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18Sep 2019

Walking a dog is a fun thing to do and it seems like an activity that anyone that can hold a leash can do without having to take lessons in dog walking. However, as strange as they may sound, there are some mistakes people make when walking their dogs. They are mistakes that anybody can make regardless of their age, size, height, and location.

Here are six common dog walking mistakes you are making and how to avoid them:

Disregarding Safety Hazards

When you walk your dog, it is very important to be mindful of anything that could harm you and anything that could harm your dog. Some of the things that can be dangerous to you and your dog as you go for a walk are cars passing, broken bottles, wet or slippery floors, sharp or pointed objects, spilled chemicals, water bodies, and electrical connections. To avoid any form of harm, be mindful of everything around you and your dog; move your dog away from anything that could harm it; and put booties on their paws.

Using The Wrong Leash

One of the reasons why people like to use a retractable leash or a long leash while walking their dogs is to give their dogs a lot of freedom to walk around them and to make sure they do not bump into their dogs. This seem like a good idea, but it is not advisable. The reason is that it is difficult to control a dog using a retractable or long leash. When you do not have a good control of your dog while walking them, they can run off when they see an animal they would like to chase and run into danger.

Approaching Unknown Dogs

Some dogs can get hostile with each other, especially when they are meeting each other for the first time. Also, some dogs can attack you if they do not know you. Therefore, it is advisable to be wary of unknown dogs when you approach them without your dog and when you approach them with your dog. Ensure the situation is safe before you let yourself or your dog get close to another dog.

Stopping For Stubborn Dogs

Some dogs, especially smaller dogs are generally more stubborn than bigger dogs when you take them for a walk. Stubborn dogs move haphazardly and frequently stop while you walk them, making it difficult for you to control them and difficult for you to enjoy walking your pet. Instead of stopping intermittently, take a handful of kibble with you and use it to motivate them to continue walking.

Ignoring Pet Behavior

It is never a good idea to ignore any changes in the behavior of your pet. Changes in the behavior of dogs could be a warning sign that they are sick, injured, or around danger.

Not Rewarding Your Dog

Rewarding your dog with treats during and after a walk will make your dog look forward to the next time you both will go out for a walk.

20May 2019

Like regular exercise is important for you, similarly exercising regularly is important for your dog too. It is important that you take care of your dog’s health and fitness also. More often than not, it is seen the more active your pet is, the healthier he is going to be throughout. Well, for that you don’t have to take your dog on a 5-mile run every day, just some simple steps you can follow so that you can improve your pet’s physical fitness as well as your own.

Here are a few best fun activities to do to improve physical fitness of your pet.

  • Jogging

    Jogging has always been considered a best exercise, if it has not been your thing in the past, then you have the reason to ease into it. More often than not, dogs love to run, all you need to do is to take time to build up endurance by starting with a couple of short jogs with your pet several times a week. And, gradually you can increase the length of the jog. Make sure you are warming up before you head out to jog, also keep an eye on your dog throughout to make sure he isn’t getting too tired. Like this you and your pet will have a routine to follow and along with that a nice way to spend quality time together.

  • Swimming

    Swimming is another activity which can help you improve your dog’s health. Any dog would be there who loves to splash in water, and water games are the most favorite games for dogs. The only thing which you need to see is the weather condition, of course swimming is not for winters. Only when the temperatures heat up, you can head to the beach or pool to make a splash. Swimming is an excellent low-impact exercise that can keep your dog not only moving, but also having fun. If you find your dog resisting getting into the water, throw a ball or a toy for him to retrieve and then see him have fun in the water.

  • Brisk Walking

    Not always is leisure walking is enough, sometimes you and your dog need to kick up your fitness level by picking up the pace of your walk. For that you can start brisk walking with your dog, you can aim for between 15 and 20 minutes per mile. This is a nice speed to get going, also, you will feel like you are putting in a good effort, however, your dog may begin to pant. Panting is fine, as long as your dog doesn’t start to exhibit labored breathing, then you should stop for a while to rest.

  • Agility Training

    Agility training is fun for dogs, besides being a great form of exercise. Agility training keeps your dog active while weaving through poles and running over planks help dogs develop their muscles. If you don’t have access to an agility course, don’t worry, you can use low walls and fences, fence posts and other existing objects for such training of your pets.

  • Disc Dogging

    Last but not the least, disc dogging is another great dog sport to get into. It’s very easy–simply start throwing around a dog-friendly disc in the backyard or at the park that’s all. Initially throw the disc at short distances, gradually you can throw up to longer distances as well. Your pet will love to chase the disc and will gladly bring it back for another round. Disc dogging not only will get your blood pumping, but also will strengthen the bond between you two.

To conclude…..

It is highly recommended to get your dog involved into some activity so that he is fit, fine and healthy throughout. After all health is wealth!!

9May 2019

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Fur Moms

maria@sassydogfashions.com

National Dog Mom’s Day is arriving, the second Saturday in May! There will be chorus of barks, yips, and howls for all the dog mommas! National Dog Mom’s Day recognizes the bond women share with their fur kids, our dogs are like our kids only.

Undoubtedly, our pets are our family members, whether we bought them with careful planning or he came unexpectedly in our family, it is our family. Dogs are just not pets they are more than that! They understand our moods so easily, and we also understand theirs. We care for our dogs, shelter them, protect them, and share a bond, time, and memorable moments of our lives with them.

On this National Dog Mom’s Day make sure to bake up some yummy homemade puppy treats. Plan for something extra for your pet, some pampering to the mother fur. Maybe a pedicure for you and paws for the puppers will do. And, take a special selfie with fur baby to mark the occasion.

Mother’s Day gift ideas for fur moms!

Wonderful ideas to make it paw-some!

  • A Paw-Trait

    Well, every mom loves her kids a lot, not matter a human or an animal, mother’s love is always unconditional. If your Dog Mom loves her dog as much as any other human mom does, she will definitely love a paw-trait (portrait) of her favorite fur-kid. Either you enlarge her favorite photograph which you already have or hire an artist to paint a portrait. Then get the perfect frame and matte to match her decor.

  • Paw-Print Keepsake

    Paw-print keepsake is another idea for all the sentimental puppy parents. It will surely make the best gifts! There are several approach to do it, use an ink-pad and a piece of nice paper, take the impression and frame the print. Another way to do it is use a paw print kit and create a clay impression of her dog’s paw, it will be wonderful memento for the mother, and even she will treasure it for years to come.

  • Gift Jewelry

    Jewelry is another classic Mother’s Day gift, for all the jewelry loving mothers! So, why don’t you get her a beautiful dog-themed jewelry? Be it a gold, silver, sparkling or simple. You can find earrings, ring, a necklace, earrings, or a bracelet to fit her fancy!

  • Gift Flowers

    Flowers! Flowers are the most essential part of any occasion and what else can one gift a mother on Mother’s Day than a bunch of flowers. Flowers are appropriate for Dog Mom’s Day! Just be sure that the flowers you buy are not toxic to your dogs, or your dog is not allergic to them, as some flowers are toxic to them. So, when you buy them for your favorite dog mom, make sure they’re pet safe. Roses, Daisies, African violets, Begonias, and Orchids are safe. Also, most important is to arrange your flowers in a cool dog-themed vase or flower pot. Your pet will surely love the arrangement!

To conclude……

Once you have finalized your paw-fect Mother’s Day gift, next is to wrap it up in some puppy paper or in a dog gift bag along with the card wishing a Mother’s Day from the dog. Try this out, you will make fur mom’s day!

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