Shiba Inu Dog: Everything You Need to Know About the Breed


The Shiba Inu Dog is a vigilant, confident, intelligent dog, loyal to the boss, but with an independent and dominant nature. They are thoughtful, nothing escapes them, and the urge to hunt is often still strong. They are generally friendly to people but can be reserved. It is a dog with a proud appearance and its own user manual

The Shiba Inu Dog is physically well put together and is a sporting dog who likes long walks. He will accompany you effortlessly on long (mountain) walks. If there is a little less movement given, they do not think this is a big problem.

The Shiba Inu Dog is not inherited, if he can leave the garden he will start to determine his own movement. You can then lose it regularly because he will not miss you soon. Since Shiba’s paint traffic rules are likely to be run over.

Shiba Inu Dog

Being at home alone
Unlike the independence outside, a Shiba Inu Dog can easily miss you if he is left alone at home. It is necessary to continue practicing at home alone and to slowly build up time. The time that he is alone at home must be compensated with activities that he undertakes together.

Shibas have a coat that is odorless and they also keep themselves almost feline. Twice a year, however, there is a huge molting period. During this period you should brush and comb regularly. In this period you can wash the Shiba Inu Dog with a PH-neutral shampoo and/or with water, this will cause the hair to come loose. Outside the molting period, little maintenance is required.With some Shibas the nails need to be cut with some regularity.

Stubborn, stubborn and independent, but also very smart! Also, take the dominance with you, and it is soon thought that the Shiba Inu Dog needs to be brought up with a hard hand. However, this is not the case. A spicy Shiba is not suitable for people who want to treat him as a child, but an upbringing with a hard hand is very unsuitable for this breed. The bond between man and dog will deteriorate, the dog is distrustful, and can even turn against you.

The education in which good behavior is rewarded works the best dog, and because of his intelligence, the Shiba will soon know what is required of him.
His intelligence also has a downside, which means that you have to be very consistent.
Once the Shiba Inu Dog has been given a privilege (jumping on the couch for example) this will never be forgotten again, and it will almost be impossible to unlearn it.

For explicit questions about the behavior of your Shiba, please contact the behavior expert who is affiliated with the NIPPON INU, Patricia van Ginneken
Shiba Inu Dog
Because the Shiba Inu Dog is originally a hunter, smaller animals such as rabbits, hamsters, birds, etc. are not always safe. If the Shiba grew up with small pets, he can learn not to hunt these animals at home. With the cats that live in the same house, a Shiba, if grown up with it, generally goes well.

With other dogs, the association can be difficult if it concerns sex. A Shiba usually wants to play with well-known peers, especially of the other sexes. The Shiba Inu Dog naturally has a dominant position due to the upright ears, raised tail and outstanding coat, and therefore does not immediately radiate accessibility. If an adult male is challenged, which can happen soon, it will not easily run over. However, they are not fighters who look for a herd themselves. When there is a dispute between bitches, it can escalate. The owner must intervene as soon as possible if there is a quarrel but preferably avoid a fight. Bitches that have had a big fight once cannot always go together.

Shiba Inu Dog
Dealing with children
Shibas can become good friends with children but want to be treated with great respect. They do not like to be treated as “toys”. If their limit is reached they can get vicious out of the corner. They also want to decide for themselves when they are playing or not, and do not always answer the question of a game.

It is very important to explain to children what is and what is not possible.
With small children, an adult must always be present who will supervise the contact between Shiba Inu Dog and the child, especially in view of the dominant nature of the Shiba.With the right guidance, Shiba and child (ren) can become fine companions.

Run loose
Shibas certainly cannot always run free. If you click him loose he can take a lot of distance, more than that you may be nice …… Waiting for that little one to come back is nothing else that is happening at that moment. Usually, they do that too, they are not by definition runaways. There are exceptions, Shibas that their boss does not lose sight of. But there are also other exceptions, Shibas that stay away once for hours or do not want to be aligned anymore.

With the right training, the loosening – and the coming when you call! – usually can be learned (not always!), But only let your trained Shiba Inu Dog be released in safe areas such as forest and heath.

Shibas and dog sports.
These independent dogs do not always like to do exactly what their boss says. But if a training is fun and challenging, they can score well in obedience, agility, flyball or doggy dancing. In a training where rewarding work is done, they pick up everything at lightning speed.

Please bear in mind that if a Shiba Inu Dog has “no sense”, he can just go on strike. It is important to look at this with humor, not to get angry and not to put pressure on it. Because of their high intelligence, they pick up exercises quickly. The endless repetition of exercises that they already master, they find very annoying. Keeping variety in the training is, therefore, a must. Shibas generally like to do something with their boss and with a proper training you can have fun together!

Shiba Inu Dog

General view

Race characteristics

Asian-looking dog. Small dog, good proportions, with good bone structure and well-developed muscles. Strong constitution. The movement is swift, free and beautiful.


The Shiba is a vigilant, confident, intelligent dog, loyal to the boss, but with an independent and dominant nature. They are thoughtful, nothing escapes them, and the urge to hunt is often still strong. They are generally friendly to people but can be reserved.

Use / functions

Originally a hunting dog, now a companion dog.

Physical activity

The Shiba Inu Dog is a sporty dog who likes to take long walks. If a little less movement can be given once, they do not think this is a big problem.


Twice a year there is a huge molting period. Regular brushing and combing during this period. In this period you can wash the Shiba Inu Dog with a PH-neutral shampoo and/or with water, this will cause the hair to come loose. Outside the molting period, little maintenance is required.
With some Shiba Inu Dogs, the nails need to be cut with some regularity.

Dealing with children

Shibas want to be treated with great respect, and usually, do not like to be treated as “toys”. If their limit is reached they can get vicious out of the corner.

It is therefore important to explain to children what is and what is not possible.
With small children, an adult must always be present who will supervise the contact between Shiba Inu Dog and the child, especially in view of the dominant nature of the Shiba.


Traditionally, the Shiba Inu Dog is a native Japanese breed. This dog, which appeared in the mountainous regions near the Japanese Sea, was used as a hunting dog for hunting small animals and wild game.The Shiba was designated by the Japanese government in 1936 as the “indigenous animal of Japan” and “natural monument”.



The Shiba Inu Dog is slightly longer than high, with moderate angulations.


Red, black and tan, sesame, black sesame and red sesame


Male 40 cm, female 37 cm, with a tolerance of 1.5 cm up or down.


Relatively small, triangular and dark brown in color, the outer corner of the eyes rising.


The outer coat is hard and straight, the undercoat is soft
and dense; hair on the tail is a little long and is off.


Set high, thick, vigorously curled, or curved like a sickle, the tip almost reaches the hocks when it hangs down.

1 Shiba Inu Dog Race information

Shiba Inu Dog

Breeding club

Dutch Association for Akita Inu’s, founded on 1-1-1991. The association looks after the following breeds: Akita, Shiba Inu Dog, Hokkaido, Kai, Kishu, Shikoku and American Akita. Info via: Akita

Price of a puppy

Between 1000 and 1500 euros for a Shiba Inu Dog with pedigree.


The Shiba is a native Japanese breed that appeared in the mountainous regions near the Japanese sea. They were used as a hunting dog on feather game and small animals. The variety showed small differences per region. When the hunt in Japan became a sport around the turn of 1900, the local dogs were often crossed with import dogs from England in particular. So it was that pure Shiba Inu Dogs became increasingly rare. In 1928, the Society for the Protection of the Japanese Dog was established, and at the same time came to the conclusion that it was virtually impossible to find pure Japanese dogs. In 1932, the Nippo was established (similar to the Raad van Beheer) and 5 years later it was recognized by the Japanese government. They saw the importance of protecting Japanese heritage and breeding. The Nippo is of great importance for the Japanese varieties.


Hunting dog.

Current use

The Shiba Inu Dog is a hunting dog and companion dog.


The Shiba Inu Dog is independent and quirky. focused on their own family, watchful and intelligent. Affectionate to own people, but a little reserved to strangers. The females are generally significantly pannier than the males.


The Shiba Inu Dog needs a very good socialization to become good and social housemates. A clear and consistent upbringing is important, but a hard approach is counter-productive.


Compactly built dog, about as long as it is tall. The Shiba Inu Dog has a fox-like appearance and a typical oriental look.

Coat and maintenance

The coat of the Shiba Inu Dog is hard and straight, the undercoat is soft and dense. The hairs on the tail are slightly lower than those on the body. The coat of the Shiba Inu Puppy Cam needs hardly any maintenance outside the molting period.


Thick, worn in a curl or a sickle-shaped bow.


The colors of the Shiba are red, black with tan, sesame. Sesame is defined as an equal mix of white and black hair. All colors must be provided with Urajiro.

Height and weight

The Shiba Inu Dog male is 40 cm, the female 37 cm, a deviation of 1.5 cm upwards and downwards is allowed. The weight of the Shiba is 7-12 kg.


‘Urajiro’ is the white coat on the sides of the jaw, bottom of the jaw, bottom of the chest, bottom of the body, bottom of the tail and the inside of the legs.

2 Race-related diseases (hereditary and anatomical)

2.1 Hereditary diseases
2.2 Anatomically related diseases

2.1 Hereditary diseases

These diseases are more common than average in this breed and are proven hereditary or there is a strong suspicion that the disease is hereditary. Whether or not the disease occurs depends to a large extent on the inheritance of the parents’ genes. >> Read more about heredity and inheritance.


Important and relatively common disorders in this breed. These conditions can have serious health consequences and require medical and/or surgical intervention.

no documented disorders
Less common

Less common and/or less serious conditions in this breed.

no documented disorders
Sporadically occurring

These disorders only occur sporadically in this breed.

no documented disorders

2.2 Anatomically related disorders

These disorders are not inherited in themselves but are more common due to the anatomical construction of this breed. This anatomical construction is again hereditary and the characteristics even belong to the breed characteristics.

Australian shepherd or Australian shepherd Dog

The Australian shepherd or Australian shepherd is a dog that comes from the United States. The males grow to an average of 58 cm and the females 53 cm. The dogs are very sweet, also very loyal. The endurance is good and the dogs like to work hard for the boss. This breed is also recommended for children.

Australian shepherd Dog

Race characteristics

They are loyal dogs with a good stamina. The dogs have a pointed snout and a fairly short tail, up to 10 cm. The dogs are thicker hairs in the neck than on other parts of the body. Blue merle is the color most common in the Australian shepherd or Australian shepherd. They are very social dogs and they like to work hard for the boss.


The character of the Australian Shepherd or Australian shepherd is good they are sweet and eager to learn. The endurance of the dogs is good, they love it when they are allowed to work all day long.The dogs are happy to do everything together with the boss, traveling together is what they prefer to do. The dogs are also very sweet with children. They also like to play with other dogs.

Use / functions

The dogs are good drivers, they love to move and are also good house dogs.

Physical activity

Australian shepherd or Australian shepherd is a breed that needs a lot of exercises. Driving is really there and they have a good stamina. The dogs are also happy with the boss and are very eager to learn.


The coat is more present in some places than in other places, brushing is also recommended for this breed.

Dealing with children

The breed can handle children well, they are friendly and like to play together. Especially when they grow up together they have a real bond together.


The breed originally comes from the United States. They are real cattle drivers but also real companion dogs.



The dogs are well balanced, the ears are carried on the side like most shepherds they are a bit up, they pay attention and are also very good. They have a long snout and a shorter tail max. 10 cm.They have a lot of hair.


The color of the coat is blue merle, black or red merle. A combination is also possible.


The height of the Australian Shepherd or Australian shepherd male is about 58 cm and the females are up to 53 cm high.


The eyes of this breed are brown or blue, the eye is almond-shaped. The dogs really look at you.


The coat of the dogs is long-haired, brushing is certainly recommended in these dogs. The collar is certainly full of hair.


The tail of the dogs is straight and short by nature, it should not be longer than 10 cm.

Australian shepherd Others

The Australian shepherd or Australian shepherd is a breed that loves to move, they are sweet to children and can do well with other dogs. They really need the physical exercise so that they can lose their energy.

11 facts about the Australian Shepherd

See a particularly striking dog: bright blue eyes, unusual color patterns and a particularly smooth and enthusiastic walk. This is the Australian Shepherd, one of the most beautiful and elegant dog breeds in the world. The dog is extremely popular in Australia shepherd dog and the US and is also gaining popularity in Europe. Here you will find 11 nice facts about the Australian Shepherd who make clear why this is such a popular dog breed.

1. History

The history of the Australian Shepherd is nowhere really clear. In general, it is assumed that the dog comes from the Basque region of the Pyrenees, but that can not be said with certainty. The story goes that the shepherds from this region went to America and possibly even made a stopover in Australia. Whatever the case, the dogs of the Basque shepherds look little like the famous Australian Shepherds. The real origins of this breed will always remain shrouded in mysteries …

2. American Australians

australian shepherd

Although the Australian Shepherd is generally accepted as an Australian dog, the breed has been perfected in America. Hundreds of shepherds from different countries came together to build a new future, each taking their own dogs. This led to a great mix, where the dogs were bred on qualities such as alertness, intelligence, speed and adaptation to terrain types. Four dog breeds are seen as the basis of the Shepherd: the Scottish Collie, Border Collie, English Shepherd and the Australian Collie. Together they result in a great dog with a good character.

3. The rodeo dog

The Australian Shepherd is actually best known when the dog after the 1st World War also had other chores to do besides sheep herding. Especially the rodeos, where the beautiful dogs ran around to drive bulls or horses. In addition, the dogs became more and more familiar with different roles in films and series, such as Run, Appaloosa, Run!

4. Australian Shepherd are real eye-catchers

Australian shepherd

Especially the blue eyes of the Australian Shepherd are particularly striking. Even so striking, that the indigenous people see the dogs as sacred and they prefer to avoid them. The dogs can stare you with insistence and even win a match of a cat!

5. Uneven eyes

Australian shepherd

Many Australian Shepherds have eyes in different colors. Although many dogs of the breed have blue eyes, there are also between them with brown, gray or speckled eyes. A special fact: there are also Shepherds with two different eyes: a blue and a brown eye.

6. Color patterns

Australian shepherd

The Australian Shepherd is recognized by the color, although many different colors are accepted. The most characteristic color is ‘merle’, where the dog has a pattern of dark pigments and in the white areas between the light spots of gray or brown. From black and brown to brown merle and blue merle are accepted by the studbook, although you find more color variations.

7. Tailless

Australian shepherd

In the past, many shepherds removed the dogs’ long ears and tails, so that they did not suffer any injuries while shepherding the sheep. Because the tails were not necessary anyway, they were bred from the breed in the course of time. One in five Shepherds is now born with a short tail.

8. Working dogs

Australian shepherd


Although the Aussies used to be bred for sheep only, they are now used in many more areas because of their excellent qualities. They are used as guide dogs, assistance dogs and for therapy. In addition, they are deployed by rescue workers to find victims and help save them.

9. Instinct

The Australian Shepherd has a very strong instinct and a lot of energy. That is why it is necessary to constantly challenge the dog and keep it active. If you do not do that, the dog will start looking for chores. They can try to “shepherd” other animals but can also show annoying behavior if they get bored.

10. Popularity

This dog breed is still gaining in popularity. It is even the 18th most popular dog breed in America, which means that it even rises above the Chihuahua. Because the dogs are so striking in appearance and behavior, there are more and more people who also want an Australian Shepherd as a pet.

11. Frisbee dog

 In the 70s there was an athlete who became known because he practiced a sport together with his dog. He was frisbeër and played that together with his dog Hyper Hank. They even came so far that they could open the Super Bowl!

CBD Oil For Your Dogs

You and your dog may have more in common that you realize. Like you, your dog has an endocannabinoid system(ECS). Every mammal, in fact, has receptors in its body for cannabinoids —  chemical compounds that are found in hemp. When they interact with the ECS, these non-psychoactive compounds help govern the body’s  appetite, sleep, mood and memory. This is why dogs and CBD oil are a good match.

Holistic vets have been sending us some interesting reports about the benefits of CBD oil for dogs in their care.

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Considerably more the ECS and cannabinoids are associated with how we battle irritation, the guilty party in numerous illnesses. Cannabidiol (CBD) has additionally demonstrated hostile to disease properties that enhance survivability for canines, and also people. CBD likewise encourages two-path correspondence among the frameworks in your body. Before the revelation of the ECS in the 1990s, researchers didn’t trust that this sort of correspondence was even conceivable. Today they trust it might be the key that empowers the ECS to keep the body in an adjusted condition of homeostasis.

Good Health for Your Dog

You can see why supplementation with CBD can be such a healthful advantage. It’s not about getting high, it’s about staying maintaining good health, for your dog as well as for you. That’s why Elixinol carries the complete line of Pet Releaf Edibites, powered by pure, organic, hemp-derived CBD.

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CBD Is Not Psychoactive

CBD (cannabidiol) is a compound found in cannabis and hemp. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) can also be found in cannabis and it’s this compound that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties. Most CBD oils are just that … the beneficial CBD without the THC. And they typically come from hemp, not marijuana. In short, your dog won’t get “high” from CBD oil … he’ll get the relaxation without the intoxication.

Choosing A Good CBD Oil For Your Dog

Not all CBD oils are the same … you’ll want a high quality CBD oil that works, so here are a few things to look for:

  • Make sure the product is organic: If it isn’t organic, your CBD oil contains pesticides, fungicides or solvents.
  • Don’t cheap out: The higher the quality and purity, the higher the cost. Don’t price shop … make sure your CBD oil is free of additives and has a good amount of CBD.
  • Get the analysis: Ask for a lab analysis of the amount of CBD in the product. Many CBD oils contain only small amounts of CBD. The manufacturer should provide a certificate of analysis. You’ll also want to make sure there is little or no THC in the product.
  • Buy CBD as a tincture: You can buy CBD in treats but the best form is in a tincture. This way, you can adjust your dog’s dose drop by drop to make sure he gets the most benefit.

Start your dog off slowly but don’t let the naysayers tell you CBD isn’t a good option for your dog … the research is being done and the results are very promising.

The Basis – Healthy Diet for Dogs- Declaration and ingredients

The Basis – Healthy Diet for Dogs

Diet for dogs

Once the dog comes to us, he can not live as nature intended for him. We are quickly tempted to transfer our idea of a good life to the dog. Believing the best for our four-legged friend, we draw on our human experience and apply it to our dogs. The dog is an animal with very different needs than humans. To do justice to it, it is important to collect and apply information about it. It is our responsibility to meet its animal needs and to provide for proper movement, healthy nutrition/drinking, adequate sleep/rest, supportive environment and good care.

An important basis is a diet.

Since our dogs now suffer from the same diseases as humans, it is necessary to investigate the reasons for this in more detail.

  • cancer
  • Cardiovascular disorders
  • Gastrointestinal disease
  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
  • Diseases of the urinary organs
  • Skin and coat disorders
  • allergies
  • Neurological diseases

This means that we can influence the health of our four-legged friends through the diet. Animals fed on high-quality feed have a healthy gastrointestinal system. This will help your immune system cope better with viruses, bacteria, fungi, environmental toxins, and chemicals. The chemical analysis of feed is not sufficient for a healthy supply of the body. The ingredients must be bioavailable to the metabolism, that is, they must be present to the body in such a way that it can utilize them. An example: If the body lacks calcium and this is given to the dog in powder or tablets to eat, it is absorbed by the body and is also detectable in the blood, but the cells can not absorb these chemically produced molecules in the cells.


Conclusion: The quality and origin of the food and the way in which our four-legged friends are fed form the basis for a healthy, long and satisfied life for our animals.


What’s on the packaging?


The declaration on the food packaging is mandatory and must comply with the guidelines of the country where the food is produced. So feed on other countries is subject to their guidelines and is only translated into German! The information in brochures, on the Internet or the phone are voluntary and are not subject to any control! From the declaration, one can only very conditionally conclude on the quality of the feed; the analysis gives further hints. It is not mandatory! The best before date must be listed. The longer food may be on the shelf, the more preservatives are added! A good alternative is the mail order because the goods are delivered fresh and not stored long in the store. Statements about the production and processing are not normally on the packaging, but they are very important for the quality. The better the food, the more information is given voluntarily, and nothing has to be left out or hidden behind difficult descriptions.


In the composition, the individual ingredients are listed. All listed additives such as vitamins, amino acids, etc. are added artificially, and it is not clear which preservatives, antibiotics, pesticides, etc. already contained in the starting materials. These do not have to be disclosed. The contained vitamins and trace elements from the ingredients are not listed under the composition. Only the synthetically produced vitamins, trace elements, and amino acids are visible.

Different types of declaration

Open declaration

The individual ingredients are listed in descending order of their weight proportions. However, manufacturers may indicate different forms of a substance separately, which means that, e.g., meat is listed in the first place, although cereals take a much higher share (divided into ground maize, corn gluten, wheat flour, wheat, etc.). Also, the component names are not unique. What exactly is poultry meal or animal protein? Beware of the antioxidants and preservatives. They are legally hidden behind designations EG additive xy or antioxidants xy. Also, synthetic vitamins E and C or beta-carotene are antioxidants! BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin, etc. can be shown to be harmful to health.

Closed declaration

The ingredients are grouped. Wheat, rice, corn and other cereals are listed as cereals. If there are also adhesives, after-meals, etc., the group is called cereals and vegetable by-products. The same applies to meat, fish, milk, etc., i.e., meat or meat and animal by-products, milk or milk, and dairy by-products, etc. The type of declaration says only something about the proportions, but nothing about the type and quality of the ingredients used.

Different types of declaration

Open declaration

The individual ingredients are listed in descending order of their weight proportions. However, manufacturers may indicate different forms of a substance separately, which means that, e.g., meat is listed in the first place, although cereals take a much higher share (divided into ground maize, corn gluten, wheat flour, wheat, etc.). Also, the component names are not unique. What exactly is poultry meal or animal protein? Beware of the antioxidants and preservatives. They are legally hidden behind designations EG additive xy or antioxidants xy. Also, synthetic vitamins E and C or beta-carotene are antioxidants! BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin, etc. can be shown to be harmful to health.

Closed declaration

The ingredients are grouped. Wheat, rice, corn and other cereals are listed as cereals. If there are also adhesives, after-meals, etc., the group is called cereals and vegetable by-products. The same applies to meat, fish, milk, etc., i.e., meat or meat and animal by-products, milk or milk, and dairy by-products, etc. The type of declaration says only something about the proportions, but nothing about the type and quality of the ingredients used.


The content of ingredients is obtained by chemical analysis of the feed. They are given in crude protein, crude fat, crude fiber and raw ash. The individual values are subject to tolerance limits ( an adaptation of the feed law to EU standard!) So that the stated and the actual quantities in the feed can differ greatly. Also, the values of this information do not say anything about the quality and usability of the feed. Does it make a big difference to the health of the dog, whether, e.g.?Chicken? Comes from battery hens or live animals or weather? Rind? From an animal meal or slaughtered animals.

crude protein

These are the nitrogenous components in the feed, so proteins. These proteins can come from animal or vegetable sources. Also included here are sewage sludge, claws, feathers, animal meal, etc. The building blocks of the proteins are of great importance to the dog, they are in the tissue, in the coat, in the tapes, in the cartilage and are responsible for transport, regulation, and growth. Unfortunately, proteins of dubious origin are often used because they are cheap to get on the market.


Crude Fat

Even with fats, there are again animal and vegetable. They are divided into saturated and unsaturated fatty acids. Again, the consumer does not recognize the quality of the fats again. Low-quality fats can lead to liver damage and subsequently cardiovascular disease. They serve the transport of nutrients, the protection of organs and nerves, isolation and energy supply.

 Crude fiber

By this one understands all indigestible, vegetable components. Excessive crude fiber content increases the number of feces and indicates the use of inferior plant sources. Too little crude fiber or poor quality will affect the absorption of essential nutrients and affect the intestinal flora. Mostly we find too much raw fiber in the feed because it is a cheap additive. The healthy dog ​​does not need more than 3% crude fiber content. They are necessary for good digestion, bind pollutants, train the intestinal muscles and have an effect on a healthy intestinal flora.

 Raw ash

Here we find the sum of minerals and trace elements, but also other sources of inorganic matter such as sand, feathers, animal meal, bones and other impurities. If the proportion of raw ash is too low, an optimal mineral supply is questionable. However, if it is too high, the kidney is overloaded, and the bones are affected. Minerals are involved in all metabolic processes. For the body, it is important that they are in the balance with each other. Quality is important here as well. Otherwise, they will be insufficiently available to the body.


Five-element dog food – Classic

The five-element food for dogs is suitable for sole complete feed for:

– Young dogs from 7th month.

– Adult dogs of all ages.

– Sporting active dogs.

– dogs with allergy feeling.

– Diseased dogs for therapy support.


The advantages at a glance:

·        Gentle processing of the ingredients by cold pressing, thus preserving the vitality.

·        Free from additional artificial preservatives and antioxidants.

·        Free of artificial colors, attractants, and aromatic substances.

·        Good compatibility and acceptance by natural composition.

·        Good utilization of the pressed feed by the meaningful bioenergetic composition.

·        Dynamization and training of the musculature of the stomach and intestinal wall, thereby vital intestinal and immune system

·        Fitness and health of the dog.

·        Natural produced ingredients and production in Germany

·        computer controlled quality control.

The five elements of good dog nutrition

1. Naturally produced ingredients.

The meat comes from extensive, i. All year on cattle held cattle.

Herring and salmon oil come from wild catch.


2. Extremely gentle processing by cold pressing

Due to the gentle production process of cold pressing (use of low temperatures – below 40 ° C), the original ingredients are hardly changed, vitamins, and heat-sensitive plant substances are retained, as well as the natural fats and odors. The vitality of the pressed food is hardly affected, and the liveliness of the food is preserved.


The gentle processing of the 5-E dog food, the choice of ingredients and short storage times make additional artificial preservatives and antioxidants superfluous. Also, the cold-pressed dog food is free of artificial colorants, attractants, and flavorings.


3. Bio-energetically meaningful composition

In the recipe, not only the nutritional value of the ingredients but also the energetic qualities of the ingredients are taken into account (s.u.). The composition of the ingredients is bioenergetically meaningful and aligned with the principles of traditional Chinese medicine. On the one hand, the nutritional values ​​and the energetic qualities of the ingredients are taken into account, on the other hand, all elements of the Chinese 5-element doctrine and the 5-energy levels. Thus, all organs of the body are evenly stimulated and nourished, and the animal gets the necessary vital energy for a healthy organism. Through this unique carefully matched formula and the special production process of cold pressing high bioavailability, good recovery and good compatibility of the feed are achieved, This leads to noticeably more fitness, charisma and natural health of the dog.



4. Waiver of synthetic additives

Due to the selection of ingredients and careful processing of the five-element food, neither preservatives nor overdoses of artificial vitamins are necessary as antioxidants. The original ingredients are hardly changed, vitamins, and heat-sensitive plant substances are retained, as well as the natural fats and odors.

The vitality of the pressed food is hardly affected, and the liveliness of the food is preserved. Also, the cold-pressed dog food is free of artificial colorants, attractants, and flavorings.


5. Freshness through shortest transport routes

The 5-E pet food is produced in Germany in small batches and delivered directly. This protects the environment and always guarantees fresh goods. For the production of the feed natural environmentally friendly water power is used.

Bio-energetically meaningful composition according to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine.


The balance of elements distribution:

All elements of the Chinese five element doctrine are represented in the recipe and are in ideal relationship to each other. The Earth-quality ingredients make up the majority and are supplemented with herbs that nourish the elements of fire, metal, water, and wood. Thus, all organs of the body are evenly stimulated and nourished, imbalances (states of fullness or emptiness) by malnutrition arise.

Thermal effect: neutral

Energetically warm, i. the metabolically stimulating, energy-activating components are in the balance with cool, i.e., substance-building and regenerating ingredients. Heat or cold diseases in the sense of Chinese medicine (for example, gastritis, arthritis or arthrosis) cannot arise as a result of malnutrition.


Foods That Help Dogs Grow

Taking care of animals is not always as easy as some people would believe. There are many people that have pets, but they have no idea how to take care of them. It is easy to make assumptions about animals without truly knowing how important it is provide proper care. Puppies, for example, are a much bigger responsibility that many people would assume. It’s logical to think that they would be able to survive outside as easy as bigger dogs, but they need a large amount of care. The best thing care is found in providing proper food care.

Dogs Grow Tips

The normal height and weight for a dog varies drastically between breeds and the age of the dog. The most effective way to make your dog grow is to feed it more. Parasites are a very common cause of weight loss or a lack of weight gain in dogs. A vet can run simple tests to diagnose parasites and they can often be easily treated with medication. If your dog does not have parasites, adjust the amount you feed it until it reaches the ideal body condition.

Assumptions Meet Reality

dog food care

It’s easy to assume that dogs can eat almost anything. These are pets that have a natural instinct for outdoor survival. This may be true, but puppies are different in a sense because they do not have all the abilities that a full sized dog would possess. It’s similar to humans and the contrasting differences between adults and babies. The formulated milk that babies process during their infant years pales in comparison to the vast food choices that are available for adults.

Puppies encounter the same road blocks in their early years. They must be cared for properly in order to grow larger. All of this starts with proper food choices. The important thing to know is that puppies require lots of food. In the early stages a puppy will actually need as much food as an adult dog to ensure proper growth.

Puppy food is different from adult dog food because it contains substances that are higher in protein. Puppy food is also are mixture of all the vitamins and minerals that puppies need in the early stages of growth. Once this is realized the next stage in puppy care involves picking the best possible food that will make your puppy grown larger.

Home Made Puppy Food

It may be hard to believe, but there are several variations of puppy food. Pet owners have the option of making their own puppy food or choosing from a plethora of retail puppy food distributors. Homemade dog food involves a preparation of meats and vegetables. The combination should be smoothed out and blended before it is served to your puppy. These type of meals will aid in grow, but they will have to be supplemented with dog vitamins and bone meals to ensure that your puppy receives the proper calcium and other essentials that are needed for growth.

This is one way to help your puppy grow, but it is obviously a method that appears to be somewhat tedious and time consuming. It requires more money because you are giving your dog human food and you still have to supplement meals with vitamins. Dog owners may initially think that this is a less expensive way to feed a puppy, but it is actually costs more in the long run.

Dry Puppy Food

Dry Puppy Food

If you want your puppy to grow you can implement a process that is much easier. You can go to the store and purchase some dry puppy food. You put it in your vehicle and return home. That’s the extent of the preparation. This may be a better method for pet owners that are too busy to prepare daily meals for their puppies. Puppies require lots of attention and lots of meals. Those that are unable to prepare the homemade meals several times a day in this manner should seriously consider dry puppy food.

With this food there’s no need to worry about dog vitamins. There are certain dry puppy foods on the market that contain the essential vitamins that puppies need to accelerate growth. The premium brands will obviously cost more, but for many dog owners the peace of mind that they receive from this is totally worth it.

This type of food is probably the easiest to prepare. This makes it the favorite choices for adults, but it may not be the favorite choice for your puppy.
Dry puppy food can help your puppy grow at a fast rate. If the puppy fails to eat the dry food, however, this will be of no advantage to you or your puppy. This may be disappointing, but all hope is not lost if this does happen. There are always alternatives.

Canned Dog Food

This is a contrast to dry puppy food because it has to be opened. It is also stored differently and usually purchased in smaller quantities. The cans usually contain various sources of meats that provide nutritional value for puppies that are in a growing stage.

Dogs that partake of canned food have the opportunity to receive the same nutritional value as dogs that are fed dry dog food. The major difference with canned food is that it’s more expensive. This is the primary reason why consumers do not prefer it over dry dog food.

Most consumers would agree that each dog is subject to different tastes. It’s only fair to assume that there will also be some dogs that will not take any interest in canned food either. At this point dog owners would probably need to try the final alternative which consists of a mixture of the both moist and dry.

Semi-Moist Dog Food

This is the mixture of food for puppies that cannot commit to dry or canned food. It’s a best of both worlds combination that also gives puppies the vitamins that they need for growth. This type is great because it will allow your dog to receive the benefits of both without losing the vitamins and nutrients that are important for growth.

Comparing Cheaper And Premium Brands

There’s really no comparison between cheaper and premium brands. Buy the premium brands if you want your puppy to grow. The cheaper brands will often use filler ingredients that might save you a couple of dollars, but this ultimately cheats your puppy in the end.

You will spend more with premium brands. That’s no question. You will see this as a good thing because there will also be no question about whether your dog is receiving the best possible nutrients that are needed for growth.

Maintaining Growth

The different types of puppy foods listed above are important elements that establish growth. There are certain variables, however, that you must look for without these foods if you are truly concerned about making your puppy grow larger.

Contrary to popular, belief all dog food is not the same. There are various foods that contain vitamins, but not all foods contain the vitamins that contribute to larger growth.

Pet owners that are seeking dog food that aids in larger growth should look the types that contain animal-based proteins. These are relevant because they promote organ, skin, muscle, and coat growth. Owners should also be conscious of a controlled calorie amount that will aid in a healthy growth rate. The ingredients should contain fish oils and vitamins that have been scientifically proven to aid in growth. The list of essentials should be rounded out with fiber, phosphorus, and calcium. These elements will aid in digestive and skeletal development. Applying a schedule of frequent meals with these ingredients will ensure a healthy growth rate for your puppy.


When choosing a food to feed your little pup, look for labels that state that the food meets the nutritional profiles established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials. These profiles list the necessary ingredients and the minimum amounts recommended for a pup to thrive. Both the ingredients and their ratios have been scientifically proven by AAFCO to provide the proper amounts of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals a growing young dog needs to maintain his health. For puppies, purchase food that is labeled as “complete and balanced” and “for growth and reproduction.” These foods meet the nutritional and growth requirements of your furry little friend.


To encourage growth, pups require more protein than adult pooches, 22 percent rather than 18 percent, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. That protein should come from high-quality animal-based sources like poultry, beef, lamb, eggs or venison. Animal-based meats provide your growing pup with all of the 10 amino acids he needs to grow, more so than vegetable-based ones, according to the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. This makes whole meats a higher-quality protein than other potential sources like cereals or meat byproducts. Look for foods with a whole meat listed as the primary ingredient. Ingredients are listed by weight, so the first ingredient listed will make up the majority of the food, according to the FDA.

Fats and Carbohydrates

Fats and Carbohydrates

According to the AAFCO nutritional profiles, your pup needs 8 percent fat in his diet, as opposed to 5 percent needed by an adult. These fats provide your growing pup’s body with the energy he needs to support proper tissue and muscle development. Healthy fats like sunflower, safflower, corn or soybean oils and chicken or pork fat provide your little one with this energy and help his body absorb important vitamins, according to PetMD. Carbohydrates also provide your puppy with the energy needed for growth. Corn, wheat, beet pulp and rice all provide your little one with moderately fermentable fibers that don’t cause tummy upset. These fibers provide Fido with a source of healthy carbohydrates, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.


Avoid high-fiber foods for puppies because they are more filling and lower in calories than other foods. Keep in mind that most growing puppies require at least twice as many calories as an adult dog of their same breed, according to the National Research Council of the National Academies. Don’t over feed your pup, though, which can make him overweight. Follow the manufacturer’s recommended feeding guidelines, serving your little one the daily recommended allowance of food in three to four smaller meals throughout the day.


Puppies need food designed for growth during their first six months to a year of life, depending on their size and breed. While most pups need the extra calories and protein contained in puppy food to support their growth, larger breeds may not. Some large dog breeds can develop skeletal and joint issues if they are fed a high-calorie puppy food that encourages rapid growth, according to “Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats.” Consult with your vet if you are unsure of what type of food is appropriate to feed your pup based on his larger size and breed to avoid any such issues from developing.

First time California banned selling puppy

Today we will talk California banned selling puppy,California just took a huge step forward for animals by becoming the first state to make it illegal for pet stores to sell puppies, kittens and rabbits from mass commercial breeders where the animals often suffer from cramped, unsanitary conditions.

banned selling puppy

On Friday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill, AB 485, which passed the California legislature by an overwhelming majority in September — and animal lovers are celebrating.

Deborah Howard, president of Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), believes the new law is an emblem of the real progress being made toward breaking a long-established cruel cycle.

“When consumers buy puppies and kittens from pet shops, they condemn the parents to further inhumane treatment in mills,” Howard explained in her testimony on AB 485, adding that most such mass breeding operations are USDA-licensed, subject to only occasional inspections that can’t always detect every instance of suffering. “By its very nature, the pet shop and puppy/kitten mill industry creates an endless cycle of animal overpopulation, mistreatment, and consumer deceit, causing needless shelter euthanasia.”

California Banned Selling Puppy

CAPS has been leading undercover investigations in California for the last decade to expose where puppies, kittens and rabbits in pet stores really come from, as well as organizing protests urging pet shops to source from adoption centers instead of breeders, to help cut down on the millions of homeless animals in shelters across the country. “[This work] laid the groundwork for AB 485,” Howard told The Dodo.

Despite 36 cities across the state, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego, already having bans on mass breeding this is a landmark move in the campaign against large-scale operations that breed dogs for profit.

Puppy mills have been widely criticised for failing to prioritise animal welfare and for keeping animals in overcrowded conditions and over-breeding.

Supporters of the measure said it ensures better treatment of animals.

Matt Bershadker, president and CEO of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, told Business Insider: “This landmark law breaks the puppy mill supply chain that pushes puppies into California pet stores and has allowed unscrupulous breeders to profit from abusive practices.”

But the pet shop industry responded to the ban by saying the changes remove important consumer protections.

Governor Jerry Brown, who signed the law, made no comment on his decision.

Animal rights groups in the UK have also called for tighter legislation on the sale of puppies.

Since 2015 the RSPCA has run a campaign to halt the illegal trafficking of puppies and ensure all dogs are bred in an environment which prioritises their welfare.

In February this year it was announced that the sale of puppies under eight weeks old was to be made illegal and anyone breeding or selling three or more litters of puppies a year would have to apply for a formal licence.

However, the move was criticised by some who felt it did not go far enough.

Neil Parish MP, chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, welcomed the announcement but said he was unhappy the Government had not banned the third party sale of dogs.

Over 230 cities and counties across the country have already banned selling animals from puppy mills, kitten factories and bunny bundlers. Now that California has passed the groundbreaking statewide ban, people are hopeful that this is the beginning of the end for a sad industry.

Dog Ownership for Allergy Sufferers

Dog Ownership for Allergy Sufferers,If you or someone in your family suffers from allergies, pet ownership is not necessarily out of the question. You may just need to do a little more work to firstly identify the source of the allergy, but also to investigate treatment options and low allergen pets.

Interestingly people are twice as likely to be allergic to cats compared to dogs, so dog ownership is possibly within grasp even if Colonel Meow makes you sneeze.

Many people with allergies aren’t necessarily allergic to dog hair. They can seem to be allergic to pets because dogs tend to carry pollen granules or allergens from the outside world in their coat. People tend to be allergic to the dander, saliva or urine that dogs carry on their coat. If you haven’t already been tested, perhaps consider doing so. The tests are not 100% accurate, but are a good starting point. Not only may you find out that you are actually allergic to dust mites rather than pets, but it may help you identify a breed that will be low allergen.

The most common dog allergy is to the dander shed from the skin, so this occurs even in so-called hypoallergenic breeds such as poodles. If the allergy is to saliva, having a pet that is itchy itself will make the situation worse. Theoretically a dog that sheds less, will probably be low allergen simply because there is less of that hair that is carrying saliva or pollen allergens all over the house.

If the allergy is fairly mild, try the following things to reduce exposure:

  • Careful bathing of the pet in a gentle pet shampoo every week.
  • Daily brushing (by the non-allergic member of the household).
  • Weekly washing of pet bedding on a hot cycle (over 60°C) .
  • Good ventilation –exhaust fans and lots of open windows.
  • Frequent vacuuming (HEPA filters also trap allergens).
  • Hand washing after patting the dog.
  • Keeping the dog off the bed and couch.
  • Keep the dog mainly outside or in non-carpeted areas of the home.
  • Minimise rugs and heavy curtains.
  • If the allergy is worse during pollen season, consider wiping the dog down after walks to get rid of pollen granules trapped in hair.


A dog with a single coat is much better than a dog that sheds and has a thick undercoat. Not only will less hair get all over the house (which may be the source of the allergy), but also there will be less dander. Unfortunately there is no true hypoallergenic breed, but those that don’t shed and have hair rather than fur are considered less likely to trigger allergies. Consider the following breeds:

  • Airedale
  • Bichon Frise
  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Chinese Crested
  • Curly Coated Retriever
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Maltese
  • Poodle
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Schnauzers
  • Shih Tzu
  • Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
  • Wire-Haired Fox Terrier
  • Xoloitzcuintli (Mexican Hairless)
  • Yorkshire Terrier


Dogs that have been crossed with poodles, such as Cavoodles, Goldendoodles, Labradoodles and all the other ‘oodles’ have tried to capitalise on the hypoallergenic status of the poodle. There is really no guarantee with these dogs that they will be hypoallergenic, as with any other breed. They just shed less, so there is theoretically less hair (covered in saliva, dander and other outdoor allergens) all over the house.


Before you buy a dog, first consider getting the allergy sufferer to spend some time with the dog you are thinking of adopting. Some allergies are delayed and cumulative, so may not be immediately apparent. For example a person may have an immediate runny nose and itchy eyes or rash, or may just have worsening of chronic asthma symptoms. Sometimes the reaction occurs initially, but could take up to 4 hours to occur. People with a permanent cold can actually be allergic to something in their environment, so sometimes the signs are fairly mild. It is estimated that 14% of dogs are relinquished to shelters due to allergies, so make sure your new dog doesn’t end up part of that statistic by carefully checking first before you invest. Allergy sufferers who visit an immunologist can also often undertake therapy to desensitisethem to the source of their allergy.

Whatever you choose, bear in mind that even if you have allergies, it is not necessarily the case that your children will develop allergies. There is some evidence to suggest that pet ownership actually has a protective effect against the development of allergies in children. The above breeds are certainly less likely to cause allergies in sufferers, but each individual is different, so make sure you have had sufficient time with the pet in question before you adopt.

The Very Best Dog Beds for Large Dogs

Your dog deserves the ultimate in comfort, but if you have a large dog, finding the right dog bed can be a challenge. If your dog is older and has arthritis, hip dysplasia, or other chronic conditions that lead to aching joints or overall fatigue, choosing the right bed is particularly important for your dog’s comfort and health.

We’ve rounded up 25 of the best, highest-quality, comfortable dog beds to accommodate bigger dogs at any budget, based on factors such as size, quality of materials, Amazon ratings, orthopedic support, ease of cleaning, portability, and other considerations. Amazon ratings listed with each product below are current as of the time of this writing but subject to change.

The Greatest Dog Beds In The History Of Dog Beds, Having a comfy bed you can’t wait to crawl into every night isn’t just one of the life’s little pleasures—it’s a total necessity! We spend a lot of our life in bed, and not just asleep. The same goes for our animals. And while your pup will be grateful for any bed you can scrounge up (sometimes a dirty pile of laundry works too!), it’s nice to provide them with something extra cozy to snuggle in. Check out our 9 best picks below!

The Insider Pick:

  • Every dog deserves a comfy, cushy bed to sleep on, and our top pick is theDogBed4Less Orthopedic Memory Foam dog bed. This durable, comfortable, waterproof memory foam dog bed comes in a range of sizes, so you and your dog are sure to love it.

Your dog is more than just a pet — he’s a member of the family, and he deserves to sleep comfortably in a bed of his own. A dog bed is more than just a place for your dog to sleep, however. It also provides him with a sense of security and a space that he can truly call his own. Plus, giving your dog his own bed will help to keep all that fur and pet dander off your own bed and other furniture.

Choosing a dog bed can be tricky because there are so many different types to choose from. Dog beds come in all shapes and sizes, and they can be made from a variety of materials. Before picking a bed for your dog, consider his size as well as his individual needs.

For example, it only makes sense that small dogs will need smaller beds and large dogs will need larger beds, but there are other factors to think about. If your dog is getting older or has problems with his bones and joints, an orthopedic bed might be the best choice.

For dogs that spend a lot of time outside, you’ll need a bed that will keep your dog off the ground and can stand up against some rough weather. Think about your dog’s needs, and then take the time to review our top picks for the best dog beds provided below.

Updated on 5/18/2017 by Kate Barrington to include waterproof options and high-end memory foam dog beds.

Although theDogBed4Less Orthopedic Memory Foam dog bed is our top pick, for various reasons laid out in the slides below, you should also consider the Big Barker 7-inch Pillow Top Orthopedic dog bed, the Brindle Waterproof Designer Memory Foam dog bed, the Coolaroo Elevated Dog Bed, or the PetFusion Ultimate Dog Bed & Lounge.

Why you’ll love it: The DogBed4Less Orthopedic Memory Foam dog bed offers everything you could possibly ask for in a dog bed with its waterproof lining and durable design

The DogBed4Less Orthopedic Memory Foam dog bed offers everything you could possibly ask for in a dog bed. Not only is it made with four inches of high-density, hypoallergenic memory foam, but it is protected with a waterproof inner lining and a soft microsuede external cover. Between these two layers is a third cover made from heavy-duty, 100 percent cotton denim with a strong zipper and gusset stitching to withstand wash after wash.

Guaranteed not to flatten over time, this DogBed4Less Orthopedic Memory Foam bed will cushion your dog in comfort for years to come and the removable covers are easy for you to clean. More importantly, the memory foam is five times denser than regular memory foam which means that your dog will receive the maximum support for healthy joints and better sleep. Plus, the bed comes in seven different sizes ranging from small to jumbo so you can choose the one that best suits your dog.

Pet owners and experts alike agree that this is one of the best dog beds out there. A detailed review from Dog Beds Reviews confirms that the memory foam doesn’t sink and the dual-cover design offers long-lasting durability. This bed also makes Pet Gear Lab’s top 10 list for orthopedic dog beds, it was the number-1 choice in dog beds overall as rated by Thoroughly Reviewed, and it’s one of the best dog beds for large dogs on LabradorTrainingHQ.

For all of the features, this DogBed4Less Orthopedic Memory Foam dog bed has to offer, you might expect it to be one of the more expensive dog beds on the market but it is actually quite affordable for the level of quality it delivers. The smallest size sells for $59.95 and the largest for $115.95

Pros: Heavy-duty 100 percent cotton denim cover, removable waterproof inner liner, soft microsuede external cover, 4 inches of high-density memory foam, guaranteed not to flatten over time, protected by a 2-year warranty, simple design will mesh with home décor

Cons: You’ll need to wash the cover frequently and it’s not as durable as buyers expected

Buy the DogBed4Less Orthopedic Memory Foam dog bed on Amazon for $59.95 and up

The best dog bed for large dogs

Why you’ll love it: The Big Barker 7-inch Pillow Top Orthopedic dog bed is guaranteed to last your big dog for 10 years with its waterproof liner and 7-inch thick memory foam design.

When it comes to selecting a quality bed for a large-breed dog, you have several factors to consider. First, you need a bed large enough for your dog to sleep comfortably. You also need something that will support your dog’s weight and withstand some wear and tear. It should be easy to clean, too. The Big Barker 7-inch Pillow Top Orthopedic dog bed checks all the boxes and adds a 10-year warranty to the mix to be an excellent dog bed for big dogs.

Made with 7 inches of American-made therapeutic foam, this orthopedic dog bed will support your dog’s weight and cushion his joints for maximum comfort. The thickness and quality of the memory foam guarantees that the bed won’t lose its shape or falter in supporting your dog’s weight for years to come. The Big Barker Pillow Top Orthopedic dog bed comes in three sizes — large, extra-large, and giant — as well as three color options.

Big dogs can shed a lot and a single accident has the potential to destroy a good dog bed. You’ll be glad to know, then, that the Big Barker 7-inch Pillow Top Orthopedic dog bed features a removable microfiber cover that is machine-washable. Simply unzip the cover, throw it in the wash on cold then tumble dry on low heat. For an added layer of protection, you can also purchase a waterproof liner that zippers around the entire bed and offers six dimensions of protection. No wonder this bed gets such rave reviews from trusted sites like Labrador Training HQ and Top Dog Tips.

With the Big Barker 7-inch Pillow Top Orthopedic dog bed, you won’t have to worry about buying a new bed year after year. Not only is it constructed with seven inches of premium-quality therapeutic foam, but the entire bed is covered by a 10-year warranty. The orthopedic foam is guaranteed to hold at least 90 percent of its shape for 10 years or you receive a complete replacement, no questions asked!

The only downside is the very high price tag of more than $200, which climbs up in the neighborhood of $300 when you add in the waterproof liner. However, buyers on Amazon say it’s well worth the money since it lasts for $10 years. Indeed, if you factor in that cheap dog beds cost between $20 and $40, but may only last a year or two, the 10-year guarantee of this bed makes it worth the money.

Pros: Specially designed for large-breed dogs, made with high-quality orthopedic foam for support, guaranteed not to flatten, comes with a 10-year warranty, removable cover is machine-washable, classic design is attractive, optional waterproof cover

Cons: May not withstand heavy chewing, might be too warm for hot weather, waterproof liner may tear with rough handling, costs more than $200

Buy the Big Barker 7-inch Pillow Top Orthopedic Dog Bed on Amazon for $239.95

Buy a waterproof liner for the Big Barker 7-inch Pillow Top Dog Bed on Amazon for $79.95

Training your puppy to stay off the furniture

How to Train a Dog to Stay Off the Couch, Most people who own canines as partners treat them just like other members of their families. Although the dog is well taken care of and treated like gold, many people just don’t want their pets on the furniture. The main culprits? Having to clean up pet hair on the couch or being embarrassed when company comes and the doggy won’t get up so your guests can take a seat. Some owners simply believe that pets belong on the floor and not napping on the couch.

Some puppy owners encourage their puppy to sit beside them on the couch, while others find this behavior unacceptable. If you choose not to let your puppy on the couch or other furniture, it’s best to train him to stay off the furniture while he is still a puppy, before he gets too used to getting comfortable on the couch. The following article will provide you with tips on training your puppy so he understands the “off” command.

Training your puppy to stay off the furniture

Training your puppy whatever your reasoning is for keeping your puppy off the furniture, you will be able to do so if you are patient and consistent. Follow these ways to train your pet to stay off your comfy sofa.

Start From the Beginning

The best way to train your dog to stay off of the couch is to never allow him up on it in the first place. Canines are creatures of habit. If you ever give your four-legged friend a license to lounge, he will automatically believe that a sofa is an acceptable place for him to take his afternoon nap. Being consistent from the beginning by never allowing your pup on the furniture is the best way to ensure that he will understand that the couch is for humans and not for him. (Poor fella!)

Why does he want to sit on the furniture anyway?

Your puppy may not be misbehaving when he jumps up on the couch; he may not know that you don’t want him on the furniture. It’s natural that a puppy who doesn’t know the rules will make up his own. If you’ve invited him to snuggle up on the couch with you even once, then he may take that to mean he’s welcome on the furniture all the time. Let your puppy know what is allowed, in a clear and gentle manner.

Your puppy may like to be on the furniture for many reasons. First, he may want to be as close to you as possible. And if you’re sitting on the couch, then the closest spot is up there beside you. If you’re not on the couch he may want to be there anyway, because he’s lonely and the couch smells like you. It may also give him a view of the room that he doesn’t get from the floor. If the couch is located near a window it may be even more appealing, as it may give your puppy a look outside.

Narrow Down the Suspects

There are many households that have more than one canine living in the home. Heck, I’ve got eight Newfoundlands in my home. Most multiple-pet owners immediately think that the youngest or newest addition to the family is undoubtedly the one that decided to relax on the couch. When you have several doggies, you cannot afford to jump to conclusions. However, if you have only one pet, you already know exactly who is getting hair all over the sofa.

To find out which pup is the couch snoozer, create all but one of the dogs when you are not there to watch them. Leave a different dog out each day and check the furniture for evidence when you return. You should soon learn which of your canine companions are taking over your living room furniture.


First, decide right from the beginning if you will allow your puppy to sit on the furniture. And stick to your decision at all times. Consistency is key. Everyone in the family needs to know the rules and help your puppy to remember them. If you allow your puppy to cuddle up beside you on the couch at some times, and not others, he won’t be clear about what the rules are.

Remember, too, that puppies grow. If you decide as he gets bigger that you don’t want him on the furniture anymore it may be a hard habit to break. You should also take into consideration that he will lie on the furniture when he’s dirty if you let him lie there when he’s clean. Also, some puppies become more aggressive when they are allowed on the furniture—they may confuse their role in the dog hierarchy because they are on the same level as you, the pack leader.

The “off” command

The “off” command tells your puppy that you want his paws on the floor, not on the furniture. Some people use the command “down” for this, while others differentiate between the commands “down” and “off”, using “off” for when their puppy jumps up on furniture, or people, and “down” for when they want their puppy to lie down on the floor. Whichever you choose, be consistent.

Learn to Love Laundry

Nobody likes laundry, but your trusty laundry baskets can be helpful in training your pooch to stay off the couch. Simply place the baskets on top of the cushions. This will help to block the pet’s access to the furniture.

Sometimes an owner will arrive home only to find the baskets on the floor and pet hair on the couch. This is an easy fix. Get some empty plastic water bottles or cardboard boxes and fill them with small stones. Load the baskets with the bottles and boxes and place them on the couch. When your dog tries to get up onto the furniture again, the baskets will fall and the sound of the rocks banging together will send him running away from the furniture. It’s decidedly low-tech, but this trick works.

Positive Training

Perhaps shaking cans or stern commands aren’t your cup of tea. You may be interested in positive training techniques using a clicker and treats. In the video below, Pam’s Dog Academy demonstrates how this might be accomplished in your home:

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To get your puppy off a piece of furniture take him gently but firmly by his collar and say “off” while helping him down from the furniture. Release your puppy’s collar once he is on the floor and give him praise and a treat. Do this consistently to encourage the behavior you want, and eventually, you will not have to physically lead your puppy down from the furniture—giving the command in a firm voice will be enough. You may want to provide your puppy with his own bed so he can get comfortable on the floor and will be less likely to climb up on the furniture. The bed should be kept in a central area of the house, where your puppy is not lonely and can interact with the family.

Should dogs be allowed to sleep on the couch?

The first thing to say is that you shouldn’t feel that you are being mean or unkind if you don’t want your dog to sleep on your chairs or sofa.

While your dog is certainly a member of the family, Labs have a fondness for getting muddy and a tendency to leave a nice nest of hair wherever they sleep.

It isn’t mean to you to want to be able to sit on your own couch without you or your visitors getting covered in hair

And your dog won’t suffer if you make sure he has a nice cozy bed of his own to lie in.

On the other hand, if you don’t care about a bit of dust or a few hairs, that’s fine too.

Provided that your dog is not a resource guarder.

Dogs that won’t share, or that growl if anyone tries to sit on the couch with them, should never be allowed to sleep there.

Other than that, it’s a personal choice and there are no rights and wrongs here.

Why do dogs like to climb on the furniture?

Dogs do the things they do because they find them rewarding.

We hardly ever reward our dogs for lying on the floor so why would they want to do that?

On the other hand, the sofa or couch is all squishy and comfortable. It’s an easy choice for the dog.

Start as you mean to go on with a ‘no dogs on the furniture’ rule

We’ll look for a moment at how to stop your dog getting on the furniture.

But if your dog is still a puppy, one of the best ways to avoid the problem arising is simply never to let it get started.

If all family members avoid bringing the puppy onto furniture even when small, he may never ever make an attempt to climb up there when he is bigger.