May 26, 2010
There’s no denying the fact that air travel is a scary experience for some people. Remember your first flight? Did you grasp your parent’s or your partner’s hand tightly? Did you breathe faster? Did your forehead sweat, and did you fidget nervously in your seat?
Chances are that you experienced these first flight jitters (and maybe some second or third flight jitters too). Imagine, then, what your dog is feeling before his or her first flight. He or she will most likely be anxious, confused and vocal. It is your job to make sure that your dog is capable of and prepared for air travel.
DogWatch Hidden Fences wants to help. This summer, Dog Tails will offer a series of posts with pet travel tips and information. For our first installment, we’ll start big with airplane travel. We’ve broken down the preparation process into three steps: 1) Know your options, 2) Schedule a Vet Appointment and 3) Pack Wisely.
March 25, 2010
There are many good reasons to get a dog and some are the extra perks which come with the territory—so to speak. If you’re here on Dog Tails we’d probably be preaching to the choir if we started listing them in this space. We’ll cut to the chase. Walking.
“Healthy and active living is an attitude and a lifestyle approach, and one that will improve your quality of life forever. If you make it a priority and you truly value it, you will make it happen,” says Gabriela Tymowski, professor of kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick. Stick-to-it-ness around exercise usually involves making a plan. A commitment. Even better is to try not going it alone. Find a partner. Tymowski suggests a dog for a walking partner. As he says, “You won’t find a better exercising partner who would always rather do more than less.”
Glenna Hanley, adds “You won’t be able to get Fido a membership at your local fitness club, but he will be more than willing to go for a walk or a run – and in any kind of weather, too.”
Walking with your dog is a win-win situation all around. Dogs do better physically and mentally with a daily, consistent routine for walking. Hmm, how about you? Do you feel better from the walks with your friend?