Safety Tips for New Year’s Eve 2018

Can you believe that the end of 2018 is in two days!? This year absolutely flew by. Whether it was one of your best or one of your worst years, let’s do everything we can to make sure that your New Year’s Eve is nothing but a positive experience to end things on a good night so you can properly kiss 2018 goodbye.

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5 Items Every Dog Owner Should Invest In

I think most of us would agree that having a dog is hands down one of the most rewarding luxuries available to us. All of those noisy nights of crate training, laundry loads of towels and blankets, and clumps of dog hair on everything we own are absolutely worth the unconditional love, loyalty, and friendship that we share with our fur babies.

What if I told you that this past year, I purchased five incredible items that have made my experience of being a dog mom so much easier? No, I’m not exaggerating in the slightest bit. Now that these useful innovations have found their ways into my life, I could never picture living without them. Here’s what I’ve discovered.

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How to Ensure You Never Lose Track of Your Dog

On my way to work this morning, I was driving down a busy street and spotted two dogs running around on the side of the road without collars on. As a dog mom, I feel it’s my duty to always help any dogs that may be in trouble, so I pulled over as soon as I had the opportunity to.

By the time I pulled into the parking lot where I had seen them, they had already made their way down a small street over. I was afraid I had lost them, but as soon as I pulled up to the next street, I saw one. She was a small, brown pit and exceptionally friendly. She ran right up to my car, so I opened my door, and she hopped in. Following behind her was a small, black chihuahua mix.

What I had learned from the last time I found a stray dog is that you should always post a photo of the dogs you find in local Facebook pet-finding groups, and then bring them to your county’s animal service, no-kill shelter. I drove them to my house, which was right down the street, so that I could give them some water and a chance to lay down because they seemed like they had been running around for hours.

Eventually, I brought them to my local shelter. The woman at the front desk told me that they would scan and look for microchips on the dogs, and if they couldn’t find any, the dogs would be put up for adoption. It bummed me out that the original owners might not ever see their dogs again if they weren’t sure where to look once they realized the dogs were lost; however, this scenario was better than the pups running into traffic and getting hit by a car.

This morning made me realize how careful dog owners need to be in case their dogs ever escape and get lost. A microchip is definitely helpful, but you won’t know where your dog is until someone scans the microchip and contacts you; this process could take days. Another scenario that could happen is one where someone finds your dog, doesn’t know about bringing him into animal services, so they try to rehome your dog themselves and then you definitely never see your dog again.

Fortunately, there’s an easy solution to all of this. The Scout Smart Tracker is a Bluetooth & GPS device that I have attached to all of my dogs’ collars whenever they’re in the yard. I’ve set up a safe zone on my FindMyScout app that borders the perimeter of my backyard. The second my dog leaves the zone, a.k.a. my backyard, I receive a notification on both my iPhone and my Apple Watch.

I’ve lived in my current house for two years now, and my pit-beagle mix, Scout, just started to figure out how to escape the fence. I still don’t know how she’s getting out, but I do know the second she leaves the yard because I get notified, and for that, I’m extremely thankful.

For more information and to purchase a Scout Smart Tracker of your own to protect your dog, visit findmyscout.com.

Dog Park Etiquette

Dog parks can be a sanctuary for both dogs and their owners. Parks give dogs the opportunity to be free off of the leash with others of their kind in a large area instead of a small, fenced-in yard… and the humans get the chance to socialize with other dog parents.

Because of the benefits that dog parks have to offer, it is important to practice proper dog park etiquette to make sure that everyone has a positive experience during their visit.

 

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Plants That Are Poisonous to Dogs

 

Spring is right around the corner, which means that a handful of new plants might be appearing in your backyard or neighborhood from seeds naturally spreading, or gardeners adding new additions to their collections.

As exciting as these new plants may sound, they could be threatening to your dog. Here are some that you should keep an eye out for.

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How to Maintain a Clean Home With Children & Pets

Spring is right around the corner, and you know what that means – it’s time to start cleaning! Now is the time to purge your house of all the Christmas decorations (if they’re still up), extra clutter you’ve gathered in 2017, and pretty much anything else that doesn’t “spark joy,” as Japanese cleaning guru, Marie Kondo of the KonMari Method, would say.

However, this can all be discouraging when you dedicate hours of work to make a nice living area for your family, and a tornado runs through it within the next 24 hours (your kids, pets, partner, guests, etc.) Here’s what you can do to keep your home neat and organized – yes, even with tiny tornadoes.

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How to Prepare a Nervous Dog For Holiday Excitement

The holidays are finally here, and they usually guarantee more noise, people and potential messes. If your dog is relatively new or has a hard time adjusting to change, he might not be too happy about your festivities.

His behavior might change, and maybe he’ll become very shy and hide away, or the opposite, and show aggression towards strangers, crying babies and other dogs who are in his family’s territory. He could also play too roughly and jump on or nip at your guests.

This is normal behavior; your dog is not suddenly defiant or dangerous. Here’s what you can do to help introduce your dog to the holidays.

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