Does Your Dog Pull On Its Leash?

1. Feed Them a Yummy Treats! Just having the treats in your hand may keep them closer to you and not pulling.

2. Keep your lessons short and sweet. Training a dog can be frustrating, for both your and your pooch. Keep your walks short so it’s still fun for both of you.

3. Tire Your Dog Out First– A tired dog is a compliant dog so before you begin training have some fun with your dog. We like to play fetch, and I do it until he stops bringing me his ball (and is doing some good panting.)

4. Let Her Do Some Sniffing- Dogs are simply excited for new smells and environments (it’s kind of like someone holding us back from the sales racks!). Reward him with occasional stopping and smelling. Then returning to a more structured walk.

5. If Your Dog Pulls, Stop– If they start to pull, stand still. Wait for him to loosen up, give him a treat and then resume walking. This takes patience, but eventually he will learn that not pulling might bring treats. And later you can ease up on the constant reward and just offer a treat at the end for a job well done!

Walking your dog helps build a powerful relationship between you and your dog. Make it enjoyable for both of you!

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Tips For Clipping Your Pets Nails

1. Learn how to properly clip nails.

It’s important to learn how to properly trim your dog’s nails before diving in. If you clip too short, they will bleed. Which brings me to my second tip:

And make sure you have good clippers! Crappy clippers can mean un-clean cuts and pain for your dog. We use the Miller’s Forge brand and they have been awesome (and I think we only paid about $10 for them)

2. Always keep Kwik Stop nearby.

This is where Murphy’s Law comes into play – if you don’t have it next to you when trimming your dog’s nails, you’ll accidently cut too short.

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3. Trim often.

This should be a weekly routine. The more often you clip, the faster the quick will pull back.

4. Trim near a light or in daylight.

5. Bend their front paw back.

6. Bring on the treats!

Treats are essential.  One nail = one treat. A tiny treat, but a treat nonetheless.

I started small, by desensitizing her to the nail clippers. I would touch her feet with the nail clippers and in return she would get a treat. I did this for several days. In between I would also get her used to me touching her paws, something she isn’t particularly fond of either.

Next I would do a few nails at a time and be done for the evening. You can work up to this as well. Start small, if you are making great progress, don’t push  it. Oh yeah, did I mention it’s 10 times easier to do this when they are absolutely pooped out!

I started asking her for a sit, giving her a treat and then grabbing her front paw, folding it under so that her paw was facing the ceiling and then I clip one front nail at a time. Treats are given in between. Here’s a visual below:

19 Ingenious Inventions For Your Pet That You Had No Idea You Needed!

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The dog water fountain turns drinking water into a game.

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The Slurpabowl is a cute, recyclable, portable drinking bowl that folds up and attaches to the leash.

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For the dog that’s constantly trying to climb into the front seat: use this zip line harness.

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The escape prevention dog harness keeps your pet from slipping through the cracks.

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The Whistle Activity Monitor is an on-collar device that measures your dog’s activities including walks, play, and rest, letting you keep tabs on day-to-day behavior and long-term health trends.

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For a multi-person household, get the Membo, which has tiles you can flip that signify whether the dog has been fed already.

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The iFetch launches tennis balls and acts as an interactive playmate for your pet.

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Gently and effectively clean your dog’s paws with this brushless paw wash.

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This special water bowl has a lining that you can place in your freezer, keeping the water cold for a longer period of time.

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This light-up collar lights the path for your dog on long dark winter walks.

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Leanlix are dog treats that come in a lip balm-like tube so you can reward your dog on the go with no mess.

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The one-of-a-kind Hydrobone has a foam core that absorbs and releases water as your dog chews it.

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Give your dog a window to the world with the PetPeek Fence Window.

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This collapsible travel cup comes with a carabiner so you can attach it anywhere.

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This fold-up chair with pet compartment is perfect for camping, tailgating, or just hanging in the backyard.

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For the pup who engages in proper dining etiquette, there’s a high chair.

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These rubber genome toys will make your bully sticks last longer because your dog will have to work to get to it.

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These “in the wall” pet bowls fold up when not in use to save space.

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If your dog tends to scratch the door and leave marks when it’s time to go out, get the door protector.

If you are interested in purchasing some of these items I can direct you to where to find them if you leave a comment!

Its HOT out there! Here are some tips to keep your furry friend cool!

1. Frozen Treats & Food

Check your local petstore for logs of pet food. Most have these available and the logs can be cut into large chunks and frozen. Even better, put treats or toys in a bowl and freeze it, turn it upside down and let your dog enjoy! it will be entertained and cooled by licking the ice block for its favorite goodies!

2. Use a Kid Pool

Not all dogs love water, but it’s worth a try to see if yours does! Kiddie pools are cheap and can be filled up and kept in the shade for your dog to stand or lay in when he gets overheated. Kiddie pool too much of a hassle? Throw down a wet towel in the shade that your pup can rest on to cool off.

3. Keep Your Dog Inside

If at all possible, try to keep your dog inside on hot days. This is especially recommended during the hottest part of the day. Worried your dog will tear up the place while you’re gone? Most dogs can be kept in crates for a few hours while your gone keeping your future and your furry friend safe.

4. Time Your Walks & Exercise Right

Even though you might not feel like it, your dog still need exercise in the heat of the summer. Try to walk or run your pooch in the early morning or late afternoon when it’s cooled down a bit and overheating is less of a threat.

5. Grooming Can Make a Huge Difference

If you have a dog with long hair or a dense undercoat, a trip to the groomer can work wonders! Thick undercoats can be brushed out and long hair can be cut to increase air circulation and allow your dog to feel breezes to cool down.

6. Keep Your Dog Hydrated

Never underestimate the importance of having water available for your pet at all times!

38 Unexpectedly Brilliant Tips For Dog Owners!

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1. If you have a hard time brushing your dog’s teeth, squeeze some enzymatic doggie toothpaste onto a Nylabone or rope toy and let your pooch go to town on it.

If you have a hard time brushing your dog's teeth, squeeze some enzymatic doggie toothpaste onto a Nylabone or rope toy and let your pooch go to town on it.

2. Make your own pill pockets when you need to feed your dog some medicine.

Make your own pill pockets when you need to feed your dog some medicine.

This is a copycat version of the kind made by Greenies.

3. Learn how to make your own chicken jerky.

Learn how to make your own chicken jerky.

It’s a healthier alternative to the store-bought kind. Get the directions here.

4. A carabiner is a quick and easy way to leash your dog.

A carabiner is a quick and easy way to leash your dog.

5. Got a lot of studying to do? Here’s how to read and play with your dog at the same time:

Got a lot of studying to do? Here's how to read and play with your dog at the same time:

Put a rope toy around your foot.

6. Use baking soda to get dog urine out of carpet.

Use baking soda to get dog urine out of carpet.

If you don’t happen to have a product like Nature’s Miracle on hand (maybe you’re traveling or at a friend’s house), pour some baking soda over the spot, let it sit, and then sweep or vacuum it up.

7. Put a ball in your dog’s food bowl if he or she eats too fast.

Put a ball in your dog's food bowl if he or she eats too fast.

They’ll be forced to move the ball around to get to all the food.

8. For a dog who loves to tear apart stuffed animals, make a durable activity ball with a Hol-ee rubber ball, scraps of fabric, and treats.

For a dog who loves to tear apart stuffed animals, make a durable activity ball with a Hol-ee rubber ball, scraps of fabric, and treats.

Once your dog has removed all of the fabric from the ball, you can stuff the scraps right back in!

9. If your dog isn’t feeling well, add some low-sodium chicken broth to the drinking water.

If your dog isn't feeling well, add some low-sodium chicken broth to the drinking water.

10. To remove pet hair from upholstery, dampen a rubber glove and run your gloved hand over it.

To remove pet hair from upholstery, dampen a rubber glove and run your gloved hand over it.

The latex/rubber will attract the hair.

11. Use a teapot to rinse dogs off in the bathtub without getting water and soap in their eyes.

Use a teapot to rinse dogs off in the bathtub without getting water and soap in their eyes.

12. A shower caddy makes a great storage solution for all your doggie stuff.

A shower caddy makes a great storage solution for all your doggie stuff.

13. Use a plastic pitcher to store and dispense dog food.

Use a plastic pitcher to store and dispense dog food.

It takes less time and keeps the food fresher. I use the MUJI rice storage dispenser, which comes with a handy measuring cup.

14. If you’ve got a teething pup who loves destroying cords, spritz bitter apple spray onto a paper towel and wipe the cord with it.

If you've got a teething pup who loves destroying cords, spritz bitter apple spray onto a paper towel and wipe the cord with it.

This covers more surface area and wastes less product than simply spraying the entire thing.

15. Make an ice lick by freezing toys, bones, and chicken broth into a cake mold.

Make an ice lick by freezing toys, bones, and chicken broth into a cake mold.

16. Invest in an escape-prevention harness if you have a small dog and a fenced-in yard.

Invest in an escape-prevention harness if you have a small dog and a fenced-in yard.

A little silly looking, but it’s safer than risking a runaway dog. Buy it here.

17. Run a dryer sheet over your dog’s fur when there’s a storm — chances are, they aren’t freaked out about the storm but the static electricity built up in their fur.

Run a dryer sheet over your dog's fur when there's a storm — chances are, they aren't freaked out about the storm but the static electricity built up in their fur.

According to Martha, this should work at least 50% of the time.

18. On a hot summer day, fill up an inflatable pool with water and ice.

On a hot summer day, fill up an inflatable pool with water and ice.

19. Make a dog-walking station for the entryway if you have more than one dog.

Make a dog-walking station for the entryway if you have more than one dog.

See how this is done here.

20. Dilute your dog shampoo to make it last longer and easier to apply.

Fill the bottom of an empty shampoo bottle about ¼ inch. Fill up the rest slowly with warm water.

21. If you have a small dog, cutting up a lamb roll into tiny pieces is a cost-effective way to make healthy, bite-sized training treats.

If you have a small dog, cutting up a lamb roll into tiny pieces is a cost-effective way to make healthy, bite-sized training treats.

A 1-pound roll costs $6.98. Cut it up into the desired size, store most of it in a ziplock bag in the freezer, and leave the rest on the counter for immediate use.

22. Make your own hammock-style car seat cover.

Make your own hammock-style car seat cover.

The hammock style keeps the dog from getting hurt if he or she falls during any sudden stops or starts. Get the pattern here.

23. Print out and keep this handy chart of what foods your dog should NOT be given.

Print out and keep this handy chart of what foods your dog should NOT be given.

24. Make your own flea shampoo.

Make your own flea shampoo.

1 cup Dawn, 1 cup vinegar, and 1 quart of warm water. Massage in and let it sit for five minutes. According to one testimonial, “The fleas just floated in the water and died and best of all little Libby did not have any reactions at all to the process.”

25. For easy tick removal, apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball and swab the tick with the cotton ball for a few seconds.

For easy tick removal, apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball and swab the tick with the cotton ball for a few seconds.

The tick should come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you remove it.

26. Remove pet hair from carpet with a squeegee.

Remove pet hair from carpet with a squeegee.

27. An inexpensive and easy summer treat for dogs: Cut up apples in chicken broth and freeze in an ice cube tray.

An inexpensive and easy summer treat for dogs: Cut up apples in chicken broth and freeze in an ice cube tray.

28. If you have an older dog with tooth troubles, add a little water or chicken broth to his or her kibble and microwave for 20 to 30 seconds.

If you have an older dog with tooth troubles, add a little water or chicken broth to his or her kibble and microwave for 20 to 30 seconds.

This softens the kibble and makes the food much easier to chew.

29. Teach your dog to file his or her own nails by attaching sandpaper to a piece of wood.

Teach your dog to file his or her own nails by attaching sandpaper to a piece of wood.

Apparently, dogs can be trained to use a scratching post just like cats! Get the directions for how to build a giant dog nail file here.

30. Read your dog’s body language.

Read your dog's body language.

31. Sprinkle parsley on your dog’s food for fresher breath.

Sprinkle parsley on your dog's food for fresher breath.

32. Here’s an ingenious leash that has a built-in waste-bag dispenser and a compartment for keys, cards, phone, and treats.

Here's an ingenious leash that has a built-in waste-bag dispenser and a compartment for keys, cards, phone, and treats.

$39.99 from Fozzy Dog.

33. Instead of buying special Kong stuffing, stuff a Kong with cheese cubes and place in the microwave for five seconds.

Instead of buying special Kong stuffing, stuff a Kong with cheese cubes and place in the microwave for five seconds.

The cheese will melt just enough to stick to the inside of the Kong.

34. Turn an empty pancake-syrup bottle into a portable squirtable water bottle.

Turn an empty pancake-syrup bottle into a portable squirtable water bottle.

Use a carabiner to attach it to a belt loop for a long hike.

35. It’s certainly unpleasant to take your dog outside when it’s snowing or raining, but don’t forget that dogs’ paws are just as sensitive to heat as human skin.

It's certainly unpleasant to take your dog outside when it's snowing or raining, but don't forget that dogs' paws are just as sensitive to heat as human skin.

On hot summer days, walk your dogs before 9 a.m. or after 8 p.m. — or walk them only in shady or grassy/dirt areas.

36. Have an extra kitchen drawer? Use it as a dog food holder.

Have an extra kitchen drawer? Use it as a dog food holder.

37. Print out this guide and bring it with you when dog food/treat shopping.

Print out this guide and bring it with you when dog food/treat shopping.

38. Possibly the best use of old jeans ever: a lap pillow.

Possibly the best use of old jeans ever: a lap pillow.

Stuff an old pair of jeans with stuffing to simulate a human lap that smells just like you!