Daycare for Dogs!

In our current world of social distancing and self-quarantine, our dogs are happily basking in significantly more human company than they are used to having. However, dogs need some interaction that they can only get from their fellow canines. Daycare for dogs can fill that gap.

When you were a kid, you likely enjoyed spending time with your family. However, there were some life lessons you could only pick up by playing with other kids. Your dogs are the same. They love playing with you, but interacting with other dogs will give them social skills they won’t get otherwise.

For example, we’ve all seen dogs seem to lose their minds when they see another dog while taking a walk. Dog day care allows them to learn social cues – who wants to play, and who wants to be left alone.

Dogs are social animals. Put simply, dogs like other dogs and want to spend time with them. The more they are able to do that, the less anxiety and aggression they will display the next time they meet a stranger on a walk.

If your dog is a high-energy breed like a Labrador or German shepherd, they need more exercise than they can get from occasional walks and play with humans. They need to run, jump and wrestle, and they can do that best with other dogs. Allowing them to burn off that energy will also help them sleep better at night.

And, on top of it all, you need an occasional break. We all adore our pets, but we also need our own quiet time, without having to provide the attention that dogs constantly seek. With dog day care, they get the attention, and you get some time to yourself.

At Wagglebottoms, dog day care is called DayPlay. When you pick up your dog at the end of the day, he or she will be well-fed, well-loved and worn out. We would be happy to talk with you about whether your dog is a good candidate for DayPlay as well as his or her specific needs. You can find more information about our services online, then make a reservation. You can also ask any questions you have or reserve your spot by calling 765-216-7730.

What’s In Your Dog’s First Aid Kit?

The current pandemic has reminded us all about the importance of being prepared for an emergency. Preparation is key, because when the emergency hits, you may not have the time or opportunity to gather the supplies you need. The situation is the same with your dog – preparing yourself now can help you avoid disaster, or at least unnecessary pain and hassle, later.

The good news is that much of what you have on-hand to take care of human injuries will work just as well for your dog. This list is especially important if you are traveling with your dog and don’t have access to your home supplies. Here is what you should have in your dog first aid kit, according to the American Kennel Club.

  • The current pandemic has reminded us all about the importance of being prepared for an emergency. Preparation is key, because when the emergency hits, you may not have the time or opportunity to gather the supplies you need. The situation is the same with your dog – preparing yourself now can help you avoid disaster, or at least unnecessary pain and hassle, later.The good news is that much of what you have on-hand to take care of human injuries will work just as well for your dog. This list is especially important if you are traveling with your dog and don’t have access to your home supplies. Here is what you should have in your dog first aid kit, according to the American Kennel Club.
    1. Gauze, to dress your dog’s wounds.
    2. Non-stick bandages, to help your dog’s wounds heal without sticking to his or her fur.
    3. Self-adherent medical tape can reduce swelling and ease pain.
    4. Cotton balls, to clean cuts and wounds.
    5. Hydrogen peroxide, to help prevent infection.
    6. Antibiotic spray, to treat cuts, sores, rashes, allergies and more.
    7. Milk of Magnesia, which can help counteract poison.
    8. Digital thermometer, to check for fever.
    9. Pillbox, to help organize medications.
    10. Scissors, to cut bandages and gauze.
    11. Tweezers, to pick ticks or splinters from your dog.
    12. Magnifying glass and flashlight, to help you see splinters, ticks or small wounds.
    13. Syringes, to flush wounds or deliver medication.
    14. Towel, to provide some protection in inclement weather.
    15. Soft muzzle, in case your dog becomes frantic after an injury.
    16. Leash and collar to use as spares in case they are lost in an emergency.
    17. Portable dog bowls that can hold a week’s worth of food, in case an emergency leaves you unable to get more immediately.

The dog care experts at Wagglebottoms are happy to help you put together your kit or address any specific issues your dog may have. Stay prepared, and stay safe!