Milk Bones Dog Food Recipe

Milk Bones are a popular dog treat that you can find at the grocery store. However, they are simple enough to make at home, and with a few improvements to the ingredients, you can make them a lot healthier than the ones you’ll find on a supermarket shelf!

Milk Bones

The following is a special recipe for Milk Bones provided by Debby from Kirby the Dorkie. These Milk Bones use whole wheat flour, milk, eggs, beef stock, and a pinch of sea salt to create a tasty treat that your doggy is sure to enjoy!

Debby’s Milk Bones Recipe (makes 40 to 60 bones depending on cookie cutter size)

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup dry milk
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 package beef stock or beef flavored boullion cube
  • 1 egg

Preparation Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl add flour, dry milk and sea salt.
  2. Prepare beef stock or boullion in hot water and pour into bowl.
  3. Add egg.
  4. Thoroughly mix and place in refrigerator for about 15 minutes to chill.
  5. Roll dough out to 1/2 inch thick and cut with bone cutters.
  6. Place on lined cookie sheet. These won’t spread so they can be placed close together.
  7. Prick each treat with fork tines to allow steam to escape. Since these are thick this will prevent the bottom from burning before the center has cooked.
  8. I brushed the tops with egg white to make them shiny. This is totally optional but just look how pretty they came out!
  9. Bake at 325 degrees for 50 minutes. Remove to rack to cool.

Follow the insturctions above, and you will end up with a tasty treat that is crunchy on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside! For hearder treats, turn the oven off and leave the treats in for a few hours.

Leftovers should be put into an airtight bag, and can be stored in the freezer for months.

Milk Bones Dog Food

This recipe has been carefully researched and tested by Kirby the Dorkie and his furiends. It is essential to seek the advice of your Veterinarian before changing your dog’s diet or adding any ingredients to your dog’s food especially if your dog has any underlying health issues.

Debby, pawrent to Kirby the Dorkie, creates and develops recipes for dog treats and dog meals. You can find more recipes and nutritional information from “The Canine Chef Cookbook” and like Kirby the Dorkie on Facebook for more doggie fun.

a golden retriever takes a nap

An Orthopedic Bed Makes All the Difference for Your Large Pooch

Although everyone knows how lovable dogs are, many people don’t realize how similar they are to people. Just like with people, muscles and bones within the dog’s body begin to deteriorate and weaken; running becomes as dogs age and difficult jumps that were formerly easy to make become impossible. Even hopping up onto the couch can become a trying ordeal. The result for many dogs is difficulty in sleeping due to unrelenting pain in the joints.

There are a vast number of skeletal concerns that affect large breed dogs into old age, and there are ways in which the right dog bed can help mitigate those concerns — especially among large, extra-large, and extra extra-large breeds. A good bed like the Aspen Pet Foam & Fiber Lounger also provides your dog with a much-needed sense of security, a place of their own, and insulation from the floor, while providing the warmth needed for comfort and good health. An uneven sleeping surface is going to cut off a dog’s circulation in certain parts of the body causing discomfort and unrest in your dog. No creature man or dog can be healthy and at their best if they are not able to have a restful and regenerative night’s sleep. The right bed will also add extra support and comfort from better weight distribution when your dog is at rest, which cushions the joints and bones.

a golden retriever takes a nap

Orthopedic Dog Bed Solutions

For many pet owners, the best way to accommodate your extra-large dog and their health concerns is with an orthopedic dog bed. Taking your pooch’s comfort into consideration is of the utmost importance while shopping for an orthopedic dog bed. Hip dysplasia is a painful condition that commonly affects both aging and younger dogs. Due to an improperly formed hip joint, this condition is painful for your companion, and seeking comfort is a task often unattainable for them. Other painful conditions that dogs are susceptible to include arthritis, invertebral disc disease, angular limb deformities, and many other bone, muscle, and joint disorders. Forcing a dog with these conditions to sleep on the floor would only exasperate the symptoms of the problem. With this in mind, it is essential to find an orthopedic dog bed crafted by specialists with not only experience in the industry, but with knowledge of pet conditions and what will work to alleviate their pain.

parson jack russell terrier resting on his bed, with selective focus on eyes

High Quality Breed-Specific Beds Can Mitigate Health Issues

When searching for a dog bed that is beneficial to your pet’s needs, you must consider a number of factors including comfort, durability, fabric, and size — and you should also remember that beds custom made for certain breeds are better than the alternative. Not every dog bed manufacturer takes breed into consideration when designing beds.

Trusted dog bed manufacturers will ensure that their beds are made out of microfiber, canvas, or Cordura, as industry-grade fabrics are durable and can stand up to your large dog’s stretching. Make sure the dog bed you buy employs memory foam as well. A real memory foam dog bed conforms perfectly to every curve of your dog’s body, eliminating numerous painful pressure points.

 beautiful young black female labrador retriever lying on her bed

Vet-Recommended Dog Beds Make all the Difference

When choosing the right dog bed, it is important to find a supplier who loves and cares about dogs as much as you do, especially one who provides beds that are endorsed by the veterinary community.  This will ensure you that the beds are made with care, precision, and quality. When you find a company that feels strongly about the comfort of your pet, you can be much more confident in the product and what it stands for.

If you care about your pooch, it pays to invest in a proper bed — especially if your dog is reaching old age, is a Newfoundland, a Mastiff, Great Dane, German Shepherd, Lab, Golden Retriever, or any other large breed, or has a history of joint, bone, or skeletal issues. There is no denying that dogs are family and deserve the highest level of care and comfort. Quality, well-made dog beds alleviate painful symptoms experienced by canines, and reduce the stress the owner experiences when trying to ensure their loved ones are healthy and happy.

nice pet dog on a bed

About the Author:

Susan Combs is a Pet Health and Safety expert working with Mammoth Outlet. Her specialties include keeping up with important issues regarding pet health and pet care, working closely with pet parents to find answers concerning training, grooming and caring for specific breeds of dogs.

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5 Things to Consider Before Getting a Hamster

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Hamsters are playful by nature, fun to be around and cute beyond belief when they gnaw on a piece of vegetable with their cute little teeth. And if you are short on time or just want a low maintenance pet, taking care of a hamster (and actually getting one…) is one of the best choices you can make.

As easy as it is to have a hamster, there are also a few things to consider before you bring home your little bundle of energy.

1. Not Ideal For Small Children

Getting a hamster for small kids is a natural instinct for many parents. After all, hamsters are extremely cute and they really do look like a teddy bear.

However, hamster require a gentle touch due to their agility and small size which make them hard to handle for small children. Children simply lack the fine motor control to have this gentle touch, which can lead to them dropping or squeezing hamsters – or for the hamster to bite the child.

In addition, children are also more prone to be smitten by a disease due to their less developed immune system.

For these reasons, The American Humane Society recommends not getting hamsters for children under the age of 8.

2. Get a Decently Sized Wheel

When you are shopping for hamster toys, the single most important item to get is a hamster wheel.

In nature, hamsters scavenge for food several miles from their homes and they are thus genetically engineered to use their legs to run long distances. This is not possible in their hamster cage without a good wheel.

And when you decide what kind of wheel to get, the single most important feature is size.

The way to figure out if your wheel is large enough is to look at your hamster when it uses the wheel. Here you check that there is no arching in the spine. If this is satisfied, the wheel is sufficiently large.

Another thing to consider when getting a hamster wheel is the choice between metal and plastic.

The recommended choice is a plastic wheel as the hamster can get stuck on the ladder-like bars on a metal wheel.

3. Hamsters Are Nocturnal

If you are looking for a pet to greet you when you come home from work, a hamster is not for you (unless you work a lot!).

Hamster are nocturnal, meaning they sleep during the day and are awake during the night. They usually wake up at 7 PM and stay awake for most of the night (where they amazingly, can run as much as 5 miles on their hamster wheel). This is quite a feat considering most hamster are 4-5 inches long!

And, just like humans, hamsters are grumpy if they get waken up during a good nap, so unless you want a grumpy hamster that potentially bites you, do not wake it during the day. This is also yet another reason why hamsters are not optimal for families with small children.

4. Hamsters Require Minimal Care

Hamsters are one of the animals that require the least attention. If you give it 20-30 minutes of play-time a day everything’s just fine.

20-30 minutes is also more than sufficient for cleaning the hamster cage. However, as everybody knows, cleaning is not the most enjoyable task.

Therefore, before getting a hamster, you should do an internal check and ask yourself: “Do I want to clean a hamster cage once a week?”.

For most, the answer would be a yes (it can be done in 10 minutes), but for some, this is simply not worth it and it is so much better for you and the hamster, if you ask yourself this question up front.

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5. Get a Hamster Ball

Getting a hamster ball is the most important thing you can do for yourself. It will allow your hamster to have fun exploring outside its cage – and it will allow you to enjoy your hamster discovering new stuff.

A hamster ball is an enclosed ball made of clear plastic so the hamster can see where it’s going – and you can observe it while its exploring.

As a bonus, the hamster ball also makes a great temporary holding space for when you’re cleaning its cage.

All in all, the small investment in a hamster ball will be one of the best investments you can make as a hamster owner.

Ready to Get a Hamster?

Overall, hamsters are low maintenance and easy to have as long as you remember a few basic pointers. If you think you can live up to these guidelines, you can without a doubt provide a loving home for your little furry friend and get a lot of love in return.

If you are planning to get a hamster, you should check with your local animal shelter before going to a pet store. Often, they will have a hamster you can get, which they have checked for diseases. If there are not any hamsters to adopt, you can always go to the pet store.

white hamster on lawn closeup

About the Author:

Susan from My Perky Pet is a proud pet owner and teacher who loves to share pet tips for the benefit of pet and owner

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7 Health Benefits of Keeping an Aquarium

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If you are thinking of adding a fish tank to your home, you can expect more than just a great interior element. According to the principles of Feng Shui, a fish tank in your home is a symbol of wealth and luck. Scientifically, fish tanks have proven to have an abundance of health benefits. Beautifully colored fish and the elegant way they move around are exceptionally pleasing to the human eye and have a multitude of positive effects, and in turn, health benefits. Proper placement of a fish tank in your home or office can bring just the perfect combination of balance and harmony to the space.

What are the health benefits of an aquarium?

1. Reduce Stress

Simply thinking about an aquarium has a soothing effect on a person. Fish tanks bring a sense of nature and calming into your home, thereby reducing stress levels. Especially in high-stress environments like office spaces, fish tanks have proven to lower stress levels and resulting in healthier employees. And taking care your fish tank is a good way to reduce stress.

2. Improve Blood Pressure and Heart Rate

The underwater setting has proven to improve people’s well-being and health. Studies have shown that a person can slow their heart rate down and lower their blood pressure by staring at fish swimming around an aquarium. Staring into an empty tank with only seaweed and rocks can decrease heart rates by 3% and more than 7% when fish are present in the tank. A fish tank can also be beneficial to heart attack victims by reducing their stress levels, blood pressure and heart rate, keeping their hearts healthy.

group of a small gold barb fish in an aquarium

3. Improved Quality of Sleep

An aquarium near your bed can also help you sleep better. Since the positive energy brought to the room by an aquarium reduces stress while you sleep, it helps you to have a better night’s sleep. Fish tanks are also great for removing negative thoughts, allowing you to fall asleep easier every night. If placing a fish tank in your bedroom is impossible, try watching videos of fish swimming underwater to benefit from the calming effects of an aquarium.

4. Decrease Anxiety and Pain

Have you ever noticed how many doctors, dentists and therapists have a fish tank in their waiting room? It is not simply for decoration, but because of the calming and pain-relieving effects an aquarium has on the human body and mind. It is proven that an aquarium can help patients overcome pain. Studies have shown that patients who are exposed to a fish tank in the waiting room at the dentist experience less pain during their treatment as well as require less pain medication after their dental work is complete.

A fish aquarium is a great natural anti-anxiety treatment for those who suffer from anxiety disorder. With a similar effect to hypnosis, watching fish swim around a tank diverts your attention, calms your mind, and helps you to throw off your sorrows.

happy gold parrot fish in aquarium

5. Therapy for Hyperactive Children

The condition of children suffering from hyperactivity disorders improves if they are allowed to watch fish swim around a fish tank. It has shown calming effects on children. These effects afford children better concentration as well as improved sleep. In turn, this calming effect and improved concentration help hyperactive children perform better in school.

two children, brother and sister, cute little girl and adorable baby boy feeding a goldfish swimming in a round fish bowl aquarium having fun with their pet at home

6. Alzheimer’s Therapy

Studies with Alzheimer’s patients have shown that displaying fish tanks with brightly colored fish have helped these patients by improving their eating habits and minimizing disruptive behavior. Patients become more relaxed and exhibit less physical aggressiveness, yelling, wandering and pacing. In addition, these Alzheimer’s patients also had better short-term memory and required fewer medications.

a green beautiful planted tropical freshwater aquarium with fishes

7. Improved productivity

By reducing your blood pressure and lowering stress levels, a fish tank can help you focus better. The aesthetic value of an aquarium improves creativity of your work space. It, therefore, increases the productivity of the workers.

Create a beautiful aquarium in your home with natural and real plants and fish to experience the calming and healing effects. Add elements that your fish will enjoy, like rocks, sand or gravel, water plants and drift wood. These elements will be please you as you enjoy your fish swimming around.

About the Author:

I’m Toby Sanders. With more than 15 years of experience in aquarium sector, I’m totally passionate about creating Aquarist Guide blogspot. I enjoy sharing all of my knowledge to help you guys effectively build your own tank. I believe that when you find the easiest way to raise your lovely fish successfully throughout my blog, you will definitely fall in love with fish keeping more than a popular hobby.

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Moving Homes With Your Dog

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On the off chance that our cleaning commercials are to be trusted, mankind is amidst a war against germs—and we won’t stop until each and every one is dead. In all actuality, the measure of purifying we do is making us more ailing; since our bodies are presented to fewer germs we can’t develop resistance to them. Luckily, puppies are shrouded in germs! Having a canine in the house implies more microscopic organisms entering the home and gets inside the inhabitants (one review discovered “dog related biodiversity” is particularly high on pillowcases). In turn, individuals with mutts appear to get sick less often than individuals with cats or no pets.

Moving homes can be unimaginably distressing, particularly on the day when the evacuation men arrive and the house is put into absolute mayhem. If you think this is upsetting, imagine what it must be like for your dog! Unfamiliar humans playing through the house, moving the greater part of your things without your authorization and getting out of their route constantly. What a bad dream!

So here we’ve concocted an infographic manual to make this day significantly more agreeable for you and your canine buddy.
Moving

by FLEXiSPACE.

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Napping With Cats

kitty napping in bed with a small cute pillow

A few parents have found that family cat can help youngsters learn about empathy and delicacy. Most canines will enable relatives to grapple with them, pursue them, and roughhouse. Actually, many pooches live for that kind of connection.

On the other hand, cats don’t do this. On the off chance that a kid (or anybody) treats a feline forcefully, the kitty will rush from the room, putting a conclusion to the communication among human and pet. So youngsters must take in the contrast between sturdier, more tolerant pets and those that require watchful, tender care.

Many cat owners love cuddling up their feline companions. It can greatly improve the relationship and comfort level between cats and their humans. Shockingly, offering your bed to a cat isn’t generally helpful for getting a decent night’s rest. Cats tend to be walkers of the night due to their predatory hunting instincts, so this may prompt some bothering practices. Are there cat owners who haven’t been woken up by a cat knocking down objects or snacking on their toes?

This guide will help you get your kitty to rest gently in your room. Beware some negative practices that you probably don’t even know about. Ideally, this guide will empower you to have a decent night’s rest while allowing your furry feline share your bed.

Learn more about the topic from the infographic below.

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Napping with Cats infographic by Mattress Online.

french bulldog dog having a good time with a tennis ball, in living room , looking at owner very carefully

How to Train Your Dog to Love His Crate

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I guess you either just got a new puppy or your dog hates their crates. In the beginning, dogs find crates alien-like. That is why they take time getting used to it. Well confined places should seem bothersome, shouldn’t they?

If your dog doesn’t like their new crates, I have some fool-proof ideas to share with you that have worked wonders for my dog. I call him Pug-Man (you know, from Pac-Man and he is a pug).

Are the Crates Scary for the Dog? Let’s Debunk the Myth

Dogs love a place of their own. They like a place, where they can retreat when feel stressed or tired. When you are having a party, and you feel your dog would not feel safe among the crowd, crates are what you need. Crates provide safety in vehicles. When traveling with your dog, especially by air, crates are the most useful.

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Find the Right One for the Job

For a puppy, get a soft dog crate with enough space for them to stretch and turn. Puppies love the soft dog crates. At this stage, any one will do. You’ll find many available in the market. Some are made of wires, some plastic.

The wire crates are cheap and have maximum air ventilation. You can get these in the early stage and buy plastic ones later. The benefit of the plastic crates is that they can be used when you travel. Plus, many dogs seemed to find the plastic ones comfier like Pug-Man does. If your dog has a habit of chewing or biting, you should get the wire-made one.

golden retriever puppy sleeping with toy on the bed

Introduce the New Home

You can’t just shove your dog into a crate and expect them to stay there quietly. So during the first few days, let your dog know that the crate is something of interest. While setting it up, call your dog, speak to them about it, take them close to it. In this way, they will know it is something they can approach safely.

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Get Them to Look Inside

Put their favorite toys inside the crate and urge them to go and fetch it. Never think about closing the crate door during this time. They are not at home with it yet. When they would go inside, they will try to look around and check the crate out.

french bulldog dog having a good time with a tennis ball, in living room , looking at owner very carefully

 

Make it Comfortable

Except for the costly ones, most crates are not a comfortable place for resting. So place a blanket on its floor while still continuing to put treats and toys inside it. Your dog will start to like the place, find it comfortable. At this point, try serving their meals close to the crate.

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Put the Crate Somewhere Familiar

In the beginning, put the crate somewhere accessible but not close to their beds. When your dog would start to sit inside the crate, even for a moment, change its place. This time, put it near their beds. Don’t replace their beds immediately. Let them know the crate is solely for their use.

Start Counting

In the beginning, the dog will not stay inside for long. It is still not time to close the door. If you close it, they will feel scared. At this point, you need to check how long they stay inside. Make sure all of their regular meals and fun time happens in and around the crate.

golden retriever puppy lying down near empty feeding bowl

Close the Door, but Not Fully

While your dog is resting inside, close the door but do not lock it. See how they react when they see the closed door. The dog needs to feel that a closed door does not mean any harm. During this stage, you will need to monitor your dog.

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Leave Them in the Crate

Now it is time to see if you can leave your canine friend in the crate while you are away. Move away from the crate but stay close enough to check if they are getting restless.

Slowly, try to increase your length of departure. However, never leave the pet inside the crate for a very long time. In the beginning, leave them for 30 minutes, then 1 hour, then 2. And every time you come back, surprise them with a treat.

Make it a Reward, not a Punishment

Serve all of their meals inside the crate. Keep all of their toys inside it. Always keep the interior space comfortable. Pat them and rub them when they are inside. At this point they are completely at home with the crate. Now train them to close the door by themselves every time they go inside. And don’t forget they are now staying inside the crate. It is also something for you to get habituated with.

young woman with her dog in a bed.

It Takes Time

Training your dog to love the crate is a lengthy process. It will not happen in a week. It took me over a month to get my Pug-Man (see what I did there?) to love his crate. Some dogs are hard to train. They will take longer to love their crates. And sometimes, they may not like the present crate so you can try using a different one. Be patient. If both you and your dog get restless, no crate will come to any use. Best of luck.

 

About the Author:

John Howes is the founder of PetCareUp. 29-year-old, entrepreneur, pet lover and passionate blogger. He loves to write about pets and helps pet owners to choose the best products for their animal companions.

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Preparing for a New Cat

It’s National Pet Month, and this year it’s all about promoting responsible pet ownership and care.

Bringing home a new member of the family can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. But sadly, in many cases, pets are soon abandoned or rehomed. Sainsbury’s Bank has created a guide to preparing for a new cat, covering everything you need to do before bringing your new friend home. It also includes different routes to adoption, such as rehoming a shelter cat.

You can download it here: Preparing for a New Cat

About the Author:

Sainsbury’s Bank has a range of pet guides and tools for new and existing pet owners. From helping to understand your cat’s behaviour to dog-proofing your home, they have something for every pet owner.

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10 Things You Need Before Bringing Home a Puppy

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So you’ve decided to add a furry bundle of joy to your home this spring! Not only will your new puppy bring excitement and energy to your life, but she will bring some challenges too. One of the best ways to meet those challenges head-on is to be well prepared for your puppy’s arrival.

Here are ten key things you need to get before your puppy comes home this spring.

1. Puppy Food & Treats

You want to start your puppy’s life out the right way by feeding her the best food possible. Puppies have big appetites and high caloric needs to help them grow strong and healthy. The ideal food for puppies will have the proper mix of fats, protein, fiber, and vitamins and minerals to help your pup grow into an active adult dog.

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2. Food & Water Bowls

Your puppy will need food and water bowls when she comes to her new home. Plastic bowls and ceramic crocks might seem appealing, but plastic can harbor residue and bacteria while ceramic may contain lead and can easily break. A stainless steel bowl is the best choice for your puppy because it is easy to clean and sanitize and too cumbersome for your pup to pick up and carry around.

golden retriever puppy lying down near empty feeding bowl

3. Crate & Bedding

A crate is a must-have item for new puppy owners. Crates allow confinement in an area that allows you to monitor and house train your puppy. Additionally, they mimic a warm, cozy den, giving your puppy some safety and security. Make sure that any crate you purchase is sized correctly so that your pup can stand up, turn around, lie down, and stretch inside.

 golden retriever puppy sleeping with toy on the bed

4. Training Pads

House training requires a significant amount of patience from both you and your puppy. Puppies need time to learn and grow before being trained to eliminate outside of the home. But during this training period, mistakes will happen. Be prepared and have some puppy training pads on hand to cover for those moments when your pup doesn’t make it to the door on time.

 puppy jack russell terrier lying on a carpet and looking up guilty.

5. Pens or Baby Gates

You may want to confine your puppy to specific areas of the house during house training or for her safety. Purchasing a pen or baby gate to keep her cordoned off will help your puppy stay out of trouble. And if accidents happen, at least they will occur in an area that you’ve chosen ahead of time.

6. Leash & Collar

Your puppy will need a leash and collar when you bring her home. The collar holds your dog’s license and identification tag while the leash attaches to the collar to allow you to walk your pup. Make sure the collar you choose is adjustable and that it is not on the puppy too tightly. The leash should be well made and strong. Start with a 4-foot long leash to help with training your puppy to walk.

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7. Identification

Your puppy will need identification of two kinds: an identification (ID) tag and a microchip. The ID tag will hang from your puppy’s collar and provide pertinent information about her, such as her name along with your name, address, and phone number. A microchip is a small chip that contains a code stored in a database with your information on it. The chip is implanted between your puppy’s shoulder blades and can be used to identify her if she ever gets lost.

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8. Chew Toys

Puppies love toys, and because of their natural desire to chew and the teething they experience, chew toys are a must if you want to keep your furniture and personal belongings safe. Hard rubber toys, nylon toys, and quality, well-made thick rope toys will satisfy just about any craving a puppy has to chew. Just be sure to purchase the right size toy for your puppy and always supervise her play.

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9. Grooming Supplies

Grooming is an important part of your dog’s physical care, and it’s good for your puppy to learn how to behave during grooming as well. Make sure that you have these items on hand when your pup comes home so she can learn to be squeaky clean right away: comb, blow dryer, ear cleaning solution, cotton balls, nail clippers, shampoo and conditioner, and towels.

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10. Training bell

Many dog owners have had success training their puppies to ring a bell attached to the doorknob when they have to go outside. You can purchase a dog bell at your local pet store, or find an upcycled cow bell to hang from your front doorknob. Bell training works for some dogs, so give it a try with your new pup.

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Most importantly, you need lots of love and patience when raising a new puppy. Give her those critical qualities, and she will return them to you a thousand times over.

 

About the Author

As a dedicated pet owner and advocate, Alexandra Seagal has created Animalso.com to educate fellow pet owners on how to make your dog’s life with you the best it can be. Aside from writing, she loves spending time with her children and enjoys the company of her two dogs and one cat.

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DIY Homemade Feather Cat Toy!

If you are a cat owner, you will know easily it is to make your little friend excited. Be it a simple ball of yarn or a roll of toilet papers or a red laser light dot, your kitty will chase and bounce around all day playing with these.

Getting a cat toy from a local pet store is quite easy. Anything that moves makes your kitten happy and will be a great cat toy. However, these cat toys don’t come cheap and you will find that they don’t survive for long either. The little one will just tear off the toy in a few days’ time at the most.

As they destroy their toys, they also put holes in your wallet from repeated trips to the pet store. An inexpensive alternative is to make your own cat toys right at home! Here’s a quick guide on how to make an easy and cheap feather toy for your cat.

cat toy feather DIY homemade project for your pet

 

Making a feather cat toy is easy and fun with these tips!