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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-FRIENDLY DATE IDEAS: LAST MINUTE PLANS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

dog-friendly-engagement-photosAlright all you lovebirds — Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you have lovely plans for this evening and weekend! But in case you’re scrambling for a last minute, romantic idea to surprise your sweetie with, here are a few tried-and-true dog-friendly date ideas that will keep you out of the dog house this evening!

Dog-Friendly Date Ideas
An intimate movie night laden with sparkle and comfort
A cosy, casual evening for the snugglers!
Three easy gourmet dinner recipes that the dog can eat too!

These date ideas can easily translate to a fun friend event too for all of you lovely singletons out there. Just pack up the furkids and head to your bestie’s abode for an evening of laughter and memories!

Have a lovely weekend everyone! Celebrate the love in your life, no matter what it’s form may be! Love of an kind is worth noting! xo

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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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TORONTO PET PHOTOGRAPHY | PAWSH STUDIO | SNOWY SESSIONS

Toronto-pet-photographer-Pawsh-Studio-snowy-dogs-550As you might know, I’m offering some Outdoor Soulmate Sessions this month (until February 14th) to celebrate Valentine’s Day with our furballs in a timeless manner. I’ve had quite a few people write to me asking what these would look like, so I took Miss Rory out for a snowy romp to demonstrate.

Now, I chose to photograph Rory in a very candid manner, as the point of these sessions are to capture your furball’s natural, goofy personality in the snow! I do have a selection of lovely red collars to dress up dogs with to ensure we get that pop of cheerful colour and the final product is a collection of heart-warming images that can be cherished forever!

Dogs are always particularly goofy in the snow — and as we just had a huge helping of the white stuff today here in Toronto, the next few days will be absolutely PERFECT for snowy Soulmate Sessions.

OUTDOOR SOULMATE SESSIONS $150
(valid until February 14th, 2014 — gift certificates available for outdoor sessions)

Ideal for the dog who loves being outdoors and digging in the snow, each session includes…

  • one dog and/or one person
  •  30 min shoot time
  • 15 proofs | 8 final low-res images | one 5×7 fine art matte print
  • canvases & prints available a la carte
  • a beautiful, winter wonderland outdoor setting
  • your bond with your dog captured in an editorialized fashion

*an extra $50 per pet and an extra $25 per person is required for Outdoor Soulmate Sessions.

Who knows when we’ll have a winter as snowy or as pretty as this again. Book your Outdoor Soulmate Session today! Email info@pawsh-magazine.com to book!