WHY DOGS LOVE US AND WHY WE LOVE OUR DOGS

The relationship between man and the domesticated dog has a long history going back an estimated 18,000 to 23,000 years. Humans are the only animals said to keep other animals as pets. Have you ever spent much time thinking about our relationship with dogs?  Why do we enjoy our furry friends so much? Do dogs enjoy our company as much as we enjoy theirs? How has this relationship lasted for thousands and thousands of years? In this article, discover how it all started, and why it is that humans and dogs have had such a long-standing relationship.

 

The Roots Of The Relationship

Did you know that there have been many scientific research studies researching the relationship between dog and man? Of course, it is not exactly clear how long ago man began a domesticated relationship with dogs. One study that was published in May 21, 2015 by scientists at the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School reported that it appears that today’s domesticated dogs have ancestral roots to multiple wolf populations. One idea of speculation is that our ancestors may have first domesticated wolves because they were useful when it came to hunting. The wolves may have gradually became companions as humans tamed them, and then they eventually evolved into dogs.

 

Why Do We Love Our Dogs?

Besides the obvious reasons of adoration that include words such as “cute”, “fluffy”, “tail wagging”, and “cuddly”, what are the deep-rooted reasons that humans love dogs? Scientists in Japan have learned that there is actually a scientific explanation for why we have loved dogs for thousands of years.

 

The Science Behind Our Love Of Dogs

The Azabu University School of Veterinary Medicine in Sagamihara, Japan discovered that when humans gaze into the eyes of dogs, a “love hormone” called oxytocin spikes in humans. Oxytocin is considered one of the most important bonding mechanisms in humans. Without oxytocin, evolutionary bonding, trust, and affection would not be possible. One study had dogs and their owners interact for 30 minutes. After this time, the researchers tested oxytocin levels in both the dog’s and human’s urine. Surprisingly, it was found that the oxytocin levels in humans increased.

 

Do Dogs Love Humans?

We already know that dogs enjoy the companionship of humans, but did you know that dogs enjoy gazing into the eyes of humans?  The study revealed that the more dogs gazed into the eyes of humans, the more pleasure and feelings of adoration the dogs experienced. The scientists tested the dogs by spraying either oxytocin or saline into their canine subjects. Each dog was placed in a room with its owner and 2 strangers. The study found that dogs who were sprayed using oxytocin spent significantly more time gazing into their owner’s eyes than they did the others. Consequently, the level of oxytocin increased in the owners.

 

The Future For Dogs And Humans

These studies open the door to further research about topics such as, why dogs are useful as therapy dogs. Could it be due to the oxytocin connection? And why is it that the oxytocin reaction has not been observed between other species? As far as the dog/human bond goes, if you’ve ever wondered how your dog truly feels about you, now you know: dogs really do love humans as deeply as we love them.

 

Dogs Rule At Evolution Dog Wash

At Evolution Dog Wash we know that dogs are important family members. And now we know the science behind understanding how important we are to our dogs as well! When you think about how much we care about and for our dogs, and just how much the pet care industry offers for dogs, did we really need science to prove that to us? Probably not, but it’s good to know that our dogs truly do love us back!

THE MANY BENEFITS OF BATHING YOUR DOG

Many people still believe that you shouldn’t bathe a dog more than once or twice a month, but that is an old myth that simply isn’t true. The fact is that bathing your dog at least once a week, and sometimes even more for health and/or comfort reasons, has many benefits, both to you and to your furry friend.

Choosing a Shampoo

One of the most important aspects of bathing your dog is choosing a shampoo. It’s crucial to find one that won’t dry out your dog’s skin or coat. There are three types of dog shampoos currently available on the market.

1. Typical Chemical Based Shampoo. These usually contain chemicals, artificial colors and fragrances, preservatives, petroleum, animal bi-products, detergents and a host of other things that any pet parent would cringe at if they only took the time to read the label.
2. Natural Shampoo. These use as few chemicals and those other things mentioned above as possible, if any at all. Instead they made of more natural ingredients essences of fragrant oils, natural cleansers and purified water. Even though these shampoos are significantly more natural than their alternatives, they can still have some of the chemicals in them, since the term “natural” isn’t really defined in legal terms. However, most of these are not tested on animals but are used on dogs by the manufacturer to ensure the product’s safety.
3. Certified Organic Shampoo. These shampoos are designed to be safe for the environment, cost effective, and formulated to be gentle on your dog with frequent usage. They often even come in plastic containers that contain PET (polyethylene terephthalate) rather than the potentially more harmful BPA (bisphenol A).

Your veterinarian is a good place to start when researching which shampoo to use on your dog, but over all, any pet parent will agree that the more natural and organic the shampoo, the better it is for your dog and for you.

Here are 5 Reasons Frequent Bathing Benefits Your Dog:

1. If your dog is trained to enjoy bath time, the experience will be as pleasant as a game of fetch, going for a car ride or any other activity your dog likes doing.

2. Bathing is one more opportunity for a positive interaction with your dog that will work toward strengthening your human-animal bond.

3. Bathing removes dirt and odors from skin and coat.

4. Frequent bathing can help heal inflamed or infected skin.

5. Bathing your dog at certain times can help prevent/treat many health conditions.

a. For dogs with allergies, giving the dog a bath before giving it a corticosteroid or an antihistamine can actually reduce or completely eliminate the need for their following dose(s) by relieving the itching. This helps your dog in the long-term, because the less they use those kinds of medications, the fewer side effects they will have to endure.
b. For dogs with bacterial, fungal or yeast infections, mange or ringworm, frequent bathing helps kill the infectious organisms and parasites. In most cases, bathing these dogs often enough can completely eliminate the need for any medication at all.
c. For dogs with skin infections, contact time between skin, hair and shampoo is very important. The longer the shampoo stays on, the more the greater its killing action. Ideally, leaving it on for 30 minutes would be best, but if you can keep the shampoo on for a minimum of ten with a realistic goal of 15 – 20 minutes, it would go a long way to help fight your dog’s skin infection.
d. For dogs with skin diseases, it’s best to bathe them every one to two days to get the problem under control and then several times a week until the skin has healed.

Two Great Reasons Bathing Your Dog Benefits YOU:

1. Your dog could be making you sick. Now, you might be wondering how you, the pet parent, can benefit from frequently bathing your dog. Some dogs love bath time, and others would rather walk through fire then stick even one paw in water. However, the health benefits for pet parents will often far out way the hassle of making your dog endure those soapy suds. Research has shown that people who bathe their dogs more frequently suffer fewer allergies and catch fewer illnesses and suffer less respiratory infections. Bacteria, fungi and allergens can all become trapped in your dog’s coat that he then brings into your home and leaves behind on every surface he touches, such as your couch and your bed. So the next time you feel a sniffle coming on, don’t just remember to wash your own hands, but think of your dog’s paws (and the rest of him/her) too.
2. Cleaner Home Environment. It’s easy to see how keeping your dog clean can add to having a cleaner home. Nobody likes muddy paw prints or a bad odor spreading through their house or apartment. Bathing your dog at regular, frequent intervals helps ensure that they do their part in maintaining a comfortable, clean and safe living environment for both humans and animals, alike.

5 ACTIVITIES TO TIRE OUT YOUR DOG

Part of making a dog happy and healthy is keeping him active. Your pet needs plenty of exercise and ways to release extra energy that could otherwise be channeled into inappropriate behavior like chewing and clawing your favorite furniture.

How Much Exercise Does Your Dog Need?

All dogs need daily exercise, but the exact amount varies according to a few factors, including age, breed and overall health. All dogs need at least 30 minutes of activity each day, but working breeds — think labs, collies and sheep dogs — may need up to two hours. The younger the dog, the more exercise he needs!

5 Great Ways to Exercise Your Dog

Fortunately, you can do so much more than just a walk to the park with your canine pals. Try these fun activities to tire out your dog by the end of the day:

1. Chasing Bubbles

Curious pups love chasing shining soap bubbles around — and once you see the bubbles pop on their noses, you just blow some more! A simple bottle of bubble solution and a wand is perfect for indoor play, or you can make your own tub of suds with added glycerin or corn syrup for big bubbles outdoors. Your puppy will think you’re a magician who brings the fun!

2. Classic Dog Games

There’s a reason that some games and toys never go out of style among the canine set. Try these sure-fire winners with dogs of all ages:

  • Frisbee: Frisbees can fly farther than balls, and the distance provides additional room to run.
  • Hide and Seek: Puppies love this game — they’ll always come to find you, or you can try hiding a favorite toy under a table and watch them dig it out.
  • Tug of War: Use a knotted rope and give your pooches some isometric muscle toning as they brace themselves to pull against you.

3. Hiking

Instead of a stroll around the block, get your dog out onto local trails for a change in scenery. Long walks are great for older dogs who can no longer put stress on their joints by running and jumping, and you’ll love the time spent outdoors, too. Larger working dogs can get in some weight training if you put supplies in a doggie saddle bag and have them carry their own toys and water.

Hiking and other outdoor activities can get dirty, so consider finding an Evolution Dog Wash to clean muddy paws and fur. Pro Tip: Kill two birds with one stone and find a car wash with an Evolution Dog Wash so your pup and car are spotless by the time you get back home.

4. Treat Dispensing Toys

When you can’t be around all day to play with your pet, leave behind something that will keep him occupied. Treat dispensing toys like a Kong are made to be chewed, but they also hold dog food and treats that will come out as your pup pushes the toy along the floor. To make the fun last longer, fill it with treats and seal the end with peanut butter or canned pumpkin.

5. Treat Your Dog to a Class

Puppies will benefit from solid behavioral training to learn basic commands, and it’s good work for both body and mind. Older dogs will also enjoy taking a refresher course or learning some new tricks on an agility course. Learning to jump through hoops and run through a maze is loads of fun; it is also a good way to socialize with other dogs while burning calories.

Tiring out your dog can get dirty, but it’s also a lot of fun. Evolution Dog Wash is your top choice when it comes to self-serve dog wash stations, so find one near you today!

NEW YEAR, NEW DOG: TOP ACCESSORIES FOR YOU AND YOUR PET

At the beginning of each new year, millions of people around the globe make New Year’s resolutions. These resolutions may involve a number of factors, but the premise is always the same: new year, new you. This fresh start is rejuvenating and can be the beginning of a much happier and healthier lifestyle. As you embark (pun intended) on this new journey, however, be sure you aren’t leaving your favorite four-legged friends behind because according to the Chinese calendar, 2018 is the Year of the Dog.

2018 Is the Year to Treat Your Dog

From your worst days to the very best ones, your furry friend is there to greet you at the door, listen to your struggles and comfort you with a cuddle. In 2018, take the opportunity to pamper your faithful pup. As an added bonus, changing up your dog’s tired old toys and accessories can provide the same breath of fresh air as your New Year’s resolutions provide for you. Explore some of the latest and greatest accessories for you and your pet as you ring in the new year:

1. K-9 Tennis Ball Launcher

The K-9 Tennis Ball Launcher takes the game of fetch to a whole new level. This powerful launcher can launch a ball up to 75 feet while leaving your hands free to pick up the next ball. Safe for the dog park or your backyard, you and your dog will have hours of fun launching and chasing balls.

2. Mountainsmith K9 Pack

Designed with 30 years of expertise and the assistance of a dog sled veterinarian, the Mountainsmith K9 Pack is the ultimate dog-friendly backpack. Available in small, medium and large, this backpack is designed specifically for comfort and functionality while hiking or mountain trekking for long periods of time.

3. PetChatz: Facetime Video Phone for Dogs

Feeling guilty about working long hours or taking frequent trips out of town without your cuddly canine? The PetChatz: Facetime Video Phone for Dogs is the solution to your dilemma. Connected to your home WiFi, the PetChatz Phone allows you to interact with your pet while you are away. Simply set up the system and the app and you can view and chat with your dog from wherever you may be.

4. Carhartt Dog Back-Seat Cover

Tired of scrubbing mud and vacuuming dog hair out of your backseat after a trip to the dog park? The Carhartt Dog Back-Seat Cover is a high-quality seat cover designed to protect your backseat. Crafted from 100-percent ringspun cotton duck and equipped with adjustable nylon straps, this cover is robust and stays in place.

5. Bowser Dog Beer

Let your canine join you in the thrill of kicking back and relaxing with a cold one. Despite the name and the appearance of the six pack of 12 oz bottles, Bowser Dog Beer is actually a non-alcoholic, beef-flavored beverage for dogs. American-made, the beverage contains glucosamine to ensure that your pup’s joints remain healthy.

 

6. Running Dog Bike Tow Leash

If your New Year’s resolution includes being more active, the Running Dog Bike Tow Leash is ideal for you and your pet. Simply attach the leash to your bike before riding and your dog will remain safely secured by your side while you ride. With the leash’s built-in shock absorption, you can ride unaffected by your dog’s pulling without concerns of tipping.

7. Ruffwear Swamp Cooler Vest

The Ruffwear Swamp Cooler Vest is the key to helping your furry friend beat the heat in the great outdoors. The vest is strategically constructed with three layers to encourage evaporation and absorb heat. Likewise, the light color is intended to reflect the sun to protect your canine from harmful UV rays.

 

In the new year, it is fun to treat your pet, but why not buy a new accessory for your business as well? Consider adding an Evolution Dog Wash to your business. Contact us today to learn more!

PET WASH STATIONS & MORE: HOW TO UPDATE YOUR VETERINARY CLINIC

You work hard to keep your veterinary clinic clean, efficient and accommodating to all types of pets. You seek out new and innovative techniques, and you pride yourself on maintaining a high quality of care. However, sometimes you worry that your services are too narrow in focus, that you aren’t able to serve members of the community and their pets to the fullest extent possible. You also wonder if additional services like professional dog bathing systems could improve your bottom line. The short answer is yes. Here’s how.

Why You Should Update Your Veterinary Clinic

Taking the time to update your clinic shows that you care about the community. Today, people seek out clinics that feature more amenities and more services overall. They appreciate the convenience factor and like knowing they won’t have to shop around to give their pets the best care, whether for pet wash stations, grooming services, health checkups, training, daycare and more. Adding these amenities gives you a leg up on competition in the community, and it serves as a key differentiator to draw in new clients.

Additional Services

Here are additional services that could help you provide a more complete experience for your clients and pet patients.

Pet Wash Station

Presenting your clients with a commercial dog bath will bring a smile and a sense of relief. As a self-serve amenity, a dog grooming and bathing system like Evolution Dog Wash is convenient, low maintenance and revenue generating. In a busy environment like a vet clinic, you will begin earning a return on investment with every new user.

You’ll also love how Evolution models are built to last, since their aircraft stainless steel construction will serve you for years to come. There are several models to choose from, including the Evolution EZ, Evolution EZ+, Evolution PLC, Evolution Touchpad and more. Some models feature coin acceptors, Omron temperature controllers and selection buttons instead of a rotary dial. However, all models are high quality and feature a non-skid platform, countdown timer, shampoo products and a grooming dryer. To learn about financing options, click here.

Grooming

Besides regular bathing, pets need grooming services as well. While the Evolution is strictly for dogs, grooming services can and should include all species, from cats and dogs to birds, rabbits, guinea pigs and other exotics. All pets deserve pampering.

You might want to incorporate an additional room where pet groomers can operate. In such a structure, pets would come to you for treatment and to your grooming staff for polishing up. From nail trimming to ear cleaning to wing clipping and more, grooming services would be a welcome addition to your clinic.

Daycare Facility

If you have the space available, you might also consider adding a daycare facility to your clinic, with either your own staff or else independent operators who rent out part of your clinic. (Collecting rent would give you additional revenue as well.) Here, pets can play and relax after receiving minor treatment or grooming services, and your clients won’t need to worry about taking time out of their busy work day. They’ll love how their pets will be in a safe, protected environment with qualified staff who provide all the walkies and games they need.

Training Options

Adding dog training to your clinic amenities could present you with another differentiator and potential source of revenue. Training classes can focus on basic commands like sit, stay, lay down, walk on a leash and more. Classes can also focus on potty training and politeness preferences, such as waiting at the door after outdoor play sessions, not jumping on tables or couches and so on.

Are you ready to start adding even more value for your clients and their pets? Reach out to us today to learn more about adding an Evolution Dog Wash at your veterinary clinic.

7 WAYS TO TREAT YOUR DOG

Whether large and huggable or small and lovable, your furry canine companion proves the sentiment that dogs are man’s best friend. From enjoying grand vacations to ordinary walks in the park, your dog remains by your side and has truly become a beloved member of your family.

While you likely put a lot of effort into treating the humans in your life, it is important to put the same amount of effort into the relationship you have with your dog. This not only improves the bond you have but can help to keep your pet happy, healthy and active for years to come.

Consider these top seven simple ways to pamper your pup:

1. Roll in the Dirt

Although you and your pet may seem to enjoy many of the same activities, you should keep in mind that your dog is still an animal. Dogs enjoy exploring the great outdoors, and many cannot resist the temptation to roll around and dig in the dirt. While you do not need to join your dog in this activity, encouraging your canine to get in touch with his wild side and get a bit messy rolling around in the dirt can be fun to watch. As an added bonus, your furry pal will get plenty of exercise!

2. Have a “Spaw” Day

Nothing is as refreshing for a human as a relaxing day at the spa. Extend this sentiment to your dog by treating him to a “spaw” day. Get his nails trimmed, give him a thorough cleaning at an Evolution Dog Wash station, and give him a rejuvenating rub down.

pure breed golden color dog laying relaxed on a massage table isolated on white background

3. Visit a Doggie Day Care

If you only have one dog at home, your pup may not have the opportunity to interact with other dogs. That’s why a doggie day care visit can feel like a special treat. Your pet will relish the chance to socialize with other dogs, and he will enjoy the special attention from the staff as well.

4. Plan an Adventure Day

Discovering new activities or locations is fun for both you and your canine. Whether you venture to a new dog park, a secluded hiking trail or even a dog-friendly brewery, know that the sights, sounds and smells will invigorate and stimulate your dog (and you) for days to come.

5. Buy Special Treats

Do you usually opt for the bacon-flavored treats? Switch the flavors, brands or textures of your dog’s treats every so often. Allowing him to try something new will be a special experience, and your canine may even develop a new favorite treat.

6. Give a Full Scratch Down

Nothing is greater to a furry friend than a thorough scratching. From the ears to belly, and all the way to the back, take your time and give your pup the gift of a full scratch down from his favorite human.

7. Make Room in Your Day for One-on-One Time

If your schedule is usually jam-packed with activities, make room in your day to spend some one-on-one alone time with your pet. Whether you go for a walk, play a game or simply lounge around the house together, your pet will love the attention he gets when it’s just the two of you.

Treat the dogs coming to your business with an Evolution Dog WashContact us today to learn more about our dog bathing stations.

MAN’S BEST FRIEND: STUDY STATES OWNING A DOG REDUCES STRESS

After a long week of the daily grind, there is no greater feeling than packing up your dog’s favorite toys and accessories and heading for the great outdoors. Whether a dog park or a hike through the woods, there is no question that your favorite furry pal encourages you to stay active. Recent studies, however, also show that owning a dog can drastically reduce your levels of stress.

Our Furry Stress Reducers

For decades, canines have contributed to society by assisting farmers, hunters, police officers and even the visually impaired. These days, a large quantity of dogs hold the prestigious title of “therapy animal.” Therapy animals are used to provide emotional support to those who need it most, from veterans of war to autistic children. While therapy animals are not limited to those of the canine variety, many find their often social and playful personalities to be ideal for some patients.

By interacting with a dog, these patients have several their needs met. They gain a sense of companionship and are often motivated to be more active. As a result, numerous studies have shown that the body releases more of the hormone known as oxytocin and in turn decreases the amount of the stress hormone known as cortisol. This shift in hormone production, along with the added companionship, aids in decreasing anxiety and loneliness while improving the patients overall mental health. Fortunately, dog owners reap the same rewards as patients of animal therapy.

4 Top Ways Dogs Relieve Stress

1. Dogs Decrease Reactions to Stressful Situations

Life is full of stressful situations. From daily stresses to more unexpected ones, your dog can help you react to these situations in a healthy manner. They may make you laugh when you are feeling overwhelmed, or the need to care for them may keep you motivated through your toughest days.

2. Owning a Dog Means You Get More Exercise

You may skip your morning jog or a trip to the gym, but the sense of responsibility you feel as a pet owner ensures that you give your dog the opportunity to exercise. Whether a simple walk around the neighborhood or a high-impact race through a dog park, these activities benefit both you and your dog. As exercise in general prompts your body to release endorphins, this alone can significantly reduce stress levels.

3. Touching Your Dog Fulfills the Need for Touch

You may give your dog a thorough scratching because it makes them happy, but research shows that touching your dog benefits you as well. Humans and canines alike find touch to be comforting and relaxing. Each time you touch your dog, your heart rate slows down, and your body produces stress relieving hormones.

4. Being Around Your Dog Decreases Your Blood Pressure

One of the biggest physical signs of excessive stress is high blood pressure. High blood pressure can lead to a number of health-related problems, including headaches, strokes and even blood clots. By simply looking at or touching your dog, you can instantly reduce your blood pressure reading. This phenomenon is also linked to the ramped-up production of oxytocin and the decreased amounts of cortisol that your body produces.

Pet owners love their stress-reducing dogs. Consider targeting these pet owners by adding an Evolution Dog Wash to your business. The use of this commercial dog bath eliminates bath time stress for owners as well as their pets. Contact us today to learn more!

HUMAN FOODS YOU SHOULD NEVER FEED YOUR DOG

If you have a dog, you undoubtedly look forward to a long and happy life for your pet. Two key factors will help you reach that goal: Your dog needs exercise and a healthy diet. It needs to be a diet that includes the things that your dog needs, while avoiding food that can be harmful.

Providing Your Dog With a Healthy Diet

Just like humans, dogs need a balance of protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and water every day to stay in top condition. The proper diet will help dogs maintain muscle tone, and healthy skin and coats. It will also keep their immune system functioning well to avoid disease.

Some people swear that their dogs need home-cooked meals. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to get the right mix of ingredients to create a balanced diet. Usually, the best thing to do is to choose a commercially available dog food that meets your pet’s needs.

  • You might want to choose a food made for its stage of life, such as puppy, adult and senior. There are also foods for special needs such as dogs who are overweight or have kidney conditions.
  • It’s relatively common for dogs to have food allergies, and those allergies often result in itchy skin. A large variety of foods can cause allergies, so if you can’t identify a specific cause, consider commercial food that is especially formulated for dogs with skin conditions.

Top 10 Foods to Avoid Giving Your Dog

Dogs love to beg, and people love to give their pets treats. However, before you give your dog a treat, consider the problem of obesity, and the foods that are truly bad for your furry friend. Here are the top 10 foods you should avoid.

  1. Chocolate: Chocolate, along with coffee and caffeine, contains methylxanthines. For your dog, these things can cause vomiting and diarrhea because they are toxic to the dog’s heart and nervous systems. In extreme cases, you’ll see panting, hyperactivity, tremors and even death.
  2. Alcohol: Alcohol, or foods containing alcohol, could kill your dog. Alcohol causes a range of symptoms, very similar to humans, including vomiting, lack of coordination, tremors, coma and even death. Keep all forms of alcohol away from your pet.
  3. Avocados: Avocados are good for people, but the persin in them can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs.
  4. Citrus: Anything with citric acid in it can give dogs an upset stomach. If given in large amounts, the acid can depress a dog’s central nervous system.
  5. Grapes and Raisins: It isn’t known why grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure, but avoid giving them to your dog, regardless.
  6. Nuts: Nuts typically contain a large amount of oils and fats. Dogs can experience stomach upset and it could cause pancreatitis.
  7. Onions and Garlic: Dogs will experience stomach upset.
  8. Salty Food: Too much salt will make your dog overly thirsty, and could cause electrolyte imbalances that can lead to seizures and sometimes death.
  9. Dairy Products: Dogs aren’t able to produce the enzyme needed to break down lactose in dairy on a consistent basis. Acute digestive distress can result from feeding your dog dairy.
  10. Xylitol: You may not be familiar with this type of sweetener, but it is added to gum, candy, sweet baked goods and toothpaste. In dogs, it can cause extremely low blood sugar, which can result in intestinal distress, weakness and, in high doses, death.

Are you a business owner who loves your dog? Consider adding a new amenity to your business to attract other dog owners just like you. Come explore Evolution Dog Wash’s various dog washing machine modelsCall us with any questions you may have.

COOL FOR THE SUMMER: TIPS TO KEEP YOUR DOG COOL AND ACTIVE

While the term “dog days of summer” has origins that can be traced back to the days of the Ancient Romans, in today’s day and age, it is commonly used to reference scorching hot temperatures in the summer. Many interpret the term to mean that it is so uncomfortably warm that even typically energetic canines can’t help but laze around and pant. Unfortunately, many pet owners live in climates where this type of heat is prevalent in the summer. During the scorching heat, it is important to ensure that your dog remains both cool and active. Follow these tips to ensure your dog is happy and healthy all summer long:

Keep Your Dog Hydrated

As always, adequate hydration is essential for your canine’s health. In the summer months, it is even more important. To ensure that your beloved pet remains hydrated, provide them with plenty of water throughout the day. It may be helpful to add ice cubes to the dog’s water dish to ensure that the water stays cool. Likewise, if you spend a lot of time outdoors and on-the-go, invest in a collapsible water dish to make providing water on walks and hikes easier.

Buy a Wading Pool

If you do not have a pool at home and your dog spends a lot of time outdoors, a wading pool is an excellent solution to keeping your pet both active and cool. Be sure to purchase one that is an adequate size for your dog for maximum comfort. Likewise, ensure that it is durable enough to withstand active play and claws.

Choose the Right Times to Walk Your Dog

During the summer, the time you choose to walk your dog can make all the difference in their level of activity. In the middle of the day, temperatures are generally at the most extreme. This can result in overheating and pavement that is simply too warm for your dog to walk on comfortably. A simple change to your schedule, such as moving walks to the early morning or late evening, is one of the simplest and most effective ways to keep your dog cool and active.

Give Your Dog a Frozen Treat

For humans, there is nothing like a popsicle or ice cream cone to cool off after a long day in the sun. The same is true for canines, however, they should not indulge in our human treats. Instead, offer frozen peas or fruits that are safe for consumption by dogs. If you prefer, you can buy frozen treats that are already prepared or create your own. Some of the most popular recipes include frozen chicken or beef stock cubes and yogurt and banana “ice cream” cups.

Wet Your Dog’s Paws and Belly

Unlike humans, your canine pals are not equipped with sweat glands throughout their bodies. Instead, they only have sweat glands on their paws and noses. To make matters worse, they are covered in heavy fur which can quickly contribute to overheating in the summer months. A quick and easy way to cool down a hot dog is to wet their paws and their belly. This cools them down more effectively than wetting their back or face with cool water. Simply use a water bottle or a wet towel to wet these areas and provide instant relief.

Keep all dogs cool this summer with an Evolution Dog Wash dog cleaning machine. Contact us to learn more!

TOP DOGS FOR APARTMENT DWELLERS

While many people dream of having a canine companion by their side, they often feel as if their living arrangements are not compatible with being a responsible pet owner. Often, these circumstances arise for apartment dwellers who do not have large outdoor spaces to accommodate a canine. After several recent studies have shown the immense emotional and physical health benefits that pet ownership provides, however, pet-friendly apartment complexes are on the rise. Within these establishments, it is possible for you and your dog to live happily ever after in an apartment. The key, however, is to find the right one. While some may claim to be accepting of pets, be sure that they also include pet amenities, like an outdoor space or an Evolution Dog Wash.

Another important factor to consider is the breed of dog that you choose to welcome into your apartment. Some breeds are much more suitable for the apartment life than others, and you will need to take this into consideration to ensure that your pet will be happy and healthy in your home.

Less-Active breeds

Unlike those who live in a traditional house, opening the back door and letting your canine roam outdoors all day is not an option for apartment dwellers. For those who do have limited access to outdoor space, or space in general, it may be wise to opt for a less active breed of dog. These dogs, naturally, will still need regular walks and exercise; however, in comparison to other breeds they have significantly less energy to work off each day. They are also generally smaller than average breeds, meaning that they do not take up much space and do not need large living quarters. While some of these breeds are more vocal and demanding than others, they are frequently fairly low maintenance pets for those who reside in apartment complexes. Some of the most popular “lethargic” breeds, include:

  • Pugs
  • English Bulldog
  • Shih Tzu
  • Basset Hound
  • Miniature Pinscher

Active Breeds

Another great option for apartment dwellers are active breeds that also do not require large living spaces. These dogs are a better choice for an apartment dweller who frequently hikes, jogs or has access to a large, pet-friendly outdoor space. Each one of these breeds has their own personality. Although in comparison to lazier breeds, they generally will be much more willing to join you on a hike or for a game of fetch. Other factors to consider for apartment living include the level of noise they are known to make as well as their general temperament towards strangers. These are crucial points to consider to ensure that you, your pet and your neighbors are all happy with your living arrangement.

  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Greyhound
  • Boston Terrier
  • Bichon Frise
  • Poodle

Adopt a Dog!

After you have determined which breed is most suitable for your lifestyle and living arrangement, be sure to visit your local shelter. Shelters are often full of lovable dogs who are seeking a loving, forever home. Similarly, the employees at the shelter will likely be able to provide a lot of information on the dog you are interested in adopting and can help you to determine which canine is most suitable to join you in your home.

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