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Trust, affection, loyalty, and understanding are all very important parts of the relationship you have with your pet. Having worked towards a strong bond for many years, there will have been a lot of occasions where you have struggled to know what to do with your furry or feathered friend. One of the hardest of these times will be when it comes to choosing just how much you will be treating them. To help you out with your balance of discipline and decadence, this post will be exploring the area in detail, to give you the chance to start handling it with ease.

Like humans, most pets will experience some negative health effects if they are given too much of the food they love. Gaining weight will only be part of it, with the damage being done on the inside being of greater concern. To avoid complications as a result of over eating, it’s always worth making sure that treats are strictly moderated, limiting your pet to a healthy amount. There are loads of calculators online which can help you to figure out how much food your animal needs.

Along with making sure that you give them the right amount, you also have to think about the time give it to them, too. In a lot of cases, people will give their pet a treat when they are asking for it or being naughty to get attention. Giving an animal positive reinforcement like this will only ever have negative results, though. When you give them something for bad behavior, they will be much more likely to do it again as time goes on.

Of course, though, there are plenty of perfectly good excuses to give your pet something they like. For dogs, this can often be as a direct reward for doing some good, like performing a trick or being friendly to other dogs. Pets like cats, though, will have to be given treats when you feel the time is right, as they won’t benefit from training for this sort. It’s always worth tailoring this to the animal in question. Every creature will have its own personality and abilities, making it impossible to judge them based on the acts of another.

Finally, as the last option to consider, your ability to keep this sort of thing healthy will greatly rely on the treats you buy for them. Examples like AniForte Sprats for dogs are perfect for this, being made from all natural ingredients which benefits for a pooch. It will be worth doing some research at this stage. To help you out, your vet will probably have some ideas, and resources like blogs will also be able to lend a hand.

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With this in mind, it should start to get a lot easier to handle your pet treats without having to cut them out entirely. Just like your own diet, it will be very important that you manage this part of your pet’s life as well as you can. Thankfully, there are loads of tools to help you out, as a lot of people have experienced the same concerns.

Sarah x

For a lot of people, no family is complete without a dog. A furry friend to keep you all company is often the final piece of the puzzle for a lot of families. It often doesn’t matter whether they’re big, small, young, old, or anywhere in between, dogs can bring huge amounts of joy and love into your life. However, that doesn’t mean that owning a dog is always going to be easy. The truth is that dog ownership can come with a lot of challenges that you have to ready for, if you’re not it can end up causing a lot of problems for you and your family. With that in mind, here are some things that you should never forget when bringing a furry friend into the house.

Your kids

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Kids and dogs go together like nothing else in the world. They make perfect playmates and best friends that will be joined at the hip from day one. However, it’s important to remember that, as cute and loveable as your pooch might be, they are still an animal, and they don’t necessarily understand how fragile little ones can be. If your dog starts to play a little rough, it won’t mean to, but it could end up hurting your child if you haven’t trained it properly. Similarly, really young children often don’t know how to act around dogs and can end up making their lives incredibly stressful by pulling on their fur, trying to ride them, and just generally acting like little kids. You need to make sure that your kids are old enough to fully understand the responsibilities involved in owning a dog and how to properly interact with them so that everyone is as happy and comfortable as possible.

Unwelcome visitors

It’s not something that a lot of people want to think about, but when you bring a dog into the house, there’s a chance that you’re bringing in some pretty unwelcome hitchhikers too. Whether it’s fleas, ticks, or any other creepy crawlies, the idea of your home accidentally becoming infested can be enough to make anyone’s skin crawl. You need to make sure that you’re checking your dog’s fur for pests as regularly as possible and, if you find any, dealing with the problem right away. There are plenty of products like Pet-Lock that can get rid of any nasty visitors very quickly and you can find more info here about them, but you also need to spray around your house to deal with any who may have ended up in your carpets. If things get really bad, then it’s a good idea to take your pooch to the vet and get something a little stronger for them.

Exercise

Dogs need exercise. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it, that’s just a fact of life. They have huge amounts of energy, and they have to do something with it, or there’s going to be big trouble. There may be days where you just don’t feel like taking them for a walk, but that won’t cut it when you have a dog. If you don’t take your dog out for regular exercise then they’re going to end up getting incredibly over excited and frustrated, and that’s not only going to lead to them feeling tense and upset, but it could result in your home getting demolished as they run around the place trying to burn off some of their excess energy. Anyone who’s ever had a sofa on the receiving end of an overly enthusiastic puppy’s jaws knows exactly what happens when you don’t help your dog burn off their excess energy. If you’re not willing to take your dog out and exercise them every single day, then you need to seriously think about whether or not this is a responsibility that you’re ready for.

The cost

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This is something that a lot of people really don’t want to think about, but the truth is that dogs cost money. Quite a lot of money in fact. Sure, there’s the obvious cost of buying a dog, especially if it’s a puppy for a pure breed, but even if you’re adopting a dog, there are still a lot of costs that you need to consider. For one thing, the simple cost of feeding a dog can be surprisingly high. Not only that but you’ve got bedding, toys, grooming, and a whole host of other things to consider. Then, when you factor in things like vets bills the costs just keep climbing. Now, these costs often aren’t enough to stop people wanting a new furry friend, but it’s definitely worth being aware of them in advance.

Leaving them alone

Your life isn’t going to just stop because you’ve got a dog, you’re still going to have to go to work, or see friends, or just leave the house to buy food. However, when you’ve got a dog, you have to consider the consequences of leaving them on their own. Dogs are social animals, and they don’t like being left alone. If you’re going to work all day, then consider having someone come and spend time with them, whether it’s your partner staying home with them, or hiring a dog sitter. Of course, if you’re in a position to, you might even want to take them to work with you!

Don’t think that this is all somehow meant to discourage you from getting a dog, far from it. There are thousands of dogs out there looking for loving homes to take them in. However, it’s a far too common occurrence that people take in dogs without really understanding the responsibility of doing so, which leads them to give them up not long after. That kind experience can be incredibly traumatic for a dog, and it can be very upsetting for your family as well. So make sure that bringing a dog into your home is the right decision for you and your family before you jump into anything.

Sarah x

If you have a dog and you genuinely care for it, then you want to make sure that it is as happy as can be at all times. There is much to look out for here, but one of the main concerns for any dog owner is depression. A dog has a brain like any other mammal, and just like us they can get depressed from time to time. It is a good idea to know what kind of signs to look out for here, so that you can then treat your dog if necessary. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the most common signs of depression in dogs. If you notice any of these in your pooch, you might want to think about getting them checked out.

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Low Activity

A big part of all pet care is ensuring that they get the chance to move around a lot. One of the absolute hallmarks of depression in any animal is a consistently low energy. If your dog suddenly stops wanting to exercise, and instead just lays there all day, you know you might well have a depressed dog on your hands. This can be worrying and distressing to see, but as long as you do something about it early on you should be able to fix the problem. First of all, be sure to try and get them up and moving, so that you can be sure that they are actually suffering from low activity, and not just having an off day. If you really can’t get them moving, then you know you probably have a depressed dog on your hands. Low activity is one of the real sure signs, and something you should not ignore if it persists for any extended period of time.

Lost Interest In Activities

Whatever your dog usually tends to enjoy, if they suddenly stop doing so, you can be sure that they are probably not feeling their best. Exhibiting a sudden loss of interest in their favourite toys, games or location can mean that they are struggling to enjoy life generally. When this happens, you need to act fast to ensure that you get them seen to as soon as possible. You might find this particular symptom especially upsetting, so it is worth making sure that you are doing whatever you can to fix it as early as possible. If you don’t, you might be letting it significantly worsen without even knowing it. Again, do your best to get them interested, but if they aren’t having it, then you should consider taking them to the vet to see what the professional diagnosis might be, if anything.

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Change In Eating Habits

Most of the time, dogs will not have any trouble eating. In fact, dogs usually tend to absolute love eating food, and if there is a sudden change in eating habits then you might have cause for concern. This is especially likely to be true if you try to give them their favourite treats and they won’t even touch it. Similarly, if you notice the exact opposite, it can mean that they are depressed too – in other words, either a loss or a gain of appetite can be a sign of depression, and either way you should absolutely not ignore it. If you can’t get them to return to their normal eating patterns, you should have them checked out. It’s possible they are depressed – but your vet will first need to make sure that it isn’t any other medical issue, such as a physical problem which has caused a change in appetite.

Change In Sleeping Patterns

Along with eating, sleeping patterns are another extremely reliable place to look if you want to know what is going on in your dog. If they are exhibiting a sudden or extreme change in sleeping patterns, it can be due to a number of things – but one of the most likely is that they are experiencing depression, or at least some kind of a mood change. Again, as with any other symptom, it’s worth checking that it is not just a temporary change brought about by something else – so wait a while and then have them checked out if it persists.

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Howling

Over-howling or whining could mean that they are experiencing anxiety, which in turn can be a sign of depression – or just of anxiety itself. Either way, you shouldn’t ignore it if your pooch is crying all the time, and in any case you will probably find it impossible to leave them alone if they are.

Sarah x

Most of us spend a lot of money and time planning Christmas gifts for family and friends but we have to make sure not to forget our furry friends too! I love spoiling my cats and I am loving the range of Christmas treats from Webbox.

I am saving these to give them on Christmas day but I know from previous experience and Gizmos views (before we got Archie) that their treats are a big hit! You can see my previous review here.

It is important for me to buy new toys for my cats to keep their minds stimulated, especially as they are indoor cats and I don’t want them getting bored!

Sarah x