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

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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

Spa vacations for you and your pet

Spa vacations for you and your pet

It is not very common, but there are spas and resorts that cater to guests with pets. Typically, you are allowed to bring your pet and stay in a special room. Some of these places even offer pet massages and other services especially for our furry friends.

However, it is really no surprise that more and more resorts and spas are offering accommodations and special spa treatments for people and their pets, considering that Americans spend more than $60 million on them each year and an increasing number of people travel with pets. Continue reading

Top 10 American cities for dogs  

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“In America, 54.4 million households own at least one dog, according to the 2015–2016 American Pet Products Association survey, and making sure you have the very best for your dog – space to run, grass to sniff, and lots of other nice dogs to play with – is a major factor for many of us in determining where we’ll live.

It turns out some cities are just better for having a dog. And this are the top ten cities for dogs – and their owners – in The US:

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5 tips to take care of your puppies

 tips to take care of your puppies

Puppies are some of the most adorable things on earth.  However, bringing a new puppy home can be a major lifestyle adjustment. In order to help you, we have written down some tips on growing your new friend…

1.- Establish a bathroom routine

Housetraining should become a high priority on most puppy owners. Your best allies will be patience, planning, and positive reinforcement.

It will be a good idea to put a carpet-cleaning battle plan in place, because accidents will happen.

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Did you know that your pet must have a permit from you municipality?

OUR HAPPY DOGS

Did you know that…?

  • The owners of all dogs seven months of age or older must have annually dog permits from your town or city.
  • The owner must present proof that a licensed veterinarian has vaccinated the dog against rabies and that the duration of immunity from that vaccination extends through at least ten months of the twelve-month licensing period.

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Tips for caring for your dog this winter

Tips for caring for your dog this winter

For some people, cold weather is regarded as a mere nuisance; for others, it’s a fun time filled with winter joys. Whatever your position is, one thing remains the same for all of us with dogs: it’s a time when our beloved pets need a little extra care to ensure their comfort and health.

Winter sweaters

While dogs and cats have fur, they are warm-blooded and not immune to temperature changes. This means they can benefit from an extra layer for warmth. If your dog is small and short-haired, he’s likely sensitive to the cold. The same goes for older pets and those that may be ill.  

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