Social Benefits of Summer Dog Walks

Walking your dog at the beach this summer provides multiple psychosocial benefits for their development, regardless of your dog’s age.The beach is a popular place to walk your fuzzy buddy when the weather is nice. Often populated with many sights, sounds, and smells your dog gets to experience a new, ever-changing environment. Busy, active social environments varies routine predictability, and makes their life exciting! Sand and water exploration provides so much neuron development (brain cells). The exploration provides your canine with the ability to experience different textures and sensations, stimulating neurons they may not excite on a daily basis. Dogs love learning about their environment! Exploring new environments together is exciting for your dog and also prevents territorial aggression that can form with strict routines.

Walking your fuzzy buddy at the park provides more sights, sounds and smells than at any other time, when the weather is nice. Objects, such as park benches, can be used for casual agility play, exciting your dog’s natural interest to “work”, and impresses you. Socialization in active environments enhances your canine’s social development, allowing them to cope better with fast-paced, constantly changing surroundings.

Taking your fuzzy buddy to the dog park provides them with the unique opportunity to explore different types of sounds and smells specific to other animals, excellent for canine to canine socialization. The dog park allows dogs the opportunity to go back to their non-domesticated roots, intermittently, and rejoin the animal hierarchy and animal way of socialization in a true “pack” nature. Although this animal “pack” socialization can be helpful, it can also turn for worse if one dog suddenly becomes too aggressive, usually for reasons humans cannot easily understand on initial observation. However, freedom off leash provides your fuzzy buddy with a different set of social standards than being on leash, so off leash dog play gives canines the chance to be less inhibited with humans and other animals. Having your dog experience a balance between dog to dog socialization and human to dog socialization is an important piece for healthy dog development.

In this article, I discuss three popular summer dog walk areas; the beach, the park and the dog park. Each area provides similar and unique ways that your fuzzy buddy will socialize with you, and other people, as well as other dogs. We recognized that there are basically two types of socialization that is beneficial for your fuzzy buddy, human to human interaction and canine to canine interaction. Canine to canine play lets your dog be less inhibited and reform to the “pack” mentality which is very enjoyable for them. Where ever you walk your fuzzy buddy in summer, take your time and have fun! When you are enjoying yourself – your dog is too. Take time to explore together and make a point to add adventure once in a while. You and your dog have a unique bond.


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Introducing a New Dog to a Resident Dog

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Bringing home a new dog or puppy can be an exciting and fun time. There’s no doubt your current dog is already considered a member of your family, so you expect nothing less for your new arrival. It’s important to remember, however, that dogs are pack animals and have a very different mentality than humans do. We can easily welcome a new human family member or friend into our homes, but dogs can become territorial or even nervous about such a situation.

The Anatomy of a Pack

Because dogs are pack animals, ranks must be established. In the wild, dogs can roam in packs as large as 15. Each pack must have a leader. They are in charge of protecting the pack and controlling the resources. How do dog packs establish a leader? In the wild, dogs will typically fight for the position. The leader is the “alpha” male or female and second in line is the “beta” male or female. The most submissive members are called the omega. The alpha male or female gets to eat first, gets first pick of mates and claims the best resting areas. Each time a new member is introduced into the pack, ranks have to be re-established. This is why so many dog fights occur when a new dog or puppy is introduced to a resident dog and why it is so important to have a strong human pack leader.

Introducing Your New Dog to Your Current Pet

Introducing your new dog to your current dog can be a potentially dangerous situation if not handled properly. You cannot expect, or assume, things will just be hunky-dory between him or her and your current dog. Many people believe that you have to just let the dogs work things out amongst themselves. Sure this works sometimes, but when it goes bad – it can go really bad. Recruit a friend or family member to help you with the introduction and try the following technique to get the two pups acquainted.

Start in Unfamiliar Territory. The initial meeting should take place outside of the home and in an unfamiliar area. Parks are great for this because there are so many distractions and smells. The dogs can also roam around if they would rather not be near each other. The idea here is to avoid the resident dog becoming territorial. A puppy will usually take a submissive position, such as laying on their back or rolling over. This allows the adult dog to investigate the pup and see what he or she is all about. Two adult dogs may act a bit differently. Let the two sniff each other and pay close attention to their body language. Try not to let them stare at or sniff each other for too long, as this could escalate into a fight. After a short introduction, grab the attention of each dog and give them a simple command (“sit” or “stay”). Once the command is obeyed, give them a treat.

Walk Together. If the initial introduction goes well, try walking together. Be mindful of their behavior and only allow them to sniff each other in intervals. Make sure your tone of voice is positive and you continue to use the command/reward system.

Keep an Eye on Body Postures. We cannot directly speak with our dogs, so knowing what their body language is indicating is very important. In a lot of ways, it is the only way we can know what our dogs are thinking or what their mindset is. If your resident dog engages in a play bow, this is a great sign. He or she is inviting the new pooch to play. If the new dog carries out this behavior, keep an eye on how the resident pet reacts. Watch out for any warning signs of aggression. This includes hair standing on end, teeth showing, growling, or staring. If you notice any of these signs, separate the two, get the attention of each dog and steer their interest in another direction. Give them a simple command and reward them for following that command. Continue to introduce them to each other in brief intervals until those aggressive signs cease.

Bring the Dogs Home. If the introduction goes well, you may bring the dogs home. Always, always supervise their behavior. If you notice any signs of aggression, separate the two. You can place one in a crate and another in a separate room, if need be. Be sure to keep the same routine that you had before the new dog came home. This means keeping the same mealtimes, walk times, etc.

If you are having trouble getting your new dog acquainted with your resident dog, it may be best to seek the advice of a professional. They are experienced in this area and can help resolve any issues you are experiencing.

Whenever introducing a dog, it is important to have patience. Dogs are pack animals and need proper training to behave correctly. There are many dog training tips [] on my blog that discuss various hurdles owners have when they begin their training. There are even some dog tricks [] that you might want to teach your pooch.

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Pack All Your Doggie Stuff Inside The Pet Stroller For Medium Dogs

It may seem to be a little “hoity-toity” to watch a woman enclose her pet dog inside a stroller and refuse to let his feet touch the ground. It may also seem to be snobbish or ridiculous and you may also laugh at this, but a dog stroller is a wonderful practical travel accessory for dog lovers. Let me explain why?

1) People with small sized dogs are often seen carrying their pets in their arms when they head to the markets. You may not realize but there are an undue pressure and weight that sits on your backbone. You get strained and tired at the awkward bungling so isn’t choosing dog stroller for small dogs a good option in the long run.

2) Do you have a senior or ill dog who longs to step out into the fresh air? You can do this easily with a pet stroller. Outdoor air provides wonderful healing therapy for a sick dog. Not only will the boredom of your canine be cured, the bright therapeutic sunshine will definitely make him feel better. Your little poodle can be packed easily inside a pet stroller for medium dogs and then carried around.

3) Load up all the necessities you need for your furry bundle of joy and walk anywhere. You are not going to be bogged down by your little cute doggy paraphernalia wherever you go. The bowls, bottle, blanket etc all will be packed easily inside the pet stroller for small dogs. Shove whatever you need inside the carriage compartment and head outdoors. You are going to take a happy dog back home we promise you that.

4) People walking on the streets are petrified of errant dogs on the loose. You don’t need agitation or constant barking during your peaceful walk. Imagine your canine barking loudly and rushing after a small baby girl or an old man? Is it fair to terrorize the people around you because of your snarling dog? It is not! Keep your dog safe in a carriage and make sure that he gets to see and hear your voice for reassurance. The best way to keep your medium sized mongrel safe from others is to strap him inside the Pet stroller for medium dogs.

5) You openly advertise the pet strollers for small dogs when you carry your little doggie inside it. This gives an idea to people to carry their pets carefully from one place to the other.

6) Your dog is unpredictable and used to the free atmosphere of your home. If the pet is enclosed inside the stroller you can walk safely in the area where your canine is bound to react. He is definitely not going to tug you around the marketplace on the leash and neither will he yelp around prancing crazily if he sees a cat!

7) The strollers are made out of thick and sturdy material. They are not going to be ripped easily so don’t worry at all about rugged doggie behavior. Just purchase a good dog stroller after taking an online research. We promise you are never going to regret your decision.


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Choices: What Pet Food To Choose

Once you start looking at all the offerings, confusion is probably not far behind. You start questioning do I get freeze-dried, air-dried, or dehydrated. Let’s look at each. First and foremost they are all without moisture, but not interchangeable as terms go.

Air dried pet food is a unique process. It’s like making jerky, you hang it and let it dry at room temperature. The air drying process does not damage proteins, vitamins, nutrients, or enzymes. It simply removes moisture.

Now freeze-dried pet food and the process is more complicated. Raw food is placed in a pressurized chamber and frozen. The process is known as sublimation (ice converts directly into a water vapor, skipping the liquid phase). This process has no changes to the food. It is a very slow process, but as stated, it does not change the food structure, and it gives the food very shelf stable. To feed simply crumble (patties or nuggets) and add water.

Dehydrated pet food basically takes raw food, and gently removes the moisture by utilizing low heat so as not to break down the nutrients and enzymes. Again like making jerky. Also to feed, you need to re-hydrate.

So what’s the difference? The temperature of the processes is the main difference. While freeze-dried foods don’t necessarily need to be rehydrated for feeding, Most will agree that increased moisture to any of these products is key to the health and wellness of our beloved pets.

Some will ask if these foods are considered raw. Air dried and freeze-dried would be considered raw, while dehydrated, due to the heat used, would probably not qualify. Questions regarding the ingredients or preparation should be directed to the company website. Most will detail ingredient information (sourcing, safety, and process used to manufacture).

Most of these products are complete and balanced diets. I can not stress enough to check the labels to ensure your pet is getting all the nutrients needed for a balanced diet. You can also see which food your pets like. I have a few finicky pets.

A few other considerations in making your choice are price, weight, storage. Freeze-dried foods are pricey, because of the process of manufacture. The lightweight and long shelf-life are the advantages. It gets your attention when a 5 lb bag of freeze-dried dog food rehydrates to about 25 lbs, or a 25 lb bag equals 125 lbs.

So do your homework on the products out there. See what your furry friend likes. And enjoy.


My Dog Was Lost, But Now He Is Found

I realized after an hour that my nine year old Miniature Schnauzer was missing. To my dismay the door was left ajar after I had brought in a large bag of dog food into the house from the car. It was now getting dark and after several neighbors and I had searched up and down the street and in the alley, we did not find him. Friends called other friends making it a community effort. We had walked, then driven around our neighborhood. He was nowhere to be found.

It was hard to realize that my dog was missing. My emotions ran wild, thinking that something terrible had happened to him. I expected the worst of what may have happen, having him hit by a car or killed by a wild animal. Then when he didn’t come home and it was getting late, I didn’t know what else I could do. He is like family and I wanted him safe at home with me.

Worried about how he must be feeling, all lonely and cold and hungry I reported his being lost to the police, the pet shelter, the radio station and also posted his disappearance on social media listing his description to reach out to others about my dilemma. He had a dog tag on his collar with his name “Sparky” and address and phone number. I know that if anyone would find him they would certainly call. I had a hard time trying to sleep wondering were he could be. He had never ran away to the point of not coming right back, before. Feeling so responsible I starting looking up information on the internet to pass the time away.

I kept reading because I felt strongly that I would recover where my dog has gone. I felt that I would find him and my instincts proved that to be true.

I did fall asleep and awoke to a phone call asking if my dog “Sparky” was lost. She had seen my post on social media. One of my friends was her friend but not knowing she would be the one to find my dog. He had wandered a mile and a half away crossing a major, busy avenue and was found in a women’s garage this morning under her car. She said they had left the garage door open during the night and her little girl saw a black dog run under the car from the window. They had a hard time getting him out from under the car. The little girl finally got him to come out to her.

They brought him to my house. He was a dirty dog and very scared, but so happy to see me and be home at last.


Misfit Island

Our small animal rescue in Deep East Texas has been laid to waste. It came under attack soon after my animal-loving mother passed away. She told me when she was ready to cross ‘Rainbow Bridge’ and I held her as her spirit flowed through me and was absorbed back into universal energy.

It has only been a month since her memorial service at the veterans’ cemetery in Dallas and already all 10 Misfits are in new or temporary housing. Three are with me and I can only keep one in the place I was able to secure with little money or notice.

Mom lived at in Nacogdoches, Texas, for 10 years and I joined her for the last five. We rescued dozens of dogs, birds, horses and even a few funny donkeys: Pedro, Easter and Spork. Each animal came and gradually became a part of our pack.

We started 5 years ago but my mother has been rescuing all our lives. Losing Mom took the wind out of all our sails. We drag through so many days under the black emotional fog of grief. Nothing is as harsh as watching the Misfits follow Mom in the hearse when the coroner came for her that late February morning.

My mother had the ideas and I executed them. At one point, we had 20 rescues running through our camp and it felt like a zoo. Placing seven brought us down to 13. After losing Lexi, Riley and Winston, there are ten of us.

Now, well into 2018, it’s time to start a whole new plan-one that hasn’t been designed yet. We need to grow gradually or it can get overwhelming. Without Mom in my care, I could probably handle 10 to 20 depending on the set-up and budget.

Six Misfits are on their new journeys and four of us remain united. I can’t hide them forever but it’s sweet to be together these last few days and couch surfing nights. We sleep like a puzzle and I hang my arm over the side so Lucky can sleep touching me. Heaven on Earth.

It has become clear that the final pieces of the new design haven’t appeared yet. It will work itself out if it was meant to be. That’s the law of the universe. We need to secure a permanent place and set up. The past five years have been an education in rescuing, I’m ready to graduate with a Masters in Misfits.