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Monsoon is Here – Your Dog Needs Your Care!

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How to care for your dogs in monsoon season

It will affect your dog physically and psychologically if he has to stay inside even in the rainy season. Therefore, it is important for you to prepare your dog for the monsoon even if your stay in or go outside. A dog being a creature of habit need to keep the same routine otherwise or it will stress out.
Keep in mind that there is no excuse to keep your dog locked in because it is raining outside. In such situations, all your need to do is take all the safety and protective measures to keep your dog healthy.
Here is a few set of tips that will help you in this case.
Keep your dog dry
Wet or moist the fur is a perfect brooding region for parasites and microscopic organisms. Ensure that:
• You rub down your pooch prior and then afterward your walk or in case, he gets wet.
• To remove the dampness you can also blow-dry the fur.
• During the monsoon season, bathing your dog can turn out to be a messy situation.
• Instead of giving your dog a regular bath, it is advised that you utilize a dry shampoo.
Keep the Paws clean
Paws being exposed to the ground all the time are sensitive part and thus are more prone to infections. You can make your dog wear protective boots in the monsoon season. It will not allow the insects, mud, grass and water to get in the paws.
In case your dog does not use the paw-wear, make sure that you wipe off and clean the dirt after every walk. If you have, long haired breeds that you must consider trimming the fur in this raining season.
Keep the bedding dry
A warm and dry bed is the best pleasure that you can give to your dog in the wet season. Make sure that the bedding and food of your pet are covered all the time. The cold surface can harm the joints of your dog so it is important that you take extra care. Change the bedding often to prevent the accumulation of germs and bacteria.
Conduct activities
In the monsoon season, arranging the outdoor activities will not turn out to be a good decision. The only choice you are left with is to arrange the activities inside the house. The best idea is to play fetch or perform different tricks inside the house or in the garage where the chances of getting wet are the least.
In case you live in an apartment, it will be a better choice to make your dog take the stairs.
Pay attention to the feeding
In the rainy season, the dog might become allergic to some food items. Therefore, you must:
• Add more fruits and vegetables to the bowl
• Reduce the amount of feeding to avoid the dog from getting overweight
• Balance his level of food intake and physical activates
Following these instructions will allow you to keep your dog safe and healthy in the monsoon season.

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WHY DOGS ARE WEIRDLY CUTE

We are all weird at times in life. From mood swings to doing weird things when no one is watching, everyone has a super weird secret of their own. But hey! That’s pretty much a secret.
While you must be going all perplexed about their eerie escapade, our canine friends are pretty normal with their strange manners. You might find some of these uncanny ways cute, while some will completely gross you out.
Let’s take a look at some of the common uncommon behaviors of our beloved fluffies –
1. Chasing Tails.tail2

 

When they run in circles over and over again trying to catch their own tail is the funniest thing you’ll see in a dog’s world. You might often wonder that why on earth would they chase their own tails? But as odd as it may seem, there are a couple of reasons why your dog exhibits this kind of behavior. Their natural characteristic is to chase things. Your pup will look at its tail as an enjoyable play-toy to chase around. This becomes a habit over time. In case your dog is not a habitual tail-chaser, chances are that he has a flea or tick problem that needs to be looked upon.

2. Stop eating! That’s your own POOP!

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Now this surely seems the weirdest of all! How can they eat their own poop!? I mean, is this for real? My little furry baby is so beautiful and adorable, how can he lower himself down into such filth? And adding to this, it has a scientific name too. Coprophagy is the term for eating feces, which is actually quite common in our canine darlings. The reason to this is the survival instinct in them. In order to keep the enemies away, they eat their poop so that they cannot be tracked. We still love them anyway, don’t we?

3. Scratching the Floor before Sleeping

To humans, this may seem weird seeing someone scratch their beds before dozing off. But to our fluffy friends, it is just like fluffing pillows is for humans. Dogs scratch the floor and turn around in circles before plopping on their bed. Strange as it may sound, it is a natural behavior for all dogs. It is meant to create comfort, warmth and claim their bed territory. Makes sense now, right?

4. Butt Sniffing

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Umm. Okay.
So dogs have this habit of sniffing butts of other dogs they meet. They do it turn-wise. It is a way of greeting, just like a handshake is for humans. Weird much? Here’s the reason – by doing this unreal ritual, dogs can find out a list of things about the other dog; their health status, their sex, their diet and even their moods. Call it a superpower (super-curse maybe :/) or whatever, it is known that a dog’s sense of smell is 1,000,000 times more sensitive than humans. They smell and they know. That’s how weirdly cool they are. B-)

5. Licking anything and everything

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Yes, we all know the heights of this habit of theirs. Mostly, with domestic dogs, it is due to affection. But this continues for strangers and even other animals sometimes. Studies show that dogs like the salty taste on their owner’s skin. Also, puppies are licked by their mother as soon as they are out of the womb so as to keep them clean and to make them able to breathe properly. This becomes a habit eventually in all dogs.

These are just some of the weird things our cute furies do. But despite of all the gross and weird behaviors, we are deeply and madly crazy for them.

No matter how strange and unreal they get, we can never live without them. Because when it comes to loving your pet, UNCONDITIONAL is just an understatement. 🙂

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Breeds and the Masters :: PUMI

The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog.
—George Graham

ORIGIN : Hungry
HEIGHT : Maximum is 20-22 inches.
WEIGHT : 10 to 15 kg (Dog)
8 to 13 kg (Bitch)
LIFE EXPECTANCY : Averagely 12-14 years.

THE DOG THAT CANNOT KEEP QUIET. This is how it is defined. They are damn mouthy. These Hungarian small sized herding breed of dog is energetic, high spirited and very vocal. They are also very restless and love to move around. Most owners say that its impossible to tire a Pumi because these dogs are naturally inquisite and they make an excellent watch dog. To represent its alertness and happy character it carries its tail high and ears ever alert. The compact hind feet are set back from the body. The chest is deep and ribs are somewhat flat. The feet are strong, with elastic pads and hard nails. They are vigorous and barks every time even on the slightest noise.

TRAINING:
Pumi’s are very protective to their own family and very reserved to the strangers. They are active and lively hence easy to train as they are intelligent and obedient breed. These breeds imitate their mother and companion even as a pup. They are known to display unlimited talents when trained properly. They have won world championship records in obedience competitions.

TOYS:
Frisbee’s and tennis ball are their favorite and when he has decided to play you have to be ready to play. Who can say no to a demanding pumi. Hardly possible. They have a tendency to hang on high to find out the activities going on around him. They can even be treated as a lap dog but as they come to sense something more interesting going on around them, they will leave you deserted.

COAT AND HAIR:
They have a thick and curly coat with medium length fur i.e. approx. 7 cm long. They have soft undercoat and harsh undercoat. They require maintenance. They need to be combed every few weeks and even trimming is required every 2-4 months. This puppy sheds almost no hair. But removal of excess hair from ears is recommended whenever required.

EXERCISE:
Super active breed needs a lot of exercise. These are outdoor dogs and are well deserved to be kept on entrance as watch dogs and guarding dogs on farm. For their urban settlement you need to find a good replacement to keep this puppy very occupied which may include walks and jogs. When walks are considered make sure you make them walk behind you so as to make him realize that a leader needs to lead the way and it has to be a human.

COLOUR:
Most Pumis are gray, and any shade of gray is accepted in the show ring. Gray Pumis are born black but puppies usually start graying at the age of 6 to 8 weeks, and the shade gradually lightens. The final shade can be predicted by the color of the parents. Other accepted colors are black, white, and maszkos fakó, which is cream to red with a darker mask. Other colors are possible, but not accepted for shows. Black and tan, brown, blue, and wolf-colored puppies are born occasionally.

DID YOU KNOW???

  • First Pumis were imported to Finland in 1972.
  • The word “Pumi” had its first mention in 1815 describing a variety of a Sheep Dog.
  • Its origin place is Hungary and this place had more than 2000 registrations 1990s.

CAUTION:
If you want a dog who could just sit on a sofa and let you relax, this one is definitely not for you. But for other reasons you may owe one and shop for him on waggytaggy.com, your official puppy partner. 🙂

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Breeds and the Masters :: GOLDEN RETRIEVERS

“Dogs don’t rationalize. They don’t hold anything against a person. They don’t see the outside of a human but the inside of a human.”
—Cesar Millan (dog trainer)

ORIGIN: United Kingdom (Scotland)
HEIGHT: Maximum is 20-22 inches.
WEIGHT: Maximum of 25-30 kgs.
LIFE EXPECTANCY: Averagely 10-12 years.

LARGE and SMART:

These two words hold almost entire of their description. These large sized and strongly built breed of dogs are very friendly and confident. They are not just one-man dogs, they are equally compatible with the strangers as well and this characteristic make them a poor watch dog. They are one of the brightest breed in terms of intelligence. They are popular because of their high level of socializing, their calmness and importantly their willingness to learn. They are very easy to train and their focus of the given task is highly appreciable.

BASIC CHARACTERISTICS:

WATER LOVERS: They just love to be around water. Born with water repellent water coat, they have dense inner coat to provide them enough warmth in outdoors. So next time when you are out to play with water take them along to have an awesome companion to hang out with.
COMPATIBLE WITH HUMANITY: Every dog is compatible with their master but this one has an exception. They are even compatible with the strangers. They crave human attention and they know how to grab it.
HIGH ENERGY LEVEL: This breed is very high on energy and so need to have enough outdoors to utilize the same. Enough exercise is also important to maintain their energy and keep them fit.

THE DO’S AND THE DONT’S:

  • CONSISTENT AND PATIENT: They are easy learners but learning takes time. Let your Golden feel secure enough to obey your commands. Praise when he is good and sometimes ignore the bad one. Give him enough space but do not confuse them by making corrections.
  •  ATTENTION: Golden’s love attention and he will do anything to please you for that. Give him enough to make him feel like family. They love to be loved and even love to love.
  •  TRAIN AND PRAISE: Make a training schedule and train them accordingly. Very importantly, praise them. They react amazingly when you praise them. Treat them often when he makes you happy.
  •  TRAINING PERIOD: Take it easy. It will take time. Don’t make it long enough and ruin the fun because after a certain period of time even your puppy will start losing its interest.
  •  AVOID YOUR MOODS: Don’t bother your pooches when you are in bad mood. Avoid the training session when you are in your negative state and wait till you feel positive enough to pass on that positivity to your pet.

 

QUICK FUN FACTS ABOUT GOLDEN RETRIEVER:
1.They love to swim and are always ready for a game in lakes.
2. Their keen tracking ability and strong sense of smell has made them a part of search and rescuer teams.
3. They are a good therapy dogs.
4. Their origin took place in late 19th century in Scotland.
5.  They are ranked #4 in smartness after Border Collies, poodles and German Shepherds.
6. There are three types of GR i.e. British type, American type and Canadian type and they differ in color and size.
7. They are even known to take care of other animals including cats.
8. They feel sad and depressed if left alone for long period of time. According to experts, they should not be left alone for more than seven hours.

PERFECT FAMILY DOG is waiting for you. Allow him to enter your world. They are not our whole life, but they can definitely make our life whole. I am certain that the love dogs have is the closest you’ll ever come to experiencing God’s unconditional love here on earth.

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DANGEROUS DELIGHTS FOR YOUR POOCHES

Although dogs are companions to mankind but the food that is healthy to humans can be dangerous to dogs. Here is your guide to what not to feed your pooches, no matter how awesome it seems:

  1. GRAPES: This tiny juicy fruit which is a healthy snack to mankind is dangerous to dogs as much that it may lead them to loose their appetites. Dogs may even show the symptoms of diarrhea, depressions etc. this may lead to their kidney damage. Raisins being the same category is equally toxic. So next time when you are with your dog and having grapes do not think of giving them one.
  2. ONIONS: what can a human have if it doesn’t have onions. But stop! Say a big NO when it comes to dogs. Onions contain thiosulphate, a substance that causes your dog’s red blood cells to burst in a condition called hemolytic anemia. Raw or cooked both are dangerous.
  3. COFFEE AND TEA: Due to caffeine content it is very popular with humans and due to the same content it is dangerous for your pooches. It relieves humans of their stress but at the same time it may lead to hypertension or even seizures to your dogs if consumed in ingesting moderate amounts. “BEWARE”, now little spilled coffee or tea may not harm him but quantity can.
  4. CANDY: Dogs are children’s playmate and children loves candy. Its kind of normal if your kid offers a candy to its dog and he grabs it. But are you aware that consuming such a high sugar fatty candy can lead your dog suffer from pancreatitis?
  5. CHOCOLATES: You may think that dark chocolates may not harm but you are mistaken. Chocolates are the WORST kind of candy your dog can have. Chocolates contain theobromine which is somehow similar to caffeine and rest is already understood.
  6. COOKED BONES: Bones and dangerous? Yes it is. Cooked bones lead to extra calories and they are harmful for your pet. Whenever you are feeding him with bones, make sure it is RAW.
  7. FISH AND MEAT: Consumption of raw fish is highly dangerous especially salmon and trout. Raw meat is high in protein but it carries risk of microbes and parasites. So if you are feeding you pet with raw meat, ensure that you get the best quality possible and serve it FRESH
  8. SALT AND BACON: Salt poisoning is very acute as it may lead to death. Options of salt can be served like rock salt or salt water. Bacon is dangerous because of its high fat and sodium content.
  9. DAIRY PRODUCTS: Surprised?? But that’s true. When they are pups they may be happily consuming their mother’s milk but as they grow and become adults they may fail to produce enough enzymes to digest the lactose content in milk. Cheese is safe if served in little quantity as lactose content is less than milk.

SO NOW YOU HAVE SO MANY DON’Ts FOR YOU PETS. FOLLOW THEM AND HELP YOUR POOCHES MAINTAIN PROPER HEALTH AND WEIGHT. 🙂

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HOW TO HOLD A LEASH

>Walking around with your pet dog is a great pleasure. For this purpose, you put a leash in the collar of your dog. However, there are several wrong methods of holding the leash that can lead you to have major injuries. When you let your dog drag you wherever they want to go then holding the leash in the wrong way can be dangerous.

You might fall and have severe injuries like the breaking of a bone, scratches around the body and much more. Therefore, it is important for every dog owner to learn the manners to hold the leash. It can lead you to walk your dog in a safe and controlled manner.

How to hold the leash:

Hold the leash with the following given methods and you will be safe to walk your dog anywhere.

Slip your thumb:

You can slip your thumb through the handle of the leash. It is a safe method when you are taking your dog for sniffing. Use a long leash if your dog does not pull or chase your hand.

Loop the leash:

If you want your pet dog to stay closer to you, simply loop the leash over your thumb and then fold the leash many times around your hand. When it reaches your desired length then you can walk your dog around with safety.

Shorter leash:

Sometimes regarding the conditions, the dog might get aggressive or overexcited. In such situations, controlling the dog is very difficult. So you must have a small leash to fulfill the requirements of safety and control on the dog.

Bottom of the hand:

For the maximum protection and safety of the dog, when you have folded the leash around your hand, make sure that the extra part comes out of the bottom of your hand near the pinkie finger.

Put your feet:
In the public when you are talking to someone or you, want your dog to have a break. Make sure that you put your feet on the leash. You can also hold it with two hands near your belly button as if you are holding a basketball. This will protect you as the dog will not be able to drag you with him.

Dog is pulling hard:

When your dog is pulling you hard the safest method is point one hip in its direction of the pull. Keep both your shoulders and legs apart. This firm your hold on the ground and the dog will not be able to pull you towards itself.

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If you want to give your dog a long leash, simply open and close your hand. All the folds will be opened and your dog can have the freedom to move easily. This will help you to keep you hold on the ground and at the same time, your dog can enjoy.

Use these tips to walk with your dog and keep it safe. Also share with people around and make a hassle free walk.

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PUDGY PETS -SHOULDN’T BE TAKEN LIGHTLY

Just like humans, pets too have a tendency to gain weight. Yes, that’s true! Your pets can become obese too.
Obesity is a nutritional disease which is defined by excessive body fat. Dogs or cats when over nourished and with lack of exercise tend to gain weight and suffer the risk that comes along with obesity.
What causes obesity?
• Eating more than they can expend.
• Studies show that obese owners are more likely to have obese pets. It is because they are less likely to take their pets for exercise. Another reason may be that they tend to over-feed their pets just like they do with themselves.
• Female dogs are more susceptible to obesity.
• Obesity is a common thing among older dogs.
• There are various health related problems too that can cause obesity – arthritis, depression, etc.

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There may be several other reasons for pet obesity, but the risks that come along with it are quite horrifying. Some of the risks associated with obesity are:
• high blood pressure
• osteoarthritis and faster degeneration of affected joints
• cancer
• heart diseases
• bladder stones
• diabetes
• respiratory distress
Apart from this, obese pets are more likely to lead an inactive life. They may be lethargic all the time and it has always been accepted that heavy dogs lived a shorter life span than lean dogs.
So you may like your dog to look a little chubby and cute, you may like to feed him with his favorites all the time, but this kindness sure is leading him to a path full of health problems.
However, it is not difficult to plan a weight loss strategy for your pet. Here are few tips –
• Consult a vet and choose a weight goal for your pet.
• Change your pet’s food to a low calorie diet. Depriving him all of a sudden of food may make him malnourished, so choose appropriate quantities with low calories.
• Consider special diets that contain high fibre to ensure that your pet feels full.
• Replace tidbits with healthy snacks. Carrots, green beans as well as air popped popcorn make excellent snacks.
• Exercise your pet! It is as important as changing diet plan. Take him out on long walks; engage him in playful activities that involve jumping or running.
• Keep a check on your pet’s weight every week. If nothing seems working, consult your vet as the underlying problem may be something else.
Remember, once your pet reaches an ideal weight, it is important to continue these healthy tips to ensure that your pet stays away from regaining the weight.

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Canine Nutrition : Exploring the Vegetarian Side

Pets, just like humans, have different tastes, allergies, and sensitivities to foods. Therefore, when it comes to feeding your pet, you should think about more than just what food you choose. Your pet’s age and lifestyle will help determine how often you should feed your dog or cat and how much too. Some key points you must consider while feeding your dog or cat:

  • Nutritionally balanced diet
  • Checking for Allergies or Intolerance
  • Measuring the quantity and consistency of the meals
  • Age, health and physique
  • All pets are different

In sync with the above check list, let’s discuss the importance of a nutritionally balanced diet for a dog. As a dog-owner, one must and should be aware that the commonly followed ratio of meat, raw bones and veggies is 50:25:25.

Some might think that dogs are perfect carnivores and do not require any vegetable supplements, but their myth must be resolved. The dogs are completely omnivorous in nature. They require adequate amounts of veggie nutrition to stay a healthy and prolonged life. Meat-only diet is highly unnatural and unbalanced. Meat should form only a part of the over-all healthy diet, which should include bone, fruits, vegetables, offal and other supplements as well. However, there’s often confusions and controversies as to what kind of veggies to feed to the dog. To clear all of that, let’s broadly categorise them into various food families, based on which, we can comfortably decide as to what to and what not to feed our dog.

Say Yes To:

Food FamilyFruits / VegetablesAvailable NutrientsAssociated benefitsOther Remarks
Leafy VegetablesSpinach, Basil, Parsley, Asparagus and CorianderIron (in double quantity), Boosts HaemoglobinReduces chances of Cardiovascular diseases, Rejuvenates blood cellsReduces risk of cancer by a large extent
Anti OxidantsApples, berries, pumpkin and sweet potatoesVitamin A, B6, C, E, Fibre and ThiaminePrevents all kinds of stomach disorders, Diarrhoea and ConstipationBlueberry consumption prevents urinary tract infections
Melon FamilyWatermelons and CantaloupesVitamin A, B6, C, beta-carotene and foliateKeeps the dog well hydrated and boosted. Improves eyesightBe sure to remove the seeds and outer skin, else it’ll cause internal bleeding in the digestive tract

 

Apart from all the above mentioned food items, green beans are a superpower vegetable for your champ. They are extremely rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which is an essential nutrient for the physical growth and build of dogs, along with adequate amounts of Vitamin A, C, K, Calcium, Copper and fibre.

Prefer organic foods to the maximum extent possible. If you evaluate all the common food supply, you will definitely be confronted with an alarming array of contamination. This is a very real concern especially with the serious rise in canine cancer over the past decade. If unable to provide organic foods, an alternative would be to thoroughly wash and clean all that you feed your pooch. To add, it is extremely important to either lightly cook or grind up veggies before feeding them to your dog. This would help liberate nutrients that may otherwise pave through undigested, if simply fed raw.

Prevention is better is than cure. Thence, what not to feed your dog is equally important here and is mentioned below.

 

Say No To:

Food FamilyFruits / VegetablesHarm Caused
Solanaceae FamilyTomatoes, eggplant, peppers and white potatoesJoint pains, weakening of bones, food intolerance and gastric disorders
Citrus FamilyGrapefruit, raisins, oranges, lime and lemonsExtensive damage to kidneys and leads to stomach upsets.
Cruciferous FamilyCabbage, Broccoli and Cauliflowerincrease the chances of hypothyroidism – a condition represented by low thyroid gland hormone
Allium FamilyOnions, garlic, leeks and chivesToxic in all forms, may lead to anaemia

Another important care that must be taken is to never feed fruits and proteins together to your chap. Proteins take longer to digest, if you feed fruit and protein together, fruit may start to ferment, creating alcohol, which is extremely harmful to your dog. An alternative would be to feed fruits at least one hour before feeding meat or other proteins and a minimum of three hours after a protein meal. Pet owners must also note that pets find the veggies super tasty, when they are boiled or moderately cooked as they also become easier to digest!

Altogether, the take away here is that vegetables and fruits offer great health benefits with a few potential drawbacks that can be avoided or minimized, and in general are excellent and important foods to add to your dog’s diet. All we must think about is using a wide variety of vegetables and fruits in moderate amounts.

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Exercising your Labrador : The Right Way

Although, there’s no concrete one-line rule for this, however, this piece is the perfect cheat sheet for your Labrador to be the healthiest member of the family!

Exercising oneself might be boring, but exercising your pup, now that’s interesting. Just as how exercising helps humans become more efficient by oxygenating their body, dogs too need to be rejuvenated routinely.

Just like any living being, the exercise requirements of a dog too are age- dependent and vary from dog to dog, breed to breed. To talk in specific about Labradors, they are a high energy breed amongst others in the category. They crave for a more than usual levels of physical activities, and if you’re not up for it, then they might very well work it up themselves. Labradors have enormous energy which must be properly channelized to always have things have in place. Be prepared to ramp up your energy levels too, if you’re getting a Lab!

If your pup is less than a year old, researchers and observers have always advocated the thumb rule of 5 minutes of exercise per month of age. To put it simply, a six month old would require 30 minutes and an 8 month old requires 40 minutes of a daily exercise. This might include short walks in the mornings and evenings along with some soft games.

As your chap grows up, you must fit their routines based on your observations of their behavior. If they stay calmer and relaxed most of the time, then you must be assured that they’re getting enough and must continue the same way. However, if your Lab often becomes restless or resorts to destructive behavior and you feel it’s now ‘uncontrollable’, then you must realise that he’s not getting enough. In many instances, he might bark excessively and try to find every opportunity to escape. In such cases, you must devote greater time to play with your dogs. Try new variations in games and fun activities – Labs love new games that help them refresh. Some hiking or an occasional dip in the pool is a great idea!

Apart from that, pet owners must also be aware that, lesser exercise takes a toll on the fitness and health of their pet too. Sudden weight gains might hurt the muscles and joints and make the dog weaker. In such cases, always consult your vet and never miss those necessary medications. Research is always on, but knowledge increases all the time!

To maintain real good health of your little mate, always take him for a brisk walk of about 20 minutes in the morning. Along with that, an hour of jogging and some fun with the playful one in the evening, shall have him fit and ready all the time. A nice sound sleep of about 7 to 8 hours would be complementary and help him maintain that athletic tone!

Nevertheless, the better care you take for your dog, the better you get of him! He’s more than just a gym or a daily workout. Your Labrador is a complete package of energy, motivation and exercising with dual set of benefits for him as well as for you. Exercise him right, and you shall have him forever!

“To err is human; to forgive, canine..”