Tips For Hiking With Couch Potato Canines

Couch Potato Canines? Improve Their Confidence and Stamina!

Our dog, Ruby, is your basic couch potato, not lazy, just chill. She loves walks around our neighborhood but gets tuckered out and sometimes anxious on longer walks in unfamiliar places. But she also loves being included in family adventures so we are slowly exposing her to new activities outside her comfort zone.   Fresh air, exercise, and new experiences are good for her health and confidence, as well as deepening our shared family bond. We keep things easy, takes things slowly and always have a back-up plan in case she gets tired or nervous (kind of like with little … Continue reading

Fleas and Ticks and Burrs – Oh My!

Fleas and Ticks and Burrs Against Your Pet Dog’s Health and How to Avoid Them

While summer enchants us to take our dogs out to the rivers, lakes, parks, and other outdoor areas we need to be aware of some of the most common problems we face when the days are longer and warmer. A good habit to get into is checking your dog from head to tail after the possibility of contact with any of these common summertime dangers. Fleas and ticks are abundant, especially in wooded and watery areas. If you plan to go to an area you suspect might have problems with creepy crawlers it is best to use a preventative. There … Continue reading