Top 5 Training Tips for Your Dog

by Publisher on August 25, 2015 · 0 comments

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You’ll be amazed how much easier life can get for you and your dog once you’ve taught them a few simple commands. Here are 5 simple training tips to get you started:swiss-shepherd-dog-354526_640

  1. Listen to your dog: If he acts tired and  looks uncomfortable understand that he may need some time or he may need to rest and give the training another try the next day.
  2. Use Treats: Treats are rewards and what pooch wouldn’t want a special treat! Your dog will do whatever it takes to get that yummy treat!
  3. Tell him and show him what you want him to do: Use specific training words so he gets used to hearing them and understanding them. Show them with your hands and body.
  4. Be consistent: Consistency is the key to success!
  5. Play: Playing with your dog always encourages your dog to interact with you and want to please you.





A Cool Treat

by Publisher on August 12, 2015 · 0 comments

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It’s hot outside and we are in the middle of the “dog days of summer.”

Here is a fun treat for your furry friend that will keep him busy and hydrated on these hot summer days!

Frozen water and/or chicken broth treats, are a great way to keep your pet busy and cooled off.

Just place a bowl in the freezer with water and/or chicken broth with toys, carrots, treats, etc. Remove from freezer and let your dog enjoy this treat outside. This will help  keep dogs from getting bored and overheated in the backyard.


Floppy Joe

by Publisher on August 10, 2015 · 0 comments

in Rescue Monday

King Street Cats says Floppy Joe is such a clown! He’s just peeking out from behind the cat tree to see what’s up. floppy joe

He was living with a feral colony and the generous people who were feeding him realized that he really wanted to be in a forever home. Are you looking for a wonderful sweet boy who just loves people, gets along with other cats, and promises to be the best boy ever? Floppy is your guy!  Read more about him  HERE


NYC Lights Up with Endangered Species

by Publisher on August 3, 2015 · 0 comments

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Were you able to see the NYC  empire state building last night? What an awesome sight it was. Endangered species were illuminated on the the building, over 160 species were displayed over a 3 hour time frame. The exhibition was sparked by the killing of Cecil the Lion. “The three-hour exhibition was championed by “The Cove” filmmaker Louie Psihoyos, and featured music from his upcoming movie, Racing Extinction.”  Enjoy this display from NBC  if you didn’t see it.



National Dog Day

by Publisher on July 28, 2015 · 0 comments

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National Dog Day is August 26. This day is intended to honor dogs for all that they do for us. Here are some ways to celebrate with your furry friend!

20 Ways To Celebrate!

1. Adopt a dog from your local shelter or pure breed rescue organization. Volunteer at your local shelter and offer to walk a dalmatian-752509_640dog or play with a dog, clean cages or anything else they need help with.

2. Have a safety check of your home to make sure it’s safe for your dog and others.

3. Donate blankets, food and toys to animal welfare organizations.

4. Organize a peaceful demonstration in front of your community pet store that sells puppies.

5. Write your Congressman and ask that he/she support the ban of Puppy Mills and Gas Chambers in your state.

6. Order an adorable dog shaped flower arrangement from and enjoy a 10% discount by using code GOODLIVING when placing your order!

7. Have a National Dog Day party and invite all your friends and their dogs!

8. Spend the day taking photos of your dog and then enter our photo contest!

9. Buy an official National Dog Day Tee here and sport it proudly!

10. Assist an ill or elderly neighbor by walking their dog.

11. Have a portrait painted of your dog to suspend the fleeting magic of dogdom.

12. Buy your dog a fun new dog toy….or two…or five.

13. Give your dog some fun exercise by taking him or her to a doggy play resort.

15. Brush your dog to eliminate excess fur.

16. Give your dog a massage or holistic spa treatment.

17. Teach your dog a new trick.

18. Buy your dog a fashionable collar and leash.

19. Hire a professional pet photographer for a fun photo shoot.

20. Take your dog to the beach.




Mutt Love Rescue Needs Your Help!

by Publisher on July 27, 2015 · 0 comments

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TJ, a Lab/Shepherd mix, weighs 40 lbs and we were told he is 13 yrs young…did someone say golden yrs? No way….this handsome boy is full of spunk, is agile, and the only thing “golden” about him is his coloring! TJ was given up after 13 yrs and taken to a shelter. Not fair to this wonderful boy. TJ has all the qualities of a much younger dog, and then some! He walks with a loose leash, gets along with other dogs and all people. He needs someone to love him forever just as he deserves. Check him out in this video playing.


Dog Days of Summer

by Publisher on July 24, 2015 · 0 comments

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The “Dog Days of Summer” may not always be your dog’s best friend.  Veterinarians warn pet owners to be careful in extreme heat.  ASPCA Vice President of Veterinary Outreach, Dr. Lila Miller says:  “Even the healthiest pets can suffer from dehydration, heat stroke and sunburn if overexposed to the heat and heat stroke can be fatal if not treated promptly.”

Dog Days of SummerSome things your pet needs you to remember:

1.     Never leave pets in cars

2.     Make sure your pet has shade and fresh water to drink

3.     Walking your dog on hot surfaces for too long, such as asphalt, can cause the pet to overheat and even burn paws

4.     Know the warning symptoms if your pet is overheated

To learn more about pet safety in hot weather, contact your veterinarian or visit the ASPCA web site at:


Supplements for Your Pet

by Publisher on July 21, 2015 · 0 comments

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There are certain situations in a pets life that may warrant additional supplements. The three supplements that are the most common are:papillon-274183_640

If  Your Pet Has A Lackluster Coat

Try: Omega-3 Fatty Acids

If Your Pet Has Joint Pain

Try: Glucosamine

If Your Pet Has A Urinary Tract Infection

Try: Cranberry Extract

The above are just some recommendations. Please click here to read more about the pros and cons of supplements.

Source: NOVADog Magazine


Heat Stroke in Dogs

by Publisher on July 16, 2015 · 0 comments

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Heat Stroke in Dogs

Summertime in Northern Virginia is when everyone enjoys playing, relaxing, and entertainingoutside, especially with our pets. However, there are Heat Stroke in Dogscertain safety issues that must be considered when our pets are outside and the temperature reaches for the triple digits. Heatstroke can occur during the hot summer months, so it is very important to keep your dog cool. If you have a dog walker, be sure she has an emergency plan and is certified in first aid.  Also, ask your dog walker to walk your pet where there is plenty of shade and grass; it only takes a couple of minutes for a dog to overheat.

Your dog’s normal body temperature ranges between 100 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit and when his body temperature elevates above 106 F, his normal cooling mechanisms become overwhelmed, which can result in a serious condition that may require medical attention. Furthermore, high temperatures can lead to dehydration and blood thickening, which puts strain on the heart. Certain breeds of dogs are more prone to heat related problems than others. Large breeds like the Chow Chow are very susceptible to overheating. Malamutes, Huskies, American Eskimos, and Newfoundlands, all dogs that prefer colder climates, often have little tolerance for heat and humidity and should not be kept in very hot climates. Bulldogs, Pugs, Shar-Peis, and Boston Terriers or any breeds with shorter muzzles have difficulty coping with heat because of their short and narrow respiratory systems.

Symptoms of a canine heat stroke include:

  • Bright red tongue
    • Diarrhea
    • Rapid and frantic panting
    • Staggering
    • Thick saliva
    • Vomiting
    • Wide eyes
  • Coma

Here are some tips for you and your dog walker to help prevent your dog from getting a heat stroke:

  • Keep the dog in a shaded, cool, and well-ventilated area during the hot hours of the day. Dogs can also get sunburn, so be sure to use sunscreen that is approved for dogs and pets.
  • Provide plenty of fresh, cold drinking water throughout the day.
  • Limit the amount of exercise—exercise your dog early in the morning before it gets too hot. Hot pavement can burn the pads on a dog’s feet.
  • A haircut in the summer can help dog breeds with long or double coats to relieve heat stress.
  • Do not leave your dog in a parked car unattended, even if it’s only for a few minutes! The temperature inside the car can rise very quickly (reaching 120 F in as little as 10 minutes), especially if the car is in the sun and there is high humidity. In Northern Virginia, where we have very humid days, it can be very dangerous for a pet to be left in a hot car!
  • Set-up a small wading pool in the shade where your dog can refresh and cool down.
  • If you are going for a walk with your dog or to the park, bring a bottle of cold water with you—they will need it, especially if they run a lot. There are a number of popular dog parks in Northern Virginia!
  • If you are at the beach, be sure to let your dog go for a swim every hour or so to keep him cool.

Keep your pet safe this summer. If you act quickly, you can prevent heat stroke!

Becky O’Neil is a pet expert and owner of Becky’s Pet Care a professional dog walker and pet sitter service provider in the Northern Virginia area.