Dog Socialization for Happy, Healthy Dogs

You have a social life, your dog should have one, too!

Socializing your dog from an early age can help your pet be more confident and less fearful in unfamiliar situations. Socialization begins with the breeder through specialized programs, such as Puppy Culture, and continues with the owner. By introducing your puppy to new situations, different people, places and things in a safe and positive manner, your puppy will grow into a friendly, healthy, happy and well-adjusted dog.

How to socialize your puppy

When your puppy first comes home, follow these basic suggestions from the American Kennel Club to help socialize your puppy:

  • Introduce your puppy to new sights, sounds and smells.
  • Make it positive, with the appropriate amount of treats and praise.
  • Involve the whole family, including the kids.
  • Avoid doing too much too fast by introducing your puppy to a few family members and introducing new strangers slowly.
  • Take your puppy into the public, such as the pet store or on a puppy play date.
  • Enroll in puppy classes to teach basic obedience.

Get more info on how to socialize your dog during social distancing here.

How apartment managers and property owners can provide a dog-friendly environment

Dog ownership is growing among single people as well as apartment renters. By providing opportunities for tenants to socialize their dogs, property managers can provide a pet-friendly environment that is attractive to renters with dogs.

Here are a few ways property managers can play a role in promoting a pet-friendly atmosphere with social opportunities for pets and their owners.

Provide a dog washing station on property. With the increased development of pet-friendly buildings, a self-serve dog wash is one of the most sought-after amenities. After working with hundreds of apartment properties that have purchased the Evolution Dog Wash to attract and retain tenants, we’ve learned some of their most popular social activities revolve around pets.

Promote pet-friendly social events to benefit both pets and their owners. Just like people, dogs who spend time interacting, exercising and socializing with other dogs lead healthy and happy lives. It’s a great way for dogs to meet other dogs, and dog owners to meet other dog owners. Here are a few ideas to get you started

  • Host “Yappy Hours”, a happy hour playdate for dogs and their humans.
  • Hold a “Walk and Wash,” a walk or doggie playdate where tenants and dogs can get some exercise while socializing and finish with a dog wash in the Evolution Dog Wash.
  • Plan a costume party, and not just for Halloween. Many pet lovers enjoy dressing their dogs to celebrate different themes and holidays throughout the year.

Dog socialization is an important part of a happy, healthy life for any dog, young or old. Differentiate your property from others in your area by creating a unique, pet-friendly environment for pet lovers.

Celebrate National Pet Month

May is National Pet Month in America, a time to celebrate all the benefits pets bring to our lives and recognize those who support the health and well-being of pets.

Pets positively impact peoples’ lives in many ways. Studies have shown pets can improve your health and happiness. They offer unconditional love, comfort and stress relief. Pets can make you feel happier and reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, a key reason for therapy dogs and other emotional support animals. And not only are there emotional and psychological benefits of owning pet, but also physical benefits. Owning a pet, especially a dog, increases your fitness level with regular walks and trips outside. Regular exercise is good for your heart, muscles and bones. It can help you lose weight, reduce your risk of chronic disease, and increase your energy levels. Owning a pet can boost your overall well-being.

In addition to celebrating pets and the benefits they give us, another initiative of National Pet Month is to increase public awareness of the services available from professionals who work with animals and support their well-being. That’s where Evolution Dog Wash comes in. Evolution Dog Wash manufactures high-quality, self-serve dog wash machines, built to wash hundreds of dogs each month with minimal maintenance. Evolution Dog Wash stations are perfect for car washes, apartment complexes, veterinary clinics, pet stores, travel centers and more. A clean, healthy pet is a happy, healthy pet.

To celebrate National Pet Month, Evolution Dog Wash is offering customers $1,000 off any machine May 1-31, 2020. “We know many people were financially impacted by the effects of COVID-19. In an effort to provide savings to our customers during this difficult time, and to celebrate dogs during National Pet Month, we wanted to extend this special limited time offer,” said Evolution Dog Wash owner, Matt Ogden. He continued, “We normally reserve this discount for the International Carwash Association Car Wash Show. Although the show was cancelled this year, we are happy to honor this discount, and extend it to anyone who mentions coupon code “ICA2020″ for the month of May.”

Evolution Dog Wash is more than a dog wash, it’s a company that cares about dogs and their welfare. Evolution Dog Wash is proud to support local Colorado animal shelter charities. If you are interested in adopting a pet or donating to the cause, please visit your local animal shelter or support the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund (CPOF).

Evolution Dog Wash. Built for dogs and the people who love them.

To learn more, visit http://evolutiondogwash.com/ or contact us at 888-303-0553. To take advantage of this limited time $1,000 OFF promotion, fill out this form and enter coupon code “ICA2020”.

CORONAVIRUS AND DOGS

If you are the owner of a four-legged friend, you’ve probably wondered what affect COVID-19 can have on your pet.

Should you be concerned about Fido’s health? Is it safe to take your furry friend on walks? Can pets pass the COVID-19 virus to humans?  If you get sick, can your animal get infected? How can you keep your pet healthy?

We have been told for weeks that COVID-19 cannot effect our pets, but is this accurate?

This week, a Pug named Winston in Chapel Hill, North Carolina tested positive for the virus. Winston is the first known case of a dog with COVID-19 in the United States, but he is not the first domestic animal in the world to contract the virus.

There have been at least two reported cases of dogs in Hong Kong testing positive for the virus. Both of these dogs were the pets of Covid-19 positive owners, and neither showed any signs of illness from the virus. The COVID-19 virus has also been found in cats as well as a female Malayan tiger at New York’s Bronx Zoo. (Read more here.)

In Winston’s case, two family members who live in the home with the dog are front line health care workers who had also tested positive for COVID-19. Winston experienced mild symptoms and is recovering well.

Each of these cases indicates that animals may contract the virus from humans, but at this time, there is no evidence that suggests animals are a significant threat to the spread of the COVID-19 virus in people, according to the CDC. And while we know dogs and cats can contract certain types of coronaviruses, there is currently no evidence that the novel COVID-19 virus poses a serious medical threat to animals.

How can I protect my dog’s health?

We know you care about the health of your beloved pet. Here are some general guidelines recommended by the CDC for anyone who tests positive for COVID-19:

  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you should avoid contact with both pets and people.
  • If you are sick with coronavirus, you should avoid petting, snuggling, sharing bedding with or being kissed or licked by your pets.
  • Always wash your hands before and after interacting with your pets.
  • If you are sick, wear a cloth face covering if you are around your pets.
  • Routinely disinfect any surfaces with which your dog may come in contact, including food bowls and cages.

Is it safe to walk my dog?

Exercise is essential for the health of humans and animals alike. Taking your dog for regular walks can be beneficial for your physical and mental well-being during these unprecedented times. When you take your dog for a walk, be sure to follow these guidelines:

  • Walk your dog on a leash.
  • Maintain at least six feet between other people and animals.
  • Do not gather in groups with other dogs or people and avoid crowded areas.
  • Do not go to dog parks or other places where people and dogs may gather.
  • Do not let others pet your dog while you are out for a walk.

What should I do if my dog gets sick?

If your pet shows any signs of respiratory illness, call your veterinarian right away. Keep your dog isolated from other pets as a precaution.

Keep up-to-date on the latest information regarding COVID-19 and your dog here.

We know the health and safety of your pet is a priority. Evolution Dog Wash machines are built with the health and safety of dogs in mind, with built-in sanitation and comfort measures in place. Every machine comes with a disinfectant option so you can easily spray down the unit before and after you wash your dog to ensure optimal cleanliness. We offer a contoured non-skid wash platform to avoid your dog standing in dirty water. And to make dogs feel safe, less anxious and comfortable we have the water set to the perfect, dog tested and approved, temperature.

During this time that groomers are closed and people are looking for affordable solutions to care for their pets, Evolution Dog Wash can help you keep your furry friend clean, healthy and happy.

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.

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