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

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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.

Why Dogs Smell Just About Everything

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

Although smells can trigger a variety of memories and feelings in humans, dogs' incredible sense of smell is something else entirely. Of the five different senses that dogs have, smell is the one they rely on the most. Depending on the breed, dogs have anywhere from 125 to 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses. To put that in perspective, humans only have 5 million. The presence of so many more of these receptors means they can pick up far more information from smells than humans.


Dogs Use Their Noses to See the World


The best way to put yourself in the shoes of a dog is to think of how you visually process information. When you see a table with several items on it, you can identify each of those items. But when you smell dinner cooking, the scent you pick up is a mixture of all the ingredients. For dogs, their strong noses means they process all the individual components in a scent. Being able to pick out all these different things is why dogs want to smell everything and often spend quite a bit of time doing so.


Given that dogs are mostly farsighted, have less binocular vision, less ability to perceive depth and limited color vision, being able to process such rich information through smell is essential for a dog to make sense of the world around it.


Why Are Dogs So Drawn to Bad Smells?


Just about every dog owner has wondered why their pet seems so drawn to the worst smelling items during a walk. According to experts, this behavior has roots that go far back to before dogs were pets. Finding something smelly and then rolling in it was a way for dogs to mask their scent and become better hunters.


As far as why dogs want to stick their noses right up against other pups, this is all about finding out lots of information. This sniffing allows dogs to learn age, gender, mood and current health. Dogs are even able to get all this information simply by smelling a spot where another dog previously peed.


Let Your Dog Have a Blast Sniffing All Around


If you want your dog to have fun and stay busy smelling around while you're away at work, our Cincinnati doggy day care services in provide a positive and safe environment for dogs to explore their natural instinct as pack animals. Your dog will get to socialize and put its nose to good use in large, open play spaces that are conducive to both high energy stimulation and quiet play. Take a look at our dog day care rates and call us at 513-860-DOGS with any additional questions.


If you're looking for a place where you can sit outside and enjoy the fall weather with your dog, we've put together a list of the ten best dog-friendly patios in Cincinnati:


Taqueria Mercado - 100 E 8th St


Bring your dog and enjoy Happy Hour margaritas on the patio from 3-6PM during the week. If you stay for dinner, you can count on big portions and plenty of salad, pico, sour cream, rice and beans.


BLOC Coffee Company - 3101 Price Ave


Well-done espresso drinks and great coffee. One of the best chai lattes in Cincinnati. They also offer delightful desserts like mini cheesecakes and macaroons.


Northside Yacht Club - 4227 Spring Grove Ave


If you are looking for a different, low key, "wear whatever you want to" brunch, this is a great choice. Expect a relaxed vibe with a short but tasty brunch menu selection. Wings, poutine and the Hawt Mess are a few Northside Yacht Club favorites.


College Hill Coffee Company and Casual Gourmet - 6128 Hamilton Ave


They have great coffee and tea, a good food menu for all tastes and a great atmosphere. They also have a retail area that includes lots of goodies for dogs.


Suzie Wong’s - 1544 Madison Rd


Notable dishes include Bangkok coconut curry, mandarin orange chicken and Singapore noodle. There are quite a few vegetarian options on the menu, and you can count on the staff to be super friendly and attentive.


Landlocked Social House - 648 E McMillan St


A lot of places advertise "craft beer," but Landlocked truly delivers. They're also known for serving delicious coffee and tasty Umami Bites.


Keystone Bar and Grill - 3384 Erie Ave


They have a pretty wide selection of drinks, ranging from beers to cocktails. You can't go wrong with favorites like their mac & cheese. The staff is great and will be happy to bring a bowl of water to the patio for your dog.


M5 Espresso - 2717 Erie Ave


The coffee here is second to none. There is enough variety for everyone to enjoy without compromising the quality of their coffee. Try an espresso macchiato, Americano, iced Americano or an iced latte.


Wurst Bar in the Square - 3204 Linwood Ave


Located in Mt. Lookout Square, Wurst Bar pays homage to two traditional German Cincinnati favorites: beer and sausage. Their sausage dishes include The Roonie, Hans Gruber and The Cuban Missile, all of which are served with a side of waffle fries.


Higher Gravity - 4106 Hamilton Ave


Their specialty is craft beer. Tons of beer on tap as well as a huge canned/bottled selection. You can even enjoy packaged beer that is priced for carry out.


If you have any other favorite dog-friendly patios in Cincinnati, be sure to let us know by leaving a comment!

Why Dogs May Be Fearful of Hats

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

       


Barking is part of the way that dogs communicate. Even a very well-behaved dog is likely to bark a little from time to time. While a few yaps probably aren't going to get your attention, what will is if your dog suddenly starts repeatedly barking at someone. This behavior can be especially surprising if your dog has seen that person before.


So, what exactly can make a well-behaved and friendly dog suddenly act this way? In many cases, the answer may be a hat. Although that answer sounds surprising at first, it makes a lot of sense once you have the full explanation. Keep reading to learn exactly why this happens, as well as if there's anything you can do to help your dog.


The Link Between Hats and Fear in Dogs


If someone you know usually doesn't wear a baseball cap, it may take you a moment to recognize them if you unexpectedly run into them when they are wearing one. This is the same type of basic experience a dog can have if they encounter someone with any type of hat. However, since dogs have their own way of processing information, there are some important differences to note. The most significant is this accessory can alter the natural human silhouette that dogs are used to seeing.


That's why this reaction can also occur when someone is wearing sunglasses, a backpack or carrying an umbrella. For many dogs, large items like strollers can also trigger this type of fear reaction. So if you've ever wondered why so many different dogs have negative reactions to mailmen, the combination of these factors plays a very big role.


Helping Your Dog to Be Less Fearful of Hats


Now that we've gotten to the bottom of why your dog may have this reaction, you're probably wondering if there's anything you can do about it. The good news is there are steps you can take to help your dog. The key to combating fear is creating a positive association for your dog. So an easy first step is to calmly put on a hat on at home and then give your dog treats to show it that everything is fine.


Once you've laid that foundation, you can enlist help from friends or family members to do the same thing. Through plenty of repetition, you'll begin to notice that your dog stops having such a strong reaction to people wearing a hat. If your dog also reacts to any of the other items we covered, you can use this same strategy to help your pooch.


If you're looking for a safe and engaging environment where your dog can enjoy all kinds of positive socialization, be sure to take a look at our doggy daycare.

8 Dog-Friendly Spots in Cincinnati

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

         


There are a lot of things that make Cincinnati such a great city to call home. One of those things is just how many awesome places there are where you can go with your dog. Since it's easy to forget about just how many different options are available, we want to highlight eight of the best:


1. Kathryn Stagge-Marr Community Park


Located on the East side of town in Clermont County, this lovely park offers a total of 82 acres that you and your doggy can enjoy exploring together.


2. Otto Armleder Dog Park


This fenced dog park spans a total of 10 acres. It has two large sections on either side, and a smaller section in the middle for small breeds and puppies. There are benches for owners to sit down on, as well as water spouts for dogs to keep cool.


3. Winton Woods


Your dog will definitely enjoy the chance to join you on-leash at this lovely, paved woodland trail around the lake. The address to put in your GPS for this park is 10245 Winton Road.


4. Mt. Airy Forest Dog Park


In addition to the dog park providing a big area for dogs to romp around in, there are also several miles of trails in Mt. Airy Forest where you can enjoy a walk or run with your dog.


5. Sharon Woods Park


Although pets aren't permitted in the park's playground, you can enjoy walking your dog on its leash through the park's trails, which include wooded and lakeside areas.


6. Washington Park Dog Park


With 12,000 square feet of fully-fenced play space, your dog can enjoy splashing in the creek, exploring the large boulders and getting a refreshing drink from the water fountain.


7. Smale Riverfront Park


As long as you keep your dog on its leash, both of you will be able to fully enjoy the park's trails, labyrinth, gardens, fountains and esplanade.


8. Dog Day, Every Day!


There are probably times such as going to work when you would like to have your dog with you but aren't able to. The best solution for these occasions is our dog daycare. With daily rates that