As dogs become part of your loved ones, you will find
instances wherein you would want to bring them with you if you travel, or when
you might need to relocate elsewhere. Transporting
your canine isn’t as simple as lugging your canine friend throughout the plane,
however, it does not have to be overly complicated. Here are some tips regarding how to properly
transport your dogs.
1. Choose the right sized animal container. Make sure that your pet can move comfortably
within the container, with enough room to face and sit erect, sleep the night
and turn throughout the box while standing.
This means that you ought to measure the animal’s girth (in one side of
the company’s body on the other), height (from the floor to the top of the
head), leg length (in the floor towards the part where its legs meet the body)
and body length (from the snout on the base of the tail). Taking these measurements, get a box which is
twice the girth on one side, about up to the height measurements, so when wide
as your body length and half the leg length.
The box needs to have ventilation holes and a
handle. To be sure that your particular
animal container will be licensed by the airline you are planning to take, call
them beforehand and request for their specifications. It is also strongly recommended to get the
container well ahead of your airlines.
You may also take place your dog carrier if you have
it, but be sure to seek the airline’s approval days before your travel
date. Some airlines require that your
canine friend container be generated of sturdy materials, so check if your
container meets their standards you aren’t.
If you’ve got a small pet, you don’t need to worry
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The dog collar and the dog leash are the most important tools to train
your dog in how to fit into human society. As you know not all humans are dog
lovers. So it is our responsibility, as owners, to teach our dogs how to
respect the human boundaries. This in turn will also teach our human friends to
respect the canine as part of everyday life. This also keeps our dogs safe and
secure in their surroundings as we share our everyday life, play time and
travel time with them. Here are a few guidelines for training your dog to wear
a collar and leash.
When your puppy is about 4 to 6 weeks old, he or she should be old
enough to wear their first collar, make sure it is light weight.
At this time show the leash to
him, leave it around where he can sniff and investigate it, this will let him
familiarize himself with it. Attach the leash to the collar several times
during this adjustment period, this will get him adjusted to the sounds it
makes attaching to the dog collar, but never leave it attached during this time.
Around 10 weeks your puppy should
be old enough to try attaching the dog leash for the very first walk, but never
force the issue. You can try later if your puppy looks or acts scared or
apprehensive. Attach the leash several times it needed to make your puppy
comfortable with what you are doing. Praise and talk to your puppy as you
attach the dog leash, try calling to him and use the natural instinct of your
dog to come to you and start walking, coaching him along the way. As always
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Are you one of the 80%
whose home is also home to a dog or cat? I am. I have had a dog in my life
since I was in college and each one has been extra special. I am one of those
pet owners who celebrates their pets birthdays. One who buys their pets and
their friends’ pets gifts at Christmas. So it is no surprise that at the death
of each dog, I took the loss hard. But when I lost two dogs within two weeks of
each other one summer, the grief was overwhelming.
Our dog Fox was
diagnosed with Mast Cell Tumors. The prognosis was not good but we went with
the surgery and were among the lucky ones. He bounced right back and we had him
for another three years. Then our luck ran out. He became very ill, very
quickly and knowing it was best for him, we let him go. Anyone who has had to
make that decision knows how hard it is. We still had his beautiful and loving
litter mate and thought of getting another dog immediately to keep her company.
Before we could do so, she became ill. She wouldn’t eat and she became
lethargic. Even with all of our love and medical assistance from our vet, she
died two weeks later. I believe she died of a broken heart and I was sure I was
going to also.
There are two points
of view about how soon after the loss of a pet before letting another one into
your heart and home. Some people need to get another pet immediately. They say
it helps with the grief. Others need to have some time alone, feeling it is
disrespectful to their pet’s memory to replace the lost pet … Read More
bringing your canine friend on a commercial airline anytime down the road?
We’ve searched the airline’s service fees and safety records as they related to
pets to give you the additional facts you need before you book that next trip.
With a little preparation, taking dogs on planes can be less expensive and much
less of a hassle!
Carry-on or Checked?
The first question you
should ask yourself is whether or not you’ll be carrying your canine friend on
the flight with you or checking him and putting him in the hands of the airline
to be carried in the plane’s cargo area. This decision typically will come down
to size, with there currently being simply no choice but to check larger dogs
Carrying your Doggie on with You
Traveling dog owners
with dogs small enough (each airline has varying rules regarding this) have the
option to bring their dog on the flight with them in the cabin. The main factor
we considered was simply cost. In that regard, Southwest Airlines was the major
carried with the lowest charge ($75 each way) to carry-on your dog. The airline
also offers the P.A.W.S. (Pets are Welcome on Southwest) guide. This is really
a pleasant move for an airline that didn’t even allow dogs (or any other pets)
only a short while ago.
Also worthy mention is
definitely JetBlue. While they now charge more than Southwest ($100 each way),
their Jetpaws program is specifically designed for flyers traveling with dogs
on planes. The program includes a pet bag tag, a welcome e-mail with important details
and their “Pettiquette” guidebook describing etiquette with regard to
dog travel. As an additional bonus, members of JetBlue’s frequent flier plan,
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There are dogs and
puppies that like to chew on different kinds of vegetables. It may be a way to
clean their teeth or they do it just for fun. Be very careful with this
attitude, your dog may poison itself and die. People have taken to study home
remedies that will help in these situations because their pets have had
accidents before or they just want to know what to do when it happens.
For example dogs like
to chew on raw, hard vegetables like carrots or broccoli this is fine but
eating tomatoes or raw potatoes will cause your dog to shake like a leaf,
stomach pains and contractions and a rapid and dangerous heart beat. Corn on
the cob would also be adequate for your dog to clean his teeth with and scratch
its gums with it. The cob is extremely dangerous and the pieces will stick to
his intestines and they will have to be removed surgically.
Vegetables cooked in
oil and then salted are also hazardous for your dog. All of you that like to
sit and feed your dog fries and potato chip are damaging his digestive system.
Dogs do not need the salt and oil we poison ourselves with. Every time you give
a piece of pizza to your dog you are endangering his health; mushrooms are
poisonous to dogs, they have tomato sauce on them and other vegetables that
might hurt him.
I know of a poodle
that ate raw onions and had no reaction against them; however onions, chives,
leeks and garlic will upset their stomach producing gases, pain and vomiting.
The old tale about feeding your dog garlic to keep the fleas away does not really
work and you will be hurting him with it.
Everybody enjoys a
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