Dog park guidelines and rules are not always posted at the dog park you may be visiting with your dog for the summer months. Dog park rules are there to assure the safety of dogs as well as their owners. Proper respect for dog parks and other dogs makes the dog park a highlight of a routine for your pooch.
Guidelines of a Dog Park
Proper dog park guidelines are:
Beware of any possible fees or requirements at a dog park may have before you enter. This would include a license for your dog and that vaccinations are current.
The first visit should always be a quick visit. This will help your dog not feel overwhelmed by all the commotion going on throughout the park.
Do not bring a young puppy to the dog park until they are around 9 months of age. Puppies are not fully vaccinated. Doing so could cause serious health risks to your puppy including death. ( contracting Parvo )
A dog in heat should be left at home. This is because a female in heat can start up aggressive behaviors in male dogs or you could be welcoming unexpected puppies.
Bring a personal bowl for your dog. Communal water bowls are a good area for your dog to get parasite transfer from another dog in the park. Also, illness can also be passed around to other dogs.
Do not bring any treats, or personal dog toys, and do not bring any human food into dog parks. These things can create fights and aggression in other dogs, as well as yours.
Do not ignore your dog while visiting a dog park. Pay attention to their body language and still engage with them. Too many people do not pay attention once they let their dog go in the park. A situation can arise at any moment.
Interrupting positive play can discourage your pup from wanting to revisit the park.
Cleaning up after your pooch is important. Roofus will probably go number 2, always pick it up.
Dog park guidelines and rules are usually posted outside of a dog park but there are some unwritten rules to be aware of. Unwritten rules such as always keeping a collar on your dog. This ensures you can get your dog back with up-to-date tags if he accidentally gets out of the gate. Knowing your dog’s personality will help know if a dog park is suited for a dog park or not. Don’t, worry if your dog isn’t one to run around the park with others, this just means your dog is more connected with you than other dogs. Removing an uncomfortable dog from the park is best for everyone. Do not leave your dog in a situation that overwhelms them. Dog parks are a great way to enjoy spending time with your dog. Just remember to always follow dog park guidelines and rules.
Votes are in! America’s favorite dog the Frenchie has taken over. For years everybody’s favorite dog was the Labrador Retriever. That sweet loving look that they give makes you feel on top of the world. And they are a companion like no other. But they had to slide on over into the number two spot for the French Bulldog after thirty-one years of being number one.
History of the Frenchie
A little history of the Frenchies is needed to understand the popularity increase over the years to America’s favorite dog. Bred back in the 1800s when lace makers from England started to lose business and had moved to Northern France. They took their toy bulldogs with them who became to represent the lace makers. As the lacemakers had made France their home, they had to decided to breed their toy bulldogs with other breeds that are still unsure what breeds had been used to complete the genetic makeup of the Frenchie. It has been said that there is a little Pug and possibly even Terrier genetics in the Frenchie DNA.
Due to all the cross-breeding, the Frenchie developed the famous “bat ear” that we have all come to love. France became well known for their beloved Frenchie, and eventually, as those who came to America with their French Bulldogs soon found that the Americans are crazy about this little lap dog. America’s favorite dog the Frenchie slowly but surely started to take us all by storm.
Frenchies Best Qualities
The qualities that have made the Frenchie so popular in the last ten years, and made them America’s favorite dog, have ranged from the adorable face to compact in size. Famous for their bat ears, which everyone seems to enjoy, this breed’s ability to be such a goofball companion has helped them gain popularity amongst dog lovers, since they flourish on interaction with their humans they are a true faithful partner in crime. Not to mention they are a great family dog. When it comes to children they outreach new heights in the patience category. Even though they are great when meeting new people, don’t let the Frenchie fool you into thinking they are not a guard dog. Frenchie owners have been known to love the watchful abilities the Frenchie possesses.
A Classic Look for a Classic Dog
When it comes to the well-known classic look of the Frenchie it starts with the adorable short-nosed smooshy face with the lovable bat ears. The French Bulldog has a soft smooth coat that can have many varieties in color. Brindle, tan, and fawn are the most common colors. “Pied” is a term used to describe a Frenchie that is white with brindle patches, which has also become a popular color. Don’t forget about the adorable wrinkles that form their adorable look from their loose skin. Frenchies are short stout little fellas that are muscular and carry a boxy square head on a bow-legged gait.
Care for America’s Favorite Dog
Overall care needs for grooming a Frenchie are simple since they have a short coat. The basics of grooming apply to them, which helps make them America’s favorite dogs. Also, their exercise needs are pretty low, which makes them great for living in the city. Frenchies do not do well in hot weather, it’s important to keep them in air conditioning in those kinds of conditions. Training a French Bulldog is fairly easy due to its high intelligence level. Plus they want to please their owners so it makes training enjoyable for them.
Common Issues for the Frenchie
The most common issue with French Bulldogs is Brachycephalic Syndrome, which affects dogs with short noses. Airways then collapse. Frenchies have allergies, another respiratory issue that affects Frenchies on a regular basis. Another health concern with the shortened nose is heat stroke, which they are prone to. Skin infections are also well known in this breed from all of those cute wrinkles they have. Alongside skin issues, they are also prone to eye issues such as cherry eye and many more. Deafness and ear infections have been noted as common health concerns for Frenchies. Hip and elbow dysplasia is also found in the French Bulldog along with many other breeds.
Research What is Best for You
Falling in love with the Frenchie is not hard to do. Those cute adorable faces are hard to resist, just like any other breed of dog, do all the research before diving right into getting a pup. Always get a pup that is suited to your lifestyle.
Oh the smell of warm spring air has finally made its way to our area. Grass is starting to turn green, birds singing their songs, and with that comes other unwelcome guests of spring. Fleas, and ticks lurk right around the corner, and it’s time to make sure your dogs are protected.
Issues Caused By Fleas and Ticks
When a flea bites your dog it can cause many problems such as dermatitis, itching, allergies, tapeworms, anemia, and infections. The fleas buddy the tick, can also cause his fair share of problems for Roofus as well such as paralysis, Lymes Disease, abscesses, Anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Babesiosis, and Bartonellosis. In warmer weather fleas and ticks can thrive causing many issues. But even in the cooler months fleas can live all over in your household, so it is very important to keep your dog protected.
There are many different flea and tick treatments available now on the market for protection against the pesky pest. Tablet treatments have gained popularity in the last few years, but pour on treatments are still as popular as before. Nexgard, Bravecto, Credelio, and Simparica, are tablet treatments for fleas and ticks. Frontline, PetAmour, and K9 Advantix are the most popular pour on topical treatments. If you are using a topical treatment make sure you keep other pets, and kids away from the treated dog until the product has dried. Flea and tick collars are not recommended due to the fact that they can be poisonous to children, and other animals.
All-natural products to help rid a dog of a flea infestation are swarming the market these days. Wondercide, and TropiClean are topical and spray-containing cedarwood oil, almond oil, and peppermint oil. These all-natural ingredients are dog friendly and leave out the worry of toxic chemicals that can be used in other flea and tick treatments. Make sure when using any natural flea and tick treatment that any oils that it may contain are safe for cats if you have one.
DIY Flea & Tick Remedy
Here is a home recipe that you can mix up and bathe your dog in to help protect your pup from fleas and ticks:
1 Quart Water
1 Cup of White Vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Cup of Baby Shampoo or Liquid Dish Soap
Mix all the ingredients together and bathe your dog once or twice a month to prevent and kill fleas and ticks. Vinegar kills fleas and ticks on immediately.
Special Reminders When Protecting Your Pup
If you are sending your pooch to doggy daycare or are planning on boarding them while you are on vacation this summer here are some reminders that can protect your pup and others when it comes to having them fully prepared.
Make sure Roofus is treated for fleas and ticks 24 hours prior to entering the facility.
DO NOT send dogs with flea and tick collars as it can make other dogs sick if they touch the collar with their mouths or nose.
Topical treatments can cause other dogs to get sick if the treatment is not dry before interacting with others.
Preventing fleas and ticks can be a worrisome task. Always consult a veterinarian before changing your dog’s current flea and tick protocol. And never use any dog flea and tick treatment on a cat as it can be deadly.
Thunder, lightning, and even the occasional heavy rain can get your darling pup all worked up. It is that time of year when April showers bring May flowers. This doesn’t always mean our dogs handle these storms lightly, and sometimes we don’t either.
Anxiety during thunderstorms is common amongst dogs, resulting in behaviors that can range from paw licking to being destructive. Due to their sensitive hearing, dogs get worked up before we even notice thunder, as they can hear it farther away. Also, static electricity can send an electric current in which a dog’s fur gets all tingly. Electricity from lightning can even be sensed even after the storm has passed. Barometric pressure dropping and the change of ions may also cause a heightened response. There are different ways to help calm your pooch during stormy days.
One of the best ways to keep your dogs calm is to put him or her into the bathtub. The porcelain of the tub blocks the traveling electricity. If you have ever seen your dog jump into the tub during a thunderstorm, this is why. Basements are another great place for your dog to be during a storm. They are also grounded like the bathtub. Keeping your dog busy in a safe place during storms is always a good idea. But if they want to go crawl into a small dark space don’t punish your dog for doing so as they are only doing what comes naturally to them. Dogs are related to wolves which are den animals. These dens make them feel safe and prevent any hidden surprises that may be lingering around.
There are many products available that can ease the troubles a pup can face during high anxiety times such as a thunderstorm. Lick pads, or chew toys filled with peanut butter are a great way to keep their minds off the storm. Remember to make sure you get dog-safe peanut butter such as Dilly’s Poochie Butter.
Anti Anxiety beds are another great way to keep them calm with raised edges, and memory foam to provide the support of being safe with other dogs. Calming teddy bears have become quite popular as well. You can find these adorable little teddy bears filled with natural calming lavender, at Puplife Dog Club.
The ability to feel safe during a thunderstorm is one that we may all struggle with, but our dogs struggle with it as well. They can not only sense a storm on the horizon but they also can tell when we are in fear of the storm. Finding ways to relax our beloved friends can also benefit our uneasiness during thunderstorms. A thunder buddy to ride out turbulent weather always makes things brighter even on the most dreary days.
You can read more tips for soothing your pup during storms on ACK’s website here.
You can learn more about Puplife Dog Club’s Boutique and doggy daycare services by visiting us in person or online. At Puplife Dog Club we offer kennel-free dog daycare (day or night). To help reduce anxiety for dogs and their humans. No kennels, just fun.
We have all been there when leaving for the day for work or for a quick run to the grocery store wondering how our dogs react when the door closes. For some, it may be that they just lay on the couch patiently waiting for us to return. While others might go into complete panic mode, thinking all is lost. Knowing some of the signs of anxiety our precious pooches can exhibit will help ease the stress levels for them as well as the owners. The two most common types of anxiety we see are fear based anxiety and separation anxiety.
Situational anxiety is fear based anxiety caused by new people, new animals, strange environments, loud noises, specific situations, and sometimes new visual encounters. These visual encounters include sunglasses or a hat causing your dog to respond negatively even to those they know.
Dogs with fear induced anxiety need extra space and time to warm up to new people, dogs, and situations. It is important to let others know your dog has anxiety and needs to be approached differently than most dogs.
One way you can let others around you know your dog has anxiety and needs space is to tie a yellow ribbon to their collar and/or leash when you are out in public. The Yellow Dog Project is a non-profit organization that works to increase awareness of dogs who may be reactive to other people or dogs.
Separation anxiety is when a dog cannot relax away from their family or when they are left alone. An estimated 14% of dogs are affected by separation anxiety. And the final root cause of anxiety is aging.
So how can one tell if their dog is affected by anxiety?? Here are the most important signs to look out for to let you know your dog has anxiety:
Urinating or Defecating in the House
Now you’re probably wondering, how in the world do I ease my dog’s anxiety?
The first step is to talk to your veterinarian to see what recommendations they have to help ease the stress on your dog. Certain medications, natural supplements, behavioral training, and calming products can all be integrated into your pet’s routine to help with anxiety. Rover discusses different treatments for anxiety, you can read about it here. Always consult your veterinarian before changing anything in your dog’s routine.
Calming products are available at the Puplife Dog Club’s Boutique. Visit Us here.
Goldendoodles are wonderful dogs. They have fun and goofy personalities, are extremely playful, and are very affectionate dogs. In addition, they are very intelligent and athletic. These dogs need a fair amount of exercise making them great walking partners.
When your doodle wants your attention, you will know, and it may be with their famous head slap, as they fall into your lap with their head slapping against your chest. So Adorable!
These affectionate dogs are extremely loyal and always up for snuggles.
Goldendoodles range in size, with three distinct size categories.
Standard Golden-doodles range from 50-70lbs on average.
Miniature Golden Doodle (Medium-sized Dog), ranging from 35-50lbs
Petite/Toy Golden Doodle (small dog size), typically weighing 20-35lbs
The most well-known trait of the Golden-doodle is that they are “allergy friendly.” What makes them allergy friendly comes from the poodle in them.
With minimum shedding, they are a great dog to struggle on the sofa and let sleep in your bed.
While some allergy suffers (such as myself) are able to enjoy the company of their Goldendoodles, some individuals will still have a reaction if they are allergic to dogs.
You can learn more about these awesome dogs in this article by Rover.
Enrichment toys are hot this year. Why? Because dogs love them! When dogs are left home alone without enough to keep them busy they will look to entertain themselves. This is where trouble can start. Ever come home to shredded shoes or worse shredded furniture?
These toys help stimulate your dog’s mind as they figure out how to get their treats out of their doggy puzzle or treat dispensing toys. These toys provide entertainment for your pup, which helps reduce problem behaviors by providing an outlet for excess energy and decreasing boredom.
New dog owners struggling with their pups’ high energy or problem behaviors should start with an easy-to-use enrichment toy, such as the Indestructible Treat Dispensing Ball. Starting with a ball like this, and working up into harder puzzles can help keep your dog engaged, keeping them out of mischief.
The Indestructible Treat Dispensing Ball by The Modern Pet Co. (pictured above) is one of our favorite puzzle toys for dogs! It is easy to use and easy to clean. This beautifully engineered ball will keep your pup engaged for hours. This ball requires smaller, training-size treats to function as designed. Fill with Tricky Trainers Crunchy Chicken Liver treats for an extra tasty experience.
These healthy treats are free from Wheat, Corn, and artificial ingredients. At only 2 calories per treat, they are a great option for dogs that are on a weight management diet. You can find these treats at Puplife Dog Club Boutique.