How to Maintain Your Love Affair ... With Your Dog Part Two - Assemble a Great Team

Written by Peggie Arvidson-Dailey

In part one we talked about forming good behavior traits early. Part two focuses onrepparttar types of people you want on your dog's 'team.'

Create a Good Team of Advisors

□ Find A Great Vet. One ofrepparttar 144399 best ways to find a great vet is to ask for referrals from friends and neighbors. It is best to ask people whose relationship with their dog is similar to yours. The Humane Society ofrepparttar 144400 US notes some other things to keep in mind would berepparttar 144401 convenience: are their hours amenable to your schedule? Is it easy to get an appointment? Do they have an effective emergency system in case your dog slits her foot on a holiday? How many vets are inrepparttar 144402 practice? How about parking and space to load and unload your dog? If you have an unusual breed of dog, or one that is generally accepted as a ‘difficult’ breed (like a Pit-Bull, Chow Chow, etc) how comfortable are they handling your pet? Once you’ve narrowed down your list of vets, schedule an appointment to meet withrepparttar 144403 staff, take a tour ofrepparttar 144404 facility and ask them for references from their clients.

□ Be a Good Vet Client. When you’ve foundrepparttar 144405 right vet for you and your dog, it’s important that you work hard to maintainrepparttar 144406 relationship. Know your dog. By understanding his personality and when “not right” is more than just a pulled muscle from an invigorating game of Frisbee™ you can help your vet isolate and catch diseases such as Lyme Disease. If you are aware ofrepparttar 144407 nuances of your pet’s regular behavior, you will not spend more time than necessary calling or visiting your vet. Keep up to date on preventive care and keep your doctor inrepparttar 144408 loop if you are trying new or holistic care options. If you have an appointment, be sure to show up on time and make sure your dog is on a leash.

□ Find a Good Groomer. If your dog is of a particularly furry breed and prone to matting, or you are not comfortable setting aside regular ‘home grooming’ time, it’s important for you to find and use a good professional groomer. You can find a groomer through referrals or throughrepparttar 144409 National Dog Groomers Association of America. Before making your dog’s first appointment, see if you can stop by and see their facility. During your tour reflect onrepparttar 144410 following questions. Is it well-lit? Does it smell and look clean? Are its holding cages adequately sized? How doesrepparttar 144411 staff handle their current clients? Do they seem to act gently? Doesrepparttar 144412 groomer keep updated medical and grooming history?

Choosing The Right Size Of Clothing For Your Dog

Written by Eva Sanchez

Dog fashions are allrepparttar rage and have become quit affordable for anyone and everyone to enjoy with their dog, but not everyone knowsrepparttar 144270 best ways to find their dog’s size or how a garment should fit to avoid accidents. Choosingrepparttar 144271 right size for your dog is very important, we always want our pets to be safe and feel comfortable in whatever they wear. 30% of all online dog apparel sales result in returns or exchanges due to improper sizing.

The first and most important thing you should know before you begin to buy for your dog is his/her measurements. You should write them down and always have them with you just in case you see something you can’t resist.

The most important places you’ll want to measure are:

The chest (circumference) measurements should be taken atrepparttar 144272 deepest part ofrepparttar 144273 chest, which is usually right behindrepparttar 144274 front legs. This measurement is most important, so make sure you don’t exaggerate your dog’s chest by adding inches for more room and if you wraprepparttar 144275 measuring tape to tight you will lessenrepparttar 144276 measurement and end up buying something too small.

Then measurerepparttar 144277 dog’s length fromrepparttar 144278 back of his neck to tail. This measurement should start fromrepparttar 144279 middle ofrepparttar 144280 back of his neck right torepparttar 144281 base of his tail. This measurement is not as important asrepparttar 144282 chestrepparttar 144283 length ofrepparttar 144284 garment can vary and will be up to you whether you like him to wear his shirts long or short.

When measuringrepparttar 144285 dog’s neck (circumference) you should takerepparttar 144286 measurements aroundrepparttar 144287 lower middle of his neck.

If you have a breed with shorter legs then you’ll want to stick to short sleeves unless you’re purchasing from a store that makes their own clothes then you should provide them with his front leg measurements to ensure proper fit. The leg measurements should start from his under arm to right above his ankle. The length ofrepparttar 144288 sleeves is very important, you don’t want your dog to wear anything with sleeves that are too long, this may cause accidents.

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