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There are few things worse than dealing with diarrhea in your Alaskan Malamute! We asked our 800,000 members from our Alaskan Malamute community on facebook the following question: “What’s the best food for an Alaskan Malamute with a sensitive stomach?”

We’ve summarized the best responses below. Always remember to check with your veterinarian before making changes that affect your Alaskan Malamute’s health. iHeartDogs is reader supported, so some of the links below may be paid affiliate links at no additional cost to you. 

20 Best Foods for an Alaskan Malamute with a Sensitive Tummy

I used to cook my Malamute white rice with ground red meat (beef usually) when he had stomach issues . He loved it. However, you need to have him checked to make sure this isn’t leading to a bigger problem. I’m also begging all of you to make sure you give your babies plenty of good bone vitamins because they’re very prone to hip dysplasia in later age.

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Our Mal will be 3 in March and we have had this struggle. We have her on this now for about 6 months and she’s done great. It’s a prescription but we’ll worth it.

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Raw meat diet, or cooked meat! Depends how they deal with it! Either way, meat fish bones, affal & muscle! Mine is sensitive and will eat raw in some meat and cooked in others! He likes what he likes! It is always best, how he likes it! He must know what is best for him! He won’t eat it if he doesn’t like the meat raw then when I cook it he will eat it! Lol he’s a funny boy tbh but I give him what he wants and he doesn’t have tummy issues! Mine is 9 yrs old and still acts like a puppy tbh ! I won’t give mine dry food at all! Turns him into a poop machine lol

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Orijen – Six fish Check the ingredients. Had 2 mals with issues and this food made a world of difference. Also clean-up is way less. No preservatives and no FILLERS. This company has been on the top 25 list of dog foods for many years.

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Our vet recommended lamb and rice, which worked and after a few months we gradually introduced Taste of the Wild dry food and have had no problems the last 3 years.

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I had to put Nanuq on prescription food. Science diet

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I cook 8 cups of rice with 1 lbs of burger and venison of each and 2 cans on tuna and mixed veggies works good

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All we did for our mal was eliminate any food with chicken or turkey. He eats fish or lamb food now and has no issues.

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Try real food , peas , sweet potato, chicken breast, salmon, brown rice , pumpkin, blueberries,. There is also a food name GO sensatives is good for husky and malamutes with sensatives stomach

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Raw chicken thighs Rice n veggies wagg sensitive A handful of Asda Bran flakes with every meal, my girl suffered with colitis’s spent £s on medication only to discovery the above diet worked wonders!

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Ground beef lentils sweet potatoes sqash peas and carrots spinach and rice some dogs do not do well with brown rice I use jasmine my dog is allergic to chicken

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We use Taste of the Wild High Prairie blend.

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Pedigree

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Wild earth food is the best.

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We get Rachel Ray.

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It really depends on why she/he has a sensitive tummy. Every dog is different. It could have an intolerance to chicken, beef or grain, or something else. Raw is usually good, but until you know what the triggers are it’s just a process of elimination. Vets will usually put you on a prescription diet of processed food, which may work but sometimes makes the problem worse. Try to keep it relatively simple while you trial things in brackets of 1-3 weeks. It’ll be easier to pin point the triggers

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Farmina pumpkin line of kibble

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Iams sensitive

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Purina Pro Plan Salmon and Rice for sensitive skin and tummies.

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Mon, 28 Nov 2022 06:06:42 -0800 Dog-Fancier
20 Foods for Poodles with Sensitive Stomachs https://thedogvisitor.com/20-foods-for-poodles-with-sensitive-stomachs https://thedogvisitor.com/20-foods-for-poodles-with-sensitive-stomachs

There are few things worse than dealing with diarrhea in your Poodle! We asked our 800,000 members from our Poodle community on facebook the following question: “What’s the best food for a Poodle with a sensitive stomach?”

We’ve summarized the best responses below. Always remember to check with your veterinarian before making changes that affect your Poodle’s health. iHeartDogs is reader supported, so some of the links below may be paid affiliate links at no additional cost to you. 

20 Best Foods for a Poodle with a Sensitive Tummy

I use Hill’s Science Diet for Sensitive Stomachs

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Chicken and rice is what we gave our poodle as it was the only thing his stomach could tolerate after having kennel cough as a puppy.

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Purina EN prescription dog food for sensitive stomachs. It really works.

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Homemade browned ground lean Turkey, brown rice, and plain canned pumpkin. Mix it all together and serve.

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Purina pro plan sensitive stomachs

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The chicken and rice is good but you need to start out slow on the chicken some dogs don’t tolerate that at all my dogs tolerate it they just don’t like it they’ll eat it if I don’t give him anything else all day I cook for my dogs they get beef or chicken probably once every couple months I slide in pork but there’s always a risk of diarrhea from that but they get beef and vegetables everyday chicken sometimes

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I feed my poodle Fresh Pet. She has sensitive stomach and does very well on it.

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Chicken can be the worst thing for dogs with sensitive tummys , as it’s the biggest cause of allergies in dogs, speak ti your vets or a good pet shop , my poodle has a awful problems , to chicken , pollen ,and perfume she eats pooch and mutt dried food for sensitive tummy , salmon and sweet potato …..I hope this helps

Author: Kerry M.

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Probiotics( healthy gut) helped my dogs…they are like new since we put them on and all 3 are over 10 years old…and we feed them gentle giant chicken flavor for small dogs…

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I feed the Hills prescription low fat gastrointestinal plus some plain yogurt as probiotics.

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Purina for sensitive stomach, also plain chicken and rice. My Daisy loves it

Author: Agnieszka W.

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Honest Kitchen dehydrated human grade food saved all 3 of our poodles. Never had a vet visit after that and it’s been 6 years. So thankful I had a professional with much knowledge who recommended it.

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Natural Balance Vegetarian Wet canned food.

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I give my dog Purina One with lamb & brown rice, as he’s allergic to chicken.

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My breeder recommended the Authority Chicken and Brown Rice with Tender Chunks.

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I use Nutro Ultra weight management cuz it has less fat. My Miss Tilly has problems with her stomach. I also give her cbd oil.

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Wellness complete health petite entrees

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Royal canine gastrointestinal

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My puppy had issues & I kept taking her to the vet. Nothing worked & I was doing chicken/rice & then hamburger/rice , pumpkin etc. Turns out she doesn’t do well with chicken I was buying all this chicken/rice kibble in different brands & couldn’t figure it out. ( process of elimination) , but almost everything I read the ingredients of had some kind of chicken flavoring, meal etc. I’m giving her pre & pro biotic & still trying different foods . Currently on salmon . Good luck!!

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We use a digestive specialty for our teacup because human food is not good for them. This one has been fantastic!

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Mon, 28 Nov 2022 06:06:40 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How to Attach a Front Harness to a Dog Wheelchair https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-attach-a-front-harness-to-a-dog-wheelchair https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-attach-a-front-harness-to-a-dog-wheelchair

Attaching a Front Harness to a Rear Dog Wheelchair It’s very simple to attach your dog’s front harness to their rear Walkin’ Wheels dog wheelchair. Each Walkin’ Wheels comes with a standard Front Harness.  When you receive your wheelchair, you’ll see a harness with three different colored straps: red, blue, and black. The three webbing colors can be used as a guide to ensure you’re putting the harness on correctly every time.  Blue – the blue strap should be on the top of your dog’s back and run over your pet’s shoulders.  Black – this strap should sit across your…

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Mon, 28 Nov 2022 05:56:39 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Gea https://thedogvisitor.com/gea https://thedogvisitor.com/gea
Beautiful girl Gea is a super cute little pup with a smooth tricolour coat who will grow into a medium to large girl.
She is a very unusual breed called a Swiss Mountain Dog.
Gea is very friendly & very cute and she loves other dogs.
She is ok with cats in the garden but we dont know if they run.
Pretty Gea is very intelligent and will get bored if she is not shown attention or exercised and she will get into trouble, especially when she looks for TV wires to chew to pass the time! We want another playmate for her to keep her company and occupied and children too would be good for her.


She is presently in a foster home learning how to walk on lead and toilet training. She lives with other dogs and she loves to be with them. She loves her walks and she is good in the car and at the vets.
She is not afraid of cars or any loud noises. She loves her
cuddles or give kisses. She is a good all rounder.
Gea has low level Leish and will be well through her meds before she arrives. She will come with a few months supply.
The maintenance meds costs £4 for one months supply and in general need the maintenance programme for 5 months a year



Her Best Points :

Friendly and likes other dogs confident and loves cuddles
 
Dog Details :

Breed :      Swiss Mountain Dog

Age :          24 weeks

Gender:    Female

Living with dogs :   Yes

Living with cats :     OK but cant guarantee wont chase

Living with children :   Yes over 8 years

NEEDS to live with another dog YES

Health:  Very low level Leish presently at 160 and being treated.

Neutered:  no too young owner needs to do this

 

Current location
In spain in foster waiting to come to the UK in November

 

 

Adoption Fee : £299 – to be paid direct to the Spanish rescue to cover new, excessive, extra EU travel costs, via UK bank account

 

NOTE – Homecheck : All our adoptions are subject to successful homechecks. There is now a deposit for all homechecks of £25 which is deducted from the adoption fee.

If the homecheck fails the £25 will be reimbursed.

If people withdraw after the homecheck this is non refundable.



FURTHER NOTE

ALL HOMECHECKS ARE NOW CONDUCTED VIRTUALLY

PROOF OF ID AND LANDLORD PERMISSION IS REQUIRED

 

Adopting A DogWatch UK Rescue Dog

Before being adopted, dogs will have been vaccinated, wormed and treated for fleas.
If old enough they will have been neutered, if too young the new owners will need to ensure this is done.
All dogs are microchipped
All new owners can apply for 4 weeks Pet Insurance  FREE, to apply please ask us for the pamphlet, our charity reference number is 1400005179.

All new owners will need to change their new dogs microchip information to their contact details. This costs £17. If you would like us to arrange this for you, at a reduced rate of £7.20, we will ask you to do a bank transfer to allow us to register the change.

For Rescue Dogs coming from overseas

This adoption fee is a contribution towards the costs of rescuing the dog including
– microchip, pet passport, vaccines, tests for South European diseases, neutering (IF OLD ENOUGH), parasite treatment and transport to the UK.
We can not home dogs from overseas to people who work full time or long hours, unless some sort of doggy day care is offered. They need someone at home a lot of the day, they are not used to being alone for long periods. A dog walker for an hour out of the day is not enough.
Leaving dogs a long time on their own means they are highly likely to develop separation anxiety which is distressing for them and everyone in their new home.

How to adopt a DogWatch UK Rescue Dog

For full details see our Adoption page

To apply to adopt please fill in our adoption application

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Mon, 28 Nov 2022 05:27:01 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Bluebill – 8 month old female Husky https://thedogvisitor.com/bluebill-8-month-old-female-husky https://thedogvisitor.com/bluebill-8-month-old-female-husky Bluebill is an 8 month old female Husky. She is a beautiful girl around 52cm in height and 15kg. The family had her from 8 weeks old unfortunately after the break of the relationship they fill they can’t meet her needs to exercise and train.

Currently in foster at Northampton, NN6. BLUEBELL is playful, affectionate and clever. She is very friendly and easily excitable. Housetrained. Good on the lead. BLUEBELL is currently in at foster family with other kids and another dog.

That’s what the foster family says about her: ” Bluebell is a kind loving girl, she’s still a bit jumpy but she’s still a puppy. She is fantastic at night doesn’t bark, sleeps right through the night, she likes cool places as she has a very thick coat.

Bluebell would suit a family with older children, I would say 10+, her being the only dog is best, just until she’s a bit older. She is good on the lead, her re-call needs work”. BLUEBELL is friendly with other dogs and good with kids, but because of her size, she would be best with older kids. Absolutely healthy. Vaccinated. Microchipped.

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Mon, 28 Nov 2022 05:17:03 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Dug – 2 year old male German Shepherd Cross https://thedogvisitor.com/dug-2-year-old-male-german-shepherd-cross https://thedogvisitor.com/dug-2-year-old-male-german-shepherd-cross Dug is a 2 year old male German Shepherd Cross. He is currently located at Corby, Northamptonshire. Dug is very shy and unsure at start but funny, curious and playful like a puppy as soon as settles.

DUG was adopted at the end of July but unfortunately due to family circumstances he needs to find at least Foster ASAP. ”

DUG (formerly Miggie) is a happy, mellow and friendly dog. He’s fully Vaccinated and Microchipped.

He is not neutered. Sadly my shifts have changed at work, and my dog sitter is moving away, which means that Dug won’t have the love and care he needs from me. This is truly heartbreaking as he is the wonderful pup, there’s not another like him.

He loves being outside, and really enjoys long hikes in the woods, and open fields to run in.

Dug has been raised around various aged children, he loves playing and being made a fuss over. He has the most amazing temperament with kids and humans alike. Dug doesn’t bark often either, he’s so laid back.

He needs to go to a family that is ready to give him all the love he needs. Because he has lived with a foster family prior to me, he would suit someone who is home regularly/have another dog for company.

Only recently in the last few months he has been left a few hours a day and my surprise he has handled it fairly well. He’s house trained, but can get a little anxious if left for extended periods of time.

This is something that we’ve been working on, and he’s making real progress. He has never shown aggression towards visitors, people on the street or other dogs.

When walking, he wants to say hello to EVERYONE, dog and person alike! Don’t let that put you off, he’s so a lovely, good natured and friendly boy. DUG is good with other dogs, tolerate cats and great with children.

He isn’t interested in cats whatsoever, he though he might be but the cat hissed and that was the end of his interest! Children he finds great fun when they squeal as all puppies do but isn’t overly interested in children.

He would do better with older children who have the ability to understand a dogs needs to not hinder his confidence journey and not be left for long periods of time. DUG has no known health issues. Full vaccination pack (rabies, DHLPP), provided worms treatment, microchipped.

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Mon, 28 Nov 2022 05:17:02 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Jeri – 2 year old male Poodle Cross https://thedogvisitor.com/jeri-2-year-old-male-poodle-cross https://thedogvisitor.com/jeri-2-year-old-male-poodle-cross Jeri is a 2 year old male Poodle Cross. He is a no-shedding and non-allergic breed. Small size (8 kilos/35 cm). Has been with his first family since 1-year-old taken from friends who moved abroad.

Unfortunately, after a recent divorce and job schedule change, a hard decision was taken to rehome him. Located in Burton on Trent, DE15. JERI went to the family for Foster to Adopt unfortunately after 2 weeks of having him with no issues.

Today they had an argument with the resident dog and the family feels it’s not fair as the resident dog is old and now is scared and depressed, so Jeri is looking again for a new home.

\He is a fantastic boy full of love and joy. He is happy to meet new people and gives everyone loads of kisses immediately. He is great with men, women and kids.

But can be active and jumpy so not suitable for little ones. JERI is such a lovely dog, smart, active, very much human-oriented, affectionate and adores kissing.

He just can’t live without kissing his humans and showing in every possible way his massive love for all humans. He walks perfectly and loves it, loves to run around.

JERI loves all dogs and used to live in multi dogs house and can be a great addition to a home with the other dog.

The only weakness of JERI is birds: when JERI sees birds he will just fly after them not seeing anything around. JERI used to live with cats before but will chase if a cat runs, most likely thinking it’s a game.

While can be fine at home with a calm cat, who tolerates dogs and is able to ignore JERI. JERI has non-allergic fur. Does not shed and doesn’t leave hair on carpets and furniture.

But as all poodle-crosses will need grooming, he is used and accepts without any protest. JERI has his vaccinations, is neutered, and is microchipped.

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Mon, 28 Nov 2022 05:17:01 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Watch: A Cute Dog Can’t Stop Hugging a Human After He Returns Home https://thedogvisitor.com/watch-a-cute-dog-cant-stop-hugging-a-human-after-he-returns-home https://thedogvisitor.com/watch-a-cute-dog-cant-stop-hugging-a-human-after-he-returns-home The video posted on Instagram shows a cute dog hugging its human after he returns from college for a holiday.

If you are a pet lover, you surely miss your pet babies when they are far away. However, as it turns out, the puppies miss their humans even more – that is what this video shows. The video captures a dog hugging its human and refusing to let go.

The video was initially posted on TikTok and captured people’s attention after being re-shared on an Instagram page. The caption reads, “Doggo is so happy to have her human.”

The video shows a text that reads, “When your human comes home from college for a holiday. ” The video then shows a dog hugging a man sitting on a chair.

Take a look at the heartwarming video:

 

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Two days ago, the video was shared, and since being posted, the video has collected more than 8,300 views. The share has also welcomed nearly 550 likes. In addition, people posted various comments while reacting to the video.

“Lucky youuuu!!! So precious and so much love” shared an Instagram user. “So sweet,” expressed another. “Precious,” posted a third. “I need a video of when you guys arrive,” wrote a fourth. Some showed their reactions through heart emoticons.

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Mon, 28 Nov 2022 04:58:56 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Watch: Speed and Strength of a K&9 Security Dog Wins Hearts Online https://thedogvisitor.com/watch-speed-and-strength-of-a-k-9-security-dog-wins-hearts-online https://thedogvisitor.com/watch-speed-and-strength-of-a-k-9-security-dog-wins-hearts-online The video posted on Instagram shows the pace and the power of the K-9 security dog, which surprised netizens.

Dogs have been used in security patrols for a long time. Security dogs are trained to help police officers. In many countries, these dog units are called K-9, a homophone for the canine. However, the video of a guard dog sincerely taking part in a staged criminal capture is now sweeping the internet.

In the video, the guard dog from a K-9 squad showcases his excellent biting abilities and concentration. The video is from a mock exercise in which a man wearing security gear persuades a dog that he is a burglar, and the dog rushes over, jumps, and pushes him to the ground. The dog’s attack was so intense that the victim could not stand straight.

 

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The dog continued to bite the man’s legs and hands even after knocking him to the ground. The video has garnered positive feedback from social media users, receiving over 1,35,000 views on Instagram. Moreover, the video acquired more than 10,000 likes, and many viewers applauded the dog in the comments.

“When we get our new house, we need one of these dogs for protection,” commented one user. “You need a bulletproof vest to protect yourself from that pup. What a good boy,” wrote the third user. “This is fun! I can watch this all day,” commented another user.

Impressed by the tactics and pace of the canine, a dog lover commented, “Wow, he body slammed that guy. I’m sorry, but this was hilarious.”

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Mon, 28 Nov 2022 04:58:55 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Dachshund Corgi Mix https://thedogvisitor.com/dachshund-corgi-mix https://thedogvisitor.com/dachshund-corgi-mix

Dachshund Corgi Mix - The Dorgi

 The dachshund corgi mix is called a “dorgi”. It is a cross from a purebred dachshund and a purebred Pembroke Welsh corgi.

One famous Dorgi was owned by Queen Elizabeth II. She named him Fergus, after her uncle was killed in during the first World War.

Dachshund Corgi Mix Characteristics

1. Their ears may be either erect like the Corgi or floppy like the Dachshund.

2. They will be about 9- 12 inches tall and could weigh from 15 pounds to 28 pounds.

3. The Dorgi will have a fox-like face. The coat may be short or medium in length. It is usually black or brown.

There are two Corgis, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi.

4. Since the Corgi and the Dachshund are barkers the Dorgi will probably be a barking dog as well.

Dachshund Corgi Mix Personality

The dachshund has a playful personality, while the corgi is a lively and affectionate dog.

The Corgi is a herding dog while the Dachshund is a prey hunting dog. 

5. The Dachshund Corgi mix is also prone to obesity. They should be kept active and exercised daily.

6. They will be loyal, adorable, and full of energy. They are brave, independent, and protective of their owners.

7. The dachshund corgi mix can live up to 15 years.

8. The Dorgi is a great watch dog as they will bark when someone is near the yard or house.

9. The Dorgi coat could be like the dachshund, which is smooth haired, wire haired, or long haired. Their coat could be more like the Corgi which is more of the dense medium coat.

It will depends on which side of the breed they take after.

10. The colors can be a number of combinations, such as brown, black, tan, gold, or white.

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11. The Dachshund Corgi mix is a breed that doesn’t shed a lot. Their shedding will depend on the coat, so it could be very minimal for a short haired or moderate for a long haired.

If they are a short haired Dorgi you might only need to bathe them once every couple of months. If they are a long haired Dorgi then you might need to bathe them once a month.

Just don’t over bathe them as they are prone to dry skin and too much bathing can rid some of their natural oil.

The long haired Dorgi should also be brushed on a daily basis. If they are short haired you only need to brush occasionally to get rid of stray hairs.

You need to clean their ears on a weekly basis and check the dog's nails and eyes. They will need their nails clipped on a regular basis.

12. It can be difficult to train the dog, as it is prone to stubborn streaks. They may bark when they see strangers or when they don't want to be left alone.

It is important to start setting rules for the Dorgi as soon as possible.

13. Having a dachshund corgi mix can be a great idea for those wanting an affectionate dog that has a close bond with the owners.

Dachshund Corgi Mix Cost

14. The normal cost from a reputable breeder is around $500, which is less expensive than buying either a purebred Corgi or a purebred Dachshund.

It may be difficult to find a breeder as there aren’t a lot of Dorgi breeders.

The Dorgi’s usually have a litter of 2 to 5 pups a year.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi vs Dachshund Characteristics

Whether you are considering a Dachshund or Pembroke Welsh Corgi for your next family pet, you may be wondering how the two breeds compare. 

The Corgi was bred to herd livestock and is still used today for this purpose.

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a breed that stands between 10 and 12 inches at the shoulder.

The breed has a docked tail.

They are also known as Herding Dogs, which means they are hardy and built to handle livestock. The breed also has a level topline and short hocks.

They are also very active dogs, so they will need daily exercise. They can come in a variety of coat colors, including black, white, sable and tan.

They are also highly protective and loyal to their owners. They can weigh as little as 11 pounds or as much as 50 pounds. They are also highly vocal.

If you are looking for a dog that will be an excellent companion, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi is one that you should consider.

This breed is easy to care for and a good choice for a family dog.
It is also a very popular show dog.

They are also considered an enchanted breed because of their loyal nature and their happy smile.

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a great breed for families with children. The breed is easy to care for and has a long life expectancy of about 11 to 15 years.

They are highly intelligent, and have a cheerful personality. They are also easy to train, which is important for young dogs.

The Corgi is a small, active, fearless dog. They are often used for herding cattle and sheep.

They are also known for their loud, barking.

They also have a strong desire to interact with people and animals.

They are a great choice for families with children.

Corgis have a double coat, which means it has a water-resistant undercoat and a weatherproof outer coat. They have a choice of white, fawn, red, black, or brown markings.

Their coats are thick and weatherproof, and can last for up to 10 years. It is recommended that they receive regular baths.

They also require daily brushing, which keeps their coats free of clumps and dead hair.

They also have an official "shedding season" in early summer and late spring, which is when they shed more than other breeds.

Dachshunds are known for being very social dogs, and they make great companions as they are loyal to their owners. 

Despite the popularity of the dog, however, they can suffer from back issues.

Dachshunds have a long body and short legs, which makes them easy to navigate through tunnels as they were bred to burrow for prey.

They are also very friendly and love to cuddle with humans.

They are good companions but are also a great guard dog.

However, they can be prone to separation anxiety.

 They are also extremely active and may be overly playful and stubborn.

The Dachshund Corgi's temperament is usually good, and they make great dogs for families. They are also very sociable, and are very attached to their owners.

However, they can be a bit stubborn, so it is important to be firm with them.

Dachshund Corgi mix issues

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Dorgi’s for the most part are a healthy dog and can live to be 12-15 years of age.

However, it is important to know what health issues are common in Dorgis so you can be on the lookout for signs and symptoms.

1. One of the most common health issues in Dorgis is IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease).

With their long bodies, IVDD could be an issue. This is a condition in which the outer parts of the disc begin to harden.

You must make sure they don’t jump up and down on sofas and beds. And make sure they don’t go up and down stairways.

2. The Dorgi is also prone to separation anxiety. The dog is not suited for apartment living. It is best for homes with free time to spend with the dog.

3. Another common issue is that the Dorgi will tend to bark a lot and they have a loud bark for their size. It will take patience and consistent training so they don’t bark excessively.

4. Dorgis are also prone to cataracts. Canine cataracts cause poor vision and opacity on the lens of the dog's eyes. Cataracts can be treated surgically. However, if the cataracts become too large, they can cause blindness.

5. Dorgis also have a tendency to develop hip dysplasia. This condition is a result of the ball sliding away from the socket. This can cause pain in their hind legs. So you need to make this part of your vet’s checkup.

6. The Dorgi is a glutton and you need to be careful when feeding them, otherwise they could become obese.

If your Dorgi is overweight, you should watch for signs of joint problems. Overweight Dorgis are more likely to develop hip and joint issues.

Conclusion:

Now that you know about the pros and cons of a Dachshund Corgi mix and still would like to own one, you want to purchase one from a reputable breeder.

The reputable breeder will provide paperwork on the parents along with vaccinations, and other info about the parents.

You can check around for breeder clubs or ask your vet about finding a reputable breeder.

Here is a national club s that recognizes the Dachshund Corgi Mix.

Designer Breed Registry. 

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Whipworms In Dogs – Diagnosis, Treatment, & Prevention https://thedogvisitor.com/whipworms-in-dogs-diagnosis-treatment-prevention https://thedogvisitor.com/whipworms-in-dogs-diagnosis-treatment-prevention The post Whipworms In Dogs – Diagnosis, Treatment, & Prevention appeared first on Petmoo.

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Decking The Halls Is A Family Affair https://thedogvisitor.com/decking-the-halls-is-a-family-affair https://thedogvisitor.com/decking-the-halls-is-a-family-affair Decking the halls is a family affair at our house. I’m the hound in charge because I am small, and I am kind of an elf at heart. I love seeing what is in all our boxes when we bring them upstairs and it is fun to decorate the tree. This is Nelson’s first Christmas, […]

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Mon, 28 Nov 2022 01:32:42 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Why Does My Dog Lick Me So Much? https://thedogvisitor.com/why-does-my-dog-lick-me-so-much https://thedogvisitor.com/why-does-my-dog-lick-me-so-much Has your dog ever licked you out of the blue, leaving you wondering why? If so, you’re not alone. Many pet owners have experienced their dog's excessive licking behavior and can't help but ask themselves: Why does my dog lick me so much?

Why Dogs Lick Their Owners

Fortunately, there are several potential explanations as to why dogs may indulge in this behavior. From a sign of love and affection to an attempt to taste anything interesting they find on your skin, let's explore some possible answers to this common question. Who knows—you might end up learning something new about your furry friend!

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1. Affection

One potential answer as to why your dog is licking you so much is affection.

Dogs are known for showing love and appreciation through physical contact, and licking is one of the ways they do that.

Your pup may be giving you kisses out of happiness or simply trying to express their undying devotion to you. This behavior can also occur between two dogs—a sign that they have a strong bond with each other!

It’s important to note, however, that not all licking comes from a place of pure love.

If your dog seems desperate for attention, it could mean there’s something else going on. In some cases, dogs lick their owners for boring reasons or even in anticipation of receiving treats or food in return.

Regardless of the reason, it’s important to remember that wet kisses from your pup are a sign of their affection and appreciation! So, next time you find yourself being showered with doggy kisses, be sure to give them some extra love.

Check out: Healthy Dog Treat Recipes: The Perfect Alternative To Store-Bought Options

2. Appeasement

Another possible explanation for why your pup might be licking you is appeasement.

This behavior is common among dogs who are naturally anxious or fearful, and they use it to express their submission in stressful situations. In other words, your dog may be licking you as a way of calming themselves down and avoiding confrontation.

If this is the case, then it’s important to understand that your pup needs some extra love and support from you during these moments.

Paying attention to their body language can also help you better recognize when they’re feeling anxious or uncomfortable so that you can provide them with additional comfort.

At the end of the day, excessive licking can be an indication that your pup needs a little more love and attention from you. So, make sure to give your pup plenty of cuddles and reassurance when they’re feeling overwhelmed or scared.

3. Taste Testing

On the other hand, it’s possible that your pup may be licking you as a way to taste something interesting on your skin. Dogs have highly sensitive noses and taste buds, so anything that smells good (or even just different) can be an exciting experience for them.

If this is the case, then it’s important to make sure that whatever they find tasty isn’t harmful to them.

4. Attention-Seeking Behavior

Another potential explanation as to why your pup might be licking you so much is attention-seeking behavior.

Dogs are naturally social animals, and they crave companionship from their owners. If your pup feels neglected or bored, they may be resorting to excessive licking in an attempt to get your attention.

So, it’s important to make sure that your pup is getting enough stimulation throughout the day.

Take them on walks or play some games with them—anything that will keep them happy and entertained! Additionally, show your pup some extra love by giving them treats or cuddles when they’ve been obedient.

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5. Anxiety Or Stress Relief

Finally, dogs may lick their owners as a way to self-soothe and relieve stress or anxiety.

This behavior helps them cope with any unpleasant emotions they may be feeling at the moment, whether it’s fear of loud noises or separation anxiety when you leave.

If this is the case, petting them gently or talking in a calm voice can help them feel more secure, while also giving them an outlet for expressing their feelings.

Take a look at: 4 Ways To Relieve Stress With Your Dog

How to Manage Excessive Licking

It’s understandable if excessive licking from your pup is something that you want to manage. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to discourage this kind of behavior.

1. Stimulation

First and foremost, it’s important to make sure that your pup is getting plenty of exercise and stimulation throughout the day.

Take them for walks around the neighborhood or play some fun games with them—basically anything that will keep their mind occupied and help them expend their excess energy.

2. Redirect Your Pups' Attention

If those methods don’t work, then try redirecting their attention away from licking by offering a chew toy or giving them commands. This will help them focus their energy on something else and discourage excessive licking.

3. Be Patient

It’s also important to remember not to punish your pup for this behavior—it won’t solve the underlying issue and could even make the problem worse.

Instead, try calmly telling them “no” in a firm voice and redirecting their attention away from licking.

4. Love Your Pup

Finally, make sure that you are meeting all of your pup’s needs with plenty of love and attention.

All in all, Why Does My Dog Lick Me So Much? is an interesting question with many possible answers. From being a sign of affection to an attempt to relieve anxiety, there could be several reasons behind this behavior. And while it can be annoying at times, it’s important to remember that your pup just wants your love and attention.

Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to manage excessive licking and make sure your pup is getting the care and stimulation they need.

With consistent effort, Why Does My Dog Lick Me So Much? can become Why Doesn't My Dog Lick Me So Much! – an outcome that is sure to bring both you and your pup a lot of joy! 

Happy cuddling!

FAQ

Why Does My Dog Lick Me So Much?

Why Do Dogs Like To Lick Their Owners?

When it comes to Why Do Dogs Like To Lick Their Owners? - the answer is quite simple; dogs love their owners and licking is a sign of love, affection and loyalty. It’s an instinctive behavior that goes back thousands of years, when wolves would lick their pack members as a way to show submission and respect. 

Do Dogs Have A Favorite Person?

Yes, dogs do have a favorite person! Dogs are extremely loyal creatures, and it’s natural for them to form strong attachments with certain people. Generally speaking, their favorite person will be the one who provides them with the most love, care and attention. This could be someone who feeds them, takes them on long walks, plays with them and cuddles with them.

If a dog has multiple owners, they may even show different levels of affection to each one! So, the next time you look into those puppy-dog eyes and feel that extra special bond – remember that your pup might just have chosen you as their favorite.

Dogs are social animals, and they crave companionship from their owners. So when you cuddle with your pup and give them lots of attention, they may lick you as a way of showing appreciation for being close to them.

How Does A Dog Know You Love Him?

A dog's ability to sense and understand the emotions of its human family is a remarkable trait. Dogs have an innate understanding of love, loyalty, and devotion that many other animals don't possess. But how does a dog know you love him? Here are some ways your pup can tell how much you really care:

  1. Body Language. Dogs are incredibly perceptive of body language. They can sense when you're happy, sad, anxious, or angry just by the way you move and carry yourself. When you show your pup affection through physical contact like petting and cuddling, he’ll be able to recognize that as a sign of love.
  2. Verbal cues. Dogs understand more than just our body language; they can also recognize verbal cues like “good boy” and “I love you” as signs of affection. Even if your pup doesn’t obey commands, he still knows that these words are directed at him with a positive intention.
  3. Quality time. Spending quality time together is a great way to show your pup how much you love him. Whether it’s taking walks and playing together, teaching him tricks, or simply lounging around the house, these moments of bonding can help him recognize that he’s important to you.
  4. Food treats. A dog's stomach is probably the most reliable indicator of love. Dogs will do a lot for food, and when you give him treats as rewards or just because, he’ll know that it’s coming from a place of genuine love.
  5. Special gifts. Giving your pup special gifts shows him how much you care about him and his well-being. Whether it’s a cozy bed, chew toys (or even a DIY toy), or cute clothes, these gifts are tangible reminders that you love your pup. 

 

 

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Raul – 4 month old male Cross&Breed https://thedogvisitor.com/raul-4-month-old-male-cross-breed https://thedogvisitor.com/raul-4-month-old-male-cross-breed Raul is a 4 month old male Cross-Breed. He is now looking for his forever home. A lively, lovely and friendly boy. They will be the small medium when fully grown. Vaccinated and chipped. Currently in Romania.

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Cali – 1&2 year old female Terrier Cross https://thedogvisitor.com/cali-1-2-year-old-female-terrier-cross https://thedogvisitor.com/cali-1-2-year-old-female-terrier-cross Cali is a 1-2 year old female Terrier Cross. She is a little firecracker. Full of energy and character, she will make sure you are never bored.

Cali is active, curious and very clever. She loves playing and going on her daily walks; she’s lead trained, happily wearing a harness. Although she wants to come across as very sure of herself, Cali struggles with confidence and needs help in overcoming her fears.

She is making great progress but she is still learning that strangers and other dogs are not a real threat. She usually warms to women quicker than to men, but given the time and space, she takes to everybody.

She always appreciates an opportunity to meet a stranger outside first, before they enter the house – her ultimate safe space. When out on a walk, Cali prefers to be ignored at first and approach strangers in her own time.

It usually doesn’t take long before she’s asking for a fuss, especially around women. She is making impressive progress around new dogs too, learning to ignore ones that intimidate her. She won’t miss a chance to let a cat know what she thinks of them with persistent barking, so a no-cat household is a must.

Cali is a sweet, affectionate girl, in need of a quiet and loving home. She will be a good match for a family with no small children and no other pets. With time, patience and consistent training Cali will soon show her true colours, of a loyal, fun and incredibly adorable companion. Cali is currently living in Kent.

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Poppy – 3&4 year old female Pointer Cross https://thedogvisitor.com/poppy-3-4-year-old-female-pointer-cross https://thedogvisitor.com/poppy-3-4-year-old-female-pointer-cross Poppy is a 3-4 year old female Pointer Cross. She is in foster in Ashington North England. Poppy has been in foster now for a month, coming from Cyprus having been dumped outside a shelter with her 5 puppies.

Once in foster, we soon found out just what a loving girl she is! She wants to be petted, loved and kissed all day. Poppy has such a sweet and gentle nature. She has been learning how to live in a home, she was house-trained in 2 days! She lets you know when she wants to go out.

She lives happily with a doggy friend she loves to play with. Poppy is happy to let left for short periods with her pal without any issues. Poppy is also a very clever girl, she learns quickly!

She loves her food and treats which will help with future training. Poppy is very happy in the car, she travels well. She is an active girl who would be suited to an active life, she would be best with a family with an active outdoor lifestyle.

She loves her walks and the outdoor space where she can do zoomies! Poppy would love a playful, active dog or two to live and play with. No cats are advised as she will chase.

Families with children over 12 years old can be considered. Poppy has such a great zest for life and deserves a loving family of her own.

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9 Tips for Keeping Your Cat’s Teeth Clean and Ensure Good Oral Health https://thedogvisitor.com/9-tips-for-keeping-your-cats-teeth-clean-and-ensure-good-oral-health https://thedogvisitor.com/9-tips-for-keeping-your-cats-teeth-clean-and-ensure-good-oral-health Maintaining clean teeth is the primary dental care for cats but not enough to prevent all kinds of dental problems. Staying alert about your cat’s dental health is extremely important because cats cannot express their oral discomfort when chewing or biting. Cats have an innate tendency to conceal pain which might aggravate dental problems.

Even though it might seem everything is fine with your cat, the reality could be different. Your cat might have some dental issues which you need to investigate proactively to prevent them from turning into serious problems, like a painful mouth and increased discomfort that might even require surgery.

Tips for being proactive to prevent dental problems in cats

Bad breath can be alarming

Cat parents are familiar with ‘kitty breath,’ a mild fishy scent that is normal for any healthy cat. But detecting bad breath in your cat is a sure sign of some dental problems. Persisting bad breath can turn worse. You must act fast to prevent the worsening of the condition.

Bad breath in cats accompanied by drooling indicates some gum diseases or could be a sign of tooth decay. You need not be concerned if your cat has occasional bleeding gums, but if accompanied by bad breath or drooling, your cat needs tooth extraction or deep cleaning.

Arrange for an annual check-p of your cat

Regular visits to the veterinarian might not include a dental check-up of your cat. Dental care is an afterthought for us unless compelled to visit the dentists, and the cats get a similar response from their owners. But cats have dental issues if left untreated, which can cause serious health problems.

During the annual check-up, ensure that the vet does a dental check. Besides evaluating the overall health, the vet should evaluate the dental health too.

Start a dental care routine for your cat

A cat’s day should start by cleaning the teeth like our kids. Cat owners should clean their cat’s teeth every day at the same time in the morning. Start the practice while the cat is still young, preferably kittens, because older cats can be more resistant to it.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AMVA), use gauze with toothpaste made exclusively for cats to clean kittens’ teeth daily so that it becomes a habit. To make the experience more pleasant, dip your finger into canned chicken or tuna before rubbing it on the teeth and gums.

Diseases That Are Common Among Cats

Gum stimulation while brushing

One of the essential features of maintaining good oral health for your cat is to pay equal attention to the teeth and gums. Since tooth decay usually starts with inflamed or irritated gums, you should massage the gums while cleaning the cat’s teeth.

If the gums appear reddish and irritated, it is an unhealthy sign because normal gums are pink. The redness of the gums indicates some dental disease. Massaging your cat’s gum can speed up healing and strengthens the gums, thus reducing the chances of gum problems later on.

Read Also: Diseases That Are Common Among Cats

Give dental diets to your cat

For maintaining good teeth for your cat, pay attention to the diet. Being selective about foods and choosing the right foods in consultation with your veterinarian should ensure that your cat has healthy teeth and overall good health.

Cats with oral or dental problems can benefit from prescription diets designed to improve cat’s dental health. These diets, backed by sufficient clinical proof, help maintain good dental health if you feed your cat as the veterinarian advises.

Offer treats that reduce tartar

When pampering your cat with some treats, ensure that these are of the right quality that supports good health. Choose treats approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) as these have gone through clinical trials and meet the standards of effectiveness.

Dentalife and Greenies by Purina and Whiskas’ Dentabites are approved treats that your cat will like much, and these help in tart control besides cleaning teeth. However, depending on treats is not a wise thing to do because brushing your cat’s teeth is the primary dental care for your cat. The treats and chews act as supplements.

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Toys can improve your cat’s dental health

Hard bones are part of a cat’s natural diet, as they should be for predators. Chewing bones are good; for your cat’s oral health as it aids healthy gums and teeth. As domestic cats cannot be predators, veterinarians suggest that toys can be a good substitute for mice and other animals that cats prey upon.

Giving hard toys to cats for chewing is a good practice to take care of their dental health. However, the toys must not be too hard as they can damage teeth. The hardness of toys should be like that of your fingernail. Use toys made specifically for cats.

Fresh water is good for cat’s teeth

When cats drink water, it cleans their mouth from any leftover food particles inside the mouth. Always ensure that your cat drinks enough water after meals. Food debris sticking inside the mouth can lead to bacteria build-up that causes tooth decay and gingivitis.

Read Also: Tips for Cats Who Are Scared of Dogs

Be alert about the dental health of your cat

Do not take gum problems and tooth decay lightly, as they can lead to severe problems of the kidneys, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses.

Regularly check the oral cavity of your cat. Look for signs of dental problems and take timely action.

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A New Way to Help Your Senior Dog Feel Good https://thedogvisitor.com/a-new-way-to-help-your-senior-dog-feel-good https://thedogvisitor.com/a-new-way-to-help-your-senior-dog-feel-good

This is a guest article from a colleague with Jope and is being contributed by founders Christine Colamonico and Jeremy Adjovi Boco. 

A common misconception about aging is that it’s a synonym for fatigue and decreased activity. But did you know that fatigue and reduced activity often show osteoarthritic pain?  

In 2021, 15 million adult dogs in the U.S. suffered from osteoarthritis and senior dogs, eight years and up, are most affected. A study showed that 70% of dogs suffer from osteoarthritis and mobility issues at this age.

Now ask yourself if it’s normal for your senior dog to be less active and have trouble going upstairs. You’ve got it; the response is NO.

Fortunately, while you can’t cure osteoarthritis, you can find solutions to help your dog feels better, be more active and live a happier senior life!

How can you help your older dog feel young?

Different complementary solutions exist when it comes to helping your senior dog live their best life.

Veterinarians call it multimodal therapy, which combines different therapies for the best results. We will share here with you our favorite easy-to-implement multimodal solution:

Add vet-grade supplements to your dog’s diet 

This is an easy change to implement in your dog’s routine that will go a long way to having them live a healthy life. Ideally, start giving veterinary-grade supplements when your dog is a puppy to support their growth. Then, continue when they are adults for a healthy lifestyle.

You can find many in the market, so choose wisely. First, prioritize supplements with UC-II, a different kind of collagen that is clinically and scientifically proven effective. Also, look for supplements with high doses of omega-3, specifically EPA and DHA, to help with joints, skin, hair, metabolism, and overall health.

Key take-home 1: look for a veterinary-grade supplement with UC-II and a high dose of omega-3. 

Keep your senior dog active 

You must remember that older dogs should always stay active!

However, you must adjust the activity time and intensity according to your dog’s overall health and capabilities. You want your dog to keep moving so the muscles stay strong and joints stay flexible. If your dog stops moving, joints will stiffen, and muscles will atrophy. As a result, a vicious circle will continue decreasing your dog’s activity and increasing their weight. Inactivity and obesity will reduce their quality of life and lifespan. 

If you notice your dog struggling during normal daily activities, think about decreasing duration and intensity and increasing frequency. For example, replace one 45-minute run with two 20-minute fast walks. 

Hydrotherapy is part of physiotherapy. It’s a powerful tool to keep your dog active while protecting the joints. Water resistance will decrease the pressure on the joints while strengthening the muscles. You can seek out dog rehabilitation centers or bring your dog to the beach or a lake.

Targeted exercises to reinforce your dog’s muscles are also a great way to keep their joints healthy. Ask your veterinarian for a visit, so they can show you how to perform specific exercises. 

Key take home 2: keep your dog’s joints and muscles moving so your dog feels good!

Monitor and adjust your dog’s diet

Age decreases metabolism, so your dog will need fewer daily calories. Also, age will reduce their energy needs as they exercise in moderation. 

So, you want to decrease the number of calories your dog eats daily. 

You always want to ensure your dog gets a well-balanced, high-quality diet. Premium quality is essential for senior dogs as they need easy-to-digest nutrients to fuel them daily. Older dogs don’t have the exact needs as before.

  • High-quality and easy-to-digest proteins are vital to protecting your dog’s kidneys while giving your senior dog the energy they need to remain active.
  • A higher quantity of omega-3 will help your dog’s metabolism, and you’ll see visible results in the hair, skin, and joints.
  • A high-fiber diet will allow good intestinal transit and ensure your dog stays healthy. Adding zucchini to your senior dog’s diet is a great way to bring fiber and have them feel fuller longer.  
  • An appropriate level of vitamins and minerals will help boost your dog’s well-being.

Ask your veterinarian for recommendations if you feel lost because of all the available options or if you want to cook homemade meals for your dog. 

Key take-home 3: monitor your dog’s weight and switch to a high-quality protein and premium diet for a senior dog.

“Christy here, my dog Walter is obese and we’re trying hard to get the weight off. He’s ten and as a doxie we are working with a vet-board approved nutritionist on a fresh food diet to help with this issue. We’re also doing weekly hydrotherapy sessions. Whatever you decide to feed your dog, make sure you are measuring out the food for each meal and the calories match with what their daily intake needs to be. Also, remember to feed less if you used a lot of treats for training that day!”

What is UC-II? 

Type II collagen is a different kind of collagen naturally present in humans and dogs. 

UC-II is undenatured type II collagen and results from extracting the natural type II collagen from chicken cartilage through a delicate patented process. Therefore, type II collagen and UC-II have the same 3-D structure.

When your dog takes UC-II, Oral Tolerance allows the natural structure of UC-II to:  

  1. enter the body through the intestines
  2. prevent the immune system from degrading joint cartilage
  3. help repair joint cartilage

Unlike other ingredients on the pet market, many scientific and clinical studies have objectively demonstrated the efficacy of UC-II. As a result, UC-II use is increasing in human medicine and veterinary specialists.

What are the benefits of UC-II for your dog? 

Dogs of all ages can benefit from UC-II and, most of all, senior dogs. 

According to the 20+ studies made on osteoarthritic dogs :

  • UC-II provides a significant reduction in pain associated with osteoarthritis
  • It helps dogs to be more active.
  • It has shown similar results to NSAIDs (robenacoxib, which is like carprofen) in improving mobility for dogs with osteoarthritis.
  • It increases the pressure dogs put on their joints and muscles, indicating decreased pain.
  • It limits cartilage breakdown and helps maintain healthy joint metabolism.

Simply put, UC-II will help relieve senior dogs from joint discomfort and pain so they can live happier and healthier lives.

Is UC-II the same as chondroitin and glucosamine?

UC-II mode of action differs from chondroitin, glucosamine, CBD, MSM, and other ingredients you usually find in retail and online spaces. 

Several studies have shown that UC-II is more effective than chondroitin and glucosamine in helping dogs with mobility and reducing pain and inflammation.

The most powerful study on UC-II is the “Plate-force study.” It used technology to show that arthritic dogs given UC-II could significantly increase the weight they put on their painful leg. 

This study objectively proved that dogs with UC-II® felt better. In contrast, dogs with glucosamine and chondroitin showed no increase in the weight they put on their painful leg.

What else can you do to help your senior dog?

Ergotherapy

Your older dog might have difficulties with some actions, like getting in the trunk. Although you don’t want to avoid these situations altogether, you want to make them accessible. 

Ergotherapy is the science of making actions possible and easier for your dog. 

For the trunk example, you might use a ramp or a homemade “stair” to get in the trunk. 

Physiotherapy 

We mentioned hydrotherapy earlier, but physiotherapy includes many other activities. For example, your older dog could benefit from massages, therapeutic exercises, lasers, electrostimulation, or ultrasound therapy.

Visit your veterinarian for a senior evaluation visit and enquire about specialized structures they recommend.  

The key takeaway is that older dogs should be energetic and that fatigue is often a sign of osteoarthritic pain. 

Your senior dog will have healthier joints and live happier lives if you: 

  • Give them veterinary-grade hip and joint supplements with UC-II® and high doses of omega-3.
  • Keep them active daily, with adequate exercises.
  • Monitor their weight and give them a high-quality, balanced meal.

It’s always a fantastic idea to be proactive in your dog’s health. Book a visit with your veterinarian for a senior dog wellness assessment and enquire about diet changes and old dog-specific exercises. You will love to see your dog full of energy again!  

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Resources: 

Johnston SA. Osteoarthritis: Joint anatomy, physiology, and pathobiology. Vet Clin North Am: Small Anim Pract 1997;27:699-723.

Gupta, R C et al. “Comparative therapeutic efficacy and safety of type-II collagen (UC-II®), glucosamine and chondroitin in arthritic dogs: pain evaluation by ground force plate.” Journal of animal physiology and animal nutrition vol. 96,5 (2012): 770-7. 

Stabile, Marzia et al. “Evaluation of the Effects of Undenatured Type II Collagen (UC-I®I) as Compared to Robenacoxib on the Mobility Impairment Induced by Osteoarthritis in Dogs.” Veterinary sciences vol. 6,3 72. 4 Sep. 2019, doi:10.3390/vetsci6030072

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Why Do Dogs Lay On Your Feet? (2022) 8 Reasons https://thedogvisitor.com/why-do-dogs-lay-on-your-feet-2022-8-reasons https://thedogvisitor.com/why-do-dogs-lay-on-your-feet-2022-8-reasons Sun, 27 Nov 2022 21:43:24 -0800 Dog-Fancier Nov 27, Great Dog Names From Star Trek: May Your Puppy Live Long and Prosper https://thedogvisitor.com/nov-27-great-dog-names-from-star-trek-may-your-puppy-live-long-and-prosper https://thedogvisitor.com/nov-27-great-dog-names-from-star-trek-may-your-puppy-live-long-and-prosper Sun, 27 Nov 2022 21:21:51 -0800 Dog-Fancier 7 Easy Ways To Boost Your Dog’s Nutrition https://thedogvisitor.com/7-easy-ways-to-boost-your-dogs-nutrition https://thedogvisitor.com/7-easy-ways-to-boost-your-dogs-nutrition Our dogs give us so much love, affection, and happiness. They are amazingly selfless and generally don’t even require much back in return, other than to be fed, loved, exercised, and snuggled.

Food is definitely the way to most dog’s heart, especially Roxy! It’s important to keep our dogs in the best shape possible. In addition to ensuring plenty of exercise, we must focus on their nutrition, as doggy nutrition is just as important as our own.

Even though the topic of dog nutrition sounds simple, it’s easy to forget the impact food has on our pets. While it might seem loving to allow our dog to lick up the leftover onions from our plate, onions are actually toxic for dogs. In fact, many seemingly innocent human foods are toxic to dogs, so it’s important to be mindful of this.

Read on for seven tips to boost your dog’s nutrition!

Learn Which Foods Are Toxic To Dogs

I don’t know about you, but chocolate is my go-to treat! It can be extremely dangerous for our dogs, however. I remember when Roxy was a tiny, 3lb pupper and came across a Hershey’s Kiss. She scarfed that thing down, wrapper and all, faster than I could move!

I was frantically googling to see what levels are harmful. Luckily, one milk chocolate kiss didn’t affect her at all. This calculator from VeterinaryClinic.com is amazingly helpful for determining the risk.

Always keep in mind that there are a number of foods that are poisonous to dogs – not just chocolate, but garlic, onion, avocado (especially the pit, which can cause an obstruction), and the sweetener xylitol, among other things.

Xylitol is so dangerous that I was against even bringing it into the house. Even a tiny amount can cause rapid onset of hypoglycemia, which can be life-threatening. It’s important to familiarize yourself with these, just to keep your dog safe and healthy.

Unfortunately, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, Sjogren’s Syndrome, where almost all of the ways to manage dry mouth symptoms involve xylitol. Now I keep it securely sealed in a bag inside my nightstand, safe away from the pups being able to get into it.

Research Dog Food Labels Thoroughly

There’s a lot of marketing hype around dog food. Dog food manufacturers spend as much on advertising as human food manufacturers; with just as many headline nutrition benefits sound good on paper. It’s important to look deeper into the labels to find the best food for your dog.

A lot of dog food is heavily processed and full of ‘fillers’, for instance, meaning you really do want to check the label, just like you would with human food, to confirm the main ingredient is a high protein meat and not all filler or junk.

Avoid Overfeeding Your Dog

We all love our dogs so much that we often overfeed them, as a treat. Showing them love with excessive treats and food can lead to an overweight dog, which could have long term health problems.

Measuring how much you feed your dog is a great way to watch their intake. It also has the added benefit of alerting you to changes in eating behavior, which could be related to a medical issue.

Use Natural Supplements For Your Dog

I’m a huge fan of using vitamins and supplements to increase your dog’s overall health, wellbeing, and nutrition. Chronic conditions like arthritis and hip dysplasia often see some improvement when supplements with antioxidants and omega oils or natural anti-inflammatories like hemp oil are added to their daily routine. Check out how hemp oil is great for your dog’s health!

Ensure Your Dog Has Fresh, Clean Water

Dogs need to drink frequently, particularly in summer, as dehydration can cause serious health problems…even death.  Just like humans, the higher the temperature and amount of exercise – the more your dog needs to drink.  

Having access to a plentiful supply of clean drinking water is critically important, as dogs can only survive a very short time without water. For an electrolyte boost on extra-hot or highly active days, consider giving your dog coconut water as a healthy addition.

Minimize Inflammation From Processed Foods

Inflammation is a major cause of disease and premature ageing, in both dogs and humans, processed foods are inherently inflammatory and often arthritis and pancreatitis are the result when providing a diet overly reliant on processed food with low nutrition value.

To limit this, it’s important to avoid giving your dog people food, no matter how much they beg. That doesn’t mean they can’t be spoiled, however!

Try To Feed Your Dog Raw Food

Humans are the only species on the planet that cook their meat, as most animals eat raw food – including meat.  When we cook our food we lose many vital nutrients, and it’s the same when we cook food for your dogs. Some dogs do amazingly well on a completely raw diet!

Roxy and Rico are pickier eaters, however, and won’t touch raw food. For street rescues, they are very finicky about their nutrition! Plus, a raw diet can be expensive and you need a quality, reliable source of raw meat that is safe.

There are many delicious homemade dog food recipes available for those that insist on it being cooked.

How do you boost your dog’s nutrition? Share below!

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Sun, 27 Nov 2022 20:35:39 -0800 Dog-Fancier
The 5 Smartest Dog Feeders with Timers That Will Make Your Life Easier! https://thedogvisitor.com/the-5-smartest-dog-feeders-with-timers-that-will-make-your-life-easier https://thedogvisitor.com/the-5-smartest-dog-feeders-with-timers-that-will-make-your-life-easier Having dog feeders with timers is an ideal way to help control your pet’s feeding time. Timers can be set to take several seconds to hours or even days. It’s all dependent on how often you have them fed. The longer you set it, the more control you have over when they go to eat.

If you want to make sure your pet is getting fed while you’re out, there’s nothing more convenient than a timer feeder. No more worrying about how much food they will eat and how long it takes before they are done eating. Dog feeders with timers just take care of that for you. Today, I’m going to show you some of my favorite dog feeders with timers.

Whatever type of pet you have, chances are that you will eventually need to feed them. Whether you want a quick meal or something more elaborate, there are various ways to go about it. There are several types of dog feeders with timers available on the market, so it’s up to you to decide which one may suit your needs best.

Why A Dog Feeders With Timers is Useful For Your Pet?

Dog feeders with timers are a useful tool for your pet. It allows you to feed your dog in a controlled manner and helps you monitor their eating habits. A dog feeding timer ensures that the amount of food your pet receives at each meal is consistent.

It also makes it easier for you to monitor your pet’s weight, as well as their overall health by keeping track of their intake over time. A feeding timer can help you lose weight as well because it will show you how much food you’re feeding your dog and what portion size they need.

If you have multiple pets, this device can also help you keep track of how much food each one consumes so that you can make sure they get enough nutrition at all times.

What to look for in Dog Feeders?

The top dog feeder is the one that you can use to control how much your pet eats. There are many options available, so it’s important to choose one that works best for your pet and family.

There are many different features to consider when choosing a dog feeder. Here are some of the most important ones:

1. Size

The size of the feeding station is an important consideration when choosing an auto dog feeder. The desire to fit your dog’s food in a smaller space means that you’ll need to get one that is designed to be small and compact.

2. Timer

The ability to program your pet feeder with a timer is another feature that can be found on some models. A timer will allow you to set up times for feeding, so your dog doesn’t have access to its food when you’re not home.

This can prevent any issues with leaving food out too long and also helps to prevent unhealthy eating habits such as binge eating or grazing all day long.

3. Safety and convenience:

The most important factor to consider is whether or not your dog will be able to get access to the food in the feeder. If your pet is prone to getting into things, this could be a safety issue.

If your dog is able to get out of the room, you should consider a low-cost, no-frills model with a lockable door.

4. Ease of cleaning:

You don’t want to have to clean out your dog’s bowl every day, so make sure that it’s easy to clean up after your pet has finished eating.

Many automatic feeders are dishwasher-safe, so you won’t have to worry about scrubbing out the bowl after every meal. If you’re more of a hand-washer type, consider how much space you have in your kitchen for a dishwasher and if it can be located in an area where it won’t get damaged by water or debris.

5. Ease of use:

It’s important that you can set up the feeder easily and that it doesn’t take up too much space on your countertop or table. You also want it easy for your pet to eat from as well, so make sure that it doesn’t have any hard edges or sharp edges that could cut their tongue or lips while eating.

The Smartest Dog Feeders with Timers That Will Make Your Life Easier!

The best dog feeders have timers that can be set for anything from one minute to three hours. Some even have alarms that go off when meal time is up so you don’t have to wait around for your pets to finish eating.

1- VOLUAS Automatic Pet Feeders for Cats and Dogs:

VOLUAS Automatic Pet Feeder is a revolutionary way to keep your pet on a healthy and happy feeding schedule. Program a highly customizable feeding schedule and portion size using the intuitive LCD display, and save time by not having to repeat the same process each day. Pets thrive on consistency, so if you want your pets to be healthy, happy, and dependable companions for years to come, then give them a reliable meal plan with VOLUAS Automatic Pet Feeder today!

Give your pet a customized diet by feeding it from anywhere in your home. The automatic dispensing station can be used with a wired or battery-operated connection, and you can choose between five different portion sizes to give your pet the nutrients it needs.

Pet owners can give their pets the food they want when they want it. Set between 1-4 meals with 0-40 portion choices to automatically dispense food. Choose between a fixed wired connection with a 5V adapter USB power cable or a portable battery-powered feeding station. Flexible options prevent your pet from going hungry during power outages.

Your pet will hear your voice when it’s mealtime, creating a strong bond and good eating habits. Record up to 10 seconds of audio for your furry friend on the LCD screen. Removable cleanable parts foster a healthy environment for your pet’s food.

The 4L/16.9 Cup (1 Cup = 48 Tsp) food storage is a great way to keep your cat or dog fed during long weekends and short business trips. It will keep your pet comfortable and happy for several days, giving you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your pet is well cared for.

2- HoneyGuaridan Automatic Cat Feeder:


HoneyGuaridan’s automatic pet feeder allows you to dispense portions from 1 to 80 portions of 0.28 oz (about 1/16 cup) each per meal for 1 portion. It holds up to 13 cups of dry food and has a stainless steel bowl that can hold up to 3 cups of kibble. The kibble size cannot exceed 0.47 inches in diameter or it will get jammed, making it hard to clean out or fill with fresh food every day. You can program the feeder to dispense 6 meals every day using special time delays; these meal plans will be followed permanently even if your pet gets hungry at an inconvenient time.

For easy cleanup, the pet feeder features a removable food container and stainless steel food bowl. When the food level gets too low, the LED light will flash blue to remind you to refill.

These dog feeders with timers have a built-in voice recorder and speaker that call your pets to their meals with a 10-second message. You can also disable the sound for your smart pet, so you can sleep in peace on weekends without having to worry about being woken up.

The automatic cat feeder has a built-in infrared sensor that alerts when food has been stuck in the feeder. When this happens, the motor will rotate oppositely to release food to prevent the food from blocking. The automatic cat feeder is powered by 4 D-size batteries and uses an adapter. It comes with 4 D-size batteries so you never have to worry about power outages again!

The pet food dispenser has an easy-to-use control panel and anti-touch buttons to prevent your pet from accidentally touching and stealing food. If you want to give your pet food when you are not home, there is a manual feature to do so. The top lid forms a type of seal so that the kibble stays fresh, while the removable food container makes it easier to install and clean.

3- WOPET Automatic Cat Feeder:

The WOpet automatic pet feeder makes it easy to feed your pets when you are away. You can set the portion of food and meal schedule so that your pet gets fed at the time he expects. This fully programmable pet feeder automatically gives your pets each meal based on the portion and schedule you set, so you can rest assured that your furry pal will get the portion he expects – at the time he expects it.

The LCD screen on this pet feeder displays the time, meals, and portions. You can record 10 seconds of your voice and let your pet know when to eat. There is also a manual feeding function that gives your pet extra rewards.

The feeder is powered by either an adapter or three D batteries (not included).In case of a power cut-off, we recommend using both the adapter and the batteries.

No more waking up early and worrying about your pet’s food. You can program up to 4 meals a day, with 1-9 portions per meal, which also helps to prevent your pet from overeating and helps you keep track of his or her diet.

This dog feeder is capable of dispensing food for your pet for up to seven days, with the food staying fresh longer than other types of dog bowls. It’s ideal for pets with a large appetite who need to eat more than once a day, or when you’re away on vacation or on business trips. It can be used with dry food up to 15mm in size, with a large capacity of 7L.

This feeder is easy to fill, but its minimalist design may be too minimal for some. You only have three buttons on the front interface of this feeder: one allows you to manually dispense food, and another turns off the unit’s power after 30 seconds.

4- Petory Timed Automatic Cat Feeders:

The digital timer on pet feeders allows you to customize meal times and quantities. If you’re worried about high boarding costs, overweight pets, or can’t feed your pet at the right time? Auto pet feeders can be a great helper!

Petory’s patented air-tight structure prevents the dispenser from dropping extra food. The F01 allows you to set the seconds between each portion dispensed if you want your pet to eat slower for instance. This is particularly handy for pets with health issues like obesity or overweight.

Petory automatic pet feeder with a digital timer allows you to set certain time intervals between meals, up to 6 meals daily with 1-50 portions(10g/portion). The feeder also has a patented airtight structure that keeps your pet from getting extra food if it’s moved or rocked by other animals.

When you’re away for a few days, an automatic feeder with backup batteries will keep feeding your dog even if the power goes out. If the power goes out without batteries inside, the meal settings are remembered when you return.

This food dispenser can store up to 16.9 cups of dry kibbles, and freeze-dried grains that last up to 20 days and can be fed to cats and small dogs. The hopper and bowl are easy to disassemble, dishwasher safe, and made of BPA-free plastic and stainless steel; this helps healthy pets.

The transparent viewing window gives you a clear view of the food level, allowing you to refill it when necessary. If there is already food in the outlet, stop the dispenser and keep fresh food from overflowing. Rotate counterclockwise to remove the hopper, which is dishwasher safe. This appliance includes a desiccant bag that can be used to keep food fresh longer. The bowl is made of stainless steel and can hold 10.6 ounces of food.

5- PetSafe Automatic 2 Meal Pet Feeder with Battery-Powered Programmable Timer:

The PetSafe Automatic 2 Meal Pet Feeder is easy to set up. You can program up to 48 hours in advance, one-time increments of 1 hour. There are 2 removable food trays that hold 1 1/2 cups of dry or semi-moist food.

The PetSafe 2 Meal pet feeder lets you set meals up to 48 hours in advance, meaning your companion won’t go hungry. The Feeder holds up to 80 cups of dry food, so you can keep your pet well-fed even when you’re not home.

This feature is great if you have a kitty who tends to eat too quickly or if you are trying to help your cat manage their weight. When it’s time to clean your feeder, place the removable trays in the top rack of your dishwasher for easy cleanup. PetSafe brand is here to help you and your pet live happily together!

The PetSafe 2 Meal Pet Feeder is designed to help you keep your pet fed without having to learn how to use a clockwork timer. This easy-to-use feeder features timer-operated lids that allow you to set the amount of time it takes for food to expire, so you can easily regulate your pet’s portions.

The 2-Meal Automatic Feeder makes sure that your pet gets the right amount of food at the right time, so dinner isn’t spoiled by an empty bowl. This feeder holds up to 1.5 cups of dry or semi-moist food. You can set the timer any time up to 48 hours in advance. The lid helps keep your food fresh and the removable trays make it easy to clean in the dishwasher.

Conclusion

Perhaps the best way to decide which dog feeders with timers are right for you and your dog would be to do some research. The four products listed above are just a few of the options you have, and there are dozens more on the market. Only you can decide what features are most important for your pet. Furthermore, consider how many times per day you will feed your dog, and how much food he or she eats at each meal.

Ultimately, it will depend on your dog. Some might need extra time to consume the food, and others might have different appetites. So figure out what works best for your dog, as well as your schedule, before settling on any model in particular. It might take a few tries to get things right, but in the end, it will be worth it when you find a system that works.

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Litter Box Training A Dog: Pros & Cons and How to Do It Successfully https://thedogvisitor.com/litter-box-training-a-dog-pros-cons-and-how-to-do-it-successfully-16760 https://thedogvisitor.com/litter-box-training-a-dog-pros-cons-and-how-to-do-it-successfully-16760 When you’re a dog owner, house training can seem almost impossible if you have a job that keeps you out ...

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Sun, 27 Nov 2022 16:26:30 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Nov 27, How Much Do You Know About The Energetic, Entertaining Boston Terrier? https://thedogvisitor.com/nov-27-how-much-do-you-know-about-the-energetic-entertaining-boston-terrier https://thedogvisitor.com/nov-27-how-much-do-you-know-about-the-energetic-entertaining-boston-terrier Sun, 27 Nov 2022 14:17:46 -0800 Dog-Fancier 10 Best Fresh Dog Food Brands for Great Danes in 2022 https://thedogvisitor.com/10-best-fresh-dog-food-brands-for-great-danes-in-2022 https://thedogvisitor.com/10-best-fresh-dog-food-brands-for-great-danes-in-2022 best fresh dog food for Great Danes
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Feeding your Great Dane the best fresh dog food can have a big impact on their overall health. There are so many brands out there, but many Great Dane parents are wary of the processed ingredients used in them. Have you ever considered making homemade food for your Great Dane but didn’t have enough time or knowledge to do it? If so, the best fresh dog food brands might be for you.

Fresh dog food is a great way to give your Great Dane a balanced diet with human-grade ingredients, but how do you know which brand is the best for your pup? Let’s take a look at the qualities of fresh dog food along with some popular brands.

best fresh dog food for Great Danes

What is Fresh Dog Food?

Fresh dog food usually refers to pet food that’s made with natural ingredients cooked at a lower temperature to preserve the nutrients. Thus, it doesn’t contain the additives and preservatives that are often in kibble.

Most fresh dog food brands will make a custom formula for your Great Dane based on its lifestyle, and it’ll get delivered right to your door. Most formulas are made from scratch shortly before shipping, which is why it’s called “fresh” food.

Some Great Dane parents are hesitant to try fresh dog food because it can be pricier than processed dry or wet food, but it makes up for it because of the quality ingredients and the personalization.

Benefits of Fresh Dog Food for Great Danes

Every type of dog food has its advantages and disadvantages. These pros and cons might help you decide if fresh dog food is right for you and your Great Dane.

best fresh dog food for Great Danes

Pros

  • Customizable – Fresh dog food brands usually personalize meals to fit your dog’s needs. This will ensure that your Great Dane gets proper portions and nutrients while avoiding sensitivities.
  • Fresh Ingredients – The ingredients are fresh, natural, and minimally processed, giving your dog the maximum nutrients possible. You’ll know exactly what ingredients are going into your Great Dane‘s tummy.
  • Good for Picky Eaters – Fresh food is more flavorful than kibble, making it appealing even for picky Great Dane pups.
  • Delivered to Your Door – Most brands deliver their fresh food right to your door on a set schedule, so you don’t have to carry home heavy dog food bags anymore.

Cons

  • Pricey – Fresh food tends to be more expensive than kibble, so it might not be ideal for Great Dane parents on a budget.
  • Short Shelf Life – Since fresh food doesn’t have as many preservatives as kibble, it doesn’t last as long. It usually needs to be refrigerated or frozen to stay fresh. So, it will need to be delivered more frequently than other types of food would.
  • Needs to be Refrigerated – The food needs to stay cold to stay fresh, so it could be an inconvenience for storing during travel.

What to Look For in Fresh Foods for Your Great Dane

Looking closely at the features of each dog food brand can help you narrow down your choices. So, here are a few aspects to choose from when selecting the best fresh dog food delivery.

Ingredients

Ingredients are important in any dog food. Many dogs have favorite flavors or ingredients they’re allergic to. So, by examining the ingredients listed, you can decide if the food is something that will be safe and interesting for your Great Dane. Luckily, many of the best fresh dog food brands offer customizable meal plans to make sure the ingredients cater to your Great Dane‘s needs.

Customizable

For many Great Dane parents, having personalized meals is important. If the meals are catered to your pup’s needs, they’re more likely to be beneficial. Plus, customizable meals help many dog parents feel at ease knowing exactly what’s going into the food. If this aspect is important to you, choose a fresh dog food brand that offers custom meal plans.

best fresh dog food for Great Danes

Price

It’s no secret that fresh dog food can be pricey, but some options cost more than others. The more customizable the food is, the more expensive it will likely be. Food that’s shipped to your door may also cost more than fresh food sold at stores. If you’re on a budget, you may need to consider the prices closely when making your decision. Usually, the higher prices have better quality, but more affordable options can still provide health benefits.

Delivery

Fresh pet food usually offers delivery options, so the food can be shipped frozen right to your door. Delivery is more convenient than picking food up at a store, but it may also cost more. So, decide if delivery is a priority to you when selecting a brand.

Contact

Finally, the company’s customer service is an aspect that shouldn’t be ignored. If you have questions about the company or concerns about your order, it should be easy to reach out to them and get help. The best fresh dog food companies are usually happy to send you a new order if something goes wrong. Check the company’s reviews to see how other people rated their communication.

Best Fresh Dog Food Brands for Great Danes

Now that you know what to expect when buying fresh dog food, let’s take a look at some options. Here are ten of the best fresh dog food brands that can help keep your furry friend healthy.

1. Ollie

Ollie fresh dog food

Ollie’s subscription food is catered to your dog’s nutritional needs. New customers will fill out a quiz about their dog so Ollie can send them a starter box with personalized food based on their dog’s age, breed, and activity level. Then, customers can get their Great Dane‘s food delivered to them on a set schedule. The food arrives frozen, so pet parents can let it thaw when it’s time to feed it to their pups.

The food comes with feeding instructions that are both detailed and easy to understand. Ollie has beef, chicken, turkey, and lamb proteins available. They also have treats and supplements that can be purchased by members and delivered alongside their fresh meals.

The food is always made in small batches at USDA kitchens using human-grade ingredients. Ollie’s protein-packed recipes are carefully crafted with whole foods and slow-cooked for maximum nutrition and flavor. When recommending a meal plan, Ollie’s team will take crucial aspects into account, such as weight goals and allergies.

Benefits:

  • Personalized for your dog
  • Ships on a set schedule – you can choose how often you want food deliveries
  • Formulated by a canine nutritionist
  • Comes with a scoop and puptainer to help you portion and store meals
  • Uses human-grade ingredients
  • Made in USDA kitchens
  • Comes with detailed feeding instructions
  • Ollie’s subscription food is catered to your Great Dane pup’s needs. New customers will fill out a quiz about their dog so Ollie can send them a starter box with personalized food. Then, customers can get their dog’s food delivered to them on a set schedule. The food arrives frozen, so pet parents can let it thaw when it’s time to feed it to their pups.

    2. Nom Nom

    Nom Nom fresh dog food

    Nom Nom has the easiest system to use. The meals are portioned in compact vacuum-sealed bags, so all you have to do is open the packaging and pour the meal into your Great Dane pup’s bowl. Their meals can include beef, chicken, pork, or turkey.

    You’ll start by telling Nom Nom about your dog. Then, they’ll formulate meals that cater to your Great Dane‘s needs. They’ll regularly ship the fresh food to your door while keeping it cold until you use it.

    The recipes only use natural ingredients like meat and vegetables. The food is packed with essential nutrients and no filler ingredients. Nom Nom uses a colorful blend of only human-grade ingredients that are USDA-certified.

    Benefits:

    • Personalized for your dog
    • Servings are individually packaged
    • Recipes are formulated by a veterinarian and nutritionist
    • Ingredients are natural and human-grade
    • Food is delivered to your door and kept cold

    3. Raised Right

    Raised Right only sells fresh, human-grade dog and cat food. The food is slow-cooked on low heat, so it can hold its moisture and nutrients while still meeting all the required health and safety standards. For dogs, they sell beef, turkey, chicken, or pork as the primary protein. The recipes are designed by vets and canine nutritionists, and they have limited ingredients to make them a great option for dogs with sensitive stomachs.

    This brand doesn’t sell any already-made formulas, but instead, they create a custom meal plan based on your Great Dane‘s needs. The questionnaire isn’t as thorough as it is for other personalized fresh food brands. The frozen food is shipped to your door. You’ll need to defrost it overnight and scoop out your pup’s portion to serve their meal. If you don’t want to serve only this food to your Great Dane, you can set up a meal plan that allows you to mix the fresh food with your dog’s dry food.

    Transparency is important to this brand. On their website, they have a map that shows you where each ingredient is sourced from. Each batch goes through strict lab safety testing before being shipped to customers, and the food is always prepared in USDA-certified kitchens.

    Benefits:

    • Personalized food for your Great Dane
    • Shipped to your door
    • Made in USDA-certified kitchens
    • Website shows a map of where all ingredients are sourced from
    • Good for dogs with sensitive stomachs

    4. A Pup Above

    A Pup Above fresh food

    A Pup Above sells dry dog food, but they’re best known for their fresh dog food. You can also buy combos of the dry and fresh food. This brand doesn’t provide a personalized service like some of the other brands, but you can save money if you get a subscription. The food is delivered in frozen packages to your door, but a few stores also sell it.

    This brand uses sous vide cooking, which means “under vacuum” in French. The food is vacuum sealed and cooked at a precise temperature to preserve the flavor and nutrients. When you receive the food, you can let it thaw in the fridge overnight before your Great Dane‘s next meal.

    The fresh food options come in beef, pork, turkey, or chicken. You’ll determine how many patties to give your Great Dane based on their weight. All the formulas are created by a veterinary nutritionist, and they’re only ideal for adult dogs, not puppies.

    Benefits:

    • Sous vide cooking
    • Shipped to your door and available in some stores
    • Crafted by a veterinary nutritionist
    • Only made with human-grade ingredients
    • Made in a USDA-approved kitchen

    5. Spot & Tango

    Spot & Tango Fresh Food

    Spot & Tango sells two types of food: traditional fresh food and Unkibble. Unkibble is a more affordable fresh food option that resembles kibble, but only uses fresh, whole ingredients. Unkibble has recipes with fish, beef, and chicken, while the traditional fresh food comes with turkey, beef, or lamb.

    Both types of fresh food are personalized based on your Great Dane‘s needs before they’re sent to you. All you need to do is fill out a questionnaire about your dog, and the brand will create a personalized meal plan. Both types of food use human-grade ingredients, and they’re formulated by veterinarians and animal nutritionists.

    Once you set up a meal plan for your Great Dane, you can get the food shipped to your door. The fresh food arrives frozen, and the Unkibble is a unique type of fresh food that’s dry. The slim packaging of the traditional fresh food comes in serving sizes, so it’s clear how much you need to feed your dog per meal. You’ll find whole ingredients in the dog food.

    Benefits:

    • Has two types of fresh food: traditional recipes and Unkibble
    • Ships to your door in slim packaging
    • Personalized for your Great Dane
    • Formulated by vets and animal nutritionists
    • Made with human-grade ingredients

    6. Open Farm

    Open Farm fresh food recipe

    Open Farm is a pet food brand with a variety of products, including dry food, wet food, freeze-dried raw food, treats, supplements, and toppers. Yet, they also have a “gently cooked” dog food option, which is one of the best fresh dog foods. The Gently Cooked dog food is slow-cooked to preserve the nutrients of its human-grade ingredients.

    This brand has four fresh dog food recipes: beef, chicken, turkey, and surf & turf. The recyclable food packaging is transparent, so you can see the variety of ingredients before you open the package. The lot code on the packaging traces every ingredient to its source, so you’ll know exactly what your Great Dane is consuming. All the meat comes from humanely-raised animals.

    You can get the food shipped to your door, or you can find it in select stores. It’s shipped frozen to preserve the freshness. Open Farm doesn’t provide customizable plans like some of the other brands, but you can fill out a quick questionnaire on the website to calculate a custom serving size for your Great Dane pup. The company focuses on sustainability by making an effort to reduce its carbon footprint.

    Benefits:

    • Ships to your door and is offered at select stores
    • Uses human-grade ingredients
    • Has recyclable packaging
    • All ingredients can be traced to their source
    • Calculates your Great Dane‘s custom serving size for you

    7. The Farmer’s Dog

    Farmer's Dog fresh food

    The Farmer’s Dog is another fresh food subscription service that will ship right to your door. The brand works with vet nutritionists to build a plan for your Great Dane based on the information you provide. They can ship to the 48 contiguous states on a continuous schedule.

    The food arrives at your door frozen in ready-to-serve, biodegradable packages. The feeding and storing instructions are easy to follow, and they have your dog’s name on them, so you know you’re getting their special meal.

    All the ingredients used in these meals are human-grade, and the meals are made in a USDA-approved kitchen in the United States. This brand has turkey, beef, chicken, and pork formulas, all of which are made with no fillers or preservatives.

    Benefits:

    • Has eco-friendly packaging
    • Personalized for your Great Dane
    • Vet nutritionists help formulate the meals
    • Only made with human-grade ingredients
    • Food is delivered to your door frozen
    • Made in USDA-approved kitchens

     

    8. PetPlate

    PetPlate fresh dog food

    PetPlate is another fresh dog food delivery brand that personalizes your Great Dane pup’s meals. You can share some characteristics about your dog, and they will craft a meal that’s healthy and appealing to them. The meals are always made with human-grade ingredients in a USDA kitchen. The food is flash-frozen before shipping to lock in the freshness.

    Great Dane parents can choose a full meal plan or a topper plan. The meals may include beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, pork, or venison as the animal protein. Customers can also build their own packs of supplements and organic treats if they choose.

    All the meals are shipped in recyclable containers that have resealable lids, making it easy to save extra food for later. The feeding guidelines for the personalized meals are printed on the containers.

    Benefits:

    • Comes in recyclable containers
    • Personalized for your dog
    • Uses human-grade ingredients
    • Flash-frozen and shipped to your door
    • Made in a USDA kitchen

    9. JustFoodForDogs

    Just Food for Dogs

    JustFoodForDogs is one of the best fresh dog food companies for variety. They offer many unique recipes, including options for dogs with special needs, like puppies, large breed dogs, dogs with sensitive skin, and dogs that need to lose weight. They can also create a custom diet for your Great Dane if you do a free consultation.

    Some other products include treats, supplements, and food for cats. All products are designed by canine nutritionists. The food is made in a kitchen that’s open to the public, so curious Great Dane parents can visit the facility to see how the food is made. In each recipe, you can see a colorful assortment of healthy ingredients, including meat and vegetables. So, you’ll never have to wonder what’s going into your pup’s tummy.

    These meals may use chicken, beef, turkey, lamb, venison, or fish as the animal protein source. The food is shipped to your door frozen in a thermal bag with ice. They come with informational pamphlets to help you successfully serve and transition the new food. If you want the food on a regular schedule, you can set up Autoship and choose how often you want dog food to arrive at your door. A few stores sell this food in person as well.

    Benefits:

    • Can choose from recipes or get personalized meals
    • Designed by canine nutritionists
    • Shipped to your door as often as you choose (or offered at some stores)
    • Made in open-to-the-public kitchens
    • Made with human-grade ingredients and no preservatives
    • Offers full box shipping as an environmentally-conscious option

    10. Evermore

    Evermore boxes of dog food

    Evermore has four recipes Great Dane parents can choose from: chicken, beef, turkey, and lamb. These meals are great for dogs with sensitive stomachs because they don’t include common allergens, such as corn, soy, and potatoes. The beef comes from grass-fed cows, and the chicken and turkey are free-range.

    This food comes in compact packaging that includes slim cardboard boxes and vacuum-sealed bags of food inside. The food is shipped frozen, and large cases can be shipped on a subscription basis. Select retailers in the United States also offer this food in-store. The serving sizes are listed on the box.

    Evermore crafts its recipes using “a rainbow array of color” as a way to include a variety of ingredients that have all the necessary vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Evermore is a smaller business compared to some of the other fresh dog food brands, and they partner with local rescues to provide food to foster dogs.

    Benefits:

    • Compact packaging
    • Ships to your door and is available at some stores
    • Good for sensitive dogs
    • Donates food to foster dogs
    • Sources ingredients from humane and sustainable operations

    How to Transition Your Great Dane‘s Food

    When you switch your Great Dane to a drastically different diet, there’s a chance they could get sick. So, if you switch your dog from kibble to fresh food, their tummy may not react well. Even though fresh dog food uses healthy human-grade ingredients, it’s drastically different than your dog’s dry food. Thus, you’ll need to carefully transition them to the new food to avoid digestive problems.

    Many of the brands have information on how to transition the food on their website, and their customer service teams may be willing to give you advice too. But here’s a general schedule you can follow when transitioning your dog to a new diet:

    • Days 1 and 2: 80% old food, 20% new food
    • Days 3 and 4: 60% old food, 40% new food
    • Days 5 and 6: 40% old food, 60% new food
    • Days 7 and 8: 20% old food, 80% new food
    • Day 9: 100% new food

    This is a more cautious schedule, but the more gradual the transition is, the less likely your Great Dane will react negatively. You can adjust this schedule based on your pup’s needs. If your dog is more sensitive to new foods, you may want to make the transition even more gradual. On the other hand, if your dog rarely has digestion problems, the process doesn’t have to be as slow. It all depends on your furry friend’s specific needs.

    Dog eating out of bowl

    Choosing the Best Fresh Dog Food

    The best fresh dog food will be different for every dog. Look at the benefits of all the brands mentioned above to help you decide which one will be the healthiest and most appealing for your Great Dane pup.

    Fresh dog food is great for your furry friend because it has natural ingredients you can feel comfortable giving your pup. Many brands will make the process even easier by shipping customized meals right to your door.

    If you’ve been thinking about improving your Great Dane‘s diet, consider switching them to a fresh dog food brand to reap the health, taste, and convenience benefits.

    Related: Best Dehydrated Dog Foods of 2022

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    Sun, 27 Nov 2022 12:12:29 -0800 Dog-Fancier
    10 Best Fresh Dog Food Brands for Goldendoodles in 2022 https://thedogvisitor.com/10-best-fresh-dog-food-brands-for-goldendoodles-in-2022 https://thedogvisitor.com/10-best-fresh-dog-food-brands-for-goldendoodles-in-2022 best fresh dog food for Goldendoodles
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    Feeding your Goldendoodle the best fresh dog food can have a big impact on their overall health. There are so many brands out there, but many Goldendoodle parents are wary of the processed ingredients used in them. Have you ever considered making homemade food for your Goldendoodle but didn’t have enough time or knowledge to do it? If so, the best fresh dog food brands might be for you.

    Fresh dog food is a great way to give your Goldendoodle a balanced diet with human-grade ingredients, but how do you know which brand is the best for your pup? Let’s take a look at the qualities of fresh dog food along with some popular brands.

    best fresh dog food for Goldendoodles

    What is Fresh Dog Food?

    Fresh dog food usually refers to pet food that’s made with natural ingredients cooked at a lower temperature to preserve the nutrients. Thus, it doesn’t contain the additives and preservatives that are often in kibble.

    Most fresh dog food brands will make a custom formula for your Goldendoodle based on its lifestyle, and it’ll get delivered right to your door. Most formulas are made from scratch shortly before shipping, which is why it’s called “fresh” food.

    Some Goldendoodle parents are hesitant to try fresh dog food because it can be pricier than processed dry or wet food, but it makes up for it because of the quality ingredients and the personalization.

    Benefits of Fresh Dog Food for Goldendoodles

    Every type of dog food has its advantages and disadvantages. These pros and cons might help you decide if fresh dog food is right for you and your Goldendoodle.

    best fresh dog food for Goldendoodles

    Pros

    • Customizable – Fresh dog food brands usually personalize meals to fit your dog’s needs. This will ensure that your Goldendoodle gets proper portions and nutrients while avoiding sensitivities.
    • Fresh Ingredients – The ingredients are fresh, natural, and minimally processed, giving your dog the maximum nutrients possible. You’ll know exactly what ingredients are going into your Goldendoodle‘s tummy.
    • Good for Picky Eaters – Fresh food is more flavorful than kibble, making it appealing even for picky Goldendoodle pups.
    • Delivered to Your Door – Most brands deliver their fresh food right to your door on a set schedule, so you don’t have to carry home heavy dog food bags anymore.

    Cons

    • Pricey – Fresh food tends to be more expensive than kibble, so it might not be ideal for Goldendoodle parents on a budget.
    • Short Shelf Life – Since fresh food doesn’t have as many preservatives as kibble, it doesn’t last as long. It usually needs to be refrigerated or frozen to stay fresh. So, it will need to be delivered more frequently than other types of food would.
    • Needs to be Refrigerated – The food needs to stay cold to stay fresh, so it could be an inconvenience for storing during travel.

    What to Look For in Fresh Foods for Your Goldendoodle

    Looking closely at the features of each dog food brand can help you narrow down your choices. So, here are a few aspects to choose from when selecting the best fresh dog food delivery.

    Ingredients

    Ingredients are important in any dog food. Many dogs have favorite flavors or ingredients they’re allergic to. So, by examining the ingredients listed, you can decide if the food is something that will be safe and interesting for your Goldendoodle. Luckily, many of the best fresh dog food brands offer customizable meal plans to make sure the ingredients cater to your Goldendoodle‘s needs.

    Customizable

    For many Goldendoodle parents, having personalized meals is important. If the meals are catered to your pup’s needs, they’re more likely to be beneficial. Plus, customizable meals help many dog parents feel at ease knowing exactly what’s going into the food. If this aspect is important to you, choose a fresh dog food brand that offers custom meal plans.

    best fresh dog food for Goldendoodles

    Price

    It’s no secret that fresh dog food can be pricey, but some options cost more than others. The more customizable the food is, the more expensive it will likely be. Food that’s shipped to your door may also cost more than fresh food sold at stores. If you’re on a budget, you may need to consider the prices closely when making your decision. Usually, the higher prices have better quality, but more affordable options can still provide health benefits.

    Delivery

    Fresh pet food usually offers delivery options, so the food can be shipped frozen right to your door. Delivery is more convenient than picking food up at a store, but it may also cost more. So, decide if delivery is a priority to you when selecting a brand.

    Contact

    Finally, the company’s customer service is an aspect that shouldn’t be ignored. If you have questions about the company or concerns about your order, it should be easy to reach out to them and get help. The best fresh dog food companies are usually happy to send you a new order if something goes wrong. Check the company’s reviews to see how other people rated their communication.

    Best Fresh Dog Food Brands for Goldendoodles

    Now that you know what to expect when buying fresh dog food, let’s take a look at some options. Here are ten of the best fresh dog food brands that can help keep your furry friend healthy.

    1. Ollie

    Ollie fresh dog food

    Ollie’s subscription food is catered to your dog’s nutritional needs. New customers will fill out a quiz about their dog so Ollie can send them a starter box with personalized food based on their dog’s age, breed, and activity level. Then, customers can get their Goldendoodle‘s food delivered to them on a set schedule. The food arrives frozen, so pet parents can let it thaw when it’s time to feed it to their pups.

    The food comes with feeding instructions that are both detailed and easy to understand. Ollie has beef, chicken, turkey, and lamb proteins available. They also have treats and supplements that can be purchased by members and delivered alongside their fresh meals.

    The food is always made in small batches at USDA kitchens using human-grade ingredients. Ollie’s protein-packed recipes are carefully crafted with whole foods and slow-cooked for maximum nutrition and flavor. When recommending a meal plan, Ollie’s team will take crucial aspects into account, such as weight goals and allergies.

    Benefits:

    • Personalized for your dog
    • Ships on a set schedule – you can choose how often you want food deliveries
    • Formulated by a canine nutritionist
    • Comes with a scoop and puptainer to help you portion and store meals
    • Uses human-grade ingredients
    • Made in USDA kitchens
    • Comes with detailed feeding instructions
    • Ollie’s subscription food is catered to your Goldendoodle pup’s needs. New customers will fill out a quiz about their dog so Ollie can send them a starter box with personalized food. Then, customers can get their dog’s food delivered to them on a set schedule. The food arrives frozen, so pet parents can let it thaw when it’s time to feed it to their pups.

      2. Nom Nom

      Nom Nom fresh dog food

      Nom Nom has the easiest system to use. The meals are portioned in compact vacuum-sealed bags, so all you have to do is open the packaging and pour the meal into your Goldendoodle pup’s bowl. Their meals can include beef, chicken, pork, or turkey.

      You’ll start by telling Nom Nom about your dog. Then, they’ll formulate meals that cater to your Goldendoodle‘s needs. They’ll regularly ship the fresh food to your door while keeping it cold until you use it.

      The recipes only use natural ingredients like meat and vegetables. The food is packed with essential nutrients and no filler ingredients. Nom Nom uses a colorful blend of only human-grade ingredients that are USDA-certified.

      Benefits:

      • Personalized for your dog
      • Servings are individually packaged
      • Recipes are formulated by a veterinarian and nutritionist
      • Ingredients are natural and human-grade
      • Food is delivered to your door and kept cold

      3. Raised Right

      Raised Right only sells fresh, human-grade dog and cat food. The food is slow-cooked on low heat, so it can hold its moisture and nutrients while still meeting all the required health and safety standards. For dogs, they sell beef, turkey, chicken, or pork as the primary protein. The recipes are designed by vets and canine nutritionists, and they have limited ingredients to make them a great option for dogs with sensitive stomachs.

      This brand doesn’t sell any already-made formulas, but instead, they create a custom meal plan based on your Goldendoodle‘s needs. The questionnaire isn’t as thorough as it is for other personalized fresh food brands. The frozen food is shipped to your door. You’ll need to defrost it overnight and scoop out your pup’s portion to serve their meal. If you don’t want to serve only this food to your Goldendoodle, you can set up a meal plan that allows you to mix the fresh food with your dog’s dry food.

      Transparency is important to this brand. On their website, they have a map that shows you where each ingredient is sourced from. Each batch goes through strict lab safety testing before being shipped to customers, and the food is always prepared in USDA-certified kitchens.

      Benefits:

      • Personalized food for your Goldendoodle
      • Shipped to your door
      • Made in USDA-certified kitchens
      • Website shows a map of where all ingredients are sourced from
      • Good for dogs with sensitive stomachs

      4. A Pup Above

      A Pup Above fresh food

      A Pup Above sells dry dog food, but they’re best known for their fresh dog food. You can also buy combos of the dry and fresh food. This brand doesn’t provide a personalized service like some of the other brands, but you can save money if you get a subscription. The food is delivered in frozen packages to your door, but a few stores also sell it.

      This brand uses sous vide cooking, which means “under vacuum” in French. The food is vacuum sealed and cooked at a precise temperature to preserve the flavor and nutrients. When you receive the food, you can let it thaw in the fridge overnight before your Goldendoodle‘s next meal.

      The fresh food options come in beef, pork, turkey, or chicken. You’ll determine how many patties to give your Goldendoodle based on their weight. All the formulas are created by a veterinary nutritionist, and they’re only ideal for adult dogs, not puppies.

      Benefits:

      • Sous vide cooking
      • Shipped to your door and available in some stores
      • Crafted by a veterinary nutritionist
      • Only made with human-grade ingredients
      • Made in a USDA-approved kitchen

      5. Spot & Tango

      Spot & Tango Fresh Food

      Spot & Tango sells two types of food: traditional fresh food and Unkibble. Unkibble is a more affordable fresh food option that resembles kibble, but only uses fresh, whole ingredients. Unkibble has recipes with fish, beef, and chicken, while the traditional fresh food comes with turkey, beef, or lamb.

      Both types of fresh food are personalized based on your Goldendoodle‘s needs before they’re sent to you. All you need to do is fill out a questionnaire about your dog, and the brand will create a personalized meal plan. Both types of food use human-grade ingredients, and they’re formulated by veterinarians and animal nutritionists.

      Once you set up a meal plan for your Goldendoodle, you can get the food shipped to your door. The fresh food arrives frozen, and the Unkibble is a unique type of fresh food that’s dry. The slim packaging of the traditional fresh food comes in serving sizes, so it’s clear how much you need to feed your dog per meal. You’ll find whole ingredients in the dog food.

      Benefits:

      • Has two types of fresh food: traditional recipes and Unkibble
      • Ships to your door in slim packaging
      • Personalized for your Goldendoodle
      • Formulated by vets and animal nutritionists
      • Made with human-grade ingredients

      6. Open Farm

      Open Farm fresh food recipe

      Open Farm is a pet food brand with a variety of products, including dry food, wet food, freeze-dried raw food, treats, supplements, and toppers. Yet, they also have a “gently cooked” dog food option, which is one of the best fresh dog foods. The Gently Cooked dog food is slow-cooked to preserve the nutrients of its human-grade ingredients.

      This brand has four fresh dog food recipes: beef, chicken, turkey, and surf & turf. The recyclable food packaging is transparent, so you can see the variety of ingredients before you open the package. The lot code on the packaging traces every ingredient to its source, so you’ll know exactly what your Goldendoodle is consuming. All the meat comes from humanely-raised animals.

      You can get the food shipped to your door, or you can find it in select stores. It’s shipped frozen to preserve the freshness. Open Farm doesn’t provide customizable plans like some of the other brands, but you can fill out a quick questionnaire on the website to calculate a custom serving size for your Goldendoodle pup. The company focuses on sustainability by making an effort to reduce its carbon footprint.

      Benefits:

      • Ships to your door and is offered at select stores
      • Uses human-grade ingredients
      • Has recyclable packaging
      • All ingredients can be traced to their source
      • Calculates your Goldendoodle‘s custom serving size for you

      7. The Farmer’s Dog

      Farmer's Dog fresh food

      The Farmer’s Dog is another fresh food subscription service that will ship right to your door. The brand works with vet nutritionists to build a plan for your Goldendoodle based on the information you provide. They can ship to the 48 contiguous states on a continuous schedule.

      The food arrives at your door frozen in ready-to-serve, biodegradable packages. The feeding and storing instructions are easy to follow, and they have your dog’s name on them, so you know you’re getting their special meal.

      All the ingredients used in these meals are human-grade, and the meals are made in a USDA-approved kitchen in the United States. This brand has turkey, beef, chicken, and pork formulas, all of which are made with no fillers or preservatives.

      Benefits:

      • Has eco-friendly packaging
      • Personalized for your Goldendoodle
      • Vet nutritionists help formulate the meals
      • Only made with human-grade ingredients
      • Food is delivered to your door frozen
      • Made in USDA-approved kitchens

       

      8. PetPlate

      PetPlate fresh dog food

      PetPlate is another fresh dog food delivery brand that personalizes your Goldendoodle pup’s meals. You can share some characteristics about your dog, and they will craft a meal that’s healthy and appealing to them. The meals are always made with human-grade ingredients in a USDA kitchen. The food is flash-frozen before shipping to lock in the freshness.

      Goldendoodle parents can choose a full meal plan or a topper plan. The meals may include beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, pork, or venison as the animal protein. Customers can also build their own packs of supplements and organic treats if they choose.

      All the meals are shipped in recyclable containers that have resealable lids, making it easy to save extra food for later. The feeding guidelines for the personalized meals are printed on the containers.

      Benefits:

      • Comes in recyclable containers
      • Personalized for your dog
      • Uses human-grade ingredients
      • Flash-frozen and shipped to your door
      • Made in a USDA kitchen

      9. JustFoodForDogs

      Just Food for Dogs

      JustFoodForDogs is one of the best fresh dog food companies for variety. They offer many unique recipes, including options for dogs with special needs, like puppies, large breed dogs, dogs with sensitive skin, and dogs that need to lose weight. They can also create a custom diet for your Goldendoodle if you do a free consultation.

      Some other products include treats, supplements, and food for cats. All products are designed by canine nutritionists. The food is made in a kitchen that’s open to the public, so curious Goldendoodle parents can visit the facility to see how the food is made. In each recipe, you can see a colorful assortment of healthy ingredients, including meat and vegetables. So, you’ll never have to wonder what’s going into your pup’s tummy.

      These meals may use chicken, beef, turkey, lamb, venison, or fish as the animal protein source. The food is shipped to your door frozen in a thermal bag with ice. They come with informational pamphlets to help you successfully serve and transition the new food. If you want the food on a regular schedule, you can set up Autoship and choose how often you want dog food to arrive at your door. A few stores sell this food in person as well.

      Benefits:

      • Can choose from recipes or get personalized meals
      • Designed by canine nutritionists
      • Shipped to your door as often as you choose (or offered at some stores)
      • Made in open-to-the-public kitchens
      • Made with human-grade ingredients and no preservatives
      • Offers full box shipping as an environmentally-conscious option

      10. Evermore

      Evermore boxes of dog food

      Evermore has four recipes Goldendoodle parents can choose from: chicken, beef, turkey, and lamb. These meals are great for dogs with sensitive stomachs because they don’t include common allergens, such as corn, soy, and potatoes. The beef comes from grass-fed cows, and the chicken and turkey are free-range.

      This food comes in compact packaging that includes slim cardboard boxes and vacuum-sealed bags of food inside. The food is shipped frozen, and large cases can be shipped on a subscription basis. Select retailers in the United States also offer this food in-store. The serving sizes are listed on the box.

      Evermore crafts its recipes using “a rainbow array of color” as a way to include a variety of ingredients that have all the necessary vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Evermore is a smaller business compared to some of the other fresh dog food brands, and they partner with local rescues to provide food to foster dogs.

      Benefits:

      • Compact packaging
      • Ships to your door and is available at some stores
      • Good for sensitive dogs
      • Donates food to foster dogs
      • Sources ingredients from humane and sustainable operations

      How to Transition Your Goldendoodle‘s Food

      When you switch your Goldendoodle to a drastically different diet, there’s a chance they could get sick. So, if you switch your dog from kibble to fresh food, their tummy may not react well. Even though fresh dog food uses healthy human-grade ingredients, it’s drastically different than your dog’s dry food. Thus, you’ll need to carefully transition them to the new food to avoid digestive problems.

      Many of the brands have information on how to transition the food on their website, and their customer service teams may be willing to give you advice too. But here’s a general schedule you can follow when transitioning your dog to a new diet:

      • Days 1 and 2: 80% old food, 20% new food
      • Days 3 and 4: 60% old food, 40% new food
      • Days 5 and 6: 40% old food, 60% new food
      • Days 7 and 8: 20% old food, 80% new food
      • Day 9: 100% new food

      This is a more cautious schedule, but the more gradual the transition is, the less likely your Goldendoodle will react negatively. You can adjust this schedule based on your pup’s needs. If your dog is more sensitive to new foods, you may want to make the transition even more gradual. On the other hand, if your dog rarely has digestion problems, the process doesn’t have to be as slow. It all depends on your furry friend’s specific needs.

      Dog eating out of bowl

      Choosing the Best Fresh Dog Food

      The best fresh dog food will be different for every dog. Look at the benefits of all the brands mentioned above to help you decide which one will be the healthiest and most appealing for your Goldendoodle pup.

      Fresh dog food is great for your furry friend because it has natural ingredients you can feel comfortable giving your pup. Many brands will make the process even easier by shipping customized meals right to your door.

      If you’ve been thinking about improving your Goldendoodle‘s diet, consider switching them to a fresh dog food brand to reap the health, taste, and convenience benefits.

      Related: Best Dehydrated Dog Foods of 2022

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      Sun, 27 Nov 2022 12:12:28 -0800 Dog-Fancier
      “Vegetarian Dog” Chooses Between Meat And Veggies On Live TV https://thedogvisitor.com/vegetarian-dog-chooses-between-meat-and-veggies-on-live-tv https://thedogvisitor.com/vegetarian-dog-chooses-between-meat-and-veggies-on-live-tv Chooses meat

      It’s no secret that our beloved dogs are the descendants of wolves. But with their friendly, cuddly behavior, and close companionship, we can forget that they’re not so distant from wild animals.

      So when a woman named Lucy adamantly claimed that her Husky, named Storm, actually preferred eating a variety of vegetables over a bowl filled with meat, hosts of British talk show “This Morning” decided to put it to the test. 

      Storm
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      It was right after a heat wave had hit her area, and her Husky, Storm, was feeling particularly picky, so she decided to switch-up her diet. Lucy’s neighbor, Ben, had recently transitioned his dog from a meat-based to a veggie based diet. He suggested that she may want to try doing the same. 

      So, despite not being a vegetarian herself, Lucy started serving Storm a dog food made without meat, and was adding in her family’s leftover veggies as well.

      “During the summer months she went off her food, strangely. She seemed to perk up, be a lot happier. She really took to it,” Lucy explained.

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      Lucy wasn’t the only person who was interviewed during the segment that morning. Veterinarian Scott Miller joined Lucy on the couch, and was asked all about his thoughts regarding a dog being fed a vegetable based diet. 

      When interviewed, he said that he respected people who opted to eat a vegetable based diet. But he was keen to remind viewers that not only are dogs omnivores (and that they thrive when fed both meat and vegetables), but that our pets aren’t actually able to make that choice for themselves. 

      “It’s a choice… our pets can’t make that choice,” said the vet.

      It’s up to us as their caretakers to make an incredibly informed decision, and to make sure that their diet includes all the nutrients they need. 

      The Moment Of Truth 

      After Lucy explained that she truly believed Storm preferred eating vegetables over meat, show hosts wanted to put it to the test. So they brought out two dog bowls filled to the brim with food. One was filled with vegetables and the other was piled high with meat. 

      Much to her owner’s embarrassment, the hungry Husky made a mad dash for the bowl filled with meat. Storm dove-in with gusto, as his mom sat there shocked. 

      Storm
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      As you can imagine, viewers had a strong reaction to the seven-minute segment. Comments almost immediately started flooding in, and plenty of people felt inclined to share their thoughts. Reactions ranged from jokes to jabs, with some people calling Lucy’s feeding choice “animal cruelty.”  

      You can check-out the viral clip below.

      Featured Image: Youtube 

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      Sun, 27 Nov 2022 12:12:27 -0800 Dog-Fancier
      The 25 Fluffiest Dog Breeds You Need to Love https://thedogvisitor.com/the-25-fluffiest-dog-breeds-you-need-to-love https://thedogvisitor.com/the-25-fluffiest-dog-breeds-you-need-to-love Sun, 27 Nov 2022 12:07:25 -0800 Dog-Fancier Top 7 Best Goldendoodle Breeders in Mississippi (MS) https://thedogvisitor.com/top-7-best-goldendoodle-breeders-in-mississippi-ms https://thedogvisitor.com/top-7-best-goldendoodle-breeders-in-mississippi-ms Mississippi is definitely one of the most popular states in the United States of America, with wonderful residents that are quite welcoming and a platoon of rich activities and sights that could make your stay truly remarkable. Goldendoodles are a top doodle breed to have in the state of Mississippi. Their cheerful spirits and glee …

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      Sun, 27 Nov 2022 09:39:02 -0800 Dog-Fancier
      Are Goldendoodles Smart? This May Surprise You https://thedogvisitor.com/are-goldendoodles-smart-this-may-surprise-you https://thedogvisitor.com/are-goldendoodles-smart-this-may-surprise-you There are many factors that come into play when assessing how smart your dog is, as we will show you. The crossbred Goldendoodle parents are highly intelligent dogs and because of this, your Goldendoodle tends to get the best traits from both the Poodle and the Golden Retriever. Not only are they extremely quick at learning …

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      Sun, 27 Nov 2022 09:39:01 -0800 Dog-Fancier
      Angel &TX https://thedogvisitor.com/angel-tx https://thedogvisitor.com/angel-tx

      Angel is an approximately 6 years old mixed breed dog. (We believe she is at least part Dalmatian.) she is completely housetrained, HW neg, up to date on shots, receives regular flea/tick and heart worm prevention, and is spayed.

      She knows some signs already. Her owner was older and due to declining health was forced to surrender her back to Braveheart Animal Volunteers. She’s a very nice, well behaved dog, who gets along well with her two foster siblings. She is very reactive to cats, so a cat free home would be best. Angel can be very timid when you first meet her but after just a few minutes she warms up to new people.  She deserves a home where she can be loved for the rest of her life.

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      Sun, 27 Nov 2022 09:35:44 -0800 Dog-Fancier
      Set those tails to Wagg mode as Christmas has just come early! https://thedogvisitor.com/set-those-tails-to-wagg-mode-as-christmas-has-just-come-early https://thedogvisitor.com/set-those-tails-to-wagg-mode-as-christmas-has-just-come-early That’s right, Wagg have absolutely nailed it with their festive treat selection this year and we are here to tell you all about them!

      With four irresistible flavours to choose from, your pooch will be spoilt for choice this season! These treats make the perfect stocking filler for the fur babies in your lives, but why wait until the big day? We cracked ours open early to get the Christmas party started early and it’s safe to say all our doggos are obsessed!

      Our four pooches, Puggy Smalls, Pops, YumYum and Pomegranate have always loved Wagg treats, as they are super affordable, mega tasty and great for training, walkies and as a cheeky little snack. The range is so varied that the dogs never get bored and the four Christmas flavours certainly lived up our expectations!

      With four very different dogs in our family, we can struggle to find a treat that all love and enjoy, but Wagg have knocked it out of the park yet again and we can make sure all our needs are met such as watching Puggy’s waistline, safe for our 10 month old pup and suitable for older doggos with few teeth like Pops!

      Our pooches thoroughly enjoyed tasting all four flavours, Three Bird Roast, Turkey and Ham Pie, Christmas Cookies and Turkey, Stuffing and Gravy and they were a huge hit! The Three bird roast was definitely the favourite in our household, they smell so delicious, we had hours of fun using them for training, photoshoots and hiding them in snuffle matts for the dogs to sniff out themselves! Jam packed with Turkey, Chicken and Duck and wrapped up perfectly in resealable festive themed packaging, we recommend them to pooches whether they are old, young, large or small!

      The treats are the perfect size for pooches, and it’s easy to watch their calorie intake as they are only small! The consistency is absolutely perfect, especially for little puppers like YumYum and for older pooches like our lovely little Pops! They are easily breakable if you prefer to give smaller pieces, but great as one whole tasty snack!

      These festive treats are definitely on our Christmas wish list and they make the most perfect stocking fillers for the pooches in your life! They are delicious, totally irresistible, nutritious and budget friendly! What better way to include your pooch into the festive celebrations!?

      Wagg treats are available at most great pet stores and supermarkets nationwide! Get your paws on them now and get your Christmas pooch party started early too!

      Snackies out of ten? 12/10 Would chomp again and again and again!

      Click here to get your paws on some.

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      Sun, 27 Nov 2022 08:31:18 -0800 Dog-Fancier
      Litter Box Training A Dog – Pros & Cons and How to Do It Successfully https://thedogvisitor.com/litter-box-training-a-dog-pros-cons-and-how-to-do-it-successfully https://thedogvisitor.com/litter-box-training-a-dog-pros-cons-and-how-to-do-it-successfully When you’re a dog owner, house training can seem almost impossible if you have a job that keeps you out ...

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      Sun, 27 Nov 2022 08:14:51 -0800 Dog-Fancier
      Hydration Guide: How Long Can A Dog Go Without Water? https://thedogvisitor.com/hydration-guide-how-long-can-a-dog-go-without-water https://thedogvisitor.com/hydration-guide-how-long-can-a-dog-go-without-water Unfortunately, many situations might lead you to ask, “how long can a dog go without drinking water?” Whether your dogsitting ...

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      Sun, 27 Nov 2022 08:14:50 -0800 Dog-Fancier
      Why Do Dogs Lick Their Paws Before Bed? Understanding This Instinctive Behavior https://thedogvisitor.com/why-do-dogs-lick-their-paws-before-bed-understanding-this-instinctive-behavior https://thedogvisitor.com/why-do-dogs-lick-their-paws-before-bed-understanding-this-instinctive-behavior As a dog owner, you might have witnessed your dog licking their paws before bed. Given the strange behavior, it’s ...

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      Sun, 27 Nov 2022 08:14:49 -0800 Dog-Fancier
      Dog Ramps https://thedogvisitor.com/dog-ramps https://thedogvisitor.com/dog-ramps Your dog can’t move around the way he used to. He might have trouble with stairs or his favorite window seat, and you feel his disappointment. Fortunately, a whole industry supports canine mobility with ramps and stairs that can help him feel younger again.

      What are dog ramps and why use them?

      Ramps are flat sloping boards that replace stairs with a gradual incline that’s easy to walk up or down. Most dog ramps are made of wood, plastic, or metal, and their surfaces include carpet, fabric, artificial grass, and nonskid materials.

      When positioned between the floor and furniture or between the ground and your car’s door, a dog ramp can:

      • Reduce joint strain and arthritis pain.
      • Assist older dogs who can no longer jump into a car or onto a sofa or grooming table.
      • Prevent injury to you or whomever helps the dog climb up or down.
      • Reduce stress or anxiety associated with mobility tasks.
      • Help developing puppies stay safe by preventing hard landings.
      • Help dogs of all ages recover from illness, accidents, injuries, or surgery.

      What should I look for in a dog ramp?

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      When using car ramps, always provide your dog with guidance and support, so he doesn’t try to rush or jump off, and can’t slip or fall off if distracted. © Molly100 | Dreamstime.com

      Dog ramps come in all kinds of materials, sizes, and price ranges. Here are some considerations.

      • If you plan to use the ramp indoors and out, look for durable materials that survive weather changes.
      • An adjustable ramp can be used in different situations or with different vehicles.
      • A folding or collapsible ramp will be easy to transport.
      • Be sure the ramp will fit in your vehicle if you plan to travel with it.
      • Nonskid surfaces, safety rails, and sturdy construction help prevent accidents.
      • The ramp should be an appropriate size for your dog and it should support her weight.
      • Be sure the ramp’s slope is comfortable for your dog. Small dogs and dogs with mobility problems often need a gentle or easy slope.
      • Check to be sure you can lift, extend, adjust, or move the ramp easily.
      • Look for a ramp that is easy to clean so it will stay fresh and look attractive.

      What is the best dog ramp for my car?

      Think about where you’re likely to go with your dog in the vehicle you’re most likely to use. Bi-fold and tri-fold collapsible ramps with skid- or slip-resistant surfaces are popular options, but check the size and weight of the ramp along with assembly instructions and slope to be sure it’s a good match for you and your car as well as your dog.

      What is the best ramp for my bed?

      Pet stairs and ramps make it easy for dogs to climb onto your bed or other furniture. Check the weight capacity for stairs, as different models support 20 pounds to more than 150. For convenience, look for a ramp or stairs that can be left in place, and for aesthetic appreciation, choose one that goes well with your furniture.

      Ramps are unfamiliar to most dogs, so introduce your ramp in a quiet area free of distractions and practice with rewards and praise.

      The post Dog Ramps appeared first on Whole Dog Journal.

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      Sun, 27 Nov 2022 07:07:10 -0800 Dog-Fancier
      13 Paw Patrol Dog Breeds (2022) | Mighty Pups in Real Life https://thedogvisitor.com/13-paw-patrol-dog-breeds-2022-mighty-pups-in-real-life https://thedogvisitor.com/13-paw-patrol-dog-breeds-2022-mighty-pups-in-real-life Sun, 27 Nov 2022 06:30:56 -0800 Dog-Fancier Why Do Dogs Get Hives and How You Can Treat Them at Home? https://thedogvisitor.com/why-do-dogs-get-hives-and-how-you-can-treat-them-at-home https://thedogvisitor.com/why-do-dogs-get-hives-and-how-you-can-treat-them-at-home Sun, 27 Nov 2022 03:55:45 -0800 Dog-Fancier How to Clean Dog Collars https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-clean-dog-collars https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-clean-dog-collars If you’re like most dog lovers, you want to keep your dog’s collar clean and free of dirt, grime and odors. But with all the activities your pup likes to do — from digging in the backyard to rolling in who-knows-what — it can be tough to keep their collar looking and smelling fresh. We’ve …

      This post first appeared in DogTipper.com. Link to original post: How to Clean Dog Collars

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      Sat, 26 Nov 2022 22:32:18 -0800 Dog-Fancier
      The 5 Best Dog Collars For German Shepherds To Keep Your Pup Safe And Stylish https://thedogvisitor.com/the-5-best-dog-collars-for-german-shepherds-to-keep-your-pup-safe-and-stylish https://thedogvisitor.com/the-5-best-dog-collars-for-german-shepherds-to-keep-your-pup-safe-and-stylish When it comes to choosing the best dog collars for german shepherds, you want to consider their physical capabilities as well as their personality.

      Finding the best dog collars for German Shepherds can be an overwhelming task for the uninitiated. There are so many different dog collars on the market today from which to choose, it’s hard to know where to start. This article will walk you through my current list of top-rated dog collars so that you’ll have a good understanding of what I mean by “best” dog collars for German Shepherds when choosing one.

      If you have a dog, then you’ll want to keep your dog safe from harm. You can do this by choosing the best dog collars for german shepherds. With so many different variations of collars out there, it can be difficult to find one that is suitable for your needs. But don’t worry!

      This article is for those who are looking for the best dog collars for german shepherds. When choosing collars, you will find a variety of them at different places, but I recommend you not just go with the flow but do your research properly. The kind of dog collars for german shepherds will depend on a number of factors and the purpose you are buying them. You can find numerous articles online on the same, but in this article, we have described five products that you might want to incorporate.

      What to Look for in The Best dog collars for German Shepherds?

      German Shepherd collars come in a variety of designs and materials, but the most important feature to consider is the design. You’ll want to choose a collar that will complement your dog’s coat and personality.

      German Shepherd collars can be made out of leather, nylon, or metal. Leather collars are the most popular choice because they are durable and comfortable for your dog. Nylon collars are great for dogs who sweat easily because they don’t absorb moisture like leather does.

      Here are some things to consider when choosing a German Shepherd collar:

      Sturdy:

      The best German Shepherd collars are sturdy and durable. A good collar will keep your dog safe and secure, while also preventing it from slipping off or choking itself on a collar.

      The best german shepherd collars are made of high-quality materials that are designed to last through multiple pieces of washing. The materials should be thick enough to withstand being dragged across the ground, but still thin enough to slip over the head of your dog comfortably.

      A good collar will have a D-ring for attaching a leash, so you don’t have to worry about losing it in the grass or mud (though dogs will always find their way back!). A sturdy buckle is another important feature of any German Shepherd collar because it prevents your dog from getting hurt if he gets tangled up in his leash or collar.

      Comfortable:

      A comfortable collar is an important factor when choosing a collar for your German Shepherd. Your dog should feel comfortable wearing it around his neck at all times, including during training sessions with you or other dogs in the family.

      If it’s too tight or too loose, then it won’t provide any comfort to your dog. The best collars are adjustable so that they fit snugly around your dog’s neck but aren’t too restrictive so that he cannot breathe properly when wearing them.

      Good for Work or Training:

      The best dog collars for German shepherds are those that are good for both work and training. This means you can use them to lead your dog safely in the yard, but also keep them safe when they’re in public places like parks or malls.

      German shepherds were bred as working dogs and needed that type of exercise. They don’t need much training or obedience training, but they will benefit from it if given the chance.

      If you plan on taking your dog on long hikes or runs, choose a collar with a clip that can be attached to your dog’s leash. This way, if something happens along the way, like getting distracted by something exciting or encountering another dog, you won’t have to worry about losing your dog.

      Levels of Control:

      German Shepherds are very intelligent dogs that can be trained even if their owner is not. This means that you will want to choose a dog collar that has levels of control so that you can train your dog with ease.

      There are a lot of different levels of control your dog can have over his collar. Some collars allow him to wear it at all times, while others give him the ability to handle it in certain situations.

      If you want to train your German Shepherd how to walk on a leash without pulling and without barking, then you need to use a level 1 collar. This type of collar will allow your dog to take control of the situation and walk at your side without pulling or barking.

      If you want to train your German Shepherd how not to bark when he’s outside alone or with other dogs, then you’ll also need a level 2 or 3 collar. They’ll help him refocus his attention back on you when he starts getting too excited about being out there all alone.

      If you’re looking for an anti-barking collar for training purposes, then you should look for one that has sound correction levels up through level 4 or 5 (5 being the highest). These collars are designed specifically for this purpose and will help teach your dog not to bark when there are other dogs around or when she hears different sounds that trigger her into barking.

      The 5 Best Dog Collars For German Shepherds To Keep Your Pup Safe and Stylish

      Dogs come in a wide range of breeds and sizes, making it hard to choose what kind of dog collar you should buy for your dog. German shepherds are one of the most popular dogs in America and can generally be found in many different types of dogs. But what’s the best dog collar for a German shepherd? Here are five of the best choices:

      1- Chai’s Choice – Premium Dog Collar:

      This German Shepherd puppy collar is made of nylon, and it has thick padding that makes it very comfortable for dogs to wear. It’s an affordable dog collar that’s very popular among owners who want a product they can trust.

      This reflective dog collar is made of soft nylon webbing and lined with breathable mesh padding to protect your pet from irritation. It also has a nylon webbing handle for easy control.

      The durable stainless steel leash attachment ring is designed for strength and comes with a Duraflex buckle that weighs only 1/4 of an ounce. It’s suitable for all breeds and sizes, and our dog collar is made from heavy-duty materials that are designed to last.

      This reflective collar is made of nylon and comes in a variety of fun colors and makes your dog visible at night.

      2- Black Rhino – The Comfort Collar Ultra Soft Neoprene Padded Dog Collar for All Breeds:

      This collar for German Shepherd dogs is made with comfort in mind, and it’s lined with neoprene padding to reduce irritation and rashes so that your furry friend can wear his (or her) collar around the clock if needed.

      Give your dog the comfort he deserves. Each collar is lined with soft neoprene padding that will protect your dog’s neck from irritation when being active. It doesn’t matter if your dog goes swimming or just likes playing around in the water; our neoprene easily dries and is odor resistant.

      This collar is a great combination of durability, reflective stitching, and weatherproof qualities. It fits dogs of a wide variety of breeds and allows for enough breathing space and freedom of movement. The Comfort Collar is made with lightweight materials to be comfortable and gentle on your dog’s neck. It also has tough, heavy-duty hardware that can resist the most energetic dogs.

      Black Rhino’s collars feature gunmetal buckles and rings for a smooth, easy-to-use clasp. This feature will help ensure your pet’s safety and comfort while walking with you.

      3-Country Brook Petz – Vibrant 30+ Color Selection:


      Country Brook Petz’s German Shepherd training collar is a budget-friendly option for dog owners who want to train their GSDs through reward-based methods. These simple, colorful options from Country Brook Petz are perfect for anyone who wants a great budget option that will last through the dog’s adulthood.

      The collar is adjustable from 13” to 16”, leaving only 2 fingers between the collar and your dog’s neck. To find the right size for your dog, please see our sizing chart in the photos.

      The high-density nylon webbing provides strength and flexibility while the welded metal D-rings allow you to attach tags and leashes. The metal quick-release buckle allows you to adjust the size without having to take apart the collar, while the curved edges help keep your dog comfortable.

      The collars are handmade. They offer 25+ color options and numerous sizes to ensure we have what your pup needs. The good news is that this collar can be easily washed in a washing machine when it gets dirty just as long as you continue to take care of your dog!

      4- Max and Neo Stainless Steel Chain Martingale Collar:

      German Shepherds are some of the most versatile dogs around, able to perform many different jobs from herding sheep to guiding people or even protection work. If your shepherd seems better at getting into mischief than responding to commands, you may find that a Martingale collar with a chain attachment point like this one is ideal for training.

      The martingale collars are measured fully extended. To get an accurate measurement of your dog’s neck, press down through all its fur to get an accurate measurement. Most people do not press down the fur to get a correct measurement, which leads to them ordering a size that is too large.

      The martingale collars are measured fully extended. To get an accurate measurement of your dog’s neck, press down through all its fur to get an accurate measurement. Most people do not press down the fur and end up ordering a size that is too large.

      The Stainless Steel Chain comes in four sizes: Small, Medium, Medium Large, and Large with 4 colors (black, blue, red, and pink). They are available in black and red. The nylon is 3/4″ wide for small size options, but the 5mm thickness makes them extra durable. The reflective stitching helps keep you visible at night. The separate Easy Loop Tag Holder keeps your dog’s tags safe from harm and from getting caught on other things, such as branches or fences.

      Try out their collar by shining a flashlight on it in the dark, you’ll be impressed at how bright it is. Many other collars use a thin line of reflective stitching or reflective tape that may peel off if the collar gets wet. The chain martingale collar uses 2mm wide bands of reflective stitching around both edges of the collar, which gives it an impressive amount of surface area compared to other collars.

      5- OneTigris Military Adjustable Dog Collar with Metal D Ring & Buckle 2 Sizes:


      OneTigris is the best collar for German Shepherd pups because it is sturdy and comfortable. It comes in colors like black, grey, and ranger green so that your four-legged friend can look his or her best no matter where you go!

      Designed with a thick nylon strap and soft cushion padding, our dog leashes are designed to keep your pet comfortable and safe. They offer several different ways to identify your pet, including an ID tag or morale patch.

      This OneTigris flat collar with soft cushion padding is designed to keep your dog comfortable and prevent skin irritation. With this dog collar, you can also attach your dog’s leash and walk your pet easily so that they don’t chase people or bikes around the neighborhood.

      This accessory can also be used to keep your puppy safe if they get lost since it’s proof that they have an owner and attached tags may help them find their way home. It is a classic military-inspired design, with durable webbing and D-rings for attaching ID tags or dog leashes. You can also use it to hold patches or morale patches. It features a patch panel for your name patches or morale patches.

      The D-ring closure attaches a leash and keeps your dog safe, while the easy-to-use buckle ensures that the harness stays fastened until you’re ready to remove it. Available in three sizes: Medium(37-45cm/ 14.6″-17.7″), Large (45-53cm/ 17.7″-20.9″), and XL (53-61cm/ 20.9″-24″).

      For dogs with larger necks, this durable and comfortable harness is made of heavy-duty metal. The five adjustable points allow you to adjust the fit so it fits comfortably.

      best dog collars for german shepherds

      I hope this list was able to help you make a decision regarding what you plan on purchasing for your dog.

      If you have a dog that is trained for a collar, then you need to get the best dog collars for german shepherds. this will make your dog look even more beautiful and adorable. But do not just get any kind of collar because they are made out of different materials. You need something that is durable and long-lasting. Something that will not chafe your dog’s skin or dog’s neck making him irritated.

      So have fun picking out the best dog collars for German Shepherds for your pup.

      Anything To Add About: 

      Like this article about the best dog collars for German Shepherds. Have a point of view to share? Let us know! Share your training tricks below!

      Not a fan of the best dog collars for German Shepherds? We’ve also picked some other amazing dog accessories for you to check out!

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      Sat, 26 Nov 2022 22:25:42 -0800 Dog-Fancier
      Rosie&Tx https://thedogvisitor.com/rosie-tx https://thedogvisitor.com/rosie-tx

      Rosie was found In Arkansas injured from being hit by a car. She recovered at the vet and her rescuers soon found out she was deaf. Rosie is very smart and knows her name sign, sit, lay down, stay, eat, no, shake, and come. She is white with two black spots on her hips and one spot on top of her head between her ears. She loves to play and go on walks but loves to nap close to someone or in her crate. She is house trained and crate trained. She loves to play and cuddle. Unfortunately she is not fond of cats.

      She has only been in her new home less than a week and they  have cats and very small children which is not an idea environment for Rosie. She can become possessive of furniture (like jumping up in the bed and not wanting to get down so she might snap if someone is trying to pull her down) so it would be best if she went to a structured home where she is not allowed on the beds or furniture (setting up a special bed area just for her and putting an X-pen around it at night or put her in a XLarge crate with a nice bed to keep her from jumping on the bed.

      Note from DDR: It might help  to incorporate Nothing In Life is Free Training for her and a structured environment with no cats and maybe an Adult only  home would be best (with a fenced in yard).

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      Sat, 26 Nov 2022 12:46:36 -0800 Dog-Fancier
      Falling Dog Food Tins https://thedogvisitor.com/falling-dog-food-tins https://thedogvisitor.com/falling-dog-food-tins Cash (or tin) flow has become a problem again, so some of the dogs that bought tin bonds want to cash them out. They paid 2 tins and were promised 10 later.

      “I am afraid the tin bonds are only worth half a tin now,” said Cash (the economist dog). “Tin production has not been what was expected. I don’t understand why.”

      Maybe because no one actually have been producing dog food in tins, they did not multiply. The money instead went into spa sessions and other transitory luxuries. That is my thought, but I never went to economy school like Cash, so I may be wrong.

      But the bond scheme did take tins from savers and put them into the dog economy. Genius, in a way, just not for the savers.

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      Sat, 26 Nov 2022 11:32:17 -0800 Dog-Fancier
      Diabetes in Dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/diabetes-in-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/diabetes-in-dogs Picture it: You have just returned home from a dinner party to find that your dog has urinated on the kitchen floor – again. She has always been a good dog about going outside to do her business. Why is she suddenly leaving large puddles of urine in the house?

      There are many reasons why a dog may suddenly start urinating in the house, including diabetes mellitus. Symptoms of diabetes include drinking large amounts of water, urinating more often (and in large amounts), eating more food than he or she usually does, and losing weight.

      How diabetes mellitus is diagnosed

      Diabetes mellitus is defined as persistent hyperglycemia (high blood glucose) and glucosuria (glucose in the urine). If your dog is exhibiting signs of diabetes, your veterinarian will want to run blood tests (including a complete blood count and a chemistry panel) and collect a sterile urine sample for a urinalysis.

      The chemistry panel for a dog with diabetes will show elevated blood glucose and sometimes will also show elevated cholesterol, triglycerides, and liver enzymes. The urinalysis will show glucose in the urine but may also reveal the presence of protein, ketones, and bacteria. Many dogs with diabetes mellitus have a concurrent urinary tract infection (UTI), so a urine culture and sensitivity will be recommended to confirm the presence of bacteria and determine the correct antibiotic for treating the UTI.

      Causes of diabetes mellitus in dogs

      In dogs, diabetes mellitus is almost always caused by a decreased production of insulin. Insulin is produced by special cells in the pancreas called beta cells. When beta cells either produce less insulin or are destroyed by an episode of pancreatitis or an immune-mediated disease, the result is diabetes mellitus.

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      The AlphaTRAK 2 blood glucose monitoring system starter kit contains a monitoring meter, test strips, lancets, a lancing device, a control solution and a carrying case.

      There are some conditions in which diabetes is caused by insulin resistance. In these circumstances, the dog’s beta cells are still producing insulin, but his or her body has a decreased capacity to utilize it.

      Intact female dogs who are either pregnant or between heat cycles are at an increased risk of developing transient diabetes.

      Dogs who are obese or are receiving certain chronic medications (such as steroids, progestins, and cyclosporine) are at risk for developing insulin resistant diabetes.

      Dogs who have a concurrent endocrine disorder, such as hyperadrenocorticism (also known as Cushing’s disease) or hypothyroidism, are also at risk for diabetes development.

      Certain breeds of dogs are known to be more likely to develop diabetes mellitus during their lifetime. These breeds include Australian Terriers, Beagles, Samoyeds, and Keeshonden.

      Treatment for a dog with diabetes mellitus

      The mainstay of diabetes mellitus treatment in a dog is insulin therapy. Long-acting insulin is injected under the skin twice a day. The needle and syringe used to administer insulin are small. Dogs hardly even notice the injection, especially if they are being distracted by food or a treat! Your veterinary team will give you a demonstration on how to give insulin and will help you become comfortable with this process.

      Vetsulin Pen
      People who have difficulty reading the numbers on a syringe and feel uncomfortable with handling syringes may have an easier time with the Vetsulin pen.

      There are three different types of insulin that are used to treat canine diabetes. Two of these insulin types are approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for use in dogs while one of them is not (but is still commonly used).

      Both Vetsulin and ProZinc are FDA-approved insulins for use in dogs. Vetsulin is given twice a day and is available in two forms – vial and pen form. With the vial form, you draw up the appropriate dose in an insulin syringe and inject the insulin into your dog. With the pen form, you select the appropriate dose on the pen, insert the needle under your dog’s skin, and press the button to inject the insulin. People who have difficulty reading the numbers on a syringe or who feel uncomfortable with handling syringes may have an easier time with the Vetsulin pen.

      ProZinc is given either once or twice a day depending on your dog’s response to the insulin. This insulin is only available in the vial form. Therefore, it requires the use of an insulin syringe to draw up and inject the insulin. Both ProZinc and the vial form of Vetsulin require U-40 size insulin syringes – this is different than what is used by humans with diabetes, who require U-100 size insulin syringes.

      Novolin N and Humulin N are insulins used to treat diabetes mellitus in people. They are not FDA-approved for use in dogs but have been used “off label” for many years to treat diabetes in canines.

      Options for insulin for dogs used to be limited and expensive. Vetsulin was approved by the FDA in 2013 and ProZinc was approved for use in dogs in 2019. Novolin and Humulin were also very inexpensive compared to the products approved for dogs. Fortunately, now both Vetsulin and ProZinc are typically less expensive than Novolin and Humulin. Vetsulin and ProZinc also last longer and function better in the canine body than Novolin and Humulin.

      Diet for dog diabetics

      Diet plays an important role in managing diabetes mellitus in dogs. Dogs who are overweight should be started on a weight-loss plan. It’s important not to lose weight too quickly and to weigh your dog once or twice a month to ensure weight loss is occurring at an appropriate rate. Your veterinarian may recommend a prescription weight-loss diet that is high in fiber to help achieve weight loss and better daily control of blood sugar.

      Dogs who are at an ideal body weight or are underweight may also benefit from a diet that is high in both soluble and insoluble fiber. In certain circumstances, the addition of high-fiber vegetables (such as canned pumpkin or green beans) or fiber supplements (such as psyllium) may be beneficial. Talk to your veterinarian before instituting any diet change or adding any supplements.

      There is no way to treat diabetic dogs without insulin. But there are two classes of medications that may help to improve glycemic control (daily control of blood sugar) in diabetic dogs. Acarbose works by inhibiting the absorption of glucose by the small intestine. This medication may be recommended in dogs for whom insulin therapy alone is not enough to control their high blood sugar.

      Medications in the incretin class of drugs (such as Byetta, Bydureon, and Victoza) are hormones that work primarily by stimulating insulin secretion from the pancreas. These medications can only be used in conjunction with insulin. They are not substitutes for insulin therapy.

      Monitoring your diabetic dog

      The goals of treating a diabetic dog are to resolve the symptoms of increased thirst, urination, and appetite; to keep the blood glucose from becoming too low (hypoglycemia); and to keep the blood glucose below the level at which glucose enters the urine. This is different than the goals of treating a diabetic person, in which tight control of blood sugar is achieved through frequent monitoring of blood glucose and daily adjustments to the insulin dose.

      There are several methods for monitoring diabetic dogs to ensure appropriate management. Your veterinarian will likely recommend a blood glucose curve be performed in their hospital, especially after the initial diagnosis. This is to ensure that your dog is not developing hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) when starting insulin therapy. A properly completed blood glucose curve will help determine the correct dose of insulin for your dog.

      During a blood glucose curve, a very small sample of blood is obtained every two hours to measure the dog’s blood glucose. The blood glucose values are charted over a 12-hour period to see how your dog responds to his or her current insulin dose.

      A blood glucose curve should be completed after starting insulin therapy and seven to 14 days after changing the dose of insulin. Then it should be completed at least once every three months to ensure your dog’s diabetes remains well-controlled. It should also be done when symptoms of diabetes return in a previously well-controlled diabetic or when hypoglycemia is suspected.

      For dogs who are stressed by the idea of spending a day at the veterinary hospital, completing a blood glucose curve at home may be an option. The AlphaTRAK 2 blood glucose monitoring system starter kit from Zoetis contains everything you need to complete a blood glucose curve at home. Zoetis has videos available on their website that show you how to use the glucometer (blood glucose meter) and how to obtain a blood sample using the lancet that comes with the starter kit.

      The AlphaTRAK 2 glucometer is calibrated to read blood glucose in both cat and dog blood. It only requires a very small drop of blood to obtain a blood glucose reading. Glucometers made for humans are not calibrated for use with dog blood and are not as accurate as the AlphaTRAK2. Your veterinarian probably uses the AlphaTRAK 2 to read your dog’s blood glucose in the hospital.

      Zoetis also has an app for your phone that allows you to record your dog’s blood glucose readings and share them with your veterinarian. Talk to your veterinarian about the specific logistics of completing an at-home blood glucose curve if you are interested in this option.

      For people who want to complete a blood glucose curve at home but are hesitant about collecting blood samples from their dog, there is a continuous glucose monitoring system called the FreeStyle Libre from Abbott. The FreeStyle is a small device about the size of a half-dollar that is temporarily attached to the skin on your dog’s back. The device reads your dog’s glucose every 15 minutes over a 14-day period. The glucose readings are sent to an app on your phone and can be shared with your veterinarian. Although the FreeStyle is not calibrated for dog blood, unlike other glucometers made for people, this device has been shown to be relatively accurate for dogs.

      Urine glucose strips are used to detect the presence of glucose in urine. Although this seems like an easy way to monitor your dog’s glucose, urine glucose strips will not give you a complete picture of how well your dog’s diabetes is being managed. The urine glucose strip gives only an average reading over the period of time it takes your dog’s bladder to fill with urine. There may be moments during that period of time where your dog’s blood glucose is too low, normal, or too high. But the urine glucose strip will only show the average glucose over that time period rather than the potentially dangerous highs and lows. The only way to truly know how well your dog’s diabetes is being managed is by completing a blood glucose curve.

      Complications of diabetes mellitus

      Dogs with diabetes mellitus are more likely to develop certain bacterial and fungal infections. These include infections of the bladder, prostate, skin, and lungs. Diabetes can also cause accumulation of lipids in the liver resulting in hepatomegaly (enlargement of the liver). Another possible complication of diabetes mellitus in dogs is the development of cataracts.

      There are two life-threatening complications of diabetes mellitus in dogs: diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and diabetic hyperosmolar nonketotic syndrome (DHNS). Both conditions are caused by persistently high blood glucose levels. In DKA, the body tries to derive energy from fat since there is not enough insulin available to use glucose freely circulating in the bloodstream. The process of deriving energy from fat in the absence of insulin results in the production of ketones. The accumulation of ketones and glucose in the blood causes dehydration, abnormal electrolyte levels, and increased kidney values and liver enzymes. Dogs in DKA will often be vomiting, very lethargic, and will not eat. They may initially drink a lot of water. As the condition progresses, they may lay with their head next to or on the water bowl but not drink at all.

      Dogs with DHNS also try to derive energy from fat, but there is just enough insulin available to prevent them from producing ketones. Dogs with DHNS are dehydrated and may have abdominal pain. They often vomit and decline to eat. They will be depressed and may even become comatose.

      Although there is no final stage of diabetes, dogs who develop DKA or DHNS are sometimes euthanized because of the level of care they require to stabilize and correct their condition. Dogs with DKA or DHNS typically require hospitalization for two or more days in the intensive care unit of a hospital that is open 24 hours a day.

      With your help, your dog will be fine

      The median survival for dogs with diabetes mellitus is two years – but there are many who live much longer than that. The faster a diabetic dog’s symptoms are recognized and he is diagnosed and receives proper treatment, the better his prognosis. With proper weight control, a well-managed diet and treatment, and regular veterinary assessments, dogs with diabetes can enjoy full, high-quality lives.

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      What is the Best Dog Food for Cane Corso? https://thedogvisitor.com/what-is-the-best-dog-food-for-cane-corso https://thedogvisitor.com/what-is-the-best-dog-food-for-cane-corso Because of their large body and exercise requirements, cane corso need proper nutrition to ensure they stay healthy and active. Otherwise, you risk them being lethargic or becoming obese.

      There are various dog foods on the market to choose from, but many include synthetic ingredients, such as ammonia. These aren’t only unhealthy but could irritate your dog’s stomach and lead to chronic health conditions.

      Below you’ll find important nutritional information for cane corso and some of the best dog foods to feed them.

      Top Picks for Best Dog Food for Cane Corso Dogs

      There are a variety of dog food options you can give your cane corso. Below are our top 11 picks at a glance.

      6 Cane Corso Nutritional Needs

      This dog breed has a few nutritional needs that pet owners should be aware of. Below are six to consider.

      Calories

      Cane corso are large dogs so they need plenty of calories to stay energetic. Calories also help cane corso to maintain a healthy weight and ensure that their vital organs function correctly. An adult cane corso needs about 2,200 calories per day.

      Remember that while this breed needs a lot of calories, you don’t want to overfeed them. Too much food, especially dry kibble, can cause weight gain. Ideally, these calories should come from protein, not carbohydrates.

      Calcium

      Calcium is crucial for strong bones. Because cane corso is a large breed, these dogs’ daily meals should contain around 1.8% calcium. However, it’s essential to give the correct amount of calcium as too much could cause excessive thirst or a loss of appetite.

      Some of the best sources of calcium for this dog breed are chicken, fish, bone meal, and vegetables like spinach and kale.

      Glucosamine

      Glucosamine is a type of amino sugar that is found in cartilage to help cushion joints. Cane corso enjoy running and being active, something which could eventually take a toll on their joints.

      By feeding them food with glucosamine, it will ensure that their joints don’t wear down easily. You don’t need to worry about giving your cane corso glucosamine until they are one-year-old, as this is when their body has officially stopped growing.

      Protein

      Cane corso need protein so that their nails, hair, and muscles stay strong. A cane corso puppy will need their meals to contain about 30% protein to ensure healthy development. Adult cane corso require their meals to only consist of 18-25% protein.

      Iron

      This mineral helps your dog’s heart pump enough oxygen to provide nutrients to other important organs. These nutrients will then be converted into energy and assist with metabolism. Cane corso require plenty of iron to keep their bones and joints sturdy. If they don’t have enough iron, it could lead to anemia. This condition will make your cane corso very tired and prone to illnesses.

      Probiotics

      Probiotics boost the immune system which helps to protect your cane corso from diseases and ailments like constipation and diarrhea. Some of the best probiotics for cane corso are Enterococcus faecium and Lactobacillus acidophilus. These two strains can improve your dog’s stool and soothe a sensitive stomach. They can also boost your dog’s energy and help them to be more active.

      As with most nutritional needs, too many probiotics can irritate your dog’s GI tract and result in nausea. You’ll want to ensure that you give your cane corso the correct amount depending on their weight and age.

      Dietary Concerns of Cane corso

      Besides the nutritional needs above, there are a few specific dietary concerns to pay attention to. We’ve listed a few below:

      Grain-Free Options

      Grain-free dog food has gained popularity as it claims to eradicate unhealthy carbohydrates. Grain-free options try to prevent digestive issues caused by carbohydrates, like bloat. It also averts obesity in dogs.

      However, grain-free isn’t always ideal because dogs need carbohydrates for energy. In fact, a few studies have shown that grain-free food could lead to dilated cardiomyopathy. This condition can limit the heart’s ability to pump blood.

      It’s ideal to stay away from grain-free dog food unless your dog is monitored by a veterinarian. Instead, make sure the dog food contains healthy grains like barley, oats, and sorghum. These safe choices will provide your cane corso with plenty of energy.

      Fish Oil

      Many cane corso have sensitive skin. Most of the time, this is due to an allergic reaction to food or some invisible particle (such as dust or pollen) that irritates their skin. Fish oil in cane corso dog food can reduce sensitive skin issues because it calms inflammation. It will also moisturize your dog’s skin to prevent dry, itchy patches thanks to its DHA and EPA.

      Potassium

      This breed needs potassium to help their muscles and nerves function correctly. Not enough potassium will cause their heart and nervous system to malfunction. If this occurs, it could lead to paralysis or irregular heartbeat. The dog food needs to have enough potassium to help their body have proper cell chemical reactions.

      Cane Corso Feeding Schedule

      Both puppy and adult cane corso have a meticulous feeding schedule that you need to follow closely. This can differ by their age and needs.

      Puppies

      You’ll need to feed cane corso puppies about five times per day. Eventually, you’ll want to lower this amount to two times per day as they get older. For each feeding, they’ll need about 1-2 cups of dry kibble.

      During the first few weeks, you’ll want to make sure that your puppy gets large portions of protein. This will nourish their growing body and help their bones develop correctly. Once they reach about four months, you can slowly remove part of the protein from their diet.

      As your puppy grows, gradually decrease their meals. By the time they are six months, they should only be eating three meals per day. As their one-year birthday approaches, they should only be consuming two daily meals.

      Adults

      An adult cane corso will need four cups of dry kibble each day. You’ll want to feed them once in the morning and once at night.

      While this might seem like a small amount for their size, it’s enough. As your dog digests the food, it will make them full. This amount will also prevent obesity.

      If you would like to switch your adult cane corso’s food, don’t do it all at once. This could make them dislike the new food or could even upset their digestive system. Instead, take a portion of the new food and mix it into their current meal.

      To do this, you’ll want to remove about 25% of the old food and replace it with the new. As the days progress, remove more of the old food and swap it.

      You can refer to the chart below to find the amount of food your pup needs based on his or her age:

      Age Amount
      0-3 months 2 cups per day
      4-5 months 3 ¾ cups per day
      6-8 months 6 cups per day
      9-12 months 7 cups per day
      One year and older 11 cups per day

      The Best Dog Food for Cane corso

      Top Pick for Cane Corso Dog Food – Taste of the Wild Prairie Dog Food

      Taste of the Wild Prairie Dog Food is a delicious mixture packed with bison and venison. This high-protein option contains many vegetables, such as peas and sweet potatoes, that will provide your dog with plenty of antioxidants.

      The kibble also has omega-3 and omega-6 incorporated into it which will help your cane corso have a shiny and soft coat.

      Taste of the Wild Prairie Dog Food encourages good digestion and immune functioning. To assist with this, Taste of the Wild added a special K9 Strain Probiotic Blend into the kibble that has over 80 million cultures. This dog food contains 370 calories per cup.

      Pros

      • There are 5 to 28-pound bag options.
      • There is a feed guide on the back to ensure you give your dog the correct amount of food.
      • The mixture could assist cane corso who have skin allergies.

      Cons

      • A handful of dogs might not like the kibble taste.
      • It could cause a bit of gas due to a large amount of probiotics.

      10 Additional Cane Corso Dog Food Options

      With so many choices on the market, it can be challenging to know the best options for your pup. We’ve narrowed the list down to our top 10 favorites, which all include healthy and nutritious options for man’s best friend.

      Runner-Up – Ollie Beef Meal

      Key Features:

      • Packed with moisture
      • Plenty of vegetables

      This moist dog food by Ollie is a human-grade option that includes organ meat like beef heart and beef liver. You’ll also find ingredients such as sweet potatoes, rosemary, and peas. All of these contain beneficial vitamins and minerals, lutein, and antibacterial properties. There’s also a bit of fish oil to encourage healthy skin and joints.

      Ollie Beef Meal contains 9% protein which will strengthen your cane corso’s bones and muscles.

      Pros

      • This option goes through minimal processing.
      • It’s pre-portioned.
      • It comes with a Tupperware container to store leftovers in.

      Cons

      • Because it’s a wet food, it won’t do an excellent job of removing plaque on your dog’s teeth. You might want to incorporate a few kibbles with this meal to assist with that.
      • You need to refrigerate it.

      Freshest Option: NomNom Pork Potluck

      Key Features:

      • High amounts of meat
      • Plenty of calories
      • Encourages good skin, heart, and thyroid health

      NomNom Pork Potluck features pork, green beans, yellow squash, potatoes, mushrooms, fish oil, and kale. This food has over 1,246 calories and is high in protein, fat, and carbohydrates. It’s also packed with vitamin E and zinc, which will help your cane corso’s heart, skin, and thyroid stay healthy. This food contains a lot of moisture, so it will be easy for many dogs to chew and swallow.

      Pros

      • It focuses on meat as a protein source, not vegetables.
      • It’s made with high-quality ingredients.
      • This product can help your cane corso maintain a healthy weight.

      Cons

      • It’s pre-made and needs to be frozen.
      • Some of the packages might not contain enough food. Due to this, you might need to weigh them separately to ensure you’re giving your cane corso the proper amount.

      For Immune Health – Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula

      Key Features:

      • Plenty of antioxidants
      • No preservatives

      Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula was created for adult dogs. High in crude protein, it features chicken and brown rice as well as numerous vitamins and antioxidants, like calcium, potassium, and glucosamine. This formula will improve your dog’s immune system and skin health.

      To preserve its freshness, the food is cold-formed. This helps to make it tastier for your dogs. Pet owners need to feed their cane corso about 4-5 cups of this kibble for every 100 pounds.

      Pros

      • It comes in different size bags that range from 3 to 30 pounds.
      • There are no by-products or corn in it.

      Cons

      • This product is only for adult dogs.
      • It could irritate some pet’s stomachs. You’ll want to start slow when giving it to them to ensure there isn’t a problem.

      For Digestive Concerns – Hill’s Science Diet Dry Dog Food Recipe

      Key Features:

      • High amounts of glucosamine and vitamins
      • Preservative-free

      This dry dog food is perfect for large breeds and uses chicken and barley as its main ingredients. You’ll find an impressive amount of vitamin C and E, which will provide your cane corso with essential antioxidants. Besides this, Hill’s Science Diet Dry Dog Food Recipe has glucosamine to ensure your cane corso stays mobile. This product comes in a 15 or 35-pound bag.

      Pros

      • It doesn’t contain preservatives or artificial colors.
      • It can improve your dog’s digestive health.

      Cons

      • It could be a bit pricey for some.
      • You might want to double-check its feeding recommendation guide. Depending on your dog’s weight, you might need to add a bit more to their meals.

      For Skin Allergies or an Energy Boost – American Journey Active Life Blend

      Key Features:

      • Helps with building the immune system
      • Large amounts of protein

      This dry food is ideal for athletic cane corso or for those who might suffer from skin allergies. Made with a mixture of salmon, brown rice, and vegetables, the American Journey Active Life Blend will boost your cane corso’s energy while improving their immune system.

      The deboned salmon provides up to 25% protein to help your dog build muscle mass. This will encourage them to move faster and prevent injuries as they run and play. In addition to this, there is a variety of omega-3 and omega-6 in the food to ensure that your dog has healthy skin and fur.

      Pros

      • It comes with 4 to 28-pound bag options.
      • There are no artificial ingredients.
      • It can calm skin allergies.

      Cons

      • For some dogs, this food could result in loose stool. You’ll want only to give them small amounts to ensure that this option doesn’t irritate their digestion.
      • The taste might not be appealing to some cane corso

      For Healthy Organs – Rachael Ray Nutrish Natural Dry Food

      Key Features:

      • Contains prebiotics
      • Boosts vital organ health

      Rachael Ray Nutrish Natural Dry Food contains a hearty amount of beef, peas, and brown rice. Beef will help your cane corso’s vital organs function correctly while building muscle mass. The vegetables and grains will infuse their body with a variety of beneficial vitamins and minerals.

      This 40-pound bag also has prebiotics mixed into it. These can keep your dog’s digestive system working correctly and soothe any inflammation in it.

      Pros

      • It’s loaded with healthy grains. These can firm stool and ensure your dog maintains a healthy weight.
      • It’s safe to give to dogs who have a sensitive stomach.

      Cons

      • There’s no glucosamine.
      • You need to make sure to seal the bag, or the moist kibbles will mold.

      For Both Puppies and Adults – Diamond Naturals All Life Stages Dog Food

      Key Features:

      • Can give to both puppies and adults
      • Numerous calories per cup
      • Millions of probiotics

      Diamond Naturals All Life Stages Dog Food is filled with lean chicken, rice, and various fruits and vegetables. Some you’ll find mixed into the food are kale, spinach, coconut, and blueberries. A touch of chia seed is also included. These seeds can assist with reducing inflammation and boost your dog’s protein intake.

      To help with digestive health, this food contains probiotics and plenty of omega-3. The mixture is made up of 1.3% calcium and contains 368 calories per cup.

      Pros

      • There are no preservatives or fillers in the kibble.
      • It’s safe to give dogs with sensitive stomachs.
      • The food can improve skin health.

      Cons

      • It might not contain enough nutrients for some cane corso. Because of this, you might need to add extra supplements to their meals.
      • The kibbles might be a little too big for some puppies.

      High in Protein – Taste of the Wild Ancient Prairie

      Key Features:

      • Beneficial grains
      • Easy to digest

      Filled with multiple types of healthy grains, Taste of the Wild Ancient Prairie comes in a 28-pound bag and is filled with bison and venison. You’ll also find easily digestible carbohydrates in it like millet, sorghum, and chia seed.

      When your dog eats this food, it will dissolve and send probiotics into their GI tract. This will balance their digestive system and soothe an upset stomach.

      Pros

      • It’s ideal to give to dogs who suffer from skin allergies.
      • There are no preservatives.
      • It’s high in protein and glucosamine.

      Cons

      • The food does have a strong smell.
      • You need to carefully monitor the expiration date as the food can go bad quickly.

      For Stunning Fur – Hill’s Science Diet Chicken and Barley Dry Food

      Key Features:

      • Large amounts of protein
      • Many antioxidants

      This concoction by Hill’s Science Diet contains an abundance of chicken and barley. Filled with over 20% protein, the blend will encourage your dog to stay active while helping them develop and maintain healthy bones, joints, and muscles. The kibble is easy to digest and contains large amounts of antioxidants like vitamins C and E.

      Pros

      • It can improve your dog’s coat.
      • There are no artificial colors or preservatives.
      • It provides energy for active dogs.

      Cons

      • The kibble is somewhat small.
      • It’s not the best for sensitive stomachs.

      Budget-Pick – American Journey Beef and Sweet Potato 

      Key Features:

      • Flavorful
      • Affordable
      • Large amounts of omega-3

      American Journey Beef and Sweet Potato will please your dog’s taste buds thanks to its delicious mixture of beef, sweet potatoes, dried kelp, carrot, and blueberries. All of these will give your dog energy while building muscle mass.

      Besides these ingredients, you’ll find a drizzle of salmon oil. The oil is filled with omega-3, which boosts your dog’s skin, eye, and brain health. The mixture contains 32% protein and has 380 calories per cup.

      Pros

      • Many dogs enjoy the flavor.
      • It’s an affordable option.

      Cons

      • It’s grain-free. While this might not pose a problem for some dogs, you need to make sure they get enough carbohydrates with their meals.
      • The food could cause slight digestive issues in dogs with sensitive stomachs.

      Cane Corso Feeding FAQs

      If you’re still having trouble deciding which option is best for your pet, we’ve put together some of the most frequently asked questions. This should cover any concerns you may have for your furry friend.

      Are Preservatives Harmful?

      Preservatives are added to dog food to help it have a long shelf life. They can be very damaging to your pet’s health and could potentially be toxic. If the dog food is filled with them, it could result not only in skin issues, but could hurt their vital organs.

      Some of the most common dog food preservatives are BHA, MSG, corn syrup, and meat meal. One of the most troublesome though is ethoxyquin. This preservative is meant to protect natural fat in the food. However, it’s also classified as a pesticide and has been shown to potentially cause cancer.

      Many dog food brands no longer include these toxic preservatives, but some still do. It’s important to closely check the ingredients to ensure that the food you plan to give your cane corso is free from them.

      What Type of Protein is Best for Cane corso?

      There are a variety of protein options you can give your pet. These include salmon, chicken, and beef. While these selections provide your dog with energy, cane corso need a lot of the protein due to their massive size. This breed must eat heavy amounts of protein to give them an abundance of amino acids.

      Proteins such as lamb and chicken don’t always give your dog the necessary amount by themselves. In addition to this, some proteins might cause sensitive skin due to them irritating your pet’s immune system.

      The right protein for your cane corso will depend on a few things. One is how active your dog is. If your cane corso loves to run or go on walks, they need a dense protein to supply them with energy. On the other hand, if your pup is overweight, you’ll want to feed them lean meat like rabbit, elk, or turkey. This also applies to pets with sensitive skin who need a delicate protein such as pork, duck, or bison.

      If you’re still unsure which protein is best for your dog, talk to your vet. They can recommend the right one to feed your furry friend.

      What is the Difference Between Probiotics and Prebiotics? Are They Necessary to Give My Dog?

      Probiotics and prebiotics are commonly added to dog food to boost digestive and immune health. However, they do this in different ways. Probiotics are living microorganisms, while prebiotics are fibers that feed probiotics.

      Giving your dog probiotics or prebiotics isn’t vital, but it’s a good thing to do. They will fill their GI tract with beneficial bacteria. This can help give them energy while destroying harmful strains that could irritate their stomach.

      Remember that too much of them can cause more harm than good. If you do so, it will overwhelm their body with bacteria and could make them nausea or have diarrhea.

      For probiotics, it’s best to give any dog over 50 pounds two scoops a day. Prebiotics come in either supplement form or through the use of natural options, like chicory root, mushrooms, and dandelion greens. Most cane corso dry food already contains these prebiotics, so you can be sure that your pet will receive an adequate amount of them.

      Should I Use Dry or Moist Food?

      Dry and moist food can offer your dog various benefits. Dry food is often a favorite because it’s easier to store. Its rough surface also helps loosen plaque on your dog’s teeth and gums to prevent dental diseases.

      While you usually need to put moist food in the fridge, it’s a bit healthier than dry kibble because it contains fresh ingredients. Because of this, it’s more likely to not contain preservatives. Moist dog food can also hydrate your cane corso thanks to its high moisture level. This ensures their vital organs continue to function correctly.

      Both of these options are safe to give your cane corso, but you’ll want to weigh the pros and cons of each. For instance, if your dog needs better hydration, moist food might be ideal. On the other hand, dry food is best for dogs who are active or who need some help with their dental health.

      If you’re unsure which is best, consider giving your cane corso a little bit of both. This way, they get the benefits of each.

      How Can I Tell if Dog Food Causes Irritation?

      Dog food could irritate some pets. This is usually because you switched your dog’s food too quickly or because the ingredients don’t agree with them. You can generally tell if the food isn’t settling in their stomach well by watching for a few side effects. These include:

      • Loose stool
      • Diarrhea
      • Loss of appetite
      • Flatulence
      • Excessive coughing or sneezing

      Besides obvious symptoms, sometimes dog food might cause hidden reactions, especially within their skin and ears. If you notice that your cane corso is itching a lot, has red skin patches, or sudden ear infections, it could be due to the new food.

      To prevent these uncomfortable side effects, you should slowly introduce your dog to the new food. By doing so, it will help their stomach to gradually adjust to the new ingredients. In addition to this, it will allow you to monitor them for signs of irritation or an allergic reaction.

      What is Bloat and How Do I Prevent It?

      Bloat is a common problem among dogs, especially large breeds. It’s caused by many things, but mainly when your pup eats too many carbohydrates or has been given too much food.

      Bloat causes their stomach to expand and fill up with air and gas. Unfortunately, canines can’t release this pressure naturally. Instead, it will continue to expand and cause your dog’s stomach to become enlarged. If not immediately fixed, bloat can become painful and could be fatal because it will block their circulation.

      Many dog foods work to make their blends with ingredients that prevent bloat. Many options will increase the amount of calcium and specific vitamins in the food that can dissolve gas. Moist food is also ideal because it digests quickly, unlike kibble, that might swell in their stomach.

      To prevent bloat in your cane corso, check to see if the kibble contains calcium. You might also want to slowly feed your dog small portions of their meal rather than giving them the full amount at once.

      Can I Feed My Cane Corso Additional Food?

      You can add more food to your cane corso’s meals if you want to boost their protein, iron, or calcium amounts. Some good options to add include spinach, broccoli, beans, blueberries, apples, eggs, and sardines.

      These items can be especially beneficial if you plan to feed your dog dry food as they will provide fresh nutrients to their body.

      How Do Omega-3 and Omega-6 Differ?

      As you inspect the ingredients in dog food you’ll notice that many contain omega-3 and omega-6. These fatty acids are essential for your dog’s health because they improve their eye, brain, and skin health. These omegas can also enhance their cognitive functioning.

      Omega-3 and omega-6 are somewhat similar, but there are slight differences in their composition. Omega-3 contains large amounts of alpha-linolenic acid, eicosapentaenoic acid, and docosahexaenoic acid. These focus on improving your dog’s immune system and heart health.

      Omega-6 has linoleic acid, gamma-linolenic acid, dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid, and arachidonic acid. Unlike omega-3, omega-6 prevents blood clotting and can help lubricate joints. This makes it beneficial for pets who might suffer from arthritis.

      Conclusion

      Cane corso are docile dogs that have a voracious appetite. While it’s easy to give them basic dog food, it’s important to feed them high protein meals with plenty of vegetables to ensure they stay active and healthy.

      If you’re on the search for some of the best food to give yours, consider the options above. They’re not only packed with tasty ingredients but plenty of vitamins and minerals.

      The post What is the Best Dog Food for Cane Corso? appeared first on Pet Reviews.

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      Sat, 26 Nov 2022 08:30:47 -0800 Dog-Fancier
      141: What about my food? https://thedogvisitor.com/141-what-about-my-food https://thedogvisitor.com/141-what-about-my-food For Christmas 2021, TOWTLH got something called an ‘air dryer’ though I have learnt over the last 12 months that these have nothing to-do with frying.

      She seems to like it and, in fact, has become quite evangelical about recommending one to others.

      She has been dropping hints recently about another device called a ‘slow cooker’. This seems odd since one of the attributes she claims for the air fryer is its speed.

      The point I wish to make is that none of these devices has any impact on my life, my food.

      I still get my pellets of dried food - like an astronaut.

      I’m not really complaining but it does seem as though TOWTLH pays a lot more attention to the food she prepares for other humans  than the food she prepares for her (allegedly) favourite dog.

      I know you regular readers won’t be surprised at this. Its the old ‘one rule for humans one rule for dogs’ syndrome.

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      Sat, 26 Nov 2022 06:45:11 -0800 Dog-Fancier
      Top 10 Best Goldendoodle Breeders In Maine (ME) https://thedogvisitor.com/top-10-best-goldendoodle-breeders-in-maine-me https://thedogvisitor.com/top-10-best-goldendoodle-breeders-in-maine-me Goldendoodles are incredible family companions that have truly caught the attention of people all over. They are happy, intelligent, well-tempered creatures and it’s no surprise they are the most sought-after doodle breed in the United States. Getting a Goldendoodle requires more than simply going to a breeder and picking the most beautiful or adorable pups …

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      Sat, 26 Nov 2022 05:21:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
      Why Does My Puppy Have Loose Stools at Night? (2022) 7 Reasons https://thedogvisitor.com/why-does-my-puppy-have-loose-stools-at-night-2022-7-reasons https://thedogvisitor.com/why-does-my-puppy-have-loose-stools-at-night-2022-7-reasons Sat, 26 Nov 2022 02:12:57 -0800 Dog-Fancier Walking Dandruff In Dogs – Causes, Symptoms, & Treatment https://thedogvisitor.com/walking-dandruff-in-dogs-causes-symptoms-treatment https://thedogvisitor.com/walking-dandruff-in-dogs-causes-symptoms-treatment The post Walking Dandruff In Dogs – Causes, Symptoms, & Treatment appeared first on Petmoo.

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      Sat, 26 Nov 2022 01:06:55 -0800 Dog-Fancier
      The Easiest Dog Breeds: An Informative Guide https://thedogvisitor.com/the-easiest-dog-breeds-an-informative-guide https://thedogvisitor.com/the-easiest-dog-breeds-an-informative-guide The post The Easiest Dog Breeds: An Informative Guide appeared first on Petdogplanet - The place for dog breeds and expert pet advice.

      Did you know that Americans adopt around 4.1 million dogs each year?

      Although all types of dogs are lovable, it’s important for prospective pet owners to do their research so they can find the best breeds for their lifestyle. This will ensure that both you and your dog are as happy as possible together.

      easiest dog breeds

      Do you feel a little intimidated by the idea of adopting a dog for the first time? Continue reading this guide to learn about some of the easiest dog breeds to take care of so you can find your perfect companion.

      Golden Retrievers

      Golden retrievers are one of the best dog breeds of all time. They get along with everyone, which means that your golden will have no trouble fitting into your unique household. Golden retrievers are happiest when they make their owners happy, so they’re easy to train.

      Poodles

      If you’re passionate about getting a dog that can learn anything, then you can never go wrong with adopting a poodle. This elegant breed is super intelligent so they can learn tricks fast. They’re loyal to their owner, and they’re sure to become your best friend.

      Greyhounds

      A common misconception about greyhounds is that they’re challenging to own. They may have a reputation for racing, but these lazy dogs love to be couch potatoes after a short run. They don’t require much grooming as well, which makes them a perfect dog for new owners.

      Bichon Frise

      Taking care of a dog can seem less intimidating when you’re working with small breeds. If you want a little lap dog, then the bichon frise will be thrilled to cuddle with you all day. These pups are playful and kind to everyone.

      French Bulldogs

      Frenchies are one of the most adopted dogs out there since they’re so versatile. They can thrive in apartments or homes, and they’re excited to join any family. You can even train them to use outdoor pee pads for dogs with ease to make potty time less messy.

      Miniature Schnauzers

      Miniature schnauzers are such a lovable breed because they have a charming and distinct appearance. Your little friend will be obedient, smart, kind, and affectionate. This breed is also quite healthy, so you don’t have to worry about your companion leaving you too soon.

      Labrador Retrievers

      Labrador retrievers are big angels who want to spend all of their time cuddling with their owners. They tend to be quiet and well-behaved, which means that you can take them on adventures wherever pets are allowed. Although these dogs are laid-back, keep in mind that they are an active breed that is happiest when they can play and run.

      These Are Some of the Easiest Dog Breeds to Own

      You’ll be surprised by how much better your life becomes after you adopt a dog. After learning about some of the easiest dog breeds to own, you can find a friend who will give you so much love without asking for much in return.

      Want more pet advice? Browse our blog!

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      Sat, 26 Nov 2022 01:02:00 -0800 Dog-Fancier
      Top 10 Best Goldendoodle Breeders in Kentucky (KY) https://thedogvisitor.com/top-10-best-goldendoodle-breeders-in-kentucky-ky https://thedogvisitor.com/top-10-best-goldendoodle-breeders-in-kentucky-ky The Golden Retriever Poodle mix is a great dog for most families living in the United States of America. Its various sizes offer variety when it comes to preference and its hypoallergenic coat makes it the perfect dog for dog lovers and owners who are allergic to the hair of a dog coat. All in …

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      Fri, 25 Nov 2022 20:14:11 -0800 Dog-Fancier
      10 Best Fresh Dog Food Brands for Dogues De Bordeaux in 2022 https://thedogvisitor.com/10-best-fresh-dog-food-brands-for-dogues-de-bordeaux-in-2022 https://thedogvisitor.com/10-best-fresh-dog-food-brands-for-dogues-de-bordeaux-in-2022 best fresh dog food for Dogues De Bordeaux
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      Feeding your Dogue De Bordeaux the best fresh dog food can have a big impact on their overall health. There are so many brands out there, but many Dogue De Bordeaux parents are wary of the processed ingredients used in them. Have you ever considered making homemade food for your Dogue De Bordeaux but didn’t have enough time or knowledge to do it? If so, the best fresh dog food brands might be for you.

      Fresh dog food is a great way to give your Dogue De Bordeaux a balanced diet with human-grade ingredients, but how do you know which brand is the best for your pup? Let’s take a look at the qualities of fresh dog food along with some popular brands.

      best fresh dog food for Dogues De Bordeaux

      What is Fresh Dog Food?

      Fresh dog food usually refers to pet food that’s made with natural ingredients cooked at a lower temperature to preserve the nutrients. Thus, it doesn’t contain the additives and preservatives that are often in kibble.

      Most fresh dog food brands will make a custom formula for your Dogue De Bordeaux based on its lifestyle, and it’ll get delivered right to your door. Most formulas are made from scratch shortly before shipping, which is why it’s called “fresh” food.

      Some Dogue De Bordeaux parents are hesitant to try fresh dog food because it can be pricier than processed dry or wet food, but it makes up for it because of the quality ingredients and the personalization.

      Benefits of Fresh Dog Food for Dogues De Bordeaux

      Every type of dog food has its advantages and disadvantages. These pros and cons might help you decide if fresh dog food is right for you and your Dogue De Bordeaux.

      best fresh dog food for Dogues De Bordeaux

      Pros

      • Customizable – Fresh dog food brands usually personalize meals to fit your dog’s needs. This will ensure that your Dogue De Bordeaux gets proper portions and nutrients while avoiding sensitivities.
      • Fresh Ingredients – The ingredients are fresh, natural, and minimally processed, giving your dog the maximum nutrients possible. You’ll know exactly what ingredients are going into your Dogue De Bordeaux‘s tummy.
      • Good for Picky Eaters – Fresh food is more flavorful than kibble, making it appealing even for picky Dogue De Bordeaux pups.
      • Delivered to Your Door – Most brands deliver their fresh food right to your door on a set schedule, so you don’t have to carry home heavy dog food bags anymore.

      Cons

      • Pricey – Fresh food tends to be more expensive than kibble, so it might not be ideal for Dogue De Bordeaux parents on a budget.
      • Short Shelf Life – Since fresh food doesn’t have as many preservatives as kibble, it doesn’t last as long. It usually needs to be refrigerated or frozen to stay fresh. So, it will need to be delivered more frequently than other types of food would.
      • Needs to be Refrigerated – The food needs to stay cold to stay fresh, so it could be an inconvenience for storing during travel.

      What to Look For in Fresh Foods for Your Dogue De Bordeaux

      Looking closely at the features of each dog food brand can help you narrow down your choices. So, here are a few aspects to choose from when selecting the best fresh dog food delivery.

      Ingredients

      Ingredients are important in any dog food. Many dogs have favorite flavors or ingredients they’re allergic to. So, by examining the ingredients listed, you can decide if the food is something that will be safe and interesting for your Dogue De Bordeaux. Luckily, many of the best fresh dog food brands offer customizable meal plans to make sure the ingredients cater to your Dogue De Bordeaux‘s needs.

      Customizable

      For many Dogue De Bordeaux parents, having personalized meals is important. If the meals are catered to your pup’s needs, they’re more likely to be beneficial. Plus, customizable meals help many dog parents feel at ease knowing exactly what’s going into the food. If this aspect is important to you, choose a fresh dog food brand that offers custom meal plans.

      best fresh dog food for Dogues De Bordeaux

      Price

      It’s no secret that fresh dog food can be pricey, but some options cost more than others. The more customizable the food is, the more expensive it will likely be. Food that’s shipped to your door may also cost more than fresh food sold at stores. If you’re on a budget, you may need to consider the prices closely when making your decision. Usually, the higher prices have better quality, but more affordable options can still provide health benefits.

      Delivery

      Fresh pet food usually offers delivery options, so the food can be shipped frozen right to your door. Delivery is more convenient than picking food up at a store, but it may also cost more. So, decide if delivery is a priority to you when selecting a brand.

      Contact

      Finally, the company’s customer service is an aspect that shouldn’t be ignored. If you have questions about the company or concerns about your order, it should be easy to reach out to them and get help. The best fresh dog food companies are usually happy to send you a new order if something goes wrong. Check the company’s reviews to see how other people rated their communication.

      Best Fresh Dog Food Brands for Dogues De Bordeaux

      Now that you know what to expect when buying fresh dog food, let’s take a look at some options. Here are ten of the best fresh dog food brands that can help keep your furry friend healthy.

      1. Ollie

      Ollie fresh dog food

      Ollie’s subscription food is catered to your dog’s nutritional needs. New customers will fill out a quiz about their dog so Ollie can send them a starter box with personalized food based on their dog’s age, breed, and activity level. Then, customers can get their Dogue De Bordeaux‘s food delivered to them on a set schedule. The food arrives frozen, so pet parents can let it thaw when it’s time to feed it to their pups.

      The food comes with feeding instructions that are both detailed and easy to understand. Ollie has beef, chicken, turkey, and lamb proteins available. They also have treats and supplements that can be purchased by members and delivered alongside their fresh meals.

      The food is always made in small batches at USDA kitchens using human-grade ingredients. Ollie’s protein-packed recipes are carefully crafted with whole foods and slow-cooked for maximum nutrition and flavor. When recommending a meal plan, Ollie’s team will take crucial aspects into account, such as weight goals and allergies.

      Benefits:

      • Personalized for your dog
      • Ships on a set schedule – you can choose how often you want food deliveries
      • Formulated by a canine nutritionist
      • Comes with a scoop and puptainer to help you portion and store meals
      • Uses human-grade ingredients
      • Made in USDA kitchens
      • Comes with detailed feeding instructions
      • Ollie’s subscription food is catered to your Dogue De Bordeaux pup’s needs. New customers will fill out a quiz about their dog so Ollie can send them a starter box with personalized food. Then, customers can get their dog’s food delivered to them on a set schedule. The food arrives frozen, so pet parents can let it thaw when it’s time to feed it to their pups.

        2. Nom Nom

        Nom Nom fresh dog food

        Nom Nom has the easiest system to use. The meals are portioned in compact vacuum-sealed bags, so all you have to do is open the packaging and pour the meal into your Dogue De Bordeaux pup’s bowl. Their meals can include beef, chicken, pork, or turkey.

        You’ll start by telling Nom Nom about your dog. Then, they’ll formulate meals that cater to your Dogue De Bordeaux‘s needs. They’ll regularly ship the fresh food to your door while keeping it cold until you use it.

        The recipes only use natural ingredients like meat and vegetables. The food is packed with essential nutrients and no filler ingredients. Nom Nom uses a colorful blend of only human-grade ingredients that are USDA-certified.

        Benefits:

        • Personalized for your dog
        • Servings are individually packaged
        • Recipes are formulated by a veterinarian and nutritionist
        • Ingredients are natural and human-grade
        • Food is delivered to your door and kept cold

        3. Raised Right

        Raised Right only sells fresh, human-grade dog and cat food. The food is slow-cooked on low heat, so it can hold its moisture and nutrients while still meeting all the required health and safety standards. For dogs, they sell beef, turkey, chicken, or pork as the primary protein. The recipes are designed by vets and canine nutritionists, and they have limited ingredients to make them a great option for dogs with sensitive stomachs.

        This brand doesn’t sell any already-made formulas, but instead, they create a custom meal plan based on your Dogue De Bordeaux‘s needs. The questionnaire isn’t as thorough as it is for other personalized fresh food brands. The frozen food is shipped to your door. You’ll need to defrost it overnight and scoop out your pup’s portion to serve their meal. If you don’t want to serve only this food to your Dogue De Bordeaux, you can set up a meal plan that allows you to mix the fresh food with your dog’s dry food.

        Transparency is important to this brand. On their website, they have a map that shows you where each ingredient is sourced from. Each batch goes through strict lab safety testing before being shipped to customers, and the food is always prepared in USDA-certified kitchens.

        Benefits:

        • Personalized food for your Dogue De Bordeaux
        • Shipped to your door
        • Made in USDA-certified kitchens
        • Website shows a map of where all ingredients are sourced from
        • Good for dogs with sensitive stomachs

        4. A Pup Above

        A Pup Above fresh food

        A Pup Above sells dry dog food, but they’re best known for their fresh dog food. You can also buy combos of the dry and fresh food. This brand doesn’t provide a personalized service like some of the other brands, but you can save money if you get a subscription. The food is delivered in frozen packages to your door, but a few stores also sell it.

        This brand uses sous vide cooking, which means “under vacuum” in French. The food is vacuum sealed and cooked at a precise temperature to preserve the flavor and nutrients. When you receive the food, you can let it thaw in the fridge overnight before your Dogue De Bordeaux‘s next meal.

        The fresh food options come in beef, pork, turkey, or chicken. You’ll determine how many patties to give your Dogue De Bordeaux based on their weight. All the formulas are created by a veterinary nutritionist, and they’re only ideal for adult dogs, not puppies.

        Benefits:

        • Sous vide cooking
        • Shipped to your door and available in some stores
        • Crafted by a veterinary nutritionist
        • Only made with human-grade ingredients
        • Made in a USDA-approved kitchen

        5. Spot & Tango

        Spot & Tango Fresh Food

        Spot & Tango sells two types of food: traditional fresh food and Unkibble. Unkibble is a more affordable fresh food option that resembles kibble, but only uses fresh, whole ingredients. Unkibble has recipes with fish, beef, and chicken, while the traditional fresh food comes with turkey, beef, or lamb.

        Both types of fresh food are personalized based on your Dogue De Bordeaux‘s needs before they’re sent to you. All you need to do is fill out a questionnaire about your dog, and the brand will create a personalized meal plan. Both types of food use human-grade ingredients, and they’re formulated by veterinarians and animal nutritionists.

        Once you set up a meal plan for your Dogue De Bordeaux, you can get the food shipped to your door. The fresh food arrives frozen, and the Unkibble is a unique type of fresh food that’s dry. The slim packaging of the traditional fresh food comes in serving sizes, so it’s clear how much you need to feed your dog per meal. You’ll find whole ingredients in the dog food.

        Benefits:

        • Has two types of fresh food: traditional recipes and Unkibble
        • Ships to your door in slim packaging
        • Personalized for your Dogue De Bordeaux
        • Formulated by vets and animal nutritionists
        • Made with human-grade ingredients

        6. Open Farm

        Open Farm fresh food recipe

        Open Farm is a pet food brand with a variety of products, including dry food, wet food, freeze-dried raw food, treats, supplements, and toppers. Yet, they also have a “gently cooked” dog food option, which is one of the best fresh dog foods. The Gently Cooked dog food is slow-cooked to preserve the nutrients of its human-grade ingredients.

        This brand has four fresh dog food recipes: beef, chicken, turkey, and surf & turf. The recyclable food packaging is transparent, so you can see the variety of ingredients before you open the package. The lot code on the packaging traces every ingredient to its source, so you’ll know exactly what your Dogue De Bordeaux is consuming. All the meat comes from humanely-raised animals.

        You can get the food shipped to your door, or you can find it in select stores. It’s shipped frozen to preserve the freshness. Open Farm doesn’t provide customizable plans like some of the other brands, but you can fill out a quick questionnaire on the website to calculate a custom serving size for your Dogue De Bordeaux pup. The company focuses on sustainability by making an effort to reduce its carbon footprint.

        Benefits:

        • Ships to your door and is offered at select stores
        • Uses human-grade ingredients
        • Has recyclable packaging
        • All ingredients can be traced to their source
        • Calculates your Dogue De Bordeaux‘s custom serving size for you

        7. The Farmer’s Dog

        Farmer's Dog fresh food

        The Farmer’s Dog is another fresh food subscription service that will ship right to your door. The brand works with vet nutritionists to build a plan for your Dogue De Bordeaux based on the information you provide. They can ship to the 48 contiguous states on a continuous schedule.

        The food arrives at your door frozen in ready-to-serve, biodegradable packages. The feeding and storing instructions are easy to follow, and they have your dog’s name on them, so you know you’re getting their special meal.

        All the ingredients used in these meals are human-grade, and the meals are made in a USDA-approved kitchen in the United States. This brand has turkey, beef, chicken, and pork formulas, all of which are made with no fillers or preservatives.

        Benefits:

        • Has eco-friendly packaging
        • Personalized for your Dogue De Bordeaux
        • Vet nutritionists help formulate the meals
        • Only made with human-grade ingredients
        • Food is delivered to your door frozen
        • Made in USDA-approved kitchens

         

        8. PetPlate

        PetPlate fresh dog food

        PetPlate is another fresh dog food delivery brand that personalizes your Dogue De Bordeaux pup’s meals. You can share some characteristics about your dog, and they will craft a meal that’s healthy and appealing to them. The meals are always made with human-grade ingredients in a USDA kitchen. The food is flash-frozen before shipping to lock in the freshness.

        Dogue De Bordeaux parents can choose a full meal plan or a topper plan. The meals may include beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, pork, or venison as the animal protein. Customers can also build their own packs of supplements and organic treats if they choose.

        All the meals are shipped in recyclable containers that have resealable lids, making it easy to save extra food for later. The feeding guidelines for the personalized meals are printed on the containers.

        Benefits:

        • Comes in recyclable containers
        • Personalized for your dog
        • Uses human-grade ingredients
        • Flash-frozen and shipped to your door
        • Made in a USDA kitchen

        9. JustFoodForDogs

        Just Food for Dogs

        JustFoodForDogs is one of the best fresh dog food companies for variety. They offer many unique recipes, including options for dogs with special needs, like puppies, large breed dogs, dogs with sensitive skin, and dogs that need to lose weight. They can also create a custom diet for your Dogue De Bordeaux if you do a free consultation.

        Some other products include treats, supplements, and food for cats. All products are designed by canine nutritionists. The food is made in a kitchen that’s open to the public, so curious Dogue De Bordeaux parents can visit the facility to see how the food is made. In each recipe, you can see a colorful assortment of healthy ingredients, including meat and vegetables. So, you’ll never have to wonder what’s going into your pup’s tummy.

        These meals may use chicken, beef, turkey, lamb, venison, or fish as the animal protein source. The food is shipped to your door frozen in a thermal bag with ice. They come with informational pamphlets to help you successfully serve and transition the new food. If you want the food on a regular schedule, you can set up Autoship and choose how often you want dog food to arrive at your door. A few stores sell this food in person as well.

        Benefits:

        • Can choose from recipes or get personalized meals
        • Designed by canine nutritionists
        • Shipped to your door as often as you choose (or offered at some stores)
        • Made in open-to-the-public kitchens
        • Made with human-grade ingredients and no preservatives
        • Offers full box shipping as an environmentally-conscious option

        10. Evermore

        Evermore boxes of dog food

        Evermore has four recipes Dogue De Bordeaux parents can choose from: chicken, beef, turkey, and lamb. These meals are great for dogs with sensitive stomachs because they don’t include common allergens, such as corn, soy, and potatoes. The beef comes from grass-fed cows, and the chicken and turkey are free-range.

        This food comes in compact packaging that includes slim cardboard boxes and vacuum-sealed bags of food inside. The food is shipped frozen, and large cases can be shipped on a subscription basis. Select retailers in the United States also offer this food in-store. The serving sizes are listed on the box.

        Evermore crafts its recipes using “a rainbow array of color” as a way to include a variety of ingredients that have all the necessary vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Evermore is a smaller business compared to some of the other fresh dog food brands, and they partner with local rescues to provide food to foster dogs.

        Benefits:

        • Compact packaging
        • Ships to your door and is available at some stores
        • Good for sensitive dogs
        • Donates food to foster dogs
        • Sources ingredients from humane and sustainable operations

        How to Transition Your Dogue De Bordeaux‘s Food

        When you switch your Dogue De Bordeaux to a drastically different diet, there’s a chance they could get sick. So, if you switch your dog from kibble to fresh food, their tummy may not react well. Even though fresh dog food uses healthy human-grade ingredients, it’s drastically different than your dog’s dry food. Thus, you’ll need to carefully transition them to the new food to avoid digestive problems.

        Many of the brands have information on how to transition the food on their website, and their customer service teams may be willing to give you advice too. But here’s a general schedule you can follow when transitioning your dog to a new diet:

        • Days 1 and 2: 80% old food, 20% new food
        • Days 3 and 4: 60% old food, 40% new food
        • Days 5 and 6: 40% old food, 60% new food
        • Days 7 and 8: 20% old food, 80% new food
        • Day 9: 100% new food

        This is a more cautious schedule, but the more gradual the transition is, the less likely your Dogue De Bordeaux will react negatively. You can adjust this schedule based on your pup’s needs. If your dog is more sensitive to new foods, you may want to make the transition even more gradual. On the other hand, if your dog rarely has digestion problems, the process doesn’t have to be as slow. It all depends on your furry friend’s specific needs.

        Dog eating out of bowl

        Choosing the Best Fresh Dog Food

        The best fresh dog food will be different for every dog. Look at the benefits of all the brands mentioned above to help you decide which one will be the healthiest and most appealing for your Dogue De Bordeaux pup.

        Fresh dog food is great for your furry friend because it has natural ingredients you can feel comfortable giving your pup. Many brands will make the process even easier by shipping customized meals right to your door.

        If you’ve been thinking about improving your Dogue De Bordeaux‘s diet, consider switching them to a fresh dog food brand to reap the health, taste, and convenience benefits.

        Related: Best Dehydrated Dog Foods of 2022

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        Fri, 25 Nov 2022 15:22:56 -0800 Dog-Fancier
        10 Best Fresh Dog Food Brands for Dobermans in 2022 https://thedogvisitor.com/10-best-fresh-dog-food-brands-for-dobermans-in-2022 https://thedogvisitor.com/10-best-fresh-dog-food-brands-for-dobermans-in-2022 best fresh dog food for Dobermans
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        Feeding your Doberman the best fresh dog food can have a big impact on their overall health. There are so many brands out there, but many Doberman parents are wary of the processed ingredients used in them. Have you ever considered making homemade food for your Doberman but didn’t have enough time or knowledge to do it? If so, the best fresh dog food brands might be for you.

        Fresh dog food is a great way to give your Doberman a balanced diet with human-grade ingredients, but how do you know which brand is the best for your pup? Let’s take a look at the qualities of fresh dog food along with some popular brands.

        best fresh dog food for Dobermans

        What is Fresh Dog Food?

        Fresh dog food usually refers to pet food that’s made with natural ingredients cooked at a lower temperature to preserve the nutrients. Thus, it doesn’t contain the additives and preservatives that are often in kibble.

        Most fresh dog food brands will make a custom formula for your Doberman based on its lifestyle, and it’ll get delivered right to your door. Most formulas are made from scratch shortly before shipping, which is why it’s called “fresh” food.

        Some Doberman parents are hesitant to try fresh dog food because it can be pricier than processed dry or wet food, but it makes up for it because of the quality ingredients and the personalization.

        Benefits of Fresh Dog Food for Dobermans

        Every type of dog food has its advantages and disadvantages. These pros and cons might help you decide if fresh dog food is right for you and your Doberman.

        best fresh dog food for Dobermans

        Pros

        • Customizable – Fresh dog food brands usually personalize meals to fit your dog’s needs. This will ensure that your Doberman gets proper portions and nutrients while avoiding sensitivities.
        • Fresh Ingredients – The ingredients are fresh, natural, and minimally processed, giving your dog the maximum nutrients possible. You’ll know exactly what ingredients are going into your Doberman‘s tummy.
        • Good for Picky Eaters – Fresh food is more flavorful than kibble, making it appealing even for picky Doberman pups.
        • Delivered to Your Door – Most brands deliver their fresh food right to your door on a set schedule, so you don’t have to carry home heavy dog food bags anymore.

        Cons

        • Pricey – Fresh food tends to be more expensive than kibble, so it might not be ideal for Doberman parents on a budget.
        • Short Shelf Life – Since fresh food doesn’t have as many preservatives as kibble, it doesn’t last as long. It usually needs to be refrigerated or frozen to stay fresh. So, it will need to be delivered more frequently than other types of food would.
        • Needs to be Refrigerated – The food needs to stay cold to stay fresh, so it could be an inconvenience for storing during travel.

        What to Look For in Fresh Foods for Your Doberman

        Looking closely at the features of each dog food brand can help you narrow down your choices. So, here are a few aspects to choose from when selecting the best fresh dog food delivery.

        Ingredients

        Ingredients are important in any dog food. Many dogs have favorite flavors or ingredients they’re allergic to. So, by examining the ingredients listed, you can decide if the food is something that will be safe and interesting for your Doberman. Luckily, many of the best fresh dog food brands offer customizable meal plans to make sure the ingredients cater to your Doberman‘s needs.

        Customizable

        For many Doberman parents, having personalized meals is important. If the meals are catered to your pup’s needs, they’re more likely to be beneficial. Plus, customizable meals help many dog parents feel at ease knowing exactly what’s going into the food. If this aspect is important to you, choose a fresh dog food brand that offers custom meal plans.

        best fresh dog food for Dobermans

        Price

        It’s no secret that fresh dog food can be pricey, but some options cost more than others. The more customizable the food is, the more expensive it will likely be. Food that’s shipped to your door may also cost more than fresh food sold at stores. If you’re on a budget, you may need to consider the prices closely when making your decision. Usually, the higher prices have better quality, but more affordable options can still provide health benefits.

        Delivery

        Fresh pet food usually offers delivery options, so the food can be shipped frozen right to your door. Delivery is more convenient than picking food up at a store, but it may also cost more. So, decide if delivery is a priority to you when selecting a brand.

        Contact

        Finally, the company’s customer service is an aspect that shouldn’t be ignored. If you have questions about the company or concerns about your order, it should be easy to reach out to them and get help. The best fresh dog food companies are usually happy to send you a new order if something goes wrong. Check the company’s reviews to see how other people rated their communication.

        Best Fresh Dog Food Brands for Dobermans

        Now that you know what to expect when buying fresh dog food, let’s take a look at some options. Here are ten of the best fresh dog food brands that can help keep your furry friend healthy.

        1. Ollie

        Ollie fresh dog food

        Ollie’s subscription food is catered to your dog’s nutritional needs. New customers will fill out a quiz about their dog so Ollie can send them a starter box with personalized food based on their dog’s age, breed, and activity level. Then, customers can get their Doberman‘s food delivered to them on a set schedule. The food arrives frozen, so pet parents can let it thaw when it’s time to feed it to their pups.

        The food comes with feeding instructions that are both detailed and easy to understand. Ollie has beef, chicken, turkey, and lamb proteins available. They also have treats and supplements that can be purchased by members and delivered alongside their fresh meals.

        The food is always made in small batches at USDA kitchens using human-grade ingredients. Ollie’s protein-packed recipes are carefully crafted with whole foods and slow-cooked for maximum nutrition and flavor. When recommending a meal plan, Ollie’s team will take crucial aspects into account, such as weight goals and allergies.

        Benefits:

        • Personalized for your dog
        • Ships on a set schedule – you can choose how often you want food deliveries
        • Formulated by a canine nutritionist
        • Comes with a scoop and puptainer to help you portion and store meals
        • Uses human-grade ingredients
        • Made in USDA kitchens
        • Comes with detailed feeding instructions
        • Ollie’s subscription food is catered to your Doberman pup’s needs. New customers will fill out a quiz about their dog so Ollie can send them a starter box with personalized food. Then, customers can get their dog’s food delivered to them on a set schedule. The food arrives frozen, so pet parents can let it thaw when it’s time to feed it to their pups.

          2. Nom Nom

          Nom Nom fresh dog food

          Nom Nom has the easiest system to use. The meals are portioned in compact vacuum-sealed bags, so all you have to do is open the packaging and pour the meal into your Doberman pup’s bowl. Their meals can include beef, chicken, pork, or turkey.

          You’ll start by telling Nom Nom about your dog. Then, they’ll formulate meals that cater to your Doberman‘s needs. They’ll regularly ship the fresh food to your door while keeping it cold until you use it.

          The recipes only use natural ingredients like meat and vegetables. The food is packed with essential nutrients and no filler ingredients. Nom Nom uses a colorful blend of only human-grade ingredients that are USDA-certified.

          Benefits:

          • Personalized for your dog
          • Servings are individually packaged
          • Recipes are formulated by a veterinarian and nutritionist
          • Ingredients are natural and human-grade
          • Food is delivered to your door and kept cold

          3. Raised Right

          Raised Right only sells fresh, human-grade dog and cat food. The food is slow-cooked on low heat, so it can hold its moisture and nutrients while still meeting all the required health and safety standards. For dogs, they sell beef, turkey, chicken, or pork as the primary protein. The recipes are designed by vets and canine nutritionists, and they have limited ingredients to make them a great option for dogs with sensitive stomachs.

          This brand doesn’t sell any already-made formulas, but instead, they create a custom meal plan based on your Doberman‘s needs. The questionnaire isn’t as thorough as it is for other personalized fresh food brands. The frozen food is shipped to your door. You’ll need to defrost it overnight and scoop out your pup’s portion to serve their meal. If you don’t want to serve only this food to your Doberman, you can set up a meal plan that allows you to mix the fresh food with your dog’s dry food.

          Transparency is important to this brand. On their website, they have a map that shows you where each ingredient is sourced from. Each batch goes through strict lab safety testing before being shipped to customers, and the food is always prepared in USDA-certified kitchens.

          Benefits:

          • Personalized food for your Doberman
          • Shipped to your door
          • Made in USDA-certified kitchens
          • Website shows a map of where all ingredients are sourced from
          • Good for dogs with sensitive stomachs

          4. A Pup Above

          A Pup Above fresh food

          A Pup Above sells dry dog food, but they’re best known for their fresh dog food. You can also buy combos of the dry and fresh food. This brand doesn’t provide a personalized service like some of the other brands, but you can save money if you get a subscription. The food is delivered in frozen packages to your door, but a few stores also sell it.

          This brand uses sous vide cooking, which means “under vacuum” in French. The food is vacuum sealed and cooked at a precise temperature to preserve the flavor and nutrients. When you receive the food, you can let it thaw in the fridge overnight before your Doberman‘s next meal.

          The fresh food options come in beef, pork, turkey, or chicken. You’ll determine how many patties to give your Doberman based on their weight. All the formulas are created by a veterinary nutritionist, and they’re only ideal for adult dogs, not puppies.

          Benefits:

          • Sous vide cooking
          • Shipped to your door and available in some stores
          • Crafted by a veterinary nutritionist
          • Only made with human-grade ingredients
          • Made in a USDA-approved kitchen

          5. Spot & Tango

          Spot & Tango Fresh Food

          Spot & Tango sells two types of food: traditional fresh food and Unkibble. Unkibble is a more affordable fresh food option that resembles kibble, but only uses fresh, whole ingredients. Unkibble has recipes with fish, beef, and chicken, while the traditional fresh food comes with turkey, beef, or lamb.

          Both types of fresh food are personalized based on your Doberman‘s needs before they’re sent to you. All you need to do is fill out a questionnaire about your dog, and the brand will create a personalized meal plan. Both types of food use human-grade ingredients, and they’re formulated by veterinarians and animal nutritionists.

          Once you set up a meal plan for your Doberman, you can get the food shipped to your door. The fresh food arrives frozen, and the Unkibble is a unique type of fresh food that’s dry. The slim packaging of the traditional fresh food comes in serving sizes, so it’s clear how much you need to feed your dog per meal. You’ll find whole ingredients in the dog food.

          Benefits:

          • Has two types of fresh food: traditional recipes and Unkibble
          • Ships to your door in slim packaging
          • Personalized for your Doberman
          • Formulated by vets and animal nutritionists
          • Made with human-grade ingredients

          6. Open Farm

          Open Farm fresh food recipe

          Open Farm is a pet food brand with a variety of products, including dry food, wet food, freeze-dried raw food, treats, supplements, and toppers. Yet, they also have a “gently cooked” dog food option, which is one of the best fresh dog foods. The Gently Cooked dog food is slow-cooked to preserve the nutrients of its human-grade ingredients.

          This brand has four fresh dog food recipes: beef, chicken, turkey, and surf & turf. The recyclable food packaging is transparent, so you can see the variety of ingredients before you open the package. The lot code on the packaging traces every ingredient to its source, so you’ll know exactly what your Doberman is consuming. All the meat comes from humanely-raised animals.

          You can get the food shipped to your door, or you can find it in select stores. It’s shipped frozen to preserve the freshness. Open Farm doesn’t provide customizable plans like some of the other brands, but you can fill out a quick questionnaire on the website to calculate a custom serving size for your Doberman pup. The company focuses on sustainability by making an effort to reduce its carbon footprint.

          Benefits:

          • Ships to your door and is offered at select stores
          • Uses human-grade ingredients
          • Has recyclable packaging
          • All ingredients can be traced to their source
          • Calculates your Doberman‘s custom serving size for you

          7. The Farmer’s Dog

          Farmer's Dog fresh food

          The Farmer’s Dog is another fresh food subscription service that will ship right to your door. The brand works with vet nutritionists to build a plan for your Doberman based on the information you provide. They can ship to the 48 contiguous states on a continuous schedule.

          The food arrives at your door frozen in ready-to-serve, biodegradable packages. The feeding and storing instructions are easy to follow, and they have your dog’s name on them, so you know you’re getting their special meal.

          All the ingredients used in these meals are human-grade, and the meals are made in a USDA-approved kitchen in the United States. This brand has turkey, beef, chicken, and pork formulas, all of which are made with no fillers or preservatives.

          Benefits:

          • Has eco-friendly packaging
          • Personalized for your Doberman 
          • Vet nutritionists help formulate the meals
          • Only made with human-grade ingredients
          • Food is delivered to your door frozen
          • Made in USDA-approved kitchens

           

          8. PetPlate

          PetPlate fresh dog food

          PetPlate is another fresh dog food delivery brand that personalizes your Doberman pup’s meals. You can share some characteristics about your dog, and they will craft a meal that’s healthy and appealing to them. The meals are always made with human-grade ingredients in a USDA kitchen. The food is flash-frozen before shipping to lock in the freshness.

          Doberman parents can choose a full meal plan or a topper plan. The meals may include beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, pork, or venison as the animal protein. Customers can also build their own packs of supplements and organic treats if they choose.

          All the meals are shipped in recyclable containers that have resealable lids, making it easy to save extra food for later. The feeding guidelines for the personalized meals are printed on the containers.

          Benefits:

          • Comes in recyclable containers
          • Personalized for your dog
          • Uses human-grade ingredients
          • Flash-frozen and shipped to your door
          • Made in a USDA kitchen

          9. JustFoodForDogs

          Just Food for Dogs

          JustFoodForDogs is one of the best fresh dog food companies for variety. They offer many unique recipes, including options for dogs with special needs, like puppies, large breed dogs, dogs with sensitive skin, and dogs that need to lose weight. They can also create a custom diet for your Doberman if you do a free consultation.

          Some other products include treats, supplements, and food for cats. All products are designed by canine nutritionists. The food is made in a kitchen that’s open to the public, so curious Doberman parents can visit the facility to see how the food is made. In each recipe, you can see a colorful assortment of healthy ingredients, including meat and vegetables. So, you’ll never have to wonder what’s going into your pup’s tummy.

          These meals may use chicken, beef, turkey, lamb, venison, or fish as the animal protein source. The food is shipped to your door frozen in a thermal bag with ice. They come with informational pamphlets to help you successfully serve and transition the new food. If you want the food on a regular schedule, you can set up Autoship and choose how often you want dog food to arrive at your door. A few stores sell this food in person as well.

          Benefits:

          • Can choose from recipes or get personalized meals
          • Designed by canine nutritionists
          • Shipped to your door as often as you choose (or offered at some stores)
          • Made in open-to-the-public kitchens
          • Made with human-grade ingredients and no preservatives
          • Offers full box shipping as an environmentally-conscious option

          10. Evermore

          Evermore boxes of dog food

          Evermore has four recipes Doberman parents can choose from: chicken, beef, turkey, and lamb. These meals are great for dogs with sensitive stomachs because they don’t include common allergens, such as corn, soy, and potatoes. The beef comes from grass-fed cows, and the chicken and turkey are free-range.

          This food comes in compact packaging that includes slim cardboard boxes and vacuum-sealed bags of food inside. The food is shipped frozen, and large cases can be shipped on a subscription basis. Select retailers in the United States also offer this food in-store. The serving sizes are listed on the box.

          Evermore crafts its recipes using “a rainbow array of color” as a way to include a variety of ingredients that have all the necessary vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Evermore is a smaller business compared to some of the other fresh dog food brands, and they partner with local rescues to provide food to foster dogs.

          Benefits:

          • Compact packaging
          • Ships to your door and is available at some stores
          • Good for sensitive dogs
          • Donates food to foster dogs
          • Sources ingredients from humane and sustainable operations

          How to Transition Your Doberman‘s Food

          When you switch your Doberman to a drastically different diet, there’s a chance they could get sick. So, if you switch your dog from kibble to fresh food, their tummy may not react well. Even though fresh dog food uses healthy human-grade ingredients, it’s drastically different than your dog’s dry food. Thus, you’ll need to carefully transition them to the new food to avoid digestive problems.

          Many of the brands have information on how to transition the food on their website, and their customer service teams may be willing to give you advice too. But here’s a general schedule you can follow when transitioning your dog to a new diet:

          • Days 1 and 2: 80% old food, 20% new food
          • Days 3 and 4: 60% old food, 40% new food
          • Days 5 and 6: 40% old food, 60% new food
          • Days 7 and 8: 20% old food, 80% new food
          • Day 9: 100% new food

          This is a more cautious schedule, but the more gradual the transition is, the less likely your Doberman will react negatively. You can adjust this schedule based on your pup’s needs. If your dog is more sensitive to new foods, you may want to make the transition even more gradual. On the other hand, if your dog rarely has digestion problems, the process doesn’t have to be as slow. It all depends on your furry friend’s specific needs.

          Dog eating out of bowl

          Choosing the Best Fresh Dog Food

          The best fresh dog food will be different for every dog. Look at the benefits of all the brands mentioned above to help you decide which one will be the healthiest and most appealing for your Doberman pup.

          Fresh dog food is great for your furry friend because it has natural ingredients you can feel comfortable giving your pup. Many brands will make the process even easier by shipping customized meals right to your door.

          If you’ve been thinking about improving your Doberman‘s diet, consider switching them to a fresh dog food brand to reap the health, taste, and convenience benefits.

          Related: Best Dehydrated Dog Foods of 2022

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          Feeding your Dachshund the best fresh dog food can have a big impact on their overall health. There are so many brands out there, but many Dachshund parents are wary of the processed ingredients used in them. Have you ever considered making homemade food for your Dachshund but didn’t have enough time or knowledge to do it? If so, the best fresh dog food brands might be for you.

          Fresh dog food is a great way to give your Dachshund a balanced diet with human-grade ingredients, but how do you know which brand is the best for your pup? Let’s take a look at the qualities of fresh dog food along with some popular brands.

          best fresh dog food for Dachshunds

          What is Fresh Dog Food?

          Fresh dog food usually refers to pet food that’s made with natural ingredients cooked at a lower temperature to preserve the nutrients. Thus, it doesn’t contain the additives and preservatives that are often in kibble.

          Most fresh dog food brands will make a custom formula for your Dachshund based on its lifestyle, and it’ll get delivered right to your door. Most formulas are made from scratch shortly before shipping, which is why it’s called “fresh” food.

          Some Dachshund parents are hesitant to try fresh dog food because it can be pricier than processed dry or wet food, but it makes up for it because of the quality ingredients and the personalization.

          Benefits of Fresh Dog Food for Dachshunds

          Every type of dog food has its advantages and disadvantages. These pros and cons might help you decide if fresh dog food is right for you and your Dachshund.

          best fresh dog food for Dachshunds

          Pros

          • Customizable – Fresh dog food brands usually personalize meals to fit your dog’s needs. This will ensure that your Dachshund gets proper portions and nutrients while avoiding sensitivities.
          • Fresh Ingredients – The ingredients are fresh, natural, and minimally processed, giving your dog the maximum nutrients possible. You’ll know exactly what ingredients are going into your Dachshund‘s tummy.
          • Good for Picky Eaters – Fresh food is more flavorful than kibble, making it appealing even for picky Dachshund pups.
          • Delivered to Your Door – Most brands deliver their fresh food right to your door on a set schedule, so you don’t have to carry home heavy dog food bags anymore.

          Cons

          • Pricey – Fresh food tends to be more expensive than kibble, so it might not be ideal for Dachshund parents on a budget.
          • Short Shelf Life – Since fresh food doesn’t have as many preservatives as kibble, it doesn’t last as long. It usually needs to be refrigerated or frozen to stay fresh. So, it will need to be delivered more frequently than other types of food would.
          • Needs to be Refrigerated – The food needs to stay cold to stay fresh, so it could be an inconvenience for storing during travel.

          What to Look For in Fresh Foods for Your Dachshund

          Looking closely at the features of each dog food brand can help you narrow down your choices. So, here are a few aspects to choose from when selecting the best fresh dog food delivery.

          Ingredients

          Ingredients are important in any dog food. Many dogs have favorite flavors or ingredients they’re allergic to. So, by examining the ingredients listed, you can decide if the food is something that will be safe and interesting for your Dachshund. Luckily, many of the best fresh dog food brands offer customizable meal plans to make sure the ingredients cater to your Dachshund‘s needs.

          Customizable

          For many Dachshund parents, having personalized meals is important. If the meals are catered to your pup’s needs, they’re more likely to be beneficial. Plus, customizable meals help many dog parents feel at ease knowing exactly what’s going into the food. If this aspect is important to you, choose a fresh dog food brand that offers custom meal plans.

          best fresh dog food for Dachshunds

          Price

          It’s no secret that fresh dog food can be pricey, but some options cost more than others. The more customizable the food is, the more expensive it will likely be. Food that’s shipped to your door may also cost more than fresh food sold at stores. If you’re on a budget, you may need to consider the prices closely when making your decision. Usually, the higher prices have better quality, but more affordable options can still provide health benefits.

          Delivery

          Fresh pet food usually offers delivery options, so the food can be shipped frozen right to your door. Delivery is more convenient than picking food up at a store, but it may also cost more. So, decide if delivery is a priority to you when selecting a brand.

          Contact

          Finally, the company’s customer service is an aspect that shouldn’t be ignored. If you have questions about the company or concerns about your order, it should be easy to reach out to them and get help. The best fresh dog food companies are usually happy to send you a new order if something goes wrong. Check the company’s reviews to see how other people rated their communication.

          Best Fresh Dog Food Brands for Dachshunds

          Now that you know what to expect when buying fresh dog food, let’s take a look at some options. Here are ten of the best fresh dog food brands that can help keep your furry friend healthy.

          1. Ollie

          Ollie fresh dog food

          Ollie’s subscription food is catered to your dog’s nutritional needs. New customers will fill out a quiz about their dog so Ollie can send them a starter box with personalized food based on their dog’s age, breed, and activity level. Then, customers can get their Dachshund‘s food delivered to them on a set schedule. The food arrives frozen, so pet parents can let it thaw when it’s time to feed it to their pups.

          The food comes with feeding instructions that are both detailed and easy to understand. Ollie has beef, chicken, turkey, and lamb proteins available. They also have treats and supplements that can be purchased by members and delivered alongside their fresh meals.

          The food is always made in small batches at USDA kitchens using human-grade ingredients. Ollie’s protein-packed recipes are carefully crafted with whole foods and slow-cooked for maximum nutrition and flavor. When recommending a meal plan, Ollie’s team will take crucial aspects into account, such as weight goals and allergies.

          Benefits:

          • Personalized for your dog
          • Ships on a set schedule – you can choose how often you want food deliveries
          • Formulated by a canine nutritionist
          • Comes with a scoop and puptainer to help you portion and store meals
          • Uses human-grade ingredients
          • Made in USDA kitchens
          • Comes with detailed feeding instructions
          • Ollie’s subscription food is catered to your Dachshund pup’s needs. New customers will fill out a quiz about their dog so Ollie can send them a starter box with personalized food. Then, customers can get their dog’s food delivered to them on a set schedule. The food arrives frozen, so pet parents can let it thaw when it’s time to feed it to their pups.

            2. Nom Nom

            Nom Nom fresh dog food

            Nom Nom has the easiest system to use. The meals are portioned in compact vacuum-sealed bags, so all you have to do is open the packaging and pour the meal into your Dachshund pup’s bowl. Their meals can include beef, chicken, pork, or turkey.

            You’ll start by telling Nom Nom about your dog. Then, they’ll formulate meals that cater to your Dachshund‘s needs. They’ll regularly ship the fresh food to your door while keeping it cold until you use it.

            The recipes only use natural ingredients like meat and vegetables. The food is packed with essential nutrients and no filler ingredients. Nom Nom uses a colorful blend of only human-grade ingredients that are USDA-certified.

            Benefits:

            • Personalized for your dog
            • Servings are individually packaged
            • Recipes are formulated by a veterinarian and nutritionist
            • Ingredients are natural and human-grade
            • Food is delivered to your door and kept cold

            3. Raised Right

            Raised Right only sells fresh, human-grade dog and cat food. The food is slow-cooked on low heat, so it can hold its moisture and nutrients while still meeting all the required health and safety standards. For dogs, they sell beef, turkey, chicken, or pork as the primary protein. The recipes are designed by vets and canine nutritionists, and they have limited ingredients to make them a great option for dogs with sensitive stomachs.

            This brand doesn’t sell any already-made formulas, but instead, they create a custom meal plan based on your Dachshund‘s needs. The questionnaire isn’t as thorough as it is for other personalized fresh food brands. The frozen food is shipped to your door. You’ll need to defrost it overnight and scoop out your pup’s portion to serve their meal. If you don’t want to serve only this food to your Dachshund, you can set up a meal plan that allows you to mix the fresh food with your dog’s dry food.

            Transparency is important to this brand. On their website, they have a map that shows you where each ingredient is sourced from. Each batch goes through strict lab safety testing before being shipped to customers, and the food is always prepared in USDA-certified kitchens.

            Benefits:

            • Personalized food for your Dachshund
            • Shipped to your door
            • Made in USDA-certified kitchens
            • Website shows a map of where all ingredients are sourced from
            • Good for dogs with sensitive stomachs

            4. A Pup Above

            A Pup Above fresh food

            A Pup Above sells dry dog food, but they’re best known for their fresh dog food. You can also buy combos of the dry and fresh food. This brand doesn’t provide a personalized service like some of the other brands, but you can save money if you get a subscription. The food is delivered in frozen packages to your door, but a few stores also sell it.

            This brand uses sous vide cooking, which means “under vacuum” in French. The food is vacuum sealed and cooked at a precise temperature to preserve the flavor and nutrients. When you receive the food, you can let it thaw in the fridge overnight before your Dachshund‘s next meal.

            The fresh food options come in beef, pork, turkey, or chicken. You’ll determine how many patties to give your Dachshund based on their weight. All the formulas are created by a veterinary nutritionist, and they’re only ideal for adult dogs, not puppies.

            Benefits:

            • Sous vide cooking
            • Shipped to your door and available in some stores
            • Crafted by a veterinary nutritionist
            • Only made with human-grade ingredients
            • Made in a USDA-approved kitchen

            5. Spot & Tango

            Spot & Tango Fresh Food

            Spot & Tango sells two types of food: traditional fresh food and Unkibble. Unkibble is a more affordable fresh food option that resembles kibble, but only uses fresh, whole ingredients. Unkibble has recipes with fish, beef, and chicken, while the traditional fresh food comes with turkey, beef, or lamb.

            Both types of fresh food are personalized based on your Dachshund‘s needs before they’re sent to you. All you need to do is fill out a questionnaire about your dog, and the brand will create a personalized meal plan. Both types of food use human-grade ingredients, and they’re formulated by veterinarians and animal nutritionists.

            Once you set up a meal plan for your Dachshund, you can get the food shipped to your door. The fresh food arrives frozen, and the Unkibble is a unique type of fresh food that’s dry. The slim packaging of the traditional fresh food comes in serving sizes, so it’s clear how much you need to feed your dog per meal. You’ll find whole ingredients in the dog food.

            Benefits:

            • Has two types of fresh food: traditional recipes and Unkibble
            • Ships to your door in slim packaging
            • Personalized for your Dachshund
            • Formulated by vets and animal nutritionists
            • Made with human-grade ingredients

            6. Open Farm

            Open Farm fresh food recipe

            Open Farm is a pet food brand with a variety of products, including dry food, wet food, freeze-dried raw food, treats, supplements, and toppers. Yet, they also have a “gently cooked” dog food option, which is one of the best fresh dog foods. The Gently Cooked dog food is slow-cooked to preserve the nutrients of its human-grade ingredients.

            This brand has four fresh dog food recipes: beef, chicken, turkey, and surf & turf. The recyclable food packaging is transparent, so you can see the variety of ingredients before you open the package. The lot code on the packaging traces every ingredient to its source, so you’ll know exactly what your Dachshund is consuming. All the meat comes from humanely-raised animals.

            You can get the food shipped to your door, or you can find it in select stores. It’s shipped frozen to preserve the freshness. Open Farm doesn’t provide customizable plans like some of the other brands, but you can fill out a quick questionnaire on the website to calculate a custom serving size for your Dachshund pup. The company focuses on sustainability by making an effort to reduce its carbon footprint.

            Benefits:

            • Ships to your door and is offered at select stores
            • Uses human-grade ingredients
            • Has recyclable packaging
            • All ingredients can be traced to their source
            • Calculates your Dachshund‘s custom serving size for you

            7. The Farmer’s Dog

            Farmer's Dog fresh food

            The Farmer’s Dog is another fresh food subscription service that will ship right to your door. The brand works with vet nutritionists to build a plan for your Dachshund based on the information you provide. They can ship to the 48 contiguous states on a continuous schedule.

            The food arrives at your door frozen in ready-to-serve, biodegradable packages. The feeding and storing instructions are easy to follow, and they have your dog’s name on them, so you know you’re getting their special meal.

            All the ingredients used in these meals are human-grade, and the meals are made in a USDA-approved kitchen in the United States. This brand has turkey, beef, chicken, and pork formulas, all of which are made with no fillers or preservatives.

            Benefits:

            • Has eco-friendly packaging
            • Personalized for your Dachshund
            • Vet nutritionists help formulate the meals
            • Only made with human-grade ingredients
            • Food is delivered to your door frozen
            • Made in USDA-approved kitchens

             

            8. PetPlate

            PetPlate fresh dog food

            PetPlate is another fresh dog food delivery brand that personalizes your Dachshund pup’s meals. You can share some characteristics about your dog, and they will craft a meal that’s healthy and appealing to them. The meals are always made with human-grade ingredients in a USDA kitchen. The food is flash-frozen before shipping to lock in the freshness.

            Dachshund parents can choose a full meal plan or a topper plan. The meals may include beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, pork, or venison as the animal protein. Customers can also build their own packs of supplements and organic treats if they choose.

            All the meals are shipped in recyclable containers that have resealable lids, making it easy to save extra food for later. The feeding guidelines for the personalized meals are printed on the containers.

            Benefits:

            • Comes in recyclable containers
            • Personalized for your dog
            • Uses human-grade ingredients
            • Flash-frozen and shipped to your door
            • Made in a USDA kitchen

            9. JustFoodForDogs

            Just Food for Dogs

            JustFoodForDogs is one of the best fresh dog food companies for variety. They offer many unique recipes, including options for dogs with special needs, like puppies, large breed dogs, dogs with sensitive skin, and dogs that need to lose weight. They can also create a custom diet for your Dachshund if you do a free consultation.

            Some other products include treats, supplements, and food for cats. All products are designed by canine nutritionists. The food is made in a kitchen that’s open to the public, so curious Dachshund parents can visit the facility to see how the food is made. In each recipe, you can see a colorful assortment of healthy ingredients, including meat and vegetables. So, you’ll never have to wonder what’s going into your pup’s tummy.

            These meals may use chicken, beef, turkey, lamb, venison, or fish as the animal protein source. The food is shipped to your door frozen in a thermal bag with ice. They come with informational pamphlets to help you successfully serve and transition the new food. If you want the food on a regular schedule, you can set up Autoship and choose how often you want dog food to arrive at your door. A few stores sell this food in person as well.

            Benefits:

            • Can choose from recipes or get personalized meals
            • Designed by canine nutritionists
            • Shipped to your door as often as you choose (or offered at some stores)
            • Made in open-to-the-public kitchens
            • Made with human-grade ingredients and no preservatives
            • Offers full box shipping as an environmentally-conscious option

            10. Evermore

            Evermore boxes of dog food

            Evermore has four recipes Dachshund parents can choose from: chicken, beef, turkey, and lamb. These meals are great for dogs with sensitive stomachs because they don’t include common allergens, such as corn, soy, and potatoes. The beef comes from grass-fed cows, and the chicken and turkey are free-range.

            This food comes in compact packaging that includes slim cardboard boxes and vacuum-sealed bags of food inside. The food is shipped frozen, and large cases can be shipped on a subscription basis. Select retailers in the United States also offer this food in-store. The serving sizes are listed on the box.

            Evermore crafts its recipes using “a rainbow array of color” as a way to include a variety of ingredients that have all the necessary vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Evermore is a smaller business compared to some of the other fresh dog food brands, and they partner with local rescues to provide food to foster dogs.

            Benefits:

            • Compact packaging
            • Ships to your door and is available at some stores
            • Good for sensitive dogs
            • Donates food to foster dogs
            • Sources ingredients from humane and sustainable operations

            How to Transition Your Dachshund‘s Food

            When you switch your Dachshund to a drastically different diet, there’s a chance they could get sick. So, if you switch your dog from kibble to fresh food, their tummy may not react well. Even though fresh dog food uses healthy human-grade ingredients, it’s drastically different than your dog’s dry food. Thus, you’ll need to carefully transition them to the new food to avoid digestive problems.

            Many of the brands have information on how to transition the food on their website, and their customer service teams may be willing to give you advice too. But here’s a general schedule you can follow when transitioning your dog to a new diet:

            • Days 1 and 2: 80% old food, 20% new food
            • Days 3 and 4: 60% old food, 40% new food
            • Days 5 and 6: 40% old food, 60% new food
            • Days 7 and 8: 20% old food, 80% new food
            • Day 9: 100% new food

            This is a more cautious schedule, but the more gradual the transition is, the less likely your Dachshund will react negatively. You can adjust this schedule based on your pup’s needs. If your dog is more sensitive to new foods, you may want to make the transition even more gradual. On the other hand, if your dog rarely has digestion problems, the process doesn’t have to be as slow. It all depends on your furry friend’s specific needs.

            Dog eating out of bowl

            Choosing the Best Fresh Dog Food

            The best fresh dog food will be different for every dog. Look at the benefits of all the brands mentioned above to help you decide which one will be the healthiest and most appealing for your Dachshund pup.

            Fresh dog food is great for your furry friend because it has natural ingredients you can feel comfortable giving your pup. Many brands will make the process even easier by shipping customized meals right to your door.

            If you’ve been thinking about improving your Dachshund‘s diet, consider switching them to a fresh dog food brand to reap the health, taste, and convenience benefits.

            Related: Best Dehydrated Dog Foods of 2022

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            Fri, 25 Nov 2022 15:22:52 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            Giving Tuesday is November 29th, 2022! https://thedogvisitor.com/giving-tuesday-is-november-29th-2022 https://thedogvisitor.com/giving-tuesday-is-november-29th-2022 Giving Tuesday is coming up! On this global day of giving, we ask for your help to keep our lifesaving and life changing programs going strong! ⁣⁣ If you’re on Facebook, please consider sharing and making a donation to our Giving Tuesday Facebook Fundraiser. We also gratefully accept donations here on our website. You can give […]

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            Fri, 25 Nov 2022 15:19:00 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            Leon https://thedogvisitor.com/leon https://thedogvisitor.com/leon
            This gorgeous,  cross- breed boy has a black, lush, wire- haired coat and he a large, super friendly lad. He is great with cattle, horses, people and other dogs, but he has a dislike of sheep.

            Originally found in Spain, he was on  a long a country road, dehydratated and hungry.
            Leon is calm, beautiful and very nice on the lead and no lead aggression. He also is very patient with children, so we are looking for children over 10 years. He is house trained and knows sit and wait, and loves to snuggle up on the sofa watching TV

            Leon is good in the car and happy to go out for trips, he enjoys his walks and meeting new people. He is ok to be left for short periods on his own and good with a dog walker. He lies curled up under the desk in the day when his foster mum is working. Leon has low Leish, which is being treated with a cheap maintenance for parts of the year. These tablets are just £4 per pack of 28 which lasts a month.

             

            His Best Points :

            Friendly, loyal and very affectionate and calm.
             
             

            Foster Report

            The most easy and straightforward dog, a pleasure to look after.
             
             

            Dog Details :

            Breed :     cross breed

            Age :         8 years

            Gender:    Male

            Height       65cm

            Weight      34kg

            Living with dogs : Yes

            Living with cats :   No

            Living with children :   Yes

            NEEDS to live with another dog   Maybe

            Health:      has low level Leish**

            Neutered:    YES

            Current location: London

            Adoption Fee : £165

            NOTE – Homecheck : All our adoptions are subject to successful homechecksThere is now a deposit for all homechecks of £25 which is deducted from the adoption fee.

            If the homecheck fails the £25 will be reimbursed.

            If people withdraw after the homecheck this is non refundable.

            FURTHER NOTE

            ALL HOMECHECKS ARE NOW CONDUCTED VIRTUALLY

            PROOF OF ID AND LANDLORD PERMISSION IS REQUIRED

             

            Categories
            Can live with other dogs
            Can live with children

            Needs to live with another dog

            Adopting A DogWatch UK Rescue Dog

            Before being adopted, dogs will have been vaccinated, wormed and treated for fleas.
            If old enough they will have been neutered, if too young the new owners will need to ensure this is done.
            All dogs are microchipped
            All new owners can apply for 4 weeks Pet Insurance  FREE, to apply please ask us for the pamphlet, our charity reference number is 1400005179.

            All new owners will need to change their new dogs microchip information to their contact details. This costs £17. If you would like us to arrange this for you, at a reduced rate of £7.20, we will ask you to do a bank transfer to allow us to register the change.

            For Rescue Dogs coming from overseas

            This adoption fee is a contribution towards the costs of rescuing the dog including
            – microchip, pet passport, vaccines, tests for South European diseases, neutering (IF OLD ENOUGH), parasite treatment and transport to the UK.
            We can not home dogs from overseas to people who work full time or long hours, unless some sort of doggy day care is offered. They need someone at home a lot of the day, they are not used to being alone for long periods. A dog walker for an hour out of the day is not enough.
            Leaving dogs a long time on their own means they are highly likely to develop separation anxiety which is distressing for them and everyone in their new home.

            How to adopt a DogWatch UK Rescue Dog

            For full details see our Adoption page

            To apply to adopt please fill in our adoption application

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            Fri, 25 Nov 2022 14:41:47 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            International Canine Health Awards 2023 https://thedogvisitor.com/international-canine-health-awards-2023 https://thedogvisitor.com/international-canine-health-awards-2023 International Canine Health Awards, the world’s largest international awards recognising excellence in canine research, health and welfare, are welcoming nominations for the 2023 awards from leading veterinary professionals, scientists, students and researchers.

            Organised by The Kennel Club Charitable Trust, and underwritten by a major gift from the Vernon and Shirley Hill Foundation, the International Canine Health Awards are one of the largest veterinary awards in the world. Having inspired scientific innovation in canine health for over a decade, 2023 will see a record-breaking year for the awards, with the prize money more than doubled.

            Leaders in the field of canine care and medicine who are passionate about improving the health and welfare of man’s best friend now have the opportunity to nominate colleagues, or themselves, for one of five award categories. A winner from each category will be selected by an independent, international panel of eminent judges, renowned for their work in the veterinary and scientific fields. The awards will help to improve the lives of all dogs across the globe.

            For 2023, excellence is paramount but the judges will be particularly interested to receive applications where there is a focus on One-Health. The panel will also welcome applications that demonstrate a commitment to advancing canine medicine in developing nations.

            All nominations must be submitted before the 31 January 2023 by completing the application forms on The Kennel Club Charitable Trust website, at: kennelclubcharitabletrust.org/dog-health/icha.

            The five awards now open for entries are:

            • International Award in Canine Health – for outstanding contributions in the field of canine health and welfare, with a prize of $100,000 towards future projects. The award will be presented to an individual currently involved in world-class innovation, but with more still to contribute.
            • Lifetime Achievement Award – with a $50,000 prize, this award will go to a veterinarian or scientist, who has dedicated much of their career to advancing the health and welfare of dogs. The award will be presented to an individual who has made a significant lifetime impact to benefit canine health and welfare on the world stage.
            • Two Student Inspiration Awards – these comprise Postgraduate and Undergraduate awards, with prize funds of $20,000 and $10,000, respectively, to aid further education costs, the development of their careers, or the creation/continuation of a project. The awards will be presented to extraordinary students studying at a veterinary school who demonstrate the potential to significantly advance the frontiers of veterinary medicine and research to benefit dogs. Postgraduate applicants must be within five years of receiving their first degree.
            • UK Breed Health Co-ordinator Award – with a £5,000 prize fund, judges will be looking for individuals from UK Kennel Club breed clubs or councils who have demonstrated a dedication to supporting health and welfare within their breed over the previous year. Some of the aspects that will be considered include starting or coordinating a new project or resource for the breed, such as a health website or health survey, and good communication with The Kennel Club and other key stakeholders

            Dr Andrew Higgins, chair of the International Canine Health Awards panel and trustee of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which runs the awards, said, “The prestigious International Canine Health awards have been fostering and supporting development in the canine research and veterinary field for over 10 years now, and offers some of the largest veterinary prizes in the world. The wonderful support of the Vernon and Shirley Hill Foundation continues to make a monumental difference in encouraging scientific knowledge and actively promoting canine health.

            “Every year, we get an incredible range of nominations from veterinarians and scientists who explore diverse aspects of dog health and welfare. We are looking for applications from across the world and the judges will be looking for scientific excellence and a proven commitment to improving dog health and welfare.”

            Vernon Hill, founder of the Vernon and Shirley Hill Foundation, whose major gift underwrites the awards, said, “Our foundation is pleased to announce the doubling of financial support for these distinguished international awards in 2023, so continuing to improve the lives of our canine companions across the globe. This year we are delighted that the awards wish to highlight how investment in canine health research can also often benefit human health. After all, dogs help humans so much both in terms of our physical and mental wellbeing.

            “We are always proud to hear of the impact the prize funds have in helping support and celebrate the inspiring and talented people who are committing their lives to make sure every dog lives their best life.”

            Dr Duncan Lascelles, winner of the International Achievement Award, for over 25 years of research into pain recognition, control & management in dogs

            The 2022 awards ceremony can be viewed online here; the recipients were:

            • Dr Duncan Lascelles, North Carolina State University, winner of the International Achievement Award, recognising over 25 years of research into pain recognition, control and management in dogs
            • Dr Deborah Knapp, Purdue University Veterinary Faculty in Indiana, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of her studies improving the detection and intervention of bladder cancers
            • Michelle Farrow, from the Royal Veterinary College London, winner of the Postgraduate Student Inspiration Award, making Michelle the first Veterinary Nurse to win the award for her Master by Research degree into dog welfare
            • Sierra Latshaw, from Texas, winner of the Undergraduate Student Inspiration Award while conducting epidemiological research at the Royal Veterinary College London under the VetCompass Programme to understand the incidence, risk factors and clinical management of testicular neoplasia in dogs
            • Dr Laura Hamilton, a veterinary surgeon and clinical director from Scotland, was awarded the Breed Health Co-ordinator Award for improving the health of French Bulldogs by promoting the Respiratory Function Grading Scheme and developing a scoring system for spinal X-rays.

            Further information and nomination forms for the 2023 awards can be found on The Kennel Club Charitable Trust website at kennelclubcharitabletrust.org/dog-health/icha. All nomination forms must be completed and submitted by the 31 January 2023.

            If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact The Kennel Club via the Contact Form linked.

             

             

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            Fri, 25 Nov 2022 14:30:14 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            Can you (not!) dig it? What to do if your dog digs where you don’t want him to https://thedogvisitor.com/can-you-not-dig-it-what-to-do-if-your-dog-digs-where-you-dont-want-him-to https://thedogvisitor.com/can-you-not-dig-it-what-to-do-if-your-dog-digs-where-you-dont-want-him-to When it comes to natural dog behavior, for many dogs, digging is on the list of favorite pastimes. Unfortunately, for dogs who share their lives with humans, digging is often considered a “no go” activity.

            Dogs dig holes in the dirt for a variety of reasons:

            • To explore the environment
            • To relieve boredom and/or stress
            • To escape an enclosed area
            • To create a cool spot to rest
            • In pursuit of ground-dwelling critters.
            • It’s fun!

            Prevent digging in the first place

            The best way to address digging is to prevent it altogether. Avoid leaving your dog outside unsupervised until you’re confident he can self-entertain without digging. Examine your yard to identify the areas with prime digging potential, such as spots with loose dirt or gopher mounds or damp areas that invite digging. Of course, some dogs will decide to dig anywhere, but reducing the temptation makes it easier to direct your dog’s attention to more desirable behaviors.

            If you must leave your digging-prone dog unsupervised in the yard, employ management to help prevent the rehearsal of the unwanted behavior. Consider a safe enclosure like a dog run or use a sturdy exercise pen set up to restrict access to areas where your dog likes to dig. It won’t be forever – just while she’s learning!

            Provide your dog with enrichment

            It’s also wise to take an honest inventory of your dog’s overall enrichment. Does your dog leave the house and/or yard every day for a walk? Is it always the same route? Do you mix things up with some training while you walk? If your dog is confident in public, does he ever accompany you on errands to new (dog-friendly) places? Dogs often dig because they’re bored. Be honest about what else he has on his agenda in a typical week and see how you might spice things up a bit.

            How to stop a dog’s established habit of digging holes

            Here are some things to try if your dog has already made a habit of nuisance digging:

            Make a Digging Pit – Fill a kid’s sandbox or plastic wading pool with sand or dirt. (Sand makes less of a mess than dirt.) Bury your dog’s favorite toys. Excitedly show him the pit and help him uncover the prizes. Remember to replenish the toys hidden within the pit and repeat the process of helping him uncover the treasures. As he gets better, the “hides” can become smaller and harder to find.

            Digging random holes? Try replacing most of the dirt in the hole, collect some of your dog’s feces to add atop the replaced dirt, and top it off with the rest of the dirt. For some dogs, digging for fun – and finding feces – takes the fun right out of digging! You’ll probably need to do this a few times as your dog experiments with digging new holes, but for many dogs, the consistent experience of uncovering feces will help them rethink their backyard behavior – especially when paired with your efforts to give them better things to do.

            Can’t bring yourself to rig your dog’s favorite holes with poop? Use the same technique but instead of poop, use a piece of chicken wire cut to fit the surface area of the mostly filled hole.

            What to do if your dog digs under the fence

            For fence diggers, we recommend digging a trough along the fence and lining it with heavy, upright stone pavers. You can also attach an 18-inch-tall trip of chicken wire to the bottom of a wooden fence and bury about it at least a foot deep.

            We recently discovered a product called Dig Defence, a galvanized steel product resembling a giant comb, and is designed to be pounded into the ground next to and under a fence, providing an underground barrier for digging. It comes in 36-inch lengths with a range of “teeth” lengths and distances between teeth (smaller gaps for smaller dogs, and wider gaps for bigger dogs) and is effective at preventing a dog from escaping through a hole he’s dug next to a fence. It would be cost-prohibitive to line your entire fence with these panels, but if your dog keeps digging in just one area, this might be the solution. See digdefence.com.

            Most importantly, remember that behavior doesn’t change overnight. You’ll need to be consistent in your efforts to reduce your dog’s digging via a combination of training and management, and you should expect it to take up to a few months of consistency before you see significant improvement. Don’t dig your own hole deeper by giving up too soon!

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            Fri, 25 Nov 2022 11:58:47 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            Exciting News about Sleeping between Giants! https://thedogvisitor.com/exciting-news-about-sleeping-between-giants https://thedogvisitor.com/exciting-news-about-sleeping-between-giants  

            And because you’re a member of our pack, you hear it first

            Click on the link below and prepare to be … teased!

            Budleigh the Terrier Speaks! More or Less…

            More details coming soon!

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            Fri, 25 Nov 2022 11:10:01 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            6 Best Dog Breeds for First&Time Owners https://thedogvisitor.com/6-best-dog-breeds-for-first-time-owners https://thedogvisitor.com/6-best-dog-breeds-for-first-time-owners The post 6 Best Dog Breeds for First-Time Owners appeared first on Petdogplanet - The place for dog breeds and expert pet advice.

            It can be hard to know when it’s the right time to get your first dog or if it’s even the right choice for you at all. There are a lot of factors to consider. Dogs can be a significant investment, both in your cost of adopting one and in the cost of food, supplies, grooming, and training. You will also be responsible for a dog’s medical care and well-being. 

            best dog breeds for first-time owners
            Best dog breeds for first-time owners

            While those are all the drawbacks, the fact is that owning a dog is also an amazing experience. You will have a lifelong friend or family member that will provide you with endless love and affection. Many people consider their dog to be their best friend. They love unconditionally, and they want you to be happy. 

            It’s a big decision and one that you should carefully consider before you take the plunge. While the costs will be what they are, many people are dissuaded because of the daily commitment. Owning a dog means taking time out of your daily schedule to feed, train, exercise, and care for your dog. A good option might be to get a breed that will make it easier for you. Here are 6 of the best dog breeds for first-time owners. 

            German Shepherd

            One of the toughest things for any first-time owner is training. It takes practice on the owner’s part, which also means it takes longer for the dog to pick it up. However, getting a smarter dog can mitigate some of these difficulties. They will adapt more quickly, understand what they need much quicker, and make it easier for you. German shepherds are known for their smarts. They are used as guard dogs, performing dogs, drug sniffers, and even attack dogs. They are very loyal to their “pack” and will do whatever they can to please you. On top of their markets, they also have easy coats to groom and do not shed much. This means you don’t have to spend much time brushing and vacuuming. One interesting fact about German shepherds is that they were actually deployed in WWI and WWII. In the second World War, the USA had 15 dog platoons that were deployed alongside the soldiers. 

            Yorkshire Terrier

            The Yorkshire terrier is better known as the Yorkie. They are tiny dogs, but their small frames are packed with big personalities. They are sassy and fun, and you will find that a Yorkie loves to show off. One of the top concerns with new dog owners is asthma and allergies. Yorkies are hypoallergenic, meaning their fur and dander are less dangerous for asthmatics and people with allergies. As a result, you won’t have to worry about using your inhaler every few hours or being constantly stuffy and sneezy. That said, you should be aware that Yorkies tend to need professional grooming to prevent their fur from getting tangled and inundated with dirt and debris. 

            Golden Retriever

            You can’t go wrong with a golden retriever as your first-ever dog. They have everything to make your new life easier. For one, they are very smart and very amenable to training. You can teach them obedience quickly using positive reinforcement, and they will work very hard to please you. They are exceptionally loyal and less likely to run off and get into mischief. They will want to spend as much time with you and others in the household as possible. You can bring friends over, and they will be accepting and friendly unless they are suspicious, which makes them great guard dogs. They are also very cute, so you will fall in love when you see Golden Retriever puppies for sale

            Papillon

            Some people worry that they will end up with a dog that’s aggressive or that barks too much. Choosing a papillon can help avoid those concerns. Papillons are known for how patient and gentle they are. They don’t bark much and won’t get aggressive if you try to pick them up and move them from one spot to another. They are very small, so you can easily keep them in a safe area with a short barrier to prevent them from getting into trouble. They also love kids and don’t need a lot of space because of their size. Another interesting fact is that Papillons don’t have that characteristic dog odor. 

            English Springer Spaniel

            When you have a new dog and are inexperienced at training them, you want one eager to please. That’s where the English springer spaniel comes in. This dog just wants to make you happy. They love to play and goof around, and they will also spend a lot of time snuggling or lying in your lap. They are loyal animals that want to be as close to family as possible. They are quickly housetrained and don’t require too much exercise to stay healthy. They will need some grooming and brushing to keep their long coats clean. Springer Spaniels are also known for their love of water. This could be great news for active people that love to go for a swim, but maybe not ideal for someone who doesn’t like swimming. 

            Poodle

            The poodle is the full package. They are adorable, for starters, so you can’t go wrong with that. You can also manipulate their coats to give many different looks should you wish to switch things up. They are very smart dogs and love spending time with their “packs.” The poodle is another dog considered hypoallergenic, so they are a great choice for households with allergies and respiratory issues. They don’t shed much, so you won’t have to worry about vacuuming every single day, but you will need to get some grooming techniques to keep their coats shiny and clean. They aren’t one of the most popular dog breeds for nothing. 

            It’s only natural to be hesitant about getting your first dog. It’s a big life change, and you have to be sure. However, there may be a breed on this list that can help you transition into dog ownership and make things easier for you. 

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            Fri, 25 Nov 2022 10:35:26 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            14 Must Haves If You Own A GermanShepherd https://thedogvisitor.com/14-must-haves-if-you-own-a-germanshepherd https://thedogvisitor.com/14-must-haves-if-you-own-a-germanshepherd The post 14 Must Haves If You Own A German
            Shepherd
            appeared first on Petdogplanet - The place for dog breeds and expert pet advice.

            Although German shepherds make wonderful companion animals, not everyone ought to have one as a pet. They require a lot of time and effort because they are very intelligent and have a lot of energy. In addition to that, they place a significant amount of importance on the way they look and the state of their health. Although they take a considerable amount of time, the results are well worth the wait. 

            why should i get a german shepherd

            A Strong Crate/ Doggie Home

            There are a lot of advantages to crate training a dog and nearly no disadvantages to this method. It is still beneficial for you to teach your dog how to behave in a crate, even if you do not intend to confine them in one permanently.

            It is a good idea to train your dog to use a crate for several reasons, one of which is that they may need to be in a crate at the vet, so getting them used to one at an early age will help them feel more at ease there. There are also several other reasons why it is a good idea to train your dog to use a crate. 

            They may have to travel in a crate at some time in their life; in the event of an emergency, they may need to remain in a crate for their protection. When strangers go into and out of the house for home repairs, they may also need to be confined in a crate. When your dog is suffering from an injury or illness

            Training Tools

            Your responsibilities as a dog owner begin when you bring your new pet into the house. Due to the high intelligence of German shepherds, the skills listed here are only the beginning of what may be taught to them. These are only some of the fundamentals that anybody may use, but they are necessary for the success of any plan.

            Grooming Brush

            It is typical for German shepherds to have significant hair loss. Therefore, if you want your German Shepherd to have the healthiest appearance and feel possible throughout the year, he has to be groomed once a week. A slicker brush or a de-shedding brush are two types of brushes that may be used to remove loose hair from your pet. 

            This will significantly reduce the quantity of hair scattered about your home. In addition, many benefits will accrue to you and your dog if you brush your dog’s skin and hair regularly.

            Fur care

            German shepherds are exceptionally clean dogs, even though they tend to shed. As a result, they don’t have quite the pungent odor that other dogs have. However, you will need to wash them rather often. For this purpose, you should use a shampoo and conditioner that are both hydrating and have a balanced pH.

            Because they are also prone to allergies, it is a good idea to always have some specially formulated shampoo on hand to treat seasonal dry skin, itching, and other skin irritations. This may be done by treating their hair with shampoo.

            Nutritious Food

            Because German shepherds are known to have delicate stomachs, feeding them high-quality food that is designed for large breed dogs and pups is quite beneficial. German shepherds need a diet that is easy on their digestive systems and provides their skin and hair with the necessary nutrients. This diet must be rich in calories and protein.

            Bowls And Water Dispenser

            Stainless steel or ceramic are considered superior materials for dog bowls. However, this choice ultimately relies on the dog. Compared to plastic, germs are less likely to adhere to these two alternatives, even after being cleansed.

            If you have a dog that loves to dig in its food or water, you should choose a dish with a hefty bottom so the water doesn’t flow out. Also, a slow feeder could make mealtimes more enjoyable for you and your dog, especially if your dog tends to eat too rapidly.

            Strong Collar and Leash

            The German Shepherd is a powerful dog with a determined and independent spirit. Therefore, having a collar or leash that breaks when required the most is pointless. Instead, if you invest in a sturdy collar and leash equipped with a trustworthy snap clasp, you can rest certain that you will be able to maintain command of your dog in a crisis.

            It is beneficial to have access to many styles of collars and leashes for your pet. For example, a martingale collar, a buckle collar, and even a prong collar each have their moment, and they are all appropriate under certain circumstances. Alpine Dog is one company that provides stylish, durable, and comfortable collars for dogs of all sizes. 

            Strong Fence

            All excess energy has to be burnt off, and a German shepherd will not be able to do so unless he regularly receives sufficient exercise in a secure outside location. Installing a fence at least 6 feet high around your yard is the best way to provide your pet with a secure environment to go to the potty, play, and exercise. 

            Because they have a strong urge to hunt, many enjoy chasing after tiny animals. As a consequence of this, they need a yard that is enclosed by fencing to be protected, whether they are out in the wild or walking about the neighborhood.

            Treats

            Your German Shepherd will benefit greatly from the training you provide him or her with goodies for as long as they live. Shepherds and other dog breeds like them because they are delicious and entertaining to play with. 

            The “Find It” and other “sniffer” games are excellent options for playing, as are nutritious snacks. Discovering which of the numerous nutritious snacks is your dog’s favorite is half the joy of giving them those goodies.

            Pet Waste Bags

            You should never forget to bring a waste bag for Fido when you go out with him. You have many options for providing them with water: you can either store some in the vehicle, carry one in your pocket, or use a bottle that clips onto the leash. 

            In any event, having them on hand can help you avoid getting humiliated in public. Therefore it is a good idea to stock up. They are also useful for other purposes, such as transporting garbage cans of a smaller size.

            Nail Clipper

            The nails of energetic German Shepherds need frequent trims because of the breed’s high activity level. Even if you get your nails clipped by another person regularly, you should still have nail clippers in case of an emergency. Instead of that, you might make use of a nail grinder. Nail grinders are an excellent substitute for clippers to use if you are concerned about causing pain to your dog or cutting into the quickness of the nail. They are, however, more time-consuming, and your dog may find them irritating.

            Dog’s bed

            Because fully mature German shepherds may weigh more than 50 pounds, they are classified as big dogs. Dogs like soft beds that provide proper spinal and skeletal alignment. When you need your dog to settle down, get out of the way, or take some time to relax, a dog bed is an excellent “place” to send it. Investing in a dog bed is smart, even if your furry friend likes to cuddle up next to you at night.

            Proper Tooth Care

            Dental care for your German Shepherd is of such critical significance that it warrants further discussion on what to acquire for a German Shepherd puppy. Of course, the best way to do this is to get a high-quality toothbrush and toothpaste. Because, after all, you can’t take this to the groomer once every few weeks like it’s a normal pet.

            Additionally, there is a kind of toothbrush known as an ultrasonic toothbrush that cleans a dog’s teeth by using sound waves to break up tartar and plaque. These are silicone finger brushes that may be used as toothbrushes.

            Insurance

            Lastly, you must plan how to pay for high costs, such as unexpected veterinary treatment. The expense of repairing the break and having surgery to correct the bloat may go into the several thousand dollar range.

            It is up to you to determine whether or not you have the funds to cover this or whether or not you will need to get pet insurance. The vast majority of insurance will also cover claims made by other parties.

            It is not uncommon for the costs associated with a dog attack to go into the tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. This insurance coverage will pay for any injuries or property damage caused by your dog.

            Conclusion

            German Shepards are brilliant, smart, and loyal pets to have. But they do need quite a bit of maintenance. You need to look after them the same way you do a child. They are not like other dogs. They need special care. We hope the article provided you with much-needed insight about all the basics required to own a German Shepard. 

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            11 Best Dog Foods for Vizslas in 2022 https://thedogvisitor.com/11-best-dog-foods-for-vizslas-in-2022 https://thedogvisitor.com/11-best-dog-foods-for-vizslas-in-2022 According to the American Kennel Club, whether they are running in the field or running alongside you on a jog, Vizslas are a breed that’s growing in popularity, ranking 31st out of 196 breeds.

            First bred in Hungary as a gundog, the red-coated Vizsla has an athlete’s lean build. With long, silky ears and a tranquil face until focused when at work, Vizslas are a beautiful breed.

            Also known as a Hungarian Pointer, the first Vizsla came to America in 1950 when it was smuggled from communist Hungary with a U.S. State Department employee’s help. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1960 as its 116th breed.

            Vizslas are as endearing as they are beautiful. Because they were bred to hunt alongside their masters, Vizslas loved human contact and hated being alone. Separation anxiety can be a problem for this breed, so provide your Vizsla with plenty of attention.

            Vizslas at one time were chasing game, but today, their athletic prowess makes them fun to bring along as a companion when biking or running. A Vizsla needs a minimum of 30 minutes a day of walking or other physical activity, and some Vizslas may need more.

            A lean, athletic dog requires the best in dog food. Vizslas can enjoy a healthy diet, whether the food is manufactured commercially or made at home with your veterinarian’s approval. Vizslas eat heartily, but their caloric needs can vary by age and level of activity. A younger, more active Vizsla may burn more calories than an older, more sedentary Vizsla.

            Since the health of your Vizsla depends on the quality of its food, we’ve reviewed a wide range of widely available dog food options and have determined the best choices for your pet.

            What is the Best Dog Food for Vizsla Dogs?

            To choose the best dog food options for Vizslas, we researched the market to find the highest quality food for this unique and beautiful breed. Their athleticism, as well as their coat, skin, and metabolism, were taken into consideration. Here is a quick look at our recommendations:

            Five Nutritional Needs of Vizslas

            To keep your Vizsla happy and healthy, you need to provide them the best dog food for their nutritional needs. Vizslas are genetically predisposed to certain conditions, but the dog food you choose for your Vizsla could make them less likely.

            The right dog food choices mean a longer, healthier life for your Vizsla and more energy. Your Vizsla has needs unique to its breed, so consider these components to your dog’s healthy diet.

            Protein

            A Vizsla’s lean body needs protein to fuel its muscles. Your Vizsla’s protein needs will change throughout its life. A Vizsla puppy will need a diet with no less than 23 percent protein to boost its growth and give it the best start possible. As your Vizsla reaches adulthood, it needs no less than 18 percent protein.

            Carbohydrates

            Carbohydrates are a vital part of your dog’s diet, as they provide additional fuel for energy as well as vitamins and minerals. However, be careful in choosing your Vizsla’s carbohydrates.

            Some Vizslas have food allergies to carbohydrate sources such as grains, so avoiding possible allergens can keep your Vizsla healthy and keep your veterinary bills lower.

            Fats

            Fat is necessary for your Vizsla’s diet to ensure fuel is available for its high energy needs. Vizslas love to run, so fat gives them the boost needed to be your running buddy. Puppies need no less than 8 percent fat in their diet to fuel their growth, while adult Vizslas need no less than 6 percent.

            Fruits and Vegetables

            Vizslas are known to fuel their energy stores with hearty eating, and they also enjoy fruits and vegetables, either as part of their dog food or as a supplement from your kitchen. Vegetables, which have plenty of fiber and vitamins yet are lower in sugar, are a healthy treat. Try offering your Vizsla broccoli, carrots, or spinach.

            Prebiotics and Probiotics

            Supplements such as prebiotics and probiotics have been trendy for humans, so you may wonder if these are needed to keep your Vizsla healthy. Because these biotics provide good bacteria in the gut of your pup, they can significantly improve digestion.

            Before you start adding prebiotic or probiotic supplements to your Vizsla’s diet, consult your veterinarian. You may also find that higher quality dog foods already include these, making supplementation unnecessary and possibly harmful to your pup.

            9 Special Health Considerations of Vizslas

            Vizslas have needs that are unique to their breed. Their lean muscle mass, love of running, silky coats, and the tendency to have food allergies are among considerations when you select the best dog food for your Vizsla.

            Health Issues

            Carefully bred, Vizsla’s have quite a small gene pool, and they can be at an increased risk for several illnesses and conditions. Keeping these conditions in mind can affect the choices you make for the best dog food for your Vizsla.

            Dental Disease

            Having dental problems affects as many as 80 percent of dogs by age 2, but Vizslas are more likely to be affected. Tartar buildup is the start of these conditions, so keeping your Vizsla’s teeth clean is essential. Dogs who suffer from dental disease can go on to see gum infections and even related damage to their heart, liver, and joints.

            Blood Diseases

            Vizslas are predisposed to several rare blood diseases, including hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia, which occur when the dog’s immune system begins to attack its red blood cells. The dog will become anemic, and if its immune system destroys its platelets, its blood won’t clot properly, which leads to abnormal bleeding and bruising.

            Von Willebrand’s Disease is another common health issue for Vizslas. It’s a clotting disorder that can be extremely dangerous. Diagnostic testing for these disorders is recommended prior to any surgical procedures.

            Epilepsy

            Idiopathic seizures, or seizures with no known cause, can frequently be a problem for some Vizslas. If your pet is diagnosed with epilepsy, its seizures may be controlled with medication. If your pup experiences a seizure, contact your local vet immediately.

            Eye Conditions

            Glaucoma, a disease that can affect humans, is also a problem for Vizslas, so you will want to make sure your veterinarian screens your pet for glaucoma. Cataracts can result in vision problems in older Vizslas. This breed is also more likely to develop distichiasis, a condition caused by extra hairs that grow inside the eyelid and rub against the eye’s surface. If left unchecked, this can cause irritation as well as corneal ulcers.

            Bones and Joints

            The lean, lanky Vizsla can be at increased risk for hip dysplasia and arthritis, and sometimes the Vizsla’s kneecap can slip out of place. This can be extremely painful for your furry friend. The earlier your dog is diagnosed, the earlier treatment can take effect.

            Allergies

            Since Vizslas can have food allergies, so choosing grain-free dog food is a smart decision. No one wants to see their pet Vizsla go through the itchiness and irritation of having an allergic reaction to their diet. Keeping your Vizsla’s diet grain-free can keep skin healthy and your pet happy.

            Skin Conditions

            In addition to allergy-related skin conditions, Vizslas can be more apt to suffer sebaceous adenitis, an inflammatory disease affecting the skin’s sebaceous glands. This can result in scaly lesions on the dog’s trunk, ears, and neck.

            Separation Anxiety

            Bred to be hunting dogs, it should come as no surprise that Vizslas want to stick close to their owners. With their boundless energy, Vizslas are the best fit for active owners and households that can give them plenty of attention.

            When Vizslas are away from their owners, they may have bouts of separation anxiety, resulting in destructive behavior, howling, and bathroom accidents.

            Ways to help your Vizsla include taking them to work, if allowed at your office, or hiring a pet sitter or canine daycare service. You can also spend as much time as possible with your pet, so the times when you’re away are more bearable.

            Vizsla Feeding Schedule

            Adult Vizslas should be fed twice daily, while young puppies should be fed about three to four times a day to support their growth and development.

            Adult Vizsla: 55 pounds: 3-4 cups of dog food per day, or about 1,400 calories

            Young Vizsla: 40 pounds: 2 ½-3 cups of dog food per day, or about 1,100 calories

            Daily Calorie Intake

            A full-grown 55-pound Vizsla should consume about 1,400 calories per day to maintain a healthy weight. A 35-pound puppy will need about 1,100 calories per day for healthy growth.

            Activity Level

            Bred to be active, Vizslas needing to run should come as no surprise. Your Vizsla will need a minimum of 30 minutes of active exercise daily. The best dog food for Vizslas will be one that provides them with fats, grain-free carbohydrates, and protein to fuel their energy and support their muscles.

            Overall Best Dog Food for Vizslas

            A breed like the Vizsla, with its high energy, lean looks, and silky coat, needs high-quality food to be at its very best. There are many dog foods on the market, so we’ve narrowed down the choices to make your selection easier. After researching the best dog foods available, we have chosen our top pick, along with a runner-up and nine other premium choices for your Vizsla.

            Best Dog Food: Merrick Grain-Free

            • All-natural
            • Free from grains, corn, soy, and artificial preservatives
            • Ingredients support Vizsla health

            The number one ingredient in Merrick Grain-Free Adult Dry Dog Food is beef sourced from trusted farmers. This made-in-America choice is formulated with 65 percent protein and healthy fat.

            The other 35 percent of this choice is sourced from fruits and vegetables, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other natural ingredients, including Omega-3 and –6 fatty acids for healthy skin and a gleaming coat. Included are glucosamine and chondroitin to support your Vizsla’s hips and joints.

            Pros:

            • Beef is the number one ingredient
            • Glucosamine and chondroitin support joint health
            • Omega-3 and –6 fatty acids promote healthy skin and coat

            Cons:

            • Merrick is among the higher-priced dog foods on the market
            • Some reviewers reported their Vizslas didn’t want to eat the Texas Beef and Sweet Potato variety

            Runner-up: The Farmer’s Dog

            • Delivered to your doorstep
            • Blended and portioned by nutritionists
            • Consultants available to help adjust food to dog’s tastes

            Our runner-up for best dog food for Vizslas is from the growing fresh dog food genre. The Farmer’s Dog offers human-grade food blended by veterinary nutritionists, portioned for your dog’s optimum health, and delivered to your home.

            The result is healthy dog food for your Vizsla. Conveniently, the food is brought to your doorstep and is already portioned for your pet. If your Vizsla isn’t a fan of The Farmer’s Dog, consultants are available to adjust recipes to your pet’s preferences.

            Pros:

            • Made with fresh ingredients
            • Portioned so no need to worry about over-feeding
            • Delivered to your home

            Cons:

            • Fresh food can be more expensive
            • Refrigeration needed

            10 More Top-Rated Dog Foods for Vizslas

            The following dog foods for Vizslas were chosen as the best for specific canine needs and as the best in their variety.

            Fresh/Super Premium: NomNom

            • Blended and portioned for premium health
            • Delivered to your home
            • Chicken and beef jerky treats are also available

            NomNom is among the growing selection of fresh dog food delivery services, but NomNom is more personalized than some options. NomNom food is prepared in their own facilities, and they answer their own phones for added personal service. You’ll talk to a human and fellow pet lover when you give them a call.

            NomNom is so confident of the benefits of its premium quality food for your dog’s health that they offer a “Care-Free Guarantee.” If you don’t see the difference their blends make in your Vizsla’s health after 30 days, NomNom will pay for your Vizsla’s next diet, up to $40.

            Pros:

            • Personal service tailored to your dog’s needs
            • Premium ingredients
            • Home delivery

            Cons:

            • Among the most expensive options on the market
            • Can’t choose your shipping date

            Most Popular: Taste of the Wild High Prairie Grain-Free

            • Grain-free with buffalo as the first ingredient
            • Fruits and vegetables provide antioxidants
            • Carbohydrates from peas and sweet potatoes provide energy

            Taste of the Wild High Prairie Grain-Free Dry Dog Food is popular with Vizslas and their owners for a good reason. This high-protein, grain-free dog food has buffalo as its first ingredient, giving your dog the muscular support it needs. Natural antioxidants come from real fruits and vegetables, and prebiotic support comes from dried chicory root, promoting healthy digestion.

            Available online at chewy.com as well as from other retailers, this healthy dog food choice can be delivered to your doorstep and is reasonably priced for a premium dog food. Also, most Vizslas love it!

            Pros:

            • Natural recipe that provides vitamins, antioxidants, and prebiotics
            • No grain, corn, wheat, or artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives
            • Lean buffalo is the first ingredient

            Cons:

            • While 91 percent of reviews raved over Taste of the Wild High Prairie Grain-Free, some dog owners reported that their dogs did not like the flavor
            • While Taste of the Wild is reasonably priced for premium dog foods, it is higher than some dog foods on the market.

            Best Value: American Journey Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

            • Premium dog food at a lower price
            • Nutritious ingredients provide phytonutrients, antioxidants, and Omega fatty acids
            • Grain-free choice

            American Journey, priced as much as 10 percent or more below some premium dry dog foods on the market, offers a great value when it comes to fueling your Vizsla’s adventures. Their salmon and sweet potato recipe offers real deboned salmon for protein and amino acids.

            Sweet potatoes and fiber-filled chickpeas provide for your dog’s energy needs, and fruits and vegetables such as carrots, dried kelp, and blueberries provide Omega-3 fatty acids that support a healthy brain and eyes as well as a shiny coat.

            Pros:

            • Lower price than many premium dog foods on the market
            • Grain-free dog food without fillers
            • Quality ingredients provide nutrition to support Vizsla health

            Cons:

            • Can cause an upset stomach
            • Most Vizslas enjoy American Journey, but some do not

            Pea Free: American Natural Premium Original Recipe Dry Dog Food

            • Pea-free for maximum digestibility
            • Quality ingredients
            • High protein for lasting energy

            American Natural Premium Original Recipe offers your Vizsla quality nutrition that’s easily digested. Chicken meal, pork meal, fish meal, and whole eggs bring protein to this dry dog food, and carbohydrates come from brown rice, barley, and oat flour.

            A premium formula, American Natural offers long-lasting energy as well as probiotics in a dog food that is gentle on your Vizsla’s stomach.

            Pros:

            • Probiotics and a pea-free formula help aid digestion
            • Complex carbohydrates offer fiber and long-lasting energy
            • No wheat, soy, or corn

            Cons:

            • Some dog owners don’t want their Vizslas eating chicken meal and similar protein sources
            • American Natural is significantly higher in price than other premium dry dog foods we reviewed

            Best for Puppies: Ollie

            • Fresh food delivered to your home
            • Blended by canine nutritionists
            • Whole foods that are minimally processed

            The growing trend of fresh food for your pet being delivered to your home is popular for several reasons. Delivered to your doorstep, it’s easy to take a pre-portioned pouch out of the refrigerator to prepare your Vizsla’s dinner, and fresh food is a healthy option. If you have a new

            Vizsla puppy, why not start with the best nutrition to promote its growth and development?

            Ollie brings healthy nutrition from whole foods, including beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, sweet potatoes, spinach, carrots, and blueberries to your door. Starting your puppy off with the best of nutrition is an investment in its health today and for years to come.

            Pros:

            • Human-grade whole foods promote healthy growth and development
            • Puppies and adult Vizslas love the flavors
            • Home delivery is convenient and easy

            Cons:

            • Like all fresh dog food delivery services, Ollie is more expensive than purchasing premium dry dog food
            • Also, like some other options on the market, Ollie is available by subscription only

            Best for Seniors: Victor Senior Healthy Weight Dry Dog Food

            • Nutrient-dense and grain-free
            • Glucosamine and chondroitin help keep joints healthy
            • L-carnitine helps Vizslas convert fat to energy

            As Vizslas age, they face some of the same challenges we do – a slower metabolism and aches and pains in joint areas. Victor Purpose Senior Healthy Weight Dry Dog Food offers a nutrient-dense formula that gives your older Vizsla the macronutrients and vitamins it needs without excess calories.

            Glucosamine and chondroitin promote long-term joint health, which is vital for senior Vizslas, and L-carnitine will help your pet convert fat to energy to stay lean. Its grain-free formula is easy to digest and won’t trigger food sensitivities.

            Pros:

            • This blend is high in protein from premium quality beef, chicken, pork, and fish
            • Designed to help senior dogs turn fat into energy
            • Glucosamine and chondroitin promote joint health

            Cons:

            • Higher priced than some premium dog food brands on the market
            • Some Vizslas did not like the taste

            Best for Overweight Vizslas: Wellness CORE Grain-Free Reduced Fat Dry Dog Food

            • 25 percent less fat than Wellness CORE’s original version
            • Turkey flavor Vizslas love
            • Taurine to promote heart health

            Vizslas who don’t burn off the calories they consume may need a less calorie-dense food option. We recommend Wellness CORE Grain-Free Reduced Fat Dry Dog Food. This blend has 25 percent less fat than Wellness CORE’s original formula, plus Vizslas enjoy its turkey flavor.

            Vegetables, including broccoli, spinach, and kale, provide fiber and vitamins.

            This grain- and gluten-free option shouldn’t bring on allergic reactions from your Vizsla, and taurine is included to promote heart health. Wellness CORE and maybe a few more outings on a leash should keep your Vizsla at a healthy weight.

            Pros:

            • Premium, all-natural ingredients
            • Formula promotes heart health and a healthy weight
            • Grain- and gluten-free blend should not cause allergic reactions

            Cons:

            • A small percentage of reviews reported that their dogs didn’t like the taste of Wellness CORE’s Reduced Fat version
            • Some dog owners reported allergic reactions

            Best for Sensitive Stomachs: A Pup Above

            • Fresh food that can be purchased with or without a subscription
            • Blended from human-grade whole foods
            • Formulations without fillers make for more comfortable digestion

            Some Vizslas can have sensitivities and allergies to food products that include grains and gluten, making for unhappy dogs and unhappy owners. We recommend A Pup Above’s options for dogs with sensitive stomachs.

            A fresh dog food option available online, A Pup Above can be purchased without a subscription. However, subscribing to automatic deliveries does lower the price of this premium fresh dog food. Reviewers have reported that switching to A Pup Above has made their dogs’ food sensitivity issues disappear.

            Pros:

            • A Pup Above can be ordered without a subscription, perfect for a first try
            • Made from human-grade whole foods without fillers
            • Reduces or eliminates symptoms of food sensitivities

            Cons:

            • Fresh dog foods can be more expensive
            • Food comes in 1-pound patties and is not portioned

            Best for Vizslas with Allergies: Blue Buffalo Basics Limited Ingredient Dry Dog Food

            • Limited list of ingredients
            • Easy to digest
            • LifeSource Bits vitamins support immunity

            Some Vizslas can be allergy-prone, which makes the selection of their dog food essential to their health. If your pet has allergies to one ingredient or many, finding a dog food option with as few ingredients as possible might be a solution to sensitivities.

            Blue Buffalo Basics Limited Ingredient Dry Dog Food has a single protein source – turkey – for easy digestion. Pumpkin and potatoes provide carbohydrates for energy. The formulation is gluten-free, and it is also made without soy, dairy, eggs, corn, wheat, and other allergy-causing ingredients. Blue Buffalo Basics also includes LifeSource Bits, a vitamin supplement to support immunity.

            Pros:

            • A shortlist of ingredients keeps chances of food sensitivity low
            • Made without eggs, dairy, soy, and other possible allergens
            • Vitamins included will boost your dog’s immunity

            Cons:

            • Some dog owners reported that their pets didn’t like the taste
            • Price is on the higher end for premium dry dog food

            How to Choose the Best Dog Food for Your Vizsla

            The wide variety of foods available in today’s marketplace can confuse Vizsla owners as to which dog foods are the best for their breed. We hope that this round-up of the best quality foods available can make your decision easier. You may also want to take these steps to make sure you are choosing the best dog food for your Vizsla.

            Consult With your Veterinarian

            Your veterinarian knows you Vizsla as well as you do, and perhaps better, so discuss your dog’s diet during your next check-up or visit. Smart diet choices for your Vizsla will help your pet stay healthy, and your veterinarian will know the foods that may prevent some illnesses or conditions.

            Consider Weight and Activity

            An active Vizsla will need more fuel than a sedentary Vizsla that may have a slower metabolism. If your Vizsla tends to put on extra weight, consider the number of calories your pet is consuming, and consider switching to a food that is lower in fat and calories.

            Does your Vizsla Like it?

            The healthiest dog food won’t help your Vizsla if it refuses to eat it. When trying a new dog food for your Vizsla, consider making a smaller purchase first to see if the new choice is a hit.

            Our 2022 Vizsla Feeding Guide Questions

            To wrap up this guide to choosing the best dog food for your Vizsla, we’ll answer some frequently asked questions about feeding this breed.

            When should I transition my Vizsla from puppy food to adult dog food?

            Puppy food is best for puppies because it is formulated to be easily digested and contains the nutrients needed to support healthy growth and development. Once your Vizsla is 12 months old, it is time to transition your pet to adult food.

            Sudden changes are never good for your dog’s tummy. The best way to transition to adult dog food is to slowly include adult food in your pet’s diet, adding increasing amounts until your Vizsla is eating adult food.

            Which dog food is best – fresh or dry?

            With the growing trend of home-delivered fresh dog foods, as well as fresh dog food’s availability in your local pet stores and supermarkets, you may be wondering if this is something you should offer your Vizsla.

            The needs of your Vizsla call for high-quality, natural ingredients, and you should also make sure your pet gets the right amount of calories for its age, stage of life, and activity level.

            Fresh dog food made from whole foods is of better quality and provides your Vizsla with the best nutrition.

            However, fresh food is not in every dog owner’s budget. It can be expensive, and it also will only last about two to three days in the refrigerator. Dry dog food has a much longer shelf life, is easier to bring along on your travels, and has the added advantage of helping keep your dog’s teeth clean.

            You could try fresh food by cooking for your Vizsla, being careful to use ingredients that will not trigger any sensitivity. This can be time-consuming and inconvenient at the end of a long day.

            Another option is to try the best of both worlds, mixing fresh food purchased online or in a retail store and mixing it with high-quality dry dog food.

            Are raw food diets safe for my Vizsla?

            Raw food diets have been a recent trend among pet owners, who say the diet gives their dogs shinier coats, more energy, and smaller stools. This diet includes raw organ meats and muscle meat, raw eggs, whole or ground bones, dog-safe fresh vegetables and fruits, and some dairy, such as yogurt.

            Veterinarians caution against a raw food diet, though. The American Veterinary Medical Association, as policy, has stated that the organization discourages feeding raw foods to dogs because they can contain pathogens and would put animals and humans at risk for illness.

            Can I supplement my Vizsla’s diet with fruits and vegetables?

            Vegetables and fruits are as good for your Vizsla as they are for you, or at least some of them are. Some of the best vegetable choices include sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, and zucchini. Dogs can also eat sliced apples, blueberries, pears, peaches, bananas, and cranberries safely, among other fruits.

            However, there are some vegetables and fruits that can be harmful to Vizslas and other canine breeds. Eating these plants can result in reactions from relatively mild to life-threatening.

            Avocado is yummy on your toast, but don’t share it with your pet. Avocados contain persin, which is toxic to dogs and can cause diarrhea.

            Onions are also a veggie to avoid. Dogs’ red blood cells can rupture as a reaction to eating onions or other leek family members. Other reactions include diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, and nausea.

            Never feed your dog grapes. Grapes and raisins can be very toxic to canines, and eating them can result in your dog’s kidneys failing.

            Conclusion

            Vizslas are lovable and loyal pets who love spending time with their owners. They have loads of energy, love going on long walks and runs, and have beautiful, sleek reddish coats. Their grooming is trouble-free.

            As long as you give your Vizsla plenty of attention and activity and feed it well with quality ingredients, you’ll have many years of fun and friendship.

            Owners of Vizslas need to be aware of the breed’s unique health and nutritional needs as they choose the food they’ll be feeding their pets. The proper nutrition for your pet can make some of the ailments your Vizsla may be more prone to have less likely to occur.

            Choosing the best dog food for your Vizsla means that your pet will be healthier and have more energy to run and play. With the best dog food for your Vizsla, your pet will most likely have a longer and happier lifespan.

            As a pet owner, you will have many considerations to make in the care of your Vizsla. We hope that this study of the best dog food for Vizslas helps you decide what’s best for your best friend. After our careful research, you can trust that these dog food options are healthy, high-quality options for your Vizsla.

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            Fri, 25 Nov 2022 10:35:22 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            20 Foods for Schnauzer with Sensitive Stomachs https://thedogvisitor.com/20-foods-for-schnauzer-with-sensitive-stomachs https://thedogvisitor.com/20-foods-for-schnauzer-with-sensitive-stomachs

            There are few things worse than dealing with diarrhea in your Schnauzer! We asked our 800,000 members from our Schnauzer community on facebook the following question: “What’s the best food for a Schnauzer with a sensitive stomach?”

            We’ve summarized the best responses below. Always remember to check with your veterinarian before making changes that affect your Schnauzer’s health. iHeartDogs is reader supported, so some of the links below may be paid affiliate links at no additional cost to you. 

            20 Best Foods for a Schnauzer with a Sensitive Tummy

            I’ve been feeding my schnauzer Hills Science Diet for sensitive stomachs. She’s been great since starting it

            Author: Peggy S.

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            Purina Pro Plan samon for sentive stomachs. My entire pack eats this. All 7 plus the grandpuppy

            Author: Lisa Marie Johnson F.

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            My mini’s sensitive stomach resulted in pancreatitis that almost killed her. She was at Blue Pearl several days. She can not handle fat. She is now on a vet prescribed Royal Canin Gastrointestinal Low Fat food and she is awesome. We tried several different foods and each gave her pancreatitis. The last was the worst. Since this food she has not had an issue for over 3 years now. It does cost more than some foods but considering treating her condition was at least 2-3 thousand dollars, this food is well world it.

            Author: Karen B.

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            I recently put our girl on Farmers Dog. I had cooked for her for several years, but I was concerned that she wasn’t getting enough vitamins etc. she loves the food and, she is very healthy…but…it’s not inexpensive. It comes once a month, frozen in packets, and you feed according to the weight of your dog. I’m very happy with it.

            Author: Barbara E.

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            I give mine Nutro brown rice and lamb. Low in fats which is what is upsetting to their tummies. They get raw carrots, apple bites and banana bites if I’m eating a banana.

            Author: Pamela M.

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            We have done great with Fromm foods! I won’t buy anything else for our crew.

            Author: Lisa Lindsay S.

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            Trust me! I tried everything. Even made my own food. The only thing that truly worked was royal canin sensitive which is prescribed by the vet. We get it through chewy and they have to call and get the prescribed dog food and then it’s delivered. A pet store doesn’t carry it even pet smart because it’s prescribed. It’s pricey but my dogs poop is back to normal! He will be on this forever.

            Author: Melissa Jones B.

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            Purina pro plan En prescription diet for sensitive stomachs. My entire fur family has used this and also helps with pancreatitis

            Author: Samantha Mills C.

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            I was told lamb and rice. I use a sensitive stomach brand called Earthborn and no issues at all. All of my previous schnauzers had stomach issues, pancreatitis, kidney and diabetic issues but nothing on this food now for 5 years!!!!

            Author: Debbie M.

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            My 13 year old mini Schnauzer has several health issues and has to be on a strict diet. he has liver disease, kidney disease, pancreatitis, heart issues and just getting old…He has been on Royal Canin Selected Protein for about 5 years and loves it.

            Author: Joy Nash P.

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            I do a homemade ..rice and sweet pot green beans I switch it up sometimes. With lean ground beef. Steak or chicken. I also mix a little cottage cheese after I warm it up. Not every day but they love it. I have one that gets pancreatitis easy and this has worked so well for me. I also do sweet potato pasta instead of the rice with vegetables and meat. Stores in refrigerator great. I found that even tho everything is high I don’t spend any more doing homemade then buying and the Gastro diet food are super high.

            Author: Lori C.

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            Have always fed my current dogs raw. But a previous mini had a dodgy tummie and I ended up making my own food. Chicken and rice with some fresh veggies like carrots I put through the food processor. There are several natural supplements that are good for digestion as well that are to find on the internet. Also made a white fish and potato dish. Made it it large batches, separated into smaller containers and froze.

            Author: Dawn G.

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            We feed our Zignature dry dog food highly rated from veterinarians.

            Author: Mary Hinds A.

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            My schnauzer has a major sensitive stomach. We’ve gone through several sensitive stomach prescription diets. We finally found one that he is great with. It is the Pro Plan HA Hydrolyzed food. He’s been on it for about 6 months now and doing wonderful!

            Author: Laurie S.

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            Real food – not kibble! My schnauzers love Small Batch, Primal, and most recently we tried a dehydrated food that we rehydrate from Big Dog Naturals. Big Dog Naturals is a fermented food so it helps with gut health. Adding goats milk/fermented milk to any other balanced, real food diet will also help add the good bugs to their gut. Please don’t feed your beautiful schnauzers Hills, Royal Canin, Chicken and rice, or some other garbage food.

            Author: Yvonnda S.

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            Honest Kitchen. My 12 year old boy had pancreatitis. Had 2 really bad spells. I switched to this food and no more issues. Also check out Dr. Karen Becker, holistic vet. She’s on Facebook. Lots of informative articles.

            Author: Deb M.

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            Schnauzers are known for their sensitive stomach’s and need a low fat diet. Ours has Royal Canin gastrointestinal low fat with low fat treats. He did have a bout of pancreatitis end of may this year and we feel this was brought on by red meat which we used to give him once a week as a treat, so the only ‘meat’ we give him now is chicken as its kinder to his stomach.

            Author: Jackie W.

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            Mine gets Hills Science diet for sensitive stomachs wet and I also give her some of the same in dry with it. Along with a tablespoon of beef broth and 6 blueberries. The broth helps a great deal with preventing UTI. It makes them drink more water

            Author: Vinny S.

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            We started feeding ours Taste Of The Wild – High Prairie when we first got him 9 years ago. He had trouble digesting all the others. Haven’t had any problems since.

            Author: Melinda McNeely G.

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            You could can fresh food. I can this for my fur baby. May want to try a single batch. Add to or take away any of the ingredients you want. My dog loves it. I also mix it with the dry dog food.

            Ingredients

            1 – 1.5 pound of chicken ground or cut into small pieces

            2 cups cooked rice (white or brown rice)

            3 large carrots cooked & chopped

            1 medium Sweet potato

            2 large handful of cooked & ground green beans

            2 boiled egg chopped with shell

            1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar

            2-3 cups of chicken broth

            Ingredients: 3 X=18-19 pints (Same directions)

            5.5 – 6 pounds chicken ground or cut into small pieces

            7 cups cooked rice (white of brown rice)

            9 large carrots cooked & ground

            4-5 small Sweet potatoes

            3 handfuls of cooked green beans chopped

            7 boiled eggs chopped finely with shell

            3 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar

            6-7 cups chicken broth

            (The raw chicken will produce broth also.)

            Directions

            Chop the rice up so that it becomes single grains. Grind the boiled eggs shell and all also grind the vegetables or chop them in a food processer. Mix the rice, chopped eggs and chopped vegetables so they stirred until they are well blended.

            Add the Vegetable broth and the chicken stock stirring the mixture well. Sprinkle the apple cider vinegar into the mixture and stir well. Add the chicken and mix well.

            Cold pack the chicken mixture into warm jars and place them into the heating Pressure Canner.

            Once all the chicken mixture is in the jars and the jars are in the Pressure canner place the lid on the pressure canner. Bring the pressure up to 10 pounds and pressure can Pints and half pints for 75 minutes.

            You can change the meat, to beef or any other meat your pups will eat. I add one pound of chicken livers well chopped if I have them.

            Freezing

            You can pack this mixture into Foodsaver or freezer bags and place in your freezer to thaw out for each day’s use. This is okay to serve cooked or raw depending on your preference.

            FYI:

            This recipe has no wheat, no corn, no oats and no preservatives. There are not a bunch of chemicals that the dog food companies are killing our pets with.

            I find a pint of this will feed my toy poodle about one and a half days. It may be different according to age and energy level of your dog.

            This recipe is not scientifically tested. Understand also the USDA does not recommend canning rice because rice swells and increases the density in the jar. I do not recommend canning in jars larger than pints.

            Author: Shirley Berry M.

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            Fri, 25 Nov 2022 09:33:50 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            Man Plays ‘Hard To Get’ To Help Show His Rescue Llama That Humans Can Be Trustworthy https://thedogvisitor.com/man-plays-hard-to-get-to-help-show-his-rescue-llama-that-humans-can-be-trustworthy https://thedogvisitor.com/man-plays-hard-to-get-to-help-show-his-rescue-llama-that-humans-can-be-trustworthy Franky

            Since he was a child, Lee Asher dreamed of founding an animal sanctuary. And now that he finally has, he’s had the immense pleasure of befriending all kinds of incredible animals. 

            When a llama named Franky made his way to his sanctuary, Lee tried all kinds of tactics to show him that he was trustworthy. But it wasn’t until he played “hard to get” that Franky was willing to give him a chance.

            Franky
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            Franky the Llama was found by a friend of Lee’s at a livestock auction after he was surrendered by his previous owner. And because she was so sure that Lee would want to take Franky in, she brought him all the way to Asher House herself.

            His friend was right, and Lee instantly fell in love with Franky. The only problem was Franky wasn’t very fond of him

            Whether it was how he was previously treated or simply because he was abandoned, Franky was skeptical. So Lee spent tons of time observing him and chilling with him in his pen. But Franky was still so unsure. 

            “I really just started slow, inching my way closer and closer to him every single day. Really letting him know I wasn’t a threat. But the biggest thing was being patient with him,” explained Lee.

            But even though Franky seemed to have little interest in getting to know his new dad, it still didn’t deter Lee in the least. He was absolutely determined to help Franky learn to trust him. He remained confident that one day, Franky would love him as much as he loved Franky. Somehow, he remained sure that they would eventually be best friends. 

            “My biggest thing was just for him to feel comfortable and safe around me. I just wanted him to eat out of my hand,” said Lee.

            Franky
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            Eventually, after all the effort, he decided not to ignore him per-se, but to let Franky be and allow him to do his own thing. He decided to play hard to get. 

            But apparently, some space is all Franky really needed to open up. Because not long after that, it finally happened. Franky finally decided to eat out of Lee’s hand! After that exciting afternoon, Lee knew something had changed between them. He was officially in Franky’s circle of trust!

            You can check out an awesome video of Franky’s story and his first time trusting Lee enough to eat from his hand below. To keep up with Franky, Lee, and his entire sanctuary of rescue animals, you can follow them on their Facebook page.

            Featured Image: Facebook 

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            Fri, 25 Nov 2022 09:33:48 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            8 Ways to Improve Your Bond with Your Dog https://thedogvisitor.com/8-ways-to-improve-your-bond-with-your-dog https://thedogvisitor.com/8-ways-to-improve-your-bond-with-your-dog Fri, 25 Nov 2022 09:29:54 -0800 Dog-Fancier When is it the Right Time to Buy a Dog Wheelchair? https://thedogvisitor.com/when-is-it-the-right-time-to-buy-a-dog-wheelchair https://thedogvisitor.com/when-is-it-the-right-time-to-buy-a-dog-wheelchair

            Deciding when the right time to buy your dog a wheelchair is a difficult decision for any pet parent. Buying your dog a wheelchair gives your best friend a chance to walk again, lessen their pain, and improve their quality of life. A dog wheelchair supports pets and assists a dog while walking. While in a dog wheelchair, pets get to maintain their independence and regain their mobility. Now that you know what a dog wheelchair does, now it’s time to determine if your dog needs a wheelchair. You may be asking, how do you know the time is right…

            The post When is it the Right Time to Buy a Dog Wheelchair? appeared first on Walkin' Pets Blog.

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            Fri, 25 Nov 2022 09:22:13 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            “No” Is Not a Behavior . . . But That’s Not the Problem with Saying It https://thedogvisitor.com/no-is-not-a-behavior-but-thats-not-the-problem-with-saying-it https://thedogvisitor.com/no-is-not-a-behavior-but-thats-not-the-problem-with-saying-it I don’t think this post is going to win a popularity contest, but here goes anyway. I can’t get it off my mind. Trainers regularly work hard to teach people alternatives to endlessly saying “No!” to their dogs. Even those of us who know the pitfalls of the habit lapse into it from time to […]

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            Fri, 25 Nov 2022 08:55:16 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            5 Best Dog Proof Soccer Balls: Top Picks & Reviews In 2022 https://thedogvisitor.com/5-best-dog-proof-soccer-balls-top-picks-reviews-in-2022 https://thedogvisitor.com/5-best-dog-proof-soccer-balls-top-picks-reviews-in-2022 Are you worried that your dog might chew on your soccer ball? The good news is that there are plenty of options available out there. As you’ll see below, you can find a wide range of high-quality dog- and chew-proof soccer balls. Here are our top picks for the best dog proof soccer balls on the market, read on to learn more!

            Keeping your dog healthy and happy is not an easy task. But, it’s also not a difficult one either. All it takes is a little bit of planning and consistency to achieve the balance that both you and your dog need on a daily basis.

            Our furry friends need plenty of exercises to remain happy and healthy, which is why getting them the right toys for their routines is so important. Dog-proof soccer balls are among the best options for active dogs because they stimulate their mind and bodies in ways that other toys can’t compete with.

            Fortunately, these toys come in many different sizes, shapes, and constructions. This means that finding the perfect option won’t be all that challenging after. In this article, we will explore some of the features you should look out for when buying a dog-proof soccer ball as well as some of the best options on the market right now.

            Keeping your dog active and entertained is a challenge for all dog owners. However, with the wide variety of toys on the market, finding something that keeps your pup interested shouldn’t be too difficult.

            Best Dog Proof Soccer Balls: Top Picks & Reviews 

            With so many toys to choose from, it can be tricky to know which ones are best suited to meet your dog’s needs and interests. Thankfully, there are some fantastic options out there that provide excellent value. In this article, we will take a look at some of the best soccer balls for dogs on the market today as well as some great substitutes.

            We’ve put together this list of the best dog-proof soccer balls that are safe for your four-legged friend to chew on. Keep reading to find out more…

            5# Hyper Pet Grab Tabs Dog Toy, Dog Soccer Ball


            This dog soccer ball floats, making it perfect for playing on the field or in the pool, lake, or beach. Your best friend will want to carry it everywhere and quickly become their favorite toy.

            Durable nylon tabs are sewn into the seams of these dog soccer balls to give your pet a new way to pull and tug. This dog ball comes deflated, with a needle included, so that you can easily inflate it.

            The Nylon tabs on this ball create a fun and unpredictable bounce that dogs love to chase. This makes it an ideal interactive dog toy for the whole family.

            4# T PLAY Plush Soccer Balls

             

            This Stuffed Plush Soccer Ball is packaged and compressed by a vacuum bag. This soccer plush is not only suitable for children to play in the yard or room but can also be used as a sofa or bedroom decoration.

            Made of soft plush material, this soccer ball is very comfortable to the touch and can be safely thrown out without harming children or damaging any furniture or other objects.

            This soccer ball pillow is great for kicking and throwing. It is perfect for indoor and outdoor games. This toy encourages physical exercise, develops coordination, and maintains balance.

            3# Nerf Dog Soccer Squeak Ball Dog Toy

            The Soccer Squeak Ball is made with high-quality materials that make it perfect for both you and your pet. Its bright green color makes it easy to track, no matter where or how far you toss it.

            Nerf’s Soccer Ball Squeaker combines the fun of soccer with a toy that will keep your dog entertained for hours.

            Squeak Balls are perfect for interactive play sessions with your dog. The durable rubber body makes it easy to hold and throw, while the textured pattern on the surface makes it easier to grip, which is great for both of you! Great for tosses, fetch and solo play.

            2# Chuckit! Fetch Toy

            The Chuckit. Kick Fetch is made with rubber and foam, covered in durable canvas fabric, and has deep ridges which make it easier for your dog to retrieve and gentle on his mouth.

            This 7.5-inch diameter kickball makes a fun fetch toy for dogs that loves to chase and play fetch. Pet parents can kick, throw or punt the ball, allowing their pet to have fun while they are away from home.

            Chuckit Performance Toys are designed to be easy to use, with interactive features and strong balls that are sure to keep both you and your dog entertained. Try this full range of indoor and outdoor toys, including tumblers, flyers, fetch toys, chew toys, and more.

            If you are looking for a softer, easier-to-grab soccer ball, then the Chuckit Kick Fetch is the best pick. Just make sure to take it away from your dog after playtime is over!

            1# Jolly Pets Soccer Ball Floating-Bouncing Dog Toy

            This Jolly Pets Soccer Ball won’t deflate! The ball is made from Jolly Flex Material, which means it will bounce back after being punctured without losing its shape.

            An ideal water toy, this Soccer Ball floats! No need to stay on dry land while playing with your dog.

            Jolly Pets Soccer Balls are designed for dogs with a textured design that makes it easy for your pet to grip the ball even when wet! These balls encourage chasing, jumping, and catching during play.

            Please note that this ball floats, so you won’t have to worry about it sinking to the bottom of your pool. This is a great feature if you are looking for a safe, and puncture-proof ball for your dog.

            Why You Need a Dog-Proof Soccer Ball?

            The best dog proof soccer ball is one that is durable and made for outdoor use. The best outdoor soccer balls are made of rubber or plastic, which are the most durable materials. The best dog toys are ones that can withstand the wear and tear of a dog’s teeth.

            There are many reasons why you need a dog-proof soccer ball. One is because your pet will enjoy playing with it more than if you gave them something else to play with. Another reason is that it will last longer than other types of toys like ropes or chew toys, so you won’t have to buy new ones as often.

            How to Choose the Right Dog Ball?

            Choosing the right ball for your dog is a task that requires some thought and research. Here are some tips for choosing the right ball for your pup.

            1. Consider the size of your dog: A small dog will need a smaller ball than a large one, so make sure you get the right size for your pup’s mouth and paw.

            2. Pick up a few different balls and see which one is most comfortable to hold in your hand: Pick up different types of balls like rubber, plastic, or foam to see which one feels best in your hand.

            3. Get a football that is safe for dogs: Some balls have an air pump inside them so they can be inflated with air, while others are made of hard plastic that can be dangerous if they break or shatter while playing with it.

            Things to consider when buying a dog-proof soccer

            The first thing to consider when buying a dog proof soccer ball is the material from which it is made. There are a few different types of materials that can be used to make it more difficult for your pup to chew through. Typically, the more durable the ball, the less likely it will be damaged if your dog tries to munch on it. The most durable types of balls are made from rubber. The type of ball you choose will depend on your dog’s size and chewing strength. Once your pup has tried the ball out, you can make an informed decision on which one is best suited for him or her.

             

            These 10 Soccer Balls That Are Dog-Proof

            Conclusion

            Soccer balls bring fun to the lawn, and there are so many options of balls to choose from. If you are not a person who likes to be watching their dog playing a game, you can buy a soccer ball for them.

            As you look for the best dog balls, you may come across some brands and products that you have not used before. In order to make your choice easier, you can read through some of the best soccer balls for dogs in this article to learn about the different types of balls and how to choose the right one for your dog.

            Anything To Add About: 

            Looking for more dog toys and the best dog proof soccer balls? Check out the articles below:

            How To Train A Dog To Play With Other Dogs: Ultimate Guide

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            What Are Good Toys For Dogs? Top 5 Toys For Dogs

            How To Keep Your Dog Safe During The Heatwave

            The 15 Best Dog Swimming Pools

            Best Toys for Boxer Dogs – Reviews, Ratings, & Top Picks

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            Fri, 25 Nov 2022 08:41:09 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            Bear – 2&3 year old male Cross&Breed https://thedogvisitor.com/bear-2-3-year-old-male-cross-breed https://thedogvisitor.com/bear-2-3-year-old-male-cross-breed Bear is a 2-3 year old male Cross-Breed. He is a small-medium size. He comes over from Romania as a puppy. He is a lovely dog but has some issues.

            Bear needs a single-person home. Ideally, he needs a home without other animals. He likes to bark at other dogs out on a walk and TV.

            Bear would be a great companion for a single person, he cannot go with kids or with visiting kids to the home. He would love a garden where he will play very happily on his own.

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            Fri, 25 Nov 2022 08:37:17 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            Patty – 2 year old female Cross&Breed https://thedogvisitor.com/patty-2-year-old-female-cross-breed https://thedogvisitor.com/patty-2-year-old-female-cross-breed Patty is a 2 year old female Cross-Breed. We will never know how an animal feels being enclosed in a 2×2 meter kennel fighting to survive surrounded by other dogs in the same situation, with fear, stress and without a future. Sleeping on a hard and wet concrete floor and being either very cold or very hot – because they are outdoors. Patty arrived at the pound in Northern Spain some time ago.

            We do not know anything about her past life, but she was frightened when she met us and didn’t move, so we can imagine that her past life was not easy. She is a beautiful girl of small size (weighs 10 kg approx.). She will need time to trust and get out of herself, but we know that as soon as that happens, she will flourish and be a wonderful companion, she just needs someone to show her the beautiful sides of life.

            Patty will have an amazing life, if we find the appropriate family for her, a family that won’t overwhelm her and that understands that she may need time to adjust and get used to her new life. We assume she was a hunting dog. This kind of dog does not know what living in a home feels like and some dogs need more time to adjust to the new situation.

            Hunting dogs are smart and all our adopters that chose to give a home to one of these dogs are happy for having given them an opportunity because they are very good dogs, noble and also beautiful especially inside. Patty has not been tested with cats. She is social with other dogs and we think she has a medium activity level, but it might also be or become higher, why her new home should have that in mind and be able to offer her more activity in case she needs it to be a happy and balanced dog? Taking her young age into account Patty is looking for a middle-aged home without young children.

            A home that has the time and commitment to work with her and get her used to a typical situation like travelling in the car, walking on a leash, meeting people, traffic noises etc. She is a beautiful girl that needs to gain confidence to show how sweet she is.

            The pound in Spain is in general a tough place for any dog, but for sensitive dogs like Patty even more, so we hope we will find the right forever home for Patty asap.

            If you think you can offer her the right place, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Patty is ready and can be homed to England and Wales (not Scotland). She will be tested for Mediterranean diseases, will be microchipped, vaccinated, neutered, defeated and dewormed and have her passport.

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            Fri, 25 Nov 2022 08:37:17 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            Victor – 1 year old male Cross&Breed https://thedogvisitor.com/victor-1-year-old-male-cross-breed https://thedogvisitor.com/victor-1-year-old-male-cross-breed Victor is a 1 year old male Cross-Breed. He is a fantastic little dog who has sadly been returned due to no fault of his own. He was originally saved from a kill shelter in Hungary.

            Victor is a loving, friendly, affectionate boy who loves attention from everyone! He is great with children. He loves a belly rub and is happy to snuggle up on the sofa with you. He enjoys playing fetch with a ball and chewing his favorite chew toys.

            Victor is such a clever boy and is eager to learn, already knowing many basic commands. He takes his treats very gently and has never shown and resource guarding around food.

            Victor enjoys meeting new doggy friends and will happily play with them all. He has lived with another dog before and could easily do so again. He walks on a lead but does have a tendency to pull – currently uses a harness. He can also be reactive to cars/bikes that come past when walking on busy roads. With some continued training we are sure this can be improved.

            He is currently based in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.

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            Fri, 25 Nov 2022 08:37:17 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            Watch A Woman Gives Shelter to Street Dogs at Her Home On a Rainy Day https://thedogvisitor.com/watch-a-woman-gives-shelter-to-street-dogs-at-her-home-on-a-rainy-day https://thedogvisitor.com/watch-a-woman-gives-shelter-to-street-dogs-at-her-home-on-a-rainy-day The video posted on Instagram shows dogs resting inside a house during a heavy downpour.

            Now and then, the Internet blabs out cute videos that capture people’s heartwarming gestures, and a video shared on Instagram fits right in. It shows a lovely act of kindness by a woman towards street dogs on a rainy day, and it is bound to melt your heart into puddles.

            The caption reads, “Meri Duniya (my world) on the Instagram handle @pawsketeers. The video opens with the woman showing heavy rainfall and saying that she has kept the gates of her home open. She then tells the reason behind it by panning her camera toward the street dogs resting in her house. Not just this, she also introduces them by their names one by one. Towards the end, she steps to the other side of her house to introduce a dog and her pups.

            Watch the viral video below:

             

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            On September 21, the video was shared and has gathered more than 3.9 million views. It has also accumulated several comments from netizens.

            “Golden heart,” posted an individual. “God bless you mam,” wrote another. “Sooo sweet,” shared a third. “I’m out of words…,” expressed a fourth with heart emoticons. “You inspire others,” commented a fifth.

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            Fri, 25 Nov 2022 08:19:22 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            Golden Retriever Care: A Sensible Owner’s Guide to Grooming https://thedogvisitor.com/golden-retriever-care-a-sensible-owners-guide-to-grooming https://thedogvisitor.com/golden-retriever-care-a-sensible-owners-guide-to-grooming Golden retrievers are among the most famous dogs in the world. It is the second most searched breed worldwide and the ultimate favourite choice in 22 countries.

            If you want this canine breed as a lifelong companion, you must be ready for everything that entails – not only for what this dog has to offer but also what it needs, including pet grooming in Dubai.

            Here, you’ll learn essential information that could help finalise your decision to bring home a golden retriever and some useful tips for grooming them.

            Understanding Goldens: A Briefer About the Breed

            If you haven’t already, research as much as possible about the dog breed you want to get, particularly how to groom them. This way, you are sure to dive into pet ownership well-informed and fully prepared for what lies ahead.

            You can tap into many resources, from veterinarians to the best pet shop in Dubai. Reading articles like this one also helps.

            Ready to learn the basics about goldens? Here are the most crucial facts you need to know:

            Size

            Most golden retrievers are categorised as medium to large size dogs, but there are also miniature crossbreeds that are much smaller.

            An average purebred male golden can reach about 58 to 61 centimetres in shoulder height, while females go around 54 to 57 centimetres. On the other hand, miniature goldens grow up to about 51 centimetres only, depending on the breed of their non-golden parent (which can be a cocker spaniel or poodle).

            A purebred can weigh 28 to 34 kilograms, while miniatures only go between 10 and 23 kilograms.

            Fur

            Golden retrievers – pure and miniature – sport a striking coat that makes you want to bring them home. But since it has a medium-length double coat, this type of canine pet requires regular brushing and can be prone to shedding.

            Its topcoat repels water and is quite dense. But what goes through seasonal shedding is the dog’s undercoat.

            Animals with a double coat experience something called “blowing the coat,” which describes how the undercoat becomes thicker during the cold season and sheds in warm weather (which is a constant in the United Arab Emirates).

            Goldens also have longer fur in some areas of their bodies. This so-called “feathering” usually grows on their neck, underbody, tail, and the back of their legs.

            What do I need to know about owning golden retriever puppies

            6 Best Tips and Tricks for Grooming a Golden Retriever

            You don’t need to call your pet groomer whenever your dog needs bathing, brushing, or hair and nail trimming. Doing it yourself occasionally helps you:

            • Save on grooming costs.
            • Get the opportunity to check up on your pet’s skin and body for red flags, like lumps or hot spots.
            • Bond with your pup.

            But to maximise these benefits, you must first learn six tips and tricks for grooming a golden retriever:

            1. Start grooming as early as possible.

            Like everything related to children and puppies, it’s best to groom your golden as early as possible. This will help them establish good grooming habits as they become full-grown adult dogs.

            Some groomers also don’t accept puppies until they’re at a certain age, mostly because of the shots they’re supposed to get later. That means you’ll have no choice but to do the task yourself.

            Of course, grooming a puppy that hasn’t grown into golden fur is much easier.

            2. Don’t skip brushing your dog’s teeth.

            Don’t believe advertisements saying dental sticks and dry kibble are enough to maintain your pet’s dental health. You still need to brush your golden retriever’s teeth to protect them from cavities, mouth abscesses, and other conditions that may require dental surgeries.

            The first step is to equip yourself with enough patience for the task and the right tools: canine toothpaste and a toothbrush specifically made for dogs.

            3. Brush your pet’s fur before bathing.

            Before bathing, brush your pet’s fur to eliminate tangles. This will make bath time much faster and easier. It also speeds up the drying process for your pup, not to mention preventing mats and snarls.

            Here are some steps you can follow for pre-bath fur brushing:

            • Break up the matts on your pet’s fur using a mixed boar and plastic bristle brush.
            • Using a dematting comb, take care of any stubborn matts you may find on your dog’s fur.
            • Run a slicker brush over the area if you see any loose hairs.
            • Do some follow-up brushing using a comb and pin brush.

            golden retriever

            4. Use proper bathing tools.

            Make bathing your golden retriever much easier by having the right tools for the job. Check out what your pet groomer uses and observe how these make bath time safer and easier.

            Some of the essential dog bathing tools you need are:

            • Non-slip mat: prevents slipping in the bathtub.
            • Hand-held spray nozzle: supports targeted rinsing and gives you better control of where the water goes.
            • Suction cup tether: keeps reluctant dogs in place during bath time.
            • Hair trap: protects your pipes from blockage due to fur.

            When bathing your pet, gently spray them with warm water to help ease them into the experience.

            If you started grooming your golden young, they should be more than willing to have a bath. But if they are reluctant, motivate your pet with positive reinforcement using high-value treats for good behaviour.

            5. Learn some cornstarch hacks.

            Besides serving as a thickening agent for your pie filling, cornstarch or cornflour is also quite useful in dog grooming.

            Try one or more of these cornstarch hacks to make grooming your pet easier:

            • Loosens tangles: A sprinkle of cornstarch over tangles and mats on your pet’s fur help loosen the knots before brushing, making the task easier to complete.
            • Doubles as dry shampoo: Spread over oily areas to help remove grease in between baths.

            6. Trim your pet’s nails properly.

            Using pet nail trimmers, cut off the overgrown tips of your golden retriever’s claws. Then, sand off the rough surface and shape their nails using the sandpaper drum on your rotary tool.

            Start with a low rpm (rotations per minute) to ease your pet into the sound and sensation before gradually increasing speed.

            And always watch your dog’s reactions. If they seem distressed, take a break before going at it again. If it’s too challenging, leave the task to the pros.

            Be a Golden Fur Parent

            Adopting a golden retriever is a significant decision you should only make after understanding everything it entails. Go through the grooming tips and research this particular breed before deciding whether you’re ready to be a Golden fur parent.

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            Fri, 25 Nov 2022 08:19:20 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            Are Dogs Able to See in The Dark? https://thedogvisitor.com/are-dogs-able-to-see-in-the-dark https://thedogvisitor.com/are-dogs-able-to-see-in-the-dark Eyes are the windows to your soul, and one remarkable evidence of such a saying is when your dog sits there giving you those puppy eyes. In a metaphorical sense, dogs do see the world differently than the way we humans do. However, this is applicable in a physical sense as well.

            Dogs cannot see as clearly as we do and cannot see many colors. The question is- Can they see the same way as we do in the dark?

            So, here we would look at whether dogs can see in the dark and find out if your furry friend is blessed with night vision.

            Dogs can see in the dark but do not have what you would call night vision. If it is dark without any light, your dog would not be able to see anything at all, just like you. However, the thing with what we call darkness is that you do have some source of light or the other.

            It could be the moon, the LED (light-emitting diode) of your TV set on standby, or the street lights. They may not seem like much, but once your eyes adapt to those low levels of light, you will be surprised by the number of things you can see with even such meager light.

            Dogs have evolved so they can see even in the dimmest of lights. It means they have a special adaptation that lets them see objects and movement around them using even the lowest light. However, would your dog be able to see if there is no light?

            How are dogs able to see in the dark?

            A dog’s eye is much similar to yours in the way formed and how it works. So, when your pup and you look around the world, the light travels through the clear lens in front of your eyes and comes in through your pupil.

            The pupil either constricts or dilates to control the amount of light that is entering your eyes. The first significant adaptation your dog has is a set of larger pupils and how they can see better in the dark.

            It means they can let more light into their eyes. Once light enters their eyes, it lands on the special photoreceptors of their retinas. Dogs have more rods in their retinas than ours. So they can detect more light than we can.

            A cockapoo mixed breed dog, a cocker spaniel poodle cross, a family pet with brown curly coat,Cockapoo mixed breed dog

            Why do their eyes glow at night?

            You must have seen your dog in the evening or night looking at you with glowing green or red eyes that make them look like hellhounds. Well, it is not as if you have a monster in the making! It is just that they have in-built reflectors in their eyes.

            Dogs have tapetum lucidum – a layer of tissue right behind their retina. It is a special tissue. It functions like a mirror – it reflects light into the retina. It increases the amount of light used by their photoreceptors.

            Do dogs have night vision?

            Dogs still need some light so they can see at night. This is why it cannot be said that they have night vision. The way a dog sees at night is different from how humans see if we use night vision goggles.

            These goggles direct infrared light to your eyes so that they can see. Your baby cannot detect infrared light on its own, and they still require some visible light to see in darkness. However, they need less light in the dark than we see.

            Why do they see in the dark?

            We think that most animals as either diurnal, which means active during the daytime, or nocturnal, which implies being active at night. However, this is not necessarily the case. Wild canines are crepuscular beings.

            They are most active at dusk or dawn. At these times of the day, the light around is less. It is neither total darkness nor is it the bright lights of daytime. Canines have evolved like this. Because this is when their prey instincts are most active.

            Different Collars for Different Dogs

            How well can they see in darkness?

            It is well-known how well dogs can see in the dark. However, we do know canines can see well even in low-light conditions. It is for sure that they are better at seeing in the dark than we humans.

            Can dogs see better in the dark than humans?

            Neither dogs nor humans can see in total darkness. Because both you and your furball need light so that your vision can work. However, dogs can see better than humans can in low-light environments.

            According to estimation, dogs are 500% better than us in this department. Their vision can work in 20% of the light that a human eye needs to function. The reason is eyes of your dog are adapted to working in low light.

             Conclusion

            This would imply that they have more rods in their retinas, making their eyes more sensitive to light. Their pupils are bigger than ours, so more light gets into their eyes. They have that incredible layer of tissues named tapetum lacidum.

            This layer of tissues reflects the light falling on their eyes and gives them a second chance to use the same. Our eyes glow red in photos because the flash is getting reflected off the blood vessels of our eyes. I hope this article will help you to know more about dogs.

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            Fri, 25 Nov 2022 08:19:19 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            Supporting Dogs for Christmas https://thedogvisitor.com/supporting-dogs-for-christmas https://thedogvisitor.com/supporting-dogs-for-christmas Wire Fence will give away 100% of our profits and 100 kilograms of dog food on Wednesday 14th December for Christmas to a dog rescue centre.

            If you are a dog rescue centre or charity supporting the welfare of dogs and you are in need of additional funds you can apply by following a couple of easy steps. The application is open to any UK charity.

            Follow the steps below to apply:

            Go to Wire Fence’s Facebook page
            Find the post about this event
            Share the post publicly
            Collect as many likes as you can on your shared post until the 14th of December.

            The donation will be sent to the organisation that gets the most likes on Facebook until the 14th of December. The results will be announced on the 15th of December.

            Dogs need our help this Christmas
            As the holidays are getting closer and the Christmas lights have been lit up all over the country, we can’t help getting into a festive mood. People are more thoughtful and caring around this time of the year, spreading love and generosity. It’s important that we don’t forget about our four-legged friends during this season – especially the ones that don’t have the luxury of having a loving family to support them during the harsh winter months.

            This is the reason why Wire Fence is dedicated to supporting a dog shelter in the Christmas period, in the hopes of making the holiday period a little brighter for abandoned pups waiting to find their forever home.

            This is an annual charity giveaway event. You can read more about Wire Fence’s annual donations here: https://www.wirefence.co.uk/our-causes/

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            Fri, 25 Nov 2022 05:44:02 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            The Ultimate Festive Recipes For Your Dog That You Can Simply Make At Home https://thedogvisitor.com/the-ultimate-festive-recipes-for-your-dog-that-you-can-simply-make-at-home https://thedogvisitor.com/the-ultimate-festive-recipes-for-your-dog-that-you-can-simply-make-at-home
          • thortful has collaborated with the RSPCA to create festive recipes for your dogs
          • Over half of Brits (53%) plan to make Christmas extra special for their pet
          • Nearly a quarter (23%) are planning to give their pet a Christmas meal this year
          • Christmas is a time for joy and coming together as a family, but we all know that this year is going to be harder for a lot of families as they deal with the cost-of-living crisis. Millions of Brits will be searching for ways to cut down costs while still making this a magical time for everyone, whether you’ve got two legs or four. One way to cut back is with festive cooking recipes.

            Proving we’re a nation of animal lovers, a poll of pet owners in the UK revealed that we love to treat our furry friends at Christmas. Over half (53%) of Brits are planning to make Christmas special for their pet, and nearly a quarter (23%) are planning to give their pet a Christmas meal this year.

            With this in mind, greetings card marketplace thortful has partnered with the RSPCA to create a delicious selection of festive Christmas treats, recipes and snacks for your favourite furry friend.

            So why not get everyone in the kitchen and make some treats for your four-legged friend yourself? On the menu, there are pooch-friendly mini festive puddings and doggy stocking filler biscuits – perfect for your pooch this Christmas!

            Pooch-Friendly Mini Festive Puddings

            Spoil your pooch this festive season and give this festive pudding recipe a go:

            Ingredients:

            • 60g of peanut butter (Warning! make sure it’s xylitol-free so it’s dog safe)
            • 7 tablespoons of whole-wheat flour
            • 1 egg
            • 1 pot of coconut or soy yoghurt
            • 1 handful of dried cranberries

            How to make mini festive puddings:

            1. Start off by preheating your oven to 175°C.
            2. In a small pan, slowly soften up the peanut butter. Make sure not to overdo it otherwise you’ll end up with burnt peanut butter… yuck!
            3. Take off the heat and slowly stir in your flour until there are no lumps or visible flour.
            4. Crack in the egg and mix together to form a dough.
            5. Sprinkle a dusting of flour on a nearby surface and roll the dough into small bite-sized balls using your hands. Place them onto a baking sheet as you go.
            6. Bake in the oven for around 25 minutes or until you think they look golden brown.
            7. Remove from the oven and leave them to cool.
            8. When you’re ready to dish up, pour some yoghurt on top along with a handful of dried cranberries.

            Festive Recipes thortful

            Doggy Stocking Filler Biscuits

            As a part of the family, our dogs deserve a stocking on Christmas morning, too.

            Ingredients:

            • 250ml of water
            • 1 mashed banana
            • 1 egg
            • 1 tablespoon of honey
            • 600g of whole-wheat flour
            • 1teaspoon of baking powder

            How to Make Stocking Filler Biscuit

            1. Start by preheating your oven to 180 degrees Celcius and lightly grease two large baking sheets, making sure to get every nook and cranny.
            2. Mash up your banana into a large bowl and combine your water, mashed banana, egg and honey.
            3. After that, it’s time to stir in the whole-wheat flour and baking powder, which should leave you with a dough
            4. Beat the dough on medium speed in an electric mixer until you feel like all the ingredients are properly mixed together.
            5. Flour a nearby work surface and knead the dough until it’s not sticky.
            6. Roll out your dough around 1/4 inch thick and then use your favourite cookie cutter to cut it into small shapes. For extra festive fun, go for something like Christmas trees or snowmen or there’s always the classic bone shape!
            7. Once you’ve used all the dough, place your shapes onto the baking sheets.
            8. Pop into the oven until they’re looking a lovely light brown in colour, normally about 20 minutes or so.
            9. Turn off the oven and leave them for another 3-40 minutes until they become dry and crisp.
            10. carefully take the baking sheets out of the oven, letting them cool for 10 minutes before moving them onto a wire rack to fully cool.
            11. Now your pooch can crunch on their new favourite biscuit!

            Christmas Dinner Leftovers

            Everyone loves a Christmas dinner, and that goes for animals too. But which parts of a Christmas dinner are actually safe for animals to eat?

            • Turkey – The staple and centrepiece of a Christmas dinner, you can feed a little leftover turkey to your dogs and cats as long as it has been de-boned, and no gravy has been poured over it.
            • Pig in blankets – While you might think pigs in blankets are safe for pets, being made from processed meats means they’re not suitable for animals as they have high salt and fat content.
            • Stuffing – Unfortunately, due to being high in salt and other artificial ingredients, stuffing isn’t animal friendly. Any leftovers should be eaten by yourself (that’s what leftover sandwiches on Boxing Day are for).
            • Brussels sprouts – Love them or hate them, Brussels sprouts are a quintessential part of a traditional Christmas dinner – but if you’re not a fan, you can leave any unwanted sprouts out for badgers and foxes to enjoy.
            • Carrots – Leftover carrots can be fed to dogs. Foxes and badgers also enjoy nibbling on carrots. Maybe that’s why these critters can see in the dark so well!
            • Peas – If you’ve got any leftover peas on your plate, these can be left out for badgers and foxes.
            • Potatoes – Whether you prefer your potatoes boiled, roasted, baked or mashed, birds and badgers will also enjoy feasting on them around Christmas day too.

            To view the full collection of festive recipes, please visit here.

            A spokesperson at thortful said “we’re really excited to launch our charity partnership with the RSPCA – at thortful we love our furry friends, and we know our customers do too. Obviously, we believe that all animals deserve love and care all year round, but we know that this winter will be a tough one for lots of people. But together, we can help make Christmas a better time for everyone and that’s why we’ve launched festive recipes that you can make at home for your pet. Our research has shown over half of pet owners plan to make Christmas special for their pet, and our mission is to ensure that the festive season and beyond is fun for all the family.”

            To get involved and do an extra good deed to make it onto Santa’s nice list in time for Christmas, every time you buy a thortful RSPCA Christmas Card, they will give £1 to the RSPCA. Click here to see the full collection of RSPCA Christmas cards.

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            Fri, 25 Nov 2022 05:38:54 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            What We Do After Thanksgiving Dinner https://thedogvisitor.com/what-we-do-after-thanksgiving-dinner https://thedogvisitor.com/what-we-do-after-thanksgiving-dinner After Thanksgiving dinner at our house it is time to rest, or completely crash out. Our bellies are full, even over full, the house is warm, and we exhausted from entertaining most of the day. Getting all curled up and snuggled in for a nice nap is ideal. Thanksgiving was rather warm this year, but […]

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            Fri, 25 Nov 2022 04:23:21 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            5 Health Problems Developed Due To Dog Food https://thedogvisitor.com/5-health-problems-developed-due-to-dog-food https://thedogvisitor.com/5-health-problems-developed-due-to-dog-food As our dog gets ill, we start blaming their socializing with other animals, hereditary, and sensitivity. We never blame the food for this situation. But the fact is that most such cases happen due to wrong food or food habits.

            Our trust in dog food makes us overconfident. Usually, we ignore this possibility. A healthy diet is crucial to sustaining the dog’s health condition.

            Below are some examples of diseases developed due to dog food. It will help you determine the right food choice for your dog to prevent them from any such diseases.

            Health Problems Caused by Using poor quality dog food

            Obesity

            Like human obesity, dog obesity is a cause of concern for the dog. It leads to several health issues like hypertension, blood sugar, arthritis, and cancer. Hence, it affects the lifespan of a dog and hampers the quality of life. You can prevent this condition.

            Have a look at the calorie and carbs content in the food. These two things are most responsible for whether your dog turns obese or not in the future. In most cases, the vet notices that the dog owner ignores the obesity of their dogs.

            They initially consider obesity as a mark of good health. A controlled diet helps an obese dog to reduce weight and gain a good life span. You can consult a vet for weight control guidance.

            Allergy due to foodAllergy due to dog food

            It is a common problem irrespective of breed, age, or gender. Sometimes, due to an unexpected substance in the food, you should avoid the substance by going through the item content in the list mentioned on the food cover.

            The symptoms of food allergies are itching in the skin, stomach problems, and swollen areas on the face. In this situation, we blame nature, atmospheric, or seasonal changes but do not consider the food for this condition.

            Read Also: 8 Excellent Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy

            Cardiac issue

            Heart-related issues are common in dogs. One of the significant heart issues is cardiomyopathy. It develops due to the enlargement of the heart chamber. Sodium intake is a significant reason for this situation. Sodium helps retain water in the body, which increases hypertension.

            It creates pressure in the heart and develops myopathy. Also, grain food increases this situation. Grain-free food and reduced sodium may prevent such situations from developing. You can give them vegetables and a limited amount of grain because both are important for them, but in a controlled way.

            Blood sugarbalanced food for your dog

            It happens due to the presence of glucose in the blood. It arises due to the inability of the pancreas to create insulin. It helps the food break fat and protein for the body. You can control this but not cure it permanently.

            Excessive sugar in the blood can cause damage to the kidneys, liver, and eyes. In case of high sugar, the vet may give your dog insulin daily and prescribe low-diet food. You will be surprised to know the amount of diabetes-developing contents present in dog food which is more than your dog’s digestive system can tackle.

            Prevention Procedure

            It is too tough to maintain a balanced food for your dog. Though raw food is good, there are issues like availability, storage, cost, and preparation. High nutritious raw meat and probiotics are good options. You can give them some fruits and vegetables too.

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            Fri, 25 Nov 2022 02:30:20 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            A French Bulldog Named Winston Wins Best in A Show at The National Dog Show 2022 https://thedogvisitor.com/a-french-bulldog-named-winston-wins-best-in-a-show-at-the-national-dog-show-2022 https://thedogvisitor.com/a-french-bulldog-named-winston-wins-best-in-a-show-at-the-national-dog-show-2022 According to the estimation, 20 million people watched Winston win the 21st Annual National Dog Show Presented by Purina during the Thanksgiving telecast.

            Winston is the winner.

            At the 21st Annual National Dog Show Presented by Purina, aired on NBC on Thanksgiving Day, the French Bulldog earned the top spot.

            An estimated 20 million people watched Winston take the Best in Show title at the 2022 National Dog Show, according to Purina — the show was hosted by The Kennel Club of Philadelphia — with his handler Perry Payson of Bixby, Oklahoma. Winston triumphed over hundreds of dogs from dozens of breeds to win the grand prize.

            The 2022 National Dog Show’s Best In Show judge said, “He is a show dog with personality and beauty and a perfect fit for the breed. “He has a razzle-dazzle that says, ‘I am here to win tonight.’ You can just tell that he can also go home and be the perfect pet.”

            PHOTO: PURINA
            PHOTO: PURINA

            Payson said, “I get excited every time, and so does Winston,” after Winston’s Best in Show win. “The National Dog Show in Philadelphia, with the television frontage on Thanksgiving Day, is special. We’ve had a lot of help, and that’s what happens with a dog of this quality.”

            Before taking Best in Show, Winston won the 2022 National Dog Show’s Best in Group prize for the Non-Sporting Group. Six other canines joined Winston in the dog show’s final round: The Irish Water Spaniel Sloane of the Sporting Group, Cooper the English Toy Spaniel from the Toy Group, Reus the Alaskan Malamute from the Working Group, Trouble the America Staffordshire Terrier from the Terrier Group, Nate the Treeing Walker Coonhound from the Hound Group, and River the German Shepherd from the Herding Group.

            PHOTO: PURINA
            PHOTO: PURINA

            Cooper, the English Toy Spaniel, took home the 2022 National Dog Show’s second place prize, known as Reserve Best in Show. In addition, Winston won Reserve Best in Show at the 2022 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

            To watch Winston’s win again, tune in to an encore presentation of the 2022 National Dog Show on November 26 from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. CT/MT) on NBC.

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            Fri, 25 Nov 2022 02:30:18 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            Is Your Newborn Puppy Not Pooping? 5 Best Solutions https://thedogvisitor.com/is-your-newborn-puppy-not-pooping-5-best-solutions https://thedogvisitor.com/is-your-newborn-puppy-not-pooping-5-best-solutions Thrilled at the prospect of witnessing the overloaded cuteness of a newborn pup? They are adorable. Agree? But they require ...

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            Fri, 25 Nov 2022 02:00:45 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            5 Best Ways to Remove Dried Dead Tick On Dog https://thedogvisitor.com/5-best-ways-to-remove-dried-dead-tick-on-dog https://thedogvisitor.com/5-best-ways-to-remove-dried-dead-tick-on-dog While cuddling your dog or giving them scratches, have you ever noticed that some brown, curled up, and stiff insect ...

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            Fri, 25 Nov 2022 02:00:44 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            Maine Coon and Dogs (2022) 9 Ways to Make Introductions https://thedogvisitor.com/maine-coon-and-dogs-2022-9-ways-to-make-introductions https://thedogvisitor.com/maine-coon-and-dogs-2022-9-ways-to-make-introductions Thu, 24 Nov 2022 23:52:26 -0800 Dog-Fancier Vogt Koyanagi Harada Syndrome In Dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/vogt-koyanagi-harada-syndrome-in-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/vogt-koyanagi-harada-syndrome-in-dogs The post Vogt Koyanagi Harada Syndrome In Dogs appeared first on Petmoo.

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            Thu, 24 Nov 2022 23:01:03 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            What is the Best Dog Food for Havanese? https://thedogvisitor.com/what-is-the-best-dog-food-for-havanese https://thedogvisitor.com/what-is-the-best-dog-food-for-havanese We have carefully explored some of the best dog foods for this adorable, fluffy breed of a small dog with a big personality larger than life, and we have put together some valuable and beneficial information for you in this article.

            But first, let’s take a look at the fascinating history of the Havanese and learn a little bit about where they came from and how they became so loved by families all over the world.

            Story and Background

            The Havanese is a small, cute, energetic, adaptable, and people-oriented dog with a soft, silky coat and long hair whose favorite thing is to snuggle comfortably in your lap. It’s the national dog of Cuba, and it is the country’s only native breed.

            Ship’s logs from the early sixteenth century let us know the early Spanish colonists brought these dogs along during their first voyages. They began the colonization of the island in the ten years after Christopher Columbus triumphantly raised the flag there in 1942. Spain owned Cuba for the better part of the next four hundred years.

            Since the first settlers came primarily from Tenerife’s island, logic tells us that the Havanese was most likely the Tenerife dog, a common ancestor to all the ancient Bichon family. The dog quickly found its way into the homes of the resident Spanish aristocracy.

            It was often called the Spanish Silk Poodle or the Havana Silk Dog due to its uniquely remarkable coat—extraordinarily soft and light—that makes the dog very heat-resistant by providing insulation against the tropical rays.

            Regardless of the massive trade restrictions that Colonial Cuba initially suffered, it flourished by the 18th century and became the New World’s cultural center. Its elegance and splendor surpassed anything Britain had accomplished in its colonies by far at that point.

            The European aristocracy loved Havana and brought the Havanese dog back to the royal courts of England, Spain, and France. By the mid 18th century, Queen Victoria owned two of these adorable, intelligent, friendly, and spunky little dogs. Charles Dickens also had one.

            Meanwhile, a new class—the bourgeoisie—emerged in Cuba. The adaptable little ball of fur became the number one family dog among its members and is still firmly holding its position as a family extraordinaire today.

            The Havanese found their way to America during the Cuban revolution when a handful of Cubans who owned these dogs migrated here. By the end of the 1970s, the Havanese was already a prevailing breed. Virtually all of the Havanese in the world today—minus those remaining in Cuba and some other small exceptions—stem from those immigrants.

            Judging by portraits and paintings from the eighteenth century, these dogs have remained pretty much the same as they were back then.

            Best Dog Foods for Havanese

            We have put together a handy list of nutritional foods and have taken a close look at each one to help you make an informed decision and choice when it comes to the food you give to your Havanese, as this is easily the most crucial part of caring for these little balls of fur.

            Nutritional Needs of a Havanese

            A healthy, balanced diet is critical when it comes to the overall well-being of Havanese dogs. The ideal ratios of protein, fat, and carbohydrates are vital, as they are with dogs in general.

            Protein

            As the building blocks for healthy tissues, cells, organs, and muscles, the amino acids found in protein make it an essential nutrient for all dogs, including your precious Havanese. Best when it comes from animal sources like meat, fish, and poultry, protein supports the healthy growth and development of puppies and adult dogs’ lean muscle mass.

            Carbohydrates

            Carbohydrates have been deemed controversial, but the reality is that they are an essential nutrient for your pup’s health. They can ensure that your dog has sufficient levels of energy, vitamins, minerals, and the necessary dietary fiber.

            The best carbohydrates recommendations are digestible whole grains, beans, legumes, and vegetables. Just make sure that they contain no more than a maximum of 5% fiber.

            Fats

            Following protein, fats are the second most important nutrient your Havanese needs because it provides a valuable concentrated source of energy.

            Your pup requires plenty of healthy fat. Due to the dog’s small size and super-fast metabolism, an abundance of good fats is essential for your furry Havanese friend. Remember that these dogs burn calories at a very high rate.

            Note that it is best when the fats come from animal sources like chicken fat and salmon oil.

            Fruits/Vegetables

            Except for blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, carrots, pineapple, and watermelon (seedless), fruits and vegetables are not so good—and can even be dangerous—for your Havanese. While it is true that they are incredibly healthy for humans, this is not always the case with canines.

            Beware of peaches, apples, and plums in particular. They can release toxins that can be extremely harmful and even deadly to your Havanese pup. Grapes and raisins can cause renal failure, kidney failure, and even liver failure. Cherries can be detrimental to the intestines, and avocados can make your furry friend very sick.

            Prebiotics/Probiotics

            Prebiotics and probiotics support optimum digestive health and are very beneficial for all dogs. Your Havanese is no exception. Prebiotics and probiotics are nutrients designed to nourish and promote the growth of good bacteria in the colon.

            For dogs that take medications, are stressed out, or are struggling with infections and bacterial imbalance or parasites, probiotics can do miracles. They can also help your Havanese in their old age.

            If your dog is healthy, a probiotic may be an excellent idea if there is a tendency to get diarrhea or before an event that may be stressful for your pup and possibly cause anxiety—like boarding or attending a dog show.

            Special Dietary and Nutritional Considerations of Havanese

            As mentioned above, the Havanese is a generally healthy dog breed with a long life-span. There are some instances, though, of inherited hip dysplasia. There are also overall high risks of musculoskeletal issues.

            Health Issues

            Most of the health issues for Havanese dogs are related to the eyes, the musculoskeletal system, and the heart. Some of the conditions that these lovely little rascals may be prone to are as follows:

            • Cataracts
            • Deafness
            • Heart murmur
            • Portosystemic shunt (PSS)
            • Mitral valve insufficiency
            • Elbow dysplasia
            • Hip dysplasia
            • Chondrodysplasia
            • Patellar luxation
            • Legg-Calve-Perthes disease

            Cataracts form in the lens of the eye and cause partial or total blindness. In general, the good news is that eye conditions are not painful and don’t necessarily require treatment unless they spread to both eyes and cause complete blindness. Cataracts are hereditary, and as a responsible dog parent, you should have your Havanese’s eyes checked annually.

            Another eye condition Havanese can develop—and is usually hereditary as well—is retinal dysplasia. Tear staining is also a common cosmic issue caused by overactive tear glands.

            Cardiovascular problems arise when there is a disturbance in the blood flow, and heart murmur often indicates another condition. Portosystemic shunt results in high toxicity levels in the blood, due to blood from the digestive tract skipping the liver.

            Deafness is, unfortunately, also common in Havanese dogs. Generally, breeders are responsible for testing the hearing of all puppies before they sell them. They test each ear individually and usually spay/neuter the parents of puppies who exhibit deafness.

            Talking to the breeder about your puppy’s hearing tests is essential and shouldn’t be overlooked.

            Mitral valve insufficiency, or heart valve disease, is common in older dogs and small-size breeds like the Havanese. The heart has four valves composed of elastic and collagen tissues mixed with a substance called spongiosa. When the elastic and collagen tissues weaken and deteriorate, the spongiosa thickens and causes the valve to start flopping, stop closing correctly, and start leaking, which of course, causes problems.

            The mitral valve separates the left ventricle from the left atrium and closes typically when the heart contracts, thus preventing blood from going back into the left atrium. When it leaks, the blood goes back into the left atrium and prevents the normal flow of blood throughout the body.

            Unfortunately, this condition is incurable, and treatment—which involves many drugs— is only useful for keeping the symptoms at bay.

            Musculoskeletal problems, like elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia, chondrodysplasia, patellar luxation, and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, are characterized by deformities or malformations of the joints.

            In particular, Legg-Calve-Perthes is very painful, and treatment varies based on the severity of the symptoms. This condition can also lead to atrophy of the muscles, which considerably slows the recovery period and can make any medical therapy less likely to work.

            Usually, surgery is the answer to atrophy. Luckily, dogs tend to recover well after going through the surgery. Experts suggest a genetic component to the development of Legg-Calve-Perthes, but the exact causes are unclear.

            Daily Calorie Intake

            As we have already established, Havanese dogs, specifically growing puppies and young adults, need plenty of calories due to their metabolism’s high speed. According to the National Research Council of the National Academies, a puppy or a young adult needs a daily intake of at least 466 calories. An active adult with a weight of 10 pounds requires an average of 404 calories per day.

            Depending on your Havanese pup’s activity levels, you may need to ensure their daily intake of calories is even higher. You know your dog’s personality and habits best, and it is up to you to make sure that their most basic needs are met and satisfied.

            Activity Level

            Havanese dogs require minimal exercise. While they are incredibly social and energetic, they get most of the exercise they require through play and one or maybe two walks every day. These dogs should never live outside. It’s not unusual for them to even use a litter box at home—this aids in their overall house training, which can be quite a challenging process.

            Havanese don’t have a problem playing either outside (in a fenced yard) or inside, but they are not dogs who do well when left alone, so they will expect you to play with them and give them loads of attention.

            These energetic furballs can get anxious and depressed if left by themselves, so it’s a good idea to arrange a situation where your dog will not be left alone for long periods. Otherwise, problematic and destructive behaviors become very likely.

            Havanese get so attached to their humans that they are also known as “Velcro” dogs because of it. They thrive on time spent with the family and are very protective, especially of children.

            These dogs, small as they are, have surprisingly high endurance levels. A healthy and well-conditioned adult can run for up to 2 miles and exhibit remarkable stamina by hiking for up to 5 miles with no problem. Just make sure you take the necessary grooming measures to prevent their fine, long hair from matting or tangling.

            Allergies

            Like humans, the Havanese breed dogs can be allergic to pollen, mold, and dust mites. But while allergies in humans make them sneeze, allergies in Havanese dogs make their skin itchy. The condition is called atopy and is most common in the feet, folds of the skin, belly, and ears.

            Symptoms of allergies often start showing up between 1 and 3 years of age, and they may get worse every year. Common signs are rubbing of the face, licking the paws repeatedly, and frequent ear infections. Luckily, though, there is a variety of treatment options out there.

            Dietary Restrictions

            In addition to the fruits mentioned earlier and the veggies deemed harmful for your Havanese, you should also stay away from pomegranates and anything that may pose a risk of your pup swallowing seeds or pits.

            Walnuts, almonds, pistachios, and hickory nuts are also harmful. Macadamia nuts are particularly dangerous as they can cause both physical and neurological damage. Don’t give your Havanese pup any sugar or dairy products (like ice cream).

            Chocolate is a big no-no for all dogs, and Havanese are no exception to the rule. The chemicals in chocolate are lethal to dogs. Coffee and tea are a terrible idea since they contain caffeine. Alcoholic beverages are also harmful.

            Herbs and spices—like garlic, onions, and related foods, excess salt, nutmeg, and mustard seed—are dangerous and should not be given to your Havanese companion. Baking soda, baking powder, raw yeast dough, and human medicine and vitamin supplements are also toxic.

            As long as you follow the necessary rules and guidelines and keep your Havanese on a balanced and healthy diet in which anything harmful is absent, you will ensure that your faithful companion lives a long and healthy life.

            Skin Conditions

            The most common skin condition in Havanese dogs is called sebaceous adenitis. Usually, you will first notice it between the ages of 1 and 5, and it involves scaly, dry skin with bald patches on the back, the back of the neck, and along the top of the head.

            As with most skin conditions, early detection is crucial and makes a big difference in the length of the treatment process, which is already generally a long-term one and involves a combination of approaches.

            Dogs respond differently to treatment, but you will most likely need to use special medicated shampoos to remove dead hair and skin. You will likely also need to give your pup fatty acid supplements.

            Havanese Feeding Schedule

            It would be best if you feed an 8-week-old puppy three times a day. 1/8 cup of dry food is sufficient per feeding. Leave the food bowl out for your Havanese puppy for 15 to 20 minutes and then pick it up. As your puppy grows, gradually increase the amount of food per feeding based on the instructions on the bag of food.

            By the time your puppy is six months old, reduce the feedings to 2 times per day. When their 1st birthday comes around, you can feed them only once a day if you choose. Get to know your Havanese and their eating tendencies. They may require one large bowl per day or two smaller ones.

            Remember that your puppy should look full but not round after eating. An overweight puppy is less likely to grow up healthy. When your Havanese is fully grown, it’s ok to leave the food bowl out all day without putting it away after feeding.

            Of course, fresh, clean water should always be available and easily accessible for your pup.

            Note: until your furry companion is six months old, make sure you stick with the type of food that the Havanese dog breeder was giving your puppy before bringing them home with you. Changing the food right away and giving your puppy anything else—like treats, greenies, and table food—can cause them to have soft bowels as their digestive system is too fragile.

            You can start introducing the brand of food you prefer, along with dog treats, when your puppy is a little older.

            Overall Best Dog Food for Havanese

            Here are our 2022 Picks for the best Havanese dog foods on the market:

            Our Top Pick—NomNom Fresh Food Delivery

            NomNom is easily our top pick for 2022. A lot of care goes into preparing and distributing this amazing-quality, healthy, natural dog food. Each ingredient is taken very seriously and prepared individually for a perfectly healthy, balanced nutrition for your pup. The meals are custom-made and pre-portioned for your furry companion and are delivered straight to your door for your convenience.

            On top of everything else, the packaging is recyclable. These guys show they are serious about the impact on our earth and try to reduce it as much as possible. Their holistic, nutrition-first approach is remarkable, and we highly recommend them for your Havanese.

            Their dog food is packed with vitamins, as well as human-grade meats and veggies, to meet all of your pup’s needs. There are no fillers or artificial flavors present, and the maximum fiber content you can expect in any of their foods is only 2%.

            10 More Top-Rated Dog Foods for Havanese

            We have also included reviews of 10 other excellent choices for your Havanese pup. These foods are fantastic for addressing specific issues your Havanese may have—like sensitivity and obesity. We have also included the best choices for puppies and seniors.

            Runner-Up: Ollie—Healthy Dog Food

            Key Features

            This food is prepared to perfection with your furry companion’s health in mind using whole foods, gently cooked to preserve each ingredient’s nutrients. There are no fillers like soy, wheat, or corn. The brand is an excellent choice for your adorable little furry companion. You can rest assured that they will love the superb taste and quality of the food.

            All the necessary vitamins and minerals are present, and the fiber content does not exceed 2% in any of the recipes. You can choose from chicken, lamb, turkey, and beef recipes all packed with healthy veggies to ensure your Havanese’s nutritional needs are entirely met.

            Pros

            • Delivered to your door
            • No fillers, artificial flavors, or by-products
            • Made in the USA

            Cons

            • Can be expensive long-term

            Fresh/Super Premium: A Pup Above—By Dog Parents for Dog Parents

            Key Features

            A Pup Above is another excellent choice of food for your Havanese dog. You can take your pick from beef, pork, chicken, and turkey. The company cooks their food sous-vide—slowly and evenly to preserve all the nutrients.

            The brand was started by dog parents whose mission and goal were to make it easy for other dog parents to ensure that their precious furry baby is getting the best of the best when it comes to their diet.

            There are no by-products, fillers, or artificial flavors present in any of the recipes. All vegetables are sure to be non-GMO and free of pesticides. There are no added hormones or antibiotics in any of the meats.

            Pros

            • Made in a USDA human-food facility
            • Human-grade ingredients
            • Single-source proteins
            • Discount available with a subscription

            Cons

            • Food not portioned
            • Expensive in the long run

            Most Popular: Taste of the Wild

            Key Features

            Taste of the Wild is one of the most popular food brands for your Havanese. The company is family-owned and based in the USA and has scientifically advanced food safety protocols. The taste of the food is excellent, and your pup will love it.

            Their recipes are natural, grain-free, rich in nutrients, and highly digestible due to the added probiotics. All the ingredients come from sustainable sources, and all the meat and fish used are real and humanely raised. You don’t have to worry about the presence of by-products or artificial flavors and fillers.

            Pros

            • Made in the USA
            • Natural antioxidant support from real fruits and vegetables
            • Affordable

            Cons

            • Some controversial ingredients like brewer’s yeast and tomato pomace
            • Subject to several recalls in the past, although only one of them has affected the brand

            Best Value: The Farmer’s Dog—Fresh, Healthy Pet Food

            Key Features

            This dog food seems pricey, but it will save you a lot of money that would otherwise go toward paying your pup’s vet bills. Havanese can be picky eaters, and The Farmer’s Dog is an excellent choice. You can rest assured that your pup is not getting any preservatives. The food is made in USDA kitchens and ensures that your companion will get all the vitamins and nutrients they need in their diet.

            Your Havanese will also enjoy the superb taste, and you will have peace of mind knowing they are satisfied and healthy.

            Pros

            • Human-grade ingredients
            • Pre-portioned
            • No artificial flavors, fillers, or by-products

            Cons

            • Not very portable

            Pea Free: Purina One

            Key Features

            This food is formulated specifically with active companions in mind and is an excellent choice for your energetic Havanese ball of fur. It contains live probiotics to support a healthy immune system and digestion, and it is rich in essential vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids, and minerals for healthy joints and excellent mobility.

            Pros

            • No artificial flavors or preservatives
            • Contains glucosamine to help the aging process
            • Affordable

            Cons

            • Includes corn by-products

            Best for Puppies: Wellness CORE

            Key Features

            Wellness CORE is a beautiful choice for your Havanese puppy. Coated with probiotics to help digestion, it guarantees calcium and phosphorous levels to promote healthy bone growth.

            It also contains the necessary nutrients to support healthy brain and eye development and a shiny coat. Wellness CORE sources its proteins from real chicken and turkey, and there are no by-products, artificial flavors, or preservatives present.

            Pros

            • Promotes healthy digestion
            • No by-products

            Cons

            • High levels of potatoes, which may break down into sugars

            Best for Seniors: Blue Buffalo

            Key Features

            Made with aging dogs in mind, Blue Buffalo is an excellent choice for your senior Havanese. The high-quality protein in the food ensures your pup’s energy and healthy muscle maintenance. There are no corn, soy, wheat, or poultry by-products present, and there is an abundance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids for healthy skin and coat.

            Pros

            • Promotes a healthy immune system
            • No by-products
            • Affordable

            Cons

            • Not grain-free

            Best for Overweight Havanese: American Journey

            Key Features

            This grain-free food is another excellent choice for your Havanese, especially if they struggle with weight issues. The food contains natural ingredients and essential vitamins and minerals. The first ingredient is always real chicken. American Journey also contains glucosamine and chondroitin and promotes the maintenance of healthy joints and mobility.

            Pros

            • No artificial flavors or by-products
            • Reduced calories for healthy weight control
            • Supports metabolism and muscle health

            Cons

            • Non-resealable meal wraps

            Best for Sensitive Stomachs: Hill’s Science Diet

            Key Features

            Vets highly recommend Hill’s Science Diet. They specifically design their food for adult dogs with sensitive stomachs. Your Havanese is guaranteed to love this beneficial food high in vitamins. Prebiotics are present to aid digestion. This brand has been around for a long time and has decades of research under its belt.

            Pros

            • Made in the USA
            • Natural ingredients
            • Highly digestible

            Cons

            • Controversial vitamin D toxicity

            Best for Havanese with Allergies: Canidae

            Key Features

            Packed with essential natural ingredients and containing probiotics, omega-3, omega-6 fatty acids, and plenty of antioxidants, Canidae’s quality is uncompromised. Your Havanese is guaranteed to fall in love with its excellent taste.

            Canidae is a family-owned company focused on ensuring your furry companion gets the balanced and complete nutrition they require for their overall health and proper development. It is ideal for sensitive Havanese prone to allergies and a solid choice for your pup.

            Pros

            • Great taste
            • Promotes healthy digestion

            Cons

            • Can be pricey

            FAQs

            As we approach our article’s conclusion, we wanted to wrap things up by answering some common frequently asked questions about the remarkable Havanese breed.

            When Should I switch my Havanese Puppy to Adult Food?

            Havanese puppies become fully grown adults at 12 months of age. At this point, it’s ok to go ahead and slowly start introducing adult dog food to your furry companion’s diet. We recommend that you start mixing adult food into their puppy food little by little until eventually, they are eating only the adult food.

            Do Havanese Need Calcium Supplements?

            In short, no. Multivitamins—especially vitamin D supplements high in calcium—are generally a bad idea. If you have established a healthy and well-balanced diet for your pup, no additional vitamins and supplements are necessary.

            While small amounts of calcium are beneficial to the bones and teeth, too much can cause problems. Elevated calcium levels in the blood can result in calcium deposition in soft tissues like the lungs and heart, which can reduce your Havanese’s ability to function and cause kidney stones, vomiting, etc.

            Is Fresh or Dry Food Better for My Havanese?

            Generally, dry food is better for your Havanese. These dogs are prone to dental problems, and wet food can easily cause those. For tartar and plaque removal, control, and maintenance, chewing on kibble can be very useful.

            Invest the time into finding good, balanced food for your Havanese. They will be happier and healthier for it. Good meat sources are their favorite foods, and they also enjoy fruits and vegetables. Just keep in mind the harmful fruits and vegetables discussed in this article.

            What Kind of Vegetables Should Havanese Eat?

            Veggies are indeed the primary source of vitamins and minerals for your Havanese. As long as vegetables are present in the food you give to your pup, you don’t need to provide them with anything extra. Veggie treats for good behavior, of course, are allowed.

            In addition to carrots, some of the best vegetables you can give your Havanese are broccoli, cucumber, pumpkin, sweet potato, spinach, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, zucchini, and asparagus.

            Conclusion

            There indeed is much to consider before taking the step of seeking out a Havanese puppy. Still, the effort and time that go into their care, particularly into the type of diet you establish for them, are more than worth it.

            Havanese dogs require special care and commitment, and if you are not ready to make that commitment, you should stop and reconsider before taking the leap and getting a Havanese dog—or any dog for that matter.

            But suppose you are ready and up for the challenge. In that case, these dogs will give you unmeasurable amounts of love and affection, become a loyal member of your family, and brighten up each day with their unique personality and temperament and their energetic, spunky nature. With the right diet, your Havanese pup will be a healthy and happy member of your family for years to come.

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            Thu, 24 Nov 2022 22:57:13 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            From Scared to Service Dog: Kiska’s Unspoken Story https://thedogvisitor.com/from-scared-to-service-dog-kiskas-unspoken-story https://thedogvisitor.com/from-scared-to-service-dog-kiskas-unspoken-story It's Dog or Nothing - All Things Great Pyrenees

            This story is sponsored by CUDDLY. Don’t worry—we only share information about products and services we truly love and support.

            Rescue is kind of my thing.

            When I was younger, I’d help any animal I came across. I can vividly remember riding my bike around our small neighborhood and finding an injured baby bird. I ran to my friend’s house, grabbed some gloves, and put him into our mailbox until I could get an adult (because my kid brain felt that was the safest place for him).

            As I got older, I fell in love with the Great Pyrenees breed and became obsessed. Once I brought my first pyr home, Mauja, I was hooked. I started getting involved in rescue and trying to help as many as I could.

            And now, I run my own kitten rescue focusing on orphan neonatal kittens and special needs.

            Like I said, rescue is kind of my thing.

            Mauja and Atka came from an amazing, reputable breeder, so I knew their backstory. I knew how they were treated, who their parents are, where they lived, and more. Even though I wasn’t there to witness it, I trusted what I was told about them—the breeder had a great reputation.

            But Kiska is a different story.

            I was on a trip and heard about a litter in poor shape. I banded together with local pyr rescue people, and we headed out to check out the situation.

            Even though I’ve had her since she was about 7 weeks old (and she’s 3 now), I don’t know her whole story. Here’s her story as I imagine it—told by her.

            Kiska’s unspoken story

            I don’t remember much from before coming to my forever home, but I remember being cold and scared.

            Oh, and itchy—extremely itchy.

            I lived outside with my brothers and sisters (I think there were eight of us, it’s hard to remember at this point). The floor was really hard and cold, and at nighttime, we’d shiver and huddle together.

            We also didn’t get to spend time with our mama. We were with her to start, but one day, my siblings and I were on the porch, and she was out in the field.

            She was whining because she couldn’t get to us, but the human wouldn’t let her in. We would run up and down the fence together which was fun, but I really just wanted to snuggle my mom. We watched her and learned how to bark. If there was a shadow or a weird noise, she’d bark, bark, bark, and we’d do the same.

            The humans didn’t like that. They’d yell at us to stop, and we were scared so we hid. My mama didn’t hide though. She was strong and she’d keep barking. She said she had to protect the chickens and the black cat.

            I liked that cat. Occasionally, he’d jump over the fence and snuggle with us. It was nice because he always smelled like mama—it was comforting.

            I never really got to see humans though. The person that lived in the house didn’t come visit us much. She’d come out and give us food and water, but the buckets were huge, so she didn’t have to do it very often.

            Did I mention I was itchy? I’d scratch and scratch, but I couldn’t make the feeling go away.

            Then one night, some other humans came to visit. My siblings were a bit nervous, but I was absolutely terrified. I tried to crawl into a shelf, but I knocked things over, scaring myself even more. I eventually hid behind a rake and hoped the humans would leave.

            But they wouldn’t.

            Eventually, one came over and picked me up. I was so scared and couldn’t stop shaking, but it felt… good. I let her keep holding me, and I felt so calm. When she put me down, all I wanted was to be held again. I stayed close by her so she knew, and touched her leg over and over to remind her I was there.

            But then she left.

            I don’t know why she left. I was so sad, and so scared. I finally felt warm and comfortable, and then she left me. I couldn’t believe she left.

            But when the sun came up, I couldn’t believe my eyes. She was back! I was so happy my tail wouldn’t stop wiggling. She came onto the patio, picked me up, kissed my face, and we walked out together.

            She took me to a new place, and while I knew I was safe with her, I had never left my patio, I had never left my siblings, and now I couldn’t see my mom. I couldn’t make the drools stop, and I threw up on her a few times on the drive.

            I had baths—a lot of them—but they removed the itchies! I think they said it was fleas? I quickly became a new girl and couldn’t wait for our adventures.

            x

            I got a new collar, a new leash, and a new raincoat. Mom said, “Puppies in Seattle need raincoats.” Whatever that means. I didn’t like it, but it made all the humans ooh and ahh. I liked the attention. I learned that humans can actually be pretty good. And you know what? My new life is pretty awesome.

            CUDDLY: Help for shelters and rescues

            Kiska and her littermates were lucky enough to have the support of many people to get healthy and find amazing new homes, but having resources is always difficult for rescues to come by.

            That’s where CUDDLY comes in.

            CUDDLY enables rescues to create fundraisers and wishlists to support animals in their care. Their mission is to help save as many animals globally through community, innovation, and creativity, and they currently have over 2,000 animal welfare organizations on board.

            My heart broke as I browsed through all the animals in need on CUDDLY, but at the same time, I was overcome with emotion seeing all the support. There’s so much negativity in the world right now, but seeing strangers come together to save animals warms my heart.

            I was especially touched by the work Angels Journey Home Animal Rescue is doing for these puppy mill puppies. Kiska was in better shape than these babies, but I can understand the blood, sweat, and tears that are going into getting them healthy (and flea-free).

            I encourage you to take some time to explore CUDDLY and see if there is an animal that speaks to you. Some organizations are in need of supplies, while some are requesting monetary donations for veterinary bills.

            If you work with a rescue, I’d also encourage you to look into how the platform can help you save more animals. I know I’ll be registering my kitten rescue soon. CUDDLY is an invaluable tool for any animal welfare organization.

            Share your pet’s story

            What’s your pet’s unspoken story? What do you think your pet would say about his/her life before being adopted? Share their story on any social media platform using the hashtag #MyUnspokenPet. I can’t wait to read your stories!

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            Thu, 24 Nov 2022 22:00:53 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            10 Great Pyrenees Puppy Essentials https://thedogvisitor.com/10-great-pyrenees-puppy-essentials https://thedogvisitor.com/10-great-pyrenees-puppy-essentials It's Dog or Nothing - All Things Great Pyrenees

            There’s just something special about Great Pyrenees puppies. They’re adorable little fluffballs that delight everyone around them.

            I don’t know about you, but I have never had two identical Great Pyrenees puppies—they all have their own quirks and behaviors. Some are more confident, some are more eager to learn, and some are just downright mischievous (*cough Kiska). But no matter what personality your pyr puppy has, there are a few things every owner should purchase before bringing the puppy home. Ahead, our top 10 Great Pyrenees puppy essentials and recommendations.

            1. Nature’s Miracle Advanced Stain and Odor Eliminator

            With puppies comes house training, and with house training comes accidents. Thoroughly cleaning potty accidents helps prevent your puppy from going in the same place twice.

            2. Giant Breed Dog Crate

            Crates are non-negotiable when it comes to puppies. Not only does crate training have numerous benefits, but your puppy is going to need to be crated at some point in his life. Whether at the vet’s after surgery, for travel, or at the groomer, preparing your puppy now will lead to much less stress later in life.

            3. Collar and ID tag

            Accidents happen, so it’s essential to prepare. Putting your name and phone number on your puppy’s ID tag significantly increases the likelihood of your beloved friend making it back home. Even if your dog is microchipped (and every dog should be), your puppy should still wear an ID tag to make it easier to return home.

            If you can’t stand the jingling tags make or need to prevent extra noise, there are tags that fit the dog’s collar. I got Kiska this pet tag holder/silencer to keep her from being disruptive when out working.

            4. Food and water bowls

            It can be tempting to buy small bowls for your puppy, but they truly grow faster than weeds. If you’re trying to get the most out of your Great Pyrenees puppy essentials spending, I highly recommend getting bowls that will transition into adulthood.

            My crew prefers stainless steel bowls with an anti-skid bottom, but there are endless options these days. There’s an option to suit every need, from insulated water bowls to slow feeders to bowls for messy eaters/drinkers.

            5. Leash and poop bags

            All puppies need a quality leash—and don’t forget the poop bags for when you go out on walks! Earth Rated dog poop bags are strong, thick, and leak-proof. And of course, we can’t forget a bag holder. This dog poop bag holder easily attaches to the leash and even has a built-in flashlight for those late evening/early morning walks.

            6. High-value treats

            Dog treats are a valuable tool whilte training and socializing your puppy. Try out some homemade dehydrated dog treats if you’re a DIYer (and have a dehydrator). Two floof-approved, store-bought treats in my house are Orijen’s freeze-dried treats and Vital Essential freeze-dried mini nibs.

            7. Puzzle toys

            Most people understand the importance of physical exercise for dogs, but many forget that mental stimulation is just as important. Basic dog obedience training and trick training are excellent ways for you to bond with your dog while challenging her brain, but sometimes you need to keep your puppy entertained while you get things done.

            Snuffle mats are great for dogs and puppies and can provide hours of entertainment. Simply toss in some treats and let your puppy’s nose get to work! These mats can even be used to feed dinner to dogs with a high food drive.

            8. Grooming supplies

            At the very least, you should start your puppy with a basic brush and nail trimmer. Desensitizing your puppy to these tasks will make your life easier when he gets older (and bigger). 

            Check out these posts with our favorite grooming supplies:

            9. Puppy/baby gate

            Trust me—even with a crate, baby gates are a life-saver for training Great Pyrenees puppies, especially while house-breaking. It won’t take long for your puppy to learn how to scale a gate, so be sure to keep that in mind when you’re purchasing one. We’ve had success with this baby gate, which is difficult to climb and tall enough to last through the house-breaking process.

            10. Teething toys

            Puppies explore the world with their mouths, meaning they will bite—but that doesn’t mean it’s okay to bite. Set your puppy up for success by offering appropriate teething toys for them to redirect this completely natural behavior. Atka adored his “pacifier” chew toy, and this Nylabone puppy chew has been a hit for everyone.

            What are your Great Pyrenees puppy essentials?

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            Thu, 24 Nov 2022 22:00:51 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            Mauja’s Emergency Vet Visit Scare https://thedogvisitor.com/maujas-emergency-vet-visit-scare https://thedogvisitor.com/maujas-emergency-vet-visit-scare It's Dog or Nothing - All Things Great Pyrenees

            Mauja, a 9-year-old Great Pyrenees

            Last night, I had to do something that no pet parent wants to do. I had to take Mauja to the emergency vet.

            On Wednesday, Mauja was having bouts of panting that seemed slightly abnormal but nothing too concerning. The heat and humidity, combined with Mauja’s above-average anxiety level, often lead to a bit more panting. I got her calmed down and relaxed relatively easily, so I didn’t think much of it. 

            The next morning, she seemed fine, so I took her and Atka to their standard grooming appointment. She was panting a lot when I picked her up, but that’s nothing out of the norm. Grooms are stressful and exhausting for many dogs, especially her.

            As the day progressed, I became increasingly concerned. She’d open mouth pant in situations where I couldn’t find a cause, but I was always able to get her relaxed and breathing normally.

            While I knew this wasn’t normal, I wasn’t overly concerned since she was mostly acting like herself and ate her dinner just fine. After dinner, she crawled onto the couch with me, which she usually does when stressed. I decided to monitor for the evening and call the vet in the morning for an appointment.

            Later in the evening, she started full-body panting and let out a few painful cries, so at 9:30 pm, I called the emergency vet, who suggested I bring her in immediately.

            The vet could see her as soon as we arrived, and I felt every possible emotion. I needed answers, so I did what many of us do in these situations: run to Google (never a bright idea).

            Google is a dangerous place when you’re already expecting the worst. Did her lung collapse? Was it heart failure? Maybe a terrible infection?

            Mauja was my first Great Pyrenees and the girl who truly taught me to love and learn to understand the breed. She also turns 10 in two months, making me worry even more. I absolutely could not fathom anything happening to my girl.

            The vet did the standard exam and found her pain point almost immediately. Mauja would not let the vet turn her head and cried in pain whenever she touched her neck or the top of the spine. Just remembering the noises she made is breaking my heart.

            The vet suggested bloodwork and x-rays, and a financial woman came to the room to discuss costs. I’m incredibly thankful we purchased a pet insurance policy for Mauja when she was a puppy. Knowing I had pet insurance to back up this visit allowed me to focus on Mauja rather than worry about the financial obligation I was about to undertake. I didn’t have to choose which tests to prioritize. Making those decisions at midnight in my mental state at the time would have been impossible.

            I authorized whatever was necessary to get to a diagnosis.

            We decided to give Mauja a bit of anesthesia so they could manipulate her to get the best possible x-rays while causing the least amount of pain. I ensured the vet understood the specific anesthesia needs for Great Pyrenees, and they took her into the back.

            I paced the room, repeating, “Whatever she has is treatable. She’s fine. It’s treatable. She’s fine.” I couldn’t imagine anything happening to her with Nick 7,000 miles away.

            After what seemed like an eternity, the vet returned to the room to let me know she was stable and waking up from anesthesia. She had a chance to review her bloodwork and x-rays, and out of all the outcomes I had in my mind, we received a pretty good one.

            The most plausible cause is Intervertebral Disc Disease, or IVDD.

            “IVDD is a disease that affects the disc-shaped cushions of tissue between the bones on the back (vertebrae). These cushions (called intervertebral discs) have a thick, tough covering on the outside, with a softer, gel-like interior. Not only do these cushions keep backbones from rubbing against each other when your pooch moves, but they also protect the spinal cord from damage as the cord travels down the middle of the spine.

            As your dog ages, the tough, outer portion of the disc may start to break down. At the same time, the inner portion of the disc may begin to harden. If the exterior breaks down enough, it can cause the interior to bulge out and press against the spinal cord. This can also be referred to as herniation or rupture. The pressure caused by the bulging disc can cause serious damage to the spinal cord. This is commonly called a “slipped disc.””

            ASPCA

            Mauja was sent home with a few medications and is on strict crate rest for a minimum of two weeks.

            We had an extremely rough night. Between her pain level and the after-effects of the anesthesia, she really struggled to relax. Thankfully, this afternoon she’s doing a lot better. It seems the medications have fully kicked in, and she’s been able to get some sleep.

            The plan is to keep her comfortable and quiet until her recheck in two weeks. Hopefully, we get good news then, and she can work her way back up to her normal daily activity and get back to enjoying her life <3

            Stay tuned to learn more about IVDD and our pet insurance recommendation.

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            Thu, 24 Nov 2022 22:00:50 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            What’s the French Bulldog Price at a Breeder, Breed Rescue &amp; Shelter? https://thedogvisitor.com/whats-the-french-bulldog-price-at-a-breeder-breed-rescue-shelter https://thedogvisitor.com/whats-the-french-bulldog-price-at-a-breeder-breed-rescue-shelter One of the most recognizable–and most in-demand–dog breeds is no doubt the French Bulldog. Known for their “bat ears,” the French Bulldog or Frenchie has worked its way into many hearts–are you thinking that one might just work its way into your home, too? We’ve researched the French Bulldog price at breeders, breed rescues devoted …

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            Thu, 24 Nov 2022 21:08:08 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            Thoughts on a session I had today Part 6 https://thedogvisitor.com/thoughts-on-a-session-i-had-today-part-6 https://thedogvisitor.com/thoughts-on-a-session-i-had-today-part-6
            OK you are almost there we have “watch me” working, and we are working the dog in more and more distracting environments so that we don’t end up with a Living Room dog. We have even begun working on “Ping Pong” and “Hide and Seek” to improve our recall or come when called command.  I almost forgot you are working on hand feeding as well to make sure Fido pays attention and sees us as a leader. There are only three more topics to discuss:  Sit Say Please, Non-Negotiable Rules, and the 15-minute ignore! So without further ado…
            Sit and Say Please
            Luna and Luka
            Have you ever wished your dog could say please? Wouldn’t this be an awesome way for our dogs to show their manners? Imagine having a command that required your dog not only to ask for something but also to show the proper energy level when asking, before receiving permission to get or do something!
            Sit is something every dog does, but we rarely take advantage of that behavior.  We should be using it for more than a simple obedience command. I’m not talking about a Sit with the body vibrating or the tail dusting the floor, basically out of control.  I’m thinking of a Sit where the dog is focused on you and what you are offering. Sit is usually the first thing we ask our dog to learn, but we never really use it to achieve anything else.  So, how can we use this basic command to teach our dogs manners?  Simple, from this point forward, we are going to use Sit as a way for our dogs to say “please”.
            This command will become a condition for our dog to receive our okay as well as control Fido’s energy level during everyday life. Sit will now be used for specific reasons…for example; to identify who controls the food, where Fido sleeps, where he is allowed to be, and how he asks for things! Up till now we have pleaded, cried, and even screamed at our dogs to get what we wanted. Some people resort to manhandling their dogs to get a behavior. As we have likely figured out, forcing our dogs to do something they don’t want to do rarely yields positive outcomes. Why not try getting our dogs to present proper manners and appropriate energy to get what they want?  I promise I will go into much greater detail on leadership and resource control in a future post, but for now, let’s just start with, DOGS DON’T GET ANYTHING FOR FREE! In addition to giving us a wanted behavior, they must also present an appropriate energy level. Simply put, they must sit and “say please” with the proper energy level before they get anything!
            Unlike many trainers, I don’t like to use sit as my primary stay or duration command. I find that when a dog is asked to sit/stay for longer than 30 seconds, many simply get bored and lay down (can’t say that I blame them!)  I tend to use Down for duration stays (future post on Down) and Sit for “please.” So why use Sit for Please? It’s all about leadership!
            You need to be seen as the leader in your home, but leadership with dogs is created through resource control not some of the CRAP (excuse my choice of words) you have either read, seen on TV, or been told. It does not necessitate scruff shakes, alpha rolls, pinning down a dog, or staring them down.   What this means is that before they go outside, get their food, get their leash put on, get some pets/love, or even hop up on the couch with you, they must SIT, with the correct energy, and say please! To walk you through how it works, let’s take a look at feeding time in the Deathe household.  But, before we start, answer this question… if I leave food out all the time and do not require the dog to work for his/ her meal, who owns the food resource?  Yep, you got it, the dog! This is not an issue for all dog owners, but if there is confusion over who owns the food resource, snippy/snarky behavior around their food and/or food bowls, can be a result!  So what do we do?  I ask my dogs for a SIT before I place the bowl on the ground.
            After setting it down, I cue the dog to wait (see blog on Wait vs. Leave It) and then release (all done) the dog to eat his meal. Fido has worked for his meal and has shown the proper energy level needed to be released to receive it. If feeding time is done correctly, your dog makes the connection that you, not him, control the food resource in this family. Where do you think the phrase “Don’t Bite the Hand that Feeds You” comes from? As time goes by, you will notice that Fido will offer this “please” (sit) command without being asked. This is basic Psychology…the cue becomes conditioned as a way for the dog to get the desired response (we get the manners and they get their reward.) I’ve taken this one step further by having my sons Donovan and Dylan do the daily feeding with the dogs. I do this because I feel the food resource is the easiest for a child to control. Let me be clear, at no time do I recommend a child be left alone with dogs! I oversee the process while my sons actually do the feeding. It is a great way for me to bond with my kids and it’s also a way for my sons to bond with the dogs. This is just one example of using Sit to control manners and energy levels. Here are some other times saying “Please” can be used.
            ·         Getting the leash put on
            ·         Going in and out a door
            ·         The proper greet (upcoming post)
            ·         Being allowed on a couch or Bed
            ·         Getting pets/love
            I am sure that as you begin this technique you will continue to find more everyday examples of how this can help you keep the family unit in the right order. Keep it up and don’t give in to your dog, otherwise, you might have to ask yourself “Who is Training Who?” In the next post, I will specifically go over how to teach the Sit command both with hand signals and verbal cues.  I will also talk about where and how to use the clicker, a release word, and treats.

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            Thu, 24 Nov 2022 16:20:41 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            How To Choose The Best Dog Toys? What You Need To Know https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-choose-the-best-dog-toys-what-you-need-to-know https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-choose-the-best-dog-toys-what-you-need-to-know So you want to know how to choose the best dog toys? Well, that depends on your dog’s interests and likes. There are so many options that often you would need to spend hours on end researching. We have made this easier for you by highlighting key factors which every buyer should know before making a purchase. Don’t overthink it and choose the right toy for your dog.

            If you have a dog, you know that choosing toys and treats is a very important job. However, will be a lot of information coming at you. In order to improve your knowledge on this topic, we have created this article with some useful tips to help you choose the best dog toys. This article will help you find the perfect one. Here are some tips on how to choose the best dog toys for your pup.

            How To Choose The Best Dog Toys?

            If you’re looking for the best dog toy, you might be asking yourself what makes a toy good. The simple answer is that it has to be interactive and engaging. You want the toy to play with your dog, not against him or her.

            This means that if your dog likes to play fetch, you should make sure the toy is made out of a material that can withstand being thrown around and kept in one piece. If you have a small puppy who chews on everything, then you should look for a chew-resistant toy as well.

            You also want your dog’s toys to keep them occupied for long periods of time. This can prevent boredom from setting in and possibly cause them to start chewing on things they shouldn’t be chewing on!

            So how do you find the best dog toys? Here are some tips:

            Dog’s Personality:

            What kind of personality does your dog have? Is he a chewer? Does he like to play with other dogs? What kind of toy will match his personality?

            You need to know your dog’s personality before you buy their toys. If they are hyper or aggressive, then you will want to avoid the toys that might result in a fight. You also need to know what type of toy is best for your pet.

            If they are a chewer, then they may want something that they can break into smaller pieces. If they are more laid back, then maybe you should go with something that is more durable and not as likely to get destroyed so quickly.

            Dog’s Age:

            The age of your dog will determine the type of toy you should buy for them. If you have a young puppy, then choose soft toys that they can chew on or even balls that can be rolled around in the grass. As they grow older, you can get harder toys that are more suitable for older dogs but still soft enough to play with without hurting themselves too much.

            You should also consider the type of toy that is most appropriate for your dog’s age and size. If your dog is still young and small, then an indestructible chew toy may be best for them because it will last longer than one made from a softer material like vinyl or rubber.

            Size:

            The most important factor when choosing a toy is size. Large toys are good for dogs who are older or want something to chew on for hours at a time, while small toys are better for puppies who need something to play with but don’t have much room in their mouths.

            Material:

            The material of the toy is also important. If it’s made of rubber, it will be bouncy and soft; if it’s made of plastic or rubber, it will be durable and long-lasting.

            Some dogs like squeaky toys, while others prefer plush toys or wooden toys with rope handles for tugging games. Be sure to check out all of your options before making a selection!

            The Perfect Shape:

            The shape of your dog’s toy can have an impact on its ability to entertain. If your dog loves squeaky toys, try to get one that has a flat surface so they can’t chew it up. If you have a chewing dog, then a ball-shaped toy is a great choice. Chew toys will help keep your dog occupied for longer and will help prevent boredom.

            The shape of your dog’s toy should be easy for them to get a hold of. It may be a ball, but if they can’t get it in their mouth, they’re not going to play with it!

            It is also important to make sure that the toy is big enough for your dog’s needs. You do not want them chewing on a small piece of cloth or rubber just so they can have something to chew on.

            Comfort:

            It’s not only about the shape and size of the toy. Comfort is important because a dog will often choose a toy that he likes to chew on, even if it’s not the best toy for him.

            For example, if you have a dog who gets very excited when playing with his toys, then it may be better to choose something that has more stuffing so that he can get his teeth into it, rather than something that is made from hard plastic or rubber.

            Another thing to think about is whether your dog can tear up the toy quickly or slowly. If you have a chewer and he can easily tear up his toys in seconds, then maybe this isn’t the best purchase for him.

            Design:

            The design of your dog’s toy should be one that appeals to your dog’s senses. For example, some toys have squeaky sounds or bright colors that will appeal to their eyes and ears. Some toys even come in different shapes, such as balls and frisbees that resemble other objects in nature such as bones and leaves! These are all great ways of encouraging natural instincts in your pup.

            Color:

            The color of the toy will also affect its value and quality. While some dogs love bright colors and patterns, others prefer plain ones like black or brown (which helps them hide the toy).

            Price:

            Of course, this is an important factor as well because not all dog toys are created equal! Some brands cost more than others which means they may not last as long or have less durability than other types of toys.

            Toy Types

            Toys are a fun way to keep your dog entertained and engaged. There are different types of dog toys, from balls and squeaky toys to ropes and puzzle toys. Here’s a quick overview:

            1- Squeaky Toys:

            Squeaky toys are great for dogs who love the sound of squeaks. They’re also good for dogs who like to play fetch with their owners, as they can hold the ball in one place while you throw it. Squeaky toys have a wide variety of sounds so your dog can find one that suits his or her taste.

            2- Rope Toys:

            Rope toys are the best type of toy if you want something that will last a long time and still keep your dog interested in playing with it. Rope toys come in many shapes and sizes, some have bells inside them while others have knots, so they’re suitable for any age or size of a dog. The rope is knotted at various points around the toy so that when your dog bites down on it, he actually chews on something that’s not part of the toy itself! This makes it more challenging than other types of toys.

            3- Toys for chewing:

            Chew toys are great for dogs who love to chew on things. Some of them have squeakers in them which will keep your dog entertained and make him happy. Chew toys are also good for keeping teeth clean. If your dog has a tendency to put his teeth through objects, then this type of toy is ideal because it won’t cause problems with his gums or mouth if he’s not supposed to chew something.

            4- Furniture Toys:

            These are toys that are designed to be knocked over by your dog and make noise when they hit the ground. They can include small statues, boxes, balls, squeaky toys, and other items. Furniture toys are good for interactive play and are perfect for keeping your dog occupied while you attend to other things in the house.

            5- Puzzle Toys:

            These toys consist of several parts that must be put together before the toy will work. The most common type of puzzle toy is the ball with a chain attached to it that leads back to a hole or basket where treats or other rewards can be hidden. Puzzle toys are great for playing fetch because your dog does not know if he has caught anything until he returns with his prize!

            6- Ball:

            A ball is one of the most popular dog toys, and for good reason. Balls are easy to pick up, throw and catch. Plus, they’re fun for both you and your dog to play with together. The only problem with balls is that they can be expensive if you have a lot of dogs or are constantly buying them. That’s why we recommend investing in a good quality ball that will last a long time. It’s worth it!

            7- Discs:

            Discs are great for fetch games because they are easy to throw and catch. Some dogs like disc toys more than others, but all dogs love to chase them around. Discs are also great for tugging games because they’re lightweight and easy to carry around with you while you’re out walking or playing fetch with your dog.

            how to choose the best dog toys

            There are many dog toys out there, so you might want to consider factors like your dog’s age, size, and chewing habits. In addition to that, take a look at what kind of toy your dog enjoys playing with when you’re at home.

            This will allow you to find ones that replicate that behavior. For example, dogs who love to bolt after their toys would enjoy an indestructible ball while those who like chewing on soft plush toys should be given those.

            Using your judgment is the best way to pick out a toy for your dog. You can see whether or not they like it or if they have any reactions to it. When deciding on toys, it’s easier than you think to pick out the best ones for your pup.

            Anything To Add About: How To Choose The Best Dog Toys?

            Like this article about how to choose the best dog toys. Have a point of view to share? Let us know! Share your training tricks below!

            Looking for more tips on how to choose the best dog toys? Check out the articles below:

            How To Train A Dog To Play With Other Dogs: Ultimate Guide

            What Are Good Toys For Dogs? Top 5 Toys For Dogs

            How To Keep Your Dog Safe During The Heatwave

            The 15 Best Dog Swimming Pools

            Best Toys for Boxer Dogs – Reviews, Ratings, & Top Picks

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            Thu, 24 Nov 2022 15:13:56 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            Crumble&apos;s First Bath with Furrish https://thedogvisitor.com/crumbles-first-bath-with-furrish https://thedogvisitor.com/crumbles-first-bath-with-furrish Giving your puppy a bath for the first time can be anxiety provoking if like me you've got a big scared Border collie called Chester that doesn't love bath time and your determined to make bathtime for your new puppy less daunting and hopefully enjoyable. Or it can be daunting if it's your first puppy and you've never bathed a puppy before. Check out our step by step guide below of how I approached Crumbles first bath time!

            Bath time is a great bonding experience and important to build trust with your new puppy while helping to reduce skin irritations and avoid infection, as well as leaving your pup clean and smelling delightful. Puppys/Dogs don’t need bathing every day like us humans do. Their skin is different to humans. Giving your puppy a bath too often can remove the natural oils from their skin and coat, leaving them with itchy or dry skin problems this can be also true if you don't wash them often enough. A good rule of thumb is to bathe your puppy once every two weeks. But if they do the fox poo roll of shame or dig up the garden after torrential rain then it’s fine/necessary to pop them in the bath sooner.

            Your puppy’s first bath should be an fun experience but before you start bathing your puppy, you'll need to figure out what kind of coat they have so you can purchase a suitable shampoo for them. Crumble obviously doesn't have the same the same coat as Chester but as she's still a puppy most puppy shampoos are suitable until they get older and develop their adult coat which for Crumble should be around 6-8 months old. Furrish has a section on their website where you can select your coat type and it will show you the best products for that coat you can find it ,here.

            For Crumble I use two shampoos the ,Furrish Nice & Gentle and the ,Furrish Pretty Pup.

            Both are suitable for puppies and for all dog with sensitive skin. Nice & Gentle is fragrance free which is perfect for the baths when they don't smell and are just a bit dirty! While the pretty pup is more suitable for getting rid of the stink! It is however a subtle fragrance.

            Here are the steps I took to introduce Crumble to her first bath. Although her breeder is a groomer and she had her first official bath at 8 weeks old but this is based on her first bath at home with us!

            Step 1: Let Your Puppy Explore The Bath:

            Most pet parents wonder at what age you can bathe a puppy, well the answer to it is simple, as early as 10 weeks! Since it is a habit that you want to inculcate for the rest of the puppy's life, it is never a bad idea to begin early - however with caution. The first session of grooming puppies does not necessarily involve water. You should allow your pup to explore and become familiarised with the bathroom. You could give your pup some treats and cuddles of reassurance to make it understand that the bathroom is not someplace to be scared of.

            Step 2: Introduce your Puppy to Lukewarm Water & The Shower

            Bath time begins before the bathtub! It is important to familiarise your puppy with water before there first wash so that your puppy does not feel scared or traumatised. Since it is your puppy’s first bath and could be their first interaction with water, it is best to keep the water lukewarm this keeps the experience comfortable for the puppy. You can use a clean cloth or towel. Dip it in the water and gently clean the coat and face of the puppy. Crumble experienced water for the first time with her breeder which I was so pleased with and she is so confident with water. At this point I also introduced Crumble to the shower head on the bath so the noise didn't scare her. I simply let her wander round the bathroom while I turned it on, she wanted to know what it was almost immediately and wasn't phased by it.

            Step 3: Products to Use:

            Puppy Shampoo

            Detangling Spray

            Cologne

            Puppy shampoo is mild and specially made for young pups and their coats which is essential to keep your puppies coat in the best condition. After shampooing you can use the Furrish Knot at All detangling spray to condition your puppy's coat and reduce the time spent grooming post bath. The detangling spray also keeps your puppy's coat shiny and soft. Finnish with a Cologne of your choice after blow drying for a delightfully scent pup!

            Step 4: Time for the Bath

            Now it's time to actually wash your puppy in the bath, with all your products prepared.

            A very important step that needs to be followed while bathing puppies is being gentle, this will reassure the puppy that bath-time is not a punishment and a time to be enjoyed which helps bonding. While washing, make sure you are not rough with them, check that the water stream is soft and is a nice temperature. To help with washing your puppy's feet I run a shallow bath for Crumble with some shampoo diluted through the water. Let this out and make sure to rinse the shampoo off thoroughly, If any residue of the shampoo is left behind, it can irritate the skin and leave a residue on the dry fur. If you don't wash off the shampoo completely, the aim of your puppy’s first bath is to defeated. Be mindful that the shampoo does not get into the puppy’s eyes, ears, and nose.

            Step 5: Drying your Puppy after Bathing

            Finally, once bath-time is over, wrap them in a giant towel and give them lots of cuddles! make sure to towel-dry thoroughly but gently. Once you have take off as much water as you can with the towel use a blow-dryer, grooming blaster or I recommend the dyson air wrap with the hair-dryer attachment on low heat and low blower setting from a moderate distance to dry off the rest of the wet hair! Once dry, spritz with a cologne to make them smell even better we use the Furrish Baby Powder Cologne, it smells amazing!

            Thanks for reading

            Sarah, Chester and Crumble

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            Thu, 24 Nov 2022 14:22:24 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            How to Care for a Blind Dog https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-care-for-a-blind-dog https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-care-for-a-blind-dog The post How to Care for a Blind Dog appeared first on Petdogplanet - The place for dog breeds and expert pet advice.

            Whether your dog loses their sight or is born blind, you can enjoy living with them just like a sighted dog. A blind dog can have an excellent quality of life if given the necessary care. 

            In this article, you’ll find answers to your questions about your blind pet. We will talk about tips for caring for your blind pet companion. 

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            How to care for a blind dog

            Do Blind Dogs Suffer?

            Many reasons and factors constitute a dog going blind; it may happen because of accidents, ailments, or genetics. You may be thinking it is cruel to keep your blind dog alive. The truth is your blind dog isn’t suffering. Dogs adapt very well to losing their vision. Blind dogs still get lots of fun from walks, food, games, and lounging around.

            Dogs don’t brood on the past. However, they might go through unnecessary stress if no adjustment is made for them in their environment. Living with a blind dog isn’t so much different from living with a sighted one.

            Related Post: Dog Eye Problems | Eight Most Common Eye Problems of Dogs In 2022

            Can Blind Dogs Live Happy Lifes?

            Absolutely! A bling dog can lead a good life and enjoy every bit of it. Many dogs that suddenly go blind due to old age or an ailment may feel depressed initially, though. It is like getting acquainted with a new kind of life. It is challenging and can worsen if no allowance and care are made for their new condition. 

            The Adjustment Period

            Your blind dog can live a happy life, but there is an adjustment period for many dogs. It is easier for young dogs who have been “home-trained” to adjust to blindness, especially when it sets in gradually. In contrast, older dogs and outdoor or service dogs might take a longer time to adjust to blindness, particularly when the blindness is sudden. 

            For the first few weeks and sometimes up to six months, blind dogs may show changes in temperament and signs of increased fear, anxiety, and aggression.

            Your Role to Play

            As a dog owner, you have the most significant adjustment to make when your dog is blind. You should train, help, support, and comfort them whenever and however you can. This will ease the transition, limit anxiety, and help your dog lead a happy and comfortable life.

            Despite this adjustment, dogs are resilient pets and do not live their lives lamenting about their loss; in fact, they adjust relatively quickly to being blind. Because dogs don’t rely much on their sight as on other senses, a blind dog can have a rich life full of fun, just like a sighted dog. A dog can maneuver life seamlessly with smell, hearing, touch, and love from its owner.

            Care for a Blind Dog

            You can do many things to make your blind dog more comfortable at home and when they go out. 

            We have made a comprehensive list that you can pick from using your dog’s personality and habits as the yardstick. 

            Keep Your House in Order

            It is vital to keep your environment as consistent as possible. Remember, your dog cannot see obstacles. Your dog would have programmed itself to navigate the environment by heart. Do not move furniture around unnecessarily. 

            Also, keep the dog’s bed and food bowls in the same place. In the same vein, your outdoor space and yard should be consistent. Fence swimming pools, ponds, and gardens where necessary. Consistency will help with your dog’s ability to form a mental map of their surroundings. 

            Predict Hazards

            Be on the lookout for sharp edges, wet ground, and things your dog could slam into or fall from. Take precautionary steps to avoid these hazards. Cover sharp edges, keep the floors clean, block ledges, and even the stairs.

            Be Careful on the Stairs

            If your dog is used to stairs, all you need do is reinforce their knowledge gradually, as they are now navigating without sight. Support your dog as it moves slowly up or down the stairs. 

            Stairs can be tricky and, in some instances, might have to be relearned. Use traction strips or carpets to keep your dog safe. You should reward your dog with treats to help their mind.

            Crate

            A blind dog cannot avoid danger so well. It will help if you put your dog in a crate when there is much work around the house. This will save the dog from injuries and accidents they cannot avoid. 

            Use Sound as a Guide

            Your dog may get startled when touched; your alternative form of the guide is using sound. You can guide your dog through the house by tapping on the floor and walls. You could snap your fingers to direct the dog towards you. 

            If your dog finds it comforting when you are around, make your presence known by talking to your dog. You can wear a scent, a bell, or walk heavier steps through, reassuring them of your presence.

            Make them feel comfortable by leaving the TV or radio on when you aren’t around them. You may want to buy toys that make some noise; it is very appealing to blind dogs.

            Train

            Teach your dog a few new commands to communicate danger or a movement. Use words like “stay,” “step up,” “step down,” and “slow” consistently to show them the stairs and how to move. Words like “food” or “drink” for bowls and “stop” for danger. Your dog will only know some of these on the first try. Allow your dog to make mistakes but be near to support and help them.

            Conclusion

            Your dogs can be happy even with their blindness. It is in your hands to appropriately care for them and make the transition easy. Understand your dog’s needs and meet them carefully.

            The post How to Care for a Blind Dog appeared first on Petdogplanet - The place for dog breeds and expert pet advice.

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            Thu, 24 Nov 2022 11:10:25 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            What Dog Food Should A Bernese Mountain Dog Eat In 2022? https://thedogvisitor.com/what-dog-food-should-a-bernese-mountain-dog-eat-in-2022 https://thedogvisitor.com/what-dog-food-should-a-bernese-mountain-dog-eat-in-2022 Like most large dogs, Berners require their fair share of exercise. Walking with them for more than 60 minutes per day is the recommended amount. Your dog will love spending this time with you, and it also provides excellent opportunities for training and establishing a lasting bond between owner and pet. The right amount of exercise also makes their diets easier to maintain.

            When considering a dog’s health, especially for larger breeds (prone to health problems as they age), the food it eats plays a significant role. A balanced and healthy diet is the best way to keep your furry friend healthy for years to come.

            Owners have to be careful about too much protein in the food, which can lead to hot spots or too much fat will almost always cause unwanted weight gain. For Berners specifically, you need to look for foods with a low protein level and moderate fat levels.

            Berners are one of four types of Swiss Mountain Dogs, a category that includes the Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, Entlebucher Mountain Dog, and Appenzeller Sennenhund. For this article, we will be focusing strictly on the Bernese Mountain Dog as its size and amount of hair causes some pretty specific variations in its diet. We will list our top choices for Dog food, both dry and wet, while also explaining the dietary specifics, behaviors, and health information about this beautiful breed.

            What Dog Food Should I Feed My Bernese Mountain Dog?

            After looking into the leading brands of Dog food, we produced a list of the top foods in several categories. Our top choice is a food we feel best combines and addresses all of these categories. Here is a quick list of the factors we considered and the foods we felt fulfilled them:
            Our Top Choice: NomNom Dog Food Delivery
            Second Best: A Pup Above
            Premium: The Farmer’s Dog
            Most Popular: Wellness: Complete Health Large Breed
            Best Value: American Journey: Active Life
            Best for Puppies: Taste of the Wild: High Prairie Puppy Recipe
            Best for Seniors:Wellness: CORE Pâté
            For Dogs on a Diet:American Journey: Healthy Weight
            Vet Recommended:Wellness Core
            Sensitive Stomachs:Taste of the Wild: Prey Limited Ingredient Recipe
            Allergies:American Journey Limited Ingredient

            The 5 Elements of Berner Nutrition

            For large dogs, it’s essential to maintain the right weight. As they age, weight problems can lead to even more difficulties like joint strain. The only way for your Berner to remain active and healthy in their later years is with a balanced diet. Because of their size, Bernese Mountain Dogs need to eat a lot. With that much intake, it’s important to watch the ingredients going into their food. Too much of the wrong thing can make your fluffy Berner turn chubby real fast.

            Protein

            Like humans, Dogs are Omnivores, which means they need their protein to keep them strong. While vegan options are being explored, most vets and owners agree that meat like beef, poultry, pork, or fish is your best bet for getting your dog the protein it needs. If your dog has the right amount of protein in its food, it will keep its fundamental tissues healthy like hair, skin, nails, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage.

            For Bernese Mountain dogs, the right amount of protein is about 18-26% of their meal. More protein can be too much for a Berner’s stomach and lead to hotspots on their skin. If your dog is more active, you can add more protein in their food to compensate.

            Carbohydrates

            You’ll find the typical carbohydrates in most dog foods are whole grains, starchy vegetables, and beans.  They are not a necessary part of a dog’s diet. Most veterinarians recommend avoiding grains if your Bernese Mountain Dog is overweight as they contribute to dog obesity more than foods that are only meat and vegetable-based.

            However, a lot of dog brands that contain carbohydrates are cheaper than those without. Also, in reasonable amounts, carbohydrates are safe for dogs and can even serve as a good energy source.

            Fats

            Fat is another source of energy for your Berner. It also helps insulate their skin and provides protective cushioning. It’s crucial to balance the fat in your pet’s diet because too little or too much can lead to serious health problems for the animal. In some cases, too much fat will make your animal lethargic or lazy.

            For Bernese Mountain Dogs, the recommended amount of fat is under 16%. The right level of fat keeps their energy level high and makes their skin thick and healthy. Your dog will also be more satisfied with the meals. Higher fat content encourages eating, even with dogs whose medical condition affects their diet.

            Fruits/Vegetables

            An apple isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind when we think of a dog treat. However, vitamins A and C inside the apple are beneficial for your dog and can keep their coat shiny and skin healthy. Fruits and Vegetables are healthy resources for the vitamins your dog needs.

            The healthiest dog food brands regularly contain carrots, green beans, and sweet potatoes because of their essential vitamins, which contribute to organ health like eyes, muscles, nerves, and kidneys.

            Even though they’re perfect for your dog, he or she might not be too pleased about that first piece of broccoli. Try testing out some of the brands we suggested below. They do a fantastic job of concealing the veggies so your Berner can chow down and not even notice them.

            Prebiotics/Probiotics

            Prebiotics and Probiotics come vet recommended for large dogs. They prevent common digestive system problems that result from their size. The right amount of these supplements leads to healthier bowel movements and can also aid the immune system.

            7 Things to Consider for Bernese Mountain Dogs Diet and Nutrition

            The diet itself is a great place to get started and make sure you raise the healthiest Berner possible. A few other factors need to be considered beyond the diet if you want to cater to all of your dog’s needs. We listed some of the most common health characteristics of Bernese Mountain Dogs below.

            Common Health Issues

            These beautiful dogs do have a few problems medically. It helps to be aware of the risks so you can do your best to prevent these diseases or catch them early on for treatment:

            Hip or Elbow Dysplasia:

              • When the hip or elbow joint is either malformed at birth or deformed over time due to diet or exercise, Hip or Elbow Dysplasia can occur. It can lead to arthritis, limited mobility, and pain. By keeping your dog at the right weight, you can significantly reduce their risk of getting this disease.

            Bloat:

              • If your dog’s stomach or intestines become inflamed, it can lead to discomfort, restricted blood flow, and even death. The best way to avoid bloat is to regulate feeding schedules and activity. Please don’t bring your dog to exercise any less than thirty minutes before eating and 1-2 hours after eating.

            Cancer:

              A dog’s likelihood of contracting cancer is closely related to its genetics. Talk to your breeder if possible to find out if, and what types of cancer run in your dog’s bloodline.

            Daily Calorie Intake

            The daily calorie intake for a Bernese Mountain Dog is reliant on two factors: age and weight. The average Berner (weighing about 100 lbs) is 2203 Kcal, and puppies can consume around 1200 Kcal per day. That’s a lot of energy! If you’d like to know your dog’s specific calorie intake, try this Bernese Mountain Dog calorie calculator.

            Activity Level

            Like most big dogs, Bernese Mountain dogs require a lot of time exercising. Thirty minutes of vigorous exercise daily is the bare minimum, but most breeders and specialists recommend closer to 1 – 2 hours.

            These dogs have a lot of energy, and the more you exercise them, the more you can guarantee they’ll be in peak condition. When they get older, they will become more docile and less likely to jump around or run, but regular exercise is still important to stretch their joints and prevent obesity.

            Allergies

            In dogs, allergies make them scratch at their dry skin instead of sneezing and wheezing. This skin condition is called “atopy,” and it isn’t unusual for Berner to catch it. If you see your dog scratching at his feet, belly, folds of skin, or ears often, then they may be allergic to something.

            The symptoms usually occur between the ages of 1 and 3 and can also result in behavior like paw licking and face rubbing or even ear infections. Notify your vet right away if you think your dog might have an allergy.

            Dietary Restrictions

            There are no specific foods to avoid with Bernese Mountain Dogs. Like all dogs, chocolate, onions, caffeine, garlic, anything with alcohol, and moldy foods can have catastrophic consequences if consumed. Foods that are unhealthy for humans and have high-fat content should also be limited as much as possible to prevent weight gain or digestion problems.

            Skin Conditions

            One skin condition that Berners are prone to get is hotspots. These pesky patches of dry skin cause a lot of irritation for the dog and cause excessive chewing/scratching in that region. It can seem impossible to stop your dog from biting at themselves. However, people have had success with tea tree oil as a natural remedy for this common problem.

            Bernese Mountain Dog Feeding Schedule

              Puppies (8-10 weeks): 2.25 – 4.5 cups of food per day Adults (1-6 years): 3 – 6 cups of food per day

            As we said earlier, big dogs can eat a lot. You must portion out the meals appropriately so that the dogs get their necessary caloric intake without overeating. Feeding puppies up to six months three times per day is recommended.

            After six months, it’s alright to feed them only twice per day. A dog’s required food per day can vary based on its environment and genetics. If it appears that your dog is gaining weight too slowly or too quickly, contact a veterinarian or try one of the diet calculators available on the internet.

            Most resources will recommend a raw food diet for a Bernese Mountain dog. A raw food diet means only feeding them fresh, unprocessed ingredients that even humans eat. There are several pros and cons to the style of feeding that you can read more about here.  Since most Berner enthusiast websites recommended this feeding style, we kept that in mind when selecting our top food choices below.

            * An interesting fact about Bernese Mountain Dogs is that they have a powerful bite. The toys you buy for your Berner should be tough so that they don’t get fractured or end up all over your carpet. We recommend buying toys made of rubber or multi-layered rope for extra safety and fun.

            The Best Dog Food for Bernese Mountain Dogs

            Ready to offer your Berner some of the best nutrition available? Take a look at our top picks for the best dog food for Bernese Mountain dogs.

            Our Top Choices: The Best Food for a Berner in 2022

            Taking into consideration what we just learned, let’s have a look at our number one overall pick for feeding your Bernese Mountain Dog. Then read on to learn more about the other options as well.

            Our Top Pick – NomNom Fresh Food Delivery

            As we mentioned earlier, most specialists, breeders, and veterinarians recommend that a raw food diet is a way to go for Berners. This industry is a relatively new one, and there are several leading companies to choose from. NomNom just happens to check all the right boxes when giving your dog raw, fresh, and healthy meals.

            NomNom uses restaurant-quality ingredients full of the nutrients that your dog needs to stay healthy and happy. Eating raw food has been proven to lower weight by eliminating unnecessary carbohydrates and leading to things like less dry skin and a shinier coat. They cook their food at a normal temperature, so no nutrients are lost during the process.

            They also offer a list of the vets and nutritionists who recommend and work with them on their website. Another neat feature of the site is the fully comprehensive process of registering your dog.

            You will give them your dog’s name, breed, weight, behavior, and a few other specifics before they recommend a meal plan designed specifically for your Berner. The registration process is great because the customizability allows for a lot of variety if your dog is a picky eater.

            10 More Great Dog Foods for Bernese Mountain Dogs

            Suppose you’re looking for something a little different from NomNom; we also found these other brands during our research. Take a look at the choice below to see their benefits and the specific category they fit best.

            Second Best – A Pup Above

            Key Features:

              One main protein base: chicken, beef, turkey, or pork Non-GMO veggies and Superfoods Home Delivery No Grains Options Available

            A Pup Above is like many other Fresh, Human-Grade dog food companies in that the animal’s health is their priority. They deliver to pet households throughout the country and can make deliveries weekly.

            Their meals have the highest protein count of any other fresh dog food delivery service. Their meals contain healthy greens like kale, full of antioxidants and vitamins, and carb-rich vegetables like sweet potatoes where your Berner can get those fibers it desperately needs.

            One thing to keep in mind about A Pup Above is that their food comes in one pound patties not portioned for your dog. If you order from them, you’ll have to make the portions yourself.

            Pros:

              More Protein Home Delivery Fresh Human-Grade Ingredients

            Cons:

              Packages not portioned well

            Premium – The Farmer’s Dog

            Key Features:

              Single Source Protein Unprocessed Ingredients USDA approved kitchens Weekly delivery

            The Farmer’s Dog’s name speaks for itself. Their goal is to get fresh ingredients directly from the farm into your doggy bowl. They do so by taking high-quality ingredients and preparing them in USDA approved kitchens at a level of cleanliness no dog has experienced before.

            The Farmer’s Dog has an extremely convenient delivery process by leaving the delivery at your door and has a complex dog registration process. Before deciding on your pets diet plan, you’ll be asked things like whether or not your dog was neutered, their behavior, their body type, the usual diet they have, if they receive treats or scraps, and many more questions, all to guarantee you get the perfect meal plan for your Berner.

            Pros:

              Customizable Diet Fresh Ingredients A healthy balance of nutrients

            Cons:

              Expensive Not widely available

            Most Popular – Wellness: Complete Health Large Breed

            Key Features:

              Lead ingredients of Chicken, Peas, Salmon and Brown Rice Many nutrients Designed for Large Breeds

            Wellness is known for making dog foods that hit on many vital nutrients to keep your dog healthy. This specific food contains mixed tocopherols that help prevent eye disease and Yucca Schidigera extract, reducing the odor from stool. It also has low fat and high protein percentages, which will help your Bernese Mountain Dog build the muscle it needs to support its larger frame. Dog food advisor has rated this product as an above-average dry-food.

            Since it’s important to feed your Bernese Mountain Dog a lot, a dry food exclusive diet isn’t recommended. However, Wellness: Complete Health Large Breed would undoubtedly be a beneficial portion of any happy Berner’s diet.

            Pros:

              Good source of nutrients High Protein Low Fat Intended for Large Breeds

            Cons:

              Complaints about taste

            Best Value – American Journey: Active Life

            Key Features:

              25% protein from real meat as the first ingredient No wheat, corn, or soy Balance of Antioxidants, Nutrient-rich vegetables, and fatty acids Omega 3 and Omega 6

            American Journey’s Active Life is full of the energy-providing nutrients your Bernese Mountain Dog needs to remain healthy, active and fetching the ball at record speeds. It’s labeled our best value pick because it’s the cheapest item on the list while also keeping up with the standard of ingredients necessary for a Berner’s good health.

            The antioxidants inside will promote a healthy immune system while the fatty acids work to keep their skin and fur healthy. The grains inside are easily digested, and without any wheat, soy, corn, or artificial ingredients, you have nothing to worry about.

            Pros:

              High in Nutrients Low Price No artificial ingredients

            Cons:

              Picky dogs don’t like the taste. Dry Food

            Best for Puppies – Taste of the Wild: High Prairie Puppy Recipe

            Key Features:

              Small pieces designed for small mouths Species-specific probiotics Pasture-raised bison and venison as the first ingredient

            When raising a Bernese Mountain Dog puppy, the right food can be hard to find. You need something small enough for their mouth but containing enough nutrients to make sure they can grow correctly. Puppies have different nutritional needs than adult dogs, so you need a food brand that caters to those needs.

            Call of the Wild has everything your Berner puppy needs to grow up healthy. Nutrients like DHA will help with the animal’s brain function, while dried chicory root will do wonders for its digestive system. The venison and bison’s savory flavors will keep your dog coming back to his bowl over and over for more of this healthy treat.

            Pros:

              Good size for puppies Right nutrients for a growing dog Tasty flavors

            Cons:

              More expensive than other dry foods

            Best for Seniors – Wellness: CORE Pâté

            Key Features:

              Rich in Fatty Acids Soft Texture No Grains

            Most senior dogs should receive a check-up with their veterinarian at least every six months. During these check-ups, you can learn about the various health issues your dog faces and then choose a food that helps counteract some of those issues that come with age.

            Our choice for senior dogs is Wellness: CORE Pâté. We choose it for two simple reasons: it’s easy to chew and has no grains. Two of the most common problems that older dogs face is weaker teeth and obesity. The smooth text of the Pâté makes it much easier for dogs to swallow regardless of their dental health. The lack of grains means your dog can eat more of it without gaining too much weight.

            Pros:

              Easy to chew Doesn’t lead to significant weight gain Good taste

            Cons:

              High Sodium Content Verify with the vet before choosing

            For Dogs on a Diet – American Journey: Healthy Weight

            Key Features:

              No grains Real chicken is the first ingredient No corn, wheat, or soy

            Sometimes dog obesity can happen faster than we realize. A few extra handouts under the table, and suddenly you got a chonky fella on your hands. If being overweight is a problem for your dog, then it’s crucial to get them on the right diet right away because it can only lead to more severe health problems down the road.

            Our choice for the Berners trying to shed a few pounds is American Journey Healthy Weight. The product is extremely affordable and grain-free. One of the critical elements is L-Carnitine, which helps support healthy fat metabolism. If your dog’s metabolism is healthy, it’s easier for it to lose weight. Glucosamine and chondroitin are also contributors, helping reduce the joint pain caused by obesity.

            Pros:

              Helps with weight loss Affordable Made with real ingredients

            Cons:

              Some dogs might not enjoy

            Vet Recommended – Wellness: Core

            Key Features:

              Turkey, flax seed, and peas are the first ingredients. Nutrient-rich superfoods Coated with probiotics No grains

            When choosing the right food for your dog, a vet’s recommendation is almost always the best bet. Animal health professionals know the ins and outs of nutrition in general and your dog’s specific needs, especially if your dog has any preexisting health conditions.

            One of the brands that vets recommend the most is Wellness: Core. They recommend it because the grain free dog food contains all the essential nutrients that dogs need to live long and happy lives. The kibble has a superb balance of protein, fat, and nutrients that provides a one-size-fits-all diet for any adult dog.

            Pros:

              Real meat and vegetable products Vet Recommended Helps aid in digestion

            Cons:

              Might have to mix with other food to encourage picky eaters

            Sensitive Stomachs – Taste of the Wild: Prey Limited Ingredient Recipe

            Key Features:

              Four Main Ingredients Probiotics Omega Fatty Acids

            For dogs with sensitive stomachs, it’s important to find foods with as few ingredients as possible. Too much variety only allows something to upset the dog’s digestion, especially if some of those ingredients are artificial.

            That’s why we chose Taste of the Wild: Prey Limited Ingredient Recipe. There are only four ingredients in these simple mixtures, but each contains enough nutrients to keep Bernese Mountain Dogs on a balanced and healthy diet. It also comes in three flavors, beef, turkey, and trout, which means you can select whichever your dog likes best.

            Pros:

              A low number of ingredients Promotes good digestion Good tasting in many flavors

            Cons:

              More expensive than average dry foods

            Allergies – American Journey Limited Ingredient

            Key Features:

              No grains Single source animal protein Digestible carbohydrates

            Like dogs with sensitive stomachs, the best way to find dog food for a dog with allergies is to limit the ingredients. Sometimes it can be challenging to determine what your dog is reacting to. If it’s related to their food, then narrowing down the ingredients will help you identify the problem food or avoid it altogether.

            We mentioned earlier that the most common symptom of dog allergies is dry skin. That’s why we chose American Journey’s Limited Ingredient because having a single source protein and being grain-free can eliminate this symptom. It also has high-quality nutrients that can help build your dog’s immune system and fight against allergies.

            Pros:

              Prevents dry skin Easily digestible

            Cons:

              Some owners complained about their dog not liking the taste.

            Frequently Asked Question about Bernese Mountain Dogs

            Now that you know what your Berners nutritional needs are (and the best dog foods for them), let’s finish up this guide with some frequently asked questions.

            What are the signs of bad nutrition?

            Frequently people won’t even know if their dog is malnourished. Without apparent signs like unexpected weight gain or loss, it can be hard to tell if you’re feeding your dog the right ingredients. However, some signs do point to an unbalanced diet.

            For example, if your dog begins shedding too much or starts using the bathroom more frequently. Aggression and hyperactivity can be signs of a bad diet as well. Finally, if your dog experiences health problems frequently, it can also signify a diet problem, and you should talk to your vet about changing for something healthier.

            Where is the best place to find information about Bernese Mountain Dog Nutrition?

            We already provided some links in the article, but honestly, the best place to find nutritional information for your Berner is from its breeder. Breeders have access to bloodline info and genetic history that can help get the diet exact. It will also allow you to prepare for any diseases that might run in the dog’s family. The breeder will have raised Berners of the same family for generations. They’ll know precisely what, when, and how often to feed them.

            What kind of behavior can a low-quality diet lead to?

            If your dog is misbehaving or acting strangely, it’s often linked back to the diet. Not having the right nutrients or getting upset stomachs will dramatically affect your dog’s temperament on both ends of the spectrum.

            They can become very aggressive and agitated because they are consistently hungry or passive and lazy because of regular discomfort. When a dog’s diet is imbalanced, it can also lead to nervousness and hyperactivity. Overall, if your dog is behaving unusually, you should probably contact your vet right away.

            Are Nutritional Supplements a Good Idea?

            If you aren’t using a raw or fresh food diet, one supplement you’ll want to consider is probiotics. Most pet foods that don’t explicitly claim to have them will not, and they are an essential part of your dog’s digestive health.

            Another thing to consider is healthy fatty acids like Omega 3 and 6, giving your dog a thicker and nicer coat. You will also want to check for foods containing glucosamine and chondroitin as they will help ease joint pain common in Bernese Mountain Dogs as they get older.

            Conclusion

            All of this information about diet can feel overwhelming. Keeping your dog up to nutritional standards is certainly no easy task, but it is manageable when you break it down into different factors and address them one by one. We hope that this information above makes taking care of your Berner just a little bit easier. Above all else, we hope this will promote raising these gorgeous animals properly so they can keep on living and filling us with joy for years to come.

            The post What Dog Food Should A Bernese Mountain Dog Eat In 2022? appeared first on Pet Reviews.

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            Thu, 24 Nov 2022 11:10:23 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            Why Does My Dog Keep Gagging? Coughing &amp; Gagging in Dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/why-does-my-dog-keep-gagging-coughing-gagging-in-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/why-does-my-dog-keep-gagging-coughing-gagging-in-dogs Our dogs really are family members… almost like our children if we’re being honest. And like our children, health is a primary concern. One of the behaviours that indicates a problem to us is when our dogs gag. So if you’re wondering why your dog keeps gagging, the following list may provide potential answers. I […]

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            Thu, 24 Nov 2022 10:44:44 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            Alabama Dog Survives for Weeks with A Plastic Feeder On Head https://thedogvisitor.com/alabama-dog-survives-for-weeks-with-a-plastic-feeder-on-head https://thedogvisitor.com/alabama-dog-survives-for-weeks-with-a-plastic-feeder-on-head A brave dog now at Bay Minette Animal Clinic has plenty of food, water, and clean blankets. But that’s only after spending three weeks with a plastic animal feeder attached to his head.

            Just call him Jughead.

            Animal Control Officer Ashlynn Hale said, “We’re not sure how long he had that on him.”He probably got it eating out of trash cans. He didn’t have a regular source of food.”

            The story starts as far back as early October when Hale began receiving reports of a stray bulldog mix in a neighborhood of Bay Minette. Residents in the area spotted the dog, but Hale’s first tries to catch him were unsuccessful.

            Alabama Dog Survives
            This bulldog mix was found in Bay Minette, Ala. with a plastic jug attached to his head. He’s now recovering from cuts sustained in the last few weeks. (Bay Minette Animal Control)

            But about three weeks ago, residents started reporting the same dog again – only sporting the jug, which limited his vision but made him stand out, you might say.

            “Jughead” may have made for an interesting sight, but he was no easier to catch, despite his limitations. The jug had a hole worn through the plastic, allowing the dog to get water and food.

            Hale said she set out several large traps for the dog, which are made not to harm the animal. Hale said the trap is triggered when a dog steps on a metal plate, which encloses him inside a container large enough for two dogs, with food and water.

            She set out several traps around a lumber yard and a church where the dog had been seen until she caught him. It took help from a police officer and a pair of cutters to get the jug off. Then it was on to the vet for a checkup.

            “He had been able to eat and drink,” she said. “He wasn’t dehydrated. You can’t see his ribs. He has some wounds on his legs, perhaps from a fence.

            Hale said he’ll probably be headed to a new home through adoption in about two weeks.

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            Thu, 24 Nov 2022 08:54:22 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            11 Training Games To Help Your Pooch Love His Crate https://thedogvisitor.com/11-training-games-to-help-your-pooch-love-his-crate https://thedogvisitor.com/11-training-games-to-help-your-pooch-love-his-crate Your dog’s crate should be a safe space where your pet can relax and enjoy being alone when he wants to. Crate training is also beneficial for potty training, safe travel, and when your pet must be left home alone.

            Using positive reinforcement methods to crate train your dog is the way to go, and using fun crate games can form an important part of your training regimen.

            Here are 11 crate games that you can use to help your pooch love his crate!

            11 Crate Training Games For Dogs

            Before you begin, you’ll need to assemble what you need to play the crate training games, including:

            Playing crate games is thirsty work, so you should also have a bowl of water beside the crate so your pup can get a refreshing drink when he wants one.

            1. Toys And Treats

            This is a very simple crate training game that’s perfect for getting your dog started.

            Prepare for the game by hiding a few treats in the crate. Alternatively, you might want to use a KONG toy stuffed with treats.

            Have the crate door open, and let your dog back into the room. Now, it’s up to your dog to go into the crate to find the treat-filled toy or treats!

            As soon as your pet plucks up the courage to go into the crate, he immediately receives a reward. That teaches your dog that his crate is a fun place to be.

            Treat Fetching Game

            2. Treat Fetching Game

            Now that your dog will happily enter his crate, you can make the game more interactive.

            While your dog is watching you, toss a couple of treats into the crate. Let your dog go into the crate to get the treats without cajoling or forcing him.

            Call him back to you as soon as the dog has entered the crate and eaten the treats. Repeat the game for five to ten minutes, then take a break.

            3. Shut The Front Door!

            As soon as your dog is confident with the treat fetching game, make the game more challenging by closing the door behind your pet.

            Throw a treat into the crate. When a dog enters his crate to get the treat, shut the door behind him for a few seconds.

            Take it very slowly, and if your pet starts to whine or show signs of anxiety, open the door and let him out immediately.

            4. Dinner Is Served!

            This game involves feeding your dog inside the crate.

            Start by leaving the crate door open. Once your dog is busy eating, shut the door behind him. Wait by the crate until your pup has finished eating, and then open the door so he can leave freely.

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            5. Stay!

            Once your dog is safely inside his crate, you want him to come out sensibly and without bolting.

            Slowly open the crate door. If your pup tries to come charging out, firmly close the door and give your dog a treat. That’s a reward for waiting quietly inside the crate. Open the crate door again. If your dog sits calmly inside, reward him with a treat.

            Repeat the game, praising and rewarding your dog for sitting calmly every time.

            6. Relax!

            You want your dog to relax in his crate. So, you can begin training your pet to relax by rewarding him.

            Toss a treat into the crate and ask your dog to lie down. Once your dog settles down and relaxes, release your dog from the “down” command and reward him with a treat.

            7. Where’s It Gone?

            This game is ideal for teaching puppies to go into their crate.

            Start sitting on the floor next to the crate with your puppy and his favorite toy. Encourage your pup to play with the toy, and then take it away. Put the toy inside the crate, and close the door.

            Your puppy is bound to get extremely excited and will most likely try to get into the crate to get the toy. Open the crate door so that your pet can go inside.

            Once your puppy is happy to sit inside the crate with the toy, you can close the door.

            Crate Training Games For Dogs

            8. Watch Me!

            This game aims to keep your puppy’s attention on you.

            Once your dog sits quietly in his crate, get his attention by holding up some treats. Ask someone to distract the pup, perhaps by throwing a toy.

            When the dog remains focussed on you, reward him with a treat.

            9. In And Out

            Have your dog sit inside his crate.

            Open the door, and treat your dog for staying inside the crate. Now, walk away from the crate and call your pet. If the dog rushes out toward you, don’t reward him. The dog should return to his crate. When he does, reward him.

            Repeat the exercise until the dog understands that staying calmly inside the crate will earn him a reward.

            10. Tug-of-War Teaser

            With your dog sitting inside his crate, open the door and show the dog a tug toy.

            Call the dog out of the crate, and play tug-of-war with him for a few minutes. Take the toy away, and send the dog back into his crate. Immediately the dog returns to the crate and gives him treats and praise as a reward.

            The point of this game is to have the dog return to the crate despite the distraction of the prospect of a game with the tug toy.

            11. Long Distance Fetch Game

            For this game, you’ll need to put a comfy bed at one end of your backyard and the crate at the other.

            Have your dog sit on the bed. Now, ask your dog to go to his crate and retrieve a toy, bringing it back to the bed. Once the dog understands the aim of the game, you can move the bed to make the distance longer.

            Final Thoughts

            Crate training has many benefits for both dogs and their owners.

            You should always use positive reinforcement training when introducing the crate to your dog or puppy, and never use the crate as a punishment tool. Why not make crate training fun for your pooch using these training games?

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            Thu, 24 Nov 2022 08:54:21 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            Using Enrichment to Meet Your Dog’s Needs: A Fun and Humane Tool For Solving Behavioral Issues https://thedogvisitor.com/using-enrichment-to-meet-your-dogs-needs-a-fun-and-humane-tool-for-solving-behavioral-issues https://thedogvisitor.com/using-enrichment-to-meet-your-dogs-needs-a-fun-and-humane-tool-for-solving-behavioral-issues You’ve likely been hearing that you should be providing “enrichment” for your dog. But if you’re just a little bit suspicious of all of the pricey things suddenly being marketed as dog enrichment toys and activities – congratulations! You’re onto something.

            True dog enrichment is indeed critical, but you can’t just whip out your credit card and cross “enrichment” off of your to-do list. Even if your neighbor raves about a certain enrichment food puzzle or agility class, it may not provide any enrichment at all for your particular dog.

            Here’s why: Canine enrichment is in the eye of the beholder, and not all dogs are the same. A little observation of your own furry friend will go a long way in helping you figure out great (and often free!) ways to provide effective enrichment.

            What is Canine Enrichment? Enrichment = Meeting A Particular Dog’s Needs

            Contrary to popular understanding, canine enrichment is not simply about providing something “extra.” It is also not about exercise or boredom-busting, although it will likely provide those things, too. It is about meeting your own particular dog’s needs by offering ways to engage in natural, species-typical behaviors – behaviors that our modern way of life often does not allow. Canine enrichment helps dogs be dogs – and solves many of our human problems along the way.

            Is your dog digging in the yard? Chewing the furniture? Pulling on lead with his nose to the ground? Those behaviors can be the observational breadcrumbs that will lead you to effective enrichment . . . and a much happier dog.

            Enrichment Started in Zoos

            To wrap your mind around how to provide true enrichment, it helps to go back to the beginning. The concept of animal enrichment officially started in the 1970s, as zoos were starting to focus on conservation. Breeding was a newly important goal – and it was proving elusive. Some began to theorize that the reason animals weren’t procreating was because their daily life in captivity was too far from their norm in the wild. They weren’t behaviorally, emotionally, or physically healthy enough to breed.

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            Watch what your dog or puppy tends to do, and then create enrichment to match his or her demonstrated needs. If she’s chewing the furniture, try giving her more “legal” chewing opportunities – preferably with toys that have a similar texture! Photo by Kathy Callahan.

            Some zoos experimented with ways to close that gap – coming closer to meeting each animal’s natural needs. Out went the standard, bare-bones enclosures, and in flooded the perching areas, climbing vines, prey scents, hidden food, soundtracks of the wild, and more. The change brought dramatic success to breeding programs, but in addition to that it was an ah-ha moment. A new zoo focus was born: using behavior to assess health, and enrichment to improve it.

            Unmet Needs Create Behavior Problems in Dogs

            The pet dog world was paying attention. Like the non-breeding zoo animals, pet dogs were showing through their behavior – barking, chewing, anxiety and more – that something was off. Based on what was happening in zoos, behaviorists began to theorize that enrichment could make dogs more behaviorally sound, too. Rather than attempting to train the unwanted behavior out of the animal, they started looking at whether the dog’s needs were being met.

            “When you don’t meet needs, you get maladaptive behaviors,” says Emily Strong, CDBC, SBA, who co-authored Canine Enrichment for the Real World with Allie Bender, CDBC, CPDT-KA, SBA. Both are experts in training and behavior, and their authoritative book combines a rich scientific foundation with years of client-tested ideas to improve dogs’ lives.

            “What surprises people is that enrichment often solves behavior problems,” says Bender. “When they have an issue, people assume they need a trainer, but nobody learns well when their needs aren’t being met. So if the first step in a training plan focuses on meeting needs, sometimes the issues – jumping, barking, mouthing, digging or whatever – simply go away.”

            Coming up with an enrichment plan for your dog starts with simple observation, and the Canine Enrichment authors encourage owners to “look with your eyes, not your ideas.” That means: watch your dog first; THEN come up with a specific plan for enrichment activities. Note what your dog tends to want to do, then experiment with objects, activities, or ways to rearrange the environment that might “scratch that itch.” Certain behaviors might suggest specific types of enrichment. (Bender and Strong offer offer a free, downloadable guide to developing an enrichment plan for your own dog on their website, PetHarmonyTraining.com)

            Enrichment Ideas for Dogs Who Pull on Leash

            If your dog is pulling on the leash with her nose to the ground, she could have an unmet need for scenting. You might want to experiment with the following enrichment activities:

            • Adding more “sniffari” walks where you go at the dog’s pace, perhaps use a long lead, and deliberately seek out places that will be gloriously full of things to sniff: wildlife, other dogs, city life. (Some of the best options are free, like this one!)
            • Signing up for one of the scent work classes that are popping up everywhere.
            • Creating your own scent work adventures at home. (I saw a demonstration of this at a wolf sanctuary this summer, where they put a tiny bit of pickle juice in the grass and the wolves spent 15 minutes finding it, sniffing it, rolling in it…)

            Obviously, you also want to work toward more pleasant leash walks by finding the right harness and working on engagement – but if an unmet need for scenting has been a factor in the pulling, those efforts will be more successful after this targeted enrichment.

            Enrichment Ideas for Dogs Who Counter-Surf

            If your dog is counter surfing, he could have an unmet need for foraging. You could experiment with these enrichment activities:

            • Playing “find it” on walks, or while you’re watching TV!
            • Using different food puzzles. Emphasis on “different” – because it doesn’t feel like foraging if it’s exactly the same each time! Get creative. Hide that stuffed Toppl under the couch, then in the bathroom…
            • Using scatter feeding (both indoor and out) instead of bowls.

            To address counter-surfing it is also important to stop leaving delicious things unsupervised on the counter! But for a dog who’s craving foraging, providing “legal” outlets can make him much less obnoxious around food in general.

            Enrichment Ideas for Dogs Who Dig

            If your dog is digging, there are different unmet needs it could signify: maybe she’s a terrier who  needs to tunnel for rodents; maybe she’s a Beagle who needs to follow any scent to the game; maybe she’s a thick-coated Husky who’s just trying to reach cool dirt. You can  experiment with the following enrichment activities:

            • Provide a sandbox in a shady part of the yard, and hide toys in there.
            • Make sure there’s a cool surface in a non-sunny nap spot like tile, a raised dog bed with breathable fabric, a crate bottom (some dogs hate it when you add cozy bedding!)

            Dog Enrichment as an Interesting Puzzle

            The final part of the experiment is assessment: is it really enrichment? You can only tell by watching your dog. Does he love it? Is he super engaged? Has it decreased the problem behavior that led you to try this? If the answers are yes, yes, and yes – that’s enrichment. But if he leaves that Kong half filled, or hides under your legs during that agility class, it’s not functioning as enrichment. Then it’s time to go back to the drawing board – or, if you look at it like the Canine Enrichment for the Real World authors, time to go back to your fun puzzle. Their background is in training, but at this point their hearts are in enrichment. “It’s way more fun to address these behavioral issues using enrichment rather than trying through training alone!” says Bender. “It’s a rewarding puzzle.”

            “For me, thinking about enrichment flips the traditional mindset around dog behavior,” says Strong. “Instead of thinking ‘What do I want the dog to do?’, we think ‘What does this dog need to do?’ Oddly, when you do that, you often end up solving the first question.”

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            Thu, 24 Nov 2022 06:44:44 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            Dog Sleeping Positions and Their Meanings https://thedogvisitor.com/dog-sleeping-positions-and-their-meanings https://thedogvisitor.com/dog-sleeping-positions-and-their-meanings The post Dog Sleeping Positions and Their Meanings appeared first on Petdogplanet - The place for dog breeds and expert pet advice.

            Whether you are a dog lover or just a dog owner, you have probably heard of the different dog sleeping positions. These positions are not only adorable but also have some serious meanings.

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            Back-To-Back Cuddling

            Having a dog in your bed can be a wonderful experience. While they are no doubt warm and fuzzy, they can also carry unwanted bugs and germs into your home. It is a good idea to keep them clean and hydrated. You can also do your part by ensuring they have access to soft plush toys and a healthy diet.

            In addition to cuddling, the back-to-back dogs sleeping position is also a great time to show your pup some love. If you are lucky enough to have a buddy that is as sociable as you are, you’ll likely enjoy a romp around the block before bedtime. If you have a pup that is prone to a bout with the sniffles, it’s best to get them to bed early.

            Back-to-back cuddling can be achieved by using the right kind of bedding, and you’ll be rewarded with a restful night’s sleep. If you can’t sleep in the same room as your canine companion, consider relocating them to a secluded room where they’ll be less likely to disturb you.

            Sphinx Pose

            Among the many dog sleeping positions, the sphinx pose is one of the most common. It is a favored dozing position for puppies and older dogs, who need to relax in order to get some rest.

            This position involves lying on the floor with the front legs extended out in front and the rear legs tucked under the chest. In addition to the tucking of the front paws, the dog will often have its head on top of its paws, indicating that it is at rest.

            The sphinx pose can be a relaxing and healing pose, easing sore shoulders, back pain, and fatigue. It opens tight areas on the spine, preparing the body for deeper backbends. This pose is also said to stimulate the digestive system, lungs, and internal organs.

            It is not always easy to get a dog to sleep in the sphinx position. Ideally, a comfy dog mattress will be able to give your dog room to stretch out.

            Burrower Position

            Choosing the right sleeping position for your dog is an important decision. Dogs need to be comfortable and have the ability to relax to get the most out of their day. It is important to choose a position that will ensure that your dog is comfortable while also avoiding injuries.

            In addition to choosing the right position, you need to determine whether your dog is using it correctly. You can use the right sleeping position to show your dog how much you love and care for them. This can help your dog feel at home and comfortable.

            Dogs love to cuddle, so it’s no surprise that they like to snuggle with their owner. You can also bathe your dog to help it get more comfortable. When choosing a sleeping position for your dog, consider the best positions for each type of dog. You can also use dog beds to ensure that your dog will be comfortable. Along with sleeping positions, sleeping on the proper bedsheet can also ensure that your pet dog can sleep in comfort. You can choose to provide your pet with comfortable bedsheets made of materials like percale and sateen.

            In addition to snuggling up to you, your dog may also like to snuggle up to other animals and humans. It is also worth noting that dogs that sleep on their belly tend to conserve their body heat.

            Lion’s Pose

            Among the most adorable dog sleeping positions is the lion’s pose. This is a position where the dog’s legs are tucked under his or her body, and the head rests on the paws. It is often the first position the dog assumes when sleeping. It is a position that experts believe dogs should adopt when they are ready to rest.

            This is a popular sleeping position for puppies and older dogs with stiff joints. They tend to feel safe and secure in the position, and they are able to relax and sleep. The exposed bellies also indicate that the dog is comfortable. This position is also used by dogs when they are feeling hot. This is because it allows for maximum contact between the unhaired belly skin and the cold floor. It is also important to note that dogs sleeping on cold surfaces may need cooling pads or frozen treats to ensure they are comfortable.

            The lion’s pose is also known as the dozing-off position. When a dog is in this position, his or her muscles do not fully relax. It is also a position where the dog is not fully asleep, and the dog is likely ready to spring back up at a moment’s notice.

            Conclusion

            If you have a dog that’s having trouble sleeping, the best way to ensure they’re getting enough rest is to ensure their sleeping area is comfortable. You should make sure the area is clean and free from mites, ringworm, and parasites. It’s also important to schedule a good walk before bedtime.

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            Thu, 24 Nov 2022 05:21:20 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            Today Is Thanksgiving And We Are All Giving Thanks https://thedogvisitor.com/today-is-thanksgiving-and-we-are-all-giving-thanks https://thedogvisitor.com/today-is-thanksgiving-and-we-are-all-giving-thanks Today we are giving thanks as it is Thanksgiving. We are all pretty fortunate pups and we have a lot to be thankful for. First and foremost, we are all very thankful to all our friends and family, in person and online. You are all special to us. This year, we thought it would be […]

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            Thu, 24 Nov 2022 04:58:22 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            Corded Vs Cordless Dog Clippers: Which One Should You Use? https://thedogvisitor.com/corded-vs-cordless-dog-clippers-which-one-should-you-use https://thedogvisitor.com/corded-vs-cordless-dog-clippers-which-one-should-you-use Thu, 24 Nov 2022 03:15:36 -0800 Dog-Fancier Top 10 Herding Dog Breeds https://thedogvisitor.com/top-10-herding-dog-breeds https://thedogvisitor.com/top-10-herding-dog-breeds The herding group includes some of today’s most famous dog breeds. Intelligent, energetic, and highly trainable, these dogs were bred over many years for their ability to control and move herds of livestock — which is why several people also know them as shepherd dogs.

            These days, herding dogs are a favorite of many active pet parents because of their fun-loving personalities. They are energetic, intelligent dogs that excel in training while making great companions and performance competition dogs.

            Many of these dogs have been bred for centuries for herding livestock, making them highly adept at doing this work and extremely loyal and devoted to their owners. Some of the dog breeds are best herding dogs for cattle.

            They are highly intelligent dogs, and training them, if done correctly, would result in obedient, well-behaved dogs. So, if you are looking for herding dogs to use at your ranch or maybe as house pets, let this list give you an idea of which breeds to look for:

            Here are the 10 best herding dog breeds (with pics)

            1. German Shepherd Dog

            Testing the German Shepherd puppy

            German Shepherd was initially bred to herd sheep. Confident, courageous, trainable, and athletic, the famous German shepherd is keen to learn and be put to work.

            They are mostly known for their work with the military and police. However, their supreme energy, loyalty, intelligence, stamina, and versatility have made them one of the most famous breeds and great family pets.

            It doesn’t matter whether you need a dedicated family protector, a hard-working herding dog, or a loyal companion; the German Shepherd can easily fill any of these roles.

            2. Australian cattle dog

            Australian Cattle dog

            Powerful and sturdy yet small and highly athletic, the Australian Cattle dog was devised by Australian settlers to drive and herd cattle on the huge ranches of Australia. They are still used for that purpose today. They are hard animals that can run for hours in scorching temperatures.

            Besides this, they are loyal, intelligent, and affectionate animals that make great family dogs and love being as close as possible to their human companions.

            These intelligent, athletic dogs need a lot of work, agility training, and other exercises to boost their mind and body.

            3. Border Collie

            Border Collie

            The Border Collie is one of the most widely used sheep herding dogs. They are strong herding dogs worldwide, famous for performance sports like agility, obedience, and disc dogging. However, they are quirky dogs with unique personalities and are typically not suggested for novice owners.

            They make great family animals due to their loving nature, but they need a lot of activity and mental stimulation to stay healthy and happy.

            4. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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            Pembroke Welsh Corgis are known for their cute looks and strong personalities. They are brilliant and active dogs that need a job to do. Even with short legs, they make wonderful hiking friends and enjoy many performance dog sports.

            They have gained fame due to their association with the Royal Family. Like other corgis, the Pembroke is an affectionate and intelligent animal.

            5. Australian Shepherd

            Facts You Need to Know Before Choosing an Australian Shepherd

            Despite its name, this breed originated in the United States and is a popular herding dog. They are best at dog sports like obedience, herding, and agility. Moreover, they make great hiking and running companions.

            These beautiful animals make great family pets and are as affectionate, loyal, and protective as they come. They also prove talented working dogs employed in search-and-rescue, service, and police/military work.

            6. Belgian Malinois

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            These dogs are smart and confident, making them eligible for high-energy jobs and activities. However, this also means they need plenty of exercises to satisfy their herding instincts.

            The Belgian Malinois is one of the most versatile dog breeds. They are used in police and military work and contesting at high levels of many performance dog sports.

            They are energetic and athletic dogs often depicted as intense due to their potent work willingness and ethic to please their owners.

            Compared to German Shepherds, they are more agile and highly sensitive. Moreover, they are quick learners who love the process and thrive off of having a job.

            7. Cardigan Welsh Corgi

            Cardigan Welsh Corgi

            Cardigan Welsh Corgi may share little physical qualities with most herding breeds; indeed, the Cardigan line is a faraway cousin to the dachshund. However, their tails are the most significant difference between a Cardigan and Pembroke Welsh Corgi.

            Corgis are versatile to live on a farm or in a city apartment, although they need everyday exercise. One essential point to note about the breed is their preference for vocalization — these dogs bark at anything! They may be small, but they require plenty of exercises and can quickly become overweight.

            8. Shetland Sheepdog

            Shetland Sheepdog

            The Shetland Sheepdog is a giant dog in a small package. They are intelligent, active, and love working with their humans. They enjoy training in dog sports such as obedience and agility, making a great companion for someone looking for a smaller and more active dog.

            They are far less suspicious of new faces and slightly more attention-demanding on their owners. Moreover, they are highly protective of their family, making them perfect watchdogs and extremely athletic and energetic.

            9. Great Pyrenees

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            Great Pyrenees is one of the most versatile dog breeds and was born to protect, whether it be livestock or human family members. They are intelligent and accustomed to working independently. The Pyrenees needs a great deal of dedication, patience, and time. Moreover, they are loyal, loving, and devoted dogs.

            10. Old English Sheepdog

            Old English Sheepdog 1

            A large, strong dog with a beautiful shaggy coat, the Old English Sheepdog is a unique animal with a loving, gentle temperament. These dogs were originally developed for herding cattle.

            However, they are calmer than most herding breeds and have gentle behavior. They are exceptionally patient and kind when living with young children.

            Many herding dog breeds are popular for their appearance, but these dogs aren’t best for every family. Most of these breeds need intense physical exercise and mental stimulation. Long walks, training sessions, hikes, and agility courses are great tools to help handle a herding dog’s energy.

            However, if you’re not looking for outdoor adventures, then a herding breed might not be the best choice for you. So, select a dog that fits your home and lifestyle well.

            Swati Kaushal is a blogger who loves writing about Dogs. She is happy to amplify her unique knowledge and experience through DogExpress in the hope of helping and educating concerned pet owners. She has two dogs and believes dogs are a source of unconditional love.
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            Thu, 24 Nov 2022 03:05:18 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            How to Watch the National Dog Show 2022 On Thanksgiving Day? https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-watch-the-national-dog-show-2022-on-thanksgiving-day https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-watch-the-national-dog-show-2022-on-thanksgiving-day Almost 200 breeds of dogs and over 1,500 puppies are barking their way through the 21st National Dog Show.

            Thanksgiving traditions often involve Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, followed by plenty of food and hours of football. But in recent years, another special piece of entertainment has emerged: The National Dog Show.

            The National Dog Show will air on Thursday, November 24 (11/24/2022) at 12 p.m. ET. A broadcast of the show can be found on fuboTV, DirecTV stream, and more live streaming services listed below.

            David Frei and John O’Hurley are back to host this year’s show. Claire, the Scottish Deerhound, who won The Best Show Winner for 2020 and 2021, has retired after last year’s competition, so fans and judges will be seeking a new winner this year. Moreover, three new dog breeds will be introduced after the American Kennel Club adds the dogs to its breed registry.

            Here’s how to tune in:

            When does The National Dog Show air?

            On Thursday, November 24, The National Dog Show airs right after Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The show will air from noon to 2 p.m. ET. NBC will re-air the show on Saturday, November 26, at 8 p.m. ET.

            Where can I stream The National Dog Show?

            Stream the show on fuboTV (regional restrictions apply), DirecTV stream, Sling, Hulu + Live TV, and YouTubeTV. The show can also be streamed on Peacock, and NBC.com subscribers can stream the episode online.

            What TV channel is The National Dog Show on?

            Find The National Dog Show on NBC. Channel Finder: Verizon Fios, AT&T TV, Comcast Xfinity, Spectrum/Charter, Optimum/Altice, Cox, DIRECTV, Dish, New Visions

            What is The National Dog Show?

            According to NBC, “The National Dog Show is one of the most well-known dogs shows in the world. Hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, the show was founded in 1879 and has been held annually since 1933. The NDS is sanctioned by the American Kennel Club, and only purebred dogs registered with the AKC can compete.”

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            Thu, 24 Nov 2022 03:05:16 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            8 Pawsome Dog Birthday Gifts Ideas For Pet Parents [INFOGRAPHIC] https://thedogvisitor.com/8-pawsome-dog-birthday-gifts-ideas-for-pet-parents-infographic https://thedogvisitor.com/8-pawsome-dog-birthday-gifts-ideas-for-pet-parents-infographic Having fun celebrating our pets’ birthdays is one of the true joys of living with animals. Giving gifts to the special pets in our lives is a win for everyone.  I especially enjoy celebrating birthdays. They’re cheerful, easy to celebrate and help to remind our special buddies how much they mean to us. If you’ve

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            Thu, 24 Nov 2022 03:04:02 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            Can Dogs Eat Cornbread? Is Cornbread Safe for Dogs? https://thedogvisitor.com/can-dogs-eat-cornbread-is-cornbread-safe-for-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/can-dogs-eat-cornbread-is-cornbread-safe-for-dogs Can Dogs Eat Cornbread? Is Cornbread Safe for Dogs? is a post from Golden Woofs. All photographs are copyrighted. You need permission to re-post this post.

            You might be wondering if dogs can eat cornbread, the quick answer is yes. If you are one that likes to give your furry friends some of your favorite human foods this is one food that can be fed to your pup. The biggest thing about cornbread is give in small amounts as dog food […]

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            Thu, 24 Nov 2022 00:14:37 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            Vestibular Disease In Dogs – Symptoms &amp; Treatment https://thedogvisitor.com/vestibular-disease-in-dogs-symptoms-treatment https://thedogvisitor.com/vestibular-disease-in-dogs-symptoms-treatment The post Vestibular Disease In Dogs – Symptoms & Treatment appeared first on Petmoo.

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            Wed, 23 Nov 2022 23:36:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            Archie – 10&12 month old male Retriever Cross https://thedogvisitor.com/archie-10-12-month-old-male-retriever-cross https://thedogvisitor.com/archie-10-12-month-old-male-retriever-cross Archie is a 10-12 month old male Retriever Cross. He was rescued from the streets of Egypt. Archie will need an adopter that is going to work with him .

            He is a big puppy and gets on great with all people and dogs. Not cat tested. He is okay with children over 10 as Archie cam be bouncy.

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            Wed, 23 Nov 2022 21:34:11 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            Bella – 5 year old female Husky https://thedogvisitor.com/bella-5-year-old-female-husky https://thedogvisitor.com/bella-5-year-old-female-husky Bella is a 5 year old female Husky. She was 56 cm height 24 kilos. She is an absolutely adorable character : very sweet, very huan loving, well balanced, active outside but calm at home. Good on a lead. Houstrained. She is located Coalville, LE67.

            She is very very friendly and joyful. Friendly to everyone: adults and kids, trust very quickly. She previously lived with small female dog but then was adopted with a young male husky boy and didn’t like the touch of his excessive energy as like to be relax at home.

            BELLA is currently at foster and that’s what they say about her: ” Bella is settling in really well! We’ve been fostering her since Friday and she’s been a treat!She loves cuddles and lots of attention.

            Really good at walking on the lead, and she’s super intelligent. A very calm and good natured dog with a fun side. Unfortunately we cannot adopt long term, but would love for her to find a loving family for her forever home! ”

            BELLA travels great in the car. Fully housetrained. Lead trained. BELLA has no known health issues; Vaccinated, provided worms/fleas treatment, microchipped. Not neutered, rescue will contribute to the cost of neutering.

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            Wed, 23 Nov 2022 21:34:11 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            Nico – 2 year old male Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog https://thedogvisitor.com/nico-2-year-old-male-alapaha-blue-blood-bulldog https://thedogvisitor.com/nico-2-year-old-male-alapaha-blue-blood-bulldog Nico is a 2 year old male Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog. He is a lovely boy with adorable loving and good temperament. The IMPORTANT feature of this breed: They do not drool and have no breathing problems, unlike English Bulldogs. Looking for URGENT FOSTER OR ADOPTION (REDUCED adoption fees). He is location Alfreton, DE55.

            After separation NICO remain with lady and and a small child, the lady has full time work and can’t cope with big dog and kid, also NICO is struggling to be alone at home for almost the whole day, which is not fair for him. This is what his owner says about him: “ He is big boy although he does think he’s smaller than he actually is!

            He’s a big lad bless him and thinks everyone and everything is there to play. He walks good on a leash but does need someone to be strong with him and tell him when walking etc. He’s good with food and let’s you take it off him etc if needed, but he is chewing a bit at the moment but I think that’s boredom because I’m out at work for such a long time every day.

            He’s good with kids and is really gentle with them and good with animals although he is wary and a little scared of cats. He’s toilet trained etc and sleeps in his crate at night although he would sleep on the bed if I let him!

            He’s just generally a good dog and I’m hating having to rehome him! He comes with his crate, toys bowls and blankets etc “. A few words about his unique breed Alaphana Blue Blood XL Bulldog. This breed is one of the rarest dog breed. Some sources says that there are less than 200 in a world. The Alapaha Bulldog is a very smart, independent and loyal dog. In addition, this breed has an incredibly positive and friendly character, which is directly reflected in the perception of the world and daily behavior.

            On the one hand, the Alapaha can be very determined, on the other hand, he loves to be the center of attention, loves to be funny, playful and in general – the best dog in the world. Alapaha can be a little stubborn, but he is generally very loyal.

            He is well aware of his place in the family (pack), and may try to take the place of the leader, therefore it is necessary to show the dog its place from an early age. But – with kindness and patience, not forgetting about wisdom. Remarkably loves children, thanks to his sense of responsibility, great devotion and developed intellect, he can sometimes be in the role of a nanny for a child.

            Copes well with watchdog functions, usually there are no problems in training. Alapaha perceives strangers neutrally, but always monitors the behavior of the owner and his attitude towards the person. They perfectly adapt to living conditions, loneliness is not perceived very well, but for some time during the day they can be alone.

            They need physical activity, long walks and mental stimulation. NICO has vaccination history, not neutered (future owners will need to commit to neuter him within 3 months from adoption, special neuter agreement applies, rescue will contribute toward neuter), microchipped.

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            Wed, 23 Nov 2022 21:34:11 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            Treat your pup to 12 days of Dog & a Customized Advent Calendar for Dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/treat-your-pup-to-12-days-of-dog-a-customized-advent-calendar-for-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/treat-your-pup-to-12-days-of-dog-a-customized-advent-calendar-for-dogs 12 Surprise gifts for your pup, take the quiz to order your calendar before November 25th 2022.

            PawSwap is excited to announce its 12 Days of Dog: Advent Calendar, a customized advent calendar filled with surprise gifts from local companies for dogs to make your holiday celebrations extra special this year.

            The calendar is available now and includes 12 products from some of PawSwap’s favourite local businesses - but no sniffing until Christmas! Before ordering, dog owners complete the ,online quiz for the creation of a unique and customized calendar just for your pup!

            PawSwap is bringing exposure to 12 local pet businesses this holiday season by incorporating a QR code with more information about each company, encouraging more people to choose local for future purchases in 2023.

            12 Days of Dog Advent Calendar contains surprise presents including treats, toys and products until Christmas Day, so no furry family member has to miss out on the festive fun.

            Dog owners can learn more about the companies behind the products by scanning the QR code on the top of their box which will reveal and highlight each company on their day of the Advent Calendar, making it easy to find out how to find and support them.

            To encourage dog owners to visit a local store that they may not have otherwise visited this year, free pick up is available at 5 pet store locations between December 9-14.

            PawSwap is offering the advent calendar as an exclusive reward for ,Kickstarter campaign backers. The kickstarter campaign launched on October 25th, and is raising money to make the world more dog friendly, starting with Canada. The funding will go toward the launch of the new and improved ,GoDoggo app, which will allow the company to add over 40,000 new dog-friendly locations to the app across Canada in 2023., Make a pledge to the Kickstarter campaign to help make the world more dog friendly.

            Details

            Cost: $99 ($180 value)

            Available to purchase ,here.

            On Sale: Nov 21- Nov 25, 2022

            Pick Up:

            1. Downtown Vancouver

            2. Burnaby

            3. Langley

            4. Kitsilano

            5. Sunshine Coast

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            Wed, 23 Nov 2022 17:40:36 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            10 Best Dog Wipes https://thedogvisitor.com/10-best-dog-wipes https://thedogvisitor.com/10-best-dog-wipes Best dog wipes
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            You could bathe your dog every time its paws get filthy, but the best dog wipes are a more convenient option. Specialized wipes may even remove odors and clean sensitive areas such as ears, eyes, and teeth.

            Wet wipes will work wonders on your dog’s fur because they will not only sanitize your dog but also keep them fresh and clean for days after its bath. Numerous manufacturers produce dog wipes, but as a pet parent, you’ll need to decide which product is best for your dog.

            Our list of the best dog wipes will put an end to your search so you can keep your pup’s fur clean and smelling fresh.

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            Best Dog Wipes

            1. Pogi’s Fragrance-Free Grooming Wipes

            Dog grooming wipes

            Pogi’s Grooming Wipes are a popular choice because of their eco-friendly ingredients and quilted design. The wipes are large enough for tough cleaning operations, measuring 8″ x 9″. They have a strong design, which uses bamboo fibers for a durable, quilted texture that’s soft yet sturdy enough for wiping paws and dog butts.

            Pogi’s Grooming Wipes contain aloe vera, vitamin E, and Hawaiian awapuhi, a ginger relative that’s antibacterial. Since the wipes are free of parabens, alcohol, and chlorine, they will not upset dogs with sensitive skin. They’re also certified biodegradable and compostable after use.

            The sustainable bamboo allows them to degrade without harming the environment. Plus, they’re hypoallergenic, and they’re not as drenched as some of the other brands.

            The container is a pop-up dispenser, and numerous wipes sometimes come out at once. When you’re trying to clean your dog, this might be frustrating and slow down the procedure.

            Pros

            • Gives your dog’s coat a healthy shine
            • Hypoallergenic
            • Large wipes
            • Constructed with sustainable bamboo fibers
            • Completely free of parabens, sulfates, and alcohol

            Cons

            • May dispense too many wipes at a time

            2. Pet MD Dog Ear Cleaner Wipes

            PetMD ear wipes

            Dog ears should be cleaned occasionally, but many dog parents forget. The Pet MD Aloe Vera and Eucalyptus Ear Wipes can make ear cleaning easier. You can use them after bathing your dog or cleaning them with grooming wipes. These wipes are separate from regular grooming wipes because you don’t want to put the same wipe into your dog’s ears after you just cleaned dirt off their fur.

            Purchasing a large, clean grooming wipe specifically for ears can be wasteful. So, these ear wipes are perfectly sized for ears and have been precisely prepared to remove debris, wax, and discharge. The Pet MD Dog Ear Cleaner Wipes can aid in the elimination of odors and the prevention of infections. They come in a pack of 100 circular wipes.

            These ear wipes are suitable for dogs over the age of 12 weeks, and the recipe is gentle and non-irritating. The alcohol-free solution contains aloe vera and eucalyptus oil, and the wipes are manufactured in small batches to preserve freshness. The main disadvantage of these wipes is their thinness. You may need more than one to thoroughly clean your dog’s ear. Always use a new wipe when switching to the opposite ear.

            Pros

            • Reduces ear odor
            • Alcohol-free
            • Reduces ear wax, debris, and discharge
            • Perfect size for ear cleaning

            Cons

            • Can only be used on dogs over 12 weeks old

            3. Miracle Care Eye Clear Sterile Eye Wash Pads

            Dog eye wash pads

            If your dog frequently gets goop in their eyes or develops “tear stains,” the Miracle Care Eye Clear Eye Wash can help clean the region and remove debris. The wipes come in packages of 90 or 180 pre-soaked pads, and the soft solution will not sting or irritate eyes or skin.

            These eye pads are safe for cats and other animals, and they can be used in and around your dog’s eyes. Furthermore, many pet owners appreciate how successful these wipes are at removing tear stains from white dogs.

            Consider these Miracle Care wipes as an affordable eye-cleaning choice. Each package contains the damp pads in a convenient travel container. This product is also available as eye drops, but those aren’t as easy to use. The wipes are the better option for dogs who squirm.

            Pros

            • Conveniently packaged
            • Portable
            • Safely removes uncomfortable eye debris
            • Good for dogs who dislike eye drops

            Cons

            • Difficult to separate the eye pads from one another

            4. TrueBlue Pet Products Super Fresh Body & Paw Wipes

            TrueBlue body and paw wipes

            Does your dog bring muck and grime into the house after playing in the yard? If so, the TrueBlue Super Fresh Wipes are an excellent alternative for cleaning their paws. These wipes are soaked in an all-natural botanical solution, and their big 8″ x 7″ size allows you to clean off dirty dog feet with ease.

            TrueBlue Wipes contain macadamia nut oil and grapefruit oil. After cleaning, the wipes will not leave your pet’s fur oily or sticky. While the wipes are acceptable to use on your dog’s fur, they should not be used on their face because contact with the eyes isn’t safe.

            Pros

            • Non-greasy feel
            • Deodorizes your dog’s paws
            • Cleans without drying out the skin
            • Large size

            Cons

            • Can’t be used on your dog’s face

            5. Maxi-Guard Dental Cleansing Wipes

            Dog dental cleansing wipes

            If your dog dislikes having their teeth brushed, a dental wipe (albeit not as efficient as regular brushing) might help keep their teeth cleaner in between professional cleanings. The Maxi-Guard Dental Cleansing Wipes are a popular choice because of their convenience. The set includes 100 3-inch rounds made of textured material.

            These wipes have no flavor, so they will not annoy your dog or encourage them to try to eat one as you wipe. Maxi-Guard Dental Wipes have a zinc-based solution to battle buildup and help freshen your dog’s breath. Zinc is essential for metabolism, cell renewal, and tissue healing.

            Maxi Guard Dental Cleansing Pet Wipes have over 1,000 excellent ratings from dog parents. The wipes are suitable for daily and long-term use for dogs and cats of all ages. This item is manufactured in the United States.

            Pros

            • Fights plaque and tartar
            • Eliminates bad breath
            • Defends against periodontal disease
            • More convenient than teeth brushing

            Cons

            • Jar needs to be completely sealed to prevent wipes from drying out

            6. Nature’s Miracle Deodorizing Bath Wipes

            Deodorizing dog bath wipes

            No time to bathe your dog? Nature’s Miracle Deodorizing Bath Wipes will have your dog looking and smelling clean in no time. These wipes are available in a variety of package sizes ranging from 25 to 900 wipes, as well as two scents: honey sage and spring waters.

            These wipes effectively remove dirt, dander, and strong odors while remaining gentle enough for daily usage. The wipes contain hydrating conditioners that keep your dog’s coat looking healthy and lustrous. Plus, the alcohol-free recipe is suitable for dogs of all ages. These wipes are ideal for multi-pet households, especially those with large dogs.

            Even though the aroma is artificial, these wipes smell fantastic. The scent is pleasant but not overpowering. Of course, most people like to use natural perfumes on their pets, but artificial fragrances have the advantage of lasting longer. The aroma of these wipes stays on your dogs for a few days before dissipating.

            Pros

            • Can be used every day
            • Can be used by dogs of all ages
            • Leaves your dog’s coat looking sleek and shiny
            • Has a pleasant smell

            Cons

            • Scent might be too strong for some people

            7. Glandex Anal Gland Hygienic Pet Wipes

            Dog anal gland wipes

            While it’s not a glamorous task, wiping your dog’s butt is occasionally required, especially if they have anal gland problems. The Glandex Pet Wipes are specifically intended to clean your pet’s behind following anal gland expression. So, they include a non-toxic enzyme that naturally neutralizes undesirable odors. They also use vitamin E, aloe, and moisturizers to soothe the area.

            These wipes are available in packs of 24, 75, or 100, and they’re alcohol and paraben free. They’re composed of a strong premium cotton material that won’t rip. Plus, they’re suitable for dogs of all ages, as well as kittens and cats.

            Glandex Anal Gland Wipes are the most effective solution for dog and cat owners needing to maintain healthy anal glands. Glandex addresses all of the underlying causes and works from the inside out to support healthy anal glands.

            Pros

            • Can be used all over the body
            • Helps eliminate unpleasant odors
            • Gentle on sensitive areas
            • Convenient way to clean up after anal gland expressing

            Cons

            • The wipes don’t smell pleasant

            8. Wild One Grooming Wipes

            Wild One dog grooming wipes

            The Wild One Grooming Wipes contain a delicate solution that is unlikely to irritate the skin of your dog. These wipes come in packs of 70, but you can get a discount if you buy multiple at once. They’re intended to be used on your dog’s body to help clean their skin and fur while reducing odors.

            The human-grade wipes include no parabens, sulfates, alcohol, or chemical detergents. Instead, they’re created with coconut water and aloe. They are safe to apply around your dog’s face and outer ear, and the recipe is gentle enough to be used daily. Furthermore, if you subscribe for recurrent delivery of the product, you will receive a 5% discount.

            Pros

            • Human-grade wipes
            • Made with natural cleansers
            • Gentle enough for everyday use

            Cons

            • A little expensive

            9. Earth Rated Dog Wipes

            Earth Rated dog wipes

            For homes that go through a lot of dog wipes, the Earth Rated Dog Wipes are 99% plant-based and compostable, so using them often won’t be wasteful. These wipes are sold in bundles of 100 or 400, and they come in unscented and lavender scents.

            The Earth Rated Wipes measure 8″ x 8″ and are manufactured with natural components such as shea butter, aloe, and chamomile. They’re devoid of parabens, sulfates, and alcohol, and they’re safe to use on puppies and cats. They’re cruelty-free and dermatologist-tested. Also, the money this company earns from selling these wipes supports animal shelters and rescues.

            Pros

            • Gentle for everyday use
            • Hypoallergenic
            • Plant-based and compostable
            • Made from cellulose fibers sourced from renewable resources
            • Company supports rescue animals

            Cons

            • The packaging can be difficult to use

            10. Groom Genie Natural Dog Towelettes

            Groom Genie dog towelettes

            These grooming wipes are 6″ x 6″ in size and are ideal for small and medium-sized dogs. You can use them for any dogs, but you’d need a lot of them to clean large breeds. They’re the ideal size for cleaning small areas, such as around your dog’s face and butt.

            The Groom Genie Towelettes are useful for wiping down dogs after an outdoor trek. They have a light clean smell and they don’t feel greasy to the touch. Also, each package comes with 100 wipes.

            Pros

            • Light clean smell
            • Non-irritant
            • Non-greasy feel
            • Good for small areas

            Cons

            • Not ideal for large dogs

            Frequently Asked Questions

            Are dog wipes good for dogs?

            Yes, the best dog wipes are good for dogs because they’re made with pet-safe ingredients. So, dog wipes won’t irritate your pup’s skin if you need to use them often.

            Are dog wipes and cat wipes the same?

            No, dog wipes and cat wipes aren’t exactly the same, but most pet wipes are safe for both dogs and cats. So, even if your wipes are labeled as “dog wipes,” they’ll likely be safe for cats too. You can check the product’s description or contact the company to be sure.

            Can you use wipes on your dog every day?

            No, using dog wipes every day isn’t ideal for the same reason daily baths aren’t. Cleaning your dog too often could dry out their skin and coat, doing more harm than good. Wipes can be used more frequently than full baths, but they should still only be used when your dog is dirty or smelly. You don’t want to overdo it.

            Is there a difference between baby wipes and dog wipes?

            No, dog wipes and baby wipes aren’t the same because they use different ingredients. Dogs have a higher skin pH than babies, so using baby wipes could negatively affect a dog’s pH, leading to skin irritation. Stick to dog wipes since they have ingredients specifically made for canines.

            Are Clorox Pet Wipes Safe?

            No, Clorox Pet Wipes are used to clean up messes pets have caused, not to clean the pets directly. The chemicals used to make Clorox wipes (or any household cleaner) could be hazardous to a pet’s skin, eyes, and ears if applied to them. Please only use wipes made specifically for pets, such as the ones mentioned in this article.

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            Buyer’s Guide – How to Purchase the Best Dog Wipes

            When choosing the right dog wipes, here are some things to consider.

            Ingredients

            Soothing elements are ideal, especially if your dog has sensitive skin. In general, stay away from parabens, alcohol, and sulfates. These might be unpleasant and drying to the skin. Aloe, honey, and coconut are all gentle and nourishing ingredients. Skin irritation can also be caused by added scents or essential oils. Furthermore, you don’t want any chemicals in the product because dogs can lick them off their coats and get sick from them.

            Area of Use

            Some wipes are all-purpose grooming wipes that are designed to clean your dog from head to tail. However, certain wipes are intended for specific locations. Always check the label to ensure that the wipes are appropriate for your dog’s cleaning needs. Since the ears, eyes, and teeth are delicate areas, you may need to use wipes made specifically for those spots.

            Scent

            Some wipes have fragrances that can be irritating. Dogs have exceptionally acute senses of smell. Thus, the perfume should not be too strong and should be made from natural substances rather than chemicals. Unscented wipes are recommended if your dog is bothered by the aroma. After all, the wipes should remove odors, not just cover them up with other scents.

            Conclusion

            All dog parents want their dogs to be clean and fresh throughout the day. However, with so many messy activities, it is not conceivable. Fortunately, you can keep your dogs clean using the best dog grooming wipes. When you have the correct dog wipes, you will be able to remove any slobber, dirt, or mud from your pet.

            Keep in mind that these dog wipes are not a substitute for bathing. They help dog parents keep pets clean, but not as much as a bath does. Even so, having dog wipes for the body is a useful grooming tool to use in between baths. That way, any messes your dog makes will be easily cleaned up.

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            Wed, 23 Nov 2022 16:41:37 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            Alaskan Dog Names {Great for Malamutes, Huskies, Klee Kai &amp; More} https://thedogvisitor.com/alaskan-dog-names-great-for-malamutes-huskies-klee-kai-more-16631 https://thedogvisitor.com/alaskan-dog-names-great-for-malamutes-huskies-klee-kai-more-16631 Are you adding an Alaskan dog to your home and heart? Or is Alaska a dream vacation for you–or does it encompass the outdoor spirit your hope to enjoy with your new dog? We’ve fetched Alaskan dog names including Inuit names, Alaska city names, the top baby names in Alaska and more. Will one of …

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            Wed, 23 Nov 2022 15:54:06 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            Are Dogs Allowed in the Post Office? https://thedogvisitor.com/are-dogs-allowed-in-the-post-office https://thedogvisitor.com/are-dogs-allowed-in-the-post-office Going to our local Post Office is one of our daily errands as we ship packages for our YUCKY PUPPY store and pick up our own mail. If it’s part of your regular list of errands, you may have wondered if dogs are allowed at the post office and if you can take your dog …

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            Wed, 23 Nov 2022 15:54:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier
            6 brilliant Christmas presents for your dog https://thedogvisitor.com/6-brilliant-christmas-presents-for-your-dog https://thedogvisitor.com/6-brilliant-christmas-presents-for-your-dog Welcome to our Christmas Gift Guide for dogs for 2022. Christmas is always the perfect time to treat your dog. Hopefully you'll find some good suggestions below for you pups to unwrap this Christmas!

            1) Lords and Labrador High Wall Savanna Bed For Dogs

            Chester and Crumble both have Savanna beds. Chester in Oatmeal and Crumble in Stone although I do want to upgrade Crumble to a personalised one soon!

            I absolutely love these beds and have recommended them to many of our friends who's dogs now love them too, they are stylish for your home, high quality and most importantly comfortable and snuggly for our fur babies!

            The super cosy Savanna high wall beds come in a choice of luxury colours, they’re super cosy, super soft and your dog will love cuddling up inside getting all snuggly against the high sided walls (Chester and Crumble certainly do!). The only decision is what colour to go for!

            The Savanna bed come in three sizes so you’ll be sure to find the the bed perfect for your dog - you can even personalise it with their name too for an extra special touch! -

            Don’t worry about their muddy paw prints getting on the bed either as the Savanna material is extremely durable and the bed will look beautiful for years if given the right care! Chester is a right mucky pup and it's been over and year now and it's still as good as new!

            You can also wash the beds at 30 degrees and lay to air dry to keep it in tip top condition!

            *Lords and Labradors have an amazing Black Friday discount on these beds so download there app ready for the 24th of November

            2) Shepard and Friends Rudolph and Friends Christmas Treat box

            The pawfect Christmas treat to keep your pooches busy this festive season! Shepards & Friends are a small, family run business that provides natural dog treats for your furry friends at an affordable price. They have such an amazing Christmas range out this year. Chester and Crumble have one of their advent calendars along with this Rudolph gift box!

            The Rudolph Christmas treat box is packed full of festive delights for your pup because everyone deserves some pigs in blankets at this time of year!

            Let's check out what’s s inside:

            1 Small & 1 Large Pigs in Blankets - Pork & chicken sausages wrapped in a crunchy pork rind

            5 Festive Meat Sticks

            1 Veggie Christmas Tree

            1 Veggie Candy Cane

            2 Chicken Pancakes

            1 Veggie Christmas Tree Stick

            2 Partridge Meat Strips

            2 Lamb Meat Strips

            1 Turkey Sausage

            1 Black Pudding Sausage

            Crumble and Chester are absolutely going to love tucking into all these festive treats!

            You can shop ,Shepard & Friends Christmas range here

            3) Tug-E-Nuff Powerball Bungee Tug

            Chester is tug obsessed while Crumble is ball obsessed, Tug-e-Nuff say they’ve created the ‘world’s most perfect dog ball’ in their specially designed PowerBall toy.

            The PowerBall bungee, costing £18.95 is a brightly coloured and interactive toy that can be tugged, thrown and fetched making it the ideal toy with Chester and Crumble.

            The bungee range is more robust in comparison to other Tug-e-Nuff toys, making it particularly good for stronger dogs, using two strands of shock cord, reducing the risk of jarring the handler’s shoulder or the dog’s neck during play. It comes in three three eye-catching core colours to choose from, but each PowerBall has a blue outer shell as that’s the colour dogs see best. Tug-e-Nuff said: “Unlike conventional tennis balls, which are often made with dangerous glass fibres, the PowerBall is non-toxic and non-abrasive. It’s also tuggable, bounceable and the perfect weight for throwing.”

            Tug-e-Nuff might just be right when they say “We think it’s the world’s most perfect dog ball, and we’re certain your canine companion will agree.” Chester gets so giddy when I bring the PowerBall Bungee tug out, to keep it in the best condition we have tug-time, specifically just for me and him to play with his tug, then it goes away which makes it even more exciting for him when I bring it back out. A perfect stocking filler!

            You can shop the ,Tug-E-Nuff range for yourself here. Use code Charming_Chesterfield for money off

            4) Forthglade Christmas Collection

            You know how much we love Forthglade! With Christmas just six weeks away you better get ordering the Forthglade Christmas Collection, Each product is made with natural ingredients and gently steamed to retain maximum goodness, meaning they’re certain to get a tail wag of approval from your four-legged friend this Christmas. Here’s what Forthglade has to offer this festive season.

            First up there’s the 12 meals of Christmas; inside you'll find three flavours turkey, spring lamb and beef. We use them as a Forthglade advent calendar counting down the days to christmas at dinner time! The turkey option is of course the special limited edition festive recipe, which has been paired with lamb, spring veg and mint, as well as beef with pumpkin and broccoli – all of which contain 75 per cent meat, prime for a balanced and fulfilling diet.

            Suitable for dogs over the age of one year, this high quality food is produced right here in the UK in a purpose built factory in Dartmoor, Devon, packed full of natural ingredients and added vitamins and minerals to make sure your dog gets the nutrition they need. Cost wise 12 trays cost £19.49, while 24 come in at £37.68 and 48 priced at £73.44.

            Second up is the limited edition christmas dinner turkey with cranberry and parsnip. There are 4 trays included in the 12 meals of Christmas but when purchasing the christmas collection there is an additional 7 trays! Packed full of meaty goodness, with 75% turkey, combined with suitably seasonal cranberry and parsnip for a delicious grain free festive dinner. Perfect to enjoy on the 25th of December while your sitting down to your festive feast your pup can be tucking into their own!

            Finally there’s the limited edition natural soft bite treats with turkey and cranberry, returning from Christmas 2021 as they were so popular. The Christmas turkey and cranberry soft bite treats are made in Forthglades signature heart design. They are marked with a line down the centre to easily divide them in two. This makes them perfect for sharing if you’re a multi dog household, which is essential when you have a greedy Border Collie and an even greeder Cockapoo. They’re suitable for puppies over eight weeks, meaning even if it’s their very first Christmas like Crumble's, they’ll be able to enjoy the taste of Forthglade this December.

            ,Check out the Forthglade christmas collection here

            5) Sodapup Stuffable Christmas Tree

            This Christmas Tree enrichment Toy is perfect for bring the festive spirit to your dogs meal times! Chester loved this last year and it will be coming back out this year. Last year he kept bringing it back to me to refill! I love the texture of this toy, it's soft but not destroyed-in-five-minutes soft but easy enough for dogs to chew. It is designed to withstand the abuse of most "power chewer" dogs.

            You can fill the Christmas Tree Toy with treats like cold-pressed dry food, wed dog food, peanut butter, baby fruit purees or your favorite dog treat recipe. Perfect for Christmas enrichment!

            Ours is from Paws in Earnest you can find it here

            6) Petface Christmas Yasmin Yule Log Dog Toy

            Petface Christmas Latex Yule Log dog toy with squeaker in body. This cute Christmas dog toy is the perfect present for your pet this Christmas! It's small it's squeaky and its festive all a dog could want at Christmas!

            We grabbed our from Paws.com you can use code SARAH10 for money off!

            Hopefully that gives you some ideas for presents for you fur babies, BUT check back soon because I may have a few more exciting items to add at the beginning of December!

            Hope you all have a fantastic Christmas!

            Sarah, Chester and Crumble x

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