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Running With Your Dog

Jogger running with two dogsIf you want to run with your dog you should take a few precautions before you get started:
1. Before you start a running program with your dog, make sure he or she is healthy enough for the endeavor. A trip to the vet should be first on your list before starting.
2. Once your pooch is cleared to start running, don’t take off on a 10-mile run. Just like people, dogs need to be conditioned. Start slow and build up your dog’s endurance.
3. Training is important. Your dog needs to learn how to run alongside you, so that you can both enjoy the time together.
4. Not all dogs are meant to be runners. If your dog is older, short snouted, or just too small to keep up, leave them at home when you go for your jog.
5. DO NOT run your dog if it’s hot outside. Dogs do not disburse heat the way we humans do. Keep some of these things in mind: [Read more…]

The Importance of Picking Up After Your Dog

 

Every day I am out walking dogs and every day I see piles left by dog owners who don’t pick up after their dog. I get it! Sticking my hand in a bag so I can pick up a warm pile of dog poop is not exactly on the top 10 list of my most favorite things. But what are the consequences of not picking up after your dog? Well, there are many. Here are just a few of the things that dog poop can contain:

  • E-Coli
  • Salmonella
  • Parvovirus
  • Roundworms
  • Tapeworms
  • Cryptosporidium

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Travel with Your Dog

Dog in front seat of car

Recently my dog Kensi and I took another road trip to the mountains of North Carolina. This is becoming an annual event for us. I rent a beautiful cabin and we go hiking every day. It really is my bliss, hanging out in the woods with my dog. But there is a stressful side to this traveling with your dog thing, how do you keep your dog safe when you are on the road? [Read more…]

Laser Light Toys and Your Dog

 

When my husband and I adopted our dog Kensi, one of the first things we noticed was her obsession with light. If we brought out our cell phones she immediately started looking for the light on the floor. The same thing happened if we turned on a flash light. To this day, if she is riding in the car with us and the sun glints off something in the car she will chase that reflection until we can figure out what is causing it and stop it. If we open a door into a dark room she will bound in chasing the light from the hallway that shines on the wall of the darkened room. I know this doesn’t sound like much of a problem, but when we first brought her home it was constant. She chased any kind of light or reflection. She was obsessed. Our guess is that one of her previous owners, she’s had several, played with her using a laser toy or flashlight, encouraging her to chase the light. [Read more…]

Dog Theft: How to Keep Your Pets Safe

 

Almost every time I look at Facebook I see another post about a dog who has been stolen and their owners are heartbroken. Why would anyone need to steal a dog? Well the answers are sad and sometimes horrific. [Read more…]