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PET WELLNESS: HOW TO BOND WITH YOUR DOG

Pawsh-Magazine-how-to-bond-with-your-dog-4We humans are very lucky, because dogs love us unconditionally. It’s in their DNA to give affection, which is a truly incredible quality. Of course, however, as with any relationship, there are two sides to the dog and human bond and there are a few things we can do to continually strengthen the bonds we have with our dogs.

While it is sometimes easy to get caught up with our hectic work schedules and social lives, here are some simple ways to improve your bond with your dog.

HOW TO BOND WITH YOUR DOG #1:  THE FIVE MINUTE SNUGGLE
Pawsh-Magazine-how-to-bond-with-your-dog-1Mornings are sometimes the most chaotic part of the day. The whole family is up and groggy, people are trying to make breakfast and shower (not at the same time!), do their hair, pack the kiddos off to school and shovel the driveway before work.

Don’t let your dog get lost in the hustle and bustle — take time for a quiet five minute snuggle. Snuggle in bed, on the couch with coffee or even in the backyard after their morning outing. This serene ritual will soon become something your dog looks forward to, especially if they are left home alone during the 9-5 hours. Plus it will help to calm your morning craziness.

(TIP: Employ the five minute snuggle at the end of the day as well, when you walk through the door. Before you check the mail, change into comfy clothes, make a snack or throw the tv on, take five and snuggle with your dog. After all, they’ve been waiting all day for you!)

HOW TO BOND WITH YOUR DOG #2: PLAY OUTSIDE WITH YOUR DOG
Pawsh-Magazine-how-to-bond-with-your-dog-6While dogs are very content indoors with their toys, beds and blankets, almost all pooches get extremely excited by the prospect of going outside! But don’t let your dog have all the fun running around — join in! Not only will joining in on their great outdoor antics be a lot of fun for you, but it will further associate you as a highly joyful presence in their lives and further bond you together through a happy state.

(Suggested outdoor dog activities: fetch, chase, rough house, throwing snowballs, playing with the garden hose spray.)

HOW TO BOND WITH YOUR DOG #3: COOK WITH YOUR DOG
Pawsh-Magazine-how-to-bond-with-your-dog-5We all have to make something for dinner, but did you know this daily chore can be a great way to spend extra time with your pupster? As you slice and dice away, being the culinary genius that you are, have a few dog-friendly fresh goodies on hand, such as tomatoes, carrots or other dog-friendly human foods.

Between stirring and sauteing, ask your dog to do tricks in return for pieces of chopped green pepper, carrots etc. Suddenly cooking supper is an extra hour your dog can look forward to spending with you!

HOW TO BOND WITH YOUR DOG #4:  ENROLL IN AN OBEDIENCE CLASS
Pawsh-Magazine-how-to-bond-with-your-dog-3Obedience classes aren’t just for puppies! Dogs of all ages can enroll at various dog training schools, providing a wonderful and educational opportunity to spend more time together.

Training a puppy is a classic way to create a bond, so why not repeat it once in a while as your dog matures? A brush up on basic obedience skills is never a bad thing — or, if you’re feeling ambitious, progress to advanced obedience classes!

HOW TO BOND WITH YOUR DOG #5: CREATE YOUR OWN DOG GAMES
Pawsh-Magazine-how-to-bond-with-your-dog-2Every dog has a different personality and as you know their sweet disposition the best, take some time to create a dog-friendly game that they will love! Make your own DIY dog toys, invent a game for when tv commercials are on, combine training with play — in other words use your imagination to invent a new stimulating activity that your dog will go bananas for!

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{Huge thanks to my incredible friend and talented artist Tonya Pet Photography for photographing this vibrant installment of the “Pet Wellness” column. Be sure to visit her fantastic website for all sorts of other fun pet shoots!}

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DOG HEALTH: 6 SIGNS YOUR DOG MAY BE IN PAIN

Pawsh-Magazine-Dog-Wellness-1It is never easy to learn that your dog is unwell. In fact it is one of the hardest things pet parents have to deal with. But how do you know when to take your dog to the vet? The answer is, of course, whenever you are unsure about your pet’s well being (it is always better to be safe than sorry). Yet there are some tell-tale things you can watch out for to help you make the call. Here are six simple signs you should constantly watch out for to tell if your dog is in pain…

1) Unusual movement
If you dog starts to limp, has trouble getting up or lags on their walks it may be cause for concern. Monitor your dog’s actions closely at all times, even when they are as fit as a fiddle, so that you can recognize if and when their abilities change.

2) Vocalizing
No, no, we don’t mean barking per se. If your dog starts to whimper or whine for no apparent reason, chances are they are trying to tell you something. So don’t brush their little voices off right away without paying true attention what might be bothering them. A trip to the vet may not be a bad idea.
Pawsh-Magazine-Dog-Wellness-23) Altered breathing
Heavy breathing, excessive panting or sudden snorting may be indications that something is not quite right internally. Just as though you came across a person having difficulty breathing, treat this symptom with caution and immediate medical attention.

4) Extreme sensitivity
If your dog begins to cringe when approached, touched or in any way handled, it’s probably safe to say that they are hurting in some way. Dogs with injured paws, for example, may try to bite if touched, not out of meanness, but as a way to try and protect their injury. If your dog acts out in this manner, completely out of character, don’t immediately scold them. Again, they may be trying to communicate something.
Pawsh-Magazine-Dog-Wellness-45) Change in appetite
All dogs love food, but if you notice that they are suddenly eating much more or far less than they’re usual serving of kibble, you may have reason to be alarmed. Monitor their eating habits closely so you can better inform the vet of any changes.
Pawsh-Magazine-Dog-Wellness-36) Change in coat condition
Sudden malting, excessive licking of a specific area or change in coat condition can all be earlier indications that something is wrong. It is a good idea to also keep an eye on your dog’s skin condition whenever grooming in case changes appear there also.

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DOG TREAT RECIPE: PEANUT BUTTER POPPERS!

No-Bake-Dog-treat-recipe-Pawsh-MagazineTeach your dog good habits by rewarding them with these easy, ooey-gooey 3-ingredient Peanut Butter Poppers! They’re a breeze to make and will be gobbled up in no time at all! Be warned, these tasty morsels are a little messy to make, but their no-bake composition totally makes up for it1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup natural stovetop popcorn
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • a 1/2 tsp of all natural honey (optional)


Directions

1.  Pop popcorn in oil on stovetop and combine ingredients until popcorn is fully coated.

WHY POPCORN IS GOOD FOR DOGS

2.  Use a tablespoon to gently ball into small little clusters on wax paper. Don’t worry if the kernels get crushed. Add a touch of honey if your peanut butter isn’t sticky enough to hold everything together.

3.  Allow to set and serve (after good doggie behaviour, of course!)

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DOG TRAINING TIPS: HOW TO TEACH DOGS GOOD LEASH MANNERS

Pawsh-Magazine-Dog-leash-mannersTaking your dog for a walk seems like a no-brainer — it’s a good thing to do. But did you know that teaching your dog to walk nicely on a leash benefits them physically, mentally and emotionally? Here’s the scoop…Pawsh-magazine-dog-leash-manners-2 Physical benefits of dog leash manners
The physical benefits of indulging in a lovely leashed walk are pretty straight forward; your dog gets to go out and about in the world in a safe manner, they burn some calories, they sniff a few intriguing smells and their little bodies get a workout.

Walking politely on a leash, however, also keeps your dog safe. If a dog is pulling wildly on leash, he runs the risk of injuring his neck or spine, eating things he shouldn’t off the street before you can get to him, tangling up other pedestrians and potentially getting stepped on. Not to mention as well that dogs who bolt like crazy to the end of their leashes and pull forcefully can run a higher risk of darting off a sidewalk and into a busy street.

All of these, of course, are very dangerous behaviours. Thus, teaching your dog to walk politely on a leash is overall better for their well-being.
Pawsh-Magazine-Dog-Leash-Manners-3 Pawsh-Magazine-dog-leash-manners-4Mental benefits of dog leash manners
Walking nicely on a leash takes a lot of training for a dog to master, which means this exercise requires a great deal of focus. Essentially, it is a regular workout for their doggy brains! Learning how to sit at crosswalks before proceeding, keeping to their walkers’ side and not straining on the leash requires that your dog pay close attention and practice their command recalls. In other words, leash manners provide a mental workout!

Being out for a leashed walk also offers regular socializing opportunities for your pupster, which is another important aspect of mental well being for them.
Pawsh-magazine-dog-leash-manners-5Emotional benefits of dog leash manners
Walking with your dog is a wonderful bonding activity for you and your canine sidekick. Dogs crave leadership and teaching your dog how to walk politely on their leash with you helps to establish a loving hierarchy between dog and person that your dog will look up to. This activity teaches respect and good manners.

Walking your dog regularly on leash also creates more time that you can spend together, thus naturally improving your relationship. Pawsh-magazine-dog-leash-manners-6While you are bound to get a little tangled from time to time while teaching your dog to walk nicely on a leash, the physical, mental and emotional benefits of good leash manners are more than worth the training time.

{Huge thanks to my incredible friend and talented artist Tonya Pet Photography for photographing this vibrant installment of the “Pet Wellness” column. Be sure to visit her fantastic website for all sorts of other fun pet shoots!}

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This article was made possible by DogTrot Fitness — Canada’s exclusive distributor of the PetRun line of dog treadmills — the ideal solution if your dog doesn’t love dog parks.
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Adequate exercise is equally important to your dog’s wellness as a healthy diet. Even if you can’t run WITH your dog, we can help you meet his exercise needs, regardless of weather. With running decks scaled to suit any stride, there’s a PetRun treadmill for every size of dog! WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER

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DOG HEALTH: 5 TIPS TO KEEP YOUR DOG SAFE THIS WINTER

Pawsh-Magazine-dog-winter-safety-1-550Welcome to winter everyone! Although it has been a mild couple of days here in Toronto, the cold will inevitably be returning once again, so to prepare our pets and make sure we keep them as safe and as snugly as possible, here are five winter dog safety tips.

DOG WINTER SAFETY TIP #1: IF YOU’RE COLD, THEY’RE COLD
Pawsh-Magazine-Dog-Winter-Safety-2It really irks me when I hear people (usually non dog-owners) say, “The dog has a fur coat. He’ll be fine outside.” This is simply not true. Dogs feel the cold just like we do. If you have a short-haired pupster, invest in a proper winter jacket for him. If your dog is starting to shake and tremble while out for their walk, call it early and take them back inside. Avoid the risk of frostbite by playing it safe rather than sorry and realizing that dogs are not invincible.

DOG WINTER SAFETY TIP #2: PUMP UP THE PROTEIN
Not by too much and of course always consult with your vet before altering your pet’s diet, but often times increasing your pet’s protein intake will help them to grow thicker, warmer coats to ward off chilly winter breezes.

DOG WINTER SAFETY TIP #3: AVOID SIDEWALK SALTS
Pawsh-Magazine-dog-winter-safety-3Little paws are extremely sensitive to sidewalk salts and can easily crack, bleed and cause considerable pain. Avoid areas that are covered in horrid little salt crystals whenever possible. Sometimes of course that is impossible, so consider buying some little boots for your dog. Yes, they will look ridiculous. Yes they will have an exceptional ‘funny walk’ happening, but the boots will protect their paws from harm.

If your dog absolutely will not wear a pair of boots, consider a pet paw balm instead available at most pet supply stores. And be sure to gently towel dry their paws after a walk so that pieces of salt don’t linger and further irritate their sensitive tootsies!

DOG WINTER SAFETY TIP #4: USE PLASTIC OR CERAMIC
Did you know that vets see a lot of injured pet tongues during the winter? Know why? It is because some furry friends try to drink out of metal dishes in the cold and their tongues get stuck. Help them stay hydrated and unstuck by opting for plastic or ceramic bowls.

DOG WINTER SAFETY TIP #5: KEEP THEM WARM
Pawsh-magazine-dog-winter-safety-4You many think that your furry friend is snug as a bug whenever indoors, but in reality a lot of homes temperatures drop significantly during the evenings and early morning. Be sure your pet has a lovely place to sleep, somewhere raised up from the ground and covered in blankets so they can burrow and have some extra warmth if need be.

Another thing to keep in mind is that if you bath your dog during the winter, keep them warm immediately after getting out of the tub and do not take them outdoors until they are completely dry. Otherwise they might catch a nasty chill.

{Photography by Pawsh Studio}

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This article was made possible by EZ X Harness. The EZ X Harness takes safety, comfort and control to a new level! Avoid neck injuries and eliminate pulling! Just Easy On and Easy Off. Great for sport, about town or riding in the car! Available in all sorts of colours — a safe style for everyone! Follow them on Facebook!

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