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The Wolf vs. the Dog: How Man’s Best Friend Evolved

Dogs are a part of our everyday life. They’re our trusted companions, our children’s playmates, and in some cases, our essential helpers.

But what is the connection between a dog and a wolf? Have you ever wondered if the wolf is the same as the man’s best friend? What is the relationship between the two?

The short answer is while scientists now believe that wolves and dogs are the same species, domestication has separated the wolf from the dog in many physical and mental characteristics.

All modern dogs are descended from the gray wolf, known as Canis lupus. Dogs are scientifically known as Canis lupus familiaris, indicating a common species with the gray wolf.

Let’s find out how mankind domesticated dogs and what are the similarities and differences between wolves and dogs.

When and Where Were the First Dogs Domesticated?

The domestication of early dogs from the ancient wolf is believed to have begun between 27,000 and 40,000 years ago.

The location of dog domestication is still a subject of intense debate among scientists. Some research suggests that dogs were first domesticated in East Asia, while others argue that it may have happened in Europe or the Middle East.

Despite this ongoing quest for pinpointing the exact location and time of dog domestication, most scientists agree that our furry friends have been man’s loyal companions for at least 15,000 years.

Domestication transformed wolves into our canine friends, altering their appearance, behavior, and genetic makeup. Today, dogs come in a variety of breeds and have unique abilities to assist us as service animals, therapy dogs, search and rescue partners, and more.

How Did Dog Domestication Happen?

There are several theories about the process of domestication of dogs from wolves. One theory suggests that early humans captured wolf pups, kept them as pets, and gradually domesticated them.

Another theory proposes that wolves began following mobile hunter-gatherers, and over time, a wolf population became an ecotype suited to the human niche created by hunter-gatherers, leading to the domestication of dogs.

How Wolves and Dogs Are Similar

  • Dog DNA is 98.8% the same as wild wolf DNA.
  • Dogs of similar size to a wolf share a similar life expectancy of 12-14 years in captivity.
  • Like wolves, dogs also have an impeccable sense of smell, far superior to that of humans.
  • They both display similar body language at times, such as tail wagging and growling.
  • The gestation times and life expectancies of dogs and wolves are remarkably close to each other.
  • Both dogs and wolves have a pack mentality, living in social groups and displaying hierarchical behaviors.

Differences Between Dogs and Wolves

  • Domestic dogs have evolved to be more sociable and responsive to human facial expressions and body language.
  • Typical wolf behavior is generally elusive and distrustful of everything, especially humans, while dog behavior is more trusting and submissive.
  • Wolves form stronger family units within their pack.
  • Only the alpha female wolf is allowed to breed, while there is no such hierarchy or difference among dogs.
  • Dogs reach maturity at 6-8 months of age, whereas wolves do not mature until 2-3 years old.
  • Wolves have larger and stronger skulls, jaws, and teeth compared to dogs.
  • Wolves typically have yellow or amber eyes, while dogs more commonly have brown or blue eyes.
  • The paw of a dog is about half the size of a wolf’s paw.
  • Some dogs have tails that curl upwards, unlike wolves.
  • Adult wolves do not bark. Only wolf cubs and adolescents have that trait.

Selective Breeding as Part of the Domestication of the Dog

Selective breeding has played a significant role in the evolution of the dog from wolves. Humans selectively bred dogs for specific purposes, such as hunting or guarding property, based on their fitness, ability, and utility.

This selective breeding led to a lack of genetic diversity within dog breeds, which can increase the risk of inherited diseases. However, it also resulted in the development of various dog breeds with distinct physical and behavioral traits.

There are many dog species that remain quite similar to wolves in many aspects.

Can Wolves and Dogs Breed?

Dogs and wolves are in fact one, not two species. Yes, wolves and dogs can interbreed and produce offspring that are themselves fertile.  This hybrid offspring is known as a wolfdog or a hybrid wolf, and they can have a wide range of physical and behavioral characteristics depending on the percentage of wolf and dog DNA in their genes.

However, it is important to note that owning a wolfdog as a pet can be challenging because their unpredictable behavior can pose a danger to their owners and other people. Some states have even prohibited the ownership of wolfdogs as pets due to safety concerns.

Final Thoughts

Modern dogs and wolves are the same species. Dogs share a common ancestor with wolves many thousands of years ago. Some breeds of dogs blur the line between dog and wolf.

But there are also many differences in their behavior and nature. Many humans and dogs share a close and permanent bond, whereas wolves tend to form a stronger bond with their pack.

The journey from the ancestral wolf to the domesticated dog has fascinated us for a very long time and will continue to be studied in the future.

How are service dogs trained?

Service dogs are amazing animals. They provide a lifeline for people with disabilities, allowing them to retain their independence as well as reducing the burden of everyday tasks. They are utilised for a whole range of people, from those who have long-term physical health conditions, to those struggling with their mental health. They’re also loving companions, offering a friendly face and unconditional love no matter the situation.

But how are these incredible canine assistants trained? How do they go from playful pups to steady service animals? We take a look.

Learning basic puppy skills

To start, the little miracle pups have to learn the same skills as any pet dog – how to sit, stand, lie down and stay, as well as toilet training. Assistance puppies often start their lives in foster homes, with a volunteer puppy raiser, and it’s these people that will teach them the basic skills they need to know. They will likely have support from a qualified trainer, as well as attending regular puppy training classes with other pet dogs.

Learning these commands at a young age will set the pup up for success in later life – it’s much harder to teach a dog a new behaviour once they’re set in their ways. This is particularly true for service dogs, who may need to learn specific verbal or physical cues that go along with the skills. It’s important that these are consistent, so that once they go on to live with their partner, everyone is using the same commands.

Positive reinforcement

There are many different theories around dog training, focusing on how to praise and reward good behaviour, as well as how to stop habits or naughty tricks that you don’t want. Many charities that train service dogs focus on positive reinforcement – rewarding the puppy for good behaviour, and redirecting or ignoring bad behaviour, rather than regularly using the word ‘no’. This is why you’ll see dogs in training being rewarded with treats for remaining calm and following commands, rather than being told off when they do get distracted.

The idea is that dogs learn what good behaviour looks like, and they repeat this in the future. It helps build a strong bond and make training fun, rather than something to be nervous about. It has also been suggested that positive reinforcement helps teach dogs to think for themselves, as they work out what behaviour their owner wants from them.

Exposure to new environments

A key part of any assistance puppy’s training is getting them used to new environments. Unlike regular pet dogs, service dogs are able to accompany their partner everywhere, including on buses, trains, in supermarkets and cinemas. Whilst we as humans know that these environments are safe, a puppy does not, and there are lots of new and startling noises and smells for them to get used to that they won’t be able to experience in the home. A dog’s hearing is far better than humans – they can hear a wider frequency of sounds.

Even before they’re allowed out on a walk, service puppies will be carried around by their foster carers to get them used to all the sights the world around them has to offer. The earlier this happens, the less overwhelming it is when the puppy can finally go out and explore on foot.

On to advanced training

Once the puppy has completed their basic training, they’ll go into an advanced training programme to help them develop the range of skills they need to be a particular kind of service dog. They’ll learn how to best support their new owner and may even be taught specific skills to suit the person they’ll eventually be paired with, although this tends to happen further down the line. From there, they’ll go on to change someone’s life – and all the hard work in their first few years will be worth it.

Assistance Animals: What Are the Differences Between a Therapy Dog, Service Dog, or Emotional Support Dog

There are three primary types of assistance dogs: service dogs, therapy dogs, and emotional support dogs. While all three types of dogs can offer companionship and love, there are some key differences between them in terms of their training, purpose, and the type of assistance they provide. We’ll be looking at the traits of these assistance animals to understand the distinctions between them. 

Service Dogs

A service dog is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. The disabilities served by service dogs can be physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disabilities. Service dogs are working animals, not pets. The work or tasks performed by a service dog must be directly related to the person’s disability. Service dogs typically wear a vest or harness that identifies them as working animals. This helps people know that the dog is not just a pet and should not be disturbed while it is working.

Service dogs are different from other assistance animals in that they are allowed access to public places that are off-limits to other animals, such as restaurants, stores, buses, and government buildings. This is because their work or tasks directly assist their disabled handlers with everyday activities. 

In the United States, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines service animals as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not considered service animals under the ADA and therefore are not granted the same access rights.

The work or tasks a service dog performs must be directly related to the handler’s disability. For example, a service dog may be trained to help a person who has epilepsy by providing balance and support during seizures or alerting them to an oncoming seizure. Service dogs can also be trained to open doors, pick up dropped items, turn lights off or on, and provide other types of assistance such as reminding their handlers to take medication for PTSD, for example. If you have a service dog, perhaps as a veteran with disabilities, it is worth keeping in mind that you may well also be entitled to further disability benefits – you can see more here if this applies to you.

If you encounter a service dog without their owner, the owner may be in need of help. In the event that their owner is incapacitated, most service dogs are trained to seek out a nearby person and nudge or bark at them. Follow the dog and they may lead you to their owner, and you can identify the situation and call for help if necessary. 

Some of the more common service dog breeds bred by dog breeders include:

1. Labrador Retriever

2. Golden Retriever

3. German Shepherd

4. Collie

5. Bernese Mountain Dog

Therapy Dogs

Therapy dogs are pets that have been specially trained to provide comfort and affection to people in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and other settings. Unlike service dogs, therapy dogs are not individually trained to perform specific tasks for their handlers; rather, they undergo training to learn how best to interact with people in order to provide comfort and relieve stress.

Therapy dogs typically visit hospitals and nursing homes on a regular basis with their owners/handlers. They may also visit schools and libraries as part of reading programs designed to help children improve their literacy skills. Therapy dog teams must adhere to strict guidelines regarding vaccinations and health clearances before they can begin visiting facilities. In addition, therapy dog teams must complete a training program that covers topics such as proper handling techniques and how best to interact with different types of people.

Some of the more common therapy dog breeds include:

1. Greyhound

2. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

3. Beagle

4. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

5. Shih Tzu

Emotional Support Animals

Emotional support animals (ESAs) provide companionship and emotional support for people with anxiety disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental illnesses. Unlike service dogs and therapy dogs which receive specialised training for their roles, ESAs do not require any specific training; however, they must meet certain criteria in order to qualify as an emotional support animal. 

In order for an animal to be considered an ESA by a licensed mental health professional (LMHP), the individual must have a documented mental illness that significantly impairs at least one major life activity and requires treatment from an LMHP. The animal must also provide some form of emotional support that alleviates at least one symptom of the individual’s mental illness (e.g., providing comfort during periods of anxiety).

Dog First Aid Tips at home

First aid is a way to help your pet in an emergency, so anyone who sees the injury or trauma first can help. Your veterinarian can provide you with basic first-aid training, which will come in handy in an emergency.

Always keep in mind that your pet should receive immediate veterinary care following any first-aid treatment. However, if your dog sustains serious injuries, having a dog first aid kit will allow you, as the owner, to administer first aid before taking them to the veterinarian.

Although first aid treatment is not a replacement for veterinary care, it may save your pet’s life until it is treated by a veterinarian.

Call your veterinarian, explain the nature of the illness or injury, and inquire about first aid advice.

In this post, we will discuss some basic dog first aid tips at home.

Include these items in your dog’s first aid kit:

  • Bandages: a roll of self-adhesive or crepe bandage (5 cm wide) 
  • Conforming/open-weave bandages (2.5 cm wide) 
  • Blunt-ended scissors, preferably curved 
  • A box of sterile absorbent gauze 
  • An Elizabethan collar 
  • A box of cotton wool 
  • Surgical sticky tape 
  • A thick towel 
  • Some non-adhesive absorbent dressings (5 cm x 5 cm) to cover open wounds
  1. For a bleeding dog 

Maintain the dog’s calm demeanor. Put a bandage on tightly. If necessary, substitute with a towel or some clothing. Apply a second, more secure layer if blood is seeping through.

Use a tourniquet only in extreme cases. Put a pad firmly on the wound and hold it in place if you can’t bandage it. Get right to the veterinarian.

Apply a non-adhesive dressing to the wound and cover it with cotton swabs or bandages if you have them. After that, cover it with cotton wool. Add another cotton bandage to cover this.

Using surgical tape, adhere this to the hair at the top and cover the entire thing with an adhesive bandage or tape.

Elastoplast should not be applied to the dog’s hair. The foot should be bandaged as well, or else it may swell up. A bandage should never be left on for more than 24 hours.

  • For a dog involved in a fight

If your dog appears shocked, dull, or distressed following a fight, contact the veterinarian. If not, examine the wound. If your pet sustains head or body puncture wounds, you should see a veterinarian right away.

 Unless the injury is severe or very painful, limb injuries may not require immediate treatment; however, the dog should be taken to the veterinarian within 24 hours for antibiotics.

  • Dogs with burns and scalds

Apply cold water to the affected area for at least five minutes before calling a veterinarian. Applying ointments or creams is not recommended; however, if getting to the veterinarian will take some time, you can apply a dressing that has been soaked in saline. Warm the patient up.

  • Dogs with heat stroke

If your dog is distressed and panting heavily on a warm or hot day, especially if the dog has been playing or exercising, is overweight, or has a short nose (like a boxer), think of heatstroke!

The dog should be placed somewhere cool, preferably in a draft. Wet the coat with warm water (cold water slows heat loss by contracting blood vessels in the skin) and call the vet. You can give them a little bit of water.

  • Dog having a fit 

If your dog is having a fit, you should not try to hold or comfort it because doing so will stimulate the dog and make the fit last longer.

Reduce noise and darken the room. In order to prevent the dog from being injured, move items, particularly anything electrical, away from the dog. Put cushions on the furniture. Contact the vet.

  • Dogs with swollen tummies

If this happens suddenly, it needs to be treated seriously, especially if the dog is a deep-chested breed like a boxer or mastiff.

Additionally, attempts to vomit, gulp, and saliva dribbling are possible. It could indicate a stomach twist that threatens life. Call the veterinarian right away; do not wait.

  • Dogs with eye injuries

Apply a wet dressing; don’t rub or scratch; and call the vet if the eye is bulging out of its socket. If chemicals have entered the eye, flush it several times with water, preferably from an eye dropper, and contact the veterinarian.

  • For electric-shocked dogs

Avoid approaching if a high-voltage supply is involved. Make a police report. Turn off the power first in the house. If this is impossible, you might be able to push the dog away from the power source with a dry, non-metallic object like a broom handle.

Give resuscitation if the patient has stopped breathing. Call the vet right away.

  • For poisoned dogs

Try to locate the substance’s packaging and bring it with you when you call the vet. Try to identify the plant if it is suspected of having been chewed.

Call the vet right away. Unless advised by your veterinarian, do not cause your dog any harm.

  1. For dogs with broken bones

If the bleeding is severe, stop using a splint because it hurts and can break the bone through the skin. Secure the patient so that they can be taken to the vet. A box can be used for smaller dogs.

Uncovering the Age-Old Question: Does Dog Insurance Get More Expensive with Age?

Pets are beloved members of our family, but they can be expensive to care for. If you’re considering getting a dog, it’s important to know the cost of pet insurance and whether or not it gets more expensive with age.

Does dog insurance go up with age?

When it comes to pet insurance, one of the most important factors to consider is age. The cost of dog insurance can vary depending on the age of your pet. Generally, the younger your dog is, the less expensive the insurance will be. This is because younger dogs are typically healthier and less likely to require costly medical treatment. As your pet ages, the cost of insurance may increase due to the increased risk of developing health issues.

As your dog ages, its risk of developing certain health conditions or accidents goes up. This is why pet insurance companies typically charge higher rates for older dogs than for younger dogs because pet owners are more likely to make claims for senior dogs or pets with pre-existing conditions. Although the cost of pet insurance may increase with age, there are still ways to save. Some pet insurance companies may offer discounts for insuring older pets. If you want to learn more about how much you can save on senior dog insurance, click here.

One thing to keep in mind is that dog insurance isn’t just for when something bad happens. It’s also important to think about the cost of vet care if you have to bring your dog in for a health issue. Even if your dog is healthy and spends most of the time indoors, having pet insurance can help cover the cost of a vet visit if something does happen.

Factors that influence dog insurance costs

The cost of dog insurance is not solely determined by the age of your pet. There are several other factors that can influence the cost of your pet insurance policy.

One of them is whether your dog has an active or inactive lifestyle. Dogs that are inactive, like those that are kept in the house most of the time, are typically considered low-risk. This is because they’re less likely to get into accidents, and so their insurance rates are likely to be lower. However, they are still prone to getting sick. Dogs that are active, on the other hand, are often considered a higher risk. This is because they’re more likely to get into accidents and mishaps than indoor dogs. Some of the other factors that influence dog insurance are listed below:

  • The breed of your dog can affect the cost of your insurance. Some breeds are more prone to certain medical conditions and may require more frequent vet visits, which can drive up the cost of pet insurance.
  • The level and type of coverage you choose can also affect your insurance costs. If you opt for a higher coverage plan, your monthly premium may be more expensive.
  • The deductible and reimbursement rate of your policy can influence your insurance costs. A higher deductible and lower reimbursement rate may result in a lower monthly premium, but it could also mean that you’ll be paying more out-of-pocket for unexpected medical care.

What is the age limit for pet insurance?

Most pet insurance companies have an age limit for their policies. The age limit can vary depending on the company, but it is typically between 8 weeks and 12 years old. This means that if your pet is younger or older than the age limit, you may not be able to get pet insurance.

Some pet insurance companies, however, do provide medical coverage for senior pets aged 12 years or older. This type of coverage often has more restrictions and may not cover certain medical conditions that are common in older pets.

Pet insurance for elderly dogs – what to look for and considerations

If you’re considering pet insurance for your senior dog, it’s important to do your research. Look for a company that offers coverage for older pets and read the details of the policy carefully to ensure that the pet insurance is ideal for you and your pet.

Also, make sure to look for an insurance policy that covers routine care such as annual vet visits and even vaccinations. This type of coverage is important for older pets as they are more prone to getting sick and developing life-long health conditions.

You should also consider the type of coverage you need. If your pet has a pre-existing condition, make sure the policy covers it, as most do not. Finally, consider the cost of the policy. Senior pet insurance can be expensive, so make sure to shop around and compare prices. You may be able to find a policy that offers the coverage you need at a price you can afford.

To sum it up

When it comes to pet insurance, the cost of the policy can increase with age. However, there are several factors that can influence the cost of your pet insurance, so you may want to do your research and compare policies to find the best coverage for your pet. Some insurance companies offer discounts for older pets, so if you’re considering getting pet insurance for your older dog, make sure to look for a company that offers coverage for senior pets. You should also consider the type of coverage based on your pet’s needs and the cost of the policy.

There are a few other things to keep in mind when looking at policy options, as pet insurance premiums do increase with age. It’s important to compare different policy rates to find the best deal and understand the terms and conditions. You should also ensure that your outdoor dog is properly trained and up-to-date with his or her vaccinations. Most insurance companies will take these factors into account when determining the cost of your insurance premium.

Each pet owner has different needs and priorities, so while all of these considerations are significant, the best choice will ultimately depend on you.

What Are the Benefits of Having a Pet?

Most American households own a pet and they often become the most important members of our families. From French bulldog puppies to Egyptian cats, pets can bring us a lot of joy throughout the years. Aside from pets being adorable and fun to play with, people reap many benefits from having animals in their lives. Here are some of them. 

The Benefits of Having a Pet

Companionship – A pet can provide companionship and love, which can be very beneficial for people who live alone or feel isolated. Pets can also provide affection and comfort for people that are grieving or have other emotional difficulties. Studies have shown that people that had a pet during a difficult time in their lives found it helpful in improving their mental health.

Physical Health – Having a pet can also help you get physical activity daily. Dogs need exercise every day to stay healthy, and it can be a good reminder for their owners to get outside and enjoy some fresh air. Walking your dog or playing catch with them can also boost your cardiovascular fitness and help you burn calories, which can help you lose weight and stay healthy.

Mental Health – Having a pet can help improve your mental and emotional health. Spending time with your pet can be very relaxing and can help you reduce your stress and anxiety levels. Taking good care of your pet can provide you with a sense of purpose and make you feel more competent, which can improve your self-esteem and confidence.

Responsibility – Caring for a pet can be a very rewarding experience. It can help you develop good life skills such as responsibility, patience, and compassion. For families with children, taking care of a pet together is a great way to impart the importance of responsible pet ownership and empathy for others from a young age.

Socialization – Often, attending events or going to places with your pet can make it easier for you to meet new people and develop connections with others in your community. Having a pet may also make you more approachable and help you feel less shy in social situations. In addition, owning a pet can promote healthy interactions with your family members or housemates.

Protection – Your pet can help keep you and your family safe. For example, a dog can be trained to alert you to potential intruders and may even be able to defend you by biting an attacker. Other pets like cats are excellent at keeping mice and small pests out of your home, which can help protect your possessions from damage and eliminate the risk of you getting sick.

What to Consider

With Christmas coming, it can be tempting to head out and buy or adopt a pet on a whim. However, it is important to consider whether you are ready to take on the responsibility of caring for an animal before you do so. Here are four factors to consider if you are thinking about getting a pet.

Space – If you have a small house, getting a large dog such as a labrador or golden retriever may not be a good idea. Some small dogs such as miniature schnauzers can also be very active and require plenty of exercise; this can be an issue if you have limited outdoor space. If you live in a high-rise apartment and want to keep a cat, make sure that your windows are fitted with safety grills to prevent your cat from jumping out.

Time – Owning a pet requires a great deal of time and commitment, so you need to be sure that you can dedicate enough time to your pet every day. Animals who are neglected often suffer from behavioral issues or become ill due to lack of care, so it is important to spend time with your pet each day and give them the care that they need. If you work long hours, you may need to find someone else to care for your pet during the day.

Finances – The cost of owning a pet can add up quickly, especially if you have a large dog who consumes a lot of food. You will also need to purchase accessories for your pet such as crates, scratching posts, and toys to keep them entertained. Furthermore, be sure to factor in ongoing expenses such as grooming appointments and potential vet bills. Unless you are confident that you can cover these costs, reconsider getting a pet.

Personality – Different animals have different personalities, so you need to make sure that your personality is compatible with that of your chosen pet. For example, some dogs are high energy while others are relaxed and prefer to be left alone. If you are not sure what you would like in a pet, talk to friends and relatives who have pets or offer to foster animals for a rescue shelter to help you learn more about various animals personalities.

Pets enrich our lives in more ways than one. They provide us with companionship and love and give us something to look after and care for. However, make sure that you can meet the basic needs of the animal and provide a suitable environment for them before you bring one home.

How often should you bath your dog?

Are you bathing your dog too frequently? The chances are you might be but does it really matter? Yes, it does. You could be doing more harm than good.

How much bathing is too much and what should you be doing when it comes to good doggie hygiene? Let’s discuss dog bathing frequency for a healthier, happier dog.

The cons of over bathing your dog

If you grew up in the 70s and 80s your family dog probably only got a bath if they rolled in something terrible. These days though it is not unusual to meet dog owners who bathe their dog every week. Maybe we are all more house and doggie proud now but whatever the reason for this change, are our dogs really thanking us?

A dog’s coat should be shiny and glossy, tangle free and free from odours. But you don’t need to keep bathing your dog to achieve this. Quite the opposite in fact.

Over bathing your dog, even with gentle and mild shampoos, can strip your dog’s coat of important natural oils. This can leave their skin vulnerable, sensitive and even itchy. It can also leave their fur looking dull and unhealthy. And here is the real rub – in this stripped back state, your dog’s skin and fur is now more likely to end up greasy and smelling of dog.

How often should you bathe your dog?

I have shared my entire life with dogs and all of my dogs have had a bi-annual bath in the spring and autumn. I have always had lots of comments on how well my dogs look, with healthy coats and no doggie odour.

Last year I was asked onto a TV show to talk about giving dogs a bath. The presenter commented on how beautifully soft my terrier’s fur was. When she asked me how often I bathe him I replied “Twice a year”. She almost fell off her chair. Her face was a picture of confusion. She assumed my dog must therefore smell but when invited to sniff my obliging little dog, she was amazed to find that he smelt of nothing in particular and certainly didn’t smell of anything bad.

Brushing your dog

The key to an odour free dog with a shiny healthy coat is brushing, not bathing.

Just because you are only bathing your dog twice a year, doesn’t mean you can let other aspects of coat care go out the window. It is just as important, if not more so, than ever. Turn some of the time you save from bath time into brushing sessions.

A daily brush of your dog is a great habit to get into. It frees up and removes any loose fur and old skin cells, and helps to distribute healthy natural oils through the fur, leaving your dog’s skin tingling with health and their coat gleaming. Even short or wiry haired dogs massively benefit from a daily groom. This can be done with a bristle or rubber dog brush to really get the circulation going and get all the detritus removed.

Don’t turn the daily grooming session into another chore or a time of anxiety, chasing your dog around the house in a frenzy. Use this time as a bonding session, petting and stroking your dog as you brush them and having a few moments when it is all about the two of you. Most dogs love being brushed along their back and top of their bottoms so start there and they will soon be looking forward to their daily grooming session.

Just a few minutes to stimulate the skin and fur and remove any tangles is all it takes. Your dog will soon be gleaming, feeling great and lapping up compliments.

What if my dog gets muddy?

I meet a lot of dog owners who over bathe their dogs. When I ask why they will often say that their dog gets wet or muddy on walks so they need a bath when they get home. So what do you do in this situation?

Give your dog a rinse with plain water and dry them thoroughly with a towelling or microfiber towel. A lot of mud will easily come off a wet dog in this way. Muddy paws can be cleaned with plain old tap water too (no shampoo required). If your dog has very fluffy paws that act like a mud magnet, try a specially made paw cleaning device that uses fresh water and a rubbery bristle action to get doggie’s paws mud free. The online website D for Dog https://www.dfordog.co.uk sells a great range of dog care items including drying coats and towels, Mudbusters and more.

If your dog only picked up some mud here and there, simply let it dry and brush it out. Job done.

When to use dog shampoo

People over use shampoo. If you think about what soaps and shampoos were invented for, that should tell you when its use is necessary. Shampoo is a detergent that is used to remove sweat, oils, stains and odours. At this point you may be thinking that your dog does smell and is greasy so you need to use shampoo but remember what we said at the start of this article – a dog with a healthy coat that hasn’t been stripped of oils won’t get over greasy or odorous because the coat will be in balance.

If your dog has rolled in something really stinky, a bath may be necessary. You can even get special fox poop shampoo, but whatever you use, make sure it is gentle on your dog’s skin and coat.

At the groomers

If your dog has the type of coat that necessitates a trip to the groomers every 6-8 weeks, what can you do? Speak to the groomer. Ask if they can do the cut without a bath. If they insist on bathing your dog, ask for a mild shampoo to be used and no perfumes. You can even research your own and take it with you. Or find a groomer who understands your over-bathing concerns.

Using scents, sprays and perfumes on dogs

Take care with this kind of thing. Perfumes and sprays are all about what scents humans find pleasurable. Dogs do not like the same kinds of smells as we do. Dogs don’t hanker for perfumed fur or a floral scents. In fact dog detest all that flouncy pong. Dogs find perfumes just as offensive as we find the smell of something gross like fox poop. What is pleasant to us is not necessarily pleasant to them.

Imagine how you would feel if someone kept spritzing you with eau de fox poo. Not pleasant. You would immediately try to get rid of the smell. Ever noticed how, after a bath or a spray with perfume, your dog will go straight outside and rub around in anything they can to try to negate the flowery or musky scents. They don’t like it.

Why do dogs like nasty smells?

What smells nasty to us smells very acceptable to a dog. It could be evolutionary. Blazing a trail of strong distinctive scent is not going to help a dog to avoid predators or catch prey. Smelling of the great outdoors or even better, smelling of your prey, is very helpful.

Now their love of stinks starts to make more sense.

Washing dog bedding

It is of course important to keep your dog’s bedding clean and to wash it when it gets dirty or whiffy but don’t go over the top. Your dog’s bed doesn’t need a weekly clean for no reason other than it is Saturday again.

When you do wash your dog’s bedding, use a non-biological laundry detergent that is less likely to cause irritation and don’t add fabric softeners, especially scented ones. A clean dog bed doesn’t need to smell of flowers, white musk or any other artificial scents. A nice neutral smell that is fresh and clean will be acceptable to everyone and won’t offend your dog. It is their bed so let them have a place that smells how they like it to smell.

So there you go, that is everything you need to know about washing the dog. Why not give it a try. Put down the dog shampoo and pick up that brush.

Give it a few weeks. Your dog’s coat needs to recover and get back in balance, which can take time. But before you know it you will be getting comments like “Your dog looks great. What products are you using?” I get it a lot with my dogs, so take it from someone who knows.

Author Jenny Prevel, D for Dog https://www.dfordog.co.uk

Jenny Prevel is a lifelong animal lover and dog owner. She grew up with dogs, cats, pigs, chickens and rabbits, to name a few. Wanting to help dogs in her adult life, Jenny started adopting needy rescue dogs in 2003. After adopting a deaf dog and wanting to share what she had learnt, Jenny started her website D for Dog in 2004 and has helped many dog owners by writing articles on a number of topics including pet loss and end of life, dog adoption, dog care and health issues.

Buying an Acrylic Dog Crate: What You Need to Know to Make the Right Purchase

Are you tired of looking at your old steel dog crate? Or, have you come to a realization that your beloved furry family member does not deserve to be put inside a cage when you are away or are busy with other things? If you are, then it is time for an upgrade and try something new—the acrylic dog crate.

In this article, we will help you understand everything you need to know about acrylic dog crates, from the benefits down to the key considerations before making a purchase.

Why Buy a Clear Acrylic Dog Crate: 5 Priceless Benefits

Clear dog crates have become popular lately because they offer a number of perks for both dogs and their owners. Let us take a look at some of these benefits.

1. They Look Good

When it comes to acrylic dog crates, the most obvious advantage that they have over traditional pet crates is the aesthetics. They look so much better than those industrial-looking metal wire cages. If you have guests over, they will be impressed with how nice your dog crate looks.

And, since they are see-through, these crates will just blend in and will not be an eyesore in your home. They can complement whichever theme that you currently have without looking out of place.

2. They Provide Comfort for Your Dog

Another great thing about a transparent dog crate is that Fido will not feel claustrophobic inside it. Solid plastic cages can make some dogs feel anxious because they cannot see what is going on outside. This is not a problem with acrylic crates since your dog can still see his surroundings from the inside.

In addition, these crates also have smooth surfaces. This means that there are no sharp edges that can hurt your pet when he moves around inside them.

3. They Can Serve as an Additional Piece of Furniture

A Lucite or plexiglass dog kennel can come with functional features that it can serve as an additional piece of furniture in your home.

For example, some acrylic dog crates have storage compartments where you can place your pooch’s toys, treats, and other things. Other crates are even designed to look like end tables, meaning that they can double as a place to put your drinks and snacks when you have guests over.

With these added features, these crates become more than just a kennel for your pet—they become a multi-functional piece of furniture that can serve many purposes in your home.

4. They Are Very Easy to Clean

Unlike traditional dog crates and cages, acrylic crates are very easy to clean. You will not have to spend hours scrubbing them to get rid of all the dirt and grime. All you need is a mixture of mild soap and water, and you can easily wipe down their surfaces.

In addition, acrylic dog crates do not absorb smells. This means that they will not retain any odors from your furry friend, even if they have accidents inside the crate.

5. They Are Highly Portable

Last but not least, acrylic dog crates are very easy to transport. They are much lighter than metal wire cages and can also come with built-in handles, which makes it even easier for you to carry them around. So, if you need to travel with your pooch, then these crates will be a great option for you.

The same thing when you need to re-arrange the furniture in your home. You can easily move these crates around without having to ask for help from other people.

Key Considerations When Buying an Acrylic Dog Crate

 

Now that you know some of the benefits of using an acrylic dog crate for your furry family member, it is time to take a look at some key considerations when making your purchase. These factors will help ensure that you get the best item for your money and for your dog’s needs.

Size of the Crate

Ideally, the clear acrylic dog crate that you buy should be big enough for your pooch to move around comfortably, but not too big that it takes up a lot of space in your home. To know which size to get, it is best to take measurements of your dog. Here are the steps that you can take.

1. Place your dog in a standing position.

2. With a measuring tape, measure the height of your dog from the top of his head to the ground. This will give you an idea of how tall the crate should be.

3. Measure the width and length of your dog by placing the tape around their body (from his chest to his backside). This will give you an idea of how wide and long the crate should be.

4. Add two to three inches to each measurement that you get. This additional space will ensure that your pooch is comfortable inside the acrylic crate and that they can move around without any problems.

There are many different sizes available on the market today, so take your time in choosing the right one for your dog. If you are not sure about the size, then you can always ask the shop’s representative for help. They will be more than happy to assist you in making the right decision.

The Crate’s Design

When it comes to acrylic dog crates, there are several designs that you can choose from. There are those that come with a single door, while others have two doors. There are also some that come with a removable roof, while others have a solid roof.

The design that you choose will depend on your preferences and on your dog’s needs. For example, if you want to place the crate in a corner of the room, then getting one with two doors might be more convenient for you. This way, you can access the inside of the crate from either side.

On the other hand, if you are planning to use the crate as a piece of furniture, then getting one with a solid roof might be a better option for you. This way, you can rest assured that the top surface will not move easily when you place something on it.

You can take a look at some good designs of acrylic dog crates on this page:https://shophiddin.com/collections/crates.

Additional Features

Acrylic dog crates can come with cool features that make them more comfortable for your dog. For example, you can find something with ventilation slits that will help ensure that your pet gets enough air inside the crate.

There are also some models that come with a built-in food and water bowl. This can be very convenient, especially if you are planning to use the crate for travel. Having a built-in bowl will save you from having to pack an extra one when you go on trips.

Moreover, there are also those which come with extra beddings. This is a great feature that ensures your dog will be totally comfortable inside the crate. Not to mention that it will also help keep them warm during cold nights.

Material of the Crate

Depending on the brand, acrylic dog crates can be made from different materials. However, the most popular options on the market today would be the Lucite or plexiglass dog house.

If you want something that will last for a long time, then getting one made from Lucite would be your best bet. On the other hand, if you are on a budget and do not mind replacing the acrylic cage every now and then, then getting one made from plexiglass would be a good option for you.

Apart from those which are entirely made of clear acrylic, you can also find crates that are made from a combination of acrylic and metal wire. There are also those with wooden frames and acrylic panels, which are a great option if you have a home with a rustic theme.

Generally speaking, your choice of material will depend on your budget and on your personal preferences. Just make sure that you pick something that will be comfortable for your pooch and will last for a long time.

Price

The price of a clear acrylic dog crate can range from $200 to $1,000 depending on the size, construction, material, and functionality. Of course, the price will also depend on the brand.

However, it is important to note that just because a product is expensive means that it is the best option for your needs. There are many affordable acrylic dog crates on the market today with great designs and are made of high-quality materials.

To ensure that you are getting a good deal, it is important that you compare the prices of different products before finalizing your purchase.

Where to Shop for Acrylic Dog Crates

 

The easiest way to find acrylic dog crates is to do a quick search on the internet. However, it is important that you only buy from reputable sellers to ensure that you are getting a high-quality product.

So, how do you know if a shop is reputable? One way to do this is to read reviews. You can also ask for recommendations from your friends or family members who have purchased acrylic dog crates in the past. This way, you can be sure that you are buying from a trusted source.

Another thing to consider is the return policy of the seller. This is important, especially if you are buying the crate online. Make sure that the shop has a good return policy so that you can get your money back in case you are not satisfied with the product when you receive it.

Acrylic Dog Crate FAQs

Q: Is acrylic safe for my dog?

A: Yes, acrylic is a safe material for your dog. Unlike traditional plastic, which can cause allergies in dogs, acrylic is hypoallergenic. If you are not sure whether or not an item is safe to use, it is best to consult with your veterinarian first.

Q: How often do I have to clean a clear acrylic dog crate?

A: The frequency of cleaning will depend on how often you use the crate. If you only use it occasionally, then you can just wipe it down with a damp cloth every now and then. However, if you use it frequently, then you might have to wash it with soap and water once a week.

Q: Are acrylic crates suitable for all types of dog breeds?

A: More often than not, these crates are used for smaller dog breeds. But if you have a large breed, then you can always get a customized acrylic crate that can accommodate them.

Q: Can I put an acrylic dog crate outdoors?

A: Yes, you can put an acrylic dog crate outdoors. However, it is important to note that acrylic is not UV-resistant. This means that it can become yellowed or brittle over time when exposed to direct sunlight. If you are planning on using the crate outdoors, make sure that you put it in a shaded area to prolong its lifespan.

Final Thoughts

When buying an acrylic dog crate, it is important that you take your time in making a decision. This way, you can be sure that you are getting a product that is made of high-quality material and will be comfortable for your pooch. With a bit of research and the information we provide in this article, you should be able to find the perfect acrylic crate for your needs without breaking the bank.

For more useful pet care tips, feel free to check the other posts on our site. Happy shopping!

Dog Treats Canister: What’s Their Purpose

Owning a pet comes with a lot of responsibility. Not only do you have to make sure your furry friend gets enough exercise and proper nutrition, but you also need to provide them with toys and treats that keep them happy and healthy. One great way to do this is by using a dog treats canister. These containers make it easy to store and dispense treats, making it the perfect way to reward your pup for a job well done. 

Here’s a look at the different uses and benefits of dog-treat canisters. We’ll also provide some tips on how to store your dog’s treats. So whether you’re looking to teach your pets some new tricks or just want to make sure their snacks are kept fresh, read on for all you need to know about a dog treats canister.

A Convenient Way to Store Dog Treats

Most quality pet containers such as a dog treat canister ceramic is strong and durable, but also lightweight and easy to carry around. They have a tight-fitting lid that helps keep the treats fresh and a wide opening at the top that allows you to easily put in or remove the treats. The lid shuts firmly so that your dog cannot get into them without your help. The canisters are made of durable plastic with a handle on the side that makes them easy to carry around when full.

The small size is ideal for storing individual packets of treats, while the large size is perfect for storing larger bags. The containers can also be used to store other items like kibble or cat food if you have pets who eat that kind of food too.

Keep You Dog Treat Fresh and Healthy

Dog treats are a special part of your dog’s daily diet, so it is important that you can keep them fresh and healthy. If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to keep your dog’s food fresh and dry, then consider purchasing metal or plastic dog treat container.

Some of the canisters come with locking lids so that you can keep them closed at all times. Some even come with a spoon that allows your pet to scoop out their favorite treats without any trouble at all. When looking for a good place to get the best pet treat container, consider visiting https://bitchnewyork.com/collections/dog-treat-jars.

Save Room for Storing Items

Treat containers for dogs are one way of keeping your pet’s treats organized and safe from harm. These containers come in different shapes, sizes, colors, and designs. Some of them even come with lids that open up so you can see what is inside without having to open the entire container. You can keep them in an area where they are easily accessible when your dog needs them but at the same time, you need to make sure that they won’t get into something that is toxic or harmful to them.

Easy to Decorate and Personalize

Dog treat canisters don’t have to be boring and plain – they can be decorated with your favorite colors, patterns, and images. Personalized dog treats canisters are easy to decorate and personalize. You can choose from a variety of different designs, including Christmas trees, snowmen, and more. If you want something more unique, you can even upload a picture of your pet or child onto the canister. This makes it even more special.

Can Be Used For Training

Training your dog is always a top priority for responsible pet owners, and one way to reinforce good behavior is by using treats as a reward. The best dog treat canisters have a number of features that make them more effective when it comes to training your dog. They can be used at home or on the go, and they provide your dog with a source of food that is always available. This helps to keep him busy, which is especially important when you are trying to train him to do something new.

Pet products that feel like they’re from the future

Over the last couple of months, you may have had to find new and exciting ways to keep your furry friends entertained, especially if you have returned back to the office after working from home for two years. This has led to lots of fun and innovative pet products that have been released, from tech tracking collars and microchip feeders to health trackers and video games designed especially for your doggy companions.

Here are a few of our favourite pet products that (almost!) seem like they’re from the future!

GoPro Fetch

Ever wondered what your dog gets up to when they’re exploring off lead or wandering around in the garden? Now you can find out with GoPro’s Fetch Harness Lead.

• The harness can be strapped to the back and chest for different camera angles.
• It’s washable and comfortable for your pets.
• Simply put your dog in the harness, take them for a walk and watch the interesting footage when you’re home.
• It’s waterproof too so great for typical British weather!

Subscription boxes

What’s better than receiving lots of treats, toys and supplies for your dog straight to your door every week?

Subscription boxes for pets from Wild Thought online pet shop have become extremely popular and are expected to grow even bigger in the future.

• They are a hassle-free, convenient way to get treats for your dogs.
• They include items like chews, toys and treats to keep them entertained for hours.
• They’re designed with your pet’s health and happiness in mind.
• All products featured in these particular boxes are natural, healthy and eco-friendly.
• They can often be tweaked to suit your dog’s breed, age, dietary requirements and individual likes. This way, you can make sure that they love what they get every single time!

Interactive smart toys

Just like humans, dogs need to keep their minds active in order to stay healthy. It’s expected that interactive smart toys, like challenging puzzles, will continue to prove popular over the coming years, with online platforms like Amazon and eBay already stocking thousands of products.

• These types of toys provide mental stimulation, self-entertainment, stress relief and encourage slower eating habits. They’re also great for keeping them out of trouble when you are busy or out of the house for short periods of time!
• There are lots of options available, including sensory toys, treat dispensers, vessel toys and many more.
• There are versions out there that can help with behavioural problems like fast eating, aggressive chewing and over-excitement.

We hope that this article gives you some new ideas to help keep your pet entertained both now and in the future. If you need further advice on how to deal with boredom, this article from Woodgreen Animal Charity may help.

Good luck and let us know if you have any more suggestions to try!

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