National Train Your Dog Month!

Posted on January 11, 2019 by Chelsea Smales | 0 comments

Whenever we think about dog ownership we think about all the TRAINING that goes along with it. That is the ONE thing most people are deterred from with pet ownership, but it is so important to have a trained pet as it will make or break your relationship with them.


Here are a few reasons why you SHOULD put the time and effort into basic training:


  • Your dog does what you want. Trained dogs generally have good manners and are easier to be around (AKA, they won’t be jumping into your face or peeing on your couch)
  • Training provides mental and physical stimulation, which is very important for a dog’s wellbeing. A bored dog is an unhappy dog, which can lead to them taking their pent up energy out on things like chewing your favourite pair of shoes.
  • Training is an excellent bonding activity between pet owner and pet. It builds respect and trust.
  • Training teaches your dog to understand when you’re happy with them and when you’re not. This is SO important as it makes day to day life easier and communication a breeze.

Posted in Fun Fact, Raising Awareness

Dog Feeding Schedule

Posted on November 09, 2018 by Chelsea Smales | 0 comments

Dogs thrive on routine. They LIVE for it! A typical daily routine for your pup usually includes eating, sleeping, and playing. Pretty great isn’t it?! Sleeping and playing are pretty straightforward, but a feeding schedule is something that has a few variables.


Typically, adult dogs are fed twice daily; once in the morning and once at dinner time. This usually correlates with most people’s work schedules and keeps an adult dog full throughout the day.


If you are the lucky one to be bringing a puppy home – congrats! Since puppies’ metabolisms are much higher than an adult dog and they have LOTS of growing to do, it is ideal for them to be fed 3x daily. In the morning, afternoon and dinnertime. With a working family, some choose to feed in the morning, after they get home from work, and closer to bedtime. This way their nutrients are split evenly throughout the day. (This is also a great way to feed a highly active dog as well!)


Some dogs aren’t big eaters and will pick at a bowl of food throughout the day. This is fine as long as their daily amount is measured out each day and the food is changed frequently to avoid it getting stale.


Meal feeding is helpful for digestion. The key here is that your dog’s DAILY amount of food DOES NOT change, it just is split into however many meals they will need. Lastly, be sure to provide fresh water at all times for your furry friend!

Posted in Helpful Tips

Fact Friday!

Posted on October 26, 2018 by Chelsea Smales | 0 comments

November is right around the corner (Yikes!) and is the month we bring awareness to Pet Diabetes.
 
Did you know that 1 in 200 cats have diabetes?! It is also becoming more prevalent in dogs as well. Left untreated it can be fatal 💔
 
Read this article to find out more about the signs and symptoms of pet diabetes and how it's treated: https://bit.ly/1xd0C5d

Posted in Fun Fact, Raising Awareness

National Walk Your Dog Week!

Posted on October 12, 2018 by Chelsea Smales | 0 comments

This week is National Walk Your Dog Week!

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.

Just like people, dogs need to MOVE!

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??

Posted in Raising Awareness

World Rabies Day

Posted on September 28, 2018 by Chelsea Smales | 0 comments

Today is World Rabies Day!

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!

Posted in Raising Awareness

Fact Friday!

Posted on August 24, 2018 by Chelsea Smales | 0 comments

Did you know the second most likely way to be injured by your dog is to trip over them?!
 Talk about no personal space!! 

I'm sure more than a few people can agree with this!

Posted in Dog Meme, Fun Fact

Fact Friday!

Posted on July 27, 2018 by Chelsea Smales | 0 comments

Summer is heating up!

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.

AWESOME!

Posted in Fun Fact