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How to Choose a Dog Trainer

How to Choose a Dog Trainer

Your dog didn’t arrive with an instruction manual. Whether you adopted your dog as a puppy or as an older dog, there is a learning curve to being a dog owner. One of the best ways for you and your dog to learn how to get along, is with dog training.

And yes, these dog training lessons apply to you the owner as well. Dog training allows you and your dog to learn a shared language that makes it easier for you to communicate and understand one another. Hint: a few all-natural dog chews can be the ideal reward for good behavior and to aid in dog joint health.

Along with this mutual understanding, dog training gives your dog the skills needed to play easily and safely at the dog park, to walk on a public path, to attend a friend’s barbecue, and to travel with you.

It’s important to know that dog training isn’t just for puppies. While the key learning period is between three and 14 weeks, your older and even senior dog can learn new behaviors. The key comes down to choosing the right dog trainer for you and your dog. Read more

Relax and Recharge for Your Health

Why You Need To Relax and Recharge for Your Health

You are not a robot. You do not have endless energy and focus. You need to relax and recharge to make sure that you can live your healthiest life.

Just as batteries need to be replaced and smartphones need to be recharged – the same principles hold true for you. It’s so easy though to get caught up in the go-go society and believe that if you’re not doing something then you’re doing nothing.

This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Taking the time to relax and recharge gives you the chance to really give your mind and body what it needs – a break. Your mental health, your physical health, your joint health, your spiritual health – all demand that you take time to hit the reset button. Read more

How To Eat For Your Health

How To Eat For Your Health

Your health is important to you. You want to have energy. You want to wake up each day excited for what the day brings. You want to feel and look good. You want to enjoy your favorite sports and activities.

This is why we want you to understand the importance of eating for your health. You can do all the running, bodybuilding, stretching, and yoga you want – but without a healthy diet, you’re missing the cornerstone to a healthy life.

Small changes in your diet can add up to huge benefits for you immune system health, your joint health, your ability to recover from injury, and your chances of preventing illness. It’s important to remember that the diet so many of us enjoyed in our 20’s is not the one that will see us all living well into our 90’s.

While there aren’t any guaranteed ways to prevent disease, we do know that eating a healthy diet goes a long way in aiding in the prevention of and recovery from disease, illness, and injury. And yes, we all know the person who ate super healthy and ran every day, who still died suddenly from heart problems or cancer.

But, we want you to put this negative example aside and think about what you want from life and how you’re going to achieve it. Could you make small changes to your diet that would lessen your joint discomfort or make it easier for you to play tennis? Read more

What Is Inflammation?

What Is Inflammation?

Inflammation is a key component of the body’s immune system. When the immune system detects injury, illness, or a threat, it triggers an inflammatory response.

This inflammatory response works to heal wounds, fight infection, defend against bacteria and viruses, heal joint injuries, and mend muscle and tissue damage. For example, when you have a cut, the skin around the cut becomes red and a bit sore, this is the body’s inflammatory response to help heal this cut.

However, there are times when the inflammatory response in the body can be too reactive. This overly reactive response can result in autoimmune diseases such as Crohn’s Disease, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, fibromyalgia, muscular injury, and other inflammatory conditions. Read more

Learning About Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)

Learning About Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)

Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is common for anyone who enjoys moving their body and taking on new activities. You’ve likely experienced a deep dull muscle ache in your legs or arms a couple days after a good workout. This deep muscle soreness is a very different feeling than sore and stiff joints, it literally feels like your muscles are on fire.

Typically, you’ll wake up two days after a long run, hard bike ride, all-day tennis tournament, or big session in the gym and feel like you can’t move. Your legs are so sore that you struggle to walk up and down stairs and to simply walk around the house. Your arms are so heavy it’s challenging to raise them above your head to shampoo your hair or to pick up your laptop.

This is the DOMS. DOMS is a signal that you’ve pushed your body and placed your muscles under extra load and strain. The good news is that DOMS won’t last forever and that you can take measures to lessen the impacts of DOMS. Read more

Enjoying Summer Travel with Your Dog

Enjoying Summer Travel with Your Dog

Your dog is part of your family, so it only makes sense that you want to bring your dog with you during your summer travel. You definitely can travel with your dog, but you do need to keep a few things in mind when planning and going on vacation.

Whether it’s a weekend camping trip, a drive across the country, or a visit to a national park – you can do it all with your dog. Just like traveling with young children, friends, or other family members, you need to do some extra planning and be ready for the unexpected.

The primary goal is to make sure that your dog’s joint health and overall needs are taken care of. Remember that your dog has specific mobility, hydration, eating, and sleeping needs. Keep in mind all aspects of your dog’s personality and health when planning summer travel. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to summer travel with your dog. Read more

How To Have An Active Summer

How To Have An Active Summer

To have an active summer, all you need to do is to just do it. Yes, that’s right, find that sport, hobby, or activity that you enjoy and get out and do it. You don’t need to run 10 miles every day or play in a tennis tournament every weekend to be considered active.

Being active is all about moving your body in a way that supports healthy joint mobility and allows you to develop strength and fitness. For each of us, this means something entirely different. How, when, and why you’re active is tied directly to how you’re feeling physically and emotionally.

To help you have an active summer, we’ve put together our best tips and advice on how you can incorporate activity into your day-to-day. Too many of us mistakenly believe that being active means a rigorous training program or huffing and puffing around the block – it’s time to put an end to these myths. Follow our tips on how to have an active summer and you’ll wonder why you didn’t start sooner. Read more

How to Keep Your Dog Safe This Summer

How To Keep Your Dog Safe This Summer

The summer heat is here. This heat and sunshine is a massive relief after the long winter most of us have experienced. However, just like you, your dog is likely struggling with this change in temperatures.

The heat, humidity, and hot sun can be deceptively dangerous for your beloved dogs. Sunburns, dehydration, burned paws, ticks, mosquitoes, fleas, and seasonal allergies are all summertime hazards for your dog. Along with taking care of your dog’s joint health and mobility needs, it’s important you keep your dog safe from summer hazards.

We’ve put together a list of summer dog safety tips that can help you keep your dog safe this summer. Of course, we always want to hear from you. Do you have some summer dog safety tips that are working wonders for your dog? Visit our Leaps & Bounds Facebook community page and tell us how you keep your dog safe and healthy in the warm summer months. Read more

Travel Smart with SierraSil

Travel Smart This Summer

Delicious food. Amazing vistas. Cultural exploration. Relaxing or thrill-seeking. New experiences. Life-changing accomplishments. Bucket list goals. Eye-opening and mind-expanding.

Yes, there is nothing quite like travel. The gift and beauty of travel is that it allows us to open our eyes, hearts, minds, and souls to brand-new experiences and people. Travel allows us to push our boundaries, learn new skills, follow passions, and fulfill long-held dreams.

Whether your ideal travel experience is a round-the-world cruise, a hike to the Everest base camp, or a week at a yoga retreat – there is something for everyone. And we want you to follow through on your travel goals, don’t let joint or mobility issues hold you back. There are no limits on the travel you do, just personal adjustments that make it possible for you to get the most out of your trip and your life. Read more

What is Fibromyalgia?

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes muscle pain, fatigue, pain sensitivity, and joint discomfort. This common condition is type of arthritis that is easily missed and not thoroughly understood.

As the second most common condition impacting the health of our bones and muscles, it’s important to give you the facts on fibromyalgia. You may know someone who has fibromyalgia or be living with this condition. Now, when someone asks you: What is fibromyalgia?, you can share this article with them.

The signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia are what make it challenging to diagnose. Common symptoms including joint discomfort, muscle discomfort, and overwhelming fatigue are the hallmarks of fibromyalgia.

Like so many joint and muscle conditions, there is no known cause for fibromyalgia. However, doctors do know that there are a number of ways to lessen the symptoms of this condition. Read on to learn more about fibromyalgia and how it impacts those around you living with it. Read more