5 Simple Tips to Befriend a Dog

You have probably experienced love at first sight when you first noticed your pup’s adorable eyes. You may have wanted to let the dog know just how much you adore him/her and the rest, as they say, is history.

Here are some helpful tips to greet a new pup.

  • Walk slowly and quietly to the dog’s owner to ask for permission to pet the dog
  • If the owner agrees, make a closed fist so that the back of your hard is facing upward. Extend your hand slowly to the dog
  • Let the dog sniff the back of your hand. Just as humans recognize people on sight, dogs recognize people by smell. Their sense of smell is almost 40 times as powerful as ours. Let the dog sniff your hand to learn your scent.
  • Once the dog has sniffed your hand and become familiar with you, pet it gently on its chest or under its chin.
  • Respect the dog’s space. Do not act in any manner that may make the dog feel afraid or anxious, such as sticking your face into a dog’s face or poke at him/her with your hands.

These simple yet highly effective tips can help you achieve success in easily becoming friends with a pup or a dog.

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Foods that may prove Fatal for your Pup

It is not uncommon for dog owners to hand over a table scrap or their own favorite food to their pups. While there are many human foods dogs can enjoy, there are many foods that may prove harmful, even deadly to your pup.

  • Xylitol – Xylitol is an artificial sweetener, often found in gum and candy. It can cause your pup’s blood sugar to drop and may even lead to liver failure.
  • Avocado – Avocados, though very good for you, contain Persin which may prove poisonous to your pup, if offered in large quantities.
  • Onions and Garlic – Common food ingredients, garlic and onion, can destroy your pup’s red blood cells and cause anemia.
  • Grapes and Raisins – These fruits can cause kidney failure in dogs.
  • Milk and other Dairy Products – These can lead to digestive problems in pups.
  • Macadamia Nuts – Macadamia nuts can cause muscle shakes, vomiting, high temperatures, and weakness in the back legs of your pup. This can happen even if they are consumed in very small quantities.
  • Chocolate – You may love your chocolate but it contains theobromine which is extremely toxic to your pup. It can cause heart problems, tremors, seizers, and even death.
  • Salt or Salty Foods – Excessive salt intake can lead to sodium ion poisoning in your pup.
  • Bones and Fat Trimmings – It is not uncommon for dog owners to offer their pups bones and fat trimmings. These in both cooked and uncooked forms can cause pancreatitis in dogs. Check with your dog’s vet which foods are safe for your specific dog.

Before handing your pup a special treat, ALWAYS check whether that food is safe for your pup. It can save your pup’s life.

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