Tips for improving your dog’s bathing experience

Tips for improving your dog's bathing experience

Does your dog hate to take baths? Fortunately, there are steps you can take to make bath time less stressful for your dog and for you, too. Check out these simple tricks to make dog’s bath time easier and neater:

Brush before and after the bath. This will help to remove any dirt or dead hair them been carrying, and prevent you from pulling on wet, matted tangles while they are in the tub.

Put in a nonslip surface. Few things stress out a dog more than not being able to stand without slipping, and giving them something to sink their toes into will help ease their anxiety about baths.

Get the right shampoo. Shampoo designed for people has a different pH than what’s best for your dog. Ask your veterinarian to recommend a product that works best for your pet. If your dog has skin problems, you’ll likely need a therapeutic shampoo that will address their condition.   Continue reading

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How to calm a jumpy dog

HAPPY DOG PAWS. How to calm a jumpy dog

Whether dogs are jumping up on people to greet them or jumping up on the furniture, our canine companions sometimes have trouble keeping all four feet on the floor.

Although jumping up is a natural behavior for dogs, it can cause problems for humans because they could cause serious damage by knocking that person to the ground. Even small dogs can hurt someone by jumping up.

They have to be taught that this behavior is unacceptable. However, it is helpful to understand why they are doing it. Continue reading

Introducing a new dog to your dog

Celebrating 4th of July

If you have a dog and a new one will be entering or visiting your home, there are things you can do to ensure that the meeting goes off without a hitch.

There are several ways to help your dog accept new pets; however, it could take several days and even months:   

To integrate two animals successfully, you need to start slowly. First, plan to have the dogs meet on neutral ground. Choose a place where neither dog is likely to feel territorial. Continue reading

Ways to exercise your dog

HAPPY DOG PAWS. EXERCISE YOUR DOG

Dogs left alone at home for long hours offer suffer from “cabin fever,” leading to stress and anxiety. Daily walks allow a dog to blow off steam that might otherwise be acted out by such negative behaviors.

Even if you have a backyard for your pet to play in, there is no substitute for a nice long walk or a romp at a park. Dogs are great explorers and whether you are walking around the neighborhood, on country road or a in a mall, your dog will benefit physically and mentally.

Whatever size your friend is regular exercise is essential. However, you do need to take your dog’s age and health into consideration. Always check with your vet if you’re not sure of the distance your pet can handle on a daily walk.   Continue reading

8 tips for happy holidays with your dog

HAPPY DOG PAWS. HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Although for a lot of people Christmas holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, these days are also the busiest. However, while preparing for feasts, fun, and family visits, we shouldn’t forget our pets. Because they need us to stay happy and healthy during the festivities, we would like to share with you some holiday pet tips to keep our furry friends jolly.

Create a quiet space

The stress of holidays may cause our dogs to be a little stressed, shy, or unenthusiastic. Find or create a quiet place in your home where you pet can relax with blankets, fresh water, and toys, away from the festivities. It may also help to walk them before having people over so they will be more relaxed.

Limit the special treats

If you decide to lightly indulge your dog or cat, stick to tiny pieces of lean, well-cooked, unseasoned meat or vegetables. Avoid cooked bones, fat trimmings, rich gravy, dessert leftovers and chocolate, as well as anything that contains onions or raisins. Continue reading

What we need to know about travelling with pets

Travelling with pets

These days, more pet owners than ever are opting to travel with their furry companions. With the coming holiday travel season, it’s a good time to consider expert advice to consider whether four-legged loved ones should fly at all.    

Can some animals travel safely, either in the cabin or the belly of an aircraft? Yes, but the American Humane Association advises: “As a general rule, puppies and kittens, sick animals, animals in heat and frail or pregnant animals should not travel by air.” Furthermore, the Humane Society of the United States warns since air travel is particularly dangerous for animals with ‘pushed-in’ faces, such as bulldogs; some airlines will not accept them.

During holiday season, some regions of the United States will be too cold for pet travel, while other regions will be too hot, making the booking process quite difficult. Minimum and maximum temperature guidelines apply, and they also apply to connecting cities along the way.   Continue reading

Why fall can be irresistible for dogs, and their owners

Why fall can be irresistible for dogs

Autumn is the favorite season of a big deal of people and their pets. It’s still warm, but you can feel a difference in the air. You can step outside without being suffocated from the heat and humidity and leaves start changing and falling.

Having a dog in the fall can be awesome and this season can be irresistible for them. There are some reasons why:

More and longer walks: There’s nothing worse than walking your dog when it’s 99 degrees with 90% humidity. Once the cool air arrives, you probably can’t stand staying indoors!   Continue reading

Did you know it?: October is dog adoption month

OCTOBER: ADOPT A DOG

“While any month is a great month to adopt a dog from your local animal shelter, the month of October holds a slight edge over all the others. Since 1981, the American Humane Association (americanhumane.org) has celebratedAdopt a Dog Monthin October, and as the organization has for 35 years, it encourages animal lovers to “save lives and enhance their own lives by adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue group.”

AHA established the event to draw attention to the wonderful variety of dogs available at animal shelters and through rescue organizations. As the organization’s website states, a local shelter “is the perfect place to find dogs of every type, size, age and personality—all waiting for a loving home.” Continue reading

Trick-or-Treat! with your dog

Celebrating Halloween with your dog

Some people ask us if Halloween is such fun for them and their children, why their dogs wouldn’t enjoy going trick-or-treating too.

If your dog is a social butterfly with a history of being unfazed by new and strange things, then going trick-or-treating should be a walk in the park. However, if your dog is shy, afraid of new people, children, and strange noises, they will not enjoy being out on this night. Actually, the nicest way for them to spend the evening will be at home in a quiet room. Continue reading