Think about the wonderful days and times you spent with your dog, of course they flick their charm every now and then, and they give you hard times. There are a lot of studies and I believe we have all heard about it, so I found some fun facts about dog’s behaviour to share with you.
Are they mad at me when they growl when they eat?
Canine dogs generally don’t like anyone to get into their territory when they are eating. This is considered to be part of natural instinct, back in the history, they are to guard their food in order to survive so it is not hard to understand some dogs even tend to bite you or acting aggressive when you get close at their meal time. Luckily, this behaviour can be corrected with some love and training.
Are dogs really colour blinds?
Our world is fully coloured, allowing us to witness the amazing moments such as rainbows and sunset skies. But do the dogs really sees the beauty in their new clothes or to the nature flowers when they play in the park? The fact is yes, they do see colours, just not the way we thought. Dog’s eyes cannot recognise red and green while they can see blue and yellow – making these colours their ‘prime colours’, furthermore, they could distinguish the darkness of the colour, meaning light blue and navy blue do look different in their eyes. They also do better when it comes to grey colours that humans tend to have weak ability to distinguish grey, making our dogs generally have better sights at night than us.
Why do they always rolling against something that smells?
We’ve all had our moments yelling ‘oh nooo!!!’ to our dogs when they happily rolling themselves against a dead bird or other dogs waste. Well, the scientist think this may be one of the behaviours they got inherited from their ancestors, where originally this serves message passing purpose to communicate between members: “look, I have found a dead bird, smell me, smell me!”
Dogs twitches their legs during sleep, are they dreaming?
I bet everyone have been asking this question when discovering your puppy make vocal noises and legs twitching during sleep, and you wonder about if they are dreaming. Well, in fact, they do! Just like us! They even have REM period just as what we have when we are having a dream. For some reason, small dogs tend to dream more regularly than big dogs though, so don’t worry about their odd behaviours when they sleep, little twitching might be a sweet dream running in the back yard.
If you are here reading this article then we will not be wrong saying that you are a concerned dog parent and you love your dog. Create a dog-friendly house garden is a dream most dog lovers see but they lack proper guidance and advices to put things into action. Every concerned dog parent wants to provide their dog a relaxing space where they can enjoy the nature sitting by their side. Every dog lover wants to grow a garden where their dog can safely coexist with the lovely plants.
If you want to spend some quality time in the yard with your dog daily, then you need to do a little planning first. We do realize that many of you desperately want to have a garden and a dog but are reluctant to do so because you somehow believe that both of your passions cannot coexist within the confines of your backyard. Worry no more, as we are here to end your fears and make things easier for you and your dog. With a bit of dog whispering and planning, you can grow a garden-friendly dog and a dog-friendly garden.
First, you need to understand your dog. It is very important to know what your dog would expect out of it before you turn your yard into a garden. Stand at every yard corner and think what you dog would want from that space. Keep in mind his age and personality because they will dictate the space you need and the kind of garden you can grow.
Do not be surprised because “Breeds Matter”. For example, Sighthounds need to have a big space to run and love to sun bathe. While some of the smaller dog breeds such as Tibetan spaniels can have low or no impact on the gardens. If you are parenting a terriers or Dachshunds then you should know that they are quite literally ‘earth dogs,’ and inclined to digging. If this is the case then we advise the dog owners to build a raised bed filled with sand. You can then train your dog to dig and play on it by using verbal commands and praise. You can bury a toy or some treats and run to the pit dig it up with your dog and play with it. If you see your dog digging anywhere else always encourage him to accompany you to the digging pit and praise. It will work wonders.
We recommend you to leave a sunny patch of the yard undisturbed so your dog has somewhere to enjoy the sunlight. Always designate an area that is away from the garden so your dog can eat, drink, play, and dig there. A large piece of driftwood or a tree stump can serve as a lookout perch and marking area. Think about creating a protected area e.g. a doghouse where your dog can escape the scary sounds of the lawn trimmer and the rotating blades of push mower. This will make them feel safe.
As a responsible dog parent make sure that, the garden is safe for your companion. Avoid plants that may be poisonous to them. Perform an online research about the plants that are unsafe for dogs and other pets. Avoid using insecticides as they can harm your dog. Training your dog well so he way not interfering with the garden. If things go wrong, remember that your dog is just doing what dogs do. It is natural. Do not treat him like a demon who is out to destroy your beautification efforts.
Now this is my personal least-favourite task, always lead to a very high blood pressure of mine, and dogs generally hate this too. Gently apply pressure to their paws pads and you’ll find a clear view of their nails. Whatever you are about to do, never ever cut on their ‘quick’. The quick is the part of the dog nail that often appears to be pink; it has all the nerves and blood supplies. If you happen to cut this part, your dog would scream and cry because they would bleed out. Not only that, you will find the next nail cutting session a mission impossible, so….fingers crossed for you if you are facing this moment anytime soon. You would want to only cut on the semi-transparent part of the nail on the tip and would rather leave it longer than cut to the minimum where you are unsure if you are going to accidentally cut on the quick. Simply bring them out to walk and run to further shorten the nails.
You would imagine dogs would love bath time as they are always crazy about being in water puddles on your daily walk, but the truth is no, they hate it! My friend’s golden retriever would always get himself into a stream no matter what weather is like on their daily walks, and still, hate hate hates baths. You would probably think your dog would want to smell like lavender, vanilla or sweet apple but the truth is they want to smell like mud or want to be covered the smell of a grass field by rubbing themselves onto grass or their own urine (Ewww….) So you and your dog would have to meet each other in the middle, by not smelling like grass but also not to bath them daily. Try to keep it fortnightly or even monthly as excessive bathing takes away their natural healthy oil on their skin and would eventually become dandruffy that prone to get infected.
Get pre-bath checks done by finger brush though your dog’s coat for any abnormalities, such as flees, ticks, skin infections or any lumps. You will need dog hair brush, dog shampoo, big dried towel and a hair dryer. Brush your dog’s coat thoroughly until it is smooth without any tangles and knots. Wet its coat with warm water slowly starting from their legs. Make sure no water gets into your dog’s ear canals by apply some pressure on their ears when wetting close to its ears. Use dog shampoo only and not your own shampoo as the pH levels would be different. Gently rub and massage through your dog’s coating and rinse it off – this step could be followed by the instructions on your dog shampoo bottle. Towel dry your dog and start blow dry, ha! Dog generally hates this by the hot air and noise, but a fully dried coat is very important as excess moist would lead to fungal growth and skin infections. I always brush my dog’s fur along with the blow drying and this works perfectly as the air could get contact with skin to ensure fully dried coat at the end. Just be careful on the temperature that’s all, you don’t want the heat to hurt them.
Dogs tend to mark their own territory which this is something you could trace back to their ancestors, since it’s in their genes, you will find it hard to get mad at your new puppy when it goes to toilet at a wrong spot. Luckily, your puppy could be trained so that it knows a right thing to do to make you smile. First thing’s first – new born puppy within 6 months old would generally be the easiest for behavioural corrections. Toilet train your puppy as soon as it gets home. Choose a spot where you want your puppy to go to toilet and place some newspapers or training pads (most recommended) on the spot. Best time to introduce this spot to your puppy, would be right after a sleep or when your puppy just finished a good meal. Indicate your puppy to the toilet spot and get use to the place. What’s left would be punishments and rewards – show your puppy your angry tone when it missed the target while offer its favourite treat when it worked. Repeat this trial several times and make sure you name the toilet spot many times so that your puppy would start to understand. After x amount of treats, I am sure you’ll have a successful toilet training checked!
Microchipping is a great invention as your dog’s personal ID and is able to tell who your dog is and who their owner is. Microchipping is required for all dogs owned in New Zealand and you could complete this step by visiting your local vet. Beware that this is a one-off thing and you would be facing a fine when you are requested to get it done but failed to do so. You are looking at somewhere below $100 for microchip itself plus the insertion cost. The insertion is like getting your puppy vaccinated using a needle however your puppy should be getting only a little irritation but not pain. You will find a small amount of blood after microchipping is done and it is completely normal and this microchip do tend to shift along with the growth of your puppy in size.
As per New Zealand governmental Law, every dog owner would have to register their dog/s at their local council. This fee comes in annual based which you would get written reminder, and this fee total would depend on your dog’s conditions such as whether or not it is de-sexed. You dog’s registration number gets renewal with a new tag and number being post to you once the payment’s done.
Are you looking at one wee fluff ball and couldn’t take your eyes off anymore? Thinking about bringing one home today? Thinking about your new companionship who would accompany you when you eat and when you lying on the couch and maybe listening to your secrets? But you are smart enough to know you cannot be so reckless without a second thought: What do I need to know? What am I expecting?
Getting a puppy
There are so many furry souls but which one is for you? Well think about if you are going to provide enough space and costs before you decide on one. Google up your favourite dog breed to see their needs – such as you may not want a Labrador puppy if you are living in a small single room apartment or you may not want to get a husky puppy if you don’t own your living space..etc.
Lot of puppy owners shared a common question on how my puppy showed signs of sickness or being unwell right after being vaccinated. We need to understand the whole immune ideas would only take its effectiveness after 2-3 weeks of vaccination. Therefore during this period, your puppy is still vulnerable to the environment which it could get sick easily. After the vaccine took its effectiveness, some transmitting or contagious disease could still get passed on as the vaccines would not be covering everything. When it is possible, it would be the best to take a blood test of your dog on regular basis to check for antigens, so that the vet would be able to advise you which vaccines would be suitable at that certain stage. When you have new puppy who just recently got vaccinated, please make sure you offer consistent shelter, food and environment. No bath or excess exercised in a week time, and definitely do not go anywhere near a sick pet.
All about where your puppy will be sleeping so a decent dog crate along with clean and comfy bedding is essential. Best to start crate training as soon as they are comfortable with the new home. Believe or not, your dog hates being interrupted during sleep or being wakened up from a nap just as much as a human would do. Again, just like humans, they may show their temper lol!! Never have to stress about buying fancy bedding, your furry baby wouldn’t mind so much on sleeping on 100 bucks pet bed, or even on your old clothes (maybe they would even prefer your clothes with your smell). I would say a good dog crate or dog cage would be a good indoor option and getting a playpen, dog house or even a dog run would be great outdoors.
Food and Diet
One most important thing to bear in mind is, by now you should have a good idea on foods you should never offer to your dog as apart from that, your dog would be always craving for your food on the table. Occasionally, yes, they could share a bite on the evil fried chickens but giving food with salt and spices is never a good thing. Think about their body portions comparing to yours, if you are feeling thirsty after a KFC meal, then this amount of salt would be a great burden to your dog’s kidney because of their body mass. Try to always stick on dry dog food from your local pet shop and if you have to (or forced to lol) feed them cooked meat, it would be the best to offer water-boiled chicken breast for example with no added oil or seasoning.
Do keep in mind, regular human food feeding could result in quitting on regular pet food or biscuits. You will then have a new challenge, check on article of what to do when your pet is not eating.
You might experience times where your dog would just not gonna give up on barking in the dog crate during initial period of crate training, no matter how you whisper and softly talk to it to hush it calm, it just doesn’t stop.
It is a difficult time where it really challenges your patience and yes you could lose it any minute depending how hard the situation is.
But you have to realise, most of the time (except when your dog have needs such as going to toilet) your dog is just anxious of being inside a place where you are not around. It needs attention, urgently!
This is when you want to give it a go on ignorance. Just leave your dog alone for a while to see if it would calm down eventually. Leave your dog some snacks and his or her favourite toy, then walk away (but stay nearby so that your dog still can see you) and turn on your TV.
You will be amazed on how TV works really great especially the ones with ongoing human voice with steady pace – yes news channels usually works perfectly for me!
And of course, everything needs to be reasonably adjusted, if ever your dog’s anxious level rises, do get him out from the crate and spend some time with him or her.
The exciting moment has come and you have just brought back your new puppy to his or her new sweet home. However as a new dog parent you gotta go to work even though you hate the separation just as much as the puppy does.
Then you thought about all kinds of ‘what ifs’ – what if the puppy chews on my favourite furniture? Oh no, what about my dress left in the room; wait a second, I heard they chew on the electric wires too…and so on!
Don’t leave your worries till later and you certainly don’t know how to be mad at a furry ball pup. Best way is to get your puppy a reliable dog crate to get the crate train started.
Yes, they may seem to be uncomfortable to start with, but with some patience and lots of love, they will eventually ease off the anxiety and starting to love its new private space.
WRONG THING TO DO
Although the dog cage may end up to be your puppy’s ‘home’ however NEVER cage them up as if it is a prisoner. Do not look at their cage as a place where you could just lock them up whenever you’d like to be alone. As this is definitely not the purpose of having a crate and it is harmful for your new puppy’s physical and emotional health, not to mention you won’t get any peaceful moment with all the barking.
RIGHT THING TO DO
Keep your puppy in the crate, leave the door open whenever you can, so that it knows it is free to get in or out anytime. Let it enjoy his or her favourite snack in the crate, sleep on its bed and accompanies by his or her favourite toy. Only to lock them up on short-period time basis and always make it feels comfortable and welcome to be in the crate.
It’s easy, just think about how you would not want to be a place where it is not comfortable and alone right?
Recently we have just moved a few houses down the block and with last moving experience, this dog anxiety awareness begins to rise. A lot of you may not know that dogs gets uncomfortable and even shows signs of anxiety with new environment, even just bringing them to your friend’s house could be the trigger.
Luckily my dog was mature enough and experienced a few moves with me, with the most challenging one – we moved from South Island to North Island New Zealand.
We just settled in our new house last weekend, and my furry baby is doing just fine. So I thought of sharing a few tips on how to minimise relocation anxiety of your dog:
Bring your dog to the new place before the actual move
Yes so my dog could sniff sniff sniff around, get to know the place and maybe allow him or her to go on the lawn to leave some marks there. Allow them to get to know the new place.
Offer attention regularly
My dog wouldn’t leave me alone at the new place in the beginning; he would drain his energy up and still follows me up and downstairs over and over again. This is when you know that he is feeling insecure and a little anxious. So I would stop whatever that is on hand, bend down and pet him on the head. Hold him up, rub his belly and kiss him on the face regularly. Show your dog your love and attention so that they know there is nothing to be scared about.
Keep his belongings around
Brought his foldable dog crate with me to the new house was definitely a smart move on the day. As soon as I unfolded it (thanks to BINGO for a great foldable design!), this little pal knows to get in straight away. I placed his bed and his favourite toy in his locked crate with him so that he could be calm, and I could keep the main door and garage door open without the worry of how he may run off anytime.
Do not wash his blanket
Very important indeed! Do leave his smell on the place where he usually sleeps. After a long day for both me and my dog, he finally gets to sleep tight in his good old fluffy blanket. No hassles at all, he behaved just as it was one of usual nights, make his own bed and curled up in seconds. This is how I was so sure by not washing his bedding would definitely be a big help.
Not sure what your dog normally act like when you are just about to open up a packet of potato chips, but my dog would always and I mean 10 out of 10 times kinda always, raise his head up and rush out from his dog crates and sits in front of me in speed of light. But we all know, for your dogs and puppies health and safety, their diet should be scientifically based.
5 common foods that you should NEVER offer:
Chocolate! Top threat on the list, so please watch out if your kids are feeding dogs chocolate! The worse thing is, your dog would never say no to chocolates, apparently they are so appealing but it could cause heart failure. The smaller your dog is, less doze would be required enough to be effective.
Cooked poultry bones! Think about how chicken bones breaks when they’re cooked, yes, it becomes spiky with lots of sharp edges. Furthermore, it is narrow in shape, so a chicken bone could easily get swallow down your dog’s throat and stuck anywhere in your dog’s GI track.
Nuts! The nature shape of the nuts would be just like a small pebble in your puppies digestive system.
Raw fish or sashimi! You could tell the ancestor of your dog would stay away from the sea right? Raw fish could cause sore tummy and induces skin rashes.
Such a headache aye when your newly arrived puppy stops eating for no reason. Not eating even egg yolks, mince and almost everything. Wondering what you should be doing? Well, in these cases, you should always observe carefully to make sure your puppy is not feeling sick or ill at all. If your dog is not showing any signs of sickness then congratulations, you could now move on to the easier step. 2 ways of resolving the issue of dogs not eating:
Allow a decent dog cage to be placed at a quiet corner, let your dog rest in the cage and stop giving any food for approximately 24 hours. During this starvation, make sure sufficient clean water is offered at all times. Best to keep a drinking bowl in the dog cage.
Enhance exercise load, this is often easier for small dogs by giving more toys and owners attention but in general, a nice adequate amount of walk or run freely is essential for all dogs.
Your dog’s appetite would normally regain right next day or in a very short period of time.