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Archive for November, 2012

Marshfield Dog Walking: A Perfect Gift

Monday, November 26th, 2012

With less than a month between now and Christmas Day, we thought we’d share some great gift suggestions for the pet lover in your life. We surveyed some pet lovers and asked them what the best pet-related gift they’d ever gotten was. Here’s their answers:

Dog Food: “It sounds silly, but we have four goldens, and money was tight for our family. My Mom said, “Why don’t you let me do this for your present?” and she bought us six months worth of dog food. Now, if you have goldens, you know what a big gift that was! It helped a lot and I didn’t have to stress out about getting the dog food every week.” Tonya R.

Frisbee: “My boyfriend gave my dog Ponder a new Frisbee for our first Christmas together.  I thought that was the sweetest thing – and the three of us had lots of fun playing together in the park!” Alex M.

Dog Training Videos: “We bought ourselves the Dog Whisperer on DVD – and it turned out to be a great gift for the whole family. Taking the time to understand how dogs think, and how they think about people, helped us all communicate with our dog Daisy better. She’s calmed down a lot, and we’re all happier.” Steve T.

Marshfield Dog Walking Service: “My sister surprised us with a month’s Marshfield Dog Walking Service. Every day our German Shepherd Sugar went for a walk. It was amazing to see the change in her energy level and fitness. She toned right up and she seemed so happy. Having that opportunity to get out and about was so good for her. Marshfield Dog Walking Service makes a great gift.”

In home pet sitting also makes a great gift. Older cats and dogs, as well as dogs and cats that have health conditions, often get very stressed out when they need to be boarded. In home pet sitting allows them to be cared for in the comfortable surroundings of their own home.

Happy Thanksgiving From Take The Lead Pet Care

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving to One and All! We hope this holiday finds you having a wonderful time with your favorite people & animals.

Gathering with family and friends for the Thanksgiving feast is the traditional start of the holiday season. From this point on through New Year’s, many of us have calendars that are pretty packed. Parties, shopping, a million little errands – all of which go into making the holidays happen – loaded on top of taking care of things at work and home.

It can get pretty stressful – but it doesn’t have to be. Your pets can help you stay happy and healthy throughout the holiday season. Here’s some of our favorite stress-busting tips for pet owners, designed to make things a little easier and a whole lot more fun.

Tip #1: Take Gratitude Lessons From Your Dog

Thanksgiving is all about expressing gratitude – and nobody says Thank You like a dog. Is there anything more fun than watching the prancing, dancing, wild-tail wagging exuberance of a dog who’s just gotten a treat? Dogs aren’t shy about expressing themselves. When they’re happy about something, they’re going to let you know! It makes you feel good just to see how happy they are – and those good feelings affect your health in a positive way. Smiling more means less stress for you – so go ahead and give the dog a treat or two. (And no, your canine companion did not pay us to write that!)

Tip #2: Snuggling is a Super Stress Buster

Frazzled by all the festivities? Take some time to cuddle with your dog or cat. Researchers have found that stroking a cat’s fur or petting a dog is a proven, reliable way to calm rattled nerves, soothe anxiety and stress, and restore emotional balance. I don’t know about you, but just *thinking* about Black Friday crowds makes me want some emotional balance!

Tip #3: Go Walk the Dog

Blow off steam, raise your energy levels, and promote your dog’s health all at the same time with a daily walk. This can be a brisk stroll around the neighborhood (also a great way to release any tension you might be feeling about your co-worker who has the Chipmunks Christmas Carols blaring from their cubicle All Day Long!) or a more leisurely amble (great for planning dinner menus!) If there’s no time to walk the dog yourself, don’t forget your Cohasset dog walking service is here to help. We’ll make sure your dog gets the exercise they need while you focus on making all the holiday magic happen!

Hull Dog Walking: Dogs and Anxiety

Friday, November 16th, 2012

We talk a lot here about how dogs become nervous, anxious, and stressed out when they’re left alone, and what we, as responsible pet owners, can do to help our dogs experience less anxiety. Working with a Hull dog walker, for example, to ensure your dog gets socialization and exercise is one method. Choosing in home pet sitting in Hull so you know your dog is cared for when you travel is another method.

But let’s do something different today, and talk about how time spent with your dog can help you alleviate your anxiety. Let’s be real here – one quick glimpse at the headlines is enough to make most of us feel more than a little anxious. Just like that stress and tension isn’t healthy for your dog, it’s not healthy for you, either.  There are negative physical and emotional health consequences associated with too much stress.

Luckily, spending time with a dog is a proven stress-buster.  There’s more than 25 years worth of research linking the companionship of a dog with lower anxiety levels. Something as simple as sitting on the porch with your basset hound, watching the world go by, can have a profound impact on your mental state. Getting out and about with your dog – whether it’s a leisurely stroll to the corner store, or a vigorous trek through the whole neighborhood – boosts your cardiovascular rate, increases energy levels, and is an all natural way to counter mild effects of depression.

If watching the evening news is sending your blood pressure spiraling, spend some time with your dog. Co-workers making you nuts? Tell your dog all about it – they’ll listen without judgement, and you can rest assured they’ll never share what you said. Some researchers believe that the simple act of telling someone – anyone – about what’s bothering you is among the best ways to significantly reduce stress levels. Keeping all of your worries and anxieties bottled up inside of you is bad for you. Your dog loves to spend time with you, and they’re the world’s best listeners.

Why Do Dogs Chew On The Furniture?

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Has this ever happened to you? After a long day at the office, a drive through crazy New England winter weather, and a stop at the grocery store, you get home, open the door, and discover that your dog has completely destroyed one of the couch cushions? Stuffing covers the carpet like fresh-fallen snow. There are shreds of upholstery fabric everywhere. Your dog has that guilty expression on her face, but no answer when you ask, “Why do you do this?”

Let us tell you why dogs chew on the furniture. When a dog chews on something – whether it’s an awesome squeaky toy or your chaise lounge – endorphins are released inside your dog’s brain that make them feel good. These neurochemicals can help your dog feel happier, safer, and less stressed out. Dogs chew furniture because it helps them alleviate feelings of boredom, anxiety, nervousness, and depression.

What does your dog have to be anxious about, you may be asking. After all, a dog doesn’t have any money in the stock market. What does she know from stress? But try stepping into your dog’s shoes – okay, paws – for just a moment.  They spend long hours alone every day when the family is gone to work and school.  Your dog doesn’t know that you’re coming back, ever. Each time a beloved family member comes through the door, it’s a fresh new miracle. That’s why they’re so happy to see you.

Waiting on miracles is a stressful business. Chewing furniture makes dogs feel better. They know you don’t like it – but let’s be real here. Most humans have some techniques they use  to alleviate stress that don’t exactly meet with universal approval. Smoking, the evening cocktail, sitting down to eat the entire half-gallon of cookies and cream ice cream…do any of these behaviors sound familiar?

You can help your dog – and your furniture – by taking active steps to alleviate the circumstances that stress your dog out. This doesn’t mean you can quit your job to stay home with the dog. It sounds wonderful, but in the long run, that’s really not a good strategy. Working with a Hanover dog walking service can help ensure your dog gets companionship and exercise during the day. If you have to travel, talk to your Hanover dog sitter about in home pet sitting services, so your dog doesn’t feel abandoned. These simple steps can help your dog feel secure and loved, reducing their need to chew on the furniture.