People who haven’t spent much time around dogs are often concerned if they see one interacting with a child. However, for dog lovers who have lots of experience with this kind of animal, their impression is likely the opposite. Plenty of dog owners have seen firsthand that small children, who get excited and don’t know any better, will do everything from tug on a dog’s tail to rub their fur backwards. Although this isn’t the type of interaction that a dog would willingly chose, most are surprisingly patient with children and may even indicate that they want the interaction to continue. Witnessing these types of experiences often leads to people wondering why dogs continue to be drawn to children.


The Social Structure of Dogs


To fully answer this question, it’s helpful to have some insight into the social structure that dogs follow. In the wild, much of dogs’ behavior is driven by whether they’re in charge or subordinate. With pet dogs, they understand their family setting. In the case of a child who’s brought into a dog’s human family, their instincts will likely be to protect it.


As you may have guessed, there are a few caveats to this behavior. The first is understanding that breeds differ in their natural protective characteristics.  Herding breeds are going to go out of their way to keep their pack together (including children), while breeds that have been bred as lap dogs are going to be less proactive in their interactions.


Another important note is dogs with previous experience around children are the most likely to be patient during future interactions. If a dog hasn’t had much socialization outside of its core family members, interactions with children should be carefully supervised. But as long as a dog has a basic level of socialization, it’s likely to interact with children in the way we described at the beginning of this post.


Helping Your Dog with Family Transitions 


Any family that has a dog and child knows how attached they can get to each other. This can cause quite a bit of stress during transitions like going back to school. After a fun summer of playing together, a dog may be sad when its buddy resumes leaving the house for eight or more hours a day. If you face this or any other type of challenge due to a transition within your family, our dog daycare can help.


By getting your dog out of the house and into an environment where it will be engaged with other dogs, you’ll be able to help your pup continue feeling its best.

 


At Dog Day, Every Day, we’re proud to offer a positive and safe environment for dogs to explore their natural instinct as pack animals. Sniffing, wrestling, chewing and slobbering are all things enjoyed by attendees of our dog daycare. Whether a pup enjoys just watching the other dogs engage or they are in the thick of it, these types of interactions promotes proper socialization skills and dog speak. Although the environment we’ve created is ideal for dogs to meet and interact on their own terms, the same isn’t always true for dogs who are meeting on a sidewalk or other setting.


Plenty of dog owners have had the unfortunate experience of initial meetings turning out less than ideal. Since this is an issue that owners of dogs of all ages struggle with, we want to use our knowledge of doggy interactions to share some best practices for introducing dogs to each other:


Avoid Face to Face


The biggest mistake that dog owners make is pointing two pups face to face for their initial meeting. Since this isn’t how dogs naturally approach each other, it creates a confrontational tone. A better option is to give dogs some space so they can move towards each from the side. This method also makes it easy for dogs to sniff each other, which is a very important part of initial interactions.


Leashed But Loose


When dogs are in a location like a dog park or our daycare environment, leashes aren’t a necessary part of introductions. But if you’re out and about with your dog, it’s a good idea to keep your pup on its leash during any meetings. Just be sure to keep the leash loose and avoid pulling. Doing so will cause your dog to feel tense and likely derail the meeting.


What to Watch For


If you combine the first two tips we covered, you have a recipe for an ideal dog meeting. What that means is instead of bringing both dogs to a standstill in front of each other, both owners can walk the dogs in parallel. This provides an opportunity for some sniffing and initial interaction while keeping the dogs from feeling any anxiety due to a lack of movement. During this time, you’ll want to watch for signs like raised hackles, staring or lip curling, which indicate that the interaction is going south.


In the event that you notice any warning signs of a negative interaction, guide the dogs apart instead of abruptly jerking. In addition to their assessments of each other, dogs feed off their owners’ energy, which is why staying cool and enjoying this experience will give it the best chance of turning out positive.

 



When two dogs who are properly socialized meet each other, it only takes a few moments for them to get a good idea of what the other one is all about. This quick assessment can determine whether the dogs are going to be good buddies or have more of an antagonistic relationship with each other. Since this exchange can happen so quickly that humans miss everything that’s going on, we thought it would be fun to highlight the different elements dog use for this type of communication. Once you have a better understanding of how dogs communicate with each other, you’ll be able to pick up on the intricacies of dogs’ interactions with each other:


Body Language Communicates a Lot


Dogs can communicate a lot through their body language. Although minor changes can carry a lot of meaning, a little awareness and observation will help you distinguish the different things one dog is saying to another. Let’s kick off this discussion with how a dog communicates that it’s relaxed. Soft eyes, looking but not staring and a tongue hanging limply are all signs that a dog is feeling quite calm. On the other end of the communication spectrum, glancing sideways, clenched teeth and a tongue held inside the mouth mean that a dog is anxious.


If a dog wants to intimidate another pup, it will stare intensely with ears forward and teeth bared. But if a dog is fearful during a meeting, it will look away and have dilated pupils. A fearful dog will also keep its ears pressed back and have a tense jaw.


Smell and Putting It All Together


With all the above examples, we looked at what different combinations of body language can mean. Dogs can also communicate with each other simply by how they hold their heads. Down means depression or submission, normal means everything is good, turned to the side is deference and high or forward can either mean interest or a challenge.


No discussion about dogs communicating with each other would be complete without mentioning smell. Because dogs have such a powerful sense of smell, they are able to determine a lot about another dog’s standing just by getting a whiff of them, which is why sniffing plays such a key role in dog meetings and other interactions.


As everything we’ve covered shows, dog communication is quite complex. By taking the information we shared and paying attention to how your pet interacts with other dogs, you’ll get an even better understanding of its unique personality. And if you’re looking for a place where your dog can enjoy lots of positive socialization, be sure to take a look at the awesome environment our dog daycare provides.

Spring Flings with Your Dog!

Posted by Dawn Donaldson




Dogs approach life with the enthusiasm of the zestiest of our human daredevils. Any outing, drive in the car or simple walk along the street is filled with the possibility of adventure. Since dogs will always have that outlook, let's see how you match up with your daredevil pup. Our example begins with a typical drive to a typical hiking trail in the great outdoors:

Safety First


He'll appreciate your regard for his safety and comfort. Think of what sort of day it is in the morning and plan accordingly. If the day is extra warm for the spring, start your adventure as early as possible. Bring plenty of water for your pal and yourself, along with a simple first aid kit. With those necessities out of the way, it's full speed ahead on to a fun run!


Running Supercharges The Adventure


Running off leash forms the best part of your pet's adventure. No longer will he need to jolt to a stop at the end of your yard. As you trot alongside as best you can, take a moment to admire his athleticism and zest for life. It's inspiring to you both when you enjoy each other's company to the utmost. He may not be able to talk, but you'll see the appreciation in his eyes. After discovering that perfect park or hiking trail to let it all hang out, you'll guarantee outing after outing of daredevil adventures.


Even Daredevils Recharge Their Batteries


Spring flings always begin with blowing off steam and by the time of needing a second wind, you and your daredevil companion deserve a space to pant and get your breath back. Feel the spring breezes in your hair and fur, observe newly sprouted blades of grass among the patches of mud and admire the early spring flower buds. Before long, you'll be ready for more exploration alongside your faithful partner.


There's Nothing Like Mud


A spring outing is incomplete without the joys of mud. Toss aside your inhibitions and frolic in the mud puddles leftover from winter's recent rain and snow. The messy results are just fine because you thought to bring along extra clothing as well as shoes, right? And towels for your dog as well as a comb for getting out weed stickers? That's all one needs to go nuts in the mud with no regrets.


Make Spring Flings the Norm Instead of the Exception



Muddy and happy, you head for the nearest tap to rinse off the largest bits of mud from him and from you. Tired and content, you two daredevils head for home. As you gaze at your doggy sprawled on the car seat, you know you have matched his zest for life and want more days like this for him.


We here at Dog Day, Every Day share your enthusiasm for your dog. Call us now at (513) 860-DOGS to learn more about the awesome doggy environment we provide so your pet can have super fun spring days even when you aren’t able to get away from work.

How Often to Bathe Your Dog

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

Most dogs and even their owners tend to dread bath time due to the time and effort it requires. However, it’s a very important part of keeping a dog’s coat and skin healthy. Regular bathing also helps to make sure they are clean, free of dirt and parasites. There are a few factors that can help determine how often a dog needs bathed.


Type of Coat


Dogs do not need a daily scrub down, but do require regular baths. One of the several factors that influence the schedule of a dog’s bath is the type of coat. Monthly baths will work for most dogs, but some of them will need a different schedule:


1. Oily Coat


Most dogs with oily coats like the Basset Hounds may need a bath as frequently as once a week.


2. Short Hair with Smooth Coats


Dogs such as Beagles and Weimaraners do not require frequent baths. They do just fine having their bath time less often than other dogs. This is similar with short-coated Basenjis, which are fastidious with their personal hygiene and rarely need bathed.


3. Water Repellent Coats


Golden Retrievers and Great Pyrenees have water repellent coats and require less frequent bathing. This help them to preserve their natural oils.


4. Thick and Double Coats


Dogs with thick and double coats like Malamutes and Samoyeds thrive best with fewer baths. However, they will need extra brushing to get rid of loose and dead hair. Brushing them also help distribute natural oils, which keeps the dog's skin and coat healthy.


Dog Activities


If a dog likes playing in puddles, pools, rivers or lives in the country and does a lot of rolling everywhere, then he will require more frequent bathing as compared to a dog that lives in an apartment. However, it is important not to bathe a dog more than needed because this will strip their coats of natural oils, which can lead to dryness. Dry fur is prone to frizz, mats, irritation and dandruff.


Dog Shampoo and Conditioners


A dog’s skin may become dry or irritated when using some shampoo brands. When this happens, bathing should be done less often or with a different type of shampoo. Organic variants containing oatmeal, essential oils and natural extracts from leaves are best for sensitive dogs. These even help with healing the skin of injured dogs. The use of conditioners can also help determine a dog’s bathing schedule. Some conditioners include ingredients which repel odor. They also provide a source of moisture from essential oils as a remedy to dryness. 


If you want to keep up with your dog’s bathing schedule but are simply too busy to do so, we can help. Our spa services include baths complete with a blow dry and brush out. We also offer a shed-less treatment, shed-less package and pawdicures. You can easily schedule an appointment for your dog by calling us at 513-860-DOGS.

Just like we do, dogs typically fall into various personality types. If you are like most people, you probably know someone who is reserved and quiet, someone who is the life of the party, and the quintessential overachiever who does whatever is required to enjoy success. Similarly, our furry friends fit into these five basic personality types as well. Knowing which one pertains to your dog can help you problem solve and get bad behaviors under control before they become problematic. 

1. The Confident Dog 

Confident dogs are natural born pack leaders. They are always ready to take charge of the situation and are typically team players. Confident dogs may also be dominant. Therefore, harsh training methods may cause them to exhibit aggressive tendencies or become stubborn. 

2. The Independent Dog 

Independent dogs are a bit cool toward humans and unless they see their owner as the leader, they are not likely to form a strong bond. Certain breeds are naturally independent, but still capable of bonding with a strong leader who is fair and patient. Such dogs need their space and are perfectly content away from the crowd. You will likely lose your independent dog's trust if you attempt to force him into activities in which he is not interested.

3. The Happy, Laid Back Dog 

Laid back, happy dogs are always ready to greet both strangers and people they know. They get along with other dogs and even cats, but may get into trouble by jumping up to greet people if they have not yet learned basic commands. Such dogs easily become excited, particularly around youngsters.

4. The Shy, Timid Dog

Timid, shy dogs require owners who are very patient, understanding and consistent. If you have this type of dog you must be sensitive to his or her feelings. Loud noises or sudden, uncomfortable situations typically scare such dogs. You will lose this type of dog's trust if you yell or use harsh training methods. Such dogs need exercise on a daily basis, as physical activity provides mental stimulation. Reward your shy dog with praise and treats for each success, as this type of dog loves to feel safe and secure and needs a substantial amount of reassurance.

5. The Adaptable Dog

The primary goal of an adaptable dog is to please its owner. This is the easiest type of dog to train. Although not quite as outgoing as the happy personality dog, the adaptable dog gets along well with people, other dogs and cats. He likes to view his owner as the leader and is content to follow commands. Affectionate, gentle and cooperative, the adaptable dog is easy to train and makes a good therapy dog or family pet.

Understanding your dog and his or her behaviors helps you avoid unnecessary confrontations during training sessions or when out in public. Knowing your dog's personality is an essential part of building a healthy relationship and strong bond that will last forever.

Why Early Socialization Is So Important!

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

Most dogs will venture out into the world with their owners on a regular basis. They will probably also assist in welcoming guests into the family home. Since they will do these things their whole lives, it's crucial they understand basic social etiquette from an early age. Good socialization training helps ensure their own happiness and safety, as well as the well-being of every animal and human with whom they come in contact.

Embrace The Challenge

Socialization can feel like an overwhelming responsibility as a pet parent. Rather than being anxious about it, embrace the opportunity to enrich your pup's experience. You will both be much happier for having put in the effort!

Without proper socialization, you risk your dog feeling anxiety or even exhibiting aggression when confronted with new people, animals or unfamiliar situations. This can make social interaction unnecessarily stressful and even dangerous. 

An anxious or aggressive pup is not a happy pup. Because you want the best life possible for your dog, invest the time when your dog is young to ensure their future health and happiness.

Socialization At Home

Exposure is one of the key ingredients to socialization. Find as many opportunities as possible to introduce your dog to other animals and people. Inviting friends and family over to visit and desensitizing your dog to the doorbell are all good ways to acclimate your pup to frequent guests at home. 

Repetition and consistency of expectations will help your dog learn what is acceptable in each situation. Using treats and praise, establish boundaries and help your dog understand the behavior you desire when guests arrive. Don't forget to "train" your guests, too. Think of them as teaching assistants, and let them know the specific goals you are working toward. 

Making Friends Out in the World

Out in the world, it's even more important that you maintain dominance and control over your pet. Going for walks on-leash and visiting off-leash dog parks are both tried-and-true methods to help with socialization. Your pup will be exposed to many new sights, smells and sounds, so keep an eye on body language and reactions. Their natural responses to social stimuli will help guide your approach in training and alert you to any areas of concern you need to focus on together.

Ensure you dog's basic understanding of commands such as sit, stay and come before turning him loose at the dog park. With all the excitement of a new environment and new friends to play with, your commands may not receive the full attention they do at home. Nevertheless, remain in control so your dog will continue to look to you for guidance and commands rather than simply running amok.

And if you're looking for a positive environment where you dog can socialize in a pack setting with others, be sure to take a look at our dog daycare program.


   


                                                 

Everyone's heard the saying "the more the merrier." However, plenty of people who have a dog and are thinking about getting another one question if that's actually true. If you're in this position, the good news is there are things you can do to help your dogs get along with each other. It's also worth noting that as pack animals, dogs are built to enjoy interacting and bonding. So whether your house is currently more divided than you would like or you're just worried about this becoming an issue in the future, here are several tips to help you out:

Start with Neutral Territory

If you're going to bring a new dog into your household, it's best if the initial meeting can take place on neutral territory. In fact, having a couple of these experiences away from your home is ideal. The best activity to do during this experience is to walk. By you walking one dog and another member of your household walking the other, both dogs will get to interact in a low-pressure setting.

Initial House Introduction

When you're ready for both dogs to meet in the house, it works best to bring the new dog first and then the other one. Although it may be tempting to keep the dogs leashed, that can actually cause more anxiety for them, which is why it's best to let them both off. As with the introduction on neutral territory, the ideal approach is to have several in-house meetings and gradually increase how long they last. 

Consider Crates

As your dogs start spending more time together, you'll want to watch for behaviors like guarding toys or food bowls. The same is true for play that consistently gets too rough. In addition to preventing any situations from getting overly tense, you may want to consider crates for your dogs. Even if you don't plan to restrict or sleep your dogs in the crates, having these designated spaces can help both of your dogs unwind whenever they feel like they need a little time to themselves.

An Easy Solution for Socializing Your Dog

The younger a pooch is when it's exposed to other dogs, the easier these situations will always be in the future. But even if a dog is older, socializing on a regular basis will help it feel comfortable around others. If you're looking for an easy way to provide your dog with this kind of experience, our doggie day care is the perfect option. Not only will your dog get to spend plenty of time around others, but it will get lots of exercise throughout the day and be taken care of by our very attentive team.


                                                      

As a dog owner, you want your pet to know just how much you love and appreciate it. While there's no shortage of cute and fun things you can purchase, your dog won't necessarily associate items like collars or toys with how much you love it. If you want to be sure that your gestures will be fully understood by your dog, we've got six different options you can use:

1. Pay Attention to Your Dog's Body Language

As humans, we associate hugs with positive emotions and feelings. However, there are many dogs who don't enjoy hugs at all. This is just one example of common human gestures that may not accurately translate to dogs. By paying close attention to how your dog reacts to different things you do, you'll be able to learn what to do more of and what to avoid.

2. Feeding By Hand

This action can take two different forms. You can actually feed your dog part or all of its meals by hand. This gesture can be especially useful for bonding with puppies, as it will help your dog identify you as the food provider. And even if feeding meals by hand isn't the right fit for your dog, giving treats in this way will definitely show your dog affection that it understands.

3. Ear Rubs

Of all the different ways that you can show your dog love, this may be the one that it likes the most. The reason is research has found that when dogs get ear rubs, nerves release a rush of endorphins that give dogs a type of natural euphoria. So even though your dog may drift into a bit of a trance, you can be confident that it's quite appreciative of this gesture from you.

4. Training with Positive Reinforcement

Dogs want to please their owners. Since this instinct is hardwired into them, training your dog and giving it plenty of positive reinforcement will make your pooch feel great about its relationship with you.

5. Say How You Feel

Even though the things humans do don't always translate to the language of dogs, recent research has shown that dogs can understand positive tones and words spoken by humans. This is why it's a great idea to sit down from time to time and tell your dog exactly how you feel about it.

6. How to Show Your Dog Love Even When You're Not Around

If you wish there was a way for your dog to feel loved and appreciated even when you aren't around, our dog day care can help. Instead of worrying that your dog is lonely because it's at home alone, your pet can enjoy everything that goes along with being in a positive environment complete with caring staff and other happy dogs.




Now that 2017 is officially here, you may be thinking about new things you want to try during the upcoming year. If you're trying to think of at least one thing you can do for both you and your dog, we have the perfect option for you to consider. 


The option we're talking about is doggie day care. Although this term may have sounded like some kind of joke in the not too distant past, it has become a very popular form of pet care. One of the many reasons it has become so popular is it's something that's beneficial for both dogs and their owners.


Understanding Doggie Day Care


As its name implies, doggie day care provides a way for dogs to be looked after during the day while their owners are at work. A big benefit of this type of care is the fact that dogs aren't left on their own. Instead, they get to be in a supervised environment where they're able to socialize with other dogs. Since they are pack animals, this is an experience that dogs like very much. That makes it much more stimulating than leaving a dog crated at home. 


Another area where dog day care shines is the fact that it's available for more than twelve hours a day. So instead of only getting exercised for an hour during the day by a walker, dogs are able to play for extended periods of time. Because this type of play is exactly what dogs need to burn their excess energy, it will result in them being very well behaved whenever they're at home. This type of consistent exercise also plays a key role in the long-term health of a dog.


Important Traits of a Dog Day Care


While the concept of dog Day Care is very appealing, it shouldn't come as a surprise that not all programs and facilities are created equal. As you start looking into programs, you'll want to first look for a facility that's clean. The reason this trait should be at the top of your list is if a program doesn't take cleanliness seriously, the likelihood of them providing a high level of care is slim.


The next traits you'll want to look for are experienced owners, attentive staff members, medical knowledge and resources, the ability to deal with different dog personalities and being able to give your dog its normal food. 


If you're looking for a doggie day care in Cincinnati, we encourage you to learn more about what Dog Day Every Day is all about. Not only do we take a lot of pride in the cleanliness of our facilities and how we run our day care program, but we're able to offer all of these benefits at very reasonable rates. So if you have any questions about our program or want to schedule a time to tour our facilities, don't hesitate to give us a call at 513-860-DOGS.