If you’re like many dog owners, the thought of leaving your cherished four-legged friend in a strange environment while you’re traveling during the holidays makes you nervous. But if a trusted friend or family member isn’t around to care for your dog — or if you’re not comfortable with a professional dog-sitter entering your home — kennel boarding may be your only option.

Dog in Kennel

 

Not seeing your dog every day will be difficult enough to deal with, and you’ll also want peace of mind knowing that he’s safe and sound during his kennel stay. The following tips can help make the entire boarding experience as stress-free as possible for your dog – and you!

Selecting a Kennel

Kennels can range from basic accommodations to pricey facilities that specialize in pampering pooches. A quick Internet search should reveal a list of all the kennels in your area. Your veterinarian can also be a valuable resource, and many vet offices have on-site boarding kennels where you can leave your dog for an extended period of time.

Another option is to ask other dog owners for recommendations. If …

Christmas, dogs, and movies: three things beloved by many. Combined, they send children into frenzy and tug at our heart strings. The storyline possibilities are endless: receiving a puppy as a gift, being reunited with the family dog for the holidays, or having a dog save Christmas. However the tale is told, it’s guaranteed to hit you in the feelers and warm your heart. Let’s take a look at some classic Christmas dog movies that you should take the time to watch this season.

 

A Dog Named Christmas

Let’s start this list off with a little ditty that holds the prestige of being a Hallmark Hall of Fame film. Based on the novel with the same name by Greg Kincaid, the movie tells the tale of a boy with a learning disability who embarks on a mission to see that townspeople adopt as many shelter dogs as possible. Through it all, his father’s heart is softened and the family grows closer together.

 

The Search for Santa Paws

This film makes the list for its name alone – brilliant! If you need more to …

Oh, the Weather Outside is Frightful!

In last week’s blog, we discussed the different ways to help protect your dog this Winter.  Now let’s talk about the different activities we can do with our dog during the cold months.

Sometimes the winter weather will not allow us to go outside to play.  Below are ways to keep you dog active when indoors to help lessen any behavioral or aggression problems, which commonly creep up when kept inside without regular exercise.

Let’s have some fun….

Puzzle Toys

There are a number of different puzzles to choose from, which usually house food or treats, where the dog must do different tasks to get the reward.  This is an excellent way to keep his mind sharp, while keeping him busy.

Tug Toys

Tug is a great form of both physical and mental exercise. This game helps teach your canine companion self-control and how to listen. Choosing a tug toy is a matter of personal preference. When first starting out, you may want to choose a longer tug toy that allows for more room between your dog’s mouth …

With Winter coming up quickly, let us help you keep your furry friend safe and warm with these easy to follow tips.

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Even though Fido has a built-in fur coat, extra protection is a must have to keep him warm against the harsh elements of the weather. This is especially important for puppies, seniors, or short-haired breeds — layering on a doggie sweater or coat will ensure they are dry and comfortable. Since the nights tend to be darker and longer this time of year, using reflective collars, leashes, and gear makes your furry friend easier to see.. Did you know even long, thick fur loses its ability to insulate your pet when it gets wet, leaving them susceptible to hypothermia? Limiting the time spent outside during extreme cold temperatures is the best way to keep your canine companion safe from the dangers of winter weather.

Protecting Paws

Take extra care of your pet’s paws by thoroughly wiping them off after your outside adventure. Chemical ice melts, salt, and other dangerous products stick to the pads, which can cause them …

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