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How Can I Teach My Dog To Love The Water?

Is It Possible To Teach My Dog To Love The Water?

Swimming is an excellent opportunity for owners to both cool down and encourage healthy exercise for dog owners.  Dogs are naturally great swimmers, but some aren’t as keen to water right out of the gate as others.  It might appear strange to some dog owners, but they shouldn’t panic or force anything.  All it takes is a little patience and determination.

If your dog is apprehensive towards water, you can try these tips to introduce them slowly and get them loving it in little time.

Start Small

If you have the ability to introduce your dog to water with a kiddie pool, you’ll greatly increase your chances of getting your dog into a full-sized pool or body of water.  Start by playing fetch by the pool, have your kids and/or yourself stepping in and out of the pool.  Then, start trying to bait your dog to take a dip by tossing the toy into the water.

Even if your dog only sticks their face in the water to snatch the toy out is good progress.  You can also try using treats to see if they will jump all the way in.

Graduating

Take your dog to a below-ground pool with a shallow section or to a beach/lake shore to start getting them used to being in the water.  The water should be calm, and so should you!  Continue the game of fetch and try not to get frustrated if your dog doesn’t want to go beyond leg-deep.  Always give treats when your dog progresses to a deeper part of the water.

You should consider incorporating a life jacket for smaller dogs that bob a lot in the water.  It can add a layer of confidence to encourage them to swim.

If you can find someone with a dog that already loves swimming, this can have a profound effect on how quickly and willingly your dog will get into the water.

Enjoy the Moment

Once you’ve successfully introduced your dog to swimming, keep things exciting and interesting by incorporating water games like paddleboarding, dock diving, pool fetch, and more.  Pool inflatables are a dog’s best friends, too.

If you find yourself hitting a brick wall on training your dog to love water, don’t hesitate to call a professional trainer or ask a friend to help, sometimes your dog can get anxiety from all the pressure on them—dogs can tell when you’re disappointed, frustrated, or stressed by an activity.

summer movies

Movies To Watch This Summer With Your Dog

Movies To Watch This Summer With Your Dog

summer movies

In the course of your busy life, it may be difficult to spend enough quality time with your dog and also have enough time to relax without being under pressure. One great way to achieve both without so much stress is by watching fun movies with your dog. Not just any kind of movie, but movies starring dogs!  Here is a list of 8 movies you should watch with your dog this summer

  1.       A DOG’S PURPOSE (2017)

This is an emotion-packed movie about a devoted dog on the path to discovering his life’s purpose. He was first adopted by a little boy and the journey takes him through different reincarnations and owners. He teaches his owners how to laugh and love and even eventually gets reunited with the child (now an adult) who first adopted him.

  1.       MEGAN LEAVEY (2017)

This movie is based on the inspiring true life account of a marine corporal who served in Iraq alongside her dog, a military combat dog. They met in interesting circumstances, became friends and served the nation on several missions. After her discharge from the military, she kept trying to adopt him without much success. Things took a new turn when the dog was scheduled for euthanasia and she had to fight to save him. This is a remarkable story that highlights friendship and heroism.

  1.   SECRET LIFE OF PETS (2016)

This movie shows you a fun perspective of how your dog probably thinks and what he can do in your absence. Even though it may set off some paranoid thoughts about your pet’s activities in your absence, it is an exciting and fun movie to watch.

  1.   WIENER DOG (2016)

This movie is based on the life of a cute dachshund puppy who spends her life going from one owner to the other, each owner being on a search for some sort of companionship. Wiener-dog shows that a dog can bring comfort and joy to anyone and all they need to do is to reciprocate. The movie has a touch of adventure in it and should be interesting to watch.

  1.      ROCK DOG (2016)

This is a movie about following one’s dreams and being able to take responsibility for one’s actions. Join the main character, a wide-eyed Tibetan Mastiff, on an adventurous journey filled with many unexpected turns as he tries to fulfil his dreams of being a musician.

  1.      THE DOG LOVER (2016)

This movie is based on animal rights and features a passionate animal rights activist who pretends to be a college intern, so she could investigate possible abuse on a dog-breeding farm. She faced some challenges but is able to overcome them. It is a highly educative movie and you will surely learn some things

  1.       MAX (2015)

This movie is one of the emotional ones and the storyline is based on the relationship between a Belgian Malinois and his Marine handler as they work in Afghanistan. The handler dies and the dog bonds with his younger brother, and together they help each other through the pain and also found out what really happened to the dead marine. This is a story about friendship, companionship and being a hero.

  1.   101 DALMATIANS (1996)

What better time to see a classic than now? This is one of the most favorite dog movie classics of all time. The movie is all about 101 dalmatians trying to outsmart a villain that wanted to use them to make a fur coat. It is action-filled and definitely fun to watch.

These are just few movies that you and your dog can watch together this summer, to relax and spend quality time together. In addition, you might learn some things that will make your relationship with your dog more enjoyable.

7 Ways To Keep Your Dog Calm During The 4th Of July Fireworks

7 Ways To Keep Your Dog Calm During The 4th Of July Fireworks

We love to celebrate the 4th of July. All our family, neighbors and friends are hanging out  and just having a good time. However, when we remember our dog, we suddenly lose a part of our joy. Why? The truth is that most dogs are afraid of fireworks, and we can definitely say that most dog owners in the United States simply state that this is one of the worst days for their dogs. So, what can you do? How can you make sure that your dog remains as comfortable and as calm as possible?

Here are 7 different things you can do to ensure that your dog remains calm during the 4th of July fireworks:

#1: Before the fireworks start, make sure that you have all your dogs inside the house. If it’s possible, make sure that you stay in as well to make them feel safer. If you can’t, just leave them something fun to do. In case it’s too hot as it usually is, turn on your air conditioning.

#2: During the day, take your dog outside and give him the opportunity to get plenty of exercise. This way, he will be more tired in the evening, and he will be less stressed out about the fireworks. Getting rid of the as much of the pent up energy as possible beforehand will result in a calmer pup!

#3: When dogs get scared, they like to hide in small spaces where hardly anyone can see them–survival of the fittest! So, just find this place for your dog inside the house and point it to him when the fireworks start. Establishing this safe haven beforehand is the wisest choice of all as your dog may become alarmed or confused if you try to send him under a bed, table or into a crate if he’s not usually accustomed to doing so. With all the noise, dogs just can’t orient themselves, and they will feel this is the only safe spot around the house.

#4: Before the fireworks start, make sure that you have all the curtains and windows closed. In case you also have blinds, make sure to lower them as well. While the noise will be a sure thing, there’s no need to stimulate your dog even more with all the visuals from the fireworks since this can make them even more nervous. There are some dogs that can tolerate the noise but freak out at the flashes of light.  Eliminating all possible anxiety-inducing stimuli is the best!

#5: Since it’s always better to be safe than sorry, don’t forget to make your dog wear an ID tag on his collar. In case he manages to get away from the house, whoever finds him will be able to return him to you. Even better? Get your dog microchipped before you do anything else.  This is double protection in case your dog’s collar and id tags go missing.

#6: Music for dogs is always an excellent way to make your dog calm down. The goal of these songs is to reduce his anxiety.  It works!  Just like us, our dogs appreciate relaxing tones when they are stressed and well, music has been used all around the world with great results in regulating behaviors for centuries.  Plus, it blocks out some of the noise. Win – win!

#7: Another way that seems to help many dogs is the use of a Thundershirt. Simply put, you just wrap your dog with a Thundershirt, and, since it has a special design that maintains certain pressure features, your dog’s stress will decrease. It’s kind of like a hug. Awwww!

As you can see, there are a lot of things you can do to make sure that your dog remains as calm and comfortable as possible during the 4th of July fireworks thereby allowing you the opportunity to celebrate our nation’s independence to the fullest.

We hope you all have a safe, happy and stress-free 4th of July!!

 

when is it too hot to walk your dog in milton?

When Is It Too Hot To Walk Your Dog In Milton?

When Is It Too Hot To Walk Your Dog In Milton?

when is it too hot to walk your dog in milton?

The temperature on some summer days can be unbearable for humans even with the thin and sparse clothing. Now, imagine how your dogs with their thick fur and coats must feel. It is your duty to ensure that they are very comfortable even at extreme temperatures.

How can I tell when it is too hot to take my dog for a walk?

Outdoor activities in extreme summer temperatures can be harmful to your dogs, but they still their exercise. Here are some tips to help you tell if it is too hot out for your dog:

  1. The 5-second rule: The rule states that if you put the back of your hand on the pavement and you cannot hold it there for 5 seconds, then it is too hot to walk your dog. The rule makes sense because the back of your hand is quite sensitive and even though your dog has paws that are not that sensitive, it is best to err on the side of caution.
  2. The temperature reading. If you feel the temperature is too high to be out in the sun, it probably is. So, find some indoor activity to engage in with your dog
  3. If your dog starts panting at an increased rate just a few minutes into the walk, it is a sign that it’s time to return to cooler areas – home.

Aside the fact that the hot ground and pavement can be too hot for your dog, their paws can also get burnt which will be highly distressing.   

Some dog breeds are more prone to danger from increased temperature than some others; dog breeds such as mastiffs, pugs and bulldogs have “collapsed” faces that may already make it difficult to breathe, thus aggravating breathing difficulties that accompany extremely high temperatures.

If the humidity levels are too high, dogs may not be able to cool themselves naturally by panting and this will result in an increase in their internal body temperatures. It therefore becomes imperative that you seek ways to make them comfortable and to avoid the heat:

  • Take your dog swimming, but rinse off the salt and chlorine after
  • Stay inside air-conditioned rooms and play games or just “chill”
  • Give them a cool bath
  • Install sprinklers in your yard or hose them down when the temperature is high

Regardless of the heat, it is necessary that your dog still gets their exercise. You can modify their exercise routine and try out some new activities.

  • Go for walks very early in the morning before the sun gets really hot
  • If you must go for walks in the afternoon, make use of shaded and grassy areas rather than places with concrete floors and pavements
  • Go swimming in lakes or pools

By being careful and by paying attention to your dog, you will be able to protect them from the harmful effects of the sun and still have fun in the process. Have a great summer!!!