Some dogs can be a really great comrade for some pet owners and it’s really fun to hang out with them at times. But sometimes some dogs gets to be really annoying when they start to bark. You just want to put a stop to it, but in some ways its really hard (almost impossible for some pet owners). Well it’s not a very simple thing to do to stop your dog from barking. The longer they have started to bark the harder it will be for you to stop them. So how do you make them stop? Here are a few things that will sure help you with your dog:
- Do not try to raise your voice at your dog when he/she starts to bark for he will only think that your barking along.
- You shouldn’t pay any attention to your dog until he stops barking cause some dogs just try to grab your attention by doing this, observe your dog to see what is making her/he bark, and keep giving your dog daily exercises to make her tired, content and happy!
- Remove the cause of barking. Dogs bark for a reason. If your dog is left in the yard, he/she will most likely bark at anything/anyone. Don’t leave your dog unattended outside.
- Give your dog a lot of exercise. Most dogs bark out of boredom.
- Try using a bark control product like bark collars. There are quite a few products around that will do the job for you. They are safe to use and delivers good results.
- If you are dealing with neighborhood dog’s excessive barking and you are losing sleep over it, then you might like this product. It is safe and effective for dogs of any breed and size. Designed for outdoor use, this product is waterproof. For only $49.99, you will sleep like a baby at night!
Do you have any other tips to control excessive dog barking? Let us know in the comments section!
Pet Obesity is an unusual accumulation of fat on pets and can lead to Illness and other unwanted risks. Risks like cancer, kidney disease, high blood pressure, and heart disease etc. are high on obese pets.
Why Pets Become Obese
Pets may become obese for different reasons…whether it’s because of common overfeeding or because of a disease process. There are many different diseases which can lead pets to obesity like Brain diseases, Insulinoma, Master Gland, hyperadrenocorticism, etc.
There are also conditions why pets become obese. Conditions like age, medications, social environment, activity level, food type etc. Despite the diseases and conditions, pet owners are the main reason why their pets are obese for pet owners are responsible for regulating their pet’s calorie intake. Over 53% of US dogs and 58% of US cats are obese according to the May 2014 survey.
What pet owners can do to stop pet obesity
Though it might seem pretty hard but, here are simple things you can do to stop pet obesity:
- Settle on the perfect dog/cat food and the amount of food given, don’t ever try giving your pet any human food.
- Give daily exercises to your pet (whether you’re at home or outside).
- Regulate your pet’s weight once or twice a week, treat any diseases by sending your pet to the veterinarian, and limit the treats you give your pet.
- Monitor your pet’s food intake by using a pet bowl with a built-in scale like this one;
Have you ever wondered where your favorite pearl earrings are? Or your phone charger? If you are living with a fur baby, chances are, he/she ate it all!
Being an experienced pet owner, we’ve had our fair share of experience regarding pets eating the darndest things.
Number one in our list is the ribbon. This was perhaps the most tragic accident that ever happened in our household. Our 1 yr old cat ingested more than a yard of ribbon (while we were sleeping!). It wasn’t like it was out in the open. The ribbon was neatly folded and wrapped up in plastic. Never underestimate your cat. They are very observant and smart.
Curiosity got the better of her and she shredded the plastic cover with her claws and started playing with it. She accidentally ingested the whole thing and next thing you know she was having rectal bleeding. Surgery didn’t go well and she passed away. Ribbons are now banned at home and I don’t think I’ll ever look at ribbons the same way. RIP dear Catherine.
Keep your moolas away from your pets if you don’t want it to be his/her dinner! Everyone likes money. Including your pets. Our Poodle prefers $100 over $1. Who knew Poodles can count?
Looking for your precious pearls? Ask Fido what he had for lunch. This is one of the most common stuff that dogs swallow in a household. If you are trying on your jewelries, make sure your dogs are not around in case you drop it. It will be in their mouth before you can even pick it up!
There’s something about dogs and their love for dirty socks on the floor. Heck even our cat loves to chew on dirty socks or shoes. You think they just love to play with it? Wrong. They would eat it in a heartbeat. Don’t ask us why coz we have no idea at all. So if you love your pets (and your wallet), try not to leave your socks all over the floor where they can reach it.
5. Phone charger
I can’t count the times I have bought a new charger cord because my Poodle chewed it to bits. Luckily for her, she can never swallow the whole thing. But I’ve heard of bigger dogs ingesting a phone charger.
Prevent Your Pets from Eating the Darndest Things
There’s really no surefire way to prevent your fur babies from eating everything in sight. But making sure they are eating a healthy diet can help. There’s a medical issue on dogs called Pica. It is a condition where your dog craves for non-food items.
You should get your pets checked out by your local veterinarian. There are several causes such as malnutrition, vitamin deficiency, diabetes, or thyroid disease. However, it can also be non-medical like boredom, not getting enough exercise, wanting attention, and many more.
Since you can’t monitor your pet’s activities 24/7, you should consider keeping your pets in a crate when you are not around to see what they are up to.
I know some pet parents are guilty of not washing their pet’s bowl as often as they should. Heck, we don’t even like washing our own dishes. But will it really hurt them if we don’t wash it after every meal?
According to our resident cat Munchkin, yes. He wouldn’t drink from a water bowl that hasn’t been washed for a couple days. He would purposely kick the bowl till it turns upside down. That’s his way of telling his humans that he’s disgusted.
How many of you are guilty of simply refilling the water bowl when it gets close to empty? I can safely say that it’s probably 80% of us pet parents. It’s a bad habit that we seriously need to break.
Take a look at your pet’s water bowl and examine the bottom. Run your fingers through it and you will feel the slimy residue from the water that sits around it for a long time. Disgusting isn’t it? How would you feel if you have to drink from it everyday? Food deposits are also commonly found in dirty water bowls and poses a health risk for your pets.
Cleaning your pet’s food and water bowl is very important. If you can’t do it every meal, make it a habit to do it at least once a day. Rinsing it with warm water will also help if you are in a hurry.