Finding the right dog to bring into your family home is a big decision that can affect your child’s life for the next 14 to 15 years. There are many things to consider when looking for the right dog.

Some of the questions that might be running through your mind: “Should we get a small breed or a large breed? Will we have enough time and energy to play with the dog? Is it going to be a lot of work to groom and maintain?”


 

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Pet proofing the house for the holidays

 

Christmas is right around the corner! Time for Presents under the tree, candy cane shaped cookies and carolers singing at your front door step. We get so busy decorating the house and baking goodies for the family that we don’t have time to worry about Max picking things up off the floor like ornament hangers  and eating them or getting on top of the counter and snatching those yummy chocolate frosted Christmas tree cookies that you just made.

 

 

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Leaving your dog in a hot car is now illegal in most states

 

 

Picture this….it is a hot summer day, you are out and about running errands and you start walking to your vehicle and you see a dog in a parked car with no owner. What do you do?

 

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Us owners have a big responsibility when it comes to taking care of our dogs. Since they cannot care for themselves they rely on us for everything such as: feeding them, giving them water, bathing them and giving them Love. It pretty much is like having a kid, except the only difference is, they have a tail and a furry body.If you have a full time job, and a family at home the last thing you feel like doing after a long busy day is walking your dog. But dogs need exercise daily. It’s things like this that you have to make sure you are doing on a daily basis even when you are feeling tired and exhausted.If you are a first time owner and have absolutely no clue how to take care of a dog, I have listed some basic information for you to read through to help you get a better idea of what dogs need on a regular basis.

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Most of us know that cats purr when they are happy, enjoy chasing laser beams and love lounging around all day, but there are some facts about them that you may not know!

 

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 Why do dogs lick your face?


 

There is nothing quite like lying down on the couch after a long day at work and having your dog instantly jump on you and lick you all over your face acting as if they haven’t seen you in months. But you can’t help but wonder…..are they doing this because they missed me? Or is it because of something else? Of course we all want to think that it’s purely out of love, but that is not always the case.

 

 

 

So what is it that makes dogs want to give you those big sloppy kisses?


We taste good

It may sound funny, but one of the reasons why dogs like to lick our face is because it smells good to them. The salt on our skin is what is enticing to them. They may also smell food particles that are left on our face after eating something.

They are hungry

Animals rely on their owners for everything because they are selfless creatures and it is our job to take care of them on a daily basis. We need to walk them, bathe them, feed them and give them love. One of the signs of showing that they are hungry around dinner time is giving us sloppy wet kisses. They are trying to tell us that they are in need of something. If you think about it, puppies lick their mothers lip’s to stimulate a regurgitation reflex so they can eat the food their mothers vomit. It is how they were raised to ask for food. So when your pup is licking your face around supper time you know it’s time to get up and fill that bowl with their favorite meal.

It gives them pleasure

A lot of people may not know this but the act of licking actually sends endorphins through a dog’s body and gives them a sense of comfort and security. It’s almost like hugging for humans it gives us a warm comforting feeling.

They respect you

Your dog respects you….you are his/her leader. Wild dogs use face licking to communicate respect for and submission to their pack leader. When your dog licks your face, he or she may be communicating that they acknowledge you as the dominant pack leader.

Affection

 

At the end of the day, your dog loves you, you are his person. And because they can’t talk to you, the only way they can show that to you is by loving on you and giving you those big kisses. In fact, when puppies are with their littermates they lick each other to strengthen the family bond. So when a dog is licking your face, it’s because they are trying to get closer to you and to show you how much they love and respect you. 


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Not sure what foods are toxic to dogs? We get a lot of phone calls at the hospital asking us, “My dog just ate a ____, should I be worried?” Although there are some human grade foods that are nutritious to dogs as shown above, there are also some that can be seriously harmful. I have put a list together that shows what foods you should never allow your pup to have.

 

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