Your dog has gotten accustomed to the children being home this summer and maybe you were home more frequently than you are during the rest of the year. Your dog sees the family every day, he gets more play and snuggle time. Then, all of a sudden everyone is rushing out the door and he's home alone.
Don't forget, too that dogs sense excitement and anxiety and it makes them anxious. Have you ever wondered if your dog is impacted by back to school? He just may be.
How Does Back To School Affect Your Dog?
- Separation anxiety is real. Your dog will be lonely when he is left home alone. He may act out by clawing the doors, chewing the window sills and maybe even barking all day long. When this happens your pet parent anxiety kicks into high gear. You worry about what type damage you will come home to because your pup is acting out.
- Pet parent anxiety is real. As mentioned, if your dog has acted out once by chewing your shoes or clawing the doors you worry every day what he will do when he's left alone. You don't want to crate him because he doesn't like it and that makes him more anxious.
What's a pet parent to do?
- Hire a pet sitter or dog walker. Having someone visit your dog during the day to give him some playtime and take him for a walk may alleviate his separation anxiety.
- Give him a puzzle food toy and let him work his mind, keep him busy and give him treats while you're away.
- Leave him with an article of your clothing so he can have your scent when he's home alone.
- Get him slowly accustomed to the change that will be happening in your household. Make leaving a non-event. Resist the urge to hug him, kiss him and make a big fuss as you walk out the door. He will pick up on your anxiety when you leave and that will make him more anxious.
- Protect your home with CLAWGUARD products. If your pup is scratching the door and causing damage because he wants to get out to find you, using a CLAWGUARD on your door will protect it. Use CLAWGUARD Tape and Shield to protect furniture and window sills.
Embrace the fun and excitement of a new school year but keep your pup's peace-of-mind front of mind and help alleviate that when you leave home. Give her a lot of love and attention when you return home and your family will enjoy a happy, healthy start to a new school year!
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Ssshhh don’t tell your cats that International Cat Day is August 8; cats think every day should be International Cats Day! If you’re a cat parent or considering adopting a cat there are many things to think about, but one thing you won’t have to think about is the love your furry new companion will give!
If you’re new to cats, here are a few items you may not have thought about:
- Cats DO like their people. Contrary to popular belief, cats thrive when they are with their people or other cats or dogs in the house. A cat may be more solitary than a dog, but cats get lonely.
- Cats can be trained. If you don’t want your cat to scratch the couch or the door frame then offer them an alternative. Put a scratch post next to the area they’re scratching. Try out different scratch post types -- carpet, sisal rope, cardboard, sandpaper-type. If you have a motivated scratcher, use CLAWGUARD products to protect your furniture and home; This may help train the cat to not scratch those particular items -- it’s a win-win.
- Cats love to play. Yes, cats love to sleep -- a LOT, but they also need and require exercise. Invest in some catnip toys, feather on a string toys, interactive food puzzles and even a paper bag or box. Play with your cat to make certain they’re getting exercise and are healthy.
To more fully celebrate International Cat Day here are a few suggestions
- Volunteer at a local shelter
- Adopt a cat or kitten
- Buy your cat a new toy
- Make a donation to a local shelter or rescue
- Visit a cat cafe
- Take your cat to the vet for his or her annual check-up
- Brush your cat to eliminate hairballs
- Get a safety release collar for your cat along with his name and your contact information in case he escapes
- Have a Cat Day party and invite your friends to bring their cats and let them have a play date!
How will you celebrate International Cat Day and cats every day?
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Much of the country recently experienced an unprecedented “deep freeze.” Even areas of the country that don’t normally get snow or ice or sub zero temperatures were impacted. Pet parents who live in those areas -- even those accustomed to winter -- were faced with the need to take their pets out of doors, but also needed to know how to keep them safe in the frigid temperatures and snow.
Winter Pet Safety Tips
Here are our best tips in case Mother Nature hasn’t dealt the final hand of an overly-cold winter:
Use a paw protectant. This is important if you put ice melt on your steps or sidewalk; even pet-friendly ice melt can cause discomfort to your pet and his paws. Some pets will allow you to put boots on them, if they will, use that to protect their paws. When you bring your pet back in, wipe their paws and remove any snow or ice that may have built up between their pads.
Put your pet in a coat. If you have a short-haired dog or one who truly isn’t suited to the cold weather, putting her in a coat will keep her core warm. If it’s raining, a coat will also keep your pet warmer and obviously dryer while outdoors doing her business.
Don’t leave your pet out-of-doors. This is a controversial topic as there are dogs who thrive in the frigid weather. You need to know your dog, the breed and its ability to stay warm and healthy in the frigid, snowy temps. Even if your dog loves to be outside in the wintery days, make certain you check on him frequently and that you have provided shelter from the storm.
Take shorter, more frequent walks. If your pet thrives on exercise but you’re in sub-zero temperatures plan shorter, more frequent walks rather than a long walk all at one time. If you have to take shorter walks and your pet isn’t getting the exercise he is accustomed to, you may want to cut back on the amount of food he gets during the limited exercise times. Don’t forget, there are many fun ways to exercise with your dog indoors.
Don’t forget the cats! If you have “outdoor cats” or feral cats, provide a space for them to get out of the snow and cold. Before you start your engine, beep your car horn; cats will sometimes crawl up into the engine to keep warm. Make sure there is fresh water available for the outside cats; you may want to invest in a heated bowl to keep the water from freezing.
Stay warm. Stay safe. Enjoy the winter with your pets!
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The start of the new year is a time when many people declare their resolutions for the brand new year. It’s a time to clear out the old and make way for the new -- whether resolutions for new habits or thoughts on breaking bad habits.
At CLAWGUARD we sat down with the team and came up with a list of ten pet and pet parent resolutions for 2018.
- Bark less. We resolve to “bark less” by which we mean we will look for the positive rather than the negative and remark upon that.
- Wag more. We resolve to be happier and to celebrate the wins -- no matter how small.
- Stretch it out. We are going to get up from our desks more often, take the dogs for walks and generally move and stretch more than we did in 2017.
- Give in to relaxation. When we take a nap or go to bed at night we are going to embrace the power of relaxation -- just as our dogs do.
- Be enthusiastic. Have you ever noticed how everything your dog does or experiences is THE best thing ever? Whether it’s his breakfast or dinner or a walk or a great smell in the yard, everything is cause for enthusiasm and wonder.
- Be a joiner. If you’ve brought home a new puppy or new-to-you adopted dog, sign him up for a training class. A well-trained dog is a dog who is most likely to be happier and healthier and be a better family member. A basic obedience class is ideal for any, and every dog.
- Be healthier. Eat fewer processed foods -- this is an ideal resolution for your pets and for pet parents. Eat more fruits and veggies; there are many fruits and vegetables that are great for your pets to enjoy and if you treat when you train, fruits and veggies will keep your dog happier and healthier.
- Spend more time together. You may have to work outside of the home -- many of us do, but resolve to spend more quality time with your dog(s) when you’re home. Take a walk before, or after, dinner. Spend quality couch cuddling time. You are the center of your dog’s universe and what she wants most is to just be with you.
- Hit the road. When you take your next vacation, take your dog with you. Check out pet-friendly cities, hotels, restaurants and other pet-friendly venues you can enjoy with your furry family member. If you’re staying in a hotel and have to leave your dog for any amount of time, pack your CLAWGUARD; this will prevent him from damaging the hotel doors and you from losing your pet deposit!
- Try something new. Did you know that if your dog has too many toys she will probably get bored with them. Try this. Pack away many of the toys and occasionally swap out one toy for another; your dog will think she’s just been given a brand new toy to play with. Dogs get bored so shake up their routine and give them something to wag about!
What resolution would your pet want you to make or what resolution(s) have you made? We’d love to know!