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Growth is generally divided into two phases. The first stage of growth is very fast, and you will almost see your puppy getting bigger overnight. This is when he is building his skeleton and bones, his ‘framework’ if you like. During this phase, his food needs to be ultradigestible – because his digestive system is still immature – and he needs exactly the right amount of calcium and phosphorus in his diet to help his bones develop properly. Too much of either is just as bad as too little. It’s also really important that your puppy doesn’t gain weight too fast, because that will put undue stress on his growing bones, so it’s best to choose a food which is particularly designed for this stage of growth.
A pedigree cat, born of selected individuals by a breeder and well socialised, offers the guarantee of meeting the physical description set out in the breed standard. The same goes for the major features of their character. Therefore, one could argue that they should become integrated into a new home without any problem. However, this can also be the case with a rescued kitten or cat and whichever you choose your cat is bound to give you many years of happiness.
Nutrition has two objectives:
Your dog’s exercise doesn’t have to stop at walking. There are many different types of fitness that could benefit your pet.
Agility is not only a fun and stimulating activity for your dog, it can also help to strengthen the owner-dog bond. The structured but rewarding training can also help to build confidence in a nervous dog. Agility classes are good fun for owners too, helping them to meet other like minded owners in the area. Many people go along for one class to see what it’s all about and become completely hooked right from the start.
A few puddles and a bit of chewed furniture might be inevitable but initiating some simple training tips now will help avoid too much upset and give your puppy some guidelines to build on later. With a little help they will soon start to realise what is good behaviour, and what is not allowed, and will be on the way to becoming a well-behaved puppy.
A little patience and especially frequent and regular walks are the quickest way to success!
Allergies to dogs are most commonly caused by the dog’s skin flakes (dander), saliva, urine or the actual fur. Some people will experience an allergy to their pet as soon as they bring them home, whilst others will be unfortunate enough to develop an allergy months to years after first owning their pet.
Once you have been diagnosed with a dog allergy, you may well be advised to remove the pet from your home entirely. Obviously, this is a heart-breaking concept for most pet owners. However, it is often not necessary to re-home your pet and (of course, depending on the severity of your symptoms) there are many other options you can try before taking this difficult decision, some of which are given below:
Many owners decide to take their pets to the local dog groomers for the provision of coat care. This is a great option but if you are new to dog ownership, make sure you go to a groomers that has been recommended by your friend or dog breeder – you may even want to pay the groomers a visit yourself before taking your dog there. However, for those of you brave enough to take on the challenge of coat care yourselves; why not click on the link below to listen further to our tips on grooming in three simple stages: