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Tricks to avoid car sickness in dogs

Tricks to avoid car sickness in dogs

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It’s spring time! Yay! This means it’s getting hotter and we can start taking road trips to the beach with our dogs. Have you wondered if dogs get car sick? They do! 20% of dogs get car sick, especially puppies.

Dogs get car sick due to the over stimulation of the ear structure that’s used for balance, especially if it’s not fully developed. Therefore, it’s more common in puppies than in adult dogs, in most cases dogs outgrow it, but in some it continues throughout their life.

Factors that may cause car sickness:

  • Strong smells
  • Long trips
  • Rough or fast driving
  • Where they are sitting inside the car

How to avoid car sickness?

  1. If your dog has had bad experiences before: try to help him feel comfortable when he is getting inside the car.
  2. Avoid giving him food around four hours before, this way he won’t throw up.
  3. If your dog has never been on a car: try to go on short trips so he can start to get used to it. Don’t get mad at him if he gets dizzy or throws up.
  4. Make sure the environment is fresh, you can achieve this by having the AC on or the windows down.
  5. Stop every few hours, let him walk around and relax.

We hope these tips help make your trips with your dog as pleasant as possible!

Lastly, remember that dogs need to wear seat belts that are especially made for them or travel inside of crates for your and his safety.

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Do you know what playing means to your dog?

Do you know what playing means to your dog?

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We may think that playing is not important for dogs, but it is. Like people dogs need to relax and have fun to be able to grow, learn and be balanced. Playing with our dogs creates a bond in an amazing way. There are studies that show that it’s beneficial for dogs to play and enjoy themselves. When they are three weeks old they develop the need to play and continue to have it throughout their life.

Dogs needs to have fun, something they are born with. Therefore, it’s natural for them to bark, smell and play between them. Not allowing a dog to play creates frustration, anxiety and changes in behavior in a negative way.

Through games puppies develop intellectually and emotionally. They learn to relate and respect others, as well as to discover their environment. Playing develops physical aspects, it helps develop capacities, strengthens his muscles, joints and helps channel energy. It’s important to play when he is a puppy, this way he will learn many skills and how to control his strength.

However, some games may encourage negative behaviors. We must be careful and control that our dog isn’t aggressive or disobedient while playing. If he becomes aggressive the game must stop immediately. Playing with him is part of the education process, this way he can learn in a fun way that’s effective and stimulating.

Playing with dogs is easy, they love it! Dogs are affectionate creatures that love to spend time with their owners. It’s our job to teach them to be respectful and follow commands. How to do it?

First, it’s important to choose a good place to play. Outside is the best place, it’s relaxing and you will enjoy the experience more. Try to find a place that is not too full of people that may distract him. It’s important not to send signals that may lead him to believe that he is in control of the situation. For example, it’s better to throw the ball you’re playing with instead of letting him take it from your hand. Also make him bring the ball back, this way he will know who oversees the game.

When it comes to toys, the options are unlimited. Each dog is different and has his own preferences. If your dog is very active, a good option can be to play games like canicross or disc dog that involve more strength. No matter the game what’s more important is to share the moment with him and enjoy as much as possible.

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Taking your dog out for a walk

Taking your dog out for a walk

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Dogs should be taken out for walks at least three times a day, the type of walk depends on the size and physical condition of the dog. Taking walks makes dogs happy and healthy. It isn’t just great exercise for your dog, but it influences the perception he has of you.

Having a large backyard for your dog to run around is not enough, he needs to go out and take walks with you. Another mistake people make is thinking that small dogs don’t need to take walks, all dogs need it. Dogs are pets that need to go outside their comfort zone, explore smells, mark territory, exercise and distract themselves. How would you feel if you could never leave your house all day? We bet nobody would like that.

Many of us may think of this activity as a chore, something boring or something that you are forced to do. Nobody forced you to have a dog, so you must be responsible and take care of his basic needs, since you love your dog and want him to be happy. One way of making daily walks a little more fun could be to ask a friend or other people who have dogs to take walks together.

Walks also have the purpose of creating stronger relationships between owners and pets, walks should be relaxing and dogs shouldn’t pull on their leash. Here are some tips you can apply when taking walks:

  • The walk starts at home, don’t leave until your dog is calm, his mental state is very important.
  • When you are leaving home, make sure you go out the door first and come back inside first. This will let your dog know who is in charge.
  • If possible use a short leash, using a long one is more complicated when trying to control your dog.
  • Take your time. Don’t rush back home as soon as he has gone to the bathroom, remember your dog needs time to explore, feel free and connect with other dogs.
  • Take him out for walks three times a day, morning, afternoon and night. During the winter, don’t take him out when it’s the coldest time of the day or the hottest time during the summer.
  • Take control during the walk, don’t let him take control, walk together and don’t let him go anywhere he wants, your dog must follow you, not the other way around. This is important for him to respect you.
  • If he was well behaved during the walk make sure to give him a treat, so he starts to understands what is expected during daily walks.
  • If he pulls on the leash, stop and start again, make him walk by your side and at your pace.
  • Don’t look at what he is doing the whole time, he is the one who should be looking at you the whole time.
  • Don’t get nervous or pull on the leash when you see other dogs, you will transmit that energy to your dog and he may not communicate with other dogs as he should. Remember: be calm and transmit security.

Remember that the length of the walk depends on the characteristics of your dog, some dogs may only need 30 minutes, while others may need an hour. The most important thing to know is that this is a time to share with your pet, connect and enjoy. There isn’t anything better than sharing time with your dog. ¡Happy walking!

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What’s your dog’s age in human years?

What’s your dog’s age in human years?

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We bet you’re curious about what’s your dog’s human age, and like most of us you just multiply his age by 7. This traditional way of doing it is old fashioned. There is a reason that shows it’s the wrong way of calculating our dog’s age. If we calculated our dog’s age by multiplying by 7 it would mean that at age one, age 7 in human years, he would start his fertile age, since dogs start their fertile age at 1. And we know that humans don’t start their fertile years that young.

Establishing the exact formula that corresponds to the age between dogs and humans is not possible. For example, dogs from different breeds don’t live the same amount of years, all dogs are different, like humans. Having a formula that is the closest to the truth can be useful when it comes for us to organize our life in relation to our dog, his needs and ours.

Even though the formula 7×1 has an unknown origin and little scientific proof, it’s the most popular way of doing the calculation. Some say that the formula became popular due to a marketing strategy created to encourage veterinarian visits; this way dog owners would worry about how fast time went by in regards of their dog’s life.

In the past few years other formulas have appeared, being more logical by considering the dog’s evolution during his first years of life. This way one dog year would be equal to sixteen of human years, which is when reproductive years usually start. There is an important variable which is the dog’s size. Smaller size breeds tend to have a longer life span than larger dog breeds. When a large dog is 4 years old a small dog is 3 years old.

Recently, studies done by University of Georgia have incorporated a new variant: breed. If breed is included in the calculation, the formula gets more complicated. For example, analyzing two small sized dog breeds: a Chihuahua and a Beagle, at 4 years old, the Chihuahua would be 34.7 years old, while the Beagle would be 35.4. (Chihuahua: two first years = 12.5, after the third year 4.87 must be added each year. Beagle: two first years = 12.5, after the third year = 5.20 years must be added.

At this point you may feel confused trying to add up the numbers and missing the old formula 7×1. To make it easier there is a table below to help you understand, which is based on size. How old is you dog? What do you think of this formula?

Travelling with your dog

Travelling with your dog

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It’s so exciting to start packing your bags for your well-deserved vacation, but where are you leaving your dog? He also deserves vacation time, which is why here are some tips and advice so that he can enjoy as well.

 

Scenario 1: You take him with you

If you are thinking about traveling with your dog, you must take some things into account. If your vacations are abroad you must have all the correct documentation, which include:

  • Health card stamped by a veterinarian
  • Passport for domestic animals
  • Health Certificate issued by a veterinarian: tell your veterinarian that you are travelling abroad so he can help you prepare the documents you will need.

We recommend that if you have any questions to call the consulate of the country you are travelling to and ask them directly what the requirements are. Many countries require you to translate the documentation to the local language, that you give your dog certain vaccines or in the case of Japan for your dog to spend 15 days in quarantine starting on his arrival.

Condition his crate for the trip, put training pads inside, especially if it is a long journey and there are no stops in between. Also, don’t forget about water, it is important that he is hydrated, most airlines don’t worry about this. To avoid any problems plan everything with enough time.

Scenario 2: You are travelling by car

If you take your dog with you in a car make sure he is in a place where he doesn’t block any visibility or distracts the driver. You can put him inside of a crate with a seat belt on or use a seat belt that is especially for dogs.

If you are taking a long road trip, try stopping every two hours or 120 miles so that he doesn’t get nervous or stressed. If you notice that he is drooling a lot it means that he is car sick, in this situation it is better to stop for a while so he can relax and drink some water.

Never leave him locked in the car, never! Many dogs have suffered major health issues due to heat strokes, please treat your dog like any other family member.

If you have decided to let your dog travel using a seat belt, we recommend that you put a blanket on the seat to protect it. Never let you dog put his head out the window, especially if you are passing by a city or where there are a lot of trees. If you’re not careful, he could hurt himself, get otitis or conjunctivitis caused by the wind.

Scenario 3: You leave your dog with a nanny or at a dog residence

If you are going to be apart from your dog and leaving him with a nanny or at a dog residence the first thing you should do is to ask for references of the people you are leaving him with. Try reaching old customers, visit the place and get to know the person that is going to care for him. Don’t forget to take his toys, blanket, food and even one of your t-shirts so he doesn’t miss you as much.

More Advice

Wherever our dog goes, it is important that he feels at home, has his blanket, toys, etc. Familiar things will help him tolerate the change better. If you are staying at a hotel, get information about rules and regulations you must follow.

It is crucial for your dog to be correctly identified in case he gets lost. If your dog wears a plate and the weather is too hot you must be careful since regular plates get hot and could hurt him. Dinbeat has created plates made from high quality PVC, which don’t get hot under the sun and are not heavy, meaning that they are comfortable for any dog, no matter the size. Dinbeat plates have QR codes where your dog’s information is always updated, plus you can add up to five people to contact in case your dog gets lost. The plates also have a GPS so you can find your dog faster than ever.

During the holidays a lot of dogs are left behind, remember that they are part of the family. Dogs are extremely faithful animals, so don’t abandon them for vacation time. In Spain, over 100,000 dogs are abandoned by their owners during the holidays, which 16% get euthanasia. Dinbeat asks you to be responsible and never abandon your pet! They would never leave you!

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