If you missed our first post about the benefits of kids growing up with dogs, I highly recommend you start there. We outlined how dogs are incredible for teaching kindness and responsibility, boosting a child’s confidence. However, the article didn’t mention several other advantages of children growing up alongside dogs. Here, we’ll get deeper into the unique benefits of adding a dog to your family.
Dogs are unjudgemental, unconditional, and ever-loving. Children, and especially teens, have loads of pressure on them each day. Children benefit from having their pups around, no matter the struggles they are facing socially.
Studies show that children who grow up with a dog have a decreased risk of developmental delays in communication. Children with dogs scored higher in communication, problem-solving, gross motor, and personal-social skills! It does wonders for a child to speak or read to a dog, so libraries often invite dogs to their reading hour. It benefits both the dog and the child.
A recent study showed that owning dogs during a child’s early development decreases the child’s risk of milk, egg, and nut allergies. Babies raised in close contact with a dog get sick less often. Pet dander may also improve a baby’s immune system.
Playing, walking, and interacting with a dog requires movement and activity. Children raised with dogs are more likely to be active daily. A 30-minute walk is necessary for the dog and great exercise for growing children. Some teens consider their pups’ running buddies’ or ‘exercise buddies’ for workout motivation. Having a dog instills a regular activity, like walking, into a child’s life.
Dogs are a great source of comfort in times of stress, like a slight injury or a thunderstorm. A lick on the cheek or a snuggle with a pup can quickly change a situation for the better. Petting a dog reduces your heart rate, and the comfort from their body acts as a weighted blanket. If a child is scared of the dark, they know their protector is there for them. Through thick and thin, dogs can be relied on to provide comfort and companionship.
Petting and playing with a pup raises levels of serotonin and dopamine, which are the happy chemicals in our brains! Having a dog is fun, and what child doesn’t want to have fun?
At Feathers and Fleece, around 30% of our dogs are adopted by families searching for support dogs. Out of that 30%, over 20% of those dogs are specifically for teenage children who experience stress, bullying, and depression. Our dogs provide a healthy and positive outlet for these children and teach them valuable lessons in compassion and comfort.
Whoodles are a breed of dog that is hypoallergenic, has a pleasant scent, and is incredibly lovable. They are often called “Teddy Bear Dogs” due to their adorable appearance. Whoodles are a cross between a Wheaten Terrier and a Poodle, which makes them highly intelligent and an ideal choice for families seeking an emotional support dog. They have moderate energy levels and have a special affinity for children.
Schnoodles are a delightful combination of Schnauzer and Poodle breeds. The Mini Schnoodle dogs are ideal for young children since they only weigh 15-20 lbs. These adorable pets are intelligent, easy to train, and have a long life expectancy. With their playful and energetic nature, Schnoodles make great companions for children with a lot of energy to burn.
Growing up with a dog brings many incredible benefits for children. Dogs offer unconditional love and support, which can help kids deal with daily pressures. Additionally, studies have shown that having a dog at home improves children’s communication, problem-solving, and social skills. They encourage an active lifestyle, and they provide comfort and companionship. Feathers and Fleece’s Whoodles and Schnoodles exemplify how dogs can be fantastic emotional support for children. Dogs teach children valuable lessons in compassion and comfort. So, if you’re considering adding a furry friend to your family, remember all these benefits a dog can bring to a child’s life!
Having a dog can bring endless joy and learning opportunities to your child’s life. Including a furry companion in your child’s daily routine can bring them countless advantages.
Growing up with dogs myself, I know these benefits deeply. I have chosen to have a pup for my baby to grow with as well. They are best friends, and seeing them play and learn together warms my heart daily. My baby’s first sign was “dog,” and his first word (other than “Dada”) was “doggie.” Their relationship is priceless, and I can’t wait to see their adventures together.
The list of advantages of kids growing up with dogs is endless, but here are our top 5 benefits of growing up with a dog and what dogs are our favorites for children.
When your child has a dog, they learn to care for another living being. Teaching your child to be gentle with a dog crosses over daily when guiding children in personal communication. Feeding, walking, and showing love to their dog leads them to be kind and considerate. These are all incredible traits that every parent wants for their child.
Taking care of, and owning a dog, can boost your child’s confidence. If your child helps train your dog, seeing their efforts pay off is hugely rewarding. Dogs build a child’s self-esteem with their endless love. They provide a judgment-free zone for your child to feel confident in. Additionally, what child doesn’t love showing off their dog to their friends or writing about them in school?
Dogs make excellent friends for kids. They are great listeners, snuggle buddies, and bring comfort. They are always up for playing games or running around with their humans. Dogs will stick around for playtime and quiet moments. Having a dog can help a child feel less lonely and more connected.
When a child grows up with a dog, they learn to take care of them. They’ll learn about daily routines, like feeding and walking the dog, which can translate to being responsible in other areas of life, too. It’s essential for children to feel structure during the day, and dogs will demand that structure.
Studies have shown that children who play with dogs reduce stress and are comforting and calming. Playing with the dog and petting them can reduce your child’s anxiety and bring a sense of peace. The most vulnerable age group for developing depression and other mental health conditions is children and teens. Having a dog, or an Emotional Support Dog, significantly reduces the risk of developing depression.
Here at Feathers and Fleece, roughly 30% of our dogs go home with families looking for support dogs. Over 20% of those dogs are for teenage children suffering from stress, bullying, and depression. Our pups give kids a healthy outlet and help them understand compassion and comfort.
Whoodles are hypoallergenic, good smelling, and absolutely lovable. They’ve been nicknamed our “Teddy Bear Dog” for a good reason. Whoodles are a mix of a Wheaten Terrier and a Poodle, making them incredibly intelligent and an excellent choice for a family looking for an emotional support dog. They have moderate energy levels and are especially drawn to children.
Schnoodles are a mix of a Schnauzer and a Poodle. Mini Schnoodles are the perfect size for younger children as they only weigh 15-20 lbs. They are easy to train, brilliant, and have a long lifespan. Schnoodles are a ball of furry fun that will keep up with any child’s playtime demands.
Getting a dog for your child is a fantastic decision. They’ll learn essential values like kindness, responsibility, and confidence. They’ll enjoy all of the love and friendship from their furry companions. Our Feathers and Fleece pups make incredible additions to the family. They provide support and compassion and are an excellent outlet for stress relief.
As we age, companionship becomes a vital part of our daily lives. Having a best friend who is loyal and supportive can greatly improve our overall well-being. A remarkable source of unconditional love is owning a dog. Our furry companions provide not only companionship but also numerous health benefits throughout our lives.
We’ll explore all dog ownership benefits for senior citizens and aging people. Two dog breeds, in particular, are well-suited for seniors, Schnoodles and Whoodles. These pups are easy to train, deeply devoted to their owners, and provide great emotional support.
It’s essential to keep our minds and bodies healthy as we age. Emotional well-being affects everything in our day-to-day lives. Mental health plays a critical role in our routines and self-care.
Dogs are non-judgmental and provide an endless source of love for their companion. You can tell how much your dog loves you when he greets you at the door or seeks your cuddles at night. Dogs love to listen to their owner’s voice, even if they don’t know what we’re saying. Nothing beats the feeling of seeing your pup wag its tail or give you a kiss when you need it the most.
Playing, petting, and having a dog lowers stress levels. Anxiety disorder is often found among the elderly, and having a pet can support them. Emotional Support Dogs provide comfort for those who need extra help. Cuddling and feeling the dog’s breath pattern sways anxiety and lowers your heart rate. Dogs provide comfort, love, and support for their owners.
It is recommended that adults, no matter their age, do physical activity for 150 minutes or more per week. Walking is the most common form of physical activity for people over 60. Walking is self-paced, low impact, and you can walk in groups or alone. Elderly people who exercise are less likely for heart disease and have a lower fall risk.
Studies show that dog walking is linked with lower weight and fewer living restrictions. Additionally, fewer doctor visits, and more exercise. Strong bonds with dogs lead to more walking time. Dog owners do significantly more physical activity than non-dog owners. Having a puppy will motivate you to walk even in the winter when most people prefer staying inside.
If you are not someone who can go for a walk, your dog will encourage at-home play. Playing fetch, tug-of-war, and training are all part of everyday life with a pup.
Studies have linked dog ownership to improved cardiovascular health. Reduced stress and more physical activity make dog owners healthier across the board. The simple act of petting your dog can lower your heart rate and blood pressure. Owners of dogs are at a reduced risk of heart disease.
For elderly people, staying social and connected to the community is so important. Loneliness and social isolation is a serious health risk. Serious medical conditions such as dementia have been linked to isolation.
Taking your dog for a walk opens up a door to a friendly community. Walking the neighborhood or park increases your chance of making new friends and having social interactions. Puppies are a great way to spark conversations.
Dog owners often join dog-related clubs that meet at dog parks. There are volunteer and event opportunities for dog owners. Additionally, you can train your pup to be a therapy dog. This opens up possibilities of volunteering for hospitals, colleges, libraries, and schools.
Owning a dog is a big responsibility, but a sense of purpose comes with that. A pup encourages and demands a daily routine of outside time, feeding, walking, and playing. It helps you keep a sense of structure. Having a furry friend to care for is the highlight of any dog owner’s day.
There are many great dog breeds to choose from when picking a fuzzy new friend, but here at Feathers and Fleece, these are our favorite pups that make the best dog breeds for seniors.
The Schnoodle is part Poodle and part Schnauzer. These easy-to-care-for pups are low-maintenance and hypoallergenic. They are brilliant and playful. Schnoodles are a very healthy breed and age well.
Because Schnoodles are smart, they are an excellent service or therapy dog choice. They are eager to please and fun to train.
Mini-Schnoodles weigh 15-20 lbs, making them great companions for the elderly who need a small friend. They are easy to walk and groom. Because of their coat, they are non-shedding and easy to clean up after. Schnoodles love to assist their owners with daily tasks.
Our Teddy Bear Whoodles are non-shedding, clean, and non-drooling. A Whoodle is a mix between a Poodle and a Wheaten Terrier. Both parent dogs of a Whoodle are hypoallergenic, which makes this pup ideal for people with allergies.
Whoodles are a great choice for elderly people who want a friendly and affectionate pup with moderate energy levels.
Mini Whoodles are around 35-40 lbs and feel deeply connected to their owners. They, like the Schoodle, are eager to please. Whoodles are also very intelligent and easy to train.
Owning a dog can bring incredible joy and numerous benefits to seniors. Dogs provide constant companionship and unconditional love, easing feelings of loneliness. They reduce stress and anxiety, bringing comfort and a sense of calm. Additionally, dogs encourage seniors to stay active, promoting physical well-being and cardiovascular health.
Through dog ownership, seniors experience increased social interaction, make new friends, and feel more connected to their community. Caring for a dog gives seniors a sense of purpose and responsibility. Dogs provide structure and routine to our daily lives.
A Schnoodle or a Whoodle is a great companion if you’re a senior considering dog ownership. Open your heart and home to a furry friend, and discover the joy, companionship, and countless benefits of owning a dog!
Traveling with your furry friend is quite an adventure. Thankfully, traveling with smaller dogs has become easier over the past few years and has increased in popularity. There are so many benefits to bringing along your small dog on your adventures, especially if they are a Support Dog. These pups can make your journey more enjoyable and stress-free.
Traveling with dogs can be a hassle, but a small dog eases some of those struggles on the trip. For example, large dogs (typically 50+ lbs) are often not allowed in hotels and restaurants. Likewise, larger dogs often can’t fit into small stores, tight places, and anywhere where a large tail could do significant damage.
We’ve all seen someone lose control of their pet while traveling. When a large dog loses its cool, the owner has to remove themselves from the area or leave altogether. When it’s a small dog, the owner can pick up their dog, which often calms them enough in the situation. Of course, you want to maintain control of your pet while traveling, but dog owners need to be ready for the unexpected.
Likewise, smaller dogs are easier to manage in large crowds, such as at festivals and street fairs. Your small companion will be less maintenance and work when out and about.
When traveling with a big dog, you need to make space for an extra person. However, with a small dog, your options really open up. Small dogs can travel in a car or train on your lap or by your feet. On planes, small dogs can be kept in a small pet carrier that fits under the seat in front of you. Of course, policies differ for each plane line, but having a smaller dog is more convenient on planes.
Bringing a large dog to a hotel or Air BnB is costly or not allowed. Fees can be anywhere from $15-$150, depending on the size of your dog. Avoid fees and restrictions while traveling by choosing a smaller breed to bring along with you.
A support dog is a pup who assists its owner with physical or emotional support. Emotional Support Dogs (ESDs) support their owners through their companionship. Service Dogs are pups who are “individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.”
ESDs do not have the same rights and accommodations as Service Dogs. However, with the proper paperwork, ESDs are accommodated more than regular pets.
Support dogs are exceptional travel companions. Support dogs need to be well-trained, friendly, and social. With a well-trained support dog, you will never have to worry about losing control of your dog in an unfamiliar situation. They are well-behaved and much easier to travel with than a pet.
The bond between an owner and their support dog is unbreakable and unique. Emotional support animals provide companionship and comfort to their owners, especially in unfamiliar environments.
Support dogs can offer a variety of assistance with physical tasks. These tasks provide peace of mind while traveling. They can also make traveling safe for their owner. This list covers only some of the incredible assistance provided by support dogs:
An Emotional Support Dog provides comfort to their owner while traveling. The dog can ease anxiety surrounding a phobia, such as fear of flying in planes. Likewise, they can reduce the panic of crowds, loud noises, and overstimulation. Some ESD dogs are trained to detect when someone’s heart rate or breathing pattern changes. They can then take action to calm their owner.
When traveling with a dog, you must plan before sailing off on your adventure. You must ensure your dog is as comfortable as you are during your travels.
Some airlines and public transportation require specific documentation for traveling with an ESD. These documents can include doctors’ notes, vet notes, and identification tags on your dog. Follow the ESA criteria closely and arrange to complete everything well before your trip.
Before booking your flight or hotel, ensure you research! Research is the key to traveling with small dogs. Each hotel, restaurant, festival, and plane line has its own rules and regulations for dogs. You’ll want to research your entire itinerary before booking your trip.
Remember to pack a bag for your pup. Bring extra water, travel bowls, food, medication, and bedding for your pup. Remember, your dog will need a safe space to relieve itself before going on public transportation or while you’re away from home.
Many excellent travel buddy breeds exist, but Whoodles and Schnoodles are our favorite small dog travel pups. Both breeds make incredible Emotional Support Animals, are family-friendly, and are hypoallergenic.
Whoodles are a hybrid breed of a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier and a Poodle. These brainy pups are the perfect dog for someone who needs a hypoallergenic dog because both parent pups are non-shedding.
Whoodles are highly intelligent and feel deep connections to their owners. They are fun to train and quickly learn new commands and behaviors. They are highly adaptable and feel comfortable in new situations.
The Mini Whoodle, also known as “The Teddy Bear” Whoodle, are compact and strong dogs that weigh between 35-40 lbs. Their size is perfect for exploring new cities and outdoor adventures. They are comfortable riding in a car or plane.
The Schnoodle‘s soft and wavy coat resembles a Schnauzer but is hypoallergenic like their Poodle parent. Schnoodles are low maintenance and love to learn. They thrive when given a job to do.
Schnoodle puppies make great support dogs and have been trained to do jobs such as retrieving diabetic kits and peanut detection. These brilliant dogs have a longer life span than other breeds and feel strongly connected to their owner.
The Mini Schnoodle weighs between 15-20 lbs, making it a perfect dog for city travel. They are easy to accommodate because of their small size. With a mini-Schoodle, you’ll never have to worry about your pup exceeding the weight limit of a hotel, restaurant, or store.
Traveling with a small support dog is a rewarding and fun experience. The benefits of having these loyal companions by your side are invaluable. Don’t be afraid to travel the world with your furry friend, and enjoy every moment of it!
Terrier breeds have always been known to be among the most intelligent dog breeds. In this post, we’ll explore the incredible intelligence of Whoodles and Schnoodles. These hybrid breeds combine the intelligence of their Poodle parents and their Terrier parent’s bright personality. Because of their unique natures, Whoodles and Schnoodles are easy to train and make great companions.
People love terrier breeds because of their quick thinking and adaptability. Historically, people used Terrier breeds to hunt small rodents and game. Through the years, these clever pups adapted their sharp hunting skills to day-to-day talents that fit family life. They are quick thinkers and can analyze situations to find a solution. Their intelligence helps them work with their human. Terrier breeds will feel deeply devoted to their families.
Whoodles are a crossbreed between a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier and a Poodle. The unique combination of Whoodles results in an intelligent breed. Historically, Wheaten Terriers were found on Irish farms helping herd animals and keep small rodents away.
Both the Wheaten Terrier and the Poodle are non-shedding breeds. This makes a Whoodle a wonderful pet for someone who needs a hypoallergenic pup. Their coat is fluffy and non-matting, giving them the nickname “The Teddy Bear” Whoodle.
The Whoodle wants to please its owner and is extremely family-friendly. Whoodles are natural learners and will quickly grasp new commands and behaviors. Their intelligence and trainability make learning sessions a breeze. Training will strengthen the bond between them and their owners. Additionally, Whoodles make great pups for therapy work.
The Schnoodle is the result of mixing a Schnauzer and a Poodle. This playful hybrid is brilliant, more so than most breeds. They have few health issues and typically have a longer lifespan than other breeds.
Schnoodles are fast learners, and it’s easy to keep them focused, too. Like the Whoodle, they also make excellent service or therapy dogs. They are hypoallergenic and have soft and wavy coats.
Additionally, these pups thrive on mental stimulation and love to learn from play. Schnoodles are easy to train because of their ability to analyze situations and find solutions. Having them as training buddies is fun because they are intelligent, energetic, and focused.
Training plays a crucial role in nurturing the intelligence of these exceptional dog breeds. Whoodles and Schnoodles respond remarkably well to positive reinforcement methods, where expected behaviors are rewarded. Consistency is critical when training smart dogs. Give clear commands and set clear expectations to do it right.
Whoodles and Schnoodles respond remarkably well to training, making them excellent choices for therapy, service, and agility work. Giving these pups purpose keeps their smart brains busy and out of trouble. An untrained Terrier breed will cause havoc from boredom.
Early training and socialization are essential for Whoodles and Schnoodles. From an early age, these pups can meet other dogs, play with puzzle toys, and play interactive games. As well as that, these pups enjoy hard work and then play time after.
Whoodles and Schnoodles are highly intelligent and make excellent companions. Their quick-thinking abilities, problem-solving skills, and trainability set them apart. By giving them good training and mental stimulation, these dogs become loyal and intelligent companions to us. When searching for your next furry companion, it’s important to consider the intelligence of Whoodles and Schnoodles. By nurturing their exceptional minds, you’ll be amazed at the sheer brilliance they can show.
There are endless benefits to having a dog, whether you’re looking for an exercise partner or to have a loyal companion. However, some people with mental conditions must have a dog to function normally. Anxiety disorder is a challenging disorder. Emotional support dogs (ESDs) provide support and comfort for those who need extra help. Emotional support dogs provide significant benefits for individuals with anxiety issues.
There is a wide range of Anxiety Disorders that one can be diagnosed with. The most common include:
Each Anxiety Disorder has its own set of challenges and symptoms. Even two people with the same diagnosis can suffer from different symptoms.
However, common symptoms and challenges faced by individuals with anxiety include but are certainly not limited to:
GAD alone affects 6.8 million adults or 3.1% of the US population. Many of these people do not receive treatment and suffer with no support.
An ESD is different than a Service Animal. Service Animals are specially trained dogs that performs work or taste for those with a disability. Service Animals include Guide, Hearing, Seizure, or Psychiatric Service Dogs.
Emotional Support Dogs provide a therapeutic benefit to their owner. A well-trained ESD is capable of being in public without causing a disturbance. Instead of performing specific tasks like a Service Dog, the presence and interaction of an ESD can ease the symptoms of an Anxiety Disorder. The ESD offers a calming presence during times of distress by sensing and responding to the emotional needs of their owner.
Emotional support dogs assist individuals with anxiety by providing comfort, companionship, and a sense of security. Their primary purpose is to offer emotional support and alleviate the symptoms associated with anxiety disorders. They help individuals with anxiety by providing a non-judgmental and unconditional source of love and support. Additionally, ESDs alert their owners to potential triggers or signs of anxiety, such as increased heart rate or shallow breathing.
Playing with emotional support dogs can have physical benefits such as lowering heart rate and blood pressure. It can also release “feel-good” hormones like oxytocin and serotonin, helping people feel happier and more content.
Through their presence and companionship, Emotional Support Dogs create a soothing and comforting environment that helps individuals feel more at ease. Dogs that provide emotional support can help people feel less anxious and emotionally better. Being with these dogs can help people relax and feel comforted. Emotional support dogs can provide ongoing comfort and support for people with anxiety.
ESDs trained specifically for someone diagnosed with an Anxiety Disorder can predetermine a high-stress situation for their owner. They can prevent their owner from heightened anxiety levels by avoiding the problem altogether.
However, if an owner’s anxiety has reached high levels, ESD can reduce their panic and fear. They can completely stop an attack from happening by laying on their owner, encouraging interaction, or removing their owner from the trigger.
People with Anxiety Disorders often miss their own cues of panic. An ESD can sense a quickened heart rate or hear its owner’s breathing pattern change. They can change their owner’s state of mind before the owner is even aware of it.
Dogs can sense and reflect their owner’s feelings. Emotional support dogs can help people with anxiety by responding to their emotional state with calming behaviors. The dogs’ actions can make their owners feel calmer and more stable. Spending time with an ESD can distract from negative thoughts and help improve emotional regulation. Activities like playing, grooming, or training with the dog can help break the cycle of excessive worrying and improve mood.
Interacting with emotional support dogs triggers the release of oxytocin, often called the “bonding hormone.” Oxytocin promotes feelings of trust, relaxation, and overall well-being. It helps counteract the effects of stress hormones, such as cortisol, which are associated with anxiety and mood disorders. Additionally, spending time with dogs can increase the production of serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that play crucial roles in mood regulation and happiness.
ESDs often attract attention and interest from others, serving as a natural icebreaker in social situations. Individuals with anxiety or difficulty initiating conversations may find that having an ESD by their side helps facilitate interactions. People may approach and engage in discussions about the dog, allowing individuals to practice their social skills and build connections.
Emotional support dogs offer unwavering love, acceptance, and non-judgmental companionship. They create a safe and secure bond with their owners, providing a consistent and reliable source of support. The presence of a dog who loves and accepts them unconditionally helps individuals feel valued, understood, and emotionally validated. The ESD contributes to improved emotional regulation and mood stabilization by reducing feelings of loneliness, self-doubt, and negativity.
When deciding to own an Emotional Support Dog, there are important factors to consider, including allergies and sensitivities to dog dander. It is crucial to ensure that your ESD does not worsen any pre-existing allergies or cause allergic reactions in yourself or others. Fortunately, many of the best Emotional Support Dogs are hypoallergenic breeds, producing fewer allergens and are less likely to cause allergic responses.
In addition to allergies, the size of your pup should be taken into account, considering both your housing situation and travel patterns. A smaller dog may be more suitable and comfortable if you live in a small apartment or have limited space. They adapt to small spaces and need less room for activities.
Moreover, when traveling with your ESD, a smaller dog is generally more welcome in various establishments and transportation options, such as hotels, restaurants, and public transportation. Think about if your lifestyle and usual places can handle the size of a dog before getting one.
the benefits of emotional support dogs for individuals with anxiety are far-reaching and impactful. These remarkable companions offer a range of calming effects that can positively influence their owners’ physical and psychological well-being. Emotional support dogs create a soothing environment that alleviates stress and promotes relaxation through reduced heart rate, lowered blood pressure, and the release of hormones like oxytocin and serotonin. Moreover, these incredible animals aid in regulating emotions, stabilizing moods, and offering comfort during challenging times.
Their unwavering support and unconditional love provide comfort, stability, and a sense of purpose. With each wag of their tail and a gentle nudge, they remind us of the power of connection and the effects of compassion.
Emotional Support Dogs improve the quality of life for someone with mental or emotional conditions. These dogs will improve your quality of life, support you, motivate you, and give you unwavering companionship. However, not everyone can have any dog. If you’re like me, you need a hypoallergenic dog.
We will cover the best hypoallergenic Emotional Support Dogs and why they make incredible Emotional Support Companions.
When a dog breed is considered hypoallergenic, it produces less dander than a typical breed. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a 100% hypoallergenic dog. However, mixed breed dogs, where both parents are considered hypoallergenic, will be a dog with very little dander and will not cause as many allergens.
People with dog allergies can suffer from runny noses, congestion, sneezing, and itchy eyes. Severe cases can include facial swelling, hard breathing or asthma, and hives.
People who are allergic to dog dander or shedding dogs can often withstand a hypoallergenic dog.
The role of an Emotional Support Dog (ESD) is to provide love and support to those in need. They can ease stress and anxiety, provide trauma support, encourage exercise, and boost dopamine.
Emotional Support Dogs benefit people with Anxiety Disorders by giving them support and comfort in times of stress. Snuggling and petting a dog causes the body to relax and release dopamine, which makes challenging situations easier for someone with anxiety.
Agoraphobia (fear of leaving a safe space), aerophobia (fear of flying), and depression can all be supported by having an ESD.
Owners with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can use their Emotional Support Dogs in conjunction with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as a powerful tool to overcome flashbacks and depression. They offer great comfort to those in need of extra support.
ESDs are incredibly supportive of those with Autism. They encourage greater social skills, overcoming fear, and sensory support. They also provide practice of practical skills, game playing, and nonjudgmental love. With proper training, ESD can provide physical safety.
Not only will having an Emotional Support Dog encourage leaving the house, but they will also encourage exercise to keep your pup healthy. Staying active can reduce blood pressure, increase lung capacity, and improve overall health.
An Emotional Support Dog can only be effective if they live at home with their owner. If you are sensitive to dog allergens, you will need a hypoallergenic dog to be your companion.
When choosing any pet, you must consider where you live and what size dog you want. If you have a large fenced-in yard, you can have a larger dog than living in a city or apartment. You may not want to care for a large dog even with lots of space.
Each dog breed has its own temperament, which needs to suit its owner’s personality. Dog personalities range from being hyper and highly active to chill and relaxed. Having a dog with a conflicting nature to your own will cause unnecessary stress and anxiety for both the dog and the owner.
Terrier breeds generally make great Emotional Support Dogs because of their size, energy, and love of working. Terriers are great at being on the clock and quickly responsive. They are determined and independent dogs who are alert to their surroundings. Terriers pick up easily on their owner’s moods and feelings.
Terrier breeds are often smaller to medium size, making them great pets for any housing. Terriers are not generally hypoallergenic, but terriers mixed with poodles are.
A whoodle is a mixed breed between a Wheaten Terrier and a Poodle. They are spirited pups that are deeply devoted to their owners. Whoodles are low-shedding dogs and friendly to people.
Whoodles love children of all ages and make great companions for a child needing an Emotional Support Dog. Their soft and fluffy coat encourage snuggling and affection. Meanwhile, their love for play and adventure will encourage their owners to seek adventure with them.
Schnoodle puppies are a mix between a Poodle and a Schnauzer. Like Whoodles, they are incredibly soft and fluffy, making this adorable breed extra lovable. Not only are they cute, but they are brilliant. They love to learn and are always willing to work and assist.
Schnoodles have done incredible support work, including assisting brain injury patients, peanut detection, and emotional support.
While registered Service Dogs need extensive training, Emotional Support Dogs do not. However, ESDs must be extraordinarily well-behaved and trained to help their owners with specific tasks. Training for ESD requires a very individualized approach, customized for the owner’s needs.
Terriers, Whoodles, and Schnoodles all need regular care. Their care includes but is not limited to:
Having allergies might make it feel impossible to have an Emotional Support Dog (ESD), which can be frustrating. But don’t worry; there are hypoallergenic ESD options available. People with allergies can use these dogs as companions and for support. They won’t cause allergic reactions like sneezing or itching. You can enjoy their love and aid without worrying about your health. Hypoallergenic ESDs can make your life better and happier.
As a puppy owner, you want to provide the best care possible for your furry friend. While giving your puppy love and attention is important, regular veterinary care is also essential for ensuring their overall health and well-being. In fact, studies have shown that preventative care, such as routine check-ups and vaccinations, can add years to a pet’s life.
Today we’ll discuss the importance of regular puppy health check-ups and why they should be a priority for every pet owner.
During a puppy health check-up, the veterinarian will examine your puppy from nose to tail to assess their overall health and look for any signs of illness or disease. The physical exam will typically include:
In addition to the physical exam, the veterinarian may also recommend or perform other procedures during a health check-up, such as:
Every health check-up may be slightly different based on the puppy’s age, breed, and health status. However, the veterinarian should always take the time to explain the purpose of each procedure and answer any questions or concerns you may have. By working with your veterinarian and following their recommendations, you can help ensure that your puppy is receiving the best possible care.
Regular puppy health check-ups provide a variety of benefits, including:
The frequency of puppy health check-ups will depend on a variety of factors, including the puppy’s age, breed, and overall health status. In general, it’s recommended to schedule health check-ups:
However, it’s important to note that these are general guidelines, and your veterinarian may recommend a different schedule based on your puppy’s specific needs.
In addition to regular health check-ups, it’s important to schedule appointments with your veterinarian if you notice any signs of illness or behavior changes in your puppy. Some signs that may indicate a need for a veterinary visit include:
Preparing for your puppy’s health check-up can help ensure that the visit is efficient, stress-free, and productive. Here are some tips to help you prepare:
Bringing home a new puppy can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it’s important to be prepared with the right supplies to ensure your new furry friend feels safe and comfortable in their new home. Here are some essential supplies you should consider getting before bringing your new puppy home:
Collar and ID tags are an essential part of responsible puppy ownership. A collar with an ID tag that has your contact information is the easiest way for someone to contact you if your puppy gets lost. It’s important to make sure that the collar fits properly and isn’t too tight or too loose. You should be able to fit two fingers comfortably between the collar and your puppy’s neck.
The ID tag should include your name, phone number, and address. You can also include your puppy’s name on the tag, but avoid putting too much information that could be used by strangers. It’s also a good idea to update the tag if you move or change your phone number.
There are many types of ID tags available, including metal tags, plastic tags, and even GPS tags. Metal tags are the most common and can be engraved with your contact information. Plastic tags can also be customized and are often cheaper than metal tags. GPS tags are a newer technology that allows you to track your puppy’s location using a smartphone app.
It’s important to make sure that your puppy wears their collar and ID tag at all times, even when they’re at home. Accidents can happen, and your puppy could easily slip out of an open door or window. If your puppy does get lost, having their collar and ID tag on will increase the chances of them being returned to you quickly.
If your puppy is lost and taken to a shelter or vet, they can scan a microchip to find your contact information. Microchipping is a permanent form of identification and is recommended by most veterinarians.
A leash is an essential item for any puppy owner. It allows you to safely take your puppy on walks and keep them under control while outside. Even if you have a fenced-in yard, it’s important to use a leash when taking your puppy outside to prevent them from running off or getting into dangerous situations.
When choosing a leash for your puppy, there are several factors to consider. The length and thickness of the leash should be appropriate for your puppy’s size and strength. A small, lightweight puppy may do well with a thinner, shorter leash, while a larger or stronger puppy may require a thicker, longer leash.
It’s also important to choose a leash that is comfortable for both you and your puppy. Some leashes have padded handles or adjustable lengths to provide added comfort during walks. Consider the type of material the leash is made of, as well. Nylon and leather are both popular choices for dog leashes.
In addition to choosing the right leash, it’s important to use it correctly. Always attach the leash securely to your puppy’s collar or harness, and hold onto the leash firmly during walks. Avoid using retractable leashes, as they can be difficult to control and may pose a safety hazard to both you and your puppy.
A crate is an essential item for any puppy owner. It provides a safe and cozy place for your puppy to sleep and rest, and can also be useful for housebreaking and training purposes. Crates come in various sizes and materials, so it’s important to choose one that is appropriate for your puppy’s size and needs.
When selecting a crate, consider your puppy’s adult size and choose a crate that will accommodate them as they grow. The crate should be large enough for your puppy to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably. If you have a smaller breed puppy, you may want to choose a crate with a divider panel that can be adjusted as your puppy grows.
It’s important to make the crate a comfortable and inviting space for your puppy. Use a soft, cozy blanket or bed inside the crate, and provide your puppy with toys and treats to help them feel more at ease. Avoid using the crate as a punishment or confinement tool, as this can cause your puppy to develop negative associations with the crate.
In addition to providing a comfortable space for your puppy, a crate can also be useful for housebreaking and training purposes. Dogs naturally avoid soiling their sleeping areas, so a crate can be a useful tool for teaching your puppy to hold its bladder and bowels. Use the crate as a place for your puppy to rest and sleep, and take them outside frequently to use the bathroom.
Food and water bowls are essential items for any puppy owner. Choosing the right bowls can ensure that your puppy has access to clean, fresh food and water at all times. When selecting food and water bowls for your puppy, there are several factors to consider.
Stainless steel or ceramic bowls are the most popular options for puppy owners. They are durable, easy to clean, and don’t hold onto bacteria like plastic bowls can. Ceramic bowls are also heavier, which can prevent your puppy from tipping them over during meal times. Avoid using glass bowls, as they can be easily broken and pose a danger to your puppy.
When selecting the size of your puppy’s food and water bowls, consider their breed and age. Larger breeds may require bigger bowls to accommodate their larger size, while smaller breeds may do better with smaller bowls. It’s also important to choose a bowl with a flat bottom, as this will prevent your puppy from tipping it over and making a mess.
It’s important to clean your puppy’s food and water bowls regularly to prevent the buildup of bacteria and other harmful substances. Stainless steel and ceramic bowls can be easily cleaned with soap and water, and should be washed at least once a day. Avoid leaving food and water out for extended periods of time, as this can lead to bacterial growth and potential health problems for your puppy.
Choosing the right puppy food is essential for your puppy’s health and development. A high-quality puppy food provides the nutrients and energy that your puppy needs to grow and thrive. When selecting puppy food, there are several factors to consider.
First, choose a puppy food that is appropriate for your puppy’s age, breed, and size. Different breeds and sizes of puppies have different nutritional needs, so it’s important to choose a food that is specifically formulated for your puppy’s unique needs. Most puppy foods are labeled according to the age of the puppy, with options for small, medium, and large breed puppies.
Look for puppy foods that contain high-quality protein sources, such as chicken or lamb. Protein is essential for your puppy’s growth and development, and can help to maintain strong muscles and a healthy immune system. Avoid puppy foods that contain by-products or fillers, as these can be difficult for your puppy to digest and may not provide the nutrients that they need.
Ask your veterinarian for recommendations on which puppy food to choose. They can recommend a high-quality brand that meets your puppy’s nutritional needs, and can also advise you on how much to feed your puppy based on their breed, age, and activity level. It’s important to feed your puppy the appropriate amount of food to avoid overfeeding, which can lead to obesity and other health problems.
Providing your puppy with a soft and comfortable place to sleep is important for their overall comfort and well-being. A cozy bed or blanket can provide a safe and secure place for your puppy to rest and recharge.
When selecting bedding for your puppy, consider their size and breed. Puppies grow quickly, so it’s important to choose a bed or blanket that will accommodate their changing size. Look for a bed or blanket that is soft and comfortable, yet durable enough to withstand your puppy’s playful nature.
There are many different types of puppy beds and blankets available on the market. Some popular options include traditional beds with raised sides, soft plush beds, and orthopedic beds for puppies with joint issues. You can also use blankets or towels to create a comfortable sleeping area for your puppy.
As a new puppy owner, one of the most important things you can do for your furry friend is to provide them with proper nutrition. Just like human babies, puppies need the right balance of nutrients to support their growth and development. Without a healthy diet, puppies may experience a variety of health problems, including stunted growth, weakened immune systems, and even chronic illnesses.
Fortunately, there are plenty of options for feeding your puppy. From kibble to wet food to raw food, a variety of types of puppy food are available. However, not all puppy food is created equal, and choosing high-quality, nutritious food that meets your puppy’s specific needs is important.
In this guide, we’ll explore the basics of puppy nutrition, including the different types of food available, the nutritional requirements for puppies, and common feeding issues you may encounter. Whether you’re a first-time puppy owner or an experienced dog parent, this guide will provide the information you need to ensure that your furry friend gets the best possible nutrition. So let’s dive in and learn how to keep your puppy healthy and happy through proper nutrition!
There are three main types of food that you can feed your puppy: kibble, wet food, and raw food. Each type of food has its benefits and drawbacks, so it’s important to choose the one that works best for you and your puppy’s lifestyle.
Kibble is the most common type of puppy food and is typically made from a blend of protein, grains, and vegetables. It is available in a variety of flavors and can be stored easily for long periods of time. Kibble is also convenient to feed and requires minimal preparation, making it a popular choice for busy pet owners.
Wet food, as the name suggests, is a type of puppy food with high moisture content. It is usually sold in cans or pouches and can be a good option for puppies who struggle to drink enough water. Wet food is often more flavorful than kibble, making it more appealing to picky eaters.
Raw food, also known as a raw food diet, is a type of puppy food made from uncooked meat, vegetables, and fruits. This type of food is designed to mimic a wild dog’s diet and is often preferred by pet owners who want to provide their puppies with a more natural, nutrient-rich diet. However, raw food can be expensive and time-consuming to prepare, and there is some controversy around whether or not it is safe for puppies to eat.
Ultimately, the type of puppy food you choose will depend on your preferences, your puppy’s dietary needs, and your budget. When selecting a food, choose a high-quality, well-balanced option that meets your puppy’s nutritional requirements.
Puppies have specific nutritional needs that are different from adult dogs. In general, puppies need more protein, fat, and calories than adult dogs to support their growth and development.
Protein is essential for building and repairing tissues and is particularly important for a growing puppy. Look for puppy foods that contain high-quality protein sources, such as chicken, turkey, beef, and fish.
Fat is another important nutrient for puppies, as it provides energy and helps to maintain healthy skin and coat. However, it’s essential to choose puppy food containing the right fat type, such as omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish and flaxseed.
Carbohydrates are also an essential source of energy for puppies, but they should not be the main component of their diet. Look for puppy foods that contain whole grains, such as brown rice and oats, rather than processed carbohydrates like corn and wheat.
Feeding your puppy can sometimes present challenges, as puppies may encounter a variety of feeding issues that can impact their health and well-being. One common issue is picky eating, which can be frustrating for pet owners trying to ensure that their puppy gets proper nutrition. If your puppy is a picky eater, there are several strategies you can try to encourage them to eat. For example, you may want to mix in some wet food or warm up their food to make it more appealing.
Another common feeding issue for puppies is overfeeding, which can lead to obesity and other health problems. Puppies have high energy levels and may be prone to overeating, so it’s important to follow the feeding guidelines on your puppy’s food packaging and avoid giving your puppy too many treats.
Food allergies or sensitivities are another issues that puppies may encounter, just like humans. If your puppy is experiencing digestive problems or skin issues, it may be a sign that they have a food allergy or sensitivity. In this case, you should talk to your vet about switching to a different type of puppy food that is less likely to trigger an allergic reaction.
Digestive problems, such as diarrhea or constipation, can also be an issue for puppies. If your puppy is experiencing these problems, it may be a sign that their current diet is not providing them with the necessary nutrients. Your vet can help you adjust their diet or add supplements to their food to help address these issues.
Finally, dental problems can also affect your puppy’s ability to eat. It’s important to choose a puppy food that is designed to support dental health, such as foods that are specially formulated to help reduce plaque and tartar buildup. Additionally, providing your puppy with appropriate chew toys can help keep their teeth clean and healthy.
By being aware of these common feeding issues and working closely with your vet to address any problems, you can ensure your puppy stays healthy and well-nourished as they grow and develop.