The ins and outs of Dog Therapy!

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Hey dog lovers, I recently noticed lately that pet therapy has taken over college campuses world wide in providing students an opportunity to play with dogs to relieve stress. At my school it is a huge hit and everyone who can comes out to play with adorable dogs of all ages for the allotted time. Today the topic is about the benefits of pet therapy. There are two kinds of benefits when it comes to pet therapy; physical and mental.

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Physical health:

  • lowers blood pressure
  • improves cardiovascular health
  • releases endorphin (Oxycontin) that have a calming effect
  • diminishes overall physical pain
  • the act of petting produces an automatic relaxation response, reducing the amount of medication some folks need

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Mental Health:

  • lifts spirits and lessens depression
  • decreases feelings of isolation and alienation
  • encourages communication
  • provides comfort
  • increases socialization
  • reduces boredom
  • lowers anxiety
  • helps children overcome speech and emotional disorders
  • creates motivation for the client to recover faster
  • reduces loneliness

Breeds most commonly used in pet therapy as as follows:

  • Labrador Retrievers
  • German Shepherds
  • Greyhounds
  • Beagle
  • Rottweiler
  • Saint Bernard
  • Pomeranian
  • Poodle
  • Pug
  • French Bull Dogs
  • Golden Retriever

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As you can see pet therapy is great for not only your mental but physical health as well, and honestly who doesn’t love playing with puppies. Hope I have encouraged at least one person to attend or look into pet therapy as it is a wonderful program all schools and work places should have.

As always let me know if anyone has any questions or concerns! Til next week dog lovers 🙂

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Top 3 Dog Books Every Owner Needs to Read!

Hey Dog lovers,

Today’s post is going to focus on dog books that every owner needs to read to learn about their dogs breed, health and behaviors. These books will help expand your already vast knowledge of dogs. I know I will be adding these top three to my list.

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101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with your Dog 

This book is a general informational book that is packed with tips and advice for dog owners; this book is even great for those more advance dog owners as it is filled with ideas to care for your dog. it is the most recommended resourceful book on dogs.

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Underwater dogs 

This is not a tip book but a book that is just what the title implies. This is a book full of pictures of dogs underwater. It is a whimsical and positively adorable book filled with dogs faces after just hitting the water. This books focus is for every dog lover as it focuses on every breed not just one.

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How to Raise the Perfect Dog: Through Puppy hood and Beyond

Cesar Millan is the author of this book, he is also nationally known for his show The Dog Whisper and many other books pertaining to dog training and health. This book focuses on how to train a young puppy and how to live with them until they are old and grey. This is def a must have  for any dog lover.

That is it for today dog lovers, to find other great books to read check out Top 25 Dog Books to Read. As always please comment or leave any questions or concerns here guys! Have  great week guys!

Rescue/Shelter dogs- Behaviors and Places to adopt

Hey dog lovers,

Its me again, today I will be talking about rescue/shelter dogs, possible behaviors to watch out for and where to adopt from. I want to make it very clear that I do not support Puppy mills or any pet store that supports puppy mills by adopting those dogs out. We need to be rescuing these dogs and other animals that have been abandoned or rescued from an unhealthy relationship.

Shelter dogs are known to have some behavior issues, most are nothing to be concerned about but some can be dangerous. When you are adopting a dog make sure you review its history and past traits and breed traits. There are many things to be considered so please do not take adopting any dog lightly rescued or not. Some behavioral issues are food aggression (which can be easily reversed with time, patience and persistence), hatred of men (abused as a puppy, jasmine had this issue), timid or shy (due to a lack of socialization), aggressive towards other dogs or people (not raised in social surroundings), and other ones as well. The ones listed above is the more known ones, all can be reversed with time although some dogs can be so damaged its not fixable.

Places to adopt depends on where you are located. We adopted Jasmine at Sterling Shelter which is a no-kill shelter in Sterling Ma it is an amazing shelter and has the best care for their animals as possible. Look online and ask people you know where they adopted their pets and do your research some shelters are not the best for some animals.

That’s it for this week animal lovers, til next week!

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Kids and Dogs

Hey dog lovers,

Its that time of the week, post day! the best day of the week right? Well it is for me at least. Today’s topic is about kids and dogs and what can go wrong and what to look out for. Hope this post helps parents of dogs or children who are considering getting a dog what to look for and to make a healthy and safest choice for their families.

What can go wrong?

  • Startling or hurting a dog A child can easily stumble onto a sleeping dog, yank a dog’s tail or poke a pencil into a dog’s ear. If a dog is startled or in pain, he may bite. Defensive aggression is a natural response in animals, and domestic pets are no exception. Very young children are most at risk. They can’t understand that their actions might hurt a dog, and they aren’t capable of defending themselves if they’re attacked.
  • Getting too close to resources Many dogs don’t like to share their toys or food, and they may become aggressive if a child comes too close while they’re chewing on a bone, playing with a toy or eating a meal. It’s hard for young children to understand that it’s not a good idea to approach or reach toward a dog when he has something he values.
  • Playing inappropriately Some children find a dog’s aggressive behavior amusing. When they discover that certain actions can make a dog growl, lift his lip or snap, they repeat those actions. If repeatedly provoked, a dog may eventually feel the need to escalate his “message” by biting.
  • Triggering a predatory response Some children don’t find a dog’s aggressive behavior amusing at all. Instead, they’re terrified by it. Frightened or injured children often run away or shriek—behaviors that can trigger predatory behavior or aggression in some dogs.

How much should you tolerate?

  • Allowing a child to mistreat an animal does nothing to teach her respect for other living beings. It can also put her at risk of injury if the dog she mistreats decides he’s finally had enough.
  • Just cause they are a child doesn’t excuse them from their actions against animals teach them how to be gentle and kind to animals

Other tips

  • Teach your kids about dogs and how to treat them
  • Supervise them until you feel comfy leaving them alone
  • Learn your dog’s body language and tolerance levels

From the tip to the tail, a look into four grooming places in Mass

Hey dog people,

Yet again we have approached another Tuesday which means its post day! Today’s post is about grooming. I will say that although my dogs do not get normal baths or nails clipped by groomers, I do have friends are religious with grooming appointments and some that even take it to far. Its a personal preference as bathing your dog is possible with patience and training as groomers can be expensive.

The four places we are going to be looking at are:

  1. Happy Tails Pet Grooming – Andover MA
  2. The common Dog-
  3. Bark of the town- North Andover
  4. Best Friends Pet Care grooming- numerous locations – Ashland MA

Services they offer and costs:

Happy Trails Pet Grooming:

  • Full brushing of the coat
  • Relaxing bath and massage
  • Blow drying
  • Toe nails trimmed and filed
  • Ears cleaned
  • Hairs in ears removed
  • Hair scissoring and clipping
  • Other services as desired
  • Optional teeth brushing
  •  Shampoos include: oatmeal bath, hypoallergenic, tea tree and other ones
  • Costs vary based on groomer

The Common Dog 

  • Bath package: bath with shampoo and conditioner, nail clip, ear cleaning, bandana, cologne (optional)
  • Grooming package: same as bath but with hair trimming or full haircut
  • Add-Ons : Tooth brushing with breath spray (5.00), Nail grinding (8.00), Shed-reduction treatment (10.00), Glands (5.00), Frontline Application (15.00), Special Shampoo (5-10), Sanitary Clips (5-10) *no extra charge with grooming* Seasonal Packages (15.00)

Bark of the Town:

  • Dog grooming: professional haircuts and trims, breed standards and personalized to suit your needs
  • Shampoos: All-natural, hypoallergenic, medicated* (varies)
  • Other services: Brush and comb out, ear cleaning, anal and gland expression, toe nails trimmed and filed, tooth brushing, DE skunking*, Fea baths, dematting, furminator treatment

Best Friends Pet Care and Grooming:

  • Shampoo package: hypoallergenic, brushing and combing, conditioners, safe drying, nail check and trim, ear cleaning, pad and foot trim, sanitary trim of rear and underside, cologne
  •   Haircut package: includes everything in the shampoo package   plus…haircut/hair clipping and styling to your preference

Hope this information helps all you dog lovers. As always if anyone has any questions or comments feel free to comment or message me! Have a great week everyone, til next Tuesday!