Dog care doesn't have to be hard, but sometimes it feels that way when you have a new puppy or dog. Even seasoned dog parents have their challenges.
What you should do, what you shouldn't do, how to train your puppy, how to socialize them, how to deal with skin issues, itching, biting, potty training, the list goes on and on.
Don't worry. It isn't that complicated when you have a plan - and I can help you figure it all out.
Dog care knowledge is a collection of practical tips and advice to help guide you in finding the best possible solutions to your doggie problems.
For years I have trained and practiced with dogs. First at the Animal Care College in 1996, then opening my dog daycare in 2008, and lately at Penn Foster in 2019 where I studied natural health care for pets.
You can find out more about me and my qualifications here.
Using my combined knowledge and experience I want to help you help your dog.
Sometimes doing the right thing for your dog isn't as easy as it seems. The conflicting advice and options can be confusing or even overwhelming.
I aim to help you sort through the abundance of resources available and figure out what will actually work for your dog.
The secret to the best dog care is to find the one that's most suitable for you and your dog. You see, not every remedy is going to work for every ailment, and not every training method is going to work for all dogs.
For this reason, I've included as much information as I can on traditional and alternative approaches, along with the pros and cons of each.
Through my studies and work experiences I learned that with a little help and knowledge, it's entirely possible to manage many common conditions at home. And, you can even stop some issues from ever starting just by performing a few simple preventative tasks. You'll not only cut down on costs, but you'll also help reduce any anxiety associated with visiting the veterinarian or groomer.
If you're new to owning a puppy or dog or just want some general advice, start with dog care tips.
If you have a puppy, the articles on puppy care or puppy training tips will help you get on the right track.
Here you'll find a myriad of articles on caring for your dog.
From what to look out for, to how to cut nails.
There's help with paw problems, teeth care, and what to do about minor health issues such as diarrhea or how to keep the ears healthy and more.
This is a must for new puppy parents.
From how to avoid unwanted behaviors, to what to expect for each developmental stage and everything in-between.
Maybe you want to know how big your puppy will get when full grown or the perfect feeding schedule or how to properly socialize your puppy, your puppy answers are here.
Now you have your new puppy it's time to start training.
Whether you need help house training your puppy, or need to know what to do when that goes wrong.
Maybe you want help with crate training, leash walking, or how to stop your puppy biting, you'll find lots more here.
When studying natural health care for pets, I noticed a large portion of the coursework related to skin issues in dogs. Why? Because it's the most common problem dogs experience and it responds well to natural treatments.
If your dog is experiencing skin issues, start with the following pages below:
Does your dog have allergies? Find out here, along with how you can treat it naturally.
This is your ultimate guide to the top skin conditions dogs suffer from (besides allergies).
Got an itchy dog and don't know why? This is how to figure out why and what to do.
Here's what you need to know to prevent ear problems in dogs. Plus, how to treat an ear infection naturally.
Whether you want to learn how to clean ears properly or how to detect (and treat) ear mites, this is your ultimate guide to ear care in dogs.
Think you'd like to run your own dog-related business? It's not that hard really and most require minimal or no start-up costs.
From doggie daycare to an online retail store, I take you through how you can run your own business from home.
Many of the pages on this website talk about natural products that can help your dog.
From medicated dog shampoos, that actually foam, to natural herbal supplements that benefit your dog's health.
Our small online store has some great finds.
1. Ear infection
2. Skin allergies
3. Hot spots (Pyoderma)
4. Stomach upsets
5. Intestinal inflammation/ diarrhea
Source: VPI Pet Insurance
Take a look at the five most common reasons for veterinarian visits. Do any of them sound familiar?
Now, did you know that all of them can be managed at home? Of course, there will always be times when a visit to your veterinarian is necessary, but reducing repeated visits will go a long way to reducing your costs.
If you've ever had a pet that has had repeated ear infections or is always itching and scratching, then you know the discomfort they go through and the impact it has on your wallet. Not to mention the anxiety a vet visit has on both you and your best friend.
Dog training is another example where you can reduce anxiety levels. Finding a trainer that uses positive, reward-based methods will reduce stress levels and will be more fun for both of you.
To get your pal comfortable with training, practice at home regularly which should reduce your chances of needing to attend more costly "behavior" related training. Not to mention it will be easier to "practice" in a group class if your pooch already knows the basics at home.
That's what this site offers you. Peace of mind that you're giving the best possible care to your 4-legged best friend with minimal stress. I walk you through the steps and share with you what works, what doesn’t (and why), what problems you’re likely to come up against and what to do when it all goes wrong.
Me (Sharon) with Hudson & Ava
Good dog care advice is crucial. I've spent 20+ years caring for dogs at home, and in a doggie daycare. I’ve researched a ton of material from “experts” and attended many courses and seminars.
You can read more about me here.
All in all, I have a very clear picture of what’s hype and what are solid-based solutions to your everyday doggie problems. And, I’ve tried most of them at some point or another, so definitely have my own opinion on what works.
Arming yourself with knowledgeable information every step of the way ensures your pup become part of your pack smoothly.
many years of resolving issues for mine, my family and my clients'
dogs, I can honestly say I know a bit more than a bit about dog care! Dogs
are my passion, my life, and my world. My aim now is to share this
information with you so you can avoid the mistakes many of us make along the way.
Unfortunately, mistakes are easy to make but can be hard to rectify. So, why not let me help you, help your dog?
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I'm so glad that you've found my site and hope that you will take time to browse through my pages. I'm adding new pages every week and want to ensure that the subjects I choose are relevant to you, my readers. If you have any suggestions, comments (or criticisms) just go ahead and let me know.