All You Need to Know about Exercising Your Dog

Dogs make the best pets! They are adorable, fun, loving, and above all, reciprocate our feelings like no other animal. They keep you company day and night, miss you while you’re away and welcome you with so much love when you are back.

Dog-sweater.jpgWho wouldn’t want to adopt a dog? These are probably the exact reasons why you brought home a dog too. But have you ever thought if the dog you purchased is suited to your lifestyle?

Many people just buy a dog because they like a particular breed or fell in love with a puppy at first sight. However, one should always adopt a dog considering one’s lifestyle. That’s because dogs have needs too. And if you won’t be able to fulfill them, your beloved pet could fall sick.

Of course, dogs don’t demand much. Apart from vet visits, good food, clean water and a cozy shelter, a dog only needs petting and exercise. While you may be petting your dog enough, it might not be getting adequate exercise.

Why Do Dogs Need Exercise?

Just as exercising is beneficial to humans, it is important to animals too. As animals generally don’t have much to do, they can easily gain weight. Exercising helps in maintaining body weight, and increasing bone strength and muscle tone. Dogs also love socializing. Playing active games with your dog or taking him on walks will create a better bond between the two of you.

Moreover, dogs are very active by nature. If you don’t play with your dog or engage him in activity, the pent up energy may lead to behavioral problems. Your dog may end up digging huge holes in your backyard or it may even chew through your favorite furniture.

Most dogs have a lifespan of 10- 15 years. As a dog grows old, one needs to take greater care of its health and needs. Exercising regularly will give your pet the strength it needs to endure the later years of its life easily.

How Much Exercise Does My Dog Need?

Every dog is an individual. Exercise needs vary depending on the age, weight and the breed of the dog. Younger dogs require more exercise than older ones and sporting breeds require more exercise than lapdogs.

The amount of exercise your dog needs also depends on its temperament. As mentioned, if you find your dog behaving oddly, it could well be because it isn’t being exercised enough. For most dogs, a daily 20 minute walk is usually recommended.

Simply letting your dog out in the garden or backyard won’t be of much help. As dogs prefer human companionship, they are unlikely to exercise and run about on their own. Swimming is a great exercise for dogs that aren’t afraid of water and can swim.

How Do I Get My Dog to Exercise at Home?

If you are unable to go out much or dislike doing so, you can try many something at home. Dogs need their minds to be exercised as well. If possible, you can build a maze in a little space inside the house or backyard.

Other mind games would be hiding his favorite toy and making him look for it. You can also hide treats for him to find out by himself. You can hide a treat under his food bowl. Seeing him trying to upturn the bowl to get to the treat will amuse you.

If you have a backyard or a garden, you can play retrieving games with your dog. As he runs and jumps about to catch an object and bring it back to you, he will get enough exercise. You may wish to set up an inflatable pool for your pet if it likes to swim.

Things to Keep in Mind

Dog CustomesPets need to be taken care of so that they don’t harm themselves while exercising. Warm up and cool down exercises are as necessary for your dog as they are for you. One also needs to make sure that the pet isn’t being over-exercised.

Dogs dissipate heat by panting their tongue as they do not have sweat glands. Over-exercising not only tires out dogs but also makes it difficult for them to control their body temperature. If your dog swims, never allow it to swim unsupervised. Using a dog life jacket is recommended for even the most skilled swimmers.

Do make sure that the terrain you’re exercising your dog on isn’t too harsh. Dog paws are made of bone, ligaments, tendons, connective tissue and skin. The skin on a dog’s paws hardens over time but that doesn’t make the paws hard as steel.

Exercising your dog in the afternoon during the summer months may lead to formation of blisters, rashes and other paw-related problems. Take your dog out only in the mornings or early evenings in the hot months. Exercising on hard terrain during winters may lead to frostbite. Don’t walk your dog on roads and pavements for too long in the cold months.

If you have a concrete or pebbled terrain in your garden or backyard, consider getting a synthetic turf. This will create a soft base for your dog to play on. With an artificial turf, you won’t have to sweat it out to mow the grass or maintain the look of your garden. Your dog won’t get much dirty either.

Conclusion

Care for your dog just as you would care for yourself. Adopting a dog means making a long-term commitment to it for at least 15 years. Keeping a dog also means having to shell out a lot more money than you‘d suspect for its food, vaccination, and more. As such, one must think carefully before adopting a dog. If you don’t think you can commit to a dog for that long, you can always adopt a grown-up dog instead of a pup.

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Millie Rainer is a content strategist for Forestgrass.com. She is looking to build up her authority as a blogger – so she is excited to explore new topics. Follow her on Twitter @MillieRainer.

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Wearable tech – can it drive down vet costs and drive up rescue dog adoptions?

Right now and in the coming months, a series of wearable devices for dogs will hit the market. This first generation of tech collars can measure and report a dog’s heart rate, respiratory rate, rest patterns, calorie burning and more. You’ll be able to see this info from your mobile phone or tablet, and even email it to your veterinarian. There are all kinds of ways this can come in handy. For example, let’s say you need to travel and leave your dog in the care of a friend or relative. You can check your mobile device at any time and see precisely how your dog is doing and know whether your best friend is being properly cared for.

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These pioneering devices (and others that will undoubtedly follow) promise to help us better understand the health and well-being of our dogs, and could potentially reduce, maybe outright avoid, some serious health issues before they surface. Over time, you can create a history of your dog’s health that can pick-up subtle signals that something is wrong before you, and possibly even your dog, know something’s up. That huge vet bill that frets so many of us could be headed off at that pass the same way early detection of human maladies can often save money, even lives.

Naturally, one of the biggest concerns when adopting a dog is cost, specifically those related to medical care. These devices however could alert owners to possible health concerns much earlier in the illness’s development and not only save lives, but reduce the cost of remedy. If owners could learn to track their pet’s personal health via wearable technology, unexpected medical bills could be, if not avoided, largely reduced. With the burden of medical costs mitigated, we’ll surely see interest from the pet-loving community surge and that’ll only mean more adoptions… and new best friends.

Whistle is on the market now, and Voyce and FitBark are close behind.

by Max Goldenson
www.moderndogadoption.org

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Basic Trick Training Techniques For Dogs

Teaching your dog tricks is a fun and educational part of being a pet owner. Not only does it help you create a stronger bond with your canine, it also teaches your dog confidence, obedience, and a sense of accomplishment. Unfortunately, there are many ways in which the process may be spoiled. If you use the wrong technique, or make a vital mistake, you can instead teach a dog fear or aggression instead. To avoid this, you can use one (or all) of the four basic techniques covered below.

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Technique #1: Use Praise, Not Punishment

Too many dog owners believe they should punish their dogs for bad behavior. This is a terrible misconception. Instead of punishing bad behavior, you should be praising good behavior. You see, using praise can teach the dog confidence, obedience, and a sense of accomplishment. They will want to do as you ask because you are showing them it makes you happy.

Punishment, on the other hand, can have the exact opposite effect. Your dog will be doing as you ask them out of fear. You do not want to teach your dog fear. In addition to permanently harming a dog’s psyche, they may also lean towards aggressive behavior, which can be dangerous.

Forget spanking, crating, or yelling at your dog when they do something wrong. When they do something good, such as master a new trick or a portion of a new trick, tell them they did a good job. Use treats, a friendly pat on the head, a scratch behind the ears, and a simple “good job!” to show them they have done well.

Technique #2: Be Consistent, But Don’t Overdo It

Training sessions must be done on a consistent schedule. Decide when you will focus on training, and stick to it. Depending on your schedule, this may be every day or slightly less often. It isn’t just about consistency, however. Dogs have attention spans much like that of children, so you will want to keep your sessions short, but not too short. Sessions which are too long will make your dog bored; Too short sessions will not allow your dog to learn anything. Fifteen minutes is generally a good amount of time to aim for.

Here are a few tips for making this technique work:

  • Never skip a training session.
  • Choose a time of the day where you are generally free, so you will be able to stick to it.
  • Use a timer so your sessions don’t inadvertently run too long.

Technique #3: Always End Training On A Good Note

Although you need to be consistent, there are times when ending a few minutes early or a few minutes late is a better idea. Why? You need to try and always end your training sessions on a good note, because, like humans, a dog’s memory works backwards. Your dog will remember the final minute or two of their training session more clearly than anything else.

The best way to execute this technique is to ensure the last five minutes of your training session are focused on something your dog is good at. If your dog has already learned to shake paws and roll over, for example, but you are currently teaching them to speak, recap the tricks they know in the last five minutes. Or, if your dog masters a new trick in the first ten minutes of training, end the session with that. Your dog will remember accomplishing a new trick and being praised for it, so they will look forward to the next session.

Technique #4: Practice Patience and Take Baby Steps

Many people get frustrated because they think their dog “isn’t listening” or “will never get it.” They believe their dog should master tricks at a rapid pace, and wonder why they aren’t. This is a big misconception. It does, in fact, take time to learn something new. Some dogs may learn quicker than others, and easily master a new trick every week. Other dogs may take a month or more to learn a new trick. This is okay, because each dog is an individual and should be treated as such.

Take it slowly, and work on keeping your frustration in check. Your dog can sense frustration and anger. It will only serve to lengthen the time it takes them to master the trick at hand, because they will be confused and distracted. Focus on a single trick, or part of a trick, until your dog has it mastered. Instead of worrying over how long it is taking them to learn, focus on how well they are learning it.

What NOT To Do

While these four trick training techniques work well, they will do you no good if you make some of the most common dog training mistakes. Avoid the following mistakes at all costs to ensure your dog quickly and effectively learns the tricks you are trying to teach.

  1. Not training your dog often enough. Create a schedule for training your dog, and stick to it, no matter what.
  2. Repeating commands. When you repeat a command five or six times before a dog eventually complies, you are actually teaching them to stall each time you ask them to do the trick. Just ask the dog once, and then move on to the next item.
  3. You rely heavily on treats, while failing to give ample praise. Eventually a dog should do tricks exclusively for love and praise. Relying too heavily on treats can make the transition harder on both you and the dog.
  4. You lack adequate confidence. If your dog senses confidence, they will be more prone to listen and do as you ask. Without confidence, they will feel as though they do not have to listen to you.
  5. You use cookie-cutter training techniques without taking the individual dog’s personality into account. Each dog, just like every person, is unique. What works for one may not work for the other, and you must take this into consideration when training.

Conclusion

Utilizing the above four basic techniques when training your dog to do tricks can help ensure the process goes smoothly. When trained properly, a strong bond can form between canine and owner. Your dog will not only walk away with a new skill set, but also with boosted confidence and a higher level of obedience.

Christopher Rollox Gemini K9 Obedience inc. http://www.geminik9.com/

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Best Dog Advice: Says Who?

Everyone Has The Best Dog Advice Right….

“I’ve heard that I shouldn’t give my dog a bath until he’s at least 6 months old.”
“I’ve been told that my dog should only chew on Nyla bones.”
“Someone said I should only feed my dog eggs.”
“I was told to keep my dog on a leash ALL the time, even at home, for training purposes.”

Best doggie adviceYup, I’ve heard it all. Opening a doggie boutique nearly five years ago, I never imagined the variation of advice I would hear. I assumed caring for a dog, its nutrition, exercise and overall wellbeing would be fairly universal. Well, I was completely wrong!

Traditionally, when someone comes into one of my stores looking for advice, our goal is to point people in the direction of safe, all natural products, we espouse the virtues of lots of exercise, mental play as well as physical and some really tried-and-true toy and time consumer options.

Yet, sometimes we are met with someone who is dug in to a belief well, because, “My breeder said….” Or “My trainer said…..” and frankly, sometimes the information they share is seemingly illogical to us. One example that stands out was when the new adoptive parent of a fearful mix breed who channeled his anxiety through aggression, was told to just bring him to the park and let him work it out. And that was what he aimed to do, until we calmly and rationally explained that that couldn’t be a worse idea. We said it nicely of course, pointing out that that recommendations was a recipe for disaster potentially not only for the other dogs at the park, but for his new dog as well as it would only lead to higher stress and anxiety levels.

When we hear “advice” we don’t necessarily agree with, we’ll engage other customers in the conversation to get their input. We also encourage the customer with the question, to please ask the experts, their vet and trainer as well as other dog parents they know. The fact remains they’ll likely get iterations of fairly similar advice, but once they see the common thread, they can make the most informed decision resulting in their dog’s happiness and best health.
So if you’re entering the realm of new puppy/dog ownership, be open to the advice you receive. Ask opinions of those you trust, do your own research and make informed decisions. If the advice you’re getting seems extreme or “off” trust your gut, and look to other options. And in any medical situation, we always recommend a second opinion.

Noella Schink is a writer and dog owner/lover who recommends online dog communities like Harry’s Picks ( http://www.harrys-picks.com ) for travel tips, making new friends, and sharing dog friendly business reviews across the country.

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Christmas Shopping

The day has finally come- I was wondering if I was ever going to be able to accomplish my errands this Christmas- we’ve had quite a few things going on with the grandparents these days and then we get an ice storm followed by a snow storm. Dad doesn’t like me driving in the ice and snow, er, uh, if he knew that is!

I finally have access to my human’s car. After all, Dad said he bought the Forester for me so I should be able to borrow it once in awhile, right? Today is it!

I’ve gone through the house, the yard, and made sure everything is secure- found dad’s car keys. Gotta brush off the snow and ice- a swoop with the broom should do it.

Dad says the Forester is 4 wheel drive, must be like me – all my legs make me go in the same direction at the same time and fast- not wasting any time and I never ever get stuck in snow or ice, and when I slip or slide, my other legs kick in and keep me balanced and going- I think the Subaru does about the same things but with tires- really cool vehicle.

I got the thing started, going to let it warm up and I’m off- not sure where to yet, but I’ll figure that when I get going down the road. Heater turned on. Radio on too- rock music – enough of that classical stuff Dad listens to- and a cool pair of sunglasses! I’m set! Off I go.

This was much easier when my cat brother joined me. He would steer and I would operate the brake and the gas pedal- now, with him gone, I’ll have to do it all- watch out world.

I think I’ll head to the PetShoppe, that’ll have a few gifts my humans might like- uh oh. Problem. My hind end is getting warm. Hmmmmmmmmm. Woof. Ruff? I took care of things before I left- I wonder. Now, my backside is a bit warm while my hinny is hot- as in really hot!!! Er??? Ruff?? Not at all sure what’s going on- no safe place to pull over- will at the shopping center. SNIFF! I don’t smell anything burning- but now I feel really hot- like I have a fever or something.

And, why are these people passing me and looking like they’ve never seen a dog drive a car before? Don’t they ever get out? I mean, please, let’s not be rude.

I pull into this place with a bunch of cars parked around and some stopped by these tank looking things- I turn the car off, get out and walk around to see if I can figure out what’s burning and making my backside awful hot!

People in this area stare way too much- gotta do my Christmas shopping! How do they think I’m going to do it?

This is interesting, my hinny has cooled off- think I’ll get back in the car and head on- A few minutes later, I’m hot again. Got to figure this out- makes no sense. After getting to the PetShoppe, I look around again. Oh. I found it. My human’s car has seat warmers and it was set on high!! Good grief, spoiled humans!

Noah Pearson, Pawthor, www.fromthedogspaw.com, Pawditor, www.allenpearsonsphotos.com
Allen Pearson, Dog, Cat, Garden Photographer, Blogger, Writer, www.allenpearsonsphotos.com, blog,allenpearsonsphotos.com

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Christmas Shopping 2

I have finally arrived at the PetShoppe after making a stop on the way ONLY to discover my humans are way too spoiled with seat warmers in their car.

I should be able to find a great present for my humans at this store- am looking around. They’ve got the latest dog toys, dog treats, snake toys, er, uh, what??, dog books, dog beds, dog holistic treatments, dog clothes, what??? Am I naked?, ARF?? I love this place- everything you could ever think of for dogs and cats and iguanas and fish and, uh, even snakes. But, barkingly, I have to ruff- there aren’t gifts for humans here- ARF!!

Maybe I should head to the hardware store- my Dad might would like something from there- and it’s not far. They’ve got gardening tools and stuff he could use and I could steal and play with, uh, er, well, at least he would enjoy them, first. Maybe. WOOF!!

This store is huge and why are all the humans staring at me and some even running away- am tempted to run after them to see what the fun is but I don’t have time, I have to shop for dad and then find something for mom. And, where is a sales person when you need one- I mean, “really” I don’t have all day! No luck here, I will have to try elsewhere.

Mom isn’t easy to shop for either – she’s so special I don’t want to just buy her anything. I don’t want to just get her anything. This time, I’m going to the Mall and look around! There will be plenty of shops to check out. Sure to find her something there. Maybe I’ll find something for dad too.

Well, didn’t mean to go in there. Too many personal items in that shop- I’d be way embarrassed to give mom or dad any of those- and my luck I would see them in them! WOOF! Arf? The bookstore was a bust. Not sure which ones mom has and which she doesn’t. I thought for sure I would see something she might would like. Dad’s picky when it comes to books so skipping that for him too.

All the smells in the mall makes me wonder who shops here –other than all those people who, again, are starting at me. I smell a cat. I smell a hamster. I smell food which is the worst distraction. I smell… well, never mind but you’d think they’d at least clean off their shoes.

Sadly, I have come up empty pawed, even after several stores. Not sure what to do because I know my humans will give me something nice. Dad spares little expense when it comes to me!

Christmas is here and I lay in my crate. Something I haven’t done in quite a long time. This is my spot in the world, my man cave! Sometimes I go in here to rest or hide from something I don’t understand. But, today, it’s because I have no presents for my humans.

The party begins and I watch as dad hands out all the presents. I got a huge stack- so did the others. Tears come to my eyes. Dad notices and asks if I’m ok- I just sit there. I’m too embarrassed. I explain to him that I have no presents for him or mom. He tears up and says, “you give me a present everyday by being you and keeping mom and I company.” Merry Christmas Buddy!

I burst out of my crate happy as can be- tail wagging every which way knocking gifts, drinks, food and everything else- every which way too! WOOF!!!!!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Noah Pearson, Pawthor, www.fromthedogspaw.com, Pawditor, www.allenpearsonsphotos.com
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Intro to Dog Behavior (1 of 2)

“Canine Science is very opinionated because everyone
has different reasons of why.”

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For 11 years I have studied canine behavior and I have noticed how much everyone has different views on different behaviors. The quote in the beginning of this article was a quote I first read when I started my career.

It is interesting, but a fact.

Canine behavior is broken down into three.

Fact, opinion & fiction.

Fact; The type of breed.
The health of the dog. Etc…..

Opinion; The type of behavior a dog is showing.
What method to use to correct or change the behavior from bad to good.
What tool to use for help. Etc…….

Fiction; Everything else.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know, when you get a puppy you must start positive. Use motivation to train the puppy to follow commands or cues for proper behavior.
Example; When a puppy is learning how to sit, use a treat to motivate the puppy to sit. You use the treat to create what is called a sequence. Show signal, say the puppy’s name then “SIT.” When doing this your dog will learn sit is what you want. If the treat is not enough motivation for your puppy, find something that is. Use it only for training.
Training classes are always a must when you have a puppy, or when you have a new dog in your house.
This part is a fact why? because it’s like a child. To develop a child’s mind, you apply the fundamentals.

Puppies have different stages to them. From child to outta-lessons to adult. When a puppy is in the outta-lesson stage there’re beginning to show rough behavior. They become bratty, needy, mouthy etc….. Every dog trainer has different ways to approach. Some use the dominance method which states,
“a dog must know where he or she is in the hierarchy. To show this you must show dominance.”
This statement is an opinion.

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Some use the “Kill them with kindness” method. Which states,
“When a dog is barking, mouthy or showing other unwanted behavior – you ignore until they show you a different behavior. Once this is achieved, you reward.”
This statement is also an opinion.

The problem here is, which statement is correct? Both show high results. But, both are not wrong nor right either.
With dog trainers calling themselves “behavioral modification trainers”, how do you know if they are applying the right method? or if they are breaking down the reason your dog is behaving the way they are? The answer is, you don’t.

In the United States alone, there are about 1,500 dog training schools offering certifications. Including large animal chain stores. Everyone of them has their own methods on BASIC training. Now, you are asking yourself – why did he write basic in all caps? Well the reason is because that is what those schools are meant for. Even the way these dog training schools teach you on how to teach a dog to sit is different from each other. Again all not right nor wrong from each other.

When I was learning, I had a choice to go public or private. I decided on private because I would have the freedom on learning every method man has made to train a dog, or on reading behavior.

With doing my research I found that most dog trainers use the “kill with kindness” method. Seeing how they approach a dog that had what is called puppy behavior, I saw the trainer used more food than I could ever imagine. The problem with this, even if you ween a dog away from using food to do what command you are asking them to do, they will be impatient to get back up and develop a bratty stage. Which means, you don’t reward me I won’t do. Food food food!!!

The next trainer I shadowed, I saw her using a Cesar type of approach. Every time the dog did something you didn’t want or like, you touch and say No! The problem with this is, the dog started to become frustrated. The reward was very little and the touch was over done. The risk with a dog biting you is high.

Both methods are affective, both done on two different dogs expressing no high behavior. Just puppy behavior. Each trainer explaining two different views on the behavior.

The first trainer said, the puppy had no foundation what so ever. Needed more love and food to learn what the difference between good and bad is.

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The second trainer said, the puppy was expressing aggressive behavior. The touch is to show almost a dog like sense. “You are leader” expressing that if not done this way the puppy will grow to run the house.

Now ask yourself, which would you choose?

Now, this is for a puppy.

Canine Science has shown us fact! Puppies are wild, have no sense of foundation. Not domesticated. Every puppy when not shown right from wrong will be wild. They learn how to adapt to the environment.

Each dog trainer uses their own different set of tools to help them in training a dog to behave properly or follow commands.

  • Prong
  • Harness
  • Martingale Collars
  • Chokers
  • E-collars
  • Spray Collars

Each dog training tool has different uses. Every tool must be used properly and under the supervision of a trained professional.

But it brings me back to my basic question. How do you know if the dog trainer is using the right method for training your dog. Which tool is the right one for the issues you are experiencing. The answer, you don’t.

Canine Science has taught us that, man teaches canine to obey with just an extension of its hand. The extension being the leash. This statement is a fact!

Let’s take walking your dog at hand here. Now, we all know a dog must walk next to us in order for us to have proper behavior. When you have a puppy and you are beginning on training, not many know that dog training is a riff of a domino effect. If you work on just one more than the other, you will hurt the training. It all connects. Sit, Stay, Recall, Heal. All of these commands are one behavior. It’s called patience. The difference here is now what tools to use.

I shadowed another basic dog trainer and saw the tool she chooses for each dog, and what command she starts off first.

She uses a harness, and starts off on the sit command. Then she went in order, or, so this is what her basic training manual teaches.

I shadowed another and he used a choker, and started with heal. Then mixed around the order. This is what his training manual teaches him.

Now which one do you think is right or wrong. How would you even know. Unless you see results.

The intro to dog behavior starts with basic training, then it continues on to different parts of the stages, but, when behavior problems are presented on a rescue dog, now is when situations, methods and tools change

The behaviors are now more complex because the opinions come in, and the different methods are changing.

In my next article I will talk more on it. I will present the tools and what they are really made for. It’s very important that you ask why is my dog behaving this way, and ask many questions into why is this tool used.

In the next article I will talk on Fear Aggression and why it really isn’t a term to be used, and why aggression is a 360 behavior.

Till next time!

Oh and, one other thing.

E-Collars are not tools to be used to change behavior. They are ONLY! to be used for DISTANCE TRAINING. Ex; Field training, Hunting.
THATS IT! If a dog trainer advises you to use this tool to stop aggressive behavior. STOP! and ask the trainer to please leave.

There is no such thing as a NO-PULL HARNESS. Harness were originally made for smaller dogs, dogs with collapsed tracheas and dogs to pull.

If you plan to implement any of these tips or has helped you in any other way please share with us in the comments below the results and if you need further help let us know via the comments!

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Vacationing with Your Furry Buddy is Easy Now

Vacationing with Your Furry Buddy is Easy Now

My pet and I often take off on these vacations we believe we are completely entitled to after days of rigorous work and routine boredom. While initially it was not all that smooth to find great vacation destinations in the U.S. for my pet Toby and me, the last two years have been a complete joy ride for both of us filled with unrestricted fun, luxury, adventure, and lot of great wine and great food.

Hike Trails

If you and your furry friend are in mood for some easy, relaxed walking, the seascape trail on the Palo Verdes Peninsula, falling within Southwestern Los Angeles County is your getaway spot. Great ocean views, the whiff of the fresh, fragrant air and the incredible view of the Point Vicente Lighthouse will keep you and your pooch mesmerized for days to come. What you will also find here are great accomodation facilities for your pet. So those worries can be set to rest.

Another great option for a hike trail is Eaton Canyon Natural Park in Los Angeles itself. Feeling laid-back and relaxed; enjoy the easy trails here in Pasadena or for a more adventurous hike trail, head to the Eaton Canyon Falls in the San Gabriel Mountains. The natural dip pool made by the falls will make your hike totally worth it. Unleash and unwind with your terrier, but ensure you carry some cool clothes like casual t-shirts and backpack style harnesses for your furry baby, you never know when it get chilly or too warm that the pup’s coat gets singed. Besides there will be areas where a harness becomes a necessity or formal rule.

Sipping in Style

Sonoma Valley will soon emerge as one of the most dog friendly destinations of the world. With over 50 wineries that have dog-friendly policies and establishments, you can really enjoy tasting some great wine and then move to restaurants that have an amazing fare not just for you but also for your dog. They have special dog menus as well. Talk about a dog’s day out!

Finally, after all that sumptuous food, it’s time for some exercise. So don’t set into the lazy mood and move to some local parks to get some serious hiking done. Sonoma Valley is really the place for ‘wine and all things dog.’

The Sun and Sand

 

There have been many times when I have taken my dog to the beach only to be told that my four-legged buddy is not allowed. I have seen him feeling sad and disappointed, yes dogs do feel sad and felt quite annoyed myself. But of late I have discovered this plethora of beaches that are completely dog-friendly, that allow me and my dog to play and have fun in the sands and even maybe get some quality tan-time.

One, that my pup and I absolutely love is the Block Island Beach, 12 miles off the Rhode Island beach. There is absolutely no restriction on areas your dog can or cannot visit here, make sure he is leashed though and during certain times of the day even that is not necessary. Do check out the mandatory rules of beaches though.

Another extremely dog-friendly beach is the Dog Beach (as the name says) in Florida, leash-free and with proper fencings, in here there is also a country park designed specially for dogs and their owners. You can opt for their Kayak with Canine program where you and your dog can row your way to sunset.

However, Florida beaches would involve carrying lots of sunscreen and sunglasses and bottles of water to keep both of you hydrated and protected.

When it’s All about Luxury

So if it’s the ultimate luxurious vacation that you are seeking with your pet in tow, then go take a luxury vacation in Chateau Poochie (Pompano Beach, Florida). Loving the name? You will definitely love the array of services they have in store for your pet. From the most luxurious suites and parlors to an assortment of meat, vegetables and rice, specially prepared for your pet, this is true heaven for your canine friend.

Belly rubs, bed-time stories, therapeutic massages, facials and pedicures, individual playtime with the staff and jumping through hoops on impact-resistant floors, this would be one lavish holiday for your pet. So are you ready to spoil your pooch?

Time For Some Festive Fun

 

The Annual Brewers Memorial Ale Festival (Newport, Oregon) is a one-of-a kind, unique dog and beer festival which is held in memory of Brewer, the resident black labrador, CEO and chairman of Rogue Ales, the famous American craft brewery.

There is free entry for dogs as long as their human owners are accompanying them. The fees to join the festival is just $10. So if you and your dog are beer lovers you cannot miss this gala event where beer from breweries like Laughing Dog, Dogfish Head, Blue Dog Mead, Hopworks, Falling Sky and many more will be pouring in. From live music to arts and crafts to dog olympics and dog shows, your dog will be having some real entertainment and playtime. But do monitor your pooch all the time amid so many other dogs, especially its noises and walking movements to understand what it is feeling and prevent any unwanted hazards.

Brian, Dogs Love It http://www.dogloveit.com

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Keeping Dogs Safe During Winter

pet care for the outdoorsIn a few weeks (or days), we will finally get to see the first flakes of snow showering down on us. Winter is coming and so are the holidays, well deserved winter breaks and leisure time with family and friends. However, all the fun and festivities come with hidden dangers that may cause life-threatening situations especially to dogs. With that said, let’s delve to the focal point of this entry; keeping dogs safe during this time of the year does not actually take much and these acts are trivial. But if these are not observed, a lot of consequences may happen.

  • Antifreeze

One of the primary reasons why some dogs are admitted to animal clinics in this time of the year is because of antifreeze consumption. This chemical is applied on the roads, sidewalks and on cars, specifically doing what its namesake suggests. It has a distinct, sweet smell and taste to dogs which in turn may attract them. Consuming it will lead to poisoning and even death. In order to avoid this, always keep them under supervision when outdoors, replace the water in their bowls every now and then and lastly, keep the container of antifreeze in a secure location.

  • Pre-Winter checkup

Even before the fall of the first snowflake, you certainly need to take Ruffles to the nearest veterinarian in order to determine if he (let’s say Ruffles is male) has existing medical conditions that can make him extra vulnerable to the cold. This is actually important, especially if you suspect that your dog has canine arthritis – the freezing temperatures makes this condition even worse.

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  • After an outdoor walk or play session, be sure to brush off all the snow

Playing in the snow may be fun, but it can actually be dangerous as well. It may hide sharp objects or other debris from view, which is why employing the use of dog boots (or shoes for dogs) is essential, although corny. With that said, also remember to brush off all the snow and blow dry the fur if it gets wet – the water in the fur may freeze, which may cause body temperature to drop. Also check the footpads if there is any icy residue on them. Lastly, remember the time on how long certain dog breeds can last outdoors is different. For example, St Bernards and huskies can last longer than Dobermans and Pugs.

  •  Never overfeed

Although an extra layer of fat during winter is welcome, obesity must be avoided at all costs. Cold temperatures encourage lazy behavior, so it is inevitable that its calorie-burning activities will be lessened dramatically. With that said, remember to only feed it with the right or even lesser amounts, given that lazy behavior cuts the need for calories.

  • Burns    

Though ironic, occurrences of burns during the winter are pretty common. This is so because winter encourages the use of heaters and fireplaces. Dogs have a tendency to curl up near these utilities which increases the likeliness of this type of injury. In order to avoid this, install a small fence around the fireplace or place the heater high on the wall.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jenny Dwight is a writer, blogger and also a pet lover. She loves writing and sharing her thoughts about pet and animal care. Facebook and twitter are her hang out zone and she likes tweeting pet care related updates. She is known to her friends as a caring and loving pet owner and it is always part of her daily routine to go jogging every morning with her pet dog named Asha. She also brings Asha to an
animal clinic once a month for her medical and dental needs. Jenny finds her pet as a fun-loving and smart dog.

Keeping Dogs Safe During Winter

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Have you taken precautions already? Want to share any ideas you may have that have not been mentioned lets hear them by submitting your comment.

Jason M.

Olympic Animal Sanctuary Problems

Feed Once A Week – SHUT It Down

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This is not an image of the shelter, those images are to disgusting to showcase

In Fork, Washington the Olympic Animal Sanctuary is accused of running a disgusting dog shelter and slapped with a lawsuit.

An Officers Report Say ” There is barely enough room for the dogs to turn around, don’t have access to water and are feed maybe once per week”

I cant understand why this is a lawsuit and why charges on not brought against the owner of this torture chamber. He needs to be charged with cruelty to animals and for endangering the welfare of over 120 dogs.

The person who runs this place is Steve Markwell, SHAME ON YOU!

Many in and out of the community of Fork have protested over the cities refusal to take legal action and feel Steve is beyond help. Former volunteers provided images that showed how disgusting the dogs cages were [ full of feces, dirty water and chewed walls.] This of great concern to all the dog community. I encourage all who are in the Fork, Washington area to press your district managers and local government to put a stop to this torture house. Dogs deserve better treatment and must be protected as they cant speak for themseleves. All of those within the great state of Washington I encourage you to foster a dog to save them from this nightmare until a sutable owner is found so that they dont have to continue living under those circumstances. This breaking news is still developing and I will update it when more infomration comes in.
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Do you have any ideas on how we can get these dogs out of this shelter ASAP ? Please provide your comments below…