Best Friends Pet Care : The Dog Dish
Best Friends Pet Care : The Dog Dish



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Checklist For When Traveling With Your Pet


With Spring Break quickly approaching, a fun-filled family vacation may be on your horizons. From flights and hotel accommodations to road trip routes and car comfortability, most vacations require lots of planning. Prepping for a trip can take some coordinating, especially when trying to figure out what to do with the family dog or cat.  If taking your fur-baby isn’t an option, don’t worry, they’ll love Play and Stay at Best Friends Pet Hotel! If you’re opting to bring your pet with you, here’s a checklist of 8 items you should prepare when traveling with your pet:


  1. Food and Water

These may seem like obvious items on the checklist but making sure your pet has sufficient food and water while traveling by plane, train or car is important for your pet’s well-being.


  1. Medications

Just like humans, sometimes pets require medication too! Make sure to talk to your veterinarian before you leave, to ensure you have the appropriate amount of medication for your pet on your trip.


  1. Veterinary Records

Having your pet’s most up-to-date vaccines and medical records could come in handy in the event that you need to take your pet to the Veterinarian while on your vacation.


  1. Veterinary Contact Info

Having a typed and laminated card or sheet of your pet’s contact info is a handy item to have. You can even make a few copies to have in different places like your wallet, taped to the outside of your pet’s crate or inside a pet first aid kit.


  1. Pet Identification

Not only should your pet be microchipped, but several forms of identification are also a good idea. ID tags with your information and even your Vet’s information will make it much easier to reunite you with your pet in the event that they go missing while you’re on vacation.


  1. Pet First Aid Kit

You can create your own, but a preassembled dog or cat first aid kit can easily be purchased. You may want to cater the first aid kit to your pet’s specific needs or conditions, in which case, you can find a supplies list here.


  1. Pet Carrier

Crates and pet carriers are a great way to keep your dog or cat safe while traveling. Crates are required when traveling by plane, but they can be a good idea for long car rides too. Make sure the crate or pet carrier is large enough for your cat or dog to stand, turn around and lie down. Comfort is key when your pet is in their carrier – proper airflow and a soft mat are a good start!


  1. Fun & Comfort

Don’t forget to bring items, like toys or blankets, that they can play with and/or that remind them of home. This can be comforting and can help pass the time during long car rides or flights.


If you decide to vacation without your pet, Best Friends will be the perfect home away from home for your fur-baby. Playtime, Suite Treats and sleepovers are exactly the kind of vacation your cat or dog wants! Book for Spring Break today, before space runs out!





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World Cat Day: Facts And Stats About Cats


They’re furry, they’re sleepy, they’re fiercely independent, they purr, and sometimes they bring us lovely presents to our doorstep. As one of the most popular pets in the world, it’s easy to see why cats are so lovable. In honor of World Cat Day on February 17th, here are some fun facts and stats about our furry feline companions!



  • Scientific Name: Felis Catus
  • Around 27% of cats are acquired as strays.
  • Most popular US Cat breed is the Domestic Shorthair.
  • 63% of cat owners say that their cat is part of the family.
  • Cats spend 12-16 hours a day sleeping.
  • Black cats are bad luck in the United States, but they are considered good luck in the UK, Japan and Australia.
  • There are 473 taste buds on a cat’s tongue.
  • A group of cats is called a clowder.
  • Owning a cat can reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack by a third.
  • Cats make more than 100 different sounds, whereas dogs make around 10.
  • 3 out of 10 U.S. households own at least one cat




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When To Start Training Your New Puppy


So, you’re a new puppy parent! Now what? You may think that you should wait until your puppy is old enough to go to obedience training to begin training them yourself, but from the moment your puppy was born, they’re being trained. The socialization they had with their littermates, and now with you, is a huge part of initial training, but they are learning from each experience they have – good and bad. Most dog experts agree that 8-10 weeks of age, puppies gain the capacity for cognitive learning. Each puppy is different and their attention spans are short, but you can start with very basic and brief training around this age.

House training is often first on the puppy training agenda. Whatever your preferred method is, house training is about patience, consistency and positive reinforcement which can begin around 8 weeks old. It is inevitable that puppies will have accidents in the home, but sticking to a schedule can also be helpful. It’s usually between 12–16 weeks when a puppy learns to really gain control of their bladder and bowel movements. It takes most puppies 4-6 months to be fully house trained.

Other items on the puppy training agenda may include the ‘come’ command and discouraging nipping or biting. Puppies are notorious for biting with their needle-sharp teeth, but a good rule of thumb is to let out a yelp (as if in pain) if they’re biting you. Just like when they play-bit their brothers and sisters, yelping is an indicator of pain, and they usually take the hint – even if it is just for a short moment (remember they do have short attention spans)! Another technique is to replace your hand (or whatever they shouldn’t be chewing on) for a toy and then reward them for the correct behavior. Teaching the ‘come’ command is a crucial one for puppies to learn as it is not only useful but could potentially save them in a dangerous situation.

All in all, basic principles to remember when you begin training your new puppy are patience, routine, and reward with positive reinforcement. Once your puppy is old enough, bring them to Best Friends for obedience training with our certified dog trainers! Comment below with your best puppy training trips to new puppy parents.


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