Getting older can be a confusing time for your dog. They start to have less energy, they start to experience physical changes like vision and hearing loss, and their dietary needs change too. All of these changes, however, do not mean that their zest and enthusiasm disappears! On the contrary in fact, as their years of wisdom equips them with all sorts of mischief and know-how. To help make a dog’s golden years really sparkle though, there are lots of little things we can do to greatly improve their quality of life. Here are some simple tips to improve your senior dog care and to make their life the best it can be! (more…)
If we had to say there was one teeny-tiny “downside” to sharing our home with a dog, it would be that with great canine cuteness comes… great cute mess. From mucky paws, to shredding toys, to knocking things over and the almost constant shedding, life with a pupper underfoot can be a lot of clean up. So we recently added a Shark Rocket Pro Cordless Stick vacuum to our dog-friendly cleaning supplies and after living with it for a while we have to say, it may just be the best vacuum for pet hair that we’ve used to date.
But before we could dive into using all of this machine’s wonderfully efficient cleaning features, we had to first get our dog used to the vacuum. Fortunately, we had a few tried and true tricks up our sleeve…
When Katrina and Al adopted two adorable little puppies, they wanted to get some family portraits to remember and celebrate this time of their lives. And the talented Lauren McCormick Photography — a wedding photographer who also on occasion is known as an Ottawa dog photographer — was more than happy to step up to capture the cuteness! Keep reading to see more from this delightful dog photo session!
There are many factors that can cause anxiety in dogs and alter their once super obedient behaviour into total chaos. (Did you know that common dog anxiety symptoms involve acting out?) And one of the most underrated causes of anxiety in dogs stems from us – their devoted pet parents. That’s right! We may be more responsible for our dog’s anxious ways than we realize.
Dog’s are acutely in tune to body language, it’s the primary way they communicate and interact with the world around them. So if their human suddenly exhibits anxious, nervous energy (and all the subtle body language that accompanies that state), you can bet your bottom dollar that that dog will react to that anxiety by either mirroring the energy themselves or acting out.
Today we’re chatting with Dr. Shalini Bhat, owner of The Movement Boutique and functional medicine practitioner, to learn all about anxiety relief techniques that we can practice for our own well-being and in turn, that of our dogs’. (more…)