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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Choosing A Bed To Suit Your Dog

Choosing A Bed To Suit Your Dog
by: Rupert Brown

Alongside a fully functional cage, dog beds are perhaps one of the most vital pieces of dog-owning kit, providing your pooch with a comfortable and safe place to rest. No matter what size, shape, age or breed, every dog needs a place to call their own, a place to retreat to when he/she needs to get away from it all.

Nevertheless, every dog has its own individual requirements when it comes to sleeping arrangements, so take the time to consider your dog's personality and favorite activities before you commit to buying a new bed. If your dog is the 'outdoorsy' type, enjoying frolicking in the mud or working as a gundog, then a waterproof and wipe clean plastic bed could be the most practical option. Whilst this type of bed may seem a little uncomfortable, remember that you can add a washable mattress or thick towel into the bed that can easily be removed and provide that extra bit of comfort for your peace of mind.

From fleece, to suede and cord, soft dog beds come in a variety of materials and are ideal for those that like to pamper their dog. Coming in a range of sizes and colours, soft dog beds can be tailored to fit in with your home furnishings, providing a doggy extension to the home. Smaller donut styles are ideal for smaller dogs, whilst snuggle beds with sides, are perfect for medium to larger sized canine friends.

Innovations in mattress technology have also provided pet stores with the ability to produce memory foam beds for dogs - ideal for older canines with arthritic changes. Fitting perfectly to your dogs shape, these beds can provide a high level of support for dogs suffering with ailments such as sore backs or respiratory issues.

Well we couldn't end the article without talking about boutique, designer dog beds. If your companion enjoys the luxury in life, then a four poster or princess castle dog bed could be just the ticket. Whilst this type of bed is normally reserved for toy breeds, when purchased sensibly they can provide a fun and stylish place to sleep for a spoilt dog.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Do You Have A Smelly Dog? Here's Why

Do You Have A Smelly Dog? Here's Why
by: Davis Messerer

All dog owners obviously love their pets, since they would not be going to so much trouble to keep them otherwise! They are lovable and caring, and can be the perfect friend & companion in sorrow and joy. But maintaining a pet certainly comes with a great deal of responsibility, and one realizes this only in case of extreme circumstances how important it is to take care of everything. Here, I am specifically talking about you in case you have the problem of a Smelly dog.

Irrespective of the breed, or how much you may seemingly ensure that they stay away from places that smell bad, one fact is for certain – dogs are dogs! And no matter what you do, they have a natural tendency of breaking all restrictions and doing the things they love. Unfortunately, this also means that you are going to have more than a couple of instances when you have to see your smelly dog out on the porch and have no choice but to let him in and think of how you can solve the problem. Let's take a look at some of the more common solutions.

First of all, you need to notice the condition of your Smelly dog fur. It may be so that he has visited and played in certain places that have led to dry feces, dirt, or similar foreign substances getting stuck, which carries the odor to your doorstep. However, the foul smell could also be due to medical reasons, as your dog could be suffering from diabetes or any other disease that leads to bad breath as one of its side effects, particularly in case of dental diseases. A damaged anal gland or ear could also be the cause of bad odor coming from your dog, although the medical treatment that is done to cure this disease is extremely painful for the dog! But then again, there's no getting around to it. The more you delay, the worse it would get.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Dog Waste Bags Helps in Cleaner Environment

Dog Waste Bags Helps in Cleaner Environment
by: Farrukh Baig

It is a great feeling of walking outside, the beautiful sunset, the cool breeze and then suddenly realizes that you just stepped in dog waste. No one likes to step in, look at, or smell dog poop that is a fact, the difficult thing is getting the owners of dogs to take a few seconds and pick up the poo. If you own a dog then you probably own waste bag. Just like your baby needs its diapers, your dog needs dog waste bags. This feeling could be totally avoided if dog owners would take responsibility for their pets and start carrying dog waste bags when they take their pets on outings. They are a simple and efficient way to clean up after your dog.

The other beauty of a dog poop bag is that most of them are now biodegradable. This is good because a typical plastic bag can take thousands of years to decompose at a dump. A biodegradable dog waste bag on the other hand, will decompose in approximately three years. The nice thing about the poop bags is that once you get the poop in the bag, you can tie it shut and throw it away. They come in all different colors such as black, red, pink, yellow, orange, purple, blue, and green. And if you want to accessorize your accessory, you can get dog poop bag dispensers in the shape of a bone! The options are endless really.

One of the nice things about dog waste bags is that they are very portable. They are made of light weight plastic and are very durable for the most part. These bags are designed to be carried by the user for when their dog leaves a little present for some unsuspecting passerby. The user can grab the poo with the bag and then either seal it or tie it so that the bag can be handled and thrown away. You don't have to go into the garage to get a shovel, or wash off whatever tool it is that you usually use. They lock in odors so your garbage doesn't stink, and they're an easy way to pick up the poop without smearing it all over your lawn.

Dog waste bags have become so popular because they are so easy to use. Some cities have taken surprising steps to prevent the build up of dog poo in their parks and on their trails; they have installed dispensers with dog waste bags. They are so small and convenient that they are the only answer to cleaning up after your dog on a walk.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - How to Socialize Your Puppy

How to Socialize Your Puppy
by: Linda Betarno

Socializing your new puppy is a fun and entertaining process. You must proceed with caution, however, as these first introductions may affect your puppy’s social behavior for some time to come. A puppy who is allowed free reign in a new introduction may be hard to control, whereas one who is bullied by another dog or frightened by tail pulling children may become nervous in future situations.

The first step to socializing your pup is to take him on regular walks where you will have leash control but he can make some friends. A walk around your neighborhood can help your puppy to meet your neighbors, their children and their dogs. Having your puppy on a leash for these introductions will help you to keep him close, while he explores. If at any time you feel like the situation is frightening for your puppy or if your puppy becomes overexcited, head home for a puppy break.

The next introduction place for your puppy is your local park. Avoid letting strange children pet your puppy unless their parents are right beside them. You never know if a child has allergies or even if that child may pull your puppy’s tail. You should also know that your little guy may try to bite and play with children as he did with his litter mates. For this reason, you may need to put a muzzle on him if you are at all worried about this activity.

Many parks have a dog park within them. These dog parks are sometimes divided into larger and smaller breed areas. This keeps smaller breeds from getting hurt from playing with the larger dogs. Although your puppy is small, if he or she is of a larger breed, you should socialize in the big dog area. After all, your puppy will be playing with these more energetic dogs when he or she is full grown.

Whether the dog park area is joint for big and small dogs or separate, be sure to keep an eye on your puppy at all times. You will have to clean up after him, and you will also need to make sure he does not eat anything that could cause harm. You may even want to walk the dog area over to be sure there are no lurking dangers.

If you have close family members with children, you should set up a special time for those children to come and meet your puppy. Make sure their parents are present and make sure you always stay with your dog around children. Also, don’t let the children feed your puppy as this can cause him to beg and become a nuisance to you and to the children when they visit.

Play dates are a great idea for new parents as well as new pet parents. Meet regularly with one or two friends with dogs. These doggy play dates are a great way to develop some one-on-one puppy friendships. This will also give you an opportunity to discuss puppy specifics such as vets, foods, toys an and training methods.

Every puppy and their pet parent can benefit from a great dog training class. Training classes are a good place to meet other new pet parents and their new pups. These classes will also help you to work with your dog on some basic commands including sit, down, and stay. Teaching your puppy these commands in a public environment can help to foster them listening to you even with other commotions happening. It will also allow the dogs in the class to follow the example of one another.

Socializing your puppy is an important part of his development and training. When in doubt about any puppy behavior, ask your vet.