5 Indoor Activities to Do with Your Dog

Dog Walker Singapore, Indoor Activities to Do with Your Dog

 

As the mercury drops and the snow falls, you may be looking for creative ways to keep you and your dog from getting bored inside of your home. Since taking your dog for a walk in wet weather can be uncomfortable, here are a few indoor alternatives to spend some quality time with your pup.

Play Tug of War

Playing tug of war with your dog provides them with great mental and physical exercise. It is a healthy way to bring out their predatory instincts. Plus, most dogs simply love to play it! However, there are a few things to keep in mind before doing so.

To begin, select a dog toy that is specific for tugging, and won’t be used for other games such as fetch. Play in an area that has plenty of space, without dangerous objects or clutter you might trip over. Remember that you start the game and you control the rules.

When you begin to play, your dog may begin growling with excitement. Although this is normal, it is important to take breaks to ensure that your dog won’t become overly aggressive and get out of control.

Hide Treats

Your dog’s nose was designed to go hunting for nature’s treasures. Getting your dog to use his nose to find hidden treats is a great way to stimulate his senses and stave off boredom. In the beginning, you will need to show him how the game works so he understands and won’t get discouraged.

Start by having your dog sit and stay, and then hide a treat somewhere where he can easily find it. Let him watch you hide it this time. Next, give him the command to go and get it. When he finds the “hidden” treat, give him plenty of love and praise. Now that your dog understands how the game works, try making it a little more difficult. Hide a treat in another room, or somewhere where the scent might be masked by something else.

Create an Obstacle Course

Grab your treats and rev up your imagination to create a fun and interesting obstacle course for your pet. Here are a few ideas.

1.   Create a tunnel by lining up several dining room chairs with their backs facing each other, with space left in between, and lay a blanket over the top of the chairs.

2.   Use a household footstool for your canine to jump over if they are a large breed, and jump up on if they are small.

3.   Teach your pup to crawl on his belly by utilizing a low coffee table for example, for them to crawl underneath.

4.   Carpeted stairs are the perfect ready-made obstacle. Having your dog run the stairs several times will really get his blood flowing.

Treadmill Time

If you have a treadmill, why not take advantage of it as a way to help keep your dog in shape when it is too cold to head outdoors for a walk? Before doing so, make sure that your dog is comfortable with the sight and sound of a running treadmill.

After he is at ease, place him on the treadmill and give him a treat. Now, turn on the treadmill, keeping it on the lowest speed. You can use your dog’s leash to guide him, but never tie him to the treadmill with it. To keep him going, stand in front of the treadmill and occasionally reward him with treats.

Food Puzzles

Let’s face it, sometimes you are simply too busy around the house to play with or entertain your dog. Food puzzles for dogs are perfect for times like these. They give dogs an opportunity to work for their food. Food puzzles are usually made of hard rubber or plastic, that has holes where the dog can access the food stored inside. Dogs can spend time pawing, shaking, licking, or nibbling the toy, in an effort to get the food that is trapped within.

Cold winter days don’t have to mean boredom and lethargy! Learn to get creative with your playful pup and they are sure to appreciate the effort.

Are You Walking Your Dog Enough?

When it comes to dog walking, one question which many dog owners are unsure of their response is whether or not their dog is receiving enough walk. Despite the obvious benefits of dog walking, ascertaining whether a dog has had enough walk or not then remains a mystery to some dog owners.

Although there are no general standards for measuring how well a dog has been walked, if you can follow these simple guidelines, then you can confidently tell that your dog has had enough when it comes to taking a walk.

 

Do Dogs Need To Be Walked?

Firstly, you may be tempted to wonder and ask whether your dog needs a walk outside the big backyard of your home. Well, the truth is that your dog needs to talk a long walk beyond circling her potty and your apartment.

Obviously, it will interest you to know that taking your dog out for a long walk helps to flex her joint and keep her joint nimble, especially when she is growing old. Similarly, engaging her in daily hours of walk ensures that she stays healthy since this will be an opportunity for her to keep her body system physically active.

Looking beyond her health and physical well being, regularly taking your dog on a walk helps her to be socially active as she will have the opportunity to socialize with other dogs and pets around your home. Possibly, you never gave it a thought that taking your dog out for a walk is an indirect way of helping yourself exercise. Sure, it’s a salient truth you probably never thought of.

 

How Much Walk Does Your Dog Need?

Well, this is another aspect in which there isn’t an answer that will suit every dog out there. However, in determining the amount of walk that is needed and best for your furry friend, you may have to consider her breed, size, health condition as well as her age.

With this, it then follows that you’ll have to consider all these factors about your dog before choosing how many walks she needs. Nevertheless, you can tell that you are walking your dog enough if you can take her out of your home and yard for a walk at least for 20-30 minutes in the morning as well as in the evening. In some cases, if your dog has previously been inactive or has some health challenges, consulting with your veterinarian for a special exercise plan will go a long way to help her.

 

Useful Tips To Help You Walk Your Dog Enough

  1. Get your dog adequately socialized as pups so that when taking her for a walk on a leash as a grown dog, she’ll be okay with the routine.
  2. If you notice that your dog doesn’t seem to socialize well with other dogs either due to age, pains or aches, don’t keep her out of leash in dog parks.
  3. Better still, the best time to take a reserved dog out for a walk is at night when there are fewer activities with little or no chance of bumping into other dogs.
  4. Train your dog to respond to you both on and off her leash to avoid an embarrassing experience when taking her for a walk.

Conclusion

Telling whether or not you are walking your dog enough isn’t a question that should be difficult for you to answer once you understand certain physical and health conditions about your dog.

However, dog walking is a very beneficial lifestyle both for you and your furry friend. So, make it a habit to ensure that both of you hit the street daily, and you’ll be delighted at how physically healthy both of you will be.

Why Do You Need a Dog Walker?

As a pet owner, most times, you find yourself caught up with a busy work schedule and other family responsibilities that you barely have time for your dog. That implies that she would spend almost the whole day alone at home. That could get our pet bored, and you know what? Your dog would find an alternative means to get herself busy, probably toiling with your clothes and furniture in a destructive way, which could also be harmful to her.

Hiring the services of a dog walker, no doubt, is a brilliant option as it would save you much stress. Not just that, there are other benefits of having a dog walker take care of your pet needs.

Let’s get started with these five common reasons you need a dog walker:

#1 You Work Long Hours

If your job takes you the whole day in the office or shop, it means you may be starving your pet of the toilet breaks and stimulations she needs throughout her day. Remember, if she’s still young – a puppy – then your attention is very important.

As specialists and qualified vets would suggest, your pet shouldn’t be left longer than 4 to 6 hours. A dog walker is there to fill this space.

#2 Stress and busy schedule

It could be daunting when trying to do the early morning dog walk, get the kids ready for school, run back home to prepare for walk, run home to walk the dog at lunch, make dinner and serve everyone, including your dog and so on. You aren’t any superhero, and you’d only break down completely while trying. And the bad thing is that you may not be doing a sufficient job on the walk.

Why not leave it for the pro?

#3 Events, and Special Occasions

Though you may not be expecting to have such every day, you won’t run away from those exclusive invites from friends and family. There won’t always be those good neighbors and friends to take care of your pooch while you’re away. A dog walker saves you from feeling guilty of leaving your dog at home while you’re away on that one-off occasion.

#4 Your Dog Needs Behavioral Support or Medication

Your dog may be needing regular medication due to a health issue. A dog walker will help you with this while allowing the daily stimulations and toilet breaks.

Also, if your dog has developed anxiety or aggression from a previous home and requires some behavioral support, a dog walker will help you achieve that.

#5 You have Health Issues Restricting Your Ability to Walk

If you’re disabled or got a long term health condition that restricts your movement, then you need a dog walker to give your pet those time out. A trained dog walker will save you the pressure by engaging your dog in those consistent and regular walks. And you can be sure to maintain a happy relationship with your pooch.

 

Hiring a dog walker is a unique way of showing your dog the love and care she deserves from an owner. At least, you won’t feel guilty of leaving your pooch behind.

Let Your Dog Explore and Smell

What is the purpose of going for walks without allowing your pet to explore and smell?

Dog Walker Singapore, Dog Walking ServicesWe all want our dog to walk obediently on a leash. However, it’s also important to allow a dog to have some time to explore her surroundings while walking obediently on a leash. Dogs see with their noses, and they place as much importance on their sense of smell as we humans place on our sense of vision for interpreting the world around us. It’s probably safe to say that dogs appreciate the smell of a tree trunk the way we appreciate a beautiful sunset.

However, most busy pet (dog) owners are so focus on going on walks for the sole purpose of exercise or potty breaks. They trudge along the same old route, often without any variety or sense of leisure, and in too much of a hurry to get back home again.

After hours of staying indoor, it is important that you dedicate one or two of your daily walks to having a “smell walk” — going slow and letting your dog take in the world with her nose. Go somewhere entirely new, explore a different neighbourhood or trail, let your dog sniff at a spot until she gets her fill, even if it’s for minutes at a time before moving forward. For helping your dog know the difference between a walk where she should be obedient and stay beside you, and a walk where she is free to explore.

These walks are a wonderful opportunity for your dog to get some of the mental and sensory stimulation that keeps life interesting for her. And for you after a hard day work, to relax, reflect and enjoy this moment with your loving pet.

An Old Dog and his Kittens

Somewhere in Arizona, there is an amazing dog which is the official nanny for kittens at the Arizona Humane Society.

Besides being a Hurricane Katrina survivor, Boots spends his time being around young kittens, so that they get used to being around a dog. This is crucial for the kitten’s future chances of being adopted. What a heartwarming story!

Pet sitting, dog walking in singapore

 

Read the full story here.

Do you have cats and dogs at home? Are they happily living together? We certainly hope so!

 

Breed Highlights: Beagle

Beagles have been around for many years, and have a rich tradition of being hunting companions because of their great sense of smell. They are scent hounds and work well as detection dogs.

beagle pictures
http://www.akc.org/breeds/beagle/index.cfm

Although they are small to medium sized dogs, there has been a rise in pocket beagles, also known as the teacup beagle or mini beagle. The term is used by breeders to categorise their pups which do not conform to the breed’s usual size, or as some claim – a revival of a very old version of the beagles. They are however not recognised as a separate breed at this point of time.

We noticed that beagles are not as popular in Singapore as it is elsewhere in the world – they are actually very active dogs which can do fine in an apartment only if you are prepared give it long walks at least twice a day. They also need games or activities to stimulate their keen sense of smell, like hide-and-seek to find an item outdoors. Do note that you are strongly urged to leash your beagle – they tend to follow their noses and might wander and get too excited to remember about coming back!

Do you own a beagle? Share your pictures with us on our Facebook page!

Baby Beagles, pups
http://www.welovebeagles.com/beagle-photos/

Do you know that Snoopy is the world’s most famous beagle?:

snoopy comics
http://www.peanuts.com/characters/snoopy/#.VLPJzFpUQy5

 

Read more about Beagles here:

Beagle – Wikipedia (breed information and history)

Dog Breed Info – Beagle

Beagle Temperament

Dogtime on Pocket Beagles

BeaglePro.com on Miniature Beagles

 

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Why Can’t You Feed Your Dog Chocolates?

Why Can’t You Feed Your Dog Chocolates?

A series of articles of foods that are dangerous to dogs

A lot of pet owners regard their dogs as part of their family, and many are guilty of sharing the same table and food with their pups during meal times. Dogs do have a tendency to be curious about human food and eat most foods they can get to, but unfortunately some of these may be toxic or even fatal for our pups.

Dogs’ bodies will react to certain foods with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), and depending on the dosage of the offensive food taken, could damage their liver permanently. They do not metabolize, digest or break down food the same way that our bodies does, so we as pet owners must ensure that we only give them foods that are safe for them.

 

Today we discuss the dangers of feeding chocolate to dogs (and cats).

While chocolate has health benefits to us humans and many of us enjoy eating and drinking it, it is not suitable to be fed to your dog.

Chocolate has cocoa and caffeine in it, which contains methylxanthines/theobromine, compounds that are also present in coffee and some carbonated drinks. Dark chocolates are more toxic than milk or white chocolates, as they have more of these compounds which dogs cannot break down effectively. Even in small amounts, chocolate could cause theobromine poisoning in dogs, so keep your pup away from chocolates entirely.

 

What Reactions Chocolate Might Cause Dogs:

Discomfort, abdominal pains, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle tremors, agitation, hyperactivity, seizures, dehydration, excessive thirst, high blood pressure, cardiac arrest, increased body temperature, respiratory failure.

 

What Should You Do If Your Dog Ingests Chocolate?

Symptoms may arise anytime from four (4) to twenty four (24) hours after having eaten chocolate. It is advisable to get your dog to the vet as soon as possible if it is exhibiting any of the symptoms above. The faster the chocolate is out of the system of the dog, the better.

 

Resources and Further Reading:

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/12/8_things_you_should_never_feed_to_dogs_and_cats_partner/

http://www.dognutrition.com/dogs-eat-chocolate.html

http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/guide/dogs-and-chocolate-get-the-facts

http://www.foodbeast.com/2014/05/15/12-human-foods-that-could-kill-your-dog/

http://www.petwave.com/Dogs/Health/Hypoglycemia/Symptoms.aspx

Quick intro to Cesar Millan

Who is Cesar Millan?

Also known as the Dog Whisperer or the leading dog psychologist in the United States, Cesar is self-taught dog behaviorist and is said to be highly intuitive when it comes to dealing with aggressive dogs. He has a few TV shows, books, a magazine and philanthropic foundation under his name; The Dog Whisperer series, Cesar Millan’s Leader of the Pack, Cesar’s Way etc.

Cesar last visited Singapore in early 2014, and managed to lead Mango out of his cage, a dog who has been living in great fear for 7 years in a shelter.

 

Why is He Called the Dog Whisperer?

Cesar’s work has always included aggressive, uncontrollable dogs that are likely to be euthanized.  He has rehabilitated many such dogs, on and off the television screen. In his early days, his reputation spread by word of mouth; he was “the Mexican who walked 20 dogs at a time, without leashes”.

He also helps the owners to understand how to deal with their dogs based on the Cesar Way, which is to meet the dog’s primary needs of exercise, discipline and affection (in order).  Cesar frequently asks that owners be aware of their own attitudes and emotions, as remaining calm-assertive will help them establish themselves as the ‘leader of the pack’. He has previously mentioned that many dog owners “show too much affection and provide too little discipline or exercise”, which according to him, does not benefit the dog in the end.

 

Controversy over Cesar’s Ways

While millions of pet owners describe Cesar as ‘gifted’, ‘legendary’, and ‘special’ to say the least, there are also detractors of his methods of training and rehabilitating dogs. There is a lot of success cases where Cesar has done his magic with dogs, but unfortunately some people are saying that he is too rough with dogs, that his base beliefs are not correct etc.

Do note that whatever you see on his TV show, is done by a person with years and years of personal experience. The portions that are screened are also highly edited and does not paint the full picture. The methods there should never be replicated by someone without experience or sufficient knowledge.

 

Find Out More

Official website: www.cesarsway.com/

Cesar Millan Foundation: http://www.millanfoundation.org/

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cesar_Millan