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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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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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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Attention! Important Tips for Combatting Dog Breath

Boxer dog teeth cleaning
Boxer dog teeth cleaning

At ease, dog owner! Now there have been reports of your dog’s breath terrorizing the citizens of your home and everyone dropping by. While you may have developed a protective shield against it, others are in danger, especially if your pooch hadn’t undergone puppy obedience training and tends to jump on others. Just to give you a heads-up, the obnoxious smells coming your way are caused by conditions such as diabetes, inflammation of nose, nasal passages and sinuses, and gastrointestinal problems. You shouldn’t rule out trauma, bacterial or fungal infections, or dietary issues. 

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Potty Mouth – How to Stop Your Dog from Eating Poop

dog toiletSome dogs have the power to make you go from “awww” to “ewww” in seconds; all it takes is for them to find their own poop or another animal’s before it disappears down the hatch on its way to their belly. You probably cringed reading this, but that’s why you’re here, right? However, there’s a good chance that your dog hadn’t been through puppy training. As a result, you’re forced to bear the humiliation ol’ potty mouth causes whenever he nibbles on excrement in public.

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How to Prevent Your Dog from Freaking Out on New Year’s Eve

Border Collie WelpeNew Year’s celebrations, be they at home or outdoors, will take their toll on your dog. Any scraps he manages to steal are bound to increase his waistline or even cause gooey “deposits” due to an upset stomach. However, even the embarrassment that ensues after he starts jumping on your guests (bad dog!) is far from the worst thing that could happen. With champagne popping and fireworks blazing, your pooch is bound to freak out on New Year’s Eve. This could me constant barking, hiding in corners or involuntary “accidents” on your floor or carpeting.

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3 Easy Dog Training Tips for a Healthy, Happy Relationship

woman with puppy

It’s only natural to have a few hiccups in the beginning of a relationship and bonding with a new pet is no different. As you get to know each other and learn to communicate, you’ll be developing a deep trust. It can be frustrating at times, but here are three dog training tips that will make it a little easier.

Getting To Know Each Other

It’s a lot of fun to play with puppies and younger dogs because they’re so enthusiastic. Think about the things that you will allow and things you won’t tolerate. Remember that everything that you allow him to do in the beginning will dictate how he behaves later. Above all, be loving and patient.

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