Preparing For The Winters: Dog Edition

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There comes a point during summers where we just get tired of the heat. You get tired more easily, you’re sweating all the time and you can’t seem to operate without air conditioning. This usually starts around September because the joy of summers is long gone by then. So, at the first sign of a cool autumn breeze, we all get excited. We take out our winter wardrobe and then start preparing for the upcoming festivities, namely Halloween, thanksgiving and finally Christmas.

While we are in the middle of all of these preparations and changes, our furry friends can’t help but be excited with us because they catch onto our emotions like that. However, a lot of pet owners don’t realize this but you need to make sure that your pet is also prepared for winters as well. This article will however be only focusing on dog care during the winters.

• If you have an old dog or a dog with certain health problems like arthritis, joint problems etc. you should pay a visit to the vet. Colder weather tends to make things more difficult and painful for them. Your vet will provide you with proper medication and give you advice on how to handle your dog during the time.
• If it snows heavily in your area, do not take your dog out for walks unless you have protective wear for their paws. Dogs are also sensitive to weather changes on their paws, so they cannot walk on temperature extremes. However, if you have a husky or a mastiff, you can take them out since they are built for colder temperatures.
• If your dog is still restless during the time, you can let them loose in your backyard, but at the same time, you should get a heated outdoor dog house for them so that they don’t get too cold either.

Planning to Buy a Hedgehog?

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Hedgehogs are rapidly becoming popular among most pet lovers in the US and due to their increasing demand more investors are spending on large scale regarding their breeding and conservation. Originally found in Africa, Pygmy Hedgehog have a very distinct physical appearance with mildly sharp spikes on their back and soft fur on their bellies which makes them altogether adorable looking animals. They have very interesting defensive behavior and it is triggered especially while in the wild around the presence of a predator. Just like turtles, they have their own defense mechanism, when threatened their spikes on the back rise up and they curve themselves in a way that hides their entire belly which is the most vulnerable part of their body.

They are legal in most states of the US and more exotic pet’s awareness programs are being organized due to their increasing numbers as domesticated animals. They are considered quite cheap to own because they don’t ruin or damage other household items in the house and don’t demand constant human attention unlike cats and most domesticated birds like parrots and eagles.

Hedgehogs are nocturnal creatures as they like to wake up at night and search for their food. Even after being domesticated for several years, they have this habit built into their systems and for people who like sleeping early at night might be difficult to manage this pet. If you like to go out with your friends and family at night almost every other day, then this might not be the best pet for you as they sleep through the day. If you have planned to buy a cage for your new pet, then you should first be aware about different types of hedgehogs cages that are available out there in the market.

Preventing Dogs From Running Away

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A dog that runs away can be a real nuisance. If you are not careful, dogs like this can end up ruining your experience. After all, you wanted a dog that would listen to you every single time. You want a companion that you would not have to fret and worry about, someone that would be willing to hang on to your every word and provide you with the sort of love and affection you need in order to feel happier in life. If your dog runs away a lot, you are not going to feel very good at all. Indeed, such a thing is going to be quite a blow to your self esteem, which is why you need to take such actions very seriously indeed.

If your dog runs away a lot, you need to get a shock collar. There is a specific type of shock collar that you can get, one that would allow you to give your dog a shock automatically if it wanders outside a certain perimeter. The thing about this is that it would make your dog associate the act of wandering out of your home or yard with the discomfort that dog collars tend to provide, and this more than anything else is going to prevent it from running away so often.

The best dog shock collar is a great investment to make if you are a pet owner that is fed up with his dog running away all the time. Once you start using these collars on a regular basis and as long as you don’t overuse them, your dog is going to always remain loyal to you and protect you at all times. What can be better than a dog that is loyal?