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People-Food-for-DogsCarob
Carob is a chocolate substitute, it contains vitamins and minerals and, most importantly, does not contain caffeine or theobromine. It also contains fiber and pectin which are good for your dog’s health.

Peanut butter
Whether dogs can eat peanut butter or not is a question that remains on many dog owner’s minds. The truth is, dogs can eat peanut butter without worry. The quantity should be monitored and controlled because it can lead to an overweight dog if given to excess.

Pears
Dogs can eat pears safely, but keep in mind the seeds of pears can be toxic to canines, if you want to share with your dog cut it up and feed the pieces to your dog and toss the core.

Popcorn
Popcorn is little tricky. It’s ok to give your dog a bowl of popcorn as long as its plain. Once you load it with butter and salt it’s a lot less healthy for canines.

Fruit salad
There are many fruits that are sweet, delicious, and healthy for dogs, like strawberries, blueberries, apples, and cantaloupe. Mix all these fruits together in a pleasing fruit salad and present it to your dog. Never include grapes though.

Tuna
Tuna is a classic cat snack, however many dogs like it too. Its a healthy option with protein, vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Pasta
Yes, dogs can eat pasta. Any variety of pasta is healthy for dogs. It’s essential to hold the commercial pasta sauce as these are usually acidic and too much sugar and salt. Pasta is nothing more than flour, water, and sometimes eggs, all of which are safe for dogs.

Peppermint
Peppermint is safe and can be used as an ingredient if you bake your own homemade dog biscuits. It freshens up you dog’s breath and relaxes the tummy.

toxicWe love to share food with our dogs, and since fruits and vegetables are healthy for us, we often assume they’re healthy for our pets too. This is often the case, but that certainly doesn’t mean it’s always the case. In fact, there are some fruits and vegetables that are toxic to our dogs. So if you plan on sharing some snacks with your pup, make sure you don’t feed anything you find on this list!

#1 – Grapes & Raisins

The fact that grapes and raisins are toxic to dogs is becoming common knowledge among pet owners, and for good reason! They are toxic. While some dogs can consume grapes and/or raisins with no symptoms, it’s simply just not worth the risk. This is because consuming grapes or raisins can actually lead to irreversible kidney damage. So it’s best to make sure these are far out of reach of your pup.

#2 – Onions & Garlic

While some argue there are benefits to feeding our dogs garlic, the Pet Poison Helpline warns that garlic is actually considered to be even more toxic than onions. Either way, both vegetables can cause serious problems in our dogs. Symptoms of onion or garlic toxicity include lethargy, elevated heart and respiratory rates, pale gums, and even collapse.

#3 – Cherries

There are many types of cherries, all of which are pretty popular snack foods. It’s no wonder why – they’re delicious! While the pulp of the fruit is safe for dogs to eat, the plant and pit are moderately toxic to our dogs, and can result in respiratory failure and death. In fact, the plants and pits contain cyanide, so it’s no surprise that they are toxic. Be sure to keep your dog away from cherry plants, and feed only the pulp if you’re going to share with your pooch.

#4 – Mushrooms

While only a small amount of mushroom species are toxic to our dogs, it’s important to make sure you aren’t feeding the wrong ones if you ever share them with your dog. If you’re unable to identify a mushroom species quickly, it’s imperative that you take your dog to the veterinarian immediately after consumption. Mushroom toxicity is known to be fatal in dogs, resulting from seizures, tremors, and organ failure.

#5 – Currants

While you might be familiar with grapes and raisins being dangerously toxic to dogs, currants might catch you by surprise. But currants carry the same level of severe toxicity that grapes and raisins do. Even if you don’t notice sudden vomiting and diarrhea after your dog consumes currants, take your dog to the veterinarian. Just like the other small fruit, currants can cause severe renal failure.

#6 – Raw & Green Potatoes

This might seem surprising, considering potatoes are often found in quality dog foods. But unripe, green, and raw potatoes are toxic to our dogs. In fact, consuming any of these varieties are toxic to humans as well! Symptoms of potato toxicity in dogs include nausea, vomiting, seizures and heart irregularities.

#7 – Apricot

Like cherries, the seeds, leaves and stems of apricot plants are toxic to dogs. While they are able to consume the pulp of the fruit with no ill effects, caution should be taken if your dog has access to any other parts of the plant. These plants also contain cyanide, and can result in respiratory failure and death.

#8 – Rhubarb

Although this vegetable can make a delicious pie for humans, it should never be given to our canine friends. The leaves and stems of rhubarb depletes the calcium levels in our dogs’ bodies. This can result in renal failure as well as other medical problems.

#9 – Apple Seeds

Another fruit that is generally safe for dogs, apples should be fed with care. Apple seeds contain cyanide, and are very toxic to our dogs. While dogs typically have to eat quite a bit of apple seeds in order to suffer the effects, it’s not unheard of. Many dogs will eat just about anything! So if you notice your pup has gotten into your produce basket, make sure he hasn’t consumed too many apples. If you feed them as a snack, better to be safe than sorry and avoid feeding the core.

#10 – Tomato Plants

While the actual red tomato can be beneficial to our dogs, the plant itself is quite toxic. The stems and leaves of the tomato plant, as well as the unripened fruit, can cause gastrointestinal upset in our dogs. While your pooch will need to consume quite a bit of the plant to be dangerous affected, it’s best to make sure your pup can’t get into your garden and eat these plants.

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apps1. Tagg
Tagg is essentially a GPS attachment for your dog’s collar, and because of its many features, it can give you peace of mind. The app will track your dog’s activity and send you a message if he goes beyond the boundaries you set. Not only that, Tagg allows you to make sure your dog is getting enough exercise by measuring movement.

2. DoggyDatez
DoggyDatez is a mobile social platform for dog owners and their dogs to make friends. The main idea is that you can “mark your territory” and see who else visits your spot. You’re also able to search for other DoggyDatez users by gender, age, dog gender, dog age and/or dog breed.

3. Pet Phone
The Pet Phone app lets you track your dog’s health with ease. You can keep track of vet appointments, medications, allergies and food preferences for each of your pets, and the app can be synced with your calendar to get reminders.

4. iCam
If you want to see what your dog is up to in real-time, iCam is the app to get. You can watch your canine friend remotely, just to make sure everything’s all right. This is especially useful if you’re leaving your dog home for the first time, you recently moved or you’re traveling.

5. Petoxins
It’s tough, if not impossible, to know everything that is harmful to your dog. The Petoxins app from the ASPCA helps you out by having a impressive list of poisonous plants, and most of them you probably didn’t know. For example, did you know that tulip bulbs are hazardous? Now you can keep similar vegetation out of your dog’s reach.

6. MapMyDogWalk
With MapMyDogwalk, you and your dog can get fit at the same time. You can log your walks, track your calories and map your favorite routes using GPS. The app also has sharing and geotagging features for photos and data.

7. Pet First Aid
Raising pets is fun, but it’s also a big responsibility, which means there can be some scares. If anything should happen to your dog, Pet First Aid helps you take the right steps to make sure he’ll be OK. Detailed videos and illustrations include restraint, muzzling, CPR, bandaging and more.

8. Pet Minder Pro
Pet Minder Pro helps you keep track of your dog’s actions, and it’s presented in an easy way so you can use it while interacting with your dog. By tapping custom buttons, you’ll never forget when you last gave your dog medicine, fed him, took him for a walk or took him to a play date. You can also track training phases for puppies, set up reminders and share information via notifications.

9. Petsie Dog Breeds
Answering the question “What kind of dog is he?” isn’t always easy, especially if your dog is a rescue or mix. As a tool, Petsie Dog Breeds can help you figure it out, but it’s also full of adorable photos and information. You can even use it as a fun social network by creating a profile for your dog.

10. Weather Puppy
It’s useful to check the weather before you take your dog out for a walk, but Weather Puppy takes it to a new (and very cute) level. The app shows more than 100 dogs depending on the time and weather, and you can even add a pic of your own dog. Weather Puppy partners with non-profits and shelters across the U.S.

10Fall and winter 10 Ways to Exercise Your Dog Indoors are the worst for exercising the dog. It’s dark in the morning, dark in the late afternoon, and cold and wet in between. There is really nothing good about going outside, and that makes it hard to want to take the dog out for his daily walk(s). The following are 10 ways to burn that energy without having to go out into the weather.

#1 – iFetch

This new  IFETCH is quite cool. It’s like a doggy version of an automated tennis ball launcher. You can put the ball in the opening after your dog retrievers, or for a fun trick, teach your dog to put the ball in the opening himself (he will most likely figure out on his own anyway.)

#2 – Indoor agility

You can set up a makeshift agility course in your house with things like chairs and broom poles (jumps), a mat (for a makeshift pause table), cones or boxes (weave poles), and blankets over the space between the couch and the coffee table (tunnel). Or you can buy an indoor agility set like this one. Either way, it’s good exercise for your dog.

#3 – Hide-n-Seek

This came was fun when you were a kid and it can wear your dog out. Put him in a stay while you run and hide, then call him to you. Your dog has to find you! It can also help with recalls! Have several people hiding and take turns calling him! Be sure to have a reward for him when he finds you.
#4 – Stairs

Have stairs? You and your dog can both get a work out running up those stairs. Go slower down the stairs and make sure you talk to your vet about whether your dog is physically capable of doing this type of exercise.

#5 – Canine Conditioning

Doing muscle and balance work can tire a dog out more than a mile run in the cold and wet ever could. You will need to buy some equipment (FitPaws USA makes great stuff) and join a class (Bobby Lyons Cert CF teaches them online), but it’s a great way to get your dog in shape and tire him out at the same time.

#6 – Treadmill

If you own a treadmill, or feel like buying one, they are an easy way for your dog to get exercise when it’s too nasty to go outside. They even make dog-specific treadmills. Again, ask your vet to make sure your dog is capable of running on a treadmill and just like a person, don’t do too much too soon – build up distance and speed slowly.

#7 – Training

Using their brain tires your dog out, so doing some training can help get rid of some energy too. Brush up on obedience, work on a trick, or learn a new skill. If you are feeling uninspired, there are many people who teach online classes where you can learn something in the comfort of your home, or go to a local indoor training facility.

#8 – Scent Work

Another fun game is scent work. Hide your dog’s treats, dinner, or favorite toys and have him sniff them out. You will have to start easy, with them hidden under just some boxes in the plain sight, and gradually build up to harder places, like under the bed or in a drawer.

#9 – Swimming

Have a small dog? Put some water in the bathtub and you have an instant swimming pool! Be sure to watch your dog the entire time he is in the tub, and put something heavy in there that sits on the bottom and is tall enough to allow them to climb out of the water on their own. A large rock or a concrete block works well.

#10 – Give Him a Job

Teach your dog to pick up your clothes and put them in the laundry basket, or teach to put away his own toys. It will make doing household chores fun and keep your dog occupied.

DoggyDanPackLeaderThere are a few things you need to know when training your dog; whether you are trying for them to come when called, sit, stop barking or whatever you are want them to do. Understanding their importance is crucial to achieving fast results that are long lasting and help develop the bond between you and your dog.

The first is thing you must do is win your dogs mind. If you don’t achieve this first, then you will problems going forward. When I talk about winning your dogs mind what I really mean is that your dog looks to you for all the decisions. Before you do anything else watch one of the amazing video sites that show you the 5 Golden rules to establishing yourself as the pack leader. If you aren’t putting these practices into place then you are setting yourself up for failure. Just at the crucial point where you really want your dog to listen they will go and do their own thing. Yes,your dog may play ball sometimes, or even most of the time, you may even have a dog that is obedient 99% of the time, however if you want a dog who always listens to you and does as you ask then you need to win your dogs mind.

The second key to success is to get you dog motivated. What’s really important is that you discover what it is that your dog likes both in terms of exercise and play but also in terms of a reward. If you can make the experience enjoyable and fun then you will both achieve more and look forward to training.

Some dogs love to fetch, others love agility, and other dogs simply love obedience training, or swimming out into water and retrieve.To start with, find out what your dog loveS and help them develop it. What I am saying is work with your dog. The other point to recognize is to make training enjoyable and fun and reward your dog.

There are three main rewards:

Food- anything from a single dry biscuit to a whole piece of sausage!
Affection- pats, cuddles, lots of high verbal praise
Toys- games, throwing a stick or object, chasing your dog etc
Your dog is always going to work harder if you are fair in your training. Even if you do not want to use food you should make sure that you use affection accordingly when your dog does well

If you want to use food rewards then always follow these tips:

Always give different food rewards
Do not give food rewards every time
Don’t let your dog know what the reward is
If your dog doesn’t come first time around,then do not give them the reward
The third key to achieving perfection is practice! Learning how to encourage behavior that is closer to what you want than the last is the third key to success. Again this is where rewards come in so handy! Motivate and then show your dog what it is that you want and there is no need for any negative training!

One of the best sites that shows you all of this and more is The Online Dog Trainer, put together by top Dog Trainer, Doggy Dan.

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healthy dogIf you want your dog to live a longer and healthier life then what your dog needs is pretty much the same as you a healthy diet and lots of exercise!

How old your dog lives will also depend on the breed of dog.The world record was for an Australian Cattle Dog called Bluey.He lived to 29 Years and 5 months. There does seem to be some other contenders for the title but this is the one that the Guinness Book of Records mentions.

One thing to remember is that the smaller the dog the longer the life.Cancer can also be common in certain dog breeds, eg boxers, golden retrievers, and Rottweiler’s.

Obviously if your dog has some genetic traits that might shorten its life there is little you can do to about it, but if you feed your pet good food, give it lots of love and attention and regular exercise then you be sure that your dog would live a happy and healthy  life.

 

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