Times have changed, people. In some ways, for the better, and in some ways, for the worse. When it comes to dogs, you can look at it both ways. Things have gotten better and our understand of dogs has advanced greatly over time. But in some ways, there has been a step back in the last 20 years. From dogs with heart disease to dogs with diabetes, dog’s health problems have increased with our own. So what do we do now? Come on, you know we can help!
I need to admit, I am having some feelings of guilt and I needed to share them. I am a serial dog feeder. What I mean by this is, I am one of those people who cannot say no to a dog when it begs. I know the problems this causes, and for the last eight years, it has steadily become more serious an issue. My dog, Gravy (the name kind of says it all) was pretty close to death, and I think that it was my fault.
Did you know that being overweight and the health problems associated with it are the number one pressing health issue with dogs right now? The problem does not just lie the fact that dogs are getting larger. While that in itself is a problem, the real problem is the plethora of health issues that go along with a dog being overweight. We are not just talking about getting slower or as some people so rudely say, fatter. No, we are talking about genuine health issues that can kill them. That is exactly why dogPACER exists. To ensure you know this, and know all you can do to prevent it.
Lately, we have been going through some of our best emails we have acquired over the last year and are trying to answer the best questions posed to us, but answer them in article form. We have tried to start with the basics (as in how much water should a dog drink a day) and now we thought we would tackle another simple one. How much sleep should a dog get a day? Well, there is no one answer set in stone, but there are some basic numbers that they should be getting, and if they are getting more of less, you may need to look into it with a vet.
Dog depression is a genuine issue that needs to be addressed. More and more dogs are getting depressed, and people cannot seem to put their finger on why. What people need to understand is, you can link dog depression to how healthy and active your dog is. Is your dog, running around, staying fit and active? Than your dog is likely not depressed. It may seem a simple diagnosis, but this is easy enough to prove.
One thing we have steadily become more and more aware of, and more and more proud of, is the way we realize a good deal of intelligent dog owners come to our site and this blog to have some questions they may have about dogs answered. We like to think we have covered many subjects, from the informative to the surreal. But sometimes we realize we miss the basics. We come in swinging for home base and manage to miss first. In this case, the simple question, how much water should a dog drink a day?
Most dog lovers seem to know all the basics when it comes to dog tricks. Sit, roll over, crawl, and so on and so forth. But if you use clicker training, the truth is, there are thousands of tricks you can teach your dog, and most of them will blow people’s minds. Remember, these work with the basics of clicker training, so make sure you already have worked that out. Once the dog recognizes the click noise, literally anything is possible.
Whether or not dog owners want to admit it or not, there are just some dog breeds that are louder than other dog breeds. Many things can factor in just why. Some dogs have a louder bark. Some dogs are just larger so they carry louder tones when they speak. Some dogs just seem to be more vocal and bark more than others. We thought we would throw you together this quick cheat sheet so you can at least be aware what dog breeds are loudest.
Though we like to keep the issues at dogPACER light, this has been brought up enough to us in questions and forums that we thought we would take a quick moment to address if for those few dog owners who may not know. The solution is simple, but it requires you acting quickly when they pups are still young. The reality is, unless you are a breeder with breeding in mind, you should spay and neuter your pets as soon as you can.
Can you imagine what life would be like if you could not get the exercise you needed to keep you sane? Imagine how stressed you’d be, how out of shape you’d be, and how miserable you would be? But you are lucky, right? Even when Winter strikes, you have the gym. An indoor haven where you can still work out no matter how bad the weather gets. What about your dog, though? What should your dog do? Dogs don’t have indoor gyms? Well, what if we told you they could?
The reality is, we can help, and you already know this.