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).

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.

7 Foods You Should Never Feed Your Dog

Posted by Dawn Donaldson


 

 


Since you want to take great care of your dog and provide it with the highest quality of life, we want to share seven foods that you should avoid ever feeding to your dog:


1. Chocolate


Although most dog owners already know that chocolate is bad for pets, we wanted to include it as a reminder. Since chocolate treats are especially common during the holiday season, always be careful to keep any of these items around your home fully out of reach of your dog.


2. Chewing Gum


While there's a lot of awareness about not letting dogs eat chocolate, many people aren't aware of the dangers that chewing gum presents. The issue with this item is it contains xylitoyl. This substance is also the reason why you should never let your dog use any dental products that are made for humans. In the event your dog ever eats chewing gum, it's important to go to an emergency vet right away.


3. Bulb Plants


This category include flowers like tulips and daffodils, as well as vegetables like shallots and onions. The good news is most bulb plants aren't immediately poisonous to dogs. But very high doses or long-term consumption can cause red blood cell damage, which is why you'll want to keep your dog away from plant that falls in this category.


4. Coffee


The chemical that makes chocolate very dangerous to dogs is Theobromine. What makes this chemical so problematic is how similar it is to caffeine. Because coffee is highly concentrated with caffeine, it's important to keep beans, brewed drinks and other any other forms of coffee away from your dog. This rule applies to all forms of caffeinated beverages.


5. Raisins and Grapes


As of now, scientists aren't aware of exactly what makes grapes poisonous to dogs. However, there's no question that this fruit can be quite toxic to them. Be sure your dog isn't ever within reach of a bowl of grapes or raisins. In the event that a dog does eat this fruit, prompt treatment by a vet can protect the dog's kidneys.


6. Mushrooms


Not all mushrooms are dangerous to dogs. The challenge is it's very hard to tell the harmless ones from those that are highly toxic. As a result, it's best to keep your dog away from any type of mushroom.


7. Avocados


While this food may come as a surprise, there are actually two dangers with avocados. In addition to the pit posing a choking danger, avocado can cause heart damage in dogs.


Avoiding the seven foods we covered above will help keep your dog safe. In addition to feeding your pup a healthy diet, regular exercise will also play a big role in its overall wellness. A great option for keeping your dog active is to bring it to dog day care in Cincinnati.

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.




Now that 2017 is officially here, you may be thinking about new things you want to try during the upcoming year. If you're trying to think of at least one thing you can do for both you and your dog, we have the perfect option for you to consider. 


The option we're talking about is doggie day care. Although this term may have sounded like some kind of joke in the not too distant past, it has become a very popular form of pet care. One of the many reasons it has become so popular is it's something that's beneficial for both dogs and their owners.


Understanding Doggie Day Care


As its name implies, doggie day care provides a way for dogs to be looked after during the day while their owners are at work. A big benefit of this type of care is the fact that dogs aren't left on their own. Instead, they get to be in a supervised environment where they're able to socialize with other dogs. Since they are pack animals, this is an experience that dogs like very much. That makes it much more stimulating than leaving a dog crated at home. 


Another area where dog day care shines is the fact that it's available for more than twelve hours a day. So instead of only getting exercised for an hour during the day by a walker, dogs are able to play for extended periods of time. Because this type of play is exactly what dogs need to burn their excess energy, it will result in them being very well behaved whenever they're at home. This type of consistent exercise also plays a key role in the long-term health of a dog.


Important Traits of a Dog Day Care


While the concept of dog Day Care is very appealing, it shouldn't come as a surprise that not all programs and facilities are created equal. As you start looking into programs, you'll want to first look for a facility that's clean. The reason this trait should be at the top of your list is if a program doesn't take cleanliness seriously, the likelihood of them providing a high level of care is slim.


The next traits you'll want to look for are experienced owners, attentive staff members, medical knowledge and resources, the ability to deal with different dog personalities and being able to give your dog its normal food. 


If you're looking for a doggie day care in Cincinnati, we encourage you to learn more about what Dog Day Every Day is all about. Not only do we take a lot of pride in the cleanliness of our facilities and how we run our day care program, but we're able to offer all of these benefits at very reasonable rates. So if you have any questions about our program or want to schedule a time to tour our facilities, don't hesitate to give us a call at 513-860-DOGS. 

Do Dogs Get the Winter Blues?

Posted by Dawn Donaldson


Although there are some exciting things about the start of a new year, one thing that plenty of people in Cincinnati and other parts of the country don't love is the weather outside. Not only can it be quite cold and weather conditions can be downright unpleasant at times, but there are only a limited number of hours every day when the sun is actually up.


Beyond people simply disliking this combination of factors, it can actually trigger what's known as Seasonal Affective Disorder. Commonly abbreviated as SAD, this condition is a specific type of depression that occurs during the winter months. Statistics show that more than three million people struggle with this condition every year.


As any dog owner knows, there is no shortage of similar traits between humans and our canine companions. That brings up an interesting question about whether or not dogs are also susceptible to SAD. The short answer to that question is yes. We're going to explain why that is, along with what you can do to help your dog.


Why SAD Can Affect Dogs


The same mix of conditions that can cause seasonal affective disorder in humans can also trigger this issue in dogs. That's because we're all mammals. According to researchers, melatonin is at the heart of this issue. This hormone, which comes from the pineal gland, is responsible for tasks that include regulating biological rhythms. Since light exposure plays a big part in how much melatonin is produced, the lack of sunshine during the winters can cause issues for some dogs and ultimately lead to SAD. 


How to Help a Dog That's Struggling with SAD


Before we get to two different ways you can help your pet if you think that winter has brought a case of SAD, we want to cover the main symptoms of this condition in dogs. The most common symptoms that dogs display include neediness, lethargy and an overall attitude that's best described as the winter blues. While hair loss can occur in the most extreme cases, it's more likely that you'll notice a behavioral change in your dog. That type of change can be anything from inappropriate pottying to sudden aggression. 


In terms of what you can do for your dog, artificial light boxes designed to help humans combat SAD have also been shown to work for dogs. You simply need to expose your dog to this type of light for 15 to 45 minutes a day during the winter. The other way you can help your dog is by ensuring it gets plenty of exercise all winter long. If this is currently a struggle for you because you're away at work during the day, learn how our doggie day care can provide your dog with a fun and active environment!

Winter Nutrition for Your Dogs

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

 

Now that winter is upon us in Cincinnati, it’s important to remember the changing needs your dog may have during this busy time of the year. Since it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the hustle and bustle of this season, we want to share a few tips on how you can keep your dog feeling its best:


Adjust Calories


The arrival of winter means your dog is probably going to have different caloric needs than during other times of the year. If your dog spends most of its time inside and may get less exercise during the winter due to the cold weather outside, you should consider reducing your dog’s caloric intake to compensate for the lower amount of energy it’s using on a daily basis.


On the other hand, if your dog spends a lot of time outside, you may actually want to increase the number of calories it gets every day. Taking this step will ensure your dog is able to maintain its optimal weight. Increasing portion size or adding another daily feeding are both ways to accomplish this task.


Go Slow and Consider Different Options, Including Supplements


Regardless of whether you decrease or increase your dog’s daily calories, you will want to ease into this transition. The reason that’s important is it will prevent your dog from experiencing any digestion issues related to a sudden change. It’s also worth looking at different options for how you want to feed your dog during the winter.


For example, some brands have blends of dog foods that are designed to minimize calories while still providing the perfect balance of nutrition. And if you have any concerns about areas where your dog's diet may be lacking, you can easily address them by using dog supplements. Chondroitin and glucosamine are both great options if you want to support your dog’s joint health during this cold time of the year.


Don’t Forget About Staying Active


In addition to what your dog eats during this season, the amount of exercise your pet gets will play a big role in its health and overall sense of well-being. So even though it’s not always the most pleasant experience when the weather is cold, it’s very important to take your dog out on a consistent basis. And if you’re not able to exercise your dog as often as you’d like because of work or other obligations, Dog Day, Every Day is here to help.


With our dog daycare program, which starts at just $15 a day, your dog will get to stay active in a positive and safe environment. We encourage dogs to explore their natural instinct as pack animals in large, open play spaces that are conducive to both high energy stimulation and quiet play.

At Dog Day, Every Day, we offer an awesome daycare and boarding experience for dogs of all sizes. Because we want to provide the absolute best care for every dog that stays with us, we take a comprehensive approach to all the services we offer. Part of that approach is helping owners understand what to expect while their dog is with us, as well as how their dog may act when it returns home.

3 Things Your Dog May Do When It Returns Home After Boarding

When dogs return home after boarding, they may act very hungry. This can lead an owner to wonder if their dog ate during its time away. When you choose us for your boarding needs, you can be confident that your dog will be cared for throughout the experience. That includes being fed. However, since boarding is a different environment and one that involves lots of playing, it’s normal for a dog to come home with a big appetite. The same goes for water.

When your dog gets back home, another thing you may notice is your pup wants to sleep. Although some owners worry that this means their dog is depressed, chances are it’s just because your dog is tired from playing with others. Because we do provide more stimulation than your dog would get if it was home alone, yours may simply want to spend a little time resting up.

The other thing you may notice when your dog comes home is loose stool or even diarrhea. We take the care we provide very seriously, so you and a vet would be contacted if your dog got sick during a stay. We also take numerous precautions to prevent parasites and viruses at our facilities, which is why sickness is rare. The most common reason a dog’s stool may be a little different when they first get back is from a combination of excitement about their experience and being back in their home environment. 

Additional Tips for Making This Experience Easy for You and Your Dog

If you want to prevent your dog from overeating or gulping down an excessive amount of water due to excitement, you can safely wait for three hours to feed your dog. During that time, you can provide a small amount of water or ice cubes.

It’s also a good idea to walk your dog or let it out in your yard when you get home. Then give your dog some personalized attention without creating overexcitement. Following these simple but effective steps will minimize the likelihood of issues like loose stool and help your dog get back into its normal home routine.

If you have any other questions about boarding your dog, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 513-860-DOGS.