How to Get Your Dog to Love the Car

How to Get Your Dog to Love the Car

Some dogs love nothing more than feeling the wind beneath their ears, and sniffing the air from the open car window. While other dogs spend much of the ride being nervous and clearly wanting the car ride to end as soon as possible. If your dog falls into the latter category, I would like to share with you some possible solutions, so that you can get your dog to love the car. How Can I Tell if My Dog is Stressed in the Car? The first step is to determine if your dog likes the car or not. In my … Continue reading

4 Things Pet Parents Should Consider for Summer Travel

4 Things Pet Parents Should Consider for Summer Travel

Have you ever traveled with your dog before? If you have, you will know that there are a lot of things to consider when traveling with a pet for any length of time.   As this past weekend was the unofficial start of summer and pet parents are getting ready to plan road trips and summer vacations, I thought I would point out a few extra things that might make your summer travels a little smoother. 1) Crates Are an Excellent Training Tool and Safety Device   When we took a long road trip with Rooney last year we brought … Continue reading

5 Things to Look for in a Pet-Friendly Car

Pet-Friendly Car Tips

If you are anything like me, you probably travel with your dog often. Rooney actually commutes with me to work once a week, not to mention the occasional road trip. Most pet parents will make a car purchase at some point during their pet parenthood, and it might not seem like a big deal, but some pet parents will want their new car to cater in some way to their pet’s needs.   So today, I would like to share with you a few key things I think pet parents should consider when purchasing a new vehicle. Seat Material There … Continue reading

6 Tips for Keeping Your Car Clean From Dog Hair

Dog Hair Off From Car Seat Cover

If you ever read my blog, My Kid Has Paws; you know that Rooney is the kind of dog who loves to swim in mud puddles as much as he loves to swim in swimming pools. Not to mention, he sheds, a ton!   So, one would imagine that my car isn’t always in the best shape. However, my car is new, so I try not to let the dog hair in my car get out of control. Today, I would like to share with you some tips that you can use to keep your car clean from dog hair. … Continue reading

6 Winter Pet Items to Bring on Your Holiday Travels

Winter and Travel: Keeping Your Dogs Safe

As you prepare to visit your family and friends for the holiday season, I’m sure you are busy getting all of the gifts together and probably completing some early packing as well. In addition to your standard road trip preparation, you might want to start thinking about what your pet will need, especially during the winter season. On our road trips with Rooney, there are always a handful of items that we consider our essentials. However, during the winter season, there are some new essentials. To decrease the holiday chaos you are currently experiencing, I thought it would be helpful … Continue reading

When Pet Parents Should Seek Professional Training

Training Your Pet Dogs? When Is the Right Time…

Training is a crucial part of a pet parent relationship. Not only can formal training improve communication between you and your pet, but it can also provide your pet with mental stimulation and exercise.   Many pet parents seek training when they bring a new puppy into their lives, but there are several other times throughout your dog’s life where it is not only appropriate, but encouraged to seek additional training, or even start training for the first time. Here are some key transitions in my opinion: NEW ADOPTION There is that old saying, “you can’t teach an old dog … Continue reading

What Every Pet Parent Should Keep in Their Car

What Every Pet Parent Should Keep in Their Car

If you are like me, most of your weekend or weekday activities include doing something with your dog (As a matter of fact, I took Rooney to a baby shower this past weekend because it was in a park). Examples Include: Your dog accompanying you on road trips Your dog accompanying you on hiking trips Your dog commuting to work with you Your dog attending all family functions If any of the examples above speak to you, you want to make sure that you are prepared while traveling with your dog in the car. Therefore, I put together the following list: … Continue reading

Keeping Your Dog Cool This Summer

Summer Time For Your Pet Dog? How to Make Them Feel Happy…

It’s almost summer time! As we have just passed Memorial Day weekend, it’s time to start thinking about transitioning your pet into their summer routine. Summer is a fun time for many pets. Warmer weather means more water and outdoor activities! One of the best things you can do for your pet as a pet parent is to make sure they stay cool. So today, I would like to discuss a few ways to keep your dog cool during the summer. 1) Make Sure Your Dog is Drinking Enough Water Staying hydrated is crucial to keeping your dog from overheating … Continue reading

3 Mistakes I Have Made As a Pet Parent

Pet Parent Mistakes to Avoid and Have a Happy Time With Your Pet Dog

Every day I strive to be a better pet parent to Rooney, but there have been times where I fell short on providing him with the absolute best life.   My goal today is to share with you the mistakes I made when I first became a pet parent, in hopes that my honesty will improve your pet’s life. 1. Training  When we first adopted Rooney, we did take him to a basic training course. I knew that it would help strengthen our relationship and perhaps improve our communication. I believe the early training course did just that. After 6 weeks … Continue reading

Why Does My Dog Like Poop So Much?

Poop of Dogs? Reasons Why Dogs Like Their Poop…

The other day, my husband and I had a photoshoot with Rooney out on this beautiful trail and beach in Northern California. We were walking along, enjoying the fresh air and beautiful scenery and then I look down to see Rooney rolling around in deer poop. Mind you, we had yet to take a single photo. Although I wasn’t looking forward to a smelly dog on the ride home, Rooney looked like he was having the time of his life. When I worked at the veterinary hospital, it was very common for us to have patients who visited the kitty … Continue reading