Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Crate Training Your Dog

Many people are skeptical about crate training their dogs for fear that they will consider being confined to such a small space punishment. Despite this common concern, crate training your dog is beneficial for your pet, family, and your home.

Because dogs are den animals by nature, the crate can serve as a safe space where they can go to relax, to chew on a bone or toy, and to escape when they need some alone time. Having your dog crate trained can also provide an area of the home where they can safely stay while you are out of the house or when you have guests over who do not love dogs as much as you do.

Crate training is easiest when a dog is trained as a puppy, but there is no reason why you can’t crate train an adult dog! While crate training is extremely beneficial when you leave the house for short periods of time, if you need to leave your dog home alone during the day for several hours, you may want to consider dog daycare in Fort Myers FL. Visit our website for more information!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Pet Adoption Tip #2: Consider an Older Pet

Welcome to the second post in our series of tips on pet adoption. Missed the first tip? Click here to read all about doing your research!

Tip #2: Consider an Older Pet

Everyone loves puppies and kittens - and how could you not? They’re adorable! Puppies and kittens tend to go fast in shelters and at rescues because of how sought after they are year round. Often times, adult and senior pets sit in shelters for a long time. If you are someone who is looking for a companion, but work full time or have a busy schedule, an older pet is ideal for you. Adult and senior pets bring in just as much love as puppies, but require far less training and attention than puppies and kittens. If you are a first time dog owner, an adult dog may also be ideal, as they are often already housebroken and know a few basic commands.

Keep an eye on our blog for more adoption tips! If you have recently adopted a dog, we would love to meet them! Visit our website to reserve a spot in daycare at our wonderful pet resort.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Pet Adoption Tip #1: Do Your Research

There are few greater joys in life than adding a furry family member to your household! If you are thinking about getting a new pet, consider adoption! Adopting a pet is a great way to give a home to an animal that might not otherwise have one, and to help animals escape from abusive or neglectful situations.

Many people are skeptical or fearful about adopting, as in most cases, it is unclear what pets have endured in the past that might lead to health or behavioral concerns in the future. In a series of blog posts, we will be sharing our top tips for adopting that will help to successfully transition a new pet into your home!

Tip #1: Do Your Research

There are several things you should look into before adopting a new pet. For starters, be informed about the rescues and shelters in your area. Make sure that you adopt from one that is reputable and that does a thorough health check of pets before adopting them out. Many common diseases seen in pets are zoonotic, which means that they can be passed from animals to humans, as well as other animals already in your home. Look into breeds you feel would fit in well with your family and lifestyle. For example, if you live in apartment, research dog breeds that require less space and activity in order to stay happy and healthy.

Stay tuned for more tips for adopting a new pet! For more information on pet care, click here to visit our website.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Running with Your Dog

Many athletes and gym enthusiasts are psyched about having a furry friend to take on runs! Running with your dog can be a fun activity for both you and your pet, but there are a few important things to keep in mind before you set off on a marathon together. Here are just a few:

Pace Yourself: Remember that even a young, healthy dog will need to work up to your speed and distance if they’ve never run before. Start at a slow place, and gradually increase your speed and distance over time.

Take Cues from Your Dog: Along the same lines as pace, make sure that you are always paying attention to your dog during your run and “listening” to their needs. If your dog is starting to slow down, panting excessively, or lies down during your run, it’s time to take a break and get them some water.

Bring Plenty of Water: Make sure that you’ve got ample water with you - both for you and your dog! Consider investing in a few water bottles that can attach to a belt and a collapsible bowl that you can bring along with you. Another option is to plan your routes so you know you’ll pass several spots where free drinking water will be readily available.

Be Distraction-Free: Many people like to listen to music or a podcast while running, but it’s important that when you’re running with a companion that you don’t wear headphones, and listen carefully to other runners, bikers, and traffic around you to ensure that both you and your pet stay safe during your run.

One last thought, some bicycle riders think that it is a good to exercise their dog while riding. Running a dog beside a bicycle is not a good idea and is NEVER recommended by pet care professionals.

Interested in getting your dog more exercise? Consider dog daycare in Fort Myers FL!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Pavement Problems

We’ve all experienced the feeling of being barefoot on the beach and walking on hot sand during the summer months – and it can be terrible! Just imagine how your dog must feel going on walks on the hot pavement all summer long!

It can be tough to stay off of the cement or pavement during walks, but it is important to try to walk your dog on grass or another cool surface where possible when the temperature exceeds 70 degrees.

If you’re unsure of whether or not the pavement is too hot for you dog’s feet, try this trick: place the palm of your hand on the pavement for 5 seconds. If you’re able to comfortably leave your hand there for that long, the ground is cool enough for your dog to walk on. If you find that you have to pick your hand up before the 5 seconds are up, or your hand is burning by the end of it, the pavement it too hot for your dog to be on.

Walking your dog on hot pavement can lead to serious burns and sores on his paws, which he can further agitate by licking or biting his paws and pads. Make sure you do everything you can to keep your dog’s feet safe this summer!

For more summer safety tips, click here to visit our website or contact one of our daycare professionals!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Healthy Treats

While many people are aware that some human foods are toxic to dogs, it’s not always clear what you can and cannot feed your dog outside of the prepackaged food and treats you find at the pet store. Here are a few of the healthy snacks you can give to your pet, many of which you likely already have in your fridge or pantry:

  • Peanut Butter: Peanut butter is a favorite of many dogs. It’s a great training motivator and can be stuffed into a kong to keep your dog occupied for hours. For even longer enjoyment, stick a peanut butter kong in the freezer for a few hours before giving it to your pup!
  • Cooked Chicken: Chicken is great to add to your dog’s normal dog food, and makes for an easy-to-digest food if your pet is experiencing GI problems. A bland diet of boiled chicken and white rice can help to soothe your dog’s GI tract during bouts of diarrhea or vomiting, and they’re sure to love it!
  • Blueberries: Blueberries are high in antioxidants and make great little treats for your dog to enjoy. Blueberries can also be frozen to make refreshing bite size snacks for your dog to enjoy during the hot months of summer!

We hope this post has given you some fun snack ideas for your dog. For more information on caring for your pooch, click here to visit our website!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Firework and Thunder Phobia

Summer is a time for fireworks and severe thunderstorms, which, for many dogs and other pets, can be a very stressful. If your dog is fearful of loud noises, here are a few tips to try:

  • Reduce Noise and Sight: To the best of your ability, reduce the amount of noise. Close the windows and curtains, shut doors, and keep your dog confined to a safe space towards the middle of your home. Leaving the TV and radio on for your pet helps desensitize pets to loud noises and flashes of light too.
  • Get Exercise: Exercising your dog more than normal on the day of a planned fireworks show can help them to be calmer later in the day. If your dog is worn out from a day of playing outside, he is less likely to be reactive to loud noises or bright lights later in the evening.
  • Thunder Shirts: Thunder shirts provide compression to your dog, which may help him to feel safe and secure. While designed specifically for thunder, they can be effective for all loud noises and other stressful situations for your dog.

For more tips on keeping your dog safe during a fireworks display, give us a call at (239) 939-3647, and to book your dog’s next boarding stay, click here to visit our website.