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.

How Often to Bathe Your Dog

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

Most dogs and even their owners tend to dread bath time due to the time and effort it requires. However, it’s a very important part of keeping a dog’s coat and skin healthy. Regular bathing also helps to make sure they are clean, free of dirt and parasites. There are a few factors that can help determine how often a dog needs bathed.


Type of Coat


Dogs do not need a daily scrub down, but do require regular baths. One of the several factors that influence the schedule of a dog’s bath is the type of coat. Monthly baths will work for most dogs, but some of them will need a different schedule:


1. Oily Coat


Most dogs with oily coats like the Basset Hounds may need a bath as frequently as once a week.


2. Short Hair with Smooth Coats


Dogs such as Beagles and Weimaraners do not require frequent baths. They do just fine having their bath time less often than other dogs. This is similar with short-coated Basenjis, which are fastidious with their personal hygiene and rarely need bathed.


3. Water Repellent Coats


Golden Retrievers and Great Pyrenees have water repellent coats and require less frequent bathing. This help them to preserve their natural oils.


4. Thick and Double Coats


Dogs with thick and double coats like Malamutes and Samoyeds thrive best with fewer baths. However, they will need extra brushing to get rid of loose and dead hair. Brushing them also help distribute natural oils, which keeps the dog's skin and coat healthy.


Dog Activities


If a dog likes playing in puddles, pools, rivers or lives in the country and does a lot of rolling everywhere, then he will require more frequent bathing as compared to a dog that lives in an apartment. However, it is important not to bathe a dog more than needed because this will strip their coats of natural oils, which can lead to dryness. Dry fur is prone to frizz, mats, irritation and dandruff.


Dog Shampoo and Conditioners


A dog’s skin may become dry or irritated when using some shampoo brands. When this happens, bathing should be done less often or with a different type of shampoo. Organic variants containing oatmeal, essential oils and natural extracts from leaves are best for sensitive dogs. These even help with healing the skin of injured dogs. The use of conditioners can also help determine a dog’s bathing schedule. Some conditioners include ingredients which repel odor. They also provide a source of moisture from essential oils as a remedy to dryness. 


If you want to keep up with your dog’s bathing schedule but are simply too busy to do so, we can help. Our spa services include baths complete with a blow dry and brush out. We also offer a shed-less treatment, shed-less package and pawdicures. You can easily schedule an appointment for your dog by calling us at 513-860-DOGS.


                                                      

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.

At Dog Day, Every Day, we offer an awesome daycare and boarding experience for dogs of all sizes. Because we want to provide the absolute best care for every dog that stays with us, we take a comprehensive approach to all the services we offer. Part of that approach is helping owners understand what to expect while their dog is with us, as well as how their dog may act when it returns home.

3 Things Your Dog May Do When It Returns Home After Boarding

When dogs return home after boarding, they may act very hungry. This can lead an owner to wonder if their dog ate during its time away. When you choose us for your boarding needs, you can be confident that your dog will be cared for throughout the experience. That includes being fed. However, since boarding is a different environment and one that involves lots of playing, it’s normal for a dog to come home with a big appetite. The same goes for water.

When your dog gets back home, another thing you may notice is your pup wants to sleep. Although some owners worry that this means their dog is depressed, chances are it’s just because your dog is tired from playing with others. Because we do provide more stimulation than your dog would get if it was home alone, yours may simply want to spend a little time resting up.

The other thing you may notice when your dog comes home is loose stool or even diarrhea. We take the care we provide very seriously, so you and a vet would be contacted if your dog got sick during a stay. We also take numerous precautions to prevent parasites and viruses at our facilities, which is why sickness is rare. The most common reason a dog’s stool may be a little different when they first get back is from a combination of excitement about their experience and being back in their home environment. 

Additional Tips for Making This Experience Easy for You and Your Dog

If you want to prevent your dog from overeating or gulping down an excessive amount of water due to excitement, you can safely wait for three hours to feed your dog. During that time, you can provide a small amount of water or ice cubes.

It’s also a good idea to walk your dog or let it out in your yard when you get home. Then give your dog some personalized attention without creating overexcitement. Following these simple but effective steps will minimize the likelihood of issues like loose stool and help your dog get back into its normal home routine.

If you have any other questions about boarding your dog, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 513-860-DOGS.

Spring Grooming Tips for Your Dog

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

Now that the weather is heating up in Cincinnati, you can enjoy spending more quality time with your dog outdoors. While temperatures aren’t yet at the levels they’ll hit during the peak of summer, a dog may still get quite hot after spending so much time inside. One way to help keep your dog’s temperature at an optimal level is through spring grooming. By following just a few guidelines, you’ll be able to keep your dog looking and feeling its best.

Dealing with the Aftermath of a Heavy Winter Coat

It’s common for dogs to grow a heavier coat during the cold months of winter. Although this type of coat is more obvious in some breeds than others, it’s pretty common across the canine spectrum. Once spring arrives and temperatures start going up, these heavier coats can get matted. And loose hair that doesn’t get matted can end up everywhere. The extent of shedding will depend on a dog’s breed. However, just about any kind of dog will benefit from lots of brushing during spring.

In terms of how to brush your dog, the best tool to use will depend on whether it has a coat that’s short, medium, long or undercoat. Once you find the best tool for your dog’s specific coat, you’ll want to brush in the direction that the hair grows. For mats, be sure to untangle them with your fingers instead of trying to break them up through brute force.

While some dogs may be easy enough to brush out in a short session, others may require more frequent brushing spread out over shorter sessions. And to get the best results from a solid spring brushing, be sure to promptly follow up with a bath. Just like people, a dog’s coat can dry out during the colder winter months, which is why you may want to include a conditioner in your bath routine.

Call a Professional

In addition to taking some grooming steps on your own, it’s also great to take advantage of professional help. At Dog Day, Every Day, we’re proud to offer a a variety of great spa services. Our bath service with blow dry and brush is a great way to freshen your dog. You can maximize freshness by adding a blueberry facial.

Despite your best efforts to follow the tips above, your dog’s shedding may be driving you crazy. Fortunately, our shed-less treatment or shed-less package are very effective at dealing with this issue. Complete your dog’s spring grooming with one of our thorough pawdicures. If you have any questions about our spa services or would like to schedule an appointment, you can easily reach us by calling 513-860-DOGS.



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.



At Dog Day, Every Day, taking great care of dogs is something that’s always on our minds. Since providing great dog care is our speciality, we like sharing our knowledge and experience with dog owners whenever possible. Now that the temperature is on the rise, we thought it would be the perfect time to bring up a “pesky” topic and how you can stay on top of this issue.


What Dog Owners Need to Know About Fleas


The first six weeks of warmer weather are when fleas often explode in numbers. How do you know if your dog has fleas? Black specks are the most common sign. These specks aren’t the fleas themselves. Instead, they’re the fecal matter that adult fleas leave behind. In addition to looking for these specks in the areas where your dog lays, you can run a comb through your dog’s hair to see if any specks fall out.


If your dog doesn’t have fleas, the main thing for you to do is take preventive action now to keep fleas from becoming a problem in the coming weeks. Depending on your dog’s age, lifestyle and your own schedule, there are a variety of solutions you can compare to keep your dog flea-free.


What if you discover that your dog does have fleas? The first thing is don’t panic! Although fleas definitely aren’t ideal, they’re also not the end of the world. By taking action now, you can eliminate the problem and then prevent it from happening again.


In order to fully get rid of fleas, there are four different steps you need to complete. The first three are kill adult fleas on your dog, kill adult fleas that are planning to get on your dog and then prevent flea eggs from hatching inside your home. You can accomplish all three steps by using an active treatment recommended by your vet.


The last step is to fully clear your home and any other area your dog spends time in of flea eggs, larvae, and pupae. You can do that by frequently vacuuming throughout your home, regularly washing the places where your dog sleeps and keeping your yard as tidy as possible.


Don’t Forget About Mosquitoes

In addition to fleas, the warmer weather means mosquitoes are getting active again. Not only should you protect yourself against these pests, but it’s important to do the same for your dog. The reason that mosquitoes are especially concerning for dogs is they can carry heartworm. Since heartworm is almost always serious and even has the potential to be fatal, we highly recommend you start your dog on a heartworm preventative. If you haven’t ever used this kind of medication before, don’t hesitate to ask your vet any questions about which option is the best fit for your dog.