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The Dos and Don’ts of Running with Dogs

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When it comes to the right and wrong things to do when preparing to start actively running with your pooch on a regular basis, if you can live by one ‘Do Not’, it’s this: Don’t jump right into running with dogs head-on without a vet’s consultation, preparation and training.

Instead, take note of the following tips and whether you’re looking to get yourself or your dog in a better shape by jogging, or explore a new hobby, you and your running canine companion will soon be getting fit and having fun, and doing it safely too.

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Talk to a Veterinarian

Whenever you make the decision to change your dog’s lifestyle, whether that involves what they’re fed or how often their fed, introducing a new family member into the mix, or greatly changing their daily routine and including more exercise – you should consult with your veterinarian.

Something that may seem rudimentary to you (a new home, a new job that keeps you away for longer period of times, or a new hobby) can affect your pet’s happiness and health. Vets are able to give advice that may help ease your pet into a new exercise routine and transition. If you’re planning to start running with a dog and this is something new to them, set up an appointment to discuss your dog’s health.

What your dog’s vet is likely to discuss with you:

Age

Even after a full year of age, a dog’s bones are still in the process of full development. While this doesn’t necessarily mean their bones are brittle enough that active running will negatively affect them, the continuous impact regular jogging creates could put a strain on the legs, shoulders, spine, hips and back of your dog.

Most veterinarians are going to recommend that the dog is at least 12 to 18 months old before a running regime can take place. Additionally, your veterinarian may consider older dogs unfit for frequent or active running, so be prepared to hear honest feedback from your pet’s physician if they are seven years or older.

Overall health

If you owned your pup for quite some time and have received medical attention from the same practice, chances are your vet is familiar with your dog’s medical history. Pre-existing heart condition, issues with joints, hips, injured paws or bones may make your vet hesitant to give a stamp of approval on running with dogs.

Size

While cardio is a great routine for any overweight animal, it can also be a hazard. Many animal physicians will recommend water sports and swimming to overweight dogs before they recommend running. Persistent weight put on the joints with the heavy impact that comes with jogging could lead to future health conditions, such as arthritis.

Breed

Some breeds just aren’t meant for running. While adorable and sweet, dogs with shorter snouts are routinely given professional advice to keep running only at a minimal, and certainly not for long distances as it’s common for these breeds to easily overheat. Additionally, many of the short-snouted dogs (Boxers, Pugs, French Bulldogs), may be in fatal danger if overworked or overexcited as their design can lead to an obstructed airway and breathing problems.

Create a Training Plan that Caters to Your Dog

Create a Training Plan that Caters to Your Dog

If this will be a new venture to your pet, you will need to ease them into it. While many breeds love to run and were in fact bred for it (Greyhounds, Whippets, Retrievers, Border Collies), they still may not be accustomed to running for lengthy amounts of time or for long distances.

A person may decide to go from couch potato to marathon-participant, but this change won’t happen overnight; the person will train and slowly build their stamina and abilities. This should occur with dogs as well, especially couch potato breeds, and since they’re unaware and unable to create plans for themselves, we need to set their training schedule to what best suits their lifestyle, temperament, and current health.

Ease into it

It’s understandable that if living in a city, a lot of what’s available to you is a concrete jungle, but try to begin your training on something other than sidewalk. When starting out, try to plan running with dogs on surfaces that are more forgiving, such as a nice sandy beach or near a lake, a dirt trail, or grassy lawn. The impact is softer on both your own and your pup’s joints.

Train the dog, not yourself

Work at your dog’s stamina and pace, not your own. Many dogs will do anything to please their humans – play dead, fetch the newspaper, sit patiently while their collar or harness is attached – which means while you’re able to run at a fast pace or long distance, your dog will do their best to keep up or even surpass.

However, this could just be their means of attempting to lead you or please you, and ultimately be very dangerous to your Fido’s health. A keen way of knowing if your dog is being pushed too hard is to watch and listen for excessive panting or whining.

Work up to long-distances

If your intentions with running are to build endurance, work up to it. Whether you’ve got a half-marathon at the end of a season or a triathlon, it’s wonderful that your furry companion can be your running partner, but the race – whatever it may be – is yours, not theirs.

However, dogs can and do often enjoy long-distance running – if they’re trained for it – meaning they were given the chance to work toward running 3.1 miles over the course of a month, adding a little more distance each week. And just like that, you’ve both trained for a 5k run together.

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Practice Healthy Habits

Practice Healthy Habits

Running can be a wonderful form of exercise for both humans and canines, but you should always have your own and your dog’s best interests in the forefront when exploring an active lifestyle.

Always warm up

You should always stretch before going out for a jog, and while you can’t necessarily teach your dog stretching exercise or yoga (although his downward dog is perfect form), you can ensure they’re given a chance to wake up their muscles. Play a quick game of fetch around the backyard or walk a couple of blocks before kicking it into a high gear.

Alternate days

Giving your body a chance to rest is important. Overworking or straining muscles as well as causing irreparable damage, particularly in the knees, is a danger every runner should be aware of and hopefully never familiar with, and this goes for canines as well. Alternating the days when running with dogs will be a saving grace, especially for owners of larger breeds who may be prone to hip dysplasia and arthritis later in life.

Commands for Running with Dogs

Commands for Running with Dogs

Running together is an opportunity for you to practice your communication skills. A dog that respects you and has been well-trained will look to you as their guide while out on an excursion run (of course, it’s understandable if their good behavior disappears at the sign of a cat or squirrel).

If your pup has been given the basic obedience skills needed to understand you and be obedient when asked to be, your runs together will not only be more relaxing and fun, but they’ll also be safer.

Basic commands

If your dog doesn’t already know a few basic commands, such as “Sit,” “Stay,” or “Come,” then you may want to begin there before going jogging with dogs. These commands will not only make your runs more relaxing and productive, but also safer.

Of these commands, “Come,” or recall (a dog’s ability to come to you when you call their name) is the most important, especially if you plan to jog with your pet in an off-leash area. While a reliable recall seems a difficult feat, with enough patience and persistence, any dog can learn. It’s as simple as consistently treating your dog every time they return you when called: start out small (in your backyard or at a familiar, local park) and once you gain their attention easily when calling “Come here!” or simply calling their name, you can then add challenges.

Challenges may include other dogs, another human he loves (spouse, roommate, parent, close friend), or simply trying it out in a new place. Your dog doesn’t have to be a master at this skill; there will be times that chasing a rabbit is better than going to you for a piece of bacon or chicken. Don’t let it discourage you and don’t be too harsh to judge your dog. Any progress is progress and once you feel confident in your ability to communicate together, you can then form good habits while running with your dog.

Form good habits

Good habits while running with a dog mainly revolve around safety. Even if most of your jogs won’t occur through a cityscape or town central, safety should be continuously practiced – whether on or off leash – no matter where you are.

These practiced habits are just additional command training for your dog; so while you train for a marathon, your dog is training to be a better, more obedient canine. An owner that’s able to get their dog to sit while at red lights helps keep the dog away from a busy roadway just as an owner that’s able to gain the attention of their loyal hound with the presence of a cat nearby is able to avoid the dog potentially chasing after it, into the street or into a stranger’s yard.

Trails that boast a leash-free law will gain attention from all kinds of dog owners, which means your dog’s chances of meeting other canines are high. And while we can hope that owners are aware and honest with themselves about whether their pet is well-trained and friendly enough to be an off-leash dog, this isn’t always the case. Therefore, another safe habit to form is to always keep your furry friend on a leash; this keeps everyone safer and endless possibilities (such as meeting wildlife while on the trail, like coyotes or bears) at a minimum.

RELATED: 9 Tips for Running with Dogs

Know the Location and Conditions

Know the Location and Conditions

Before visiting a new place with the intention of running with dogs, ask yourself a few questions:

  • Where do you plan to do most of your jogging?
  • Is it a popular spot for other runners or dog owners?
  • What are the surfaces like there (dirt, concrete, sand)?
  • Are there water fountains?

You should also check your local weather station or weather application on your phone before setting off for a run with a dog. This not only keeps you prepared but also could be the difference between a pleasurable jog and one in which you find yourselves and your pooch drenched in freezing rain.

Research running spots

Knowing what to expect will help you physically and mentally prepare for the run. For example, if your pet is particularly excited or fearful when other dogs are near, you might want to plan your runs at a park or trail that enforces leashed dogs. Additionally, you may want to go when it isn’t a peak hour: try to avoid Saturday afternoons or a weekday evening.

You can also research what others are saying about the park or trail by looking through online reviews. Maybe part of the trail is blocked off for the season, maybe the river is saturated and so the park’s turned into a swampy mess; in these instances, you may choose another venue or choose another route.

Consider the weather

If it’s too hot or too cold for you, then it’s probably the same for your pup. Extreme temperatures can agitate your pet or even lead to heat exhaustion. On the less drastic side of things, checking the weather before you bolt out the door with Fido will give you a heads up if it’s about to rain, sleet, snow, or hail. The weather can also change the experience of a run, making sidewalks slick with ice, turning a grassy lawn into mush from a rain storm, or a dirt path into a muddy mess.

Check for ticks

If running with dogs in a wooded area, always check yourself and your pet for ticks and other parasites that may have latched on. While the monthly preventative measure of flea and tick medication is the best means of keeping your dog safe from pesky infestations, a quick check is an added protection.

Pay Attention to Your Dog

Pay Attention to Your Dog

Here’s the truth: not all dogs may enjoy jogging as much as you do. While not true for every hound, some breeds like hound dogs may be particularly averse to the sport, as they prefer to take their time sniffing and hunting down smells. It’s important to give your pet the respect of observing their responses to running.

Acknowledge your dog’s behavior and response to running

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Is your dog excited when he/she sees you putting your running shoes on?
  • Is your dog often the one happily leading you on the runs?
  • Does your dog keep a loose, wagging tail, perhaps even held high in the air, while running?

If you answer yes to all these questions, your dog enjoys running. However, consider these questions as well:

  • Is your dog extremely exhausted during and after runs?
  • Is he/she lagging behind all the time?
  • Does he/she look bored or glum when you’re gearing them up for a run outside?

If yes, then it could be that running just isn’t for your canine companion.

Dogs pant, not sweat

While many pet owners already know this, here’s a refresher on the matter. Excessive panting while on a run means your pet needs a rest and/or some water. Pay attention to their non-verbal signals while out jogging with a dog, and you’ll keep them happier and healthier.

Many avid runners will pack water to share with their dog, or even collapsible bowls or special water bottles for dogs. Which leads us to the next ‘Do’ of running with dogs: Consider purchasing some new items and dog supplies for running with dogs that’ll make your jogs together more enjoyable and safer.

Consider Purchasing Dog Products for Running

Consider Purchasing Dog Products for Running

The market is flooded with gear designed to appease and aid running humans and their canines. Some of the more popular items for jogging with dogs are listed below but vary widely depending on brand and availability.

Running dog harness

Running dog harness

Harnesses, especially no-pull harnesses, make for a safer, more comfortable dog that’s easier to control. While collars certainly get the job done, they’re not as safe as a harness, are more damaging on dog’s trachea, and a lot easier to slip out of, which means a dog who really wanted to run into the road (maybe for an abandoned slice of pizza, maybe for a twittering bird) – could.

Additionally, a harnessed dog is not only easier for you to lead and maintain, a harness also doesn’t choke the animal while you do so, as collars can. In regard to running with a dog, there are harnesses specifically designed with pockets and such, giving your pet the opportunity to carry their own water or treats while out and about.

Hands-free dog leash

Hands-free dog leash

A hand-free leash is preferred by many runners and dog owners. These nifty devices strap around your waist like a belt and are often made of a spring-like cord, giving the leash a forgiving buoyancy should a sudden stop or tug occur between you and your dog.

Fanny pack for jogging

Fanny pack for jogging

Running fanny packs are a great place to store any number of items you may need while running with dogs (water, keys, sunscreen, treats for rewarding your pet). There are two types to consider – regular jogging fanny packs, and those specially designed for “dog training.” Both will do the jog, as long as they hold everything you need to have.

Collapsible pet bowl

Collapsible pet bowl

Collapsible bowls are often made from a rubber or silicone material and can break down into a disk as small as your palm. If you’ve ever tried to share water with your dog from a spout, cup, or bottle, you’ll understand why these compact bowls are ideal for many pet-owners. Take one with you, stuff it into a fanny pack, and fill it at the nearest water fountain.

Hydration pack

Hydration pack

If you know that no water fountains will be available, then a hydration pack like this one which you can fill with water at home might be necessary. These alternatives to water bottles aren’t bulky or heavy. These durable plastic bags are easy to travel with as they form to fit into any container, such as a fanny pack or small hiking backpack.

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5 Best Dog Crate Furniture Choices

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Crate training a dog is among the best things a dog owner can do for both the dog and themselves, and we’ve discussed the many reasons as to why. Yet, some dog owners still view placing a dog in a crate as a cruel thing to do, largely because they don’t see the purpose of the dog crate.

Dog crates allow us to better train, transport and confine the dog when needed, which makes them some of the most versatile and useful tools in a dog owner’s arsenal. Sadly, most kennels are made of metal, plastic or soft materials, which make them cheap looking and not very appealing in design; they will rarely compliment your home decor. Dog crate furniture is a new trend that’s changing that, providing pet owners with best looking wooden pet crates that you won’t wish you could hide from your guests.

What is Dog Crate Furniture?What is Dog Crate Furniture

What separates dog crate furniture from regular dog crates or kennels is that it’s a visually appealing type of pet crate that looks good together with the rest of your own furniture and home decor.

The major drawback of regular dog kennels is that they are rather unappealing to look at. This means that you’ll either have to make peace with having an ugly wire cage in your living room or, even worse, leave the crate outdoors or in a basement, essentially making your dog feel excluded and punished.

Instead, a beautiful piece of dog crate furniture that’s specifically chosen to match your houses’ furniture color and design can not only be a pretty addition to your home but it can even double as a side table for you to put magazines and books on. It can also act as a nightstand for your bedroom while giving your dog the freedom to sleep next to you without being on the actual bed.

Here are some of the best dog crate furniture brands currently available:

Why You Might Need Dog Crate Furniture?

Dig crate furniture has the same benefits for both you and your dog as regular crates, with the few additional advantages. Here are some of the more important reasons to invest in any pet crate in general:

Crates help with separation anxiety in dogs, a well-documented problem. If you’ve crate-trained your pooch properly, however, they can derive comfort and calmness from the crate while resting there in your absence. Of course, just getting a dog crate is not enough – you’ll have to go through the crate training process and you’ll still have to make sure that you’re giving your dog a lot of attention throughout the rest of the day so that he/she is tired and in need of some rest while you’re gone.

A pet crate can also give your dog a secure place to hide in when he/she are experiencing stress for whatever reason – guests, home renovation, etc.

Crate training helps dogs to control their bowels and learn to hold it for when they are outdoors.

A kennel spares your Fido the isolation of being left outside or in the basement when you must restrict him/her from certain areas of the house.

They make it easier to transport your pup as they will have been taught to feel comfortable in the crate. This allows you to take the dog with you more often rather than leaving him/her home alone all the time.

They also give you the peace of mind of leaving your pooch home alone for a short period of time.

A crate allows you to house-train your Fido as well as to introduce new pets in your home in a safe way.

The two advantages that dog crate furniture has over regular kennels, and the reason why you may want to choose them, is their more appealing look and functionality, such as using them as an end-table, night-stand and so forth.

What a furniture-like dog crate looks like

How to Use Dog Crates That Look Like Furniture

The main thing to keep in mind is that most pieces of furniture-like dog crates are made for pups that are already crate trained. While there are plenty very sturdy furniture crates, many of them won’t be as durable as a thick metal kennel, since their design is focused on having a beautiful look that will fit your home decor.

Getting furniture dog crates for an untrained canine will usually result in your pet chewing through the doors or bars, and breaking free in minutes. Instead, it’s recommended to first crate-train your pup with a sturdy (and cheaper) metal dog kennel and only after that buy a beautiful piece of furniture-like pet crate to go with your home’s interior.

How to Choose a Good Furniture-like Dog Crate?

When shopping for dog crate furniture, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • The dog crate needs to not only be big enough to fit your dog but also to fit him/her comfortably. The purpose of the crate isn’t to just confine your pet but to be the preferred place of rest for him or her.
  • As dog crate furniture is meant to be a nice-looking addition to your home’s furniture, paying extra attention to how it fits your home’s interior is important. Otherwise, you might as well get a metal cage kennel.
  • Dog crate furniture isn’t meant to be as sturdy as a dedicated metal dog kennel but it still has to be durable enough to last for a long time.
  • Extra features. Things such as a removable bottom tray for easier cleaning, extra doors, an included dog bed, etc., are all great features to have.
  • While compromising the quality in favor of the price is not a good idea when talking about a product that’s meant to last for years, paying attention to the price is still a good idea.

The 5 Best Dog Crate Furniture Choices

Below are five of our favorite choices of best dog crate furniture brands which are intended to be as beautiful as well as practical. Given their price tag, it’s best that you crate train your pup with a cheaper kennel first before opting for using any of these wooden dog crates.

1. Crown Pet Products Wood Pet Crate End Table

This wooden dog crate by Crown Pet Products comes in two different sizes – one for dogs up to 45 pounds in weight and one for larger pooches reaching 80 pounds. The crate is also available in two colored lacquered finishes – one lighter and one darker so that they can fit with almost any furniture composition.

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The crate is made out of a durable hardwood that resembles teak wood. It has a waterproof melamine-covered MDF floor which makes it easy to clean and odor-absorbent. There are wooden bars on all 4 sides, giving your dog excellent ventilation and visibility all around him or her. The only drawback is that wooden bars can be chewed through by larger, untrained, and more determined dogs.

PROS:

  • Waterproof MDF floor that’s easy to clean and is odor-absorbent.
  • Comes in two sizes and in two color finishes to match all dog breeds and interior designs.
  • Excellent wood quality.

CONS:

  • The wooden bars are soft and easy to chew-through if your dog is determined enough.

 

2. Internet’s Best Wood & Wire Dog Crate with Cushion

This great-looking wood and wire dog crate by Internet’s Best is a beauty to look at. It comes in two colors – white or black – to go with any interior design. It has external dimensions of 23” W x 32” L x 26” H and interior dimensions of 21.5” W x 30” L x 24” H. It is large enough to comfortably hold dogs that are up to 58 pounds heavy.


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In terms of design, this wooden crate has two doors – one on the front and one dual-wing door on the side. It also comes with a 2.75” padded dog bed for extra comfort. On the negative side, the spindles are rather thin and can be broken by an untrained dog and the doors themselves can use a second set of bolts to hold them closed.

PROS:

  • Gorgeous design that comes in two colors and can go with any furniture design.
  • Two doors for extra versatility.
  • Comes with a fitting cushion dog bed.

CONS:

  • The slide bolt on the larger side door is not strong enough to hold purposeful pressure. Installing a second bolt is a good idea.
  • The wooden spindles can be chewed through by determined and untrained dogs.

 

3. Casual Home Wooden Pet Crate

For a gorgeous, fully wooden pet crate, this Casual Home item provides a stylish option. It comes in several different sizes that can accommodate dogs ranging in size from 25 to 150 pounds. There is ample air flow coming from all sides thanks to the open design. The door is well latched-on, however, upon assembly, you may find that there are missing screws. Additionally, in a lot of the items, the screw holes aren’t all drilled correctly. Simply put, the first assembly may be a bit time-consuming.

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Once it’s put together, however, this Casual Home crate is sturdy enough for dogs of the appropriate size, as long as they are crate trained. The budget-friendly price is also a plus.

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  • Comes in a lot of different sizes, allowing you to choose the perfect crate for your dog.
  • Stylish and beautiful crate to add to your home’s interior.
  • Budget-friendly.

CONS:

  • There is a slight design issue with some of the screw holes as they are not drilled right. There are missing screws with most purchases too.

 

4. Merry Pet 2-in-1 Configurable Pet Crate n Crate

Marketed as a 2-in-1, this pet crate is more of a 3-in-1. Not only does it work well as a pet kennel, as well as a living room wooden side table but it can also be reassembled into a pet gate if need be. The wooden door of the crate has a durable hatch that’s hard to open for the dog. The nice wood and design make this into a nice piece of furniture that won’t intrude on any room’s overall design.

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This crate comes in two sizes – 32.5” L x 23.5” W x 22.5” H medium interior dimensions and 40” L x 28” W x 31.5” H large interior dimensions. There is also a removable plastic tray to place at the bottom for easier cleaning. Keep in mind, however, that this crate isn’t for untrained dogs as the top isn’t latched onto the rest of the crate and the spindles aren’t too durable to direct pressure. This crate is for trained dogs.

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  • This crate pet furniture also doubles as a pet gate.
  • Very quick and easy to assemble.
  • Has a removable tray for easier cleaning.

CONS:

  • The top piece is not latched on. If your dog has separation anxiety or isn’t crate-trained you might want to add latches to the top piece yourself.
  • The thin spindles are easy to break by a nervous dog that is desperate to get out.

 

5. New Age Pet ecoFlex Pet Crate/End Table

This stylish dark-brown New Age Pet crate table is a great item for dog owners with create-trained pooches. The small crate is for dogs of 20 pounds of weight or less while the X-Large crate is for dogs that are up to 100 pounds.

The crates are made out of a non-toxic recycled plastic-wood that isn’t easy to crack or split. When seen in person it does have a distinctive plastic look to it, but it also resembles wood more than enough to fit in with most rooms’ furniture designs.

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The crate has metal spindles on all sides, giving the dog enough visibility to its surroundings so he/she doesn’t feel punished or restricted. The nice flat top of the crate makes for a comfortable mini table for your bedroom or living room.

PROS:

  • Very quick and easy to assemble.
  • Nice design to have in almost any room.
  • Environmental flex material.

CONS:

  • The metal bars are hollow and any nervous dog that isn’t crate-trained will chew them off with relative ease.

In Summary

Instead of having an unappealing and cheap-looking metal wire crate that you wish you could hide from your guests, a good looking and high-quality piece of dog crate furniture will give your pooch a comfortable crate to rest in and will compliment your home decor. Any of the above mentioned best looking dog crates made of wood are durable enough to last for a long time, match your dog’s size and have additional furniture-like functions.

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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 to Put a Bandana On a 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

If you’re looking for a way to dress up your canine companion without having to put on an entire outfit, a bandana may be a good option. They can add a little pizzazz to Fido’s look without having to wrestle your pup into a sweater or jacket. Learning how to put a bandana on a dog is simple and takes less than a minute!

Finding a bandana for your dog is really all about your personal preference. What color or pattern are you looking for? Do you want a bandana that ties around your pet’s neck or one that is equipped with a clip or buckle?

Don’t forget about your dog’s comfort. While pretty much every bandana for dogs is made of a soft material, some are made from synthetic materials that could chafe your dog’s skin or give him a rash. The best dog bandanas will be easy to put on and take off, comfortable for your pet, and made of a durable material.

How to Put a Bandana On a Dog

how to put a bandana on a dogThe first step to learning how to put a bandana on a dog is to measure your pet’s neck. You can’t tie a bandana on your pet if the bandana is too small. To do this, you’ll need a fabric tape measure.

Measuring your dog’s neck can be easily done whether your dog is sitting, standing or lying down. Simply wrap the fabric tape measure around your pup’s neck where a collar would sit. Add a couple of inches to the measurement, because you’ll need some extra material to tie the bandana.

how to put a bandana on a dogOnce you have a bandana that is large enough to wrap around your dog’s neck, learning how to put a bandana on a dog is simple – no matter which look you’re going for. In this article, I’m going to describe the three styles that I use with my dogs: the classic cowboy look, the cape look, and the “roll and tie”.

The classic cowboy look is pictured above. All you have to do is fold the bandana in half diagonally, like the photo on the right. Now, wrap the folded edge around your dog’s neck and tie the ends together.

When tying the bandana, be sure that you can slip two fingers between the bandana and your dog’s neck. You don’t want it to be too tight or it could choke your pup!

The cape look is done the same as the cowboy look, but you just turn the bandana around. The triangular part of the bandana will be on your dog’s back, which looks similar to a small cape.

how to put a bandana on a dogSometimes, I like to use what I refer to as the “roll and tie” look. It’s just as simple to learn how to put a bandana on a dog in this style as it is with the other two mentioned above.

Fold the bandana in half diagonally. Now, roll the folded side down about 1 inch. Continue rolling the bandana, and tuck the pointed end in securely. Wrap the bandana around your dog’s neck and tie the ends. Don’t forget to leave a finger’s width between the bandana and the neck.

These are the 3 ways that I put bandanas on my dogs. If you have other bandana tying tips, please share them in the comments below. Or, better yet, share it on our social media pages with a picture of your pooch!

READ NEXT: 10 Cheap Dog Clothes That Are Actually Stylish

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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 !

Review: King Kalm CBD Dog Treats and Wellness Products

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

Cannabidiol, also referred to as CBD, is a substance extracted from the hemp plant. It has been shown to be an effective treatment for many ailments in both humans and canines. It may be surprising to learn, but CBD has been used in the treatment of animals for decades! While drops of CBD oil are more potent, products like King Kalm Crunch make it easy to give your pooch a dose of CBD.

As you may have expected, CBD is a controversial treatment option in both the human and animal medical fields. There is also not a lot of research on the subject at this time, due to the fact that it is a relatively new treatment. Many veterinarians will not condone treatment with CBD due to this lack of definitive research.

King Kalm ReviewAs this treatment is still relatively new, there are many studies being done on the effects of CBD on health conditions such as anxiety, arthritis and cancer in dogsSo far, the research looks very positive and extremely promising.

Before you decide to use cannabidiol as a treatment for your pet, be sure to do adequate research. Learn about the science behind CBD. It’s also important to research the quality of the products that you’re buying to ensure they will be safe and effective for your pet.

It’s also important to have a conversation with your veterinarian before adding CBD to your dog’s treatment plan. If your vet isn’t open to the idea of treatment with CBD, you may want to consider seeking the help of a holistic veterinarian. Holistic veterinarians are typically more open to exploring options other than traditional Western medicine.

King Kalm CBD Dog Treats and Wellness Products Review

King Kalm ReviewKing Kalm Soothe

Before I tell you about the CBD infused treats, I’ll share some information about King Kalm Soothe. It is a topical spray formulated with cannabidiol to treat hot spots, dermatitis and skin abrasions.

The CBD in this solution helps to reduce pain, inflammation and itching. While I wasn’t able to test the effectiveness of this spray with my dogs (because they don’t suffer from hot spots and don’t currently have any skin abrasions), CBD has been shown to reduce all of these symptoms. I have no reason to believe that it wouldn’t be effective.

King Kalm ReviewAs I demonstrate in my video review, I’ve sprayed King Kalm Soothe on our pets many times. It leaves the skin and coat shiny without leaving an oily residue behind. It also has a mild odor, unlike other hot spot treatments that I’ve tried that have a strong chemical smell.

I like that Soothe is made with natural oils and no harmful chemicals. Chemicals can dry out the skin, irritating it even more. This spray is also safe if ingested, so no worries if your pup licks it off.

Ingredients: Natural Hemp Seed Oil, Cannabidiol (CBD), Chamomile, Colloidal Silver, Aloe Vera and Tea Tree Oil.

King Kalm Crunch

These CBD dog cookies are made with organic ingredients and are formulated by a licensed Holistic Physician and Nutritionist. They are gluten-free. These treats are dehydrated at a low temperature, which helps to maintain as many of the natural nutrients as possible.

These CBD dog treats are laboratory tested to ensure the dose potency is accurate. They come in 3 flavors:

  • Blueberry Apple Flax Blaze
  • Organic Apple Cinnamon Summer
  • Honey Roasted Almond Flax

King Kalm ReviewKing Kalm Crunch dog treats are made with CBD oil, so they are 100% THC-free. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. To put it plainly, your dog will not get high after eating these treats.

Dog treats infused with CBD have been shown to help dogs with stress and anxiety issues. They have also been said to be effective at helping with pain, swelling and inflammation due to arthritis or injury recovery. They can also be beneficial for dogs who are healing after surgery or dealing with the pain associated with chemotherapy treatments.

Ingredients: Blueberry Apple: flax blaze: blueberries, sweet potatoes, eggs, diced apples, honey, oat flour and flax seeds. Organic Cinnamon Summer: organic apples, cinnamon, oat flour, turmeric and black peppercorn. Honey Roasted Almond Flax: almond, eggs, honey, rolled oats, oat flour, turmeric and black peppercorn.

King Kalm ReviewI tried the Blueberry flavor, and I noticed the blueberry scent as soon as I opened the package. I love knowing that the treats I feed my dogs are made with real, whole food ingredients. As you can see in my video review above, our dogs do enjoy eating King Kalm Crunch treats.

Depending on the size of your dog and whether you’re treating for medicinal or therapeutic purposes, you’ll only need to feed 1-2 treats per day. One bag will last about a month, unless you have multiple dogs.

Neither of these products are available on Amazon yet, but you can purchase them through the company’s website. King Kalm Soothe retails for $19.99 for a 4-ounce spray bottle. King Kalm Crunch CBD Dog Treats sell for $34.99 per bag.

Soothe is competitively priced with other natural, holistic hot spot sprays. However, King Kalm Crunch is a bit higher priced than other CBD dog treats. You also get more treats per day than other competitive products, and some similar treats require you to feed upwards of 5 treats per day to a large dog. So, I still feel that both products are a good value for the money.

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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 To Put A Bandana On A 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

If you’re looking for a way to dress up your canine companion without having to put on an entire outfit, a bandana may be a good option. They can add a little pizzazz to Fido’s look without having to wrestle your pup into a sweater or jacket. Learning how to put a bandana on a dog is simple and takes less than a minute!

Finding a bandana for your dog is really all about your personal preference. What color or pattern are you looking for? Do you want a bandana that ties around your pet’s neck or one that is equipped with a clip or buckle?

Don’t forget about your dog’s comfort. While pretty much every bandana for dogs is made of a soft material, some are made from synthetic materials that could chafe your dog’s skin or give him a rash. The best dog bandanas will be easy to put on and take off, comfortable for your pet, and made of a durable material.

How To Put A Bandana On A Dog

how to put a bandana on a dogThe first step to learning how to put a bandana on a dog is to measure your pet’s neck. You can’t tie a bandana on your pet if the bandana is too small. To do this, you’ll need a fabric tape measure.

Measuring your dog’s neck can be easily done whether your dog is sitting, standing or lying down. Simply wrap the fabric tape measure around your pup’s neck where a collar would sit. Add a couple of inches to the measurement, because you’ll need some extra material to tie the bandana.

how to put a bandana on a dogOnce you have a bandana that is large enough to wrap around your dog’s neck, learning how to put a bandana on a dog is simple – no matter which look you’re going for. In this article, I’m going to describe the three styles that I use with my dogs: the classic cowboy look, the cape look, and the “roll and tie”.

The classic cowboy look is pictured above. All you have to do is fold the bandana in half diagonally, like the photo on the right. Now, wrap the folded edge around your dog’s neck and tie the ends together.

When tying the bandana, be sure that you can slip two fingers between the bandana and your dog’s neck. You don’t want it to be too tight or it could choke your pup!

The cape look is done the same as the cowboy look, but you just turn the bandana around. The triangular part of the bandana will be on your dog’s back, which looks similar to a small cape.

how to put a bandana on a dogSometimes, I like to use what I refer to as the “roll and tie” look. It’s just as simple to learn how to put a bandana on a dog in this style as it is with the other two mentioned above.

Fold the bandana in half diagonally. Now, roll the folded side down about 1 inch. Continue rolling the bandana, and tuck the pointed end in securely. Wrap the bandana around your dog’s neck and tie the ends. Don’t forget to leave a finger’s width between the bandana and the neck.

These are the 3 ways that I put bandanas on my dogs. If you have other bandana tying tips, please share them in the comments below. Or, better yet, share it on our social media pages with a picture of your pooch!

READ NEXT: 10 Cheap Dog Clothes That Are Actually Stylish

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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 to Treat a Dog with a Cold

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

Every year millions of cases of the common cold are recorded in the United States, and that doesn’t include all of the people that do not seek medical treatment for a cold. Most people wait for the virus to run its course, while treating the symptoms with over-the-counter remedies. Learning how to treat a dog with a cold is similar, but you can’t use the same over-the-counter products.

Colds are caused by viruses. There are numerous strains of the virus, but the viruses that affect humans are not the same as the ones that affect dogs. To put it simply, your dog cannot catch a cold from you, and you cannot catch a cold from your dog.

While the viruses differ, the symptoms are very similar. The treatments are similar as well. Once you learn how to treat a dog with a cold, you will be able to notice the signs quickly and help your sick pooch as soon as possible.

How to Treat a Dog with a Cold

Tips on How to Treat a Dog with a Cold

A canine cold is not typically a serious condition. You can help your pet deal with this condition and get over the cold faster without having to take him to the vet. If you’re hoping to help your pet without the use of over-the-counter or prescription drugs, you can do that too!

Learning how to treat a dog with a cold is not difficult. For starters, you’ll need to make sure that you keep him warm. You can do this by ensuring he has a comfortable dog bed to rest on and adding a blanket or bed heater if needed.

You also need to keep your dog dry. If he needs to go outside in rain or snow, outfit him with a dog jacket and/or booties. If your dog doesn’t have outdoor clothing, just be sure to dry him off thoroughly when he comes in from outside (including his paws).

how to treat a dog with a coldWhile your dog is likely to be a bit lethargic when he’s not feeling well, you will also want to try to limit his activity during this time. You can use a humidifier to help clear congestion and allow your dog to breathe easier.

You may notice some eye and nose discharge. A small amount of discharge is normal. When learning how to treat a dog with a cold, you’ll want to wipe any discharge when you notice it. Keeping his eyes and nose clear will ensure your dog is able to see and breathe without any trouble.

Speaking of Fido’s nose, it may become dry if he’s not feeling 100%. You can use a balm to prevent cracking and splittingAdding honey and/or coconut oil to your pet’s meals can also help skin and coat health. Honey and coconut oil also have natural anti-bacterial, anti-viral and immune boosting properties.

And, speaking of meals, your dog needs to eat and drink when he’s not feeling well. A lot of dogs lose their appetite when they have a cold, but you’ve got to get him to consume something. Sometimes offering a diet of boiled chicken with rice will entice a dog to eat. You can also add low-sodium broth to his water bowl to entice him to drink.

how to treat a dog with a coldIt’s crucial that your dog eats a little something to keep up his strength. If he doesn’t stay hydrated, more serious health issues will crop up. If you can’t get him to eat, there isn’t much you can do to force him. However, if he won’t drink you will have to force feed water with a syringe.

You cannot let your dog get dehydrated. As long as he is drinking a couple of ounces of water per hour, he’ll be okay. If he won’t drink on his own, be sure to give him at least 2 ounces of water per hour with a syringe.

If your dog’s cold lasts longer than 7-10 days or the symptoms begin to get worse, you should seek veterinary care. Also, you should NEVER give your dog human medication without consulting your veterinarian first. Some human medications are toxic to dogs, and even safe medications need to be dosed properly.

When learning how to treat a dog with a cold, don’t panic. I know it’s sad to see your dog not feeling well, but a cold isn’t anything to worry about. It should run its course on its own, and you can use the tips above to keep your pet comfortable until he’s feeling better.

READ NEXT: How To Tell If Your Dog Has A Cold

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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 To Treat A Dog With A Cold

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

Every year millions of cases of the common cold are recorded in the United States, and that doesn’t include all of the people that do not seek medical treatment for a cold. Most people wait for the virus to run its course, while treating the symptoms with over-the-counter remedies. Learning how to treat a dog with a cold is similar, but you can’t use the same over-the-counter products.

Colds are caused by viruses. There are numerous strains of the virus, but the viruses that affect humans are not the same as the ones that affect dogs. To put it simply, your dog cannot catch a cold from you, and you cannot catch a cold from your dog.

While the viruses differ, the symptoms are very similar. The treatments are similar as well. Once you learn how to treat a dog with a cold, you will be able to notice the signs quickly and help your sick pooch as soon as possible.

How To Treat A Dog With A Cold

how to treat a dog with a coldA canine cold is not typically a serious condition. You can help your pet deal with this condition and get over the cold faster without having to take him to the vet. If you’re hoping to help your pet without the use of over-the-counter or prescription drugs, you can do that too!

Learning how to treat a dog with a cold is not difficult. For starters, you’ll need to make sure that you keep him warm. You can do this by ensuring he has a comfortable dog bed to rest on and adding a blanket or bed heater if needed.

You also need to keep your dog dry. If he needs to go outside in rain or snow, outfit him with a dog jacket and/or booties. If your dog doesn’t have outdoor clothing, just be sure to dry him off thoroughly when he comes in from outside (including his paws).

how to treat a dog with a coldWhile your dog is likely to be a bit lethargic when he’s not feeling well, you will also want to try to limit his activity during this time. You can use a humidifier to help clear congestion and allow your dog to breathe easier.

You may notice some eye and nose discharge. A small amount of discharge is normal. When learning how to treat a dog with a cold, you’ll want to wipe any discharge when you notice it. Keeping his eyes and nose clear will ensure your dog is able to see and breathe without any trouble.

Speaking of Fido’s nose, it may become dry if he’s not feeling 100%. You can use a balm to prevent cracking and splittingAdding honey and/or coconut oil to your pet’s meals can also help skin and coat health. Honey and coconut oil also have natural anti-bacterial, anti-viral and immune boosting properties.

And, speaking of meals, your dog needs to eat and drink when he’s not feeling well. A lot of dogs lose their appetite when they have a cold, but you’ve got to get him to consume something. Sometimes offering a diet of boiled chicken with rice will entice a dog to eat. You can also add low-sodium broth to his water bowl to entice him to drink.

how to treat a dog with a coldIt’s crucial that your dog eats a little something to keep up his strength. If he doesn’t stay hydrated, more serious health issues will crop up. If you can’t get him to eat, there isn’t much you can do to force him. However, if he won’t drink you will have to force feed water with a syringe.

You cannot let your dog get dehydrated. As long as he is drinking a couple of ounces of water per hour, he’ll be okay. If he won’t drink on his own, be sure to give him at least 2 ounces of water per hour with a syringe.

If your dog’s cold lasts longer than 7-10 days or the symptoms begin to get worse, you should seek veterinary care. Also, you should NEVER give your dog human medication without consulting your veterinarian first. Some human medications are toxic to dogs, and even safe medications need to be dosed properly.

When learning how to treat a dog with a cold, don’t panic. I know it’s sad to see your dog not feeling well, but a cold isn’t anything to worry about. It should run its course on its own, and you can use the tips above to keep your pet comfortable until he’s feeling better.

READ NEXT: How To Tell If Your Dog Has A Cold

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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 To Treat A Dog With A Cold

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

Every year millions of cases of the common cold are recorded in the United States, and that doesn’t include all of the people that do not seek medical treatment for a cold. Most people wait for the virus to run its course, while treating the symptoms with over-the-counter remedies. Learning how to treat a dog with a cold is similar, but you can’t use the same over-the-counter products.

Colds are caused by viruses. There are numerous strains of the virus, but the viruses that affect humans are not the same as the ones that affect dogs. To put it simply, your dog cannot catch a cold from you, and you cannot catch a cold from your dog.

While the viruses differ, the symptoms are very similar. The treatments are similar as well. Once you learn how to treat a dog with a cold, you will be able to notice the signs quickly and help your sick pooch as soon as possible.

How To Treat A Dog With A Cold

how to treat a dog with a coldA canine cold is not typically a serious condition. You can help your pet deal with this condition and get over the cold faster without having to take him to the vet. If you’re hoping to help your pet without the use of over-the-counter or prescription drugs, you can do that too!

Learning how to treat a dog with a cold is not difficult. For starters, you’ll need to make sure that you keep him warm. You can do this by ensuring he has a comfortable dog bed to rest on and adding a blanket or bed heater if needed.

You also need to keep your dog dry. If he needs to go outside in rain or snow, outfit him with a dog jacket and/or booties. If your dog doesn’t have outdoor clothing, just be sure to dry him off thoroughly when he comes in from outside (including his paws).

how to treat a dog with a coldWhile your dog is likely to be a bit lethargic when he’s not feeling well, you will also want to try to limit his activity during this time. You can use a humidifier to help clear congestion and allow your dog to breathe easier.

You may notice some eye and nose discharge. A small amount of discharge is normal. When learning how to treat a dog with a cold, you’ll want to wipe any discharge when you notice it. Keeping his eyes and nose clear will ensure your dog is able to see and breathe without any trouble.

Speaking of Fido’s nose, it may become dry if he’s not feeling 100%. You can use a balm to prevent cracking and splittingAdding honey and/or coconut oil to your pet’s meals can also help skin and coat health. Honey and coconut oil also have natural anti-bacterial, anti-viral and immune boosting properties.

And, speaking of meals, your dog needs to eat and drink when he’s not feeling well. A lot of dogs lose their appetite when they have a cold, but you’ve got to get him to consume something. Sometimes offering a diet of boiled chicken with rice will entice a dog to eat. You can also add low-sodium broth to his water bowl to entice him to drink.

how to treat a dog with a coldIt’s crucial that your dog eats a little something to keep up his strength. If he doesn’t stay hydrated, more serious health issues will crop up. If you can’t get him to eat, there isn’t much you can do to force him. However, if he won’t drink you will have to force feed water with a syringe.

You cannot let your dog get dehydrated. As long as he is drinking a couple of ounces of water per hour, he’ll be okay. If he won’t drink on his own, be sure to give him at least 2 ounces of water per hour with a syringe.

If your dog’s cold lasts longer than 7-10 days or the symptoms begin to get worse, you should seek veterinary care. Also, you should NEVER give your dog human medication without consulting your veterinarian first. Some human medications are toxic to dogs, and even safe medications need to be dosed properly.

When learning how to treat a dog with a cold, don’t panic. I know it’s sad to see your dog not feeling well, but a cold isn’t anything to worry about. It should run its course on its own, and you can use the tips above to keep your pet comfortable until he’s feeling better.

READ NEXT: How To Tell If Your Dog Has A Cold

[Read More …]

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 !

6 Signs of Back Problems in Dogs and What You Can Do About It

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

Dogs may not sit in front of the computer for hours the way some of us do, but that doesn’t make them immune to back problems. Some of the back problems in dogs can simply be inconvenient while others can be downright incapacitating. Recognizing signs early can save your pup from a lot of pain.

Signs of Back Problems in Dogs

Recognizing back problems your pooch might have is not always easy since the signs can often be very subtle. However, you will probably be able to tell that something is wrong with your pupper if you pay close attention to details.

1. Changes in PostureChanges in Posture

Compared to your pet’s typical stance, you’ll notice that the dog now stands awkwardly when he has pain in his back. He might arch the back or seem hunched over. A dog with back problems might also stretch frequently in an attempt to relieve the pressure in his spine.

You might spot changes in your pup’s posture when he walks as well. If he has a wobbly or unusual gait, it may be a sign of a back related issue.

2. Vocalization of Pain

If your Fido starts to whimper, yelp or cry when he moves or when you touch his back, he might have a problem with his back. However, some dogs are completely silent despite the pain, so don’t take the lack of vocalization as a sign that your dog is fine when you observe other signs. If there are any other potential symptoms present, those may still indicate back problems.

3. Bladder Control

Some dogs have problems when they urinate if something is wrong with their backs. This includes difficulty urinating, inappropriate elimination or even incontinence on a regular basis. Back problems can also cause the pet pain during defecation.

4. Stiffness and Weakness

Stiffness and WeaknessStiffness usually accompanies back problems. Your dog may become reluctant to turn his head and he might simply move his entire body instead. He may also show inability or reluctance to walk or stand up. His movement may become limited and he will start to move more slowly.

If the injury is causing pain to your dog, his back legs may become weakened and he may try to avoid using them.

5. Bruising or Bleeding

Visible bruises on your dog’s back are a clear sign of an injury. Other noticeable physical symptoms include bleeding, lacerations and puncture wounds. And even if there is no bruising, you may notice abnormal alignment or curvature of the animal’s spine, which often indicates some back issue.

6. Behavioral Changes

If you sense that your dog’s behavior has changed in any way, it usually means that something is wrong. Your pooch might pace more, refuse to do his normal activities or lose his appetite. Behavioral changes can be caused by many different health issues, including back pain or discomfort.

RELATED: 8 Ways to Prevent Injuries in Dogs

What Causes Dog Back Problems

What Causes Dog Back Problems?

While any dog can experience back problems, some breeds are more likely to suffer from certain conditions. For example, Pekingese, Dachshunds, Beagles, Corgis, Poodles and Shih Tzus are prone to chronic back problems. German Shepherds and Boxers are at higher risk of spondylosis.

Age can also be a huge factor in developing back problems, as well as obesity. Some back issues are a result of overexertion, especially muscle spasms. Trauma and injuries to the back will almost always result in back pain, at least for a short term.

Common medical conditions that cause back pain in dogs include arthritis, spondylosis, degenerative myelopathy, slipped disc, enlarged prostate and disorders of the meninges (membranes that cover dog’s spine and brain). Cancer on the spine or vertebrae can also cause back issues, although it is not that common.

Veterinary Treatments for Back Problems

Veterinary orthopedic bandage for dog's back.
Veterinary orthopedic bandage for dog’s back.

Treatment for back problems in dogs will depend on the specific issue, so take your pooch to a vet clinic to get the correct diagnosis first.

For example, treating intervertebral disc disease entails physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications and rest. The vet may also prescribe a special veterinary orthopedic bandage for the dog’s back like the one you can see in the photo to the right. In some more severe cases, back surgery is another (necessary) option.

Muscle spasms require rest but your vet may also prescribe muscle relaxants to decrease the tension in the muscles around your dog’s spine. Hydrotherapy may be also recommended for relief from back pain.

Back problems caused by an enlarged prostate can be prevented by neutering/spaying. If your dog develops prostate problems, your vet may prescribe a series of antibiotics along with some anti-inflammatory drugs.

Cancer treatment includes surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

What You Can Do for Your Dog's Back Issues

What You Can Do for Your Dog’s Back Issues

In addition to medical treatment, there are some things you yourself can do at home to prevent back issues in the first place, but also help your dog with his back problems and make his life more comfortable and less painful.

1. Watch Your Dog’s Weight

Maintaining healthy weight is key to preventing and dealing with back issues. Monitor your dog’s weight to make sure that he is not overweight or obese. Excess weight will strain your dog’s back and may cause additional problems. If your dog needs to lose weight, ask your vet to recommend a weight loss plan.

2. Monitor Exercise

Exercise is a good way to prevent issues with the back as it keeps your dog’s muscles strong and stretched. While exercise is also important for dogs that already have back problems, you will probably need to limit the extent of it to avoid potential irritation to the back. Stick to light walks and avoid running, jumping or any other activity that involves sharp motions which may hurt the pet’s back.

3. Install Ramps or Use Steps

Install Dog Ramps or Use Pet StepsIf your dog has back problems, using ramps or stairs to help the dog get onto beds, into cars and so on is a good way to help him limit straining. You may have to take some time to train your pooch to use pet ramps or pet steps but it will definitely make his life easier.

For dogs with severe back issues, ramps are better than steps; installing ramps on the stairs is also particularly important, especially if your dog uses them often.

4. Avoid Slippery Surfaces

Dogs with back problems often have difficulty walking, particularly on slippery surfaces. If your home has tiles, hardwood floors or linoleum, consider covering them with carpets or mats to ensure your dog’s comfort and safety. If your pooch has chronic back problems that are likely to stay for the rest of his life, you may need to install special flooring that’s more favorable for your pup.

5. Get a Special Harness

A special, high-quality dog harness can help your Fido do his daily activities a lot easier if he has back problems. Some of the special sling harnesses out there are specifically made for walking support for dogs with arthritis, as well as back, hip and joint problems.

For example, this harness allows you to pick up your pup’s hindquarters without bending down and provide your pooch with extra support when he walks. To save money, you can also make your own DIY rear leg sling which will work just as well.

How to make a DIY rear dog leg sling

6. Try Alternative Medicine

In addition to the traditional modern medication that will be prescribed by your vet, you can also ask them to recommend some alternative therapy and natural remedies to help alleviate the dog’s back pain. You can try with physical therapy, hydrotherapy, laser therapy, acupuncture, massages or even localized hot and cold therapy.

When it comes to natural remedies for back problems in dogs, Chinese herbal medicine is believed to have very positive effects based on anecdotal evidence (there are no studies to prove its effectiveness, however). You can also try with antioxidants or dietary supplements with glucosamine and chondroitin, most commonly the same supplements used for arthritis. However, you should always consult your veterinarian before you add any supplements or natural remedies to your dog’s diet.

In Summary

Back problems in dogs are a relatively common occurrence, especially in senior dogs. They can be either genetic or come as a result of an injury or some specific health issue. If your pooch has back problems, take him to the veterinarian to get the right diagnosis and a therapy plan.

While you cannot treat dog back problems yourself, you can help the dog with pain and discomfort as well as manage those back issues in a few ways, such as watching the pet’s weight, ensure proper exercise regime, cover slippery surfaces with carpets and installing ramps or using sling harnesses.

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