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How to Make Sure Your Cat Knows You Love Them

Cats are silly creatures.  They’re cute and cuddly one minute and standoffish the next. However, they have their unique ways of showing they love you. Bringing you “dinner” in the form of a miscellaneous dead creature, “helping” you with chores or work or reading, following you around (occasionally trying to dart in and out of your feet as you walk just to make sure you notice), and of course the coveted kitty cuddle are all common signs.  But how do you return the affection to them? How do you show them how much you love them?  Here are some examples that can help you express your affection and possibly make your cat love you more than they already do.

  • Be the Jerry to their Tom.

Cats have an inherent instinct to hunt and combat prey. They are naturally highly skilled hunters and crave an outlet to hone their combat skills.  What better way than with you as a training partner? There are plenty of options at your disposal for “training equipment.”  Laser lights, string, toy mice, feathers and jingly toys are all adorable and inexpensive toys that you can find pretty much anywhere.  (Be warned though: Although ultimate cuteness overload is a definite effect of this form of affection, if they are ingested, strings can cause medical issues.  So use with supervision.)

Playing in this manner will keep your cat healthy and fit by giving them some much-needed exercise as well as provide you with a healthy dose of one-on-one time.  Your cat secretly loves to spend time with you, especially if it’s playtime.

  • Environmental Factor

The feline species are incredibly anal about cleanliness and grooming.  They are incessantly washing, grooming and straightening their fur.  They prefer everything to be impeccably clean.  An indoor cat relies on you, their companion, to help keep their environment smelling sweet and clean.  Keep their litter box clean daily and make sure that your house is generally free of smelly debris and your kitty will be forever grateful.

  • Healthy Snacks

Snacks are amazing, and everyone has a favorite.  Your cat is depending on you to make healthy, responsible choices for their snacks.  Human food is unhealthy for cats, and some can even make them very sick.  Try out your local pet store or online and go for lean protein based snacks.  Dry pellets should be kept to a minimum.  They’ll devour the freeze-dried pellets of lamb or chicken.  The best thing is that those high protein snacks will give them energy, help keep their muscles nice and healthy, and assist them to live a longer and healthier life. One last note: Make sure to account for the calories in the treats you give your cat.  Putting on weight is far easier than losing it, even for cats.  Just like humans, overweight cats can have a slew of health-related problems that it would be better to avoid altogether.

  • Kitty Cuddles!

Who doesn’t love to snuggle up to their fuzzy, warm feline friend? Well, they love cuddling too.  (Even if they won’t admit it to anyone.) When your cat is in the coveted “snuggle mode,” try to find the time to snuggle back.  A small bit of petting or gentle ear scratching is a sure sign of your affection for your furry friend. The best part? Cuddling with animals is one of the major ways to destress yourself.  The power of touch, especially combined with the pure affection felt from animals, is proven to assist in relieving anxiety and depression as well as anger.   Therefore, snuggles are just as important for you as they are your cat!

  • L-O-V-E. L is for the way you look at me…

Earning a cat’s love is an entirely different thing than deserving it.  Cats, although cautious, do give their love completely and without abandon.  To earn and be worthy of this precious gift, we need to make sure that we do all that we can to provide and take care of them.  A warm, comfy and safe place to sleep inside is a definite.  It doesn’t have to be fancy: a cat bed, comfy cushion or even a box is all a cat needs to slip into dreamland. This combined with a high-quality food (with little fillers or by-products), kindness and love, and frequent visits to the vet as needed are all ways to not only ensure their well-being but to show how much you love your cat.

We have a pet sitter who loves kitties and will be ready to give cuddles, and some scratching behind the ears. We provide cat sitting in Snellville, Grayson, Loganville, Lilburn, and parts of Tucker, Stone Mountain, and Lawrenceville Georgia cities.

 

How to Keep your Cat Fit

If your cat is an indoor cat, you might worry about whether or not they get enough exercise.  Cats, fortunately, have a much higher metabolism than humans which continues to work even as they gracefully lounge around the house.  This doesn’t take away from the fact that cats still need regular exercise to keep them healthy and fight obesity.

Unlike other common pets such as dogs, most cats can’t be harnessed to a leash and taken on lovely walks around the local park. (Larger breeds that are mixed with more wild cats such as Savannah Cats or Ashera can be leash trained if put through extensive training that starts right after infancy) It may take some forethought, but there are many different ways you can assist your cat in maintaining a healthy, active life.  Playing is a great form of exercise, and it’s fun for all involved. Let’s be real for a moment: we all love the cute cat videos of them chasing lasers.

Why should your cat exercise? Do they need it?

Activity is good for every living creature. It not only promotes a healthy body weight and combats the health issues associated with obesity, but it helps activate and sharpen the mind and build muscle strength.  Not to mention it’s fun for both you and your pets and encourages a stronger bond and more trust.   A great perk is that you don’t even have to spend money if you don’t want to when you play, and it also takes minimal effort.

Every cat is different.  Many factors go into what type of exercise is the best for your pet. Weight, interests, age, attitude, and temperament, as well as the environment of your home all, determine what activities you can do.  Cat posts and tiered cat play areas are a great addition to any home.  They take up relatively little space, and your cat can scratch, claw, jump and climb to their heart’s content all over it.  If you’re a DIY kind of person, you can even build a cat jungle gym with all sorts of levels, ropes, hiding spaces, feathers and jingly bits that will accomplish hours of entertainment and exercise for your cat even if you’re away from home.  If your cat isn’t much of a self-starter or is reluctant to be active, you’ll have to be more involved in the process.

Younger cats or kittens will be better about initiating or engaging you to play or will amuse themselves with the nearest box or object.  The younger the cat, the more likely they are to be amused easily and once started on a game, will continue to play long after you stop.  Older cats, especially ones that are overweight or have lazier tendencies are a bit trickier to engage in any activity.  Their endurance is lower than their younger counterparts, and they usually don’t have an interest in prolonged activities or playtime.  A bunch of short, playful bursts of activity is better for this type of cat, and they will get the same benefit as a younger cat with younger games.  Generally, if your cat spends at least 10 to 15 minutes a day engaged in some form of activity, then they are getting sufficient exercise.  If they play longer, then great! It can only benefit them in the long run.

Ok, exercising is important.  Is there a particular activity that is better than others?

Any activity that can stimulate a cat’s natural instincts is usually the easiest and safest bet.  Especially the hunting instincts.  Battery powered mice, feathers on strings, anything to simulate mock movements of common cat prey.  And if we can be stereotypical for a minute: what kitten doesn’t love a ball or string of yarn? A piece of thick ribbon or shoelace can be wiggled across the floor or beneath objects just out of reach to really get their energy up.  Lasers are a fun and inexpensive way to get them to give chase without the potential health hazards of strings or feathers. (if swallowed either could cause severe medical conditions) Lasers simulate the movements and look of small bugs. In the absence of a laser, a small flashlight will do the trick.  Be sure to avoid flashing the light or laser into their eyes.

Thankfully cats can make almost anything fun.  Crumpled paper is perfect for batting around, and empty boxes and bags are for exploring and crawling around.   Anything from scratch posts to stuffed mice can amuse your cat while keeping them healthy!  Which is what any loving pet owner would want for their pet. Give us a call 770-695-3096 Extension 0, and tell us how you exercise and play with your kitties.

Did you know at 2 Paws Up Inc we can provide cat sitting? 2 Paws Up Inc covers areas in Gwinnett County such as Snellville, Lilburn, Grayson, Loganville, and parts of Lawrenceville, Tucker, and Stone Mountain.

Guest Blog Post: Don’t Let Dog Skin Cancer Affect Your Dog

Many pet owners are unaware that their furry friends can get cancer too. It is the last thing pet owners are thinking of when cuddling up with their new puppy.

That’s a scary thought when you consider than one in four dogs will develop some kind of cancer with dog skin cancer right at the top of the list. Being correctly informed can increase your chances of avoiding this later on in your pet’s life.

According to pet magazine, The Bark, early diagnosis, and treatment are key for a better chance of survival and increasing quality of life.

Recognizing the signs of dog skin cancer will give you an indication of when it’s time to see a vet. It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to our furry companions.

Types of dog skin cancers

The most obvious sign of skin cancer is a growth or tumor, but before you panic, only 20 to 30% of them will turn out to be malignant.

Natural Dog Health Remedies reports that it’s fairly easy to tell the difference between malignant and benign conditions.

Benign growths are usually well defined, won’t grow much, and don’t cause any pain.

The most common examples of these kinds of tumors are lipomas or fatty tumors, which don’t need to be removed unless they’re causing mobility issues. There are also papillomas, also sometimes called dog warts and melanomas. 85% of melanomas will turn out to be benign.

Benign growths can easily be tested if you’re concerned or if they change shape.

There are four common types of malignant dog skin cancers:

  • Squamous cell carcinoma commonly appears in a light skinned area with little hair, like your dog’s tummy, as sores that won’t heal.
  • Mast cell tumors look like lipomas, but they’re almost always fatal. If you notice fatty tumors around your dog’s armpit area, mammary tissue, groin, anus or genital areas, in the lips, eyelids, or body openings, it’s best to get it checked out.
  • While Hemangiosarcoma more commonly starts in the spleen, it does occasionally present as skin cancer either on or beneath the skin. Look out for soft, firm masses with ulceration or dark, raised skin lesions.
  • Fibrosarcoma mostly affects older male dogs, starting at their skull, spine, pelvis, and ribs before growing towards the skin like tentacles.

Different breeds are more susceptible to certain types of cancers. Ask your vet which types you should be checking for.

Other signs and symptoms:

Besides checking your pooch’s skin as regularly as once a month for any funny growths, there are more urgent signs your pet could be in trouble.

Veterinary oncologist Dr. Nicole Leibman says masses may become uncomfortably itchy, making excessive scratching a sign that something’s up.

As dog skin cancer progresses and spreads to other parts of the body, Natural Dog Health Remedies says you may notice enlarged lymph nodes, loss of appetite, vomiting or diarrhea, general weakness or tiredness and maybe even coughing.

The Bark adds bad smells, difficulty breathing, difficulty chewing and bleeding or discharge from any opening on the body to the list.

Treatment options

According to PetMD, treatment will depend on the type of dog skin cancer, the size of the tumor and where on the body it’s located.

Small tumors that have not yet spread could be treated with a light therapy called photodynamic therapy, a freezing technique called cryosurgery, or by surgically removing it.

Larger tumors are usually removed surgically along with the tissue around the tumor. In severe cases, this may mean amputation.

When tumors can’t be removed entirely, or if it would be impractical to do so, your vet may suggest chemotherapy or radiation. These two options can have good results, but the chance of recurrence is always there. Not to mention these two options can cause quite a bit of stress to your beloved sick pet. The side effects of chemo and radiation therapy can greatly decrease the quality of life, and this is something that should be taken into consideration when selecting options. Please ask your vets any questions that you may have.

Traditional dog skin cancer treatments are expensive, and while it’s always advisable to seek a veterinarian’s advice, there are alternative treatment options you could try.

Holistic treatments and traditional remedies like acupuncture, massage, hydrotherapy and magnetic field therapy are more affordable and can help fight the disease and the

Another option is to consider a diet change for your pet. While little can be done to fight aggressive cancer, a change in diet might help improve the quality and lengthen the life of your furry friend.

Processed dog food is packed with grains with very little nutritional value. Instead, your dog should be eating more meat and very little carbohydrates. The cost for a more natural diet is higher than eating processed dog food, but the value will pay back dividends in the form of health.

Lysine found in cottage and ricotta cheeses buffer the acid found in cancer cells, slowing their growth. Combining this with fish oils will help slow them from spreading.

Cancer cells thrive in acidic environments, so adding an alkaline supplement to your dog’s diet may help as well.

Protective measures 

UV exposure is the number one cause of dog skin cancer, especially for animals with light-coloured skin and fur.

The best way to protect your furry friend is to use sunscreen. Just make sure it doesn’t contain zinc oxide.

Dr. Leibman explains that accidentally ingesting zinc oxide can cause your pet severe anemia. Human sunscreens are safe to use, as long as they don’t have this as an ingredient. Choose a brand that dries fast and is water resistant. Make sure to cover your pet’s skin where their fur is thinnest.

PetMD suggests limiting the amount of time your pooch spends in the sun, especially between 10 am and 2 pm, while another veterinary oncologist Dr. Anne Hohenhaus suggests investing in sun-protective clothes and goggles.

She adds it’s important to make sure that pets have access to a shaded area when left alone and to keep an eye on broken toenails which are often associated with melanoma.

There’s been talk of the idea of tattooing or injecting ink into the noses of animals with light skin to help protect against dog skin cancer. However, there’s no evidence yet to prove it works.

The last word on dog skin cancer

Early detection is your best defense against dog skin cancer and could save your best friend’s life.

Check your buddy’s body as often as possible and don’t hesitate to book a visit with a vet if your notice any lump, bump or mark that’s out of place.

The Yunnan Baiyao store have a helpful list of resources to help you choose the best treatment for your four-legged loved one.

To find more information about this article and their resource links, please visit the website at https://yunnan-baiyao-store.com/blogs/news/dont-let-dog-skin-cancer-affect-your-dog

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Most Popular Pet Birds for Pet Owners

Care and Love for Your Bird

Birds are becoming incredibly popular now, and there are many reasons for this from the fact that there are over 16.2 million people who currently own them. They are great pets and are a lot of company. However, they can require a lot of upkeep and can even sometimes outlive their owners. What that means is that there needs to be a lot of thought before someone buys a bird as to the needs of the pet as well as what you plan to do if you have other pets as well. These are large animals, and they require to be cared for in the same way that cats and dogs do so that means that you need to make sure that you are ready for the commitment if you are planning on becoming a bird parent.

  1. Cockatiels

These are very popular birds that have a lot of personalities and that are also great for families that have kids. They are easy to get along with, and they are also great companions. These birds can live around 20 years, and they also can interact with their owners. They need to have a relatively large cage, and that will ensure that they can have many options as well as know that they can have fresh food and that there is food that is there for them. The birds also need to have exposure to light, and that is to make sure that they have enough vitamin D. In addition to that, they can live alone, and they do not need friends and other birds. They just need to make sure that they have stimulation from their owners or the radio or another source. That also means that these are great pets for people who live alone and they do not have a hard time being alone.

  1. Budgerigars

These are also known as Budgies or Parakeets, and they are small and easy to care for. They live at a maximum of 13 years, and they need a small cage. They are fun and enjoy play and a great with children. They only need to have pellet food, water, and some fresh fruit from time to time. They love to snack, and they need to have the sun to make sure that they can produce vitamin D. They are social, and they enjoy being able to play with other birds. They live well and want to ensure that they can be social. You want to make sure that you take them out of the cage at least 1x a day and play with them. They love to be with the family as well as entertain and whisper and chirp. They are also able to speak and repeat words which are a treat for all.

  1. African Grey Parrots

Parrots are great, and they are super smart, and that means that they need to be socialized and need to spend time with their families. It is important to make sure that they are out of their cage and that they can spend time with their family throughout the course of the day. You need to ensure that they can bond with one family member. They can live for over 40 years, and that means that they need to have a large cage as well as that they need to make sure that they have a lot of intellectual stimulation. They need to be cared for as well as they need to have access to many games and many other kinds of toys. When it comes to parrots, they do not like to share their cages, and they like to be alone in the house. That means that they need always to be treated like they are smart and they are valuable members of the family. They are great pets for those who want to spend time with them, and that means that they are great at crunching hard items like wood and also nuts. They are not a great pet for those who have small children. Parrots are a very long-term commitment, and that means that they need to be cared for as such, there is no reason that they should ever be thought of as anything less than a new member of the family.

What types of birds do you own, and tell us why in the comments below? Do you have a pet bird question? Ask, and we will do our best to find the answer.

Keep your Pets Safe Everyday with These Medication Storage Tips

It’s common nowadays for pets to be on regular medications.  Many pets take medicine like monthly flea and tick prevention as well as monthly heartworm pills.  If your pup is in their twilight years, your list of medications can grow drastically between joint medicine, vitamins and pain medications.  They come in all forms- tablets, liquids, creams, injectables, vitamins, etc.

All of these medications help your pet stay healthy and happy and hopefully lead longer lives.  However, just like our own medications, they are nothing to fool around with.  Medications that are improperly stored can put your pets and even your family members (such as children or spouse) at risk.  Your vet should be the go-to expert on tips and tricks to keep your medications stored safely since your pet’s welfare is their chief concern. However, we have some recommendations that could help you minimize the dangers of your pet medicine.

  1. Store Medications out of Reach of your Children and Pets

It sounds like common sense, but it’s very important to keep pet medications stored in a secure location out of reach of pets and children. However, this can be tricky. What constitutes out of reach? Especially if you have cats that can get into the highest nooks and crannies with ease.  A high, closed cupboard is the most ideal for drugs that also need to be stored at room temperature. If you want to be extra safe, you can lock the cupboard, especially in the instance of extra curious pets or children.  If you have other animals, such as horses, cows or pigs, make sure you treat them in an area that your dog or cat can’t get to.  Smaller animals have been known to be accidentally killed after coming into contact with spilled medications or even eating the fecal matter of treated animals.

  1. Be Cautious of Flavored Medications

Most medicines are very unappetizing.  No one enjoys taking gross tasting medicine, so why would your pet be any different? Many of today’s medications contain flavoring to make them taste better than normal- especially for your pets.  If you have one of these medications and you hide it in a lower drawer or cupboard, your dog (especially if they have a good nose!) can rummage through the cabinet or drawer and find it and have a feast- with devastatingly deadly effects. Most pill bottles are no match for your dog’s teeth, and they can and will ingest it.

Toddlers or young children are often lured by medication flavorings that smell like candy.  It creates the potential for accidental overdose or exposure, which can have terrible consequences.  All the more reason to find a safe space that is out of reach of most pets and children.

  1. Mark your Meds or Separate them Completely from Your Pet Meds

Pet medications should be stored securely just like human medications.  Perhaps the best place to store them is in the same spot as your human medications.  However, if at all possible they should be kept in separate areas.  Confusing pet and human medicines is all too common of an issue, and it can make you or your pet very sick.   There are two easy steps to avoid this problem.  First, check the label every time you reach for meds.  This is a simple, quick way to ensure that no creature is getting the wrong medicine.  This is especially simple since many pet clinics are starting to add logos, or cartoon paw prints on the cap to help instantly differentiate bottles.  Secondly, if you keep your meds in a completely different area than your pet meds, you will never give them the wrong one.  It protects both you and your pet.

  1. Check Expiration Dates and Storage Instructions

Medications have a shelf life and storage instructions, just like your groceries.  If you don’t store them the way they need, they won’t work the way they’re supposed to, and in some cases, they can become dangerous with serious side effects. Some medicines need refrigeration, so check your vet’s instructions thoroughly.

If a medication is expired, it’s automatically off-limits to pets.  They can become dangerous or less effective because of chemical changes that have occurred over time.  Injectable medications that are expired have a high risk of bacteria growing in the vial.  Any drug that’s expired can become toxic.  Dispose of any expired medications to avoid confusion or accidental ingestion.

All of these things are simple and can keep you from seriously hurting your pet or your family.  Take appropriate actions to ensure medicine safety in your home.

Share what you know about keeping medications out of the reach of your pets in the comments below. 

 

Guest Blog Post by, Dr Sarah Robinson…Why Chose a Beagle Boxer Mix? Complete Guide in 2017

Anyone care for double the trouble, but twice the fun?
If you just held your hand up then a beagle-boxer mix could be the right dog for you!

These muscular medium sized dogs are a hybrid between a beagle and a boxer, both breeds being notorious (some might even say ‘infamous’) for being big canine characters, which is code for saying boisterous and outgoing. But both these breeds are also dogs with a big heart, which are too busy being nosy or looking for food to bother about being aggressive.

The prospective owner of a beagle-boxer puppy needs to know exactly what they’re letting themselves in for, the good and the bad, so let’s find out more about this appealing hybrid dog.

The Bogle
In the same way that a Cocker spaniel cross poodle is a cavapoo, so a boxer mixed with beagle is a bogle. This blend of two distinct breeds is known as a ‘hybrid’ or as some term them a ‘designer dog’.

The original idea behind hybrid dogs was to create a dog with desirable characteristics from each parent, combined in the pup. For example the Labradoodle was originally bred as a low shedding family dog, but they quickly sky-rocketed in popularity because of their general all round adorableness.

Whilst this genetic cocktail is great in theory, in practice there is no guarantee which characteristics from either parent will dominate the puppy. This may be fine if you aren’t too worried if your bogle has the white, black, and tan marking of a beagle, rather than the boxer brown, but is more problematic when it comes to health.

Imagine the scenario where a puppy inherits the ‘bad’ genes from each parent for breed related health disorders. This can’t be ruled out so the prospective beagle-boxer mix owner (as for any hybrid breed) should approach getting a puppy with their eyes open to the potential problems.

To better understand these, let’s look at the health problems linked to the parent breeds.

The boxer:

• Hip dysplasia

• Cancer (especially mast cell tumors)

• Epilepsy

• Heart disease (development problems of the major blood vessels, and a heart rhythm disturbance)

• Under active thyroid glands.

The beagle:

• Back problems (disc disease)

• Hip dysplasia

• Epilepsy

• Under active thyroid glands

• Cherry eye

With this in mind any budding pet parent should be sure they have financial provision in place to meet the need for veterinary care should their pet become ill.

Why Chose a Beagle Boxer Mix?

OK, so who is the perfect owner for these four-legged personifications of energy and enthusiasm?

For a start you need plenty of space because both dogs love to be active. Think of a beagle following a scent trail all day and then cross that with the kangaroo-like ability of the boxer to bounce and act nutty, and you appreciate the nature of the challenge.

To this end you need to provide exercise…and plenty of it. These are not one, 20 minute walk round-the-block dogs, but need to be able to run and chase, and really feel the wind through their fur at least two to three times a day.

On the plus side, there’ll never be a dull moment as these intelligent dogs with a love of sniffing and following a scent, find all sorts of ways to get into trouble. Again, a reasonable sized yard with a sturdy fence is a boon, along with the beagle part comes the urge to escape and explore impeded by their pet parent.

You also need to be committed to training your dog, which is no mean feat as they are easily distracted and prone to divert their considerable brain power to ways of avoiding doing what they’re told. This doesn’t mean a beagle boxer mix can’t be trained, but rather that you’ll need to stick with it and train every day.

This isn’t meant to deter the truly dedicated, but merely give a realistic impression of life dominated by a beagle boxer mix. The payback is a wonderful canine companion without a nasty bone in his body who loves life and will brighten yours beyond compare. Read more on dogstruggles.com

Beagle Boxer Vital Statistics

These dogs are medium-sized and muscular, standing around 35 – 50 cm at the shoulder. On average an adult weighs in at 20 – 30 kg, with this depending on whether they take after the larger boxer or the smaller beagle part of their heritage.

Paws-onality of the Beagle Boxer Mix
Your bogle is likely to be nosy, intelligent, energetic, and easily distracted by nature of their parentage. But more than this, a big influence on their personality is the socialization they received as a puppy.

It is crucial that any puppy is exposed to a wide range of different people, (male, female, tall, short, children) with different tones of voice and mannerisms. This helps the young puppy to register all these different experiences as ‘normal’ and ‘safe’ and mean he grows into a confident, well-adjusted adult.

This opportunity for socialization is a limited one, with the puppy learning fastest up to 12 weeks of age, and tailing off by 18 weeks. Thus the puppy kept in seclusion and rehomed at 4 – 5 months of age is liable to become a nervous, anxious adult.

To this end, be savvy about where you purchase a beagle-boxer puppy from. Do your homework and make sure the breeder is legitimate, rather than a shop window for a puppy farm. Safeguards to look for that mean the breeder is more likely to be genuine include:

• See the puppies with their mother

• Watch to make sure the mother knows the puppies (sometimes a female dog unrelated to the puppies will be put in with the litter.)

• Check the breeder’s reputation online

• Ask for references from people who have purchased puppies from them previously

• Check the puppies are reared within the home, and not kept in an outdoor kennel with little human contact

• Ask the breeder what plans they put in place to socialize the puppies

• Ask to see proof of preventative healthcare for the mother and puppies such as vaccinations and deworming.

• See if the breeder asks as many questions about you, as you do of them (A reputable breeder screens those that buy from them, to ensure their beagle boxer puppies go to good homes.)

On their Best Behavior
Well-behaved beagle boxer mixes don’t happen by magic, you need to work at training them. This can be an uphill struggle given the combo of the beagle and boxer brain, neither of which is great at listening to instruction. However, the secret (or not so secret!) weapon you have at your disposal is food!

Beagle boxer mixes are highly food motivated, they’ll do just about anything for even the most uninteresting looking piece of dry kibble, let alone something ultra-tasty like a cube of cheese.

Your beagle boxer puppy is the perfect candidate for reward based training, which is something to start from day one, with toilet training the day the puppy comes home.

Their first lesson is indeed to put the puppy on your selected toilet spot, and if the little one obliges, heap praise upon their furry head (and a tasty treat). This way they start to learn that emptying their bladder or bowel in a certain place is a sure fire way to getting a reward. And when you love food as much as a beagle-boxer mix does, this is highly motivational.

Which raises the point of how to train your puppy. Always use reward based methods. This works by rewarding the puppy for desirable actions such as “Sit”, so that the puppy is eager to repeat the command in order to win a reward. Of course that positivity comes in many forms other than food, and could be a fuss, praise, or a game with a favorite toy.

Keeping Your Bogle Healthy

Beagle boxer mixes love food! Yes, use treats to train them, but also keep an eye on that waist line. Overfeeding can lead to weight gain which predisposes the dog to problems such as arthritis, diabetes, or heart disease.

Feed a good quality food that contains a good quality protein (such as a named meat), but also be sure to weight the food out each day and avoid overfeeding.

Preventative healthcare is also important to maintain an active and health hound. Issues to address include:

• Vaccinations: Core vaccination and also rabies

• Deworming: Including treatment against common worms such as the roundworms, and deadly worms such as heartworm.

• External parasites: Control unpleasant visitors such as fleas and ticks

• Desexing:

• Microchip: A permanent means of identifying your dog.

Even though your bogle has a short coat, be sure to pass a slicker brush over their fur at least once a week. This shifts shed hair and massages the skin, which promotes a glossy coat.

And finally, have fun with your beagle boxer mix. Make the most of having an active dog by engaging with them in activates such as agility, flyball or hiking. By fully engaging with them, you’ll both be happier and fitter for it!

Name: Sarah Robinson
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Author bio:Dr Sarah Robinson attended veterinary school at Oklahoma State University receiving a D.V.M. in 2008.
Sarah’s longtime interest is to help people to better communicate with their pet companions, and in doing so, to help them to strengthen their relationships with their dogs and cats.