Guest Post By: Tess Halpren
Easiest Ways to Pet Proof Your Car
Most dogs love going for car rides. With their head out the window, ears blowing in the wind, dogs are the picture of bliss when they tag along for the trip.
In reality, though, car rides can be very stressful for even the happiest dogs. Whether going on a cross-country road trip or just down the street, dogs often experience anxiety during a drive. This anxiety is caused by a number of things, including the movement of the car, the sound of the engine, or the possibility of a trip to the vet’s (eek!). If you aren’t careful, you’ll land up with a jittery pup and maybe even a ruined backseat.
The following post from The Zebra gives a collection of tips and tricks for keeping you, your dog, and your car happy on your next road trip. These tips give advice on what to do before, during, and after your car ride to keep your pup calm and your car clean.
Guest Post Contributor: Karli Jaenike
In all the excitement of moving some people forget that it can be an incredibly stressful time for your pup. They don’t inherently know what’s going on, and may feel unsure about their place in the move and where they are heading.
To make your dog feel extra secure, there are certain things you can do. For example, before the move, it can be helpful to have some boxes out a few weeks early so that they get used to them. You can also ensure you spend lots of quality time with your furry friend to assure them they are still #1 in your heart.
During the move, remember to keep them safe by either crating them or taking them to a friend or family members house. Ensure they always have their collar and tags on just in case they escape. After the move, it can be helpful to spend a few days around the house with your dog to reassure them that they are safe.
Our friends at at HireAHelper put together a list of tips that dog pawrents can use to keep their pets, happy and calm during a move. You can see it below!
Contribution from freelance writer Sally Writes
With more dog owners than ever in the US, 77% of people surveyed said their pets will influence their holiday travel plans. For many, that means pooch comes along too, and why not? What could be more fun than living in the countryside for a week or so with your canine best friend for company? The walking routes will be just a step away and it will give you a chance to detach from all the hustle and bustle of modern life and fully relax. However, there’s just a few things to take into consideration to ensure your holiday is problem free and great fun.
Health checklist to prepare your dog
Ensure your dog’s general healthcare is up to date, in particular vaccinations (including for heartworm which is now prevalent in the US) and that your dog has recently been wormed. If your dog takes any regular medication for ongoing conditions e.g. anti allergy tablets, then ensure you have had a recent review with your vet. Mention you are planning to take your dog on holiday and check your medication stocks are sufficient to cover that period of time. Also, ensure any veterinary insurance policies are up to date and pack the policy details, contact phone number and your veterinarian’s contact details. Alongside this paperwork you could also pack any medication supplies at this stage to cover the holiday period. Continue reading
If you’ve ever come home to find that your otherwise well-behaved dog has destroyed furniture, had “accidents” on the carpet, or has been disturbing the neighbors with his loud howling, it’s very likely that your dog is suffering from separation anxiety.
This article on the Pedigree website shares a number of reasons why dogs suffer from separation anxiety and 5 ways to nip separation anxiety in the bud. READ THE ARTICLE Dealing with Separation Anxiety.
Our son, Luke, has been learning some great photography tips from learnmyshot.com. He forwarded this link to me about how to photograph your dog, an excellent tip for our DogBlog.
This photography tutorial video teaches an effective photo and lighting technique for photographing your dog in a studio setting.
Today was a day to stay inside, so I got on the web to look through my email and came across a link to an origami website. I started out with “easy” and found a cute dog. I had it made in a matter of minutes. Now you too can become the proud owner of an origami dog. Fun for all!
The website is origami-club.com, an information site about origami for everyone that is free. This is an excellent site with diagrams and animation to show you how to fold. The site is from Japan, but this link goes to the english version.
I have images ready to show you, but I need to get permission from the owner to post the images. Stay tuned.