Dog Collars

Multiple kinds, multiple  materials - buckle leather, nylon,  fabric, reflective, training, electronic, conventional, harness, or tracking.  If your dog is not a chewer, nylon reflective with the pets name and your phone number imprinted (or a tag at minimum) are washable. Leather collars last, get softer over time and it is easier to see wear over time. Two fingers should fit beneath the collar, worn high on the neck.

Harnesses are good for dogs that pull.  Gentle leaders or halter types will give you better control but watch your dog’s behavior…with all of these collars. Choke collars, generally for controlling larger dogs, are not for everyday and you should  make sure you know how to put it on/off and how to use it correctly…and then only for walking your dog. Prong collars cause pain and can seriously hurt your dog. Dog training classes are beneficial.

  
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Dog Bones & Treats

First, why are you giving your dog a treat—for extra nutrition, to clean their teeth, for training or as a “treat” to  your pet.

Rawhides—buy USA, unbleached and ones that don’t chip off are the best. Unsmoked pig ears are better than cow hooves. Be very careful with greenies as they can cause choking especially in puppies and dogs that inhale food. Brushing your dog’s teeth daily and checking their teeth and mouth are important too!

  
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People Food & Pets

People food that can harm or kill your pet: Chocolate, onions,  raisins, grapes, coffee, macadamia nuts, walnut, fried foods (fat), tomatoes, avocados, nutmeg, fruit pits, raw eggs or meat (for the same reason you don’t eat it).  Also be careful with dairy products.

People Food as Treats: Frozen and regular carrots, blueberries, banana, green beans, hams, apples with no seeds/core, dehydrated liver (cut pieces small). All of these should be in small pieces. If your dog has cancer or other serious health conditions, do not feed them these without checking with your veterinarian.

No Chicken Bones! In general are not great as they can splinter..there are better ways to get their teeth clean. Brush their teeth!

  
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Dog Food & Nutrition

Check out the source of the protein for your dog food—how much is coming from meat, eggs, milk, cheese, fish, soy and grains.  You do not want all meat, but it should not be all vegetable or  grain either. The ingredients are listed according to weight…check the label.  Dry food is generally preferable.

Also, it is very important that your dog has access to clean water, is let out frequently and gets exercise daily.

  
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