Give Your Dog (& Yourself) a Pampering

There are a lot of ways to pamper yourself. You can go for a day at the spa, get a new haircut or color, buy a new outfit – the list goes on and on. And while these things might not sound like much fun for your dog, they’re just as deserving of some TLC too! Dogs have been man’s best friend since long before we domesticated them from wolves hundreds of years ago. In return for all their love and companionship over the years, it’s important that you take care of them with regular grooming sessions and other pampering activities throughout the year. So whether they need an extra-gentle brushing session or just want to chew on something different than their usual rawhide chews, it’s important to spend some quality time with them on a regular basis.

Another great way to pamper your pup is by taking them for a nice long walk. Dogs love getting out and exploring, and there’s no better way to get some exercise than on a good old-fashioned stroll with your best friend by your side. Plus, it gives you both a chance to enjoy the fresh air and take in all the sights and sounds of your neighborhood or city.

How about going to a spa ? Dogs love being pampered just as much as we do, so why not treat them to a day at the spa too? That’s right – there are actually pet spas out there that specialize in relaxation treatments for your dog. They provide everything from grooming services and massages to even kennel boarding if you need to go somewhere on a trip.

A simple way to pamper your dog is by brushing them. Dogs love this! It feels good and it gets rid of all the loose hair that can cause tangles, mats, or even skin irritation. Plus, you’ll be surprised at how much dirt comes off on your brush after just one session – they sure do like to get dirty (and sometimes they even roll in things they shouldn’t).

If your dog loves to chew, consider giving them a new type of chew toy to play with. This can be anything from a Kong filled with peanut butter or other treats to something like a Nylabone or Benebone. These types of toys help keep their teeth clean and healthy, and they’re much safer than smaller bones.

Don’t forget to play with them too! Whether it’s a game of fetch in the backyard or bringing out that squeaky toy they love, games are great ways to bond and have fun together. Just make sure not to get so wrapped up playing with them that you don’t take time for yourself either – you need time to relax just as much as they do!

What about you? How do you pamper yourself, and how does your dog enjoy being pampered too? Share with us in the comments section below.

How Safe Is It To Travel With Your Dog In A Car?

Dog owners usually see their pet as a member of the family who should spend as much time as possible with them, even when they are traveling in their car. Taking a pet everywhere we go is a positive for most of us, but we often ignore the basic safety rules we use for our human passengers. When the correct safety precautions are not taken a dog can have become a dangerous, unpredictable passenger who is capable of causing harm to the driver and passengers of a vehicle. 

Unsafe driving with a dog 

Most pet owners enjoy taking their pets with them when they drive, but we can see major problems occur when a dog in a car is not secured properly. The Swedish car manufacturer, Volvo recently completed a study of 2,000 drivers and found most dog owners drive with their pets on a regular basis. The same study revealed around half of all drivers do not use any safety precautions when traveling with their dogs, such as using a crate, harness, or gate. 

Most pet parents do not consider the dangers which can be faced when a dog is unsecured in a vehicle. Many drivers allow their dog to sit in the passenger seat with the window down to allow the dog to place their head through. The dog can move to a new position and obscure the view of the driver when they are not secured correctly leading to an accident involving the driver and, possibly, other vehicles.

Another problem facing drivers traveling with their pet is lap dogs sitting on the driver as they operate their vehicle. A dog could become an issue when they interfere with the ability of the driver to steer or jump into the footwell and block access to the brake and accelerator pedals. 

Causing problems during and after an accident 

Traveling with an unsecured dog is not seen as something you would want to do on a regular basis as the problems caused by these animals continues after a wreck occurs. An unsecured dog in a vehicle often causes issues with the dog becoming a flying object during a wreck and slamming into passengers in a vehicle. Many drivers do not consider the possible effects of an unsecured dog slamming into a passenger during a wreck with the AAA explaining a 10-pound dog providing five times the force when involved in a low-speed collision. 

Just like the passengers and drivers of a vehicle, the moments after a wreck are shocking and confusing for humans and their pets. If a dog is not secured they can escape is doors pop open or a window breaks causing havoc on the roads for other drivers. Another issue is the possibility of a dog becoming alarmed and threatening first responders when they arrive on the scene of an accident, interfering with the precious early minutes when lives could be saved. 

Safety equipment for your dog 

The study by Volvo revealed more than 70 percent of dog owners would like vehicle manufacturers to add pet safety features to their cars in the future. The American Medical Veterinary Association believes the best option for most dog owners is the use of a harness and seatbelt. Many drivers believe a crate to be a good option for controlling their dog, but these can have drawbacks with dogs being injured when a collision occurs. Taking some safety precautions is the advice given by most pet experts who wish to protect drivers, passengers, and dogs as they move around the roads.