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  • 5 things you must know about Heat Stroke in Dogs

    When exposed to the hot sun for long periods of time, dogs can suffer from a serious condition called heat stroke. It’s important that you know the signs and understand how to prevent your dog from suffering from heatstroke. Here are five facts that you must know.

    1. Normal body temperature in dogs is 100.5-102.5 degrees. Heatstroke will occur when a dog’s body temperature reaches 107-109 degrees. Dogs don’t sweat through their skin the same way that humans do, instead of dogs sweat through their nose and footpads. This means it can take a dog’s body much longer to cool off after prolonged exposure to heat.

    2. Certain breeds have a higher risk of heatstroke. This includes short nose breeds, large heavy coat breeds, and dogs with respiratory problems.

    3. Since our dogs can’t talk, it’s our responsibility to know the signs of heatstroke. These signs include:

    • heavy panting
    • difficulty breathing
    • excessive thirst
    •  thick saliva
    • vomiting
    • staggering
    • lethargy

    4. Prevention is a far better alternative because in most cases by the time that symptoms are visible it is often too late. The best method to prevent heat stroke in your dog is to avoid prolonged sun exposure. If you live in a hot climate, don’t leave your dog outside for more than 10 minutes at a time. Do not leave your dog in a car unattended while you run errands. Even with the windows down the car can reach a temperature over 110 degrees, putting your dog at risk for heatstroke.

    5. If you think your dog is suffering from heatstroke, there are a few actions you can take.

    • Move your dog out of the heat or direct sunlight immediately
    • Use cool washcloths and apply them on the footpads and the head
    • The cool process should be gradual, avoid using ice water or ice
    • Offer your dog water but don’t force her to drink
    • Visit an emergency vet as soon as possible
  • Is a dog walker right for you?

    Daily walks are essential to our dog’s happiness and wellbeing. Your dog could require up to 3 walks per day depending on its age, breed, and energy level. With the daily hustle and bustle of work, school, and social activities, making time for your dog’s walk may feel like a difficult act to balance. Recently many cities have seen the introduction of dog walking services who can help bridge the gap for individuals like yourself with busy schedules. How can you determine if a dog walker is right for you?

    1. Your dog is comfortable and friendly with strangers

    If your dog is friendly and greets strangers with enthusiastic energy, then your dog would benefit from dog walking services. If your dog becomes aggressive or territorial around new humans, then you may want to reconsider. Also, keep in mind that your assigned walker could change so your dog may have to adjust to new people on the fly. You know your dog’s temperament best when it comes to strangers. The walking experience should be comfortable for your dog and the walker so don’t force your dog into an uncomfortable experience prematurely. Work with your vet to get advice on how to ease your pup into being more comfortable around strangers.

    2. Your dog is comfortable and friendly with other dogs

    Dog walkers usually balance a small group of dogs. This can be problematic if one dog is aggressive towards the others. If you notice that your dog barks uncontrollably around other dogs, or attempts to chase after other dogs, you may want to reconsider using a dog walking service. Dogs who are calm and friendly toward other dogs are the best candidates for dog walking services.

    3. Your dog is comfortable with a stranger entering your home

    Since you will most likely be using the service when you aren’t home, it is important that your dog doesn’t become aggressive or territorial when a stranger enters your home. The dog walker will enter your home using the key provided, and you want to be sure that your dog can be easily transitioned from the home to the walk. 

  • 4 Things that happy dogs do

    1. Make Eye Contact

    Dogs will focus on things that they like and are interested in. If they are intimidated or scared of something, they won’t want to look at it, much the same as a person may cover their eyes if they were to see something scary!

    Regular eye contact with your dog is a sign that they love and trust you, so hold their gaze from time to time, to show that you love and respect them too.

    2. Snuggling in Your Stuff

    As a dog’s sense of smell is so acute, they use scent to communicate feelings of love and attachment. Dogs who are happy and well-attached to their owners often enjoy snuggling up to the scent of their owner too. This goes a long way in explaining why you may often find your beloved pooch nestling in the dirty laundry or chewing on old shoes.

    3. They Listen to You

    If your dog responds to you when you call, it is a strong sign that they are happy and secure. If your dog obeys your commands and listens when you speak, it shows that they have a strong bond with you.

    4. Engage in Play-time

    A happy dog regularly displays playful behavior. Playful behavior may be shown as jumping and leaping about. Some dogs may also bow to you by stretching out their front legs, receiving a bow from a dog is a sure sign they are happy with you and in a good mood.

    A playful pup may also lean into you, enjoying any attention you give them. It’s also a great sign if your dog pushes into your hand when you go to pet them, or rolls onto their back for you to tickle their tummy.

  • Road trip tips — How to travel with your dogs

    Spring is a great time to take a road trip. If you plan on bringing your pup with you, here are a few tips for a successful road trip.

    1.       What to pack — While on your road trip, you’ll want to try to keep your pet’s daily routine as regular as possible. This won’t be easy since you’ll be focused on the road, but be sure to pack his favorite treats, toys and his normal pet food.

    2.       Car Safety — While the car is moving, we suggest keeping your dog crated. If you feel this isn’t a viable option, you may want to consider a pet harness. Keeping your dog secured in the car will prevent them from posing a hazard while you are driving.

    3.       Plan your stops — You’ll want to map your stops and make sure no more than 3 hours go by without stopping and allowing your pup to relieve himself and stretch his legs. It’s not uncommon that during these breaks, your pup won’t go. New environment can often cause anxiety.

    4.       Pet friendly hotels — Be sure to plan overnight stops at per friendly hotels. When you arrive at the hotel, you will surely be tired, but your pup will have some energy that will need to be released. Go for a long walk to help your dog tire out. You’ll always want to scan the hotel the room and remove any hazards

    5.       Relax — During a long road trip, the last thing you’ll want to do is worry about the dog. Your dog can sense your energy so remain calm and enjoy the ride. Take your time, take lots of photos and enjoy the beautiful scenery. 

  • Uber Pet the newest Rider Option

    Your dog is your best friend and uber is your favorite app, so what do the two have to do with each other? Well, Uber recently introduced its newest travel option, Uber Pet.  Here’s how Uber Pet is changing rideshare.

    Uber Pet allows you to bring a pet on your Uber trip. Before the introduction of Uber Pet, rideshare applications only allowed service animals to accompany riders. A service animal is defined as an animal that is trained to work or perform tasks for an individual. Riders with service animals don’t have to use the Uber Pet option as Uber drivers cannot lawfully deny service to riders with service animals under any circumstance including, allergies, religious objections, or fear of animals.

    If you don’t have a service animal and decide to use the Uber Pet option, you will need to select the option for Uber Pet after you enter your pick up and drop off location, and only one pet can travel with you per trip. Uber Pet allows small pets such as cats or dogs to travel, but there is no breed or size restriction.

    The Uber Pet option will cost more than the other ride options, and a cleaning fee could be assessed if your pet leaves waste, sheds excess hair, or causes damage to the vehicle. Uber suggests being a small blanket or towel for your pet to sit on while in the car, this can help to minimize or prevent the being assessed the cleaning fee.

    Uber offers a few more tips for Uber Pet tips. They suggest keeping your pet restrained with a leash, harness, or crate. In consideration of the safety and comfort of the driver Uber suggests that you don’t leave your pet unattended and ask the driver if they have a preference of where your pet should sit.

  • Weekend activities with your Pup

    If you work full time then you know it can be hard to squeeze in quality time during the week. Weekends were created to give the full-time workers the opportunity to catch up with family. Since our pets are part of our families its important to make time for your dog during the weekend. Here are a few ideas.

    Keep it simple

    Dogs are not complicated, they simply want your love and affection. You can simply spend one on one time with your dog on the weekend to show him that you care. Let him ride along as you run errands, or make the morning walk an extra 15 minutes on weekend. These are all simple ways to spend time with your pup this weekend.

    Check out a dog park

    Dog parks are the most exciting place for dogs. Find a local dog park and allow your pup to bond and hang out with fellow canines. Be sure to keep your eyes on your pup as he explores at the dog park. You will see a new side of your dog as he engages and makes friends.

    Teach a new trick

    Teaching your dog a new trick is fun and rewarding. Start with a simple trick such as shake and be sure to have lots of treats handy. Your dog will enjoy the challenge of earning treats in exchange for showing off his new skills.

    Buy her favorite treat

    Make the weekend special by buying her favorite treat. Dogs love rawhide bone and Antler ears!

    Visit the vet

    If you are too busy to go during the week, make a weekend appointment to visit the vet. Nothing shows you love your dog more than doing your part in keeping her healthy!

  • Three Facts about Puppy Training

    If you are dreaming of buying a new puppy, you aren’t alone. Humans love puppies and dogs are the ultimate companions. It’s important to remember that puppies can be challenging especially if you are a first time or single pet parent. If you are considering a puppy here are three facts that can help you to prepare for your new furry friend.

    Crating compels to their natural instincts

    Many new puppy parents have mixed feelings about crate training, and often feel bad when putting their puppy inside a crate. While it’s not natural for humans, and it may look like a cruel and lonely cage, the crate is an important part of your pup’s training and development. In the wild, dogs have the natural instinct to seek shelter inside a den. The crate is a comfort zone that your puppy will naturally retreat to, be patient and allow him to adjust to his crate and you will be happy you did.

    Creating a routine helps with house training

    One of the biggest problems that new puppy parents face is housetraining. Puppies tend to pee a lot during this process and in response, most puppy parents increase the number of walks, which can actually make the problem worse. Puppies adapt well to a predictable life so creating a routine for outside time and walks will help your pup succeed with housetraining.

    Leash him!

    When your puppy is outside of his crate, it’s important that he wears a lightweight leash. This will help you supervise and correct his behavior. Puppies are playful creatures and when you touch them to correct their behavior, they can confuse the touch as an invitation to play. This can reinforce bad behavior rather than stop it. The leash can be gently tugged to guide or redirect a mischievous pup, and soon he will under the role of the leash.

  • 7 Tips for Naming Your Dog

    Choosing a name for your dog isn’t always an easy decision, and since our names help form our identity, it’s also an important decision. Most domestic dogs are named after people. In fact, the most popular names of dogs listed online include Max, Lucy, and Molly. While some may say it is just a trend, we believe that giving your dog a human name is a way of showing that your pet is a member of the family.

    What’s behind the name?

    For people, names have often been selected with the notion that they will influence the child’s behavior and self-perception and that they will be molded by their given names. The same holds true in pets. Think about the possible outcome of when you of naming your dog, and how others will perceive your dog based on his given name. Indeed, choosing a name for your dog is an essential part of the bonding process between you and your pet.

    Here are a few tips:

    1. Your dog’s name should show off your creativity and second, it should attempt to reflect the nature of your dog.

    2. A huge percentage of dog names are human names. On top of the list is Max for male dog names while Molly is often considered the most common female dog name. Other top dog names on the list include Charlie, Daisy, Rocky, Maggie, Bella, Jack, Buddy, and Lucy.

    3. There are still dog owners who name their dogs based on their physical appearance and personality. The more traditional names include Patches, Brownie, Spot or Lady—dog names that already give us a peep on the dog’s personality and character.

    4. Just like people’s names, there are so many sources of ideas for the names of dogs. Art, literature, TV, movies, and music are great sources of inspiration for many dog owners anywhere in the world. Think about Elvis and Mozart from the great music legends and Shiloh and Rintintin from all-time movie favorites. Have you met a dog named Chanel whose owner is a fashionista? How about Venus or Homer from the classics?

    5. Get to know your dog. One of the thrills when bringing home a new puppy is thinking of a name for the newest addition to the family. When naming a dog, it is best to take on a wait-and-see approach. Try to get to know your puppy for a while and you will see hints in his behavior or personality that will help you think of the best name for your pooch.

    6. Short names are best. Choose a name that is easy on the tongue. The best ones are those with one- or two syllables. Compare the difference when calling out Zeus and Marmalade.

    7. No names that rhyme with commands. Although it is recommended that you choose a dog name ending with a vowel sound like Willie and Missy, NEVER choose one that rhymes with basic commands like Joe which may sound like “no”

  • 3 Great Dog Breeds for Seniors

    Dogs are traditionally called “man’s best friend” for a reason. They are loving and playful, providing great company to people of all ages. Of course, depending on which stage of life you’re in there are certain breeds that will fit better into your life. The best dogs for seniors are calm, affectionate and low maintenance.

    When the children leave the home and the grandchildren start growing up and getting busy with their own activities, senior adults can experience loneliness and boredom. A dog makes a great companion and friend. In fact, several studies have shown that dogs improve the health of the elderly.

    Poodles are still a very popular breed among senior adults. They are very regal looking. Their intelligence makes them easy to train. You will never be bored when you own a poodle.

    Their playfulness and energy make them a very entertaining dog. They are one of the best dogs for seniors because Poodles are clean dogs and have minimal shedding. They come in 3 varieties: standard, miniature, and toy. You are sure to find one that fits your situation.

    Maltese was bred specifically to be a companion dog. They are gentle and loving. Their small size makes them one of the best dogs for seniors who may be lacking in strength. Maltese shed little, which makes for quick cleanup.

    Their hair is long, but most people keep their coat short so it is manageable. If you don’t mind daily brushing, you can let your pet’s glorious mane flow. Good health is one of the Maltese’s strongest features. These lap dogs also love learning tricks and pleasing their owners.

    This is a great dog for an older adult who doesn’t want the typical lap dog. They are medium in size. Shar-Peis are one of the easiest dogs to housetrain. They usually do not like strangers and make excellent watchdogs.

    Shar-Peis are very independent. They are good for owners who may not be home all the time. If you still enjoy getting out and taking walks often, a Shar-Pei is a perfect companion for you. They have short hair, so grooming is kept at a minimum.

  • Pet Grieving and how to cope with it.

    No one thinks that the day will come where we lose our beloved pets, but sometimes that day comes sooner than we expected, and we are forced to cope with the loss of a pet. In this blog, we will discuss some strategies to help you manage to grieve a pet.

    Express your feelings

    It’s okay to cry, feel lost or sad after you lose a pet companion. Taking the time to express your feelings in a safe and understanding environment can help you to cope with your loss.

    Talk to someone you trust

    Not everyone will understand what you are feeling. People who have never had the companionship of a dog can struggle to identify with the strong sense of loss that comes with grieving a dog. It’s important that you talk to someone who can understand and extend empathy to you in your time of need.

    Join a support group

    Technology has made finding a support group easier than ever. Whether you prefer a Facebook support group or a faith-based support or something in between, you can easily find a community of supportive individuals. Try not to isolate yourself or think you are the only one who can understand your pain. A support group can help you through this tough time

    Memorize your dog

    Print the photos from your phone and grab a friend who loved your dog and make a book of memories. The process of memorization can help you to remember all of the good times that you shared with your dog.

    Look for the good

    If your dog was suffering from an illness, know that now she is no longer in pain. While it’s hard to find the good in such a tough situation it important to remember that quality of life is more important than length.

    Never stop loving your dog

    Even though your dog is no longer physically here, you can continue to love and care for your friend. Carry your dog in your heart and tell stories of the good time to help keep his legacy alive.

  • Playdates for Your Pup

    Puppies need friends, too, and they love to play! Playdates help them establish new dog friends and grow socially. No matter what breed of dog you have, when they socialize with other canines, it can make them happier animals. As a pet owner, finding ways for your puppy to make friends is essential to your pet’s health. Here are a few ideas on how you can make sure you get your puppy the social pet network he needs.

    1. Dog Parks 

    Dog parks are in almost every neighborhood. In these parks are dogs of every breed and size, and this can be the right place for your dog to meet a friend. It may be overwhelming for your dog the first time you visit, so limit your time at the dog park. Beware of aggressive dogs so your pet can have a positive experience.

    2. A Walk in The Park 

    Early morning walks in the park can be exhilarating for you and your dog.  Many other pet owners set aside time to walk their dogs in the park, and this is a perfect time to meet other dogs and dog owners. Notice the dogs your pet gravitates to and help him make friends by socializing with the other pet’s owner. Exchange information and set up a play date for your furry friend.

    3. Neighborhood Websites 

    Neighborhood websites are the perfect place to make friends with other pet owners. You may have the same schedules or same breed of dog, or you both may be in need of a doggie play date. Whether you have the same breed pet as your neighbor or not, this could be an opportunity for many fun doggie play dates to come.

  • Two Dog Households

    Owning two puppies can be a joyful experience. Whether they are big or small, a Great Dane, and a poodle, they can be companions for life. Four-legged friends enjoy hanging out together, especially when you are not around. They take care of each other, cuddle together, enjoy their walks, and show their owners twice as much love. If you are considering adding two dogs to complete your family, here are a few tips to make this adventure a smooth one.

    1. Prepare Your Home 

    Keep in mind each dog needs its own toys, food bowls, dog pillows, leashes, and love. Be prepared to provide these individual items for each of your puppies to create a harmonious home. Once you have all of the pet supplies, you need to be sure to set up a separate area for each of your pets to enjoy their meals and sleep. A special blanket for each of your pets may be soothing and give your puppy the feeling they are extra special.

    2. Transportation for Two

    Your vehicle should have enough space to transport your two furry friends safely. Use crates when necessary or reserve a spot in the back where your dogs can move comfortably around your car without obstructing your view. Don’t forget to have those water bowls and leashes handy in case you and your puppies decide to go on a long hike.

    3. Relax and Show Double Love

    Pets are easy and just want the same unconditional love they give you. Loving two pets is not double work; it’s double fun. When you watch your two pets bonding, it will light up your life and warm your heart. You’ll look forward to coming home to their love and doggie kisses and spending cozy nights cuddled with them both. Once you have two doggies, you will wonder how you ever lived your life without them.

  • Winter Pet Care

    As the season changes and the weather gets colder, make sure you and your pet are prepared. Winter may bring about a few challenges for your pet, but nothing you can’t handle. Knowing what to do so your pet is well taken care of in these colder months is easy and could help make a life for your furry friend something he will look forward to. Here are a few tips you can follow to make sure your pet has a cozy and warm winter.

    1. Limit Your Dog Grooming Appointments 

        Cancel your next grooming appointment!  The wintertime is a time to let your dog’s fur grow. We understand that dogs are more flattering when they are well-groomed, however, their fur is what will keep them insulated in this cold weather. A dog with a big fluffy coat will be able to take on the outdoors and not worry about getting cold.

     2. Booties and Sweaters 

         Invest in puppy booties and dog sweaters. They are worth their weight in gold! Pet booties are not just trendy and cute, and they are functional. Your dog’s toes won’t have to touch the ice, or cold concrete or experience any winter weather pain. Dog sweaters can give your dog an extra sense of comfort. Remember, extreme temperatures are tough on a dog’s paws, and cold weather can be a culprit. It may take a few more moments to put

     3. Short Walks 

      Early morning walks can get chilly, so shorten your walk to make sure your dog is not in the cold for too long. Your pet may get chillier a lot faster than you since more of their skin is exposed. By limiting the distance of your regular walks for those cold mornings, you can protect your dog from the harsh elements winter can bring 

  • Puppies and Holidays

    It’s time for holiday festivities once again. It’s an exciting time to get together with our families and friends. If your family includes a puppy, make sure they are included in your holiday traditions, from the songs to the holiday meal to pictures and gift-giving. This can be a memorable time for all of your family and furry friends. Here are some tips on how to make sure your puppy and family have a Merry good time they will not soon forget.

    1. Gifts your puppy will love 

    When you’re hanging up those stocking stuffers, don’t forget to buy a stocking for your puppy. Puppies love gifts too. While everyone is opening up their presents on that beautiful Christmas morning, your puppy will be excited to open his. This is the perfect time to make sure your puppy gets their stocking and any other toys or goodies you may have for them. Don’t worry; there is no need to wrap their toys since your puppy will be ready to enjoy them.

    2. A family meal for all. 

    The holiday meal can be an exciting and much anticipated time for all, and perhaps everyone has worked hard to put together this special meal. Before everyone takes their place at the table, make sure your puppy has a special spot and meal preparation. Be sure only to include foods that you know your puppy can digest safely. With a special dog-friendly meal, your puppy won’t be susceptible to dangerous bones or foods that may cause illness..

    3. Family and Puppy Photos 

    When it’s time to take those family photos, tie that big beautiful red bow on your puppy so they can be as festive as everyone else in the picture. Be sure to groom or brush and make them feel comfortable next to the family he loves. These photos will remind you of your cherished holidays with your family and your puppy.

  • Pet Safety For Your Furry Friend

    Keeping your pet safe shows them just how much you love them. Your best friend trust and depend on you to keep him safe and protected. There are many ways to make sure your pet is safe. Whether on a walk or inside the comforts of their home and yard or just in a safe environment. By using some safety measures to care for your puppy, you both will feel more at ease. Here are a few safety tips you can use to keep your pet safe.

    1. Safe Walks 

    Not every neighborhood is dog-friendly. Choose the right park or trail or dog park where the environment is not dangerous for your dog. Save the long walks for the bright daylight hours. Pay close attention when you are walking your dog by observing other animals and people in the vicinity. Never walk your dog without a collar and always have an extra leash in case your leash breaks, and don’t forget to clean up after your pet. Having your pet chipped at the local pet store is a good idea in case they are lost or stolen.

    2. Keep Your Pet Healthy

     Your puppy depends on you to make sure their shots are up to date. Follow the recommendations of your vet. Feed your puppy the right type of food and amount for their weight. Make sure your pet gets enough water and nutrition, including healthy dog treats from the local pet stores. Pets need proper nourishment, just like their owners.   

    3. Pet-Proof Your Home 

    Puppies love to explore. Take a close look around your home from a pet’s point of view. Clean up any areas that could be dangerous to your pet. Pesticides and hazardous chemicals should never be kept in the reach of your pet.

    Follow these tips to keep your pet safe so you can enjoy years of memories with your furry friend.

  • 3 Steps for Training your Puppy to go to bed

    This is a very easy concept to teach a dog. It’s just a matter of consistency on the owner’s part.

    Step #1: Give the command “go to your bed.”

    If your dog actually does go to her bed, make sure to give her treats and praise. Most likely, she’ll need you to guide her. Once there, place her in a down position and give her treats and praise. Then release her. “Good girl!” Repeat that five times or so and quit.

    At this point, the dog doesn’t stay on the bed for more than a second or so. You’re just encouraging her to go to her bed and giving her rewards for it. Remember to have some sort of word to release your dog from her bed such as “free!” or “ok!

    Step #2: Begin increasing the distance.

    Increase the difficulty very gradually so the dog is successful. At this point, you could tell your dog to go to her bed when she is about six feet away from it. Once she is successful from that distance, work from 10 feet away and then across the room.

    Step #3: Increase the time.

    You’ll most likely be practicing this step along with step two. Basically, you want to teach your dog that “go to your bed” means “go to your bed and stay there until I release you.”

    Ideally your dog would then stay on her bed for up to a half-hour or more while you’re doing something else but you need to gradually work up to that point.

    If your dog knows the command “stay” then it’s OK to use that to encourage your dog to stay. Personally, I don’t like to use “go to your bed” and “stay” because “go to your bed” implies the dog should stay.

    At first, you’ll only expect your dog to remain on her bed for five seconds while you’re sitting right next to her. Give her treats and praise. Then release her with – “free!”

  • Tips for Caring for Older Dogs

    If you have an older dog, you may not want to leave them in a kennel when you’re away from home. Instead, you might want to look at some of your options for elderly dog care. Here’s how you can make sure your senior dog receives the level of care that it needs.

    1.       Search For Care Providers That Specialize In Senior Dog Care

    While some dog kennels just provide basic care, there are providers that offer more specialized services. If you find a provider that specifically offers care for elder dogs, you can assume that they’ll be able to properly care for your pet. Take the time to see if there are options like this near you. You may also want to call dog kennels and ask them about their experience with elderly dogs.

    2.       Look At In-Home Care Services

    Your dog may not be comfortable staying in a kennel, especially if you’re going to be gone for an extended period of time. Thankfully, there are care providers that will take care of your dog in your own home. Your dog will be able to stay in a comfortable environment while still getting care from a professional.

    3.       Read Plenty Of Reviews

    You should always be careful when you’re leaving your pet in someone else’s care, but you should be especially cautious if your dog is older. Take the time to read through a number of reviews so that you can see what people have to say about various local care providers. Try to find some of the best options in your area.

    Focus on finding the best options for elderly dog care. Senior dogs are more prone to health problems, which means they need more from a care provider. Your pet is an important part of your life, and you should make sure your animal is properly cared for when you aren’t there.

  • How to keep working breeds active and happy

    While some dogs are content to sit on your lap and look cute, working breeds have a different agenda. These are the dogs that are bred to hunt, herd, retrieve, and detect. They were born with an urge to work, and when they’re bored they tend to be mischievous and destructive. Working dogs like Siberian Huskies, German Shepherds, Border Collies, Newfoundlands, and all the others thrive on farms and ranches where there’s never a shortage of things to do. But what about the dogs that live in the suburbs or city? Their families have 9-5 jobs; they’re not farmers or ranchers.  So what’s an average dog to do? If your active dog is getting bored of life not on the farm, try these simple jobs for working breeds that they can do almost anywhere.

    1. Scent Games

    Your dog doesn’t need to be a professionally trained scent detection dog to put his powerful sniffer to good use. K9 Nose Work is a dog sport based on the same training those drug-busting and ivory-finding working dogs undergo. But instead of sniffing out illegal objects, you teach your dog to recognize and detect the smell of birch, anise, and clove. There are competitions where dogs earn titles and awards, but you and your pup can enjoy the game right in your home, in the yard, or on the trail. It works your dog’s mind and body while giving him a satisfying job.

    2. Find it Games

    In addition to scent, dogs use all their senses to track down items and even people. Think of search and rescue dogs but without all the peril. Teaching the “find” or “go get” cue will be your first step. Once your dog understands the basis of the game, you can teach him to find and fetch all kinds of useful objects. Teach him to bring you your shoes before a walk or carry over his own leash. You can even teach him to seek out specific people and pets. Retrieving breeds love this game because it’s based on their natural instinct to find things and bring them back.

    3 Trick Training

    Once your dog has mastered basic obedience, it’s time to move on to trick training. It’s not one of the most useful jobs for working breed dogs, but learning and performing tricks gives a dog a purpose and sense of accomplishment. The best part is, tricks are fun for both ends of the leash. There’s no end to the list of potential tricks you can teach your dog. Start with the easy stuff, like roll over and spin. With these types of tricks, you can lead your dog into it by luring him with a treat. From there, try teaching him to open and close the kitchen cabinets, weave through your legs, or jump through a hoop. Once he has a nice repertoire of impressive tricks, put them all together to make a routine that’ll impress all your friends and family.

  • Know When It’s Too Cold to Go Out

    The easiest way to know how to keep dogs warm in the winter is to learn when it’s too cold for dogs to go outside. This means knowing what the temperature outside is with the wind chill factor AND knowing whether other serious conditions are expected.

    When it’s 20˚ F outside, it’s too cold for any dog to be walking. Above 20˚ F it may still be too cold to walk if conditions are icy, very windy, or if your dog is very young, old, or has a compromised immune system. If it is safe to go out, make sure to keep walks short and keep your pup wrapped up warm with their feet protected.

    Invest in a Winter Jacket or Sweater for Your Dog

    Not all dogs will benefit from a sweater or jacket, but many dogs can. Hairless breeds should always wear some type of winter dog clothing in cold climates. Short-haired and small breeds should also always wear a sweater or jacket to help keep them insulated during winter.

    You should also always consider getting a jacket or sweater for your elderly dog, sick dog, a young puppy, or immune-compromised dog. We’ve published some great articles that can help you find the right jacket or sweater for your pet:

    · Top 10 Best Winter Dog Clothes

    · Top 5 Best Dog Coats for Winter

    · Top 5 Best Dog Sweaters for Winter

    Protect Your Dog’s Paws

    While this isn’t really a tip about how to keep dogs warm in the winter, it is a tip on keeping them safe. When winter arrives it often means chemicals being spread on sidewalks to prevent icing. These chemicals can absorb into your dog’s paws and end up being ingested if your dog licks their paws when they get home.

    Even if chemicals aren’t spread to prevent icing, sharp ice pieces or objects are hidden under snow can be dangerous to your dog’s paws. You can protect your dog’s feet by purchasing hard sole booties for walking or purchasing protective paw wax to protect against chemicals. If you rely on paw wax, it’s important to clean your dog’s paws when you get back home every time you go walking.

    DON’T Make Your Dog Sleep Outdoors

    A dog should never be made to sleep outdoors. As social animals, dogs want to be close to their family and the isolation of being an “outside dog” is torturous to them. It is particularly important to have dogs sleep indoors during winter months to keep them protected against the cold. Even with outdoor shelter and housing, it’s possible for dogs to succumb to the cold or become ill. The best advice on how to keep dogs warm in the winter is to keep them out of the cold and weather as much as possible, meaning invite them inside. As an alternative, you can always provide your cold pet with a dog house with a heater.

    Limit Outdoor Playtime

    Some dogs just love to play in the snow, but you should monitor and limit outdoor playtime during the winter. Just like human children, dogs can get caught up in playing and forget to monitor their body temperature.

    It’s up to you to monitor your pup and make sure that they aren’t spending too much time out in the cold. Ideally, your dog should spend just 30 minutes or less playing outdoors at a time, according to veterinarians. Of course, if temperatures are dangerously low, they shouldn’t be outdoors at all!

  • Get the facts about Diabetes in Dogs

    Let’s face it, when you buy a dog, the thought of any illnesses further down the line is something that most of us don’t anticipate. To discover that our pooch has a disease can be heartbreaking and traumatic. But fear not, the effects of diabetes in dogs are very similar to those of an adult and are much easier to manage than you first think.

    If you have recently discovered that your dog has diabetes, know that lots of dogs live a normal and active life.

    Although Diabetes is incurable, depending on the severity of the condition, diabetes in dogs is easily managed through time, commitment, medication and the managing of your dog’s diet.

    Diabetes is the most common form of diabetes in dogs and it occurs when the body fails to respond to the hormone insulin.

    The organ held responsible for not doing its job properly is the pancreas – the small organ near the stomach.  When a normal dog eats her food is broken down into tiny components, one of those components is carbohydrates.

    When the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin, the glucose fails to get into your dog’s cells and builds up to a dangerous unhealthy level, this can lead to other conditions in your dog health such as cataracts.

    Symptoms of Diabetes in Dogs

    Luckily, there are lots of signs that might point you in the right direction when diagnosing your dog with Diabetes. Bear in mind that these symptoms won’t necessarily occur at the same time.

    If you are concerned about your dog’s health and notice any of the below signs, take her to a vet straight away.

    •Increased urination

    •Excessive thirst

    •Weight loss

    Increased appetite If left untreated, diabetes can advance and you may notice these symptoms:

    •Sweet smelling breath

    •Kidney failure


    •Skin infections

    Although the first few weeks after your dog diagnosed with diabetes may incur some disruption in your life, your vet will set about creating a management plan for you both, and things will settle down rather quickly.

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