Monthly Archives: September 2016

Your Pup and the Hot Tub…Is it Ok?

hot-tubs-and-your-dogWe had a reader email us and ask, “Is it ok to Let my dog chill with me in my hot tub?  I reside in Colorado and just recently purchased a new Hot Tub.  I really want to know about the safety of my dog soaking and swimming with me in my spa.

We decided to reach out to the experts. We contacted Rick, a Colorado native, and owner of Patio Splash Hot Tub & Spas to ask him his opinion. Rick has been in the industry for many years, and to our advantage happens to be a dog owner.

Rick offers the following knowledge and advice to pet owners.

Although it may seem that your dog can do all that you do, sometimes they just can not or should not. A hot tub may be one of those things that you should think about and take a few things into consideration before allowing the fun begin. Let’s talk about why.  There are 3 things to take into consideration. The safety of your pet, you, and your hot tub or spa.

Here are a few factors that may affect the safety of both you and your pet….and your hot tub.

Heat. (be cautious for your dog) A hot tub can be just that…hot. The average temperature a hot tub is kept at is 102 degrees. A dog’s body temperature is higher than a human’s and they can easily heat up and quickly overheat.  Be mindful of your animals current condition and the temperature of you spa. Do not let your dog overheat.

Chemicals. (be cautious for your dog) Chemicals are used in both pools and spas to keep them clean and sanitary. These sanitizing chemicals can prove to harsh for your dogs eyes, skin, and ingestion. They may easily want to lap the water up and especially if they begin to over heat or dehydrate.

Cleanliness. (be cautious for you and your Hot Tub). Dogs are not always the cleanest, unless you bath regularly.  They can create additional dirt, residue and hair in your hot tub. This may agitate your skin, as well as your hot tubs cleanliness. Be careful of hair build up that can potentially and easily clog drains.

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What To Do With Hard to Train Dogs?

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Regardless of how much we love our pet friends, a stubborn, hard to train dog can be extremely frustrating. It may seem like a a natural, easy fiet at first, being dogs are trained all the time, but then the frustration sets in.

First of all it’s important to realize that what may work for one breed of dog, may not work for another. Specific breeds tend to be more stubborn and harder to train, although that doesn’t mean that they can’t be trained. They may just need a bit more consistency and perseverance.

So what do you do?

The way you communicate with the animal and the consistency of communication are two big aspects to proper training. It’s easy to get lazy and lax with training, but when it comes to these adopting these two errors, be open to “untrained” possibilities.

Realizing that it’s not the dog, it’s what you do or haven’t done, along with mastering a few key concepts will make you and your pooch both happy.

  • Consistency. It’s easy to begin to teach your dog basic commands or even more advanced training. When it seems like they get what’s going on it’s all easy to go on autopilot.  This can begin to show in the response times of your commands. It’s important to continue with consistency, even the most basic of training principles.
  • Training Session Length. Training your dog takes consistency. Training to long or to little can both have negative impacts on your goal. Training to long can undo any positive responses, while training to short may not develop the action trying to be taught. Action, success, reward. Repeat a few times for consistency, and then end the session. Repeat throughout the day.
  • Balance Praise and Treats.  Communicating with your dog through praise and appreciation is essential for long term success. Treats are a great way to begin training, but relying on treats only will actually begin to defeat your success. A dog can become so fixated on what they are getting that they lose focus of what should be done. Develop a balance.
  • Create Calm. Being overly emotional when in training mode can prove to be emotional…for both you and your dog. Often as humans we will train or pets in the moment of frustration or anger, when we are fed up. Or if they do or don’t listen we immediately become abundant with positive or negative emotion. Setting the tone with a calm, neutral demeanor plays a big role in training ol’ fido.
  • Be Confident.  Your dog understands energy more than you may think. Exuding confidence is a very big part in gaining and keeping authority. It also prepares you for handling situations. Remember confidence does not mean aggression.  Make sure you are confident in both what you do and what your dog will do.

Patience and consistence or very important when you are training your dog. Remember that you are the one in control of the situation. You are in control of developing the responses and actions you want. Although it’s easy to blame the dog, you are the human who opted for the animal and is setting the tone of actions.  Set the right training tone with your pup!

Remember to train safely and be mindful of heat exhaustion, dehydration and over heating in your dog.

Overheated Awareness

A dog over heating is more common then you realize. Over heating is a condition that can quickly become life threatening for your pooch.  As humans we often push ourselves beyond our own means.  We can communicate in language what’s going on and how we feel, but remember dogs cannot. Dogs internal body temperature is higher than ours and their ability to cool down, is less than ours. The lack of sweat glands like humans have leaves dogs only able to pant to cool down.  That can prove to be not enough and over heating can easily happen.

The first thing of importance is to be aware of the harmful potential of overheating.The second thing of importance is what to do to prevent it from happening. We have put together a list of ways to prevent overheating in your animal.

Don’t leave your pet in a hot car or a hot room. May seem obvious, but many people still do this.  On a hot day (especially in some states ex: Arizona, the temperature outside is already hot. The interior of a car can quickly add another 10-30 degrees to the ambient temperature. That means that even in 85 degree weather, the temperature can quickly rise to dangerous numbers.

Don’t walk your dog on outside on hot days. They can both burn their feet and quickly overheat. remember that if it’s hot for your feet, it’s hot for your dogs.

Always have fresh water on hand.  Dogs can easily become dehydrated and this can add to heat exhaustion and over heating.  Always have water available for your dog. This will help ensure they do not dehydrate.

Pay Attention. Some dogs love to run until they are exhausted. Although it may seem good for them and harmless, they can quickly over heat or experience heat exhaustion. If you are on an outdoor excursion and there is a body of water nearby, encourage your dog to submerge into the water. This will help them cool down. It is important to pay attention to signs and symptoms. Below will give you what to watch for.

Signs of Overheating or Heat Exhaustion.

  • Panting
  • Disorientation
  • Fast, Loud Breathing
  • Collapsing
  • Vomiting
  • Bright Red Gums

Signs of Dehydration. The loss of water and electrolytes can easily happen to your animal too. Dehydration, if left untreated, can be extremely dangerous and create a host of sever problems. Watch for dehydration in your animal.

  • Dry mouth, gums, and nose
  • Poor elasticity in their skin
  • Sunken Eyes
  • Lethargy

Although summer is nearing and end, dehydration and over heating can still easily happen. Use caution and awareness to help prevent these issues and keep your dog healthy and safe.

Always contact us with questions, comments or concerns!

Dog Health & Home Health

It’s great to enjoy the company of our four legged friends, but there are a few things to keep in mind for the overall health of your home and your pet, especially when it comes to plumbing.

From puppies teething to animal anxiety and pet hair, there are many things that can affect the plumbing of your home, as well as keeping your animal safe from harmful objects and toxins. These easy suggestions will help keep you home and pet healthy. We would like to say thank you to Cure All Plumbing, a dog loving, plumbing company in Arizona, for writing in and suggesting we cover this topic. They have tended to many animal related plumbing problems and informed us that a few simple precautions can make a difference.

Key things to help keep your home pet proof and your dog safe.

  1. Strain Your Drain. Do you bathe your pooch in the tub or sink? Pet hair easily begins to build up and can quickly clog your drains.  It’s important to get a drain strainer to collect pet hair from clogging your plumbing. *If you happen to use a chemical drain de-clogger (not recommended), be careful that your pets (dogs & cats) do not get into it. Close off the area you are de-clogging.
  2. Protect Your Pipes. Exposed PVC pipes can look like a fun thing to chew if you are a teething, bored or anxious pet. If you notice exposed pipes, providing a protector or barrier can save your pipes from becoming a chew toy, and any future headaches. Also watch for your dog digging in the back yard. A pipe that was once not expsed can easily become exposed!
  3. Toilet Lids Down. Many pets love lapping up toilet water. They may even drink out of the bowl unaware to you. Keeping the toilet lid down protects your pet from toxins and harsh chemicals used to clean your toilets. Residues left over from these cleaners can pose a threat to the health of your pet if ingested.
  4. Sprinkler System Security. Yep your loving pooch may also love a good chew on your irrigation system. So what can you do? Well you can bury the system, making it out of sight (just make sure it is not dug up), you can monitor all outdoor trips your dog makes (a bit of a headache), you could possibly keep them leashed from reaching the system, or you could invest in some doggie training.

Although the above suggestions are not guaranteed to keep our furry friends out of mishchief, these tips offer a few easy, preventative measures to apply to keep both your dog and your home your healthy.  It is easy to overlook simple things that can turn into situations that can pose a threat to your animals health, create big disasters, as well as unwanted money spent.

We hope you’ve enjoyed todays post! of you have questions or suggestions for a future post, please contact us! We love feedback and ideas:)