Springtime Tips for Dog Owners

Springtime Tips for Dog Owners

Kevin Dixon

Spring is in the air! And when it comes to our pets, the warmer weather means new opportunities, and sometimes new challenges.

From creating a yard that's welcoming to your pet, to dealing with springtime shedding, we've got the best spring tips for dog owners.  

1. Spring Time Tip: Training 

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Baseball players don't have to be the only ones getting outside for spring training this time of year! After being cooped up in the house all winter, sunny spring days are the perfect opportunity to help your pet develop good leash manners. Check out these positive leash-training tips from ASPCA in you could use a little training help, too.

2. Spring Time Tip: Dog-proof your Yard

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Your dog will likely be spending more time outdoors over the coming months, and if you're fortunate to have a yard for her to play in, it's important to make sure the space is safe and dog-friendly.

Notes from a Dog Walker has a great post with tips on dog-proofing your fence, and don't forget to consider your furry friend when planning your landscaping.

3. Spring Time Tip: Shedding

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The dreaded shedding season is right around the corner. If your pup is of the double-coated variety, you know that spring means constantly fighting the fur balls on the floor, and doubling up on lint rollers before you head off to work in the morning. 

Regular grooming, baths and good nutrition are your best weapons against shedding anytime of the year, and everyone has their own favorite solution for dealing with dog hair at home. We like this post on Apartment Therapy where readers weighed in with their favorite pet hair solutions.

4. Handling Allergies

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Spring means flowers and trees are in bloom, and just like humans, dogs can be affected be seasonal allergies this time of year.

Keep an eye out for symptoms like itching, sneezing, coughing and flaky skin, and check with your vet if you think your dog might be suffering from seasonal allergies. 

5. Spring Time Tip: Protect Your Exterior Doors

Your dog will want to be outside more now that the sun is shining and the grass is green, but eventually she'll want to come inside, too-- and that often means scratching at the door and door frame to get your attention.

Even if you already have a one inside,  Clawguard is a great option for protecting your exterior doors as well.

You'll feel good knowing your pet can run and play to her hearts content while your back door is protected from scratching and muddy paw prints as well.