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Why Do Dogs Chase Their Tails?

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Do you know why dogs chase their tails? Why do dogs run in circles? This dizzying behavior makes dog lovers curious. What could possibly cause a canine to twirl around this way, nipping at part of his own anatomy?

A dog chasing its tail can seem like a random, somewhat silly activity. Researchers aren’t sure exactly why so many dogs pursue this fruitless pursuit. One reason dogs chase their tails may be simply because they are bored and their tails are moving. In this case, provide some mental stimulation for the animal. Since a hyperactive dog might resort to tail chasing, providing more physical activity may provide a solution since a tired dog is less apt to chase its tail. However, there are certain breeds that have a higher tendency to show spinning, circling or tail chasing behavior, among them, Bull terriers and herding breeds. It could be that the dog learned to chase its tail early on in its litter with all the other puppies. Tail chasing can also be caused by stress, discomfort from an itchy infection, or because of underlying genetics or medical conditions.

Always report to us any unusual behaviors as they may indicate medical or behavioral problems that can be treated. We have facilities for boarding dogs and cats. Our practice includes acupuncture and laser therapy to reduce pain and promote faster healing. Payment plans are available through CareCredit, and we can help you with pet insurance claims.

P.S. If tail chasing becomes a problem, contact the veterinarian to rule out something serious.

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Fun Dog Facts

australian_labradoodleFun stuff for dog lovers.

Here are some fun and interesting dog facts. Did you Know…

  • A dog’s heart beats between 70 and 120 times a minute, compared with a human heart which beats 70 to 80 times a minute.
  • A dog’s normal body temperature is 100.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • A female carries her young about 60 days before the puppies are born.
  • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the smallest dog on record was a Yorkshire Terrier in Great Britain who, at the age of 2, weighed just 4 ounces.
  • The longest lived dog, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, was an Australian Cattle Dog, named Bluey, who lived to be 29.
  • An adult dog has 42 teeth.
  • It is a myth that dogs are color blind. They can actually see in color, just not as vividly as humans. It is akin to our vision at dusk.
  • If never spayed or neutered, a female dog, her mate, and their puppies could produce over 66,000 dogs in 6 years!
  • The only sweat glands a dog has are between the paw pads.
  • In 1957, Laika became the first living being in space via an earth satellite
  • The world’s smartest dogs are thought to be (1) the border collie, (2) the poodle, and (3) the golden retriever.
  • Chocolate contains a substance known as theobromine (similar to caffeine) which can kill dogs or at the very least make them violently ill.
  • Dogs’ sense of hearing is more than ten times more acute than a human’s
  • More than 1 in 3 American families own a dog.
  • Dogs don’t like rain because the sound is amplified and hurts their very sensitive ears.
  • The ten most popular dogs (AKC, 2007) are in order: Labrador Retriever, Yorkshire Terrier, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Beagle, Boxer, Dachshund, Poodle, Shih Tzu, and Bulldog.
  • Dogs were the first animals domesticated by people.
  • A greyhound can run as fast as 45 miles an hour.
  • Spaying/neutering your dog before the age of 6 months can help prevent cancer in your dog.
  • Puppies acquire a full mouth of permanent teeth between four and seven months old.
  • Small dogs live the longest. Toy breeds live up to 16 years or more. Larger dogs average is 7 – 12 years. Veterinary medicine have extended  this estimate by about three years. However, some breeds, such as Tibetan terrier live as long as twenty years.
  • Eighty percent of dog owners buy their dog a present for holidays and birthdays. More than half of them sign letters and cards from themselves and their pets.
  • The dog name “Fido” is from Latin and means “fidelity.”
  • The U.S. has the highest dog population in the world.
  • Most pet owners (94 percent) say their pet makes them smile more than once a day.
  • Dogs are mentioned 14 times in the Bible.
  • It has been established that people who own pets live longer, have less stress, and have fewer heart attacks.
  • All dogs can be traced back 40 million years ago to a weasel-like animal called the Miacis which dwelled in trees and dens. The Miacis later evolved into the Tomarctus,a direct forbearer of the genus Canis, which includes the wolf and jackal as well as the dog.
  • Seventy percent of people sign their pet’s name on greeting cards and 58 percent include their pets infamily and holiday portraits, according to a survey done by the American Animal Hospital Association.
  • A dog’s whiskers are touch-sensitive hairs called vibrissae. They are found on the muzzle, above the eyes and below the jaws, and can actually sense tiny changes in airflow.
  • The origin of amputating a dog’s tail may go back to the Roman writer Lucius Columella’s (A.D. 4-70) assertion that tail docking prevented rabies.
  • Dogs can smell about 1,000 times better than humans. While humans have 5 million smell-detecting cells, dogs have more than 220 million. The part of the brain that interprets smell is also four times larger in dogs than in humans.
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Teaching Children to Care for Pets

 

You’ve finally gotten that family pet that you and your children have always wanted. A pet can be a wonderful experience for children, teaching them about responsibility, love and how to care for another living thing. But it can take some work from you to teach children how to care for pets.

You may want to make a pet care chart in order to keep track of your child’s responsibilities.

Instructions

  1. Talk to your child about their responsibilities regarding the pet.  Decide with your child what your child’s chores will be when caring for the pet. Be willing to negotiate and compromise. Perhaps you will take care of cleaning up after the pet, if your children take care of feeding and watering the pet.
  2. Make sure your children’s chores are age appropriate. A 5-year-old child may be able to help you clean a hamster cage, but they won’t be able to do it on their own.
  3. Make up a pet care chart that clearly explains your child’s chores. Whenever your children take care of a chore, check off a box or put a sticker on the chore chart. Give them a prize, such as a movie out or a pizza night whenever they get a certain amount of stickers or checks.
  4. Teach children the benefits of having pets. Not only should they have the responsibilities associated with pets, but they should have the joys too. Teach young children how to pet dogs and cats and show them how to hold smaller animals such as guinea pigs and hamsters. Teach children to be gentle around the pet so your pet doesn’t fear your child. Allow children to feed, train, give treats and play with the pets so your pets become bonded to the children and not only to you.
  5. Expect to remind your children of their responsibilities in caring for the pet. In a perfect world, you would not have to remind your children over and over again to do their chores, but children need the repetition. Expect to have to remind them, but don’t expect to have to do the chore yourself, unless your children are very young.

Tips & Warnings

  •  A pet that has gone through some training will be easier for your child to care for.
  •  If a pet becomes aggressive with a child, separate your child from the pet.
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How to Make a No-Sew Braided Fleece Dog Leash

How to Make a No-Sew Braided Fleece Dog Leash thumbnail Braided fleece leashes are gentle for training puppies.

Braided fleece dog leashes are soft to the touch and allow your pet to tug or pull with less discomfort to his neck. Fleece stretches slightly to absorb shock as a dog pulls forward on a leash. This results in less stress on his collar and your hands and arms as you walk or train your pet. Braiding the fleece strips together adds strength to the leash.

Things You’ll Need

  • 2 yards fleece material
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Metal swivel snap
  • 1 foot twine
  • Colored duct tape

Instructions

  1. Lay the fleece material out on a flat surface. Measure 2 inches from the edge on one short side of the material and mark it with a pencil. Open a tape measure and extend the tip across the length of material. Lock the tape measure and set it down on the material at the 2-inch marking. Place a pencil next to the tape measure and draw a line down the 2-yard length of material. Cut the 2-yard by 2-inch wide strip of fabric with scissors. Repeat this step to cut two additional strips of fabric in the same size.

    2. Hold the metal swivel snap in one hand. Fold one strip of fleece in half lengthwise. Hold the fold behind the swivel snap eye in a loop and thread both ends through the loop. Pull both ends tightly to form a lark’s head knot. Repeat this to attach the additional two strips. You will end up with three sets of two pieces of material hanging from the swivel snap.

    3. Anchor the swivel snap to a solid surface by clipping it to an object or use duct tape to hold it steady. Grasp the left set of two strips and cross them over the center set of two. Grasp the right set of two strips and cross them over the center set of two to form a braid. Continue this sequence until you have 2 inches of non-braided material. Keep tension on the fabric as you braid.

    4. Make a loop in the unbraided material with all six strands. Pass the loose ends through the loop and pull all the loose ends tight to tie a knot securing them in place.

    5. Cut a 1-foot length of twine with scissors. Hold the knot on the end of the leash next to the length of leash to form a loop about 6 inches around for the handle. Place one end of the twine about 2 inches below the knot on the leash portion and hold it in place with one hand. Use your other hand to twist the twine in a circular motion over the leash, the leash and handle junction and about 2 inches past the knot. Loop the loose end of the twine through the second to last revolution around the leash and pull it tight. Cut off any excess length.

    6. Cut a strip of colored duct tape about 6 inches long. Wrap the tape tightly around the twine to cover it from sight and secure the handle.


Tips & Warnings

  • Choose your swivel clip size according to the size and weight of your pets. Large dogs that tug harder will need a larger swivel clip for strength.
  • Use three different colors of fleece for a variation in style.
  • You can use a permanent glue to attach the handle to the leash length if you have a smaller dog that doesn’t tug hard.
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Dog Breeds with the Most Energy

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Border collies are known for their high energy levels.

For thousands of years of human history, people have bred dogs to meet specific human needs and fill specific roles. As a result, some dogs have substantially higher energy than others and need a “job.” Most household dogs are unlikely to herd sheep or hunt for bulls and therefore need another outlet, such as frequent walks, lots of training or many games of fetch. Dogs vary in temperament depending on environment, training and many other factors, but genetics strongly affect a dog’s energy level.

Retrievers

  • Labradors, golden retrievers and Chesapeake Bay retrievers are among the highest energy dogs. These dogs tend to chase anything that is thrown and, left without adequate exercise, will quickly result to dysfunctional behaviors such as destroying furniture. If you have a retrieving dog, take advantage of her innate desire to chase things and teach her to play fetch, flyball or Frisbee.

Herding Dogs

  • For thousands of years, people have used dogs to herd and protect sheep. This work is exhausting and grueling and requires substantial energy reserve. While most herding dogs have high energy levels, border collies, Australian shepherds and German shepherds are by far the most energetic. Border collies in particular are widely regarded as the most energetic dog breed, and many breeders also believe them to be the most intelligent. These dogs must be given frequent walks and ample opportunities to chase things such as balls and Frisbees. Border collies and Australian shepherds may become manic without adequate exercise, while German shepherds are more likely to behave aggressively or develop stereotypies — repetitive, dysfunctional behaviors such as chewing and scratching.

Terriers

  • Terriers were bred to control pests such as rats, and as a result have an intense drive to chase things. Some larger terriers were bred to participate in bull and lion chasing and hunting. All terriers are highly energetic, but the large American Staffordshire terrier and American pit bull terrier are especially energetic because of their incredible endurance. These dogs have developed a reputation for being aggressive, but many animal behaviorists theorize that a combination of poor socialization and insufficient exercise results in aggression for these dogs. Provide large terriers with daily walks and runs to prevent aggression and other destructive behaviors.

Hunting Dogs

  • Hunting dogs have short bursts of energy that can be truly astounding. These dogs thrive in an environment in which they get frequent runs and lots of mental stimulation. The two highest energy hunting dogs are the Basenji and whippet, both of which may chase objects and children if not sufficiently exercised.

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How to Determine a Dog’s Age in Human Years

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 It has always been commonly believed that each year of a dog’s life is equivalent to seven in human years. However, this isn’t exactly accurate, since a one-year-old dog can give birth, whereas a seven-year-old child cannot. And how would you explain the world’s oldest living dog on record making it to 29? (That would be 203 in human years!) Then, of course, there’s your 11-year-old dog that sure seems frisky for 77. That is why veterinarians have determined that 77 is the “new 60″ and have come up with a more accurate way to calculate a dog’s age in human years. The following steps will show you how.

 

If a dog is a year old, that is the equivalent of 15 in human years (not seven as we always thought).

When a dog reaches the age of two, he is already approximately 24 in human years (not 14 as commonly believed). But not to worry, read on.

Add four years to every year after age two. For example, a three-year-old dog is equivalent to 28 in human years; a four-year-old is 32, a five-year-old, 36, a six-year-old, 40–and so on.

Take the dog’s size into consideration, since smaller dogs generally have longer life spans than larger dogs, with toy breeds tending to live the longest and giant breeds, the shortest. For example, according to the above method, a six-year-old dog is considered 40 in human years, when in fact a larger dog may actually be closer to 42. However, veterinarians consider this a good general chart to follow for all dogs.

Fun Facts
  •  The average canine life span is about 12 years, but varies by breed.
  •  Most dogs are considered seniors when they reach the age of seven, however it’s generally a year or two older for toy or smaller breeds and a year or two younger when a giant breed becomes a senior.
  •  A border collie in Britain lived to be 27 on a vegan diet, although there is no conclusive evidence that a vegan diet will make a dog live longer.
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How to Fly with a Pet

Yesterday, we shipped off little Jetty (litter name-Liam) to his forever home. His new family absolutely loves him and he is a great match for their lifestyle. Then that made me think most people don’t know how to fly with their pets; so I decided to write this little article in hopes of helping y’all out.

How to Fly with a Pet

  • Decide if your pet will fly under the seat in front of you, in baggage, or as cargo. For a pet to fly under the seat, they must be in an airline approved kennel and must be able to stand up and turn around in the kennel. To fly in baggage, the pet and kennel must not exceed 100 lbs. Pets and kennels weighing over 100 lbs. fly as cargo.
  • Call your airline to book a space for your pet. Typically, airlines will allow only two pets in the cabin on each flight, so call well in advance.
  • Visit your veterinarian within 10 days of flying to obtain a certificate stating that your pet is healthy and able to fly. Also, discuss feeding the day of the flight and the option of tranquilizers.
  • Label the kennel thoroughly before flying with your pet. Include signs to indicate which way is up. Place your name and information as well as your pet’s name on the kennel. Be sure that there are signs saying, “Live Animal.” Place a picture of your pet on the top of the kennel.
  • Put reflectors on the kennel.
  • Arrive at the airport one or two hours before take-off and check in at the counter.
  • Wait as long as possible checking your pet into baggage. During this time you should exercise your pet and allow them to go potty one last time.
  • Check your pet in and then immediately go to your boarding area to watch your pet loaded on the plane.
  • If you decide to have your pet fly cargo (which is how we ship our dogs) make sure the kennel fits airline requirements and is big enough for your pet. It is better to go too big than too small, as the airline will not ship a dog in a too small kennel. We ship our Australian Labradoodle Delta DASH cargo.

Tips & Warnings

  •  Try to schedule a direct flight if possible. This will reduce the amount of time your pet spends waiting.
  •  Get your pet used to the kennel. Encourage them to sit in the kennel by putting treats or water in the kennel. Provide praise when they go into their kennel. You want them to feel safe in their kennel.
  •  Place bedding on floor of the kennel and leave your pet with something special like a familiar toy.
  •  You may want to freeze the water to put in the kennel.
  •  Consider alternate arrangements if you think flying with your pet may be too stressful.
  •  Never give your pet tranquilizers unless the administration is under the supervision of a veterinarian.
  •  Do not place your pet in baggage when it is warm outside. Some airlines refuse to place pets in cargo from May to September. To avoid heat, travel in the early morning.
  •  Avoid taking your pet out of the plane in the cabin even if they are crying. They may become spooked and frantic.
  •  Don’t book a ticket with Southwest Airlines as they prohibit animals from flying.
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The Doggie Olympics

We are in the middle of the 2012 Summer Olympics and it makes some of us wonder if there is anything like that for dog lovers. Well here is a wonderful little article about the Doggie Olympics from Kim Boatman of the Dog Daily.
The Doggie Olympics
By Kim Boatman

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The Olympic athlete in your family may be the one you pet in bed every night. Your dog can be an Olympian, even without years of preparation and dedication. Serious dog Olympians will compete in the 15th ECF European Championship in England this fall. But canine games across this country offer something for everyone.
“It was never meant to be a real serious competition. It’s all fun,” says Anne Solis, a spokeswoman for the Doggie Olympics, sponsored by the Larimer Animal People Partnership.
This event began 16 years ago as a way for owners to bond with their dogs. Here’s a look at this and other similar competitions:

Doggie Olympics, Fort Collins, Colo.
Organizers offer 14 different games in four divisions: competitive, fun, junior handler (for owners 15 and younger), and senior dog (for dogs older than 10). Participants register in advance if they want to be eligible for medals. Some 150 dogs compete, but many more dog lovers and their dogs show up to cheer on the competitors, laugh at their antics and cruise vendor booths, says Solis.

Among the more popular events is the hot dog retrieve, in which dogs race to retrieve a hot dog from a bucket of water and return it to their owners. It’s OK if the hot dog comes back either “internally or externally,” says Solis. The Monday morning obstacle course is a crowd-pleaser, as owners coach their dogs through a course that mimics the routine of getting a kid ready for school, including the struggle to put a T-shirt on the dog.

The event also offers demonstrations of up-and-coming dog sports — another way to encourage dog owners to spend time with their dogs. The Doggie Olympics occasionally draw participants from as far away as South Dakota and Wyoming.

“We start in March, and it takes a lot of hours from a lot of volunteers to pull it off,” says Solis. This year’s Olympics take place on Sept. 23.

North Carolina State University’s Dog Olympics
Each fall, North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine holds the Dog Olympics in Raleigh, N.C., to raise funds for local rescue groups. “It’s become a great community event,” says spokesman David Green. “We encourage people to bring their dogs even if they don’t compete.”

Whether your dog is a star athlete or a lap-sitter, the Dog Olympics offer the potential for stardom. Competitions include a Frisbee toss, a high jump, an owner/dog look-a-like contest, and Best Trick and Longest Tail awards. The Olympic Village provides booths where veterinary students can share information with dog owners. “We make it an opportunity to do some teaching,” says Green.

The school sets the schedule for the Olympics once it knows the football schedule. Simply search for “N.C. State” and “Dog Olympics” online this summer to learn the date and more information.

 Woofstock Dog Festival
Looking for some fun dog competitions near you? Dog festivals also often offer games. At the Woofstock Dog Festival in Roanoke, Va., there are no Olympic rings or medals, but plenty of opportunities for competition for you and your dog. This year’s festival was held June 2.

Games include stupid pet tricks, pet/parent look-alike contests, bobbing for hot dogs and a lucky duck game, in which dogs pick squeaky ducks for prizes. Of course, the duck itself is prize enough for plenty of dogs, says Waynette Anderson, president and owner of Sponsor Hounds, which sponsors the event.

“It’s all just fun games,” says Anderson, who adds that dogs can either directly participate or just sit in their owners’ laps and enjoy the day.

In general, you can expect a relaxed attitude and plenty of “Atta-boys” and “Atta-girls” at dog Olympic-style games across the country. “To me, it’s my happiest day of the year,” says Anderson. “I’m very inspired by dogs.”

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The Human-Canine Bond

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Dogs have long been considered “man’s best friend,” and they have certainly earned the title. The bond between humans and canines is unmistakable. Since the domestication of the dog, people have been drawn to them (and they to us). Dogs have helped us in so many ways and expect little in return. They have hunted with us, kept vermin and pests away, served the military and police, assisted the disabled, and faithfully remained our loyal companions. In turn, we care for them and maintain good quality of life. This is more than a fair trade. In fact, it is a downright bargain. How did this bond become so strong? What can we do to preserve and strengthen it?

A Brief History of the Domesticated Dog

The mysterious history of dogs has been revealed primarily thorough archeological research. Evidence of prehistoric dog-like creatures shows us that the evolution of the dogcan actually be traced back millions of years. The transition of some wolves into dogs probably began upwards of 100,000 years ago, but the domesticated dog likely dates back anywhere from 15,000 to 30,000 years. Some believe that humans set out to domesticate dogs by “breeding” for specific traits, though this may not actually be the case. By nature, dogs are scavengers, so one theory suggests that dogs began to follow human hunters for food. Regardless of how it all started, the human-canine bond has blossomed and strengthened over time and will likely continue to grow.

What Dogs Do For Humans

Companionship is perhaps the most universal thing that dogs give us, but this is only the beginning. Scientific evidence has proven that many health benefits come along with pet ownership. Our dogs help us relax, lower our blood pressure, keep us active and more. Dogs happily work for us, too. Service dogscan assist those with mental or physical disabilities, work as search-and-rescue dogs, guard valuable  property and protect us from harm by sniffing out threats and criminal activity. Even our companion dogs can be trained to proudly defend our homes and families.

What’s In It for the Dogs

The domesticated dog has evolved to be quite dependent upon humans. Though dogs can still often survive in the wild, they thrive with the care humans can provide. All we really need to do is look out for our dogs’ best interests. We must be responsible dog owners and we fulfill their basic needs- food, shelter, health care and so on. We train them so they understand their jobs and they find joy in this. It is truly a win-win situation.

Preserving and Strengthening the Human-Canine Bond

The bond you have with your dog begins the moment he comes into your life and never stops growing. However, there are ways to reinforce the bond throughout your dog’s life. Participation in activities with your dog is the best way to do this. It can be as simple as a training session, grooming routine, playtime or exercise. For more structured bonding, you can join an obedience class, start training in dog sports like agility and flyball, or participate in dog shows. One of the kindest ways to bond with your dog and allow your dog to bond with others is to get involved with pet therapy. If your dog is right for therapy, he can visit people in hospitals and nursing homes or help children read and learn. Your dog may be able to help benefit the health and lift the spirits of people in need, all while having the time of his life. No matter how you strengthen and preserve the human-canine bond, remember that it benefits the health and well-being of both you and your dog.

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The First Day of Summer

The Northern Hemisphere welcomes the first day of summer on June 20 or June 21 depending on your location.

The astronomical beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere is marked by the June solstice. Depending on the year, the day that marks the official start of summer can be June 20 or June 21. The following is a list of exact dates and times for upcoming and previous summer solstices:

  • June 20, 2008 at 7:59 pm EDT
  • June 21, 2009 at 1:45 am EDT
  • June 21, 2010 at 7:28 am EDT
  • June 21, 2011 at 1:16 pm EDT
  • June 20, 2012 at 7:09 pm EDT
  • June 21, 2013 at 1:04 am EDT
  • June 21, 2014 at 6:51 am EDT

Now I know that I need not post for the exact day, and it is not because I am lazy. It is simply because it completely blew my mind. I had planned to do a post about the beginning of Summer but when the day arrived I completely forgot until now. So here it is, my post about the first day of Summer.

Dogs and the Summer Season

The intense summer heat is certainly nothing to keep cool about, especially when it comes to man’s furry best friend. We humans aren’t the only ones to complain about the scorching sun. Dogs, too, need comfort from the harshness of the tropical climate, sometimes even more than humans.

Attention, all pet owners! Protect your beloved pooches from heat stroke by keeping in mind these simple tips from Dog Whisperer Caesar Milan.

Tip #1: Schedule walks wisely

Heat varies at different times of the day. When taking dogs out for walks, keep in mind that the coolest times of the day are usually in the morning or at night. The summer heat is not the only thing dogs battle against, but the hot asphalt that can burn their paws as well. Dogs release heat through their paws so allow dogs to wander in grassy areas rather than on cemented roads.

Caesar shares that doggie boots are an effective way to protect dogs’ paws. While dog shoes are uncommon in the Philippines, pet owners must be sensitive in checking for discomforts or irritation dogs may experience with their paws.

Tip #2: Keep dehydration in check

Dogs, unlike humans, cannot sweat; and a tell-tale sign of sunstroke is excessive drooling. A dehydrated dog will become weak and sluggish with bloodshot eyes. If the skin is lifted, it takes longer than usual to go back to its normal position.

An effective way to keep dogs hydrated is to carry around water bottles whenever taking them out for walks. Be aware that dogs absorb heat differently; dogs with dark coats and dogs with more fat and body mass absorb more.

EYES HAVE IT. They cannot talk, but their eyes can communicate what they need. Photo of Frodo by Christian Panganiban.EYES HAVE IT. They cannot talk, but their eyes can communicate what they need. Photo of Frodo by Christian Panganiban.

Tip #3: Let them swim, let them be

Be creative with ways to keep your dog cool. Small kiddie pools or basins are effective ways to lower their temperature. When spraying dogs with water, concentrate on their paws and their belly, keeping in mind that dogs cool from the bottom up.

Summer is a season of fun under the sun, and what better way to celebrate it than to splash around in the ocean. Try taking dogs out for a swim once in a while. Not only is it an effective heat repellent, but a great bonding activity as well.

By instinct, dogs dig up holes in the ground to find a cool place to lie down. Allow them to exercise their animal nature while letting them have fun in the process. Discover a shady area where your dogs can dig.

Tip #4: Not in cars, please

Leaving dogs in a parked car is a no-no. A car’s interior collects more heat than the outside environment. Moreover, dogs are prone to claustrophobia and may get overly excited by passers-by, thus increasing the risk of dehydration.

The summer heat is not something to be dreaded if one knows the proper way to handle it.

NATURE'S PET. We're used to seeing them in the city, but dogs are very much nature's children, too. Let them walk and run on cool grass and they will love you for it. Photo by Roopak R Nair.

NATURE’S PET. We’re used to seeing them in the hiking and walking around town here in Jackson Hole, but dogs are very much nature’s children, too. Let them walk and run on cool grass and they will love you for it. Photo by Roopak R Nair.

Travelling buddies

Summertime is vacation time, and when choosing to bring along dogs, there are several things to keep in mind in order to make the journey hassle free, not only for pets, but for the owners as well. Web MD shares several tips to make your dog’s journey as fun as the destination.

Much like how motion sickness is more commonly experienced by children, puppies and young dogs are more susceptible to vomiting and nausea. This is usually linked to the puppies’ undeveloped ear structures used for balance. Most dogs outgrow this however; it is not unlikely that a dog will associate traveling with vomiting. It is then important to make the ride as comfortable as possible.

MOMMY, YOU THERE? Dogs see us as their protectors. And as their owners, we are responsible for protecting them. Photo of Frodo by Christian Panganiban.

MOMMY, YOU THERE? Dogs see us as their protectors. And as their owners, we are responsible for protecting them. Photo of Frodo by Christian Panganiban.

Signs of dog motion sickness are inactivity, slowness, uneasiness, yawning, excessive drooling, and vomiting to name a few. Make sure your dog is facing forward, preventing it from sticking its head out the window. Lowering the windows by a portion will also help balance the pressure from the outside and the inside. Another effective trick is lowering the dog’s food intake before the trip and giving small treats (best if sugary) right before the voyage. Like in humans, this will lessen and prevent the feeling of nausea.

The most important thing to remember is to know your dog and find personal ways to make the trip easy and enjoyable.

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