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Halloween can be a lot of fun for the whole family. You’ve got your list of items to take with you trick-or-treating like extra bags, water bottles, cell phone, and mittens. But what about your dog? Most of the time, bringing your dog along on a walk is no big deal. Leash, harness, waste bags, and you’re done. But Halloween for your dog is like entering an alternate universe. Consider these points before you bring your dog out with you to trick or treat.

Anxiety:

Both that of your kids, and your dog, because it could be tricky comforting both at the same time. If your kids are likely to be nervous about spooky decorations and music, or shy to ask for candy, your attention will be divided, which isn’t fair to your dog. If your dog is anxious about people or other dogs, your attention will again be divided and you risk missing watching out for your kids. All of the things that could startle your kids on Halloween can do a number on your dog, too.

Weather:

Happy Halloween FBIn Canada oftentimes our number one Halloween priority is making sure that the kids’ costumes fit over a snowsuit. The weather on October 31st can be wild! If it’s going to be cold, raining, windy, or foggy, leave your dog at home. You’ll both be glad!

Energy:

Can your dog keep up with the kids while they trick or treat? Even at a slow pace with plenty of rest, you could easily still be out there for 2 hours. Alternatively, will your dog patiently wait while you all stop at every. single. house? You may think it’s no different than your dog stopping to sniff at every single post and pole, but the reason your dog does that is very specific to scents and habit. And you’re likely to be out there stopping and starting for an hour or more. If your dog has high energy, you may want to take them for a walk right after work to appease their need for speed.

Social Interactions:

There are going to be a lot of other dogs, kids, and adults out and about. Be acutely aware of the risk for your dog biting, being bitten, and at best, you being asked repeatedly by adorable princesses and superheroes, “May I please pet your dog?” Also keep in mind that there may be an increased rate of interaction with kids and adults who are afraid of dogs, so please respect their personal space, too.

Safety:

Just as you plan to ensure that you and your kids are easily visible, do the same for your dog. Keep a flashlight handy, and be mindful that your dog doesn’t pick up any dropped treats – quite a bit of it is chocolate!

Finally a note about costumes. They are so cute! We know! Make sure that your dog is comfortable in their costume, doesn’t chew at it, and that it won’t impede any of their senses. When in doubt, leave the costumes for the kids.
Why not treat your dog to a grooming session instead of a costume? Check out our multitude of services and book your appointment today by calling 519-208-5559.

Happy Halloween!

 

The term puppy dog eyes is misleading because your dog knows how to work that look his or her entire life. Doesn’t matter if your dog is really still a pup or 9 years old, one soulful gaze and you can feel your heart trip as your body moves without thought to share your snack. It’s critical for your dog’s health that you remember who is in charge, especially when those puppy dog eyes are trained on your human food. Your dog trusts you, and they love food, so it’s up to you to be well educated on what human foods are dangerous for your dog.

Your dog loves you and wants to make you proud! However, the urge to eat that tissue on the sidewalk or keep playing when you call them back is stronger. Our canine friends aren’t born with the ability to ignore natural tendencies. Training has to last beyond in-class, way, waaaay beyond. You’ve committed to making your dog a part of your family for life, and that includes safety management, which is precisely what recall and impulse control training are for.

This summer why not ask your dog if you can be their workout buddy? You know that your dog can’t keep up with everything you do – but they’ll try. Instead of focusing these workouts on you and your needs, focus on your dog’s enjoyment and abilities, and figure out how you can be more involved to get in a good work out with your best friend.

Summer is here! And while you’re out there with your dog enjoying the warm weather and big air, we’ve got a bit of a cautionary tale to tell. As you walk through the woods, the beach, and open fields with your dog it’s tempting to let them run along the edge of the trail, and off-leash. But unless you’ve scouted the area first, there is great potential for danger waiting your best friend.

Dog owners need only run a hand through their dog’s coat to know whether spring has truly arrived. Rather than just refill the lint roller, there are spring grooming routines you can establish with your dog to reduce the amount of loose fur left behind on, well, everything. Got a dog that doesn’t shed? Spring grooming routines go beyond the esthetic.

Last month we talked about getting your dog’s physical health ready for spring, and this month we want to talk about getting your dog’s mental health ready for spring.

Spring is just around the corner, we swear! Warm weather is wonderful for you and your dog because it means spending even more time outside, going for long walks, hikes, camping, and visiting.

Adopting a dog at any age is a huge commitment in time, energy, and financially. It’s critical to do thorough research and soul searching before diving into pet adoption. Dogs require: regular exercise, to be fed at least once a day, attention, affection, grooming, socialization, and training. In return they provide you with their unwavering loyalty. It’s more than a fair trade if you ask us, and while we’re completely biased we also know what we’re talking about. You already know about the benefits of dog ownership, now let’s talk responsibility.

Dogs require regular grooming no matter their breed, size, and desire or lack thereof to roll around on dead fish. Grooming isn’t all about looking pretty or neutralizing that ripe smell of dog. As their guardian your job is to gently brush your dog at least weekly, and to use your hands and eyes to look over the coat, skin, and paws for signs of mats, dirt, fleas, ticks, hot spots, bumps, and anything else that may be a sign of distress or irritation. If your dog has long or very curly fur, brushing sessions may need to be daily to keep fur tangle free.

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These three components are the perfect formula for a healthy and happy dog. Training is important not just for discipline but also to help strengthen the bond between you and your dog by establishing boundaries. Daycare keeps your dog well exercised but more importantly keeps him/her socialized. Grooming is not just about aesthetics. More importantly, a good groomer may recognize things like skin conditions or suspicious lumps and bumps

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