Hiking With Your Dog in the Winter

If you and your dog are an active pair that don’t like to be cooped up inside even on cold winter days, hiking can be a great way to let out some energy! While it may seem obvious to bundle yourself up in a warm coat, scarf, hat, mittens, and appropriate hiking boots, it may be a little more difficult to determine exactly how to get your furry friend ready for the adventure. Check out the tips below to keep your dog warm and safe during your hiking trip. Protect his Paws The toughness of a dog’s paw pads will vary greatly depending on his breed. While some pups may be able to withstand a rough terrain with ice and snow for hours without pain, others might be bleeding or sore under the same conditions. As a general rule of thumb, most dogs will require booties on frigid winter days. Be sure to let your dog wear them around the house to get comfortable and break them in beforehand, or he might not last very long on the trail. You can also rub his paws with musher’s wax to prevent ice from accumulating between his toes or in his fur. Even with these preventative steps, it’s important to regularly check on his paws to remove ice buildup or notice if he’s experiencing any pain or discomfort. Invest in a Dog Jacket On cold winter days, sometimes his own fur coat just isn’t enough. Buying him a dog jacket will not only keep him warm, but will also cut the wind, and protect his fur from being covered in icy...

What to Consider Before Adopting a Dog

Adopting a dog can be one of the most rewarding decisions, for both you and your new furry friend. Now only will he have a safe home, but you’ll have a new loving companion. Taking them out of the shelter or off the streets could quite literally be saving their lives. Adopting a dog is a big commitment and one you’ll want to put full thought and consideration into before acting upon. Finding a dog that will fit in with you and your family’s lifestyle is essential for the overall happiness of you and your new pet. Here are a few things you’ll want to think about. Activity Level Finding a furry friend that has a comparable energy level to you is a must. If you want a low maintenance dog that doesn’t need an excessive amount of exercise, avoid any breeds that are known as the herding or sporting type. Instead, you’ll probably want a smaller “lap-dog” breed. On the contrary, if you’re looking for a dog to keep you active and to go for a job with, there are plenty of high-energy breeds to choose from! Other Pets/Children If you have another pet in the home or small children, the shelter may warn you against certain dogs. Most shelters do testing to see how dogs will react around other pets, children, and adults. If they say that a dog needs a quiet shelter with no small children again, don’t try to go against there word. They’re looking out for the safety of the dog and your family. There are plenty of breeds out there with different needs,...

The Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Dog

When checking your list to see who’s been naughty and nice this year… We hope your furry friend falls on the nice side of the list! While shopping for your dog should be fairly easy, it can be tricky to find something creative when he’s already spoiled with toys and treats! If you’re struggling with what to leave under the tree for your furry friend, here’s some of our favorite unique ideas that we think you, and your dog will love. Stuffingless Toy Is your dog an aggressive chewer? If so, you might be sick of buying him plush toys that he rips open, just for you to clean up the stuffing all over the house. No-stuffing toys are a great alternative. They are double-stitched for durability, yet light and freely moving which your dog will love. They’re easy to play fetch, with or use as a tug toy. And when they start to get dirty or smell, throw them right in the washer machine to be good as new again! Bob-A-Lot This interactive toy is an easy way to get your dog some exercise, and food at the same time!  All you have to do is fill it up and show your dog how to roll it around to dispense the food. The opening can be adjusted, allowing you to change the level of difficulty for your dog. The Bob-A-Lot can fit up to 3 cups of food, which should keep your dog busy for a bit! Interactive Dog Ball The FurryFido ball is another treat dispensing toy that allows your dog to simultaneously get some exercise. This...

Tips for Trimming Your Dog’s Nails

Many people avoid trimming their dog’s nails because they know what a hassle it can be, and they may even fear that they will hurt them. However, it is actually much more painful for your dog to be walking around with long toenails. When a dog’s nails get too long and start touching the floors when they walk, the hard surface will push the nail back into the nailbed. This can cause your dog to walk differently to compensate for the pain, which will have further consequences to their health. Therefore, it is essential to trim your dog’s nails on a regular basis. To make the process go smoothly, try out some of our tips and tricks to make it less painful for you, and your dog. Use a quality tool While this may seem obvious, choosing a pair of clippers that is compatible with your dog’s nails is one of the most important factors to a successful nail trim. Choose a durable tool that is easy for you to use, and ensures the safety of your dog’s nails. If your dog has large, thick nails you may opt for a large plier-style clipper. If you have a smaller dog, guillotine and scissor style clippers may work just as well. Some owners and animal professionals even prefer to use a Dremel tool to grind the nails down instead. Your dog might favor this too, as it won’t squeeze the nail. However, some may be frightened by the noise and strange sensation, so be sure to start slowly with this method. Bathe first Trimming the nails after a bath is...

Housekeeping & Cleaning Tips For Dog Owners

Our beloved furry friends bring us so much joy, but they can also create so much work for us. Between making sure they don’t chew up your household items, taking them out so they don’t pee on the carpet, etc… It can be exhausting! And at the end of the day, you probably still feel like your house is a mess. No matter how hard you try, there’s still dog hair everywhere, drool stains, and scratch marks that you simply don’t know how to get rid of. We’ve put together a few handy tips and tricks to make cleaning your home a bit easier. Picking Up Dog Hair This one is probably the most time consuming, because it is never ending! But don’t waste time painstakingly picking up excess dog hair by hand, there are a few different tactics that you can try to save yourself time! First, dryer sheets work like magic to pick up dog hair from fabric. Just rub the dryer sheet over the couch, recliners, or any other surface and the hair will cling right to it! Rubber gloves are another great method. Put a pair on and do a quick sweep of your hands across dirty surfaces. If you’re finding lots of hair in the carpet, there are some things you can do. Aside from regularly busting out the Bissell for regular vacuuming, and this may sound odd, but try a window squeegee. Scrape it along the carpet and it’ll work wonders to pick up excess fur. For excess dog hair on your clothing, try a roll of packing tape. You’ll quickly find that...

Best Dog Breeds for Outdoor Enthusiasts

It’s outdoor season and it seems like everyone in the Boston area has come out of the woodwork to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. This past winter was a struggle and you may have found that you put on a few pounds. As a professional dog training and dog boarding company, we believe that the best way to get back in shape and stay active this season is with the help of a canine companion. If you and your family are ready for a dog (or perhaps another dog in addition to the one you have) that’s as active as you are, here are a few breed suggestions to consider. Dog Breeds for Active Individuals and Families Labrador Retriever. Whenever someone thinks of a playful or active dog, the first though is usually a lab. Fun-loving and athletic, these dogs love water as they were originally bred as waterfowl hunting dogs. Keep in mind that labs have an appetite and will eat just about anything, so be sure to feed it a nutritious diet so they have the energy to tackle your running or hiking route. Labs will gain weight if not exercised enough, so don’t forget to talk to your vet about portion control. Siberian Husky. The husky has gained popularity over the past decade — especially in the northeast where winters can be long and cold. If you’re an winter outdoor enthusiast, then why not consider a husky? These dogs were bred to pull sleds in Alaska and throughout Canada but seem to fit right into the Boston climate. They do have difficulty in hot weather, so make sure they...
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