Yearly Archives: 2017

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No More Tug-of-War Walks!

By | July 25th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

Teach your dog to stop leash-pulling and dragging, and to walk politely on a leash... ...with Whole Dog Journal's exclusive eBook Walking Your Dog. This must-have guide gives you clear, step-by-step instructions (with detailed photos) from Whole Dog Journal's expert trainers and behavior specialists. This easy-to-follow ebook will soon have you on your way to finally enjoying a nice, peaceful walk with your dog. Teaching your dog to walk politely at your side seems easy, right? Newsflash: it often proves to be one of - if not THE most - challenging behavior for dog owners to teach their dog. Sure, your dog may walk politely down his regular route, but does he try to bolt the instant he's in a new setting? He's not the only one! Even if your dog responds flawlessly to cues like "Sit!" and "Down"... is letter-perfect in targeting and "Leave it!" exercises... has the most reliable recall... there are certainly times when he has gleefully dragged you all over the place. No more! Walking Your Dog's easy-to-follow instructions show you the simple steps needed to make your walks a pleasure! Inside you'll find exercises and tips like: The proper way to walk with a loose leash, and how to make it fun [...]

Whole Dog Daily – Physical and Mental Stimulation

By | July 19th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

Excerpted from Decoding Your Dog by Debra F. Horwitz, DVM, DACVB and John Ciribassi, DVM, DACVB For dogs and humans alike, physical exercise is fundamental to good health. We all know the couch-potato lifestyle comes with a host of health problems. But in dogs, a lack of activity can also prompt nuisance behaviors. The majority of dogs were bred with a working purpose in mind - and that's not just the herding and hunting breeds. For example, the seemingly dainty Yorkshire Terrier was originally meant for rat hunting. Providing dogs with vigorous, daily exercise has profound effects on their behavior. Tired dogs chew less, bark less, sleep more, and are more likely to relax when home alone. A good daily workout and, if the dog is social, regular play sessions with other dogs are great ways to exercise a dog. So is time spent interacting with his owners, whether that's playing hide-and-seek in the yard or coming along to the office. If, like Anna's rowdy, a dog gets hours of exercise every day and still tears through the trash or disembowels the bedroom pillows, it's safe to assume he lacks mental stimulation. Much as people turn to crossword puzzles, books, chess games, [...]

Hoe Again – July 2017 Newsletter

By | July 13th, 2017|Categories: General|

JULY 2017 NEWSLETTER “HomeAgain Really Cares” When this pet parent’s dog, Achmed, disappeared chasing a rabbit, she called HomeAgain in tears: “[HomeAgain] stayed on the phone with me and calmed me down. I absolutely LOVE HomeAgain. Thank you so much guys!” Achmed is now safe at home, but sadly suffered an injury during his adventures. Recognize the Signs of Dehydration Dogs have limited ability to deal with the heat so regularly giving your pets water is crucial during the summer months. Learn how to recognize the signs of dehydration before things heat up too much. Doggie 911 Be prepared if an emergency strikes by following these helpful tips. Accidents can happen, that’s why as an extra benefit, HomeAgain members have free access to the ASPCA Emergency Medical Hotline available 24/7. Meet HomeAgain’s Team Member John and his buddy, Carter! The HomeAgain team is filled with proud pet parents just like you, united by a passion for helping lost pets get back home to their loving families. Meet HomeAgain team member John and his buddy, Carter! •  Carter was rescued in 2016 •  Carter loves to eat and always enjoys a good game of catch •  John is passionate about HomeAgain: “I [...]

Benefits of Hiring a PROFESSIONAL PET SITTER

By | July 3rd, 2017|Categories: Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

Benefits of Hiring a MID-DAY DOG WALKER

By | July 3rd, 2017|Categories: Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

PET SUMMER SAFETY GUIDE

By | June 30th, 2017|Categories: Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

Beat the heat and keep your pets safe this summer!

SUP CLE!

By | June 30th, 2017|Categories: Cleveland News, General, Pet Advice|

Summer is here, and we’re hitting the water for some SUPing and kayaking with our pooches! Pick up your copy of CLE DOG magazine’s “on the water issue” starting July 3 at 200+ locations: PetPeople, PetValu, libraries, eateries, coffee shops, vet offices and dog-friendly locations. Find a location near you HERE.

July Fourth Fireworks: Awesome for Humans, Terrifying for Pets

By | June 28th, 2017|Categories: Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

Loud noises can terrify pets, so don't include them when celebrations will include fireworks. The HSUS. Many people enjoy the booming sounds and flashing lights of fireworks, but they can be terrifying and overwhelming for pets, and possibly hazardous. On the Fourth of July, so many pets are frightened and try to escape the sights and sounds that animal shelters around the nation report a dramatic increase in lost pets during the holiday. Help your pets keep their cool: Follow our four steps for making them safe during loud—and hot—warm weather festivities. 1. Keep your pet safely away from fireworks Our pets are more sensitive to loud noises, flashing lights and strong smells, so on the Fourth of July (and the days around it when people are likely to set off fireworks), it's best to leave your pets safely indoors, preferably with a radio or TV turned on to hide jarring noises. Even pets who are usually kept outdoors should be brought inside. And if you are going to an Independence Day event and cannot leave your pet unattended at home, keep her leashed and under your direct control at all times. 2. If your pet is scared [...]

The eyes have it: Why we bond with our dogs like our babies

By | June 14th, 2017|Categories: Cleveland News, General|

Some dog owners treat their dogs like their babies. While this might seem ridiculous to some, a study in Science proves the bond between dogs and their owners can be as emotionally strong as the connection between mothers and their children. It's the latest in a growing body of science that explains how dogs have gained such an important place in human society. “Owner-dog bonding is comparable to parent-infant bonding," writes Takefumi Kikusui, from Azabu University in Japan, via email. "And this is surprising to us … because there is not a reproductive relationship between humans and dogs.” But any dog lover who has gazed into the big eyes of a pleading pup is not surprised. Previously, the researchers had shown the eye connection between dogs and humans increases the levels of oxytocin in people. Oxytocin, aka the "cuddle chemical," is a hormone mammals produce in the brain that encourages bonding between mothers and their offspring. It’s also involved in partner and social bonding. Most evidence shows this kind of connection works within a species — humans produce oxytocin because of other humans, and dogs produce it because of other dogs. But this study is the first to show the [...]

CLE dog May 2017

By | May 26th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, Cleveland News, General|

The unofficial start to summer has arrived, and we’re ready to trade in muddy paws for paws on the patio! Pick up your copy of CLE DOG magazine’s officialDining (and drinking) with Your Dog issue starting June 1. Available at 200+ locations: PetPeople, PetValu, libraries, eateries, coffee shops, vet offices and dog-friendly locations. Art Fur Animals Like art? Love dogs? This is the event for you! Join CLE DOG at the 13th annual Art Fur Animals benefit and auction for City Dogs of Cleveland on June 6 at 6 p.m. at Cleveland Masonic Temple. Click HERE for ticket information. Yoga to the Rescue How about a little downward dog to benefit rescue dogs? Enjoy free yoga with Soul Stretch Yoga with a donation to Love-A-Stray, and then after your practice, shop dogcentric vendors like Grateful Dog Bakery, Paw Kids and Thank Dog! BootCamp. It’s all happening on July 15 from Noon-4 p.m. at 31142 Center Ridge Road in Westlake. Visit HERE for more info. DOGS IN CARS ARE NOT COOL It’s not cool to leave your dog in a hot car. On a 70-degree day, the temperature inside your vehicle can rise to 89 degrees in just 10 minutes! The City [...]