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Destructiveness or Teething: Diagnosing Your Dogs Excessive Chewing

There’s nothing more disappointing than walking in the house and seeing your favorite pair of shoes somewhere they shouldn’t be – in your dog’s mouth. Hopefully, this is the only item the dog got a hold of while you were away. Your first instinct might be to discipline your dog, but before you do that, it’s important for you to understand why your dog is chewing on things in the first place.

While all dogs and puppies go through chewing phases, it’s important for pet owners to remember that this behavior is, in fact, natural. Chewing help dogs clean their teeth and keep their gums healthy, and is also a way to relieve stress, anxiety, and frustration – like a therapy session. Nonetheless, chewing the wrong household items can be extremely harmful to the dog and result in chipped teeth, infected gums, or blockage in the windpipe, stopping them from breathing.

So, “Why does my dog chew on everything in sight?” is a great question that doesn’t necessarily have a black and white answer. But if you’re tired of finding your shoes covered in saliva and picking up pieces of fabric, sit back, relax, and consider the following problems your furry friend could be going through:

Separation Anxiety

When it comes to dogs and their bad habits, most complaints from pet owners occurs when the animal is left in the house alone. Experts have labeled this behavior as separation anxiety. Dogs don’t understand why their owners leave the house all day to go to work, they just know it makes them sad.

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10 Foods Toxic for Dogs

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It is very natural to want your pup also to enjoy yummy human foods. After all, it is hard to say no to those cute puppy faces. However, it is not good to spoil your pup. The key rule of good parenting for pups and children is the same, knowing to say NO when necessary. It is not about certification of being a good parent; some human foods are very toxic to canines. They pose grave health concerns for your dog possibly even leading up to death.

Chocolate

The most toxic human food for dogs is chocolate. Chocolate contains theobromine and it is very harmful for dogs. It is found in all types of chocolates. It can make your pup extremely thirsty along with vomiting and diarrhea. The most severe cases will entail abnormal heartbeat, seizures, or death. The chocolates are enjoyable for you, NOT AT ALL for your pup.

Bacon

It might not seem harmful at first, but bacon and high fat foods are extremely unhealthy for your dog. It can cause pancreatitis and upset stomach due to high salt content present in it. In the extreme situations, it will make the dogs consume a lot of water resulting in bloating that can be fatal. If you’re a interested in ruin your health, kindly don’t indulge your pet in it as well.

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How to Understand What Your Dog is Telling You

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Humans communicate with each other in multiple ways. We use language, hand gestures, facial expressions and even our eyes to express our feelings. You can detect the happiness, grief or sadness on a stranger’s face as well merely by their expressions or body language.

The bond we dog-parents share with our furry companions is indeed unique. It takes time to build communication and understanding since we don’t speak their language but it isn’t impossible to be able to understand your pup.

As first-time pet-parents, you may be clueless right now about what your dog is trying to explain. You may wonder if there is any possible way for your pooch to tell you how he feels, well keep reading as there are secrets disclosed ahead.

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How to Trim a Dog’s Nails

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Nail trimming is one owner expense that can easily be avoided and performed in the comfort of a dog’s own home. Unlike humans, most dogs do not enjoy receiving a pedicure, especially from a stranger. Many dogs are more comfortable when their owners perform the trimming, yet many owners are uncomfortable with the task. The following is a guide on the type of nail trimmers available, and the proper way to clip a dog’s nails.

A dog should have his or her nails trimmed when the nails first start to touch the floor. Therefore, if you can hear your dog clicking and clacking across the hardwood floor, the nails are too long. A natural way to keep your dog’s nails from becoming overgrown is by going for regular walks on cement; the rough surface will grind down the nails naturally. However, for dogs used to soft surfaces or those that are light on their feet, regular trimmings are necessary.

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10 Best Guard Dogs to Have

A guard dog, as the name suggests, is used to guard against unexpected people or animals. In case you are considering buying a dog to protect your family or property. There are many dogs, which have the natural ability to act as guard dogs. They are fearless, alert, quite responsive to the training and loyal.

Choose a dog that will become both your companion and protector. Being obedient, displaying sense of loyalty towards your family and showing some instinctual protective behavior are signs of a good guard dog. Training your dog adequately will help develop and intensify the protective trait of a guard dog.

With proper training and certain qualities almost any dog breed can become an effective protector. However, there are few dog breeds that make good guard dogs. They have possessed these guard dog traits, due to careful breeding over years.

So, we have put together a list of these breeds that have a natural ability to protect…