Your Health. Your Hound. 4 Activity Tips To Stay In Shape Together!

healthy dogs running winter

Staying Healthy In 2020. But, What About Your Pet?

Your dog looks at you with those puppy eyes after you just put away your yoga mat. You feel bad, but you reason with yourself that you’ll go for a run with him tomorrow instead. 

So you go about your day. You drive to the office. Then meet friends after work.

dog looking up from couch

Then it happens. 

You step into your apartment and you’re greeted with your dog nervously wagging his tail. Surprised by the mess everywhere, you stop in your tracks.

What do you see?

Your dog has chewed the leather sofa! Upon further inspection, it looks as though he was the life of the party in the kitchen too. 

You’re at your wits end and you—only for a second—think about rehoming this little fluffy pup you once fell in love with. Suddenly the dog that was so cute and cuddly has turned your great mood from happy to bad at best. 

You try not to freak out.

dog in trouble

Don’t Freak Out. Your Dog Needs You.

To your pet, any attention is good attention. 

So if they’re “bad” and you bark at them, they’re still getting attention from you. Meaning, even if they’re perfect angels all day or if they just destroyed your house two (2) minutes after you left home, now your attention is directed at them. Bingo! They won.

The attention category isn’t the same as it is for humans. For your pet, they can’t always tell the difference if attention is for a “good” reason or a “bad” reason. When they’re successful at capturing attention that they crave, they’re happy. 

If it’s directed at them, it must be good. That’s why you need you to pay attention to them.

Your pet will often cower and cling next to you if you’re feeling sad or angry. Often times, they will roll over—belly up in submission, as puppies do with littermates when they try and establish who’s alpha in their pack.

Yes, your pet might not know the exact reason for your mood, but they can sense your energy. They want to please you. You need to show them how. And they might go to extremes to tell you that they want your attention. 

It’s important to know their signs and get ahead of any unhealthy behaviors that may develop due to boredom and/or a lack of energy outlet. 

You must pay attention to your pets for them to stay happy and healthy. Here are a few ways to keep your pet mentally and physically stimulated. 

Your Dog Wants To Please You, Show Him How.

1. Take Simple Walks

Everyone needs a little fresh air, including our pets. A brisk stroll around the block can help. 

Often times we think we have to walk our dogs for hours at a time. However, mini activity bouts can help expend your pet’s energy and perception of the world. Depending upon the size, breed, or energy level of your pet, taking two (2), ten (10) minute “sniff and walk” sessions per day might be sufficient. 

Humans have many things to keep them occupied; social activities, work, hobbies, family, friends—your pets only have YOU. Planning a simple walk once in the morning, and again in the evening—with a play session in between—keeps them fresh and frisky.

dog with leash in mouth

2. Exercise And Play, Together

Make time to play with your pet. Whatever it takes, make time. 

No matter how busy we are—if we care for pets—they deserve playtime and healthy exercise. 

 

BEFORE STARTING A NEW EXERCISE PROTOCOL OR LEARNING TRICKS:

  • Check with your Veterinarian and get medical clearance first
  • Watch out for excessive signs of exhaustion or boredom
  • Check for any systems of illness, especially in mature pets 
  • Conduct age appropriate activity sessions
  • Keep learning new tricks simple
  • Avoid long durations of training sessions
  • Have fun with your pet more often

Dogs must be dogs. Let them.

Active dog breeds require even more “good” attention. They want to run, skip, and jump—they live in the moment and they yearn for FUN. If they know you’re participating in this essential play part of their life, your bond will become stronger and they’re more apt to be content when you do need to leave the house.

A good fifteen (15) minutes of all out play is vital in keeping your pet happy and healthy. Get on the floor, on all fours, and let the action begin—you’ll make their day!

Besides, your pet will like you better if you’re more playful with them. If your scolding them all the time, they’ll start to lose faith in your friendship. They need you as their provider, protector—and playmate. 

Any hey, you might even enjoy that time to be a “Goof” too.

 

“Fitness can play a huge role in both person and pooch living longer, happier and healthier lives. In fact, people with dogs exercise 34% more than those without a dog.” — K9 Fit Club 

 

dog doing yoga with pet parent

Not quite in the shape yourself?

There are several activity options like one-to-one day care, personal dog training, pet sitters, and dog joggers available. Many pet parents benefit from unique offerings such as having someone else run their dog. 

If all this pet industry activity sounds crazy, you may want to take a second look into just how many options there are in keeping a happy and healthy pet.

A variety of extra activity for your pet can supplement times when you just can’t be with your fur family. Nobody has 24/7—100% extra time to play with their pet, but finding ways to keep them happy and healthy is way worth the investment. 

A balance of activity and rest in between play sessions is important too.

 

“My time is limited but I love my boy! Having someone to exercise with my dog is a treat for both me and my pooch. I’m busy and unable to move around with my dog like I’d like to.” —Susan M.

 

With more excitement besides tossing the ball out in the backyard and telling him to fetch, extra pet activity may even strengthen the bond you have with your fur family member. Your pet will have more experiences to share with you and can better appreciate you when you are around.

 

3. Enroll In Dog Camp

Your pet needs the chance to be their own dog.

Why not give them the opportunity to make furry friends too? Let them be with other dogs and pet lovers. They might enjoy the new sights, smells, and toys. Take your pet to a trusted spot where they can interact and play in a safe, temperature controlled, size appropriate environment. 

 

“Some dog care places go overboard with play time. A tired dog is not always a happy dog. A dog should be mentally and physically stimulated, but by no means to the point of exhaustion. Being absolutely depleted is not healthy for anyone.” —Luke P. 

 

Your pet wants to play and party. Let them have fun. Allow them to dance a bit, attend silly puppy parties, and get their picture taken. They’ll love the attention! You don’t have to have other people take care of your dog every day out of the week, but even a few times a month can help expend their energy and peak their curiosity.

Socializing with other pets and humans can help keep them content. Attending puppy parties may be something different for your dog. 

To your pet, the four (4) walls in your apartment may be closing in. And, an occasional peek out the window is quite frankly, not enough. Surrounding your dog with other pets, people, and places can be an ideal way for your dog to explore the world—outside of the one they share with you. 

 

On a budget? Did you know there ARE economical ways to keep your dog active and healthy, especially during the winter months. Starting in January, 2020, Best Friends Pet Hotel is offering something new at MOST of their pet hotels. $10 Doggy Day Camp, weekends ONLY—Saturday and Sundays, starting at 9am. 

 

Many pet parents benefit from a weekend of Doggy Day Camp. It’s a great option if you have to run errands for a few hours or need to prepare your house for out of town guests. 

Never tried a dog camp before? Be discerning with where you take your pet.

A reputable pet hotel will make pet safety their #1 priority. They’ll hire qualified pet professionals and top leadership who thoroughly understand pet health and happiness. Look for quality and long standing tradition when it comes to pet hospitality. 

 

WOW! First Camp day FREE after successful evaluation. 

 

Most notable, your dog will need to be properly vaccinated and must pass an introductory interview to ensure their safety and the safety of the dogs around them. This required procedure is normal and vital for your pet’s health and well-being. Therefore, wise pet owners welcome the extra precautions and follow careful steps to ensure that their precious pup is happy and healthy. 

two dogs best friends day camp buddies
Featuring Sally & Jax from Best Friends Pet Hotel (Chestnut Ridge)

 

4. Puppy School During Dog Years

Don’t believe it when people tell you that they can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

Your pet may not learn the same as when they were puppies, but they’re still your fur babies. If you work with them more often—during every stage of their life cycle—you’ll both have fun and get more enjoyment out of pet ownership. 

In fact, try out different training options around town. Learn from all professional Trainers. Every one of them has something to offer. A positive tip for you and your pet is always a beneficial take-away.

Already graduated from puppy school? Well, if people should never stop learning new things, why should your pet? 

 

“One way to bond with your pet is to spend time with them in training classes—even throughout their adult stages. Refresher training and learning new tricks can be an amusing way to have fun for both of you. Enjoy your dog more often. It strengthens your bond.” —Chris B.

 

Keep Your Pet Healthy in 2020. Get Active!

Finding time and unique ways to exercise with your pooch is not easy. But, your pet is worth it! Keeping them safe, healthy, and happy is why you got them in the first place. You love them and you want to care for their needs and well-being—for their entire life span. 

Greater care for your pet means getting help and keeping your pet physically and mentally occupied—all year round. Healthy activity will keep your pet happy and out of trouble. In the process, you might find it’ll provide that special bonding time they need.

Ready for a little play time at Camp?  

dogs running in park

 

About The Author:
Christine A. Bournias resides in Michigan with her 2-pack; two new beautiful adopted miracles. As her “Angelwriter”, Nicodemus (1997-2010) is the wisdom behind the stories she shares. Christine champions the magnitude of building the bond between a dog and their person(s) by means of respectful communication and enduring admiration.

Groom & Zoom: 5 Grooming Tips For A Healthy Pet

dog after bath in towel

Does Your Pet Get The “Zoomies” After A Groom?

You know how terrific you feel when you pamper yourself? Well, our furry companions feel the same way! But, our pets express themselves in a much more exuberant way. Have you ever watched your pet after a refreshing bath or grooming appointment?

It’s hysterical.

Pets – especially young dogs – zip and zoom from room to room, diving into pillows, scratching blankets or digging into carpeting. If your pet’s zoomies get real crazy, there may be a little sand involved.

dog digging in sand

Yes, our pets love to be pampered.

When they’re groomed it’s as if they want to tell the world how happy and healthy they feel. Most of the time this excitement is about pure glee, other times it’s their attempt to get relief from the scent of products we use to clean them.

A Real Phenomenon Called “The Zoomies.”

‘Zoomies’ are categorized as crazy outbursts of energy after a bath. They’re usually accompanied by yelps, yips, and yodels. This odd behavior is common in dogs, but both cats and dogs seem to get more rambunctious during these energy explosion episodes, commonly known as zoomies.

Zoomie frenzies usually begin with your pet running in circles and a playful dig into anything they can get their paws on. Far too often, they get into mischief like mud after their bath. (Ugh.)

They might jump on furniture, or worse, wreak havoc in your home—making a wet mess everywhere.

‘Zoomie’ behavior typically means your pet is satisfied. But, it’s vital to keep your pet safe if and when they “zoom.” 

happy dog with pet parent

5 Grooming Tips To Keep Your Pet Happy, Healthy—And Safe.

TIP #1: Bath & Brush

When people approach your pet, you want a pleasant scent to linger in the air versus having a pooch with a stale “wet dog” syndrome.

Be aware, our pet’s noses are many million times more receptive than ours. Therefore, the smells of products like shampoos and conditioners are intense. A dog’s sense of smell is so extreme that the sweet smell of fruity or flowery products will often heighten the zoomie activity as they often try to run away from their new scent.

Nonetheless, starting from a shiny outside coat, your pet likes to feel clean and tingling all over. You’ll notice that they often get frisky after a good bath and brush out.

  • Protect your precious fur companions from the harsh outdoor elements during winter months or in extreme heat with pet friendly paw balm.
  • Your pet’s face, feet, and fanny are all important areas to keep free of dirt and debris.
  • A grooming professional will know the perfect water temperature to use on your pet and will be aware of any allergies they may have.
  • Ask your Groomer what products are best to use for your pet.

dog grooming bath shampoo

TIP #2: Towels & Drying

A good schnoz roll from a wet dog is entertaining. But, pay heed before the zoomies begin.

If you give your dog a bath at home, and they get the zoomies, be certain that they’re completely dry before they make a dash for the door. Drying your dog thoroughly with a pet friendly, absorbent towel will keep your pet from going outside in the frigid elements when they’re still damp.

Your Groomer will carefully blot your pet with appropriate toweling versus a rough feverish rub. A fluffy warm towel and professional blow out after the bath will keep your pet warm and dry.

Also, when your Groomer blow dries your pet, they measure the ideal distance to stand away from your pet’s paws so they don’t irritate sensitive areas of the body.

dog grooming bath towel rubber ducky

 

TIP #3: Nails & Paws

Trim your pet’s toenails and keep their paws tidy in between their pads. Shortened dewclaws have less chance of snagging on carpeting and rugs. Your groomer knows the proper tools to use on your pet’s feet.

Grooming professionals are trained on proper pet approach too. They prefer appropriate handling techniques and will care for your pet as if they’re their own.

TIP #4: Ears & Teeth

Gently wipe the inside of ear flaps without poking into the ear canal itself. Avoid infections by inspecting your pet’s ears on a regular basis. If you see anything unusual like tiny, black caffe grind looking pellets, consult your Veterinarian immediately. Ear mites are a serious medical concern.

Making time to brush your pet’s teeth is a challenge. However, it’s vital their teeth and gums are in good condition. Small dogs are especially susceptible to poor health due to shoddy teeth hygiene.

EXTRA TIP: Place pet friendly toothpaste on a crunchy biscuit to allow the crunch motion to help break up any accumulating tartar on their teeth. Try using a toothy baby washcloth in between brushings. Tenderly, yet thoroughly, wipe your pet’s teeth and gums – top and bottom.

dog grooming toothbrush

Ask your Groomer about brushing their teeth at your next grooming appointment.

 

TIP #5: Safe Grooming

If you give your pet a bath at home, wet furniture and messy floors are common zoomie problems. Keep your pet behind a latched gate or in a comfortable, cozy safe zone until they’ve had a chance to settle down. A pleasant grooming environment during bathing time is a quiet, clean, and contained room.

“Bath Zoomies: Frenetic Random Activity Periods (FRAP), otherwise known as the zoomies, happen to pretty much every dog, especially young ones. Everything is just SO FUN, suddenly, and they cannot possibly contain their excitement. Baths may very well bring out the zoomies.”rover.com

Zoomies are funny to watch; however, be careful that your pets don’t harm themselves, others, or your home in the process. Monitor them after their bath. It’s easy for them to crash into walls, fall down steps, or slip off a sofa during a mad dash of happiness.

dog grooming shaking off water

The grooming environment is just as important as the groom.

Remove collars, bandanas, tags, and leashes before their bath and during the drying process to avoid injury. These items could get caught in styling apparatus or holding crates. A tidy, safe, contained area where the zoomies won’t cause harm to your pet or to their surroundings is your best bet. Appropriate, sterilized, and spacious grooming rooms are made with zoomies in mind. A friendly, safe grooming environment is ideal for optimal health.

dog groomer hair dryer

A Healthy “Zoomie” Solution

Allow your pet an opportunity to exercise before relaxing in the tub.

Consider expanding their energy at a size appropriate, temperature controlled day camp environment before their bath or grooming appointment. Socializing with other dogs and humans helps keep your pet content during their grooming session.

dog relaxing on back

Choose Your Groomer Wisely

Be selective when it comes to Groomers. The best grooming professionals will notice your pet’s body. They’re your pet’s first line of defense for any unforeseen medical concerns. They’re trained to look for things on your pet’s body that other people might not see. Thus, they understand your pet from nose to rear end – tip to tail.

An ideal Groomer will strive for your pet’s health, happiness and well-being. Also, regular scheduled baths and grooming appointments help grooming professionals get to know your pet’s needs most.

Groom & Zoom. Clean & Coiffed. Safe & Shiny.

We love our pets and want them to stay well.

They deserve to stay clean and healthy – all year round. However, winter months are especially important to keep your pets groomed, as your pets typically spend increased time indoors. Make your pet’s grooming experience this year fun. And, keep your pet safe if they catch the zoomies afterwards.

 

Keep your pet happy, healthy, and safe this winter. Schedule your next grooming appointment today!

dog groomer grooming

 

About The Author:
Christine A. Bournias resides in Michigan with her 2-pack; two new beautiful adopted miracles. As her “Angelwriter”, Nicodemus (1997-2010) is the wisdom behind the stories she shares. Christine champions the magnitude of building the bond between a dog and their person(s) by means of respectful communication and enduring admiration.