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!


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.

Why Dogs Smell Just About Everything

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

Although smells can trigger a variety of memories and feelings in humans, dogs' incredible sense of smell is something else entirely. Of the five different senses that dogs have, smell is the one they rely on the most. Depending on the breed, dogs have anywhere from 125 to 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses. To put that in perspective, humans only have 5 million. The presence of so many more of these receptors means they can pick up far more information from smells than humans.


Dogs Use Their Noses to See the World


The best way to put yourself in the shoes of a dog is to think of how you visually process information. When you see a table with several items on it, you can identify each of those items. But when you smell dinner cooking, the scent you pick up is a mixture of all the ingredients. For dogs, their strong noses means they process all the individual components in a scent. Being able to pick out all these different things is why dogs want to smell everything and often spend quite a bit of time doing so.


Given that dogs are mostly farsighted, have less binocular vision, less ability to perceive depth and limited color vision, being able to process such rich information through smell is essential for a dog to make sense of the world around it.


Why Are Dogs So Drawn to Bad Smells?


Just about every dog owner has wondered why their pet seems so drawn to the worst smelling items during a walk. According to experts, this behavior has roots that go far back to before dogs were pets. Finding something smelly and then rolling in it was a way for dogs to mask their scent and become better hunters.


As far as why dogs want to stick their noses right up against other pups, this is all about finding out lots of information. This sniffing allows dogs to learn age, gender, mood and current health. Dogs are even able to get all this information simply by smelling a spot where another dog previously peed.


Let Your Dog Have a Blast Sniffing All Around


If you want your dog to have fun and stay busy smelling around while you're away at work, our Cincinnati doggy day care services in provide a positive and safe environment for dogs to explore their natural instinct as pack animals. Your dog will get to socialize and put its nose to good use in large, open play spaces that are conducive to both high energy stimulation and quiet play. Take a look at our dog day care rates and call us at 513-860-DOGS with any additional questions.

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.

8 Dog-Friendly Spots in Cincinnati

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

         


There are a lot of things that make Cincinnati such a great city to call home. One of those things is just how many awesome places there are where you can go with your dog. Since it's easy to forget about just how many different options are available, we want to highlight eight of the best:


1. Kathryn Stagge-Marr Community Park


Located on the East side of town in Clermont County, this lovely park offers a total of 82 acres that you and your doggy can enjoy exploring together.


2. Otto Armleder Dog Park


This fenced dog park spans a total of 10 acres. It has two large sections on either side, and a smaller section in the middle for small breeds and puppies. There are benches for owners to sit down on, as well as water spouts for dogs to keep cool.


3. Winton Woods


Your dog will definitely enjoy the chance to join you on-leash at this lovely, paved woodland trail around the lake. The address to put in your GPS for this park is 10245 Winton Road.


4. Mt. Airy Forest Dog Park


In addition to the dog park providing a big area for dogs to romp around in, there are also several miles of trails in Mt. Airy Forest where you can enjoy a walk or run with your dog.


5. Sharon Woods Park


Although pets aren't permitted in the park's playground, you can enjoy walking your dog on its leash through the park's trails, which include wooded and lakeside areas.


6. Washington Park Dog Park


With 12,000 square feet of fully-fenced play space, your dog can enjoy splashing in the creek, exploring the large boulders and getting a refreshing drink from the water fountain.


7. Smale Riverfront Park


As long as you keep your dog on its leash, both of you will be able to fully enjoy the park's trails, labyrinth, gardens, fountains and esplanade.


8. Dog Day, Every Day!


There are probably times such as going to work when you would like to have your dog with you but aren't able to. The best solution for these occasions is our dog daycare. With daily rates that 

Does My Dog Need a Summer Cut?

Posted by Dawn Donaldson


Now that the weather is hotter outside, it's normal to want to be sure that your dog is as comfortable as possible throughout the day. This often leads dog owners to think about giving their pet a summer haircut. While it's easy to understand why this is such a common thought, we want to share a little more information so you know the most effective ways to keep your pet cool.


Summer Shaves Actually Aren't the Best Option


In most cases, there's nothing wrong with giving your dog a summer trim. However, it's important to be aware that there is a difference between a regular haircut and a significant shave. Because the weather outside is hotter, people often think they should go shorter than normal with their dog's cut. However, most veterinarian experts say this isn't the best option. The reason is dogs have much different hair than humans.


So while shortening your hair during this season may help you stay cool, the same isn't automatically true for dogs. In the case of dogs that have thicker coats, a trim can help them remain as comfortable as possible on hot days. Just be sure to leave at least an inch of their coat. With shorter-haired breeds, leaving their hair as is works best. Taking this approach will help protect them from sunburns, which can be an issue for all sizes and breeds of dogs.


5 Tips for Staying Cool This Summer


Since it can get quite hot in Ohio during the summer, we want to share several different ways you can ensure your dog stays cool and comfortable. The first two are making cool & fresh water available, as well as providing shelter from the sun for your dog. Our third tip is to keep your dog inside when the temperature gets really high.


As a general rule, days when the temperature hits triple digits are best spent inside. The fourth thing is to brush often. Daily brushing is actually a great way to remove your dog's dead undercoat and let it enjoy maximum skin circulation. And finally, never leave your dog in a parked car during the summer. It only takes minutes for a vehicle's interior to get dangerously hot, so always bring your pet inside on errands or just let it stay at home.


Refresh Your Dog with Our Spa Services


Like we mentioned above, consistent brushing is a great way to keep your dog cool and comfortable during the summer. If you want to start your dog's summer off right, our basic doggy spa service includes a bath, blow dry and brushing. We also offer Pawdicures. If you have any questions about these services or want to schedule an appointment, you can reach us at 513-860-DOGS.

 



When two dogs who are properly socialized meet each other, it only takes a few moments for them to get a good idea of what the other one is all about. This quick assessment can determine whether the dogs are going to be good buddies or have more of an antagonistic relationship with each other. Since this exchange can happen so quickly that humans miss everything that’s going on, we thought it would be fun to highlight the different elements dog use for this type of communication. Once you have a better understanding of how dogs communicate with each other, you’ll be able to pick up on the intricacies of dogs’ interactions with each other:


Body Language Communicates a Lot


Dogs can communicate a lot through their body language. Although minor changes can carry a lot of meaning, a little awareness and observation will help you distinguish the different things one dog is saying to another. Let’s kick off this discussion with how a dog communicates that it’s relaxed. Soft eyes, looking but not staring and a tongue hanging limply are all signs that a dog is feeling quite calm. On the other end of the communication spectrum, glancing sideways, clenched teeth and a tongue held inside the mouth mean that a dog is anxious.


If a dog wants to intimidate another pup, it will stare intensely with ears forward and teeth bared. But if a dog is fearful during a meeting, it will look away and have dilated pupils. A fearful dog will also keep its ears pressed back and have a tense jaw.


Smell and Putting It All Together


With all the above examples, we looked at what different combinations of body language can mean. Dogs can also communicate with each other simply by how they hold their heads. Down means depression or submission, normal means everything is good, turned to the side is deference and high or forward can either mean interest or a challenge.


No discussion about dogs communicating with each other would be complete without mentioning smell. Because dogs have such a powerful sense of smell, they are able to determine a lot about another dog’s standing just by getting a whiff of them, which is why sniffing plays such a key role in dog meetings and other interactions.


As everything we’ve covered shows, dog communication is quite complex. By taking the information we shared and paying attention to how your pet interacts with other dogs, you’ll get an even better understanding of its unique personality. And if you’re looking for a place where your dog can enjoy lots of positive socialization, be sure to take a look at the awesome environment our dog daycare provides.

Spring Flings with Your Dog!

Posted by Dawn Donaldson




Dogs approach life with the enthusiasm of the zestiest of our human daredevils. Any outing, drive in the car or simple walk along the street is filled with the possibility of adventure. Since dogs will always have that outlook, let's see how you match up with your daredevil pup. Our example begins with a typical drive to a typical hiking trail in the great outdoors:

Safety First


He'll appreciate your regard for his safety and comfort. Think of what sort of day it is in the morning and plan accordingly. If the day is extra warm for the spring, start your adventure as early as possible. Bring plenty of water for your pal and yourself, along with a simple first aid kit. With those necessities out of the way, it's full speed ahead on to a fun run!


Running Supercharges The Adventure


Running off leash forms the best part of your pet's adventure. No longer will he need to jolt to a stop at the end of your yard. As you trot alongside as best you can, take a moment to admire his athleticism and zest for life. It's inspiring to you both when you enjoy each other's company to the utmost. He may not be able to talk, but you'll see the appreciation in his eyes. After discovering that perfect park or hiking trail to let it all hang out, you'll guarantee outing after outing of daredevil adventures.


Even Daredevils Recharge Their Batteries


Spring flings always begin with blowing off steam and by the time of needing a second wind, you and your daredevil companion deserve a space to pant and get your breath back. Feel the spring breezes in your hair and fur, observe newly sprouted blades of grass among the patches of mud and admire the early spring flower buds. Before long, you'll be ready for more exploration alongside your faithful partner.


There's Nothing Like Mud


A spring outing is incomplete without the joys of mud. Toss aside your inhibitions and frolic in the mud puddles leftover from winter's recent rain and snow. The messy results are just fine because you thought to bring along extra clothing as well as shoes, right? And towels for your dog as well as a comb for getting out weed stickers? That's all one needs to go nuts in the mud with no regrets.


Make Spring Flings the Norm Instead of the Exception



Muddy and happy, you head for the nearest tap to rinse off the largest bits of mud from him and from you. Tired and content, you two daredevils head for home. As you gaze at your doggy sprawled on the car seat, you know you have matched his zest for life and want more days like this for him.


We here at Dog Day, Every Day share your enthusiasm for your dog. Call us now at (513) 860-DOGS to learn more about the awesome doggy environment we provide so your pet can have super fun spring days even when you aren’t able to get away from work.


   


                                                 

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.


                                                      

As a dog owner, you want your pet to know just how much you love and appreciate it. While there's no shortage of cute and fun things you can purchase, your dog won't necessarily associate items like collars or toys with how much you love it. If you want to be sure that your gestures will be fully understood by your dog, we've got six different options you can use:

1. Pay Attention to Your Dog's Body Language

As humans, we associate hugs with positive emotions and feelings. However, there are many dogs who don't enjoy hugs at all. This is just one example of common human gestures that may not accurately translate to dogs. By paying close attention to how your dog reacts to different things you do, you'll be able to learn what to do more of and what to avoid.

2. Feeding By Hand

This action can take two different forms. You can actually feed your dog part or all of its meals by hand. This gesture can be especially useful for bonding with puppies, as it will help your dog identify you as the food provider. And even if feeding meals by hand isn't the right fit for your dog, giving treats in this way will definitely show your dog affection that it understands.

3. Ear Rubs

Of all the different ways that you can show your dog love, this may be the one that it likes the most. The reason is research has found that when dogs get ear rubs, nerves release a rush of endorphins that give dogs a type of natural euphoria. So even though your dog may drift into a bit of a trance, you can be confident that it's quite appreciative of this gesture from you.

4. Training with Positive Reinforcement

Dogs want to please their owners. Since this instinct is hardwired into them, training your dog and giving it plenty of positive reinforcement will make your pooch feel great about its relationship with you.

5. Say How You Feel

Even though the things humans do don't always translate to the language of dogs, recent research has shown that dogs can understand positive tones and words spoken by humans. This is why it's a great idea to sit down from time to time and tell your dog exactly how you feel about it.

6. How to Show Your Dog Love Even When You're Not Around

If you wish there was a way for your dog to feel loved and appreciated even when you aren't around, our dog day care can help. Instead of worrying that your dog is lonely because it's at home alone, your pet can enjoy everything that goes along with being in a positive environment complete with caring staff and other happy dogs.