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11 Simple Hacks that’ll Make Any Dog Owner’s Life Easier

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Wed, Feb 01, 2017 @ 07:36 AM

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We all love our furry friends. But between walks, feeding, bathing, and play time, things can get a little chaotic. Here are some of the best simple hacks we have found that can make any dog owner's life easier.

1. Squeakers and Crinkles

If your pooch loves those crinkle and squeaker toys, here is a great tip to keep your fur baby happy while saving a few bucks. Put an empty plastic bottle in an old sock and tie the end. Instant crinkle toy for hours of fun!

If your dog craves the squeaker and demolishes toys to get to them, simply stuff these squeaky delights into old socks and, voila! Instant squeaky tug toys your dog will love.

2. Get Organized

If you have a hard time keeping all of your pet supplies organized, an inexpensive shower caddy will do the trick. You can hang it on the inside of a cabinet, in a closet, or anywhere else you'd like to hold plenty of treats, grooming supplies and more.

3. Calm Before the Storm

There are plenty of pets that get a little freaked out by storms. Chances are, the static electricity is getting to them more than the actual storm. Try rubbing a dryer sheet over your dog's fur when a storm is approaching. This can rid the static electricity that can build up in their fur, offering a more calming effect.

4. Squeegee the Hair Away

Sometimes there just isn't time to vacuum your pet's favorite spot on the sofa before company arrives. Grab a squeegee to remove those troublesome areas where your pet's hair seems to gravitate to. This also works great on carpets, stairs, draperies, and more!

5. Beat the Heat with Cool Summer Treats

Keep your furry friend happy and cool in the summer with some homemade treats. Put some low sodium chicken broth and cut apples into an ice cube tray and freeze. Your pooch will love this cool treat on a hot day!

6. Freshen Fido's Breath

It's not uncommon to experience a bit of bad breath with your pooch. Sprinkling a bit of fresh parsley on their food is a quick and inexpensive way to freshen your pup's breath.

7. Take Your Time with Meal Time

If your dog is notorious for scarfing down their meals, there is an inexpensive solution. You can place a tennis ball in the food bowl to curb binge-eating. You can also try using an old muffin tin for feedings to encourage your pooch to savor the flavor.

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Topics: dog care, dog toys, dental care

Easy Ways to Mentally Challenge your Dog!

Posted by Melanie Taljaard on Wed, Apr 10, 2013 @ 09:58 AM

Easy Ways to Mentally Challenge your Dog!-- brought to you By: Miranda Wimbush, RVT

Throughout history dogs have spent the majority of their waking hours stalking, hunting , capturing and eating prey. Fast forward to today when most dogs spend a couple of minutes at best gobbling down their food out of a bowl. Where’s the challenge in that? As a result of having little mental challenge  dogs quickly become bored and resort to undesirable  behaviors such as barking, chewing and digging.

So what’s the solution?  Challenge your dogs brain by making him work for every meal! 

What does “working for their food” really mean?

Working for their food means slowing dogs down and making them think to get their daily rations. This can be accomplished by having a short 5 minute training session at each meal time or by using interactive food distribution toys. There are many on the market, so I’ll walk you through a few of my favorites!

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Kongs are tough rubber toys that are shaped like a snowman and hollow inside. They can be
stuffed with the dogs supper, cemented together with some peanut butter  or cheese whiz and served! For more advanced chewers they can even be frozen. For more stuffing ideas visit http://www.kongcompany.com/recipes/

Buster Cube or Tricky Treat ballbuster cube

 The Buster Cube are both food distribution toys that your dog must push around. You pour the dogs supper into the top and it distributes into internal compartments. As your dog pushes the cube around the floor the toy releases a couple kibbles at a time. This toy has the added benefit of exercising your dog physically as well as mentally while its eating!

The Aikouaikou

The Aikou ( pronounced IQ) is a feeding station with many compartments that you fill with food. The dog must used its paws and nose to open the compartments and get his supper! This device is easy to use, just one simple step beyond filling up your dogs food bowl!

Nina Ottinson Dog Puzzles

Nina Ottison Puzzles are challenging, interactive puzzles for dogs that come in many different styles. The dogs must use their nose and paws to lift up or push pieces aside to reveal the food underneath. These are great for dogs that need a lot of mental challenge as there are so many to choose from! For a complete list of all the different games visit http://www.nina-ottosson.com/Dog-2.php

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Busy Buddy Toys

Busy Buddy makes a variety of fun food distribution toys. From the Twist and Treat, that you open up, fill with  food and screw back together, to the Tug-A-Jug, and bottle shaped toy that you fill with food and the dog has to shake and play with the rope toy to get the treats out.

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Kong Wobblerkong wobbler

The Kong Wobbler is a hard plastic toy with a rounded bottom that waves back and forth when the dog hits it with his nose or paws. It’s a great stationary toy that will keep your dog entertained!

Feeding your dog with a food distribution toy is an easy way for you to provide your dog with some much needed mental stimulation. In addition to reducing boredom and destructive behaviors’, these toys also slow down eating, which is better for digestion, and help prevent obesity by keeping the dog active while they’re eating. It’s a win win situation!

Topics: dog care, dog training, dog toys