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Most dog owners hate leaving their pooch behind when they arrange a summer vacation with their families. If you plan to go abroad; you have little choice in the matter as your animal would have to go into quarantine for months if you choose to take it on a plane. However, people who holiday at home in the US don’t face as many stumbling blocks. With that in mind, this article will take a look at all the pros and cons of taking your dog on vacation this year. Hopefully, the information will set the record straight and help you to make the right decision.

 

The pros of taking your dog on vacation

 

  • One of the best things about taking your dog away for a break is that you won’t have to stress about finding a sitter or putting the pooch in a kennel. That means you will save a lot of money and hassle, and you can relax, safe in the knowledge that your furry friend is safe and happy with the people who love him or her most.

 

  • Some people worry about moving their dog around on vacation, and that can become a significant issue if you plan to visit a busy town or city. Thankfully, there are lots of products on the market that will put your mind at ease. You just need to get a dog carrier so you can prevent your pooch from causing issues for other pavement and road users. There are many different brands available, and so you just need to read some online reviews to sort the wheat from the chaff.

 

The cons of taking your dog on vacation

 

  • Finding places for your dog to go to the toilet on vacation can become somewhat of an issue in some locations. You can’t let your furry friend do his business on the street, and so you need to make sure you’re never far away from fields and other grassy areas. You can also keep some toilet bags in your pocket at all times, so you can pick up anything your animal might drop.

 

  • If you plan to drive to your vacation destination; you’ll have to keep your dog in the car for long periods. That is going to stress the pooch out, and it could even make them travel sick and angry if they’re teething. There is little you can do about that other than mentioning the issue to your vet. That professional can then prescribe tablets that should help to settle the animal’s stomach.

 

Now you know about the pros and cons of taking your dog on vacation; you should find it easier than you otherwise would have done to make the right decision this year. If you decide to take your pooch away for a break, just ensure you consider all the information from this page before leaving home. The best types of breaks for dogs are the ones where you spend a lot of time in the countryside. So, maybe you should think about arranging a camping holiday?

You love their pet. In fact, you can’t think of a single thing you wouldn’t do to make your four-legged friend happy. You accept every part of your animal, from their bursts of excitement to their tendency to beg for scraps at the kitchen table. But when shedding season rolls around, you quickly realize that their fur is one thing you might just be able to live without.

Any dog or cat owner will admit that unwanted hair scattered throughout their home is easily one of their least favorite parts of maintaining their pets — but it doesn’t have to be so tedious after all. Whether you’re tired of furry couches or a hair-covered home, be sure to check out our seven tips for maintaining a clean house below — no fur necessary.

1. Invest in Lint Rollers

Are you sick of sitting on your couch only to stand up a fur-covered mess? Do you have a morning cup of coffee that also seems to come with a few strands of unwanted hair with every sip? If so, keep a lint roller with you — everywhere you go.

Lint rollers help you to attract fur so that the rest of your house doesn’t have to. If you don’t have any lint rollers lying around, then whip out the tape instead. Sticky substances help provide for a stress-free and convenient cleanup session whenever hair becomes an issue.

2. Make Deshedding Gloves Your New Best Friend

If you’re tired of combing your dog or cat’s fur to no avail, try replacing your average grooming brush with a deshedding glove instead.

Deshedding gloves are simple to use and efficient at what they do. Just slide the glove on your hand and gently brush your hand in a petting motion against your pet. Your dog and cat will thank you, and the rest of your family may just show their appreciation for the lack of hair particles everywhere, too.

3. Stick to a Daily Grooming Routine

It’s simple to overlook grooming your furry friend — especially when you don’t spend too much time dwelling on your own beauty routine. But during shedding season, it’s even more vital to pick up the clippers and brushes to manage your animal’s fur.

Learn simple grooming tricks you can perform on your dog at home to maintain their hair between trips to the groomer. When it comes to cats and dogs with continuously growing hair that never ceases to stop, a few clippers and combs may just be the trick to keeping their fur at bay.

4. Cover Furniture With Blankets

It’s so simple to throw your jackets or sweaters in the wash after you pick up excess fur from your cat or dog, but you can’t exactly follow the same cleaning routine with furniture.

Cleaning furniture can be tricky, especially given their often specific cleaning requirements that necessitate specific cleaners and modes of washing. Instead of stressing out over pet hair covering your favorite couch or sofa, invest in a blanket to throw over your favorite home accessories instead.

Lay a blanket or fleece cover over your coach to catch any excess hair. Simple toss the fabric in the wash once a week to keep your home looking spotless and fur-free.

5. Vacuum Regularly

Break out the vacuum and put on your favorite tunes — because shedding season may just be synonymous with daily vacuuming, too.

Instead of accepting defeat every time you see a piece of fur on your coats or furniture, embrace your cleaning routine instead. Vacuuming at least three times per week helps you better control the level of hair in your home while keeping your rooms in optimal cleaning shape as well.

6. Maintain a Regular Dusting Routine

Be sure to incorporate dusting into your daily cleaning routine to help keep unwanted dirt particles — including fur — at a minimum.

Use a damp terry cloth and mild soap to wipe down wood furniture to capture any unwanted dust or contaminants. Avoid harsh cleaners that can cause unwanted fumes or damage to your wood furnishings for optimal results.

7. Use Dryer Sheets

If you find yourself lacking in the lint roller department or don’t have a deshedder glove to keep your animal’s fur at bay, chances are you already have a trusted fur-controller lying around already — in the form of dryer sheets, that is.

Not only do dryer sheets smell heavenly, but they work miracles when it comes to cleaning, too. They work excellently at attracting dust and hair particles, which makes them the perfect tool to help keep unwanted fur in your home in check. As an added bonus, wiping your furniture and clothing down with these handy pieces will leave your house smelling fresh and crisp, too.

Sometimes, dealing with excess fur just seems like a necessary part of being a pet owner. But that doesn’t mean you can’t help to keep these unwanted hair particles under control as well. With a few tips and tricks in mind, you can enjoy your pet’s company while having a clean and fur-free home, too.

 

Bio:

Emily is an avid animal lover and pet and wildlife conservation blogger. She has also written for Continental Kennel Club and is a contributor to PetsBlogs. To read more of her articles, check out her blog, Conservation Folks, or follow her on Twitter.

 

 

Few things in life are better than a puppy weekend, and there are just as few places better suited for a puppy weekend than the city of Phoenix, AZ. With its warm weather, friendly populace, and ample amount of outdoor green space, dog owners have developed a love for the city and its dog-accessibility.

Whether you’re dogsitting for a friend or want to bond with the new puppy in your life, here’s your ultimate guide for crafting the perfect weekend for your and your canine companion in Phoenix.

Doggone festivities

Interested in socializing your puppy? Phoenix’s warm weather makes it a popular spot all the calendar for dog-friendly events. BringFido, the dog travel directory, usually has a beat on upcoming events for you to check out. Two upcoming events include Phoenix’s 3rd Annual Doggie Street Festival, and Barks & Brews.

A free event, the Doggie Street Festival is an opportunity for you to treat your friend to the newest dog foods, fashionable gear, health supplements, veterinary care, lodgings, exercise equipment, and services. Have a friend who wants a pet or think your puppy needs a playmate? The festival’s also an adoption event that encourages the adoption of rescues, education on spaying and neutering, and providing attendees with the expertise of veterinarians and other pet professionals who offer tips about improved pet care.

There’s also Barks & Brews, another free dog-friendly event. While the brews are intended for the people, not the pets, it’s still a fun, lively event to attend. There’s going to be both live music and a craft beer garden, and the proceeds from the event will benefit the Arizona Animal Welfare League. You’ll also be able to find information about adopting a pet.

Throughout the year, you’ll also find other fun events hosted throughout the city, ranging from casual ones, like Just Me & My Dog Yoga, to more sophisticated ones, like the 2018 Chihuahua Festival & Car Show.

A walk in the (dog) park

Not so much into organized events? State parks and national parks (like Grand Canyon National Park) often allow leashed pets along trails and can be exciting environments. You two might even be interested in camping in a tent overnight! Unfortunately, these places can get fairly hectic and you might have to do a good bit of driving to get there. Dogs who get easily stressed don’t always fair well in these situations either, so instead, you can try taking them to a dog park.

Dog parks are quickly becoming popular places for dogs to roam off-leash, exercise, and socialize with other dogs within a confined space and under the supervision of their owners.

In Phoenix, you’ll have at least ten public dog parks to pick from, whether you live in Gilbert, Peoria, Norterra, or Downtown Phoenix. Not only do they have wide layouts with watering stations and occasionally toys for your dog to chew on, the parks have benches and shade for dog owners to sit and relax on. Just don’t forget to keep the area clean!

Before taking your dog to your dog park, you should evaluate whether it’s appropriate and safe for your own dog. Some breeds just don’t get along with others, some dog owners don’t properly train their dogs, and there are always health issues to consider. Research the dog park, talk with the regulars, and do some respectful observations before taking your friend.

Doggie dates and companion clubs

Maybe you’re new to the area, or new to dog ownership. If that’s the case, you may want to consider joining one of Phoenix’s dozens of dog Meetup groups. Ranging from the around 1,700 members of “Dog Whisperer,” a group for owners looking for solutions for problems they’re having with their dog, to the dozens of members of “Phoenix Bulldog Owners,” you’re sure to find a group of people you’ll fit in with.

Good eats and doggy treats

Phoenix’s dog-friendliness doesn’t just extend to events, parks, and clubs – quite a few of the area’s most popular and celebrated restaurants and bars have dog-friendly patios where you can knock back a cold brew and pass your four-legged friend a homemade biscuit.

OHSO (Outrageous Homebrewer’s Social Outpost) is one of these hotspots. They have locations throughout the city, including in Gilbert, Arcadia, Scottsdale, and Paradise Valley. With their spacious outdoor patios, green areas, dog treats, and water fountains to fill dog bowls, OHSO’s breweries are great spaces for a group hang after work and before your nightly walk.

If you’re more into brunches, 32 Shea in Downtown Phoenix allows you to relax after a morning hike along the Phoenix Mountain Preserve with mimosas or coffee, and a well-shaded patio.

Your dog is more than just a pet — he’s part of the family. That’s why you still love him even though his hair and nails are wreaking havoc on your home’s flooring.

Still, there’s a happy middle ground: you can protect your home’s floors in a way that’s comfortable for both you and your dog. Here are the best ways to do it, depending on the type of floors your home has:

Carpeting
Carpets and dogs can be a bad combination, especially for pups in the midst of potty training. That’s because carpets can soak up scents and stains, especially if you don’t see them right away. Once your dog is grown, he can still have an effect on your plush carpet flooring. They absorb scents and attract hair shed by your pooch.

  • In the short-term: It may not be the prettiest option, but covering your carpets with plastic is the best way to repel accidents. This might be the best way to protect floors while your puppy learns to go outside.
  • In the long-term: Your dog doesn’t have accidents indoors anymore, but he still brings his hair and scent with him wherever he goes. As such, you’ll want to invest in a vacuum proven to be effective on pet hair. You’ll also want to get into a routine of deep cleaning and shampooing your carpets so that they smell fresh, no matter how your pet smells.

Wood Floors
Wood floors are a little easy to clean in the short-term, so long as you catch your puppy’s accidents as they happen. One big problem with wood floors is your dog’s long nails: they can cause scratches to your floor.

  • In the short-term: It’s up to you to make sure your dog’s nails are well manicured, since shorter nails are less likely to scratch your floors than long ones. You can also pick up some booties for your pet to wear inside, if regular nail-trimmings aren’t enough.
  • A layer of wax can also do the trick. Not only will it protect your floor from deep scratches, but it’ll also make small lines and nicks easy to fix in the future. All you’ll have to do is re-apply the wax to fill a scratch and voila: perfect floors restored.
  • In the long-term: A long-term solution to your problem could be a new, more durable set of wood floors. Reclaimed wood is stronger against scratches than brand new hardwood floors; plus, older wood from barns, ships and wine barrels has plenty of character and pre-existing imperfections that your dog’s nails won’t ruin.

Concrete Floors
The name alone implies that concrete will withstand just about anything, and it will be a great surface against a dog’s accidents, as well as its nails, hair and scent. The only way to protect your concrete floors is the same in the short run as in the long run: a layer of sealant will make it easy to protect against stains, wipe them up and sweep up any hair that’s been shed.

Tile and Laminate Floors
These two types of flooring are on the opposite ends of the spectrum and will require different courses of action to protect them from a pooch’s paws.

  • Tile floors: Like concrete, tile is the perfect companion to your pup. They’re easy to clean and maintain, so long as they’re sealed properly.
  • Laminate floors: On the other hand, these floors are perhaps your worst option when it comes to a dog-friendly finish. Laminate floors come with a seal, but it’s one that cannot be bulked up or replaced. As such, scratches that happen or stains caused by your dog will become permanent eyesores. Your only options are to have a cover on your floor at all times, or to replace it with a more durable, easy-to-clean option.

Go Floor It
You now know the best ways to protect your home’s flooring while making your dog feel at home, to boot. All there’s left to do is go for it — and go floor it: you and your dog will be happy you did.

Emily Folk
Conservation and Sustainability Writer

E emilysfolk@gmail.com W conservationfolks.com

Winter season is here, and like humans, our dogs also need protection against the cold. Although there are dog breeds that love the snow and are more adaptable to the cold weather, there are many that require extra care. You don’t want for your fur—baby to fell ill, right!

So here are ten excellent winter care tips that you can follow to keep your pooch safe and healthy this holiday season.

1.    Protect the paws!

Protect your pooch’s paws by using booties; it will protect him from many diseases such as hypothermia. Also, keep the hair on his feet and between his pads trimmed short as that will prevent the build-up of ice-balls. Don’t think that it is okay for your dog to have a quick walk outside without the booties.

2.    Wrap your pooch up

Many dog-parents assume that their pup doesn’t require protection from the cold, that is not true at all. Just as you need warm clothes to survive the weather, your pooch also requires a sweater or a coat, especially if he has a thin fur. There are many coats available for dogs of different sizes and shapes, buy one that is comfortable and does not hinder your dog’s movement.

3.    Use pet-friendly chemicals

People use chemicals such as antifreeze to winterize their pipes; such products are poisonous to dogs.  It is best to use pet-friendly chemicals around your house. But even if you do use such products make sure you keep them out of the reach of your pet. Prevent him from licking sidewalks and always keep a strict check.

4.    Keep your pooch away from the fire-place

Dogs are curious animals and are up to some new adventure every day. Your dog might feel cold and would go near the fireplace. Prevent him from going too close to it; avoid other heating sources that might be dangerous for your pooch.

5.    Keep him hydrated

There is a misconception amongst dog owners that dogs can only get dehydrated in hot weather.  That is not true; your dog needs access to fresh water in winters. The dry weather causes to lose the body moisture, so water is essential.

6.    Pay attention to his diet

The cold weather adversely affects your dog’s joint, skin and coat health. Make sure you add supplements to his diet. You can feed your pooch foods that are rich in omega three such as fish oil.

7.    How to treat kennel cough

Your dog might get infected with kennel cough in winters. Take the necessary preventive steps to protect your dog against Bordetella, disinfect the air around him and boost his immunity through diet and exercise. If your dog does catch it, you can feed honey and coconut oil to treat the disease. Get your pooch checked by the vet to avoid any complexities.

8.    Eating snow is a big NO

The primary issue with snow is that it hides everything underneath so you wouldn’t know what your dog has consumed if he has eaten. Chances are he might ingest any poisonous substance and fall ill. So make sure you don’t let him eat snow at all.

9.    Warm bedding is needed

Dogs love a comfortable bed just as much as humans do especially in winters. Elevated beds, comforter, and blankets can help your dog stay warm.

10.    Watch the calories

It is the holiday season, and we are all enjoying the winter treats. Well, your dog needs his winter treats too, to help resist the cold but that does not mean you should overfeed your pooch. Keep an eye on his caloric intake especially if your dog stays indoors.

Follow these ten tips and enjoy the holiday season with your fur without any worries.

 

Sources:

http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/15-winter-care-tips-for-your-dog/

http://dogtime.com/dog-health/31865-7-myths-dogs-winter

https://www.healthypawspetinsurance.com/blog/2015/01/20/5-common-winter-illnesses-in-pets/

 

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.

Winter walks with your puppy is going to be shorter unless you are a proud owner of Siberian husky, Alaskan Malamutes, Tibetan Mastiff and more such breeds who find the freezing temperature comforting.

Walking a dog is a part of both yours and your dear pet’s routine and you cannot really compromise on it. Thus, wintertime dog walks prove to be challenging. Every dog owner at this time of the year is on high alert for their dog walking safety.

Walking your dog during the winter months can be quite the challenge. The most primary precaution you take is to have it all bundled up but once you step outside there are multiple challenges that you might face depending on the weather conditions. Precautions are to be taken to keep your pet safe and warm during winters.

Listed below are tips that will ensure that your dog stays warm and safe even in freezing cold weather.

 

Avoid Metal And Risk Of Being Electrocuted

It is easy to neglect this, but by doing so you are only risking the life of your beloved dog. Most people let this advice slip by thinking of it as not a major concern. Well avoid being one such dog owner and be a tad bit more attentive of how this could affect your furry buddy’s health. Be a little more analytical when it comes to your pet’s safety in cold weather. The potential dangers of uncovered electrical wires spread recklessly on streets and swallowing metal objects can land your dog into a serious health condition.

It is rather important because in urban areas, at times metal have corroded electrical wires hidden underneath and this increases the risk of being electrocuted. This is why it is critical to ensure that your puppy stays away from pieces of metal with old wires. The last thing you want is for the moisture from snow to result in your dog getting electrocuted. Dogs also have a habit of licking onto things, so they are more at risk of licking a cold metal object so just keep an eye out while out on a walk. Stay Away From Snowdrifts

Snowdrifts are something you should stay clear off, as they form rapidly and can cover anything. Snow can be covered over metal, sharp objects, pile of garbage or hazardous item and your dog can injure himself if he lands on such a heap covered with snow. Best option to avoid such unfortunate event is by sticking to walking at a safe distance. Stick to walking in wide open spaces at parks or around small yards that are safe and your pet can enjoy running freely through the snow.

 

Careful With Ice

If at all possible, schedule your daily walks in the day time rather than in the evening. Firstly, the day is much warmer as compared to the chilly winter evenings and secondly, the streets are more visible in sunlight so you can avoid tripping over metal.

Ice surface is extremely slippery for both humans and dogs, so be very careful when crossing an icy path. If you are used to jogging or running on a normal weather day, then we advise that you go slow. Do not let your dog run across as this will ensure that it does not slip and injure himself. To avoid the risk of tripping over slippery streets, stick to ploughed sidewalks and trails. The same rule applies for your safety, better stick to walking during such weather condition.

 

Snow Is Not The Snack That Your Dog Can Devour

As mentioned earlier, dogs have a habit to lick and sniff anything and everything. This means that they will not shy away from licking the snow and eat everything they feel is edible.

No doubts, they will be tempted to eat snow which seems quite harmless, but you know better and it is a terrible idea. Licking or eating snow is harmful considering the chemicals or harmful objects that may be hidden in it.

Dress For The Weather

Similar to your kid, a dog too would require sweaters and boots before stepping out in such freezing conditions. As per the standard dog care rule, consider a coat or a sweater for your pet to wear during winter walks.  Dog breeds such as Chihuahuas, Greyhounds, Whippets, Miniature Pinschers and similar dogs who do not have long fur coats or enough body heat to stay warm will need an extra layer to keep them warm.

Protect those delicate paws from the brutality of cold, snow, ice, salt, and more things that can wreak havoc on your dog’s feet during winters. Boots are a must in this weather but besides do not forget to add a layer of protection by slathering on some petroleum jelly. In case you are just using petroleum jell due to the weather being reasonably cold, then be sure to wipe your dog’s feet before you come back inside.

Most of the dog breeds have little to no fur in their feel, which makes it mandatory to wear dog boots for walks. Consider getting doggie boots, as these will help keep the paws warm and offer protection. Boots are of more help than you think as they protect the paws, give your four-legged buddy a better grip and prevent them from accidentally stepping on objects buried under the snow. Wearing boots and sweater are the most primary safety measure any dog owner must consider.

 

Groom Them Right For The Weather

Trim your dog’s nails for better traction; if you do not trim their nails, then it increases their chances of slipping and sliding around. These chances multiply when there’s ice on the ground. So, be proactive and help your dog stay upright by cutting their nails regularly.

It is also advisable to keep your dog’s coat reasonably thick just to protect them from the harsh weather. Use dog clippers carefully and avoid the risk of trimming their coat extremely short. Groom them well to avoid turning the walk into an unpleasant experience.

 

Be Attentive

Pay attention when going out in snow with your pet because there are pretty good chances that they can get catch a cold despite of all the layers covering them.

Even if the dog is wearing a coat or sweater and boots, you must still keep a close watch on them. Remember, they are your priority at that moment and you cannot afford to lose focus throughout the walk. Be aware of frostbites where the skin is cold, pale and hard; it often turns red and puffy after it warms a bit.

If your pup starts to shake or shiver, it is a sign that he is too cold and needs to go home.

 

 

As a dog owner, you ought to know your pet’s breed well. Few dog breeds would beg to stay out for more than a shorter period of time, but other breeds such as Doberman or other short-haired dogs will prefer short walks. Stick to checking the watch and give them enough time suitable for their requirement. Be mindful if it’s freezing outside. If it’s too cold to step out, choose to stay at home with some hot chocolate for yourself and treats for the little furry bundle!

 

Author Bio:

Anna Barton loves to spend quality time with her puppy Coco and has always been a dog enthusiast. In her free time she loves to take Coco for walks around the park and pen down her thoughts. The very fact that she is currently associated with Masterclip – a company providing pet grooming products- shows her best interests for pets. She loves engaging with other pet owners in the park and has a set exercise routine for Coco. Along with Coco by her side she is looking forward to share more experiences for other pet owners!

Whether you already have a dog or you’re thinking of getting one, it’s important to think about how owning a dog affects both you and the animal. Having a dog in your family should mean there’s a mutually-beneficial relationship where you help each other. You take care of your dog and your dog, although he might not know it, helps to improve your quality of life too. You and your dog can be there for each other in a variety of ways, even though it mostly involves you putting in the effort and your dog just being, well, a dog. If you’re not convinced that you both get as much from your relationship as each other, here’s how you and your dog can enjoy each other’s company. Your Dog Gives You Something to Get Up For It’s not always easy to get up in the morning, even for people who are generally happy and motivated. Sometimes you just want to laze around in bed, or you don’t feel like facing the day. But having a dog to care for means you can’t waste your day lying around. Your dog needs feeding, walking, and playing with. That’s part of the reason dogs are sometimes recommended for people with depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses. They give people something to care for and care about outside of themselves. Not only is your dog a reason to get out of bed, but they’ll be sure to get you up if you’re late giving them breakfast.

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  Your Dog Sees You As Pack Leader When you bring a dog into your family, you’re their pack leader. They look to you for their commands as the alpha – although they might see one family member as more authoritative than the others. It’s comforting for them to have companions, whether they’re all humans, other dogs, or maybe even other animals. They physically need you to survive too, relying on you for everything from food and exercise to staying clean. You might need your dog, but you know that they need you too.   You Keep Each Other Fit One of the great benefits of owning a dog is that they can help to keep you fit. But it’s also your job to help keep your dog fit and healthy. You can look at it as having a faithful workout partner who’s always there to encourage you to go to the gym. Whatever you choose to do with your dog, from gentle walks to mountain hikes, they encourage you to get outside. You can also do some fun activities that are a bit more active for your dog than you, like agility or flyball.   Affection Is Good For Both of You There’s nothing like a cuddle with your dog. Sometimes they seem to sense when you’re sad and come and give you affection when you need it most. It’s not just good for you, though. It’s also good for them to get affection from their human. Giving your dog affection is a way to reward them for good behavior, especially because they’re naturally very affectionate and love to receive attention from humans and each other. It’s important to give your dog affection at the right time, though. For example, if you fuss over them when they’re really excited, you could teach them that it’s ok to jump up at people when you don’t want them to.

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  You Can Support Each Other Emotionally Sharing affection with your dog is great for lifting your mood. And for some people, it’s even useful to have their dog designated as an emotional support animal (ESA). An ESA isn’t the same as a service dog, which has different legal protections and needs to have specialized training. However, an ESA may have some protections in some situations, such as when you’re applying for housing. If you think it would be beneficial to have your dog designated as an ESA or for you to get an emotional support animal, you can read about how to do it here. You need to have a licensed mental health professional write you a letter that says you will benefit from having an emotional support animal. ESAs can help with a range of health conditions, from PTSD to anxiety and depression.   Some Dogs Help with Physical Conditions Too Dogs can also be trained to provide assistance for a range of physical conditions. These dogs are more likely to be service dogs, which legally are required to have special training. They should be trained to perform certain tasks that help their owners, who might have physical or mental health disabilities. The most recognizable type of service dog is probably seeing-eye dogs for blind and sight-impaired people. There are also hearing dogs, dogs that detect seizures or provide assistance to people with diabetes, mobility assistance dogs, and more. Service dogs don’t need to be certified or registered, but business owners and service providers are allowed to ask what tasks they’re trained to do to determine if they can provide reasonable accommodation for them.

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  Dogs Are Protective Having a loyal companion who will protect you is one of the reasons that some people choose to get a dog. Dogs will protect you in a variety of ways, including standing between you and a perceived threat or barking. A protective dog isn’t necessarily aggressive, though. It could just mean they stand at your side and are there for you. Some people choose dog breeds based on which ones make the best guard dogs. However, you don’t have to pick a particularly large or protective dog to have one who will stand up for you. A dog’s protective instinct isn’t just good for you, either. It makes them feel useful and proud that they’re protecting you. Just be careful not to encourage bad behaviors.   You Can Be Social Together Do you feel like you need to get out of your shell a little? If you want to meet new people, having a dog is a great way to do it. Your dog can take you to new places, and you can find plenty of opportunities for your pooch to socialize too. You might go to your local dog park and talk to other owners while your dog meets some fellow four-legged friends. There are also some fun classes and activities you can do together, where you can meet other people are dogs. Some activities are more focused on dogs, while others are for people but within a dog-friendly atmosphere. For example, you could attend an agility class with your dog, or you could join a walking group and take your dog with you on walks. Not only will you make new friends, but your dog will improve his social skills too.   Take Your Dog to Work Lucky enough to be the boss or work in a dog-friendly environment? Taking your dog to work could be good for both of you. It means your dog doesn’t have to stay home or go to doggy daycare, and you can have your constant companion with you all day. Dogs can be great in a few different work environments but generally are best in offices, as long as they’re happy to sit under your desk for most of the day. You might also be able to take your dog to work if you work outdoors. And if you are able to take your dog to work with you, not only can they help you to relieve stress (and relieve your dog’s stress), but they can be there for your colleagues too. Your dog will probably love the extra attention and might have some other dogs to make friends with too.   Be Charitable with Your Dog If your dog provides great emotional support to you, they could do the same for others too. Your dog might be able to train as a therapy dog so you can visit people who can benefit from the comfort of a furry friend. Therapy dogs visit places like schools, hospitals and care homes to befriend the people there. Petting a dog is excellent therapy and can lift people’s moods. Dogs can even help people to recover from illness faster. If you want to volunteer with your dog, there are other things you can do too. Your dog can donate blood, you could go on charity runs or walks together, or you could foster other dogs for your dog to interact with and care for.   Adopt, Don’t Shop There are lots of terribly cute pedigree puppy litters out there. It’s easy to see what people are prepared to pay money for them. But choosing to adopt a dog instead is good for both you and the dog. You get all the benefits of owning a dog and the knowledge that you saved a dog in need. Without people to adopt them, a lot of dogs end up being put down. Adopting a dog often means you rescue each other.   Owning a dog isn’t just a one-sided relationship. They get just as much out of it as you do, and you can have so much fun together.

Your life changes when you adopt or buy a dog — unfortunately for some, that means no more last-minute overnight trips or extended vacations. That is, unless you decide to take your pup with you on your journey.

Vacationing with your pet can be extremely rewarding for your dog, their health and the relationship between the two of you. However, your dog probably wouldn’t enjoy hanging at your hotel room while you relax at the spa or on the beach. Instead, you should keep in mind their needs for a vacation, as well — for most active dogs, that means lots of exercise and adventure.

If you’re planning a trip for you and your four-legged friend, consider these four destinations.

  1. Chattanooga, Tennessee

If you and your pup are true hikers, Chattanooga could be the best choice for your vacation. The North Chickamauga Creek Pocket Wilderness is a 10-mile trail with a creek that runs throughout it. You could also check out the Walnut Street Bridge at sunset or the quaint downtown area, which has restaurants with dog-friendly patios and delicious food.

  1. The Finger Lakes — New York state

Finger Lakes is made up of 11 freshwater lakes in upstate New York. In addition to hiking throughout Watkins Glen State Park, which consists of 19 waterfalls, you can take your dog with you to wineries such as Kings Garden, Red Tail Ridge and Fox Run. Several marinas in the area also allow you to have your pup with you on a leash.

  1. Austin, Texas

For lovers of warm weather and delicious food — which likely describe both you and your pup — Austin, Texas, makes a great vacation spot. In addition to walking tours and the 18 off-leash parks in the city, you can even bring your dog to yoga classes at Visit Austin Doga. Then, cool off at Red Bud Isle, an adorably fun dog-only swimming hole. Satiate both of your appetites after a long day of exercise at one of Austin’s many pet-friendly restaurants and food trucks, most of which have a specific menu for dogs.

  1. Portland, Oregon

This pacific northwestern city is the 12th most walkable in the country, making it an incredibly dog-friendly destination. More than 30 off-leash parks are scattered throughout town — that’s the most dog parks per capita in America! There are also tons of scenic trails through the forest you’re both sure to enjoy.

Tips for Traveling With Your Dog

No matter where you decide to go, there are a few things you should keep in mind to ensure you and your pup have a safe, healthy and fun trip:

  • Go see the vet before you leave. You don’t want to leave for a long vacation without making sure your dog is in good health. It’s also a good idea to find a vet office near your destination — just in case.
  • Bring all necessary supplies. Even if you don’t usually crate your dog, you never know how they’ll act away from home for a long time — plus, most hotels and airlines require you bring one. Remember, if you and your dog will be flying, make sure to place a “live animal” sticker on your dog’s crate. This way airline staff will know to handle with care. Bring vaccination information, and first aid material or medication, all their tags and a photo of your pup to be prepared for the worst.

  • Consider your pet during the booking process. Some hotels advertise themselves as dog-friendly, yet they have layouts or staircases that could make it difficult for your pooch to get around. Consider asking for a room on the first floor and near an exit so you can easily get out to take your dog to the bathroom or for a walk.

Your first trip with your pup is probably a bit scary and overwhelming. Take it one step at a time, choose a sensible destination and remember to follow these tips to make sure you and your best friend have the trip of a lifetime.

 

Bio:

Emily is an avid animal lover and pet and wildlife conservation blogger. She has also written for Continental Kennel Club and is a contributor to PetsBlogs. To read more of her articles, check out her blog, Conservation Folks, or follow her on Twitter.

5 Tips To Take Your Dogs Camping

Camping is one of the most fun activities you and the family can do together. It’s a great feeling getting away from the hassles of modern life for a relaxing weekend, at one with nature with your loved ones. If, like me, when you think of your family, you think of your pet too, then you might want to consider bringing them along for the wild adventure! Our dog loves the freedom, the fresh air, and the new experiences. Your furry friend can benefit from going on a camping trip but you will need to consider some steps to ensure your dog stays safe and you all have a good time.

 

  1. Ensure Your Dog Is Properly Trained

 

The possibility of overstimulation is increased exponentially in a camping environment. The birds to chase. The crisp, fresh air. The different smells! All of it leads to your dog being more likely to run wild. Make sure your dog is trained to obey commands. Losing your dog is the one guarantee to ruin your camping trip and having your dog misbehaving could easily cause trouble for you with other campers.

 

If you’re feeling brave, or silly, and want to take a puppy camping, then make sure you are ready to spend most of your time training them, otherwise it could be a very long trip!

 

  1. Keep Your Dog’s Vaccinations Up To Date

 

This should be something you should do regularly regardless of a planned camping trip, but make sure you have this ticked off a while before your trip incase of last minute bad reactions. Here’s a few other things you should consider to ensure your dog is in tip-top condition before a fun adventure!

 

  • Make sure your dog is microchipped
  • Check your pet insurance is up to date
  • Obtain your dog’s veterinary records
  • Get your dog a check up to ensure they’re fit to travel
  • Get the number of your veterinary in case of emergency
  • Find out the nearest vet to your campsite
  • Administer preventative flea and tick treatments
  • Check leads and collars for damage
  • Pack a first aid kit (LINK: http://notquitewild.com/outdoor-gear/whats-in-a-first-aid-kit/) for your furry friend!

 

Vaccinations are not only important for the health of your dog, but also important for the health of other dogs that may be at the camp site.

 

  1. Keep Your Dog’s Feet Safe

 

Camping often involves going for long walks. Something your dog will enjoy almost as much as you. The ground however isn’t always safe. While hazards such as glass and cut up aluminium cans will be encountered far less often in the wild, other hazards like sharp sticks, sharp rocks or hot ground, will be far more plentiful. You can stick to areas, or designated paths, which have been cleared and don’t have such hazardous ground when you take your dog for a walk. Alternatively, you could always purchase some foot protectors to ensure that your dog will be safe wherever you decide to walk!

 

  1. Choose An Appropriate Tent

 

While the day time will most likely be full of fun and frivolities for you and your four legged friend, the night time won’t be quite as easy. You might well have plans for the night, but there will come a time when you need to sleep. Unless you’ve brought a camper van with you, you’ll be sleeping in a tent. You’ll need to find the best family tent (LINK: http://notquitewild.com/camping/best-family-tent-reviews/) for yourself, your family, and of course, your dog!

 

It’s not just the size of your tent you need to think about though. You need to make sure that the the material won’t rip as your dog walks around. If your dog is well trained you can limit how durable your tent will need to be, but it is inevitable that there will be some damage, so a highly durable tent is a must. You may also want to choose a tent with an outside awning for shade during the day, as your dog will definitely be napping after running around in the sun!

 

  1. Choose A Camp Site With Other Dogs

 

If it’s possible try to camp at a site that welcomes dogs. Some campsites require you to have your dog on a lead at all times, but this may not be so fun for you or your dog. Ideally, you want your dog to roam free and have fun, so dog-friendly campsites may be a better option!

 

The social aspect of the camping isn’t just important for humans. It is exactly the same for your dog. Give your dog the opportunity to make new friends, whether that’s other animals, or other people. Your dog needs to have fun as well!

 

 

The Final Word

 

Taking your family camping, including your dog, can be a relaxing activity as long as you plan carefully, and take things into consideration. Your dog will have so much fun exploring a new environment, with new sounds, and smells, and they can also be a great comfort when you’re traveling away from home. The main thing to remember when you’re taking your dog camping is to keep both you and your pet safe, and of course, to have fun!

 

 

About The Author

Heather Adams is a keen camper, hiker and writer for Not Quite Wild (LINK: http://notquitewild.com/) a resource blog for those who may not always get the opportunity to get into the wild everyday but who are wild adventurers at heart! She loves taking her family camping, and could not imagine not inviting her furry family members along for the trip!

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Everyone wants to pamper their dog and show them the love and respect they deserve for their faithful companionship.

 

Alas, not all forms of pampering are created equal, and it’s even possible that you could do your canine companion an injury by choosing the wrong way to show your affection.

 

Here’s a look at some healthy ways to pamper your dog.

 

Why pampering your dog the wrong way is dangerous

 

You might think that the very idea of pampering your dog “wrong” is silly. After all, if you’re showing affection, and Fido’s enjoying himself, what’s the harm, right?

 

Unfortunately, many of the ways that people commonly pamper their animals can be extremely detrimental to the health of the pet. Feeding a dog human snacks like chocolate can result in toxicity and lead to conditions such as diabetes, making the dog sick and frail over time.

 

In some cases, things which please humans can even prove fatal to dogs.

 

While pet insurance via a company like petsinsurance.co is a good policy for dealing with potential health issues, it should always be seen as a last resort.

 

 

Feed your dog meat and veg

 

Dogs evolved from carnivorous wolves, and despite whatever the pet food industry might want you to believe, kibble is generally a poor substitute for a dog’s naturally evolved ancestral diet.

 

If you want to make your dog bark with sheer joy and get the twinkle back in their eye and the shine in their coat, start feeding them meat mixed some green veg in place of kibble. This will ensure they’re getting the right balance of vitamins and minerals and digesting them properly.

 

Yep, it’s more expensive. And sure, it may take more preparation time. But if you’re serious about your dog’s health, it’s the only way to go.

 

 

Give your dog an approved dental bone to chew

 

Everyone knows the old cliché that dogs love to chew on bones, and we all have memories of seeing someone scraping the bones off their plate for their dog to pounce on.

 

This is a bad idea, and all pet health experts would advise against it. Cooked bones are more brittle than raw ones, and also smaller to begin with. This creates a recipe for disaster where your dog can easily damage their mouth or insides due to splintered bone shards. At worst, the results can be fatal.

 

But Rover still loves chewing, so why not invest in a vet-approved dental “bone” for your dog to chew? His gums will improve and he’ll be a very happy pup to boot.

 

 

Take your dog on long walks or runs

 

Exercise may not seem like much of a treat to the average human, but things tend to work differently for our canine companions.

 

A walk is when a dog truly gets to explore the world, mark their territory, stretch their legs, meet other dogs, and feel the primal pangs of their wolf ancestors tugging at their heartstrings.

 

For the more athletic breeds, a walk by itself won’t cut it. If you want to treat them right, keep them happy, and maintain their fitness, they’ll need to go on regular long runs.

 

It should come as no surprise that breeds like huskies — which were bred to run across vast distances on a daily basis — thrive on intense physical activity.