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Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Dogs and Cats

Orange, yellow and red leaves line the streets and the Halloween costumes are put away for another year. You know what that means! It’s only a few short weeks until Thanksgiving!

And while you check your guest list and count your serving utensils, don’t forget about your pets.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful tradition of food and family, but for your four-legged family members, it can present hazards. While Great Aunt Mabel preps her famous sweet potato casserole, Max and Fluffy can get into the trash behind her back and get dangerously sick.

Think of the traditional Thanksgiving foods, there’s fatty turkey trimmings – hello upset tummy! There’s cranberry sauce (loaded with sugar), dressing with onions, and other foods that can turn your Thanksgiving into an evening at the emergency vet.

Top Thanksgiving Hazards for Pets

1-      Fatty foods – Turkey skin is fatty. If you or a well-meaning guest give your dog turkey skin, your dog could develop a painful condition known as pancreatitis. It doesn’t take much either. Some dogs have sickened and even died from ingesting a small amount.

Other foods that are dangerous are onions, raisins, grapes and chocolate. So, don’t feed your pets dressing or chocolate pie either.

If you have guests who may be inclined to “share” with your four legged friends, please encourage them otherwise. Instead, allow your pet to join in the fun with some healthy pet treats like Wellness Kittles with Turkey & Cranberries for cats or Wellness CORE Marrow Roasts Savory Turkey Recipe for dogs.

2-      Trash – Whether it’s a tempting turkey carcass or a pile of “scraps,” the lure of the garbage may be too much for even the best-behaved pets to handle. It’s a good idea to exercise your “pet management” skills by either keeping your pets safely out of food prep areas or keeping the trash well out of reach – probably behind a cupboard door.

3-      Decorations – Lighted candles, crepe paper, and other decorations can prove hazardous to your pet’s health if they’re of the mind to chew on anything available or haven’t yet learned about fire. Keep an eye on them when they’re around and be alert for any unusual behavior.

4-      Be Aware of Poisoning Symptoms – Gastro intestinal upsets like vomiting or diarrhea are common symptoms of poisoning. This can occur when your pet has ingested things like chocolate, raisins, onions and other foods their bodies aren’t equipped to digest.

From toxicity to severe gastro-intestinal problems to blockages caused by splintered bones, the Thanksgiving table is rife with potential pet hazards.

If you suspect your pet ate something he or she shouldn’t have, call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control hotline immediately. 888-426-4435.

While food is a big part of pet hazards at Thanksgiving, crowds and traveling are two other considerations.

Crowds – Like people, some pets are fine with crowds while others would prefer the safety of a quiet place away from the noise. You know your pets the best. If they’re used to having the run of the house, you might choose to allow that but if they seem stressed or nervous around visiting toddlers, then you can escort them (your pets) to peace and quiet.

Road Tripping – If a road trip to Grandma’s is in your future, make sure your pets have secure kennels to ride in. Roaming pets can lead to distracted driving which can lead to traffic accidents.  Flying has its own rules of course and they vary by airline so you’ll want to check with them.

Now that you know these top Thanksgiving pet safety tips, exercise a little precaution when it comes to your pets and let your biggest concern be a perfectly cooked turkey.

Happy Thanksgiving!

National Kale Day – Wellness Recipes with Kale

It’s National Kale Day! This nutrient-dense green isn’t just for trendsetting humans anymore. We include kale in many of our natural Wellness recipes for pets. It’s a powerful antioxidant and contains natural fiber and a variety of vitamins and minerals. It is also known to potentially have anti-inflammatory properties. It’s a great addition to part of a complete and balanced natural pet food recipe. Browse through some of the Wellness recipes that contain “the queen of greens”:

Wellness CORE Grain Free Dry Formula:

Grain-free CORE Original can help support your dog’s optimal health with turkey, chicken, salmon oil and fruits and vegetables. High-protein CORE can help encourage healthy digestion and increase energy.
Nutrient-dense and enhanced with antioxidants and probiotics
No meat by-products or fillers (see all ingredients below)
No grain, corn, soy, wheat-gluten or artificial preservatives, colors or flavors
Fish and flax omega blend for healthy skin and coat
Available in: 4 lb, 12 lb, 24 lb and 26 lb bags
*Size and selection may vary by retailer

Grain-free CORE Original can help support your dog’s optimal health with turkey, chicken, salmon oil and fruits and vegetables. High-protein CORE can help encourage healthy digestion and increase energy.

Nutrient-dense and enhanced with antioxidants and probiotics

No meat by-products or fillers (see all ingredients below)

No grain, corn, soy, wheat-gluten or artificial preservatives, colors or flavors

Fish and flax omega blend for healthy skin and coat

Available in: 4 lb, 12 lb, 24 lb and 26 lb bags

*Size and selection may vary by retailer

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Wellness CORE Grain Free Wet Formula Weight Management Recipe:

• High-protein, grain-free CORE Weight Management has chicken, pork liver, whitefish and turkey with fruit, vegetables and extra fiber to help achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

• More grain-free fiber so your dog feels fuller longer

• Includes greens and botanicals for optimum health (see all ingredients below)

• Carefully selected and guaranteed mineral levels

• Fish and flax omega blend for healthy skin and coat

• Gluten-free

Available in: 12.5 oz cans

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Wellness TruFood Baked Blends Adult Chicken, Chicken Liver & Flaxseed:

Wellness starts with whole-prey chicken and adds grain-free fiber like peas, chickpeas and lentils. We blend in antioxidant-rich superfoods like beets and blueberries and real air-dried fruits and vegetables for balanced, delicious dog food. Anti-inflammatory flaxseeds and wholesome sources of Omega fatty acids, like salmon oil, can support joint health, immune and digestive systems, as well as skin and coat health.

• Carefully blended, nutrient-dense whole foods

• No meat by-products, potato, wheat, corn, or soy fillers, or artificial colors, preservatives and flavors

• Slow baked in small batches for 70% more raw protein than typical kibble diets

• Contains probiotics, coconut oil, chia seeds and other ingredients such as turmeric, ginger and parsley to promote better digestion and overall vitality

Available in: 3 lb and 18 lb bags (1.4 kg and 8.2 kg)

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It’s National Dog Day

After all, “Every Dog Will Have His Day” and this year, it’s August 26. National Dog Day is an opportunity to celebrate dogs of all types. Of course, we think every day is an opportunity to celebrate our canine friends so this just makes it extra special.

6 Ways to Celebrate National Dog Day

1—Yappy Hour – August 26 is a Friday and a summer Friday afternoon seems perfect for a Yappy Hour either at your home or an area restaurant. If your pooch is the social type, you can invite a couple of dog loving pals to meet you at a nearby pet-friendly patio for appetizers and a drink.

2—Doggie Massage – Everyone loves a massage. Why not give your dog one. Start around the shoulders and gently massage in circular motions, then move down to the hips. This is especially good if your dog is feeling stiff joints due to arthritis. Like people massage, there is a bit of an art to it and some veterinarians and pet stores offer dog massage trainings on occasion.

3—Hike – Find a nearby trail and go for a hike. Your pet will love the opportunity to experience the new scents in the woods. Just be sure to keep Fido leashed so he doesn’t run rampant and check him carefully for ticks afterwards.

4— Bath – Time –Your dog may not love being bathed, but everyone feels better clean. When was the last time your dog went to the groomer? If it’s been awhile, why not book an appointment? Your dog will feel great when he comes back.

5- Post a Picture of your Dog on Social Media – You probably don’t need an excuse to do this but share your cute pup photos and add #NationalDogDay so everyone who searches the hashtag can see yours.

6- Donate to Shelters – Toys, food, money, time, even old towels/blankets can help. Many animal shelters need some or all of these. So, if you have the opportunity, please contact your local shelter and see how you can help.

National Dog Day is a chance to not only shower our own pets with love but also remember those less fortunate who are still waiting in the shelters for their forever homes. You can share their pictures in your social media feeds to encourage adoption.

Happy National Dog Day 2016!

Going Grain Free For Your Dog

Going Grain Free for Your Dog: Why and How to Transition to Grain-Free Pet Food

Grain free pet foods are becoming increasingly more popular. Do you have a pup that’s always itchy? Or maybe your cat is experiencing digestive issues? Have you recently started eliminating grains from your diet and want to have your pets to follow the same healthy lifestyle? There are many reasons why as a pet parent, you might choose to try a grain free food.

If You’re Considering Going Grain-Free:

Because grain free foods don’t contain any fillers, you’ll notice the first ingredient will be either chicken, salmon, beef or another meat, poultry or fish protein source. This is why grain free foods are higher in protein than traditional pet foods. While many pets thrive on being fed a higher-protein recipe, some pets may have digestive upset with the increase in protein. That’s why we always recommend discussing any diet changes with your veterinarian first.

And not all grain free pet foods are created equal. It’s important that a grain free food be well balanced, offering an accurate protein to fat and carbohydrates ratio. This will ensure high digestibility and optimum nutrient absorption. Wellness grain free recipes are always complete and balanced, so they’re great for everyday feeding. We also include guaranteed levels of probiotics to help further support digestive health.

A good grain free recipe should also have natural sources of essential fatty acids like flaxseeds and other fruits and veggies as grain-free carbohydrate sources.

Here are some of the benefits you may see in your pet after going grain free:

-Healthy energy levels

-Soft, smooth skin and coat

-Maintenance or improvement of lean muscle mass

-Regular, fully-formed stools

-Potential clearing of food allergy symptoms (if pet has grain sensitivity)

How to Transition

  • Look for a reputable company that includes fresh fruits and veggies in their grain free recipes. (Like Wellness!) Some of our favorite grain free ingredients include superfoods like sweet potatoes and blueberries which provide antioxidant sources.
  • Make it a gradual transition – don’t suddenly switch your pet’s food as that can cause tummy aches. Instead, feed less of one food and replace it with another – over the course of at least a week.
  • See how your pet responds. Most people find that their dog’s stools are harder and denser when they switch to a grain free food. That makes clean up easier.

Wellness has a large variety of grain free dog and cat foods and treats, including our new Wellness Complete Health Grain Free dry dog food. For protein-rich nutrition, there’s also Wellness CORE dog and cat foods.

Do you have any questions about selecting a grain free recipe for your pet? Contact our knowledgeable Consumer Affairs team who can speak with you and make a recommendation: 800.225.0904, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm ET.

Beat the Heat- How to Keep Your Pet Comfortable and Safe in the Summer Months

Summer is upon us, fellow pet lovers, and with summer comes lots of outdoor fun with our pets. However, depending on where you live, the summer heat can present many dangers to your pet. Pet owners can sometimes be oblivious to these dangers, which can result in many health risks for our furry friends. Keep your pet comfortable and safe this summer with these tips on how to beat the heat.

What Not to Do

With temperatures rising to potentially dangerous levels in the summer months, you have to be conscious of your pet’s safety. In the hot summer months, these are some of the ‘DONTS’ to keep in mind when caring for your pet in the heat.

  • Never leave your pet unattended inside of the car. Honestly, it is never a good idea to leave your pet unattended in a vehicle for any length of time beyond a couple of minutes, but this is especially true in the event of extreme temperatures, whether hot or cold. The inside of a car on just a warm day can reach dangerous and fatal temperature levels, and it can happen within minutes! Print out this Humane Society flyer to disperse and help to educate your community.
  • Do not put a muzzle on a dog while they are out in the heat. There is a reason why dogs start panting when they get really hot – it is a natural way of controlling their body temperature. When you put a muzzle on a dog while they are out in the heat, you are preventing this natural process from occurring, which can lead to over-heating or heat stroke.
  • Do not leave your pet outside for extended periods of time during extreme heat. If it is too hot for you to be outside for an extended period of time, then you should consider it too hot for your pet as well.

Warning Signs of a Heat Stroke
It is important to be aware of the signs that your pet may be in danger of a heat stroke. Some of these warning signs are –
  • Heavy panting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Excessive thirst
  • Lethargy
  • Glazed eyes
  • Lack of coordination
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dizziness
  • Profuse salivation
  • Vomiting

Pets who are most susceptible to suffering from heat stroke are usually very old or very young, overweight, or pets not conditioned to prolonged exercise. Speaking of exercise, if you are out exercising with your pet and they suddenly insist on slowing down or laying down – this is a sign that your pet is over-heated or over-exerted. Listen to what your pet is trying to tell you. Here are some more helpful tips on recognizing the warning signs of a heat stroke. If you suspect that your pet is suffering from a heat stroke, move them to the shade or an air-conditioned area immediately, place ice packs or cold towels to their head, neck and chest and take them to the veterinarian as soon as possible.

Tips to Consider
  • If your pet is going to be outside in the heat for any extended amount of time, be sure that they have access to plenty of water.
  • Do not assume that a dog house is a proper place for your pet to cool off in the heat. Dog houses are built to prevent air movement and can build up heat quickly.
  • When taking your pet out to exercise or walk/jog, be aware that the hot asphalt/concrete can be damaging to your pet’s paws. You’ve walked barefoot on hot asphalt before, right?
  • The best way to cool down your pet is by placing cool water or cloths on their neck, pads of feet, or belly.
  • If you have a longer haired dog, consider getting their hair cut shorter in the summer months.
Now that you know how to keep your pet comfortable and safe in the hot, summer months – get outside and have some fun with your pet on those beautiful, sunny days. Just don’t overdo it and stay cool – literally and figuratively.
With temperatures rising to potentially dangerous levels in the summer months, you have to be conscious of your pet’s safety. In the hot summer months, these are some of the ‘DONTS’ to keep in mind when caring for your pet in the heat.

How Wellness TruFood Saved My Best Friend’s Life

We recently received a beautiful email from Ania about her dog Charlie’s struggles to find a food she could eat, and the happy-ending gave us goosebumps!

Read the whole story:

My name is Ania, I’m 21 years old and I have a dog named Charlie. I got Charlie when she was four months old right with the passing of my mother due to brain cancer in June of 2014. She is my Emotional Support Animal (ESA) and she goes everywhere I do.

A month after I got Charlie she started to get very sick. Everything she would eat she would throw up or have constant diarrhea. It got so bad to the point where she was constantly dripping blood from her behind, had dry skin, her hair would fall out, constant ear infections, and my apartment was covered in puppy pads because of her constant sickness. She didn’t even want to eat anymore. She became a bag of hair and bones and people would publicly comment that I didn’t know how to take care of her. I tried changing her food so many times with different ingredients and took her to the vet to get her tested for everything possible; heart worms, parasites, cancer, and anything we could think of. I’m a full time college student and I used up every dollar of my savings to figure out what was wrong and turned to my dad for help when I ran out of money. I was miserable thinking I had to put her down. Charlie was the reason I started leaving the house by taking her to parks and started to feel like myself again after my moms passing. She’s my best friend.

I started spending hours on the internet figuring out what could possibly be wrong with her. After repeatedly trying out new things, I figured out she couldn’t have any gluten, wheat, beef, and most by-product fillers. I then came across your Wellness TruFood brand and gave it a go. What a miracle. Within two DAYS the bleeding stopped, her stool with firming, and she wasn’t throwing up anymore. She gained all the weight she should have and she is the happiest dog I’ve ever seen. No more scratching, no more ear infections, no more sickness, and no more puppy pads. Best of all she actually likes it! Even if I just feed it to her dry. She has hair not fur and it is so soft and shiny to the touch as apposed to the dry brittle thin hair with bald spots she had. She loves every product from TruFood I give her.

Charlie herself was abused. She’s terrified of children and it wasn’t until she was a year old that she let the first person at the park pet her. Now she loves to play and run up to people and it brings me to tears knowing she’s the happiest and healthiest she’s been. She is so funny and makes me laugh everyday. I have never written a review or reached out to a company before, but I can honestly say that this food has saved my dogs life and in return improved my own. What an incredible brand with great ingredients. To whoever reads this, I just wanted to say thank you with all of my heart for saving my puppy, because she was able to recently see her second birthday and now with many more to come. I couldn’t be more grateful for the amazing team at Wellness for creating this food!

Thank you forever,

Ania and Charlie

Poison Prevention Awareness Month

Attention pet owners! March is Poison Prevention Awareness Month, which means that if you’ve never inspected your home or aren’t aware of the things that could be poisonous to your pet, now is the time to educate yourself! There are so many poisonous substances that can be harmful and even fatal to our pets, so it is important to know what’s in your home and also to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms that your pet may be in danger. So, in honor of Poison Prevention Awareness Month, we are offering up some tips!

photo cred: mybrownnewfies.com

photo cred: mybrownnewfies.com

Inspect!
Regular inspections are the best way to ensure that your home is free of elements that may be toxic to your pet. Let’s go room to room and talk about some things that could be harmful to your pet.

Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms when it comes to poison prevention. People often make the mistake of assuming that certain table foods are safe for their pet, but this is a dangerous way of thinking. The following foods have been shown to be potentially harmful to pets –

  • Chocolate – especially dark chocolate, coffee, caffeine
  • Raisons and grapes
  • Yeast dough
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Raw or undercooked meat
  • Table salt
  • Garlic, onion and chives
  • Avocado

These are just some of the most common foods that can be hazardous to your pet. Consult with your veterinarian before sharing any table food with your pet.

Bathroom

The bathroom can be a dangerous place for your pet. Make sure you keep the following items in a place that is not accessible to your pet –

  • Human and pet medications
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Bath salts and bathing liquids

Living Room

Household plants are a popular topic when it comes to poison prevention for our pets. If you are a pet owner and you like to keep plants in and around your home, be sure that you do your research before bringing a plant into your home that could be harmful to your pet.

Here are some other miscellaneous household items that can be toxic to your pet –

  • Batteries
  • Potpourri
  • Insecticides
  • Rodenticides
  • Plant fertilizer/plant food
  • Antifreeze
  • Yarn, rubber bands, dental floss

Secure!

Make sure that potentially toxic items are out of your pet’s reach. Pets can be pretty creative about finding a way to get into things, am I right?

  • Keep human medications and pet medications in separate areas, both secure and out of reach.
  • If you have multiple pets, make sure that their medications are kept separate, in order to keep them from getting mixed up.

Learn!

Do the necessary research to educate yourself on the topics surrounding poison prevention. What items are toxic to your pet? Talk to your veterinarian to find out if there are certain foods that may be more toxic to your pet than others. Read up on household plants and make sure that you don’t keep any toxic plants inside your home. Knowledge is power!

Read!

Pay attention to the labels on the items in your home. The label will often warn you if the substance is toxic to you or your pet.

  • Before administering any medication to your pet, make sure you read and understand the directions, and follow any doctor’s orders exactly.

Know!

Do you know what the common signs and symptoms of poisoning are? This is an important part of poison prevention. If you notice that your pet is displaying any of the following signs or symptoms, call your veterinarian immediately!

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Lethargy
  • Convulsions

If you can’t get in contact with your veterinarian, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.

Prepare!

It is important to be prepared in the event that any emergency arises with your pet, and that includes possible poisoning. Keep emergency resources on hand and have the number of your local veterinary emergency hospital in an accessible place, so that you can seek help immediately.

The Benefits of Spaying and Neutering Your Pet

There are many benefits to having your pets spayed and neutered. While it is indeed beneficial to both you and your pet, it is also considered to be an important responsibility as a pet owner. There is a reason, or many rather, why shelters require any animal to be spayed or neutered before being adopted out of their facility. Let’s talk about some reasons as to why spaying and neutering is so beneficial to both you and your pet.

Health Benefits


Some of you may be wondering how putting your pet through surgery could possibly benefit their health. First of all, these surgical procedures are performed using the most minimally invasive techniques possible. In the case of spaying and neutering your pet, the benefits far outweigh any risk involved. Some of these benefits include:

Eliminating the risk of ovarian and testicular cancer

Reducing the risk of mammary gland tumors and/or uterine cancer, especially if done before the female’s first heat cycle

Reducing the desire to roam, which will help keep your pet safely out of the streets

Pets who have been spayed or neutered have been shown to lead longer, healthier lives

Behavioral Benefits

Spaying and neutering your pet can help to correct behavioral issues that you may be having with your pet.

Calm Aggressive Behavior – Some animals that remain intact have been known to display some aggressive behavior. This is most common among the males, and neutering has been shown to decrease aggressive behavior, as well as reduce the likelihood of dog bites.

Eliminate Desire to Spray or Mark Territory – Another common problem with male cats and dogs is their desire to spray or mark their territory. Neutering can help to eliminate this problem. No pun intended.

Keep Your Pet Out of the Street – As previously mentioned, spaying and neutering your pet can reduce your pet’s desire to roam. Female dogs and cats have a tendency to want to roam when they come into heat, resulting in the males exhausting every effort to get out and find a mate. This presents many dangers to your pet, including traffic accidents and fights with other animals.

Solution to Overpopulation

Overpopulation is a big problem facing the feline and canine communities. Spaying and neutering your pet makes you a part of the solution by –

Preventing unwanted litters of puppies and kittens

Reducing the number of stray animals roaming the streets

Reducing the number of animals being brought into shelters, ultimately helping to reduce the number of animals being euthanized each year

Free to a Good Home?

Overpopulation can also lead to more animals ending up in abusive situations. Oftentimes, when someone’s pet has an unexpected litter of puppies or kittens, they choose to rehome these animals for little to no rehoming fee. This can easily land animals in the hands of abusive owners.

Be a Part of the Solution

The mere thought of the number of stray animals that suffer from roaming the streets day after day, along with the thousands of homeless animals that sit in shelters day in and day out, is enough for us to know that we want to be a part of the solution. We want you to be a part of the solution as well. As pet owners, choosing to spay and neuter our four-legged friends is helping to reduce the number of homeless animals in our community, and we think that is a great solution to be a part of!

Now that you know more about the benefits involved in spaying and neutering your pets, put your knowledge into action. Make the appointment, improve your pet’s health, and make a difference in the lives of all animals in your community – SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS. Be a part of the solution and share your knowledge with pet owners alike.

Wellness Pet Food Survey Results

As you may remember, we sent out a survey back in November to ask about your preferences as a Wellness consumer. We want to thank everyone for their participation, as well as share some of the interesting findings with you! Check out our graphic, below, which highlights some of the trends we saw with Wellness pet parents.


Thanks again for participating!

National Walk Your Pet Month

If you’re one of the 45% of Americans who make New Year’s Resolutions, chances are that weight loss and/or exercising more often is among them.

You probably already know about the health benefits of losing weight. There’s less stress on your joints, your heart, etc. But did you know that when your pet loses weight, he or she enjoys the same benefits?

According to Pet Obesity Prevention, 57.9% of American pets are overweight or obese. Even an extra two pounds on your cat (or five on dogs) is associated with greater risk for disease.

January is National Walk Your Pet Month which makes is perfect for the dogs in your life. Maybe for your cat too but most aren’t interested in walks.

And if the exercise benefits aren’t enough, dogs also enjoy mental stimulation by getting out in the neighborhood and sniffing the trees, sidewalks, fire hydrants and each other.

Walking Your Dog is Bonding Time

Walking together is a great time to focus on training your dog and strengthening the bond between you.

To get the most out of your time together, don’t walk and talk on the phone. Use this time to focus on your pet. They spend a lot of time alone already and need you. Praise them when they walk well and pay attention to you.

If your pet needs leash training, find a class, hire a dog trainer for a few sessions or watch YouTube videos on how to train your dog to walk on a leash. It’s no fun (and possibly dangerous) if your dog is doing the zoomies down the street at top speed about to pull your arm out of the socket.

If your dog already walks great on a leash, congratulations! Now you can focus on enjoying the walk and maximizing it for calorie burn:

Maximize Your Walk

You already know a slow meander isn’t going to do much for revving up the metabolism. However, if you’ve been more sedentary than active, you’ve got to start somewhere. Even a few minutes at a slow pace have more health benefits that sitting on the couch. As soon as you can though, speed up your walk, even if it’s only for a few seconds at a time.

An average is about one mile in a 20 minute period or 3 miles an hour. Are you walking that fast already?

Sometimes dogs can be tricky. They get caught up in the smells and slow your progress. This is another reason the leash training comes in handy. There’s a time to let them sniff and a time to walk. Maybe you start out slow or slow down when you get to a favorite spot. Over time, they’ll adapt to your rhythm if you train them to trot along beside you.

Of course, if you have a high energy dog, then your pet needs to run—daily—to burn off that excess energy. If you’re not a runner, then take your dog to the dog park or find a pet sitter who’ll run with your dog.

It’s hard to walk calmly on a leash when you’re filled with pent up energy.

Safety after Dark

It is January after all and it gets dark early. If your dog walking activities take place in the predawn or late afternoon/evening hours, you want to make sure you can be seen by motorists, bicyclists and other dog walkers/pedestrians.

A lighted leash and collar combination is good for the Fido in your life. You will do well to wear light colored clothes at least and better yet, a reflective vest or jacket.

What about you? How will you participate in National Dog Walking Month?