- Find a Pet-Friendly Campground: Do your research by calling up the authorities at the campgrounds to find out if your pet is welcome. They are also the best people to give you region-specific tips to keep your pet safe.
- Book a Campsite Well in Advance: Don’t just assume that you will get a campsite. Campgrounds routinely get full during high seasons. Stay safe and book your site well in advance.
- Pack a Canine-Specific First Aid Kit: Your first aid kit should be geared to tackle canine-specific emergencies. For example, hydrogen peroxide to treat accidental ingestion of toxic plants is a must.
- Take Your Dog to the Vet for a Thorough Check Up: Get your pet all checked up before leaving home.
- Carry an Extra Leash: Leashes and collars can break. Dogs tend to get more excited when they are in unknown territories. This means the collar and leash have to withstand more violent tugs. Carry an extra pair of leash and collar just in case.
- Tie-Outs are Essential: To stop your dog from venturing out or invading the neighboring campsite, it’s best to bring along a sturdy tie-out.
- Buy Biodegradable Poop Bags: Poop management is essential. Carry a biodegradable poop bag so you can bury the poop without the guilt of pollution.
- Carry a Few Different Types of Pet Medications: Buy dog medications online before you head out. It’s a good idea to carry anti-anxiety meds and pills for treating nausea.
- Make Sure All the Documents Are in Order: Make sure all your dog’s documents including registration paper, vaccination record, and medical records are with you when traveling. Some campgrounds check vaccination records before allowing entry.
- Conduct Regular Training Sessions Leading Up to the Trip: It’s critical that your dog listens to you when out on the road. Your dog should be trained to quickly respond to commands such as “leave it” and “come here”.
- Get Your Dog Used to Wearing Doggie Shoes: Dogs take time to adjust to shoes. Make sure you walk your dog regularly with the shoes on before the camping trip.
- Check the Local Weather: Bad weather can ruin your trip and it’s worse when you are traveling with a dog. Check the weather forecast before booking the campsite. Also, check the local weather just before leaving home.
- Get Your Dog Microchipped: Microchipping is a routine procedure that proves that you are the owner of the dog. It also gives you a greater chance of finding your dog if it gets lost during the trip.
Going camping with dogs provides a great bonding opportunity for pets and their human parents. Dogs make amazing camping partners as they are usually fit enough to trek for hours. They are also quite happy sharing a sleeping space inside the tent with their parents. If you pick the right camping site and take certain precautions, you are up for an amazing adventure with your dog. To stay safe this camping season, the following are 13 essential tips for overnight camping with your pet.
They say that a mirror is a gateway to another dimension. But for me, a mirror is a tool I use to simply adore my own devilishly handsome looks. Even though sometimes the mirror seems to not agree with that statement. Human beings are fascinated with themselves and how they look and how people perceive them. Most spend hours upon hours in the mirror admiring their ourselves, trying to fix and nip at any faults they might find. Humans are conscious spiritual beings who understand self and have a greater understanding of life and all surroundings. We know once we look at a mirror, the mirror gives a reflection of the person looking, normally yourself. But what about animals such as a cat or dog. Do dogs recognise themselves in a mirror? Do they have that conscious spark to tell their brains that the dog they see in the mirror is himself and not another dog looking at them? Well below is what scientist have found out about a dogs reflection in the mirror.
Dogs Reflection In The Mirror.
If you take a young puppy and place the dog in front of a mirror. That pup will bark at his own reflection thinking it is another dog. In the pup's mind, it is saying, "Wow! I found a new playmate." But after futile gestures for the pup in the mirror to interact, the pup eventually loses interest. The pup eventually may grow up and ignore the mirror only seeing it as a useless object with no purpose.
There are however animals with self-awareness which will recognise themself in a mirror. Animals such as Dolphins, Orangutans and Gorillas. Most other species of animals such as cats, dogs, raccoons, bears etc, will either treat the image as another animal, or come to ignore it completely.
Dogs Fail The Mirror Test
Gordon Gallup, a psychologist from the State University of New York at Albany, did a similar experiment on chimpanzees. First he introduced a mirror into the home cage of a chimpanzee. At first they reacted as if they were seeing another individual but over time they learned that this was their own reflection. Next Gallup anesthetised the chimpanzee and painted a red mark on its eyebrow and another over its ear. When the anaesthesia wore off, the chimp failed to show any interest in the marks until it caught sight of itself in the mirror. On seeing its image with the red marks the chimp began to act like children who know that they are looking at themselves in the mirror, and began to touch their own eyebrow and ear, while carefully watching its image in the mirror. Gallup believes that this means that the chimp is self-aware. It understands that it is an individual and that the reflection that it is looking at is of himself.
The conclusion that researchers drew from the fact that dogs fail the mark and mirror test is that dogs lack self-awareness, and thus consciousness. Another conclusion that could be drawn, of course, is that dogs recognize that that is their own reflection, but they are simply not as vain and concerned with their appearance as higher primates.
But my conclusion is that dogs probably know that it is there own reflection and simply doesn't give a cat's poo pot. They are simply not that interested in looking at their own self when they have a nice bowl of food to eat, a cat to bark at and a good master to love.
So you want to get a pooch but you are not sure about the living arangments needed to have a dog at home. Especially if the home is cramped for space. Well, if you live in small apartments, say a one bedroom facility. You can still have a dog of choice if you ensure that the animal still gets all it needs to grow healthy. But for many small apartment dwellers, having a large dog in that small space will not sit well. So many of these renters go for the much smaller dogs breeds like:
But one should also not the temperament of any dog before thinking about getting a dog for an apartment. You see, not because the dog is small means that it will be OK in a confined environment. Most of these small dog breeds have a history of hunting. Yes, mos were bred to catch vermin. They are quick, very active and can be quite playful. So what does one do when you own a dog say in a townhouse environment. Well, let's meet Jill.
Meet Jill The Small Townhouse Dog Owner.
Joe has a nice townhouse with a fully fenced in yard. When Joe gets home from work he opens the door and lets the dog out. The dog sniffs around, does his business, and comes back to be let in. Joe then makes dinner, sits in front of the TV while the dog sits beside him and stares, and he lets the dog out again before bed.
Jill knows his dog and his dog understands the arrangement living in Jill's house.
Large Active Dogs Living Area.
If you decide on owning a much larger dog that is naturally active. It is best that you find a living area where the dog has enough leg room to let loose. Some dogs just do not do well living in cramped spaces and will become depressed in those conditions. Dogs such as the ones listed below require a lot of leg room and exercise.
Are you tired of those dried out dog foods that seem to be doing nothing for your dog? If so why not simply make your own dog food? A lot of dog owners may think that making dog food is a difficult task, but it is as easy as one two three. The fact is, you can make dried or wet dog food at home which is probably much more nutritious than those high priced dog food brands packed with grains. Grains are for herbivores. You dog is a meat eater in all build of its genetics and should be fed much more meat than grains. So if you have the least bit of interest in creating your own dog food. Let’s get started here.
What you will need to make your own dog food.
Rosemary Extract is a Natural Meat Preservative.
Rosemary extract is made from the distillation of rosemary leaves and is a powerful preservative. Its anti-microbial composition contains carnosic and rosmaranic acid, antioxidants that act as shields to decay. The Phytochemical Database supervised by Dr. James Duke from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, states that rosemary has over 24 antioxidants that have a longer life span of activity than most other types of antioxidants.
The main ingredient to put in any dog food is meat right, so we can use meats which a dog would naturally hunt in the wild. Get meats such as chicken, turkey, duck, rabbit, sheep, beef, etc. Ensure that the meats you get are boneless meats as bones should never be fed with dog food at the same time.
This process may take some time, time which many dog owners do not have. But at least you actually know what is in the food you feed your dog and have the peace of mind that your dog is eating healthy and natural.
Dog owners love it when their dogs just surround them with love. They wag their tails, they jump up o you and you and then they just stuff a piece of whatever they are eating into their dogs mouth. Whao! Hold up their bud. There are foods which are good for your dog and their are foods which can cause your dog to get sick or die. Below are a list of foods you should never to give you feline pal.
1. Grapes and Raisins - This one might not be as widely known, and that might be a result of the reason behind it being somewhat unknown as well, but grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. It is best to avoid giving either of these to your dog at all.
2. Chocolate (& Caffeine) - Now even if you have never had a dog of your own you probably know that chocolate is toxic to dogs. What you might not know is that this also extends to coffee and caffeine. All of these items come from cacao seeds, which contain methylxanthines. This has been known to cause numerous ill effects in dogs and even death. They should be kept far away from your pets.
3. Salt - When ingested in large amounts, salt can cause pets to have excessive thirst and urination. This can lead to severe dehydration and even sodium ion poisoning, so it's best to limit the salty snacks you give your dogs. Some common salty snacks to watch out for can include pretzels, chips, popcorn etc.
4. Bread - This common table food can cause bloating and twisting in your dogs stomach. This extends to all forms of bread, from sliced to baked. Also, when eating raw dough, the ethanol produced from the yeast can cause your dog to become drunk. Obviously, you do not want that so you are going to want to keep all forms of bread away from your pups.
5. Candy. Chocolate candy should never be given to your dog. Chocolate may cintain a toxic sweenter called Xyltol which will make your dog hop skip and race to the vet.
6. Coffee. Don't give it to them, period. They Will die!
Dogs require a lot of attention. You will have to show your dog love and care as if it was a small child. They command our attention and affection so much that some dogs go into depression when they don't get any from their owners. But aside from just running around and patting your dog down. There are other ways to spend meaningful time with your dog by reading short dog story to your canine pal.
This short story ebook about dogs have received good comments from many dog owners and I am just completely happy with this books fun and wackiness.
Clive Williams is an Animal Enthusiast and the father of two dogs, Nica and Venom.
Animal Lovers Love This Adventurous and Fun Story!
Christmas Story for Dog Lovers.
Dog Short Story