4th of July Safety (and Sanity-Saving) Tips for Dog Owners

American bulldog with U.S. Flag

The Fourth of July is a special day for both Americans and their pooches. Not only do they get to meet friends after a while, but they also get to flaunt some goodies and tricks they acquired since the last time they met. However, four-legged celebrators are susceptible to many dangers during this special day, which is why you need to be very careful while celebrating Independence Day. The following are ten important tips you need to remember to ensure her health and your sanity during the upcoming weekend.

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Pet Owner’s Manual: Caring for Your Fur Baby’s Eyes, Ears and Teeth

dog ear care

There are many reasons why owners ‘baby’ their pets. In your case, it can be anything from knowing that he’ll be by your side to the cute way she looks at you whenever you come home. Regardless of why your fur baby is precious to you, you need to remember that you have a set of obligations towards him. In addition to enrolling him in dog behavior training to ensure his good behavior, you should take care of his overall health. Aside from taking him to the vet and checking his coat for pests, you should give much attention to his eyes, ears and teeth.

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Human Foods You Can Share With Your Pooch

Whether you’re having a meal or simply a snack, you’re bound to give in to the wide-eyed dog begging for a morsel à la Puss in Boots (an act any dog behaviorist will condemn, mind you!). Those beautiful black eyes will peer into your soul, forcing your hand to hand over a few little bites from time to time. However, as generous as sharing your food with her may seem, you’re actually harming her and putting her health in danger. For instance, chocolates, onions and garlic foods, and fried foods are bound to affect your dog’s health, causing diarrhea and vomiting. Some cases may escalate, leading to the need for medical treatment.

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Pearls of Wisdom on Bathing Your Dog (Rather than Yourself)

Jack Russell dog taking a bath in a bathtub

Soap, check; large towel, check; vet-approved doggie shampoo, check; a towel and shower cap for you, check and check. If your dog hasn’t been through dog obedience training, chances are that every dog bath means an extra shower for you. Even if you try getting out of this task by entrusting your pooch to a groomer, you’re bound to be spending a fraction of your monthly income if your dog is the rowdy, messy type. To help you save your money, bathe your dog AND stay dry, read on.

Lucy, It’s Bath Time

One of the first things you should know is whether you need to go through the hassle of bathing your pooch. The following are three valid reasons for you to draw ol’ Fido a bath:

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5 Recipes Your Dog will Love You For – #5) Fruity Doggy Dessert

While it may be true that the path to a man’s heart starts from his stomach, this is a universal truth in the case of dogs. If you give him the right, balanced, nutritious meals he needs, he’ll grow healthy, strong and happy.  On the other hand, deprive him from these or feed him something nasty and you’ll find a gooey surprise on the carpet or in your shoe. Now if you want to protect your dog and give her a culinary treat courtesy of your kitchen, here are five recipes you should definitely try.

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“Fido Doesn’t Love Me” – How to Tell if Your Dog Hates You

Annoyed Pug Puppy 2

If your cat is plotting your death, there’s a good chance that your dog may join forces with his feline frenemy. While the reasons he may have started hating you are many, there’s still hope for this relationship and you can easily win him over with the help of a dog whisperer. However, before you go ahead and make assumptions, you need to find out whether the dirty looks your “best friend” is giving you are screaming murder. So here are seven signs that you’ll need to sleep with one eye open from now on.

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5 Recipes Your Dog will Love You For – #4) Homemade Beef Dinner

While it may be true that the path to a man’s heart starts from his stomach, this is a universal truth in the case of dogs. If you give him the right, balanced, nutritious meals he needs, he’ll grow healthy, strong and happy.  On the other hand, deprive him from these or feed him something nasty and you’ll find a gooey surprise on the carpet or in your shoe. Now if you want to protect your dog and give her a culinary treat courtesy of your kitchen, here are five recipes you should definitely try.

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Fleas, Ticks and Pests that Feed on Your Pets

Hand made illustration of dog Scratching
Hand made illustration of dog Scratching

She’s the most loving creature you currently have in your life. In addition to warming you during those cold nights, she’ll push you to exercise while you take her out for a walk, protect you from strangers, and entertain you with an array of antics. Unfortunately, your affection may waver if you spot a black flea or other type of pest while patting her shiny coat. Before you panic and kick her out of the house (an act any professional dog behaviorist would condemn!), educate yourself with the following lines.

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5 Recipes Your Dog will Love You For – #3 Doggie Pancakes

While it may be true that the path to a man’s heart starts from his stomach, this is a universal truth in the case of dogs. If you give him the right, balanced, nutritious meals he needs, he’ll grow healthy, strong and happy.  On the other hand, deprive him from these or feed him something nasty and you’ll find a gooey surprise on the carpet or in your shoe. Now if you want to protect your dog and give her a culinary treat courtesy of your kitchen, here are five recipes you should definitely try.

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Dog Psychology 101: Obsessive Dog Behaviors and How to Deal with Them 

Cute black and white border collie thinking about balls in a thought bubbles above her head
Cute black and white border collie thinking about balls in a thought bubbles above her head

Now you may be surprised to find out that your dog may suffer from psychological issues such as obsessions. But rest assured that he won’t cut your legs off to keep you around a-la Misery’s Annie Wilkes or surprise you in the shower like Psycho’s Norman Bates. Regardless, dog psychological issues are very similar to human addiction, which is why you’ll need a dog behaviorist handling his case ASAP.

“I Haven’t Noticed Anything Wrong with Fido”

Most dog owners don’t even realize that their dogs have developed obsessive behaviors. However, look closely; Lassie may be growing fanatically crazy over one of her toys, a bone or the neighbor’s cat. Meanwhile, Fido may be acting too assertive, pushing the stick in your face and growling if you don’t wake. Sure, this behavior may seem fine now, but some day, your pooch will hurt himself or you. So don’t sentence your dog to a frustrated, unhappy existence and take action right away.

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