Dogs, Dogs, Dogs – Brighten Your Day with These Feel-Good Dog Stories

Dogs, Dogs, Dogs – Brighten Your Day with These Feel-Good Dog Stories

We are deep dog lovers here at SierraSil. Our dogs are more than pets – they are a part of our families. Yes, we talk about our dogs as much as we do our children.

Maya
Maya

Some days the news headlines can be a bit hard to listen to – but as you and I know – a cuddle from your dog or an after-work dog walk can do wonders for your spirit and outlook.

This is why we thought for July, we’d take a different approach with our blog and share some of our favourite feel-good dog news stories with you. We’d love to hear from you – share your favourite feel-good dog stories (and photos of your dog)  on the Leaps & Bounds Facebook community page and tag us on Instagram with your photos of your dog.

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How to Camp with Your Dog

How to Camp with Your Dog

To camp with your dog, you need to make your dog is as comfortable at the campsite as he is at home. This means you need to do some planning and really consider what type of dog you have.

Do you have a dog who likes to explore? Does your dog have boundless energy? Does your dog like to sleep in and lounge in the sun? How does your dog react around strangers, children, and other dogs? Will your dog’s joint health support a long all-day hike or a day splashing around in the lake?

It’s important that you take your dog’s personality, age, and joint health into consideration when planning your camping trip. Hoping that your dog will be happy to rough it in the woods for three days sleeping in a tent, is a big gamble. You can’t convince your dog to do something he doesn’t want to do.

Before booking a campsite and planning your get-away – make sure your dog is a dog who wants to camp.  Remember, camping can take on all formats, you can really rough it at a hike-in only camp site, stay in a more urban camping area, camp in a yurt, book a dog-friendly cabin in the woods, or even rent an RV and go for the deluxe version of camping.

Ultimately, you need to choose a camping style that works for everyone, including your dog. Once you’ve determined what will work, it’s time to get down to the fun stuff – planning your camping get-away with your best friend.

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What is Wrong With my Dog’s Elbow?

What is Wrong With my Dog’s Elbow?

Elbow dysplasia could be causing your dog’s elbow to be uncomfortable, making it hard for your dog to walk.

Many large breed dogs including Golden and Labrador Retrievers, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Bearded Collies, Chow Chows, German Shepherds, and Newfoundlands are prone to elbow dysplasia.

If you notice your dog is limping or is trying to avoid putting weight on a leg – this could indicate your dog’s elbow is giving him trouble. Interestingly, elbow dysplasia is very common in dogs and symptoms can arise in dogs as young as 4 months old.

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Digging into Top Dog Myths

What are the Top Dog Myths?

The list of top dog myths is a long one. It seems we’ve all heard a dog myth or 2 that we now believe as fact.

There are myths around your dog’s nose, mouth, vision, grass eating habits, exercise needs, and how they age.

Everyone has an opinion on what a wet nose means or what eating grass is all about or how much exercise a dog really needs.

Now, we’re dog people at SierraSil. Some days it seems like there is more office chatter about our dogs then there is about our kids. Yeah, we know how it is.

And this is exactly why we want to talk about dog myths.

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Here are 9 workout activities to try this summer with your dog:

4 Fun Ways to Work-Out with Your Dog

Your dog loves to and wants to move. Whether it’s playing tag in the backyard, your daily morning dog walk, or going out for a hike in the woods – your dog is happy to work-out with you.

We want you to embrace this joy for movement and have put together our 4 favorite ways to work-out with your dog.

This movement and working out with your dog helps keep your dog’s joints healthy, encourages a healthy weight (for you and your dog), supports your dog’s mental health, and gives both of you all-important bonding time.

Before starting a new work-out with your dog, it’s important you honestly think about your dog’s current level of fitness and age. If your dog is not used to running, hiking, or agility games – it’s very important you start slowly.

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How To Care For Your Senior Dog’s Health

How To Care For Your Senior Dog’s Health

Your seven-year old dog might appear as energetic as a puppy, but don’t let this boundless energy fool you. We hate to tell you this, but a seven-year old dog is considered to be a senior dog.

With this statistic in mind, we want you to be aware of how you can care for the health of your senior dog. Just as humans develop age-related health concerns, the same holds true for dogs. Learn how to care for your senior dog’s health and be ready with your questions at the next vet visit.

Now, before we go any further, we do want to make sure that you’re not looking at your seven-year old dog and worrying about her health. Seven is just a benchmark age – just like 65 is for humans. Your dog, regardless of her age can live an active and full life – we just want you to have the knowledge you need to care for your dog as she ages. Read more

Winter Dog Advice from SierraSil

Winter Dog Advice from SierraSil

Winter is here. Wherever you live, the days are shorter and a bit cooler. You might be dealing with 10 centimeters of fresh snow, a steady downpour of rain or some less than sunny days – regardless of the weather change, it does have a big impact on your dog.

Your dog’s health and happiness should not suffer with the changing seasons and crisp weather. While it’s tempting to hibernate indoors and wait for the sun to come out again, your dog needs her daily exercise. This time outside walking, running, sniffing around and looking for the perfect stick is critical to your dog’s joint health and emotional well-being. Read more

How To Give Your Senior Dog A Healthy Life

How To Give Your Senior Dog A Healthy Life

You want nothing more than a long, happy, and healthy life for your beloved dog. Because you’re so close to your dog, it’s easy to overlook signs of aging and slowing down.

While no two dogs have the same activity and energy levels, we do know that middle-aged and senior dogs do start to slow down (just like us humans). This slow-down doesn’t mean the end of a full and robust life – it just means you need to make a few adjustments to accommodate your dog’s needs.

Remember that your dog is smart and our pets tend to hide signs of aging for as long as possible. Be on the lookout for signs that your dog is struggling or simply ageing with these signs: your dog is sleeping more or has a slight limp or is losing weight. These are all signs that indicate you and your dog should visit your veterinarian.

We’ve put together some tips on things you can do to help give your senior dog a healthy life. Remember, before making any big changes to your dog’s diet, activity levels, or lifestyle – discuss these with your veterinarian. Read more

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

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