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Friday, July 3, 2020

Would I Be A Good Dog Owner?

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It’s impossible to think of something positive about the global pandemic. However, a lot of households that have gone into lockdown or self-isolation since March have started to reconsider some of their lifestyle routines. The first and most significant event that has driven new decisions is how much staying at home has impacted the environment. More and more people have decided to reduce car rides as much as possible as a result. So, you’ve probably spotted more bicycles in town! And it’s a good thing, as we need to work together to reduce air pollution.

The second consideration for households may be more surprising. A lot of people who have never felt the need for further companionship are now wondering about adopting a dog. Some shelters have experienced an increase in pet adoptions since the beginning of lockdown. If you’re considering having a dog or a pup and you’re unsure whether it is the right decision for your lifestyle or your temperament, there are some things you need to understand. You’re probably familiar with the saying ‘a pet is for life not just for Christmas’. This remains still very accurate. During self-isolation, the idea of having a pet can seem exciting. However, you need to make sure you’ll be able to look after your pet and make them feel loved and cared for even when you’re back to work. Here are some thoughts to help you make an informed decision and figure out whether you’ll be a good dog owner.

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You have to make time for your pet

Right now, you can spend all day with your dog at home. However, as soon as businesses are ready to open safely and welcome their teams back, you may have to head back to the office. What will happen to your dog while you’re at work? Some options can improve your dog’s day. Most towns have doggy daycare services available so you can make sure your dog is looked after while you’re working. Some employers are also happy to welcome dogs at work, so it might be worth discussing the option with your employers. But at the end of the day, regardless of who is caring for your pet during working hours, you need to be ready to make time for your dog. You should schedule time with your dog every day. 

You love dogs, all sorts of dogs

Historically, people and dogs have built a long relationship, as they evolved together throughout hunts, companionship, and protection services. For a lot of people, loving dogs is written in our DNA. There wouldn’t be such a rich history if dogs weren’t part of it. As a result, it can feel natural to think of dogs as companions, partners, protectors, and loyal friends. But be careful to assess your affection for dogs realistically. As much as you find dogs cute or attaching, you also need to feel comfortable in their presence. If you get nervous when you see larger breeds of dogs or face loud, barking dogs, you may find it hard to manage your dog or walk your dog in dog-crowded areas. 

You’ve already been looking at dogs

While it’s not a sure giveaway of your abilities as a potential dog owner, when you’ve already been researching the best options to adopt a pet, such as falling in love with puppies for sale (https://chocolatelabradorretriever.ca/lab-puppies-for-sale) or getting in touch with shelters, you’re already half committed. Most people who start research about dog adoption tend to also educate themselves on how to look after a pet. They often have a list of the best pet insurance, pet food brands, and pet toys, which they refer to when they’re ready to commit. Ultimately, the bottom line is that if you’ve already done the research, you’re probably ready to become a dog daddy or a dog mummy because you’ve familiarized yourself with the responsibilities, risks, and challenges – and you decided that you still wanted a dog!

You’ve got a huge garden

Your dog needs plenty of exercise during the day, both physical and mental. How much exercise is safe for your dog will depend on their breed, age, and health. But the fact is that dogs shouldn’t stay at home all day. They need to spend time outside, walk, run, and play. If you want to adopt a dog, having a garden is already a considerable advantage, as you can encourage your dog to go outside safety during the day. However, don’t assume that having a garden means you don’t have to take your dog for a walk. You should walk your dog at least once a day if you have a garden – more often otherwise. Walking your dog is an essential bonding exercise between your pet and yourself. It helps to build your relationship. It’s nothing you should ever skip when you adopt a dog! 

You have to act like a ‘parent’

You are not your dog’s parent, and by no means is a dog a replacement for a child. But you need to establish a clear set of rules just as you would with a child. When you create rules, you set your authority, which will define your relationship with your dog. Like with a small child, consistency is key to achieving positive results. You can’t let your pup sit on the sofa because you think it’s cute and forbid them access in later years. 

How would you imagine your ideal holiday?

As soon as it’s safe to travel again, you’ll be ready to visit all the countries on your bucket list. You’ve already planned the perfect program through Europe to visit some of the most famous sites in Italy, France, Germany, the UK, and Spain. It’s going to be a fantastic trip, and you can’t wait for travel restrictions to ease. 

Except that if you’ve got a dog, you can’t exactly take your furry friend with you. Are you willing to compromise and create a new travel plan that would work for both of you? Families who have a dog tend to spend vacations in pet-friendly areas that are easily accessible by car, so you can make the journey more comfortable for your pet. While it doesn't mean you can’t travel abroad, you need to hit the right balance. When you're abroad, someone else will have to look after your dog. Prolonged absences can cause stress and anxiety for your dog. 

You are responsible for the life of another being

Adopting a dog means accepting new responsibilities. Your dog depends on you for all his needs: health, happiness, wellbeing. If you don’t have children, it is likely going to be your first experience with that level of responsibilities. As a dog owner, these will be some of your daily chores: 

  • Ensuring your dog gets food and measuring how much food they should get. Too much or too little could affect your pet’s health. Depending on health or dietary restrictions, you may need special food supplements. 
  • Walking your dog regularly. In some areas, you need to pick up the dog’s poo and put it on the trash, so be sure that you are willing to do that each time you take your dog out. 
  • Grooming and washing your dog frequently, either with the help of a dog spa specialist or by yourself at home. Left ungroomed, some breeds can develop knots and dirty tangles in their fur. 
  • Monitoring your dog’s health, as your dog will have ways of letting you know that something is not right. You don’t want to ignore symptoms and complaints. 
  • Bonding and playing with your pet. 

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But I already have pets!

Can you become a dog owner when you already have other pets? Many households have cats because, due to their independent nature, cats appear much easier to care for. But you may be concerned about bringing a new furry friend to your home. Contrary to common belief, cat owners can safely adopt a pup or a dog as long as they understand how to introduce the new pet into the household. Start by separating your puppy from your cat(s), leaving a door between them. This will allow both pets to get familiar with the scent of the other while feeling safe. You can also add pheromone products to ease the transition. Gradually, you can introduce face-to-face interactions, keeping your pup on a leash or holding him so your cat can get close without fear. 

I’ve got allergies

Allergies and dogs don’t seem to be a match made in heaven. But many breeds are great for people with allergies. Some dogs are hypoallergenic to some extent, which means that with regular bath and grooming, you can reduce risks.

The Bichon Frise, for instance, is a gentle dog who doesn’t shed. The hair requires regular trimming to stay clean and avoid mats, but it’s a great pet if you’re worried about allergic reactions. 

Loving dogs or wanting to adopt a pup is no guarantee that you will be a good dog owner. As mentioned, a dog means responsibilities. It’s important to understand that you also need to reorganize your lifestyle to accommodate a dog. It can take time to get things in the right place, but there’s nothing wrong with it. Sometimes, it’s best to give yourself a few months or another year to become the best dog owner you can! 


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

BarkBox Review | Barkbox Unboxing | June 2020 | Frenchies in Paris



BarkBox Review | Barkbox Unboxing | June 2020 | Frenchies in Paris

Use promo code “RUCKUSESKIE” to save $15 on BarkBox.com We are affiliates of BarkBox. OR USE THIS LINK HERE: https://barkbox.snlv.net/OLvLz BARKBOX: https://barkbox.snlv.net/OLvLz Thank you so much for watching! Please make sure to LIKE and SHARE this video and subscribe to my channel here for new videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/ruckustheeskie OTHER BARKBOX REVIEWS: http://www.ruckustheeskie.com/p/barkbox.html ----------------------------------------­­­--------------- DOG & LIFESTYLE BLOG → http://www.ruckustheeskie.com ♥INSTAGRAM → http://instagram.com/ruckustheeskie ♥TWITTER → https://twitter.com/ruckustheeskie ♥FACEBOOK →https://www.facebook.com/RuckusTheEskie ♥PINTEREST → https://www.pinterest.com/ruckustheeskie ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ This video may contain affiliate links. We purchase most of the products for the posts ourselves however sometimes we have the opportunity to test and review brand products. Ruckus the Eskie will only share products we trust.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

How Your Dog Can Avoid Getting Fleas

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It's the season for the sprouting of fleas and dogs itching all over the place. Springtime is when we see migrating birds flying in the skies and we see dazzling water creatures like dragonflies and bears finally coming out of hibernation. But even the smallest creatures like fleas will erupt in large numbers. Your dog will want to rush and play, but knowing what you do now, you need to be wary of what he does. It seems like for some owners, getting a flea jab is just par for the course. However, they don’t come cheap and your dog might not have a good reaction to them. So what else can you do?


Not so friendly

Most of the time, your dog will get fleas from another dog. So when your dog goes to the park, you shouldn’t allow him to be too friendly with the other dogs. It's a good idea to meet the other dogs every time instead of taking your pooch off the leash and letting him run and play. Talk with the other owners that you meet and ask if their dog is healthy. If you spot the signs of fleas on another dog, you have every right to tell the owner he or she shouldn’t bring the dog to the park unless their dog is receiving treatment. The other owner might not have even noticed, which is why you should bring it up with them. If this is the case, take your dog away from that dog and take him to another part of the park.

A monthly treat-ment

The best measures are always preventative. Something like Nexgard Spectra should be taken once or twice a month. This chewy treat is also a treatment for fleas and four other parasites. Your dog will love to chew on a Nexgard treat as it is formulated to taste fantastic and to stimulate your dog’s mouth and senses. Getting the right product is easy as it's merely calculated by the weight and size of the dog. If your dog weighs over 66lbs, then the Nexgard Spectra red label is what you should buy. If you have a little ‘pocket dog’ like a chihuahua, then get the orange label product.


A good bathing

Dogs don’t like to bathe but they don’t put up as much a fight as cats do! If your dog has fleas, one of the best at-home treatments is to give him a bath with anti-flea shampoo. What you should do first is catch the large fleas by combing his fur. Then, do your normal bathing routine, but this time you use a product like Adam’s flea and tick shampoo. Made with oatmeal and coconut extract, it kills fleas and their larvae while soothing his skin. It's a 12-ounce bottle, so you can get around 10-15 good washes out of it. It also gets rid of dandruff and the usual dirt and mud which dogs have in their fur.

Fleas are a nightmare to deal with once they get out of control. But these measures should make it easy for your dog to stop rolling around and itching all the time.


Sunday, June 14, 2020

BarkBox Review | Barkbox Unboxing | May 2020 | SCOOB! Scooby Doo




BarkBox Review | Barkbox Unboxing | May 2020 | SCOOB! Scooby Doo Use promo code “RUCKUSESKIE” to save $15 on BarkBox.com We are affiliates of BarkBox. OR USE THIS LINK HERE: https://barkbox.snlv.net/OLvLz BARKBOX: https://barkbox.snlv.net/OLvLz Thank you so much for watching! Please make sure to LIKE and SHARE this video and subscribe to my channel here for new videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/ruckustheeskie OTHER BARKBOX REVIEWS: http://www.ruckustheeskie.com/p/barkbox.html ----------------------------------------­­­--------------- DOG & LIFESTYLE BLOG → http://www.ruckustheeskie.com ♥INSTAGRAM → http://instagram.com/ruckustheeskie ♥TWITTER → https://twitter.com/ruckustheeskie ♥FACEBOOK →https://www.facebook.com/RuckusTheEskie ♥PINTEREST → https://www.pinterest.com/ruckustheeskie ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ This video may contain affiliate links. We purchase most of the products for the posts ourselves however sometimes we have the opportunity to test and review brand products. Ruckus the Eskie will only share products we trust.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

BarkBox Review | Barkbox Unboxing | April 2020 | A Night at the Squeakeasy



BarkBox Review | Barkbox Unboxing | April 2020 | A Night at the Squeakeasy Use promo code “RUCKUSESKIE” to save $15 on BarkBox.com We are affiliates of BarkBox. OR USE THIS LINK HERE: https://barkbox.snlv.net/OLvLz BARKBOX: https://barkbox.snlv.net/OLvLz Thank you so much for watching! Please make sure to LIKE and SHARE this video and subscribe to my channel here for new videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/ruckustheeskie OTHER BARKBOX REVIEWS: http://www.ruckustheeskie.com/p/barkbox.html ----------------------------------------­­­--------------- DOG & LIFESTYLE BLOG → http://www.ruckustheeskie.com ♥INSTAGRAM → http://instagram.com/ruckustheeskie ♥TWITTER → https://twitter.com/ruckustheeskie ♥FACEBOOK →https://www.facebook.com/RuckusTheEskie ♥PINTEREST → https://www.pinterest.com/ruckustheeskie ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ This video may contain affiliate links. We purchase most of the products for the posts ourselves however sometimes we have the opportunity to test and review brand products. Ruckus the Eskie will only share products we trust.

Monday, March 16, 2020

BarkBox Review | Barkbox Unboxing | March 2020 | Australian Outbark



BarkBox Review | Barkbox Unboxing | March 2020 | Australian Outbark Use promo code “RUCKUSESKIE” to save $15 on BarkBox.com We are affiliates of BarkBox. OR USE THIS LINK HERE: https://barkbox.snlv.net/OLvLz BARKBOX: https://barkbox.snlv.net/OLvLz Thank you so much for watching! Please make sure to LIKE and SHARE this video and subscribe to my channel here for new videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/ruckustheeskie OTHER BARKBOX REVIEWS: http://www.ruckustheeskie.com/p/barkbox.html ----------------------------------------­­­--------------- DOG & LIFESTYLE BLOG → http://www.ruckustheeskie.com ♥INSTAGRAM → http://instagram.com/ruckustheeskie ♥TWITTER → https://twitter.com/ruckustheeskie ♥FACEBOOK →https://www.facebook.com/RuckusTheEskie ♥PINTEREST → https://www.pinterest.com/ruckustheeskie ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ This video may contain affiliate links. We purchase most of the products for the posts ourselves however sometimes we have the opportunity to test and review brand products. Ruckus the Eskie will only share products we trust.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

BarkBox Review | Barkbox Unboxing | February 2020 | The Barkies

BarkBox Review | Barkbox Unboxing | February 2020 | The Barkies


Use promo code “RUCKUSESKIE” to save $15 on BarkBox.com We are affiliates of BarkBox. OR USE THIS LINK HERE: https://barkbox.snlv.net/OLvLz BARKBOX: https://barkbox.snlv.net/OLvLz Thank you so much for watching! Please make sure to LIKE and SHARE this video and subscribe to my channel here for new videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/ruckustheeskie OTHER BARKBOX REVIEWS: http://www.ruckustheeskie.com/p/barkbox.html ----------------------------------------­­­--------------- DOG & LIFESTYLE BLOG → http://www.ruckustheeskie.com ♥INSTAGRAM → http://instagram.com/ruckustheeskie ♥TWITTER → https://twitter.com/ruckustheeskie ♥FACEBOOK →https://www.facebook.com/RuckusTheEskie ♥PINTEREST → https://www.pinterest.com/ruckustheeskie ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ This video may contain affiliate links. We purchase most of the products for the posts ourselves however sometimes we have the opportunity to test and review brand products. Ruckus the Eskie will only share products we trust.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

First Pet? A Few Reasons a Dog is Best

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If you are looking for a first pet, it can be challenging to know what pet would suit both you and your family the best. For a lot of people, after a lot of deliberation, they often discover that the best option for them will always be a dog.

Today, we are going to look at why so many people choose to get a dog; why they are so popular and also a few considerations you should make before you commit to any pet, not just a dog.

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Think Before You Leap

As we briefly mentioned, we are going to look at a few things you should be considering before you even start visiting a dog that may become a member of your family.

The first thing you need to do is ask yourself these questions--do you know that dogs get lonely? Are you going to be home, or is anybody else going to be present to be with the dog? If not, then getting a dog may not be the best idea, and if you do, they will definitely need company.

The second thing you should be looking at is whether you will be able to offer your dog the time it needs for training, walks, and for it to be at its happiest.

If you think both of these will not be a problem at all, then may you are ready to start the search for your new family member.

Dogs Will Be Your Best Friend

The first thing to recognize when you get a dog is that after around three to six weeks, your dog will have started to make its bonds with the people in the household and they will also have their favorite person.

While it may sound ridiculous, there will always be one person that the dog is most drawn to, and that will be their best pal for life. In case you had any doubt just how amazing dogs were, did you know that they had a sense of time?

Have you ever heard somebody say that a dog will sense when the owner is coming home? Well, this has now been debunked as it seems the dog is not sensing the owner. The dog is, in fact, in tune with the universe and has a sense of time. The dog will react around the usual time it feels a family member will be home.

The final reason you should get yourself a dog is that they are incredibly trainable. Now we are not saying you should put your dog through extreme paces. What we are saying is that you can train your dog and create a fun game for everybody involved.

When it comes to pets, dogs are incredibly intelligent, and the first place you should be looking for your new pet is at a shelter. While the old saying said you couldn’t teach an old dog new tricks, you absolutely can, so don’t be afraid to give a dog that is most in need a home before you look at a puppy. 


Saturday, January 25, 2020

Three Life Management Tips for Insanely Busy Pet Owners

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We get it, we relate, and we understand. When trying to develop your best living standards, moving forward in your career, raising a family, trying to get enough time with your peer group in a social setting, taking part in your hobbies, and getting enough sleep, you may feel as though your schedule is against you. Sure, we might have the same amount in a day as Einstein had, but most of the time we’re having to work without that genius IQ to guide us, not to disparage his achievements, nor to disparage any geniuses that may be reading this post.

As a busy pet owner, it can feel very worrying to know you have less contact time with your dog than you would like. Yet there’s no reason as to why you should keep them cooped up in your home, alone, for ten hours a day while you see to your business. As a busy pet owner, it’s more than possible to ensure they live a healthy and well-adjusted life despite your intensive schedule.

Let’s explore some advice below:

Consider Doggy Daycare

Why not consider the use of an excellent Puppy Day Camp service? This can help your pet gain the socialization they need, but not only with family members, with other dogs too. This can help them become braver in new situations, be trained in the best capacity, and it can give them a diverse and varied daily experience compared to sitting at home for hours upon hours. For the price of admission, doggy daycare services are worth their weight in gold, and are always staffed by those who adore caring for animals.

Bring A Friend

It might sometimes be a great idea to ensure you have a friend at home for them to interact with. Another puppy, perhaps two from the same litter, can be a great idea. When you have more than one pet at home they can spend time with one another in the right contexts, play together, and generally feel less alone. This can also help their pair bonding ability, as they settle into your home with a community that cares for them. A little friend living within the same schedule as they are can certainly be a worthwhile approach to consider.

Always Schedule Some Time

No matter how busy your schedule, be sure to at least have some time with your pet, even if that’s just a lazy cuddle on the sofa after work in the evening, or going for a long park walk on Sunday mornings. If you cannot find time for this kind of interaction, then purchasing a pet in the first place might not be for you. Also consider the time your children may spend with the pet, or if you have an older child living at the property who may be able to be trained in their best care. This can help you enact the care you should have.

With this advice, we hope you can manage to care for your pet despite adhering to a hectic daily schedule.


Monday, January 20, 2020

BarkBox Review | Barkbox Unboxing | January 2020 | Snowbound Hounds

BarkBox Review | Barkbox Unboxing | January 2020 | Snowbound Hounds


Use promo code “RUCKUSESKIE” to save $15 on BarkBox.com We are affiliates of BarkBox. OR USE THIS LINK HERE: https://barkbox.snlv.net/OLvLz BARKBOX: https://barkbox.snlv.net/OLvLz Thank you so much for watching! Please make sure to LIKE and SHARE this video and subscribe to my channel here for new videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/ruckustheeskie OTHER BARKBOX REVIEWS: http://www.ruckustheeskie.com/p/barkbox.html ----------------------------------------­­­--------------- DOG & LIFESTYLE BLOG → http://www.ruckustheeskie.com ♥INSTAGRAM → http://instagram.com/ruckustheeskie ♥TWITTER → https://twitter.com/ruckustheeskie ♥FACEBOOK →https://www.facebook.com/RuckusTheEskie ♥PINTEREST → https://www.pinterest.com/ruckustheeskie ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ This video may contain affiliate links. We purchase most of the products for the posts ourselves however sometimes we have the opportunity to test and review brand products. Ruckus the Eskie will only share products we trust.