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A checklist of consideration when thinking about adopting a dog.

Many people think that when they buy or rent a house with a big yard, “Well, now we need a dog!” but there are so many more important considerations than your yard size when adopting a dog. Here is a list of considerations when you feel the urge to add a dog to your family.

  1. Adopt a DogCan you commit? Dogs can live 15 years, and smaller breeds even longer. Where do you see yourself in the next 15 years? Regardless of whether or not you get married, have kids, retire and start traveling, move, lose your job, or get a divorce, are you willing to care for a dog through the process?
  2. Is this the right time?There are many life situations that compel us to want a companion by our side, but these intense emotional times can be when we make irrational decisions that we might regret. In times of grief (loss of a pet or relative), times of transition (a new job or house), or when planning for transition (planning a wedding or trying to get pregnant) it’s better not to add the responsibility of caring for a dog.
  3. Do you have the time?Do you have a stable routine that allows for daily walking, training, grooming and bonding? Dogs are social beings and having one in your family is like having another person in your house! You’ve got to be prepared to accommodate your new canine family member in all ways, incorporating them in your daily routine and putting their needs at the top of the list.
  4. Are you willing to work through the issues?They say that dogs are “Man’s Best Friend” for a reason. It’s about relationships. Just like scouring Match.com, when looking for the perfect dog to add to the family, you might be slightly fooled by the initial profile. Sometimes it can take time before baggage shows up. Your new dog might have an aggression trigger that you could have never predicted, or develop a separation anxiety issue once bonded to you. Are you willing to take the time to work with a trainer, or do what ever it takes to keep your dog safe and happy?
  5. Are you financially stable?In general, puppies, large dogs, and older dogs are more expensive to care for, but unforeseen expenses can happen with any dog. Are you capable of covering a vet bill, or damages to your house (accidents do and will happen!), and to adding the regular maintenance fees to your budget (food, vaccinations, toys, supplies)?
  6. Have you thought of the type of mate you are looking for?There are thousands of considerations about breed, size, age and disposition that one should consider before adopting. Do you live a physically active lifestyle (hiking, jogging, camping) that would be conducive to including an energetic dog? Do you have physical ailments that might limit your ability to walk a puppy or live with an active dog? Take a long, hard look at your life and determine what type of dog would fit into it nicely.

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Before you find yourself looking into all the sad and loving faces at your local dog shelter, take the time to consider if it really is a good decision to adopt. It can be very difficult to say ‘no’ to a dog in need of a home, but there are other ways to help. If the time isn’t right to bring a dog home with you, spend time volunteering at or for a shelter. From dog walking to office work, you can provide greatly needed and appreciated services in many capacities! If the time is right to add to your family, you get ready to experience highs and lows and joys like you could never imagine. They truly are man’s best friend!

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October 15, 2018 |

Are You A Doggie-for-Christmas Kind of House?

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Christmas doggie

Every year around Christmas thousands of people try to decide whether or not to get a dog for their kids for Christmas. Below are 6 Questions to help you decide if you should adopt a dog for Christmas from our friends at TheUncommonDog.com. Please remember, if you are going to get a dog don’t buy, adopt a dog from a dog rescue near you!

 

Christmas doggie

 

December 1, 2017 |

How To Choose The Perfect Pet Dog Name

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How To Choose The Perfect Pet Dog Name

Adopting a new pet dog is an exciting experience, but in some cases you’ll bring them back to their new home only to realise that they still don’t have a name.

The naming process can be difficult, especially if other members of your family are all campaigning for their favourites and for their voices to be heard.

The most important thing to remember is that whatever you end up calling your dog, this name will be used for the rest of their life; so here’s how you go about making a sensible decision.

Observe physical traits

First of all, does your dog have any physical treats that could be used to make up a name? For example, if your Jack Russell is white with a black circle covering his eye, you could call him Patch or Smudge.

Markings, distinctive colours, or aspects of their appearance can all be used to think of a suitable name and in most cases it will be obvious in a park full of dogs whose attention you are trying to get. 

Personal meaning

Another tactic to use is to attribute a name that’s personal to you and has a lot of meaning attached to it.

Perhaps you could call them after a close relative, a city abroad that you love, the location where you first met your partner, or a name that relates to the time of year you bought your pet.
If the name you choose has a personal meaning then your pet will remind you of good times and memories and it will be much more enjoyable to say as well.    

Individual characteristics

Once your dog begins exploring and running around their new home, see if you can spot any characteristics they have that remind you of a famous person or character. If so, you might be able to come up with a few contenders for their name this way. 

For example, Odie, Snoopy, Pluto and Droopy are all cartoon names that could make the cut, but perhaps you could name them after a famous president, or a huge film or sports star.

If the name fits the bill and relates to their characteristics then you’re guaranteed to be onto a winner.

Unique names

It might take you a little longer to craft, but if you can find a really unique name for your dog then you’ll break away from tradition.

Some of the most popular dog names for 2013 include Alfie, Bella, Poppy, Max and Oscar, so start thinking outside the box and see what crazy, weird and wacky names you can come up with.

Remember that you will need to feel comfortable shouting this name in public though, so refrain from going for anything too outrageous.

Keep it simple

Simple is always worth going for too. If your dog’s name becomes too long or difficult to pronounce then you may run into problems further down the line.

In contrast, if it’s easy to say then it will be quicker to get their attention and keep them under control. Plus you won’t have to explain what their name is, how to say it, or how to spell it to other people asking about your new furry friend.

Gender specific

Finally, you may have come up with a handful of ideal names, but make sure they relate to the gender of your pet – unless you don’t mind being questioned by other people.

Bailey or Roxy for example wouldn’t be suitable for a male in the same way that Jack and Harvey won’t really work for a female.

It might make for awkward conversation if you have to explain that your pet has a female name but is actually a male and vice-versa, so choose wisely.

Over to you

With these top tips at your disposal, it’s now over to you to come up with a handful of names and narrow them down before making a final choice.

Why not get the whole family involved? It will be much easier to put your minds together and come up with a suitable selection to choose from.

Best of luck in naming your new pet dog, we hope that you’ll end up with a name that you will be happy with for many years to come.

This post was written by  Time for Paws , a leading online pet supplies, food, and accessories store.

February 15, 2017 |

Study Shows Why You Picked Your Dog

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Study Highlights Why Humans Choose Certain Dogs

Ever wonder why you tend to lean toward a certain type of dog? Or why people tend to look like their dog? Well… turns out there’s a reason for that. According to the Natural Balance Canine Personality Study—a survey of 1,015 U.S. dog parents conducted by Natural Balance Pet Foods in conjunction with Learndipity Data Insights—Americans love dogs who are often just like them.

66% of people who have extroverted dogs are extroverted people. There’s a 65% chance that an introverted dog will have an introverted parent. If you are a lifelong learner there’s a 72% chance that your dog will be good at learning new tricks.

See that and other fun information below.

 

Study Highlights Why Humans Choose Certain Dogs

 

Adopt a dog like you at a dog rescue.

October 28, 2015 |

Prepare for the Newest Member of Your Family

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Prepare for the Newest Member of Your Family

The announcements have all been sent out. The nursery’s complete. And you just got back from the babymoon. You’re both excited to bring home the little one. It’s going to be a life-changing experience, but you couldn’t be readier or happier for this next step.

Sure, the “nursery” may be a crate set up in the kitchen with a comfy blanket and an oversized pillow bed in the living room corner. But let’s face it, your new pup is essentially your baby. That being said, here are four must-do’s for new puppy parents who are preparing to welcome the newest member of the family.

The Basics

Water, food, a collar and a leash are among the basics necessities you need at home to take care of your new dog. Follow this checklist to ensure you’re fully prepped for your four-legged companion’s homecoming:

  • Food and water bowls
  • Chew toys
  • Crate and bedding
  • Grooming supplies
  • Registered ID tag and/or microchip
  • Gate (to create boundaries)
  • Puppy pads, carpet cleaner and odor neutralizer for house training

Health Essentials

Spayed or neutered dogs tend to live longer, be healthier and have fewer behavioral problems, according to the Humane Society. Aside from those benefits, you also prevent future puppies (and overpopulation). For maximum health, you may also want to provide you furry friend with the following:

  • Heartworm medication (monthly pills, monthly topicals or even a six-month injection) to prevent heartworm disease caused by an infected mosquito.
  • Flea and tick control or preventative treatments to protect your pet from fleas, flea eggs or larvae, ticks and chewing lice. For a more nontoxic and natural approach, give your pup black walnut or vitamin-B flea treats, use a a fine-toothed flea comb, vacuum frequently, use herbal shampoo or apply a homemade natural insect repellent recommended by PETA.
  • Regular veterinarian check-ups or even training classes to provide your pet with optimal health and discipline.

Calming Space

Dogs are loyal, loving animals and enjoy snuggling up at your side. But, they also want to resort to a safe space when they feel threatened or nervous, such as during a thunderstorm. Instinctively, dogs prefer to be in a den-like space, which serves as shelter away from the storm, according to Daily Puppy.

Darken a space with roller blinds, which are a safer alternative than long window dressings. Keep in mind that your pup also could damage vertical or mini blinds as a way to deal with his or her nervousness. Also, place a blanket, pillow and toys to comfort your dog during the storm, and create positive associations with the space.

High-Tech Care

Unfortunately, many pups are left at home during most the day, and babysitters or doggie daycare can be expensive. Instead, equip your home with iCPooch, which is an interactive care system for your dog. With iCPooch, you can video chat or deliver a treat over the Internet and lovingly keep in touch with your furry friend while away from home. The all-in-one pet treat dispenser and computer connects you and your pet at all times, whether you’re at work or on vacation.

Welcome-Home Party

Introduce the newest member of your family by planning a welcome-home party for friends, family and their dogs. Provide refreshments and bake biscuit-shaped sugar cookies for friends and family. Homemade healthy recipes like frozen peanut butter yogurt dog treats or apple crunch pupcakes are for the four-legged guests to enjoy.

Set up a fun obstacle course, or plan a “Go Fetch” dog-themed scavenger hunt, challenging owners and their pets to win a prize by finding hidden items, such as rawhide bones, a pair of slippers or chew toys. Don’t forget to create goodie bags filled with treats and toys to give your guests and their furry sidekicks as thank you’s for when they leave.

May 23, 2015 |

For the Busy Pet Parent: How to Balance Life With Your Pets

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How to Balance Life With Your Pets

Pets truly enrich our lives with unconditional love and loyalty. Though we do our best to keep their tails wagging, balancing work, family and household responsibilities can leave your furry family members wanting more attention. Of course, nothing replaces giving your pet your undivided attention but, for times when multi-tasking is a must, you can still entertain Fido while getting things done around the house. Combine your daily tasks and your pets’ play time with the help of these innovative games and toys:

Laundr-O-Mutt

There’s something about a freshly stacked pile of clothes that just begs to be burrowed in—at least, your dog seems to think so. When your pup just can’t wait to rub his fur all over your crisp, clean clothes, distract him with something far more enticing, like an automatic fetch toy like iFetch. The device enables pet owners to train their fetch-loving friends to play on their own. The device works by loading it with a tennis-like ball that then shoots out up to 30 feet. Trained dogs can fetch and reload the ball for hours of fun; or, you can help your pet out by loading it for him.

Will Work for Kibble

Working from home has many advantages: no more sitting in traffic, clothes are optional, and best of all, no more office distractions. Or so you thought. Sure, your co-workers aren’t around to interrupt your flow, but your four-legged colleagues can prove far more demanding. Pets seem to find the most inopportune times to make their needs known. Perhaps they’re putting in their two cents during an important client call or jumping on your lap to join a virtual meeting. When the distractions become overwhelming, its time to set some boundaries. Since you’re now home to monitor your pet’s behavior, invest in some interactive toys that can keep them occupied while you work. For instance, a food puzzle game or treat dispenser will keep your pooch mentally stimulated while you tend to work matters.

Game Time

You’ve had a long day at work, the kids are occupied playing video games and Fido is begging for attention. Make your two-legged and four-legged kiddos happy with hands-free gaming that allows them to interact with their furry siblings while still allowing for some virtual fun. The hands-free capabilities of gaming consoles like Xbox One enable users to enjoy their virtual experience while multi-tasking real-world duties, like playing with Fido.

Dinner Table Antics

Whether you’re making dinner or eating it, your pup will likely be standing guard. It’s never pleasant trying to eat with a pair of puppy dog eyes on you. Some pets take it to the next level and implement whining and scratching to get what they want. Giving in only encourages bad behavior. Treat-stuffed toys offer a great way to keep your pet both occupied and satisfied. Next meal time, try using a treat game like a Kong Classic that enables your pet to chase and chew his wobbly toy in search for treats.

November 7, 2014 |
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