Saturday, September 21, 2013

Dog Care In Cold Weather

group of small dogs in winterFall is here and Winter is just around the corner. Just as hot weather can be a concern with your dog during summer, the chilly winter weather is also something we must keep in mind for the protection of your dog.

Many people understand that when the weather is hot during the summer we need to keep in mind how the heat effects our dogs. Such as, the extreme heat that is generated in a parked car - the same is true when it is cold outside. Typically, it is colder inside the parked car then outside as well. We never, even in mild temperatures, want to leave a pet unattended in a vehicle for extended periods of time.

Also, be mindful of the cold when taking them for a walk outside. Many dogs have short hair, or even breeds such as the Maltese don't have an undercoat and may become hypothermic during extreme low temperatures. One may even consider purchasing dog coats, dog hoodies, or a dog sweater which can be found at Whirly Dog Supplies to aid in keeping your dog warm and dry.

Please be understanding to your dog this winter, consider dog clothing and pet apparel, and limit or supervise your pet during colder times of year. Lastly, never leave a pet unattended in a parked vehicle, it is a health and safety issue.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Tips for Traveling on the Road with an Older Dog

Road trips are a great way to spend some quality time with your pets. No matter what the destination may be, packing up your pooch and hitting the road is ripe with not only adventure, but also opportunities to bond.

For those with older dogs, you may be hesitant to brave the open road with your furry friend, but by taking a few extra precautions, you can ensure that you both have an awesome time.

Unlike puppies, older dogs are a little bit more settled, making them more easygoing and easier to deal with. However, like any pet, there are challenges to overcome, but for those eager to travel, bringing your dog along is definitely worth the effort.

Containment


Keeping your dog contained can be difficult, even when you’re not on vacation. Although your pup has surely been around the block a few times, an escape can prove fatal if you aren’t attentive. Whether in the car, at the hotel or elsewhere, making sure your dog is properly contained is a crucial part of any road trip.

  • If you’re taking a weekend camping trip, or plan on spending some time in the great outdoors, a wireless dog fence is a convenient and portable way to keep your dog from scampering off too far and getting into trouble.

  • Crating your dog while on the road is highly recommended, since it lessens the potential for injury in case of an accident or abrupt stop. It’s also far less distracting if your dog is crated as opposed to roaming around the car.

  • However, if your dog is crated, make sure to make frequent stops for him to stretch his legs and avoid stiffening up while on the road.


Comfort


Comfort on a road trip can be hard to come by for anyone. Cramped conditions in the car or hotel rooms that leave something to be desired, as well as crowded tourist attractions all await those eager to brave the open road. But, whether you’re furry or not, being comfortable on a road trip is possible, so long as you plan ahead.

  • Bring as many familiar toys and blankets as you can so that your dog feels more at home. It may take up a lot of storage space, but it will be worth packing the extra bags.

  • Don’t feed your dog too much right before you hit the road. This can cause him to get sick during the drive, and in the end, is just another mess for you to clean up.

  • Avoid exposing your dog to too much sunlight. Utilize shade whenever possible and always keep water handy in case he starts feeling dehydrated.


Breaks


Breaks for your dog are just as important, if not more so, than they are for you. Depending on the quality of his bones and joints, a lengthy walk around the hotel, down the beach or around the boardwalk can prove quite painful for an older dog. If you plan on spending a lot of your trip on foot, make sure that you take frequent breaks, at least for your dog’s sake.

  • Road trips are stressful for everyone. If you and your dog start showing signs of fatigue, don’t be afraid to take a little break to relax your nerves and temper.

  • While out and about, distractions are aplenty. This can be overwhelming for both you and your dog, so, if you two are feeling overstimulated, find a spot off the main drag and grab some solitude.

  • Do not, under any circumstances, push your dog any harder than necessary. It can be harmful to his health and can turn even the most joyous of road trips into an unmitigated disaster.


Road trips with your dog are surely worth celebrating. They give you a chance to soak up new places, new faces and even new smells. Although not always the most pleasant of experiences, traveling is almost always worth a headache or two. But, with some extra planning up front, you can do away with a lot of stress and enjoy some quality time with your dog.

 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Thunder and Lightning and Dogs

whirly, the model for Whirly Dog Supplies, makers of quality stylish and unique dog clothes and pet apparelWe live in Portland Oregon, USA. We are coming to the end of summer and during the months of September and October cold air starts moving into the Pacific Northwest causing electrical storms.

Last night, just after midnight, we experience about an hour of a strong storm. Our dog Whirly, the inspiration and model for Whirly Dog Supplies, was barking and growling as the flashes of lightning lit up the bedroom. Whirly never barks or growls, we have (at the most) heard him bark a half of dozen times.

I got up to make sure Whirly was doing okay and comfort him. He wasn't scared or shaking, but he was on guard! He was sitting ridged and strong in the doorway to the bedroom with a very low rumble/growl rumbling from his throat. It seemed the flashes of lightning and booms of thunder put him on guard and he was protecting me. I was a bit surprised as he is such a mellow and docile small breed dog: well, not last night, he was a fierce protector.

How does your dog act during an electrical storm? We would love to hear your stories, feel free to leave a comment below.