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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

Digging into Top Dog Myths

Digging into Top Dog Myths

You are a dog owner. You might have had dogs for your entire life. You might even have multiple dogs. In other words, you know dogs. Your friends come to you with their questions about dogs. And to be honest, you can’t resist petting a dog or talking to dogs when the opportunity arises.

We get it. We’re dog people at SierraSil as well. 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 why we want to talk dog myths. 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. Let’s slow down a bit and dig into the top dog myths we’ve all heard.

We admit that we can’t include every dog myth we’ve been told or read about. So, do visit our Leaps & Bounds Facebook community page and tell us about the dog myths you’ve been told. Let’s work together to bust these dog myths and get the facts out there about wet noses, grass, exercise, senior dog health, and so much more. 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

Healthy Weight and Your Dog

Healthy Weight and Your Dog

You love your dog and want to give your beloved pet the best life possible. Your dog loves to walk, play, run, and eat. So you indulge your dog however and whenever you can. Taking long adventurous walks in nature and having an extra helping of dog food or favorite treat – all seems to make your dog smile.

However, often many of us are susceptible to giving our dog too much of the good things. In other words, feeding our dogs too much. Just as being overweight contributes to health problems in humans, the same is true for our dogs. When your dog is overweight, a number of health problems can occur including joint health issues, mobility concerns, breathing issues, and a lack of energy.

We want you and your dog to enjoy a long life together and this means you need to be proactive about your dog’s health. There are lots of factors about your dog’s health that you can’t control, but weight is one that is definitely within your control. Give your dog the best life possible – keep the extra pounds off and watch your dog move easily and live longer. Read more

Keep Your Dog Safe This Spring

Keep Your Dog Safe This Spring

Ah, there is nothing quite like spring. You’ve got your windows open, the green grass is back, and the kids are outside playing. It’s the ideal time to get outside with your dog and enjoy the warm weather, longer days, and funky spring smells.

However, we do want to remind you that with this new season comes some hidden dangers and threats to your very curious dog. Whether your dog is a senior dog or an energetic young puppy, it’s highly likely that they’ll dig up some trouble this spring. We want you to get your dog outside and even when possible let him run off-leash for some extra joint-building exercise – but remember that with the melting snow comes the potential for injury and hazards.

To help you and your beloved dog get the most out of the springtime weather and this almost-summer feeling, we’ve put together a list of potential threats and caution zones for you and your dog. Now, we don’t want you stressing needlessly and keeping your dog from following his nose, but remember the snow covered up a lot of garbage, junk, and other potential hazards. Read more

Adopting a Senior Dog

Adopting a Senior Dog

There is nothing quite the like the companionship and love of a dog. Your dog is there for you when you come home from work, ready to play on a Saturday afternoon, or to cuddle up for an evening of movies and treats. You have special connection with your dog that grows over time. The more time you spend with your dog, the closer you become.

Since you’re thinking of adopting a senior dog, we want you to be reassured that you’ll have this same deep connection with your new-to-you older dog. Remember, your senior dog has likely been through some rough days and is looking for someone to love unconditionally and who will do the same for him.

When thinking about adopting a senior dog, there are some different aspects to dog ownership to think about when compared to adopting a puppy. We want you to feel prepared and excited for your new senior dog. Thank you for giving an older dog a fresh start with a safe, loving, and stable home. Read more