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Should You Get Health Insurance for Your Pet?

If you are looking for a clear cut answer to that question, you are unfortunately going to be disappointed. There really is no definitive answer. It depends on a number of different factors. Continue reading

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Caring for a Small Dog

When talking about small dogs, we are referring to breeds that are usually less than 18 inches high and under 20 pounds in weight. Some examples of small dogs include breeds such as West Highland Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers, Pomeranians, and Shih Tzu. They may look like cute little toys, but they are real, live animals that need a lot of care if they are to live happy lives.

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 Finding the right kind of dog.

Some breeds of dogs might do better in your particular household than others. After you have chosen a few breeds you like, you should do a little research on them to find out what kind of care they will need and what kind of personalities they have.

Training.

They may look cute and cuddly, but small dogs have a mind of their own and can take advantage of you if you don’t take control. That means training. They need to know what the rules are. They should be able to follow simple commands, such as sit, stay, heel, and come.

You need to spend time with your dog to get him used to being around people. When training, rewards work really well as incentives for small dogs.

You also need to begin house training the dog as soon as possible.

Feeding.

Again, they may be small, but they will eat whatever they can find, so you need to have the right food for your dog and make sure to keep him away from foods that can be harmful. You need to establish a consistent feeding schedule that works for your dog. For small dogs, generally two to three times a day is a good schedule, giving them small meals.

You also need to make sure that your dog always has clean, fresh water because he can become dehydrated very quickly.

Grooming.

Some small dogs with long coats need a lot of grooming. If the coat is long, you may need to brush it every day to keep it from becoming tangled or matted. So, invest in a good brush and a pair of scissors for cutting stray hairs. For big jobs, like a haircut, you will need to take the dog to a professional.

Health.

Small dogs generally live a little longer than their larger counterparts. But there are certain health problems they are more prone to, such as hip and kneecap problems, in addition to skin conditions.

Naturally, you want to take your pet to the vet for regular checkups and make sure he has all his vaccinations. Keep an eye on your pet’s weight and his general health. If you notice your dog is listless or not eating, it’s time to get him in for medical attention.

And small dogs need exercise too. Take your pet for a walk. Check Kennel Club websites for information about how much exercise your small dog needs.

Speaking of exercise, board your small dog here at Barney’s Ranch  for the day or overnight, and he will be able to enjoy our 4,000-square-foot outside dog run. Doggy heaven! Call us at by (469) 273-1661 for more information on our boarding services.

 

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Skin Conditions in Dogs: How to Spot and Treat

If you see your dog continually scratching and chewing his fur, and his coat has lost its luster, he or she may have a skin condition. This is among the most common ailments afflicting canines, accounting for one-fourth of all the trips to the vet. Here are some of the most common skin problems and what to do about them. Continue reading

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Training Your Dog Not to Nip

Does your dog nip? Even though your pet is not actually biting you, nipping can still be painful, and something you don’t want your pet doing. How can you stop it? Continue reading

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What to Do When Your Dog Soils the Rug

There are many different reasons why a dog might begin to soil inside the house. It’s important to ascertain the exact cause so you know what particular course of action to take as far as treating it. Continue reading

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Help Your Dogs and Cats Get Along

You may have a dog and want to get a cat too, or vice versa. But you are understandably concerned about how the two animals will get along. To ensure a friendly relationship, you need to pay special attention to the way in which you introduce the animals to each other. This is of key importance. Here’s what you do. Continue reading

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How to Help Your Aging Dog Stay Active

As your dog ages, he or she is going to slow down a little. That is to be expected. But just as with humans, if he stays active and engaged, the mental and physical decline will not be as great. Continue reading

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How Young is Too Young to Board a Dog?

Generally, your dog needs to be at least four months old to board in a kennel. The reason for this is that usually four months is the minimum age at which a rabies vaccine can be given to a dog. And the vaccine is required by law to be administered before a dog can be put in a boarding facility. Continue reading

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What to Do if Your Dogs Don’t Get Along

In households where dogs exhibit aggression toward each other, there are certain common elements – the dogs are the same gender, they fight only when the owner is present, the dogs are both adults (over four years), and they fight over who will be dominant. Continue reading

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Choosing the Right Dog for Your Family

If you are looking for a dog, it can be a tough decision. There are so many breeds to choose from. They come in all shapes, sizes, and personalities. Some dogs will need more attention than others. You may need to give some more training or take more time with exercising them. Continue reading

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