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Month: February 2008

Help Your Dog Sleep Through The Night

Dogs, like humans, also experience sleepless nights for some reasons that are mostly apparently found in our homes. In this regard, it is very important that dog owners have a keen sense of observation when it comes to a dog’s sleeping disorder. Although this may seem a very ambitious task, a careful attention paid on a dog’s well-exhibited difficulties in sleeping is proven beneficial both to the dog and its owner.

However, as with all other problems concerning the behavior and habits of a dog, the solution to the problem does not take effect after a mere 24 hours. This requires practice and constant monitoring of the dog’s reaction to the drills. But the task can be actually made simple if dog owners would take the full responsibility in performing the following:

Observe and take a careful note on any changes that might have triggered the occurrence of modification in your dog’s sleeping habits. Your dog may be reacting to several situations like a sudden change in its crate or lounge or in your furniture set-up, a stressful incident, or a house party. Keep in mind that the smallest change in its environment will cause some sort of a disturbance in your dog’s schema of daily events, which will lead it to have difficulty in sleeping. Identify what is the cause and do something about it, like re-arranging the furniture to their original plan that your dog has been accustomed to, or putting the dog back in the crate where it is used to take a rest.

Give the dog a well-balanced diet. The diet depends on your dog’s age. This usually requires more calorie intake for young dogs. Such distribution gives puppies the essential nutrients they need for their growth. On the other hand, older dogs require just the right amount of calories that will support their daily activities.

For the most part, the diet is effective if you always let your dog eat on time, if not earlier than its bedtime. This is particularly important as dogs are energetic after meals. Feeding your dog a short moment before it should actually sleep will most likely give it the energy to move around, bark, and whine while the neighborhood is asleep.

Provide supplements that will help your dog relax. Calming products (which are usually taken orally) will do the magic as these will provide relief from restlessness, nervousness, fear, and aggression, which will yield to a sound slumber for both of you.

Have your dog undergo daily exercise. Generally, your dog should have at least 40 minutes of walking, running, and other exercise regimen everyday. If your dog has too much stored energy, it is more likely to be wriggly at night, just when you are having a beautiful dream. Helping your dog to tire itself before bed time will be ideal, as it will be drained of any excess energy, which can spell sleep disruptions to both of you.

Set a definite sleeping time. Help your dog practice a definite sleeping time. Ideally, you should pattern your dog’s bedtime to yours.

Keep your pet’s sleeping area clean and comfortable. See to it that your dog doesn’t sleep on a damp, cold area, as it will be a major cause of restlessness. Give your pet comfort items like blanket or pillow. Remember that your main goal is to provide total comfort and security for your dog. Dog beds and dog crates will do the trick.

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Dog Ramps | Ramps For Pets

It is not surprising that some dog owners have never heard of dog ramps. A dog ramp looks like a slide and is usually attached to higher vehicles like SUVs, vans or pick-ups to help your dogs get down from the vehicles. Sometimes, they can be attached to pool or lakesides to help dogs get up from the water. Ramps are also useful to help your little pets make their way up the couch or the bed. Sensitive dog owners will realize that the dog ramp is a very important item as their dogs get older, or if they have a larger adult dog with a mobility problem. Dogs can be made to jump down from vehicles but by doing so, your poor dogs may risk injuring itself. 

Features And Benefits

While some dog owners are unaware of the existence of a dog ramp, others think that it is too heavy to be transported around. Heavy ramps made of steel are so passé. These days, most ramps are made of materials like high impact plastic or heavy-duty aluminum. The average weight is only about 10 lbs. Thus, they have the ability to support even large dogs as heavy as 300 lbs.

For security reasons, most dog ramps are fixed with rubber feet to ensure that they stand steadily and firmly on the ground. Besides rubber feet, some are also equipped with ribbed non-slip surface with rubberized coating to avoid dogs from slipping when they walk down the ramp especially if they have just gotten out of the water.

Types Of Pet Ramps

One can choose to either purchase the half or full ramp. The difference is in the length. The half ramp is ideal if you are just looking for a dog ramp to help your dog move in and out of vehicles or if you want to help your little puppies move easily up and down the couch. It is easier to carry about and it is only half the price of the full ramp. However if you need a longer dog ramp, full ramps are now retractable so you can adjust them from 39 inches to 70 inches according to your needs. Adjusting the length of is an easy task, as you just need to swing them. Some retractable ramps also come with safety release latch to prevent accidental opening.

Manufacturers are becoming more innovative in dog ramp designs. Besides the common ones that look like slides, there are also ramps with stairs. The Solvit stairs on www.pet.com work well to assist dogs in reaching the back seat of your vehicle, as this is rather impossible with normal ramps. The unique sloping treads on the stair will allow even small puppies to climb up and down the stairs easily. Other sites worth checking out are  http://www.sitstay.com/ and http://www.puplife.com/.

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Sweet Dreams Pillow For Your Dog

Have you thought of getting your doggie his very own pillow? The Kyjen Company has designed the Sweet Dreams pet pillow for the ultimate in comfort for your resting pet.

Features include:

 ♦ It’s made of a soft, scent-retaining fabric.

 ♦ It can be used at home or on the road, and perfecty complements a dog bed.

 ♦ It has a contoured design to allow for different sleeping positions, and includes a head rest to alleviate pressure on your dog’s head.

This dog pillow is especially beneficial for older pets, who may get strained from sleeping on hard floors.

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