The coronavirus has taken the world by storm. And while we have to keep our dogs safe, I wanted to focus this post primarily on my dog parents. I thought it was necessary to shift focus today due to the gravity of the situation, particularly since we’ve all been mandated to self-isolate and quarantine ourselves.
Because while some of you are welcoming a much-needed break from the office or the daily hustle and bustle of your life, living in isolation is no paradise.
Cabin fever and its insidious effects are real and are sure to creep in if you’re not careful. Too much isolation can lead to restlessness, irritability, or anxiety, and depression in more severe cases.
Because just like our dogs, we humans are social animals. Even a hermit still requires some sort of social connection because we simply are not designed to live life in complete solitude.
So keep reading as I share some tips to help you, members of my human pack, stay mentally and physically healthy during this challenging time.
One of the things that I admire about one of my favorite clients is that they’re fun parents. In addition to having fur babies, they also have three small children. And they are fantastic at creating fun experiences for them.
They’re always on the floor or running around their home, playing some sort of fun or imaginary game with their kids. And I think that’s really cool.
Because when you’re having the time of your life with your favorite people, nothing else compares. Their kids will have fun and joyful memories of their parents that will carry them for many years to come.
And the same rings true if you’re a dog parent.
When you share fun-filled experiences with your dog, you create lasting memories that your dog will never forget.
These experiences will also bring joy and happiness to you as well as forge an unbreakable bond with your dog.
When you make a dog happy, you have a friend for life. And dogs have such little time with us, so why not give them the time of their lives whenever possible.
So even if your dog is currently a couch potato, I will encourage you to try some of the fun activities that follow. You’d be amazed at how just mixing things up a bit can awaken your dog’s inner spark.
It’s all about engaging your dog to see what makes them tick.
And in general, trying some of the tips that follow will help you to see how fun and easy life with a dog can be. So let’s get started!
Many of you probably landed here because you’re a new dog parent and are a little confused about how much exercise your dog needs everyday. Some of you may just want to compare notes to see if you’re on the right track. And there is another group. You’re fully aware that you’re not giving your dog enough exercise, indicated by yet another pair of your favorite shoes left chewed up in the corner of a room.
So fortunately for you, I will have something of value to offer everyone.
There is no cut and dry answer to this question. But the bright side is that it’s not that complicated either. Here at The Dog Care Guide, we want to offer you sustainable tips for providing care for your beloved pups.
So even if you are the dog parent of a high energy working dog, don’t worry, I won’t suggest that you run five miles a day to meet your dog’s exercise needs.
Because that’s not sustainable unless you’re an athlete, and it’s apart of your daily routine. And running long distances may not be healthy for your dog. Also some dogs have boundless energy so they often require more than just physical exercise.
So skip the exercise calculator and breed exercise charts. A computer can’t determine how much exercise your dog needs. But you and your vet can.
So continue reading as we explore how you can determine how much exercise your dog needs and a simple way to implement a workout into your dog’s daily routine.
Or, if you missed part one, I would suggest that you check out part one here. Part one lays the foundation for understanding the dog’s natural diet, which ultimately makes choosing one so much easier.
Otherwise, let’s get started. At this point, you should have already ordered or conducted your Embark Breed + Health Kit and are awaiting the results.
Again, taking the test will inform you of any potential health risks that your dog may be predisposed to. And sharing the results with your vet will help you determine the best appropriate care for your dog, including what kinds of foods may or may not be suitable for your dog.
With that in mind, let’s dive right in and learn about what’s one of the best kinds of diets for dogs on the market today.
I don’t think people hear themselves when they ask that question. And while there is some subtle judgment implied along with it, I try not to judge the inquirer back.
But sometimes I carry on an inner dialogue that goes a little something like:
So yes, we’ve been feeding our dog Mina “real food,” “human food,” or “people food,” as many refer to it, and proudly so.
We recently purchased an Embark Dog DNA Breed + Health kit, which cleared Mina of all 181 conditions common for her breed. And she’s 11 years old.
She also gets rave reviews after every vet visit. Mainly for her shiny coat of hair and her pearly whites. She’s a true and blue “people food” eater, or “real food” as I like to call it.
And I think the care that we provide for our girl speaks for itself. And the foundation for exceptional health begins with a balanced nutrient-dense diet.
So in short, the answer to the question is yes, it is okay to feed your dog “people food.” But the key is to understand why it’s okay and how to do it properly.
In this post, I will share a few key concepts with you, including:
These concepts will lay the groundwork for helping you to understand what to consider when selecting a diet for your dog.
Discovering a lost or abandoned dog can be disheartening, especially when they don’t have any visible identification that will lead them back to their home. I read about this issue often in the social media platforms that I participate in. And while I feel bad for the dog and the person who discovered them pleading for help. I can only imagine the distress that the dog’s parents must feel. It’s literally like losing a family member.
So in this post, I will offer a four step action plan for people who find lost or stray dogs. And I will also provide some useful tips for dog parents to help them minimize the chances of their dogs getting lost in the first place.