2. Help the dog feel safe
Your first priority with a fearful dog is to help him or her feel safe.
That can look different depending on what the issue is. Maybe the dog needs a space of their own (like a crate or bed) where they can choose to go if they don’t want to be around any children or strangers in the house.
Maybe it means telling other people they can’t pet your dog, because your dog wouldn’t like it.
Maybe it means walking your dog at certain times of day when you’re not likely to come across whatever it is the dog is afraid of (other dogs, strangers, bicycl…
Research on 12 popular dog breeds finds the average difference in life span between normal weight and overweight or obese dogs, and it makes for worrying reading.
We know that being overweight or obese is bad for pet dogs, but just how bad is it?
For the first time, scientists have worked out the difference in average life span for normal weight and overweight pet dogs of 12 breeds. The study by Carina Salt (WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition) et al. is published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
The scientists looked at some of the most popular breeds of all sizes, from Chihuahuas and Pomeranians to Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds.
The study only looked at dogs that have been spayed or neutered.
Co-author Prof. Alex German (University of Liverpool) told Science Daily,
"Owners are often unaware that their dog is overweight, and many may not
realise the impact that it can have on health. What they may not know
is that, if their beloved pet is too heavy, they …