10 Winter Safety Tips for Dog Owners
By Randa Kriss | January 17, 2018 (originally posted on AKC.org) Snow, sleet, ice, wind... there's a lot to prepare for when it comes to winter weather. Just like we're affected by the cold, our dogs are, too. Here are a few simple measures you can take to make sure your dog stays happy and healthy throughout the winter. Avoid Thin Ice Too often we hear stories of dogs that had to be rescued from icy waters (and those are the lucky ones). It might look like fun to slide across that frozen pond, but ice can easily crack, and your dog, and you, could fall in. Slipping on ice can also lea
2018 New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Dog
2018 New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Dog Stephanie Gibeault, MSc, CPDT | January 08, 2018 - Originally published by the American Kennel Club akc.org It’s that time of year again – a time of self-reflection and good intentions. No doubt you made New Year’s resolutions for yourself, such as losing weight or exercising more, but how about some resolutions that will benefit your dog, too? Simple changes will set you up for success and can enhance your dog’s quality of life and deepen your relationship. Here are five easy ways to make 2018 a wonderful year for you and your dog. 1. Change the route of your daily walks.
Top 10 Dog Boots for Winter & Cold Weather
Jan Reisen | December 26, 2017 Courtesy of American Kennel Club As winter looms, and we dig out our hats, gloves, and winter boots, it's important to remember that our canine companions also need protection from harsh weather. Short-haired dogs and breeds that are susceptible to the cold may need a jacket or sweater outdoors. And no matter how hardy your dog is, his paws should be protected from snow, ice, salt, and deicers. Icy particles and snow can collect between his toes, and most road salts and deicers are toxic to dogs. Consider keeping his feet warm—and safe—with winter dog boots. Here are some tips to help you choose the right boots for your dog this winter: • The ma
4 Tips For a Safe and Stress-Free Holiday
Article Courtesy of American Kennel Club Stephanie Gibeault, MSc, CPDT | December 07, 2017 Including your dog in festive holiday celebrations is all part of the fun of the season; however, your dog might not be feeling the same holiday spirit as you. At the end of the year, things don’t look, sound, or even smell like they usually do, and that can cause canine confusion and anxiety. Problem behaviors tend to flare up, and the
Responsibly Boarding Your Dog
Reprinted with permission from the American Kennel Club If it's not possible to bring your dog along on your vacation, you'll have to arrange for his care while you're away. One alternative is to have a reliable friend, family member, or neighbor come to your home several times a day to feed, water, exercise, and spend time with your dog. You could also hire a professional pet-sitter to perform these duties. Another solution is to board your dog at a reputable kennel. Prices and services for kennels vary, but whether you choose your vet's office or a lavish "bed-and-biscuit" resort with complementary grooming and aromatherapy, keep these considerations in mind. Trust your senses (as well as your common sense) when visiting a k
How to Groom a Dog
Republished from American Kennel Club Good grooming will help your dog look and feel his best. Routine grooming sessions also allow you to examine your dog's coat, teeth, eyes, ears, and nails for signs of problems. How often you need to groom your dog depends on his size, breed, and type of coat. Brushing Several brushing sessions a week will keep the average dog neat and clean; daily attention is even better. Brush all the way down to the skin, letting the massaging action stimulate blood circulation and loosen and remove flakes of dandruff. The kind of equipment you need depends on your dog's coat texture and length. Longhaired dogs need pin brushes, which have
How to Create a Dog Friendly Garden
How to Create a Dog Friendly Garden By Sally Phillips, Freelance Contributor from Outdoor Art Pros [caption id="attachment_14129" align="alignnone" width="242"] Photo Courtesy of Dawid Sobolewski[/caption] Keep Poisonous Substances Out of the Garden to Protect Your Pet Each year, the Animal Poison and Control Center receives hundreds of thousands of calls about pets who have been accidentally poisoned by everyday household items. Dogs love to spend plenty of time outside among nature, but there may be substances in the garden which are poisonous and potentially fatal if ingested. The most common garden offenders are plants and cle
5 Considerations When Choosing a Doggy Daycare
Rick Coffey, president of Barkefellers suggests keeping a few things in mind when choosing the facility that will keep your dog happy, safe, and engaged, and that will give you peace of mind. [caption id="attachment_14123" align="alignnone" width="300"] Tips on how to choose a dog daycare.[/caption] Cleanliness is next to dog-liness Dogs, like humans, can spread illnesses. When looking at a facility, ask how it is cleaned and what procedures they follow. It’s also important to know which chemicals they use. Some do a great job of cleaning but can be harmful to animals. Size and types of play areas available It’s ideal to have both indoor and outdoor a
Renters, You May Need Pet Insurance for Your Four-Legged Friend
realtor.com | September 18, 2017 By: Angela ColleyThis article appeared first on "Real Estate News and Insights" from realtor.com. Want more information on living with pets in your home? Get tips here. Having a dog is great. Renting with a
Understanding, Preventing, and Treating Dog Anxiety
By Anna Burke of American Kennel Club If you or a loved one suffers from anxiety, then you know how difficult it can be to get through the day. What you might not know is that some dogs also suffer from anxiety. Dog anxiety affects all breeds of dogs and can lead to serious behavioral problems if left untreated. Luckily, there are steps owners can take to help their dogs live with canine anxiety. Here are the symptoms, treatment options, and prevention techniques owners need to know about. What Causes Dog Anxiety? Dog anxiety can have several causes, according to the
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From the beginning, we offered a new standard of dog care designed specifically for owners who believe, like us, that dogs are not just pets, they’re part of the family. With state-of-the-art facilities and a staff that is trained well beyond industry-leading standards we’ve redefined what it means to care for the urban dog.
We’ve built the excellent SPOT reputation on the understanding that dogs, like people, are individuals with differing needs. The SPOT brand is dedicated to accommodating these differences by providing a one-stop-shop that makes the lives of dog owners in New York City easier.
From day one we’ve been committed to being the most progressive dog care brand in New York City. In a sea of sameness we constantly challenge the industry norms, developing new ideas and dog care innovations. At SPOT, we work with every pet parent to develop a program to meet their dogs’ individual daily care needs by customizing a bundle of services from our diverse offerings. No longer are owners forced to decide on a single approach to dog care.
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New York City has a very close-knit dog loving community and once word spread of our individualized approach to dog care it was a quick journey from our first store to today’s seven SPOT locations and our citywide walking and jogging service.
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