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Can Coconut Oil Improve My Dog’s Health

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We hear a lot about the benefits of coconut oil from the human holistic community. They share tips like: a tablespoon of coconut oil ingested regularly (or rubbed into our skin or hair) bring a variety of benefits; everything from healthy, supple skin and glowing hair to raising the natural insulin levels of diabetics and improving overall metabolism.

But can coconut oil have the same effects for our dogs? Many holistic veterinarians are studying the human research and saying “yes” to recommending coconut oil for our pets.

Coconut oil is almost exclusively (more than 90%) saturated fat and is one of the few foods that can be classified as a “superfood”. A medium chain triglyceride (MCT), coconut oil consists of a series of fatty acid molecule chains that are easily digested and absorbed, without causing the pancreas to go into overdrive producing digestive enzymes that absorb saturated oils.

This is of particular importance to dogs suffering from digestive disorders (Irritable Bowel Disease, Pancreatitis) and metabolic disorders (Diabetes Mellitus, Cushing’s Disease) as it puts less strain on the animal’s digestive system.

Additionally, coconut oil gently elevates the metabolism, provides a higher level of energy and vitality, protects your dog from illness, and speeds healing. As a bonus, coconut oil can improve dog’s skin and coat, improves digestion, and reduces allergic reactions

Giving coconut to your dog is easy! You can either buy dried coconut and sprinkle it on your dog’s food. They might not even know it’s there. Alternatively, DOGSBUTTER, an all natural peanut butter for dogs, is infused with coconut oil which makes it really easy. Not all dogs love coconut but most dogs adore peanut butter!

Some of the other benefits of giving your pup coconut oil with a meal include

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For healthy skin and coat:

  • Clears up eczema.
  • Aids flea allergies, contact dermatitis and itchy skin.
  • Minimizes doggy odor.
  • Reduces allergic reactions.
  • Creates sleek and glossy coats
  • Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections.
  • When applied topically, coconut oil promotes wound healing.
  • Also can help with hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings.

To improve digestion:

  • Improves digestion.
  • Increases nutrient absorption.
  • Helps with colitis and inflammatory bowl syndrome.
  • Reduces or eliminates bad breath.
  • Helps with coughing.

“Superfood” benefits:

  • Assists with weight loss.
  • Provides powerful antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal agents.
  • Balances insulin and promotes normal thyroid function.
  • Helps prevent or control diabetes.
  • Aids arthritis and ligament problems.
  • Helps prevent infection and disease.
  • Increases energy.

Veterinarian Karen Becker, known for her holistic wellness veterinary practice, recommends administering ¼ tsp. of coconut oil for every 10 lbs. of body weight twice a day for optimal effect.

Stop Your Puppy From Chewing On Your Shoes (And Everything Else Too)

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Stop Your Puppy From Chewing On Your Shoes (And Everything Else Too)

Puppies. They’re cute, adorable as heck, and as many people know, a lot of work. From the moment your new puppy comes home, they’re learning where they fit in. Considering that they’ve only been alive for a couple months, it’s understandable that they need to learn what they can – and can’t – do. There’s potty training, of course, but one of the biggest issues owners seem to face with a puppy is the dreaded chewing stage.

It’s a known fact that puppies chew up everything in sight. They’re not picky. They don’t care if it’s your $5 flip flops or your $100 pumps, they just like shoes. And cell phone chargers. And furniture. Well, pretty much anything they can get their mouths on. Not only is this an expensive problem because you’re losing a lot of stuff you’re probably attached to, it can also be an expensive trip to the vet’s office. Every time your dog chews something up, there’s a chance of a blockage or obstruction from whatever they’ve ingested. Their stomachs can handle a lot, sure, but shoelaces and socks can cause major problems, and in some cases, even death, for puppies.
puppiesSo needless to stay, it’s important to stop puppy chewing before it becomes a problem. But the question is, do you know how to stop your puppies from chewing things up?

Training a Puppy to Stop Chewing.

puppy chewing shoesBefore you can fix the problem, you need to understand the reasons behind it. Most of the time, puppies chew because they’re bored or teething. Separation anxiety may also come into play with both puppies and older dogs alike. Once you’ve determined the reason for their chewing, then you can take it from there.

If your dog is bored, give them something to do. This may mean more playtime or longer walks to wear them out. Or perhaps, another option might be to put your puppy in doggy daycare while you’re away at work. In addition to this, you may also want to purchase a puzzle toy that makes your dog work for their treats. You can find these toys at your local pet store. Brands such as Kong, Twist ‘n Treat, or a Buster Cube can be filled with delicious treats that keep them busy. It also keeps their mouths on the toy and not your new shoes or your laptop cable. It’s a win-win for both owner and dog. The dog has fun and enjoys a delicious treat, and the owner is less likely to come home to find their couch cushions torn to shreds.

You would just need to fill these toys with puppy or mini-dog treats such as these delicious mini peanut butter treats  Another interesting and useful tip is to take a Kong and fill it with DogsButter  before popping it in the freezer. The frozen DogsButter will take time for the dog to eat, keeping them busy for a long time, as well as providing them with a healthy and yummy treat.

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Both of these options also work for teething puppies and those with separation anxiety as well. Teething puppies merely need something safe to chew on, and redirecting them away from the items they’re not supposed to eat, in favor of their toys, is the best way to break bad habits early on. Reward your puppy every time they chew on their toy by praising them and letting them know that’s what they’re supposed to be doing.

For separation anxiety, it can be a bit more challenging. If your dog suffers from severe separation anxiety, you may need to seek out a training professional to help them overcome their fears. However, if your pup is only mildy upset when you leave, you may be able to teach them that you leaving isn’t such a scary time – in fact, it can even be a fun time. By providing them with special toys (including the puzzle toys mentioned above filled with food) that they only get when you’re gone, you start giving them a reason to actually appreciate being only, rather than fear it.

While giving your dog bones and dental chews is a common practice, I urge you to be wary of all of those things. Many bones and dental chews specifically warn of dog’s ingesting the product and the possibility of an obstruction if they do. For this reason, if your dog or puppy is an intense chewer, it might be better to seek out a tough, high-quality toy that’s meant for the toughest of canine teeth. If you notice your dog is breaking off large pieces of the bone or chew and eating them, take it away immediately. And never give your dog bones not intended for chewing. Stay clear of any cooked bones as these can lodge themselves in their throat and gastrointestinal tract, sometimes leading to death.

But there is light at the end of the puppy tunnel! Most dogs outgrow the chewing phase, and puppies stop teething at around six months of age. Most likely, this is a temporary blip and a minor annoyance. While there are times you’ll wonder if the puppy stage will ever end, sadly, it will be over before you know it. And then, you’ll look back on that time and miss it.

So, stop focusing on the frustrating parts and take the time to bond with your new puppy while you have the chance. Because trust me, it’s over in a blink of an eye.

How do dogs help people in Stress Reduction?

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Chances are, if you’re here reading this, you’re a dog lover. And if you’ve ever had a canine (or feline) companion in your life, you don’t need us to tell you that pets are great at relieving stress. Most dog lovers can’t imagine their life without their best friend, and they say that dogs simply bring more joy to their lives.

dog-lovers--dogs-stress-relieversImagine this: You just had a stressful day at work. Your boss yelled at you for a simple mistake. Your co-workers are talking about how layoffs are coming. Maybe you were so busy, you rushed through lunch, barely having time to taste your tuna sandwich. Or maybe you were so busy, you missed lunch altogether. The phone was ringing off the hook. Nothing seems to be going right.

I’m sure everyone reading this has experienced a day like this at least once in their life. Some live it daily. And overall, humans are more stressed now than ever before. Not only can stress give you a headache, too much stress can also kill you. High blood pressure is a dangerous problem, far too many people face. Sure, some if it comes from poor diets, but too much stress can also be a culprit.

How can dogs be a natural stress reliever copyAnd it’s no wonder that so many people are looking into natural stress relievers. Yoga. Exercise. Herbal remedies. All of these have been touted as natural stress relievers, and have been credited with having some degree of success. But you can also add one more item to that list. Dogs.

Go back to the scenario above. Now picture yourself coming home, defeated, stressed, and utterly worn down. When you get home, you probably just want to crash on the couch, flip on the TV, and forget about life for a moment. But then, once your key hits the lock on the front door, you hear the scampering of paws or the sound of a familiar bark. And as the door opens, your best friend is there waiting for you, their tail wagging nonstop, and their tongue out, ready to cover you with kisses. Your dog is there to tell you they love you no matter what, and they’re so happy to see you!

How can you not feel at least a little better after that?

There are many health benefits associated with owning a pet, not the least which is a reduction of stress. And while many of us probably knew that owning a dog or cat could lead to a happier life, based solely on our own lives and experiences, we now have science backing this up.

A 2001 study found that patients with high blood pressure were able to keep their blood pressure down during periods of high stress simply by owning a pet. In fact, you don’t even have to own a pet to experience the natural relaxation an animal can bring.

The reason for this is when you interact favorably with an animal, the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin is released, while your body decreases production of the cortisol – what is often called the stress hormone.

And there’s more good news for pet owners. Another study showed that people who owned pets were more likely to survive at least a year after having a heart attack.

Natural Stress Reduction- with dogs copyAs far as how to reap the benefits of having a pet, all you really have to do is play with one or pet one. Or spend some quality time with them, sharing some yummy treats  or laughing when they get DogsButter  stuck to the roof of their mouths! This is, of course, good news for all of those folks who can’t have a pet right now. Volunteer at a shelter or hang out at the dog park for an hour or two, and you’ll reap the same benefits and feel much better physically and mentally.

5 Unique Dog Bowls to Treat Your Pup

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Your pup might not truly care what their bowl looks like (as long as the thing has food, who cares!?) but you have to look at it everyday too, taking up space in your house and (possibly)wrecking havoc on your floors. The good news is that there is a seemingly endless amount of dog bowls available for purchase out there, both in local shops both large and small near you and online. It’s never been easier to find something that works well for both your pup and you! Display both of your personalities while finding a bowl that’s functional and appropriate for your space.
We started the hunt by tracking down five unique and fun bowls we hope you’ll like too. Now it’s just up to you to decide between them. Happy shopping!

1. For the speedy eater

Bloat stop dog bowlIf your dog charges his meals like its the last drop of water in the Sahara, it might be time to purchase a slow feeder. These inexpensive bowls help slow an animal’s intake by creating aunique eating experience that requires them to work a bit for their food. Highly rated on Amazon and Petsmart, the bowls have quickly gained in popularity recently as they’ve been a breakout fixer for bloat and regurgitation due to quick eating. We love this pink bowl from SloBowl, the top rated company for this type of bowl on Amazon. Looking for something more simple (and cheaper?) JW Pet makes one for $5! (Amazon, $17)

2. For the pups who need some height

If your dog is a tall one, reaching a bowl on the ground might be straining for his back and neck. Help him out with an elevated feeder, which allows him to amble over for dinner time and barely bend down to reach his food and water. Bonus points for you less sloppy mess on the floor to pick up after, though we do still recommend keeping a mat below the feeder. Get the height you need in a color you love and take a load off you just made life a little easier for your favorite furball. (Petsmart, $27-45).

3. For the designer dog

Henri Bendel Bone Dog bowlYour pup might not know who Henri Bendel is, but if you do (and you love the place!), why not get your dog bowl there too? This ceramic bowl is designed with the company’s signature brown and white stripes and features gold accenting for a fashionable finishing touch. Bone Appetit? Heh. Pretty good, Henri. (Henri Bendel, $58).

4. For the messy eater

neater feederDoes your dog eat his food like he’s making an art project with each bite he takes? Never fear there’s a bowl for that! Neater Feeders are a line of patented “mess proof pet feeders” that offer a mess proof and pleasant dog dining experience. With stellar reviews on Wag.com and Amazon, you have to think they’re working! Protect your floors and walls from water and food morsels and never look back from mopping the floor after each feeding. (Wag.com, $50).

5. For the handmade lovers

handmade loversIf you love buying handmade or simply want something monogrammed and/or totally unique,Etsy should be your first stop. A simple search for “dog bowl” yields over TK results, and you could easily spend an hour sifting through the pages of choices. Everything from elevated wooden feeders to ceramic bowls and everything in between. It was hard nearly impossible to pick just one, but if this is your thing we strongly suggest seeing what all the site has to offer and finding your own treasured handmade pick. Obsessed with what you find? Etsy is also a treasure trove of handmade leashes, collars, dog tags, food canisters, you name it! (Claylicious, $32)

BONUS: Looking for an automatic feeder? We recommend the Dog Mate D3000, available from Petsmart for $80.

 

A Brief History of Dog Rescue: How People Started Saving Man’s Best Friend

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The way people view pets has changed dramatically over time. Today, many pet owners are proud to pamper their fur babies with high-end grooming, engaging toys, and adorable outfits.

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On top of that, dog rescue is bigger than ever, with people all over the globe working hard to save animals in need. Whether it’s a chained dog outside in the cold or a pup in a shelter who was previously abused, there are millions of dogs in need of rescue, and people who are willing to step in, foster, rehabilitate, and adopt these animals.

But this wasn’t always the case.

How Did the Dog Rescue Movement Begin?

  • 1824: The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is formed in Britain, giving birth to an organized welfare group for dogs. This sets the foundation for a shift in people’s perspective about dogs.
  • 1866: The SPCA makes its way to the US. Henry Bergh forms the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Most people ridicule and oppose him, or simply show indifference towards animal welfare, but the ASPCA continues to grow.
  • 1869: The very first official animal shelter in the country is formed by the Women’s SPCA of Pennsylvania.
  • 1877: The American Humane Association is formed.
  • 1954: The Humane Society of the United States is formed.
  • 1960s and 1970s: Private animal shelters are formed in addition to the municipal ones available in an effort to bring in strays and find them homes. Public opinion about strays starts to shift and people begin to view them as potential pets rather than public health hazards.

Today’s Statistics

Now that you know a bit about the overall history of the animal rescue movement, you may be really happy to be living in the 21st century. But let’s take a look at what still needs to be done to save more dogs.

The Good News:

The good news is that euthanasia rates are down, even though there’s still a lot of work to do.

Whereas the number of cats and dogs euthanized in shelters annually used to be anywhere from 12-20 million, the number has dropped to 3-4 million.

That’s thanks to groups who come in and rescue dogs before they’re put down, as well as more pet owners choosing to adopt rather than shop for their new canine companions.

The Bad News:

The sad news is that about 2.7 million healthy pets never get adopted every year. This is out of the 6-8 million dogs and cats that enter shelters annually.

So even though we’ve made tremendous strides in how people view strays, in the number of dogs adopted, and in the laws created to protect dogs, millions of perfectly loveable canines are needlessly put down, and that’s just in the US.

Adopt, Don’t Shop!

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Many pet owners want a purebred dog, and they think that the only place to get a purebred is from a pet shop or directly from a breeder.

But the truth is that about 25% of the dogs that are in shelters are actually purebreds, so people are encouraged to adopt even if they’re looking for a particular breed.

There are thousands of independently operated private shelters and rescue groups all over the country. Some focus solely upon housing animals until they’re adopted (following a no-kill policy), while others run foster networks without a physical shelter.

The focus today continues to be on educating the public on the importance of adopting dogs. It’s also on the number of dogs who are in shelters, as well as those who are euthanized because they aren’t adopted in time. With outreach, advocacy, and a solid group of dedicated volunteers, animal rescuers are making a difference.

So if you’re planning on bringing a dog into your family to be your forever friend, check out the many local rescue groups and shelters in your area—and around the country—to find a doggie in need who will love you unconditionally.

Or, if you already have a dog, then support products and businesses that support dog rescue. DOG for DOG makes all natural food and treats that dogs love. But the best part is that for every item you buy, a meal is donated to a dog in need. You have to buy food for your dog anyway, why not choose a brand that feeds a less fortunate dog as well?

 

Five Reasons Why Donating Dog Food to a Shelter Makes a Difference

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DOG for DOG has one mission: to feed as many shelter dogs as possible! Here are five reasons why we think feeding shelter dogs makes a huge difference.

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DOG for DOG and PetSmart: Help us keep Villalobos Rescue Center’s dogs fed + healthy with another 10k pound dog food drop! When you purchase DOGSFOOD from PetSmart, we donate the same amount to Villalobos Rescue Center.

1. To Helping a Rescue Stay in ‘Business’

Not so fun fact: Villalobos Rescue Center (most well known as the team behind Pit Bulls and Parolees) feeds their 250 rescue dogs 700 pounds of food every single day. That’s over $300,000 of dog food a year. If Villalobos can get every bowl of food donated, that’s $300k they can save and put towards operating costs, like kennel upkeep, staff salaries, and vet bills.

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Image by Badass Animal Rescue

2. Keep Shelter Dogs Healthy

Sometimes shelters do get donations of dog food from community members or companies – sometimes this is expired food, or food that is not made in the USA, lower quality and not as healthy. Rescue dogs, more than any other dogs, need to be nourished! Their immune systems are constantly under attack. Stress from being in a new environment can also hurt their immune systems, so having high quality, natural dog food is ideal!

3. Keep Dogs Out of the Shelter

Some shelters have a shelter prevention program and assist dog owners in financial crisis who may think surrendering their animal is the only option. Donations of food and basic supplies can be the difference between a dog safe in his home and one left by a loving family in a shelter.

4. Gives a Dog a Chance to Meet the Right Family

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Super “Monster’ Penny The Pit Bull rockin’ a I’m Not a Monster hoodie

Imelda Suriato from I’m Not a Monster, works her tail off (pardon the pun) every year to raise donations for shelters across the US over the holiday season. Why? She says, “One bag of food means a dog has a full belly, is vetted to stay healthy, gets socialized and also gets to meet prospective families. It is a mighty bag of food because it saves and makes lives.”

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5. It’s a constant reminder to do good.

When you buy your pup their dog food and drop a bag off at a pet food bank, OR even easier, switch your dog food over to DOGSFOOD, every time you pour your pup a bowl, you know you’re also pouring a bowl for a shelter dog. There are little things we can do on a daily basis that really do make a difference in the lives of others. And the good you do rubs off on others! Not only will a rescue know that you have their back, your community will feel it, too.

 

Are Giant Breed Dogs a Giant Responsibility?

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There are big dogs, and then there are the giants. And let’s face it, giant breeds aren’t for everyone. Just because you might be a dog lover doesn’t mean you want a Godzilla-sized dog romping through your house, clearing off tables, counter tops, and leaving a trail of slobber everywhere they go.

But for those of us who love the giant breeds, we can’t think of anything better than curling up in bed with a dog who takes up most of it. While there are no official height or weight requirements that differentiate a giant dog from – well – just another large dog, there are certain breeds that are known for being larger than life (truly). These are the dogs that get attention wherever they go due to their size (and often the size of their heart as well). Great Danes, St. Bernards, Irish Wolfhounds, Newfoundlands, and Mastiffs are just a few of the more well-known breeds that are often classified as “giants”.

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In order to reach their massive size, giant breeds usually take longer to mature, growing more slowly than their smaller canine cohorts. Also, because many of the giant breeds often have health-disadvantages smaller dogs don’t, it’s important to pay extra special attention to their health and nutrition. Problems like hip dysplasia, digestive issues, and bloat are common problems for these breeds. Because of this, many may even require a specific diet that focuses on weight and joint management in addition to every day nutrition.

Great Dane puppyBut first, let’s start from the beginning. Let’s say you just brought home your Great Dane puppy. He’s 8 weeks old and is currently, a manageable size. Of course, he won’t stay that way for long, but believe it or not, he won’t be fully grown until he’s about two years old. As he grows, it’s important to find a diet that’s suitable for his growing body, to make sure his joints and bones can handle his body weight when he reaches his adult size. Also, you want to make sure that your puppy doesn’t grow too fast because it puts more pressure on his bones and joints, which is something you definitely don’t want since it can lead to serious problems later on and even shorten your dog’s life span.

With any dog, no matter the breed or age, choosing a high-quality kibble is incredibly important. But with a growing puppy, you need to go the extra mile when looking at food labels. And don’t think you can just pick up any random puppy food and call it a day. Mainly because while puppy food may work for most dogs, you need to look at the label. Oftentimes, even puppy food made specifically for large breeds contain too much protein, fat and calories, which can accelerate growth – which as we mentioned earlier, is something we don’t want to do.

There are large breed puppy formulas out there that are fine, you just need to read the labels. Finding a large breed puppy food that says it’s “Approved for all life stages” is one way you can cut down on issues, since these foods are intended not only for puppies, but also adult dogs as well.

So what should you look for in a puppy food? Many of the same things you’re going to look for in an adult dog food as well.

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For both adults and puppies, you’ll want to start with the list of ingredients. The first item listed should be some sort of protein source. And while you may be scared away by pork or chicken meal, don’t be. Meat meal is often a better source of protein than just chicken or pork itself. Typically, looking at the first five ingredients gives you an idea about the quality of the food. The more meat ingredients listed within those first five, the better.

From there, you should look at the protein levels. Unless you’re feeding a raw or grain-free diet, protein levels should not be higher than 24%. Fat levels need to be between 12-14% at most. You can find this information on the label, and for an example of a dog good that fits these requirements, check out DogForDog Pork and Brown Rice.

If you are feeding raw or grain-free, a higher protein content isn’t likely a concern as the food is less likely to contribute to weight gain (think of it like a high-protein diet in humans versus one high in carbohydrates). While many pet owners fear protein, it’s not so much the protein that causes the issues – it’s the weight gain. If you feed your beloved pooch a high-quality, grain-free kibble such as DogForDog Ocean Fish and Salmon Meals, you should be golden.

 

How do I know if I am exercising my dog enough?

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boxer on floorExercising your dog is one of the key elements to dog ownership. Dogs have been our best friends for years, working at our sides and helping us do specific jobs for centuries. That being said, in this modern day era if you can’t provide a space or take the time out of your day to exercise your dog, you are going to have problems and so is your dog. Exercise is about more than just physical health for dogs, it’s about their mental health as well and I can promise you, if you’ve got a dog chewing up things they’re not supposed to or digging or running away— they’re probably not getting enough exercise. Dogs have to burn off energy, especially young dogs, and most especially puppies. So how much exercise does your dog need? Well, let’s talk breed and age.

So how much exercise does your dog need? Well, let’s talk breed and age.

Obviously, a 5-month-old lab is going to have more energy to burn off than a 9 year old basset hound. This is where you’re actually going to have to do some research on your dog’s breed because some breeds naturally require less energy while some require more. This all goes back to how we as humans bred our best friends to do specific jobs. That being said, a walk around the block on the leash for pretty much any dog isn’t going to make the cut. No matter how much energy the breed has, 30-60 minutes of exercise time is recommended daily.

dog runningHigh Energy Breeds 

  • CorgisLabs
  • RetrieversTerriers
  • Pit bulls
  • Pointers
  • Stag Hounds
  • Irish Setters
  • Dalmations
  • Border Collies
  • most toy breeds

Low Energy Breeds

  • Great Danes
  • Grey Hounds
  • French bulldogs
  • Chow Chows
  • Shiba Inus
  • Mastiffs
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Bulldog
  • Akitas

So what it really comes down to when wanting to properly exercise your dog is not size, but rather, breed. And once you research their breed, you will find out what exactly their breed’s specialty is. For example, if you research a Border Collie, you will find out that it was made to herd and be agile. Upon finding that out, an owner of a Border Collie would obviously know that their dog is high energy and on that page, it recommends agility training for exercise. There’s your answer! Border Collies are probably the smartest dog breed and are excellent at agility training. Get your Collie involved in this and you’ll never find a chewed up shoe in the house again.dog playing frisbee

However, we don’t all have the time, nor the money to sign up our dogs for agility training. Walking your dog is great! But seriously if you’re going to walk your dog, you have to commit. If you don’t feel like walking around the neighborhood for about an hour, try taking your dog to the dog park if he or she is properly socialized. This is a great opportunity for your pup to get some energy out while also socializing which is great for your dog’s mental health. And don’t worry, almost all dog parks have separate areas for small and large dogs (and plenty of seating for humans!)

And now contrary to popular belief, not all dogs are made for long runs, so you can’t just take any dog for a ten mile jog and expect it to react the same way that you do physically. The truth is, some dogs are runners and some dogs aren’t. Weimaraners, Vizslas, and Golden doodles are perfect for people who like to run long distances (over 10 miles). Greyhounds, Pit bulls, and Beagles are great for any distance under ten miles. This is the perfect exercise for dogs of this type, however for dogs like German Shepherds, this could quicken the onset of hip dysplasia and arthritis and so you should stick to Kong toys and fetch for your German Shepherd in that case. Word of warning to runners, don’t forget that dog’s don’t have shoes so be wary on hot days because dogs can actually sustain serious burns on their paw pads if running on hot concrete.

If you have a smaller dog, say, under 15 pounds, you can probably get away with exercising your dog indoors. You’re really going to have to devote some time to your dog one on one though. Smaller dogs have smaller circulatory systems so playing fetch in the living room will wear them out much quicker than it will a 120lb American Bulldog.

So you don’t live near a dog park and you have a large dog? Well, put that backyard to use! Get some toys and interact with your dog! Teach your dog to play fetch and “let go”. Exercising the brain is also important. Teaching your dog simple commands like “sit” and “shake” and etiquette like “no begging” and “no jumping up on people” are all things you can teach your dog little by little and these things will keep your pup’s mind spinning.

It’s that easy. Do a little research on your dog’s breed to find out exactly how much and what kind of exercise he or she needs. And to keep your pup healthy, make sure to visit dogfordog.com to not only feed your dog some of the healthiest food there is, but to help feed shelter and rescue dogs. For every item you buy one is given to a dog in need.

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