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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HOLIDAY GIFTS FROM FIDO, TO YOU!

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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Woman feeding her dog a treat. Dog Day Logo. Teach Your Dog Table Manners The Easy Way!

The holidays are here again!  A time of joy, gratefulness, and food! Quite possibly, your dog’s favorite season.  Hence why we thought this would be a good time to teach your dog table manners the easy way! I mean, we wouldn’t want a rendition of last year when Rufus nearly broke Grandma’s hip while making the 50-yard leap for the turkey dinner you just put on the beautifully set table, right? Maybe this has never happened to you (something to add to your grateful list), but let’s make sure it never does with these easy tips!

To teach your dog table manners, bring on your leadership skills! These include patience, good vibes, confidence, and consistency!  When we lose our patience and yell at our dog we might as well have a neon sign on our forehead that flashes, “I’m not your leader!”  Our dog senses our lack of control and thinks this means that actually, they are clearly the leader. If yelling has seemed to work in the past, they were more than likely just confused and scared of you. Neither of which leads to long-term improvement in their table manners. Therefore, it’s important to approach them as a calm but strong, confident but kind, and patient but consistent leader. This is also when our dog is most ready to please us. So, have some fun with it!

Proper table manners start with teaching effective commands like “leave it”.

1.    Get your dog in a standard sit and stay position. 

2.    Take a mini training treat in your hand and relax your arm by your side. 

3.    When your dog starts to move toward your hand pull your hand up and, in a calm, but confident manner, say “No, leave it.”

4.    Repeat.

5.    (Enter patience).

6.    Do this until your dog hesitates, even just a millisecond, and immediately reward him with the treat while you say “Good, leave it!” in an excited voice.  By consistently repeating the command you are reinforcing it and associating it with a reward.

7.    Repeat this process gradually, increasing the amount of time he hesitates each time before rewarding him.

Do this at least ten minutes, twice a day for a week or two. Then you can decrease it to once a day.  This is likely to become your favorite command since you can use it in so many ways, besides just table manners. It can even save your dog’s life in some situations! 

Lastly, the day your guests arrive carve out time for your pooch to exercise before-hand.  They will be more likely to show off their new table manners when guests arrive if you take them on a new trail or include short sprints of jogging mixed in with the walk!  We here at Dog Day, Every Day! can help make sure your dog is properly stimulated the days preceding the holiday with our fun doggie daycare services.   Just call 513-860-DOGS (3647) or enroll here!  Happy tails!

4 Unique Ways Dogs Make Us Happy

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

Woman holding her pug in the air. Dog Day Every Day Logo. 4 Unique Ways Dogs Make Us Happy

Happiness comes in many forms, but few things make us happy in ways man's best friend does. There are many ways a dog makes us happy, but in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we wanted to take a moment to be thankful for four unique and less obvious ways dogs make us happy.

  1. Dogs help us save money. If we don’t have a dog at home we tend to go out more often.  This can mean dining out more, which leads to spending more money. In contrast, if we have a dog, our outings naturally decrease. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2017 the average American spent $3,365 on dining out and $3,203 on entertainment.   While a dog costs money too, they don’t typically cost over $6,000 a year. So in a way, this means a dog brings us a greater return on our investment in them!
  2. Our dogs channel our inner happiness. Coming home after a stressful day without a dog to greet us makes it harder to destress.  Rather, if we have a happy, full-on tail wagging dog at our feet we can’t help but lighten up as we begin to engage and play with them.  Dogs remind us to bring out our inner child and lighten up a little.  This helps us tap into our creativity too!  It seems creativity and channeling our inner child always equals happiness.
  3. Dogs can teach us healthy lifestyle hacks. By default, dogs keep us exercising because they need to be walked too but I, like so many others, had a situation that forced me to get resourceful so to heal and add five happy years to my dog’s life! Not only did I find a life-saving dog food recipe for her, but I got one that improved my health and cured my allergies as well! Seems like eliminating an allergy ailment can’t help but spell H.A.P.P.Y!
  4. Dogs help us BE in the moment. Have you ever walked your dog in a rush because your to-do list was haunting you and your dog decides he’s going to plop down and take a break in the shade? Furthermore, no matter what you do he’s not budging.  Then you notice how relaxed and happy he looks. Suddenly you realize it’s a beautiful day! Deep breathing ensues, making you notice the floral smells of spring in the air. Before you know it, you’re smiling and thanking your buddy for making you stop and smell the roses.

These are just four ambiguous ways a dog can bring us happiness and in which we can be thankful for, but every dog owner knows there are many more!  Show your dog how thankful you are for him or her by calling 513-860-DOGS (3647) or enrolling them in Dog Day, Every Day!, where they can run freely and play in a happy and safe environment or be treated to a paws-itive spa day!  

Simple Tricks To Teach Your New Puppy

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

Puppy high fiving a woman Simple Tricks to Teach Your New Puppy

It is vital to continually challenge your puppy and continue to teach them beyond the basics. We have a few tricks that every puppy should know. We recommend working with your puppy at least a half an hour before you go to work and then when you get home from work. Why is this you might ask? By working with your puppy about an hour a day you can master a few simple tricks to teach your new puppy.

Keeping The Momentum

Guiding and teaching your puppy the basics when you have this much momentum makes so much sense to keep challenging them. So many people make the mistake of trivializing tricks with their puppies, but the basics are sitting down, staying calm, some leash walking that is easy to master. Here at Dog Day Every Day we have added a few other tricks to try to master with your puppy.  Of course, everyone has a smart puppy, so this will be an easy lesson!

Spinning in a Circle

According to Dog Day Every day, a canine’s drive to hunt makes spinning in circles a trick that any puppy can learn. “You can use your puppy’s natural feeling to rely on their nose to find food into luring them to move in all sorts of ways.”

  1. Let your puppy sniff the treat in your hand.
  2. Move your arm in a wide circle around the puppy as you give the cue, “spin.”
  3. Encourage your puppy to follow his nose to spin in a circle and reward them with the treat.
  4. Once your puppy understands this trick, graduate to only using the word “spin” or making a circular hand or arm gesture to elicit the behavior.

Puppy High-Five or Shake Your Hand

Is there anything more adorable than a handshake (or a high-five) from your best pal? This trick requires that your dog already knows “sit”.

  1. Ask your puppy to “sit”.
  2. Gently tickle the back of the leg until the puppy lifts the paw while using commands like “give paw” or “shake.”
  3. Reach for the paw and reward with a treat for carrying out the handshake. The same steps can be applied for a “high-five” command; hide the treat in your fist and try to get your puppy to paw at your hand while using the “give a high-five” prompt, ultimately opening your fist and rewarding your puppy for touching your open palm.

Dog Day, Every Day is devoted to making sure our guests are balanced and healthy through proper mental and physical exercise. We accomplish this by providing a fun, safe and secure atmosphere for them to run and play with their friends. You want the very best for your canine companions and so do we. Stop by today and see our facilities or call us at 513-860-DOGS and take the next step in fun for your canine.


The Secret Life of Your Pet

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

dog wearing funny glasses that have a nose the secret life of your pet

They watch you leave as you're out the door in the morning and greet you when you come home at the end of the day. But ever wonder what your dog does while you're out of the house? What our canine companions get up to is a bit of a mystery, that's why we wanted to give you an inside look into the daily life of your pet.

A Dog’s Life

No, they don't organize friendly card games while you're away, most of the time dogs’ lives are pretty simple. So what does your dog do when they're home alone? While a dog’s life can be rough, a lot of dogs spend their spare time catching up on rest and sleeping in their favorite spots. Some breeds, such as boston terriers, miniature schnauzers, and larger dogs such as bull mastiffs are well suited for spending several hours on their own.

However, not all dogs are suited for spending time left home alone. While faithful and loving dogs, some breeds, like toy poodles and australian shepherds, are prone to separation anxiety, and anxious behavior can be channeled in negative and destructive ways. Other breeds, like fox terriers, are high energy and if left alone too long can wreak havoc on your home. So, what can you do if you’re looking to avoid having Rover redecorate your living room or “reorganize” your shoes?

Doggy Daycare to the Rescue

While walking your dog before you leave for the day or leaving treats and toys out for them can keep your dog occupied while you’re away, doggy daycare provides you with peace of mind, knowing that your canine companion is being well cared for and staying out of trouble. Experienced caregivers keep an eye on your dog so you don’t have to, and provide them with a wide range of activities, so by the time you bring them home they’re tuckered out and ready to snuggle up with you on the couch. In addition, it provides them with the opportunity to interact with other dogs, helping them to develop strong social skills.

Dog Day, Every Day!: Daycare for Your Dog

At Dog Day, Every Day! we know how important your furry friends are to you, that’s why our expert canine caregivers will make sure your dog spends the day in a positive and safe environment. We provide a wide range of services that cater to each dog’s unique needs. Whether it’s running around our play area and socializing with other dogs or relaxing comfortably on one of our couches, they’re sure to enjoy their stay with us.

In addition to daycare, we provide spa services to pamper your pet. This includes baths, pawdicures, and shed-less treatments and packages. So if you’re looking to make sure your pet is in good hands while you’re at work, enroll them today or call us at 513-860-DOGS (3647).

Benefits of Dog Socialization

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

Girl hugging her dog's face

Our furry friends will follow us anywhere, after all, there’s a reason they’re man’s best friend. We take care of them, making sure they eat right, get plenty of exercise, and make regular visits to the vet, but one thing we may overlook is whether or not our canine companions are getting the proper amount of socialization with humans and other dogs they need to live a happy, healthy life. The benefits of dog socialization can have an overwhelmingly positive impact on your dog’s well-being.

 Where to Begin

Many animal behaviorists recommend beginning socialization as early as 3 to 16 weeks, that way your puppy can become familiar with different environments and individuals, reducing the possibility of anxiety and aggression later in life. As your pup grows into an adolescent, they’re ready to interact with other dogs and continue to meet new people. Taking them to dog parks or setting up play dates that allow your dog to interact with other canines in a relaxed environment will help them understand how to properly behave around others.

Socialization and Your Dog’s Health

While socialization may not be the first thing that comes to mind when we think of taking care of our dog, it is an important part of their physical and mental health. If not properly socialized, dogs can run the risk of serious health ailments including:

  • Unhealthy hormones- induced by unfamiliar places, pets, and people, fear can have a negative impact on your dog’s overall health. Corticosteroid hormones are released along with adrenaline as part of the “fight or flight” response. While corticosteroid hormones help with heart rate and blood pressure, they can also suppress proper immune system function and cause muscles to break down.
  • Aggressive behavior- Poorly socialized dogs may respond to fear by acting out aggressively, making visits to the vet and grooming appointments difficult, which may result in a negative impact on the dog’s care. It may also make owners wary about taking the dog outdoors for walks or to get exercise so as to avoid interaction with other pedestrians, which can lead to obesity and other health conditions.

Doggy Daycare and Promoting Healthy Social Habits

Promoting healthy socialization habits for your dog doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, one of the easiest ways to do it is by enrolling them in doggy daycare. Here they have an opportunity to interact with other dogs under the supervision of experienced caregivers who are trained to promote positive behavior.

At Dog Day, Every Day! we believe in providing a fun and healthy environment for our furry friends. Under the care of our trained staff, your dog will have the opportunity to socialize with other dogs, as well as play, exercise, or relax in a warm and friendly atmosphere. So if you’re looking to enroll your pet, contact us today or call us at 513-860-DOGS (3647).

Top 10 Cutest Dog Toys

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

puppies playing with a stuffed animal puppy

Exercise is an important part of keeping your dog healthy, and there’s no better way for our furry friends to stay fit than with play time. Dogs love to chew, chase and fetch. That means the right toy could mean hours of fun for your pup. But choosing that right toy can be difficult. Take the stress out of picking the perfect toy and let your pup play in style with our top 10 cutest dog toys.

Your dog is sure to love these toys and they’ll be wagging their tail with excitement when playtime comes around. Check out these fun toys:

  1. Humunga Stache Mini Fetch Toy- your dog is sure to look stylish and distinguished playing fetch with this mustache shaped rubber ball.
  2. Rogz Grinz Treat Ball Dog Toy- your pup will be grinning from ear to ear when they see this smile shaped ball.
  3. KONG Cozies Marvin the Moose Squeaky Toy- KONG is the maker of some of the most popular dog toys on the market, and this plush moose is one of their animal-shaped squeaky toys your dog is sure to love.
  4. Wool Corn Dog Toy- with a hidden squeaker, this wool toy will satisfy your dog’s appetite for fun.
  5. Muttgarita Plush Dog Toy- they’re sure to have fun in the sun with this plush margarita shaped chew toy.
  6. Ibone Plush Dog Toy- this paws free phone shaped plush toy is trendy and your dog is sure to enjoy it.
  7. Furcedes Dog Toy- this is one car your dog will enjoy chasing down.
  8. Packman Felted Wool Dog Toy- these colorful ghosts are sure to be hunted down by your pup.
  9. ZippyPaws NomNomz Plush Taco - this plush taco shaped toy will satisfy your dogs taste buds as they’re sure to love this food shaped toy.
  10. Duckling Shaped Rope Toy- durable and adorable, this duck shaped rope toy is sure to have your dog "quacking" with joy.

Keeping Active and Having Fun at Dog Day, Every Day!

At Dog Day, Every Day! we believe in promoting a healthy lifestyle for our furry friends, that’s why we work hard to create a positive, active environment that promotes their well-being. Our large, open play spaces are designed so your dog can romp and play with their favorite toys. We provide a wide range of services that cater to each dog’s unique needs. So, enroll today or call us at 513-860-DOGS (3647).