Tips for dog lovers! How to teach a dog to come back when called?

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Tips for dog lovers! How to teach a dog to come back when called?


Labrador Lupo loves to play with other dogs and run after the ball. He also appreciates the company of the owners, but when around… nothing is happening. It is enough for another dog to appear on the horizon – and he is no more! More than once the caretakers chase him around the estate. Even though Lupo knows his name, he doesn’t react to it. How to change it? How to teach a dog to come back when called?

We definitely do not recommend this!

It will stand still
If you call a dog – especially one that is just learning – be curious to him. Run away, back up, jump up, make sounds. Become an attraction for the dog and he will surely come.

Punishment for procrastination
For each, even late return to the guardian, the dog should be awarded. Kara only teaches not to… come back. What is the point of approaching a caregiver when he is mean? Better to run away from him!

Using the electric collar
The use of a tool such as an electric collar is the use of violence. Electrocuting a dog for not coming back will cause him a lot of stress, teach him nothing and cause problems.

It often happens that the owners expect the dog to return to the call, and the dog does not care about it and does not react at all. After a short conversation with them, it turns out that the dog has never actually been taught to return to command. But it’s probably logical that when they shout his name louder and louder, he should run up to them? No, it is not logical. Returning to command is like any other behavior – you have to train your dog. No dog is born with the ability to respond to a name or „To me!” Not even at „Come Here Finally, As Much as I Have a Cry!” So where do you have to start?

Following a person

When a puppy comes to our house, usually (if he has not had any bad experiences with people) he instinctively follows us. Before he can go outside – due to quarantine – it takes place at home. And it’s worth taking advantage of. If only to teach the dog a name. To do this, we prepare a handful of treats in several places around the house – for example on the refrigerator, on the cupboard in the hall, on the dresser in the bedroom.

Every now and then we call the dog by name – all he needs to do is look at us, and then we give him a reward from the nearest handful. With time, we make it difficult to practice and call him from another room. We place the prizes in different places around the house so that the dog never knows when we will award him. Such games are fun for a puppy, but also a great basis for later learning to summon. As soon as the quarantine is over, we move the exercises outside and record them in more and more difficult places (e.g. on the street). Of course, then we have the treats in a sachet with us. So much for puppies. But let’s go back to the Labrador Lupo, who is now an adult dog.

Name and recall

To teach an adult dog to respond to a name, we do the same as with a puppy. We call him in different situations and reward him for looking, turning his head, approaching us – any reaction. But be careful! The name is not used to call the dog. It is there to get his attention. Only when it does, do we say what exactly we mean.

Example? I shout, „Lupo!” And see if he reacts. When he looks at me, I say, „Sit down.” Thanks to this, the dog knows that in a second I will want something from him, and I am sure that I am not talking to … the tail. Therefore, to teach your dog to summon, first select the command you will be using. It could be „To Me!” Once Lupo knows his name well, the dog can be taught to come back to the call. How to do it?

How to teach a dog to come back when called? It will be useful to you!

Long line – without it learning to summon will fail! It provides the dog with freedom and security at the same time. The 10 m long one costs about PLN 30.

Attractive delicacies – to encourage your dog to come, you will need something really extra. Finely chopped kabanos sausages, sausages, cheese, pate will be perfect.

Rope toy – not all dogs are gluttons. Those who prefer to play will enjoy the reward of pulling a rope. It costs about PLN 15.

Whistle – higher level „To me!” it is called emergency call. To teach him a dog, a whistle will come in handy. The cost is about PLN 10.

Lupo, to me!

To learn to summon, we have to arm ourselves with a training rope (preferably one with a length of 10 m), delicious flavors and … a lot of patience. At the beginning, we choose a quiet, even boring place for a dog. Our own garden will be perfect if we have one. If not – a secluded square or a secluded alley in a forgotten park.

When the dog is not distracted, we call him („Lupo, to me!”), Running away – so that we can see him in front of us. If he runs really close to us and stops, we also stop running and reward him with verbal praise, a treat or fun (let’s change the prizes to make it different). After a while, we let the dog go and repeat the sequence after a while. A few repetitions are enough to avoid boredom. After a few days of exercise (we train briefly, but regularly), we can move to a different place with more distractions. Let there not be too many of them – we raise the bar very slowly!

Bet on success

In order to teach the dog to come back when called, let us try to call him only when we are sure that he will come to us. Thanks to this, we do not risk failure. The rope on which we practice makes things easier – the dog has some freedom on it, but cannot go too far. If he comes back to us, seeing other dogs from a distance, over time we can call him when he plays with them. What if he doesn’t listen? Nothing, it’s on the line, so we won’t get away.

When the command „To me!” we have one hundred percent mastered on the line, we can let go of the line to pull the dog. Even if the dog suddenly “deafs”, the ten-meter string behind it can be easily stepped on and the fugitive can be stopped. Only when the dog comes back at each call with the rope attached, trailing behind him, can we start trying to unfasten it. First in those easy, boring places, and then in more and more difficult places. After such a multi-week training, we will be able to recall the dog from playing with other dogs.

What about rewarding?

Some people think that rewarding a dog for coming back ends up returning only if we have something to eat for him. If we carry out the training incorrectly, there is such a risk. Therefore, it is worth taking care of the variety of rewards from the very beginning (once a sausage, once a dry food, once a moment of playing with a string, once a word of praise). Sometimes the reward can also be … the possibility of running, that is, we call the dog, praise it and let it go crazy again. Over time, we reduce the frequency of dispensing flavors – we only do it from time to time as a surprise. We can also make gifts such as a handful of delicacies thrown in the grass. It’s just fun! And surprise.

Why isn’t Lupo listening

Now you can understand why Lupo is a runaway. He has not been taught the basics, so he does not know his name. Also, no one ever told him what the command was: „To me!” He did not exercise on the rope, so he could run as much as he wanted. Plus, the owners chased him instead of running away, so Lupo thought that was what fun was all about… Oh, and they had yelled at him when he hadn’t been back for too long. What did he understand? That going back does not pay off, because there are only penalties for that.

It is hardly surprising that Lupo doesn’t want to come when he is playing with his buddies – giving up such entertainment is a task for the advanced. Beginners in the art of coming back on call should first get some training without distractions. There is still a lot of work ahead of Lupa and his guardians, but it is worth doing!

Author: Aleksandra Więcławska

7 ideas for training delicacies – Psy.pl

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7 ideas for training delicacies - Psy.pl


Treats are a very important part of training your pet. After all, nothing is more motivating than a delicious morsel! It is best if you prepare such delicacies for training yourself. You will then be sure that they are tasty and, above all, healthy.

1. Shortbread cookies with cleansing

A simple recipe for the joy of crunching! Combine 150 g of blended liver with a large grated carrot. Add an egg, 250 g of wheat or rice flour, some finely chopped parsley and a teaspoon of dried, ground cistus. Knead the dough until smooth and roll it out on the countertop. Using a glass, cut out the cookies, place them on a baking tray and bake for 10-15 minutes at 160 degrees C. Enjoy your meal!

2. Balls with a pear

Grind 1/2 kg of your dog’s favorite meat and blend it with one peeled pear. Add 200 g of buckwheat flour and 100 g of potato flour. Stir until smooth. Then make small balls and bake them for 40 minutes at 140 degrees C. You can also add nettle, mint, rosemary or parsley to the dough.

3. Dried vegetables and fruits

You can also dry sliced ​​raw carrots, apples, beets or pears in an oven or a mushroom dryer. Fruit and vegetables can be sliced ​​- then the prizes will be in the form of crispy chips – or in cubes, making them perfect for training.

4. Dried meat

The meat cut into strips or cubes (remember that when they get dry, they will be smaller) you can dry them in a mushroom dryer or an open oven at 70 degrees C. The meat must be boneless and as thin as possible – fat spoils quickly!

5. Nut madness

Combine two cups of oat flour and the egg with a glass of peanut butter (no salt, no spices!). Cut the cookies from the rolled out dough and place them on the baking tray. Bake for 45 minutes at 160 degrees C.

6. Semi-moist liver cakes

Blend 1/2 kg of liver, two apples, two tablespoons of olive oil and 3-4 cups of flour. Spread the mass on a baking sheet lined with baking paper and bake for 10 minutes at 180 degrees C. Cut into pieces and refrigerate for up to a week.

7. You can also go with fish!

What else can you prepare snacks for training? Recipe for allergy sufferers and fish lovers. Blend 150 g of raw salmon (or other fish) with an apple, peeled. Add the egg and 150 g of oat flour. Knead the dough with your hands and form it into balls that match your pet. Bake them for 15-25 minutes in an oven preheated to 180 degrees C.

Author: Dakota Świątkowska

With a dog in the world! Your dog at the vet

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With a dog in the world! Your dog at the vet


No wonder our pets do not like vet visits, and some dogs are terrified of them. The cause of stress is not only the unpleasant smells of the clinic, other animals crowded in the waiting room or the vision of treatments. Dogs also feel the tension of the guardian! But how can we not stress, knowing that when the office door opens, we will have a fight (or at least a scuffle) with our pet, who has no intention of putting himself in the hands of a stranger? In addition, many ailments with which we go to a canine specialist are accompanied by pain. Then, gently picking up a sick pooch to put him on the table can cause him suffering. In this situation, even a gentle cuddly toy can defend itself with biting! The more alert dogs learn quickly which way to the vet, and they refuse to cooperate after just a few steps … But if you want your dog to enjoy long-term health, he needs to visit the vet regularly. How can I help him with that?

The vet is a must

Even the healthiest pooch should visit the vet at least once a year for mandatory rabies vaccination. Older quadrupeds should also have periodic blood tests that will detect diseases and facilitate their quick recovery. How to make the visit to the clinic a little more pleasant for a stressed-out dog? Here are some practical tips.

A dog at the vet – remember that!

This is not the place to meet colleagues!
Keep your dog on a short leash in the waiting room. Don’t let him attack sick and stressed animals!

The pooch’s health is the most important thing.
Even if your dog is stressed by visiting a veto, when it becomes ill, take it to the clinic as soon as possible. Don’t put off your visit!

Never shout at a pooch!
Stressed dogs do things that are unacceptable to us, e.g. they may try to bite. But disciplining them only makes things worse!

Dog at the vet – how to help him?

Below are some great tips to help your stressed dog survive the visit to the vet.

1. Take the treats and reward the dog for being polite.

Not every stressed pooch will look at the morsel offered to him. However, if your pet is an exceptional gourmand, reward him for appropriate behavior in the waiting room, polite standing on the table or a calm injection. Do not require your dog to follow commands before giving him the reward – just enduring the vet’s touch as something worth a treat! Just remember that before some treatments (e.g. before blood sampling) you must not feed your pooch! Give him the reward after the procedure.

2. Support the dog in these difficult times.

In a stressful situation, such as visiting the vet, the guardian is the greatest support for the dog. Don’t ignore your nervous pet! Already while sitting in the waiting room, show him that you are here together and that nothing bad will happen to you. Calmly stroking your pooch, praising him for his good behavior and letting him hug you tightly will help him get through the hard times. Even if you don’t see the immediate effects, your quadruped feels your presence and support!

3. Disenchant the route to the clinic!

Does your pooch know perfectly well which road leads to the vet, and from the very first steps he bends down and pulls towards the house? The best way to do this is to use this route during everyday walks, so that it does not associate with an unpleasant visit, and even foreshadows a super trip! At first, it will be difficult to convince your pet that there is nothing to fear. Try to distract him by playing or looking for flavors in the grass together. You can also develop a different route to the clinic and make it pleasant for your dog from the beginning.

4. Don’t make the visit to the vet a big deal!

Most dogs do not need the company of their entire family at the clinic. Too many people can excite your pet too much or make him confused. Focusing on the company of other people can also distract you and make you forget to tell the doctor about something important. The offices are also not large enough to accommodate a few unnecessary people. If you absolutely need someone else’s company for your own peace of mind, take a calm adult with you!

5. Put a muzzle on your dog if you are asked to do so.

Even if your pooch is the epitome of gentleness, put a muzzle on him when asked. Even the friendliest pet, under the influence of pain, can bite in self-defense. Putting on a muzzle can be stressful for your dog. So let’s practice it in quieter conditions, such as at home. You can teach your dog that he gets a special treat for putting his muzzle in a muzzle. Accepting a muzzle will also come in handy on the bus or train, so it’s worth getting some exercise!

Author: Dakota Świątkowska

European dog breeds. Meet the dogs from Europe!

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European dog breeds. Meet the dogs from Europe!


Portuguese Vizsla in Spain and Hungarian Shepherd Dog in Italy? Of course! European dog breeds, like people of different nationalities, can be found almost everywhere. However, most of them live in their place of origin. When I was in Italy, Italian pointers, both the long-haired, or spinone italiano, and the bracco italiano – Italian short-haired pointers, were in my way at every turn. I missed my brothers Antosia and Pinok, who stayed at home, so every dog ​​of this breed I met was very emotional. For a moment, I felt as if my dogs were with me.

Holidays are the time when we set off to Poland, and sometimes beyond its borders. Usually, we organize a holiday stay in such a way that we take our beloved pet with us. However, this is not always possible, especially when we are going to another country. Responsible owners care for their pets as best they can. Some ask someone from their family or friends, others use dog hotels. I will not mention the irresponsible, because these do not happen among our readers. Parting with your pet is not easy, because we miss it, because we worry about whether it is healthy or not. Fortunately, today social media and smartphones come to the rescue, with the help of which you can not only take photos, but also send videos, and thanks to this we know what’s up with our pooch.

European dog breeds

The longing for our own four-legged friend makes us react with even greater than usual empathy to dogs found in foreign countries. Most often they are mongrels, but also purebred animals, often representing the country we came to. Isn’t this a good opportunity to learn more about these races? Many of them have a place of origin in their names, so it is easier to assign them to a given country.

But they are Europeans, so we can even meet the Spanish Mastiff in Italy, for example. Because for a dog, the most important thing is that it has conditions adapted to its needs and a loving family. The Pyrenean mountain dog from France, although very protective and affectionate, requires not only an experienced guardian. It would be good for the pooch if this guardian had a house with a garden. But the Bolognese, a cute little dog from Italy, although he likes to bark at an intruder, can even live with a novice dog. So look around during the holidays, because if you manage to meet one of the beautiful hugs, maybe the longing for your pet will not be so severe …

1. Pyrenean mountain dog

We know this breed from the movie „Bella and Sebastian”. Bella was just a Pyrenean mountain dog, famous for caring for weaker creatures. The Pyrenees dog (a mountain range on the border between France and Spain) was bred to guard sheep, goats and cattle. As he had to make his own decisions then, he is an independent and stubborn dog, moderately prone to training and requiring an experienced and consistent caretaker.

At the same time, the pet is calm, balanced, affectionate and caring towards family members, especially towards children. The best place for him will be a house with a garden, because he likes to lie down and observe the surroundings. Its thick, long and dense coat is self-cleaning, so you only need to brush it once a week.

pyrenean mountain dog
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  • Size: large dog, males 70-80 cm, females 65-75 cm
  • Ointment: white or white with gray, red or badger markings
  • Length of life: 10-12 years
  • Maintenance costs: PLN 200-300 per month
  • Price of a dog with FCI pedigree: 2000-4500 PLN
  • Country of origin: France

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2. Portuguese Water Dog

European dog breeds are becoming increasingly popular. Once little known, today everyone probably heard about him thanks to Bo and Sunny, the favorite of former US President Barack Obama. And they came under the care of his family due to the fact that these dogs are considered a breed that does not sensitize. The Portuguese is agile, swims and dives great. He loves to run and walk for a long time and – what is important – learns quickly and willingly. You can practice various dog sports with it.

He is most attached to the person who trains him and whom he considers to be a guide. The rest of the family is gentle and friendly, but less obedient. In the company of children, however, he shows great patience and delicacy. An active person who likes cycling or sailing will find a devoted companion in him.

  • Size: medium dog, males 50-57 cm, females 43-52 cm
  • Ointment: black, brown, white; in black and brown dogs, white markings are allowed
  • Length of life: 12-14 years
  • Maintenance costs: PLN 200-300 per month
  • Price of a dog with FCI pedigree: 1000-1300 euro
  • Country of origin: Portugal

3. The Spanish Mastiff

When merino sheep were bred in medieval Spain – sheep that gave excellent wool – their herds were guarded by Spanish mastiffs. And they did it perfectly – just as they guard their human family today. The powerful and sturdy Spanish Mastiff is balanced and calm at the same time. After all, his appearance alone deters intruders, not to mention loud barking, although he tries not to abuse his throat. It intervenes only as a last resort.

He is very fond of human contact. He is a typical single master dog, although he is loyal to the rest of the family. It needs to be brought up well so that it does not become dangerous with its dimensions. Therefore, he should be taken care of by a wise and experienced guide. Since it must have space, it is not suitable for living in a block of flats.

Spanish Mastiff
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  • Size: large dog, dogs min. 77 cm, bitches min. 72 cm
  • Ointment: admissible is different, but desirable uniform, e.g. yellow, fawn, red, black
  • Length of life: approx. 10 years
  • Maintenance costs: PLN 350-400 per month
  • Price of a dog with FCI pedigree: about PLN 3,000
  • Country of origin: Spain

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4. Bolognese

The quintessential companion dog. It will accompany its guardian everywhere: in the bathroom, kitchen, and even arranging itself like a cat on the computer keyboard. However, he prefers knees and hands, of course. This dog with long, pure white, curly hair can get on the head of the owner if the owner decides that small dogs do not need training.

If he does not make this mistake, he will learn that a positively motivated Bologna is very fond of learning and does it quickly. The training will be useful, among others to stop loud barking. It is important to know that this breed is perfect as an alarm bell to warn against intruders. Even a novice dog fancier can handle the upbringing of this nice dog. However, he must remember that the Bolognese robe requires regular care.

  • Size: small dog, males 27-30 cm, females 25-28 cm
  • Ointment: pure white, with no trace of patches or other shades of white
  • Length of life: 12-14 years
  • Maintenance costs: PLN 150-200 per month
  • Price of a dog with FCI pedigree: 1800-4000 PLN
  • Country of origin: Italy

5. Croatian Shepherd Dog

What other European dog breeds are there? The Croatian Sheepdog is a spitz-type sheepdog, used in its homeland as a herd dog, but also as a guardian. As a result, it has a tendency to bark, so the guardian should pay attention to this when raising. It is not difficult to arrange it, but it requires some knowledge and feeling. He needs careful socialization as he is inherently distrustful of strangers.

The Croatian Shepherd Dog learns quickly and willingly and will be a great companion for an active person. You can practice almost all dog sports with it, from obedience to agility and flyball to Frisbee. When there is nothing to do, he can relax, but not for long, because movement is second nature. It will also adapt to city life. It is healthy and resistant, as well as easy to care for.

croatian shepherd dog
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  • Size: medium dog, males and bitches 40-50 cm
  • Ointment: black, slight white markings on breast and dewlap allowed
  • Length of life: 12-14 years
  • Maintenance costs: PLN 80-150 per month
  • Possibility to buy a puppy: only abroad
  • Country of origin: Croatia

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Author: Paulina Król

What can you teach your dog through daily play?

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What can you teach your dog through daily play?


Every conscious guardian knows that the pooch learns best through play. All training sessions should have a well-planned but very attractive form of entertainment for your pet. However, even during ordinary, carefree play on a walk or in the garden, you can teach your dog something! How to sneak some science in during everyday games?

What can we teach the dog by retrieving?

Simple fun of bringing the dog thrown balls is a great form of learning! Apparating is a real teamwork – you throw, the doggy brings, you throw … Without such cooperation, you can’t move. A dog who wants to play this way must learn to return to the guardian and release the toy from its mouth. Most pets have no major problems with it. If you want to teach your dog to recall and return the rubbish you find on a walk, you can help with this game. By giving your pet the appropriate commands when it runs towards you with a toy or drops it in front of you, you can help learn these important behaviors!

What can we teach a dog by playing with a cutter?

Stretching with your toy dog ​​is also a good opportunity to reinforce some useful behaviors in your pet. By giving „catch” and „let go” commands during it, we can teach a quadruped to pick up various things and leave what should not be found in this mouth. Such play is also a great way to distract from other dogs on a walk or to bite a leash during a walk.

What can we teach a dog to play hide and seek?

Hide and seek is a great way to show your dog that being close to a handler is really fun and profitable. In this way, you can have fun both at home and on walks, during which we are accompanied by another person who can hold the pet for a moment. Rewarding the dog with extremely attractive treats or a beloved toy during this activity can make the pet lose sight of us while walking without a leash and hearing the command „search”, immediately show up with us. Searching for a hidden sitter on a walk is also a good way to get your dog’s nose working. Being able to track down his human, the pooch will be able to find us quickly if he misses a moment while walking!

Author: Aleksandra Prochocka

Atopic flea dermatitis. How to help a dog that’s itchy?

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Atopic flea dermatitis. How to help a dog that's itchy?


Contrary to appearances, fleas are not only a problem of neglected and stray pets – even a short contact with a flea-covered pet can make our pet catch this parasite! Fleas in a dog should not be underestimated. Allergens contained in their saliva can cause atopic flea dermatitis, very unpleasant for a pooch.

Atopic flea dermatitis

APZS, or atopic flea dermatitis, is the most common allergic skin ailments in dogs. This condition affects quadrupeds who are allergic to allergens contained in flea saliva. However, not every pooch dealing with fleas will have such problems. Sometimes even a severe flea bite in insensitive dogs will not cause such severe symptoms as a single flea bite in an allergic dog. How to recognize FAD in a pet and help a pet suffering from it?

How to recognize APZS in a dog?

The first clue that may indicate atopic flea dermatitis is the presence of fleas. Persistent scratching, rubbing against furniture and biting the hair may suggest the presence of skin parasites, but they are not completely clear. Therefore, if we want to check whether our quadruped has fleas, we can perform a simple test. If we find small black dots in the pet’s hair, we should brush them or collect them with our fingers on damp paper. If they turn into red spots in contact with moisture, they are a sign of fleas and flea faeces. However, atopic flea dermatitis does not always require the presence of a flea of ​​fleas on the dog. What are the other symptoms of this condition?

  • scratching one or more places on the body
  • rubbing against furniture and carpets
  • scratching the skin until scabs and wounds form
  • strong redness at the site of a flea bite
  • restlessness and irritability

How to help a dog suffering from atopic flea dermatitis?

The first step we need to take in the fight against APZS is to eliminate fleas from the pet’s skin and surroundings. For this purpose, collars, neck drops or tablets protecting your pet against skin parasites are the best. When fighting fleas, we must not forget to thoroughly vacuum or wash dog lairs, carpets and crevices where a flea nest may be located. In the case of dogs with extensive skin lesions and wounds, we should also go to a veterinarian who will disinfect the wounds and prescribe the animal appropriate medications. Sometimes it may be necessary to wear a collar on your dog to prevent your pet from further biting and licking itchy wounds.

Author: Aleksandra Prochocka

A sausage for the dog. Can the dog eat sausage?

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A sausage for the dog. Can the dog eat sausage?


This meat delicacy is present at every fire and family barbecue. The unique taste and smell are also tempting by home-made quadrupeds, who are staring at the sausage as in the picture! However, is it a good idea to treat your pet with sausage? Can the dog eat sausage?

What does the sausage contain?

The traditional composition of sausage is seasoned and salted pork. However, more and more often other types of meat (beef, veal, poultry, game) and offal are used in its production. The shredded meat packed in a sausage or cellulose casing may be cooked, steamed or raw, although the sausages are most often smoked or dried. Depending on the type, the content of individual nutrients may vary. They contain 35-72% water, 30-50% fat, 15-25% protein and negligible amounts of carbohydrates.

They also differ significantly in terms of calorific value – the leanest ones have only 200 kcal / 100 g, the most fatty even about 400 kcal / 100 g. Sausages can also contain various additives, such as salt, garlic, marjoram, pepper or even spicy spices. All this makes the sausage an excellent, filling snack that does not require time-consuming preparation. However, can it also be found on a dog’s plate?

Can the dog eat sausage?

Pork itself is not harmful to dogs. However, heavily salted, fatty sausages will not be healthy for your pet. Frequent feeding of your dog with sausage can cause obesity, diarrhea, indigestion and even pancreatic problems. Spices such as garlic, pepper and onion in sausages can also lead to serious poisoning in a pet. Even slightly spoiled, old or poorly stored sausages are also a source of harmful bacteria that secrete toxic compounds. Therefore, this meat delicacy should not be part of your four-legged pet’s diet!

If you absolutely want to treat your dog to this type of product, choose lean, boiled sausages. We can cut them into parts adapted to the size of our pet, so that the dog eating them greedily does not choke on them. And of course, let’s not overdo it!

Author: Aleksandra Prochocka

Meteopathy in dogs. How does a sudden change in weather affect dogs?

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Meteopathy in dogs. How does a sudden change in weather affect dogs?


People who are more sensitive to changing weather will surely associate autumn with unpleasant ailments. Sudden changes in pressure, an increase in air humidity and large temperature differences significantly affect not only well-being, but also the entire functioning of the body. Can dogs also be sensitive to such changes in the weather? How does meteopathy manifest itself in dogs and is there any way to help a dog suffering from it?

How does meteopathy manifest in dogs?

The organism of domestic pets is not that different from the human body. Therefore, we have every right to believe that they may be just as sensitive to weather changes as we are. In humans, meteopathy causes changes in pressure, difficulty concentrating, photosensitivity, as well as headaches and joint pain. Unfortunately, noticing such ailments in a pet is difficult, so they may go unnoticed. However, such sensations have a number of side effects that the caregiver is often unable to associate with weather changes. Less willingness to play, pronounced drowsiness and irritability are the most common symptoms of meteopathy in dogs.

Dogs that suffer from joint disease may have severe mobility problems and avoid strenuous exercise. It also happens that meteopathy in dogs causes an aversion to food – in humans, weather changes can exacerbate stomach problems. Brachycephalic breeds may also experience greater breathing problems than ever before.

Meteopathy in dogs – how to help your pet?

Careful observation of the quadruped and the weather will allow us to determine whether it suffers from meteopathy. If we struggle with this ailment ourselves, it will be easier for us to see when problems may arise. It is better for a dog suffering from meteopathy not to self-administer any medications. Many of them are toxic to dogs!

Dogs who seem tired, sleepy and irritable on a given day, it is best to provide peace and rest. On such days, it is worth giving up intensive walking or training. Calmly lying on the couch and gently stroking it will be a much better choice. If we have more than one pet at home, we should make sure that the poorer feeling worse is not exposed to the harassment of his canine siblings that day – irritation may cause less tolerance and even cause aggressive behavior. For pets suffering from joint pain, it is worth shortening their walks and providing a warm and comfortable place to sleep.

Diet for canine meteopathy

A properly balanced diet containing key ingredients for the neurological system can help reduce the effects of meteopathy. The food of a weather-sensitive pet should be easily digestible, rich in vitamins and minerals. The most important of these will be the B vitamins, found in meat, fish, nuts and bananas. It is also worth providing the pooch with the right dose of magnesium, which increases resistance to stress and regulates the work of the heart.

Author: Aleksandra Prochocka

Why do some dogs eat toilet paper?

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Why do some dogs eat toilet paper?


Every dog ​​handler knows that dog’s culinary tastes are very strange. Various, often disgusting things for us go into the dog’s mouth – moldy bread from the lawn, smelly remains of kebabs found under the bush … But to eat toilet paper? Let’s check where such a taste for pets comes from and whether it can be dangerous for them!

Why Do Dogs Eat Toilet Paper?

There are many reasons for biting, tearing, and chewing toilet paper. Some of them stem from the natural behavior of dogs, while others may indicate various ailments. Here are some of the most common reasons why pets may eat toilet paper.

Unmet needs

Biting and chewing is a must for every dog. If it is not fulfilled with the help of teethers or toys, the pooch will look for another outlet for this instinct. For many dogs, tearing toilet paper is really satisfying – you can nibble it, chew it, wash it … And when it is nudged with a paw, a roll rolling on the floor is simply a great toy. Providing your pet with other chew toys and using energy in a more interesting way can make your pet lose interest in toilet paper.

Teething

Teeth-swapping puppies will take whatever they can reach into their mouths. Toilet paper can also fall victim to the little jaws! Teething causes unpleasant itching and sometimes even sore gums. No wonder that little dogs seek relief in every possible way. Fortunately, puppies will be happy to switch from a roll to a chewing gum teether. All you need to do is provide them with the right toys!

Hunger

Dogs who eat too little food may desperately reach for a roll of toilet paper. The paper perfectly silences the strong suction in the stomach and brings almost immediate relief. Unfortunately, apart from a large dose of clogging cellulose, toilet paper does not contain any nutrients. A proper, balanced and tailored diet will help eliminate hunger and save paper. Enormous, insatiable hunger can also be a symptom of several serious diseases. If, despite proper feeding, your pooch is still craving and obsessed with food, it’s worth getting tested.

Anxiety

Dogs who experience stress often reach for something to chew on. Muffling a slipper, biting a sofa upholstery or chewing a roll of paper allows them to calm down. Such behavior may indicate separation anxiety, and also appear in dogs that experience severe stress on a daily basis, for example related to moving to a new home. Solving such problems can be difficult, especially if the caregiver is not aware of the malaise of his / her ward. Remember – shouting and punishing the dog will only make his problem worse …

Health problems

Eating things that shouldn’t end up in a dog’s stomach is a disorder called „pica.” It can have many causes, from heartburn to parasites to neurological disorders. Puppies suffering from this condition are often not limited to toilet paper. They can also swallow socks, gloves, sticks, screws, stones … If you notice this behavior in your pet, take him to the vet immediately and check it carefully! It is possible that his stomach already has a large collection of various prey.

Can toilet paper harm my dog?

If a Labrador-sized dog swallows a single tissue, there’s no reason to panic. However, eating half a roll of paper for each pooch can end up tragically! Shredded, wet toilet paper clumps into a hard, indigestible mass, which in extreme cases can block the dog’s intestines. Strong gurgling in the abdomen, vomiting, stomach pain and reluctance to eat are signs that the pooch should be immediately taken to the vet.

Author: Aleksandra Prochocka

Since when can my puppy eat dry food?

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Since when can my puppy eat dry food?


Dog’s milk, which is the puppy’s first food, is rich in protein and fat. But it also contains many other ingredients that are extremely important for the development of a little dog. The milk includes, among others enzymes, hormones and antibodies. It is a perfect mix for the first weeks of life. But what then? When can a puppy eat something else?

What can a puppy eat up to 4 weeks of age?

The first month of life is the time when the little dog eats only mother’s milk. It contains everything a toddler needs to develop and grow up healthy. However, in order for the food it receives to be of high quality, it is necessary to take care of the dog’s food. A nursing female needs a feed that is high in high-quality protein and a lot of fat. It is wise to choose a high-meat food that does not contain unnecessary fillers such as grains. Why is it so important? You have to bear in mind that when feeding a bitch, we indirectly feed the puppies. The dog’s mum cannot miss anything! It is worth reaching for such food as e.g. Bozita without the addition of grains with elk, intended for pregnant and lactating bitches and puppies.

What can a puppy eat between 4 and 6 weeks of age?

When puppies turn one month old, they should start learning to eat something other than mother’s milk. Therefore, during these two weeks, solid food is gradually introduced into their diet. But beware – the key word in this case is „gradually”! This transition period is intended for feeding. It is by no means intended to replace milk, which is still the children’s main meal. Puppies only have to try something else and start learning how to eat solid foods. At this stage, you can feed a little wet food or dry but soaked and mashed food. It is important that the consistency of the meal is really moist, does not require chewing and does not cause the puppy any problems when swallowing.

What can a puppy eat between 6 and 8 weeks of age?

This period is called weaning. During this time, the amount of solid food that your little dog receives every day should be increased. Dry food can also be gradually soaked less and less and not crushed as much as before. Once the puppy is found to be able and willing to bite, there is no need to add water to the food, and it shouldn’t even be done to give him an opportunity to practice this skill. The key is to observe your puppy and make any changes carefully and calmly. At this stage, the dog should receive small portions of food 5-6 times a day.

What can a puppy eat after 8 weeks of age?

When a dog turns 8 weeks old, it may be transferred to its new home. Then – what is obvious – you will not drink mum’s milk at all, but only solid food intended for puppies. Such foods have pellets of the right size, so we do not have to worry that the puppy will not be able to chew on them. What is extremely important, for the first days the dog should receive exactly the same food that he received in the breeding. Rapid changes in the way of eating or the type of food can end in a gastric revolution! And in the case of such an immature digestive system, it is extremely dangerous. Therefore, for about 3 days, we should not make any changes. Then we can add a little new food, increasing the amount each day. About 10 days later, the bowl may only contain new food, of course for puppies. We feed a two-month-old dog 4-5 times a day.

What and how to feed a puppy?

The ideal puppy food is one that contains 25-30% protein. It is important that it also contains omega-3 and -6 acids. The proportions of calcium and phosphorus are also important. Calcium should be in the composition of 0.7-1.7%, and of phosphorus about 1%. The composition of food for dogs that will ultimately be large or belong to miniature breeds may differ slightly from each other, because the organisms of these animals have slightly different needs. A food that is perfect for large pets is, for example Bozita without the addition of grains with elk, intended for puppies and young dogs of large breeds.

You should also pay attention to the dosage. The packages of the food contain tables with the target puppy’s weight and the daily amount of food, which we divide into several meals. It is extremely important that the dog gets exactly what he needs – overfeeding is harmful!

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