Calendars!

Do you love our yearly calendars? We sure do and we love to design them too. We use a wonderful company, PrintingCenterUSA https://www.printingcenterusa.com/printing/greeting-card-printing  https://www.printingcenterusa.com/printing/postcard-printing. They keep track of our yearly creations and we love looking back.

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Keep an eye out for the 2019 calendars that will be coming your way!

 

Winter Care Tips for your Dog

Most people think that a dog is adapted just as well to being inside as well as outside, and for many breeds, like Huskies, St. Bernards and Labs, to name a few, they can spend hours in the snow and wet of winter and not even feel it. But many other breeds of dogs don’t do so well when the temperature drops, and as their humans, we need to be a little bit understanding of their special needs during this time, to keep them warm, healthy and happy no matter what the weather is like.

So, to make sure your 4 legged buddy doesn’t have any problems during the cold and chill, here are some winter tips for your dog that will keep their tail wagging all season long.

What’s the Temp?

Yes, taking your pooch for a walk is a natural part of owning a dog, and regardless of the temperature outside, your dog will want to get out and go no matter what. But this is the time to understand that, just like in humans, it can be too cold for your dog, whether they know it or not. So, a good rule of thumb here is that, if it is too cold for you to take a walk then it is too cold for your dog as well. That may seem like common sense, but many people force themselves to walk their dog in even the coldest weather, and that could, potentially, do more harm than good.

Protect Their Feet

The first thing that contacts the cold of winter are a dogs feet. Unlike you, who wears shoes and/or boots to keep the snow off and your feet warm, a dog is essentially going barefoot when they are outside. Even on relatively warmer winter days, the concrete or asphalt beneath a dogs feet can be many degrees colder than the outside air.

There are a couple of things you can do to keep a dogs feet warm, and one of them is to get a good pair of doggie booties for them to wear. Your friend may not like them initially, but once they figure out how to walk in them, it will go a long way to keeping their feet warm.

The other thing you can do is to coat their feet in either petroleum jelly or a commercially made pet foot balm made for cold weather. Granted, it will wear off the soles of their feet quickly, but it will prevent snow and ice from packing in between their toes, which will make any snowy walk much more comfortable for both you and your dog.

Doggie Clothing

The smaller a dog is, the less overall mass they have, the quicker they will get chilled during the winter. That’s why doggie clothing can be so important during the colder months of the year, especially for those smaller and less hairy or short haired breed of dogs.

There are many types of clothing that you can get for dogs of virtually any size, from pull-overs to full body suits, and there are even insulated types of clothing especially made to keep the cold away during walks or an extended outside stay.

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Watch Out for Anti-Freeze

Winter is the time when you might start seeing blue or green tinged snow around roads or driveways. Those are spots made from anti-freeze that have spilled from a vehicles overflow hose.

Anti-freeze is sweet tasting, and if your dog gets a chance, they might want to lick it up and taste it. But anti-freeze is potentially deadly for your pet, so you will have to keep your eyes peeled for those anti-freeze spots and make absolutely sure that on any dog walk, you keep your pet well away from these places.

A Few Other Tips

  • Your dog burns more calories in the winter, so feel free to give them a little extra food in their bowl.
  • Always keep a towel on hand to wipe your furry friend down after being out in the slushy cold snow.
  • The best time to walk is when the sun is shining, which can warm up both you and your pooch.
  • Don’t give regular baths during the winter. You’ll be removing essential oils that can keep them a bit warmer during every walk.
  • Wait until spring for major dog grooming. Allowing them to grow their hair out gives them a little extra protection during the cold weather.

Every dog owner loves their dog, and wants to keep them tail wagging happy. By following these winter care tips, you’ll both be able to have fun in the snow and cold, while keeping them ready to go for that next winter wonderland walk.

About the Author 

Mary Nielsen is a passionate dog lover, blogger, and part-time music teacher. She founded MySweetPuppy.net to share her ups and downs of being a pet parent to a bunch of adorable mutts. When she is not playing with them or teaching, you can find her experimenting in the kitchen.

The Five Best Places To Walk Your Dog in Philly

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Looking for an exciting, new place to walk your dog in the Philadelphia area? Check out these fantastic local spots for some of the best dog-walking opportunities the City of Brotherly Love has to offer!

At approximately 10 miles in length, this trail provides an amazing view of the city. An added bonus is that the Schuylkill River Dog Park is just around the corner from the trail.

 

This is one of the best places to people watch in the city! You never know what you will see — live bands, dancers, clowns — there’s always something happening here.  There is no shortage of plush, green grass in the park and there are always tons of other pooches for your fur kids to mingle with. A fun side note about this park: parts of the movie In Her Shoes was filmed here, which proves just how good of a dog- walking spot it is.

 

Known to the locals as “The Lakes” this historic park has it all! Tons of fields, lots of spots to relax and of course, lakes. If your pooch loves to swim then this is the place to be.

 

This place is a hidden gem just outside of the city limits. With over 50 miles of rugged forest trails, you and your dog will be rejuvenated by the fresh air and sights and sounds of nature in this quiet, scenic hideaway. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the natural world as you traverse the trails with your favorite four-legged pal.

 

If your dog is a bird chaser, then you may want to hold on tight for this one! This refuge was established in 1972 for the purpose of preserving this natural area, know as Tinicum Marsh. This spot will get your dog’s tail wagging while you observe an abundance of wildlife in its natural setting.

 

Have have you ever been to any of these places with your fur kid? Where is your favorite place to walk your dogs? Let us know in the comments!   philly-infographic-v2

What Sets Us Apart?

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Still unsure why you should use Philly Pet Care for all your dog-walking and pet-sitting needs? Give a listen to this Top of the Internet interview and find out how we became a family-run business and what advantages we offer to you and your pets.

Learn how our small business creates lasting relationships with our clients and their fur kids and why we can proudly call them family.

Find out about our many services to learn which one is right for you and your pets. From private, customized cat sits to dog-walking to overnight care, we’ll have your pets covered when you can’t be there.

Discover our scheduling software and why we have the coolest canceling and booking polices in town. Coming on board with Philly Pet Care means that all your pet care needs will be meant with ease. You are even given the owner ‘s cell phone number, although you won’t need it — that’s how smoothly the business operates!

One of the most popular and stand-out services we offer are our group dog-walks. In these controlled pack walks, dogs get a chance to relieve energy through the power of the pack. These amazing, social dog-walks will have you coming home to a more balanced, relaxed and happier pooch.

Still not sold? Did you know that we are the only legally zoned and licensed in-home dog daycare in Philadelphia? Our daycare offers a unique, home setting where your dog becomes part of our family. We follow an exercise plan put into place by a local veterinarian and we’re state and city spot-checked three times per year.

Be sure to give a listen and leave a comment below!

 

Dangers To Your Pets During The Winter Months.

Winter time in Philly can be brutal. We are a city that walks and bikes everywhere, even in freezing temperatures. Philadelphians will bundle up and head out, but what about our pets?
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Here is a list of possible dangerous to lookout for during the winter months.
BRING EM IN: It is important to use common sense for pets that are outdoors during extreme temperatures. If it is too cold for you, then it is too cold for your pet. During a walk time outdoors should be limited. You should watch your pet closely for signs of any distress including shivering, anxious behavior, slowing or stoping during a walk. If you see any of these signs you should seek shelter and warm your pet up with blankets as quickly as possible.

CHECK YOUR ENGINS: Cats will curl up against your car engine in the winter months to stay warm. Before starting your car, be sure to check under the car, tap on your hood or honk your horn to ensure not critters are hiding in there.

CHECK THIER PAWS: Pets that are outdoors can be exposed to rock salt and antifreeze during the winter months. Both of these can cause paw pads to become irritated, cracked, or bleed. If ingested, they can cause an inflammation of the digestive tract. To ensure your pets safety after a walk, wipe their paws with a warm wash cloth.

DRESS EM UP: If your pet will tolerate it a sweater can help keep them warm. Booty’s can also do a world of good protecting their paws from the elements and cold. Remember that dressing your pets up will not completely protect them. Dogs loss heat from their paw pads, ears and respiratory track so it is still important to limit the outside time during extreme temperatures.

Every dog will have a different tolerance to extreme cold weather. Always use caution in hazardous weather and pay close attention to your pets. We have to advocate for own pets safety since they can not tell us they are cold. Common sense and intuition can be the best defense to keep our pets safe. Of course, if you think your pet needs medical attention seek help from a veterinarian immediately.
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STAY WARM, STAY SAFE

5 Ways A Group Walk Can Benift You And Your Dog

On the Friday after Thanksgiving this year, our regular schedule was a bit off because of the holiday. I always start the pack walk around Center City with two dogs that live in the same home named Grady and Baxter. On this day, I picked them up and we walked our regular route but as we got closer to the building’s entrance where we normally stop to pick up two of their friends, Grady put on the brakes and would not walk. I could see in his eyes he was telling me to GO GET HIS FRIENDS! He could not understand why I was going to just leave them and not pick them up! I told Grady that it was OK and that we did not have them today. I finally convinced him to move on. Grady’s behavior got me thinking how much group walks benefit dogs. Here are five reasons why dogs and dog owners love group walks.

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  1. YOUR DOG MAKES FRIENDS I see the type of behavior that Grady was displaying all the time in group walks. Dogs that walk together daily form a bond that we call a “pack”. They enjoy seeing their friends everyday and have fun on their walks while getting in some socialization in monitored, safe environment. I often hear from owners that they get to know other owners because their dog pulled them to their fur friends houses or towards each other when the encounter on the street.
  2. PACK DOGS TEACH EACH OHTER HEATHY BEHAVIOR Dogs are social animals and they thrive when they are able to be part of a heathy pack. Allowing you pooch to participate in a group walk can help balance your dogs behavior and even teach them a new skill or two. For example, we love to pair up a puppy who is not the best walker on leash with a balanced pack. Suddenly the puppy is walking along and enjoying the freedom and stimulation that comes from being part of that pack. It can also help with many other situation like pulling, fear or shy behaviors.  The benefits are endless.
  3. POOCHES GET TO GO POTTY! This one is pretty self explanatory but of course they get to go potty while out there on the walk.
  4. THE DOG WALKER IS NOT DISTRACTED I see distracted walkers all the time around the city. They are on their phones texting, or talking away or listening to music. However take notice the next time you see a person walking more then one dog. If that person is in control of their pack, you can bet they won’t be on their phone.
  5. THEY ARE MORE WORN OUT AT THE END OF THE WALK This one is always the owners favorite. I hear all the time, “so and so is much better behaved after the group walk”. Proper pack behavior requires dogs to be focused and balanced. Doing these two things alone helps dogs calm down, then by adding a walk in, you have a recipe for success.

Dog Birthday Parties…A New Trend?

It’s not uncommon to have a small treat for your dog on their birthday, but lately at our dog daycare we have seen a growing trend for full blow birthday parties. I must admit, I have been caught up in the excitement too and look forward to throwing our next party for one of our pack members.

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The party’s remind of when I was young. The Birthday Boy or Girl’s mom would bake a delicious treat for the class to enjoy. The teacher would set up a special birthday theme for the day and there was always a buzz of happiness. The same thing happens at dog daycare.

During our last party, the dogs just knew it was a birthday celebration day and could hardly wait for me to get the treats ready. They swarmed around and were all of a sudden the best behaved crew you have ever seen. After the party they all needed to nap!

It’s all in good dog fun! I think we have the best dog daycare birthday bashes in Philly and I enjoy being a part of it all. Check out of our pawtastic parties on the link below.

Do I need a dog walker?

Many people wonder if their dog can benefit from having a professional dog walker and I say YES, all dogs can. Just like us, dogs need regular exercise to stay happy and heathy. Hiring a dog walker  when you can’t be there ensures you pet will get their daily dose of exercise and fitness. You can rest easy knowing there will be a professional dog walker keeping your dog on a daily schedule and routine.

The benefits are endless. Getting out in the fresh air helps your dog stay well balanced by providing lots of mental stimulation with new sights, sounds and smells.

Some times your dog just need to go potty! When you have a long day and can’t get home to walk your dog a professional dog walker is just the thing you need to help break up you dogs day.

It won’t matter if you have a young puppy that needs help with potty training, a middle aged dog that needs some exercise, or an older dog that needs a potty break, a professional dog walker is the way to go!