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).

Top 10 Cutest Dog Toys

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

puppies playing with a stuffed animal puppy

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).

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.

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 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.

 


At Dog Day, Every Day, we’re proud to offer a positive and safe environment for dogs to explore their natural instinct as pack animals. Sniffing, wrestling, chewing and slobbering are all things enjoyed by attendees of our dog daycare. Whether a pup enjoys just watching the other dogs engage or they are in the thick of it, these types of interactions promotes proper socialization skills and dog speak. Although the environment we’ve created is ideal for dogs to meet and interact on their own terms, the same isn’t always true for dogs who are meeting on a sidewalk or other setting.


Plenty of dog owners have had the unfortunate experience of initial meetings turning out less than ideal. Since this is an issue that owners of dogs of all ages struggle with, we want to use our knowledge of doggy interactions to share some best practices for introducing dogs to each other:


Avoid Face to Face


The biggest mistake that dog owners make is pointing two pups face to face for their initial meeting. Since this isn’t how dogs naturally approach each other, it creates a confrontational tone. A better option is to give dogs some space so they can move towards each from the side. This method also makes it easy for dogs to sniff each other, which is a very important part of initial interactions.


Leashed But Loose


When dogs are in a location like a dog park or our daycare environment, leashes aren’t a necessary part of introductions. But if you’re out and about with your dog, it’s a good idea to keep your pup on its leash during any meetings. Just be sure to keep the leash loose and avoid pulling. Doing so will cause your dog to feel tense and likely derail the meeting.


What to Watch For


If you combine the first two tips we covered, you have a recipe for an ideal dog meeting. What that means is instead of bringing both dogs to a standstill in front of each other, both owners can walk the dogs in parallel. This provides an opportunity for some sniffing and initial interaction while keeping the dogs from feeling any anxiety due to a lack of movement. During this time, you’ll want to watch for signs like raised hackles, staring or lip curling, which indicate that the interaction is going south.


In the event that you notice any warning signs of a negative interaction, guide the dogs apart instead of abruptly jerking. In addition to their assessments of each other, dogs feed off their owners’ energy, which is why staying cool and enjoying this experience will give it the best chance of turning out positive.


   


                                                 

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.

Keeping Your Dog Safe on Halloween

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

Halloween is almost here, which means lots of spooky fun for both children and adults. While people of all ages love this holiday, there is one big group that doesn’t automatically share this enthusiasm. The group we’re talking about is dogs. Given all the noise, masks and other increased activity that goes along with Halloween, it’s something that can put dogs and other animals on edge. However, if you wish your pet could also safely enjoy this holiday, the good news is that’s completely possible.

Here’s exactly what you need to know to keep your dog safe and happy during Halloween:

How to Keep Your Dog Calm at Home


If you’re going to have candy available for trick or treaters, you’re in for an evening of seeing lots of fun costumes. But regardless of whether kids are knocking on your door or ringing the doorbell, chances are your dog isn’t going to love all this extra noise. You can help keep your dog at ease by creating a comfortable space for it in the back of your home. Using a radio or TV in combination with a fan can help drown out all of this extra sound.

Planning to be gone on Halloween? It’s still a good idea to create this type of safe space that minimizes sound for your dog. Keep in mind that your dog may be more anxious than usual, so double-check around your home to make sure there’s no spot where your dog can escape if it gets frightened. This is actually a good opportunity to check that all of your dog’s microchip information is up to date.

Taking Your Dog Out on Halloween


Anyone with an especially anxious dog is best off leaving their pet in a safe environment at home. But if your dog does fine when people and other animals are around, you may want to take it trick or treating with the rest of your family. Due to the increased activity that you’ll be around, keep your dog on its leash at all times. And if you’re thinking about dressing your dog up, be sure your dog feels comfortable and the costume doesn’t create any unnecessary anxiety.


Be Smart About Halloween Candy and Decorations


Most people know that candy can make a dog sick. And if a dog eats enough candy at once, it can be fatal. So be sure to keep candy stored safely away where there’s no chance of your dog getting into it. Halloween decorations are another less obvious danger. Make sure your dog isn’t chewing on any Halloween lights or similar decorations you have around your house.


Finally, while pumpkins don’t pose the same threat as candy, any dog that eats a large amount is going to have an upset stomach. So if you have a Jack-O-Lantern, put it in a spot where your dog won’t be tempted to start snacking on it.

 

Dogs don’t tend to tell their owners when they’re in pain. In fact, it’s much more common for dogs to try hiding any feelings of pain. Since you want to provide your dog with any care it may need, it’s important to pay close attention to your dog’s behavior and physical condition. One of the ways to do this is by monitoring your dog’s eyes. This element of your dog can provide a lot of information about its overall health. The reason is the eyes are directly connected to your dog’s neurologic systems, as well as its vascular ones.

While it may take a trained specialist to use an eye examination to identify the exact condition a dog has, this type of exam has the potential to reveal viral, bacterial and other systemic infections, as well as diabetes, hypertension and cancer. Although you don’t need to learn all the steps necessary to give your dog a comprehensive eye exam, knowing how to watch for changes and what some of those changes may mean can give you a useful tool for protecting your dog’s health.

Common Causes of Red Eye in Dogs

Most vets will tell you that redness is the most common reason related to the eyes that owners bring in their dogs. It’s possible that redness is just a sign of fatigue. Other possibilities include dry eye, uveitis, conjunctivitis, corneal ulceration or glaucoma. If you’re wondering how to tell the difference between a minor problem and something more serious, experts recommend checking your dog’s eyes in the morning. 

The whites of your dog’s eyes should look quite white with a few pink blood vessels in the morning. Being more bloodshot at the end of the day is normal, but increased redness of the white area may indicate ocular disease. If one eye looks redder than the other or if both eyes look redder than they did the day before, and you notice any other eye changes, definitely see a vet. And if you have any doubts, it’s always best to still have your dog checked out by a vet.

What’s Behind Haziness, Cloudiness, Squinting and/or Rubbing?

Haziness can be caused by an inflammation inside the eye or scratches on the cornea. Both conditions can be confirmed by a vet and then treated with medication. Cloudiness can be a sign of glaucoma, which may be treatable with medication or require surgery depending on its severity.

Squinting or rubbing are other things to watch for in your dog. If you notice either of these behaviors, it normally means something is causing ocular pain. Depending on the specific condition behind the pain, a vet will be able to treat it with anti-inflammatories, topical antibiotics or systemic pain management. - Dog Day Every Day