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

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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).


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!


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!


Why Dogs May Be Fearful of Hats

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

       


Barking is part of the way that dogs communicate. Even a very well-behaved dog is likely to bark a little from time to time. While a few yaps probably aren't going to get your attention, what will is if your dog suddenly starts repeatedly barking at someone. This behavior can be especially surprising if your dog has seen that person before.


So, what exactly can make a well-behaved and friendly dog suddenly act this way? In many cases, the answer may be a hat. Although that answer sounds surprising at first, it makes a lot of sense once you have the full explanation. Keep reading to learn exactly why this happens, as well as if there's anything you can do to help your dog.


The Link Between Hats and Fear in Dogs


If someone you know usually doesn't wear a baseball cap, it may take you a moment to recognize them if you unexpectedly run into them when they are wearing one. This is the same type of basic experience a dog can have if they encounter someone with any type of hat. However, since dogs have their own way of processing information, there are some important differences to note. The most significant is this accessory can alter the natural human silhouette that dogs are used to seeing.


That's why this reaction can also occur when someone is wearing sunglasses, a backpack or carrying an umbrella. For many dogs, large items like strollers can also trigger this type of fear reaction. So if you've ever wondered why so many different dogs have negative reactions to mailmen, the combination of these factors plays a very big role.


Helping Your Dog to Be Less Fearful of Hats


Now that we've gotten to the bottom of why your dog may have this reaction, you're probably wondering if there's anything you can do about it. The good news is there are steps you can take to help your dog. The key to combating fear is creating a positive association for your dog. So an easy first step is to calmly put on a hat on at home and then give your dog treats to show it that everything is fine.


Once you've laid that foundation, you can enlist help from friends or family members to do the same thing. Through plenty of repetition, you'll begin to notice that your dog stops having such a strong reaction to people wearing a hat. If your dog also reacts to any of the other items we covered, you can use this same strategy to help your pooch.


If you're looking for a safe and engaging environment where your dog can enjoy all kinds of positive socialization, be sure to take a look at our doggy daycare.

6 Unique Day Trips from Ohio

Posted by Dawn Donaldson


Summer is a great time to get a break from your normal routine. While it's always nice to take a long vacation, there are other ways to have memorable summer fun if you only have a limited amount of time available. One of the ways is to take a day trip. There are some really great places in Ohio that are fun and easy to visit, which is why we want to highlight six of those destinations now:


1. Cedar Point or King's Island


If you love the rush that goes along with getting on a thrilling ride, there are two great options for amusement park day trips. Both Cedar Point in Sandusky and King's Island in Mason offer lots of fun opportunities to get your adrenaline pumping.


2. Zoombezi Bay


Spanning over twenty-two acres, this Powell water park offers a really fun way to cool down on a hot day. Great Wolf Lodge and Soak City are two other great summer destinations to consider for day trips.


3. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium


With over nine thousand animals that represent more than 650 species, we could write an entire post just discussing all the awesome sights of the Columbus Zoo. That's why the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium was named the number one zoo in America by USA Travel Guide. It's worth mentioning that if you want to extend your trip to last for a few days, Zoombezi Bay is right by the zoo, so your whole family can have a ton of fun during a weekend trip to Columbus.


4. Short North Arts District


While the great options we've covered so far are focused on specific destinations and activities, sometimes you just want to head out and do a little exploring. The Short North Arts District is the perfect place to go for this type of day trip. You'll be able to enjoy art galleries, coffee, retail shops and street art.


5. Sylvania or Sharonville Fossil Parks


In addition to exploring a contemporary destination, you can take a trip back in time by heading to the fossil parks in Sylvania or Sharonville to search for exciting things that are still buried underneath the earth.


6. Lake Erie Beaches


Given that Lake Erie is as close as you can get to an ocean without leaving the state, no discussion of day trips in Ohio would be complete without mentioning this great spot for summer fun.


Can You Take Your Dog?


It really depends on the day trip. For certain outings, your dog will absolutely enjoy the experience just as much as you. But with others, the type of day trip means your dog is going to be limited with what it can do. In this case, our doggie daycare is the perfect option. You will be able to enjoy your Ohio day trip to the fullest knowing that your dog is having just as much fun with us.


Are Cats and Dogs Natural Enemies?

Posted by Dawn Donaldson


There’s no shortage of movies, TV shows and other media that portray cats and dogs as being enemies of each other. However, there are plenty of households that have both of these animals as pets. So, what’s the real story? To answer that question, we need to take a look at a study done by a professor of zoology. In this study, the professor and his team recruited close to two hundred pet owners with both cats and dogs in their household. To carry out the study, the team conducted extensive interviews with each owner, as well as videoed the animals interacting in their households.


The conclusion of this study was in about seventy percent of households, cats and dogs got along really well. Then with the remaining thirty percent, pet relations ranged from occasional hostility to interspecies warfare. This study shows that these animals have the ability to get along. But the 70-30 split raises another significant question, which is what separates the happy households from the divided ones.


Tips for Creating a Happy Household


Since the professor and his team wanted this study to be as useful as possible, they spent a lot of time analyzing exactly what separated the two types of households. One of the most important factors the researchers identified was peace occurred most commonly when the animals were introduced to each other while very young. More specifically, six months or earlier for the kittens and younger than a year for the puppy.


Another key finding from the study was that it’s easier to introduce a dog to a house where a cat is already in residence than the other way around. The team also found that one of the reasons certain households with dogs and cats are so divided is that dogs aren’t able to understand the signals their feline housemates are trying to send. Part of why introducing the animals at a young age is so useful is it helps them to develop a shared vocabulary together.


Although bringing a kitten and puppy together is going to have the highest likelihood of creating a happy household, the team did make it clear that introducing an adult animal from each species doesn’t have to be a doomed endeavor. The mistake people often make when introducing adult animals is hoping they’ll be best friends. By putting less pressure on this introduction and accepting that the two animals may spend most of their time ignoring each other, you can maximize your chances of avoiding conflict within your household.


Even though we specialize in taking care of dogs at our daycare, this information shows that there are ways to create a happy household that includes both dogs and cats.