Owning a dog is a long-term commitment, regardless of the size, shape, and temperament. It is no secret that their everlasting companionship and unconditional love is well worth the sacrifices you make, BUT are you ready for those sacrifices - that responsibility? Not everybody is, despite the idea of having a furry friend to cuddle with.
The responsibility of meeting a dog’s needs can be overwhelming, but making sure that you pick the correct breed for your lifestyle can help ensure both your pup and you will lead a happy life. A few important questions must be considered to make an educated decision for your lifestyle:
Once you have answered all of these questions, look into breeds that are the closest match to your answers. Doing your research before bringing a new furry friend into your home will ensure you and your new pup will live a happy life together.
Many people still believe that dogs are colourblind, only seeing black and white. This is a very popular misconception that even the most devoted dog lovers believe. Dogs are limited in their spectrum of colours if we compare it to human vision, but they do see some colour!
Dogs' eyes contain two kinds of cones, while humans have 3. Cones are photoreceptor cells in the retina of the eye - essentially, they enable pups to distinguish blue from yellow, but not red from green. This is also the most common variation of colour blindness found in humans - and this is simply because they lack the third kind of cone that is in the eyes of humans who can see normally.
The neurons inside a dogs' eye are very active in response to the colour yellow, or shades similar. That activity slows down when blue light hits the cones. Red and green light have a neutral effect on these neurons, so they don't perceive any colour in response to red and green light. In place of these colours, dogs see shades of grey.
Since red objects tend to be darker than green ones, dogs typically use this sense to determine the difference between these two colours.
Most dogs do not love getting their nails trimmed but here are some helpful tips on how to make the experience less stressful and more PAWsitive:
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Dental disease is one of the most common diseases affecting dogs around the world. You may notice from time to time that your dog has bad breath, red gums or even tartar and plaque build up on their teeth. Just like humans, dogs dental health declines over the years leading to infections and disease of vital organs. That is why it is so important to keep our canine companions mouth clean and kissable! One way of doing so is regular toothbrushing.
Some of you might be saying "yeah right, my dog won't let me do that!" But we are here to provide you with some helpful tips on making toothbrushing a positive experience for your best friend.
Patience is key when introducing something new to our pups. As they are masters at feeding off of our energy, we want to make sure we are in a calm and patient state. Once your energy is channeled to the right place, focus on these few steps before beginning the toothbrushing process.
Now that you and your pup are ready for the brushing process, follow the steps below for a successful experience. Before you begin, make sure you have the toothbrush, favorite toothpaste and most importantly the well-deserved treat to finish off.
Remember that this is a new and sometimes stressful process for your furry friend. You may need to take it slow and build up to brushing the whole mouth once daily. As you want this to be a positive experience, make sure that you reward your pup after each brushing experience. Be sure to choose a treat that possess dental benefits, to make sure you're not adding to the existing build up of plaque and tartar such as our Bullwrinkles Dog Treats.
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Fun Fact: A dog's sense of smell is about 1000 times keener than humans, but do you know why?
Dogs use their nose and mouth to smell. As a dog intakes a scent, that scent sits in their large nasal cavity. The nasal cavity is divided into 2 chambers and contains over 220 million olfactory receptors. The mucus in their nostril grabs onto the scent particles and the olfactory receptors process them.
Dogs also occupy an additional olfactory chamber called a Jacobson's organ. This organ sits at the bottom of the nasal cavity and contains 2 fluid filled sacs that let them taste and smell at the same time!
Dogs sense of smell is their primary source of communication. They use it to determine the sex of other dogs, locate a female dog in heat, track animals, pick up pheromones, determine the mood of another dog or human, and the list goes on.....
Of course one the most exercised uses of their nose is to locate their favorite food and treats! Check out our Liver Lover Treats that are known for their irresistible aroma and flavor!