Dog ownership is amazing; the bonds that are created, and all the snuggles imaginable! There are also a lot of responsibilities of owning a dog, including making sure they receive enough exercise each day.
They are high energy animals for the most part, and even those breeds that don’t quite look like they should be running a marathon, (Bulldogs I’m looking at you!) they still need to get out and exercise their joints and lungs each and every day.
It is recommended that dogs get an average of 1 hour of exercise a day. This could be leash walking, taking your dog to the dog park, or going for a swim.
Most people enjoy walking their dogs. It’s a relaxing thing to do, usually in the mornings and evenings; a way to unwind with your furry friend. Hiking through the woods, beach walks or just walking on the sidewalk, it’s good for all of us.
Where do you like to walk your dog??
This day focuses on raising awareness and educating people on the importance of rabies prevention.
Check out https://rabiesalliance.org/world-rabies-day for more great info!
I'm sure more than a few people can agree with this!
Many would say we are in the "Dog Days Of Summer", but do you actually know the meaning of that saying?
The "dog days of summer" is actually the dates from July 3-August 11 in which the "dog star" Sirius, in the constellation Canis Major, rises with the sun and is the brightest star in the sky.
Some feel that the combination of the brightest luminary in the day (the sun), and the brightest star in the night (Sirius) is responsible for the extreme heat that we feel during the height of the summer.
This summer has been throwing us some serious heat waves and everyone’s feeling it.
Your dog is no different, and if anything, is even more susceptible to the effects of the hot sun.
Could you imagine wearing a winter coat all summer?! Dogs also can’t sweat like people do to reduce body temperature. They have sweat pads on their feet, but otherwise, they use panting as a way to let heat evaporate through their tongues.
Here are some tips to help keep your pup cool so you both can have fun in the sun!
*If you have a brachycephalic dog (short-faced dog), try and keep them out of the heat altogether. These dogs have an increased risk of breathing issues on a regular day, so a short walk on a hot day can be detrimental. Lying around in the A/C is best for these squishy pups.
The city is a busy place, and if you live in an apartment or condo you likely will be going for a lot of walks with your dog. 🐕🏙️
All that hustle and bustle can be distracting for your pup and can cause your walks to be wrought with leash pulling. Teaching your dog how to properly walk on a leash is something that will benefit you (and your arm), your dog, and the people around you.
Here are some tips to help teach your dog to have good leash manners on those busy streets:
Keep training fun!
Your dog thrives on interaction with you and this is a great opportunity to bond and learn something new together. If you get frustrated or things just aren’t going great one day, take a break and try again another time. ❤️