CBD Hemp Products for Dogs – Are They Safe and Beneficial to Dogs?

In this post I want to talk to you about whether CBD Hemp products for dogs are safe and or beneficial. Well there is so much information out there on the internet about this subject that I thought it was important for me to add some relevant information to my website about it. I have two Chihuahuas that I have had on CBD oil for 6 months now and I have seen a huge improvement in them and their ailments that I am treating them for. I am treating my female Chihuahua named Allee for excessive skin itching, allergies, and separation anxiety. I am also treating my male Chihuahua named Snapple for pancreatitis which causes lots of nausea and vomiting and an overall feeling of being bloated and uncomfortable after meal or treat time. OK let’s just dive right in now!

What is CBD and is it Safe and or Beneficial for Dogs?

First of all, Cannabidoil is the official name for CBD. CBD is just the shortened name for Cannabidoil. It has a different compound than THC and therefore will NOT show up in a drug test made for detecting THC. CBD products by themselves, minus the THC will NOT get you or your dog high. That makes them very safe for your furry friends. CBD is extracted from the leaves and flowers from the cannabis or marijuana plant. All mammals have a system called the Endocannabinoid system in their bodies naturally. Your body and every mammalian body produces cannabinoids and has an innate system that responds to them. This system consists of at least two receptors that respond to cannabinoids. By regulating the productions of signals in your dogs cells in his/her body, acting as an antioxidant and activating several different types of receptors in their bodies, CBD is able to exert a number of therapeutic effects with NO negative side-effects yet discovered.

Are CBD Products for Humans and Dogs Different?

When CBD products are manufactured for human and for dogs consumption they are manufactured exactly the same. The only difference might be found in any treats or products that the CBD oil is ADDED to for dogs or other pets may only be consumed by animals, not by humans. Other than that, they are compounded the same exact way. Therefore the oils and capsules that you find out there on the market are usually manufactured for both human and animal consumption. But ALWAYS, ALWAYS check and double check the product ingredients BEFORE you purchase it for your dog to make sure that it does NOT contain any THC. I have not done any research on THC and it’s effects on dogs or other animals but I don’t recommend it because of this lack of knowledge on my part. I would simply say that I recommend that you consult with your trusted veterinarian BEFORE trying any new product out for your dog especially anything containing THC.

Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.

A survey published in the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association found that, out of 632 people, 72% reported using or having used a CBD product for their dog (and 104 tried is with their cats) and 64% felt that it helped their pets.

Ailments, Diseases and Disorders That CBD Products Have Been Said to Help With in Your Dog.

Below is a list of just some of the ailments, diseases and disorders that CBD products have been said to help within your dog:

  • Lack of Appetite
  • Grumpiness or aggression towards other animals
  • Excessive Barking
  • Lack of Vitality and Energy
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Nausea and Anxiety from Car Rides
  • Trips to the Vet or Groomers
  • Muscle Spasms or seizures
  • Recovering from Surgery or Illness
  • Pacing or Inability to Settle or Relax
  • Fear of Thunderstorms, Fireworks, or Loud Noises
  • Overall Well-Being
  • Inflammation in General
  • Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome
  • Cushing’s Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Immune System Support
  • And More!

Always Remember to Consult Your Trusted Vet BEFORE Giving Anything New to Your Dog

Please, I cannot stress enough about how much I recommend that you consult with your trusted Vet BEFORE giving your dog or other pet ANYTHING new to their regular regime. Also do your own research on the subject when deciding whether or not to start them on CBD products.

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CBD Hemp Products for Dogs – Dosage Guidelines.

Here we are going to talk a bit about CBD Hemp products for dogs and some general guidelines for dosing. Before we look at the specifics about CBD dosage for dogs and other pets, its important to cover some basics. Remember, a lot of different factors can influence the exact dose of CBD your pet needs. Let’s just get started now.

 

 

Factors to Consider When Choosing the Right Dosage for Your Dog.

One of the main factors influencing dosage with CBD products is the type of product you are using, The supplement brand is also something to consider. CBD products are typically available in three different forms:

  • Oils
  • Capsules
  • Treats

Another major factor influencing dosage is your pets size. In general, dosage for dogs varies once they weigh more than twenty pounds. And lastly, also remember that your dogs ailment can also affect how much CBD they should be taking. The dosage guidelines I outline here are simply general and can be adjusted to suit your dogs needs.

 

CBD Dosage Basics.

In general, CBD oils are always administered in drops. The exact amount of drops needed for a dose can vary for one product to another, but it generally consists of 2-4 drops taken 2-4 times daily. CBD capsules, on the hand, usually contain between 150 – 200 Mg of hemp exact each. Again the exact number of capsules needed for a dose varies from one product to another, but generally consists of roughly 1 tablet taken 1-2 times daily.

Unlike oils and capsules, CBD treats can contain varying concentrations of CBD and should be given to your dog as per the instructions on the package of the product.

Here’s the bottom line.

Whenever using any kind of CBD product I recommend following the dosing instructions that come with the product, seeing how your dog responds and adjusting the dose as needed.

 

Here’s Some Great News!!

CBD has no known toxic level and is considered incapable of causing an “overdose”. So just follow the product recommendations. Really the only issue with giving your dog or other pet too much CBD product is that you may be wasting the product itself which can become very costly in the long run.

There is a product called Paw Choice Hemp Oil for Dogs and Cats that I have been giving my five-year old female chihuahua named Allee for the past 6 months now. She is taking it for separation anxiety, allergies and excessive skin itching. I also give it to my six year old male chihuahua named Snapple for his pancreatitis which causes him lots of nausea and vomiting almost every day after he is finished with eating his meal or treats.Allee was on a medication named Apoquel for the excessive skin itching for a bout the past year and a half and she has finally been able to get off of it about 3 weeks after starting this CBD Oil treatment regime. She is also a lot calmer whenever I am getting ready to leave the house or the work day and she seems a lot more calm when I get home. Allee also seems a bit less depressed as I noticed this seemed to go hand in hand with the separation anxiety, She just seemed to get very depressed looking and acting as I started my routine to get ready to leave the house for work. And my male chihuahua named Snapple used to throw up at lease twice a week and suffered from nausea every day after almost every meal or treat time. In the past six months that he has been on this CBD Oil Treatment regime, he has only thrown up about 2-3 times per MONTH! What a difference I see in both of them! I get it from Amazon.com for $34.97 for 1 fluid oz. Snapple weighs 9 pounds and I give him the therapeutic dose of 2-3 drops 2-3 times per day. And for Allee who weighs 11 pounds, I give her the Therapeutic dose of 3-4 drops 3-4 times per day. This 1 fluid oz. bottle lasts me about 4 weeks for the both of them. Not bad compared to the over $75 per month I was spending on Allee’s Apoquel alone per month.

Give your pet the amazing all-natural benefits of an organic Hemp Oil Supplement.

  • Calming and relieves Anxiety
  • Reduces Pain and Inflammation
  • Improves Mobility and Flexibility
  • For Healthy Skin, Coat and Joint Function
  • Over all Well Being
  • A Great Preventative Supplement
  • And More!

It is made with Organic hemp from the U.S.A

  • Manufactured in the U.S.A
  • Best Potency and Value
  • 450 Mg of hemp Extract from the Whole Plant
  • It has an all natural flavor from organic mint extract that pets love and is easily applied to their food, treats or administered directly under their tongue for the fastest relief from their symptoms.

You also do not need to worry if your pet doesn’t like it or won’t eat it or if it is not the right product for your pet. It comes with a hassle-free Love it Guarantee.

 

The Levels Of Treatment For CBD Products.

You should also consider that there are three different levels of treatment when administering CBD products to your dog or other pets. As you may have noticed above where I mentioned that I am treating my dogs at the Therapeutic level of CBD Oil, this is just one of the three levels the experts recommend for dosage guidelines.

The first level is the Standard Level. It is used when treating with CBD products for such ailments as immune support, fear or stress from riding in the car, bad weather, i.e..thunder storms etc., and other situational issues such as large crowds. The second level is called the Therapeutic Level and is used when treating such ailments as anxiety, separation anxiety, nausea, inflammation, arthritis pain, or pain from an injury. Then lastly there is the Medicinal Level of treatment of CBD products. This is used when a larger dose may be necessary for ailments such as cancer, hip dysplasia, epilepsy and so forth.

 

Choosing the Right Product.

Many pet parents struggle to decide which products to use for their dogs or other pets. I generally recommend using the CBD oils whenever possible. When administered under the tongue of your dog, CBD oil offers the fastest relief from symptoms for them. Capsules and treats, on the hand, need to pass through the digestive tract and can take at least 45 minutes take effect. However, remember that the oil treatment is the most difficult to administer for some pets who refuse to take mouth supplements without a huge fight, and have the strongest taste to them. If your dog is a picky eater, like mine is, and is sensitive to strong tastes, you may find better results using either capsules or treats. You may also consider using the CBD oil treatment and simply adding it to their favorite food or treat which is what I do, and it’s effects are still faster than eating an actual treat manufactured with CBD in it or especially the capsules, in my opinion.

Consult Your Vet Before Starting a New CBD Product On Your Dog.

 

So again, please remember that the dosage guidelines that I have listed here in this post are just that, GUIDLELINES, that may need to be adjusted depending on the size of your dog, their condition and the type/brand of the product that you choose to use. Please, also, ALWAYS remember to consult with and let your veterinarian know that you plan on using CBD products on your dog or other pet BEFORE you start their new regimen.

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Riley, a dog, mans best friend. Rescued and also the rescuer!

Here is a wonderful heartfelt story about a dog named Riley who is a dog, mans best friend. He was rescued and yet he is deemed as his owner’s rescuer at the same time. It so happens that this little, lonely black dog was rescued from a 350 foot slot canyon in the Arizona desert in June 2010. Well, let’s just get started here!

The First Sight of Riley, the Abondoned Pup in The Desert.

This small, black, starving dog was found on June 20th, 2010 in a 350 foot slot canyon in the Arizona desert. Zach is the name of the man who stumbled along finding Riley, which is the name that Zach eventually gave to this abandoned pup, was found by chance when Zach was out in the Arizona desert hiking along by himself. He came across this small, black animal at the bottom of a pothole in this deep canyon when he peered over the cliff face into the deep hole. Zach did not know what type of animal he had stumbled across until he had started to reel himself into the deep hole. He could not believe his eyes when finally figured out this was a small, young, black dog, all by himself in this lonely pothole in the hot, arid Arizona desert. He got completely into the hole with the small, frightened dog and he realized that the small pup did not seem to have any broken bones, which led Zach to the conclusion that this small frightened dog MUST have been PUT into the hole by some cruel human being who was condemning this dog to a slow, painful, lonely death. He could not believe that a human being would put a small helpless dog in this position to die all alone and have not chance at saving himself from a certain death. This angered Zach greatly and he vowed to not abandoned this dog another time, at least not without trying to rescue him.

Bringing Riley to The Top of The Desert Again.

Zach went back to the top of the cliff face and brought Riley a few dishes of dog food and fresh water. Zach realized that to safely be able to bring Riley to the top of the desert cliff again with the proper equipment, that he had to make the heartbreaking decision of leaving Riley for just one more lonely night in this small hell-hole in order to return to town to get the proper equipment to safely rescue Riley from this cramped space in the desert. He did return early the next morning with over 650 feet of rope, an ATV to use as a repelling anchor, a backpack full of supplies including dog food and fresh water, and a cat carrier to safely repel back up the cliff face. He worked tirelessly to get the frightened pup safely into the cat carrier and tied a rope around and tied it to a repelling line next to his own and they slowly but surely and safely repelled back up the long 350-foot drop of a cliff face to safety at the top. By this time, Riley was so weak that he could not stand up on his own. Zach took Riley to the nearest veterinarian office, the Page Animal Hospital where they took a few days to nurse him back to stability with healthy food and much-needed fluids and medications. After just a few short days of recovering here in Page, Arizona, on June 23rd, 2010, Riley was stable enough for Zach to drive him from Page, Arizona to Salt Lake City, Utah where Zach resided. Zach took a video of Riley laying on the grass, still too weak to get up and stand on his own, wagging his tail as if to say “thank you for saving my life and I am going to be alright now.” This was just before Riley’s first sponge bath he received since his rescue from the desert. Riley seemed to feel like whole new dog after that first sponge bath and he cuddled lovingly with the stuffed teddy bear that was given to him to help him from feeling lonely while he recovered slowly back to a healthy dog.

Riley, Getting Stronger and Healthier, Day by Day.

Zach had a local friend named Mary who volunteered to take in Riley for the first few days to help nurse him back to a healthier dog. She gave him lots of much needed T.L.C. and lots of healthy food, fresh water and positive human interaction and he slowly began to bond with her. Riley was showing Zach and Mary alike that he could and would learn to trust these new humans in his life as time went on. With lots of much-needed T.L.C. and healthy nutrition that Mary was giving him, Riley began to gain weight and the proper strength to be able to not only get up on his own but start to walk and even romp around slowly and begin to play with his human and dog friends in his new life. He continued to blossom into to a healthy and happy pup. Having a big brother, a rambunctious cattle dog, to encourage him to get up and play around as much as possible and even pester him some too, probably helped him in his recovery as much as the proper human interaction, healthy food and lots of excercise. By July 3rd, 2010 Riley’s eyes were bright with excitement every day that he awoke from a restful night of sleep. He was also gaining confidence and a wonderful hunger for life itself. He had not problem bonding and becoming fast friends with his big brother as he got happier and healthier along the way, day to day.

Riley’s New Forever Home and Family… Yes, He Got Adopted!

Riley was enjoying lots of trips to the local parks in the area, lots of car rides and endless games of fetch and chase with Zach, his wife and his new big brother, the cattle dog, as Zach and his wife ultimately decided to officially adopt Riley, as part of their happy family. Riley even had many fans that never hesitated to send loads of toys and gifts to this special, miracle pup. Riley truly appreciated these gifts and toys and you could tell he did because he continued to play with them daily and shared them with his big brother. He was almost completely up to a healthy dogs weights by the end of July 2010. He started out around 17 pounds at the time of his rescued and he ended up weighing in at healthy 75 pounds when all was said and done. Great job Riley!!

After appearances on the Today Show and Inside Edition, Ellen DeGeneres invited them to her studio and to appear on her show in September, 2010. Riley took it all in great stride. Ellen even gave Riley a huge gift of a lifetime supply of Halo brand dog food, which Riley truly appreciates every day at mealtime! LOL. 🙂

When the holidays came Riley enjoyed his first Christmas with his new forever family and he thoroughly enjoyed playing in neck deep snow with Zach, his family and his big brother. Then Zach decided to take Riley back to the Arizona desert to make new memories. He absolutely loved hiking in the desert with his family and Zach.

Riley Has Made A Full Recovery, Body and Spirit.

Riley has made a full recovery in both body and spirit. He has left his past where it belongs and romps happily into the future with his family. Zach says, “I will be forever grateful for having him in my life. He rescued me as much as I rescued him… Love you Riley!”

This is Riley’s story of salvation, but that is on half of Zach and Riley’s story…Zach ended up writing a book by the title of  “Rescuing Riley, Saving Myself.”  A Man and His Dog’s Struggle to Find Salvation, by Zachary Anderegg with Pete Nelson.

Zach told people that he spoke to about Riley’s story that he, Zach, learned to let go of his past traumas and set backs by watching Riley’s remarkable recovery and positive outlook on life everyday and into his future. The moral of this story is that no matter what we may have to go through in life, we all have the strength necessary inside of us to survive and to recover from any traumas that we have to go through. Do not live your life through your past or let your past hold you back from enjoying life in a positive manner and becoming the best person that you can be, everyday and in every way!!

THANK YOU RILEY!

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Food Puzzle Toys for Dogs – MyTop 5 Picks for 2018.

Here I put together a list of my top five picks of food puzzle toys for dogs for the past year of 2018. I found that all five of these puzzle toys for dogs kept my two chihuahuas entertained, engaged and focused during their playtime with each of them. They are also very affordable and easy on the wallet. I hope you find this information helpful in helping you find the best fit for you and your furry friend. Most of these puzzle toys are ideal to use with your kitty cat friends as well as your dogs.

# 1: Trixie Mad Scientist Toy

Dogs are very playful and intelligent animals. Channel their energy and curiosity into something positive with the  Trixie Mad Scientist toy for dogs. It’s designed for the intermediate canine gamers. Simply place treats inside any of the three beakers and cover with the lids with holes in them. Once the beakers are correctly flipped and balance upside down, the treats will be released for the dog to enjoy. It includes two sets of lids, each with a different pattern of holes through which your dog must navigate the treat. Mix and match the lids for varying levels of difficulty. The non-slip rubber feet keep the game in place as your dog explores. It also includes an instructional booklet with tips and tricks for challenging and training dogs of all ages through play.

# 2: Hipat Dog Treat Ball

This treat ball will entertain your dog easily for hours on end! Simply insert your dog’s favorite dry food or treats into the ball. As your dog plays with the tricky treat ball, it will dispense treats keeping your dog focused and entertained. Your dog will have a blast!

  • Slow Feeding:
  • This feed ball can effectively control your dog’s eating speed and ensure a certain amount of exercise at the same time.
  • No More Boredom:
  • This dog puzzle ball reduces boredom and destructive behavior through healthy play and exercise while developing and maintaining your dog’s physical alertness, a to fulfill their natural hunting and foraging instincts.
  • Increases IQ:
  • It’s been proven that dogs who are kept busy and challenged learn faster and have a better tenement. It helps to foster a strong relationship between the dog and its owner, too.
  • Easy To Grip:
  • Your dog can grip this ball easily by the 3D surface. It is made of a rubber which is green and non-toxic. It also has a subtle scent to it, which is very attractive to dogs of all types and breeds.

# 3: Starmark Treat Dispensing Bob-A-Lot Toy

Exercise and feed your dog with the fully adjustable Starmark Wobbling Bob-A-lot toy. Starmark Stimulation toys help keep your pets mentally engaged in an activity that they enjoy. They help foster natural hunting and foraging behaviors, and help reduce and prevent destructive boredom behaviors. This toy can be used with Starmark Pro-Training Treats or with portions from your dog’s regular meal to turn mealtime into playtime.

  • Key Benefits:
  • It holds a variety of treats and kibble – easy-to-fill
  • Dual chambers allow you to fill with treats and kibble
  • Easily customize difficulty level – adjust the opening to control the release of treats.
  • Bobs and tilts on weighted, anti-slip base
  • Provides hours of mentally stimulating, challenging play – puzzle releases treats as your dog paws, nudges and chases the toy.
  • Can be used with Starmark Pro-Training Treats or with portions from your dog’s regular meal to turn mealtime into playtime.
  • Helps foster natural hunting and foraging behaviors and helps to prevent destructive boredom behaviors.

# 4: Wooly Snuffle Mat

This carpet looking puzzle toy is the Wooly Snuffle Mat. You hide the treats or bits of your dog’s regular food in this machine washable mat and your dog has to rely on his sense of smell to find them. Dogs have a very powerful sense of smell, so this is a perfect activity to help them exercise their natural hunting and foraging instincts. An entirely unique experience, the Wooly Snuffle Mat engages your dog’s powerful sense of smell as they snuffle, snort and sniff their way through dinner or treat time. Built to stimulate a dog’s natural foraging and hunting instincts by mimicking the hunt for food in grass and fields, giving your dog a fuller, more active and more rewarding day, every day!

Key Benefits:

  • Promotes Natural Instincts
  • Sustainably Produced
  • Perfect Toy for All Types of dogs.

Any Breed, Any Size:

Three pound Chihuahua? No problem! Have a bulldog who cannot use most puzzle feeders? Wooly Snuffle Mat is the perfect enrichment product for any dog, any size and any shape.

Foraging For Food:

The Wooly Snuffle Mat is designed from the dog’s point of view. They have a natural curiosity, superior sense of smell, and an innate desire to work. I believe these unique traits deserve their own unique products such as this puzzle feeder.

# 5: Dog Brick Interactive Toy

The last puzzle toy on my list is called the Dog Brick Interacive Toy. You hide treats in each of the compartments and your dog uses his sense of smell to find the treats inside. Some of the compartment open up by sliding the brown covers. While the white covers have to be picked up. This puzzle toy is designed by Nina Ottosson.

Nina Ottosson Interactive Games:

Nina Ottosson is a Swedish dog trainer who created a wide range of durable, interactive games. They have been designed to stimulate a dog’s brain whilst reinforcing its relationship with the family. Nina Ottosson’s philosophy is that the dog has four legs and one head and all five body parts need activity in different ways – both physical and mental.

Nina Ottosson games will:

  • Exercise your dog’s mind and body.
  • Help prevent and reduce behavior problems.
  • Help and prevent weight problems.
  • Help strengthen the bond with you and your dog.
  • Prevent and reduce boredom in your dog.

The Dog Brick has movable “bones” that slid across to a wider section of the groove. The dog learns to slide them across to remove the hidden treats. The level of difficulty can be varied, depending upon the dog’s experience and his enthusiasm for the game. It is tough and hard wearing, water, dishwasher safe and slobberproof. It also has rubber anti-slip feet. This puzzle toy is also great for cats!

Difficulty Rating – Medium

Try one or more of these toys out and let me know what you thought.

Thank you for joining me for this fact based information that I have provided you here today. I hope you choose to purchase and try one or more of these puzzle toys out for you and your dog. If you do, please let me know what you thought of them here in the section below.

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Natural Food For Dogs – Keeping your Dog Healthy in the future!

I’m going to get you up to speed about Petco’s latest news about their ban on dog and cat food and treats that contain artificial flavors, colors and preservatives. They plan on only selling natural foods for dogs and cats soon! They are going to start pulling certain products that contain these ingredients off their shelves in January 2019. They say that the ban will be completely in full effect by May 2019 both in their more than 1,500 stores in the United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico and online stores as well.

 

 

 

Petco CEO Speaks About The Ban.

The following information was found on Petco.com;

“Since our first store opened in 1965, Petco has been dedicated to ensuring the well-being of pets. That commitment continues today with our decision to not carry food or treats for dogs and cats containing artificial colors, flavors and preservatives,” said Petco CEO Ron Coughlin. “We are making sure we are always taking the nutritional high ground” Coughlin told the Associated Press. Eventually the store plans to expand its ban on artificial ingredients to foods it sells for other animals, too. Petco already carries and sells a wide variety of foods and treats that meet and even exceed their new standards. “The goal here is superior health and well-being for the pets that bring so much love and joy to our lives,” said Coughlin. “Our bold nutrition stance combined with our continued expansion of veterinarian services in our stores, are great examples of the many ways we’re evolving to meet the needs of modern pet parents.”

“We’re inviting pet food companies to join us on this journey, even working hand-in-hand with some to pursue potential ingredient changes to meet our new stringent ingredient standards,” said Nick Konat, Co-Chief Merchandising Officer for Petco. “In cases where an existing brand is unable to update some or all of their products to meet our criteria by May 2019, we will not carry either specific products or the brand entirely – and we’ll help pet parents affected by such a change to safely transition to a new food or brand that we believe is healthier for their pet.”

Petco – A Leader In The Industry.

Petco is the first and only major retailer of pet foods and treats to take a stand against such ingredients as artificial flavors, colors and preservatives.

This isn’t the first time Petco has taken an industry-leading stance as a champion for pets. In 2014, it became the first national specialty retailer to discontinue the sale of China-made treats following consumer concerns about the safety of such products – and other retailers quickly followed suit. With these new standards, the company aims to raise the bar again for the entire pet retail industry.

Pet parents looking for guidance on what kind of food to feed their pets can consult with Petco’s knowledgeable employees, (partners), including Petco Certified Pet Food Specialists and online at petco.com/better nutrition. In January 2019, Petco will begin removing dog and cat foods and treats with artificial ingredients, both from store shelves and ecommerce, with a commitment to complete the process by May 2019. Some of the more than 40 artificial ingredients Petco is eliminating include FD&C Red No. 3, Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), Butylated hytroxytoluene (BHT), Glycerol tributyrate, and benzaldehyde, among others.

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Vitamins & Supplements for Your Dog- Do They Really Need Them?

Here I am going to talk to you about vitamins and supplements for your dogs health. And do they really need them? Well if you are feeding them a properly fortified diet of a healthy dog food that satisfies their daily vitamin intake requirements, then they probably do not need extra vitamins or supplements. But please, check with your veterinarian before starting or stopping any kind of vitamin or supplement or changing his/her dog food. This is very important as some dogs will need extra vitamins and supplements due to many health concerns and diagnoses.

Vitamins and Supplements. What is the difference?

Well supplements are different from vitamins as they are added ingredients that your dog may require staying healthy. A vitamin is defined as a natural substance usually found in food that helps your body stay healthy. A supplement is defined as a product taken orally that contains one or more ingredient such as vitamins or amino acid, that are intended to supplement one’s diet and are not considered food. A lot of supplements therefore have vitamins in them. Now vitamins are categorized into two primary categories, water-soluble and fat soluble vitamins. Water soluble means that they dissolve in water and fat soluble means they stick around in dogs bodies for along period and if given in excessive amounts they may lead to health problems. The fat soluble vitamins do not dissolve in water and the dog stores them in their liver and other fatty organs and tissues.

Primary Water Soluble Vitamins.

Here are the primary water-soluble vitamins:

  • Vitamin b-1, which promotes nervous system function, is involved in appetite stimulation and is also called thiamine.
  • Vitamins b-2, which is important for good vision and healthy eyes
  • Vitamin b-3, which is important for healthy skin, nerves and proper energy production
  • Vitamin b-5, which is involved with food metabolism and hormone production
  • Vitamin b-6, which helps the body to produce red blood cells, hemoglobin and insulin
  • Vitamin b-7, also known as biotin, is important to digestion
  • Vitamin b-12, helps maintain nervous system functions
  • Folic acid plays a role in red blood cell formation
  • Vitamin C helps keep dogs body producing collagen

Primary Fat Soluble Vitamins.

And here are the primary fat soluble vitamins;

  • Vitamin A, also called Retinol, helps with bone growth, cell division, the immune system regulation and gene expression
  • Vitamin D, the active form of Vitamin D known as Vitamin D3 is heavily involved in the biochemical process involving calcium and phosphorus, particularly the absorption of calcium from the small intestine.
  • Vitamin C, deficiency can result in rickets and poor tooth development.
  • Vitamin E, often called tocopherol is an antioxidant that helps to protect blood cells and essential fatty acids. Deficiency can cause intestinal disease or reproductive failures.
  • Vitamin K, it is produced through a variety of food sources but bacteria in the intestinal tract also produces it as well. Vitamin K is involved in the blood clotting process and is responsible for helping to promote bone health and development. Dogs who suffer from Vitamin K deficiencies may suffer from internal bleeding or altered clotting times.

 

Please visit Your Vet Before Deciding to Start or Stop a Vitamin Regimine.

It is very important to have your dog checked out by your trusted veterinarian yearly to make sure that he or she is getting all of the vitamins and minerlas that are needed for proper health in your dog. Your veteranairian can tell you if more of a vitamin is needed or less of a vitamin is needed in their diet. Vitamins for dogs ome in a wide variety of forms includin powder form, pill form, liquid form, in the form of treats that have the vitamins and minerals added to them, and you can find them at many websites and brick and mortar stores in your area. Or check with your vet and he/she can recommend where to get them from.

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Best Dog Ramp Reviews – Which one is best for you and your dog?

As your dog becomes older or if your dog has arthritis or another debilitating ailment that makes it hard for them to get into and out of your vehicle, bed or onto the couch then you may want to think about purchasing a dog ramp for cars. Many of the dog ramps for vehicles on the market today are able to be used in the home for your dog to have an easier time to get up into the bed or for them to get up onto the couch. Here I have decided to put together a review for three of the top selling and highest quality dog ramps on the market for your dog. I will list the name of the product along with the cheapest place to but them, the weight of the product, the size of the product and its features. I will also talk about some pros and cons of each product. I hope that if you are looking into purchasing your furry friend a dog ramp to help them get into the vehicle, bed or onto the couch that you find these reviews helpful in making the right decision about which one of these products would be the best dog ramp for both of you. Let’s get started….

Product Name: Solvit Deluxe Telescoping Pet Ramp

Manufacturer: Solvit

Product Size: Adjustable; it extends from 39 in. to 72 in. Long

Product Measurements: 39 in. to 72. in.L X 17 in.W X 4 in. H

Product Weight: 13 Pounds

Maximum Capacity: Holds pets up to 400 pounds

Lowest Price for Product: $99.95

Cheapest Place To Buy Product: Amazon.com= $99.95

This Solvit dog ramp is:

  • Super Lightweight and weighs only 13 pounds!
  • It supports pets weighing up to 400 pounds.
  • Combination of aluminum and plastic design makes it the lightest and strongest pet ramp on the market.
  • Compact so it is easier to use and store when not in use.
  • Adjustable for 39 inches up to 72 inches long, use it fully extended for pick-ups and SUV’s or grooming tables etc. Shorten the ramp when space is limited or when the upper surface isn’t as high, such as a bed, couch or minivan.
  • The telescoping dog ramp design is the secret to making this ramp so easy to use. Just slide it out to use and slide it in to stow it away. No clumsy folding and unfolding required.
  • High traction walking surface gives pets a sure footing, especially on steep climbs.
  • Ultra stiff design utilizes four rubber feet to keep the ramp stable while in use.
  • Includes a convenient carry handle and safety release latch to prevent accidental openings.
  • Easy to clean; use mild detergent or simply hose it off. Guide rails: raised rails on both sides of the walking surface to help your pet feel more secure walking up and down the ramp.
  • This ramp is designed for PET USE ONLY!!
  • It comes with a Non- Transferable Limited Lifetime Warranty. Warranted against defects in the material and workmanship. In case of a defect, manufacturer will repair or replace the affected item. This warranty does not apply to normal wear or damage from abnormal use, misuse, abuse, neglect or accident. Please retain your original sales receipt to utilize this warranty.

Now I would like to talk about some pros and cons of this product with you. One of the pros that comes to mind first off is the fact that this lightweight dog ramp is adjustable! That is just a feature that I find absolutely handy for using this ramp in a multitude of places, vehicles and situations. Another pro of this product is it is a telescoping dog ramp. That makes it that much easier to store it and to use it easily when needed to put it up in a hurry and take it down quickly, too. I also love the fact that it is so versatile when it comes to how much weight it can hold. It is therefore ideal for any size of dog or pet for that matter. Now there are a few cons that I came up with in my research. One of them is that it is bigger, even at its smallest adjustable size of 39 inches which makes it a little harder to store in small places. It may not fit too well in the back of a small car if your trunk is already being used, for instance. Something else to consider before buying this dog ramp is that to use it correctly for getting into and out of cars side doors you might need to purchase a side door adapter for this ramp which will be another cost on top of the cost of the ramp itself. But for the most part, this dog ramp for vehicles is by far my most favorite of all of them that I researched thus far. It is a decent price also and if you purchase it from Amazon.com and sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime, you will not be charged any shipping at all! And all you have to do is cancel the membership for the Amazon Prime if you chose that you don’t want to continue to have it. What a great deal for what you get in return with this Solvit dog ramp!!

Product Name: Pet Gear Tri-Fold 71 Inch Pet Ramp

Manufacturer: Pet Gear

Product Size: Extra Wide, Tri-Fold

Product Measurements: 71″ L X 19.5″ W X 4″ H

Product Weight: 26 pounds

Maximum Capacity: Holds pets up to 200 pounds

Lowest Price for Product: $86.99

Cheapest Place to Buy Product: EBay = $86.99

This Pet Gear Tri-Fold Pet Ramp is:

  • A compact tri-folding pet ramp that can travel anywhere.
  • The skid resistance surface offers safe, sure footing.
  • Supports pets weighing up to 200 pounds.
  • Folds open in seconds; textured surface provides traction and sure footing.
  • Has high visibility reflective material which aids in guiding your pet up and down the ramp.
  • Has side safety reflectors that allow for maximum visibility when ramp is in use.
  • Has rubber grippers on bottom of ramp to help keep ramp steady when in use.
  • Designed with built in handle for easy portability.
  • Can be folded up for compact storage and travel.

Now this dog ramp for vehicles is one that folds up for storage and travel with it. That is one of the pros that I would like to bring your attention to. This ramp might fit better into the back of a smaller car if need be. I also like the fact that it has reflective materiel on the sides and up the middle of the ramp for high visibility for your pets safety. This would make it very easy to see at night or near dusk when the light is low for others to see that you may need extra space around your vehicle for safety for you and them. One of the cons that came to my attention is that fact that it only holds a weight of 200 pounds unlike the previous ramp we discussed here that holds up to 400 pounds. But then again most dogs don’t even come close to weighing 200 pounds, so it is still a great ramp for most dogs.

Product Name: Gen7Pets Natural Step Ramp for Pets

Manufacturer: Gen7Pets

Product Size: 72 inches Long

Product Measurements: 72″ L X 16″ W X 1.5″ Thick

Product Weight: 17 pounds

Maximum Capacity: Holds pets up to 250 pounds

Lowest Price for Product: $99.99

Cheapest Place to Buy Product: Amazon.com = $99.99

The Gen7Pets Natural Step Ramp for Pets is:

  • Easier for your pets: Poly-Grass allows the dog to get a grip and feel secure while walking up a soft surface that will not scratch its paw pads. The grass is also soft to the touch for the pet parent and will not scratch interiors of vehicles.
  • Lightweight and Easy: The Natural Step Ramp is lightweight, easy to open and fold and offers one of the widest walking paths for a 72-inch-long ramp making it easier for your pet to use. The soft rubber grip handles makes carrying the ramp easy and the automatic locking latch secures the ramp closed so there will be no accidental unfolding of the ramp.
  • Compact and Accessible: the thin compact fold makes this ramp the most compact 72-inch-long ramp available to date. It easily stores in the back of your vehicle or under the bed or couch for quick easy access and convenient storage.
  • The rubber pads on both ends help prevent the ramp from slipping when in use.
  • Has a safety tether latch.
  • Has a replaceable Poly-Grass surface.

Now this dog ramp for cars is my second favorite one of the bunch that I reviewed today with you. It is comparable in price and size and has a Poly-Grass surface that makes it feel more natural for your dog or pet. Many dogs are frightened when they are first using and learning how to use a ramp and the Poly-Grass surface makes the pet or dog feel that much safer and secure during this learning period. I love the fact that the Poly-Grass surface is replaceable as well. That is almost a must for this type of surface as it will surely wear out with time and with many uses over time. It is a breeze to clean also as you can simply spray it off with your garden hose.

If you own one of these products please feel free to leave your own review of it below! Also, if you have any comments or questions leave them below and I will be glad to help you out.

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Dog Boredom Ideas – Keeping Your Dog Entertained.

This next subject that I would like to talk with you about is dog boredom ideas. I will discuss some signs that your dog is bored and ideas to cure that boredom. Our dogs are a big part of our families and we like to try to include them in almost everything that we do. But in this hectic world we live in most families need to maintain a two income household, which many times require us to leave our dogs at home alone for many hours per day and many days per week. We work a full day at the job and come home and feed them a free meal. They don’t have to work for their meals, their toys or our affection anymore like in the old days when more dogs were bred to work alongside of us. Now more dogs than ever are suffering from boredom which can lead to behavior problems, destructive behaviors and getting into trouble.

 

Signs That Your Dog Is Bored.

A lot of dogs show their boredom by simply following you around from room to room in your house, sometimes carrying a toy in their mouth along the way. They may scratch at you as you pass by them, they may chew on things such as the couch, the molding throughout the house, your favorite shoes and pretty much anything in the home they can put their teeth around. Some other signs of boredom include:

  • whining
  • jumping on you
  • grab you with their mouth
  • digging
  • “demand” barking

If your house is destroyed when your gone then your dog may be suffering from separation anxiety and you should let an animal behaviorist, a professional dog trainer or even your vet help you decide what the reason for the destructive behavior when you are gone is from. Anxiety is treated a completely different way than just simply curing boredom in your dog. Here I am focusing on boredom in dogs, not anxiety issues and separation anxiety in dogs.

Tips for Curing That Boredom.

One of the best things to cure that boredom is to get them up and exercising. You don’t have to necessarily get them outdoors to get some exercise either. You can play with them inside playing a good game of Tug-Of-War, or Hide-N-Seek with some of their favorite treats. Start off by playing a game of “guess which hand” to get them started and interested in the treats. Then hide them throughout the house and let them find them. This will burn some of that extra energy that they may have. Another good idea for curing the boredom is using puzzle toys with your dog. One of Amazons most popular and best-selling dog puzzle toys is the “Nina Ottosson Outward Hound Dog Puzzle Toy Dog Game. It is a toy that you simply place a few treats into the holes in the toy itself and slide the compartments close. Then put it on the floor and let the games begin! Encourage your dog to seek the treats and he will quite quickly learn to move the compartment sliders and doors open to retrieve the treats. This encourages playtime for the both of you and builds confidence in your dog.

Another fantastic idea for to do with a dog that loves to dig and chew is to build him his own sand pit digging box outside in your yard. Children’s play sand works best for this and is very affordable at any hardware store. I found a 50 pound bag of it at Lowe’s for only $4.97!! Then once you have the digging pit in place and full of sand, simply bury a few toys in it in various places and let your hound find and seek them out. Digging can keep some dogs busy for hours on end. Although they may need a bath when all things are said and done, but at least they did not have time to tear up your house and belongings this time. Truth be told, I would much rather bathe my dog than have to clean up my home in it’s entirety and possibly have to replace some furniture items while I am at it!

Treat Dispensers As A Boredom Breaker.

Some of the highest recommended and best-selling treat dispenser toys made by the manufacturer named Kong. They sell a very common one of these toys called the Kong Wobbler Treat Dispenser. Another one that I highly recommend and love for my pet is the Bob-A-Lot Treat Dispenser. These are a little less interactive than the puzzle toy I mentioned above, but it is very good to keep your doggie friend playing in a positive way and burning brain energy to tire him/her out.

Management of Your Dogs Boredom.

Even if you do not have the time or resources to prevent or cure your dogs boredom, you still need to find ways to manage it and keep it under control so your house is not being destroyed day to day when your at work. One way to do this is to safely crate or pen your furry friend up while you are out of the house or simply cannot watch him. This will keep him/her safe from harming himself and also destroying your stuff in the meantime. Do not give into the problem behaviors that can stem from being bored such as “demand” barking, chewing, jumping on you or biting. This will simply just reinforce these bad behaviors.

So If Your Dog Is Bored, Try A Few Of These Tips and Tricks.

So if you find Fido bored more times than not, let him/her know that he is loved by helping to cure that boredom. To keep your dog both physically and mentally fit you’ll need to come up with some interactive activities and dog toys to enjoy together. Whether it is a trip to the local park, a game of fetch or Frisbee or just a nice brisk walk around your neighborhood, it is up to you. A lot of the toys that help to keep your dog entertained are very affordable and can be found at most pet stores and here online at many sites. ” A recent study found that dogs that don’t engage in a lot of play exhibit more behavioral issues such as anxiety and aggression”, says Jen Gabbard from www.puppyleaks.com. So keep you and your dog happy and healthy with daily exercise and some one on one time with you. This will actually build a stronger bond between the two of you and foster a healthy relationship for many years to come.

I hope you enjoyed this helpful information and please feel free to leave any questions or comments below for me and will get back to you in a timely manner.

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How To Keep a Dog Safe in the Car- Keep Em’ Safe Folks!!

Here I am going to be going over several ideas and tips for how to keep a dog safe in the car, during all kinds of weather and road trips that you might be planning with your dog. I understand that most dog parents love their dogs and consider them to be a huge part of the family, that is why I believe you should treat me just like you would your children and your family members. Vehicle safety is very important and the safety of your dog in the vehicle is just as important. I see a huge number of dog owners driving with their dogs in their laps as they drive though town or even going at a very high rate of speed traveling on the freeway near my home. This is one of the worst things you can let you dog get away with as it causes as many accidents as texting and driving does these days. Taking your dog along for a ride should not become a hazard for distracted driving by any means. It should be a pleasure that both of you will enjoy for a long time in the future with each other.

Car Seats and Restraints For Your Dog.

One thing dog owners can do to keep their pet from becoming a distraction to them while they are driving is by keeping their dogs restrained in the back seat with a car seat, a restraint or a back seat barrier for them. These will also to help to minimize any injuries or even death that can occur if you happen to have an accident with your dog in the vehicle with you. I have two small chihuahuas and I keep them in a Pet Safe carrier that attaches to the upper head rest of your back seat and again to the cars cargo hooks below the back seat. This allows the dog to be safe and yet still be able to see out the window. Here is a fun fact: New Jersey is debating on whether to put a law into place where it will make it illegal for a motorist to drive with a pet in the car that is not restraint. Now here are a few car seats, restraints and barriers for your dog to use in the car EVERYTIME you take them on a short or long trip with you.

Ruff Rider Canine Vehicle Restraint

This uses a step into harness for the dog using it and it is constructed to work as a harness for your dog both inside and outside of the vehicle. It is designed to fit dogs weighing from 6 to 150 pounds in size. This makes it very easy to buy for any dog you may have that you want to keep safe in the car. Please remember to measure your dogs chest and neck areas before you order this product or any restraint that fits like a harness around these areas to ensure that the product will fit properly and therefore making it work properly to keep you doggie safe.

Small Dog Seat Belt

This device is tested for small dogs weighing up to 25 pounds in size. It attaches to any dog harness and can be easily moved from one car to another. You can also use it to attach to any cats harness as well for some much-needed time out of their crate on a long road trip with your cat or dog. Having a properly restrained pet in the car also helps to cut down on distracted driving situations and issues while traveling with your pet. This is a very simple, yet safe and secure device to use for dog and cat traveling and makes it simple to secure and remove your pet to and from the car during breaks and potty stops during your trips.

Bergan Auto Harness

A seat belt and harness system that uses carabiners to attach to the webbing or your car’s seat belt and your dogs harness. The Bergan Auto Dog Harness offers a secure fit and meets the V9DT safety durability test. It is designed to fit dogs weighing from 10 to 150 pounds in size and has a very comfy padded chest area for added comfort for your dog.

Kurgo Pet Travel Back Seat Barrier

Keep you dog safely in the back seat, which is the safest place in the vehicle for them to be during travel time, with this Kurgo Pet Travel Back Seat Barrier. This device fits in between the drivers’ seat and the passenger seats in the front and attaches to each of them to provide a barrier for you dog. This keeps your dog from making his this way to the front seat while you are driving. It is also helpful for situations during which time you might need to brake the car very hard and turning your dog into a projectile and injuring either yourself and or your dog.

Ezy Dog CLICK Adjustable Car Restraint

This device allows your dog to sit freely on their own in the back seat of your car/truck, with as much or as little amount of movement as you choose for them. One end of the Ezy Dog CLICK Adjustable Car Restraint connects directly to your back seat seat belt clasp and the other end attaches to your dogs harness or collar.

The Kurgo Pet Travel Canine Leash and Zip Line Combo

The Kurgo Pet Travel Canine Leash and Zip Line Combo allows your dog to sit comfortable in your vehicles backseat. It connects to your cars cargo hooks on either side of the car. Then you secure the Zip Line hook to the Zip Line that you just attached to either side of the cargo hooks and your dog is now secured in your backseat. The Zip Line can also be used as a leash for your dog when you arrive at your destination.

Pet Gear Signature Pet Car Seat and Carrier

This car seat/carrier is perfect for small dogs weighing up to 20 pounds in size or for cats of the same size. It attaches to any car seat belt during your trip and doubles as a carrier for your pet once you’ve arrived. Your pets collar or harness also has an attachment inside the car seat/carrier for added safety and security as you drive.

A Pet Friendly Vehicle- The Honda Element

There are now vehicles out there on the market that are advertised to be “pet friendly” and offer many new features’ throughout them to accommodate your furry friends. The most talked about and popular one is the Honda Element itself. It features’:

  • a cushioned pet bed in the cargo area with an elevated platform
  • second row and cargo area pet restraint system
  • an extendable cargo area load- in ramp
  • a 12V DC rear ventilation fan
  • second-row seat covers with a dog pattern design (matches the bed fabric)
  • all season rubber floor mats with a toy bone pattern
  • a spill resistant water bowl

All of these features’ area very convenient and fun for the dog owner to have in their vehicle. They are designed to make the many trips that you may be planning with your dog more enjoyable, safe and secure. I think that the dog water bowl is a great idea since I forget to pack mine with me on many trips I take with my doggies. Toyota’s Venza has many similar features’ and we can expect to see many more vehicle manufacturers focusing on pets in general when they design their future cars and trucks.

Get Your Dog Used To The Car and Make them Comfortable.

I know that I love to take my dogs everywhere I can whenever I am out and about if for nothing else to get them out of the house for a change in the scenery. They only going to the off leash dog park to play with other dogs, going to the local lake to fetch some sticks from the water and special trips to make a play date with other dogs and my friends for a long walk. But some dogs only get out and go for a trip in the car to go to see the vet or to have a grooming session with the groomer. So you may want to get your pet used to going places besides just the groomers and the vets’ office so they can build some good memories that they can associate with riding in the car. You also may want to pack a doggie bag with some treats for your dog, dog food and fresh water, water and food dishes, a clean towel or two, cleaning supplies in case your dog has an “accident” or loose stools, and toys to keep him calm and happy. Also, don’t forget to bring your dogs identification with you whenever you have them out and about. You just never know when they might get off their leash or jerk it out of your hand and run off.

Never Leave Your Dog Alone In The Car- Hot or Not!!

When you do take your dog out with you more often than leaving them alone at home, you will find those times when you need to stop off to run an errand at an establishment that just simply doesn’t allow your furry friends inside with you. It is recommended to NEVER leave your dog in the car alone, whether it is only going to be for a few minutes or whether it is hot outside or not. If the temperature outside is 75 F, them it can easily reach 100 F in the car within just minutes of being inside it. Plus you add the heat that comes from their breathing and panting and it can heat up super quickly. It is just not safe to leave them in any car for any amount of time during any type of weather. But there might be that time when you have no other choice and you need to do it. I recommend having a pet temperature monitor that will tell you exactly when it gets too hot in the car for your dog. You can find these devices online and I recommend the product that I have which is the Pet Temperature Monitor  by Nimble Wireless. It connects with your smart phone and you can set an alarm that will sound through your smart phone when the temperature gets to a certain level in the car where your dog is waiting for you. So many pets die from heat stroke in hot cars each year and it is definitely a preventable situation. So please, please take the time to think about it before you leave your pet helpless in the car regardless of the weather. In some states it is illegal to leave your pet in an unattended vehicle for any amount of time, so also check your state laws before making this decision.

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How To Choose A Suitable Dog Breeder-A good Dog, A good Breeder!

I am going to be talking to you about how to choose a suitable dog breeder to purchase your puppy from. There are many things to consider when trying to find a good breeder to purchase from. There are many, many puppy mills that are selling puppies’ through unsatisfactory kennels and businesses that you simply do not want to contribute to by purchasing a puppy from them. You want to do your research before deciding if the breeder that you choose is a good suitable breeder to purchase your furry friend from. Becoming a dog pet parent is a big step and is a long term relationship that you MUST think through completely before making a decision.

How to Choose A Suitable Dog Breeder.

The first thing that you want to think about is visiting the breeders home or kennel. You will want to check to see if the home or kennel is clean, smells fresh and is not too full of puppies’ and their parents. You do not want to purchase your puppy from someone who has too many dogs and puppies’ that they cannot take good care of them all. You will not only want to ask to see the puppies’, but to see at least one of their parents. Check to see if the parent and the puppies’ are comfortable with the breeder and with you as a visitor. The puppies’ and dogs should be outgoing and curious with strangers. They should not shy away from the breeder either. Check on the temperament of the puppies’ parent and their appearance as well. The puppies’ markings usually look similar to what the parent looks like when they are full-grown.

Ask the breeder about the health of your puppy and the parent. The breeder should be willing and able to answer your questions about the puppies’ health and about the common health concerns for that specific breed of dog. They should also be knowledgeable about the strengths and weaknesses of the specific breed of dog and your puppies’ parents to be more specific. Breeders should be willing to share proof of health screenings such as OFA and CERF Certifications with the potential buyers.

Build a Good Rapport With The Breeder.

A good breeder might ask you to sign a contract that if you are not able or willing to care for your dog/puppy or become unable to keep it, he/she will reclaim it from it. You will want to build a good relationship with the breeder in case you have questions later down the road about your puppy’s well-being or any health concerns that may come up in the future. It is definitely a wonderful idea to get their contact information so you can get a hold of them in the future.

Breeders Should Be Willing To Answer All OF Your Questions!

Breeders should not only be willing and able to answer all of your questions, but should be asking you many questions as well. They should be interested in finding out if the puppy parents or potential buyers are going to be able and willing to give their puppy a wonderful suitable home. Don’t forget to ask the breeder if they will be providing the puppies’ first set of shots before you will be picking the puppy up from them. And d not expect to be taking the p[puppy home until it is at least 12 weeks old. The puppy needs time to bond with his mother and it’s litter mates before making its journey to its new home with you. This will help make the puppy more self-confident in itself and grown into a confident, strong dog.

Get Proper Documentation From The Breeder for Your Puppy.

Let’s not forget to request the proper documentation from the breeder regarding your new puppy. These are also called “papers” for your new doggie. Becoming a new puppy parent is exciting and new to everyone, including your puppy, but you must have the proper documentation to register them properly after you take them home. Be wary of a breeder who refuses/hesitates to give you papers or wants to charge you more for AKC papers. Or if they offer you papers for a registry other than AKC. Also, watch out if they want to mail the papers to you at a later date. You should be able to leave with the papers in hand when it is time to leave with your puppy to take him/her home with you.

Please Do Your Research for A Reputable Breeder!

Remember that shopping around for a puppy is exciting business for us and sometimes you forget to do enough research to find that special puppy/dog from a good breeder. If you take the proper steps to ensure that you are purchasing from a good breeder by some of the things I have mentioned above, then you should be okay with the puppy you choose. Good luck and have fun with the process.

Thank you for reading with me and if you have any stories or suggestions on how to choose a reputable breeder for others, questions or just want to leave a comment, please feel free to do so below and I will help you out in any way possible.

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