Category: Dog Care

National Walk Your Dog Week: Tips & 15% Off Dog Walking Gear

POSTED BY Annie M IN

adopt & shop dog trainer with volunteers

National Walk Your Dog Week kicks off TODAY and we have a special video to share from our Adopt & Shop trainer extraordinaire Chelsea!  A daily walk or two is one of the most important things you can do for your dog.  Why?

  • A tired dog is less likely to indulge in destructive (but normal) behaviors like chewing, digging and barking.
  • Wanderlust is in your dog’s DNA and the desire to move, sniff, explore and mark is all part of natural pack behavior.
  • Walking reinforces a dog’s sense of well-being, which helps fulfill their emotional needs and keeps them happy.

Service Dog of the Day: Stormy

POSTED BY Estelle W. IN

service dog stormy

Meet Stormy.  This 4 year old black lab was a bomb dog with the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines stationed in Afghanistan.  Highly trained to sniff out improvised explosive devices, during one foot patrol in the mountains of Helmand Province, Stormy located five roadside bombs, saving both soldiers and civilians from injury and death.
Josh Miller, who served in Stormy’s unit, said this about Stormy:  “He was a great dog, not only because he could find IEDs, but also because of his personality and his companionship.  You’d go out on patrol and get shot at for three hours, then you’d come…

Service Dog of the Day: Wink

POSTED BY Annie M IN

Photo courtesy of Tonya Murray

I think this story is a perfect example that when it comes to dogs; if you can dream it, they can do it.
Wink is a 2-year-old black Lab/Golden Retriever mix who is classically trained as a service animal with extra training to help her in criminal investigations, specifically involving children. She is currently based at the Uintah and Daggett County Children’s Justice Center where administrators use her to help children feel comfortable when discussing difficult, crime-related topics.
Out of 20 Children’s Justice Center (CJC) locations in Utah, the Uintah and Daggett County facility are the only two utilizing these…

Service Dog of the Day: Shelby

POSTED BY Annie M IN

Photo Courtesy of chiarian.blogspot.com

In March 2008, an Arizona blogger, who goes by the name “Zipperhead,” visited her local animal shelter and laid eyes on an underweight, skittish and obviously abused Rhodesian Ridgeback mix.  The connection was instant and her family adopted the little brown dog, naming her Shelby.
At the time, Zipperhead had been struggling with a brain condition called Chiari Malformation (CM). CM’s are structural defects in the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance. Her condition was further complicated with an associated neurological disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.  EDS is a group of inherited disorders that affects connective tissues —…

96 Fake Service Dogs: Harming the Reputation of Real Service Dogs

POSTED BY Estelle W. IN

working dog

August 3-9 is National Assistance Dog Week – a week set aside to honor the over 20,000 dogs nationwide who help their humans overcome disabilities by working as Guide, Hearing and Service Dogs.  These dogs are specially trained, sometimes from birth, to help people navigate specific issues such as blindness, deafness, paralysis, epilepsy, and PTSD, to name a few.  The people who rely on these dogs on a daily basis often say that without them, they would not be able to function.  But for the past several years a disturbing trend has taken root that threatens these dogs and their…

Adopt & Shop: New Dog Daycare in Culver City CA

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Adopt & Shop: New Dog Daycare in Culver City CA

In addition to dog grooming, obedience training, dog and cat adoptions, pet supplies and pet microchipping, Adopt & Shop Culver City also offers a full-service Dog Daycare.
Adopt & Shop Playtime is a great way to provide your dog with exercise, mental stimulation and socialization, all while you’re hard at work bringing home the bacon! Sending your dog to daycare is a great way to ease separation anxiety and give yourself a well-deserved break. Instead of coming home to an amped-up dog,  in desperate need of a long walk, you can bring home a calm dog, all ready to cuddle…

Six Tips for a Safe 4th of July

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4thofjulytips

The Fourth of July is a time for fun with family, friends, food, and fireworks! Whether you’re out and about or staying in to celebrate America’s Independence, remember that the 4th tends to be more like a Halloween fright fest for our furry friends. In addition to just being frightened, many shelters report up to a 30% increase in lost pet intake during the holiday due to scared animals running away to escape fireworks.
Here are six tips to keep in mind this holiday weekend to keep your pets safe:

1. Make sure your pet has a quiet, safe place…

118 Saying Goodbye to Your Dog: How to Know When It’s Time

POSTED BY Estelle W. IN

footparints and pawprints in the sand

For every person who loves and shares their life with a dog, the dreaded and inevitable day will come.  The day when you question whether or not to intervene in how and when your dog’s life will end. The first time for me was two and a half years ago, when I had to make the decision for my dog, Rex. One day, he was his normal, happy self – a little stiff in the backend as 11 year old German Shepherds can be, but otherwise healthy.  The next day, he was lethargic, not interested in food or water, and…

More than Best Friends: Dogs and Our Mental Health

POSTED BY Estelle W. IN

little girl with comfort dogs

 
Tell me how you’re feeling.
Ok, look at this.
 
Now, how are you feeling?
If you just smiled and let out a bit of tension with thoughts of, “awwwwww,” congratulations, you are human.
For thousands of years, humans have cultivated relationships with dogs.  Though controversial, some scientists even theorize that humans domesticated dogs long before they began settling into groups and cultivating agriculture. No matter when it began, the strong bond that developed between human and canine continues to evolve.  The more we get to know our four-legged companions, the more we love them.  One very good reason…

3 Killing Fleas Inside Your Home Using Traps

POSTED BY Annie M IN

Photo By Sarodeo / Flickr

We’ve written many a blog about dealing with fleas! And while the best course is to prevent fleas before they get a chance to infest your pet and home, that isn’t always an option. We know a lot of you care for stray cat colonies as well as take in lost dogs that you find out in the world, in danger and covered in fleas.
All sorts of situations can lead to a flea infestation in your home, yard and on your pet.  Getting rid of them can be difficult and expensive but they pose health risks to people and…