Dog transporting tips

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Sometimes you need to take your dog with you, on a long journey or a vacation. Some people travel with their dogs often, primarily hunters and nature enthusiasts that like to have their canine friends share the experience with them. Most often, dogs are transported in the car, and it can be frustrating experience for a dog until it is used to it. Some dogs, just like humans, have motion sickness and there are steps we need to make in order to make the trip more comfortable and enjoyable.

You should never leave a dog in the trunk of your car as it is poorly lit, has no air flow and often contains poisonous gasses. They should be inside the car, secure and safe. You should, however, avoid placing them on a front seat or under your feet as that can be lethal. Placing the dog directly behind the driver is also a bad choice, because if you break suddenly the dog may hit you and you can lose the control over the car. There are special seatbelts you can purchase that can secure your dog and keep it safely in place. In some cars, there is a large rear container that can hold a dog, in that case, place something soft on the floor and pad it for safety and make it worm for the dog. You should also train the dog not to skip the seat and disturb the driver.

car-dogs-171210788-resizedWhile in the car, make sure your dog has enough air – open a rear window, but be careful not to open it too wide. They love getting their head out, but it can be dangerous as dust and bugs can get into their eyes. If you are leaving the dog in the car while you are parked, make sure you leave it with enough air and get out of the sun – many owners forget this and consequences can be fatal. If the trip is taking longer, you need to make breaks to let the dog stretch, walk a little and go do the nature’s call. Prior to the trip, don’t feed the dog, as it may vomit everything. If this happens often, consult your vet and get the pills that can help with this problem.

If you are traveling by train or airplane – there is a set of rules you need to know in order to get on board. Most common rule for the train is that dogs taller than 30cm must travel in a container in a special section of the train – in that case make sure to get enough water and if the ride is taking longer than 5 hours – make sure to walk it to the bathroom. Smaller dogs can travel with you if it’s all right with the other passengers. In an airplane, dogs must travel in special section in a dog container. Make sure that the box is big enough so that the dog can stand up and turn around and that the water bowl is fixed to the ground.

 

 

 

Dog’s 5 Senses

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Just like humans, dogs have the five basic senses that help them interact and understand the world around them. They can hear, see, smell, taste and feel just like you and me. Dogs are always licking and smelling something, their ears go up and down and they are constantly rubbing against other stuff.

image-01-smallSmell – dogs seem to always be smelling something – air, trees, other people and dogs. Dog’s nose is constructed to keep the smells and they have a large number of nerves that can smell. They can smell much better than we do. Something dogs are great at is differentiating the smells and remembering them for a long time. That’s why they are used to search game and lost people. Smelling part of the brain is highly developed in dogs and they sometimes won’t recognize you if you change your clothes but as soon as they can smell you they will wiggle their tail as a sign of recognition. Puppies are finding their mothers just by smelling around, as they can’t see at the beginning.

Sight – you may say that, for humans, sight is the most important sense of all. However, dog’s eyes are more sensitive to light and movement and they are more efficient then ours at night. Dogs can dilate their pupils in order to catch more light and see better at night and light refracts in their eyes similar to cats so we can often see their eyes glowing in the dark. Dogs can see distant objects better and this feature is used widely with the hunting dogs, as they are more likely to spot small distant object before we do. It’s an old myth that dogs cant see colors, but they can actually distinguish shades of green and blue.

doghearingHearing – dogs can hear just like humans, catching the range of low sounds and hearing much more of the high wave lengths. They can also move their ears to search around and can register more distant noises by moving the ears to hear different wave lengths. high pitched squealing sound that some smaller animals make is missed by humans, bud dogs can hear it which is particularly useful for the hunting dogs.

Taste – dog’s tongue works just like human’s – they can taste sweet, sour, salty and bitter. Taste is activated the first day with the first drop of mother’s milk. Dogs usually don’t spend much time chewing and tasting the food, they rather swallow it all, concentrating more on the smell and texture than the taste. That probably because they tongues are less developed than ours are.

Touch – just like humans, dogs can’t live without this sense. Since the first day, they need it to feel their mother, find the food source and walk. Dogs love being touched and petted and if that wouldn’t be the case dog would get depressed and couldn’t feel that it’s loved. Even for humans, petting a dog is proven to have therapeutic effects, and it works both ways.