5 Tips to Keep Your Senior Dog More Active

5 Tips to Keep Your Senior Dog More Active

If you have a senior dog, you might have noticed he’s having a harder time keeping up while walking or running. Or maybe he’s stiff and sore after playing at the park, chasing a ball or doing agility.

My own Lab mix is 9 years old. He used to be my running buddy, but today we stick to short walks because longer exercise sessions are hard on his joints.

Obviously, dog owners want to keep their senior dogs as fit and active as possible, but sometimes it feels like options are limited.

Here are some ideas to consider for keeping your senior dog active. [Read more…]

5 Puppy Exercise Tips: How to Get Your Puppy Tired

How to get your puppy tired

If you have a puppy, you’re probably looking for some ideas on how to safely tire him out, especially if he’s in that naughty, “teenage” stage.

Taking your puppy for walks is a good idea, but you may be wondering how far you can walk him without putting too much stress on his joints. And, is it safe to take him running?

I asked two dog trainers to share some of their ideas for exercising a puppy, and here’s what they had to say.

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Is Dog Daycare Right for Your Dog?

Is dog daycare right for your dog
Photo credit: Motley Zoo Animal Rescue

It’s hard not to feel guilty when you’re away at work all day and your dog is home alone.

On the other hand, most dogs just sleep when we’re gone, and they are very adaptable to our schedules, especially if they’re getting plenty of exercise and interaction while we’re home.



This post will go over how to decide if dog daycare is a good choice for your unique dog. I will also give some tips on how to choose the right daycare and how to prepare your dog for her first day. [Read more…]

The Top 3 Leashes for Everyday Dog Ownership

The Top 3 Leashes for Everyday Dog OwnershipDepending on what activities you like to do with your dog, you may need a variety of different leashes for each situation.

In this post, I’ll go over a couple of popular leash options and give some examples of when each leash could be used. If you have a favorite type of leash, let me know in the comments!

Different types of leashes for dogs

The basic snap leash

Snap leashes are your typical nylon or leather leashes that snap onto your dog’s collar. Most snap leashes are either 4 or 6 feet in length. This type of leash is often the go-to leash for dog owners for everyday use like walks, visiting the vet, going to a pet friendly store, etc. [Read more…]

How to Help a Dog Lose Weight – 5 Tips

How to help a dog lose weight

It’s hard enough for some of us to stick to our own healthy eating and exercise plans, so it’s not surprising so many of our dogs are overweight.

Besides the obvious – eat less and exercise more – this post includes some tips on how to help an overweight dog return to a fit and healthy state. I hope you’ll also share some of your own tips in the comments section.

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