How to exercise your dog in the winter

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

Is your dog going stir crazy because it’s too cold outside to exercise? If you notice your dog is suddenly misbehaving, vying for your attention or is annoying the cat more than usual, then chances are she needs some exercise.

Easy exercises to do at home

One of the best ways to exercise your dog is by mental stimulation. These 52 tricks can be more tiresome than physical exercise for some dogs. Another favorite is the tennis ball and muffin tin game. This is as simple as putting low-calorie treats in a muffin tin (just a few) then covering them with tennis balls and letting your dog devise a way of uncovering each treat to their delight! In contrast to mental stimuli, get indoor exercise at home with the standard game of fetch using the stairs.

Fun indoor facilities for exercising your dog

A less common but fantastic way to exercise your dog in the winter is by visiting dog-friendly places near you. Even places like a pet store can be used for stimulation and walking around on a wintery day. Try enrolling your dog in some agility training classes at Queen City Dog Training Club. Not only will your dog learn more commands, but he’ll get plenty of exercise running through hoops and over obstacles.

Another excellent way to exercise your dog is at Positive Paws. Give your dog a therapeutic exercise regime in the aquatic treadmill or enroll in some affordable dog training classes. The aquatic treadmill is a great low-impact exercise for athletic dogs and even helps improve behavior issues. Always check with your veterinarian before starting them on a new exercise program.

If an under-water treadmill isn’t how your dog rolls, then a popular option is dog day care services. Here at Dog Day, Every Day! we offer a large, high energy stimulation space where your dog is supervised and learns to play with a pack. It’s easy to get started by enrolling online or calling us at 513-860-3647. Who knows, your cat may even thank you, too!

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Simple cold weather tips for dogs

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

Even though we’d all appreciate warmer weather, we do love seeing all the cute and creative winter wear on canines this time of year! Seeing your pups covered up so lovingly brings warmth to our hearts, knowing they are being cared for. Because we care for your dogs too, we wanted to share some simple cold weather tips for dogs.

Observe your dog in cold weather

Every dog is different and we’re sure you’d agree yours is no exception. It’s not as simple as taking the temperature into consideration when deciding how long to keep your dog outside. The wind chill factor and if it’s wet, icy or snowy matters, too. Another factor is your dog. Is he a puppy or elderly? Does she have any health conditions to consider?

Arthritis and hip dysplasia are worse in cold weather for dogs, too. Is your dog large with thick hair or is she a small, short-haired cutie? Here’s a more detailed guide created by a veterinarian with tips for how long each breed should typically be outside. If you notice your dog shivering, limping, raising a paw or just plain too stubborn to stay outside, then it’s a solid sign they’re too cold.

Winter paw care

We’d prefer to prevent any signs of discomfort for our furry ones so it’s best to keep their nails trimmed. This will keep their paw pads from spreading further apart during walks, thereby preventing more salt and snow from creeping into the crevices. Furthermore, dogs lose a lot of heat through their paws so keeping them snug as a bug will help. In addition, it’s best to keep excess paw hair trimmed. Long hair between paw pads collect more salt and ice. Just imagine ice balls forming between your toes! Make your life easier with professional spa paw care at Dog Day, Every Day!

If your dog won’t walk in or keep those adorable booties on, a great alternative is using a balm for their paws. This helps keep the heat in and helps keep their paw pads from cracking.Also, be sure to wipe their paws with a warm cloth after every walk so they don’t ingest salt meant to treat the sidewalks.

Above all, be proactive and observant when it comes to cold weather and your pets. If you prefer to skip the cold winter walks, enroll him or her at Dog Day, Every Day! for plenty of stimulation and exercise. Call 513-860-DOGS and we’ll warm their hearts with love and attention!

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Top 10 Practical Dog Products

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

We love all things dog, including products that make ours and our dog’s lives easier!We sniffed out the top 10 practical dog products that do just that. From better breath to training and mental stimulation, these products will unquestionably come in handy.

Practical dog training and tracking products

The DOTT Smart Dog Tag has you covered. If your dog gets lost, you report it to DOTT and an in-app auto-tracking system is enabled.

When it comes to training, managing the training treats and calorie intake is taken care of with a just lick of Leanlix. From flavors such as PB & J Time to Bark-B-Q, your dog will be begging for the next training session.

Dog products for cleanliness

OH Bowl tackles oral health during feeding time.When your furbaby licks the bowl clean, rubber tips along the bottom remove bacteria and freshen her breath, making hereven more kissable!

When you find the inevitable mess on the carpet, you need apet-safe cleaner that eliminates tough stains. Bac-Out uses essential oils and citrus extracts to remove odors, too.

Practical wearables for your dog

For those scorching summer days, the Swamp Cooler will keep your best friend from getting heat exhaustion. This is a cooling, reflective vest when it feels like 150 degrees outside.

If you thought that was cool, check out the fast drying, microfiber,Snuggly Dog Towel. A towel that doesn’t shake off easily, saving your furniture from getting a bath, too.

Fun and practical tools for exercising your dog

Playing fetch doesn’t have to be just for your dog. You can feel like a child again with the OxGord Bazooka Ball Dog Toy. Better yet, it can encourage your child to get off the screens and into the yard while exercising your furbaby, too!

Have two dogs and love walking them but always juggling your phone, keys and doggie bags? The Double Fozzy Dog Leash is the perfect fix! This holds all your belongings perfectly so you can enjoy the walk as much as your dogs do.

Practical Potty Tools

For dogs that try winning the Guinness Book of World Records for holding their need to pee the longest when it’s raining this is the ultimate solution. The LesyPet Dog Umbrella Leash will keep your furbaby safe from raindrops and you won’t have to share yours and get all wet either.

Our favorite practical dog product because it’s a two for one AND fits in with your home décor is the Merry Pet 2-in-1 Configurable Pet Crate n' Gate. This beauty can be used as a dog crate or a gate, keeping your dog from spoiling where he shouldn’t be when you’re not home.

We love all these products but think our services at Dog Day, Every Day! is the most practical of all! Our open play spaces are conducive to high energy stimulation and they learn dog manners all at once!

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Posted by Dawn Donaldson

It’s easy to know what our dogs want for the holidays, but is it easy to know what gifts he would buy for you if he could? We asked people if your dog could shop, what holiday gifts do you think you’d receive. Here are some of our favorite answers!

1. TOYS! This is by far the most popular answer. Your dog might enjoy a tennis ball while others like stuffed toys or ropes. So it’s easy to imagine what brings Fido joy would bring us joy, coming from his eyes. Playing with toys means quality time with us, so it’s not that far-fetched that toys would be the perfect gift for human and canine alike.

2. New walking/running shoes Chances are your dog loves to take walks or run with you, and has probably heard you complain about your feet or back hurting after walking. It makes great sense that we heard this answer fairly often.

3. Big Fluffy Blanket Most dogs love to curl up on a big furry blanket but even more so, they love to curl up on one with you! What better gift than one that inspires more cuddle time and a comfy place to roll over for those belly rubs, right?

4. Lottery Ticket Another gift idea we might receive from our four-legged best friends and that we absolutely loved was a lottery ticket. Just think, if it was a winning ticket and you quit your job to travel endlessly, your dog wins, too! Endless exploration and adventure? Meeting new friends across the globe? Spending every day, ALL day with her BFF in the whole world? Wolf, wolf, wolf!!!

5. Most Creative This brings us to our most favorite suggestion of all because this survey participant really thought out of the box. Drum roll, please? How about pots and pans with holes in the bottom of them? Every time chef Mom or Dad cooks, guess who gets to be right by his or her side in the kitchen, helping to clean up!

We think it’s safe to say Fido would be a very thoughtful giver of gifts if he could! This calls for a thoughtful gift in return, of course. A day being pampered by your dog’s friends at Dog Day, Every Day! makes for a perfect gift! Contact us today to schedule your appointment!

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