To have a dog is an incredibly enriching experience for you and your family but before making any hasty decisions, you have to come to the unanimous agreement that a new addition is going to be right for you all – at all times. So, are you really ready to get a dog?

 

The cute little puppy you are planning to bring home will be part of your family for at least 9-15 years. They will be fully-dependant on you and your family for everything: water, food, shelter, exersize and vet care. They’ll also need a big portion of your time for training, and of course time solely for love and attention. As well as their love they also bring lots of financial and social responsibilities, so it is vital that all members of the family are reading and willing to begin this adventure together. It won’t always be big sloppy kisses and warm cuddles, dogs are much more of a responsibility than that! So before you get tempted by the big, brown puppy eyes – make sure to answer the following questions.

 

Why do you want a dog?

There are multiple reasons to add a dog to the family, some dogs are aquired for positive reasons and some sadly are not.  Firstly we will take a look at some examples of why people want dogs:

 

Companionship If you have the time to invest in your dog the rewards are truly wonderful, dogs are instinctively social animals and thrive as part of a family (“a pack”). However, if your lifestyle means that your dog will be left along for long periods of time – perhaps another pet will be more suited to you. aving reduced amounts of time does not mean you cannot get a dog – it just means you need to find one who has lower exersize and grooming requirements and enjoys his own space.

Activity  Each dog, regardless of breed, size and energy levels needs to be taken on daily walk. This means you (or your family) need to be ready to walk rain or shine! This will also help you all to stay fit and healthy and get some fresh air! Walking your dog can also lead you to socialise more whether it be a dog park or just from being outside.

Family Research has shown that children who grow up with a dog are less likely to suffer allergies, have increased co-ordination and improved confidence and social skills. Although parents are ultimately responsible for the care of the dog and supervision of the children and dog together, children can gain valuable life skills from caring for a dog, such as negotiation, compassion, responsibilities and patience.

Other dogs  Perhaps your dog has just passed away or you already have a dog and are looking to add another set of paws to the family? Dogs are naturally social creatures and can provide great company for each other.

 

Impulse Perhaps one of the most common reasons for dogs in shelters is that people have bought the dog on a whim and without proper planning. You need to assess your lifestyle to identify not only what you need from a dog but what they need from you. Size, temperament, cost are all aspects that should be considered beforehand to prevent any hidden surprises. Getting a dog will change your life in many ways, be sure you are prepared for the commitment.

Trends Dogs are living, breathing animals who are a huge responsibility not a fashion statement – selecting dogs for personal reasons such as to look tougher with a large breed of dog or to carry small breeds around like an accessory or a toy are not good reasons to get a dog.

Problems at home A dog will not solve personal problems among family members however can worsen things as puppies can add an element of stress. A puppy is a huge responsibility and needs everybody working together through the potential stresses. Adding a dog to an already tense atmosphere may just amplify the problem.

Nagging kids To add a dog to your family means you are signing up for a large commitment of time and resources. Although your children could help care for your dog, you will be the primary owner – and the one who foots the vet bills! Don’t be tempted by this, instead try to get your children involved in dog related activities such as dog walking or volunteering at shelters to learn about how much responsibility owning a dog takes!

A surprise gift The scale of this commitment should never be made on someone elses behalf. No matter how generous your intent, it is a very personal decision to make and thorough discussions should be had regarding the size, breed and a multitude of other factors, they need to be in total agreement.

 

Ultimately, the decision to get a dog should solely rely on your commitment to owning a dog for their entire lifetime – no matter what. Once you take your canine companion home they come part of your family they should be treated as such in any event.

 

The day-to-day living guide

 

Each family has their own needs, schedules, medical problems, space and time limits. Research into breeds that may be more suited to your family’s lifestyle. Are you an outdoorsy family? Are you seeking a dog that doesn’t shed much due to allergies or preference? How much time can you offer a new dog? Dogs require lots of time, patience and care (oh and money!) so make sure to do a lot of investigation when trying to figure out which dog is right for you.

 

Instinctively a pack member they will be seeking social connections and a strong leader figure (this is where you come in). You are solely responsible for all your dogs training as they look to only one pack leader – a well trained dog is much more content. Training your dog is one of the many steps that lead to being a responsible dog owner in the community. Other key factors in responsibly owning a dog are making sure they are up to date with vaccinations, that they are flea, tick and worm free and that they are well exercized, happy and healthy dogs.

 

Another essential thing to consider is the cost of owning a dog – and not just the obvious food, water and a bed – but the unexpected health costs, the recurring monthly cost, the new toys and pet insurance! Have a look at our article on the 10 things you’ll need for a new puppy. Many people forget that when they first get their dog they must have them vaccinated and spayed/neutered which is costly just within the first few months. Also having to pay the vet bills if your canine companion has poor health (perhaps throughout his life). Once you have a dog they are a member of your family which is why it is crucial to have really educated yourself about what you can handle.

 

When you get a young puppy – be prepared for a lot of mess! There will inevitably be some sort of damage – whether it be huge or not and this must be thought of especially if you are in rented accommodation. Ask yourself this, where will you be in five years? Will they allow pets in your next property? Are you planning on downsizing? As a large breed might suit your lifestyle now however your planning on a move to a smaller house or flat will prove significantly harder.

 

Poor-planning is a common reason for dogs to be given to rescue shelters. This is an extremely important decision – to share your life – and it should not be taken lightly as you must be dedicated to it. Try to be realistic about your circumstances and although those big puppy paws are almost irresistible I really recommend to look firstly at rescue shelters not only will you benefit from the low adoption fees – the dogs are usually already house-trained, micro-chipped and have basic training even if only from their time at the shelter. They will also be spayed/neutered and have had full vet-checks for any future problems.

 

“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever” Karen Davidson

 

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Benefits of Classic Kong

The classic Kong dog toy is an absolute must have for any dog owner. It is used worldwide by leading trainers and vets for therapy and training to combat issues such as separation anxiety and stress.

The sporadic bounce of the Kong toy helps to stimulate your dog’s natural instincts. The Classic Kong makes a great fetch and chew toy in addition to a food puzzle to keep them entertained for hours, which is great if you need to pop out or if you are at work.

Additionally the non-toxic rubber from a Kong can improve your dogs oral health, chewing on the toy it can reach every crack and crevice in your dogs teeth, helping remove plaque build up and food particles.

Chewing releases calming hormones therefore being a natural stress reliever which is perfect for anxious dogs and a cure for boredom.

It also encourages non-destructive chewing and is a great outlet for energetic dogs.

 

Recipes for Kong

It can be filled with countless different treats and recipes ranging from frozen tuna and cottage cheese to blueberries and yoghurts. Many recipes can help other problems with dogs for example dogs who need to loose weight or have food allergies. You can even put some of their breakfast in there so that it lasts a few hours rather than minutes to keep them amused for a fair part of the day.

In the summer add a new dimension to Kong recipes by putting them in the freezer overnight. To add to the convenience the Kong is dishwasher safe!

 

Puppies & Seniors

Kong grows with your dog, from puppy sizes to senior coming in a variety of colours.

For a puppy the Kong is a brilliant way to encourage safe chewing. The blue and pink colours are for puppies and the purple are for senior dogs. These colours represent that they are made with a special teething rubber. Although still exceptionally robust these special rubber is softer and can aid a puppy’s sore gums in there teething stage and will be beneficial to senior dogs with weaker teeth.

Senior Classic Kong.Puppy Classic Kong.

Junior & Adults

The red Kong is remarkably strong and puncture resistant made for medium sized dogs and strong chewers. Classic Kong also comes in Black (Extreme) which is bouncier and more robust for larger breeds and the most powerful chewers, no toy is indestructible but this is the closest you will get.

Kongs are build to be super-tough and virtually indestructible but it has been known that large breeds including Mastiffs, Rottweilers & German Shepherds have destroyed them, in which case I would recommend the Extreme Kong.

Adult Classic Kong Sizes Extreme Classic Kong!

 

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Finding the Best Dog Beds for Large Dogs.

Do you find you are forever buying new beds for your dog? We take a look at the top 5 rated dog beds for large dogs. Every owner wants their big dogs to be as happy and comfortable as possible. A great way to do this is to get them the best dog bed they can have. As a good night’s sleep is essential to your canines wellbeing. Investing in a good quality bed will reward you with a happy, healthy pooch! There is a wide variety of dog beds made specifically for large and extra large dogs. These beds will usually be tailored to prevent and assist with the most common large breed dog problems such as hip dysplasia, joint pains and arthritis.

 

1. Big Barker Bed

Dog beds for large dogs - Big BarkerThe Big Barker is simply amazing. Although the price is quite high, it comes with a 10-year guarantee meaning that’s 3,65 good night sleep, minimum! It’s specially tailored to large breed dogs. With its high quality 7” memory foam base, consisting of multiple layers of comfort foam and support foam it guarantees to retain at least 90% of its original shape. The big barker bed comes in three colours: Khaki, Burgundy & Chocolate – perfect for any house. It is machine washable and has a 100% microfiber cover. The great thing about memory foam beds is that they are highly resistant to bacteria, molds, dust mites and mildew.Although it doesn’t come with a waterproof liner, they do stock them. It comes in three sizes: Large, Extra Large and Giant meaning there is a size for every dog or even multiple dogs! The big barker is a best selling bed – and we can see why!

 

2. Heavy Duty XL Memory Foam Orthopaedic Bed

Dog beds for large dogs- Dog bed 4 lessAnother great bed that comes in many sizes and colours. This heavy duty bed boasts 100% cotton made denim that comes in blue and brown, as well as micro suede in brown and gray and a canvas style in green. It has a solid therapeutic memory foam pad, secured with a waterproof internal zipper cover giving it two thick layers of protection. The high density of the memory foam is 5 times denser and 4 times heavier than that of regular foam, meaning it wont flatten over time with normal use. The Heavy Duty XL Bed has a 4” thick base and is pure memory foam instead of layers. They also provide you with a free cover! A few people have reported an odour from this bed however the vast majority have had no such problems.

 

3. Kopeks Extra Large Orthopaedic Memory Foam Dog Bed

Kopeks - Dog beds for large dogsThis bed is designed to prevent and aid arthritis and joint, hip dysplasia and muscle problems. With 7” of memory foam base and a 3” pillow your dog will be sleeping soundly all night long. With an included waterproof liner that is removable and washable this dog bed will stay clean and fresh! It comes in a chocolate colour and is a suede material. You will have to wait between 10-14 days for it to fully expand to its full size as its rolled up in storage, but a little price for such a great bed! This Kopeks bed provides ultimate comfort and relieves your dogs of their aches and pains.

 

4. PetFusion Ultimate Dog Bed & Lounge

PetFusion - Dog beds for large dogsUnlike the other memory foam beds in this review, this one has sides! Perfect for an anxious or nervous dog as the sides will make him feel secure and safe when sleeping. The sides are also perfect if your dog prefers to curl up or nestle into something as with the “bolster” they can either rest their heads on it or nestle underneath! It is water and tear resistant which is perfect for all dogs, especially the excitable kind. Removable cover and machine washable which is a must have when buying a dog bed. It can comfortably hold 100lb+ in weight and is easily assembled. The PetFusion has two colors- brown and gray and two sizes – large and extra large, and has a 12 month warranty. A great pick.

 

5. Coolaroo Elevated Pet Bed

Coolaroo - Dog beds for large dogsIf your dog doesn’t get on with memory foam mattresses or finds that they can get hot, the Coolaroo is perfect for you. Coming in four colours – green, terracotta, nutmeg and gray – it’s flea, mite, mold and mildew resistant! It relieves hotspots and is very breathable and easily cleaned. The Coolaroo is rip and tear resistant and waterproof. It’s easily assembled and can be taken outside and on trips easily. This long-lasting cot bed is a thick polythene material and is virtually indestructible!

 

So Which Bed is Best for Large Dogs?

 

Dog beds greatly vary in quality and price, note that a cheaper memory foam mattress will only provide a small layer of foam that will need replacing often and wont give your dog the support it needs to prevent long lasting problems such as arthritis. Dogs sleep a lot so a high quality bed makes all the difference- make sure to take that into account when picking your bed.

 

All dogs are unique, with different needs and likes. The Big Barker (#1) is exceptional and trumps all others in reviews and testimonials as well as a 10 year guarantee where they will replace it for free – it is more of an investment! If that isn’t for you I would also recommend the Heavy Duty dog bed (#2)

 

The overall winner today is the Big Barker which is so universal it can fit many needs at once and will last the majority of their lifetimes. It has received only the best reviews (5* on amazon!) and although seems expensive, is worth it to see your dog sleeping soundly for many years! The extreme comfort and large breed specific bed is really second to none and may just be the best dog bed for large dogs.

 

I hope this has helped with your decision!

 

 

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Best Dog Beds for Small/Medium Size Dogs

Picking out the best dog bed for your small breed can be tough. Dogs sleep a lot! Which is why it’s so vital that they have the right support and a safe place to rest their heads. Smaller dogs tend to feel the cold a lot more than larger breeds so to find the right amount of support but cushioning can prove difficult. Here we have compiled a list for the five best dog beds for small & medium sized breeds.

 

1. Modern Chic Bed by Trendy Pet

Tbest dog beds for small & medium size dogs - trendy pethe Modern Chic bed is perfect for a modern home where a normal bulky dog bed looks out of place. The great pattern and selection of colours makes it one of the top choices amongst dog owners. Not only will it keep your house stylish but it will also keep it fresh due to the easy washing capability. The entire bed fits right into your washer and dryer and requires no re-assembly afterwards. The reinforced microtec center holds tough against sharp nails and teeth yet still ultra-soft high quality microfiber offers your pet a luxurious comfort. This durable bed boats a thick base and raised sides so your pet can sleep soundly and comfortably. It comes in 3 sizes and has a 30-day money back guarantee.

 

2. PetFusion Ultimate Dog Bed & Lounge

best dog beds for small & medium size dogs PET FUSIONThe PetFusion is another great choice, with its optimal support and overall comfort your dog can rest easy on the beds premium components, helping reduce and prevent joint and muscles aches. This support will improve health, mobility and energy in your dog making it perfect for both young and older dogs. With its non-skid bottom and water and tear resistant guarantee you can feel confident that this bed will last much longer than other inferior cheaper beds. The attractive and modern touch in the PetFusion will fit nicely in any home. Very easy to clean (a must have with those dirty pups!) the removable cover is washable. The base is high density and can hold 50lb+ in weight. This one is so great it’s actually a top pick for large breeds too!

 

3. Snoozer Luxury Cozy Cave Pet Bed

best dog beds for small & medium size dogs - snoozerAs we mentioned in our guide to buying the best dog beds, these burrow beds really are a great choice. As smaller dogs tend to feel the cold more than larger dogs, this bed is a great choice to really snuggle down in. With the Sherpa lining it will keep your dog warm in the winter, yet cool in summer. This burrow bed is also great for anxious or nervous dogs as it surrounds them with warmth making them feel protected and secure whilst they sleep. The Snoozer comes in a wide variety of colours and many sizes they have options for every dog and every owner! This lightweight, luxury bed has a microsuede cover that is easily removed and washed.

 

 

4. Thick Orthapedic Dog Bed

best dog beds for small & medium size dogs OrthopedicThis 6” thick orthapedic bed gently cushions your dogs pressure points easing joint aches and arthritis. The 100% memory foam is shredded for softness and then re-packed in a high density design giving it the firmness to hold its shape and give your dog the support he needs yet still molding around his body as he sleeps. This bed is also waterproof and has an anti-slip bottom, and the durable cover can be quickly removed for washing. This sleek minimalistic bed is great for any area of the house and can fit into tight spaces. Another great thing about buying this bed is that the company donate 10% of their profits to America’s largest animal protection organization – The Humane society of the United States.

 

5. K&H Manufacturing Orthopaedic Bolster Sleeper

 

best dog beds for small & medium size dogs- K&HThis K&H cosy bolstered bed boasts medical grade orthopaedic foam. The bolsters come up high to surround and comfort your dog and keep him warm and secure. With it’s 3” thick base and soft upholstery grade velvet your dog will be sleeping soundly all night long. The sleeping surface is a quilted microfleece for optimal comfort and warmth. The cover is removable and washable and it’s available in 4 sizes and 2 colours.

 

 

 

 

Each dog has different needs and likes and you know them best but we hope our list of the best dog beds for small dogs has helped you!

 

Our top pick is the Modern Chic Bed by Trendy Pet as it’s super stylish for you yet comfortable for your dog. We love this bed’s long-lasting durability and the strength against teeth and nails! Another bed we love from this list is the Snoozer Luxury Cozy Cave where your pet can get right underneath and snuggle in for the night – do they do these beds for humans?!

 

We hope this list has helped!

Many people get anxious when cutting their dogs nails, mainly because they’re not confident they How to Cut Dog Nails Example Imageknow how to cut dog nails. Unless your dog is has a very active outdoor lifestyle, his nails will need to be cut regularly – anywhere from a week to a month. Cutting a dog’s nails is very important because if not done on a regular basis it can be uncomfortable for your dog and harmful at worst. It can lead to permanent issues in your dogs foot and make everyday walking and running difficult. Often when dogs walk frequently on harder grounds such as concrete or sidewalks, they need their nails trimmed less regularly.  If you can hear your dog’s nails clipping when walking on the wood or tiled floor, that means it is time for a trim! Nails of any length, size, shape or color can be gotten back into shape! All that is required is some good dog nail clippers and a bit of patience.

 

 

Types of nail trimmers 

 

Different Types of Dog Nail Clipper - How to Cut Dog NailsThere are many different types of nail trimmers but they fall into two basic categories: guillotine type and scissor-type. Many people prefer scissor-type over guillotine especially for larger breeds as you have more control and can choose the angle and make a quick cut without having to have your dog’s whole nail caught in if he decides to make a quick runaway. Make sure to buy good quality trimmers that are sharp and designed for the right size dog. Blunt or poor quality trimmers will split the nail. However, if the nails aren’t that long but are sharp you can always file them which can be more gradual and safer than clipping.

 

Keeping your dog calm.

 

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The best way to have a calm dog when it comes to clipping nails is by introducing this at a young age so they become comfortable. However, don’t panic if you haven’t taught your dog this from a young age – you can always get him more comfortable by getting him used to you handling his feet and getting the clippers out and going through the motions without actually trimming. Make sure you have lots of treats and give lots of praise so that nail clipping associates as a fun time! Many dogs have very sensitive feet and toes so try to hold his paw up and hold gently but firmly.

 

Keeping you calm!

 

Dogs can sense when we are stressed or nervous so by being completely calm (even if you’re not inside!) with lots of praise should keep your dog from trying to evade. The best way to address your fears of trimming nails is by watching either your vet or groomer to do it a few times with you so that you can see the technique needed to have a stress-free nail clipping session! However, if you decide you still aren’t 100% comfortable with this, your vet or groomer will be happy to do this regularly. You need to be confident in knowing how to cut dog nails so that they feel confident also!

 

 

What if your dog doesn’t like it?

 

Despite your best effort, some dogs just dislike getting their nails trimmed. The best thing to do in this scenario is only trim as many nails as your dog will patiently allow. Start with one, reward and later if your pet gets nervous, restless or distracted its time to end todays session and pick it back up in the next few hours or the next few days. Try out different areas and positions when cutting your dogs nails, maybe he prefers to stand or lay down. Sometimes it’s best if you have a helper to focus on the dog and keep him calm whilst you focus on the trimming. Whichever way you decide, keep the environment as relaxed as possible, not twisting your dogs legs into awkward angles making them want to avoid this process forevermore! Some dogs, however, are full blown drama queens and run away when you even touch the nail clippers! When this happens just try and make it a part of your daily routine to get your dog used to them and not thinking whenever they come out they have to have their nails trimmed!

 

 

How to Cut Dog Nails

A guide on How to cut dog nails

First step – grab lots of treats to make the whole experience a positive one. A technique that works for me is the 3-section rule. You cut a small bit from the left, then the right and finally the underneath and repeat until the skin stops being flaky and looks moister. Another technique that makes it extremely unlikely you will cut to short is by holding the handle of the nail trimmers flat against the toe pad and cutting straight across the nail so that they’ll sit just above the ground. Remember, the longer the nail the longer the quick! This can take a few trims to get it back down to the preferred length.

Also, don’t ignore the dew claws! Many dogs get these removed when they are a puppy but some don’t and they need to be clipped just the same! Most dogs have two on the front but some have two on the back as well!

 

 

How to Cut Dog Nails That Are Black

 

Dog Nails - How to cut dog nailsIn dogs with white nails, you can normally see the quick. The quick is the pink area within the nail where the blood vessels and nerves are – similar to the area underneath our nails. However, you can’t see the quick in black nails. When working with black nails, look at the underneath of the nail and you will notice that near the tip the nail separates into a triangular shape with two outer “walls” At this point there is no quick and it’s safe to cut the tip off.

Another trick is to apply gentle pressure with the nail trimmer where you want to cut, if your dog reacts to this pressure it’s more than likely you are too close to the quick and will need to move the clippers further down and try again. Take a look at our video below.

What happens if I get the quick?

If you do happen to clip the “quick” – don’t panic! No dog has ever died from this so stay calm and grab the styptic powder (a must-have for any dog owner!) or regular baking flour and give your pup a treat and lots of attention so that he’s not put off for next time. Remember staying calm throughout it all will help your dog to stay calm, if your too nervous doing it then he will pick up on that.

It should only bleed after for around 5-7 minutes, if it continues to bleed with no signs of stopping, give your vet a call. It’s best to keep a small container packed with the powder or flour on hand when cutting your dogs nails so that if you do “nick the quick” then you can just dip your dog’s paw into it. This can help if you need to stop bleeding in a hurry if not try and apply the correct amount to the wound.

 

Senior Dogs/ Deformed Nails.

 

Old Dog Nail - How to cut dog nailsSenior dogs tend to end up with long quicks and long, hard nails which makes trimming a bit trickier but not impossible. Normally in older dogs the nails are harder to trim because throughout their adult life their nails have been left to grow long therefore meaning the nail beds are sore and worn. At any age, nails can sometimes grow back deformed when there has been a trauma to the nail bed, for example when the dew claw has been caught in something and torn. To help this, try and trim them after a bath when their nails will be softer. Make sure you only take the tips off the nail or cut them so they sit just above the floor when your dog is standing so that they aren’t too short.

 

Take a look here at our top pick of Scissor-style nail clippers, proffesional design with a non-slip handle to make sure clipping nails is stress-free! However if you would prefer the Guillotine style – these high quality clippers come with a lifetime warrenty!

 

This video shows both how to clip dark and clear nails. It shows the techniques used to make clipping your dogs nails a calm and quick experience!

 

So it’s all up to you now – Don’t forget, lots of treats, praise and belly rubs! Hope you now know how to cut dog nails with ease!

Good luck!