The Secret Life of Your Pet

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

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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

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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).


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!

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.


   


                                                 

Everyone's heard the saying "the more the merrier." However, plenty of people who have a dog and are thinking about getting another one question if that's actually true. If you're in this position, the good news is there are things you can do to help your dogs get along with each other. It's also worth noting that as pack animals, dogs are built to enjoy interacting and bonding. So whether your house is currently more divided than you would like or you're just worried about this becoming an issue in the future, here are several tips to help you out:

Start with Neutral Territory

If you're going to bring a new dog into your household, it's best if the initial meeting can take place on neutral territory. In fact, having a couple of these experiences away from your home is ideal. The best activity to do during this experience is to walk. By you walking one dog and another member of your household walking the other, both dogs will get to interact in a low-pressure setting.

Initial House Introduction

When you're ready for both dogs to meet in the house, it works best to bring the new dog first and then the other one. Although it may be tempting to keep the dogs leashed, that can actually cause more anxiety for them, which is why it's best to let them both off. As with the introduction on neutral territory, the ideal approach is to have several in-house meetings and gradually increase how long they last. 

Consider Crates

As your dogs start spending more time together, you'll want to watch for behaviors like guarding toys or food bowls. The same is true for play that consistently gets too rough. In addition to preventing any situations from getting overly tense, you may want to consider crates for your dogs. Even if you don't plan to restrict or sleep your dogs in the crates, having these designated spaces can help both of your dogs unwind whenever they feel like they need a little time to themselves.

An Easy Solution for Socializing Your Dog

The younger a pooch is when it's exposed to other dogs, the easier these situations will always be in the future. But even if a dog is older, socializing on a regular basis will help it feel comfortable around others. If you're looking for an easy way to provide your dog with this kind of experience, our doggie day care is the perfect option. Not only will your dog get to spend plenty of time around others, but it will get lots of exercise throughout the day and be taken care of by our very attentive team.

Since October is Adopt a Shelter Pet Month, we want to take a look at some of the ways you can help shelter pets without adopting them. Whether you already have multiple pets or simply aren’t in a position that allows you to take on the responsibility of bringing a pet into your home, the good news is there are still ways you can help. So if you love animals and want to know what you can do to support animals that are in need, here are five great options:

1. Drive

Over the last decade, several hundred thousand dogs have been driven from shelters around the United States to rescue organizations. This is especially common in rural southern areas. Since rescue organizations need drivers who can bring in these animals, volunteering to work as one can allow you to play a direct role in saving dogs’ lives.

2. Serve as a Foster Home

Although you may not be in a position to permanently take in a new pet, you may be able to do so on a temporary basis. If you are in this type of position, just about every rescue is in need of foster homes. You can easily learn more about this opportunity by looking up shelters around Cincinnati or West Chester and calling them.

3. Volunteer

Most shelters depend on volunteers to run their daily operations. Whether you only have a few free hours a week or a couple of free days, you can make a real difference by volunteering at a shelter. In terms of exactly what you’ll do, it will depend on the shelter. Common volunteer tasks include mailing applications, walking dogs, making phone calls for the shelter or helping with daily tasks like feeding or cleaning.

4. Donate

If you want to help the animals at a local shelter but simply don’t have any spare time in your schedule, you’re definitely not alone. Between professional and personal responsibilities, it’s easy to be booked up from morning until night. The good news is you can still help out by donating. In addition to simply donating money, if you have any kind of connection to a resource a shelter may need, it’s worth contacting one and finding out the best amount of that resource for you to donate.

5. Offer Specialized Skills

As small organizations trying to make a big impact, shelters may not have all of the specialized skills at their disposal that they would like. Whether you’re an expert in marketing, fundraising, design or any other skill, finding a shelter you resonate with and then helping in a specialized way can be a win-win for both parties.

Whether you drive, serve as a foster home, volunteer, donate or offer specialized skills, your involvement with a shelter can help save the lives of amazing animals. And since we’re talking about shelters when the holiday season is right around the corner, we encourage you to read & share our post from last year about why dogs don’t make good Christmas gifts.



In one of our last posts for 2015, we discussed why dogs should be adopted and not bought. While we’re very happy to see that more people than ever are turning towards adoption instead of purchasing when they’re ready to add a new member to their household, there’s another issue within adoption that we want to focus on.


When people decide to start the process of adopting a dog, they often focus their search on finding a puppy or very young dog. Although we fully support anyone who wants to provide a loving home to a puppy, we want to share a handful of reasons why people should at least consider adopting an older dog:


Less Accidents and Training


Many people underestimate just how much work and patience it can take to train a puppy. If your family already has a fairly busy schedule, giving a puppy the attention it needs to be properly trained may be a significant challenge. By adopting an older dog, you can make the transition to having a dog in your home with far fewer pieces of chewed up furniture.


Fulfillment Knowing You Saved a Life


At most shelters, older dogs are the first to be euthanized when a facility gets too full. By making the decision to adopt an older dog, you may be saving an animal’s life. That will ensure a strong bond between the two of you from the very start.


Can Still Teach Them New Tricks


Not only do older dogs generally know more commands than younger ones, but the old saying about not being able to teach an old dog new tricks is a myth. In fact, mature dogs have a longer attention span than puppies, which means that the training process is often easier.


Just As Receptive to Love


Another misconception about older dogs is that they’re not going to bond with an individual or family in the same way that puppies do. However, based on our experiences and those of people who bring their dogs to our daycare, that’s simply not true. It’s actually common for dogs who have had a harder life to recognize just how good they have it in a new setting and give all their love & loyalty in return.


Perfect for Many Different Types of Individuals and Families


Not everyone wants a hyper puppy running around their home. If you feel that you’re in a place in your life where you want a dog to join your household but may be looking for a more mature companion, we highly encourage you to spend time with some of the older dogs at a local adoption center.


Whether you ultimately end up adopting a puppy or an older dog, if you ever need a place for them to be cared for while you’re away from home, our dog daycare is the perfect option!



It always feels great to surprise someone with the perfect Christmas gift. In many movies, dogs are depicted as a Christmas gift that bring tons of joy and excitement to those who receive them. If you're thinking about surprising a friend or family member with a dog for Christmas, we highly advise against this plan. Although we love dogs and are firm believers that they can bring immense happiness to households, there are several important reasons why surprising someone with a dog for Christmas isn't the right approach to take.


Since we completely understand getting wrapped up in the excitement and emotion of the holiday season, we want to go over the specific reasons why this surprise rarely works out as expected despite seeming like a wonderful Christmas plan:


1. Dogs Should Be Adopted, Not Bought


There are millions of dogs in shelters across the United States. Because there are already so many dogs who need a home, dogs are something that should never be bought.  Unfortunately, far too many people are unaware of this issue and end up buying a dog from a puppy mill. This results in puppy mills continuing to operate despite caring far more about profit than the dogs they are breeding.


2. Having a Dog is a Big Responsibility


Dogs can bring a lot of joy into a home. But with that joy comes a lot of responsibility. Even if a dog is already potty trained, it’s still important to take a dog out several times a day. The daily responsibilities associated with having a dog are why this decision should never be made for someone as a Christmas surprise.


3. Kids Change Their Minds and Lose Interest All the Time


Kids are the most common recipients of dogs as Christmas gifts. While there’s no question that they’ll be very surprised and excited, kids have no trouble bouncing from one thing to the next. That’s why parents who think their kids will fully care for a dog on an ongoing basis often find themselves in a less than ideal situation within a few months or even weeks.


4. Taking Care of a Dog is An Ongoing Financial Obligation


In addition to the time involved in taking care of a dog, there’s also an ongoing financial obligation. It’s important that someone is ready to take on that obligation prior to committing to a dog. This point once again demonstrates why coming to this decision is something that an individual or family needs to do on their own instead of having it sprung on them as a surprise.


Once you take into account the four issues we covered above, it becomes clear why dogs don’t make good Christmas gifts. That being said, if you feel that your own family is ready to take on the responsibility of giving a dog a home, we encourage you to use some of the time you have off during this holiday season to visit an adoption center, animal shelter or humane society organization in the West Chester or Cincinnati, Ohio area. Taking this step will give you an opportunity to fully evaluate if you’re ready to start 2016 with a new addition to your family!