Burn Calories with Your Dog The Fun Way.

Burn Calories with Your Dog The Fun Way.Overweight is a real problem in modern life and obese pet’s numbers are growing too. After a long, cold winter, most of us gained some extra pounds. Now, when the weather is nice, Why not put on the sneakers and  go out burn calories with your dog the fun way.

Here are some easy (if not, do it gradually) to burn some calories while having wonderful, bonding time with your dog. Even if he is not overweight, he’ll love the activity. So don’t use it as an excuse :)

Walking the dog – do it twice a day. He needs it and it’ll benefit you.

Take new routes so you will not be bored.

Change pace, start slow, increase it for a few minutes and back to the slower pace. Don’t overdo at the beginning.  In time, you’ll be able to go quicker and be less tired.

Benefits: Max has so much energy that, if not released,  may result in restlessness and aggression (some breeds need  harder work than others).  You are doing a big part of the 10,000 daily steps recommended and burning calories. You’ll meet other pet lovers, neighbors, who are walking their dogs. What a great way to socialize for human and animal.

Hiking -  If you love the outdoors, why not choosing a nice park, where pets allowed, and go hiking. Beginners (human and dog) should start with a short, flat  and easy trail. When you feel you both ready, take harder trail. Don’t forget to have water bottles for you and for your 4 – legged companion. Treats should be helpful, if you need him to do something he doesn’t realty want to do along the walk. Small breeds can’t walk very long distances, so plane the road with the dog abilities in mind.

Benefits: This is a full body and cardiovascular exercise for both of you. Improves body health and fitness. Burn calories and gives overall good physical and mental feeling.

Playing in the backyard – It is tempting to open the door and let the dog out.  Instead, throw a ball and compete with him, who gets the ball first.  Play tug while alternating hands. Chase each other (this is one of my dog’ s favorites).

Group Walking DogsJoin a group – It is fun to walk together with other pet owners.  Search on the Meetups site for a group in your area and join.

 

 

 

Do activities on a regular basis. Be innovative and create new games you and your dog enjoy together. Not only you lose weight, but you bond with your dog more than ever.

More ideas for dog and owner exercising on our 4-legged blog.

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Pets Summer Dangers – How to Avoid Them

dogs_in_summerIt’s almost summer, which means it’s time to refresh our memory regarding pets summer dangers and the do’s and don’ts. When the weather starts to heat up we need to take action to prevent overheating, dehydration and sunburn. Remember to treat your pets in summer just as you would a human. Provide plenty of water and never leave them in a car.

Don’t Over-groom

Again – if we feel hot, so does the pet (maybe even more). After all, they have natural coats on them all the time. It is very important to keep Fido groomed, but not bald, as the layer of hair helps protect the skin from sunburns.

Enjoying the Outdoors

If your dog has gentle skin, use pet sunscreen. Also, it is recommended to brush the fur everyday to keep it clean and free of ticks. You can use sunscreen or insect repellent product for pets to accomplish this.

Insect Repellent Dog T Shirt
Insect Repellent T-Shirt

New products to check out include the Insect Repellent T-Shirt and Insect Repellent Bandana. They act as a shield that protects against a variety of insects, which can often carry dangerous diseases. They also allow you to avoid other repellent products that use harsh chemicals.

Don’t leave pets outside for too long. Supervise them and provide a shaded area where they can hide from the sun. Don’t ever leave your dog or cat outside without fresh, cool water.

So many pets summer dangers can be avoided by having enough water on hand. Whether it’s in your backyard, on the beach, or hiking, you should always have fresh water with you. Use a plastic bottle and travel bowl or pet water bottles that make it easy for pets to drink from directly. Freeze used plastic water bottles and let Fido lick it while outside. At home, add ice cubes to the water. Most dogs love it.

Traveling by Car

As stated above, do not leave your pet (or child) in a parked car – not even for a short time. The temperature in the car, even if the windows are open, can climb to dangerous levels in a very short time. The heat can lead to dehydration and even death.

The Daily Walk

Do not skip the daily walk; instead, do it early in the morning or later in the day after the hot hours have passed. At the same time, do not over-exercise the pet when it’s too hot outside.

The backyard

Again, fresh cold water must always be in reach and you should provide a shaded cool area. Also, beware of hot asphalt that will burn puppy’s paws. If it is an outdoor dog, all the above are a must! When the temperature is very high, think about bringing him into the AC to avoid pets summer dangers altogether.

Playing in the hot weather could include a big “dog pool” made of a hard plastic container that’s big and deep enough to cool off your pet’s body while playing. You can also use the garden hose to play with your pet while cooling him off.

Remember that there are plants in your backyard that are not safe for dogs. Many lawn fertilizers and weed control products could be toxic.

In the Home

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When you leave home and the weather is very hot, you can put a cooling pad in your pet’s crate or as a bed right on the floor. The pad is self-cooling, meaning that no electricity is involved and it’s safe to leave it unattended while you’re not home. Another option is to simply have a fan in the crate.

Also, try giving your pooch a frozen water bottle or some frozen chicken soup – they would definitely enjoy licking these items.

To sum it up – pets summer dangers can be avoided by understanding that dogs (and cats) suffer from heat just like humans. Water, shade and a cool spot to rest will help them enjoy summer in a safe way.

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Easy, Healthy Homemade Dog Treats

homemade dog treatsWe pet owners love to pamper our furry babies, and one of the best ways to do this is to give them treats. But with so many foods and treats been recalled, can we be sure we are feeding our pets real, healthy treats? What options do we have if we want only the best for our dogs? Well, we can make healthy, easy homemade dog treats ourselves.

Hey… don’t run away :) I don’t like cooking very much myself, but these are a breeze. Simply read on and I think you’ll give the idea a second chance.

Different Types of Homemade Dog Treats

Here are three basic ideas for tasty, homemade dog treats that only take a few minutes to make. You can set some aside for a week and freeze the rest. Do as much as you like and add whatever other healthy ingredients your pooch prefers.

1. Chicken Breast Treats

If the breast is too thick, cut it in half. Put on a baking sheet in the oven on medium heat and broil until it’s light brown and dry. Let it cool down before  cutting into pieces of your choice. Keep refrigerated or freeze a portion for next week (or for the whole month).

2. Two-Ingredient Dog Treats

You’ll need whole wheat flour and two jars of pureed baby food. You can replace the flour with spelt, bean flour, rolled oats or whatever you like. Choose baby food like chicken and sweet potato, raspberry, applesauce, peanut butter, etc. Avoid any food with chocolate, raisin, grapes, onion or garlic. You can check the “Do Not Feed” list to see exactly what you should avoid. Combine the two ingredients and add water or flour if needed.

Form a stiff dough and, on a lightly floured surface, roll it to a 1/4 inch thick. Use a knife or a bone shaped cookie cutter (or a flower, or… you get the idea) and place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet about half inch from each other. Bake at 350° F for 20 to 30 minutes. After totally cooled, keep in a paper bag (if not they will soften but will still be good to eat).

I used oat roll (1 cup) and whole wheat flour (1 cup). I made three different cookie sizes to fit my three dogs. After 20 minutes, I turned them over for another 10. As stated before, feel free to have some fun with cute shapes for these fancy dog cookies.

To see if my pooches loved the homemade dog treats, check out the image at the top of this post :)

3. Summer Frozen Chicken Cube

Use caned chicken broth (low in sodium) and add minced carrots, parsley, banana and sweet potato. Stir all ingredients together and fill small bowls or ice cubes with the blend. Freeze until solid. You can also use any vegetables/fruits that your dog loves.

Benefits of Homemade Dog Treats

Besides being fun to make and the enjoyment of watching your pet excitedly devour something you made, homemade dog treats have some great advantages:

  • You know exactly what’s in the cookie.

  • You decide on the treat’s size.

  • You can control the dog’s calorie intake.

Search the internet for more ideas, but don’t forget that dogs aren’t supposed to eat everything humans eat, so be careful. Bon Appetit!

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