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 

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.



People who haven’t spent much time around dogs are often concerned if they see one interacting with a child. However, for dog lovers who have lots of experience with this kind of animal, their impression is likely the opposite. Plenty of dog owners have seen firsthand that small children, who get excited and don’t know any better, will do everything from tug on a dog’s tail to rub their fur backwards. Although this isn’t the type of interaction that a dog would willingly chose, most are surprisingly patient with children and may even indicate that they want the interaction to continue. Witnessing these types of experiences often leads to people wondering why dogs continue to be drawn to children.


The Social Structure of Dogs


To fully answer this question, it’s helpful to have some insight into the social structure that dogs follow. In the wild, much of dogs’ behavior is driven by whether they’re in charge or subordinate. With pet dogs, they understand their family setting. In the case of a child who’s brought into a dog’s human family, their instincts will likely be to protect it.


As you may have guessed, there are a few caveats to this behavior. The first is understanding that breeds differ in their natural protective characteristics.  Herding breeds are going to go out of their way to keep their pack together (including children), while breeds that have been bred as lap dogs are going to be less proactive in their interactions.


Another important note is dogs with previous experience around children are the most likely to be patient during future interactions. If a dog hasn’t had much socialization outside of its core family members, interactions with children should be carefully supervised. But as long as a dog has a basic level of socialization, it’s likely to interact with children in the way we described at the beginning of this post.


Helping Your Dog with Family Transitions 


Any family that has a dog and child knows how attached they can get to each other. This can cause quite a bit of stress during transitions like going back to school. After a fun summer of playing together, a dog may be sad when its buddy resumes leaving the house for eight or more hours a day. If you face this or any other type of challenge due to a transition within your family, our dog daycare can help.


By getting your dog out of the house and into an environment where it will be engaged with other dogs, you’ll be able to help your pup continue feeling its best.

 

Dog parks are an interesting topic. Plenty of owners absolutely love them. Some owners completely swear off dog parks. And many others fall somewhere in the middle of this spectrum. Whether you’ve just recently gotten a dog or are thinking about visiting a dog park in Cincinnati for the first time, we want to share some helpful information about this type of experience:

Understand Who’s Right for Dog Parks

A common myth about dog parks is every single dog will enjoy and/or benefit from them. The reality is some dogs simply aren’t inclined to have any interest in this type of environment. It’s possible for a dog to have a personality or something from their background that causes them to get overwhelmed by the lack of structure in a dog park. Puppies who haven’t been fully vaccinated yet should also be kept away from dog parks for their own safety. And if a dog has any behavioral issues related to aggression, a dog park is unlikely to be a good fit.

Be Cautious About Kids and Dog Parks

If you have a dog and kids, going to the park can be a fun experience for everyone. However, that’s only true when kids know proper dog park etiquette. Kids who scream or want to run around inside a dog park can create a safety liability for everyone.

Owners Can Be An Issue at the Dog Park

Kids aren’t the only group of humans who can cause issues at a dog park. The simple truth is many owners don’t demonstrate good judgment about their dog’s behavior. This falls into two categories. Some owners baby their dogs and try to intervene in normal interactions between dogs. The other category is when owners have a dog who is rude or aggressive but don’t recognize that reality.

When owners don’t understand the behavior of their dogs and others, it can create lots of unnecessary stress for everyone involved or even put dogs in danger. On top of that, there are owners who don’t have good etiquette and may do things like bring food into this space or fail to clean up after their dog.

Dog Parks Aren’t the Only Option for Exercise

There are a lot of good things to be said about dog parks. But as you can see from what we covered above, they’re not the perfect solution for every single dog and owner. For owners who are frustrated because dog parks have never seemed quite like the right environment, the good news is there are other options to explore for exercising and socializing your dog.

If you’re looking for an environment that’s supervised by caring professionals, allows dogs to exercise and promotes proper socialization, you’ll want to take a look at our dog daycare.



How late it stays light outside isn’t the only thing that changes during the summer. The heat of this season can also cause some changes in your dog. Specifically, your dog’s eating habits may change when the temperature outside is elevated. If you’ve noticed any differences in your dog, keep reading to find out if the changes are consistent with what many dogs experience:


Eating Less During the Summer is Normal for a Dog


Plenty of dog owners notice that their pet doesn’t want to eat as much as normal when it’s hot outside. This may only occur during part of the summer. It’s also possible for a dog to get in a routine where they aren’t as hungry one night, return to normal the next and then start the cycle again. A dog’s decreased appetite during the summer is generally the result of a combination of feeling hot and being less active.


Other Issues That Cause a Dog to Eat Less (Plus Important Warning Signs)


As a rule of thumb, a dog that’s eating less but is still drinking plenty of water and being at least moderately active is most likely experiencing a temporary reduction in appetite that will disappear when the weather starts cooling down.


On the other hand, there are a few signs that a loss of appetite may be caused by something else. The first is if you’ve recently changed your dog’s food. Switching to a different brand or style may be accompanied by a period where your dog’s eating habits are less consistent.


The next thing to consider is if your dog has seemed anxious or depressed. These feelings can trigger a loss of appetite and may be caused by an event like kids going back to school (check out our recent post on how to best handle this transition).


It’s also worth seeing if your dog is getting food from another source. This type of invisible snacking happens far more often than many dog owners expect. While the issues covered above are all minor and fairly easy to fix, an underlying health problem can also be at fault for a dog’s loss of appetite.


One thing to remember with dogs is they often try to hide any signs of being sick or injured. So if a loss of appetite is accompanied by weight loss, aggressive behavior, not drinking water, vomiting, diarrhea and/or lack of energy, there’s probably a bigger issue than summer heat affecting your dog.


To reiterate, although it is totally normal for a dog’s eating habits to change during the summer, if you have any cause for concern, it’s always best to take your dog to the vet for a check. -
Dog Day Every Day

Your dog’s fur does a great job of keeping it warm during the winter. But when the temperature heats up, your dog’s coat isn’t very useful for helping to regulate heat. Instead, the way dogs get rid of heat is through a combination of panting and the glands in their footpads. While this works fine in normal conditions, dogs can only deal with so much heat.

If a dog gets too hot, it can cause their body to overheat. In a worst case situation, this results in a heat stroke. Since heat stroke can be a very serious condition, it’s important to understand how to recognize the signs and what to do if it happens. Just as importantly is knowing what you can do to prevent it from happening in the first place.

Signs and Causes of Heat Stroke

Excessive panting is an early sign that a dog is overheating. If this continues, a dog will begin to exhibit other signs of discomfort. It’s important to take stock of the surrounding temperature and decide if it seems too hot for a dog. The most common cause of this type of incident is a dog getting left in a car on a hot day. It can also happen if a dog is outside during the peak heat and is either too active or doesn’t have enough shade.

What to Do If Your Dog Has a Heat Stroke

Heat stroke can cause a dog to loses consciousness. If this happens, run cool water over your dog while preventing any water from going in its mouth. You can also apply an ice pack or bag of frozen vegetables to the dog’s head. You’ll want to massage your dog’s legs and then let your dog drink as much water as it wants upon waking. Putting a pinch of salt in the water can help your dog get lost minerals back. Then as soon as possible, get your dog to the vet so it can be checked for unseen problems like kidney issues, brain swelling or abnormal blood clotting.

How to Prevent Heat Stroke

The most important thing you can do is never leave your dog in your car during the summer. Even if it’s just a few minutes, temperatures can quickly spike to unsafe levels. It’s also important to avoid too much activity during the hottest hours of the day. And when you are outside with your dog, make sure there’s shade and fresh drinking water available.

If you can’t be with your dog during the day and want to ensure it’s in a safe environment with loving professionals who know how to prevent issues like heat stroke, be sure to take a look at our dog day care services for Cincinnati and the surrounding areas.

Why Are Dogs Scared of Fireworks?

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

While we’re just at the beginning of summer, it won’t be all that long until the 4th of July is here. Throughout Cincinnati and the rest of the United States, the 4th is a great opportunity to enjoy food, family and fireworks. However, there’s a large group that does not like this holiday at all.

Dogs are the group that would be much happier if the 4th of July was celebrated differently. The reason dogs of all ages and sizes dislike this holiday is the fireworks. More specifically, the majority of dogs are scared of fireworks. As a dog owner, it never feels good to see your buddy getting upset. So if you want to know why dogs are scared of fireworks and if there’s anything you can do to help, keep reading to get all the answers:

Dogs’ Excellent Hearing Plays a Key Role in Their Fear

We all know that on the 4th and in the days leading up to this date, fireworks are going to make loud sounds in the evening. But dogs don’t have a way to know this holiday has arrived. So when they suddenly hear fireworks going off, it’s the equivalent of a human being startled by a loud noise they weren’t expecting.

What makes fireworks an even more intense experience for dogs is their acute hearing. A dog’s keen senses also explain why they may be afraid of fireworks but not thunderstorms. With thunderstorms, dogs are able to pick up on warning signs like high winds or barometric pressure changes. Sensing those changes gives a dog the ability to prepare for what comes next.

How to Help a Dog That’s Scared of Fireworks

Not every dog is scared of fireworks. If yours doesn’t show any signs of being upset, it’s either their easygoing personality or enough exposure to loud noises at a young age to know fireworks don’t present a threat. For all the owners who do have dogs that get scared by fireworks, there are a few ways to help reduce anxiety.

The first is to provide a safe and secure place inside for your dog to go. A crate with a toy or dog bed are two good options. The next tip is to play calm music. This can help provide a distraction. Another way to distract your dog is by giving it a treat. An added benefit is this can actually create a positive association for your dog with fireworks.

The last tip is to stay calm. Your dog will look to you for reassurance. By maintaining a calm energy, you can help your dog understand that there isn’t any danger instead of causing your dog to worry even more.

Can Dogs Get the Zika Virus?

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

 

 Although the Zika virus was first isolated in 1947, Google Trends shows that there were virtually no online searches about this topic over the last decade. Then in February of this year, searches for Zika online absolutely exploded when the virus began making headlines. Because it wasn’t something that anyone previously had much knowledge of, most people still have a lot of questions about it.

One of those questions is if dogs can get the Zika virus. The current answer to that question is we don’t know. As of now, there’s no evidence that dogs can contract or transmit the virus. Zika has been detected in non-human primates in Brazil, and has also been purposely given to genetically modified mice to better understand this infection.

Why is Zika So Concerning?

In addition to providing the most recent information about Zika and dogs, another common source of confusion is why Zika is suddenly so concerning. There are two main answers to that question. The first is how rapidly it can spread. Estimates currently point at 1.5 million people in Brazil being infected by the virus.

The second reason there’s so much concern about Zika is the effect it can have on women who are pregnant or get pregnant after being infected. The virus can cause a serious and life-threatening birth defect known as microcephaly. The physical manifestation of this defect is an underdeveloped fetal brain, which can result in severe neurological deformation or death. Over 3,500 cases of microcephaly were reported in Brazil between October 2015 and January 2016.

Protecting Your Dog From Mosquitoes

As of now, Zika isn’t something that needs to concern dog owners in the United States. However, mosquitoes can still be very dangerous to dogs. The reason is they’re the way that heartworms are spread. In fact, mosquitoes are the only way a dog can get this disease. And unlike Zika, this disease has been reported in all 50 states. Ohio specifically has a moderate to high occurrence of heartworm throughout the state.

If a dog gets infected with heartworm, it can be difficult and costly to cure. What’s even scarier is there initially won’t be any symptoms that a dog has heartworm. Over time, a cough will begin due to worms crowding the lungs and heart. Curing heartworm requires multiple injections of an arsenic-based product.

There are a lot of scary elements of heartworm. Fortunately, it’s easy to prevent a dog from getting it. All you need to do is use a monthly pill, monthly topical or a six-month injectable product. We recommend that you speak to your vet about the best prevention option for your specific dog. - Dog Day Every Day

Dog Safety in the Summer Heat

Posted by Dawn Donaldson


Summer provides an ideal opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy quality time with your dog. While summer is perfect for making lots of fun memories with your faithful companion, it's important to remember that this season does present a very real threat. Significant heat is the threat that's raised throughout the course of the summer. Because temperatures can get very hot in Ohio during the summer, it's vital to recognize the danger this can present for your dog.

Although dogs have biological mechanisms like panting that help them to regulate their internal temperature when things heat up, that doesn't mean they're equipped to handle the most extreme of temperature spikes. Just as the summer heat can put people of all ages in danger, there are specific situations that are especially risky for dogs.

Since you want to be able to enjoy the laid-back pace of summer while always ensuring that your pooch is safe, here's what you need to keep in mind:

Parked Cars Are the #1 Danger

If you're going to take your dog with you on a drive, make sure that they get out of the car at the same time you do. Even if you're only planning to run into a store to grab a few items, you should never leave your pet in a parked car. While many pet owners assume that cracking their car windows will create ventilation, the temperature inside a parked car can still reach an unsafe level in less than 10 minutes.

Exercise in Moderation

Whether it's a walk or a game of fetch, it's definitely fine to have outdoor fun with your dog during the summer. Just stay aware of their activity level so that your canine doesn't start to overheat. In addition to always having water with you, try scheduling outdoor playtime during the less hot hours of the day is best.

Humidity Can Be a Big Issue for Dogs

When the sun is beating down on West Chester or Cincinnati, it's obvious that you want to keep your dog cool and comfortable. However, plenty of pet owners aren't aware that it doesn't have to be blazingly hot for issues to arise. On days when it's really humid, you need to exercise the same level of caution with your dog.

Ensure Your Dog is Cool When You're Away

While fans can help keep humans cool inside, they're not nearly as effective for dogs. So if you're going to leave your dog at home during the day, you need to utilize a different method to ensure they stay cool.

If you have any concerns about leaving your dog at home on especially hot days, there's no reason to leave their safety to chance. With Dog Day, Every Day!, you can keep your beloved pet in a safe environment. For as little as $15 a day, our team of dog lovers will keep your dog comfortable and entertained throughout the summer.

Why Microchipping Is So Important

Posted by Dawn Donaldson


Microchipping is a topic that deserves attention throughout the entire year. But the reason we want to talk about this issue today is that the July 4th weekend was last weekend. While there are a lot of good things that can be said about this holiday, one fact that many people don't know is that more dogs get lost on July 4th than they do during any other time of the year.

Why do so many dogs get lost on July 4th? The simple answer is that lots of fireworks get set off in Ohio and the rest of the US at the start of July. Since the majority of dogs don't like fireworks and are quite scared of them, a significant number of dogs end up running off during all this commotion.

Although no pet owner wants to think about their dog suddenly disappearing, it's a reality people have to deal with on a daily basis, not only on this recent holiday weekend. Because this event can literally happen to any dog, anytime, the best thing an owner can do is take preventative action. Of all the potential ways to prepare for this worst-case scenario, microchipping is arguably the simplest but most effective.

Because West Chester and Cincinnati residents regularly ask Dog Day, Every Day! questions about microchipping, we thought it would be helpful to compile the most important things to know about this option below:

It's Not Expensive

If a pet owner is hesitant to get their dog microchipped, it may be because they assume this procedure is going to cost a lot of money. While that's a fair assumption, the good news is microchipping actually costs less than most people expect. For around or even under $50, a dog can get microchipped and registered in the central pet recovery database.

Microchipping Isn't Painful

Another reason a pet owner may be hesitant to go through with microchipping is because they don't want their dog to experience pain. But unlike other procedures, getting a microchip implant is in no way traumatic. Thanks to its tiny size, the sensation a dog will feel is almost exactly the same as getting a single vaccination shot.

It Works

The simple fact is that this preventative measure works. Specifically, dogs that are microchipped are more likely to be returned than those without a microchip. So if you want to maximize the likelihood of your dog safely returning even if it ever gets out, microchipping is the best way to accomplish that goal.

Collar IDs Aren't As Reliable

While most people agree that putting an ID tag on a dog's collar is better than doing nothing, there's no way to guarantee that the tag will remain on in all situations and settings. So if you want to have peace of mind knowing that your dog's identification will be available regardless of where they may end up wandering, microchipping is the way to go.