Hounds On Holidayhttp://houndsonholiday.ca/Our_Blog.php 40 Ways To Make Your Dog Happy And Love You Even More! http://houndsonholiday.ca/Our_Blog.php?date=1333853245 http://houndsonholiday.ca/Our_Blog.php?date=1333853245<p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" title="Have you ever watched your dog sleep? His paws twitch, his tail wags and he lets out little barks. Perhaps he's dreaming of a romp through a meadow or a game of fetch with his best friend. Ever wish you could make him this happy while he was awake? You can. Here are 40 ways to brighten his day,and maybe his whole life. 1. Groom often. Regular brushing doesn't just make your pooch look pretty,it also helps prevent skin disease and can strengthen the bond between you. 2. Feed him like a king. A high-quality food is vital to your dog's health and well being. 3. Banish fleas! These pesky critters can make your dog miserable, plus they can cause allergies and transmit tapeworms. Ask your veterinarian for treatment recommendations. 4. Play each day. Dogs don't understand when you say, " src="/login/img/1333853141.jpg" alt="Phoenix On Holiday WIth Hounds On Holiday" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Have you ever watched your dog sleep? His paws twitch, his tail wags and he lets out little barks. Perhaps he's dreaming of a romp through a meadow or a game of fetch with his best friend. Ever wish you could make him this happy while he was awake? You can. Here are 40 ways to brighten his day,and maybe his whole life.<br /><br />1. Groom often. Regular brushing doesn't just make your pooch look pretty,it also helps prevent skin disease and can strengthen the bond between you.<br /><br />2. Feed him like a king. A high-quality food is vital to your dog's health and well being.<br /><br />3. Banish fleas! These pesky critters can make your dog miserable, plus they can cause allergies and transmit tapeworms. Ask your veterinarian for treatment recommendations.<br /><br />4. Play each day. Dogs don't understand when you say, "I had a rough day at work and I just want to lie on the couch." Take the time to play,you might be surprised how much better you'll both feel.<br /><br />5. Help him age gracefully. Just like you wouldn't feed puppy food to a cat, don't let your puppy eat adult food or your senior dog eat puppy food.<br /><br />6. Keep his water fresh. Would you like to drink water that's been sitting in a bowl for days? Neither does he! Plenty of fresh water is vital to your dog's good health, so keep his water dish full and change it daily.<br /><br />7. Treat him to an Biscuit. Nothing shows your love like giving your dog his favorite treat.&nbsp;<br /><br />8. Take a trip. Whether it's a ride out to the country or a quick jaunt to the park down the road, your dog will love the change of scenery.<br /><br />9. Don't play doctor. Unless you're a veterinarian, don't try to treat your dog's ailments yourself. Medication meant for humans can have adverse effects on dogs. Your veterinarian can provide appropriate remedies and advise you on keeping a canine first-aid kit handy. It may save your dog's life.<br /><br />10. Puppy-proof your home. Take a pup's eye view and look for possible dangers your house poses to your pooch. Do you see a dangling electrical cord? An inviting, open cupboard full of cleaning supplies? Sharp tools in plain view? Put away anything that could injure a curious canine.<br /><br />11. Update your phone list. When you post important numbers beside your phone, be sure to include your veterinarian's number, along with the after-hours number in case of an emergency.<br /><br />12. Walk, walk, walk. The two of you will bond during this time. Plus, walking is good exercise for both of you.<br /><br />13. Spay or neuter. Altered animals lead longer, healthier lives. And it's good to know that you're doing your part to prevent pet overpopulation.<br /><br />14. Keep him slim. A slim, trim dog is a happy dog, so say no to table scraps and yes to exercise. If he needs to shed a few extra pounds, try feeding IAMS? Weight Control Formula. It helps burn fat while maintaining muscle mass.<br /><br />15. Clip those claws. When his nails get too long, your dog could be in pain. Ask your veterinarian to teach you the tricks of trimming.<br /><br />16. Check those toys. Take a look at the toys your dog treasures. Are they safe and durable? Keep a special eye out for small parts that could be easily swallowed or sharp edges that could injure him.<br /><br />17. Let him sniff. Dogs love to sniff,it helps them discover new facts about their world. Take your dog to a park, an open field, or your favorite hiking trail and let him sniff all the new scents.<br /><br />18. Fetch! Head out to the yard to toss around a rubber ball or teach your dog to catch a Frisbee.<br /><br />19. Try to understand his language. Your dog can't tell you how he's feeling, so you need to learn to read his body language. Low-hanging tail? This can mean fear or anxiety. Wagging tail? Happiness, of course! If you keep your eyes peeled, pretty soon you'll be a pooch-language pro.<br /><br />20. Keep his ears clean to avoid ear problems due to common mites and infections. To clean his ears, fill his ear canal with ear cleaner, massage the base of the ear for 30 seconds, then wipe out the loose debris and excess fluid. Talk to him gently while you're doing this and give him a treat afterward.<br /><br />21. Open a can. After your dog tastes any of the formulas, he'll do a dance every time he hears the whir of the can opener.&nbsp;<br /><br />22. Make cuddle time. There's nothing quite like curling up with a good dog. Spend some special time holding and hugging your pooch. Let him know how cherished he is.<br /><br />23. Keep him safe. Millions of dogs get lost each year,make sure your dog isn't one of them. Determine the best identification option for your dog, whether it's a collar tag, a microchip or a tattoo.<br /><br />24. Give him new chews. Chewing reduces stress and helps decrease barking. Provide your dog safe chew toys to satisfy his instincts.&nbsp;<br /><br />25. Hit the water. Just about any breed of dog can learn to love water, and some dogs are naturals when paddling around.<br /><br />26. Play "Find the Treat." Tell your dog to sit and stay, Show him a treat, then put it behind a door or chair or under a towel. Tell him to "find the treat," and praise him when he does.<br /><br />27. Scrap the scraps. Eating too much people food can cause several problems in dogs, including obesity, intestinal problems, choking and hyperactivity.<br /><br />28. Snap his picture. Many dogs love to ham it up for the camera. The bonus? You'll have tons of adorable photos to show everyone you know.<br /><br />29. Chat. Dogs seem to think they're human, so why not treat them like they are? Sit down with your dog for a heart-to-heart. He'll cock his head and listen intently.<br /><br />30. Beat the heat. During the hot summer months, only exercise your dog in the cooler hours,generally morning and evening. If he's outside during the day, provide a shady area or maybe even a wading pool.<br /><br />31. Don't dodge doctors. Even if your dog's not a fan of going to the veterinarian, remember that regular checkups are vital to his health.<br /><br />32. Brush. Taking good care of your dog's teeth can prevent gum disease, tooth loss and bad breath. And the real benefit? Daily dental care can lengthen his life.<br /><br />33. Bath time. Your dog needs baths, even if he doesn't think so. Make the process as enjoyable as possible by being gentle. Remember to use a dog shampoo formulated to meet dogs' special skin needs.<br /><br />34. Skip the sweets. You know that old warning about chocolate being poisonous to dogs? It's true. Keep your dog safe by keeping him away from candy.<br /><br />35. Teach him a new trick. Give your dog a lesson on how to roll over or play dead. He'll be proud to show off his tricky techniques to anyone willing to watch.<br /><br />36. Be gentle. Don't ever hit, threaten, frighten or force-train your dog. Though he may make a few mistakes (who doesn't?), he is relying on your love to teach him the differences of right and wrong.<br /><br />37. Bring the blankie. Whether you're taking your dog along on a trip or leaving him with a friend or at a kennel, be sure to bring his favorite blanket. The familiar scent and feel of it will comfort him as he cuddles up and dreams of home.<br /><br />38. Register with the AKC. Dogs of all types like to strut their stuff. If your dog is a purebred, register with the American Kennel Club (AKC) so he can participate in competitions and shows. If you don't have papers, but your dog is recognizably a purebred, you can submit color photos to the AKC for committee approval. If approved, he will receive an indefinite listing privilege to compete in non-conformation events, such as obedience, agility and field tracking.<br /><br />39. Do a dance. Play a lively song on the stereo and dance with your dog.<br /><br />40. Be best friends. Treat your dog right and you'll be showered with loyalty, love and friendship,not to mention all those happy, sloppy, one-of-a-kind dog kisses that make your day.<br /><br />Like&nbsp;<a style="color: #1b8be0; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.facebook.com/Dogbookapp" target="_blank">Dogbook</a>&nbsp;for your daily dose of tail wagging pics and interesting stories of dogs.&nbsp;<br />Originally from:&nbsp;<a style="color: #1b8be0; text-decoration: none;" href="http://www.iams.com/pet-health/dog-article/40-ways-to-make-your-dog-happy/" target="_blank">www.iams.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Hounds On Holiday Pet Parking - Not Cool! http://houndsonholiday.ca/Our_Blog.php?date=1284090129 http://houndsonholiday.ca/Our_Blog.php?date=1284090129<p>&nbsp;</p> <div id="content_all_tip"> <div id="tips"> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">Even if the weather is cool, it&rsquo;s still not safe to leave your pet in the car.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">As long as the sun is shining, a car acts like a greenhouse, with the temperature rising to dangerous levels within a half hour. Cracking a window or running the air conditioning before parking only delays the rise in temperature for a matter of minutes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">Never leave your dog unattended in the car for more than a few minutes, and always carry water for your dog to drink.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: black 2px solid;" title="Hot dog in car" src="/login/img/1284089967.jpg" alt="Hot dog in car" width="370" height="257" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> Hounds On Holiday How Young Is Your Dog? http://houndsonholiday.ca/Our_Blog.php?date=1284088260 http://houndsonholiday.ca/Our_Blog.php?date=1284088260<p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Check out this article from DogAge.com and give your dog the best treat of all: a younger, healthier life. <a href="http://cls.dogage.com/reg/regassess.aspx">Take the one-of-a-kind DogAge Test</a>, and get free life-extending advice for your furry best friend:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>No more multiplying by 7 to learn your dog's age in people years. The DogAge Test measures your dog's biological age based on health, breed, risk of disease, and behavior. Visit DogAge.com and take the test:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.dogage.com/">http://www.dogage.com/</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="/login/img/1284088242.jpg" alt="" /></p> Hounds On Holiday Pets For Life http://houndsonholiday.ca/Our_Blog.php?date=1270754068 http://houndsonholiday.ca/Our_Blog.php?date=1270754068<p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: small;">Walking a dog has potentially greater health benefits as a buffer against stress in senior citizens than walking without a dog.</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></strong><strong><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;<img style="margin-left: 50px; margin-right: 50px; border: black 2px solid;" title="seniors walking dog in park" src="/login/img/1270842485.jpg" alt="seniors walking dog in park" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">As Australia&rsquo;s over-65 population increases, there is growing interest in supporting older people to continue as active and healthy members of society. According to the latest research, pet ownership is an important part of doing just that. Walking a dog has potentially greater health benefits as a buffer against stress in senior citizens than walking without a dog according to a report published in the Medical Journal of Australia in January 2006. These latest benefits of dog ownership among older people are not surprising according to Associate Professor Eleonora Gullone, from Psychologists for the Promotion of Animal Welfare.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">&ldquo;Owning a pet has clearly been shown to have health and well-being benefits for the general population and for older people it is shown to have specific positive benefits." Studies of the elderly have shown that older pet owners visit the doctor less often and take less medication than non-pet owners.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">In fact, a landmark study published in the Medical Journal of Australia in 1992 showed that pet owners had significantly lower risk factors for cardiovascular disease than did non-owners,&rdquo; says Dr Gullone. &ldquo;Pets can also help the elderly feel they are a part of the social fabric. Caring for a dog involves taking&nbsp;it for a walk.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: small;">This is thought to be the reason that older people who have contact with a pet are less likely to report feeling lonely and are less likely to visit their doctor.&rdquo; </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that more than 13 per cent of Australians were aged 65 years and over at 30 June 2005 and the median age of Australians is steadily increasing. Dr Gullone notes that some elderly people feel concerned about whether they will be able to continue to care for their pet as they get older. &ldquo;There are now innovative programs, such as the Pet Companion Program run by Knox Community Volunteers, which support older people and people with a disability in caring for their pets including co-ordinating vet visits, bathing, grooming and walking dogs.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">This can be of great benefit for someone who is concerned about their ability to manage a pet. Australia is a nation of pet lovers. It is estimated that 64% of the 7.5 million households in Australia have some type of pet and 52% of these households own either a dog or a cat.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">Over many years, Australian and <strong>international</strong> research has shown that owning pets can help improve a person&rsquo;s mental and physical health; reduce the effects of stress; help children learn about responsibility; facilitate social interaction between people, and build a sense of community.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">&ldquo;It also seems that some of the accommodation options that are specifically designed for older people are acknowledging the importance of companion animals either by having a resident pet or encouraging visiting pet programs. It is clear that our pets create significant medical, social, and psychological benefits and for many people, pet ownership is a relationship that they want to continue throughout their life,&rdquo; says Dr Gullone.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><a href="http://www.forpeaceofmind.com.au/vol9/special_features/pets_for_Life.cfm">http://www.forpeaceofmind.com.au/vol9/special_features/pets_for_Life.cfm</a></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> Hounds On Holiday http://houndsonholiday.ca/Our_Blog.php?date=1270413270 http://houndsonholiday.ca/Our_Blog.php?date=1270413270 Hounds On Holiday Benefits Of Dogs To The Elderly http://houndsonholiday.ca/Our_Blog.php?date=1270313958 http://houndsonholiday.ca/Our_Blog.php?date=1270313958<p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">Within the past 10 years, one of the main reasons animal therapy has become an extremely popular therapeutic option with consistently positive outcome is because animals provide a constant source of comfort and focus for attention. They have the natural ability to make people feel safe, accepted, loved and needed. Having an animal around, even occassionally, can help to eliviate lonliness and depression, and provide a welcome change from routine or distraction from pain and infirmity. People often talk to dogs and share with them their thoughts, feelings and memories. While petting encourages use of hands and arms, stretching and turning, stroking a dog can also reduce a person&rsquo;s blood pressure.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">A dog can make it easier for two strangers to talk, by providing a common interest or a focus for conversation. Many people in hospitals or group homes have had to give up pet ownership, and they miss the casual acceptance a pet gives them because a dog pays little attention to age or physical ability, but rather completely accepts people as they are. More and more research is showing that owning a dog can have a positive impact on the life of an elderly person, and can provide a variety of health benefits and a greater sense of well being. The following are just some of the advantages of dog ownership for seniors: <br /><br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Seniors with dogs are more physically active:</strong><br />Researchers have shown that elderly pet owners were more likely to be active than non-pet owners. A dog benefits from a daily walk and this may be just the impetus an elderly person needs to get out of bed in the morning and start moving. Seniors with dogs go for more walks and are generally more active than those without dogs, and they often find it easier to make new friends. <br /><br /><strong>Seniors with dogs feel less isolated and alone:</strong><br />A loving and affectionate dog can help an elderly person feel less isolated from the rest of the world, and provide a strong sense of security. Plus, caring for a dog can mean daily walks which puts an elderly person in contact with the rest of the world. People are less likely to be lonely with a canine friend around. <br /><br /><strong>Seniors with dogs have a stronger sense of purpose:</strong><br />When an elderly person doesn't have a family to care for, a dog can make them feel needed. The responsibilities of feeding and caring for a dog can give an elderly person a special sense of purpose. Dogs are great friends and can benefit everyone in different ways.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Seniors with dogs may experience health benefits:</strong><br />While a national study of heart patients showed that the presence of dogs lowers blood pressure, dog ownership at all age levels has been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Research shows that people who own dogs have a longer life span, have fewer sleep problems, make fewer trips to the doctor, complain of fewer medical symptoms and require much less medical care for stress-induced aches and pains than those without dogs.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Seniors with dogs have better mental health:</strong><br />Elderly people with dogs have a lower incidence of depression and, in general, have higher mental health scores than those without pets. Seniors take good care of their dogs and better care of themselves when they own dogs. Dogs can also help ease loss.<br /><br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Seniors with dogs live longer: </strong>In a study conducted at City Hospital in New York, elderly heart patients who owned pets were significantly more likely to be alive a year after they were discharged from the hospital that those who didn&rsquo;t own pets. A pet&rsquo;s presence was found to boost the survival rate more than having a spouse or friend.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">It would appear that dog ownership can have a healthy effect on both the physical and mental well being in an elderly person; even boosting self-esteem and social functions, but it's important that they select a dog that's compatible with their health status and living conditions. A smaller or older dog that has lower exercise requirements might be a more compatible choice of pet.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">If you miss the companionship around the house, the exercise and the sheer sociability of dog walking, or if you think your pets would welcome a bit of company, please consider joining our friendly network of host families!</span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: small;">Benefits to the Host or Host Family:</span></strong></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-size: small;">Enjoy therapeutic companionship without the permanent commitment or expense</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: small;">Receive a daily commission for your commitment and earn extra income from home</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: small;">Get exercise visiting parks and an opportunity to socialize with other pet owners</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: small;">Take advantage of our free, hassle free collection and drop-off service</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: small;">Benefit from our host-discount if you use our service for your own pets</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: small;">Enjoy our full-time staff support; 24 hours per day, 7 days per week</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: small;">Become part of a loving organization&rsquo;s kinder alternative to kennels</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: small;">Provide a much appreciated, worthwhile service to pets and their owners<span id="_marker">&nbsp;</span></span></li> </ul> Hounds On Holiday