Safe and Healthy Thanksgiving Foods for Dogs

Thanksgiving is just days away! While the coronavirus pandemic still rages, keeping many of us from seeing loved ones this holiday season, we’re feeling especially grateful for the companionship of our four-legged family members. As you plan your intimate Thanksgiving Day feast, be sure to include your furry friend in the festivities!

But first, a word of caution. The holiday season tends to coincide with an increase in visits to the vet as dogs may be fed unsafe human foods, or overindulge on the feast (just like their owners!) If you’re planning to let Fido enjoy some Thanksgiving treats of his own, here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure your pet’s Thanksgiving doesn’t end with a trip to the emergency vet.

What not to feed your dog on Thanksgiving

  • Skip the bones. If you’re tempted to toss the turkey bones to your dog while you’re carving the bird, don’t. Turkey bones can cause damage to your dog’s digestive tract. Be sure to keep the bones out of reach, especially if your pet is able to reach the table or counter.
  • Don’t feed raw meat. Raw or undercooked turkey may contain salmonella bacteria, so be sure the turkey is well cooked to an internal temp of 165° F before you or your dog enjoy a bite of meat.
  • No bread dough. Raw yeast bread dough is also dangerous for animals. If your dog or cat eats raw dough, the yeast causes a release of carbon dioxide gas and alcohol, which can lead to a drunken, bloated pet. This condition can be life-threatening for animals.
  • Keep Fido’s nose out of the cake. As you’ve likely heard, sugar, raw eggs and chocolate can be harmful for dogs. Be sure to keep sweet treats, including the batter, away from your pets.
  • Use caution with artificial sweeteners. Sugar substitutes can make your Thanksgiving meal a bit healthier for humans, but those artificial sweeteners can be extremely dangerous for dogs. If you’re baking with a sweetener that contains Xylitol, use caution and be sure your dog doesn’t get even a taste.
  • Avoid onions, scallions, garlic and seasonings. While these ingredients make human foods extra delicious, they should be avoided in anything you plan to serve your pet. As you’re cooking, set aside some cuts of meat and vegetables for your pet before adding seasoning or butter.

How to make a healthy Thanksgiving feast for your dog

While there are several foods and ingredients that can make your pet sick, there are plenty of fall favorites that are both delicious and safe for your dog to enjoy this Thanksgiving.

  • Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of dietary fiber and vitamins for your dog. Just be sure they don’t contain any added ingredients.
  • Boiled or baked potatoes with no butter, sour cream, salt or pepper can be a delicious treat for your pet.
  • Apples are another rich source of vitamins for dogs, but first be sure to cut out the core as apple seeds can be toxic for dogs.
  • Turkey with no bones or skin. It’s also important to be sure your dog doesn’t get turkey with seasonings, so be sure to remove the skin before feeding turkey to your pet.
  • Green beans contain fiber, vitamins and manganese which are all healthy for dogs. As with other dishes, be sure they are served plain.
  • Peas are also good for dogs, but avoid creamed peas that contain added fat that could upset your dogs stomach.
  • Pumpkin is a healthy snack or treat for dogs and is good for their skin and coat. If you’re feeding canned pumpkin, be sure it isn’t a spiced pie blend.

Be sure to keep any full trash bags out of reach of your dog as well, as the smell of discarded foods may be too tempting for your dog to avoid. If your pet does get into something or eat something they shouldn’t, err on the side of caution and contact the Pet Poison Hotline or your local vet for good measure.

The Evolution Dog Wash team wishes you and your furry friends a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Halloween Costumes, Treats and Safety Tips for Your Pup

Halloween is just around the corner! As you’re planning costumes for you and the kids, don’t leave your four-legged family members out. There’s plenty of fun you can have with your pup this Halloween.

Here’s everything you need to know to make this Halloween extra special with your dog, from costumes to dog treats, we’ve covered it all.

DIY Halloween Costumes for Dogs

Get your dog in on the fun with these DIY dog costume ideas (don’t worry, we’ve linked to the tutorials so you can make one of these super cute, super simple costumes for your dog).

No-sew dog monster costumeNo-sew dog monster costume

No-Sew Ewok dog costumNo-Sew Ewok dog costume

Pupcake costumePupcake costume

Lighting bug dog costumeLighting bug dog costume

Dino dog costumeDino dog costume

Doggy fairy costumeDoggy fairy costume

All business dog costumeAll business dog costume

Latte dog costumeLatte dog costume

Pup candy costume
Pup candy costume

Homemade Halloween Treats for Dogs

Every pup loves a good treat, but not every Halloween treat is good for your dog. Candies and confectioneries can cause serious health problems for dogs, so while you indulge this Halloween, be sure to keep the human treats out of reach of your pup.

Check out these canine-friendly Halloween treats you can make at home.

Skeleton bone treats — These simple, five-ingredient treats are both delicious and safe for your four-legged friend. Get the instructions here.

Peanut butter treats — Peanut butter is every dog’s favorite flavor. Get out your Halloween cookie cutters and roll out some dog-friendly peanut butter treats this Halloween with this recipe.

Pup-friendly candy corn — Your dog will love these all natural candy corn treats made with pureed pumpkin. Get the recipe here.

Pumpkin and cheese mummies — You can’t go wrong with this recipe for pumpkin and cheese mummy treats.

Halloween Safety Tips for Dogs

Not only is candy unhealthy for dogs, but there are some human foods and treats that, in large quantities, can be deadly for dogs. These common holiday treats are some of the most toxic foods for your pets.

Chocolate — This tops the list as one of the most well-known foods that is dangerous for dogs, but this time of year, it’s good to have a little reminder. Chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, irregular heartbeat, tremors and even seizures in dogs. And dark chocolate is the most toxic. There is no amount of chocolate that is safe for a pet to consume.

Nuts — Did you know that even nuts are not healthy for your dogs? The high fat content in nuts can cause an upset stomach and even pancreatitis. Macadamia nuts are the most toxic nut for dogs and can cause weakness, vomiting, tremors and joint pain.

Hard candy — The size, shape and slipperiness of hard candy makes it a choking hazard for pets.

Sugar-free candy — Sugar isn’t great for your pets, but the artificial sweetener xylitol, which is commonly found in sugar-free treats, can be especially dangerous for dogs. Xylitol is known to cause a rapid, severe drop in blood sugar, triggering seizures and even causing liver damage or death. If you suspect your pet has consumed any xylitol, head to the nearest animal hospital.

Mini bags of pretzels and chips — While pretzels and chips themselves may not be dangerous, the plastic bags and wrappers used for these treats can pose a hazard to your dog. If swallowed, they can irritate the digestive tract and obstruct the intestines.

Don’t leave your pet out of the fun this Halloween, but be sure to take extra precautions to be sure your dog stays safe and healthy. And from all of us at Evolution Dog Wash, Happy Halloween!

Celebrating 500 Dog Wash Machines Shipped!

At Evolution Dog Wash, we’re passionate about creating the highest quality dog wash machines that allow dog lovers everywhere to keep their four-legged family members healthy and happy. Since 2013, we’ve dedicated ourselves to top notch service and the attention to detail required to produce the very best in safety and comfort for pet owners and their loyal companions.

After seven years in the business, we’re celebrating a huge milestone achievement — our 500th dog wash machine sold in North America!

Inspired by the sleek, modern look of BMW’s M models, our new design patented DW2 model boasts an attractive and distinct look and feel that rises to the occasion as the centerpiece of any dog wash room or pet area. Whether in a multifamily apartment building, car wash or pet store, property owners are proud to display our beautifully designed dog wash in high traffic locations to attract tenants and customers. And dog owners trust that they are able to bathe their dogs in an environment that is soothing and comfortable for their beloved pet.

Here are some of the trusted features Evolution Dog Wash users have come to love from the leading manufacturer of dog washes in the country:

  • Easy-to-load basin with large door to accommodate dogs of all sizes
  • Secure door latches and pet restraints to keep dogs safely in place
  • Durable, anti-slip floor
  • Shatterproof plexiglass for safety of dogs and their owners
  • Safe and comfortable water temperature for dogs
  • Two-stage, temperature-controlled grooming grade dryer
  • Sealed stainless steel construction to reduce mold and mildew
  • Sanitize mode on all washes to ensure the cleanest environment for pets

Evolution Dog Wash machines are built to wash hundreds of dogs each month. We work hard to ensure our customers are always satisfied, and we are proud of our record. As part of our customer service, we help you through the entire process from set up to installation and beyond with our onsite warranty repair. In seven years and over 500 Evolution Dog Washes shipped we have only had two onsite warranty repairs. Our machines are designed to last and our service and maintenance videos make them easy to maintain even for a first timer.

Kim Taylor, owner of dog wash “Paw Wash Life”, and Hewitt Self-Serve Car Wash installed two Evolution Dog Washes and says the main reason she decided to purchase from Evolution Dog Wash was the high level of customer service. “Before making a large investment like this we wanted to do a lot of research and we had a lot of questions. We feel that customer service is an essential part of any business and it was a big factor in our decision to purchase from Evolution Dog Wash.”

Pet Wash Life, Hewitt, TX

Pet Wash Life, Hewitt, TX

Our quality, durability and demonstrated customer service and field reliability is unmatched. Our latest design maintains the best of our machine’s internal working components with an updated, modernized look with crisp, clean lines.

To learn more about how you can get an Evolution Dog Wash for your property, contact us today.

Budgeting and Planning for Your Evolution Dog Wash

A new budget season is upon us and now is the time to get Evolution Dog Wash into your capital spending budget for the 2021 year. Evolution Dog Wash starts at $14,500 and each machine comes with a complete, two-year warranty. We offer a number of customization options, including personalization with your company’s logo.

As you prepare your 2021 budget to include Evolution Dog Wash, it’s also time to consider the facility preparations that are needed before your dog wash can be installed. Here’s what you need to know.

Planning the Space for your Dog Wash

Evolution Dog Wash is much more than a bathtub for dogs. Our customized, low maintenance machines are made of aircraft grade stainless steel with a triple filtration drain system to protect your facility’s plumbing. This means only having to clean the dog wash tub once a day, compared to other standard tubs which usually clog up after a few washes. Each of our models includes a commercial grooming dryer and product selection for shampoo, conditioner and disinfectant.

Our dog wash dimensions are 79.5-inches wide, 74.6-inches high and 27.7-inches deep.

We recommend at minimum a 100-square foot (10’x10’) space, if possible, for your dog wash. But, the bigger, the better! Keep in mind that this is a luxury amenity you are adding for your dog-loving residents. A larger spa room or outdoor space provides ample room for dogs to exercise and socialize. Many properties have events for the residents around the dog wash to enhance community connections. Yappy Hour has become a favorite as well as adoption events and inviting the local police to wash their K-9 pets.

If you are planning an indoor spa room, we suggest a first-floor space (so tenants won’t be walking muddy dogs upstairs or through common areas, soiling walls and flooring) and near a bathroom or laundry facility for easy access to plumbing to keep installation costs down. Some properties choose to install the doggie spa in the parking garage for convenience when tenants come back from outings with their dog. If your dog wash will be set up outdoors, consider placing it near a clubhouse or in your property dog park, provided there is existing plumbing, such as a dog water fountain.

Although our dog wash can be outdoors in warmer climates, it is made of stainless steel, which can get very hot if not shielded by a shade structure, awning or other covering. An outdoor covered space, or indoor climate-controlled space is ideal for comfort of both the dog and its owner.

Preparing Utilities for Evolution Dog Wash

Evolution Dog Wash can be installed by any qualified plumber and electrician, provided the necessary utilities are in place. Our machine requires:

  • Cold and hot water supply connection (hot water is optional; we offer an internal water heater if needed)
  • ¾-inch incoming water line
  • 2-inch waste drain connection
  • Dedicated 120V 30 Amp hard-wired connection (optional internal water heater requires additional 120V 20 Amp circuit)

Purchasing an Evolution Dog Wash

If you are ready to purchase Evolution Dog Wash for your multi-family property, the first step is to contact our sales team at 888-303-0553. Let our team member know your budget and how many units you are considering. According to a Gallup poll, 44 percent of Americans own a dog, so larger apartment communities may want to consider multiple dog wash units.

Once your model has been selected and 50 percent deposit paid, we will begin the build of your unit. Most orders take eight to 10 weeks to complete. Once finished, the unit will be created and shipped to your location for installation.

Remember, a self-serve dog wash is one of the most commonly sought-after amenities for renters. Including an Evolution Dog Wash in your community plans will make dog owners, and their pets, loyal residents for years to come. For more information on our models, pricing or specs, visit our website. Have questions? Give us a call at 888-303-0553.

COVID-19 pandemic revitalizes Americans’ focus on pets, quality time at home and outdoor getaways

While many companies and small businesses are suffering during the coronavirus pandemic, others are better suited to survival and even getting a boost from the hit. According to CNBC and data compiled by ad-tech company Taboola, home improvement and pet products, among others, have all seen a surge in interest while most of the economy falters. With a reported 50 percent increase in consumer interest in pet products, we expect to see a growing emergence of new pet-related businesses—from the basics of food, toys and grooming, to TV channels and shows geared toward pets and dogs.

Due to COVID-related stay-at-home orders issued across the nation, consumer mindset has changed. People are most focused on what’s in front of them—their family, home and pets. More Americans are spending time gardening, working on home improvement and taking on DIY projects. In the rental market, the demand for single family rentals has increased, and multi-family apartment buildings must consider new ways to stand out and improve amenities to retain residents long-term.

There has been an unprecedented surge in pet adoption with shelters and rescue organizations reporting increases in adoption and fostering. In late March, New Yorkers had already adopted 10 times more pets than usual. Similarly, Los Angeles has seen a 70 percent increase in adoptions from shelters. Now that they’re spending more time at home, pet owners are able to provide even better care for their pets, and the companionship pets provide plays an integral role in their owners’ lives, perhaps now more than ever. A recent study from Banfield Pet Hospital® reveals 84 percent of pet owners feel more attuned to their pet’s health, with 67 percent planning to make changes to how they care for their dog or cat. As pets play a more central role in our lives, companies should consider ways to support this pet-friendly demographic.

Summer vacation plans look different this year with a growing number of people avoiding hotels and airline travel. People are spending more time with their pets at parks, campgrounds and hiking local trails. Families are looking for accessible and affordable outdoor getaways. RV and camper rentals have increased with astounding numbers as a way to travel, social distance and enjoy the great outdoors. An article in Car and Driver reports, “rental company RVShare, was claiming a 650 percent increase in rental traffic since early April.” And it doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

The market is ripe to attract pet-friendly guests. Companies should consider ways to make their businesses more pet-friendly and attract dog owners. The Evolution Self-Serve Dog Wash is a great amenity for not only “pet focused” businesses such as groomers, veterinary clinics, pet stores, dog-parks and dog-beaches, but also multi-family apartment buildings, car washes, RV parks and campgrounds. Offering pet-friendly amenities is a great way to differentiate yourself from the competition.

“Dog owners love their dogs and will go out of their way to seek out dog-friendly locations to ensure the best experience for them and their dogs,” says Matt Ogden, owner of Evolution Dog Wash. “We’ve seen an increase in calls lately with people looking to incorporate an Evolution Dog Wash into an existing RV Park or as they build out a new location.” Catering to dog-lovers makes them more loyal customers and gives them a reason to visit again and again.

The Evolution Dog Wash is not only a great way to attract people with pets but it’s a great way to generate more revenue for your business. The investment not only pays for itself, it continues generating profit for years to come. Whether you’re building a new destination or improving an existing location consider adding a pet-friendly amenity with perks for you and your guests.

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.