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Walk Your Dog Week

Did you know that the first week of October is Walk Your Dog Week? That crisp autumn air and beautiful foliage can make for prime dog-walking weather. This is a perfect time of year to grab a coffee and take a long stroll with your furry best friend! A Norwalk, CA veterinarian offers a few ‘pawesome’ tips on walking your canine buddy below. 

Training

Those daily walks will be much more pleasant for both you and Fido if your pet is properly trained. Make sure your canine friend obeys basic commands, such as Sit, Stay, and Heel. If your dog has a habit of lunging after squirrels, cats, and/or other pooches, work on breaking this habit. Every time your pup tries to pull you, immediately turn around and go the other way. The back and forth will get tiresome … but that’s why it works. Sooner or later, your four-legged pal will figure out that pulling on you doesn’t work.

Exercise

Those regular walks actually serve several purposes for our canine companion. They are of course important for sanitation. However, they also provide your four-legged buddy with his daily doggy workout. Keeping fit is just as important for dogs as it is for people! (The fresh air and exercise will be good for you, too.) Walking also gives you quiet quality time with your pet, and can help reinforce that special bond of friendship between you. Last but not least, it offers Fido beneficial mental stimulation. Taking in new sights, sounds, and smells is a great way to provide your furry pal with entertainment and stimulation, and keep him from getting bored. 

Leashes

Make sure your pet’s gear is in good shape and fits him comfortably. Some dogs, such as small dogs and brachycephalic breeds, should wear harnesses, rather than collars. Retractable leashes have become very popular, and with good reason. They give your four-legged buddy a bit more freedom, while still keeping him under control. However, these can be dangerous in certain situations. We don’t recommend using them near potential hazards, such as busy roads or cliffs. They also aren’t great options for situations where Fido may encounter other dogs. You don’t want your pup getting tangled up with another pooch! 

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Responsible Dog Ownership Day

There’s a pretty important doggy holiday coming up. September 19th is Responsible Dog Ownership Day. Our canine pals are loyal, loving, smart, brave, and cuddly, not to mention cute and fun. However, it’s easy to forget that they have some specific needs. Taking great care of Fido entails much more than filling his food bowl and rubbing his belly. A local Norwalk, CA vet lists some great things to put on your to-do list below.

Veterinary Appointment

Many of our canine patients don’t see us as often as they should. Fido will need to come in a few times as a puppy, as he’ll need to be fixed, microchipped, and started out with his initial exams, vaccinations, and parasite control products. Full-grown pups should come in at least once a year. You’ll also want to bring him in if you notice any signs of illness. Follow your vet’s recommended appointment schedule.

Toys

Fido is always adorable when he spots a new toy. Those playthings aren’t just fun for your pet, however: they’re also crucial to his health and well-being. Playing gives Fido a great workout, and allows him to burn off those zoomies. They also keep him entertained, and offer him a healthy outlet for any doggy angst he’s feeling. Keep your furry friend’s toybox full!

Dental Care

Did you know that over 80 percent of our canine companions have dental issues? Fido can’t tell you if his teeth hurt, and he can’t brush those choppers himself. Keep up with his dental care needs! Ask your vet for specific advice.

Adventures

Just like people, pets can get bored and restless. Even if you have a yard, it’s important to take Fido for at least a daily walk. Those strolls offer exercise, entertainment, and enrichment. Walking a pretty trail with your furry best friend is a great way to enjoy a nice day!

Training

Training isn’t just about petiquette. It’s also important for safety reasons. That makes it a big part of being a responsible dog owner. Make sure Fido obeys basic commands, like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down.

Grooming

Fido may not love baths, but he will be much more comfortable with clean, soft fur. Nail trims and ear care are also important.

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Dog Training Tips

February is National Dog Training Education Month! Making sure Fido knows—and obeys—simple commands is very important. This is of course crucial for petiquette, but it’s also important for safety reasons. After all, you don’t want your pet charging off if you drop his leash, or refusing to come when you call him! A Norwalk, CA vet offers some tips in this article.

Basic Commands

There are five simple commands that every dog should know. These are Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. The Leave It command is also useful. You don’t have to teach Fido anything beyond these basics if you don’t want to, but it’s worth noting that many dogs actually enjoy learning. It helps them build confidence, and can keep them occupied.

Class Furriculum

Fido doesn’t have a very long attention span, except perhaps when he’s watching you cook or eat something delicious. Long classes will soon bore your dog, which can be quite counter-productive. Work with your canine pal for about 15-20 minutes at a time.

Rewards

Treats are an excellent training aid, and a great way to keep Fido interested in learning. Choose small snacks, like pieces of kibble or cut-up hot dogs. If you give your pooch a burger every time he obeys, your adorable pupil will soon get really full, and will be more interested in napping than in learning.

Keep It Light

Don’t work with your pup when you’re feeling grumpy or stressed. Dogs are extremely intuitive, and it won’t take Fido long to pick up your mood. This may make him uneasy, and can even cause him to become wary of training.

Be Consistent

Inconsistency is one of the biggest mistakes people make when training their pups. Don’t tell Fido to ‘Sit’ one day and then the next day say ‘Fido, sit down now.’ Dogs don’t understand the nuances of language, so this will sound like two totally different commands to your pet. Needless to say, this can get quite confusing!

Patience

All dogs are different, and each of them will learn at their own pace. One pup may learn several commands in quick succession, while another may take much longer. Be patient, and don’t give up. Your efforts will be well worth it in the end!

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Beach Safety for Dogs

Do you plan to take your dog to the beach this summer? Many of our canine pals love to swim and play in the water. Just be sure to put your pet’s safety first. Here, a Norwalk, CA vet offers some advice on keeping Fido safe at the shore.

Swimming Lessons

Some dogs are natural swimmers, who take to water like furry ducks. Others? Not so much. If your pup can’t swim, take time to teach him. Support him gently while he’s learning. It’s also important to realize that some dogs—such as small dogs, brachycephalic dogs, senior pooches, and large breeds—are not well-suited for vigorous swimming. Ask your vet for advice.

Training

Before taking your furry friend to the beach, make sure he understands basic doggy obedience commands, such as Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. This is very important, as proper training can keep Fido from swimming out too far, approaching dangerous areas, or running up to strangers.

Paw Care

The beach can be pretty rough on your canine companion’s furry feet. Fido can get painful burns and blisters from running around on hot sand or rocks, especially right after going swimming. Dogs can also cut their paws on sharp rocks, shells, or broken glass. Use paw wax to protect your four-legged pal’s paws.

Water

Dogs can overheat very quickly when running and playing at the beach. Bring plenty of water for your pup. You may want to get a collapsible dish, or a doggy water bottle with an attached dispenser. Also, watch for warning signs that your canine buddy is getting hot or thirsty. Some early ones are panting, drooling, and a warm back. If you see these red flags, immediately give Fido some fresh water and get him to a cool area. Contact your vet if symptoms persist.

Beach Safety

Choose a spot that is safe for dogs. Never take your pooch anywhere with steep drop-offs, heavy wakes, high surf, or riptides. Also, never leave Fido unattended near the water, even for a few minutes.

Fur

Before you go home, rinse Fido off to get the sand and salt out of his fur. If you really want to score some tail wags, give him some doggy ice cream when you get home.

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