10 Tips & Tricks to Taking Care of Your Dog in Adulthood

If you’re anything like me, you couldn’t wait to grow up and turn into an adult so that you could get a dog. After my boyfriend bought his house, he started looking and after about a year he found Nyla on Facebook about to be euthanized and saved her little heart.

Now, we have a dog and a whole lot of responsibility. That is why I made a list of things to do and tips to help you care for your dog. These are little things that we’ve found useful and want to share the wisdom.

Here are 10 Tips & Tricks to Take Care of Your Dog in Adulthood!

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  1. Give your dog walks at least twice a day. This will help them exercise and be less rambunctious indoors. Walking your dog is crucial to their well-being. A dog’s instinct tells them to roam and sniff their territory. They can’t do that inside or even in a fenced in back yard. Dogs also get bored very easily. Your dog is probably napping while you’re at work and so they’ll want to play and be stimulated when you get home. A walk is a perfect solution for exercise, stimulation, and to keep dogs from chewing your belongings.
  1. Using a soccer ball to play outside gives us a lot to do. It’s easy to kick away and lots of fun to run around and chase for us both! We have found that our dog and our friend’s dogs love to chase around a soccer ball. It’s big enough that they can’t keep it in their mouth and chew it up, so it lasts a long time.
  1. Hiding small treats around the house is an excellent way to keep your dogs mind busy and sniffer on point. Hide them in places in or out of site. She loves to play this game and sniff around for her treats! This is for brain stimulation. Playing games like this with your dog or when you’re not home will help keep them busy instead of bored.
  1. Mind games like this Kong or flipping tiles are fun for your dog. And solving puzzles are great for your dog’s brain development. These games are also good for stimulating the brain muscles, especially in a new puppy or an older dog. It was fun watching Nyla learn how to get her treats from the toys and easy for us to give her a little time to herself.
  1. If your dog has dandruff and dry skin, feed them a tablet or two of brewers yeast. It’s a little dry but she still likes it. Brewers Yeast can help in many different ways. It helps the immune system and prevents fleas and ticks.
  1. If your dog has stinky breath, like Nyla sometimes does, you can chop up parsley and put it in with dinner. So fresh, so clean! Dog’s breath can sometimes be rank. Parsley really helps because it’s a natural breath freshener. Dogs don’t necessarily like the taste though, so you have to really mix it in with their food.
  1. In the winter, it’s important to keep your dogs pads clean and moisturized. Investing in snow boots is not only hilarious but also a good way to protect your pup’s feet from harsh snow chemicals on the ground. Dog’s pads tend to crack in the winter cold which can make them tender and sore. If you don’t want to buy the booties, rubbing Vaseline on the pads before you go outside is another option.
  1. Investing in a coat, especially for a shorthair dog like Nyla, is also wise for those chilly months. Nyla gets so cold during walks that she shivers. Buying the coat really helped put her and us at ease. It’s also easier to walk her when she wants to go outside and isn’t stubborn enough to just run back upstairs and into a warm bed.
  1. Making a dog bed is easy. Just cut and tie together two fabrics and stuff it with old sheets, blankets or t-shirts. This will also help new dogs associate with you quicker because your scent will be in the place they sleep. I used a thin soft fabric for the bed. It took about 1 hour to make in all.
  1. My last tip is to give your dog all of the love and support they need!

Thanks for reading!

If you have any other tips or comments, please leave them below! I would love to hear some more about your furry companions.

 

Dating In Your Early 20s

3975318621_b8ee295824_bAhh… Dating. It might come natural to some and less natural to others (like me!). But either way, it’s a lot harder now that you’re out of school and in your early 20s. There aren’t boys and girls traipsing around you 24/7 like in college. You actually have to go searching for these so-called, “single people” in the online world of Tinder and Match.com and the off-line world of REAL LIFE!

If you want to check out online dating, read this article at Love and Respect Now.

Everyone, quick! Look out your window. Not your browser window… you know, the one with the paned glass. That window. There’s a whole world out there outside of OK Cupid and Farmers Only where you can find the man or woman who meets or exceeds your goals. “Meets or exceeds your goals,” may sound less cliche than normal, but in reality you’re not likely to meet the man or woman of your dreams. Fortunately, with my unqualified advice, you can get pretty close to that dream babe. I know I did!

My first summer out of college was a lot of fun. I joined a community of great and funny people and had a ball all summer long. My advice to you – find a group of friends that you don’t feel awkward with and will introduce you to people who you could see yourself dating. You might even end up dating one of the people in your group.

Pro-tip: Dating someone in my group of friends wasn’t such a bad thing, but I definitely don’t talk or hang out with this person as much as I used to. This happens a lot with heterosexual people, but I hear that it’s less of an issue in the gay community. I’m not sure if that last statement has any truth to it, but either way, you’ve been warned!

For men and women alike, I suggest dating a lot of different people. This will help you not only get used to the dating scene in your city but you’ll also find out what you like and don’t like in a person you would like to date long-term.

If you find that the single life suits you better, like I said before, “Do you.” Just remember, if you want to start dating, you have to get yourself out there. Research things to do in your city, join a community or group and learn to be outgoing (drinking can help, but be cautious). These are only some of the things you can do to meet new people and start dating.

Now for asking someone on a date. The scariest part of the whole shebang! Honestly, all I can say is that if you feel like you’re grooving with someone on another level than friendship, you should take the plunge. What’s the worst that could happen? You’re not going to die if they say, “No.” Ask them!

If it’s a first date, just going out for drinks is a great choice and one that can be super casual and non-committal. It’s an easy-going date and one where you’ll both get to talk a lot and get to know each other. After that, you can talk about a second date to a cool new restaurant around town or if either of you just aren’t feeling it, you can leave it at that.

And that, my friends, is some advice on how to date in your 20s.

Comment below if you have any questions. I have loads of advice I could share, I just don’t know what you want! Tell me what you want! Or tell me a story of your dating adventures. I would love to hear your triumphs and sorrows. Leave it below!