Category: Expert Advice

Rainy Day Dog Walking Survival Guide

POSTED BY Estelle W. IN

Rainy day dog walking survival guide

The much-anticipated El Niño weather pattern has officially arrived in Southern California, and though the rain is certainly welcome in our drought-parched region, it has some unpleasant side effects. Traffic chaos for starters. But hoomans aren’t the only ones who are out of sorts when the weather is wet. SoCal dogs are in revolt over having to go outside to do their “business” in the rain! So to spare both you and your dog some soppy discomfort, here is our Rainy Day Dog Walking Survival Guide with our best tips and tricks for rainy day dog walking.
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Furbaby, It’s Cold Outside: Winter Tips to Keep Pets Safe

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Winter tips to keep pets safe

Winter can be a dangerous time for pets. From plunging temperatures to toxic chemicals, there are extra perils to beware. Let’s face it – when Jack Frost starts nipping at your nose, you can give him a swift kick in the sleigh bells by cranking the heat. Pets don’t have it so easy, so here are a few winter tips to keep pets safe all season long.
1.       If it’s too nasty for you to be outside; it’s too nasty for your pet.  Domestic pets don’t have inherent mechanisms to protect them from the elements any more than we do.  …

Skip the Mall: 5 Meaningful Ways to Spend Black Friday

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5 Meaningful Ways to Spend Black Friday

Ah, Thanksgiving. A time to gather round your family, enjoy good friends, and give thanks for all the blessings in your life. That’s Thursday, anyway.  The next day, less than 12 hours after existing in a tryptophan-induced, zen-like, meditative state of gratefulness, @#$% gets real again. Black Friday, y’all. Time to charge department store entrances like tributes hitting the cornucopia in The Hunger Games. Wait, what? What happened to all that gratefulness and generosity of spirit? Where’s the thanks? This year, skip the mall and do something meaningful on Black Friday instead. Here are 5 ideas to get you started.…

Do You Suspect Your Pet Has Diabetes? 7 Warning Signs

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pet diabetes

 
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, one in every 200 cats, and one in every 400-500 dogs in the US are affected by diabetes. Similarly to diabetes in humans, pet diabetes can be managed with medication, diet and exercise. These 7 warning signs are commonly seen symptoms of diabetes. If you suspect your pet has diabetes, you should consult your veterinarian as soon as possible.
1. Increased Thirst
If your dog or cat suddenly cannot seem to drink enough water to quench its thirst, this may be an early warning sign of diabetes.
2. Increased Urination
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5 Myths About Senior Pets – Destroyed

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senior pet

Babies drool; seniors rule. Senior pets, that is. Personally, I love me some frosted snouts. There is just something heartwarming about seeing an older dog or cat with years of wisdom written into the sprinkling of white on snout or coat.
Why do senior pets rule over their younger counterparts? First let’s define what a senior actually is. For cats, senior status is reached between 8-10 years of age; for small dogs around 7, and for large dogs; 5. So we’re not talking ancient, just mature. And maturity is the thing. They have dignity. Decorum. They know who they are…

Socialize Your Dog at Adopt & Shop’s Pack Play

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Socialize Your Dog at Adopt & Shop’s Pack Play

Written by Chelsea B., Dog Trainer at Adopt & Shop
We all want our dogs to be able to socialize in a fun, positive way. Dog parks can vary greatly on the socialization a dog gets based on the time of day, the pet parents’ attentiveness, the dogs within the park, and even the weather. That’s why Adopt & Shop developed “Pack Play.” Pack Play is a great way to socialize your dog in a positive way while learning about your dog’s body language, play styles and how to encourage positive interactions. Pack play is supervised by a trainer and…

5 Preventing Dog Bites: What You (and Your Kids) Need to Know

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kids with dog

Every year about 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs. Among these, most are children. As a parent, you can reduce this risk by teaching your children smart behavior around dogs. Laying the groundwork early will go a long way towards preventing dog bites and keeping your family (and your dog) safe. Here are some basics.

  • Never leave a young child unsupervised with a dog. This goes for any dog, including your family dog. Until you are 100% certain that your child is old enough to understand dog behavior and demonstrate good judgment, you should oversee all contact.
  • Never interact …
  • Disaster Preparedness for Your Pet: 15 Essentials

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    Disaster preparedness for your pet

    When it comes to a national disaster, do you have a plan? Earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, wildfires and floods happen around the world every day and affect thousands of people and their pets. Today on National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, we encourage you to spend time putting together a plan for yourself and your pet.  To help you assemble a comprehensive disaster kit for your pet, here are our 15 essentials.
    1. Proper ID.  The most important thing you can do for your pet before a disaster occurs is to make sure they have proper ID.  This means having a physical…

    Overexcitement in Dogs: Training Seminar Recap

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    Overexcitement in Dogs: Training Seminar Recap

    Adopt & Shop Culver City held a free seminar last week on the subject of overexcitement in dogs.  Here is what we learned from Chelsea, our Trainer:
    Find an outlet for your dog’s energy
    If you have an over-excited dog, the most important thing to do is find the best outlet for their energy.  This could be running together, trick training, structured walks – – anything your dog really enjoys.  By finding their outlet, you will drain their energy in a positive way, which leads to less excitement elsewhere.  Next, begin breaking down what gets your dog excited.
    Break down…

    2 How Regular Grooming Keeps Your Pet Healthy

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    Cocker Spaniel dog getting bathed/Adopt & Shop/Found Animals

    When was the last time you bathed?  Brushed your teeth?  (Speaking for the rest of humanity, I hope it was within the last twelve hours.)  What about your pet?  If you can’t remember the last time your dog got a bath or cat got a brushing, then your pet is overdue.  Whether you do it yourself or take your pet to a professional, here’s how regular grooming keeps your pet healthy, from top to tail.
    Benefits of Grooming
    Skin/Coat
     A fresh-smelling pet is nice, but it’s not the only reason to bathe and brush regularly.  Pets can pick up all…