Tips to Take Your Dog On a Road Trip

The car is an indispensable part of our lives, whether it is only used for shopping or for a road trip on vacation. What is normal for us is initially alien to a dog. Some dogs think it’s great, some are afraid of riding in a car.

So how can you train your dog to ride in the car in a relaxed manner? What helps with problems? Where is your dog allowed to ride in the car anyway? How do you best secure it? You will get answers to all of these questions in this guide about taking your dog on a road trip.

a dog looks out of car window
A dog looks out of the car window.

Driving Safely With Your Dog In The Car

Before you go on a long journey with your dog, you should think about where and how you will transport it safely. The road traffic regulations stipulate that a load must be secured and restrained in such a way that it cannot slip and endanger the driver even in the event of emergency braking. A dog is considered a load and must be secured as such.

If you get caught when your dog is traveling freely, this can result in a fine of money and even points. If your dog has an accident, your insurance will not have to pay for the damage.

Apart from a possible punishment, it is safer for your dog if he is restrained. After all, you don’t just drive with your dog for fun. Likewise, your dog will be thrown around in the event of an emergency stop and can seriously injure itself if it is not properly secured. After all, thousands of car accidents are caused by drivers distracted by their unsecured pup.

There are basically two ways to keep you and your dog safe on a long road trip:

  • With a dog seat belt or a dog harness
  • In a dog crate or carrier

Even if you see it often: simply transporting it in the footwell is not allowed. Depending on how big your dog is, you have more or fewer options to drive with your dog safely. Because where there is space for smaller dogs on the front passenger or back seat, only the trunk remains for large dogs.

Transport Your Dog In the Trunk with a Mesh Divider or Dog Crate

For many dog ​​owners, this is the most obvious solution for driving a car with their dog. Either the back seat is occupied by the children or the dog is so big that it only fits in the trunk. It’s also easy: open the trunk, the dog jumps in and off you go.

However, this is not necessarily the safest solution – unless your trunk is so small that your dog has hardly any freedom of movement there and cannot move forward.

These solutions are ideal for safe transport in the trunk:

A Car Net Barrier or Mesh Divider:
With a net barrier or mesh divider, you make sure your dog cannot climb forward to you in the driver’s compartment. It also prevents your dog from being catapulted forward and through the windshield like a bullet in the event of an emergency stop or an accident. It is important that you use a stable and thick divider net that cannot slip.

A Dog Transporting Crate
The safest option, especially for large or medium-sized dogs, is a transporting crate or box in the trunk. A dog crate is a good option since your canine passenger already gets used to a crate from home. Of course, it depends on your dog and your car which type of box you can use: does a regular one fit, or do you need a custom-made one? In addition to safety, another advantage is that your dog cannot look out when the box is closed. This can be very useful if your dog is scared. It is best to begin crate training first before you take him on a road trip with you.

dog crate in the trunk of a car
A dog crate in the trunk is the safest option, especially for large dogs.

Transport Your Dog In The Back Seat

Just like being in the trunk, your dog must be secured when it is riding in the back seat of your car, not only for yours but also for his protection. You can do this either with a transport box or a seat belt. Which of the two options you prefer will depend on your dog’s size and preferences. Small dogs fit in a transport box in the back seat of your car, while large dogs can only be strapped in. Some dogs prefer to ride in a box so that they don’t see much of their surroundings, and others get car sick and they have to look outside.

If you want to buckle up your canine passenger while driving, you need a special car harness to which you can attach the normal seat belt, or you can use a well-fitting and stable car harness and a special safety belt for dogs. In the meantime, there are car seat covers for the back seat to keep your upholstery clean and for more comfort for your dog.

non-slip Dog Seat Cover
There are car seat covers to protect the back seat and makes it comfortable for your dog.

Transport Your Dog In The Passenger Seat

The disadvantage of being transported in the passenger seat is that your dog is certainly the most restricted in his freedom of movement. After all, you have to especially prevent your pet dog from jumping into the steering wheel and causing an accident.

In addition, the size of your pup is also the determining factor on whether to ride in the passenger seat. After all, it has to either fit in its transporting box or strapped onto the seat. If this is the case, you have options similar to those in the back seat. There are also protective blankets for the front passenger seat, which are shaped like small boxes and in which you can easily strap your dog and transport it safely.

Secure the Dog In The Motorhome

The considerations for driving a car with your dog also apply to a road trip with the motorhome. Again, you have to think about how to secure your dog. You can also customize the motorhome and have it expanded in a dog-friendly manner. The possibilities range from a ventilated transport box in the rear area to a doghouse under the table. Other options are a transport box, which you protect against slipping in the motorhome with straps, or a safety harness to which you attach the belt.

What is right depends, among other things, on the size of your dog and your travel companion, but of course also on your wallet.

attach the dog harness to the safety belt
Not every dog ​​likes to be buckled up.

Driving A Car With Your Dog – This Is How It Works

Some dog owners may worry about the safety of traveling with their pet in their car, but they do not bother to train their dog to get used to it beforehand. Open the door, put the dog in the transport box in the trunk, and off you go. For many dogs, that works without any problems. But some problems would not have arisen in the first place if dog owners had taken a little more time in advance.

The earlier you start getting your dog used to driving in the car, the better it is. As puppies, dogs are particularly capable of learning, but also very sensitive. It is therefore important that your puppy can get to familiarize himself with a road trip in peace and does not have any bad experiences. Even an older dog can still get used to a road trip in a car. The training is the same as a young dog, but it may take a little longer.

Step 1: Cars Are Not Dangerous.

The most important thing is to show your dog that the car is not dangerous to him. Let him explore the vehicle. If your dog is still too small to jump onto the car on its own, give it a helping hand.

It depends on how quickly your dog gets used to the car. Some dogs are curious and look at everything immediately. It takes some dogs a little longer to get used to this strange object. Always remember: a car certainly smells strange to our dogs than it does to us.

Now it’s about making your dog’s stay in the car pleasant. Give him treats or feed him from his bowl so he can associate the car with something positive. You can also put the dog blanket on the car because the familiar smell gives him security.

Note:
If your dog doesn’t want to stay in the car yet, don’t force him to do so. Give him time to slowly approach the unfamiliar object. Only when he is no longer shy of the car can you take the next step.

Step 2: Get to Know Engine Noise and Vibrations.

Now you can start the engine so that your dog gets used to the new engine noise. It’s much louder for your dog than it is for us and he will certainly feel the vibrations of the engine much more intensely. So you shouldn’t be driving your car at this stage. Just let the engine running and reward your dog with treats that build a positive association with the running engine.

Step 3: The First Few Meters

Then it’s time for the first road trip. However, you shouldn’t drive a long distance, but a few meters. After a very short distance, you stop and let your dog get out. As a reward, you can play a chase game with him or go for a short walk. You can find out how you can identify the right reward depending on the situation here: Dog-friendly rewards

If that works well, you increase the duration in small stages. Make sure your dog is doing well and not getting too upset. Your goal should always be to keep your dog relaxed while driving. With this step-by-step approach, there is little risk that your dog will be overwhelmed or have bad experiences. So it takes patience and time to get your dog adapted to riding on the car and rewards at this stage are still necessary.

By the way, dogs are good at making connections. If your first short car journey goes to the vet, he will certainly not want to jump into the car pretty quickly.

Step 4: The First Long Car Trip with Your Dog

If your dog is relaxed on short car trips, you can now plan the first long road trip. Plan out enough water and bathroom stops on your route so as not to overwhelm your dog.

Tips:
Make sure from the beginning that your dog does not get out until you allow him to. It can be very dangerous for him to jump out of the car.

If you follow all of these steps and take enough time, you and your dog both should be able to enjoy the journey.

two dogs in the trunk for a road trip
Your dog should associate driving with relaxation and fun.

Help, My dog ​​Is Having Trouble On the Trip

For some dogs, a long journey by car is stressful because they had negative experiences.

The stress can be that your dog howls or barks because he is extremely antsy and panting heavily or even vomits. If your dog suffers from restlessness during driving and manifests one or more of the symptoms mentioned, then you should take a step back with the training or start all over again. Sometimes it may even be necessary to just bring him near the car and do pleasant things there.

If your dog vomits while driving

If your dog gets sick while driving, there can be two reasons:

  • either he gets upset so much that he vomits
  • or he may suffer from travel sickness

The reasons for this are the same as for humans: your dog is sensitive to the movements and cannot process them. Symptoms range from profuse salivation to vomiting.

To find a solution to this, you need to find out the reasons. The fast-moving pictures are difficult for him to process, so he shouldn’t be able to look out the window. If he gets sick while driving, you should avoid feeding him before the drive, or just feed him a small meal.

Sometimes it also helps to change your dog’s position. As with humans, there are dogs who get sick if they cannot look ahead. My dog Milla sits buckled in the back seat. If she can look outside, everything is ok, if her view is blocked by a high car seat cover, she has to vomit.

If that doesn’t help either and if you don’t make any progress despite regular training, then you should seek advice from an animal health practitioner or veterinarian. There are both herbal remedies and medication from the veterinarian against travel sickness in dogs.

Driving With Your Dog

You can see that driving a car with your dog is a complex issue. In addition to gradually getting used to the strange vehicle, your dog must also be adequately secured – for your and his own protection. If you don’t know your dog passenger very well, choosing the right place in the car is not that easy.

But if you take enough time to teach your dog to ride along and find the right spot, it will pay off in the long run. Because this not only makes it easier for you to get through everyday life together, but you and your dog can also go on many beautiful excursions together.

When and How Long Can My Dog Stay In The Car

How often does it happen that we quickly jump into the supermarket and want to do a few grocery shopping? If we are accompanied by our dog in the car, there are a few things to consider.

Not every dog ​​likes waiting in the car. some of them turn into a watchdog and defend the car. The other hops over seats like an excited kangaroo.

Depending on the environment, the dog in the car is confronted with a wide variety of noises, strangers, distractions that he does not have at home or that he is not used to. This makes waiting in the car difficult for some dogs.

dog has a heat stroke in a car
The sun can quickly become a danger for animals in the car!

Sunlight as a Source of Danger for Dogs In the Car

It is a matter of hot weather, whether the dog stays in the car. Bright sunshine can heat up the car extremely quickly, not just in midsummer.

Just Imagine going into a hot sauna room with a thick coat on. Probably after a very short time, you would start sweating profusely and develop circulatory problems. That is why people only go to the sauna without clothes on. Still, not all of us can cope with this heat in the sauna room.

This is exactly how your dog feels in the car when it’s hot. After just ten minutes in the sun, the temperature inside the parked vehicle can rise by seven degrees, and within an hour by as many as 26 degrees. The temperatures of up to 80 degrees inside a car are possible in summer! Leaving the dog in the car in the heat is, therefore, life-threatening for him – not after hours, but after minutes.

Our canine friends only sweat through their paws and tongues by panting. To cool down, they pant heavily and consume a lot of liquid. If the outside temperature is too high and your dog cannot drink anything, there is a risk of circulatory collapse or heat stroke. Immediate measures are required because it can be fatal in the worst-case scenario.

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When the sun is shining, it is dangerous for dogs in the car.

If your dog has to stay in the car when it is hot or warm, the following tips apply:

  • Never leave your dog in direct sunlight inside a parked car, not even for a short time!
  • Make sure your car and dog have adequate shade.
  • Leave the window ajar to let fresh, cool air into the car.
  • Prepare some water in the car for your dog to drink.

This Is How You Can Protect Your Dog from the Heat

If your dog has to ride in the car despite the high temperatures, you can take the following measures to make the environment a little more pleasant:

  • Put some protection like curtains on the windows to keep the sun from shining directly on their fur.
  • Turn on the air conditioning while driving. Otherwise, make sure there is enough fresh air through an open window.
  • Use a harness, carrier, or crate to keep your dog secured and safe in a moving car. Unrestrained dogs with the window open are at risk of falling out if there’s a collision or abrupt turn, and they may even decide to jump out if something captures their attention.
  • Moisten your dog’s legs and stomach and/or cover them with a wet towel.
  • Use a cooling mat that is filled with a cooling gel. This will help your dog to cope better with the warm temperatures.

Rescuing a Dog from a Car in the Heat

Despite clear warnings, it, unfortunately, happens again and again that dogs are left alone in the car when it is very hot and are at risk of dying from overheating. What should be paid attention to if you encounter such an emergency? Can you save the dog from the car?

It’s not that simple, because breaking a car window can be viewed as damage to property.

Here’s what you can do when a dog is left alone in a hot car:

  • Contact the car owner immediately. Note down the car’s make, and license plate number and ask something inside the building to find the owner. Sometimes the own will leave his phone number in a parked vehicle. Make a phone call in no time.
  • If the owner of the car cannot be found, call the police or fire department immediately. In the meantime, try to shade the car against the sun.
  • Is the dog feeling very bad and you can no longer wait for the fire department? Then there is an emergency that justifies your action. Physical signs in dogs are, for example, heavy panting, apathetic or very restless behavior, or a glassy look.
    Important: If you open the car yourself, you should do as little damage as possible.
  • If you have a cell phone with you, document the situation with photos or a video.

Note: These are our personal recommendations, but of course we are not lawyers. You can read more about animal laws based on your country.

How to Protect Your Dog From the Cold In the Car

Not only the heat but also the freezing cold can be dangerous for your dog. In a parked car that is not heated, it can quickly turn your vehicle into a refrigerator. You probably know from your own experience how uncomfortable it feels to be cold. You will move to warm up, but your dog has little space in the car to do so.

It depends on how sufficiently you protect your dog from the cold. After all, you probably don’t want him to get hypothermic or sick.

Of course, a husky copes better with the cold than a short-skinned greyhound. Size and age also play a role in how well your dog can tolerate low temperatures. Small dogs cool down faster than big ones. Young, old, and sick dogs need special care.

To protect your dog in a freezing car, you can use a thermal blanket. Another option is a functional dog winter coat, which must, however, fit your dog well. You may also be able to turn on the heater in your car to provide enough heat.

Some business offer temperature-controlled dog kennels, allowing you to keep your dog in the locked kennel while you are shopping. Some businesses allow dogs inside if they are put on a leash. However, the best option is to leave your dog at home on cold or hot days, especially you stop at places where your dog are not allowed.

How do I Train My Dog ​​to Stay Alone In The Car?

It is good if your dog can relax in the car and not constantly jumping back and forth excitedly. That is why he should have a permanent place where he is protected and feels comfortable. This can be, for example, a dog box in the trunk or the trunk itself.

a dog stays in the trunk of a car
Many dogs can learn to feel comfortable in the trunk of a car.

A dog box or dog crate offers several advantages:

  • Your dog is also well secured while driving.
  • You can shield it from optical stimuli by hanging a blanket over the dog crate or by using a closed box.

Give your dog something to chew or lick. Some dogs also like to cuddle with a plush toy or worn clothing that smells like you. You can give him anything that makes him feel good and is harmless.

If your dog is new to waiting in the car, then take small steps:

  1. Put him in his box and give him something to do with.
  2. Close the door, wait a moment, and then open it again.
  3. Gradually increase the waiting time so your dog can get used to it.
  4. Practice staying alone in the car in different places with different distractions. Start in a quiet environment.

If your dog keeps yapping at people walking past the car, you can significantly reduce its stress by using a privacy screen. If he barks because he cannot stay alone, you should practice it with him first.

How long Can I Leave My Dog ​​In The Car?

There are no specific rules about how long your dog can stay in the car. What matters here is your common sense.

Does your dog sit in a cramped crate all the time, or does he have enough room to stand and turn? Does he have the opportunity to drink? What are the outside temperatures? These are all factors that you need to consider when it comes to the question of duration. Always ask yourself how you would feel if you were your dog.

I don’t think leaving your fluffy pup alone in the car for several hours is a good idea. If this is the case, for example because you have to work, you should rather look for a dog sitter.

While cars are part of everyday life for us, dogs have to get to know them first. There are many dogs who feel very comfortable in the car and like to wait in it. Others, however, do not enjoy resting in the car or suffer from separation anxiety. Ultimately, the car remains a means of transport and should not be used as long-term accommodation.

dog crate in the trunk of a car
Transport dog crates are available in different designs for the trunk.

How to Cool Off Your Dogs and Cats on Hot Summers Days

For many people, summer is the most beautiful season. People throw away their clothes, go swimming, and enjoy cold beer and ice cream to cool off. But how do our little furry friends cope with the heat? They cannot undress and often suffer from high temperatures. You can read here about how you can cool off your dogs and cats in hot summer.

dogs socialize
Cooling off in summer is particularly important for our pets.

How Do Cats and Dogs Sweat?

Dogs, cats, and other rodents don’t have the ability like us to sweat in order to regulate their body temperature. In fact, these aminals do sweat, but sweat in certain parts of their bodies – the paw pad. This is why you might see some damp paw prints left by your dog or cat on the ground during sweltering hot days. However, The sweat glands on your pet’s paws are not enough to cool off their body in the summer heat.

Dogs rely on panting to regulate most of their body temperature. When they pant, they evaporate the moisture from their tongue and nasal passages, leading to a drop in body temperature. The hotter the weather, the heavier dogs pant. When it comes to cats controlling their body temperature, they often lay down on the cold surface of the ground in order to cool down.

Dogs and cats also rely on vasodilation to help them cool off. Their nose, ears, and other parts of the body are well supplied with blood. In hot Summer, their blood expands, getting the heat out.

Tips for Cooling off Dogs And Cats

At very high temperatures, even panting is far from sufficient. The following tips and tricks will help your dogs or cats to get through a great Summer.

Drink, Drink And Drink!

Dogs, cats and rabbits do not sweat like us, but they lose fluids through panting. Therefore, at a temperature above 20 degrees, it is important to make sure that your pet has enough water to drink. The drinking bowl should therefore be filled with fresh and cool water every day. The water should not be too cold from the refrigerator to avoid stomach aches.

a dog is drinking water
Make sure water is available for your dog to drink at any time.

There are many ways you can get your pet to drink enough:

  • Set up additional drinking bowls or drinking fountains in the apartment and in the garden to create more drinking opportunities for your dogs and cats.
  • If cats cannot be persuaded to drink more, you can try diluted water or broth. Simply mix some wet food such as tuna into the drinking water.
  • If possible, avoid dry food for dogs, cats, and other rodents in summer. Instead, feed wet food or fresh fruit or vegetables, which contain much liquid.
  • Another trick is to dribble some water on your pet’s paws (whether it’s a cat or a dog). The water is usually licked up and kills two birds with one stone: your pet ingests liquid and the subsequent cleaning produces evaporative cooling from the water on the fur.

Keep It Cool!

Surely there is a cooler place in your apartment too. Be it the basement, the tiled bathroom, or a storage room without a window. Whatever it is, make it accessible to your pet in the summer: put your dog in the coolest place in the house, open the door to the bathroom for the cat so that it can lie down on the cold tiles, or put your rabbit or birdcage in the cold cellar throughout the day. Where you find it pleasantly cool, your pet will also like it.

If you do not have the option or want to create an additional cool spot, there are a few options:

  • Place a wet towel or frozen cold packs in the doghouse. The evaporation of the water creates a pleasant cold. Maybe your pet may even lie on it.
  • Moisten the fur on the stomach and legs with a wet towel or hands. The evaporating moisture provides additional coolness – just like evaporating our sweat. Another effect: cats, in particular, will then clean themselves and thus increase the cooling effect.

Use Cooling Mats

If you want to prevent wet towels or cool packs from forming puddles in the apartment, the so-called cooling mats are also of help. These mats have a gel inside, which is activated by body contact. Gel cooling mats contribute to pleasant cooling and work without water, electricity, or a battery.

Avoid Direct Sunlight

Although we like to be in the sun for a sunbath, the risk of heatstroke is far too great for our pets. Therefore, the following applies not only to dogs and cats but also to the cages and aviaries of our smaller pets: Avoid direct sunlight!

In summer, a birdcage shouldn’t be placed in front of a window through which the sun shines, nor on the hot balcony. This is also true for the dog blanket or the rabbit hutch.

You should also pay attention to the correct ventilation: leave the windows, curtains and blinds closed during the day. Then it might be a bit dark in the apartment, but this will keep the greatest heat away outside. You should ventilate overnight if possible to take advantage of the cooling of the air.

a dog is licking an ice cream
Dogs also like licking an ice cream in summer. Homemade chicken broth ice cubes are much healthier than milk ice cream.

Serve Ice Cream

The most pleasant dish in summer for us is probably ice cream. Even if most of the dogs shouldn’t eat milk ice cream because they can’t tolerate the sugar or the lactose, you can still serve them ice cream:

  • Dogs are allowed to lick a little milk ice from time to time, but that doesn’t mean every day!
  • It is better to make ice cubes with freshly cooked chicken broth to lick for dogs and cats. You can easily make this yourself by boiling the chicken breast in a little water, letting the broth cool down, and pouring it into ice cube bags. With the cooked chicken breast, your pet can have a healthy, easily digestible treat for those hot days.
  • You can also make ice cream from yogurt and honey for your pet. You can fill it with goodies and then freeze it in the freezer.

You should keep in mind that too much cold in the stomach can cause diarrhea in dogs and cats! And the smaller the animal (small dogs or cats, rodents), the more sensitive to cold it is. Therefore, you should serve ice cream very carefully, especially the first time.

Animal Pools

What could be nicer than a cool bath in summer?

Even if you usually cannot inspire cats to take a bath, it may well be that a little splashing water definitely appeals to them in summer. The same applies to rabbits or guinea pigs, who may be happy about a large, flat bowl with a little water in which they can put their paws.

Most dogs, on the other hand, enjoy having their own swimming pool in the garden or jumping into the water!

And you should also make sure that your bird always has a clean and filled-with-water basin available for bathing in summer.

What You Should Absolutely Avoid In Summer

In order not to put additional stress on your animal, there are a few things that you should avoid possibly in hot temperatures.

Tension and Stress

Any kind of stress affects your pet’s circulatory system, causing even more body heat. Therefore, you should avoid any kind of tension and stress in high temperatures. This includes physical exertion, visits to the vet, long car journeys, and new scary situations.

You should also avoid brushing your cat or rabbit for the first time in summer if they are not used to it. Likewise, you shouldn’t force dogs, cats, or guinea pigs to get wet with a damp towel. Because it is even worse for your pet when it is upset than not being cooled.

a dog and a cat sleep together
In summer it is essential to avoid stress in order not to put additional strain on the circulatory system.

No Animals In the Car!

It goes without saying, but animals shouldn’t stay in a car, even for a short time in summer! The temperature can rise quickly in a very short time, which is fatal for dogs, cats and especially small rodents!

Direct Sunlight

Not only is it considerably hotter in direct sun than in the shade, but dogs, cats and rabbits with white fur, in particular, are at risk of getting sunburn. This mainly affects the thin skin around the nose and ears, but also other parts of the body.

You should therefore protect your pet companion from direct sunlight or apply sunscreen to sensitive areas.

Drafts

Do you know why you could endure the heat by the sea? Because it is the slight breeze that makes you feel like it is colder than it actually is.

While the draft is comfortable for us humans, it can easily lead to conditions such as conjunctivitis in animals like cats, rabbits, and birds. Therefore, you should never place a cage in the draft.

What are your ideas to get your furry roommate through the summer?
We would be happy if you share your tricks and tips with us!

The Proper Dog Care – Tips and Tricks for Dog Owners

Just like any other pet, dogs need the loving care of their owners. Many dog owners are often unsure how much and what kind of care their puppy needs. With this article, I would like to give some tricks and tips for proper dog care.

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In addition to brushing your dog, there are other hygiene measures that count.

The Extent of Dog Care Depends on the Breed

It must be noted how much care a dog needs depends primarily on a specific dog breed. Dogs with long hair, for example, need more intensive grooming than dogs with short hair. The environment and the character of the dog also play a role. For example, if your little dog often romps around in the garden, a closer look must be taken on fur and paws than if your dog spends most of the time in the apartment.

Many owners make the mistake of believing that dog care could be done with pure grooming. There are actually some other tasks of nursing a dog. On the one hand, of course, there is the cutting of the claws – the Paw Care. But also ears, teeth, and eyes must be cleaned and cared for.

choose the right type of dog comb

Whether your dog has long, short or matted hair – there is the right brush for every dog’s care.

The Basic Needs of a Dog

By the way, the dog care already begins with the dog training: the first priority is to make the dog housebroken and train him to be obedient. Dogs love to be trained. And a badly-behaved dog is not only a burden for you and others, but also for itself.

To keep your four-legged pet friend healthy, you should place great emphasis on it being with other people and dogs. Loneliness can harm your pet dog’s mental health– just like humans, dogs also love company, so that you should walk your dog regularly. With these simple rules, you set the foundation for a long, happy and healthy dog life.

Grooming Your Dog

At the top of our list is, of course, grooming your dog. You should comb your dog’s matted fur regularly, even daily if it’s a long-haired breed. In this way, you prevent unwanted parasites from nesting because dirty fur makes little pests very difficult for you to recognize. In addition, unkempt and dirty fur can also lead to skin irritation and even inflammation.

Avoid Annoying Ticks

Generally, after each dog walking, you should check your dog for ticks and other parasites. Especially in the tick season from March to October, the annoying critters are a real danger. Ticks can transmit numerous other diseases in addition to Lyme disease. Some symptoms only occur with several weeks or even months of delay! However, you can also prevent the whole thing. From the tick collar to flea treatment, there are various possibilities for this. Your veterinarian can advise you accordingly.

Habituation is Already in Puppy Age

Dogs should be used to regular grooming in puppy age. The benefits: you don’t even need much time to brush the short hair of the puppies. As a rule, puppies also have significantly less matted hair, which makes grooming more pleasant for themselves than for adult dogs.

Clean, Dry and Dandruff-free Coat

The necessary intensity of grooming depends on the length and texture of your dog coat. A dog that has long, silky fur must be cared for more intensively than a dog with wiry short hair.

Regular Combing and brushing removes dirt and dead hair from the dog’s fur and prevents unwanted parasites from nesting. When brushing, you should make sure that your dog’s coat is clean, dry, and free of dandruff – because that’s what makes for a healthy dog!

Weekly Brushing for Short-haired Breeds

Short-haired dogs should be thoroughly brushed once a week. To do this, it is best to use a brush with plastic bristles, as wire brushes can hurt the sensitive dog skin. In times of fur change in autumn and spring, you can also brush several times a week!

Daily Grooming for Long-haired Dogs

For long-haired dogs, daily grooming is usually necessary to prevent matting. Before brushing, you should comb the hair with a metal comb. But before that, please remove the existing knot with your hand. Otherwise, it will hurt the dog unnecessarily. Tips: to remove dandruff and dust from a dog’s fur, simply use a moistened window towel!

Bathing dogs – Does It Have to Be?

Many owners also bathe a dog with special dog shampoo. These products are intended to handle the matting of its fur. But not every dog likes to be bathed. So you have to gradually get your pet used to this routine. Depending on the breed, however, it is enough to get your dog into the tub once a month. However, it varies from dogs to dogs.

dog bath

Not as often as humans, but sometimes a bath can be necessary for dogs too.

Dog Paw Care – More Important Than You Think!

You should start our dog’s paw care already in puppy age. If your dog has already got used to it at a young age, it is less trouble to take care of its paws and he has to keep still. When your dog grows up, there is much less resistance against the annoying paw care.

Special Protection Needed especially in Winter

Dog paws need special protection, especially in winter. If they become sore and cracked, the road salt causes the dog great pain in winter, even leading to infection. To prevent this, there are special protective sprays and ointments for paw care at the veterinarian’s.

Even if you want to go for a walk with your dog on wet cold days, you should cream his paws before the walk and then wash them off with warm water. For very sensitive dogs, even the purchase of special dog shoes in Winter can be appropriate to reliably protect the dog’s feet from harmful external effects.

But paw care is also an issue in summer. Look at the paws of your dog regularly after each walk and they should be dry and free from injury – otherwise, there is a risk of infection.

Annoying Paw Care with Long Hair

Paw care for dogs’ paws with long hair is usually particularly time-consuming. Nevertheless, you should not make it easy and not just cut off the hair on the paws. Otherwise, skin irritation and inflammation can occur.

If small shards or splinters have settled in the paw, you can usually remove them yourself, without the need to go to the vet. If other people caress your dog, then you carefully remove the foreign objects with a clean pair of tweezers.

A simple bandage can protect the paw for a few days. You can put a small sock over it to keep the bandage in place. Then the bandage does not slip so easily. But it is also to be noted: if a larger foreign object is inside your dog’s foot or there is a cut, you should please go to the vet immediately!

Dog Paw Problems Can be Recognized Easily

Most of the time, dogs signal very clearly when something is wrong with their paws. If you observe them licking or chewing their paws excessively, this usually indicates an injury or skin irritation.

Attention: if the dog licks not only one paw but constantly all four paws, this can be a sign of a parasite attack or a present allergy.  In the case of uncertainties, the veterinarian will be happy to help.

cut the dog's paw

In some cases, paw care can also include clipping your dog’s nails. Beware of injuries!

Dog Claw Care should also Be Taken Care of

Like paws, claw care is also necessary. If your dog does not run on the hard ground so often, the claws will not wear off in a natural way. Like fingernails, they become longer and longer. So that there are problems of adhesions or even injuries, you should check the claws regularly and shorten them if necessary.

With special claw pliers, you can usually cut the claw yourself. However, please do not cut the claws too short in any case – they have blood circulation up to a certain point. You should spare your pet dog this pain. If you do not have any experience in cutting the claws, let your veterinarian teach you.

Dog Ear Care – Wash Once a Week, Please!

Like humans, dog ears should be clean and not inflamed. You should check your dog ears once a week and rinse them carefully with lukewarm water if necessary. Also, you can use a large-volume syringe without a needle and carefully insert the water into the ear without pressure. Please do not use cold water – the ear is very sensitive and also the balance organ. With lukewarm water, you are on the safe side.

After washing, you can gently massage at the base of the ear, which is more or less pleasant for the dog. After massaging, he will shake himself properly and throw out the dissolved ear wax and dirt. If you want to avoid dirt in the apartment, take your dog outside.

There are also dog care products for the ears that prevent parasites and inflammation. For untrained dogs or very restless dogs, we recommend using a damp cloth. Please never use cotton swabs, otherwise, you could hurt the eardrum.

Do not Forget to Brush your Dog’s Teeth

Your dog’s teeth must also be brushed to avoid tartar and bad breath. Some dogs are more vulnerable than others. So you should start to regularly examine the teeth of your dog. When the dental plaque becomes clearly visible through a yellowish or brownish discoloration or an unpleasant smell emanates from the mouth, it is high time to take measures.

In some breeds, however, the practice is almost self-cleaning. In this case, you can leave the toothbrush stuck – so dental care is only necessary if it is also appropriate. If you could simply check the teeth of your dog again and again for plaque and changes of the gums, you are on the safe side.

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In some cases, teeth care for dogs may be necessary.

Dog Eye Care Is Often Neglected

Finally, I would like to say a few words about dog eye care. Unfortunately, this is often neglected. It is usually done in a few simple steps. for most dog breeds, eye care is done by wiping the corners of the eyes in the morning. To do this, you can simply use a non-fluffing cloth moistened with lukewarm water.

You can perform the same process after each walk, especially when small dogs often have to fight with watery eyes after walks because, on their eye level,  a lot of dust is stirred up. 

How do you feel about dog care? What is too much for you, what is still missing? We look forward to every comment!