A guide to clipping your dog’s nails

Keeping your dogs nails short is essential to making sure your dog is kept comfortable. In addition ii can keep your floor free from scratches. But clipping your dogs nails is not always that simple and somewhat nerve racking for many dog owners and therefore as a result dog owners put off this task off in fear they may hurt their dog. What’s more, some dogs are not fans of having their nails trimmed and this is another reason dog owners put off the dreaded job. However with the right advice and clippers many pet owners can successfully clip their nails.

Choosing a good pair of nail clippers is first on the list. So where do you find the best dog nail grinder to use on your dog? Well Amazon is a great place to look, but as there are many of dog nail clippers to choose from, it can often be hard for dog owners to choose which of these is the best.  Toppet Lovers is a great blog that offers reviews on the best professional dog nail clippers so it is a fantastic place for owners to visit when deciding which one they may want to purchase.

Secondly having your dogs favourite treat ready for them is always handy, as dogs are a lot more likely to sit still and keep calm for owners if they know they will get a reward at the end. Especially if they know it is something that will taste good!

Thirdly choosing the right place to use their dog nail grinder is also important, as having a place where your dog feels comfortable and relaxed will mean your dog will be a lot calmer during the procedure. For example their bed or in a safe area of your home.

Furthermore the time you decide to carry out the nail clipping will determine how smoothly it will go. For example it is advisable for pet owners to clip their dogs nails after they have they have just eaten their evening meal and have been out for a long walk, as they are a lot more likely to keep still while their nails are being cut.

If you do cut your dogs nail too short and it begins to bleed, do not panic just apply pressure to the tip of the nail and it will soon resolve itself.

Getting The Picture Just Right: How To Take A Great Selfie

It is a little more difficult than you would think to take a selfie. Only a few people consistently snap good shots; the rest are not happy with the vast majority of their pictures. If you love to take selfies, but you need a little help getting the image just right, read on for more information.
1. Pay Attention to Lighting
Do you snap selfies and are then horrified by the way your skin looks? Or, do you look drawn and not like yourself in the picture? The problem is likely the lighting. Even if you have lights on, you may not be getting enough illumination to create a great picture. Natural light is best. Pull up the blinds and flood the room with light. If it is an overcast day, try moving lamps around until you get it right. You can also try switching rooms to see if a different position helps. You want the lighting to be both bright and soft for best results. Here are some good lighting tips.
2. Go To A Mirror First
Before you take that picture, head over to a mirror to examine your appearance. Are you happy with what you see or do you need to touch up some makeup or fix your hair? Give yourself the best chance of success by ensuring that there is nothing that you need to fix before you start snapping pictures. Most people only need to spend a minute or two on touch ups before they move on to take their picture.
3. Stay Frozen
When cameras first came on the market, subjects had to remain frozen for about one minute in order to avoid a blurry picture. That is why you rarely see people smiling in pictures from years ago; they knew they wouldn’t be able to keep their smile frozen for the picture, so they simply opted not to do it at all. Times have changed (luckily!), and you do not need to remain frozen for a minute to get a good picture. However, you do need to minimize your movements for at least a few seconds so that the picture turns out the way you want it to.
4. Get The Background Right
Most people don’t consider the background when they take a selfie, but the truth is, it is a crucial part of the picture composition. If there are people standing behind you, your camera might accidentally focus on them. If there is a lot going on behind you, you may get lost in all of the “busyness” of the photograph. Opt for a neutral background whenever possible. Try to make sure there is as little going on behind you as possible. In addition, be aware of bright colors. Your face might look a little odd in your selfie depending on the colors that are behind you. To be safe, opt for a white background.
5. Be Self-Assured
Your picture is not going to turn out very well unless you are confident during the entire process. Remember, no one is looking at you. If you don’t like your picture, you can eventually delete it. Get silly. Have fun. Show how self-assured you are. Chances are, you are going to love one of the pictures that results from your impromptu photography session.
6. Get More People Involved
Your pictures will look even better if you take them with a friend or family member. Joke around and laugh with each other, and snap your picture while the two of you are being silly. Your image will convey the affection you have for one other and it won’t look too posed. Remember, though, that you often have to take several selfies to find one that you love, so make sure your friend is up for a few minutes of picture taking.
7. Get The Angle Right
How you hold the phone is important when you are snapping your selfie. If you are too low, you’ll snap an unflattering shot of your chin. If you go too high, you may look like a floating head. You want to hold your phone just above your head. Point your chin up slightly; this will smooth out your skin and help you to appear thin. While this angle works for most, you may like something a little different. Try out a few poses and see what works for you. Check out this post.
8. Use Editing Tools
You don’t have to use the original image that you took. Instead, edit your pictures to change anything you don’t like. You can darken an image that is too bright, for example. You can eliminate any red eye. You can add a few silly “stickers” to the image. Have fun with your editing tools and get your picture just the way you want it. Filters can also be very helpful as well.
Here are some good tools for better photos and more followers for your Instagram
• VSCOCam
• Vibbi
• Picstitch
• Squareready
9. Glance At Your Photo
With the way technology is in most smartphones today, you shouldn’t have a problem looking at your photo’s composition before you snap it. Take a quick glance and make sure you like the way everything looks. If it is a go, snap the picture! If something is wrong, fix it quickly and try again.
10. Be Silly
If you tried a few serious poses, but you don’t like the way they turned out, try something a little different. Who says you have to smile in the picture? Try getting silly instead! This works really well if someone is taking the picture with you, but it can be great on your own as well.

Tips For Photographing Your Pets for Instagram

Keepsakes of those special moments are something that we all want, whether it is the people or the animals in our lives. This is why it is a great idea to learn how to take better pictures of your pet. Do those annoying flashbacks where your fur balls eyes seem more like a scene from a horror film have you fed up? We also have plenty of red eyed pet pics so we know exactly how you feel. Here are six photography tops to consider as you photograph your pets that will provide you with great pics you will want others to see and will want to store in your photo albums for future reference.

1. Go Down To Their Level
What our pest look like at our level is something that we all know. Find out what they look like on their level, get on the ground with your dog, lay next to them, crawl around with them and snap some shots from their perspective.

2. Opt For Natural Lighting
Unless you are going for a Pet Cemetery look for your furry friends, use natural lighting. We all have at least one picture of our pets featuring red and scary eyes. To avoid this, use natural light. Also, your pets could be frightened by a sudden burst of light coming from your camera; you want your pet to be as comfortable as possible so avoid startling them.

3. Show off Their Character
It can be tricky to come up with photo shoot ideas for your dog. A great way to capture the true nature of your pet on film is by focusing on showcasing their real character. If your dog is lazy, capture a pic of him or her mid yawn. If your cat performs a really cool trick, capture him or her performing it.

4. Close Ups
Show off your pets details. Paws, eyes, ears and hair are always great features to capture. I once knew a dog that had a nose shaped like a heart, which would have been an excellent feature to capture. That being said, if you really take the time to examine your pet and find it’s most unique and photogenic features, anything can be turned into a cute pic. Here are some tips.

5. Timing is Everything
If you want a playful photo shoot with your pet, do not photograph him or her right after their nap. Set up a scheduled time where you know you will be able to capture the shots you want. If around seven your cat has his or her run around the house in berserk mode and you want to capture it, make sure that as the clock strikes, your camera is handy.

6. Incorporate Props

If you are in need of some ideas to photograph you cat or dog, use a favorite toy to really get your dog’s attention or a string to intrigue your cat. Treats also encourage better behavior, however don’t be cruel, you should eventually let them have their toy or treat. You can also consider posing your dog with a Santa hat for a card shot during the jolly seasons or even cuddled up with his or her stuffed cat toy.
7. Post on Instagram
Next thing, get your posts live on Instagram. Your account is the perfect place to showcase your animal and get people to see it. Ensure to use hashtags to help the post along and to make it more easily searchable. Additionally, if the account is new buy some Instagram followers for the account to make it look more popular and to entice people to like it. This will all help ensure the image is popular.
These tips are there to help you take better images and get greater exposure for your animal

Never let your pet mark the same spot again with Get Serious! Pet Odour 

Introducing a pet to the family can be a fun and exciting time. However training of a new pet such as a cat or dog can be tricky and take a lot of work especially if they are babies. There tends to many accidents before pet owners actually get their pet trained to go and do their business at the right place.

The issue that many pet owners face during this process is reminding their pet that they are not allowed to do their business in that spot. Once a dog  or cat has soiled or peed in a certain spot, they tend to re-visit that area and do it in the same place in order to re-mark their spot. This is something that is their natural instinct in cats and dogs and something they cannot help but do. However this can leave a lot of pet owners frustrated as their odour often leave smells on their carpet or rugs they are unable to get rid of. This can then sometimes result in them giving up the pet and unfortunately taking them down the shelter.

However a new product designed in the United Stated may have the answer to these issues that pet owners face and may actually lead to happier relationships between pets and their owner. As a result this could lead to a decrease in amount of animals ending up in shelters across the country.

The product is called Get Serious! and has been designed for both cats and dogs. The Get Serious! pet odour works by extracting the pheromone scent that actually attracts animals to as well as cleaning the marked area to get rid of the smell us humans pick up on. Currently this is the only cleaner on the market that can do this and is truly revolutionary for pet owners. Since launching this product, the product has had some fantastic reviews from its customers.  411mp58eell-_sy355_

Nursekitty from Tacoma says “This is the best stuff EVER!! Gets out vomit, pee, and poop. Gets rid of all the smells, and no residue! Works great even on white carpet!!! ”

Another customer from Redding says “I won’t use anything but this product to remove pet stains. I first started using this to remove cat vomit. Now I found this is the only product that removes both cat and dog vomit. I don’t even bother with any other product. I don’t even mind paying postage to have it shipped. ”

The product is very reasonably priced and available from a number of sites including Doctors Fosters and Smith. You can purchase Get Serious! for cats here and also for dogs here. However if you are interested in stocking the product you can contact them directly through their website at GetSerious.com.

The benefits of using Cannabidiol (CBD) for your pet

Most people have heard of the drug marijuana, however most people often think of marijuana because of the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) it contains. This is the part of the plant that makes people high. But this is just one of the many chemicals found in the plant and scientists are now turning their attention to Cannabidiol (CBD) – for good reason too. CBD can either come from hemp plants or marijuana but due legality issues, CBD drugs are mainly used from hemp plants. Below we will discuss the benefits of this naturally sourced chemical and why pet owners should be using this drug to treat theirs pets. This is truly great news for pooch lovers.

CBD works by interacting with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and as a result has minimal side affects which has led scientists to become very excited about this compound. Therefore making this a great drug for pet owners to use.

As the ECS controls our appetite, memory, mood, nausea, pain and inflammation, it can be used as a treatment pathway for a whole host of medical issues for our pets. For example CBD can be used as an Antiemetic to reduce nausea and vomiting. In addition it can used as an antipsychotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and an anti-cancer / tumoral.

There are many places online that sell CBD, however it can be hard to know which place to buy from as not all companies may be safe. One company in particular that has had a good reviews is Canna Pet. The recent Review on Canna Pet saw that there capsules come from highly concentrated hemp safe plants and are offered in a range of shapes and sizes to suit range of breeds. This is known as the Canna-Pet Advanced Capsule.

In addition to the capsules, they also provide organic biscuits for dogs, using the ingredients of the Canna-Pet Advanced product. The organic biscuits are targeted at dogs needing the highest dose of CBD and these biscuits contain the most cannabidol to give dogs to most out of the drug but with still minimal side affects.

You find more about the Canna Pet and their products / ingredients by checking out their review. cannapet_cbd_for_pets

What is the best dog food?

When it comes to choosing food for our dog, we like to make sure our dogs are eating the best quality food in order to provide them with a high source of nutrition. We all care about our pets and want them to lead a long and healthy life, so it is important that we get it right.

It seems that over half of dog owners admit that they are don’t actually know what goes in to their dog food. This is a real concern especially as the dog brand “Purina”, who had thousands of complaints of kidney failure which led to a huge lawsuit back in 2015. Despite this, the product still remains on the shelf. This article looks at what is the best dog food on the market to educate pet owners a little more.

Number 1 is  Orijen® Adult Grain-Free Dry Dog Food. Orijen dog food has been made so highly that it can be used for human consumption. They have packed their dog food with protein-riched food. What’s more they use free range chicken, turkey, eggs and fish to make sure your dog is getting the besuntitledt diet.

Number 2 is Hill’s Science Diet Adult Sensitive Stomach & Skin Dry Dog Food. This dog food is particularly good if your dog has a very sensitive stomach and dry skin. This dog food with leave your dog feeling full with nutrition as well being gentle on their digestion system. In addition they have an added Vitamin E & other nutrients to give your dog healthy skin & a glossy coat. They used completely natural ingredients with no artificial flavours or preservatives.

Number 3 has got to be Taste of The Wild. This dog food focuses more on what our dog’s would have eaten when they were in the wild. This is a particularly good dog brand to purchase if your dog is very active and includes Roasted bison and roasted venison as well as mixture of fruits and vegetables. The Taste of the Wild dog food is also grain-free.

71wdpf-pjjl-_sl1000_Number 4 on the list is CANIDAE® Grain Free Pure Elements Dog Food. This is food is grain free and has been specifically made with whole foods for gentle digestion using a fresh lamb formula providing your dog with perfect nutrition.

Number 5 is Wellness Natural Pet Food. The wellness core air dried food is also grain free and has been specifically designed with ultra digestible food. Their food is made from 70% raw high protein to keep your doing feeling healthy.

There are whole host of other dog brands that you can choose from the market that will give your dog the balanced diet they need and you need to pick the dog brand that is right for your dog. But whatever dog food you decide to buy whether online or at your local pet shop, be sure to check the ingredients before purchasing to make sure your dog is getting the fibre and nutrition they require.

Ultra Modern Pet Furniture 

Our pets are becoming an increasingly more important part of our lives as more owners see their pet as part of the family. This is especially true for dogs, after all they are man’s best friend. They are loyal and faithful creatures. They don’t ask for much out of life just food, water, shelter, a walk once a day and of course our love.

However as they become an integrated into our family, the more we like to spoil them. The best way to spoil our dogs is by giving them the perfect place to sleep. After all they spend the majority of their time snuggled up in their favourite spot; their bed. For most dogs this is their save haven and it is 100% theirs. So for the majority of pet owners, they take a lot of time when it comes to choosing the perfect bed for their pet to sleep in.

Designer dog beds are becoming a popular choice for a lot of pet owners who love to spoil their dogs, as these types of beds tend to be made from highly quality materials in addition to giving dog owners the added bonus of being fashionable. Designer dog beds can also be fun for your home and stand out from other traditional dog beds.suite-1

One place in particular that make handcrafted dog beds is Ultra Modern Pet. Their beds are imported from pet designers across the world from places such as South Africa and Russia, with their designs being extremely unique. Their collection includes an array of very cool and extraordinary dog beds, that I think would wow any dog owner. They even have a bed called Abstract!

Although very high end, the favourite is got to be “The Suite”. This piece of modern pet furniture has been designed by the luxury Italian furniture group Chiavari. Their high-gloss white interior in a choice of either black or red exterior will clearly make any doggie friend jealous.

Whatever style you are looking to get for your pet you will surely find something that is extraordinary whilst elegant and sleek to suit your home with Ultra Modern Pet.

How CBD Treats Can Help Your Pets!

Pet owners are going crazy over a new medicinal herb that is being used to treat all types of pet illnesses. This medicinal herb is known as cannabis, and pet owners are using it to treat a wide range of pet illnesses such as anxiety, cancer, and arthritis. Most of you may be surprised how an illegal drug is able to cure numerous pet illnesses. But you need not be surprised as the cannabis used to treat pets is hemp and not marijuana. This read offers information on how CBD can help your pets.

Hemp was illegal in the United States and other countries around the world for a long time. But today, medical experts have come to understand the medicinal benefits of hemp and urged the governments around the world to ease the restriction placed on the herb. Today, most of you have the opportunity to buy hemp seed products from your local drug store or numerous online e-commerce stores. You may find hempseed lotions, soaps, protein powders, and hempseed milk. In fact, there is a distinctive difference between hemp and marijuana. cbp-treats

Hemp and marijuana come from a plant know as Cannabis sativa. This plant has more than 60 chemicals which are known as cannabinoids or CBD. There are two main types of cannabinoids such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC is the ingredient that makes a person high. Marijuana has a THC content between 10-15% while the hemp plant has a THC content of only 0.3%. Cannabis doesn’t have any intoxicating effect when the THC is at 0.3% or less. Hemp has a higher concentration of CBD which is helpful to heal various illnesses in pets. Hemp Genix CBD has ZERO THC and 5mg CBD Per Treat.

Humans and most of the animals have CBD receptor sites in their brain, immune cells, and central nervous system. The latest studies have shown that cannabinoids contain anti-inflammatory effects. Hence, it can help with a lot of illnesses such as pains, muscle spasms, tumors, appetite stimulation, seizures, skin conditions, anxiety, aggression, and neurological disorders. CBD treats can help deal with many chronic and acute conditions in your pets. Arthritis, stress responses, digestive issues, aggression, and immune system illnesses are some of them. Acute conditions such as strains, sprains, broken bones, torn ligaments, and stiffness of the joints can be easily treated with it. If your pet is already taking drugs for certain conditions, CBD treats can help reduce the dosages of these drugs. Since most of the drugs come with side effects, reducing the dosage with CDB treats will help alleviate the side effects over time.

CBD Pet Treats will not provide immediate relief as with any type of herbal medicine. You will have to be patient to see the results of administering CBD treats on your pets. Although the pet may feel a reduction in the pain associated with the condition, inflammations may take a few days to show improvements. Because CBD treats have a lower content of THC, it will not make your pet feel high. The common side effect that the pet would feel is a little drowsiness. Sometimes, your pet may feel an itchiness and mild vomiting which are not very common at all. But if the pet behaves as if it is high, you should stop using the drug any further.

CBD Pet treats by Hemp Genix are quite popular in the pet industry these days. There are many places where you can buy this product. You should make it a point to use a product that has been formulated for pets. CBD treats are very effective to relieve so many illnesses of your loving pet. Every pet is different. Hence, you should be cautious when choosing the right dose for your pet. Start with a low dose and increase it on a step by step basis to reach the recommended dosage. In fact, one drop of CDB is ideal for 10 lbs of body weight of your pet. Give this once a day for about a week and raise the level to twice a day from there onwards. If you buy CBD treats, you should start with a quarter cookie and improve the dosage from there onwards.

CBD treats are available on many online e-commerce stores. You need to find a reputed e-commerce store to purchase the product. Make sure you do some research before finding the best e-commerce store out there to purchase CBD treats. A high-quality CBD treat will help heal various illnesses of your pet. Hemp Genix are some of the best e-commerce stores where you can purchase high-quality CBD treats on the market.

In conclusion, CBD treats are creating quite a buzz in the pet industry these days. They are effective in healing numerous conditions in your pets. This read offers information on how CBD treats can help your pets.

Would like to bring your pet to life?

Whether we have a cat or a dog, we all love our pets dearly. I know owning two doggie’s myself they are my world. As a result I am dreading that day, when they have to move on in the world and go to doggie heaven.
I have always thought it would be great to have memorabilia of them, of course we can have photos of them as keepsake, however having additional keepsakes would be a great added benefit. Especially as talking to family and friends they have always felt the same way. After all our pets are part of the family and when they pass away and its like loosing part of the family.

Therefore wouldn’t it be nice if you could have a replica of your pet as toy to remind you of them? As well as it being nice for you, I think it is a great family remembrance especially for small children who might find the death of a pet more difficult.

So with this in mind I recently came across a place that do just this. KidsCreationToLife offer replicas of your pet through a plush toy. They bring your dog to life through a photo of them. The process works by simply sending the company photoS of your pet and once ordered the waiting begins. Once completed they will send you a handmade 16″ plush toy replicated as your pet. You also have the option of choosing whether you would like your plush to be sitting, standing or laying down, which is brilliant!
KidsCreationToLife have also had some great feedback from customers on their plush toys as well. One customer wrote “Very well made! Stuffed so it is soft to hug, and perfect colours! Arrived very quickly, and was very much worth the price!”

Therefore if you have a dog that has recently passed away and would like something cosy that all the family can uses a remembrance, then I would definitely recommend doing this.

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A guide to getting a dog

untitled-1Deciding to get a dog as part of the family can be a wonderful experience, especially to a child as a dog can bring so much love and joy into our lives. However the decision is not to be taking lightly. Bringing up a dog is just the same as child and comes with huge responsibility. They need to be walked each day, fed and training.

Therefore we have come up with this pet guide on tips to looking after your dog once you have decided to bring a dog into your life.

Food 

So the first thing you need to do for getting your dog is make sure you get them some food. There are various brands you can get from the supermarket and all have special instructions on the amount to feed your dog depending on their weight. If you find your dog become a little too thin, you can increase the amount you give your dog. Likewise if you find your dog is getting a little overweight then slowly reduce the intake you give them.

Bedding 

Next your dog needs a place to sleep, therefore it is essential you find them a nice comfy bed. As well having a nice place to sleep, a bed is a safe place for your dog to go. A place they feel that is theirs. Some dog owners also opt for crates, especially if they are bringing a new puppy home and looking to train them.

Water 

So once your dog is home you need to make sure there is plenty of water in a bowl on the floor where they can access it, at all times. Dogs do not sweat the same as humans and can become heated very quickly. Therefore this is very important.

Exercise 

Dogs need a walk once a day or maybe more, depending on the type of dog you have. For example breeds such as Jack Russell’s or a Boxer dogs have a lot of energy and need a lot more exercise than other breeds such as Pugs or British Bull Dogs. Therefore keep this in mind when choosing the breed you want to add to your family.

Training 

It is also important to get your dog into training straight away. Take a look in your local and see what puppy / dog training classes you can sign up to. As it is really important that your dog learns to take commands from you such as sit, walking on the lead etc.

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Even though there is a lot to think about when looking after a dog, it a wonderful rewarding experience and will give you and your family so much joy and love. For more information on caring for your dog, take a look at My Pet Guide.