With the unofficial start of summer here, and what is predicted to be one of the hottest, wettest and most humid seasons in New York City ahead, you’re not the only one who will be seeking relief from the heat. This time of year can be especially brutal for dogs. John Ziegler, dog well-being expert and founder of Biscuits & Bath, New York City’s total wellness destination for dogs, offers the following 11 tips for helping your furry friends stay healthy, safe and comfortable this summer:

  • Before heading to the park, if your dog has never been around other dogs before, introduce him/her to social settings in a controlled environment first. A quality day care facility that offers on-site trainers or behavior counselors can provide the most pleasant and stress-free integration into a pack environment.
  • Have realistic expectations. If your dog isn’t polite or friendly with others, get help from a Certified Professional Trainer to change his/her behavior before going to a dog park. Parks are not a place to rehabilitate fearful or aggressive dogs, or those that just don’t know how to play well with others. Before entering the park, spend a few minutes watching the other dogs play and interact. If it appears too rough or intimidating, come back some other time.
  • Not all dogs like the water, and not all dogs are natural swimmers. If you take your pup to the beach or out on a boat, spend time training him/her to swim and enjoy the water ahead of time. Also, if your dog is not a natural swimmer, make sure you get a proper life jacket for him/her to wear.
  • Since your windows will be open more often in the months ahead, check to make sure all screens are secure to prevent pets from falling through them.
  • As heartworm is transmitted by mosquitoes, make sure your dog has a yearly heartworm screening and is on monthly heartworm protection.
  • Keep walks to a minimum when it’s very hot outside. Asphalt can cause paw burns and dogs can overheat being closer to the hot ground. Also, sand can get extremely hot and some dogs’ paws are more sensitive than others, so check your pup’s pads frequently when playing on the beach. If your dog overheats, apply rubbing alcohol on his/her paw pads to immediately reduce body temperature.
  • Make sure your dog has access to shade and plenty of water when outside, and at a barbecue.
  • Never leave your dog in a parked car because temperatures can rise to deadly levels in as little as two minutes.
  • Carry water and a collapsible bowl with you. Better yet, teach your dog to wear a pack and carry his/her own water.
  • Put a colorful bandana on your pup. This is a fun way to identify your dog, and it can be soaked in water for some extra cooling down.
  • Ensure the under (winter) coat has been thoroughly brushed-out. Most dog coats act as insulation, so excess fur must be removed when the season changes and it is warmer out.

Symptoms of overheating in dogs can include:

  • Excessive panting or difficulty breathing
  • Increased heart rate
  • Drooling and mild weakness

Severe symptoms of overheating include:

  • Stupor
  • Incoherence
  • Collapsing
  • Seizures
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Vomiting

Animals with flat faces, like pugs and bulldogs, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.

*This article provided by material from Biscuits & Bath


Five Tips to Finding Great Dog-Friendly Rentals

by Guest Blogger on June 2, 2014

Man and dog walking in the parkOne of the biggest causes of pet abandonment is due to relocation and not being able to find pet-friendly housing.  It’s a stressful time for pet owners and they are sometimes put in that tough position of having to get rid of a pet.

However, with enough planning, people can find not only dog-friendly housing, but excellent dog-friendly housing.

Here are five tips for finding an apartment that will make a great new home for you and your dog because the only criteria for choosing a home should not just be whether or not you dog will be accepted.

5.  Doggy bags. Yes, doggy bags.

Those bags that apartments leave for residents to clean up after their pets aren’t found everywhere.

Apartment complexes that provide doggy bags for cleaning up after pets is a good sign of a responsible management team.  This may not seem like a big deal, but it shows that the management is taking that small, but extra, step to make caring for your dog easier.

4. Natural Lighting

It may seem simple, but good natural lighting is important for an animal when they are routinely home for many hours a day. The lack of sunlight can even lead to depression.

Consider how many windows will have a direct view of the sun. Corner units tend to have much better lighting. If you have the option to take a ground-level room whose patio is covered and shaded all day long or a second story apartment with an open balcony that is perfect for sunbathing, take the latter.

3. Search

With more apartments to choose from, the better the quality will be of the place you end up with.

There are several good apartment searching websites that will show you which ones are pet-friendly or not such as RentLingo.com and PadMapper.com. They aggregate listings from other sites and have options so that you can narrow down which sites are pet-friendly and which are not. Also, if you aren’t able to check out the neighborhoods, they feature maps so you can see how close an apartment is to the nearest park.

Also, apartments often limit the number of animals accepted and their total weight combined, so pet owners are often put into a tough spot of having to hide an animal. This tends to be a bad idea and can lead to extra fees and eviction. Hopefully, with enough options you can find a place that will fit you and your family.

2. Location

How close is the nearest dogpark, park, or trail? Are the surrounding streets suitable for walking your dog?  Are they enjoyable for you?

Keep questions like these in mind.  No one wants their go-to walking route to weave between traffic-jammed intersections, grimy neighborhoods with the only available grassy areas being neighborhood lawns.

1.  The Grounds

It’s two in the morning and your Aussie suddenly needs to pee.  So, you take her down the concrete hallway, down the three flights of stairs and to the bushes that are outside your apartment, except she can’t find the “right spot” because there’s nowhere to stand besides cement.

 You are going to want to choose an apartment property that properly fits your dog’s needs. Keep an eye out for apartments that have courtyards, their own dog parks, and are spacious in size. Also, try to get an apartment as close as possible to these places. You’ll be thankful later.

Good luck relocating!

Written by Adam Busch


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Dog Recall using an Angry Voice

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