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4 Tips When Feeding Your Dog

By Alan Dugger

Rule 1: A dog should be fed by the same person at every feeding. This rule is not nearly as important where a couple of house pets are being fed by several members of the same family, as it is where large numbers of dogs are being fed by numerous different kennel personnel. It is particularly applicable where dogs are in strange environments such as boarding kennels, veterinary hospitals, or show arenas. Dogs that have become accustomed to one feeder may exhibit all sorts of erratic eating behavior if that person is changed.

Rule 2: Every dog should have its own food and water container. This precaution is not only sound behavioral psychology, it also is just plain good hygiene. It is especially wise to assign food bowls on an individual basis when your feeding containers are noticeably different from one another. Besides improved feeding technique, certain practical benefits are to be gained from following this rule. In racing stables, for example, where maintenance of body weight is so important, feeding instructions can be written on the bottom or the side of each dog’s feeding container, right next to its name or number.

Rule 3: A dog should be fed in the same place every time it is fed. Whether it be the corner of the kitchen, beside the back-door steps, at the rear of a kennel run, or along the left-side wall of a cage, the site where the food container is placed should remain the same every day. In fact, everything that’s done with the food container should be identical at each feeding. If you use a push cart or wagon to carry the tub of food to the dogs, always use the same cart and tub. If you pre-fill food bowls in the diet kitchen and carry them on the cart, don’t decide one day to carry the tub of food on the cart and fill each bowl as you reach the dog. It may have become boring to you, but to your dog it has become the way of life. A change only serves to disrupt his way of life and to create cause for insecurity.

Rule 4: No dog should ever have its food changed without a good reason. Contrary to popular opinion, dogs do not need a change in food from time to time to keep them from growing tired of the same food all the time. Many dogs have lived normal, healthy lives by eating the same food throughout their entire lifetimes. In many instances where a dog owner thinks a dog has gotten sick and tired of a food, the dog has just gotten sick from the food. Not so sick, perhaps, that it really showed, but sick enough to stop eating. When a dog food is deficient, it is not uncommon for a dog eating that food to lose its appetite. Of course, nutritional deficiencies are not the only thing that will cause a dog to lose its appetite.

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Apr 23, 2012 | 0 | Dog nutrition, Looking after your dog, Tips

6 Tips for Summer Pet Care Safety

By Emmy E Bill

Spring and summer are quickly approaching, which means it’s almost time for warm weather and outdoor festivities. Summer days are made even better when they’re shared with pets. By following a few summer pet care safety tips, you can keep your animals healthy and enjoy the fun-filled summer months!

1) Never leave your pet in the car. No matter how long you’re going to be gone or how cool you think it is outside, the temperature inside the car can raise to 120 degrees F in a matter of minutes. This can be extremely dangerous for animals, so play it safe and leave them at home when you run errands!

2) Keep your pet leashed. Letting your dog run free could create problems. He/she could end up getting lost, in a fight with another animal or ingesting something dangerous.

3) Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. This could be the number one summer pet care safety tip and goes for humans as well-whether you’re indoors or outdoors, both you and your pet must consume plenty of water during the summer. If you leave the house, be sure to bring water bottles along with you and your pet.

4) Don’t forget to groom. Protect your dog from the sun by keeping him well groomed. This will help him to be more comfortable and insulated from the heat. Dogs with thick hair should have it trimmed regularly during the summer.

5) Never leave them unattended. Some animals are left outside for the majority of the summer. However, when it gets very hot, it’s not safe to keep them outdoors for a long period of time. You may want to keep your pets inside during the hottest part of the year to prevent illness and dehydration.

6) Be aware of heatstroke. Heatstroke is a dangerous condition and requires veterinary attention immediately. Signs of heatstroke include:

a. Panting
b. Staring
c. Anxious expression
d. Refusal to obey commands
e. Warm, dry skin
f. High fever
g. Rapid heartbeat
h. Vomiting
i. Collapse

If you notice any of these symptoms, contact a veterinarian as soon as possible. In the meantime, attempt to lower the animal’s body temperature by applying towels soaked in cool water to the hairless areas of the body. Heatstroke can be fatal, so take every step you can to prevent it from happening. You can also use a product like IntelliLyte Electrolytes for Dogs, just think Gatorade for dogs.

Following all of these summer pet care safety tips should keep you on the right track for keeping your pets safe during the summer. Remember that if your pet is very young, elderly, or ill he may have a harder time regulating his body temperature. You will want to keep a special eye on him/her if that is the case to prevent problems.

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Apr 16, 2012 | 0 | Dog health, Looking after your dog, Tips

Walk the Dog!

By Ron Ayalon

Wolves are the ancestors of dogs and the first thing a pack of wolves does in the morning is go for a stroll. Ok, maybe they stretch a little first, and it isn’t really a stroll so much as purposeful wandering. The point is that dogs have the need to walk deep within their DNA. This goes for the biggest Mastiffs to the tiniest Chihuahuas and everything in between. And, yes, this means your precious Skittles needs a daily walk as well. Aside from the ancestral yearning, there are many modern reasons to get off the couch and walk skittles at least once every day.

Do it for Her Health…and Yours
Unless you are a hermit living in a cave, you have heard that Americans are not just overweight, but obese. Well, unfortunately, we have passed the bad behaviors on to our dogs. Dogs are now tipping the scales, and in some cases breaking them. Just like you, for optimal health, Skittles needs some exercise. Sure, you can lazily play fetch with her in the living room or backyard, but a walk is great for both of you. If you make a change from rarely walking her to walking her every day, you will be amazed by the change you see in her and in you.

Keep Her in Line
Do you ever come home to find that Skittles has dug through the bathroom garbage can to shred every tissue you used to blow your nose? Does she ferret out the most disgusting rotted food from the kitchen garbage or gnaw on the leg of the dining room table. These undesirable behaviors can often be reduced or totally eliminated with a walk (a little training can’t hurt). Skittles is bored and has more energy than she knows what to do with. Whereas a person who has a lot of energy might find something constructive to do, all Skittles knows how to do is destroy. If you are not walking her, start. If you are walking her just once a day, add a second walk and watch her nasty habits disappear.

Give her Mental Stimulation
People tend to forget that dogs get bored too, especially more intelligent breeds. The smarter the dog, the worse the destruction it can create when bored. Back to the ancestral wolves, they wander around throughout much of the day to find food, patrol their territory, and sniff out intruders. All of this is constant intellectual stimulation. Wolves use their noses, ears, and eyes and remain alert all day out of necessity. Little Skittles may not need to patrol or find food, but without the need she has a mental gap. What is she to do with all those brains and nothing to think about?

A walk is more than just a way to drain her energy and make her too tired to be fat or destructive. Skittles needs mental stimulation and on a walk she gets it. Just like wolves do, she uses her nose primarily, but also her eyes and ears to observe her surroundings and what she perceives as her territory. There are all kinds of toys and treats that you can buy her to keep Skittles busy in the house. But, there is no substitute for a stimulating walk.

Now that you know how important walking is for your buddy, it’s time to get out there with her. Start with a reasonable route and lengthen it as you both get more fit. Change it up from day to day to keep her interested. If she doesn’t walk well on the leash, consult with a trainer to learn some tricks for improving her walking behavior.

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Mar 09, 2012 | 1 | Looking after your dog, Tips

Pets Are Family Too!

By Dawn Combs

I am sure that I am not alone in saying that my husband and I love our pets like they are our children. Many people treat their pets as members of their family and shower on them all the love, care and concern someone would give any member of their family and we are no different. We personally, have three dogs, a cat and a mini macaw. There are more animals than humans in our household but it is a harmonious place. They all have their own personalities and place in our family unit, and they are all cherished for their foibles, charm, the great love and affection they give us freely, and the easy going and malleable natures they have developed over the years. We are proud pet owners and I feel like we have done our fare share in rescuing wonderful animals that were in dire need of a forever family.

My husband and I got our first dog very soon after we met and moved in together. He was a Beagle Black Lab mixed breed that we rescued from the local Humane Society and he was three months old (we named him Garcia…yes…after Jerry). He had kennel cough when we adopted him and the folks at the Humane Society told us he may not live. They didn’t take into account the stubborn Beagle traits the little guy had because not only did he survive the kennel cough but he lived to be 15 years old! Never having a puppy before I was surprised at how much work it was! The potty training, shots, bathing, feeding, walking, training…and of course many hugs and kisses. Talk about a wakeup call; it was a wakeup call I would never regret.

I have always loved animals and my family and I had many different kinds while growing up. We had rabbits, hamsters, fish, dogs, cats, birds and horses. But once I reached adulthood I was too busy with the normal things twenty-something people do to consider getting a pet. When I met my husband that changed and our one rescued dog named Garcia turned into three rescued dogs. We would eventually we would adopt two more when our first two died of old age.

After many years owning pets I can honestly say me and my husband have definitely made some mistakes, but we have also learned a lot. If I were asked what one of the most important factors is in owning any pet I would say to simply give them the attention, love and proper care they need and crave. So many people get a pet on a whim and then quickly forget about them when the shine and novelty wear off. Pets are not toys, they are sentient beings with very definite needs and a very clear dependency on their human caretakers.. What is one of the biggest mistakes people make in pet ownership? Not giving adequate boundaries and corrective training! Dogs especially, are very pack driven and need clear direction on who the pack leader is and what is their role in the family unit is. Without calm, consistent and assertive guidance from a human pack leader dogs will sometimes develop aggressive tendencies and/or neurosis. This bad behavior will make life difficult for everyone in the family. In the long run the animal suffers since they end up in killing shelters, destroyed or simply chained out in a yard alone and uncared for. Start boundary and corrective training early, by three months of age, and be consistent; you will save yourself, your family and your pet much heartache, confusion and grief in the future. Pets are family too!

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Jan 17, 2012 | 0 | Looking after your dog, Miscellaneous

Boredom: Why It’s Bad For Your Dog

By Simon Tong

Let’s start with a plausible scenario. You live alone and have no one else except for your dog that you got from a pet store a few years ago. Frankly speaking, you’d prefer this arrangement over anything else. Sure, your dog has had a few problems here and there, but so far you’ve always found time to get it sorted out.

Recently, however, you’ve been so busy that you haven’t had the time to bring him out for walks, so he stays at home all day while you go to work. But you do find some time in the weekends to get the house cleaned up a bit. But those assignments have been killing you lately, so it’s been a while since you’ve been out of the house and doing things that you like. But now there’s another kind of trouble in your hands.

You’ve noticed that he’s starting to lick and bite himself obsessively. He’d just sit in a corner and just run his tongue over his paws, again and again and again. He could do this all day if you let him, but you don’t. It’s just not natural. He keeps biting at his tail too, and scratches his ears constantly. There was also an occasion where you saw him run towards you for a hug after getting back from work, but he was so itchy that he couldn’t help but attempt to scratch himself at the same time. Your dog eventually settled with a half-hearted scratch, while limping towards you with three legs.

Upon further inspection, you confirm the dreadful fact that he’s suffering from some sort of skin problem and you start to feel a sinking feeling inside. But wait, wasn’t he cooped up at home all this time? How on earth did he get what he’s got now? Does that mean your house has fleas or something?

Well, not necessarily. It’s possible your house is completely free of such things. You’ve also been feeding him well – after reading up on dog guidebooks, you devised a pretty good diet for him and he’s been eating healthily ever since. It can’t be a lack of baths either, because you hate being around things that stink and therefore made it a point to give him at least two a week. What could be the problem then?

You might want to sit down; it’s a pretty weird answer.

He’s bored.

That’s right; he got so bored from being all alone that he somehow developed rashes in his (abundantly) spare time. But that’s generalizing the problem quite a lot. Instead, let’s take a look at why I came into this conclusion.

We both know that dogs are social creatures. We also know that dogs just don’t like to be left alone. I live in a two storey apartment and my dog is only allowed to roam around in the first floor. Whenever the last person goes up the stairs, he’d just sit at the bottom and whine. “Come back,” he seemed to say, “I don’t want to be left alone!”

So in the example described above, your dog would most likely be pining for you to come back home every time you step out of the door. He’d be staring at it, using all his mental strength to summon you back as soon as possible. He gets more depressed the later you return, sometimes even waiting ‘till midnight before he hears the familiar jingling of the keys approaching the door.

He also has nothing to do in the day. Maybe he’ll occupy himself with his favourite chew toy for a while, and then try to amuse himself by pulling out the carpet and gnawing on any shoe that’s within his reach. There’s an added bonus of having you interact with him as a consequence too, even though it’s not the kind he prefers. Eventually he gets bored of that too, and starts examining himself and licking his paws. It’s fun to clean up, he would think, and carries on with it, afterwards progressing to his tail. Then he starts biting at mildly itchy spots, and scratching his ear.

That’s how it starts. Because of extreme boredom.

Now, of course it’s not your fault you can’t spend time with him. You’ve been bogged down with work recently. The thing is, though, that it’s obviously affecting him now, so you’ll need to figure out how to fix it.

This will need to be solved in two phases, the first being the healing of the wounds. Take him to the vet to have a check up, just in case there isn’t anything else hurting your dog. The vet will then give you some medicine to either ingest or apply to the wound. If you want to do this without seeing a vet, though, what I would suggest is to get an antibacterial soap specially designed for dogs and wash the wound with it. After that, use a healing gel or cream and apply it to the wound. Finally, cover up the wound with a sock or a discarded shirtsleeve and tape it up. He wouldn’t be able to get to the wound and start licking again.

Once the healing has started to progress, focus on the next stage: Stopping the behavioural causes. You now know that he gets like this because he’s lonely, so try not to get him lonely! A really basic thing to do is to give him attention when you get back home, no matter the hour. I’m sure he’ll be really pleased to see you and play a little fetch after a long day of non-interaction. If he’s not up for that, at least give him a little pat and have a little chat with him. It would definitely make a major difference.

Buying toys for your dog may also be a good idea, especially those of the interactive kind. A dog treat ball is a great way for your dog to pass the time, which will come in very handy during the long hours alone at home. Basically, you place a small treat inside the ball, and you leave it to your dog to figure out how to get at the treat. He’ll have tons of fun puzzling about with the treat ball and would be too occupied to lick himself obsessively as a result.

Another similar toy is the Kong toy. These things can bounce when they’re thrown and can be chewed on as they’re made of rubber, and they also have a conical shape that can be used to stuff tasty treats like peanut butter in it for your dog to enjoy. I can definitely see this cheering up a really bored dog and keeping him busy for hours on end. What’s more, if you get back and find that the treat is all cleaned out, give it a wash and voila, you’ve got yourself something for your dog to play fetch with!

Toys can give him some satisfaction and keep his mind off the licking and gnawing for a while, but he still needs a bit of interaction with you at the end of every day to fulfil his social needs. Any less and he’ll go back to his destructive routine again. If you foresee yourself not being able to interact with him regularly for a few days, consider placing him a day-care centre especially for dogs. Granted, the prices are nothing to sniff at, and your dog’s potential roommate may not be as friendly as you’d like. Still, you’ll know he’s in (relatively) safe hands and will be well taken care of. In the end, you will have to compare the pros and cons and decide for yourself.

The last thing I can suggest is just to hire a dog walker. Essentially, you’ll pay a person that will bring your dogs out for a walk every day. This will give him the exercise he needs and will tire him out enough to help him relax, thus decreasing the likelihood of him licking his paws just to have something to do. This is obviously a less expensive alternative to putting him in day-care, but again, you will need to determine which choice will be the right fit for you and your dog.

Whatever the solution, just remember that the root causes of your dog’s licking is boredom, anxiety and stress. If you can eliminate these things in your dog’s life, he’ll soon stop trying to ‘over-groom’ himself, and will be a happier dog as a result!

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Jan 05, 2012 | 0 | dog behavior, Looking after your dog

Do the Right Thing – Spay or Neuter Your Pet

By Valerie McCune

One of the most important health decisions you can make is to spay (remove the ovaries and uterus of a female pet) or neuter (remove the testicles of a male pet) your cat or dog. This is a veterinary procedure that requires a short hospital stay and gives your pet lifelong health benefits.

You can check with ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) to find a low-cost spay or neuter program in your area that makes the surgery more affordable and accessible for you. The ASPCA also has a list of reasons why you should spay or neuter your pet:

  • If your pet is female she will live a longer and healthier life. Spaying helps prevent breast cancer and uterine infections.
  • Your female pet will no longer go into heat. Female cats can go into heat every 3 weeks during the breeding season. A cat in heat will want to find a mate which causes them to yowl and want to be let outdoors to find the neighborhood Tom cat. This is not fun at 3:00AM every 3 weeks!
  • Neutering your male pet before the age of 6 months will prevent testicular cancer.
  • Your male pet will not go looking for female mates that are in heat. A male pet that has not been neutered will try anything to locate a mate including bolting out an open door and digging under fences.
  • Neutering your male pet will make them a much better behaved pet. Neutered pets are much happier to spend their time with you as opposed to finding a way to locate a mate. A neutered dog is usually less likely to be aggressive.
  • It is much less expensive to spay or neuter your pet then to pay for unwanted litters.
  • It will keep your male pets from getting into fights over females.
  • Spaying and neutering keeps your community from having a large stray population of dogs and cats. Strays can become a real problem by getting into garbage, running into traffic, attacking other animals or people, running in packs and defecating in areas where children play.
  • Spaying and neutering helps to end the suffering of strays and unwanted litters. Every year millions of dogs and cats are euthanized because they come from unwanted litters or have become strays on the streets. This could be prevented if just more people would spay and neuter their pets.

 

Spaying and neutering is not only a great health benefit for your pet but also good for your community. Spay or neuter – do the right thing!

Valerie McCune has owned dog and cats her entire life and enjoys writing about them and sharing pet owner tips.

Visit her website at http://www.petsarena.com where you can find quality pet products and a pet blog with more articles.

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Sep 05, 2011 | 0 | Dog health, Looking after your dog, Stray dogs

When Is My Child Ready For A Pet?

By Tabatha Carithers

My daughter is four years old, and she feels that she is able and ready to take care of a pet. She normally asks me about once a week hoping that I will change my mind and buy a cute puppy for her.

I have a strong belief that any pet should be treated and considered as a new edition to your family. Pets come with basically the same responsibilities as caring for a child or the elderly. All pets need daily care, attention, food, water, and love.Is a four-year old ready to deliver such a resposibility?I wasn’t sure about the answer to that question, so I decided to give her a test.

It was December of 2010 when my mother and I discussed what we were going to do to see if she was ready for a pet. My mother used the same idea that she used for me when I was 9. We bought her a FurReal Friends GoGo My Walkin’ pup. The first two days she was scared of the walkin’ pup.Then when she learned it wasn’t a real puppy, she began to get really rough with the pup. She would throw it around and her one year old brother would drag it on its side while yanking on its leash. Every once in a while they would pretend to give it food and water. By the end of January she was no longer interested in the FurReal Friends GoGo My Walkin’ pup.

That told me a lot about how a one and four-year old would treat a real puppy. This test quickly made me realize they wouldn’t be ready to take on the responsibilities until they were a bit older.

It is said, that a child this young can’t completely take care of themselves yet, which only concludes they will not be able to completely take care of anything else. I will definitely test her again in about five to six years from now. by then she will have learned to be more responsible, loving, caring and can better take care of herself.

Although the pet test was done with a “fake” puppy, it still served the same purpose and got me the answer that I needed. If your child is constantly asking you to get them a pet, get creative and give them a pet test to find out if your child is ready for a real pet or not.

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May 30, 2011 | 0 | Choosing your dog, Looking after your dog, Puppies

A Simple Look at Dog Strollers

By John Razmus

Owning a dog stroller can make life simple on the owner and the pet. Do you own a little dog that moves slowly when you go on walks, or is hurt? Maybe you have a little dog that is old in age and has weak joints. A dog stroller will be the perfect alternative for traveling outside in public with your pet.

Describe a Pet Stroller?

Pet strollers are very much alike in looks compared to baby strollers. However a pet stroller is usually covered up a bit more, much like a mesh kennel. Some pet strollers are actually Kennels attached to the frame of a stroller for a two in one feature!

Though a pet stroller is covered it will normally have mesh around all sides of it with holes in it so that your dog can get the proper air while he is riding in it. You can find pet strollers in many different patterns, styles and colors. So if you have a little female dog you can find some hot pink and yellow designs, or green and red for a male dog.

Where can I find a dog stroller?

All you really need to do to find the right one for your dog is to search online. Many results will show up for online pet stores and personal sellers that carry strollers. If you’d prefe too, you can purchase a dog stroller at your local pet store if you don’t want to have to wait for it to ship.

However, it has become a usual for most people to shop online for whatever items they are looking for. It is simple, convenient, and you can find some excellent discounts on pet strollers that you might not be able to get in the store.

The Type of Features you should look for in a Dog Stroller

When your dog will be riding in a dog stroller, you will need to insure that he is safe during all times. There are some features that you need to look for in a quality stroller for dogs. First, you need to make sure that the stroller has the mesh ventilation as mentioned before.

The more ventilation windows that are on the cover the better for your pet! Now, there should be tire brakes near the back wheels of the stroller so that if you need to make a stop somewhere that is inclined, your pet stroller will not go rolling away. A stroller that gives your pet a smooth ride is very important because bumpy rides can cause your pet to be uneasy. When shopping for pet strollers, make sure the tires have thick rubber or tread on them; that’s how you know that they will give your pet a comfortable ride.

Extra Stuff on the Dog Strollers

A drink tray is included on some dog strollers that you buy. This is a great spot for you to keep your drinks, money, or anything else small things that you might carry. Another excellent feature that you might want your pet stroller to have is a storage bin which is usually located underneath the stroller.

In this, you can place your dog’s treats, toys, water bottle and water bowl.

So which Dog stroller should I buy?

Reading online reviews on dog strollers can help you make a decision. Not only that, but some dog strollers are smaller compared to others and carry up to a particular weight, so make certain you read what the heaviest weight is that can be held by each stroller you consider purchasing.

To learn more about dog strollers, visit http://dog-strollers.org.

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May 29, 2011 | 0 | Dog health, Looking after your dog

Various Types Of Dog Beds For Large Dogs

By Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan

Just like humans canines want and need their own personal space. Having their own space offers the feeling of security and independence. You can get your pet their own crate and provide them the security they need. One of the things you as a pet owner have to consider is the type of bed your pet will sleep on. Size is your first consideration, for instance, if you have a large canine you have to shop for dog beds for large dogs.

A few of the breeds of dogs that are considered to be large include Collies, Retrievers, German Shepherds and certain breeds of hound dogs. Whether you keep your large dog inside or outside they still need a space to call their own. When you are looking for dog beds for large dogs you need to consider the type of bed they will use.

Polystyrene Beads

Polystyrene bead types are very popular among pet owners. They are soft, retain warmth and are very comfortable for big dogs. The only issue you might have is if your beloved pup likes to chew up their possessions, as you will have a mess to clean up if the beads get loose.

Memory Foam

Memory foam beds for your pet offer support and proper spinal alignment which can protect them from early hip problems and other skeletal issues. These are commonly called orthopedic and are for senior dogs, but they are good for canines of all ages.

Polyester Fill

Polyester filled types for large dogs are quiet, easy to machine wash and are good for all canine pets. They are the most affordable, but you may have to wash them often meaning they will show wear sooner.

Pine or Cedar Shavings

Finally, cedar or pine shavings used in bedding is a good choice for certain circumstances. These shavings act as an odor and insect repellent. The only drawback is that if your dog is a hunter this can affect their ability to track scents.

These are the most common types of beds for large dogs you can consider for your pet. You will need the right size for your large canine friend. Round ones are usually 48 inches in diameter for larger canines and rectangular ones for big dogs can range from 43″ x 30″ for dogs 70 to 100 pounds to 54″ x 35″ for extra large pups over 100 pounds. Most of labels on these products will say what size pet for which they are best suited.

Ahmed Khan is passionate about animals, especially dogs, he writes articles about a mans best friend at http://www.dog-expert.net

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May 22, 2011 | 0 | Looking after your dog

Handling Poop Bags the New Way

By Kay Ringelstetter

Picking up dog poop and removing it so others don’t step in it is now made easier. And we must do this every time, always carrying our poop bags, so that we are ready. Dog waste is a danger to our environment and to our health and it is a real nuisance to many people as it is stepped in and then tracked into homes and vehicles. So we must be responsible pet owners. Our job has just become easier because there is now a new way to take care of pet feces.

We must always be prepared by carrying products to pick up the dog poop. Plastic grocery bags or the purchased sandwich bags work fine or we may choose to buy the various authentic dog waste bags or even the waste bags dispenser. We can stuff our products in our pockets, but a much better option is to use a dog waste bags carrier. These dog pouches allow room for the empty bags as well as room for dog training supplies. One new carrier that is now available even has a clip for a dog poop bags dispenser.

Once our pet has passed the feces, we must immediately pick it up. The sooner the better, before it has time to settle. We place a hand into the bag, grab the bottom of the bag with our fingers and then pick up the mess on the ground. If on concrete, we must gingerly lift the feces directly up from the surface and try to leave as little behind as possible. If on grass, we make more of a clawing motion with our fingers and try to get as far under the mess as possible and then lift it up.

Then you we use the other hand and pull the top of the bag over our fist and retain the dog poop inside the bag. We tie the end of the bag tightly and place the entire bag into the interior pocket of the carrier for poop bags. It will now be well protected from breakage and from the sight of others, including ourselves. Out of sight and out of mind. This carrier provides a much better option than carrying our poop bag out in the open by hand or attached to our leash. Not only is there a real possibility of getting a tear or rip in the bag if we choose that old option, but it is also such a very ugly sight. We know it is the way we have been doing it, but there is this new and better way now.

Another new and better way is to now use hand sanitizer. Dog waste is a common carrier of eleven diseases, including 5 types of worms. Although we may not have touched anything, we should not take that chance. We wash our hands after using the toilet. We must sanitize our hands now. One new carrier for dog poop bags actually has a side pocket which holds an inverted bottle of hand sanitizer, so this new procedure is remembered and made easy.

So there is a new way to carry dog waste bags that now makes the job of picking up dog poop rather simple and easy. The carrier for dog poop bags will hold everything we need for our dog waste and also other needed items. A new and unique dog pouch for holding poop bags, empty and full, for dog training supplies, for treats, for hand sanitizer, and for more will help us with our tasks as responsible pet owners.

Please consider this new, discreet and safe way to carry your poop bags.
This convenient dog pouch will safely and discreetly carry your poop bags, and also has interior and exterior pockets for empty plastic bags, dog training supplies and an inverted bottle of hand sanitizer. It also has a handy clip for a dog poop bags dispenser, keys or a flashlight. This is a new way to carry your dog waste bags which is convenient, discreet, and sanitary.

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Apr 25, 2011 | 0 | Looking after your dog