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Your Dog’s Biggest Fears & How to Avoid/Overcome them

Even though a term like ‘Guard dog’ exists and we imagine most dogs (especially larger ones) as protectors, defenders, brave & fearless animals, they’re actually very shy and scaredy. If they’re threatened, they bark and attack but in everyday life, there are actually so many things that spook them silly. Sometimes it is funny, but a lot of the time, the fears of your dog could lead to inconveniences and excess trouble. Here are the biggest fears of dogs and tips as well as tricks to overcome them.

Loud noises (e.g. fireworks & thunder)

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Dogs have a hearing that’s actually three to four times more sensitive than humans. Thus, it should come as no surprise why loud and bang-like noises scare them very, very much. When there’s a thunderstorm or the fireworks show on New Year’s eve, it’s quite a common sight to see a pup shivering, shaking or even soiling themselves. There isn’t a direct and simple solution to this. Dogs are wired this way and that’s just in their DNA. Fireworks and thunder are too loud.

You could give your dog a sedative if the situation gets completely out of hand. However, one of the most effective tactics is to just be with your dog at all times. Pick them up, pet them and say nice words, just like you would with a baby… Really. If you can’t be next to them, locking them out in a room with good sound insulation might work too.

Staircases

If the previous fear is super inconvenient and very saddening, this one is actually quite fun. If your pup hasn’t encountered any flights of stairs before, brace yourselves for something entertaining. They won’t go down or up, they won’t trust the stairs and will act awkwardly around them. There are tons of funny videos online of people trying to persuade their pets to come down to them or come up to them by the staircases.

For a while the dog is visibly anxious, running around the stair and barking more than trying to climb it. However, with enough positive reinforcement and nice words, people persuade them to take the first step. Once they do that, it’s the same old story. You need to do as much reinforcement for them to take the next stair, and then the next one after that. Once they climb it for the first time, it could also be pure entertainment to watch them go down. But once they catch on how it’s done, they act pretty normally. So, the fear of stairs is only temporary and easily defeated.

Men

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No gender equality here. Some dogs have quite a profound fear of men, and to be honest, it isn’t something that they’re born with. It is something that’s gained over time. Such a fear indicates that in the past, the dog could have been physically or mentally abused by a male. They recognise how a man differs from a woman and are thus, less afraid of females.

Fully treating and eliminating this fear/phobia isn’t always possible. Sometimes the emotional and physical trauma is so severe, that a dog never fully recovers and isn’t able to trust. Such pets usually end up in animal shelters or in homes where they can be put back on their feet. The only viable option is to be kind, gentle and very very slowly try and warm their heart towards males. With that being said, we have to once again acknowledge the fact that fixing it isn’t always possible.

Nail clippers

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This is definitely a common spook for dogs, but it can be overcome and defeated, so to speak. This fear can only be blamed on past grooming mistakes of the pet’s owner. When you’re using nail clippers, you have to be super careful not too trim too much of the nail off. If you do that, you’ll end up clipping the nerve or cutting into the live part of the nail which is super painful and blood will come out.

Whether it’s just a simple fear or a whole phobia – depends on the dog and how sensitive their nervous system, as well as how severe are traumas, sustained in the past. The first thing to do, regardless, would be to try a more sensitive and welcoming approach to nail trimming. Use treats, positive reinforcement, pet them after every clip (and/or give a treat) and be more attentive, in general. Read their body language to know whether you can proceed or have to take a step back.

The second step would be to change the clippers into an electric grinder. The former tool is very primitive and dangerous, even. If you make even a tiny little mistake when measuring the clipping point, you’ll end up hurting the pet. In contrast, it’s almost impossible to hurt a dog when you’re using an electric grinder. Some of the more sophisticated devices have a guiding angle and specific tips, suited for dogs of all sizes. All in all – use a grinder and positive reinforcement.

Vibrating and whirring devices

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Some dogs are easily unnerved and distressed by whirring and vibrating devices/appliances in your home. Now once again, not all dogs are distressed, others are more curious rather than scared. However, if you notice that your pup is trembling and immediately hides or squeals when you turn something on, take that into account.

One thing that you will likely have to do, is change some of your appliances and devices into silent & non-vibrating ones. For example, you could look for a silent robot vacuum or a silent/quiet nail grinder (You can read more about those on this website).

Nevertheless, it’s worth investing into the grinder. It’s going to solve at least one fear, or maybe two, if need be.

Strangers & other dogs

In shorter terms – that’s the fear of socialization. It can arise from just being shy, in general, and a lack of socialization. Now, regardless of their character, with enough socialization, all dogs stop being so shy and the fear of strangers & dogs slowly evaporates. Needless to say, it’s super important to teach them how to behave around other people and dogs. If they feel combative, scared or are hard to control around people and other pets/dogs, you need to spend time in order to properly socialize them.

Special Recipe for a Dog with Stomach Issues

If you’ve ever had an upset stomach (and most of us have!) you’ll know how terrible it can feel. You don’t want to eat, you have no energy, and you might even have bouts of vomiting and diarrhea.

When your dog has a tummy issue, they suffer in much the same way! Whether it’s something they’ve eaten or bacterial infection, dogs are bound to have the odd stomach problem every now and then. But sometimes it’s a sign of something more serious—which is why it pays to know what to look out for and how to treat it.

This article will cover the main things you need to know about feeding a dog with a stomach issue, including improving gut health through things like LivelyPaws vitamin chews for dogs.

Understanding stomach issues in dogs

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Dogs have a complex digestive system and are known for eating things that they probably shouldn’t.

There are many reasons your dog may be experiencing tummy problems, but some of the most common include gastrointestinal upset, parasites, reflux, or underlying gut health issues.

Gastritis/stomach inflammation is one of the most prevalent digestive issues in dogs. It can have a number of causes including allergies, medications, a change in diet, a virus, and so on. Symptoms include bloating, gas, vomiting, diarrhea, a lack of appetite, and indigestion.

It can also be a sign of a bigger problem.

Parasites, such as worms, are also very common. Worms tend to enter a dog through contaminated food or fecal matter. They then settle in the intestines, feeding off everything your dog has eaten. This often means your dog misses out on a lot of his much-needed nutrients, which can lead to weight loss, nutritional deficiencies, dehydration, diarrhea,  fever, and vomiting.

Viruses such as parvovirus (which is particularly dangerous and highly contagious) are spread through fecal matter and often attach to a new host after a dog ingests an infected dog’s feces. The virus attacks a healthy dog’s small intestine, where it can move into the bloodstream and eventually attack white blood cells, bone marrow, and the heart.

Natural remedies to relieve stomach issues

Feed a whole food diet

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A natural but bland diet can help to alleviate some of your dog’s intestinal discomfort. This is best done with whole foods such as lean meats and cooked vegetables..

If your dog has recurring diarrhea or constipation, your first step should be to see a vet. However, for one-off issues, it’s easy to treat them with foods you might enjoy yourself if you have a stomach issue.

Plain cooked pumpkin (pure pumpkin, not pie filling) is helpful as it’s very gentle on the stomach and rich in fiber, along with vitamins A, C, and E, potassium, and iron. Fiber adds bulk to your dog’s stool by absorbing water in the gut. It can also support the growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestines while inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria. Plain boiled, shredded chicken is also easy to digest and contains many essential vitamins, minerals, fats, and amino acids. This makes it highly beneficial for when your pup is feeling unwell.

Avoid low-quality dog treats

Dog treats may seem like a fun and easy way to make your dog happy, but they may actually worsen their stomach issues. Treats often contain a huge range of harmful ingredients such as artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives that can irritate the lining of the gut. Check the ingredients list on every ‘treat’ before you buy and make sure there’s nothing you don’t recognize.

Treat with probiotics

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Probiotics are ‘friendly’ bacteria that live in the digestive tract of all animals. These bacteria support digestion and the immune system and can inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria like E. coli, salmonella, and clostridium. Specific strains known to benefit dogs include Enterococcus faecium and Bacillus coagulans. Bifidobacterium animalis has been shown to reduce acute diarrhea in dogs, while certain strains of Lactobacillus acidophilus can improve stool quality. Lactobacillus rhamnosus strain GG (LGG) is effective in preventing and treating diarrhea in humans and appears to be good for dogs as well.

Bone broth to soothe sensitive stomachs

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Bone broth is a great way to relieve inflammation in the gut and nourish the intestinal lining. It’s made by boiling down meaty bones into a soup so that they contain all of the natural minerals contained within. One of the most important of these is glutamine, which is a fuel source for cells in the small intestine and large bowel. It’s an excellent fuel source for gut villi, which means it helps to prevent bacteria from entering the small intestine or bowel wall. Here’s a great recipe for bone broth (onion-free) from Dog’s Naturally Magazine.

NOTE: If your dog’s gut issues persist—especially if they are vomiting or have diarrhea—you must take him to a vet.

What a Lucky Dog! Would you like to Swap with him, in Demi Rose’s Arms?

No doubt you once thought how great it is to be famous, to have a lot of money, to be able to buy everything that money can buy. Isn’t it? However, have you ever thought it would be great to be a dog? Well, let’s be honest, not very often, right?

However, if you look at the latest Instagram pictures of British model Demi Rose, we believe you would love to be a dog. More precisely, her dog. While this sounds a bit weird and nasty, we’re actually thinking of her real pet called Ted.

If you follow her posts on the social network Instagram, there is no doubt that you have noticed that Demi has been posting very sexy, hot pictures of herself lately, we can say almost nude. Of course, this is nothing new, there have been similar images before. Also, we wouldn’t say her fans are angry about it. On the contrary, they are very happy that she shares pictures of her sexy body with them (especially men population among followers).

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As you know, there is currently a coronavirus pandemic in the world, so these images of her are light in the dark for many. So, every day new jaw-dropping pictures and stories delight millions of followers.

However, just a few days ago, one picture particularly interested us as well as many fans. In that picture captioned with “Ted and I. A love story in the city @fashionnova fashionnovapartner.”, Demi holds in her arms her dog called Ted. What is even more interesting, he is very close to her, almost nude feminine attributes. No doubt we will all agree that this is one very lucky dog, as one fan said in the comments section.

So, while fans are jealous of this little dog, Demi has again found a fantastic way to share a picture of her se*y, curvy body.

Now, let’s get back to the sentence from the beginning. Have you ever thought it would be great to be a dog? After this hot picture, there is no doubt that you have.

Hope Solo Opens up About the Tragic Loss of her Dog!

Hope Solo’s Instagram post left everyone devastated. The soccer star shared sad news about her dog passing away. 

Two days before this, she wrote about her dog’s critical condition. Solo wrote “Our magnificent dog Conan (brown, on the far left) is in critical condition after being shot last night. It’s hard news to share, but harder to make sense of this heinous act.”

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Jerramy Stevens, Hope’s husband, and herself are grieving because their dog Conan was shot outside their property. Despite the efforts, Conan has passed away due to the blood loss. 

In the post, Solo shared “We‘re brokenhearted to share that Conan passed away from blood loss last night. He fought up until the very end.‬ We’re crushed. Just a dog running through the woods, trying to make his way home.”

She continued by writing about how the accident happened. We bought our 60-acres so our dogs have space to run and live their most full lives. He wandered 30 yards off our property when he was shot. As animal lovers we are struggling to make sense of anyone using their right to own guns to shoot pets of any kind. We have had pets come onto our property and always helped them get home safe”

The couple is known for their love to their pets. They also have four dobermans.

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The soccer star added that her and her husband’s dog was “kind and loving”. 

Solo also thanked the veterinary hospital that did their best to save Conan’s life.

“Jerramy and I are shocked and heartbroken, but we want to say thank you to Wilkes Veterinary Hospital and their staff for rushing Conan into emergency care, as well as their COVID-19 care practices.”

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Kendall Jenner Walked her Dog Pyro in the Tiniest Shorts Ever

Kendall Jenner showed off her amazing long legs while enjoying a walk with her adorable dog.

The 24-year-old model and her doberman pincher dog Pyro decided to take a  break from quarantine and went outside for a walk during a lovely sunny day on Thursday, April 16.

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The photo she posted was taken from behind them, so we could not see Jenner’s beautiful mug in it.

However, she did show some skin in a pair of tiny grey shorts with a matching sweatshirt.

Kendall decided to wear her dark hair down while holding onto her doggy with a blue leash.

One fan joked about her wealth in the comments section, saying, “Even the street looks rich.”

Other fans could not believe how big Pyro has gotten!

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It is unclear when Kenny got the pup, but she posted the first pictures of him in May 2018. “She’ll get yuh,” the model captioned the pic of her pet showing off his teeth.

Jenner kept followers in the dark for almost two years about his name until she captioned it in another picture posted in January 2020. “My baby Pyro growing up fastttt,” the stunner wrote next to the heart emojis.

The Kardashian-Jenner family loves pets, especially dogs, and many of them can be seen on their social media. Kourtney Kardashian, 40, recently posted the cutest picture of her youngest kid Reign, 5, playing with their dog Honey on Saturday, April 11, during their self-isolation.

At Risk for Cardiovascular Disease? Adopt a Dog

Okay, it probably isn’t that simple. After all, dog ownership isn’t for everyone. However, if you have been on the fence about whether or not to adopt a dog (more on that here), this article may push you over the edge.

Turns out, dog ownership has significant benefits to heart health.

1. Lowers Cardiovascular Risk Factors: Blood Pressure and Heart Rate

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Several studies have shown that dogs can help lower both heart rate and blood pressure, two critical indicators of heart health. This effect has been documented in two ways.

First, dog owners in general have lower blood pressure and heart rates than their non-dog owning counterparts. This effect may be in part to not only a direct positive effect on these indicators, but also other benefits of spending time with dogs that we will explore in this article (such as stress relief and higher activity levels). These benefits may translate into a cumulative effect over time as well.

Second, you don’t even have to own a dog to receive these particular heart health benefits. Studies have shown that across age groups and genders, petting or spending time with dogs lowers blood pressure and heart rate.

So, if adopting a dog just isn’t the right choice for you right now, consider how you might incorporate time with other people’s dogs to get some of this heart-healthy benefit:

  • Volunteer to spend time with dogs at a local shelter
  • Ask your neighbor if you can take their dog for a walk
  • Offer to pet-sit a friend’s dog while they enjoy a vacation
  • Visit the dog park and enjoy some time meeting other people’s pets

2. Stress Relief: Good for Heart Health

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One of the most important lifestyle changes that you can make to reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke is to gain tools for better stress management. In these busy modern times, learning to take a break from the hustle-bustle for a little “me time” is just a part of any good wellness plan.

Dogs may actually boost our relaxation efforts by lowering our stress at the hormonal level. Turns out that several studies have demonstrated that even spending time with a dog who isn’t yours can lower your levels of cortisol and boost your levels of oxytocin.

If you are not familiar with these compounds, they are part of the body’s stress signaling system and play a vital role in heart health. High levels of cortisol, the so-called stress hormone, are associated with cardiovascular risk. Likewise, the soothing and calming hormone oxytocin is associated with better cardiovascular health, feelings of wellbeing, and lower stress levels.

It may surprise you to learn that some researchers have even tested these same hormones in dogs before and after they spent time interacting with humans. What they found was that the same benefits at the hormonal level were present for the canine side of the equation as well.

Dogs and humans have been coexisting as partners for as long as 28,500 years according to a recent study. In fact, it is likely that dogs were actually the first animals to be domesticated by humans as early as the Ice Age.

This longstanding partnership with dogs has no doubt left an imprint on both humans and canines – a kind of coevolution has taken place. As humans experience the same rise in oxytocin and drop in cortisol when they have positive interactions with other people, apparently the body also recognizes and responds favorably to the human-dog bond.

3. Get More Active: How Fido Can Help You Stay Fit

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Finally, dogs help us to get more active. That is, several studies show that dog owners as a group get more exercise than people who don’t – and the difference may be significant enough to boost the heart health of pet owners.

A recent longitudinal study, for example, found a significant difference in the amount of time dog owners spent walking, with an average 2,760 more steps per day for the Fido owning crowd.

It should make sense. While it can be difficult to sometimes motivate ourselves to get off the couch and get to the gym, it is hard to resist those big puppy dog eyes at the door telling you it is time for a walk.

If the motivation factor is important to you, then you may even be able to get more activity in your schedule with the help of a dog. If you are looking for a way to get moving and are struggling with the motivation factor, then a dog might be an excellent way to burn more calories while just having more fun.

Just think about all the fun things you can do with a dog that you might be less likely to do on your own:

  • Enjoy a daily jog
  • Head over to the lake for a swim
  • Hit the trails and enjoy some hiking
  • Join a dog sport such as agility or flyball
  • Pack up your car, load up your dog, and take a camping trip to enjoy the great outdoors!

Not sure if a dog will fit into your lifestyle? Adopting a dog just to get the heart healthy benefits of dog ownership is probably not a good idea. However, if you do have some room for a dog in your life, maybe now is the time to do something about it!

Author Bio

Susan is a professional writer with a Masters in Science Studies from Virginia State University, she has also worked as a professional dog trainer for over ten years.

Traveling with the Dog – Everything You Need to Know

If you have a dog and you’re planning a trip, have you ever thought that you can bring him along? Traveling with your dog is a lot of fun if you can make all the arrangements and cover every detail. Poor planning, on the other hand, can lead to a complete ruining of your trip, so do have that in mind.

Before you go on a travel with your dog, do give this article a read because it will cover some very important stuff.

Traveling By Air

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Dogs hate flying, simple as that. There is no reason for them to be in the sky, apart from the fact that they will go to the end of the world just to be by your side. However, despite that, people do still take their dogs even when they’re flying to another country. But a very important thing to know here is the fact that airlines consider dogs as cargo. We might not think it’s the best idea, and the dog might as well, but airlines do. Do have in mind that your dog will not feel relaxed being in a place separated from you.

However, smaller dogs are allowed to travel with their owners if they are placed in a carrier and can fit under the seat in front of you. This way your dog will feel much safer and you don’t have to worry about a thing. But not all airlines permit this, so it’s best that you enquire beforehand.

If you’re planning on traveling with your dog by plane, check out this article that focuses on selecting the best dog carriers or crates.

Traveling By Car

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Often regarded as the best way to travel with your dog, an automobile is great because your dog will not feel the same as if on a plane. If you own a vehicle, then chances are your dog has ridden with you on the passenger seat. Dogs love car rides, there are endless videos and images on the internet that prove it. And while some dogs do experience anxiety while riding in cars, there are very easy solutions to this problem in the form of puppy training for vehicle travel.

Your dog mostly feels anxious because you’re taking him to the vet. One way to solve this problem is to take frequent short car rides that will cure him of that anxiety and stress.

Plan For Stops

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If you’re traveling by vehicle with your dog, do take into consideration to stop every three to five hours. Your dog might feel comfortable and it might not, but it will sure as hell feel relieved every time you make a shortstop. During those stops, make sure to allow your dog to relieve himself, and make sure to give it water. One more thing you can also do is stretch his legs and make a list of veterinarian hospitals that are accessible along your route.

For the perfect travel with your dog, make sure to bring these next items along for the car ride:

– Leash

– Dog seat belt

– Bowl and water

– Doggy treats

– Toys

– Blanket

– Bags for waste

– Medications

– Your dog’s medical record

Can You Use A Human Brush On A Dog?

Grooming is an essential part of pet care. It keeps their fur silky and smooth, allows pets and pet parents to bond, and ensures the fur doesn’t get matted. There are several ways to groom and a wide range of grooming tools available in the market. Many pet owners want to know if they can use human brushes or combs on their pets instead of regular dog combs. This article seeks to answer that question.

You Can Use Human Combs in a Pinch

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If you have no supplies and need to groom a dog, you can use combs that are designed for humans on the dog. However, it is important to make sure the comb doesn’t have sharp teeth and is gentle on the skin because a dog’s skin can easily become scratched and irritated. You should also make sure the comb is wide toothed enough for all the fur to pass through without much resistance.

Always be gentle during combing, especially if you’re using regular combs instead of pet supplies. Many pet parents recommend using the slicker brush to remove tangles. You can also use regular combination combs to make sure the hair looks neat.

And the experts at www.thereviewinsider.com point out that don’t use the brushes you have used on dogs on your hair after grooming. It is better to discard them. It is also a good idea to avoid grooming dogs with brushes you have already used.

Dog Combs are the Best

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While regular human combs can work in a pinch, you need to use dog combs for regular grooming. These are specially designed to grow through the thickest patches of fur without causing any pain or scratches to your pet. Dog combs also come in different varieties for different species so you can find something that is perfectly suited for your particular pet breed.

You can just mention the dog breed to a pet store attendant and they’ll direct you to the best brushes. Dog grooming sets are quite affordable and you can get great quality brushes that will last for a long time. You will need bristle brushes, wire pin brush, or a slicker brush to groom your pets.

It is important to keep the pet’s coat in mind while choosing brushes. Smooth and soft coats will need medium bristle brushes, short and wiry coats need firm bristle brushes, etc. An experienced pet groomer or a veterinarian will offer recommendations.