Dog Adoption & Ownership

Whether you want to buy or adopt a dog, being prepared for your new four-legged friend is an important step in making them feel right at home. Read more

Dog Adoption and Ownership

Getting Dogs Used to Normal Life After COVID-19

Many dog owners have spent more time at home than usual during the coronavirus lockdown restrictions. Now relaxations are gradually coming into force: we are going into the office rather than working at home and to the cinema rather than the sofa in the evenings. Some dogs suffer from their owner being out of the house more frequently. We will give you tips to get your dog calmly through the period following COVID-19 isolation.

10 Signs your Dog Is Happy

“How do I recognise that my beloved dog is happy?”. “How do I know that I am doing everything right with my dog and that it is completely happy with its life with me?”. Many dog owners ask themselves these questions. The probability that your canine companion is happy is particularly high if it's well stimulated. Amongst other things, you achieve this by doing plenty of activities together, for instance, by devoting a large part of the day to playing together. In addition – and we cannot stress this often enough – high-quality food from specialist stores is crucial for maintaining the physical and mental health of dogs and therewith a positive frame of mind. Ultimately, only hormonal examinations give conclusive information on the contentment of your beloved dog.

10 tips for taking the perfect photo of your dog

“Say cheese!” It is not at all easy to get your dog into the right light on command and photograph it from its best side. Nevertheless, you will read here how you can pep your dog up for a photo shoot and which professional tips you should follow to get a successful photo of your dog.

6 Reasons Not to Give a Dog as a Christmas Gift

Lots of children yearn for a pet of their own. Some of them will even write “I wish for a dog” in scrawly handwriting on their Christmas list! Getting a puppy for Christmas may sound adorable but it is usually not a good idea. A puppy often isn’t a suitable present even for an adult. Here you will find six reasons why a dog is not an appropriate Christmas gift.

Adopting a Puppy from Abroad

Sometimes your perfect pet happiness can only be found many miles away and you or your future dog will need to cross borders to start a future together. This is often the case for anyone on the lookout for a specific or rare breed, or those looking to home a dog without the help of animal shelters. Here are some tips if you are considering adopting a puppy from abroad.

Cats and Dogs Cohabiting

Fight like cats and dogs? On an idiomatic level, dogs and cats can't stand each other. The two squabblers can live together peacefully and very happily though – as long as a few rules are observed. Find out here what these rules are and what tricks are needed for cat and dog cohabitation to work.

Choosing the Right Dog Bowl

The right food bowl is a fundamental part of the basic equipment for every dog. Ideally, every dog should have two bowls adapted to its size, breed and its eating habits too. Here it's important how often your dog is fed, whether it receives wet or dry food and whether it drinks too little or too much depending on the type of food. Please bear in mind too that it's better for your pet to drink from a large bowl rather than a smaller one.

Christmas Presents for Dogs

Ho, ho, ho! Christmas is just around the corner and your dog is also looking forward to those exciting presents under the tree. Naturally, your canine companion is part of your close-knit family unit. Your dog will be very grateful for each and every present, whether it comes in the shape of a new blanket or a toy. Dogs give their owners love and loyalty every day and those of you who love giving gifts to your dog in return will find great ideas for the perfect present for your pet here.

Dog adoption during the COVID-19 lockdown

Many people are currently severely limited, with the coronavirus pandemic leading to lockdowns or even a quarantine. During this unusual isolation period, the desire for a four-legged companion grows for many animal lovers. If not now – when? After all, many have plenty of time right now to spend with a new pet. We will explain why spontaneous dog purchases aren't a good idea.

Dog Collar vs Dog Harness – Which is Better for my Dog

Collar or harness – which is more species-appropriate? An eternal question that continues to divide the dog-owning world. It comes down to more than just opinion, as your dog will be more suited to either a harness or a collar depending on a number of different factors.

Festive Dangers for your Dog: Tips for a Safe and Happy Christmas

A broken glass Christmas tree bauble, a new Advent wreath, an over-turned Christmas tree and a hard-to-digest festive menu: this time of year presents many dangers, not only for us humans but particularly for our four-legged friends. Here we can show you where the risks lurk for your dogs, how to prevent them, and how to act quickly and appropriately in an emergency. The house smells of pine needles and cinnamon, Christmas treats are baking in the oven, the windows are dressed with burning candles and the living room features a new brightly-decorated tree – Christmas is a very special time of the year! However, it can be full of hazards for our dogs. Everyone is racing hectically through the house, wrapping last-minute presents and preparing the roast dinner, with children happy about the latest gift or chocolate in their advent calendars and the dog being paid little attention! All of this disturbance to usual routine can prove stressful for your dog, with dangers scattered all around the home.

Pedigree or mixed breed dog?

The decision has been taken: a dog will be joining your family! Now the real work begins. After all, the new family member should move in as soon as possible, but you want to be as well prepared at possible at the same time. But where are animal lovers best off looking for their new dog: in an animal shelter or with a breeder? Should they be pedigree or a mixed breed dog?

Should I let my dog sleep in my bed?

As with so many dog-owning topics, there are many different ways of looking at the question of “should I let my dog sleep in my bed?”. The contra arguments may outweigh the pros when it comes to the mess on the bedding, but here are a few pros and cons to help you decide for yourself whether you want to let your dog sleep in your bed or not. Your dog will adapt to your demands, as you are the alpha animal.

Top 10 Dog Accessories for Summer

Although “summer accessories” may suggest sunglasses and beach bags, here at the zooplus Magazine we know that dog owners are more interested in the handy items than can help to keep your dog comfortable and cool this summer. This helpful article will tell you all about the essential products we have to offer that can ensure every canine can safely and happily enjoy the sunny heatwaves we are all hoping for! Whether you are looking for fun toys to keep your dog occupied on the beach, or innovative cooling solutions for the daft dog that loves to sunbathe, here at zooplus we’ve got you covered!

Working from home with dogs

The world is becoming more digital and more and more people can work from home. This includes employees, freelancers and many self-employed workers. However, developments regarding coronavirus have made it necessary for more people to work from home. This can be challenging if there is a dog in the family. If it is planned well though and our ideas are incorporated, a dog can be a very enriching part of home office. The following tips will help you and your dog get through a working day together in a relaxed manner!

Adopting a Dog

Adopting a dog from a shelter or a rescue home is a big responsibility. First you, your family and your home must be approved for the adoption before you take your new dog home. If you own a garden, you must make sure it is safe for your new dog. Some dogs are capable of escaping over high fences, so you need to be sure your home is safe and secure!

Dogs that are adopted have usually already been examined by a vet, vaccinated, neutered and dewormed. It is important to find the right dog that suits your and your family. If you have other pets or small children, make sure your new dog is comfortable around them – and vice versa!

Shyness is completely normal

When a dog joins your family, you need to remember that your home and surroundings are new and strange to it. If your new dog is shy and reserved, don’t worry, this is completely normal, and it just needs time to get used to everything.

If you have other pets, give them time to get used to one another. However, sometimes pets just don’t get along. If this is the case, then unfortunately it’s not meant to be, and you may have to return your dog to the shelter. Sadly, this can be a very painful experience, but it is for the best.

Owning a Dog is Time Consuming

A new dog in the family means you need to spend time on walking it, playing and caring for it. Dogs need proper care, especially during the first few months. It is important not to leave your dog alone for hours, while it gets used to everything. Puppies need additional care and extra time for all sorts of training. Just as you wouldn’t leave a child alone, neither should you leave a puppy!

Keeping a Dog Costs Money

Future dog owners should be aware that owning a dog costs money. It’s not just food and treats that cost money, but also insurance, care and vet bills.A dog needs all the basic equipment so that it is comfortable at home. A cosy bed for your dog, a leash and collar for walkies, food and water bowls and toys to keep them entertained! All of these things can cost a pretty penny. You should consider your finances before you buy a dog. Can you afford the long-term care a dog needs?