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Nutrient requirements for dogs are published by the National Research Council of the National Academies (NRC) and the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Requirements for proper dog nutrition are the percentages of the 6 organic components of food to meet a dog’s daily allowance: protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, water.

For good dog nutrition, protein should comprise 21-26% of the food. The difference between active, low-active, lite and puppy foods is the percentage of protein. Proteins are critical in the proper development of bone, muscle, blood, tissues, hormones, enzymes, and for the proper function of the immune system.

In dog nutrition, the protein ingredient is the most expensive component. The source of this protein is critical. There are 22 amino acids that make up proteins and 10 are critical for daily dog nutrition.

Meat protein is closest to human quality!

The source of the protein determines its quality. Meat protein is closest to human quality. Animal protein can be any part that contains protein including skin, hoofs, hair and lips, so it is often not digestible. Lower digestibility of protein means a lower amount of nutrients available to the dog for growth and maintenance of cells. Pick food with at least 2 animal sources of protein in the first 5 ingredients listed. Best sources are whole meats or single-source meats (i.e. chicken meal versus poultry meal). Vegetable or grain protein (soy, meat byproducts, crude protein, anything with “gluten”) is often unusable protein that can stress the kidneys. Low-quality ingredients are not absorbed well and can produce loose stool. Generally, the better quality protein sources have higher digestibility along with higher cost.

A better quality product is more cost effective since you get better dog nutrition for the dollar spent.

For good dog nutrition, carbohydrates should comprise 42% of food and include rice, potatoes, pumpkin, corn, barley and pasta. Both carbohydrates and fats are sources of energy. Fiber is a carbohydrate that aids in nutrient absorption, bowel regulation, and controlling caloric intake by providing satiety. But, fiber is not a good source of energy.

In good dog nutrition, usable fats should comprise 15-20% of food. Fats are most vital to dogs with high-energy requirements as they provide twice the energy per gram than carbohydrates or protein. Usable fats include chicken fat, sunflower/canola oil, fish oil, lactose-free dairy. Tallow fat is unusable. Fats provide palatability of food, and are needed for even-tempered energy levels, healthy skin and coat, digestion, and stable body temperature.

A balanced diet is the best approach to correct mineral intake.

In good dog nutrition, minerals and vitamins each comprise about 1% of food. Nerves, muscles, cells all require minerals, which interact to produce chemical enzymes. Too much of one or more minerals, as in indiscriminate supplementation, can negatively affect others. Although the amount of vitamins required is small, they are needed for thousands of biochemical functions. Again, a balanced diet, without indiscriminate supplementation, is the best approach.

In good dog nutrition, water is the most important component and the easiest to feed correctly. Be sure that fresh, clean water is available at all times.

Generic brands can include meat from dead, dying, diseased, or decaying animals, and indigestible fats.

Dog food is classified into 3 groups based on quality. Generic brands can include 4-D meat from dead, dying, diseased or decaying animals, and indigestible fats. Premium food is made from higher grades of meat and higher quantity of usable fats. Holistic feed and raw food, homemade diets include human grade meats, digestible fats and a grain carbohydrate mix of high standard. It is often hormone-free and calorie rich so less bulk is required to meet dog nutrition guidelines. Homemade dog nutrition is becoming increasingly popular, especially in light of recent dog food recalls due to toxic raw ingredients from China. However, homemade diet should be prepared in close consultation with your veterinarian to ensure balanced canine nutrition.

Now that you understand the differences, to be a true guardian, feed your dog a quality premium diet.

Also, look to avoid artificial preservatives (BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin), artificial colors and sweeteners (corn syrup, sucrose, ammoniated glycyrrhizin).

In proper canine nutrition, diet must reflect weight, age, activity level, as well as possible medication considerations. Diet therapy is available for heart conditions, kidney problems, bladder conditions, food allergy and severe obesity. Your dog’s health and longevity depend greatly on the quality of nutrition it receives.

Our dogs are family members and must be washed and groomed. In the best of circumstances, the first dog grooming experience occurs during the puppy stage, but for older dogs who are not accustomed to this process from an earlier age, it’s important to consider your dog’s feelings throughout the dog grooming and washing process. Use careful, gentle movements when dog grooming and try to be positively involved in the activity, making your dog think it’s fun and enjoyable.

How often should you wash and groom your dog?

Some dogs get dirty or stinky faster. Dogs with naturally oily coats (to repel water) like Retrievers and other water dogs tend to get a doggie odor more quickly than other breeds. Some dogs love to roll in disgusting things outside. Your nose and touch will tell you when its time to groom and wash your dog. So, how often you wash your dog depends on your dog. Just don’t use harsh shampoos or soaps that can strip its skin of protective oils.

The supplies you purchase will pay for themselves after a couple of dog groomings.

Otherwise, you will pay big bucks each time you have the dog groomed with a professional.

Dog grooming is easier when you’re equipped with the proper supplies. You will need a pair of good scissors, electric clippers (for pets with long coats), a comb, with both wide-spaced and close-spaced teeth, an undercoat rake, a pin brush, a slicker brush, nail clippers, and blood-clotting powder. A RapidBath System is an all-in-one wet, wash and rinse dog bathing solution. A professional dryer that delivers a lot of air volume and heat as needed will save you time and you may even use it yourself.

Mats block air from getting to the skin, causing hot spots.

If your canine has a double or long coat, it should be brushed on a regular basis for proper dog grooming. The purpose is to avoid matting. Mats are not pleasant for you to feel, but, worse, they can impact negatively on your dog’s health.

Good dog grooming requires regular brushing that stimulates the skin and keeps your pet healthier. Wash the scalp and brush the hair to maintain a healthy scalp, as you would for yourself.

A dog that is not washed and groomed will smell and leave a lot more shedding hair on furniture and clothes.

Keep your pet’s grooming sessions short and gradually make them longer.

If you plan to groom your dog, start with the brushing education process early on in preparation for the total process of washing and grooming.

Brush several times a week, a bit at a time, so the dog gets used to being handled. The aim is for your dog to lie or sit quietly during grooming, allowing you to roll it over on its side exposing its belly, to handle its feet, and to clean its ears.

If you maintain your pet’s coat, mats should not be a dog grooming constant.

Begin the dog grooming process simply, putting the canine in a down position and using the command “stay!” If your pet’s hair is tangled, first comb it out. Washing first will make the tangles and mats worse. Gently start in places you know the dog will enjoy being brushed. Gradually work into the places the dog will not favor, but gently take control and persuade with a treat if it helps. Push or pull the dog as needed.

Where mats build in tender areas, it’s easier on the animal to simply clip them out – especially between the hind legs, behind ears and any sticky area. Pay attention to the anal and groin regions, trim hair as needed so the dog can cleanly go to the bathroom.

When grooming the dog, be careful using scissors. Use a comb, positioned under the mat to protect the skin. Cut into the mat in narrow strips and gently tease the mat out.

Uh, oh, what about the nails?

Grooming the dog also means trimming the nails. With a bit of care, it’s easy to do with a nail trimmer.

Gently but firmly take your dog’s paw while at your side. You will probably get resistance. Offer a reassuring tone of voice and maybe a treat and proceed to take the paw gently but firmly again. Gradually shorten one nail between a sixteenth and an eighth of an inch. Look at the nail head on and stop when you see a black dot start to appear at the nail center before you reach the quick, the part of the nail containing nerves and blood vessels. If you cannot see the quick clearly, stop, if you cut the quick do not panic. Put some clotting powder on a moist cotton swab and press it firmly against the nail for several seconds.

Repeat the process until all the nails are trimmed. Don’t forget to clip the dewclaw, located on the inside of each front leg above the paw. Note, some dogs don’t have dewclaws.

In America, there are over 200 different types of fleas that can enter your home undetected to the inexperienced eye. Once dog fleas are discovered, they need to be dealt with systematically to kill and get rid of them. There is information that needs to be understood about fleas on your dog.

Fleas attach themselves to clothing, your dog or other pets. They feed on organic matter, skin scales and blood-rich adult flea feces. Fleas are found where there are dogs, cats or any other warm-blooded animal or person.

Fleas will bite humans as well as your dog and other pets.

Even if your pet is not or rarely allowed outside, fleas can hop in from your yard, hitch a ride on you, or even be around from previous inhabitants of your home. A female flea typically lives several weeks on a dog, sucking the canine’s blood two to three times daily. Each day, a female flea lays twenty to thirty eggs on your dog, which drop off and settle in cracks in the floor and the base of the nap in carpeting, waiting for the right time to hatch. You often find eggs wherever your pets spend time: on their bedding, throughout the house, in the backyard. Flea larvae can be dormant for long periods of time under a variety of conditions. Strong back legs enable them to jump from host to host and they are capable of jumping up to 14-16 inches.

The most common fleas found on dogs in the United States are the cat flea Ctenocephalides felis and the dog flea Ctenocephalides canis, which is more common in Europe. The cat flea is most likely giving your canine a problem. Dog fleas move along the skin surface – dark, copper-colored, about the size of a pin head.

Fleas on a dog dislike light so you will most likely spot them in furry areas, on the belly and on the inner thighs. Or, use a flea comb. Look for flea feces, small bits of brown “dust” that appear to be dirt attached to the fur itself. Take this “dirt” and rub it between your fingers with a small amount of water. If it turns red you have your proof. Fleas excrete digested blood. Flea dirt may be your only evidence of a flea infestation and that is enough proof. Dried blood in the pet’s ears could indicate ear mites, and you should call your veterinarian.

Fleas that infest the dog and cat prefer temperatures of 65-80 degrees and humidity levels of 75-85 percent. Dog and cat fleas are resistant to freezing temperatures. They emerge from their cocoons when they detect heat, vibrations and exhaled carbon dioxide, indicating a host is nearby. In approximately 9 months the typical female flea found on your dog can be responsible for up to a trillion descendents, and the 4-stage life cycle makes them extremely difficult to exterminate.

Why should I worry about dog fleas?

Many dogs, pets and people are allergic to flea bites, as fleas can be carriers for worms and diseases. The typical flea found on a dog or other warm- blooded creature can carry the plague and murine typhus to humans (most cases of murine typhus occur in South Texas). Dogs can become allergic to flea saliva, and develop a condition called flea allergy dermatitis. It takes just one flea to make the dog react. The itching from this condition (called pruritus, an uncomfortable sensation so intense as to cause your dog to scratch and bite itself) can lead to hair loss and self-mutilation. The itching can also create a hot spot (a bright red, hairless, scaly patch that may ooze if infected). Your dog will often whimper and may have trouble sleeping.

Fleas love dry skin.

Prevent dry skin by adding some vegetable oil to your pet’s food, and not washing your dog with drying shampoos. Make sure your pet is consuming an optimum diet, which helps avoid recurrent hot spots and other skin afflictions. Hot spots, as the name implies, can be hot to the touch and very uncomfortable and even painful for your dog. Known as acute pyoderma, hot spots can develop into a secondary bacterial infection. If you see evidence of fleas on your dog or cat, you need to wage war to get rid of these pests.

Regardless of where we live, it is important to provide our canine companions with a safe living environment inside, outside and in vehicle transportation and travel, in the form of a dog crate, cage or carrier.

In the event of a collision, cages/crates, or vehicle barriers, will provide the best protection for your pet. However, NEVER leave your pet in a hot car, even with windows cracked. In as little as 2-3 minutes, pets can suffer heatstroke and even die from high temperatures.

When used appropriately, dog crate cages are beneficial and calming – a great solution to giving your dog a private, quiet space. Our canine companions instinctively are den animals that prefer their own space when they want it. A wire cage/crate will provide that safe, secure, indoor refuge. It offers room to move around in with plenty of space for resting that dogs know is theirs.

To be sure you select the right size, you must measure your pet before you select a crate/cage.

Take a measurement from the ground to the top of your pet’s shoulder, plus an additional 3 inches; this will give you the minimum height for your pet’s crate/cage. The next critical measurement is from the head to the base of its tail plus an additional 3 inches; this will give you the minimum length for the crate/cage. You must be sure your pet can stand comfortably, turn around, sit, and lie down.

A divider panel can be added if needed to reserve extra remaining space, until your pet grows into it. A divider panel is a wire grate inserted in the cage to make the cage smaller. The panel allows you to buy one cage for the life of your dog. When the puppy is full grown or reliably housebroken, the panel may be removed from the crate. When selecting a cage for an adult dog, and you’re not sure which is the best size, lean your selection toward a larger size.

A wire crate/cage is a valuable necessity in housetraining puppies since they will generally not soil the area where they sleep. For this reason, the wire crate/cage helps in teaching the puppy to control its bladder. The wire crate/cage environment safely contains the dog when you’re away, assisting in the control of destructive behavior resulting from teething, stress, or separation anxiety. Wire crate/cages are available in two types: non-foldable and foldable for easy transport.

Casual Cratewear is a key piece to providing true comfort and protection for your pet from numerous crate-related injuries. Casual Cratewear is a complete 3-piece crate bed set that includes crate cover, quilted bumper, and crate pad to provide total comfort for your dog. Perfect for protecting wagging tails from painful injuries against metal bars as well as preventing permanent tooth damage caused by chewing on metal. Casual Cratewear prevents crate sores and entrapped paws, and helps avoid collar strangulation by collars and tags caught between bars. Although you should always remove the dog’s collar inside a cage, it is possible the collar may become caught on the wire and hurt your dog. Casual Cratewear provides safe conditions, potentially saving hundreds of dollars in veterinarian bills.
Dogs love the comfort Casual Cratewear provides. The bumper is filled with allergy free and mildew resistant poly fiber, and it’s machine-washable. The thick durable padded sides and reversible mattress provide comfort for dogs, creating a natural and relaxing den-like security atmosphere that helps to reduce barking. Casual Cratewear features Velcro for an easy-on and easy-off decorative cover, making the crate attractive in your home.

 

High-quality and long-lasting wicker dog crates are the ultimate dog crate that combines sturdy craftsmanship that will stand up to wear and tear, style and comfort, easily cleaned with soap and water, and won’t absorb odors, water or stains. Not only does it give a dog a great safe home refuge within your home, but a beautifully designed wicker dog crate is classy, stylish, looks great and can actually compliment many decors while still being very functional, providing your dog a comfortable environment while satisfying your dog’s natural instincts to relax in a den and release stress. Great for dogs of all ages, but not intended for puppies in the chewing stage.

There are tent-style cages (soft dog crates) made from canvas or nylon that set up quickly making them ideal for traveling, camping, or any time you want to give your dog a place of its own.

Pet carriers, such as the Bergan Wheeled Comfort Carrier, come with wheels for easy travel as a rolling case. The pet carriers can be used as a backpack, tote or car seat, and they meet most airline travel regulations. Extendable sides give you additional space to carry all your pet supplies. Pet carriers are ideal for smaller dogs up to 25 pounds. Also, for car travel, you might consider a vehicle pet barrier.

 

It all depends upon the individual dog but chances are very good in the adult years your pet will become very comfortable in its crate/cage, and enter under its own desire, looking to the crate/cage as a cozy refuge when stressed, tired, or simply wishing to be alone.

It’s a great ideal to see your dog enjoys himself in the natural environment. But, you sometimes need to control him. That’s why we are here to give you the list of best leash for hiking with your dog. They will help you when you’re looking for the compact, lightweight, and durable designs. Hiking is a good way any pet owner should consider to spend any day of the week. More importantly, you need to ask your vet about the suitable distances for your pet. In this article, we will recommend you the top 10 best products for hiking you should choose.

Types of Dog Leash for Hiking

Today, there is a wide range of options to choose from when it comes to best leash for hiking with dog.

Standard Dog Leash

Actually, this type offers 6 feet long. They come with a comfortable handle as well as strong clip attachment. They are made of nylon or leather.

Training Leash

These products are made of tough nylon webbing. They can long from 3-30 meters.

Slip Leash

For this type, you sometimes need to teach your pet not to pull with some well-timed commands as well as tugs.

Flexi-leash

It’s best to choose the solid webbed kind for hiking. At the same time, avoid the thin cordage kind. This purposes to avoid getting some serious rope burn due to lacking of control once the cord grabbed.

Elasticated Leash

These leashes are considered to be lack of control. In fact, your pet needs to be fairly well mannered.

Hands-free Leash

These units are great choices for joggers. Also, they are good for hiking. Carefully use it for big dogs.

Choose the Best Dog Leash for Hiking

If you need a leash for trails with other dogs/ people/ farm stock/ wildlife, it’s best to choose a standard 6- foot long leash. They ensure to give you a lot of hand control.

Training leashes: They are great choices for camping and hiking. In fact, your dog can be free to roam at camp under these leashes. But, these leashes are bulky. That’s why it’s easy to get tangled on hikes.

Slip Leashes: Although these leashes may be harsh, they are great for training. They are considered as an effective training tool. They are perfect for dogs who don’t want to wear a collar.

Flexi-leash: They don’t give you hardly any control. They are ideal for well-behaved dogs.

Elasticated Leash: If you are looking for a comfortable leash, consider choosing elasticated leashes. They ensure to give both you and your dog the comfort. In fact, they can be able to reduce getting the. risk of jolting one another.

Hands-Free leashes: they are good options for small dogs as well as well-trained medium size ones. However, they are not recommended highly for hiking adventures.

Tips for Hiking with Older Dogs

It’s an enjoyable experience when hiking with your dog. Older dogs can slow down. They can’t be able to run like younger dogs. But, don’t worry about it! We have more than a few ways to still go hiking with your older dog.

Sticking to your dog’s pace: It doesn’t mean you have to stop for 5 minutes to investigate the rabbit warren. You needn’t get frustrated when your dog can’t go as fast as in the past.

Don’t hike in the full heat of the day: It’s essential to check with your vet to determine if your dog can regulate his heat very well, especially before bigger walks.

Plan hikes with lots of water sources: Make sure you always prepare plenty of water at hand. This purposes to cool down in order to stay hydrated. Moreover, the cold water can be able to help decrease stiffness after the walk.

Instead of big hikes by shorter loops: In order to make excellent routes for your older pet, you should circle a lake. By this way, you can avoid steep gradients.

Allow for plenty of recovery time: Your dog needs to catch its breath back. Also, you need to allow him to recover after a long hike. For this, your older dog may take a few days.

Check for ticks when getting home: The fact is that dog of all ages can get the risk of having ticks. So, it’s important to check your dog’s paws and ears.

Lists of 10 Best Dog Leashes for Hiking

1. RuffWear Dog Leashes for Hiking

This is a 5 –foot long leash. It’s a tough and secure leash. Because the leash is inspired climbers, it’s ideal for dogs of all sizes from medium to XXL. The leash allows you to keep your dog safe without worry of escape. This product is perfect for both hiking with your dog and walking full stop every day.

2. RuffWear Ridgeline Leash

It’s a 2.5- 4.25-foot long leash. If you want a lightweight dog leash for hiking, we recommend you to buy the RuffWear Ridgeline leash. It ensures to keep your pet at heel while hiking. It can help to absorb shock. Plus, it’s easy to keep it in your pocket.

3. Mendota Slip Lead

The leash weighs 180g. It’s a 6-foot long leash. This unit is made for dogs who don’t like to wear a collar. You can use it for training purposes. Also, it’s a good choice for hiking. Plus, the leash is comfortable to use. It’s made from waterproof polypropylene rope and oil tanned leather.

4. Flexi Giant Tape Leash

The Flexi Giant Tape Leash weighs 436g. It is longer than the others mentioned above. In fact, this is a 26-foot long leash. It’s made from nylon webbing and tough plastic housing. This product is available in 4 different sizes, so it’s suitable for various breeds and weights of dogs. Also, it promises to give your dog lots of freedom. Then, he can roam comfortably. And, you needn’t pick up slack line. Because of its webbed tape, it’s easy to use. At the same time, it provides you better control.

5. Primal Pet Gear 2 Handle Leash

The Primal Pet Gear 2 Handle Leash weighs 181g. It’s just a 1-8-foot long leash. It’s made of nylon. It can give more control than other leashes on our list today. With the leash, you can go from casual walking to close control. In addition, it comes with the double handle design, so you needn’t worry about your dog’s behaviour.

6. RuffWear Slackline Leash

It weights 360g. Its length is from 3.5 to 6 feet. This leash allows you to adjust the length to wear around your waist hands. That’s why it’s ideal for going from relaxed walks. Plus, it comes with the padded handle as well as the adjustable clip. SO, you can tie your pet to a post whenever you want.

7. Flexi Vario Tape Leash

The Flexi Vario Tape Leash weighs 455g. Its length is 16 feet. Its material includes nylon webbing and tough plastic housing. It’s compact and customizable. You can easily put on the brakes due to its intuitive design. Furthermore, this product offers some add-ons, including soft stop extension, LED side light, poo bag, and led flashing extension. Actually, it’s very reliable as well as trail tested.

8. Chai’s Choice Reflective Adventure Leash

It weighs 180g and has the length of 6.5 feet. So, it’s lightweight, bright, and comfortable leash for dogs as well as pet owners. It’s available in the dark and bright orange colour. It comes with the webbed mesh, so it’s fast to dry it once it gets wet. This leash comes in 5 different sizes as well as 5 available colours.

9. Mexvell Leash with Unbreakable Carabiner

It comes with an unbreakable carabiner. That’s why it ensures to be attached to your dog’s collar until you move it off. Moreover, it’s ideal for heavy-duty use thanks to the tough woven nylon.

10. Leash Boss Long Trainer Leash

It’s a tough and durable dog leash for hiking. It ensures to give your dog plenty of freedom. Also, you can get lots of handler control. This is a perfect choice for training hikes. For example, you can choose it for teaching your new dog the rules. It weighs 250g, and it’s about 15-foot long.

Tips for Hiking with Your Dog

There are some important things you need to consider before heading out on the trail with your pet. They help to ensure a safe and joyful trek.

Determine how the hike is strenuous

All factors you need consider include your dog’s stature, age, and fitness level. Then, you can determine if your dog can go on a trail with you. Also, it helps to choose the suitable type of trail. If he is at the right age and build, it’s time to consider the fitness level. Note that the length of the trail has to be same as the length of your daily walks. In addition, don’t forget to consider the weather.

Your dog is socialized or non-reactive

Of course, you will meet other people, dogs, as well as cyclists on the trail. Even, you can also meet horses. So, it may be difficult to pass others because of narrow trails if your dog is fearful, nervous, and leash reactive. Then, it’s essential to find quieter and less popular trails for your dog instead of busy public trails. Just by this way, you can help your dog pass other triggers on the trails.

When your dog is on vaccines, tick and flea prevention

Once you intend to run into on the trail, make sure your dog get any appropriate vaccinations. Keep in mind tick, flea, as well as heartworm medication is really important for heading out on trails.

Determine if your dog is licensed and microchipped

If any incidences on the trails, it’s essential to get a current license. We recommend you to have the dog microchipped. This is a great way. It can help to get your dog home to you once he loses the ID tags and collar.

Smart rules and safety guidelines

As a pet owner, you should be always on your best behaviour. By this way, you can keep your dog safe and happy.

Keep control of your dog

Your dog needs to be on a leash. With a leash, you can prevent a plethora of potential problems. That means you can protect your dog from chasing wildlife. It’s best to choose a leash made of simple nylon or leather. You can consider leashes we’ve listed above. They are perfect for hiking with your dog.

Don’t bother wildlife or plant life

It’s easy to do this. The thing you need to do is keeping your dog on a leash. More importantly, don’t panic your dog. Instead, become a respectful guest. It’s important to be on trails in order to avoid threatening plant life. Moreover, you can also prevent erosion in this way.

Don’t let your dog drink from areas of standing water

In fact, your dog may get parasites and bacteria from standing water. Then, he may get sick, even fatally so. That’s why you need to always prepare enough fresh water so that you can keep your pet hydrated. It’s essential to hydrate your dog every half hour.

Take breaks for water and snacks

The common problems for dogs when hiking are dehydration and overheating. If you see your dog is slowing down, it’s time to take him breaks. Don’t forget to bring snacks and treats for your dog. Indeed, your dog also needs extra fuel for hiking trips.

Leave no trace

For this rule, you need to pack out all trash. At the same time, leave nothing but footprints. It’s important to remove all dog waste. This step purposes to avoid signs your dog was on the trail.

Finding a trail

The last thing to pay attention to is finding the best trail. Now, there are many websites you can consult to narrow down your search. It’s great to look for trails your dog can feel comfortable when hiking. You can consider some websites like BringFido.com, Hike with Your Dog, and DogTrekker.

The ID tag is important for any pet. They can help to give the only information to anyone who finds your lost pet. Especially, these tags are cheap and popular widely. In fact, there is a lot of choices when it comes to dog ID tags. In this post, we will provide you with our list of the best pet ID tags. Let’s check out to get more.

Dog Identification Tags

They are fixed to the dog’s collar to clearly identify the owner. These tags are metal. They normally are engraved with the owner’s contact info. They’re used for helping the lost pets to return their owners.

The Importance of Pet Tags

Some people usually go hiking with their dog. With a pet ID tag, you can keep your dog from going missing. Also, the pet tags have the purpose of keeping your pet safe. Thanks to it, anyone who finds your lost dog can takeR him to you. There is some essential information need to be kept in your dog’s tags.

Your Name and Adress

If you let your dog be in a public place, it’s essential to wear him an ID tag with his owner’s name as well as the address on it. If not, you may have to cost much money for this. In the tag, you also need to show your surname and your house number engraved. It’s best to choose a tag made of stainless or brass. They offer engraving on both sides. SO, they can work perfectly for your purpose. Remember to update your dog’s ID tag once you change your home’s address. It’s also essential to update new info in his tag for any change of contact details.

Contact Info is Key

It’s great to include a phone number on your dog’s tag so that anyone can contact you once they find your missing pet. If you want, you can also include a family member, a trusted friend, or your local vet on the tag. These information should be updated in case you move.

Extra option

Many owners want to show info about a medical ailment on their dog’s tag such as Epileptic or Diabetic. This is also a perfect idea. Anyone who finds your dog will have specific needs like addressing urgently and protecting your pet from getting ill.

Do you need ID tags if your dog is micro-chipped?

There are many dogs implanted with micro-chip. It’s in the scruff of their necks. But, it’s not an alternative of dog identifications. In fact, it’s just considered as a backup when your dog’s tag falls off. Many owners can’t read micro-chip identifications. With an id tag, your dog can be returned directly by the finder. It’s still a great idea to get a microchip because it’s the same as a non-removable form of id tags. The fact is that only the registered owner can be capable of changing the details. So, it’s safe for your dog when getting lost or losing his tags and collars.

Types of Dog Tags

There are many types of dog tags. Each of them comes with their own benefits and drawbacks.

Metal Dog Tags

These tags include commonly brass, aluminium, and stainless steel dog tags. In which, the most durable one is the stainless steel dog tag. Plus, these tags can be able to fare well in water, unlike the brass counterparts. If you want a cheap tag, consider choosing aluminium dog tags. They are available in many colours.

Plastic Dog Tags

Some owners want to get a plastic pet ID tag so that they can easily decorate them. Some of these tags allow you to add a photo to. But, these dog tags are less durable than other types.

Fancy Dog Tags

Some pet owners want to adore their dog with bling pet ID tag. These tags come with crystals, rhinestones, and other sparkly rocks. They can have more details added because of laser engraving.

Choose a size for your Dog tag

Dog tags you choose should not bother your dog. That’s why you need to pay attention to choose the size for pet tags. It’s best to choose small tags for puppies and bigger ones for large dogs. We recommend you to choose a tag at 1 inch in width for a small dog. If you don’t know how to choose a suitable size, ask shoppers for considerations.

Choose An Inscription

The most important step is engraving your dog’s information. Many people want to get a double-sided tag. One side is used to display their pet’s name. Another side is used to displaying the owner’s information. These info include the owner’s name and phone number.

Best Dog ID tags

Nowadays, there is a lot of ID tags on the market. So, it’s not simple to decide the best one for your dog. They are available in many different shapes, styles, as well as materials. So, how to choose the right one for your dog?

First, it’s important to look at the material. Then, think about the style of the ID tag. Here is our list of the best Dog ID tags on the market today. Read carefully their review first. Then, you can consider buying one of them.

Dynotag QR Code SmartPet Tag

The Dynotag is popular for their travel tags. Their tags are great for both cats and dogs. You just need to enter the QR code with a phone and the address to any browser. Then, the location of the device will be on a private page. You will get an email. Your information also can be viewable that helps you can easily find your dog when he gets lost. This can be able to work anywhere with internet without internal electronics. This ID tag costs $16.95. The tag is available in black color. It’s made of steel with quieting protective coating.

GoTags Slide-On Pet ID Tags

These tags eliminate the noise of hang tag style choices. Also, these products are secure. Your dog’s details will be shown at a distance. Actually, these ID tags just work on simple collars with a buckle. There are 4 maximum lines of text engraved. In fact, each tag is suitable for a specific sized collar width. This ID tag is at $8.95 price. It’s available in silver color. It’s made of stainless steel.

GoTags Stainless Steel Pet ID Tags

The fact is that a buckle-style collar may not work in many cases. For instance, your dog needs a quick-release mechanism if he goes to daycare. In this situation, you need something like these stainless steel ID tags. These tags come with 4 lines of text on each side, including important information such as your pet name, your phone number, as well as your home address. There are many different shapes available as bone, flower, bow tie, house, heart, rectangle, badge, star, and round. It’s available in silver. It’s made of stainless steel.

Providence Engraving Aluminium Pet ID Tags

This unit is made for owners who are looking for ones to save a couple of bucks. It’s actually not a durable unit. This tag is made of anodized aluminium. They are lightweight tags. They are available in many shapes as bone, heart, round, paw, star, hydrant, and paw. In addition, they come in many available colours, including blue, pink, red, gold, green, black, silver, and orange. There are 4 lines of text on each side with up to 19 character per line.

Performace IDs Silicone Slide-On Pet ID Tag

These tags are perfects for those with a bit of trouble sliding on the above rigid metal tags. With this tag, you can easily bend as well as flex. Furthermore, this tag is also easy to remove to clean. They are available in the rectangle shape. There are main colours, including blue, pink, red, and black. It’s made of silicone and aluminium. There are 4 lines of text with up to 20 characters per line.

PINMEI Scannable QR Code Pet ID Tag

This QR code based choice is a bit nicer than another QR mentioned above. It comes with the paw design over a colored background. It can line your dog’s custom page with essential contacts as well as all health information. Like the Dynotag QR Code SmartPet Tag, this tag comes with 24-hour hotline to reunite you with lost pets.  It’s in the round shape. It is an affordable choice at $9.99. There are 4 main colors: blue, black, red, and pink. It’s made of Zinc alloy. There is no line of text. Instead, it provides an extensive online profile.

GoTags Swarovski Crystal Pet ID Tags

The charm of this tag comes down to one thing. It adds bling to your life. This product is great for your dog if he needs sparkle for his ID tag. It sets your pet apart at the park. The tag is available in three shapes: heart, bone, and round. It comes in many different colours like purple, blue, pink, red, black, and silver. The tag’s made of stainless steel. It just includes 1 line of text on the front for your dog’s name and 4 lines on the back.

CNATTAGS Stainless Steel with Enamel Round Pet ID Tags

These tags come in bright colors. It has a fun symbol-style design. There are 8 choices of color for you, including black, blue, orange, green, hot pink, light pink, red background, purple. And, there are 13 choices of design: daisy, paw, heart, bowl, bone, cat, fish, private cat, private dog, dog, skull, mouse, and crown. The tag’s made of stainless steel. Like others mentioned, it also comes with 4 lines of text with 20 characters per line. It’s cost $4.95.

The Copper Poppy Pet ID Tags

This option is perfect for those who want something a little more refined and custom. It’s available in 3 shapes: round, square, and rectangle. It comes in silver color. This tag is made from brass, aluminium, bronze, and copper. It offers 4 lines of text.

When to Replace Your Dog’s ID Tag and collar

It’s a great idea to have a pet ID. Indeed, some collars and ID tags can help to last the life of your dog. But, they also need to be replaced when needed. Here are some reasons you should know.

Outdated information

You need to change your dog’s ID tag when changing your phone number recently. Also, replace the ID tag when you have changed your home address. Make sure all information on the ID tag are correct as well as up to date.

Cant’s read ID tag

You know the id tag aims to help others read it actually. So, if it comes with a lot of scratches because of others rubbing against, you need to consider replacing it. Moreover importantly, don’t forget to wipe it clean regularly.

Collar is damaged

That the collar fray or rip depends on its material. If it starts to rip or fray, consider replacing it in order to prevent it from falling off.

Separate collars

It’s not a good idea to use a training collar or a harness one for walking in a place where your furry friend is the everyday collar.

Backup collar/ tags

If your dog loves the water, it’s best to give him a backup collar. That allows your dog to wear a clean and dry collar. Of course, you may want to give him a spare tag for getting lost or damaged. A collar or tag is a great way to show someone owns your dog. Luckily, it’s cheap to replace a tag/ collar.

Conclusion

As a dog owner, keeping your pet safe is the most important duty. In order to increase the chances of recovering your pet if he gets lost, you should carry out the suitable registration process. It’s essential to get the dog micro-chipped and wear your dog an id tag of his collar. Hopefully, our reviews of the best dog id tags above are helpful for you. Then, you can easily choose the appropriate id tag for your furry friend.

The fact is that dogs often resemble their owners. If you are finding a dog to add your family, consider choosing active dog breeds. They are a better match for your hiking, camping, as well as other active outdoor adventures. In fact, most dogs are good dogs. But, it’s best to look for a happy pet. In this writing, we will offer the list of best dogs for hiking and camping.

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Active dog Breeds for Hiker and Campers

Here are 7 best active dog breeds for your outdoor lifestyles. A mix of breeds may be a good choice for you. That’s why you should take your time to read the breeds we’ll list here. Then, you can make a great decision.

Labrador Retrievers

There are lots of Labradors at trails, the dog-park, and campgrounds. They have become the most popular breed in the US for many years. These dogs are popular for their hunting instincts as well as their high energy. These dogs are actually energetic, smart, and great with kids. These dogs are also perfect for hiking and camping. In addition, it’s easy to train them to do well off-leash because of their obedience. Actually, these dogs tend to become overweight if not getting enough exercise.

Siberian Huskies

This dog breed is well known for helping save kids in Alaska in 1925. If you want to add a high-energy dog to your family, you should consider choosing a husky. They can become mischievous as well as vocal if not filled with physical activities. That’s why they are ideal for spending your weekend outdoors with you. They come with thick coats that are perfect for freezing climates. So, they are the best choices for hiking in a warmer place.

Weimaraners

They are silvery-grey dogs. They are considered as excellent hunters. They require plenty of metal stimulation. In order to keep them happy, it’s essential to run on trails. In addition, don’t forget to give these dogs some obedience training. Then, you can allow them to run off-leash in areas you want.

Border Colliers

These dogs are smaller than others. They are speedy, so they love to run. Actually, these dogs are considered as one of the smartest dog breeds. That’s why they can easily learn to be obedient on the trails. To make you happy, they can be able to jump over rocks. It’s a great idea to take these dogs on technical trails to exercise. In addition to jumping over rocks, they can also jump over scale fallen logs as well as weave between trees.

German Shorthaired Pointers

The German Shorthaired Pointers love to run rather than to hike on the trail. They are racing buddies. You can easily maintain a coat without collecting too much mud. It’s not essential to worry about baths when going outside. You need to give them a lot of exercises. They normally tend to struggle in the confines. If you are an active person, this dog is suitable for you best. Especially, it’s great if you have a big yard for them.

Bernese Mountain Dogs

They are great choices for those who looking for a dog breed that loves being outside. They don’t require a ton of exercise. These dogs are recommended for mountain living because of their ability to handle rocky mountain. Moreover, they are friendly dogs

Mutts

The Mutts is famous for certain characteristics. They have been for about 200 years. They are active dogs. They can be able to jump up and down. They love to get outside with their owners. You should take your time to talk with people working in shelters. They can be able to provide you with a sense of a dog’s temperament and energy.

Tips for Hiking and Camping with Dogs  

Not all dogs are great for Hiking

In fact, not all dogs can be able to hike well the first couple of times out. Some of them are overweight. Then, hiking is considered as a good exercise for them. But, there may be cardiovascular problems due to too much stress. It’s essential to do some light training with your dog before your hike. Consider extended walks.

Your dog should be vaccinated

Your dog needs to have rabies, heartworm, and parvo vaccination. Don’t forget to inform your vet about you have an intention of taking your dog hiking. And, be happy with any feedback. It’s best to do an internet research in order to determine whether your dog has any medical problems related to dogs.

Your dog needs a Tag

This may be the first important thing to consider before taking your dog hiking or camping. Your dog may get lost on hiking and camping trips because of tons of reasons like breaking free from camp. So, it’s essential to double-check your dog’s tags for the exact information. A micro-chip barcode is also great for you. It’s easy to buy them online. Even, you can do them yourself. We recommend you to select explore micro-chips with a geo-tracking device. They are available in a huge range on the market today.

No Wildlife Chasing

Some dogs love to run after birds, snakes, squirrels, or even wolves. Thus, a dog leash is essential to keep. Remember always to keep your dog very closely. Keep him from getting overexcited. Avoid letting him come face to face with others. It’s important to pay attention to your pet’s behavior.

Bring water for your dog

You need to have enough water with you to hydrate both you and your dog. Depending on your dog’s size, you can plan water supplies. It’s great to have a specialized drinking container for your pet. Prevent your dog from drinking from stagnant water buddles because your dog can get sick because of harmful bacteria.

Get a dog first aid kit

Your dog can fracture his bones because of falls. So, it’s essential to bring along a dog first aid kit. It’s easy to buy it almost anywhere. It offers a ton of suppliers. In addition, it comes with a small booklet that helps to administer emergency care. Last, you also need to bring any medication your dog needs.

Wrap it up

Of course, you will get a lot of fun when taking your dog on a hiking or camping trip. Hopefully, our tips are useful for you. Keep them in mind to get safe and happy travels.

If you have a new dog, you may not know much information such as his parents as well as genetic lineage. In fact, he doesn’t belong to any one breed. That’s why many owners try to identify the breeds in their dogs. It’s best to look at closely your dog’s morphological and behavioural characteristics. By this way, you can determine the likely cross of breed your dog comes. Now, check out this article for detailed information about each breed’s characteristics.

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Morphological Traits to Consider

The Shape of Your Dog’s Head

There are three main groups of dog’s heads, including Dolichocephalic (long headed dog), Mesocephalic (medium sized heads), and Brachycephalic (wide-skulled dogs). Sometimes, a dog can be between the two abovementioned groups. The most popular group is the Mesocephalic group such as the Labrador, Australian Shepherd, Malinois, and so on.

Shape and Carriage of the Ears

There are many different shapes of dog’s ears. However, they are divided into three main groups. They include a floppy or drop ears, prick erect ears, and semi-pricked or cocked ears.

Type of your dog’s coat texture and colouring

There is a wide range of textures as well as the length of dog’s coats. They include short hair (as The Great Dane orBeagle), wiry (as the Jack Russell Terrier), long hair (as Bouvier des Flandres, Collie…), and curly hair (as Cockapoo and Labradoodle).

Your dog’s coats also are available in a variety of patterns. They include bi-coloured and spotted pattern, merle or dappling, the tri-colour pattern, and a beautiful array of colours.

Character Traits and Breed

Certain breeds are related to a particular character trait, aptitude or temperament. That’s why you can consider your dog’s reaction as well as his behaviours in different situations. Each breed has a lot of appearance and behaviour. All breeds exist both sides of a spectrum. If you have a mixed dog breed, he will come with a special look or behaviour. Their parents are of different breeds.

Guide to Determine Dog Breeds

Here is an easy way to determine the possible breeds. Check out to quickly determine the type of dominant breed.

Husky

This breed comes with all features of the typical traits of the Beauceron. They have black and rust colour. They come with a long muzzle and a short fur. In addition, you can’t ignore their beautiful blue eyes as well as the erect, pointed, triangular or prick ears. This mixed breed also comes with a double dewclaw on the hind legs.

Shepherd or Labrador

These dogs are medium sizes. They come with a few characteristics of certain hunting dogs as the Spaniel. This breed has fairly short and dropping ears, slightly almond-shaped eyes, triangular, and mid-length fur. For Spaniel, it doesn’t commonly appear with the all over black colour and the chest with slightly white patching on.

The mix of the breeds with a Labrador retriever comes with the long shaped muzzle. This dog has the characteristics of a hunting dog like the Spaniel. In this case, your dog can be a Spaniel type cross-breed.

Type Griffon

This dog type comes with floppy ears, eyebrows and mustaches, mid-length harsh fur, and a long muzzle. They can suggest a Griffon Korthals. But, their large proportions can come with a large sized dog breed. If the dog comes with an all-white coat, it will be hard to determine the second breed.

Bichon fries- Poodle 

The Bichon fries normally comes with all white coat, silky and slightly curly hair, the mid-length, the droopy ears, the black round eyes, and a fairly rectilinear head. These characteristics are more popular in a Bichon fries than a large Poodle.

Cross Yorkshire terrier

A cross with terrier or shepherd actually comes with the black and rust coloured coat, the medium sized body, lower legs, fawn on the head, a barely defined stop, and the long muzzle. But, a terrier normally has the short fur, pointed ears, the eyebrows, and whiskers, as well as the dark outer edge of the eyelids.

Cross German Shepherd

Their characteristics include the long muzzle, the fawn coloured coat, the medium body size, the neck ruff, and the short-to-mid-length fur. Especially, these dogs can be able to put their heads on the table. All of them are suggestions for a cross with some types of Shepherd dog. If you have a mixed dog of a German shepherd and a Collie, he will represent 50/50 balance characteristics of both these breeds.

Cross Jack Russell terrier

You can determine the Jack Russell through their white coat with patches of black, erect ears, fawn and rust head, the straight upright tail, tail with harsh fur, and small height. In addition, they are in medium size. In some case, you can identify the other dog breed without investigating further.

Type Labrador

The Labrador has a black coat with slightly white patching under their chest. In specific cases, we have a few criteria for identifying the other breed without investigating other dogs. You need information about the size at the withers, the type of tail, and the breadth of the shoulder. They are all helpful.

Labrador-Husky

All characteristics of the Labrador retriever include the floppy ears, the round head, and the yellow coat. But, the Husky typically comes with the black eyelids and the distinctive blue eyes. This morphological of the Siberian husky and the yellow Labrador is likely to other dog breed types.

Your Dog’s unique DNA

The fact is that each dog has their own unique DNA. DNA test result can show you the breed your dog is made up of. You can determine exactly the breed mix his DNA is made up of. In addition, you can know the suitable kind of exercise routines, personality traits, and behaviours for your dog. It also allows you to determine the most of your dog’s training techniques. Plus, you can get your dog’s illnesses and health problems in order to prepare for his future illnesses. This test is very useful while you just need to wait for results within 2-3 weeks.


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