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Be Careful of the Heat: Signs of Heat Stroke in Dogs

Spring is here and it is acting more like SUMMER.  It is going to be 90 degrees today!  Each spring we send out our heat stroke signs email.  When it is hot the best thing to do is get to your dogs as early as possible.  Dogs do not tolerate heat well.

When you walk your dogs, walk them in the shade and carry water with you. Give the dogs shelter and lots of water. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water yourself.

Watch dog’s paws on hot surfaces, again, seek shady places to walk, stay close to client’s home, bring water for you and your dog charges. Please review these signs of Heat Stroke.

Early Stages of Heat-Stroke in Animals: 

  • Heavy panting
  • Rapid breathing
  • Excessive drooling
  • Bright red gums and tongue
  • Standing 4-square, posting or spreading out in an attempt to maintain balance.

Advanced Stages:

  • White or blue gums
  • Lethargy, unwillingness to move
  • Uncontrollable urination or defecation
  • Labored, noisy breathing
  • Shock 

If your dog begins to exhibit signs of heatstroke, you should immediately try to cool the dog down: 


  • Apply rubbing alcohol to the dog’s paw pads
  • Apply ice packs to the groin area
  • Hose down with water.
  • Allow the dog to lick ice chips or drink a small amount of water
  • Offer Pedialyte to restore electrolytes

If only spring would get here faster.


Springtime has begun to arrive to most areas, or is right around the corner. You’ve successfully lead your dog(s) through a hearty, happy winter full of fun games and healthy food. Now, spring arrives, offering both benefits and dangers to your canine companions. By following a few simple guidelines, you can help ensure that Rover has an even more enjoyable spring, as the two (or three, or more!) or you head out into the great outdoors…

Read my full article on dog healthcare tips for spring on

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Considering the great joy that dogs get in chewing water bottles, this is great!


I posted this DIY Dog Toy last week & wanted to share my results. I found the original DIY toy on & used that as inspiration. I wanted to try this because my pooches love the satisfaction they get when their victims (aka toys) squeal/squeak or crackle while they’re fiercely tearing off their limbs, so I thought this might be a good alternative to buying new toys all the time. And I was right, they love it and it cost me…$0.00. Good price right?

This is all you need for my technique: A sock, plastic water bottle, scissors & string.  The original instructions called for material, but I couldn’t find any,  so I got to thinking…what could I use instead?  Well, I have like 20 socks in the laundry room just waiting on their mate (which is pointless because I never, EVER find the other sock) so I just…

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Dog Anatomy vs. Human Anatomy

some facts for your Thursday!

Dog Anatomy Infographic
Dog Anatomy graphic created by Matt Beswick for Pet365.

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Lindor and Moab’s Story: Helping Your Dog Deal With Grief





Grief seems very much like a uniquely human emotion but what about our dogs? We know that they can feel love, anger, fear, pain, and joy; why not grief?  We know that our dogs can create close and familial friendships with other dogs and animals that last throughout their lives and when that friend dies, what can we do for our best friends?  

One of our client’s dogs, Lindor, is dealing with depression after the sudden loss of his best friend Moab; not eating, becoming lethargic, and plodding around with general malaise.  In order to help Lindor, Dogon sought advice from other professional petsitters and dog walkers and below is a link to advice for you dog during the grieving process. I hope that this can be of aid to anyone who’s dog is dealing with the loss of a friend.

For more information or help for your dog, contact Companion Animal Behavior.  They have animal psychologists who can probably help. Their number is 703-327-7205.

*edited 1/18 at request.


Is it really just fun and games? The Importance of Interactive Play

Can not stress enough the importance of socialization at a young age, much like young children. Puppies teach other how to be properly socialized and friendly dogs.

Dogs and Dallas


We see dogs run, chase, wag, bow, and dance around each other.  Not all types of play are the same and each serve different purposes. There are different kinds of play to include object, predatory, and social.

Object play is when there is an object (such as a stick, leaves, or something provided by the human) involved with the play and is a form of investigatory behavior. Dogs can be involved with this type of play individually or with another canine. Individual object play would be like chasing a leaf. This type of play allows for relaxation for the canine and also serves as recreational.

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Predatory play
allows for a rehearsal of hunting to help build skills. This includes things like orienting and targeting another dog with an intent stare, stalking, chasing fast enough to keep up to the other dog, but not actually catch, inhibited bite to the hock…

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How to administer CPR to a dog.

I’m sure some of you remember the video of the boxer Sugar receiving CPR from her trainer (found here). Well here is an instructional video of how to give your dog CPR, just in case.

The Jogging Dog

Despite our best efforts to keep our pets safe, unfortunately accidents happen. Anyone who has a pet dreads the thought of their pet becoming lost. But, if the unthinkable happens, what do you do?

The first thing you’ll want to do is search the area where your dog was last seen. Get people your dog knows to help you if you can. Depending on your dog’s personality, they may stay in the area or run a long distance. Some dogs are friendly and may run right up to anyone, but others may be more shy and likely to hide. However, even the most friendly dog may hide if scared. If your pet disappeared in your neighborhood, go door to door and ask your neighbors if they’ve seen your pet.

Contact the local shelters in your area; often people who find a lost pet without identification will take it to the…

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The Jogging Dog

It has been on my mind to write this post for quite some time, ever since my cousin and my sister both lost their dogs in the same weekend this summer. Fortunately through the kindness of strangers, both dogs made their way home within 24 hours. However, not everyone is so lucky. Since then some of my friends have had experiences both losing their dogs and finding someone else’s lost pet. Every time, they all turned to me for help. In this post I will focus on preventive steps to take before your dog is lost. In part 2, I will discuss what to do if your pet is lost, and in part 3, I will cover what to do if you find a lost pet.


Dog tags

As the saying goes, “prevention is the best medicine.” However, we can’t always prevent accidents, and sometimes dogs get out without our…

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Calming Signals: How To Tell If Your Dog Is Telling You To Calm Down

Calming Signals: How To Tell If Your Dog Is Telling You To Calm Down

The dogs have about 30 calming signals, perhaps even more. Some of these signals are used by most dogs, while other dogs have an incredibly rich ´vocabulary´. It varies from dog to dog.

 Dogs use this communication system towards us humans, simply because it´s the language they know and think everyone understands. 

We need to learn to understand the language of dogs so that we can understand what our dogs are telling us. That is the secret of having a good life together.