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If you want everything to be peachy with your bow-wow chum, then you should know that there are rules even when it comes to walks. Dog watching, is a rather quaint exercise whose purpose is to ensure that your dog stays safe and healthy. In this article, we are going to show a couple of neat tricks when it comes to watching your pet on your walks. So, without further ado, here are our awesome outdoor dog watch tips.

What You Should Look for When Taking Your Dog for a Walk

The first thing you should think about before allowing your dog outside the house is just how safe your backyard is. Dogs are curious by nature, and they will try to sniff, eat, or chew on anything they’ll find interesting. Of course, there’s always the risk of your dog running away from your backyard. Truth be told, even with a well-trained dog, there’s still that risk.

If your backyard lacks a fence or any other physical boundary, you should consider buying a wireless dog fence. This device can keep your pet safe by setting up a circular boundary via radio waves. If your furry friend tries to escape the invisible circular boundary, a special collar will deliver mild shocks to prevent it from doing that. Nevertheless, we recommned a device with an in-built GPS function. You can check this list of the best GPS dog fence options and see which one suits your pet best.

Keep in mind that a dog collar fence looks like a regular dog collar. The only difference is that it has a small receiver attached to it that allows you to pair it with your phone. That way, if your bow-wow pal runs away, you can use your smartphone to track it down.

Another thing to keep in mind is coprophagy, which is the scientific term for poop-eating. Yes, we know how hard it is to keep your dog from eating or going anywhere near something resembling feces, but you should always keep an eye on him. It is not only unsanitary, but your dog can easily get infected with some disease if the dog who ‘produced’ the fecal matter was sick.  To name just a few of the things your dog can get through feces – roundworms (cause diarrhea, vomiting, and GI tract issues), coccidia (parasites capable of causing diarrhea), parvovirus (very deadly among puppies and old dogs), and hookworms (cause anemia, vomiting, and weight loss).

Next stop is flea prevention. Taking your dog to the vet or buying flea collars is not enough if you can’t keep him away from flea-infested areas. For instance, if you are thinking about taking your dog for a walk in the park, scout the area first to make sure it has been cleared of fleas and parasites. You might consider doing the same thing in your backyard.

Please keep in mind that leashes are a must-have during walks. They are not optional. It doesn’t matter how cute or well-trained your dog is. There’s always the risk of him running away, chasing a cat, biting someone, or entering someone’s backyard to dig holes or defecate. Make sure the leash you buy fits your dog’s neck. Here’s a good rule to help you choose the ideal leash for your dog – small dogs need a 3/8 inches wide leash, while larger dogs need a leash with a width greater than ¾ inches.

Speaking of yards and backyards, make sure you clean your backyard on a regular basis. We know how the little one simply adores playing outdoors, so it’s important to keep everything nice and clean. Put away any sharp utensils and make sure the fence doesn’t have any holes in it. You should also pick up the feces on a regular basis. Now, if your dog likes to do a bit of gardening from time to time, you should consider some more training. Also, ensure that it stays away from stuff like poison ivy, bees, or any kind of critter that stings.

Car rides are maybe the best treat your dog can receive. However, do keep in mind that some dogs can get carsick, very much like we humans do. To prevent that, keep the car ventilated before hitting the road. Also, you can try putting a blanket or a plastic cover on the backseat in case your dog decides to leave a little surprise behind.

Parties are perhaps a dog owner’s number one problem. Why? Well, your dog will be surrounded by people it doesn’t know, and that could overwhelm it a bit. Not to mention that you might have party guests over that are not too fond of house pets, no matter if they are cats or dogs.

To prevent a rather unpleasant situation, create for your dog a ‘safe spot’ where it can retreat to when everything’s too much. You can set up this stop in one of the rooms or in its exercise pen. Make sure he has food, plenty of water, and something warm if the weather is chilly.

Conclusion

It doesn’t take much to keep your furry friend happy. Just keep these things in mind, be careful of your surroundings, and always use a leash when you’re taking it on a walk.

 

With a major in communication and public relations, for the last two years, Liza Trout has been working for a blog that specializes in dog fences, WirelessDogFence. The safety of pups and pups’ owners is her passion, and various types of dog fences are her business.

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Though the beauty of an aquarium lies mostly in the fish it contains, there are other decorations and ornaments that the owner can add to make it even more glorious. These decorations range from artificial plants and coral to driftwood and decor sets to artificial sea creatures such as seahorses, floating jellyfish and freshwater aquarium shrimp to pint-sized lighthouses and shipwrecks. Here are seven ornaments and decorations for the aquarium.

1. Artificial Plants

Nowadays, artificial plants are surprisingly lifelike, a boon to the aquarium owner who will not need to see to the health of aquatic plants as well as their fish. They include life-like replicas of:

Some of these plants are grouped with other artificial plants or are arranged with stones, driftwood, artificial coral and seashells. The plants do not have to come in natural colors, but can come in neon shades of blue, purple and red. Others glow in the dark.

2. Bubble Makers
Bubble makers often come in the form of volcanoes that are only a few inches tall. Instead of lava, these volcanoes emit sprays of tiny bubbles. They often come with LED lights that are able to change color as the bubbles rise through the water.

3. Figurines

Figurines range from resin statues of Neptune, the god of the sea, to Disney characters such as Nemo. Others are boats, cottages, ruins, unicorns, castles, skulls, vases, tree stumps, divers, pirates, fairies and, of course, mermaids. They can be realistic or delightfully cartoonish.

4. Aquatic Life

The owner can place replicas of aquatic life in their aquariums such as silicone giant clams, starfish and stingrays.

5. Driftwood


Driftwood can be natural or artificial. Long years in the sea have sculpted natural driftwood into interesting shapes. The twists and turns of driftwood are not only interesting in themselves but make excellent hiding or resting places for aquarium fish. Some pieces are made to resemble mangrove roots, while others have tiny plants tucked into their crevices.

One caveat about placing pieces of wood in the aquarium is that some of them can acidify and darken the water. This may be harmful to fish who prefer water that’s neutral or slightly alkaline. On the other hand, it may be beneficial to fish who prefer water that’s a bit acidic. Water that’s on the acidic side also discourages pathogens.

6.Rocks
Rocks add texture and heft to the decorations in the aquarium. Some people want to furnish their aquarium with rocks that they’ve found in their backyard or in the woods. However, these rocks can contaminate the water in the aquarium, or removing them can disrupt the environments from which they were taken. The best thing to do is to buy rocks from garden centers or landscape companies.

Some companies that specialize in aquarium decor sell geodes. Aquarium owners should avoid real geodes because they can leach too much calcium into the water. The ones sold by aquarium companies are artificial and often glow in the dark.

7. Glass Marbles
More and more aquarium owners are using glass marbles as a substrate. Marbles can come in a variety of colors. They work best with hanging filters, and their one drawback is that they tend to leave gaps in the substrate. This requires that they be cleaned frequently. On the other hand, glass pebbles are excellent hiding places for fish fry.

Setting up and decorating an aquarium is fun and should bring years of pleasure. Whether they’re realistic or whimsical, aquarium ornaments and decorations combined with colorful, healthy fish add to the viewer’s enjoyment.

Paul Campbell is a Marketing Manager of The Aquarium Guide

Moving can be a stressful task especially if you have picked your new location at a long distance. But without the right measures, this experience can be much more stressful for your canine friend.

While things settle down, pets do not realize it even after the transition has taken place. Your furry friends can be traumatized if you fail to make your move more dog-friendly. As caregivers, it’s our responsibility to make the transition convenient and smooth for our four-legged friends.

Here’s everything you want to learn about moving with a dog.

Bring in the crate

If you haven’t trained your dog for a crate, now could be the best time to introduce one. To ensure your moving journey goes smoothly, it is essential that you crate-train your furry ball.

Do not force your dog to use the crate. Bring it in a few days before your moving day and just place it in an open area to encourage your dog to explore it.

Use treats to encourage your furry friend to check the carriage out and make it comfortable, so they choose this spot to rest before the time for moving day comes.

Make sure the crate is sturdy, safe, and well-ventilated for the move.

Packing without hassle

You are all set to move to your new home but are stuck with the dreaded process of packing. As stressful as this could be for you, make sure your dog is at ease too.

Sometimes the sudden change can be anxiety-inducing for your pet. This could double if you stop paying attention too. To help your dog feel positive about the major changes is to make sure you maintain his routine as much as you can.

Be particular about his food, games, toys, and walks. In fact, amp up the outdoor time and take turns, so you get to pack more while your dog is away.

Pack your dog’s stuff last

As mentioned above, experiencing sudden changes can overwhelm for your pet. Whether it’s your dog’s favorite room or his stuff, make sure you pack it last. This way your dog can spend more time in his favorite spot while you pack and manage the move without stressing him out.

Take your dog out on a moving day

Moving day can be chaotic. With so many people moving in and out, it can become stressful for the dog and even provide escape opportunities.

If you can’t take your dog out yourself, ask a family member for a favor. Take the dog out for a walk or at a dog-friendly restaurant until the chaos is over. In case it takes longer than a few hours, you can see even as a family member or friend to have your dog over for a day.

If none of these sounds like a good option, place your dog crate in a separate, quiet room and let them stay there safe.

Ensure car safety

It’s not safe for your dog to run free in the car, especially if you have to travel a long distance. While some people let their dogs stick their head out of the window, it is both dangerous and risky for your furry friend. Doing so makes them susceptible to airborne debris.

Placing the carriage or crate in the car and securing it makes it easier for the dog as well as the driver to make the travel smooth and hassle-free.

Carry dog food and medication

Even if it is not a long journey, keeping a few your pet’s essentials – like food and medication – can be handy. Food can help keep your dog calm through the road ride.

For longer journeys, it is recommended that you keep all important medicines as well as a week’s worth of food, just in case.

Be prepared for motion sickness

If your dog is not used to regular car rides, it is possible for him to feel motion sickness. This is especially true for longer car rides where there is also a chance for your dog to become dehydrated.

It can be difficult for you to feed your dog in a moving vehicle. If your dog has a sensitive stomach, and the ride is longer than eight hours, it is important that you take multiple breaks and food your dog. Focus more on water and keep the food light. Providing wet food can offer better hydration benefits.

Taking breaks during long car journeys also allow your four-legged friends to stretch and go to the bathroom.

Let your dog settle in

After reaching your new home, pay more attention to your dog. Let him explore the house and settle in. Do not leave your pet among the chaos. Stay with your dog while the movers are placing your stuff into your new house.

If you can’t keep a watch over your dog, find a quiet and safe place – like a closet area or bathroom – where you can leave your dog for a while. It is best that at least one familiar face stays with your dog to give him company. Also, give him some time to feel at home.

Establish your routine quickly

Of course, it takes time for everyone to settle and adjust to the change in the new home. But it’s best if you try to set a routine as quickly as possible. Spend more time with your dog and go for a walk like you always do.

Give back his things

As much as you want to buy everything new for your new place, try to keep your dog’s thing as it is. They are accustomed to their belongings and feel safer and better if they find their old blanket, toys, and other stuff like in the old house. The familiar scent will help him feel more at home.

After all those efforts, if you still feel your pet is out of sorts, somewhat uninterested or sad in the new surroundings, simply spend more time with him and give him a warm space of his own to adjust.

Author Bio:

Jenny Harrison is a passionate lifestyle blogger. She loves to engage with readers who are seeking home and lifestyle-related information on the internet. She is a featured blogger at various high authority blogs and magazines in which she shared her research and experience with the vast online community. Currently associated with New York moving company ‘All Around Moving Services Company Inc.’ Specializes in arranging and assembling services of professional and skilled local movers locally in New York City as well as areas in New Jersey, Connecticut and the Miami Dale area in South Florida for their blog operations. Follow her on twitter @MJennyHarrison for more updates.

Most pet owners will do everything to keep their dogs happy and playful. Unfortunately, that often included giving them an extra scoop of dog food, human food scraps or too many treats which can make your dog overweight and even shorten their lifespan. So, if you really want to have a happy canine, provide it with a balanced diet of natural food that will keep them energized, strong and healthy for many years! Here’s how to properly feed your pooch.

What to feed your pet?

The best dog food is the one that has been produced only for dogs, offers a complete balance of nutrients and contains beneficial, natural ingredients that will make your pet thrive. Both wet and dry natural foods that you choose for your pet should have the same quality and balanced nutritional value, so you don’t really have to worry about types. You can let your dog decide which type it prefers, since each pooch is different. However, make sure to choose the food that is complete rather than complimentary. You don’t want to be feeding your dog treats instead of balanced meals!

Why natural?

Natural dog food is free of animal by-products, additives, toxic pesticides and other chemicals that can cause allergies and other health issues. It also boosts the immune system, encourages healthy weight and even improves life expectancy. All in all, it provides your dog with all the nutrition it needs to have a happy and healthy life!

Read the label


Like human food, dog food that you buy should have a complete nutrition label that can help you choose a quality product, compare foods and gain insight into what you’re feeding your pup. Again, just like human food, these labels can often be hard to understand. However, as long as you see meat as the first ingredient, you’ll probably make a good choice. Meat should always be listed first, which means it’s the main component. Also, don’t just look for any words that contain ‘meat’ in it. Vague labels like ‘meat’ or ‘meat meal’ usually means that the product contains animal derivatives and by-products. Instead, search for specific meats like lamb, beef or chicken. You should also look for natural dog food that contains no additives and no grain. These natural foods not only offer your dogs a balanced and healthy diet, but are easy on the stomach while providing plenty of energy to run, play and cuddle! Another thing you should keep an eye on with labels is the ingredient list. The shorter it is and the fewer unknown words it contains the better!

Be moderate with portions

No matter how natural your dog food is, you must be careful how much and how often you feed your pup if you want to provide it with a balanced diet. Otherwise, you’re risking weight problems and various other health issues. For instance, puppies under 6 months must eat about three to four times a day, while once they turn 6 months, you can reduce their feeding times to two. When it comes to adult dogs, most experts advise one or two meals, depending on your pup’s activity levels. Portion sizes are also important. Almost every pack of food you buy has a serving size guide at the back. However, you can always consult with your vet who will tell you what’s best for your dog’s age, health condition and breed.

What about treats?

An occasional treat will definitely not harm your dog! As a matter of fact, well-deserved treats are a great way to bond with your pup, train it and give it a little something extra between meals, especially if you have a very active pooch. However, if you give too many treats and choose the wrong kind, you can ruin your dog’s balanced diet and cause weight issues. Most treat packets have feeding recommendations and an ingredient content, so choose the natural type and don’t over-feed your pup.

Dogs vegetarians?

Unlike cats, dogs can survive on a meat-free diet. However, even though they are natural, not all veggies are safe for your pup and most dogs prefer meat, so it might be tricky to get them to eat what you serve. If you want to feed your dog a vegetarian diet, just know that it will take a lot of research, planning, training and prep in order to provide the animal with all the nutrition, vitamins and minerals and give them a well-balanced diet. Your vet can help you with the right information, but unless you’re really ready to dedicate a lot of time, money and research, it’s better to raise your dog as the omnivore it actually is.

If you want to be a good dog parent, a balanced diet is key to having a healthy, strong, active and happy dog. So, choose the food carefully, read the label and be moderate with feeding. Once you find a feeding system that fits your pup, stay true to it and your dog will be forever grateful!

 

Zara Lewis

Contributing editor at Ripped.me

Contributor at TheWellnessInsider

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