Frequently asked dog questions- answered - MissLJBeauty

Frequently asked dog questions- answered

Hi everyone,

How are you all?

springador on white sandy beach with sand on nose after digging

As you may or may not know. I have two wonderful dogs. Millie is a Springador, Springer spaniel cross lab. Mylo is about to turn 4 and is a Dalmatian dog. I have been asked lots of question about my dog so I thought I would answer them for you.
dalmatian dog on beach
How do you dog proof your house?
I would recommend getting kids stair gates. To keep dogs out of areas you don't want them in.

If you don't have karndean flooring. I highly recommend getting this. This is tiles laminate flooring but better. It is super tough and easy to clean. But most importantly it looks stylish and is affordable. I have friends who bought cheap laminate flooring and their puppy ripped it up the first time. Honestly, this is worth investing in. Mylo tried but no luck with our Karndean flooring. One Nil to us. In the first few months, accidents will happen and this is so easy to keep clean. 

Think about your house as if you are baby proofing it. Put lock of anything dangerous.

I have a nightmare story. When we had Mylo about a month. he was super small. I had made chicken broth. With chicken legs. I carefully tied the bones in a carrier bag and popped it in the kitchen bin. I went to the toilet. thinking Mylo was far too small to reach the bin.  When I came back, Mylo looking super happy with himself as he had eaten the whole lot. Yip all nine of the bone. I panicked and called the emergency vet. luckily he was fine but there was a lot of tears from me as I thought I had killed him.

Puppies like to chew. Make sure you buy chew toy and praise the puppy when he uses it. We also used a crate at bedtime as Mylo loves his own little cave. This saved our walls and furniture from any chewing. 

What do you feed your dogs?
Well, Millie has mild hip dysplasia. So her diet needs to be watched as being overweight is bad for her condition. Millie also will not drink. So her morning biscuits and her evening ones are covered in water. I mean floating. I was actually told a good way to see if your dog food is any good. Ie not full of rubbish is when they are covered with water do they expand? If the answer is yes they are not good quality. You wouldn't eat rubbish your self why would you feed your dog rubbish. 

Mylo Oh Mylo, He is a Dalmatian as I mentioned. Which means a very sensitive tummy. I mean super sensitive.  We tried a lot of different food but we have to get super sensitive dog biscuits and organic sensitive meat. My nightmare is Mylo off diet. He is a bit of a softy and he needs a lot of attention anyways but with a sore tummy, its mummy cuddle shat on me.

What has changed in your life since having a dog? 
I could bore you all day with why my dogs have changed my life. I strongly believe I would not be here if it wasn't for Millie. My husband and Millie saved me from crippling anxiety and depression. They are a constant source of love. We got Mylo due to millies condition we wanted a biking buddy.
My grandparent bred shorthaired pointers and I was never allowed one. I loved their pointer. when we were looking there were no Pointers available but there was a Dalmatian and I fell in love.

our plans revolve around our dogs. We don't travel as much as we used to due to the pups. This is not their fault but I am funny about putting them in kennels. We have built a van conversion so we can take them on more holidays. We do go away but stay in dog-friendly hotels or have a friend look after them.

Dog poo.
There will be a lot of this in your life. There is no getting away from it. Bag it and bin it. Do not tie it to trees or leave it lying it is your dog your responsibility.  There is no Poo fairy who comes to clean it for you.

What would you tell a first-time dog owner? 
Buy the best pet insurance you can. This will be worth it if your dog gets sick. I would sell a kidney if I had to save my dogs. Luckily I have good pet insurance. You must always read the fine print. The most important thing is to make sure they cover you for long-term or recurring illness. This is super important. Millie will have a recurring scan when she is older to check her hips. Mylo has already cut his paw twice and needed bandaging. all claimed on insurance. I would also look for one who pays the vet direct. It is so much easier and you don't have to pay upfront and then claim the money back.