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!  

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

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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).

Benefits of Dog Socialization

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

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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

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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).

Why Don't Dogs Like Mail Carriers?

Posted by Dawn Donaldson


Although dogs can have very different personalities from each other, one trait that seems to exist across pups of all sizes and breeds is they really don’t like mailmen. If you’ve always wondered exactly what mail delivery professionals ever did to get on the wrong side of dogs, we’ve got the answer for you:

 

Intruding on a Dog’s Turf

 

The issue starts with the fact that dogs view their surroundings as their property. So when a mailman or other service provider shows up, dogs are already inclined to bark as a way to signal an alert. Some breeds are passive about this behavior, while others are more active. One thing to keep in mind is even if a dog seems angry, it’s likely that there’s fear underlying their behavior. The reason this behavior is so universal across dogs is it dates all the way back to their lineage as pack animals in the wild.

 

The “Intruder” Keeps Coming Back

 

Another factor that plays a big role in this behavior is the almost daily nature of a mailman showing up reinforces what a dog is doing. First the mailman comes, then your dog barks. In your pet’s mind, that causes the mailman to leave, which provides your pup with a sense of relief. Since your dog feels like it’s accomplishing exactly what it wants, the cycle keeps on repeating.

 

Dogs Get Hooked on the Release of Brain Chemicals

 

When a dog feels angry or scared, a number of different chemicals are released in its brain. Adrenaline is one of the key chemicals that gets released. Because it’s so powerful, the experience it creates for a dog can be quite addictive. This is another big factor that plays into the reinforcing cycle of dogs wanting to bark at a mailman every single time they come.

 

How to Deal with Your Dog’s Habit of Barking at the Mailman

 

By now, you’ve probably got a pretty good idea of exactly why this type of barking becomes habitual for so many different dogs. Because it’s something that occurs so frequently, it reaches the point where it almost becomes a reflex for a dog. This is why a pup can launch into barking a ton at the mailman without thinking twice.

 

While it can take some time to change this behavior, the good news is there are ways to help your dog calm down. One of the most important is getting plenty of physical exercises. If this is a challenge due to how much you work, the fun and caring environment we've created at Dog Day Every Day may be just what's needed!


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.


Games like fetch can be a lot of fun to play with your dog. And while it's unlikely that your pup will get tired of these types of games, there may be times when you want to play something else. When that happens, both you and your dog will have a lot of fun trying out any of these five games:


1. Hunt for Treasure


You can start out simple by telling your dog to sit and then hiding a treat somewhere obvious. You can let your dog watch as you hide the treat. Once it's hidden, instruct your dog to go find it. When your dog tracks the treasure down, offer a big reward. As your dog gets better at this game, you can hide the treat without letting it watch. You can also use cardboard boxes to increase the difficulty.


2. Stacking Rings


If you want to invest time in a game that's going to take awhile for your dog to master, this one is perfect. The only thing you'll need are wooden rings that are the right size for your dog's mouth. Avoid plastic rings as your dog will be able to bite through them. The goal is to teach your dog how to gather the rings and then stack them on top of a stake.


3. New Trick


Even old dogs can definitely learn new tricks. And whenever you want to teach your dog some kind of new trick, it's an experience that you can easily turn into a really fun game. Another option is to play with your dog by having it cycle through all of the different tricks that it already knows.


4. Naming Toys


Did you know that dogs are very good at learning different words, including names for items? You can enjoy a really fun game around this ability of your pet. The main thing to keep in mind is it will require a lot of repetition. By focusing on one toy at a time, your dog will learn its name. You can build up to multiple toys, and then enjoy having your dog grab the right one each time you say the name.


5. Red Light Green Light


Not only is teaching your dog this game a fun experience, but it's something you'll be able to use in the future to help with your dog's impulse control.


We hope you have a ton of fun playing these games with your dog. And if you're away from home but want to make sure your pup is still able to have a great day, our doggie daycare is the perfect option!

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!