National Take a Hike Day

Happy National Take a Hike Day! No, we didn’t mean it in a ‘get lost!’ way, promise!

A great way to celebrate is to take your dog(s) for a hike with you. Below are some tips and tricks to ensuring a fun and safe experience for your both!

  • Make sure your dog is fit enough to hike the distance you’re planning
  • Obey all leash laws
  • Pick up after your dog(s)
  • Bring enough food and water for both of you
  • Watch what they ingest
  • Conduct a post-hike check up on your dog(s)
    • Especially for ticks!

For more tips click here.

Potty Training

Struggling to housebreak the furry new addition to your family? We’re here to help!

Dos

  • Set a routine
  • Pay attention to the clock and their eating schedule
  • Stay calm and assertive

Don’ts

  • Don’t punish your puppy for an accident
  • Don’t let your energy affect your puppy (impatience or nervousness)

For more details on Potty Training your puppy click here.

Benefits of Exotic Pets

Owning exotic pets can be a lot of work, but can be equally rewarding! Check out some benefits of having an exotic pet below.

  • You’ll learn from them
  • Most take up less space than a dog or cat
  • Most are hypoallergenic
  • Most don’t need to be walked
  • Most tend to live longer than cats and dogs

For more information and benefits, click here!

Territorial Behavior

It’s natural for dogs to guard the things that matter to them: us (their family) and their resources (food bowl, toys, etc.) With this being said, keep an eye out for excessive barking, growling, or snapping; this can lead to problems further down the road.

Check out these tips to aid your territorial dog!

  • Go over basic obedience skills
  • Recall (coming when called)
  • Ask your dog to work for reward (“sit” before putting their leash on, etc.)
  • Teach a command for them to not bark, such as “settle”
  • Reduce your dog’s anxiety

For more information on these tips, click here!

Tips for Walking Your Dog

Being able to walk your dog leisurely, without being pulled, is not an easy task for all dog owners. Thankfully we have tips and tricks that can make you the “leader of the pack”!

  • Introduce them to the collar or harness and leash
  • Make them come to you
  • Practice inside
  • Offer treats as praise for listening
  • Stand still if they pull

For details on these tips click here!

People Foods

Although we love a large variety of foods, these aren’t all safe to share with our pets. Look at the list below for a few examples!

  • Avocados
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Coconut
  • Milk and dairy
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Nuts

Click here to see a complete list of foods not to feed your pet, provided by the Animal Poison Control Center experts at the ASPCA.

Outdoor Tips and Tricks

It’s important to properly prepare your pet for outdoor adventures. If you plan on going on a hike with them, pack water bowls, food, a canine first aid kit, identification tags and an extra leash. Training is also important; if your dog is off-leash make sure they know the basic “come” command. To be safe, it’s always best to keep them on leash.

Who says cats can’t go on adventures too? If you plan on bringing your feline friend on a camping trip, make sure they are comfortable wearing a harness or walking on a leash. Your cat’s first trip in to the woods shouldn’t be on long hiking trails. Start small to get them acclimated. Also, don’t take them outdoors if they aren’t properly vaccinated against fleas, ticks, and heart worms.

Dog Harnesses

Being in control of your dog while on a walk is essential for safety and happiness for you and your dog. There are many different types of harnesses to choose from, but we’re here to help!

  • Back-Clip Harness
    • The ring where the leash connects is located on the top of the dog’s back
    • Generally the easiest type of equipment for dogs to adjust to
  • Front-Clip Harness
    • The ring where the leach connects is located in the center of the dog’s chest
    • Generally used to reduce pulling on the leash
  • Tightening Harness
    • The ring where the leach connects is located in the center of the dog’s chest
    • Pain inducing harnesses should be avoided, but the correct tightening harness can reduce pulling on the leash

Click here for the pros and cons of each harness type!

National Disaster Preparedness Month

You may have an emergency disaster plan for your family, but does it include your pets? If not, it’s time to start thinking about one. Although we never like to think disaster will strike, it’s always best to be prepared. Discuss the plan with your family and ensure each member understands their responsibilities in keeping themselves and pets safe.

Put together a disaster kit.
Create a disaster kit to easily grab in case of an emergency. Include items like medication, food and water for at least five days, sturdy leashes, written information about your pets feeding schedule and medical conditions, and a photo of your pet with the breed description.

Get a rescue alert sticker.
Rescue alert stickers let people know that pets are inside your home. Make sure it’s in a visible spot near the door and includes the number of pets, names, and the number of your veterinarian.

Create a safe space for your pet.
Arrange a place to bring your pets in the event of an evacuation. Ask your animal shelter if they provide emergency shelter for pets, and ask friends and families if they would be willing to take in your pet in the event of an emergency.

Cats can easily become scared during disasters and emergencies, so it is important to know where to look in case your feline friend is hiding. Make sure you know your cats favorite secret hiding spot in order to find them and evacuate quicker.

For more information about disaster preparedness click here to visit the ASPCA site.

International Homeless Animals Day

Since it’s creation in 1992, International Homeless Animals Day (IHAD) has been celebrated around the world by over 50 countries and every state in the U.S. This day’s purpose is to raise awareness about the pet overpopulation epidemic. In years past, IHAD events have consisted of adopt-a-thons, microchip clinics, spay/neuter clinics, rallies and dog walks.

Click here to see how you can help!

Click here to check out services we offer in preventing overpopulation.