Large dogs and extra large dogs require more thought and planning when owners purchase a permanent dog bed. Even though large dogs can be just as lovable as their smaller canine counterparts, they require a more complex sleeping situation than small dogs.
It’s obvious that a large dog requires a large dog bed, and that an extra large dog requires an extra large dog bed. This goes without saying. But how big? And what kind of bed is best?
In this instance the answer is a function of not only the size but the breed of dog. You must measure the dog when he is fully grown, or at least have an accurate idea of what his size will be when he is fully grown. Just as with smaller dogs, you have to take into account your dog’s sleeping style – for example, whether he sleeps curled up in a ball or stretched out across the bed. All of these factors will help define your choice of large dog bed for your canine pal.
Placement is more of an issue with larger dogs than smaller ones. No matter how sweet and cuddly your large dog is, very few people want to share a bed with a Great Dane. And the size of the dog definitely limits the spaces available to him for sleeping. You can’t squeeze a Great Dane comfortably into a small bathroom and expect him to stay there overnight.
Large dogs tend to have a strong protective instinct, and so it is quite often the case that they sleep near the front or back doors. If your living room or family room happens to be the nearest space to one of those doors, a large bed that resembles actual furniture serves a dual purpose. First, large dog beds and extra large dog beds that mimic real furniture will keep your oversize pet off of the real furniture without making him feel deprived. And secondly, furniture type beds are actually more comfortable than a more standard round dog bed. They have pillows to rest heads and paws on and they are treated with flea and tick resistant powders to keep your dog free from those bothersome pests while he sleeps. In addition, they are sometimes filled with memory foam and gel products that conform to the musculature of the animal, which helps keep him comfortable while he sleeps.
by Ken Marlborough
Dogs And Easter
Easter is a big holiday where many people celebrate with a new outfit. Why not get your pup in on some of the excitement by getting him or her a new outfit, too. Dog clothes are very popular and there are a variety of options to choose from so you can find something that matches your dog's personality and your personal tastes without much difficulty.
Dresses for Girls
Traditionally girls will get a brand new, beautiful dress for Easter. If you have a female dog, you can extend this tradition to include your pup. The variety of doggie dresses available is large enough that you can find something that suits your pup perfectly. They come in all colors such as light green and blue, yellow, white and pink, so finding something in Easter colors should be easy as well.
Not only do you have a variety of colors to choose from but there are also many styles that include plain and simple designs to lacey and decorative. The main thing to remember about the design is to not get anything your pet could chew on that poses a choking hazard. Otherwise, you can look for designs that you believe will look the best on your furry friend. If your girl is rowdy and a dress just wouldn't fit her personality, you may want to consider looking into a nice shirt instead.
T-Shirts for Boys
Many people dress formally for Easter, which means a nice shirt or vest and your male pup can do the same. You can choose to follow tradition and dress him in a black vest and a white tee shirt or you can go more relaxed with a handsome tee shirt in any color. You can also go the funny route and get a nice slogan tee that will make your little man's personality shine through.
The great thing about dressing a boy dog for Easter is that almost any color is considered traditional so you can go for pastel blues or greens, a black, white or darker blues and greens. Generally, reds of any hue are not considered an Easter color but that shouldn't stop you if your little guy looks great in red.
Matching Leash and Collar
You can complete the Easter outfit for your pup by buying him or her a new matching leash and collar. There are many colors and styles available so it will be easy to match the accessories to the color of the new Easter outfit. Even if you can't find colors that match exactly, you can find something that goes with the overall color scheme.
Adding these accessories will make the outfit look more put together and stylish. Another great thing about buying a new leash and collar is that these are things your pet can continue using even after the holiday has past. Dressing your little girl or guy up for Easter is a lot of fun and it's a great way to include your pet in family activities.
By Lisa A Mason
Always measure your dog's neck, chest and length, to ensure a proper fit.
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St Patrick's Day Dog Clothes
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Another way to get is to create them yourself. Looking for ideas of what to create? Do an Internet search and take it from there. This is particularly true for big dogs. Dog clothing providers appear to focus on dogs, and the cost of a dog outfit that is bigger is a little bit more than the same style for a doggie. Then too, bigger dogs come in numerous different shapes. Some possess a torso or a chest, although it may not do for a Greyhound that's the same height so that a set of dog Christmas garments may fit one pooch such as a Labrador flawlessly.
There are several ways to make a vacation outfit such as weaving, knitting, sewing or crocheting, in addition to other options. Take inventory of what you have on hand - that way of throwing them out. Additionally why not hunt nonprofit thrift stores for substances as a way to return to the community.
If you keep an open mind regarding the look of the outfit, you could find notions and fabrics which lead to an invention. If you keep an open mind significantly longer lasting sense of satisfaction than buying longer lasting sense of satisfaction than garments - in essence, a present a ready made set of vacation dog yourself.
You don't need to know how to knit or sew to create dog St. Patrick's Day clothes. Know how to knit or sew to create dog holiday clothes may Vests can be cut out of felt, or Cloths be taped, safety pinned or stapled together. Just create double sure that your dog isn't getting poked by anything. You may also keep it simple - create a cape or a ruffle to the neck. Some dogs don't keep it simple - create a cape or a ruffle to the neck they're utilized enjoy wearing anything around their belly, but to the neck to a collar and will tolerate items that attach.
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Even though Valentine's Day is a holiday of romance, chocolate and roses, it is essential that you maintain the health and well-being of your puppy in mind. The biggest health challenge for dogs throughout the holiday of love is the large quantity of chocolate candy. Did you know that soda poisoning is the second most typical cause of unintentional poisonings for dogs? This compound is found in the hot chocolate part of soda and acts as a stimulant inside the dog's system. Little dogs may be contested from smaller quantities of theobromine than big dogs. 1 and ounces of dark soda or Baker's Chocolate could be a lethal dose for a little dog.
Each number of chocolate has another degree of theobromine. White chocolate has the smallest quantity of theobromine, roughly 1 mg per ounce. Milk chocolate, the most typical sort of chocolate, comprises 65 mg of theobromine per ounce, semisweet chocolate includes 165 mgs and baking soda has about 400mg. Whenever you and your puppy eats chocolate, the theobromine is quickly absorbed from the stomach and intestines to the bloodstream. It's carried to all elements of the body and is finally metabolized by the liver and after that eliminated in the urine. Dogs have an extremely tough time metabolizing theobromine, it may take roughly 15 to 20 hours to get a dog to remove 50% of the theobromine absorbed from its body.
It only takes 5 hours to get your human body to dump the surplus theobromine from your system. It directly affects the heart and may cause an extreme improve in heart rate, a rise in blood pressure level, as well as irregularities in their heart rhythm. This is why people find soda so irresistible, chemically it imitates their feeling of infatuation by causing rapid heart beat, hyperactivity, flushing of the skin. The dogs nerve system is negatively stimulated by theobromine. Stimulation of the nerve system may improve respiration, improve panting, and induce nausea, and vomiting. Theobromine acts a diuretic causing considerable quantities of human body fluid are lost by urination, which might lead to dehydration. Within two to 3 hours of consuming a toxicity dose of chocolate, their puppy will appear excited, agitated or nervous, might exhibit polydipsia, and can vomit. Within 8-10 hours, the dog can be extremely hyperactive, have difficulty walking, might develop seizures and eventually might fall into a coma and die.
So what do you do if you find that your puppy has gotten to your present basket of chocolate? In case your dog consumed just a small number of white or milk chocolate, he might not need treatment.