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Keeping Your Dog Cool this Summer

dog cooling off in front of a fanKeeping Your Dog Cool this Summer

Summer temperatures are beginning to soar and that can spell danger for your beloved dog. Many people think that dogs are well suited for all temperatures, but that’s completely false.  While a dog’s fur has the ability to protect your dog from heat and sun, dogs can suffer from the effects of the summer heat just like their humans.  Following some easy guidelines can help keep your dog cool this summer and thereby prevent heat stroke.

Hydration

Dogs need to be hydrated all year long, but especially so in the hot summer months. Drinking cool water will help your dog stay hydrated and cool. On an average day, your dog should ½ – 1 oz. of water for each pound of weight.  So, a 40 lb. lab should drink anywhere from 20-40 oz. of water per day.  When exposed to heat, your dog can be expected to drink even more water than that.  Monitor your dog’s water intake to be sure that he is staying well hydrated. Outside water bowls should be plastic or ceramic as metal bowls heat up very quickly and retain heat in the summer sun. [Read more…]

Obesity in Dogs

overweight dogIs Your Dog Overweight?

Many pet parents admit that they don’t pay too much attention to their dog’s weight.  The lack of knowledge regarding obesity in dogs can result in serious long term and lifelong effects. In fact, neglecting to help your dog maintain a healthy weight can cause major health issues as well as reduce a dog’s lifespan.

What causes obesity in dogs?

Obesity in dogs can be linked to a few different factors and health conditions.  Extra weight in dogs is often caused by over-consumption or eating too much.  If what a dog is eating is not in proper balance with the amount of energy he expends, then the likely result is weight gain. Furthermore, if a dog regularly consumes a diet that is high in calories or an overabundance of table scraps or treats, that will also cause obesity.  Obesity has also been linked to health issues such as pancreatic cancer, hypothyroidism and Cushing’s disease. [Read more…]

Raleigh Dog Parks

Two dogs at North Hills Dog Park in Raleigh, NCWhether you are looking for a quiet spot to read a book while your pooch runs around, or you are searching for a thriving canine community to commiserate with, there are at least one or more Raleigh dog parks for you and your pups to enjoy. While Raleigh has four major dog parks in the city limits, not all are created equal. This is why we’ve put together a handy list of our six favorite dog parks in the Raleigh area.  All are off-leash, for your convenience.

Check them out and let us know what you think: [Read more…]

Raleigh Dog Parks – What to Look Out For on Your Next Trip

Raleigh dog parks

Millbrook Exchange Dog Park

With a recent article on WRAL detailing plans from city officials to increase the number of Raleigh dog parks, it might be a good time to check out what the city already has on offer.  Raleigh is well-known for its human-friendly green areas.  From William B. Umstead State Park to the inner-beltline Lions Park, it has relatively few spaces dedicated for the largest grown demographic of the city; our canine friends.

While new dog-friendly pop-up parks might be on the way soon, there are plenty of Raleigh area dog parks to enjoy in the meantime.  Here is what you should know before grabbing your leash and taking Fido on a field trip. As a bonus, we include a list of our favorite dog parks in the Raleigh (and surrounding) areas.

Benefits of Dog Parks

Have you ever tried to maintain a routine of going straight from work to home and back again with no breaks for excitement or entertainment? Of course not! Life is about enjoying new environments and getting together with friends to relax and have fun.  Your dog feels the exact same way, except they don’t want to go to parties or concerts to have fun.  They want to get out and run around with you and other furry friends.  That’s why dog parks are so important for your dog’s routine.  Dogs who stay home with just the occasional trip around the block can become depressed and anxious.

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Dog Training: 5 Steps to Stop Leash Pullers in Their Tracks

Dog pulling his owner during walk

It’s a classic story: a dog goes on a walk, dog hauls owner all over the sidewalk.  By the time you get back home, your shoulder is sore and you are contemplating getting a gerbil instead.  Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be like this.  

Whether you are just starting your journey of reforming a chronic puller or you have a long relationship with a dog who hauls you around the neighborhood, there are several steps you can take to convince them to cut it out.  Here are five steps you can take to help your dog improve their leash manners and stop running you ragged on walks:

Change Their Collar to a Harness

Unfortunately, the traditional buckle collar for pups is one that is most comfortable to pull against.  Switch your tug-happy dog to a chest harness, like this one, to discourage pulling.  Harnesses apply pressure to the front of the chest when the dog pulls, and, if you attach the leash to the front clip of the harness, pulls the dog to one side.  Your dog will dislike the feeling when they pull and will self-correct with time.  

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Well-Behaved Dogs: Observing Good Dog Etiquette

Every neighborhood has that one house with a dog that won’t stop barking. The one whose owners are apparently deaf to the sound and certainly deaf to the complaints and shouts of neighbors who are tired of having their sleep disrupted. The erosion of dog etiquette is surely an indication that common courtesy is not what it once was. Excessive barking, leaving a dog’s feces on a neighbor’s lawn, and failing to prevent a dog from inappropriately sniffing a visitor are some of the common etiquette transgressions that dog owners either ignore or assume that others won’t mind. One of the most distressing things about breaches of dog etiquette is that so much of it comes down to common courtesy. No one expects a dog to be perfectly behaved, but it’s certainly reasonable to expect that dog owners would intervene and correct their pet’s behavior when their furry friend gets too ornery.

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Dog Park Etiquette

Bringing home a new puppy can be one of the most exciting days of your life. It’s almost like being a parent as you mark the milestones of housebreaking, obedience training, and the end of the chewing that cost three pairs of shoes and the phone charger.

There are some things that puppies don’t outgrow, however, like the need to burn off energy. And since not everyone has a large yard or time for walks, the community dog park can be indispensable in keeping your canine companion happy and well-adjusted.

If you’re new to the dog park scene, it’s important to remember that these are public spaces, and as with any park, following both written and unwritten rules can make the experience positive for both you and other pet owners.

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