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Top Summer Safety Tips for Dogs



Hot dog—we have a wiener! Summer is a haze of fun for humans and hounds alike. Our furry friends love to join in the flurry of activity, whether we’re having summer picnics, taking summer nature walks, or going for a summer swim. One thing to be mindful of, though, is that warmer weather can be dangerous for a pup. Dogs barely break a sweat, and they regulate their temperatures almost solely through panting. (Ever see every dog ever breathe through an open-mouthed smile with a rolling tongue? That’s why.) Check out summer safety tips for dogs and learn how to keep your dog cool this summer.

NEVER leave your pup in a hot car

This is one of the most obvious summer safety tips for dogs, but it’s super-critical (not to be confused with ‘supercritical’—which, as a fitting aside, pertains to fluid at a greater temperature/pressure than its critical temperature) and bears repeating. You can justify it all you want—“oh, there are no dogs allowed here” or “I’ll only be a few minutes”—but these are ultimately excuses for compromising your dog’s safety. A: if there are no dogs allowed, you’ll just have to come back another time. B: a few minutes is all it takes before your dog can develop heatstroke or suffocate. If you wouldn’t do it to a baby, don’t do it to a fur baby. Just don’t leave your dog in a hot car. Glad we got that out of the way early.

Protect your dog against fleas, ticks, mosquitos, and other six-legged parasites

Summertime is a happy time for most—unfortunately, that includes six-legged parasites. As humans, we can roll on the insect repellant, but this is not as simple for your furry bestie. There are a number of ways to protect your pup from fleas, ticks, and mosquitos, and you should do what you can. Parasitic infestation can be a slippery slope to heartworm, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and more. Unfortunately, these diseases are transferrable to humans, too. Keep your pup protected to keep the whole family safe.

Spare a thought for the paws

What’s the warmest part of a dog? You may be surprised to learn that it’s the part without fur—well, some of the time. We discussed earlier how dogs regulate body temperature by panting. There is another way to do this, and it’s through the paw pads. Imagine walking on hot asphalt with bare feet. In the summertime, this can be a dog’s every day. They don’t have little dog shoes and it’s one of the few times their skin makes direct contact with anything. And because dogs barely sweat, if their paw pads overheat, they probably will, too.

How do we resolve this? Keep your dog off hot asphalt or metal when possible. If your asphalt path runs along grass or dirt, consider letting your dog walk slightly off-path. Even better, choose a walk with minimal asphalt or hot surface. Definitely don’t let your dog ride in the back of a metal truck—road safety issues aside.

Provide ample shade and fresh water

‘Seek shade’ is part of the super-patriotic Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, Slide campaign we all know and love. It’s good advice, it’s free to do, and even more critical for dogs. As we have established throughout this post, dogs have limited ways to regulate their body temperature. Whenever possible, keep your dog in a shaded area. By avoiding direct sunlight, dogs better protect themselves against overheating and—worse—heatstroke. It’s also important to keep the drinks flowing. Not only does water provide essential hydration, but it’s also one of the ways to keep your dog cool. Refill your dog’s bowl throughout summer, even when it’s not yet empty. Fresh water certainly beats the lukewarm variant.

Gift your dog a ‘fur kiddy’ pool

Because dogs regulate their temperature through their paw pads, it only follows that a kiddy pool would be a great way to cool down the body. Let your fur kid take a paddle in their own pool. This will not only feel cool underfoot, but it will look totally adorable.

Don’t overestimate your dog’s swimming abilities

Some dogs take to water like ducks to…well, water. Others need to work on their doggy paddle. If you have a pool in your backyard, ensure it’s fenced off. Not unlike children, you shouldn’t allow a dog to swim without supervision. If the dog can access the pool without assistance, then it’s not fenced off enough.

For extra protection around the water, why not try one of our dog swim jackets? Available in nine different designs, these extra buoyant foam jackets contain a double-velcroed neck strap. So not do these assist in keeping your dog afloat, but they also help to keep heads above water…literally.

Luna wearing one of Stylish Hound dog swim jackets in the Tropical design.

You’ll notice that all nine of designs are bright, colourful, and eye-catching. Not only does this look super stylish, but it also optimises canine visibility. Should your dog float out of sight, just make like a bower bird and follow the bright object. Who knew that safety and style could go together? This is totally our thing. It could be yours, too. Grab a dog swim jacket in your favourite design today.

Don’t assume your doggy has a furry shield against UV

That’s right: dogs can sustain sunburn, too. Short-haired and light-coloured doggos are especially at risk. (Unsure if this means that a snow-white samoyed’s long hair will cancel out the extra risk. Doge maths is vague.) 

Though their fur coat provides greater protection against the sun, it’s not foolproof. Like us, dogs can sustain painful sunburn, which increases the risk of skin cancer. The best solution to this is dog-friendly sunscreen! Please note that not all sunscreen will work on favourite fur kids. Speak to your vet about what’s cool for canines. 

Embrace the exercise routine!

We all may be a little guilty of neglecting the exercise routine throughout winter. Falling into this trap is very easy. However, once summer rolls around, you’ll have no excuse! (Apart from maybe the opposite problem. Exercising in hot temperatures can come with its own issues, but we digress.)

Provided it’s not a scorcher (and your dog can keep their little footsies cool enough), use the warmer weather to your advantage and embrace the old exercise routine! Summer has many opportunities for nature walks or swimming—all of which your dog can join in on. Just be careful not to go too far in the other direction. Overexertion is a very real thing for dogs. Like you, they’ll also need to break it up with rest periods. If your dog is overweight or easing back into exercise, speak to your vet about appropriate exercise durations.

Use the leash

For dogs, summer is a sensory feast of barbecue smells, people playing outside, other dogs and critters frolicking nearby, and new, exciting locations. Dogs take in every last drop of stimuli around them, so they may be in for sensory overload or overexcitement. If your dog is jumpy—or not super responsive to their name—it’s best to keep them on a leash. (Many public spaces legally require dogs to be on leashes, anyway.) Even if the area permits off-leash dog walking, it’s best to err on the side of caution.

How do you have a leash with two clips? Like so! Introducing our Multi-Function Leash in the Newtown design.

Need a new leash? We have you covered in the Stylish Hound online store. Choose from our classic, obedience, or multi-function varieties. What is the difference between all three, you ask? Well, classic leashes are unadorned leashes without the bells and whistles—unless super stylish designs count as extra embellishments. Our Cruise Control Obedience Leashes are for dogs who love to pull. It features a ruched elastic function, absorbent of any sudden movements or jolts. Pair these with one of our No-Pull Harnesses to really keep a dog in line. 

Our Multi-Function Leashes, on the other hand, are double-clipped (as opposed to single-clipped with a handle). Use this for better-angled control of your dog, walking two dogs at once, or walking a dog hands-free. How do you walk a dog hands-free? By attaching one of the buckles to our treat pouches, of course. If you want to walk the dog with increased flexibility, then our Multi-Function Leash may just be for you. All of our leashes are available in funky (or monochromatic, if that’s more your thing) designs. Your dog will be the slickest puppy on the sidewalk.

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The Ultimate Guide to Adopting a Bernedoodle Puppy



Bernedoodles require a lot of care and attention. They need to be potty trained and taken on daily walks. They also need regular grooming.

Most rescues have an adoption process that involves a phone interview to ensure you are prepared for dog ownership. They will only approve a home that can provide the dog with the necessary care.

Adopting a Bernedoodle

You should start your Bernedoodle adoption search by contacting local rescue organizations.

Foster-based organizations work to save all types of dogs, including Bernedoodles. They may accept dogs from shelters with euthanasia rules, reclaim strays, or rescue dogs from owners who cannot care for them due to death, illness, or a lifestyle change.

Do Your Research

Most rescues have an extensive application process to ensure future fur parents are ready for a dog. They’ll ask about your daily schedule and whether you have the time to give proper attention to Bernedoodle puppies Castle Rock CO. Some organizations may even conduct a phone interview to ensure you can commit to taking care of a dog.

Bernese Mountain-Poodle mixes often end up in shelters and rescues because their original families either moved or suffered from personal issues that made them unable to care for them. Adopting one from a shelter or rescue saves money on puppy vaccinations and spaying or neutering. You’ll also get a more mature dog that is already full-grown. Unlike purebred dogs, Bernedoodles have no breed standard, and their size and appearance will vary.

Visit the Breeder

If you’re considering adopting a Bernedoodle, you must visit the breeder before making your final decision. They can give you insight into the puppy’s temperament and answer any questions.

Usually, you must fill out an application and provide references before being approved for adoption. Some rescues also have a waitlist, so contacting several organizations in your area is a good idea.

Generally, rescues have dogs of all sizes; some may even be Bernedoodles. Often, these dogs are rescued from puppy mills, so they have been well-cared for. They might already be trained or at least partially housetrained. Ask the rescue if the dog suits children and other pets in your home is also a good idea.

Pick Your Pup

Whether purchasing a Bernedoodle from a breeder or adopting one through a rescue, picking the right pup is essential. Make sure you choose a puppy that loves being around people and is socialized early in life. A shy or aloof puppy may develop separation anxiety later in life.

If you’re adopting a dog through a shelter or other nonprofit, test the puppies’ reactivity by standing a few feet away and calling them with a “cluck” sound. They should come to you eagerly and be curious about your scent.

Bring Your Pup Home

Bernedoodles have a quick learning curve and are easy to train. They are more active than some other dog breeds, so you’ll want to ensure they have adequate space for exercise and playtime. They may also have a natural herding instinct inherited from their Bernese mountain dog parent, so you’ll want to teach them proper boundaries and avoid herding younger members of the family or smaller pets.

If you’re considering adopting a Bernedoodle from a rescue organization, speak with their staff and let them know that you’re looking for one. This will help them watch for a Bernedoodle that enters their shelter or organization, and they can assist you in matching you with the perfect dog for your household.

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Unleashing Happiness – The Emotional Benefits of Puppies



Pets have long been a comfort for people, and studies show they can boost mood, ease anxiety, reduce loneliness and encourage exercise. The simple act of petting an animal can trigger the release of oxytocin, a feel-good hormone that creates a bond between owner and animal. They also teach children about responsibility and compassion, which can increase their emotional intelligence. Plus, pets help you socialize because they are great conversation starters during walks or at the dog park.

Boosts Your Mood

Petting a dog, cat or other animal causes a chemical interaction in your brain that makes you feel good—petting a creature that loves you unconditionally and wants nothing more than your attention releases the hormone oxytocin, also released during bonding between mothers and infants. A pet also gives you a sense of responsibility and purpose. Most animals require a regular schedule of feeding, exercise and cleaning. This helps to boost your mood and mental health by giving you a feeling of accomplishment. Having a pet can increase your socialization by encouraging you to go on walks and meet other people’s pets at the park or pet-friendly stores and restaurants.

Many pet owners report making new friends with neighbors and community members by taking their dogs for a walk or attending local pet events. Special needs children and adults can benefit from interacting with pets because these creatures don’t judge them based on their behavior or academic performance.

Increases Self-Esteem

Having a puppy, or any pet, helps you feel needed. Walking your dog, for example, stimulates a release of the hormone oxytocin, also known as the “love hormone.” It produces a feeling of connection and makes you feel loved and wanted.

Being responsible for a pet provides a sense of purpose and fulfillment that can help bolster self-esteem in people suffering from mental health issues. It is also a great way to teach children responsibility.

If you are considering adding a puppy to your family, we recommend choosing one from a puppies Houston TX breeder who treats the mother and puppies with respect and care. Puppy mills churn out puppies for profit while disregarding the mother’s and her babies needs. On the other hand, buying from a responsible breeder will give you and your pet a sense of joy and happiness that can only come from true love and compassion.

Reduces Anxiety

Pets are a great way to boost your mood and help you stay healthy. They increase the feel-good hormone oxytocin, reduce cortisol levels and blood pressure, and boost dopamine and serotonin. Daily walks and playtime with a dog are great excuses for exercising! A study found that pets can boost self-esteem in teens. This is because dogs and cats love their owners unconditionally. This type of love is similar to the unconditional love parents give their children.

Having puppies is a great way to teach kids about responsibility and routines. Taking care of them daily gives a sense of stability and control that can be helpful for people dealing with anxiety or depression. Also, the bonding between pet owner and puppy can help decrease feelings of loneliness for people who live alone or work from home. A furry friend can inspire people to get outside and socialize with friends and neighbors.

Increases Socialization

The unconditional love of a dog or cat is a mood booster, as it stimulates the brain to release dopamine. This is true for people of all ages and can even help teens feel better about their performance in school tests or sports. This kind of emotional support is vital and can help improve human socialization. Puppies and kittens need positive human interactions early to become balanced, confident adults. It is recommended that a puppy attend at least four puppy socials to meet many people of different genders, races and ages. It should also be exposed to people wearing hats, carrying umbrellas, briefcases or backpacks so that they learn not to fear these items and the people who have them.

Caring for pets increases feelings of responsibility and stability in people’s lives. In one study, people who owned dogs reported having greater overall well-being than those who own cats or don’t have pets.

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Top Ten Benefits of Grooming Your Furry Friend



Grooming is a fun and relaxing activity for both you and your pet. It promotes bonding and helps your pet become more comfortable with being handled. It also lets you notice any lumps, bumps, or parasitic infections that may need veterinary attention before they worsen.

While some owners think grooming is only for making your furry friend look good, it has many health benefits! Here are some of them:

Prevents Skin Problems

Aside from reducing shedding (which keeps your house cleaner) and eliminating bad smells, grooming pets helps to detect issues early on. This can save you money on vet bills and prevent serious health problems.

Groomers at a pet grooming near me can spot rashes, lumps, and other conditions you may not have noticed – the earlier an issue is caught, the easier it is to treat.

Prevents Hairballs

The hairball-prevention benefit of dog grooming is obvious. Brushing reduces shedding and prevents your dog from swallowing loose fur while self-grooming, which leads to the formation of hairballs.

Grooming also helps you notice any lumps, bumps or other abnormalities on your pet’s skin. This allows you to treat them quickly before they become serious health problems. It also stops the long-term buildup of eye gunk that can irritate your pet.

Prevents Ear Issues

Grooming often involves touching a pet’s skin and ears. This allows groomers to spot any ear or skin problems early, making them easier to treat and less likely to have lasting effects on the pet.

Ear infections can cause deafness in dogs if not treated. A professional groomer can remove any discharge from the ear and help keep it clean and healthy.

Prevents Infections

Pet grooming helps prevent ear infections and other problems by keeping their ears and eyes clean. It also reduces shedding, helps keep their skin and coat healthy and distributes natural oils.

Grooming sessions allow for a quick inspection of the skin and coat, which can help spot any lumps, bumps or other issues early on. This allows for prompt treatment, preventing further health complications.

Prevents Dental Issues

Grooming your pet regularly prevents a variety of problems. It can help you spot skin issues like rashes or hot spots, and it enables you to identify parasites such as fleas or ticks that can cause harm to your pets.

Additionally, grooming sessions can be a great bonding time for you and your pet as they enjoy brushing their hair. It can also help them get used to being handled and make them less anxious during veterinary visits or encounters with people in general.

Prevents Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks can cause itchiness and skin irritation in pets. They can also transmit typhus, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia.

During grooming, you can easily check your pet’s ears, nails and undercarriage for signs of irritation, infections or parasites. This enables you to treat them quickly. It also reduces excessive shedding. This, in turn, reduces allergens in your home.

Prevents Bad Breath

Grooming keeps your pet’s coat healthy, preventing matting and tangles. Regular grooming also stimulates the skin to produce natural oils, minimizing itching and helping keep the fur hydrated.

Brushing helps reduce shedding, making it easier to clean up after your furry friend is around the house. It also allows you to check for ear infections and other health problems. Grooming can also be a great bonding experience for you and your pet.

Prevents Ear Infections

Grooming your pet regularly allows you to spot odd lumps, bumps or wounds on their skin or ears. This helps you to track any symptoms early and prevent them from becoming more severe or fatal.

Detecting health problems early can save your pet from stress, pain and discomfort. It also improves the bond between you and your pet.

Prevents Bad Behavior

As a groomer, I often see pet owners reluctant to bring their dogs in for a grooming appointment. Grooming is a displacement activity that helps defuse stress.

It allows us to spot rashes, dry patches, lumps, and parasites early, preventing future health issues. Regular brushing also reduces shedding and minimizes allergens in your home. It even helps with those pesky loose hairs all over your furniture!

Keeps Your Home Clean

Pet owners often consider grooming a way to make their pets look great, but it can also have significant health benefits. For example, regular grooming can help prevent ear infections, sores and other severe health conditions from developing.

Grooming helps you monitor any health problems your pet may be experiencing because it’s easier to see, touch or feel anything that isn’t normal. This allows you to treat the pain quickly before it gets worse.

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