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.


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).