Winter Grooming Tips for Long-Haired Dogs

Winter Grooming Tips for Long-Haired Dogs

Winter is just around the corner. But are your dogs prepared to embrace the cold?

While it’s common to think that your furry pal’s coat is enough for them to stay comfortable in the winter, other dog breeds have more difficulty in adjusting to low temperatures. Dealing with a dog during winter time can be sometimes messy, especially if it’s long-haired. Be sure to prepare the appropriate gear and adjust your grooming routines. Here are a few winter tips for grooming hairy dogs.

1. Protect those furry paws.

As explained in a past article here on DogPerDay, your dog needs to wear boots before going out into the snow. This is because winter conditions increase the risk of your dog’s paws in terms of developing dryness, frostbite, and cracking. If your pooch has particularly hairy paws, the fur may collect snow as well. The purpose of the boots is mainly to keep the dog comfortable while out in the snow. They also help it tread on ice.

Keep in mind that your canine buddy may need time to adjust to the shoes. Let it walk around the house for a while until its legs are able to move naturally.

2. Brush your dog regularly.

The last thing your dog wants in the middle of winter is a full body shave due to clumps of matted fur. So be sure to brush down excess fur from time to time. Shelley Williams suggests on Animal Behavior College that keeping the coat in a breathable condition allows it to properly insulate the dog. Matted fur creates gaps in the coat, letting more cold air get to the dog’s body. To avoid this, a daily brushing session is recommended. Although, a weekly routine works fine, too.

3. Get your pooch a new haircut. Winter Grooming Tips for Long-Haired Dogs

Most owners are hesitant to give their dogs a haircut in the winter, because the fur is supposed to keep them warm. While that may be true, you should also consider the fact that the pup would normally spend most of its time indoors. This means giving it a winter haircut isn’t entirely a terrible idea, particularly since long coats can get clumped like mentioned in the previous tip.

Do note, however, to take time in choosing the best groomer for the job. A groomer that handles your neighbor’s dog perfectly may not necessarily be able to do the same for your pooch. A blog post by Go Fetch shares several tips on choosing the right dog groomer. The first step is to ask around, get input from friends and family, and create a list of potential options. Call each one or visit their clinics prior to the grooming session. The latter is ideal so you can already gauge their handiwork by observing the other customers.

4. Give your furry pal warm baths.

Since the dog will be staying indoors most of the season, its odor might fill up the place. To keep the smell at a minimum, give your dog a nice, warm bath. There’s no need to worry, as there is no harm in giving it a bath during winter. However, the Petcha blog warns that you should never let a wet dog step on snow because it will only worsen the dog’s body temperature.

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5 Practical Ways To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy This Winter

5 Practical Ways To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy This Winter

By Lucy Wyndham

Winter is almost here, and 78 million dog owners in the US will be trying to keep their pets warm and comfortable during the upcoming chillymonths. While some dogs may prefer to stay indoors curled up in front of the fire, some pets—especially those who have boundless energy—will be heading outdoors to play in the snow. Though a bit of winter playtime is important to keep your dog happy, keep in mind that just like humans, pets are susceptible to winter ailments such as the common cold, frostbite, and hypothermia. To keep your dog healthy this winter, it’s imperative to keep them as warm and dry as possible whether indoors and outdoors. Dog owners also need to look after their pet’s nutrition and keep them away from common chemicals that are often used during the cold months.

Here are 5 smart ways to keep your dog healthy and happy this winter.

Protect your dog’s paws

One of the first things that you have to do before taking your dog out in snowy conditions is to protect your pet’s paws. Clip the hairs around your dog’s toes to prevent ice or snow from getting lodged between them, and make your dog wear booties before heading outdoors. Choose boots made of materials that will keep water out, but make sure that the boots are breathable for comfort. You can also make homemade dog shoes by purchasing the appropriate materials and tracing your dog’s feet on paper so you’ll know how big the boots should be.

Bring a towel during long walksDog in the Fall

Your dog’s paws, legs, and tummy will surely be in constant contact with the snow when you’re walking your dog outdoors, so make sure to bring a dry towel to wipe him down. After your walk, get another towel, moisten it with some warm water, and use it to carefully wipe down your dog’s paws, legs, and tummy to get rid of ice, salt, and chemicals such as antifreeze which can be harmful to your dog’s health.

Feed your dog

Your pet needs food to burn calories which will help to keep him warm during the winter, so feed him more often than usual if he’s active but no more than the usual amount if he spends his days dozing in his dog bed. If your dog lacks appetite, try warming his food and serving him some rich, warm stews. According to the American Kennel Club, warming dog food to 93-104 degrees increases palatability. Make sure to stir the food thoroughly before serving to get rid of any hot spots in your dog’s food.

Keep his bed warm

Place your dog’s bed in the warmest spot in your home so your pet can be warm and comfortable while he sleeps. Provide a cozy blanket so your dog can burrow to his heart’s content. If your pet’s bed needs an upgrade, consider making a new dog bed using an old tire, some paint, and a soft cushion. It’s an easy DIY project that can help to keep your dog happy this winter.

Let your dog wear a sweater

Your dog may have a thick coat of fur, but it may not be enough to keep your dog warm this winter. Have several dog sweaters and coats on hand for your pet to wear outdoors and indoors. If you find that some canine apparel is too expensive, you can recycle old wool sweaters or make a dog sweater from scratch if you know how to knit.

Your dog deserves some extra love and care during the cold months. Follow these tips to keep your pet healthy and happy this winter. If you suspect that your dog is ill or is showing signs of hypothermia, flu, or frostbite, consult your vet immediately.

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Tips for First-Time Puppy Parents (Article)

Tips for First-Time Puppy Parents (Article)

By Jessica Brody

Bringing home a puppy is surprisingly similar to bringing home a baby. Between all of the cuddle-time and endless picture-taking, you have to keep the little one fed, give them a cozy place to sleep, create a potty-training schedule, and keep them safe. It takes some adjustment time for you both, but it’s one of the happiest decisions you can make. For all of you soon-to-be puppy parents out there, don’t be nervous. Just keep a few tips in mind before you add the newest little addition to your family.

Which Breed Suits You

Pet TipsDo you want an indoor or outdoor dog? Do you want a large breed or small breed? These are the kinds of questions you should be asking yourself as you read through the variances between breeds. For example, if you are an active person, you will likely want a dog to run or hike with. In that case, Labradors and Australian Shepherds are some of the more active breeds. If you want a lap dog, a Dachshund or Pug may be the perfect choice. Each type of dog has a unique set of qualities that will help you determine whether they will be the best match for your family.

Helping Your Puppy Adjust to Your Home

To a puppy, your home is a very large and maybe even scary new place. Make sure you properly prepare your home before you let them freely roam. They will want to sniff everything, maybe chew on a few things, and potentially hide in small spaces like under the couch or under your bed. It’s up to you to let them explore, teach them what they shouldn’t chew, and facilitate the feeling of a safe home.

The first step is to provide them with their own specific spot in the house. Many dogs like to have a place like a kennel or bed as a type of home base. This is the spot where they will sleep, run to if they are scared, or play with their toys if they aren’t comfortable in the rest of the house yet. Show them where that spot is, and reward them for settling in. The more they feel like they have a safe place to run back to, the more they will feel comfortable to investigate the rest of the house.

Since everything is chewable, don’t let your puppy wander the house alone for a while. Walk with them while they are exploring and guide them away from any valuable items. Try to keep items like stuffed animals, children’s toys, clothing items, or pillows off of the floor. This way the puppy won’t confuse these items with their own toys. As time passes, they can begin to learn which items are off-limits and which items are safe to play with.

Activities to Do With Your Puppy

Pet TipsPlaytime is very important for a puppy. It helps them develop their relationship with you and learn their boundaries. As they fetch their toys or play tug-of-war with their favorite rope, they learn how rambunctious they are allowed to become, how hard they should bite, and when they are supposed to calm down. These are all the rules that you get to set while you learn your puppy’s playful habits.

It’s also very important that you make time to walk them daily. These little ones have a lot of energy that they need to get out, and keeping them cooped up in the house won’t fulfill their need for exploration. But make sure you know the appropriate length of a walk first, so that their little muscles won’t be overworked.

You are about to find yourself in the middle of an adorable, furry adventure! You have nothing to worry about! You’re already doing your research and thinking through the first steps toward bringing them home. You are going to make a great puppy parent!

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Thinking About Starting a Website Using WordPress?

This is my personal experience, the good and the bad, with using the WordPress platform for my website, DogPerDay.com…

The website was started about nine years ago in 2008. My wife, Kate, was in the computer science industry, and so she was able to build it from scratch. WordPress was not really an option at the time, or at least we did not know about it. We hosted the website with a company called Lunarpages, and our email marketing system was some free software that came along with the hosting package.

We loved our little website, and it actually obtained a very good Alexa ranking of about 350,000 at its height. We got up to around 400 email subscribers before I kind of lost interest and stopped updating the site and stopped sending out my daily emails.

In about March of 2015 I decided that I wanted to revamp the website and Siteground hostingget it going again. We wanted our redesign to utilize WordPress, and so we hired a web designer for about $2,000. He had some good of experience building WordPress websites. He did a great job on the design and look of the website, and we got pretty much exactly what we wanted as far as that went.

What our designer did not really tell us about were the potential security issues that come along with a WordPress website. So if you are just starting, be aware of security and potential attacks from hackers. We were also not told about how to optimize our content, especially our images, as DogPerDay is an image-heavy website.

So as a result of our WordPress website’s poor optimization and security, we were harassed by Lunarpages regarding something called “CPU Usage.” Usually a website is hosted in what is called a “shared environment,” and if your website takes up too much CPU percentage, you may get a notice from your hosting company. This is also something we were never warned about, and so at the beginning I was posting all kinds of images at 500 KB, or 1 MB or more, thinking nothing of it. Don’t do that… if you’re building a new website using WordPress, optimize all of your images as much as possible from the very beginning.

Lunarpages was almost no help at all in solving these issues. In fact, they pretty much harassed us with unfriendly, threatening email warnings, making us feel like we were guilty of some kind of a misdemeanor. Lunarpages had no expertise at all in WordPress websites. And by the way, my website was extremely slow loading with Lunarpages. And so… just the other day I decided to terminate my account with Lunarpages and migrated my website over to Siteground.

I did some research trying to find the best hosting company to support a WordPress website, and Siteground was one that I kept seeing over and over again. They didn’t always receive the #1 best review, but they were the most consistently in the Top 3 of any WordPress hosting company review. In fact, I learned that they are an officially recognized hosting company by WordPress itself. During discovery, the sales associate in the Live Chat was able to answer all my questions and made me feel like Siteground could easily handle the former problems I was having.

The migration of my website over to Siteground was not perfect… it was not a perfectly smooth transition. But the Siteground support team was always very quick to respond to my questions and very helpful. They have a Live Support Chat, and so technical issues and problems can be taken care of swiftly and painlessly. So now DogPerDay is  up and running with Siteground, and I can already see a difference in my website’s loading speed. And it’s affordable.

If you’re thinking of starting a WordPress website from scratch, or you’re thinking of migrating over to a new hosting company, I recommend Siteground.

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GetResponse also has a great Live Chat tool for their customers, and they are always there to answer questions and resolve issues quickly. They have a free trial if you’d like to try it out before committing.

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Stay Healthy and Get Moving by Walking Dogs (Article)

You may have heard that dog owners tend to have happier and healthier lives than people without pets. Unfortunately, we’re not all able to have pets; but we may have a great alternative for you! It turns out, dog owners and dog walkers enjoy many of the same health benefits. Walking dogs can help you live a longer, more successful life (and make you big money too).

Being around dogs gives you a great mental boost

Had a bad day? Just think, you can walk in the door to see a dog’s sweet face and pick up their leash to melt the day away. Here’s why a wagging tail is so good for your mood: seeing a dog lowers the stress hormone cortisol—even after just a short period of time. Couple that with the physical health benefits, and you have a recipe for a happy, healthy life.

Walking improves your physical health

Walking helps you build strong bones and muscles, improve your balance and coordination, maintain a healthy weight, and manage health conditions like high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. So what makes walking even better? A cute dog, of course.

Boa the Rottweiler MixBeing outside improves your well-being

Do you love nature almost as much as you love dogs? Not only does walking dogs give you an excuse to hit the trail, but it can also improve your well-being (and give you tons of great Instagram photos).

It gives you time to take care of yourself

Have you ever regretted not exercising? We’ve been there. On the other hand, have you ever regretting exercising? Unless you went overboard on the squat rack, probably not. Simply put, walking dogs allows you to easily put your health front and center in your life.


Bonus: regular walking helps dogs live longer too

52.5% of U.S. dogs are overweight or obese. Not surprisingly, regular walks help dogs maintain a healthy weight. And it has tons other health benefits too, including improving digestion and reducing unwanted behaviors like chewing, digging, or scratching. And our favorite: regular walks could help build a dog’s confidence and trust by exposing them to other humans and animals around them. So the next time you take your favorite dog client for a walk, know that you’re giving them some of the best parts of their day and helping them live longer.

Become a Dog Walker on Rover

If you love getting outside and meeting cute dogs, Rover—the nation’s largest community of dog walkers—could be great a great fit for you. See if you qualify to become a dog walker on Rover today, and start making $1,000 or more per month. (Curious about what you can charge? Here are rates of top dog walkers in Austin and top dog walkers in Miami.) Being a Rover dog walker allows you to stay healthy, get moving, and get paid—all while doing something you love.

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Only Natural Pet Ultimate Daily Vitamins Plus for Dogs and Cats (Video)

The Benefits of Daily Vitamins

Just like with you, introducing a daily vitamin into your pet’s diet can have a huge effect on overall health. Only Natural Pet Ultimate Daily Vitamins Plus feature a full spectrum of vitamins & minerals for your dog or cat that support every major function of their bodies, from a glowing skin & coat to a healthy gastrointestinal tract. And since these formulas are made from all natural ingredients, you know they’re safe & effective.

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Healthy Joints in Dogs and Cats Article

Joint Health in Dogs and Cats (Article)

by Rebecca Rose, President of In Clover and Consultant for OnlyNaturalPet.com

Have you noticed that your dog is not able to jump into the car or onto the couch? Does he have difficulty with stairs or does not want to finish a walk? Has your cat stopped grooming, especially her back end? Are her nails long and overgrown? All of these symptoms could mean that your pet is experiencing the discomfort of joint disorder. Joint disorder is the #1 chronic condition affecting up to 25% of dogs and 20% of cats. Yet research shows that less than 1 in 7 dogs with joint disease actually receive care. The good news is that there are easy and effective treatment options available, if you do your homework.

When the Healthy Joint Becomes Unhealthy

In healthy conditions, the natural joint building blocks, cartilage and synovial fluid, reduce friction and act as a shock absorber. The body makes these joint building blocks normally by producing glycosaminoglycans, or GAGs. These GAGs consist of glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate and hyaluronic acid. Injury, repeated stress, excess weight, poor diet, and genetic predisposition can contribute to unhealthy joints. In the unhealthy joint, production of these joint building blocks is impaired. The animal’s body is unable to keep up with demand for building blocks, resulting in irritation, inflammation, pain, and decreased mobility.

Treatment Options

Pet guardians have many options to treat unhealthy joints in their dogs and cats, but they fall primarily into two different categories. There are pharmaceutical or drug options and there are natural alternatives. Drug options include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which block the production of prostaglandins associated with pain and inflammation; COX-2 inhibitors, which target specific prostaglandins, and Maxx and Marley the Labrador MixesAspirin/Ascriptin(R), which reduces pain. These drugs are very good at blocking pain and decreasing inflammation. They do not, however, add to the body’s joint lubricants or biochemical process. Work closely with your veterinarian when considering NSAIDs, cats do not metabolize aspirin like dogs and can be toxic, over the counter human products, such as Tylenol(R) cause destruction of red blood cells and should never be given to cats or dogs. Because of the often unacceptable side effects of NSAIDs, there has been a market shift toward natural alternatives.

Natural treatments, used alone or with a drug option, has benefits your pet will feel and you will see. The natural process supplies the body with the joint building blocks- glucosamine, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid. This is what the pet’s body would provide in a healthy situation. Complete natural alternatives also provide select ingredients such as herbs to increase circulation, decrease inflammation and slow oxidative damage allowing the body to repair and rebuild the affected joint. You should notice your pet moving more easily, completing walks, jumping up on the bed or into the car and being more vibrant and happy overall.

Key Active Ingredients in Natural Treatment Alternatives

Joint Building Blocks: Glucosamine and Mucopolysaccharides (Glucosamine, Chondroitin Sulfate, Hyaluronic Acid)
Anti-inflammatory: Yucca, Devil’s Claw, Black Cohosh, Cayenne, MSM
Anti-oxidant: Turmeric, Ginger, Alfalfa, Vitamin C
Circulatory stimulant: Nettle, Celery Seed, Ginger

Non-complete vs. Complete Formulas

If a dog or cat with unhealthy joints receives no treatment, recovery is not likely due to continuing pain, swelling and the body’s inability to produce enough of the joint building blocks. This will lead to a less comfortable and less active life for the pet.

If a dog or cat with unhealthy joints receives an incomplete formula, containing only glucosamine and/or chondroitin sulfate or less than effective amounts of ingredients, repair of the joint may be enabled but many pets will see slow and only partial recovery.

If a dog or cat with unhealthy joints receives a complete formula that combines the joint building blocks with ingredients to decrease inflammation, increase circulation, remove free radicals and enhance absorption, optimal and accelerated recovery will result.

About the Author: Rebecca Rose, President of In Clover, Inc. Ms. Rose is a biochemist and the developer of animal health products. She is the author of three patents on the composition and method for treating joint disorder in vertebrates. In Clover is the maker of Connectin(R), a clinically-tested joint supplement for dog and cats.

(Reprinted with permission from OnlyNaturalPet.com)

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