10 New Years Resolutions for you and your dog

Hey Dog Lovers,

Happy New Year! Hope  you and your fur babies all stayed safe and enjoyed time off  from work. I have conjured up some New years resolutions to consider for you and your dog.

Measuring your dogs food at each meal. – I know I am hugely guilty of this one as I tend to eye out the cup and think its good, but no one want to hear from their vets (like I did) that your dog could afford to lose some weight.

Make sure your dog gets proper socialization- whether that be on a stroll in the park, on the sidewalk, in your yard socialization is key with any dog to avoid developing problems such as aggression, fear and or anxiety towards other people or dogs.

Try and new Activity with your Dog- A great way to bond with your dog both mentally and physically stimulate both of you. Being active is a great way to bond, such as hiking, training classes , or breed based activities such as herding for my cattle dog Aussie.  

Visit Your Vet – Regular Checkups and important in maintaining your dogs health. From checking their weight and making sure their up to date on all their vaccinations its better to be safe then sorry.

Play More– Your dog lives to spend with you. You are their favorite part of the day and time with you means everything. Engaging is a great way to make them feel part of the pack. Ten minutes to you throwing the ball, or tugging on a rope feels like a lot to them.

Groom your Dog Daily-  A great way to bond with your dog, and serves medical purposes. Brushing your dogs fur reduces shedding and helps distributes oils into the fur that help to keep the coat shiny and healthy. The soothing nature of grooming deepens the bond of trust between you and your dog.

Don’t Forget Their Teeth  – Although its not the most glamorous part of owning a dog, but it has a broad impact on their health. Tartar build up can cause a series of health problems that extend past basic hygiene. Dental treats are: Carrots and Celery and I personally recommend Denta Chews, my dogs love them.

Teach your Dog a New Trick- This is fun for both of you- high fives, play dead, roll over, the options are limitless. Plus showing them off is fun as well. This also helps with mental stimulation keeping them sharp and having fun interacting.

Keep your Dogs ID Tags and Trackers Updated– A lot can change in a year, you move, change phone numbers and technology changes as well. Keep all information on your pets updated in all systems that apply.

Consider Adding a Dog to your Family or Fostering- You can never have too many dogs, unless the situation limits you (behavior problems, lack of space or money) adopting or fostering a dog is a great way to give back.

Resolutions are a fun way to start the new year on a positive and productive note.

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6 Reasons Why Owning a Dog is Good for your Health

Hey Dog Lovers,

As we wrap up 2017 I wanted to share some health benefits of owning a dog as we gear up for the new year.

Stay Active.

Dogs need to be exercised daily, this encourages you to do the same to keep a sharp mental and physical game.

Boost your Mood. 

Spending 15-30 minutes with their pet can make them feel relaxed and calm.It also raises chemical levels in your brain associated with pleasure and tranquility.

Relieve Stress.

Dogs have a calming effect on humans. Their calming presence helps us redirect stress to serenity.

Protect from heart disease.

Dog Owners tend to have reduced risk of heart disease, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and experience fewer heart attacks.

Detect Cancer.

Some dogs can sniff out and detect skin, bladder, breast, colon, lung and ovarian cancer. Some even can sniff and bit off skin moles.

Make your Kids Healthier.

Kids who grow up in a home with dogs are less likely to have allergies and eczema. Also fewer sick days from school if they have a dog.

 

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Guest Post:Safety Fur-st: 5 First Aid Tips for Dog Owners

Hey Dog Lovers, 

Please enjoy this amazing guest post!

As dog parents, we are always concerned about the safety and well-being of our fur babies. If God forbid, they choke on something or get a small cut we immediately begin to panic. But panicking is never the solution, right. As responsible dog parents, we must know how to react to such situations mindfully to reduce the risk of any severe damage to our pooch’s health.

For starters, it is essential to maintain a first-aid kit for your dog. It must contain your veterinarian’s contact information, any antibiotic soap, gauze, bandage, a thermometer, Neosporin, milk of magnesia and cotton balls.

Once you have the kit ready, these are five first-aid tips for you to understand how to respond to dog emergencies:

My dog has ingested poison!

Our pups are always up for an adventure if left unsupervised, they might try to ingest items that can be harmful to them. Chocolate, grapes, macadamia nuts are some human foods that are poisonous to dogs. The same applies to typical household cleaning products and a few plants. If you notice your dog has swallowed poison; immediately call the Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 for assistance.

One home remedy of reducing damage to the organs due to poison digestion is giving milk of magnesia if the poison is acidic. If the poison is alkaline give him three teaspoons of vinegar mixed with water. The mixture should be made using four parts water for every part of vinegar used.

My dog got wounded!

Dogs can get scratches or wounds while playing. Firstly check if the injury is superficial or severe. For deep wounds and severe bleeding, it is advised to go to the vet immediately. However, you can place any cloth over the wound and try to clot the bleeding before you reach the vet.

If it is a mild injury you need to clean the wound (use soapy water to rinse the area and rewash with clean water) apply pressure until bleeding stops and apply an ointment such as Neosporin to it.

First-aid for burns

Burns can be of various types:

Thermal (Caused due to contact with flames or any hot surface or chewing an electrical wire)

Chemical (Caused due to contact with harmful chemicals)

Furthermore, burns can be either 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th degree. 1st degree being superficial while a 4th-degree burn is the most severe that extends into the bones.

If your dog had a thermal or electrical burn, the first thing you should do is muzzle it to avoid the risk of being bitten, and then flush the skin with cold water.  If it is due to contact with chemicals, then rinse your dog’s skin with warm water.  Don’t apply any ointment. Afterwards take your dog to the vet immediately to diagnose the degree of burn and the correct course of treatment.

How to treat a choking dog

Dogs are curious animals and can chew on almost anything. This habit might cause him to choke. In case of choking don’t muzzle the pooch, restrain it. Try to look in his mouth or throat for any object using a penlight, if you find something to remove it immediately. If you are unable to reach the object, perform five abdominal thrusts quickly by placing your fist on your dog’s last rib. If the dog is too large, you can either do abdominal thrusts or if he isn’t conscious, lay him to his right and use your palms to give five rapid abdominal thrusts behind the ribs to remove the obstruction.

What can you do for Heatstroke in dogs?

Staying in a hot environment can cause heatstroke in your dog. The symptoms are panting, vomiting or seizures. If you think your dog has had a heatstroke immediately get veterinary assistance as heatstroke can be fatal.

What you can do is to put your pup in a shaded area under a fan possibly and put a cold towel around his neck, head, and armpits.

These are five first-aid tips that you can follow, however, please keep in mind that first-aid isn’t equivalent to veterinary assistance and it is essential to take your pet to the doctor to be safe.

 

AUTHOR BIO:

Jenny Perkins is an Animal Behavior Specialist and a passionate writer. She loves to write about the nutrition, health, and care of dogs. She aims at providing tips to dog owners that can help them become better pet parents. She writes for the blog Here Pup.

Purfect Holiday Gifts for your Fur Babies

Hey Dog Lovers,

As Christmas is right around the corner, dont forget about your fur babies gifts. To ease the search for that perfect gift here is a list of some ideas, but remember you know your pets the best.

**I have included links so that you dont have scroll to much for this post.**

Doggie Cigars  Price: $10                                              

Bowser Beer for Dogs   Price: $19.99

Bake-A-Bone Dog Treat Maker- Price: $22.99

Artemis Pet Sofa – Price: $97.99

Bark Box Subscription – Price: Varies

Skinny Dog Margrrrrrrita – Price: $12.50

Customer Print – Price: $35.67

Customer Stuffed Animal – Price: $175.00

Dog Water Fountain– Price: $156.29

Pez Dog Treat Dispenser– Price: $29.99

Dog Peek-Price: $35

Hyper Tennis Ball Launcher: Price: $21.42

IFetch– Price: $149.99

Log Bowls – Price: Varies

WOOFipefia Christmas Pack- Price: $49.99

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13 Fun Ways to Workout with your dog

Hey Dog Lovers,
As new years approaches and you begin to start thinking about your new years resolution make sure your health is not a huge concern with 13 Fun ways to work out with your dog.

Running.

Because dogs are creatures of habit, once they get into the routine of a morning run they wont let you skip those drizzling weather days or blah feeling days. Only time to consider the health of your dog is in the humidity and heat as dogs dont sweat like we do. Keep your runs under 5 miles.

Stand-Up Paddle boarding

The design of a paddle board makes it almost to easy to bring your canine companion with you. Make sure you choose a calm day on the water for your dog to learn their sea legs and find their balance. Wait until they are comfortable and as a safety precaution put  your dog in a life vest.

Kayaking. 

Works best with sit-on-top kayak. Smaller breeds perch up front, while larger breeds feel safer at your feet. Teach them to get in and out of the kayak on dry land then slowly increase to deeper water.

Cycling. 

Is walking your dog feeling like your arm is going to fall off from all the pulling? Turn the tables on your canine companion with cycling. This may also help with any behavioral issues as a lot of these issues stem from lack of exercise or not enough.

Rollerblading. 

This is another great way to burn off your dogs excess energy, however make sure you are confident on the blades as dogs dont have brakes and it can turn into a dangerous game fast.

Dog-Friendly Boot Camp

Leash your fitness in San Diego and K9 Fit club in Chicago are becoming popular fitness places that allow dogs to participate. During classes you will run through high-intensity moves for strength, balance and cardio while your dog is practices obedience drills. It is good to expose your dog to distracting environments that help with other adventures as well.

Dog Yoga.

“Doga” is a thing, and it turns out pooches are naturals at this ancient practice. The real goal is to increase the bond between pet and human. Usually there is doggy massage and acupressure involved. This also has the opportunity to do a regular health check, feeling for lumps beneath her fur.

Active Fetch.

Instead of just standing in one place while you dog fetches the ball you just threw try to mix it up. Try some squats, lunges, crunches, etc. Do this until you are both panting and worn out. Better yet race in for the ball and squeeze in some sprints. Fetch just became a game for two!

Soccer. (Kody loved to play soccer) 

Herding breeds love to play soccer. Pet brands do sell soccer-style balls (resistant to sharp teeth) in different sizes like the 5 inch Orbee-tuff ball from Planet Dog. One you teach them kick or dribble with their nose or paw.

Snow Shoeing and Cross Country Skiing.

Many dogs love to romp in the snow. Whether you are in Snow shoes or Skis you will get a low-impact, total-body workout. Watch for snow building up in the pads on their paws and if necessary buy them booties.

Stair-Running.

Thanks to the vertical element, climbing stairs, bleachers makes your quads, hamstrings and glutes work extra hard. You will tighten up your lower half while your dog burns off all those treats.

Join a Canine Charity Race.

You have the perfect training buddy and your goals are the same. Events for dogs and owners are: Fast and the Furry 8K in St Paul MN and Rescue Me 5K9 in Irvine CA.

Don’t Have a Dog?

You can still work with one, partner with your local animal shelters and volunteer your time with an animal who needs some extra love and attention. Just call your local animal shelter for more details on how you can stay active and make a difference.

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Its Official: Dog Owners Walk More

Hey Dog lovers,

Did you know you are in the elite group of people who walk more than the average person. Yes this is mainly due to having a dog but I mean hey motivation is motivation.

In a recent study, devoted pet parent owners walked about 20 minutes more every day and take 2,760 additional steps compared to people who dont have dogs at home.

This research was published in BMC Public Health, focused on adults 65 and older who tend to be less active than younger people. It has 43 dog owners and 43 non-dog owners all whom wore activity trackers and were monitored continuously for 3 week periods over the course of a year. When comparing the two groups the researchers found that dog ownership was associated with a large potentially health improving effect.

The world health organization recommends that adults get 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a week. This increased walking time alone just about satisfies that requirement. 87% of dog owners in the study met these guidelines and only 47% of non dog owners.

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Guest Post: How Companion Dogs Help People Bounce Back from Mental Illness by: Cindy Aldridge

Struggling with a mental health issue consumes a person’s life. They may look normal on the outside, but on the inside they’re barely keeping it together. The National Alliance on Mental Illness states that one in every five U.S. adults experiences mental illness in any given year. If you’re that one in five, you’re not alone.

 

People who think they may be dealing with a mental illness should seek treatment with a physician or psychiatrist. They may prescribe therapy, medication, or a combination of both. But for some people, therapy and medication are not enough. To manage a mental illness, many people need a positive change that can help get their life back on track. That’s where a companion animal comes in. Adopting a dog can help you navigate your mental illness by giving you a built-in support system in your life. Dogs also provide comfort and affection when you need it and help stabilize your life so you can get back on track.

 

You’ve Got a Friend in Me

 

One of the best things about dogs is how they learn to love you almost immediately. The moment he realizes that he is yours and you are his, you become instant partners without hesitation. He will be by your side in the moments you need him, and he will always give you the benefit of the doubt.

 

For many people, adopting a dog gives them a sense of purpose in their life. If you aren’t around anymore, who will be there to take him for a walk in the morning or to play fetch with his favorite toy? That sense of purpose can help you get through each day until the days start getting easier themselves.

 

Practicing Mindfulness

 

For many people, mindfulness is the key to calming those voices we all get in our heads. You may find that spending time with your dog is the key to achieving that inner peace you get from being completely in the moment. People lose track of time just hanging out with their fluffy friend. The rhythmic nature of a game of fetch is hypnotizing in its own way. It’s also easy to waste hours just watching your dog be a weirdo.

 

Reconnecting with People

 

When you struggle with mental illness, you typically avoid social interactions with people. This leads to more feelings of isolation and can make it harder to get out of your slump. Dogs help people reconnect with the world around them. First, they give you something to talk about. Everybody loves hearing cute dog stories and sharing their own tales as well. Getting out and going to the dog park is an easy way to get to know your neighbors and provides an additional sense of security in your life. Taking Fido for a walk every day doesn’t just help you burn a few calories, it helps you connect with other people around you which is just as good for your long-term health.

 

Why You May Not Want a Dog

 

Think adding a dog to your life will provide you with the affection and structure to bounce back after a stage of mental illness? That’s great! There are a few things to take into consideration, though. Dogs aren’t cheap. They require regular visits to the vet, food, toys, accessories, dog walkers, doggie daycare, and a myriad of other expenses. Additionally, dogs require a lot of time. They need to be let out at least 3-5 times a day. Depending on the size of the dog, you may need yard space for them to run around and play. Plus, puppies can be quite destructive around the house, so adopting one means you’ll need to brace yourself for losing a few items.

 

If you aren’t at a place where you can be responsible for a dog, it may not be the right time to adopt one of your own. A great alternative is volunteering at your local shelter to play and walk with dogs who need help. You’ll get all the benefits mentioned above with the added bonus of knowing you helped animals in need. You can find an animal shelter near you through The Humane Society.

 

Choosing a dog for a companion can be a wonderful way to steady your erratic mind and provide you with a source of unconditional love. As long as you’re prepared to go the extra mile and take care of your pet the way it deserves, you’re setting the stage for the friendship of a lifetime.