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On July 25th, Camp Verde local animal care professionals Montezuma Veterinary Services and Melodee's Grooming suffered a devastating loss when a fire ripped through their building, destroying it within hours. Through the end of September, Hillside will donate a percentage of grooming and boarding profits towards their rebuilding fund. Want to donate directly? Look for the distaster fund jar at Hillside's front desk!
BACK TO SCHOOL DOGGIE TIPS TO REDUCE ANXIETY
The hurried rush of back-to-school and shorter days means families are spending more time focused on school work and active schedules. As a result, the change in routine can be confusing for pets. Instead of going for walks and playing in the yard, their companions suddenly head out the door without them.
Dogs especially are creatures of habit and it is important to establish clear rules and a set schedule. With the help of North Shore Animal League of America, Dr. Ernie Ward and Pure Life 4 Pets, we’ve provided the best tips to ensure your pups will be happy and well adjusted.
Avoid Anxiety. Changes in routine can also lead to anxiety in many dogs. Following some of these tips may help alleviate the stress caused by the changes that happen when it’s time to go back to school.
Transition Time. About a week before the kids return to school, begin getting your dog used to their absence: Leave your dog inside early in the morning to simulate school time. You only need to leave them for thirty minutes or so. Let them know the long, lazy summer mornings are coming to an end!
Start getting out the lunchboxes and other items your dog associates with leaving for school in the morning. The idea is to desensitize them to any anxiety-producing cues prior to school starting.
Set a Routine and Responsibilities. Work with your children to set and follow a daily routine that works for your family’s lifestyle all year long.
The schedule should include:
- Walks to one spot for bathroom business
- Walks around the neighborhood or at the park
- Appropriate play at approximately the same time every day
Some routine ideas may include:
- Exercise and play in the morning before the kids leave the house.
- Extra attention and play when they get home from school.
- Exercise and “family time” in the evening
- Establishing a routine your pet can depend on will help them deal with the changes. This not only ensures your pets get the attention and love they deserve, but will also help your children learn how to be responsible and caring pet owners.
Turn on Some Tunes. During the summer the house is full of sounds! When the kids go back to school many of these sounds will suddenly be cut off for the majority of the day. Whenever your dog is left alone, the sound of human voices or music can be soothing. Try leaving slow (50 to 60 beats per minute) and relaxing music playing when the house is empty.
Leave interesting and interactive toys and food puzzles out during the day helps your pets stay occupied. Hide favorite pet treats around the house for your pet to discover while you are away. Rubber Kongs or hard hollow bones can be stuffed with a little peanut butter or cream cheese and can even be frozen for a long lasting treat!
Save a special toy that your pet really loves and have your children take it out just before they are ready to go out. Put it away again once the children come home so it remains the “special toy.”
Doggy Daycare. Consider letting your dog socialize and play at doggy daycare some days while the house is empty. This will allow your dog to expend some energy, while being in good care and the company of others. If your dog does not enjoy playing with other dogs, doggy daycares like Hillside Canine Resort & Spa offer private daycare where your dog can play his favorite games one-on-one with a staff member.
Quality Time. It is important to re-connect with your pet at the end of a busy week. With school back in session, your dog may not get as much time playing with your family as during the care-free days of summer. Remember that even though your pet wasn’t at work or school all day, he still needs time to unwind.
Consider activities like:
Long walks at the park,
Lounging around on the couch
Daily walks, even as the days get shorter
A weekend picnic
A weekend hike
A visit to a restaurant or establishment that allows dogs
A special weeknight brushing
Getting back into the school mentality is never easy for humans or dogs! It is a gradual process that requires patience and consistency. Considering the above tips will help all of your kids (the two and four legged ones) transition back into the school year smoothly.
AUGUST BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIALS
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HONORING MILITARY WORKING DOGS
The furriest members of the armed forces will grace the U.S. Postal Service’s newest stamps to be released Today.
The new red, white and blue stamps featuring military working dogs were designed to “honor the nation’s brave and loyal canines,” according to a Postal Service statement released last week.
FDC & CDC WARN AGAINST PIG EAR TREATS
Consumers are being advised to not feed their dogs pig ear pet treats amid a growing salmonella outbreak.
Public health and regulatory officials have been investigating a multi-state outbreak of human salmonella infections and a suspected link to contact with the popular dog treat, which is made of smoked pig.
Don't miss this month's ONLY group class on
SATURDAY, AUGUST 10TH @ 8 AM
Join us on the training field where we will be covering trust building between you and your four-legged friend.
This class is for our current clients of personal training, board & train, and purchasers of trained Hillside dogs.
THREE EASY AFTER SCHOOL TREATS
These beautiful and easy treats are sure to please kids of all ages after a long day of learning. Popsicle sticks keep them mess free and fun!
This tasty homemade version of a childhood favorite gets a nutritional boost from whole wheat flour, sunflower seeds and no refined sugar.
Make these satisfying low-carb pinwheels ahead of time for a quick protein snack before practice or even for lunchbox stuffers!
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