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Traveling with your puppy can be quite hectic if you don’t take the necessary precautions. We have created a checklist to help you with some essentials when traveling with your fur-baby.
Always Check with the Hotel
Checking the pet policy in your hotel is one of the most important things to do, especially before booking! You should always double check for any last-minute changes.
Visit the Vet
Bring your puppy to the vet for a checkup before traveling to make sure they are healthy, and all vaccinations are up to date. Be sure to take your puppy’s medical and vaccination records with you in case of any emergency.
Leash & Collar with an Identification Tag
Having an updated identification tag is super important especially since you might be traveling to an unknown area for you and your pup. The leash will help you as the territory is unfamiliar and may take more than a simple command to get your pooch under control.
First Aid Travel Kit
It’s always important to be prepared, your pet will thank you!
Food & Water
Bring along a supply of your puppy’s regular food, to avoid an upset stomach. Having a nice supply of bottled water is essential for keeping your pup hydrated.
You cannot forget the toys!
It’s always a good idea to bring toys to make the trip better for your pup. Toys will keep your furry friend entertained and on a good behavior.
We hope our checklist helps you prepare when traveling with your fur-baby! Always keep an eye on your pup especially when traveling to an unfamiliar place. And remember to enjoy yourselves!
Summer is the best time of the year for long walks by the beach and enjoying the outdoors with best friends! But while we can use sunscreen and shades to stay away from the dangerous sun, your pup is still being exposed to the overwhelming heat! So here are some tips on how to help keep your puppy cool!
Always take fresh water on walks
Keeping your puppy hydrated is essential on hot days, that is why it is vital to always carry a cold-water bottle along when taking walks or while doing any outdoor activities. Make sure to take breaks in shady areas to avoid your puppy from panting or experiencing a heat stroke.
Have your dog’s fur groomed
Summer time means new hairstyle. A puppy’s undercoat is part of their natural cooling system, but if not properly groomed it can prevent airflow across your fur-baby’s skin. Keep in mind to not fully remove their coat since their bare skin could burn in the sun.
Cold treats, please!
Chilled or frozen treats are a great refreshing surprise for your puppy! Just like we snack on ice-cream to stay cool, they can too!
Check the temperature before heading outside!
Try to stick to morning and evening walks when the weather isn’t too hot. Choose shaded routes where the pavement will not be hot and hurt your puppy’s paws. If your puppy stays outside, make sure to provide a covered space for them to take a break from the heat.
Protect your dog from sunburn
Sunburn is common on puppies during the summer months. Make sure to check with your vet if you are unsure of which sunscreen you can use on your pup! You should apply dog friendly sunscreen to their nose, ears, belly, and legs.
Water fun in the sun!
Getting a small splash pool for your pup is a great way to stay hydrated during the summer days while still having some fun!
We hope you and your puppy have a cool and happy summer!
Choosing the best toys for your puppy is very important. They take a great part in your puppy’s everyday life, whether you’re playing a game of fetch or he’s rolling around entertaining himself.
1. Toys to Play Tug
Ropes and rubber rings are perfect to play tug with your fur-baby! Toys made of bungee material make great tugs and are easier on your hands and put less stress on you puppy. Make sure to always play in an open area to avoid any accidents for you or your pup.
2. Toys You Can Throw
We can all agree balls are a must have when you get a puppy, it’s a great toy to keep your puppy active. There are many different styles of balls, but you should definitely stick to soft mesh rubber balls that are easier on your fur-baby. Remember to choose the appropriate size for the balls depending on your puppy.
Although your fur-baby will chew on other toys, there are some toys made specifically to be chewed on. These toys are soft enough to chew without causing any damage to your puppy’s teeth but durable enough to not break into pieces.
These toys are great to grab your puppy’s attention. The high-pitched noise attracts your puppy and will for sure be one of their favorite toys. Squeakies come in all types of shapes and materials.
5. Snuggle Toys
These toys are super cute, and your puppy will love to snuggle with them. These toys are great for inside play and most are washer friendly!
Some puppies may find toys more reinforcing than food when it comes to training. As you play with your puppy you will learn his preferences in toys and eventually see him go crazy over their favorite ones.
Your puppy’s paws are super cute and delicate. So you should always take precautions when you take them out for a walk. Here are some ways you can keep your puppy’s paws clean and free of harm.
Clean your puppy’s paws with baby wipes or moist wipes that are safe for them. Wipes are very convenient because they are travel friendly and are easy to use.
Keep a towel handy
Keeping a towel handy can help clean or dry your puppy’s paws after walks or throughout the day. Keeping their paws dry can prevent your puppy from slipping on smooth surfaces such as hardwood floors.
Nothing cleans your pup’s paws better than a warm bath. Simply washing their paws will help get rid of the dirty or harmful substances that they can collect from going outside. After washing your puppy’s paws don’t forget to dry them carefully before letting them go play.
Look between the pads
Just like people collect lint or dirt between their toes, your fur-baby also does. That is why it’s important for you to check your puppy’s pads and help prevent any discomfort. As you gently part your puppy’s pads carefully clean and check for any irritation or bugs. Once you are done thoroughly dry your puppies’ paws.
Get your fur-baby booties
One of the easiest ways to keep your fur-babies’ paws clean and out of harm’s way is by getting them booties. Booties are cute little puppy shoes that protect your puppy’s paws from the dirt and harmful substances that are outside. Plus they can be very fashionable!
Taking these extra steps will keep your puppy happy and clean. We hope this information helps you and your fur-baby have paw-some adventures!
Even though fur-babies are super cute and fluffy, they can be sightly harmful to those who are allergic to them. No worries, below are some tips on how to prepare your home for when your guest with pet allergies arrive.
Give your fur-baby a bath
Giving your puppy a bath can help by getting rid of some of the allergens that are on your puppy’s coat (this is a temporary solution).
Turn on the air
Turning the air conditioner on can help clear out some of the dander in the air or maintain the humidity levels at a low.
Dust ahead of time
You should always dust the house a day or two beforehand. Do not dust the day of, doing so can lift debri or dander into the air and make it worse for your guest. A day or two should be enough time for the dust to settle.
Roll those rugs up!
Rugs and carpets collect a lot of your puppies allergens/dander so it’s a good idea to put them away until your visitors leave.
Vacuuming will be your best friend
You should vacuum at least 3 times a week to lower the allergens in your home. Keep in mind to change the vacuum bag every use. If you forget to change or empty the vacuum bag the chances of it actually picking up the debris or dander lowers. Vacuuming can be tedious but doing so will help keep the dander controlled.
Clean areas you normally don’t
Dander is airborne, this means that it may travel from room to room which means it can be found in places you least expect. Dust the shelves, the top of the doors, frames, pillows, etc.
Don’t leave clothes laying around
Believe it or not your puppy’s dander sticks to clothes and leaving it around can easily transfer onto your furniture and eventually your guests. Your best option is to put it to wash to get rid of any potential dander lying around. This ensures your clothes is allergy proof!
Clean your air
The best way to clean your air is with an air purifier. Locate the most used room in your home and place the air purifier in that area for 48 hours before your guest arrive. It’s also a good idea to place it in other areas that you think your guest will be spending substantial time.
Let them know about your furry friend
You should always let your guest know that you have pets before entering your home. Remind your guest that you have taken the necessary precautions to make your home as allergen free as possible.
Does your furry friend have an ID tag? If not it’s important that you get them one immediately. Just like humans who have identification cards your puppy needs one too. Find out why it’s important for your puppy to have an ID tag.
When your furry friend joins your family, most cities will require you to register your new pup and have them take their necessary vaccinations. Doing so, will you keep you updated on all your puppies health needs and can help animal control properly identify your puppy in the case that they wander off.
A tag ID increases the possibility of you finding your furry pal enormously. Most puppy owners provide their contact information so that animal control, your neighbor, or someone passing by can easily contact you about your pup. It’s also a good idea to add your puppy’s name on their ID tag so whoever finds him/her can call them by their name, this will help comfort your pup if they are startled or confused.
Having an ID tag can provide information about your puppy if he/she has a disability, health issues or is allergic to specific things. This allows for those who interact with your puppy to be aware of their disabilities or any health issues and ensures your puppy is safe and sound.
It’s important that your furry friend is given an ID tag that identifies who they are and where they come from. In the sad case that your puppy is lost anyone can easily identify who their loving owner is and who to contact. That is why every 1st Saturday of April, we honor Every Day is Tag Day, to raise awareness on the importance of ID tags to ensure the safe return of a lost friend.
Agility training is great way to bond with your puppy while helping them get some exercise! Here are some basic fun skills you can teach your puppy that will help them master an agility course. You never know, your furry friend could qualify for an agility course competition.
- Tricks: Puppy tricks are a great way to offer your puppy both mental stimulation and exercise. Aside from the basic puppy tricks like shake paws, sit down, wave, and take a bow. You could teach your puppy how to jump through a hoop, give you a kiss, and weave through your legs.
- Side: Encourage your puppy to walk by your right and then left side. You can reward your pup with a treat. Agility puppies must be able to perform on both sides.
- Climbing in things: Get a box or a bin and encourage your puppy to climb inside it. You can create a line of boxes so your puppy can climb in and out of the boxes.
- Climbing on top: Flip the box or the bin, make sure it is sturdy enough to hold your puppy. Encourage your pup to climb on top, and sit on the on the box.
- Ladder: Place a ladder on the floor and with a treat to entice your fur-baby to step through the rungs.
- Moving Items: A skateboard is perfect for this agility exercise. If your puppy is scared of the skateboard because it moves you could practice on another object while they build up the courage to climb on top.
- Tunnels: This is very easy to create just place a blanket over two chairs spaced apart and teach your pup how to run between the tunnel.
- Jumps: Jumping is very important in an agility course. You could use start with small jumps, place a broomstick over two chairs spaced apart and encourage your puppy to jump over it.
- Weave Poles: If you do not own any cones, you could place chairs in a straight line for your pup to go through. Make sure they are spaced apart enough that your puppy will only enter between the 1st and 2nd cone or chair.
After your puppy has mastered these core agility skills at home and you and your pup could continue your training by attending an agility class. Agility helps build confidence and trust, remember to always use positive reinforcement and praise. Make sure you and your fur-baby are both having fun and getting some great bonding time!
The Spring is a great time for some bonding activities for you and your furry pal! Here’s a quick and easy treat to take on your springtime adventures!
Soft Peanut Butter Carrot Dog Treats
- 1 cup of natural creamy peanut butter
- ¾ of skim milk
- 1 large egg (or ¼ cup of unsweetened applesauce)
- 1 large carrot (around 2/3 cup shredded)
- 2 ¼ cups of whole wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon of baking powder
- 1/3 of oats (either whole rolled or quick oats work too)
- Preheat your oven to 325 F.
- Line your baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix the peanut butter, milk, egg and carrot together.
- Add the flour and baking powder.
- Knead the dough on a flat and floured surface (the dough will be extremely thick and heavy).
- Carefully mix in the oats.
- Use a rolling pin that is floured to rollout the dough into ¼ of thickness.
- Cut it into the shape you desire with a cookie cutter.
- Arrange the dough on the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, or until they are golden.
- Carefully remove from the oven, and flip the treats to bake the other side for 10 more minutes.
- Remove your treats from the baking sheet and allow them to completely cool down before serving them to your puppy (can be stored for up to 1 week).
Now they are ready for your puppy to enjoy! Don’t forget to give your fur-baby lots of cuddles after each one.
Telling whether your bunny is happy can be difficult at times. Read more to find out 6 signs that your furry friend is happy.
Bunnies love their food!
A happy bunny loves and looks forward to eating. There is nothing cuter than seeing your furry friend eat. When your bunny eats it almost looks like they have a smile while eating. If your bunny runs off with his/her food it means they are so happy and excited that they can’t contain themselves.
If your bunny shows actions of exploring, digging, jumping and chewing it most likely means they are happy. To have the perfect playtime you should make a safe play area with other furry friends. It’s also a great idea to create obstacles that they can jump through, run around, and hide in. You can make it more exciting by getting a dig box with dirt or sand.
They love spending time with you
If your bunny enjoys spending time with you it means they are comfortable and relaxed with you. Some bunnies enjoy being fussed but the ones that don’t shouldn’t be alarming to you it means they are more independent or less confident than others. For the bunnies that do enjoy being fussed they typically really enjoy head rubs. They will usually start grinding their teeth as a sign of pleasure and happiness. Take caution if your bunny starts to grind their teeth very loudly it can mean they are in pain and should be taken to the vet.
Your furry friend will show affection when being groomed, if they lick your hand or face they are showing love and care for you.
They love their home
If your bunny’s home has abundant space, toys and isn’t destroyed it means your bunny loves and cherishes his/her home. Chewing is a natural instinct for bunnies, so if there’s some chewing being done around their home it’s completely normal. If you see a substantial amount of chewing being done around their home especially near the door it could mean that they are stressed or bored. Bunnies can tend to get frustrated especially because of all their hormones that’s why it is recommended that you spay/neuter your bunny because doing so will calm them down.
They take lots of naps throughout the day
Bunnies typically sleep about 8 hours a day just like humans, but its not done all at once, they take various naps throughout the day. Make sure to provide your bunny with a quiet, snug and safe place to nap.
We hope you enjoyed these 6 signs on how to tell if your bunny is happy!
Raising a puppy can be such a wonderful yet anxious experience only because you want the best for them. Grooming your puppy daily is the perfect time to bong while keeping your puppy’s coat soft and healthy!
Below is some information on what to you can expect when your puppy is shedding his/her coat and what you can do to help them:
Typically, puppies start to lose their soft and fluffy coat between the ages of 4-6 months (varies with different breeds). This means your puppy’s coat is transitioning from puppyhood to adulthood. Don’t worry this is totally normal!
If you’re asking yourself what can I do to help them through this transition? Well regular grooming is a daily necessity for your puppy’s health. It may sound like a lot but think of it this way, it’s a great opportunity to bond with your best friend. Brushing your puppy’s coat daily will also make your puppy feel more comfortable to give you snuggles! Another benefit of grooming your puppy daily is that it will provide a smooth and healthy coat growth process.
As for what tools to use when grooming your puppy, a hand mitt is great for brushing shorthaired puppies. For puppies with long hair you’ll need something stronger perhaps a brush that’s safe for puppies. As your puppy’s adult coat comes in he/she will look patchy, shaggy, scruffy, or even a little ruffled but don’t be alarmed that’s part of the process.
Your puppy’s coat doesn’t have to become a hassle with time, patience, and proper information it should be a smooth transition for both of you.