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

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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!  

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).

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).

boy and dog dressed in superhero costumesFall is here and that means Halloween is just around the corner. It’s fun for the whole family as we dress up as ghosts and ghouls or our favorite TV characters. This year, why not let your dog in on the fun? So, if you’re looking to win that costume contest or just going trick or treating, you’re sure to get everyone barking with our cutest dog and owner couple Halloween costumes of 2018.

Child wearing batman costume and dog in robin costume

Dynamic Duos

Costumes that incorporate our furry friends are a great way to let our furry friends join in on the Halloween fun. These costume ideas compliment each other with clever themes, that’s why they’re some of our favorites. So, if you’re looking for a great owner and dog costume, look no further, you’re sure to turn heads with these:

  • Batman and Dog Robin- man’s best friend turns into the caped crusader’s faithful sidekick with this costume combination.
  • Hot Dog and Vendor- this clever costume is sure to be a fan favorite at any costume contest.
  • Little Red Riding Hood and Big Bad Wolf- my what a great costume you have, is what people will say when they see this easy-to-make costume.
  • Yoda Dog Costume and Luke Skywalker- show everyone your mastery of the force, clever it is.
  • Spock Dog Costume and Star Fleet Uniform- captains log, this costume duo not only lets you go where no man has gone before but is sure to stun with these sci-fi outfits.
  • Chef and Lobster- you’ll get people boiling over with laughter at this easy to make and fun costume that’s perfect for small dogs.
  • Dorothy and the Gang from Wizard of Oz- whether it’s the Tin Man, Scarecrow, or the Cowardly Lion, this group costume is sure to walk you down the yellow brick road to victory at any costume contest.
  • Bee Keeper and Bumble Bee- people will be buzzing over this adorable costume duo.

These are just some of the great costumes out there for owners and their dogs. Whatever you decide, you and your dog are sure to have a great night out.

Have a Spooktacular Halloween with Dog Day, Every Day!

At Dog Day, Every Day! we believe in having fun with our furry friends, that’s why we work hard to create a positive, active environment that promotes their well-being. 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).

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!

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!