Raising a happy, healthy dog does not have to be difficult. At Pettura, we’re dedicated to helping you give your dog a happier, healthier, longer life with these tips and tricks from top veterinarians in the U.S. This limited edition booklet is a step-by-step guide to everything your four-legged friend needs to feel his best. Look inside for expert tips on choosing the right food, when and how to feed him, top exercise tips, and how to socialize him with people and with other dogs. Plus, learn how to identify the top physical concerns your dog faces, from puppyhood to old age, including common skin irritations, dental plaque and bad breath, and psychological issues like separation anxiety and begging. If you’re looking for an everyday kibble that will keep your dog healthy and happy, it’s best to keep things simple.
Choosing the Right Food
Choose the formula made for your dog’s age and weight, and once you find a food that you and your dog are happy with, stick with it. Your dog’s diet will never be regular if you keep switching the type of food you give him. Although, lots of foods now contain added nutrients, they may not be at a level high enough to be of huge benefit to your dog. Using Pettura liquid supplements is a great way to compliment your dog’s diet with high levels of essential nutrients proven to be of benefit to a dog’s joints, skin and coat, immunity and oral health. Don’t be afraid to ask store employees for advice on choosing the right food. They’ll usually have some feedback based on their training and other customers’ experiences.
It might seem like your dog is always hungry, or that he never has an appetite, but the truth is that dogs can eat very different amounts and still have a healthy diet. Some dogs might only eat 60%-75% of their suggested intake and still be perfectly healthy. It is important to stick to a consistent feeding time in order to keep track of your dogs intake. If you can, feed your dog twice a day, at breakfast and dinner. Don’t leave food in the bowl all day. He needs to know when it’s time to eat, and you need to know how much he’s actually eating. If your dog is a picky eater, try mixing in some organic wet food. At the beginning, the mix can be half wet food and half kibble. Use less and less wet food over time as he gets used to the flavor and consistency of his dry food. Keep track of your dog’s weight and appearance. A general rule is that if you can see his ribs, increase his food intake by 25%. If his belly is hanging a little too much, decrease his food by 25%.
Consistent exercise is crucial for your dog’s overall health and happiness. It helps him maintain a healthy weight, minimizes bad behavioral traits, and strengthens your bond together. It’s your dog’s favorite part of the day, so let him enjoy it! If your dog is able, he should get at least 20 minutes of moderate exercise every day, regardless of his age or size. If you don’t have time for a walk around the neighbourhood, fetch is a great option that can be played inside (if you have the space), or right outside the front door. Get creative! Running up and down the stairs or playing a game of tug-of-war is a great way to get your dog’s heart pumping. Remember, dogs are social animals like us. If he’s friendly with other dogs, take him to a dog park or arrange playdates to keep him physically and socially active. You can’t replicate that feeling of open air and running around with friends! Make sure his joints stay in top shape by giving him Pettura Healthy Joints. It helps boost flexibility and mobility for healthy joints.
If your dog is able, he should get at least 20 minutes of moderate exercise every day, regardless of his age or size. If you don’t have time for a walk around the neighbourhood, fetch is a great option that can be played inside (if you have the space), or right outside the front door. Get creative! Running up and down the stairs or playing a game of tug-of-war is a great way to get your dog’s heart pumping. Remember, dogs are social animals like us. If he’s friendly with other dogs, take him to a dog park or arrange playdates to keep him physically and socially active. You can’t replicate that feeling of open air and running around with friends! Make sure his joints stay in top shape by giving him Pettura Healthy Joints. It helps boost flexibility and mobility for healthy joints.
If your dog is continually licking, scratching or biting himself, it’s very likely that he has a skin irritation that you need to get taken care of. The areas that bother your dog are usually red lesions called hotspots. They’re painful and can occur anywhere on the body, and usually your dog will do anything it can to relieve the itching. If you feel your dog is in discomfort ensure you take him to the veterinarian and get him a check-up. If your dog’s coat has dulled over time and doesn’t appear as shiny as it used to be, use Pettura Skin & Coat. It will help to promote a healthy skin and a shinier coat with visible results in just 7 days!
You probably know a little too well what dog breath smells like, but really bad breath can be a sign of tooth decay or tartar build-up. Ensure that your dog is having bi-annual check-ups with their veterinarian and that they are getting a proper cleaning. If your dog’s breath is noticeably bad, take a look inside his mouth. Check for buildup around his teeth and any discoloration or spots with irritation. If there is no serious causes for alarm, you can clean his mouth at home. Consider using Pettura Oral Health to reduce tartar build on a regular basis as this is a great way to maintain healthy teeth and gums
Leaving your dog is never easy, but usually there’s no way around it. Dogs with separation anxiety can develop destructive behavior like ruining furniture, or going to the bathroom inside. To make your dog’s time alone a bit easier, play fetch or let him run around the yard before you leave the house. Getting him a little tired will make it even easier for him to nap while you’re gone. One of the best ways to calm your dog’s nerves is to leave your radio or television on while you’re out. You might spend more on electricity, but the familiar noises will make him more comfortable. This method is especially useful if you live in an area where there is a lot of outside activity. Dogs can bark for hours if they hear unfamiliar noises. Don’t make leaving a big deal. Let him know that it’s business as usual. If you can’t help but show him some extra love before you go, do it long before you leave so that he doesn’t associate it with separation. Giving them Pettura Calming with their food will help calm them and alleviate stress, particularly at times when you know he is likely to be stressed.
Some dogs get overly excited or scared when you have a new guest over. Sometimes it’s cute and harmless, but it can escalate and become uncomfortable for everyone involved. It’s important to know what to expect when you’re getting ready to introduce your dog to new people. Know your dog’s tendencies with different types of people (old/ young/quiet/loud) and make your guest aware of them ahead of time. Some of your guests will naturally be dog people and others will freeze and look to you for help. Body language is key to helping a dog feel comfortable around guests. New guests should take a sideways stance with a sceptical dog, instead of facing him head on. Ask them to avoid eye contact and to pretend that they’re not interested in your dog. This body language will help your dog realize that this person is not a threat. Let your dog approach his new friend in his own time. Avoid introducing an agitated dog to new guests. It’s not good to try to force good behavior if your dog is in an unfamiliar situation. Just like with separation anxiety, if this time is likely to cause stress give him Pettura Calming to relax him and ensure he is eased into the situation
It’s hard to say no to the puppy-dog face and high-pitched whine when you’re eating your delicious human food, but it’s important to nip this in the bud early. It may seem like common sense, but never give food to a begging dog. When you do, he’ll realize that begging leads to a treat, and he’ll continue to do it. Make sure everyone in the house knows not to reward this behavior by giving him food off the table. Begging is attention-seeking behavior that must be ignored if you want it to stop. When he’s begging, don’t give him affection or direct eye contact. It all feeds into his mental state. Don’t feel sorry for him! You know he’s well-fed and healthy. The key is to be consistent. Your poor pup will get confused if sometimes he’s rewarded, and other times he’s punished. After a few weeks of unsuccessful begging, he will start to get it. And as soon as you’re done eating, you can give him all the love in the world and maybe even a treat to reinforce his good behavior.
When your dog barks, growls and lunges at other dogs, it can turn a fun walk into an embarrassing and scary situation. The main reason for dog aggression towards other dogs is that they don’t have enough socialization with other good-natured dogs during their puppyhood. They’re not bad dogs, they just have poor social skills. Old ways of dealing with this issue involved a swift yank on the leash. Although this might interrupt an aggressive outburst, it doesn’t change the way the dog feels when seeing another dog. Instead of yanking his leash the next time he lashes out, try the Jolly Routine. When your dog tenses up around other dogs or people, instead of scolding, laugh and giggle him back to calm, and then reward him with a treat. Be careful not to touch or grab your dog too suddenly in a tense situation. His natural reaction could leave you with a nasty bite mark. Your dog takes cues from whoever is handling him, so take care to remain calm when approaching a potential altercation. Practice using yourself as a body shield and calming your dog down with positive reinforcement, and his aggression will lessen over time
Know your breed
Each breed of dog has common conditions which you should look out for. Some breeds, such as German Shepherds, are more prone to hip dysplasia. Other breeds, such a small or toy dogs like Yorkshire Terriers and Chihuahuas, it is common to notice particularity bad plaque ad tartar build up. Whatever the breed, it is good to be aware of the common ailments you made need to expect, especially if your dog full breed/pedigree. To learn more about your breed of dog visit Pettura.com and take Healthy Pet Check. Whatever the condition, Pettura will have a product to suit your dog’s needs.
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