Senior Dogs in the City: 8 Tips to Keep Your Senior Dog Happy & Healthy in the Concrete Jungle

Senior Dogs in the City: 8 Tips to Keep Your Senior Dog Happy & Healthy in the Concrete Jungle

Keeping your city dog happy and healthy into old age is easy provided owners follow a few guidelines.   1. Keep your animal’s weight down—the thinner the dog, the easier it is to handle them and the easier it will be to help lift him to his feet, if needed. Consult a veterinarian about proper weight loss methods. 2. Try to eliminate stairs— both up and down are difficult on the joints. Get a ramp, if possible. 3. There are many slings and harnesses available. The harness I like is the webmaster, by Rufffwear, and slings from Walkabout. These will … Continue reading

Dog Parents FAQs About RAW Pet Food

Dog Parents FAQs About RAW Pet Food

Raw or kibble… seems to be a highly debated and thought about subject more and more every day.   While there are certain benefits to both RAW and kibble, how do you know which one is right for both you and your pet? Today, let’s go over some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about RAW pet food. Q. Is feeding RAW more expensive than kibble?   A. The answer to this is touchy. Feeding a good RAW diet is comparable to the pricing of a high-quality kibble. There are ways to cut costs of RAW diets, however… seeking out sales at … Continue reading

When Animals Age: How to Care for Your Aging Pet

When Animals Age: How to Care for Your Aging Pet

Is your dog no longer jumping around like a puppy? Has your playful pooch started to sleep the day away?   Dogs mature differently depending on their size and breed, and it is guessed that for every one year of a human life, a dog ages 7. So, by twelve, he’s equivalent to an 80-year-old man. Wellness is of huge importance to health and a major factor in your dog’s happiness and comfort. Just like us, an aging lethargic dog often feels gloomy, while an invigorated dog faces life with a smile. We can help improve the aging process – … Continue reading

Dehydration: The Summertime Threat

Dehydration: The Summertime Threat

Summertime is the worst time for dehydration in dogs. Water is something that can go overlooked a lot in our dogs’ lives because who is monitoring their dogs exact water intake! We put down a water bowl, and if they are thirsty they will drink, right? Not always! Did you know that your dog should be drinking ½ to 1 ounce of water per pound of bodyweight each day? For a 30lb dog, they need to be drinking about 3.5 cups a day! That doesn’t sound like a lot compared to humans, but if you measure out how much water your dog … Continue reading

Big Dogs Are Not Right for Everyone: 5 Critical Facts of Big Dog Ownership

Big Dogs Are Not Right For Everyone: 5 Critical Facts of Big Dog Ownership

What do I mean when I use the words BIG DOG? A big dog is one who, when laying in your bed, takes up more space than you do. A dog who, when not properly leash trained, could drag you down the street chasing after a rabbit. Or one who could potentially break your toe if he stepped on it. I learned that lesson the hard way.   In a nutshell, a big dog is one who, when fully mature, will reach about 50 pounds or more and range in size from a Labrador retriever and German shepherd to the … Continue reading

Working on Impulse Control With Your Dogs

Working on Impulse Control With Your Dogs

Impulse control in dogs: Working on impulse control and arousal levels helps a dog become calm and self- controlled.   Impulsive individuals are usually characterized by rapid responses to stimulation, accelerated action and difficulties with inhibiting their responses (Miklosi, 2015). Arousal levels can look different in different dogs. Some dogs respond more quickly and intensely to a certain stimulus than other dogs (Overall, 2005). Individual variation is seen in the reaction to a positive stimulation (food for example) or in aggressive behavior. In aggressive behavior, a more impulsive dog may bite sooner and more forcefully and escalate a fight faster … Continue reading

How to Make Sure Your Dog Is Eating a Biologically Appropriate Diet!

How to Make Sure Your Dog Is Eating a Biologically Appropriate Diet!

What is a biologically appropriate diet for my dog?   A biologically appropriate, also known as a species appropriate, diets for your dog is simply what their genetic makeup is designed to digest. Or what their body and mind are made for. Fortunately, my day job, has given me the opportunity to become an expert on the topic. Okay, maybe not an expert, but a good start to becoming one. So let’s talk about the dog’s basic biology, how it relates to their diet, and how feeding the K9 species the foods their bodies need in a form their brains … Continue reading

July 2017 Winners of the 4Knines Photo Contest!

July 2017 Winners of the 4Knines Photo Contest!

Here are the July 2017 Photo Contest winners! Here are the July 2017 winners of our 4Knines Photo Contest. Each of these pup’s families won a $50 Amazon Gift Card and so can you… Just upload a picture of your dog with your 4Knines product here now: https://4knines.wishpond.com/photo-contest/ We pick new winners EVERY month! So, upload a picture of your dog with your 4Knines product for a chance to win now: https://4knines.wishpond.com/photo-contest/ Don’t have a 4Knines Seat Cover yet?? Check out all of our products here: http://4knines.com/collections/all

Why Dog Size Does Matter

Why Dog Size Does Matter

There are some trends in dog breeding that should never have been dreamed up. One that falls firmly into this box is teacup puppies. There’s no official definition of teacups and no dog registries recognise them but loosely they’re small dogs that are bred to be smaller than their breed’s average weight and size. Commonly bred teacups include Yorkshire Terriers, Pomeranians, Poodles, French Bulldogs, Maltese, Miniature Schnauzers and more. They are hugely popular on social media and tap into the current Zeitgeist of worshiping everything cute. And their appearance is cute if, like most humans, you react to baby-like features, … Continue reading

How to Prevent Food Aggression

How to Prevent Food Aggression

Bringing home a new dog or puppy can be just as exciting as it can be overwhelming.   As a pet parent, you are responsible for not only your new best friend’s physical health but for their behavioral health as well. As pet owners, we want to prevent as many unwanted behaviors as we can. Food aggression is one of those (all too common) unwanted behaviors. Food aggression is rooted in the idea that your approach is something to be feared. Sometimes this fear is genetic and therefore very difficult to prevent. However, food aggression is more frequently a learned behavior. There … Continue reading