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separation anxiety in dogs

How Separation Anxiety Affects Your Dog

While it does not affect all dogs, there are many that suffer from separation anxiety. If left untreated, this could evolve into a more serious problem. Continue reading to learn more about separation anxiety in dogs.

What is Separation Anxiety?

Separation anxiety in dogs is a condition where a dog shows signs of distress or behavioral problems when away from their guardian. This is different from the little acts of mischief that dogs sometimes do when you are away. This is when your dog is overly stressed that you are gone. Some signs of this are whining when you get ready to leave, pacing around and even scratching at doors or windows as you are leaving.

There is no concrete evidence as to why certain dogs suffer from separation anxiety, but there are some theories. One suggests that the reason that sheltered dogs suffer more often is that they have possibly been abandoned in the past or lost an important person. Other theories suggest that life changes can cause forms of separation anxiety. These include:

  • Sudden change in schedule: This could include starting a new job that changes the times you will be home.
  • Moving to a new house: This can be a stressful time for your dog, so it is important to make sure that they feel comfortable.
  • The sudden absence of a family member: There could be many reasons for this like divorce, death, or even a child moving off to college.

How To Help Your Dog.

There are many ways you can help your dog overcome their separation anxiety. However, it is going to require you to take time and not give up on him.

Don’t Make A Big Deal

Whenever you are getting ready to leave, and as you return home, no matter how hard it may seem, you need to not smother your dog. One way to do this best is to casually leave and return home. Don’t make a huge deal about it or have a long extended goodbye and hello. When you come home, casually go about your business and wait a few minutes before calmly saying hi and petting them.

Departure Cues

Departure cues are anything that you do right before leaving. Your dog will see this and their anxiety can kick in. This is where they could start whining and pacing. To get this to stop, start by doing the things you would do to leave and then don’t leave. This could be getting your jacket on, grabbing your keys, and then sitting on the couch and watching some tv.

Create A Safe Space

The Humane Society recommends that you create a safe space for your dog. A safe space is another great way to aid your dog with their separation anxiety. To create an ideal safe space for your dog, you can do a few things:

  • Find A Spot: You should put your dog in a spot where they feel comfortable. This could be their crate if they like it, a playpen filled with toys, or even a room in your house. This room should have windows and toys to keep him entertained and feel comforted. The reason that you do this is to give them a spot that they feel comforted, along with having a place where they cannot destroy anything. You do not want to totally isolate your dog, as that can make the problem worse.
  • Busy Toys: These are also called puzzle toys. They have a puzzle or challenge that your dog needs to do in order to receive a treat. This treat could be anything that you want to put in there.
  • Clothing: You can also leave one of your recently worn pieces of clothing with your dog. This can leave a calming scent that may benefit and comfort your dog.

Supplements

There are also calming supplements available that can help reduce separation anxiety in dogs. Here at Liquid Health Pets, we manufacture our K9 & Kitty Calmer for dogs and cats. This could also be used for many other things such as traveling with your pet.

What Not To Do

There is one thing, above all that you do not want to do. That is to punish your dog for having separation anxiety. The Humane Society states that punishment is not effective for treating separation anxiety and can make the situation worse.

For more information about K9 & Kitty Calmer, please visit our website to learn more.

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Dog Proofing Your Home

Whether you are moving to a new home with your pet, or have just decided to adopt a dog for the first time, you will need to make sure that you have dog-proofed your house. That way your pet can stay safe and you don’t have to worry about valuables being destroyed. Continue reading to learn more about dog proofing your house.

Dog Proofing Your House

Dog proofing your house is not as hard as it may seem. All you need to do is go from room to room and make sure that there is nothing that can pose a threat to your dog. Here is our room by room guide of things to look out for.

Living Room

  • Outlets and Electric Cords: Covering your outlets with a cap can help keep your pet safe. You can also use tape to secure your cords in a place where your dog cannot reach them. That way you do not have to worry about him chewing on them.
  • Breakable Items: You might want to consider relocating your vases to a high shelf or somewhere where they are secured. This can help ensure that they don’t get knocked over by curious paws or a stray tail.
  • Houseplants: Some houseplants can be poisonous to dogs. Keep these out of reach to prevent your pup from getting sick. Even plants that are hanging from the ceiling may not be safe for your pup.

Kitchen

  • Trash Cans: Trash cans can contain many things that are harmful to dogs. That is why it is important to keep them secure. If you have a clever pup you might want to invest in a pull-out trash can.
  • Snacks: It is important to not leave food out in places where your pet can reach. This is because not all human food is safe for pets to consume. To learn about some foods you can feed to your pet check out one of our recent posts here.
  • Kitchen Cabinets: Dogs can get into some places you didn’t even think they could ever get into like the cabinets of your kitchen. To make sure this doesn’t happen you can get childproof locks so your pup does not have access to them.

Bathrooms

  • Washer & Dryer: Keeping your washer and dryer closed can help keep your pup from climbing in and taking a nap. You should also check inside before using these if your dog is known to hang out there.
  • Medications: It is important to keep all of your medications and any self-care products stored in a locked cabinet or somewhere out of your pet’s reach because they could potentially be poisonous.
  • Toilet: No matter how much they want to drink out of it you need to make sure that your pet does not have access to your toilets. There could be harmful bacteria or even cleaning products still in the water.

Bedrooms

  • Dressers: Try to keep large objects off of your dressers. That way if something happens you do not need to worry about your dog getting injured. You should also keep any medications off your dresser.
  • Clothing: Not only will it keep it from being destroyed, but storing your clothing out of reach from your pup can also keep him safe. That is because small pieces of fabric or string can be harmful.
  • Other: As with the living room you might want to keep any cords off of the floor and put somewhere where your pet cannot get them. You can also keep your child’s toys in a secure spot to avoid anything happening to them.

Garage

  • Chemicals: You need to make sure that all of your chemicals are moved to high up shelves or behind doors. Americanhumane.org reminds pet owners to clean all of the antifreeze off of the floor and driveway as one taste can be lethal.
  • Tools: Along with keeping your chemicals out of reach it is important to keep all tools out of reach. Another thing you can do is put them in a secure toolbox.

Backyard

  • Swimming Pool: Your dog may love to go for a swim, however, you might not want him swimming when you are not around to watch. If you have this problem you should consider investing in a pool cover or a fence to keep your pup out.
  • Garden: If you have an existing garden, or plan to plant one, you need to make sure that all of the plants are safe for dogs. This way you can know that if your pup does decide to take a bite, he will be fine.
  • Fence: A fence can be a great way to keep your pet safe while they play outside. If you already have one you might want to inspect it to make sure that it can contain your pooch.

Conclusion

Dog proofing your house is not as hard as it might seem. The main thing you need to do is make sure that there is nothing harmful to your pet or anything valuable that could be destroyed where he has access to it.

Sources:

https://www.americanhumane.org/fact-sheet/pet-proofing-your-home/

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Human Food That Is Safe For Dogs

Every now and then we see our pups begging for a bite to eat. It can be hard not to give in and give them some table scraps. However, some of the food that you are giving them could potentially be harmful to them. So what foods can you give them? Continue reading to learn more about food that is safe for dogs.

Food Safe For Dogs

Fruits

Fruits can provide your dog with a wide variety of vitamins that can benefit them. However, not all fruits are safe for dogs to consume. Next time your pup wants a piece of fruit, aim to get them a little bit of these:

  • Apples: Apples are a great food that is safe for dogs. It contains nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C, and fiber. It is important to note that apples are safe in moderation for dogs and to never feed them the stem, core, or seeds.
  • Banana: As with apples, Bananas are safe for dogs to eat as long as it is in moderation. They contain the A and C vitamins along with a great source of potassium.
  • Watermelon: Watermelon is safe to eat for dogs, as long as you are only letting your dog eat the flesh of the watermelon as the seeds and rind can cause problems.
  • Blueberries: Blueberries are great because they provide dogs with many nutrients. These include vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K. They are also very rich in fiber and antioxidants.

Vegetables

To humans, vegetables offer many vital nutrients that help keep us healthy. For Dogs, who are carnivores and eat mostly meats, vegetables are not necessary but they can provide extra vitamins and minerals. Try these as a snack for the next time your pooch is hungry:

  • Carrots: Carrots are great for dogs to eat because they can help in many ways. They can improve the condition of your dog’s coat and skin, along with benefiting their eyesight too.
  • Potato: When cooked and served plain, potatoes are safe for dogs to consume. You should also only feed your dog potatoes if they are baked or boiled.
  • Cucumber: Cucumbers are a great low-calorie snack that also comes with fiber. If you are going to feed some to your pup you need to peel and dice them into bite-size pieces.
  • Peas: Peas are one of the healthiest human foods and they can benefit your pup in many ways. Dogs can eat almost all kinds of peas as well. The only kind that you should steer clear of is the canned peas as they contain added sodium.
balancing a multivitamin with your dogs diet

Other Snacks

There are also many other kinds of food that are safe for dogs. Next time you are snacking on these you don’t have to worry if your dog wants a snack too.

  • Peanut Butter: Not only is peanut butter good for dogs but hey love it as well. Try to find low-sodium peanut butter or make some yourself at home.
  • Cheese: Low-sodium, low-fat cheese is best for dogs. However, you need to know that cheese should be given to your dog in moderation.
  • Popcorn: If you plan to give your dog some popcorn there are a few things you need to do. You need to make sure that the popcorn is air-popped and is un-buttered and un-salted.
  • Meats: Chicken, turkey, and lean ground beef are all excellent food options to give to your pet. Just make sure that the meat is fully cooked and avoid fatty meats.

Conclusion

There are many different foods that are safe for dogs to consume. Make sure that you follow special precautions so that your pet can stay healthy.

Be sure to check out one of our previous articles on Things Your Cat Should Not Eat.

Sources:

https://www.aspca.org/news/healthy-safe-snacks-help-your-pet-slim-down
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324453.php

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Teaching Your Dog New Tricks

Teaching you dog tricks can be fun for everyone involved. They are also a great way to show off the intelligence of your dog. However, most new pet owners don’t know what to do. There is no need to worry because here at Liquid Health Pets we’ve compiled the basics of teaching your dog tricks. Continue reading to learn more about how to teach a dog tricks.

How To Teach a Dog Tricks

Choosing where to Practice

When you want to start to teach your dog some new tricks, there are some things that you need to know. The first thing you need to know is where to teach them. It is important to find a good spot that minimizes the number of distractions. Another thing to note when choosing a spot to teach them new tricks is to keep in mind what trick you are teaching. If you are trying to get them to sit, your living room will be fine. However, if you are trying to get them to fetch a ball, you might want to consider heading outside.

Basics of Teaching Tricks

Cue

Dogs don’t always understand what we say. However, there are ways to communicate with your dog to get him to do what you want. You can associate words with the actions that they are doing and over time, they will learn what those words mean.

Treats

Getting your dog his favorite treat can prove to help them learn their new trick. You can use pieces of their kibble or some dog treats to help motivate them. If you have some to spare, little bits of cooked chicken or deli meats can be an even greater reward.

Practice

When it comes to the length of these lessons you need to remember to keep them short. You should aim to have your dog practice the tricks for around 15 minutes each day. One thing that you can do that can also be beneficial is to break this 15 minutes up into 3, 5-minute sessions.

Applaud Them

When your dog succeeds at the trick they are learning it is important to make sure they know that they did it right. Whether it is letting them know that they are a good boy, or giving them lots of belly rubs, it is important to make sure your pet knows he did it right.

Even if they did not complete the trick, or did it the wrong way, you still need to stay positive and never use physical correction or yell at your dog.

Simple Tricks To Get Started

Sit

Sitting should be one of the first tricks that you teach your dog. That is because it is one of the ones that is used the most and is simple to teach. All you have to do is hold a treat in your hand in front of his nose and guide him upwards. This will cause your dog to lower his back to the ground and cause him to sit. After he has sat down say what cue you want to use such as “sit” and give him a treat.

Come Over

This one is simple to accomplish but can require some help. Have someone help you hold your dog at one end of the room while you head over to the other side. Call your dog by using a cue such as “come”. When he does come over reward him with treats and praise. Remember to keep practicing so that your dog has it down.

Stay

Now that your dog can sit and come to you, you can teach him how to stay. To do this you need to get him in the sit position. Then hold out your hand with your palm forward and say stay. Then you can slowly walk backward away from your dog. If he gets up you need to walk back and start over. If he stays for even a few feet away, you can give him the treat to let him know he is doing good. When you are far enough away you can use the come command to get him to come to you.

Conclusion

Teaching your dog new tricks can prove to be a very good bonding experience for both of you. It also allows your pet to show off a bit. There are more advanced tricks out there, but these are some of the simpler ones.

To learn all about giving your dog a bath, check out one of our previous articles here.