Archive for January, 2019
As a pet owner, sometimes you just need your own space, especially when you have medium dog breeds.
They aren’t small enough to not be intrusive, but they’re large enough to feel their presence. Do you want to get your dog a bed of his own but not sure how? We’ve got a list for that! Continue reading to learn more.
No Floor No More
When selecting a special bed for your pup, you should know your dog’s personality. Some dogs don’t like sleeping on the floor…they’re kinda rare but they exist! For the elite royal group, there are raised dog beds to suit them just fine. Medium dog breeds will enjoy not being on a cold floor.
Wrapped in a Ball
Haven’t you seen popular memes of medium dog breeds squeezing into the bed of a small dog? They’re funny and quite frankly the dogs look comfortable. Sometimes they like to be in smaller spaces. If your pup fits this category, there are bagel/doughnut-shaped beds that will help to perfect their sleeping ball position.
Many dogs like to stretch out so, for those pups, they’d fancy mat beds. These are big square pads that sit directly on the floor. It allows your furry baby to get comfortable and rest in any position they’d like, as long as they’re not on a cold hard floor they’re happy.
There are some dogs who really love to have their own hidden spaces. There’s a bed for that. Check out beds that are made like tents or caves. They can get in there and get their rest and sleep on with no interruptions at all!
No matter the type of bed that you choose, we highly recommend each bed has something that is removable and washable. This is important and will allow you to take off the outer layer and seamlessly pop it in the washing machine to get rid of any dirt or hair that’s been collecting over time.
There’s is one thing for sure, a dog has a strong sense of smell.
It doesn’t matter if they are hybrid puppies or purebred, all dogs possess this strong sense. So basically they can hear better than us and they have an amazing sense of smell! How much do you know about a dog’s nose? To learn more, continue reading.
Their sense of smell is stronger than ours.
When it comes to the sensitivity of a dog’s nose, you should know that they beat humans in this category, hands down! There’s no getting around it. Sure there are variables that contribute to what they can smell, but facts are facts. There’s a cool analogy that sheds light on just how strong they are. When you walk into a doughnut shop, you smell the sweet glaze on doughnuts or coffee scents. If one of your hybrid puppies walked into the same shop, he’d smell the ingredients of the sweet glazed doughnut. Makes sense?
…to dogs that is. Even though you’ve showered and sprayed your smell goods all around you, to a dog it’s putrid! We are stinky to them, but they love us regardless, as do we to them!
There’s no tricking a dog’s scent.
Research has shown that a dog’s sense of smell can easily pick up on and detect anxiety, fear, and sadness. An increased heart rate and blood flow are normally accompanied by fear or anxiety. When this happens our body chemicals rise more quickly to the surface of the skin and guess what…your dog smells that! So, if you’re feeling anxious and try to brush it off with a smile around your dog, don’t think for a second that they’re buying it. They’ve already sniffed you out!
Did you know a dog’s nose has two functions?
This is true! One function is for smell and the other is for respiration. If you’ve got hybrid puppies or purebred ones, it’s all the same. The dog’s nose has the ability to separate air. A portion goes directly to the olfactory sensing area (for scents), and the other portion is dedicated strictly to breathing.
They breathe in and out simultaneously.
Dogs also have the interesting ability to breathe in and let out air at the same time! When a dog is sniffing, it creates a circulation of air, unlike with humans. We can do one other the other but not at the same time.
For as long as you can remember, there’s always been a distinction between the age of a dog in “dog years” versus that of human years.
Are you ready to really learn how old is a dog in human years and if that really means anything? As always, we are going to shed light on another dog topic that has people talking. Keep reading to learn more.
The First Year
As much as there is an easy topic that compares the age of dogs to the age of humans, we know that it’s a controversial subject. What is commonly circulated is that for every human year, there are 7 dog years in comparison. The reality is that it doesn’t matter the breed, all dogs will develop and age very similar to 15 human years in their first year of life. You read that right. In the first 5 months, your pup will lose teeth and by seven months old, they will have all of their adult teeth.
The “Terrible Twos”
Once again, as in the first year, the second year of your pup’s life will be the same regardless of the breed or size. They will all age pretty much at the same rate, with little variants. During the “terrible twos” your dog will age a total of 9 human years. So how old is a dog in human years? This means that after only 2 years, your dog is already past the human legal drinking age and well into their mid-20s!
Small dog breeds grow much faster out of the puppy stage than larger dogs but they will eventually catch up to them. Large dogs reach middle age faster than small dogs.
In your dog’s fifth year of living in the big world, this is when they start a little more rapidly. Small dogs weighing 20 pounds or less are approximately 40 in human years while they are only 6 in dog years. For larger dogs, add 2 more years.
If you can believe it, after only 6 years of living, your dog will technically be considered a senior dog. They will continue to age anywhere from 3 to 5 years over just 1 human year.