a german shepherd mix breed dog is kissing his baby girl on the cheek as the relax outside at the golden hour on a fall evening.

10 Ways That Dogs Make Our Lives Better

Keeping a dog is perhaps one of the best experiences we humans will ever have. In all of the ways that us people have messed up or made stupid mistakes, a dog will never judge or shun you and will love you unconditionally. This thought somehow makes you think that despite everything, we humans were deserving enough to have the opportunity to have a dog, to have a companion, to have a best friend.

However, some people who haven’t owned a dog or any kind of pet in general may not understand this concept. They may be wondering what makes having a dog so special? Well, let me give you at least ten ways on how keeping a dog just makes your life a tad bit more colorful and fun.

french bulldog is cute kissing girl. she carry on a dog.

1. A dog helps you stay fit.

What? How does this even make sense? It’s basic fact that our bodies work in an interdependent manner. Meaning what we do in one facet affects the whole and this is true with our general health and well-being. When we exercise, this does wonders to our bodies.

So how does a dog fit into the equation? As part of being a responsible owner, your dog also needs as much exercise as you to stay fit and live long. What better way to work out if not with a companion? There are numerous ways to exercise and have fun with you pooch through engaging in dog activities such as playing catch, Frisbee, running, and many others.

Stock up on funny colorful fetch balls, flexible bite-resistant plates, and Frisbees for sports training and endless fun. A frisbee is one of the great must-haves when you play with your dog.

dog catching frisbee in jump, pet playing outdoors in a park. flying disk

2. Get your healthy dose of vitamin D.

When you engage in dog activities, you are bound to go outside and play under the sun but there’s more to it than just having your daily Vitamin D. studies have shown that going on early morning walks when the sun has just risen can drastically reduce the risks of cardiovascular diseases, depression and cancer. Being surrounded with nature like on a park with trees or just your neighborhood, just helps you be in touch with your surroundings, away from the hustle and bustle of the daily life in the city and to simply take it all in.

(As a side note, there are numerous types of dog collars and dog harnesses that will suit your needs.)

beautiful blonde woman playing and stroking her loyal border collie

3. Boosts your body’s immunity.

It is no surprise that dogs are ridden with bacteria on their fur. It may seem icky, I know, but so are humans. Despite that, this is actually a good thing. Numerous research has proven time and time again that exposure to bacteria benefits the human body through strengthening immunity. Children that grew up with pets have also shown that they are less likely to get sick, develop allergies and have asthma, consequentially lessening absences in school due to health reasons.

 a happy view of a golden retriever's face using a fisheye lens

4. Petting your dog reduces stress.

The rhythmic task of petting your dog or even grooming your dog such as brushing their fur helps clear your mind. More often than not, you have been put in a circumstance where you get home all pooped from work or you have negative thoughts that have been plaguing your mind. Simply petting your dog gives you a break and just be in the moment. And when you’re done, you would feel drastically refreshed or even just a little bit lighter.

Dogs are extremely intuitive and they somehow just know that you just need them to be there for you.

senior woman with her dog inside of her house.

5. Having a dog teaches kids responsibility.

When a child is given tasks such as making sure that the water bowl is filled, the dog is fed and so on, this teaches the child the value of accountability. This cascades down to their adulthood and research has backed it up that children who grew up and took care of their dogs were significantly well adjusted and develop healthy relationships as they became parents themselves.

happy girl with her dog breed white terrier walking in a field in autumn

6. They help build self-esteem.

Along with leaning the importance of responsibility and doing the easy tasks, allows the child to take initiative and this in turn helps build self-esteem. These little things help the child in being confident in taking initiative and this has been proven by studies as well. Moreover, this also helps them socially. Dogs also teach children little social cues in one way or another.

young handsome man taking a selfie with his dog

7. Gives a family an opportunity to bond.

According to Gail F Melson, PhD, a professor of developmental studies at Purdue University that when kids were interviewed and asked if their respective dogs were part of the family, the answer was unanimous saying, “Of course they are!”.

Having a family dog creates a common understanding among households that the pet is everybody’s responsibility in the house. In most cases, the dog becomes the center of activity such as grooming, feeding, taking the dog out for a walk, playing and etc. This also gives parents a break of the hectic life of providing for the family and just have fun with their children.

mother and daughters in park with dog smiling

8. Dogs teaches us some of the most important things in life.

Dogs teach us some of the most important things in life but also the hardest ones. If you grew up with a dog, the first experience on mortality is more likely the death of a family dog. As children or even as adults, we are reminded that death is a natural process. Although this is indeed a sad experience, it teaches us how to cope with grief and loss.

Dogs also teach us unconditional love. When you are at your lowest such as getting laid off at work, acted on something that you have regretted, or any circumstance that has put you in this certain situation, your dog will always come and comfort you. This somehow teaches us that, as humans, we are inherently flawed and it just takes one act of affection and comfort that makes things better and you know you’ll get through it. Bottom line, dogs love you for being you and that’s all that matters.

a german shepherd mix breed dog is kissing his baby girl on the cheek as the relax outside at the golden hour on a fall evening.

9. A dog gives you purpose.

When you decide to get a dog, this is not something that you decide on a whim. You are now responsible for a life other than your own and that in itself is enough that gives you purpose. After a long day and the very moment you step inside your house, you hear your dog running to your direction welcoming you and you get to realize that at the end of the day, you go through all the hectic life and these snippets of relief just makes it all worth it.

a silhouette of a happy young woman is sitting outside at sunset lovingly kissing her large german shepherd mix breed dog.

10. They make you smile.

You might as well forget all the nine reasons and this alone would simply be enough to get yourself a dog. There is never a dull moment when you have a dog. With all the quirks, frustrations and a whole lot of love, dogs can (and will) make you laugh, cry and so much more.

happy beagle dog outdoor portrait

If all these reasons combined are not enough to justify how a dog makes our lives way better, I don’t know what is. It is fascinating that in exchange for a fraction of your time, dogs are willing to give you their lifetime of unconditional love and companionship. For us humans, they may just be a dog but for them we are their whole world.

About the Author:

Christy of www.Doglifestore.com likes to write about whatever tickles her fancy and loves to document the adventures of her fur baby when she’s not busy going gaga over their crazy antics.

labrador dog peeping from behind a fence in summer

5 Ways To Keep Your Dog Active During Back To School Season

The holidays have come to a close and that time of the year is here again. The exciting back to school rush has got everyone getting ready for a season filled with numerous activities. As the children pick out their school bags, parents are busy filling up their calendar pages with a ton of extra-curricular activities. While everyone else in the house is looking forward to the baseball games, band practice and school plays, Buster, the family dog is left to deal with the back-to-school blues alone.

Often, we leave out our furry friends amidst all these activities. Suddenly, time for exercise, playing and bonding with the pooch reduces. It becomes difficult for our furry companions, especially if they are attached to the family. Dogs are loyal and affectionate to their families, and they love the attention they get from you. These sudden changes in their daily routine may cause lots of stress for them.

When Buster is stressed out, he may adopt some behavioral issues that will affect both the family and him. Behavior such as soiling indoors, clawing or chewing the furniture, and excessive barking is not only annoying but can also have some serious health ramifications on the dog. The health issues associated with back-to-school blues include depression, overeating, and loss of appetite. When depression sets in, it weakens your dog’s immune system and puts them at the risk of cancer, heart disease, and arthritis.

Like us, our furry friends can cope with life changes, but the change has to be introduced gradually. Better yet, the end of the holidays doesn’t mean the end of fun and activity in your dog’s life. Here are 5 ways to keep your dog active and help them cope with the fact that everyone else has left the house.

labrador dog peeping from behind a fence in summer

1. Get a Dog Toy

Instead of leaving your dog in boredom and frustration, you can get them a dog toy to keep them engaged while the rest of the family is away. A dog toy like Kong will keep Buster distracted and deterred from thinking about being alone. However, you should know that providing your dog with a toy isn’t as easy as leaving them with anything provided it fits in their mouth. There are different chew types, formulation, and sizes of dog toys and they are contingent on the age, breed, chewing style, and weight of the pet.

If your dog is in between sizes, it is more prudent to get the larger chew size. If they are a strong chewer, pose a challenge for them by getting a larger chew toy. You can also increase the fun by stuffing a Kong with treats, hiding kibble around his playing area for him to find, or setting up puzzle toys to provide your pet with some entertainment and mental stimulation at the same time.

dog laying on bed with ball in mouth

2. School For Buster Too

Let your furry friend share the excitement of going back to school. Make your dog feel that they will be just as busy as you this season by enrolling them in a training school or a doggie daycare. There are so many benefits associated with taking your pooch to school that if you think about it, it is worth the expense.
Should your busy schedule mean an end to Fido’s social life? Let your dog meet and make new friends at a nearby doggie daycare. A day of supervised play and exercise will keep him happy and healthy. It stands to reason that you should inspect the facility before leaving your furry friend.

Training is another good way to keep him active mentally and physically. It benefits the dog, their family, and the community as a whole. He gets to learn rules and restraint which makes him more fun to be around, meaning he gets to spend more time with loving family members.

dogs who meet in a park

3. Hire a Pet Sitter

Hiring a sitter for your loyal friend is not easy, but when you get the right person for the job, the benefits are immense for both of you. A dog sitter will ensure that your buddy is comfortable and happy when you and the kids leave for work and school respectively. If you were in the habit of giving Fido a lunchtime snack during the holidays, a pet sitter would ensure that he gets it.

With a pet sitter, your dog doesn’t need to be confined indoors. They can play together in the backyard or even go for long walks. Let your pet sitter know the daily routine you and your dog are used to, and they can do it together. Sure, it won’t be the same for Fido since the two of you have a firm bond, but still, he will appreciate and benefit a lot from the time at the park and the long walks.

 happy woman is playing with a dog sitting on the floor at home.

4. Bring Your Dog Whenever Possible

Dogs are social animals, and their biggest desire in life is to be with their “pack.” Thus, whenever you can, it is always a good idea to let your four-legged family member tag along. Unless his behavior is unfriendly to the public, there is no reason to leave him at home alone. Keep your dog involved and happy by bringing him to football practice or for those after-school visits to the park. It is commendable to always check in advance if a facility allows dogs to avoid surprises. Again, bringing a chew toy and a water dish will ensure that your dog’s needs are met even if you stay longer.

labrador retriever dog on the arm with his tongue hanging out - lazy sweet dog

5. Create Time for Pup

One way to make sure that your dog does not get separation anxiety is by having and maintaining a strict routine. Your dog is an important aspect of your family, and it is in everyone’s best interests that he stays balanced. Thus, although your day is busy from morning till evening, you should create some time to cater for his exercise needs. You can do this by going for walks or jogs early in the morning before embarking on your business or later in the evening. You can also teach your kids some easy games like hide and seek or fetch and encourage them to play with Fido as soon as they get home. This will help the dog stay active and get over the daytime boredom. Playing with your dog when you get home will also make them feel more appreciated.

boys in the fall leaves

Our dogs will always remain loyal to us no matter what; it is a challenge that you remain loyal to them as well. Since we will always work out a way to strike a balance between work and family, let’s not leave out our dogs who are a vital part of our families.

 

About the Author:

June is the founder of TobysBone, where she shares her passion for writing and love for dogs. She wants to help you deal with your dog’s behavior issues, grooming and health needs, and proper training. Through her blog, you can find informative and reliable posts, tips and tricks, and a lot of interesting reads that will help you maintain a close bond with your furry companion.

pet dog's comfort zone in a shop

7 Steps to Building the Perfect Dog House

A good sturdy dog house will work wonders for keeping your dog out of the rain, sleet and snow when left alone in the back yard. Unfortunately, many people build dog houses that simply aren’t very well thought out. When you have a beloved dog, it is very important to make sure his home environment is safe and secure. Below are seven simple steps to constructing a solid dog house that will give your pet just what they need.

happy young boy and his dog in front yard of their house.

1. Choose a Design

The very first, and arguably most important step of building a quality dog house is to choose a design that’s going to work well. Select a design that takes into the consideration of your dog, making sure to create a space small enough for your dog to be able to keep warm on cool nights. Select a design that you like the looks of and that you believe you can construction without problems. There are dog house plans available online as well as at many building stores.

pretty woman using tablet with her yorkshire terrier at home in the living room

2. Obtain the Materials

Now that you know what sort of dog house you want to build, it’s time to go ahead and to assemble all the materials that you’re going to need. Head to the local lumber store and buy all the necessary materials for your project. Be sure to grab a little extra in case you make mistakes while creating your project.

woman with dog and shopping bags

3. Use Weather Resistant Wood

Weather resistant wood is an important investment to make for all the lumber that will be facing the elements. That means your lower platform, your roofing and any exterior walls of the structure should be built from pressure treated wood that is less likely to rot over time when damp.

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4. Invest in Metal Roofing

Metal roofing may be a bit more expensive than shingle roofing, but it’s much more durable and will hold up better over time. Not only that, but it can help keep your pet cooler in warm conditions than shingles will. When applied to a surface as small as a dog house, metal roofing is highly affordable as well.

5. Build the Platform and Walls

Pre-construct the floor platform and the walls of the dog house so that you can put it all together in the end. Once they are all attached you can easily add the roof to the house and then cover it with the roofing that you purchased earlier.

jack russell terrier dog left alone outside home on the stairs, ready for a walk with owner

6. Insulate the Walls

Before putting the dog house together, consider adding insulation to the walls if your dog will be using the house in cold weather conditions. This will help it stay much warmer and will make it into a more effective structure for your pet.

7. Complete Assembly

Now that you have the walls and floor platform assembled, attach the walls to the floor and then build the roof on top of the walls. Finish the house by adding the roofing material to cover it up and protect it. You now have a reliable dog house that will keep your pet out of the elements when left alone.

pet dog's comfort zone in a shop

About the Author:

Jason grew up in construction working with his dad’s contracting company. He has been working with Contractors Today and is loving it. His passion is to build something of value from scratch.

cat sleeping under blanket

7 Ways to Entertain Your Cat in the City & Keep Them Safe

When you’re living in a crowded city where greenery is sparse, traffic is heavy and space is limited, it’s likely that you keep your cat indoors, mainly for his own safety. Many people feel that keeping a cat indoors is cruel because it denies him the ability to exercise his natural cat behaviors like hunting and stalking. However, many cats do just fine in an apartment or house, and they needn’t become fat and lazy as long as you keep them entertained! The best way of doing that is to harness their natural feline instincts. Here are a few ways of doing just that.

1. Cat Trees

Cats love to climb. They love looking down on the world from a lofty height and one of the reasons for this is that it gives them status among their peers. He’s literally looking down on them. By providing a cat tree where your kitty can climb, scratch and hide, you’ll provide him with hours of fun and maybe a place to rest and nap. It also increases his vertical space and makes it easier for two cats who live in the same home to be close without crowding each other. A cat with less status who’s sitting on top will always give way to a more dominant one.

 cute persian cat sitting on cat tower

2. Scratching Posts

Cats gotta scratch! Scratching is part of a cat’s natural exercise regime that helps him exercise and strengthen the muscles of his feet and fore paws. His fore paws contain scent glands so it’s also a way of marking his territory both by the smell and the marks he leaves. It also sloughs off dead layers of claws. It’s a good idea to give him a scratching post to save damage to your furniture. The best ones are made of sisal, and you can encourage him to use it by spraying it with catnip spray. You can even get ones with toys attached to them!

Cats HAVE to hunt! If you don’t want to let him do the real thing outside then put a bird feeder outside so that he can watch them and dream about them. He can’t actually get to them so he can’t kill or injure them.

 cute cat scratching a post

3. Hunting and Brain Exercises

Cats need to use their brains so it’s a great idea to give them puzzles and toys to work on, especially those containing food or cat treats. These feed the cat’s need to forage, and because it makes it more difficult to reach their food, heavyweight cats will find it harder to eat too much. They will also get some great exercise!

The little kitten playing with the mouse

4. Music to Their Ears

Cats like music! Yes, really! OK, we don’t mean Heavy Metal, but maybe some meditation music or soft classical sounds like violin, harp or piano. You can play this while you’re out at work and he’s alone at home.

cat sleeping under blanket

5. Go on a Safe Walk

Cats on a leash? Absolutely. Contrary to popular belief, you can train a cat to go walking on a leash, but it takes time and patience. Cats are not little dogs; they don’t live to serve us, so getting one to walk on a leash is no mean feat, but it can be done. It’s best to start when he’s a kitten, when everything is a game, but even older cats can be taught and may actually enjoy and look forward to the experience.

Start with a harness, holding it out so he can sniff it, then leave it beside his food bowl, giving him a little treat so that he associates it with a positive experience. When he’s familiar with its shape and scent put it on for a few minutes, making sure it’s neither too tight nor too loose. A good guide is to slip two fingers in between the collar and the cat’s neck. If they can get in and out easily the fit is just right. When he’s used to the harness you can leave it on a while longer. Attach the leash to the collar and let him lead you around, making sure there is no tension on it. You need to keep it loose so that it puts no pressure on him at all, and lavish him with titbits and praise.

After a while you can start gently pulling on the leash, guiding him to where you want him to go instead of letting him lead you. Call him by his name and treat him again when he comes to you.

Always carry your cat outside. Start taking the kitty outside in the garden first before venturing out into the big bad world, then little by little you can explore further, making sure you don’t force him out of his comfort zone. After a while he’ll be enjoying his walks so much he won’t think twice about going. Bengals are especially active, that’s why they are also called “Action Cats”!

adult british shorthair cat hunting in the grass, harness

6. Getting Inside Out

Get a cat patio! This is a way of providing him with some indoor/outdoor space. It has see-through walls, a roof and areas where he can get out of the sun and rain. You can put all his favorite toys in it and even make a space for yourself. You don’t have to spend a lot of money; there are plenty of kits out there for the D.I.Y. enthusiast.

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7. Schedule the Play Sessions

When you get home from work, schedule a play session with your cat. You can play with crinkle balls, catnip mice, fishing pole toys and anything that he can chase, pounce on and stalk. Don’t, however, leave them alone with string toys since they are very dangerous choking hazards. Balls of wool, contrary to popular belief, are not good cat toys!

 red with white the striped playful cat lies on a floor with a toy.

I hope I’ve given you some constructive ideas to stop your kitty from becoming bored stiff – but the best thing you can do for him is love him!

 

About the Author:

Hi, I’m Jane Miller! I’m a certified cat lover and an unapologetic writer! That’s why I created SweetieKitty! Born in Connecticut, one sunny day of April, during the most interesting decade of past century! Nowadays I live in South Carolina, with my three tomcats! I’d love to read your comments on my article!

golden retriever standing by legs of a woman on the beach

8 Tips To Keep Your Dog Safe at The Beach

Summer is an amazing time for dogs and humans alike. And, of course, we all want to take our furry friends to the beach and see them play and have the time of their lives!

We all know that dogs enjoy the beach a lot but there are a few things that we, as dog owners, need to keep in mind in order to keep our furry little friends safe on the beach. After all, they’re our responsibility!

So, in this blog, I’d like to talk about how you can keep your canine companion safe at the beach.

Let’s begin, shall we?

young girl is resting with a dog on the sea.

 

1. Don’t Let Your Dog Drink Saltwater

Salt is very bad for your dog’s health. We all know that saltwater is not fit for human consumption; the same is true for dogs as well. When you go out for some fun in the sun, take a portable water bowl or bottle along with you for the day!

hydrating dog on a hot day

2. Not All Dogs Can Swim

Most people think that all dogs are good swimmers but that is not true. Dogs like the Labrador Retriever have webbed feet and are known to be really excellent swimmers. However, certain breeds like the Corgis, Pugs, etc. do NOT swim at all. Throwing your dog in the pool and expecting them to swim is NEVER a good idea.

curious dog looking into the ocean

3. Your Dog Needs SPF too!

We all need protection from the sun, and your furry companion isn’t an exception. Dogs get sunburns, too. Doggles Pet Sunscreen is specially formulated for furry friends to keep them safe from the harmful UV rays.

terrier dog having fun,running , jumping and playing at the beach on summer holidays

4. A Life Vest Is Always a Good Decision

As mentioned earlier, not all dogs can swim so getting a life vest for your dog is always a good idea to keep your doggy friend safe and sound. Life vests for dogs  like Outward Hound Pet Saver Life Jacket come in a lot of different sizes so you can be sure to find the right fit for your doggy friend!

 french bull dog stand at poolside

5. Cover Up!

After you’ve had your fun in the sun, it is a really good idea to take a ‘timeout’ from the sun and head for the shade. Your body needs the rest and so does your dog’s. You can invest in a nice and comfortable tent for your dog for this break.

a happy, friendly german shepherd dog is laying at a campground by a tent and fireplace, as a baby plays in the background

6. Don’t Overexert Your Doggy Friend!

Playing on the beach is fun but that’s why your dog can end up overexerting himself! Overexertion could lead to a heat stroke if you dog does not take rest breaks between playtime. Sometimes dogs are too excited to realize that they’re tired. It is your duty as their owner to make sure that your doggy friend gets some rest.

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7. Rinse Your Friend After!

After you’re done playing in the sand for the day, make it a point to rinse your furry companion thoroughly. Why? Well, the fun at the beach causes your dog’s coat to accumulate a lot of bacteria, salt, and sand which could be bad for your dog’s health and can cause infections.

jack russell dog taking a bath in a bathtub

8. Watch Out for the Sand!

If you know dogs then you know that they love eating sand and other inedible things at the beach. Unfortunately, eating sand can upset your dog’s tummy and can also lead to other gastrointestinal problems. Eating shellfish, stones, etc. can also cause your dog to choke on them or cause gastrointestinal injury.

Save your dog from some beach diarrhea and keep an eye on what he has in his mouth.

 little jack russell puppy playing with frisbee disc on the beach digging sand. cute small domestic dog, good friend for a family and kids. friendly and playful canine breed

Most people tend to ignore their dog’s safety when on the beach; it can turn too ugly too fast. I’d advise that you always stay vigilant and keep a close eye on your dog. If possible, keep him on the leash most of the time. After all, your dog’s safety is the most important.

About the author: 

Hey there, I’m Paula Hughes, founder of lovepetjournal.com and I’m here to provide you with useful information about your precious dogs.

 

 

portrait of a beautiful woman sitting on the sea shore with a playful young dog, nature

8 Benefits of Bringing Your Pet to Work

Allowing pets in the workplace is becoming an increasingly popular perk as more employers shift to attracting a millennial workforce that values non-traditional offerings. This growing office trend is shown to support what pet owners have known since the beginning of time: Pets make us happy.

According to the Society of Human Resource Management, 7 percent of employers now allow pets to come to work with their owners which is up from 5 percent five years ago.

So, beyond happiness, what exactly are the benefits for employees, employers, and the office as a whole, for allowing pets to come to work?

german shepherd dog using a laptop

 

1. Less Guilt

If your dog is by your side throughout the day, you aren’t constantly worrying about whether he is lonely, bored or destroying things. Bringing peace of mind into the office tends to make people focus on their work more and the tasks at hand rather than on external factors beyond their control.

close-up portrait of a labrador dog a with a sick face

2. Create Balance

The line between work and home is getting blurrier for many today. Offices can be a home away from home for many workers, which is why it’s not only nice to have your pet at work, but a necessity, especially if you work long hours and can’t break away to get to check on your pet.

Inverse-SquARE, a custom application development company, knows that opening the workplace to pets create a positive work-life balance because it keeps spirits high and reminds employees to take short breaks to play with and walk their dogs. Dogs can just be plain funny; a little comic relief goes along way because laughter is contagious.

 dog sitting next to owner using laptop

3. Improved Morale

A workplace that encourages pets increases employee satisfaction, encourages teamwork and communication among colleagues, and improves morale, according to a study by the International Journal of Workplace Health Management. Dogs may buffer the impact of owner stress as well as make the job more satisfying. People with higher morale are usually easier to get along with than grumps.

happy chihuahua terrier dog in park or meadow waiting and looking up to owner to play and have fun together

4. Positive Company Image

Good employers place high value on their company’s image and what they are portraying to the rest of the world. They look more progressive and in tune with not only employees, but with customers who walk in the door. An inviting company culture is attractive to potential employees.

senior woman with her dog inside of her house.

5. Less Employee Turnover

Job performance and employee retention is directly related to employee job satisfaction. Workers these days no longer stick in a job if they aren’t happy. They’d rather pursue new opportunities that align with their values. Plus, employers with less turnover could reduce company costs such as recruiting, screening and training new people to replace employees who quit.

labrador retriever dog on the arm with his tongue hanging out - lazy sweet dog

6. Reduced Pet Care Costs

No one wants to spend money if they don’t have to. Daily doggie daycare can be an expensive endeavor, which is why younger generations look for employment that meets their needs. Another factor is long commutes or even short trips back and forth to let your dog out to do his business.

funny dog is a cute little white dog with yellow eyes curiously looking to see what the heck is going on.

7. Boost Employee Performance

It’s a fact that happy employees are more productive. Animal expert, Mary Hope Kramer, has been quoted in many articles about the pros and cons of bringing pets to work.

“Employees of pet-friendly businesses tend to work longer hours and have fewer absences,” Kramer said. “They don’t have to worry about rushing home to let the dog out or staying home to watch a pet that may be feeling under the weather.”

She said that according to one study, 17 percent of employers had pet-friendly workplace polices. Pet-friendly companies such as Google, Amazon and Etsy are becoming more common, Kramer said. Taking breaks from work throughout the day is actually good for the brain.

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8. Stress and Anxiety Relief/Health Benefits

A 2012 study found that people who had their dogs with them at work experienced reduced hormonal stress levels compared to those who did not bring a pet to work. In fact, those who didn’t bring their pet to work showed an increasing amount of stress as the day went on.

Overall, there’s been an increase in the need for pet therapy with a variety of animals including dogs, cats, birds, bunnies and even llamas in settings ranging from hospitals, schools, senior living communities and prisons.

Among seniors, a study back in 1980 found that heart attack patients who owned pets lived longer than those who didn’t. Another early study found that petting one’s own dog could reduce blood pressure.

happy young woman is relaxing on comfortable couch and using laptop at home. photo toned.

The benefits of pets in the workplace are numerous. The most obvious of all is that our furry BFFs make us laugh, bring a lot of joy, make us feel less stressed, and just plain bring smiles to our faces.

 

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7 Signs of a Happy Kitty

When cats get dangerously moody, they misbehave and might leave scratches your face or hands, or even a painful bite. These signs simply show that your cat is not happy. As a cat owner, you need to know the good and bad signs of your kitty’s mood. There is nothing better than having a happy feline friend. Here are some tips to notice a happy kitty:

Rubbing

If your cat rubs their head against your legs as you go about your day, that is definitely a happy greeting. Cats are very cautious because they have scent glands which help them note the people, animals and places that are safe for them. The glands are located in their heads, tails, lips and chins so rubbing is a definite sign that your cat trusts you and is happy to be around you.

two friendly cats on spring

Look Into Their Eyes

Cats can be quite expressive in their eyes. Cats tend to not to blink while in the vicinity of another potentially harmful creature due to their cautious nature. If your cat makes a slow, lazy blink, this is an indicator of happiness, affection and trust. To reciprocate the affection, blink in the same manner. There are also times when their eyes dilate which is a sign of extreme happiness.

 beautiful asian girl kissing american shorthair cat on the bed

Happy Tails

Cats can use their tails to express their moods to their owner as well as other animals. When the cat raises its tail up high, this indicates confidence and happiness at its current state and environment. The tip of the tail can also convey some body language; the tip of the tail will be twitching to express happiness.

cute little ginger kitten wearing warm knitted sweater is sitting on white carpet, top view point

Perky Ears

The ears of a cat can show you the various emotions of a cat. For instance, flattened ears are a sign of fear and anxiety which indicates that your cat is not comfortable in its current habitat. If only one ear is flattened, it shows that the cat is not very sure of what is happening in its surrounding. So what indicates happiness? Are there times when you notice that your cat’s ears are facing upwards, and a little inclined towards the rear? The inclination may not be evident, but that is just the way your happy cat will place its ears.

blue eyed cat

Facing Forward

If your cat has their head pointed forward, it shows that they are happily passing greetings to those around them and welcoming people to reach out for a cuddle or some play time. If you extend your hand and your kitty rubs their head against it, that is an indicator of a really happy kitty.

siamese cat warily watching, sitting on a wooden bench

Confidence

If your cat shows a confident behavior, that is a sign that you have a happy cat. Curiosity is the nature of every other cat so they should be confidently exploring their surroundings either alone or in your presence. Your cat will be interested in everything that captures its attention by following an object or quietly observing it. A happy cat will hold its head up high confidently and fearlessly explore its environment. You can tell that your cat is curious by watching their body movements from opening their eyes wide to moving the tail side to side.

male tabby cat playing in a paper bag on the floor

Healthy = Happy

A healthy cat is a happy cat. A cat that is well taken of will be physically content and emotionally happy. They will be found grooming themselves and taking good care of themselves. To express their contentment and happiness, they can extend their kindness to other cats and their owner by grooming them as well. Sadness will make your cat neglect their self care by ceasing to groom. From that scruffy look, you will know by no doubt that your kitty is far from being content.

a maine coon cat cleaning itself, licking it's paw.

About the Author:

Sarah Keene is the founder of Themeowthing where she writes about the various cat breeds, kitty pet care & health advice, training tips, reviews of cat products, and any other issues that you might love to know about cats.

portrait of a happy couple with dogs at the beach

10 Fun Summer Activities for You and Your Dog

 

golden retriever standing by legs of a woman on the beach

One of the long-term effects of global warming is the ever-rising mercury level. According to The Humane Society of the United States, the extreme summer is detrimental to your pet’s health. Did you know that animals can suffer from heat stroke? Thus, as you beat the heat this summer, make sure your pet is able to cope too.

Your pet’s well-being is your responsibility. Your pooch is a part of your family and hence, it is important to keep him safe and in good health. Here are a few enjoyable things to do so that you and your pet dog can have a great summer.

1. Walk and Exercise with Your Mutt

Early morning hours are cooler compared to afternoons. Morning is the ideal time for going on a long walk with your dog. Carry a ball or a Frisbee with you. Dogs like chasing flying objects and it is a good form of exercise too. When left alone, pets tend to get bored and upset. They vent their frustration by chasing other pets and chewing on sofas or shoes. Indulging in physical activity can prevent this. Walks are also important for their physical and mental development.

 

a pitbull dog mid-air, running after its chew toy with its owner standing close by.

2. Try Treat-Stuffed Toys

Digging, barking, marking their territory, and gnawing come naturally to dogs. They can get frustrated if their natural instincts are suppressed. Avoid punishing your pet pooch for improper behavior. Instead, try productive ways to keep him active. Kongs have been used for countless years by dog-owners. These are chewable playthings that bounce about when thrown. Stuff Kongs or any other toy with peanut butter, mashed banana or kibbles. Your furry friend will love the treats and look forward to having more.

a beauceron and australian shepherd mixed breed dog walking in an urban park with a red chew toy in its mouth.

3. Stay Cool and Hydrated

In summers, encourage your dog to drink more water than he usually does. Try adding a little flavor to the fluids he consumes. Add tuna water or beef/lamb/chicken broth to the fresh water bowl. Keep multiple bowls of water in shaded and cool spots. Older pets are more susceptible to dehydration. Watch out for the warning signs like difficulty in breathing and a dry tongue. When it’s awfully hot, wrap icy-cool, wet bandanas around your pet’s neck. This will keep him calm and refreshed the entire day.

red puppy eats from a bowl in the garden

4. Go Treasure Hunting

Treasure hunting is a fun way to keep your dog’s mind active. Every once in a while, take him to the woods or to a riverside and begin by hiding a treat or a favorite toy somewhere obvious. Let him watch as you hide it. In the beginning, set your dog up for success so that he understands the game. Later, increase the difficulty level to keep him motivated. Hide the delicacies in places where your dog can use his sense of smell to investigate. Reward your dog well when he succeeds.

 woman and child giving treats to dogs

5. Make Frozen Delights

Frozen delights are one of the fastest routes to your mutt’s heart. Whip together a variety of seasonal fruits and make appetizing popsicles this summer, or try the Cool Pup Popsicles. Enjoying fruit popsicles is the healthiest, coolest and quickest way to beat the summer heat. Your canine companion will love these frozen treats. You don’t need anything besides a few minutes, some basic ingredients and a freezer to prepare them. You can use watermelons, strawberries, peaches, bananas, pineapples, fruit juices, yogurts, meat and chicken broth, carrots, peas, and beans. Use your creativity and make sweet and savory popsicles.

the cute hound drinks a cocktail in bar on a beach

6. Keep a Separate Splash-Zone in the Lawn

Most dogs love to play in sprinklers placed in lawns. A sprinkler will operate like a fun-zone for your kids and pet. Encourage your dog to play around it in the heat. This will help regulate his body temperature too.

dog jack russell terrier summer sun splashes

7. Hit the Beach

A good number of popular beaches are dog-friendly. However, you must be aware of the beach rules before you head to one. Most rules refer to observing pet etiquette and cleanliness. It is also crucial to know whether or not your dog needs to be on a leash. Carry a leash to be safe. In the case that your dog can move around without restraint, make sure he is in your control. Whether you take a dip in the sea or play a game of Frisbee along the shore, beach visits are great fun. Your four-legged family member will love going to the beach and will be extremely grateful for the fun.

portrait of a happy couple with dogs at the beach

8. Go for a Drive-in Movie Date

A drive-in movie or an outdoor movie night at a local park can be an amazing experience for you and your pet. There is nothing like watching a movie under the stars with your best buddy. Your pet also gets to socialize with other pets.

 

young dog , maltese puppy looking out the car window

9. Explore Your City

Involve your dog in a little bit of city sight-seeing. There is no shortage of pet-friendly establishments in the United States. Several cruises, boat trips, restaurants, museums, aquariums, botanical gardens, and shopping malls are open to having pets. Your canine pal can enjoy with you while you visit these dog-friendly destinations.

woman with dog and shopping bags

10. Go Out Camping

Camping is almost synonymous with summer. A number of provincial, state and city park campsites are open to pets, provided they are on a leash. In fact, a number of parks have gone the extra mile in making these sites pet-friendly. They provide pet cabins on rent and off-leash play areas too.

Camping does take you closer to nature, but it can also expose your pet to a variety of health concerns. Talk to the veterinarian and work out a plan for your pet. It is better to read all about pet wellness before you set out camping.

two cute little sisters hugging dog puppy. friendship and care concept

Summer is a time for lots of fun activities with family and pets. Yet, you must be aware of the soaring temperature and its effects on your pet. Don’t overdo outdoor activities if it is too hot. Watch out for any signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke in your pet. In the summer, everyone looks forward to spending time outdoors. Use the tips shared in this post to have fun with your pet while staying safe.

About the Author:
Erica Montes is a digital content editor for LiveWellTesting based in sunny San Diego, California. She is immersed in the healthcare industry and is the go-to-person for health and wellness tips. In her free time, she enjoys making “healthy” dessert alternatives and trying to get as many Fitbit steps as possible. Here you may read all about pet wellness.

woman hugs with her dog sitting on mountain over sea view.

10 Must-Have Travel Items For Your Pet

 

woman hugs with her dog sitting on mountain over sea view.

Spring has come and gone; Summer is now here! You know what that means? It’s vacation time! Every pet owner hates leaving their fur children home alone. Why not take them with you on the trip? Here are some essential items you’ll need to travel with your pet.

1. Outward Hound Automobile Back Seat Hammock Protector

Are we there yet? If you’ve ever taken a road trip with your pup, you know that they can get pretty distracting while driving, especially when they want to play. This hammock keeps your pet contained and safe for the ride while reducing distractions too!

Outward Hound Automobile Back Seat Hammock Protector

2. Bamboo Silicone Travel Bowls

Taking your pet’s bowls on the trip can be bulky. Thankfully, Bamboo Silicone Travel Bowls have a collapsible design that can fold down to fit right into your back pocket!Bamboo Silicone Travel Bowl 3 Cup - Assorted

3. Lixit Thirsty Dog Portable Water Bottle / Bowl

It’s a water bottle and a bowl all in one! Ever wanted to take your pup on a hike but never had room to pack water for them? This portable water bottle can be clipped on your belt or waistband for maximum convenience. When it’s time for a drink, simply release the wide mouth opening for your dog.

Lixit Thirsty Dog Portable Water Bottle / Bowl - 20 oz

4. Dr. Harvey’s Relax Stress & Tension Supplement for Dogs

Traveling can be stressful for pets. If your pup is showing signs of nervousness or hyperactivity, calm them down with this relaxing herbal blend!

Dr. Harvey's Relax Stress & Tension Supplement for Dogs (7 oz)

5. ZenDog Calming Compression Shirt

If you’re not a fan of herbs, here is an alternative solution to calm your nervous pup. This compression shirt swaddles your dog with a gentle pressure to keep them calm!

ZenDog Calming Compression Shirt - Large

6. Bergan Voyager Pet Carrier

No need to downgrade your style just because you’re traveling. Carry your pets around in this fashionable carrier that includes pockets to store all your pet essentials.Bergan Voyager Pet Carrier - Medium/Large Black (13" x 19" x 10")

7. Lil’ Bitz Training Treats

Don’t tell me you were planning a trip without bringing treats. Lil’ Bitz Training Treats are low-calorie, healthy dog treats that are perfect for both training your pup or simply rewarding a good boy. These natural dog treats are mouthwatering and absolutely irresistible!

Lil' Bitz Wild Salmon + Kelp Training Treats (4 oz)

8. Earthbath Hypo-Allergenic Wipes

Adventures are exciting for pets and humans alike! It’s not uncommon to cave into the excitement and perhaps roll in a puddle of mud. With a bathtub not readily available, these all-natural grooming wipes are perfect for cleaning on the go!

Earthbath Hypo-Allergenic Wipes (100 count)

9. Vetri Repel Spray

Warm weather + forests and grass = FLEAS. Fleas and ticks aren’t even the only parasites that thrive during warm months; mosquitoes and other biting bugs are ready to feast too. Keep your pets protected with Vetri Repel Spray to keep pests away!

Vetri Repel Spray (8 oz)

10. Seresto Flea & Tick Collar for Large Dogs

If your pup has unfortunately fallen victim to a flea and tick infestation, Seresto Flea & Tick Collars are the top selling solutions to biting bugs. These collars work to eliminate current infestations and also keep your pet protected from pests for up to 8 whole months!

Seresto Flea & Tick Collar for Large Dogs

dog relaxing on a fancy deck chair

8 Ways to Keep Your Pet Cool This Summer

dog relaxing on a fancy deck chair

With the summertime comes nice weather and heat. While many people enjoy the warmth, too much of this heat is not good for a dog. The dog can overheat and suffer serious health consequences. There are some steps to keeping your cool this summer.

1. Cool Beds

Cooling beds like the Slumber Pet Cool Pup Mat and Cool Bed III will keep your pet comfortable in the heat. The bed was specially designed so that heat will go back into the air and off the bed. Cool beds have a cool core in the center that is filled with water. This will allow the bed to absorb the body temperature of the dog and allow the dog to lay on a bed that is room temperature. This will help a dog that is getting too hot in the summer. The beds will be able to resist the heat and will provide a cool feeling for the dog.

parson jack russell terrier resting on his bed, with selective focus on eyes

2. Pup Popsicles

The Cool Pup Popsicles will give a dog something to chew on and will help cool them down. The toy can be filled with water and placed in the freezer. It will take about two hours for the water inside to freezer after this the dog can chew on this and cool down. This toy comes in the shape of an ice pop as well. These treats will allow a dog to chew on something cold. This will help cool them down and keep them busy at the same time.

the cute hound drinks a cocktail in bar on a beach

3. Guardian Gear Cool Pup Faucet Waterer

This waterer can make it easy for a dog to get a cool drink when they are thirsty outside. All they need to do is lick at this waterer and they can get some cool water. This device can attach to an outdoor faucet or hose so a dog can enjoy a drink whenever they need it. When the pet is thirsty all they need to do is go up and suck on the wateter. Water will come out helping the pet stay hydrated.

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4. Portable Bowl

Dogs like to go hiking and go out with their owner when the weather is nice. The owner has to make sure the dog stays hydrated and has plenty to drink. Bamboo Silicone Travel Bowls are easy to carry. All a person has to do is pop it open, fill it with water, and let the dog drink. It can be closed again when the dog is done. The bowl comes in many different colors. The best part is that when you fold it up, it is small enough to keep in a travel bag or purse.

young woman with her dog walking on meadow.

5. Bandana

A bandana is a great way to keep the pet cool while giving them some style. Choose a bandana that is made with polymer crystals. They are no toxic and can absorb heat. This will help cool the dog down. They will be able to keep the dog’s skin dry and absorb sweat. Bandanas come in sizes ranging from those that fit extra small dogs to extra large dogs.

dog in mountains hiking with red bandana

6. Cooler Bed Cover

If a person already has a bed for their dog this cooling cover can make it more comfortable. These thermo-regulated covers will allow the pet to be comfortable when resting. The broadcloth will allow the coolness from the bed to transfer to the cover to soothe a hot pet. If a person does not want to purchase a bed with separate cooling material this cover can help keep the dog cool and prevent them from overheating especially in their sleep.

dog is lying on back on the bed - selective focus

7. Cooling Collars

The Kool Collars will help cool a pet down on a hot summer day. There is an ice pack that is frozen and then put inside the collar. This will help comfort the pet and given them an instant feeling of coolness. The ice will stay in the collar and will provide comfort for 30-50 minutes. This is a great way to cool the pet down when it gets hot out. This special ice pack is designed to go right into the collar providing instant relief from the heat.

red with white puppy for a walk

8. Kong Aqua

The Kong Aqua toy was designed for water play. The Kong still comes in the same shape that dogs love. This toy will float in the water. A person can throw the Kong in the lake, pool, or other body of water and it will float so the dog can get it. This is a great way to help cool the dog down and have some fun. The Kong toy will still be strong enough to stand up to even tougher chewers.

jack russell terrier dog swimming in aqua blue pool.

These are some ways that a person can help their dog stay cool in the summer. People love to play with their dogs outside. They need to take measures to keep the dog from overheating so everyone can enjoy the summer fun.

About the Author:

Mackenzie Grove is a blogger and writer from Canada. She is a pet lover, owner over the last 10 years and worked on a growing pet business for almost 3 years. Now she is writing for Dogclippersly. Check out her latest article about dog dental care.