It’s National Train Your Dog Month!

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National Train Your Dog Month

Training isn’t some luxury only wealthy pet owners get the privilege of receiving, it’s a necessity every dog owner should factor into when they purchase a pet. A well-trained dog leads to a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle.  At Equipaws Pet Services, we understand that the hustle and bustle of everyday life can get in the way of consistent dog training in Miami, but we encourage you to take this new year to become the best dog owner you can be! January is National Train Your Dog Month, so what better time than the present to get your dog the training they deserve?

What training is the best training?

No two dogs are the same. Training for one dog may not be right for another, so it is important to ask yourself what expectations you have for your dog and what is your dog capable of? For example, if you want a hunting dog they will require much more intense and more frequent training than a house dog and a French Bulldog will have greater limits than an active and limber Catahoula. For reasons like these, it is important to shop around and find a trainer that meshes with you, gets along with your dog, and takes care of both your needs.

Is it important to continue training?

While the initial training sessions are extremely important, the follow up is even more vital. Keeping up with dog training helps keep their skills fresh and gives you an opportunity to work closely with one another. As a pet owner it isn’t just your responsibility to keep your dog physically fit, but mentally fit as well. Training reaches all their senses. It requires them to listen to the things being asked of them, to think about the things they have been taught, smell and taste treats given to positively reinforce desired behaviors, and feel the pride when they make the correct choices.  

What is the best way to continue training?

The best way to ensure training continues is to set aside time throughout the week specifically for training. These training sessions can be broken up throughout the day or completed all at once, and they can be completed during walks or in the comfort of your home. The goal is to create a variety of training sessions and to keep things exciting. Also, training with distractions, such as at a dog park or the outdoor mall, helps teach the dog how to focus on what’s being asked.

So, this January, get the dog you dreamed about. Find a trainer that suits you both, find the best training strategy that keeps your dog’s mind fresh, and find the best way to keep your dog training throughout the new year!

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January Is Walk Your Pet Month!

Walk Your Pet Month

January is Walk Your Pet Month and Equipaws is here to help! No matter your pet walking needs our team has their sneakers laced up, tied tight, and ready to go! Whether you need midday visits, late night walks, or energy spending runs our staff is eager to get your pets out and about this month and future months to come.

Regularly walking your dog and/or cat has significant importance for their overall health and mental well-being. Besides the general health benefits that exercise can provide, walks help release a lot of pent up energy they may feel being cooped up in the house all day. Dogs should get at least an hour of exercise per day and some breeds require even more. Indoor cats often lack monitored outdoor time, but they require similar energetic outputs as dogs.

Walks are enriching and allow your pets to utilize most of their senses. Sniffing around in bushes, feeling the grass under their paws, listening to the birds chirping, and watching other pets passing by are just some things they can look forward to on daily walks. By seeing and experiencing the distraction other pets and people can create, walks provide a healthy dose of socialization.

So, this January get outside with your pets, get your walkers outside with your dogs, get your pets outside with other pets! Make Walk Your Pet Month the start of a healthy lifestyle and a happy fur baby!

Your Pet’s New Year’s Resolutions

Your pet's new year's resolutions

New Year, New You, New Them

The saying may go “New year, new you”, but New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be just about you. Whether you have had a pet for a long time or accepting a new one into your family, setting your pet’s New Year’s resolutions together can help bring a great sense of camaraderie. This year Equipaws encourages you to set goals and make strides with your pets in mind.

Your Pet’s New Year’s Resolution: Eat Right

Stop feeding your pets table scraps and start feeding them the right stuff for their bodies! The extra cheeseburger you buy your dog at the drive thru, the leftover chicken nuggets you pass off to your cat, or the piece of granola bar you break off and share with your rabbit may make your pet extremely happy, but these bad habits you have created for them are dangerous. Caloric intake is not the same for humans and our pets, so those little nibbles of food here and there could be equivalent to an entire days’ worth the calories for them. 

Table scraps not only lead to obesity in our pets, but it also leads to many more problematic conditions such as respiratory compromise, hypertension, diabetes, liver disease, and much more. So, the next time you get the urge to share your tasty treat with your pets, think twice, and grab a pet-approved treat instead. We assure you they will not know the difference and their heart, body and mind will forever be thankful!

Check out our previous blogs on several local dog food providers, including Animal Crackers, Dishes for Dogs, and Pet Wants Miami.

No Surprise Here: Exercise More!

The new year hits and gym memberships go up. Everyone has the motivation to become their physical best for the new year to come, but why not share that goal with your pet?  Instead of putting in monotonous hours at the gym, leash up your dog, or cat, and get out there. This gives ample bonding opportunity  as well as time to explore the great outdoors and work up an authentic sweat you can’t get at the gym. We’re always happy to help your dogs with daily walks and runs, of course. Visit our pet services page to learn more about dog walking services offered. 

If normal pets aren’t your speed and you have pets of the more “exotic” variety take some extra time during your week to give them something that’s out of their daily norm. Take your rabbit outside to graze, take your snake out for a sunny walk, build a maze for your lizard. These things will be both enriching for you and for your lucky friend. Always monitor your smaller pets when taking them outdoors- rabbits can overheat quickly and also catch fleas and mites. Talk to your veterinarian about flea prevention- it does exist!

Lifelong Learning: Train Your Pets 

The saying “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is bogus! Animals are always able and willing to learn, some just take longer than others and some just require a bit more encouragement. Dogs in particular want a tasty treat and a happy owner. If you are sick and tired of your dog jumping on visitors, your cat scratching the bed posts, or your rabbit going to the bathroom all over your house, this new year is the perfect time to teach your pet new tricks. This can help break bad habits, help keep their minds healthy, and help keep your relationship strong. We recommend several trainers in Miami, including Applause Your Paws and Cadence K9 Miami.

So, join your pet’s New Year’s resolutions with your own for a healthy lifestyle with your pet. Keep your mind, body, and soul happy and healthy by incorporating your pets into your everyday life. Push each other and work together to achieve goals and turn heads in 2018!