Health Benefits of Dog Walking

dog walking

We can all agree that it is both important and beneficial to let the little guy out for a stretch and expose them to the fresh air. However, regular dog walking actually holds more health benefits than you might first initially think.

Energy Release:

You might not think about the living constraints of your house from a dog’s point of view. With the set walls, rooms, and furniture mazes… there is very little room for a dog to explore and let loose. A bored dog is more likely to behave poorly than an exercised tired pup. Dealing with a misbehaved dog on a regular basis can be stressful. Up your daily walks and see the transformation.

Exercise:

The most obvious benefit to dog walking is the exercise factor that both owner and pup get to reap. I am sure you have heard it from your doctors before, but daily exercise can help significantly reduce the chances of cancer. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise daily. Not only will exercise help reduce your risks of illness, but they also do the same for your four-legged friend. Walking your dog makes them stronger. Stronger dogs live longer lives. If you look at it that way, it’s a total win-win.

Social Skills:

Socializing is one of the key ingredients to helping your dog develop into a well-rounded pet. Regular exercise and daily walks helps expose them to new people, pooches and surroundings. These new experiences will help them learn and grow. Think about it, if you were locked up in a house all day do you think you would be the person you are today? If walking isn’t your thing, try bringing your pup to a park. Let him run around and interact with other dogs while you interact with other dog owners.

If you can get into a healthy routine, walking your dog won’t be so dreadful. Don’t get me wrong; I know we all have those exhausting days where when we get home the only thing calling your name is the couch. But owning a dog makes being selfish a bit more difficult. try taking it week by week  and set personal goals. Try new trails! Be adventurous! The more fun you have with it the better it will be for both parties.

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Pets That You Can Fit in The Palm of Your Hand

Typically when you think of a pet, the first thoughts that race to the front of your mind are a dog or a cat. In America, those are the two most common pets to have. However, they are not the only pets you can own. Sometimes the most odd and smallest creatures can warm your heart in unexpected ways. Take a look at these palm-sized pets.

Mouse

The benefits of having a pet mouse can include minimal shedding and allergens. They are fairly independent and can entertain themselves for hours. However, like most pets, the happiest of pets receive some one on one attention with their owner. If you are thinking about acquiring a pet mouse, make sure you get over your fear of handling it. The can live for up to three years.

Turtle

Did you know that turtles and tortoises have been on the earth for over 200 million years? If you’re considering a pet turtle, it’s a fun little investment. They can be tricky to care for, but once you get the hang of it are a fun and memorizing pet to have. If well taken care of, a pet turtle can live to be 40 years old!

Hamster

Having a pet hamster is a great way to teach your kid some responsibility. They are super low maintenance and inexpensive. Hamsters are also relatively clean. They keep themselves busy by keeping their habitat organized. Something to keep in mind before getting a hamster, they love to exercise at night. If you are a light sleeper, you might want to reconsider adopting one of these adorable little creatures.

Chipmunk

A pet chipmunk? You can’t be serious. Oh, but I am… totally serious. Although not for everyone, having a chipmunk can be a rewarding experience. As I’m sure you can imagine, a chipmunk is very active. They need a large cage, a varied diet, and defined behavioral treatment. It takes years before they are completely adjusted to you. The cost of owning and maintaining a chipmunk can be expensive. For a proper set up, food, toys, vet visits, and initial cost your looking at anywhere between $500-$1000. If you have the patience and the space, it would be pretty cool to tell people about your pet chipmunk. I mean, dare to be different!

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Teaching Your Cat To Behave

sleeping kitty

Cats. Those interesting creatures can be a hit or miss. It’s like you can strike gold and get a cuddly little snuggly creature, or you can strike out and end up with an anti-social, no fun, keeps to itself, super rough and tough cat. These ferocious felines are so unpredictable. One thing that’s great about owning a cat is the fact that they are so independent…that if it came down to it, they could totally take care of themselves. So if you’re single, crazy busy, and looking for a companion…investing in a cat might just be what you’re looking for. Intimidated by the unknown? I don’t blame you. However, with the right amount of attention and patience, a cat can totally be trained into the perfect little kitty.

Before training starts it is important to understand that Cats do not speak English. They speak feline. A foreign language that is nearly impossible to learn. They learn by experience. If the experience is good, they will repeat it. If the experience is bad, they will try to avoid it. 

With that being said, the key to training a cat is simple (insert laughs here):

Whatever you want your cat to do must be exceedingly rewarding and pleasurable (lots of cat treats).

Whatever you don’t want your cat to do must never be fun or rewarding. It must be unpleasant.

Keep in mind: Reprimanding your cat will usually work against you.

Cats are not like dogs. If you see a wet spot on your kitchen floor, you can’t drag your cat to the spot, yell at it, and send it to the litter box. Doing this will associate “you reaching for them” as a bad experience, and the litter box is a torture chamber. Punishing them makes them stressed out. Stressed out cats will behave badly.

Your dog, wants to please you. They love you and their lives are surrounded by the only sole purpose of pleasing you. Cats, don’t care. It is important to remember this. The best way to “punish” your cat is to basically increase their playtime. Give them a reason to behave not a reason to misbehave. I know, it sounds twisted and complicated… but who said cats aren’t complicated? No one.

Use the Positive Reinforcement Training Method.

begging kitty

To speed up the process, use tasty treats and a clicker. I’m sure you would have guessed the tasty treats part to this process, but a clicker? If you don’t have a clicker on hand a pen will work just fine.

The instant your cat does something you like, click, and then offer them a treat. The click lets your cat know the instant he does the right thing… it will help him catch on faster. Like humans, cats learn through repetition. Like a human with attention deficit disorder, cats get bored easily.

Keep your trick time short, and switch up the drills when they start to catch on.

Some people crave the challenge of the Cat. It takes some work to make them love you, but when they do, they’ll love you like no one else will. I hope this post helps you bond with your feline friend.

Matching Bracelets

Please feel free to leave other tips and tricks in the comment section of this blog.

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The Best Types of Guard Dogs

So you want a guard dog? I mean, why not. Not only can they be trained to protect you, but they can also be transformed into loving adorable family members. Pretty much sounds like a win-win. Depending on what you’re looking for and your lifestyle, different breeds may be better than others. You can expect confidence, devotion, and alertness when it comes to guard dogs. Check out these breeds that are naturally born with that protective gene. Typically speaking, you want to aim for the herding and working groups.

Rottweiler

Rottweiler Dog

An intelligent and beautiful breed, the Rottweiler is known to be extremely loyal to their owner. With proper training and socialization, the Rottie would make a great family pet.

German Shepherd
German Shepherd Dog
Extremely quick learners; the German Shepard is a popular favorite in the police dog categories. They present a calm nature in a household setting, but are quick to react to unknown threats.

Bullmastiff

Bull Mastiff Dog

What this dog lacks in height, it gains in muscle. The Bullmastiff is a fearless and confident pup that thinks independently. This breed is not for everyone. They are possessive, territorial, and have a distinct sense for who does and does not belong on a property.

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

greater swiss mountain dog

Big and strong, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is both affectionate and enthusiastic when it comes to pleasing their owners. They also have superb listening skills, which is essential when it comes to sensing anything out of the ordinary.

Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher dog

Known for their speed and stamina, the Doberman Pinscher would be a great dog to have to protect your land or property. Gentle, loyal, and loving, this pup can be also be a superior companion to add to any family.

Now, before you jump into any crazy decision… when adopting any pet you must make sure you have the time, money, and patience to give to your new friend. Great things happen over time. Proper training and attention is essential when deciding to own one of these great pets.

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2014 New Years Resolutions For You And Your Pet

Leading into the New Year, you have to remember that goals aren’t just for people. The start of a new year can signal a fresh start for pets too. Everyone always wants to be more active and healthy, why not incorporate your pet in those goals too. Here are five good resolutions you and your pet can conquer together.

1. Be Active TogetherDog Hike with Owner

From hiking to kayaking, taking your pets with you on your new exercise is actually easier than you may think. Not only is it a great way to bond, but also both owner and pet will acquire the benefits of a healthy physical activity.

2. Schedule a Doctor Visit

Similar to yourself, you want to visit a doctor at the start to a new year to make sure everything is normal, up to par, good to go. The same type of routine should go hand in hand for your pet. Yearly examinations by the vet are important. Not only can they can give you important insights about their weight, but a yearly visit also acts as a preventative screening to catch or address any diseases or illness early on.

 

cat in cardboard box3. More Playtime

It’s a known fact, cats can be lazy. If you incorporate more playtime into their daily routine, it essentially acts as means to get them off the couch! Experiment with different toys in order to understand what really gets them going. For example, try lasers and catnip for the ultimate experience. Do you have extra cardboard boxes from Christmas? Re-gift it to your feline friend, I’ve hear it can totally satisfy their desire for hiding out.

 

4. Groom more Regularly

This is such an important step to try and do more often. Not only does brushing your pet weekly remove the amount of fur you find around the house, but it also helps maintain a sharp looking healthy coat. Believe it or not, daily grooming also acts as a bonding experience between you and your pup. It shows them you want to take care of them while giving them a gentle massage with the brush bristles.

5. Challenge them with more tricksdog tricks

You might be thinking about starting a new hobby doing something more creative for your own self. The same goes for your pup. Mental stimulation can help reduce dementia in older animals. Don’t just give them the treats—make them work for it! Teaching your pet new tricks is a great way to keep their brain active. Keep them engaged. Learning is a virtue.

Personally speaking, my new years resolution is simple. Be Happy. More posts to come next year. Cheers! Make this year the best one yet.

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Tips for Photographing Your Pet

The end of the year is near, and it’s about that time where people start to send out their annual holiday cards. Some people send out the generic “Happy Holiday’s” cards, others make it personal, and some… attach a recent photo of their family. Personally, the photo cards are my favorite. If all the kids are away or you are dealing with an empty nest, an adorable picture of your pup is the best kind of substitute. Can’t get the little guy to sit still? Don’t worry, by the end of this post you should be a pro!

Turn off the flash!

Every time I bust out the camera, my little girl is so quick to shy away and turn her head. While she might be a bit camera shy, she probably is scared of the bright flash. If you get your pet to keep their eyes open for the picture and your flash is on, you’ll often get zombie looking laser eyes. That’s like a lose-lose for everyone involved.

 

Get on their level.

Perspective is very important when taking a good photograph. Taking a picture of your dog on the ground while standing up makes their legs appear short, head to appear large, and bodies to appear out of proportion.

 

Keep treats in your pocket.

In order to get your pup to take a perfect picture you need them to do three things. Sit/Stay, Look at you (or the camera), and have them look lively (get excited). Keep your portions small so that your pup doesn’t fill up too fast. Once you get them in the correct position make sure to shower them with love and encouragement. Yelling at them because they are “not doing it right” will only make them shut down and look miserable every time there is a camera around.

 

Catch them doing something naturally.

I think we can all agree that candid shots are the most fun! It’s great watching animals in their most natural state of mind. If for some reason your pet can smell the treats hidden in your pocket from the previous tip, try looking away and ignoring them.

 

Once you have your shot, making Christmas cards can be pretty inexpensive! I would look on Shutterfly, Vistaprint, Walmart, or Snapfish. All of these companies typically have specials running throughout December to help you save on cost! From my furry family to yours—Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. Have you checked out our Pinterest Page? We have pinned some adorable Holiday Card Ideas! Check it out!!

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Tips for Holiday Travel with Pets

I treat my dog like it’s my child, and I rarely leave home without it! He’s my better half and I couldn’t imagine traveling without him. Every dog is different. If you are thinking about traveling with your furry friend this holiday make sure you have your bases covered.

Be Prepared Before You Travel:

  1. Properly identify your pet with ID Tags. We recommend you give your pet an additional tag with the address and number of the place you are staying just in case your pet wanders off once you get there!
  2. Talk to your vet before making your trip. It is important to make sure your furry friend is healthy enough to travel! Some pets get anxiety while traveling in cars. If this is the case, your vet may be able to write you a prescription for some sedatives. Also! While you are at the vet, it wouldn’t hurt to have a copy of your pets most up-to-date record and vaccinations (it’s better to be safe than sorry)
  3. Make sure you have EVERYTHING you are going to need. Depending on your stay arrangements, trusting new litter or a different pet food might not seem like a big deal to you, but when your pet is adjusting to a new environment it can make a huge difference. The last thing you want is for your pet to act out and decide to use that newly installed carpet as a litter box. Try to keep their lifestyles as normal as possible.

Traveling by Car?

  1. Make sure you keep your dog out of the front seat. If the airbag goes off, it could seriously hurt your furry friend.
  2. Cats belong in carriers. Most cats are uncomfortable traveling in cars, so it’s best to keep them constraint while traveling.
  3. Plan Rest/Exercise Stops
    Make sure to stop frequently to allow your pet to exercise, go to the bathroom, and hydrate. Pets are like humans, they can only hold it for so long- the last thing you want is for an accident to happen in your car while traveling! That smell would not be pleasant! Plan Accordingly! If traveling long-distance it is ideal to try and stop every three hours.

We try not to recommend traveling by plane due to the possible harsh conditions of the cargo. Unless your friend is small enough to be used as a carry-on, we recommend you think about overnight kennel boarding options. Double check with your airline to make sure pets are allowed. Ask about carrier restrictions and try to arrive to the airport early to alleviate any additional stress on your pet.

Whatever you decide to do, travel smart, be safe, and enjoy the time spent with your loved ones. Happy Holidays from my family to yours!

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How Animals Communicate Their Needs

The way animals communicate is truly amazing. Some communicate in ways humans can hear. Other forms of communication go on without us even knowing. Want to know more about how certain animals communicate? Read below.

Dogs

Dogs
Some of us are lucky enough to have a dog that can, essentially, speak like a human. And that’s pretty funny, but the rest of us have to rely on barking, body presence, and tail wagging. So what does it all mean?

Dogs bark for a variety of reasons. A warning bark is usually very loud and quick. A playful bark is lighter, and usually has a wagging tail to accompany it. Then there are howls. It’s harder to tell why a dog is howling – often times it’s to imitate a sound they’re hearing. Other times it can be out of happiness.

Dogs also have very interesting tendencies in terms of body presence. When they’re scared, they tend to hunch over. If they’re attempting to assert dominance, they will try to make themselves look bigger. You’ll typically see the dog on its tip-toes, or looking ready to lunge forward.

Dogs have a lot to say with their tails, too. It’s usually safe to say that a wagging tail means a dog is happy or excited, but this isn’t always the case. It can mean your dog is feeling aggressive. If your dog is alert, the tail will be higher than normal, and sometimes stiff. When your dog is feeling nervous, their tail will be lower, and sometimes it will be tucked between the legs.

In order to get the best read on how your dog is feeling, you should look at their whole body and not just one part.

Cats

cute kitten
Cats communicate in similar ways to dogs. Studying the “meow” can actually get very in depth, but there are a few common meows you can easily figure out. A short meow is similar to the standard “hello” of a human. Multiple meows means added excitement. When they meow at a low pitch, it means they want something. A hiss means anger, and a purr will usually signal that they’re content.

And what about the rest of the body? Cats and dogs are also similar in this regard, but they differ in slight ways – (for instance, a straight up tail means happiness.) Cats really have a lot to say with blinking eyes. When they blink slowly, it means they’re being affectionate. In turn, if you blink slowly at your cat, they will come over to you so they can be pet.

Whales

Whales
Let’s not forget about the animals of the water. As humans, we only experience a very small part of the big blue ocean. And most of the time we’re just looking at it, admiring it’s tranquility. But once you start diving into the deeper, darker parts, it’s a communication haven. Lets take toothed whales and baleen whales, for instance. Toothed whales communicate with high frequency sounds, and baleen whales communicate with low frequencies. Since it’s obviously very dark underwater, whales use echolocation to see how close they are to something. When they release a sound, they determine how far away they are from something by seeing how long it takes for the sound to bounce back to them.

Insects

Firefly 2
And what about the little guys? Insects are so small – how could they possibly communicate? Their vision isn’t great, so they mostly rely on sense. Lets take ants, for example. They touch parts of their antennae and mouth to make warning signals, but also to smell each other. How about fireflies? They can make codes out of light flashes! And let’s think about butterflies. They’re so colorful! They can use the color on their wings to flirt, or scare away predators. Who would’ve thought so much communication was going on between those tiny creatures?

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How to Choose the Right Pet for You

When it comes to having a pet, they really do come in all shapes and sizes. Before you head out to your local shelter and decide to adopt, there are a few things you might want to consider. We’ve put together a list of questions you should ask yourself when trying to decide which pet is right for you and your lifestyle! Good luck!

Why are you looking to own a pet?

Is it because you want something to play and cuddle with throughout the day? Do you want something that will keep you company? Or is it more something you want because you want to liven-up your home? This is a very important question to ask yourself that might help you decide what direction to go in as far as pet ownership.

How much time do you plan to spend with your new pet?

Do you have a lot of spare time or do you have a demanding 9-5 job? Will you have much non-busy time to offer your new pet? The amount of time you can dedicate to your pet will also determine how easily it will be for you to take care of a pet such as a dog in comparison to a reptile.

Do you want a pet that you can communicate with?

I know this question sounds a little silly, but it’s a very important question to ask. Of course, there aren’t any talking dogs out there (that we know of!), but there are some animals who will respond to commands as opposed to not really having any real communication with the pet. Decide what’s most important to you as far as communication before taking the plunge!

Do you want a pet only when it’s convenient for you?

This question can be very telling, so be sure to think through this one very carefully. If you’re not willing to spend all or most of your free time with a new pet, then a dog might not be your best option. If you’re not willing to give up going out with friends, going away for nights at a time, etc, then you should find a pet that can be cared for without 24 hour attention.

How much upkeep do you want to be responsible for?

Are you willing to give it your all and do whatever it takes for your new pet, or would you prefer to do as little as possible when it comes to upkeep? Depending on your comfort level when it comes to responsibility, you want to be sure you’re prepared for the obstacles of having a new pet, especially one that requires significant upkeep!

What’s your living situation?

Do you have a house or an apartment? Is there a yard? Does your home have a lot of expensive decor? These are all going to determine which types of pets you should eliminate from your list, specifically because there are many who really need certain types of living situations. For example, medium to large dogs are better off in bigger living spaces with yards, whereas a cat can happily live in a small apartment with no yard.

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Keeping Pets Safe In Summer Heat

Bonzer in the kiddie Pool
Even though the end of the summer is approaching, there are plenty of warm days left. In order to keep your pets healthy, you need to make sure they’re safe in the summer heat. Even if it the temperature feels okay to you, it might not feel okay to your pet! Read this guide for some advice on keeping them safe and sound.

Looking for Heatstroke in Pets

A high body temperature means your pet is in danger.  If it’s between 104 and 110 degrees (specifically for dogs and cats) you should seek veterinary help immediately. Often times, however, you won’t be able to tell what the body temperature is. Look out for other clues – like your pet walking differently, excessive panting, a very fast heartbeat, salivation, and more. When you cool down your pet, make sure you’re doing it properly. You never want to put ice water on your pet; it will make them more cold and potentially create more damage.

Never Leave Your Pet in the Car

No pet owner is an exception to this rule. Even if you intend to run into a store for a minute, it could take a lot longer than you planned. And heat rises rapidly in a car. Think about the times you’ve come back to your car in the summer. It’s always hot, right? Imagine your pet being in there. Rolling the windows down slightly won’t help either – the temperature in the car won’t drop significantly enough. Remember that animals can feel as hot as you do, so leave your pet at home, or make sure you’re going to places that are pet friendly.

Keep Water Stocked

It seems simple, but you’ll probably need more water for your pet than you think. Make sure it’s clean, fresh, and changed often. Like humans, pets lose water through sweating, but also through panting. If you need to install something to hook up to your outdoor faucet, by all means, do it!

Keep Your Pets in a Cool Area

When it’s really hot out, pets should be kept out of direct sunlight. Shade is a pet’s friend. Try getting your pet a kiddie pool if tget can swim. Just remember – pets can get sunburned. Just like for humans, sunburns aren’t healthy!

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