Monthly Archives: April 2013

  • Fun Things For Doggies To Do During Barbeques

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    Barbeque season is just around the corner! Here are some fun activities to do with your dog during these family get-togethers.

    Bring some bubbles. These are always a huge hit with the kids, have your dog play with them! The kids can blow the bubbles while your dog can chase after them, be sure to not use too much soap and that the bubbles are non-toxic.

    Make a scavenger hunt. Hide some fun treats and toys for your dog while he spends the afternoon looking for them. This will give you some freedom to socialize while your dog has a blast of its own.

    Doggie “pup”-sicles anyone? Freeze some toys and goodies in a water bowl with some chicken broth. What better way for your dog to cool off in a delicious way!

    Kids love dogs. Dogs love kids…. in moderation. If your dog is comfortable around youngsters, arrange some fun activities they can do together. Playing fetch or throwing a Frisbee is always a great choice and both the kids and dogs are entertained. Make sure to pick a light-weight ball just in case they hit someone!! And pay attention to your dog to see if they’ve had enough playtime in case they need a break.

    As always, be observant of your dog if they are becoming uncomfortable with large crowds or strangers in the house- consider their stress levels and make sure they have a place to retreat to if needed.

  • Teach your Dog to Stay Out of the Garden

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    With spring in the air, flowers and plants are finally budding and blossoming. Although we all love our pets dearly, sometimes they don’t make nice with our beautiful gardens- and even worse, some plants can make our dogs sick! Here are some tips to keep them out.

    First and foremost, if you haven’t yet built your garden, try to plant on a raised platform. The higher they are out of reach, the better.

    If having a raised garden isn’t an option for you at the moment, try to find a spot for your dog to do all of its digging. Differentiate the difference and make it known. Do this by burying some goodies and this will give them that initiative to dig in their digging spot. They’ll start to really like that spot and hopefully not like the spot where you are planting.

    Try leash training. Walk him or her around in the yard and tighten your grip when your dog gets close to the garden. Show and communicate that the garden is a no play zone.

    Hopefully these quick tips will get you excited about the warmer weather and get “fido” less excited about the garden!

  • Running with Dogs!

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    Believe it or not, dogs can be very similar to us when it comes to exercise: We feel better once we do it, and we can definitely benefit from it. If you’re planning on running with your dog it’s important to get them acquainted so eventually they can become the best of running companions!

    It’s always smart to warm up before you start your run. Walk for about 5-10 minutes before you actually start running and check to make sure your dog isn’t experiencing anything abnormal like limping or excessive heavy breathing.

    Make sure your dog stays hydrated throughout the day. Dogs can easily become dehydrated, especially on long runs or in warm weather. Consider bringing a portable doggie dish, or you can teach them to receive water from a water bottle as well.

    Start out slowly, and then build your way up. Just as if you were training for a rave, it’s important to slowly build up your mileage. You don’t want to tire out your dog, and this is the best way to build your stamina, for the both of you.

    Always remember, safety first! Avoid running when it’s dark, always have a leash, and watch out for any unusual signs from your dog.

    Enjoy the miles!

  • Dogs are good for us!

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    Just in case you needed a few more reasons to love your four-legged friend, see the list below containing the “oh so many” great benefits of owning a dog.

    Physical benefits of dog companionship

    • Increase longevity after heart attacks. Dog ownership increases the odds for survival in persons who have had a heart attack from 1 in 87 to 1 in 15.
    • Lower cholesterol and triglycerides. People with pets have been found to have lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels when compared to people who did not have pets, even when matched for weight, diet, and smoking habits.
    • Decrease blood pressure and reduce stress. Studies of people undergoing stress tests or physical examinations have demonstrated that the presence of a dog lowered their heart rate and blood pressure during testing.
    • Increase physical activity and functioning. People who own pets often have better physical health due to the need to exercise and care for their pets.
    • Reduce medical appointments and minor health problems. The use of prescription drugs and the overall cost of caring for patients in nursing homes dropped in those facilities where companion animals became part of the therapy.
    • Predict seizures. Some people who have periodic seizures have reported that their dogs can sense the onset of a seizure before they can. Now it has been found that dogs can be specially trained to recognize some type of change prior to a seizure, and signal the owner of the imminent seizure. These dogs are called 'seizure-alert' or 'seizure-response' dogs, and can be trained to signal their owners from 15 to 45 minutes prior to a seizure.
    • Alert to hypoglycemia. There are also animals who alert their owners to episodes of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), which allows the owner to correct the level before serious symptoms develop.

    Emotional benefits of dog companionship

    • Adjust to serious illness and death. Children often turn to their pet for comfort if a friend or family member dies or leaves the family. Grieving adults who did not have a close source of human support were also found to have less depression if they had a pet.
    • Be less anxious and feel more safe. Pet owners tend to feel less afraid of being a victim of crime when walking with a dog or having a dog in the home.
    • Relax and reduce everyday stress. Pets can help us relax and focus our attention away from our problems and worries.
    • Have physical contact. This ability to have something to touch and pet is very important. More and more studies show how important touch is to our physical and emotional health.
    • Lift our mood. Pets decrease our feelings of loneliness and isolation by providing companionship to all generations.
    • Feel less lonely. Pets can help ease the sense of loneliness or isolation we feel.
    • Have something to care for. Everyone needs to feel needed and have something to care for. Many elderly citizens or people living alone will tell you their pet gives them a reason for living.
    • Keep active. Having a pet can help us remain more active. We may not only get more exercise from walking a dog, but we also increase our activity through feeding, grooming, and otherwise caring for our pet.
    • Have consistency. Pets provide some consistency to our lives. Caring for a pet can significantly affect our routine and gives us something to do and look forward to each day.

    Social benefits of dogs

    • Create a sense of closeness and well-being. Families surveyed before and after they acquired a pet reported feeling happier after adding a pet to the family.
    • Offer a topic of conversation. A study in a veteran's hospital showed that the residents had more verbal interactions with each other when a dog was present in the room than when there was no dog present. Dogs were also shown to increase socialization among persons with Alzheimer's disease in a Special Care Unit of a nursing home.
    • Promote interaction. Residents in long-term care facilities were more likely to attend activity sessions when an animal was going to be present.

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