Why Don't Dogs Like Mail Carriers?

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

Although dogs can have very different personalities from each other, one trait that seems to exist across pups of all sizes and breeds is they really don’t like mailmen. If you’ve always wondered exactly what mail delivery professionals ever did to get on the wrong side of dogs, we’ve got the answer for you:


Intruding on a Dog’s Turf


The issue starts with the fact that dogs view their surroundings as their property. So when a mailman or other service provider shows up, dogs are already inclined to bark as a way to signal an alert. Some breeds are passive about this behavior, while others are more active. One thing to keep in mind is even if a dog seems angry, it’s likely that there’s fear underlying their behavior. The reason this behavior is so universal across dogs is it dates all the way back to their lineage as pack animals in the wild.


The “Intruder” Keeps Coming Back


Another factor that plays a big role in this behavior is the almost daily nature of a mailman showing up reinforces what a dog is doing. First the mailman comes, then your dog barks. In your pet’s mind, that causes the mailman to leave, which provides your pup with a sense of relief. Since your dog feels like it’s accomplishing exactly what it wants, the cycle keeps on repeating.


Dogs Get Hooked on the Release of Brain Chemicals


When a dog feels angry or scared, a number of different chemicals are released in its brain. Adrenaline is one of the key chemicals that gets released. Because it’s so powerful, the experience it creates for a dog can be quite addictive. This is another big factor that plays into the reinforcing cycle of dogs wanting to bark at a mailman every single time they come.


How to Deal with Your Dog’s Habit of Barking at the Mailman


By now, you’ve probably got a pretty good idea of exactly why this type of barking becomes habitual for so many different dogs. Because it’s something that occurs so frequently, it reaches the point where it almost becomes a reflex for a dog. This is why a pup can launch into barking a ton at the mailman without thinking twice.


While it can take some time to change this behavior, the good news is there are ways to help your dog calm down. One of the most important is getting plenty of physical exercises. If this is a challenge due to how much you work, the fun and caring environment we've created at Dog Day Every Day may be just what's needed!

Because February is National Pet Dental Health Month and we want to help spread awareness about this topic, we’re going to share 8 reasons why it's very important to take care of dog’s teeth:


1. Healthy teeth mean your dog is going to have better breath and can give you pup kisses without a bad smell.


2. It’s possible for dogs to have retained baby teeth. It’s also common for these type of teeth to cause problems. The issue that arises is some of a dog’s adult teeth come in before all of their baby teeth fall out. The complications this can lead to include tartar buildup and gum irritation.


3. Dental disease doesn’t only affect a dog’s health. It can also result in long-term problems with major organs, including the heart.


4. One of the reasons it’s so important to spread awareness about this issue is 80% of dogs over the age of 3 years have some form of periodontal disease. Plaque buildup is a leading cause of this type of disease, which is why it’s crucial to get regular checkups and cleanings from a dental health professional.


5. Since oral health is a reflection of a pet’s overall health, staying on top of this issue can help protect your dog from a variety of other potential health problems.


6. Dogs are quite good at hiding pain. This can be true for issues with their teeth. So you can’t depend on your pet to give any hints that there’s a problem with its teeth. Instead, you need regular dental checkups to spot any potential or existing problems.


7. It is possible for dogs to lose their adult teeth as a result of oral health issues. Since losing teeth can be painful and cause health problems, it’s not something you want your pet to experience.


8. Even if a dog doesn’t lose its teeth, they can wear out. Dogs often put a lot of strain on their teeth. Having a relationship with an experienced dental professional will allow this issue to be addressed before it becomes a major problem.


Tips for Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth


The best starting point for taking care of your dog’s teeth is to collaborate with your vet. Once that process is on the right track, you can support those efforts by regularly brushing your dog’s teeth at home. It’s important to get a toothbrush designed specifically for pups.


A double-headed brush is a great choice because it will allow you to brush at a forty-five-degree angle and clean below your pet's gum line. You’ll also want to be sure to only use a toothpaste made specifically for dogs, as the fluoride found in almost all human toothpaste, can actually be very toxic to pets.


By making dental care a priority for your dog, you can ensure it stays very happy and healthy    

Does Your Dog Get Hot Spots?

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

It's fairly common for dogs to regularly lick specific areas of their body. Although that behavior isn't problematic on its own, you should keep an eye out for licking that progresses to biting or excessive scratching. When a dog starts doing that, it can cause the upper layer of the skin to get infected. The scientific name for this infection is pyotraumatic dermatitis, but it's more commonly referred to as a hot spot.

Understanding the Causes of Hot Spots

A dog usually won't start biting or scratching parts of its body for no reason. Instead, this behavior generally starts with an insect bite, allergic reaction or other issue that causes itching. In an attempt to get rid of the itch, a dog will begin by licking the area. When that fails to provide relief, a dog will take more aggressive actions like biting or scratching. The unfortunate reality is instead of getting rid of the itch, this approach only makes the problem worse. A dog can easily end up with spots of skin that are red and raw.

Two of the most common areas for dogs to develop hot spots are their rear ends and behind their ears. The first location generally stems from flea-allergy dermatitis, while the second can happen if a dog has an unaddressed ear infection. Dogs with longer coats are most at risk of developing hot spots. This condition is also most likely to occur during the hottest and most humid times of the year.

How to Help Your Dog with a Hot Spot

If you ever notice that your dog is starting to scratch or bite part of its body a lot, you'll want to take a closer look at that spot. What you see can range from a mild irritation to skin that's completely raw. For a hot spot that falls into the mild irritation category, you may be able to help your dog by using a natural cream.

With hot spots that are already raw or one that continues to get worse, the best course of action is to visit your vet. There are two significant ways that your vet will be able to help with a hot spot. The first is accurately identifying the underlying cause. Not only will this help to break the itch-scratch cycle, but it will also help to minimize the likelihood of a hot spot coming back.

The other way your vet will be able to help is by assessing the hot spot and preventing or treating any infection. Depending on the severity of the hot spot, a vet may utilize anti-inflammatory medications, topical antiseptics or a local treatment for the wound. Options like a T-shirt or e-collar may also be used to prevent further irritation to the hot spot so that it has an opportunity to heal.

Important Winter Care Tips for Your Dog

Posted by Dawn Donaldson


It's true that dogs have a much more robust natural coat than humans. However, that doesn't mean dogs can handle the really cold temperatures we experience in Cincinnati without any help. Because domestic dogs are used to being taken care of by their owners, the same applies during the winter.

The good news is by knowing a few essential winter care tips, you'll be able to keep your pup happy and healthy through even the worst winter days. So with that in mind, let's take a look at exactly what your dog needs from you when the temperature drops really low:

1. Grooming

Dry skin and flaky coats are common issues during the winter. You can help your dog by using a moisturizing shampoo and limiting the number of bathes it gets during the winter months. Frequent brushing is also a great way to get rid of skin flakes and stimulate good skin circulation.

2. Cold Weather Gear

A good rule of thumb is if it's too cold for you to go out without some type of coat, the same is true for your dog. It's worth looking into different coat and sweater options for your pup. You should also see if any protective footwear options make sense for your dog.

3. Walks

You may ultimately decide that booties aren't the right fit for your dog. If that's the case, there are also cream products that can create a protective barrier on your dog's feet during walks. You'll want to check your dog's feet when you get home and clean off any debris. As you're out for a walk, be sure to keep an eye out for anti-freeze or other chemicals on the ground. And if your dog is whining or showing other signs of anxiety, it probably means it's just too cold that day for a walk.

4. Winter Safety

In addition to avoiding chemicals that may spill on the sidewalk, don't ever leave your dog alone in the car. While this warning is more common during the summer, the extreme temperatures of winter can be just as dangerous. And if you have extra devices like space heaters plugged in around your home, make sure your dog can't get to the extension cords or any hot surfaces.

5. Hydration

Just as the winter is still a dangerous time to be alone in a car, it's possible for dogs to get dehydrated during the colder months. Make sure your dog always has a clean bowl of fresh water easily available.

By keeping those five tips in mind, you'll be able to help your dog manage the cold weather of winter. And if you're looking for a place where you dog can still have lots of fun even when the weather is bad, be sure to take a look at our doggie daycare.

Whether it's to celebrate the holiday season or kick off a new year at the start of 2018, donating to your local Cincinnati shelter is a great way to help dogs that are in need. Since there are actually a variety of different ways that you can donate to a shelter, Dog Day Every Day wants to cover six of them right now:

1. Time

Animal shelters rely on help from volunteers to carry out their mission. Even if you only have a few hours a week, donating this time to a Cincinnati shelter will have a positive impact. You can easily contact a shelter to learn more about the type of help they need.

2. Skills

There's no question that shelters need lots of help with tasks like cleaning and taking care of all the dogs. But they also need assistance with more specialized tasks. If you have a skill, chances are good that a shelter will benefit from you donating it. This can be anything from photography to accounting to online marketing.

3. Items

Most shelters are very appreciative of getting donations of both new and gently-used items. Wish lists often include water & food bowls, toys, leashes, collars, brushes, beds and blankets. Shelters also need a variety of cleaning supplies. Don't hesitate to get in touch with a shelter and ask them which items they currently need the most.

4. Food

Given all the animals that occupy a shelter, it shouldn't come as a surprise that they consume a lot of food. If you have a way to obtain or purchase animal food in bulk, a shelter will be able to put this donation to good use right away. The same is true for cat litter. It's worth noting that many smaller pet food brands offer donation programs where they will match the amount of food you donate pound for pound.

5. Awareness

Shelters in Cincinnati do an incredible amount of positive work for local animals. With everything going on in the world, it's easy to forget about that impact. One way you can help with this issue is by spreading awareness. This donation can be as simple as using your social media profiles or as elaborate as organizing a fundraising event for a specific shelter.

6. Money

While we've already covered five different ways to donate, no list about this topic would be complete without mentioning money. Shelters definitely need financial support, so if that's what works best for you to donate, don't hesitate to do so!

Games like fetch can be a lot of fun to play with your dog. And while it's unlikely that your pup will get tired of these types of games, there may be times when you want to play something else. When that happens, both you and your dog will have a lot of fun trying out any of these five games:

1. Hunt for Treasure

You can start out simple by telling your dog to sit and then hiding a treat somewhere obvious. You can let your dog watch as you hide the treat. Once it's hidden, instruct your dog to go find it. When your dog tracks the treasure down, offer a big reward. As your dog gets better at this game, you can hide the treat without letting it watch. You can also use cardboard boxes to increase the difficulty.

2. Stacking Rings

If you want to invest time in a game that's going to take awhile for your dog to master, this one is perfect. The only thing you'll need are wooden rings that are the right size for your dog's mouth. Avoid plastic rings as your dog will be able to bite through them. The goal is to teach your dog how to gather the rings and then stack them on top of a stake.

3. New Trick

Even old dogs can definitely learn new tricks. And whenever you want to teach your dog some kind of new trick, it's an experience that you can easily turn into a really fun game. Another option is to play with your dog by having it cycle through all of the different tricks that it already knows.

4. Naming Toys

Did you know that dogs are very good at learning different words, including names for items? You can enjoy a really fun game around this ability of your pet. The main thing to keep in mind is it will require a lot of repetition. By focusing on one toy at a time, your dog will learn its name. You can build up to multiple toys, and then enjoy having your dog grab the right one each time you say the name.

5. Red Light Green Light

Not only is teaching your dog this game a fun experience, but it's something you'll be able to use in the future to help with your dog's impulse control.

We hope you have a ton of fun playing these games with your dog. And if you're away from home but want to make sure your pup is still able to have a great day, our doggie daycare is the perfect option!

7 Foods You Should Never Feed Your Dog

Posted by Dawn Donaldson



Since you want to take great care of your dog and provide it with the highest quality of life, we want to share seven foods that you should avoid ever feeding to your dog:

1. Chocolate

Although most dog owners already know that chocolate is bad for pets, we wanted to include it as a reminder. Since chocolate treats are especially common during the holiday season, always be careful to keep any of these items around your home fully out of reach of your dog.

2. Chewing Gum

While there's a lot of awareness about not letting dogs eat chocolate, many people aren't aware of the dangers that chewing gum presents. The issue with this item is it contains xylitoyl. This substance is also the reason why you should never let your dog use any dental products that are made for humans. In the event your dog ever eats chewing gum, it's important to go to an emergency vet right away.

3. Bulb Plants

This category include flowers like tulips and daffodils, as well as vegetables like shallots and onions. The good news is most bulb plants aren't immediately poisonous to dogs. But very high doses or long-term consumption can cause red blood cell damage, which is why you'll want to keep your dog away from plant that falls in this category.

4. Coffee

The chemical that makes chocolate very dangerous to dogs is Theobromine. What makes this chemical so problematic is how similar it is to caffeine. Because coffee is highly concentrated with caffeine, it's important to keep beans, brewed drinks and other any other forms of coffee away from your dog. This rule applies to all forms of caffeinated beverages.

5. Raisins and Grapes

As of now, scientists aren't aware of exactly what makes grapes poisonous to dogs. However, there's no question that this fruit can be quite toxic to them. Be sure your dog isn't ever within reach of a bowl of grapes or raisins. In the event that a dog does eat this fruit, prompt treatment by a vet can protect the dog's kidneys.

6. Mushrooms

Not all mushrooms are dangerous to dogs. The challenge is it's very hard to tell the harmless ones from those that are highly toxic. As a result, it's best to keep your dog away from any type of mushroom.

7. Avocados

While this food may come as a surprise, there are actually two dangers with avocados. In addition to the pit posing a choking danger, avocado can cause heart damage in dogs.

Avoiding the seven foods we covered above will help keep your dog safe. In addition to feeding your pup a healthy diet, regular exercise will also play a big role in its overall wellness. A great option for keeping your dog active is to bring it to dog day care in Cincinnati.

Preparing Your Pet for Thanksgiving

Posted by Dawn Donaldson


Thanksgiving is a really fun holiday. Not only do you get to eat delicious food, but you also get to spend quality time with loved ones. Whether you're hosting Thanksgiving at your home or traveling to be with family members, we want to share some tips for ensuring your dog enjoys this day as well:

Preparing Your Dog to Host Thanksgiving

How you prepare for hosting guests during Thanksgiving will depend on your dog's personality. If your dog enjoys being around people, you may not need to do much to get your pet ready. But if your dog is generally only comfortable with people it knows well, you'll want to think about how you can create a positive environment for your pup.

Some dogs get anxious when new people enter their home. Other dogs are triggered by certain sounds like the doorbell. Being aware of a specific trigger like your doorbell and then politely letting your guests know not to ring it can help your pet a lot.

If any of your guests are going to stay with you for several days, find a time that you can supervise them interacting with your dog. This will help your pup feel at ease by knowing a guest is definitely welcome.

There are two other tips that will help your dog a lot. The first is ensuring your pet gets plenty of exercise. Going for some extra walks during the Thanksgiving holiday will prevent your dog from having excess energy. The other tip is to keep your dog from eating a bunch of table scraps. Sticking with your pet's normal food and treats will prevent digestive issues. 

Safely Traveling with Your Dog for Thanksgiving

Going on a Thanksgiving road trip with your dog can be a wonderful experience. To ensure your dog is safe on the road, be sure to bring along a crate or travel bag. This will also provide a secure space where your pet can comfortably sleep while you're staying at someone else's home.

Any road trip over a couple of hours should include at least one potty break, so be sure to give yourself extra time in your driving schedule. You'll also want to bring plenty of baggies to clean up after your dog during your time away. Bring water in your car, along with enough food to last the entire trip. It's also a good idea to bring along your dog's vaccination card.

Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season can make your schedule especially busy. If you need time to get things done and want to be sure that your dog isn't bored at home, our dog day care is an excellent option.

Helping Your Dog Lose Weight

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

Pets can look quite cute when they're carrying around extra weight. However, that doesn't mean this condition is good for their health. The reality is that dogs who are overweight face an increased risk of multiple health problems. And because more than half of all pets across the United States fall into the category of being overweight, it's an issue that deserves plenty of attention.

The Ideal Weight for Dogs

How much a dog should weigh will depend on its breed and size. While you can use a dog's ribs to gauge if it's overweight, underweight or about right, a more accurate way to assess your pet's weight is by discussing this issue with your vet. If your dog is currently overweight, a vet will be able to tell you exactly how much weight your pet should lose.

3 Ways to Help Your Dog Slim Down

Once you know the target weight for your dog, there are several different ways to help your pet reach it. The first is to take a long look at what you're feeding your dog, as well as how much you're feeding. Many big brand dog foods have a lot of fillers, additives and preservatives. Those ingredients can result in your dog consuming a lot of empty calories on a daily basis. They also take away from the overall nutritional value of food. If you discover that your dog's food falls into this category, it's time to look for a better option.

You'll also want to take time in gradually transitioning your dog from its old food to the new one. And once the transition is complete, be sure that you're feeding the right amount each day. Even high-quality food can cause a dog to gain weight if it's eating too much of it. The next way to help your dog slim down is by reducing treats. As with food, it's also a good idea to review the type of treats your dog gets and stick to ones that have some nutritional value.

Last but certainly not least is to help your dog be active on a daily basis. Some breeds may only require 20 to 30 minutes of activity a day to get in much better shape. The key is to be consistent! Since this is often a challenge for people with busy jobs, consider doggie daycare for your pet. When you bring your dog to us, you can count on your dog getting plenty of fun physical activity throughout the day!

October is Adopt a Dog Month

Posted by Dawn Donaldson


If you've been thinking about adopting a dog, October is the perfect opportunity to make this decision official. Not only will bringing a dog into your home this fall make the holiday season even more memorable, but October is actually Adopt a Dog Month. Since there are a lot of great things about adopting a dog, we want to use this post to highlight five of them:

1. Save a Life

The sad reality of pet overpopulation in the United States is that 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized every year. By making the decision to adopt a dog, you are giving that special animal the opportunity to live a full and happy life.

2. Start a Wonderful Journey

Having a pet is a very special experience. You'll be able to bond with your dog in all kinds of ways. Whether you live alone or have a family, the dog you adopt will become a central part of your daily life. From playing outside to hanging around the house, you'll be able to enjoy countless fun experiences with your pet.

3. Adoption is Affordable

Bringing a dog into your life is a financial commitment. However, it's a financial commitment that's completely manageable. And when you go the route of adopting, you won't have to worry about an overwhelming upfront cost. Shelters want dogs to find homes, which is why they work very hard to make this process a smooth transition for people adopting. Not only do shelters do a great job of keeping adopting costs down, but this fee typically includes spaying/neutering, first vaccinations and potentially even microchipping.

4. Lots of Benefits to Having a Dog

We mentioned above that bringing a dog home is an opportunity to save a life and the start of a wonderful journey. While you can give a dog a lot by adopting it, you'll also get so much from having a pet in your life. Studies have found that dogs provide numerous emotional and physical benefits to their owners. Whether it's having a reason to exercise more often or enjoying the stress-reducing effects that pets have, your dog will always be there for you.

5. Gift That Keeps Giving

When you adopt a dog from a shelter, you are freeing up valuable housing space that will allow the shelter to bring in another dog in need. Seeing the great experience you have after adopting may inspire others to do the same, which will continue the cycle of helping dogs that need it the most.

If you have any questions about local shelters or bringing your newly adopted dog to our daycare, don't hesitate to get in touch with us by calling 513-860-DOGS.