Tips For Introducing Your New Puppy To Your Older Dog

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As you may know, a new puppy recently joined my family. Our new puppy was 9 weeks old when he came home and Jackson is 2.5 years old. Although the age gap may not be too large, I was concerned about what introducing them to one another would look like.

Thankfully, the introduction went well in my home! But after the stress of that one moment, I wanted to create a list of tips for introducing your new puppy to your older dog.

Before The Introduction

Put away toys and dog bowls.

The last thing you need when bringing your new puppy home is for any territorial aggression to emerge. If your older dog has his own toys and an easily-accessed food dish, make sure those are put away. If these items are left in the open, your older dog could become territorial when your new puppy tries to investigate.

Prepare individual spaces for each dog.

It is a good idea to provide each pet with individual space. If you crate train your pets, it is a good idea to have separate crates.

In my home, Jackson uses the living room as his individual space and Tucker’s crate is in my bedroom. By doing this, your pets can have some time away from one another, which becomes very helpful if one dog begins to get irritated.

During The Introduction

Place both dogs on leashes.

When the dogs first meet, it can be helpful to have them both on leashes. This does not mean that you have to hold them close to you, but it is wise to have them on leash in case any type of aggression emerges so you can control the situation.

Stay calm.

Dogs can read your body language. They understand when we feel stressed, and if your dog reads that stress in you, it may cause them to react similarly.

Let them get to know each other.

When you introduce your two furry friends, let them sniff each other. Let them smell all over, if need be. It may look strange and it may make you nervous, but this is how dogs get to know each other.

When I brought Tucker home, Jackson sniffed him for what felt like days!

After The Introduction

Watch them closely.

It is important to monitor your pets’ behavior when they are together. You need to ensure that are comfortable with one another, and if your puppy is much smaller than your older dog, you need to make sure that they are playing safely.

Maintain your old dogs routine.

You may have the instinct to change up your old dogs routine entirely to match the new puppy, but I would urge you not to do that. Your older dog has gotten used to the routine you have set for him and it may make him uncomfortable if you change that.

Create a new routine for your puppy.

Life would be grand if we could have the same routine for both a puppy and our older dogs, but sadly it doesn’t always work that way. For example, puppies need to be taken out way more often than older dogs do.

So, don’t feel concerned about establishing a new routine for your puppy. Tucker’s routine is entirely different than Jackson’s and they are doing very well (aside from the fractured leg, ha).

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The last piece of advice that I can offer you is to enjoy this time. Your puppy won’t be a puppy for long, and although they can be a handful, you will miss seeing your older dog and his brand new sibling getting to know each other.

And if the stress of a new puppy getting comfortable with your older dog becomes too much for you, find a dog sitter and take some time for yourself! Once again, dogs can sense your stress.

Infections, Broken Bones, And Vet Bills, Oh My!

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At this point, I am considering creating a GoFundMe account to pay for veterinarian bills (ha!). My future husband cracks the humorous joke that our local vet is slowly becoming our second home.

Here’s a brief synopsis of all that has happened over the past month:

Jackson

sick jacksonIf you have read my previous blog posts, you know that Jackson endured a stint in doggy hospital. He was deemed to have a stomach infection, which had caused his heart rate to sky rocket to 250. It was a very scary moment because they were initially unsure of what was causing this problem. But after a few hours, they determined the cause.

Thankfully, after a full 24 hours hospitalized and plenty of medications, Jackson fully recovered.

Tucker

We adopted Tucker, who you read about in my most recent post, exactly one week and one day ago. The night we brought Tucker home, we recognized odd behavior. He wasn’t playing, he was breathing heavily, and he wasn’t using the bathroom regularly. So, we took him to the vet. Turns out, switching dog food had upset his stomach. A round of sick tuckermedication and a strict diet of only boiled chicken cured this issue.

Friday, we visited the vet once again to procure Tucker’s first round of vaccinations. This was a normal, planned trip.

However, last night we visited the vet again. Tucker had fallen off the bed yesterday morning and had continued limping throughout the day. After a quick Google search, we learned that if a dog won’t put any pressure on the foot at all, it could mean that there is a break. After about thirty minutes at the vet, we learned that he had fractured his tibia. Poor Tucker is now sporting a stint and a cone for five weeks.

Talk about a rough start, am I right?!

What I Have Learned

First and foremost, I learned that caring for two dogs (especially when these dogs hit a round of bad luck) is difficult and expensive. It has been far more challenging that I ever dreamed, but I am thankful that both of my pups are alive and well.

Since I’ve had plenty of experience with vet visits recently, I wanted to provide some things that I have learned for you:

1. CareCredit is a lifesaver.

CareCredit is a credit card that you can obtain specifically for your pet. During this process, we procured this credit card. Vet bills can add up and this is a handy tool to help!

Note: If you pay off the charges within 6 months of them being applied, no interest will be charged.

2. Pet Insurance may be a good idea.

Jackson has been with me for nearly two years and I never thought pet insurance is a good idea. However, I recently learned that you can obtain pet insurance for $25 a month. Some insurance plans will cover 80% of the treatment, while you pay a deductible and the remaining 20%.

If that doesn’t sound great to you, ask me how much I’ve paid in vet bills over the past month or so!

3. Trust your gut.

The day that Jackson got sick (the stomach infection), I was about to leave for church. The church I planned on attending that day was one hour away, and I planned to spend a good amount of time in that town. However, something in my gut told me that Jackson wasn’t okay.

And thank God I listened. So, if your dog is behaving somewhat differently and your gut tells you something is wrong, check it out!

4. Better safe than sorry.

Poor Tucker spent hours with a fractured foot yesterday simply because I assumed it was a mere sprain. In the end, we did take him to the vet and he has begun the healing process. But trust me, that $40 exam fee is worth it! You never know if something more dangerous could be happening with your furry friend.

5. Pay attention.

I know that life gets busy, but always make sure that you are paying attention to your pets behavior. They cannot speak to us, so we can only determine if something is wrong by their behavior. If your pet is behaving more lethargic than usual, if he won’t eat or drink, if his bowel movements are irregular, if his breathing has changed, or anything else, make sure you get him to a vet.

Do you have any tips that I didn’t mention? If so, contact me! I’d love to learn even more about how to properly care for our furry friends.

 

 

Top 8 Tips For Camping With Your Pet

 

As a dog lover, I completely understand the desire to take our furry, four-legged friends on all of life’s adventures with us. However, when we plan to bring them along for our adventures, it is imperative that we plan accordingly.

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Recently, I took my dog camping with me for the very first time! And I learned a lot. Here are my top 8 tips for camping with your pet:

Find An Appropriate Campsite

If you plan a camping trip, try to find a pet-friendly campground. When I visited Red River Gorge in Kentucky for camping, I found a pet-friendly campground very easily. However, if this becomes a challenge, backcountry camping is always an option!

Prepare Documents/Pre-Vet Visit

Anytime you plan on taking your dog on a trip, it is important to ensure that your pet is up-to-date on all vaccinations. Additionally, you may want to bring a copy of your pet’s vaccination documentation and their dog tag.

Bring a Tie Out

Believe it or not, this is something that I actually thought to bring — and yes, I’m giving myself a pat on the back for that. A tie out can be used to tie your pet to a tree, or anything stable nearby, so they have the freedom to move around the campsite safely and with limits.

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Pack Portable Food and Water Bowls

One of my favorite pet items is the collapsible food and water bowls. These rubber bowls collapse into themselves, which makes them easy to carry with you. Additionally, you can usually find these bowls with links on them so that you can attach them to a backpack when hiking.

Remember Poop Bags

The last thing you want to do is forget the poop bags! If you forget this necessary item, your campsite will be very stinky. Plus, it is a sign of respect to clean up after your pet. Remember to #LeaveNoTrace.

Bring a Pet First-Aid Kit

Okay, this is something that I am guilty of forgetting. Sigh. Although my dog, thankfully, did not sustain any injuries on our camping trip, it is also possible that an injury could occur. Therefore, you should prepare a pet first-aid kit when you plan to go camping. Oh, and maybe prepare a human first-aid kit as well!

Plan Sleeping Arrangements

Regardless of how you generally sleep at home, co-sleeping at a campsite may be the best option. Even if your pet usually sleeps outside, there is often wildlife roaming near campsites, especially if one of your camping neighbors forgot to put away all of their food and/or trash. So, it may be safer for your pet to sleep inside the tent.

However you plan on sleeping with your pet — freely inside the tent, in a kennel inside the tent, or anything else — it is important to plan that ahead of time! Preparing sleeping arrangements before arriving will reduce some stress.

Savor the Time Together

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Regardless of where you go or who tags along with the two of you, make sure that you have fun!

 

7 Tips For Taking Your Furry Friend To The Beach

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If you keep up with my ‘Adventure Paws’ posts, you already know I took Jackson to Myrtle Beach, SC a few weeks ago. If you don’t keep up with them, you know this information now! But more importantly, why aren’t you?!

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Anyways, since our adventure to the beach, I thought it could be helpful to provide you with some tips that I learned. So, here are some tips for taking your furry friend to the beach:

Check Pet Hours

Something I had been unaware of was that the city actually regulates specific hours that dogs can be on the beach, particularly during summer months. For Myrtle Beach specifically, dogs were not allowed on the between 10AM-5PM during May-September.

If you visit the beach with your pet, it is important to learn what the beach hours are. The last thing you want to do is break the rules!

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Pay Attention to the Hotel Pet Policy

Apparently, my hotel had a policy that dogs were not allowed around the pool area. One night, I made the mistake of taking Jackson directly outside of our room. I didn’t have him close the pool at all, but we were in that area. After being scolded by an employee, I learned the important lesson of learning the hotel pet policy and adhering to those rules.

Make Sure the Sand Isn’t Hot

Just like with pavement, sand can get extremely hot. Before walking your pet on the sand, hold your palm to it for ten seconds. If your palm is burning, it isn’t safe to walk your pet.

However, if the sand is hot but you only this time gap to walk your pet, you can walk them near the water. As you near the water, the sand is moist and is no longer burning hot.

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Clean Your Pet After the Beach

After you leave the beach and you are covered in sand, you want to wash off before laying down for a nap, right? Well, your pup needs that same cleanliness! You don’t have to give them a full bath, but at least use a damp rag to clean their fur.

Be Mindful of Their Behavior

My dog had never visited the beach before, so he had no idea what to expect (obviously he can’t Google beaches!). So, when we visited, he tried to sniff the sand which caused him to gag and he attempted to drink the salt water… that didn’t go so well!

If you are taking your pet to the beach for the first time, be mindful of their behavior. Your pet will not understand where they are, so you need to ensure that they are engaging in safe behavior.

Watch Them Around Waves

Jackson despises water so I didn’t have to worry about this, but I did notice other dogs playing in the ocean. As adorable as they were, I did worry, though, about the undercurrent and the waves themselves.

If your furry friend enjoys taking a dip, keep an eye on them while they play. They can get taken under the water just as easily as we can!

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Take A Lot Of Photos

There aren’t many people who get the opportunity to take their pet to the beach. Trust me, it is a memory that you will cherish! So, take a lot of photos of your pup playing at the ocean.

You will never regret the amount of photos you take.

Top 7 Things Dog Lovers Must Remember

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As a fellow dog lover, I completely understand just how much information we have in our minds about dogs. We want to give our pets the best possible care and want them to have enjoyable lives.

However, since it is so much to remember, I decided to write a quick list of the top 7 things that dog lovers must remember.

Dogs have a short lifespan.

While humans can live nearly 100 years, dogs have a much shorter life span. Dogs typically live between 10-20 years, so it is important that we enjoy them while they are a part of our families!

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Dogs must be groomed regularly.

It is important to keep your dog clean. Although they may protest against a bath, it is essential for their physical health (and for your home). Always make sure to find the time to bathe your pet, trim their nails, and groom their fur.

Human foods can be toxic.

I’ll admit that I am guilty of this at times — feeding your dog human food is not always a good idea. When our dogs are giving up puppy dog eyes for a bite of our food, sometimes we give in. But one thing dog lovers must always remember is to ensure if the food you are about to feed your pet is toxic.

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Dogs may act aggressively out of fear.

My dog is afraid of other dogs, particularly larger dogs. However, he doesn’t hide behind me out of fear; instead, he growls and snarls at the other dog. It is important to remember that although your dog may behave aggressively, he/she could be afraid of the situation they are in.

Dogs are sensitive to their environment.

Dogs are sensitive to both indoor and outdoor environments. Your dog should be treated for fleas and ticks, you should always check to ensure that the ground is not too hot before taking them for a walk, and they should not be left out in the heat or cold for too long. Dogs are also sensitive to things inside of your home, such as air fresheners, some essential oils, or even stress that may be occurring within your home.

Remember that although your dog is an animal, they are sensitive to the environment around them.

Dogs may change their behavior if ill.

If your dog’s behavior suddenly changes, it is important to visit their vet. Dogs may begin to eat less, drink less, or behave lethargically if they are ill. Make sure you always observe your dogs behavior for any changes.

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Dogs reduce human stress.

If you’re already a dog lover, you know this! Dogs physiologically reduce stress — it’s proven!

Dogs want to make their owner happy.

Your dog loves you unconditionally. Every time you walk in the front door, they behave as if they haven’t seen you in twenty years.

Although our dogs may behave poorly sometimes, they want to make you happy! Did you know that sometimes a dog will give you their toy if they think you’re bored? Yep. They want us to play and have fun too!

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Tips To Handle A Dog Attack

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Recently, another dog attacked my dog. Long story short: My neighbor let her dog outside without a leash and it bolted straight towards mine (who was leashed) and began attacking him. Jackson was much smaller than this dog, so it was not an equal fight. However, I am beyond thankful that Jackson is okay! He is in a little pain, but no punctures from biting.

Since I have experienced this for the first time, I decided to do some research about dog attacks and thought I should write an informational post about what to do during a dog attack and how to care for your pet afterwards.

What To Do If Your Dog Is Attacked

Here are some helpful tips:

  • Do not pick your dog up. If you pick your dog up in an attempt to protect them or end the fight, the other dog may begin attacking you in an effort to get to your dog.
  • Get names and phone numbers of witnesses. If the dog attack is serious enough, you may need to file a report and witness information will be helpful.
  • Note any details you can about the dog and where the owner(s) live. Once again, this can be helpful if the attack is severe enough to file a report. However, keep in mind that you should not be hyper-focused on collecting information because your dog needs you in that moment.
  • Get your dog to the vet, even if you do not see any external signs of injury. Jackson did not show any external signs, but his vet explained that sometimes a tooth can puncture an organ or the rib cage but may not be visibly noticeable. These punctures can impact their breathing. It is important to seek medical attention to ensure your dog’s health is good.

How To Care For Your Pet Afterward

  • Once again, take your dog to the vet. It is important to allow your vet to perform a thorough examination.
  • Make sure your dog is eating and drinking. Loss in appetite and lack of drinking can be an indicator that something is wrong. Be observant 24-48 hours after the attack of your dogs’ eating and drinking behaviors.
  • Soothe and comfort your pet. Give your dog a little extra love, but remember to be gentle. Your dog may have sore locations that you are unaware of. Be careful as you extend this comfort to your pet as they may bite if you touch a painful location.
  • Keep in mind that some dogs’ need time for rehabilitation after an attack. Your dog may become uneasy or aggressive around other dogs after the attack. This is a fear response. If the aggression persists, it may be helpful to consult a trainer. Remember: your pet notices your body language. If you are relaxed and calm, your dog will feel more relaxed as well.

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Dog attacks can be traumatic for both your dog and you. Remember to care for yourself as well. If you received a wound during the attack, seek medical attention immediately and determine if the dog who bit you has been vaccinated. Once you and your dog are physically examined and found to be in good health, or on the mend, take some time to relax and rest.

7 Tips To Keep Your Pet Safe This Summer

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Summer heat is amazing, right? We all love warmer weather and the opportunity to dive headfirst into an ice-cold pool. However, summer can present some dangers for our pets.

With that said, here are my top ten tips to keep your pet safe this summer:

1. Mind your walking hours.

Something many dog owners may not consider during the summer is how the heat warms the pavement. It is important to avoid walking your pet between the hours of noon-3PM. Personally, I wait until around 6PM to walk Jackson.

In addition, avoiding walks during the middle of the day can help prevent heat exhaustion.

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2. Provide plenty of water.

When I first became a pet owner, I would find myself forgetting to bring a bowl for Jackson to drink. It may not be something you think of immediately, but always make sure that you provide plenty of water for your pet.

Dehydration and heat exhaustion are potential threats during these hot months.

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3. Medicate your pet against fleas and ticks.

Fleas make your dog feel horrible and can spread from pet-to-pet, or even to humans. Fleabites are no good!

And ticks can be deadly. If your pet gets a tick and develops Lyme disease, it can become life threatening. You can purchase flea and tick medicine from a local pet store or from your vet.

4. Purchase a life vest.

Unlike Jackson, many dogs love water! The idea of bringing your dog along with you to the lake, to kayak, or simply to swim in a pool is a great idea.

Important things to remember:

  • Your dog may not know how to swim well the first time he/she is placed in the water. Watch them carefully if you have not provided a life vest.
  • Dogs can tire out. If you know that your dog will be swimming for a while, or having a day full of exercise in general, a life vest may be helpful.

5. Know the signs.

Your pet can overheat. It is important to know what signs to observe. The following is a list of symptoms of overheating:

  • Heavy panting
  • Dry or bright red gums
  • Thick drool
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Wobbly legs

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6. Keep their paws cool.

As I mentioned in a previous section, summer heat warms the pavement. Your dog may be burning his/her paws during a walk, but will not stop walking. It is important that you be mindful of the heat of the pavement or that you purchase a pair of boots for your pet to wear.

7. Don’t shave your pet.

Contrary to popular belief, shaving your pet is not a solution to prevent overheating during summer. Your pet’s coat is designed to keep the animal cool during summer months and warm during winter months.

You can groom your pet, but make sure to leave at least a full inch of fur.

Stay cool out there, y’all!

Tips For Hiking With Your Pet

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If you’re anything like me, you love doing fun things with your furry, four-legged friend. Dogs seem to make everything better! After all, they are man’s best friend.

But sometimes, our dogs can make fun things a bit more stressful. You realize as your hiking that you forgot a bowl to pour water in for your dog or they are trying to sniff every blade a grass and keep choking themselves by pulling too hard on their leash. Whatever issues you have encountered in the past, this blog post is dedicated to providing you with some tips to make your hiking trips a bit less stressful this year!

Use a harness.

The most common method for keeping your dog tethered to you on outgoings is a basic collar and leash. However, this method is not always a good one. A helpful tip is to purchase a harness for your dog. By using a harness, your dog will have the freedom to explore and pull against the leash a bit without choking him or herself.

You can see a harness pictured on Jackson below. I prefer to purchase my harnesses, leashes, and collars from Top Paw. These can be purchased from PetSmart. Click here to find the link to Jackson’s harness, which is featured below.

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Use a short leash if it is a populated trail.

Many hiking trails will actually dictate the length of the leash that you should use with your dog, but even if the trail does not, I would recommend that you always use a shorter leash. If a trail is highly trafficked, you don’t want your dog running far ahead of you and jumping on other hikers. You also don’t want your dog to wander off to far and find anything dangerous or harmful off the trail.

In the photo below you can see the short leash that I keep Jackson on during hikes. Short leashes can be helpful for your dog’s protection as well in case another animal on the trail decides to become aggressive.

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Bring a portable water bowl.

A portable water bowl is super easy to forget and sometimes we don’t even think to purchase one before going on hiking trips. If money is an issue, don’t worry! You don’t need anything fancy. Before I purchased a pop-up water bowl for Jackson, I used to take a small plastic bowl from my kitchen for him.

No matter what you use, make sure that you always have a way to provide your dog with water. They get thirsty too!

Bring treats.

Treats are especially helpful for hiking if your pup isn’t completely trained yet. When hiking, dogs find many things to stimulate their senses and become incredibly distracted. So, if you bring a treat with you and reward them when you are able to grab their attention easily, you can continue to train them during a fun activity!

Even if your pup is trained, treats are still a good thing to bring. It is always helpful to reward your dog for good behavior and sometimes they simply need a good snack just like us.

Make sure your dog has current I.D. tags.

In case your dog does become separated from you on a hiking trail, it is important to make sure that your pet has current I.D. tags. A dog tag should at least have the dog’s name and your phone number. This way, if a stranger finds your furry friend, he or she can contact you to return him.

Doggie bags for waste.

Our state and national parks are beautiful. When visiting these trails, we want to #LeaveNoTrace. So, it is helpful to bring doggie bags for your dog’s waste. A helpful tip for bringing doggie bags is to purchase a bag holder that can be latched onto the leash.

If you look at my hand in the photo below, you can see exactly what I am referencing. It is very helpful!

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Bring a doggie seatbelt.

If you are traveling to find your hiking destination, it is important to use a doggie seatbelt. People have mocked me to buckling Jackson in when I drive him in my vehicle, but it’s always better safe than sorry. In the event of the crash, we want our fur babies to be just as protected as we are!

You can find these for a decent price on Amazon! Click here to find the one that I use for Jackson (featured in the photo below).

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I hope these tips help make your summer adventures with your furry buddy a blast! If you have any tips you’d like to share, contact me on my Facebook page or Instagram. I’d love to hear from you!

Tips For Staying In A Hotel With Your Pet

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We all know that traveling with your pet is a great experience. Everyone – or anyone I have ever met – loves the idea of visiting new places and exploring with their furry friend.

But sadly, our pets cannot go everywhere with us. Cruel places exist where pets are not allowed! Bummer right?! So, what happens when you have to leave your pet in the hotel?

I have only stayed in a hotel with my pet twice before, but I have picked up a few handy tips to help your pet feel more comfortable! And we all know that the more comfortable your pet feels, the better their behavior will be.

So, here are the tips:

Bring items they are familiar with.

A great way to keep your pet comfortable is to bring items that they are familiar with – by items I think we all understand that I mean toys.If your pet is anything like mine, he/she has a few favorite toys, which actually makes this process a lot easier! Pick just a couple of your pets favorite toys – toys they play with or sleep with – and make sure that your pet knows you have left these toys in the hotel room with them.

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Treats, treats, and more treats.

Whenever I leave – even if I’m just going to work – I leave Jackson with a treat. Leaving a treat for your pet is a great way to remind them that you are coming back for them, and it helps ease the leaving process. So, if you know that you will have to leave your pet alone in a hotel room, make sure that you have brought plenty of treats!

Also, treats are an excellent reward if you return to the hotel room and everything seems perfectly fine. Rewarding good behaviors helps the pet understand that this is the behavior you want from them.

Bring something to remind them of you.

Unlike humans, dogs have got an incredible sense of smell. It is soothing to your pet if you bring an item that smells like you. For example, I usually bring a blanket from my house whenever I travel with Jackson. Nine times out of ten, I return to the hotel room to find him curled up in that blanket.

You can bring a blanket, a T-shirt, a pillow, etc. Literally just bring anything that smells like you and can help remind your pet of you. You’d be surprised how comforting this is for them.

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Bring a dog camera.

If you’ve read my blog post titled, “Adventure Paws: Niagara Falls”, you know that I brought my dog camera so I could check in on Jackson, but that it didn’t work. To this day, I have no clue why my camera wouldn’t connect, but I do know that bringing a dog camera is very helpful. Dog cameras offer you the opportunity to check in on your pet while you are out, and if you have a camera with a microphone built in, you can even speak to your pet!

Check in on your pet often.

Many hotels will actually ask you to check in on your pet every couple of hours, but even if they don’t, it is helpful to do this. Leaving your pet in a strange place for eight hours can be frightening for them, which can cause them to behave poorly. So, it is helpful to visit them every few hours. Take them out to use the bathroom, make sure they have food and water, and just show them some love!

7 Ways To Keep Your Pet Warm This Winter

It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal. – Joaquin Phoenix

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We’ve made it through most of the winter, but there are still many cold days ahead of us. Lately, states all around the U.S. have experienced bitter temperatures that tend to drop into the negatives due to the wind-chill. 

How can you care for your pets during this weather?

  1. Never leave your pet alone in the cold car: If there is a situation where you must leave your pet in the car, please make sure that you leave the heat on and that you hurry back to the vehicle. Pets can freeze to death if left alone in a cold vehicle for a prolonged amount of time.
  2. Move your pets indoors: Although some animals are accustomed to wintry temperatures and can withstand it, many cannot. It may be a slight inconvenience, but it is important to make sure you’re keeping your pets warm.
  3. Provide a warm place to sleep: If you cannot move your pet indoors, make sure they have a warm place to sleep. Make sure there are plenty of blankets and siding that will protect them from the cold wind. If possible, add a heat light to their doghouse.
  4. Keep your pet away from bodies of water: It may be funny to watch your pet slip and slide on ice, but bodies of water may not be completely frozen. Keep your pet away from bodies of water so they do not accidentally fall in freezing waters.
  5. Wipe your pets’ paws when returning indoors: Not only is the cold and snowy weather freezing their paws, but salt and ice melt can irritate the skin and may be fatal if ingested.
  6. Be mindful of cats seeking warm shelter under car hoods: It’s a good rule of thumb to check underneath your vehicle before starting it up and driving away, especially if you have noticed several stray cats in your area.
  7. Don’t let your dog off leash during snowy weather: When it snows, it is much easier for a dog to lose a scent trail and they can get lost. Make sure you keep an eye on them while they’re happily running through the snow!

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