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Your Questions About How To Find A New Home For My Dog

Laura asks…

How do you make really fun home-made dog toys?

I am getting a dog and I want to make some home-made dog toys! I can afford a dog it’s just that I want something that will be fun for it to play with and not boring like a silly squeaker things from the shops.

New Niche Finder answers:

There is so many toys that can be made at home just out of old, things laying around the house;

* Take 4/5 discarded socks.
* At least one of them should be knee length.
* Use this knee length sock for the base.
* Roll up and stuff the remaining socks inside
* Tie a knot in the base sock(s) just above the stuffed area

That’s all there is to it! Go play fetch or tug-of-war with your dog! (Just watch carefully to make sure your buddy doesn’t swallow any pieces of sock. These can cause choking or digestive problems.)

Try this one – SOCK BALL
* Use a minimum of 4 socks
* Use your longest sock with the smallest holes for the base
* Roll and stuff the other socks inside
* Tie a firm knot in the base sock above the stuffed area
* Double the end of the base sock back over the entire ball
* Tie a knot above the stuffed area again
* Repeat until you cannot tie a knot any more
* Cut the end off the sock just above the last knot

Sock balls are best used for playing fetch or soccer, indoors or out. Again, please supervise your dog at all times to make sure he or she does not choke on or swallow any sock pieces.

Notes: Sock balls can be washed and dried along with other dog items.

I also use old T-shirt – wash cloth tie them in a knot and toss/fetch. My boys just love em.

Jenny asks…

What information should you provide when trying to re-home a dog?

I work for an animal rescue centre and we are trying to come up with a new form for people wanting to re-home their dog/cat. What questions should we ask the people/what information should we ask them to provide? We have the basics like breed, age, sex, good with kids, cats, dogs and livestock, is the dog micro-chipped, de-sexed, vaccinated and registered. Can anyone think of anything else that should be included?

New Niche Finder answers:

What are you currently feeding them?
Are they current on vaccinations? Which ones?
What is your veterinarians phone?
Is the dog current on heartworm preventative?
Where did you purchase the hw preventative?
Does the dog know any tricks?
How does the dog walk on a leash?
Is the dog a fence climber/digger?
What negative and positive traits does your dog have? (Ex: barking a lot)
Does the dog have seperation anxiety?
Is the dog house trained?
Is the dog crate trained?
From THEIR experience can the dog be trusted out of the crate?

Robert asks…

What are the most accurate and price friendly DNA test kits for dogs?

Looking for an at home dog DNA test that is fairly accurate and not as expensive as veterinarian administered blood tests. The purpose of this test is out of curiosity and not necessity… Any input is appreciated…thank you for your help!

New Niche Finder answers:

Hay I’m getting mine done on my husky mix too!
I bought mine a couple days ago so it still hasn’t came in the mail yet it’s called the DNA Breed Identification from BioPet it cost about $44
but hay it will solve my curiosity once I get the information back.

Susan asks…

How do I train my dog to stop doing something when I am not around?

My rottie only destroy things when I am not home. Dogs live in the moment. I can’t reprimand her for doing something bad that was done hours ago. I hate crating her but it is for her protection because she will also eat inedibles. Any suggestions?

New Niche Finder answers:

You can’t train her when you’re not around.

That’s why God invented crates.

Mandy asks…

Is home made dog food good for your dog?

I’ve decided to switch to home made dog food consisting of lean ground turkey, boiled chicken, rice and minced veggies. My dog loves it and seems healthy, but I’ve read mixed reviews on home meade dog food.

New Niche Finder answers:

I live in Egypt and dog food is very expensive. With 2 GSDs it would cost a fortune so I cook for them every day. I also cook turkey, chicken rice and zucchini and carrots. I also add flax seed if I can find it,,ground, of course and each day they each get a bit of olive oil with it also.
That and a good dog vitamin each day and they are as healthy as can be.
Remember in the wild, dogs eat most anything.
I also give them cooked chicken livers once a week and they also get a can of tuna once a week, this in addition to the food I cook.
I have it done pat, organized and it takes nothing to do it. While the coffee pot is brewing, the food is cooking so they eat in the morning.
My dogs are 4.5 and 2.5 and their hair, skin and teeth are great. Oh a good bone once in a while will give them extra and good for their teeth.
If they seem to be away from their food or after they’ve been to the kennel and lost a bit of weight I make “Satan Balls”. This add’s bulk and helps them pick up weight faster and energy. Many show dogs get these before a show.

Also, you might consider raw feeding..also known as BARF..


Good luck.

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