleasurable for both of us.

If you have cut the nails of your dog too short, here are five ways to stop any bleeding.

What exactly is a Dremel nail?

A nail dremel grinds down the dog’s nails. It’s a great alternative to guillotine-style clippers for dogs that hate them.

I have a cordless dremel with 4 drums and 2 speed settings. I can use high or low speed for Laika, who weighs 70 pounds.

I have only changed two drums in 3 years (they wear out after frequent use) and the charger still works as it did when I bought it.

Laika after trimming her nails with the Dremel. Although they could be cut even shorter with traditional clippers, I find this method to be much more effective.

Use of a Dremel for Nails

You can use the nail grinder to grind your dog’s nails. Because they get very hot, it is recommended you hold them on for only a few seconds at a given time.

I love using the dremel to cut my dog’s nail much shorter than with clippers. Because you only remove small pieces of the nail, it is easy to monitor your progress without worrying about cutting the quick.

Introduce your dog to the Nail Dremel

It will take some time for your dog to get used to the noise that the dremel makes. The goal should be to create a positive experience.

It will take some time before your dog is comfortable with the sound. I would suggest taking it slowly. Let your dog get used the the noise for a couple of times.

If your dog is sensitive to sounds (or other new things), I recommend turning the sound on several times without trimming their nails. I know it’s annoying, but rewarding him for his association with that scary new thing will help to ensure that you do not completely ruin it.

Laika would get treats if she sat near me while I used the dremel. We worked up to one nail per time.

If you are clumsy, be extra careful when working with your dog’s fur. I’ve gotten my dremel caught in carpets a couple of times and can’t imagine what it would feel like to have it get stuck to your pet’s hair.

Beware of Heat when Using Dremel

Heat is the biggest danger when using a Dremel to remove your dog’s nail.

After prolonged use, nail dremels can get very hot. Don’t keep the dremel on the dog’s nails longer than one second. Only do a quick brush or tap at a given time.

Because the Dremel 7300 is a low-powered dremel (in comparison to other models), it will take a little longer for it to warm up. However, after a couple of minutes at the highest setting the dremel does get hot.

I’ve had mine get stuck on the carpet several times when I didn’t turn it off.

Pros and Cons of using a nail Dremel or Clippers

My dremel is a great tool, but it is not the best. It takes a long time to finish my dog’s nails, and it is not the most enjoyable activity. However, it provides a certain level of comfort and stability that I can rely upon. This is why I choose a nail-dremel instead of nail clippers.

I am paranoid when I clip my dog’s nail with traditional clippers because I need to press down hard. I no longer have this worry, I can see exactly how much of the nail I will be grinding away.

Are you considering switching from nail clippers and a dremel to one? Consider the pros and cons:

The Pros and Cons of using a nail drill

  • Better control (no need to cut the short)
  • Replacement bands are included so that the bands never dull.
  • This product is effective on nails with thicker nail growth (mine was strong enough to handle my German Shepherd Mix)
  • Clippers would have required me to file the dogs’ nails afterward.
  • Trimming your nails incrementally makes it easier

The Cons of using a nail drill

  • Needs a charging cord or a charger
  • Costlier (mine was $29, compared to $9 for the clippers)
  • Noise & vibrations may make your dog nervous. Use lots of treats to start out.
  • It takes longer to clip if you are proficient at using clippers
  • Gets hot after prolonged use
  • Clippers for thick, hard-to-cut nails
  • Quick How to trim black nails when you cannot see them
  • Clippers are not for those of us with a fear of them

Halloween safety tips for dogs

It’s not just her. Halloween is a stressful time for dogs.

Use these tips and safety measures to ensure your pet’s safety on Halloween.

Tips to keep your dog safe this Halloween

I can’t imagine how my dog must feel when strangers in scary costumes show up at our door each year. She is definitely stressed.

You dog knows more about your pets than you do. Think of ways to make the Halloween experience fun for your animal. Here are seven safety tips.

Tips for wearing dog costumes

Although dressing up your pets for Halloween can be a lot of fun, it is important to remember safety.

Watch Out for Stress and Anxiety In Your Dog

Don’t force your pet to wear the costume. Not all dogs enjoy dressing up. If your dog doesn’t care for extras, you can give them a bandana with a Halloween theme.

2. Check Dog Costumes For Loose Parts

Dog costumes can contain choking hazards, such as ribbons, buttons or beads. Dogs are notorious for tearing apart anything, including costumes.

3. Make Sure Your Dog’s Costume Fits Properly

Dog costumes and other clothing can have a tricky sizing. Make sure the costume does not feel too tight to your dog.

3. Masks for Halloween are inappropriate

A dog mask is great for taking photos but not so much when trick-or treating with pets.

4. Avoid selecting a costume which is too large or heavy

Select a comfortable costume for your pet.

Choose a lightweight dog costume

Avoid overheating by wearing lightweight clothing.

7. Remember to keep your dog’s visibility in mind

For your pet to be more visible, make sure the costume you choose is bright or reflective.

There are many other choices if your dog is not a fan of wearing costumes. You can have just as much fun with a Halloween bandana.

Halloween safety tips for your dog

If you are eating candy for Halloween, make sure there is no wrapping left behind. The dogs are very good at picking up things off the floor.

Some treats and candies are poisonous to dogs

Chocolate and sweetened candies containing xylitol are poisonous to dogs. If you suspect your dog may have ingested a toxic substance, call your veterinarian or local emergency clinic. Xylitol can cause death in dogs.

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In Moderation, Pumpkin Is Good For You

A pureed pumpkin treat is an excellent Halloween treat. The pumpkin is rich in beta-carotene and potassium. Cooked and canned pumpkins both are healthy for dogs.

My favourite pumpkin dog treat is the pumpkin scone. Unsure of how to make dog treats? Don’t worry. I got you covered. Here are 10 of my favorite pumpkin dog treat recipes.

Pets can be stressed by trick-or-treaters

Many dogs will become stressed and anxious by the constant ringing of doorbells and knocking at doors.

If you give your dog candy, it may escape.

Dogs can be scared of masks. They may not feel safe around strangers wearing them or loud noises. Make sure your dog has access to food and water.

If you’re worried about the anxiety of your dog, consult your veterinarian.

Seven Pet Halloween Decoration Safety Guidelines

  1. Your dogs are curious about anything new that enters your home. Certain Halloween decorations may be dangerous due to their electric or fire hazards.
  2. Do not let your dog access the pumpkin unsupervised. Although they do not contain poison, they can cause stomach problems if eaten in whole form.
  3. Keep candles and Jack-o’-lanterns out of reach of young children.
  4. Do not let your pets’ paws touch electrical cords.
  5. If you have dogs who love to chew on things, avoid electric shocks. This is especially true for puppies.
  6. Avoid other dangers by keeping your Halloween decorations out of reach.

Although glow sticks do not contain toxic chemicals, their dibutylphtalate liquid can cause irritation to the eyes, nose, and salivary glands, leading to excessive drooling.

If you have a dog with a tail like mine, he can knock over anything including candles or decorations.

Dogs and Outdoor Hazards

Do not leave your pet in the yard on Halloween. Don’t leave your dog in the backyard on Halloween.

Any animal is at risk, even if black cats are the most common victims of Halloween tricks.

Trick or Treat with your Dog

Safety tips when trick-or treating with pets:

  1. Do not let your children take your dogs door-to-door alone.
  2. Only take your dog if it’s well-socialized and friendly with strangers.
  3. Is your dog good with children? Many kids will come to your dog on Halloween.
  4. If your dog is able to leave items, such as candy wrappers on the ground, you’re likely to see them.
  5. Don’t forget your pet’s bag of poop. Do not let anyone ruin Halloween by stepping in your dog’s mess.
  6. Keep your dog on a leash and make sure they have a valid ID.
  7. LED harnesses and collars, or reflective clothing can help you be more visible.
  8. Bring your pets water
  9. Make sure the dog is comfortable with its costume by trying it on a few times.
  10. Bring along a second adult who can keep an eye out for the kids and dog.

Dogs may stay indoors due to the noise and stress associated with Halloween.

If you follow these tips, your Halloween will be safe and fun for the whole family. Don’t force pets to dress up or participate if they are uncomfortable. Most dogs would rather stay home to avoid all the noise and chaos.

What will you do with your dog this Halloween?

How will you spend Halloween with your pets? Will you dress them up or bring them to the Halloween Parade for trick-or treating? Did your dog have a good time? Share your experiences in the comments.

Simple dressing up for Halloween dogs

Do you dog dislike Halloween costumes on your pet? You’re certainly not the only one. There are simple solutions.

Laika is very particular about clothing, especially. Laika loves wearing hoodies. She runs when I put on her favorite red one. Capes and shirts are also off limits, as is anything covering her head or legs.

It’s not for every dog to wear elaborate costumes. Don’t fret if your dog isn’t interested in wearing that princess dress or dancing around with that wizard’s full robe. There are still some options for a more simple costume that looks festive. This is how to easily dress up your dog for Halloween.

1. Bandanas with Halloween Themes

If your dog has ever visited the groomer, you may already have some bandanas on hand. Most pet shops or online sell Halloween-themed bandanas. If you are crafty, you could even make your own.

2. Collars with Halloween themes

There are some dog owners who have a large collection of collars. Halloween is the perfect time to display our most decorative ones. There are many options for Halloween-themed collars, from basic pumpkin designs to ones that have LED lights.

3. Dog Bow Tie Are A Hit

Nothing is more classy than a dog wearing a bow tie. It’s a great way to make your dog look festive, and you can attach it right on the collar. You could also add some cufflinks to give it a little extra class.

You can buy super-cute dog bowties on Etsy or Amazon. Or, you can make them yourself.

4. The Onesie is a great dog costume

This brilliant idea is not mine, but it’s from Beagles & Bargains. If you have ever shopped for babies, you will know that there are many choices.

Most dogs are likely to appreciate the fact that their legs on the back remain bare. Learn how you can transform a onesie for a dog into a cool costume with a few easy steps. Also, learn how to measure your dog’s size.

5. Easy, comfortable dog costumes can be made with scarves

Scarves can be as easy as bandanas. What’s up with the scarves? I’m not sure what happened, but do you know how many types there are to choose from today? If you are using a longer scarf, make sure you have it wrapped up to prevent your child from tripping on the ends.

Make your dog look like a bunny skier or choose some bright, awesome colors to add some flair. If you want to go simple, an orange scarf looks festive and you will find it at any local shop.

6. There are endless possibilities for customizing T-shirts

Like onesies, t-shirts can be used as dog costume because of their availability in many sizes and colours. If you are creative, you could decorate the shirt to make it look like a Halloween ghost for your pet. Remember puffy paint?

The t-shirt is a simple and effective costume. Most dogs seem not to mind the tee shirt, as it doesn’t limit their movements.

7. Decorating your dog’s harness for Halloween

The jockey dog costume is a popular one. It’s not a complete outfit, but a simple toy attached to a harness. Even fussy dogs might like it.

It doesn’t need to be jockey. I find this ladybug idea one of the most adorable. It’s easy to make yourself. Just design the pattern and attach it on your dog harness.

8. How to Make A Doggie Tutu for Halloween

Another easy Halloween costume for your pet is a tutu. You can easily make one yourself if you are feeling crafty. Doggie tutus can be purchased in pet costumes at your local shop or made in 30 minutes.

What do you dress up your dog for Halloween?

Do you want to dress your dog in a costume or keep it plain? Have you already chosen a dog costume for this holiday season?

The Benefits of Brushing Dogs’ Teeth

Daily dental hygiene can help prevent many problems.

It’s not easy for me to cut the nails, but I think it’s worth it.

If you are cleaning the teeth of your dog for the first time, this guide can help.

Why should you brush your dog’s teeth every day?

When caring for our pets, we often overlook oral health. Laika was a puppy of one year old who showed signs of early dental disease.

Brushing your dog’s mouth daily is important, even if certain breeds accumulate more tartar.

Laika is a machine. Laika builds plaques like a robotic system.

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Brushing your dog’s teeth every day will prevent serious problems like periodontal diseases. Just a few minutes of brushing a couple times a week can help you avoid these issues.

Use tooth paste with meat flavoring.

Preventing Plaque and Tartar buildup

In order to reduce dental disease, it is necessary to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth of dogs.

After eating, plaque can become tartar. If periodontal disease is not treated, it can lead to gingivitis. It can cause inflammation, swelling and infection.

By brushing the teeth of your dog regularly, you can reduce the amount of tartar that forms. You can remove plaque every day.

Sometimes professional cleaning services are required.

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Dental disease can lead to serious health issues

The dental health of your dog is vital to their overall well-being.

Dental problems in dogs can lead to severe health issues.

Your veterinarian will examine the teeth.

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Dogs Can Be Good At Hiding Dental Pain

If you think your dog may be suffering, keep an eye on any behavioral changes.

Dogs often experience dental pain.

  • Appetite loss
  • Problem eating
  • Red/bleeding gums
  • Missing or incomplete teeth
  • Nasal discharge/sneezing
  • Breath of the Wild
  • Excessive drooling

Brushing your dog’s teeth daily can help prevent the buildup of dental plaque and signs of early disease.

Make an appointment to see your vet if you notice any symptoms of dental disease, such as bleeding gums and loose teeth.

Dogs are very adept at concealing their discomfort. Look at this picture.

I am not the only one who brushes your dog’s teeth every day. It is something that I do myself.

Periodontal disease is common in cats and dogs older than three years.

Preventing Dental Problems Can Save You Money

Brushing your dog’s teeth may not help prevent health problems, but it can allow you to detect them earlier.

Dental disease in dogs can lead to serious health issues if it isn’t treated.

Professionally cleaning your dog’s mouth should not cost less than $200. The price can go up if you own a large dog, or the service is done more thoroughly.

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Regular dental cleaning will improve the breath of dogs

Bad breath can affect dogs as well.

A dog’s bad breath can indicate kidney or diabetes disease.

Certain “dental products” do not reduce plaque

This is not the case.

The VOHC has published a list of approved products. These products have been proven to be effective in reducing plaque and tartar.

You Can Spot Changes/Issues Early

As you approach your pet, you will notice that their behavior is changing. Their teeth may be causing them problems.

Periodontal disease should be detected early. Regularly brush your dog’s mouth to do so. Make an appointment if you see anything abnormal.

It’s OK if you don’t feel comfortable brushing your dogs teeth

Some dogs are more difficult to brush than others. Other dogs have more plaque and tartar. You can also hire a professional if you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself.

The majority of veterinary clinics provide dental cleanings that last 45 to 60 minutes.

Do you brush your dog’s tooth every day?

What products do you use for brushing your dog’s teeth?

Interesting dog puzzle game

Are you looking for easy and fun ways to keep your dog mentally stimulated and entertained? Try adding some of these brain games to your dog’s routine.

You can have extra fun every day with your dog by playing brain games. Brain games are great for enriching our dog’s lives. These activities, which relieve boredom in dogs, can reduce the risk of them developing behavior problems such as excessive barking or chewing.

Here are 10 brain games that will keep your dog entertained and out of mischief.

Discover the Treats

Find the Treats is my absolute favorite dog brain game. The game is easy to learn (you only need some treats) and can be played anywhere.

Find the Treats is a simple nose-work game that will stimulate your dog’s mind and help them to develop their natural scavenging and sniffing abilities.

Find the treat with your dog!Treats and a sit position for your dog are the best way to get him motivated.When your dog is staying in position, place a few tasty treats around it.Tell your dog to “find treats” and give them a command.As they begin to pick up treats, encourage them.It is important to practice a couple of times before your dog fully understands the meaning behind “finding treats”.Repeat steps 3 and 4 to place the treats farther away.Place the treats at more difficult locations that are not visible, such as on a carpet or chair. Repeat steps 3 and 4Remember that even though dogs have a great sense of smell, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they will use it immediately when playing the game. It will take some practice if they are not accustomed to sniffing out things. It’s important to gradually increase the level of difficulty when hiding the treats.

By teaching your dog to use their nose to locate the treats, you are encouraging them to stop relying solely on sight. Your dog will enjoy finding the treats, but you can make the experience more exciting by encouraging them to do so.

You can continue to increase the difficulty of the game as your dog becomes more adept at it. Laika has been playing the game for many years and is pretty adept at it. The treats will be found wherever they are hidden, whether it’s under the rugs, furniture or behind curtains. It’s fun to have so many hiding places. She will be entertained for hours.

Find the Treats is one of my favourite brain games to play with dogs. It’s simple and mentally stimulating. This game allows your dog to put their instincts into action to earn food.

Food Dispensing toys

Food dispensing toys are another great brain game to play with your dog. Food dispensing toys are any toys that contain food, and require your dog to find a way to get the food. Fill the toy with treats to encourage your dog’s engagement. When your dog moves the toy, it will start dispensing food.

Toys that dispensate food are an excellent way to provide your dog with extra mental stimulation. As with all food-related games, they allow your dog to exercise their natural abilities of scavenging in an enjoyable and challenging manner. Our dogs spend a great deal of time in the wild hunting for food. They are therefore receptive of the concept of working for food. Toys that disperse food are a great way to mimic those instincts.

The Kong Wobbler & Bob-A-Lot are my favorite toys for dispensing food. You can also do it yourself. Make your own toy food dispenser out of old bottles, plastic containers, and PVC.

Canine Puzzles

Puzzles are one of my favourite brain games to play with dogs. There are many different types, but all require your dog to work out a way to obtain the treat. They provide mental stimulation for your dog and can help to relieve boredom.

Most pet stores carry a variety of dog puzzles. Others are very basic. Some are challenging. Laika can spend a couple of minutes on some, while others only take seconds.

You can make your own doggie puzzle using a tennis ball and a muffin pan if you have never done so before. This is a great way to gauge the interest of your dog in puzzles and what difficulty level they prefer.

Which Hand Game

You can easily stimulate the brain of your dog by playing this game. All you need are some tasty treats to start.

Play the Which Hand Game with Your Dog:Treats will help your dog to stay in the sitting position.Let your dog watch you as you put a tasty treat into one of your palmsAsk your dog “which hand?” as you close your fists and hold them downward.Praise your dog and reward him when he touches the hand or indicates the right one.Don’t be concerned if your dog does not catch on immediately. Treats can get some dogs so excited that they will paw at your hands. They will start to understand if you only reward them when they contact the right hand. If they are having trouble being polite, you might want to try working on impulse control.

This game will help you and your dog develop their problem-solving skills.

Stuffed Kong

A stuffed Kong is one of my favourite brain games to play with dogs. They’re great because it is a simple and effective way to keep your dog mentally engaged for an extended period. If you want to make it more difficult, try freezing the Kong overnight. You can also put in some treats to motivate your dog. Check out this list of 39 treats that are healthy to put in your Kong if you don’t know what to do.

Dogs love to play with stuffed Kongs. They are also mentally stimulating. They’re also dishwasher-safe (easy to wash) and very durable. My dog can’t even make a scratch on it. We have had ours since years. You can also try the West Paw Tux, which is a smaller alternative to Kongs.

A stuffed Kong can also be used to entertain your dog while you are at work. Your stuffed Kong can be frozen overnight, and then given to your dog the next morning when you leave. Most dogs can last up to 30 minutes with a frozen Kong — and even longer if the Kong is filled fully.

A stuffed Kong is a great way to stimulate your dog’s mind and keep them busy with little effort.

Shell Game

Shell game is a simple game that dogs can play. It’s a game you’ve seen before, where treats are hidden in a cup or shell and then moved around. This game is great for stimulating your child’s mind by allowing them to practice their problem-solving skills.

Play the Shell Game with Your Dog:

  1. Get 3 Cups and some Treats
  2. Watch your dog as you put a tasty treat in one of the cups.
  3. The cups should be shuffled around
  4. Find the cup and treat beneath it to encourage your dog.

Hide & Seek

Hide and Seek with Your Dog:Your dog should be in the stay position. (Or if they keep peeking, you may need to get help.)Hide a spotYou can call your dogWhen they praise you, it’s a great feelingLaika enjoys playing hide-and-seek, even though she seems to not mind that I choose the same three hiding places over and over again. Hide-and-seek allows your dog to use their scenting abilities and have fun.

Toys to be put away

You’re right — it is not fun to put things away. Listen to me for just a moment. It is stimulating to teach your dog a new skill, such as how to put their toys away. You can turn it into a game if you show them the positive ways to put their toys away.

You can train your dog to store their toys in a box if you keep them there. It may sound strange to have your dog clean up their mess, but this is actually very fun. It boosts your dog’s confidence and gives them mental stimulation.

When your dog knows the command “drop it”, have him pick up his toy, then give it when he’s standing in front of the container. Then, praise them wildly and repeat. After some consistent practice, you will have a pooch that is able to do the job by himself.

As long as it’s positive, dogs enjoy learning. Teaching your dog new tricks, like putting away their toys, can boost his confidence. It will also keep him mentally stimulated.

Name that (toy)

Name game is another fun game that dogs can play. The best way to get started is with your dog’s toys. Have you given your dog’s toys names? You’re ahead of the game if you do.

As you play with the toy and your dog, give it a verbal name. Your dog will associate the verbal name of the toy with some praise and practice. You can then test your dog’s ability to identify the specific name of a particular toy by asking them if they are able pick out that item among their toys. Once your dog has learned the name for one toy, you can teach them another.

Dogs can typically learn about 165 words. This means that your dog could learn the names for a variety of toys. I have a dog who knows about 30 different toys. Having her choose specific toys from a stack is an excellent way to improve her problem-solving skills. In the video, Chaser, a Border Collie who is an exceptional example, can name 1000+ toys.

Learn New Tricks

It’s unlikely that you thought about brain games to play with your dog. But learning new tricks can be fun and challenging for the dog (as you make sure to keep things positive). Teaching your dog new tricks is also a good way to increase your dog’s self-confidence.

Your dog can weave between your legs, and even jump through the hoops. You can always teach your dog a new trick. It’s easier than you think to teach your dog the weave.

You can practice these 52 tricks by following the instructions. After your dog has mastered a few tricks, you can take it up a level and start combining those behaviors to create new tricks.

What are your dog’s favorite brain games?

What is your favourite brain game for dogs? Play hide-and-seek with your dog. Your dog may enjoy playing “find the treat” with you.

Dog weight loss plan

Weight loss is not as easy as eating less and exercising.

Losing weight doesn’t necessarily mean exercising or eating less. What matters is a healthy balance.

To lose weight our dogs must consume more calories than they burn. They need to maintain an equal weight.

These five tips can help you and your dog lose weight.

Never Feed More & Measure Always

It’s impossible to know whether it works unless you actually measure.

Adjust accordingly. You can adjust accordingly.

Dog food labels are not always accurate. Food is measured based on your dog’s age and size, not on their level of activity.

If you’re not sure how much food to feed your dog or don’t have the exact amounts, consult your vet.

Get Your Dog More Exercising

All animals need to exercise. Playing tug of war or fetch with your dog every day can help it burn calories.

If your dog is in poor condition, start slowly. You can increase the stamina of your dog by walking or swimming at a slow pace.

I walk him every day. He’s very friendly.

Add some additional activity to your daily routine for exercising your dog.

Enjoy extras

Start by reducing the number of treats that you feed your dog.

You can use smaller treats for your dog to train or feed them.

Laika has a simple personality. Laika trains for food.

Use them sparingly. Green beans, carrots, green peas without seeds, and strawberries are all good treats for your dog.

Your dog can be fed multiple times per day

Does your dog eat one large meal per day, or many smaller meals? Smaller portions throughout the day can help you lose weight.

The stomach of a dog is simple. You should feed your dog 3 meals per day. It helps to maintain the metabolism in your dog by mimicking their usual eating habits.

Feeding your dog in the same manner every day is ideal. He will be able to digest his entire meal at once and not become bloated.

Make your dog work for its food

It is our responsibility to feed and house the homeless.

You can help your dog earn food in many ways.

Keep your dog entertained at mealtimes with this toy.

Your dog doesn’t lose weight or gains weight suddenly

If your dog has become overweight, or if you struggle to keep them fit, visit your veterinarian.

How much weight should your dog be?

How do you lose weight?

How to prevent dogs from barking at the TV

My dog was abnormal when she did that.

You have asked me for help many times over the past few years. Today, we will discuss how to prevent a dog from barking and lunging at television.

Laika: My dog looks exactly like any other of mine.

The TV will show a dog or a snowy fox. When she’s not barking, the woman gets up to look around.

I asked her to calm herself down because she was very agitated.

Why do dogs bark at TVs?

Moving objects and TVs in general attract dogs.

Some dogs bark if they see or hear certain sounds.

Laika’s performance is affected by several factors.

How can I stop my dog from barking at the TV?

These videos will benefit your dog if it is able to react well when faced with squirrels or birds.

Once you have watched the video it is time to do something else.

Keep your dog distracted from TV by giving him lots of treats.

My dog was interested enough to look up at the video.

Watch your dog’s reaction when it leaps off the couch to lunge at the TV.

Dog treats are an excellent way to reward a dog’s good behavior when watching TV.

This may seem like a small thing but it can help your dog watch television in a relaxed manner.

Laika began to watch TV less and react less.

Choose clips that will excite your dog.

Repetition of the first video’s technique and rewarding the dog for remaining calm, before it becomes excited.

After your dog has calmed down and is relaxed, you can move on to squirrels or cat.

TLDR Version

Your dog’s barking at TV is not always a bad thing.Watch the video below to hear your dog’s barkingGrab some delicious treatsWatch your pet’s videoIf your dog starts barking, reward him with delicious treats.Rinse & RepeatYou can reward your dog for calm behavior by using treats.

Begin with mildly stimulating videos for your dog and move onto those that require more mental stimulation.

Does your dog bark while you are watching TV?

How did you relax the dog when you watched TV?

Resource & Recommended Reading

This process is used to alter your dog’s reaction to stimuli or stressors.

Watch these videos and read articles to learn more about the counterconditioning process.

Games and activities that enable dogs to enrich their lives

Do you want to find ways to keep your dog happy, healthy and busy? Add some mental stimulating activities and games to the daily routine of your dog.

Mental stimulation is important for our dogs. By providing them with challenging, meaningful activities, we can improve their quality of life.

Canine enrichment Games: Uses and Benefits

Dogs get tired of playing with a frisbee after 10 minutes. What about after 20 minutes? After that, she’s willing and ready to continue.

Laika’s story is similar. I tried to exhaust her by adding more exercise but she bounced right back.

Then, one day I thought of something different. I added some brain games to her routine like hiding and seeking or “finding treats”. What else can you do? It was a huge difference.

She no longer pestered me every 20 minutes for her to play. Now, she will sit for up to three hours. It can be a challenge to find the right balance of physical and mental exercise for your dog.

Canine enrichment games are a great way to keep your pup entertained and happy throughout the day. Not sure where to begin? You’re in good hands. Here are 10 of my favorite canine enrichment games & activities.

Snuffle Mats

I was also unfamiliar with a snufflemat until last year and, as a dog expert.

Rubber mats have fabric strips (normally fleece) attached. The mats look like real grass, and provide your dog with a fun way to search for food. They encourage the dog’s natural sniffing and scavenging abilities.

Hide the treats in a towel to see if your dog is interested. Ask your dog to sniff it out and praise them for finding the treat. Dogs who love the towel game will also enjoy Snuffle Mats.

Can you create a snufflemat with a rubber mat and fleece? If you’re not a crafty person like myself, you could also purchase them from Amazon.

Stuffed Kongs

The blog has a lot of Kongs stuffed with treats. This is because they’re an easy way to keep your dog mentally stimulated and entertained. All you need to do is fill the Kong up with tasty treats, and freeze it over night.

It can last up to 20 minutes, depending on how much food is put into it and the way your dog plays with these toys.

Do you have a question about the stuffing? Add some carrot or apple slices to the mixture. I use a base of peanut butter. If you’re not sure what to add, check out the list below of 39 healthy snack ideas.

These are also dishwasher safe (and easy to clean). Ours has been around for years and my dog is unable to scratch it. I prefer the West Paw Tux to Kong. West Paw Tux is not only as durable, but also easy to clean.

DIY Obstacle course

Dogs who compete in agility events get both a mental and physical workout. I’m not an agility expert, but I assure you it isn’t as hard as it seems to create your own obstacle courses at home.

This is an excellent mental exercise for teaching your dog new skills, such as jumping over a pole or weaving around a obstacle. Some of these exercises can be done at home.

I’m not very crafty so I used alternatives. I made the blanket from a toy dog, an orange cone and other things I bought at the local thrift store. I can tell my dog “go to blanket”, “bring me blue bear” or “weave”.

You can use your imagination. Want to teach your dog to jump? You can place a book each on the left and right side of the broomstick. Do you want to teach your dog something? By teaching your dog the names of toys, you can train them to fetch a certain item. You can teach them to walk over items that you place on the ground. Your dog can learn to weave in between your legs.

You can create your own obstacle courses for your dogs using things you have around the house.

Food Dispensing toys

These toys let your dog exercise his natural scavenging abilities in a fun and engaging way.

When your dog plays with the toy, the food will come out of the holes. Give treats as a reward.

Laika is fed by a dispensing toy almost daily. There’s no need for me to do extra. It gives her mental stimulation. This toy provides her with mental stimulation.

Your dog may seem strange, but it is what he does naturally. In the wild their ancestors had to collect food scraps. With a food dispenser toy your dog can mimic his natural instincts.

My favorite toys to dispensing dog food are the Bob-A-Lot, and Kong Wobbler. These are great for washing and are large enough to feed my dog. Or you can make your own using an empty bottle or container.

Nose Work Games

My favorite games for my dog to improve his nose skills are the basic ones. All you need are a few dog treats to get started.

This “which hand?” The “which hand? Set your dog up in front of all the treats. You can let them watch you place a tasty treat in your hand. Open your fist if the dog points at the correct hand. If the dog chooses the wrong hand, open your closed fist to show them that there is no treat.

At first, your dog may rely solely on visual cues. After several training sessions they’ll begin to learn that the scent of their hands can be detected.

I’d recommend using an odorous treat when you first start out. I wouldn’t recommend playing games that involve the nose if you don’t know how to do it.

As you hide the treats, make sure your dog is in a certain position. Once the treats have been hidden, tell your dog to “find” it. It will make it more exciting for your dog to find a reward. You can start hiding treats more in difficult spots once they understand what “go find” means.

The best way to show off your dog’s talents is to play nose games or scent games. Playing these games will help your dog develop his talents while keeping him entertained.

Flirt Poles

A flirt pole, or flirtstick is a pole with a rope at the end. By holding the pole and moving the cord, the lure will move around and draw your dog. They are great to stimulate the mind and for physical exercise. This video shows one being used.

These poles are great for dogs that have high energy levels. They will be doing all the work. This is also a good option for owners who cannot keep up.

You can also use a lure to keep your pet entertained.

This is a very intense activity. It also has a high impact. I recommend that you keep your session short if you’re just getting started to avoid injury.

You can make your own using dog toys, bungee cables and pvc pipe. These poles are available at Amazon as well as many other pet stores.

Sniff Breaks

Your dog’s sense of smell is the key to keeping them in touch with what is going on around them.

Your dog can only explore during its daily walks. Let them spend more time sniffing.

Set aside time for your dog to “sniff” and let him go from smell to scent. Sniffing will provide them with plenty of information and stimulation.

According to scientists, we do our dogs a disservice if we don’t recognize the importance of smell for their health. Allow your dog to spend a bit more time smelling around on their walk to enrich and make it enjoyable.

Frozen Dog Treats

There’s no easier way to enrich your dog than with frozen treats. The frozen dog treats you prepare are simple and easy, but will keep him busy for hours.

These treats are available only for a short time. If you live in a cold climate, these aren’t the most suitable indoors for the year. I still use them in winter, but they encourage my dog to eat his treat in the kitchen.

Most frozen treats are made with yogurt, peanut butter, or pumpkin puree. After freezing overnight, the base can be poured into a bundt cake pan, ice cube tray or other molds. Your dog will enjoy a delicious frozen treat in the morning.

Although it may seem easy, your dog’s effort to finish the frozen treat will be quite challenging. The frozen treats will stimulate your dog mentally and keep him occupied for a long time.

Not sure what you should give your pet as a reward? Watermelon Popsicles, banana popsicles are some of my favorite frozen treats.

Get a dog dig your yard

Give your dog a designated area to dig.

If your dog digs, give them a designated box to dig. Digging is safe for your dog in a designated area. You can use a sandbox in your backyard or if you’re handy, make one yourself.

Show your dog how to dig properly by burying a favorite toy. My dog will join in if I dig with my hands. Praise them when they dig and reinforce their behavior by using phrases such as “go digging”.

Puzzle Toys

Puzzle toys are the best entertainment for your dog. Puzzle toys are interactive and keep the dog focused on what they’re doing.

My dog is able to use her problem solving skills when playing with puzzle toys. It is infectious to see her excitement when she completes the puzzle.

This DIY bottle toy will entertain your pet for a long time.

If you want to choose the puzzle that has multiple solutions, then it is best to pick one that can be solved immediately. (Like my puppy) Puzzles come in many forms. From simple puzzles that are flat (which are easier to solve), to complex puzzles with layers.

The article concludes with:

Do not do as I did and keep increasing the physical activity of your dog and expect it to settle and tire. Dogs need mental stimulation, too. Do not just concentrate on the physical needs of your dog. They also need mental stimulation.

What is your favourite canine enrichment activity?

Let me know what games your dog enjoys. Puzzles may be his favorite.

What Should Dogs Do When They Are Tired of Toys

Did you know dogs get bored with their stuff just as we do? A few decades back, scientists tested dogs and discovered that they prefer a brand new object to an older one.You’re not the only one whose dog appears bored with their toys. How can you keep your dog interested in toys? You can keep your dogs interested in toys by doing some simple things. What to do if your dog is bored with their toys?

Rotate your dog’s toys

Laika gets excited every time I give her a toy. But the excitement doesn’t last. She will play with it for 5-10 minutes before she moves on.

Do you want your dog to enjoy his toys as much as he did when you gave them to him at first? Try putting it away and then bringing it out again. Eventually, the “newness’ of the toy will return.

I own a lot of dog toys. It’s like she has doggie paralysis. She is unable to make a decision because there are too many options.

Every week I rotate her toys. You can do this every 2 days, if you prefer. Each week she gets excited when I rotate her toys. The toys are just like the ones she received for the first time.

It is important to rotate your dog’s toys. You don’t need to limit it to the toys they use all the time.

The rotation doesn’t mean your dog is limited to playing with these toys only during the week in question. This is a list that you can give to your dog whenever.

Make Your Dog’s Toys Interactive

It’s possible to pull it? Put some tasty snacks inside.

Add human interaction to toys your dog doesn’t like, for example a “fetch” game or some tasty treats.

I started by playing the puppy-in-the-middle game. I then used this method to get my dog excited about the ball. She was eventually able to grab the ball on her own.

Put some treats in the Kong toy that your child keeps. Bonus points if you freeze it overnight to make it last longer.

What toys do dogs prefer?

Not all chew toys will entertain all dogs. They can be boring for some, but others find them fun. Some prefer stuffed animals. Make a DIY restuffable dog toy if your dog destroys his stuffed animal. Certain dogs prefer toys with a louder sound.

Determine which toys your dog likes and dislikes. Choose toys that hold their interest for more than 5 minutes when you’re looking to buy new toys.

Children love toys with bounce. They can keep them occupied for many hours.

You should not do as I did and buy 10 chew toys hoping to find the right one for your dog. I now only have ten toys I can flavor with peanut butter or broth to keep it interesting. I would have known sooner that her chew toy dislikes. After the third chew toy, I would have stopped purchasing them.

Choose quality toys over cheap ones. You can make old toys more interesting by rotating them. However, it will be difficult to hold their interest in a toy that they did not like.

Does your dog seem bored of their toys?

Does your dog get bored with toys? How do you keep them entertained? Which toys are their favorites?

Ways to slow down a dog’s eating speed

You may have seen the video showing a Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd eating spaghetti. This video perfectly illustrates how our dogs consume food at different speeds. Some dogs take their time to chew the food, while others eat it in seconds.

Why do some dogs consume food so quickly? Others eat quickly because of excitement, others due to medical conditions, or medication. If you have more than one dog and they are all fast eaters, I suggest separating the dogs for meals. This will help to reduce any feeling of dinner being a race.

No matter why your dog eats fast, there’s a good reason to worry — it could be harmful to their health. The effects of fast eating include stomach upsets, gagging and vomiting, as well as a potentially life-threatening condition known bloat. Bloat is more common in large, deep-chested breeds like Great Danes.

You can slow down your dog’s eating speed if you are concerned. You can slow your dog down by using these 3 methods.

You can use a food dispenser toy for their meals

The toys keep your dog mentally engaged, and they also make feeding your dogs that are fast eaters a lot easier. The food dispensing toys, also known as treat dispensers, are made to release only one or two bites of food at a given time.

These are available in most pet shops (and also on Amazon) and can be easily filled, used, washed and reused the following day. The Bob A Lot is my favorite because the holes are adjustable and it is heavy-duty. Fill it with the dog’s meal and give it to your pet. Encourage them to play with it. The food spills out as they move it.

My dog takes about 10 minutes for her to finish the Bob A Lot compared with the 30 seconds if I simply put the food in her bowl. This is a great way to make her eat more slowly, plus she loves it. She starts to dance and get excited as soon as I take it.

There are a few considerations to make when choosing a dog treat dispenser. The toy that you are considering is it going to be durable enough for your pet? Soft plastic toys, especially the ones in ball shape, may not hold up well to a dog who is an avid chewer. Does your dog’s meal fit in the hole? Is it adjustable or not? It is dishwasher-safe and easy to clean. You’ve probably found the perfect one if you can answer yes to each of these questions.

Purchase or make a slow feeder bowl

Amazon has a wide variety of slow feeder bowls for dogs who eat quickly. There are many different sizes and shapes, but all of them have ridges to prevent your dog from gulping down its food.

A slow feeder bowl is a great way to slow your dog’s eating down. Fill it up with the dog’s usual food and let the bowl do the rest. They act as obstacles and slow your dog down.

It’s vital to keep in mind that there are many different types of slow feeder bowls for dogs. Some are more complicated than others. You may want to choose a bowl with a complex design if your dog is good at solving puzzles and eats fast. If you choose a bowl that has only 3 raised solid ridges, your dog won’t be slowed down as much by it as if the design is more complicated.

You can feed your dog using a muffin pan if you are looking for a simple DIY solution. If you spread their food between the “holes” in each muffin, it should help slow them down. Tennis balls can be added to the top if it does not slow down their eating.

Make Mealtime a Time to Play or Train

You can slow your dog down by turning their mealtime into a training or game session. Just measure your dog’s food as usual and put it aside to play a game or train your pet.

If your dog is new to this game, start with “easy” hiding spots that are in plain sight. If your dog has never played this game before, start by hiding in places that are easy to see. Once all the food is hidden I will tell her “find treats”. She’ll be encouraged as she locates each treat. This is mentally stimulating and prevents your dog from eating her entire meal in one go.

You can also slow your dog down by rewarding him with food during training. Your dog can learn some new cool tricks, such as how to weave through the legs. Or you can brush up on your basics. You can use your dog’s meal as a reward for training. It will not only help slow their appetite, but it also helps boost their mental stimulation, improve their focus, and keep their mind stimulated.

Does Your Dog Eat Fast?

Is your dog eating too quickly? How have you tried to reduce their speed of eating?