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By Mick, Aug 7 2017 03:08AM

Children are by no means easy to look after, and neither are puppies, or dogs in general! However, many of us remember the joy of growing up with a loving companion in the form of a dog by our side - and want the same for our little ones. So how do you go about the hectic life of managing kids and doggies all in one household? Here are a couple of tips to help you out!

Training Is Oh So Important!

People often think they can skimp on training, and their dog will ‘adjust’ or ‘mature’ - this is definitely not the case! When you own a pet, and are simultaneously raising children, safety is of utmost importance. The only way you’re going to get that is by investing proper time in training your dog, or having someone do it for you. It might be a pain at the start, but it’ll save you lots of annoyances and disturbances down the line.

Don’t Leave Your Kids Alone With Your Pupper

Yes, many dogs are lovely, family-friendly creatures. But the thing about an animal is that, just like us, they have a mind of their own, and may simply be in a bad mood or be having an off-day. To avoid horrible mishappenings taking place, refrain from leaving your little ones completely along with the household dog for long periods of time. This is definitely the case when they are very young, and you may relax a little on these rules as they grow up.

Multitask As Often As Possible

Both your kids and your pet need attention - and it’s great for both to get outdoors for fresh air. So why not kill two birds with one stone? Take the kids for a walk in their pram and have your Golden Retriever or German Shepherd on a leash for their daily walk. (It’s actually three birds with one stone, as you get a nice brisk walk for a workout as well). Having a dog is a great way to make sure your kids get plenty of time outside the house. Invest in climbing frames, and other outdoor play equipment - so your four-legged friend can bound around while you and your kids hang out and play!

Make Sure Your Dog Has Their Own Special Area

Look - young children can be annoying! We know it, and every parent in the world knows it. Your dog will most definitely grow to love your child, but they may occasionally find them to be a pain in the neck. Especially little children who may try and pull their tail, and just generally harass them. Make sure your pet has an area of their own where they can escape to, when they need a kid-free moment (because doesn’t everyone need a break from time to time)!

By no means should you be discouraged from getting a dog when you have kids, or are planning to. In fact, there are numerous benefits your children will gain from this relationship - including the fact that it’s a fantastic way to raise active children! Follow these tips, and you’ll be able to smoothly and successfully run a household with both kids and dogs!

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By Mick, Aug 13 2015 10:18AM

Younger pets---especially puppies---are full of energy and often slip and slide on floors riotously while playing. Injuries are more likely to happen in your home if you have a puppy and a slippery floor. Conversely, older pets might need help getting around safely like their elder human counterparts. Slipping and sliding can be more serious for older pets who lose bone density and suffer from arthritis and osteoporosis, just like with elderly people. People who own pets need to consider home pet safety when designing living environments for animals or sharing living spaces with their pets.

Puppies at Risk

Puppies love to play and explore, and they investigate their environment by smelling, running, jumping, tasting and chewing. Your home could easily contain seemingly safe items that pose dangers for your puppy, such as poisonous plants, small household items at-risk of being swallowed and dangerous household chemicals. Possible areas in your home that could compromise pet safety include:

Small household items like string, ribbon, yarn, coins, paper clips, erasers, plastic bags and twist ties

Medications, vitamins and supplements

Household and automotive chemicals

Slippery floors

Toxic house and garden plants like mistletoe, poinsettia, lily, azalea and philodendron

Electrical cords and wires

Open trash cans

Treating Slippery Floors

Slippery floors are among the greatest causes of pet injuries because pets spend most of their time indoors negotiating surfaces that don't provide a lot of traction for their paws. Professionals provide advice and products for domestic and commercial anti slip floor coatings and how to maintain floors so that detergents and waxes don't wear away the welcome benefits of slip-resistance. Treating slippery floors is not only important for people---especially the young and elderly---but also for your pet. Puppies and kittens don't understand the risks of sliding and injuries, so savvy pet owners provide protection against slips by cleaning floors with enzyme based products that are safe for children, pets and people.

The best anti slip floor treatments for people and pets provide surface-specific benefits for each type of flooring, so it's best to consult a professional advisers with years of experience. Consider the following issues:

You might need to protect various flooring types and surfaces like stairs and ramps.

Stairs might require extra protection like stair treads, clear tape or traction pads.

Products must be safe to be used around pets.

Pet Health and Diet

Nutrition is just as important for dogs and other pets as it is for their owners---possibly more so because pets don't understand about food portioning, overfeeding, toxins and food safety issues. Your responsibility to your pet includes finding out which people foods are safe and which are dangerous. Nutrition can be especially important for growing puppies and kittens and older animals. Nutrition tips for your pets include the following guidelines::

Always furnish pets with plenty of clean water.

Pets appreciate snacks for daily energy, but you should choose snacks that are safely sourced and made without chemical preservatives.

Ask your local pet store or veterinarian for advice on nutrition and snacks.

Avoid feeding animals table scraps because it could lead to obesity and make pets turn down their regular foods.

Look for high-meat and low-grain contents in pet foods.

All pets are occasionally fussy with food, but you should avoid hovering because animals might stop eating to get special treats.

Stick to a diet and regular feeding schedule, and remove uneaten food after 30--45 minutes to discourage finicky eating behaviour.

Vet Visits and Bone Density Scans

Visiting the vet regularly helps to keep your pet safe and healthy by catching health problems before they escalate, identifying safer feeding and handling practices, getting animals protective shots and directly confronting behavioural problems with expert advice and best practices. Creating a safe environment at home only goes so far if you don't monitor your pet's health.

Detecting serious illnesses early offers the best prognosis for treating diseases, removing triggers and making your pet's living environment safe. It's especially important to identify arthritis, osteoporosis and reduced mobility issues because these could cause any injuries to be more serious or life-threatening.. Owners might not notice gradual declines in health or the changing dietary habits that indicate illness. For example, a pet that drinks more water might be developing diabetes. If your pet accumulates tartar on its teeth, cleaning can prevent various health problems. Regular vet visits can diagnose the following animal illnesses:

Declining kidney function



High blood pressure

Heart murmurs and arrhythmias

Tooth problems

Digestive problems

Malnutrition or reduced bone density


Nutrition is related to various preventative issues for pets. Even if you follow all the guidelines, pets are individuals and their genetics and activities might result in overfeeding or not getting enough nutrients. As pets age, they lose muscle and bone mass, just like people do. You can get a bone density scan In Australia for $45 from the Australian Bone Density Testing Centre. The test only takes 15 minutes and uses ultrasound, which makes it very pet-friendly. You'll get a written report about the risks of osteoporosis and bone injuries that apply to pets in the same way that these risks endanger elderly people.

A pet-friendly home begins with non slip floor treatments to prevent animal injuries due to youthful enthusiasm or mature limitations. Keep your pet healthy by creating a safe home environment, getting regular health checks at the vet and even scheduling bone density scans to know when pets are at higher risk for getting broken bones.

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