2022 was a better year than 2021. At least we were relatively free of lockdowns and although Covid is still with us, it seems to have faded into the background for most. Still, we’re ready to say goodbye to 2022 and hello to 2023 but before we do, we thought we would bring back some of our most-read posts from last year. Read through them one last time and then set your sights on the new year!
TEACHING YOUR GREAT DANE TO BE A GREAT THERAPY DOG
Despite their imposing physique, Great Danes are often very loving and somewhat docile dogs that love people and are good with children. These are all traits that make for a great therapy dog.
Of course, there are many other characteristics that are required for your Great Dane to become a certified therapy dog, obedience and socialization are likely the most important. The key is to start early with both socialization and obedience training.
IS YOUR GREAT DANE A KLEPTOMANIAC?
We have all had that Tik-Tok moment when our adorable new puppy tries to run off with one of our slippers, tripping over it as he makes off with the loot. It may be cute when they are puppies but if it becomes a habit, over time they may become habitual thieves.
When the little guy’s life of crime advances to stealing your glasses, your wallet, or the roast you just cooked, it is not so adorable anymore and could present potential hazards for your Dane – not to mention frustration for you. If your first instinct when you can not find something is to see if the dog stole it, you have a kleptomaniac on your hands.
COMMON PET PARENTING MISTAKES ACCORDING TO VETERINARIANS
There is a reason why reputable breeders and veterinarians recommend regular physical examinations and it is not just to earn more money. The fact is that regular veterinarian visits allow vets to identify problems early and educate pet parents on how to address them.
Pet parenting isn’t all about cuddles and face licks – it is a huge responsibility. It is up to you as a pet parent to ensure your pet’s health and safety and just like people parenting, we all make mistakes.
3 TYPES OF DOG PARENTS AND WHICH TYPE YOU SHOULD STRIVE TO BE
As pet parents, we all want the very best for our four-legged children. And like human parents, we all have different philosophies as to what ‘good’ parenting is. Some believe that children need structure and discipline, while others tend to spoil their kids rotten. And just like human children, the parenting style that we adopt with our pets can have a significant impact on their well-being and quality of life.
Certified dog behaviorist and trainer, Russell Hartstein states that “Disorders, emotional and cognitive states such as separation anxiety, general anxiety, reactivity, and aggression are all influenced by a parent and immediate family that a dog has frequent interactions with,”.
TRAIL ETIQUETTE WHEN HIKING WITH YOUR GREAT DANE
Getting out into the great outdoors with your Great Dane can be a very rewarding experience for both of you. It is also a great form of exercise. While we encourage you to take advantage of the hiking trails in your area, it is important to adhere to the rules of trail etiquette.
When hiking with your Dane, you are responsible for his or her behavior on the trail. This means that you are not only responsible for the safety of you and your Dane, but also for the safety of other hikers, cyclists, riders, and animals that you and your Dane encounter.
5 CLEVER WAYS TO KEEP YOUR DANE COOL AND HYDRATED
Summer time is in full swing and it’s hot out there! Despite the heat, we and our furry children enjoy getting outside during the long days of Summer. It is important to remember that, like you, your Great Dane needs to stay hydrated when the heat is on.
The recommended daily amount of water for your Great Dane is about an ounce per pound. If your Great Dane is tipping the scales at 200 lbs, that’s equal to 200 ounces (1.56 Gallons) of fresh water a day!