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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! 

Please contact us, your Norwalk, CA vet clinic, if there is ever anything we can assist you with.  We’re dedicated to offering great care!

5 Reasons To Play With Your Dog Every Day

Does your canine pal sometimes run up to you with his favorite toy? Does Fido jump for joy if he sees you pick up one of his playthings? Playing with your furry best friend can definitely put a smile on your face after a bad day. As it turns out, this is also great for your dog. Here, a Norwalk, CA vet lists some great reasons to play with your dog daily.

Exercise

Dogs need activity to stay healthy, just like people do. Fido’s exact workout regime will depend on his age, weight, breed, and health, so ask your vet for specific advice. Most people won’t need to worry about their dogs overexerting themselves during playtime. However, even if you have a furry bundle of zoom on your hands, it is important to find out what activities are and are not suitable for him.

Bonding

Our canine friends are amazingly loyal and loving, but that special friendship has to be nurtured. When you play with Fido or throw a toy for him, he’ll know you’re doing something for just for him. This will in turn strengthen the bond between you.

Mental Stimulation

Fido is very intelligent, and can get bored and restless with nothing to do. Playing offers your pet beneficial mental stimulation. This is wonderful for his mind, especially as he ages. Try playing some puzzle games with your pooch! (Tip: the old ‘guess which hand it’s in’ trick works great on dogs!)

Curb Bad Behavior

Another great benefit of doggy playtime is that it will burn off your playful pup’s excess energy. After a vigorous round of Fetch, Fido will probably be pretty worn out. This can be very helpful with mischievous or hyperactive dogs! After all, if your canine buddy is tired, he’ll be more interested in taking a nap than in chewing up your new shoes or eating your couch cushions.

Tail Wags

Last but not least, a fun play session will help you keep that cute tail wagging. Dogs are very emotional and social, and they are always happiest when they know that they’re loved. Taking time to throw a ball or toy for Fido is a wonderful way to make him feel cared for!

Please call us, your Norwalk, CA vet clinic, with any questions about your dog’s health or care. We’re here to help!

Keeping Fido Fit

Is your dog a furry, four-legged bundle of zoom? Or do you have an adorable couch potato on your hands? Dogs are quite playful and active when they’re young, but they slow down as they age. No matter how old your pooch is, however, he’ll need proper activity to stay healthy. Read on as a local Norwalk, CA vet offers some helpful tips on keeping your canine pal in shape.

Keep Your Dog Active

Doggy workout regimens are not one size fits all. Your furry friend’s age, breed, weight, and health will all play roles in determining the type and amount of exercise he needs. Some dogs—like brachycephalic breeds—should not be encouraged to run or swim, while others need at least an hour of activity each day. That said, most pups need at least a daily walk. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Offer A Balanced Diet

Good nutrition will play a huge role in your dog’s weight and health. Offer your canine friend a high-quality food, one that is suitable for his breed and age. Portion size is important, so keep a close eye on how much you are giving Fido. Even offering your cute pet a few calories extra each day can cause him to gain a pound a year! Of course, we can’t really talk about doggy diets without mentioning treats. Treats are a great way to brighten your pup’s day and/or reward him for being good, but don’t go overboard. Fido has a way of convincing us that he’s really hungry and really needs that doggy treat or piece of bacon. Don’t let your fuzzy friend manipulate you!

Playtime

Walks are great, but they aren’t the only way to keep your furry buddy fit. Take time to play with Fido every day. Toss a ball or Frisbee for him, or just indulge him in a fun game like Tag. This will help keep him fit physically, and will also help prevent doggy boredom. If your pooch has more energy than you do, see if he’s interested in chasing after that little red dot from a laser pointer. That way, your canine friend will do all the running around, while you stay fairly still. You can also get your pooch an automated ball launcher.

Please reach out to us, your local Norwalk, CA vet clinic, anytime. We are always happy to help!