25. July 2014

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Pits in the City – Moving into An Apartment

Some of us find ourselves in a situation where when have to move into a smaller space, like an apartment in the city, because of a number of reasons. This might sound exciting, but what if you have a pet Pit Bull? Moving can also be stressful for your pets since they have to get used to their new home, which might be smaller than what they’re used to.

Pits in the City – Moving into An Apartment

Here are a few tips on making moving a bit easier for your dog.

Talk to the Landlord or Lady

First, you need to make sure that the space you’re planning to rent actually lets you keep pets. Some apartments do, but others are very strict about the kinds of dogs allowed to stay. Some apartment owners won’t allow pit bull because of their size, so make sure you talk to the owners first about your dog before setting a date to move in.

Choose the Right Rental

Your new home should offer the same comforts as your old one. Some city apartments have yards where the tenants can let their dog roam around and play. These are also dog parks in most towns and city where you can take your dog for a day out. The vet or an animal hospital should also be accessible and the neighborhood should be nice enough were you can take your dog out for a walk.
Hello Neighbor

Meet the other tenants and dogs that also live in the same apartment. Socializing is important, especially since your dog is in a new environment so talk to your neighbors and let your dog meet other dogs.

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24. July 2014

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Dog-Proofing your Home

Dog owners often miss out on making sure that their homes are ready for a dog. Most of the time they just buy the supplies needed for their new pup, but don’t really notice the little things at home that can actually hurt the new dog.

Dog-Proofing your Home

Below are a few tips on how you can dog-proof your home.

Baby-Proof It

Bringing in a new dog to a home is similar to having a new baby. Baby gates are a big help especially for places where you don’t want your dog to go into. You need to cover electrical outlets since they may end up gnawing it and hurting themselves. Power-strips will also need covers.  Place safety locks on your bathroom and kitchen cabinets and keep their dog food in a dog-food vault.

Buy a Sturdier Trashcan

Dogs have a tendency to just go through your garbage and turn the whole place into a giant mess. You can find trashcans that come with safety locks or heavy-duty covers that your dog won’t be able to open and tip over.

Close Doors

If the space is off limits to your dog, then keep the dog closed. You can actually train your dog to make it understand that it shouldn’t go to certain areas in the house. Just be patient and take your time.
Higher Shelves

Shoes, bags and any other this that your dog might think of turning into a chew toy should be placed somewhere that they can’t reach. Keep your home well-organized so your dog won’t turn it upside down.

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23. July 2014

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Benefits and Downsides of Giving Dogs Chicken Bones

Dogs love to chew and nibble on bones. Dog owners usually give these as treats but giving them bones, especially chicken bones, does have its pros and cons.

Dogs and Chicken Bones

Raw Vs. Cooked

Before anything else, dog owners need to be aware about the difference between raw and cooked bones. Raw bones tend to be more flexible and dogs can usually chew and grind them to small enough pieces that they can easily be digested. Cooked chicken bones, however, become brittle and dry. They splinter as the dog chews on them and can cause problems so it’s best to give them softer types of cooked bones like wing parts.

In general, giving them bones is fine, but you need to be careful about the kind of bones that you give them.
Pros

Raw chicken, along with the bones, is a common healthy raw dog food used by many dog owners. There are valuable nutrients found in raw chicken bones that dogs can use. Meaty bones can be incorporated to their regular diet. Bones can also keep their teeth, gums and jaws healthy. It’s also a great alternative to treats since they’re inexpensive and you can buy them in bulk.

Cons

Feeding your dog an all bone meal might not give them enough nutrients, especially if you give them bones on a daily basis. Also, sharp bone shards can cause injuries on your dog’s mouth and throat. These tiny fragments may also cause constipation and other problems in their digestive tract.

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21. July 2014

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Types of Food to Give to your Dog for A Shiny Coat

A shiny coat always looks beautiful on any dog. It takes more than just grooming and bathing to give them wonderful fur, they also need a good, well-balanced diet. Fat is Important Most dog owners believe that there dog won’t need fat, especially if they just stay at home all day. But fats actually play […]

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20. July 2014

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Tips on Making an Adopted Dog Feel more at Home

When adopting an older dog, you have to get your home ready so your dog will feel more comfortable. It’ll also be easier for them to become used to the new environment. Adopting an older dog can help dogs from shelters get a second chance and start a new life with you and your family. […]

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19. July 2014

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Sweet and Natural Treats for Dogs

Giving your dog sweet treats might sound a bit off, but the can actually enjoy something sweet from time to time. Candies are not the ideal sweet treats for dogs, in fact they could get really sick if you give them candies, but there are a few healthy alternatives that you can give them. Sweet […]

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17. July 2014

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Grooming Your Pit Bull

Most of us don’t really like to groom our dogs, but grooming shouldn’t be looked at as a task. It’s a way for you to spend more time with your pit and get to know their body structures and skin better. Grooming is also very important for their health. Here are some tips on how […]

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16. July 2014

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Giving you Dog Oral Medication

When our dogs are sick, we’d do anything to get them well again. Medication can be a stress especially when it’s given orally. Some dogs just don’t like to take their meds and would struggle and give us a hard time. Since it’s vital that they get their medication, we put up with anything they […]

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15. July 2014

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Different Types of Dog Anxiety

Like humans, our furry little pets can also experience anxiety. This is an unpleasant feeling that causes inner turmoil. It’s often accompanied with envious behavior, like restlessness, pacing back and forth, chewing, barking and howling. Anxiety among dogs can be a real problem since they can’t really tell you what they feel. Here are the […]

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14. July 2014

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Pets And Home – Introducing A New Cat to your Dog

In cartoons, dogs and cats are usually shown as enemies. In real life however, these two common household pets can live in perfect harmony. When you introduce your dog to a new pet, especially if it’s a cat, you’re going to play referee for a few days, only until your dog gets used to having […]

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