When buying a dog harness for your pet, it’s essential to take measurements to ensure that the harness fits snugly around the dog’s torso. Use a tape measure to find the size of the animal’s neck and chest. After you have the measurements, make sure to add about two centimetres to the numbers, so that the harness does not dig into the dog’s skin as they walk. If possible, bring the dog to your local pet shop to get a completely accurate fitting. Most pet shops will allow you to try a number of different harnesses on the pet, so that you can find the one that fits the best.
After you have found one that fits your pet, it’s time to try it out. Most harnesses have a D shaped ring that lies across the dog’s back; this section of the harness is attached to the lead. Some specialist harnesses will have the D shaped section across the dog’s chest, as this can help to prevent the dog from pulling too much.
To put the harness on, position your pet so that he or she is facing you, then slip the harness over their head. Lift up their paw and slide their leg through the ‘armhole’ section of harness. Repeat this on the other side, after which you can then snap close the buckle, which should be sitting on their stomach. It’s common for dogs to kick up a fuss the first couple of times that you use a harness on them, however you can help them adjust more quickly by giving them a small treat and praising them when they remain calm when being fitted. This will ensure that they create positive associations with the harness. It is also important to give the dog time to get used to the harness before taking them out for a walk in it. Put it on them and allow them to wear it around the house once or twice before attempting to take a walk.
A harness can be an excellent training tool for dogs that pull on the lead. It’s especially useful for those who own very large dogs who are strong enough to drag their owner around when out for a walk, as it gives the owner more control over the dog’s movements. Eventually, a dog harness will teach your pet to behave when you’re both out for a stroll and so will make your walks far more enjoyable.
There are a number of products that every pet owner should get for their dog, including a lead and a suitable collar. There are such a huge variety of these products available that there really is something to suit every owner and their pet. It is also important to remember to attach an identity tag with contact details to the collar, in case the dog ever gets lost.
The fit of the collar is one of the most important things to think about, as it must be comfortable yet secure. The material of the collar must be suitable as well; for instance, larger dogs must have a collar which they cannot chew through easily. Lightweight collars are more suitable for smaller dogs.
The rule of thumb when fitting a collar to a dog is make sure that there is no more than a two finger width of space between the collar and the dog’s neck. This allows for breathing room for the dog, but is still secure enough so that he or she will not break away from the lead.
In terms of which type of collar to choose, there are a number of options available. Buckle collars are a good choice, as leather dogs collars with buckles are easily removed, come in a variety of colours and patterns and are generally one of the most comfortable for the dog. Leather dog collars usually last for a very long time and are soft enough that they will not cut or irritate the skin around the dog’s neck. Leather also tends to soften over time because of the natural oils in the dog’s skin. For long haired dog breeds, there are rolled collars in a leather material available to help to stop the hair from getting tangled.
Leather collars are generally considered to be one of the best materials in terms of its ability to withstand daily wear and tear, as well as looking good and being very easy to clean. Today there are plenty of different designs and styles of leather collars available, so the dog collar can be practical, but also very stylish as well.
Nylon collars are yet another option that can be good for smaller dog breeds. It is a durable material and can be washed as well, so this type of material is a good choice for dogs who spend a lot of time outdoors or in water.
Adopting a canine comes with responsibilities. Owners must commit themselves to caring for their pets, providing food, water, shelter, and company throughout their lives. They must be willing to make sacrifices, when necessary. Unfortunately, many people make the decision to abandon their dogs, leaving them to fend for themselves, or face the prospect of euthanization at a shelter. The reasons are varied, and the outcomes are almost always avoidable.
In this article, we’ll present the most common reasons owners abandon their canines. We’ll also offer alternative solutions, so you’ll know there are options.
Many dogs suffer from health issues, some of which can be particularly heartbreaking. For example, hip dysplasia may make it difficult for your pet to move without pain. Digestive issues, skin conditions, and heart and respiratory problems can also test an owner’s patience. These and other health-related challenges prompt many owners to throw in the towel, and abandon their pets.
If your canine suffers from a debilitating health problem, ask his veterinarian whether medications or surgery might help. There may be options you have yet to consider.
This is a common reason for abandonment. Dogs often exhibit behaviours that are annoying and difficult for owners to manage. An owner might make a few attempts to curb the undesired habits, but give up in frustration. There are two noteworthy problems.
First, most behaviours surface because of training. If your pet is displaying behavioural issues, there’s a good chance you neglected to train him properly. It’s not too late. Nearly all unwanted behaviours can be addressed successfully with the right approach.
This leads to the second problem. When owners make attempts to deal with behavioural issues, they often do so with the wrong approach. For example, they might hit a canine that barks excessively. If the animal is barking for attention, such a response will likely encourage him to continue doing so.
If your pet is expressing behaviours that you dislike, consider hiring a professional trainer to help curb them.
Moving Into An Apartment
Most apartment complexes, as well as other communities, have rules against dog ownership. But there are options. For example, some complexes welcome pets, including small canines. If your dog is large, ask the landlord if he or she would be willing to let him live in the complex given certain guarantees.
Also, many owners have successfully worked out special arrangements with their property managers. Some have agreed to pay a slightly higher rent; others happily sign a longer lease; and still others agree to keep their pets indoors during certain hours.
Most people who abandon their canines because they are moving into apartments have not exhausted their options.
Inability To Care For A Pet
Some people become too sick to care for their dogs. For example, an illness might make it difficult for a person to move easily, preventing her from taking her pet for walks. An owner may even become bedridden, and thus unable to feed her canine.
If you are ill, and can no longer care for your pet, check with your friends, co-workers, and family. There’s a good chance someone will step forward to provide your dog with a new home.
Lack Of Funds
Caring for a canine can be expensive. Depending on your pet’s size, food may cost up to $1,000 a year. Toys and supplies may cost another $300 to $400 a year. Grooming and ongoing veterinary care might add another $600 to the annual bill. Medications might cost $500 a year while certain surgical procedures may cost thousands of dollars.
Given this, it’s understandable that some owners feel financially stressed, and compelled to give up their dogs. But again, there are options. Think about ways to stretch your dog’s toy and supply budget; look for clinics that offer routine checkups for a discount; and cut back on the nonessentials.
If you’re forced to leave your canine, and have no other options, do everything possible to find him another home. By doing so, you may ultimately save his life.