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Are You Really Ready to Bring a Dog Home?

Need a way to keep your dog clean then please keep reading below as they have some great tips and tricks to keeping your dog clean and looking smart . 

Of course if you need a professional dog groomer in Sydney then you can reach out and contact us as well and we will put you in touch with a mobile dog wash or grooming service

The idea of bringing home a “new” dog is thrilling to all dog lovers. The notion is so enticing, in fact, that we often forget to consider what it involves. Whether you are planning on bringing home your first dog of your own or whether you are finally ready to bring home another dog after losing your last, it’s important to consider whether you are really ready for the commitment.

There’s a number of articles out there on “what you should consider before adopting a dog,” so we’ve decided to give our own take on this, and present it to you from a different angle. First, here’s what you must consider before ever bringing home a dog.

ALSO READ: 26-Step Checklist for Adopting a New Adult Dog or Puppy

All the Commitment

All That CommitmentThis is a “consideration” that you will read in every article that has ever been written about bringing home a new dog because it’s an important one.

Depending on the dog that you bring home, their health, the care that you provide, and a number of other things, your dog has an average life expectancy of between seven and seventeen years. This span is the same as raising an infant from birth to second grade or through to the end of high school. Let that sink in for a moment.

1. The financial commitment

Lifelong costs of owning a dog can get really, really high. For seven to seventeen (and maybe more) years, you have to foot the estimated $500 per year cost of living ($1270 for the first year) for your dog, plus any additional veterinary emergencies, accidents, or health conditions that occur. This is not optional; it is mandatory simply to provide basic healthcare, other necessities, food, and preventative care for your pooch.

You don’t have to provide a champagne-and-caviar lifestyle, but a failure to provide your new pet with a basic financial commitment can put their life at risk. In the very least, it will make their life uncomfortable.

2. The Time Commitment

In addition to the financial cost of having a dog, you must also be prepared to invest the time necessary to keep your dog healthy and happy. The general consensus is that your dog requires an average of 30 minutes to two hours of exercise per day depending on their age, breed, and health.

Are you able and willing to set aside that time for your dog’s lifetime? Are you willing to walk with them even when it’s raining, or hot, or cold outside? Are you willing to hire a pet sitter when you are unable to do the job yourself? Are you also willing to invest the time required to train your puppy and to keep up with that training?

A trained and tired canine is a happy canine, and a well-behaved pet. Without the necessary time commitment, your dog will quickly develop behavioral or emotional complications that will leave both of you miserable.

3. The Family Commitment

When other similar articles are written, they often neglect to include the “family commitment” consideration. The truth is though, that this is equally as important as being able to provide your pup with the exercise and basic care that they need.

Dogs are “pack animals”. This means that they live in families as social creatures. When you bring home your “new” dog, if your intention is to chain them in the backyard, leave them home alone for full days while you work or socialize elsewhere, or isolate them to certain areas of the home for long periods of time, you are not providing that dog with the family commitment they crave.

As a part of your “pack,” your dog should be included in everyday life. This is what some future owners fail to consider; a pet is not a toy – you’re adopting a new family member, and just as you would with a child, they become a part of your daily life and part of your overall lifestyle.

Your newly adopted dogs should have the companionship needed to feel cared for, safe, and happy. Again, keep in mind that this family commitment is a lifetime deal: there is no pushing a family member out because someone new came along, there is no changing your mind when they get older and you no longer want the responsibility of care. Family is family.

4. The Health Commitment

When you accept responsibility for the care of a dog, you aren’t just accepting the everyday or “basic” circumstances; you must also accept responsibility for the unexpected. If your dog develops diabetes, a thyroid condition, or heart disease, you have to be committed to providing the care that those conditions require. Almost all pet owners will have to deal with health issues of their dogs, and it’s unavoidable, and it can be expensive.

If you cannot afford that care, it is your job to find a way to fund it or to provide it for them. It won’t always be easy, but it’s what family do for each other and your dog is part of the family, remember? So you must be not only informed about the care and finances that relates to it, but actually be ready financially to provide the necessary healthcare, particularly for financial emergencies that may arise.

Just like humans, dogs can develop health conditions for various reasons and sometimes they come out of the blue. Despite being unexpected, as a pet parent, it’s your job to provide for your dog despite this condition and not to hand them off to a shelter when they show signs of frailty.

As someone who has had to turn to fundraising when their dog’s prescriptions reached a whopping $200 per month, I can tell you that it won’t always be easy, but with a commitment to make things work, you’ll find a way. It’s just important that you think about this before you adopt your future pet.

5. The Friendship Commitment

As well as being your dog’s caretaker and their teacher, it is also your job to be your dog’s friend. You are going to be the center of your dog’s world and it’s your responsibility to understand that and fill that role.

Yes, you are going to be a parent, a trainer, and a disciplinarian, but you are also going to be your dog’s source of stability and comfort. This may sound like we are giving our dogs too much credit for feeling emotions in the way that we do, but research has evidenced time and again how strong of a bond dogs develop with their owners.

So, even when your dog has just chewed your favorite pair of shoes because they are still learning the ropes and even when they have “deliberately” ignored your commands, if your dog seeks your comfort, it’s your responsibility to provide it, for a lifetime.

Consider Your Life Situation

Consider Your Life Situation

In light of the hefty commitments required of you as a future dog owner, it’s also important to consider your current life situation before adopting and bringing home a dog.

To meet the basic (and not so basic) requirements of providing for an animal, you must be in a position in your life to do so. This means that even if your entire existence revolves around bringing home a puppy, if the timing isn’t right, you have to be able to recognize that and wait until it is.

How do you know if your life situation is right? The answer isn’t the same for everyone, but if anything about the way you live now or plan to live in the near future will get in the way of providing the commitments we already covered, then the situation isn’t right.

There are many things that can cause a situation to be the “wrong time”, but some of the most common include these four below.

Being a college studentBeing a college student

If you are focused on a difficult course of study or if you like to go out to party with your friends, you may not be able to properly provide for a dog. Those long classes mean that you will have limited time to devote to your dog’s care and studying means limitations on recreational time together after classes. Then we have the social life of a college student to consider – it’s just not the ideal situation for you or a dog.

Beginning a new career

Starting a new career is demanding on your time and your patience. It is no life for a dog in a new home to have to sit and wait for you to get home after overtime at the office while you learn the ropes, and it’s not fair to only provide your dog with half of the attention they deserve because you’re simply exhausted. Give things time to settle down before bringing home a dog so that you can both enjoy your time together.

Going through a major life change

Sometimes having a dog around during a major life change can really help – this is true for people going through the loss of a loved one and grief in particular. That said, sometimes, a new life change like a divorce can leave things so up in the air that it’s just not the right time to bring home a dog. It’s understandable to want to feel companionship and to feel the draw of having someone there when you get home from work, but give things time to settle first so that you can bring your dog home to a life of stability.

A new baby

For a reason that is unfathomable to many, a lot of new parents make the decision to bring home a puppy at the same time as bringing home their new baby. The theory is to have the child and the dog grow up together but having a baby and a puppy to care for at the same time is draining in every way you can imagine. If are already feeling stressed and overwhelmed, rather than trying to give more of yourself than you have to give, realize that this may not be the right time to bring home a dog.

It’s Okay to Wait…It’s Okay to Wait

If you look over this article and you don’t think you are ready for a dog right now, it’s important that you know that it’s okay to wait.

You may feel pressured by friends who work in rescues, by other dog lovers, or by your own desire for a furry companion, but know that it is more important that you are able to provide fully for your “new” dog than it is for you to bring home that dog today. When you are ready and able to commit to a dog fully, there will still (sadly) be many dogs in need of a forever home like yours.

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Trouble With Your Dog Being Washed ?

We never like to out one of our dogs or owners under any stress , and we always look for better ways of doing things so that we can provide the very best care. 

One of our colleagues provides great tips on training your new puppy or even your older dog so they can be washed without getting stressed , hurting themselves, and being happy to see the Dog Groomer next time?

Then check out this blogs tips here – Our Dream Dog  They Work !

How Often Should You Wash Your Dog

Need a way to keep your dog clean then please keep reading below as they have some great tips and tricks to keeping your dog clean and looking smart . 

Of course if you need a professional dog groomer in Sydney then you can reach out and contact us as well and we will put you in touch with a mobile dog wash or grooming service

Giving your dog a bath seems like a simple task, but if you bathe him too often it may actually do damage to his skin and coat. Learning how often should you wash your dog is different for every pet owner. The frequency of his baths will depend on your dog’s coat type and skin condition.

First thing is first, you have to know how to give your dog a proper bath. Yes, there is a right way and a wrong way to bathe a dog. Most people think that a bath is just about getting the dog wet, rubbing shampoo into his coat and then rinsing him off, but there is a lot more to it than that!

You need to choose the right grooming products, decide where the best place to bathe Fido would be and have a plan for drying him off. We’ve created a step-by-step guide to bathing your dog if you need some help with this task.

How Often Should You Wash Your Dog

how often should you wash your dogChoose the right products

Typically, most owners bathe their dog too often. Did you know that a dog’s skin naturally creates healthy oils to moisturize and condition the skin and coat? Unfortunately, poor quality shampoos and grooming products strip these necessary oils.

This is why it is so important that you choose safe, healthy grooming products that are made with quality ingredients. DO NOT use human shampoo on your dog. A dog’s skin has a different pH level than human skin, and human shampoo will dry out the skin and make the coat brittle.

Not only do you need to find a shampoo that is made specifically for dogs, but it has to be safe too. Many of the cheap shampoos you’ll find on the shelves of big box stores are made with harsh chemicals, toxins and artificial ingredients.

dog shampooOver time, these harmful ingredients can leech into your dog’s blood stream through his skin and cause serious health problems.

Look for a shampoo that is made with natural ingredients that will be gentle on your dog’s skin and coat. Do some quick research before heading to the pet store. Look up the ingredients of the shampoo you plan to purchase and find out if the company is reputable.

Find a shampoo that is made with your dog’s needs in mind. If he has dry skin, search for a formula that will help with that condition. If his coat is prone to mats and tangles, look for a dog shampoo that will help with that.

How often should you wash your dog?

As I mentioned, most owners bathe their dog much too often. Your dog’s skin health is dependent upon a delicate balance of the oil produced by his skin. Bathing too frequently can deplete these oils and cause him to feel itchy and uncomfortable.

how often should you wash your dogMost dogs should be bathed every 3 months or so. This is only about 4 baths per year! Of course, this does not include any incidents where your pet is exposed to odorous substances or extreme dirt. For example, if your dog gets sprayed by a skunk or rolls in feces, he’ll obviously need a bath as soon as possible.

When discussing how often should you wash your dog, you need to keep in mind that bathing and rinsing are two different things. You can rinse mud off your pooch without giving him a full bath with shampoo.

How can you tell if you are bathing your dog too often? You will notice that his skin becomes dry and itchy. You may also notice that his fur becomes dry and brittle. Likewise, if you notice that his coat is more oily than normal, it may be due to overproduction of oil as the skin tries to compensate for excessive dryness.

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Trouble With Your Dog Being Washed ?

We never like to out one of our dogs or owners under any stress , and we always look for better ways of doing things so that we can provide the very best care. 

One of our colleagues provides great tips on training your new puppy or even your older dog so they can be washed without getting stressed , hurting themselves, and being happy to see the Dog Groomer next time?

Then check out this blogs tips here – Our Dream Dog  They Work !

Recipe: Homemade Dog Food for Boxers

Need a way to keep your dog clean then please keep reading below as they have some great tips and tricks to keeping your dog clean and looking smart . 

Of course if you need a professional dog groomer in Sydney then you can reach out and contact us as well and we will put you in touch with a mobile dog wash or grooming service

Boxers are a fun-loving and energetic dog breed that make great family pets. This breed’s muscular build and high energy level make them a challenge to feed. For this reason, it’s important to talk to your veterinarian or a trained canine nutritionist about homemade dog food for Boxers.

The Boxer is a large breed, with females averaging 55-65 pounds and males weighing in at an average of 60-70 pounds. They have a lean, muscular body and are a brachycephalic breed. This means that they have a shortened facial structure, giving these dogs a “smushed” face.

These dogs can suffer from Brachycephalic Syndrome, which can cause a myriad of anatomical issues. Problems linked to this syndrome include dental problems, an elongated soft palate and narrowed nostrils (stenotic nares).

Sadly, due to over-breeding and inbreeding, there are a lot of common health conditions found in Boxers. Some of these conditions can be seen in puppies, while others are adult onset. This is one of the reasons that it’s so important to stay on top of your dog’s nutrition throughout every stage of his life.

Homemade Dog Food for Boxers Recipe

Homemade Dog Food for BoxersIngredients

  • 1 pound beef tips
  • 1/4 cup skinless tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup spinach
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil

Directions

This is a very easy recipe to prepare. All you have to do is cook the beef in a frying pan until it is cooked completely through. I used canned spinach, but if you prefer to use fresh you’ll need to steam it before adding it to the recipe. I also melt the coconut oil in the microwave to make it easier to mix in.

boxer dog foodNow that you’ve prepared the beef and spinach, all you have to do is mix all of the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Stir until the homemade dog food for Boxers is thoroughly combined.

Remember, it’s important to discuss any diet changes with your veterinarian or a canine nutritionist – especially if you’re switching from commercial kibble to a homemade diet.

The expert you work with will evaluate your dog to assist you in choosing the right serving size for your pup. It is also likely that they will recommend adding supplements or a multi-vitamin to the recipe to meet your dog’s unique nutritional needs.

Homemade Dog Food for BoxersAs a guideline, I recommend feeding about 1/2 cup for every 20-25 pounds of body weight per serving. This recommendation is for 2 servings per day. If you’d like to feed 3 or 4 meals per day, just adjust the serving size accordingly.

You can store leftovers in the refrigerator for about 5 days. If you’d like to make this recipe in bulk, you can store leftovers in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months. Let it thaw completely before serving to your Boxer.

READ NEXT: Best Dog Food for Boxers – 7 Vet Recommended Brands

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Trouble With Your Dog Being Washed ?

We never like to out one of our dogs or owners under any stress , and we always look for better ways of doing things so that we can provide the very best care. 

One of our colleagues provides great tips on training your new puppy or even your older dog so they can be washed without getting stressed , hurting themselves, and being happy to see the Dog Groomer next time?

Then check out this blogs tips here – Our Dream Dog  They Work !

Top 5 Best Dog Summer Clothes

Need a way to keep your dog clean then please keep reading below as they have some great tips and tricks to keeping your dog clean and looking smart . 

Of course if you need a professional dog groomer in Sydney then you can reach out and contact us as well and we will put you in touch with a mobile dog wash or grooming service

With summer nearly here, dog owners are slowly preparing and looking for ways to protect their canine friends from extremely high temperatures, sun’s UV rays and hot pavement. Utilizing some of the best dog summer clothes is the quickest and easiest way to protect your pooch when out for walks, training, playtime or a trip to the beach.

While it may seem counter-intuitive to dress your pooch up when the weather is hot (and often that is true), there are certain cases when protective clothing is exactly what the dog needs. Let’s take a look at why some dogs need clothes in the summer and how to find the best piece of clothing for your pooch for those hot days.

Below, we’ve also reviewed, rated and ranked some of the best dog summer clothes that are currently available on the market and are worth their price tag, including these five:

Do Dogs Need Clothes in Summer?

In most general cases, dogs never need clothes, except for very specific situations such as extreme weather. You might think that it’s normal for dogs to wear clothes in winter to protect them from the cold but does it make sense for dogs to wear clothes in the hot weather? Even if you put the obvious fashion reasons aside, there are a few strong arguments for dogs to wear summer clothes. Here are some of them.

1. Staying cool

Summer clothes for dogs can keep your pooch cool in hot weather. Many dog owners choose to shave their dogs in the summer to “keep them cool,” but they shouldn’t – that only achieves the opposite, leaving dogs without the benefits of insulation that comes from fur and without protection against UV rays.

Protection from the sunThere are special cooling vests designed to keep dogs from overheating even in the harshest summer weather, and that’s what you should use when you know that the pet needs extra protection against hot weather.

Dog breeds that don’t do well in hot weather (such as Huskies or Alaskan Malamutes) as well as dogs with short hair, young puppies and senior dogs, may benefit from lightweight summer clothes for that added level of protection. That’s why you often see police or sporting dogs with lightweight summer coats on.

2. Protection from the sun

Talking a walk in the summertime with your pooch can be dangerous for him if you don’t protect him from UV rays. After all, dogs can get sunburned just like humans do. It is especially important to keep this in mind if you have a dog who likes to lie down in the sun or if you have a dog with thin fur and/or light color.

Protection from the sunYou can protect your puppy from sun rays with a dog-friendly sunscreen but you can also use dog summer clothing. In fact, there are special protective shirts and coats for dogs you can buy that are specifically design as anti-UV ray clothing. But even a light summer t-shirt can be better than no clothing and enough if you don’t go out at the hottest time of day.

3. Keeping your dog clean

Having a shirt or a summer coat on can help your dog stay clean, especially when going out to places like lakes. Dirt, sand, grass and other unwanted things can easily find their way into your home through your pet. If you don’t want to bathe your pooch each time you come back from a walk, put some light summer clothes on him.

4. Health reasons

Clothing can prevent environmental allergies because they can serve as a barrier between your pooch and the allergen. It will also prevent your dog from licking or scratching himself, which can be a way to spread the allergic reaction across his body or make his rash or wounds worse.

How to Choose Good Summer Clothes for Dogs?

Once you decide that your dog needs some type of summer clothes, you need to know how to choose the right piece of clothing for him. Here are a few factors to consider.

Size and fit

When you buy clothes for your canine, you need to know your pup’s exact measurements if you want to ensure the perfect fit. Most manufacturers clearly display the measurements of their clothing products and some may even provide suggestions about the breeds that should fit for certain sizes.

How to measure your dog for proper summer clothing

However, you shouldn’t rely on general or average measurements for dog breeds. Learn how to properly measure your dog’s size for clothing instead and ensure a proper fit.

Material

When choosing clothing, it’s important that clothes are considered “summer clothes” and made from a material that wouldn’t achieve the opposite effect of making your pup hot. Dog summer clothes must be made from materials that will make your pooch comfortable and allow him to move freely while providing protection against heat.

Any material that limits the dog’s mobility is not a good choice. The fabric you choose should also be durable but lightweight. Look for stretchy materials like cotton and spandex.

Design and type

When it comes to summer clothes for dogs, you can choose from different types. First of all, you can choose a regular, lightweight summer shirt or dress, a protective coat or vest that offers UV protection, or a cooling vest to keep your pooch cool at all times.

Design and type

Of course, all of them come in different styles and colors and you only have to go with your fashion sense here, as long as you make sure that the desired clothing piece fits your dog properly.

Additional features

When you shop for dog summer clothes, pay attention to how easy they are to put on and take off. Some dogs may not be cooperative when you try to put a piece of clothing on them and having adjustable clothing can make a world of difference.

Another thing to look for is the type of zippers or strips on the clothes. Wide Velcro strips are a good choice. Zippers need to be sturdy so they don’t come off and become a choking hazard. Pay attention to other things that can be swallowed or chewed, like buttons, bows and snaps.

Reflective clothes are a good choice if you plan to stay outdoors with your pooch in the evenings or nighttime. And since dog summer clothes come in many forms, we will take a look at the best dog summer clothes that include different designs and types.

Top 5 Best Dog Summer Clothes

RUFFWEAR Jet Stream High-Performance Cooling Vest for Dogs

We love Ruffwear dog supplies, and it’s not surprise that their cooling vest is one of the best summer dog clothes worth purchasing. The sleek and attractive design of this dog cooling vest is the first impressive thing about it. But the vest doesn’t trade comfort for style since it has a very comfortable inner layer. In addition to this layer, there are two more layers that provide the cooling effect. All you have to do is wet the vest and wring it out.


RUFFWEAR - Jet Stream Vest, Blue Lagoon, Medium

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This vest also provides UPF 50+ Sun protection thanks to the spandex back panel. Zippered closure provides for a great fit, in addition to many different available sizes. You can also choose from two colors, blue and orange.

Sizing chart complaints have not stayed away from this product either. Some users also reported zipper problems.

PROS: Available in Many Sizes and 2 Colors, Cooling Effect, UV Protection, Stylish, Reflective, Machine Washable
CONS: Expensive, Sizing Chart Unreliable, Reports of Faulty Zippers

 

Louie de Coton Sun Protection Silk Weight Dog T-Shirt

This extra-comfortable dog shirt is made from stretchy fabric as lightweight as silk. It has flat lock stitching to make the shirt fit your dog’s body perfectly and move along with him. The fabric has a quick-drying property, along with anti-odor and anti-microbial technology to keep this clothing piece last longer. It also comes with reflective shoulder tapes for visibility and a reinforced leash hole.

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This T-shirt comes with UPF50+ Sun protection, even if the shirt is wet. It is available in 5 sizes and 3 colors, blue being our favorite when it comes to appearance. While most of the reviewers praised this shirt, there were some dog owners who complained about its size, saying it is smaller or bigger than expected.

PROS: Available in 5 Sizes and 3 Colors, Lightweight, UV Protection, Anti-Odor, Anti-Microbial, Quick to Dry, Reflective
CONS: Expensive, Size Chart Unreliable

 

EzyDogRashguard

This is another protective shirt with UPF50+ protection rating. It is made from stretchy Lycra fabric that allows for quick drying to make this shirt ideal for water activities. It also comes in bright red to allow for high visibility. However, that is the only color this vest is available in.


Petroom Elegant Floral Puppy Dog Dress , Sundress...

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The shirt is available in five sizes, ranging from 12-inch long extra-small to 20.5-inches long extra-large. Measure your dog’s back to find the perfect feet but keep in mind that some dog owners said that the shirt is too small and that they needed a larger size despite following the size chart. This shirt is also odor-resistant.

PROS: Available in 5 Sizes, Lightweight, UV Protection, Odor-Resistant, Quick to Dry, Reflective
CONS: Expensive, Available in just One Color, Size Chart Unreliable

 

Petroom Puppy Dog Dress

We are starting our list with one of the cutest dog dresses for summer you can find on the market. It is made of high-quality cotton and has a wonderful floral design. The dress also includes a stylish bow but the bow is only glued to the dress and probably won’t stay on for a long time. You may need to fix it with a needle thread to prevent falling off.


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You can get this dress in five different sizes, covering chest girth sizes in the range from 9 inches to 16 inches. Unfortunately, many users reported that the size chart is not very accurate and that the dress was either too big or too small for their dog. You can also get this dress in blue or pink color.

The dress comes with Velcro straps around the collar area and belly. However, some dog owners noted that the straps could be a bit longer to allow them to adjust the dress better.

PROS: Available in 5 Sizes and 2 Colors, Lightweight, Affordable, Stylish
CONS: No UV Protection, Bow Falls off Easily, Size Chart Unreliable, Velcro Straps too Short

 

SILD Pet Clothes Dog UV Protection Safety Jacket

This is a safety jacket that provides protection from the Sun because it is UV-resistant. However, only the back area provides protection because the belly area is all mesh to make the vest comfortable and breathable.

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You can choose from 6 different sizes and 5 different colors to find the best fit for your dog, both in the size and style departments. Whatever color you choose, the design makes this jacket reflective and your pooch visible at all times.

The Velcro design makes this jacket easy to put on and off. However, like other items on our list, the sizing chart is a source of complaints from the users. Some dog owners found it too heavy as well.

PROS: Available in 6 Sizes and 5 Colors, Affordable, UV-Resistant, Stylish, Reflective
CONS: Sizing Chart Unreliable, Report of Being Too Heavy

In Conclusion

Some dogs, particularly breeds that don’t do well in hot weather, young puppies and senior pets, may need summer clothes to protect them from the sun and its UV rays, high temperatures and to help them stay cool longer in that hot weather. Short-haired breeds and light-skinned dogs are also especially vulnerable to sunburn.

When you shop for the best dog summer clothes, pay attention to the size and material. Clothes with UV protection or cooling features are the best choices for summer. Cooling vests are almost always a good idea when going out for longer walks in the middle of summer.

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Trouble With Your Dog Being Washed ?

We never like to out one of our dogs or owners under any stress , and we always look for better ways of doing things so that we can provide the very best care. 

One of our colleagues provides great tips on training your new puppy or even your older dog so they can be washed without getting stressed , hurting themselves, and being happy to see the Dog Groomer next time?

Then check out this blogs tips here – Our Dream Dog  They Work !

10 Most Common Dog Digestive Problems and How to Treat Them

Need a way to keep your dog clean then please keep reading below as they have some great tips and tricks to keeping your dog clean and looking smart . 

Of course if you need a professional dog groomer in Sydney then you can reach out and contact us as well and we will put you in touch with a mobile dog wash or grooming service

Just like with us, dog digestive problems are one of the most common ailments that pet owners will have to deal with. A “digestive disorder” or disease is anything that occurs in a dog’s stomach and intestines, and even though they are usually not serious, some of the digestive problems in dogs can be life-threatening.

Fortunately, most digestive problems can be prevented. Typically, most of them are also fairly easy to treat at home if you know what to look for and what exactly to do. So before we focus on some of these very common dog digestive problems, let’s take a look at things you can do to avoid them in the first place.

How to Prevent Dog Digestive Problems?

Prevention of digestive problems in dogs is easy and simple, and mostly consists of a healthy diet, good hydration and regular exercise. Other than being a caring, attentive and informed pet owner who knows a dog’s digestive system, there are a few other things you can do to minimize the risk of your pooch developing digestive problems, such as:

  • Vaccinating your dog
  • Give your pooch preventive medicine if you live in a parasite-infested area
  • Keep your dog’s living area clean
  • Don’t let them eat feces, garbage and spoiled food (use pet proof trash cans)
  • Don’t let your dog drink standing water, or water after heavy rainfall
  • Don’t make sudden changes to your dog’s diet
  • Ensure the dog gets enough exercise and playtime
  • Try to keep your pet away from stress (noises, routine changes, etc.)
  • Make sure that your dog maintains a healthy weight

These are some of the most basic and self-explanatory precautions you can take, and in majority of cases, this will be enough to avoid digestive issues in dogs. However, accidents do happen, so below is a brief on the ten most common dog digestive problems you may have to deal with and what you should do in those instances.

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10 Most Common Dog Digestive Problems

How to treat diarrhea in dogs

1. Diarrhea

While diarrhea is often a symptom of a number of specific digestive problems, it can also stand on its own. It is usually caused by the ingestion of bad/spoiled food, dirty water and foreign objects. Even a simple diet change that hasn’t been done properly can lead to diarrhea in dogs.

Diarrhea can also be a side-effect of some medication not agreeing with your pet’s stomach, or a symptom of stress. Allergic reactions (both food and environmental) are sometimes followed by diarrhea as well.

How to treat diarrhea in dogs:

Diarrhea treatment is all about the diet. When your pup gets it, let him fast at first before feeding. Then feed your pooch a bland diet so you don’t irritate his digestive system further. Boiled chicken or turkey with some rice is the safest way to go.

Hydration is a very important part of diarrhea treatment to avoid dehydration, so after a brief fasting period, encourage your dog to drink plenty of water. You can also give him some bone broth.

Dog’s diarrhea shouldn’t last more than a couple of days. If it does, that means there’s a more serious underlying health issue; take him to the vet to determine the cause and get the appropriate therapy.

X-ray showing constipation in abdominal cavity of a dog
X-ray showing constipation in abdominal cavity of a dog.

2. Constipation

Constipation is a complete inability for the dog to defecate, or passing hard and dry stools. Constipation in dogs is usually caused by the lack of fiber in a dog’s diet, as well as lack of exercise. Some other causes include dehydration, side effects of certain medications, enlarged prostate glands and ingestion of foreign objects and inedible things.

How to treat constipation in dogs:

Short-term solutions include laxatives and stool softeners available over the counter. Certain medications to improve contractions of the dog’s large intestine may need to be given, but only if prescribed by your vet. An enema may also be recommended in some situations.

Increasing fiber intake in your dog’s diet with high fiber foods and providing more exercise are the best and proven long-term solutions to treat your pet’s constipation issue.

How to treat vomiting in dogs

3. Vomiting

Vomiting is another one of most common dog digestive problems that’s usually caused by simply overeating or eating something that your pooch can’t digest. Sudden diet changes can also be the reason behind it, as well as a bad reaction to certain medications.

However, vomiting can also be a symptom of another digestive issue and a trip to the vet is necessary if your pet’s vomiting lasts for more than two days or if it is accompanied by other noticeable health problems and symptoms.

How to treat vomiting in dogs:

To get your dog to stop vomiting, after a brief period of fasting, feed him a bland diet that includes foods that won’t irritate his digestive system. For example, boiled rice, potatoes and skinless chicken breast or turkey. Make sure that your pooch drinks plenty of water because vomiting can quickly make him dehydrated. When vomiting lasts longer than 1-2 days, your vet must be contacted and they may prescribe antibiotics if needed.

Tapeworm infestation in a dog intestine

4. Infections

Viral, bacterial and parasitic infections can all lead to different dog digestive problems. Some of the most common are:

Viral Infections – While viruses like canine distemper and canine parvovirus are preventable with vaccination, they still affect many unvaccinated dogs. Viruses are transmitted by feces or by direct contact with an infected dog or other animals, and they often cause digestive issues among other symptoms.

Bacterial Infections – The most common bacterial infections that affect a dog’s digestive system include Salmonella, E.coli and Helicobacter. These infections are usually caused by contaminated feces, water, dairy and meat. Dogs with weaker immune systems, like senior dogs and puppies, are more likely to get a bacterial infection and have more serious, complicated symptoms.

Parasitic Infections – Intestinal parasites like tapeworms, hookworms, roundworms and Giardia often attack a dog’s GI tract. They are found in stagnant water sources, feces and contaminated food sources like meat and dairy.

Symptoms of these and other infections can vary depending on the specific cause, but they often include diarrhea, vomiting, mucus in stool and weight loss, and even a combination of all of these.

How to treat infections in dogs:

Treatment will depend on the specific cause of the infection, which can only be determined by your veterinarian. For example, viral infections, especially canine parvovirus, may require hospitalization as they are life-threatening. Therapy includes administration of anti-nausea medication and IV fluids, with antibiotics added to prevent secondary infections.

Similarly, parasitic infections are treated with antibiotics and other medications, depending on the type of parasites. Treatment for bacterial infections also includes antibiotics and diet changes. Note that when dealing with any of these infections, a trip to the vet is necessary to get the appropriate treatment for the specific type of bacteria. Do not attempt to diagnose and treat these at home.

How to treat colitis in dogs

5. Colitis

Colitis, or inflammation of the animal’s large intestine or colon, is one of the more common dog digestive problems. It is often caused by bacteria or parasites (as noted above), trauma and/or stress. In some cases, it is caused by eating contaminated food or bad/spoiled food and garbage.

The primary symptom of colitis in dogs is diarrhea, sometimes with blood in it. Other symptoms include mucus in stool, vomiting and straining with bowel movement.

How to treat colitis in dogs:

Managing the underlying cause is a common way to treat colitis. For example, colitis caused by bacteria is treated with antibiotics and a highly-digestible diet, and only after consulting with a veterinarian.

If the cause is unknown, your vet may prescribe fasting for a couple of days, followed by a low-residue diet and an increase in fiber intake. Gluten sensitivity is uncommon in dogs but gluten or some other specific food item/ingredient could be the cause of colitis, in which case your vet will recommend to do an elimination diet after treatment.

How to treat IBD in dogs

6. Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a medical term for a group of dog digestive problems characterized by similar symptoms, especially inflammation that occurs without a known cause. Other symptoms of IBD in dogs include vomiting, weight loss and diarrhea.

IBD is not the same as Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and the two are related but different GI related health issues. IBD is especially hard to diagnose because the symptoms mimic many other digestive problems, including IBS. That means that your vet must first rule out other potential conditions before ordering a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis of IBD.

How to treat IBD in dogs:

IBD cannot be cured or treated out of your pet’s system, but after consulting with your vet and developing a therapy plan, you can help your pooch manage this problem with medications and diet changes and make their life more comfortable.

How to treat gastrointestinal ulcers in dogs

7. Gastrointestinal Ulcers

Gastrointestinal ulcers in dogs are categorized as sores or lesions that show up on their stomach lining. Common symptoms include decreased appetite, general weakness and pain in the stomach. Some dogs may also suffer from diarrhea or vomiting.

The most prominent causes of a dog’s stomach ulcers include allergies, stress, ingesting foreign objects and bacterial or viral infections.

How to treat gastrointestinal ulcers in dogs:

The severity of the GI ulcers affects the recommended therapy. Ulcers that perforate the animal’s stomach wall have to be treated with surgery. Sometimes IV fluids are needed if the dog becomes dehydrated due to diarrhea and/or vomiting.

In mild cases, dietary changes that include bland food or foods specifically for GI problems can be enough. Some cases may require administration of certain antacid medications. Natural home remedies like licorice root, aloe vera and alfalfa can also help according to anecdotal evidence.

How to treat malabsorption in dogs

8. Malabsorption

Malabsorption is a term that describes poor absorption of certain nutrients. In most cases, malabsorption in dogs is caused by the lack of some pancreatic enzymes. Another common cause is the small intestinal disease.

Changes in appetite, weight loss and diarrhea are some of the most common signs of malabsorption. Some dogs also suffer from fluid retention, dehydration or anemia.

How to treat malabsorption in dogs:

Dietary changes recommended by your vet are the usual way to deal with malabsorption, especially if the cause can be identified. For instance, if a mild case of malabsorption is caused by the lack of certain enzymes in the animal’s pancreas, adding enzyme supplements to your dog’s diet can help.

How to treat gastroenteritis in dogs

9. Gastroenteritis

This condition is an inflammation of the GI tract, especially the stomach and intestines. Gastroenteritis in dogs is typically caused by an infection, whether it is viral, parasitic or bacterial. However, it can also occur as a side-effect of some medications or as an adverse reaction to a diet change or ingestion of spoiled/bad foods.

Gastroenteritis is characterized by intermittent episodes of vomiting and diarrhea, which leads to dehydration. Most dogs will also have a decreased appetite and appear lethargic.

How to treat gastroenteritis in dogs:

Rehydration and restoring the balance of blood electrolytes is the primary goal of dog’s gastroenteritis therapy. This is achieved either by oral fluid replacement or with IV treatment, depending on the severity of dehydration and as recommended by your vet.

Some cases will also require medication with antibiotics and anti-diarrhea or anti-vomiting drugs. Your vet may also prescribe gastrointestinal protectants to prevent stomach ulcers and further digestive complications from occurring.

How to treat bloat in dogs

10. Canine Bloat

Bloat in dogs is a very serious condition, which can even be fatal without immediate medical attention. Canine bloat, or gastric dilation and volvulus (GDV), is a condition in which the dog’s stomach fills with gas and twists.

Unfortunately, this condition is not well understood yet and the exact causes are unknown but some speculations do exist. Big dogs with deep chests are more likely to suffer from it. Elevated food bowls may cause bloating as well (ironically, they were developed to prevent bloat). Some of the symptoms include drooling, retching without vomiting and a swollen belly that’s hard on touch.

How to treat bloat in dogs:

This condition cannot be treated at home. If you notice any of the symptoms, get your dog to the vet immediately. Bloat can be fatal in a matter of hours if left untreated.

Therapy for GDV in dogs includes releasing gas from the stomach and administration of intravenous fluids. Surgery usually follows as soon as the dog is stable in order to remove any damaged tissue and prevent additional attacks.

In Summary

Digestion problems in dogs are very common, and in most cases are quick and easy to treat. Most pet parents will have to deal with one or several dog digestion problems over the course of their animal’s lifespan.

Some of the above discussed conditions do not require a visit to the vet, but others can be more serious and even life-threatening. Also, if symptoms of your pet’s digestive issues last for more than a couple of days, take your dog to the vet no matter what to determine the exact cause and get appropriate treatment.

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The hot summer months can be brutal for dogs. Dogs have thick fur coats, and they can’t sweat like we do. While dog pools may be the best options, they can also be very expensive for pet owners. Cooling down your pooch in the water is the best way to avoid heatstrokes, so here are the best cheap dog paddling pool choices that won’t break your budget.

Having one of these small wadding pools out for your dog is a great option. They aren’t deep, so they’re safe for any breed, and they allow your Fido the freedom to come and go as he pleases. Some dogs may really enjoy lounging in their pool for long periods of time. Other dogs may just like to come and go when they feel like it.

Some of these best cheap dog paddling pools we’ve picked and reviewed below will keep your dog happy and healthy. Having access to a pool of water will keep your pet from overheating, which prevents heart stroke. He’ll also be able to drink the water, which will prevent dehydration. Both of these conditions cause numerous canine deaths in the summer months. Here are the five top rated dog paddling pool choices out there:

What Exactly Are Paddling Pools for Dogs?

Paddling pools are small and shallow pools that aren’t made for swimming but for enjoying the water by sitting or paddling in it. They are suitable for children and pets and your dog will have the freedom to use it as he sees fit since you won’t have to worry about his safety.

What are the benefits of giving your pooch a paddling pool?

There are many things that make collapsible pools a great choice for your pooch. First of all, they are fun. Your dog will surely enjoy himself, whether he likes to make a splash in the water or just chill out while he gets some respite from the Sun. If you have kids, they can also use a paddling pool and have some wholesome, family fun.

Providing your dog with a chance to cool off in hot weather is another obvious benefit of paddling pools. When it’s too hot, dogs that like to spend time outside can easily overheat. If you have a small pool for him in your backyard, you can rest assured that he is not going to overheat.

Paddling pools can give your dog a chance to get some exercise as well. Some paddling pools are big enough for dogs to swim, which is a great exercise. Other dogs like to jump in and out of the pool while fetching a ball.

Even dogs with ailments like arthritis can benefit from it since swimming is a perfect exercise for them. It doesn’t put any additional weight on your pooch, which means that he will avoid stiffness or soreness that often come after running or another exercise that puts pressure on the joints.

How to Choose the Best Dog Paddling Pool

If you decide to get a paddling pool for your pooch, pay attention to these few things before you make any purchase:

1. Type of pool

The type of paddling pool is often determined by the material from which it was made. With that in mind, we can put them into three categories:

Inflatable Dog Pools – It is clear from the name that these paddling pools can be inflated and deflated. They are a good choice only if you are looking for a quick and short-term solution since they can tear easily. However, they are the lightest and the most portable option on the market.

Foldable Dog Pools – These dog pools are a bit more durable than inflatable dog pools. They are also a good choice for dog owners looking for a portable option. They usually come with semi-rigid panels, which are not that vulnerable to a dog’s claws.

Rigid Dog Pools – This is the most durable option. These pools are made of sturdy materials like plastic or metal. However, rigid dog pools are often heavy and always difficult to store or transport.

2. Size and capacity

Size and capacity of the collapsible pool play a big role. And the decision is all up to you. If you have a small breed, you have the option of going with a smaller pool but you can also go with a larger pool to provide your pooch with some room to paddle or swim around. Larger breeds often don’t have the luxury of swimming in paddling pools and you would have to go with a big swimming pool if you want to give that option to your pooch.

It is best to measure your dog before you start looking at the paddling pools. Measure his size from his nose to the base of his tail to get the most accurate measurement.

When it comes to capacity, small and medium-sized dogs will stay risk-free in a 20-gallon pool. For large dogs, the capacity should be over 30 gallons.

3. Drainage

Drainage is another thing to consider. Most of the paddling pools for dogs come with a drain but there are some pools that have to be drained manually. However, if you’re thinking about putting the pool in your garage, a pool with a drain could potentially flood it. Also, dogs often love to chew on drain caps, so choose the option that suits you the best.

4. Price

While price should not be the most important factor when purchasing a dog pool, it can still affect your decision, especially if you are buying on a budget. Most of the paddling dog pools fall in the range between $30 and $50 but there are plenty of more expensive options out there and a few cheaper as well. With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at a number of best dog paddling pool choices that are worth it and are affordable.

The Best Cheap Dog Paddling Pool Choices

FrontPet Foldable Pet Bathing Tub

For people who are on the go, this affordable quick-to-set-up and easy-to-drain foldable dog pool from FrontPet will surely make hot summers more fun for their dogs. It can also be used as a dog bath tub, or an outdoor water pond, fish pond or even a baby bath tub.

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It drains fast and folds neatly for easy storage. This pool is easy to transport anywhere the dog and master may want to go. It comes in small and large sizes; the latter having a 50-inch diameter with a depth of 11.8 inches, and is made of heavy-duty PVC material.

Customers admire the tough and textured PVC interior that needs no inflating at all. A user recommends that it is best to protect the bottom from rough surface by placing a thick tarp underneath. The FrontPet Foldable Dog Pet Pool Bathing Tub then holds up its shape as water fills it. Consumers commented that their dogs have a blast playing, cooling in the water or just sitting and observing others. Overall, buyers approved the quality of this product and the joy it has given their pets.

Top Best Cheap Dog Paddling Pool for Dogs ReviewHowever, there will always be dogs that seem like they were born to destroy things, which a few buyers mentioned in their reviews. The plastic material was a piece of meat to their canines and they said that the pool is not as durable as the makers described it to be. Even then, they acknowledged that their experience could well be isolated as there were a lot who were really satisfied with their purchase.

PROS:

  • Foldable, making it easy to travel with
  • Easy to assemble
  • Easy to drain
  • Available in small and large sizes
CONS:

  • Some consumers noted that this best cheap dog paddling pool did not hold up to aggressive chewers

 

Rubbermaid Commercial Structural Tank

Rubbermaid Commercial Products stock tanks feature a seamless design with stepped sidewalls and reinforced ribbing for extra toughness and stability. This pool is made from molded polyethylene for lasting durability and outstanding performance that can withstand extreme weather conditions and rough usage. It comes with a 50-gallon capacity and an anti-siphon float valve to feed a continuous water level.

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This versatile stock tank is available in five sizes, which can be used in various ways such as a dog paddling pool or animal bath tub, baby bath tub, fish pond and many other watering or planting needs. It measures 51 inches long, 11 inches wide, 12 inches deep and weighs 23 pounds. Its slick black color amply complements its smooth looks.

Pet owners who bought this as a dog paddling pool found it to be really durable. It will stand up to a dog’s abuse because of its molded construction. Compared to other pools, this one proved to be impressively strong. An added feature is the Rubbermaid Commercial Structural Foam Stock Tank’s multipurpose quality. Many buyers ordered more than one of this tubs for their other backyard needs. These customers say that the tank is so stable and sturdy that they don’t worry about it tipping over or getting damaged by their dogs’ playfulness.

Top Best Cheap Dog Paddling Pool for Dogs ReviewOne buyer noticed that the largest size wasn’t as large as she expected, but never regretted her purchase, nonetheless. They all agree that this is the best cheap dog paddling pool they’ve ever bought for their pets, and it looks like it will take a while for them to have the need to replace it. As for their pooches, nothing could stop them from jumping in and out of the pool and having fun in the summer sun.

PROS:

  • Designed with stepped sidewalls and reinforced ribbing for extra toughness and stability
  • Made from molded polyethylene
  • Equipped with an anti-siphon float valve to feed a continuous water level
CONS:

  • One buyer noted that this best cheap dog paddling pool was not as large as she expected

 

PetEdge Splash-About Pool

This pool comes in three sizes – small, medium, and large – and pet owners appreciate these choices. For a dog to completely enjoy his pool activities, the pool must be of the right size. This PetEdge product is light and portable, quite easy to transport and move around, and just as simple to put away in storage. It is constructed of strong PVC for long-lasting durability and superior performance.

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Measuring 63 inches in diameter with a height of 11.8 inches, the large pool can be set up in patios, backyard, or on decks. Buyers liked the sturdy construction of the product, especially for those who own large breed dogs. The pool has been a great help in keeping their nosy dogs busy and away from the pond and garden plants. Dog owners who purchased this product particularly noted the ease of filling up the pool, and the same ease in emptying it with the integrated drain system.

What seemed to have caused some dissatisfaction to a couple of customers were the leaks along the seams between the sidewalls and the bottom part of the PetEdge Guardian Gear Splash-About Dog Pool. They needed to have it fixed, although it could have also been returned and replaced. Even with that slight set back, their dogs got to enjoy the pool afterwards.

Top Best Cheap Dog Paddling Pool for Dogs ReviewSuch factory defects do occur with any product, and must be taken up with the seller and manufacturer. What customers liked best about this product, were its lightness and portability, and the three sizes to choose from to suit the specific needs of their dog. In general, this pool provides an opportunity to keep cool and have fun during sizzling summers.

PROS:

  • Available in 3 sizes
  • Lightweight and easily portable
  • Constructed of strong PVC
  • Integrated drain system makes it easy to empty
CONS:

  • Multiple customers complained of leaks along the seams between the sidewalls and bottom of the pool

 

Lalawow So Cool Foldable Pet Tub

This is one of the cheapest pools for pets available on the market nowadays. It is designed to provide smaller dogs great comfort and fun outdoors. The blue interior color of this pool from Lalawow contrasts beautifully with the red exterior color. It’s relatively shallow at 8 inches deep with a diameter of 32 inches, just perfect for the fun-loving pups eager to chill outdoors in summer.


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When the pooches are inside this best cheap dog paddling pool, it’s also relatively easier to give them a good scrubbing. It’s constructed of quality PVC material that’s easy to fold and store and ideal for travelling with a pet during trips or summer vacations. Buyers admire the product’s versatility. While it’s designed mainly for dogs, it has also been used by customers for other purposes, such as a pool for kids or as an outdoor water pond or fish pond.

Pet owners who purchased this pool also find the drain plug very efficient. Cleaning or changing the water has never been quicker. Quite a few buyers commented that the actual size of the Lalawow So Cool Foldable Pet Swimming Pool Bathing Tub is much smaller than they expected, so they strongly suggest that buyers be aware of the measurements before placing their orders. A rubber mat or durable tarp placed underneath the pool will protect it from rough and hard surfaces.

Top Best Cheap Dog Paddling Pool for Dogs ReviewOther than that, customers thought the item to be modest yet highly versatile and functional. In general, the convenience and affordability offered by this product makes it one of the items most sought out by pet owners intending to buy the best cheap dog paddling pool.

PROS:

  • Designed for small and medium breeds
  • Constructed of quality PVC material
  • Easy to fold, making it ideal for travel
  • Thanks to the convenient drain plug, it is easy to change the water
CONS:

  • Many consumers found the size to be much smaller than they expected

 

Alcott Mariner PVC Lining Inflatable Pool

Among these five best cheap dog paddling pool options, this choice from Alcott is the cheapest. It works just like an inflatable mattress, and it’s made of tough-quality PVC material. It’s an all-safe pool designed for pets only, which features soft rounded rims and sidewalls, low dips for trouble-free entry and exit and a drain plug for fast draining.

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  • Diameter 48″ or 4′
  • Height 16″

Measuring four feet in diameter and a tad over one foot deep, this pool is perfect for small dogs to splash and thrash around. Most customers who don’t live near a pond or lake were very happy to have this dainty pool for their dogs to chill out during sweltering summers or to bathe in during the rest of the year.

Their dogs loved the pool’s softness, and the relatively low height allows them to jump in and out easily without splashing and wasting loads of water. They also liked the ease of draining and deflating the Alcott Mariner PVC Lining Inflatable Pool. One purchaser unfortunately received his package with a couple of small holes in it, but this was nothing that a good patch couldn’t repair. After that sad and bad start, the pool has actually served several summers for the owners’ enthusiastic pups.

Top Best Cheap Dog Paddling Pool for Dogs ReviewCompared to previous pools he owned, he actually liked this one better because it was easy to set up, empty and deflate. While this pool is the most inexpensive on our list of the best cheap dog paddling pool available, it surely gets the job done efficiently without taking the fun away.

PROS:

  • Least expensive pool on the list
  • Made of tough-quality PVC material
  • Features soft rounded rims and sidewalls
  • Equipped with low dips in the sidewalls for trouble-free entry and exit
CONS:

  • One buyer received a package with a few small holes in the pool, but said after patching this best cheap dog paddling pool was the best he’s ever purcahsed

 

Delifur Foldable PVC Dog Pool

This dog pool is made of PVC and fiberboard, which is why it is one of the sturdiest options on our list. The corners of the pool are well sealed and the pool seems able to withstand a lot. However, this pool is also foldable and portable despite its sturdy nature.

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You can purchase this product in three different sizes; medium, large and extra-large. The extra-large size has a 63-inch diameter and 12-inch height. This gives you plenty of options to find the size that suits your pooch the most.

Perhaps the biggest surprise about this pool is the very affordable price. The pool also comes with an attached drain plug. However, this product doesn’t really have that many reviews, so we don’t know if users found anything troubling about it.

PROS: Available in 3 Sizes, Affordable Price, Foldable, Easy to Store, Comes with a Drain
CONS: Lacking Non-Slip Bottom, Not Many Reviews Available

 

Jasonwell Dog Bath Pool

If you are looking for a pool you can find in almost any size, look no more. Jasonwell Dog Pool comes in 5 different sizes, ranging from S (32″ x 8″) to XXL (63″x 12″). The pool is made from environment-friendly materials and you will have no problem setting it up since you only have to unfold it and fill it with water.


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The lack of frame makes this pool hard to clean, despite having the drain on the side. This product is extremely portable and easily stored because it can be folded in a matter of minutes. The pool also comes with a reinforced, non-slip bottom made of durable materials.

While most dog owners are pleased with this product, some of them experienced a problem with energetic dogs and dogs who like to lean. They reported that the side walls will lean outward when the pool gets filled and that any additional force applied from your pooch may make it collapse. Some users also reported tears on the side walls.

PROS: Available in 5 Sizes, Environment-Friendly Materials, Comes with a Drain, Portable, Easy to Store, Non-Slip Bottom
CONS: Side Walls Hard to Clean, May Collapse Outward, Not Very Durable

 

One Dog One Bone Paw Shaped Play Pool for Dogs

This is one of the highest-priced items on our list but it is also one of the most durable ones. In fact, this heavy-duty pool is made from the same material as a truck bed liner. It’s also chew-resistant, as well as UV-resistant.


One Dog One Bone PPP04 Paw Shaped Dog Pool Made...

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One Dog One Bone PPP04 Paw Shaped Dog Pool Made…

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Keep in mind that this product is meant for small to medium-sized dogs since it has dimensions of 6″ x 38″ x 39″ and capacity of 20 gallons. This pool is also the most stylish of them all and it will look wonderful in your backyard. You can even set it in the ground to make it seem like an in-ground pool.

Unfortunately, the bottom is a bit slippery, even though it is textured. This pool also comes without a drain, so you will have to flip it when you want to drain it. However, the most common complaint from users about this pool is the price.

PROS: Extremely Durable, Stylish, Chew Resistant, UV Resistant
CONS: Not Fit for Big Dogs, No Drain, Can Be Slippery, Expensive, Only One Size

 

Cool Pup Splash Pool

This foldable dog pool comes in three sizes that can fit from 20 to 120 gallons of water. The medium size is 47 inches in diameter and 12 inches in height. The other two are small and large, so you can find the size that fits your pooch.

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Cool Pup Splash About Dog Pool in Blue, Portable

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Cool Pup Splash About Dog Pool in Blue, Portable

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The design of the pool makes it easily foldable and portable, despite the size. It is made from a sturdy PVC material to withstand more damage from bigger dogs. However, some users reported that their pools were not so durable after all, especially complaining about leakage caused by chewing.

This product comes with a drain to make it easier to empty it. Unfortunately, the drain is located a few inches of the ground and it can be hard to get the last bits of water out of it.

PROS: Available in 3 Sizes, Comes with a Drain, Foldable, Easy to Store, Portable
CONS: Not Chew-Resistant, Inconsistent Quality, Some Reports of Leakage, Not Easy to Clean

 

Pet Magasin Inflatable Dog Pool

This is one of the best inflatable pools on the market and a great solution for the summer, although probably not a long-term one. Even though this pool is made of thick PVC rubber, it is still an inflatable dog pool and not as durable as other options on our list.


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The pool has the outer diameter of 59 inches but the inner diameter is 35 inches, which is basically the space your dog will be able to use. Soft sides allow your pooch to enter the pool with ease and the pool can even be used indoors.

Once you deflate it, you can move it and store it easily. It is also a very affordable option but many users reported that the product didn’t last long because it isn’t chew-resistant. Some dog owners also claimed that it was not sturdy enough to withstand dog claws.

PROS: Affordable, Extremely Portable and Easy to Store, Solid Size, Can Be Used Indoors
CONS: Not Very Durable, Easily Punctured, Only One Size, Has to Be Inflated

 

Lalawow SO COOL Foldable Pet Swimming Pool Bathing Tub

This pool is made from high-quality PVC cloth and should be able to withstand your dog’s claws. It has a built-in upholder to keep the pool from collapsing when filled with water. It is a small pool, with 32 inches in diameter and 8 inches in height. It is not suitable for dogs longer than 28 inches.


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You can easily fold this pool and carry it around because it is very lightweight since it weighs only 3.3 pounds. This pool can also be used as a bathtub for your pooch. While it can be used indoors as well, it is still a bit big for that purpose.

This pool comes with a drain located at the bottom. Thanks to this, it is easy to clean and change the water. However, cleaning the sides of the pools can be problematic at times.

PROS: Affordable, Foldable, Lightweight, Easy to Store, Can Be Used Indoors, Comes with a Drain
CONS: Only One Size, Not Fit for Large Breeds, Side Walls Hard to Clean

 

Petsfit Leakproof Fabric Portable Dog Pool

This pool is made with high-quality fabric and thin walls with a coated wire frame. This unique structure gives it a somewhat flimsy look but the pool is actually pretty durable. In a way, the fabric texture seems like a flat pack tent and it’s similarly easy to set it up.

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The pool comes with a diameter of 41 inches and 12 inches in height, which means that it’s best to use it for small and medium-sized dogs. You can fold this pool to the size of his side walls, which makes it quite portable and easy to store.

Unfortunately, this pool doesn’t have a drainage system. You are supposed to press the side of the pool down, which is not really a practical solution, especially for the price this pool has. Another problem that may occur is the stability of the pool sides if you have a dog who likes to lean.

PROS: Durable, Easy to Set Up, Foldable, Portable, Easy to Store
CONS: One Size Only, Expensive, No Drain, Questionable Stability

In Conclusion

Dog paddling pools may not be a necessity but they are a great thing for your pooch. They provide him with a place to cool off in hot weather, and they are safe and a lot of fun. While many swimming dog pools are typically larger, sturdier and more expensive, the above best dog paddling pool choices are cheaper but still worth it.

There are a few different types of paddling pools but most of the options are affordable and have a great value. When you choose a paddling pool for your pooch, pay attention to its dimensions, capacity and durability.

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Trouble With Your Dog Being Washed ?

We never like to out one of our dogs or owners under any stress , and we always look for better ways of doing things so that we can provide the very best care. 

One of our colleagues provides great tips on training your new puppy or even your older dog so they can be washed without getting stressed , hurting themselves, and being happy to see the Dog Groomer next time?

Then check out this blogs tips here – Our Dream Dog  They Work !

TOP #99: How to Get Started Hunting with a Gun Dog

Need a way to keep your dog clean then please keep reading below as they have some great tips and tricks to keeping your dog clean and looking smart . 

Of course if you need a professional dog groomer in Sydney then you can reach out and contact us as well and we will put you in touch with a mobile dog wash or grooming service

Owning a gun dog means devoting your spare time to ongoing training. It’s a big responsibility, and you can’t expect your gun dog to be fully trained in just a few short months. There’s a lot of research to be done before you even bring a gun dog home. What breed will be best for your needs? When should you begin training with hunting dog training? Will this require any special training tools?

This week’s episode features a famous dog training expert Martin Deeley. Martin has been training dogs for more than 35 years, his dogs have won trials in the United States and Britain, and he’s also an accomplished writer on the subject of gun dogs. In this interview, Martin discusses some tips for gun dog owners and gives advice to hunters who are training and working with gun dogs.

Listen to the podcast episode in the video above and subscribe below.

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Trouble With Your Dog Being Washed ?

We never like to out one of our dogs or owners under any stress , and we always look for better ways of doing things so that we can provide the very best care. 

One of our colleagues provides great tips on training your new puppy or even your older dog so they can be washed without getting stressed , hurting themselves, and being happy to see the Dog Groomer next time?

Then check out this blogs tips here – Our Dream Dog  They Work !

Giveaway: K9 Sport Sack Air ($70+ Value)

Need a way to keep your dog clean then please keep reading below as they have some great tips and tricks to keeping your dog clean and looking smart . 

Of course if you need a professional dog groomer in Sydney then you can reach out and contact us as well and we will put you in touch with a mobile dog wash or grooming service

If you have a small dog, it’s inevitable that you will have to carry him around from time to time. Sometimes it is just for short trips out to the car, but other times it’s nice to carry your pet around with you when you go on adventures. Dog carriers and dog backpacks, like the K9 Sport Sack models, make it easy to bring your pooch with you wherever you go.

Dog carrier backpacks make it much easier to tote Fido around than by holding him in your arms. Many owners find them to be more convenient and comfortable than carrier slings or purse-style carrier bags.

We’re giving 2 lucky pet owners the opportunity to win a K9 Sport Sack Air dog carrier backpack. Whether you’re planning to take your pooch along on hiking adventures or you just want an easier way to carry him from one place to the next, entering this FREE giveaway gives you the chance to win!

How to enter the giveaway

K9 Sport Sack Air giveawayTo enter this FREE giveaway to win a K9 Sport Sack Air dog backpack carrier, all you have to do is:

  1. LIKE our Facebook page;
  2. Visit this giveaway’s post and like it, leave a comment or share it.

Remember that you MUST like our page in order to be eligible. We often have readers who comment on the post without liking the page, and unfortunately that will leave you ineligible for this giveaway and any future giveaways.

Following these steps will automatically enter you to win this dog carrier backpack, and we’ll contact you via Facebook if you’re the lucky winner. Don’t wait – the giveaway ends on June 1st, 2019!

Do NOT miss any future FREE giveaways – SUBSCRIBE on YouTube!

If you don’t win this time, don’t worry; we will announce another giveaway soon! You can check out our previous giveaways for pet owners to see what other products Top Dog Tips readers have won in the past. Don’t forget to bookmark the page and keep checking in for more giveaways of free dog products coming soon.

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K9 Sport Sack Air Giveaway

This doggy backpack carrier is made with a lightweight, water resistant canvas material. You can roll up the K9 Sport Sack Air easily, so it can fit inside your hiking pack. This also makes it ideal for traveling adventures.

The shoulder and chest straps adjust easily, and this pack is very comfortable to wear – even on long hikes. The shoulder straps are made of mesh-lined Foam-Tek and are slotted for ventilation.

There is also a collar strap to secure your pet and ensure he cannot jump out. Adjustment straps on both sides allow you to fit the Sport Sack to your pup’s body type. In the photo on the right, you’ll notice the mesh panels that keep your dog cool and the bag well ventilated.

K9 Sport SackIt’s easy to put your pet in this backpack, too! There are two small slots at the top of the pack that your dog’s legs will easily slide through. The easiest way to secure your dog is to slip his legs through the slots, secure the collar around his neck and then pull the zipper closed. The zipper runs the length of the backpack – from the base of your pet’s tail to his neck.

Once inside, this K9 Sport Sack model features an integrated D-ring to hook your dog’s collar to in order to prevent escape. It also includes reflective strips to keep you noticed after dark, as well as adjustable side pockets to store some small essentials.

There is a 20mm thick cushioned rest pad on the bottom of the pack for your dog’s comfort, and the material that the backpack is made from cannot be easily ripped by your Fido’s toenails. The stitching is durable as well.

As you can see in these photos, there is also a Velcro strip on the back of the K9 Sport Sack. The K9 Sport Sack company will make a custom ID tag for your pet, but there is not a tag included with this giveaway.

Both bags we are giving away are a ‘Large’ size. It fits a dog with a length of 20″-23″ and a chest girth up to 31″. It is rated for dogs weighing 30 pounds or less.

FULL REVIEW: K9 Sport Sack Dog Backpacks Review

K9 Sport SackHow to enter the giveaway

To enter the giveaway all you have to do is:

  1. LIKE our Facebook page;
  2. Visit this giveaway’s post and comment/share.

Doing this will automatically enter you into the giveaway for a K9 Sport Sack Air dog backpack carrier. We’ll contact the winner via Facebook after the drawing. You also can subscribe to our newsletter below, for e-mail updates on upcoming giveaways and notifications about all of our new content.

Do NOT miss any future FREE giveaways – SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel!

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Trouble With Your Dog Being Washed ?

We never like to out one of our dogs or owners under any stress , and we always look for better ways of doing things so that we can provide the very best care. 

One of our colleagues provides great tips on training your new puppy or even your older dog so they can be washed without getting stressed , hurting themselves, and being happy to see the Dog Groomer next time?

Then check out this blogs tips here – Our Dream Dog  They Work !