Dogs 101 – How to Bath Your Dog Appropriately?

Dogs 101 – How to Bath A Puppy Appropriately?

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Nail Trimming

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.

 

Bath

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 101 – Must-dos For New Puppy Owners?

Dogs 101 – Must-dos For New Puppy Owners?

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Toilet Training

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!

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Microchip

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.

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Registration

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.