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Staying Cool in the Summer

Staying Cool in the Summer

Summer is in full swing and the temperature will soar for the next few months. Just like people, pets can become overheated and dehydrated when it gets warm.  But, unlike people, Fido can’t adjust the air conditioner.   Here's how to keep your furry friend happy and comfortable, without blasting the AC all day

Avoid concrete and asphalt

Sidewalks and roads trap heat that can easily burn sensitive paws. As an easy test, place the back of your hand on the walking surface.  If it’s too hot to keep your hand there for at least five seconds, the surface isn’t safe for your pet to walk on. 

Try to get your dog out for their morning walk before the streets start to sizzle. Once the sun starts to heat things up, it’s best to avoid concrete and asphalt. Unfortunately, that can make mid-day and afternoon walks tricky.  The beauty of Patio Pet Life is that pets can get a potty break at home without trotting across scorching streets.

Provide plenty of water

Do you find yourself grabbing a bottle of water every time you head out the door?  Hydration is key to staying cool for pets and people.  Dogs pant to lower their body temperature and, as they pant, water evaporates.  To replace that water, keep their bowl full at all times.  Be sure to have water on-the-go as well.  A collapsible dog bowl is perfect for stashing in a bag for summertime outings.

Make staying cool fun

Hot summer days may mean fewer walks, less outings and more time spent indoors or on a shady patio. To keep your pet happy and active, turn staying cool into a game.  A plastic kiddie pool is perfect for splashing.  You can also freeze treats inside ice cubes as a yummy way to encourage hydration. 

A Bored Pet is a Naughty Pet

A Bored Pet is a Naughty Pet
If you regularly find yourself feeling that your dog is "naughty," you may need to take a closer look at the real situation. Dogs that regularly chew up household items, dig out of yards, or make an overall mess of things typically have on thing in common - they're bored. A bored dog is going to find ways to entertain herself, and those ways are often not what you'd want her to do.

Dogs are quite intelligent, and many breeds need quite a bit of stimulation in order to remain happy and healthy. When they are bored, they're stressed, and that can increase the destructive behavior even more. So what can you do? Here are some tips to combat boredom that just might put that destructive behavior to rest.

1. Exercise Is Key

For dogs, exercise equals stimulation, so the next time you're tempted to skip that morning walk, remember that doing so will make your pet bored and increase unwelcome behaviors. Aim for at least a 45-minute walk every morning to wear your dog out.

2. Consider Doggy Daycare

If you're gone all day and your dog is home alone, a visit to a doggy daycare may be a good fit. This will give your dog the chance to socialize and get some exercise at the same time. While you may balk at the investment, think of all the money you're spending replacing items he's chewed up. That may help you to see it as a wise investment.

3. Use the TV

Believe it or not, there are channels dedicated to stimulating dogs, so consider leaving the TV on when you leave for the day. DOGTV is a great choice, and it's available on Roku and Amazon Fire. Animal Planet can provide similar benefit.

4. Use Food-Stuffed Toys

Finally, consider adding food-stuffed toys to your dog's life. These toys are given to the dog at the start of the day, and stimulate chewing and licking behavior that rewards the dog with a tasty piece of kibble, and some used-up energy.


Remember, Patio Pet Life takes care of your pet's toileting needs while you're gone, but if you neglect to take care of his need for mental stimulation, you may still come home to a mess.

Potty Training Regression - What to Do

Potty Training Regression - What to Do

Nothing's quite as frustrating to pet parents as having a fully housebroken pet go back to pottying in the house. If your dog is having toilet training issues, here are some things to look at, as well as what you can do to fix the problem.

 1. Check for Underlying Health Issues

First, schedule an appointment with your vet to rule out any underlying health concerns. Kidney or bladder infections and other diseases, like Cushing's, can cause a pup to loose control over toileting functions. Before you start training again, rule out any conditions that could be causing the problem. Keep in mind that dogs potty needs may change as they age, so be patient if your dog is a senior.

 2. Consider Separation Anxieties

 Are you leaving your pet alone for extended periods of time? A pet that has separation anxiety can have potty troubles. A couple of solutions to this include coming home on your lunch break to play or scheduling someone to visit your dog during the day.

 3. Think About Changes

Have any major changes taken place in the household? A move, a new baby, someone leaving home or even a major remodel can introduce new smells and routines that cause the dog to forget the right potty behaviors. This can require a period of re-training to get things back on track.

 4. Consider Re-Training

If everything else checks out and is not a cause for the problem, then it may be that your dog has simply forgotten his potty manners. A period of training, just like you did when he was a puppy, can get him back on track.

 

To re-train your pet, use the same steps you did when he was a pup. Take him outside after eating and drinking, provide praise and a treat every time he potties where you want, and use the same area each time. This can be a great time to introduce Patio Pet Life's pet grass and trays for your patio or indoors for those not so convenient times for a walk. By providing a comfortable, consistent natural place for their potty needs, you will encourage the right behavior and get your pet back on track in no time.