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

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Turn Back the Clocks, but Don’t Cut Back on Exercise

When we turn back the clocks, it can be tempting to turn down the outdoor time with our pets. Shorter days and cooler weather make being outdoors less appealing. But, cutting back on outdoor exercise time can be a problem for our pets – especially for high-energy dogs in need of lots of active play.

In fact, insufficient exercise is a leading cause of problem behaviors – from chewing on the furniture, to howling, to having “accidents” in the house. To avoid these problems, Best Friends trainers recommend keeping your pet active all season long.

Go for a walk. Put on a warm jacket and brave the cold. A daily walk or run will allow your pet to release excess energy – and it’s also good for you. (If your daily excursion is after dark, be sure to wear reflective clothing.) If you have children, the daily walk to and from the school bus is a great opportunity for your dog to get some exercise.

Get out and play. Your children will also enjoy rolling around in the autumn leave — or winter snow — with a high-energy friend.

Join a meet-up group. Dog owner meet-up groups are popping up all over the country, and many schedule indoor sessions during the winter months. It’s a great opportunity for your dog to enjoy some active canine play, while you socialize with other dog lovers. Go to MeetUp.com and put in your zip code to find sessions near you.

Send your dog to camp. A great outlet for high-energy dogs is a program like day camp. Dogs exercise and socialize with other dogs in a safe, supervised environment. In addition to giving them exercise, these programs actually improve social skills while diminishing negative behaviors at home. To see if your local Best Friends offers a day camp program, go to the Locations page on our website.

Tags: Activity, Doggy daycamp, Exercise, Pet advice, Pet health, Pet info, Tips, Winter

Send the Family Pet Back to School Too

Now that the children are back in school, has the family dog started chewing on furniture, barking excessively, or messing in the house?

It’s not uncommon. After having the kids around to play with all summer long, your best friend may be lonely and bored – especially if mom and dad are off at work all day. A change in routine can cause an otherwise happy, well-behaved dog to display undesirable, even destructive behaviors, say Best Friends professional dog trainers.

If your dog is getting less physical activity, mental stimulation and one-on-one attention than he’s been accustomed to over the summer, boredom can cause him to get into trouble when he’s home alone.

What can you do? Our trainers recommend the following:

• A good alternative to lonely days at home is doggy day camp, where dogs play together in a safe, supervised environment. Most dogs come home tired and happy from all the exercise and play — and you won’t need to take that long evening walk when you come home.

• Regular training work with your dog can also help. Dogs like to have a job and it doesn’t have to be obedience practice. You can work on a trick, like lifting a paw. Whatever you do, be sure to reward her with affection or a treat. If you and your dog are new to training, a group class in Basic Manners can get you started.

• If you don’t have day camp or training available near you, pump up the dog’s exercise routine to at least 30 minutes a day. He needs an active round of fetch, a long walk, or roughhousing with canine friends at the dog park. If possible, exercise him in the morning, so he’s tired and ready for a nap when the family heads out the door.

If destructive behaviors continue, a trip to the vet may be in order to determine whether there is an underlying health issue, or if your dog is suffering from separation anxiety. If your pet is in extreme distress, the vet can prescribe medication that will help reduce the dog’s anxiety.

For more information about doggy day camp, training and problem behaviors  visit the Best Friends near you.

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Want to live longer? Get a pet!

The medical community has long stated that owning a pet will reduce stress in your life. That comes as no surprise to us! Just last week, the American Heart association came out with a report stating that pet owners actually live longer than non pet owners!

In this report the American Heart Association released the findings of a study which reveal that having a pet might lower your risk of heart disease. So what are you waiting for?

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