Spring is on it's way! It may seem as we were shouting "Happy New Year" only yesterday, but springtime and the spring holidays are upon us once again!
While many look forward to this season as it means beautiful flowers, beautiful hiking trails, warmer days and a chance to reduce a little of the clutter with some Spring Cleaning!
Here are some Spring safety tips that are perfect for sharing with all your fellow dog lovers.
Now you are all set for Spring! Grab your TurboPUP bars and hit the trails, park or lake!
When the temp drops, it's important to be mindful of your pup's needs. Not all dogs (and dog breeds) handle the cold well and it's important that we help them not only stay healthy (did you know dogs can get pneumonia?) but also that they are getting enough rest and nourishment.
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It's the holidays and that means lot's of things to tempt your pup! Make sure your pup is safe this holiday season.
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Pure cuteness! How can we not love this super cute puppy video for Halloween!
Exercise is so important for dogs any time of year, but it’s made easier when the weather’s ideal for outdoor fun.
Hiking is a great fall activity to try with your dog — and it gets you both moving. Just remember, if your dog is only accustomed to flat, even terrain like pavement or lawns you need to teach them to tackle something different.
It’s a good idea to start with short hikes and build your way up to longer ones. Remember hiking uses muscles differently than running and walking, and your dog will need to develop some endurance and learn to use those muscles (you might too!).
Fall is one of the best times to go camping hands down. The weather is wonderful, the trees are changing color and it's all just outside your tent flap!
If tent camping isn’t quite your thing, a number of state parks and campgrounds offer cabin rentals so check those out. You’ll get the best of both worlds: a bed to sleep in, running water and access to a fire pit and picnic table. This will allow you the comforts of home while you still enjoy the experience of s’mores and outdoor adventure.
More communities are offering dog parks and agility courses. They are like great big playgrounds for dogs. At an agility course, your dog can try out ramps, hurdles, bridges and some obstacles designed to challenge both their mind and their body.
Dog parks are great places for socializing as well — and not just for dogs! You might create your own "pack" of pup loving friends!
You can go walking, jogging, set up puppy play dates, or playing fetch in the yard are always great fallback activities for making sure your dog gets exercise and has a blast.
Have you ever tried blowing bubbles for your dog? Some pups love it! Raking up a pile of leaves for your dog to jump in? Sounds like a blast! Watching your dog try new activities is always entertaining so don't be afraid to give them a try!
Of course, your dog will need proper nutrition to ensure the necessary energy and endurance for all of these activities. That's one of the reasons we've made TurboPup bars! Also you want to make sure they have plenty of clean water!
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If your pup is like most, they will sleep just about anyplace. Even if you have beds for them all around the house, you might find them on the sofa, snoozing on top of the paper bags in the pantry, on the bath mat or on top of the pile of laundry on the floor.
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We know that pups can sleep anyplace but that doesn't mean we want them too. So here are 4 types of beds for your dog that might just get them to nap on them rather than the kids toy box.
If you have a pup that likes to snuggle and hide then these beds are wonderful. They have a open spot and then a little pouch for then to burrow under. Small dogs generally like these types of beds.
These types of beds are great for big dogs and they generally have at least three soft sides to them. They are larger and take up more space but you can have multiple small dogs sleep on one or one larger dog rule the roost.
These are basically one really large pillow. Sometimes they have the ability to remove the cover and wash it, which is nice.
These are so cute! They are great for dogs under 8 pounds. They are simple soft, fabric dog houses. You can put a blanket inside for snuggling too! They come in a lot of styles and prices.
Pets, particularly dogs, can absorb the stress and tension around them.It can be hard for people to realize their beloved best friend can get just as stressed out as they do. So where does stress come from for your dog? Stress in dogs is often the product of a change in their environment.
Since your dog is a part of your life and as we know our lives will certainly not be free of change, we can expect that on occasion your four legged BFF is going to need to find a little zen.
While there is no need to worry about occasional, excessive or prolonged stress can produce the same negative effects in dogs just as it does in humans. This is because stress triggers your dog's internal defense mechanisms (yep, just like us!) making her heart pound and raising her energy level to the max! It causes dogs their reserve strength just to cope and get by. This can affect a dog's resistance to illness and disease and she may get sick.
So what are the signs of stress in your dog? Just like with humans, personality is a big indicator. You may see a more aggressive dogs take out their stress on you and your home whereas more shy or nervous dogs may turn their stress inward and make themselves detached. Here are some symptoms of a "stressed out" dog:
If you believe your dog's stress is caused by loneliness, boredom and separation anxiety, the best way to relieve it is to spend more time with her. Many experts have also found that an increase her exercise opportunities can help too.
Since dogs are social creatures they can suffer from loneliness just like us. So make sure you make time to hang out. Even if it's just kicking back together on the couch watching the game while you scratch their ears. Some dogs are calmed simply by being close to you.
Of course we all know that time spent with your dog is a win-win situation for both of you. There are hundreds, if not thousands of medical studies proving that people with pets live happier, healthier and longer lives.
Set your dog up for success just like you would yourself. You can stop stress before it starts by having a clear consistent communication and training method with your dog. You should not only start obedience training as early as possible but also show them that you can be consistent with their care. Although puppies are more receptive to learning new discipline routines, older dogs can learn new tricks with consistent, prolonged training and great incentives.
If you are just giving a dog a forever home then know that from the moment you walk through the door with your new dog, you need to establish clear boundaries. You should also set aside a safe environment for her.
Here are some guidelines:
One of the the worst things you can do is punish your dog. You will only succeed in making her fear or resent you causing even more stress. Just like with a young child, the chances are she will wait until you are not around to act out the bad behaviors that you yelled at her for in the first place.
Fortunately for dog lovers, a dog's easily trainable nature works in your favor. You'll need to provide the three "Cs": control, consistency and companionship as much as possible.
Routine something that we all do, even if we don't realize it. Routine is a key element in developing stress-free dog. Your dog needs a structure to feel secure and to behave appropriately. This is true for even the simple things like knowing when she will be fed, walked and played with. These can all go a long way to making her feel more relaxed and secure.
Routine is rooted in regular companionship too. Without it she will not adapt well to unavoidable life changes and feel abandoned.
Here are some situations that could disrupt your dog's routine and cause her stress:
Here are some ways you can reduce your dog from stressful situations:
By working to maintain the daily routine in your dog's life and keeping her healthy, active, stimulated and well fed, you can really make a difference preventing and treating stress she may feel.
Don't you wish it were that simple for you? Sigh.....
Summer is a great time to travel with the whole family-including your TurboPUP! One key to having a successful trip with your pet is being organized and prepared! We've put together a list of our top picks for successful traveling with your TurboPUP.
Set yourself up for success by having a travel pack filled with all the pet essentials needed to take care of your dog while on the road. Don't forget those TurboPUP bars too!
There are several dog friendly hotel chains to choose from. Usually a pet deposit is needed to secure a room. There are also many pet friend rental homes if you are looking to have an extended stay! Some even come with a yard for play and supplies for your pet.
When you gotta go, you gotta go! Plan out some rest areas on your next road trip so everyone gets a chance to take care of some personal business.
Dogs can get suffer severe anxiety while traveling. They don’t understand what’s happening most often and can get car sick. The Thunder Shirt is great at reducing anxiety for some dogs without the use of medication. You can also look at diffusing essential oils to help calm nerves and tummies.
Like any passenger, dogs should wear a seat belt while traveling. A safety harness keeps them in place while letting them move about the seat to find a comfortable spot.
Do you have any other tips you would like to share?