Dog Park Do’s and Don’ts

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The Dog Park can be a great environment for your dog to play, build social skills, and be a part of a community of canine friends OR it can be a nightmare for both pup and owner. In order to make your trip a success, here are some dog park do’s and don’ts.

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Exercise for Dogs

Exercise for Dogs

Exercise for Dogs

Exercise for dogs is extremely important. Dogs have been our four-legged companions for thousands of years. They were bred to work along side of us and perform jobs. That need for work must be fulfilled or else they may develop behavioral issues.

Some breeds were designed for particular tasks. For example, hunting, pulling, herding, and protection.

Today we typically don’t expect our dogs to perform these roles they were once intended for. Now most people simply want a great companion that fits their lifestyle. Since our dogs are no longer working it is crucial that we provide an outlet for their energy and exercise them often!

If you are seeing behavior problems in your dog exercise will help in most cases. The best thing you can do for your dog is to provide both physical and mental stimuli.

Here are some ways to physically exercise your dog:

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Riding in Cars with Dogs

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Riding in the car with your dog can be a great experience. Maybe you have a quick road trip planned, or you just want to visit the beach after reading about my favorite places in New Jersey. In order to get to these places a car ride is inevitable.

Every dog has a unique personality, and some will love the car right away. Others, though, may not be as thrilled their first time.

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Dog Sports for You and Your Pup

Dog Sports

Dog Sports

Dog sports are a great way to continue to build the relationship between you and your pup. It’s especially great for over active dogs because it gives them a constructive way to be challenged both mentally and physically. It’s also good for dogs with fear issues because it helps them build self confidence and trust. Plus it’s a ton of fun for both you and your canine companion!

Not sure what sport fits you best? Here is a list of some of the dog sports you can take up as a hobby, and you may eventually even decide you want to compete!

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My Favorite Dog Friendly Places in New Jersey

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My Favorite Dog Friendly Places in New Jersey

The weather is perfect for being outdoors with your favorite furry friend. Here are some of my favorite dog friendly places in New Jersey.

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Tools For an Easy Walk: Leashes, Collars & Harnesses

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As a dog walker, I often find myself walking 4 to 5 dogs at a time, sometimes even 8 to 10! That might sound overwhelming for a lot of people. My wife doesn’t understand how I do it. She often becomes overwhelmed at the thought of walking our two well behaved dogs by herself.

If you would like dog handling tips and lessons, I would be glad to set up training sessions with you. However, there are tools at your disposal to help you master an easy walk.

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The Heat is Here | How to Recognize & Treat Overheating in Dogs

The heat is finally upon us again. As an EMT I know, too well, that heat exposure is a dangerous thing. This isn’t just true for us as humans, but also for our canine companions.

First, we must be able to identify signs of overheating and dehydration in our dogs. Keep in mind for each of the symptoms, you should ask yourself, ‘Is this normal for my dog?’ (For example, if your dog normally drools excessively and pants, then on a hot day when he’s doing that, he’s probably okay)

Signs of over heating

Excessive Panting & Drooling

Again, if your dog is a typical drooler and pants often, then you need to keep that in mind while assessing the situation. Normal breathing rate in dogs is 10 – 30 breaths per minute, but that’s when in a resting state. My dogs exceed that regularly after normal exercise.

For a full list of vital signs your can go to: http://www.cvmbs.colostate.edu/clinsci/wing/firstaid/vital.htm

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