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How to Set Yourself Up for Success in 2018

How to Set Yourself Up for Success in 2018

We’re a few weeks into January and it’s the perfect time to think about your year. Now that the excitement around the holidays and New Year resolutions is over, it’s the ideal time to think about what you want out of the year.

You, like the rest of us, were likely overwhelmed with articles about making New Year’s resolutions and how to make these resolutions stick. Unfortunately, too often we frame our resolutions around negativity. We only look at the aspects of our lives and selves that we believe aren’t good enough. Read more

How to Have a Successful Veterinarian Visit

How to Have a Successful Veterinarian Visit

No dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or pet owner enjoys a visit to the veterinarian. There’s the shaking, the crying, the shedding, the peeing, the hiding, and the ordeal of getting your dog into his carrier. All of it adds up to a stressful and worrisome experience. You don’t enjoy it and your dog definitely doesn’t enjoy it.

Regardless of the age or temperament of your dog, something happens when you get the carrier out and whisper the word “veterinarian”. However, visiting the veterinarian yearly or more frequently depending on your dog’s health is a necessary aspect of being a dog and pet owner. If you have a dog with joint mobility issues, arthritis, diabetes, or another condition – you know how important it is to keep up with consistent veterinarian visits.

We’ve put together some tips on how to make the veterinarian visit and entire experience better for you and your dog. As always, we want to hear from you. Do you have a tip or two that you find helps your beloved dog have a better veterinarian visit? Share with us on our Leaps & Bounds Facebook community page. Read more

Poor Posture

Poor Posture

Prolonged sitting in front of a computer, in a car, or at a desk can result in poor posture habits that ultimately cause a wide range of problems such as chronic back or neck pain. Read more

Winter Fun for You and Your Dog

Winter Fun for You and Your Dog

For many people and dogs, the winter can be a challenging time of the year. The days get shorter, the weather is cooler, and it becomes very easy to hibernate. Slowly but surely our routines change and we find ourselves being less active, getting outside less, and having more relaxing nights in with a book or movie.

We’re here to tell you that it shouldn’t be this way. You and your dog need to keep up your regular activities – regardless of the weather. Rain, snow, wind, and gloomy weather is not a reason to stay inside. Especially for anyone who has a senior dog or a dog with joint or mobility issues, exercise and daily stimulation is extremely important.

Make this winter season different and forge a new path with some new ways to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. You’ll feel better. Your dog will feel better. Everyone will be smiling, and remember there is always hot chocolate and a natural dog chew waiting for you inside. Read more

2018 Health Trends

2018 Health Trends are more than just Trends

As we wrap up 2017, we tend to reminisce and reflect on past goals and events that brought us to where we are today. You may have accomplished a mighty fitness goal such as completing a marathon or perhaps you have been consistently taking your supplements and have notice great improvement in your overall mobility and health.

But with another year coming to an end, a new year begins and new health trends begin to take the spotlight. Health trends for me is as an opportunity to learn about a new food or practice that could potentially help me move toward accomplishing a goal and encourage me to try something new. It also brings awareness on certain issues, such as the impact of chronic inflammation or the quality of our pet food.

As you review new health trends, approach it with an open mind and stay curious. Read more

Healthy Gift Giving Ideas for Everyone on Your List

Healthy Gift Giving Ideas for Everyone on Your List

It’s that time of year again. And if you’re like me, you’re searching high and wide for the best gifts for your friends and family. Instead of reaching for yet another boring sweater or an uninspired box of chocolates, why not give them the gift of health this holiday season. To really show how much they mean to you, here are some healthy gift giving ideas for everyone on your list. Read more

Keep December Holidays Safe for Your Dog

Keep December Safe for Your Dog

The month of December is an extremely busy time for you and your family. You’ve got holiday parties, events at school, office events, and the usual hustle and bustle of day-to-day life. The key to having a successful holiday season is in keeping stress low and ensuring everyone is happy and content.

This holds true for the humans and dogs in your life. Yes, your dog does respond to stress and changes in daily routines. The increased activity in the month of December along with how this impacts the day-to-day, can make it hard for your dog to feel comfortable at home.

We’ve put together a few tips and guidelines to help you ensure that your dog is happy, healthy, safe, and content during the holidays. Remember, any increases in stress can impact the physical well-being of your dog – if your dog has arthritis or other joint mobility issues, keeping stress low is of extreme importance. Read more

Busting Winter Dog Myths

Busting Winter Dog Myths

Just as we change our wardrobes with the season, we have to do the same with our approach to dog care. The winter months mean change when it comes to protecting your dog from the elements and keeping your pet safe.

Along with the ongoing concerns over joint mobility and overall dog wellness, there are hidden dangers in the snow and the cold that need attention. Unfortunately, there are also a lot myths about the snow, cold, and your dog.

We want to bust these myths and make sure you have the facts on how to properly care for your dog during the winter months. If you have some winter dog care tips, do share them with us on our Leaps & Bounds Facebook community page.

Myth: A Thick Coat Is Enough

Many people mistakenly believe that a dog’s thick coat will protect them from snow, rain, sleet, and wind. While the thick coat on a Husky or Great Pyrenees does provide more protection from the winter elements than the coat on a Poodle or Dachshund – this thick coat is not always enough. Read more

Tips for Avoiding Temptation this Holiday Season

Tips for Avoiding Temptation this Holiday Season

Holidays are a time to enjoy with family and friends, reminisce on the past year and set new intentions for the year ahead. Unfortunately for some, the looming work deadlines and the endless Christmas parties is a stressful time of year that may lead to unhealthy snacking and overindulging in treats. Christmas celebrations happen once a year and it’s okay to indulge a little. We just need to remember not to make it a habit.

One bad snack will not undo all the good you’ve done in the recent days, weeks or months, just like doing a one day detox will not undo all the unhealthy habits you’ve adopted over the years. The key is to be aware of the situation, aware of your feelings and willing to let go once the moment has past.

If you decide to go ahead and have a sugar cookie or a slice of cake, take the smallest piece, enjoy every bite and tell yourself “This is what I needed at this moment” and let it go. If you decide you don’t want to cave in, here are a few tactics to avert the temptation and still embrace the festivities. Read more

Questions to Ask When Choosing a Dog Boarding Kennel

Questions to Ask When Choosing a Dog Boarding Kennel

It’s never easy to leave your dog behind when you’re traveling. However, depending on your travel plans and where you’ll be visiting, it’s often best to leave your dog at home in the care of others. The big question then becomes – who can look after your dog?

You might be fortunate enough to have friends or family members who are dog lovers like you and can willingly look after your dog. Or maybe you have a trusted dog walker who provides extra services such as dog care. For many dog owners, though, the best option can be with dog boarding kennel.

Knowing what to look for in a dog boarding kennel and the questions to ask is key in giving you confidence that your dog is well cared for while you’re away. Particularly if you have a senior dog or a dog with joint mobility issues – it’s very important that your chosen kennel can properly care for your dog.

When choosing a dog boarding kennel, put these questions on your list. Read more