Scientifically Proven Things Your Dog Will Love

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Dogs and wolves diverged from a common, now extinct, wolf ancestor around 15,000 to 20,000 years ago. Since then, domesticated dogs have been forming relationships with humans and behave very differently from their wild counterparts. 

We all know instinctively that dogs show and feel love. But it can be hard to get on their wavelength sometimes. After all, we’re human, and they’re not. 

The good news is that science is riding to the rescue. Researchers are discovering all sorts of new ways for us to show our dogs that we care. Here’s what to do if you feel that your pup is in need of some love and attention. 

Massaging Their Ears

The ears are among your dog’s most sensitive areas. What’s more, because the tissue is thin here, it can be hard for it to clear out waste products. 

Massage may help with this process. Research shows that it stimulates the production of feel-good hormones in dogs, similar to what happens to humans after a run. Dogs will also often fall asleep after an ear rub.

Providing Raw Food

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Raw dog food for beginners might seem like a bit of a minefield. But remember, dogs descended from wolves, and their wild forbears only ate raw meat. There was no one around to cook it for them. 

For dogs, raw meat in today’s world is a bit of a delicacy. Relatively few owners ever serve it up. However, it can be a real treat and might even offer health benefits since it is closer to what pups would naturally have eaten in the wild anyway.

Telling Them You Love Them

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Given that pets can’t really understand human language, telling your dog that you love them sounds a little strange. But, according to science, it can be very effective. Monitoring of dogs’ brains show that their reward centers light up when humans express loving sentiment. So, in a sense, they can tell that you care, even if they don’t know precisely what each of the individual words means.

Getting On Their Wavelength


Dogs, of course, have a language of their own. And understanding this makes it easier to communicate with them and tell them how much you care. 

Remember, most dogs don’t like being hugged. It makes them feel trapped and under threat. Also, pay attention to their body language. Once you understand canine cues, it becomes much easier to give your dog what it wants. 

Rewarding Them

We’ve known for hundreds of years that dogs love rewards. They’ll do practically anything for them. Food is their biggest motivator, it seems. 

When your dog does something for you (such as grab the mail), do something for them in return. Give them a treat to say thank you for all their hard work. Dogs appreciate this form of communication because it provides them with something real – something that they can sink their teeth into, literally. 

Are you doing any of these scientifically-proven things that your dog will love? If not, why not?

Sarah x

Essential Factors to Consider When Caring for a Pet

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Every pet owner wants to provide the best care for their furry friend, but it can be challenging to know where to start. You must take into account all of the factors to make sure your pet stays healthy and happy. 

If you are unsure of how to take care of your pet, here are some factors and tips on caring for a pet.

Nutrition

When it comes to pet care, nutrition is essential. There are a few things to remember when it comes to pet nutrition. First, you should always consult a veterinarian before switching food or adding something new to your pet’s diet. 

Second, choose foods made from quality ingredients and don’t have too much salt or sugar content, as those can lead to health problems down the road for your furry friend.

Playtime

Pets need a lot of attention. Not only do they need care and love, but also playtime. This will keep your furry friend active and happy. Many different toys are available for dogs. 

You can find toys that will squeak, roll around, or even dispense food. These types of toys keep your pet entertained and excited to play with you all day long.

Grooming

Grooming is essential to keeping your pet healthy and happy. It can often reduce their anxiety, improve circulation, help them maintain reasonable body weight, cut down on shedding (which reduces allergies), protect against sun damage and more.

Grooming also allows you to check for any injuries or sores that may need attention. It also gives you a chance to identify whether your pet has any dental issues. If so, you might want to learn tips on looking after your cats teeth.

Neutering and Reproduction

Neutering is an essential part of pet care. The two main reasons for neutering are preventing overpopulation and reducing the risk of medical conditions such as cancer in dogs and cats, especially early spaying, which can help avoid uterine infections called pyometra. 

Still, this type of surgery does increase risks like urinary incontinence and obesity later on. The longer you wait to neuter, the higher risk for medical problems. Pregnancy doesn’t have any serious risks for dogs and cats, but taking care of a pregnant pet is different from other pets. Even if you plan on spaying your pups or kittens after they’ve had their litters, caring for a pregnant pet is still different from caring for your other pets.

Bedding 

There are many different types of bedding that you can use for your pet. The most common type is wood shavings or pellets, but there are other options, such as paper-based materials and sawdust. 

There are also recycled newspapers available which may be a good choice depending on what you want to do with the soiled bedding. Your choice of bedding will depend on the animal you have, your budget and how often you want to clean out their cage or habitat.

Bedding is essential for many different reasons, but it mainly helps with odour control and provides a place where they can dig, which some animals like to do. Choosing the correct bedding type can also help keep them safe from ingesting shavings or being caught in the sawdust.

Caring for a pet is rewarding, but there are many responsibilities you need to be aware of before getting one. Pets rely on people for their well-being and can be very sensitive if things aren’t quite right.

Sarah x

The Big Responsibilities That Come With A Big Dog

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Owning any dog is, naturally, going to come with its own set of responsibilities. Every breed is somewhat different in terms of their needs, as well. However, if there are any types of dogs that you should take more care to ensure that you’re ready for, it’s the big ones. Big dogs can overpower humans, and they can also take up a lot of room and resources that many owners aren’t prepared for. As such, here are a few tips on how to ensure that you’re ready to take care of an oversized pooch.

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Get ready for everything to cost more

With a big dog, you’re going to need bigger resources to help them meet all of their needs. This includes bigger beds, bigger crates (if you’re using them), bigger and hardier toys to deal with the fact that they bite with much more force. Then you have to consider larger doses of vaccines, pet medications, and more. Do your research into how much it costs to own a dog and expect to be on the higher end of the spectrum of those costs if you own a big dog.

They eat a lot more

Everyone wants their dog to be happy and healthy. However, in order to achieve that, you have to be ready to meet a lot of demands. With big dogs, people are often surprised how much they end up spending on food alongside all the other costs. A raw meat diet is often recommended for big dogs, but there are some trustworthy big dog foods. Don’t try to make it into any kind of guesswork, however. Talk to your vet about what foods they recommend and specific portion sizes that you should leave out for them.

They need more exercise and space

If you’re looking for an apartment dog, then you should not be looking at the bigger breeds out there. There are some people who can manage to live in a small space with a big dog but it’s not ideal. They need a lot of space to run around, to play, and to find spots to rest, even when they’re at home. Big dogs require a lot of exercise and you can get dog toys specifically for larger and more active breeds that can help you meet those needs. Of course, walking is where they’re going to get the bulk of their physical activity.

Walking is a challenge if you’re not ready

One lesson that most people are going to learn as their big dog grows is that the dog is stronger than them. As such, if you lose control of them when walking, it can be legitimately dangerous. Even if your dog isn’t aggressive, they can head out into the road or come into contact with dogs or people that are hostile. As such, a dog harness allows you to better control them without as much force and doesn’t have as much potential for harm as collars or chokers. Teaching them to heel on command is also essential, however, to make sure you’re not fighting them the entire way through your walk.

They all shed, they all need grooming

All big dogs shed. This is a truth that you’re going to find is nigh universal. As such, you had better ensure there isn’t anyone who is allergic to pet dander in the home. Furthermore, you’re going to want a dog hair vacuum to make it easy to scoop up that dander or you will find it sticking to everything you own. Frequent grooming is also a must to keep things from getting too messy to keep up with.

Training is essential

This isn’t to say that there is any dog that doesn’t need some training, in terms of listening to commands and socialising. However, big dogs are, as mentioned, stronger than most people, and have a lot of potential to cause harm or destruction even when they mean well. As such, it may be worth investing in professional dog training to make them more obedient and easier to control.

There’s nothing to say that owning a big dog is any less exciting, fun, or fulfilling than living with a smaller dog. You should simply be prepared for the additional effort and thinking that it can take. Similarly, very small dogs take a little extra prep and care to own as well. The lesson here is: know what kind of dog you’re getting and what you need to do to be a better owner to them.

Sarah x

4 Tips For the Purrfect Pet-Friendly Home

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Getting a pet can feel like taking the next big step in life, especially if you and your partner are giving yourself a trial run before having kids. Everyone wants to bring in a cat or happy or healthy dog into their house, and they are certain to give it all the love and attention it needs. However not all homes are built with pets in mind, so you may need to adjust your house to make it as pet friendly as possible. If you’re a first-time pet owner, you might not know where to start, so here’s some advice. 

Make It Comfortable

Even non-pet owners know how much animals love to lounge and sprawl around the home, so one of the first things you’ll need to do is make the home as comfortable as possible. This starts with blankets, sofas, beds, and anything else you can think of. If you’re trying to keep your pets off the furniture, for the time being, look at which are the easiest fabrics to clean when owning a pet so you won’t have too many problems cleaning them should they find their way onto the sofa while your back is turned, even for half of half a second. 

Remove Hazards

Pets are curious creatures, especially when they are young. They want to learn everything they can about the world around them, but this usually manifests as trying to eat it. The problem with this is that there are many poisonous plants or small items that could harm your pet. As you won’t be able to keep an eye on them forever, you should try to eliminate as many hazards as possible so you are confident of their safety even if you aren’t at home.

Think About Your Surfaces

Hardwood floors are always nice to look at, and they definitely make it easier to clean up any accidents your pet might have while you are still house training them, but there are also issues. Pet claws can scratch and ruin the wood, and as there is not a sufficient grip for them, they could skid and injure themselves when they get too excited. Because of this, think about putting down large rugs that will give them better stability if you don’t want to install brand new carpets. 

Give Them a Place to Exercise

Being able to take your dogs for walks is one of the best parts of owning a pet, but they also need a place to exercise and burn off some energy during the rest of the day. You can look at the best advice for puppy and dog walking to get an idea of how much they need, while also considering how possible it is to give them someplace to play. A flat is not ideal for dogs, especially larger ones, but cats can usually get by fine if you install a cat tower to keep them engaged.

Pet Heaven

Sooner rather than later, your pet will become the liege of your home. There’s not much you can do the change this, but as long as it lives in the luxury you always wanted for it, do you really mind?

Sarah x

Top Tips For A Happy And Healthy Dog

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If you own a dog, you know how rewarding it can be to see your four-legged friend grow and develop. You’ll also know how exciting it is to see them develop their own personalities, and nothing compares to it. When you get a dog, the most important thing to remember is to keep him or her safe and happy at all times. You also need to make sure that you have plans in place for when they get older and their health begins to decline. There are things that you can do to keep them as happy and healthy for as long as possible, which is what we are going to look at here.

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Make sure they have a balanced, nutritional diet

What your dog eats has a significant impact on their health and overall well being. The wrong diet can set them up for a lifetime of obesity and other health issues. The correct diet can help them stay slim and active and in a good condition, from their eyes to the glossiness of their coats. It is advisable to do your research and get the best healthy dog food that your budget allows, with the occasional treat. Treats should make up a maximum of ten per cent of their daily calorie intake, so be careful not to overdo it.

Make sure they have plenty of exercise

Puppies and adult dogs need different amounts of exercise. It can vary from the basics to intense exercise.  You have the choice of taking your dog on a daily walk or enrolling them in agility training courses. Dogs require exercise, however you have control over how strenuous or enjoyable the exercise is. Even the simplest activities can make a big difference for your dog, which is perfect if your schedule doesn’t allow you to go on an hour-long walk every day. The second thing you should remember is that you should sometimes switch it up with your dog.

Take them to a different field to play, or let them off the leash and play fetch. If you like, you can also make your own obstacle course outside in the backyard, which can be a lot of fun!

Make sure that they are mentally stimulated

Dogs are instinctive animals. They’re also known for being highly intelligent and engaging. They frequently look to you to provide them with several opportunities to put themselves to the test. They, too, need new stimulation from time to time. As a result, it’s important that you continue to keep your dog’s mind stimulated. Try doing new tricks with them or even introducing them to other dogs on occasion. Take them on new walks, buy them new treats, or try teaching them something challenging.

Love them

Above all else, love them. Show them affection and allow them to be a part of your family and your life. A dog can bring so much joy to your life and you can bring them joy too. Treat them right, and they will be a happy addition to your home.

Sarah x

Your Pets Are What They Eat: 5 Reasons Why Nutrition Is Crucial for Pet Care

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Over the last years, we have all become much more conscious about what’s on our plates. Indeed, with the obesity pandemic in developed countries and the rise of nutrition-related issues such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, we have all started to care more about how our food influences our health. While this is true for us, it is also true for our pets who can also end up suffering from similar conditions. While in the past food scraps were all a pet would eat in a day, now we have the information and tools we need to ensure that they can live a long and healthy life. Here’s why you should rethink your pet’s nutrition.

It Can Influence Their Mood

What our pets eat during the day can have effects on their physical health, but they can also influence their mood and behaviour over time. In fact, while the right amount of protein is essential for our pets to grow strong and healthy, too much protein can have counteractive effects. Indeed, it has been seen that a diet that is too rich in protein can lead to aggressivity, anxiety, and hyperactivity.

It Can Affect Their Coats’ Look

A dog’s or cat’s coat can say a lot about your pet’s health. Indeed, their fur can insulate them from outside temperatures, protecting them from excessive heat or cold. However, if you have ever noticed how the hair on your dog’s neck rises when they are angry or threatened, you will know that their coat can be an indicator of their mood and health. Poor nutrition can cause the fur to start looking dull, dry and even brittle.

It Can Prevent Allergies

An increasing number of pets have started to develop allergies and intolerances, which can result in allergic reactions or skin and digestive problems. While some foods are especially created to be an alternative for pets that are allergic to a certain ingredient, you can also prevent these conditions from manifesting themselves by choosing the right foods. Picking natural, organic, and local foods that don’t contain artificial flavourings and colours, such as Burgess Pet Care foods, should always be part of proper pet care.

It Can Prevent Digestive Issues

Diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea, and flatulence might be something that every pet experiences at least once in their lifetimes. Nonetheless, these should not happen on a regular basis, and it is crucial to monitor what your pets are eating to prevent further and more severe conditions. Of course, speaking to your vet is the first step to understand what nutritional regime is right for your pet, but you should always try to pick the best foods available on the market.

It Can Help Your Pet Avoid Weight Issues

Just like in the case of humans, pet foods that contain empty calories, are high in sugars or contain synthetic elements can lead to issues such as obesity and weight gain. If your pet has started to gain weight, it is crucial to take the matter seriously and rethink your pet’s diet. Making sure that your furry friend can run, jump, play without any extra weight is key to ensure a happy, healthy, and fulfilled life for them.

Sarah x