Author - Contributed Content

Getting in Shape With Your Dog: 5 Activities for Summer

How long to train a dogThere’s something counterintuitive about leaving your dog at home while you go out for a workout.  Many domestic dogs aren’t getting enough exercise as it is, and we humans could always do with a little more fresh air and a little less Netflix.

Why not combine the two?  Rather than feeling guilty every time you leave your pup at home to head to a stuffy gym, consider ways that you can spend time with your dog and get some much-needed exercise for you both.  Read on for five summertime activities to help you and your dog get in shape while having fun at the same time.

Follow That Dog

Dog walking (or running, depending on the fitness levels of both you and your dog) is the obvious way of getting in shape with your dog.  Unfortunately, dog walks can quickly become a monotonous exercise, where the two of you robotically retrace the same steps and follow the same path day after day.

For a fun and interesting twist give your dog what they’ve always wanted and let them lead – at least part of the way.  Pretend that your dog knows exactly where they want to go, and let them use their inbuilt GPS (a keen sense of smell) to determine your route.  So as to not let your walk get out of hand (you don’t want to find yourself stranded three towns over) work out how long you’d like your walk to take – say, 30 minutes – and then let your dog lead the way for about two thirds of that time (in our example, that would be 20 minutes).  For the remaining time, you can take over the walk again and make a straight line for home.

Remember that part of the activity is to let your dog stop and sniff as much as they choose.  Imagine your dog’s delight!


If you are lucky enough to live in an area with – or have easy enough access to – hiking trails, this could be the perfect way to have some outdoor fun in the sun with your dog.  If you’ve never hiked before, try not to be too worried about the equipment or fitness levels required. There’s nothing to say that you have to hike the entire trail each time – just do as much as you and your dog are both comfortable with, before heading back.  Just make sure you’ve got enough water and snacks to sustain you both, and slowly build your way up to longer heights.


It may never have crossed your mind to combine yoga and playtime with your dog, but it’s a trend that’s becoming quite popular throughout the US.  Dog yoga, or “doga”, is being offered in some progressive pet-friendly yoga centers, with some even offering mindfulness classes for humans and dogs to take together.  

Even if you don’t have a dog yoga class near you, there are plenty of online videos and other resources that show different ways of practicing yoga with your dog.  Once you’ve mastered a few of the poses, ask someone to take some photos or videos of your efforts: if you’ve ever seen clips of dogs and humans doing yoga together, you’ll agree it’s incredibly clever and cute.

If you do manage to find a dog-friendly yoga class for both of you to attend, check out 5 ways to keep your dog safe at public events.

If yoga is not your thing, look for fitness or Boot Camp classes that include dogs.  We’ve even heard of classes that specialize in helping people in wheelchairs or those with limited mobility to improve their fitness and flexibility while spending valuable time with their dogs.

Water Sports

Summertime is the perfect time of the year to engage in outdoor water sports, and there are plenty of activities that your dog would love to join in.  Stand-up paddleboarding is the perfect example. It’s a good idea to get your dog used to standing on the paddleboard on dry land before venturing out into the water, and if you’re not an experienced paddleboarder yourself, it’s best to organize a lesson for both you and your dog so you’ll both get the most out of the activity.

Most dogs naturally love the water and are confident swimmers, but of course, you want to make sure you have a well fitted and brightly colored lifejacket on your dog just in case.  


Dancing would come pretty high on the list of fun things to teach your dog.  It may be hard to believe, but “musical canine freestyle” is a recognized competitive sport that people and their dogs can take pretty seriously.  Involving humans and dogs dancing together to a choreographed routine, participating in events organized by the Musical Dog Sport Association can see dogs and humans earning trophies and training for hours on end.

If you like the idea of enjoying a fun dance workout with your dog but you’re looking for something a little more low-key, try turning on your favorite up-tempo music and using online videos or other guides to teach your dog dance moves, like moving in sync with you, and weaving between your legs.  As long as you’re both having fun and enjoying the music together, you’re sure to burn calories and have a few laughs at the same time.


The benefits of heading outside with your dog for a mutually beneficial summertime workout are obvious: much-needed fresh air and exercise for both of you, plus a rare chance to spend some relaxing quality time with your dog.

There is an additional benefit of working out with your dog: it feels like fun, not like a workout.  You could probably burn off the same amount of calories in the same amount of time on an elliptical trainer at the gym or by going hiking with your dog.  You could increase your upper body strength by swimming laps at your local aquatic center, or you could take your dog stand-up paddle boarding.

Which would be more enjoyable?  If you had time for just one activity on a sunny Sunday afternoon, which would make you feel like you’ve had a weekend well spent?

About The Author: James Woller is a long-time dog enthusiast, and co-owner of Jet Pet Resort and Release the Hounds, professional dog service companies.

5 Ways to Keep Your Dog Safe at Public Events

We love to pamper our pooches and show them how much we appreciate their existence, and dog owners do this in many different ways. They make tribute posts on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Pooch parents also treat their fur babies to a fancy meal (like steak) and puppicino or take them out to the doggy park or the beach. Those who have the time and resources will take their pets for a fun trip to make the day extra special.

Whether you’re chilling at home with your pet or going hiking, the most important thing is to keep your pet safe and happy. To do that, follow these safety precautions.

Keep Your Dog Hydrated

If you’re going to the bark, beach, anywhere out (even your backyard), it’s important to keep your dog hydrated all the time, especially in the middle of the day. Dogs have a higher body temperature than humans do (101–102°F in dogs versus 97.6–99.6°F in humans). So look out for warning signs of dehydration in your dog, like panting, loss of energy and appetite, and dry nose and gums.

Dogs don’t sweat in the same way people do because dogs have insulating coats. Their sweat glands are on their pads and ear canal, but perspiring only plays a minor role in regulating their temperature.

Their coat keeps them warm in the cold and cool under the heat. However, dogs are usually very active creatures, so they can easily get overheated, especially when playing outside under the sun.

Bring potable water for your pet wherever you go, whether you’re going out or staying in on National Dog Day. In fact, you should make drinking water available for your dog all the time.

Check the Ground Temperature before Going Out

Your pooch isn’t as hard-wearing as you think they are (no matter how often you’ve seen them fall and get up like nothing happened). They can get bruised, wounded, and sprained too. Most of all, they can get burned when you take them out for a walk on hot concrete.

They may look thick and sturdy, but a dog’s paw pads can get easily injured when walking on sharp, rough surfaces and heated ground. Yes, your dog probably loves their walks, but that shouldn’t be a good-enough reason to risk their health.

If you have plans of going out with your canine friend, check the weather and temperature for the day. Go out when it gets cooler, like early in the morning, late in the afternoon, or during the evening. Check the ground temperature with the back of your hand. If it’s too hot for you to lay your hand on for five minutes, then it’s too hot for your dog to walk on.

Unlike people, they don’t have any protective wear on their paws. And even if you make them wear shoes, it still isn’t advisable to go out on hot days for fear of hyperthermia (a.k.a. overheating) and dehydration.

Dogs can get injuries and infection from their surroundings because of their active and dirt-filled lifestyle. Always check your dog’s paws after going out or if you notice them constantly licking or gnawing on the body part. Get it checked by the vet immediately if you notice an injury or something unusual on their paw.

Let Your Dog Wear a LED Collar

This year’s National Dog Day falls on a weekend, which makes it perfect for camping, hiking, or adventuring with your pooch. You can take your dog by a lake and enjoy barbecuing with the rest of the family.

Fido can go for a swim, help you catch fish, and explore the wilderness with you. They’re guaranteed to have a blast sniffing interesting smells and chasing tiny animals. The wilderness can offer many fun and exciting activities for you and your dog.

But accidents can happen in an uncontrollable environment. With how curious and playful dogs are, your buddy can wander off and get lost. If you’re planning an outdoor trip with Fido, you need to ensure their safety and prepare for unexpecting events. Let your dog wear a bright LED dog collar if you’re staying out or camping overnight. This way, you won’t lose sight of them even in the dark.

Sometimes, dogs exhibit their stubborn streaks at the most opportune moment. That’s why you should always keep your eyes on them or have them on a long leash when you’re outdoors. If your pet isn’t microchipped yet, you should get them chipped now. In case your dog gets lost, people can scan your dog’s microchip to find you.

Stay Away from Fireworks

Most, if not all, dogs absolutely hate fireworks. Dog hearing is much better than that of humans, so fireworks are much louder and more jarring to their ears. The deafening explosion can make them scared and anxious. This can cause them great stress, which isn’t good for their health.

Responsible dog owners know not to risk their dog’s safety no matter how beautiful or grand fireworks are. However, you can help your dog stay calm by creating a distraction for them. Some owner let their dogs listen to calming music with a earphone. Others use pressure wraps of vests.

On holiday when fireworks abound (like the Fourth of July), make sure to take your dog inside the house and give them a comfortable place to hide. Seal all exits to stop Fido from escaping outside out of panic, and give them a distraction so they don’t concentrate on the noise. Most of all, keep them company so they can feel safe and protected.

Avoid Unhealthy Food

Dogs are fond of eating scrumptious food (like meat, meat, or meat). They also love to eat not-so-scrumptious “food” that can’t be named here (lest it offends others’ sensibilities). But taste doesn’t always have anything to do with what’s good or bad for their furry bodies. Believe it or not, your dog is sensitive to a lot of food that humans eat (and don’t eat).

If you’re planning to treat your buddy to a delicious meal, make sure that it’s not something that they’ll throw up or will harm their body later. Don’t season that steak or give them a bone. Canine bodies are much more vulnerable to the unhealthy effects of sodium, sugar, and other seasonings.

Bones are also harmful to dogs. They can puncture the digestive system, cause intestinal problems, obstruct vital organs, and harm your dog’s mouth and teeth.

Other things you should never feed your dog are apple core, avocado, chocolate, garlic, grapes, onion, peach, persimmon, plum, raisins, and any food with alcohol, caffeine, and xylitol in it.

All dogs deserved to be loved and pampered by their owners. From bringing water (and food) to avoiding harmful food and treats, these tips will help you fill the special day with fun and excitement.

Durable Chew Toys for Aggressive Dog Behavior

Aggressive dog behavior can come up at any age. Apparently, uncontrollable chewing can develop ever since dogs get their permanent teeth and gums begin to feel uncomfortable. From then on, it’s a matter of training and promoting good behavior.

However, you should take not that aggressive dogs are the ones that spend a lot of time alone, don’t entirely consume their energy and end up barking and chewing excessively, as well as being violent towards other dogs. Owners of such temperamental furry friends are in a constant and sometimes unsuccessful search for durable chew toys.

Chew toys have a few advantages that you shouldn’t ignore. They keep a dog busy while consuming their energy. Also, they are mostly optimized to support dog gums and healthy teeth. You might know this, as well as the fact that some toys turn out to be less than durable or indestructible.

7 Durable Chew Toys for Your Aggressive Animal Friend

Below you can find seven of the chew toys that qualify as the most durable ones in the field. If you have more dogs or look for solutions that fill your house with options, you should dig into the ToyPetReviews chart of other favorite indestructible chew toys. Let’s see some durable chew toys that you can find almost anywhere and promise to even last ten times longer than the average ones!

West Paws Zogoflex Zisc Tough Flying Disc Dog Play Toy
A disc might not be the ideal house that you want around your home, as the dog can use it while you’re away and harm furniture items. However, this flying disc dog toy promises to calm your dog down while you’re in the park.

Cesar Millan says that a tired dog is a happy one. Medium to large-sized breeds enjoy fetching game, and this orange-colored disc takes it to the next level. The toy is lightweight, and it’s also suitable for the water-loving dog. The toy is BPA and phthalate free and dishwasher safe. It flies far as it’s made of hard plastic that softens in the dog’s mouth.

Kyjen Squirrel Squeaker Mat
I’m guessing you didn’t expect a plush toy in this chart. The Kyjen Squirrel Squeaker Mat is excellent for small to medium-sized dogs that have aggressive behavior. Squeaking toys are attractive. This one particularly comes with a long-lasting squeaking interior design that promises to last as much as the dog’s interest towards playing.

The toy comes with no stuffing that the dog can swallow after tearing the mat apart. However, in the meantime, he or she might get distracted by the multiple squeakers that the toy comes with.

Kong Extreme Dog Toy
If you have an aggressive chewer, then you might have heard of Kong’s collection of toys adjusted for all breeds. Its most indestructible (no toy is entirely indestructible, but these ones get pretty close) items come in five sizes.

The Kong Extreme toys are ultra-strong and durable and versatile enough to suit both indoors and outdoors. Also, they come with a hole that helps you stuff the toys with treats that keep dogs busy for longer. You can purchase such a toy for small, medium and large-sized dogs, including breeds with stronger teeth than others.

Elk Antler Healthy Chew
Many dogs – especially puppies – consider treats as toys. That’s why this chart includes the Elk Antler Healthy Chew that lasts longer than others and leaves less mess and odor, according to Amazon reviews. It’s a natural eco and dog-friendly premium treat that was handcrafted to look and taste attractive.

The bone contains calcium, glucosamine, chondroitin, vitamins, minerals, and phosphorus to keep your dog’s teeth healthy. The bone is even naturally colored in brown for an attractive effect. You can consider this bone as an item to integrate into the dog’s dental care.

Jolly Pets Romp-n-Roll 8 Inch Ball with Rope
The Jolly Pets-made toy works for large breeds that enjoy spending a lot of time outdoors. The brand has a history of creating extreme toys since it began by developing products for horse entertainments and developed into focusing on solutions for hard chewing.

This ball is designed for throwing, carrying, launching, kicking and much more. So, it can successfully accomplish the laborious tasks of dog fun. The toy also floats on water and dries quickly, as it’s made for non-toxic Polyethylene plastic. Manufacturers recommend it especially to owners of Labs.

Benebone Bacon
This is one of the best and durable chew toys that keeps dogs from choking while playing. The toy was engineered using a Y-shaped design to fit the pet’s jaw. It’s also flavored with bacon that lasts through long chewing sessions.

The toy works for all medium to large breeds, and you can even grip it while the dog plays. The money you spend buying these durable chew toys goes to the company’s initiative to support animal welfare.

Thank dog – the chew we’ve all been wishing for has finally arrived! Pup owners know how quickly their precious pooches can choke. Why risk it with a biscuit? The Benebone is engineered for safe and extended lasting chewing. Benebone chews are made in the USA, and every sale supports animal welfare.

FurryFido Treat Dispensing Smart Interactive Dog Ball
This 4.5-inch ball helps your dog stay entertained and exercise while consuming his or her energy. You can use the ball for dogs which are kept outdoors or in the backyard. The toy comes in sturdy silicone that makes a squeaky noise when moved around.

The ball can be stuffed with dog goodies. So, if your dog behaves during the daytime, you can let him or her play with the ball, and stuff it with treats for a quality-time ritual when you get home.

Wrapping Up

These toys were specially engineered and designed to face the teeth of dogs with aggressive behavior, regardless of size and breed.

Pick your dog’s potential favorite and watch them play around and consume energy!

What Dogs Experience When Their Owners Go on Vacation

cc4Dog owners dread leaving their furry buddies at home alone. Bidding them goodbye and hearing them whimper in response can be heartbreaking! The only thing owners can do is to put their mind at ease, knowing they’ll eventually return home.

But this is actually more than just missing each other. IFLScience elaborates on how much stress your dog goes through when it realizes it is left alone. It was revealed that the first 30 minutes of isolation is the most stressful for your pooch. For some dogs, however, the stress remains until the owner comes home.

You can detect the increase of stress levels by observing the dog even before you step out the door. Pet scientist Alice Potter explained, “The most common behavioral signs of separation-related behavior are destructive behavior often targeted at the door the owner leaves through, various types of vocalizations (howling, barking and whining), defecating and urinating.” Other signs are more subtle, like pacing and excessive salivation. Dogs may urinate as well to relieve the stress.

No matter how frequently you leave the house, your canine friends might still find it difficult to get used to being left alone. But they will pick up the cues that tell them you’re about to leave such as getting the keys, walking towards the front door, putting shoes on, and more. Once they are familiar with these signs, the stress then settles in earlier. Just like humans, some dogs handle it better than others.

There are several ways to make the situation less stressful for dogs. We’ve shared some advice here on DTB on how to keep clingy dogs comfortable when left alone. The gist is to train your dog in such a way that he or she will get used to not being around you. You can achieve this by rewarding them when they stay put. It’s also recommended to leave a lot of dog toys to keep them occupied. This way, there will be less destruction on house furniture.

Another great way to lower a dog’s stress levels is to take him or her out for a walk before you leave. Exercise can help calm the dog by tiring him or her out, meaning he or she may take a nap while you’re away. This can also keep the dog’s brain healthy, in the same way a person feels exhilarated after a good workout. In case you’ll be too busy to do this on your own, BetaKit suggests an alternative would be to get in touch with a dog walker. They mentioned Go Fetch as an example, which allows owners to browse through profiles of “walkers”. This is to give an owner the chance to assess the person, which is a potentially good match for their beloved pet. As for your part on the other hand, you must first consider if your pup is well-socialized.

Realistically speaking, you can’t always take your dog with you in every vacation. Thankfully for times like these, solutions such as the ones highlighted above can help alleviate your fur baby’s separation anxiety.