Tag Archives: Dog Care Tips

Know Your Dog’s Body Language

Dec_2014_1When you think of a happy dog, you might imagine one with his tail wagging. But a wagging tail isn’t always a sign of canine happiness. It could also be a sign of nervousness or aggression.

Your dog’s body language offers various clues as to whether or not he’s comfortable with a situation. By learning some of these often subtle signs, you can react when your dog is feeling fearful or aggressive.

Signs of a happy dog

These are the signs of a dog that is happy and relaxed:

  • His eyes have their normal shape and look soft, with no whites showing.
  • His body is loose with a wagging tail or he’s wiggling all over.
  • His mouth is closed or slightly open and relaxed. The corners of his mouth might be turned up slightly. Continue reading

Flea & Tick Myths

Dec_2014_1You may have heard a lot of advice about fleas and ticks. But there are surprisingly many untruths or myths about them that are still circulating today.

MYTH: Fleas and ticks are a warm-weather problem

In certain areas, they’re a year-round problem. Even in states with cold winters, fleas can survive in microclimates. These areas (under decks, in sheds or elsewhere) are warm enough to keep a population of fleas or ticks alive during the winter.

MYTH: Indoor pets don’t need protection

Think your indoor puppy or cat is safe from fleas and ticks? Think again. These pests can hitch a ride indoors on other visitors, both human and animal.

MYTH: Fleas live best in carpeted spaces

Believe it or not, wood and tile floors can also harbor fleas. In fact, it may be harder to treat these areas as flea larvae and eggs can survive in small crevices, along baseboards and under furniture. Continue reading

Pet Safety Tips for Happy Vacation Trips

Dec_2014_1If you’re preparing to hit the road or take to the skies this summer, there are a few things you should keep in mind if Fido is traveling along.

While we now have many pet-friendly options available, attention to a few details will ensure happy tails on your happy trails.

On the road:

  • Make sure you have a sturdy pet crate or carrier for safety in the car, hotel or both. It should be large enough for your pet to stand, lie down and turn around.
  • Feed Fido a light meal 3 or 4 hours before hitting the road.
  • Never leave your pet alone in a parked car, even with the windows open!
  • Does your dog have a travel kit? Create one with his food/water bowls, leash, bags for waste, Continue reading

Swimming Safety for Pooches in Pools

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Does your pooch love to swim? Whether he jumps in the water with glee or dips his toe in nervously, there are things you can do to ensure he’s safe.

Follow these safety precautions while at the pool, beach or lake this summer:

  • Never let your dog swim without supervision – Always keep a watchful eye on Fido, especially as he’s entering or leaving the water. He’s most vulnerable at these moments.
  • Buy your dog a life jacket – Just as humans can get exhausted, be overwhelmed by waves or get muscle cramps, so can dogs. A life jacket such as the Fido Float will help him stay afloat. Continue reading

Safe Doggie Introductions

Mar_2014_1Dog introductions can get complicated.  Scent, body language and territorial natures all figure into how dogs react when meeting other dogs.

But whether your furry pal is social or aloof, it’s your job to read the signs and keep him as safe as possible. Use these tips when meeting other dogs at the park, at home or in the neighborhood.

  • Watch body language – Body language will let you know if either dog is ready to meet. If he’s relaxed, wags his tail or faces the other dog in a crouch with hind end in the air, your dog’s feeling friendly or ready to play.  If there are growls, bared teeth, a rigid stance or a fixed stare from either dog, it’s best to move on and avoid conflict.
  • Mind your own body language – If you’re hesitant or fearful, your dog might sense it and be more aggressive in his own behavior. Keep your tone calm and try not to tense up or jerk his leash. Continue reading