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.

During the summer, we discussed how to protect your dog from pet heat stroke. In our last post, we talked about handling your dog’s back to school separation anxiety. Part of going back to school means that after a hot summer, fall is right around the corner. While the cooler weather will be a very nice change, it also brings up several important health issues for dogs:

Start Watching Out for Antifreeze Now

Antifreeze is a substance that’s used in vehicles and is highly toxic to dogs. What makes it especially dangerous is it has a sweet smell that dogs are attracted to it and will then try to lick. Unfortunately, less than two tablespoons can kill a ten pound dog. While antifreeze spills are most common during the winter, they can occur during the fall, which is why it’s worth being on the lookout for them starting now.

Don’t Forget About the Dangers of Candy

Halloween is a big part of fall. For many households, that means lots of candy. There are also plenty of other fall events that can involve candy. Although there’s nothing wrong with satisfying your sweet tooth by having a little extra candy throughout the fall, just remember that the same isn’t true for your dog. It only takes a little bit of chocolate to make your dog sick or even worse, so be sure candy is kept in a secure location where there’s no chance of your dog being able to reach it.

Ticks Can Still Be Active in the Fall

Once the cold of winter sinks in, the chances of your dog having any issues with ticks go way down. However, temperatures are still warm enough through most of fall for ticks to remain active. That’s why there are two things you should do for your dog. First, continue using a tick control and/or repellent product. Second, be sure to manually check your dog for ticks after it’s been around any taller grass. Even though most control and repellent products are quite effective, it’s still worth taking a close look at your dog to ensure that none slipped by.

Use Rat Poison and Rodenticides with Caution

As the temperature starts dipping lower, rodents like mice may try scurrying inside for warmth. This leads many people to using rodenticides. Just be aware that a lot of those poisons can be toxic to dogs as well. So even if you aren’t using any, be sure you know if a neighbor is utilizing them near a fence or anywhere else your dog may be able to access.

If any changes are happening to your schedule this fall and you want to be sure that your dog gets all the care and attention it needs during the day, be sure to take a look at our dog daycare service!


Although it always feels like it’s going to last forever, summer is once again coming to an end. Part of summer wrapping up and beginning the transition into fall is kids going back to school. If you have kids, they’re probably a little bummed that summer is coming to an end but overall happy about having the opportunity to go back to school with their friends. However, one member of your household that probably isn’t going to be nearly as happy about this change is your dog.

During the summer, your dog gets used to having people around the house more during the day. So when back to school season arrives, the sudden loss of that activity and focus on getting back into the school routine can be quite tough on a dog. That’s why we want to cover exactly what your dog may experience during this transition, along with what you can do to help your dog feel its best:

Keep An Eye Out for Separation Anxiety and Depression

Understanding the differences between separation anxiety and depression is helpful for knowing if your dog is experiencing either of these problems. With separation anxiety, the most common symptom is erratic behavior. Whether it’s frantic clawing, excessive barking or destructive chewing, these are all signs that your dog is struggling with this seasonal change. Depression takes a different form and is most commonly exhibited by loss of appetite, lack of energy or not wanting to play.

Creating a Positive Back to School Schedule

There’s no way to prevent separation anxiety or depression with complete certainty. That being said, there are definitely ways to minimize the likelihood of these issues coming up with your dog. The best thing to do is ease into a consistent routine. A good routine starts with exercise in the morning. Even just fifteen minutes of walking and playing outside can start your dog’s day on a positive note.

Next, when the time comes for you and the kids to leave, don’t make a big deal out of it. Providing a treat or toy and then heading out will help prevent your dog from feeling any negative emotions. For a dog that’s prone to anxiety, leaving a TV or radio on while you’re away can be helpful.

Ideally, someone will be able to come home during the day to see the dog. When you come home then or in the evening, once again avoid making a big deal out of it. Keeping a calmer attitude will make your dog feel the same. Do be sure to get another round of exercise in the PM.

While those steps are helpful, you can make things even better for your dog by taking advantage of our doggie daycare. Our great staff and social environment can help your dog stay engaged and happy throughout the day for as little as $15 a day!

Regardless of their size, your dog probably has no trouble acting tough when it feels the need to protect you. However, underneath that bravado is probably a total softie. And while your dog’s gentle nature is usually reflected in affection and other positive traits, there may be one issue that concerns you. The issue we’re talking about is storm anxiety. For owners of dogs with this condition, watching this type of anxiety take over can be very difficult.

In a matter of seconds, a dog can go from its normal happy self to being visibly anxious. Depending on the specific dog, actions that go along with this condition may include pacing, hiding in the closet, squeezing into a tight space like behind a toilet, clawing walls, chewing carpets or even trying to break through something like a window.

Before we cover any more information about this condition, it’s important to note two things. First, dog thunderstorm phobia is a very real condition in dogs and one that shouldn’t be ignored by owners. And second, a common misconception about this condition is that dogs grow out of it. In most cases, that’s simply not the case.

Tips for Helping a Dog Feel Better During a Storm

Although experts haven’t pinpointed the exact cause of this condition, most believe it’s the result of a combination of wind, thunder, lightning, barometric pressure changes, static electricity and low-frequency rumbles. That’s why a dog may begin showing signs of anxiety before you’re even able to hear that a storm is building.

With some dogs, this type of anxiety may be present from when they’re very young. And with others, it’s actually a condition that can develop later in life. While there’s no cure for storm anxiety, there are definitely ways to help manage it.

The first thing you can do is reward your dog’s calm behavior on a regular basis. By engaging in this type of training when it’s not stormy, you can create a habit which can be very useful when a storm does start brewing. The next way to help is to create a safe place where you dog can retreat during a storm. Common options include a basement corner, small room with calm music playing, open crate or even a bathroom. The best way to pick a spot is to watch where your dog naturally goes during a storm.

Another option is to put a snug garment on your dog. Studies have shown that snug-fitting shirts and wraps may be useful to calm anxious dogs. Finally, since dogs are more likely to have worse anxiety symptoms when they’re alone, bring your dog to our awesome daycare facilities on spring days when you can’t be at home and it’s likely to storm.

For most people, August means two things. In addition to summer winding down, it’s also the time of year when both kids and parents are making the transition back to a school schedule. Since there’s often a lot involved in making this transition, it’s easy to overlook the impact it can have on every member of a family. Specifically, many owners aren’t aware that this transition can trigger separation anxiety in dogs. Because we know that no dedicated owner wants their beloved pet to feel upset, we want to dig into the specifics of this issue, as well as what you can do to combat it.

Separation Anxiety in Dogs 101

According to data compiled by Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, a full 20% of the eighty million dogs who live in the United States suffer from separation anxiety. It’s worth noting that for dogs in the senior age category, that figure increases to 29-50%.

How do you know if the back to school shift causes your dog to experience separation anxiety? The most common signs of this condition include obsessive barking or whining for long periods of time, chewing furniture, shredding paper, house soiling or ripping the stuffing out of pillows. If your dog generally doesn’t do these kinds of things but suddenly starts exhibiting any of the signs, you shouldn’t punish them for their behavior. Instead, you need to take the right steps to help them deal with the separation anxiety they’re likely experiencing.

4 Ways to Help Manage Canine Separation Anxiety

The first thing to do is try to minimize how long your dog is at home alone. If you or your partner can come home during lunch, that can make a big difference. The second strategy is to avoid turning departures or greetings into an overly emotional experience. Third, try to establish a routine so you can calmly leave your home in the morning. Finally, be sure to schedule enough time in the morning so that your dog gets ample exercise before being left alone.

Doggie Daycare is a Popular Solution for Separation Anxiety

Whether you try the tactics discussed above and don’t see a change or want to help your dog feel its best as soon as possible, doggie daycare is an option you should strongly consider. At Dog Day, Every Day, we’re experts at helping pets just like yours feel comfortable, engaged and not lonely.

When a dog stays with us, they will be in a supervised environment with lots of positive stimulation. Thanks to the environment we offer, we’re able to help alleviate feelings of separation anxiety when you’re at work and your kids are at school. And with rates starting at just $15 a day, we make it easy to take full advantage of everything we have to offer. Call us today at 513-860-DOGS to get answers to any specific questions you may have about our doggie daycare.